November 25, 2006
Were not the immensity of the scale of Iraq's tragedy - a wickedness of near
unparallelled historic proportions, surely to be the legacy of George W.Bush
and Anthony Blair Q.C., for all time - it would be amusing to watch the
neo-cons and their London lackeys leaping into the lifeboats and rowing
frantically away from the terminally holed titanic project, leaving the
maimed political corpses of the deluded duo to sink with the ship.
Arch hawk Keneth Adelman of the U.S., Defence Policy Board, who in 2003
predicted the invasion would be a 'cakewalk', skulling in Olympian fashion,
now says that : 'President Bush is ultimately reponsible ... for the debacle
that is Iraq', continuing: ' ...A country's at stake, a region's at stake.
This is a gigantic situation. This didn't have to be managed this bad. It's
just awful' (1) - as is his grammar.
Newt Gingritch, Speaker of the House is among a number to accuse the
President of lack of leadership. Former Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld,
has been fired, has vanished, has two writs for human rights abuses filed
against him and is surely lying face down in the flooded hold. Henry
Kissinger, a man who makes Atilla the Hun seem moderate, but who knows a bit
about quagmires, as Secretary of State during the Viet Nam war, told the BBC
that outright victory in Iraq was impossible.
Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. envoy to Iraq accused the U.S.and U.K. of being in a
'state of denial', saying the Iraq project had 'collapsed a long time ago.'
U.N. outgoing Secretary General Kofi Annan added a fourth word to his
vocablary ('regrettable', 'unfortunate', 'concerned') : 'Trapped.'
'The U.S., is ... trapped in Iraq ... it cannot stay and it cannot leave',
he told a press conference.
Brahimi, a man with some insight on the area, also predicted that a mooted
plan to Balkanise Iraq, splitting it in to three regions would produce:
'chaos' both inside Iraq and throughout 'the region.' He also pointed out
that the militias killing Iraqis were part of the U.S. imposed puppet
Meanwhile, General John Abizaid, top gun U.S., General in the Middle East,
speaking in Cambridge Massachusetts, blames the residents of the region for
the whole, bloody, mess. He warned of a 'third world war', resulting from
rising 'Islamic militancy', comparing the situation with the rise of fascism
in Europe in the 1920's and 1930's. 'If we don't have the guts to adress
this today, we will have world war three tomorrow', he said, as heartbroken
Iraqis flee their 'liberation' for any country that will take them in,
leaving their homes and their all, at the rate of one hundred thousand a
month, according to the U.N., High Commission for Refugees.
Abizaid, of Christian-Lebanese descent, a man brave enought to lead a
Company in the invasion of little Grenada (population: ninety thousand; with
no armed forces and just eighty policeman) also reportedly told an audience
at the Naval War College, in November 2005, that Al-Qaeda aimed to
ultimately establish a caliphate which would take over the entire globe.
That motorcycle riding, one eyed, Mullah Omar certainly is ambitious.
Director of Research for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Kenneth
Pollack, has also weighed in. He blames those fleeing. In: 'Iraq Refugees:
Carriers of Conflict', published in Atlantic Monthly in November, he depicts
them as 'the problem.' Pollack cites instances in Middle East history in
which refugees have fomented civil unrest. He writes of 'sanctuaries for
militia groups', wherein leaders sometimes become heads of refugee
communities. 'Tribal elders and other leaders who might oppose violence may
find themselves enfeebled by both the trauma of flight and the loss of their
traditional basis of power (typically, control of land). As a result,
refugee camps can become deeply radicalized communities, dangerous to their
host countries in several ways. The mere presence of militias among the
refugees tends to embroil the host country in war by making it a target.'
If so, the answer might be to not steal their land, oil; bomb, raid and have
allied militias steal and drive them from their homes; not to rape, torture,
rampage, murder and seal off entire towns, the all giving them every cause
In the midst of all this Blair admits on Al Jazeera, that Iraq is a
'disaster', then pitches up in another one, Afganistan, grinning inanely,
shaking soldiers' hands - some of whom will probably return in body bags -
talking of the 'remarkable progress', in this ruined wasteland, from
'President' Hamid Kharzai's fortified zone, failing to mention the swathes
of land back in the hands of the Taliban and the woman and girls back behind
closed doors. Iraq is so unsafe that President Bush is to meet 'Prime
Minister' Maliki in Jordan, adding to that little country's woes,
overwhelmed by the displaced of the U.S.A's Middle East disaster, now to be
placed under lockdown by Presidential security guards, with residents unable
to leave their homes, go to places of work, school or local shops - and with
mobile phone systems likely to be disconnected. 'Democrocy' is about to land
in the land from which Philadelphia took it's name.
Back in Iraq, however, the sweets and flowers which (the world was told)
were to greet the invaders, are being given to the resistance, it is
reported. 'U.S., tormentors in Iraq are now the "heroes of liberation"
(with) unfortunate to say (U.S. troops) viewed as thieves, gangsters and
thugs who have come to rape and molest women and girls, abuse prisoners and
destroy cities and residential districts one after the other', writes one
Iraqi blogger, in the week when the world marked the U.N. World Day against
Child Abuse and three thousand seven hundred and nine Iraqis were announced
dead from invasion related violence during October.
Perhaps the last word on this Middle East mayhem, should go the the U.S,
Ambassador the the U.N., John Bolton, a man to whom diplomacy and
concilliation is a foreign land (who, with the shift of balance of power in
the States, may also be set to be pushed overboard.) On November 21st,
commenting on the murder of Pierre Gemayel, the Lebanese Industry Minister,
he said: 'Assassination is not the way to change a government.' This from a
country who posted twenty million dollar bounties on members of Iraq's
legitimate government with: 'Wanted Dead or Alive', added; slaughtered the
President's two sons and fifteen year old grandson (a crime of enormity,
whatever their hue.) A country which bans gambling (except in Las Vegas and
Reno) yet had the Iraqi governments' heads put on playing cards, in a
mortifying move that makes 'crass' and 'infantile' an insult to the crude
and to infants everywhere. A government whose 'sovereignty and integrity',
was absolutely guaranteed by the U.N. This invasion, under the Nuremburg
Priniciples, represents the 'supreme crime.'
The U.S., and U.K., say Intelligence sources, now face an unprecedented risk
of terrorist attacks
'Before September 11th 2001', writes one commentator: 'No one had crossed
the Atlantic carrying weapons (against America) except the Westerners who
established the U.S.A. Yet America has (crossed numerous boundaries)
bringing death and destruction against the world.'
'The world will deal with the U.S., in respect and love when they see (the
same) in America's relations with them. The world will then live in peace
and not on the edge of an abyss.' (2) Ironically, the writer was Saddam
Hussein, who may well (illegally) hang, but, it seems, is sinking two
governments. As political wits are saying wryly : 'I-R-A-Q : I Remember
1. 'Key allies turn on Bush ...' Independent, 20th November 2006.
2. Full facsimile edition of three letters written after 11th September,
available from email@example.com
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