Monday, October 24, 2005

Iraq War is Long Lost but Mayhem,Torture, and Profiteering Carry On

Reality keeps intruding on the fairy tales still being told by the Bush Crime Syndicate about Iraq. Consider:

ONE: THEY DON'T LOVE US

A recent Iraq "Ministry of Defense" survey [1] found that:

--FORTY-FIVE percent of ALL Iraqis SUPPORT attacks against occupying troops

-- ONE PERCENT (yes, that's one of every hundred) of Iraqis think the Allied military presence is helping improve security

-- EIGHTY-TWO percent are "STRONGLY opposed" to our troops being there.

TWO: VIOLENCE IS EVER INCREASING, NEVER DECLINING

The violence is so common that a lot of local newspapers do not have the space -- or the inclination -- to report most of it. Yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 23) was fairly typical. Forty four non-combatants died [2]. Today, 20 were killed in Bghdad alone [3].

THREE: TORTURE CONTINUES

A brand new report by the ACLU came out today.It provides details of systematic torture, leading, in several cases, to death, by American or British forces [4].

FOUR: PROFITEERING THROUGH MERENARIES CONTINUES

The Times of London today reported on how the U.S. and Britain milk the taxpayers and commit war crimes by using "security contractors. Says the Times:

"The American government is hiring private security firms to stabilise Iraq — and paying them a fortune to do it. But many of them are unregulated and operate outside the law. Jon Swain joins the hired guns on the streets of Baghdad — and assesses the real cost of privatising war" [5]

References:

[1] http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=8985

[2] http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6520C0C4-02AE-4854-92A6-3EB8E80C6C24.htm

[3]http://www.startribune.com/stories/722/5686207.html

[4] http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10740.htm

[5] http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-531-1824220-531,00.html

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