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Commentary :: DNC
More wasted lives: US faces another stalement in Iraq, this time in Najaf
28 Aug 2004
After needlessly provoking an armed conflict with al-Sadr’s militia in Najaf, the U.S. is forced to back down again as in Fallujah, leaving more American soldiers pointlessly dead and wounded, and Iraqis angrier than before.
Once again the U.S. military in Iraq has shown its ineptness and weakness in the face of Iraqi resistance to occupation.

After weeks of brutal, bloody combat, American forces have had to accept a truce in Najaf that essentially leaves things where they were before American Marines belligerently initiated hostilities with an attack on Mahdi fighters backing radical cleric Moktada al-Sadr.

That is, things are back where they were in terms of al-Sadr’s militia still having their arms, and al-Sadr still being free and in charge of his militia and his anti-occupation movement. What’s not the same is that Najaf, the holy city of the world’s Shia Muslims (rivaling Mecca), is a bombed-out husk, courtesy of U.S. warplanes and tanks.

What’s also not the same is the reputation of the three parties to this pointless and totally avoidable conflict: the U.S., the puppet government of Ayad Allawi, and Sheik Moktada al-Sadr.

In the case of al-Sadr, he can now claim to have held out, with his ragtag soldiers, against the world’s mightiest military force for the second time in a row, defending the Imam Ali shrine from the American “infidels.” His standing in much of the majority Shia community in Iraq has never been higher.

“Prime Minister” Allawi, America’s handpicked Iraqi government leader, has been exposed as nothing but an American puppet as all the shots in this battle against al-Sadr were called by the Americans. Though the U.S. media fawningly kept referring the battle for Najaf as being fought by “Iraqi and American forces, “ the much-touted so-called Iraqi National Guard was in fact relegated to symbolic roles, and in the end, the truce that ended the fighting was negotiated and implemented not by the Iraqi “government” of Allawi, but by another cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

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The U.S. Should Get The Hell OUT of Iraq.
28 Aug 2004
You say INEPT? I say pointless! The U.S. military is waging a war for what? OIL? Corporations?
That silly ass puppet of a president they appointed in Iraq. What is he going to do for democracy? Acting like Saddam is helping! Either give the Iraqi's a chance to vote themselves a true president? Or install another Penochet. And eventually lose Iraq altogether!
This sorry ass government of ours is playing with fire. And we all know what happens when you play with fire.
I hear so many idiots telling me the U.S. should carpet bomb Iraq. Why? We should have NEVER been there anyway. Get the hell out!
So many wasted lives on both sides. All for Bush's lies and Corporate buddies.
And we call ourselves Americans. True Americans don't get involved in phoney wars. And wrap theirselves in the red, white and blue for a scumbag, lying appointed president!
Remember November 2nd.
Liars MUST be shit canned!