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    FLAG IS FLASH POINT IN A BAGHDAD SLUM Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 8/14/03 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55761-2003Aug13.html BAGHDAD -
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      FLAG IS FLASH POINT IN A BAGHDAD SLUM
      Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 8/14/03
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55761-2003Aug13.html

      BAGHDAD - The U.S. military helicopter flew low over Baghdad's
      largest slum today, about an hour before noon prayers. For a while,
      it hovered near a transmission tower. Then, Sheik Ahmed Zarjawi said,
      a U.S. soldier tried to kick the black flag that fluttered atop the
      tower, inscribed in white letters with the name of one of Shiite
      Islam's most revered figures.

      "How can we sleep at night when we see this?" he recalled asking.

      There followed a day of anger and fervor in a Shiite neighborhood
      already on edge. Protesters incensed at what they saw as a religious
      insult poured out of houses and shops. In some of the worst unrest
      since Baghdad fell to U.S.-led forces on April 9, clashes erupted
      with an American patrol, killing one Iraqi and wounding at least
      three others.

      Into a sweltering evening, hundreds of demonstrators waving religious
      banners and rallied by neighborhood clergy moved across streets awash
      in sewage, calling for a day of reckoning with U.S. troops, who they
      said they no longer wanted to enter their neighborhood...

      ALSO SEE

      WHITE HOUSE FANTASIES ON IRAQ
      New York Times, 8/14/03
      http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/14/opinion/14THU1.html

      Someday, in the months ahead, there may be an Iraq where a smoothly
      run American occupation authority has dealt devastating setbacks to
      terrorism, brought security to most of the country, improved
      infrastructure and basic services, and elicited encouraging signs of
      democracy, economic renewal and cultural rebirth. Unfortunately,
      right now that Iraq exists only in the pages of the implausibly
      upbeat 100-day progress report recently issued by the White House.

      In Iraq today, American soldiers die, electricity shortages lead to
      rioting, and the threat of terrorism against civilians must be taken
      increasingly seriously. The biggest problems have been airbrushed out
      of the White House report, making it read more like a Bush campaign
      flier than a realistic accounting to the American people. There have,
      of course, been positive accomplishments, but making a success of
      Iraq will require much time, many billions of dollars and real
      sacrifices. Pretending otherwise risks future public disillusionment.

      In the face of news reports detailing continued insecurity, failing
      basic services and painstakingly slow political progress, the White
      House cites significant signs of better security, improved basic
      services and emerging democracy. Not mentioned in the Panglossian
      report, covering the 100 days after President Bush declared an end to
      major combat operations, were the 56 American soldiers killed in
      attacks during that period...

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      Iraqi Oil For Israel

      Want to know the undeclared motivation behind the war on the Iraqi
      people? Read Jim Lobe's "What is a neo-conservative anyway?" at:
      http://atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EH13Aa01.html

      Lobe writes: "Although a number of prominent Catholics are neo-
      conservatives, the movement remains predominantly Jewish, and the
      monthly journal that really defined neo-conservatism over the past 35
      years, Commentary, is published by the American Jewish Committee."

      It was the neocons who were the main advocates of the war on the
      Iraqi people, and now, as can be seen from the article from today's
      Ha'aretz below, they are now anxious to receive their payback. This
      just adds further proof that the war on the Iraqi people was nothing
      more than to satisfy the zionist / neo-con agenda and had nothing to
      do with fighting terror or eradticating "weapons of mass destruction"
      which has yet to be found in Iraq. (Take a look at the essay:
      "Iraq: 16 Distortions, not 16 Words" at:
      http://www.clw.org/16distortions.html)


      IAP
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      Paritzky to discuss transfer of oil from Iraq during U.S. visit

      By Amiram Cohen and Akiva Eldar,
      Haaretz Correspondents and Haaretz Service

      http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/332767.html

      The United States has asked Israel to prepare a plan to renew the
      transport of oil from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Haifa port,
      Army Radio reported Sunday.

      Infrastructure Minister Yosef Paritzky told the station that he
      intends to leave for Washington within two weeks to discuss the
      project in meetings with U.S. officials.

      "I intend to examine the idea of an oil pipe, but the contacts are
      only preliminary," Paritzky told the station.

      Sources involved in the project said that it has far-reaching economic
      implications, but that it will not be carried out in the near future
      due to the
      instability of Iraq.

      The U.S. request followed Paritzky's demand in March this year to
      examine the possibility of renewing the transfer of oil from Iraq to
      Israel, as reported by Haaretz.

      The pipeline transferring oil from Iraq to refineries in Haifa was
      shut down after the 1948 war, and the oil was transported to the
      Mediterranean Sea through Syria. There have been several attempts to
      renew the line's operation in Haifa, the last one during the Iran-
      Iraq war, after the Gulf was closed to Iraqi tankers, and after Syria
      agreed to Iran's request to block the land pipe that transported
      Iraqi oil to the west.

      Then-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir offered Iraq to renew the activity
      of the old pipeline and transfer the oil to Haifa.



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