17 October 2004
Why are only dead American soldiers
counted, are the numerous dead Iraqis inferior human beings?
Genocide is the extermination of a race (Oxford Dictionary). It is
acceptable to extend this conception to the extermination of groups that
are easily recognisable. All male Iraqis between 15 and 50 years old are
considered insurgents that must be killed or imprisoned (and then treated
as animals). It is an extension of the policy of most countries against
recognisable minority groups. In the
, one out of three male blacks will be imprisoned in his life. In
all Palestinians are suspect, in
all coloured males from Moroccan or Antillean descent are considered an
extreme nuisance and often treated as vermin.
The situation has deteriorated after 9-11. The
rule that people are innocent unless proven guilty is abandoned.
Judgement is based on vague suspicions, the colour of the skin and the
kind of hair. People are arbitrarily imprisoned, private houses are
invaded and body searches are becoming common. In WWII such police raids
were named razzia’s but the past is forgotten and objectionable fascist
methods are reintroduced in society. With an Arab name you are treated
different on airports than with a Western name. In
only military means are used, shoot first and never look back. Problems
that are in essence social and political are “solved” by police and
military methods. And collateral damage, the killing of women and
children, is denied or minimised. They are mostly family of insurgents and
therefore probably also not “good” citizens.
All activities directed from the top are cowardly, leaders know they never
will be hurt and military forces are quite invulnerable when they bomb
houses of suspected persons from far away. However resistance remains also
primitive, it takes only place in the massworld while the real culprits,
the elitepeople, continue to live safe and quiet in the eliteworld.
Thousands of young men are being held in American and English secret
prisons on vague suspicions. Years later some people are freed without any
interference of a court and sent home without any compensation for lost
years. That can be illustrated by some famous
cases. The UK-educated microbiologist Mrs Rihab Rashid Taha, nicknamed Dr
Germ by the pro-Western press (this word will never be used against
Western microbiologists), and the US-educated microbiologist Mrs Huda
Salih Mahdi Ammash (Mrs Anthrax) were imprisoned in May 2003. They are
still awaiting trial. They did comparable work as US microbiologists that
for example “recreated the killer flu that killed millions of people in
See the BBC-article on http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3719990.stm
and consider the possibilities of this research for biological warfare.
These scientists are still at large.
The elite only uses technical and
never political means to remain in power. More prison cells, higher
sentences, more intruding in the privacy of common citizens, suspicions of Secret Services (that are proven to be uncontrollable and
inadequate) as proof in courts. Punishment replaces persuasion and social
and political solutions. The war in
was started on false presumptions but these lies were not corrected when
they became known. The illegal occupation of
and the effort to kill as many male Iraqis between 15 and 50 as possible
Everywhere in the world punishment
replaces social and political solutions. In the end punishment leads
to genocide, to the extinction of groups of people that do not fit in a
society that is dominated by a privileged elite.
is only an example, it also can happen in our countries. ´Others”,
people who have deviating ideas or recognisable minorities are hardly
considered human. In the USA the thousand dead Americans are mourned,
other Westerns that are killed or dead coalition soldiers are mostly
forgotten and no attention or regret at all is seen for the tens of
thousands Iraqis that are killed by military violence. That also is proof
of what happens in
can be considered to be genocide. The own group is always right, what
happens to others is not important.
It is time to call the elite to account and to intrude the safe and quiet
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis