Have you forgotten the War in Iraq?

On 13. May 2017 by Peter 'ADDSpeaker' Vang

If so, please join me for a little ‘wrap-up’ of the situation in Iraq, today

But first, let me encourage you to watch this documentary by the long time war correspondent, John Pilger, who have made a documentary on the war in Iraq, but seen from another angle, than that of your normal main stream news source.

John Pilger is very anti-war (and probably even a socialist, Arrrggghhhh), but nonetheless, he have been covering war since the Vietnam War and have extensive knowledge on geo-politics and propaganda, so give him a try:

 

Since the war in Iraq began, the biggest Shia burial site in the world, Wadi-us-Salaam, have been increased by 25%, giving us an indication of the massive death toll in Iraq.

On September 11th, 2001 – 2,996 people was killed in the World Trade Center, United 93 and in the Pentagon.

From March 2003 and until now, 4,840 US and Coalition Forces have been killed in Iraq.

From March 2003 – March 2008, 91,358 civilian Iraqis were killed, whereas 60,481 have been independently verified in a scientific study.

According to Channel 4 UK’s Dispatches (2010) – ‘Iraq’s Secret War Files’, more than 109,000 were recorded killed in the US Military’s own War Logs from 2003 – 2008, and according to their in-depth analysis, 2/3 or roughly 60,000 were civilians.

 

Since March 2003 until now, 268,000 people (civilians and combatants) have lost their life in Iraq, and just in the period from May 1st until May 12th, 2017 there have been recorded 460 documented killed in Iraq, equalling just below 40 people, every day!

Since the media moved on to covering Trump and other more relevant news, the killing in Iraq is still going on, but nobody seems to care anymore.

Why is that? Have we gotten bored with ‘all the bad news’ from Iraq? or have we been filled to our capacity of horrible news from Iraq?

The War on Iraq was the most highly propagandised event in recent history, with ‘smoking guns in the form of a mushroom cloud’ and ‘links between Al Qaeda and Iraq’ being shoved down through our throats by all media platforms, 24 hours a day for most of a year, during the build-up to the invasion on March 19th, 2003.

Now, almost 15 years later, the general public is still blissfully ignorant to the massive repercussions that the war in Iraq have had, not only in Iraq, but throughout the world.

Most of the people still believe that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons and probably had a nuclear capability in the works.

But all the way back in 1998, Scott Ritter (US) UN-appointed weapons inspector in Iraq, clearly stated that Saddam had 0% capability and that all the sites that had been sealed by the UN inspectors following the 1991 war, were still unbroken.

During the Saddam regime (1979 – 2003) it is claimed to have cost around 250,000 lives during his reign of terror, so there is no doubt that his reign was horrible, violent and in no way defendable.

But as a journalist asks in the article: ‘Were Iraqis really better off under Saddam?‘ have the ‘liberation’ of Iraq really been to the benefit of the Iraqi people?

During the UN embargo of Iraq in the 1990’s, the UN banked around $22 Billion of the Iraqs money, which was seized by the UN, (not to mention the 500,000 Iraqi children believed to have died, as a result of the embargo).

These funds were supposed to be released to rebuild the Iraqi society, after the liberation. These funds were released to the US – CPA in 2003 and tons (literally) of crisp new dollar bills were being flown from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, were the US Military then distributed the money to any project that had the rebuilding of Iraq as its purpose.

But who were the people who got these projects? No the Iraqis, that for sure. Most of the money went to the ministries in Iraq (were corruption was rampant) and to the big American corporations, like Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater and the like, who then ramped up their prices and sucked the money supply dry.

Sure some of the projects, like building local hospitals, were carried out, but through US corporations that sub-contracted Iraqi craftsmen to do the actual job, at a vastly different cost (and quality), but at the full price for the Iraqi people.

And since the CPA proclaimed that Iraqi law did not govern Iraq (and that US law didn’t either) from 2003 and onwards (until the Iraqi Parliament took over in 2011), nobody that did anything illegal, could even be prosecuted for their crimes, since Iraqi law didn’t apply and US law din’t apply either.

Around $400 million was spend by General David Petraeus (US) in 2007/2008, to ‘buy the loyalty’ of around 100,000 Iraqis (known as The Sons of Iraq), which in turn helped the US fight the Shia insurgency and AQI (ISIS).

This all went well until the US withdrew from Iraq in 2011 and left the power to the( Shia) Prime Minister Malaki, who then turn on a dime and began sectarian war against the Sunnis (Sons of Iraq, ISIS etc), that sparked the massive uprising of ISIS from 2012 – 2014.

Since 2015, all the focus have been on Syria and Mosul, and the Peshmerga (Kurds) are doing all the dirty work for the US, on the ground, along side the Shia militias (backed by Iran) against ISIS (backed by wealthy Sunnis in Saudi Arabia, Turkey etc) and let’s not forget ‘the moderate Sunni rebels in Syria’ as Obama called them (which he then backed with weapons, money and training). Sadly these moderates where being defeated by Assad’s forces (with help from Russia and Iran) and this forced them into the arms of ISIS (Sunnis), which in turn made the whole battlefield into a mosaic of different allegiances, that changes every now and again, depending on who’s winning.

Just last week, Russia, Iran and Turkey declared that they will be setting up Safe Zones in Syria beginning in the month of June 2017. This is a major problem for the US, since they do not wish to have any Russian or Iranian troops on the ground in Syria, and also the role that Turkey is going to have in this alliance, is going to strain the political relationship between the US and Turkey (who have a long history due to Turkey’s membership of NATO), and even more so, because Turkey had refused the use of the US airbase in Turkey, for missions against ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria.

In the meantime, the Iraqi National Army, The Peshmerga and the Shia Militias, are fighting a bloody battle in Mosul against ISIS, which is costing multiple civilian casualties (as well as combatants on both sides). When the defeat of Mosul is realised, then they will move on to Raqqa in Syria and remove ISIS from power there too.

So an optimist would think that we are closer to the end of the war than we have been since 2003.

Sadly this is probably not going to be the case!

My opinion is that the Peshmerga will press for the official UN approval of the Kurdish State (which stretches across Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran) and which they have been promised (by the US and others, if they fought ISIS).

At the same time, the Sunni vs. Shia sectarian violence will reignite as soon as the war against ISIS is over, due to many reports of Shia militias violent treatment of the civilian Sunnis in the formerly ISIS occupied lands, and this will be the root cause of a total civilian war in Iraq between the Sunni and Shia, on not only the power base for Iraq, but for the whole region,

So sorry for being the messenger of bad news, but if you take a look at the history of the region, this is what is the most predictable outcome, for the coming years.

Don’t forget that The French and The British promised 3 different parties, the guarantee of the same lands during the Versailles Treaty in 1919, and ended up only living up to one of them, supporting the Israeli State, but dividing Syria and Iraq regardless of ethnic and religious concerns (Sykes/Picot) and lastly by completely double crossing Sharif Hussein on their promise for an Independent Arab State.

I wonder how long it will take the US to backtrack on their promise to the Kurds…

/ADDspeaker

 

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