Lawrence av Arabien
Iraq debate - Imperial War Museum - 23 rd September 2004.
Freedom, democracy and liberation. These terms, as
enunciated by Bush and Blair essentially mean
death, destruction and chaos.
Tony Blair describes the insurgents as terrorists. There is clearly a body of foreign nationals which has entered Iraq since the invasion and which is committing terrorist atrocities.
But the heart of the insurgency is widespread Iraqi resistance to a brutal and savage military occupation. Cutting off somebody's head is a barbaric act. But so is the dropping of cluster bombs on totally innocent people and tearing them apart.
At least 20,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq and many thousands more mutilated for life. We don't see the corpses or the mutilated children on television.
The US invasion of Iraq was not only totally unjustified, illegal and illegitimate, it was a criminal act of immense proportions and one which will have profound consequences throughout the world.
But the invasion was also quite consistent with
declared American foreign policy. American foreign
policy now aims at ‘FULL SPECTRUM
DOMINANCE' – that is the US
Administration's term, not mine. Full spectrum
dominance means control of air, sea land and space.
It also of course means control of the world's
The United States has over 700 military instillations in 132 countries, including this one. It already has a vast military base at Baghdad airport. These bases are not there by accident or for ‘humanitarian reasons'. They are there to keep a stranglehold on the world and they will do it by any means at their disposal.
The disclosures of torture in Iraq should come as
no surprise to anybody. The Americans have been
exporting torture for years. They have been
teaching torture techniques to military
representatives of various dictatorships at Fort
Benning in Georgia for a very long time. Fort
Benning was called the School of Americas but was
actually known as the ‘School of
torture'. They practice it themselves at home,
in the vast gulag of prisons across the United
States where over two million people are held in
custody, the majority black. Restraint chairs,
where convicts are strapped and left naked in their
own urine and excrement for days, the use of gas
and stun guns, the random brutality, the systematic
rape and abuse of young men and women – all
of these things and more an affront to human
dignity – are common practice. So torture in
Iraq, at Bagram in Afghanistan, and at Guantanamo
Bay are simply par for the course. That is the
nature of the beast.
But the US is not finding things so easy and the less easy they find things the more dangerous they become. But there is a growing resistance worldwide to this arrogant, brutal, complacent, destructive force, a force which holds the concept of International Law and the United Nations in contempt, and whose only vocabulary is bombs and death.
The United States possess more ‘Weapons of
Mass Destruction' than the rest of the world
put together. It is at this moment developing new
nuclear systems which it is prepared to use at the
drop of a hat. It is totally indifferent to the
death of others and will murder anyone who gets in
its way. It is the most feared, most powerful and
most detested nation the world has ever
The invasion of Iraq was an act of state terrorism. So it is Bush and Blair who are in fact the terrorists. I believe they must be arraigned at the International Criminal Court of Justice and tried as war criminals.
Irak o Afghanistan
Age of empires
Various invaders conquered the land after Nebuchadnezzar's death, including Cyrus the Great in 539BC and Alexander the Great in 331BC. In the second century BC, it became part of the Persian Empire, remaining thus until the 7th century AD, when it was captured by Arab Muslims (Abbasids). The capital was moved to Baghdad which became an important commercial and cultural centre in the Middle Ages.
Mongol invaders in AD1258 sacked Baghdad and murdered the Abbasid caliph. After much conflict over supremacy, the country was conquered by the Turks in the 17th century and became part of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish rule continued unchecked, and with very little development, until the end of the 19th century.
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