Not a good time for Kenneth Roth. He can't erase his past and he can't stop embarrassing himself in the present.
- Interesting for Roth to talk about 'indiffernce' when his org refused to oppose Bush's criminal invasion of Iraq https://www.hrw.org/legacy/backgrounder/mena/iraq1217bg.htm …
- HRW continues its long history of punching left and smearing opponents of regime change
Poor pathetic Kenneth Roth.
Now maybe people could turn their focus to aging queen Charlie Rose who has supported every war in the world and runs with the dogs of war?
Meanwhile the war drags on.
AL ARABIYA reports:
US Special Forces units reached Ain al-Assad Airbase, the western Anbar province in Iraq, on Tuesday to help Iraqi forces recapture cities still held by ISIS.
When does this war end?
It doesn't appear to ever end.
It will hit year 15 next March.
So, for those planning to gift, crystal is the traditional 15th anniversary token.
How many more years is the Iraq War going to continue?
And has it -- and the Afghanistan War -- gone on so long that we now consider permanent war normal?
In what world is that acceptable?
This week Jean Shaoul (WSWS) reported:
More than half of Iraqi families—around 20 million people—are at risk of food insecurity and cannot withstand any further shocks such as conflict or increases in basic food prices, warned a joint report by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) and the Iraqi government.
It follows nearly four decades of wars, sanctions, occupation and civil war, instigated by Washington, that have devastated this once prosperous country.
It is American imperialism, and its European allies—who invaded the country in 1991 and again in 2003—that are principally responsible for the growing danger of a colossal humanitarian disaster now confronting Iraq.
Operations by US forces still range throughout the country. Their drone missile strikes and bombings of residential areas at a rate of 200 to 300 a month have slaughtered hundreds, if not thousands, of civilian men, women and children.
[. . .]
By the end of January—in a city once home to 1.8 million people—at least 160,000 out of 400,000 people living in eastern Mosul had fled their homes after the military campaign to take the eastern part of the city began.
The assault by Iraqi forces, under cover of air strikes by US-led forces, led to a huge number of civilian casualties. They comprised nearly half of all casualties, far higher than the 15-20 percent expected in such a conflict. This was despite a promise by the Iraqi security forces to adopt a plan prohibiting artillery strikes, requiring civilians to remain in their homes, and providing humanitarian exit corridors wherever necessary.
The situation has hardly improved in the months since the recapture of eastern Mosul. While booby-traps are being removed and some people have returned to their homes, water, electricity and food are in short supply. Schools remained closed for two months because of delays in paying teachers.
Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq, told the website Middle East Eye, “ Worryingly, large numbers of people are actually leaving eastern Mosul. People tell us that they are leaving because not enough food is being distributed and because they are being harassed—some even feel threatened.”
In fact, the Iraqi authorities are targeting households whose family members are thought to have supported ISIS. This is giving rise to fears that Mosul will experience the same horrendous sectarian abuse and corrupt governance that befell Fallujah and Ramadi after their recapture. Mosul’s governor, Nofal Hammadi al-Sultan, remains in Erbil, not even visiting the city until February, even though eastern Mosul was recaptured in December.
The bitter sectarian conflict that threatens to explode is directly linked to Washington’s criminal policy of divide and rule pursued in the years following the Iraq war. Support for reactionary ISIS only emerged under conditions where the Sunni population was sidelined and suffered sectarian violence at the hands of the Shia-dominated Baghdad government.
That's Iraq. That's what the US government has brought about.
All the people killed, all the people wounded, all the dollars spent.
And that's the reality.
And, equally important, there is no safe passage out of Mosul.
The Iraqi government refused to provide one. And told people to stay at their homes. A message they repeated only weeks ago.
Those are facts.
When you don't want facts?
Turn to The Whore of Babylon herself, Jane Arraf.
The former CNN reporter pops up anywhere they can throw a few pennies at her -- or toss a Hershey bar into her tent.
NPR, where she insists:
More than 300,000 civilians are still trapped in Mosul. ISIS has kept them there to prevent the U.S. and Iraq from launching airstrikes and mortars against their fighters. The Iraqi battle plan coordinated with the U.S. military has involved surrounding the city and leaving no escape route for either ISIS fighters or civilians.
Leaving no escape route for ISIS or civilians?
But it's ISIS that prevented them from leaving?
Oh, Jane, you will whore from your coffin at this rate.
It's day 183 of The Mosul Slog.
And 'activists' in the US are fretting over Donald Trump's tax returns.
Priorities -- they lack them.
People are dying because of the US government and whiners want to pretend that their hatred of Donald Trump is accomplishing anything.
It's not even highlighting a serious matter.
Irak Başbakanı Haider Al Abadi Musul'u ziyaret etti https://isis.liveuamap.com/tr/2017/19-april-iraq-pm-haideralabadi-visits-mosul … via @iraqi_day
Does it get any less serious than Hayder al-Abadi in his underoos trying to look like a full grown adult? He's the tiny boy in the photo above.
That's the mini-prime minister of Iraq.
Doing yet another photo-op.
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