Saturday :: Nov 1, 2003

I CANNOT But Tell A Lie


by pessimist

"Muslims are completely wrong to think that the US is engaged in a war against Islam. But that misperception flourishes in part because the domestic political strategy of the Bush administration -- no longer able to claim the Iraq war was a triumph, and with little but red ink to show for its economic plans -- looks more and more like a crusade." - New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

I saw pResident George W. Bush's rare live press conference on 10/29/03. I was struck by several thoughts:

First, I never saw him start out by kissing up to the media. I knew right then he was trying to spin something really bad. This prompted me to begin the research which has resulted in this post.

Next, he seemed tentative and hesitant, like he wanted to be especially careful about what he was about to say. Considering what I have found through my research, he might well have been right to feel so.

He also went into a long rant of his "accomplishments" as what seemed to be a confidence-building move on his part. He did seem to become more of the bellicose Dumbya we've all come to know and loathe, for he then went into a complaint about all the things those nasty Democrats are preventing him from doing, touching specifically on judicial nominations among many other things.

But for all this blather, he still seemed to be leading up to something. I did a quick scan to see what was up - and the news of additional Baghdad bombings leapt up off the screen. I knew then what he was spinning so hard about. Iraq was demonstrating that it controlled Bush and not the other way around like he wants us to believe.

Before I get into the serious stuff, I found a bit of satire that sums up what Bush seemed to want to accomplish with his latest "Liar-Hide Chat":

Don’t assume that bad news is bad and good news is good. In his latest Against the Grain commentary, CBSNews.com's Dick Meyer shares some wisdom from the president. Dick Meyer, the Editorial Director of CBSNews.com, is based in Washington. For many years, he was a political and investigative producer for The CBS News Evening News With Dan Rather.

Against the Grain By Dick Meyer © MMIII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduced here under the provisions of Fair Use.

Call Him President Backwards

Sometimes a big 100-watt goes off over my tired, graying head and I see things in a whole new light. When it’s the president of the United States who turns on the light, well, it makes me proud to be an American.

Thanks to some philosophy President Bush shared the other day, I realized that I’ve been looking at this whole Iraq thing bass-ackwards. The sorry truth is, my whole perspective on stuff like current events is pretty gloom-and-doom and entrenchified. I think that’s the word.

My big epiphany came after bad guys in Iraq bombed police stations and a Red Cross facility and killed about 40 people. I was very discouraged, but then the president spoke.

“The more successful we are on the ground, the more these killers will react,” the zen President said. “The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity is available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become, because they can’t stand the thought of a free society.”

Ding, ding, ding – of course that’s right.

Do you realize how bad things would really be if there were no suicide bombings, guerrilla attacks and anti-American violence in Iraq? It would be a sure sign that the enemies of freedom were kickin’ back and getting ready for Ramadan because they knew we weren’t fixing up Iraq right. That’s scary. If we weren’t making such good progress, the lack of violence and slaughter would a sure sign of trouble.

The real disaster would come if we found Saddam Hussein. Disaster-city, big time. It’s great that he’s still on the lam because it just shows how impressed the chief evil-doer is with our reconstruction of Iraq. If things were going to the dogs, Saddam would turn himself in, knowing the masses would rescue him and return him to his palaces. Remember this the next time you're stuck at the water cooler with a gloom-and-doom guy like I used to be: a free Saddam means freedom in Iraq is becoming entrenchified.

We also better hope we don’t nab Osama. The minute that guy gets plunked into a dungeon in Gitmo, forget about it. That will be proof positive that al Qaeda is so confident that our war on terror is terrible that they’ll let us capture their fearless leader as a taunt and a distraction. You see the logic here? If I were to bump into Osama at Starbucks this afternoon, it would be my duty to buy him a latte and a Halloween mask and send him back into hiding. Same with Mullah Omar. And all those weapons of mass destruction.

This kind of geopolitical theory isn’t just for foreign stuff. Take the California wildfires. Sure, they’re a short-term inconvenience. But in a year everything will be fine even though hundreds of thousands acres were scorched a little bit. It just proves that God wants us to drill for oil in the wilds of Alaska because it’s just not a big deal. In fact, all this smoke and pollution is just a reminder that smoke and pollution are a part of nature and all this EPA stuff is just mumbo-jumbo.

Some of the best news lately came from the folks who do the census. Not only did they find the official poverty rate rose from 11.7 percent in 2001 to 12.1 percent in 2002, they discovered that 2.4 million more people didn’t have any health insurance. First of all, this does a pretty good job of explaining why poor people are so full of sour grapes. But the statistics show that the war to make rich people richer is making progress. And when poor people realize that the rich are getting richer, they’ll realize that America is the land of opportunity.

So long as the economy doesn’t heat up, the president will do just fine in ’04. And bad stuff will be good.

I BELIEVE!


OK, enough with the sugar-coating. On the the heavy stuff:

U.S. to Shift Tactics in Iraq, Bush Says [Excerpted]

Twelve months before the presidential election, Bush made a broad defense of his foreign policy during a news conference, saying he will tell Americans during the upcoming campaign that "the world is more peaceful and more free under my leadership and America is more secure."

Bush's words appeared intended to address criticism - particularly from Democratic presidential candidates - that the White House had failed to anticipate rising violence in Iraq and was uncertain about how to deal with it and protect American lives.

Bush's news conference failed to stop criticism of his Iraq policy.

Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean said Bush "seems content to pursue the current flawed plan, unwilling to do what is necessary to encourage our friends and allies to assist, incapable of taking the steps necessary to expedite the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis and content to direct billions of dollars to special interests like Halliburton."

Sen. John Kerry, another Democratic candidate, said Bush "can talk about hardening targets, but still has failed to take the target off the backs of American soldiers. ... The only answer is to bring in other countries, share the burden and end the feeling of American occupation."

Now I place Bush's "Liar-Hide Chat" comments amid the commentary reactions of the world's Web media:

Bush: Success in Iraq Provoking Attacks
WASHINGTON Oct. 27 — President Bush on Monday blamed rising violence in Iraq on U.S. progress being made there, saying coalition successes are making insurgents more desperate. Bush spoke only hours after bombings in postwar Baghdad killed dozens of people and after conferring at the White House with the top U.S. general and civilian official in Iraq. "The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become," Bush told reporters.

The carnage showed how America has failed to gain control of Iraq six months after its invasion. It also signalled a decisive moment in the Iraqi crisis, which has become the supreme test of Washington's power in the world. Three months ago, the US occupation seemed evenly balanced between success and failure. Today, it is hard to see how it can succeed. It did not have to happen in this way. Saddam should not have been a hard act to follow. - The Independent

It is the boldness of these attacks as much as their frequency that raises searching questions about the competence of the security forces. The Al Rasheed is home to officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority and US military personnel. If a "citadel" building such as this can be hit by terrorists, either US security is at fault or the terrorist forces have more support than we have been given to understand. - The Scotsman

Now, the bloody attacks yesterday and Sunday in Baghdad on Red Cross headquarters, three police stations and a hotel housing U.S. personnel threaten to undermine those efforts. "It's been a bad 24 hours," Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged.

Confusion, violence and the threat of increased attacks against targets associated with the American-led occupation yesterday marked the beginning of Iraq's first Muslim holy month of Ramadan since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Religious leaders gave warning that the rocket attack on the Baghdad hotel where Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy US defence secretary, is staying was just the start of a new campaign of violence during a "month of jihad". It will be carried out not only by Ba'ath party loyalists but by angry young zealots inspired by the prospect of a month of religious exaltation. "We are Muslims in Iraq and Ramadan is the month of jihad. Every Muslim can see that we have invaders in our country." The beginning of Ramadan, however, proved an example of why many Iraqis are questioning the benefits of the US-led occupation. Under the former regime, the sighting of the new moon that heralds the start of Ramadan was announced by a government agency. This year the lack of central command has led to furious disputes between Sunni and Shia groups eager to declare to the nation the start of the holy month. A power cut during the crucial hours also prevented a broadcast announcement. Thousands of Iraqis were unaware yesterday that it was the first day of dawn-to-dusk fasting and ate during daylight hours. One said: "This is a very black day for me. Allah has demanded that I be fasting today. Instead I am in penance, and I blame the Americans for that." - Khalifa.com

In Baghdad, Paul Wolfowitz looked the ongoing war right in the face. Or rather, he saw the many faces of war. The rockets fired at the hotel where he was staying were part of a precisely-organized guerilla attack. Even the helicopter that went up in flames in Tikrit shortly after Wolfowitz' visit there evoked memories of the U.S. fiasco in Somalia - the Frankfurter Rundschau

It was not without a certain degree of irony, that of all people, Rumsfeld's deputy Wolfowitz -- who wanted to use his Baghdad visit to stress the progress made in security Iraq -- had been the target of an attack. Wolfowitz stands for the belief that force can be used to reshape the Arab world. From such a perspective, the war and the U.S. occupation -- with its structural use of force against civilians -- needn't be borne in mind. Even today it was clear that Wolfowitz' hopes for a short occupation at low cost could be relegated to the realm of myths. - Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

The Egyptian state-run newspapers Al-Gumhuriya and Al-Ahram both said Sunday's attack was "a daring" attempt to assassinate Wolfowitz.

Al-Gumhuriya said the US official "escaped death by miracle."

In Lebanon, the As-Safir newspaper played up Wolfowitz's role in promoting the war that toppled Saddam in April. It ran a title saying "the rockets of the resistance track down the architect of the war."

AN influential Lebanese politician and leader of its Druze community triggered US outrage today when he expressed regret US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was unhurt in a Baghdad rocket attack. "We hope the firing will be more precise and efficient (next time), so we get rid of this microbe and people like him in Washington who are spreading disorder in Arab lands, Iraq and Palestine," Walid Jumblatt said in a statement. A government source said that Beirut did not intend to publicly condemn the remarks. - News.com (Australia)

The two days of violence represented a significant spike in violence, a surge of attacks that showed some level of coordination, defense officials said.

The expert in the "Defense Analysis" bulletin Francis Tousa said "the matter is very grave and the attacks are not isolated." He added that it is the beginning of traditional guerilla war and a terrorist campaign. This expert considered that the Americans deliberately try to underplay the dangers of these attacks. He said the Americans "say they are thieves... no, they are more important than that. They are organized and have their own plans and objectives." He stressed that the possibilities for the short run are not promising. He added "we will witness more big attacks and more booby trapped car and missile shelling." He considered that as a result of the deteriorated condition there will be more "cement barriers and violent patrols" by the American forces. - Arab News

Bush met with civilian U.S. Iraqi administrator L. Paul Bremer, military commander Gen. John Abizaid and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld in what officials said was a session scheduled before the latest outburst of violence. Bremer and Abizaid also were meeting at the Pentagon with Rumsfeld over the next few days to focus on Iraq strategy, defense officials said.

With the onset of more violent and coordinated attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, this week has become a pivotal point in the conflict and a perilous moment for Bush. In some ways, he has staked his presidency on a war that he promises will, in time, bring stability to a turbulent region and combat terrorism against the United States. - USA Today

"This has not been the beautiful war US generals and politicians made it out to be, despite the ease with which the American-led coalition force smashed the Iraqi army. As the persistent guerilla strikes show, the Iraq war is far from over." - Straits Times

Bush, sitting next to Bremer in the Oval Office, said those who are continuing to engage in violence "can't stand the thought of a free society. They hate freedom. They love terror. They love to try to create fear and chaos."

The increasing tide of politically motivated violence should act as a wake-up call. It has been fuelled by a series of mistakes the occupiers have made since they symbolically toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein in Fardus Square on April 9. The solution to the growing anarchy now threatening to engulf Iraq is political not military. For this process to be effective it must deliver results on a local level that have meaning to the everyday lives of ordinary people. The hasty creation of ill-considered political structures in Baghdad with no links to the majority of Iraqi society breeds the resentment and anger fuelling the insurgency. - The Guardian

But Bush said he remains "even more determined to work with the Iraqi people" to restore peace and civility to the wartorn nation.

"Wise policies detect dead-end roads and situations that only offer the choice between bad possibilities through impartial investigation and thought before, not after having stumbled into them." - the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The United States, which forced war on Iraq without a proper UN mandate and is still to show evidence of the weapons of mass destruction which it said necessitated its military action, must be among the first to address the growing violence. France, a staunch opponent of the war, has a point when it stresses the need to restore sovereignty to the Iraqi people as soon as possible and with its calls for a political process towards this end. With Iraq still reeling, and its people's nerves badly on edge after 23 years of war and uncertain survival, it is time to start talking _ with all the immediate protagonists, non-partisans and regional states involved under the chairmanship of a country free of vested interest. - Bangkok Post

The deal to save the US from its own neo-colonial incoherence and quagmire in Iraq must be explicit: an integrated package of measures to improve conditions for all in Iraq must immediately curb the prevailing American control of the situation and reaffirm critical multilateral approval for any such foreign intervention in a sovereign state. Internationalizing the stabilization, democratization, economic revitalization, national reconfiguration and political transition in Iraq must be done in such a way that it reduces and negates the Anglo-American occupation, rather than providing it with a fig leaf and political-economic relief. - The Daily Star

Said Bremer: "We'll have rough days ... but the overall thrust is in the right direction and the good days outnumber the bad days."

As the American viceroy in Iraq, Paul Bremer, has admitted, the terrorists have become more organised and more sophisticated in their use of explosive devices. Such a development could not have taken place in the absence of ground conditions which are favourable to the terrorists. One of the reasons why they may be finding it easier to operate is the growing unpopularity of the US forces for maltreatment and worse of the civilian population. Reports are now filtering out about the many innocent people, including children, who have died as a result of the American habit of shooting first and asking questions later. For every school that is opened or hospital made functional or an electricity line that is restored, there are hundreds of victims of nervous US soldiers who have opened fire indiscriminately, mainly at the checkpoints. To the terrorists, these reservoirs of resentment against what is increasingly regarded as an occupation force is a godsend. It obviously enables them to function with much greater freedom than what would have been possible if the Americans had prepared for the post-war scene more carefully. - Hindustan Times

There is a fatal flaw in attempting to meet the amorphous terrorist threat - either locally or globally - by reaching for a bigger gun. The increasing terrorist violence in Iraq despite a very large US military presence makes this point. And it is this reality that makes the Pentagon's latest plan to incorporate low-yield nuclear weapons - so-called "mini nukes" - into the US military's conventional arsenal especially worrying. Mini-nukes are supposed to transform the US military's nuclear capacity into what the Pentagon terms as "relevant to the threat environment" of terrorism. Yet, in the 1980s, the US judged another weapon, the shoulder-held Stinger missile, as similarly relevant. Stingers were supplied to Islamic "jihad" guerillas, including the Taliban, fighting Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Now they have become one of the most dangerous weapons in terrorists' hands. The development of "mini-nukes" would mean the end of the Cold War definition of nuclear arms as catastrophic weapons of last resort. Any move to reduce the size and fallout of nuclear warheads suggests a belief that nuclear weapons may be employed with an acceptable level of devastation. The converse risk, though, is that terrorism, too, could go nuclear - even if in the crudest of forms. That is the dilemma. A new generation of weapons would not necessarily tip the balance of the "war on terror" in America's favour. Rather, as the escalating, high-level terrorist violence in Iraq suggests, new weapons for one eventually means new weapons for all. - Sydney Morning Herald

We should not turn a difficult situation into a catastrophic one by looking for instant solutions. A hasty American retreat from Iraq would probably lead to political chaos, internal fighting and regional complications. However, a prolonged American presence would generate more anti-American political and military resistance in Iraq and throughout the region, and would make a shambles of the UN-based global peace-making system. The best thing that can be done now is to combine moves that aim to simultaneously address the immediate and long-term challenges faced: a stable sovereign Iraq on the one hand, and a more humble America that sheaths its neo-con-driven instinct for unilateral militarism, on the other. - The Daily Star

A number of Iraqis were killed and captured in the attacks and in raids and other continuing operations by coalition forces over the weekend, one defense official said. He said he didn't know the number and had no other details. As they have said following previous attacks, U.S. officials vowed that the newest wave of violence will not deter them from their aim of stabilizing the country, systematically rooting out remnants of the former regime and training Iraqis to take over responsibility for security.

There is no security solution for these bombings and assassinations, for the resistance, the terror and violence, and for the collapse of American soldiers' morale. The solution is in the hands of the Iraqis, and in their minds. - Dar al Hayat

Commanders have noticed that more attacks are being launched from a distance, said Odierno, head of the 4th Infantry Division. That is probably because attackers realize they will suffer more casualties if they come in direct contact with coalition troops, he said. Because fewer people are willing to participate in attacks, the price paid by organizers has increased significantly, he said. "What we've seen is more mortar attacks and more improvised explosive devices," he said, adding that in his area north of Baghdad there haven't yet been any car bombs. "But I suspect that that's the next step."

Occupation forces are sinking in the quicksands of Iraq and drowning in a bloody swamp. - Al-Arab Al-Yom

Commanders have reports that at the outset, people were paid $100 to conduct an attack against coalition forces and $500 if they succeeded, whereas they now get somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000 for an attack and $3,000 to $5,000 for a successful one.

Baghdad is a living hell on the first day of the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. Semantics do count here. For one, this is an occupation: An Al Jazeera poll found that more than two thirds of Iraqis considered the US presence in Iraq to be an occupation. The word itself has negative connotations and inspires expressions of combating the occupier, whether peacefully or violently. The US is not in control. Despite the desperate statements by White House, Pentagon and State Department officials that Iraq is secure and becoming safer by the day, events on the ground are ostensibly to the contrary. The attacks are almost certainly devised to undermine the US presence in Iraq. For one, it highlights to the Iraqi people that their new ‘rulers’ cannot protect them. This has severe psychological implications: it is designed to ensure that those ‘collaborators’ working with the CPA desist from doing so. It is also designed as a show of force; whether it is Saddam fedayeen, independent Iraqi resistance or foreign Islamic fighters who carry out these attacks, the message is that the US is not the only power in Iraq. The depth, coordination and ensuing devastation of these attacks show that there is a highly mobile, highly sophisticated and highly determined organization (or union of organizations) with the resources, technical prowess and popular support to keep the CPA weak and vulnerable. - Islam Online

Echoing Bush's theme, Odierno said the reason for the attacks is insurgents "want to get as much attention as they can and they're becoming more and more desperate each day."

The attacks, blamed on loyalists of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and anti-US Islamic fundamentalists, are turning into a wearing war of attrition for the US administration. - Al-Arab Al-Yom

Commanders see no indications, and have gotten no information from detainees, leading them to believe foreign fighters have linked with former regime loyalists.

Even though many chose not to fight the invaders in March, it's clear some have taken up arms now. Iraq is their country. They know the terrain and the language far better than even the GPS-wielding Americans. They have homes and honor to defend. They will prove a difficult and perhaps unbeatable opponent. - Saudi Gazette

The global terrorist threat was the least plausible reason advanced for the invasion of Iraq led by the United States. Prewar Iraq was not the crucible in which al-Qaeda and its September 11 attacks were conceived, for all the odiousness of Saddam Hussein's regime. Yet, escalating terrorist violence is now the most harrowing of the consequences of the US occupation. - Sydney Morning Herald

"But I believe there'll be a time, when they become more and more desperate, that the regime loyalists will look to go to foreign fighters and try to integrate with them," he said. "In fact, we do believe that, because of some of the money that we have captured, that there are some problems with paying potential foreign fighters, and that's why maybe we have not seen them yet, because they cannot pay them the money they need in order to conduct their operations," he said.

Another Jordanian newspaper, Al-Dustur, asked whether US Secretary of State Colin Powell and "the others realise that this is only the beginning."

Bush insisted anew that he would veto an overall Iraqi aid package if the Iraqi reconstruction money were to be structured as a loan. Last week, the White House threatened to veto the overall $87 billion aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan if any of the Iraqi reconstruction money was structured as a loan.

In an interview with Newsweek, McCain said he saw "a parallel to Vietnam" in the gap between the administration's optimistic statements and the harsh reality on the ground. A McCain aide said the senator was not suggesting Iraq had become a Vietnam-like quagmire and favored deploying more U.S. troops, not fewer. But the aide added McCain believes the administration "needs to level with the American people." - Newsday

The toll is achingly personal for Cary Brassfield, 47, an Army vet from Flint, Mich., who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs. His 22-year-old son, Artimus, an Army tank driver, was killed last week by mortar fire in Samaria, Iraq. "He died for his country, and that's noble," Brassfield said. "But I'm having reservations about the reasoning behind the war. Our soldiers are getting picked off one by one. The war is supposed to be over. How much of a sacrifice are we supposed to make for Iraqi freedom?" Beyond lives lost, he noted the financial cost of an administration spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan that has passed both houses of Congress: "$87 billion is money that could be used here," he said. "I'm wondering if we were deceived by our leaders and they can't admit they bit off more than we can chew." - USA Today

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I found a few other thought-provoking thoughts while researching this article. I thought I would share them, although they don't necessarily have a direct link to the specific topic. First, on the general state of international relations local to Iraq:

It has been clarified that Iraq’s temporary Governing Council has not invited Turkey to talks; and in case such an invitation was made, Ankara would not receive it warmly. According to information from diplomatic sources, contrary to U.S. appointed Iraq administrator Paul Bremer’s statements, no invitation from the Council has been sent to Ankara inviting a committee. Sources gave the message that, officially, Turkey deals with the U.S., who requested troops in the first place, and that Ankara does not look at the possibility of sitting at the table with the Council with great enthusiasm. Diplomatic sources also reacted to Bremer’s statements about Turkey being a ‘colonialist power’ in Iraq for more than 400 years: “Okay, so what was England? They need to ask themselves this question.” - Zaman.com

A reminder that all is not going well with George's Other War - the one that is "accomplished" like Iraq:

An American Special Forces soldier died of wounds sustained during a gun battle against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Friday. He is the third American combat fatality in Afghanistan in less than a week. The attack comes after three U.S. soldiers were slightly wounded in an ambush Monday in eastern Afghanistan and after two Americans working for the CIA were killed during a separate battle near the Pakistan border last Saturday. Four American soldiers were killed in combat in August, one of the bloodiest months in Afghanistan since the end of the major fighting last year. Forty U.S. soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the campaign against the Taliban and its Al Qaeda allies in October 2001. The Taliban have regrouped this year and launched a new insurgency, along with supporters of the renegade guerrilla commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

So much for accomplishment. Afghanistan II, Coming Soon to a Television Set Near You. At least the UN tends to think so:

The United Nations said Monday it stood by a report on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan that President Hamid Karzai called exaggerated and “essentially mistaken.” The report, delivered by top UN peacekeeping official Jean-Marie Guehenno, said the ousted Taliban were resurgent and had taken control of some border areas, and that fundamental security issues remained unresolved. “The report encompasses activities in Afghanistan over the past several months and we stand by it,” a political affairs and press officer in Guehenno’s office, David Wimhurst, told AFP. “We look forward to discussing the president’s views but we do stand by the report as it was presented,” he said. On Sunday, Karzai in a statement “strongly rejected” Guehenno’s claim that his fledgling Afghan government had lost control of several border regions to the Taliban. “There is not a single district in the areas referred to in the report where the central government does not exercise full control,” Karzai said.

Uh-huh! Convince us some more, Hamid!

Next, a couple of thoughts about the Holocaust and the desire of one company to improve its image over its wartime activities:

[T]he Holocaust lead to a redistribution of ownership that was without parallel -- a redistribution without which the Nazi state would have foundered economically. - Halle's Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Is it just me, or could we substitute "Iraq War" for "Holocaust" and "American Corporate state" for "Nazi state" and have a very timely observation?

A company earns big money by robbing and blackmailing people and two generations later it wants to benefit financially when it comes to commemorating these acts." - The Westdeutsche Zeitung

We'll be watching to see if Halliburton and Bechtel someday lead the charge for a memorial to those who died securing their occupation reconstruction profits as we speak.


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