By Mike Whitney
It is astonishing how many Americans believe that Iraq is in a
Haven’t we already proved to everyone’s satisfaction that the
storyline leading up to the war was entirely false; that all of
the charges and claims of WMD and connections to 9-11 were
And wasn’t “alleged” terrorist mastermind, Abu Musab al Zarqawi
exposed last week in a Washington Post article as a fraud; a
shabby invention of the fertile imaginations of Pentagon
planners and their surrogates in the media?
Colonel Derek Harvey candidly admitted that the military
intentionally “enlarged Zarqawi’s caricature” to create the
impression that the struggle against occupation was really a
fight against terrorism.
What more proof do we need?
Didn’t the Bush administration adopt a strategy produced by the
right-wing think tank, Rand Corp. for exploiting the ideological
and religious differences of the Iraqi people, even though Iraq
has no history of sectarian violence?
So why are the American people so eager to accept the
Pentagon-media analysis of the present conflict in Iraq? Every
part of the narrative so far has been exposed as a lie. Are we
to believe that the media has suddenly “seen the light” and
decided to record the facts as objectively as possible?
Are we to believe that the Pentagon has decided to “be straight”
with the public about the current state of affairs in Iraq?
Let us at least agree on the one basic axiom that underscores
all corporate journalism; the media never tells the truth.
Sure, stories break that shed light on some area of government
waste, fraud or abuse, but the really big stories (independent
investigations of 9-11, the destruction of Falluja, the 2004
Ohio election fraud, the Downing Street memo, “Able Danger”)
simply disappear behind a wall of disinformation. The truth only
leaches out through its corporate spigot as a way of lending
credibility to the “prevailing lie” which animates every area of
the corporate information–system.
This is THEIR system, not yours or mine; and it is their
narrative that appears on the front page of the New York Times
or the headline story on CNN. That storyline is always skewed in
favor of those who have a vested interest in persuading the
public that their perspective is correct, which takes us back to
our original axiom; the media never tells the truth.
The civil war storyline is intended to divert attention from the
bloody subjugation of the Iraqi people by a foreign military.
This is the real story of the Iraqi conflict. The current
malaise in Iraq is reducible to three bullet-points; occupation,
occupation, and occupation. Any departure from this essential
narrative is simply false.
American Intelligence services are involved in every area of the
present hostilities. Author Max Fuller (“Crying Wolf: Media
disinformation and Deaths squads in Occupied Iraq”) has
documented how CIA operatives have not only trained the Iraqi
death squads operating in the Interior ministry, but created a
high-tech facility with data banks of the names of potential
targets for future attacks.
Does that sound like civil war or a pretty well-thought out
scheme for plunging the country into chaos?
And how does one explain the fact that there have been three
separate incidents where occupation forces have been either
caught or connected to bombings in Iraq?
The first was the famous incident in Basra where two British
paramilitaries were caught disguised as Arabs with a truck-full
of explosives in their vehicle. Panicky British forces destroyed
the Basra jail to release the two captured SAS soldiers clearly
afraid that their involvement in setting off bombs would be
Another report that appeared in Reuters “American arrested with
weapons in Iraq” confirmed that an American “security contractor
working for a private company, possessed explosives which were
found in his car.” He was arrested by Iraqi security guards.
The bombing of the Golden-domed mosque also establishes links
between the sporadic bombing in Iraq and American clandestine
operatives. The AFP reported that the bombing “was the work of
specialists” and the “placing of explosives must have taken at
least 12 hours”. The report continues:
“Construction Minister Jassem Mohammed Jaafar said, “Holes were
dug into the mausoleum’s four main pillars and packed with
explosives. Then charges were connected together and linked to
another charge placed just under the dome. The wires were then
linked to a detonator which was triggered at a distance.”
Clearly the bombing was not carried out by rogue elements in the
disparate Iraqi resistance but highly trained saboteurs
executing a precision demolition to incite sectarian violence.
The blast bears all the hallmarks of a covert Intelligence
agency operation. Eyewitness accounts verify that American
troops and Iraqi National Guard were active in the area
throughout the night and that their cars could be heard running
“the whole night until next morning”. People living around the
mosque were told “to stay in your shop and don’t leave the
At 6:30 AM the American troops left, just 10 minutes before the
bombs went off.
Since the bombing, the media has universally adopted the
approach that the destruction of the mosque was the “catalyzing
event” which put Iraq on the pat to civil war.
It is utter nonsense.
The story is just as bogus as the earlier fabrications about WMD
or al Zarqawi. In fact, if it was the truth, we can be
reasonably certain that it would not appear in the headlines, as
per our original axiom that “the media never tells the truth”.
The rationale leading up to the war was a lie. The justification
for the ongoing occupation as a fight against terrorism (al
Zarqawi) was a lie. The fairy tale about an Iraqi civil war is a
lie. And, presumably, all the future stories diverting attention
from America’s bloody occupation will be lies.
Iraq is subsumed by a wave of violence which radiates directly
from the White House. Don’t blame the Iraqis. The world’s most
ancient civilization is being systematically obliterated to feed
the insatiable greed of Washington warlords and their
constituents in the corporate boardrooms across America.
Iraq is America’s slaughterhouse; the Iraqi people have no part
in this crime.
Don’t call it civil war.
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