...And the count is still counting, and the count is still running;
(by informatron: 7 March 2009)
This is in celebration of the sixth year anniversary of Shock and Awe.
As we return from our three-day celebrations of 13 February marking the 64th anniversary of the terrorist carpet bombing of one of the greatest cultural centres of Northern Europe; we have not forgotten the 6th anniversary of Shock and Awe: That terrorist bombing of one the greatest cultural centres of the Arab World.
Since March of 2003, the USA has inflicted the equivalent of THREE HUNDRED AND THIRTY THREE (sic) September 11 attacks on a country smaller than California, that is FIVE 911 attacks for each and every month over the past six years running.
And the count is still counting, and the count is still running. Shock and Awe. Terrorism by another name. The last throes of an empire in total collapse.
Reason enough for a new and civilized Former USA to immediately withdraw troops, punish the guilty before the new president becomes tarnished by the guilt of unspeakable crimes, and make reparations.
Dresden 1945 did not have a military garrison, most of the industry was in the outskirts and not in the targeted city centre, and the cultural significance of the city should have precluded the Allies from bombing it.
Never-the-less, that splendid baroque city, centre to the arts and the learned, saw 1,300 British and American heavy bombers drop over 3,900 tons of high-explosives and incendiary devices. And like the American nuclear bombs thrown on Heroshima and Nagasaki, this bombing of Dresden was by all measures a crime against humanity.
German Holocaust deniers say that only 35.000 persons were killed in Dresden in those days of February, but the real figure for all technical reasons is considerably higher. In 1955 former West German chancellor Konrad Adenauer stated: "On 13 February 1945, the attack on the city of Dresden, which was overcrowded with refugees, claimed about 250.000 victims.” Today historians confirm that the number killed in Dresden is closer to 500,000 dead.
Like Dresden in 1945, Baghdad in 2005 suffered Anglo American terrorist air strikes and cruise missile attacks. By acts of unprovoked aggression the city is now a destroyed hulk, devoid of its population, and polluted forever by American depleted uranium. Untold thousands killed.
The City of Haroun Al Rashid, The City of the Arabian Nights, Home to the Magic Lamp of Aladin, The City of Living Poetry and Music, bombed between the 19th of March and 5 April 2003, when invading USA barbarians (yes, barbarians, there can be no other name to describe them) entered to sack the city, to rape, torture, and kill the innocent people of Iraq.
They burned our historic archives, they looted our great libraries and museums, they desecrated our places of worship, our saints and our shrines, our ancient mosques, and our churches. Humanity’s treasures from Ancient Babylon, Uruk, and Sumeria stolen. Temples and treasures plundered. Like Dresden, our historic monuments, destroyed forever by American bombs and fires.
Like Dresden, Heroshima, and Nagasaki, future generations everywhere in the world will never forget Baghdad, and the innocent people of Iraq.
The purpose here is not to mourn the dead, nor even to remember the death and destruction. The purpose is to celebrate the carnage, the injustice, the atrocities, and cruelties perpetuated by the USA.
The purpose is to celebrate the death of the United States because the lip service it provides to the virtues of its constitution is no longer credible. FUSA is not only financially bankrupt but morally bankrupt as well.
The purpose is to call on The Free Peoples of the World to hold those responsible for the greatest mass killings in the history of humanity.
Like Dresden, Baghdad has its share of holocaust deniers.
National Geographic researcher Bijal Trivedi stated that "Civilian (Iraqi) casualties did occur, but the strikes, for the most part, were surgical.”
On the web site of Iraq Body Count, a project of the UK Oxford Research Group, puts Iraqi deaths to date at only 90,000 to 99,000 civilian killed attributed to the actions of US-led forces. These are the lowest figures ever published.
Iraq Body Count data is drawn from “cross-checked media reports, hospital, morgue, NGO and official figures.” God knows how they cook their books since the morgues and hospitals have been ordered not to release deaths information.
But even these meager findings are disputed by both the U.S. military and the puppet Iraqi government. Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Boylan, the spokesman for the US military once said of Iraq Body Count: "I don't know how they are doing their methodology and can't talk to how they calculate their numbers," as well as "we do everything we can to avoid civilian casualties in all of our operations."
USA Lieutenant General Tommy Franks said, when he was still head of US Central Command, and responsible for the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan: "We don't do body counts." As it were: civilian deaths do not factor in USA military calculations.
And so, to establish the numbers killed by the USA led forces, we must rely on established techniques from the science of epidemiology to estimate the “body counts” that the USA military “does not do”. Deaths must be estimated by population sampling and social survey methodologies just as in the study of deadly diseases of pandemic proportions.
In 2006 the prime medical journal Lancet published a study by Johns Hopkins University researchers who estimated by epidemiological techniques, the number of Iraqi killed by the USA invaders to be 654,965 deaths.. The authors of the Lancet study calculated a range of 392,979 to 942,636 Iraqi deaths by the term ending in June 2006.
In September 2007, ORB (Opinion Research Business), an independent polling agency located in London, published estimates of the total war casualties in Iraq since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 through to August 2007, at over 1.2 million deaths (1,220,580) within a range between 733,158 to 1,446,063 deaths.
This ORB estimate was based on a random survey of 1,720 adults, out of which 1,499 responded, in fifteen of the eighteen governorates within Iraq, between August 12 and August 19, 2007.
On 28 January 2008, ORB published an update based on additional work carried out in rural areas of Iraq. Some 600 additional interviews were undertaken and as a result of this the death estimate was revised down to 1,033,000 with a given range of 946,000 to 1,120,000.
Needless to say, no one paid attention to these staggering but credible figures. AT THE VERY LEAST the USA killed a million Iraqis.
On 18 September 2007 Media Lens published an article entitled "The Media Ignore Credible Poll Revealing 1.2 Million Violent Deaths In Iraq", the article goes on to say: “…despite its obvious significance, the ORB study has been almost entirely blanked by the US-UK media.
“At time of writing, four days after the findings were announced, the poll has been mentioned in just one national UK newspaper - ironically, the pro-war Observer. It has been ignored by the Guardian and the Independent."
The World Socialist Website criticized the media for under reporting this survey.
According to wikipedia on the media coverage of the ORB study: A week after its release, in the USA, of the leading newspapers, only the Los Angeles Times carried the story, although National Public Radio (NPR) did a piece on it the following Tuesday.
In the UK, BBC TV buried ORB study results in 81 words at the end of a 34 second segment about a bombing in Baghdad on its flagship news magazine Newsnight.
On the BBC website, it was described in 131 words tagged on at the end of an unrelated article with no mention of the study in the title. In both the Newsnight and BBC online pieces the ORB figure was obfuscated with a figure purporting to measure only reported civilian deaths, as most likely a small fraction of total deaths.
The only report in the UK press was in The Observer where it was appended to a story on Alan Greenspan's saying Iraq was about oil.
The ORB update published January 2008, was reported in one UK newspaper: The Guardian on 19 March 2008 on an obscure page of its website, appearing as a correction entitled: What is the real death toll in Iraq?
The title paragraph states: “…no one knows how many Iraqis have been killed in the five years since the invasion. Estimates put the toll at between 100,000 and one million, and now a bitter war of numbers is raging.”
As if the story is about the battle of numbers rather than the story about Iraqis killed by the American led forces.
To be fair the article is well worth reading because it covers at length a number of other studies of the death rates in Iraq which are not mentioned here because of their obvious methodological flaws and purposeful under-estimates of the extent of the Iraqi holocaust.
Many holocaust deniers believe the lies they are being told: That civilian deaths are not caused by American led forces but by foreign fighters, sectarian infighting, car bombs going off in market places, or suicide belts exploding amidst crowds of pilgrims. Such deaths it is argued should be factored out in the tally of killings. But these Iraqis have died because the United States decided to invade their country.
Besides, just as there was a convenient floury of videotaped beheadings of Westerners just as the Abu Gharib torture photos broke, the truth is that such deadly operations have been found to be setups by American led forces to blacken the name and catch the wind out of the strong Iraqi resistance.
British special forces operatives have been captured in Basra dressed in local Arab garb with explosives in their car. And stories have leaked out of cars being booby trapped by operatives while drivers are interrogated inside police stations, to fabricate unwitting suicide bombers as they drive home through crowded markets.
Never-the-less, the March 2008 Guardian article goes on to say: “… no one knows how many Iraqis have died. We do know that more than two million have fled abroad. Another 1.5 million have sought safety elsewhere in Iraq. We know that the combined horror of car bombs, suicide attacks, sectarian killing and disproportionate US counter-insurgency tactics and air strikes have produced the worst humanitarian catastrophe in today's world. But the exact death toll remains a mystery.”
Well we do know the death toll. It is not a mystery.
Not counting the American war against the people of Afghanistan, and not counting the killings from all the surreptitious wars perpetuated by the USA and its agents against the peoples of Palestine, Somalia, Congo, Sudan, Lebanon, The Balkans, and others, since September 11 2001; it is an established fact that the United States is directly responsible for the killing of over one million people. And this only over the period of five and a half years since March 2003 to September 2008. And the count is counting.
I leave it to others to work out the total monthly death tally for all America’s ongoing wars. All those wars contrived under the guise of America’s Global War On Bogus Terror, in the name of that other holohoax self inflicted wound: September Eleven Inside job.
Roughly speaking, at a rate of one million people killed over a period of 66 months, the USA has been slaughtering the Iraqi people at the rate of 15,000 killed per month.
Fifteen thousand Iraqis killed per month at the bare minimum.
Carnage most heinous of mass killings in human history, perpetuated by the FUSA on the people of Iraq. Equivalent to Five September 11 attacks per month for five and a half consecutive years on a country smaller than the State of California.
For Iraq alone the USA shall live in the shame of mass murder for generations to come, unless USA President Obama immediately withdraws all US troops,from all theaters, and punishes those responsible, and pays reparations in land and treasure to the victims of the Zionist Neocon American holocaust victims.
How approximately 500,000 Germans were "democratically" exterminated in one night
What is the real death toll in Iraq?
Fifty-nine years ago, on the evening of February 13, 1945, an orgy of genocide and barbarism