Friday, November 29, 2013

If they're wearing security uniforms and driving security vehicles . . .

Iraqi Spring MC reports protests continued in Iraq today.

  • They continued today as they have *since* December 21st.  The ongoing wave of protests.

    This week, Nouri gave more empty words  The nonsense led to rumors that the protests were stopping.  They haven't stopped.

    Speaking to Patrick Cockburn (Independent) this week, cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr shared his thoughts on Nouri and the protests:

    Mr Sadr is particularly critical of the government’s handling of the Sunni minority, which lost power in 2003, implying they had been marginalised and their demands ignored. He thinks that the Iraqi government lost its chance to conciliate Sunni protesters in Iraq who started demonstrating last December, asking for greater civil rights and an end to persecution.
    “My personal opinion is that it is too late now to address these [Sunni] demands when the government, which is seen as a Shia government by the demonstrators, failed to meet their demands,” he said. Asked how ordinary Shia, who make up the great majority of the thousand people a month being killed by al-Qa’ida bombs, should react, Mr Sadr said: “They should understand that they are not being attacked by Sunnis. They are being attacked by extremists, they are being attacked by external powers.”

    Meanwhile Sameer N. Yacoub (AP) reports 18 corpses, bullets in head, were found dumped in the town of Mishada.  BBC News adds the 18 were abducted from their homes hours prior to being dumped and that the kidnappers "were wearing police uniforms, according to eyewitnesses."  AFP offers, "The victims, all male, were taken on early Friday by men wearing military uniforms and driving around six SUVs, which looked like army vehicles. The victims' families were told that they were suspects in an official investigation and were being taken away for questioning, witnessed told AFP."

    AFP goes on to offer conspiracy theories.

    Don't like that?

    Too harsh?

    The press spits on everyone who asks a question about anything but AFP seems to think reporting is presenting those remarks and then rushing in with rumors that these were militants.

    We endured that crap throughout 2006 and 2007.

    Let's be really clear that if the press had merely reported, the ethnic cleansing might not have been so bad.

    But -- and we noted this in real time -- the press wanted to play like 'terrorists' had some sewing mill in China where they churned out uniforms.

    When the press spits on those who question The Warren Commission Report, they pretend like they don't offer theories or hypothesis.

    They do.

    And they present them as facts.

    If this were 2006, it would be the New York Times joining in on the chorus.  'These were al Qaeders with some form of Iraiq al Qaderish network.'  Or some such crap.

    18 men were killed.  Men in security uniforms and vehicles did it.

    Why pretend it's al Qaeada?

    What facts back you up?

    Why don't you just report what is known?

    18 people are dead due to men wearing Iraqi security uniforms.

    It's really not that complicated.

    We now know that security forces were among those carrying out the ethnic cleansing of 2006 and 2007. If the press had done their jobs in real time, we would have known it then.

    Yesterday, Elaine and Mike offered:

  • And Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Don't Forget The Turkey" went up yesterday morning.  This morning, Cedric and Wally have posted:

  • Finally, Sherwood Ross wonders "Does Obama Want to Stay in Afghanistan to Harvest Its Opium?" (Scoop):

    Is the real reason President Obama would like to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan until 2024 to allow the CIA to cash in on its $50 billion annual opium crop? 

    When the Taliban ruled Pakistan, if nothing else, it suppressed the opium trade. It is indisputable this situation radically worsened after the U.S. invaded. 

    Professor Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research, Montreal, wrote: "The Taliban prohibition had indeed caused the beginning of a heroin shortage in Europe by the end of 2001."

    Indeed, noted Canadian journalist Eric Walberg wrote in his "Postmodern Imperialism"(Clarity): "Within two years of the CIA operation in Afghanistan,the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands became the world's top heroin producer." 

    He writes, "opium production has increased 33 fold from 185 tons in 2001 to 6100 tons in 2006. In 2007, Afghanistan provided approximately 93% of the global supply of heroin…"

    If the Central Intelligence Agency was not involved fang-and-claw in the Afghan drug trade it would be acting out of character. The CIA's history of dope peddling is well documented. The practice yielded tidy sums the CIA could spend at will, without going to Congress.

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