Monday, January 27, 2014

Nouri continues to terrorize Anbar

Newsflash! Saudi Arabia attacking Anbar Province!

Or that's what Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's chief thug and prime minister, would have you believe.  Press TV quotes the madman declaring, "The current terrorism originates from Saudi Arabia."

Press TV also notes, "The clashes in Anbar broke out on December 30, 2013, when the army removed an anti-government protest camp in Ramadi."  And that would be the Iraqi military, commanded by Nouri al-Maliki, not Saudi Arabia.

From the south, Saudi Arabia borders a huge section of Iraq.  It would have been beneficial for Nouri to have ceased the war of words and made peace with the country's government at any time during the nearly 8 years of his awful reign as prime minister.  Instead, he's attacked them publicly almost as much as he's attacked the government of Turkey (which borders Iraq from the north).

Mad dog Nouri picks a fight with everyone.  World Bulletin notes:

Accusing the Prime Minister of enforcing Shiite Muslim domination over the government, a number of tribes in the predominantly Sunni Muslim region of Anbar have revolted against Maliki’s government. Maliki has blamed the revolt on armed Al-Qaeda linked rebels and has ordered his troops to pound the region.
However, it seems that anyone who opposes Maliki’s new regime is automatically labeled as a ‘terrorist’ and runs the risk of being executed. Last year, around 1,200 men and women were on death row in Iraq after admitting to committing crimes, in many cases signing confessions under torture. Last week, 26 people were executed in Baghdad for committing acts of ‘terrorism.’

And Nouri's assault on Anbar Province is a War Crime.  Today, Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi declared, "What is happening in Anbar is close to the level of declaring a state of emergency."
UPI notes, "A monthlong battle in Iraq's Anbar province between anti-government forces and the army has killed 125 people and wounded 541 others, officials said Monday."  Reuters adds, "More than 65,000 people have fled the fighting in Falluja and Ramadi during the past week alone, the United Nations said on Friday."  NINA notes that "hundreds" continue to flee Falluja as military helicopters continue to bomb Falluja and Ramadi which today left 8 civilians dead and thirty-nine more injured.

In other violence, NINA reports a mortar attack on Qesayba Village left a father and son injured, Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Dulaimi ("commander of the 12th division") announced they had killed 2 suspects outside of Kirkuk, an armed attack in western Mosul left 2 Iraqi soldiers dead, an armed attack in eastern Baghdad left a captain in the Ministry of the Interior dead, an armed attack in western Baghdad left 1 army major dead and two Iraqi soldiers injured, 1 civilian was shot dead in Baghdad (Hurriah area), security forces announce they killed 1 suspect in Mosul, and "Unidentified gunmen stormed Alglam police station southeast of Tikrit, killing four policemen and a member of Sahwa force and cut off their heads."  Alsumaria adds that a tent shop owner was killed in Mosul and an armed clash in eastern Mosul left 2 police members dead.  Through Sunday, Iraq Body Count notes 955 violent deaths in Iraq so far this month.  Sunday, Margaret Griffis ( counted 45 dead and 82 injured.

Alsumaria notes Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq held a press conference today to announce he had a plan to end the military attack on Anbar and to meet the demands of the protesters.  NINA reports:

MP for the province of Anbar Walid al-Mohammadi called the federal government to start a direct dialogue with tribal leaders in Anbar province, as long as it rejects the mediation of politicians.
al-Mohammadi said in a statement that the intransigence of any party today and his adherence to a military solution will cause losses in lives for all and destruction of cities and a threat to the unity of Iraq .

In other news, Think Progress just got more disgusting (pretend not to notice that this extreme whoring by Podesta's Think Progress didn't come after he was hired by the White House). Justin Raimondo ( takes on the nonsense in a column which includes:

So what’s the real agenda here? Two items:
1) This is a crude attempt to split off liberals and progressives from the growing local resistance movement, and also to prepare for the upcoming presidential (and congressional) elections. If I had a dime for every article recently churned out by this crowd railing against libertarians as the "new Communists," among other unpleasant labels, I could stop writing this column in mid-sentence and retire to Hawaii. With libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky now being touted as the front-runner for the 2016 GOP nomination – and given that his class action lawsuit against the NSA is well-positioned as a springboard for his projected presidential bid – any popular anti-NSA movement is suspect, in their eyes, which brings us to the second item.
2) The ThinkProgress folks write:
"Any liberal-libertarian alliance, then, will necessarily be tactical and limited, or else one side will invariably lose out. With such fundamental disagreements, the center cannot hold, even on issues like NSA spying where the sides are broadly in agreement. Ideology, in very practical terms, matters."
Yes, ideology certainly does matter, which is why a great many progressives responded to the Snowden revelations by simply shrugging their shoulders and holding out hopes for some vague "reform" of NSA practices. That’s because progressive ideology is a veritable church, these days, the god of which is State power as an unmitigated good. Even after a decade of war accompanied by a wholesale assault on the most basic civil liberties, they don’t fear the power of government: they worship it as the only agency that can right what’s wrong with American society. Even as the nation rankles under the yoke of Obamacare, and federal regulators meet fierce resistance on every issue from gun control to land management, any challenge to Washington’s supremacism is considered dangerously subversive.
While Beauchamp and Hillhiser write as if they, too, oppose the NSA’s worst depredations, in actually existing reality they are exhorting their progressive comrades to refrain from taking any meaningful action – because it might hurt their cause and help us libertarians in our quest to dismantle the Welfare-Warfare State. Yes, in politics "one side will invariably lose out," and in this case it’s clear which side we’re talking about. That’s what scares the ThinkProgress crowd – and I take great pleasure in savoring their fear.

What we are witnessing is the progressive crackup, the end of American liberalism as we knew it, and we have Edward Snowden – a Ron Paul supporter – to thank for that. The ThinkProgress types know their goose is cooked, especially with young people – who were supposed to be the vanguard of the Obama cult – and it grates on them to no end. Too bad the NSA’s emerging police state doesn’t grate on them nearly as much – but then again, as the authors state, "ideology matters."

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