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As Hawk put it so kindly...
I have a new post up at B5 called War for Profit.
More than 600 Iraqis have been killed in sectarian violence since March 25, most in a series of high-profile suicide bombings.They've actually been killed by the aforementioned al Qaeda troops in hopes of re-igniting sectarian violence. (Start here and follow links.)
Even in Tall Afar, where revenge killings followed a truck bombing declared "the deadliest single strike since the war began four years ago" the government rapidly got the situation under control.
Iraqi troops entered Sunni areas and a curfew was imposed, AP said, while Tal Afar police were confined to bases and were being replaced with officers from Mosul.Then
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office ordered an investigation and the U.S. command offered to provide assistance.
Ali al-Talafari, a Sunni member of the local Turkomen Front party, said the Iraqi army had arrested 18 policemen accused in the shooting rampage after they were identified by Sunni families. Shiite militiamen also took part, he said.
Further solidifying the unity of the city’s inhabitants, Abdallah added, “Sunni and Shiite came together to hold one mass funeral for the victims of the terrorist violence.”
Here's what drove the revenge killings:
...one of the trucks exploded after the driver lured people in a predominantly Shiite neighbourhood to the site by telling them he was distributing free flour from a humanitarian organization. The bombing caused surrounding buildings to collapse, leaving huge piles of concrete and bricks dusted with white four.And here's an American GI's description of the scene:
Videotaped footage from the scene was broadcast Wednesday night showing a man dead in the front seat of his car. Men and women carried the limp bodies of children powdered with flour. Others dug through the rubble with their bare hands in a search for survivors.
When we arrived at the scene, it was one of chaos and despair. There are not enough words to describe the carnage and evil that we saw. I saw it again a little later at the hospital. [numbers of Iraqi civilians dead and wounded redacted] I know, because I walked among the bodies to count them for my report.That such carnage resulted in reprisal killings is hardly a surprise. But the real news is that which you'll never read in an American paper:
As I stepped closer to them in the dark, I realized I was looking at the bodies of small children. Some as young as 12 months old.
As I lifted the tiny blankets, I became numb; one infant had its tiny head missing. Others were disfigured and their bodies broken and mangled. I could not believe what I was looking at.
“Sunni and Shiite came together to hold one mass funeral for the victims of the terrorist violence.”Which is pretty much the point on media reporting John McCain was making in the story first linked above.
Read this too. I must concur also with the comment there from Buck Sargent (just back from Iraq):
I'd gladly go back to Baghdad alone and just hang out before I'd ever go solo to places like Southcentral LA or various sections of Detroit. My little sister was robbed at gunpoint in her neighborhood pharmacy in Houston at approximately the same time I was likely walking down the middle of the street in Baghdad and drinking chai with the locals. Okay, so she didn't have to dodge the occasional roadside explosion and sniper fire, but so what. Violence is violence.All done!
The cynic in me says all congress ever wanted was the $40-odd billion in pork, and that they'll be willing to trade the withdrawal provisions for that. The bill should be vetoed on the pork provisions alone, and the president says he will.
Note this whopper from your original link:
The Senate last week approved a bill providing $123 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.I've seen similar lies in numerous reports - even though several key papers have editorialized against this outrage. In reality, the Senate passed a $100 billion measure for Iraq and Afghanistan, with $20 billion tacked on for pork projects. The House did the same, and now the bills must be reconciled - possibly resulting in a $140 billion bottom line. I'm convinced they think Bush will let it slide - in return for deleting the withdrawal provisions (perhaps he will). In that case, bend over America, here it comes again. Of course, this will diminish the average American's pleasure in watching American Idol not one bit.
And thereafter friendly "reporters" will refer to the finished product as simpy a "bill providing $140 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The ultra-leftists will feel they got the biggest shaft, but the al Qaeda faithful who've been loyally piling up corpses as fast as inhumanly possible might disagree.
Hat Tip: Becky, who has more.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - If President Bush vetoes an Iraq war spending bill as promised, Congress quickly will provide the money without the withdrawal timeline the White House objects to because no lawmaker "wants to play chicken with our troops," Sen. Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) said Sunday.
I mean, it's not enough to get my vote or anything....but hey, it's something.
A former merchant ship. Laid up in reserve. Called to duty.
Torpedoed. Strafed. Attacked by PT boats.
She withstood the attack. 34 of her crew died. Her skipper was awarded the Medal of Honor.
The whole affair wrapped in controversy.
Zbignew Brzezinski is making the rounds spouting off his theories on the impact of a rapid withdrawl of US Forces from Iraq. I'm not going to atempt to debate him...but let is own words of 1998 speak for themselves.
In an interview three years ago, former National Security Adviser Zbignew Brzezinski answered a question by asking one: "Which is more important in world history? The Taliban or the fall of the Soviet Empire? A few over-excited Islamists or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?"
A US airstrike in Sadr City has killed sixteen people, according to reports on official al-Iraqiya television. ...CNN Arabic reports that a source "high" in the Iraqi Interior Ministry has confirmed the attack, saying it came at 2:00 AM, local time.
(BAGHDAD, Iraq – Despite reports from individuals and some media organizations Coalition forces were not involved in air strikes over Sadr city on Friday.
The real deal....
The amount of votes Shatha had received from Iraq alone was almost seven million totaling a cost of five million dollars, reported the London based daily, Elaph.
The entire Middle East was watching 'Star Academy 2007'.....even a phony bombing story on CNN couldn't peel people away.
Hitler wasn't in charge of guarding the ChiCom's Southern Flank. Glorious Leader Kim will die of a sudden illness the moment the ChiComs have no further use for him.(He is an embarrassment)
The US-ChiCom's have some trust building to go thru before Glorious Kim meets a less than Glorious Death.
Hitler had a mustache.
Maybe someone can tell me what the difference is after watching this.