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The Consequence of the Iraq War

Seventeen years ago, the U.S. armed forces attacked and invaded Iraq with a force of over 460,000 troops from all its armed services, supported by 46,000 UK troops, 2,000 from Australia and a few hundred from Poland, Spain, Portugal and Denmark.

The “shock and awe” aerial bombardment unleashed 29,200 bombs and missiles on Iraq in the first five weeks of the war.

The U.S. invasion was a crime of aggression under international law, and was actively opposed by people and countries all over the world, including 30 million people who took to the streets in 60 countries on February 15, 2003, to express their horror that this could really be happening at the dawn of the 21st century.
Seventeen years later, the consequences of the invasion have lived up to the fears of all who opposed it. Wars and hostilities rage across the region.


Here is a look at 12 of the most serious consequences of the U.S. war in Iraq.


1. Millions of Iraqis Killed and Wounded
Iraqi government’s Central Statistical Organization says that 2 million Iraqis have been left disabled.


2. Millions More Iraqis Displaced
Iraq’s internally displaced children represent “a generation traumatized by violence, deprived of education and opportunities,” according to UN Special Rapporteur Cecilia Jimenez-Damary.


3. Thousands of American, British and Other Foreign Troops Killed and Wounded
While the U.S. military downplays Iraqi casualties, it precisely tracks and publishes its own. As of February 2020, 4,576 U.S. troops and 181 British troops have been killed in Iraq, as well as 142 other foreign occupation troops. Over 93 percent of the foreign occupation troops killed in Iraq have been Americans.


4. Even More Veterans Have Committed Suicide
More than 20 U.S. veterans kill themselves every day—that’s more deaths each year than the total U.S. military deaths in Iraq. Those with the highest rates of suicide are young veterans with combat exposure, who commit suicide at rates “4-10 times higher than their civilian peers.”


5. Trillions of Dollars Wasted
On March 16, 2003, just days before the U.S. invasion, Vice President Dick Cheney projected that the war would cost the U.S. about $100 billion and that the U.S. involvement would last for two years.


6. Dysfunctional and Corrupt Iraqi Government
Most of the men (no women!) running Iraq today are still former exiles who flew into Baghdad in 2003 on the heels of the U.S. and British invasion forces. Iraq is finally once again exporting 3.8 million barrels of oil per day and earning $80 billion a year in oil exports, but little of this money trickles down to rebuild destroyed and damaged homes or provide jobs, health care or education for Iraqis.


7. Illegal War on Iraq Has Undermined the Rule of International Law
When the U.S. invaded Iraq without the approval of the UN Security Council, the first victim was the United Nations Charter, the foundation of peace and international law since World War II, which prohibits the threat or use of force by any country against another.
The U.S. trampled the UN Charter, others were bound to follow. Today we are watching Turkey and Israel follow in the U.S.’s footsteps, attacking and invading Syria at will as if it were not even a sovereign country, using the people of Syria as pawns in their political games.


8. Iraq War Lies Corrupted U.S. Democracy
The second victim of the invasion was American democracy. Congress voted for war based on a so-called “summary” of a National Intelligence Estimate. It contained astounding claims such as that the CIA knew of 550 sites where Iraq was storing chemical and biological weapons. Secretary of State Colin Powell repeated many of these lies in his shameful performance at the UN Security Council in February 2003.
How is democracy—the rule of the people—even possible if the people can be manipulated into voting for a catastrophic war by such a web of lies?


9. Impunity for Systematic War Crimes
Seventeen years later, most Americans assume that the president can conduct war and assassinate foreign leaders and terrorism suspects as he pleases, with no accountability whatsoever—like a dictator.


10. Destruction of the Environment
The pollution caused by war is linked to the high levels of congenital birth defects, premature births, miscarriages and cancer (including leukemia) in Iraq. The pollution has also affected U.S. soldiers.
And parts of Iraq may never recover from the environmental devastation.


11. The U.S.’s Sectarian “Divide and Rule” Policy in Iraq Spawned Havoc Across the Region
The sectarian divisions the U.S. unleashed in Iraq led to the resurgence of Al Qaeda and the emergence of ISIS, which have wreaked havoc throughout the entire region.


12. The New Cold War Between the U.S. and the Emerging Multilateral World
When President Bush declared his “doctrine of preemption” in 2002, Senator Edward Kennedy called it “a call for 21st century American imperialism that no other nation can or should accept.”
France and Germany bravely stood with Russia and most of the Global South to oppose the invasion of Iraq in the UN Security Council in 2003.
China was busy expanding its peaceful economic development and its role as the economic hub of Asia.


The economic tides have shifted, a multipolar world is emerging, and the world is hoping against hope that the American people and new American leaders will act to rein in this 21st-century American imperialism before it leads to an even more catastrophic U.S. war with Iran, Russia or China.


https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/17/12-ways-us-invasion-iraq-lives-infamy

 

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Iraq Daily Roundup: 11 Killed


May 26, 2020:


At least 11 people were killed, and two more were wounded in recent violence:

 

  • Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (P.K.K.) sites in Hakurk. Four guerrillas were killed.
  • In Kirkuk, a policeman was beheaded. His family believes the murder to be terror-related.
  • A headless body bearing torture marks was discovered in Maysan province.
  • A bomb in Jurf al-Nasr wounded a militiaman.
  • Four militants were killed south of Baghdad in Anaz.
  • In Rutba, security forces killed a militant leader and wounded his companion.
  • Also, a Shi’ite militia headquarters was set on fire in Maysan province. No casualties were reported.
  • In Baghdad, a security force stormed a television station and forced the employees to take a pledge that they would not work there again.

https://original.antiwar.com/updates/2020/05/26/iraq-daily-roundup-11-killed-turkey-resumes-bombing-...

 

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