· …it backed Saddam [Hussein]’s party, the Ba’ath, to capture power in 1963, murdering thousands of socialists, communists and democrats;
· …it backed the Ba’ath party in 1968 when Saddam [Hussein] was installed as vice-president;
· …it helped him [Saddam Hussein] and the Shah of Iran in 1975 to crush the Kurdish nationalist movement;
· …it increased its support for Saddam in 1979…helping him launch his war of aggression against Iran in 1980;
· …it backed him throughout the horrific eight years of war (1980 to 1988), in which a million Iranians and Iraqis were slaughtered, in the full knowledge that he [Saddam Hussein] was using chemical weapons and gassing Kurds and Marsh Arabs;
· …it encouraged him [Saddam Hussein] in 1990 to invade Kuwait…;
· …it backed him [Saddam Hussein] in 1991 when [George H. W.] Bush suddenly stopped the war, exactly 24 hours after the start of the great March uprising that engulfed the south and Iraqi Kurdistan…; and
· …it backed him [Saddam Hussein] as the ‘lesser evil’ from March 1991 to September 11 2001 under the umbrella of murderous sanctions and the policy of ‘containment’.
· …the US-led occupying authorities nurtured a ‘political process’ and a constitution designed to sow sectarian and ethnic discord.
· Having failed to crush the resistance to direct occupation, they [US-led occupying authorities] resorted to divide-and-rule to keep their foothold in Iraq.
· Using torture, sectarian death squads and billions of dollars, the occupation has succeeded in weakening the social fabric and elevating a corrupt ruling class that gets richer by the day, salivating at the prospect of acquiring a bigger share of Iraq’s natural resources, which are mostly mortgaged to foreign oil companies and construction firms.
· Warring sectarian and ethnic forces, either allied with or fearing US influence, dominate the dysfunctional and corrupt Iraqi state institutions, but the US embassy in Baghdad – the biggest in the world – still calls the shots.
· Iraq is not really a sovereign state, languishing under the punitive Chapter VII of the UN charter.
“The immediate prospects are frightening but I write with the image of a brave Iraqi child imprinted in my mind.
A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora