|The UN Iraq HQ Bombing|
|by Hsing Lee|
Sergio Vieira de Mello, head of the UN mission in Iraq, was killed [on 2003-08-19].
The American media is blaming this attack on Islamic groups. [Presidential Envoy to Iraq Paul] Bremer hinted that it may have been Saddam loyalists.
Mr. de Mello, aside from being the head of the Iraq mission, was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, elected by a Human Rights body which had no American representative. In otherwords, the US had no control over Mr. de Mello.
He was a key figure in getting elections in East Timor. In other words, he made enemies of US Oil interests while doing his work in Indonesia.
He made a speech in Osaka recently which talked about the need for the rule of law, and of the need for no-one to be immune from the rule of law. He made a point of stressing the need for the International Criminal Court. He made a point of encouraging countries to sign on and ratify the Rome Statute:I firmly believe that it is possible to take appropriate action in response to terrorist acts, or to prevent them, while still respecting human rights. No cause can ever justify a terrorist act. Indeed, terrorism seeks to destroy human rights and States have the duty to protect those within their territory from such acts. However, as the Secretary-General said at last year's session of the Commission on Human Rights "… we cannot achieve security by sacrificing human rights. To try to do so would hand the terrorists a victory beyond their dreams."
In fact, human rights standards already strike a fair balance between freedoms and national security. After all, the standards were drafted by States themselves, who had a keen awareness of their own security concerns.
... international criminal justice is an essential part of a rule of law and human rights approach to international security. Two weeks ago the General Assembly elected the 18 judges of the new International Criminal Court. This is a landmark in the creation of an interlocking system that will bring to justice those responsible for crimes considered so heinous by the international community, such as crimes against humanity and war crimes, that they should be subject to international jurisdiction. I urge States to sign and ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and thereby join this crucial mechanism aimed at preserving security and guaranteeing justice in the international system.
Bush has made a point of insisting that no American will ever be tried for war crimes. Bush has insisted that America will not recognize the ICC, or ratify the Rome Statute.
If Mr. de Mello had returned to the UN as planned three months from now and taken back his post as UN Human Rights commissioner, he would be doing so as one who had observed American violations of the Geneva Convention in Iraq. He would have been in a position to speak of what was really going on in Iraq. He would have been in a position to speak about Iraqi prisoners receiving one and a half cups of water a day in 40-degree heat. That speech, if he had planned to make it, will never be heard.
With Mr. de Mello's death, the US has avoided a fourth high profile UN voice coming forward to join Denis Halliday, Hans von Sponeck and Hans Blix in calling America's actions in Iraq illegal, immoral and inhumane.
Mr. de Mello supported women's rights. Last year, Bush killed a UN Resolution which would have ensured that women the world over had rights.
Mr. de Mello supported free and fair elections the world over. Mr. Bush promised free and fair elections in Iraq, then reneged on that promise almost as soon as the dust in Iraq began to settle.
Mr. de Mello openly tackled the issues of racial profiling and vilifying of Islam, both of which the Bush administration have been engaged in since 9/11. Bush even legislated racial profiling in the so-called Patriot Act. Observe Mr. de Mello's own words on this issue.I have been increasingly concerned about what appears to be growing racism, xenophobia and intolerance, exacerbated by the events following 11 September 2001. The rise of the phenomenon of vilifying Islam is particularly disturbing, as are practices such as racial profiling. Ibid.
Compare this to statements made by key Bush backers like Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham, who have both called Islam evil.
Mr. de Mello was considered a potential future Secretary General of the UN. One not under American control. And now he's gone.
It just doesn't add up. People from within the UN have been some of the loudest voices bringing awareness to Iraq's plight for a dozen years. The Iraqi people have nothing to gain and everything to lose from this attack, where America has much to gain if they can convince the public that this was the action of Iraqis and not an American plot.
Consider that the Iraqis just lost the only true heavyweight humanitarian observer mission in Iraq. Consider that other observers will now think twice before going to observe what the Americans are doing. Consider that the only people who win from this attack are the neo-conservatives in the White House, who can use this as a pretext to slaughter even more Muslims.
Consider that according to MSNBC, there was a UN Press Conference going on when the bomb hit. But the camera footage they used was from a Japanese camera crew.
A Japanese crew?
As in no Americans were present?
At a UN Press conference?
Why wasn't there any American media present?
Could it be because the UN's mission and the US's mission in Iraq are in fact conflicting missions, and things that are being said at UN Press Conferences do not jibe with the Bush agenda, and thus don't get on American TV?
And now the head of the UN Mission is dead, eliminating a serious threat to US troops who may have been open to prosecution for war crimes.
When a capital crime is committed, one must always look for motive. I can see no other group who would have a reasonable motive for this attack except for the Bush administration and their corporate cronies.
Methinks Bush's night of the long knives has begun.
Published on Serendipity 2003-08-20 CE
One other group with "a reasonable motive" is the Israelis.
Of course, as is likely in the case of the September 11th, 2001, attacks in the U.S., this Mossad operation may have received the prior approval of the Americans, since it served both their purposes.
U.S. Backed Mossad Agents Involved in Hakim’s Assassination to Flee Iraq
TEHRAN (Mehr News Agency) -- The U.S. Central Command helped 15 Mossad agents involved in the assassination of Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim to flee Iraq, an Egyptian weekly magazine disclosed on Monday. ... The U.S. Central Command was sure that the agents of the Zionist intelligence service Mossad had planned and executed the assassination with the help of some elements from the U.S. and Iraqi spies, Al-Osboa’ weekly said.
The U.S. Centcom acquired conviction about the plot after examining the explosives used in the operation; the explosives which were highly advanced are used only by Mossad, the weekly added. ...
The main goal of the Zionists is sowing discord among Muslims, especially the Shia, because they are aware of the people’s great attachment to clerics such as martyr Ayatollah Baqer al-Hakim, who have been making efforts to unite the people in order to prevent the domination of Iraq and the plunder of its resources. While not ruling out the possibility of the involvement of extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda in the blast in Najaf, he noted, "Of course, I think the massive propaganda by the pro-Western media and the emphasis on blaming Al-Qaeda or remnants of the Baath Party should be considered a conscious effort to conceal the role of Zionist and occupying forces in this abominable atrocity."
He said that increased insecurity and the outbreak of a civil war among Muslims, especially the Shia, could be used as an excuse for continuing the occupation of Iraq, adding that U.S. troops' refusal to maintain security at religious sites is part of this plot.
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