You can't exaggerate pure evil
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 06:00 am
He calls it the "unjust and immoral Iraq war," but then Kenneth Kulley proceeds to underestimate the human toll. Nobody knows precisely and with absolute certainty how many Iraqis were killed or died afterward of their injuries: U.S. officials stated they were uninterested in body counts, except for their side, but an offensive that lasted 21 days and included cruise missiles, bunker busters, bombs, white phosphorus – certainly in Fallujah – anti-personnel weapons like cluster bombs and depleted uranium warheads and bullets killed far more people than his sources report. Even relatively minor injuries could easily become fatal under circumstances of ruined infrastructure, lack of clean water, electricity and basic sanitation, lack of medicine, medical attention and proper diet: chaotic conditions and deprivations from twelve years of what was aptly called "killing sanctions."
Iraqis had been already badly weakened from the effects of the 88,500 tons of ammunition dropped on them from the air and sea in the first Gulf war. The figure of 655,000 "excess deaths" from sectarian violence between March 2003 and June 6 reported in the Lancet from a John Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health study seems perfectly reasonable but likely doesn't include subsequent deaths, as from infected wounds, cholera, dysentery etc.
Is it bigoted to ask that religions live up to their PR? Everyone has the right to self-defence, but as defined in international law: invasion with proof that a country intends to attack you and not some wild, paranoid, down-the-road theory where everybody and every country is a potential enemy. The pattern since 2001 is evidence of a western crusade against Muslims and Arabs and was presented as such by George W. Bush who said he consulted God and was urged by him to hit Iraq – where no WMDs actually existed. Pope Benedict made an unnecessary and unsubstantiated statement that Islam has a more violent history than Christianity. If religion isn't usually the main mover in war, why doesn't it take a stronger stand against it? It is a fact that the U.S. did use religion in the Afghan/Russia war by encouraging the rise of Islamist militants (Mujahadeen-Taliban) from a largely secular population. Why is it in democracies that if we do not want war, we always get it? Should we throw up our hands and go with it?
It is impossible to exaggerate the ugliness and danger of all of this, which a closer examination only makes worse (check out birth abnormalities in Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq). If he's a Christian, Mr. Kulley should focus his attention on the right target.
Doris Wrench Eisler, St. Albert