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Obama’s War in Iraq & Syria

Obama’s War

American President Barak Obama has made a transition from having “no strategy” a week ago to now outlining in a major speech (10 September 2014) how the US and its allies “will degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL” in an Obama Iraq and Syrian War.

Indeed Obama has indicated a new and comprehensive global reach in a new Obama War on Terror: “We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are” (for the transcript of Obama’s speech see “Transcript of President Obama's speech on Islamic State", Syracuse Post Standard.) A paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of Obama’s Speech is given below.

Paragraph 1. “What the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL”.

ISIL (or Islamic State, IS) is the major fundamentalist Sunni Muslim rebel group in Syria and Iraq. Obama follows the US Alliance practice of labelling as “terrorist” any non-state armed entity that the US Government doesn’t like. However to “degrade and ultimately destroy” a religious and ethnic group is genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention: “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group””.

Paragraph 2. “As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda's leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We've targeted al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We've done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer”.

(a) 1.3 million Americans die preventably each year and this is inescapably linked to the fiscal perversion of committing to a $6 trillion long-term accrual cost of killing 10 million Muslims abroad through violence or war-imposed deprivation in the War on Terror instead of keeping Americans alive at home.

(b) It is not proven that Osama bin Laden was killed in the illegal US state terrorist raid on Pakistan in 2011 (indeed former Pakistan PM, the late Benazir Bhutto, asserted that he was killed years earlier). 

(c) Obama fails to mention the human cost of the post-1990 US War on Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia and elsewhere (Egypt, Syria, Libya, Mali, Palestine) involving 12 million Muslim deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation, the breakdown including 4.6 million Iraqis (1990-2011), 5.6 million Afghans (2001-2014), 2.2 million Somalis (1992-2014), 0.1 million Libyan (2011-2012), and 0.1 million Palestinians (since 1990) (Google “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”) .

(d) About 1.3 million Americans die preventably each year out of a population of 319 million (2014). Accordingly, the “empirical annual probability of an American dying preventably in the US” is 1.3 million/319 million = 4.1 in 1000 or 1 in 245. About 30 Americans were killed in America by “terrorists” in the 10 years since 9/11. The average US population in this period was about 298 million. Accordingly the “empirical annual probability of an American dying in the US from terrorism” is 30/10 years x 298 million = 1.0 in 100 million per year. Thus it is 100 million/245 = 0.408 million or about 400,000 times more likely for an American to die preventably (from smoking, alcohol, obesity, guns etc.) than to die from a terrorist attack within the US.

(e) As a direct result of the War on Muslims, about 7,000 US veterans commit suicide each year and about 20,000 Americans die opiate drug-related deaths annually linked to the US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world market share in 2001 to 93% in 2007 (Google “Afghan Holocaust Afghan Genocide”). America is not safer.

Paragraph 3. “Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We can't erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. And that's why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL -- which calls itself the "Islamic State””.

(a) Numerous science, engineering, architecture, aviation, military and intelligence experts says that the US did 9-11 and some suggest involvement of America’s dirty tricks surrogate Apartheid Israel (Google “Experts: US did 9-11”).

(b) The “empirical annual probability of an American dying preventably in the US” is 1 in 245 versus the “empirical annual probability of an American dying in the US from terrorism” of 1 in 100 million. It is about 400,000 times more likely for an American to die preventably within the One Percenter-misruled US than to die from a terrorist attack.

(c) Obama lists North Africa and the Middle East as areas from which “we continue to face a terrorist threat” (30 Americans were killed in America by “terrorists” in the 10 years since 9/11) but compare this with the 10 million Muslims from Africa to South Asia who have died from US violence or US-imposed deprivation since 9-11.

Paragraphs 4-6. Obama details the barbaric record of ISIL (beheadings, mass execution of prisoners, enslavement of women, terrorizing of religious and ethnic minorities). However what he ignores is that ISIL members are overwhelmingly Indigenous Iraqi and Syrian Sunni Muslims engaged in 2 contiguous civil wars that are war criminally promoted by foreign interests (including the US, UK and Australia), noting that the US and its Western allies are not Indigenous inhabitants of the region, Arabic-speaking or Muslims.

Paragraphs 7-8. Obama details what he has done already to destroy ISIL, specifically air strikes, weapons supply, introduction of military “boots on the ground” as “security personnel” and “military advisers”, and getting a change in the Iraqi Government, with all these outcomes demonstrating the overwhelming US hegemony in Iraq despite its ostensible withdrawal from Occupied Iraq in 2011. Obama made no mention of pro-war, pro-Zionist, US lackey Australia’s role so far in Obama’s Iraq War - Australia also re-invaded Iraq with air force-delivered weapons supply to the Kurds, Australian targeting of US drone strikes through the Pine Gap Joint US-Australia spying facility, and the reintroduction of military “boots on the ground” as “security personnel”.

Paragraph 9. “Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.” However to “degrade and ultimately destroy” a religious and ethnic group is genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.

Paragraphs 10-17. Obama sets out his now-discovered “strategy” for a continuing Sunni Genocide in Syria and Iraq in collaboration with US allies through military training of “nice” Sunni rebels in Syria and Jordan, weapons supplies to the Kurds, the Shia Iraqis and to “nice” Sunni rebels in Syria, and “turkey shoot” airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria (the latter notwithstanding Syrian Government objections).

Crucially, in Paragraph 10 Obama states: “Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven”. This is a clear statement from President Obama of the US role as World Policeman, Judge, Jury and Executioner to hunt down and kill people it doesn’t like (i.e. “terrorists”) anywhere in the world. This is not an idle threat – the US has invaded 70 nations since 1776 and is currently conducting Australian-targeted drone strikes from Africa to South Asia.

Paragraph 18. “My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks six years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks, through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back, America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.”

(a) Numerous science, engineering, architecture, aviation, military and intelligence experts says that the US did 9-11 and indeed some suggest involvement of America’s dirty tricks surrogate Apartheid Israel (Google “Experts: US did 9-11”).

(b) The US is a world leader in greenhouse gas pollution (GHG), annual per capita GHG pollution and flagrant climate change inaction, and thus makes a bigger contribution to destroying “the future than any other nation on Earth.”

Paragraphs 19-25. Obama finished his speech with the usual politicking rhetoric, concluding with the following exceptionalism assertion “That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety, our own security, depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation and uphold the values that we stand for -- timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth. May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.”

Obama’s Iraq and Syria War will involve the US, UK, Australia and other US Alliance invaders grossly violating International Law and committing egregious war crimes because:

(1) They do not have UN Security Council sanction;

(2) They have not been attacked or threatened by Iraq, IS or Syria;

(3) No permission was given by the attacked countries (there are 3 governments in Syria and 3 governments in Iraq, each variously involved in the Syrian Civil War and the Iraqi Civil War, respectively;

(4) They will use illegitimate weapons e.g. white phosphorus, weapons involving use of depleted uranium, and Australian-targeted drone attacks that cannot distinguish military combatants from civilians;

(5) They will no doubt (as in the previous 1990-2011 Iraq War) target civilian populations through economic disruption, economic blockade, attacks on infrastructure and urban areas;

(6) There has already been mass torture and killing of Iraqi Sunni prisoners by the Americans and the US puppet Iraqi Government and mass murder of Iraqi Sunni civilians by Shia militias;

(7) There is certain to be gross violation of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War as in other US war zones from Somalia to NW Pakistan where since 1990 avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation have totaled about 9 million;

(8) The stepped up Obama's War will add to the carnage in those countries presently amounting to 0.2 million violent deaths in Syria since 2011 and 1.7 million violent deaths in Iraq since 1990 (with comparable numbers of non-violent deaths from war-imposed deprivation, this constituting a Syrian Holocaust and an Iraqi Holocaust; Google “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”);

(9) Obama Iraq and Syria War additions to the carnage in those countries and Obama’s intention to destroy all Islamic rebels “wherever they are” all constitute genocide as defined by the UN Genocide Convention i.e. “ acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”;

(10) Just as the US Alliance has failed to take reasonable steps to avoid the endless war against Indigenous rebels from Mali to NW Pakistan, so the US and the US Alliance determination to exterminate such people “wherever they are” means decades more of war and massive avoidable mortality from war-imposed deprivation;

(11) The Obama's War will involve the active and passive mass murder of children in these impoverished countries in which about half the population are children;

(12) The Obama Iraq War, the Obama Syrian War and indeed the explicitly adumbrated Obama War on Indigenous Muslim rebels “wherever they are” is an obscene continuing “endless” US war for hegemony and fossil fuels imposed not just on Iraqis and Syrians but on Muslims from Africa to South Asia and indeed elsewhere.

Conclusions

Obama’s speech was an egregious litany of lies, spin, lying by omission and lying by commission. Obama used the following descriptive for ISIL and its ideological confreres (who like all involved in violence commit barbarous acts, noting that any killing is barbarous): evil, brutal, threatening, raping, child-killing, enslaving, genocidal, and of course the trump card of “terrorist”. However the same adjectives can be applied to Obama who is the world’s number 1 terrorist (now threatening all countries on Earth), number 1 war criminal (in wars and drone strikes from Africa to South Asia), and number 1 killer of women and children (of the 10 million Muslims killed by violence or war-imposed deprivation this century, about one quarter have been women and about half have been children).

Obama is also the world’s number 1 drug pusher (about 1.8 million people have died opiate drug-related deaths linked to the US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world market share in 2001 to 93% in 2007, the breakdown including 270,000 Americans, 65,000 Iranians, 24,000 British, 13,000 Canadians, 9,300 Germans, and 4,700 Australians (Google “Afghan Holocaust Afghan Genocide”). Compare this carnage with the approximately 30 Americans killed in America by “terrorists” in the 10 years since 9/11 (see Ronald Bailey, “How scared of terrorism should you be?” Reason.com, 6 September 2011). Terrorist is as terrorist does, and this makes Obama the world’s number 1 terrorist.

The Orwellian falsehood of Obama is further revealed by his application of sanctions and threats against Russia for supplying arms to Russian-speaking Separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine where the US-backed, neo-Nazi-linked Ukrainian Government has been bombing and shelling towns and cities. Yet Obama is not just supplying arms and training but has massively intervened with bombing in the Iraq civil war and promises to do the same in Syria, noting that the US is remote, non-Arab, non-Arabic –speaking and non-Muslim. Similarly the US under Obama has backed and re-armed Apartheid Israel in its horrendous killing of over 2,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Concentration Camp in response to zero Israeli deaths from Gaza rockets in the previous year.

The Obama Iraq and Syria war will involve war crimes in a dozen areas as outlined above. The barbarism of the ISIL rebels (beheadings, execution of prisoners, kidnapping of women, and terrorizing of religious and ethnic minorities) does not warrant even larger scale war crimes by the US and its allies and the horrendous avoidable mortality carnage of an “endless war” in the Middle East. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity.

Decent, pro-peace people around the world should dissociate themselves from US Alliance war crimes by (a) informing everyone they can, (b) demanding cessation and punishment of war crimes, and (c) urging and applying, where possible, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all those people, politicians, parties, companies, corporations and countries associated with US Alliance and other war crimes.


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