Saturday, April 19, 2008

America's Complicity in the Crimes of Saddam Hussein From Torture to Genocide

Barry Landos points out that for over 80 years from 1920 to the present western nations from the British to the Americans have been involved in the internal affairs of Iraq without any real consideration for the dreams, aspirations, or needs of the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people are seen as more of a nuisance than anything. If there were no people there then these foreign powers could more easily advance their own agendas .

Empires throughout history have often had this same attitude towards native populations. For instance the British, French, Portuguese , Spanish etc. had little interest in dealing fairly and justly with the Native or aboriginal peoples of the Americas. Their attitude was to enslave or slaughter these peoples so that these countries could take advantage of the natural resources of these lands while expanding their empires and repopulating these lands with Europeans. This view was based on the belief in the racial superiority of the Peoples of Europe . The belief was that the aboriginal peoples of the Americas were of an inferior race and therefore their survival was inconsequential.

We see the same view being expressed today by those in positions of authority in regards to the peoples of Iraq and to many of the peoples of the Middle East.
This view does not take into account that a civilization and various Empires and advanced cultures existed in the Middle East for thousands of years before there were any European Civilization.

Deals with the guilt and complicity of American administrations and other western nations with Saddam's Crimes from torture , summary executions to the bloody war with Iran and the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis .

This is the first part of Barry Lando and Michel Despratx's brutal documentary SADDAM HUSSEIN: THE TRIAL YOU'LL NEVER SEE.

WEB OF DECEIT: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush - Barry Landos (pub. 2007 )

As Barry Landos in his book WEB OF DECEIT (2007 ) Claims :

" Hypothetically, the trial of the former dictator (Saddam Hussein ) could have been a ghastly global media circus in which many of the world's great leaders, past and present, would have found themselves pilloried as codefendants-charged with complicity in many of the crimes against humanity that occurred during Saddam's bloody reign. It wouldn't take unusual skillfor Saddam's defense team to make such a case. Those leaders would include, but certainly not limited to, American presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George Bush pere and fils, other world leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, Jacques Chirac, Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev, King Hussein of Jordan, and Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia;; Israel's Menachem Begin; and many of the men and women who guided their foreign policy, ran their military, and oversaw their intelligence agencies. Outside the political sphere the accused might include hundreds of American and foreign businessmen, leaders of agro-business, oil tycoons, and arms merchants from across the globe who profited handsomely from doing business with Saddam Hussein while closing their eyes to what he was up to-or, in some cases, despite knowing full well.

Its not that such foreign involvement in any way alleviates Saddam's guilt; its just that these and other foreign notables, through Saddam and on their own , were also responsible for much of the suffering of the Iraqi people. And without their sophisticated arms and massive financing , their intelligence information and diplomatic support- their sins of omission and comission-Saddam would never have wreaked the horrors that he did. " ( pp. 1-2 )

VIDEO available at Information Clearing House and youTube

and so it goes,

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