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America's Genocidal Iraq War

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America's Genocidal Iraq War

by Stephen Lendman

March 19 marks its 10th anniversary. Permanent occupation is policy. Killing, destruction, toxic pollution, and human misery remain unabated. Pre-2003 Iraq no longer exists.

America's Iraq war is one of history's greatest crimes. It followed Gulf War devastation and punishing sanctions. 

They caused about 1.5 million deaths. Most were young children. Up to 7,000 died monthly. Former UN humanitarian coordinator Dennis Halliday resigned in protest. He refused to be part of what he called "genocide."

Gideon Polya keeps count. From 1990 - 2011, he estimates 1.7 million violent deaths, 2.9 million avoidable ones (from sanctions, disease, deprivation and displacement), up to six million refugees, and a dysfunctional, repressive occupied nation.

The cradle of civilization was erased. An occupied wasteland cum giant free-trade zone replaced it. Nation-building was reinvented. Chicago School fundamentalists moved in.

"Shock therapy" followed "shock and awe." So did repression, daily killings, deprivation, mass detention and torture. More on that below.

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