The rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, which inspired America during one of the most difficult periods of the war, was not the heroic Hollywood story told by the US military, but a staged operation that terrified patients and victimised the doctors who had struggled to save her life, according to Iraqi witnesses.
Ali, the iconic image of war, is the centrepiece of half-a-dozen charity appeals, which have raised several hundred thousand pounds, as against the $20 billion cost of the conflict, or the $1.3bn needed by the World Food Programme. Of that, only $296 million has been offered. Though comparatively small, the Ali appeals prove that the dry plea of bureaucrats cannot compete as a can-rattler for humanity.
CS Monitor reports on a grassroots “democracy” in Umm Qasr. The report is a great example of how the Western perspective is presented in the reports we see coming from Iraq, and the “democracy” it talks of doesn’t sound much like a democracy – sounds more like some community leaders stepping up and taking control.
But… all that aside, it does sound promising that the Iraqi people are able to regain some control. It is also interesting that it is British Troops that have taken steps to “nurture the effort”.
Until the US led coalition produces the evidence of these weapons then the world should hold these governments and their leaders to account. The UN weapons inspectors should again be allowed back into Iraq to investigate to provide a third party report on the legitimacy of any ‘finds’ of such weapons. If none can be found then perhaps the UN should perhaps formally charge the leaders of the US, Britain and Australia with war crimes.