Like all imperialist forces, the US is heavily relaying on misinformation
propaganda campaign to promote and enhance its imperialist ideology. Violence
and war crimes against defenceless civilians are depicted as “fighting
the enemy”. The mass murder of Iraqi civilians by US forces is normalised
and welcomed with deafening silence. The purpose is thought control, or as it
is called “perception management” designed to enhance US images.
The campaign is part of a wider Western strategy to mislead the public, remove
historical memory and justify more wars.
According to George Orwell, newspeak is a form of propaganda to cover up criminal
actions, especially killing people unjustly and deliberately, with a veneer
of justification and reason. In Iraq, the occupying forces are increasingly
covering the truth with lies and deception, blame the Iraqi people for the violence
they have inflicted on them, and to remove the Occupation as the generator of
The three-year US Occupation of Iraq is becoming increasingly violent and the
occupying forces are killing Iraqi civilians with impunity while encouraging
Iraqis to fight each other. The atrocity is aided by massive Western propaganda
campaign to demonise Iraqis and portray not only Iraqis but also Muslims in
general as fanatic and violent. This includes: 1) the Occupation is a benign
“peace mission” and necessary “to prevent” civil war;
2) Iraq is a “breeding ground for terrorists”– as if the illegal
invasion and Occupation of Iraq are not the greatest acts of terrorism; and
3) Iraqis are responsible for what is happening to them. Each of the three is
a falsehood Western elites (Left and Right) have adopted these falsehoods to
justify their attacks on the Iraqi people and to jump on the misinformation
propaganda of Occupation bandwagon.
A recent secret Pentagon ‘roadmap’ on war propaganda, personally
approved by Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld in October 2003, calls for
the total control of information before they become available to the American
public. The aim is to pacify and remove the public influence on foreign policies.
Furthermore, the US continues the practice of paying journalists, including
Iraqis, to plant stories in the Iraqi news media in favour of the brutal Occupation.
The purpose is thought control, or as it is called “perception management”,
designed to enhance US images, including military image.
On the morning of 19 November 2005, US troops deliberately massacred 15 Iraqi
civilians, including seven women, three children and four students in the town
of Haditha, northwest of Baghdad. The US army alleged that the dead civilians
were “insurgents”. However, eyewitness testimonies and news reports
from the area contradict the US allegations. Credible reports supported by local
witnesses show that the US Marines were acting in revenge after they were attacked
by the Iraqi Resistance. Indeed, the Marines executed Iraqi civilians while
they were sleeping, as Aparisim Ghosh of the Time magazine reported. Victims
in the town told the Time that “the Marines came in and they killed everybody
inside”. An eyewitness Khaled Ahmed Rsayef whose brother was among the
dead told the Time: “It was a [premeditated] massacre in every sense of
the word”. The other eyewitness is 9-year-old Eman Walid. She told the
Time: “First, they went into my father’s room, where he was reading
the Koran, and we heard shots. Then, the soldiers came back into the living
room. I couldn’t see their faces very well--only their guns sticking into
the doorway. I watched them shoot my grandfather, first in the chest and then
in the head. Then they killed my granny”. The Time also reported that
there were no signs of Iraqi Resistance fighters around the scene of the massacre
in which four houses were destroyed. The massacre was videotaped by a Haditha
journalism student and handed to Hammurabi Human Rights group. The cowardice
attack destroyed four families and left a girl and her young brother terrorised
and traumatised forever.
On March 15 2006, US forces raided a house in Isahaqi, near the town of Balad
about 60 miles north of Baghdad. According to Iraqi Police, and eyewitnesses
on the ground, US troops gathered 11 people into a single room and executed
them, before destroying the house as they left the area. The initial Iraqi Police
report said: “American forces used helicopters to drop troops on the house
of Faiz Harat Khalaf situated in the Abu Sifa village of the Isahaqi district.
The American forces gathered the family members in one room and executed 11
people, including five children, four women and two men, [and] then they bombed
the house, burned three vehicles and killed their animals”. According
to Mathew Schofield of Knight Ridder news; “The Iraqi police identified
the dead as ranging in age from 6 months to 75 [years old]. Iraqi police said
that the five children, four women and two men were found together in the wreckage
of the house” all with gunshot to the head. The bodies were found handcuffed
and lined up under the rubble.
The Army Times reported on 15 March 2006 that Riyadh Majid, the nephew of the
killed head of the family — Faez Khalaf — told AP at the hospital
that U.S. forces landed in helicopters and raided the home early Wednesday.
Khalaf’s brother, Ahmed, said nine of the victims were family members
who lived at the house and two were visitors”. The killed family was not
part of the Resistance, they were women and children,” Ahmed Khalaf said.
“The Americans have promised us a better life, but we get only death”,
On Sunday night 26 March 2006, US forces and their Iraqi collaborators attacked
Al-Mustapha Mosque in the Ur neighbourhood in east Baghdad and deliberately
killed 37 unarmed worshipers including the 80-years old Imam in charge of the
Mosque. Eyewitnesses on the scene observed US soldiers entering the Mosque unprovoked
and started shooting at random. A video-tape showed several civilians bodies
and spent 5.56 mm shell casings ammunition, the type used by the US soldiers.
“It’s an organized crime with serious political and security implications.
It aims to incite a civil war ... To kill such a great number of the faithful
of the family of the Prophet after handcuffing and torturing them is indefensible.
It's an attack on the dignity of Iraqis that strips away any credibility from
the slogans of freedom, democracy and pluralism flaunted by the American administration”,
reported the French daily, Le Figaro quoting an Iraqi communiqué. “They
went in, tied up the people and shot them all. They did not leave any wounded.
[The victims] were unarmed”, added the Guardian of London on 28 March
2006. Indeed, the puppet government justifiably accusing US forces of committing
the massacre, and the Baghdad “provincial governor” has suspended
all cooperation with US forces.
Consistent with the US policy of dehumanising and identifying all Iraqis as
the “enemy”, US forces aided by the BBC – the mother of all
deceptions – and US mass media have falsely and deliberately portrayed
the victims of being “insurgents” and “terrorists”,
and gave contradictory accounts of the massacre. But careful examination of
these acts suggests deliberate acts of state terrorism to promote US interests.
As it has always been, the US fabricated “terrorism” – disguised
as “liberty” and “democracy” – to keep the public
engulfed with fear and justify a violent imperialist ideology. The atrocities
are purposely masked with lies and distortion in order to put the blame on the
so-called “Iraqi forces” and clear the Occupation from any wrongdoing.
These criminal acts are part of the Bush-Blair larger messianic mission of ultra-violence
and conquest propagated as Western common values.
Leading the misinformation propaganda campaign is President George W. Bush.
In his news conference at the White House on 21 March 2006, Bush said: “It's
-- confidence amongst the Iraqis is what is going to be a vital part of achieving
a victory”, he said, “which will then enable the American people
to understand that victory is possible. In other words, the American people
will -- their opinions, I suspect, will be affected by what they see on their
On the invited list – for the first time in three years – was veteran
correspondent Helen Thomas. It was a pre-arranged propaganda coup to justify
the illegal and war against the Iraqi people. The question and the answers were
well-prepared and designed to manipulate public opinion. Bush was fluent, and
Helen Thomas had very little to say except ask the one question. It was what
Bush wants to say after three years of a criminal occupation proceeded by an
illegal act of aggression. Bush mentioned Tel Afar as a “model”
of America’s “success” in Iraq. Like Fallujah, Tel Afar is
a destroyed city. The majority of its population are ethnically cleansed refugees
and the rest is imprisoned in a concentration camp patrolled by US forces and
their ‘Occupation dogs’. Tel Afar is another model of US criminal
atrocity. The aim is – like always – to feed a rosy picture of the
Occupation to the American public and the rest of the world.
The Bush’s line of distortion was repeated in Australia by Prime Ministers
John Howard and Tony Blair. John Howard used no other media outlet than the
ABC to tell Australians that; in Iraq, “I don't think things can be said
to be getting worse. I think they can be said to be getting better”. Tony
Blair used the Australian Parliament House to promote a relic colonial ideology
of changing peoples’ culture and assimilate them into the Anglo-American
culture through arms conquest and ultra-violence. “The last time we heard
talk like this was from a former army corporal in Germany speaking about the
values of the Aryan race”, writes author Jeff Archer of MalcomLagauche.com.
Three years ago Tony Blair told the biggest lie of the century that Iraq could
launch an attack on Britain using chemical and biological weapons within 45
We know now that the Iraqi people had no chemical or biological weapons and
Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack, as clearly stated by George W.
Bush. The entire nation of once prosperous Iraq has been destroyed. City after
city have been indiscriminately attacked with real WMDs, including napalm, phosphorus
and ‘Depleted Uranium in a deliberate act of aggression designed to inflict
as much harm as possible on the Iraqi civilian population.
All the destruction and bloodshed is the result of a decision agreed upon by
the three Anglo-American demagogues, and aided by an offensive misinformation
propaganda campaign promoted by the mass media to justify war crimes on massive
scale. Blair’s “battle for modernity” is a pretext for attacking
Islam, which is identified in the West today as “Islamism”. For
the three Anglo-American demagogues, “Islamism” writes, Professor
Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University in New York; “is a US-sponsored propaganda
gadget manufactured to generate and sustain an illusory enemy to justify warmongering
and global domination”. In other words, a diet of distortion, fear and
racism is feed to the public in order to provide justification for violent ideology.
The war which the three demagogues continue to promote is responsible for the
mass murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children.
It is responsible for the illegal mass arrest, imprisonment, torture, abuse
and murder of thousands of innocents Iraqi men, women and children. The “democracy”
and “freedom” that the three demagogues claim to be spreading around
the world is the mask of war and ultra-violence. The three demagogues have one
thing in common; to continue the current violence against the Iraqi people.
In today’s Iraq, a large percentage of Iraqis live in abject poverty.
Iraqi families now get less food than before the invasion and during the 13-years
long genocidal sanctions. And as a result of this murderous Occupation, essential
items have gone missing from the food ration card which was the brainchild of
Saddam regime. Prices of staples like rice, sugar, flour and vegetable ghee
are soaring. Unemployment is as high as 70 per cent. Iraqis without income find
it extremely hard to make ends meet. Electricity and drinking-water supplies
are at their lowest levels. The healthcare services are in state of near collapse,
and more than 400,000 children are malnourished. Acute malnutrition among Iraqi
children between the ages of six months and 5 years has increased from 4 percent
before the invasion to 7.7 per cent since the US invasion. Basic human rights
for Iraqi women have disappeared as a result of an Imperialist and backward
US-crafted constitution. Life in US-occupied Iraq is far worse than at any time
in the past. Every day since the invasion, Iraqi lives have gotten progressively
worse, not better, as the Australian demagogue alleged.
The situation is accurately put by an Iraqi recently. He writes: “Three
years have passed and Iraq has been destroyed as a state and as a nation. Its
natural resources have been plundered [with billions of dollars that could otherwise
have been spent on rebuilding Iraq have been looted], its civilisation and cultural
heritage looted, its religious heritage desecrated, its people raped, tortured,
drilled, murdered and even melted. Cynicism nowadays refuses the call for an
immediate and complete withdrawal of occupation forces for fear of “civil
war”, which has been the aim of the US Administration to justify ongoing
Furthermore, as Iraqis are increasingly demanding the end to the Occupation,
US warmongers are now openly and unashamedly advocating “civil war”
in Iraq. While all the fabricated pretexts to occupy Iraq have expired, the
US continues to divide Iraqis and promote civil war in order to destroy of what
left in Iraq. One of George W. Bush closest advisors, the Islamophobic Zionist
Daniel Pipes said recently: “I don’t think from the point of view
of the coalition it is necessarily that bad for our interests... In the first
place, there would be fewer attacks on our forces in Iraq as they fight each
other … More broadly outside Iraq, there would be fewer attacks on us
as the Shiites and the Sunnis attack each other”. In other words, civil
war is good for West and should be encouraged. Only the Nazis were known to
have promoted such criminal ideology in the past.
Without the current divisions, it would have been impossible for the US and
its vassals to occupy Iraq for three years. The US created, trained, armed and
financed the sectarian and ethnic-based militia groups and death squads proved
to be useful imperialist tool. It is part of the “unconventional warfare”
waged by the Bush Administration against the Iraqi population. The aims are:
1) to foment civil strife and encourage fratricidal killings among Iraqis; 2)
terrorise the Iraqi population and subjugate them to US diktats; 3) shield the
occupying forces from any attack; and 4) divert public attention from the crimes
of the occupying forces. Having failed to ignite an all-out civil war in Iraq,
the US is no turning one militia group against another. The militia have been
very useful tools. Indeed, US crimes become so obvious that the puppet government
demanded that the occupying US forces withdraw from the cities and hand overall
security to the Iraqis.
One should not be mislead by the Bush rhetoric of Iraq is a “model for
democracy”. As Iraqis are demanding that the puppet government form a
government and shows some independence, the Bush Administration interfered.
The Bush Administration is opposed to the nomination of Ibrahim al-Jaafari as
“prime minister” for a second term despite that al-Jaafari’s
Iraqi United Alliance (IUA) won the majority of seats. The US is using al-Jaafari
– an imported stooge – as a scapegoat to break the Alliance, and
prevent the emergence of majority government. By blocking national unity among
Iraqis, the US is playing one faction against another. Muqtada al-Sadr –
who the US has sought to assassinate – was clever enough not to buy into
the US agenda and continue to work with all Iraqis to create a national unity
US colonial proconsul in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad is on record warning Iraqis
that; “you can’t be in the government if you are against the Occupation”.
His target is Muqtada al-Sadr who is demanding unity and an end to the Occupation.
The Bush Administration aim is a divided and sectarian government under its
control; a US-appointed subordinate government with Allawi doing photo opportunities
for the Occupation. The hypocrisy is so flagrant that most Iraqis now associate
Western “democracy” with violence and corruption. Of course, all
this meddling and interference in Iraqi affairs is part of Bush-Blair agenda.
The reality is that the US is promoting divisions, ongoing bloodshed, torture
chambers and colonial dictatorship to serve its imperialist interests. The unjust
rejection by the US and its allies of recent HAMAS’ success in the Palestinian
elections is another example of the West promotion of fraudulent democracy.
The US did not invade and destroyed Iraq for the sake of “democracy”
and “freedom”. The illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq is part
of the US imperialist-Zionist ideology. The current US campaign is to divide
Iraqis and prevent an Iraqi government of unity at all coast. As it is the case,
there has been no government in Iraq since the invasion and the promotion of
“civil war” has increased markedly.
The US-groomed puppet government is a propaganda tool. It is a façade
designed to legitimise ongoing Occupation and cover up its associated crimes.
It has no power and is unable to provide Iraqis with the minimum services required,
let alone security. There is no national sovereignty under foreign occupation.
Hence, the Iraqi people are struggling to free themselves from the Anglo-American-orchestrated
Occupation and oppression.
Three years of violent Occupation and Bush’s “political process”
of fraudulent elections, were designed as a veneer to cover-up deliberately
instigated crimes and unjustified violence. Propagating an Anglo-American version
of “democracy” and “freedom” to justify war crimes is
like planting Anglo-American version of “good news” in the media
about a murderous Occupation. It won’t affect the Iraqi Resistance and
determination of the Iraqi people to liberate their country from foreign Occupation.
Resistance to Western terrorism is not terrorism; it is legitimate Resistance.
Iraqi is not in “civil war”; the Occupation is the cause of the
The vast majority of Iraqis (87-92 per cent, the Brookings Institute) is opposed
to the presence of foreign forces and demanding the end of the Occupation of
their country. In addition, 72 per cent of US troops want to end the Occupation
and more than half (60 per cent) of US citizens – despite and efficient
and self-imposed brain-washing – supports the immediate withdrawal of
US troops from Iraq.
As someone who has followed this war closely, I see nothing can justify
the ultra-violent Occupation of Iraq. The Anglo-American has no right to be
in Iraq. The invasion of Iraq is a war crimes and crimes against humanity. The
only civilised actions are the immediate end to the Occupation, and the full
withdrawal of all foreign forces from Iraq.
Ghali Hassan lives in Perth, Western Australia.