For many years now the citizens of Iraq have been required to to accept
persecution by Saddam's secret police, punishing UN sanctions or domination
by foreign US/UK troops. Now the dehumanisation of Iraq's resistance is
There can't be many villages where the locals' vision of liberation
is to be surrounded by a 10 kilometre long fence 8 foot tall. This, however,
is what the United States Department of Defense wants us to believe is
the case in the village of Siniyah. Read the press
release. A concentration camp may spring to mind, or the treatment
of cattle during an outbreak of foot and mouth disease - first the containment
of all movements.
Put simply, the military have decided to treat the growing resistance
in Iraq like an epidemic. The movement of individuals is restricted by
building barriers around 'hot spots' - barriers through which the 'virus'
can not spread. This might be six feet wide ditches or high fences. Large
numbers will be slaughtered since the El
Salvador option (ie.death
squads) has been prescribed.
The method for dealing with opposition in Iraq is clear. We dehumanise
it. We eradicate it. We don't even keep count of the corpses. This is
the 'liberty' we are bestowing on Iraq - Empire's liberty to do as we