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Facade of Iraqi 'Sovereignty" crumbling

Fraudulent Iraqi 'Sovereignty' exposed as
threats, resignations, killings, chaos escalate

Mid-East Realities - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - 13 August 2004: The events are so fast-paced these days. One day pro-consul Paul Bremer limps and slinks out of Baghdad after a secret 'ceremony' to appoint long-time U.S. collaborators to be 'interim' Prime Minister, President, etc. of occupied 'sovereign' Iraq. Another day the appointees throw out of the country the largest Arab television network, Aljazeera, stepping up still further their threats and intimidation of everyone who won't comply with their dictates. Then CIA-guy, now 'interim Prime Minister', Iyad Allawi indicts one of his competitors, himself another fraudulent tough-guy type who Americans saw not long ago waving to them as he sat with the President's wife at the State of the Union speech. And soon thereafter the American army with all of its high-tech firepower is sent to attack another of Allawi's competitors, this one hold up in Najaf in the Imam Ali Mosque.

Reports from Iraq this morning indicate that Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr may have been injured today while meeting with supporters, and what's to happen next has everyone on edge as rarely before. Other reports from Iraq are of a wave of protest resignations against the American occupation and puppet government, with increased threats against the U.S. and its regime now coming in public even from other Iraqi officials approved by the Americans.

These three articles help put the whole situation in clearer focus, a major task these days.

Najaf officials quit in protest

Scores of Iraqi civilians have been killed in US attacks on cities

- Several Iraqi officials working within the interim government have resigned in protest of the US-led assault on Najaf and Kut.

Sixteen of Najaf's 30-member provincial council resigned in protest at the US-led assault on the Najaf as fighting between the al-Mahdi Army loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr and US occupation forces entered its eighth day.

"We have decided to resign due to what has befallen Najaf and all of Iraq from the hasty US invasion and bombardment of Najaf," the council said in a statement to the press.

The council's resignations came several hours after the deputy governor of Najaf resigned in protest against the US offensive on the city.

"I resign from my post denouncing all the US terrorist operations that they are doing against this holy city," Jawdat Kadam Najim al-Kuraishi, deputy governor of Najaf, said on Thursday morning.

On Thursday evening, the director of tribal affairs at the Iraqi Interior ministry announced his resignation through Aljazeera and said he could no longer work with the interim government in good faith given the "carnage and barbaric aggression of the US-led forces in Najaf".

"I am a part of this nation, I am a part of these people. My fellow tribesmen are now fighting in Najaf and Sadr city," said Major-General Marid Abd al-Hasan.

Meanwhile, Basra's deputy governor for administrative affairs, Hajj Salam Awdeh al-Maliky, warned that he may openly join al-Sadr's fight if his offer to send 1000 Iraqi police, special security and national guardsmen to Najaf is refused by the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

Some national guardsmen in Basra had even said they would not hesitate to join al-Sadr's militia if al-Maliky's offer was rejected.

Al-Maliky had warned that Basra would turn into a battlefield if

US occupation forces stormed the inner sanctum of Najaf.

"Basra will become another Najaf," he said.

Can't Blair see that this country is about to explode? Can't Bush?

By Robert Fisk in Baghdad

The Independent on Sunday (UK) - August 1, 2004 :
The war is a fraud. I'm not talking about the weapons
of mass destruction that didn't exist. Nor the links
between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida which didn't exist.
Nor all the other lies upon which we went to war. I'm
talking about the new lies.

For just as, before the war, our governments warned us
of threats that did not exist, now they hide from us
the threats that do exist. Much of Iraq has fallen
outside the control of America's puppet government in
Baghdad but we are not told. Hundreds of attacks are
made against US troops every month. But unless an
American dies, we are not told. This month's death toll
of Iraqis in Baghdad alone has now reached 700 - the
worst month since the invasion ended. But we are not told.

The stage management of this catastrophe in Iraq was
all too evident at Saddam Hussein's "trial." Not only
did the US military censor the tapes of the event. Not
only did they effectively delete all sound of the 11
other defendants. But the Americans led Saddam Hussein
to believe - until he reached the courtroom - that he
was on his way to his execution. Indeed, when he
entered the room he believed that the judge was there
to condemn him to death. This, after all, was the way
Saddam ran his own state security courts. No wonder he
initially looked "disorientated" - CNNs helpful
description - because, of course, he was meant to look
that way. We had made sure of that. Which is why Saddam
asked Judge Juhi: "Are you a lawyer? ..Is this a
trial?" And swiftly, as he realised that this really
was an initial court hearing - not a preliminary to his
own hanging - he quickly adopted an attitude of

But don't think were going to learn much more about
Saddam's future court appearances. Salem Chalabi, the
brother of convicted fraudster Ahmad and the man
entrusted by the Americans with the tribunal, told the
Iraqi press two weeks ago that all media would be
excluded from future court hearings. And I can see why.
Because if Saddam does a Milosevic, he'll want to talk
about the real intelligence and military connections of
his regime - which were primarily with the United

Living in Iraq these past few weeks is a weird as well
as dangerous experience. I drive down to Najaf. Highway
8 is one of the worst in Iraq. Westerners are murdered
there. It is littered with burnt-out police vehicles
and American trucks. Every police post for 70 miles has
been abandoned. Yet a few hours later, I am sitting in
my room in Baghdad watching Tony Blair, grinning in the
House of Commons as if he is the hero of a school
debating competition; so much for the Butler report.

Indeed, watching any Western television station in
Baghdad these days is like tuning in to Planet Mars.
Doesn't Blair realise that Iraq is about to implode?
Doesn't Bush realise this? The American-appointed
"government" controls only parts of Baghdad - and even
there its ministers and civil servants are car-bombed
and assassinated. Baquba, Samara, Kut, Mahmoudiya,
Hilla, Fallujah, Ramadi, all are outside government
authority. Iyad Allawi, the "Prime Minister," is little
more than mayor of Baghdad. "Some journalists," Blair
announces, "almost want there to be a disaster in
Iraq." He doesn't get it. The disaster exists now.

When suicide bombers ram their cars into hundreds of
recruits outside police stations, how on earth can
anyone hold an election next January? Even the National
Conference to appoint those who will arrange elections
has been twice postponed. And looking back through my
notebooks over the past five weeks, I find that not a
single Iraqi, not a single American soldier I have
spoken to, not a single mercenary - be he American,
British or South African - believes that there will be
elections in January. All said that Iraq is
deteriorating by the day. And most asked why we
journalists weren't saying so.

But in Baghdad, I turn on my television and watch Bush
telling his Republican supporters that Iraq is
improving, that Iraqis support the "coalition," that
they support their new US-manufactured government, that
the "war on terror" is being won, that Americans are
safer. Then I go to an internet site and watch two
hooded men hacking off the head of an American in
Riyadh, tearing at the vertebrae of an American in Iraq
with a knife. Each day, the papers here list another
construction company pulling out of the country. And I
go down to visit the friendly, tragically sad staff of
the Baghdad mortuary and there, each day, are dozens of
those Iraqis we supposedly came to liberate, screaming
and weeping and cursing as they carry their loved ones
on their shoulders in cheap coffins.

I keep re-reading Tony Blair's statement. "I remain
convinced it was right to go to war. It was the most
difficult decision of my life." And I cannot understand
it. It may be a terrible decision to go to war. Even
Chamberlain thought that; but he didn't find it a
difficult decision - because, after the Nazi invasion
of Poland, it was the right thing to do. And driving
the streets of Baghdad now, watching the terrified
American patrols, hearing yet another thunderous
explosion shaking my windows and doors after dawn, I
realise what all this means. Going to war in Iraq,
invading Iraq last year, was the most difficult
decision Blair had to take because he thought -
correctly - that it might be the wrong decision. I will
always remember his remark to British troops in Basra,
that the sacrifice of British soldiers was not
Hollywood but "real flesh and blood." Yes, it was real
flesh and blood that was shed - but for weapons of mass
destruction that weren't real at all.

"Deadly force is authorised," it says on checkpoints
all over Baghdad. Authorised by whom? There is no
accountability. Repeatedly, on the great highways out
of the city US soldiers shriek at motorists and open
fire at the least suspicion. "We had some Navy Seals
down at our checkpoint the other day," a 1st Cavalry
sergeant says to me. "They asked if we were having any
trouble. I said, yes, they've been shooting at us from
a house over there. One of them asked: That house? We
said yes. So they have these three SUVs and a lot of
weapons made of titanium and they drive off towards the
house. And later they come back and say 'We've taken
care of that.' And we didn't get shot at any more."

What does this mean? The Americans are now bragging
about their siege of Najaf. Lieutenant Colonel Garry
Bishop of the 37th Armoured Divisions 1st Battalion
believes it was an "ideal" battle (even though he
failed to kill or capture Muqtada Sadr whose "Mehdi
army" were fighting the US forces). It was "ideal,"
Bishop explained, because the Americans avoided
damaging the holy shrines of the Imams Ali and Hussein.
What are Iraqis to make of this? What if a Muslim army
occupied Kent and bombarded Canterbury and then bragged
that they hadnt damaged Canterbury Cathedral? Would we
be grateful?

What, indeed, are we to make of a war which is turned
into a fantasy by those who started it? As foreign
workers pour out of Iraq for fear of their lives, US
Secretary of State Colin Powell tells a press
conference that hostage-taking is having an "effect" on
reconstruction. Effect! Oil pipeline explosions are now
as regular as power cuts. In parts of Baghdad now, they
have only four hours of electricity a day; the streets
swarm with foreign mercenaries, guns poking from
windows, shouting abusively at Iraqis who don't clear
the way for them. This is the "safer" Iraq which Mr
Blair was boasting of the other day. What world does
the British Government exist in?

Take the Saddam trial. The entire Arab press -
including the Baghdad papers - prints the judge's name.
Indeed, the same judge has given interviews about
his charges of murder against Muqtada Sadr. He has
posed for newspaper pictures. But when I mention his
name in The Independent, I was solemnly censured by the
British Government's spokesman. Salem Chalabi
threatened to prosecute me. So let me get this right.
We illegally invade Iraq. We kill up to 11,000 Iraqis.
And Mr Chalabi, appointed by the Americans, says I'm
guilty of "incitement to murder." That just about says
it all.

Iraq's sovereignty called into question
by Ahmed Janabi

US military presence remained the same after 28 June 2004

Aljazeera, 11 August 2004: The nature of the relationship between the interim Iraqi government and the US army in Iraq is deeply controversial. Some see it as cooperation, others label it collaboration.

Ordinary Iraqis, who have been suffering for decades due to the consequences of wars and UN sanctions, were more than willing to give Allawi's US-appointed government a chance to restore stability and end military occupation.

The phrase "handing over sovereignty to Iraqis" had gained much support before the interim Iraqi government took office on 28 June 2004, with a sizeable segment of the Iraqi population looking forward to a new life.

However, given the fact that the US forces' military operations in Iraq have not substantially changed since the "handover of sovereignty", many Iraqis have again raised the vital question: Has sovereignty really been restored and the occupation ended? Or were Iraqis misled?

We look to the day
when Iraqi people are able to handle their issues themselves and we can go back home"

Corporal Major TV Johnson,
First Marine Division spokesman

On the ground, US military deployment has not changed; the number of foreign troops is increasing and recent statements by US officials - since the so-called handover of authority on 28 June - that the US military is staying in Iraq for years to come, have led citizens to doubt whether a new life is on the horizon.

Illegal process

Iraqis opposed to the presence of foreign troops in the country argue that Iraqi sovereignty as of now is non-existent.

Salah al-Mukhtar, a former Iraqi ambassador to India, says the whole process of Iraqi sovereignty is void according to the UN charter.

"The UN charter is based on sovereignty; member states are sovereign countries and, according to that, it is illegal that an occupying force enjoys the right to steal the sovereignty of a country and return it back according to a UN resolution.

"Therefore, any UN resolution granting sovereignty to Iraq is unlawful, because that means the UN is acknowledging the occupation," he adds.

Iraqi government officials' regular statements that Iraq has become a sovereign state and that occupation has gone do not go down well with some in the country.

A spokesman for the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMS), Muhammad Ayash al-Kubaisi, cited the recent arrest of the editor-in-chief of the association's mouthpiece newspaper al-Basaer (Insight) as an example of "absent" sovereignty.

"How can a group of foreign soldiers stop an Iraqi citizen like Dr Muthana al-Dhari and arrest him if there is a sovereign government? What are those soldiers doing in the heart of Baghdad? Why did the Iraqi police not arrest him instead?" al-Kubaisi said.

"Moreover, after two days of interrogations, they handed al-Dhari over to the Iraqi police, as if they are saying to them we are finished with him, take him if you like now."

Iraqi detainees

The status of Iraqi detainees, who are held without charge by the US army in Iraq, has not changed since the handover of responsibilities.

"US occupation forces are still enjoying the right of establishing prisons and the searching of houses," al-Mukhtar said.

Al-Mukhtar says the interim Iraq
government is remote controlled

Al-Kubaisi said that last week US forces released two of his friends from prison, after months of detention, without charge.

"Jamal and Kamal Shakir spent months in prison without charges, and they were released without being told why they were being released.

"I talked to them; they do not know why they were arrested in the first place, and prison officials were unable to tell them anything about the motives which led to their arrest and subsequent release," he said.

Less intimidation

Aljazeera.net spoke to Corporal Major TV Johnson, spokesman for the First Marine Division in Anbar governorate in Iraq, who insists that US-led forces in Iraq coordinate everything with the Iraqi Government.

The continued presence of US
forces troubles many Iraqis

But he says US troops cannot afford to let the new Iraqi police operate alone at present.

"Iraqi police are still in need of more personnel and equipment, and the situation right now means it will continue to need the help of the multinational forces," he said.

Johnson blames the attacks on police stations for the slowness in the development of an Iraqi police force, saying they make young men and women less keen to join the police.

He says the US-led forces in Iraq coordinate with Iraqi authorities when it comes to the arrest of those he describes as "bad actors" or when they need to search an Iraqi area or house, but sees a day when US forces will not be there.

"We look to the day when Iraqi people are able to handle their issues themselves and we can go back home," he said.

Decisions of sovereignty

Salah al-Mukhtar described the relationship between US officials and the interim Iraqi government as remote-controlled.

"The US-installed Iraqi president, Ghazi al-Yawir, announced last month that there would be a pardon for those Iraqis who carried guns before the formation of Iyad Allawi.

"But the US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, sent him the instructions through the media, when he said those who killed Americans would not be pardoned.

"The following day all Iraqi officials announced in their media statements that the planned pardon would not include those who killed Americans in Iraq. Where is the sovereignty?"

The interim Iraqi government offered a limited amnesty on 7 August 2004 pardoning those Iraqis who have committed minor crimes, and excluded those who have killed US soldiers and Iraqi police.

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MER Exclusive - Listen to Douglas Feith about Israel and the Middle East
(August 30, 2004)
MER EXCLUSIVE - Listen to Douglas Feith while Bill Clinton was still President and a year before 9/11 even happened. For some time in Washington Feith himself has been a prominent member of the extended Israeli-Jewish lobby speaking at times as harshly and unrelentingly as any Israeli propagandist. Persons in the media should contact MER for more extensive information and additional audio and video comments by Feith - 202 362-5266 and press@MiddleEast.Org

Pointing the fingers at Douglas Feith
(August 29, 2004)
Feith has been mentioned in most of the major media stories this weekend in Washington -- but not nearly with the emphasis he should have been. For Feith has played a central role in just about every scandal that has beset the Bush Administration -- from the faulty 'intelligence', to the mistaken 'assumptions', to the prison torture scandals, and now the latest Israeli/Jewish lobby spy scandal right in his own office.

Sharon's Wars, Israel's Future
(August 28, 2004)
This major New York Times feature about Ariel Sharon could have, and should have, been far more harsh. But Ariel Sharon is at the top of his game now. And though the future he may have molded more than any other may be bleak and potentially catastrophic, now is his time and few in the Jewish world -- and in an oblique way that includes not only the New York Times but much of the contemporary American media -- dare to take him on directly.

Israeli Spy Scandal Erupting in Washington
(August 28, 2004)
Many, most no doubt, of these kinds of things relating to Israel never get out into the public domain; they are buried and sucked up into official Washington where so many have so many reasons for always wanting to hush such things up. But there should be no doubt that the Israelis have infiltrated at many levels and greatly influenced in many ways U.S. policies in the Middle East, especially of late the decision to invade and occupy Iraq. The following quick list of past Israeli spy scandals all of which were covered up or sucked in one way or another include: * Israeli Attack on U.S.S. Liberty - 1967 * Steve Bryent Israeli Spying Scandal - 1982 * Jonathan Pollard Arrested outside Israeli Embassy - 1985 * AIPAC infiltration scandal, President forced to resign - 1991 * Mossad bugging of Clinton and Monica - 1997 * Martin Indyk's Security Clearances 'temporarily' suspended - 2000

America's 'Iraqi Police' and the now impending Iraqi Elections
(August 27, 2004)
And it's clear that if it's a competiton between Negroponte and Allawi, against al-Sistani and al-Sadr, the Americans and their regime are in big trouble. Just how the U.S. occupation is going to attempt to either further delay the election or not-too-blantantly manipulate and control it now looms ahead -- just as soon as the American election is behind us all.

(August 26, 2004)

U.S. and Regime Bombing and Killing throughout Iraq
(August 26, 2004)
Chaos, confusion, death, and destruction -- that's the description of American occupied Iraq as the country virtually rebels and explodes. Even as Ayatollah al-Sistani heads back to Najaf protected by British occupation troops American occupation troops are ferociously attacking Najaf, Fallujah, Sadr City as never before and American armed and paid Iraqi mercenary troops are massacreing their own.

Daily Articles Summary - 25 August 2004
(August 25, 2004)
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Sistani Returns and March on Najaf Looms
(August 25, 2004)
Now on this very day in history there is another Ayatollah in and at the heart of the Middle East at a crucial moment in time. The very term 'Ayatollah' was hardly known in the West before the Iranian revolution just 25 years ago now. But in the immediate days ahead it now appears Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is to have his and maybe modern on-its-knees Iraq's 'rendevous with history'. And then what this is really all about now is the future rather than the past, especially with Iraqi 'elections' supposed to take place just 5 months from now. What will the American Empire with its arsenal of planes, tanks, and shock troops now do to deter, deflect, or stop him? What will the U.S.-installed and protected Allawi regime in Baghdad now do to attempt to co-opt or twist him?

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Returns to 'Save the Burning Holy City'
(August 25, 2004)
The Mahdi Army defeated the British Empire in Sudan in 1885. Now a Mahdi Army battles the American Empire in Iraq in 2004. Today the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani returns to Najaf to "Save the Burning Holy City".

IRAQ, IRAN and ISRAEL Stories -- 24 August 2004
(August 24, 2004)

Crusades II - Iraqi Cities Bombed and Tanked
(August 24, 2004)
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Imperial America
(August 23, 2004)
Provocative thinking and writing from one of Great Britain's most prolific, most outspoken, most humanistic, and most insightful 'activist' journalists writing this cover article in the current issue of the New Statesman. It's too hard and probably wrong in fact to agree that 'Bush may be the lesser evil'. But it is very important to understand how and why John Pilger is speaking out in this way.

Palestinian Struggle Fully Justified
(August 22, 2004)
Because of the huge propaganda war in which the U.S. and Israel also have overwhelming firepower at their disposal, what leading Professors like Charles Black and now Ted Honderich have to say is in fact of critical importance.

Weekend Reading: Iran, the U.S., and Israel
(August 21, 2004)
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What the Americans have Really Done in and to Iraq
(August 20, 2004)
This is a brief but very important outline of what the Americans have really done in recent years in and to Iraq. All this has little to do with 'freedom' and 'democracy' -- those are the simplistic and deceptive front-words. What's really involved is an increasingly desperate and ruthless master plan to turn Iraq -- a country at the center of both the Arab and the Muslim worlds -- into an appendage of the American military, political, and economic machine trying to more totally control the Middle East region and continue to drain it of its wealth, resources, and heritage. It's the imperialism of old considerably reconstituted for the brave new world of worldwide television, the internet, and high-tech 'Star Wars' weaponry.

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(August 19, 2004)
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The World on Fire
(August 19, 2004)
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(August 18, 2004)
here's a bottom line here and at a time of such major historic developments it should be said clearly. The American-installed, financed, armed, and protected Allawi regime has already totally disgraced and discredited itself. It cannot succeed in authoritatively and democratically governing Iraq. It should be ended immediately before it does even more historic harm to Iraq, to the Middle East, to the Arab and Muslims worlds, and to the whole fabric of international justice and order.

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(August 18, 2004)
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(August 17, 2004)
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"They are cheating us, laughing at us" - MER FlashBack 7 Years
(August 17, 2004)
"In the end, so long as the U.S. continues to back Israeli occupation with ever greater amounts of money, guns, and political protection, little will change and the "peace process" will remain a grand deception breeding resistance, hatred, and yes, more terrorism."

U.S. Iraqi Troops Fire on Reporters
(August 16, 2004)
History is being made in these bitter bleeding days, in these very hours, and the world will have to live with the aftermath for some time to come. This report just published by the Daily Telegraph in the U.K. is the best so far to outline how the Americans are attempting to blind the world and mute the protests by threatening the few courageous journalists still in and able to report from Najaf. As for pictures of what is happening, cameras are now illegal and being confiscated by the Americans and their agents.

Iraq Exploding! The historic confrontation at the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf
(August 16, 2004)
Unless the Americans can find some way to get Muqtada Sadr and his forces out of the historic Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf without a firefight and without a massacre they themselves could become the victims of their own killing machine if the extraordinary rage and hatred in Iraq, Iran, and the Arab and Muslim worlds overall should erupt still further against them.

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(August 15, 2004)
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His father long headed the National Religious Party. He himself has been the head of the world Zionist movement as well as the Speaker of the Knesset. And yet -- even as the Israelis appear to be victorious with the Palestinians everywhere surrounded, subjugated, dispossessed and controlled -- Avraham Burg dares to speak out loudly about how perverted Zionism has become and that all the militarism, racism, and arrogance could in reality have put Israel 'on the eve of destruction'.

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Occupied Iraq - Threats, resignations, killings, chaos all escalating
(August 13, 2004)
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Nader vs. Israel
(August 12, 2004)
"The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced."

Najaf 2004
(August 12, 2004)
"From Iran's perspective, there is little question what happens in Najaf is its business. Any damage there cannot leave a single Iranian ruler the option of remaining neutral, regardless of whether they are among moderates or hard-liners. The Shiite religious heritage is a shared one between Iraq and Iran."

Hidden History of the "Peace Process"
(August 11, 2004)
"It's not inordinate Chinese money and influence in American politics the Congress should be investigating, it's how Israel manipulates American politics with the help of some key Americans (most of them Jewish), who are in fact, however distasteful it is to say it, 'dually loyal'."

Jewish Washington Neocons Responsible for War
(August 11, 2004)
As the Iraq war escalates and creates still more disgust and hatred around the world, it is also threatening to expand. And a month or two from now if the Bush/Cheney/neocon regime is lagging in the polls no telling what kinds of political or military 'surprises' might come from Washington sooner rather than later.

Stumbling, Bumbling 'Arabist' Ambassadors Play to the Cameras
(August 10, 2004)
After all these now wasted years, and after all this now-squandered money -- and even with all that has happened including 9/11, the Iraqi war, and the Palestinian Intifada -- the 'Arabist' Ambassadors in Washington are weaker and more incestuous, less influential and less credible, then when they started. Yet oh how they continue to pretend otherwise so tragically continuing to mislead so many well-meaning naive people who simply don't know better the real details of what has been and what is now the real situation in today's Washington.

Neocons All
(August 9, 2004)
He sure didn't write this way when he worked for the old gray Zionist lady the New York Times. With language like 'neo-con vampires' he sounds a bit this time like MER in its regular tell-it-like-it-really-is mode... Maybe for his next installment Mr. Ibrahim will have more to say ...about his old colleagues at the New York Times starting with Tom Friedman, et. al.

Both Israel and Saudis working to elect Bush/Cheney
(August 8, 2004)
Now of course neither is going to admit it in front of the cameras, and of course it's also politically confusing for many, but both the Israelis and the Saudis are working hard now to help the election of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and the right-wing neocons.

U.S. and puppet regime boot Aljazeera from Iraq
(August 7, 2004)
Oh yes, the headline..."U.S. boots Aljazeera..." Let's not get confused by all the technical details and propaganda tricks. The regime in Baghdad was selected by the Americans and empowered by the Americans. It is financed by the Americans and the American military and CIA keep it in power. What it does is what the Americans want it to do. And the responsibility for what it does is American as well.

Target Pakistan
(August 7, 2004)
As tensions and fighting in Iraq and Palestine continue, and with new sanctions and attacks on Syria, Iran, and Lebanon quite publicly threatened, the situation in the greater Middle East could become far more tense and the 'crucial countries' of both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia could indeed 'fall' from the American grip setting off even more dangerous and unpredictable political and military explosions.

Target IRAN con't
(August 6, 2004)
"Exploiting the November US presidential elections and the European concerns, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could order a strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, similar to the ones Israelis executed in 1981 against Iraq's nuclear weapons program", the diplomats were quoted by the London-based newspaper Al Hayat on Wednesday, August 4.

'Revolution' in Iraq; No U.N. or Muslim Troops To Help Americans
(August 5, 2004)
Indeed, the Americans and the Israrelis have now created their own joint vicious geopolitical stew in the Middle East; and they are very much in danger of gradually boiling away in it regardless of all the tough talk and military onslaughts.

Kerry, Israel, Jews, and the Middle East
(August 4, 2004)
John Kerry's Middle East policies have already been heavily mortgaged, if not downright sold, to those who have the greatest interest and power in controlling what the U.S. does in the crucial Middle East region and in determining where American arms, monies, and covert actions flow in the future -- powerful American Jews closely associated with Israel.

(August 3, 2004)
"Here we are in the middle of the millennium year and we are responsible for genocide in Iraq. All of us that live in the silent democracies are responsible for sustained genocide in Iraq." Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Denis Haliday

'SECURITY' POLITICS - Para-military troops dressed to kill become props in political war
(August 3, 2004)
A large numbers of 'security forces' dressed to kill in paramilitary uniforms with big guns took to the streets in New York and Washington and are there to stay, say those in charge, 'as long as it takes'. Bush and his are in fact using all this fear, and all these images, as props in their own campaign to retain power.

America Vs America
(August 1, 2004)
"The Bush Administration cannot be trusted... George W. Bush and his administration have taken normal mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience... They traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic small lies, and ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on." Ron Reagan

(August 1, 2004)

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