[R-G] Horror Show Reveals Irag's Descent
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Sun Jun 18 14:41:14 MDT 2006
Horror show reveals Iraq's descent
By Hala Jaber in Baghdad 18 Jun 2006
The morning rush had begun at the health ministry's [single-storey Al-Tub
in Baghdad, and by 9.30am last Thursday 36 coffins already lined the street
Some bodies are pocked with holes inflicted by torturers with power drills.
Some show signs of strangulation; others, with hands tied behind the back,
bear bullet wounds.
Many are charred and dismembered.
So far this year, according to health ministry figures, the mortuary has
processed the bodies
of about 6,000 people, most of whom died violently.
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"How far have we gone
where people don't want to air their views
for fear of ending up on some kind of terrorist watch list?"
editor of The Travel Insider magazine about air travel watchlists and
"To understand free speech
means freedom to speak what others do not like and even cannot stand to
Tolerating what you like is hardly a major achievement.
Hitler tolerated what he liked. So did Stalin. Idi Amin did too.
So did Genghis Khan, the Shah, and Henry Kissinger.
Free speech only becomes an issue
when someone says what others don't want to hear."
"Only the grand scale and technocratic impersonality
of the crimes conceived and directed
by the [U.S.] ruling elite acting under cover of state authority
from garden variety killers."
This country is in the grip of a President who was not elected,
who has surrounded himself with thugs in suits
who care nothing about human life abroad or here,
who care nothing about freedom abroad or here,
who care nothing about what happens to the earth...
The so-called war on terrorism is not only a war on innocent people in other
but it is also a war on the people of the United States:
a war on our liberties, a war on our standard of living.
The wealth of the country is being stolen from the people
and handed over to the superrich.
The lives of our young are being stolen.
And the thieves
are in the White House."
"[American leaders] are perhaps not so much immoral as they are amoral.
It's not that they take pleasure in causing so much death and suffering.
It's that they just don't care ...
the same that could be said about a sociopath.
As long as the death and suffering advance the agenda of the empire,
as long as the right people and the right corporations gain wealth and power
as long as the death and suffering aren't happening to them
people close to them ...
then they just don't care about it happening to other people,
including the American soldiers whom they throw into wars and who come
the ones who make it back alive - with Agent Orange or Gulf War Syndrome
at their bodies.
American leaders would not be in the positions they hold
if they were bothered by such things."
"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are,
what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine."
"What happened was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little,
to be governed by surprise, to receiving decisions deliberated in secret;
to believing that the situation was so complicated
that the government had to act on information which the people could not
or so dangerous that, even if people could understand it,
it could not be released because of national security ...
To live in the process is absolutely not to notice it -- please try to
believe me --
unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than
most of us
ever had occasion to develop.
Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on
Believe me this is true.
Each act, each occasion is worse than the last,
but only a little worse.
You wait for the next and the next.
You wait for one shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock
will join you in resisting somehow.
Suddenly it all comes down, all at once.
You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you
(for that was all that was required of most of us:
that we did nothing) ...
You remember everything now, and your heart breaks.
You are compromised beyond repair. "
--German professor after World War II describing the rise of Nazism to a
"History is a joke
played by the victors on the vanquished
in front of an audience
that dares not laugh."
-- Michael Rivero
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