Steve Meck: Derailing Democracy
- Derailing Democracy
By Steve Meck
The Daily Targum - Opinions
To understand American Middle Eastern policy, it is simplest to turn
to U.S. declassified documents. In them, the United States complains
Middle Eastern people view the United States as undermining
democracy in the Middle East and actively supporting dictatorships.
Such documents go on to complain this is a tough image to shake
because it is absolutely correct. National Security Council
Memorandum 5801/1 states, "Our economic and cultural interests in
the area have led not unnaturally" to dictatorships that maintain
the status quo. It is naive to think the United States has had a
sudden change of heart in the present Iraq war, and an understanding
of history shows the United States has always been adamantly against
democracy in Iraq.
A good place to start examining America's suppression of Iraqi
democracy is when Saddam Hussein started to rise to power in 1969.
Declassified U.S. documents describe him as a "presentable young
man" with an "engaging smile." The only downside was there weren't
more people like him - "if only one could see more of him, it would
be possible to do business." As was obvious to U.S. planners,
democracy is not conducive to business, but a murderous dictator is.
The United States' dreams came true when Hussein seized control as
dictator, making Iraq open for business. The United States took Iraq
off the list of terrorist states in order to supply the "butcher of
Baghdad" with aid and weapons to - appropriately enough - carry out
terrorist actions. The military aid included funding to start up
Hussein's chemical and biological weapons program and even included
direct biological agents to supplement his almost daily use of
weapons of mass destruction on the Iranians and his own people. The
funding continued throughout his worst crimes and actually increased
after he started using his weapons on his own people.
Everything was going great for the United States-Hussein
relationship. The United States supplied weapons to a murderous
dictator who butchered people who might affect western control. The
funding continued right up until Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
The United States had actually been funding dictators in Iraq and
Iran during the Iraq-Iran war in order to keep both Middle East
powers under control by having them constantly killing each other.
Iraq's attempt to gain power by taking over Kuwait proved to be
unacceptable. Despite America's war against Hussein, America's
disdain for democracy never changed.
After the defeat of Saddam, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush
told the Iraqi people to rise up and take control of their country,
but to his dismay they actually did. There was a huge rebellion
involving the Kurds and the Shiites. Rebelling Iraqi generals asked
for U.S. support to overthrow the monster, but the United States had
a different plan. American troops disarmed the rebels and allowed
Saddam to use air power to crush the rebellion. A state department
spokesman explained, "Bush never supported the Kurdish and Shiite
rebellions against Mr. Hussein, or for that matter any democracy
movement in Iraq" because "Washington felt [Hussein] had become
useful again for maintaining the regional balance."
Somehow "regional balance" equates to control of the Middle East
resources by Washington, and death and misery for people in the
region. "Any democracy movement" would prove to be unacceptable for
Washington, and would naturally have to be destroyed.
After the first Gulf war, the United States felt "the best of all
worlds" would be "an iron-fisted Iraqi junta." But since there was
none, and the only other option would have been democracy, the
United States easily chose the former. In the 2003 invasion of Iraq,
America was prepared with its "iron fisted junta" to replace their
longtime ally Hussein in the form of Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi
National Congress. The strings of this puppet government were
showing so obviously that not too many people outside of Washington
took it seriously. Not only was it created and funded by the CIA, it
was actually organized by a public relation firm. Chalabi and the
INC were selected because they planned to give ChevronTexaco,
ExxonMobil and BP control of Iraqi oil and adamantly opposed the use
of oil that was "managed in the interests of the country's various
communities." To the public relation firm's surprise, the Iraqi
people were so against Chalabi he was prevented from gaining power.
But this setback did not deter the United States from finding
another puppet leader in the form of CIA agent Iyad Allawi. He was
chosen upon the logic he could stop terrorists because he was one.
The CIA admits in the early 1990s, as a paid CIA agent, Allawi was
leader of the Iraqi National Accord, which carried out such heroic
missions as bombing movie theaters and school buses. To complete its
collection of murderers controlling Iraq, the United States has been
very busy recruiting former Baathist members - Hussein's ruling
party - who carried out Hussein's heinous crimes Bush likes to speak
so often about.
As was his purpose, Allawi has surrendered all power to the United
States. Forget about the illusion of democracy, Iraqi citizens are
not even granted basic human rights. Any Iraqi can legally be thrown
in jail, deported, tortured and killed without ever having committed
a crime. Iraqis have literally lost the right to live. Iraqis have
been stripped of any chance at a legal response against U.S. and
British troops. With the legal options nullified, many Iraqis are
taking the only option left available to them - violence.
Of course, the chance for change in the form of a possible election
in January is up to the United States. The Bush administration has
openly said it would support an election even if half of Iraqis
cannot vote, and the CIA has already been exposed as planning
to "put an operation in place to affect the outcome of the
elections" to favor candidates backed by Washington. This is why no
one bothers to utter the ridiculous idea of a "sovereign Iraq"
anymore. There will be no democracy in Iraq as long as America can
help it. But what would you expect from a government that kept
Hussein's torture chambers open for decades?
Steven Meck is a Cook College senior majoring in biology. His
column, "Humanitarian Intervention," appears on alternating
Tuesdays. He welcomes comments at smeck@....
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