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Australia And The War In Iraq Are We Being Brainwashed?
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Australia And The War In Iraq Are We Being Brainwashed?

In Australia we do not hear that much about the war in Iraq unless, tragically and needlessly, one of our soldiers is killed. We know that men and women are dying daily, maybe not Australians but other human beings, someone’s child, husband, brother or sister.

We tend to block out the wasted lives and harden our hearts to the anguish that those suffering a loss must feel. We don’t ask ourselves how we would feel and for a moment put ourselves in their shoes. We also don’t turn our minds to those to the thousands wounded and maimed, who escape death but lose life as they have known it in the past.

I’m ashamed to say that we secretly often think to ourselves that the people in Iraq deserve to die because they are evil and intent on killing anyone who does not agree with their views and religion. This might be so, but does a misguided view really mean that you should be sentenced to a life of misery? What kind of life must it be to live in war torn Iraq?

We choose to believe that it is a country filled with terrorists but do we really know this? Who gives us this information and can it be trusted?

Does Anyone Really Know What The War In Iraq Is About?

Here in Australia the commonly held view is that the war in Iraq is about weapons of mass destruction and Moslems wanting to destroy the western world. Since September 11, 2001, the message pushed by the US and Britain is that Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network were behind the attacks and that there was clear evidence that Iraq was building weapons of mass destruction.

Straight after the September 11 attacks the US put into place its attacks on Afghanistan and there was no suggestion that Iraq played any role on the attacks in the US. Over the next two years, however, a media campaign was run to convince the world that Iraq was somehow involved. By mid 2003 about 70% of Americans believed Suddam Hussein to be behind the September 11 attacks.

In his Address to the Nation on 17 March, 2003 President George W Bush also said:

  • Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.

The western world used this as the reason to enter Iraq and wage a war on terrorism.

By September, 2003, George W. Bush admitted that there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to these attacks. Of note is also the fact that the world has not yet been provided with any evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

The Situation In Iraq

Due to the economic sanctions against Iraq and the restrictions on the delivery of medical and other supplies to Iraq and the carcinogenic effects from depleted uranium left over from the 1991 gulf killings, over a million people (two-thirds of them children) have died.

Can we, as human beings, condone this and if we do what type of people does it make us? Maybe we are the terrorists.

The other information that is not common knowledge to the Australian public is the fact that the war on Iraq has given the US control of the rich Iraq oil fields and has also helped ensure that Iraq would not start accepting payment in Euros for oil. If this had occurred it could have caused the Euro to become the dominant currency of the world and caused the US economy to collapse.

There is far more to the Iraq war that the normal Australian knows and what is clear is that we are too quick to harden our heart to the plight of our fellow human beings simply because we are told that they want to wage a war of terror on the western world. We are part of that war as our troops are there and do any of us really know why?


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