Women are the victims of America’s attack on Iraq

Women left without families comprise a huge part of the victims of America’s attack on Iraq.

The number of women left without husbands in Iraq has reached hundreds of thousands. They are now trying to raise their children. In the present conditions many of them are faced with severe poverty.

There are more than 100,000 women who have been left without a husband in Iraq. Only 20,000 of them are receiving governmental aid.

The number of these women is increasing and many of them have turned to prostitution.

America attacked Iraq in 2003 under the banner of bringing democracy to Iraq.

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Suicide has defeated American Soldiers


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Suicide amongst American soldiers reached its height in 2008.

According to the latest reports by American commanders, 143 American soldiers committed suicide in 2008. The reasons for suicide were severe stress and psychological disorders caused by their extended presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before this, the highest number of suicides amongst American soldiers was 115 in 2007.

American military figures, answered the criticisms of the families of these American soldiers in respects to them being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan by saying that suicide has more than one cause.

At the same time as this report, the English defense forces reported that one fourth of their casualties in Iraq resulted from suicide.

According to this report, from amongst the 178 English soldiers which have been killed in Iraq, 42 of them committed suicide.

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Iraq’s Shocking Human Toll

We are now able to estimate the number of Iraqis who have died in the war instigated by the Bush administration. Looking at the empirical evidence of Bush’s war legacy will put his claims of victory in perspective. Of course, even by his standards — “stability” — the jury is out. Most independent analysts would say it’s too soon to judge the political outcome. Nearly six years after the invasion, the country remains riven by sectarian politics and major unresolved issues, like the status of Kirkuk.

We have a better grasp of the human costs of the war. For example, the United Nations estimates that there are about 4.5 million displaced Iraqis — more than half of them refugees — or about one in every six citizens. Only 5 percent have chosen to return to their homes over the past year, a period of reduced violence from the high levels of 2005-07. The availability of healthcare, clean water, functioning schools, jobs and so forth remains elusive. According to Unicef, many provinces report that less than 40 percent of households have access to clean water. More than 40 percent of children in Basra, and more than 70 percent in Baghdad, cannot attend school.

The mortality caused by the war is also high. Several household surveys were conducted between 2004 and 2007. While there are differences among them, the range suggests a congruence of estimates. But none have been conducted for eighteen months, and the two most reliable surveys were completed in mid-2006. The higher of those found 650,000 “excess deaths” (mortality attributable to war); the other yielded 400,000. The war remained ferocious for twelve to fifteen months after those surveys were finished and then began to subside. Iraq Body Count, a London NGO that uses English-language press reports from Iraq to count civilian deaths, provides a means to update the 2006 estimates. While it is known to be an undercount, because press reports are incomplete and Baghdad-centric, IBC nonetheless provides useful trends, which are striking. Its estimates are nearing 100,000, more than double its June 2006 figure of 45,000. (It does not count nonviolent excess deaths — from health emergencies, for example — or insurgent deaths.) If this is an acceptable marker, a plausible estimate of total deaths can be calculated by doubling the totals of the 2006 household surveys, which used a much more reliable and sophisticated method for estimates that draws on long experience in epidemiology. So we have, at present, between 800,000 and 1.3 million “excess deaths” as we approach the six-year anniversary of this war.

This gruesome figure makes sense when reading of claims by Iraqi officials that there are 1-2 million war widows and 5 million orphans. This constitutes direct empirical evidence of total excess mortality and indirect, though confirming, evidence of the displaced and the bereaved and of general insecurity. The overall figures are stunning: 4.5 million displaced, 1-2 million widows, 5 million orphans, about 1 million dead — in one way or another, affecting nearly one in two Iraqis.

By any sensible measure, it would be difficult to describe this as a victory of any kind. It speaks volumes about the repair work we must do for Iraqis, and it should caution us against the savage wars we are prone to. Now that Bush is gone, perhaps the United States can honestly face the damage we have wrought and the responsibilities we must accept from it.

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The Diplomacy Of Lying

In 1992, Mark Higson, the Foreign Office official responsible for Iraq, appeared before the Scott inquiry into the scandal of arms sold illegally to Saddam Hussein. He described a “culture of lying” at the heart of British foreign policymaking. I asked him how frequently ministers and officials lied to parliament.

“It’s systemic,” he said. “The draft letters I wrote for various ministers were saying that nothing had changed, the embargo on the sale of arms to Iraq was the same.”

“Was that true?” I asked.

“No, it wasn’t true.”

“And your superiors knew it wasn’t true?”

“Yes.”

“So how much truth did the public get?”

“The public got as much truth as we could squeeze out, given that we told downright lies.”

From British involvement with the genocidal Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to the supply of warplanes to the Indonesian dictator Suharto, knowing he was bombing civilians in East Timor, to the denial of vaccines and other humanitarian aid to the children of Iraq, my experience with the Foreign Office is that Higson was right and remains right.

As I write this, the dispossessed people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean await the decision of the Law Lords, hoping for a repetition of four previous judgments that their brutal expulsion to make way for a US military base was “outrageous”, “illegal” and “repugnant”. That they must endure yet another appeal is thanks to the Foreign Office – whose legal adviser in 1968, one Anthony Ivall Aust (pronounced “oarst” and since knighted), wrote a secret document headed “Maintaining the fiction”. This advised the then Labour government to “argue” the “fiction” that the Chagossians were “only a floating population”. Today, the depopulated main island, Diego Garcia, over which the Union Jack flies, serves the “war on terror” as an American interrogation and torture centre.
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Mark Higson

America on the verge of defeat

Soldier Crying

Soldier Crying

The United Iraqi Alliance, which is the biggest political establishment of the country, announced its opposition to the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington. This political establishment rose in opposition happened after they put forth an effort to coerce their party members to sign the agreement with America. This move of theirs was unexpected to many Americans.

The day before this opposition was announced the people of Iraq widely protested the agreement showing their negative reaction and clearly announcing their opposition to the world.

Religious authorities of Iraq showed their opposition to this agreement in many stages and warned the present politicians in Baghdad to not fall into the pressure and sign the agreement.

In addition to this, the Religious Scholars of Iraq, a Sunni organization, expressed their opposition to this agreement.

Before this, Mashahdani, Iraq’s speaker of the parliament who also heads one of the parliaments sub-committees clearly stated that the Iraqi parliament will never sign this agreement.

In such conditions the Arab Lawyers Union, which is an Arab political organization stationed in Cairo, leaked the hidden aspects of this agreement by explaining the points of the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington. They also warned the Iraqis from signing it.

full article: http://www.insight-info.com

Bush: Troops give lives, I give up golf

A true leader!

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US President George W. Bush has revealed the great sacrifice he has made for American troops fighting in Iraq by giving up playing golf.

In an interview with Politico and Yahoo News, President Bush admitted that he has been touched by the true cost of war in Iraq.

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said.

“I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”
President Bush added that he made the decision several months after the invasion of Iraq when the top United Nations official in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed in the 2003’s bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

“I remember when de Mello, who was at the UN, got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man’s life,” Bush said.

Pundits believe in the mind of the US president, who waged the war based on faulty intelligence against oil-rich Iraq, no sacrifice is too great for the troops who have sacrificed life and limb, mental health and family integrity.

Some say Bush deserves praise for the recent revelation -the decision to take a five-year hiatus from the game-, recalling a post 9/11 appearance by the president in 2001.

“We must stop the terror. I call upon on all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers,” said President Bush in a golf outfit. “Now, watch this drive.”
Source: Press Tv