Horrendous crimes against humanity
Some of the realities of the so-called civilising mission of the US, Britain and Australia in Iraq have been exposed with the publication of pictures of American soldiers in horrendous acts of bestiality and torture performed on Iraqi prisoners. It is hard to find words to describe one's feelings on seeing the pictures, a few of which have made it into the Australian media. There are a number of websites where they can be viewed including: www.albasrah.net/images/iraqi-pow/iraqi-pow Readers are warned that they are extremely disturbing images, certainly not for weak stomachs. Other, less disturbing, pictures can be viewed at: www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6106.htm (click onto "World enraged by US torture of Iraqi prisoners"). The depravity, degeneracy, barbarism and immorality beggar description. The pictures shown on Australian TV and in the media are only a few of the less disgusting images that have now circled the world and which show the depths to which the US armed forces have sunk. There are also allegations of torture committed by British troops. Shots were taken of prisoners stacked in a pyramid, one with a slur written on his skin in English. There are rape scenes. And in most of the pictures, the Americans are laughing, posing, pointing or giving the camera a thumbs-up. One of the prison officers implicated is reported as telling the US 60 Minutes program that: "Military intelligence has encouraged and told us, 'Great job'. We help getting them [the prisoners] to talk with the way we handle them. We've had a very high rate with our style of getting them to break. They usually end up breaking within hours." Bush, Blair, Howard and US military commanders have expressed their shock and horror but it is their policies, their armed forces and their war that are directly responsible. Their expressions of shock and the court-marshalling of a few officers will never wash away the crimes that are being committed by their occupying armies in Iraq. The leaders of the "Coalition of the Willing" are responsible for this illegal war and occupation. It is their militarism and repeated lying that have produced the immorality and disgusting degeneracy that now have been shown to the world. The troops involved are merely following their leadership. These leaders must answer for these crimes. For justice to be done they ought to be arrested be arrested and arraigned before the International Court of Justice as war criminals. As a first step in a campaign for justice, the people of Australia, Britain and the US should vote them out of office.