The Victims: Covering Up Terrorism In Iraq
By Ghali Hassan
19 March, 2007
A recent cover story in the Time
magazine (March, 2007, Europe and Asia) by Bobby Ghosh, “Why They
Hate Each Other”, aimed at removing the Occupation as the generator
of violence against the Iraqi people, and portrays the violence as “Iraqis
killing Iraqis”. This media distortion obfuscates the U.S. monopoly
on terrorism and allows the U.S. to use Iraq as a laboratory for terror
at the expense of the Iraqi people.
Nowhere in his story does Ghosh tell the readers that the militias and
the criminals were the creation of the Occupation and that the violence
is the only pretext left to justify the ongoing Occupation. Why Iraqis
didn’t “hate each other” before the illegal invasion
of their country is totally ignored by Western media and remains a mystery
to most Westerners. It is important to remember that Time was the leading
propaganda organ which promoted the illegal aggression against Iraq,
and continues to play a vicious role spreading Islamaphobia around the
To get a clearer picture of what has been done to Iraq and to Iraqi
society, it is vital to connect the nearly two- decades of Anglo-American
violence against the Iraqi people. Violence has been the primary tool
of U.S. foreign policy and its dealing with smaller defenceless nations.
Indeed, history has shown that all nations who qualified for U.S. violence
were defenceless nations inhabited by coloured, or nonwhite human beings.
From 1990 to 2003, Iraq was under 13-year genocidal sanctions enforced
by the U.S. and Britain. The sanctions were the new weapons of mass
killing the West used against innocent civilians. The sanctions were
in fact a silent genocide that was deliberately used to target the most
vulnerable of Iraqi society. More than 1.6 million Iraqis have died;
a third of the victims were infants. In addition, the sanctions accompanied
by weekly acts of terrorism by U.S. and British forces disguised as
air raids to “enforce the no-fly zones”. The pretext for
this long and silent genocide was (the non-existent of) Weapons of Mass
Destructions (WMDs). As the perpetrators failed to break the will of
the Iraqi people to survive, they initiated a war of aggression using
the same concocted pretext as justification for war.
According to Robert H. Jackson, the Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg
Trial, "Any resort to war—any kind of war—is a resort
to means that are inherently criminal. War inevitably is a course of
killings, assaults, deprivations of liberty, and destruction of property.
An honestly defensive war is, of course, legal and saves those lawfully
conducting it from criminality. But inherently criminal acts cannot
be defended by showing that those who committed them were engaged in
a war, when war itself is illegal". (Nuremberg
Trial Proceedings, 2nd Day, 21 November, 1945, pp. 145-146). Before
the U.S-Britain illegal aggression, Iraqis were living in relative safety.
Iraq posed no threat to any other nation. The primary objectives of
the war were the imperialist domination of the region by the U.S. and
support for Israel’s terror and Zionist policy in Palestine.
A short history is in order. At the outset of the Occupation, Paul Bremer,
the U.S. Proconsul during the early phase of the Occupation, issued
an order dissolving the Iraqi State and disbanding the Iraqi Army and
Police in order to create lawlessness and chaos. Bremer then hand-picked
expatriate collaborators – most of them involved in crimes and
acts of terrorism against the State of Iraq – and beguiled others
to form the ‘Iraqi Governing Council’ (IGC). The IGC was
based on ethnic and religious affiliations, and most of its members
had lived outside Iraq for decades. Bremer’s aim was to divide
Iraqis according to religion and ethnicity, which made the Iraqi people
shiver in their sleep. The IGC continues to function today under the
name of the “Iraqi Government” without any real power, reminiscent
of the Nazis-imposed Vichy regime in France.
Furthermore, the U.S.-drafted Iraqi “Constitution” is designed
specifically to divide the country on ethnic-religious lines. The so-called
“federation” is euphemism for the geographical divisions
of Iraq. The “Constitution” relegated women’s rights
to the Stone Age and denied them equality. Before the Occupation, Iraq
had one of the most progressive Constitutions in the Muslim World.
In addition, the U.S. launched a campaign of terror and assassinations
– as the U.S. did in every country it invaded or which backed
its military junta. It all started with the “Debaathification”;
a euphemism for a murderous campaign orchestrated by the occupying forces.
U.S. Special Forces in collaboration with the Israeli Mossad agents
trained the pro-invasion militias (the Kurdish Peshmerga, the SCIRI
Badr Brigades and other U.S.-trained militias) and began a reign of
terror targeting anyone with anti-Occupation tendency. Hence, the U.S.
Occupation – enforced by more than 200,000 U.S. troops and other
foreign mercenaries – is the roots of the violence and destruction
in Iraq today.
The aim is to terrorise the population and force them into ethnic or
sectarian enclaves, suppress the anti-Occupation voices and deprive
the Iraqi Resistance of protection (by the population) and resources.
The campaign is based in part on the U.S. previous terror campaigns
in El Salvador in the 1980s and in the former Yugoslavia in 1990s, and
on Israel’s targeted assassinations of Palestinian unarmed men,
women and children. Thousands of innocent Iraqi professionals were murdered
in cold blood, including scientists, prominent politicians, Iraqi intellectuals,
military officers and doctors. Even religious leaders and women opposing
the Occupation are not immune from U.S. terror. Remember, all of this
is known to Western mainstream media, journalists, pundits and NGOs;
however, they continue to propagate the myths of “sectarian violence”
and “civil war”. (See, Notes).
As resistance against the Occupation continues to grow, the U.S. resorts
to refocusing the violence on Iraqis in order to deflect responsibility
and justify ongoing Occupation, the U.S. and Britain – supported
by a racist and violent media – instigating insurrection (Futna)
amongst Iraqis pushing one community against the other. Expatriate collaborators
and U.S. agents are infiltrating the Resistance groups and anti-Occupation
forces in order to provoke intra-communal strife using the civilian
population as fodder for terrorism. At the same time they continue a
reign of terror against the population. The goal is to use the violence
as a pretext to continue the Occupation and at the same time mislead
the public that there is no Resistance against the Occupation. Of course,
nothing could be further from the truth. There is a massive Iraqi national
Since the invasion, the aggressors have been responsible for the death
of approximately a million innocent Iraqi civilians – whose names
will never be published by Time magazine – and the destruction
of the entire Iraqi society and country. Of course, unlike the American
soldiers who killed by the Resistance, the names of Iraqi victims will
never be published. In addition, tens of thousands of Iraqis are enduring
sadistic torture sexual abuses; rape and humiliation at the hands of
U.S.-British forces in hundreds of U.S.-British run prisons throughout
Iraq. The Iraqi people must be asking the question: “why they
hate us” so much.
The case of the three Iraqi women (Wissam Talib, 31, Zainab Fadhli,
25, and Liqa Omar Mohammed, 26) awaiting imminent execution in a Baghdad’s
prison after a fraud trial – condemned even by Amnesty international
as unfair – is the most shameful and cowardly. The UN and the
European Parliament should be ashamed for remaining silent.
Before the invasion and long after the Occupation, there were no bombs
exploding in Iraq killing innocent civilians on religious pilgrimages.
There were no “suicide bombers”. Resistance attacks were
against U.S. force and their Iraqi collaborators. It all started during
the Occupation when the Iraqi people refused to surrender to the Occupation
and the U.S. began the search for pretext to continue the Occupation.
Credible sources reveal that the U.S. and British forces are behind
these attacks. A case in point was that in September 2005, Iraqi Police
in Basra arrested two British soldiers (the SAS) disguised as Arab “terrorists”
planting bombs in civilian centres. Further, most car bomb attacks on
civilians were detonated by remote control, but propagated by the occupying
forces and Western media as “suicide car bombs”. The aim
is to distort the images of Muslims as having no value for human life,
when the opposite is true.
Aided by a new breed of native informers, such as the Iranian Vali Reza
Nasr (employed by the U.S. Defence department) who has become a household
name in the West to confirm it to Westerners that the violence in Iraq
is between “two factions of Muslims” and the U.S. is on
benevolent “mission” with “good intentions”,
Westerners have reacted to the violence in Iraq by labelling Muslims
as “violent”. However, Westerners ignore that Iraqis have
no history of killing other Iraqis because of ethnic or religious affiliations.
Despite all of this, and in addition to the daily suffering inflicted
upon them by US forces, the Iraqi people remain strongly against the
Occupation. An overwhelming majority of Iraqis want the U.S. to end
the Occupation of their country and end the violence. The U.S. should
take a lesson from Iraq’s history that no matter how barbaric
it’s Occupation, the U.S. will fail to subject Iraqi to its Zionist
The Iraqi people, including small minorities, have lived together for
centuries without significant problems. Only until Westerners (Americans
and British) started to interfere and foment civil strife, violence
started to occur. The current political infighting is the creation of
the Occupation. It is between the pro-Occupation expatriate militias
and the anti-Occupation forces, including the Iraqi people. It is aimed
at terrorising the population and justifying ongoing Occupation.
Iraqis do not identify themselves according to ethnic and religious
backgrounds. A fact recently acknowledged by George Bush himself when
he admitted that he was not aware of Iraq’s ethnic-religious mix.
This is the West’s way of discriminating and persecuting minorities.
Religious sect was never an issue in Iraq before the invasion. There
is no such thing as “Shi’ites majority” and “Sunnis
minority”. Iraqi censuses never included religion and ethnicity.
Saddam’s regime included all Iraqi minorities.
Few months after the invasion “the U.S. army issued a list of
55 wanted top Iraqi officials, starting with President Saddam Hussein;
half of those senior officials were Shia …The Committee of Debaathification
issued a list of 100,000 senior Iraqi Ba'athists who would not be allowed
to enjoy governmental posts, 66,000 of them were Shia - so how is the
Ba'ath party a Sunni party?”, a prominent Iraqi politician told
the Arab media on December 19, 2006. I spent many long years in Iraq,
and at no time felt that I belonged to some kind of religious sect.
Thanks to a campaign of distortion generated by the media, the U.S.
is succeeding brilliantly at convincing the world that the violence
in Iraq is “sectarian” and that the U.S. is simply acting
as a “saviour” protecting the Iraqi people. Hence, the U.S.
will end the Occupation when the puppet government is able to provide
security. It follows that the U.S. will decide on security and withdrawal
when the U.S. sees fit. The longer the violence continues, the Occupation
In fact according to the Pentagon own assessment (Pentagon's latest
quarterly report on security in Iraq), the violence has increased dramatically
“forcing as many as 9000 civilians to flee the country each month”.
The report reveals that; “Although most attacks continue to be
directed against coalition forces, with Iraqi civilians bearing the
brunt of the violence”. It adds; “Weekly attacks in Iraq
rose to more than 1000 during the period of late 2006 and average daily
casualties increased to more than 140”.
On 12 March 2007 Vice-President Dick Cheney told supporters gathered
at the pro-Israel Jewish lobby AIPAC's annual policy conference (the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference) that withdrawal
of U.S. troops from Iraq would endanger Israel, confirming that one
of the motives of the illegal aggression against Iraq was to support
Israel’s terror and enhance Israel’s Zionist policy in the
Furthermore, the U.S. is also succeeding in using the violence and Iraq’s
current position to pass a new “Hydrocarbons Law” (drafted
by the U.S. and U.S. Oil Corporations, in collaboration with the IMF)
at the expense of the Iraqi people, who were kept uninformed about the
theft of their resources. It gives large oil companies (mostly U.S.
Oil Corporations) control over Iraqi oil and relegates Iraq to the old
colonial dictatorship. The “Law” not only deprives Iraqis
of their resources, it infringes on Iraq’s sovereignty. Hence,
the violence is deliberate and it is serving U.S. interest well.
Finally, The Anglo-American public (including the Anglo-Australian public)
have moral responsibility to hold their leaders directly responsible
for the mass murder of innocent Iraqi civilians. Failure to do so, they
stand accused by many people around the world (Muslims and non-Muslims)
for complicity in war crimes.
It should be borne in mind that the U.S. is using the and Iran’s
non-existent weapon program and conflict in Dafur as a diversion to
manipulate and keep the public in a state of fear, because it enhances
the U.S. imperialist ideology towards global domination, as if the mass
murder of innocent Iraqi civilians is not enough to satisfy Western
elites’ thirst for blood. It is Paramount that the focus must
be on holding the perpetrators accountable for their crimes and what
happen to the Iraqi people in the last four years and avoid the media
obfuscation of reality in Iraq.
The Time magazine’s cover story is of course based on Western
distorted images of Muslims (and Islam) without any real presence in
the Iraqi society. Like its previous stories on Iraq, the entire Time
story is a distortion of reality, a pack of concocted lies designed
to mislead the public and encourage greater violence against the Iraqi
people. With propaganda organs like Time and journalists like Bobby
Ghosh covering up terrorism, mass murder of innocent civilians will
continue to be blamed on the victims.
Ghali Hassan is an independent writer living in Australia.
Fuller, Crying Wolf: Media Disinformation and Death Squads in Occupied
Iraq; Also, Silence
of the Lambs? Proof of US orchestration of Death Squads Killings in
Hassan, Occupation and Sectarianism.
Mass, The Way of the Commandos.
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