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Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist in Iraq has submitted a
recent reportage, which we publish on our site this month, which
describes mass murder at the hands of U.S. soldiers. These are
WAR CRIMES, which have been performed by the U.S.
military, victimizing the citizens of the city of Fallujah and
consequently the citizenry of Iraq.
It was shocking enough to hear of previous accounts of
torture at U.S. detention centers in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
being committed by U.S. soldiers. But as more detainees are
being released, we continue to be confronted with further documentation
and hear of similar experiences suffered by them as well. These
further accounts begin to establish a pattern of behavior by the U.S. military
which is not isolated but rather wide spread and common practice,
therefore torture must be an accepted norm tolerated by the military
If this is so, then the atrocities in detention camps are not
exceptions to the rule but rather reflections of a gross pattern of barbarous
behavior. Dahr Jamail's report in "Stories from Fallujah" lays bare what appears
to be a predetermined and well orchestrated plan of warfare known as 'scorched
earth' which is being practiced by the U.S. military. The 'scorched
earth' policy was the methodology used by Central American 'Death Squads'
in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala in the 1980's.
However such methods were used by mercenaries, and ultra-right wing extremists,
not by the military of a democratic super-power. Although in the case of
Guatemala, National Guard units were primarily the users of such tactics.
The utilization of such methods in Iraq only serves
to lower acceptable standards and raises the U.S. 'military campaign' in
Iraq to a level of barbarity unseen since WWII, as committed by the NAZIS. Yes, we have
seen atrocities in Rwanda, the Congo, in the Balkans, and in Cambodia, however such
atrocities have been committed by mercenaries, civilians, rebels and
insurgents. More significantly, such acts have been conducted by armies of
'third world' countries on the fringes of societal cohesiveness. No
modern, advanced nation has ignored the rules of engagement or of international
law to such extremes as we are now witnessing in Iraq, no modern civilized
nation has chosen to ignore agreements like the Geneva Conventions for the treatment of prisoners
of war, the wounded, or for the treatment of innocents caught up in the tumult of
battlefields, to the extremes that we are now witnessing in Iraq.
The targeting of doctors, journalists and hospitals, the extermination
of innocents; of children, of women, of the elderly, of non-combatants is a
barbarity, it is subhuman, these are crimes. Individual
soldiers carrying out such orders are in fact guilty of committing criminal
acts, however their commanders are those primarily guilty of such violations and
should be held accountable; be they Captains, Colonels, Generals or a
No people will willingly accept an invader, or
usurper. No people will bear an occupier on their native soil, and it
matters not what race, or nationality we consider. The people of Iraq amid
such blatant violence and barbarous criminality cannot be blamed for defending
themselves against such aggression, no matter what means they choose to
employ. And the Bush administration, the pentagon officials responsible
for unleashing such violence on civilians are war criminals-- of this there
can be no further room for doubt.
The Bush administration by using such tactics has however
achieved two things; first it is convincing the world that the insurgency
in Iraq has obtained a moral high ground; and secondly, America can be
accused of becoming the NAZI Germany of the 21st century. Remember,
Hitler also claimed in 1938 that Germany was claiming its rights when it annexed
the Sudetenland, and did so with the approval of the major European powers
of the day. And soon after began its invasions of
Austria, and Czechoslovakia, still with little consternation from the
world community. Is history repeating itself ?
It would appear that as Bush wages his crusade in
the Middle East, as he threatens Syria, Iran, North Korea, can there
be any doubt that other advanced nations will commence to arm themselves
accordingly with nuclear weapons hoping, that by so doing, they will protect
their nations from American aggression ? As we have recently seen,
Russia, North Korea and Iran already started on
that course. Iraq has become Pandora's Box, Congress is asleep, and the
world community is quiet, nervous and waits on Bush's next move !
Given these facts, is the world, becoming more safe or less
so, in the midst of Bush's 'War on Terror' ?
V. Saraiva, Editor
Posted February 11, 2005
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