Sunday, February 10, 2008

11 million dead in Afghanistan and Iraq?

11 million dead in Afghanistan and Iraq?

By Dr Gideon Polya

08 February, 2008

The United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 with the ostensible excuse of the Afghan Government’s “protection” of the asserted Al Qaeda culprits of the 9/11 atrocity that killed 3,000 people. In the light of as many as 6.6 million post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Afghanistan as of February 2008 (see below), it is important to consider the major problems with this Bush-ite and neo-Bush-ite version of events as summarized below:

1. The US has a long history of “questionable” excuses for war e.g. the explosion of the Maine (the Spanish-American War), the sinking of the US arms-carrying Lusitania (entry into World War 1), the Pearl Harbor attack with now recognized US foreknowledge (entry into World War 2), North Koreans provoked into invading their own country (the Korean War), the fictitious Gulf of Tonkin incident (the Vietnam War; recently similarly but unsuccessfully attempted in the Persian Gulf as an “excuse” to attack Iran) and the extraordinary 1,000 post-9/11 lies told by Bush Administration figures, most notoriously about non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (the Iraq War; post-invasion excess deaths now about 1.5-2 million).

2. The US supported and funded Al Qaeda and the Taliban from the late 1970s to the early 1990s associated with its anti-Soviet policies (see William Blum’s “Rogue State”).

3. Oil- and hegemony-related plans for the invasion of Afghanistan were all ready to go before 9/11.

4. No Afghans were involved in the 9/11 attack according to the “official 9/11 story” of the egregiously dishonest Bush Administration.

5. Even the right-wing, neo-Bush-ite Democrat Al Gore in his recent book “The Assault on Reason” (Chapter 6, National Insecurity, pp178-179) condemns the Bush Administration for effective passive complicity in the 9/11 atrocity i.e. they let it happen, just as a fore-warned US Administration permitted the Pearl Harbor attack to happen in 1941: “Their behaviour, in my opinion, was reckless, but the explanation for it lies in hubris, not in some bizarre conspiracy theory …These affirmative and repeated refusals to listen to clear warnings [prior to 9/11] constitute behaviour that goes beyond simple negligence. At a minimum, it represents a reckless disregard for the safety of the American people.”

6. However, further to point #5, the extremely eminent former 7-year President of Italy, law professor, senator for life and long-term Western intelligence intimate Francesco Cossiga recently (November 2007) told one of Italy's top newspapers that (a) the US CIA and Israeli Mossad committed the 9/11 outrage in order to further US and Zionist aims and that (b) major Western intelligence agencies are well aware of this (for details and documentation see: ).

As of February 2008, analysis of UNICEF data (see UNICEF statistics on Occupied Afghanistan: ) allows the following estimate of 3.3-6.6 million post-invasion excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that should not have happened) in Occupied Afghanistan:

1. annual under-5 infant deaths 370,000.

2. post-invasion under-5 infant deaths 2.3 million (90% avoidable).

3. post-invasion avoidable under-5 infant deaths 2.1 million.

4. post-invasion non-violent excess deaths 3.2 million (2.3 million /0.7 = 3.3 million; for impoverished, worst case Third world countries the under-5 infant deaths are about 0.7 of total non-violent excess deaths (see A Layperson’s Guide to counting Iraq deaths: ).

5. post-invasion violent deaths about 3.3 million (assuming roughly 1 violent death for every non-violent avoidable death i.e. roughly as in US-occupied Occupied Iraq where the ratio of violent deaths to non-violent excess deaths is 0.8-1.2 million to 0.7-0.8 million; see Continued Australian and US Coalition war crimes in Occupied Iraq: ).
6. upper estimate of non-violent plus violent post-invasion excess deaths 3.3 million + 3.3 million = 6.6 million excess deaths.

For detailed documentation of the above see “Australian complicity in continuing Afghan genocide”: . A major cause of the carnage is revealed by WHO (see: ) – the “total annual per capita medical expenditure” permitted by the Occupiers in Occupied Afghanistan is a mere $19 – as compared to as compared to $2,560 (the UK), $3,123 (Australia) and $6,096 (the US). This is in gross contravention of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (see: ) which unequivocally demands that the Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical requisites to its Conquered Subjects “to the fullest extent of the means available to it”. Compounding this is the appalling reality of 4 million Afghan refugees.

What is happening in Afghanistan is an Afghan Holocaust. One sees that post-invasion under-5 infant deaths in Occupied Afghanistan (2.3 million) vastly exceeds the number of Jewish children murdered by the Nazis in World War 2 (1.5 million). The upper estimate of post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths in Occupied Afghanistan (6.6 million out of an average 2001-2008 Afghan population of about 25 million) exceeds the number of Jews murdered by the Nazis in World War 2 ( 5.6 million out of 8.2 million Jews in German-occupied Europe in the period 1941-1945) (see: Gilbert, M. (1969), Jewish History Atlas (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London) and Gilbert, M. (1982), Atlas of the Holocaust (Michael Joseph, London)).

Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention (see: ) states “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.”

From the data summarized above, it is apparent that the Afghan Holocaust is also an Afghan Genocide as defined by the UN Genocide Convention.

Outstanding US Law academic Professor Ali Khan of the Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas has also described what is going on in Afghanistan as genocide i.e. an Afghan Genocide (see “NATO Genocide in Afghanistan”: ).

The key legal verdict of Professor Khan is as follows: “The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (entered into force, 1951) is binding on all states including the 26 member states of NATO. The Genocide Convention is jus cogens, the law from which no derogation is allowed. It provides no exceptions for any nation or any organization of nations, such as the United Nations or NATO, to commit genocide. Nor does the Convention allow any exceptions to genocide "whether committed in time of peace or in time of war." Even traditional self-defense - let alone preemptive self-defense, a deceptive name for aggression – cannot be invoked to justify or excuse the crime of genocide.”

Professor Khan proceeds to analyse the campaign of extermination of the Indigenous Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan in relation to International law. He states that in relation to Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention “In murdering the Taliban, NATO armed forces systematically practice on a continual basis the crime of genocide that consists of three constituent elements - act, intent to destroy, and religious group.” His detailed analysis can be succinctly summarized as follows:

1. “The Genocidal Act” is prohibited as defined in the Genocide Convention as “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” – but is is clearly occurring on a huge scale as indicated by the above data.

2. “The Genocidal Intent” is expressed in the Genocide Convention as “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”- but is clearly present in the statements of the NATO leaders. The “Intent” is also apparent from the sustained, resolute conduct of this horrendously bloody war for over 6 years.

3. “The Genocidal targeting of a Religious Group” is clearly prohibited by the Genocide Convention by “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group” – but is clearly being carried out with the accompaniment of immense Islamophobic propaganda in the West.

Professor Khan concludes: “It may, therefore, be safely concluded that NATO combat troops and NATO commanders are engaged in murdering the Taliban, a protected group under the Genocide Convention, with the specific intent to physically and mentally destroy the group in whole or in part. This is the crime of genocide.”

As an agnostic humanist I certainly don’t care for the Taliban beliefs – but what agnostic humanists (such as myself) or people of other philosophic persuasions think about the religious beliefs and interpretations of the Taliban is beside the point from the perspective of the UN Genocide Convention.

And while I strongly object to human rights violations by the Taliban (especially in relation to women and application of their extreme interpretations of Sharia Law) one has to objectively give credit to the Taliban for (a) bringing Peace through victory in the middle 1990s and (b) for destroying 95% of the Afghan opium production in 2001 (as well of course banning the vastly more deadly use of alcohol and for prohibiting Afghan Government employees from the even more deadly practice of smoking tobacco in 1997). Smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs kill about 7 million people annually, the breakdown being 5 million (tobacco), 1.8 million (alcohol) and 0.2 million (from illicit drugs, about half opiate drug-related).

It can be estimated that 0.6 million people have died world-wide due to opiates in the last 6 years, about 0.5 million of these deaths being due to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 5% of world market share (2001) to 93% (2007) (see UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, World Drug Report 2007: ).

The 0.5 million global US-NATO-linked opiate drug-related deaths plus 6.6 million post-invasion Afghan excess deaths bring an upper estimate of the carnage due to the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan to 7.1 million deaths. If we include excess deaths associated with UK-US actions against Iraq in the period 1990-2008 (about 4 million) then the gruesome carnage of the Bush I plus Bush II Asian Wars now totals about 11 million excess deaths (and this ignores the impact of the Bush Wars through oil price rises and other factors on Third World avoidable deaths).

Occupied Afghanistan is the New Auschwitz of the US and its complicit allies (including former Axis countries Germany and Japan who have on US instigation joined the US-NATO Afghan Genocide) (see: ).

Those Bush-ite and neo-Bush-ite politicians, military and Mainstream media executives complicit in the Afghan Genocide should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court (see: ).

In his 2005 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (see: ), UK playwright Harold Pinter urged the arraignment of Bush and Blair before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and stated “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.”

Eleven million? More than enough, I would have thought.

Dr Gideon Polya published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003). He has just published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: and ).

Sunday, January 20, 2008

We The People to do 24/7 live coverage of NH Recount - Get the word out

Memorandum From Bob Schulz

Dear friend:

Below is a memo regarding a new WTP initiative. Please read, act and
forward to your friends and acquaintances.

Thank you.

Bob Schulz

We The People Congress, Inc.
2458 Ridge Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
Phone: (518) 656-3578 Fax: (518) 656-9724


TO: Full WTP e-mail list
FROM: Bob Schulz
DATE: 18 Jan 08

Our beloved Republic is being assaulted. Election integrity is an issue of critical interest.

Each of us has a duty to do everything possible to see that those to whom we have given the responsibility of conducting our federal elections (the States) eliminate election confusion, frustration, error and fraud.

A pitched battle is underway over whom and what will count the votes.

The Government wants -- and is well on its way, to having all votes counted in secret (by machines and computers). However, the People have a Creator-endowed, unalienable Right to have their votes accurately counted in a recorded public forum.

Ten days ago, a Presidential primary election was held in New Hampshire where all votes were cast on paper ballots. However, 80% of the votes were counted by computers that are manufactured overseas and controlled by software that is not available to those to whom the People have given the responsibility of conducting our federal elections (the States). Only 20% of the votes were hand-counted in a recorded public forum.

Within minutes of the closing of the polls, the results were being broadcast by the National Election Pool, a consortium of the five TV networks and the AP. Immediately, there was confusion and frustration and strong suspicion of machine error if not human fraud.

The truth about the integrity of the New Hampshire primary election needs to be established. NH was just the beginning of an electoral process that will involve many more primary elections and then the general election in November, all conducted by the Government and all using machines and computers to count the votes.

Fortunately, some People have taken the initial steps toward getting to the truth about New Hampshire. Two of the presidential candidates on the ballot have arranged for a recount of all hand counted and machine counted votes, overcoming the objections of and surmounting every obstacle manufactured by the Government.

In addition, highly competent and credible election integrity advocates like Bev Harris are on the scene with video cameras to record developments. Already, significant discrepancies in the recount are surfacing.

The Government says the recount could take six weeks (to extend beyond Super Tuesday's primary elections - conducted in some 20 states representing about half of the American public.

The dominant media is not attentive, paying no attention to the on-going developments in New Hampshire and putting no pressure on the State Government to complete the audit in less time.

More "People Power" is needed to ensure that the recount process, itself, is transparent, effective and timely.

We have decided to do what we can to help. We are in the process of transporting our full Liberty Hour studio set to New Hampshire. Beginning Tuesday morning, the day the Republican recount gets underway (the Democrat recount will resume on Tuesday), we will go live on the Internet with at least three scheduled interactive news conferences every day, in addition to breaking news announcements and interviews with key people. The live conference process will use state of the art interactive conferencing capability. We will have 24/7 capability. We intend to be on the scene in NH for the duration of the recount.

We have come up with a way to pay for our RECOUNT FORUM project.

For a one-time donation of only $15, everyone will be able to tune in as many times as they want, at any time during the duration of the recount, to watch any and all of the live webcasts and proceedings - to stay up to date and to have their questions answered. Yes, the webcasts will be interactive.

To participate, you will need to follow two steps.

Make your $15 donation to the We The People Congress. To donate by PayPal go to and send your donation to

To donate by credit card, e-check, check or money order, go to Sign in and obtain your WTP password. Allocate funds to We The People Congress, not to We The People Foundation. Make sure you click "one-time" only donation. Ignore the "Share Code" field.

Obtain your Forum password at Enter the information. Your Recount Forum instructions and password will be emailed to you prior to Tuesday morning, i.e., prior to the start of the Forum.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Obama-Anti-Defamation League Dance in the Corner That You Almost Missed

It's an unruly bunch. People knocking each other over, throwing spitballs at their friends and enemies, making rude sounds and pretending that it's all meaningful political analysis. What with Huckabee wanting God to hand him a Constitution written on stone tablets and everyone making believe that votes are being counted honestly, putting lipstick on Romney and Hillary all the while doing their best to ignore Ron Paul, I wouldn't blame you for missing the little dance in the corner between Abe Foxman and Barack Obama.

It started on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 15th. Richard Cohen threw a spitball in the form of Louis Farrakhan (the black David Duke in the eyes of the sheep and their shepherds) at Obama. Cohen even whipped out the Hitler stick and gave Obama a whack on the head.

Apparently, Obama's Chicago church, Trinity United Church of Christ, gave Louie an award last year. It was the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award. With the award came some praise that Louie "truly epitomized greatness."

That sent Richard Cohen over the edge. His column used variations on 'anti-semite' five times, 'Jew' eight times and the big ol' 'Hitler' schtick once. Why it sent him over the edge only on Tuesday instead of last year is unknown, but I'm sure he has his reasons.

According to, the Anti-Defamation League was getting ready to release a statement to pressure Obama into making the usual dance moves that always make the ADL happy to see. One has to keep the ADL happy, after all. But Obama beat them to the punch and busted a move:

"I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan," Obama said in a statement released by his aides. "I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree."

This of course caused Abe Foxman of the the ADL to reply with his own little boogie-down:

"We welcome Barack Obama's condemnation of the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Minister Louis Farrakhan blah blah blah..."

But at the end of the ADL's release was this little nugget that both underscores and reaffirms the reason that I always come back to watch the floor show:

"Farrakhan's bigoted and anti-Semitic rhetoric has included statements calling whites "blue eyed devils" and Jews "bloodsuckers" that controlled the slave trade, the government, the media and various Black individuals and organizations."

Thanks for the dance show, Abe and Obama. Nice routine. I'm sure Farrakhan also enjoyed it immensely.

But I would like to know if anyone really thinks that Huckabee, Ron Paul or Romney would still be in the race if their church gave an award to David Duke no matter how the candidate danced?