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Surge Stalls, Fear Builds in Baghdad

Posted on Apr 20, 2007

The BBC’s Andrew North gives a sobering analysis of the facts on the ground in Baghdad, where frustration, desperation and fear abound among Iraqi civilians as U.S. troops struggle to contain the violence that has only grown since the surge began.


As we drove into the city, we counted six blast holes left by recent roadside bombs along just one 100-metre stretch or road.

A large patch of damaged, blackened Tarmac on a bridge spoke of another attempt to destroy a key crossing.

The Sunni extremists held to be responsible for these attacks seem to be making a mockery of the US and Iraqi security plan, which is now into its third month.

So far, their surge seems to be having more effect than the American one.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 21, 2007 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

“...the US and Iraqi security plan…” in operation -

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By Kol Klink, April 20, 2007 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment
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To Tom Doff:
Yeah, Tom! I think you got it right. Or, maybe it was ‘if you live by the surge, you die by the surge?’ Anyway, we can claim we are paraphrasing some famous saying by some famous person that we once thought that we heard our second cousin tell our aunts nephew, or something like that.
In any case we handle the English language better than shrub, the decider.

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By Dale Headley, April 20, 2007 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment
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I’m getting so tired of hawks like John McCain pontificating about the need for “victory”.  Nowhere in this thetoric is there evidence of the slightest bit of concern for the almost unimaginable suffering of the Iraqi people - suffering that we brought on them, from our bombs and white phosphorous gas, to our destruction of the infrastructure.  We have removed all hope from the Iraqis, so it’s little wonder that so many feel they have no choice but to lash out and strike back at whoever they believe has benefitted from the illegal and immoral military occupation.  McCain, who has plenty of experience bombing helpless peasants, and George Bush, who weaseled his way out of serving his country, can certainly have their “victory”.  All they need to do is bomb the hell out of the few Iraqis who have not died, become homeless, or left the country.  That, by the way, is “Plan B”.

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By Kol Klink, April 20, 2007 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Reid is the only one that had the guts to stand up and tell the truth, ‘This war is over.’ Of course he was immediately jumped on by AIPAC, the War Machine Contractors, and the few fortunate republicans that are not up for reelection in 08.

Meanwhile, the idiot McCain is sipping the same cool aid as the dwindling neo cons, I suppose that Cheney isnt making the batches as big in these days of the twilight of the neo cons.

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By Tom Doff, April 20, 2007 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment
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Wasn’t it once written in some book or another,

‘Surge, and ye shall be surged’?

Too bad the craven bastards who ordered the surge aren’t over there implementing it, so we could throw them a welcome home party as they returned in their flag-draped boxes.

Impeach Bush and Co.

Just do it.


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By QuyTran, April 20, 2007 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

Gasoline can not be used to put down fire, especially fire’s coming from hatred, dominance, hostility and disdain.

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