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Deadly Week, Deadly Weekend in Iraq

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Posted on Mar 3, 2007

The week’s deadly trend of sectarian aggression accelerated Friday and Saturday.  Yet another car bomb claimed 12 lives Saturday in Ramadi.  Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki pledged to avenge the deaths of 14 police officers found slain in Baquba on Friday. 


BBC:

Eleven civilians and a police officer have been killed by a suicide car bomber in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

The blast took place at a police checkpoint in the western city, which is a hotbed of the Sunni insurgency.

Meanwhile Iraq’s prime minister vowed to catch the “cowards” who killed 14 policemen on Friday.

And the US military said it had killed several “key” insurgents north of Baghdad whom it blamed for shooting down a number of US helicopters.

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By Dale Headley, March 4, 2007 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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What many do not realize is that Bush & Cheney will eventually “win” in Iraq.  They need only kill enough Iraqis and send most of the rest off into exile and they will own the remains, as they set out to do in the first place.  All they need is time, and they are willing to take the time, no matter how much suffering Americans and Iraqis have to endure.

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By Brewer, March 4, 2007 at 1:28 am Link to this comment
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The cause of justice is not served by attaching the label “sectarian” to the violence in Iraq.
The struggle going on in that wounded country is about who gets to control it’s resources - the U.S. appointed puppet regime or one of several other factions. Sects have very little to do with it, as they had very little to do with Saddam’s regime.

I quote:

“The spokesman for the Arab Baath Socialist Party, which ruled Iraq from 1968 to 2003, who asked to be identified as Abu Muhammad for security reasons, said: “Most Western media outlets have been helping the US occupation authorities to portray the Baath party as a Sunni party which suppressed the Shia and deprived them of their rights.

“Actually, sect was never an issue in Iraq. I am a Shia and I have been a senior Baath official ... No Baath party official - no Iraqi official - ever asked me about my sect.

“When the US army occupied Iraq they issued a list of 55 wanted top Iraqi officials, starting with President Saddam Hussein; half of those senior officials were Shia.

“The Committee of Debaathification issued a list of 100,000 senior Iraqi Baathists who would not be allowed to enjoy governmental posts, 66,000 of them were Shia - so how is the Baath party a Sunni party?

Abu Muhammad voiced resentment at the the term “Sunni insurgency”, saying that Iraqis from different backgrounds are fighting the foreign presence in Iraq.

“This term plays down Iraqi nationalism,” he said. “I repeat, I am a Shia and I am resisting the US forces in Iraq, and we know for sure that resistance fighters from all background are fighting. Why do the Western agencies insist that only Sunni are fighting? Big question mark, I think.”“

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DD6DEE52-C684-439D-B5D3-12D41D076CBC.htm

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By vet240, March 3, 2007 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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“And the US military said it had killed several “key” insurgents north of Baghdad whom it blamed for shooting down a number of US helicopters.”

What else would you say if you want another promotion or more money to expand your operation?

The pentagon and the D.O.D. make their money and careers by “protecting” us from the bad guys. You don’t really think they would admit they just spent a Million dollars this week-end, and the best they could do is bring us Bud Lite?!

Several “key” Insurgents, value? For the sake of comparison let’s assume in the U S Military “several” means 6-20. Cost to the Insurgents? $30-100 thousand tops. A number of Helicopters and crews, value? For the sake of comparison let’s assume the “a number” means 3-9 helicopters. Cost to you and I? $20-60 Million tops.

The value of even one mis-used American soldier to further your own political or monetary agenda?
You tell me.

To me, our people should be utilized as though they are “priceless”.

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By Quy Tran, March 3, 2007 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment
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Our king still sleeps peacefully in his whore house.

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By Rodney, March 3, 2007 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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More wasted lives,more killing,more wasted money. Iraq is the best it is going to get. Bush won’t let us leave as long as his cronies can make money in Iraq.They don’t care about the military,if they did they would get them out of this civil war, The Democrats won’t stop the war because the Bush spin machine will blame them for losing the war. The soldiers are pawns in a war that is wasting lives and money in a immoral game of chicken being played between the Republicans and Democrats.

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