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Election Day in Iraq Turns Bloody

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Posted on Mar 7, 2010
AP / Karim Kadim

Iraqis inspect the ruins of a building in northeastern Baghdad after insurgents bombed a polling station and lobbed grenades at voters on Sunday.

Sunday’s elections in Iraq turned deadly. Baghdad alone saw at least 38 people killed and dozens wounded as insurgents attempted to disrupt the country’s voting for parliament and prime minister. —JCL

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A concerted wave of attacks struck Baghdad and other cities across the country on Sunday as Iraqis voted to elect a new parliament and possibly a new prime minister. Explosions reverberated across the capital moments before the polls opened and continued through the morning haze for the first hours of voting.

At least 38 people were killed and dozens more wounded in Baghdad alone by the time polls officially closed there, the Interior Ministry reported.

Insurgents in Iraq had vowed to disrupt the election, and the attacks appeared timed to frighten voters away from polling sites. If that were the intent, it did not succeed entirely.

By late morning the attacks — dozens of mortars, rockets and bombs — had tapered off, and Iraqis lined up to vote, many of them expressing anger and determination.

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By MarthaA, March 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

The Republicans could have ended these wars years ago, but they have too many Republicans Lite on the Left for that to have happened.  Now it is up to the populace to remove conservatism’s Republicans Lite from the Democratic Party if the populace of our nation ever want the wars for profit to end, because the greedy corporate CEO’s of the Military Industrial Complex who lobby for war only see $ signs and could care less if the populace lose their young in their wars for corporate profit instead of protecting the United States.  Here are three fixes for the American way of war. “All are based on a simple principle—“preventive war planning”—and are focused on getting the next war right before it begins, not decades after it’s launched.” It is time to stop the Republicans and the Republicans Lite endless wars for corporate profit.

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By ofersince72, March 10, 2010 at 2:39 am Link to this comment

you don’t call leaving 50,000 troops and
permanent bases occupation…???

The Democrats could have ended these wars years
ago…

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By MarthaA, March 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

No way.  President Obama would never have been foolish like President Bush who attacked Iraq without any preparation, much less thorough preparation,  for saving the historical sites and relics of value in the area and with largely a mercenary military, making the attack on Iraq a private corporate war from the get go, and caused the United States insurmountable problems that should never have happened by disrupting the power balance between nations in that area, which caused an even greater problem.

Now, finally the United States is to leave Iraq.  A little blood on election day should not halt the United States leaving.  The Iraqis are able to handle their own problems and do not need the United States there killing them if they don’t obey.  I understand the United States is going to be out of Iraq by the end of this year, which would be a blessing to all concerned.

Now, to get our military out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, which hopefully Congressman Kucinich will be able to initiate our troops coming home for good from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Conservatism’s destruction through terrorist wars has succeeded in destroying the genteel facade of the populace’s supposed middle class in the United States and around the world,  which was the neo-cons objective with their never ending wars for corporate profit, bankrupting and destroying the populace’s infrastructure of support. 

It is time for conservatism’s prodigal wars for profit to stop.

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By ofersince72, March 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

MarthaA…..they have been trying toooooooooooooo

for years now….we have killed many, many that
have tried…
Do you beleive we care about their votes ????
Have you talked to some of the recent contractors
or vets that have returned??
We are there for a very long time…....
and your boys Obama and Biden are as guilty as
Bush ever was !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By MarthaA, March 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

May the Iraqi vote the United States out of Iraq.

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