Review: “Genocide In
By Dr Gideon Polya
15 Marc, 2015
15 Marc, 2015
Dr Abdul-Haq Al-Ani and Tariq Al-Ani have published “Genocide in Iraq Volume II. The Obliteration of a Modern State” (Clarity Press, 2015), a carefully documented, must-read account of the Zionist-backed US Alliance destruction of Iraq and the killing of millions of Iraqis over the last quarter century for oil, US hegemony and for military dominance of the Middle East by a nuclear-armed, genocidally racist Apartheid Israel. This is a damning case that everyone should read to prevent recurrence (history ignored yields history repeated) and for ultimate legal recourse and Nuremberg-style justice for the Iraqi people.
Dr Abdul-Haq Al-Ani is an Iraqi-born British-trained barrister who has PhDs in electronic engineering and international law and is the author of “The Trial of Saddam Hussain”. Tariq Al-Ani is a Finland-based architect, translator and researcher on Arabic and Islamic issues.
Neocon American ad Zionist Imperialist (NAZI)-subverted and perverted Western Mainstream media utterly ignore expert assessments of how many people the US Alliance has killed in Iraq and resolutely ignore the crucial epidemiological concept of non-violent avoidable deaths (excess deaths, avoidable mortality, excess mortality, deaths that should not have happened) associated with war-imposed deprivation (for detailed analysis see ). Thus, by way of example, on the occasion of US withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 the endlessly lying Australian ABC (US lackey Australia's equivalent of the UK BBC) reported that “The withdrawal ends a war that left tens of thousands of Iraqis and nearly 4,500 American soldiers dead" . In contrast, the expert and eminent US Just Foreign Policy organization estimates, based on the data of expert UK analysts and top US medical epidemiologists, 1.5 million violent deaths in the Iraq War (2003-2011) [6, 7, 8] and UN data indicate a further 0.8 million Iraq avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation in this period . Accordingly, Iraqi deaths from violence (1.7 million) or war-imposed deprivation (2.9 million) since 1990 total 4.6 million .
However it gets worse. Assuming excess mortality of Iraqis under British rule or hegemony (1914- 1948) was the same as for Indians under the British (interpolation from available data indicate Indian avoidable death rates in “deaths per 1,000 of population per year” of 37 (1757-1920), 35 (1920-1930), 30 (1930-1940) and 24 (1940-1950) ), one can estimate from Iraqi population data  that Iraqi avoidable deaths from deprivation under British occupation and hegemony from 1914-1950 totalled about 4 million. Thus ignoring Iraqi deaths associated with the US-backed Iraq-Iran War, one can estimate that about 9 million Iraqi deaths from UK or US violence or imposed deprivation in the century after the 1914 invasion of Iraq by Britain
Holocaust is the destruction of a large number of people and 9 million Iraqi deaths from Anglo-American violence or violently-imposed deprivation certainly constitutes an Iraqi Holocaust. The term “holocaust” was first applied to a WW2 atrocity by Jog in 1944  in relation to the “forgotten” man-made Bengal Famine (Bengali Holocaust) in which 6-7 million Indians (many of them Muslims, and hence the term WW2 Muslim Holocaust) were deliberately starved to death by the British in 1942-1945 (Australia was complicit in this atrocity by withholding grain from its huge wartime wheat stores from starving India) [11, 12, 13]. The term “holocaust” was subsequently applied to the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation according to the recently deceased, pro-Iraq War, Iraqi Genocide-ignoring, Iraqi Holocaust-ignoring, Bengali Holocaust-ignoring, genocide-denying, holocaust-denying, anti-Arab anti-Semitic, UK Zionist historian Professor Sir Martin Gilbert ), noting that the WW2 Jewish Holocaust was part of a vastly greater WW2 European Holocaust in which 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies were killed .
The appalling carnage in
The Anglo-American Iraq Genocide has been associated with 2 million under-5 year old infant deaths comprising 1.2 million (1990-2003) and 0.8 million (2003-2011), 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which demand that an Occupier must supply their conquered Subjects with food and medical requisites to “the fullest extent of the means available to it” . The Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide was also war criminal mass infanticide and mass paedocide.
A succinct chapter-by-chapter summary with commentary of “Genocide in
Chapter 1, “The imperialist design for
The al-Anis comment thus on the US Alliance destruction of a secular, peaceful and religiously tolerant Syria through backing fanatical Muslim rebels: “Despite the open recruitment of Muslim fanatics from all over the world, the massive Gulf financial and military support, the huge arms shipments to the rebels, the training of these fanatics by US/UK/French personnel in Jordan and Turkey, and the massive, unprecedented media war, the political and military resilience of the Syrian regime has shocked its adversaries… At this writing, it is reasonable to conclude that imperialism has attempted to change its strategy for controlling the Arab world from that of direct military invasion and occupation, to relying on political Islam and the full support from Gulf oil money” (pages 22-23, ).
Chapter 2, “Iraq on the eve of the 2003 invasion”, summarizes the Western crippling of Iraq between the British invasion in 1914 and the US Alliance re-invasion in 2003 and successively deals with the 1922 Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of Alliance and its 1932 extension that ensured British domination of Iraqi “foreign, military, financial, and judicial affairs… and gave over the whole of Iraq for British exploration for oil for the next 75 years” (page 25, ); the 1941 Iraqi Revolution that was brutally suppressed by the British; the 1958 Coup by Qasim that removed the British-installed monarchy; the 1963 socialist, nationalist and pan-Arabist Ba'athist coup followed by the 1979 accession to power of Saddam Hussein; the 1980-1988 US-backed Iraq-Iran War over Iraqi access to the Persian Gulf and which was associated with chemical warfare and the killing up to 800,000 Iranians and 400,000 Iraqis); the 1990 dispute with Kuwait over exploitation of oil reserves and the US green-lighting of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait; the 1990-1991 Gulf War by the US Alliance (0.2 million Iraqis killed); and the 1990-2003 Sanctions War on Iraq involving no-fly zones, crippling sanctions and massive destruction of infrastructure (1.7 million Iraqi deaths from violently-imposed deprivation under Sanctions) [2-4].
The Al-Anis make a chilling comment on the Zionist- and US-backed Iran-Iraq War: “US delight with the war was best expressed by [Jewish Zionist US Secretary of State] Kissinger, who is stated to have said that he wanted both sides to win” (page 34, ). The genocidal sanctions applied to
Chapter 3, “Preparation for the invasion”, describes US claims of genocide in Kurdistan involving the deaths of 50,000-180,000 Kurds in the 1988 Anfal campaign to justify invasion of Iraq; the 1997setting up of the neoconservative and imperialist “The Project for the New American Century” (PNAC) that stated: “America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia and the Middle East” (page 45, ) ; the 9-11 atrocity that provided a “casus belli” (even though no Iraqis or Afghans were involved according to the “official” lying Bush version of what happened); sanctions and massive aerial bombardment of Iraq in the period 1990-2003; and the UK and US fabrication of evidence for Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD).
The Al Anis quote Col, Lawrence Wilkerson who prepared US Secretary of State Colin Powell's notoriously false UN speech on Iraqi WMD: “George W. Bush. Dick Cheney and others had decided to go to war with
The Al-Anis' critical view is well justified. Numerous science, engineering, architecture, medical, aviation, military and intelligence experts reject the “official” lying Bush version of what happened on 9-11 . Indeed the US Center for Public Integrity documented 935 lies told by the Bush Administration about
Chapter 4, “The Shock and Awe Invasion”, details the illegal and war criminal
Chapter 5, “The failure of the Security Council”, sets out how the Security Council did not approve the war criminal US Alliance invasion of
Chapter 6, “Bremer dismantles Iraq”, summarizes how Paul Bremer, the US-appointed Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) disestablished the Ba'ath Party of Iraq (that had ruled Iraq for 4 decades); sacked hundred of thousands of public servants and soldiers on the basis of Ba'ath Party connections (in a process akin to post-1945 de-Nazification of Germany); eliminated Iraq's defence system, destroyed Iraq's military industry; permitted sectarian and corporate militias; converted Iraq from socialism to a neoliberal free market; liquidated major Iraq banks that had been crucial for Iraq's previous economic advance; restructured and politicized the judiciary; permitted massive squandering of seized Iraqi assets and rorting of the US Development Fund for Iraq; and through Order 81 criminalized the saving of seed by Iraqi farmers, a millennia-old practice by which Iraqi farmers – the world's first scientists and geneticists - had started and continued the agrarian revolution of Humanity in Mesopotamia 10,000 years ago.
Chapter 7, “Instituting Federalism: Planting the Seeds of Ethnic and Sectarian Division”, describes how the US and British conquerors suppressed the Sunnis, gave de facto independence to the Kurds and reconstituted the Iraqi Army as a sectarian army. The Al-Anis state: “Today with Government supporting militia being 100% Shi'ia and with armed forces of over 90% Shi'ia after most of the Sunnis who enlisted in the new army having left it since, it is fair to say that the new democratic federal Iraq has, for the first time in it history, a sectarian army” (page 133, ) – just as in quasi-independent Iraqi Kurdistan, the various zones of Lebanon and in genocidally racist Apartheid Israel. Today the French,
Chapter 8, The Destruction Continues”, commences with the chilling observation “We understand how difficult it is for a Westerner to accept that so many people had taken part in a campaign whose purpose from the outset was to destroy another nation. That is precisely what Professor Thomas J. Nagy expressed when he wrote [re
The Al-Anis consider the number of Iraqis killed by the US Alliance and quote estimates of the carnage by Dirk Adriaensens (coordinator of SOS Iraq and member of the executive committee of the BRussells Tribunal on Iraq, member of the International Organizing Committee of the World Tribunal on Iraq (2003-2005), co-coordinator of the Global Campaign Against the Assassination of Iraqi Academics, and co-author of “Rendez-Vous in Baghdad” (EPO, 1994), “Cultural Cleansing in Iraq” (Pluto Press, London, 2010), “Beyond Educide” (Academia Press, Ghent,2012)), stating in relation to Iraqis “Here are his figures: 1,450,000 killed, 7,700,000 refugees, 5,000,000 orphans, 3,000,000 widows, 1,000,0000 missing … all in a country of nearly 30 million” (page 3 160, ). To this the Al-Anis add the number of wounded – if the ratio of wounded to killed is about 5 then 7.5 million Iraqis were wounded in the 2003-2011 Iraq War. It gets worse. Thus whether a child is killed by bombs of bullets or dies from war-imposed deprivation (lack of food, shelter, potable water, medical services) the death is equally final, irreversible and horrendous. Iraqi avoidable deaths from violently-imposed deprivation total 1.7 million under Sanctions (1990-2003) and 1.2 million under Occupation (2003-2011) for a total of 2.9 million such deaths (1990-2011) [3, 4].
In addition to the killing, wounding and displacement of millions of Iraqis, the Al-Anis documents large-scale imprisonment and torture (as exampled by Abu Ghraib), cultural cleansing (looting of museums and destruction of archaeological sites), cultural genocide (including the mass murder of teachers, academics, and other professionals), destruction of health services, mass abuse of children (through trauma, malnutrition, and child labour), massive deficits in education and health, active mass killing and passive mass murder, horrendous abuses of women (through violence, deprivation, sex slave trafficking, and reversal of sex equality), destruction of utilities (electricity, water and sanitation) and the seizure of Iraq's oil: “Forty years after Iraq nationalized its oil industry and ran it successfully, foreign multinational oil companies were brought back by the invasion to control Iraq's oil under the disguise of Iraq's need for technical and financial support. The new contracts have been awarded to the same companies whose interests were nationalised in the 1970s. It is part of the continuous destruction of
Chapter 9, “The Right of Remedy”, describes the crimes against international law committed by the US Alliance by invading
To which one must add that the US Alliance war criminals - and the Mainstream media, politicians and academics complicit through their silence or partisan lying (e.g. see ) - should be held accountable before the International Criminal Court for the 4.6 million Iraqis killed by violence or by violently-imposed deprivation in the quarter century Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide [3,4].
Shortly before he died the late anti-racist Jewish British writer Harold Pinter declared in his 2005 Nobel Prize acceptance speech: “We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice” . 1990-2011 Iraqi deaths from US Alliance violence (1.7 million) or violently-imposed deprivation (2.9 million) total 4.6 million and one can in 2015 paraphrase this great humanitarian: “How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? 4.6 million? More than enough, I would have thought.”
Unfortunately the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a racist, cowardly, partisan, genocide-ignoring, genocide-complicit organization that strictly confines its war crimes attention to war criminals that the US Alliance doesn't like (e.g. non-European and Serbian war criminals) (for discussion see “The Politics of Genocide” by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson [26, 27]). The ICC has repeatedly ignored complaints over the Iraqi Genocide (e.g. [28, 29] and that means the world must accept recourse to eminent, ICC-independent international tribunals to assess the war crimes of the US Alliance in
What can decent people do? Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. Decent people must (a) circumvent the lying and ignoring by the Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI)-subverted Mainstream media  by resolutely attempting to inform everyone they can about the Iraqi Genocide, informed by books such as “Genocide in Iraq” Volumes I and II and other humane works documenting this immense atrocity [1-4, 15, 31], and (b) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) – of the kind successfully applied against Apartheid South Africa and currently applied against US Alliance-backed, nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel – against all people, politicians, parties, companies, corporations and countries involved in the Iraq Genocide and the Zionist-promoted Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide of which it is a part .
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Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,
) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan,
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