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Originally posted by DYepes
Well Mauddib if they did destroy all that in ten years, then why would you use that as an excuse to justify an attack? After all it was destroyed, apparantley that was not enough to appease the expansionist.
Originally posted by DYepes
I will admit it may have been wrong on technacalities, but I think Iraq will have a much better future as far as the individual citizen goes.
Originally posted by DYepes
Like I stated earlier, we know for a fact the sons of the corrupt leader will no longer be able to rape adolescent girls at random with no consequence. That alone honsetly makes me feel better. Females on this planet have hard enough lives as it is without assholes like that victimizing them as they please.
Originally posted by DYepes
Its only been like three years in Iraq. I think if we give it another five the country should be stabalizing alot more. Perhaps it will open up to tourism even (thats hoping a bit too far I suppose).
Originally posted by shots
We have undoubtedly created the breeding of terrorism in Iraq and the world. And we are less safe than ever for our actions.
Originally posted by dgtempe
Originally posted by Savonarola
Muaddib,if you're trying to convince us of how Iraqis view the "terrorists"..
The video clears up a few things. The most obvious thing to notice is that this coward actually exists. He is not an imaginary figure that the Pentagon decided to make up for Washington to have someone to blame for all the chaos in Iraq. He is a real man, and he is calling for the death of all those who ally with America, especially the Shia.
I have just learned from a very trusted source that the number of Sunni deaths since the day the al-Askariyyah shrine was bombed is 3000. Talk about retribution!
3000 Sunnis have been murdered by Shi'a extremists, mostly followers of Muqtada, the so called Jaysh al-Mahdi but also by BADR, the military wing of SCIRI. Shi'a militias include, sadly, Mughaweer al-Dakhiliyyah which is Arabic for, "Uniformed Men of the Interior Ministry." The Interior Ministry is run by a war criminal, Bayan Solagh Jabr, the man who wants to avenge the death of imam Hussein by killing 21st century Baghdadi Sunnis!
Ayatollah Rohallah Khomeini,
I am not addressing you as "dear" because you're not dear to me. I am writing this to you to report to you some of what's taken place in the region since you've left. So much has happened since you died. I am sorry to say that if you were still around, you'd be smiling. Your archenemy, Saddam has been unseated, captured and is now on trial. Your students still call America "the Great Satan," they are still shouting slogans of the not-so-glorious Islamic Revolution. It may interest you to know that your creation, the Islamic Republic of Iran is close to developing a nuclear bomb and the cockroach that calls himself the President of Iran is challenging the world on Iran's "right" to have nuclear capabilities, he's doing that per orders of Ayatollah Ali Khamnaei.
Iran lives in your shadow Khomeini. Not much has changed in that great country since you left. It is still legal to marry an 8 year old girl. It is still legal to get married for a couple of hours. People still get stoned for adultery. Hands are still chopped off for stealing. Women are still forced to veil themselves. Iran lives by your legacy of backwardness.
Salman Rushdie is still alive, the man has moved to New York, married a beautiful model and lives a happy life away from the swords of political Islam. Yassir Arafat died recently of maybe AIDS. He died a broken man and left behind a tired Palestinian people, so tired that they recently voted for Hammas, you know, Sunni versions of you. Speaking of Sunni versions of you, the Salafists have declared a war on America, but they're not crazy about the Shi'as either. They're killing poor Shi'a men, women and children in Iraq only for being Shi'a. For a while, the Shi'as refused to retaliate, but then one day, the shrine of the two Imams, al-Hadi and al-Askari in Samara' was bombed and that's when the sharpened sword of Ali began to behead Sunnis.
Three years ago today, the world was rid of one of the most brutal dictators of our time, a man who may well be responsible for the lives of over three million human beings. If there ever was a time in my life when I was certain about the phrase, "a new era," then that day was it. It was a Wednesday, loads of nicotine and caffeine were traveling through my body by the time it was time for me to attend class. Out of habit, I turned on the TV, it was LBC (the Lebanese channel) and a crowd of Iraqis were gathered around Saddam's statue in Firdaus Square, the commentator wasn't saying that it was Firdaus Square and I couldn't tell where in Baghdad the footage was coming from. I switched between al-Jazeera, LBC, CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC and others, all had the same footage. Iraqis trying to bring down a gigantic statue of the man who had flipped their lives upside down so many times and for so long.
I turned off my mobile and sat in my living room watching this monumental event take place before my eyes. The word "LIVE" at the top corner of my screen became my best friend, everytime it disappeared, I waited for it to come back. Is this true? Is this really happening? Are three decades of cruelty suddenly over?
My tears skipped the throat and without any pain started to burst, that was the first time in my life that I had known tears of joy. I wanted to call my friend Fadi and tell him congratulations but I couldn't because Fadi was killed in 1991 during the uprising. I wanted to call my mother whose prayers were finally answered, but I hadn't been able to reach anyone in Baghdad for days. I wanted to do so many things, instead I sat there as I chain smoked. It never occurred to me that I had an exam that day, but even if it had, I wouldn't have gone.
Millions of Muslims all over the globe have taken to the streets to show their disgust over yesterday's suicide bombing at a Shi'a mosque in Baghdad. Okay, that's a lie, Muslims don't do that kind of thing for human life, but if a Danish cartoonist had supposedly insulted Muhammad, then you would see the rage turned on, you would see Islamabad rise and Kabul rise and Cairo rise.
In the image shown here, a picture of imam Hussein, most likely from the pocket of one of the victims lays on the ground in a pool of blood, that's the prophet's grandson! Why are Muslims such hypocrites? Why do they shed tears for Muslim victims but stand idly by when victims of Muslim terrorism are torn into pieces?
Seventy people were murdered yesterday, seventy Muslims, seventy human beings, seventy Shi'as, seventy praying men, their sin? They were born Shi'a, the mere accident of birth determines whether you deserve to live or not!
What's more important, cartoons or human life?
The Muslim world needs a revolution, a revolution that would change this bankrupt belief system, a revolution that would place above all else, the individual.
Originally posted by Muaddib
Really Souljah....I find it ironic that you never mention the following...
The US has named 30 countries which are prepared to be publicly associated with the US action against Iraq.
The state department says more countries have now announced concrete support for a possible US invasion of Iraq than during the first Gulf War.
And it says that there are an additional 15 countries which are providing assistance, such as over-flight rights, but which do not want to declare support.
I guess those 44 other countries are from some other planet and not from Earth.
i also find it ironic that you never mention the human right abuses which the insurgents/terrorists have committed, including against the Iraqi people.
But oh no...it goes against your anti-U.S. agenda....people shouldn't know this....
It also seems that according to you 10 years is not enough time for the regime of Iraq to destroy everything that dealt with wmd, including documents....
[edit on 29-4-2006 by Muaddib]
Full list of coalition countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.
And the list is most extraordinary for the countries that are left off - which include all of the Arab states, including those countries where US troops are massing for an invasion, like Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.
Meanwhile, a new poll by the Washington-based Pew Research Center indicates that the number of Europeans with a favourable image of the US has plummeted, even among the coalition of the willing.
In Italy, only 34% view the US positively, compared to 70% in 2002.
In Spain, only 14% have a favourable image.
And even in Eastern Europe, support for the US has dropped from 80% to 50% in Poland.
UPDATE I - Apr. 29, 2006
I just came back from watching United 93 at the movie theater. The movie is great. If you lost a loved one on 9/11, you may not be ready to see this movie. For other Americans, it's a must-see movie.
The acting was very natural. The movie documented the unfolded events leading to the hijacking of United flight 93. The director did a brilliant job of putting the audience into those events. From the beginning, you feel like a passenger who didn't know what lay ahead. Then, the audience is faced with a deadly destiny.
When the guys decide to take control of the airplane and say "let's roll," I wondered for a second if they were afraid of death. Living the events on the screen, I thought they knew they'd die anyway. But, that wasn't their main concern. Their concern was not to let the airplane crash into a building. They died while doing what was right.
Iraqi actor Lewis Alsamari did a good job. Hollywood doesn't differentiate between Iraqi dialect and other Arabic dialects. So he went with the Iraqi dialect. That's my only knock on the movie.
An Average Iraqi
An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.
Name:Hassan Location:Baghdad, Iraq
My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Another Free.. Eh Terrorist Attack
I just said it in the last post. Terrorist attacks are being made in the name of freedom fighting. Just this morning a car bomb exploded near Al-Hamra hotel in Karada Baghdad. Followed by another bomb; a bigger car, or a truck as I heard. Look at this picture; you will see what I mean.
Want more pictures, see Yahoo slide show about Iraq.
The blast was so strong a building fell over, completely. As usual, none of the intended targets of the attack got hurt. Only civilians were killed or injured. Read the whole story on Yahoo news.
The Washington Post office was close to the attack to. Thankfully no one got hurt, but the office is in chaos. They were a little late to put coverage about the blast, as they rounded up every blast that happened during the day. You will see in this article how violent the day was
Monday, November 21, 2005
When Should the US leave??
First of all the question is when, not should. Because it is a sure thing that the Americans should leave eventually. It is whether it should be done sooner or later that has been a discussion opener, in the US. Although there is a huge discussion about this in the US. But it seems that the Iraqis are not really interested at the moment. They have other things on their mind. The elections are coming, but that is going to be a topic for another post.
My opinion: Iraq is not ready for the US to pull its troops out. Maybe in a year or so, but not at the moment. I have a few reasons:
First: There are still many armed militias in Iraq. No country can prosper and grow with such militias in it. Like the Mahdi Army, Badr Brigade, Terrorist factions and even the Kurdish Besh Merga. . These militias have to be disbanded. Either peacefully or by means of arms. The US army would prove to be most useful in this I think. The Iraqi army may be trained well, but from what I have seen, they are way behind in equipment. They roam the cities in civilian pick-up trucks, and SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles, or as we call them 4WD in Iraq) that are not even bullet prove.
Second: With no powerful government in command. And the many disagreements and infighting between the Iraqi politicians. Civil war might stir up when there is no unchallengeable power force in Iraq. Like the US army. In which I hope we can replace by the Iraqi Army in the future. As there is no question that we cannot rely on the US army much longer. As probably it is the main reason all this violence has started in the first place.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Murder in my neighborhood....
yesterday a murder occurred in my neighborhood, while 2 guys were slinging posters for certain party preparing for the elections , two terrorists started shooting at them, one of them died , & the other was injured so badly, the policemen in my neighborhood chased them , killed one & caught the other ..
Those two terrorists killed innocent poor personnel & injured the other for what? to make that party relinquish it's participation in the Elections ? to disperse panic between Iraqis ? to stop the Elections operation ? none of these would happen, but the consequences are two families left without their breadwinner, more orphans , widows , bereft parents , sisters , brothers , relatives & friends .. & that is all because they were slinging posters on the wall?! …
I can't imagine how remorseless those terrorists are ! …
I pray that one day all the terrorism will fade away , & that we all will live in Peace ….
God Bless all the policemen ….
Eid Ramadan Mubarak....
Hi friends. First I would like to say Ramadan Kareem to every Muslim in the world. As we know that we are in the latest days of this holy month. Here, in Mosul, people began to prepare themselves to Ramadan feast , It is so beautiful when you just see every body in shopping centeres to bay alot of new things. They also make some confectionery . Actaully we were waiting for this lovely occasion . It maybe the a good occasion to get a reliefe .We are absolutly so glad. But there's someday before Ramadan feast , It is the night of 27. This night will be full of mercy , It would be such a beautifull night. So we still waiting for the important coming days. We are asking God the mercy and forgiveness .
Hoping all your days become beautifull and full of hapiness...
U.S. invasion responsible deaths of over 250,000 civilians in Iraq
by John Stokes
New studies make the Bush administration's "liberation" argument for a 'pre-emptive' war against Iraq seem questionable.
The invasion of Iraq in March 2003 by U.S.-led coalition forces has been responsible for the death of at least 150,000 civilians (not including certain of Iraq), reveals a compilitation of scientific studies and corroborated eyewitness testimonies.
The majority of these deaths, which are in addition those normally expected from natural causes, illness and accidents, have been among women and children, documents a well-researched study, that had been released by The Lancet Medical Journal
TUESDAY, April 25, 11:36 p.m. local
Several pedestrians smiled. One startled Iraqi soldier looked up, then grinned. Some kids shook their hips, doing a little dance of sorts.
Blaring from the Humvee's loudspeakers was "Ride of the Valkyries," German composer Richard Wagner's classic song that was now reverberating along the dusty streets of Baghdad at sunset. It was a different and friendlier message that typically plays from speakers that usually warn cars to stay away from passing U.S. vehicles.
"I play it to motivate everyone. Everybody gets a kick out of it," said 1st Lt. Matt Blackwell of Athens, Georgia, who said he occasionally plays the song on the safe streets that he travels with his platoon.
But many were still very young soldiers some in a foreign country for the first time making earnest gestures toward a people they barely understood. Sometimes these goodwill acts resonated far more than the stale handshakes between suits often seen on TV.
Earlier this month I walked beside U.S. soldiers on a foot patrol in the Shula neighborhood in Baghdad, followed by a gradually swelling pack of some 30 kids. Most of the parents and adults in this Shiite area of the city gave smiles and waves to the soldiers as the kids asked questions or begged for candy.
The thoughtful soldier leading that patrol, 1st Lt. Paul Tanghe of Minneapolis, Minn, suddenly stopped and began waving one hand, as if leading an orchestra. Then he began shouting, "USA, USA, USA," to the kids, the oldest of which was probably 8 years old.
I initially cringed, thinking that nationalist chants from a foreign country would hardly be popular in this crowded neighborhood.
But nearly all the kids took Tanghe's cue and echoed his chant of "USA, USA". Then, Tanghe started chanting "IRAQ, IRAQ, IRAQ," prompting nearly every kid to chant louder and louder. At the end of the spectacle the mass of hyperactive kids all clapped in unison and whistled in a very loud show of approval.
Earlier that day men with explosives strapped to their bodies walked into a mosque in a nearby neighborhood and killed over 80 people. But here, at least at that time on that particular street, people from vastly different cultures had somehow managed to communicate.
Quote from Mauddib:
Saddam's regime was not supposed to have any wmd related material, including documents that deal with wmd programs, yet as the evidence has shown, there was evidence of wmd related material, as well as tons of documents, parts of centrifuges for Uranium enrichment which were essential to start a nuclear weapons program, empty chemical warheads, missiles which were banned from Iraq and were found in scrapyards around the world, missiles which were banned from Iraq yet they were fired upon coalition forces in Kuwait at the start of the war, etc, etc.