Rape Of Iraq
By Ed Kinane
02/09/07 "ICH" -- - A man is raping a woman. He has been
raping the woman off and on for many years. Despite her
vigorous resistance, for the past four years he rapes
her relentlessly. He occupies her body. He shares her
with his friends.
When must he withdraw? Only when he is spent? Only when
The word "occupation" (like "invasion") was carefully
avoided by the authors of the Iraq Study Group Report.
But even that taboo word is vague, anemic. It muffles
reality. The U.S. invasion -- and ongoing violation --
of Iraq is mega-rape. It is mega-crime. It is war crime.
Principle VI of the Nuremberg Principles declares that,
"Crimes against peace [include] planning, preparation,
initiation or waging a war of aggression…."
Principle I reads, "Any person who commits an act which
constitutes a crime under international law is
responsible therefore and liable to punishment."
Many of us urging U.S. withdrawal from Iraq -- whether
ASAP or at some unknown future strategic date -- fail to
realize that even if no foreign soldier is there, the
war crime won't cease.
While utterly necessary, removing all U.S. troops from
Iraq isn't sufficient. Doing so won't end U.S.
aggression. It is the U.S. air war that is responsible
for so many of the tens or hundreds of thousands of
Iraqi casualties. Unless we explicitly mobilize against
the air war, when our troops are deployed elsewhere,
this less publicized assault will surely continue.
But let's assume that somehow both the land war and the
air war cease. Let's assume the rapists disentangle
themselves from their victim's bleeding limbs. Is the
victim's protracted ordeal over?
No. The trauma persists.
Apart from the mass killing, apart from the mass
~ chaos and terror reign.
~ ethnic and sectarian tensions have been intensified.
~ much of Iraq's public health infrastructure has been
~ many of Iraq's sacred places and sacred traditions
have been despoiled.
~ Iraq's environment has been poisoned by the toxic and
radioactive depleted uranium used in U.S. weaponry.
~ U.S. corporations are expropriating Iraq's resources
and devouring her newly privatized enterprises.
~ Iraqis -- already bankrupted -- are being forced to
repay the billions Saddam Hussein borrowed from his
western banker allies, i.e. his odious debt.
~ Iraqis are being forced to pay billions in reparations
to Kuwait for a war they were conscripted to wage. (But
who pays Iraqis their reparations for the devastation
In a civilized country rapists are indicted and
incarcerated. The architects of Iraq's rape -- Cheney
and Bush and their neo-con and corporate cronies -- are
too dangerous to be allowed to run loose. A
Nuremberg-like tribunal must be organized to quarantine
them for decades to come.
In 2003 Ed spent five months with Voices in the
Wilderness in Iraq. Reach him at