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PostAtrocity Propaganda (Massoud Malek, USA, 08/30/14 5:09 am)
Atrocity propaganda is a term referring to the spreading of deliberate fabrications or exaggerations about the crimes committed by an enemy, constituting a form of psychological warfare. A classic example of modern atrocity propaganda is the testimony of a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, identified only as Nayirah, before the House of Representatives' Human Rights Caucus. In her emotional testimony she testified that Iraqi soldiers who had invaded Kuwait on August 2nd tore hundreds of babies from hospital incubators and killed them. In 1992, it was revealed that Nayirah was the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States, and her testimony was organized as part of a public relations campaign for the Kuwaiti government.
Television flashed Nayirah's testimony around the world. It electrified opposition to Saddam Hussein; he was now portrayed by his old friend, President George H. W. Bush, not only as "the Butcher of Baghdad" but "a tyrant worse than Hitler." According to Dr. Mohammed Matar, director of Kuwait's primary care system, and his wife, Dr. Fayeza Youssef, who ran the obstetrics unit at the maternity hospital, there were few if any babies in the incubators at the time of the Iraqi invasion.
A few key Congressional leaders and reporters knew who Nayirah was, but none of them thought of sharing that minor detail with Congress, let alone the American people. Nayirah's testimony convinced not only Americans, but the United Nations to invade Iraq and destroy Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. The US Secretary of State James Baker boasted that "Iraq would be reduced to a pre-industrial age."
Protocol 1, Additional to the Geneva Convention of 1977, states:
"It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive."
The forty-two day carpet bombing actually reduced Iraq to a pre-industrial age. Iraq was denied all normality: trade, aid, telecommunications, power, sanitation, water, foods, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment. Within twenty-four hours, most was destroyed. The electricity went off within two hours, leaving patients on life-support machines and vital equipment, babies in incubators, or those on oxygen to die. Refrigerators defrosted, all medicine needing refrigeration, blood banks and vital saline solutions for the injured were destroyed. In Najaf, seventy dialysis patients died.
Confirmed by documents of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, "the US government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country's water supply after the Gulf War. The United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis, mostly children, would pay, and it went ahead anyway."
On the night of February 26-27, 1991, the United Nations coalition offensive in the Persian Gulf War, American and Canadian aircraft and ground forces attacked retreating Iraqi military personnel and others attempting to leave Kuwait, resulting in the destruction of hundreds of vehicles and the deaths of many of their occupants. "There was no one left to kill," declared General Norman Schwartzkopf after the Basra Road bloodbath, where even the injured holding white flags were obliterated. The next day, George H. W. Bush declared a cessation of hostilities.
The Iraqi survivors of the'"turkey shoot" on the Basra Road were crawling home with fresh running wounds. Their women were throwing themselves at the battered minibuses and trucks, pulling, pleading, begging. "Where is he, have you seen him? Is he not with you?"
In 1993, The Washington Post interviewed an Iraqi survivor of the attacks:
"There were hundreds of cars destroyed, soldiers screaming. It was nighttime as the bombs fell, lighting up charred cars, bodies on the side of the road and soldiers sprawled on the ground, hit by cluster bombs as they tried to escape from their vehicles. I saw hundreds of soldiers like this, but my main target was to reach Basra. We arrived on foot."
General Norman Schwartzkopf, who served America with honor and valor in battle, justified the massacre:
"The first reason why we bombed the highway coming north out of Kuwait is because there was a great deal of military equipment on that highway, and I had given orders to all my commanders that I wanted every piece of Iraqi equipment that we possibly could destroy. Secondly, this was not a bunch of innocent people just trying to make their way back across the border to Iraq. This was a bunch of rapists, murderers and thugs who had raped and pillaged downtown Kuwait City and now were trying to get out of the country before they were caught."
On archeological sites:
Western media never mentioned that the oldest Christian Church in Mesopotamia was destroyed in the carpet bombing. Iran and Iraq, in their eight-year war, never bombed a single archeological site. The American carpet bombing not only killed civilians, but also transformed Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, into a pile of mud. 5,000-year-old artifacts of Mesopotamia was wiped out in five minutes. Fortunately, about 90 percent of Mesopotamia is still below the ground. In the years following the first Gulf War, the Department of Antiquities fought an uneven battle with looters and organized armed gangs of robbers who were systematically stripping archaeological sites and smuggling tens of thousands of ancient objects to the West for sale to rich collectors and investors. From April 10 to 12, 2003, during the mayhem that followed the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, looters entered the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad. They stole and destroyed artifacts and caused damage to the museum.
We are told that IS is the most powerful terrorist group in the world. Is IS army more powerful than Saddam Hussein's army? In 1991, without the use of drones, it took us only forty-two days to destroy it.
JE comments: See also this Wikipedia entry on the Nayirah hoax, which was overseen by the Hill & Knowlton PR group.
These stunts are as old as the media itself (remember "Remember the Maine"), but supplying false testimony to a Congressional Committee really ups the ante in the perjury department. Was Hill & Knowlton ever held accountable? Nayirah is probably about 40 now. I wonder what she's up to these days.