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to be triggering a lot of antagonism on all sides is the counterinsurgency militia being cultivated by the CPA and GC which will include Chalabi's thugs, SCIRI extremists and some Kurdish Bayshmarga.

The popular and incorrect belief seems to be that if you are a Kurd or Shi'a, this step is a positive one. Actually, the majority of moderate Kurds and Shi'a are just as exasperated as Sunnis about this new group of soldiers/spies that is going to be let loose on the population.

It's just going to mean more hostility and suspicion in all directions, and if the new Iraqi force intends to be as indiscriminate with the detentions and raids as the troops, there's going to be a lot of bloodshed too.

I once said that I hoped, and believed, Iraqis were above the horrors of civil war and the slaughter of innocents, and I'm clinging to that belief with the sheer strength of desperation these days.

I remember hearing the stories about Lebanon from people who were actually living there during the fighting and a constant question arose when they talked about the grief and horrors- what led up to it? What were the signs? How did it happen? And most importantly? did anyone see it coming?

posted by river @6:19 AM

OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION

BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

Powell, Bremer Discuss Establishing “Very Large” Embassy

(USA Today, December 24, 2003, Pg. 6)

Secretary of State Colin Powell and the U.S. administrator of Iraq, Paul Bremer, discussed the establishment of a "very large embassy" in Baghdad in June 2004, a spokesman said.  (Bigger embassy, bigger target.  Maybe they mean they plan to make the walls 50 feet thick.)

DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK

War Profiteers Caught, Bush Next?

(Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2003)

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