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“The Gulf War was one big lie from beginning to inconclusive end.”

— Col. David Hackworth
LIBERTY, November 1998

American/British Terrorism and Genocide of the Iraqi People, 1991–2003

Even the name “Gulf War” is a lie. The so-called Gulf “War” of 1991 was in fact a one-sided American/British state terror campaign, directed primarily against the entire Iraqi civilian population and infrastructure. 17.7 million pounds of bombs were dropped on the people of Iraq in the most concentrated aerial bombardment in the history of the world. In the 110,000 sorties of the six-week onslaught the cowardly American and British pilots (and to a lesser extent French and Saudi pilots) mass-murdered at least 200,000 people, using depleted uranium missiles, napalm, cluster-bombs, fuel-air bombs, cruise missiles and other so-called “smart bombs”.

The slaughter of civilian people in the Amariyah bomb shelter was a prime example of this American/British state terrorism. The large shelter was in a residential neighborhood on the west side of Baghdad. Because of the bombing the neighborhood had no electricity or water. People were living in the shelter, hoping to escape from the bombs. Most of them were women, children, elderly, and invalids from a new housing development.

On Feb. 14th, 1991, at about 4:30 am while everybody was sleeping, an American Tomahawk penetrator missile blasted through the steel-reinforced concrete ceiling of the shelter, creating a huge hole about 6 feet wide. Minutes later a second bomb came through the hole, exploded, and burned everyone inside to death. With this one strike American/British war heroes murdered over 400 helpless people.

The Highway of Death

This brutal, bloody terror-campaign, romantically called “Desert Storm”, was a cowardly turkey shoot, a horrendous mismatch of military power. Not content with mere victory, sadistic American forces even slaughtered Iraqi soldiers as they tried to flee in a panicked retreat along the main highways from Kuwait to Iraq. It was known as the Highway of Death.

Cowardly U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force jet pilots caught one sixty-mile-long column of fleeing Iraqi soldiers and Palestinian civilian families in vehicles on the Kuwait to Basra highway — and pounded them ruthlessly with bombs and machine-gun fire.

The road, clogged by four lanes of one-way, bumper-to-bumper traffic, was carpet bombed by B-52s dropping 1,000-pound bombs, and repeatedly hit with laser-guided missiles and “smart” bombs.

All the Iraqi soldiers, as well as Palestinian workers and their families, were slaughtered without mercy. The bloodthirsty American pilots gleefully described the massacre as “shooting in a sheep pen”.

Depleted uranium weapons

Bullets, shells and missiles tipped with radioactive depleted uranium made every weapon in Iraq’s arsenal obsolete. The higher weight of DU shells allows American tanks to shoot twice as far, giving them a range of two miles.

During the Desert Storm terror campaign at least 944,000 rounds of DU ammo were fired from American A-10 Warthogs all over Iraq and Kuwait. The A-10 is an aircraft built around a 30mm, 7-barrel gattling gun that can spew 3900 rounds per minute.

When a depleted uranium tipped shell strikes a tank or armored personnel carrier it ignites, penetrates the armor with ease and burns the crew alive. The impact also vaporizes the depleted uranium, creating an aerosol of radioactive heavy-metal particles which can spread as far as 190 miles on the wind.

When inhaled or ingested, the depleted uranium particles cause chemical and radioactive damage to the bronchial tree, kidneys, liver and bones. Cancer often results, and the effects can even include genetic damage.

The Dutch Laka Foundation estimates that the United States terror campaign left behind 300-800 tons of radioactive waste from this ammunition all over Kuwait and Iraq — poisoning the air, the land, the water and the people everywhere.

Afterwards, wherever the depleted uranium firing had been concentrated, there were cancer epidemics among Iraqi civilians living nearby. In the years since then, the sanctions, polluted water and depleted uranium together have killed somewhere between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 Iraqi civilian people. At least 600,000 of the dead are children under five years-old. Cancer rates have quadrupled in areas of southern Iraq bombed by the American and British state terrorists.

The American/British terror campaign continues to this day.

Since it began, thousands of Iraqi babies have been born with horrible birth defects. This is something that has never before been seen in Iraq.

More than 120,000 American Gulf War veterans are chronically ill — suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. A U.S. Department of Veterans study of 251 veteran’s families found that 67% had children with severe illnesses or birth defects.

From Rogue State
by William Blum:

In 1995, Iraqi health officials reported alarmingly high increases in rare and unknown diseases, primarily in children, and presented a study of this state of affairs to the United Nations.

The increases occurred in leukemia, carcinoma, cancers of the lung and digestive system, late-term miscarriages, congenital diseases, and deformities in fetuses, such as anencephaly (absence of a brain), and fused fingers and toes, not unlike those found in the babies of Gulf War veterans.

The Austrian president of the International Yellow Cross, Dr. Siegwart Gunther, stated that there was one significant common denominator: the allies’ use of depleted uranium in the bombing of Iraq.

Cluster bombs

The Gulf “War” terror campaign saw the most intensive use of cluster-bombs in the history of armed conflict, both air and ground delivered. Southeast Asia, particularly Laos, was more extensively saturated with the deadly weapons during the racist genocide known as the “Vietnam War”. But the American war crimes against the Iraqi people were committed in a more concentrated, high-tech form.

Over the course of only 43 days and nights, approximately 62,000 – 80,000 air-delivered cluster bombs were dropped on the Iraqi people by the American-led state terrorists. In addition, 10,000 MLRS rockets and 100,000 “Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition” artillery shells were fired. All this translates to about 24–30 million “submunitions” or bomblets. Assuming a dud rate of 5%, it is estimated that the number of dangerous land-mine cluster bomblets lying on or just under the surface of the ground in Iraq and Kuwait would be from 1.2 to 1.5 million. At least.

In the desert, however, the percentage of these duds rose to 30%. So the number of unexploded ordnance still lying in wait for unsuspecting Iraqi children and civilian people could be as high as 7 to 9 million bomblets.

The US General Accounting Office (GAO) reported that at least twenty-five US military personnel were killed and many more injured by these submunitions — fired by their own forces.

A Human Rights Watch report says that of the estimated 24 to 30 million bomblets dropped during the Desert Storm terror campaign, the 1.2 to 1.5 million (at least) that did not immediately explode led to the bloody deaths of 1,220 Kuwaiti and 400 Iraqi people — mostly children — and over 2,500 maimed. And that was in just the first two years after the end of the “war”.

With the passage of time cluster bombs become more unstable, making deadly accidental explosions increasingly likely. American cluster bombs will butcher Iraqi children and civilian people for many years to come, as they have done to the people of Southeast Asia since the mid-1960s.

Slow Genocide by Economic Sanctions

A gaunt-looking Iraqi mother is sitting on a bed looking down at her emaciated little child who is lying on the bed and gazing with big dark eyes at the viewer.
Iraqi mother and
dying child

The Pentagon and CIA discovered their political limitations during the Vietnam Genocide. The filthy war criminals spent 14 years slaughtering over three million Vietnamese people with carpet-bombing, napalm, Agent Orange, cluster bombs and racist terrorization by hundreds of thousands of murdering, raping, baby-killing American soldiers.

And still they could not subdue the heroic Vietnamese people.

Fearing a repeat of that richly-deserved defeat, the U.S. Corporate Mafia Government tried a new strategy with the Iraqi people: bomb them into a pre-industrial condition and then grind them into submission with endless sanctions. No need for invasion and occupation, the Pentagon figured.

So the American/British war criminals systematically targeted Iraq’s civilian infrastructure. Schools, hospitals, factories and every industry connected to food production, water purification and irrigation were targeted for destruction.

U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots destroyed a baby formula plant, water purification plants, food warehouses, pharmaceutical plants, fertilizer plants, pesticide plants, storage facilities, refrigeration facilities, electrical generation and communication plants and every single grain silo in the country. All these were destroyed in order to intensify the impoverishing effect of the sanctions.

In the process, U.S. and British pilots slaughtered at least 200,000 Iraqi men, women and children. And of course all these murdered human beings were dismissed by the Pentagon as “collateral damage”.

In the years since that carnage, the United Nations estimates that over one million Iraqi civilians — including 600,000 children below the age of five — have died as a result of American sanctions alone. This is a conservative estimate.

One of the most important strategies of the 1991 terror-campaign against the civilian Iraqi people was the bombing of numerous water-purification plants. After that the American sanctions prevented Iraqis from getting enough replacement parts to repair most of the plants.

So, just as the evil U.S. and British governments planned, the lack of clean drinking water in Iraq has caused a massive human catastrophe. It is contaminated water, more than anything else, that is killing Iraqi babies and small children, by the thousands, every month. Because they are the most vulnerable they are dying from diarrhea and dysentery primarily, and also diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis, cholera and polio — all caused by bacteria and viruses within the contaminated water.

And just to make the whole diabolical scheme complete, the American sanctions also prevent the Iraqis from acquiring sufficient medicine to treat these deadly diseases and save their children.

On May 12, 1996, in an interview of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on CBS’s 60 Minutes, correspondent Leslie Stahl asked her if the death of these 600,000 Iraqi children was “worth it”.

Albright’s reply:

“...we think the price is worth it.”

“It’s really not a number I’m terribly interested in.”

— General Colin Powell
War Criminal
when asked about the number of Iraqi people
who were slaughtered by Americans
in the 1991 “Desert Storm” terror campaign

American/British War Crimes, 1998–2003

“If they turn on the radars we’re going to blow up their goddamn SAMs [surface-to-air missiles]. They know we own their country. We own their airspace... We dictate the way they live and talk. And that’s what’s great about America right now. It’s a good thing, especially when there’s a lot of oil out there we need.”

— U.S. Brig. General William Looney
Washington Post, August 30, 1999
referring, in reality, to the brutal mass-murder
of hundreds of civilian Iraqi men, women and children
during 10,000 sorties by American/British war criminals
in the first eight months of 1999

In December 1998, in order to intensify the suffering of the Iraqi people, the United States and Britain began a campaign of continual low-level bombing of Iraq’s infrastructure, including strafing raids against Iraqi agricultural developments. Since that time the cowardly American/British pilots have flown over 49,000 sorties, murdering over 400 more civilian people, including many children, and injuring another 1000+ people.

“It’s been a leading, driving doctrine of U.S. foreign policy since the 1940s that the vast and unparalleled energy resources of the Gulf region will be effectively dominated by the United States and its clients, and, crucially, that no independent, indigenous force will be permitted to have a substantial influence on the administration of oil production and price.”

— Noam Chomsky
Author of
The Culture of Terrorism and
What Uncle Sam Really Wants

Related pages

Satanic American/British Babykillers: State Terrorism of the Iraqi People

The 3 BIG LIES About Iraq
by John Pilger

The Fire This Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf
by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq
by the Workers League

Neighborhood Bully: American Militarism
interview with Ramsey Clark

America: the Ultimate Terrorist
by John Pilger

The Highway of Death

Iraq’s Poisoned Water:
The deliberate genocide of the Iraqi people by America and Britain

American Sanctions Against the Iraqi People

Related sites

Birth defects of Iraqi babies caused by American/British depleted uranium weapons radiation

WARNING — the photos of bizarrely deformed infants on this page are horrifying and nauseating. View at your own risk. The photos are worse than those from Nazi concentration camps, but they are a painfully necessary part of the public record of American/British WAR CRIMES.

See these photos and behold the future — of America and Britain.

To the cowardly pilots and military/corporate/politician slime of America and Britain: you will not live this down.

U.S. Bombing Watch
When was the last time the U.S. Bombed Iraq?

A huge list which provides information on the latest bombings of innocent civilian people in Iraq in the last two years.

The Amariyah bomb shelter: a sea of flames, no place to hide

From the Chugoku Shimbun (Hiroshima) newspaper site.

Fire and Ice:
The Devastation of Iraq by War and Sanctions

by Ramsey Clark

“There was no war. No combat. There was only a deliberate, systematic genocide of a defenseless population while barely setting foot on Iraqi soil. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1967, ‘The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government’, he could not have dreamed in his worst nightmare what the U.S. did to Iraq.”

Iraq Daily

Published by the Iraqi Ministry of Information, with sections devoted to national and international news, the arts, literature, science, sports, society and technology.

Iraqi News Agency

The Iraqi News Agency (INA) employs 320 editorial, technical and administrative staff. INA has 48 offices and correspondents in Arab and foreign countries, reduced to 15 since the sanctions have been imposed on Iraq in August 1990. INA Transmits bulletins in Arabic and English over a period of 14 hours a day.

Ten years since the Gulf War — US and Britain insist sanctions continue against Iraq

A good overview of the Desert Storm terror campaign, subsequent sanctions and the present situation.

Defying the Sanctions: A Flight to Iraq
by Michael Parenti

“...on the second day of our visit [in November 2000], US warplanes fired four missiles at the village of Hmaidi in the southern province of Basra, one of which struck the Ali Al-Hayaini school, wounding four children and three teachers. Several homes were also hit.”


“A Report on United States War Crimes Against Iraq, to the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal.”
By Ramsey Clark and others.

The Massacre of Withdrawing Soldiers on “The Highway of Death”
by Joyce Chediac

“I want to give testimony on what are called the ‘highways of death’. These are the two Kuwaiti roadways, littered with remains of 2,000 mangled Iraqi military vehicles, and the charred and dismembered bodies of tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, who were withdrawing from Kuwait on February 26th and 27th 1991 in compliance with UN resolutions.

“U.S. planes trapped the long convoys by disabling vehicles in the front, and at the rear, and then pounded the resulting traffic jams for hours. ‘It was like shooting fish in a barrel’, said one U.S. pilot. The horror is still there to see.”

Report presented at the New York Commission hearing, May 11, 1991.

WSWS : News & Analysis: Iraq

This is the index page for an extensive collection of news articles and high-quality political analysis about Iraq.

The bombing of Iraq:
A shameful chapter in American history


This brief essay addresses the renewed bombing of Iraq, begun in December 1998 and continuing to this day. Written by Martin McLaughlin and David North of the Socialist Equality Party soon after the bombing started, it is an excellent political analysis and an eloquent and passionate denunciation of the ongoing U.S. war crimes against the Iraqi people.

“Today’s [American] generals are nothing more than bureaucrats of mass slaughter, working their way up the Pentagon hierarchy, spending a term at the top issuing orders to destroy helpless populations, then retiring to well-paid positions on corporate boards or as ‘consultants’ to the TV networks covering the next American blitzkrieg.”

International Action Center — Iraq Sanctions Challenge

The courageous people at the International Action Center have completed their fourth trip to Iraq. Each time they bring donated medicines to Iraq that are blocked by the American/British sanctions, and then report back on the conditions suffered by the Iraqi people — conditions routinely covered-up by the mainstream corporate mass-media.

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Once again, after almost a decade has passed, the fiendish roar of American and British jets echoed in the suburbs of Baghdad, Iraq, and a deadly rain of bombs once again hits one of the oldest cities on earth.

“Immediately, the corporate media rushed to the airwaves to promote the bombings, and [illegitimate] Bush Administration officials announced that the aerial attacks on the Iraqi capital were acts of ‘pre emptive self-defense’.

“Once again, the corporate-political media launch into the demonization game, with attacks on a ‘Hitler’-like Saddam Hussein, with foreboding threats of Iraq developing ‘weapons of mass destruction’, — yeah, uh huh.”

International Action Center — Iraq Sanctions: The Silent Weapon

Pacifica Radio — Watch on Iraq

Pacifica Radio — Watch on Iraq — links

BLOODY HELL: The Price Soldiers Pay

The website and book Bloody Hell provide a platform for veterans to speak for themselves. Page after page of searing testimony to the brutal, bloody, unmerciful, dehumanising, haunting, destructive, grim black void of war. The pain. The lies. The reality.

The aftermath.

International Human Rights Violations Against the Assyrians in the Middle East

“We, the Assyrians and friends of Assyria, would like to bring your attention to the unacceptable number of atrocities and persecutions being committed against our people in the internationally protected United Nations ‘Safe Haven’ in northern Iraq and throughout the Middle Eastern countries where Christian Assyrians reside.”

Veterans For Peace

Veterans for Peace, Inc. is a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization with a long record of accomplishments since its creation in 1985. They are now involved in The Iraq Water Project — an effort to help rebuild water-treatment facilities that were destroyed and poisoned by U.S./British bombers, or rendered inoperable by American economic sanctions.

Waterborne diseases account for most of the child fatalities caused by American sanctions — at least 4,000 per month of the children who die are under the age of 5 years old.

Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages


The Fire This Time:
U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf
by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter:
The Imperialist War Against Iraq
by the Workers League

American Sanctions Against the Iraqi People

Pirates and Emperors, Old and New:
International Terrorism in the Real World
by Noam Chomsky

Rogue State:
A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
by William Blum

Killing Hope:
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
by William Blum

The Beast Reawakens
by Martin A. Lee

Apocalypse 1945:
The Destruction of Dresden
by David Irving

Against Empire
by Michael Parenti

The Sword and the Dollar:
Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race
by Michael Parenti

What Uncle Sam Really Wants
by Noam Chomsky

Censored 2000:
The Year’s Top 25 Censored Stories
by Peter Phillips & Project Censored

The Culture of Terrorism
by Noam Chomsky

The Real Terror Network:
Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
by Edward S. Herman

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

Terrorizing the Neighborhood:
American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era

by Noam Chomsky
Pressure Drop Press, 1991

Derailing Democracy:
The America the Media Don’t Want You to See
by David McGowan

Inventing Reality:
The Politics of News Media
by Michael Parenti

Manufacturing Consent:
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media:
Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
by Norman Solomon

On Killing:
The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
Dave Grossman

published by: Little, Brown

Examines the consequences of conditioning American soldiers to overcome the instinctive loathing of killing. Shows how it has increased post-combat stress disorder and how contemporary society — especially the media — replicates the U.S. Army’s conditioning techniques, resulting in increased violence in American society.

Available from: Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller

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