Sunday, January 09, 2005



Bad company

Further to the below, the Wikipedia article on death squads gives a good picture of the sorts of monsters who use these tactics. It's basically a rundown of the twentieth century's worst genocidal maniacs: Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, the Rwandans, Milosovic, and of course Saddam Hussein, who used his Fedayeen Saddam to murder rebellious Shiites, Kurds and Marsh Arabs.

Such tactics are sadly not new to the US. In Vietnam, there was a little thing called the Phoenix Program, a campaign of indiscriminate murder aimed at qwelling the Viet Cong insurgency and eliminating possible leaders and supporters. And in Latin America, the US armed and trained death squads in Honduras, Guatamala and El Salvador, resulting in thousands of murders of leftists, trade unionists, and religious leaders.

If the US uses such tactics on the Sunni, Iraq really will have come full circle. Rather than ending Saddam's reign of torture and terror, the US will have simply installed an equally monstrous replacement, who will carry on exactly where Saddam left off. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

I really do wonder what Sock Thief and his "decent left" friends will think of this - whether they'll somehow manage to doublethink it away, or whether they'll finally see where their "humanitarian" intervention has taken them.

4 comments:

It is pretty sad really- one of my friends lecturers at uni was talking about how when they were in Iraq just after the occupation*, the US troops were welcomed because people hoped for something better. But when she went back, people resented them because they had become a worse monster than Saddam's regime.

*in a political science lecture that I crashed :P

Posted by Quail : 1/10/2005 03:45:00 AM

Was it really possible for the US to be "humanitarian" enough to make them not subject to attack? I dont think so, and if you dont believe that then it is disengenius to talk as if that is what you think.
We know being as ruthless as Saddam works in as far as bringing order to the country is concerned. Those that wish saddam had been left in power can support that.

Posted by Genius : 1/10/2005 09:37:00 AM

Isn't it wonderful, though. To destroy half the country and then be violent and repressive. No wonder the allied forces aren't popular.

Posted by Quail : 1/11/2005 06:30:00 AM

If being violent and repressive was not required then destroying the country was probably also not required.

Posted by Genius : 1/11/2005 09:39:00 AM