The US military and their political supporters in the Australian government and defence forces are claiming that it is the surge in troop numbers that has ‘pacified’ the country.
The evidence suggests otherwise.
A spate of targeted killings inside Iraq by dirty ops sections of the US military is designed to silence the resistance to the US occupation.
Recently this was revealed by people on the ground in Iraq.
This has happened elsewhere at various times in history when the US war machine has been under the hammer:
- Against the civil rights movement in the US [wasn’t the assassination of Martin luther King a targeted killing?
- In Vietnam [at Mai Lai],
- in Latin America [assassination of Salvador Allende, Victor Hara and thousands of others who supported democratic rights in Chile].
- The French military were particularly adept as this kind of dirty war. Algeria was the place of massacres by the French military from the end of World War II onwards until independence.
- The Africaans apartheid regime used targeted killings against activists like Steve Biko .
- In the Congo in the 1960s, the african leader, Patrice Lumumber, was assassinated by firing squad orchestrated by the CIA.
There are responses to such inhuman acts. They are not pretty. In South Africa the resistance used burning tyre rings to expose and punish informants who tipped off the military of the movements of activists in the resistance.
In Gaza, the sections of palestinian resistance in Hamas punish informants. They target Israeli soldiers for capture and death. In Southern Lebanon Hezbollah uses such methods. All sides have their ‘dirty ops’ groups.
The US military and their supporters have propelled Iraq down the path that Algeria took in the 1950s and 60s.
Misery, death and fear await many, lives and psychological torture will ruin another generation of young people unless strong steps are taken to prevent US and coalition governments from continuing down this path.