Sunday, September 14, 2014


In Baghdad today, there was a demonstration.  National Iraqi News Agency reports followers of cleric Mahmoud Sarkhi protested in the streets as they demanded that Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's former prime minister and chief thug, be put on trial.

Some might wrongly assume this is a Sunni cleric calling for justice.

No, Sarkhi is a Shi'ite cleric.

(Nouri is Shi'ite and his second term as prime minister was one long assault on Iraq's Sunni population -- among others.)

Nouri attempted to arrest Sarkhi last July.

This is likely to be only the first of many groups demanding Nouri be placed on trial.  As we noted a few weeks ago, Nouri reportedly conditioned his stepping down as prime minister on his not being prosecuted for the crimes he committed as prime minister (my sources were 2 State Dept members and 1 DoD).

Third's "Editorial: The bombing of civilians continues in Iraq" notes Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, ordered an end to the military bombing civilian targets on Saturday -- or that al-Abadi said he gave that order -- yet Falluja General Hospital was bombed today.

Iraqi Spring MC notes the bombings of residential neighborhoods in Falluja also continued today with 6 civilians left dead  and 22 more injured.

A very important question needs to be asked:  Did al-Abadi give the order he said he did?

If he didn't, he lied.

If he did, the military is not listening to the new prime minister.

The media needs to be asking was it a lie or is the military refusing to obey orders?

This is why the media exists in the first place.

Either is a story but the military refusing orders would be a huge story.  (While a politician lying would be seen as typical behavior.)

Margaret Griffis ( notes 42 killed in violence today across Iraq with another twenty-nine injured.   In addition, Iraqi Spring MC reports that Basra's Teaching Hospital's Dr. Abdul Hameed al-Vaoh was kidnapped today.

I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name

 The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4491.

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