From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Inside the fightback
(Monday 21 November 2005)
Iraq Ablaze: Inside the Insurgency by Zaki Chehab
THE US, basing its policy on a lie, bombs Iraq in “shock and awe” tactics.
Cruise missiles, creating fireballs and flinging white hot metal over half a mile, demolish entire buildings throughout Baghdad.
Cluster bombs, each capable of destroying a vast acreage, are sometimes left unexploded for children to find.
Then the state’s institutions are demolished.
Around 35,000 civilians are rounded up, denied legal defence, abused and humiliated.
Torture becomes endemic in US-run penal institutions and the new Iraqi security forces – some of them Saddam’s former torturers – are allowed to continue their gruesome trade.
Starving Iraqi prisoners, enjoying the human rights of the new Iraq, are found paralysed and with the skin flayed off their limbs.
And, all the time, the daily humiliations of Iraqi families continue – doors smashed in, men hooded and bound, women abused, children traumatised.
The US soldiers, quick learners, are finding out that the Iraqis do not enjoy this sort of treatment and are apt to resist.
And so we have an insurgency, well described here by Zaki Chehab, one of the first journalists to broadcast interviews with the Iraqi resistance.
He provides ample details about what is happening to ordinary people in Iraq.
A female teacher complains to a US marine that her school has been transformed into a military base – and ends up being shot dead along with several students.
An Iraqi who is totally blind is shot dead while reaching for his stick because, according to the US soldiers, he might have been reaching for a weapon.
On her wedding night, an 18-year-old woman is taken to Abu Ghraib and raped by US soldiers.