Iran scores moral victories over US-Israel-Saudi axis - Part I

Naim Naqvi

The US congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota has recently grilled the US special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams with questions about his role in Central American war crimes during the 1980s. In that infamous El Mozote massacre, over 800 civilians were murdered by US-trained troops in El Salvador.

Ilhan Omar asked Abrams: "Would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, if you believe they serve the US interests as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador or Nicaragua?"

"I am not going to respond to that question," Abrams replied, calling her line of questioning a personal attack. However, Abrams had once called US policy in the country "a fabulous achievement."

On August 6, 1945, the Japanese city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a nuclear weapon. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki and five days after that, Japan unconditionally surrendered to the United States, bringing an end to World War II.

Before the Second World War began, bombing cities was considered an act of total barbarism. It was not considered "conventional" to target civilian populations for mass destruction. The atomic bombs killed several hundred thousand people instantly and many innocents later with burns, injuries and radiation sickness. Following the war, over the years, many died of cancers and birth defects. These deaths continue to this day. Like most of the cities bombed in World War II, the majority of the inhabitants were women, children and the elderly.

There had been four cities chosen as possible targets: Hiroshima, Kokura, Nagasaki, and Niigata. The cities were chosen because they had been relatively untouched during the war.

On August 6, 1945, the first choice target, Hiroshima, was having clear weather. At 8:15 a.m. local time, the atom bomb nicknamed  "Little Boy" exploded 1,900 feet above the city of Hiroshaima and only missed the target, the Aioi Bridge, by approximately 800 feet.

Hiroshima's population has been estimated at 350,000; approximately 70,000 died immediately from the explosion and another 70,000 died from radiation within five years.

The bomb, nicknamed "Fat Man," was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people immediately and another 20,000 to 40,000 in the months following the explosion.

It is a sad fact of history that at that time there were no Ilhan Omar or investigative journalist Seymour Hersh (who broke the story of My Lai at the national level in a cable published by the Dispatch News Service on November 12,1969) to question the brutalities of these Super Powers.

On 16 March 1968, the 'My Lai Massacre' took place that was another reminder of inhuman brutality where between 400 and 500 unarmed people were killed by the U.S. Army soldiers. Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated as were children as young as 12. They burned their huts, killed their cattle, and polluted their wells.

According to conservative estimates, round 30,000 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israel over the 70 years.

The Al Sauds of Saudi Arabia, known for their tyrant rule are the most powerful backer or vice-vers for US-Israel axis. According to universally available reports, over 30,000 political prisoners are currently sitting in Al Saud penitentiaries. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one the most oppressive regime in this so-called civilized world. Of course, there is a long list of brutal and undemocratic regimes with which both the Democrat and Republicans have been transacting business in one way or another. The relationship were covered and nurtured through aid, military treaties, trade, or diplomatic relations.

Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident, anauthor and columnist for The Washington Post, was assassinated at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by agents of the Saudi government. President Donald Trump acknowledged the existence of an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul but said he has not listened to what he called the "suffering tape" and dismissed a growing clamor among lawmakers for Saudi Arabia to face more serious consequences for the killing.

Only last week, a six-year-old boy was beheaded with a shard of glass in front of his screaming mother for belonging to the Shia branch of Islam in the Holy Land and Saudi officials were quick to state that the killer suffered from psychological problems. So, no problem!

AuthorNaim Naqvi
Date14 February, 2019


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