Wednesday, November 29, 2006

What I Am Going To Do On Friday

As Iraq Deteriorates, Iraqis Get More Blame - washingtonpost.com:

As Iraq Deteriorates, Iraqis Get More Blame

U.S. Officials, Lawmakers Change Tone

By Thomas E. Ricks and Robin Wright Washington Post Staff Writers Wednesday, November 29, 2006; A01

From troops on the ground to members of Congress, Americans increasingly blame the continuing violence and destruction in Iraq on the people most affected by it: the Iraqis.

Even Democrats who have criticized the Bush administration's conduct of the occupation say the people and government of Iraq are not doing enough to rebuild their society. The White House is putting pressure on the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group have debated how much to blame Iraqis for not performing civic duties.

This marks a shift in tone from earlier debate about the responsibility of the United States to restore order after the 2003 invasion, and it seemed to gain currency in October, when sectarian violence surged. Some see the talk of blame as the beginning of the end of U.S. involvement.

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For example, a Nov. 15 meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee turned into a festival of bipartisan Iraqi-bashing."We should put the responsibility for Iraq's future squarely where it belongs -- on the Iraqis," began Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), the committee's next chairman. "We cannot save the Iraqis from themselves." He has advocated announcing that U.S. troops are going to withdraw as a way of pressuring Iraqi politicians to find compromises.Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) followed by noting: "People in South Carolina come up to me in increasing numbers and suggest that no matter what we do in Iraq, the Iraqis are incapable of solving their own problems through the political process and will resort to violence, and we need to get the hell out of there.""We all want them to succeed," agreed Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). "We all want them to be able to stabilize their country with the assistance that we've provided them." But, he added, "too often they seem unable or unwilling to do that."

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It isn't just politicians who have decided that the problem with Iraq is the Iraqis. In the military establishment, said Joseph J. Collins, a professor at the National Defense University, "there is lots of disappointment in the performance of Iraqi officials of all stripes."

Thomas Donnelly, a hawkish defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he considers blame a legitimate issue. "Ultimately, just like success rests with the Iraqis, so does failure," he said. "We've made a lot of mistakes, but we've paid a huge price to give the Iraqis a chance at a decent future."

The blame game has also been playing out somewhat divisively within the secretive Iraq Study Group. The bipartisan commission, led by former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former congressman Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.), is deliberating policy recommendations to put forward next month.

"I'm tired of nit-picking over how we should bully the Iraqis into becoming better citizens of their own country," former CIA Middle East expert Ray Close wrote in an e-mail to the other advisers to the study group.

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The long-term effect of blaming Iraqis also could be poisonous, said Juan Cole, a University of Michigan specialist in Middle Eastern issues. He predicted that it will "infuriate the Iraqis and worsen further the future relationship of the two countries."

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During a surprise visit to Baghdad on Oct. 5, Rice said with uncharacteristic bluntness that the security situation was not helped by "political inaction."

The Bush administration hoped the long-delayed formation of a government, which took about five months after the Dec. 15 election last year, would produce more initiative by Baghdad. But the security and political situation continued to deteriorate, so the administration increased the pressure on Maliki's government. Over the past three months, U.S. officials and foreign diplomats said, senior U.S. military and administration officials visiting Baghdad have conveyed the same message: Get on with it.

"Our role is not to resolve those issues for them," Rice told reporters last month after pressing Maliki to be bolder about disbanding militias and reconciling sectarian differences. "They are going to have to resolve those issues among themselves."

Blaming Iraqis for the woeful situation disregards recent history, some experts argue. Phebe Marr, an Iraq expert and adviser to the Iraq Study Group, calculates that because of policy missteps and other errors, the United States bears about 60 percent of the blame. "You can't say, 'We did this and the Iraqis didn't rise to the occasion,' " she said. "There's enough blame to go around."

How typically American!

  • Starvation of an entire people.
  • Stop cancer medicine coming into the country so that more of our children can die.
  • Stop food coming into the country.
  • Stop water cleansing equipment coming into the country.
  • Bomb the country.
  • Invade it.
  • Loot it.
  • Loot it again in case you missed anything the last time.
  • Arm train and pay death squads to do even more of your filthy perverted work for you.
  • Shoot pregnant women in their belly as they go into labour and are being rushed into hospital to give birth. That way you get to kill two of the dirty sand niggers (who only understand force and Americans must introduce them to it) for the price of one.
  • Bomb innocent children in their own homes.
  • Take innocent and crippled old men. Murder them then throw a shovel beside the murdered body and say he was guilty.
  • Rape an innocent child. Do you think she was the only Iraqi child raped by the perverted scum in uniform you sent to my country?

    (Murder her family in her hearing before you rape the child of course.) She after all is only a sand nigger who only understands force and must be introduced to it.

  • Then you and your fellowship of American soldiers can introduce her personally to force by holding her down and violently forcing your penises into her body.
  • Once you have done that set fire to her.
  • Finally the most important step of all. Blame her and her people for everything you have done to them. Because they are only dirty sand niggers who only understand force and it the duty of the American people as civilised human beings to introduce them to force.

"Ana Iraki" "I am Iraqi" and on Friday when I preach at the Mosque I am going to read my translation of this article in its entirety to the congregation.

Then I am going to preach.

I am going to preach on this article because my congregation and I are only dirty sand niggers who only understand force and must be introduced to it by Americans. I am going to preach on this article because my congregation and I must be made to understand that we are to blame for the calamity that Americans have visited upon our children. I am going to preach on this article because my congregation and I are only dirty sand niggers who only understand force and we must take the blame for being disgusting enough to exist.

I am also going to send a copy of this article together with my translation to every other clergyman I know that they may do likewise.

Laith

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