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Monday, November 27, 2006

Sunni and Shi'ite United!

At long last the Sunni and Shi'ite peoples of Iraq have found common ground, something they fully agree on. It's all the Americans fault.

Okay, so perhaps that should read 'Americans and their allies', since several countries have taken part in (mis)handling the situation in Iraq, but the sheer weight of American numbers (not just the troops but the companies tasked with rebuilding the country) present and very visible presumably paints the whole mess in a very stars-and-stripes pattern to the general population.

A leading Shi'ite cleric from Najaf, Sheikh Ali Mirza Asada, states that "the roots of our problems lie in the mistakes of the Americans committed right from the beginning of their occupation", a position that his Sunni counterpart, Sheikh Harith Al-Dhari, seems to concur with. Despite the fact that he is currently a fugitive in Cairo having been accused by the predominantly Shi'ite government as a supporter of terrorism, he sings in harmony with his exilers - "Since the beginning the US occupation Iraq from bad to worse" [sic].

Whatever you may believe about the original intentions of 'liberating' Iraq the simple facts are that since the war 'ended' US troop deaths per day have increased, civilian deaths per day have increased even more, and neither statistic shows any sign of slowing down. We may not hear about bombs going off on the news any more, but that's simply because they have become so fucking commonplace that it's dull news.

What is the solution for Iraq? I'm buggered if I know. But one thing I'm certain of is that this isn't it. And when someting so consistently fails to yield results for such a long time surely the only ones who would refuse to change tack would be the imbeciles of the world. Isn't that right, Messers Bush and Cheney...?

Cheers m'dears!

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At Monday, November 27, 2006 2:00:00 pm, Blogger Bo Naidal said...

I don't have the solution either, but as an ordinary dimwit, I happen to think we should either Go Big or Go Home as they say. You know, you either totally go in there with full force and totally control things or you just leave it alone, you get out.

Personally, as I would want to go myself, I would say get out.

But you know what, we'll probably get the muddled middle course where we stay there with only a miminal force, sort of causing trouble ourselves but never solving things.

I read one good blog this morning that said, if we left we would actually force the negotiating parites to reach a sort of resolution.

Check it out here:

Thank you for your thoughts.
Bo Naidal

At Monday, November 27, 2006 2:01:00 pm, Blogger Bo Naidal said...

Totally sorry for the second comment here, I mean to say "as I wouldn't want to go myself." Instead I said the opposite. oops

At Wednesday, November 29, 2006 7:15:00 am, Blogger Kieran said...

We need a time machine.

Or a hell of a lot of asbo bracelets and Wyat Erp. It's quite difficult being disusted at the invasion itself and now the purely political hurry to abandon ship. Sorry I mean shit. What to do what to do. Relocate to Afghanistan, have another go. Do the 'failed states' on rotation. Wait until everyone forgets it even happened. Pray for global tsunami. Apologise for slavery. Install Gordon Brown and Hilary Clinton. Erm, blame the Poles. And have a go at China for being "unethical" in Africa, with all their unconditional aid and infrastructure building.

Yep, time machine.

At Friday, December 01, 2006 12:20:00 am, Blogger michael the tubthumper said...

maybe a bit of remarketing and a happy new slogan?

thats what they will try anyway

At Thursday, December 21, 2006 4:12:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it. It's so easy to pretend that the Brits simply aren't involved and blame America as if the United kingdom had never heard of the middle east before Bush's misadventure. On Iraq, to the Brits and as an American I'd just like to say "thanks a lot guys! We couldn't have done it without you."
On the other hand, did you ever notice how there's, like, a lot less violence in the British controlled areas? What's up with that?


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