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  •  Good statement by (13+ / 0-)

    Senator Reid.

    More death from Bush's invasion.

    "The greatest anti-poverty movement in American history is the organized labor movement." John Edwards

    by TomP on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 02:34:51 PM PDT

    •  time to drag my favorite bush quote (16+ / 0-)

      ..."But slowly but surely, the truth will be known. Either we'll succeed, or we won't succeed. And the definition of success as I described is sectarian violence down. Success is not, no violence. There are parts of our own country that have got a certain level of violence to it. But success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives. And that's what we're trying to achieve.

      well george today you have succeeded beyond your wildest dreams

      to the Hague -- in shackles
      i so hate this man

      He may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot...Groucho Marx

      by distributorcap on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 02:46:59 PM PDT

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      •  According to CNN's man in Baghdad, (3+ / 0-)

        Michael Ware, if your count the bodies found on the street each morning, you can claim a bit of temporary success as the numbers are slightly down, BUT (and this blew my mind) the reason for that is our "ethnic cleansing" of the neighborhoods - separating Shia from Sunni and letting their militias stand in the breech.  PLUS, he points out, more than 2 million who could get out of Iraq have gone and another 2 million are in refugee camps.

        "He that sees but does not bear witness, be accursed" Book of Jubilees

        by Lying eyes on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 04:20:44 PM PDT

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        •  Save the Yazidi (2+ / 0-)
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          The USA makes it worse.

          In a savage onslaught on the pre-Islamic Yazidi sect, four suicide bombers driving fuel tankers blew themselves up in northern Iraq killing 175 people and wounding 200 others, according to local officials.

          The attacks took place in the Sinjar district 70 miles west of Mosul and targeted houses of the Yazidi, a 350,000-strong secretive community whose beliefs are a mixture of Zotroastrian and Manichean beliefs predating Islam and Christianity.

          The death toll was the highest in Iraq since mortar fire and car bombs killed 215 people in Sadr City, the impoverished Shia suburb of Baghdad, on 23 November last year. One source said that there were two explosions in an area of dense housing in Sinjar which then 'came under a mortar attack following the double explosion.' It is not clear why the Yazidi should have been singled out for the coordinated assault though their non-Islamic beliefs would be enough to lead an attack by al Qaida in Iraq. They are also ethnic Kurds who speak Kurdish which would also make them a target. The public lynching of a Yazidi girl who converted to Islam in order to marry her Muslim Kurdish boyfriend led sectarian strife earlier this year. Gunmen took 23 Yazidi textile workers from a bus near Mosul and shot them all dead after telling non-Yazidi workers to go home.

          At least thirty houses were destroyed in the attacks, the worst of which took place Siba Sheikh Kidar housing compound west of Mosul. Two more explosions took place in the Kar Izir area two miles to the south. A local source said that "people are in a panic while hospitals are still rushing people to Sinjar hospital." Inside the hospital corridors were crowded with wounded.

          Dhakil Qassim, the mayor of Sinjar said that al Qaida in Iraq were behind the bombings citing Kurdish government intelligence reports. The Sinjar area is largely under Kurdish control and is claimed as part of the historic Kurdish homeland from which Saddam Hussein sought to drive them.

          "This is a terrorist act and the people targeted are poor Yazidis who have nothing to do with the armed conflict," Mr Qassim said. "Al Qaida fighters are very active in this area near the Syrian border." US helicopters took some of the injured to the nearby Kurdish city of Dohuk. Ghassan Salim, 40, a teacher, said: "We went to the hospital and the wounded told us about the attacks. I gave blood. I saw many maimed people with no legs or arms. Many were left in the hospital garage or in the streets because the hospital is too small."

          It's an oil war, stupid car driver.

          by carlos oaxaca on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 06:29:29 PM PDT

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    •  I'm glad that Harry... (0+ / 0-)

      Reid is being forceful about needing change in Iraq.
      However, make no mistake - if there is a civil war in Iraq then Bush is the second coming of Jefferson Davis.

      Honor bound to defend freedom. Freedom is long-standing army regulations.

      by RichardG on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 01:03:23 AM PDT

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