NOTE: Information regarding the WMD lies and other matters directly related to the prior stage of the war is available at Iraq Antiwar Resources.
One of my cousins works in a prominent engineering company in Baghdad- we’ll call the company H. This company is well-known for designing and building bridges all over Iraq. My cousin, a structural engineer, is a bridge freak. He spends hours talking about pillars and trusses and steel structures to anyone who’ll listen.
As May was drawing to a close, his manager told him that someone from the CPA wanted the company to estimate the building costs of replacing the New Diyala Bridge on the South East end of Baghdad. He got his team together, they went out and assessed the damage, decided it wasn’t too extensive, but it would be costly. They did the necessary tests and analyses (mumblings about soil composition and water depth, expansion joints and girders) and came up with a number they tentatively put forward- $300,000. This included new plans and designs, raw materials (quite cheap in Iraq), labor, contractors, travel expenses, etc.
Let’s pretend my cousin is a dolt. Let’s pretend he hasn’t been working with bridges for over 17 years. Let’s pretend he didn’t work on replacing at least 20 of the 133 bridges damaged during the first Gulf War. Let’s pretend he’s wrong and the cost of rebuilding this bridge is four times the number they estimated- let’s pretend it will actually cost $1,200,000. Let’s just use our imagination.
A week later, the New Diyala Bridge contract was given to an American company. This particular company estimated the cost of rebuilding the bridge would be around- brace yourselves- $50,000,000 !! (August 28, 2003 entry)
The fate of Iraqi women hangs in the balance: Veiled interests: Iraqi women debate religion, democracy, and head scarves. But is anyone listening? (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 31, 2003)
Robert Fisk's analysis of the current nightmare that is Iraq: Unless The White House Abandons Its Fantasies, Civil War Will Consume The Iraqi Nation (PUBLISHED August 30 and POSTED: August 31, 2003)
For what is happening, in the Sunni heartland around Baghdad and now in the burgeoning Shia nation to the south, is not just the back-draft of an invasion or even a growing guerrilla war against occupation. It is the start of a civil war in Iraq that will consume the entire nation if its new rulers do not abandon their neo-conservative fantasies and implore the world to share the future of the country with them.
Consistent with Fisk, William O. Beeman, Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University, claims that Killing of Ayatollah Is Start of Iraqi Civil War (PUBLISHED August 30 and POSTED: August 31, 2003)
The new colonialists say what their up to. Only the American press and public feign ignorance: US troops may stay in Iraq indefinitely (PUBLISHED August 21 and POSTED: August 22, 2003)
To add humor to tragedy, the US demands its puppets pretend to be able to talk on their own: U.S. Official Tells Iraqis to Assert More Authority. (PUBLISHED August 20 and POSTED: August 22, 2003)
Another portrait of the US contribution to the new Iraq: Raiders of the night find the pickings are slim: Banging on doors and opening up graves are part of the US quest to break resistance (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August , 2003)
They get one of their men without a struggle, but the other two cannot be found. The Americans are accompanied by a masked Iraqi interpreter, but as the house is searched, the most frequent sound barked from within is an aggressive and very American: "Shut the f--- up...."
The Herald photographer Jason South watches as one of the US soldiers pockets a small wad of US cash from a handbag he comes across as he goes through the contents of a wardrobe in a ground-floor room. A week later, as Colonel Rabena's men mount up, one of them declares to his mates, all of them incongruously sucking on a ChupaChup lollipop: "I hope I get to kill an Iraqi tonight."
It appears the US has killed a Reuters cameraman, Mazen Dana, in Baghdad. Who's next? Reuters Cameraman Shot Dead While Filming in Iraq (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 17, 2003)
Recounting the moments before the shooting, Reuters soundman Nael al-Shyoukhi, who was working with Dana, said he had asked a U.S. soldier near the prison if they could speak to an officer and was told they could not. "They saw us and the they knew about our identities and our mission," Shyoukhi said. The incident happened in the afternoon in daylight. The soldier agreed to their request to film an overview of the prison from a bridge nearby. "After we filmed we went into the car and prepared to go when a convoy led by a tank arrived and Mazen stepped out of the car to film. I followed him and Mazen walked three to four meters (yards). We were noted and seen clearly," Shyoukhi said. "A soldier on the tank shot at us. I lay on the ground. I heard Mazen and I saw him scream and touching his chest.
Yet another horrifying account of arbitrary arrest and detention without trial, and without anyone, even family, being notified. Even 11-year old children are held for weeks in horrific conditions without their parents being told anything. Obviously, in american eyes, Iraqi parents don't worry about their children. Better than Saddam Hussein perhaps, but is that the standard the US lives up to? 'It was punishment without trial' (PUBLISHED August 15 and POSTED: August 14, 2003)
One reason for Iraqi suspects' lengthy stays in the tented camps at Baghdad airport and Abu Ghraib is the coalition authority's decision to award itself 90 days before a detainee needs to be brought before a magistrate or judge. Amnesty International, which has produced a detailed memorandum of concern about the coalition's handling of law and order, points out a bizarre double standard: suspects held by the Iraqi police have to have their case reviewed by a magistrate within 24 hours.
After Basra, Baghdad heats up: Shiites Demand U.S. Troops Leave Baghdad (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 14, 2003)
Even the mainstream press (here MSNBC)is starting to report the nightmarish conditions in "liberated Iraq", where, according to dictator Bremer,freedom is precious, but unavailable to so many: Rough Justice: Shed no tears for Saddam’s captured cronies. But American generals know that hardball in Iraq could backfire (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 13, 2003)
Those who have been detained are nearly —always held incommunicado, without access to lawyers or even the right to contact their families. In most cases their loved ones can’t find out where they are.... Conditions are primitive; at their worst they amount to what Amnesty International describes as “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
Ahmed had been picked up during a car search because someone else in the vehicle had a hidden weapon. “They’re just so disorganized. Nobody can see anybody, nobody is responsible, they keep telling you ‘This is not my responsibility’.” At one police station, she met an American sergeant who had his feet up on the desk. “All he would say was, ‘I can’t help you, lady’.
A month after their release, three brothers held for a time at Camp Cropper still bore the marks of the plastic flexicuffs commonly put on prisoners. A frequent punishment is to make men kneel outside in the sun, where afternoon temperatures exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Those under interrogation are subject to sleep deprivation, loud music and other methods the military believes stop short of torture. Authorities even held a suspect’s wife and children as hostages until he turned himself in, which he did
[O]ne Red Cross delegate says, “What they’re doing is completely illegal, and they know it.”
Last week a bomb under a Humvee exploded, and troops fired wildly into the crowded shops nearby. There was no return fire, but the shooting went on for hours....
Will Basra explode again? Basra Could Boil Over Again Electricity supplies improve and protesters stay home. But some warn that riots will reignite -- and spread -- if conditions worsen. (PUBLISHED August 12 and POSTED: August 13, 2003)
The beginnings of a movement among military families to bring the troops home: US military families push to bring Iraq troops home. (See also the campaign web site: Bring Them Home Now!.) (PUBLISHED August 12 and POSTED: August 13, 2003)
"They are rationed to 2 liters of water a day and it's 125 degrees (52 degrees C)."
"The population of Iraq perceives correctly that it is the occupiers who are running things. Everybody else is there in some secondary or subservient role," said Chicago attorney Feisal Istrabadi, an adviser to Iraqi Governing Council member Adnan Pachachi.
"It's just like in the old days under the British mandate," Mr Istrabadi said. "Technically, you had an Iraqi minister. But it was the senior adviser, who was always a Briton, who was running things... That is very much the situation as it's perceived today."
The latest from the Baghdad Blogger: The temperature is rising. And Baghdad, Basra and Nasiriyah have all erupted on the same day (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 13, 2003)
. It keeps repeating one phrase: "We have no power, we have to get it approved by the Americans, we are puppets and the strings are too tight"....
As usual, getting into these press bashes is an event in itself. You have to be there an hour early, you get searched a thousand times and, of course, as an Iraqi I get treated like shit. I have no idea why the American soldiers at the entrance to the convention centre [where the CPA press operation is] are so offensive towards Iraqis while they can be so nice to anyone with a foreign passport.... Keep this image in your head: an American officer stopping you, an Iraqi, from attending the press conference your government is holding.
Here's how the frightened US troops treat the new Iraqi police. Can you imagine how they are treating the rest of the population? US troops kill Iraqi police: witness (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 12, 2003)
As President Bush talks of all the progress being made in Iraq, think of this picture of the state of the medical system there, and all the Americans do to help: ER, Baghdad style, where caring yields to the daily struggle of coping with adversity: Jamie Wilson finds strain and bitterness among medical staff at Yarnuk hospital (PUBLISHED August 11 and POSTED: August 10, 2003)
"Watch this, you won't believe it," one of them says as the cleaner begins washing down one of the gurneys with the same rag he has just been using to clean the floor. "It is not his fault, he does what he can, but he is not provided with anything else to clean with. What can he do?" ...
But Capt Margolis, who seems a good, well-meaning man, is unrepentant. "This is freedom and freedom can mean different things, and in this case freedom means we are going to have to enforce our values on them," he remarks without irony.
The "accidents" continue: Jittery U.S. Soldiers Kill 6 Iraqis (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 10, 2003)
All is no longer well in British-occupied Iraq any more: British troops battle to control mobs in Basra: Rioters attack petrol stations in protest over dire shortage of fuel and electricity . The riots continue the next day: Iraqis Riot in Basra; One Protester Dead (PUBLISHED August 10 and POSTED: August 9 & 10, 2003)
New claims about the mystery illness hitting US troops in Iraq, and evidence that the US is covering up. From the American Gulf War Veterans Association: NEW REVELATION SURFACES ABOUT GULF WAR II “MYSTERY ILLNESS” (PUBLISHED August 8 and POSTED: August 9, 2003)
Meanwhile, the movement of soldiers, their families, and veterans to bring the troops home has begun: 'Bring us home': GIs flood US with war-weary emails: An unprecedented internet campaign waged on the frontline and in the US is exposing the real risks for troops in Iraq. Paul Harris and Jonathan Franklin report on rising fears that the conflict is now a desert Vietnam (PUBLISHED August 10 and POSTED: August 9, 2003)
The new rulers in action: CIA 'loots' villa where Saddam's sons died (PUBLISHED August 10 and POSTED: August 9, 2003)
The new rulers in action, Part II. More evidence, as if any more was needed, that our sons and daughters should be brought home, not left in a strange land, where they aren't wanted, and where they end up killing innocent sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers. Family shot dead by panicking US troops: Firing blindly during a power cut, soldiers kill a father and three children in their car (PUBLISHED August 10 and POSTED: August 9, 2003)
[I]n this city Iraqi civilians still die needlessly almost every day at the hands of nervous, trigger-happy American soldiers.
In the darkness of one of Baghdad's frequent power cuts, other US soldiers on the street heard gunfire and thought they were under attack. They, too, reacted by opening fire, though they could not see what was going on. Soldiers manning look-out posts on a nearby building joined in, firing down the street in the dark....
"I saw my sister running towards me with her daughter in her arms and blood pouring from her," said Ms abd al-Kerim's brother, Tha'er Jawad. "She was crying out to me 'Help, help, go and help Adel'." I put them in my car and tried to drive to the car but the American soldiers pointed their guns at me and the people shouted out to me 'Stop! Stop! They will shoot!' "We could see the other girls and their brother lying on the back seat of the car. They would not let us go to the hospital."
Now that Iraq has become Bush's personal fiefdom, one of Bush's chief political fundraisers has been appointed to run Iraqi business and draw up a sweeping privatization plan. The few jobs remaining will be placed on the chopping block, so US companies can buy up Iraq at bargain basement prices. (Think of it this way. Who in Iraq will be able to buy the formerly state-owned companies to be put up for sale?) Bush appoints supporter to run Iraqi corporate sector (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
All Iraqi state-owned businesses other than oil and the two state-owned banks would report to Foley, he said....
Many of the Iraqi state-owned companies, employing between about 400,000 and 750,000 people depending on the estimate, were unviable, Foley said....
In June, a senior US adviser to the Iraqi industry ministry, Tim Carney, said the US-led coalition had decided to go back on an earlier pledge to leave any privatization decision to an elected Iraqi government. Instead, it planned to start privatizations as soon as an interim administration was in place.
This piece from the Independent sums up various perspectives on the 100 days since Commander-In-Chief George W. (War Hero) Bush proclaimed "Mission Accomplished!" Iraq: 100 days of 'peace' (PUBLISHED August 9 and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
Liberation? Freedom? building a system founded on law? U.S. holding Iraqis at notorious prison: Families are barred from Abu Ghraib and very few inmates have been allowed to see lawyers [From: Chicago Tribune] (PUBLISHED August 6 and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
Note, burried deep in this article (under "Other Developments"), the US has brought capital punishment to Iraq, but without trial. Seems like what we denounce as barabarism when Saddam does it: Bush: Coalition 'slowly but surely' stabilizing Iraq: American soldier shot dead on guard duty in Baghdad (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
U.S. troops shot and killed two Iraqis on Friday who were believed to have been making an illegal weapons deal in a market in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. Lt. Col. Steve Russell of the 4th Infantry Division said his soldiers opened fire on the men because they had illegal weapons and were seen as a potential threat. He said the Iraqis had not fired on the soldiers.
The US suddenly realizes that Iraqis don't like the jackboot: To Mollify Iraqis, U.S. Plans to Ease Scope of Its Raids (POSTED: August 8, 2003)
An op-ed piece by PFC Isaac Kindblade in the Army's 671st Engineer Company, serving in Iraq: 'We don't feel like heroes anymore' (PUBLISHED August 5 and POSTED: August 6, 2003)
Yet another source of resentment for the Iraqis. Why are the American occupiers so totally impervious to Iraqi civilians and their culture. Could it be that, in the plans of the warriors, they simply don't matter? Iraqis Struggle to Retrieve Goods From G.I.'s (PUBLISHED August 3 and POSTED: August 5, 2003)
In the vacuum of civil authority, Iraq seems to have developed an alternative Islamic court system, providing a rival power base for those wanting to set up an Islamic state: With Iraqi Courts Gone, Young Clerics Judge (PUBLISHED August 4 and POSTED: August 5, 2003)
The killing of Saddam's sons didn't go down so well in the Arab world, according to this piece in Al-Ahram. Yet again, the neocons misjudge. Or did they? Disgusting display: The televised images of the corpses of Saddam's sons shocked and horrified many Egyptians. (POSTED: August 2, 2003)
"It's ridiculous when a superpower like America uses all those helicopters, tanks and no less than 200 Special Forces soldiers to kill four people, including a child, and even rejoices in the act as a victory," scoffed Salah Gabr, a university professor. "It just shows how cowardly Americans are; they were actually too frightened to engage in a real battle with three almost unarmed men"....
"The US committed the murder with a glee characteristic of bloodthirsty cannibals," Helmi said in disdain. "Gloating over corpses is not my idea of behaviour characteristic of a civilised people. You can't claim to be fighting in the name of freedom and act in such a manner."
This United Press International analysis of the costs of the war and occupation sees the Iraq occupation as a threat to democracy in the US: Analysis: Soaring costs of 'rescuing' Iraq (PUBLISHED July 31 and POSTED: August 2, 2003)
And even if Iraqi oil finally starts to flow under optimum conditions, the total amount of revenue realistically projected from it would do no more than balance the already horrendous costs of the U.S. occupation....
[T]he escalating woes of Iraq and the soaring costs of the war look likely to boost the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and, by imposing huge additional budgetary strains on the United States at the worst possible time, weaken democracy and capitalism back in the United States itself.
Halliburton manged to return to profitability. I wonder why. Halliburton Profits Skyrocket On Iraq Deals (PUBLISHED July 31 and POSTED: August 1, 2003)
Researchers for the National Democratic Institute conducted focus groups in Iraq and concluded: Iraqis Mistrust U.S. 'Liberation' Motives, Analysts Say (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 1, 2003)
As this article discusses, "In Hussein's government, informers were encouraged, paid and protected by the intelligence services, a crucial but despised means of control in 35 years of Baath Party rule. " Now informers are encouraged and paid, but not protected from the wrath of neighbors: For an Iraqi Family, 'No Other Choice': Father and Brother Are Forced by Villagers to Execute Suspected U.S. Informant (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 1, 2003)
Suspicions have become so common that more than 100 Muslim clerics met last week and issued a statement that not all Iraqis working with U.S. forces should be considered informers.
This is the most important and detailed of Robert Fisk's recent analyses of occupied Iraq, and the tragedy that is unfolding there. A must read! US fostering sinister sort of democracy: There is a veneer of normality about life in the new Iraq. But America's failure to deliver on its promises has triggered a spiral of murderous anarchy that threatens to become an epic tragedy. [I don't provide quotes because virtually every line deserves quoting!] (PUBLISHED July 31 and POSTED: August 1 , 2003)
The reconstruction of Iraq proceeds apace: U.S. Recruiting Hussein's Spies: Occupation Forces Hope Covert Campaign Will Help Identify Resistance (PUBLISHED August 24 and POSTED: August 31, 2003)
The emphasis in recruitment appears to be on the intelligence service known as the Mukhabarat, one of four branches in Hussein's former security service, although it is not the only target for the U.S. effort. The Mukhabarat, whose name itself inspired fear in ordinary Iraqis, was the foreign intelligence service, the most sophisticated of the four. [Emphasis added.]
The world responds to the UN bombing: Japanese troops in Iraq unlikely; Spain under pressure to withdraw forces after first casualty in Iraq; Poland to withdraw troops from 'high-risk area' near capital ; World Bank, IMF Pull Staff Out of Iraq. Sure supports Robert Fisk's ideas [ UN Attack Underlines America's Crumbling Authority And Shows It Can Not Guarantee The Safety Of Any One ]. ( POSTED: August 21, 2003)
Another Robert Fisk piece on the US creation of myth of Iraq as a terrorist haven: Why The US Needs To Blame al-Qa'ida (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 21, 2003)
Months ago, when Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary who in a previous incarnation pleaded with Saddam (circa 1983) to reopen the US embassy in Baghdad, arrived in the Iraqi capital to address his troops, he warned of "terrorist" organisations at large in Iraq. Some of us wondered what he was talking about. Hadn't the US just defeated Iraq? But then we realised he was spinning a narrative for journalists to grasp if the "Saddam remnants" line wore out. There would be other evildoers to blame, other antagonists in the "war on terror" to single out.
The latest bombing shows the terrible chaos into which Iraq has descended in the wake of the US occupation. Forces have been unleashed that will not be controlled for years, perhaps for a generation. Now the UN headquarters has been decimated and the UN envoy and many others killed. As we ask nearly every day: What next? Envoy dead as blast shatters UN's Baghdad HQ. Here is Robert Fisk's comment on what the attack means: UN Attack Underlines America's Crumbling Authority And Shows It Can Not Guarantee The Safety Of Any One (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 20, 2003)
For it proves that no foreign organisation - no NGO, no humanitarian organisation, no investor, no businessman - can expect to be safe under America's occupation rule. Paul Bremer, the US pro-consul, was meant to be an "anti-terrorism" expert. Yet since he arrived in Iraq, he has seen more "terrorism" than he can have dreamt of in his worst nightmares - and has been able to do nothing about it. Pipeline sabotage, electricity sabotage, water sabotage, attacks on US troops and British troops and Iraqi policemen and now the bombing of the UN. What comes next? The Americans can reconstruct the dead faces of Saddam's two sons, but they can't reconstruct Iraq.
Another portrait of a resistance fighter: 'Why I attacked US troops' (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 19, 2003)
What finally seems to have turned Walid against the US was a stint as a translator at a US military base near Fallujah.... When he recalls his time with the US soldiers he grimaces, and bitterness fills his voice. "They said we are non-believers, savages, that we have no right to live," Walid says. He recalls that a sergeant said the Iraqis are "unbelievable people" and that "they can go to hell". He lists every insult.
The Sydney Morning Herald has a view Inside the Resistance. (PUBLISHED August 16 and POSTED: August 18, 2003)
If the accounts of the resistance given to the Herald in interviews in the past 10 days are accurate, US intelligence is way behind understanding that what is emerging in Iraq is a centrally controlled movement, driven as much by nationalism as the mosque, a movement that has left Saddam and the Baath Party behind and already is getting foreign funds for its bid to drive out the US army....
Asked where authority rests, he says: "It's with the sheiks in the mosques. Baath Party people and former members of the military are not allowed to be our leaders. Baathists are losers; they didn't succeed when they worked for the party. We now have a single, jihadist leadership group that operates nationally. Everything is done on instructions carried by messengers. There are 35 men in my cell and I'm a leader of three other cells. The number of foreigners who are coming to help us is increasing - Syrian, Palestinian, Saudi and Qatari.
Spreading attacks, new tactics: Wave of Sabotage Hits Iraq, Baghdad Jail Attacked . These attacks are causing major problems: Baghdad in Water Crisis After Pipe Blast. For further information from the BBC Fresh attacks on Iraq's pipelines (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 17, 2003)
Occupiers usually hope to divide and conquer. Thus, the US is getting nervous that Shia and Sunni are uniting to oppose them. The US seems near to taking action against Sadr: "'He's a populist, a critic and a rabble-rouser and he's gotten awful, awful close to the line,' the senior U.S. official said of Sadr." Iraqi Clerics Unite in Rare Alliance: U.S. Fears Shiite, Sunni Cooperation Will Bolster Resistance (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 17, 2003)
An account of one among the many attacking US forces: A Villager Attacks U.S. Troops, but Why? Iraqi's Life and Death Provide Cautionary Tale (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 12, 2003)
But a week following his death, Khalaf's decision to fight the Americans had become a larger symbol of objections to the occupation. A 23-year-old shopkeeper across the street from Kamil's house, Abdel-Salam Ahmed, called Khalaf a hero motivated by hatred of the American presence that many in the village have found humiliating. What will follow, he said, is clear. "Revenge is part of our tradition," he said.
An account, from the Washington Post, of yet another US troop visit gone sour. When will those Iraqis learn that all the Americans want to do is occupy their country? Iraqi Town's Anger Explodes Into Chaotic Revolt: Tense Encounter Underscores U.S. Difficulties (PUBLISHED August 6 and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
"Every true Iraqi Muslim, who has faith in his heart, will not accept humiliation, and he will resist Americans and any occupier," Abed said. "We won't accept anyone who comes on the back of a tank."
A detailed account, from UPI, of a US unit on the prowl; Raid in Iraq's 'Indian Country' (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
After a lull, the turmoil continues: Baghdad blast kills 10 at Jordanian Embassy: U.S. soldiers killed in firefight (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 7, 2003)
More trouble for the occupation: The Rise of an Anti-American Army in Iraq: More than a million men have reportedly answered the call from a young cleric to join his 'Mehdi army' to defend Iraq's religion and country -- and drive out the Americans. For another take on the mood among the Shia which gives less credence to claims of the size of this new "army", see Iraqi Shiites fighting war 'of the soul' (PUBLISHED August 4 & 5 and POSTED: August 5 & 6, 2003)
Now US civilian contractors are being targeted. American civilian contractor killed in bomb attack on convoy (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 5, 2003)
Time magazine reports on how the US creates resistance fighters by its brutality: Among The Rebels (PUBLISHED August 11 and POSTED: August 4, 2003)
The non-Baathist components of the opposition include nationalists, tribalists and ordinary citizens offended by the armed presence of foreigners and especially by the occupiers' perceived power abuses. Other resisters include non-Iraqi Arabs, possibly jihadis who have traveled to Iraq to take on the U.S., as well as fundamentalist Shi'ites.
"Saddam's being caught or killed isn't good for the Americans," says Marouf Sami Noori, brother-in-law of fugitive Taha Yassin Ramadan, Saddam's Vice President. "There are many people who would like to fight against the Americans, but if they fight now, they'll be considered Saddam's people. So the resistance will be stronger if Saddam is captured or killed"....
"We have no relation whatsoever with the old regime. Most of us were imprisoned and humiliated in Saddam's time," says Fallujah's Abu Bilal al-Fallujah, whose cousin launched at least two attacks on American convoys before he was killed in an explosion at the city's central mosque in June.
A similar account of how civilian deaths stoke resentment. (One almost has the idea that the Iraqis should love us for butchering them!) Civilian deaths stoke Iraqis' resentment: Bitterness may widen resistance (PUBLISHED August 4 and POSTED: August 5, 2003)
American soldier suffer, and die, at rates far higher than the official ones. No wonder they're families want them home now. The unreported cost of war: at least 827 American wounded (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 4, 2003)
In fact, the total death toll this time is 248 - including accidents and suicides....
The Pentagon figure for "wounded in action" in Iraq is 827, but here again the total number of injuries appears to be much higher.
According to the Washington Post, Attacks Intensify In Western Iraq Foreigners Suspected in Eight Assaults (PUBLISHED August 2 and POSTED: August 3, 2003)
Three more soldiers dead: Americans Killed Near Baghdad (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 2, 2003)
Analysis, Commentary, & Domestic Reaction
George Monbiot in the Guardian (UK) opposes a UN takeover of the Iraqi mess: Beware the bluewash: The UN must not let itself be used as a dustbin for failed American adventures (PUBLISHED August 26 and POSTED: August 31, 2003)
Derrick Z. Jackson analyzes how the Iraq war is a demonstration of America's Worst Side in Iraq (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 15, 2003)
Bush supports the troops! He wants to cut their pay! Troops in Iraq Face Pay Cut: Pentagon says tough duty bonuses are budget-buster (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 14, 2003)
An up-to-date analysis of where the Iraq invasion fits into overall US foreign policy, by Noam Chomsky Preventive War 'the Supreme Crime' -- Iraq: invasion that will live in infamy (PUBLISHED August 11 and POSTED: August 13, 2003)
An intriguing account of why the conditions for US troops in Iraq are so harsh: Why Does the Bush Administration Hate Our Troops? (POSTED: August 12, 2003)
All of this makes for the most deadly combination for a solider: an administration that loves war and hates the troops.
Another example of how US troops are treated when they return home, by the government not the antiwar protestors who will probably be blamed when the myths get constructed: Sick Iraq War Veteran Has to Fight for Medical Treatment (PUBLISHED August 12 and POSTED: August 13, 2003)
The lies continue: Is Iraqi Intel Still Being Manipulated? The sad and secretive tale of an Iraqi scientist (PUBLISHED August 8 and POSTED: August 12, 2003)
The treatment of Obeidi has in turn raised questions about whether even fresh intelligence from Iraq is being manipulated in advance of the report being prepared by David Kay, which is intended as the definitive account of Iraq’s WMD program.
Karl Marx claimed that imperialism often doesn't pay. It just transfers money from the taxpayers to those special interest making a killing in the colonies. Seems like Iraq may follow suit. While Haliburton and Bechtel make a killing (not to mention Janusian Security Risk Management Ltd. -- see below), the rest of us take a hit (a huge one) in the pocketbook: Postwar Iraq likely to cost more than war (PUBLISHED August 11 and POSTED: August 12, 2003)
Private analysts have estimated that the cost of U.S. military and nation-building operations in Iraq could reach $600 billion.
You too can profit from the destruction and "rebuilding" of Iraq! Here's the essential newsletter: Iraq Reconstruction Report: Business Intelligence for Reconstruction Efforts in Iraq. [22 Issues per year, $1495 or a 6 month subscription, only $822.25]. Let's hope they have more "intelligence" than the War Intelligence folks. In case they don't, there's always Janusian Security Risk Management Ltd. which "has been active in Iraq since 17 April 2003. We are the only Western security company in Baghdad with an independent operational office and a country manager permanently based there." Guess they're not leaving any time soon! Wonder which Washington officials sit on their board! (POSTED: August 10, 2003)
We have run three secure trade delegations into Baghdad for Western companies. We have established access to the CPA, Ministries and the business community. Our security and business risk management capability in Iraq is proven.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation has important advice for parents who's children get exposed to the daily news: Tips for 2003. (PUBLISHED July 31 and POSTED: August 10, 2003)
The Boston Globe reports that CIA warned administration of postwar guerrilla peril. They just decided to close their ears to any word that Iraqis wouldn't love to be occupied forever. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 10, 2003)
Ruth Rosen in the San Francisco Chronicle concludes that As Ordered, It's About Oil (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
Letter to President Bush Regarding his Justifications For War by the Sebastopol, CA City Council. (PUBLISHED August 5 and POSTED: August 8, 2003)
Max Rodenbeck, the Cairo correspondent for the Economist has an essay in the New York Review of Books analyzing all the missteps of The Occupation. (PUBLISHED August 15 and POSTED: August 7, 2003)
Iraqis still have a glazed, resentful expression when they talk about "the siege." [sanctions] Every schoolchild knows what Madeleine Albright told an audience in Ohio in 1996: "We think the price is worth it." In the Shiite south, the resentment turns to anger when they recall that the No-Fly Zone, resulting in a trickle of dead, was always described as having been established to protect civilians from the regime. This was despite the fact that it was imposed after the regime had finished slaughtering tens of thousands of them, crushing the 1991 uprising while the first President Bush abandoned the Shiites to their fate.
Sabel Hilton reminds us who's making foreign policy decisions for the US. Masters of deceit: Convicted felons responsible for thousands of deaths are calling the shots at the White House (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 7, 2003)
An op-ed piece by PFC Isaac Kindblade in the Army's 671st Engineer Company, serving in Iraq: 'We don't feel like heroes anymore' (PUBLISHED August 5 and POSTED: August 6, 2003)
Karen Kwiatkowski,a recently retired Air Force Lieutenant colonel reports on a recent stint in the Pentagon: Career Officer Does Eye-Opening Stint Inside Pentagon (PUBLISHED July 31 and POSTED: August 5, 2003)
I suggested to my boss that if this was as good as it got, some folks on the Pentagon's E-ring may be sitting beside Hussein in the war crimes tribunals.
Here is an annotated summary of deaths attributable to US foreign policy between 1945 & 2003 (so far). Total: Low estimate: 10,778, 727 High Estimate: 16,861,695. Even if one disputes certain figures, this doesn't sound like the kind of country I'd want to have roaming around "liberating" people. Sure seems to have a penchant for liberating people from their lives! (POSTED: August 5, 2003)
Tom Hayden discusses the latest entertainment news: Killing Saddam: A Summer Blockbuster (PUBLISHED and POSTED: August 1, 2003)
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And, for the lies in action: