The list of Iraq Body Count�s supporters is getting longer
by the day. Just three examples may help you to get the picture.
While the mainstream media are continuing to use figures
provided by the website Iraq Body Count (IBC) to sell the public a number for
total post-invasion deaths of Iraqis that is perhaps 5-10% of the true death
toll, too many �on the left� and within the so-called �anti-war movement� keep
being silent when not openly defending Iraq Body Count and attacking those who
have been trying to highlight this bloody scandal. It�s a �divisive�
issue, they say. One day maybe genetics will tell us why these people always
happen to be born �on the left� but till then one is free to speculate
on the real reasons behind such a shameful behavior.
Amerika and its allies are responsible for GENOCIDE in
Iraq. This thought may be unpleasant to many but removing it from that
little open debate we are still allowed to have just add to the already rich
genocide denial business.
S. Herman recently wrote, "It should also be noted that there is a
systematic 'genocide [or holocaust] denial' when it comes to treating
Western-based genocidal operations, but this is invisible because the West does
it. The most prominent illustration at present is the U.S. and 'coalition of
the willing' mass killing in Iraq. The million Iraqi deaths from the 'sanctions
of mass destruction' of the 1990s is unmentioned in Samantha Power�s ludicrous
treatise on genocide ('A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide'),
just as she fails to deal seriously with the Indonesian massacres in East
Timor. The U.S.-coalition invasion-occupation of Iraq from 2003 has added
another million to the Iraqi toll, but the idea that this is 'genocide' is
inexpressible in the U.S. mainstream media, which is focused on the more
politically convenient killings in Darfur -- attributable to a Western target,
the Arab government of the Sudan, hence subject to the invidious word genocidal.
This is implicit but real denial, which follows from the political basis of
naming and concern."
So far, too many on the �left� and within the so-called
�antiwar movement� have been reluctant -- and I�m being polite here -- to
inform the vast majority of the population on the real extent of the carnage
inflicted upon the Iraqi people. That too is real denial.
60 Minutes of shame: Afghanistan and the Amerikan�s
efforts �to win the Afghan people�
The hypocrisy is unbearable. CBS News, one of the major brainwashing
networks in Amerika, plays the compassionate soul, with the help of puppet
Karzai and an �old friend� of this blog.
News reports: �After six years, the liberation of Afghanistan has become a
triumph without victory. The fighting is the greatest it has been since the
beginning of the war and more civilians are dying. In fact, 60 Minutes was
surprised to hear this: while the
enemy has killed hundreds of civilians this year, a similar number of civilians
have been killed by American forces. With relatively few troops there, the U.S.
and NATO rely on air power. The number of civilians killed in air strikes has
And then the cherry on the cake: �60 Minutes wondered whether civilian deaths are undermining the
effort to win the Afghan people.�
Translation: �60 Minutes wonders if killing civilians is
bad to us�
CBS News� correspondent Scott Pelley asked Amerika�s puppet
Karzai, "Why are so many Afghan civilians being killed by U.S.
The puppet replied, "The United States and the
Coalition Forces are not doing that deliberately. The United States is here to
help the Afghan people. The Afghan people understand that mistakes are made.
But five years on, six years on, definitely, very clearly, they cannot
comprehend as to why there is still a need for air power,"
The Afghan people understand indeed, since the Afghan
Resistance is now winning
a war of liberation of their country invaded and occupied by the Amerikan
Empire upon lies and preposterous excuses. Of course the high price paid by the
people of Afghanistan is on all our consciences.
But let�s go back to the CBS� 60 Minutes of shame: "Of
course the Taliban are killing civilians too, targeting them deliberately. By
contrast, 60 Minutes watched American airmen calculate how to minimize civilian
casualties with the choice of timing, weapon, and direction of attack."
To make this compassionate point, the CBS� correspondent gets the help of an �old friend� of
this blog, Mark Garlasco, senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch:
"I don't think people really appreciate the gymnastics that the U.S. military
goes through in order to make sure that they're not killing civilians,"
Garlasco points out.
"If so much care is being taken why are so many
civilians getting killed?" Pelley asks.
"Because the Taliban are violating international law,�
says Garlasco, �and because the U.S. just doesn't have enough troops on the
ground. You have the Taliban shielding in people's homes. And you have this
small number of troops on the ground. And sometimes the only thing they can do
is drop bombs.�
Have you appreciated this perfect waltz? Maybe you should
read it again and this time you may be interested to know that before landing
at Human Rights Watch, Marc Garlasco was senior intelligence analyst at the
Pentagon and, as such, he "recommended thousands of aimpoints on
hundreds of targets during operations in Iraq and Serbia [and] also
participated in over 50 interrogations as a subject matter expert.� If you
want to know more -- and there is more to know, indeed -- click
Business as usual, indeed!
Zamparini is an independent filmmaker and freelance writer living in London.
He's the producer and director of the documentaries "XXI CENTURY" and
"The Peace!" DVD and author of "American Voices of Dissent"
(Paradigm Publishers). He can be reached at email@example.com. More about him
and his work on thecatsdream.com/.