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U.S. Perpetuates Mass Killings In Iraq

By Peter Phillips

The United States is directly responsible for over one million Iraqi deaths since the invasion five and half years ago.  In a January 2008 report, a British polling group Opinion Research Business (ORB) reports that, “survey work confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003…. We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000. If one takes into account the margin of error associated with survey data of this nature then the estimated range is between 946,000 and 1,120,000”.

The ORB report comes on the heels of two earlier studies conducted by Johns Hopkins University published in the Lancet medical journal that confirmed the continuing numbers of mass deaths in Iraq.  A study done by Dr. Les Roberts from January 1, 2002 to March 18 2003 put the civilian deaths at that time at over 100,000. A second study published in the Lancet in October 2006 documented over 650,000 civilian deaths in Iraq since the start of the US invasion.  The 2006 study confirms that US aerial bombing in civilian neighborhoods caused over a third of these deaths and that over half the deaths are directly attributable to US forces.

The now estimated 1.2 million dead, as of July 2008, includes children, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, cab drivers, clerics, schoolteachers, factory workers, policemen, poets, healthcare workers, day care providers, construction workers, babysitters, musicians, bakers, restaurant workers and many more. All manner of ordinary people in Iraq have died because the United States decided to invade their country. These are deaths in excess of the normal civilian death rate under the prior government.

The magnitude of these deaths is undeniable. The continuing occupation by US forces guarantees a mass death rate in excess of 10,000 people per month with half that number dying at the hands of US forces— a carnage so severe and so concentrated at to equate it with the most heinous mass killings in world history. This act has not gone unnoticed.

Recently, Dennis Kucinich introduced a single impeachment article against George W. Bush for lying to Congress and the American people about the reasons for invading Iraq. On July 15 The House forwarded the resolution to the Judiciary Committee with a 238 to 180 vote.  That Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq’s threat to the US is now beyond doubt. Former US federal prosecutor Elizabeth De La Vega documents the lies most thoroughly in her book U.S. Vs Bush, and numerous other researchers have verified Bush’s untrue statements.

The American people are faced with a serious moral dilemma. Murder and war crimes have been conducted in our name. We have allowed the war/occupation to continue in Iraq and offered ourselves little choice within the top two presidential candidates for immediate cessation of the mass killings. McCain would undoubtedly accept the deaths of another million Iraqi civilians in order to save face for America, and Obama’s 18-month timetable for withdrawal would likely result in another 250,000 civilian deaths or more.

We owe our children and ourselves a future without the shame of mass murder on our collective conscience. The only resolution of this dilemma is the immediate withdrawal of all US troops in Iraq and the prosecution and imprisonment of those responsible. Anything less creates a permanent original sin on the soul of the nation for that we will forever suffer.

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University and director of Project Censored a media research group.  He is the co-editor with Dennnis Loo of the book Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney.

  • Ana November 1, 2010

    I will be the first to comment.
    There is a word for that: genocide.

  • Camilo July 7, 2011

    good article! I agree totally but when you say, and i quote: “We owe our children and ourselves a future without the shame of mass murder on our collective conscience”, i think you have to rethink all your history, cause yours are full of example of illegal wars and mass murders. i say so not blaming american people but your goverment. You have to prosecute i think all your presidents throughout history. Its only my humble opinion, but history is history!

  • Kamilo July 7, 2011

    good article! I agree totally but when you say, and i quote: “We owe our children and ourselves a future without the shame of mass murder on our collective conscience”, i think you have to rethink all your history, cause yours are full of example of illegal wars and mass murders. i say so not blaming american people but your goverment. You have to prosecute i think all your presidents throughout history. Its only my humble opinion, but history is history!

  • Camilo July 7, 2011

    good article! I agree totally but when you say, and i quote: “We owe our children and ourselves a future without the shame of mass murder on our collective conscience”, i think you have to rethink all your history, cause yours are full of example of illegal wars and mass murders. i say so not blaming american people but your goverment. You have to prosecute i think all your presidents throughout history. Its only my humble opinion, but history is history!

  • Kamilo July 7, 2011

    good article! I agree totally but when you say, and i quote: “We owe our children and ourselves a future without the shame of mass murder on our collective conscience”, i think you have to rethink all your history, cause yours are full of example of illegal wars and mass murders. i say so not blaming american people but your goverment. You have to prosecute i think all your presidents throughout history. Its only my humble opinion, but history is history!

  • Alin-Eduard November 27, 2011

    This is how History is made, so our children have books (or Apple tablets) to read on. Since the birth of mankind it has been like that, so why bothering ? Do you thing someone in those countries – especially the muslim – would give a shit if tomorrow the entire UE population would disappear from disease or nuclear disaster ? No, I think some would be very happy instead. And please, verify your sources: you cannot say “1.000.000 Iraqi citizens”, as well as you cannot say “6.000.000 Jews”. 

  • Alin-Eduard November 27, 2011

    This is how History is made, so our children have books (or Apple tablets) to read on. Since the birth of mankind it has been like that, so why bothering ? Do you thing someone in those countries – especially the muslim – would give a shit if tomorrow the entire UE population would disappear from disease or nuclear disaster ? No, I think some would be very happy instead. And please, verify your sources: you cannot say “1.000.000 Iraqi citizens”, as well as you cannot say “6.000.000 Jews”.