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ei: A setback for the Bush doctrine in Gaza

ei: A setback for the Bush doctrine in GazaFrom the moment of its election victory, Hamas acted pragmatically and with the intent to integrate itself into the existing political structure. It had observed for over a year a unilateral ceasefire with Israel and had halted the suicide attacks on Israeli civilians that had made it notorious. In a leaked confidential memo written in May and published by The Guardian this week senior UN envoy Alvaro de Soto confirmed that it was under pressure from the United States that Abbas refused Hamas' initial invitation to form a "national unity government." De Soto details that Abbas advisers actively aided and abetted the Israeli-US-European Union aid cutoff and siege of the Palestinians under occupation, which led to massively increased poverty for millions of people. These advisors engaged with the United States in a "plot" to "bring about the untimely demise of the [Palestinian Authority] government led by Hamas,&quo…
Last year in February terrorists (American and their allies or extremist Muslims) blew up al Askari shrine, the killings of innocent Iraqis in the hands of terrorists intensified ever since. For some people it is unimaginable America would blow up stuff to cause mayhem in order to stay in the country or divert attention from the real deal. Iraq lost most of its historical artifacts systematically after the rape of Iraq in 2003 by Americans, the pillaging took place where the whole world was witnessing it happened. If America approved of pillaging of Iraqis historical treasure, why would they be concern about rebuilding al Askari shrine after the 2006 destroying of it? Especially if they are the ones who did it or hire someone to do it? I can’t imagine any one other than them who could hit a shrine twice with impunity! Knowing the after effect of the first round carnage could Americans had best protect the shrine with a platoon? You betcha!

No Drop in Iraq Violence Seen Since Troop Buildup - washingtonpost.com

No Drop in Iraq Violence Seen Since Troop Buildup - washingtonpost.com: "Three months into the new U.S. military strategy that has sent tens of thousands of additional troops into Iraq, overall levels of violence in the country have not decreased, as attacks have shifted away from Baghdad and Anbar, where American forces are concentrated, only to rise in most other provinces, according to a Pentagon report released yesterday."

Far From War, a Town With a Well-Used Welcome Mat - New York Times

Far From War, a Town With a Well-Used Welcome Mat - New York Times: "Mr. Lago is the mayor of this scenic Swedish town of 60,000 people, which last year took in twice as many Iraqi refugees as the entire United States, almost all of them Christians fleeing the religious cleansing taking place next to Iraq’s anti-American insurgency and sectarian strife.
So the mourners are now part of Mr. Lago’s constituency, and their war is rapidly becoming Sodertalje’s war — to the mayor’s growing chagrin. Sodertalje, he says, is reaching a breaking point, and can no longer provide the newcomers with even the basic services they have the right to expect.
About 9,000 Iraqis made it to Sweden in 2006 — almost half of the 22,000 who sought asylum in the entire industrialized world. This year, when the United States has promised to take in 7,000 Iraqis, around 20,000 are expected to seek asylum in Sweden."

Religious extremists in 3 faiths share views: report | Top News | Reuters.com

Religious extremists in 3 faiths share views: report | Top News | Reuters.com: " Violent Muslim, Christian and Jewish extremists invoke the same rhetoric of 'good' and 'evil' and the best way to fight them is to tackle the problems that drive people to extremism, according to a report obtained by Reuters.
It said extremists from each of the three faiths often have tangible grievances -- social, economic or political -- but they invoke religion to recruit followers and to justify breaking the law, including killing civilians and members of their own faith."

Has Baghdad Captured Petraeus? - CommonDreams.org

Has Baghdad Captured Petraeus? - CommonDreams.org: "With Petraeus’s troops scattered in company-sized units planted in vulnerable outposts throughout the city’s ever-dangerous neighborhoods, the American army is being made captive. Captive to the teeming, violent city of Baghdad. Captive to the anti-occupation insurgents, who now have the initiative to strike when and where they choose. Captive, also, to the whims of American domestic politics, wherever they might lead. Captive to the arrogance of political and military leaders who said the seizure of Iraq would be a “cakewalk” and are now desperate for any victory, anything that might be described as victory, at whatever cost, in the coming few months."

The cry of the invisible

The cry of the invisible: "In the 1960s, when I first went to Latin America, I travelled up the cone of the continent from Chile across the Altiplano to Peru, mostly in rickety buses and single-carriage trains. It was an experience my memory stored for life, especially the spectacle of the movement of people. They moved through the dust of a snow-capped wilderness, along roads that were ribbons of red mud, and they lived in shanties that defied gravity. 'We are invisible,' said one man; another used the term abandonados; an indigenous woman in Bolivia unforgettably described her poverty as a commodity for the rich."

Responsibility

Responsibility: "A few months ago I wrote an article talking about human sacrifice and slavery and how human kind had moved away from those institutions when we had educated ourselves enough to realize that these were not honorable or sane things to do to one another.

The reason I write this today is to further explore the concept that war is slavery and human sacrifice all rolled up into one vile package. "

The Siege of Baghdad

The Siege of BaghdadThe American surge is the latest in an attempt to stave off defeat; the moral battle was lost long ago. The political battle a stalemate, between the forces of timid stupidity verses the forces of entrenched insanity. The greatest megalomaniac’s of the 20th century had drawn up battle plans for the conquest of England and one of the cornerstones of operation sea lion was in avoiding London. Even a madman knew a large metropolis would swallow an army, and as the tide turned at Stalingrad the mad man began to cashier his own generals.

For in his madness it could only be the generals who were not following his orders not the fatal flaw in his own tactics. The mad man brooded over his scale model of the new Berlin much like the current mad man broods over his scale model of what the Iraqi’s call Bush’s palace, the Vatican city sized embassy in Baghdad which will probably never be occupied or at best be used a last redoubt.