Free Iraq

The US's occupation of Iraq will see to it that the Lion of Babylon rises again .. سنـُبعـَث من جَديد ، وإلى ضَـيـرِهِـم
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Iraq's Nuclear Mirage ... سَراب السلاح النووي العراقي

Unrevealed Milestones in the Iraqi National Nuclear Program: 1981-1991

معالم وأحداث غير مكشوفة في البرنامج النووي الوطني العراقي 1981-1991

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Oil matters ... The oil proceeds were, and still are, under the total control of the occupation


"The oil proceeds were, and still are, under the total control of the occupation. The details thereof are not clearly known since they are surrounded by mystery.
The report issued by the General Accounting Office points out that contracts, amounting to billions of dollars, were spent out of the Iraqi Development Fund, without being reviewed by any independent party. The committee affiliated to the Senates' Council also stated that the 20 billion dollars of the Iraqi funds that were spent one week before the transfer of the authority to the Iraqis "were described as waste, fraud, and abuse".
After handing out the authority to the temporary Iraqi Council of Governance on 28/6/2004, it is unknown yet who is the authority the US relies on in spending the Iraqi funds, distributing and approving contracts! (emphasis added) The official US spokesperson in Baghdad says, "resuming funds allocation has been agreed upon by the dissolved coalition authority and the Iraqi officials."!"
The Economy of the Occupation… To Whom it May Concern October 8, 2005.

In the South, and after 30 months:

"The Ministry of Oil has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a well-known company to maintain the oil meters which are not working now (emphasis added), in both Bakr Oil Terminal and Umaya Terminal.
He confirmed that current measurement is done by what he called ( engineering measurement on board the tanker ). He also confirmed that American technical teams had started the survey to repair the damaged meters and that part of the US grant money had been allocated for this purpose and a special committee headed by the deputy minister had been established for follow up."
Asim Jihad, Iraqi Ministry of Oil spokesman, as reported by Al-Hayat newspaper, October 10, 2005.

"As for any role for International Oil Companies (IOCs) and National Oil Companies (NOCs), none should be expected in the short or even medium term. It is the consensus of all concerned parties that having security and stability is by far the most serious concern and that seems to be a function of the political process and the presence as well as the role of the occupation forces. Simultaneously it is essential that dealings be handled through a permanent institution and not interim or transitional governments and parliaments, changing every few months. If the proposed draft constitution, to be put to a referendum on 15 October, is endorsed, then there will be new elections far a new parliament on 15 December. But if the draft constitution is rejected, then there will be elections for yet another interim parliament.

So in order to attract foreign companies in long-term deals there will be a need for:
· A new permanent government to be set up next February after the elections in December. This could again be another interim government if the constitution is rejected and in that case there will be a new referendum and elections around mid-2006.
· A new Hydrocarbon Law that will introduce the possibility of foreign investment and participation of IOCs and NOCs. Such a step might take quite some time, as in the case of Kuwait where Project Kuwait has been discussed for over 10 years and is still delayed by conflict between the government and parliament.
· All necessary fiscal and legal laws to guarantee foreign involvement.
· Restructuring of the Ministry of Oil and the re-establishment of Iraq National Oil Co (INOC).
· A clear oil policy that outlines the basic principles and modes to be followed for development, production-sharing, buyback, development and production, service contracts etc or possibly a combination for various fields.
· Specific priorities, with super-giant fields at the top of the list. Iraq in the past identified 33 oilfields for developments. But there will be a conflict on this issue among the proposed regions and provinces in Iraq. Iraq will certainly face a major problem of shortage of experienced technical, legal and financial staff to handle the preparation of the contracts and later their management. Iraq might need to adopt a policy of hiring consultants to assist the Ministry.

The above will depend entirely on the new constitution under discussion. The relevant articles to the oil and gas industries seem to contain the seeds for conflicts and possible fragmentation (emphasis added), and hence a possible delay to proposed developments....."
What Is Happening To Iraqi Oil? Issam Al-Chalabi, from a paper presented at the 26th International Oil & Money Conference held in London on 20-21 September 2005, and in Arabic:
نفط العراق ... تجارب مريرة ومستقبل غامض
October 12, 2005
Update:
An article (in Arabic) on the status of Iraqi oil:
دراسة حول واقع النفط العراقي
أ.د. خالد المختار
There are eight previous postings on this subject here, starting with:
Where is the Iraqi oil money ? .........December 13, 2004
Oil-for-Food is now Oil-for-Grease December 27, 2004
On Iraqi People, Resistance and Oil versus American bases February 5, 2005
Iraqi oil (sp)oil .... and it may well get spoiled ...........................February 15, 2005
Oil ? …. What oil ? … It is all about Freedom and Democracy and WMD (no, drop that last one) March 18, 2005
Oil ... and with Ahmad Chalabi as acting Oil Minister: "He trusted the cat with a piece of fat" - An Iraqi proverb April 28, 2005
Oil !! .... What oil ?? ...................June 3, 2005
The theft of Iraqi oil revenue July 1, 2005

The 'Metering' that will not be easily forgotten, or forgiven, by the Iraqi people

Oil for Blood

Comments:
LA Times (9/26/05)

"Oil for Dummies."

"The failure to rebuild key components of Iraq's petroleum industry has impeded oil production and may have permanently damaged the largest of the country's vast oil fields, American and Iraqi experts say."...

..."It is striking that although the reconstruction of the northern oil infrastructure has been hampered by security issues, the southern oil fields — which account for most production — have been attacked only a few times since the conflict in Iraq began but still face serious problems."...

..."Current and former Iraqi oil officials expressed disappointment, frustration and anger at the U.S. performance.

They said that rather than tapping Iraqi state oil company officials, the U.S. program was overseen by American officials with little experience in the oil industry. In an interview, one senior U.S. official managing part of the restoration effort jokingly described his knowledge level as "Oil for Dummies."

Iraqi officials also said KBR relied too heavily on foreign contractors, conducted lengthy, unnecessary studies and failed to deliver promised equipment. They acknowledged that Iraq needed to spend more on its oil industry but wondered why the U.S. investment had not had more of an effect."...

..."Other Iraqis said that the U.S. and KBR simply failed to deliver. "I think we had the worst quality of U.S. service, staff and companies," said Jaafar Altaie, who was a senior planner at the Oil Ministry and now works with Amman-based Tabouk Energy Group, a consulting firm. "We had maximum rhetoric and minimum results on the ground."...

..."The lack of reliable water injection has led to a debate about whether Iraq's southern oil fields have been permanently damaged. Although nobody is sure, some oil experts fear that America's failure to fix the problems has worsened damage that may have occurred during Saddam Hussein's rule.

United Nations oil experts have told the U.S. government that some oil reservoirs in southern Iraq have been so badly managed that the Iraqis will be able to recover only between 15% to 25% of the oil, well below the industry standard of 35% to 60%, a recent Department of Energy report states."...

..."The status of reservoirs elsewhere in Iraq is also a concern. Once an oil well begins production, it is difficult to shut it down. But attacks on pipelines in the north are so frequent that the Iraqis can't export the oil, nor do they have enough capacity to store it.

As a result, when oil production backs up, the Iraqis are forced to pump the oil back into the ground — a practice widely condemned in the industry because the re-injected oil, which is thicker, can plug fissures through which the petroleum flows. Iraq puts almost 200,000 barrels of oil per day back into the ground — meaning that Iraq's net production is even lower than the official figure of 2.2 million barrels.

"Once you have damaged the fields, there is almost nothing you can do about it. I have a great worry that we are not too far from it," said Farouk Kasim, an Iraqi oil expert, at a conference in London this summer. "The last two years have been a nightmare."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-fg-oil26sep26,1,5000603.story?coll=la-iraq-complete
 
Washington Post 10/10/05

Right Conclusion. Wrong analysis.

Kanan Makiya: "a fundamentally destabilizing document,"..."The deal we have is a patently unworkable deal. To the extent that it is made to work it will work toward fratricide."...

...Rend Rahim "explain(ed) precisely why the constitution threatens Iraq with catastrophe. The draft, she said, was "written as a reaction to Iraq's history" of dictatorship and oppression of minorities; it creates a central government so weak that "when you look at it, there is no 'there' there."

"By contrast, the Kurdish and Shiite "regions" -- really more like mini-states -- provided under the constitution will have so much power, including their own armed forces, that they will be able to ignore the national constitution's provisions for human rights, respect for minorities and limitation of Islamic clerical power. "There's a high probability that these alignments in the constitution will eventually spin the state out of control," Rahim concluded."....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/09/AR2005100900496_pf.html
 
They are going to find it very hard to get Iraq into a civilized country ever. There is a lot of hatred, suspicion, and inhuman behaviours that have developed since Iraq was born and anyway the middle east has never been at peace.

Remember that education does not necessary equivalent to civilized behaviour. Some worst torturers in history have been educated men and women, just look at Nazi doctors and SS Officers. Iraq requires more than educated people to be respected as a country. It needs more gentleness and respect to be learned by its young people. They have to learn that guns do not solve problems.
 
It is astonishing that the finances of Iraq are in such unclear state. During Bremmer’s rule and now under this US Iraqi government bookkeeping seems to be an unknown skill. Remembering all the critics against UN and the old regime, that is really astonishing. Americans can’t say that it is Iraqis who are stealing the money because even now the ministries are full US “observers and experts” and most decisions must go through the Coalition. One billion was lost in suspicious arms trades; nobody knows where the old funds and the oil income are; unbelievable. UN should start an investigation. UK and US now claim that they are in Iraq under UN “authority”, so UN should investigate what those countries really have done.

Seafordian during the Baath regime some “vanishing” of Iraqi oil income was “understandable”, but under US rule and monitoring it is not understandable - it is simply unforgivable. Why, simply because US criticized the old regime for misusing the funds, they claim to make Iraq "prosperous" and now they themselves missuse funds (knowingly or because of their stupidity – you can choose your opinion Seafordian).

Americans are often criticising fiercely against Saddam’s building of public buildings (=palaces), but if somebody points out that didn’t Shah (the US installed Iranian dictator) build them in much bigger quantities, there is a silence. Not to mention how “American” generals Suharto and Markos used their countries national economy to benefit their own clan and hence men. Seafordian those were real astronomic plunders that USA alone made possible. People in Latin America and South East Asia can tell real stories what US “democracy building” really means for local people.
 
ps - if Yugoslavia, Germany, Poland, France, Japan, Britain, Norway and Lebanon can recover to be strong economies and even become tourist resorts then so can Iraq. They can learn from others
 
Symohurta "during the Baath regime some “vanishing” of Iraqi oil income was “understandable”"

Explain please.

If a person's life has been ruined, it is ruined, who ruined it has little consolation, none in fact.
 
These data bolster the impression that has gathered strength far and wide that the entire scandal over the UN Oil-for-Food program was carefully orchestrated as a pre-emptive strike so that scrutiny of the occupier's antics regarding the wealth it had just seized would be put off as long as possible, possibly forever.
 
Play this video (6MB)to see who are the Terrorists.
 
And how we welocme them. 11MB.
 
Dear Evelyn
Following your revealing 'historical' Comment on Benjamin Freedman Speaks; A Jewish Defector Warns America posted on October 09, 2005 at 12:40 AM,

I think this is also revealing:

Dear American:

Pursuant to your request, I will attempt to clear up questions you have about the Federal Reserve Bank (FED). I spent much time researching the FED and these are the shocking and revealing conclusions.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK IS A PRIVATE COMPANY.

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution states that Congress shall have the power to coin (create) money and regulate the value thereof. Today however, the FED, which is a privately owned company, controls and profits by printing money through the Treasury, and regulating its value.

The FED began with approximately 300 people or banks that became owners (stockholders purchasing stock at $100 per share - the stock is not publicly traded) in the Federal Reserve Banking System. They make up an international banking cartel of wealth beyond comparison (Reference 1, 14). The FED banking system collects billions of dollars (Reference 8, 17) in interest annually and distributes the profits to its shareholders. The Congress illegally gave the FED the right to print money (through the Treasury) at no interest to the FED. The FED creates money from nothing, and loans it back to us through banks, and charges interest on our currency. The FED also buys Government debt with money printed on a printing press and charges U.S. taxpayers interest. Many Congressmen and Presidents say this is fraud (Reference 1,2,3,5,17).

Who actually owns the Federal Reserve Central Banks? The ownership of the 12 Central banks, a very well kept secret, has been revealed:

Rothschild Bank of London
Warburg Bank of Hamburg
Rothschild Bank of Berlin
Lehman Brothers of New York
Lazard Brothers of Paris
Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York
Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy
Goldman, Sachs of New York
Warburg Bank of Amsterdam
Chase Manhattan Bank of New York
(Reference 14, P. 13, Reference 12, P. 152)

These bankers are connected to London Banking Houses which ultimately control the FED. When England lost the Revolutionary War with America (our forefathers were fighting their own government), they planned to control us by controlling our banking system, the printing of our money, and our debt (Reference 4, 22).

The individuals listed below owned banks which in turn owned shares in the FED. The banks listed below have significant control over the New York FED District, which controls the other 11 FED Districts. These banks also are partly foreign owned and control the New York FED District Bank. (Reference 22)

First National Bank of New York
James Stillman National City Bank, New York
Mary W. Harnman
National Bank of Commerce, New York
A.D. Jiullard
Hanover National Bank, New York
Jacob Schiff
Chase National Bank, New York
Thomas F. Ryan
Paul Warburg
William Rockefeller
Levi P. Morton
M.T. Pyne
George F. Baker
Percy Pyne
Mrs. G.F. St. George
J.W. Sterling
Katherine St. George
H.P. Davidson
J.P. Morgan (Equitable Life/Mutual Life)
Edith Brevour T. Baker

(Reference 4 for above, Reference 22 has details, P. 92, 93, 96, 179)

How did it happen? After previous attempts to push the Federal Reserve Act through Congress, a group of bankers funded and staffed Woodrow Wilson's campaign for President. He had committed to sign this act. In 1913, a Senator, Nelson Aldrich, maternal grandfather to the Rockefellers, pushed the Federal Reserve Act through Congress just before Christmas when much of Congress was on vacation (Reference 3, 4, 5). When elected, Wilson passed the FED. Later, Wilson remorsefully replied (referring to the FED), "I have unwittingly ruined my country" (Reference 17, P. 31).

For the full article:
The Federal Reserve is privately owned
 
MadAsHell,
Thanks for your excellent reference. It seems we are well and truly owned. (I can't bring myself to end that sentence with an exclamation mark because I'm actually feeling quite ill. Think I'll change my blogger identity to something like "SickToMyStomach".)

This information (your reference) is noteworthy:

"The ownership of the 12 Central banks, a very well kept secret, has been revealed:

Rothschild Bank of London
Warburg Bank of Hamburg
Rothschild Bank of Berlin
Lehman Brothers of New York
Lazard Brothers of Paris
Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York
Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy
Goldman, Sachs of New York
Warburg Bank of Amsterdam
Chase Manhattan Bank of New York"

 
We (meaning, uninformed people like myself) have always assumed that the Chairman of the Federal Reserve was some sort of financial purist/guru/anointed one managing the economy for the greater good of all mankind. And, if not all mankind, well then, at least for those of us who are American mankind. Perhaps, in the end, the FED Chairman is even more illustrious, being the money manager for the elitists running the world in which we occupy space.

A question looming on the horizon, since Greenspan is set to retire soon, regards his successor. Who would the neocons regard as ideal? Politically, things may be in a state of flux. I for one pray continuously (I'm a recent convert!) for things best not said in public. But back in May this article suggested Dick Cheney might have a hand in the new appointment.

"Only one guest attended both Alan Greenspan's 50th birthday party and his 75th: Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Cheney is likely to be a central player in figuring out who will replace the Federal Reserve chairman when Greenspan's non- renewable term as a governor expires in January 2006. It will be one of the most important decisions President George W. Bush makes in office, and Cheney is alone in the administration in having long-standing personal and professional relationships with both Greenspan and the president."

If you've not lost your appetite entirely, I commend to your attention the balance of the article.
 
Ugly rumours abound. One such suggests that my prezydent, feeling a bit down and prone to "obscenity-filled outbursts", has taken to calling Republicans "Motherf***ing traitors". Ah, for the return of a smile on his face.
 
Take "The Bushisms Quiz". I did, making a number of (multiple-choice) lucky guesses. Now it's your turn to see how well you know our Prezydent's famous utterances. (After completing the test, this was my feedback: "Your score is 87%. Excellent strategery. As President Bush might have said, it's people like you where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.")
 
VIDEO: A British Anti-War Perspective: George Galloway, Respect Member of British Parliament
(Excellent 8 minute interview, plays well on my computer)
 
Symohurta "during the Baath regime some “vanishing” of Iraqi oil income was “understandable”"
Explain please.
If a person's life has been ruined, it is ruined, who ruined it has little consolation, none in fact.
# posted by New in Town


Well New in Town. It means simply that if a dictator takes money of from the pockets of the nation, it is probable (= “understandable”). When a “liberator” who proclaims to be the “light of democracy” takes money and natural resources of the occupied nations “pockets” it is an unforgivable crime. There is also sad fact if local “boy” steals money of Iraqis is “better” than when a foreign nation steals the money; especially when the foreign “boy” has blamed the local “boy” for stealing. That is the little difference for the “ruined” Iraqis.

Interesting list that owners of Federal Reserve Bank. Even though I am not Anti-Semitist and do not basically believe in worldwide Jew conspiracy theories, I must say that Jews have an astonishing influence in the Federal Reserve Bank. All those banks in the list have a huge Jew direct ownership. Maybe I must reconsider my views about the wide spread conspiracy theories. The ones who control the monetary system control the country – is there democracy or not. Well now I understand why the insider trading games just before 911 were not inspected.
http://www.hereinreality.com/insidertrading.html

What is the sense that a country gives so much power away by giving the control of the monetary system in the hand of mostly foreign owned banks?
 
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Malcom Lagauche, ONE THOUSAND NINE-ELEVENS: "Since August 2, 1990, the U.S. has killed almost three million Iraqis. The first Gulf War, the encompassing embargo and the current fiasco combine for between 2.5 million and three million deaths. In other words, Iraq has suffered ONE THOUSAND nine-elevens. That’s right, one thousand.

"Genocide is a term that has been liberally thrown around in the past decade. Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya have all been linked to the word. However, many, many more people have died in Iraq during this period, yet the word 'genocide' is rarely heard, despite it being accurate: the targeting of a particular people for destruction.

"Genocide was, is, and will be occurring in Iraq. The Jewish population always says, 'Never again,' in referencing the genocide perpetrated against their people in WWII. 'Never again' are the most hollow words the Jews have uttered because they not only are quiet about the genocide being perpetrated against Iraq, many cheer it on.

"A few years ago, it was discovered that Israel had perfected a biological weapon that could kill Arabs, yet was harmless to Jews. In addition, it could target Iraqi Arabs. All this sounds like science fiction, but because of the distinct differences yet closeness of Arab and Jewish DNA (Semites include about 95% Arabs and 5% Jews), it is now possible to create such a doomsday weapon. Israel has it. I guess 'never again' does not apply to Arabs.

"No, Iraq has undergone 1,000 nine-elevens. However, their thousand is even much more diabolical than if the U.S. had suffered that number of incidents.

"At least after 9-11-2001, the American public could go on with life in the same manner as it had prior to that date: work, attend school, play sports, purchase goods, eat, drink, and whatever else was a part of a daily routine. Since March 1991, the Iraqis have not had that luxury. A country in which poverty had been eradicated and that was the crown jewel of modernity in the Arab world, became destitute and the once-thriving middle class quickly became the poor. For 12 years, the embargo not only killed millions, but it kept those still alive in a state of limbo between starvation and deprivation.

"Today, it is even worse. No electricity; no gasoline; no heat in buildings; no jobs. Plenty of violence.

"More than 100,000 innocent Iraqis have been and still are imprisoned. They have been brutalized, sodomized, victimized and whatever other ized there are. At least after 9-11, unless you are a Muslim, nobody was forced into prisons in the U.S.

"No, each of the Iraqi 1,000 nine-elevens makes the one U.S. nine-eleven pale in comparison. The ongoing destruction of Fallujah is no exception. And, this is being performed in the name of Jesus.

"After the major fighting in Fallujah, my friend Dahr Jamail, the only un-imbedded and independent journalist in Iraq, wrote to me and described the devastation. He then told about the method of burying the dead in Fallujah: 'Rather than burying full bodies, residents of Fallujah are burying legs and arms, and sometimes just skeletons as dogs have eaten the rest of the body.'

"I have yet to hear of an American citizen being eaten by a dog after 9-11-2001."
 
Wayne Madsen Report, October 11, 2005 -- "Its not only Bush family sleaze, its also trash. Read how Virginia GOP and Religious Right gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore acted as a facilitator for a Bush crime family trash dumping enterprise in the picturesque Shenandoah Mountains, near Luray, Virginia."
 
Just a question: Under what circumstances, if at all, will Iraqis come to regain control over their lives, resources (oil, water, land), and destiny?
 
Iraqis Reach Deal on the Constitution

Iraqi Law Allows Saddam, Detainees to Vote

Iraqi Judges Trained for Saddam Trial: "The Iraqi judges who will try Saddam Hussein and seven members of his deposed government next Wednesday in Baghdad received special training from American, British and Australian experts, including a mock trial in London.

"There will be no jury"
(How do you spell "FARCE"?)

Suicide bombs kill dozens in Iraq
 
Basra governor: British threatening vote

Britain agrees to pay for police station damage in Basra

Ex-Iraqi Officials Sought in $1B Theft: "Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defense minister and 27 other officials from the U.S.-backed government of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds, officials said Monday.

"Those accused include four other ministers from Allawi's government, which was replaced by an elected Cabinet led by Shiite parties in April, said Ali al-Lami of Iraq's Integrity Commission. Many of the officials are believed to have left Iraq, including Hazem Shaalan, the former defense minister who moved to Jordan shortly after the new government was installed.

"For months, Iraqi investigators have been looking into allegations that millions of dollars were spent on overpriced deals for shoddy weapons and military hardware, apparently to launder cash, at a time when Iraq was battling a bloody insurgency that still persists."
 
I Am An Orthodox Jew Who Is Opposed To Zionism: "I am shocked and horrified at the latest allegations of mutilation and desecration of murdered Palestinian civilians at the hands of the Zionist occupation forces. No human possessed of a modicum of moral character could possibly condone the criminal actions perpetrated by the Zionists, least of all authentic Jews. If you have not had the opportunity to do so, may I suggest you visit the following web sites which lay out the authentic Jewish position, based on the Torah and Prophets and Sages, concerning Palestine. These sites include www.netureikarta.org, www.nkusa.org, www.jewsagainstzionism.com, and www.jewsnotzionists.org."
 
The Independent, Basra voters say it is time for soldiers to go: "'I felt proud that the Iraqi police had arrested the British soldiers, it is our country and our laws should be obeyed', said Zainab.

"Her colleague Fatima added: 'I do not like seeing foreign soldiers on our streets, they should go.'

"What is surprising about these views in Basra is that they came from two educated, middle class women speaking fluent English who have frequent contact with the British and have little sympathy for the Shia militia who have infiltrated the Iraqi police.

"In fact, the women admit they are very wary of the same police who had arrested two British special forces soldiers, triggering a rescue mission in which British forces smashed their way into a police station.

"Their sentiments, echoed by others, do reflect, however, the new, public mood of defiance and nationalism among the Shia of Iraq as they prepare for power for the first time in 100 years.

"The generally accepted forecast now is that the impending referendum will vote in favour of the new constitution and, with it, put in motion the Shia gameplan for a future Iraq.

"Under the federal structure of the document Shia leaders will, at last, gain control of the lucrative oil fields of the south while the Kurds keep hold of those in the north. The Sunni bitterly bemoan that they will be left with 'the sands of Anbar' - the barren, Sunni majority province."
 
Gilbert Achcar, Iraq Developments -- Oct. 11, 2005: "After having meddled very unsuccessfully in Iraqi haggling over the draft constitution, and having proved unable to convince the Shiite parties to water down their own demands in order to get an impossible consensus, the Ambassador is terrified at the result he could not prevent. One more time, the US is proving to be an 'apprentice-sorcerer' in the Middle East (after so many decades of failed apprenticeship, it is high time for the US government to quit this ambition).

"From the very beginning of its occupation of Iraq, the US administration has sought to apply the classical imperial recipe of "divide and rule." In order to be successful, such a game needs smart Machiavellian players: definitely not what you've got in Washington. The result now is that, whether the draft passes the referendum or not, there will be a largely autonomous Shiite entity in Southern and Central Iraq, in control of the major part of Iraqi oil reserves and allied with Iran. When one bears in mind the fact that the bulk of Saudi oil reserves are located in the Shiite-majority Eastern province of the US-protected Saudi Kingdom, one gets to realize the full extent of what is more and more of a nightmare for Washington.

"For those who do not know about the Saudi Eastern province, here are excerpts from a good Wikipedia description: [ . . . ] "
 
Guardian, Blair: case for three-month detention is 'compelling'
 
(Sometimes we read stories just for the sheer joy of it!)
Fun with Dick and George: The biggest story of 2005 is hiding in plain sight
 
An Iraqi Tear, Enjoy the Winter!: "It is autumn (fall) the season that I love or loved when life was possible in Iraq as I say always.

Winter is coming.. Do you ever try to wait winter alone with no hope and dream?
It is the 25th winter in Iraq under wars, sanctions and occupation. Winter after another we began losing friends, relatives and beloved persons. It was a winter day when I lost my father years ago. He was 62 years old; passed away in his first heart attack. There were no medicines in the hospitals because of the sanctions!! It was a winter day when the Americans began with 2500 warplanes bombing Baghdad and Iraq; it was a winter day when the Americans again began invading my country.

Winter: the intimate love nights; the warm rain days; such winter is not in Iraq. Before the occupation I used to be friend with the first drop of the rain I could follow it on my window. Then follow it on the streets dancing with the lights of the cars. Now, I could not feel that drop because opening the window while American vehicles are in the streets would evoke the American soldiers who have the right to defend them selves and kill me."
[ . . . ]
 
VERY brief extract
Seth Farber, The Left-Wing Gatekeepers of the American Anti-Israeli Occupation Movement: "The persecution of Palestinians by Israel today and historically is rooted in the theory of political Zionism which posited that the land of Palestine belonged to the Jews, and that every Jew was a member of a race and a nation (constituted by Abraham in the Bible) which had a right to create a Jewish state in Palestine. 'The Bible is our Mandate,' David Ben-Gurion, ironically an atheist, stated. The political Zionists had no moral qualms about ethnically-cleansing the land of Arabs, and thus they had no motive to reach an accord with the Palestinians. After the Arab revolt of 1929 Hans Kohn wrote that the Zionist settlers have not even once made a serious attempt at seeking through negotiations the consent of the indigenous peoples.

"This view -- that Palestinians share responsibility for their expropriation -- is common on the Jewish Left. Perhaps this is why the Jewish Left has failed to establish fraternal relationships with the 'enemy', why little effort is made by larger Jewish anti-Occupation groups to ally with our Arab/Moslem brothers and sisters. ..."
 
Re "The 'Metering' that will not easily be forgotten, or forgiven, by the Iraqi people" (Dr. Khadduri's BLOOD for OIL pump illustration) -

This AUDIO interview with Robert Fisk in which he estimates as many as 200,000 Iraqi civilian deaths. (Link previously posted.)
 
xymphora, George Packer on Iraq (Commenting on a review of Packer's book, The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq): "'In 1996, some of the people in Perle's circle had begun to think about what it would mean for Saddam Hussein to be removed from the Middle East scene. 'They concluded it would be very good for Israel.'"
 
Blast shuts northern Iraq oil pipeline: "The pipeline transports oil from the northern oil center of Kirkuk to refineries in Beiji, from where it is pumped via the country's export pipeline to the port of Ceyhan, Turkey."

Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq


"Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Tuesday that he would appeal against the High Court of Justice's ruling to ban the use of Palestinian civilians by the army as 'human shields' in operations against suspected militants."


Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, Fear and loathing in militia hell: "The Arab League sent a 10-man delegation to Baghdad this past weekend to try to drum up support for a 'national reconciliation' conference in Iraq - to be held after the referendum on the draft constitution Saturday. The welcoming committee included highway guerrillas armed to the teeth. Although no Arab League members were shot, two (Shi'ite) Interior Ministry commandos protecting them were killed and six wounded. [ . . . ]

"Two-and-a-half years into the occupation, Baghdad - which during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s was one of the world's cleanest cities - remains an archipelago of rubble, garbage and fetid lakes. Writing for the Saudi-financed al-Sharq al-Awsat, Maad Fayyad, a London-based Arab journalist, captured the mood, 'I wonder - did the Mongols descend on it only yesterday, led by the captain of catastrophe and devotee of death, Hulagu Khan, such that [Baghdad] was transformed into debris?'

"The law of the jungle rules - coupled with the collapse of social life. Baghdad is inundated with messages telling people not to congregate anywhere, otherwise they become targets for suicide bombing. Any foreign visitor is a target for kidnapping. Every government official is a prisoner in his or her own office.

"To compound the misery, what Sunnis see, apart from the disgraceful state of Baghdad, is the Pentagon relentlessly destroying Sunni Arab infrastructure elsewhere - like in Fallujah on November 2004 and Tal Afar last month. Buildings, bridges, sewage system, telephone network, it's all gone.

"Jaafari's government controls little else than the Green Zone. Five Baghdad neighborhoods - Ghaziliya, Amiraya, Yarmouk, Doura and Shurta - are controlled by the resistance. People in Baghdad tend to refer to the 'resistance' as a whole - not distinguishing between the myriad groups (except for al-Qaeda in Iraq).

"The takeover of the majority of the city is a work in progress. This means in practice hooded characters loaded with Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and rocket launchers telling people to stay out of trouble - ie, holed up at home. In a variation of American black ghetto folklore - the 'man' controls the day, we control the night - the resistance in these areas controls day and night. There's nothing Jaafari's government, holed up in the Green Zone, can do about it.

"The resistance of course does not control Sadr City - the giant Shi'ite slum. They don't need to. There's a gentlemen's agreement between Muqtada - and his Mahdi Army - and influential Sunni bodies such as the Association of Muslim Scholars, which is respected by the resistance. Jaafari's government is in fact doing something. The government may not control the day or the night: militias do. But some militias - such as the Badr Brigades, responding to Interior Minister Bayan Jabor - are part of the government. Bewildered, desperate citizens are caught in the crossfire because everybody - militias, police, the army, different strands of the resistance - wears the same uniform." [ . . . ]
 
Recipe For Terror: Assassinated Reuters Camaraman Uncovered Evidence of Mass US Casualties in Iraq

Felicity Arbuthnot

If Tony Blair is making a list of topics to discuss with President Bush, 'accountability' should be well near the top. The lack of it, at US Administration level, is stunning.

"It is just not worth characterizing by numbers", said Brigadier General Vincent Brooks, when asked how many Iraqis had died during the invasion. But from Guantanamo Bay to America's own casualties, 'life, liberty' - yet alone the 'pursuit of happiness' has become frighteningly endangered under the neo-cons pulling George W's strings.

At the recent World Uranium Weapons Conference in Hamburg, Dr Doug Rokke, former senior Pentagon advisor charged with the 1991 uranium clean up of Kuwait, described how injured US troops are being flown 'in their hundreds, in the dead of night' back to US bases 'throughout Europe', in order to disguise the magnitude of casualty figures. Public photographs of coffins of the dead have been proscribed and in stark contrast to the public honoring and grief of the Italian nation for their nineteen soldiers and carabinieri, killed in a suicide bombing in Nassiriyah, southern Iraq last week, the US military shuffles its fallen as quietly as possible into their final resting place.

With the death toll of US soldiers having exceeded, in just seven months, that of the first three years of Vietnam it is worth asking if even these figures are the full truth. Many of those who have joined the military in Iraq, do not hold American passports, but were, broadly, promised that they would be given them on return, for their efforts against the 'war on terrorism'. According to Dr Rokke, should they die, their deaths are not factored in to 'U.S.' casualties. Further, Mazen Dana, the Award winning Reuters camera man, shot dead by US troops whilst filming outside Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison in August - with full permission and press accreditation from the US Authorities in Baghdad - told his brother Nazmi, a chilling tale days before he died.

"Mazen told me by phone few days before his death that he discovered a mass grave dug by U.S. troops to conceal the bodies of their fellow comrades killed in Iraqi resistance attacks," Nazmi said.

"He also told me that he found U.S. troops covered in plastic bags in remote desert areas and he filmed them for a TV program. We are pretty sure that the American forces had killed Mazen knowingly to prevent him from airing his finding."

"All international and local news agencies sent cables of condolences to his family, lauding his ...... determination to uncover the truth wherever it was", recorded veteran Middle East correspondent Awed Al Ragoub.

Truth is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists to record in Iraq. Last week, reported the Boston Globe, thirty major news gathering outlets wrote to the Pentagon complaining of intimidation, arrest, destruction of note books, video tape, recorders and film. The circumstances of the death of ITN's Terry Lloyd and disappearance of his colleagues is still obscured by the US Administration as has been the US tank attack on the Palestine Hotel with deaths of three journalists. Journalists' protection, under the Geneva Convention is absolute.

Iraq is now a vast Guantanamo Bay, with the disappeared unaccounted for, which was why Mazen Dana was filming outside Abu Ghraib. Even prisoners under Saddam, were more accounted for. The full number of both prison camps and prisoners are simply unknown. With the bombing of the Red Cross building in Baghdad and resultant pull out of staff, the last shred of accountability for the detained has been removed. The Red Cross is enshrined in the Geneva Convention as the neutral body who can interview and account for prisoners in war, held as hostage or in conflict zones. The tragedy of the Red Cross attack had a coincidental convenience for a U.S. human rights time bomb.

The Geneva Convention also has emotive words regarding environmental destruction. Viet Nam with Agent Orange, torching of villages, rapes and even the decapitation of a baby by a US soldier to steal her necklace, has been recently chillingly revisited by a stunning, painstaking two year investigation by journalists at the extraordinarily committed but relatively small town Toledo Blade newspaper.

'Will this be another Viet Nam?' has been a frequent haunting, relating to American body bags. Maybe. But little addressed is : environmentally, it is. Distraught reports have come out of Iraq of fauna, flora, wheat, barley, agriculture, bushes being torched by US soldiers with, like Viet Nam, music blaring and redolent of Palestine's olive groves, Iraq's great dates palms being mown down. Iraq has maybe six hundred different kinds of dates, is the worlds biggest producer. Nothing is wasted: sugar syrup is made, the stones are polished and made into beads, the fronds become anything from brooms to intricate, evocative bird cages. The date harvest (about now) is a vivid, beautiful celebration; towns and cities display them in markets in their vibrant colors: from sand and gold to brown and near vermillion, in great, intricately woven baskets - made of the fronds. Date palms are near sacred. Asking the way to a home, people will deliberate the location of the house and then , invariably say: "the garden has the tallest (smallest, most twisted etc) palm ..."

The full horror and lack of accountability is outside the scope of an article, but was starkly outlined by an Iraqi academic - old friend, rabidly anti- Saddam - I met recently. She told me of a beloved alter-ego, the sister she never had, who had gone to find medication for one of her two children. The two kids were in the back of the car and she trawled the pharmacies for the medicine. (Hospitals are now , say Iraqi doctors, worse equipped than after the 1991 war, but under the new freedom no journalists are allowed to visit to record.) Finally, she found what she was needing. Driving back over the 14th of July Bridge (hugely emotive and named after another revolution against the British) she was shot at by US troops, the car burned out and she and her children burned to the unrecognizable. Baghdad, being a village of five million people, her husband quickly learned what had happened and ran across the town with friends and blankets, to cover and succor them in death. They were shot at, as they returned repeatedly, for three days, by the troops as wife and childrens' remains stayed in the car, before they could be collected and interred.

"For telling you this, I await the knock at the door, any day, like all academics do who speak out in this occupation", said my friend. Academics are being disappeared at stunning speed in Iraq. "You know" she said quietly, her eyes meeting mine: "many of us say we want Saddam and our country back."

http://www.prisonplanet.com/281103recipeforterror.html
 
Academics are being disappeared at stunning speed in Iraq.

Islamic fundamentalist terrorists are doing this. They deplore education, especially the education of women whom make up 48% of their universities

Reject them as "freedom fighters", they are not, they are enemy of Iraq
 
UNESCO in action education
Precarious future for Iraqi universities


Once regarded as the best universities in the region, Iraqi universities are today in a pitiful state. A round table focusing on revitalising higher education in Iraq, organized by UNESCO, was held in February in Paris. Its goals: evaluate the situation and define future needs.

In 2003 when the coalition forces moved in, Iraqi universities were already reduced to a pale shadow of their former selves.

Gone was the time that they had established close ties with British universities, in the years before the Iran-Iraq war. Thousands of Iraqis studied for their doctorates at universities across the UK.

The flow stopped almost overnight. Iraqi academics quickly became isolated in a precarious university system where political allegiance was as important as intellectual competence. Many left, either because of political differences with Saddam Hussein’s regime or because the career opportunities were better overseas.

Now, as democracy flickers into life and international aid for the stricken university system at last begins to be felt on the ground, the Diaspora is being encouraged to return.

The country needs its elite more than ever. The universities, struggling to cope with a massive infrastructure deficit, are bulging with students. The situation is all the more critical as two Gulf wars have also contributed to damaging the system. Idris Salih, Iraq’s deputy minister for higher education, told a round table meeting in Paris convened by UNESCO’s higher education division that 85% of the universities’ infrastructure was destroyed in the months of chaos as the coalition struggled to gain control.

In any case, reconstruction is clearly going to be founded as much on Iraqi as on imported knowhow. After the fall of the old regime, USAid put together a $20 million strategy based on consortia of US universities with partner universities in Iraq. A few weeks later, Qatar launched a $15 million project to revitalise the universities as part of a $100 million reconstruction plan. But Mr Salih says: “We were unable to benefit from financial resources from donors because they arrived late or were not paid at all.”

Problems with aid delivery and security
Progress on the ground has been limited, partly because of security issues. The USAid programme was predicated on the inclusion of non-US universities in the partnerships, but only a small number joined up. Only Oxford University represented the UK, as a partner with the State University of New York Stony Brook in a consortium for rebuilding Archeology, Assyriology, and Environmental Health. But Oxford’s involvement ended with the tragic death of the one academic who was pivotal to the project.

Some countries, notably the UK through the British Council and Germany through DAAD, have given direct assistance in the form of intensive training courses for university administrators and updating opportunities for academics in economically and socially strategic fields.

UNESCO has already drawn on some of the Qatari US$15 million to send medical and engineering laboratory equipment and textbooks. At the end of 2004, a shipment of US$4.6 million of equipment and materials for medical and related disciplines such as dentistry, pharmacy and nursing, as well as for engineering faculties, was delivered to universities in Iraq. It also included textbooks for students and reference books valued at a further US$1 million. Ten tons of books were delivered by the British Council to universities in Baghdad and Basra.

New pledges were announced from Qatar and the Republic of Korea during the Paris conference. The First Lady of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misand, who is a Special UNESCO Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, pledged a further US$1 million dollars; Korea pledged US$200,000; and the Doha Bank pledged US$30,000.

“These donations are warmly appreciated and will be used for the implementation of concrete projects for the benefit of students, academics and researchers,” Mr Koichiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s Director-General, said. But that depends on promised aid being delivered. In February one Iraqi university president privately estimated that barely 10% of the resources pledged had materialised on the ground. The amount is not sufficient to stem the brain drain affecting Iraq. Numerous Iraqi academics leave in search of opportunities closed to them in their own country. One initiative to be taken further is to encourage the Iraqi academic Diaspora to be encouraged to return, through temporary leave of absence from universities elsewhere in the Middle East or in the West.

Salaries are being increased – from A$150-400 a month to A$1,000-1,500. But the most severe disincentive is the security situation. Baghdad University president Mosa Al-Mosawe said that since the fall of the old regime 47 academics had been assassinated – 17 of them from his own university. Kidnapping for ransom is rife – “the threats come from lazy students to get some finance, especially near the time of final assessments”.

Brain drain
Mr Salih said that more than 2,000 academics had left Iraq under the old regime. Since its fall a further 260 have followed them “The 19,000 [who remain] are heroes working under difficult conditions – lack of electricity, power cuts every day, terrorism and the fear of terrorism that weighs on them every day,” he says. But whether academics who have relocated to countries where secularism is the norm would return to an Islamist university system to teach segregated classes is highly questionable.

Meanwhile some experts question whether it is sensible to rebuild the system along the lines left by the previous regime. Some universities, created to serve political rather than academic needs, demand vast injections of resources to enable them to offer quality higher education. But are they worth the investment? Jairam Reddy, who guided South African universities’ emergence from the apartheid era, has recommended a critical appraisal to determine whether unsustainable institutions should be shored up, or efforts concentrated on bringing stronger universities back to their former levels. Georges Haddad, director of UNESCO’s Higher Education Division,, was upbeat about the prospects. “It is important for us to have a strong, democratic Iraq…Without higher education there is no future. I do not expect the moon but it is important that the dialogue is started and partnership is under way,” he said.

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As the round table wrapped up its proceedings there was a clear acceleration of pledges of support – the inclusion of Iraqi academic leaders within the world university community, scholarships and exchanges.

Mr Salih concluded: “Higher education needs more help – this is the key to the future in building a new Iraq based on multi-party democracy and respect for human rights.”.

Since then, a real dynamic has taken form around the projects initiated by the round table and the Higher Education Division is receiving offers of cooperation from institutions, governments and other donors.

http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=26888&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
 
Education: International Recovery Effort Urged for Iraq
By Abid Aslam
Inter Press Service
May 2, 2005



The United Nations is urging governments and educators worldwide to rise to the aid of Iraq's colleges and universities, saying that five out of six have been wrecked and warning that failure to rehabilitate them will set back efforts to heal the war-brutalised country.

''The devastation of the Iraqi system of higher education has been overlooked amid other cataclysmic war results but represents an important consequence of the conflicts, economic sanctions, and ongoing turmoil in Iraq,'' said Jairam Reddy, director of the United Nations University (UNU) International Leadership Institute in Amman, Jordan. ''Repairing Iraq's higher education system is in many ways a prerequisite to the long term repair of the country as a whole,'' added Reddy.

Since the start of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation in 2003, some 84 percent of Iraq's institutions of higher education have been burnt, looted, or destroyed, Reddy said in an assessment released Sunday. Four dozen academics have been assassinated and many more brave daily threats, the study found. ''The bravery and dedication of educators who remain in a shattered Iraq should inspire the swift, meaningful, and practical support of the international academic community,'' said Hans van Ginkel, rector of UNU, a Tokyo-based international network of academics.

An International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq, initiated in 2003 by the first lady of Qatar, has received small donations from the Qatar National Bank, South Korea, and Doha National Bank, Reddy said. ''It is vital that these funds be augmented substantially by the international community in order for the reconstruction and rejuvenation of the Iraqi higher education system to proceed unimpeded,'' he added.

Only 40 percent of infrastructure destroyed now is being rebuilt, the study said, and water and electricity supplies remain unreliable. Some 2,000 laboratories need to be re-equipped and 30,000 computers need to be procured and installed nationwide, the study found.

''The Iraqi Academy of Sciences, founded in 1948 to promote Arabic language and heritage, saw its digital and traditional library partially looted during the war and it alone needs almost one million dollars in infrastructure repairs to re-establish itself as a leading research centre.'' Iraqi higher education's brain trust also has been depleted by more than a decade of international sanctions imposed in 1990 after Iraq invaded Kuwait and by persistent security threats against academics and institutions in recent years.

As many as four out of 10 of the country's best-trained educators have emigrated since 1990, leaving behind teaching staff the report described as ''long-isolated and under-qualified.'' One-third of existing faculty members hold only a bachelor's degree, despite rules requiring a master's degree; 39 percent have a master's degree and 28 percent, a doctorate.

Beyond increased funding, Reddy proposed setting up a national commission on higher education modelled on similar bodies established in several countries including post-apartheid South Africa. The commission would be made up of officials, academics, students, and, given Iraq's recent isolation, handpicked academics from abroad. It would address everything from infrastructure needs to regulatory issues and the existing policy of ensuring a place at university for all successful secondary-school graduates.

Reddy said the entitlement to higher education might need to be trimmed to ease pressure on the system and to improve the quality of instruction. Iraq has 20 universities and 47 technical institutes under its Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and 10 private colleges offering computer sciences, business administration, economics, and management, the study said.

In addition, 24 colleges train secondary school teachers with another seven training primary and kindergarten teachers and seven training physical education teachers. Major fields of study offered at Iraqi universities include education, arts, law, social sciences, administration, economics, natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical sciences, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.

Reddy said recent improvements included the addition to curricula of democracy, human rights, and anti-terrorism. And while there is no dedicated budget for higher education, he added, the ad hoc amount allocated has increased to 70 million dollars this year, from 40 million dollars in 2003. Primary and secondary education also has been ruined, according to the U.N. children's agency.

UNICEF said in a report last October that school attendance had increased as students, parents, and teachers began to take in stride frequent reports of bombings, attacks, and kidnappings. But the school system -- once one of the finest in the Middle East -- was overwhelmed, the agency added. There weren't enough desks, chairs, or classrooms and most schools lacked even basic water or sanitation facilities, it said, adding that millions of Iraqi students had to brave raw sewage to get into the schools and the grounds.

UNICEF attributed the school system's fall to three wars and more than a decade of neglect and insufficient funding during international sanctions, which remained in effect from 1990-2003. U.S. officials often have highlighted their renovation of schools as a success story of Iraq under occupation. The UNICEF report said that as of last October, some 18 months after the U.S.-led invasion, the rehabilitation was limited.
 
Using War as an Excuse for More War; Srebrenica Revisited: "The notion that war can be made 'clean', played according to rules, should not be the main focus of international law or of peace movements. War first of all needs to be prevented, not policed.

"The false interpretation of 'Srebrenica' as part of an ongoing Serb project of 'genocide' was used to incite the NATO war against Yugoslavia, which devastated a country and left behind a cauldron of hatred and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. The United States is currently engaged in a far more murderous and destructive war in Iraq. In this context, the Western lamentations that inflate the Srebrenic massacre into 'the greatest mass genocide since Nazi times' are a diversion from the real existing genocide, which is not the work of some racist maniac, but the ongoing imposition of a radically unjust socio-economic world order euphemistically called 'globalization'."


U.S. Forces Hold One of Iraq's Greatest Writers for ‘Lying’ to Journalists: "Muhsen al-Khafaji, a prolific and creative short-story writer, languishes in a U.S.-run jail in Iraq. He has been behind bars for over two years.

"Khafaji’ is just one of a long list of prisoners of consciounce held in Iraq. They, among them this brilliant writer, should all be immediately released unless found guilty by an independent court.

"But his literary creativity, which once filled the pages of literary magazines throughout the Arab World, is no longer pursing his craft, given the tragedy that has befallen him since U.S. troops had him arrested shortly after invading Iraq.

"Khafaji is target of psychological warfare from his jailers, and is subject to very harsh conditions, according to eyewitness detainees that have since been released.

"The eyewitnesses say that his only crime was that he provided false information to two Japanese journalists at the start of the U.S. invasion.

"Therefore, in U.S. eyes, jailing Khafaji is reasonable because he failed to tell the truth to two journalists. He is said simply to have exaggerated U.S. losses.

"What a great accusation! Two and half years into this reckless invasion, and almost everyone on earth knows who should be charged for not telling the truth.

"And what truth are the Americans seeking? What truth would they have preferred that Khafaji pass to the Japanese?

"Was it Khafaji that exaggerated the story of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Did he tell the world that American troops hadn’t come to liberate the country, as they originally claimed, but rather to invade and destroy? Was it he that told the Japanese about the scandal at Abu Ghraib prison?

"If he is responsible for these things, then Khafaji was absolutely right and should be honored for it. The entire story that the U.S. has peddled has been nothing but a pack of lies.

"In fact, Washington and its Iraqi supporters are apparently good at nothing but lying. They lied to us when they spoke of liberation, freedom, prosperity, welfare, clean water, employment and a reliable power supply."
 
Christian Science Monitor, Was New York subway threat a hoax?
 
Crying in the Wilderness; Voices from Behind the Entombment Wall: "Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself." (1984, George Orwell)

[ . . . ]
"So we watch the children play knowing that internally they see their world as a prisoner does, a life lived under constant surveillance where their opportunities for learning, for travel, for the small joys a child's life should possess have been sucked out of their reality by the occupying forces that show no mercy, but rather an inhuman indifference to the suffering that greets them each day.

"These are the voices from behind the entombment wall, Sharon's Wall of Fear that cuts off the lifeblood of the Palestinians tearing apart the human mind leaving them a legacy of pain, humiliation, fear, and torment made real by a treachery of an insidious and malignant kind."
 
To the Occupying Forces. Leave now. You cannot win. You won't. Just leave.
 
"The 'Metering' that will not be easily forgotten, or forgiven, by the Iraqi people"
(Extract from Special Correspondent, article posted 11:24 AM)
Recipe For Terror: Assassinated Reuters Camaraman Uncovered Evidence of Mass US Casualties in Iraq: "The full horror and lack of accountability is outside the scope of an article, but was starkly outlined by an Iraqi academic - old friend, rabidly anti- Saddam - I met recently. She told me of a beloved alter-ego, the sister she never had, who had gone to find medication for one of her two children. The two kids were in the back of the car and she trawled the pharmacies for the medicine. (Hospitals are now , say Iraqi doctors, worse equipped than after the 1991 war, but under the new freedom no journalists are allowed to visit to record.) Finally, she found what she was needing. Driving back over the 14th of July Bridge (hugely emotive and named after another revolution against the British) she was shot at by US troops, the car burned out and she and her children burned to the unrecognizable. Baghdad, being a village of five million people, her husband quickly learned what had happened and ran across the town with friends and blankets, to cover and succor them in death. They were shot at, as they returned repeatedly, for three days, by the troops as wife and childrens' remains stayed in the car, before they could be collected and interred."
 
Syrian leader: U.S. should rethink Iraq war (In an interview with Christiane Amanpour) "When Amanpour suggested the U.S.-led war felled dictator Saddam Hussein, Al-Assad replied, 'Yeah, but what did you lose as a return? The hope of the people, the stability, no better democracy, no better economy, no services, no stability in the region, more terrorism -- so is that the prize you've won for getting rid of a dictator? That's not a goal.'"
(Why is the whole 'unenlightened' Middle East so much more clear sighted than those of us seeking to bestow upon them liberty & democracy & the "pursuit of happiness"?)
 
Good News at Last! The IMF Has Lost Its Influence: "Argentina showed that a country that was flat on its back could stand up to the IMF, and not only live to tell about it, but even launch a solid economic recovery. This changed the world. Although the IMF still carries a lot of weight in poorer countries (for example, in Sub-Saharan Africa), its influence in the middle-income countries has plummeted. The Fund is now a shadow of its former self."
 
Special Correspondent
Thank you for offering your Comments here.

However, I would claim that your position, on the assassination of Iraqi academics (Comment on October 12, 2005 11:26 AM above), is very weakened by this blank accusation:

"Academics are being disappeared at stunning speed in Iraq.
Islamic fundamentalist terrorists are doing this. They deplore education, especially the education of women whom make up 48% of their universities."

First of all, what is the percentage of those academics who have been assainated, are women? Is it not less than 5 percent? (I will post the names that I have once I get back home to my textual database).

Now note,

"More than 1000 leading Iraqi professionals and intellectuals have been assassinated since last April, among them such prominent figures as Dr Muhammad al-Rawi, the president of Baghdad University.
The identity of the assailants remains a mystery and none have been caught.
But families and colleagues of victims believe that Iraqi parties with foreign affiliations have an interest in wiping out Iraq's intellectual elite.
Iraqi intellectuals flee 'death squads' March 30, 2004

Ask yourself, what good does it do the 'terrorists' to kill academic women? Would you not agree that it is more 'beneficial' to the Mossad, whom I am sure you have heard of? And you probably have heard of Operation Phoenix and the Salvador Option.

Then, note also:

"Khamis Mirgib al-Isawi is another Iraqi businessman currently living in Dubai, which seems to have become Iraqi businessmen’s most popular work destination.
He says he believes there is a well-organised plot to force Iraqi businessmen out of the country.
"When you see your peers kidnapped, terrorised or blackmailed, how can you stay? I believe that those were messages to us (businessmen) to leave the country or we would be living under constant threat," al-Isawi said.
"A few days ago an Iraqi businessman died in Dubai. I went to his family house to pay my condolences. I was shocked by the number of Iraqi traders and businessmen who were at the house. You cannot imagine the sight.
"I asked myself, Who is left behind in Iraq? I really think there exists a plan to drive out Iraqi traders to ensure others' domination of the country's economy."
Wealthy Iraqis seek safety abroad January 18, 2005

Finally, kindly refrain from Copying and Pasting a whole article, as it makes it difficult for other viewers to scroll all the way down yours to read other comments. To make a link to a published item, use this format:
(a href="")Title of Article(/a)
- Note that you should use < instead of ( , and > instead of ) -

and insert between the two quotes, after href=" " , the URL for the article, eg http://www.iraq.com .

Then, the Title will be in blue and if you click on it, the whole article appears.

 
Endangering Public Safety; The Gitmo Tribunals: "There's no rule of law that requires the US to deny rights at GTMO*: it is a policy decision. It was a bad decision. The loose procedures do not protect national security, but political interests and ambitions."

* Or elsewhere
 
Excerpt
The quintessential false dichotomy: "By far, the most important of the Ten Commandments is 'Thou shalt not kill.' Why is it the people who talk most about God do it to justify killing?"

"These homicidal robots like George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth and Ariel Sharon all operate with the supernatural sanction of the media church, and mask their crimes in hollow hymns to their own magnificence while the transfixed masses sway in Pentecostal ecstasy to the lunatic media circus triumphalizing the ravaging of our own nest.

"The real problem with these systems — and all the other permutations generating every conceivable stripe of social fellowship throughout the world — is that they predicate their own value on the narcissistic necessity that they are the sole executors and operators of the one truth path. This is a pattern that guarantees ceaseless conflict . . .

"So why do we have all this stupid strife?

"Because it's profitable.


"During the Catholic Inquisition, priests determined the fate of 'witches' with the following process: they were hogtied, weighted with stones, and dropped in a lake. If they floated, they were guilty and put to death, all their property confiscated. If they sank to the bottom and died, they were judged innocent, but, as they were dead, all their property was confiscated.

"Tell me, my friend, how is it any different today? Except that the rabbis are now rendering the verdicts. But the rule that they may kill anyone they want for any reason at all is still, as so many people know, very much in force."
 
(Probably a reposting; nonetheless, not "ancient history" - unfortunately.)
Is the 'Salvador option' now fully operational in Iraq?: "In El Salvador US ‘advisors’ were few in number and prohibited from taking part in combat. Nevertheless, it is towards this model that the US is attempting to move, hoping to farm out the sordid business of occupation to Iraqi auxiliaries. But, in many ways it is contemporary Colombia that offers the closest analogy: not for the disposition of US forces, but because here the same process of asset-stripping, impoverishment and conquistador-like plundering is both deeply entrenched and ongoing. It is here that is to be found that clearest pattern for the assaults on academics, independent trade unionists and peasant organisations that will increasingly characterise Iraq for those prepared to look beyond the fireworks. This is the second dimension that any model must address, but in essence the pattern is repeated time after time in every imperialist so-called counter-insurgency war; for behind each and every one lurks the reality of exploitation and class war, and, as successive imperialist powers have shown, the bottom line in combating the hopes and dreams of ordinary people is to resort to spreading terror through the application of extreme violence. In Iraq, the Salvador Option may mean returning home to find your entire family seated at table with their own severed heads served to them and a bowl of blood for relish."
 
Final two paras. only
Saadalla Al-Fathi, Al-Ahram, Not with our oil: "It is indeed possible that the promotion of the oil pipeline scheme between Iraq and Israel is intended to show total disregard, by the occupiers and Israel, to the political sensitivities in the Arab world in general and Iraq in particular. Even if it can be imagined that it is possible to immediately terminate more than 50 years of hostility between Iraq and Israel, Iraq has more urgent problems to cope with. Even Egypt, 25 years after signing its peace agreement with Israel, is still reluctant to take steps towards further cooperation, with the exception of the sale of a limited quantity of oil and the recent still-on- paper gas agreement which was written only after a separate gas delivery agreement to Jordan was effectively implemented. The Egyptian gas export pipeline to Jordan does not pass through Israel or connect to its network. Therefore, it will not be possible for Israel to claim so quickly its share of the Iraqi spoils of war -- contrary to recent statements.

"Over the last 13 years there was much talk about a Middle Eastern energy infrastructure involving Israel. For example, projects like a joint refinery with Egypt, gas exports from Qatar, the Mediterranean Gas Ring, etc were discussed endlessly without results. The refinery project went ahead but only after Israel bailed out of it. A comprehensive and just peace in the region and the restoration of the rights of the Palestinian people does not seem to be on Israel's agenda and therefore statements about grandiose schemes of energy systems, including the Haifa pipeline, will remain, as I wrote before, a pipedream. Even if politics were to drive such schemes towards realisation it must be remembered that they would remain vulnerable and that oil and gas can by their nature sometimes defend themselves."
 
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As I promised in my above Comment to you, this is a recent article on the matter:

Anyone and everyone is a target September 25, 2005.

In the second paragraph, there is a link to a list of verified assassinated Iraqis

Aside from the reference in the above Comment to you on the role of MI6 and CIA operatives in Iraq in planting and carrying out themselves explosions on civilian targets (and churches) and eliminate academics, while in their controlled mass media (and theeir puppets' media) put the blame on the 'Iraqi Resistance' in order to drive a wedge between them and the Iraqi people, these are the the two posting that I intended to show you on Phoenix and the Salvador Option - Non-transparent CIA 'precedents' in Iraq's torrent of bloodshed, and this CIA terrorism in Iraq ..... Who? US? .

Is it clearer?

 
Robert Fisk in London “I don’t think we CARE about the Iraqis.” The doctors in the hospitals are not ALLOWED to say how many have died,” nor to talk about the “violent deaths in one day.”
 
Yes, oil is a big part, but I think its important to remember not the biggest part. There are a whole host of reasons the US is in Iraq ('freedom' is clearly not one of them) and will be for quite some time. When the US first entered Iraq, it was reported that VP Dick Cheney told Sharon that 'We did this for Israel' or something along those lines. Now, clearly the rasist Evangelicalists did not only do this for Israel but it is a big part. Perhaps it was in part a repayment to Israel for the Mossad bombing the World Trade Center. Israel is now and has in the past been looking to expand to the 'Greater Israel' this includes Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and of course as all should know, Palastine. The zionists and evangelicalists fundamental religious beliefs are as big of a part of this picture as anything. These are the religious fanatics. These are the real terrorists.

I think it goes deeper than this as well.
 
Chris Floyd, The Big Fix : "Jonathan Schwarz continues his ruthless exposure of the lies of Colin Powell in yet another outstanding post at A Tiny Revolution. Step by step, with relentless detail, he shows how almost every assertion of 'fact' Powell made during his pre-attack UN presentation (which 'clinched the deal for war,' as the mooing herd of punditry all agreed afterward) was unsupported by intelligence data -- and that Powell knew this when he spoke. Jon has chapter and verse, link and source -- it's devastating. Powell was the 'human face' of a monstrous conspiracy to lead the United States into an unnecessary war, an act of aggression, a war crime of Nuremberg proportions. And tens of thousands of innocent people lie dead because of it. How many thousands more will die in the global chaos and instability that this act of criminal insanity has unleashed?

"These murdering liars: it just chokes you with fury, what they've done -- and what they will get away with. ... "
 
Wayne Madsen Report October 12, 2005 -- Former UN weapons inspector speaks his mind on Iraq War: "Speaking at the National Press Club this morning, former UN weapons inspector and Marine Corps officer Scott Ritter said that the recent release of a CIA report on pre-war analysis of Iraq bolsters his claims that senior Bush administration policy makers ignored all the intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Ritter said it was the policy of three successive U.S. administrations (Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II) to use WMDs as a ruse to carry out regime change in Iraq. Ritter contends that evidence shows that Iraq eliminated all of its WMDs between 1991 and 1995.

[ . . . ]

During 2004, in preparation for his recently-released book Iraq Confidential and an article he was writing for Harper's, Ritter had planned to go to Iraq to interview former members of the Iraqi Mukhabarat intelligence service and other official of the former regime. Although Ritter's travel plans had been cleared with the Coalition Provisional Authority, he received a credible threat that members of the Sh'ia Badr Brigades, then tasked by the Bush administration to arrest or "eliminate" Baathists, were going to target Ritter with assassination. Canceling his trip to Iraq, Ritter instead decided to meet some of his Iraqi contacts in Jordan.

"Ritter also revealed that the Clinton and the G. W. Bush administration conducted secret talks in Jordan with representatives of Saddam's government. Saddam even reached out to a neo-con arch enemy, Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle, prior to the outbreak of hostilities. Ritter said that nothing Saddam did would change the ultimate goal of the Bush and Blair governments: regime change in Iraq."
 
Wayne Madsen Report, October 12, 2005 -- [ . . . ]
" . . . Karl Rove is expected to make his fourth Grand Jury appearance on Friday, October 14. The word is that the criminal probe is focusing beyond the CIA leak of the identities of Valerie Plame Wilson and her Brewster Jennings & Associates non-official cover colleagues and on to the wider role of senior White House officials in a conspiracy to attack Ambassador Joseph Wilson and lie about the reasons the United States used to go to war in Iraq. The focus of the probe on the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) not only would focus on Rove, Scooter Libby, and Ari Fleischer (names that have already been mentioned by informed sources as likely targets) but also Vice President Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, International Public Diplomacy chief Karen Hughes, and Chief of Staff Andrew Card. President Bush, himself, could also be a subject of the criminal probe for conspiracy. The turning up of the heat on Bush's closest aides has also resulted in a barrage of criticism for Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald from the typical right wing noise machines, including propaganda outlets on the web and cable television.

". . . Iraqi assets in a position to know about the destruction of Iraqi WMDs by 1995 may have been executed by remnants of Iraq's security services and other paramilitaries working for the U.S. in order to silence them as witnesses to Iraq's WMD disarmament eight years prior to the U.S. invasion."
 
Imad thank you for the comment. My question is this:

if there is that many businessmen and women in Dubai, why are they not being assassinated aswell?

Afterall, they are just a pool of Iraqis outside Iraq that one day, may well go back. Why aren't they picking off this pool of educated Iraqis that could potentially bring prosperity back to Iraq the Iraqi way?

If these assassins are sinister intelligence rogues, I am sure they would find it just as easy to assassinate in Dubai than Iraq.

As for this resistance, there is definitely a religious element that will bring nothing but trouble and misery.

Also, if you are so keen for the resistance to win, is this really the best thing?

Lets assume that the resistance groups will win and by doing so get rid of the present government.

Then what? All you will have is a mixture of groups who had the same motives but have different ideas on how to run Iraq. All you will get is more anarchy and a possible control by religious factions like in Iran.

Things will not get better if an illegitimate leader gets leadership. And what about those millions of Iraqis who voted?
 
PS - about your headline, you seem to think that the US occupation forces are robbing Iraq. Not so, look at recent reports about Iraqis in power taking the cash stashes

Iraq has issued arrest warrants for 27 senior officials from the interim government over suspected embezzlement of more than $1bn.

Look on the BBC 11 Oct for that report. There are more
 
What is going wrong in Iraq? Small snippet...

The Saddam bureaucracy prevented progress in many aspects of life; his regime had introduced horrific discrimination. It sorted citizens into those who would be suppressed and left in mass graves and those who enjoyed influence and power.

Just the name of a person was enough to prevent him from getting a decent job. Iraqis will not forget Saddam's tanks entering Nasiriya in southern Iraq to kill Iraqis with the phrase "no Shia from now on" written on them.

The Arab regimes and even Arab pan-nationalists are watching the current crimes being committed in Iraq on a daily basis with glee. This has deepened Iraqis' fears and increased their concerns about their future.

The problem Iraq is facing is represented in those who are interfering in its affairs under the guise of goodwill, but in fact they are after influence and domination of Iraq's riches.
It is sad that there are still some Arabs who think they are able to keep the old formula, and continue to milk Iraq. These include individuals who benefited from the black era in Iraq, and they consist of Iraqis and non-Iraqis"

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D05CEB24-496C-4DA4-A989-4D01779439AE.htm
 
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I do assume that you understand Arabic.
I would like to state that I do not completely agree with the speaker's last part of the interview, but rather with the moderator.

 
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