UN: human rights Bush’s Iraq worse than Saddam’s


This 2007 video from the USA is called Shocking Stories of Abu Ghraib Prisoners.

From the Google cache.

UN: human rights in Bush’s Iraq worse than in Saddam’s

Date: 3/1/06 at 9:27PM

Mood: Looking Playing: War, by Edwin Starr

Associated Press reports:

SYDNEY, Australia Mar 2, 2006 — Human rights abuses in Iraq are as bad now as they were under Saddam Hussein, as lawlessness and sectarian violence sweep the country, the former U.N. human rights chief in Iraq said Thursday. …
Saddam Hussein greeting his pal Rumsfeld
“It is certainly as bad,” he said.

“It extends over a much wider section of the population than it did under Saddam.”

Many others have preceded this UN official in this conclusion.

For example, pro US Iraqi ex prime minister Allawi said human rights in Iraq under Bush are the same as Saddam’s time and worse.

After the Weapons of Mass Destruction lie and the 9/11 link lie to justify the Iraq war both fell flat, the Bush administration shifted to a new lie: supposedly bringing democracy to Iraq.

That lie went the same way as their other lies.

Rumsfeld authorized torture: here.

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15 thoughts on “UN: human rights Bush’s Iraq worse than Saddam’s

  1. 03/02/06
    Brit Director: Left, Get Together

    Rome, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) British filmmaker Ken Loach said it was indispensable for the leftwing to join forces to fight social injustice and ecological disasters.

    Attending the exhibition of his 1995 Spanish Civil War film “Land and Freedom” in Turin, Italy, the director referred to disagreement, taking place all over the world, as the main weakness of leftwing groups.

    Very fond of controversy and used to saying what he thinks whatever the consequences, Loach condemned governments’ lack of interest in demands of the majority, referring to the ignoring by the UK and the US of the millions of people opposing the war against Iraq.

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  2. *He takes his secrets to the grave. Our complicity dies with him*
    Posted by: “hapi22” hapi22@earthlink.net robinsegg
    Tue Jan 2, 2007 8:45 am (PST)

    Bush is more able than any Mafia Don to silence those who would tell on
    him.

    He got rid of Saddam Hussein who took to the grave with him the truth
    about Reagan; Reagan’s vice president, the first George Bush; and also
    Cheney and Rumsfeld.

    Gotta protect that Bush “legacy” myth.

    At the time, the Iranians claimed that this terrible
    cocktail had been given to Saddam by the US. Washington denied
    this. But the Iranians were right. The lengthy negotiations
    which led to America’s complicity in this atrocity remain
    secret — Donald Rumsfeld was one of President Ronald Reagan’s
    point-men at this period — although Saddam undoubtedly knew
    every detail.

    But a largely unreported document, “United States Chemical and
    Biological Warfare-related Dual-use exports to Iraq and their
    possible impact on the Health Consequences of the Persian Gulf
    War”, stated that prior to 1985
    [PLEASE NOTE that Ronald Reagan was our president and the
    first Bush was vice president at that time]
    and afterwards, US companies had sent government-approved
    shipments of BIOLOGICAL AGENTS to Iraq. These included
    Bacillus anthracis, which produces ANTHRAX, and Escherichia
    coli (E. coli).

    That Senate report concluded that: “The United States provided
    the Government of Iraq with ‘dual use’ licensed materials
    which assisted in the development of Iraqi chemical,
    biological and missile-systems programs, including …
    CHEMICAL WARFARE agent production facility plant and
    technical drawings, chemical warfare filling equipment.”

    ———————————————————-

    *He takes his secrets to the grave. Our complicity dies with him*

    How the West armed Saddam, fed him intelligence on his ‘enemies,’
    equipped him for atrocities — and then made sure he wouldn’t squeal

    by Robert Fisk
    The Independent
    December 31, 2006

    We’ve shut him up. The moment Saddam’s hooded executioner pulled the
    lever of the trapdoor in Baghdad yesterday morning, Washington’s secrets
    were safe.

    The shameless, outrageous, covert military support which the United
    States — and Britain — gave to Saddam for more than a decade remains
    the one terrible story which our presidents and prime ministers do not
    want the world to remember. And now Saddam, who knew the full extent of
    that Western support — given to him while he was perpetrating some of
    the worst atrocities since the Second World War — is dead.

    Gone is the man who personally received the CIA’s help in destroying the
    Iraqi communist party. After Saddam seized power, US intelligence gave
    his minions the HOME ADDRESSES of communists in Baghdad and other
    cities in an effort to destroy the Soviet Union’s influence in Iraq.
    Saddam’s mukhabarat visited every home, arrested the occupants and their
    families, and butchered the lot. Public hanging was for plotters; the
    communists, their wives and children, were given special treatment —
    extreme torture before execution at Abu Ghraib.

    There is growing evidence across the Arab world that Saddam held a
    series of meetings with senior American officials PRIOR to his
    invasion of Iran in 1980 — both he and the US administration believed
    that the Islamic Republic would collapse if Saddam sent his legions
    across the border — and the Pentagon was INSTRUCTED to ASSIST
    Iraq’s military machine by PROVIDING INTELLIGENCE on the Iranian
    order of battle. One frosty day in 1987, not far from Cologne, I met the
    German arms dealer who initiated those first direct contacts between
    Washington and Baghdad — at America’s request.

    “Mr Fisk… at the very beginning of the war, in September of 1980, I
    was invited to go to the Pentagon,” he said. “There I was handed the
    very latest US satellite photographs of the Iranian front lines. You
    could see everything on the pictures. There were the Iranian gun
    emplacements in Abadan and behind Khorramshahr, the lines of trenches on
    the eastern side of the Karun river, the tank revetments — thousands of
    them — all the way up the Iranian side of the border towards Kurdistan.
    No army could want more than this. And I travelled with these maps from
    Washington by air to Frankfurt and from Frankfurt on Iraqi Airways
    straight to Baghdad. The Iraqis were very, very grateful!”

    I was with Saddam’s forward commandos at the time, under Iranian
    shellfire, noting how the Iraqi forces aligned their artillery positions
    far back from the battle front with detailed maps of the Iranian lines.
    Their shelling against Iran outside Basra allowed the first Iraqi tanks
    to cross the Karun within a week. The commander of that tank unit
    cheerfully refused to tell me how he had managed to choose the one river
    crossing undefended by Iranian armour. Two years ago, we met again, in
    Amman and his junior officers called him “General” — the rank awarded
    him by Saddam after that tank attack east of Basra, courtesy of
    WASHINGTON’s INTELLIGENCE information.

    Iran’s official history of the eight-year war with Iraq states that
    Saddam first used chemical weapons against it on January 13, 1981..

    AP’s correspondent in Baghdad, Mohamed Salaam, was taken to see the
    scene of an Iraqi military victory east of Basra. “We started counting
    — we walked miles and miles in this fucking desert, just counting,” he
    said. “We got to 700 and got muddled and had to start counting again …
    The Iraqis had used, for the first time, a combination — the nerve gas
    would paralyse their bodies … the mustard gas would drown them in
    their own lungs. That’s why they spat blood.”

    At the time, the Iranians claimed that this terrible cocktail had been
    given to Saddam by the US.

    Washington denied this. But the Iranians were right. The lengthy
    negotiations which led to America’s complicity in this atrocity remain
    secret — Donald Rumsfeld was one of President Ronald Reagan’s point-men
    at this period — although Saddam undoubtedly knew every detail.

    But a largely unreported document, “United States Chemical and
    Biological Warfare-related Dual-use exports to Iraq and their possible
    impact on the Health Consequences of the Persian Gulf War”, stated that
    prior to 1985 [PLEASE NOTE that Ronald Reagan was our president at that
    time] and afterwards, US companies had sent government-approved
    shipments of biological agents to Iraq. These included Bacillus
    anthracis, which produces anthrax, and Escherichia coli (E. coli). That
    Senate report concluded that: “The United States provided the Government
    of Iraq with ‘dual use’ licensed materials which assisted in the
    development of Iraqi chemical, biological and missile-systems programs,
    including … chemical warfare agent production facility plant and
    technical drawings, chemical warfare filling equipment.”

    Nor was the Pentagon unaware of the extent of Iraqi use of chemical
    weapons. In 1988, for example, Saddam gave his personal permission for
    Lt-Col Rick Francona, a US defence intelligence officer — one of 60
    American officers who were secretly providing members of the Iraqi
    general staff with detailed information on Iranian deployments, tactical
    planning and bomb damage assessments — to visit the Fao peninsula after
    Iraqi forces had recaptured the town from the Iranians. He reported back
    to Washington that the Iraqis had used chemical weapons to achieve their
    victory. The senior defence intelligence officer at the time, Col Walter
    Lang, later said that the use of gas on the battlefield by the Iraqis
    “was not a matter of deep strategic concern”.

    I saw the results, however. On a long military hospital train back to
    Tehran from the battle front, I found hundreds of Iranian soldiers
    coughing blood and mucus from their lungs — the very carriages stank so
    much of gas that I had to open the windows — and their arms and faces
    were covered with boils. Later, new bubbles of skin appeared on top of
    their original boils. Many were fearfully burnt. These same gases were
    later used on the Kurds of Halabja. No wonder that Saddam was primarily
    tried in Baghdad for the slaughter of Shia villagers, not for his war
    crimes against Iran.

    We still don’t know — and with Saddam’s execution we will probably
    never know — the extent of US credits to Iraq, which BEGAN in 1982
    [when Reagan was president and the first Bush was vice president].

    The initial tranche, the sum of which was spent on the purchase of
    American weapons from Jordan and Kuwait, came to $300 MILLION. By 1987,
    Saddam was being promised $1 BILLION in credit. By 1990, just before
    Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, annual trade between Iraq and the US had
    grown to $3.5 billion a year. Pressed by Saddam’s foreign minister,
    Tariq Aziz, to continue US credits, James Baker then Secretary of State,
    but the same James Baker who has just produced a report intended to drag
    George Bush from the catastrophe of present-day Iraq pushed for new
    guarantees worth $1 billion from the US.

    In 1989, Britain, which had been giving its own covert military
    assistance to Saddam guaranteed £250 million to Iraq shortly after the
    arrest of Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft in Baghdad. Bazoft, who had
    been investigating an explosion at a factory at Hilla which was using
    the very CHEMICAL components SENT BY the US, was later hanged. Within
    a month of Bazoft’s arrest William Waldegrave, then a Foreign Office
    minister, said: “I doubt if there is any future market of such a scale
    anywhere where the UK is potentially so well-placed if we play our
    diplomatic hand correctly… A few more Bazofts or another bout of
    internal oppression would make it more difficult.”

    Even more REPULSIVE were the remarks of the then Deputy Prime
    Minister, Geoffrey Howe, on RELAXING controls on British arms sales to
    Iraq. He kept this secret, he wrote, because “it would look very cynical
    if, so soon after expressing outrage about the treatment of the Kurds,
    we adopt a more flexible approach to arms sales”.

    Saddam knew, too, the secrets of the attack on the USS Stark when, on 17
    May 1987, an Iraqi jet launched a missile attack on the American
    frigate, killing more than a sixth of the crew and almost sinking the
    vessel. The US accepted Saddam’s excuse that the ship was mistaken for
    an Iranian vessel and allowed Saddam to refuse their request to
    interview the Iraqi pilot.

    The whole truth died with Saddam Hussein in the Baghdad execution
    chamber yesterday. Many in Washington and London must have sighed with
    relief that the old man had been silenced for ever.

    Read this at:
    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article2114403.ece

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