OCTOBER 31, 2007
HOLOCAUST DENIAL is repugnant because it denies the horrendous suffering of those who died; adds to the continuing suffering of their surviving families and descendants; and threatens repetition of like atrocities because History ignored or denied yields History repeated. Notwithstanding issues of freedom of speech, denial of the Jewish Holocaust is so repugnant to some countries particularly affected by this catastrophe that it is illegal to deny the actuality of the Jewish Holocaust (6 million victims) in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. Indeed France and Belgium are variously extending this crime of holocaust denial to include denial of the World War 1 Armenian Genocide (1.5 million victims).
The post-1950 Muslim Holocaust involving 0.6 billion post-1950 excess deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did not have to happen) in the Muslim World (as estimated from UN Population Division data ) is of course IGNORED by the First World-dominated world, as is the post-1950 Third World Holocaust involving 1.1 billion avoidable deaths. These horrendous excess death statistics for Spaceship Earth make a compelling case for sanctions against holocaust denial in general.
One can well understand the legitimate upset throughout the world over the current conference about the World War 2 Jewish Holocaust in Teheran, Iran. However the criticism of this conference by British PM Blair is the height of hypocrisy because, while Blair has admitted and apologized for the 19th century Irish Famine that killed 1 million and exiled a further 1.5 million people, he has certainly NOT done the same in relation to the World War 2 man-made famine in British-ruled Bengal that killed 4 million people. This atrocity (that may have been due to a deliberate scorched earth policy to protect British-ruled India from Japanese invasion) was associated with a Bengal 1940s demographic deficit of 10 million and horrendous civilian and military sexual abuse of starving women and girls (see: here) -Blair War on Terror (more realistically a War on Women, a War on Women and Children or more specifically still, a war on Asian Women and Children and a War on Muslim Women and Children). Indeed as outlined below both Bush and Blair are guilty of both Holocaust Commission and Holocaust Denial.
Bush & Blair Holocaust Commission
In October 2006 a top US medical epidemiology research group from a top department in a top US university (Johns Hopkins) published a peer-reviewed paper in the top medical journal The Lancet in which they estimated 655,000 (0.7 million) post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq. This estimate was in good agreement with 3 other estimates from 3 other data sets yielding post-invasion excess death estimates in the range 0.6 million to 0.8 million (see MWC News ). If one uses the UN-derived "annual death rate" figures for Iraq's impoverished but PEACEFUL neighbours Syria and Jordan as a baseline, the post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq total 0.9 million.
Using this latter figure for Iraq and a UN-derived estimate for Afghanistan, the post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan total 0.9 million and 2.1 million, respectively – a total of 3.0 million deaths, 1,000 (one thousand) times the number of people murdered on 9/11. These estimates are consonant with independent UN data on post-invasion under-5 infant deaths, currently 0.4 million and 1.7 million, respectively, for Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan. (see MWC News ).
These horrendous excess deaths have arisen through war, invasion, violence and occupation PLUS the deliberate refusal of the Occupying Powers to provide the life-sustaining requisites demanded unequivocally of Occupiers by the Geneva Conventions (see Articles 55 and 56 in particular ). Thus under Blair and Bush, the "annual total per capita medical expenditure" permitted by the merciless Occupiers in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan are about $58 and $16, respectively (see: MWC NEWS). It is important to read the actual words of the Geneva Convention:
To the fullest extent of the means available to it the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate …
To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties …
Bush & Blair Holocaust Denial
Both Bush and Blair have baldly denied the expert US medical researcher report published in The Lancet in October 2006 and endorsed by 27 top Australian medical experts as outlined in the following Reuters report (Thursday October 12, 2006, London).
QUOTE: "Prime Minister Tony Blair's office rejected as inaccurate on Thursday a study that found about 655,000 Iraqis had died due to the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion and later violence.
"The ... figure is an order of magnitude higher than any other figure. It's not one we believe to be anywhere near accurate and that is not in any way to downplay the seriousness of the security situation in Iraq," Blair's spokesman said.
On Wednesday, [October 11, 2006] U.S. President George W. Bush said the findings of the study, published in medical journal The Lancet, were not credible. The Iraqi government, which puts the total Iraqi death toll since the war started at 40,000, also called the report unbelievable." (See: HERE ).
Bush-ite sycophant John Howard, the PM of White Australia, a nation that has participated in all of the post-1950 US Asian Wars (associated with 18 million excess deaths, so far) has also baldly rejected the expert medical report in The Lancet.
Bush & Blair invite arraignment for Holocaust Commission and Holocaust Denial
Bush and Blair – and their confrères such as Rumsfeld, Cheney, Dr Rice (Dr Death, the Wicked Witch of the West) and White Australia’s John Howard - invite arraignment for Holocaust Commission AND Holocaust Denial.
British Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price MP (from Wales) recently asserted (October 11, 2006) that Tony Blair must be held to account for the mass-murder of 0.7 million innocent Iraqis since March 2003. In response to the figures of post-invasion excess deaths totalling 655,000 in Occupied Iraq (The Lancet, October 2006) Mr Price MP said:
"These shocking figures show that the illegal invasion of Iraq by Bush and Blair has led to the mass-murder of innocent Iraqis on an almost unbelievable scale. More Iraqis have died now than the total number of British death in the Second World War, and three times the total number of deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and represents the equivalent of a 9/11 attack in Iraq every week since the invasion almost three and a half years ago. The Prime Minister must be held to account for his role in which can only be described as a war crime which continues to have fatal consequences for innocent Iraqis on a daily basis." (see: HERE ).
Indeed this was also advocated by the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature, British playwright Harold Pinter, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech entitled "Art, Truth and Politics" (delivered by videotape on 8 December 2005 ) in which he accused US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair of war crimes in Iraq. After detailing the huge human cost of decades of violent US interventions in Central and South America, Harold Pinter described the invasion of Iraq as "an act of blatant state terrorism" and called for the arraignment of Bush and Blair before the International Criminal Court, declaring: "How many people do you have to kill before you qualify as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought."
3.0 million? More than enough, I would have thought.
Dr Gideon Polya, MWC News Chief political editor, 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, 20