"The war in Iraq is a historic strategic and moral calamity undertaken under false assumptions – undermining America's global legitimacy – collateral civilian casualties, – abuses, – tarnishing America's moral credentials . Driven by Manichean impulses and imperial hubris, it is intensifying regional instability." Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to US President Jimmy Carter.
Number of Iraqis killed as result of US led illegal war and occupation 1,455,590
An estimated 4.7 million Iraqis have been displaced as a result of the war into Syria, Jordan and internally .Over one million widows and many million orphans created .The country is divided ,destroyed and decimated almost beyond recognition.
Number of US military personnel killed 4,801
Number of US military personnel seriously injured, maimed and mentally affected sixty to eighty thousand
Cost of war and occupation US$ One Trillion approx so far.
Out of over 400 in depth online articles on international affairs , over 100 pieces are on the Iraq war and the region . Fifty odd key articles from 2002 to 2011 with URLs and brief synopsis have been listed below. ( these can be easily googled)
My articles have been copied by up to many scores of websites/blogs/newspapers all around the world including of US universities of New York, Columbia, Colorado, California ,Utah etc ,think tanks and websites from rightist 'Free Republic " to leftist Salon.com, "Zmag" etc and in other western countries, Turkish ,Kurdish , Arab ,Armenian, Greek and Serbian websites ,also in Israel , Asia , Africa and all over the Islamic world from Kyrgyzstan to Nigeria and Indonesia to Morocco. Atimes has a Chinese edition too.
The articles have been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Turkish, French, German, Italian , Spanish , Danish , Russian , Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese etc .
I have delivered lectures on Iraq war and its occupation at many universities, defence institutes and cultural and other centres in India since 2004.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in cooperation with Iran outmanoeuvered Bush and the Pentagon and got the United States to sign the U.S.-Iraq withdrawal agreement, forcing US combat troops to leave by end December,2011, but Washington still has thousands of mercenaries and others in its Vatican city size large embassy in Baghdad .What about its many bases and Kurdish north Iraq , almost its protectorate since 1990 .US is already stoking the flames of Shia Sunni divide and conflict with help from Riyadh ,Amman and Ankara in the region .
An entire region from Jordan to Iran is on the brink of catastrophe as it awaits one man's decision on how he will pursue his family' vendetta .India's former Ambassador to Jordan looks inside the Pandora's box which George Bush holds in his hands - Editor Atimes
(Written when George W Bush along with old chieftains and neo-cons handed over by his father along with Tony Blair were beginning to beat the war drums )
2. The decline of the American Century 11 September, 2002 www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/DI11Ak06.html
3. Iraq and the war of words
By K Gajendra Singh 29 January , 2003
4. MIDDLE EAST- Iraqi Mosaic in Pandora's Box 17 February, 2003
Iraq is a delicate mosaic, which must be handled carefully, but a US led war would shatter and scatter it to bits. Whenever post Saddam Hussein Iraq is discussed in USA and elsewhere, not enough serious thought is given to ethnic, religious and other differences of its constituents and their tortuous history, which go to make Iraq a delicate mosaic.
After the war
By K Gajendra Singh www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/ED03Ak01.html.
Veni, vidi, vici ("I came, I saw, I conquered") spoke Julius Caesar in 78 BC at a town called Zile, 300 kilometers northeast of Ankara , after victory in a battle lasting barely four hours over Pharnaces II, son of Mithradates VI of Pontus . Mithradates the Great (meaning "gift of the Aryan god Mithra"), a common name among Anatolian rulers, had contested Imperial Rome's hegemony in Asia Minor .
Written soon after the US appointed Iraqi governing council under Viceroy Paul Bremmer , with historic parallel to British regime established by Sir Percy Cox after the First World War , which ended in the assassination of King Feisel and his detested PM Nuri-el Said ending the Hashemite line in Iraq.
7. BAGHDAD BATTERED UN: Need to have a hard look By K.Gajendra Singh 4 September , 2003
Indian Troops to Iraq: Discussions with Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon reaching India in a few days time and Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee discussions with Turkish leaders in Ankara in mid-September. No Indian troops were sent to Iraq.
8.Turkey: 'Sow war and reap terror'
By K Gajendra Singh 22 November, 2003
Turkey: 'Sow war and reap terror' (Clinton's role in the rise of al-Qaeda)
Sow war and reap terror - A banner in a February peace march in Paris
Many disquieting messages have been sent with the two car bombings in Istanbul on Thursday, just five days after attacks on two synagogues and coinciding with Queen Elizabeth's hosting of United States President George W Bush in London
9. Occupation case studies; Algeria and Turkey 7 January, 2004 www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA07Ak01.html
The situation in Iraq on the ground would be similar to Algeria after WWII and Turkey after WWI when they were colonized and occupied . Fierce resistance .Unlike Germany or Japan after WWII as most western analysts were gleefully predicting .A historical analyses and comparison .
10. COMING OUT OF CHAKRAVHYU ( military trap)- US's Iraq Exit Policy! www.saag.org/papers9/paper894.html 15 January , 2004
"Demand a broader view." BBC – "-of 840 experts interviewed on American news programmes during the invasion of Iraq, only four opposed the war "BBC-DG Dyke. How ever, BBC itself gave in its over all coverage a mere 2% time to opposition's anti-war voices, -- according to Media Tenor; a Bonn-based non-partisan media research organization.
12. Iraq: A perplexing predicament By K Gajendra Singh 10 June, 2004 www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF10Ak01.html
Finally, after ignoring the United Nations and diminishing it before the illegal invasion of Iraq in March last year, the United States, faced with the prospect of the unraveling of its ill-planned project in Iraq and the Greater Middle East, has turned to the world body to give its occupation some sense of legality. In the end, the UN Security Council's members obviously acknowledged that the strategic implications of a substantial US failure in Iraq were too serious even to contemplate
13. Dropping the sovereignty baton By K Gajendra Singh 2 June, 2004
"It was by force that the sons of Osman seized the sovereignty and Sultanate of the Turkish nation; they have maintained this usurpation for six centuries. Now, the Turkish nation has rebelled and has put a stop to these usurpers and has effectively taken sovereignty and Sultanate in its own hands." Kemal Ataturk .
14. Turkey, Israel aim to forgive and forget By K Gajendra Singh 27 July, 2004
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG28Ak02.html - 67k - 27 Jul 2004 - Cached - Similar pages
The likely consequences of the Great Game in Kurdish Iraq including Israeli machinations .
By K Gajendra Singh http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FI18Ak02.html
The United States claims that attacks on the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar - home to Turkey's ethnic cousins, the Turkmens - were to root out terrorists. Others say that the US has unwittingly been drawn into a devious Kurdish plot. Either way, Ankara has warned the US in no uncertain terms to lay off: this is a pot not to be stirred
16 NEW BUSH ERA BEGINS: DECKS BEING CLEARED FOR HOLY WARS By K. Gajendra Singh 27-11-04
18. The Kirkuk tinderbox By K Gajendra Singh 22 January, 2005
There is much media focus on the inauguration of US President George W Bush for his second term, as well as the Iraqi elections scheduled for January 30. But the ethnically divided city of Kirkuk in north Iraq remains a dangerous tinderbox. Even the losing US presidential candidate, Senator John Kerry, who voted against the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as the next secretary of state in the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee, felt compelled to warn of possible turmoil in Kirkuk, which has been a bone of contention between Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens - Turkey's ethnic cousins, with Ankara taking up their cause regularly.
19. IRAQI KURDS FLEX MUSCLES -RICE WAS NO TURKISH DELIGHT By K Gajendra Singh 15 Feb 2005 file:///C:/Users/gajendra/Documents/SaagFiles/SgKurdsFlexMscl15F.htm
On February 13, soon after the announcement of provisional results of 30 January elections for Iraq's new Parliament, Turkey said that the results failed to ensure a fair representation for all ethnic groups and called for measures to compensate for flaws and irregularities in the electoral process. The Kurdish alliance of Kurdish Democratic party (KDP) and the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) won over 25% of the vote , giving it a kingmaker's role . It has already suggested 72 year old Jalal Talbani ,PUK leader , for the President's post .The alliance is likely to join with the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) , which is supported by the religious establishment and won over 47% of the votes. Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's slate got 14% votes, while the slate of President Ghazi Yawar, a Sunni managed only 2%.
20. New Iraq Government: Allenby's Damascus or Rumsfeld's Baghdad - April 4, 2005
"Just you wait until we have democracy in Iraq, and I'll throw you in jail!", said one lifelong opponent of Saddam Hussein to another at the Iraqi opposition conference in London organised to promote his 'heirs' by the Anglo-Saxons in December , 2002 ," and to bring about stability, rule of law and democracy in Iraq." That the conference did take place was an achievement in itself. Many a times the proceedings degenerated into scenes from the film "Lawrence of Arabia " with the Arab tribes squabbling and fighting after reaching Damascus following the with drawl of the Ottoman forces in the First World War in the wake of the military onslaught led by the British General Allenby , with guerilla support from Arab tribes of Sharif Hussein of Hijaj .
21. Neo-Cons Grip Slipping as Iraqi Resistance Morphs Into Liberation War or Worse By K Gajendra Singh; June 30 ,2005
22. Neo-Cons Middle East Project Brings It to Boil: Now, the Constitution Fiasco. August 30 , 2005
"The nation-state offers most of its members a stronger sense of security, belonging or affiliation and even personal identity, than does any alternative large group" - Karl Deutch.
It has been said that democracy is not only a form of state and administration but a philosophy of life and an outlook. And for a nation's constitution to manifest the authority of the state and its laws, it must be based on a general agreement among all its citizens.
23. Saddam Trial: Another Western Kangaroo Court K Gajendra Singh October 20, 2005
"It's all about justifying the US invasion"- A top Swiss legal expert The charade trial of illegally toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by yet another Western organized Kangroo court finally opened under a veil of secrecy on 19 October and was adjourned to 28 November. Saddam Hussein was defiant and claimed that he was the legitimate President of Iraq as he had done when he was first charged in July, 2004. (TRIAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN & THE RULE OF LAW www.saag.org/papers11/paper1046.html ) He and six co-defendants are accused of killing 143 people after an unsuccessful assassination attempt on him in 1982. Western media was miffed at the show of defiance by the combative and aggressive former Iraqi leader.
24. Flawed Referendum Would Morph Iraq Into Regional Black Hole By K Gajendra Singh October 27 2005
"Democracy is not alone a form of state and of administration. It is a philosophy of life and an outlook on the world. The authority of the state and its law is derived from general agreement among citizens upon the main postulates of philosophy of life". President Masaryk.
US franchised 'Landmark" towards democracy brings Iraq to precipice's brink
Ten days after allegations of wide spread fraud , Iraq's Election Commission on 24 October declared that the referendum had ratified the Constitution as in the third province of Nineveh, out of 18 provinces , only 55 % voted against it .If it were 2 /3rd the Constitution would have collapsed.
25. US Franchised Torture Refuses To Go Away- Gajendra Singh www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11601.htm 20 January,2006.
01/18/06 "ICH" -- -- The ramifications of US franchised torture and street revolutions in Serbia, Georgia ,Ukraine , Kyrgyzstan et al are not going to go away . The recent fence-mending visit to Washington by the newly sworn in right wing German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overshadowed by human right violations and torture at US base in Guantanamo and rendition of terrorism suspects to prisons in Europe and elsewhere by CIA.
26. Before the March 2003 US-Led Invasion of Iraq 31 March,2006
By K Gajendra Singh file:///C:/Users/gajendra/Documents/SaagFiles/SgIrWarPre03Aj31M.htm
"This young century will be liberty's century and Iraq and Afghanistan were poised to become examples for the rest of the Middle East of peaceful, democratic societies, Gorge Bush told the UN General Assembly ,"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state" — Noam Chomsky
On the 3rd anniversary of the US led illegal invasion of Iraq , a number of comments have appeared in Western media, saying I told you so . Many have been consistent in their views .But many changed the course midway , some remarking that the operation to colonise Iraq should have been better planned and executed , sitting in their plush corporate financed think tanks and media offices .They remain out of touch with the reality on the ground .
27 The Great Western Demonology Circus: Now the Halabja Show
Western leaders and in house corporate and subservient media, continue to line up one show after another. Soon after the death of Serbian nationalist hero Slobodan Milosevic's death in western custody, which ended his trial ( the Hague tribunal did not even allow him to be treated in Moscow ), another third world leader has been put on trial ,Charles Taylor of Liberia . Just a little side show.
28. The Generals Revolt-A Symptom Of U.S. Malaise 23-04-06
by K. Gajendra Singh www.Informationclearinghouse.com MWCNews.com, Al Jazeerah.info
"War is too serious a matter to be left to Generals" or to civilians who have never seen a battlefield.
The retired generals' revolt only highlights the malaise in the US polity which has crept in , specially in recent decades. The disconnect between an arrogant, ill informed Administration and the military executors of its policies in Iraq has opened a Pandora's box which hopefully might become the tipping point for much needed changes in US polity.
29. U.S. Dunkirk In Iraq; The Tipping Point 06/20/06
30.The Mother Of All Battles: For Oil 12 July,2006
Noam Chomsky's comments on the" Israel lobby 'in US article by two respected US university professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt hit the nail on the head ,where in he points out that US and Israel interests coincide in the West's policy to control hydrocarbon energy resources ie petroleum and gas, ever since the emergence of its importance in warfare and economy. Chomsky points out how western energy corporations have flourished with "profits beyond the dreams of avarice" with "the Middle East (ME) their leading cash cow."
31. The US Empire –Beginning of the End Game 24 Nov,2006
32. The Moving Finger and the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group December 19, 2006
33 The US-Saudi-Wahabi Nexus ! 1 January,2007
When the powerful US Vice-President Dick Cheney made a rare long haul to Riyadh in November , reportedly it was to create against Iran , Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon , a new US led Sunni alliance in the region, composed of the six Gulf Co-operation Council states, pro-US Arab governments in Cairo and Amman and willing NATO allies with covert support from Israel.
34. SADDAM HUSSEIN; VICTIM OF OLD WEST JUSTICE & VENDETTA http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m29623&hd=&size=1&l=e January 7, 2006
After illegal invasion, barbaric occupation, now Kangaroo court execution
The world seeks America's leadership, looks for leadership for a country whose values are freedom and justice and equality." Texas Governor George W. Bush in 2000.
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, overthrown after the US led illegal invasion of Iraq in March, 2003 , against UN Charter and world opinion , became an other victim of 'Old West Justice' exercised by European colonizers and Americans ( against Red Indians and Blacks ) during the last few centuries . He was hanged on 30 December morning in Baghdad under US occupation by Washington controlled government of exiles, quislings, embezzlers and war lords.
35. Texan Poker Bluff and Persian Chess Moves
"The arrogance of military power has led to a grave crisis - and to a decline of the United States' role and influence." Mikhail Gorbachev.
"The president is living in a dream world,'' US Sen. Barbara Boxer.
On Iran , US Administration has reached the pre-Iraq invasion rhetoric level of 2003 , when against the UN Charter and world opinion ,President George Bush decided to invade Iraq after having assembled a naval armada and air and land forces in the region ,cheerlead by a subservient US media . Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are accusing Tehran of developing nuclear weapons and exporting terrorism, just as Saddam Hussein was allegedly doing. Iran is also not abiding by U N resolutions on its nuclear weapons program, which, like Iraq then, it denies it has. UN Nuclear Agency in Vienna has found no proof of a weapons program .Neither there was one in Iraq in 2003. Almost all accusations made by US President , his deputy and others , exaggerated by US corporate owned media proved to be false.
36. Russia Broad-bands Relations with Middle East
by K. Gajendra Singh 18 February, 2007
Moscow's relations with the Middle East during the Cold War were mostly focused on socialist and nationalist regimes, ranged against Kingdoms and conservative Western allies, but USSR's collapse and its disintegration saw its influence shrink. Now a coherent Russian Federation around an Orthodox Slav core, minus the old ideological, ethnic and religious mixed baggage, under an astute President Vladimir Putin has assiduously re-built, almost from a scratch ,its influence in the region, and taking advantage of the follies of the Bush administration, is broad banding relationships from Rabat to Riyadh.
by K. Gajendra Singh 23 March, 2007
"We could expect an epic battle between Shi'ite extremists backed by Iran, and Sunni extremists aided by al-Qaeda and supporters of the old regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country [Iraq] - and in time the entire region could be drawn into the conflict." President George Bush in his State of Union address.
" Mr Bush looks increasingly like a general who has run out of ideas, troops and hope ." Commented 'The Guardian'
38. Iran-UK Stand-off: A Clash of Civilizations
Iran Pardons Blair's Dozen and Jane Bond 8 April, 2007
"U.K. has suspended boarding operations in the northern Persian Gulf while the Royal Navy reviewed its procedures " First Sea Lord Admiral Jonathon Bond (no relation of James Bond).
It was a virtuoso almost flawless choreography which ended the two week long Iran-UK crisis (with USA lurking at the back and Europe not far behind) following the James Bond like British intelligence intrusion into Iranian waters. Even the Times online admitted "The captives, including Leading Seaman Faye Turney, 26, were released yesterday in a stunning piece of political theatre by President Ahmadinejad, who brought a bizarre but welcome end to a 13-day drama that held the possibility of violent escalation."
39.Gen Taguba Unveils Abu Ghraib, US Gulag - http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m34046&hd=&size=1&l=e 27 June, 2007
"From the moment a soldier enlists, we inculcate loyalty, duty, honor, integrity, and selfless service. And yet when we get to the senior-officer level we forget those values."US Gen Antonio Taguba.
A senior US General in Iraq to Gen Taguba --" the abused detainees were 'only Iraqis.'"
40 . IRAQ 'S DOOMED 'SURGE' ONLY WIDENS GATES OF HELL http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m34176&hd=&size=1&l=e 3 July ,2007
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience. Albert Camus
Television images showed a man running down a smoke-filled street in Baghdad holding a lifeless baby above his head. Smoke was rising off the baby.
41.The Decline And Coming Fall Of US Hegemony
by K.Gajendra Singh 31 March ,2008
31/03/06 "ICH" -- - When I went back to Ankara in late 1992 to head the Indian Embassy, many of my friends from the Turkish Foreign Office from my 1969-73 tenure as First Secretary, were going out as ambassadors to newly independent states in Central Asia and the Baltic, following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Looking at the creation of so many new missions, a cheeky young Turkish diplomat in the Foreign Ministry said rather mischievously than hopefully, that only if United States of America broke up into 50 independent states, could he ever hope to head like them a Turkish Embassy, in north America. --
But the wish of the young diplomat is not going to be fulfilled any time soon, if ever. But still—
42. WESTERN MILITARY-CAPITALIST CIVILISATION IN DISARRAY
"Credit easing does not and cannot substitute for earnings, wages or tax revenues." Max Wolff
"The [US] financial system is out of control and has led the economy into a wildly turbulent sea of heavily leveraged speculation.-- the road ahead is dark and unknown." Steve Fraser author of" Wall Street: America 's Dream Palace ."
"Before the US economy can truly begin to expand again, the savings rate must rise to pre-bubble levels of 8pc--$2 trillion of household debt must be eliminated", Economist David Rosenberg
"Over-grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty." --George Washington (1732-1799), First US President
"[The] conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. . . . In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." --Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th US President, Farewell Address, Jan. 17, 1961
44. Another Sovereignty Transfer Charade in Baghdad
130,000 GIs Stay Put on Iraqi Soil
"This war [in Iraq] is the most important liberal, revolutionary U.S. democracy-building project since the Marshall Plan. ... it is one of the noblest things this country has ever attempted abroad." — Thomas Friedman in New York Times 30 November, 2003 .
"Despite the agreement with Iraq, the United States would continue to have fighting forces in Iraq and Afghanistan beyond 2012. --The reality is that we're going to have 10 Army and Marine units deployed for a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan." Gen. George Casey, US Army chief of staff on May 26, 2009 .
First transfer of 'Sovereignty' to Iraq on 28 June, 2004
People and media have such short memories. The first charade of transfer of sovereignty to Iraq was conducted in a secret, short and pre-poned ceremony from 30 June to 28 June, in Baghdad .
by K. Gajendra Singh http://www.boloji.com/analysis2/0493.html 8 October, 2009
In the minds of the majority of world's population ,War crimes have been committed by Anglo-American leadership and others and their armed forces with the connivance of the UN as in the case of the attacks on Yugoslavia and the dismanling of the state, Afghanistan and in the case of 2003 invasion of Iraq against UNSC opinion and its Charter .
51.7th Anniversary of the War Crimes at Fallujah
by K. Gajendra Singh 22 November,2011
K L War Crimes Tribunal unanimously convicts Bush and Blair for 'crimes against peace'.
According to media reports the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal unanimously found former United States president George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of "crimes against peace".
The tribunal found that the two had planned, prepared and invaded the state of Iraq on March 19, 2003, in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.
Post Sept 2008 Crippled Economy & US Strategic Decline Smoke and Storm Signals K.Gajendra Singh, 4 July.2011
"Starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, --and all -- by 2014, " President Barack Obama in June2011
US debt now amounts to around $ 14 trillion , almost equal to its GDP .Even in this GDP , the financial industry contributes 40%.The economy is now 20-25 % of world GDP unlike 50% after WWII and is being artificially sustained by a stimulus of $ 2.8 trillion .There are no green shoots of revival , unemployment continues to rise . US economy is in recession .The 1930s recession was overcome by WWII which allowed its protected ( from war) industry to run full steam and indebt European and other countries .
"Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations, "Michael Parenti--" the subject of imperialism has been sanitized, so that empires become "commonwealths," and colonies become "territories" or "dominions". Imperialist military interventions become matters of "national defense," "national security," and maintaining "stability" (Or civilizing missions, saving the souls and more recently ," Operation enduring freedom "in Afghanistan, 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' and 'Humanitarian intervention' in Libya)
How Empires Collapse--suddenly
---But I was in for a shock when I called on the Russian ambassador (in Baku in end 1993 ), whose Residence consisted of a couple of rooms in an Intourist hotel . Russians were the masters of Azerbaijan till it broke away a few years earlier , because of policies of glasnost and perestroika by a somewhat naïve Mikhail Gorbachev.
Ambassador (Retd) K.Gajendra Singh ,December 23 , 2011.Mayur Vihar, Delhi