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Archive | September, 2006

Fractured Govt Leads Devastated Country


BEIRUT, Jul 27 (IPS) – Amidst the rapidly worsening situation in Lebanon, the government finds itself too weak and divided to deal either with the Israel or with Hezbollah.

In turmoil since the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005, the government of this tiny country of 3.8 million has been struggling to overcome internal factions. That is despite free and fair legislative elections which brought in a new parliament last summer.

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A Broken, De-Humanized Military in Iraq

While the deranged chicken-hawks who “lead” the US continue their efforts to wage another unprovoked war of aggression, this time against Iran, what’s left of their already overstretched military continues to be bled in Iraq.

When the situation is so critical that even the corporate media is forced to report on it, you know it’s bad. Last week on the NBC Nightly News, General Barry McCaffrey, now retired, said of the current state of the US military, “I think, arguably, it’s the worst readiness condition the US Army has faced since the end of Vietnam.” This isn’t a big surprise when we consider the facts that many soldiers are already into their third combat tour, frequent deployments have cut training time at home in half, and two thirds of all Army combat units are rated not ready for combat.

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AP Propaganda About Iraq

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
-George Orwell

On Monday, September 18, Associated Press (AP) ran a story titled, “Iraqi tribes fight Insurgency.” At first glance, the average reader cannot be blamed for thinking that this is a story about how tribes in Iraq have decided to take up arms against the “insurgency.”

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Home Raids Provoke Increased Unrest

BAGHDAD, Sep 20 (IPS) – Renewed raids at Iraqi homes by joint U.S.-Iraqi security forces are angering Iraqis — while failing to improve the worsening security situation.

“Operation Forward Together should be called ‘To Hell Together’,” 53-year-old Hamid Fassal, an estate broker from the Dora region of Baghdad told IPS, referring to the major U.S.-Iraqi joint security campaign launched in June. “They should be ashamed of what’s going on after four years of plans and such huge expenditure. The result is only more deaths and more agony for all Iraqis.”

U.S. troops accompanied by Iraqi soldiers have conducted raids across much of the Sunni region of Iraq in search of death squads. Several Iraqis say they are surprised about the areas searched because they say U.S. forces know that the majority of death squads are located in the Shia areas.

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