The BBC decides to showcase the names and faces of those killed during the Peshawar attacks. Rightly so every innocent life should have a name, a picture and a story to share to the world to know that a real life was taken unjustly.
But what happened to the names, pictures and stories of over 2000 killed by US drones in Pakistan? Will we get the names, pictures and stories of over 500,000 children killed in Iraq by the sanctions.
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.
I guess not. Some lives have more value than others or more ratings. Either way the innocent always get lost.
Steven Green, a former American solider serving 5 life terms for raping a 14 year old Iraqi girl and killing her parents and sister admits that he thought iraqi civilians were not human. All this because of what he says crimes fuelled by experiences in iraq’s violent ‘Triangle of Death’ where two of his sergeants were gunned down.
Green said those deaths ‘messed me up real bad.’ ‘There’s not a word that would describe how much I hated these people,’ Green said. ‘I wasn’t thinking these people were humans.’
Green after the killing of his sergeants, talked frequently of wanting to kill Iraqis.
The following is an extract taken from the Daily Mail newspaper. ‘At the Iraqi home, Barker and Cortez pulled Abeer into one room, while Green held the mother, father and youngest daughter in another.
Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, stood guard in the hall. As Barker and Cortez raped the teen, Green shot the three family members, killing them.
He then went into the next room and raped Abeer, before shooting her in the head. The soldiers lit her remains on fire before leaving. Another soldier stood watch a few miles away at the checkpoint.’
You can read the full article here.
If this is the trauma and after shock that a trained solider can feel; can you imagine how the ordinary Iraqi civilian must feel. How they have to live each day watching the foreign occupiers, raping their land of resources and whatever they can.
The war in Iraq, is an illegal occupation that has no standing in international law. The war must end now; the foreign troops must evacuate and allow the Iraqi’s to decide their own future.
”When people are sitting on sh*t you want, you make them your enemy. Then you’re justified in taking it.” – Jake Sully, Avatar Film (Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan anyone?)
General Ali Hassan al-Majid (Aka ‘Chemical Ali’) was hanged in Iraq yesterday for the murder of thousands of Kurds through the use of deadly chemical gas.
He was sentenced by a court that still works under illegal occupation by the Allies. If Chemical Ali is to be hanged for the murder of Kurds by deadly gas, what about the Regan administration that supplied him with the core ingredients to make the mustard gas that he used through Alcolac Inc.
Where is the rest of the Justice for the dead? Just because one belongs to the ‘big boys’ club, it does not mean you should be above the law.
We want justice and we want it now.
Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has said attempts to indict him for war crimes could derail peace efforts in the Sudanese region of Darfur.
Prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) could also have a “catastrophic impact” on regional stability, he said.
The ICC is trying to indict Mr Bashir over attacks in war-torn Darfur.
Sudan has rejected the allegations, and African nations have urged the UN to block any prosecution.
But ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, who asked judges to issue an arrest warrant against Mr Bashir in July, said last week that he will continue to push for charges.
He said he had evidence that Mr Bashir was controlling attacks against civilians in Darfur.
Local people had been raped and killed by both the Sudanese army and Janjaweed pro-government militias, he said.
The ICC is expected to rule on how to proceed before the end of this year.
The Darfur rebellion began in 2003 when mostly non-Arab groups took up arms against the Arab-dominated government in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination.
Up to 300,000 people have been killed and as many as 2.5 million have been forced from their homes.
Mr Bashir’s government has denied mobilising the Janjaweed militias, accused of widespread atrocities against Darfur’s black African population, and on Thursday he said any prosecution could derail peace efforts.
“It impedes the Darfur peace talks by sending negative signals to Darfur rebel movements to distance themselves from the negotiating table,” he said during a diplomatic summit in Accra, Ghana.
“It also threatens the democratic transformation in Sudan where political parties have braced themselves for elections next year, and will have a catastrophic impact on stability in the entire region,” he said.
But he added: “In spite of all this I wish to affirm our commitment to implement the peace agreements and settle the Darfur conflict through negotiations.”
Source: BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7650123.stm)
I have always maintained that ‘two wrongs do not make a right’. On the one hand the West accuses Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of war crimes but on the other hand fails to even speak of indictment of US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who both authorised an illegal war in Iraq, without the approval of the UN and any concrete prove that Iraq had violated any international law that warranted an illegal occupation of another country.
As a result according to the “Iraq Body Count” almost a million Iraqi civilians have died since 2003. We have not even added the millions already killed due to the sanctions imposed by the West on Iraq after the first Gulf War. As General Tommy Franks of the US Army declared “We don’t do body counts“.
The US does not do body counts because they know the West is above the law they proclaim to uphold. There is only one law that the West upholds and that is the law of ‘Self-Interest’.
Amman, Jordan: Renowned Iraqi novelist Fouad al-Tikerly, 81, died of pancreatic cancer at a hospital in Jordan on Monday, said one of his associates.
Al-Tikerly was one of the last surviving of Iraq’s generation of pioneering novelists and rose to fame in the 1970s with the novel “al-Rajea al-Baeed,” Arabic for “The Long Way Back.”
The novel, which was later translated to English, was unique for its time and widely hailed as a brave depiction of the suffering of four generations of an Iraqi family in Baghdad under the various post-monarchy regimes, especially that of Saddam Hussein — one of the only books to criticize the system so directly.
Al-Tikerly’s Iraqi friend Najib Mohieddine said the novelist died of pancreatic cancer.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani sent condolences to al-Tikerly’s family.
“This is a sorrowful loss to Iraqi culture; his novels, stories and articles have documented the history of our country, and the developments that he witnessed as an author and judge as well a president’s adviser after the tyrant regime was ousted,” he said in a statement.
“We take this opportunity to express our confidence that his name will be etched in bright letters on Iraq’s cultural legacy,” Talabani added.
Al-Tikerly will be buried in Jordan’s capital of Amman on Tuesday, where he has been living for three years, his friend Ihsan Fathi said.
Al-Tikerly graduated with a law degree from Baghdad University in 1949 and worked at the Iraqi Ministry of Justice for 35 years, eventually becoming a judge in 1956 and going on to head Baghdad’s Court of Appeals. He was known for his honesty during his tenure.
In 1964, he went to France, where he attended postgraduate law studies in Paris and later returned in the 1980s to live there for a short time.
In 1983, al-Tikerly resigned from his legal career and devoted himself full time to writing novels. After his wife died, he moved to Tunisia in 1990 and married a Tunisian woman.
In 2000, he was awarded the United Arab Emirates prestigious Owais Prize for Arabic-language novels.
He was an independent with no political affiliation and had no ties with the Baath party or Saddam.
Al-Tikerly is survived by his Tunisian wife and their son and three daughters from his earlier marriage.
Associated Press Writer Maamoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report.