On the day that jewerage Bush I decided unilaterally to bomb Iraq, according to the following figures, from UN Crime Statistics based on an average population in Iraq of 20 million, an American citizen was on average 30 times more likely to be a victim of crime than a citizen of Iraq. Compared to an Iraqi, an American was twice as likely, and a resident of DC was 16 times as likely, to be murdered. An American was also 288 times as likely to be assaulted, 8 times as likely to be raped, 1,000 times as likely to be robbed, 455 times as likely to be a victim of theft, 44 times as likely to be a victim of fraud, and 286 times as likely to be a juvenile delinquent. Iraq reported zero drug use and drug dealing arrests compared to 650,000 in the US, and had no entry for bribery.
While the current Bush Administration has not even attempted to link Saddam to 911, the vast majority of Americans believe that a link HAS been established and that our "war on terror" against a far more peaceful nation than ourselves, including cluster bombing 12 year old Iraqi girls who don't even know what a 911 is, were fully justified.
Startling new Army statistics show that strife-torn Baghdad - considered the most dangerous city in the world - now has a lower murder rate than New York.
The newest numbers, released by the Army's 1st Infantry Division, reveal that over the past three months, murders and other crimes in Baghdad are decreasing dramatically and that in the month of October, there were fewer murders per capita there than the Big Apple, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
The Bush administration and outside experts are touting these new figures as a sign that, eight months after the fall of Saddam Hussein, major progress is starting to be made in the oft-criticized effort by the United States and coalition partners to restore order and rebuild Iraq.
"If these numbers are accurate, they show that the systems we put in place four months ago to develop a police force based on the principles of a free and democratic society are starting to work," said former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who traveled to Iraq to oversee the rebuilding of the police force.
"It shows that the enforcement is working. It shows that the coordination between the Iraqi police and the U.S. military is working. It shows that having an Iraqi face out there standing up is working. The more you stand up, the more these crime numbers are going to go down," Kerik said.
According to the Army, there were 92 murders in Baghdad, a city of 5 million people, in July. The number dropped to 75 in August, 54 in September and 24 in October.
In New York, a city of 8 million people, there were 52 murders in July, 51 in August, 52 in September and 45 in October.
John Lott of the American Enterprise Institute, who recently published an extensive analysis on Iraqi crime figures, says the numbers indicate that Baghdad's murder rate dropped from 19.5 per 100,000 people in July to a rate of five killings per 100,000 people in October.
By contrast, New York's murder rate is seven murders per 100,000 people, Los Angeles' murder rate is 17 per 100,000, and Chicago's is 22, Lott said, citing FBI crime statistics.
The Army also said that the numbers of kidnappings in Baghdad have declined, from 28 in July to 11 in October, and the numbers of aggravated assaults has gone from 135 in July to 40 in October.
But Lott cautions that those numbers may be misleading because not all kidnappings and assaults are reported to police.
The Army's statistics do not take into account "political" attacks on U.S. and coalition personnel by Ba'athist death squads - or the terrorists showing up in Baghdad morgues after having been killed by the U.S. military in those battles.
Experts caution that Iraq's police force is still in the formative stages and it is possible that the Army's statistics might not be as accurate as those reported by police forces in the United States.
Nevertheless, there appears to be good reason for the Bush administration to cheer.
"When you consider that Saddam released thousands of criminals from prisons onto the streets during the war and that his military and security apparatus completely collapsed, the progress has been measurable," Lott said.
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Wag the Dog?
Is the "War on Iraq" a Hollywood production, or is it real?
If the UN's population figures for Iraq are accurate, then it's a Hollywood production.
According to these figures, the population of Iraq, during a period when our blockade allegedly killed a million and a half Iraqi women and children (1990 to 2000), and when Saddam Hussein put a million soldiers on the battlefield to fight the infidel US, increased 16% to 21.4 million. Even better, Iraq had one of the fastest growing populations in the world in the last half century, increasing 415% since 1950.
If the Iraqi people suffered, where's the evidence, other than on our jew controlled "media" outlets? This must rank as one of the kindest acts of war the world has ever known. If a million and a half Iraqis did die from starvation, disease, and polluted water, then without the blockade, the population of Iraq would have been 22.9 million, which would have been almost a 20% increase.
Did Saddam suffer? If we really considered this former US ally to be so deranged or dangerous, then why did we not go for the prize during our attack on Iraq. Why didn't Saddam put the 8,000 pages missing from the UN report on the internet for the world to see? How was this secular leader of a "fundamentalist" Muslim nation able to consolidate more power than any other religious Muslim leader? Why did we provide him with weapons of mass destruction, including biological weapons, and then complain about his weapons of mass destruction, including biological weapons?
Certainly you can't drop as many bombs on a country as we've dropped on Iraq without hurting somebody, but if it's like the bombs we dropped on Vietnam, most of them were dropped where there weren't any people, as a show of power, or to use up obsolete weapons--or in a Wag the Dog Hollywood production.
CPA suppressed poll showing most Iraqis want U.S. troops out now
by Chris Shumway
Jun 15 - The US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) conducted but did not release a public opinion poll that found more than half of Iraqis believe they would be safer if US forces left the country. The poll, results of which were obtained by the Associated Press, also indicates that 92% of Iraqis consider the US to be an occupying force, and most believe that all Americans behave like the guards and interrogators at Abu Ghraib who tortured Iraqi prisoners. Results also suggest that rebel Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, whom the US in April vowed to "kill or capture," is becoming increasingly popular. The Coalition's confidence rating in May stood at 11 percent, down from 47 percent last November, while Coalition forces had just 10 percent support. Nearly half of Iraqis said they felt unsafe in their own neighborhoods. And 55 percent of Iraqis reported to the pollsters they would feel safer if US troops immediately left, nearly double the 28 percent who said they felt that way in January. The poll results stand in stark contrast to the upbeat assessments the Bush administration continues to present to Americans. Donald Hamilton, a CPA official who was involved with the poll, admitted the results are "pretty grim," but said most Iraqis have "misunderstood" US intentions in Iraq.
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS WAR WHAT HAVE THEY WROUGHT?
---an open letter to Christopher Hitchens, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen, the VFW, Ted Turner, David Hackworth, Madonna, Michael Moore, Robert Byrd, Rush Limbaugh, Dan Rather, Richard Perle, Ariel Sharon, the Pope, David Rockefeller, Amnesty International, and the King of Siam---
April 7. Yesterday, in an attempt to find out more about the death of NBC reporter, David Bloom, I spoke with the former head of the Pentagon Depleted Uranium Investigation Team, Dr. Doug Rokke.
Rokke was the man who went to Iraq a decade ago on a mission to report on depleted uranium (DU). What he found was so horrifying the Pentagon scuttled his work and tried to make him an invisible man.
Rokke suffered uranium poisoning himself. But his medical records, and those of who knows how many thousands of other soldiers, do not reflect that. History has been suppressed, has been re-written.
Our conversation began with me asking Rokke if he thought that the announced cause of David Bloom's death, pulmonary embolism, could have resulted from DU.
But Rokke stopped me short. He said, "This was the diagnosis they immediately gave out? I don't see how. You can't diagnose that from the battlefield. You really need an autopsy to discover whether that's the cause..."
Which opened up new questions.
Rokke began to talk about conditions in the Gulf now.
He said that the PR about the US limiting civilian casualties is absurd, because, for example, the Pentagon admits to losing 700 cruise missiles that have been fired at Baghdad in the current campaign. In other words, those missiles strayed off course and no one really knows where they landed and exploded. "700 missiles, each one loaded with DU, is 700,000 pounds of explosives," he said.
700,000 pounds of explosives going off, spreading cancer-causing uranium in all directions.
Rokke then informed me that, since 1990, and up to the beginning of Gulf War 2, some 260,000 US soldiers have been granted disability. 10,000 have died.
I'm relaying these facts to you in a sober way, but of course I was staggered as Rokke talked. He painted a picture of the Iraqi landscape as a toxic soup. DU, yes. But also many other toxins, because as he explained, when bombs and missiles rip up ANY material that is composite or synthetic, like plastics, you get all sorts of poisonous byproducts.
And that, for example, is what happened at the WTC on 9/11. Rokke said, "I trained a lot of those first health responders. They're dead now."
Rokke, over the years, together with colleagues, has issued report after report describing what, in essence, are the inevitable consequences of modern warfare as it is carried out. A lingering toxic landscape that kills over time.
When Rokke was in the Gulf a decade ago, one of his fears was confirmed: the masks worn to protect against DU don't work. They can't filter out the smallest and deadliest particles of uranium. "We could taste the stuff [uranium]," he said.
Rokke states that the Pentagon is completely aware of the dangers to US solders and combatants, and just doesn't care.
I asked him why DU is used in projectile shells and missiles. He told me it was because uranium is so dense the weight of impact on a target causes a lot more damage. And, he said, these shells are not merely coated or tipped with uranium, as some Pentagon people have stated. They are packed with it. Rokke likened the situation to having uranium rods in your backyard.
He went on to explain that the PB pills US soldiers have been taking, as protection against nerve gas, are themselves nerve agents. If taken immediately before a nerve-gas attack---and then followed up with two other medicines---the soldier might get protection from nerve gas. But the PB pills are being swallowed long in advance of any possible contact with nerve gas. In essence, soldiers are getting "nerve gas" attacks FROM THE POISON PILLS.
Rokke mentioned a number of sites around the world---Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, and places in the US---where DU is a major problem right now.
By this point in our conversation, Rokke was piecing together an emerging picture of modern war as both murder and suicide.
He predicted the consequences of the Iraq war are going to be worse than Gulf War 1.
Worse, in terms of damage and death to US troops and the Iraqi people.
I hung up the phone stunned. I can only ask that you get this information out to as many people as possible.
To give the widest possible benefit of the doubt to mainstream news reporters, THEY JUST DON'T KNOW. They have no idea what they are supporting when they allow the picture of this war to be painted as a careful and controlled campaign. All those maps and arrows and targets---they need to be enveloped in a cloud of MULTIPLE POISONS. Then we would have some concept of what is really going on---and what is going to happen when it's over.
Rokke mentioned that, between Gulf War 1 and the start of Gulf 2, the Iraqis tried to build new water treatment facilities in Basra. To clean up their horrible, illness-causing contaminated water. Each time they tried, he said, those emerging facilities were destroyed...
What is happening in the Gulf is not merely the result of ignorance. It is not only depraved indifference. It is a plan to depopulate and destroy. US soldiers will be sacrificed, in huge numbers, to forward the larger goal. The depopulation and debilitation of Iraq.
Yet, the news networks still display that graphic: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. And DOD spokesmen keep saying the protection of the Iraqi oil fields is being done to preserve "the future wealth of the Iraqi people." That sick joke takes on a new and very ominous meaning.
If 260,000 US vets now on disability from Gulf 1 can be hidden from the stupefied American people, what else can be hidden, here and in Iraq, in the coming months and years? How many cases of cancer? How many birth defects? How many kidney and liver failures? How many immune-system destructions? How many American families who support their children now doing time in the Gulf will later watch those sons and daughters waste away, while the Pentagon claims it's all post-traumatic stress?
How far do all the toxic clouds drift? How many cases of illness are being misdiagnosed as the result of germs?
We are in a time of madness. I can't fault prayer or the distractions of television or even the desperate accoutrements of so-called patriotism. But somehow we have to live beyond cliches and summon up the outrage equal to the destruction. Equal to the moment.
The wretched hairless generals are striding through the Pentagon thinking they are on a course of victory, thinking whatever they have to think to avoid the truth that is chasing them like a snake.
Let the cardboard floors of lies give way and collapse. Let the voices of the intelligent pro-war advocates incorporate this news. Let them, finally, arrive at a further shore of conscience that compels them to take a stand. They are viewing old images, they are seeing a fantasy of war, they are imagining situations that no longer exist.
War is now different. It is a sword you always fall on.
JON RAPPOPORT www.nomorefakenews.com