12th Anniversary Of the Illegal Invasion of Iraq: The Anglo-American Iraqi Genocide

The appalling legacy of a quarter of a century of Western violence against Iraq (1990-2015)

By Gideon Polya
Global Research, March 27, 2015
Counter Currents, March 23, 2015


CHIN CAPTION ADDITIONBritish writer Harold Pinter declared in his 2005 Nobel Prize acceptance speech:

“We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it ‘bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East’. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice” [22].

1990-2011 Iraqi deaths from US Alliance violence (1.7 million) or violently-imposed deprivation (2.9 million) total 4.6 million and one can in 2015 paraphrase this great humanitarian: “How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? 4.6 million? More than enough, I would have thought.”

Unfortunately the International Criminal Court (ICC) as currently operating is a politically complicit entity  that strictly confines its war crimes attention to war criminals that the US Alliance doesn’t like.  (for discussion see “The Politics of Genocide” by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson [23, 24]).

The ICC has repeatedly ignored complaints over the Iraqi Genocide (e.g. [25, 26] and that means the world must accept recourse to eminent international people’s tribunals to assess the war crimes of the US Alliance in Iraq and elsewhere.

US state terrorism, UK state terrorism, French state terrorism, Apartheid Israeli state terrorism among others have variously combined over the last 25 years to destroy Iraq as a united, sovereign, modern state.

In the face of endless war against Iraq and an ongoing Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide, what can decent people do?

Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. Decent people must

(a) circumvent the lying and ignoring by the Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI)-subverted Mainstream media [27] by resolutely attempting to inform everyone they can about the Iraqi Genocide, and

(b) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) – of the kind successfully applied against Apartheid South Africa and currently being applied against Israel. This would apply to all people, politicians, parties, companies, corporations and countries involved in the Iraqi Genocide and the Zionist-promoted Muslim Holocaust and Genocide of which it is a part [28]. History ignored yields history repeated. We cannot walk by on the other side

Those with consciences recently marked the 12th anniversary on 19 March 2015 of the illegal and war criminal US, UK and Australian invasion of Iraq in 2003 that was based on false assertions of Iraqi possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction, was conducted in the absence of UN sanction or Iraqi threat to the invading nations, and led to 2.7 million Iraqi deaths from violence (1.5 million) or from violently-imposed deprivation (1.2 million).

The West has now commenced its Seventh Iraq War since 1914 in over a century of Western violence in which Iraqi deaths from violence or violently-imposed deprivation have totalled 9 million. However Western Mainstream media have resolutely ignored the carnage, this tragically illustrating the adage “History ignored yields history repeated” [1].

Western Mainstream media utterly ignore expert assessments of how many people the US Alliance has killed in Iraq and resolutely ignore the crucial epidemiological concept of non-violent avoidable deaths (excess deaths, avoidable mortality, excess mortality, deaths that should not have happened) associated with war-imposed deprivation (for detailed analysis see [2]).

Thus, by way of example, on the occasion of US withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 the Australian ABC (Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC) reported that

“The withdrawal ends a war that left tens of thousands of Iraqis and nearly 4,500 American soldiers dead” [3].

In contrast, the US Just Foreign Policy organization estimates, based on the data of expert UK analysts and top US medical epidemiologists, 1.5 million violent deaths in the Iraq War (2003-2011) [4-7] and UN data indicate a further 0.8 million Iraq avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation in this period [2]. Violent deaths and avoidable deaths from violently -imposed deprivation in the Gulf War (1990-1991) and Sanctions period (1990-2003) total 0.2 million and 1.2 million, respectively [1].

Accordingly, Iraqi deaths from violence (1.7 million) or war-imposed deprivation (2.9 million) since 1990 total 4.6 million [1].

However Western violation of Iraq commenced with the British invasion in 1914. Assuming excess mortality of Iraqis under British rule or hegemony (1914- 1948) was the same as for Indians under the British (interpolation from available data indicate Indian avoidable death rates in “deaths per 1,000 of population per year” of 37 (1757-1920), 35 (1920-1930), 30 (1930-1940) and 24 (1940-1950) [8]), one can estimate from Iraqi population data [9] that Iraqi avoidable deaths from deprivation under British occupation and hegemony from 1914-1950 totalled about 4 million. Thus ignoring Iraqi deaths associated with the US-backed Iraq-Iran War, one can estimate that about 9 million Iraqi deaths from UK or US violence or imposed deprivation in the century after the 1914 invasion of Iraq by Britain, this constituting an Iraqi Holocaust and an Iraqi Genocide as discussed below.

Holocaust is the destruction of a large number of people and 9 million Iraqi deaths from Anglo-American violence or violently-imposed deprivation certainly constitutes an Iraqi Holocaust. The term “holocaust” was first applied to a WW2 atrocity by Jog in 1944 [11] in relation to the “forgotten” man-made Bengal Famine (Bengali Holocaust) in which 6-7 million Indians (many of them Muslims, and hence the term WW2 Muslim Holocaust) were deliberately starved to death by the British in 1942-1945 (Australia was complicit in this atrocity by withholding grain from its huge wartime wheat stores from starving India) [11-14]. The term “holocaust” was subsequently applied to the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation according to the recently deceased, pro-Iraq War, and Iraqi Genocide-ignoring British Zionist historian Professor Sir Martin Gilbert [15]), noting that the WW2 Jewish Holocaust was part of a vastly greater WW2 European Holocaust in which 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies were killed [2].

Genocide is very precisely defined in International Law as “ acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”, as set out by Article 2 of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention:

“In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” [16].

Any argument that the British and Americans did not “intend” to kill 9 million Iraqis is belied by the remorseless slaughter over 101 years interrupted only by the period between the overthrow of the British-installed monarchy in 1958 and the commencement of Sanctions in 1990.

The Anglo-American Iraqi Genocide since 1990 has been associated with 2 million under-5 year old infant deaths comprising 1.2 million (1990-2003) and 0.8 million (2003-2011), 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which demand that an Occupier must supply their conquered Subjects with food and medical requisites to “the fullest extent of the means available to it” [17]. The Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide was also war criminal mass infanticide and mass paedocide.

The appalling legacy of a quarter of a century of Western violence against Iraq (1990-2015) – for oil, US hegemony and Apartheid Israeli hegemony – is summarized below, with much of the data being found in “Iraqi Holocaust Iraqi Genocide” [1], “Genocide in Iraq” volumes I and II by Iraqi scholars Dr Abdul-Haq Al-Ani & Tariq Al-Ani and reviews of these works [18-21] and noting that about half of the Iraqi population of 30 million are children :

(1). 1.7 million Iraqi violent deaths.

(2). 2.9 million Iraqi avoidable deaths from violently -imposed deprivation.

(3). 2 million under-5 year old Iraqi infant deaths, 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of the Geneva Convention by the US Alliance.

(4). 7,700,000 Iraqi refugees.

(5). 5,000,000 Iraqi orphans.

(6). 3,000,000 Iraqi widows.

(7). 1,000,0000 Iraqis missing.

(8). 4,000 Iraqi women (20% under 18) missing and presumed “trafficked”.

(9). 3.5 million Iraqi children living in dire poverty.

(10). 1.5 million Iraqi children are undernourished.

(11). Iraqi cancer cases in cases per 100,000 people were 40 (1990), 800 (1995) and 1,600 (2005).

(12). 40% of Iraqi professionals have left since 2003.

(13). 34,000 doctors (1990) declined to 16,000 doctors (2008).

(14). More than 2,200 doctors and nurses killed.

(15). The Iraqi health budget dropped from $450 million pa (1980-1991) to $22 million (2002),

(16). Most of Iraqi children are traumatized by war.

(17). From high literacy pre-1990 to 74% illiteracy in 2011.

Iraq has been substantially destroyed as a modern state by US state terrorism, with the participation of its allies including Britain, France, Israel among others. The same state terrorists have been variously involved in the similar destruction of Libya and Syria.  These are unforgivable crimes and the US Alliance war criminals must be brought to account by the world through international law and through application of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the war criminal Western states responsible for the Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide.

Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text “Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds” (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). 


[1]. “Iraqi Holocaust Iraqi Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/ .

[2]. Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, that includes an avoidable mortality-related history of every country from Neolithic times and is now available for free perusal on the web : http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com.au/ .

[3]. “US military marks end of its Iraq war”, ABC News, 16 December 2011: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-15/us-military-marks-end-of-its-war-in-iraq/3733982 .

[4]. “Just Foreign Policy”: http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq .

[5]. ORB (Opinion Research Business), “January 2008 – Update on Iraqi Casualty Data”, January 2008: http://www.opinion.co.uk/Newsroom_details.aspx?NewsId=88 .

[6]. Les Roberts, “Les Roberts: Iraq’s death toll far worse than our leaders admit”, Uruqnet: 14 February 2007: http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=30670&s2=16 .

[7]. G. Burnham, R. Lafta, S. Doocy and L. Roberts, “Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey”, The Lancet 2006 Oct 21;368(9545):1421-8: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17055943 .

[8]. Gideon Polya, “Economist Mahima Khanna wins Cambridge Prize”, MWC News, 20 November 2011: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/14978-economist-mahima-khanna.html .

[10]. “Iraq Population”: http://www.populstat.info/Asia/iraqc.htm .

[11]. Jog, N.G. (1944), “Churchill’s Blind-Spot: India”, New Book Company, Bombay.

[12]. Gideon Polya, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability”, G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 1998, 2008, now available for free perusal on the web: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/2008/09/jane-austen-and-black-hole-of-british.html .

[13]. Gideon Polya, “Australia And Britain Killed 6-7 Million Indians In WW2 Bengal Famine”, Countercurrents, 29 September, 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm .

[14]. Madhusree Muckerjee, “Churchill’s Secret War. The British Empire and the ravaging of India during World War II” (Basic Books, New York, 2010).

[15]. Gideon Polya , “UK Zionist Historian Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015) Variously Ignored Or Minimized WW2 Bengali Holocaust”, Countercurrents, 19 February, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya190215.htm .

[16]. UN Genocide Convention: http://www.edwebproject.org/sideshow/genocide/convention.html .

[17]. Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War: https://www.icrc.org/ihl/INTRO/380 .

[18]. “Genocide in Iraq Volume I . The case against the UN Security Council and member states” by Dr Abdul-Haq Al-Ani and Tarik Al-Ani (foreword by Professor Joshua Castellino; Clarity Press, Atlanta).

[19]. Gideon Polya ““Genocide in Iraq, The Case Against UN Security Council And Member States”. Book review”, Countercurrents, 8 February, 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya080213.htm .

[20]. Abdul-Haq Al-Ani and Tariq Al-Ani, “Genocide in Iraq Volume II. The Obliteration of a Modern State” (Clarity Press, 2015).

[21]. Gideon Polya, “Review: “Genocide in Iraq Volume II. The obliteration of a modern state” By Abdul-Haq Al-Ani & Tariq Al-Ani”, Countercurrents, 15 March 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya150315.htm .

[22]. Harold Pinter, “Art, Truth and politics”, Countercurrents, 8 December, 2005: http://www.countercurrents.org/arts-pinter081205.htm .

[23]. Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, “The Politics of Genocide”.

[24]. Gideon Polya, “Book Review: “The Politics Of Genocide” By Edward Herman And David Peterson”, Countercurrents, 05 December, 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya051211.htm .

[25]. SEARCH Foundation, “ Australia’s former Prime Minister Howard accused of war crimes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague”, Countercurrents, 7 June 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/searchnew2.pdf .

[26]. “9 January 2010 Formal Complaint by Dr Gideon Polya to the International Criminal Court (ICC) re US Alliance Palestinian, Iraqi, Afghan, Muslim, Aboriginal, Biofuel and Climate Genocides”: https://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/9-january-2010 .

[27]. “Mainstream media lying”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammedialying/ .

[28]. “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ .


7 thoughts on “12th Anniversary Of the Illegal Invasion of Iraq: The Anglo-American Iraqi Genocide

  1. migarium

    I do not understand, actually already I no longer gave up to understand. Earthlings my friends, everyone is crying in the Middle East, have you noticed? And this all comes at the Iraqis and Palestinians. I want to ask again like before, “vigneron has no guilt at all, only thief is guilty?”

    I have examined this article. I’ve read only the No.1 source of the link. And further points are in the middle clearly. I should explain briefly. These articles originally are not being written for seeking justice for the innocent Iraqi people. There is 100 years Sevres Treaty behind of that. With the new name, Greater Middle East project.

    No.1 source says, Iraq genocide began between 1914 -1918. At those days these lands belonged to the Ottoman Empire. Dam..D! Do you know my Earthling friends, what will be the result of it? “Turks did genocide to Kurds as same as they did to the Armenians.” will be the result. The Middle East publics who were provoked by British and real slaughters and real criminals will be never sought.

    If I write in here “how did the allies make genocide to Turks in Anatolia, and how did the other ethnics Kurds and Armenians support to allies between 1914-1922,” it would be pages and pages. And these are not the words”grand grandmother’s or grandfather’s told,”; these are registered official date. How many children are killed starving or enemy weapons, how many women murdered including even they were pregnant, how many older has been torture; all of them are registered. And it is precisely at this time, so the imperialist allies were shredding Anatolia, other ethnics people started to revolt against the Turks in the Ottoman. Do you know that even only in Izmir, how many Turkish and Jewish neighborhoods were burned by Armenians and those people dead for this reason? About 25,000 homes burned, two-thirds of the city of burned by Armenians. These are not only in Turkish records, are records in the western states. America included. And Izmir is the west Anatolian city; not east. Especially the number of Turks massacred by Armenian in the eastern provinces of the East cities is unclear. Even Tsarist Russia was promised territory to Armenian. But the Bolsheviks, after the Bolshevik revolution, they will work with the Armenians, because they said that Armenians signed great barbaric massacre. And, in fact, these are in the Russian state archives, in correspondence of the Russian commanders.

    Let’s talk about the Palestinians, Kurds (only except Anatolian Kurds), and Arabs. They have accepted disintegration of the Ottoman Empire as an opportunity, they attacked to Turks by the instigation of the British. Even at the WWI, in front of Tripoli, it is filled with betrayals of Arabs, Palestinians and Yemeni. They fought at first with Turks side by side, but during war, they have changed their side. Tripoli was one of the biggest front. And from there, almost any Turk couldn’t return home.

    There’s more, but it is enough to look at this as old history, I think.

    And we came to 2000s. Sevres Treaty gave its place to the Greater Middle East Project. In Iraq, not only the Kurds have not lived before. But it was given such a perception of the world, in now only Kurds live here for everyone. The first reason is that Saddam killed so many Kurds. Kurds establish Kurdistan in northern Iraq. I wonder, really they established? And have been only Kurds living at northern Iraq? Turks, Arabs, Assyrians and other ethnic groups were in northern Iraq. But somehow, only the names of Kurds are spoken. Because the others etnics were exiled or murdered. And many city names were changed. For example today, the same thing happen. Do you know Kobane city in Syria. Almost entire world knows this city is Kurdish city. Actually it is not. Kobane’s name is in real Ayn-al-Arab. Is there need any explanation, it is obviously its name. In fact, this city is a place lived to Arabs. And this city is a Kurds city anymore.

    How Middle Eastern Kurds have obtained this privilege since 2000?

    Let’s look at the American companies with investments in Iraq. Most investors are Americans in Iraq. Even one of them is Exxon, it has already conquered almost the entire territory of Iraqi Kurdistan, the all oil fields.

    The imperialists, who have promised country and lands to Kurds, but nothing give, now they are exploiting these lands. Worst part of this, Western leftists are showing the Middle East Kurds as freedom fighters. And Middle East Kurds are perceived as if they are great communist or Marxist. How Kurds, who have moved with American forces when ISIS attacked Kobane can be left-minded? Is there any leftist who acts with United States on world history!

    And after this lengthy comment, I want to say that:
    America killed those people in Iraq. Ok, correctly. And everyone sad including me. But my dear earthling friends, are Iraqi Kurds innocent? Middle East is falling apart and only they gain as well. Are they the main support reason of all these, aren’t they?

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    1. newsfortherevolution Post author

      I think you need to write a few articles on the history of the region. You have a wealth of knowledge on this subject!

      It’s seems to me that the various groups have been, and are still today, played against one another by imperialist powers in their own quest to control the region. One moment the west is supporting one group, and then the next they are letting those people be slaughtered. This is something that has happened in other places as well, particularly Africa.

      I have a long list of books to read, but I am definitely going to do some research into the history of western and central Asia. There’s so much to learn

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      1. migarium

        If I write what will change, my Earthling friend? You remember the movie 12 Angry Man. All the evidence says that young had killed his father. Henry Fonda’s character begins with a single question. And he proves that reasonable doubt must be supported with evidences to the other jurors.

        And think about it:
        -Turks say that “lets open our state archives both of us” for many years. But Armenians says “no, we don’t open.”
        Turks ask to the world “what are your evidences about Armenian massacre by Turks”. The countries, who have accepted Armenian Genocide answer them: “the elderly Armenians memories are in our hands, their memories are our documents”. Memories are becoming more valuable than official documents.

        -Turks say that “to let this subject give to the historians; they would research, and we will accept what they will occur,”. But all supported world says “not historians, politicians are right, we don’t want to hear historians.”

        -Armenian terrorist organization ASALA killed 27 Turkish ambassadors between the years of 1975-1984. Among them Vienna, Teheran, Brussels, Lisbon and others. Even one of them was the attaché Ottawa (Canada) Turkey’s Military Attache Embassy in Ottawa, killed August 27, 1982. Turks are asking to the world: “These guys are not terrorists?” World is replying: “No, they are not.” Because according to them, even a terrorist is always good more than a dead Turk. It is hard to accept, but it is true.

        They also proved my words with The Khojaly Massacre in 25–26 February 1992. Armenian terrorists killed in vilonce and barbaric ways the Azerbaijani Turks. But noone saw, noone wanted to hear. Even today, look at wikipedia, they write the number of dead in differently. They don’t want to atract attention the imperialists.

        And, there are real evidence on this table, not like at the movie 12 Angry Man. But propaganda is always important, you know. The sad thing is always, the western leftist are acting with the imperialist in this subject. No problem, Turks get used to this; they have been always alone, and they will be alone…

        Anyway, thank you for listening to me.

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      2. newsfortherevolution Post author

        My pleasure. As I told you before, I don’t know a lot about this history, but it is something I plan on learning more about. But from the sounds of things my only problem will be finding source information that is not distorted or corrupted.

        It seems like this is a real problem here on our planet, there are those who control the information and are therefore able to say, this is what happened, this is the history. But the truth remains hidden or buried under the lies and propaganda. It’s the same with all wars. They never teach us the truth about what caused the World Wars, or that western bankers funded the Nazi war machine. They do everything they can us in the dark about what is really going on behind the scenes.

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  2. sojourner

    Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II and commented:
    Here is the horror that ‘bringing democracy to the world’ creates, Mr and Ms Merica:

    “The appalling legacy of a quarter of a century of Western violence against Iraq (1990-2015) – for oil, US hegemony and Apartheid Israeli hegemony…”

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