Monday, April 18, 2005

Even more bodies 

Didn't my last post about the recent discovery of two new mass graves in Iraq create a huge debate among pro and anti-war readers (or pro and anti-liberation, as I prefer to call them).

Well, guess what, two more mass graves have been discovered since then.

Near the city of Amarah, 180 miles southeast of Baghdad, a grave was unearthed containing bodies of
41 Kuwaitis, some of over 600 Kuwaitis missing and unaccounted for after Saddam's invasion and occupation in 1990/91.

Meanwhile, near Basra, a mass grave containing bodies of around
5,000 Shia has also been discovered late last week.

By the way, the 2,000 Kurdish bodies buried near Samawa, I mentioned previously, are now thought to be some of 8,000 clanspeople of the Kurdish opposition leader Massoud Barzani, detained in 1983 and never heard from again. According to Iraqi human rights organizations, anywhere up to 1 million Iraqis are missing following Saddam's reign of terror. That figure might well be inflated, but even if it's only a half or a third of that, it's still a horrifying number.

When you read some of the comments generated by my original post, you will discover that a new and very disturbing meme is developing among the angry left: Saddam wasn't really as bad as he's being portrayed. The natural conclusion of that argument is already being openly voiced by those with a pathological hatred of America: Bush killed more Iraqis than Saddam.

I guess we shouldn't be surprised - there are still some Holocaust deniers around (a few neo-Nazis in the West and disturbingly large number of people in the Middle East, where "Mein Kampf", "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" and "The Myth of the Six Million" continue their run on local bestseller lists), as well as Stalinist mass-murder deniers (most of them concentrated in American academia), not to mention Cambodian Killing Fields deniers (like, until recently,
Noam Chomsky). All because the Zio-neo-con Amerika has to maintain its status as the most evil force in the world today.


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