Thursday, November 21, 2013

The oversimplifiers

Yesterday John Wright made ignorant and homophobic statements RT was happy to quote.  Today they do an interview with him.  FYI, he hasn't gotten any smarter in 24 hours.

Syria is not causing the violence in Iraq.  Strife in Syria is not causing it.

Now maybe if you sat around with your thumb up your ass ignoring Iraq since 2009, you would be as stupid as John Wright.

AFP, this week, linked the violence to the latest wave of executions.  That's a good point.  Equally true, the mass arrests of the last weeks are fueling the violence.

When you want to address the fact that Sunnis voted for Iraqiya (so did other groups but this was the group for Sunnis) and helped Iraqiya win the 2010 elections but the US government wouldn't let Ayad Allawi be prime minister?  When you want to talk about how the US brokered The Erbil Agreement and how Nouri used it to get a second term as prime minister and then refused to honor the promises he made in the contract?  When you want to talk about the political blocs signing on for a vote of no confidence in Nouri and weak ass Jalal Talabani refusing to forward the motion to the Parliament?

When you want to talk about that, you might have a little clue about what's going on in Iraq now and how Sunnis tried to participate in the process but were rendered voiceless over and over.

When you can talk about the protests that are exactly one month shy of a year, then maybe you're ready to talk about what's going on in Iraq.

Iraq is part of the region.  But Iraq's problems include ones that are unique to Iraq.  For example, no other Middle East or Arab nation was invaded by foreign powers in the last ten years.

John Wright really should be looking at the words coming out of his mouth because he's starting to sound like one of those crazies who runs around decrying Muslims.

RT should be embarrassed that this is who they look to for an expert.  However, even in the days of the USSR, the government out of Moscow looked down on the Communist territories with strong Muslim populations.

Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) reports that an al-Sadiya suicide car bombing has caused multiple deaths and injuries. Sinan Salaheddin (AP) counts 38 dead and forty-five injured.

AFP reports on the flooding in Iraq and notes protests over inadequate public services:

“What is happening is because of the government,” said Ali Hussein, a protester in Nasiriyah.

“There must be real measures taken after what has happened. They should take things seriously, as the conditions here are really bad.”
Six people died in building collapses caused by flooding in Nasiriyah, while two women and a child were killed in similar circumstances in Diwaniyah.
In Babil province, south of Baghdad, two children died as a result of collapsing buildings, while more than 50 families had to take shelter at a tourist resort after their houses flooded.

As we've already noted this week, Iraq's now in the rainy season.  This is not surprising, it happens every year.  It is surprising that Nouri has refused to improve the public services.

Iraq's sewage civil system last had major work in the 1970s.  Despite bringing in over 100 billion yearly for oil, Nouri won't spend money to fix things. Last December, he announced he would fix the public sewage system.

And then, he didn't.

Which is Nouri's pattern.

Without a working sewage system, the heavy rains do not drain, they stand in the streets and that's why most of the flooding is taking place.

That's on Nouri and no one else.

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  • This will be it until the snapshot tonight.  Sorry.  I've got a killer headache and I have not been to sleep since I got up Wednesday morning.  Added: Cedric and Wally will do a post later this evening (or maybe not, but Wally says they will).  Like me, Wally took part in a campus overnight -- all night -- teach in.

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