Wednesday, October 11, 2006

US War Crimes

Last month the number of Amercicans killed in Iraq exceeded those killed in the 9/11 attack.

The civilian Iraqi deaths far exceed that number. In fact the latest report shows that 1 in 40 Iraqi's have died since the American invasion.

Around 655,000 people have died in Iraq as a result of the US-led coalition invasion, according to the largest scientific analysis yet. That is 2.5% of the country's entire population.The death rate before the invasion was a fairly normal 5.5 per thousand people per year. Since March 2003, that figure has averaged 13.2, the researchers found. More worrying, the death rate has risen every year since the invasion: this year reaching 19.8 per thousand people per year, a near-fourfold increase over pre-invasion levels. Despite disruptions in sanitation and health care, death from non-violent causes do not appear to have climbed significantly.Enormous death toll of Iraq invasion revealed

Bush's wish to fight terrorism in Iraq rather than at home in America has meant that 220.31 Iraqi civilians have died for every person who died on 9/11.

This is more than those killed by Sadam Hussein who is on trial for war crimes.

The Bush Regime should be tried by the same standards.

Today in his press conference, President Bush applauded the courage of Iraqis, stating that he is “amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that they’re willing to — you know, that there’s a level of violence that they tolerate.”

Of course there are always quizzlings willing to apologize for Amerika's war crimes.

RFE/RL: The top UN rights envoy on torture, Manfred Nowak, speaking a few weeks ago, said that torture may be worse now in Iraq than under Saddam Hussein. What do you make of this, as someone who is very well known for documenting the abuses of the Hussein era?

Kanan Makiya: Well, human rights abuses are widely, widely prevalent, if not the norm, in Iraq. The difference between the two situations is that one was officially sanctioned. Torture was the pinnacle of a system for whom that was almost a desirable form of punishment for breaking the rules during the Saddam Hussein state. Whereas now, torture is occurring because of a general breakdown of authority, left, right, and center, because of the inability of the state to essentially exercise control, to exercise law and order.

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