The Destruction of Iraq
America's 2003 assault on Iraq, already devastated by thirteen years of sanctions, destruction of infrastructure consequently unrepaired from the 1991 bombing was, in the ridiculous annals of names the US military gives to their slaughter-fests, entitled: "Shock and Awe"
9th April: Iraq, Massacre of a Country "How can you make a war on terror when you are actually the terrorist?" (Unknown.)by Felicity ArbuthnotAmerica's 2003 assault on Iraq, already devastated by thirteen years of sanctions, destruction of infrastructure consequently unrepaired from the 1991 bombing was, in the ridiculous annals of names the US military gives to their slaughter-fests, entitled: "Shock and Awe." This approach to nation destruction is technically known - reminiscent of a sick sexual predator - as "rapid dominance," the concept based on use of "overwhelming power." It was devised by two arguably psychologically challenged military strategists, Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade, in 1996.(i) Their days devising Machiavellian "shock" in destroying all means of: "communication, transportation, food production, water supply, and other aspects of infrastructure must (cause) the threat and fear of action that may shut down all or part of ... society (rendering) ability to fight useless short of complete physical destruction." Further: "Shutting the country down would entail both the physical destruction of appropriate infrastructure ...
so rapidly as to achieve a level of national shock akin to the effect that dropping nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the Japanese."
In an interview with CBS, Ullman stated: "You're sitting in Baghdad and all of a sudden you're the general and thirty of your division headquarters have been wiped out.
"You also take the city down. By that I mean you get rid of their power, their water."
Iraq's water had been deliberately targeted in 1991, on orders to the twenty-seven country coalition, from Central Command (ii) and had never recovered, as was intended: "We estimated it will take Iraq's water six months to fully degrade," stated the circulated instructions, which also advised,
Iraq is now the most dangerous place for journalists on earth and the third most corrupt. On the 9th of April, the day Saddam Hussein's statue was pulled down by US marines, then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called it, "a very good day." Destruction by occupying forces of cultural history, ancient or modern, is, of course, another war crime. It is also low life vandalism and a damn cheek of - literally - historic proportions. Anthony Shadid was a journalist who survived the invasion's forces, but lost his life in Syria last month. His testimony to Iraq's tragedy and his own courage as the carnage enveloped, remains part of his legacy, in countless words. As the morgues filled to overflowing (victims were soon piled in refrigerated trucks outside) he visited the mosques, where the "caretaker" of humanity's last hours on earth, tended to the dead. Haider Kadim was carefully washing the body of fourteen year old Arkan Daif, killed with two friends. He had suffered, "a hole in his skull, when the sky exploded." His relatives described Arkan as: "like a flower." "It's very difficult," said Haider, his labour of love and respect over and the men closing the coffin. Earlier in the week, "he had gone to another mosque to help bury dozens, when a blast ripped through a teeming market nearby. The memories haunted him.
He remembered the severed hands and heads that arrived; he recalled bodies, even that of an infant, with more gaping holes." Even funeral parties were attacked from day one. Shadid records an eighty year old lady, whose family had risked the missiles to take her to be buried in the ancient cemetery in southern Najav, Shia Islam's most holy site. They never made it. U.S.
forces, wrote Shadid, attacked the three cars, one carrying her body. It was 31st March 2003.Troops then moved in to the nations's palaces, painted murals of missiles raining down on the walls - and subsequently held Christian Baptism ceremonies in the swimming pools, having brought in an "Alpha" Christian indoctrination course, enthusiastically run and embraced by the self- appointed "Vicar of Baghdad," Canon Andrew White (iii,iv) who also came in with the tanks. White's party piece for visiting journalists is to present them with a copy of one of his books and comment that he is signing it with the pen he lent Prime Minister Maliki to put his signature to Saddam Hussein's death warrant. History does not relate how a man of the cloth became involved in this ghastly act. Dismiss any doubts about it not really being a "Crusade" and being another George W. Bush "miss-speak." By 1st May, to declare, mission accomplished," George W. Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln in a little flying suit, his manhood apparently encased in lead.
Seldom "in the field of human conflict," has a Commander in Chief looked such a prat. (Apologies to Winston Churchill.) The episode, did, however, perhaps encapsulate the gargantuan, tragic, fantasy-land concept of the whole illegal, ill-conceived Iraq invasion, the venture of a very "New World," into the "Cradle of Civilization" and, as Petra, it's archeologically ancient cities: "half as old as time." i. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_and_aweii. http://www.progressive.org/mag/nagy0901.htmliii. http://www.alphausa.org/Articles/1000048248/The_Alpha_Course.aspxiv. http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/print.php?storyid=4200 Canon Andrew White, in palace under missile mural: http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://keithpp.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/saddam-hussein-throne.jpg%3Fw%3D450&imgrefurl=http://keithpp.wordpress.com/tag/andrew-white/&h=604&w=395&sz=58&tbnid=8nROtIXSDmY2dM:&tbnh=95&tbnw=62&prev=/search%3Fq%3DCanon%2BAndrew%2BWhite%2Bin%2BSaddam's%2BPalace%2Bpicture%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=Canon+Andrew+White+in+Saddam's+Palace+picture&docid=5bbMELqpMjOgPM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Y_2CT4n9Ms6l8gORnfSIBg&ved=0CDAQ9QEwAg&dur=4331 Prepared for publication by: Lisa KarpovaPravda.Ru.