100,000 Dead in IraqU.S. War is a Blood Bath for the Iraqi People
Pledge to Take Action to End the War
In a medical study being published today, scientists
have concluded that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has resulted in the deaths
of at least 100,000 Iraqis, "and may be much higher." It further revealed
that most of the 100,000 Iraqis who died were killed in violent deaths, primarily
carried out by U.S. forces airstrikes. "Most individuals reportedly killed by
coalition forces were women and children," according to the study. The study was
designed and conducted by researches at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and
the Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad (The Lancet, October 29, 2004).
The population of Iraq is approximately 25 million people. Were this slaughter carried out
on an equivalent scale in the United States, it would be comparable to a death toll of one
million people. Even the youngest and most vulnerable have not been spared: as a
consequence of the U.S. war against the people of Iraq, infant mortality rose from 29
deaths per 1,000 live births before the war to 57 deaths per 1,000 afterward.
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 78
U.N.T.S. 277, executed in 1948, and ratified by the United States, and which
carries the binding force of the law of nations, prohibits genocide or complicity in
genocide. See, also, 18 U.S.C. 1091.
"In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with
intent to destroy, in whole or part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as
members of the group;
serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
inflicting upon the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical
destruction in whole or in part..."
This is a criminal war just as the Vietnam war was a criminal war. It isn't enough
to advocate that replacing Bush with Kerry should be the goal of anti-war advocates. The Pentagon
is preparing to rain down their favored "shock and awe" violence on the
devastated people of Fallujah who have already been subject to terrorizing bombing
raids and the killings of entire families night after night for months. By demanding the
unconditional withdrawal from Iraq we are sending a message to the Iraq people that we
respect their right to determine their own destiny and we send a message to the U.S.
soldiers that their lives and dignity are too important to be used in the commission of
war crimes or to serve as cannon fodder in a war that only benefits corporate and banking
Bush and Kerry have pledged to continue this violent occupation in order to
"win" in Iraq. The people of Iraq are desperately trying to regain their
sovereignty and right to determine their own futures without outside intervention. While
some feel that the "final stretch" is in these next few days culminating at the
polls, for the people of Iraq and all those around the world who stand in solidarity with
them, the "final stretch" is from now until the U.S. troops and all occupation
forces are removed from that sovereign land.
We must deepen the fight in the United States to bring this war to an end
unconditionally. It is completely bogus to insist the intervention must continue based
on some humanitarian argument that since U.S. intervention wrought so much devastation,
the U.S. must now stay the course in order to prevent "civil war,"
"chaos," or "a blood bath." These were the same arguments that were
used to justify the prolongation of the U.S. war in Vietnam. The only thing that
happened when the U.S. finally left Vietnam was that the real blood bath ended. That's
why thousands of people are planning to take action starting on November 3 and
culminating in a mass action all
along the route of the Inaugural parade on January 20 in Washington, DC.
Only the anti-war movement will end the criminal war in Iraq. We urgently need your support to carry out these activities to stop the blood bath in
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racist disenfranchisement and after the election, are prominently displaying the most
important anti-war message of our time: Bring the Troops Home Now! on T-shirts, stickers
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