Misery Under US Occupation22-08-2007
Another U.S. Military Operation, More Unrest
According to the group Just Foreign Policy, an independent organisation "dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy to serve the interests and reflect the values of the broad majority of Americans," more than one million Iraqis have died as a direct result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation.
"The method the U.S. army follows when attacking a city is to intensify fire regardless of the possibility of civilians' existence in the targeted place," said Hashim. "In fact, they would shoot even when they are certain of civilians' existence. Their culture is to achieve victory no matter what."
Many Iraqis say the U.S. occupation leaders should consider what matters to civilians, since most Iraqis are now living under the worst conditions possible. They say it is the responsibility of the occupation forces to provide people with decent living conditions, rather than fight Bush's war on Iraqi ground and at Iraqi peoples' expense.
"Bush has nothing to lose here except his reputation which he has already lost," Hamdan Salih, an unemployed lawyer in Baghdad told IPS. "He is pushing Iraqis to fight each other and meanwhile attacking our cities in search of his own enemies, who most of the time happen to be our sons and brothers. He is sacrificing Iraqi pawns for the American oil king."
Misery under US Occupation: Between the Two Rivers, Lack of Water Kills
(if you cant read the whole article then read this)
The collapse of Iraq's infrastructure has created a worsening water crisis that is killing untold numbers of Iraqis.
U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker acknowledged to reporters Jul. 19 that Baghdad residents were receiving on average only one hour of electricity a day. Before the U.S.-led invasion, Baghdad residents received 16-24 hours of electricity daily. Without electricity, water cannot be pumped to homes.
The report, 'Rising to the Humanitarian Challenge in Iraq' said that 70 percent of Iraqis are without adequate water supplies, compared to 50 percent in 2003, the year the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was launched. About 80 percent of Iraqis lack effective sanitation, the report said.
An IPS correspondent was advised not to go to the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources in the face of a danger of being kidnapped by security men at the ministry.
"It is another weapon that the Americans are killing us with," 62-year-old Abu Mahmood, a carpenter from Baghdad told IPS. "No water means diseases that lead to slow, but certain death. They did it to us at the time of sanctions and now it is their chance to do it again without firing bullets and making scandals."
Few Iraqis see hope under the present government. "The problem is that we do not have a government like any other country," Baghdad resident Nabhan Mukhlis told IPS. "We should just stop complaining and surrender to the death penalty that was issued the day Americans decided to invade our country."
NY Times Responds Again on Fallujah
U.S. forces have admitted to using incendiaries--both white phosphorus and the modern version of napalm--as an anti-personnel weapon (Field Artillery, 3-4/05; London Independent, 8/10/03). See "Now It's a Chemical Weapon, Now It's Not" (Extra!, 3-4/06).
The war in Iraq has taken a terrible toll on Iraqi civilians, much of it through sectarian strife. Trying to establish the precise numbers killed-â€“and how they died-â€“is an important story. But it canâ€™t be told authoritatively by best guesses based on some mix of unspecified news reports and personal observation.
Baquba Denied the Healing Touch
When the U.S.-led occupation began in April 2003, administrators promised reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq's healthcare system. It never came. This hospital, like countless others in Iraq, is in a far worse condition today than even during the sanctions period when more than half a million Iraqi children died from malnutrition, disease and lack of adequate healthcare.
"One day, a number of Iraqi army casualties caused by a suicide car bomb were brought to the hospital by a military patrol," Mohammed Ali, a 39-year-old orthopaedic surgeon told IPS. "The soldiers began to insult the staff, and hit two physicians after ordering them to leave other patients and treat the wounded soldiers first."
But doctors have continued to face abuse, Nasseer Adil, a 42-year-old pathologist told IPS. "It has become very normal that any person can come and insult anyone in the hospital."
Over time, the abuse and threats have driven many doctors to leave their job, and when they can, the country.
During an interview with IPS in Damascus in May he said, "The Iraqi forces who regularly came into the hospital to order us around and abuse us were supported by the American military. The American soldiers watched the Iraqis do this to us, and this is another reason why I left."
FAIR: NY Times Responds on Fallujah Weapons
"A documentary on Italian television on Tuesday accuses American forces of using white phosphorus shells in the assault on Fallujah last year not just for nighttime illumination, their usual purpose, but to burn to death Iraqi insurgents and civilians. The mainstream American news media, whose reporters had witnessed the fighting and apparently seen no evidence of this, largely ignored the claim."
Napalm and its successor use jellied petroleum products, require an ignition and often kill by suffocating their victims because the fire they create is so intense it uses up all the nearby oxygen. WP ignites on contact with the air and can inflict deep wounds because it burns as long as it has a supply of oxygen.
These are weapons with horrible potential effects, and you might say, â€œWhatâ€™s the difference, they both kill.â€? But, so do 500-pound bombs dropping on Iraq and all the other weaponry employed in a war that inspires strong passions.
Journalists like Rahul Mahajan and Dahr Jamail described the roughly half of Fallujah's 300,000 residents who were still in the city being subject to indiscriminate attacks by U.S. forces.
"The best estimates are that roughly 900-1000 people were killed directly, blown up, burnt or shot. Of them, my guess, based on news reports and personal observation, is that 2/3 to 3/4 were noncombatants."
Mass Graves Dug to Deal With Death Toll
"The morgue receives an average of four or five bodies everyday,"
Dealing with these remains is becoming difficult. Like the rest of the city, the morgue suffers from continuing lack of electricity. Over the last two weeks, two of its refrigerators have been shut down. The smell of decomposing bodies hits visitors 100 metres away.
Many victims of U.S. air strikes have been buried under the rubble of their homes for days, sometimes weeks, residents say. The military operation has been launched to target al-Qaeda, amid local reports that the operation began after the al-Qaeda suspects had fled town.
People in the town feel targeted by killings from all sides. Foreign terror groups, like those who claim to be following the model of al-Qaeda, have kidnapped many people who are never heard from again.
'Arrowhead' Becomes Fountainhead of Anger
"Americans are pushing us to the corner of extremity by these massive crimes," Abbas al-Zaydi, a teacher from Baquba told IPS. "They simply want us to sell cheap our religion, history, tradition and faith or else they would call us terrorists."
"It is clear now that any Iraqi who refuses to serve the American plan is considered an enemy of the United States," a community leader in the city who did not want to give his name told IPS.
He said some people are angrier with other leaders supporting the U.S. forces. "The whole world is responsible for these murders, and a day will come that we say to the world, 'you supported Americans who killed us'."
a teacher from Baquba, Iraq