The Death Squads: Shi’a persecution of Sunnis in Iraq

Britain’s Channel Four recently screened an expose of Iraq’s Shi’a death squads that are working to ethnically cleanse Iraq of Sunnis. It’s a disturbing but entirely unsurprising picture.

The torture and slaughter of Iraqi civilians is reaching unprecedented heights with estimates of up to 655,000 dead.

Night after night death squads rampage through Iraq’s main cities. In Baghdad, up to a hundred bodies a day are dumped on the streets. Often they’ve been tortured with electric drills. Yet those doing the killing have little to do with al Qaeda or Sunni insurgents. The majority of the killings are carried out by Shia death squads who want to turn Iraq into a Shia state aligned to Iran.

This shocking film investigates the links between the death squads and high-ranking Shia politicians. It reveals how the Shia militia that these politicians control have systematically infiltrated and taken over police units and even entire government ministeries. It investigates how these units are closely linked to the death squads, indeed they often are the death squads. And the killers act with impunity — there’s little investigation into their activities.

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#1 James on 11.20.06 at 3:33 pm

This is the “Salvadorian Option” posted by Negroponte and other NeoCons. Like in the Cold War in Latin America the US again is implicitly supporting the death squads. It is looking away while Shias butcher Sunnis. This is policy. Irony is that the former policy in El Salvador was failing miserably until the Soviet Union collapsed. The policy was creating more revolutionaries than it killed. With the end of the Soviet’s support the leftists sued for peace.

Remember Bin Laden was a product of the same cold war strategy that created the Salvadorian death squads. So the question is what kind of Al Qaeda blow back will the Shias provide ten years from now?

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