American Alchemists at Work in Iraq
Transmuting Silkworms into Scuds
Joe Vialls, 23 March 2003
|Pictures left and right show ‘street legal’ Iraqi Silkworm missiles fired from Al Faw peninsula into northern Kuwait, while picture in center shows a ‘banned’ Scud B no longer owned or operated by Iraq. As US Major General Stanley McChrystal confirmed for media yesterday March 22, 2003, “The Iraqis have not fired any Scuds, and [coalition] forces searching the deserts of Iraq have uncovered no [Scud] missiles or launchers.”|
Before the insane American-led mass murder started in Iraq, Bush, Blair,
Howard and others swore blind that their sole objective was to “Rid
Saddam of his illegal weapons of mass destruction”. Both legally
and morally then, if the self styled “Coalition of the Willing”
fails to locate any weapons of mass destruction during or after the
premeditated ongoing devastation in Iraq, proper disarmament of Iraq
will be proved to have been completed in advance of the illegal
invasion, as consistently claimed by the Iraqi Government. Existing
economic sanctions against the nation will then have to be lifted
immediately, and America, Britain and Australia must be forced to pay
massive war reparations to the Iraqi Government and people.
This is not an idle threat. Though Permanent Members France, Russia and China have so far chosen not to invoke UN Resolution 377  in order to stop the illegal American-led invasion of Iraq dead it its tracks, we can rest assured that all three nations will take aggressive action to bring the guilty parties to book once the slaughter is completed. The chance to severely punish savage American aggression overseas will prove too tempting to resist, and the resulting financial nightmare could easily finish off what little is left of the sagging American economy.
So what do you do when wittingly invading a country illegally in order to steal its sovereign oil reserves, while at the same time trying to obscure your real objective with tall tales of illegal doomsday weapons? The answer is that you dish out blatant disinformation from day one, feeding the compliant western media lie after unsubstantiated lie until the viewing public is finally saturated into accepting there is never “smoke without fire”.
To start the disinformation ball rolling on day one, air raid warning sirens wailed all over Kuwait while journalists pulled on gas masks and tried their best to look like chemical warfare victims. Amid frantic shouts of “Gas gas gas!”, muffled media voices spoke through several layers of charcoal, telling us all how Iraq had fired illegal Scud missiles at Kuwait, at least one of which had been “shot down by a Patriot anti-missile system”.
It was a performance probably worthy of several Oscars, but like so many other Hollywood productions in the past, the entire video sequence was carefully constructed fiction. The only missiles to hit northern Kuwait were a pair of antiquated Iraqi “Silkworms” shown in the pictures above, fired from missile batteries located on the Al Faw peninsula, shown on the large map below.
Originally the Silkworm was designed as an onboard anti-ship missile
with a range of about 60 kilometers, then upgraded for coastal [shore
battery] protection against shipping with an enhanced range of 95
kilometers. The Americans anticipated that these weapons might be a risk
to their invasion forces, and accordingly bombed what they believed to
be the only Al Faw battery back on January 13, but failed to
destroy all of the Silkworms.
Basically all the Iraqis did was move a few of the missiles and their launchers further back up the Al Faw peninsula, aim them at northern Kuwait and pull the trigger, a perfectly reasonable thing to do once a quarter of a million uninvited foreign murderers had already started to cross onto Iraqi sovereign territory. However, for the alchemists in the White House spin department, this was a gift from heaven. In less than an hour, the two lonely and slightly pathetic Silkworms were transmuted into “six to ten Scuds” fired from “mobile launchers in the desert”.
The fix was in, and we can expect many more convoluted lies like this during the months to come, because this so-called war is not going to over and done with in a few days or couple of weeks, as you were earlier faithfully promised by war criminals George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and John Winston Howard [Australia].
Despite facing almost impossible odds, the Iraqis are fighting back. Not because they like or dislike Saddam Hussein, but because like all of us everywhere, they are determined to protect their wives and families, their villages, and if possible their country.
Think about it people, think about it! If your own family was threatened by an invasion force numbered in the hundreds of thousands, would you give a fig who was running the joint back at headquarters? Of course you would not. First you would check your food and ammunition supplies, dig your family in as deeply as you could, and completely forget about useless politicians.
The reason this atrocity is going to last for months, and in the process completely destroy America in public relations terms, is best illustrated by a small band of regular soldiers “dug in” with their families at the small southern Iraqi oil port of Umm Qasr. Not your fancy Republican Guards as the White House has tried to imply, but simple regular Iraqi army privates including conscripts.
Numbering no more than 100 men, for nearly three days these defenders withstood a terrifying barrage of nearly 5,000 American “cluster” artillery shells [like cluster bombs only smaller], and still they fought to defend little Umm Qasr. Then the US Marines fired massive artillery rockets at them from close range, but still they would not give up
At the end of day three, US Command Headquarters was growing tired of these brave men and their wives and children in Umm Qasr holding up “the advance”. Having pinpointed what they believed to be the main building where the defenders were housed, the American generals ordered in two bombers to blow the lot of them off the face of the earth, and within hours a pair of laser-guided 1,000# fragmentation bombs scored direct hits on the building.
It would be reasonable to assume that these obscene weapons would probably kill all of the Iraqi men, women and children inside the small building, but miraculously, a few managed to survive. As I write this report, sporadic fire has started again, and the US Marines are being held at bay by what remains of the ragtag defenders. It is beyond any doubt whatever that these simple Iraqi men, women and children, have shown tremendous valor, well above and beyond the call of duty.
Time for a little math. There were only 100 regular army defenders at Umm Qasr, who required two 1,000# laser-guided fragmentation bombs to [almost] finish them off, i.e. one x 1,000# frag bomb per fifty soldiers. Now, we know that there are a minimum of 400,000 much more highly trained Republican Guards surrounding Baghdad and protecting northern Iraq.
Hmmm... If my calculator is working properly, and based directly on defender performance at Umm Qasr, this means that the Americans, British and Australians will need to drop another eight thousand x 1,000# laser-guided fragmentation bombs in order to [almost] finish off the Republican Guard.
And don’t forget they will also have to use about twenty million 155-mm “cluster” artillery shells as well. Theoretically, the only opposition left after that, will be approximately seven million Iraqi civilians armed with AK 47s, all enraged at the destruction of their country by redneck soldiers from the west.
Perhaps the best overall example of the Iraqi people's will to resist invaders is Basra, the strategic oil town shown on the map above, that American spin doctors are claiming is currently "discussing surrender terms." No, Basra is NOT discussing surrender terms. During the Iran-Iraq war which raged for most of the eighties, Iran threw more than a million troops at Basra, fully supported by armor, heavy artillery, and even Phosgene poison gas bombardments. Iin the face of such stupifying firepower Basra did not surrender then, and it will not surrender now to a vastly inferior American force led by inexperienced US Marines.
The problem for the American people is that they have been watching far too many fictional Stallone and Van Damme movies, and have started to believe these celluloid characters represent real live American military heroes. No they do not. If the American military had five million Stallones on the real battelfield today, they would still be unable to overwhelm and control the men, women and children of Iraq.
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