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Annals of Liberation: The Agony of Iraq's Women
"God Bless America" is not a phrase that springs to their minds
Thursday, 19 March 2009
On the anniversary of the first great war crime of the 21st century -- the unprovoked, unnecessary, illegal ground invasion* of Iraq by the United States and its lap-dog "Anglosphere" allies Britain and Australia, and a few other minor accomplices in mass murder -- Yifat Susskind at American Forum (via Antiwar.com) tells us what this "liberation" has brought to Iraq's women:
Sure, a million dead, four million displaced, women forced back into darkness and violence, yadda yadda yadda -- but that's the price of success, baby! And you don't mess with success!
This fact cannot be stressed enough -- and therefore, it is course almost entirely ignored in our national political "debate": the United States very deliberately empowered some of the most violent, retrograde elements in Iraqi society (many of them militias formed, trained and armed by Iran), and then helped them carry out one of the most savage "ethnic cleansing" campaigns since World War II. The Americans did this because they hoped that the extremists would trade the power and perks that Washington had given them for a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq sweetheart deals on oil, and crony contracts out the wazoo. And despite all the talk of "drawdowns" and deadlines, all three of these aims are still very much in play. In fact, the last one -- the continuation war pork for the war profiteers back home -- is a dead certainty, with billions of arms deals for the new Iraqi military already in the pipeline, joining the hundreds of billions already funneled, by hook, crook and no-bid contract, into the bipartisan elite's favorite corporate troughs.
Susskind has more on what this bloodsoaked boondoggle has wrought for Iraq's women:
But Susskind notes that Iraq's women are not just passively accepting the dire fate that Washington's dominationist lusts have imposed on them:
Listen to them? Why, haven't they heard that the "surge" -- which escalated and extended the American war crime in Iraq -- "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," as Obama himself has told us? Sure, a million dead, four million displaced, women forced back into darkness and violence, yadda yadda yadda -- but that's the price of success, baby! And you don't mess with success!
*Note: We specify the "ground invasion" that began on March 20, 2003, because of course the United States and Britain had been carrying out a relentless air war against Iraq for many years, to the extent that Air Force officials were complaining "there's nothing left to bomb." This aerial assault was in addition to the truly horrific economic blockade of Iraq led by the United States, which top U.S. officials themselves acknowledged had led to the needless -- but "worth it" -- deaths of at least 500,000 children by the late 1990s (and countless more in the years that followed.) The United States also sponsored terrorist attacks against civilian targets inside Iraq in the years before the 2003 attack. In short, the bipartisan American war against Iraq began long before the incursion by ground troops on March 20, 2003. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis had already lost their lives by the time U.S. tanks and soldiers rolled across the border; a million more would die in the years to come.
Chris Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University. Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque, and is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on March 19, 2009.
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