Part I : “Success”, a devastating balance sheet
"April 9 2003 was Liberty Day for Iraq. (...) It was achieved by "the engine of global liberation", the United States. "After 24 years of oppression, three wars and three weeks of relentless bombing, Baghdad has emerged from an age of darkness. Yesterday was an historic day of liberation."
be a good outcome for the USA?
"We fought together, we laughed together, and sometimes cried together. We stood side by side and shed blood together," Gen. Ray Odierno told Iraqi military leaders and hundreds of American soldiers and officers during the ceremony that officially closed combat operations."It was for the shared ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice."
has slid into the age of darkness
Of course these war crimes are denied by all and sundry but it was common for photographs of rapes and other deviant behaviour to make the rounds of the bases. Some of them have been surfacing lately. Now these men come home? What damage do they bring with themselves? How do they heal, if the desire is there, from their crimes? And worst, how many of these women have been impregnated and most likely give birth to a DU child? I think here of the great American contribution to the people of Vietnam, hundreds of thousands of deformed children, frequently abandoned.
This current drug addiction problem in Iraq is rampant where once there was almost none. Primarily it is prescription drugs and hashish and heroin. The war loosened the borders for one thing. Mental illnesses from depression to hysteria as well as physical injuries have spiraled out into abuse, many of the pharmacists involved in the profits
The Sale of Human Flesh:Children are sold according to Colonel Firaz Abdallah, part of the investigation department of the Iraqi police, gangs use intermediaries who pretend to be working for non-governmental organizations. During negotiations with the families, members of the trafficking gangs prepare the paperwork: birth certificates, change of names and the addition of the child to the passport of the intermediary or any other person who is paid to take the child outside, usually to Syria and Jordan and from there, to Europe or other Middle East countries.
"The corruption in many departments of the government makes our job complicated [because] when those children come to the airport or the border, everything looks correct and it is hard for us to keep them inside the country without significant evidence that the child is being trafficked," Abdallah said.
"A couple of weeks ago we caught a couple with a six-month-old baby leaving by car from the Iraqi border to Jordan. One of our police officers found the age difference between the couple strange and asked our office to check. After arresting them we found out that the girl was sold by her parents and was going to be taken to Amman, then after that, to Ireland where a family had already paid for the baby."
One dealer, who asked to be called Abu Hamizi, said child trafficking from Iraq was cheaper and easier than elsewhere, given the readiness of underpaid government employees to help with the falsification of documents.
"Before we try to negotiate with any family we study their living conditions, their debts, the goods they own, and when we feel that the relatives are suffering with unemployment and cannot feed their children, we make our approach that in most of the time is welcomed as we are seen as aid workers," he said.
"During the period of investigations, we present ourselves as employees of a local NGO and offer some food and clothes. After we get their trust, we make our offer that varies according to what we have found out. If the family is really poor they can accept very low deals but sometimes with more literate ones, prices are higher.
"We prefer babies but sometimes families request children from one to four years old but they are rare cases."
The traffickers said they would check up occasionally to ensure the child was doing well. But Abu Hamizi said he once heard from a colleague that one of babies sold last year was used for organ transplants in the Middle East.
Though Abu Hamizi insists that "client" families were well-treated, a 2007 report by the NGO Heartland Alliance found that traffickers employed the threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim.
Sarah Taminn, 38, a widow and mother of five from Babel, said she had already sold children aged four and two in the past year. She had no regrets despite receiving less money than promised by the dealer.
"People might see me as a monster but if they know how hard it is to live in a displacement camp, without a job, support or husband, they might change their idea," she said. "I did anything possible to keep them with me but I lost my husband while I was pregnant with my fifth child and life became too hard. I love all my children. I know that the families who adopted them will give a good life, food and education that I would never give."
Aid workers say very little is being done to overcome the problem. "Reports of trafficking are increasing because people are much more aware now and they feel confident enough to talk about this child rights violation," said Fatuma Ibrahim, chief child protection officer of Unicef from the Iraq Support Centre in Amman. "Of course, Unicef is very concerned about these reports and we are working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Services to follow up on reports of alleged 'adoptions'."
Aid agencies are warning parents that many children are used as sexual workers or sold to paedophiles. "We tried to approach many of these families to alert them about what can happen with their kids but we have been threatened and two aid workers were killed after they tried to prevent a child negotiation," said one aid worker, Ahmed Sami.
This is the story of one such sale.
Mariam Muhammad got home from work to find that her husband had sold her baby, she finally gave in. The family had already lost most of what they owned ~ driven from their home during the sectarian violence of 2006, robbed of what little money they had by insurgents.
Her husband had lost his job as a salesman. What little income they had depended on her work as a housekeeper in Baghdad.
They argued long and hard about selling their youngest to put food on the table for their other two children ~ Mariam objected, threatened divorce; he was undeterred and while she was out, he handed the nine-month-old boy over to traffickers for a fee of £300. Mariam swallowed a bottle of pesticide and died.
that the nation of Iraq,
the society of Iraq,
has been destroyed,
a failed state.
have lost everything:
for children to pick them up .”
Genocide pure and simple. A war on the future of these people, a war on the women and children and the future inhabitants of this desperate land. If these things constitute "success" what in hell is "failure"?
“No matter how much the U.S government erases the past or predicts the future of Iraq, ordinary Iraqis will continue to face the more messy and complicated realities of the present. I dare Obama and everyone else in the spin machine to go to Iraq and look a child in the eyes. A child who, seven years after the U.S. invasion, still lacks adequate housing, drinking water, sanitation, electricity and education. Now, tell that child that the war in Iraq was a success.”
|Does this woman feel she is part of a success story "|
“To date the net achievements of the Bush/Blair adventure are:
Handing the Iraqi people a future in the hands of thugs and economic profiteers.
None of them have had the slightest interest to serve the Iraqi people.
The proof is instant wealth acquired by Chalabi, Alawi, Maliki, Sistani, Hakin, Bayati, Bachachi, Baher Alom and Rubai by virtue of their political adventure.
Iraq’s natural resources are mortgaged for the next 50 years to the international oil contractors.
Iraq experience intellectual and talent are forced to migrate.
Sectarian divide is thriving and encouraged by the constitution.
Ethnic minorities are undermined or forced to leave ~ Christians/Subain.
Human rights, particularly of women, are violated and have reversed their past achievement in protecting maternity rights, employment and health.
Education, health, environment and water resources are not seriously addressed and the same applies to agriculture, industries and culture.
Thanks to Bush/Blair, Iraq held several democratic elections where the votes were bought by favour, intimidation or fear.
Currently Iraqi citizens have access to a mobile phone, multi-TV channels, which are owned by the Iraqi Green Zone thugs and their sponsor US/UK/Kuwait investors”.
The destruction of Iraq has produced 2 million refugees but they’re not welcome in Europe. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday expressed its concern and objected to the continuing forced returns of Iraqi citizens from Western European countries soon after 61 people were flown back to Baghdad.
Iraqis got no role in the planning nor were given subcontracts to share the benefits.
And as the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of abandoned or incomplete projects.
More than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds has been wasted ~ more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S. watchdog agency.
Despite $53 billion in "aid" spent since the 2003 invasion, 70 percent of Iraqis are without potable water or electricity. These funds have lined the pockets of foreign military contractors and corrupt officials.
The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said the US Department of Defence is unable to account properly for $8.7bn.
Out of $9bn, 96% is unaccounted for.
It’s interesting to note that much of this money is not “aid” money, but came from the sale of Iraqi oil and gas, and some frozen Saddam Hussein-era assets were also sold off.
So not only the people of Baghdad are forced to live in gated communities (concrete “security” barriers between different districts), the whole city will be gated, sealed off from the outside world like a medieval fortress.
JUST LIKE PALESTINE. No wonder these two countries are so spiritually bonded and supportive of each other.
UN-HABITAT, an agency of the United Nations, recently published a 218-page report entitled State of the World’s Cities, 2010-2011.
Adil E. Shamoo’s comment:
Almost intentionally hidden in these statistics is one shocking fact about urban Iraqi populations.
Everything stolen from this homeless woman, she resorts to begging to feed her babies; sleeping wherever they can.
For the past few decades, prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the percentage of the urban population living in slums in Iraq hovered just below 20 percent.
Today, that percentage has risen to 53 percent:
11 million of the 19 million total urban dwellers.
In the past decade, most countries have made progress toward reducing slum dwellers.
But Iraq has gone rapidly and dangerously in the opposite direction.
In April 2010, Amnesty International released a report titled, "Iraq: Human Rights Briefing," Their conclusion:
"the human rights situation in the country remains grave.
All parties to the continuing conflict have committed gross abuses and the civilian population continues to bear the brunt of the ongoing violence.
The security situation is still precarious despite some improvement in 2009.
Attacks on civilians, arrests, kidnapping, armed clashes" happen daily.
“Some cynical analysts intimate that the current situation was exactly what the US (and Israel) wanted or what Washington had in mind when it drafted the constitution. The current Iraqi divisions keep the country weak and at the mercy of the US and allow the latter to continue playing the part of the balancing power in order to perpetuate its presence”, writes Saad Jawad, professor of political science at Baghdad University.
Al Lami is a Shiite Muslim official and a member of the Sadrist Party who's serving as an executive of the Justice and Accountability Committee, which Chalabi heads.
The meaning of this piece of information is that the thugs, who came to Iraq with the US troops, whose militias were armed, funded and trained by the US, are at least partially responsible for the strings of bombings that ravage the country.
‘Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility."
Not until many Americans of high degree stand in the dock for war crimes.
Not until the United States pays hundreds of billions of dollars in unrestricted reparations to the people of Iraq for the rape of their country and the mass murder of their people.
Not until the United States opens its borders to accept all those who have been and will be driven from Iraq by the savage ruin we have inflicted upon them, or in flight from the vicious thugs and sectarians we have loosed ~ and empowered ~ in the land.
Not until you, Mister President, go down on your knees, in sackcloth and ashes, and proclaim a National of Day of Shame to be marked each year by lamentations, reparations and confessions of blood guilt for our crime against humanity in Iraq.’
This is really unbelievable:On the contrary: Christopher Crowley, USAID director in Iraq, said the push for Iraqis to take over the U.S. victims aid program is part of a general trend for all American assistance programs in Iraq.
The U.S. is "seeking a larger contribution from the (Iraqi) government to these programs so they will become more sustainable as time goes on," he said.
Crowley said many in the U.S. believe Iraq has the means to pay its own way to rebuild after the war, with the world's third largest proven reserves of crude oil.
Asked why the Iraqi government should pay compensation for deaths during American operations, he said the victims "are Iraqi citizens”.
Yet Iraq is somehow not
The reasons they give are:
a) Iraq can sell a lot of oil to reconstruct the country and
b) the victims are Iraqis and thus compensations should be paid by... Iraqis.
Twisted logic this is. Comment from an Iraqi:
“Someone entered my house illegally and destroyed everything and killed my family and he asks me to pay for the damage? Am I talking to barbarians who just came out of a cave?”
“As the United States ends combat in Iraq, it appears that our $3 trillion estimate (which accounted for both government expenses and the war's broader impact on the U.S. economy) was, if anything, too low. For example, the cost of diagnosing, treating and compensating disabled veterans has proved higher than we expected.” writes Joseph Stiglitz in the Washington Post.Moreover, a report published by the Strategic Foresight Group in India in a book entitled The Cost of Conflict in the Middle East, calculates that conflict in the area over the last 20 years has cost the nations and people of the region 12 trillion U.S. dollars. The Indian report adds that the Middle East has recorded “a high record of military expenses in the past 20 years and is considered the most armed region in the world.”
Imagine if that sum would have been spent on rural and urban infrastructure, dams and reservoirs, desalination and irrigation, forestation and fisheries, industry and agriculture, medicine and public health, housing and information technology, jobs, equitable integration of cities and villages, and repairing the ravages of wars rather than on arms that can only create destruction.
As mentioned above, basic necessities such as potable water, reliable electricity, garbage pickup, a functioning sewage system, employment, health care, etc. are beyond the reach of the vast majority of Iraqis.
Iraq has slid into the age of darkness, not only in the figurative, but also in the very literal sense, since light has become a scarce commodity.
Complaints have been growing about public power lasting just a few hours each day.
Iraqi police used water cannon and batons to disperse protesters in the southern city of Nassiriya after protests flared on 22 August over crippling electricity shortages and inadequate services.
Similar demonstrations occurred in Nassiriya in June when 1,000 protesters tried to storm the provincial council building, scuffling with police, and also in Basra, where two people died in clashes with police.
“prohibits all trade union activity and ceases all forms of cooperation and official discussions with the electricity sector unions; Directs management to help police enforce the closure of union offices and confiscation of documents, furniture, computers and anything else present.
Why on earth would Imperialists stop killing unions in a country they are killing off when they are also killing the unions in their own countries at the same time? These imperialists don't care because this is also a war on the entire populace of the planet on one level or another.
The oil supply had totally stopped: the oil fields of Kirkuk in the north and Rumaila in the south, refineries, pumping stations, oil terminals for export in Um Qasr and Fao: all eliminated.
Iraqis were able to restore electricity within 6 months, despite the severe sanctions imposed on the country. The reconstruction campaign following the end of hostilities in March 1991 was an achievement of staggering proportions. Now, after 7 years of “liberation”, basic public services are still not properly functioning.
“During the reign of the old minister, we used to have electricity power for two hours on and four hours off. That means we used to have electricity for eight hours a day. Sometimes it was less than that.
Now and during the days of Shahristani, we have less than four hours a day electricity during the crazy SUMMER of Iraq where temperature is always over 50 degrees for more than three months.
The great minister came up with the reason for the problem and a very simple solution to solve the dilemma of electricity. He believes that we (Iraqi people) waste electricity and all the families in any house should gather in one room at night and sleep together.
I do not know how he could even say that or even think about this shameful solution.”
Iraqi president: About 700,000 USD a year.
Iraqi Vice presidents: 600,000 USD a year.
Iraqi news agencies claim that Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi receives One Million USD a month, in total.
Maliki’s salary is equal to that of the Iraqi President.
Head of the Judiciary council: about 100,000 USD a month (not clear on allocations)
Their pension: 80 percent of the last received paycheck for the rest of their lives. 
Indeed. At 104 acres, it is the largest U.S. embassy in the world. In addition to six apartment buildings, it has a luxury pool, as well as a water and sewage treatment plant. (...) The State Department has requested a mini-army to protect this Fortress America ~ including 24 Black Hawk helicopters and 50 bomb-resistant vehicles.
Meanwhile, the US government isn't just re-branding the occupation, it's also privatization it. There are around 100,000 private contractors working for the occupying forces, of whom more than 11,000 are armed mercenaries, mostly "third country nationals", typically from the developing world. One Peruvian and two Ugandan security contractors were killed in a rocket attack on the Green Zone only a fortnight ago.
People in this country (the USA) have a particular responsibility to build a powerful movement of determined political opposition to the ongoing occupation of and war upon Iraq waged by the U.S. government.
Do not be fooled into thinking that Obama or any presidential administration will leave Iraq on its own volition, concludes Kenneth J. Theisen from the US antiwar group “World Can’t Wait”.
And the National Popular Resistance has stepped up its activities against the occupation recently: There has also been a major increase in rocket and mortar attacks in the fortified Green Zone and at the Baghdad airport, according to Brig. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the deputy commander of American forces in central Iraq. General Baker, who said there had been about 60 such attacks in the last two months compared with “two or three” in the preceding months
This is another lie, a gross underestimate and an insult to the suffering Iraqi people.
That number comes from Iraq Bodycount, an organisation that does valuable work in collecting data of the deaths that are reported in the mainstream press.
But their figures cannot serve as a scientific norm to establish a relevant estimate of Iraqi casualties.
Twenty thousand of Iraq’s 34,000 registered physicians left Iraq after the U.S. invasion.
As of April 2009, fewer than 2,000 returned, the same as the number who were killed during the course of the war.
Iraq body count has some 70 doctors in their database of casualties, which means that they have only listed 3,5% of the estimated number of killed physicians.
Al-Iraqiya director general Habib al-Sadr told AFP in September 2007 that at least 75 members of his staff have been killed since he took over the channel in 2005 and another 68 wounded.
The BRussells Tribunal list of killed media professionals had at that moment less than 1/3rd of this number in its database. But the number of Iraq Bodycount stands at only 241 casualties.
When speaking to the Rotarians in a speech covered on C-SPAN on September 5th, H.E. Samir Sumaida’ie, the Iraqi Ambassador to the US, stated that there were 500,000 new widows in Iraq. The Baker-Hamilton Commission similarly found that the Pentagon under-counted violent incidents by a factor of 10.
Finally, the respected British polling firm ORB released the results of a poll estimating that 22% of households had lost a member to violence during the occupation of Iraq, equating to 1.2 million deaths. This finding roughly verifies a less precisely worded BBC poll last February that reported 17% of Iraqis had a household member who was a victim of violence.
There are now two polls and three scientific surveys all suggesting the official figures and media-based estimates in Iraq have missed 70-95% of all deaths. The evidence suggests that the extent of under-reporting by the media is only increasing with time.” 
Interesting Reading: IRAQ: TEACHERS TOLD TO REWRITE HISTORY