Saturday, June 25, 2005

Child Abuse

Chris Floyd, in the Moscow Times 24 June 2005, wrote about 'Child Abuse'.

Floyd does not write about child abuse in Chechnya but about child abuse in Iraq.

Floyd suggests that those who wanted the Iraq invasion:

1. told lies
2. were intent on looting Iraq and making money for their cronies
3. were prepared to kill huge numbers of innocent children


"Let's not imagine George W. Bush nudging Tony Blair in the ribs as they masticated their pork together, saying, "Cholera, eh? Typhoid fever. Malnutrition! By God, we can grind these Iraqi children lower than the slum rats of Haiti!"

"Of course it wasn't like that.... It was all about numbers, processes, abstractions...

"So when leading international agencies... find that Iraq's children are dwindling and dying twice as fast under the coalition's benevolent care than under the despotism of Saddam Hussein, we should not conclude that this was the liars' conscious intention.

"Yes, it's true that Iraq's child malnutrition rate is now worse than the broken nations of Uganda or Haiti, as the Japan Times reports.

"Yes, cholera and typhoid are cutting swaths through the population, with especial virulence in the 'stable' areas of the Shiite south.

"Yes, epidemics of hepatitis are killing pregnant women.

"Yes, antibiotics are scarce, leaving children, the old and the weak to die of common infections - that is, when they can get treated at all in a health system ravaged by the liars' war and its atrocious aftermath. (Such as the destruction of Fallujah, for example, when coalition forces deliberately destroyed the city's health clinics and imprisoned doctors to prevent news of civilian casualties from leaking to the press, as the Pentagon's own "information specialists" told The New York Times.)

"And yes, it's true that Iraq - once a modern and prosperous nation - has suffered 'one of the most dramatic declines in human welfare in recent history' during the occupation, as the UN says.

"But again, this was not part of the liars' deliberate design...

"If they could have transferred more than $300 billion from the public treasury to the pockets of their family members and business partners without having to concoct a brutal and baseless war of aggression, they would have done so."


Unending Health Disaster for Iraqi Kids
Japan Times, June 18, 2005

Iraq Attacks Preceded Congressional OK
San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2005

Former Reagan Official: This is War Waged by Liars and Morons
CounterPunch, June 21, 2005

They Died So Republicans Could Take the Senate, June 20, 2005

House Agrees to Spend More for Iraq War
Reuters, June 21, 2005

Heat and Dust: Inside the Green Republic
Baghdad Burning, June 21, 2005

WMD Claims Were Totally Implausible, says Key UK Diplomat
The Guardian, June 20, 2005

Why the Memo Matters
TomDispatch, June 19, 2005

How Much Proof Needed Before the Truth Comes Out?
Online Journal, June 17, 2005

British Documents Show Determined U.S. March to War
Knight-Ridder, June 17, 2005

Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole
TomDispatch, June 15, 2005

US Lied to Britain Over use of Napalm in Iraq War
The Independent, June 17, 2005

Bush Wanted to Invade Iraq if Elected in 2000, Says Family Biographer
Guerilla News, Oct. 27, 2004

British Military Chief Reveals New Legal Fears Over Iraq War
The Observer, May 1, 2005

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