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Posted on Apr 3, 2008

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By hippy pam, April 4, 2008 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

What ever happened to ALL THE $$$ AND ART ETC…That
Saddam had STASHED? We heard about it AND THEN NOTHING MORE!!!!!Have the Iraquis used it to FUND “BULLSH*T’s BLUNDER”?I know IRAQUIS pay less than $1.00 per gallon for gas over there-and drive AMERICAN MADE DUALLY PICKUPS-[I’m not saying EVERYONE does-But some DO]-We need NEW IDEAS and A NEW STYLE OF GOVERNMENT…And while we are at it-Tell EMPEROR BULLSH*T “NO” on his next request for $$$$ and then BRING OUR PEOPLE HOME…..

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By cyrena, April 4, 2008 at 12:28 am Link to this comment

“Handed Over” to a Government Called Sadr
  By Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
  Inter Press Service
  Wednesday 02 April 2008

  Baghdad - Despite the huge media campaign led by U.S. officials and a complicit corporate-controlled media to convince the world of U.S. success in Iraq, emerging facts on the ground show massive failure.

  The date March 25 of this year will be remembered as the day of truth through five years of occupation.

  “Mehdi army militias controlled all Shia and mixed parts of Baghdad in no time,” a Baghdad police colonel, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS. “Iraqi army and police forces as well as Badr and Dawa militias suddenly disappeared from the streets, leaving their armoured vehicles for Mehdi militiamen to drive around in joyful convoys that toured many parts of Baghdad before taking them to their stronghold of Sadr City in the east of Baghdad.”

  The police colonel was speaking of the recent clashes between members of the Shia Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army, the largest militia in the country, and members of the Iraqi government forces, that are widely known to comprise members of a rival Shia militia, the Badr Organisation.

  Dozens of militiamen from both sides were killed in clashes that broke out in Baghdad, Basra, Kut, Samawa, Hilla and most of the Iraqi Shia southern provinces between the Mehdi Army and other militias supported by the U.S., Iran and the Iraqi government.

  The Badr Organisation militia is headed by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, who is also head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) that dominates the government. The Dawa Party is headed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

My notes…

•  So, there we have it folks. This provides the breakdown of the ‘sides’ in the political landscape of Iraq. Much of this has long ago been acknowledged and revealed by independent journalists on the ground there. The US story has ALWAYS been a denial of these very real truths. Maliki and his Dawa Party, as well as their own Badr Organization Militia, has been the US creation – the puppet government to which the US has aligned itself. (notice they are all Shia) …And,  this is what happens when the US interferes in the affairs of other nations, with all of its ignorance and hubris.

More from the article:

  “This failure takes Iraq to point zero and even worse,” Brigadier-General Kathum Alwan of the Iraqi army told IPS in Baghdad. “We must admit that the formation of our forces was wrong, as we saw how our officers deserted their posts, leaving their vehicles for militias.”

  Alwan added, “Not a single unit of our army and police stood for their duty in Baghdad, leaving us wondering what to do. Most of the officers who left their posts were members of Badr brigades and the Dawa Party, who should have been most faithful to Maliki’s government.”

•  (But remember, Maliki’s government is the Dick Bush APPOINTED government.)

  “The Green Zone of Baghdad where the U.S. embassy and the Iraqi government and parliament buildings are located, was hit by missiles. General Petraeus appeared at a press conference to accuse Iran of being behind the shelling of the zone that is supposed to be the safest area in Iraq. At least one U.S. citizen was killed in the attacks, and two others were injured.”

  “The Green Zone looked deserted as most U.S. and Iraqi personnel were ordered to take shelter deep underground,” an engineer who works for a foreign company in the zone told IPS. “It seemed that this area too was under curfew. No place in Iraq is safe any more.”

  Further complicating matters for the occupiers of Iraq, the U.S.-backed Awakening groups, largely comprised of former resistance fighters, are now going on strike to demand overdue payment from the U.S. military.

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