“I grieve for Iraq before I treat Colin Powell as a hero” – The Independent

“I grieve for Iraq before I treat Colin Powell as a hero” – The Independent
“I grieve for Iraq before I treat Colin Powell as a hero” – The Independent

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We begin with the presentation of the British newspapers, from where writer Ahmed Twig ended his article in The Independent, as he criticized the pattern of celebrating the career of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died of complications from infection with the Corona virus.

“As an Iraqi, it is frustrating to see that so much of the focus surrounding Powell’s death is linked to his COVID vaccination,” Twigg said in the final clip. “The real tragedy in Colin Powell’s death is that the millions of Iraqis still suffering from his past actions will never see justice.”

“The lives we must mourn are the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who died as a result of Powell’s actions. Before it is too late, we must hold George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the other architects accountable for the catastrophe that Iraq suffers to this day,” he added.

In the article, which was published under the title “As an Iraqi, I will mourn for my country before I treat Colin Powell as a hero,” the so-called dignity of Powell was lost when he deliberately deceived the United Nations Security Council in February 2003 in his attempt to push for war Iraq”.

“Publicly, Powell spoke of his ‘no doubt’ about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and declared before the Council that ‘every statement I made today is supported by sources, well-established sources. These are not assertions. What we present to you are facts and conclusions based on information.'” Strong intelligence.” But privately, according to his former chief of staff, Larry Wilkerson, Powell asked, “How would we all feel if we put half a million soldiers in Iraq and walked from one end of the country to the other and found nothing?”

The writer notes that the 2003 US invasion was not Powell’s only intervention in Iraq. In fact, his record had previously been tarnished. After US airstrikes destroyed Iraq’s only infant formula factory in the 1991 Gulf War, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced At the time, Colin Powell, without evidence ‘It wasn’t a baby formula factory. It was a biological weapons facility, we’re sure of that.’

As the writer notes, “In the run-up to the first Gulf War…Powell advocated the maximum use of force once some of the concessions of military intervention were met. Such a policy eventually saw the annihilation of retreating Iraqi soldiers, who posed no threat to American national security, In what is now referred to as the Death Road.”

Powell’s controversial involvement in the war was not limited to the Middle East. After the My Lai massacre, which killed up to 500 unarmed Vietnamese civilians, Powell, then a major in the US Army, was sent to investigate rumors of atrocities committed by his colleagues. He has since been accused of downplaying the United States’ role in a potential war crime, instead stating that relations between American soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent.”

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We turn to a report by the Times’s Middle East correspondent, Richard Spencer, about what the Secretary-General of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah, stated that he has 100,000 trained fighters.

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Nasrallah addressed his words to the head of the “Lebanese Forces” party, Samir Geagea, whom Hezbollah accuses of being responsible for the killing of 7 people during a protest against the judge investigating the Beirut explosion last week.

Spencer says that “if the number is accurate, (the number of the party) will advance over (many) the Lebanese army, and even the British army.”

Analysts say that the figure announced by Nasrallah “probably not only includes reserve fighters, but also others who have never been seen,” according to the writer.

The writer quotes Muhannad Hajj Ali, an expert on Hezbollah affairs at the Carnegie Endowment in Beirut, as saying that “the claim of 100,000 might be reasonable if (Nasrallah) counts, in addition to his full-time fighters, all potential reservists, which includes Members previously trained in basic combat, but had no experience.”

The writer notes that “there is no dispute that Hezbollah has built a large force with the support of Iran. The other factions, including the Lebanese Forces, have weapons but not the same size.”

By contrast, the Lebanese army, which receives training from the Americans, French and British, officially has just under 85,000 soldiers. It has run out of money due to the economic crisis and is struggling to pay salaries.

 
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