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American Cultural Sensitivity in Iraq: 'Die, Ragheads, Die!',,7374-1981556,00.html#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=World
'I'm a door kicker-inner,' one young Marine blurted out - to the dismay of his superiors

“WHY can’t we live together in peace?”, read the graffiti written on a wall in Fallujah by a weary American soldier. Next to it a colleague had scrawled: “Die ragheads die!”

Is the USA or Israel going to give up their nuclear programs?
Why should one more American die for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq?

When the sons and daughters of America are done dying for allegedly "spreading democracy" around the world, who will return democracy to the United States?

The intensifying violence has only increased the distance between US troops and ordinary Iraqis, with ever-higher walls being built around bases, and US military vehicles warning drivers they will be shot if they come close. Even the Iraqi shops on US bases have closed for fear of rebel infiltration.

U.K., U.S. Haven't Discussed Striking Iran

Coinciding with increased tensions with Iran over the resumption of illicit uranium enrichment, the U.S. Air Force has dispatched additional warplanes to the region in a not-so-subtle sign, military sources say. An entire wing of F-16s, the Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing based in Fort Wayne, Ind., left for a base in southwest Asia on Tuesday. A wing is usually about 72 aircraft and several hundred support personnel.
F-16s and support personnel from the 4th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, also deployed recently to Iraq. The squadron has 12 F-16s. Both units' F-16s could be used in any military operation to take out Iranian nuclear facilities. A spokesman for the U.S. Central Command Air Forces, which runs air operations in the region, said the F-16 deployment of about 80 jets is part of a rotation and is not related to Iran's uranium reprocessing.

The confrontation between Iran and the West deepened yesterday as both sides hardened their positions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.
Sounds familiar?
Signatory of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty accused of holding weapons of mass destruction including a nuclear arms programme. UN weapons inspectors were expelled from the country on the eve of the 2003 war.
Confirmed to UN in 1995 that it had a clandestine nuclear weapons scheme following revelations by Saddam Hussein's brother-in-law who had defected. Before 2003 invasion, regime was accused of concealing WMD from UN inspectors.
Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, 5 March 2003: "It serves the interest of no one for Saddam to miscalculate. It doesn't serve the interest of the United States or the world or Iraq for Saddam to miscalculate our intention or our willingness to act."
November 2002: Iraq threatened with military action unless it co-operates with UN inspectors. US leads invasion without Security Council backing.
Signatory of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty accused of working on nuclear weapons programme. UN weapons inspectors are at work in the country.
Confirmed to UN in 2002 that it had a clandestine nuclear programme after revelations by Iranian dissidents. Iran was accused by Britain, France and Germany yesterday of "concealment and deception".
White House spokesman Scott McClellan, 11 January, 2006: "The Iranian regime has made a serious miscalculation.If negotiations have run their course and Iran is not going to negotiate in good faith, then there's no other option but to refer the matter to the Security Council."
12 January 2006: Britain, France and Germany call for Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions. Failure to reach agreement could give US hawks - and Israel - an excuse for unilateral military action.

When discussing whether military conflict is likely in Iran, Clinton said he hoped not and added that it is probably not in the immediate future.
"Iran is a much more formidable opponent than Iraq, and because we have our troops tied down in Iraq and Afghanistan and they're pretty stretched, and because it would not be an appropriate thing to do under these circumstances," he said. "There's no kind of imminent threat. On the other hand, potentially, it's a much more dangerous situation for us long-term than Iraq."

Two days ago, President Bush continued his strategy of smokescreening the truth by criticizing what he called "irresponsible debate" over the war in Iraq. He would love to have us forget how we got into that quagmire in the first place and now he pleads with us to stay the course of his grave mistake.
"Irresponsible"? The irresponsible Republicans have run the economy into a deficit ditch, abandoned millions of our jobs to other countries, wallowed in a culture of corruption financed by the likes of Jack Abramoff, eavesdropped on American citizens without warrants and led us into a quagmire of death in Iraq. The most responsible thing Democrats like me can do is take back the House and Senate in 2006 by speaking the truth all the way.

The Bush Who Cried Wolf
Under normal circumstances—that is, under any previous U.S. administration—the battle over Iran’s pugnacious effort in pursuit of nuclear technology would be amenable to a diplomatic solution. But, by insisting on a national security strategy of pre-emptive war, by illegally and unilaterally invading Iraq on false pretenses, and by hinting that the White House would tolerate an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear plants, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have made a successful diplomatic resolution of the Iran crisis nearly impossible.

US: Violence Likely as Iraq Readies Govt

Two Killed in U.S. Chopper Crash in Iraq
Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said the causes of the crash were under investigation. Soldiers on the ground had said there was some firing in the area when it crashed.

Consider then this gruesome arithmetic: if the US fulfills its expectation of surpassing 150 air attacks per month, and if the average air strike produces the (gruesomely) modest total of 10 fatalities, air power alone could kill well over 20,000 Iraqi civilians in 2006. Add the ongoing (but reduced) mortality due to other military causes on all sides, and the 1,000 civilian deaths per week rate recorded by the Hopkins study could be dwarfed in the coming year.
The new US strategy, billed as a way to de-escalate the war, is actually a formula for the slaughter of Iraqi civilians.

US missiles blamed for 18 deaths on Pakistan border
The blasts came days after Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism, lodged a strong protest with U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, saying cross-border firing in the nearby Waziristan area last weekend killed eight people.
Residents of Bajaur, opposite Afghanistan's insurgent-troubled Kunar province, said the explosions were caused by firing from unidentified aircraft on the village of Damadola at about 3 a.m. (2200 GMT Thursday).
The missiles destroyed houses of three tribesmen. Five women and five children were among 18 dead, while five people were hurt, journalist Anwar Ullah said after visiting the scene.
Those killed included 13 members of the family of one tribesman, Bakhpoor Khan, he said.

Pentagon grilled over database on war critics
The database, which a Pentagon fact sheet says is meant to capture information “indicative of possible terrorist pre-attack activity!”

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM - Doctors have increasingly expressed concern that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon shows no signs of waking up from his induced coma.
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