The Iraq invasion of March 2003 cannot properly be understood without examining the plight of the major victims – the Iraqi people and, additionally, the soldiers. It is true that some Iraqis consider themselves better off, especially amongst the Kurdish population who were targetted by the tyrant Saddam Hussein. However, the majority of Iraqis polled in 2011 said that they consider themselves worse off as a result of the invasion. This is indeed a very serious accusation considering the evils of the Hussein regime.
Are these the views of an ungrateful people – or do they have legitimate reasons to condemn their “liberation”? An estimated minimum of 123,000 civilian deaths in ten years gives us a clue. Over 2 million Iraqis are internally displaced or have fled abroad.
But, these are only numbers. A full understanding of the consequences of the invasion, war and occupation must look deeper. DemocracyNow, the New York based daily news show, hosted by Amy Goodman, devoted much of their shows last week to examine the horrific impact of the war on the victims. Each show from last week is a must watch for those unfamiliar with the victims of the violence.
Here are some excerpts from the weeks’ shows on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq invasion. The full DemocracyNow programmes are available in full on their website: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2013/3
On Monday, March 18th 2013, Arundathi Roy, the renowned author and activist discussed the “psychosis” of US/British foreign policy. She expresses her anger and frustration that men like Tony Blair and George Bush continue to insist that the Iraq invasion was necessary despite the exposure of the pretexts for their war – and the horrific human cost.
On Tuesday, 19th, DemocracyNow reviewed a report on the costs of the Iraq War, including the huge death toll of civilians, soldiers, as well as the unprecedented financial cost. Raed Jarrar, Iraqi-American blogger went on to discuss these figures in the context of the sectarian violence unleashed by the invasion
On Wednesday, the show examined, amongst other things, the birth defect and cancer epidemic in Iraq caused by the use of certain metals, including uranium, in US munitions.
On Thursday, hosts, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, spoke to paralysed Iraq war veteran, Tomas Young, about his plan to end his life by ceasing his nourishment. Included in this interview are Young’s wife and carer, Claudia Cuellar, and Phil Donahue, the director of a film about Tomas Young called, Body of War.
On Friday, the US’ use of Iraqi militia to conduct its dirty work of torture and murder is examined through a review of an BBC Arabic – Guardian documentary: “Searching for Steele”.