Saddam Hussein's capture and the hope he will be held accountable for crimes against the people of Iraq and neighboring states is welcome news, no matter what one's position on the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
But this doesn't vindicate the U.S. invasion. It doesn't change the fact that the administration lied about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction or that Iraq is undergoing occupation, not liberation.
Nor does it vindicate more longstanding U.S. policy. It is crucial that Saddam's eventual trial covers the entire history of his crimes and of those who supported them. We need answers. Why did the Reagan administration provide Saddam with military intelligence to help him in his savage attacks on Iran in the 1980s? Why did U.S. companies provide Iraq with chemicals and seed stock for biological weapons? Why did the United States continue to fund Saddam and provide him diplomatic cover, even after he gassed the Kurds of Halabja in 1988?
And, what did current Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld say to Saddam when he met with the dictator as Reagan's special envoy to the Middle East in 1983? Will Rumsfeld be subpoenaed to testify about it?
If Saddam's trial is conducted openly and honestly, U.S. crimes in Iraq and throughout the Middle East, through Republican and Democratic administrations alike, will be laid bare for the world to see.
More important, however, we must recognize that the key issue is the occupation, not Saddam. There is little indication that either the brutality of the U.S. occupation, or the armed resistance to it, will end soon.
Military officials have quietly admitted for months that Saddam had little to do with coordinating the resistance. London's Independent newspaper identified at least 12 different loosely connected guerilla groups, only one of which could be identified as Saddam loyalists. Most of the people fighting never had any love for Saddam; one British expert has referred to the resistance as "self-generating."
The fighters likely have various motivations, but they share a common goal: ending foreign occupation. After last month's running battles in Samarra, where U.S. forces killed dozens, one Iraqi said, "Everyone is with the resistance. Saddam Hussein is finished. We are protecting our honor and our land."
Resentment against the occupation goes far beyond the armed resistance. And, given the nature of the occupation, that's hardly surprising. After a brief period of freedom, the Coalition Provisional Authority imposed press censorship in June. The U.S. military estimates 10,000 Iraqis are being held, most without charges, in camps under dehumanizing conditions. Many were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hundreds of civilians have been killed by troops who, Iraqis are convinced, place little value on Iraqi life.
Beyond that, Iraq has been a laboratory for the administration's extremist economic ideas. With the stroke of a pen, U.S. viceroy L. Paul Bremer cut Iraq's highest tax bracket by a factor of three. He threw 400,000 people out of work, with no provision for re-employment. He laid the groundwork for rapid privatization of Iraq's industry, a fire sale not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union. And with all that, to this day, electrical power and basic services have not been restored to prewar levels. According to some surveys, infant mortality in Iraq is double what it was before the war.
Worse yet, for all the posturing about restoring Iraq's sovereignty, the real plans of the administration are rather different. The U.S.-appointed Governing Council was created as a temporary puppet government under Bremer's control and as a springboard to the next stage -- a permanent government that will be nominally independent but function as a U.S. client state. While many Iraqis are calling for free and open elections, the provisional authority is peddling a convoluted caucus plan specifically designed to keep the Iraqi people out of the emerging political process, restricting political participation to groups that have already decided to collaborate with the U.S. occupation.
Americans are left facing the same harsh facts we have always had to face: The conquest of Iraq had nothing to do with the safety of Americans or the freedom of Iraqis. It was designed to extend and deepen U.S. dominance over the strategically crucial energy resources of the region.
That goal has little public support, either in Iraq or in the United States. While Iraqis celebrate the capture of Saddam Hussein, Americans should mobilize to pressure our government to end the occupation now.
Mahajan is the author of "Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond." Jensen is the author of the forthcoming "Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity."[email protected]; [email protected]
Source: Austin American-Statesman
Stop being victims of emotional propaganda. Who likes the USA in the world today? Almost no one. Try taking a trip abroad. You'd be very lucky not to come home in a body bag!!!
Want to avoid big bangs???
If so, then just stop supporting your corrupt and tyrannical gov't that has high affinity for dictators and zionist regimes & ,of course, cheap oil in the world.
Stop wasting your time watching nude movies. Instead find out the stupid things your gov't is doing around the world with your names and tax dollars.
Fearful of another 9/11???
Well, ...as you let your gov't sow your tax dollars to Israel(the Zionist regime) and to Muslim dictators, so will you reap in the NY City and Washington. NOT A SHOCKER AT ALL to me.
Don't blame AL-QAIDA for big bangs!!! You're (the people of the U.S.) the real culprits. I know it's a hard pill to swallow, but that's the truth. Al-Qaida used to be your gov't's FREEDOM FIGHTERS before & now your gov't call them enemies of freedom. How silly and moronic!!!
You all (people of the U.S.) have been acting like fearful cowards. Shame on you!!! I see more TERROR ALERTS than weather alerts. Too sad. See!!! what your gov't has done to your land and see the manipulation!!!
That's what happens when you shake hands and nourish dictators and kings & also when you support THE ZIONIST REGIME w/ your tax dollars.
I wonder who is going to pay the price if such trends are allowed to continue.....
Answer: Sir Scott's offsprings.
You people are sick. A fine example of "freedom loving" types who believe in nominal democracy at home and dictatorship abroad. You simply dont know what you're talking about.
As far as showing anybody "whos boss," you obviously believe in terrorism and using it against people who've done you no harm, killing over a million Iraqis over the past dozen years. I got news for you little man, God Almighty is the boss, and the Supreme does not bless the wicked.And America is no exception.
Keep standing by your unelected dictator, you're no better than him.
The Americans invaded Iraq for a bigger reason than Oil. They need to show who is Boss! This is the first of many like it. I hope. There are things i like and dislike about living in a democratic society, but I do no that I would rather live how I do here with many different nationalities than in a world were the people are raised as sheep, and kill with no purpose. Even if Bush is a redneck, I don't really care. I'll stand behind him and his country, to make sure my children can live in a land of freedom. If the people of your countries want freedom you need to stand up to your own corrupt governments and fight them with the suicide bombs. Then I would also stand behind you!
Your post applies to your own countrymen, willing to believe retarded lies than reality.
puting Sadam on trial in Irak or before an International court should not be an issue at stake.Where ever Sadam is tried,his godfathers should be ready to account for role in his past mistakes.Who provided the fomer Iraki leader with weapons to fight Iran?These are some of the questions that must be answered by those concern.The fact remains that Atrocities commited by Sadam was never a one man affair.Every one guilty must face the law but not him alone.
When you create a "monster" to do the evil
you are afraid to do, you are over-joyed.
When your "monster" runs rampant and does
more harm than good you should not be
surprised. Saddam, Inshala, will reveal to the
world the truth, the whole truth and nothing but
the truth. I think that the-powers-that-be are
in for a big surprise after Saddam starts to
1. Rummy the Rumsfeld (the Redneck)b/c he shook hand with Saddam and gave Saddam the papers detailing confirmation of chemical transfer and bioagnets from a lab in Maryland (USA).
2. Reagan the Tyrant - b/c He wholeheartedly supported Saddam in 1980s b/c Saddam wanted to fight Iran. He suffering from Alzheimer.
Let H.A. quote the Al-Quran: "Those whom WE bring unto old age, We (Allah) reverse him in creation, making him go back to weakness after strength. HAVE YOU THEN NO SENSE??????"
Lesson for American infidels and Zionists: Did the military might of U.S. exist before 1920s? Is your current might going to last forever? Will you not be militarily weak again?
Where was Saddam before and where is he now? Heard about Roman invaders occupying your land in the recent week? Dear people!!! Wake up!!!
3. Georgy the Daddy - the aggressor and transgressor
4. Georgy the Son (the American Ranchboy) - b/c # 1 INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST, #1 EMOTIOANL HOMO SAPIEN, #1 MORON, #1 AMERICAN WHO SPEAK BROKEN ENGLISH, THE BOY WHO DREAMS ABOUT CRUSADING...& b/c he lied, yet he goes to Chruch and read scriptures....How Infidellic?
5. Ariel Sharon the Zionist - gave false information about WMD and Saddam biochemical programs to the America's ONLY SMART BOY. My Dear Boy. Let vote for my BOY again so that he can start another war in the name of peace.
5. Chalaby - the Infidellic Muslim b/c he wants to become Saddam himself.
6. All the kings and Queesn of Middle East who flee Middle East in the month of Ramadan for the fear of fasting. & b/c they are NO DIFFERENT THAN SADDAM - U.S's best friends exactly like Saddam Huessein was.
7. All the zionists in the United States who backed the war.
8. All the people of the United States whose true colors still SHINES brighter than Nothern Star. Martin Luther King has failed to get rid of their true color. We NEED another MLK and Malcol
Furthermore, if I remember correctly, IslamiCity had a link to an article reporting that a survey (of over one thousand Iraqis) found that 91 percent of Iraqis had absolutely no interest in seeing Saddam Hussein held accountable for his actions (prior to his capture). Sorry - but I myself would hope that Iraq's majority would endorse a more Islamic alternative to an international, three-ring, media circus. Of course, I would imagine that some of us might wish to see the Shiites deprived of a major opportunity for establishing a judicial system within Iraq.
I've submitted it before (to this very site) and I'll submit it again. If Saddam Hussein decided to surrender to Coalition forces (which he did), the United States in my estimation would simply no right to participate in legal proceedings against Saddam Hussein (may Allah have mercy on us all), other than by complying with such instructions as are issued by Iraq's judiciary officials as well perhaps by volunteering to provide bailiff services for Iraq's court system.
I could'nt have said it better myself. Who ever has done injustice and is doing injustice should be held accountable. Otherwise there will be unrest throughout the world and we cannot see lasting peace without justice that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'la has commanded us to establish.
If we are unable to hold somebody accountable for whatever reason then rest assured that God is All Mighty and All Powerful, few free days in this world cannot protect the tyrants from God's justice.
My Muslim brothers have patience and pray to Allah(swt) for forgiveness for your sins (whatever they may be) so that you may not be among the losers on that day.
You speak about Muslims being bad Muslims, and Arabs being screwed up and stuff...fix what is in your own backyard first before you go nudging into the rest of the world's business. You will reap the consequences for your actions, the way Hitler's Army paid for theirs when GOD caught them while they marched to the Soviet Union in that snowstorm....you do not own the world and you do not have the right to monopolize the natural resources of a nation that you have jurisdiction over, as you have violated Geneva Conventions, the Declaration of Human Rights, and you have violated even the constitution of the United States of America. It is not only Saddam who must stand trial, not just in Iraq, but before the entire world, and American government troublemakers should stand next to him so that the world can hear from Saddam's own mouth that he received orders from Americans to use the chemical weapons they gave him, to use on Iranians who were a so called threat the USA, as the new Ayatollah overthrew your installed SHAH....that's right...we can't have Saddam in an International Court, because if that happens, all the skeletons in your closet will come out....you ingrates, I spit at your feet. Bush is a baseball bat and Saddam has been a fly for the last 23 years. You keep swinging trying to hit the fly, and over the course of all that time, you destroyed everything in the process and missed the fly. Now you finally caught it. 2 little 2 late..justice I say.