US war crimes – Chris Floyd: “Dead Cities”


Richard Moore

Global Eye
Dead Cities
By Chris Floyd
Published: April 14, 2006

Of all the war crimes that have flowed from the originating crime of 
President George W. Bush's unprovoked invasion of Iraq, perhaps the 
most flagrant was the destruction of Fallujah in November 2004. Now, 
as ignominious defeat looms for Bush's Babylonian folly, some of the 
key players in fomenting the war are urging that the "Fallujah 
Option" be applied to an even bigger target: Baghdad.

What these influential warmongers openly call for is the 
"pacification" of Baghdad: a brutal firestorm by U.S. forces, 
ravaging both Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias in a "horrific" 
operation that will inevitably lead to "skyrocketing body counts," as 
warhawk Reuel Marc Gerecht cheerfully wrote last week in the 
ever-bloodthirsty editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal. 
Gerecht's war whoop quickly ricocheted around the right-wing media 
echo chamber and gave public voice to the private counsels emanating 
from a group whose members now comprise the leadership of the U.S. 
government: The Project for the New American Century.

As oft noted here, PNAC was founded by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, 
Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, Zalmay Khalilzad and the now-indicted Lewis 
Libby, among others. In September 2000, they publicly called for 
sending U.S. forces into Iraq -- even if Saddam Hussein was already 
gone -- as well as planting new bases in Central Asia, putting 
weapons in space, building new nukes and funding a vast 
militarization of American society. Being such savvy inside players 
and all, they recognized that this lunatic program would not be 
accepted by the American people -- unless, of course, the nation was 
struck by a "catalyzing event" like "a new Pearl Harbor." Who says 
dreams don't come true?

Gerecht, an ex-CIA man, is a senior fellow at PNAC. He was one of the 
many munchkins who laid the groundwork for the mass deception that 
led to the war by constantly undermining any CIA report that failed 
to conform to the warmongers' highly profitable fantasies of 
America's imminent destruction by the broken, toothless regime of 
Saddam Hussein. The intelligence services' many caveats about this 
bogus threat were placed directly on Bush's desk, as the National 
Journal reports, but the P-Nackers in the White House tossed them 
aside. They dreamed of war, and they got it.

But the natives failed to play their part in the imperial masque 
macabre. As noted here last week, they have churlishly failed to show 
proper appreciation for being slaughtered, looted, tortured and 
controlled. Even the Shiites, hailed by the Bushists just a few weeks 
ago as salt-of-the-earth lovers of moderate democracy, are now 
denounced as hate-filled sectarians, even worse than the Sunni 
insurgents -- who are suddenly being courted by Bush's man in 
Baghdad, the P-Nacker Khalilzad, the BBC reports.

Not that the Shiite death squads -- backed by the U.S.-backed Iraqi 
government -- have been all bad, mind you. Sure, they've been 
kidnapping Sunni civilians, drilling holes in their skulls, beheading 
them and then dumping the corpses on city streets or burying them in 
schoolyards. But all of this been "healthy," says Gerecht, because it 
has made the Sunnis and Kurds fear "Shiite power." Or something. To 
be honest, Gerecht's column is filled with so many canards, delusions 
and logical inconsistencies that it often leaves the plane of 
rational discourse altogether. But its import is clear: By daring to 
defy Washington's edicts, the Shiites have gotten too big for their 
britches and must be brought to heel, along with the rest of the scum 
who are making the Dear Leader look bad back home.

You think that's a joke, but it's not. One of Gerecht's main reasons 
for "pacifying" Baghdad in a hydra-headed war on every ethnic faction 
is because "the U.S. media will never write many optimistic stories 
about Iraq if journalists fear going outside" the city's fortified 
Green Zone. There you have the Bushist vision in a nutshell. The war 
is not actually happening in the real world, where real people are 
dying by the tens of thousands; no, it's really being fought on the 
monitors of Fox News, CNN and NBC, in the flimsy pages of The New 
York Times and The Washington Post, and on the overheated airwaves of 
talk radio. Baghdad must be pacified -- like Grozny, like Guernica -- 
so that Americans can see a few more peppy stories on the tube on 
their way to the ballgame or the mall.

The fate of Fallujah provides a template of the grim fate awaiting 
Baghdad if Gerecht and the government P-Nackers have their way. 
Fallujah was encircled in a ring of iron; water, electricity and food 
supplies were cut off, a flagrant war crime. The city was bombed for 
eight weeks, then hit by an all-out ground attack with both 
conventional and chemical weapons -- white phosphorous and napalm -- 
that killed thousands of civilians and left more than 200,000 
homeless. Among the first targets were Fallujah's hospitals and 
clinics, another flagrant war crime. Some were destroyed, killing 
doctors and patients alike, others seized and closed, all in order to 
prevent any stories about civilian casualties from reaching the 
Western media, the Pentagon's "information warfare" specialists told 
The New York Times. Once again, manufactured image trumped 
bloodstained reality.

Perhaps this cup will pass from Baghdad. Perhaps Bush and his 
P-Nackers will instead move forward with their frenzied plans for a 
nuclear strike on Iran, as The New Yorker reported last week. But 
Gerecht's article is a perfect snapshot of the depraved minds that 
now rule America. Somewhere, somehow -- and soon -- another city is 
going to die.

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