posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 08:52 PM
Originally posted by websurfer
Iraq was the most disorderly country in the middle east, so it makes sense to change their government.
hrw.org... Its a shame Bush had to use the WTC as an excuse to attack Iraq. The Iraq war was
long overdue, with the corrupt dictatorship that was in existence.
That argument does not convince me. Hussein may have been a tyrant, but the majority of his atrocities occurred immediately before and after Gulf
War1. I have also seen the argument whereby he systematically tortured and publicly killed his citizens, yet we are never given the numbers, but are
left to our own imaginations that they amount to tens of thousands a year, which is not substantiated by either Amnesty International or the Human
rights report. Granted, westerners had very little access to Iraq, if any, while the recounting of these atrocities come from such shining examples of
truth as Ahmed Chalabi and his paid band of informants..
How can we possibly have placed Hussein at the top of the removal list of despots when we have literally tens of thousands being killed, raped,
tortured, displaced and left to die of starvation in places such as the Congo and the Sudan?
August 09, 2004- A European Union delegation of civilian and military experts that completed a mission in Sudan said Monday that large-scale
killings were taking place in the strife-torn region of Darfur but the killings could not be qualified as genocide.
"We are not in the situation of genocide there," said Pieter Feith, who headed the mission as the personal representative for Sudan of EU foreign
affairs chief Javier Solana.
"But it is clear there is widespread, silent and slow killing going on and village burning of a fairly large scale."
Feith added that there were "considerable doubts as to the willingness of the government of Sudan to protect the civilian population".
Where the future has little chance of survival:
Mothers are told to force formula into their skin-and-bone infants every three hours. With
malnutrition come other killer diseases: diarrhea, skin infections and septicemia. These patients are also victims of the brutal wave of ethnic
cleansing perpetrated by government-backed militias over the past 18 months.www.cnn.com...
Because the Sudanese government allows the atrocities to continue. Why?
Moved by Labor MP Michael Danby, it accuses
government-controlled Arab militias known as the Janjaweed of numerous massacres, summary executions, rapes, burnings of towns and villages, and
forced depopulation from the region.
Where the Human Rights Watch report summaries;
The government of Sudan is responsible for ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in
Darfur, one of the worlds poorest and most inaccessible regions, on Sudans western border with Chad. The Sudanese government and the Arab
Janjaweed militias it arms and supports have committed numerous attacks on the civilian populations of the African Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic
groups. Government forces oversaw and directly participated in massacres, summary executions of civilians-including women and
childrenburnings of towns and villages, and the forcible depopulation of wide swathes of land long inhabited by the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa. The
Janjaweed militias, Muslim like the African groups they attack, have destroyed mosques, killed Muslim religious leaders, and desecrated Qorans
belonging to their enemies.
The government and its Janjaweed allies have killed thousands of Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa-- often in cold blood, raped women, and destroyed
villages, food stocks and other supplies essential to the civilian population. They have driven more than one million civilians, mostly farmers, into
camps and settlements in Darfur where they live on the very edge of survival, hostage to Janjaweed abuses. More than 110,000 others have fled to
neighbouring Chad but the vast majority of war victims remain trapped in Darfur. hrw.org...
There is absolutely no excuse that would have placed Hussein above this territory or the DRC which for years has shed several million by bloodshed.
the American public is learning this, little at a time, but they are learning it nontheless.
[edit on 8/9/04 by SomewhereinBetween]