THE OTHER BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD
BY LADY KHAMIS
Everyone knows Bush and Blair as the Butchers of Baghdad – but there is another contender for this title – the little known Jim Steele.
Retired US Colonel James (Jim) Steele is the living proof of the US’s complete complicity in the setting up and maintaining of death squads and prisons in Iraq, in which the most horrendous cruelty and torture took place – and still does. Brutality so normal to Jim Steele that he would just sit there and conduct meetings with people, while victims screamed in the background, utterly ignored by him and his cohorts.
As an American, Jim Steele began his notable overseeing of death squads when he went to El Salvador – during the CIA’s dirty civil war there. Eagerly learning underneath him was none other than David Petraeus – the Butcher Of Mosul – notorious for personally overseeing the operation that saw the murders of THREE Royal Arab Princes: Uday, Qusay and little Mustafa Hussein on 22 July 2003.
Later, Steele went to work for the Pentagon – and George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld – in Iraq. Rumsfeld came up with the torture programme code-named ‘Copper Green’. They paid no attention to the Geneva Convention as they regarded it as ‘quaint’.
Steele’s job was creating and overseeing the Shia death squads that led to Iraq’s civil war-like violence in 2006.
He oversaw the detaining and killing of Sunni Muslims and the creation of the Shia commando units. The most notorious of these – known for its extreme violence and killings – was the Wolf Brigade. Many of its members were from the equally barbaric Badr Brigade. Therefore, both were regularly targeted by the legendary Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The Wolf Brigade was also under the control of the Iraqi Interior Ministry – an institution so extreme in its violence that it makes Saddam’s ‘regime’ look like pet tigers.
The Shia commandos had already began shocking levels of brutality and torture – in secret Iraqi prisons ran by the CIA.
Dozens of bodies of Sunni Muslims were turning up in the rivers of Baghdad every single day…
Jim Steele was a regular visitor to the prisons ran by his Shia Muslim death squads – including another in the Sunni city of Samarra.
In a television programme on al-Jazeera UK, first broadcast last year (2013), the true level of America’s attitude towards human rights was laid bare in stark detail.
The prison room Steele sat in had blood everywhere…
He was also seen in another room, where a man – still alive – was hanging from the ceiling…
Torture methods included the pulling of the ears – using pliers – and deliberate dislocation of the shoulders of the victims…
People were heard screaming – throughout the night…
Even 14-year-old children were victims…
Steele would sit there and just ignore it – like it was the most normal thing in the whole world…He did not care, was totally complicit in it all – and his bosses knew everything…
Back home, he now does tours – giving speeches, being applauded and very well paid. It seems Steele will never face justice for his crimes. This is America’s shame.
Before the war started, I would read or listen in despair as silly but genuinely ‘caring’ people said we must go into Iraq to end the culture of torture Saddam was allegedly inflicting. That such cruelty will end when we – the ‘good’ people – go and save the Iraqis. My opinion was that torture in Iraq would dramatically increase if Saddam were removed. I was right. But the real scandal is how much unimaginable suffering America itself – and its allies – brought to Iraq.
‘Copper Green’ was used at Abu Ghraib jail and brought a new twist into torture – sexual humiliation and worse. The Western media always referring to ‘abuse’ at Abu Ghraib constantly angers me. People were not just abused there – they were murdered there. Tortured to death. The West will continue to sanitise what really went on, despite the pictures proving it went well beyond ‘abuse’.
It was also kept off the mainstream news that US soldiers shot prisoners just for fun from a watchtower – as the inmates were outside in a courtyard, peacefully spending what little time they had outside of their cells.
And that, on another occasion, a prisoner was bitten by a snake in the courtyard and the Americans were told he would die if he did not get medical treatment. He was left to die.
In another prison, the CIA interrogated an Iraqi general of Saddam’s army. General Mowhoush made the terrible mistake of going to the site to try and find out about his four sons – who had all been arrested about a week earlier. To his surprise, he then found himself promptly being arrested. Gen. Mowhoush was beaten, tortured, and put into a sleeping bag – and then zipped up so that he could not breathe. The CIA agents then sat on him until the poor man suffocated to death.
An American general, General Abizaid, has recently stated that the invasion of Iraq was purely for the purpose of getting the oil.
But it was also a plot to strengthen ‘israel’ and break up Iraq.
The Sunni are now understandably ejecting the CIA-created Shia death squads from Sunni areas – with the help of the CIA-armed and sponsored ISIL.
The world has had more than enough of psychopaths like Steele, Petraeus, Abizaid etc. It is time the US and its servants, who helped invade the country, faced justice for their wickedness – a wickedness that will be felt in the very psyche of the noble people of Iraq for decades to come…
(You can read more about Steele and Rumsfeld in Iraq on this site, in a posting titled ‘James Steele: America’s Mystery Man In Iraq: Dirty War In Iraq’, posted 14th April 2013).
Lady Khamis (‘thegirlwholoveskhamis’)