Remember the Iraq War, launched by George W. Bush and his criminal gang who sold Americans the lie that the nation was in danger of a devastating military attack from Iraq because its leader, Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction?
Do you remember the hundreds of thousands of innocent people the U.S. military and its mercenaries killed in Iraq, how they destroyed the nation and how it cost the American taxpayers over $2 trillion?
Do you remember when George, “Daddy’s Boy” Bush landed on USS Abraham Lincoln on 1 May 2003, to blurt out his “Mission Accomplished,” bullshit speech that the U.S. won the Iraq War?
Nineteen years later, the U.S.’s military engagements in the Middle East continue to plague the region with millions of landmines buried in neighborhoods throughout Iraq that threaten any Iraqi looking to return home.
The fear of stepping on a landmine in Iraq is so widespread, that many internally displaced individuals opt to stay inside camps than return to their home village.
Leyla Murad, a 22-year-old Iraqi woman living inside a camp in the northwest part of the country, told German outlet DW that she has heard dozens of stories of “adults, children, and animals shredded into pieces by mines.”
The report said these mines are buried in farms, on the side of roads, and in fields. The UN estimates that there are about 25 million landmines and other explosives in the country that need to be removed. These landmines in countries like Syria and Afghanistan have been blamed for up to 48,000 deaths, The Global Times reported, citing Airwars, the British investigative organization.
The U.S.’s foreign policy has been blamed for its role in destabilizing these countries. The Global Times, which is an arm of the Chinese Communist Party, recalled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who said in 2011, the U.S.’s goal in Afghanistan is to use the country “to wash money out of the tax bases of the U.S. and Europe and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war not a successful war.”
(See “WAR CRIME GANG GETS RICHER,” “AMERICA: MILITARY SPENDING HEADED TO RECORD LEVELS” and “MILITARY SPENDING INCREASES AS ECONOMIES DECLINE.”)
Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of China Foreign Affairs University, told the paper that the U.S. “executes its foreign strategy” by producing wars in order to achieve its global hegemony.
“The U.S. military-industrial complexes formed a huge special interest group by acquiring weapons contracts to gain great wealth in the war, which has formed a vicious circle of war, hijacking domestic economic growth and is an important reason why the US is mired in war and cannot extricate itself from it.”
TRENDPOST: In February 2003, one month before the much heralded invasion of Iraq, Celente predicted in a Trend Alert to subscribers: “While victory on the battlefield may be swift, considering the massive military power of the US, the war against Iraq will eventually be lost… They will not let the US, or any western sympathizer, run their country. So, while it may appear that victory is at hand, the battle will have just begun and the war won’t stop at the Iraqi borders.”
A year later (May 2004), in a special edition of the Trends Journal dedicated to Iraq, Celente observed that, “Iraq never was, and most likely never will be, a Western model democracy.” He called out every pertinent lie, deception and misrepresentation of fact that political leaders delivered, and too many in the media bought into, that twisted the real facts behind the roots of turmoil in Iraq into a fantasy that, he predicted, would make “terrorism” the new “Communism.”
For his prescience, Celente became persona non grata for the mainstream media, no longer welcome on TV programs where he had long been a regular. “The press was complicit with government aims,” says Celente. “They were getting pressure from the top, from their corporate owners, and they folded.”
A study by FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) bears Celente out. The study found that in the three weeks after the start of the invasion, the ratio of pro-war US TV guests to anti-war guests was 25 to 1 and that 68 percent of the pro-war guests were current or former government officials.