Monthly Archives: November 2006

Could Iraqi Civil War Morph Into Regional War

Nawaf Obaid believes so.

If you’re interested in the situation in the Middle East, and in Iraq in particular, you should read the following commentary by Obaid, an avisor to the Saudi Arabian government, which appeared in the Washington Post yesterday.

One chief result of the USA deposition of Saddam’s government has been the rise of Iranian influence in Iraq, as the Shiite Iraqi majority has gained control of the Iraqi government, to the extent that there is an Iraqi government.

The Saudis, who share an Arabic heritage with the Iraqis and who are Sunnis, at some point will move into Iraq militarily, to one degree or another, to protect the Iraqi Sunni minority from the Shiite majority.

Should the Saudis find it necessary to do so, they will run up against the Iranians, who remember are not Arabs but, rather, Persians, and are overwhelmingly Shiites. As Obaid acknowledges in his commentary a Saudi/Iranian confrontation in Iraq could result in a regional war.

So lets give a big hand to Commander in Fact Darth Cheney and his merry band of Neofascist fellow travlers who launched the war, which has no point, other than to further Israeli policy that is.

Stepping Into Iraq

Saudi Arabia Will Protect Sunnis if the U.S. Leaves

By Nawaf Obaid

Wednesday, November 29, 2006; Page A23

In February 2003, a month before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned President Bush that he would be “solving one problem and creating five more” if he removed Saddam Hussein by force. Had Bush heeded his advice, Iraq would not now be on the brink of full-blown civil war and disintegration.

One hopes he won’t make the same mistake again by ignoring the counsel of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who said in a speech last month that “since America came into Iraq uninvited, it should not leave Iraq uninvited.” If it does, one of the first consequences will be massive Saudi intervention to stop Iranian-backed Shiite militias from butchering Iraqi Sunnis.

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Over the past year, a chorus of voices has called for Saudi Arabia to protect the Sunni community in Iraq and thwart Iranian influence there. Senior Iraqi tribal and religious figures, along with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and other Arab and Muslim countries, have petitioned the Saudi leadership to provide Iraqi Sunnis with weapons and financial support. Moreover, domestic pressure to intervene is intense. Major Saudi tribal confederations, which have extremely close historical and communal ties with their counterparts in Iraq, are demanding action. They are supported by a new generation of Saudi royals in strategic government positions who are eager to see the kingdom play a more muscular role in the region.

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To be sure, Saudi engagement in Iraq carries great risks — it could spark a regional war. So be it: The consequences of inaction are far worse.

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The Making of News

Have you notice how this news story has permeated the USA media since the story appeared Monday in the NYT?

New York Times
“WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 — A senior American intelligence official said Monday that the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah had been training members of the Mahdi Army, the Iraqi Shiite militia led by Moktada al-Sadr.”

So who is this “senior American intelligence official”?

This is an example of how presidential administrations develop what becomes “conventional wisdom”.

Administration officials speak to a media contact “on background”, which means that the official is not to be identified by name but only by a pre-agreed upon moniker, such as a “senior American intelligence official”. Thus the news is made. A “senior” administration official meets with one of the few news outlets that produce original news, such as the NYT or WP, and the news media, being generally an echo chamber, picks up the story.

I don’t doubt that perhaps Hezbollah is training Shiite militiamen in Iraq, but I don’t believe this report because the source is not identified. I think the report is part of the administration’s efforts to sell the USA public on its Iran agenda, which to many of Cheney’s neofascist fellow travelers should include military attacks.

My guess is that the “senior American intelligence official” source of the NYT report is the president’s National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. Hadley is loyal to Darth Cheney whom, as chief of transition in 2000, installed Hadley as deputy to then National Security Adviser Rice, just he installed his loyalists in Colin Powell’s state department.

The Time’s report to me has the same odor as Judith Miller’s stenography selling the invasion of Iraq.

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What’s Joe Biden Smoking

Biden was in South Carolina to address the Rotary Club in Columbia, presumably doing some early campaigning for the 2008 democratic nominating primary.

According to the Associated Press, amongst other inflammatory things, he told the Rotarians that illegal drugs are “coming up through corrupt Mexico”and that “People are driving across that border with tons, tons — hear me — tons of everything from byproducts for methamphetamines, to cocaine, to heroine.”

If the USA did not present such a large market for now illegal drugs and if the USA prohibition of such didn’t enable a black market, drugs would not be entering the country from Mexico or elsewhere. If the now illegal drugs were legal and priced at their real price, relative to the cost of production, there would be no smuggling because it wouldn’t pay.

Folks in the USA are perfectly free to remain whacked out on legal drugs, so long as they pay the doctors and drug companies first; but are jailed for growing pot or poppies in their back yards.

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Twenty First Century Crusader

Incurious George, speaking in Riga, Latvia, addressing the responsibilities of modern day NATO., I think provided a stark illustration why those in the Muslim world generally harbor antipathy toward the USA.

Bush pronounced “The most basic responsibility of this Alliance [NATO] is to defend our people against the threats of a new century. We’re in a long struggle against terrorists and extremists who follow a hateful ideology and seek to establish a totalitarian empire from Spain to Indonesia. We fight against the extremists who desire safe havens and are willing to kill innocents anywhere to achieve their objectives.”

Enumerating “extremists” who threaten civilization, and specifically peace in the Middle East, Bush cited only Islamic extremists. Once again giving voice to the USA government’s one-sided approach to dealing with Middle East nations and their people, that is rooted in large part, I believe, in the same Christian intolerance that encouraged the crusaders centuries ago.

Why didn’t Bush cite Israeli extremists who advocate the extermination of the Palestinians, or Lebanese Phalangists extremists such as those who in 1982 stormed into the Sabra and Chatila Palestinian refuge camps, which Israeli forces had conveniently sealed, and massacred hundreds of noncombatants?

The USA government consistently defends Israel’s refusal to comply with UN resolutions, while at the same time denouncing the Palestinians and Middle East nations for ignoring such.

So long as the USA government policies toward the various situations in the Middle East continue to ignore the suffering and injustice inflicted upon the Palestinians, and otherwise continues with a one sided approach, the Muslim world’s antipathy toward the USA will increase. A reality recognized by President Jimmy Carter.

Meanwhile Iraq is embroiled in a deepening civil war, while Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories are on the verge.

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McCain and Guiliani

By changing his position on the matter of a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion, John McCain has made it absolutely clear he is running for president in 2008.

It is really quite pathetic to see McCain sticking his nose of the fat asses of the same radical Christian Mullahs who torpedoed his 2000 campaign in South Carolina by spreading lies about him.

Speaking of likely candidates for the 2008 republican nomination, why don’t I read in media reports of Guiliani’s boneheaded decision to place the NYC emergency operations center, rendered inoperable by the 9-11 attacks, in the World Trade Center just a few years after the building was subject of a terror bombing?

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