Iraq Theater


"Greater Kurdistan" Ambitions Could Spark Regional War

by Sarkis Pogossian


"Greater Kurdistan" Ambitions Could Spark Regional War

by Sarkis Pogossian

More mass murder in Iraq: who cares?

At least random acts of mass murder still make headlines when they happen in Delhi. In Iraq, it's just considered another slow news day at this point. Nothing about this currently appears on the front page of Google News. Will it be mentioned on the front page of tommorrow's New York Times? From the AP:

BAGHDAD, Iraq Oct 29, 2005 — A bomb hidden in a truck loaded with dates exploded Saturday evening in the center of a Shiite farming village northeast of Baghdad, killing 26 people and injuring at least 34. Three American soldiers died in separate bombings in Baghdad and northern Iraq.

2,000: the proverbial tip of the iceberg

The number of US service members killed in Iraq reached 2,000 Oct. 25, making headlines around the world (e.g. CBS News). More than 90% of this death toll occurred after President Bush declared the end of "major combat operations" in May 2003. But the figure actually masks a far more grim reality. Not included are the deaths of contract personnel who play an ever-larger role in the war. US media also made little mention of the number of US troops wounded—which is upwards of 15,000, with generally more serious wounds than in previous recent conflicts. For instance, limbs are being amputated at twice the rate of other modern military engagements. These salient facts were noted in an Oct. 26 report by the ABC—not the American Broadcasting Co., but the Australian Broadcasting Co. WW4 REPORT also noted earlier this year that the media habit of counting only US military dead, rather than the total number of coalition forces dead, is a dangerous obfuscation:

Iraqi bar urges suspension of Saddam trial

The Iraqi Bar Association has officially urged lawyers to suspend cooperation with the special court hearing the case against Saddam Hussein until the murder of a member of the defense team is solved. The association also passed a resolution calling a one-day strike for Oct. 26 to protest the killing of Saadoun Janabi, who was bundled out of his Baghdad office Oct. 20 by heavily-armed men and later found dumped on a roadside, dead of gunshot wounds.

White House PR chief rewrites history of Kurdish genocide

White House public relations chief Karen Hughes, already in hot water for numerous public-relations snafus on her recent tour of the Middle East, has done it again. Speaking before a group of students in Indonesia Oct. 21, just as Saddam Hussein's trial opened in Baghdad, she defended Washington’s decision to invade Iraq, claiming Saddam gassed to death "hundreds of thousands" of his own people.

Iraq constitution: referendum for disaster

Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies reaches conclusions similar to those of WW4 REPORT's recent commentary on Iraq's pending consitution. Bennis writes in "The Iraqi Constitution: A Referendum for Disaster" (online at TruthOut): "The constitutional process culminating in Saturday's referendum is not a sign of Iraqi sovereignty and democracy taking hold, but rather a consolidation of U.S. influence and control. Whether Iraq's draft constitution is approved or rejected, the decision is likely to make the current situation worse." Especially insightful are her brief discussions on the related questions of control of Iraqi oil and federalism:

Report: White House ignored CIA on Iraq chaos

A review by former intelligence analysts concludes that the Bush administration "apparently paid little or no attention" to pre-war CIA assessments warning of major cultural and political obstacles to stability in post-war Iraq. The unclassified report, completed in July 2004, now appears publicly for the first time in the quarterly journal Studies in Intelligence, published by the Center for the Study of Intelligence, an independent body within the CIA.

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