11/17/2004

Crime Scene Investigation: Iraq

Fans of the TV series "Crime Scene Investigation" understand the importance of scientific evidence in solving crimes. Witness statements, along with forensic evidence found at the crime scene, are used to build a case against one or more suspects and to eliminate others as possible suspects.

The most important crime scene in the world today is Iraq, where the United States launched a war of occupation against a sovereign nation in violation of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to an October 2004 study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the onset of the war in March 2003. The study, which does not include the more recent fatalities in Falluja, found that 95 percent of the 100,000 civilian deaths are due to air strikes and artillery.

The prime suspects in this illegal war of occupation are George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Paul Wolfowitz. Justice will not be served until these perps are escorted out of their offices in handcuffs, leg irons and belly chains to stand trial before the World Court. The suspects, in order to build their case for a unilateral, preemptive war in Iraq, lied to Congress and the American people. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. It did not have long-range missiles. It had no re-constituted nuclear weapons program, no chemical weapons factories, no mobile labs or stockpiles of chemical weapons. The United Nations inspections had been working just fine and there was no need to go to war.

The suspects used repetition in the mass media to whip up a climate of fear among the American people. They built their case for war on old intelligence, fabricated intelligence, artist renditions of non-existent mobile labs, false speculation about aluminum tubes, and -- worst of all -- they conjured up images of nuclear clouds in order to scare the American people into supporting the war. The suspects said the war would be a vital part of some vague, undefined "war on terrorism" and would bring freedom, democracy and liberation to the Iraqi people.

But war is the ultimate form of terrorism and, while we can speak of the 100,000 dead Iraqis and the 1,200 dead American GIs, the real crime scene in Iraq can best be seen in the living wounded. The dead are quickly buried and out of our sight, but the wounded show the constant reminders of what happens when shards of metal rip through human flesh. We can see the missing eyes, ears and limbs. We can see the half-faces. We can see the burn scars, the twitching. We can see urine flowing through the catheter tubing. We can see the crutches and wheelchairs. And, of course, some illnesses -- such as those caused by depleted uranium weapons -- may not begin showing up for months or even years after exposure.

After all of the evidence is logged in, the present death, destruction, and torture in Iraq is far greater than the past crimes against humanity committed by Saddam Hussein, and the Iraq war may one day rival the horror of the Jewish holocaust. The world desperately needs a mass movement to prosecute the criminal perpetrators of the war and to bring the troops home now!

2 comments:

  1. It would be interesting to see a legal system made up of the president's yes men turn on him and his cabal and do as you suggest. It would also be justice, but our nation seems to have lost its penchant for justice.

    The CIA is, not even slowly, being turned into the SS.

    There are a couple of very depressing but oh so insightful articles that I suggest for you.

    One can be found at http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1126-04.htm. It talks about the hypocrisy of those who voted for Bush because he stands for "good, Christian values." I would like those holier than thou end timers to explain the "military abortion" that we engage in every time we drop a bomb on an Iraqi city.

    Another is called “Nobel Laureate Saramago Warns of Danger After Bush Reelection” and can be found at http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1127-02.htm. It speaks to the global imbalance between which nation seems to be marching forward, installing military bases all over the world and the places in which those bases are being installed.

    The basic message asks, “How many nations are being allowed to install military bases in The US?”

    It took outsiders to finally take Hitler down. He, too, had the populace filled with ignorance and hate and he, too, filled positions of power around him with blind loyalists.

    You’re right. Someone has to bring these people to justice. Their greedy eyes are already fixed upon Iran and Syria and there’s rumor that his henchmen wouldn’t mind seeing “regime change” in North Korea as well (and in the not too distant future).

    Hopefully, we won’t make it so the EU, Canada, Latin America, the Muslim nations and the Chinese ally to bring the former United States of America back into line.

    Hopefully, clear heads will prevail within our own borders and, if need be, this cabal will be deposed before it embeds itself in a dictatorial mode that can’t be legitimately overcome.

    One solution is to get to potential “soldiers” before he can build up his armed forces to carry out all of his global “crimes”.

    His plan to make gainful employment outside of the military is beginning to take hold and accomplishing the proposed solution will become more and more difficult as people turn to the military as a source of income and some sense of family stability.

    I concur. The criminals need to be brought to justice – “punished” as he likes so much to say.

    To friendship,
    Michael

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  2. This is a very insightful opinion.

    I tried twice, once on 11/27 and once on 11/28, to post the following comment to it. Alas, the comment never showed up.

    Today is December 3 and I’m going to give it another shot. Three comments by me may show up.

    It would be interesting to see a legal system made up of the president's yes men turn on him and his cabal and do as you suggest. It would also be justice, but our nation seems to have lost its penchant for justice.

    The CIA is, not even slowly, being turned into the SS. Anyone who can’t see this is blind.

    His cabinet is becoming a cabal of henchmen and henchwomen. Again, the only dissenting voices, O’Neill and Powell, have gone (why Ashcroft quit now that his Patriot Acts II, III, IV, V, etc are shoe ins I’ll never know).

    There are a couple of very depressing pieces that I read not all that long ago. I find them oh so insightful

    One can be found at Common Dreams NEWS CENTER. It’s called “It's Time for Americans to Support Peace Instead of US War Machine.” It talks about the hypocrisy of those who voted for Bush because he stands for "good, Christian values." I would like those holier than thou end timers to explain the "military abortion" that we engage in every time we drop a bomb on an Iraqi city.

    Another is called “Nobel Laureate Saramago Warns of Danger After Bush Reelection” and can be found at Common Dreams as well. It speaks to the global imbalance between which nation seems to be marching forward, installing military bases all over the world and the places in which those bases are being installed.

    The basic message asks, “How many nations are being allowed to install military bases in The US?”

    It took outsiders to finally take Hitler down. He, too, had the populace filled with ignorance and hate and he, too, filled positions of power around him with blind loyalists.

    You’re right. Someone has to bring these people to justice. Their greedy eyes are already fixed upon Iran and Syria and there’s rumor that his henchmen wouldn’t mind seeing “regime change” in North Korea as well (and in the not too distant future).

    Hopefully, we won’t make it so the EU, Canada, Latin America, the Muslim nations, the Russians and the Chinese ally to bring the former United States of America back into line.

    Hopefully, clear heads will prevail within our own borders and, if need be, this cabal will be deposed before it embeds itself in a dictatorial mode that can’t be legitimately overcome.

    One solution is to get to potential “soldiers” before he can build up his armed forces to carry out all of his global “crimes”.

    His plan to make gainful employment outside of the military scarce is beginning to take hold and accomplishing the proposed solution will become more and more difficult as people turn to the military as a source of income and some sense of family stability.

    I concur. The criminals need to be brought to justice – “punished” as he likes so much to say.

    To friendship,
    Michael

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

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