(Investigator 142, 2012 January)

The Weekend Australian Magazine says that over 100,000 Iraqis went missing under the West’s occupation from 2005 to 2007 mainly due to the violent insurgency and sectarian killings between Sunni and Shia. (October 1-2, 2011)

However, it adds that under Saddam Hussein millions disappeared — about 4 million from the past 30 years are missing. The article says: "the United States Agency for International Development announced in 2004 that 270 mass graves had been discovered, containing more than 400,000 bodies. That number of graves has now reached 360…"

The invasion was neither a war for oil nor a plot led by President Bush to expand Christian influence, but necessary to stop Saddam Hussein's violence expanding indefinitely.  

Iraq now has a chance to become prosperous which hopefully it will succeed at before the water runs out. The underground water sources (aquifers) are drying up everywhere (New Scientist, November 8, 2008, p. 8) which, coupled with reduced rain in West Asia from climate change, high human birth rates, and upstream building of dams sets the stage for future conflict.

The West is already keeping several hundred million Muslims alive by exporting to them water in the form of food (which requires water to produce) and is sometimes called "virtual water". America and Europe won't be able to sustain such export when climate-change intensifies.

The Arab/Muslim nations need to  "get their house in order" while they are able to. The Bible suggests that even the Nile can dry up. (Isaiah 19)

Anon — SA

[Note: This website has more comment on the Iraq war under the heading Offence and Free Speech #117]