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The "New" Iraq

The "New" Iraq

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Seven years after the illegal invasion of Iraq by the Anglo-American fascist armies, it is clear today that the deliberate and systematic
destruction of the Iraqi nation was premeditated and unprovoked act of naked aggression aimed at expanding U.S.-Israel Zionist power. These
barbaric crimes ‘should never be forgotten and never be forgiven’.
Seven years after the illegal invasion of Iraq by the Anglo-American fascist armies, it is clear today that the deliberate and systematic
destruction of the Iraqi nation was premeditated and unprovoked act of naked aggression aimed at expanding U.S.-Israel Zionist power. These
barbaric crimes ‘should never be forgotten and never be forgiven’.

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Finding Clarity in the 21st Century Mediaplex
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The "New" Iraq
 By Ghali Hassan, Axis of Logic
 Axis of Logic exclusive
Monday, May 3, 2010
Seven years after the illegal invasion of Iraq by the Anglo-American fascist armies, it is clear today that the deliberate and systematicdestruction of the Iraqi nation was premeditated and unprovoked act of naked aggression aimed at expanding U.S.-Israel Zionist power. Thesebarbaric crimes ‘should never be forgotten and never be forgiven’. “By violating international laws and conventions in 2003 in order to attack a defenceless nation for no reason [other than serving Israel’sZionist-fascist ideology], George W. Bush [and Tony Blair were] reclaiming those most primal instincts that had led the Mongol barbariansHulagu and Turko-Tamerlane to destroy Baghdad in 1258 and 1401 respectively. And by going back to the law of the jungle, Bush [and Blair]did not just destroy Baghdad and the whole of Iraq, but [they] also instigated a treacherous plan against the precious legal and institutionalheritage that mankind has been laboriously building since the Treaty of Westphalia of October 24, 1648, generally considered the foundingdocument of the nation-state and the first attempt at outlawing the right of might”, writes Tunisian journalist Hmida Ben Romdhane (La Pressede Tunisie, April 11, 2010). Unlike the destruction of Baghdad by the barbarian Mongols, the destruction of the Iraqi society by the West’s mostrecent militarised religio-fascist alliance of George Bush and Tony Blair is an act of terrorism that will live in infamy.
Unprovoked Aggression
There is no doubt that the barbaric attack on Baghdad in March 2003 will remain one of the most violent acts of terrorism in history of mankind.According to U.S. officials, “Shock and Awe” was aimed at terrorising the entire Iraqi population and intimidating Iraq’s neighbours, particularlySyria and Iran. After 13 years of genocidal sanctions, that deprived Iraqi children and the population as a whole of essential medical suppliesand nutrition, Iraqis are virtually defenceless in the face of overwhelming violence.It is estimated that the 13-year long U.S.-Britain imposed sanctions – coated with the United Nations despicable colour – caused the death of more than 2 million innocent Iraqi civilians, including the death of more than 600,000 infants under the age of 5 years. The sanctions wereaccurately described as the real weapons of mass destruction (WMD). According to John Mueller and Karl Mueller, the brutal and inhumanesanctions against the Iraqi people have caused far more deaths over time than the combined use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons inthe two world wars (Foreign Affairs, May/June 1999).Unsatisfied by the enormous atrocity and resilience of the Iraqi people and their government, the U.S. and Britain concocted a pretext (WMDand link to terrorism) to justify an illegal act of aggression to occupy Iraq. After the pretext was exposed as a lie, the U.S. and U.S. accomplicesconcocted new pretext to justify the illegal aggression, the West “moral responsibility” and concern for the welfare of the Iraqi people. Theso-called “Responsibility to Protect” or R2P – not applicable to the Palestinians – was the same concept used by the German Nazis to justify Naziterror. The difference was that the Nazis were allegedly “protecting ethnic Germans” in Poland and Russia.Not since the Fascist army of Adolf Hitler invaded and occupied parts of Europe has the world witnessed such barbaric violence and destructionas that being perpetrated by the Anglo-American fascist armies. For most Iraqis today, living under U.S. military Occupation is no less brutalthan Poles or Russians were living under the brutal Nazi occupation that most Westerners considered barbaric.Prior to the invasion, Iraq was subjected to a massive and vicious propaganda campaign. The country was portrayed as a pariah state bymainstream-Zionist media and their despicable journalists distorting facts and promoting aggression. Iraq’s late president Saddam Hussein wasdemonised and used as a moral compass to justify Anglo-American aggression and war crimes.Western opportunists and America’s apologists who pretended to be “against” the Anglo-American aggression and hide behind the “No War forOil” Zionist deception have long fallen in line. The so-called “liberal class” and “progressives” have often described the murderous Occupation asa “failure” and “incompetence”, praised the U.S.-staged fraudulent elections and attacked the legitimate Iraqi Resistance as “violent insurgency” and “bigoted Sunnis”. Their criticism of the Occupation and U.S. imperialism has always been an intellectual cowardice. If the U.S. failed toimpose its Zionist-imperialist agenda on Iraq, credit must go to the Iraqi Resistance. It shatters the myth of invincibility of the ‘world onlysuperpower’.From time to time the “liberal class” and “progressives” criticise Barack Obama’s policies and calling him ‘worse than Bush’, as if Obama has thepower to make changes to U.S. criminal policies. The motive is to manipulate the public and deflect attention away from the anti-Muslim Zionistruling class that control the centres of power and finance in America. We all know that Obama has no real power to make changes. He is justanother product, a tool, of the Zionist ruling class. Indeed, the Obama Administration is the most Zionist administration in U.S. history.After seven years of hibernation, the “liberal class” and “progressives”, including Israel’s apologists are back to show their loyalty (backflipping),attacking Iran and condemning Iran’s alleged “rigged” elections. It is important to remember that Iran doesn’t pose threat to any nation, butIsrael with its fascist ideology and an arsenal of nuclear weapon posed a threat not only to entire region but to the world. The same Zionistpropaganda that led to the aggression against Iraq is being recycled.The Zionists’ (the architects of the war) murderous strategy in Iraq was to destroy the fabric of the Iraqi society, and turn Iraq into a colonialdictatorship subservient to U.S.-Israel Zionist power. There was no “failure” or “incompetence” on the part of the U.S. government, as suggestedby the loyal “opposition”. The destruction of Iraq was planned at least two years before the aggression in 2003. It was driven by theneo-conservative and neo-liberal ideologues (in lay terms, Zion-fascists) with strong ties to Israel’s fascist regime. “They openly stated that theirtop priority was to advance Israel’s agenda, which, in this case, was a U.S. war against Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein, occupy the country,physically divide Iraq, destroy its military and industrial capability and impose a pro-Israel/pro-U.S. puppet regime”, writes American sociologistJames Petras.As a result of the illegal invasion and seven years of murderous Occupation, an estimated 1.5 million defenceless Iraqi civilians, mostly women,children and young men, have been murdered, with the majority by the invading Anglo-American armies. It is the most premeditated andbarbaric mass murder of innocent civilians in the history of human civilisation. The “new” Iraq is a nation of orphans and widows.Furthermore, many American official and international organisation have quietly acknowledged that the destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritagewas deliberate and premeditated. It was designed to remove Iraq’s history as the birthplace of civilisation. Even Adolf Hitler never thought of committing such heinous crimes during the Nazi occupation of Europe. Priceless cultural artefacts may have been stolen by Nazi officials butnever destroyed. In Iraq, Museums and galleries holding the history of world civilisation were trashed and looted. Libraries were ransacked andbooks were burned in masses. It was all performed under the watchful eyes of the invading armies. As James Petras noted: “[T]he destruction of the scientific, academic, cultural and legal foundations of an independent state means increasing reliance on the Western (and Chinese)multinational corporations and their technical infrastructure – facilitating imperial economic penetration and exploitation”.In the “new” Iraq, Iraqis are living in a climate of fear and terror today. From the outset, the Occupation fomented violence in order to destroythe Iraqi society. Before the invasion, Iraqis lived side-by-side in every city and town regardless of ethno-religious backgrounds. Theyintermarriage and live in a cultural and mosaic society. To encourage anarchy and insecurity, the occupying army disbanded the Iraqi Army,police and security forces and replaced them with Kurdish warlords, political gangsters, imported death squads, and religious militias. “The ‘warof all against all’ served the interests of the U.S. Occupation forces”, writes James Petras. From the outset of the Occupation, the U.S. sought tocontrol Iraq through violence and the colonial policy of ‘divide and rule’ by handing out political positions to expatriates along strictly ethno-religious lines. The so-called “political process” was designed to achieve this division of Iraq.By propping up corrupt criminals, religious fundamentalists and terrorists who were parachuted into Iraq by the invading armies, the Americanand to a lesser extent the British governments were able to hide behind a facade of corrupt expatriate stooges and blaming them for theOccupation-generated violence and crimes. Corruption is one of the most effective colonial tools, brought into Iraq to deflect attention awayfrom the Occupation. Transparency International has ranked (the ‘new’) Iraq as the fourth most-corrupt nation in the world in its annual survey.Indeed, the creation of a corrupt and illegitimate puppet government inside the Occupation Headquarter (known as the ‘Green Zone’) aimed attransforming Iraq into a “failed state” that needs Western interference and “help”.Expatriate stooges were appointed and encouraged to compete against each other for the title of Iraq’s “strongman”. The more violent andcorrupt the “strongman” the more accepted by the U.S. administration. Hundreds of young men are disappearing every month (if not everyweek) into “secret” prisons, where they are routinely tortured, raped, humiliated and many of them later murdered. Amnesty International (AI)
 
and Human Rights Watch (HRW) were the first to blame the puppet government for crimes committed under the radar screen of the occupyingforces while they remain silent when Iraqis are tortured, raped and massacred by U.S.-British invading armies. Both, AI and HRW reports onIraq were consciously prepared to exonerate the occupying armies and depict Iraq as a “sovereign” nation marred by violence and violation of human right law.Violence will continue to engulf Iraq’s major cities; just enough to justify the ongoing murderous Occupation, serves U.S.-Israel Zionist interestsand diverts public attention away from the Occupation. Furthermore, to enforce colonial divisions and facilitate the liquidation of anti-OccupationResistance leaders, the U.S. occupying army used Nazi-like methods to separate populations along ethno-religious lines by erecting walls aroundneighbourhoods in Baghdad and other cities. For example, the Capital Baghdad with its marked ghettoes and perpetual violence is a mirrorimage of Warsaw under Nazi occupation under wretched living conditions.
Deterioration of Living Conditions
Since 2003, living conditions in Iraq continue to deteriorate. Once a middle-class nation, Iraq has been deliberately reduced to a state of abjectdestitution. In the “new” Iraq, nearly half the population live in extreme poverty. A report by the British charity organisation, Oxfam, shows that43 percent of Iraqis lives in absolute poverty and some 8 to 10 million Iraqis need emergency aid. The country is still under the genocidalsanctions. The official unemployment rate is more than 50 percent of the Iraqi active population. The illegitimate puppet government’s ownstatistics revealed that 45 percent of Iraqis live in absolute poverty lacking the necessities to survive. Nearly 62 percent (15.8 million) of Iraqis ‘completely depend’ on the food rationing system to survive from month to month. The system was created by President Saddam Hussein toconfront the genocidal sanctions and avert mass starvation. Despite the reduction in the number of food and non-food items by the illegitimatepuppet government, many Iraqis still depend on the system to survive.After seven years of murderous Occupation and deteriorating living conditions, Iraq is suffering the worst refugee crisis in history. “Iraq wouldbe the world’s second-worst crisis, as the report points out, second only to Afghanistan, and ahead of Sudan. So the strain on Iraq’s neighbours,particularly Jordan and Syria, and to a lesser extent on Lebanon is immense”, said Jessica Mathews, President of Carnegie Endowment forInternational Peace, a U.S. propaganda think-tank known for its pro-Israel Zionist bias. At least 2.7 million Iraqis are internally displaced (byviolence) and living in conditions of extreme poverty, enduring constant attacks and eviction from temporary shelters. An estimated 3 millionable Iraqis have fled Iraq into exile in neighbouring countries. Only a small number of Iraqi refugees were allowed into those Western nationswho pretend to have “liberated” Iraq. The majority of Iraqi refugees have found a safe haven in Syria and Jordan. Most of Iraqi refugees are in ‘legal limbo’, unable to work and with no hope of returning to their country. The primary causes for Iraqi refugees’ flight are violence, lack of access to water, sanitation, electricity, health care and education.
Targeting Iraq’s Education
Iraq’s education, once the best in the region, has been the target of the Occupation. Iraq’s education has been dismantled by the invadingarmies and their collaborators. The Iraqi curriculum has been changed to distort history and depicts the U.S. and Israel as democratic andcivilised societies by covering up their war crimes, flagrant violations of international law human rights, violent ideology, corruption, growinginequalities, gross injustices and racist policies at home and abroad. It is estimated that only 30 percent of the 3.5 million students wereattending schools. The majority of the dropouts are female. According to a report by UNESCO, school attendance prior to the Anglo-Americanaggression was nearly 100 percent. The crisis is exacerbated by the increase number of orphaned children. There are at least 5 million Iraqiorphans, many of them live on the streets.Iraqi universities and colleges have been besieged by U.S.-created extremists and criminals. Tens of thousands of prominent Iraqis, includingacademics, doctors, teachers and political personalities have been murdered in cold blood in a U.S-Israel orchestrated assassination campaigndubbed “DeBa’athification”. Many had to leave Iraq for safety reasons, which contributed to brain drain.The planned campaign was designed not only to kill Iraq as a nation by destroying Iraq’s human resources and independence, but also removingthe base of the Iraqi Resistance to the Occupation. Professional Iraqis who survived the murderous campaign have left the country, leaving aneducation system in a state of collapse. Students are being graduated in masse without the necessary professional knowledge, especially thosewho work in the health care services. “There is really a huge difference between now and the times of Saddam Hussein, when medical graduatesleft college with competence to treat any patient”, said Professor Fua’ad Abdel-Razak of Baghdad university (IRIN, 16 May, 2007). Before theinvasion, education and healthcare with modern health facilities were universal.
Deterioration of Iraq’s Healthcare
Iraq’s healthcare system has deteriorated at an alarming rate with a devastating impact on the health of the Iraqi people. The deterioration of the healthcare services has seen a marked increase in mortality. According to UNICEF, under the Occupation, Iraqi children are now dying fasterthan before invasion. One in four children under five years of age is chronically malnourished. One in eight Iraqi children die before the age of five, and millions of Iraqi children are affected by post traumatic disorder. “Healthcare in Iraq since 2003 is worse than during the sanctions. Atthat time we had little equipment and medicine, but in the last three years we have lost almost all the specialists”, said Dr Majeed al-Naomi in aBaghdad clinic. It is estimated that at least, 25 percent of Iraq's 18,000 physicians had left the country since the invasion in 2003 which isdevastating the healthcare system.Furthermore, Thousands of tons of white phosphorous shells, ‘depleted’ uranium (DU), napalm, cluster bombs, and neutron bombs were droppedon Iraqi population centres, including Baghdad Basrah and Fallujah. The Anglo-American armies used more than 1700 tons of DU during the2003 invasion on top of more than 320 tons of DU used in 1991 attacks on Iraq. In the natural environment, these weapons-grade particleshave extremely long half-lives and there is strong evidence of their detrimental effects on the health of the Iraqi people.Iraqi officials are reporting incidences of cancer, deformed babies and other health problems have risen sharply since the U.S.-led invasion in2003. Many suspect the causes are contamination from weapons used in years of Anglo-American criminal wars and unchecked pollution. InFallujah, Iraqi children are suffering from brain damage, deformity and cancer. An Iraqi doctor said that the rate of deformity and cancer amongchildren in Fallujah is extremely high when compared with the rate of cancer ad deformity of that in 2003. A spike in the number of births of stillborn, deformed and paralyzed babies there has alarmed doctors. Fallujah was the target of two massive assaults by the U.S. military. InBasra, Doctor Jawad al-Ali said: “We have seen new kinds of cancer that were not recorded in Iraq before the 2003 war, types of fibrous (softtissue) cancer and bone cancer. These refer clearly to radiation as a cause.” In Basra, Leukaemia cases were up by 600 percent since 1990.Access to clean water remains inadequate in many parts of the Iraq. According to the World Bank survey, 87.5 percent of the population haveno adequate water supply, and 20 percent proper sewage disposal. In many parts of Iraq, including Baghdad and Basra, the water, soil and airare contaminated with radio-active particles caused by DU shells without adequate healthcare services the situation is rapidly worsening for themost vulnerable Iraqis, including women and children.
The Status of women
According to UNICEF, before the Anglo-American invasion, “Rarely do women in the Arab world enjoy as much power and support as they do inIraq”. After seven years of U.S. Occupation, the status of Iraqi women has deteriorated beyond belief. The U.S.-imposed constitution hasstripped Iraqi women of all the civil and basic rights that they enjoyed before the invasion and condemning them to statutory second-classcitizens. Unemployment among Iraqi women is nearly 80 percent. A report by the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) releasedon the fourth anniversary of the Anglo-American invasion stated that: “women of Iraq have gradually lost most of their 20th century gains andprivileges in the last 4 years of occupation”. You would think European Islamophobes who pretend to support Muslim women “liberation” inEurope would be concerned about Iraqi women’ rights under Occupation. Instead, they are engaged in a fascist campaign of anti-Muslim hatredto justify Western war on Muslims.According to Professor Maha Sabria of Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad, "The status of women here is linked to the general situation. Theviolation of women's rights was part of the violation of the rights of all Iraqis. [...] At the same time women do not have freedom of movementbecause of the deteriorated security conditions and because of abductions of women and children by criminal gangs”. (Inter Press Service, 12March 2010).Furthermore, as a result of the U.S. Occupation and its violence, there are 2.5 million widows in Iraq, the highest in the world. According to theUnited Nations, in 2006, 90 to 100 women were widowed each day by the Occupation and its collaborators. Many of these widows do not knowwhat happened to their spouses and most of them receive no assistance from the puppet government.Throughout Iraq, women are living in fear of their lives and dignity. Kidnapping and rape are the common crimes under the Occupation. Over10,000 women have suffered detention at the hands of U.S. forces and their Iraqi collaborators. The majority of detainees remain withoutcharges. They are tortured and abused on regular basis. (See my: Iraq: A cluster of torture prisons, Online Journal, March 08, 2006). Thesituation for Iraqi women reflects the country’s situation under U.S. military Occupation.
Elections and Colonial Dictatorship
The recent U.S.-staged illegitimate elections were conducted in an atmosphere of terror and execution perpetrated by the Occupation forces andtheir collaborators. The final outcome of fraudulent elections was ensured. Like the 2005 elections, the 2010 elections were widely regarded,both in Iraq and outside Iraq, as rigged and fraudulent elections. The elections designed to legitimise the Occupation and validate a corrupt

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