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Repost from Mcat, May 3, 2006 31 December 2006

Posted by marisacat in WAR!.
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“Dahr Jamail on the horror we wrought”

And all the dead air is alive. With the smell of America’s God.
– Harold Pinter, “War With Iraq”

America needs to stop looking outside, demonising and mythologising “the other” – and look within.  All parties and partisans who supported the Iraq invasion and thus supported Bush and the wider war that is coming…

  Members of the Iraq Peace Team, at the Iraq-Kuwait DMZ area, March 2003

“The Badr are all over the hospital, looking for people,” said the doctor. “The injured brought here sometimes die before even reaching the ward, because the Badr are being obstacles for us. One of the men running our morgue was killed by the Badr. My friends are warning me to be careful, to keep my mouth shut.”

    The numbers are being hidden … and the Badr, operating out of the Ministry of Interior, which is funded by the US, are making sure the numbers remain shrouded.

    Yet on Tuesday of this week, a spokesman at that same hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity of course, announced that in the last 48 hours alone Yarmouk Hospital had received 65 bodies, most of them slaughtered by death squads in execution-style murders. That day they had received 40 bodies, and Monday, 25.

        Benjamin Lowy, Corbis for TIME Magazine

Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk writes for the Independent in the UK and has reported from the region for over 30 years. He had this to say in a piece written on March 20th titled, “The Iraq War: Three Years On – The march of folly that has led to a bloodbath”:

    “The Iraqis? Well, they are lesser beings whose casualties cannot be revealed to us by the Iraqi ministry of health, on orders from the Americans and British; creatures whose suffering, far greater than our own, must be submerged in the democracy and freedom in which we are drowning them; whose casualties “more or less” [mocking the infamous quote from George W. Bush] are probably nearer to 150,000.

After all, if 1,000 Iraqis could die by violence last July – in Baghdad alone; and if they are being killed at 60 or 70 a day, then we have a near genocidal bloodbath on our hands.

Iraqis, however, are now our Untermenschen for whom, frankly, we do not greatly care.”

         Detainees wait behind a barbed wire fence during a prisoner release at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq, Oct. 1, 2005. [AP Photo]

  Even the UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) humanitarian news agency reported on April 26 that

“More than 90 women become widows each day due to continuing violence countrywide, according to government officials and non-governmental organizations devoted to women’s issues.”

  Basra family Irak 2003

    Another extremely telling point in the IRIN report is that

“Although few reliable statistics are available on the total number of widows in Iraq, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs says that there are at least 300,000 in Baghdad alone, with another eight million throughout the country.”

The report said that at least 15 police officers’ wives are widowed every day, and that local NGOs in Iraq said the situation had become much worse since the 2003 US-led invasion of the country, which has brought horrific violence on a level not seen before.

    “Saddam Hussein was responsible for killing thousands of men during his 25 years of brutal rule,” said Ibtissam Kamal in the IRIN report. Kamal, a member of a local organization that works on the issue but prefers anonymity of the organization for security reasons, added, “But more people have died during the past three years, most of them men …”

      Hooded Iraqi POW with his four year old son

How many more years?

Just last night, Nightline ran a fairly canned piece on the high tech mil facility, at Nellis AFB outside of LV, NV where the computerised war is fought, managing the predator drones that wage a good piece of the war.  It was a pretty up beat piece.  Religion was mentioned as solace for the work done there. 

I don’t think USA! USA! stadium style religion is going to do it.  But try, try and try again.  Whatever fills the electronic void.

Tonight Nightline is covering the “cutthroat” world of admission to elite nursery schools.  Homeland coverage.

“The Predator is the definition of global, ‘netcentric’ warfare,” Harris said. “We fly the airplane, yet we’re connected globally to multiple places on different continents, every day. It’s a normal course of action.”

 How many more years?

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1. Miss Devore - 31 December 2006

May 1, 2003

“THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.”

March 17, 2006

“A major military operation targeting insurgents and foreign fighters in northern Iraq is continuing into a second day, the US military says.
The US military said the assault, dubbed Operation Swarmer, was intended to “clear a suspected insurgent operating area” north-east of Samarra.
They describe it as the biggest airborne operation in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003, involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 troops.”

(from whitehousegovorg and the beeb, respectively)

Happy New Groundhog Day.

2. marisacat - 31 December 2006

Hello! Miss Devore… ;)

3. marisacat - 31 December 2006

pardon me… while i laugh
(and thanks to the emailer who tipped me off):

Its so sad. (14+ / 0-)

Recommended by:Sharoney, pontificator, clonecone, tryptamine, northsea, peraspera, DMiller, Elise, cerulean, sbdenmon, Nightprowlkitty, Granny Doc, Boadicaea, leonard145b

I saw some recent postings by Miss Devore on marisacat’s blog, which appears to be comprised of little more than bizarre dkos-bashing (yet still gets my attention in a train wreck sort of way), and it occurred to me that a sizable subset of the blogosphere appears to be made entirely of sites by embittered ex-kossacks who for one reason or another allowed their meta-ego to eclipse their interest in current events.

I had no idea there were so many of these folks until very recently and I find it very amusing. I better get cracking on my slow dkos insanity buildup so that I can go start my own site.

Vilsacktacular! Relentless!

by ablington on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 12:51:35 PM PST

[ Parent ]

i remember marisacat (6+ / 0-)
Recommended by:Sharoney, taylormattd, ablington, tryptamine, Elise, Nightprowlkitty
would you mind emailing the url of the blog? (don’t post it as we shouldn;t drive more traffic there). Thanks

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done. Louis D. Brandeis

by pontificator on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 12:55:18 PM PST

[ Parent ]

4. spider - 31 December 2006

Damn. And I haven’t been banned anywhere. I’m obviously not part of the Cool Crowd here. Whaaa!! (maybe my leaving dkos of my own accord after pie counts?? huh, does it?? please??)

ps – MCat, I wasn’t aware we weren’t allowed to be interested in current events if we read this blog. I think it’s kind of disingenuous of you to post all those articles about Iraq policy, Lebanon, choice, etc. just to hook me in….

5. spider - 31 December 2006

pps – did you hear the Whisky Bar has been closed? Now I have nothing to wash down my popcorn…

6. marisacat - 31 December 2006

madman told me that a few days ago Billmon had up the old art work from “Looney Toons”:

“Thats all, Folks”

and then the site went to the server message.

The last time he took off it did not go to the server message. But he did put up a death’s head with the flag on it. In disgust at Bush?Cheney and elections as I recall.

7. Miss Devore - 31 December 2006

damn-I loved ablington!

anyway, I am going to have to wear pads before I venture into comments like this:

“You know, Armando… (3+ / 0-)
Recommended by:
vcmvo2 , Nightprowlkitty , Big Tent Democrat

you’re more than welcome to write a Feminisms diary and come check out the weekly series…we’d love to have you…or at least I would. I don’t want to speak for the others.

by Elise on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 01:48:47 PM PST

If I have sommething to say (1+ / 0-
Recommended by:
Elise

I’ll let you know.
I am better at dealing with concrete specific issues like choice or Summers than general ones.

by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 01:53:00 PM PST ”

Ok, in all honesty, he would be a better choice for a “Feminisms” guest star, than say, scott peterson. I’ll give him that.

but i cannot abide with his confusing faux fatwas with faux jihads!:

“ThisTime and Chincoteague (0 / 0)

have a jihad against me. I was trying to see where you stood on that.

by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Dec 31, 2006 at 10:39:24 AM PST”

For the sake of the goddessdamned community, get this stuff straight.

8. marisacat - 31 December 2006

LOL the boyz are into Slapwas!…

Just a pathetic bunch. If someone wants to see weeks (it seemed it was) of Armando alienating a wide spectrum of people… they can run a site search at Kos, based on time perameters (I forget when the Summers stuff broke) and read the Armando comments diaries and Fp slobbers.

LOL He just alienated masses of people, thru long long threads.. And was unhinged.

As usual…

9. colleen - 31 December 2006

My, the DK/TNH dittoheads are trolling very heavily these days.
It’s difficult to imagine what impulse (s) caused 14 idiots to uprate that post. I can only assume that they also read this blog and have their own little email list devoted to hating everyone who understands that they’re not quite….right..

Thank God for google cache.

10. Heather - 31 December 2006

Yeah, everyone else on earth has an ego problem except for Armando. He is now accusing another “Woman Who Talks Back” of being “dishonest”. Dig this:

http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2006/12/31/0653/4473/524#c524

Whoa! She really nails him. Yeah babe!!

The current Bully Squad is made up of some very interesting personality disorders.

11. marisacat - 31 December 2006

LOL colleen…do you think this was politiking? For treats soon to come?

I’m not sure if I suck, but I’ve been told (4+ / 0-)

Recommended by:N in Seattle, clonecone, Elise, begone

I do other things. In fact, I’m apparently an “Olympian” when it comes to some of them.

I’ll await expert judgment as to how much or how well I suck.

by MissLaura on Sun Oct 22, 2006 at 10:47:28 PM PST

Whether we are told (1+ / 0-)

Recommended by:Al Rodgers

we buff or we suck, we are all in same boat when it comes to this.

Join European Tribune or Booman Tribune

by BooMan23 on Sun Oct 22, 2006 at 10:49:33 PM PST

[ Parent ]

I would be speaking of the MissLaura comment. Of course.

12. Miss Devore - 31 December 2006

I love when they say “it’s so sad” It makes me get so drownded in the milk of human compassion.

Hey spider, I’m sorry you can’t wear the banned badge, but to have left voluntarily evinces an honorable discipline, of which I was entirely incapable.

Anyway, bring on the sucking contests!

waitaminute. no.

“don’t bother
they’re here.”

13. marisacat - 31 December 2006

LOL there is this:

there are other ways around it. (0 / 0)

We could have “super users” that patrol the blog and flag diaries or comments as…whatever.

Or we could have roving bands who make it their mission in Kos to inform people they’re comments do not meet standards.

If a democrat demands accountability in the Capital and no one covers it, does he make a sound?

by DawnG on Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 09:46:56 PM PST

[ Parent ]

There is a long DawnG and Elise dialogue (i am being complimentary there!) off the link.

why not get in a spaceship and take off? Perhaps Mars as the ultimate gated community… filled with confused ”gate crashers” who then found out they really wanted to live inside the DNC water closet.

14. bayprairie - 31 December 2006

pontiffinator said

would you mind emailing the url of the blog? (don’t post it as we shouldn;t drive more traffic there).

and there, in a nut’s shell,

the ordering of important things to pwoggie payola sites.

traffic.

perhaps its just me, but it sounds like he thinks he’s protecting something of value.

idiot

15. Heather - 31 December 2006

“Roving bands of officious bimbos” is where they’re going over there.

Elise is the Goldie Hawn of the big orange Laugh-In.

16. marisacat - 31 December 2006

He is protecting the Online Elections Business!

1-800-eMammon

17. marisacat - 31 December 2006

1-800-dialblu

18. marisacat - 31 December 2006

oh I should add, I get the read out of how many land here daily by searching “Marisacat”. So little pwog pwontiff should rest easy. He and his pwohibitions don’t matter.

One reason I named the blog as I did.

19. Miss Devore - 31 December 2006

Roving bands? Militias in orange ski masks?

I’ll have to check back to see if Ouday or Qusay are rec’ing the comments.

happy new year to y’all in 2 mins. (I can never make it to midnight on the west coast.)

20. gong - 31 December 2006

“Meta-ego.” Cool.

Another happy new year from EST!

21. marisacat - 31 December 2006

LOL Meta gata ego.

HNY!!


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