LENDMAN, Stephen. Leading anti-racist, humanitarian Jewish American writer slams ongoing genocide by the US in Iraq

Stephen Lendman is an outstanding anti-racist, humanitarian Jewish American writer, a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization and a Chicago-based broadcaster (see: http://mwcnews.net/component/comprofiler/userprofile/Stephen%20Lendman.html ).

Stephen Lendman on the Iraqi Genocide (2010): “America's hidden history is ugly and disturbing. No nation ever matched it. To Iraq alone, over the past two decades, it includes ongoing genocide, destruction, terror, occupation, and contamination - a horrendous combination of crimes, unmentioned in Western discourse. Environmental Engineering Professor Souad N. Al-Azzawi documents them, including in his report titled, "Crime of the Century: Iraq's Occupation and DU Contamination," a detailed account of US culpability.America's strategic aims, he explains, include:

    • controlling most of the world's oil and other natural resources;

    • remaining permanently in the Middle East, "the intersection zone of the three continents where 80% of the world('s) population" lives; and

    • if the above two objectives are achieved, America will control the world's economy, or enough of it to matter.” [1].

Stephen Lendman on the Iraqi Genocide (2013): “America’s genocidal Iraq War . March 19 marks its 10th anniversary. Permanent occupation is policy. Killing, destruction, toxic pollution, and human misery remain unabated. Pre-2003 Iraq no longer exists. America’s Iraq war is one of history’s greatest crimes. It followed Gulf War devastation and punishing sanctions. They caused about 1.5 million deaths. Most were young children. Up to 7,000 died monthly. Former UN humanitarian coordinator Dennis Halliday resigned in protest. He refused to be part of what he called “genocide.” Gideon Polya keeps count. From 1990 – 2011, he estimates 1.7 million violent deaths, 2.9 million avoidable ones (from sanctions, disease, deprivation and displacement), up to six million refugees, and a dysfunctional, repressive occupied nation. The cradle of civilization was erased. An occupied wasteland cum giant free-trade zone replaced it. Nation-building was reinvented. Chicago School fundamentalists moved in. “Shock therapy” followed “shock and awe.” So did repression, daily killings, deprivation, mass detention and torture. More on that below. Iraq’s one of history’s greatest terror bombing victims. It’s permanently occupied. It’s afflicted by violence, devastation, repression, corruption and deprivation. In 2010, Refugees International (RI) described “a dire humanitarian crisis that sees huge numbers of (Iraqis) struggl(ing) to survive.” America “bears special responsibility.” Conditions today are no better. “Overall,” says RI, “Iraq continues to face long-standing large-scale displacement and pressing (unresolved) humanitarian needs.” [2].

[1]. Stephen Lendman, “One of history’s greatest crimes”, MWC News, 26 September 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/5472-one-of-historys-greatest-crimes.html .

[2]. Stephen Lendman, “America’s genocidal Iraq War”, Daily Censored, 19 March 2013: http://www.dailycensored.com/americas-genocidal-iraq-war/ .