The real victims of "peace"

by expatbrit 33 Replies latest jw friends

  • LB
  • Who put him there?
  • Who kept him there?
  • Who gave him the means to do what he did?
  • So then would it be the responsibility of those who placed him to remove him?

    Or what do you suggest?

  • Simon

    Sometimes supporting someone goes 'sideways' on you.

    Saddam murdered his way into power. It certainly wasn't the U.S. that has kept him in power, at least since '90

    Oh yeah ... in 1990 he switched over from being one of "the good guys" to being on "the dark side". Up till then he had faught a valiant fight against theose evil nasty Iranians whe were not our friends ... although they used to be our friends when it suited us.

    He got plenty of support form the USA.

    Lot's of American foregin policy seems to 'go sideways' ... it's what you get basing it on simplistic notions like "my enemies enemy is my friend"

  • Simon

    I think those responsible should be brought to justice .. .all those responsible (right to the top). That includes the presidents, the oild chiefs, the arms dealers.

  • Seven

    Hi LB,

    Amazing photos Seven. But don't you agree with Simon and others here that we should just talk about this some more? Or should we do something about it?

    I used to be all for diplomacy... talk... talk and more talk. We've been talking while human beings are being tortured. There are those who say that nothing justifies the innocent lives that will be lost in the process of ousting Saddam and family. So how do we talk this regime out of drilling holes in people's hands and giving them acid douches? We can't. Nobody can. Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, g'bye Saddam and sons.


    Amnesty International consistently reports Iraqi persecution to the nth degree, reason no doubt for 15% of the Iraqi population fleeing when an escape route makes itself available.

    no more talk

    Saddam’s own family, including son, Udayy, takes demonic delight in torturing humans, particularly anyone who raises an eyebrow in question of the hellish regime. This includes women as a special category for mistreatment. Torture is "systematic," according to Amnesty. Udayy even has gone so far as to construct his own private torture chamber!

    no more talk

    Such mistreatment data includes: eye-gouging, piercing hands with electric drills, suspension from ceilings, electric shocks, sexual abuse, "falaqa" in which victims are beaten on the soles of their feet, mock executions, and acid baths. Nicholas Watt, The Guardian, December 2002

    no more talk

  • LB

    Interesting information Seven. I know our peace loving friends on this board won't believe anything but I believe all this has happened.

    Daddy Bush should not have stopped during the Gulf War. Baby Bush won't. And I'll look forward to his chimp expression of content when Bagdad falls. Many of the Iraqi troops are lining up to surrender already.

    A message needs to be sent, to the terrorists of the world.

    Are we the good guys here? I think we're all we have. We will have to do. What happens if we do nothing here? Nothing?? Of course not. If we backed away now (and we won't) Saddems reign of terror would only get worse.

    I hope Simon, Charlie and others are right about one thing. I hope that Saddem does not have any chemical or biological weapons. Because if he does, he will release them.

  • Simon

    Of course I am not supporting Saddam or his regime but anyone who think the USA s going to war because of the human rights abuses is seriously mistaken I think. I believe all the things that have been described were known about before the last war ... why not take him out then? Why support him at all before this?!

    I would be good if he wasn't there. better if he had not been supported. Perhaps more support could have been given to the domestic opposition who were really left out to dry by the allies last time.

    The sad fact is that 'we' want and need a 'Saddam Hussain' in the middle-east and he was kept there because certain people do not want a stable area. They want an excuse to be there and also want to prevent Arab nations controlling the worlds oil supply. Better to keep stirring the pot every now and again.

  • LB

    Simon we probably agree more than it appears here. I do not want or like war. I hate it. I do not trust my government or yours anymore than you do. I would not give up my life for a flag or nation, but I'd give it up for family or friends if needed.

    I honestly don't know what else can be done here. It appears to me that we've reached a point where action has to be taken. The talking has been going on since 1990.

    Diplomacy has failed here. Lives will be lost. Lives will be ruined. We are going to war. The battle with Iraq may not take long but terrorist attacks on American and English soil will happen regardless if we invade or not.

    I do disagree with you that what we are doing is the same as the terrorists are doing. I mean did Osama go on TV and announce to the World Trade Center that Bush has 48 hours to resign? I feel that this announcment of war that has been given is about as honorable as can be done under the circumstances. The only other option would be to back off and I think that's the biggest mistake that we could make right now.

    But terror will go on regardless.

  • Simon

    I think you're probably right LB

    At the end of the day us 'little people' can do relatively little except voice our concerns and try and influence what gets done by voting for who we think will do things best.

    All that we can really count on is that there will always be evil people and they get shared out to us all equally around the world.

  • Seven

    :Of course I am not supporting Saddam or his regime but anyone who think the USA s going to war because of the human rights abuses is seriously mistaken I think. I believe all the things that have been described were known about before the last war ... why not take him out then? Why support him at all before this?!

    Of course I know it's not all about the human rights abuses...just like it's not all about oil either. Whatever it takes to stop the torture. Here's an interesting read-Congress Letter to Clinton re: Iraq policy.

    Congress of the United States
    Washington, DC 20515

    August 11, 1999

    The President
    The White House
    Washington, D.C. 20500

    Dear Mr. President:

    As the principal proponents of last year's Iraq Liberation Art, we are writing to express our dismay over the continued drift in U.S. Policy toward Iraq.

    We were greatly encouraged by your decision last October to sign the Iraq Liberation Act, which established as an objective of U.S . foreign policy the removal of the Saddam Hussein regime, and we welcomed your pledge last November 15th to work with Congress to implement the Act. We were also pleased with the execution of Operation Desert Fox last December, and the continued commitment of your Administration following the conclusion of that Operation to fully enforce the no- fly zones over northern and southern Iraq.

    Since the beginning of this year, however, we have noted signs of a reduced priority in U.S. policy toward Iraq. The last six months have been notable more for what has not happened rather than for what has been achieved. In particular, we are dismayed by the following:

    • International inspections no longer constrain Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programs. Up to and during Operation Desert Fox, Administration officials expended considerable energy explaining to the international community, Congress, and the American people why it was necessary to use force to compel Saddam to submit to comprehensive international inspections. Without inspections, we were told, Saddam could begin to reconstitute his WMD capability within a matter of weeks. Operation Desert Fox was necessary to compel him to stop obstructing inspections. Since Operation Desert Fox, however, there have been no inspections at all. Now, rather than emphasize the danger that Iraq's WMD programs may be reconstituted, Administration officials apparently claim that they have "no evidence" that Saddam is reconstituting his capabilities. In fact, there is considerable evidence that Iraq continues to seek to develop and acquire weapons of mass destruction. The whole point of Operation Desert Fox was that we could not afford to wait until Saddam reconstituted his WMD capabilities. If international security could be assured by waiting until we find evidence that Saddam- has developed weapons of mass destruction and responding to the threat at that time, there would have been no need for Operation Desert Fox.

      The President
      August 11, 1999
      Page Two

    • The Administration is not giving the Iraqi opposition the political support it needs to seriously challenge Saddam. While Administration spokesmen sometimes have expressed support for the Iraq Liberation Act, all too often they distanced themselves from, if not ridiculed, the policy you endorsed last November 15th. In this regard, the views of General Zinni, Commander-in-Chief of the Central Command, are well-known. More recently, a senior State Department official was quoted in the Washington Post saying of the opposition "these are the day-after guys. These are not the guys who are going to put a bullet in the head of Saddam Hussein." In fact, the members of the democratic opposition need to be supported as the "today" guys -- unless it is the intention of the Clinton Administration to send U.S. ground troops in to achieve the U.S. policy objective of removing the Saddam Hussein regime from power. Instead of permitting senior officials to denigrate the opposition, the Administration should be seeking to enhance the opposition's political legitimacy by receiving its officials at the highest level and supporting its efforts to convene meetings inside Iraq, in the United States and elsewhere.
    • The Administration is not giving the Iraqi opposition the material support it needs to seriously challenge Saddam. To achieve the objective of removing Saddam, the opposition will require not only more political support from the United States than it has received so far, but also more material support. To date, of the $8 million appropriated in last year's omnibus appropriations act to assist the opposition, less than $500,000 has been used to support activities carried out by the opposition. Most of the rest of this money is being spent on such things as academic conferences, community outreach projects, and conflict management programs that will do little or nothing to expedite the demise of Saddam's regime. Notwithstanding these expenditures, we understand that as much as $1 million of this aid may be returned to the Treasury at the end of this fiscal year. Further, the opposition has received no assistance whatsoever from the $97 million in military assistance made available under the Iraq Liberation Act. The Administration has begun to plan an initial drawdown under the Iraq Liberation Act, but has signaled Saddam that he has nothing to fear by emphasizing that the drawdown will be "nonlethal" in nature. Reportedly it will include photocopiers, computers, and fax machines, as well as training in such areas as accounting and flood management. In providing authority for military drawdown, it was our intention to train and equip a force dedicated to bringing democracy to Iraq.
    • The Administration is not willing to deliver assistance to the opposition inside Iraq. In addition to withholding from the Opposition the most useful forms of assistance, the Administration has ruled out delivering assistance to the opposition inside Iraq. Delivering such assistance inside Iraq might violate U.N. sanctions, we are told. U.N. sanctions cannot present a legal problem under U.S. law, inasmuch as the Iraq Liberation Act authorizes the provision of assistance under the act "notwithstanding any other

      The President
      August 11, 1999
      Page Three

      provision of law." To find a legal problem under international law, it is necessary to overlook the fact that the purpose of U.N. sanctions is to weaken Saddam. It is further necessary to ignore the U.N. Security Council resolutions, including 688 and 949, that authorize action to protect the Kurdish and other minorities in Iraq and provide the foundation under international law for our continued enforcement of no-fly zones over northern and southern Iraq. If it does not violate U.N. sanctions for coalition aircraft to bomb targets inside Iraq, it should not violate UN. sanctions to deliver munitions and other assistance to the opposition for use against targets inside Iraq. And certainly the delivery of non-lethal forms of assistance inside Iraq, especially humanitarian assistance, should not violate U.N. sanctions.

    • The Administration is, not willing. to give appropriate security assurances to anti-Saddam Iraqis, including the Kurds and Shi'a. The Kurdish and Shi'a population of Iraq has paid a horrible price for resisting Saddam's rule. To provide a measure of protection to these groups, the northern and southern no-fly zones were established in 1991 and 1992. More recently, Secretary Albright extended U.S. security assurances to the Kurds last September in order to facilitate the reconciliation agreement between Kurdish groups. On July 7th of this year, the Executive Council of the Iraqi National Congress asked the Administration for additional security assurances in order to make possible an Iraqi National Assembly meeting in northern Iraq. The opposition did not ask for a commitment of U.S. ground forces or other specific guarantees. Nevertheless, in a letter dated July 29th, Acting Secretary of State Strobe Talbott rejected this request. We believe this decision should be reconsidered. The United States already is committed to providing security for the Kurds and Shi'a of Iraq. To specifically deny a request from the opposition for assurances that would, in their words, "show that the United States is committed to a change of government in Iraq, " sends a dangerous signal. . This sign of irresolution can only tempt Saddam to once again move against the Kurds and Shia.

    We are dismayed by these developments. We do not believe, however, that it is too late to reverse the drift in U.S. policy and regain the momentum that our nation had last year. We respectfully propose an action plan consisting of the following four key elements:

    1. Set a deadline for the reinstitution of meaningful international inspections of Saddam's WMD programs in the near future, while ensuring that Saddam is not rewarded for complying with his international obligations. Make clear that serious consequences will ensue if the deadline is not met. This could mean, among other things, further military action against WMD-related facilities and other targets central to Saddam's hold on power, or expansion of the existing no-fly zones into no-drive

    zones. The President
    August 11, 1999
    Page Four

    2. Provide enhanced security assurances to anti-Saddam Iraqis along the lines proposed in the letter of July 7, 1999, from the Executive Council of the Iraqi National Congress. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it will reverse the dangerous signal that was sent by the Administration's initial response to the July 7th letter from the opposition.

    3. Support the effort of the Iraqi National Congress to hold a National Assembly meeting in the near future at the location of their choice, including northern Iraq or Washington, D.C. Urge other countries to send observers as a sign of support, and facilitate their attendance.

    4. Immediately begin a program of meaningful assistance to the designated opposition groups. This must include both material assistance and training under the Iraq Liberation Act. The opposition has an immediate need for such items as communications equipment, uniforms, boots, and bivouac gear. In addition, the necessary equipment should be provided for direct broadcasting into Baghdad of FM radio and television signals from opposition-controlled sites in northern Iraq. Training may best be provided outside Iraq, but there is no reason not to deliver material assistance inside Iraq. Over time, we must be prepared to deliver both lethal military training and lethal material assistance.

    With these steps, we believe that our nation can begin to recover the ground that has been lost since last year. We stand prepared to offer whatever legislative support you require in order to achieve our shared objective of promoting the emergence of a peaceful, democratic government in Iraq.


    Trent Lott

    Joseph I. Lieberman

    Jesse Helms

    J. Robert Kerrey

    Richard C. Shelby

    Sam Brownback

    Benjamin A. Gilman

    Howard L. Berman

  • hillary_step

    Torture of its citizens, often on a massive scale is taking place in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Columbia, Ethiopia, China, Tibet, Burma, North Korea, Indonesia, Peru, many African states and many other countries. These poor people have been dying in unnamed corners of the earth in countries that do not produce quantities of oil of interest to the West for a long, long time. A good few of these nations learned their charming trade from groups as diverse as the IRA and the even, it may surprise some to know, the US security forces. Some have weapons of mass destruction, both chemical and nuclear.

    I presume that once the US has removed the torturers from Iraq, it will start on the above list?


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