Scholars support, media ignore Iraqi protests
As Obama weeps crocodile tears over the Arab Revolution against US-backed dictatorships. US- and Zionist-beholden Western media have been reporting the Arab Revolution underway in countries including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Bahrain but ignore Iraqi demands for freedom.
While Western media and politicians laudably support the courageous protests for democracy in countries such as Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Bahrain, there is extraordinary silence in relation to the demands for democracy in Occupied Palestine and Occupied Iraq in which the indigenous inhabitants live under the tyrannical rule of genocidal European invaders rather than under the tyrannical rule of Western-backed indigenous dictators.
In the Zionist-controlled Occupied Palestinian Territory post-invasion excess deaths from Israeli-imposed deprivation total 0.3 million, post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.2 million and the Hamas MPs who won an overwhelming victory in the 2006 elections held under Occupier guns are holed up in the violently Israeli-guarded Gaza Concentration Camp together with 1.5 million other Palestinians, including 800,000 children.
There are 7 million Palestinian refugees and about half the 12 million Palestinians are forbidden to live in the land continuously inhabited by their forbears for thousands of years from the dawn of history. Of 12 million Palestinians only the adults of 1.5 million Palestinian Israelis are permitted to vote for the racist Zionist-dominated Apartheid Israeli government that for 43 years has been ruling all of Palestinian plus, variously, slabs of neighboring Egypt, Lebanon and Syria (Google “Palestinian Genocide”).
According to UN Population Division data, medical literature data, and other authoritative sources, the Iraqi Holocaust in US Coalition-occupied Occupied Iraq has been associated with 1.1 million post-invasion non-violent avoidable deaths; 1.4 million violent post-invasion deaths; and 0.8 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to gross US Coalition violation of the Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which demands that an Occupier supplies its Conquered Subjects with food and medical requisites to “the fullest extent of the means available to it”).
In addition, avoidable deaths under Sanctions (1990-2003) have totaled 1.7 million, violent deaths in the Gulf War totaled 0.2 million and under-5 infant deaths under Sanctions totaled 1.2 million. Iraqi refugees (both inside and outside Iraq) total 5-6 million.
The ongoing Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide (1990-2011) involves 1.6 million violent deaths, 2.8 million non-violent excess deaths, 4.4 million violent and non-violent excess deaths, 1.8 million avoidable under-5 year old infant deaths and 5-6 million refugees – an Iraqi Genocide according to the UN Genocide Convention definition of “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group“ (Google “Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide” and “Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide”).
The following statement signed by numerous scholars and writers around the world was issued as a press release on 20 February 2011 by the eminent and authoritative BRussells Tribunal on Iraq.
“Support of Iraqi protests!”
While millions across the world watched live 18 days of dramatic revolution that ousted the US-allied torture-friendly regime of Hosni Mubarak, no one is offered live feed from Iraq of its people’s uprising against an enemy much worse.
And while President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are being lauded for their supposed support for Egyptian democracy, no one is asking the key question Washington can’t answer: When will members of this US administration and the three previous face trial for crimes against humanity in Iraq?
Despite US hypocrisy, nothing will prevent the collapse of US geostrategic goals in the Arab region. It is not by direct confrontation that this is happening, nor by ideology. The interests of the people are opposed to the model of underdevelopment Washington and allies propose and police.
The year of revolutions
Across the Arab world, 2011 appears set to be remembered as the “year of revolutions”. In Iraq, ravaged by eight years of US occupation, plunder, destruction and death, protests have burst forth in Baghdad, Kut, Basra, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Sulaymaniyah and tens of other locations. As usual, the people face live fire.
We declare our solidarity with the people of Iraq in protest. We declare our solidarity with the martyrs of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and all martyrs of Arab uprisings. We put Washington on notice that it is your policies that are being defeated, and it is your alliances that are falling apart.
The region is witness to a rolling tide of Arab renaissance, led by the aspirations of the Arab youth. No injustice will be spared criticism. No lie will remain unexposed.
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