2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the British invasion of Iraq in November 1914 and the commencement of a century of Anglo devastation and ethnic cleansing in Iraq with the exception of the period 1948-1990. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) assisted the British invasion of Iraq in 1915.
US lackey Australian special forces spearheaded the illegal and war criminal US-UK invasion of Iraq in March 2003. After 2 decades of devastating Iraq, the US and US lackey Australia have re-invaded Iraq with return of soldiers as advisers or security guards, US bombing and Australia assisting in targeting drone strikes.
What must be described as a continuing, Iraqi Genocide has involved the following devastation over the last quarter century:
1. for the US Occupation period of 2003- 2011: 2.7 million post-invasion war-related deaths, 1.5 million violent deaths, 1.2 million non-violent excess deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 0.8 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths, 5-6 million refugees;
2. for the Gulf War and Sanctions period of period 1990-2003: 1.9 million war- and Sanctions-related deaths, 0.2 million violent deaths, 1.7 million non-violent excess deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 1.2 million under-5 infant deaths;
3. for the overall period of 1990-2011: 4.6 million war- and Sanctions-related deaths, 1.7 million violent deaths, 2.9 million deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 2.0 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention and the UN Genocide Convention).
4. 2011 onwards: about 0.5 million deaths from war- and violence-linked deprivation and an as yet undetermined number of deaths from violence in the Sunni-Shia sectarian violence, and, as of 2014, from Australia-assisted US bombing.
Exploiting barbaric acts by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni rebels, the US and its cowardly US lackey Australia have returned soldiers and air force planes to Iraq, and the US has intervened in the civil war with renewed massive bombing of Iraq and with Australia-assisted drone strikes, with Australia likely to follow suit with Australian air force bombing.
Australian Mainstream media and MPs are beating the drums of war with extravagant hyperbole and selective reportage. Thus, for example, the pro-war, pro-Zionist and slavishly pro-US Australian PM Tony Abbott:
“Should we be asked, we would want to look at any request in the light of achievable objectives, a clear role for Australian forces, a full risk assessment and an overall humanitarian objective. But I do wish to say … that no one in this Parliament I am sure, no human being anywhere, would wish to stand by and watch the preventable slaughter of innocent people. This [ISIS aka IS] is as near to pure evil as we are ever likely to see".
’The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
“Australia has so far provided only humanitarian support in the form of an air-drop to stranded Yazidi refugees. Fairfax Media understands that the Pine Gap [joint US-Australian telecommunications and spying] facility in central Australia is being used to direct drone strikes against militants in Iraq. And the US is understood to have asked Australia, along with other countries, about a fortnight ago to consider providing weapons and equipment to Kurds in northern Iraq who are battling the Islamic State”.
Indeed the US has indicate that it reserves the “right” to bomb Syria and no doubt will be joined in this by the war criminal Australian Lib-Labs (Liberal-Laborals, the Coalition Government and the Labor Right that dominates the Opposition ). The racist, war criminal, militant, extremist, Australian Lib-Lab Right evidently just loves killing Asians – Australia has been involved in all post-1950 US Asian wars, atrocities that have been associated, so far, with 40 million Asian deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation.
In 2005 anti-racist Jewish British writer Harold Pinter in his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech stated: “We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice”.
For the US and its lackey Australia to renew bombing Iraq in the absence of (a) UN permission and (b) no clear threat to the US and Australia from the Sunni rebels, is simply illegal and a further egregious war crime against the Iraqi people under International Law. To paraphrase Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, “How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal 4.6 million? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that the US, UK and Australian war criminals be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice”.
Of course Iraq is just 1 of 70 countries that have been invaded and devastated by the US since 1776. The UK has invaded about 172 countries and France has invaded 80. Australia as a UK lackey or (since 1941) a US lackey has invaded dozens of countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Indeed the still ongoing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Aboriginal Ethnocide commenced with the British Invasion in 1788. Indigenous Australians had been living in Australia for about 60,000 years, there were 350-750 different tribes and a similar number of languages and dialects, of which only 150 survive today and of these all but about 20 are endangered.
No doubt the IS (ISIS) Sunni rebels are committing barbarous acts (terrorizing and expelling minorities, mass killing of prisoners, the horrible beheading of the American journalist). However the US and Australian re-invasion of Iraq will simply end up killing vastly more people and sow the seeds for further decades of Sunni-Shia-Kurd conflict. Indeed one can ask why is it always the blood-soaked Americans and their blood-soaked UK, French and Australian lackeys who are policing the Muslim world from Mali to Pakistan? The US Alliance citizens all live well-removed from Muslim countries, and overwhelmingly aren’t Muslims, Arabs, or Arab speakers. The simple answer is “oil”, “geo-politics” and in the case of the present re-invasion of Iraq, the non-Russian supply of gas to Europe from the Middle East.
Marty Natalegawa, the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, the largest Muslim country and the largest Muslim democracy in the world, has injected some sanity into the international discussion by advocating “smart power” rather than the bloody and endless “hard power” espoused by the US Alliance: “Well, our chief concern essentially is the ISIS itself, this situation that we are now having where both in Iraq and in Syria we have a group of men, a group of people who are committing the kind of heinous atrocities that they have been committing. And Indonesia has been very clear in condemning and in disassociating itself from this phenomenon and we wish very much to join the rest of the international community in ensuring that we overcome this challenge.
Now, whether the challenge can best be overcome through the use of hard power alone or whether it requires a bit more comprehensive approach as well is something that we may wish to discuss.… Violence or situations in far-flung region of the world have an immediate impact on us, not only in Iraq, but of course in Palestine, in Gaza, in Syria, in Libya, even here in our neighborhood when we have been having, in recent years, the difficult situation in Myanmar with respect to the Rohingyas. That issue also have an impact in Indonesia in terms of the - creating breeding ground for extremism and intolerance. So, we must all be part of the efforts to overcome them, this kind of challenge, but it must be application of smart power, not necessarily only of hard power. Smart power in terms of soft power, diplomacy and the like”.
The US, UK, France and Australia have sought to justify re-invasion because of an asserted threat of IS-trained terrorists including the hypothetical of so-called “foreign fighters” in Iraq and Syria returning to their European home countries and committing “acts of terrorism”. Indeed the Australian Government has proposed over $600 million in extra funding for the Australia Security and Intelligence Organization (ASIO) and extensions of its already draconian anti-terrorism laws that largely target Muslims but ignore the actuality of Israeli state terrorism involving Israeli-Australian dual citizens against Australian citizens and their relatives.
Thus Bill Rowlings (Medal of the Order of Australia; CEO, Civil Liberties Australia) has commented: “We need to ask how, beyond jihadists, the new national security and data retention laws will be used. Is it possible, for instance, that ASIO and its “affiliates” will use their new powers to legally tap the mobile phones and laptops of presidents and prime ministers attending the G20 in Brisbane in November?... Tens of thousands of residents could be corralled inside their homes or barricaded out of their properties during the event… The proposed laws will allow ASIO to declare “special intelligence operations”, making it an offence punishable by 5-10 years jail to disclose anything Australia’s spooks are doing”.
After 100 years of devastating Western occupation and hegemony and the last 25 years of what must be described as an Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide (4.6 million killed by violence or by war-imposed deprivation), Iraq more than most deserves peace. The civilized world condemns the barbarity of IS but must also condemn the barbarity of the US Alliance re-invasion of Iraq and the prospect of endless war until all Iraqis bow to America’s will or have been exterminated.
Decent people must speak out to oppose the resumption of the genocidal War on Iraqis by the US, Australia and their allies, and the most effective action would be via Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against war mongers and Western state terrorism as were successfully applied against Apartheid Israel-backed Apartheid South Africa and as are being applied against neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel today. Decent, anti-war and anti-racist Australians must speak out, reject the pro-war Coalition Government and Labor Right -dominated Opposition, vote 1 Green and put the Coalition last. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity.
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