Will Iraq ever recover from the US invasion? ... Child Kidnapping in Iraq: Another Legacy of US Military Occupation - November 2012


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This a horrific allegation that US training manual for counter insurgency "advocated methods of torture, extortion, kidnapping, and execution".

If that is so, the US cure is no better than the disease it purports to fight, and, in fact, may be worse if it becomes widespread.


... Kidnapping is also a common tactic in American counterinsurgency warfare. The reputation of the U.S. Army School Of the America’s (SOA) was permanently stained after the 1996 declassification of several of its training manuals. The manuals provided documented evidence that SOA instructors had taught and advocated methods of torture, extortion, kidnapping, and execution in the counterinsurgency wars. The Pentagon claimed that the manuals contained only isolated “objectionable” passages, and continued a long pattern of denial by arguing that the manuals had not been properly cleared and did not represent U.S. government policy. Given the historical record, those denials were not credible.

In the 1980s, the SOA became a symbol of U.S. foreign policy perversities in Latin America. By then, many graduates of the school were already infamous in their own countries for their leadership of, or involvement in, savage counterinsurgency campaigns and human rights atrocities. The SOA was known in the region as the School of Assassins or the School of Coups. The names of SOA graduates are familiar to Latin Americanists: dictator Hugo Banzer of Bolivia, who took power in a bloody coup; LeopoldoGaltieri, Argentine general and member of the “dirty war” junta in the 1980s; Roberto d’Aubuisson, leader of Salvadoran death squads; General Efraín Ríos Montt, overseer of massacres of indigenous peasants as dictator in Guatemala; Chilean Miguel Krassnoff, DINA officer and torturer; the list goes on. The U.N. Truth Commission on El Salvador found that 60 Salvadoran officers were responsible for the worst atrocities of that country’s dirty war; more than two-thirds were SOA graduates. More than 60,000 Latin American officers have trained at the SOA.

And as we know, many of these people were transferred to Iraq after 2003. Many Iraqi militia members who were trained and armed by these thugs are still roaming free on the Iraqi streets. Their funds have become depletedsince their US paymastershave left the country.So why should they not earn some hard cashby abducting children? After all they have unlearned all morality during their years of savage dead squad activities.

Since 2003 Iraqis have been terrorised by child kidnaps, because the US invaders deliberately organized chaos and lawlessness by disbanding the Iraqi army and police. In October 2003, Oliver Burch, Christian Aid’s emergency programme manager for Iraq, said many Iraqis had told him of an alarming growth in abductions, “that unemployment is the biggest problem and that the economic situation is pushing people into crime. The newly created police are not respected at all because they are associated with the Americans, who are increasingly resented in Iraq now”, he said, and he added that “the so-called liberators should at least provide security. They have made it possible for thieves to take anything. Nothing was done from the beginning to stop looting. Everyone now tends to stay at home. If you have a decent car, it could cost you your life.” As a consequence around 50% of children were not going to school, according to a spokesman for Save the Children UK.

Since then there have been many reports in the mainstream press about kidnappings, but not much has been done to solve the problem, certainly not by the occupation forces. Not many abduction cases have been solved, even though the Iraqi authorities claim thattheir security forces are gradually improving their capability in the field of tackling the problem.

But it’s doubtful that the problem will ever be solved as long as the Iraqi government is run by Maliki and his militia’s.

Al Jazeera disclosed some classified reports in October 2010. One was a very revealing one:

In October 2006, an Iraqi army unit reportedly robbed a number of people living in Sunni neighbourhoods in western Baghdad. The unit was arrested on October 11 – and told its captors that it was operating under the authority of Iraqi prime ministerNouri al-Maliki. ...