MODEL, David. US Professor of Political Science & genocide scholar: "Iraq is a clear-cut case of genocide"
David Model is a Professor of Political Science at Seneca College, New York, USA. He is the author of “State of Darkness: US Complicity in Genocides Since 1945” (see: http://www.twf.org/News/Y2008/0521-Genocide.html ).
Professor David Model on US-imposed Iraqi Genocide (2008): “On January 15, 1991, B-52s were flying towards their targets in Iraq and cruise missiles were fired from ships in the Indian Ocean. Iraqi defences were incapable of offering any resistance.
Restricting the bombing to only military targets was not part of the U.S. war plan whereas targets included hospitals, electric utilities, schools, factories, water treatment plants, irrigation systems, food storage facilities and community health centres. Over 200,000 people died, the majority of whom were civilians.
In 2003, George Bush Junior inflicted further atrocities on the devastated people of Iraq and on a country virtually bombed back into pre-industrial times by another so-called war. As of today, Iraq has suffered a further one million casualties and four million refugees.
Whether or not the administrations of Bush Senior, Clinton, and Bush Junior intended to commit genocide in Iraq is irrelevant because the consequences of the bombings and sanctions could have been predicted by any reasonable person. The actions of these administrations clearly resulted in mass killing, serious bodily and mental harm, and the infliction of conditions calculated to bring about Iraq's physical destruction in whole or in part. Iraq is a clear-cut case of genocide.
The carnage resulting from this genocide clearly exposes the disparity between the professed principles of American foreign policy and its manifest practice. This hypocrisy betrays the indifference of American leaders to basic democratic principles and to respect for both domestic and international law.” .
. David Model, “Genocide in Iraq”, Counterpunch, 21 May 2008, c/- The Wisdom Fund: http://www.twf.org/News/Y2008/0521-Genocide.html .