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27 July 2005


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common sense

On number 4 I partially agree with you. However I think:

- We are moving into the declare victory and go home mode. The weirder rightists are already saying that extensive civil war and even a conflict that inflames the entire mideast is the Bush secret plan which he might not have been able to verbalize but with his supernatural powers knew from the beginning. This is why we must remove our poor president from the clutches of these people.

- I think the Shiites are using us. We are a defacto strike force against the Sunni, we ignore the increasingly well armed theocracies in the south and indeed declare them examples of success. Right now we act as support while they build up their militias. lus they have the enjoyable process of pretty much ignoring our "advice" and watching us kow tow. Sistani did that a year ago when he demanded elections and we ended up pretending it was our idea.

So I don't know if they are in a hurry to get us, we are still useful. Of course at some point they will be confident and then start taking some bloodAt some point we will probably see documentatin of how much Iraqi money went to American firms to reconstruct and how dodgy the acconting is and all sorts of demands for repatriations in the UN.

But for now we are "useful idiots."


Can you tell me more or direct me to some info about this

Jaafari is a semi-reformed, but altogether rehabilitated Dawa' terrorist leader who was in the leadership of this group when it bombed the US Embassy in Kuwait.

I'd never heard this before, maybe it is common knowledge but it has escaped me.

Half Fast Skier

I can "vision-thingy" this and see a 3-way parition of Iraq; Shia, Sunni and Kurd.

With the Iraqi Shia's in bed with Iran for support, that leaves the Kurds alone, but at odds with Turkey and Syrian with the possibility of the Iran/Iraq Shia's joining the fun too. The Sunni's are the odd-man out, but they have the backing of the majority Sunni population in the region and are probably behind all the insurgents.

Instead of ridding the world of terrorist, seems we have created a enclave of terrorist. And since the MSM is so intent on broadcasting our Nation's "fear" of another terrorist attack, we are setting ourselves up...almost begging for it.



common sense

Half Fast:

The problem with the relatively clear cut scenerio of a 3 way division is that in many parts of the country the various groups are all mixed together.

This can lead to "etnic cleansing."

And it's likely the jihadists want to start a bloody and total civil war, a war which could easily bring in support from much of the Arab world, the beginning of a war to cleanse Islam and destroy the Shiite.

Some people have claimed the Saddamites would avoid such a war because they are outnumbered. But many Sunni believe the figures are lies and in general they believe they are more capablthan the Shiites. They think they would win a civil war.


In other words, we lost.



12 December, 1983. The embassy was destroyed. Several member of the Dawa Party were arrested and convicted of the crime.


He joined the Islamic Dawa Party in 1968. Upon graduation from school in 1974 he worked actively for the party in Iraq until the Ba'athist government began a violent crackdown on the group. He left for Iran in 1980 and became involved in the anti-Saddam movement there.

The attack on the embassy in Kuwait was planned and run out of Iran.

I was Defense Attache at our embassy in S. Arabia at the time and very interested in this.

Connect the dots. pl



We no longer seem so useful to the Shia. I recommend to all Peter Galbraith's superb piece on Iraq in the "New York Review of Books." He makes the observation that the demography of the country pretty much insures that the Sunni insurgency will not be able to re-capture Iraq as a whole. On that basis the Shia may have made the judgment that our continuing presence is a "wasting" asset and that our inability to efficiently deliver re-construction moneys make that even clearer. The Shia activists do not want to share power with the Sunni Arabs. There is a reason why the Sunnis ran Iraq for a thousand years and the Shia know that if the Sunni Arabs are given a share of power, they may well rule the country at some future time and that "payback" will be a bitch.

The Bush Administration actually believes much of its own rhetoric and the continuing efforts of Khalilzad, Rice, Casey and others to achieve some degree of power sharing must be a growing problem for the Shia rulers.

Therefore, "let's get the Americans out of here as soon as we reasonably can do it."


linda in miami

wow pat i feel like i am getting the real picture from you. my land its a magic decoder ring! aren't we in bed with some lovely people, i had no idea that jafari "our pm" was a terrorist involved in bombing the us embassy in kuwait. i read that galbraith piece and i agree i thought it was very good. i really hadn't thought aboutit but he's correct: there was no way the sunni uprising could succeed strictly based on the # of sunnis vs the # of shites. it makes total sense. keep blogging so we can keep enjoying!!!!

Half Fast Skier

From my post yesterday evening...."I can "vision-thingy" this and see a 3-way parition of Iraq; Shia, Sunni and Kurd." I have a few points to clarfy.

First, Iraq can't partition...the Arab world wouldn't stand for it. The Shia's gaining control from Sunni's with Iran's help is bad mojo.

Second, no one likes the Kurds except the US. From what I've read, they're more European than Arab. If the Kurds stike up an independent Kurdistan it is very likely the Kurds in the boreder areas of its' neighbors will stir up so much trouble it wouldn't take too much imagination to see Turks, Syrians and Iranian tanks rolling into that region. Remember, the US couldn't use Turkey as a staging point for Iraq-2...there was some serious concern that if they had, the Turks would have used it as an excuse to put down the rebellious Kurds in Eastern Turkey and Western Iraq and completely ignore the US's intent to oust Saddamm.

Meanwhile, the Sunni's, depleated of all power but with the support and backing of it's neighboring Sunni's, are in a position to stir the pot and raise pure hell for both Kurds and Shia's.

The US has openned pandora's box and has yet to realize it should never had been openned in the first place. What has been let out will take many years to control and nullify.



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