"The entire war is spurious and is either not happening
or is being waged for purposes quite other than the declared ones."
~ Orwell, 1984
IRAQ AFGHANI PHONY WARS
Calling what is happening in Iraq a "war" is using the wrong word because "war" means two or more armies opposing each other. In Iraq (and Afghanistan) there is only ONE army - OURS - but there is no enemy army. There are no Iraqi soldiers dressed in Iraqi uniforms, or Afghani soldiers in Afghani uniforms.
Our soldiers, when they get to Iraq or Afghanistan, have nothing to do, other than work on building or rebuilding their prison-like base and then hanging around hoping Timmy Hortons will open a coffee franchise*, further depleting Afghans' water. See CANADA SELLING AFGHANS' WATER
The only "action" our soldiers see are explosions by some anonymous person who is blown up with the bomb ("suicide bombers" they're called) or by invisible "taliban or osaddam bins" who disappear into holes in sand dunes. This is met with retalitary force by Big Brother's army (the UN government our soldiers fight for) wherein we drop bombs from overhead hoping to "smoke 'em out". It doesn't matter if whole villages and villagers get blown to smithereens in the process because that then gives our soldiers something to finally do, ie walk around with their guns hanging out giving candy to the children. ~ Jackie Jura
Iraq bombing about not facing Al Queda. CNN, Oct 28, 2009
The bombs that ripped through Baghdad on Sunday immediately brought more bloodshed -- and bode only of the promise of more to come. The attacks have been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq -- a group affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq -- and there's nothing to suggest the attacks will come to an end. It's part of a long-running campaign to destabilize th U.S. mission, the Iraqi government and to reignite sectarian civil war. The slaughter is not new but the extent of the killings in these bombings -- 160 dead and more than 500 injured -- do punctuate a seemingly never ending campaign. While al Qaeda in Iraq has been gutted from within, principally by Sunni insurgents turning on them and assassinating them over recent years, the network still exists. Al Qaeda, an organization built with the expectation of loss, has endured and will continue to do so until Iraq's slated January election and beyond. Under the international agreement between Washington, D.C. and Baghdad signed by the then-outgoing Bush administration, America's war in Iraq has all but ended with command of the war shifting permanently to the Iraqi government. Al Qaeda attacks took place during the U.S. command and now persist under Iraqi command. While many are thwarted, while car bombs are found and defused, it's an ugly matter of fact that in war some bombs will always get through. And Iraqi security forces in no way can be said to be ready to face the threat posed by al Qaeda or any insurgent group. The devastation of the bombings has had the effect al Qaeda desired -- chipping away at Iraqi public confidence in government, even prompting the governor of Baghdad to call for the resignation of the security officials in charge of the capital's safety. Al Qaeda in Iraq is not the network it once was, it's not able to deliver multiple suicide bombings on an almost daily basis. When I was last in Baghdad nationalist insurgents told me there were but a handful of operational al Qaeda cells in the city. Nonetheless, they warned five committed al Qaeda members can "wreak havoc." The weekend bombings are testament to that. While the tempo of al Qaeda's suicidal strikes -- largely targeting Iraq's Shia community -- have slowed, they have not stopped. While al Qaeda in Iraq maintains its capacity to kill it will keep striking. This is the environment that the U.S. is likely to leave in Iraq -- a fragile state plagued with an ever present al Qaeda threat. The question is how that state counters the threat and maintains its credibility with its own people. And that, ultimately, will be the final measure of the American mission -- how well the Iraqis stand up.
CCTV footage of Iraq attacks. BBC, Oct 27, 2009
CCTV footage has been released that is said to show two deadly bomb attacks in Iraq which killed at least 155 people and wounded more than 500 on Sunday. The suicide bombings were the deadliest blasts to hit Iraq in two years, and claimed the lives of 28 small children. The first part of the video purports to show the blast that targeted the Baghdad Provincial Administration - what seems to be a car appears to fly through the air. The second part of the footage is said to show the attack on the Justice Ministry. The footage shows the attackers' minibus circling a roundabout before a massive explosion fills the area with thick smoke. As the smoke clears the extent of the damage can be seen with fire engines arriving on the scene to put out a burning vehicle.
Canada's PM serving his country coffee
(visting Canada's project at Afghan's dam)
by Jean Laroch, Edmonton Sun, May 8, 2009
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a surprise visit to Afghanistan yesterday. Harper arrived at the Kandahar Air Field at around 9 a.m. and quickly boarded a helicopter to take a look at the Dahla dam, a major Canadian project in the country worth $50 million. "The dam will allow drinking water to be supplied to nearly all of Kandahar," said Harper.
The prime minister then spoke to Canadian troops before stepping behind the counter at the base's Tim Hortons to serve up coffees. The PM said the arrival of scores of American troops in the region over the next several weeks will help Canada concentrate on certain objectives. "We will be able to focus on the reconstruction and the training of Afghan forces," he said. Harper said there weren't enough soldiers in the area to do that in the last few years. The PM reminded everyone that Canada's goal wasn't to make peace throughout the country, but to train the Afghan forces to do it. Yesterday's stop marked Harper's third visit to Afghanistan since he became prime minister. "I can see progress," he said. "Economic activity has started again in certain areas and many children have returned to school." Harper also announced that Canada will be investing $2 million to help provide a better education to 18,000 Afghan children.
CHINA DRILLING IRAQ'S OIL
Afghan overtaking Iraq in terror war (takes more money & resources). AFP, Jun 19, 2008
Taxpayers support donuts to troops. CFRA, Oct 31, 2006
Canadian taxpayers could be spending two million to five million dollars a year to give soldiers their morning cup of Tim's in Kandahar. A report says it will cost Canadian taxpayers close to four million dollars to set up a Tim Hortons franchise at the Canadian base in southern Afghanistan for a year. The operational costs include the initial set up, workers' salaries and maintenance. Documents say it could cost taxpayers another two million to five million dollars a year to keep it open.
Afghanistan gripped by worst fighting since 2001. Independent, May 21, 2006
Helmand, the main opium poppy-growing region, where drug profits are believed to fund the insurgency, has become the main focus of violence, but the past week has also seen attacks in Zabul province and the western city of Herat.
Iraqis cry – "When will this stop?", Khaleej Times, May 20, 2006
BAGHDAD - Bombs killed 24 people in Iraq on Saturday, including 19 in a Shia district of Baghdad, hours before Iraq’s parliament was to inaugurate a national unity government aimed at halting a slide toward civil war. Police said 58 were wounded in the blast targeting Shia labourers in eastern Sadr City slum. It was typical of bombings by Sunni Islamists like Abu Musab Al Zarqawi’s Al Qaeda in Iraq. Witnesses and police said the bomb appeared to have been planted in a spot where the attackers knew large crowds of men would gather shortly after dawn, hoping to be hired for a day’s casual labour. Such spots have been targeted in the past. "When will this stop? Where is the government?" one teenager sobbed as he stood amid pools of blood. A man beat his face with his hands as he hugged his dead brother lying on the floor. Survivors rushed the wounded to hospital. A dozen bodies, their faces covered with cardboard, lay on the hospital garden. In the town of Qaim, near the Syrian border, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-packed vest inside a police station killing five policemen and wounding 10, police said...Hundreds of people are being killed every month in Baghdad alone and tens of thousands have fled their homes...
*Help Wanted: Tim Hortons In Afghanistan. NBC News, May 7, 2006
A Tim Hortons makeshift outlet is set to open in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Employees will not only have to serve up fresh donuts and coffee, but they will also have to learn how to defuse a hostage situation and detect a land mine. The CBC reports that about 70 people who range in ages 20 and 55 are undergoing training at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. The hopefuls are learning about third-world medicine and how to respond to a nuclear or biological attack. If chosen, 41 of them will be offered a six month contract in Afghanistan. The coffee and donut chain plans to open the outlet at the end of the month. A trailer with takeout windows is expected to house the chain, and deliveries to Kandahar will be made by military transport. In early March, Tim Hortons announced it would serve the soldiers after weeks of lobbying by the military.
WAR WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC FOR IRAQI CHILDREN - REPORT, IPS, Jan 30, 2003
SUICIDE BOMBERS and ISRAELI WAR TACTICS IN IRAQ and ZIONISM IN AMERICA
Marine says we've lost way too many people for nothing and it's a hamburger mill in Iraq now
MOAB IS WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION
EVE OF IRAQ DESTRUCTION and THIS ISN'T WAR IT'S MURDER and WHERE'S ENEMY'S ARMY? and IRAQ A MAGICIAN'S TRICK and WHERE IS OSADDAM BIN? and BAGHDAD PLUNDERED and IRAQ HELL BAGHDAD BRACELET
WARMONGER EXPLAINS WAR TO PEACENIK and THE ROAD TO WAR
IN AFGHAN FIELDS and OPIUM WARS WITHIN and AFGHANISTAN REMEMBERED
12.Ministry of Peace and 11.Ministry of Plenty and 28.Reality Control and ORDER OUT OF CHAOS
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