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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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Friday, January 04, 2008

The worst consequence of the occupation ... yet to come

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"As violence dropped in the final months of 2007, thousands of people who'd fled their homes returned, especially in Baghdad. Statistics about how many have come home vary, but Iraq's Ministry of Displacement and Migration estimated in early December that 30,000 had returned from other countries, along with 10,000 who'd gone home from other parts of Iraq.
Abdul Samad Rahman Sultan, Iraq's migration minister, said the government would need help from other countries and aid organizations to make it possible for people to return. He said the government hoped to resettle people in the neighborhoods they'd left.
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Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said that goal would be difficult to meet, and he predicted violence as homeowners and squatters battle over property.
Petraeus warned that some people will have to resign themselves to never being able to reclaim their homes."That is not ideal, not right, not legal, not a lot of things, but it is reality," (emphasis added) he said last week.
"This is just going to remain a very, very tough issue for some time."
Coalition forces will offer some aid, but Petraeus said he didn't have ground forces capable of organizing returns, settling property debates and maintaining safety. Those solutions will have to come from Iraqis, he said."
Returning Iraqis face lack of services, property disputes January 2, 2008

Reminds you of the Red Indians, dosen't it?

From an email from K K Al-Tawil (January 3, 2008):
"The problem is that the government of PM Nuri al-Maliki is a Shiite government, and Sunni Arabs, at least, think it is complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Sunnis from the capital.
How likely is it that al-Maliki's security forces are going to bring Sunnis in large numbers back into, say, Shaab district, which used to be mixed?
I hear something ominous in Gen. Petraeus's resignation here.
A future ethnic war that the US might not be able to stop.
I can't imagine the Sunni Arabs, whether Iraqis or their coreligionists in the region, giving up on Baghdad and ceding it to the Shiites.
So they are likely to organize over time to try to take it back.
The US troop escalation had the accidental side effect of worsening the position of the Sunni Arabs for now, so that Baghdad must be 80% or so Shiite (way up from about 50/50 in 2003).
As the US troops are drawn back down, the Sunni Arabs will come back.
(Although the Iraqi government makes a big deal out of the returnees, in fact only a tiny number of people have come back, and some people are still leaving)."

Updates:
Clarification - from an email by Buthaina Al-Nasiri (January 4, 2008):
"It is not a question of sunnis allowing Baghdad to be a shiite city or not. Many people do not think in this way. What about christians, kurds, turkmens etc. living in Baghdad? The grave matter is how to leave one's home and neighbourhood in which one has had a life's time memories and change to new homes. Most of our homes are owned property, they are not rented houses, so it is difficult to give away what you have built with your own hands to someone else. It is a kind of a state of staying a refugee for ever in your own country."
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Comment by MadAsHell (January 4, 2008):
"Americans will just shrug their shoulders and say [just like they did to the Nicaraguans, and the Guatemalans (shattered economies and political systems), or the Vietnamese (Agent Orange, a moonscape where the rice paddies used to be, etc.)], "it's your problem, now... we disclaim all responsibility". America never has any responsibility to repair the damage that it does around the world, didn't you know that?

In a way, I don't blame them for this policy. Any honest accounting of the outright damage that they have done to the rest of the world, let alone to include the indirect damage of their rigging of the international trade system (sugar tariffs or simple defiance of GATT rules, anyone?) would involve reparations on so high a magnitude as to bankrupt the U.S. Treasury, were they ever to have to repay it.

You can see some of this concept having played out in the furious reaction of the U.S. ruling classes a few years ago to the idea of "reparations to black Americans for years of slavery" -- recall that much of the economy of the southern U.S. was essentially built by unpaid labor on the part of Negro slaves. When they added up the bill for what this would have cost to repay, even using extremely conservative estimates of back wages, the bill would have come to trillions of dollars. So, in typical American fashion, they simply "stonewalled" (just like Israelis are emotionally unwilling to face up to what it would realistically cost to repay Palestinians for the property that was illegally confiscated from them in 1948), vehemently insisting "the subject is closed for discussion, don't even raise it, we're unwilling to even start talking about it". Of course, such a strategy is limited to the side that has superior military, police and economic power. I suspect that the discussion would sound considerably different, if American blacks, or Palestinians, had a few more guns or a few more billions.

Stop to think: If the black people (theoretically U.S. citizens) can't come back to their homes in New Orleans because the districts in which they used to live have been "renewed" (e.g. reserved for white folk with buckets of money for swank new condos being erected where the tenements used to be), what do you think the chances are of anyone in Iraq being able to go back home? (To say nothing of the Palestinians trying to go back to the houses they owned in Israel in 1948, until they were forced out at the point of a gun by massacres and ethnic cleansing.)

Oh, and I forgot to add -- just like how America's victims in the S.E. Asian and Central American fiascoes were forced into usurious loans by American banks (via the IMF, World Bank, etc.) for the "privilege" of financing the effort to repair the destruction imposed upon them by America (just like Iraq is going to be reduced to permanent indebtedness, hence servitude, for the "privilege" of selling off all of its assets to Americans in no-bid, fire-sale deals), black Americans from New Orleans are finding out the hard way that all those insurance policies they bought are (unlike the ones for the white folk in the recent California fires) worthless... so, they'll have to take loans at exorbitant interest rates (gotta pay for all our losses in that little ol' subprime mess there, boy!) from, you guessed it, Wall Street bankers, so they can rebuild their shacks. That is, if the private, uniformed security guards now at the gates to the neighborhoods where they used to live (remind you of, say, Blackwater?) even let them in, in the first place. "You say y'all live here, boy? Prove it!" smiles the man, from underneath his sunglasses, as he totes his assault rifle.

Moral of the Story: If you want your country, or your 'hood, not to be devastated by America's neocon ruling class, who have a grand old time slaughtering you and leaving everything in ruins, then charging you for the "privilege" of cleaning up the mess that they created, pick up your gun and kill the American before he gets a toehold wherever you live. You must use violence to defend yourself from much greater violence being inflicted on you, by America's cruel, transient armies of plunder and exploitation. Words don't count. Neither do treaties, or insurance policies.

Those who run America understand one language, and one language only: the dialog of force."
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Comments:
Imad:

Americans will just shrug their shoulders and say [just like they did to the Nicaraguans, and the Guatemalans (shattered economies and political systems), or the Vietnamese (Agent Orange, a moonscape where the rice paddies used to be, etc.)], "it's your problem, now... we disclaim all responsibility". America never has any responsibility to repair the damage that it does around the world, didn't you know that?

In a way, I don't blame them for this policy. Any honest accounting of the outright damage that they have done to the rest of the world, let alone to include the indirect damage of their rigging of the international trade system (sugar tariffs or simple defiance of GATT rules, anyone?) would involve reparations on so high a magnitude as to bankrupt the U.S. Treasury, were they ever to have to repay it.

You can see some of this concept having played out in the furious reaction of the U.S. ruling classes a few years ago to the idea of "reparations to black Americans for years of slavery" -- recall that much of the economy of the southern U.S. was essentially built by unpaid labor on the part of Negro slaves. When they added up the bill for what this would have cost to repay, even using extremely conservative estimates of back wages, the bill would have come to trillions of dollars. So, in typical American fashion, they simply "stonewalled" (just like Israelis are emotionally unwilling to face up to what it would realistically cost to repay Palestinians for the property that was illegally confiscated from them in 1948), vehemently insisting "the subject is closed for discussion, don't even raise it, we're unwilling to even start talking about it". Of course, such a strategy is limited to the side that has superior military, police and economic power. I suspect that the discussion would sound considerably different, if American blacks, or Palestinians, had a few more guns or a few more billions.

Stop to think: If the black people (theoretically U.S. citizens) can't come back to their homes in New Orleans because the districts in which they used to live have been "renewed" (e.g. reserved for white folk with buckets of money for swank new condos being erected where the tenements used to be), what do you think the chances are of anyone in Iraq being able to go back home? (To say nothing of the Palestinians trying to go back to the houses they owned in Israel in 1948, until they were forced out at the point of a gun by massacres and ethnic cleansing.)

Oh, and I forgot to add -- just like how America's victims in the S.E. Asian and Central American fiascoes were forced into usurious loans by American banks (via the IMF, World Bank, etc.) for the "privilege" of financing the effort to repair the destruction imposed upon them by America (just like Iraq is going to be reduced to permanent indebtedness, hence servitude, for the "privilege" of selling off all of its assets to Americans in no-bid, fire-sale deals), black Americans from New Orleans are finding out the hard way that all those insurance policies they bought are (unlike the ones for the white folk in the recent California fires) worthless... so, they'll have to take loans at exorbitant interest rates (gotta pay for all our losses in that little ol' subprime mess there, boy!) from, you guessed it, Wall Street bankers, so they can rebuild their shacks. That is, if the private, uniformed security guards now at the gates to the neighborhoods where they used to live (remind you of, say, Blackwater?) even let them in, in the first place. "You say y'all live here, boy? Prove it!" smiles the man, from underneath his sunglasses, as he totes his assault rifle.

Moral of the Story: If you want your country, or your 'hood, not to be devastated by America's neocon ruling class, who have a grand old time slaughtering you and leaving everything in ruins, then charging you for the "privilege" of cleaning up the mess that they created, pick up your gun and kill the American before he gets a toehold wherever you live. You must use violence to defend yourself from much greater violence being inflicted on you, by America's cruel, transient armies of plunder and exploitation. Words don't count. Neither do treaties, or insurance policies.

Those who run America understand one language, and one language only: the dialog of force.
 
A slap in the face for Parliament
 
http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,grossbild-1060067-526748,00.html

"The number of internally displaced people in Iraq may be falling, but only slowly. There are still tens of thousands living away from home due to the threat of violence there. Like these children playing near abandoned shops housing displaced families in Baghdad's Kasrah and Atash district."
look to the picture this is the second wealthy oil countery in the world
 
Who ever is MadAsHell, please give him my best regards for his analysis as well as his spirit.
Regards
 
الى السيد عماد خضوري

بمناسبة نشرك لمقالة قديمة للسيد شلش العراقي, اود ان الفت انتباهك الى ان المقالات المنشورة ليست كامل ما نشر السيد شلش ,و نحن هنا نشكر جهدك القيم في نشر ما و جد ولكن يا حبذا لو دققت في ارشيفك المضغوط فقد تكون اغفلت واحدة او اثنين خطأ غير متعمدا...فانا اذكر جيدا مقالة رائعة يتحدث فيها شلش مع نفسه و يناول نفسه الهوية و لا أذكر اسمها:

بس بيها هيجي حجي:
اي متكلي انت منو؟
تفضل الهوية شوفها
هاي انت؟ معقولة انت مسوي كل هالهوسة

والخ

ارجو التدقيق فلم اعثر على هذه المقالة أبدا في الإنترنت بطوله و عرضه
 
Another Shalash, Iraqi sense of humour

اليوم الجو جان كلش حلو ، غيوم وزخات مطر خفيفة ، لكن الثورة كعادتها لاتحب الاجواء الجميلة . انه قدرها وحظها الاسود والمصخم ، فبدل ان تعيش يوما من ايام العيد كباقي مدن الله ... تسربل في شوارعها من الصباح الباكر ، نشالة ابودرع وقفاصة حجي محمد ابو مريم ، لملاقاة الطائرات الامريكية والدروع والمارينز الذين جاؤا لالقاء القبض على ابو درع ، الله يرحم ايام زمان، والله اربع انضباطية جانوا ياخذون نص الدربونة ومحد يفك حلكه ، هسة اكبر امبراطورية بالعالم جاية على ابو درع ... عشنا وشفنا .. المهم ، ركض ودربكة بالدرابين، وفليح الاطرم يوزع المهام على المقاتلين الاشاوس، ويحذر السكان من مغبة الخروج من مساكنهم، واطلاق نار عشوائي، ناس ماتت وناس انجرحت وانتهت القصة باحتفال جماهيري حاشد بقيادة عضوي الكونغرس العراقي فلاح شنشل وكريم بخاتي.. هوسات وطربكة وشجب واستنكار وصور القائد ومشهد قديم شايفه الف مرة ،من ايام الزعيم لحد الان .. واني بنص هاي المعممة لاماكل ولاشارب ، اريد اشوية ارتاح ، اكتبلي جم كلمة محد مطيني فكه ،عبالك كاعد بالجبهة مو بالبيت ، شمسوي ياربي ، ليش هيج ، اريد ارتاح جم يوم ، ليش العمر خلصناه قهر بقهر ،سنة كاملة لطم ، واجه العيد هم كلبوا الجماعة مناحة وقهر ... هسة ليش انولدت بهاي البقعة المباركة . يعني الا بالثورة. ليش ما الله خلقني صيني .. فليبيني ، موزمبيقي ، حتى لو فرنسي هم ميخالف ، يابة لو من ملاوي هم اني قابل ، على الاقل بملاوي تجي مادونا وتتبناني ، الله .. تخيلوا شلش امه مادونا ، يومية الصبح اكعد اغسل وجهي وافرش اسناني وامشط وابوس ماما :
هاي مامي.. هاو ار يو تو دي ؟
تبتسم ماما وتحط ايده على شعري .وتكلي من كل كلبها : هاي بيبي
بيبي .. والله هي كالت بيبي اني شعلية،ليش تغارون ؟ شبيكم مشايفين اجانب ؟...بيبي ونص وغصبن على شواربكم ... مستكثرين علي بيبي يا معدان ..هيج ويسويها البخت واعيش حياتي بكنف مادونا ، والله احسن مليون مرة من كنف حجي ارحيمة .. هو منيله كنف ... حجي ارحيمة قنفه ماعده .
الله بشرفكم خلوني احلم .. لحد يكعدني .. ماما تروح لباريس تاخذني .. تروح للمكسيك على عنادكم هم تاخذني ...تروح للزيارة تاخذني .. تروح للسوك هم تاخذني .. انجب لك ، هي مادونا تروح للسوك ، صدك متخلف ..
يعني شيصير لو صدك مادونا تتبناني .. جان شاكيرا صارت جيرانا وبيت جوليا روبرتس ورانا وبيت جنيفر لوبيز شوية ليغاد من الفلكة .. وعلى ايدك اليمنى اول متلوف بيت برتني سبيرز وبراس الشارع يم ابو الصمون بيت كاميرون دياز ..
اخوان بشرفي، بشرفي اذا مادونا تتبناني اطيكم كل واحد ورقة ،ميت دولار كاملة ... كلكم اطيكم ، انعل ابو الفلوس ... شنو قحط ..الفلوس وسخ دنيا ،
تخيلوا من اصير ابن مادونا افتح التلفزيون يطلعلي عدنان الدليمي .. راسا تلعب نفسي ..ادوخ .. التلفزيون يكوم يهتز . عوع .. هو از دليمي ، .. هي از ديرتي، اي هيت هم ...اي هيت هم ..اي هيت هم ..واو ... هاي افري بدي ، ايام ذي سن اوف مادونا ... ماي مام از بوب سنغر ، هاي مستر مالكي .. هاي مستر هكيم .. هاي الاوي .. هاي مهدي الهافز .. هاي مس سفية سهيل .. هاي دير مستر مشئان .. هاي تلباني اند برزاني اند بولاني ، بليس وير از مستر سولاغ لونك تايم نوت سي هم ، تيل هم هلو بليز ،باي سي يو ...
مادونا بشرفج وانت اشرف من الجمعية الوطنية ، ليش رحتي لملاوي تتبنين طفل، جان حجيتي ، مو اني هم طفل بريء وما عدي احد ... والله يتيم ومشتعل جد جدي ،، ليش مادونا ليش .الله يقبل ...
يابه ملازم مادونا ، ماكو وحدة مطربة ، راقصة ، كاولية ، تجي تتبناني وتخلصني من جيش المهدي
 
مع متابعتي الدقيقة والتوثيق المتواصل لكل مقالات شلش العراقي، إلا إني لا أذكر هذا الموضوع. من الممكن إنها من كتابات
خالد بغدادي
عماد خدوري
 
The Top Eleven Myths about Iraq, 2007: ... [T]he one I find most galling and least debunked: that the surge has led to the pacification of large parts of Anbar province and Baghdad. Quiescence and pacification are simply not the same thing, and this is definitely a case of quiescence. In fact, the reduction in violence we are witnessing is really a result of the U.S. discontinuing its vicious raids into insurgent territory, which have been - from the beginning of the war - the largest source of violence and civilian casualties in Iraq. These raids, which consist of home invasions in search of suspected insurgents, trigger brutal arrests and assaults by American soldiers who are worried about resistance, gun fights when families resist the intrusions into their homes, and road side bombs set to deter and distract the invasions. Whenever Iraqis fight back against these raids, there is the risk of sustained gun battles that, in turn, produce U.S. artillery and air assaults that, in turn, annihilate buildings and even whole blocks.

The "surge" has reduced this violence, but not because the Iraqis have stopped resisting raids or supporting the insurgency. Violence has decreased in many Anbar towns and Baghdad neighborhoods because the U.S. has agreed to discontinue these raids; that is, the U.S. would no longer seek to capture or kill the Sunni insurgents they have been fighting for four years. In exchange the insurgents agree to police their own neighborhoods (which they had been doing all along, in defiance of the U.S.), and also suppress jihadist car bombs.
 
Dear Imad,

I got email from friend in this regard as attachment (Doc file).

I really doubt it with myself who is the writer but the subject of that email is "Shalash" but let see if our friend Shalash come back (Alah Yahuftha)or our friend here confirm this letter from Shalash.

Thanks
 
Thousands protest Gaza seige in Nazarath
 
There Will Be Blood...But No Justice for Iraq Atrocity: The headline in Friday's Washington Post says it all: "No Murder Charges Filed in Haditha Case."

It is ... the historical legacy of every single public figure and presidential candidate who fails to stand up -- right now, today, and every single day-- and demand that this abomination come to an immediate end, and that its perpetrators face the full measure of justice for what they have done. Who gives a damn about Obama's "elevating rhetoric" or Hillary's "tough fight-back" in New Hampshire -- or any of the other soul-rotting bullshit of the presidential campaign -- when this innocent blood drenches us all, day after day after day? Moral insanity has gripped this nation -- and we are all of us, every single one, tainted and corrupted by it...and are passing it on to our children. Who will break this chain of madness? And where will we find mercy for these crimes?
 
Cutbacks to Iraqi food rations threaten malnutrition and starvation: Under conditions of widespread malnutrition, run-away inflation and mass unemployment, the Iraqi Trade Ministry is preparing to slash the provision of subsidised food and basic hygiene necessities under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

The ministry insists that cutbacks are unavoidable because it has not been promised a sufficient budget for 2008. Mohammed Hanoun, chief-of-staff to the trade minister, told Al Jazeerah last month: “In 2007, we asked for $3.2 billion for rationing basic foodstuffs. But since the price of imported food stuff doubled in the past year, we requested $7.2 billion. That request was denied.” [ . . . ]

The Maliki government claims it cannot find additional money to feed the population, but its 2007 budget allocated $7.3 billion to building up the military and police apparatus which is assisting the American military repress opposition to the occupation—an increase of some 150 percent.

The Bush administration, which is responsible for creating the social catastrophe and spends some $15 billion a month on maintaining military occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, provides scant humanitarian assistance.
 
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