Saturday, January 14, 2006

"Shock and Awe" replaced with "Decay and Default" by the U.S. in Iraq

The following article’s are by no means the only one’s that paint a picutre of the horrendous destruction of Iraq, the Iraqi people or Iraqi civil society. The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfled “Shock and Awe” bombing of Iraq, designed to terrorize Iraqi’s into submission, has had unentended consequences (a.k.a. – Blowback). Instead of being terrorized into submission they have risen in open defiance to the U.S. invasion, occupation, and the destruction of their nation’s infrastructure: electric grids, plants; water treatment and delivery systems; medical facilities; entire towns and villages; farm land; and the list is endless to say the least.

Thanks to Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and their neo-con/neo-liberal team of “ultra-right” radicals (think
PNAC, Caryly Group; Federalist Society; Council on Foreign Relations and Council on National Policy—Jack Abramoff was a collaborator with Oliver North in the CNP), Iraq has been thrown backwards into the stoneage. Add the “Salvadoran Option” Rumsfeld announced in Oct 2004 he had unleashed upon Iraq and it is no wonder that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have turned the country into one great big killing field. And while the destruction of Iraq is taking place, the U.S. is spending over $5 billion on an embassy being built almost on the same spot as where the ancient Tower of Babel was located.-- Jack
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"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make it stop." - Mario Savio

Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance” - a key strategic document published in 1996 - aimed to understand how to destroy the "will to resist before, during and after battle"....An alternative was the "decay and default" model, whereby a nation's will to resist collapsed through the "imposition of social breakdown"...the American imperial strategists invested deeply in the belief that through spreading terror they could take power... Richard Drayton
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US troops build wall of sand around Iraqi town

SINIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers fed up with almost daily bomb attacks on their patrols near
Iraq's main oil refinery are taking drastic measures to fight their shadowy enemy -- they're walling in an entire town. Army bulldozers have begun building giant sand embankments around Siniya, a town of 50,000 close to the northern oil refining city of Baiji. When finished it will be 10 km (6 miles) long and more than 2 meters (nearly 8 feet) high.

Full Article Here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060110/wl_nm/iraq_berm_dc
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The American Rules of Engagement From the Air
By Michael Schwartz

“…This is, by the way, the textbook definition of terrorism -- attacking a civilian population to get it to withdraw support from the enemy. What this strategic orientation, applied wherever American troops fight the Iraqi resistance, represents is an embrace of terrorism as a principle tactic for subduing Iraq's insurgency… The new American strategy, billed as a way to de-escalate the war, is actually a formula for the slaughter of Iraqi civilians...”

Full article Here:

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0111-30.htm
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Dahr Jamail on the Missing Air War in Iraq

From the destroyed Japanese and German cities of World War II to the devastated Korean peninsula of the early 1950s, from the ravaged South Vietnamese countryside of the late 1960s to the "highway of death" on which much of a fleeing Iraqi army was destroyed in the first Gulf War of 1991, air power has been America's
signature way of war. Once, it was also a major part of Hollywood's version of war-making on the "silver screen." More recently, however, air war has largely disappeared from consciousness. It simply hasn't been part of war, as Americans see, read about, or imagine it, on-screen or off. This is strange.

Full Article Here:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=42286
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'Democracy' Brings Bleak Days
By: Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed
Inter Press Service

January 10, 2006

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 (IPS) - Many Iraqis see dismal days ahead in the face of rising violence and the decision by the U.S. administration not to seek any further funds for reconstruction.

"It is obvious that the situation is much worse than it used to be," retired army general Ahmed Abdul Aziz told IPS. "Can you walk free in the streets? Did you receive your food ration last month? It is essential for most Iraqis to receive the food ration just to feed their families."

Full Article Here:

http://dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/
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Tomgram: Michael Schwartz on Iraq as a Killing Ground

One of the true scandals of media coverage of the war in Iraq has been the simple fact that you -- relatively small numbers of you anyway -- had to visit Tomdispatch.com, or Juan Cole's invaluable
Informed Comment blog, or Antiwar.com, or other Internet sites to find out anything about the fierce (if limited) ongoing air war in that country. The American media's record on coverage of the air campaign against the Iraqi insurgency since Baghdad was taken in early April 2003 has been dismal in the extreme. Our military has regularly loosed its planes in "targeted" attacks on guerrillas in Iraq's heavily populated urban areas (where much of the fighting has taken place), sometimes, as in largely Shiite Najaf and largely Sunni Falluja in 2004, destroying whole sections of major cities, in part from the air. Despite this, American reporters in Iraq have essentially refused to look up, or even to acknowledge the planes, predator drones, and low-flying helicopters passing daily overhead.

Full Article Here:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=48180
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How Many Iraqis Have Died Since the US Invasion in 2003?
30,000? No. 100,000? No.
By ANDREW COCKBURN

President Bush's off-hand summation last month of the number of Iraqis who have so far died as a result of our invasion and occupation as "30,000, more or less" was quite certainly an under-estimate. The true number is probably hitting around 180,000 by now, with a possibility, as we shall see, that it has reached as high as half a million.

Full Article Here:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11508.htm
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A Call For Help And Justice
Statement of the Council of Nineveh Province Notables, Sheikhs and Uleima.

In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful

A memorandum from Nineveh Province Dignitaries, Sheikhs and Uleima to:

General Secretary of the United Nations
General Secretary of the League of Arab Nations
General Secretary of the Organization of Islamic States
Kings and Presidents of the Arab and Islamic States
All Humanitarian and Human Rights Organizations

In the light of the difficult circumstance that our country and people in general and the Province of Nineveh in particular are going through, a number of dignitaries and tribal chiefs from the Nineveh Province have met to discuss the tragic condition of the people of the Province under the shadow of the deficiency and absence of legislative and executive authorities and their security and military authorities which have changed to become tools for the oppression of the people of the Province and to add further to their misery.

Full Article Here:
http://www.brusselstribunal.org/Wamidh_Fallujah.htm
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War Without End

Only Justice, Not Bombs, Can Make Our Dangerous World A Safer Place

by Robert Fisk

This was the year the "war on terror" - an obnoxious expression which we all parroted after 11 September 2001 - appeared to be almost as endless as George Bush once claimed it would be. And unsuccessful. For, after all the bombing of Afghanistan, the overthrow of the Taliban, the invasion of Iraq and its appallingly tragic aftermath, can anyone claim today that they feel safer than they did a year ago?

Full Article Here:

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0102-20.htm
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Let the Drilling Begin

Iraq's IMF Loan
By JOSHUA FRANK

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $685 million loan for Iraq on December 24. Now the country's war torn economy will be fully integrated into the global economy-indefinitely. The reconstruction of Iraq will soon be open to even more industrialized nations and interests.

Iraq will not be sovereign or independent in the near future, even if President Bush says so. The country's financial future will instead be dictated by a new colossal economic occupation, complete with ground forces, tanks, foreign military bases and the like-all thanks to the United States, Britain and the IMF.

Full Article Here:

http://www.counterpunch.org/frank12282005.html
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'I'm a door kicker-inner,' one young Marine blurted out - to the dismay of his superiors
By James Hider and Stephen Farrell

“WHY can’t we live together in peace?” read the graffiti written on a wall in Fallujah by a weary American soldier. Next to it a colleague had scrawled: “Die ragheads die!”

Read Full Story Here:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1981556,00.html
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Iraq: Another Raid Brings Further Alienation
By Brian Conley and Isam Rashid

BAGHDAD - The Association of Muslim Scholars, a Sunni organization that was created in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, was again targeted by the United States military last Sunday. The raid on its mosque served only to alienate Sunnis further.

Read the Full Article Here:

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0112-04.htm

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