Monday, October 08, 2007

Dueling Timelines

Five years ago, on October 16, 2002, President Bush signed Resolution 114, which authorized him to use force against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. As we look back over the last five years, we can aid our review by examining the various online Iraqi timelines. Here is a selection of a few:

Infoplease: Iraq Crisis, 2002-2007. Neutral in selection and presentation with occasional links. No photographs.

Think Progress: A Timeline of the Iraq War. Iraq war from a left-wing, anti-war perspective. Each entry has a corresponding link to a news article. Very good selection of photographs. The last entry, however, is from June 26, 2007. It seems that the surge has silenced the Think Progress updates as well as it has frustrated more than a few members of Congress.

NPR: The Toll of War. History of Iraq War over the last five years by using monthly statistics of Coalition fatalities and Iraqi Security Force and civilian casualties. Attractive layout.

Mother Jones: Lie by Lie: The Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline (8/1/90 - 6/21/03). My favorite timeline title so far, ranking first in the tendentious category. Colorful.

If anyone finds any other timelines that they think should be included in our list here, paste the link in a comment and I'll punch it up onto the front page.

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Here's a timeline of sorts for the history of the Iraqi blogosphere (from an old IBC blog entry).

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Victor Davis Hanson is currently in transit back to the United States after a visit to Iraq. Among his observations about military matters, he interjected one observation as a farmer (although a Classics professor, he has continued to run the farm on which he grew up in California):
Iraq is not a poor country. Flying over the Tigris-Euphrates valley (I speak now a farmer) is unlike anything in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. The soil is rich, the water plentiful and the dry climate perfect for intensive agriculture. That the country in theory within a year or two could pump well over three million barrels of petroleum a day, gives some indication of just how badly Iraq has been run the last forty years to screw up such natural bounty of a country—the Baathist-terror state, the attack on Iran, the massacres of Kurdish and Shiite innocents, the 1991 Gulf War, the no-fly zones and UN embargo, et al.
If only the Iraqi politicians could accept to share the land's bounty equally. Is this possible?

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