July 16, 2011

The Cleansing of Iraq.2

I am dreading writing this post. Seriously. Even though I know the whole picture, I don't wish to complete it.
Not that it will make a difference to you, but it does make a difference to me. My secret pathetic attempt to hold on to a peg of an illusion.

Stark facts spoil the picture. That's why romance films have no stark facts- or let's say, the story has a happy ending.
This is what the Western press likes us to believe, in particular the American press. Reporters are all too happy to wire stories of a pink Baghdad - lo and behold, they exclaim - things have improved - weddings are taking place, people walk the streets, it can't be all that bad...we did do a good job after all - is the implicit message.

You see because in the American mind, a wedding taking place or someone walking the street is a favor bestowed upon another country. Like - hey what are you complaining about - you had a wedding in your neighborhood, or we filmed you going to the market, and we aired you live.

So Iraqi sheep and Western liberals can sigh with relief - normal life is back. After all, there are 2 new shopping malls and a MacDonald is about to open. It can't be all that bad.
After all, a couple of Marriott hotels are being built in Najaf and Kerbala, it must be good.
After all, the average Iraqi salary has gone up from 200$ to 500$ with a 150% rate of inflation...things are definitely looking up.

You see, that is the problem with the masses - spring, summer or fall - they can't see beyond their nose, beyond their immediate pocket. The masses can't see the bigger picture. Am here to give it to you - whole.

So let me pick up where I left off, in the ongoing cleansing of Iraq...

In no order - since all is interrelated, interdependent...(do use those grey cells)

- The financial/economic cleansing of Iraq, of its resources :

I can't begin to tell you the amount of information I receive daily of how Iraq is being pillaged by both those in power and by foreign companies.
For example ; since 2008, I have read not less than 10 investment reports claiming that tenders/bids have been won by X and Y foreign company for Electrical power plants. Until this very day, the average Iraqi gets 1 to 2 hours max of electricity per day. Anyone who can afford it, lives off a generator. Those who can't buy a generator, are cooked, literally. We are talking of extreme weather conditions here. Very cold winters and excessively 50C in the shade summers.
The question is where did those millions of $ worth of contracts for electrical power plants go?
Total silence...and another bid is won by another foreign firm, and still no electricity.
This alone is one example. (this has just come in and relates to latest figures in 107Billion $ lost supposedly fixing electrical power plants - a must read HERE)

Let's look at oil now. You know oil don't you ? the stuff you would love to drink. Again, report after report of the new pipelines, the modernization of drills (not to be confused with the Muqtada Al-Sadr electrical drills), of tenders won by big companies in the South, in the North, oil exploration, oil this, oil that...and what do you get in reality ?
I will tell you what you get.

Each political party/faction, individual, in power will only sign a contract with you if he gets a 200% commission on your project, it can be an unrelated project to oil, it can be in anything else. This is the deal - I get a commission, you get your own pipeline for a limited
time and you can trade in it as much as you like. I am serious, this is what is taking place.

This is how oil smuggling operates. The Iraqi puppets installed by the Americans smuggle the country's resources for their own benefit. Billion of $ worth of revenue disappear yearly. Be it in the North "Kurdistan" (lol) or the South (Iranistan) of the country.

A special paragraph devoted to Iran. Since the puppets are mainly sectarian shiites, the privileged client is of course Iran. Iran has been receiving FREE oil for years, and numerous bilateral deals privileging Iran in all aspects of trade is a fait accompli. Iranian gas, Iranian fruits, Iranian vegetables, Iranian manufactured goods not worth a nickel, and so on and so forth...you want Iran, you got Iran in Iraq.

Billions of dollars of bilateral deals are guaranteed with the Islamic republic of Iran. And since some parts of Iraq have become a province of Iran, whole areas in the South, in Nejaf and Kerbala for example, have been bought by Iranians through land acquisition at preferential rates, for peanuts. To the extent, that Arab shias in this area are slowly waking up to the fact that the rug has been pulled from under their feet in the name of Ahl al Bayt, in the name of Imams al Hassan and al Hussein, ie in the name of Shiite political ideology.

In the North of the country, in so-called Kurdistan, the Kurdish mafia has appropriated not only oil wells, but also land by forcefully driving out non kurds. In the "independent" region of "Kurdistan", separate oil deals are contracted, guaranteeing a non accountable revenue for the Kurdish mafia and its "region", in other words an ILLEGAL APPROPRIATION of both land and natural resources. Last time I read of something similar, it was happening in Israel.

It is difficult to cover every single deal going on...but am just giving you a foretaste of the economic pillaging of Iraq - not that you care. My head is spinning big time at the extent of the theft.

Let me continue by briefly tackling the industrial and agricultural sectors.

Prior to the invasion, and in the period preceding the sanction years, Iraq for a "third world country" that had only been freed of British colonialism not more than 30 years ago had a thriving industry. Not totally self sufficient, but sufficient enough to fly with its own wings.

Of course, the sanction years destroyed that developmental leap, and the Iraqi industry suffered a major backlash due to the draconian prohibitions imposed by the civilized world. The 2003 war of liberation put a final end to anything called an autonomous industrial development. With the bombing of major infrastructure, also came the bombing of major industrial sectors - from textiles, to pharmaceuticals, to food, to cement...not even soap or baby food factories were spared. We were bombed back to the stone age.

That was of course a necessary step by the "coalition of the willing" to ensure the total destruction of Iraqi infrastructure, after they had bombed the electrical power plants, the communication networks, the media TV, Radio, etc, the water sewage and treatment plants, the roads and bridges...

The message was - start anew, from a "clean" slate.

Hence it came as no surprise when big American firms the likes of Halliburton and Co, hosting Iraqi "reconstruction" conferences in the post 2003 period and chaired by Iraqi traitors whose names I am keeping for future reference - admonished an audience of Iraqi engineers, scientists, planners, industrialists, chemists - to start looking into small farming instead. The Texan cowboy said that day - Iraqi Industry is ours.

True to his words, Iraqi industry is no more. Again, hundreds of bids for that or the other are published daily...and won. What is being produced, who is producing it - remains unknown.

A natural repercussion of the above, is the human element. And since you are all so humanitarian let me tell you about the human element :

Thousands of Iraqi workers have been laid off with no compensation, unable to be re-employed, living on less than a 1$ a day. You know why ? Because all those who have bought the industries in Iraq are employing either their own blue collars workers or hiring non Iraqis.

A reminder here - We are talking about IRAQ, about our/my country up for grabs.

Let me continue...because you have only read 1% of what is happening...

And I must admit, in between each paragraph, I stop, pause and ask myself - what good ? you are addressing nothing but vile idiots.

Good Lord, there is so much to cover under economic cleansing, am not sure if this will end...

Agriculture :

Just like in the Industrial sector, Iraq prior to the sanction years was nearly self sufficient in its agricultural production. Not only that, it also used to export wheat, rice, dates and other food stuffs to neighboring countries. Naturally the war with Iran plus the sanction years brought Iraq to its knees food wise, which resulted in poor quality edibles, long queues for a can of tomato paste...but was offset by a rationing system that worked pretty well during those 13 years of "civilized" punishment.

In post 2003 Iraq, the agricultural picture looks a 100 times worse. The American policy of scorched earth - by which thousands of arable land were either razed or burnt, coupled with a drought provoked by the water cleansing of Iraq (see next chapter on Geography), coupled with bilateral deals for imports by which Iraq now relies heavily on foodstuff imports mainly from Iran, have led thousands of farmers to abandon the land and seek urban dwellings in hope of finding livelihood. This rural exodus into the city is not without consequences. But am not here to give you a sociological treatise.

Hundreds of hectares of arable land (arab-le meaning fertile) have either been sold for a small price because too dangerous to reach or not profitable enough to cultivate, and hundreds of others have been replaced with a more lucrative farming - poppy fields, with the seeds given/donated free of charge by neighboring Iran. It therefore comes as no surprise, that in the latest wave of protests, hundreds of Iraqis marched to the borders of Iran (from the South), forming a human barrier saying - STOP.

I feel this post is never ending. I have only given you little and there is so much more... And to be honest, had you really bothered, you would have found out all this by yourself...which again brings me to the pointlessness of this endeavor. But I started it, I have to finish it.

I still need to address :

- the Kuwait connection and the strangulation of Iraq.
- the US billion arm deals with US occupied Iraq
- the fraudulent billion dollars deal in obsolete technology and imports
- the missing billions since 2003.

I will update this later...all this is too much for me now.

July 13, 2011

The Cleansing of Iraq.1

When you destroy, when you ravage, when you pillage, when you annihilate, you are in fact cleansing...and Iraq is being cleansed of Itself.

Most people are very stupid. When one talks about the cleansing of Iraq, they immediately think - physical liquidation - as in killings.

Well you must be quite pleased to know that the above is ongoing, since 2003. The bulk of that form of cleansing has already been undertaken. Thousands have been killed, over 200 "fresh" mass graves have been unearthed, ethnic/sectarian cleansing of "minorities" has been achieved.

Another form of cleansing of Iraq is the massive exodus, with thousands of refugees that no one hears about anymore. Add to the above the thousands of maimed, handicapped by the occupation and what ensued. Add the missing in the hundreds and add the psychologically traumatized for life debilitated by memories of torture, rape and loss and also add...yet another form of cleansing -- the ever lasting effect of Depleted Uranium and other toxic waste, both of these have been addressed in this blog on numerous occasions. Long lasting Toxicity and its consequence as in premature birth, genetic deformities, cancer of soft tissues, and the rest -- ensure the cleansing of future generation...

This is the demographic arm of cleansing whose aim, after the tearing apart the Iraqi mosaic was to effect demographic changes that are irreversible. This is not even population control, this is beyond population control. This is erasure.

This is one level of cleansing, the physical as in the body, either eliminating it, or paralyzing i.e rendering it useless.

There are other forms of cleansing taking place in Iraq. Using a little grey cells won't hurt. Looking at things from a social/sociological perspective is not too much to ask is it ? Or maybe it is, in view of the disgraceful level of ignorance one encounters on this circus called the net.

The Intellectual Cleansing of Iraq is another aspect. I shall group under the heading "Intellectual" everything that is related to "Intellectual Property" meaning everything to do with Education, Learning and - the human cadre - also called the Brains of a Society.

Again I have tackled this issue in the past, namely that of the destruction of the Educational system in Iraq, the re-writing of the syllabus, of the history, the growing rates of illiteracy - a thing that was eradicated in the past, the dilapidated state of schools and universities with no proper sanitation or equipment, the no access to education by the newly pauperized class - the child of the occupation, the deliberate and organized assassination of academics, doctors, scientists, teachers, the brain drain of Iraqi society through exile or death.
The new Educational system, having liquidated the brains of Iraqi society, is now based on affiliation by sect/ethnicity regardless of academic competence, based on forged diplomas (this is another topic that touches every aspect of Iraqi society - this business of forged diplomas - from doctors, to lawyers, to teachers, to nurses, to government officials, to diplomats...)
The hiring of personnel with forged diplomas is also another way of maintaining the current level of intellectual mediocrity that characterizes occupied Iraq. The repercussions are enormous for the future.
Also under "Intellectual cleansing" I must add the burning and looting of archives and public libraries, where precious data, records and information are now for ever lost.

Another related aspect to this intellectual cleansing is the value of the printed word -the book. Iraqi society was known for its intellectual curiosity and historically so. During the sanction years when people were forced to sell their books to survive or burn them for fuel, there was still hope that the book' the written word can be redeemed. Today no such hope exists. It does not take a genius to figure out that when a society is too engrossed in daily survival, with matters related to water, electricity and security - it has no inclination to read anymore. Hence the intellectual degradation of Iraqi society. When a society stops reading, it stops thinking, questioning, contemplating...

Which brings me to the second form of cleansing - the historical cleansing of Iraq.
Iraq has been cleansed of its history, both literally and symbolically, not only through the re-writing of the educational syllabus, but directly through the destruction and looting of its ancient artifacts, its museums, the erasure of its past through illegal trading, smuggling, the theft of its heritage (again google my previous posts) where Iraqi history ended up in Tel Aviv, New York, Dubai, Holland, France, Germany...when even the in laws of the puppet PM were caught smuggling it.
The message sent- you no longer have a history. The message sent - is we have broken your ties to your past - the new Iraq has no sense of continuity anymore. You are a new invention. Our new invention. The bastards of History.

This is a monumental task trying to address all the aspects of the cleansing of Iraq, my head is spinning...

The cleansing of institutions, of civil society. Difficult to subdivide and group but am trying. Under this, I will include state institutions like hospitals, the medical field, civil society and its associations for instance gender based associations, journalists, trade unions and the rest.

Let's start with the medical because it is one of the most important ones. Again, I have written at length of the dilapidated state of government hospitals, where so called reconstruction money, which is Iraqi money by the way, ended up in the private bank accounts of the various parties and their militias that are currently ruling Iraq.

This of course has given rise to a huge black market that runs in parallel to the hospitals day to day workings. Medical equipment is stolen and sold on the black market, where that same hospital patient is forced to go to and purchase- be it band aids, syringes or medication. Added to that, a whole new medical mafia has entered the scene in the Iraqi medical services, where not only diplomas are forged, but where also your sect matters. It is a fact that non Shiites are too scared to go to government hospitals because the mafia that rules the polity also rules the medical services. This medical mafia also performs unnecessary surgeries to beef up their end of month revenues, surgeries undertaken in the most insalubrious of conditions, where the patient has literally no hope of recovery. This is no exaggeration. This is the truth.

The Iraqi medical brain drain coupled with the current corruption has effectively cleansed Iraq of any concept of public health prevention and cure. Hence the return of diseases that we thought had been long eradicated, hitting in particular the poorest of the Iraqi society, which for your info constitute the bulk of Iraq under occupation.

The cleansing of civil associations/bodies, such as gender based ones, for which I shall reserve a special paragraph, trade unions that have been infiltrated by party militias, press syndicates that are bribed by the government to report what it wants it to, coupled with the disappearance of journalists who struggled to report the truth making Iraq one of the most dangerous countries for reporters.

Of course I have failed to mention, en passant, the bizarre silencing by the silencer gun that takes place daily in Iraq and ABROAD, notably in Sweden, forcing many Iraqis to return to Iraq because they feel it is "safer".

I shall continue in the following post. I am overwhelmed with this eagle's view. Besides your attention span counts for shit. I need to break it down in small pieces.

To follow (Insh'Allah - if no silencer gun reaches me) :

- the cleansing of the economy - pillaging, missing billions, privatization, reliance on imports/bilateral deals, selling of Iraqi land/property, rise of a service economy, oil, gaz, smuggling, industry/agriculture...

- the Urban cleansing through geographical partition plus demarcation of areas through ideological/religious symbols.

- the Geographical cleansing - ecology, environment, delineation of areas, disparity North South of country, use of visas within country, water, drought, electricity, port in South thwarted by Kuwait, role of Iran, Turkey in the erasing of Iraq.

- the Social cleansing - drugs, trading in forbidden toxic goods, trafficking of children, orphans, widows, pauperization, disappearance of middle class, of technocrats, chronic unemployment, sectarianism - long term repercussions.

- the Gender cleansing - backlash for women, power of religious ideology, retraction of gender laws/rights, rape, domestic violence, prostitution.

- the Religious/Ideological cleansing - ethnic cleansing of non Shiites, non Kurds, imposition of new ideology, sectarianism, destruction of the arts, client/patron/tribal state.

- the Cleansing of dissent/protest/human rights, liberties, freedoms - sect based secret political prisons, no trials, infiltration of courts by sect parties, extensive use of torture, disappearance, kidnapping, abduction, bullying, harassment, silencer gun.

Am sure there are more "bullet" points I need to add in part 2.

- Last but not Least ... The Future of Iraq cleansed of Itself.

July 9, 2011

Vultures on a Carcass...

The carcass is Iraq, the vultures are you.

I will NEVER swallow what you have done to Iraq. NEVER. And it has nothing to do with patriotism, nationalism or any of the concepts you keep regurgitating like idiotic parrots.

What has happened to Iraq, through your contributions; your efforts, your silence, your apathy, your indifference, your political correctness, your...your...your filth...this can never be swallowed. NEVER.

For I know...I know and I have seen, I have witnessed...what was before and what is now. You can't take that away from me. You can't take that truth away from me. And I shall post it, plaster it on every wall...because I will not let go. I will not let go of you and your crimes. I will pursue you, by whatever means available...and I will keep hammering it, as long as it takes...

I will never ever forget that first premonitory dream I had about Iraq and what was going to happen to us, to our children. It was a message from God. A message showing me in full colors what and who you are.

I will go back in time, back to 2003. I dreamt of two American soldiers lifting up a young Iraqi boy to be crucified on a cross, in the middle of the desert. The sun was setting, there was dust everywhere, everything looked blur, covered with sand, they left that crucified Iraqi boy in the middle of that desert and walked away...

You crucified our children and covered up the truth with dust...

There will be no escape for you. None whatsoever. As Bob Marley said it ' you can run but you can't hide.

I am here to make sure that nothing remains hidden...I make it my mission, my vocation, my calling...I am not in a hurry, I have all the time in the world...but demised you shall be...no one crucifies a child and gets away with it...no one.

My ink shall be like drops of water, drops of blood, eating away at the rock lodged between your breasts...

No matter - the insults, the threats, the mockery...no matter. I will not let go.

I was one of the first to write about the rape, trafficking of Iraqi Children. I was one of the first to say - Iraqi children are being sold, I wrote about the trading of organs, I wrote about the sex slavery of Iraqi children, I wrote about pedophile rings, I wrote about marrying off 5 years old girls, by exporting them first into brothels for "training". I wrote about the daily abduction and kidnappings of Iraqi children, I gave you numbers, figures...precise ones. I said there are over 5 Million Orphans in Iraq, 500'000 totally orphaned with no father and mother living in the streets of Baghdad.

I said this is something WE HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE your liberation. I said and I repeat and I repeat and I repeat....

Today a courageous woman, Ashwak Al-Jaf from Iraq, says it publicly...HERE.

I was mocked, insulted, threatened, with numerous attempts at silencing me...none worked. The message is out, the truth is out.

The truth...I have told you nothing but the tip of the iceberg of the truth...I have all the time in the world...but you don't.

July 5, 2011

The Silence of Dying Sparrows...

Iraq - a bad place for children.

Before you accuse me of propaganda, this is not my title, this is the title of a UNICEF report which states : "Decades of war and international sanctions have turned Iraq into one of the worst places for children in the Middle East and North Africa, with around 3.5 million living in poverty, 1.5 million under the age of five undernourished and 100 infants dying every day, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns " (bear in mind that UN data is based on conservative estimates, politics oblige)

The report then goes on to say : " To achieve the MDGs, (millennium development goals) over 400,000 undernourished Iraqi children would have to receive adequate food, while nearly 700,000 would have to be enrolled in schools. Child mortality would also have to be reduced by 100,000, while about three million others need decent sanitation...."

“These are not just statistics, behind every figure there is a child suffering in silence. Achieving these goals is possible if Iraq manages to focus on the over four million most deprived children.”

Add to the above, the exploitation of children for war purposes and the report gives as an example the following : " the (Shia) Mahdi Army has recruited and used children as soldiers since the beginning of the conflict. In 2008, some 376 children were killed and 1,594 wounded, while in 2009, 362 children were killed and 1,044 wounded. In 2010, at least 194 children were killed and 232 wounded in the conflict, primarily in Baghdad, Diyala and Ninewa governorates."

And if the above is not enough, the report warns of "another threat to children identified -explosive remnants of war, which claim lives and cause injury long after combat operations. An estimated 2.66 million cluster bomblets and 20 million landmines remain on Iraqi soil, contaminating 1,700sqkm..."

The report however does NOT mention - the effects of US/UK Depleted Uranium on Children, nor does the report make any mention of Industrial and Nuclear contamination produced by toxic waste - dumping of Iranian waste in the South and in the Anbar. Nor does the report mention, 500'000 totally orphaned children living in the streets of Baghdad alone. Nor does it mention the increasing rates of child labor...nor the trafficking and selling of Iraqi children, their kidnappings on a daily basis, nor the big taboo - the sexual trafficking, exploitation, and slavery of Iraqi children...

Most importantly, the report fails to state that in 1980's, that same UN affirmed that Iraq had made a developmental leap, and that in the areas of medical care and education (by eradicating illiteracy and providing free education up to post graduate levels) it managed to reach the indexes of a developed country.

Last but not least, the report omitted to conclude that the Children of Iraq are suffering in silence, caged sparrows, of Freedom and Liberty.

Sorrow of a Child - Iraqi composer Omar Bashir - dedicated to the children of Iraq. 2010