Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Occupying forces fueling sectarian conflicts in Iraq

The occupying forces are trying to ignite sectarian and ethnic conflicts in order to dismember the country into mini-states, said an Iranian daily on Tuesday.
Commenting on the terrorist bombings of the holy shrines of two Shiite Imams in the Iraqi city of Samarra last Wednesday, 'Tehran Times' said the sacrilege was a result of an "unholy alliance" by the US, the Zionist regime of Israel and the terrorists operating in Iraq.
The editorial argued that the alliance planned the bombing of the holy shrines "in order to justify the continued presence of occupying forces in the country." The daily added that the US has changed its approach in Iraq and is now trying to create sectarian and ethnic strife in the country as soon as it realized that the democratic process in the war-torn country had not turned out as what they had planned and it had not benefited the US interests.
Referring to the recent comments of the US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Iraq, the daily said his remarks and the fact that he was claiming a veto right over cabinet appointments indicated that "the United States seeks to prevent the formation of a national government in Iraq by creating chaos in the country." Khalilzad recently said that the Iraqi interior, defense, oil, and security affairs ministers must be approved by the U.S. and no one opposed to U.S. policy should be allowed to become a minister in the cabinet of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
"Of course, the Iraqi people, and particularly the religious authorities, are monitoring the suspicious activities of the occupying forces, and they will not allow religious differences to cause the country to break apart," the article stressed.
It anticipated that after the formation of a national government, "the entire Iraqi nation will call for the withdrawal of the occupying forces, and then there will be no option left for the foreign troops besides withdrawing from Iraqi territory."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So your theory is that the US is working with the people that are actively killing their own troops?

1. Information is hard to keep secret in the modern world. If this was found to be true, it would probably mean the end of President Bush, and possibly the entire Republican party. It doesn't seem likely that they would risk this.

2. Even if you believe that the administration has its morality problems (as I do) this would assume a level of evil, and betrayal of one's country that is unprecedented.

3. You provide no actual evidence of this, only speculation. Please do so in a follow-up post.

3/02/2006 8:19 AM  
Blogger Winston said...

Remember that the US helped liberate Iraq and they let you go visit your so-called holy shrines.

Stop whinning please!

3/02/2006 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US illegality in Iraq: Where is the limit?

The United States-led occupation continues to demolish humanitarian law with impunity in Iraq

Occupying powers have bred a culture of insecurity that destroys the lives of ordinary Iraqis

International institutions, monitoring bodies and parliaments must act or risk irrelevance

Three years have passed since the United States launched an illegal war of aggression on the sovereign Republic of Iraq. Neither were weapons of mass destruction found nor democracy or human rights advanced. Within one month, Iraqis will enter their fourth year as a people under occupation, ruled by a puppet regime that sanctions death squads and torture.

The time has long passed for this to end.

In the words of John Pace — until recently head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq — “the ordinary Iraqi has absolutely no protection whatsoever from the state or from the authorities.” Pace adds that, “the prevalence torture is quite clearly established,” that “the degree of violence has increased exponentially since the invasion,” and that “the country has been blown apart in terms of its social structures and social fiber.”

In the absence of a sovereign Iraqi government — which cannot exist, by definition, under occupation — the US-led Multi-National Forces in Iraq (MNF-I) are legally responsible, and imputable, for the failure to protect even the most basic of all human rights principles: the right to life. The current situation is intolerable. Workers in the morgue of Baghdad alone report that on average 1600 corpses are brought in every month. Following the criminal destruction of Al-Askari mosque in Samarra, these same workers report that 1300 dead were brought in over a period of seven days.

The US-led occupation has consciously led Iraq to the verge of disintegration. The country is being plundered. Torture and assassinations are endemic. Women and children have borne an equal share of the violence. The occupation is running out of space for prisoners. Cities have been targeted and destroyed in a programme of urbicide — Fallujah, Tel Afar, Al-Qaim, Haditha. US coordinated air strikes and related military interventions are the biggest killer in Iraq. Repeated polls in Iraq have shown that Iraqis believe they would be safer if foreign troops left.

A culture of intended destruction

As the year 2006 opens, we have no other conclusion to draw except that the United States has intended destruction upon the people of Iraq. The use of depleted uranium weaponry will leave a scar on Iraq for billions of years. All public services have collapsed — health, water, electricity, communications, justice and security. The occupation has done nothing to protect Iraqis. Refusing to safeguard civilians is as much a violation of international law as the criminal use of chemical agents — such as white phosphorus on Fallujah and Tel Afar. Criminal inaction, especially following the Samarra atrocity — the US military standing by as death squads roam the streets of Iraq — has highlighted with precision the underlying rationality of the US presence in Iraq: impoverish the country, break it up, foment sectarian hatred, stand back and watch the killing fields swallow the population.

Silence is complicity

The international community has failed Iraq, and the Iraqi people. A decade of silence over murderous sanctions has been compounded with timidity as the United States overturned a century of legal regulation and waged an illegal preemptive war on a state that was already on its knees.

The BRussells Tribunal, in solidarity with the Iraqi people and its struggle to recover sovereignty, calls on all international organizations and institutions that work towards upholding international law, as well as national parliaments and regional organizations, to act now and with purpose.

International institutions, monitoring bodies and parliaments must recognize the gravity of the situation and act to protect the life and person of all Iraq civilians, condemn US policies in Iraq, demand the unconditional and immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces, demand the US and all other occupying powers pay reparations to Iraq and compensation to Iraqis for the human and material destruction wrought, restore in full Iraqi sovereignty, recognize as null and void any treaty, law or contract passed under occupation, and bring again a semblance of credibility to the legal underpinnings of international society.

When the powerful claim a state of exception to law the rights and obligations of all are undermined. The situation in Iraq is disgrace to us all. It is time for all actors in positions of authority and influence to rediscover their conscience, as well as their mandate and legal obligations, and speak up and ensure the end of this atrocity now.

The BRussells Tribunal Committee

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Appendix: A catalogue of impunity

The legal responsibility of the occupying powers in Iraq extends 31 December 2006, as set forth in UN Security Council Resolution 1637. As occupying powers, the United States and other parties of MNF-I have violated, often systematically, and/or are complicit with violations of, numerous principles and obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, and customary international law, including, but not limited to:

· Charter of the United Nations

· Universal Declaration of Human Rights

· International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

· International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

· Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

· Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty

· Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples

· General Assembly resolution 1803 (XVII) of 14 December 1962, “Permanent sovereignty over natural resources”

· Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion or Belief

· Declaration on Fundamental Principles concerning the Contribution to the Mass Media to Strengthening Peace and International Understanding, to the Promotion of Human Rights and to Countering Racialism, Apartheid and Incitement to War

· Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict

· Declaration on the Rights of the Child

· Convention on the Rights of the Child

· Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

· Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners

· Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment

· Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

· Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

· Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

· Principles on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

· Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power

· Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary

· Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances

· Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions

· Declaration on Social Progress and Development

· Universal Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition

· Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of Mankind

· Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace

· Declaration on the Right to Development

· Declaration of the Principles of International Cultural Co-operation

· Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

· Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity

· Principles of international co-operation in the detection, arrest, extradition and punishment of persons guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity

· Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field

· Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War

· Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War

· Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I)

3/12/2006 4:51 AM  
Anonymous Ian McDougal said...

You can whine all you want and list "violations" with no documentation, or you can make legitimate arguments. The basic point here is that whenever something goes wrong, you blame a conspiracy theory--its always those pesky Americans and Zionists trying to mess you up!! This is ridiculous: why would we bomb a major shrine of Islamic sect that is actually working with us? The majority of government, police, and army are Shiite. What would we gain from bombing their shrine? Please, tell me... How would we benefit? All it can do is keep our troops there longer and get more of them killed. Maybe when you people stop blaming "conspiracy theories", "American Imperialists", "Oil thieves", and "Zionists", you will realize you have serious sectarian hatred problems within your own society, compounded by greed, corruption, and religious fanaticism.

4/03/2006 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Frdbrkl said...

Man....and I though *Cheney* was nuts....

This guy actually thinks the "occupiers" did it.

I guess mental retardation knows no nationalities.

5/03/2006 6:13 PM  

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