15 November 2004

The crime for which the Fallujans were punished was their refusal to submit to the authority of an unelected CIA-designated dictator

Victory in Falluja!
Question 1: Does the conquest of Falluja mean that that the U.S. occupation of Iraq is now over? Apparently not, because it seems that as U.S. officials were slowly preparing to flatten and “pacify” the city, most of the thousands of insurgents in Falluja hightailed it out of there in order to continue their guerrilla attacks elsewhere, much to the chagrin of U.S. military officials, who had hoped to finally kill, once and for all, all the “bad guys” in Iraq.

Question 2: Will the ranks of the insurgents now be reduced by 600, the number of “insurgents” killed in Falluja? Not necessarily because each of those 600 dead people probably had brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, parents, nephews, and nieces, all of whom now have reason to join the insurgency to avenge the death of their friend or loved one, to oust an illegal invader and occupier from their country, and to overthrow its unelected dictatorial puppet regime.

Question 3: Isn’t Allawi’s attack on Falluja somewhat similar to what the Allawi regime is accusing Saddam Hussein of having done – killing his own people for resisting his regime? What will Allawi and U.S. officials say when Saddam says at his trial (assuming he lives long enough to be tried), “Hey, wait a minute! How can you complain about my putting down a resistance when you’ve done and are doing the same thing I did? What’s wrong with killing, flattening, and ‘pacifying’ people who are opposing our respective dictatorial regimes?” (Actually, Saddam would claim that his regime was more legitimate than that of Allawi, given that Allawi is an unelected stooge of a foreign power illegally occupying the country while Saddam was reelected in the 2002 Iraqi presidential election by supposedly receiving 100 percent of the 11,445,638 votes cast.)

Question 4: Why did U.S. forces obey Allawi’s orders to flatten and “pacify” Falluja? Well, certainly not to liberate the Fallujans from the clutches of Saddam Hussein because, remember, he was taken into custody long ago. And not because the Fallujans were threatening America with weapons of mass destruction because, remember, those were destroyed long ago. And not because the Fallujans had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks because they didn’t.

For every one killed five more are recruited…

10 November 2004

If the agent government does not meet our demands within 48 hours we will behead

In Iraq, Prime Minister Allawi's relatives have been kidnapped, and are being held for ransom.
An Islamic militant group said in an Internet statement it abducted three relatives of Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and threatened to kill them in 48 hours if the state did not halt a raid on Fallujah and free prisoners.

"Body parts everywhere" in Fallujah but word is, many of the insurgents already departed Fallujah for other cities. And here's a disturbing note:

A little later I’m talking with someone on the street who told me that earlier today someone offered him $3,000 for his car. I looked at his car, and it would maybe earn $500 on a good day. He said, “They told me they wanted to use it as a bomb.”

Iraqi troops desert their posts, torn by orders from commanders and outrage from their countrymen.

Destroy it, then build it up again. Your tax dollars at work.

Meanwhile, America's most decorated military veteran calls out President Bush to hold those accountable for the many grievous, even criminal, mistakes that have occurred in Iraq on their watch. Also, his note about how the ambitious former mayor who dodged the Vietnam draft should be rapped on the head.

One Iraqi take on the Allawi imposed martial law and US Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's recent remarks on Fallujah.

Finally, The Economist takes a look at the Lancet medical journal study, that estimated 100,000 civilian death toll in Iraq and concludes that their mark may be an accurate estimate.