Hilfiker on Army Strong-Arm Tactics in Sunni Heartland Dr. David Hilfiker of the Christian Peacemaker Team has written an important account, presented by Tom Engelhardt, of the tactics employed by Col. Nate Sassaman in dealing with Sunni Arab Iraqis. Sassaman is alleged to have said several things about Iraqi Muslims that verge on racism, and […]
Archives for January 2004
John LeCarre on Iraq Intelligence Failure From Laura Miller’s recent interview in Salon.com with the famed spy novelist David Cornwell and former British foreign service officer: “I think it’s perfectly true that after the Cold War ended and the secret war against terror and the business of spying on terror got going, as always the […]
10 Members of Iraqi Civil Defense Force wounded in Blast Guerrillas in the northeastern town of Baquba donated a big bomb, targeting a patrol of the Iraqi Civil Defense Force, and wounding 10 of them, according to Reuters.
10,000 Shiites Protest in Nasiriyah, seek Resignation of Provincial Council Az-Zaman newspaper reports that Muqtada al-Sadr’s organization staged a demonstration of 10,000 in the southern Shiite city of Nasiriyah on Wednesday. They were joined by the Fudala’ Party, also adherents of the martyred Sadiq al-Sadr, but who follow Muhammad Yaqubi rather than Muqtada, Sadiq’s son. […]
Pachachi Envisages Triumvirate as Iraqi Executive AFP/al-Zaman report that Adnan Pachachi, the octogenarian interim president of the Iraqi Governing Council, envisages that the new transitional Iraqi government due to be installed July 1 will have a three-man executive. He said that the transitional parliament will elect the three presidents. He also insisted that the three-man […]
Hutton Inquiry Whitewashes Blair Government’s Exaggerations Seumas Milne of the Guardian argues that the report by Lord Hutton on the David Kelly affair is biased in favor of the government of Tony Blair. This affair is extremely complex. Let me see if I can get it basically right, in a concise way. David Kelly, a […]
Bomb at Baghdad Hotel kills 3; In other attacks, 6 US Troops Killed, 2 CNN Employees, 4 Iraqi Policemen; 6 US troops Wounded There was so much violence of so many types in so many places in Iraq on Tuesday that it took me some time just to track it all down and summarize it. […]
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Humanitarian Grounds for Iraq War? Re: Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth, “War in Iraq: Not a Humanitarian Intervention“, 26 January 2004, Keynote essay to Human Rights Watch, “World Report 2004.” My reply, from a discussion list: I deeply disagree with the way the Bush administration pursued the war against Iraq. The hyping of […]