The international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in Articles II and III of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.
Article II describes two elements of the crime of genocide:
1) the mental element, meaning the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such”, and
2) the physical element which includes five acts described in sections a, b, c, d and e. A crime must include both elements to be called “genocide.”
Article III described five punishable forms of the crime of genocide: genocide; conspiracy, incitement, attempt and complicity.
According to Physicians for Social Responsibility anywhere between 1.3 million to 2 million Iraqis were killed during and since the US invasion. This estimate might seem incredibly large on its own, but when one adds this to the death toll from Afghanistan, as well as those who had died from sanctions that had been imposed on ordinary Iraqi citizens (sanctions which had overwhelmingly targeted children; half of those 1.7 million killed from the sanctions were kids) … the total death toll could be as high as 4 million; The holocaust had killed about 6 million Jews throughout Europe; 14 million Chinese had been killed by the Japanese during WW2 and before then.
The question arises then, did the US commit genocide? The Holocaust was certainly considered a genocide, and the US has managed two thirds the number; though less known, the Rape of Nanjing on its own is a widely-cited example of genocide, though it is but a small part of the larger arena and had cost “only” 50,000- 300,000 deaths- the US clearly has the numerical advantage here.
But the convention on genocide requires that there was an “intent to destroy” Muslims, or Iraqis as a whole. Despite the amount vile rhetoric being spouted by the likes of FOX “News” and the like there’s little indication that Bush or Obama or any of the leading politicians had expressed the intent of destroying the population in the country… right?? Of course, most genocidal maniacs tend to keep their cards close to their chest.
Genocide Watch had this to say in response to that point: “Intent can be proven directly from statements or orders. But more often, it must be inferred from a systematic pattern of coordinated acts.”
Before we even have to infer anything… let’s read a statement made by Bush himself, as observed even by the Wall Street Journal:
“President Bush vowed … to ‘rid the world of evil-doers,’ then cautioned: ‘This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take a while.’
Crusade? In strict usage, the word describes the Christian military expeditions a millennium ago to capture the Holy Land from Muslims. But in much of the Islamic world, where history and religion suffuse daily life in ways unfathomable to most Americans, it is shorthand for something else: a cultural and economic Western invasion that, Muslims fear, could subjugate them and desecrate Islam.”
Crusade… a war against Islam… and when used against a people MUCH weaker than yourself, one which did not wage war against you to begin with (nukes in Iraq my hairy a**)… I’d count that as an intent to destroy, wouldn’t you agree? When infrastructure key to sustaining life in the country was targeted and destroyed, and sanctions started murdering children… that counted as an intent to destroy, am I wrong?
B-but the US also tried to make the country democratic right? It invested billions in rebuilding it r-right?? Wrong. Much of the money was used for bribery and for other corrupt purposes. Most of the 60 billion dollars was “wasted” according to the special auditor’s report to Congress. THAT’S how they explain away your disappeared tax money; “wasted“.
Add to that proven cases of torture being conducted by the CIA and even allegations of sexual assault that is being kept “classified” so that evil men are protected… as well as the WILLFUL arming of factions that would eventually become ISIS (and “accidental” supply of weapons, hundreds of humvees and TANKS after it was formed) so that THEY can continue their own genocide in Syria… as well as the fact that not one. not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not even seven but EIGHT weddings have been “crashed” by the US (if you’re wondering why I keep repeating some of these things, not everyone has heard of them. The claims are so fantastic that even I don’t believe them, so they also get sourced over and over again)… Calls for genocide can still be heard in the far-right segments of the US… originally egged on by all that “crusader” propaganda spouted by Bush.
Is the US responsible for genocide? Hahaha… What do you think?
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