21 de noviembre de 2007


Prohibido olvidar: No olvidemos la destrucción de Fallujah por las fuerzas de ocupación: -extracto de una entrevista :
Without Frontiers. Anchor Ahmad Mansour. Guest: Scilla Elworthy Ph.D
Scilla is founder of Peace Direct, and founder and Chair of Oxford
Research Group with Fallujah as a case study.
Anchor Ahmad Mansour gives a little background on the destruction
inflicted on Fallujah by US forces before starting the discussion:
36000 homes
9000 shops
65 mosques
60 schools
Historic city library
All the government offices
All the infrastructure of the city
All Power stations
Entire water treatment station
Entire sewage system
Entire communication system
As for the number of killed in the Fallujah battle from April to
November 2004, it exceeded 6000 deaths and as many injured. As for 300
thousand inhabitants of the city, they were either killed or
transformed into homeless desperate refugees in search for a roof to
spend the night under.
Some say that the Fallujah battle was the biggest battle for American
forces in Iraq. Some say that it was the biggest battle for American
forces since Vietnam. What many people don't know however is that
until today and after it destruction in 2004, Fallujah is still under
siege by US forces who don't allow anyone in except for the people of
the city. That being said, they have only been allowed in or out for
the past 3 years with special magnetic ID cards, retina scans, finger
prints and heavy body searches. Fallujah has been transformed into the
biggest prison in Iraq. Along with Gaza, both have become gigantic
prison camps under the silent gaze and complicity of the whole world.
Why is the city of Fallujah and its inhabitant paying this incredible
price? Why has Fallujah become a prison camp for over 300, 000.00
Iraqis? Why is the world so silent and even complicit in the
collective punishment of 300,000.00 people who are mostly women,
children and elderly?
World media has totally forgotten Fallujah. What reports are telling
us is that about 50 thousand of Fallujah's inhabitants didn't come
back to it. Fallujah's original inhabitants were about 350 thousand to
500 thousand. Now to enter Fallujah and to move inside it, you have to
have a special ID and be subject to a retina scan. Personal cars are
also no longer allowed in the streets and people have to use horses
for transportation. The situation is very bad. I got figures today
from the main hospital in Fallujah which speak of a new phenomenon
amongst children between age 1 and 6 that did not exist before. 114
cases of spinal cord abnormalities have been reported in additional to
liver abnormalities and doctors are relating this to the use of
illegal weapons.
Indeed, illegal weapons have been used in Fallujah and the US forces
forbid any media to enter except their embedded complicit media. Even
international organizations were not allowed in to see what really
happened. Two years ago the Italian RAI channel uncovered through
information given by individual US forces the use of white phosphorous
and forbidden chemical weapons. Do you think that the results of the
use of such weapons will start to physically show on people at some point?
Well, I am not a medical professional, but I can tell you that reports
on the use of such weapons have already started to emerge and even
from within the US army.. including the use of uranium.
What started the resistance in Fallujah?
US forces needlessly took over one of the schools in Fallujah so the
inhabitants of Fallujah peacefully protested in front of that school.
US forces again needlessly opened fire on them killing 10 of them
mostly young and children. The protesters were unarmed. There were a
series of wrong decisions taken by US commanders and forces. If you
allow me, I shall read you a report also by the Red Cross to
illustrate: US forces use to forcefully enter at night the homes. They
would brutally arrest all the men including the elderly and sick and
mishandle them. They also use to disrupt the privacy of homes and
enter and see the women in their nineties which is something totally
unacceptable in Arab culture. The US should have known better in terms
of approaching the Iraqis.

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