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The worlds worst terrorists are based in Washington By John Pilger* http://www.users.bigpond.com/nlevine/worstterrorists.html In recent years Muslims have been the greatest sufferers from state terrorism BY KNOWINGLY killing innocent people, for political ends President Clinton is a terrorist. By supporting his action, the PM and the Defence Secretary are accomplices. The dictionary meaning of terrorism allows no other interpretation; the rest is wilful obfuscation, or propaganda. What matter now is our informed reaction. We have been through this many times before, with the lies echoed predictably from Downing Street. In l986, there was the evil Colonel Gaddafi, whose country President Reagan bombed from bases in Britain, killing mostly women and children In l990, there was the evil Gen. Noreiga, said to be a dangerous drugs trafficker, whose capture by US marines required a full-scale invasion of his country and the death by bombing of at least 2000 Panamanians, mainly the poorest of the poor in their barrios. Noriega and drugs had precious little to do with it. The aim was to put Panama, its canal and its US bases under direct American sovereignty, managed by other Noriegas. In the same year, there was the truly evil Saddam Hussain, another one of Bushs and Reagans old pals, whose regime they had armed and backed (along with Margaret Thatcher, who sent most of her cabinet to Baghdad as supplicants or arms salesmen! Saddams use of American and British weapons in his attack on the evil mullahs in Iran in l980 was perfectly acceptable. A million people died in that forgotten war; and the American and British arms industries never looked back. Alas, Saddam, the nominal victor then attacked the wrong country, Kuwait, which is effectively an Anglo-American oil protectorate. He was clearly unreliable: an uppity bastard, as one State Department briefer described him more in sorrow than anger. Punishing the uppity bastard cost as many as 200,000 Iraqi lives, according to a study by the Medical Educational rust. These were ordinary Iraqis who died during and immediately after a period of military and economic carnage whose true scale has never been appreciated outside the Middle East. This old fashioned colonial massacre was called the Gulf War. The dead included thousands of Kurdish and Shia people who were Saddams bitter opponents and whom Bush had called upon to rise up against their oppressor. Long after it was over. New York Newsday revealed from official sources, that three brigades of the US lst Mechanised Infantry Division The Big Red One had used snowploughs mounted on tanks to bury alive Iraqi conscripts in more than seventy miles of trenches. A brigade commander said, For all I know; we could have killed thousands. This is a war crime. ------- Soon after he was elected in l992 Clinton attacked Baghdad with 23 Cruise missiles. These destroyed a residential area, killing, once again, most women and children, including Iraqs most distinguished artist, Leila al-Attar. Interviewed on his way to church with his wife, Clinton said, I feel quite good about this, and I think the American people feel quite good about it. The pretext for the attack was an Iraqi plot to kill George Bush on a visit to Kuwait. There was no hard evidence and the plot story is now widely regarded as fake. Two years ago, Clinton attacked Iraq again, this time insisting that he was defending Kurds against Saddam Hussain, who must pay the price. Once again civilians televisions unpeople, I call them paid the price. ------ Tony Blair said he wept for the children who were killed in Omagh by a terrorist act; but he is silent on the children who die in Iraq as a result of one of the most enduring terrorist acts of the late 20th century, -- the cameras had also shown glimpses of Iraqs silent holocaust, the consequences of the imposition of economic sanctions by the United States and Britain under the usual UN flag of convenience. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation over a million babies have died. Baby food and enriched powered milk are blockaded, along with vital equipment: stethoscopes, X-ray machines, medical swabs, scanners and water purifiers. --- All of course, are unpeople the victims of an unerring pattern of ruthless, lawless terrorism, imperialist by nature and infinitely greater than that of any Islamic or Irish group. It is time to stop sniggering at the distractions of this rampant power and to recognise the truth about it and speak out. John Pilger is a British Journalist, and produced the documentary on Iraq entitled "Paying The Price." A must see...Read some more of his articles here: http://www.users.bigpond.com/nlevine/thearchive.html. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk