debate included in www.islamonline.net
, March 2002
The destruction of the world trade center and the attack on
the pentagon has been described as the greatest act of
terrorism. However history demonstrates that the most
horrific acts of Terrorism has been carried out by the freedom
loving democratic nation, the United States of America.
According to their own Official FBI definition of terrorism:
"Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against
persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the
civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of
political or social objectives."
From 1991 to the present day the United States Air Force and
Navy have slaughtered over 200,000 civilian people in Iraq
with Depleted Uranium missiles, cluster bombs, cruise
missiles and other so-called "smart bombs." During
the "Desert Storm" terror campaign the arsenal also included
fuel-air bombs and napalm.
177 million pounds of bombs were dropped on the people of
Iraq in the most concentrated aerial bombardment in the
history of the world. In the 110,000 sorties of the six-week
onslaught the cowardly American and British pilots (and to a
lesser extent French and Saudi pilots) mass-murdered at
least 200,000 people, using depleted uranium missiles,
napalm, cluster-bombs, fuel-air bombs, cruise missiles and
other so-called "smart bombs."
The slaughter of civilian people in the Amariyah bomb shelter
was a prime example of this American/British state terrorism.
Most of them were women, children, elderly, and invalids
from a new housing development.
Cowardly U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force jet pilots caught one
sixty-mile-long column of fleeing Iraqi soldiers and Palestinian
civilian families in vehicles on the Kuwait to Basra highway —
and pounded them ruthlessly with bombs and machine-gun
fire. The road, clogged by four lanes of one-way, bumper-to-
bumper traffic, was carpet bombed by B-52s dropping 1,000-
pound bombs, and repeatedly hit with laser-guided missiles
and "smart" bombs. All the Iraqi soldiers, as well as
Palestinian workers and their families, were slaughtered
without mercy. The bloodthirsty American pilots gleefully
described the massacre as "shooting in a sheep pen."
During the Desert Storm terror campaign at least 944,000
rounds of Depleted Uranium ammo were fired from American
A-10 Warthogs all over Iraq and Kuwait. When a depleted
uranium tipped shell strikes a tank or armored personnel
carrier it easily penetrates the armor and burns the crew
alive. The impact also vaporizes the depleted uranium,
creating an aerosol of radioactive heavy-metal particles which
can spread as far as 190 miles on the wind. When inhaled or
ingested, the depleted uranium particles cause chemical and
radioactive damage to the bronchial tree, kidneys, liver and
bones. Cancer often results, and the effects can even include
The Dutch Laka Foundation estimates that the United States
terror campaign left behind 300-800 tons of radioactive waste
from this ammunition all over Kuwait and Iraq — poisoning
the air, the land, the water and the people everywhere.
Afterwards, wherever the depleted uranium firing had been
concentrated, there were cancer epidemics among Iraqi
civilians living nearby. In the ten years since then, sanctions,
polluted water and depleted uranium together have killed
somewhere between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 Iraqi civilian
people. At least 600,000 of the dead are children. Cancer
rates have quadrupled in areas of southern Iraq bombed by
the American and British state terrorists.Since it began,
thousands of Iraqi babies have been born with horrible birth
defects. This is something that has never before been seen in
Over the course of only 43 days and nights, approximately
62,000-80,000 air-delivered cluster bombs were dropped on
the Iraqi people by the American-led state terrorists. In
addition, 10,000 MLRS rockets and 100,000 "Dual Purpose
Improved Conventional Munition" artillery shells were fired. All
this translates to about 24-30 million "submunitions" or
bomblets. Assuming a dud rate of 5%, it is estimated that the
number of dangerous land-mine cluster bomblets lying on or
just under the surface of the ground in Iraq and Kuwait would
be from 1.2 to 1.5 million. At least.
In the desert, however, the percentage of these duds rose to
30%. So the number of unexploded ordnance still lying in wait
for unsuspecting Iraqi children and civilian people could be as
high as 7 to 9 million bomblets.
A Human Rights Watch report says that of the estimated 24 to
30 million bomblets dropped during the Desert Storm terror
campaign, the 1.2 to 1.5 million (at least) that did not
immediately explode led to the bloody deaths of 1,220 Kuwaiti
and 400 Iraqi people — mostly children — and over 2,500
maimed. And that was in just the first two years after the end
of the "war."
So the American/British systematically targeted Iraq's civilian
infrastructure. Schools, hospitals, factories and every industry
connected to food production, water purification and irrigation
were targeted for destruction. U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots
destroyed a baby formula plant, food warehouses,
pharmaceutical plants, fertilizer plants, pesticide plants,
storage facilities, refrigeration facilities, electrical generation
and communication plants and every single grain silo in the
country. All these were destroyed in order to intensify the
impoverishing effect of the sanctions. In the process, U.S. and
British pilots slaughtered at least 200,000 Iraqi men, women
and children. And of course all these murdered human beings
were dismissed by the Pentagon as "collateral damage."
In the 10 years since that carnage, the United Nations
estimates that over one million Iraqi civilians — including
600,000 children below the age of five — have died as a
result of American sanctions alone.
One of the most important strategies of the 1991 terror-
campaign against the civilian Iraqi people was the bombing of
numerous water-purification plants. After that the American
sanctions prevented Iraqis from getting enough replacement
parts to repair most of the plants. So, just as the evil U.S. and
British governments planned, the lack of clean drinking water
in Iraq has caused a massive human catastrophe. It is
contaminated water, more than anything else, that is killing
Iraqi babies and small children, by the thousands, every
month. Because they are the most vulnerable they are dying
from diarrhea and dysentery primarily, and also diseases such
as typhoid, hepatitis, cholera and polio — all caused by
bacteria and viruses within the contaminated water.
And just to make the whole diabolical scheme complete, the
American sanctions also prevent the Iraqis from acquiring
sufficient medicine to treat these deadly diseases.
In an interview of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on
CBS's 60 Minutes, correspondent Lesley Stahl asked her if the
death of these 600,000 Iraqi children was "worth it."
"...we think the price is worth it."
General Colin Powell
when asked about the number of Iraqi people who were
slaughtered by Americans in the 1991 "Desert Storm" terror
"It's really not a number I'm terribly interested in."
"If they turn on the radars we're going to blow up their
goddamn SAMs [surface-to-air missiles]. They know we own
their country. We own their airspace... We dictate the way
they live and talk. And that's what's great about America right
now. It's a good thing, especially when there's a lot of oil out
there we need."
U.S. Brig. General William Looney
Washington Post, August 30, 1999 - referring, in reality, to
the brutal mass-murder of hundreds of civilian Iraqi men,
women and children during 10,000 sorties by
Since September 29, 2000 the Israeli Army, together with
violent gangs of Israeli "settlers," have launched a massive
military assault on the Palestinian people. In this latest
onslaught the Israelis have murdered over 600 people so far,
including many children, and injured over 15,000, many
severely. Of these 15,000 people, over 1000 have sustained
serious physical or neurological injuries requiring long-term
health care. The Israelis have surrounded all Palestinian
villages and blocked all exits, refusing to allow those with
severe injuries to get medical help outside.
Meanwhile the Israeli Army fires into the villages with missiles
from Cobra helicopter gunships and with shells and heavy-
gauge ammo from tanks. Israeli invaders of the West Bank,
who are given the misleading name of "settlers," actually live
in hilltop fortresses above many of the Palestinian villages.
From these fortresses the "settlers" fire at will down on the
unarmed Palestinian people below.
In addition to murdering people, the Israeli military is
extensively targeting infrastructure, with the intention of
destroying the Palestinian economy. Under the guise
of "retaliation," "destroying sniper hiding places"
or "protecting Israeli settlers," Israeli helicopter gunships have
fired missiles into Gaza TV studios, factories, office suites,
police stations and administrative centers of the Palestinian
Authority, destroying them all.
American Genocide of the Vietnamese People, 1945-1974
"I would like to say that several months ago in Detroit we had
an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged
veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia.
They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut
off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones
to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs,
blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a
fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for
fun, poisoned food stocks and generally ravaged the
countryside of South Vietnam, in addition to the normal
ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging
which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."
Navy lieutenant, leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War
in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations the number
of murderous U.S. military personnel invading Vietnam
jumped from 23,000 in 1963 to 184,000 in 1966. During 13
years of America's war against the people of Vietnam
8000,000 Tons of bombs (like Napalm and cluster bombs) and
defoliants (Agent Orange) were dropped in total — and at
least 3 MILLION Vietnamese people were slaughtered During
the Vietnam Genocide there was even an official CIA program
of systematic terror, torture and mass-murder called
The direct American genocide of the Cambodian people lasted
from 1969 to 1975. After that the Khmer Rouge, America's
covert clients, took over the job. Estimated civilian deaths:
2,000,000 — 2,500,000 people From the U.S. Air Force
carpet-bombing and the Khmer Rouge combined.
From Derailing Democracy by Dave McGowan:
Not content with the destruction being wrought upon
Southeast Asia, the U.S. began a massive covert bombing
campaign against Cambodia, resulting in famine, economic
chaos, and a staggeringly high death toll.
The desperate conditions created by the bombing set the
stage for the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge, resulting in
yet another round of death and destruction for the besieged
From Rogue State by William Blum:
Cambodian Prince Sihanouk was yet another leader who did
not fancy being an American client. After many years of
hostility toward his regime, including assassination plots and
the infamous Nixon/Kissinger secret "carpet bombings" of
1969-70, Washington finally overthrew Sihanouk in a coup in
This was all that was needed to impel Pol Pot and his Khmer
Rouge forces to enter the fray. Five years later, they took
power. But the years of American bombing had caused
Cambodia's traditional economy to vanish. The old Cambodia
had been destroyed forever.
Incredibly, the Khmer Rouge were to inflict even greater
misery upon this unhappy land. And to multiply the irony, the
United States supported Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge after
their subsequent defeat by the Vietnamese.
The United States Air Force dropped the equivalent of a
planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years on the
people of Laos, from 1965 to 1973 — over 2,000,000 tons.
This was some of the heaviest aerial bombing in world
Estimated civilian deaths: 500,000 people
The United States dropped an estimated 285 million cluster
bomblets all over Southeast Asia during the course of the
Vietnam War — seven bomblets for every man, woman and
child. By 1973 it was estimated that there were at least nine
million unexploded bomblets still lying on Laotian territory. As
much as half a million tons of unexploded ordnance (primarily
cluster-bombs) remains littered all over the Laotian
countryside — 35 years later.
Every year, throughout all these past 35 years, hundreds of
innocent Laotian children and civilian people are murdered or
maimed by American cluster-bombs. Bombs dropped by
United States Air Force crews.
From Rogue State
by William Blum:
The Laotian left, led by the Pathet Lao, tried to effect social
change peacefully, making significant electoral gains and
taking part in coalition governments.
But the United States would have none of that.
The CIA and the State Department, through force, bribery and
other pressures, engineered coups in 1958, 1959 and 1960.
Eventually, the only option left for the Pathet Lao was armed
The CIA created its infamous "Arme Clandestine" — totaling
30,000, from every corner of Asia — to do battle, while the
US Air Force, between 1965 and 1973, rained down more
than two million tons of bombs upon the people of Laos, many
of whom were forced to live in caves for years in a desperate
attempt to escape the monsters falling from the sky.
After hundreds of thousands had been killed, many more
maimed, and countless bombed villages with hardly stone
standing upon stone, the Pathet Lao took control of the
country, following on the heels of events in Vietnam.
Between 1950 and 1953 the greatest devastation was of
course inflicted upon the civilian people of North Korea. The
United States Corporate Mafia Government and military were
terribly frustrated by the heroic determination of the Korean
people and their Chinese allies to be free of American
domination. To teach them the "virtues" of the American way,
the Pentagon began a deliberate campaign of bloody genocide
from the air and on the ground beginning in June 1950, using
20 times more napalm against the Korean people than it used
in World War II.
It was during the Korean Genocide that American military
personnel first started using the term "gook." Many subhuman
Americans felt it was okay to slaughter Korean children and
rape Korean women because they were all just "gooks." This
sort of bestial racism is a tradition in the bloodthirsty United
States military. War criminals always attempt to justify their
own evil inhumanity by imagining their victims as being less
by the end of America's genocidal assault nearly 3 million
civilian people in North Korea had died horribly, either directly
from American bombing and massacres or from war-related
causes such as starvation and disease.
The events in Sinchon County are a typical example of
American war crimes in Korea. Sinchon was considered a
Communist stronghold when American troops occupied the
town in September 1950. By the time a North Korean and
Chinese counter-offensive was able to drive them out in early
December 1950, racist American troops had already managed
to mass-murder 35,383 people — one out of every four of the
county's 140,000 inhabitants.
To this day a local museum carefully chronicles the extent of
U.S. war crimes in Sinchon: Americans burned 5,484
dwellings and destroyed 618 factories, public buildings and
irrigation facilities, committing the cold-blooded murder of
tens of thousands of people in the process.
Then, when American troops were forced to retreat, they
took revenge on women and children. In order to make the
world safe for democracy, American troops murdered 900
helpless civilian people in an air-raid shelter by pouring
gasoline into the shelter's ventilation hole and setting it on
In Wonam-ri, North Korea, American troops locked 502
women and their children in two storehouses and then burned
them all alive too. This was done in December 1950, while
American politicians and military leaders preached from every
pulpit about the terrible threat of "Godless Communism."
"No refugees to cross the front line. Fire everyone trying to
8th Cavalry Regiment communications log two days before
the No Gun Ri massacre.
"American soldiers played with our lives like boys playing with
Chun Choon-ja - a 12-year-old Korean girl in 1950 survivor of
the No Gun Ri massacre
In August, 1945 there was the truly unnecessary atomic-bomb
genocide of hundreds of thousands of Japanese CIVILIAN
men, women and children in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
dropping the first atomic bomb, leaving perhaps 100,000
Japanese dead, and tens of thousands more slowly dying
from radiation poisoning. Three days later, a second atomic
bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, with perhaps
The ruthless use of this genocidal weapon was the
greatest "psy-op" of all time — a major example of
psychological warfare. The genocides of the people of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were America's supreme acts of
international terrorism. By dropping The Bomb the U.S.
Corporate Mafia Government was introducing the world to its
1989 American Invasion of Panama
From Rogue State by William Blum:
Less than two weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the
United States showed its joy that a new era of world peace
was now possible by invading Panama, as Washington's mad
bombers struck again. On December 20, 1989, a large
tenement barrio in Panama City was wiped out; 15,000
people were left homeless. Counting several days of ground
fighting between U.S. and Panamanian forces, 500 natives
dead was the official body count — i.e., what the United
States and the new U.S.-installed Panamanian government
admitted to. Other sources, examining more evidence,
concluded that thousands had died. Additionally, some 3,000
Panamanians were wounded, 23 Americans died, 324 were
Question from reporter: "Was it really worth it to send people
to their death for this? To get Noriega?"
George Bush: "Every human life is precious, and yet I have to
answer, yes, it has been worth it."
The era of "The Ugly American" was announced on August 6,
1945. It continues to this day:
"The hidden hand of the market will never work without a
hidden fist — McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell-
Douglas, the designer of the F-15."
Thomas Friedman Ugly American columnist for the New York
In addition, the terrorist U.S. military and CIA have trained,
armed, funded, provided intelligence and direct military
support for fascist puppet-regimes and right-wing death-
squads around the world.
It was just nine years after the United States Army Seventh
Cavalry slaughtered 300 helpless Lakota children, women and
men at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1890:
In a major yet little-known campaign of the Spanish-American
war, all branches of the U.S. military committed the mass-
murder of 200,000 civilian men, women and children in the
Philippines. This genocide was accomplished by a viciously
racist United States Army, Navy and Marines, from 1899 to
Why? Corporate profit. The Philippine islands were a
profitable part of the old Spanish Empire. They also provided
a valuable base of operations for the exploitation of China —
which was far more profitable.
When the Filipinos resisted us — with the curious idea that
they had a right to control their own country — American
soldiers, sailors and Marines slaughtered and tortured them.
Heroic American soldiers even murdered ten-year-old Filipino
This was the point in American history when the emphasis
shifted from the domestic abuse and exploitation of Indians
and Africans to the far more profitable field of international
Mark Twain condemned the genocide in scathingly cynical
terms. So did others among that small percentage of
Americans possessed of a human conscience.
President William McKinley, however, was of the official
opinion that the cruel bloodshed was "God's Will."
Saving Private Power:
The Hidden History of "The Good War"
by Michael Zezima
Soft Skull Press; ISBN 1-887128-45-x
Saving Private Power is the most provocative history of
the "Good War" ever published. It questions the ultra-patriotic
assumptions we have been taught since birth.
The U.S. did not enter WWII to end the Holocaust, to make
the world a safer place, or to stop fascism. The opposite is
true. The U.S. business class traded with Hitler and Mussolini
up to and even during the war. Henry Ford and Charles
Lindbergh's public Hitlerphilia were symbolic of the admiration
of big business for Hitler's anticommunism.
Using techniques gleaned from modern advertising, the U.S.
Office of War Information injected anti-Japanese bloodlust
and hysteria into the population. When the U.S. killed 672,000
Japanese through indiscriminate bombing, even Secretary of
War Henry Stimson wondered why "there has never been a
protest over...such extraordinarily heavy loss of life. There is
something wrong with a country where no one questions that."
The Indian Genocide
"The destruction of the Indians of the Americas was, far and
away, the most massive act of genocide in the history of the
— David E. Stannard
In spite of that fact, the typical, mentally-sleeping American
remains only vaguely aware of the horrific holocaust of
American Indians. Yet every single locality where Americans
make their homes today is consecrated to the cause of cruel,
racist inhumanity — with the blood of Indian people. Every
single locality where Americans make their homes today is
the scene of the murder, rape, torture and impoverishment of
the Indian people who lived there first.
But mainstream Americans would choke on their apple pie if
they dared to think about that. Too many Americans would
rather stick their heads in the sand about our evil history —
just as they stick their heads in the sand about what is
In the centuries after Christopher Columbus the Butcher,
more than 100 million native people fell under the sadistic,
racist rule of the invading European-Americans.