Americans respond in anger and sadness at the number of US soldiers who have been killed in Iraq, yet few Americans consider how many Iraqis have been killed nor do they consider the fact that the overwhelming majority killed by their tax dollars are children and civilians.
The number of Iraqis who have died in the last 40 years as a result of the policies or direct actions of the United States exceeds well over 2,000,000 (two million) people, most all civilians and over a third children.
Following is the timeline of US intervention and violence related to Iraq:
1958 – The CIA pays Saddam Hussein to assassinate the President of Iraq – Abdel Karim Qassim. Saddam becomes a valuable asset for the US.
1963 – The CIA and Saddam are successful in overthrowing the Iraqi government. During the coup about 5,000 people are killed. Immediately after the coup Saddam rounds up and murders another 800 people on a list prepared by the CIA of potential opponents
1974 – Iraq stages a battle against Iranian forces, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides.
1975 – US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger orders the CIA puppet, Shah of Iran – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, to attack Iraq over the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which both countries claimed.
1980 – Iraq launches a full-scale invasion of Iran with the full approval of the US. At the time the US & Israel are secretly supplying Iran with weapons and cash. The US provided Iraq with biological and chemical weapons technology and the precursors to nuclear capabilities. The Soviets also provided weapons to Iraq. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait supplied billions in loans at the request of the US.
1983 – Donald Rumsfeld meets with Saddam and again in 1984 on the day a UN report is released detailing Iraq’s use of mustard and Tabun nerve gas against Iran. The chemical weapons had been manufactured with equipment and materials supplied by the US. Rumsfeld delivered a note from Ronald Reagan expressing his support for Saddam and asking him to increase the bombing of Iran.
Even the US Centers for Disease Control supported Saddam’s war against Iran and his own people by supplying him with viruses, retroviruses, bacteria and fungi.
The US Commerce Department approved at least $1.5 billion in exports with military applications to Iraq during the 80’s.
1988 – A cease fire was declared and the war effectively ended. An estimated 1.5 million Iranians and 500,000 Iraqis are killed during the 8 year war. During the war Saddam kills an estimated 100,000 Iraqi Kurds.
1989 – US Department of Defense training manuals praise Saddam Hussein, noting how he had vastly improved education, medical care, and the standard of living of his people. His regime was called one of the most enlightened, progressive governments in the region.
1990 – Saddam calls an emergency meeting with United States Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, on July 25th, and is given the green light to invade Kuwait. The invasion starts August 2nd.
Bumper stickers start appearing in the US which read “Support our Troops” to diffuse opposition to the planned war.
In November, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 678, permitting member states to use all necessary means, authorizing military action against the Iraqi forces occupying Kuwait, and demands a complete withdrawal by January 15, 1991.
1991 – The US attacks Iraq and in 6 weeks drops the equivalent of 7 Hiroshima bombs. Civilian areas are targeted heavily, including convoys of refugees. The US stops short of attacking or arresting Saddam or his key staff and quickly abandons the Iraqi resistance and permits Saddam’s elite military to hunt down and kill those who supported the US. Some sources claim that up to 500,000 people are killed by the US and Saddam’s troops.
1991-1998 – The US enforces UN economic sanctions against Iraq which ultimately results in the needless death of more than 1,500,000 people including 750,000 children under five, according to the International Court On Crimes Against Humanity. While the Iraqis were suffering and dying for no good reason, Saddam continues to be a CIA asset and lives in unimaginable luxury with the full support of the United States.
Saddam expels all UN inspectors and closes off the country in 1998. Clinton starts bombing Iraq intermittently, killing mostly civilians, until 2002 but causes little damage to Saddam’s infrastructure.
2002 -George W. Bush starts building a bogus case against Iraq, fabricates documents and tells bold-faced lies to support the accusation that Iraq is creating weapons of mass destruction.
2003 – The US and Britain attack Iraq and target a wide range of civilian facilities killing tens of thousands. There is virtually no military resistance from Iraqi forces.
On December 14th, a capture of ‘Saddam’ is poorly staged by US military intelligence. The captured ‘Saddam’ is an apparent double who has been brain-washed into believing that he is the real Saddam. The Kurds claim that they had captured Saddam and turned him over to the US. Even his family claims that the captured man is not Saddam. The real Saddam is no doubt given plastic surgery and a new identity in exchange for his decades of loyal service or killed to prevent him from revealing his secret dealings with the US.
2003 – present – The US continues to brutalize and murder Iraqi civilians. Scores are rounded up, imprisoned and tortured. A genuine Iraqi resistance targets US forces but is referred to as an insurgency by western media to reduce support for it. The US and Britain stage ‘terrorist’ attacks to discredit the resistance and justify their continued brutal occupation. Some estimates place Iraqi deaths higher than 100,000 since 2003.
Just as in Vietnam, the US has waged an illegal and unjustified war against a population that can’t defend itself. In Vietnam 53,000 US soldiers were killed and 3-4 million Vietnamese killed. Just as the war against the people in Vietnam was started based on a complete lie, the wars against the people of Iraq have been based on total lies.
The real reason that America wages war is the greed of the wealthy. Arms manufacturers need wars to sell more weapons and the US is the world’s largest arms dealer. Wealthy families own large amounts of stock in arms companies. However, Iraq is also about stealing oil and controlling the world’s largest oil supplies.
What you can do
1. Americans must stop nurturing the delusion that they live in a democracy. America is no longer a democracy but operates under the delusion that it is. Democracy only exists in a few places on a limited local level. In a real democracy people actually control the makeup of their government. In America’s two party system voters are presented with pre-determined candidates not of their own choosing. Political nominations are carefully controlled and honest and intelligent people are simply not allowed to be on a ballot. Even if a reasonable candidate did manage to get on the ballot the mass media is controlled by the same people who control who gets selected to run for office and would quickly destroy the chances of anyone they didn’t have control over. When there is a vote it is rigged by an electronic voting system well known to be flawed and easily controlled by other parties. So, stop promoting politics as a solution. It matters not which corrupt idiot is put in power. Voting only perpetuates the delusion. If you must vote, vote for someone who is not on the ballot.
2. Americans are brainwashed from an early age. They are told that they live in a free and democratic country that is the greatest on Earth and that there are dangerous enemies that “hate our democracy”. The opposite is true. America is ruled by powerful corporations and individuals who have used the US government to subvert democracy around the world. America is the world’s single greatest threat to democracy and freedom. It corrupts other governments and supports the worst monsters. Only until Americans can accept the facts about their country can change occur. Shed the delusion and accept responsibility for your country’s crimes. Research the facts and tell others what you know.
3. Change can only occur in the United States if people stop participating in the system. As long as people pay taxes and spend their money at chain stores owned by large corporations, the system can continue financially. If enough American’s stopped paying taxes and being mindless consumers the system would run out of money. As it is the US is effectively bankrupt and borrowing money to pay interest on debt. We get what we pay for. Consider where your money goes and who it ultimately empowers.
4. America’s crimes persist because of ignorance on the part of the common person. As long as enough people watch TV and ingest mass media they will be socially engineered by carefully designed messages that keep them dumbed down and quiet. Educate yourself and others while you still can. America is merely a reflection of its individual citizens. A few evil billionaires can’t stop an enlightened nation that says “No” to their dark agenda.
By Bill Phillips Bill Phillips