The warmongers and ethnic cleansers in Washington have always looked for opportunities to create chaos, particularly in the Middle East. The downing of the Ukrainian passenger jet is a classic example. Tehran has recently admitted that they made a mistake. But once the mistake was acknowledged, protesters in Iran took to the streets to express their ire at the government.

How did Washington respond? Well, listen to Donald Trump:

“To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”

Trump has got to be kidding. Iran is a saint compared to what the United States has done over the years! Scholar Rebecca Gordon has recounted in her meticulously documented study Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States:

“When I had occasion in Jordan in 2006 to meet an Iraqi sheik who had been tortured by U.S. forces, his first question to our little group was whether all American women were ‘promiscuous sluts,’ like the ones who had tormented him by forcing him to look at their naked breasts during his detention…The psychological trauma of sexual humiliation had damaged this man sufficiently so that polite conversation with American women, even those who were likely to be sympathetic, was beyond him.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Gordon discusses one case after another and describes what happened when politicians deliberately abandoned practical reason and pursued perpetual wars in the Middle East. “Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped” was just a fair game.“Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture” was also quite common. Detainees were also sodomized with chemical lights and broomsticks.

Gordon documents that “As many as fifty-four different countries are thought to have participated in the U.S. program of extraordinary rendition.” Gordon writes on the very first page:

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