The Forgotten Terrorist Attack
By Malcom Lagauche
--- -- On the morning of February 14, 1991, when
I turned the TV on to see the latest lies being told to the
public about the U.S. bombing of Iraq, I saw a chaotic situation
in Baghdad. The Amiryah bomb shelter had just been struck by two
2,000-pound superbombs. Information was sketchy, but it was
evident that many people lost their lives.
The first statement from the U.S. administration was that the
U.S. hit an Iraqi command and control post and the dead were
military. Then, the cameras showed charred bodies of women and
children, to the U.S. story had to be revised. The
administration then said that the building was a military target
in which Saddam Hussein placed civilians to protect the military
Remember that the current vice-president of the U.S., Dick
Cheney, was the U.S. Secretary of War in 1991. He said, "We
blame the Iraqi leadership for putting civilians in harm’s way."
That statement was not only a lie, but one of the most absurd
allegations one could make because it denigrated the hundreds of
humans who lost their lives. Current occurrences show that
Cheney can’t tell the difference between a small bird and a
person, so nothing is new about his lack of brainpower or
For a couple of hours, the world was told that the Iraqis led
civilians to their deaths by putting them into a military
target. Then, the truth began to emerge.
The Amiryah bomb shelter was built as a civilian bomb shelter
during the Iran-Iraq War. Even the engineer who designed it came
on television and told the world that there was no way it could
be a military asset.
After the lies were put to rest, it became evident that the U.S.
had mistaken the target as a military venue, or it had
deliberately bombed it knowing it was a bomb shelter. To this
day, not one U.S. government spokesperson has ever mentioned the
truth. In fact, after February 14, 1991, the subject has been
left unspoken: even the lies.
Those inside the bomb shelter died horrific deaths. First, a
2,000-pound bomb crashed through the shelter creating a massive
tunnel in which the second 2,000-pound bomb then came. Both blew
up leaving a huge hole and killing more than 400 people. Only
seven humans survived the attack. Those who died actually saw
the first bomb and had a few seconds of life left before the
second burrowed its way into the shelter. Such an attack
transcends the barbarity of a bombing in which the people die
The lines of burnt dead bodies lining the street presented a
horrific scene reminiscent of Hiroshima after it was nuked by
This is the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the shelter, yet
few words have been written as a reminder of the horrific act.
Before March 2003, at least Iraq commemorated the event and
remembered the dead. The stooges in power today don’t want to
remind the world of the lack of caring for human life the U.S.
displayed in 1991 in the bombing of Iraq. Most weren’t even in
the country then. No matter how much they stick their heads in
the sand, nothing will never ease the pain of one of the most
barbaric terrorist attacks in history. The silence from the U.S.
and the Iraqi quislings is deafening.
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