Azzaman, Iraq

The scene outside the Iraq Foreign Ministry building after a truck

bombing attack on August 19. At least 100 and likely many more

people were killed in the attack, which some observers attribute

to pro-government forces that fear the upcoming elections.



Azzaman, Iraq

America's Duty to Iraq


"The situation in Iraq is deteriorating. Washington has a historic and moral responsibility to prevent this, even if it requires the use of force against factions involved in the game of shedding Iraq's blood and fueling this hell."


By Fateh Abdulsalam


Translated By James Jacobson and Nicolas Dagher


August 16, 2009


Iraq - Azzaman - Original Article (Arabic)

An American soldier and an Iraqi soldier stand guard in the Iraqi city of Kut after bombs exploded in two buses, killing at least ten, Aug. 24. Some believe the recent onslaught of violence stems from pro-government groups that fear losing influence after the upcoming elections in January.


NO COMMENT TV: Raw footage of the recent bombing of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry in Baghdad, Aug. 18, 00:01:52RealVideo

Promises that the upcoming elections [January, 2010] will resolve Iraq's problems are just an attempt to perpetuate a delusion in the minds of the people. The polls will only succeed in leading them further astray from the central issues in wretched Iraq: sorting out the American position that is now only beginning to take shape and addressing the confusion within the governing parties, all of which are struggling to maintain the gains they have won. These elections won't bring greater security.


After the behavior of our political parties and officials over the past six years, Iraqi minds have opened - and they won't make the same mistake again.


Government leaders say that the elections will address the unresolved issues that lie behind the current crisis. In other words until then, Iraqi blood will continue to be shed every day in a gruesome slaughter as part of a political process that cannot be saved, even if the United States wishes to.


Without doubt, the political elite know the predicament they're in. And they know the elections are no solution - because it is they who are largely responsible for the problem. Recent government statements directed toward the public are evidence of it's wish to continue the deception.


Two days ago, after the terrifying explosions that occurred in Baghdad and Mosul, the prime minister [Maliki] said that there are groups working again, to push Iraqi elements into sectarian and racial conflict. He therefore implicitly suggests that the factions behind Iraq's recent troubles are already known, and that the attacks weren't the doing of the usual suspects.



[Editor's Note: The author suggests that those behind the recent bombing campaign are not al-Qaeda or disgruntled Sunni groups, but pro-government parties who fear losing influence after the upcoming elections].




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To summarize, the government talks of factions waging war on the country - and who plan to participate in the elections which, as they say, are financed with foreign money. But at the same time, it is unable in any shape or form to stand against the destruction they wreak. What does this mean? That the government is incapable and weak? That this insinuates an electoral message to new alliances? [i.e.: that Maliki's refusal to act is a hidden message to the factions and parties who are behind the recent bombings that regardless of the elections, they will continue to play a role]. Or is it, perhaps, that the government is voluntarily or being forced to participate in all of these events?


In any case, this is all evidence that the situation is deteriorating and that rivers of blood may soon flow again. Washington has a historic and moral responsibility to prevent this, even it requires the use of force against factions involved in the game of shedding Iraq's blood and fueling this hell.



























[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US August 27, 7:15pm]


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