Wednesday, October 03, 2012

When the subtext becomes the text

In Iraq, when violence isn't the subtext, it's only because it's taken over and become the text.
All Iraq News reports that Iraqi police shot dead 3 people ('suspects') outside Baghdad, near Ghazaliya, and 1 'suspect' was shot dead outside of Mosul, an armed clash in Baghdad left 1 person dead,

In non-violence deaths, Al Rafidayn notes 2 people in Sulaymaniyah died of cholera.  Yes, it is time for the annual cholera outbreak in Iraq.  It happens every year.  The US press used to cover it, used to pretend to care.  The World Health Organization explains, "Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.  It has a short incubation period, from les than one day to five days, and produces an enterotoxin that causes a copious, painless, watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given.  Vomiting also occurs in most patients." In the science section of Monday's New York Times, there was an article on cholera.  The best way to end cholera is potable water.

Meanwhile Dar Addustour reports that last week's assault on the prison in Tikirt has resulted in  searches of other Iraq prisons and the confiscation of smuggled cell phones.  All Iraq News notes that 1 of the Tikrit prison escapees was arrested today.  The news outlet notes that there are conflicting reports but as many as 250 prisoners may still be at large after last week's attack.   Al Mada adds that Nouri's council of ministers decided that the protection of the prisons -- which is done by federal police -- should fall under the Ministry of Justice.  The federal police fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior.  Why the shift? 

Who knows but what it looks like is Nouri's trying to hand off to someone to be the fall guy.  The Ministry of Justice has a Minister heading it (Hassan al-Shimari).  Nouri is the one heading the Ministry of Interior (and Ministry of Defense and Ministry of National Security)  because he never nominated anyone to head those ministires.  He was supposed to.  The Constitution required not only that he present nominees to Parliament but that they be confirmed.  But when you're the pet of the White House, laws don't really matter. 

Further indicating that distraction is the goal, All Iraq News reports that State of Law MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki is claiming that they have evidence that politicians were involved in the Tikrit prison break.  If they had evidence, they would have already presented it.  This is more spin from Nouri's State of Law.  As Iraqis are supposed to ponder which politicians could be involved, the hope is they'll be too distracted to notice what a complete and utter failure Nouri's government has been.

More problems for State of Law and Nouri, Wael Grace and Mohammad Sabah (Al Mada) report that there are splits in the National Alliance over the infrastructure bill.  Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc has already made their opposition public.  Grace and Sabah report that Irbrahim al-Jaafari, leader of the National Alliance, is also opposed to it currently and that there is talk of forming a new bloc.

The following community sites  -- Susan's On the Edge, Chocolate City and Pacifica Evening News -- updated last night and this morning:

We'll close with this from Tim King's "Aaron M Kenefick: A Marine Who Knew Too Much" (Salem-News):

(OCEANSIDE, CA) - "They knew what day we were coming. All I know is that they were already in position and waiting, and they had a ton of ammo! It was a complex ambush. There was no movement in the town or around it before the main force was engaged." - Scout Squad Leader, USMC
Chivalrous and inspiring. Those words describe a Marine named Aaron M Kenefick who was killed at the now infamous Ganjgal Ambush in Afghanistan's Pesh Valley on 8 Sept 2009. But what underscored his tragic death is the fact that by all accounts, it was a setup from the inside.
In summarizing this Marine's bravery on an impossible day to survive; it goes so far beyond his awards and citations and accomplishments; of which there were so many. It is not about the Marines he saved, or the Afghan soldiers he protected as though they were his own; it isn't about the love his fellow Marines held for him.
The oath that Aaron Kenefick held so seriously went far beyond the things that lead similar people to greatness.
He had to uphold his values against the malicious intentions of members of his own government who far outranked him. It would lead him to a mission that he would not survive, because the elimination of Aaron Kenefickt was the real objective of the ambush at Ganjgal in September 2009.
Aaron's story is about his struggle as a junior yet highly recognized young Marine, against people holding power who are treasonous, with the most counterproductive military missions; more terrible than most people could ever imagine.

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