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Thursday, June 01, 2006

BUSH'S MY LAI-----PART II

Rape Rooms

Even Bush's boast that he closed Husseins's torture chambers and "rape rooms" lost moral clarity.

A 53-page classified Army report, written by Maj. Antonio M. Taguba, revealed that abuses at Abu Ghraib from October to December 2003 inlcuded use of a chemical light or brromstick to sexually assault one Iraqi. Witnesses also told Army investigators that prisoners were beaten and threatened with rape, electrocution and dog attacks. At least one Iraqi died during interrogation.

"Numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees," said Taguba's report.

Bush's contempt for international law has long been an open secret. On Dec. 11, 2003, when asked by a European reporter about the need for international law to govern the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Bush......."International law? I better call my attorney."

***This guy is such an embarassment to this country!

In 2004, Fallujah was back in the news after Iraqi insurgents killed four American security contractors and a mob mutilated the bodies. Bush ordered Marines to "pacify" the city of 300,000 people.

The U.S. assault on Fallujah transformed one soccer field into a mass grave for hundreds of Iraqis---many of them civilians---killed when U.S. forces bombarded the rebellious city with 500-pound bombs and raked its streets with cannon and machine-gun fire. According to some accounts, more than800 citizens of Fallujah died in the assault and 60,000 fled as refugees.

In attacking Fallujah and in other counterinsurgency operations, The Bush administration again resorted to measures that critics argued amounted to war crimes. These tactics included administering collective punishment against the civilian population in Fallujah, rounding up thousands of young Iraqi men on the flimsiest of suspicions and holding prisoners incommunicado without charges and subjecting some detainees to physical treatment.

But the Abu Ghraib scandal, with its graphic photos of naked Iraqis posed in fake sexual positions, became the iconic representation of American mistreatment to Iraqis. When the photos surfaced in 2004, the images fueled anti-Americanism across the Middle East and around the globe.

***Bush is the reason why Americans are hated across the world, and that same old excuse about other people not liking Americans because of our freedom, doesn't cut it anymore!

Back in Washington, the Bush administration tried to defuse international outrage by blaming a few "bad apples." Bush said he "shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way the were treated."

The Abu Ghraib scandal led to military convictions against nine reservists who were sentenced and marched off in shackles. Lynndie England, a 22-year-old single mother who had been photographed holding an Iraqi on a leash and pointing at a detainee's penis, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Bush has continued to cite the Abu Ghraib case as one of a handful of mistakes that he will concede occured during the Iraq War. At a joint press conference with Tony Blair on May 25, 2006, Bush said, "We've been paying for that for a long period of time."


Haditha Atrocity

Now comes the Haditha Atrocity in which several Marines are alleged to have gone on a killing spree in the insurgent-dominated town on Nov. 19, 2005, after one Marine died from an impoverished esplosive device.

According to the published accounts of U.S. military investigations, the Marines retaliated for the bombing by pulling five men from a cab and shooting them, and entering two homes where civilians, including women and children, were executed. Some of the victims reportedly were praying or begging for mercy when they were shot.

The Marines then tried to cover up the killings by claiming that the civilian deaths were caused by the original explosion or a subsequent firefight, according to investigations by the U.S. military and human rights groups. One senior Defense Department official told the New York Times that of the 24 dead Iraqis, the number killed by the bomb was "zero." [NYT, May 26, 2006]

The Haditha killings are likely to draw comparisons with the Vietnam War's My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968, when a bloodied unit of the U.S. Amy's Americal Division stormed into a village known as My Lai 4 and slaughtered 347 Vietnamese civilians including babies.

Though the number of dead at Haditha is less than one-tenth the victims at My Lai, the scenarios are eerily similar: U.S. troops---fighting a confusing conflict against a shadowy enemy---lash out at a civilian population, killing unarmed men, women and children.

If the Marines at Haditha are found guilty of committing the atrocity, they can be expected to receive severe punishment for murder, which under military statutes could include their own executions.

Yet, while these Marines may face severe punishment for violating the laws of war, the political leadership back home---up to and including George W. Bush---remains immune from any meaningful accountability.

President Bush won sympathy from some commentators for joining Blair at the May 25 news conference at the White House where the two leaders took turns admitting a few errors in the Iraq War. Bush focused his self-criticism on a couple of tough-talking comments, including his taunt to the Iraqi insurgents in 2003 to "bring 'em on."

..........Oh, poor baby Bush. He's an embarrassment to this country as is everyone else that supports him!

The New York Times noted that when Bush mentioned the Abu Ghraib scandal, "his voice was heavy with regret." [NYT, May 26, 2006]

***This guy's only worry was how the people were going to view him! Bottom Line!

But the scales of justice may demand more from Bush and Blair than a few limited apologies that ignore the original crime of launching a war in violation of international law against a country that was not threatening their nations.

As the war's chief instigator, Bush would seem to bear the heaviest blame. To justify the war, he also stoked up the emotions of Americans---both civilian and military---with false claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, Hussein's links to 9/11 and connections between Hussein's secular regime and al-Qaeda's Islamic fundamentalists.

Bush's lies also didn't stop after Hussein's regime fell. On June 18, 2005, more than two years into the war, Bush used a radio address to tell the American people that "we went to war because we were attacked," continuing the subliminal connections: Saddam/Osama, Iraq/Sept. 11.


False Rhetoric

Bush's rhetorical excesses, though primarily designed to build and maintain a political consensus behind the war at home, had the predictable effect of turning loose propagandized and heavily armed U.S. military force on the Iraqi population.

Pumped-up by Bush's false claims linking Iraq to 9/11 and his later warnings about al-Qaeda's scheme for a global terrorist empire, U.S. soldiers have charged into Iraqi towns and cities with revenge on their minds.

Bush thus put both American soldiers and the Iraqi people in harm's way. In the three-plus years of war, nearly 2,500 U.S. soldiers have died along with tens of thousands of Iraqis. Thousands more have been grievously maimed.

As the laws of war require the punishment of any soldier who murders civilians, international principles also call for holding accountable their superiors---both military and political---who contribute to the crime.

In that sense, the atrocity at Haditha---and the tens of thousands of other unnecessary deaths in Iraq---can be laid at the door of official Washington, where some Democrats and nearly all Republicans voted to authorize the invasion and where leading news organizations uncritically transmitted administration propaganda to the American people.

BUT THE PRINCIPLE BLAME MUST REST AT THE FEET OF GEORGE W. BUSH, THE SELF-PROCLAIMED "WAR PRESIDENT" WHO CONSIDERS HIMSELF BEYOND THE BOUNDS OF ANY LAW. IN THAT LARGER SENSE, HADITHA AND ALL OTHER CARNAGE IN IRAQ CAN BE VIEWED AS BUSH'S MY LAI.


Source of Information: Consortium News
Story By: Robert Parry
May 29, 2006

*Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek.



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