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samedi 7 avril 2007

IRAQ - La situation réelle sur le terrain/ L`exécution de Hussein

IRAQ - La situation réelle sur le terrain/ L`exécution de Hussein


Pouvons-nous enfin nommer cela un génocide ?

Quelle disproportion entre les "dommages collatéraux" et les morts de combattants faut-il atteindre pour que la guerre devienne un génocide ?

L'invasion illégale de l'Irak menée par George W. Bush a déjà coûté leur vie à 655 000 Irakiens. C'est la conclusion d'une étude financée par le Centre d'Etudes Internationales du MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology), et conduite par des médecins sous la direction d'épidémiologistes de l'Université Johns Hopkins. Ces morts si nombreuses n'ont plus rien à voir avec le taux de mortalité d'avant l'invasion. Cette invasion illégale menée par Bush a fait augmenter le taux de mortalité de l'Irak, de 5,5 morts pour 1000 personnes par an, à 13,3 morts pour 1000 personnes par an. L'étude a été publiée par le distingué journal médical britannique The Lancet [1]; elle est disponible sur le site web de ce journal (au 11 octobre 2006)

Three million uprooted Iraqis face "bleak future", UNHCR says

DAMASCUS, 22 October (IRIN) - More than three million Iraqis who have been forced to flee their homes to other areas of Iraq and to neighbouring countries are facing what the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) describes as a "very bleak future" after the agency's budget for offices across the region was halved for the coming year.

The Anniversary From Hell

Iraq: New Martial Law Powers Threaten Basic Rights

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's new security plan for Baghdad grants military commanders sweeping powers to arrest people and restrict their basic freedoms of speech and association, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 13, al-Maliki issued martial law powers giving military commanders authority to conduct warrantless arrests, monitor private communications, and restrict civil society groups in Baghdad. General Qanbar Hashim, commander of Baghdad operations, announced the decree as part of the Iraqi government's latest plan to curb the escalating civil war in the country.

So, martial law is the "democracy" we've brought to Iraq?

Video: Occupation forces bombed a village with cluster-bombs

World is blind to real situation in Iraq: activists

OSAKA -- An Iraqi journalist and a Japanese human rights activist said the public has a poor idea of the situation in Iraq and warned of an impending health catastrophe as more Iraqis contract cancer from exposure to depleted uranium shells used by the U.S. and Britain.

AP Exclusive: Kissinger says military victory not possible in Iraq

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who helped engineer the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, said Sunday the problems in Iraq are more complex than that conflict, and military victory is no longer possible.

Will Bush nuke the place and call it peace?

Annan calls Iraq a civil war

Southern Iraqi Tribes Joining Armed Resistancel

Violence is spreading further across Iraq, as Shi'ite Arab tribes in the south begin to engage occupation forces in new armed resistance.<>"This is not about vengeance," a former Iraqi army officer from Kut, 200 km south of Baghdad told IPS in Baghdad. "People have lost hope in the US-led occupation's promises, and they are thinking of saving the country from Iranian influence which has been supported, or at least allowed by the Multinational Forces."

Is it a civil war yet??

Saudi king slams 'illegitimate occupation' of Iraq

Saudi will intervene in Iraq if US withdraws-aide

If Saudi Arabia boosted production and cut the price of oil in half ... it would be devastating to Iran ... The result would be to limit Tehran's ability to continue funnelling hundreds of millions each year to Shi'ite militias in Iraq and elsewhere."

Oh, I see. Okay to lower oil prices to help the Sunni, but not okay to lower oil prices to help Americans?

Saudis and Iran prepare to do battle over corpse of Iraq

Turkey mulls 'invading' Iraq

Turkey's parliament went into secret session this week to debate sending troops to invade and occupy northern Iraq for security purposes.

When an ally's parliament is debating invading a portion of the country you allegedly occupy because you can't create security there, you know the situation's bad!

U.S. blames Iran, Syria for violence in Iraq

"Yep, it's got nothing to do with us. The Iraqis love us being here. Iran and Syria are the ones causing the trouble. Really." -- Official White Horse Souse

Iraq on brink of collapse: report -

Attacks in Iraq hit all-time high

Pentagon: Iraq suffers 1,000 attacks a week

The Real Cost of the Iraq War: 50,000 U.S. Casualties

US death toll in Iraq - higher than you think

Bad Water Afflicting Iraq's Children

Third of Iraqi children now malnourished four years after US invasion

Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Iraq say that malnutrition rates have risen in Iraq from 19 percent before the US-led invasion to a national average of 28 percent four years later.

Caritas says that rising hunger has been caused by high levels of insecurity, collapsed healthcare and other infrastructure, increased polarisation between different sects and tribes, and rising poverty.

More mission accomplished!

U.S. to expand Iraq prisons

The United States decided to expand its major detention centers in Iraq after military officials predicted that the ongoing security crackdown in Baghdad will add hundreds or thousands of prisoners to the 17,000 detainees already in U.S. custody, an army spokesman said.

More "liberation" for Iraq, couresty of the US government.

US army 'seized Iraqi homes'

Bombs over Baghdad: The Pentagon's Secret Air War in Iraq

There are indications that the U.S. air war has taken an especially grievous toll on Iraqi children. According to statistics provided to Tomdispatch by The Lancet study's authors, 50% of all violent deaths of Iraqi children under 15 years of age, between March 2003 and June 2006, were due to coalition air strikes.

We are not "liberators" of anything else except the oil in Iraq.

Killing Without Conscience : Iraq - The Hidden War

Iraq: The Hidden War

Iraq: The Hidden Story shows the footage used by TV news broadcasts, and compares it with the devastatingly powerful uncensored footage of the aftermath of the carnage that is becoming a part of the fabric of life in Iraq.

Prod/ Dir: Christian Trumble; Exec Prod: Stephen Phelps; Prod Co: Zenith Entertainment Ltd - 2006

Images of Iraq dominate our TV news bulletins every night but in this film, Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, questions whether these reports are sugar-coating the bloody reality of war under the US-led occupation

- Warning -

This video contains images that should only be viewed by a mature audience

05/29/06 - Run Time 49 Minutes

Ex -US soldier: 'If he didn't answer the way we liked, we would shoot his youngest kid in the head'

US soldier admits killing family after raping girl

· Body of 14-year-old was burned to conceal atrocity
· Defendant pleads guilty to avoid death penalty

Iraqis Blame US for Carnage

Iraqis Resist Four Years of Occupation

Fours years of occupation by Anglo-American forces in Iraq was marked in many countries around the world by massive demonstrations this past week. But as the occupation entered another year, Iraqis themselves did not demonstrate. In the country where democracy was promised, a sweeping emergency law, implemented in 2004, bans demonstrations in Iraq without government permission.

"Every three months the government renews this emergency order," says Baghdadi Zahra, "but even if we wanted to go into the streets, it’s too violent to do so. After four years, we cannot even walk down the street without risking death."

You've just got to love this "democracy" we've handed to the Iraqi people!

The news not in the news: Baghdad is surrounded...

uniformed gunmen kidnap 150 in Iraq

The proceedings of the Iraqi parliament were halted in shock this morning by reports that as many as 150 people were abducted from the offices of the Higher Education Ministry in central Baghdad.

Another US helicopter down, British bases bombed

U.S. copter down in Iraq; 13 aboard dead

Iraq 'hiding true casualty figures'

Iraq Launches Drive to Subdue Baghdad

The puppet regime is not even able to control their own capitol city!

Baghdad blasts: At least 150 dead in another day of bloody U.S. occupation: :

A series of car bombs have killed at least 133 people in the predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City in Baghdad. About 30 masked and heavily-armed men also attacked the health ministry in central Baghdad and engaged security guards in a fierce gun battle, trapping 2,000 employees inside the building on Thursday.

52 bodies found in occupied Baghdad :

The grim discovery came as the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said 7,054 Iraqi civilians met violent deaths in September and October -- with nearly 5,000 of the slayings occurring in Baghdad.

3 U.S. Occupation Force Soldier Among 7 Killed In Iraq:

Three U.S. marines died on Wednesday from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

Four Iraqi civilians killed by US occupation forces:

U.S. troops opened fire on a minibus, killing four passengers, during a raid on a Shi'ite militia stronghold in Baghdad on Thursday, police and residents said.

Iraq: over 3,700 civilians killed in October in new monthly high, UN reports

Reporter 'shot by US military on way to hospital'

Baghdad Airport shut at end of bloody day in Iraq :

At the end of a day in which attacks killed at least 160 Iraqis and wounded more than 250, comes word that Baghdad's airport is shut.

Iraq oil profits reportedly used to back militants:

The Iraqi oil ministry has uncovered illegal operations whereby oil products were sold and profits were pooled into financing local militancy, Al Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Baghdad calls insurgents for peace talks:

THE Prime Minister of Iraq will sit down for the first time next week with representatives of insurgent groups in his most concerted effort yet to quell the country's sectarian war.

Civil war could ripple outward:

Whether the U.S. military departs Iraq sooner or later, the United States will be hard-pressed to leave behind a country that does not threaten U.S. interests and regional peace, according to American and Arab analysts and political observers.

Iraq war was good for Israel: Olmert :

The Iraq war was a boon for Israel's security, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday, voicing fresh endorsement for a Bush administration sapped by the unpopularity at home of its Middle East policies.

Prime Minister warns against hasty U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

"Never mind what those American voters want, WE think you should stay!"

'US withdrawal from Iraq would be disastrous for Israel'

It is high time that that this government stop thinking about what might be 'disasterous' for Israel, and start thinking about the degree to which the war in Iraq continues to be disasterous for our own country.

Another Disastrous Coverup: Ammo dump explosion may have killed hundreds of US soldiers

Mortars hit U.S. office in Iraq - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com

Middle East">Operation enduring chaos: The retreat of the coalition & rise of the militias

Yet, ironically, the death squads are the result of US policy. At the beginning of last year, with no end to the Sunni insurgency in sight, the Pentagon was reported to have decided to train Shia and Kurdish fighters to carry out "irregular missions". The policy, exposed in the US media, was called the "Salvador Option" after the American-backed counter-insurgency in Latin America more than 20 years ago, which led to 70,000 deaths and countless instances of human rights abuse.

US helicopters strike high-rises in Baghdad battle

U.S. helicopters attacked gunmen holed up inside high-rise buildings in Baghdad on Wednesday in what the U.S. military said was an operation to regain control of a major street cutting through the heart of the city.

The US is fighting to "regain" streets. i.e. the US is no longer in control of Baghdad, and by attacking high-rises, the US has stopped worrying about collateral damage.

Conclusion: The tactical situation in Baghdad is deteriorating.

The US Occupation forces in Iraq throw Iraqi detainees in the streets after lacerating theirs faces and killing them

The real story of what happened in Najaf –

CNN cuts Inflammatory Interview with Michael Berg Re Zarqawi

Coup against Maliki reported in the making

US force storms Allawi's Home

An Iraqi security source disclosed Wednesday that the US forces stormed the home of former Iraqi Premier Iyad Allawi who leads the Iraqi list, one of the biggest Iraqi parliament blocs, and arrested eight of his bodyguards.

Hey, wasn't this one of the administration's "good guys" in Iraq?

And you have to wonder just what those US forces were looking for when they ransacked his office.

Defiant Iraqi PM disavows timetable

US fumes as Iraq backs Israel boycott

Gates visited Baghdad to quell US soldiers mutiny in Anbar, US imminent attack on Ramadi soon

Sand Storm in Iraq: April 26, 2005

If the insurgents can interdict ground supply convoys (as they have been doing), then when these sandstorms crank up this spring cutting off air support, Baghdad will fall.

Iraqis Wish to Put up Saddam's Statue

Exécution Saddam Hussein

Bush calls for Saddam execution

US President George W Bush has said that the captured former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should pay the "ultimate penalty" for his crimes.

What crimes? There were no WMDs, Saddam had nothing to do with 9-11, did not aid Al Qaeda, was not in defiance of the UN. Iran gassed the Kurds as an act of war.

So what did Saddam do? Lie his people into a war? Yeah, I agree that deserves the death penalty. Spy on his own people? Yeah, if he did that, that deserves the death penalty. Murder his own people without due process? Ever hear of a place called Waco?

*** Top Ten Ways the US Enabled Saddam Hussein

Iraq on alert ahead of Saddam verdict

You've got to love the timing on this: three days before US mid-terms.

And death is the only way the US can silence Saddam about the level -and degree -of support the US gave him during the Iran/Iraq war.

Saddam verdict date 'rigged' for Bush

Okay folks, Bush is expecting you all to obediently clap and cheer when Saddam is sentenced.

But what is he being sentenced FOR?

WMDs? Saddam didn't have them.

9-11? Saddam was not involved.

Aiding Al Qaeda? Iraq was a secular government and Al Qaeda favors religious rule. Saddam and Al Qaeda were enemies.

Killing his own people? Evidence suggests Iran gassed the Kurds as an act of war, and in any event, the US Government has killed more Iraqis than Saddam's regime ever did.

So, what is Saddam being sentenced for?

And why should we vote for the government that told so many lies about him to trick us into a war of conquest?

Saddam: Let's now charge the accomplices

By John Pilger

Why isn't George Bush Snr being charged? In 1992, a congressional inquiry found that Bush as president had ordered a cover-up to conceal his secret support for Saddam and the illegal arms shipments being sent to Iraq via third countries. Missile technology was shipped to South Africa and Chile, then "on sold" to Iraq, while US Commerce Department records were falsified. Congressman Henry Gonzalez, chairman of the House of Representatives Banking Com mittee, said: "[We found that] Bush and his advisers financed, equipped and succoured the monster . . ."

Saddam's Accomplices

Washington Post "Live Online" chat with Archive Middle East Analyst Joyce Battle, "Iraq: Declassified Documents of U.S. Support for Hussein," February 27, 2003

Video Clip: "Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein," Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983. [Windows Media Video (WMV) file. Opens in Windows Media Player] (Iraqi television; courtesy CNN)

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George Bush should come under the same scrutiny as Saddam Hussein

The Unmentionable Hypocrisy: Hussein Hanged, Bush and Blair Remain in Power

East Sussex, UK – Saddam Hussein was hanged a week ago, today, for executing 148 people. Yet, even by conservative estimates, George W. Bush and Tony Blair are responsible for hundreds, or thousands, of times more deaths due to their war of aggression — the supreme international crime — in Iraq.

But, while Saddam Hussein is hanged, Bush and Blair remain in power with apparent impunity.

Why the double standard?

By Ben Guyatt, Stoney Creek
The Hamilton Spectator

So Saddam has been executed. He was no hero or humanitarian, but a despot and butcher. However, he is the same man who received U.S. military backing (including chemical weapons) when Iraq fought Iran. He was accused of killing thousands, and his sentence is apt.

My question is this, since there are no weapons of mass destruction and more than 600,000 Iraqi civilian deaths post the U.S. invasion, when will George W. Bush face the same scrutiny? Will he walk the 13 steps?

Do not expect equal justice. The United States is the same country that does not support the International Criminal Court, yet appeals to it when it suits its purpose. The travesty in Iraq proves that those with the military might rule with their false reasoning, fronting vested interests, and are not subject to the same morality and standards which they espouse.

What a joke of a war, a mess, a shame. What a sad world we live in. George W. Bush, this is your legacy. History will not remember you kindly.

New York Times tries to wipe the blood from the US government's hands


Memo to Jess Helms from InfoTimes. Note excerpt from US Army War College report that no evidence exists to support US claims that Iraq used gas on the Kurds.

Tariq Aziz: Iran gassed the Kurds

Amnesty condemns Saddam trial, death sentences

Saddam sentence: Justice or travesty?

Amnesty International has condemned the death sentences handed to Saddam Hussein and two of his senior allies, describing their trial as a "shabby affair, marred by serious flaws".

The London-based human rights group -- which opposes capital punishment -- said the trial should have helped the process of establishing justice and the rule of law in Iraq but was in fact "deeply flawed and unfair".

The execution of Saddam Hussein

The execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein serves not justice, but the political purposes of the Bush administration and its Iraqi stooges. The manner in which the execution was carried out—hurriedly, secretively, in the dark of night, in a mockery of any semblance of legal process—only underscores the lawless and reactionary character of the entire American enterprise in Iraq.

Saddam Hussein 's Trial and Final Verdict.

Everyone now and then I need to go back to the Abu Ghraib pictures . (by the way you can get them in full colors www.albasrah.net. I know some of you readers need the hollywood version and I can assure you will find it there).

The reason why I keep going back to them is not some perverted need to see mutilated male genitals lying next to a tortured bleeding Iraqi. The images actually leave me sleepless.

The real reason I keep going back to them is simply because I need to remind myself of the holocaust the Iraqis are going through under the name of Freedom and Democracy .

Revenge over justice

A lengthy front page article in Sunday's New York Times reports that after a "sequence that [US] commanders saw as motivated less by a concern for justice than for revenge," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "gave the green light" for Saddam Hussein to be turned over to Iraq, so that prime minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki could hang the ousted ruler before the year’s end.

Which means the US was in control of the hanging all the way.


David S. Larsen

3000 soldiers fighting for the American army are dead, and the world is a better place for it. It's hard to understand. I don't really believe it inside myself, but it must be true, because the President said it is so. 3000 dead, and the world is a better place. And no matter how many more die, it's going to be okay, because that's the price we're willing to pay to capture a 75 year old scapegoat and put him in a cage, and kill him.

Press fears over Saddam execution

Newspapers in the Arab world and Israel reflect a combination of cynicism, anger and fear over the execution of Saddam Hussein.

Arab commentators are angry about the timing of the execution on one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar. Some argue Washington rather than Baghdad dictated the timing and ask why Americans have not been brought to justice for all the Iraqis killed since the 2003 invasion.

Commentators in Israel fear that Saddam's death will only lead to an increase in Iranian influence and Shia dominance in the region, posing a greater threat to the country.

How one mobile phone made Saddam's hanging a very public execution

I think this was intentional. Watching the cell phone movie of the lynching, it is clear the person holding the cell camera was making no effort to hide it. Yet no guards came over to ask them to put the camera away. I think the leak of the video was done by the direction of either the US or Iraqi government to get the imagery out there but without appearing to officially condone the release themselves.

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