Friday, December 02, 2005

New Article Says U.S. Allowing Genocide In Iraq

Robert Parry, a Washington journalist who has been around for years, has a new article in which he makes the case that the Bush administration's is allowing "genocide" against the Sunni people in Iraq. Strong words indeed.

Parry argues that the United States is turning a blind eye on the increasing number of atrocities committed by the Shiite militias against their longtime enemies. The discovery in recent days of a Shia-controlled prison in Baghdad is cited as just a symptom of the problem.

Parry likens the existence of Shiite death squads to what was seen in Central America during the Reagan years.

As Parry sees it, the only hope for the Sunnis would be their acceptance of second-class citizenship, anything less risks genocide at the hands of the Shia. Bush is portrayed as being more or less down with this program, like Reagan in the 1980's:

For his part, Bush reiterated that he will only be satisfied with "complete victory,"” which suggests he is resolved to break the back of the Sunni resistance at whatever cost.

The Bush administration also wants to keep a tight hold on information that might put the U.S. war effort in a negative light. That means the American people can expect to be shielded from many of the worst secrets in Iraq, much as the White House has continued to fight release of video showing abuses at Abu Ghraib and other U.S.-run prisons in Iraq.

According to U.S. military experts I've interviewed, a great deal of emphasis in the future will be on "perception management,"” the concept of shaping how both Iraqis and the American people perceive the events in Iraq.

The idea of "perception management" fits right in with what has come to light in the last few days about the "Lincoln Group." Sen. John Warner of the Armed Services Committee has announced that he will conduct an inquiry into the propaganda for pay story. The last time we heard that was when Sen. Warner promised to get to the bottom of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. We are still waiting.

Robert Parry's article is surely to be controversial, and much of his other work on is certainly worth looking at if you are unfamiliar with his essays.


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