Monday, November 13, 2006

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President Bush held a press conference on October 25, 2006. I'd like to make comments about some of what he said.

"… They've cleared (American and Iraqi forces)neighborhoods of terrorists and death squads"

I don't go with this since terrorists turned to new tactics. Assassins are touring Baghdad's neighborhoods, kidnapping and killing people blatantly. Cold blood killers are patrolling Baghdad streets in their cars fearing nobody. One could witness and hear many incidents of killing innocent people. More than five killing incidents took place at the same spot (in front of an elementary school) on different days within the past month with the same scenario. A car stops; one or two victims dragged blindfolded & handcuffed out of the car; shot dead at the spot; the car flees the place. Time of execution: 9-11 am!! The killers are anonymous; the victims are anonymous (they are left with no IDs).

Twelve persons were killed within eight hours in a neighborhood of about 300 houses. One was killed in front of a heavy guarded bank. One of another three, who have been killed, ran away from the killers, but they chased him into a grocery filled with customers and shot him dead. Again none of the two sides is known.

The terrorists are training new generation of thugs. Teenagers on motor scooters tour the streets looking for victims. The victim is nominated by elder thugs escorting the teens in two cars (the cars are for watching, protecting and intervening in case of emergency). Another neighborhood witnessed the killing of five victims within one hour. A woman driving her daughter from school was shot dead & the daughter was injured.

A plumber in his store was chatting with two of his friends when a teenager entered asking for a monkey wrench to buy. The plumber answered him 'These are my working tools, but you can buy one from that store' pointing at a nearby one. The killer left the store, but after few meters he turned back, entered the plumber's store again, dragged a gun and shot the man dead. Then he left to a motor scooter which was waiting for him and fled the location.

It is the same policy of Saddam. A stark example was adding his son Qusay to the execution squad which shot Saddam's comrades in 1979. Qusay was around twelve years old. The comrades were sentenced to death by Saddam because they opposed him to be the president. It is training of new killers. Another example was firing five shots of an AK-47 gun weekly in every school during the flag salutation ceremony on Thursdays. One would imagine what kind of psychological effects could appear on a child of six years old.

People are astonished how bunches of thugs could pass through check points without being noticed, especially those who are accompanied by their handcuffed blindfolded victims. Some suggestions say that the police officers or army soldiers do not want to risk their lives by confronting the thugs or being killed by a suicide bomber who might detonate his car at the check point. On the other hand one can come across many police convoys parading in the streets, showing off by shouting at people and shooting their guns in the air to make their way through the busy streets.

Iraq has been invaded by the most advanced nation in the world. Still, the ways used to deal with security problems do not reveal innovation. No advanced technology is used in surveillance, tracing criminal evidence, reconstruction…etc. Dealing with the Americans on the ground made the Iraqis change the way they had perceived them. This goes for the insurgents.

I recall stories of the terrified Iraqi soldiers, members of the republican guards and Saddam's special guards speaking about the impenetrable American troops and armors. They fled the battle field reciting unbelievable stories about the American troops that can not be defied or confronted. These stories go back to the 'shock & awe' time in the early days of Iraq War. Day after day, the Iraqis have changed their perception of the Americans by realizing that they are vulnerable.

President Bush said:
"We learned some key lessons from that early phase in the war. We saw how quickly al Qaeda and other extremist groups would come to Iraq to fight and try to drive us out…As the enemy shifts tactics, we are shifting our tactics, as well."

It is strange to hear such words from the leader of the supreme power. President Bush is drawing a sketch of the way to deal with insurgency based on striking back not taking the lead in action by the MNF.

7 Comments:

Blogger madtom said...

"We learned some key lessons from that early phase in the war. We saw how quickly al Qaeda and other extremist groups would come to Iraq to fight and try to drive us out…As the enemy shifts tactics, we are shifting our tactics, as well."

It is strange to hear such words from the leader of the supreme power. President Bush is drawing a sketch of the way to deal with insurgency based on striking back not taking the lead in action by the MNF.


I thought the exact same thing

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Danish said...

It is not Bush who decides what kind of large scale operations that are to take place in Iraq.

When we talk big military action like the one in Falluja, the American and Iraqi military presents their suggestions for Maliki and the Iraqi government and they decide whether to sanction the operations or not.

Maliki and his government does not sanction military action against the Al Sadr and the Mehdi Army for instance.

If the Iraqi people are not happy with the way security is handled in Iraq, they should choose someone else than Malike at the next Parliamentary election in Iraq.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting post. However, I have to say that at this point, the conflict is one for the Iraqi people to carry out or lose. The US will not any longer defend Iraq from itself. Three and a half years is more than enough time for Iraq to stand upright, prepare itself, and assume responsibility for its own future. Americans will no longer send their sons to do the fighting that Iraqi boys should be doing for themselves.

And I say this as a conservative American, one who supported the strike against Saddam, and voted for Bush twice. While I do not want to cut and run, neither do I want to fight a war the Iraqi people themselves don't want to fight.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Through Gracepeace said...

تبرىء الكلمات في القلوب

ثم همس الرب في قلوبنا...
الكلمات تصل حيث لا يقدر السلاح

سألنا حكيم قريتنا، كيف ينزل الدفء
على النفوس والشيطان
قد ألقى بسمومه المفضلة
خوفاً ويأساً وكراهية
على القلوب البريئة
كما الرماد من محرقة السعادة

كيف تنام عيون الايمان
وسرير الأمل
تفترشه ملاءة القنوط الشاحب
وعيون الحنث الفاسدة
تنتهك حرمة الكلمات المقدسة
وتسعد باغتيال هدايا السماء

وسألنا :كيف يبتسم الخير
ويصفع الكره الفضيلة من وجه الخجل
و أتباعه يشوهون ويحرفون فى نفوس ضحاياهم
حتى يصل الاعتقاد
بأن الإثم فضيلة والقتل عدالة والكره هو الحب

تحدث الحكيم
بصوته الخفيض وقال
أن للشيطان أتباع
يغتسلون في أنهار النبيذ في حادي*
وبعشق السخرية الفارغ
يحصدون نفوساً مغشوشة جنيت بمنجل الانتحار

مستحيل أن يكون الطريق إلى الفردوس مرصوفاً
بجثث الأبرياء - عبر نهرٍ من الدم
اعتنقوا مد الحق وجزره الرائع في قلوبكم
تقبّلوا الشك والعار أينما كانوا
لكي تدركوا أن النفس تسعد بالعطف وليس بالانتقام

سطع صوته كالضوء وقال:
ابحثوا بشجاعة في أعماق قلوبكم
بلا نفاق ولا خداع ولا إجحاف
وحين تلمسوا الايمان هناك
ستنزل الكلمات الالهيه دواءً للقلوب
مثل مطر أبدي يجذبه البحر دائماً
حتى يرتفع ليملأ حرم النفوس
بودٍ عميق هادىء ويغدو سلاماً
على شواطىء العزم الالهي.


[أرض الموتى في الأساطير الاغريقية*

أبريل 2006

4:00 AM  
Blogger rebelBodhi said...

Interesting stuff, a good read.

Check out my blog for a unique viewpoint on the US' role in the world today.

http://usterrorism.blogspot.com/

10:51 PM  
Blogger Ibn_Alrafidain said...

"Through Gracepeace" made the above comment in Arabic. It is something like poetry. I find it interesting lines. So, I decided to make an attempt to translate it, though I have no experience in translating literature. I wish that "Through Gracepeace" would read this and give his opinion.


Words are wrought in hearts
And God whispered to our hearts
'Words can reach where no weapon can'
***

We asked our village's wise-man,
How warmth permeates souls
When Satan dictated his favorite poisons:
Fear, Despair, and hatred
To innocent hearts,
Like happiness ashes from a crematory

***
How could the eyes of belief sleep,
While the bed of hope
Is spread by the sheet of pale despair;
And the wicked eyes of sin,
Violate the sanctity of holly words,
Rejoicing the death of heaven gifts

***
And we asked: How could good smile,
When hatred tears off virtue of the face of shame
And its followers distort and pervert their victim's souls,
Till the belief becomes:
Sin is virtue; killing is justice; hatred is love

***
The wise-man spoke with his low voice and said:
Satan has his own followers
Wash in wine rivers at Hades*
And with the vain lust of ridicule
Mowing deluded souls,
Picked with the suicide scythe

***
Impossible that the way to paradise is paved
With corpses of innocents, across a river of blood
Embrace the flow and ebb of right in your hearts
Assimilate mistrust and ignominy wherever are they
To learn that soul becomes happy by sympathy not avenge

***
His voice brightened like light and said:
Search courageously in the depths of your hearts
With no duplicity, deception, and prejudice
And when you touch faith there,
God's words will descend as a remedy for hearts
Like eternal rain attracted by sea
Which keeps rising to fill souls' sanctum
With deep calm cordiality and becomes peace
At the shores of God's firm will

[*(Gk mythol.) the subterranean world where the spirits of men go at death.]

April 2006

11:22 PM  
Blogger jclaer said...

Here is my idea on how Iraqis can end their civil war http://sep.stanford.edu/sep/jon/iraqcivilwar.html

7:39 AM  

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