Jan 7, 2008
Violent attacks in Iraq have fallen by 60% since June – so claimed U.S. General Petraeus, who dared to add that Iraq had been “brought back from the brink of a civil war” in 2007.
That’s much like an earlier U.S. general who said, during the Vietnamese War, that the U.S. had to destroy a village “in order to save it”!
In the year 2007, sectarian and ethnic militias, backed up by the Iraqi military and the U.S. military, divided Iraq into districts and even regions according to religious sect or ethnicity. Iraq was “ethnically cleansed” – in much the same way that Yugoslavia had been “cleansed” in the 1990s. People fled their homes to escape oncoming military forces. Civilians were killed, women were raped, even babies were mutilated – the victims serving as a graphic warning to all the others to leave. It was terrorism pure and simple. But, says Petraeus, Iraq was brought back from the “brink of a civil war”!!!
Two and a half million people driven from their homes – but Petraeus says that violence is down? What world does he live in? And what world do the editors of newspapers and TV news shows live in, when they pass on such garbage without even a tiny question?
In any case, U.S. troops, who suffered more casualties in 2007 than in any other year of the war, might beg to differ.
From the beginning of the first Gulf War, in 1991, up to today, the beginning of 2008, the U.S. goal has been to establish major military bases in Iraq – able to control the rest of the oil-producing Middle East.
The ethnic cleansing carried out in 2007 only shows to what lengths the U.S. is ready to go to fulfill this aim.