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October 14, 2005
Op-Ed

Our unprovoked (and possibly illegal) invasion of Iraq has killed tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens. Women. Children. Babies. The elderly. Tens of thousands.

This is a number we should be discussing.

We invaded another country and killed tens of thousands of people. So far. For no reason. In fact, evidence is suggesting that lies were told to enable Our Leaders to shove us into this war that so far seems to be benefiting no one but the energy industry.

This is a crime and it should be punished.

Just in case anyone isn't clear on where I stand on the issue.

The Nexus of Politics and Terror is a timeline showing the interesting coincidence of internal threats to the Bush Administration and the raising of the terror alert system.

Tell us who fabricated the Iraq evidence

Politicians tell us they acted in good faith on the road to war, and maybe they did, but that leaves a prickly question: who was so keen to prove that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat that they forged documents purporting to show that he was trying to buy 500 tons of uranium from Niger to develop nuclear weapons?

October 6, 2005 - 25 killed in blast at Hilla mosque

October 7, 2005 - US soldier among 21 killed in series of Iraq blasts

October 11 - Suicide bombs kill dozens in Iraq

The Iraq Coalition Casualty Count has a listing of suicide bombings.

On July 19 on this year, the BBC published an article suggesting that nearly 25,000 civilians had died so far, an estimated 37% of them (over 9,000) killed by "US-led forces."

Almost a fifth of the 24,865 deaths were women or children and nearly half of all the civilian deaths were reported in the capital Baghdad.

"On average, 34 ordinary Iraqis have met violent deaths every day since the invasion of March 2003," said John Sloboda, one of the authors of the report.

That's life in Iraq today, thanks to us bringing them "freedom."

What about the future?

Iraq's latest last chance.

THE U.S. HOPED THAT the process of writing an Iraqi constitution would weaken the insurgency that has killed nearly 2,000 U.S. troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis. But the suicide bombings and sniper attacks have not ended. And tensions among Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs have only gotten worse as Saturday's constitutional referendum approaches.

Taking Iraq apart

Just 36 hours before voting began in the referendum on the constitution, Iraq's parliament finally added a clause indicating that the new charter would be "a guarantee for the unity" of the country. But even if the referendum being held tomorrow approves the proposed constitution, this clause will do nothing to prevent Iraq having one of the weakest central governments in modern history, and possibly splitting up as a nation. Many had feared that would be the outcome of the Anglo-American war and occupation. Others had actually planned for such an outcome.

Unifying force - or just a peace treaty?

Opinion is divided in Iraq and beyond on whether its new constitution, to be voted on tomorrow, will help to hold the country together - or accelerate its disintegration into three separate, mutually antagonistic Shia, Sunni and Kurdish statelets.

But what is clear is that the document that emerged from tense, and often bad-tempered, US-directed negotiations between Iraq's main communities is very different from the blueprint for a "democratic, federal, pluralistic and united Iraq" originally envisaged by the Bush administration.

Iraq's future? Looks like it could be bloody so, just more of the same.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:20 AM


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