Sunday, September 26, 2004

An Open Letter to Most Americans: You've Lost Your Alibi!

By OMAR BARGHOUTI
Counterpunch
(see the full article at Counterpunch to follow the numbered references)
A righteously angry article - a reminder that, as the WWII Germans found, ignorance is no defence. The truth IS out there and accessible even if it isn't appearing in the US mainstream media. Western media seems only too happy to air the brutal reactions to western brutality without mentioning the heinous crimes that have driven people to such extremes. As ever it is the innocents on both sides who suffer whilst the real perpetrators evade accountability.

Dear Americans (I am here addressing only those of you who are rationally choosing to prolong the suffering of the human race for 4 more years):

Just this past week, Iraqis had the equivalent death toll of 9/11. In fact, they have one every week or two, on average, thanks to your sickening and utterly irrational support for the neo-con gang at the helm of power in Washington.

I, and I bet most people around the earth, cannot take it any more! The pictures from Iraq are gruesomely clear: your armed forces are committing awful war crimes, killing Iraqis in a wedding party (1); killing Iraqis dancing around a burnt out Bradley (2); killing Iraqis in custody by beating them to death (3); killing Iraqis sitting in their homes, sleeping on their roofs to escape the heat, or walking down the streets; just killing, butchering with impunity, brutality and nauseating repetitiveness.

And when they are not murdering, your proud soldiers are shattering souls and trying to efface human dignity. They torture prisoners with a barbarism that was thought extinct. A 14 year-old was "bleeding from his anus" after your soldiers raped him with a metal object (4). Two more children were terrorized by dogs "for the purposes of a game between the two dog teams to see ... if they could get their bowel or bladder to move."(5) Another child was raped in detention, while older inmates were "ridden like animals" or "forced to eat pork and drink alcohol in contravention of their religion."(6) A teenage girl was "repeatedly raped" by your servicemen, while older female prisoners were paraded "naked in front of male prisoners."(7) Prisoners were put on dog leashes, stripped naked for days on end, severely beaten, bruised, made to lie "in their own faeces."(8) A prisoner was sodomized with a "chemical light," others with a "broom stick."(9) Simply put, Iraqi detainees -- held without due process, without charges or trials -- were subjected to "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses," as US general Taguba, who investigated the Abu-Ghraib torture, wrote.(10)





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