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The following is the statement of Mutadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi who threw his shoes at George Bush gave this speech, on his recent release from prison.

In the name of God, the most gracious and most merciful.

Here I am, free. But my country is still a prisoner of war.

Firstly, I give my thanks and my regards to everyone who stood beside me, whether inside my country, in the Islamic world, in the free world. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act.

But, simply, I answer: What compelled me to confront is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

And how it wanted to crush the skulls of (the homeland's) sons under its boots, whether sheikhs, women, children or men. And during the past few years, more than a million martyrs fell by the bullets of the occupation and the country is now filled with more than 5 million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. And many millions of homeless because of displacement inside and outside the country.

We used to be a nation in which the Arab would share with the Turkman and the Kurd and the Assyrian and the Sabean and the Yazid his daily bread. And the Shiite would pray with the Sunni in one line. And the Muslim would celebrate with the Christian the birthday of Christ, may peace be upon him. And despite the fact that we shared hunger under sanctions for more than 10 years, for more than a decade.

Our patience and our solidarity did not make us forget the oppression. Until we were invaded by the illusion of liberation that some had. (The occupation) divided one brother from another, one neighbor from another, and the son from his uncle. It turned our homes into never-ending funeral tents. And our graveyards spread into parks and roadsides. It is a plague. It is the occupation that is killing us, that is violating the houses of worship and the sanctity of our homes and that is throwing thousands daily into makeshift prisons.

I am not a hero, and I admit that. But I have a point of view and I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated. And to see my Baghdad burned. And my people being killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, and this weighs on me every day and pushes me toward the righteous path, the path of confrontation, the path of rejecting injustice, deceit and duplicity. It deprived me of a good night's sleep.

Dozens, no, hundreds, of images of massacres that would turn the hair of a newborn white used to bring tears to my eyes and wound me. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Fallujah, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. In the past years, I traveled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and hear with my own ears the screams of the bereaved and the orphans. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.

And as soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies of the Iraqis, and while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the traces of the blood of victims that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.

The opportunity came, and I took it.

I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.

I say to those who reproach me: Do you know how many broken homes that shoe that I threw had entered because of the occupation? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? And how many times it had entered homes in which free Iraqi women and their sanctity had been violated? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people. My rejection of his plundering the wealth of my country, and destroying its infrastructure. And casting out its sons into a diaspora.

After six years of humiliation, of indignity, of killing and violations of sanctity, and desecration of houses of worship, the killer comes, boasting, bragging about victory and democracy. He came to say goodbye to his victims and wanted flowers in response.

Put simply, that was my flower to the occupier, and to all who are in league with him, whether by spreading lies or taking action, before the occupation or after.

I wanted to defend the honor of my profession and suppressed patriotism on the day the country was violated and its high honor lost. Some say: Why didn't he ask Bush an embarrassing question at the press conference, to shame him? And now I will answer you, journalists. How can I ask Bush when we were ordered to ask no questions before the press conference began, but only to cover the event. It was prohibited for any person to question Bush.

And in regard to professionalism: The professionalism mourned by some under the auspices of the occupation should not have a voice louder than the voice of patriotism. And if patriotism were to speak out, then professionalism should be allied with it.

I take this opportunity: If I have wronged journalism without intention, because of the professional embarrassment I caused the establishment, I wish to apologize to you for any embarrassment I may have caused those establishments. All that I meant to do was express with a living conscience the feelings of a citizen who sees his homeland desecrated every day.

History mentions many stories where professionalism was also compromised at the hands of American policymakers, whether in the assassination attempt against Fidel Castro by booby-trapping a TV camera that CIA agents posing as journalists from Cuban TV were carrying, or what they did in the Iraqi war by deceiving the general public about what was happening. And there are many other examples that I won't get into here.

But what I would like to call your attention to is that these suspicious agencies -- the American intelligence and its other agencies and those that follow them -- will not spare any effort to track me down (because I am) a rebel opposed to their occupation. They will try to kill me or neutralize me, and I call the attention of those who are close to me to the traps that these agencies will set up to capture or kill me in various ways, physically, socially or professionally.

And at the time that the Iraqi prime minister came out on satellite channels to say that he didn't sleep until he had checked in on my safety, and that I had found a bed and a blanket, even as he spoke I was being tortured with the most horrific methods: electric shocks, getting hit with cables, getting hit with metal rods, and all this in the backyard of the place where the press conference was held. And the conference was still going on and I could hear the voices of the people in it. And maybe they, too, could hear my screams and moans.

In the morning, I was left in the cold of winter, tied up after they soaked me in water at dawn. And I apologize for Mr. Maliki for keeping the truth from the people. I will speak later, giving names of the people who were involved in torturing me, and some of them were high-ranking officials in the government and in the army.

I didn't do this so my name would enter history or for material gains. All I wanted was to defend my country, and that is a legitimate cause confirmed by international laws and divine rights. I wanted to defend a country, an ancient civilization that has been desecrated, and I am sure that history -- especially in America -- will state how the American occupation was able to subjugate Iraq and Iraqis, until its submission.

They will boast about the deceit and the means they used in order to gain their objective. It is not strange, not much different from what happened to the Native Americans at the hands of colonialists. Here I say to them (the occupiers) and to all who follow their steps, and all those who support them and spoke up for their cause: Never.

Because we are a people who would rather die than face humiliation.

And, lastly, I say that I am independent. I am not a member of any politicalparty, something that was said during torture -- one time that I'm far-right, another that I'm a leftist. I am independent of any political party, and my future efforts will be in civil service to my people and to any who need it, without waging any political wars, as some said that I would.
My efforts will be toward providing care for widows and orphans, and all those whose lives were damaged by the occupation. I pray for mercy upon the souls of the martyrs who fell in wounded Iraq, and for shame upon those who occupied Iraq and everyone who assisted them in their abominable acts. And I pray for peace upon those who are in their graves, and those who are oppressed with the chains of imprisonment. And peace be upon you who are patient and looking to God for release.

And to my beloved country I say: If the night of injustice is prolonged, it will not stop the rising of a sun and it will be the sun of freedom.

One last word. I say to the government: It is a trust that I carry from my fellow detainees. They said, 'Muntadhar, if you get out, tell of our plight to the omnipotent powers' -- I know that only God is omnipotent and I pray to Him -- 'remind them that there are dozens, hundreds, of victims rotting in prisons because of an informant's word.'

They have been there for years, they have not been charged or tried.

They've only been snatched up from the streets and put into these prisons. And now, in front of you, and in the presence of God, I hope they can hear me or see me. I have now made good on my promise of reminding the government and the officials and the politicians to look into what's happening inside the prisons. The injustice that's caused by the delay in the judicial system.

Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.

The translation is by McClatchy’s special correspondent, Sahar Issa.

 
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Why I Threw My Shoes At Bush: Iraqi Journalist Released From Prison, Speaks
Why I Threw My Shoes At Bush: Iraqi Journalist Released From Prison, Speaks

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"And to my beloved country I say: If the night of injustice is prolonged, it will not stop the rising of a sun and it will be the sun of freedom."
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Posted: Sep 20, 2009 9:50pm
Aug 23, 2007
15 MILLION TO SELL IRAQ WAR ON TV BEFORE NEXT SEPTEMBER 11TH 

........now the Democrats, along with wavering Republicans, will face an advertising blitz from Bush supporters determined to remain on offense. A new pressure group, Freedom’s Watch, will unveil a month-long, $15 million television, radio and grass-roots campaign today designed to shore up support for Bush’s policies before the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, lays out a White House assessment of the war’s progress. The first installment of Petraeus’s testimony is scheduled to be delivered before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a fact both the administration and congressional Democrats say is simply a scheduling coincidence.

The leading Democratic candidates for the White House have fallen into line with the campaign to praise military progress while excoriating Iraqi leaders for their unwillingness to reach political accommodations that could end the sectarian warfare.

Group to Urge War Support
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: August 22, 2007

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 — A new group of prominent conservatives plans to begin a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign Wednesday to urge members of Congress who may be wavering in their support for the war in Iraq not to "cut and run."

The group, Freedom's Watch, is rolling out television, radio and Internet advertisements in more than 20 states and 60 Congressional districts.

Ari Fleischer, President Bush's former press secretary and a spokesman for the group, said it would initially spend $15 million on the effort, which will also encourage voters to put pressure on their representatives for continued support of the war.

Mr. Fleischer declined to say in an interview Tuesday which members of Congress were on its list, but he indicated that it would include some Republicans as well as Democrats.

Mr. Fleischer said the central message of Freedom’s Watch is that “the war in Iraq can be won and Congress must not surrender.”

The advertisements feature Iraq war veterans and parents of veterans who lost family members in the war urging lawmakers who have supported the war not to switch their vote.

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Posted: Aug 23, 2007 2:03am
Nov 21, 2006

Recently there have been not one, not two or three, but MANY inquiries about soldiers in Iraq killed by "friendly fire".  The army LIES TO THE SOLDIERS' FAMILIES, but then the families find out some other way, such as from other soldiers, or from demanding documents and autopsy reports thru the Freedom of Information Act, about how their family member died.

There were some families featured on the PBS program "NOW", with David Brancaccio. But, THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF A VERY LARGE ICEBERG.

"Friendly fire" could come from "the fog of war", from National Guard troops being POORLY TRAINED and COMPLETELY UNPREPARED for this sort of warfare; and from their being EXCESSIVELY FATIGUED AND STRESSED AND THEREFORE TRIGGER-HAPPY.

However, NOW it is coming out, that SOME OF THESE SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN SHOT IN THE BACK, BY THE SAME IRAQI TROOPS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE "TRAINING" and "HELPING".

Iraqi troops have, according to an AP article, MUTINIED when asked to go to Baghdad and chase insurgents.

There are 800 ATTACKS PER DAY, ON U.S. AND BRITISH FORCES IN IRAQ.

Now it appears to me, at least, very much like the situation in Viet Nam; where TROOPS WHO DID NOT WISH TO FIGHT, WOULD "FRAG" THEIR OFFICERS; i.e., would ASSASSINATE their own officers. IT HAS BEEN STATED, THAT 600 AMERICAN OFFICERS IN VIET NAM LOST THEIR LIVES THAT WAY. Killed by their OWN troops.  It was SO common, that A NEW WORD WAS ADDED TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

The Repugs are reluctantly making noises about leaving Iraq "in 6 months or in 3 months", because IT HAS BECOME IMPOSSIBLE PHYSICALLY TO SUSTAIN THE WAR EFFORT THERE. General Abizaid spoke, in passing, of "Maintenance and Logistical problems". But, THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT.

Halliburton is RAKING IN HUGE, HUGE, HUGE WAR PROFITS; but, Halliburton is NOT ACTUALLY SUPPLYING THE TROOPS WITH WHAT IT HAS CONTRACTED WITH THE U.S. GOVT TO SUPPLY THEM WITH. The U.S. troops are BRUSHING THEIR TEETH WITH SEWAGE WATER. Their armor is not much better than cardboard and plywood, and even THAT they have to scrounge for themselves off of junkyards! Their vehicles are BREAKING DOWN UNDER THE STRAIN OF DESERT CONDITIONS AND SAND IN THEIR ENGINES; conditions they were never built for. Fewer and fewer and fewer vehicles are in even any condition to move; and there are NO REPLACEMENT VEHICLES OR EVEN REPLACEMENT PARTS SUPPLIED BY HALLIBURTON and its subcontractors. New Orleans all over again! but in Iraq. SAME DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE; AT THE EXPENSE OF PROFITS OFF OF TAX DOLLARS THAT GO STRAIGHT TO LINING HALLIBURTON'S POCKETS, AND NOT TOWARDS PROTECTING THE TROOPS.

They CAN'T send MORE troops to Iraq; not only are those troops nowhere to be found; but, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO MEANS AVAILABLE FOR EQUIPPING AND SUPPLYING THOSE TROOPS WITH WHAT THEY WOULD NEED. NO MEANS AVAILABLE! Thanks to Halliburton being the NO-BID CONTRACTOR at the beginning of the war.

THE TROOPS ARE RUNNING OUT OF EVERYTHING; AND IT IS NOT GOING TO BE REPLACED. IT IS TOO LATE TO CHANGE THIS! The destruction of the Falcon Ammunitions Depot in Baghdad, a SPECTACULAR light show that lasted many hours and that I viewed that evening on the BBC, was said to have DESTROYED ONE BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLES. You DON'T hear much at all about this in the AMERICAN press -- you have to go to the FOREIGN press or websites to find any facts on this. Besides the Falcon ammo dump, OTHER AMMUNITION DEPOTS ALSO WENT UP IN SMOKE DURING THE SAME WEEK. And, the foreign press said that this was an INSIDE JOB -- by Iraqi "friends". !!!!!!!!!

I don't see how the troops can last even 6 months at this rate; if there are more ammo dump fires, they certainly couldn't! IN THE HEART OF BAGHDAD; RIGHT IN THE GREEN ZONE. NOWHERE is it "safe" for the troops; and, THEY HAVE NO FRIENDS THEY CAN TRUST.

The Repugs HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WITHDRAW. We can't have our troops fighting naked and eating sewage; and THAT IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE. Great job, Halliburton! Yessssssss!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: Nov 21, 2006 3:01am
Oct 19, 2006

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SINCE WHEN ARE MUSLIMS "THE ENEMY"?????????? WHETHER SHIA OR SUNNI??????????

The United States INVADED Iraq, UNASKED, ILLEGALLY AND IMMORALLY -- A WAR CRIME BY ANY DEFINITION.
SINCE WHEN WERE THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, WHATEVER THEIR RELIGION, "THE ENEMY"???????
WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING IN IRAQ, ANYWAY????????
BEFORE we illegally and immorally and unasked, invaded and occupied Iraq, SUNNIS AND SHIA LIVED TOGETHER IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOODS, IN HARMONY.
IT IS THE CIA AND BRITISH MI5 that is responsible for much of the mosque bombings and civilian bombings in Iraq -- ON PURPOSE TO FOMENT A CIVIL WAR. "Divide and Conquer", is the idea.
THE BRITISH GENERAL IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, WHO SAYS THEIR PRESENCE IS ONLY MAKING THINGS MUCH WORSE.
I saw on the news yesterday, SYRIA has offered to be a peacekeeper in Iraq -- THEY KNOW THE REGION AND THE CULTURE. But, Syria will only offer its help to Iraq IF AND WHEN THE U.S. LEAVES.

EDDIE, AND ALL TROOPS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD LEAVE IRAQ IMMEDIATELY -- TODAY IF POSSIBLE. YOU AND ALL TROOPS SHOULD INSIST ON IT. THERE WAS NEVER, EVER THE SLIGHTEST EXCUSE FOR THE U.S. TO BE IN IRAQ AT ALL. IT WAS ALL ENTIRELY BASED ON LIES BY THE BUSH MIS-ADMINISTRATION, AND NOTHING ELSE. AND NOTHING ELSE BUT PURE LIES.
There NEVER, EVER was a "reason" for the U.S. to INVADE Iraq, a NON-AGGRESSIVE country that POSED NO THREAT WHATSOEVER TO THE U.S.
There NEVER, EVER, is one single solitary reason for the U.S. to OCCUPY Iraq, to STAY -- WHERE IT IS EVERY DAY MAKING THE TRAGIC SITUATION WORSE. The U.S. is COMPLETELY UNABLE TO PROTECT ONE SINGLE LIFE OF ONE IRAQI CITIZEN by being there.

ALL HONOR TO ALL U.S. TROOPS WHO HAVE GONE AWOL AND REFUSED TO DEPLOY TO IRAQ: such as Lt. Ehren Watada and Suzanne Swift. MAY THERE SOON BE MANY, MANY MORE TROOPS WHO FOLLOW THEIR COURAGEOUS EXAMPLE AND HELP TO END THIS SENSELESS WAR THE U.S. SHOULD NEVER HAVE STARTED.
It was NOT the Sunnis or the Shia who started this war!!!!!! NEVER FORGET THAT!!!!!!!!

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[Eddie is a soldier evidently in Iraq now, who posted a comment. HE AND ALL SOLDIERS SHOULD REFUSE TO FIGHT FOR BUSH'S LIES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE LIES.]


This article merely ASSUMES that Muslims, Sunnis and Shia are, somehow, to be considered "the Enemy". THE REASON THEY ARE SHOOTING AT US, IS, BECAUSE WE ARE THERE. Just like the British General said. IF WE WERE NOT THERE, THEY WOULD NOT BE SHOOTING AT US. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO PUT OUR TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY, in Iraq -- or anywhere else outside our borders, for that matter.

THE U.S. GOVT AND BUSH MIS-ADMINISTRATION HAVE SUCKERED US, YES, SUCKERED AMERICAN TROOPS, OUR MEN AND WOMEN, INTO SUPPORTING AN IMPERIALIST WAR FOR OIL THAT IS IN ABSOLUTELY NO-ONE'S INTEREST EXCEPT THE MEGA-RICH OIL BARONS AND THEIR LOBBYISTS.

IF YOU ARE FOR PEACE, YOU MUST BE FOR WITHDRAWING FROM IRAQ IMMEDIATELY. "PEACE" does NOT mean "winning the war -- and THEN peace". THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN -- THAT IS NOT IN THE BUSH MIS-ADMINISTRATION'S PLANS. THEY PLAN FOR PERPETUAL WAR ON THE REST OF THE WORLD, FOR CONTROL OF THE WORLD'S RESOURCES. {Water, etc., as well as oil.}

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Posted: Oct 19, 2006 8:59am
Oct 11, 2006
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I come home late from work tonite, sit down and turn on the TV, BBC News, and what do I see????? I see, live on TV and right before my eyes, A HUGE, HUGE HUGE FIRE IN BAGHDAD AT AN AMERICAN BASE -- WITH EXPLOSIONS GOING OFF RIGHT AND LEFT, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!!! It is night in Baghdad and the cameras are way up high, so you see over rooftops and the huge fire is COVERING A THIRD OF THE HORIZON -- you wouldn't WANT to be close to it!!!  And, BOOM! explosions are going off one after another -- I SEE them, I don't hear them, they are too far away for the sound to be picked up I think. Over a mile away, I'd guess. Just this WALL OF FLAME.
Well, you probably have all heard or seen it on the news by now, -- even posted on it maybe. But, IT WAS SO EXCITING TO SEE IT HAPPENING LIVE JUST WHEN IT WAS FLAMING AND BURNING AND EXPLODING ON THE HORIZON IN BAGHDAD! AN AMERICAN BASE!!!! IN THE "GREEN ZONE" -- THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE "SECURE"!!!!!
It is like when the U.S. bombed Baghdad with what it called "Shock and Awe" before it invaded -- but, it is THE US SIDE THAT IS GETTING DESTROYED NOW WITH MASSIVE BLASTS. The correspondent of the BBC in Baghdad said that an AMMUNITION DUMP WAS APPARANTLY HIT. THAT BASE WILL BE TOTALLY FLATTENED BY MORNING.
The correspondent also said, that no-one appeared at this time to be hurt, and the soldiers were all evacuated. Well, that's good -- I would hate to be jumping up and down with excitement over casualties.
You see what this means. THERE IS NO PLACE SECURE FOR AMERICAN TROOPS IN BAGHDAD OR IN IRAQ. This happened in BAGHDAD, not somewhere out in the boonies. BOTH THE AMERICAN TROOPS, AND THE IRAQI POPULATION, GET THE MESSAGE, THAT THERE IS NOW NO "SAFE" AND "SECURE" PLACE AT ALL FOR U.S. TROOPS. [And their allies!]

JUST THINK OF ALL THAT EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT AND AMMUNITION GOING UP IN SMOKE EVEN AS I TYPE THIS!
And, at a cost to the U.S. of A BILLION DOLLARS A WEEK -- that is how much the war and occupation is costing us -- with Halliburton doing its War Profiteering AND NOT ACTUALLY SUPPLYING THE TROOPS WITH WHAT IS NEEDED, THERE WILL BE NOTHING TO REPLACE ALL THE EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, FOOD, AMMUNITION, ARMOR, ETC. THAT IS BEING DESTROYED.
THE TROOPS WILL HAVE NOWHERE TO GO!!! EVACUATE, TO WHERE???? THEY WILL HAVE NO EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO CARRY ON THE WAR -- AT LEAST, NOT IN BAGHDAD!!!
Is this the beginning of the end?????? It was NO DOUBT, SABOTAGE -- can't trust ANYONE these days!!!!!! An anti-war soldier, a laundryworker or cook or janitor from a third-world country -- THEY'LL NEVER FIND HIM {OR THEM!!!}.
OCCUPATION IN THE LONG TERM IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!! The locals LIVE there, they ain't going nowhere, they are DEFENDING THEIR TURF by ANY means necessary.

THIS IS THE TIME, WHEN THE SOLDIERS OVER THERE WILL BE ASKING, WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING HERE?

AND THIS IS THE TIME, WHEN WE CIVILIANS SHOULD BE TELLING OUR SOLDIERS TO COME HOME, WE WANT THEM HOME. IT IS UP TO THEM; BUT THEY MUST REFUSE TO FIGHT ANY MORE. [Without proper equipment, how can they anyway?]

Wow, wow and wow. I couldn't BELIEVE what I was seeing. AN ENTIRE AMERICAN BASE IN IRAQ, MANY MANY ACRES, TOTALLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES, WITH ONE EXPLOSION AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER, GOING OFF AND OFF AND OFF. WHAT A SIGHT TO REMEMBER!!!!!!!

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Posted: Oct 11, 2006 3:55am
Aug 6, 2006
In the opinion of a large part of the Middle East press, the mosque bombings were started by the American CIA and the British MI5; in order to START a Civil War. Under Saddam Hussein, Sunnis and Shiites lived and worked in close proximity, visited and celebrated together and sometimes intermarried, etc. It was not "thousands of years of hatred and violence". This present Civil War, began with the bombing of a famous, historical mosque. No Muslim would bomb a MOSQUE, even of another sect.

Of course, a lot of the Muslims believed the propaganda that it was "sectarian violence" and not the CIA and MI5 that was bombing mosques, and bombing civilians in marketplaces, etc. This even after BRITISH TROOPS WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED in Arab disguise and in a car loaded with explosives!

The CIA and MI5 were also putting bombs in unsuspecting motorists' cars, if they were stopped and given tickets, brought their cars in for repairs, and on such occasions. Then the unsuspecting motorists would be followed by cars and the bombs set off by remote control. This is from the Arab press; and there is excellent evidence for it. For example, some alert Iraqi motorists have felt their cars to be unusually heavy and have stopped and investigated and discovered bombs; which they then managed to get rid of.
THERE WERE WARNINGS IN ARABIC FOR MOTORISTS TO CHECK THEIR CARS; it was such a COMMON occurrence.


British and American "Intelligence" WANTED to foment a Civil War in Iraq; and have obviously now SUCCEEDED IN THEIR AIMS. 1] This turns attention away from fighting the REAL enemy, the American Occupiers and their British stooges, to uselessly using up energy, ammunition, and lives fighting other Iraqis; 2] It is obviously to the ENORMOUS ADVANTAGE of the Americans and British, to HAVE ALL THE YOUNG FIGHTING-AGE MEN KILLING EACH OTHER OFF -- doing the Americans' job FOR them. "DIVIDE AND CONQUER" has always been good policy for an Invader and Occupier.


The cynicism and brutality of this Administration is beyond belief -- they do not care HOW much suffering they cause, both at home and in the world. Bush and Rummy are only PRETENDING to be as stupid as they come on as being -- it is a COVERUP. THEY KNOW PERFECTLY WELL THAT THE SECRET SERVICES OF TWO COUNTRIES ARE PURPOSELY FOMENTING A CIVIL WAR THAT MAY WELL SPREAD AND DESTROY THE MIDDLE EAST AND ANY POSSIBLE RESISTANCE TO AMERICAN HEGEMONY. Then, America can march in and take over the oil, the water, and the entire economy of the region. They will throw a few scraps to their British stooges, too; and Tony Blair is well aware that this is his best bet.


THIS CIVIL WAR IS NO "MISTAKE OR MIS-CALCULATION" -- IT IS A DELIBERATE POLICY SET IN PLACE, THRU BOMBING MOSQUES, WHEN THE IRAQI RESISTANCE PROVED STRONGER THAN EXPECTED
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American troops need to STOP FIGHTING and come home. Please tell any troops you know, and their families, that WE THE CIVILIAN POPULATION SUPPORT ANY MUTINY, REBELLION, DESERTION, AND REFUSAL TO OBEY ORDERS, IN THE AMERICAN ARMY IN IRAQ.


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Posted: Aug 6, 2006 1:25pm
Jul 30, 2006
The Hidden War Against Iraqi Women
Abu Ghraib. Haditha. Guantanamo. These are words that shame our country. Now, add to them Mahmudiya, a town 20 miles south of Baghdad. There, this March, a group of five American soldiers allegedly were involved in the rape and murder of Abeer Qassim Hamza, a young Iraqi girl. Her body was then set on fire to cover up their crimes, her father, mother, and sister murdered. The rape of this one girl, if proven true, is probably not simply an isolated incident. But how would we know? In Iraq, rape is a taboo subject. Shamed by the rape, relatives of this girl wouldn't even hold a public funeral and were reluctant to reveal where she is buried.

Like women everywhere, Iraqi women have always been vulnerable to rape. But since the American invasion of their country, the reported incidence of sexual terrorism has accelerated markedly. -- and this despite the fact that few Iraqi women are willing to report rapes either to Iraqi officials or to occupation forces, fearing to bring dishonor upon their families. In rural areas, female rape victims may also be vulnerable to "honor killings" in which male relatives murder them in order to restore the family's honor. "For women in Iraq," Amnesty International concluded in a 2005 report, "the stigma frequently attached to the victims instead of the perpetrators of sexual crimes makes reporting such abuses especially daunting."

This specific rape of one Iraqi girl, however, is now becoming symbolic of the way the Bush administration has violated Iraq's honor; Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has already launched an inquest into the crime. In an administration that normally doesn't know the meaning of an apology, the American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., both publicly apologized. In a fierce condemnation, the Muslim Scholars Association in Iraq denounced the crime: "This act, committed by the occupying soldiers, from raping the girl to mutilating her body and killing her family, should make all humanity feel ashamed."

Shame, yes, but that is hardly sufficient. After all, rape is now considered a war crime by the International Criminal Court.

It wasn't always that way. Soldiers have long viewed women as the spoils of war, even when civilian or military leaders condemned such behavior, but in the early 1990s, a new international consensus began to emerge on the act of rape. Prodded by an energized global women's movement, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1993. Subsequent statutes in the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for
Rwanda, as well as the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court in July 2002, all defined rape as a crime against humanity or a war crime.

No one accuses American soldiers of running through the streets of Iraq, raping women as an instrument of war against the insurgents (though such acts are what caused three Bosnian soldiers, for the first time in history, to be indicted in 2001 for the war crime of rape).
Still, the invasion and occupation of Iraq has had the effect of humiliating, endangering, and repressing Iraqi women in ways that have not been widely publicized in the mainstream media: As detainees in prisons run by Americans, they have been sexually abused and raped; as civilians, they have been kidnapped, raped, and then sometimes sold for prostitution; and as women -- and, in particular, as among the more liberated women in the Arab world -- they have increasingly disappeared from public life, many becoming shut-ins in their own homes.

Rape and sexual humiliation in prisons 

The scandal of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib focused on the torture, sexual abuse, and humiliation of Iraqi men. A variety of sources suggest that female prisoners suffered similar treatment, including rape.

Few Americans probably realize that the American-run prison at Abu Ghraib also held female detainees. Some of them were arrested by Americans for political reasons -- because they were relatives of Baathist leaders or because the occupying forces thought they could use them as bargaining chips to force male relatives to inform on insurgents or give themselves up.

According to a Human Rights Watch report, the secrecy surrounding female detentions "resulted from a collusion of the families and the occupying forces." Families feared social stigma; the occupying forces feared condemnation by human rights groups and anger from Iraqis who saw such treatment of women by foreigners as a special act of violation.

On the condition of anonymity and in great fear, some female detainees nevertheless did speak with human rights workers after being released from detention. They have described beatings, torture, and isolation. Like their male counterparts, they reserve their greatest bitterness for sexual humiliations suffered in American custody. Nearly all female detainees reported being threatened with rape. Some women were interrogated naked and subjected to derision and humiliating remarks by soldiers.

The British Guardian reported that one female prisoner managed to smuggle a note out of Abu Ghraib. She claimed that American guards were raping the few female detainees held in the prison and that some of them were now pregnant. In desperation, she urged the Iraqi resistance to bomb the jail in order to spare the women further shame.
Amal Kadham Swadi, one of seven Iraqi female attorneys attempting to represent imprisoned women, told the Guardian that only one woman she met with was willing to speak about rape. "She was crying. She told us she had been raped. Several American soldiers had raped her. She had tried to fight them off, and they had hurt her arm. She showed us the stitches. She told us, 'We have daughters and husbands. For God's sake don't tell anyone about this.'"

Professor Huda Shaker, a political scientist at Baghdad University, also told the Guardian that women in Abu Ghraib have been sexually abused and raped. She identified one woman, in particular, who was raped by an American military policeman, became pregnant, and later disappeared.

Professor Shaker added, "A female colleague of mine was arrested and taken there. When I asked her after she was released what happened at Abu Ghraib, she started crying. Ladies here are afraid and shy of talking about such subjects. They say everything is OK. Even in a very advanced society in the west it is very difficult to talk about rape."

Shaker, herself, encountered a milder form of sexual abuse at the hands of one American soldier. At a checkpoint, she said, an American soldier "pointed the laser sight [of his gun] directly in the middle of my chest… Then he pointed to his penis. He told me, 'Come here, bitch, I'm going to %#&!*% you.'"

Writing from Baghdad, Luke Hardin of the Guardian reported that at Abu Ghraib journalists have been forbidden from talking to female detainees, who are cloistered in tiny windowless cells. Senior US military officers who have escorted journalists around Abu Ghraib, however, have admitted that rapes of women took place in the cellblock where 19 "high-value" male detainees were also being held. Asked how such abuse could have happened, Colonel Dave Quantock, now in charge of the prison's detention facilities, responded, "I don't know. It's all about leadership. Apparently it wasn't there."

No one should be surprised that women detainees, like male ones, were subjected to sexual abuse at Abu Ghraib. Think of the photographs we've already seen from that prison. If acts of ritual humiliation could be used to "soften up" men, then the rape of female detainees is hardly unimaginable.

But how can we be sure? In January, 2004, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the senior U.S. military official in Iraq, ordered Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba to investigate persistent allegations of human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib. The Taguba Report confirmed that in at least one instance a U.S. military policeman had raped at least one female prisoner and that guards had videotaped and photographed naked female detainees.
Seymour Hersh also reported in a 2004 issue of the New Yorker magazine that these secret photos and videos, most of which still remain under wraps by the Pentagon, show American soldiers "having sex with a female Iraqi prisoner." Additional photos have made their way to the web sites of Afterdowningstreet.org and Salon.com. In one photograph, a woman is raising her shirt, baring her breast 
presumably as she was ordered to do.

The full range of pictures and videotapes are likely to show a great deal more. Members of Congress who viewed all the pictures and videotapes from Abu Ghraib seemed genuinely shaken and sickened by what they saw. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn called them "appalling"; then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle described them as "horrific." Ever since the scandal broke in April 2004, human rights and civil liberties groups have been engaged in a legal battle with the Department of Defense, demanding that it release the rest of the visual documents. Only when all those documents are available to the general public will we have a clearer -- and undoubtedly more ghastly -- record of the sexual acts forced upon both female and male detainees.

Sexual Terrorism on the Streets

Meanwhile, the chaos of the war has also led to a rash of kidnappings and rapes of women outside of prison walls. After interviewing rape and abduction victims, as well as eyewitnesses, Iraqi police and health professionals, and U.S. military police and civil affairs officers, Human Rights Watch released a report in July, 2003, titled Climate of Fear: Sexual Violence and Abduction of Women and Girls in Baghdad. Only months after Baghdad fell to U.S. forces, they had already learned of twenty-five credible allegations of the rape and/or abduction of Iraqi women. Not surprisingly, the report found that "police officers gave low priority to allegations of sexual violence and abduction, that the police were under-resourced, and that victims of sexual violence confronted indifference and sexism from Iraqi law enforcement personnel." Since then, as chaos, violence, and bloodletting have descended on Iraq, matters have only gotten worse.

After the American invasion, local gangs began roaming Baghdad, snatching girls and women from the street. Interviews with human rights investigators have produced some horrifying stories. Typical was nine-year-old "Saba A." who was abducted from the stairs of the building where she lives, taken to an abandoned building nearby, and raped. A family friend who saw Saba A. immediately following the rape told Human Rights Watch:

"She was sitting on the stairs, here, at 4:00 p.m. It seems to me that probably he hit her on the back of the head with a gun and then took her to [a neighboring] building. She came back fifteen minutes later, bleeding [from the vaginal area]. [She was still bleeding two days later, so] we took her to the hospital."

The medical report by the U.S. military doctor who treated Saba A. "documented bruising in the vaginal area, a posterior vaginal tear, and a broken hymen."

The U.S. State Department's June 2005 report on the trafficking of women suggested that the extent of the problem in Iraq is "difficult to appropriately gauge" under current chaotic circumstances, but cited an unknown number of Iraqi women and girls being sent to Yemen, Syria, Jordan, and Persian Gulf countries for sexual exploitation.

In May 2006, Brian Bennett wrote in Time Magazine that a visit to "the Khadamiyah Women's Prison in the northern part of Baghdad immediately produces several tales of abduction and abandonment. A stunning 18-year-old nicknamed Amna, her black hair pulled back in a ponytail, says she was taken from an orphanage by an armed gang just after the US invasion and sent to brothels in Samarra, al-Qaim on the border with Syria, and Mosul in the north before she was taken back to Baghdad, drugged with pills, dressed in a suicide belt and sent to bomb a cleric's office in Khadamiyah, where she turned herself in to the police. A judge gave her a seven-year jail sentence ‘for her sake' to protect her from the gang, according to the prison director."

"Families and courts," Bennett reported, "are usually so shamed by the disappearance [and presumed rape] of a daughter that they do not report these kidnappings. And the resulting stigma of compromised chastity is such that even if the girl should resurface, she may never be taken back by her relations."

Disappearing women

To avoid such dangers, countless Iraqi women have become shut-ins in their own homes. Historian Marjorie Lasky has described this situation in "Iraqi Women Under Siege," a 2006 report for Codepink, an anti-war women's organization. Before the war, she points out, many educated Iraqi women participated fully in the work force and in public life. Now, many of them rarely go out. They fear kidnap and rape; they are terrified of getting caught in the cross-fire between Americans and insurgents; they are frightened by sectarian reprisals; and they are scared of Islamic militants who intimidate or beat them if they are not "properly covered."

"In the British-occupied south," Terri Judd reported in the British Independent, "where Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi's Army retains a stranglehold, women insist the situation is at its worst. Here they are forced to live behind closed doors only to emerge, concealed behind scarves, hidden behind husbands and fathers. Even wearing a pair of trousers is considered an act of defiance, punishable by death."

Invisible women -- for some Iraqi fundamentalist Islamic leaders, this is a dream come true. The Ministry of the Interior, for example, recently issued notices warning women not to go out on their own. "This is a Muslim country and any attack on a woman's modesty is also an attack on our religious beliefs," said Salah Ali, a senior ministry official. Religious leaders in both Sunni and Shiite mosques have used their sermons to persuade their largely male congregations to keep working women at home. "These incidents of abuse just prove what we have been saying for so long," said Sheikh Salah Muzidin, an imam at a mosque in Baghdad. "That it is the Islamic duty of women to stay in their homes, looking after their children and husbands rather than searching for work---especially with the current lack of security in the country."

In the early 1970s, American feminists redefined rape and argued that it was an act driven not by sexual lust, but by a desire to exercise power over another person. Rape, they argued, was an act of terrorism that kept all women from claiming their right to public space. That is precisely what has happened to Iraqi women since the American invasion of Iraq. Sexual terrorism coupled with religious zealotry has stolen their right to claim their place in public life.

This, then, is a hidden part of the unnecessary suffering loosed by the reckless invasion of Iraq. Amid the daily explosions and gunfire that make the papers is a wave of sexual terrorism, whose exact dimensions we have no way of knowing, and that no one here notices, unleashed by the Bush administration in the name of exporting "democracy" and fighting "the war on terror."

Historian and journalist Ruth Rosen teaches history and public policy at U.C. Berkeley and is a senior fellow at the Longview Institute. A new edition of her most recent book, The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America (Penguin, 2001), will be published with an updated epilogue in 2007.
 
This article first appeared on Tomdispatch.com ("a regular antidote to the mainstream media"), a blog of the Nation Institute run by Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The End of Victory Culture, a history of American triumphalism in the Cold War
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