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"We are on the edge of civil war," said Noah Feldman, a New York University professor and chief U.S. adviser to Iraq on the writing of the country's new constitution.
Yet, somehow this sharp surge in deadly bombings, assassinations and kidnappings in Iraq has occurred largely under the radar in the United States.
No public figures have risen this week to decry this most recent carnage, no one is breaking into regular programming on cable news shows.
Perhaps Americans have simply become numb to the background hum of Iraqi violence. Perhaps the lack of graphic images on television mean that medium doesn't know how to cover the story. Perhaps, more cynically, Iraqis killing Iraqis is not as compelling a story.
The number of car bomb attacks in Iraq jumped from 64 in February to 135 in April, a record, according to U.S. military statistics
While American TV viewers turn to runaway brides, fast-food fingers and the daily Michael Jackson aberration, they are missing the story of an increasingly massive foreign policy failure.
"The reason I say we are on the edge of civil war is that you can't have one if only one side is attacking. But the truth is, Shiites are only human and they will run out of patience. The only thing that can stop civil war is to bring this insurgency under control."
Originally posted by Souljah
The US death toll is at 1611 and US legislators this week approved funding which pushes the cost of the Iraq war beyond $250 Billion USD.
The great general meant that the confusion of battle is such that anybody can claim anything during a war and hope to get away with it. But even by the standards of other conflicts, Iraq has been particularly fertile in lies. Going by the claims of President George Bush, the war should long be over since his infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech on 1 May 2003. In fact most of the 1,600 US dead and 12,000 wounded have become casualties in the following two years.
The ferocious resistance encountered last week by the 1,000-strong US marine task force trying to fight its way into villages around the towns of Qaim and Obeidi in western Iraq shows that the war is far from over. So far nine marines have been killed in the week-long campaign, while another US soldier was killed and four wounded in central Iraq on Friday. Meanwhile, a car bomb targeting a police patrol exploded in central Baghdad yesterday, killing at least five Iraqis and injuring 12.
Baghdad, 14 May - After having killed at least 125 people, many of whom women and children, and driven thousands from their homes in the western Anbar province, Major General R.A. Huck, Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division declared "Regimental Combat Team-2 started and ended this operation as planned, accomplished its mission and secured all objectives. Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces will return again to this area in the future."
After 1 week of intensive fighting between US forces and Resistance fighters in and around the town of ‘Al-Qaim’, the US has declared its defeat at the hands of the Iraqi Resistance fighters by announcing an end to combat operations and a withdrawal from the town and surrounding areas.
Iraqi Resistance commanders attributed the US retreat to the large losses suffered at the hands of highly skilled Resistance fighters in the town of Al-Qaim and the surrounding villages of ‘Rumana’ and ‘Karabla’.
The victory of Al-Qaim is the second major battle won by the Resistance after US forces were forced to retreat in April 2004 from the town of Al-Falluja after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Iraqi Resistance fighters.
Some of the apologists for the war argue that even though he didn't have any weapons the world is a better place without Saddam and with a forming democracy (maybe!) in Iraq.
Originally posted by Souljah
Iraq is turning into a massive foreign policy failure, and its getting closer to a Civil War every day - yet still money hungry corporations get the best out of this.
And they are the ones that keep the carnage levels high, and the people in the Dark.
Originally posted by Trustnone
Well it has probably gone under the radar because ever since we have been in iraq all you hear on a dily basis is a bomber killing someone. thats why no one really cares anymore.
Originally posted by xmotex
$250 B would have been enough to put humans on Mars, make a major dent in world poverty, and repair much of our dangerously decrepit internal physical infrastructure - all at the same time!
Instead we've blown it in a futile war against a nonexsitent threat, and an ill conceived resource grab. Mark my words, the Iraq War will be seen as one of our greatest national blunders for generations to come. We handed OBL just the recruiting tool he needed, and hell, we didn't even get the cheap oil we wanted!
The only thing that can stop civil war is to bring this insurgency under control."
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Three weeks of relentless attacks offer ample evidence that Iraq's nascent democratic process hasn't yet undermined the insurgency. More than 500 people, nearly all of them Iraqis, have been killed in more than 70 attacks. Here, in a question and answer format, is what Iraqi, U.S. and independent authorities said this week about the insurgency:
QUESTION: Has the insurgency changed?
ANSWER: Yes. While the insurgency is decentralized, attacks are more coordinated and insurgents are using more remote-control devices to set off explosives. The targets have shifted from U.S. troops to Iraqi security forces. The insurgents are becoming more clearly defined.
Q: How so?
A: The insurgency breaks down to four major groups, all dominated by Sunni Muslim Arabs. The groups:
•Baathists from the former regime of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein who want to return the old government.
•Nationalists who want foreign troops gone.
•Muslims fighting a holy war against the United States and Shi'ite Muslims.
•Foreign Muslim fighters who think Iraq is a good battlefield to take on the United States.
Q: How many insurgents are there?
A: 20,000, according to the U.S. military. But Gen. Mohamed Abdullah Shahwani, the Iraqi intelligence chief, estimated in January that there were 40,000 hardcore insurgents. It's unclear how authorities count insurgents.
Q: How many are foreign fighters?
A: Unknown. And there's no consensus on what the relationship is between them and Iraqi insurgents. The last estimate on foreign insurgents was given shortly after the Fallujah offensive in November. Then-interim Iraqi Interior Minister Faleh Hassan al Naqib said no more than 6% of the fighters in that city were foreign.
Q: So if the attacks are more coordinated, who is coordinating?
A: Another unknown. Iraqi military officials say Baathists are the most likely to coordinate the groups because they remain the richest and best organized in Iraq. Iraq's deputy defense minister, Bruska Noori Shaways, says the Baathists are hosting foreign insurgents.
Originally posted by Souljah
Great - so who cares for the Iraqi people then?
Does the Public care? Well, you clearly said, that no one really cares anymore.
I guess that people have gone Numb to the violenece in Iraq - its everyday news, nothing special, nothing sensational.
And thats what Sickens me.
Talking about, how much it means to Liberate these people from the hands of Evil and Ruthless Dictator - but now their Future is even worse then before.
Who will help these people Now?
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Souljah, I'll not entertain as evidence articles from "news outlets" such as the ones offered. The Arab propensity to lie for strategic gain is well-known, and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that a "news outlet" reporting from an "Occupied Iraq" might be just a wee bit biased, huh?
Having said that, I also would like to say this: Lies and distortion are not only from the opposing team, and I am totally aware of this. The fact ofhte matter is not that America is being kept in the dark, but EVERYONE is being lied to and propagandized.
It doesn't take any biased media to cause one to believe that there is nothing but trouble in store for Iraq, considering the splintered factions vying for power. There will be no peace (absence of struggle; submission), until one faction has ultimate control and the others are dominated. That is to say, another Hussein.
The Illuminati want to bring the Middle East into its fold, and it is using the U.S.'s military, primarily, to try and achieve this. I do not believe it will be successful in this attempt.