Iraq : Jamail : 10 Questions and Answers about Iraq


Richard Moore

Date: Sun, 06 Nov 2005 10:53:18 -0500
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/Dahr Jamail Interviewed by *Don Nash*/, /Unknown News/

Nov. 4, 2005

*Q.* /What does Iraq actually look like two and a half
years after the U.S. invasion?/

Most of Iraq is a disaster and in a state of complete

The security situation is more accurately described as a
brutal, guerrilla war which spiraled out of control over a
year ago. Attacks on US forces even now average over 70
per day, and are expected to increase in coming months.

The myth that the US military has control over any portion
of Iraq is just that-a myth. Even the heavily fortified
"Green Zone" is mortared on a regular basis. If one wishes
to fly in or out of Baghdad International Airport, get
ready for a spiral descent/take off... as this has been
necessary for also over a year due to the inability of the
military to safeguard the area around the airport. Like in
Vietnam, planes will be shot down if they don't use the
spiral method of taking off/landing.

The infrastructure is in shambles. For most of the western
companies who were awarded the no-bid cost-plus contracts
in Iraq, it's their dream contract -- guaranteed profits
with no oversight. Companies like Bechtel have been paid
out in full for their initial contract worth $680 million
and awarded contracts totaling over $3.8 Billion, despite
the fact that many of their projects in their initial
contract were not even begun.

Meanwhile, Iraqis suffer and die from waterborne diseases,
child malnutrition is worse than during the sanctions, and
there is over 70% unemployment.

*Q.* /How do the Iraqi people feel overall about the U.S.

According to *a recent poll*
commissioned by the British military, 82% of Iraqis want
all occupation forces removed from their country, less
than 1% feel occupation forces have improved security, and
45% openly admitted to feeling that attacks against US
forces are justified. This is quite similar to what I've
seen during my 8 months in Iraq as well, aside from the
fact that I found a larger percentage (greater than 45%)
of Iraqis in support of the Iraqi resistance.

*Q.* /Is there anyway to know how many Iraqis are being
held in detention by the U.S.?/

No. But there is now a huge number of missing persons in
Iraq (over 100,000 according to two Iraq NGOs
[non-government organizations] I know of), many of which
are feared to be detained by the US. One NGO, Doctors for
Iraq Society, estimates that there are 60,000 Iraqis in US
military detention facilities in Iraq.

*Q.* /What really happened in Fallujah and Ramadi?/

During the November, 2004 siege of Fallujah, 60% of the
city was completely destroyed. Most of the rest of it had
moderate to severe damage done as well. Iraqi NGO's and
medical workers in and around Fallujah estimate over 4000
dead, mostly civilians. To this day, over 50,000 residents
of Fallujah remain displaced.

The US military used cluster bombs, depleted uranium
munitions, and white phosphorous (a new form of napalm)
during the siege, and appear to have used forms of
chemical weapons as well.

I have described Fallujah as a modern day Guernica, and
prefer to call it a massacre rather than a siege. Fallujah
is the model of Bush Administration foreign policy. There
has been next to no reconstruction completed inside the
city, as was promised by occupation authorities.

*Q.* /Are there other towns in Iraq destroyed by the U.S.
military that we haven't heard about?/

Many in the US may not have heard that Al-Qa'im, Kerabla,
Najaf (from during the Muqtada al-Sadr intifadas),
Haditha, Hit and parts of Baquba, Baghdad, Ramadi and
Samarra have suffered large scale destruction by US
military operations.

*Q.* /Is Iraq already in civil war?/

Yes, state-sponsored civil war. The US-backed puppet Iraqi
government is using the Badr Army (Shia) and the Kurdish
Peshmerga militia to battle a primarily Sunni resistance.
Most ordinary Iraqis loath the idea of civil war, but fear
the possibility of it occurring as the U.S.-backed tactic
of divide and conquer moves forward in occupied Iraq.

*Q.* /How do the Iraqi people feel about the American

Fortunately, most are quick to differentiate between the
US government and American people. But unfortunately, in
places like Fallujah, Haditha and Al-Qa'im where US
operations have caused so much death and destruction, that
distinction is being blurred and lost.

*Q.* /Is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi alive?/

Personally, I don't believe he is alive. I researched this
heavily when I was last in Jordan, by visiting the city
where Zarqawi is from (al-Zarqa), and after interviewing
many of his neighbors and old friends found that most of
them believe he was killed in Tora Bora, Afghanistan
during the US bombing campaign which followed the events
of 9/11.

Any claim that he is a leader of the Iraq resistance or
leading a terror group in Iraq is, I believe, US state

*Q.* /Do the Iraqi people have any hope for a future?/

Not much nowadays. Most who can afford it are leaving
Iraq. Those who have little choice but to stay in Iraq can
look forward to continued and increasing violence, no
reconstruction, a fundamentalist state and an endless US
occupation which was failed before it even began.

*Q.* /Are the American people obligated to help the Iraqi
people? And what could be done?/

The American people are completely obliged to help the
Iraqi people because it is the fault of the American
people that the Bush cabal was allowed to invade Iraq. Any
US citizen who is not doing everything in their power to
end this illegal and immoral occupation as quickly as
possible is complicit with the war crimes being committed
in Iraq on a daily basis.

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