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The propaganda value of the mutilation of American corpses in Fallujah and a case for who the real barbarians are in Iraq.
The United States, the most militarily powerful and technologically advanced country on Earth, conducts an illegal, immoral and highly unpopular war against a nearly defenseless nation called Iraq based on a series of concocted lies. The goal is the enormous profit potential for American oil companies in obtaining control of the second largest oil reserves in the world. Other American corporations profit from the use of advanced weapons and others in the rebuilding of Iraq's infrastructure. Thousands of Iraqi civilians are killed. Iraqi children are burned, blinded or have their arms and legs blown off. Some Iraqi children are born with appalling birth defects or suffer many kinds of cancers because of the depleted uranium used in American bombs and tanks shells. There are mothers who watch their children's heads get blown off by tank and machine gun fire directed at cars deemed suspicious by American soldiers because of speed or proximity to an attack. I remember one Iraqi mother who said that she no longer desired to live after witnessing the horrible deaths of her children.

The corporate media would like me to deduce from this that the barbarians are Iraqis because of four mutilated and burned American corpses dragged through the streets of Fallujah and hung from a bridge. An oppressive occupation for nefarious purposes invites retaliation and resistance. The American colonists realized that when they revolted against Great Britain.

Remember that American soldiers mutilated Vietnamese corpses by cutting off ears and doing even more despicable things. The US corporate media paid little attention to these mutilations and no inflammatory descriptions of American soldiers were given. Propaganda is reserved totally for the depiction of atrocities committed by the enemy. In World War 1 the Creel Committee in order to arouse American anger created the fiction of the German "Huns" bayoneting babies.

The constant repetition and graphic descriptions of the Fallujah incident is a propaganda effort by the US corporate media to justify the Iraq war, demonize the Iraqis, anger the American people and make possible even more brutal tactics against the Iraqi resistance.

In my opinion, the real barbarians are those who lie continuously, massively bomb defenseless nations, steal other people's natural resources and the wealth created by their labor and utilize cluster bombs, depleted uranium and Agent Orange, which kill and cause immense suffering far into future generations.

Considering the propaganda offensive I have seen on corporate television concerning Fallujah, I would not be surprised if the people of Fallujah are subjected to a nightmare of massive American bombing and subsequent invasion to make them an example that resistance to US occupation is futile.

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Re: Fallujah

I have been debating the meaning of the Fallujah incident since it happened. Yes, Bush was way out of line by invading Iraq. Yes, he lied about his reasons for going there. Yes, it is a bonafide US occupation of a foreign country and those people have no reason to like us. But doesn't this sort of orgy of gore go beyond the pale? Isn't this scene on the level with KKK lynchings of black people in the south? With Nazis making lampshades out of tattooed skin? It was recorded on videotape (although I have not seen it yet) and from what I have heard, the mob is gleeful in its gore, tearing human bodies apart into pieces and throwing the parts up on power lines like pairs of tennis shoes.

Isn't this one of those sickening episodes that categorize the horror of man's inhumanity to man?
I cannot bring myself to explain away such behavior regardless of how justified their grudge is with the Americans.

It does underscore the absolute mess George Bush led us into and the unlikelyness that anything good will ever come from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Re: Fallujah

It's more like if black people of the south lynched a KKK member. Yeah it's brutal, but it's justified based upon who is oppressing who. And in fact the "contractors" were mercenaries therefore fair game in a war zone and much more analogous to klan members sowing fear through violence in order to control people than being likened to a lynched black person in the south.


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