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BS: Iraqi Sovereignty

wysiwyg 28 Jun 04 - 09:37 AM
GUEST,TIA 28 Jun 04 - 09:42 AM
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ard mhacha 28 Jun 04 - 10:14 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 09:37 AM

Nicely done. Huzzahs for early turnover are masking the real issues (what a surprise!).

<> They don't get command of our HUGE number of troops;
<> They DO get to take the blame for deciding how to do those pesky elections;
<> When it doesn't work out too well (in time for US elections) they can put in a panic call to Georgy for another "rescue";
<> There's enough USers and other foreigners in the region to take hostages and wage other terrorist acts without having to come over here and buck security, and without having to pay so much in travel expense!

Love to know how the insider trading picture looks THIS morning. ;~)

Have I got all that about right?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: GUEST,TIA
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 09:42 AM

Yes, just about right. Plus, where the heck is the 2 to 20 billion of Iraqi oil money that the provisional authority cannot account for?


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 09:47 AM

Well, I know I don't have it. It could be easy to find, tho. In any political mystery, just imagine, what would be the FUNNIEST "solution" if it were true? Often, that's just what turns out to have been so. Proving it-- that's different, but if I lead to what I often suspect is in the other player's hand, I tend to win.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: ard mhacha
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 10:14 AM

Dont ask Cheney,about the missing money, you may get F--K all out of him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 10:22 AM

Nobody gave it to me, and I certainly didn't take it.

A couple billion would be nice, but not more than that. I'm not greedy or anything.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 11:02 AM

Makes Arafat look like a real piker.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 11:10 AM

Another chapter. From all accounts, woefully unready. Sow a wind, reap a whirlwind.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: GUEST,Frankham
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 04:44 PM

The sovereignty is not for Iraqis. it's a political ploy for Bush.
The Insurgents are increasingly becoming (if they weren't already) the Iraqi people who find the common "enemy" in American troops.

Bush has made promises before that have gone unfunded. His nation building has no real monetary committment behind it. If the congress doesn't fund it, then he can blame them and once again absolve his responsibility for his actions.

The oil money was never intended for Iraq.

Doesn't this sound like a replay of Vietnam? If the US were to pull the troops out of Iraq and declare it the winner of the war, it would be easy for America to bring in all the corporations it wanted. Isn't that pretty much what happened in Vietnam?

Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: sian, west wales
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 05:54 PM

Seems to me that I've also heard that it has been decided that women would be disenfranchised - can't remember if it was from standing for election, or for standing AND voting. Nice one. They had the vote in former elections, before Iraq went pear-shaped ...

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:05 PM

we shall, as they say, see....

I hope it isn't just moving a piece of paper from one hand to the other...


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:11 PM

If this "sovereignty" is such a wonderful thing for the Iraqi people,
why do they have to hide in a bunker to do the dirty deed...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: mg
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:15 PM

Why is obtaining freedom a dirty deed? Are we on the same planet? Of course they are in bunkers because the bad people are trying to blow them up. Or some bad and some misguided, some following religion that we can not understand. It is dangerous. Not dirty. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:18 PM

Actually, nuthin' has changed at all in Iraq... Today, Americans were killed, Iraqis were killed, lots of folks were seriously injured, no more people have electricity, the hospitals are still overcrowded. Oh yeah, one thing chnaged. Four mortals fell inside the "green zone" where the US command huddles up supposedly in safety...

And the beat goes on...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: greg stephens
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:25 PM

Akenaton: have you talked to many Iraqis recently? Because I can't help feeling that, if you had, you would have been too ashamed to write your last post.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:48 PM

Greg...Are you stalking me ?
Actually,I was referring to the tactics of the coalition leaders.
If this was real sovereignty,and welcomed by the Iraqi people as such,the occasion would have been used as a PR exercise.
You must stop believing what politicians say Greg,try using what seems to be a more tha adequate brain on your own account...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: greg stephens
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:55 PM

Well actually Akenaton, I dont listen to politicians, I listen to the Iraqis i know. i think the quality of information is a little higher. Where do you get your information from?
   And I'm really surprised that it hasnt occurred to you that people in Iraq might choose to hide in bunkers because they are nervous of getting blown up. Doesn't take that much figuring out. does it?
    Does "arguing with" mean "stalking" where you live, by the way? I notice you are also unfamiliar with the term "Islamist"....where are you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 07:16 PM

Greg...Only joking about the "stalking".
Still cant agree with your definition of "Islamist".
Would this term include the clerics who weild all the political clout?
Home for Ake is West Coast of Scotland,plenty midges nae Moslems .


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 08:25 PM

Susan,

Oil prices are fluctuating gradually downward, as predicted at Mudcat by myself and others as we outlined Bush's strategy to fool the Americans into thinking he can do something good for them. In fact he was actually in cahoots with his Saudi friends to raise the price to painful levels so gullible Americans could sigh in relief as the pain subsided, just in time for elections. This "turnover of power" was also scheduled in time for the campaign rhetoric to start cranking up.

Seems like Dubya is right on schedule.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 09:44 PM

It will make the Diebold theft more believable, SRS, to have the gas prices down for the elections. Should take some of the heat off them fixing yet another election...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: DougR
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 01:24 AM

Bobert, if I didn't know you better I'd think you were a skeptic.

For Christ's sake, Mudcatters, you have all been bitching because the U. S. took out Saddam and took over Iraq. Bush said at the time we have no interest in occuping Iraq and today, the government was handed over to Iraqis appointed by Iraqis. Of course the new government is not TOTALLY in control, BECAUSE they have no security forces other than the coilation forces! Jeeze, what kind of logic do you understand?

The US never had any interest in annexing Iraq. The only purpose for invading Iraq was to try to bring some stability (read safety for us and other free people)to that country, and free the Iraqi people from a tyrant. I know that many of you don't give a rat's ass about the Iraqi people, but thank goodness the US and Great Britian, along with leaders of her coilation countries do.

Aren't liberal thinkers SUPPOSED to be compassionate? That's certainly what you champion, unless the compassion required is contrary to what you want, right?

Somehow, I have serious doubts that most of you Mudcatters will ever be satisfied. Look at the half-empty glass, that's what sustains you!

DougR

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 06:59 AM

Doug....I dislike personal abuse,but in your case I'm prepared to make an exception.
From your posts on this matter, you are either a shortsighted fool or a person with a very nasty agenda.
I wont give my opinion on which I think you are, but the sight of you lecturing thoughtful people on compassion,makes me feel a bit queasy.
No one can view the daily pictures of death and destruction,torture and abuse,without feeling very sorry for the Iraqis.
To see them manipulated and used as pawns by both Islamic fundamentalists and Western interests is disgusting to me and many other good people who post here...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Teribus
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 08:53 AM

With regard to pictures of death and destruction, torture and abuse, how loud were your protestations when all of those were happening, on a much larger scale, during Saddam Hussein's reign Akenaton?

Bobert,

Who were the four mortals who fell inside the "green zone"? Did they trip? Were they injured?

By the bye, Bobert, some facts and figures relating to the supply of electricity in Iraq today, compared to pre-war levels:

Pre-war -- 3,300 to 4,400 megawatts per day
October 2003 -- 4,518 megawatts per day
June 2004 -- 4,300 megawatts per day
Target -- 7,000 megawatts per day

Up to 3,400 megawatts per day of Generator POTENTIAL is offline each day due to scheduled maintenance, equipment breakdowns and sabotage (A note for Bobert - that does not mean you subtract 3,400 megawatts per day from the above. What we are talking about is Generator capacity is offline. The figures above are what is being produced)

In Southern Iraq, Electrical output now actually exceeds demand.

In Northern Iraq and in Southern Iraq power supplies are stable. They never were under Saddam Hussein's rule as he used electrical distribution as a political weapon against his own population, Baghdad always had electricity, the Sunni triangle always had electricity, but that was at the expense of others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: greg stephens
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 09:15 AM

I think it is always legitimate to ask the Akenatons of the world "Where were you when Saddam was gassing the Kurds", just as it is always legitimate to ask the DougR's "when are you going into Sudan then?". Both groups will have answers to these questions, but it is often informative to find out what they are.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: beardedbruce
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 09:17 AM

too true, greg. I tried to bring up the Sudan, but the Bush-bashing was far more important- that, and what the VP said in a heated conversation...


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 12:59 PM

Teribus...I think you know very well that I and many others were protesting against Saddam and other Middle Eastern tyrants,when the good old USofA were still using him as a hitman.
People with a revolutionary agenda were killed en masse in Saddams Iraq, so why should I support him.
Whether getting rid of Saddam will be a good thing for the West,is another question,and remains to be seen.Everyone can see the spectre of Islamic fundamentalism growing all over Iraq since the fall of Saddams regime.The real threat to the West was I.F. not Saddam.
Greg..Although Saddams' gassing of the Kurds is completely indefensible,I dont see a lot of difference in the coalition killing innocent women and children in Falluja,as they both try to justify their actions in the same way.
Regarding sovereignty,surely you are not all so naive as to think America has invested so much money and young lives,simply to walk away. Im afraid our leaders are much more subtle and devious than many of you seem to think...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: greg stephens
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 01:26 PM

You deflect the question, Akenaton. Were you protesting about the gassing of the Kurds? Give us the dates of the posts, if you were.
   Incidentally, yes I can see a distinction between that gassing and what the USA did in Fallujah. Pretty obvious,I would have thought. What Ali Chemical(as the Kurds call him) did was to wipe out a whole population as a reprisal, or example. (As happened in a town in Syria as well, this is not a uniquely Saddam habit).
   The USA did not try to kill the whole population of Fallujah. I have little doubt that if they had tried to, they would have succeeded. You may not have noticed, but the Yanks have a rather scary superiority in the arms technology area.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Teribus
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 01:26 PM

Akenaton,

I can assure you that I have no idea whatsoever what protests you, and all those others, were engaged in regarding Saddam and all those other Middle eastern tyrants. Mainly for the reason you have offered no information regarding those protests - no need to worry on that score, neither have any of the others.

Things I did notice though were the demonstrations and protests by you, and others like you, when someone came forward declaring that it was time that Saddam Hussein should be removed. Your protests and demonstrations were loudly in unison against such action taking place. Now you tell me that you campaigned and protested for Saddam's removal - That does not ring true to my ears, or reasoning.

Exactly when did the good old USofA "use" him (Saddam) as a hitman by the way?

So, everyone can see the spectre of Islamic fundamentalism growing all over Iraq since the fall of Saddam's regime, can they Akenaton? I see no evidence of it. Are you talking about Sadr's crowd, Sistani and his followers (a much larger proportion of the Shia community) will have nothing whatsoever to do with Sadr, they have acted so and successfully marginalised Sadr, whose rantings over the recent months were nothing more than a very ill-timed attempt at a grab for power.

Where are all these "rivers of blood" that they have been hammering on about in Iraq and elsewhere? It ain't going to happen, because it is in no-ones interest that it should happen immaterial whether you are an Iraqi citizen, a member of the Interim Government, a member of the Iraqi police/security forces or a member of the coalition forces.

The media keep going on about the situation in Baghdad, Fallujah, Karbala, Ramadi - what about the other 8,000 towns and villages in Iraq - what's happening there Akenaton? Nothing, people are getting on with their lives and are beginning to prosper for the first time in damn near four decades, refugees are returning to Iraq in the hope of a better life among their own kith and kin - are you really thrying to tell me that they are all overnight going to become Islamic fundamentalists - No bloody way - you're dreaming.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 01:34 PM

HELP!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: greg stephens
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 01:42 PM

Come on Akenaton, the dates and locations of these protests against Saddam , you cant have totally forgotten. Just roughly will do. Was it posts to Mudcat? In the streets somewhere? Letters to the papers? Give us a hint.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 01:45 PM

To hell with it ,I dont need help..
Teribus and Greg are facts freaks,but facts can be too easily twisted to mean whatever you want them to mean.
I prefer to use my own "thought machine"and sometimes I find myself talking absolute crap,but usually if I write as I feel I dont go far wrong...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:01 PM

Greg...Iv only been posting on the Mudcat a short time ,although I'm sure it seems much longer to most of you.
There's not many mass protests here in Argyll,but privately I was always against Western support for the regime in Iraq and the one in Saudi,even when we were assisting him in the conflict with Iran..Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: greg stephens
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:05 PM

Absolutely right on Ake me old pal, dont let facts get in the way of the higher truth. But I could have sworn it was you I saw you at the mass Kurdish Solidarity Barbecue at Otter Ferry.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:08 PM

Im sorry to be posting so much ,but Iv one question for the facts men.
Why did you feel Saddam such a threat to the West?....Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: greg stephens
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:16 PM

Akenaten: is that question meant to be directed to me? Try Teribus, he's your men. Or possibly Tony Blair. I've never thought Saddam represented any threat to the West whatever.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: mg
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:17 PM

How can you ask? Anyone who does things like that, and there are others, is a threat to the west, a threat to every man, woman and child on the face of the earth until they are eliminated by whatever means required. Behavior like that wants to spread, and what you think can be contained, ultimately can not be. It does not take a whole lot of evil people to contaminate the earth. One evil person contaminates the earth. And those who won't for whatever reason stand against evil (and there are plenty of good reasons, including fear), but for reasons known only to themselves and God stand against those who would go up against evil, are almost as bad. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:18 PM

Your geography is beginning to worry me Greg,(much better than your politics)
I await the arrival of the "Ali Babas" in August with trepidation!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:19 PM

I've been on Mudcat for a fair length of time now, and never before have I come across such a conglomeration of "America right or wrong "
guff. It is glaringly obvious that if the political establishment in the USA declared tomorrow that the Moon belonged to the US, it would be taken as Fact by the likes of Teribus, Doug R., et al.. Can't all you red-white and -blue wavers from both sides of the pond get it straight? You were LIED to. You are STILL being lied to. Doug R.---in another, similar thread I note that you expected dissent from the "naysayers". A touch of sly wordsmithing to deflect any such dissent?
The truth is---and you all do know it---we were all told that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction", and you Americans were also fed with the crap which assured you that Iraq was a "threat to the security of the USA". This was a statement, by the way, that Bush and co HOPED was true. They based their babblings on the fact that it was they themselves--along with Britain, France and some others---who had been the suppliers of such "weapons" in the days when Saddam was seen as a buffer between Iran and the oilfields. What the UN inspectorate ascertained was that all such weapons had, indeed, been destroyed, and there was no substantial attempt being made to acquire more. That the UN is now trying to renew some kind of co-operation with this abominable "coalition" [read "Uncle Sam and his toadies"]in trying to retrieve something from the wreckage they have created speaks volumes for their concern for the people of the Mid-East--and of the World.
What has happened over the last two or three days is nothing more than pantomime and farce for the benefit of the aforementioned flagwavers, and for those who are sick of blood and destruction and will grasp at any straw which seems to offer hope. Not much hope, by the way, for the Islanders of Diego Garcia , who were removed forcibly from their home prior to the first Gulf "war" in order to make way for the American Military. Robin Cook [ no favourite of mine!] as British Foreign Secretary "re-instated the right" of this people to return to their homes. The Bush-Blair fiasco put a stop to that, and they still are exiled from their home. Small wonder that Cook resigned from the mangy pack. There will be a US military base on Diego Garcia till the cows come home, and the biggest American "embassy" on Earth will last just as long in Baghdad---if the Iraqi resistance can't get past the tanks,that is [or the oil runs out].. Saddam will get his come-uppance, if he really is going to be passed to the Iraqis. Those who really do have the weapons of mass destruction will not, sadly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 02:34 PM

Mary...Please excuse me if I dont answer your question, as I dont wish to upset someone so obviously kind and good hearted.
It woul be fine if this world was filled with people like you,but unfortunately I have Greg and Teribus to contend with.
At last I seem to have some reinforcments in the form of Boab,Praise be to Allah...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: GUEST,london
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 04:50 PM

In case it hasn't occurred to anyone, the US was supporting Sadaam Hussein in the eighties, in the Iran-Iraq war And Osama Bin Laden, when he was involved in the war in Afganistan.

No-one who comes in peace, has a gun in their hand.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: ard mhacha
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 05:08 PM

Seen on Channel 4 News [UK] to-night,Iraqis who were tortured under Saddam were also imprisoned by the US,whilst condemning Saddam they vowed to join the forces of resistance to the US puppet government.
Other Iraqis questioned were strong in their condemnation of the US occupation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Raedwulf
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 05:34 PM

In general, Teribus, I reckon you're put upon by unwarranted knee-jerk reaction from, well, a number of posters who ought to be above such things. However:

"Exactly when did the good old USofA "use" him (Saddam) as a hitman by the way?"

Hitman may be too strong a word, but you've acknowledged the existence of the cold war, yes? You surely can't deny that the US used Iraq for its ends & without any particular consideration for its people? It supported Saddam in times past, in the interests of what it considered its best interests. Not world peace, Ter (or Doug if it comes to that! *g*). I don't blame them for that. I don't believe in the innate generosity of human nature. OTOH, I also don't have much faith in the long-term view of the average politico either!

But your expression of your p-o-v is not aided by absolutist & pedantic choice of arguments (I read the "business ethics" thread last night - sorry, but LH (if I've remembered correctly) had you bang to rights when he said "if water is necessary to life, it does not follow that the purpose of life is to drink water...").

On the whole, I tend to agree with you rather more than with, say, Bobert (sorry Bob! *g*), but your position often lacks pragmatism and/or balance. Implying that the US didn't use Saddam is foolishness. Splitting hairs over the use of the word hitman is no different. Your points would be far better served by a more realistic & gracious assessment of your opponents points, than by nitpicking & pedantry!

Regards

Rędwulf


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Raedwulf
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 05:44 PM

Ake - with all due respect (having crossed words with you a couple of times before on MC), coming to an argument in this place armed with good intentions & no facts is about as sensible as turning up in a Rangers pub wearing Celtic colours (or similar sporting example of your choice)!

I don't doubt that you were as much against Saddam in general, as you were against the invasion. However, I must ask you the same question that I have asked other anti-war protestors.

It is estimated that, in the 12 years or so since GWI, Saddam caused the death of in excess of 1 million Iraqi's, either directly or through, frex, manipulation of sanctions. It is 15 months or so since Saddam's fall. In that time, we can reasonably expect (then existing conditions prevailing) that another 100,000+ Iraqi's (mostly vulnerable elderly, women, or children) would have died. This dwarfs the casualty total of GWII & its aftermath.

How would you have dealt with Saddam? Sanctions didn't work, their removal would not have served the Iraqi's any better. What was your solution? Because I've never yet heard a satisfactory answer from the anti-war brigade (& I've asked this question here previously!).

Regards

Rędwulf


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 06:05 PM

Raedwulf...I'm sorry to tell you ,but I believe you are beginning to show early signs of statesmanship.
This comes as quite a shock to one you have abused horribly in the past.Surely the old warrior is not to become a limp wristed intellectal....A concerned wellwisher.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Raedwulf
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 06:15 PM

A statesman... Hmmmmm... Should I feel insulted, ake?

BTW, I don't think I ever abused you horribly in the past. Surely it was just a frank exchange of views?

(Damn! Now I really am starting to sound like a statesman! Worrying...)

On the plus side, I can assure you that there is nothing limp about my wrist! ;)

R


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: akenaton
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 06:35 PM

Raedwulf...I cross posted, and missed your question. I take back the statesmanship bit.
My obections to the war were mainly that it seemed certain to increase the terrorist threat to the West.
Corrupt regimes like Saddams'can only survive with the help of a large section,usually a powerful section of the population.
In Saddams case corruption had trickled down through the Baath party and the military,into middle class society.If these societies are not proped up by outside interests,(America and UK)they usually evolve into something else.In the case of Iraq that would probably have been an Islamic Republic,and that would not have suited the West.This to my mind was the probable real reason for the war,but the effect has been to bring that Islamic Republic even closer.
Im afraid there are no quick political fixes in this world and sometimes evolution is the only way...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 29 Jun 04 - 06:50 PM

Anyone who does things like that...

But the people who do things like that are frequently supported to the hilt by our leaders, just as Saddam was at the time he was gassing people. If he'd just stuck to that kind of thing he'd still be in power and be seen as a valued stabilising factor in the region.

It'd be good to think that the shock of September 11th might have made the USA, in particular, draw the line under that phase of its history, and cease providing any kind of support to state terrorism. But that just isn't the case - and in fact the evidence indicating the use of torture as a routine procedure by US agencies, and outsourced to compliant states, just reinforces that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Teribus
Date: 30 Jun 04 - 04:51 AM

GUEST,Boab, regarding your post of 29 Jun 04 - 02:19 PM:

1. "You were LIED to."
Were we lied to in 2002 and the early part of 2003? I don't think that we were. I think that what intelligence was available was evaluated and in the aftermath of 9/11 the bias was always going to be towards the worst case scenario. In this context, the recent revalation that the Russians specifically warned the US Government that Saddam Hussein was supporting plans for attacks of a similar nature to 9/11 in the US should be taken into account. The information regarding Iraqi WMD came from UNSCOM and the IAEA, they were not invented by either US or UK intelligence services. In September 2002, the evidence supporting the belief that Saddam Hussein did have WMD and did have active WMD programmes running was sufficiently convincing to most of the worlds leaders, France, Germany and Russia included. So, was I lied to? - No I was not.

2. "You are STILL being lied to."
In what way am I still being lied to?

3. "The truth is---and you all do know it---we were all told that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction", and you Americans were also fed with the crap which assured you that Iraq was a "threat to the security of the USA"."

As stated above UNSCOM reported that Iraq had WMD, weapons systems capable of delivering them and stockpiles of chemical/biological agents. As to the "threat to the security of the USA", well we now know where that came from - none of us knew that at that time - The US was specifically warned by Russia. It was not a case of, "Bush and co HOPING it was true", given a specific warning from a quarter so heavily involved in Iraq, what would you have done Boab - ignore it? And please, don't keep coming out with all this clap-trap about the US supplying Iraq with chemical/biological weapons, it just does not stand up. US assistance to Iraq during the Iran/Iraq War was mainly in the form of intelligence and surveillance, very little in terms of military hardware. The people who supplied that were the French (same people who gave Saddam his nuclear power plant) and the Russians, the Iraqi Army's inventory was almost exclusively Russian, Warsaw Pact and Chinese military hardware.

4. "What the UN inspectorate ascertained was that all such weapons had, indeed, been destroyed, and there was no substantial attempt being made to acquire more."

Please provide me with a reference to this report, because I have never heard of it. What I have heard, with regard to chemical/biological weapons, that reflects what you state above, is that that is the OPINION of Dr. Hans Blix, not quite the same thing at all as the UN inspectorate ascertaining anything.

With regard to Iraq's nuclear programme, I believe that the IAEA did establish that Iraq's nuclear capability had indeed been destroyed in a verifiable manner, what work in this area that remained outstanding was centred on whether, or not, there was any attempt being made on the part of the Iraqi government to reconstitute that programme.

5. The UN, it's co-operation with the abominable "coalition" & the UN's concern for the people of the Middle-East and of the World.

The UN has had a remarkably consistant record since its formation. Unfortunately it is a record of monumental fuck-up after monumental fuck-up. They are always too damn little and too damn late. The Iraq fiasco, to which they were largely responsible for through inertia and lack of resolve is about to be followed by another - In the Sudan. Their Secretary General is currently in Khartoum, so is Colin Powell - which one of the two arrived and gave President Bashir the warning that if the Sudanese Government does not rein in the Arab militias operating in Dharfur, the international community will act? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't Kofi Annan. The UN knows full well that it cannot afford another Rwanda, the UN also knows full well that it cannot act without the full support of the USA. While France, Russia and China will talk - the US and the UK will act, and it's action that may well be required in the Sudan.

6. "What has happened over the last two or three days is nothing more than pantomime and farce for the benefit of the aforementioned flagwavers, and for those who are sick of blood and destruction and will grasp at any straw which seems to offer hope."

What has happened over the last few days is far from a pantomime, or a farce. What has happened over the last few days is that Iraq has regained its status as a sovereign state, albeit with an interim government. Something is now in place that the Iraqi people can align themselves to that offers far better prospects than those offered by the insurgents. It also provides a "Civil Power" to which aid and assistance can now be given.

7. "the Islanders of Diego Garcia , who were removed forcibly from their home prior to the first Gulf "war" in order to make way for the American Military."

I don't know, Boab, whether, or not, you deliberately meant to imply that the Islanders of Diego Garcia were forcibly removed in order to make way for the American Military due to the requirements of the first Gulf "war". I think that both you and I know very well that the US have had a military base on Diego Garcia for over forty years.

I fully support the Islanders right of return, and it will be a very shoddy act on the part of the British Government if anything other than that is proposed or adopted.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 30 Jun 04 - 01:53 PM

Well argued, as ever Teribus.

Can I share part of an interview in last week's New Scientist withHussain Al-Shahristani, who was impisoned for refusing to work on nuclear weapons for Saddam. He spent 11 years in Abu Ghraib, was tortured himself but witnessed worse, including a man having his bones drilled with electric drills.
He said "The most painful thing in those torture chambers was to hear the screams of children being tortured to extract confessions from their fathers."
Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Teribus
Date: 30 Jun 04 - 03:35 PM

Raedwulf,

The points made in your post of, 29 Jun 04 - 05:34 PM, are well taken.

With regard to US/Iraq relations and the "Cold War" years, while the US did help the Ba'athist coup, that was done - at the time - because it represented the lesser of two evils from the US point of view.

Subsequent to the "Six Day War" (1967), however, diplomatic relations were broken off between the United States of America and Iraq and were only re-instated on 26th November, 1984. During the period 1984 to 1990 diplomatic relations existed between the USA and Iraq, but were broken off after Iraq's attempted annexation of Kuwait. That has remained the case right up until the recent appointment of Negroponte as the new US Ambassador to Iraq.

From 1967 up until 2003, Iraq was firmly regarded as being on "friendly" terms with first, the USSR, and latterly Russia, and "hostile" to the United States, except for a very brief period (1984 - 1990) during the Iran/Iraq War when the United States stepped in to prevent Iraq's defeat. In doing this the US were not alone, in terms of military assistance Iraq got a great deal more assistance from France and Russia than from the USA.

Under such circumstances it is rather difficult reconcile that state of affairs with the statement made that the good old USofA used Saddam as a hitman. Patently they did not, the facts would seem to indicate that the good old USofA along others, saved Saddam from an extremely humiliating defeat. For the pure and simple reason that - at that time - it was in the best interests of all parties who regarded the Persian Gulf region as being vital to do everything in their power to re-establish the status quo prior to the start of hostilities. A good parallel in history would be British and French support of Turkey in the mid-1850's in order to curb Russian expansion.

I freely admit that the above was rather a strange way of "using" Saddam, particularly as the US had no part in prompting Saddam into attacking Iran in 1980, that was entirely his own idea - but in no way does it equate to the US using Saddam as a "hitman", the latter implies a rather closer relationship than I believe has ever existed between the USA and Iraq.

Please don't take the above as nitpicking, or pedantry, it is only my honest attempt to explain my point of view on the matter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Iraqi Sovereignty
From: Raedwulf
Date: 30 Jun 04 - 06:32 PM

Ter - Ta. It's nice to know someone can get through occasionally! ;) & *BG*

The only things in your latter post I'd quibble with (perhaps it's me indulging in nit-picking now? *g*) are these:

1) Interesting facts, but no attribution, as you so often complain of! And since when did the published word ever reveal the entire truth about behind-the-scenes skullduggery? Even now the UK maintains the secrecy of some documents, despite the expiry of the supposed "30 year rule", or whatever the given nominated classified period is (Pardon me, BTW, but the correct phrase for that escapes me at the moment - I'm sure you know what I'm referring to).

Moreover, does the US have a similar rule over de-classifying sensitive information? I ask from a state of ignorance. I am, however, cynical enough about politicians to believe that there are some decisions & processes that are either never recorded, or the evidence for which can never be found (IIRC, don't HMS Challenger's logbooks conveniently fall into that category?). Will we ever know the truth about Saddam & the US? I doubt it, in my lifetime at least!

And, yes, I admit that it is very easy to be cynical. But just cos I'm cynical, don't mean I'm wrong! In fact, I'm bound to be right eventually. See, I know people too... ;)

2) "the lesser of two evils from the US point of view" - that's an opinion, Ter. What's more, you surely can see that it's only a nice way of saying "my best interests"? Which is exactly the point I made originally. Whyever the US offered their temporary support, it was because it was in their best interests at the time. Naturally, that will equate to the lesser of any available evils. Whether the end result is an objective positive or negative is beside the point. Subjectively, they always pick the best overall option (to which the cynic adds: "for them"!).


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