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RUN OUT OF IRAQ? December 16, 2011

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Fictions apparently can be reported as news, as at best a part of the story is told.
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“HUMANITARIAN” SLAUGHTER October 27, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Iraq.
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There are those in the Australian Parliament hand on heart who claim that the Afghan Occupation to be “a humanitarian mission“.
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IRAQI ELECTION OUTCOME March 8, 2010

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Juan Cole see two possible outcomes of the Iraqi election, which seems to have gone on despite intimidation of bombs.
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“THE HORROR!” June 26, 2008

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Obscenity comes in degrees, in shades of gray. Our humanity cannot, and must not, tolerate this behavior, from anybody. This is no mere accident. It is an inevitable consequence of the policies and practices imperialism and military occupation. Pure and simple, it is a war crime.
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IRAQ WINS June 8, 2008

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I know it is only a soccer game, and I know little about that sport, but sometimes even against expectations, the right side wins. In these cases the win means more for the winners than what it could ever do for the losers. So it was good to see that Iraq had beaten Australia by one goal.
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“THAT DETACHED FEELING” June 1, 2008

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Ernesto Londoño and Amit R. Paley in The Washington Post report on the air war in occupied Iraq. Helicopters and drones constantly fly over Sadr City in Baghdad, attempting to mediate or lessen the missile attacks on the Green Zone, which if reports are to be believed is now a war zone. The article reports that in the last three months the Occupiers have fired 200 Hellfire missiles into civilians areas compared to six in the previous period. Prima facie this behavior appears to be a war crime, mostly unreported and not prosecuted.
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RENEWED ATTACK ON IRAQ April 20, 2008

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The Iraqi government army, backed by American and British airpower and firepower, is according to this report from ABC Online attempting a second, and more successful, push against the al Mahdi Army, although that description is contested by other sources.
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THE BATTLE OF BASRA April 18, 2008

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The news comes in day by day, and the focus moves on. Even in Iraq where so much is happening, and the media has lost interest, partly because it is a dangerous and difficult environment for reporters. Prime Minister Al Maliki is currently in Europe talking of mysterious forces, presumably Al Qaeda, ” that wish to do harm”, but last week he was the general directing the Battle of Basra as the Mahdi army. From reports, that exercise seemed to be a spectacular failure, with many of the Government forces surrendering en masse rather than die for a cause they did not believe in. Maliki is still prime minister so nothing has changed?
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“RED ZONE” March 28, 2008

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It was not unreasonable to suppose, especially following the demonstration by Hezbollah of what kaytusha rockets could do, that if things deteriorated in Baghdad the Green Zone would come under attack. Now that seems to be happening, and to be taking place in a sustained way. Perhaps, after the lying has run its course, this event might be seen as a turning point in the occupation.
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24/7 IN IRAQ March 13, 2008

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Juan Cole asks on his blog:

Why don’t bloggers do more posting of pieces like this AP video, below, about the 8 US troops killed on Monday. We are after all a tv network if we want to be.

And here is the video from Associated Press:


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WATCH THE HOME FRONT March 5, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq, Peace, US Politics.
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The Los Angeles Times has a story of a young man who was a gifted footballer with his life before him, and then he was killed by gunfire. Meanwhile, his mother, an Army Sergeant, was on her second tour of duty in Iraq.

There are many sad stories, doubtless not least in Iraq. The oil is running out anyway. Would it not be better if the Americans focused on solving the problem of random violence in their own neighbourhoods, rather than helping to fuel ongoing conflict in Iraq and Palestine?

IRAQ’S CHALDEAN CHRISTIANS March 1, 2008

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The Chaldean Christians have very little to do with the Americans or fundamentalist Christians, but as non-Muslims they are the subject of attack in Iraq. The BBC describes their background and current situation:

Chaldeans form the majority of Iraq’s estimated 550,000 Christians – around 2.5% of the country’s population. Their spiritual leader, Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly, is based in Baghdad. He was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. His Church originally comprised members of the Nestorian Church, and has had a presence in the country now known as Iraq since the 2nd Century.
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THE WAR ECONOMY February 29, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Iraq.
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Aida Edemariam talks with two economists, Stiglitz and Bilmes, with a written in account in The Guardian. They seem to think that not only is war not good for the economy of the US, but bad for the world, and disastrous for Iraq. They are particularly down on Poor George, doubtless not his idea, for implementing tax cuts while going to war. In a understatement they suggest a political move that was underhand.
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TURKEY INVADES IRAQ February 24, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq, Middle East.
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The pretext was to be that Iran was interfering in the internal events of Iraq, now the Turks have decided to invade, and the Americans are powerless to do anything. Since finding the PKK bases will prove difficult, their destruction is not the primary reason for the invasion, and there must be other objectives. The “brother Turkic” minority in the Kirkut area are possibily part of the picture. (more…)

BACK IN IRAQ February 22, 2008

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I was struck by this report from Juan Cole:

Turkish jets struck at suspected bases of the Kurdish Workers Party terror organization in northern Iraq on Wednesday. The Turks are also considering a land invasion of northern Iraq in a bid to root out PKK terrorists that have been attacking Turks and retreating to Iraq where they benefit from an American security umbrella.

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HOPE SURGES January 12, 2008

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G Bush, President of the greatest nation on earth and in human history, blah, blah, is sharing with us his perspective from bubbleland, or is it fantasyland? Firstly, he said that he would create peace between Palestinians and Israelis. If he said he was to sow discord, murder and mayhem, which would be consistent with his record, I would believe him. Now he is saying, that such has been the success of the temporary escalation of US Forces combined with ethnic cleansing and walling of communities in Baghdad and Iraq, that hope has been restored to Iraq. Apparently not only is G Bush patently stupid, or given wholly to wishful thinking, but he has no concept of taking responsibility for his decisions.
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BASRA AND IRAQ December 19, 2007

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While it is unthinkable to those framing US policy in Iraq, it is inevitable that one day they will leave, and if the British experience in Basra is a guide they will leave behind a mess. The following video describes the situation as it applies to women who even under Saddam Hussein we are told as regards dress codes lived in a liberal city.


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WHAT IS TRUE? August 9, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq, Philosophy.
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Harold Pinter gave a lecture on receipt of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature with the title, “Art, Truth and Politics”. The truth binds the artist he suggests with a remorseless logic. The politician is bound in a contrary universe. Then there is the media, which can choose to report, or not to report, or otherwise claim an omniscience. Harold Pinter is a flake so his argument can be dismissed and not heard.
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IMPERIALISM’S WOES July 30, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq.
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Given the number of bombs set off in Iraq, it would be ironic indeed if the Americans were hoisted by their own petard. But it seems to the case. There was a tortuous and dishonest rationale for the invasion. First the weapons of mass destruction, and following the failure to discover the relevant evidence, there was the idea of bringing democracy to Iraq, to which end elections were held and a government established. You might get away with two governments if one is Caesar’s and the other God’s, but Caesar, when not driven by public relations, usually establishes one government with clear lines of command and control.
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GAME OVER July 12, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq, Iraq Policy.
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The American war in Iraq is lost, but the war is to continue, and the expectation is that American forces in some capacity will be in that country when the new President comes to office in 2009. It can be supposed that the British and other members of the Coalition will have long departed by that time, at least substantially so. The Australian forces will become irrelevant. These are the stark facts, the plain realities, despite the protestations of Bush, Howard and whoever else.

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