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No more charges over Iraqi death January 25, 2008

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The BBC reports:

No further criminal charges are likely against individuals involved in the death of Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa, the government is expected to announce.

Mr Mousa died from asphyxiation in British army custody in Basra in 2003, and suffered 93 injuries to his body.

A court martial acquitted six out of seven servicemen, while another was jailed for a year for mistreatment.

Whilst being detained by the British Army, Mr Mousa suffered 93 injuries to his body, but only one soldier was jailed for one for year for mistreatment?

Although the report is believed to conclude there were serious shortcomings in the training of British troops for dealing with Iraqi prisoners at the time, it is expected to say there was no evidence of systemic [sp] abuse.

Lawyers for the family of Mr Mousa won access at the High Court in October last year to British military files into his death.

They believe the documents will contain the evidence needed for a full public inquiry to be called.

Let’s hope there is a full public enquiry and justice is served.

Blackwater back at work in Iraq September 21, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, USA, War on Terror.
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Despite killing 11 people and wounding many others, the US security firm Blackwater is still working in Iraq, the BBC reports.

Ironically:

A separate Iraqi interior ministry investigation has found that Blackwater was “100% guilty” of the incident in which 11 Iraqi civilians were killed.

Clearly, the Iraqi government has no authority if a trigger-happy US security firm kills some civilians, they find the firm guilty, but are then practically ordered by the US to allow the firm to continue working in the country.

A US embassy spokeswoman said the decision to allow Blackwater to resume work had been taken in consultation with the Iraqi government.

Do we really believe this? It’s unlikely that the decision was taken ‘in consultation’ with the Iraqi goverment, but rather forced upon them by the US.

The US embassy said it would not comment on the Iraqi report while its own investigation is under way.

What a waste of time. The US is not going to find Blackwater guilty.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has described the shooting as a “criminal act” and vowed not to tolerate it.

Complete rubbish. By allowing Blackwater to continue operating in Iraq, it sends the message that this behaviour will be tolerated, and that the US can do whatever it wishes as it will not be held accountable.

Iraq shootout firm loses licence September 17, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, News Commentry, USA, War on Terror.
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The BBC reports:

Iraq has cancelled the licence of the private security firm, Blackwater USA, after it was involved in a gunfight in which at least eight civilians died.

The Iraqi interior ministry said the contractor, based in North Carolina, was now banned from operating in Iraq.

It would appear that it’s not just the US Army who are trigger happy (and have been involved in numerous friendly fire cases, but refuse to liase with British authorities); US private security firms are also joining in and shooting down whoever they feel like.

The Blackwater security guards “opened fire randomly at citizens” after mortars landed near their vehicles, killing eight people and wounding 13 others, interior ministry officials said.

Most of the dead and wounded were bystanders, the officials added. One of those killed was a policeman.

The comment from a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Baghdad is pathetic:

“We are taking it very seriously indeed,” she told the BBC, adding that discussions were still taking place about Blackwater’s status now that they had been ordered to leave.

Can’t expect much more from Condoleeza Rice either:

A spokesman for the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said she wanted to ensure that everything was being done to avoid the loss of innocent life and to make sure this kind of incident never happened again.

If Condie really cared about the loss of innocent life, then she wouldn’t be such a staunch support of the Iraq war until this day.

She is also expected to telephone Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to reassure him that the US had launched its own investigation.

I’d be surprised if US authorities find Blackwater guilty of anything, especially considering that the firm has a reputed $300m contract with the state department.

US ‘ignored’ UK rendition protest July 25, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, News Commentry, USA, War on Terror.
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The BBC reports:

British concerns appear to have had no “material affect” on US actions in its “war on terror”, the UK’s intelligence and security committee has said.

The committee, which reports to the prime minister, was probing possible UK involvement in rendition flights.

Does this tell us anything new? It’s no secret that the US doesn’t particular care what the UK thinks. Rumsfeld was prepared to go to war with Iraq without Blair’s support

As Labour MP, Graham Allen said:

“He’s made it very clear that the US can and will go to war without the UK. Our participation is not necessary,”

Why the UK continues to maintain this so called special relationship between itself and the US is anyone’s guess.

Israel model for Iraq June 28, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, Israel, USA.
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George Bush must be joking when he says he sees Israel as the model for Iraq.

US President George W Bush has appealed for people to give his strategy in Iraq a chance – holding up Israel as a model for defining success there.

He said America would like to see Iraq function as a democracy while dealing with violence – just as Israel does.

“In places like Israel, terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in suicide attacks.


“The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy and it’s not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities. And that’s a good indicator of success that we’re looking for in Iraq.”


Bush is clearly one of those who believes Israel is a democracy, though many would argue otherwise:

http://www.adckazoo.com/news-228.htm
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2002/494/28193
http://www.counterpunch.org/gordon02032004.html
http://www.antiwar.com/hacohen/h022602.html


What is Democracy?  Google has various definitions for democracy, including the following from Wikipedia:



The term democracy indicates a form of government where all the state’s decisions are exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of its citizenry through a fair elective process. When these factors are met a government can be classified as such.


Doesn’t sound anything like Israel…

Critical time for Iraq says Bush May 24, 2007

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It’s not the first time we’ve heard this…

US President George W Bush has warned that the coming weeks and months will be critical for the success of the new security strategy for Iraq.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr Bush said the last of the US troop reinforcements would arrive in Baghdad by the middle of June.

He said he expected heavy fighting to continue in Iraq during this time.

How Bush expects 21,000 more troops to magically fix the problems in Iraq remains a mystery. It’ll be interesting to watch.

Mr Bush hailed the compromise reached with the Democrat-controlled Congress to fund the war without conditions.

That’ll be US taxpayers throwing a few more $bn’s away…

Full story at the BBC.

Freed seaman closes six figure deal from her Iranian experience April 9, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Iraq War, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports that one of the UK’s Royal Navy captured by Iran and then released 13 days later, is making money by selling her story to the media:

Leading Seaman Faye Turney has told how she “felt like a traitor” when she was forced to write “confession” letters shown on Iranian television.

The only woman among the 15-strong Royal Navy crew has also defended her decision to sell her story to ITV1’s Trevor Macdonald and the Sun newspaper.

Some of the reported six-figure sum for the interview will go to navy families.

The paper’s defence editor, Tom Newton-Dunn, who refused to reveal how much she was being paid, said: “She has a right to do this. We are a free country. Faye has been through the most extraordinary ordeal, which is clearly graphically illustrated.”

It’s interesting that the story was bought by The Sun, one of the UK’s leading tabloid newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch, and made famous by ‘Page 3’, where they display a naked women every day.

It’s no secret that Murdoch is pro-Israel, pro-war, and uses his media empire to enforce these views. In the UK, The Sun and The Times newspapers are his main media properties, and both frequently engage in Islam-bashing, using every opportunity to attack Muslims and Islam.

In the US, Murdoch’s empire includes The New York Post which is known for its unwavering support of Israel and constant Islam-bashing. Many years ago, Muslim merchants began boycotting the paper due to it’s anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Palestine bias.

Also included is the FOX News TV channel, which frequently has TV shows about Islam which are always badly researched and take things out of context to further their own causes.

Interestingly, Discovery Channel also seems to be engaging in airing many TV shows supporting the war, or attacking Islam. Along with others, the channel is owned by Liberty Media Corporation, which is an investor in Murdoch’s News Corporation and clearly shares his political views.

With such powerful media forces at play backed by virtually unlimited wealth, it’s obvious why The Sun newspaper is willing to pay six figures for this story, and it’s clear that Ms Turney will say whatever needs to be said to get her money. I’d be surprised if the story contains any truth, and serves any other purpose other than Islam-bashing and to try and persuade the British public for a war with Iran.

CIA torture Iranian diplomat April 7, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Iraq War, News Commentry, USA, War on Terror.
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The BBC reports that an Iranian diplomat freed last week claims that that his CIA captors tortured him. It wouldn’t be surprising; the US has a history of violating human rights, as previously stated.

The statement of Whitehouse spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, is amusing:

This is just the latest theatrics of a government trying to deflect attention away from its own unacceptable actions

The irony of this statement is hilarious, coming from the spokesman of a government that invaded one country and wrecked it (Afghanistan), so it invaded another to deflect attention away from this, and made an even bigger mess (Iraq), and is now trying to deflect attention away from that, and get support for a war on Iran.

Oh, and not one of the British sailors released by Iran was tortured. The US could learn a thing or two from the Iranians about how to treat captives.

Iraq war parody by Mad TV March 26, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Iraq War, USA.
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Mad TV has a funny video about the US approach to the Iraq war, though it holds a lot of truth.

US ‘Iran attack plans’ revealed February 19, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Iraq War, USA.
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Unsurprisingly, the US’ plans to attack Iran have been revealed.

US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country’s military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.

After completely making a mess of Afghanistan and Iraq, and wasting an estimated $320bn to date, Bush has still not learned his lesson, and now wants to wage war on yet another country.

Supposedly:

The US insists it is not planning to attack, and is trying to persuade Tehran to stop uranium enrichment.

Does anyone really believe this?  Just as the US made up it’s mind about Iraq long before it attacked, it’s quickly becoming clear that the US has also made up it’s mind about Iran too.

Earlier this month US officials said they had evidence Iran was providing weapons to Iraqi Shia militias.

This is complete rubbish. Even a top US general doubts Iran proof.

It’s certainly not implausible that the big increase of negative news about Iran, blaming the dire situation in Iraq on them, is merely a tactic to soften up the public for this attack.

With the US and Israel both threatening action, and after seeing the mess Bush has made in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it should come as no surprise that Iran wants to protect itself.

Any attack from the US is going to have very bad consequences, and I hope that they think very carefully before carrying out such stupid actions.