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Who, Exactly, Are We Fighting in Iraq?

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Posted on Oct 26, 2006
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From Crooks and Liars via CNN

We give them the blanket label “insurgents,” but do we have even the faintest idea of the makeup of the myriad groups we’re battling in Iraq? CNN’s Michael Ware gives a succinct rundown.


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CNN’s Michael Ware is one of the best reporters embedded in Iraq who always tells it like it is. Last night, he broke down exactly who we’re fighting, where their allegiances lie, why they fight and whether or not they’re willing to negotiate with US forces.

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By Spinoza, October 29, 2006 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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>>>And some of these men who are involved in these talks are former top military officers from the Iraq army under Saddam who were American allies in the ‘80s during the Iran-Iraq War — John<<<<

Not only that but some of the leadership is known to the Bushites. Many of these people are strong nationalists and will not be acceptable to the Israelis.  The Israelis want Chalibi.  If they can’t have him they want the country divided up. When I say Israelis, I mean the right wing government types.  But if the country is divided up then the Kurds are going to want a greater Kurdistan. That will result in an area wide war.

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By Sheriff Ali, October 27, 2006 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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LESSONS FORGOTTEN

British occupation in the 1920’s was instigated by Iraqis wanting the Ottoman Empire removed, just as it was in 2003, when Washington’s elites conspired with Chalibi and the likes to topple Saddam Hussein, and that is exactly what we did, topple Saddam. This was done without any forethought of Iraq’s History of murderous currents of hatred, violence and fanaticism. The Bush administration had no right to force others to sacrifice for their ideology of manna, milk and honey, in a land with a history of bloodshed, treason and rapine. Because we are so arrogant, we assume that others are idiots. We need to learn that what may be sane and rational in our society, may just be, insane and irrational in other cultures. Unless we adjust our mentality, to not only tolerate but to accept people for whom and what they are, we would be forever doomed to the irrational spate of terror, for which at the moment, we are the catalyst.

Written by Sheriff Ali October 27, 2006

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