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Bloody Tuesday in Baghdad

Posted on Apr 11, 2007
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And we call this “securing Baghdad”?  Imagine if helicopters were firing on civilians in downtown Omaha or Manhattan, and that might come close to the scene in a busy section of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, when Black Hawk and Apache helicopters zoomed in and battled insurgent forces.

Washington Post:

The U.S. military said four Iraqi army soldiers and three insurgents were killed and 16 American soldiers were wounded in a street battle that raged throughout the day in the Fadhel neighborhood. The military reported one civilian casualty, an injured child, but witnesses said that they saw at least 18 bodies, including those of civilians, and that a dozen people were injured.

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By mora, April 11, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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The death toll continues to increase and there is nothing ‘secure’ about this. In the last four years, at least 3,285 U.S. troops and between 61,202~ 67,146 Iraqis have died. Men and women die or become crippled as a result of this ongoing war, and a similar thing is happening to the millions of people who suffer from extreme poverty. As long as Bush makes no attempt to eradicate global poverty or simply end the Iraq war, people will continue to suffer. And if Bush really wants to protect our country from future terrorists, he should combat global poverty which is at the root of the problem. Although the president has publicly acknowledged the importance of the Millennium Development Goals- to cut global poverty in half by 2015 and eliminate it by 2025- he fails to follow through with the plans to achieve them. Clearly, saving innocent lives simply by ending the war is not a priority for Bush.

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By John F. Butterfield, April 11, 2007 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment
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I’m glad someone asked what an insurgent is? An insurgent is a citizen of a country who rises up against the established government. A description that doesn’t fit anyone in Iraq at this time. Iraq does not have an established government. The United States destroyed the government they had.

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By Kol Klink, April 11, 2007 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment
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Much of our military air war against Iraqis goes unreported simply because it is at times too dangerous for reporters to drive around and interview Iraqi civilians and photograph the devestation that we are causing.
Now that we are shooting up Baghdad with air power it is difficult to hide what is going on.
There is no doubt that Iraqi’s feel more democratized with each application of American air power.
I find it disgusting that American and Israeli Zionists have become the new Third Reich and are exterminating Iraqis on a scale that puts them in the same league as Hitler.

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By Rodney, April 11, 2007 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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It’s part of the kill first and ask questions later stragegy of winning the war. The more deaths occur,the more we think we are winning. Iraq has become one massive graveyard that makes the Saddam reign looks like after school detention. The only way we’ll leave Iraq is when Bush leaves office. Halliburton and Cheney wouldn’t have it any other way.

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By vet240, April 11, 2007 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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I wonder if McCain would call this a bad day to go shopping.

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By Quy Tran, April 11, 2007 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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The Iraqis are swimming in an ocean of blood which made by Bush/Cheney lawless administration !

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By Steve Hammons, April 11, 2007 at 11:17 am Link to this comment
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As many have pointed out, “hard power” of bullets and bombs can have limited effectiveness and be counterproductive in many situations

“Soft power” diplomacy, persuasion, information operations, psychological ops and similar activities can be highly effective in many ways.

Lessons from sensitive unconventional intelligence research and from our own history in WWII provide assets and resources to consider:

“Unconventional Human Intelligence Support: Navy SEAL’s report”
January 7, 2007

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“Eastwood, Spielberg: One More Iwo Jima Film”  
April 4, 2007

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By Dale Headley, April 11, 2007 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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What is an “insurgent”?  In world War II, we called them “the underground”, or “guerillas”, in places like France or Poland.  The Nazis called them “terrorists”.  Whatever they are called, they are local civilians risking - sacrificing - their lives to expel foreign occupiers from their land.  George Bush clearly prefers the term “terrorist”, since he sees Iraq as HIS land, just as Hitler saw Europe as HIS.

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By joey, April 11, 2007 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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Is it time for a vote of no confidence in this administration in the matters of war?

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