Sunday, February 04, 2007

Bloodbath Is On Schedule

Baghdad offensive to begin: U.S. officers

"BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S.-Iraqi campaign to stabilize Baghdad will begin soon and the offensive against militants will be on a scale never seen during four years of war, American officers said on Sunday."
"It's going to be an operation unlike anything this city has seen. It's a multiple order magnitude of difference, not just a 30 percent, I mean a couple hundred percent."

It's underway right now as it's morning in Iraq. Our american military will be smashing down doors and rifling through thousands of homes and businesses as this new effort commences. Instilling fear and intimidating the population is the desired effect as the resistance has melted away with their weapons and the US commanders know it.

The end result will most certainly be more seething hatred of the occupation forces and their Iraqi collaborators. The fascist police state that's created will be a nightmare of armed and twitchy young soldiers shouting orders at hundreds of concertina wire checkpoints as Iraqi self respect and customs are defiled yet again. It doesn't look good when the american officers are bragging beforehand how rough they're going to play.

Also, regarding that "suicide bomber" that blew up the market and killed and wounded hundreds, Robert Fisk reminds us about a long pattern of interesting behavior by Iraq's occupiers:

"The Americans, my interlocutor suspected, are trying to provoke an Iraqi civil war so that Sunni Muslim insurgents spend their energies killing their Shia co-religionists rather than soldiers of the Western occupation forces. "I swear to you that we have very good information," my source says, finger stabbing the air in front of him. "One young Iraqi man told us that he was trained by the Americans as a policeman in Baghdad and he spent 70 per cent of his time learning to drive and 30 per cent in weapons training. They said to him: 'Come back in a week.' When he went back, they gave him a mobile phone and told him to drive into a crowded area near a mosque and phone them. He waited in the car but couldn't get the right mobile signal. So he got out of the car to where he received a better signal. Then his car blew up."

Impossible, I think to myself. But then I remember how many times Iraqis in Baghdad have told me similar stories."
Cost of the War in Iraq
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