BLACK FLAG IN A BAGHDAD SLUM
- FLAG IS FLASH POINT IN A BAGHDAD SLUM
Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 8/14/03
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
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...
WHITE HOUSE FANTASIES ON IRAQ
New York Times, 8/14/03
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...
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:
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:
Paritzky to discuss transfer of oil from Iraq during U.S. visit
By Amiram Cohen and Akiva Eldar,
Haaretz Correspondents and Haaretz Service
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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