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THE REAL IRAQ: Occupation Brings Death, Corruption and Poverty


World  (tags: Iraq, peace, USA, imperialism, corruption, crime, HumanRights, middle-east, military, neocons, privatisation, labor unions )

Simon
- 4105 days ago - greenleft.org.au
Despite corporate media propaganda about Iraq, 2007 is the deadliest year for the occupation forces, with 878 troops killed by the end of Nov. And the sanctions & invasion have increased the suffering of Iraq's people: more poverty, malnutrition, death...



   

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Past Member (0)
Sunday December 23, 2007, 1:30 am
My dad taught me never point a gun at something unless you want to kill it! What did this young man's father teach him about going to war?
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 23, 2007, 7:53 am
Richard N. its not this soldiers dad who taught him to point his gun at this poor child its the US military who taught him ! At least I would hope his dad would have more common sense than that !
Anyone who is for this war should have to go to Iraq and see first hand the cruelty of this war and any war for that matter. Its so easy for some people removed from seeing these horrors first hand to disrgaurd the truth about this war .

I don't know if anyone else has noticed in the news that Turkey has bommbed the Kurds and the US is allowing it .
Now sense the Kurds live in the a part of Iraq with largest oil fields and they will not sign an agreement with the US to allow them to control the flow of oil,,then it seems to me they are deliberately letting the Turkish government bomb them to put pressure on them so they will sign this agreement . How corrupt is that ?
 

Sammantha L (126)
Sunday December 23, 2007, 2:14 pm
We can expect nothing less than absolute corruption from this government..its all about the oil and the money, Lebowski!
 

Sarvo Pama (2887)
Monday December 24, 2007, 12:45 am
About a year ago I started encouraging friends and family to get out of the US while they still can. A couple months ago my older brother left his very fancy apartment on Central Park in Manhattan and now lives in Hong Kong. The smart money is and will more and more quickly being pulling up stakes and moving on out. I'm very happy here in Mumbai. I left the US on March 15th. Went back briefly to visit my daughter back at the beginning of November and then hightailed it back to India as fast as I could. For some reason I still can't convince my daughter to leave Merika.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday December 24, 2007, 2:59 am
A July Oxfam study based on the most recent UN and Iraqi government data reported that 4 million Iraqis regularly could not buy enough to eat.

The report found that children were the hardest hit by the post-invasion fall in living standards, stating that child malnutrition rates had risen from 19% before the US-led invasion in 2003 to 28% currently.

It also found that 70% of Iraqis now lack access to adequate water supplies, up from 50% in 2003, and that 90% of the country’s hospitals lack basic medical and surgical supplies.

“Iraqis are suffering from a growing lack of food, shelter, water and sanitation, health care, education, and employment”, said the report.

One survey cited in the report, completed in May by the Iraqi planning ministry, found that 43% of Iraqis live in “absolute poverty”, on less than US$1 a day.

At a December 1 anti-war conference in London, Hassan Juma Awad, president the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, which represents 28,000 Iraqi oil workers, accused Washington of invading Iraq because of its vast oil resources. Calling for the withdrawal of all US troops, Awad argued that the US occupation forces have been the main sponsors of sectarian violence in Iraq.
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“At a Stanford University discussion, retired General John Abizaid, the former CentCom commander, said what we all know: ‘Of course it’s about oil, we can’t really deny that… We’ve treated the Arab world as a collection of big gas stations.’”
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SOME AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE PSYCHOPATHIC SADISTIC MONSTERS; THEY EITHER WERE THAT WAY BEFORE THEY JOINED THE ARMY; OR THEY WERE MADE THAT WAY BY THE ARMY AND THEIR EXPERIENCES OF BEING ILLEGAL OCCUPIERS.

ALL OTHER AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE DUPES AND FOOLS. If they are NOT enjoying themselves like the Psychopathic Monsters are, then the other American soldiers have NO REASON WHATSOEVER to BLINDLY OBEY a psychopathic, insane, incompetent and corrupt commander-in-chief.
The psychopathic soldiers ENJOY obeying a psychopath. The others, let's hope there ARE other types of soldiers, they OWE NO OBEDIENCE, NO ALLEGIANCE WHATSOEVER to the U.S. President. They are NOT defending any sort of "democracy" anywhere. THEY ARE IN IRAQ ON THE BASIS OF A LIE; AND THEY SHOULD BE INFORMED OF THAT IF THEY DON'T KNOW IT ALREADY. They should ALSO be informed, that WE SUPPORT THEM IN NOT OWING ANY ALLEGIANCE TO ANY ORDERS BUSH GIVES THEM, TO FIGHT AND TO KILL AND TO DIE FOR OIL.
We have to make this statement LOUD AND CLEAR.

Unfortunately, we can't all afford to travel and start over again in another place. GOOD LUCK to those who can! Don't forget us who are stuck here, and KEEP ON FIGHTING for us and for the world! to be RID of the U.S. Capitalist for-profit system that is behind the world's ravaging!


 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 24, 2007, 3:22 am
B. Mutiny you are so clear and lucid in your observations. I applaud everything your write. Yes, we must keep hammering away at the carnage taking place in Iraq. Depleted Uranium is the most insidious attack on humanity ever devised by man and is reponisble for horrific birth defects not just for the Iraqi people but for the troops returning and impregnating their wives and girlfriends with severly damaged semen. We are now reaping the whirliwind of this war and the troops are coming over to our side to speak out loud and clear like they did with Viet Nam. See the film Yes sir No sir for a roadmap on this technique!
 

Charles Q (20)
Tuesday December 25, 2007, 3:51 am
How can the Iraqi born Abizaid sleep at night knowing that he was heavily invoved in exterminating his own people with such alacrity?

I don't know if any of you ever noticed that whenever one the Bushites, or their supporters is interviewed concerning the Iraq/Afghanistan "war" they'll justify the invasion and occupation by making a comparison-contrast of the Vietnam "war" vs Iraqi "war" as if one makes more sense (Iraq) than the other one (Vietnam).

As far as I'm concerned, there's no comparison/contrast, war is war, it doesn't matter which is bigger or more extensive, or how many more or less KIA/WIA there were, or whether Agent Orange or DU was used et al., it's all the same to me: invasions that are the prelude to wars are still not valid, ethical, or morally righteous regardless of what certain smug clergy or politician tries to claim otherwise...people still suffer, the invaded nations pay a heavy price and their citizens are forever stamped as losers for something they tried to avoid in the first place.
To this day, Vietnam is still being treated with sneering contempt by the vicious US Imperialists and their hack apologists.
 

Charles Q (20)
Tuesday December 25, 2007, 3:57 am
Simon:

Muchos gracias amigo
 

Sarvo Pama (2887)
Tuesday December 25, 2007, 11:54 pm
I just gave an impassioned speech at a jail here in Mumbai after we'd given a thousand inmates copies of the Bhagavad-gita. It was very impromptu. The warden and several other people all gave nice speeches and then before I even knew what was happening someone handed me the mike and I said a few things about "Merika" and then went on to say that the prisoners locked up in their cells were more free than your standard USA dupe who still believes in the drivel foisted on them by the government/corporate controlled media. I got a big ovation and a whole circle of cameras surrounded me and people came up to shake my hand and ask more questions.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday December 26, 2007, 1:10 am
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