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Iraq resolves legal battles over torture

By jimstaro - Posted on 01 May 2011

The double standard of the U.S. mindset, now widely known! Wonder how much the many Iraqi's, in our hands, will settle for if even having the chance to seek retribution and for much much more then just torture and mistreatment and the citizens here are willing to pay!

Lawmakers approve $400 million payment to settle U.S. lawsuits

May 01, 2011 - Iraqi lawmakers approved a controversial $400 million settlement Saturday for Americans who claim they were abused by Saddam Hussein's regime during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

The settlement is part of a deal reached between Baghdad and Washington last year to end years of legal battles by U.S. citizens who claim they were tortured or traumatized, including hundreds held as human shields.

Many Iraqis consider themselves victims of both Hussein's regime and the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and wonder why they should pay for wrongs committed by the ousted dictator.

Lawmakers approved the settlement by a majority after listening to the foreign and finance ministers as well as the head of the central bank describe why it was necessary, said Abbas al-Bayati of the State of Law political bloc.

Another lawmaker, Mahmoud Othman, said by approving the settlement, Iraq would be protecting itself from more lawsuits in the future that could have been well above the $400 million that was agreed to.

''They explained very well what was the settlement and how it will be negative if we don't approve it,'' he said. ''That's why people were persuaded.''

Lawmakers affiliated with anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rejected the settlement, said one of the bloc's legislators, Hakim al-Zamili. Al-Zamili said he was surprised that so many lawmakers who had been arguing against the legislation before Saturday's session reversed course at the last minute.

''It's better to compensate the Iraqi martyrs and detainees than the Americans,'' he said. {continued}

"hundreds" of Americans who claim they were traumatized and are now owed restitution. Okay, let's round the hundreds to an even 1000 Americans. At $400,000,000 that's $400,000 apiece at least.
Estimates of Iraqi dead range from 100,000 all the way to a million; there are no estimates of Iraqi injured. Let's split the difference: 500,000 dead, and let's guess 4 times as many injured, or 2 million injured. We'll omit the Iraqi traumatized altogether and we'll say an iraqi injury counts only twice as much as an American trauma and an Iraqi death only 5 times as much, just to give it some calculable American exceptionalist type of number. Even so, 500,000 x $2,000,000 = $1,000,000,000,000; & 2,000,000 x $800,000 = $1,600,000,000,000. Together that's $2,600,000,000,000 or $2 trillion 600 billion. That sounds good for a start.


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