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The Taking of Iraq


Iraqis discovered America’s meaning of War on Terror. Your life and your oil seems to be Desert Bloc style of warfare.

Some in the Free Press of the Free World, jumped head first into painting Saddam as the devil. (Cartoon by Bill Day, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee; source and courtesy - cagle.com). Click for larger image.

Some in the Free Press of the Free World, jumped head first into painting Saddam as the devil. (Cartoon by Bill Day, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee; source and courtesy - cagle.com). Click for larger image.

Saddam’s atrocities

Western sources have documented and estimated Saddam’s atrocities cost to nearly 600,000 Iraqi deaths. The most commonly used link leads to the Stanford University. A small web page belonging to Stanford University.

Turns out that Stanford was relying on data by a group called gbn.org. What do we get at gbn.org. A brick wall. A dead-end. No website. The Stanford University link, is a dead link. A who.is search tell us that gbn.org is an inactive website.

Faux Stanford

The citation mentions unnamed ‘other human rights organizations’ and The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq. A google-search on nytimes.com reveals no such report in nytimes.com.

The same Saddam was a 'friend' of the US, till April Glaspie misunderstood him, till he was fighting a war with Iran. (Cartoon by Michael Ramirez; source and courtesy cagle.com). Click for larger image.

The same Saddam was a 'friend' of the US, till April Glaspie misunderstood him, till he was fighting a war with Iran. (Cartoon by Michael Ramirez; source and courtesy cagle.com). Click for larger image.

After hours of trawling the net, there is one report of such a centre – from theage.com.au, Australia. But the centre is based in Iran – specializing in human-rights’ records of Iraq.

Digging deeper

Between the new power-grabbers which controlled the Iraqi prosecution and the US, they could pin 50,000 ‘deaths’ on Saddam Hussein. Not that 50,000 is less, but 50,000 too many.

Max van der Stoel, the Dutch diplomat appointed by the UN to investigate and deal with Iraq, who released a dozen reports in 8 years, closed the issue at ‘thousands of people were in danger of being executed’ as reported by nytimes.com.

Clay Bennet's exceptional cartoon, dated Friday, October 8, 2004; illustrated the complete bankruptcy of the war. (Cartoon by Clay Bennett; source and courtesy  - ditorialcartoonists.org). Click for larger image.

Clay Bennet's exceptional cartoon, dated Friday, October 8, 2004; illustrated the complete bankruptcy of the war. (Cartoon by Clay Bennett; source and courtesy - editorialcartoonists.org). Click for larger image.

Was the number of victims in a few thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, we are not told. And it is Stoel’s reports that GW Bush officially used to justify invasion of Iraq. Google search does deteriorate with age. Maybe I was unable to use the correct keywords.

Anyone? With any links to a report quantifying Saddam Hussein’s atrocities.

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  1. raman
    September 20, 2011 at 5:13 am

    when u come out with this sort of research I am reminded of an agatha christie novel or short story: “They Do It With Mirrors” in which a murder is accomplished via illusion and misdirectionor. Or (like u said) by deploying “Ghor Maya”, which is what western diplomacy seems to be all about.

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