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Why US/UN Personnel Are Under Attack In Iraq
When Ronald Reagan was President, the United States followed a policy of arming and equipping Saddam Hussein in his fight against Khomeni’s Iran. Biological and chemical intermediaries/labs were provided to Iraq and the “weapons of mass destruction” created from them were not only used against Iranian soldiers, but also on Iraqi people. Donald Rumsfeld (now Secretary of Defense) and George Shultz (now with Bechtel) were among those who lobbied for financial and military aid for Iraq. For more info, click here.
During the first war, the Iraqi civilians bore the brunt of the allied bombing. Even underground shelters were not safe from American missiles.
In the first Gulf War, American soldiers engaged in a turkey shoot on retreating Iraqi soldiers in which over 10,000 died. They were unceremoniously buried in the desert sands.
Nearly half a million children died due to malnutrition and lack of medicines. Click this link for US Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s “worth it” statement.
When Bill Clinton was President, the American Congress had funded a CIA plan to create an organisation that would fight Saddam. This organisation was called Iraqi National Congress (INC). It went deep into Iraqi territory and attempted a rebellion, which did not succeed. While the original inhabitants of the area were subjected to a purge by Saddam’s forces, the participants of the attack were airlifted to the US where they were given new identities and had been living cushy lives till now.
Iraq was prevented from importing even ordinary items such as paper and copying machines by the US. For youth, who grew up the sanctions regime, it is time pay back, now that US troops are patrolling the streets.
In times of conflict, the UN was supposed to play a neutral role. Instead, Iraqis note that the UN played a totally subservient role to the US and betrayed them.
The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan acted like the perfect stooge that the US had always wanted for the UN. Weapons inspection teams sent by the UN were staffed with personnel working for US intelligence agencies. Since these moles made impossible demands on the Iraqi government, they effectively prevented the lifting of UN sanctions.
Kofi Annan ordered the withdrawal of UN workers from Iraq and this also removed the last obstacle for the US plans for invasion of Iraq.
In a policy document produced in September 2000 by neo-conservatives close to U.S. President George Bush, called the “Project for the New American Century,” the United States is urged to increase its permanent military presence beyond the 130 countries where Washington already has troops. It argues that the state of the world demands “American political leadership” rather than that of the United Nations. The document was authored by Dick Cheney (now the vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld’s deputy), George W Bush’s younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney’s chief of staff). Few people in their right mind would want such fantasies come true. It reminds them of Hitler agenda for the world.
In thorough disrespect to the memory of those killed on Septermber 11, 2001, the US decided to use the incident as a reason to attack Iraq. All the sympathy that was generated from the incident quickly evaporated.
The UN Security Council was used by the US to make Iraq provide a complete inventory of its weapons to the UN. This report was turned over to the Pentagon and the US went ahead with the bombing campaign making a complete mockery of the international body.
UN weapons inspectors found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There were no Al Qaeda elements there either. That did not stop the US from going ahead with the invasion.
American planes bombed civilian buildings like power stations, telephone exchanges, hospitals, shelters, apartment blocks, etc. Cluster bombs, which “Comical Ali” Al-Sahaf referred as “pencils,” were dropped on civilian areas. These bombs killed children who picked them up. Many of these bombs continue to kill and maim people as they are inconspicuous.
After the fall of Saddam, the impoverished people looted arms depots that were only partially destroyed in the bombing. Distraught people with weapons tend to be hostile.
The CIA appointed Ahmed Chalabi as the head of Iraqi National Congress (INC). INC members brought back Chalabi during the war. Chalabi, who left Iraq when he was 13 and had not returned until then, is being touted as the future ruler of Iraq by the US. His job is to help American oil companies obtain control of Iraq’s oil wealth.
Few people knew Chalabi before the war and many still don’t. He is touted as a popular leader and a real representative of the Iraqi people by the US and Britain. Even the US- and British-inspired media treat him along the same lines. But for Iraqis who know his real purpose, it is ample evidence that the invasion of Iraq was for oil.
An uncomfortably large number of reservists are present on the ground. These people have not been exposed to such fighting conditions before. They are also extremely reluctant to engage in real combat and prefer overwhelming force as a means of victory. Even during the war, the Americans would call aerial bombing to knock out a few snipers armed with just rifles. Iraqis understand this very well and know that these troops are extremely disillusioned and extremely chary about casualties.
The US and British forces had provide a large quantity of arms and ammunition to the Kurdhish insurgent groups. When they get disaffected, they are more likely to use those weapons against the coalition forces.
People in the Middle East generally detest Americans. The reasons for this are not far to seek. Most of the countries in the area are police states. The close ties that their rulers have with the US are a sore point with every Arab. US is also the nation that provides billions of dollars to Israel and is hence considered a partner in the Israeli genocide against Palestinian people.
Iraq’s entry into the oil market will loosen the ability of OPEC nations to keep the price of oil at a high. If Iraq’s oil infrastructure could be sabotaged in some way, then those willing carry out these jobs will get all the support they need. To make things easier, fighters from neighbouring countries can move in and out of Iraq with impunity.
Iraqis are a proud people. They have history and culture to be so. They don’t like foreigners in their country, least of Americans. Anyone seen as aiding their invaders will be seen as traitors or as enemies. Self-respecting people tend to behave like that. Would Americans behave differently if they were invaded by a foreign power, one might ask.
Iraqis hated the US and Britain more than they hated Saddam and had held them responsible for all the miseries they had suffered for more than a decade. It was extremely optimistic to think everything would be forgiven once Saddam was toppled. Iraqis are not stupid. American and British decision-makers are though.