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Many Iraqis Survive by Using Google Earth, Other Web Tools

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Posted on Feb 13, 2007

According to the BBC, sites like the Iraq League site and Internet tools like Google Earth have become important means of survival in Iraq—helping Iraqis avoid death squads, plan escape routes and guard against attacks.

As the communal bloodshed has worsened, some Iraqis have set up advice websites to help others avoid the death squads.

One tip - on the Iraq League site, one of the best known - is for people to draw up maps of their local area using Google Earth’s detailed imagery of Baghdad so they can work out escape routes and routes to block.

It’s another example of the central role technology plays in the conflict - with the widespread use of mobile phones, satellite television as well as the internet - by all sides and for many purposes.

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By Iraq Vet, February 15, 2007 at 7:48 am Link to this comment
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Having spent 2 years there, this is the result of way too few people (Marines) and unprofessionalism (Army).  We can and we are doing a good job in Iraq - but there is no way that :
1.  only a handful of people can accomplish missions that require literally 9 times the number assigned
2.  we can win if we’re the only ones obeying “laws of war” because I don’t know how many times I arrived just after schools and mosques were used by insurgents to attack us because they know we can’t shoot into there, and
3.  we can win if the politicking, gossiping, and infighting among the higher-level commanders is killing any positive effort that we’re making at a unit or squad level. 

Add to that the entire American population armchair-quarterbacking the war, it’s a recipe for ruin. 

We can win, the troops on the ground are trying their damndest to win, now can the leadership and the public just let us do our damned job!?!?

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By walweb, February 15, 2007 at 2:25 am Link to this comment
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Lookup locations worldwide on satellitepictures easy by address and online?


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By Steve Hammons, February 13, 2007 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Death squads, chaos, “collateral damage,” endless war ... Are these really inadvertant consequences of “mistakes” on the part of the Bush administration.

First, there was no pre-9/11 intelligence about the attacks. Then, “bad intelligence” about Iraq WMDs and connections to al-Qaida. Then, many, many “mistakes” in the occupation of Iraq.

“Mikstakes” or “plans?”

Now, more mistakes about Iran? Article of possible interest on these questions below:


By Steve Hammons
Columnist, Populist Party of America
February 2, 2007

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