Al-Jazeerah, December 20, 2006
Christmas is almost upon us and the World – especially the mainly nominally Christian Western World - pauses to remember the birth of Jesus Christ and to celebrate the sanctity of Mother and Child. Yet much of the Western World through the Bush US Alliance is complicit in horrendous crimes against humanity in Occupied Palestine, Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan – in gross violation of the teachings of Jesus and of the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) of the Abrahamic religions that declares "thou shalt not kill". Much of the West is complicit in war criminal mass murder, genocide and mass infanticide led by Bush America in the Muslim World – yet the carnage continues due to the IGNORING of this Muslim Holocaust by Western politicians and racist, lying, holocaust-denying Mainstream media.
MASS MURDER. Dr Burnham's medical epidemiology research group at the prestigious American Johns Hopkins University has estimated 0.7 million post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq (published in the top medical journal The Lancet in October 2006) - this falls between estimates from 3 other authoritative data sets of 0.6 to 0.8 million. Taking a Jordan/Syria baseline for death rate comparison and the latest Lancet data yields a 0.9 million estimate for post-invasion excess deaths in US-occupied Iraq (see:
http://mwcnews.net/content/view/10528/42/ ). The post-invasion excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) in the Occupied Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Territories presently total 0.3, 0.9 and 2.1 million, respectively, as determined from the latest UN and medical literature demographic data (for analysis and documentation see: http://mwcnews.net/content/view/11293/42/ ).
This carnage is due to UK, US, Australian, Coalition, Israeli and NATO violation of the Geneva Conventions which demand that Occupiers must do everything in their power to keep their Conquered subjects alive. Thus Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War (see: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm ) state:
To the fullest extent of the means available to it the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate.
The Occupying Power may not requisition foodstuffs, articles or medical supplies available in the occupied territory, except for use by the occupation forces and administration personnel, and then only if the requirements of the civilian population have been taken into account. Subject to the provisions of other international Conventions, the Occupying Power shall make arrangements to ensure that fair value is paid for any requisitioned goods.
The Protecting Power shall, at any time, be at liberty to verify the state of the food and medical supplies in occupied territories, except where temporary restrictions are made necessary by imperative military requirements.
To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties.
If new hospitals are set up in occupied territory and if the competent organs of the occupied State are not operating there, the occupying authorities shall, if necessary, grant them the recognition provided for in Article 18. In similar circumstances, the occupying authorities shall also grant recognition to hospital personnel and transport vehicles under the provisions of Articles 20 and 21.
In adopting measures of health and hygiene and in their implementation, the Occupying Power shall take into consideration the moral and ethical susceptibilities of the population of the occupied territory.
GENOCIDE. The UN says the departure rate from Iraq is 100,000 per month; since the US invasion nearly 2 million Iraqis have fled to neighbouring countries – this amounts to US, UK, Australian and US-led Coalition complicity in UN-defined Genocide in Iraq.
According to the conservative, Mainstream Melbourne newspaper The Age: "Since the US-led invasion in 2003, nearly 2 million Iraqis have fled to Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, where their numbers and, in many cases, their money are causing political and social tensions. The United Nations estimates the departure rate from Iraq at about 100,000 a month." (see: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/fleeing-iraqis-trade-hom
es-for-their-lives/2006/12/15/1166162320077.html ... ).
Human Rights Watch estimates that there are about 3.7 million Afghan refugees. For a map indicating the disposition of most of these refugees see:
It is estimated that there are 6 million Palestinian refugees (over 4 million registered with the UN), 80,000 leave the Occupied Palestinian Territory every year, 80% of West Bank Christians have fled their Homeland and swathes of the West Bank, Southern Lebanon and the Golan Heights have been ethnically cleansed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable (e.g. see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_refugees ).
The UN Genocide Convention (see: http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/convention/text.htm ) states in part:
Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
MASS INFANTICIDE. It has been estimated from the latest UN Population Division data that the post-invasion under-5 year old infant deaths in the Occupied Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Territories total 0.2, 0.4 and 1.7 million, respectively (see: http://mwcnews.net/content/view/10528/42/ ).
About 90% of these deaths have been avoidable and are due to Occupier violation of the Geneva, Universal Human Rights, Genocide and Rights of the Child Conventions (see: Geneva Conventions: http://www.genevaconventions.org/ ; Geneva Conventions Relative to Protection of Civilians in Time of War:
http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm ; UN Genocide Convention: ù
l ; UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
UN Rights of the Child Convention: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/k2crc.htm ).
A crucial Commandment of the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments of the Abrahamic religions) is "thou shalt not kill". Mass murder of infants is utterly evil.
CONCLUSION. Bush and Blair (and their associates Rumsfeld, Cheney, Dr. Rice (Dr Death), Olmert, Australia's Bush-ite government and other Western Bush-ite governments) are actively involved in racist, anti-Arab anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, anti-Asian Holocaust commission – they are complicit in a Muslim Holocaust involving Mass Murder, Genocide and Mass Infanticide. These atrocities continue due to Western politician and Mainstream media Holocaust Denial (see: http://mwcnews.net/content/view/11293/42/ ).
What can decent people do? Silence kills and silence is complicity. Decent people are obliged (a) to inform others about horrendous abuses of humanity and (b) to act ethically in all their personal and business dealings with those complicit in such atrocities. Peace is the only way – the continuing mass murder, genocide and mass infanticide by the UK, the US, Australia, the US-led Coalition, Israel, US-Israeli State Terrorism (USIST) and NATO in the Muslim World cries out for comprehensive intra-national and inter-national Sanctions and Boycotts against those responsible.