Of Mass Murder
By Gideon Polya
24 December, 2004
latest updated UNICEF report (December 2004) reveals massive under-5
infant mortality in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan totalling
over 0.4 million for the year 2003. However Anglo-American-dominated
global media will simply not report this horrendous mortality in these
The US-led invasion
of Iraq was not UN-sanctioned and was ostensibly based on three palpable
falsehoods, namely that Iraq posed a threat to remote Anglo-Celtic countries
such as the US, UK and Australia; that there were Al Qaeda-Iraq Government
links; and that Iraq (like the US, the UK and others) possessed biological,
chemical and nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
Millions of sensible,
humane people around the world were utterly unconvinced about these
propositions at the time of the invasion and their sensible, honest
assessments were subsequently borne out. The invasion by the US-led
Coalition of a remote, non-threatening and economically and militarily
crippled country constituted an egregious war crime.
The massive, avoidable
mass mortality in the US-conquered Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories,
as now confirmed by the latest UNICEF report, represents excessive civilian
mortality in conquered countries that in turn also constitutes an egregious
Indeed some months
ago I and others separately lodged formal complaints to the International
Criminal Court about US Coalition war crimes in Iraq on the basis of
illegal invasion and excessive civilian mortality in a conquered country.
Six months ago my
conservative assessment that the post-invasion avoidable mortality in
Iraq was of the order of 100,000 per year was based on straightforward
analysis of publicly-available UN and UNICEF demographic data and is
in agreement with the latest updated UNICEF figures.
However what is
profoundly disturbing is the extraordinary refusal of Anglo-American-dominated,
mainstream global media (with a notable few exceptions) to report this
publicly-available, expert evidence of massive post-invasion avoidable
mortality (or excess mortality).
In late October
2004 the prestigious UK medical journal The Lancet published an expert
study with data indicating a post-invasion excess mortality of up to
about 300,000 (i.e. 180,000 per year). However there was only limited
subsequent mainstream media reportage of a lower estimate of post-invasion
excess mortality of 100,000 (arrived at by deleting mortality data from
the Fallujah area as being unrepresentative).
The same US and
UK governments which had falsely claimed imminent long-distance Iraqi
threats, the existence of Al Qaeda-Iraq links and Iraqi weapons of mass
destruction now disputed the veracity of peer-reviewed, scientific research
on Iraq mortality in a top medical journal. The US-installed Iraq puppet
government was extraordinarily eager to minimize the extent of Iraqi
casualties - just as it has been obscenely eager to help the US wreck
Fallujah (an Iraqi city of 300,000) in order to save it.
The UK Government
Foreign Minister Straw put up what is termed a straw man
argument (an actually irrelevant proposition) based on only considering
post-invasion avoidable mortality to be violent civilian deaths.
Since the US military do not bother counting the civilian casualties
of their barbarity, the magnitude of violent civilian deaths
remains difficult to ascertain in war-wracked Iraq.
Of course the reality
is that whether a child dies violently (the straw man) or
dies of disease as a result of destruction of the economy and infrastructure,
the end result is the same and the culpability the same.
published in Australasian Science in June 2004 indicated that since
the beginning of US-UK attacks in 1991 the excess mortality in Iraq
had been 1.5 million and the under-5 infant mortality 1.2 million. My
conservative estimate that excess mortality and under-5 infant mortality
were of the order of 100,000 per year since the final invasion in March
2003 is consonant with the latest UNICEF report (December 2004) and
the data in The Lancet paper (late October 2004).
The continuing dishonesty
and lack of urgent humane concern of the US, UK, Australian and puppet
Iraq Governments are what one would expect of inhumane, war criminal
regimes. However the refusal of the Anglo-American-dominated global
mass media to report publicly-available, horrendous infant mortality
data from the UN and UNICEF constitutes egregious holocaust denial (noting
that such denial of the Jewish Holocaust is deservedly a crime in France,
Germany and some other countries).
At what level of
magnitude would mass mortality become news if only for 24
hours before being supplanted by Hollywood, Business or Sporting
Thus one can imagine
the following extreme scenario - there are 6 billion people in the world
and the last American survivors of some catastrophe might like to hear
of the demise of the rest from a prestigious US news medium.
I am a dedicated
biological scientist who has laboriously spent a year calculating avoidable
mortality and under-5 infant mortality for every country in the world
since 1950 using publicly available UN and UNICEF data.
Thus the total post-1950
avoidable mortality (excess mortality) has been 1.3 billion for the
World, 1.2 billion for the non-European World, 0.5 billion for the Muslim
World, 5.2 million for Iraq and 16.2 million for Afghanistan.
News fit to print
for Americans, Britons or Australians? No way!
Since it is Christmas
time, with special reverence for infants and mothers, perhaps the total
post-1950 under-5 infant mortality would be newsworthy
0.9 billion for the World, 0.8 billion for the non-European World, 0.3
billion for the Muslim World, 3.3 million for Iraq and 11.2 million
for Afghanistan. But again global mainstream media are unmoved.
average 90% of the under-5 infant mortality in the non-European World
since 1950 has been avoidable and substantially linked to violent and
malignant First World impositions - most notably at present from the
democratic imperialism of the US and the UK in Iraq and
Thus according to
the latest UNICEF report (2004), in 2003 the under-5 infant mortality
was 110,000 in US-occupied Iraq (population about 24 million), 292,000
in US-occupied Afghanistan (population 22 million) and 1,000 in the
invading and occupying Coalition country Australia (population 20 million)
The Ruler is responsible
for the Ruled. This continuing, horrendous avoidable infant mortality
is mass murder of innocents by three of the worlds most long-lived
democracies, namely the US, the UK and Australia. This is not merely
democratic imperialism as touted by its exponents but actually
an insidious democratic Nazism.
The awful truth
will never go away even though Anglo-American-dominated global
media continue to lie by omission over this massive avoidable human
mortality. Arundhati Roy has succinctly summarized the apparent moral
blindness of the rich perpetrators in The Chequebook and the Cruise
Missile (Harper Perennial, London, 2004): the ultimate privilege
of the elite is not just their deluxe lifestyles, but deluxe lifestyles
with a clear conscience.
Peace is the only
way continuing war and mass murder by the rampant US Coalition
must eventually be contained by resolute exposure, sanctions, boycotts
and bans applied by an indignant World against all the guilty countries.
Dr Gideon Polya
published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently
a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant
Bioactive Compounds" (Taylor & Francis, New York & London,
2003), and is currently writing a book on global mortality see
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