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Loud and Repeated Lies Become Truth
in Ignorant Democracies
|by Gaurang Bhatt, MD|
The US invaded and attacked Iraq without any provocation. By the Nuremberg precedent which the US used against Nazi Germany and the subsequent UN Charter, such an invasion is a war crime. The original reasons given were Saddam was responsible for 9-11 (by Cheney) and that Saddam was amassing WMDs including nuclear weapons. Known false stories were uttered by Bush, like Saddam had bought uranium ore from Niger and bought aluminum tubes for centrifuges. Respectable American scientists and the IAEA had unequivocally opined that the tubes were for missiles and could not be used to enrich uranium. Ambassador Wilson and the CIA had confirmed that the documents alleging the uranium purchase from Niger were forgeries. The CIA had been unable to confirm Cheney's lie about 9-11 hijackers meeting Saddam's secret service in Prague.
The plan to attack Saddam had been in the works even before 9-11 and was devised immediately after 9-11 to the surprise of fired Treasury Secretary O'Neill and counter-terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, as revealed in their books. The CIA had reliable information from Saddam's defecting son-in-law (who was in charge of Iraq's WMDs before he was murdered by Saddam) and later on from Saddam's minister whom the CIA had recruited by bribes, that there were no chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in Iraq. The Downing street memos and George Tenet's despicable and pathetic attempt at enriching and exonerating himself in his book of lies confirm that the Iraq invasion was premeditated and decided upon without any factual basis, and intelligence was twisted and cherry-picked to permit it. Books by Hans Blix and Scott Ritter of the UN weapon inspector team tell how they were thwarted from doing their job, maligned and their mission aborted while US Secretary of State Colin Powell lied to the Security Council about Iraq's weapons.
Bush has clearly stated that US troops are in Iraq to stay. Billions of dollars spent on building the world's largest embassy in the green zone of Baghdad and multiple bases in Iraq were loud and clear warnings of the long occupation. Comparison with South Korea where US troops are still there after 50 years and no peace treaty has been signed with North Korea tells us that the war and occupation of Iraq are for keeps, just like those in Japan and Germany.
The psychopathology is the same as that of a gambler who will continue betting till he runs out of his last penny or that of a patient with cancer of the right arm who will consent to its amputation only when he is convinced that not cutting it off, will kill him. The last hope has to be extinguished and fear has to become dominant.
America will stay in Iraq till it runs out of money or troops or its economy suffers such a meltdown that the complacency and insouciance of its citizens are vaporized to pervasive deprivation by the heat of the Iraqi conflagration. Such are human nature and imperial hubris and thus unfolds the tragedy of the lives of imperial cannon fodder beguiled by the mirage of unthinking patriotic fervor or dire economic necessity.
Politicians inflame and manipulate the emotions of the naive and ignorant by setting up straw objects of hatred like religions, minorities, ethnicity, lifestyles etc., as Hitler's Germany, Sharon's Israel, Bush's America, Osama's Caliphate and extreme Hindutva's India show.
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