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128,546. The [Iraq] war may be official over but the violence rages on. (2000-2009 & Television & Iraq) The 2000s: The Platinum Age of Television IV, television news
128,547. At least Saddam Hussein fed us. (2000-2009 & Television & Iraq) ibid. Iraqi interviewed ABC news
128,548. Ladies and gentlemen, we got him. (2000-2009 & Television & Iraq) ibid. Paul Bremer
32,916. Before the operation, the city was [Fallujah] bombed to ‘encourage’ its evacuation, and shortly thereafter sealed off – any male of fighting age (ten years old and upwards by present occupation standards) was prevented from leaving. During that operation, white phosphorus was used against civilians since, as one US soldier explained, anything that walked or breathed was considered an enemy combatant. It is reasonable to suppose that some of the melted bodies discovered had suffered agonizing deaths as the material sizzled their flesh to the bone. Others may have been more lucky – if they inhaled the substance, it will have blistered their mouths, throats, and lungs, suffocating them to death before they had to suffer the pain of flesh melting away both inside and outside. It is indeed hard to overstate what was pitilessly inflicted on Fallujah: a hospital deliberately bombed; another occupied; more than half of the houses damaged or destroyed; 150,000 people obliged to flee to live in rough tents on the outskirts of the city as they were bombed and their water and electricity cut off; those returning to the devastated city were to be subjected to forced labor. While the US military only admitted to having killed 1,200 insurgents, initial civilian tolls were as high as 800. Lately, Iraqi NGOs and medical workers have estimated as many as 6,000 deaths, mostly civilians. (Iraq & War on Terror & Empire US & Terror) Richard Seymour, article 26th November 2005 ‘The Genocidal Imagination of Christopher Hitchens’
32,917. He [Brown] sat in the sofa-cabinet with his predecessor as genocidal wars in Afghanistan and then on Iraq were unleashed. Like Blair and the others in that Downing Street lounge, he is a psychopath too. Not one of his successive pretexts for laying upon Iraq like wolves could justify the killing that would maim even one family. (Iraq & Afghanistan & War on Terror) David Halpin, The Vortex Sucks Ever Louder, Alternative View II conference 31st May 2009
32,214. The glorious RAF bombed two hospitals in Basra in 1991. ibid.
32,215. In the run up to the Iraq war we were fed Perle, Wolfowitz, Edelman, endlessly on Newsnight. And anyone like myself who spoke against the Iraq War was only given 2% of broadcasting time on the BBC. (Iraq & BBC) ibid.
33,213. This was December the 9th in Canada ... And you see behind Blair – Faith – the Blair Faith Foundation ... This is the face of a hypocrite ... He’s a psychopath, like so many of his ilk. Because he’s grinning like a Cheshire cat, and yet he has helped to put to death one point two million people in Iraq. He’s done nothing at all to stop the killing in Palestine, and he’s maimed at least two million people in Iraq, again about a third will be children, and four million displaced ... The look of confidence and happiness on his face. (Iraq & Blair) David Halpin, Make War History, see Blair War Crimes Foundation
32,931. Ten years ago 10,000 troops invaded Iraq. In the war of occupation that followed, 179 British troops lost their lives. Now the father of one of them is heading to Iraq to discover whether his son’s sacrifice was worthwhile. This World: Iraq: Did My Son Die in Vain? BBC 2013
32,932. Across Iraq 2,000 doctors and 800 academics and students were murdered. Many more fled Iraq fearing for their lives. ibid.
32,933. The British effectively pulled out from the centre of Basra City. ibid.
32,934. Terrorist attacks still kill thousands of people every year. ibid.
32,935. One in five Iraqis still don't have access to safe drinking water. ibid.
32,936. It is a mass ritual sacrifice. David Icke
29,094. Saddam Hussein wasn’t a threat but that he provided a convenient pretext to get the oil in Iraq ... It was also about setting the precedent for the New World Order to invade sovereign nations. (United States & Project For the New American Century & War on Terror & Empire US & New World Order & Iraq & Neo-Conservative) Alex Jones, Police State III: Total Enslavement
32,937. Obama pledged in hundreds of speeches and interviews that within six months of being elected he was going to bring our troops home from Iraq. But after he was inaugurated the story changed. Now he said that they would look at bringing some of the troops home in sixteen months. Alex Jones, The Obama Deception
32,938. The true objective was to ensure that the nation remained in turmoil as a pretext to build permanent military bases as well as delivering long-term profits to defense contractors ... United States, British and Israeli forces have all been caught repeatedly carrying out staged terror attacks in Iraq. Alex Jones, 7/7 London Bombings - Government Involvement
32,939. There is no military solution in Iraq and there never was. I will begin to remove our troops immediately. Barack Obama
32,940. The people were to be liberated from all forms of state control. And [Paul] Bremer immediately set about sacking all members of the Ba’ath Party who had run Iraqi society. It was a dramatic revolutionary move. Overnight the Americans destroyed the civic structure of Iraqi society. But instead of trying to create new institutions Bremer’s plan then set out to engineer the perfect market economy. Which the Americans believed would automatically create a new democracy. All industries and public services were to be privatised immediately. The country would then be thrown open to international corporations, who in return for investing could take 100% of their profits out of country untaxed. Only one of Saddam Hussein’s laws remained – the one that restricted trade unions. Out of this was supposed to come spontaneous order. What resulted was chaos. Adam Curtis, The Trap: We Will Force You to be Free
100,199. Corruption on a huge scale: more than $350 billion has been sent to Iraq for reconstruction. (Freedom & Iraq & Empire US & Liberty & Civil Liberties) ibid.
100,200. The Americans began to turn to violence and torture to enforce their kind of freedom. (Freedom & Iraq & Foreign Relations US & Empire US & Liberty & Civil Liberties) ibid.
99,453. Both Tony Blair and George Bush became possessed by the idea of ridding the world of Saddam Hussein. So possessed, that they believed any story that proved his evil intentions. And the line between reality and fiction became every more blurred. (Iraq & Blair) Adam Curtis, HyperNormalisation
32,943. On arrival in Baghdad [Paul] Bremer set up office in the vast marble hall of Saddam’s grandest palace. Well there’s no accounting for taste, and as it happened there was no taste for accounting. By the time Bremer left Iraq thirteen months later, so had any chance of keeping track of the Iraqi’s twenty billion dollars. Under American management, the development fund for Iraq became the biggest cash-point machine in history. Three hundred and sixty-three tons of hundred dollar bills were shipped to Baghdad on American C-130 aircraft. It didn’t stay there for long. Rory Bremner, Between Iraq and a Hard Place
32,944. In one region of Iraq documentation wasn’t available for two-thirds of the sample of three-hundred contracts. ibid.
32,955. There’s no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, a thug, a butcher, it’s true. It was as true in 2003 as it was in 1983/84 when Donald Rumsfeld visited Iraq and met with Saddam Hussein and other top officials as an emissary of the Reagan administration to improve ties to Iraq ... The United States has consistently supported Saddam Hussein throughout the worst of his crimes when his policy was consistent with US interests in the area. The minute that those interests changed then Saddam Hussein became the center of evil in the world. This is the way propaganda is used. To motivate a public to support at war that is not about liberating anyone, but about extending and deepening American control. Professor Robert Jensen
32,956. The problem for the Bush administration is that plans had already existed for regime change in Iraq had to be justified. They couldn’t just go in without public support. The public support was created by connecting Saddam Hussein to those fears of terrorism. (Iraq & War on Terror) Professor Robert Jensen
33,097. Victory in Iraq is finally in sight. Sarah Palin