by Scott Creighton
In Iraq, there is a popular revolt taking place against the neoliberal puppet regime we installed after we illegally invaded the country and occupied it for over a decade. Led by the General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries, the popular insurgency started in earnest once the US had to pull out the majority of their forces per an agreement signed back in the Bush administration days. The large Sunni population of the country had no representation in the government in Baghdad and they were sick of being imprisoned and abused by our previous puppet dictator, al-Maliki so they took advantage of the power vacuum created by our exodus and rose up against him.
Then President Barack Obama faced a dilemma. He had campaigned on Iraq being “the wrong war” and a promise to end our military involvement in the country. A promise he reluctantly had to keep when al-Maliki refused to sign a new agreement allowing the US to keep troops in the country past the deadline agreed to by Obama’s predecessor. So his problem lay in the fact that Malaki’s refusal to allow troops to stay meant there was a good possibility that the new insurgency would unseat our puppet and forces once alligned to Saddam Hussain and the Baath Party would take control of the country, thus reversing all the gains our “national interests” were enjoying since the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq began back in March of 2003.
Obama and the fake left war-mongers understood that they could never sell him going back into Iraq to stamp out a legitimate uprising of Iraqi Sunnis to his fake progressive base. So they came up with a manufactured enemy in Iraq they called “ISIS”. They made ridiculous videos, staged false flags across Europe and the States in order to turn the public against the new evil enemy and they did all this so they could reengage in Iraq in a civil war on the side of our puppet regime.
The people of this country would never have supported sending our troops back to Iraq to battle civilians rising up against our installed proxy government in Iraq but they would support attacking the fictitious “ISIS” with their fake execution videos and their endless supply of British “Islamists” who always turn out to be bad actors with silly-looking stage props.
“ISIS” was and is a “hearts and minds” program designed to promote a military campaign inside a country in support of one of our “friendly” regimes. It is the stock and trade of Special Operations these days and along with Israeli contractors like SITE or MEMRI, the videos did their work and the vast majority of people in this country honestly have no idea who and what we are fighting in Iraq.
Unfortunately, every now and again a little glimpse of reality seeps in and we can see the true face of what we and our puppet Iraqi regime consider “the enemy”. And it’s the Iraqi citizen… not “ISIS”
“… Aside from the military difficulties, retaking eastern Mosul has also cost civilian lives. Gruesome reports have come in from several villages outside the city, where Iraqi forces, particularly police units, have allegedly executed, tortured, and abused people accused of siding with IS militants.
Throughout the past months, rights groups have documented a number of instances when bodies of unarmed civilians, often bearing signs of torture or mistreatment, were found in villages and towns around Mosul. In a recent comment to RT, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the conduct of Iraqi forces in the battle of Mosul may amount to war crimes.
“Our research demonstrates that Iraqi armed forces that are fighting ISIS to retake a couple of villages and a small town near Mosul – they looted, damaged and destroyed homes. And that was apparently with no military necessity for those demolitions,” HRW’s communications and advocacy director for Middle East & North Africa, Ahmed Benchemsi, told RT.
“[That] means that these acts amount to war crimes,” he added, commenting on allegations that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were carrying out unnecessary demolitions of buildings in the village of Ashwa outside Mosul. While the PMF said the measure was taken to clear the area from mines and booby-traps planted by IS, HRW stated that “the whole area inside was well enough protected that there would have been no military need for PMF forces to demolish the homes.”
As the operation to retake western Mosul is in full swing, humanitarian agencies fear that hundreds of thousands of civilians might face dangers similar to those weathered by the residents of the city’s eastern half.” RT
The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are death squads. There’s nothing outrageous about that statement. They are known to be death squads throughout Iraq.
“The Iraqi House of Representatives last week approved an Act legitimizing the so-called Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the pro-Iranian militias accused of acts of barbarism and brutality in Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul. The Act was opposed by Sunnis in the parliament but pushed through by a Shia majority. The new law recognizes the PMF as a legitimate military force in Iraq and some Shia Iraqi MPs are now even calling for further legislation to absolve PMF fighters from any accusations of crimes against humanity.” Daily Caller, Dec. 2, 2016
What is happening in Iraq is the continuation of the Salvador Option that started under the Bush administration and then continued under President Peace Prize’s left cover. It’s now quietly being expanded upon by The Donald while everyone pays attention to ObamaCare distractions or talk of his sending illegal immigrants out of the country. It’s a slaughter and The Donald is providing the same air cover for death squads and ethnic cleansing that Obama provided. Again, that is not a controversial statement as that link is to a Foreign Policy magazine story from 2015.
It’s true, this is not a unique situation, having our soldiers defend monsters committing unspeakable acts in furtherance of our “national interests”. Not in Iraq. Not in Vietnam. Not in Bosnia or Libya or any number of African countries where entire villages were ethnically cleansed in the name of progress by some US-backed drug-dealing thug dictator wearing a cowboy hat given to him by a seated US president. It’s a horrible fact of life for some soldiers, these deep state truths they have to live with for the rest of their lives.
But don’t think it’s over just because The Donald came to office and because no one else is talking/writing about it.
The body count in Iraq didn’t stop when President Peace Prize took office and it hasn’t stopped since he left. The battle for Mosul, a battle being waged against a rebellious civilian population (not “ISIS”) is about to add a bunch of numbers to that horrible living legacy we call the Iraq War and nobody is talking about it. Like it’s not even happening.
But it is happening. We are currently shock and aweing the people of Iraq into submission once again and unfortunately this time, there are no protesters on the streets demanding we stop. Of course, if there were, they’d just make a couple more fake beheading videos with their bad British actors playing the role of “da ebil boogeyman” and all would be forgiven.
What’s happening in Iraq is another Phoenix Operation. The civilian population is being pacified by brutal force and the armed resistance is being crushed into submission. We will probably never know the full extent of civilian casualties in Iraq these past few years nor will we get a clear picture of what is about to happen in Mosul. But it is not “ISIS™” that we fight over there. They are a construct of military public relations and nothing else. And if that is true, what follows is the obvious question: then who exactly are we killing in Iraq? And the answer, unfortunately, is the same as it ever was.
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