9
Jul
2004

Liberation as martial law

by Dave Lindorff

CounterPunch

07/08/04

Well, now we know why nearly 900 Americans and over 10,000 Iraqis died over the last 15 months, and why we Americans have forked out $200 billion in war taxes: so the long-suffering people of Iraq could have the blessings of martial law, enforced by the U.S. military. So much for President Bush's latest cobbled-together, retroactive excuse for the Iraq War-bringing democracy to the Middle East. That belated justification was demolished with 'Prime Minister' Ilyad Allawi's announcement of plans to declare martial law in any parts of Iraq he deems to be overrun with what he calls 'terrorists.' Evidence of democracy and freedom are about as easy to dig up in occupied Iraq as those weapons of mass destruction, which at least British Prime Minister Tony Blair has now admitted probably don't exist (though he still insists they used to be there)."...

http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff07082004.html


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