Of course Mr. Bush went off yesterday about spreading
freedom and laying foundations for peace as the bombs continue to drop in Iraq.
He even went so far as to claim that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is the head of the
loss of life is heartbreaking,” he told the wives. But how would he know? A
person who was a deserter during Vietnam and who would never allow his daughters
to serve in Iraq, how could he know?
we continue the death march towards the 3,000 mark, with the announcement of
another dead US soldier bringing the official tally to 2,001. With 159,000 US
soldiers in Iraq now (remember when it was 138,000?) the tally will only
continue to grow.
the number of dead US soldiers still pales in comparison to the number of Iraqis
dying, including Iraqi police and soldiers.
today two Iraqi policemen (IP) were killed in Ramadi when their police station
was attacked, while in the “model city” of Fallujah, three IP’s were killed by a
today, four gagged and bound bodies of three Iraqis wearing army uniforms and
one of a contractor working with a US company were found with gunshots in their
heads and chests.
Bush uses one of his favorite words, “resolve,” despite the fact that two days
ago one of the largest suicide bombings to occur in Baghdad detonated between
the Palestine and Sheraton hotels. The bomb, transported inside a cement truck,
was carefully driven through a hole in the perimeter concrete barrier which was
created by a car bomb just minutes earlier.
in most major media outlets as an attack against journalists, what wasn’t
reported is that there is a large number of security contractors
(read-mercenaries) who use these hotels, and it is well known in Baghdad that
the penthouse of the Sheraton is used by contractors and CIA operatives. That
very room has been the target of rocket attacks as far back as December,
aside from targeting the US government-funded Al-Hurra TV station and the Fox
propaganda outlet in the 18-story Palestine Hotel, journalists were exploited by
the attack which generated massive media attention.
at least 17 people, the attack sent a very clear message to the occupiers of
Iraq-nowhere is safe; even in one of the most heavily guarded hotel complexes in
Baghdad they are completely vulnerable.
idea of political stability seems more of a pipe dream in Iraq now than it did
before the recent vote on the constitution, which has been rejected by Arab
Sunni leaders who called the process “fraudulent” yesterday.
things to come in December, Sunni leader Saleh Mutlaq told reporters; “Violence
is not the only solution, if politics offers solutions so that we can move in
that direction. But there is very little hope that we can make any gains in the
al-Falluji, another prominent Sunni politician said the referendum was
manipulated by Washington and added, “We all know that this referendum was fraud
conducted by an electoral commission that is not independent. It is controlled
by the occupying Americans and it should step down before elections in
other Sunnis have called for a truly independent election commission (the head
of Iraq’s current electoral commission was appointed by the US) for the December
election, but added, “Politics is linked directly to security on the ground. The
situation can only get worse now. I have just prayed to God to expose the truth
about what is happening in Iraq.”
will it take for a US withdrawal? Because with this “administration” in power,
there is a guaranteed three more years of occupation in Iraq; and by then, 2,000
dead US soldiers will not seem like such a large