by Dee McLachlan
What does the word “victory” or “liberation” mean these days?
There is now celebration that ISIS has been crushed. And Mosul, a city that once nourished about 1.4 million people, is now just rubble. It is incomprehensible that a city larger that Adelaide has been almost completely destroyed — ending thousands of years of habitation. It has to be just another sign of human madness.
This is what The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday:
“Australia will maintain a military presence in Iraq well into 2018… Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the extremist group at the weekend, three years after IS first stormed the country and seized a third of its territory.
“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull [said] ‘The liberation of Iraqi cities and towns from ISIS control has saved countless lives and ended a pattern of terror, anguish and murder,’… The Australian Defence Force has also contributed to air strikes against IS targets in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.”
Last night ABC’s Foreign Correspondent told the remarkable story of an Iraqi surgeon. To quote the program summary:
“He fled Saddam Hussein’s brutality to become detainee #982 in an Australian refugee camp. Now Munjed al-Muderis is a world-leading surgeon giving amputees a second chance at life. Sophie McNeill tells his inspiring story.”
His story is extraordinary — about a young doctor escaping Iraq. In the SMH:
“Suddenly, at around 8.30 that morning , a swarm of soldiers had stormed into the hospital… a senior army officer demanded that elective surgery for the day be cancelled in all 10 operating theatres. Three busloads of army deserters and draft dodgers had arrived and each was to have one of his ears partly amputated, by order of Saddam himself, he declared.”
Muderis hid in a woman’s cubicle, and then later escaped. After a torturous journey he ended up in the Curtin Detention Centre in 2000.
I only watched a few minutes of the program — about how Muderis, now a expert surgeon dealing with amputees and artificial limbs, returned to Iraq to assist many amputees to walk again. However, it seems that the program did not address the fundamental question: why did the West invaded Iraq in the first place? And thus, why are there so many amputees in Iraqi?
A year later, a few weeks after 9-11, a memo circulated in the Pentagon. It described the destruction of Iraq, even though officials knew Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on New York.
The West invaded Iraq in 2003 on the pretext to eliminate WMDs.
So how can Mosul be liberated? The place has been completely erased. Destroyed. Annihilated. There is nothing left to liberate.
These questions need answers:
- Why did the US and allied countries go in and bomb Iraq in 2003?
- Why the West fund the moderate rebels to overthrow Syria?
- Who supported ISIS?
Drone footage of Mosul a few months ago.