Shameful as the Wikileaks 'revelations' are, it is amazing that amongst all the information published there seems to be, yet again, nothing in the contents to nail a single US or UK commander or soldier for criminal wrongdoing.
We are simply guilty of failing to punish or control the murderous impulses of those evil Iraqis.
That Iraq has been an unspeakable horror, we know already.
These new leaks look very much like a psychological operation aimed at 'coalition' societies, the purpose of which is to shift responsibility for the carnage (in the public mind) onto 'the Iraqis' themselves and, if at all possible, the Iranians.
Since the October 2006 Lancet report numbering the Iraqi dead at 650,000+ the 'body count', by most estimates, has grown to exceed 1 million dead.
Here, a new US number is published; 109,000 (so they were counting after all) of which "66,081" were non-combatants.
Perhaps it is intended that the phrase "about 100,000 dead" will now become mainstream common currency when discussing Iraqi deaths?
Scaling this number up to a much more realistic figure it means (accepting [which we obviously shouldn't] US estimates of who amongst the dead are 'combatants' and who are not)....
....that in excess of 600,000 innocent civilians have been killed during the Iraq War.
Is "War" really the right word for this kind of one-sided carnage and slaughter of innocents?
So no individual Americans are demonstrated to be guilty men by Wikileaks but we learn that nearly all the torture and death have been inflicted by the Iraqis themselves.
Coalition forces have merely failed to contain their savagery.
The other important component of the leaks that will certainly be used by US warmongers in the coming weeks is that Iran has been providing extensive training to Iraqi militias.
The finger of accusation is being pointed at Iran again.
Meanwhile the "hunted" Julian (show us your bank account) Assange was interviewed on BBC News this morning about the importance of his most recent revelations.
When a much more important revelation was made by our own then Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, that "There is no such organisation as Al Queda and everyone inside the intelligence services knows it", he was simply ignored. (Well, by the media.....he collapsed and died on Ministry of Defense land shortly afterwards).
The bottom line is that the BBC, CNN, Fox News and all the other serial liars on matters of great importance would not be filling every news broadcast and newspaper with the 'Wikileaks' story today had it not been approved our great friends and protectors, the Security/Intelligence Services.
Let anybody who disagrees expect that tomorrow morning's media will expose the controversial facts about 9/11, 7/7 (none of the really interesting stuff from the Inquest is making it into the papers or TV news, by the way), the true nature of the banking money-creation scam and a host of other boring irrelevancies.
If this does happen, please let me know.
I'd hate to miss it.
Extract from the Guardian article (below)
The new logs detail how:
• US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.
• A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.
• More than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents. US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.
The numerous reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical evidence, describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks. Six reports end with a detainee's apparent death.
As recently as December the Americans were passed a video apparently showing Iraqi army officers executing a prisoner in Tal Afar, northern Iraq. The log states: "The footage shows approximately 12 Iraqi army soldiers. Ten IA soldiers were talking to one another while two soldiers held the detainee. The detainee had his hands bound … The footage shows the IA soldiers moving the detainee into the street, pushing him to the ground, punching him and shooting him."
The report named at least one perpetrator and was passed to coalition forces. But the logs reveal that the coalition has a formal policy of ignoring such allegations.
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