|Ali Ismail Abbas, 12, wounded during an airstrike lies in a hospital bed in Baghdad on Sunday. Abbas was fast asleep when a missile obliterated his home and most of his family, leaving him orphaned, badly burned and blowing off both his arms.
Source: Al Jazeera
As American made projectiles rip through Iraqi tissue, fracture bone, severe heads and scatter what was once a human body onto fields, floors and walls, the Bush hawks in business and government are salivating for a bite of the carcass that is Iraq. European and Arab leaders want their share too and, as of late, are distancing themselves from the anti-Bush, anti-war stance they held not so long ago when the US bypassed the United Nations to grab Iraq for itself in clear violation of international law. The world over, corporations and governments, hardly distinguishable anymore, are playing the same dreadful game.
Even as the US daily mocks the Geneva Convention, impugns the Law of Armed Conflict and Rules of Engagement through the use of cluster bombs and indiscriminant murder of Iraqi men, women, children and livestock, it has accelerated the pace of the conquest to arrive more swiftly to its end-game. The finish will see US corporations--along with an assortment of dubious support organizations--making "liberated" Iraqi's market-friendly. They will control the price of oil decimating the one bargaining tool that remained for the Arab world, that being OPEC. Already, as widely reported, the US House of Representatives is trying to ensure that wireless carrier Qualcomm of California be allowed exclusive rights to the "Iraq market". In Basra, with the encouragement of the US, bottled water is being sold rather than given freely to the needy.
US weapons makers see a great new market in the forthcoming remake of Iraq's military forces. Their products are field tested and ready for the big defense trade exhibitions like the 4th LAD, the International Exhibition and Conference on Defense Technology to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in April, and the Paris Air Show to be held in June. With America under Bush no longer bound by arms agreements, every country will want to stock up. US oil companies like ExxonMobil are already hard at work in Southern Iraq getting product on line. McDonalds and other fast food chains are eager to open up shop in Iraq.
The Southern Baptists and other militant evangelical Christian organizations headed by the likes of Rev Franklin Graham who called Islam a "wicked religion" are on the border in Jordan waiting to setup new ministries in Iraq, as reported by Matt Engel in the Guardian. The starving will be enticed with food and water to "praise the Lord" and reject Islam, which these US based militant groups despise. No doubt they will sign a sheet saying they are praying for "President Bush" too.
This wanton slaughter of a people, its national identity and the ongoing crucifixion of Islam at the hands of the Bush Regime is an appalling chapter in humanity's young history. Watching the nauseating spectacle in Iraq unfold is the same as watching television programming on the Nature Channel in which a slain water buffalo is ripped to shreds by hungry Hyena's, Vultures, Lions, Cheetah's and assorted other creatures. Absolutely nothing separates the mentality of those hungry creatures from the human species.
And what of this vaunted precision military technology? Are the F/A18, the cruise missile submarines, the M1 Tanks, anything more than high-speed catapults tossing metal and flames at the enemy? The Tartars--who in 1349 catapulted plague infested bodies into the city of Caffa in the Ukraine--would appreciate these new means of destruction. The 21st Century is only inches removed from the days of the Tartars.
And to this day, most Americans still believe that Iraq is responsible for the rebel attack on New York City and Arlington, Virginia on September 11, 2001. The most vociferous American supporters of Bush indicate that much of this is about those "3,000 that died on 9-11" at the hands of the Iraqi leader and the hypothetical amount who would have died without this divinely inspired preemptive conquest. But wasn't the Biblical "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" satisfied by the deaths of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan, the capture and detention of hundreds of "enemy combatants" dying in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the thousands rotting away in jails throughout the US because they had the misfortune to be from the many Arab and Persian cultures throughout the world.
Battle Plan for World War IV in Bible
There should be little doubt about what the Bush plan is for Iraq and the rest of the region. As CNN reported, James Woolsey, former CIA Director under Bill Clinton and likely player in the new government of Iraq, stated recently of regimes in Iran, Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, "We want you nervous. We want you to realize now, for the fourth time in a hundred years, this country is on the march and that we are on the side of those whom you -- the Mubaraks, the Saudi Royal family -- most fear: We're on the side of your own people." Woolsey is part of the militant, stridently pro-Israel group that advocated attacking Iraq back in 1998. The US government in Iraq may include another of this sect; Jay Garner, a defense contractor and retired military officer whom once applauded the Israel's brutal treatment of the Palestinians. In short, the new government of Iraq will be culled from Bush loyalists from the Project for a New American Century, Center for Security Policy, Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and the omnipresent American Enterprise Institute. All of who advocate imperious global US rule and a greater Israel and who are on record on that score.
So it should come as no surprise to learn, again, that on April 4, 2003, Israel's Haaretz's Aluf Benn obtained a communique from Mr. Bush to Mr. Sharon indicating that "the American administration says the United States is operating with strong resolution to neutralize the Iraqi threat to Israel. After the war, the message continued, the United States will deal with other radical regimes in the region - not necessarily by military means - to moderate their activities and fight terrorism." Woolsey is making millions of Americans and thousands in Israel--whom oppose this new adventurism--very nervous indeed.
There is good reason for them to be nervous. Yahweh and the Christian God, being warlike, outlined long ago how to treat the followers of "wayward" religions like Islam or those who dissent from the Bush's WW IV campaign. In the Bible, Numbers 31, "God" gives his followers their marching orders including how to divide the spoils.
"The Lord said to Moses, "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people." So Moses said to the people, "Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the Lord's vengeance on them. They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them. "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the Lord in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the Lord's people. Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
The Lord said to Moses, "You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured. Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community. From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the Lord one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats. Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the Lord's part. From the Israelites' half, select one out of every fifty, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the Lord's tabernacle."
So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses. The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man. The half share of those who fought in the battle was: 337,500 sheep, of which the tribute for the LORD was 675; 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the Lord was 72; 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the Lord was 61; 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the Lord was 32."
Bush takes his orders from the Lord. So beware Islam. And beware all of you who do not believe in Bush's divine mission.
John Stanton is a Virginia based writer specializing in national security matters. He can be reached at [email protected]
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