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- by Scott Ritter - Iraq has come to this: a human and social disaster of enormous scale, where unified central governmental authority is not only non-existent, but unachievable under current conditions.
- Nearly three years after the US-led invasion-turned-occupation of Iraq, more Iraqis are falling prey to grinding poverty and countless others are terrified in the insecurity-marred country.
- When troops are cut, we'll still be bombing the hell out of the place
- A new audit of American financial practices in Iraq has uncovered irregularities including millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers and filing cabinets, an American soldier in the Philippines who gambled away cash belonging to Iraq, and three Iraqis who plunged to their deaths in a rebuilt hospital elevator that had been improperly certified as safe.
- The sanitised images of war broadcast on television are a "lethal weapon" masking atrocities which demonstrate that conflict can "never be justified," an Independent debate was told last night.
- The officer was fined $6,000 in salary and was largely restricted to his barracks and workplace for 60 days.
- Days before his supposed suicide by a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound in a Camp Dublin, Iraq trailer, West Point Honor Board member and Iraqi police and security forces trainer Col. Ted Westhusing reported in e-mail to the United States that "terrible things were going on Iraq." He also said he hoped he would make it back to the United States alive.
- The lawyers want to try them on charges of illegally invading and occupying a sovereign country.
- Iraqi and visiting doctors, and a number of news reports, have reported that birth defects and cancers in Iraqi children have increased five- to 10-fold since the 1991 Gulf War and continue to increase sharply, to over 30-fold in some areas in southern Iraq. Currently, more than 50 percent of Iraqi cancer patients are children under the age of 5, up from 13 percent. Children are especially vulnerable because they tend to play in areas that are heavily polluted by depleted uranium.
- Dead dictators tell no tales. If allowed to fully testify, Saddam would reveal the whole sordid story of America's long, intimate collaboration with his regime, and how the U.S. and British governments of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher encouraged, armed and financed Iraq to invade Iran.
- Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton, couldn't get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and internal company documents.
- The People of Siniyah town 200 km north of Baghdad are angry over a six-mile long sand wall constructed by the U.S. military to check attacks by rebels.
- As various news reports come out about Shiite death squads operating within Iraqi police forces — which are being trained by U.S. soldiers — one can’t help but wonder if it’s a throwback to American policies in Latin America in the 1980s.
- Where was the ICRC when Fallujah was leveled to the ground… half millions of its inhabitants have become refugees in their own homeland. Fallujah, the martyr city, where the US bloodthirsty invaders used combat gasses, napalm...and weapons of mass destruction…Where is the ICRC while the US democratic killers still bomb hospitals, kill patients and doctors all together and shoot on ambulances.
- Account belies picture painted by White House
- Between 3,000 and 4,000 Iraqis are killed every month, rendering "ridiculous" US President George W. Bush's estimate of about 30,000 civilian casualties since the start of the war, veteran British journalist Robert Fisk said Wednesday.
- According to conservative estimates, over 250 educators have been assassinated while hundreds more have disappeared...Thousands of other academics have reportedly fled the country, in the belief that they are being targeted because they are well educated.
- Dr. Sayid Qadir is accused of "insulting" Massoud Barzani, head of the U.S. backed Kurdish Democratic Party, KDP, one of two parties that rule Iraqi Kurdistan, and publishing critical views of the system in the region.
- The bad news is that they aren't finished. Most of the folks who run this country, no matter which major party they claim to belong to, think that they can win their various wars and start new ones, continue to privatize the government for the benefit of their friends (Social Security is next, mark my words), spy on and jail people at will, and then tell us that they're doing it for our own good.
- Even the most accurately-delivered 500 pounder cannot destroy a building without damaging adjacent houses and killing people therein. Anyone who imagines or declares that this is possible is a liar or a moron or both.
- Why are people so shocked about the Propaganda material used by the US in Iraq. The declassified documents show that the US has been using propaganda material in the Middle East since the 1950s. In fact the last colonial masters of Iraq the British used the same tactics to generate favourable public opinion regarding the British Occupation of Iraq.
- "Why can’t we live together in peace?", read the graffiti written on a wall in Fallujah by a weary American soldier. Next to it a colleague had scrawled: "Die ragheads die!"
- The Real Rules of Engagement in Iraq
- Bremer presents himself as a gosh-darn good egg who just wanted to do what's right but ended up as the tragic victim of vicious circumstances. Yet the fact is that Bremer played a key role in creating those circumstances, and at every point assidiously carried out his primary duty: laying open the ruined nation to the rapacious appetities of Bush's corporate cronies. He is, to put it bluntly, a war criminal...
- ...the videotape showed that at least one person had been able to walk past the women into the recruitment center. This was proof, he said, that they were not blocking the doorway, and that disorderly conduct charges against them should be dismissed.
- The sign has been put out front: "Iraq is open for business."
- Behind the daily bloodshed and attacks that make headlines across the world, there is a growing population of widows.
- Upon stealing the $10,000 that were in his coat pocket the troops that the Americans are so proud of and support, found that he did not have any weapons or explosives and then they dumped his body at the local hospital and walked away with his money.
- ...the notorious Office of Special Plans didn’t just stovepipe cherry-picked "intelligence" to the White House and press. It also sent teams into Iraq after the invasion began, which, after it became apparent that there were no abundant WMDs, examined the possibility of planting such weapons in order to help the resident avoid embarrassment.
- American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children.
- It appears as though the Cheney administration will soon “redeploy” thousands of US troops out of Iraq. While several permanent US military bases are under construction there as I type this, the Capital Hill Cabal, desperate to paint the Iraq disaster in a glorious hue, are working their pundits and spokespeople overtime to convince the ill-informed they have not failed dismally in every aspect of their illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.
- The real cost to the US of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion (£1.1 trillion), up to 10 times more than previously thought...
- President’s Estimate of Iraqi War Dead Doesn’t Mesh With Hopkins Scientists’ Figures.
- The neocons in Washington love to talk about how they're promoting freedom and democracy in Iraq. They often cite as their example the country's Kurdish population, staunch allies of Washington, who have been protected by the American military since no-fly zones were imposed after the 1991 Gulf War.
- Get ready to see a lot more of this, because Bush has finally settled on an "exit strategy" for Iraq: he's going to bomb his way out.
- At the election day,Iraq’s government issued vehicles ban on the streets yet...
- Despite its massive military and economic power, the United States is destined to lose the war in IRAQ. The reason is simple: The world’s superpower has a history of cut and run. It also has a legacy of injustice from the very beginning of its history, which was based on the extermination of the Red Indians who originally owned the plateaus, the mountains, the rivers and the valleys to themselves.
- The tendency to devalue the enemies' lives is reinforced by not only racist but also sexist ideologies -- history is made by "our boys," and "enemy women's" deaths are not even acknowledged.
- It wasn't long ago that a Washington Post article on death from the air in Iraq included not one but more than a half dozen "claims" by the military about the great pains they take to spare civilian casualties, how the Iraqis are always exaggerating, and so on.
- "He’s a criminal banker … He’s a swindler. He’s interested in getting money, and I suspect it’s all gone into his bank accounts and those of his friends"
- America is to spend £1billion on an embassy in Baghdad "more secure than the Pentagon".
- America’s WAR to bring freedom and democracy to the Iraqi nation has only resulted in creating a society so paralyzed that it is incapable of even burying its dead.
- Bad enough that the U.S. military is occupying Iraq. Now the IMF is occupying the country.
- Despite the U.S. command's announcement last week that it would seek to curb abuses by Iraqi commando units, the U.S. military has been extremely tolerant of the most abusive unit of all -- the notorious Wolf Brigade ...
- As America continues to tighten its grip on the world’s dwindling hydrocarbon resources, we can expect that the successes of the Iraqi resistance will offer a model to the other disparate groups who have no chance of beating the United States in open battle, but hope to bring the empire to its knees by making the costs of war too great to sustain.
- As the new year unfolds, our war crimes complicit corporate media will tell us Bush is "drawing down" the number of troops in Iraq. In fact, the tempo and frequency of mass murder will increase, as the Straussian neocons have no desire to abandon their plan to decimate Muslim society.
- The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public; an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading – as a last resort – all other justifications having failed to justify themselves – as liberation. A formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people.
- A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.
- It makes perfect sense for the CIA to be attracted to Iran’s Baluchistan province. First, the area has well established drug smuggling routes—and the CIA has an insatiable hunger for profits to be gleaned from illegal drugs—and second Baluchistan is a neglected tribal backwater where Hanafi Sunni Islam has a foothold in contrast to Iran’s Shia majority.
- Whether we like it or not, Iraq now is the 53rd American state.
- Fuel shortages, darkness greet Iraqis in 2006
- What could the Americans possibly be offering Turkey...
- The U.S. administration is using elections as smokescreen to manipulate public opinion and legitimise the subjugation of the Iraqi people to a colonial dictatorship.
- The American Imperial Plan is proceeding nicely. Ahmad Chalabi is now controlling the Oil Ministry, whilst not a member of the newly elected government...
- Too bad the "generosity" of the United States comes way too late for so many others.
- Fuel prices have quintupled in two weeks as the government starts to reduce subsidies.
- The international military coalition in Iraq is shrinking, as two countries finished pulling their troops out this month and three others announced plans to remove hundreds more.
- View From Baghdad: Bush and Blair plot their exit strategy as a nation falls apart at the seams
- Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi has assumed direct control of the powerful oil ministry as crude exports ground to a halt due to sabotage attacks and logistics problems.
- US airstrikes in Iraq have surged this fall, jumping to nearly five times the average monthly rate earlier in the year, according to US military figures.
- The program, coordinated through a Pentagon operation dubbed "Operation Homefront," ordered military personnel to give interviews to their hometown newspapers, television stations and other media outlets and praise the American war effort in Iraq.
- I heard a man who had been in Abu Ghraib prison say: "The Americans brought electricity to my ass before they brought it to my house."
- We are expected to believe the Iraqi resistance is not only vicious, but also uninterested in repairing the damage inflicted on its country by the neocon invasion. It runs around abducting Christian peace activists, western journalists, Sudanese and Moroccan embassy employees, and people from countries that opposed Bush’s invasion.
- Baghdad is getting only around six hours of electricity a day, down from 11 in October...
- Kurdish leaders have inserted more than 10,000 of their militia members into Iraqi army divisions in northern Iraq to lay the groundwork to swarm south, seize the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and possibly half of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, and secure the borders of an independent Kurdistan.
- War is big money and, like any other business today, security contractors are scouring the globe looking for the cheapest labor so as to maximize their war profiteering.
- Iraq will not be sovereign or independent in the near future, even if President Bush says so. The country’s financial future will instead be dictated by a new colossal economic occupation, complete with ground forces, tanks, foreign military bases and the like -- all thanks to the United States, Britain and the IMF.
- In Iraq, nobody knows, and few in authority seem concerned to count, just how many civilians have been killed and injured.
- More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians, including women and children, have died in Iraq since the war was launched in March 2003, mostly as a result of airstrikes by the occupation forces, according Iraqi and U.S. public health experts.
- It is now more than fifteen years since that fateful meeting on July 25, 1990 between then-US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie and President Saddam Hussein that the Iraqi leader interpreted as a green light from Washington for his invasion of Kuwait eight days later.
- Eyewitnesses Cite Scores Killed in Marine Offensive in Western Iraq
- Armed men have tried to assassinate an investigative judge on the Iraqi Special Tribunal, a spokesman for the court says.
- Saddam Hussein ‘s lawyers called Thursday for the world to press the Iraqi government to provide them with protection, saying their colleague — former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark — was directly at risk.
- Bush hailed the Iraqi elections as a mighty victory. He maintained that Iraq will now become a beacon of democracy in the Middle East. In fact, the elections were even more crooked than the one he manipulated to become president.
- It's been talked about for years. But the Pentagon's microwave-like pain ray may finally be headed to Iraq...
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