July 23, 2014

Civilians Killed, Children Among The Dead . . . . In Iraq

Maliki The Magnificent: Those Zionists think they can kill more women and children than me? How dare they entertain such silly notions! Inshallah, I will show them. Fallujah and Mosul will surrender before Gaza.

An excerpt from, "Iraqi Govt Barrel Bombs Kill 19 Civilians in Fallujah" by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, July 22:
The Iraqi government launched another round of airstrikes against an ISIS-held city today, this time pounding the area in and around Fallujah, one of the first cities to fall to ISIS way back in January.

As with other recent strikes, the toll was entirely civilian, at least according to Health Ministry officials, who confirmed 19 slain civilians, including a number of women and children, and 38 wounded civilians.
Iraqi Government Air Strikes Killing Civilians. Source: HumanRightsWatch. Date Published: July 22, 2014. Description:
Iraq's security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on four cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them.

U.S. Govt: MH17 Stance Based On Obvious Social Media Hoaxes

Who needs field intelligence officers when you have YouTube?

New Study: Social Media Posts About War In Syria Are Biased And Unreliable:
An excerpt from, "Study finds bias in Internet postings about Syria’s civil war" by Lauren Kirkwood, McClatchy, February 24, 2014:

YouTube videos and posts on Facebook and Twitter have made scenes from Syria’s civil war accessible to audiences thousands of miles from the conflict. But the version of events disseminated by social media is not a completely accurate picture of the war, according to a report from the congressionally funded U.S. Institute of Peace.

After reviewing more than 38 million Twitter posts about the Syrian conflict, a team of Middle East scholars from The George Washington University and American University concluded that rather than an objective account of what’s taken place, social media posts have been carefully curated to represent a specific view of the war.
U.S. Govt: MH17 Stance Based On Obvious Social Media Hoaxes. Source: TheAlexJonesChannel. Date Published: July 22.

July 22, 2014

World's Most Useless Body Debate The War In Gaza

UN Security Council meets to debate over Gaza crisis. Source: AFP. Date Published: July 22.

July 21, 2014

Christian Holocaust Underway In Iraq! MSM Blackout! [Video]

 For Iraq's Christians the Genghis Khan era represents the good old days. Genghis Khan didn't discriminate between Christian, Muslim, and Jew, he killed everyone in his path.

1. An excerpt from, "ISIS Forces Last Iraqi Christians to Flee Mosul" by Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, July 18, 2014:
By 1 p.m. on Friday almost every Christian in Mosul had heard the Sunni militants’ message — they had until noon Saturday to leave the city.

Men, women and children piled into neighbors’ cars, some begged for rides to the city limits and hoped to get taxis to the nearest Christian villages. They took nothing more than the clothes on their backs, according to several who were reached late Friday.

The order from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria came after Christians decided not to attend a meeting that ISIS had arranged for Thursday night to discuss their status.

“We were so afraid to go,” said Duraid Hikmat, an expert on minorities who had done research for years in Mosul. He fled two weeks ago to Al Qosh, a largely Christian town barely an hour away, but his extended family left on Friday.

Since 2003, when Saddam Hussein was ousted, Mosul’s Christians, one of the oldest communities of its kind in the world, had seen their numbers dwindle from over 30,000 to just a few thousand, but once ISIS swept into the city in early June, there were reports that the remaining Christians had fled.
2. An excerpt from, "Iraq Crisis: Isis Expelling Monks from Ancient Christian Monastery" by Jack Moore, International Business Times, July 21, 2014:
Islamic militants have stormed and seized a Christian monastery in northern Iraq and expelled its resident monks, according to a cleric and residents.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) militants stormed Mar Behnam, a 4th century monastery, previously controlled by the Syriac Catholic church and a place of pilgrimage near the majority Christian town of Qaraqosh.

"You have no place here anymore, you have to leave immediately," the militants were quoted as telling the monastery's residents by a member of the Syriac clergy.
3. An excerpt from, "Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan" by Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman, Reuters, July 20, 2014:
The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad.

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword.
"The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity," Sako told a special church service in east Baghdad where around 200 Muslims joined Christians in solidarity.

"How in the 21st century could people be forced from their houses just because they are Christian, or Shi'ite or Sunni or Yazidi?" he asked. "Christian families have been expelled from their houses and their valuables were stolen and ...their houses and property expropriated in the name of the Islamic State."

"This has never happened in Christian or Islamic history. Even Genghis Khan or Hulagu didn't do this," he said. Hulagu Khan led a Mongol army which sacked Baghdad in 1258, killing tens of thousand of people, destroying a caliphate which lasted nearly 600 years and leaving the city in ruins for centuries.
Video Title: Christian Holocaust Underway In Iraq! MSM Blackout! Source: DAHBOO77. Date Published: July 20, 2014.

Without Another US Intervention In Iraq, The Islamic State Will Permanently Establish Itself In The Heart of The Middle East

 "You break it, you own it." - General Colin Powell. 

The Iraqi army, which since 2011 has largely come under the direct control of Prime Minister Maliki, was defeated again by the few but ferocious fighters of the Islamic State. An excerpt from, "Islamic State overwhelms Iraqi forces at Tikrit in major defeat" by Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy, July 18:
The defeat brought to an end a three-week campaign by the government in Baghdad to recapture Tikrit, which fell to the Islamic State on June 11. Military spokesmen earlier this week had confidently announced a final push to recapture the city.
Mahmoud Salem says that the existence of the Islamic State has been tolerated by regional and world powers, along with various beneficiaries inside Iraq, because it is useful to have it around. An excerpt from, "Why Islamic State's caliphate is trouble for Egypt" by Mahmoud Salem, Al Monitor, July 18:
Given its danger, brutality and challenge to the status quo, one would expect that a number of forces would be aligning to crush IS, but this is not happening. Actually, no one seems even remotely interested in fighting it, which is amazing considering that it sports only a few thousand fighters, is surrounded by the Syrian and Iraqi militaries and threatens US allies, including Jordan. Here's the rub: No one is fighting it because its continued existence is to everybody's benefit, except maybe the people over whom it rules.
The Islamic State's staying power will increase the longer it is allowed to exist. The time to act was yesterday. Shiite militias in Iraq can hold them back, and keep them from turning their attention towards Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, but the only force that can wipe it off the map is US air power combined with local popular support on the ground. And it doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon.

There has been a lot of talk about reviving the Awakening Councils in the Sunni provinces that the Pentagon set up during its surge to cripple the Islamic State. But simply calling on them to fight against these fanatics without considerable air support from the US won't accomplish much of anything.

Former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din explained last year in an interview on an Arab television program that the critical factor in the defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq was the commitment of the US military, not the contributions of the local tribal leaders and awakening councils. His statements were made within the context of the Islamic State's advances in Syria last year, before their conquest of major Iraqi cities this summer. An excerpt from the interview:
Interviewer: Do you think that the extremist groups may be contained the way they were contained in Iraq through the tribes and the awakening councils? By stripping them of popular support?

Ayad Jamal Al-Din: It's not going to happen. The awakening councils existed alongside the military presence of the Americans and their allies.

Interviewer: So it will be harder.

Al-Din: No, it was all done with American support. What did these councils do? They provided information in return for dollars. The real killing was carried out by the American Apache helicopters. The councils would inform them that Al-Qaeda was in a certain place, and the US helicopters would come and kill them. No more and no less. If awakening councils are established in Syria to fight Al-Qaeda they will be defeated. Al-Qaeda are ideological fighters. What ideology is the Free Syrian Army fighting for? For democracy? Obviously not. The awakening councils enjoyed partial success in Iraq because of the presence of US troops. The moment America withdrew these councils evaporated." [6:11 - 7:18 in the video below].
Former Iraqi MP and Liberal Scholar Ayad Jamal Al-Din Analyzes the Sunni-Shiite Rift in the Region. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: August 15, 2013.

July 20, 2014

Israeli raids lead to massacre in Gaza's Shejaiya

Israeli raids lead to massacre in Gaza's Shejaiya. Source: Middle East Eye. Date Published: July 20.

The People Who Gather On The Hills of Sderot To Watch Bombing of Gaza Are Not Scum

It's important not to paint the people who gather on the hills of Sderot in Israel to watch the bombing of Gaza with a wide brush. Those who threaten journalists belong in a different category. Simply put, they are assholes. But they're not the only ones who attend these viewing parties. The experience for most is cathartic. It is more positive for them being there than staying locked inside a bomb shelter underground, and it's hard to blame them for feeling that way.

We should not place too much emphasis on this phenomenon, and instead focus our attention on the causes of this war and the real culprits: the Israeli and Palestinian leadership. Israel's rulers never should have backed Hamas in the late 1980s. But they flirted with Islamic extremists, and now they are facing the consequences.

Peace could have been made a long time ago between Israelis and Palestinians if it were not for the territorial ambitions of Israeli leaders. They want the land, not a chunk here and there, but all of it. The only crime that the majority of Palestinians have committed is being born Palestinian in the late 20/early 21 century.

Israelis watch Gaza operation from hills of Sderot. Source: AFP. Date Published: July 20, 2014.