Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Iraq from the BBC

All sides want us out; they believe its okay to kill our men and women and they are all going after us with great relish. Our troops are stuck in the middle of a brutal multi-faceted civil war where all sides are shooting at them and the enemy can not be easily discerned, if at all. They do not belong in the middle of this and it’s an illicit misuse of the military to expect them to.
Take Me Home----Arden Eaton
Analysis: The struggle for Basra
By Adam Brookes BBC News, Baghdad

Split loyalties among Iraqi tribes
By Roger Hardy BBC Middle East analyst

Profile: Moqtada Sadr
Moqtada Sadr has been a turbulent presence in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, although followers of the radical Shia cleric have been drawn into - and have even propped up - the political process.

Timeline: Iraq

Dozens dead as Iraq cities bombed
More than 50 people have been killed in blasts at three cities in Iraq, in one of the deadliest days there for weeks.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu had great success dealing with the results of the hate such conflicts generated. He should be listened to now and his methods seriously investigated, otherwise I fear the violence will continue for generations to come. This is ultimately the greatest challenge of Iraq and sadly around the globe and within each of us. We must begin to address all the problems that lead to groups using terror as a weapon and embracing extreme radical tactics to convey their displeasure and explore all the methods in which the arms trade and propping up of corrupt governments for monetary or political gain aid in creating desperate groups. That’s going to take the rest of the world helping out, too.
For example, there's a direct link between US trade policy, the American consumer and human rights violations in China, Tibet and Myanmar (Burma). The money made from Chinese profits highlights an indifference to the plight of our fellow human beings. The benefits of close economic ties with China evidently carry more weight than the blood spilled by democracy loving students or the freedom and human rights we say we cherish so deeply.
Policies such as this soil the Stars and Stripes far more than any match.

We must truthfully analyze our government and corporation involvement throughout the world, past, present and future. We were once taught that when we travel into another country we are all ambassadors for America and that should include the business community.
It's high time we stand for the human rights we so boldly claim we believe in.

End this illegal occupation
Restore constitutional order
No Iran war
Impeach the president/vice-president

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