The 10 year anniversay of the war in Iraq occurred with no official statement, or acknowledgement, with no ceremony or special declaration by the federal government. In fact, it was not met with so much as an announcement, a fact that was noted in the media and political circles. What’s tragic, is that the human suffering inflicted upon Iraq for 13 years prior to the invasion of 2003 in the form of economic sanctions, pales in comparison to the horrors and daily misery suffered by the average Iraqi citizen after the invasion. Perhaps the human cost of the Iraqi war would have been justified if Saddam Hussein truly did harbor chemical and biological weapons with intent to use them against innocent civilians. Perhaps the human cost of the war in Iraq would have been “worth it” had Saddam Hussein had links with illegal organizations. In fact, the world witnessed then Secretary of State Colin Powell testify to the United Nations with satellite pictures of alleged chemical weapons storage facilities. More than that, then CIA Director, George Tenet claimed that they had a “slam dunk” case against Saddam Hussein, implying that they could prove he was a threat, justifying their invasion of Iraq. Perhaps if these allegations were true, the “Coalition of the Willing” that the U.S. corralled to help justify it’s aggressive invasion of Iraq would have been justified. The bitter truth is that all of these allegations were in fact lies, as evidenced by the fact that 10 years later, the supposed “Weapons of Mass Destruction” are no where to be found.
The 10 year anniversary of the invastion of Iraq bears the bloody fingerprints of a brutal occupation gone terribly wrong. Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, 75% of the babies born in the city of Falluja have a fatal birth defects, some which doctors have never seen before and are even unable to classify, thanks to the chemical weapons used by coalition forces including depleted uranium shells, phosphorus, and other chemical weapons. The 10 year anniversary brings to mind the brutalities and humiliating treatment of the prisoners of Abu Ghraib and other prisons, which arguably was no better than the prisons under the dictator Saddam Hussein. The 10 year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq brings to mind the senseless bombings against innocent civilians in the streets and markets of Iraq, and a sense of sectarian violence that the country had not seen in its history. Dividing the Iraqi’s into ethnic and religious sects, to keep them divided and confused. Continue reading IRAQ Illusions of Victory Back into the Stone Age →