Sunday, November 16, 2008

Iraqi Cabinet: Three More Years Sound Good

The Iraqi Cabinet voted today in favor of a security agreement that will keep US forces in Iraq until the end of 2011. It looks like they're not waiting to negotiate with Obama, right?

Key points: 1) US forces out of Iraqi towns and cities by the summer of 2009, just a few months away, really, 2) US forces out of the country by the end of 2011, a definite withdrawal date, and 3) US forces have immunity from prosecution except for felonies committed while off their bases. It looks like both sides compromised on the agreement.

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Meanwhile Shaggy, down on the farm south of Baghdad, reports on the first harvest that he has overseen. And no, that is NOT a photo of Shaggy.

UPDATE: Shaggy has just posted a new entry in which he tells us a little more about harvesting on the farm, what it's like to wear a dishdasha, and what happened to the engagement that his father had tried to set up for him.

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On the comments pages over at Abbas's (Iraq is Catch-22: I Give Up), I've been following the exchanges between Touta, a young Iraqi woman, and Abbas, both of whom are wrestling with pessimism about the future of Iraq. She had mentioned that in the villages women in Iraq usually did not wear jeans. In Baghdad, however, it was different:
Of course I'm allowed to wear jeans in Baghdad, but the problem is baghdad is baghdad. Think about the rest of the country. Most adher to strict etiquette rules concerning youth/teenagers. And especially in the villages,where most may be uneducated, due to security problems, or simply lack of seeing education as important as marriage or money, even wearing baggy trousers is a big faux pas for girls.

And clever move side tracking there...hey iraq is hanging on a political balance, but what i'm wearing is just as important. So what are you wearing? *wink*. :) Joke, what I'm trying to say is that Iraqis are polite to others-no one threatens me because of what I wear, but at the same time, the growing trend of wearing 'terrain coloured curtains' has increased. Unfortunatly in iraq, women have taken a back seat. They worry constantly over their family, and take little part in politics, or when they do, don't think for themselves.

And yes, I have bought a 'curtain' but its bright green and blue, not terrain coloured. :) And it will be worn in only diyala. Teenagers rebel by drugs and having babies-I'm rebelling by wearing colour. Oh, and another reason why girls dress conservatively out of choice? Men here are 'starved' is all i can say to describe it. They will whistle, jeer, stare at anything as long as its a female. Again, this is a direct consequence of the brain drain that Iraq is suffering.As well as the fact that Iraqis have all suddenly found religion overnight. But in my opinion, its not religion that is the problem. its the Iraqis' frame of mind. I've noticed that we are so easily influenced as a nation. We will be secular one minute, talking about how religion is just a personal belief that helps us feel our life is not meaningless, and the next minute, we will be printing propaganda leaflets, and giving talks about how our sect is the right one.

I suppose all I can hope for, is that our generation puts up with the education system, and learn to think for ourselves, and so far, the future generation is looking promising. I think that it has dawned to all Iraqi youth that this crap is not worth putting up with.
RhusLancia has informed me that Touta has a blog, Fog al Nakhal, which you can now find on our blogroll to the right.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's Time For The Americans To Withdraw From Iraq And Stop Being Played By The Shia Theocratic Regime



How can you tell when Abu Hussein aka Barack Obama is lying?

His lips are moving.

Ahhhh, the audacity of the dopes that voted for him...

Be that as it may, the one area where I agree with him, is the eminent withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Make it so, the sooner, the better.

It should be obvious to anyone with half-a-brain, which excludes most of the American electorate, that their fellow Americans in Iraq have been "Played" (manipulated) by the Shia Theocratic Regime, and it needs to stop.

Truth be told, the Iraqi Shia have manipulated the Americans for years, as Hugh Fitzgerald tells us:

The Americans got into Iraq in large part, though not completely, because of the false information supplied to them by Shi'a "informants" about weapons of mass destruction, and furthermore because of the ridiculous assertions made to the Americans about how wonderfully, permanently grateful "the Iraqis" would be, with demonstrations following the liberation of Baghdad that "would make the liberation of Kabul seem like a funeral procession." Oh, great things were believed by Paul Wolfowitz (the war might cost "as much" as $40 billion), by Rumsfeld, Feith, Cheney, Bush, Rice, Bernard Lewis, tutti quanti. They knew. Ahmad Chalabi and Kanan Makiya and Shaha Riza and so many others of that ilk, wonderful people, people on Western wavelength, told them so.

And the machinations, the playing of the Americans by the Shia, continue to this day. As Hugh laments:

Americans do everything of consequence in Iraq for the good:
they supply tens of billions of dollars in aid, they patrol the borders and interior waterways and the Persian Gulf port, they maintain the 8,500 (!) Humvees that have apparently been turned over to the government of Iraq, they insure air-traffic control and air safety throughout the country, including the safety of the oilfields and those now driling for oil, they train and retrain Iraqi soldiers and police...

Meanwhile, the Shia Theocratic Regime (with some assistance from Iraq's Sunni Supremacists) hoard Iraq's oil wealth and seek the luxuries of the West:

...the government of Iraq has been steadily refusing to do a thing, except to carefully pile up a surplus of nearly $100 billion dollars, and some individual Iraqis have managed to decamp, for places like Paris, where they now live on tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars (not the total, but what individual Iraqis have managed to get) , all of it money supplied by long-suffering American taxpayers of modest means.

Played... Big time.

This duplicity by the Shia was apparent to Fitzgerald early on. He stated in a 2006 Jihad Watch posting about the manipulations by the Iraqi Shia:

The most important is to have the American soldiers do as much of the fighting and dying and getting wounded as possible on behalf of the "government of Iraq" -- i.e. the Shi'a who now control the "government of Iraq." The second is to make sure that as much money as possible is inveigled out of those Americans -- and how many Iraqis are now living high, including those who escaped abroad, with loot from the generous and freespending Infidels, winning hearts, winning minds, spending like there was no tomorrow. The more time the Americans spend there, the more money they are likely to hand out.

And Lordy, they handed out a plethora of the American taxpayer's lucre. You would almost have thought they were bailing out Iraq's banks.

And yet, there are some
, like Ayan Hirsi Ali -- whom I have a great deal of respect for, but she is wrong in this instance -- who argue that the US should remain in Iraq:

"The original impetus of Obama's campaign was his pledge to withdraw from Iraq in 16 months. There is little doubt that if Obama were to implement this pledge, jihadis in Iraq and across the world, who see history in the millennial terms of a long fight against the crusaders, would feel victorious ..."

However, as a commentator to Jihad Watch aptly notes:

Of course she is right, the jihadist will claim victory, but they claim victory when a hurricane hits the U.S., they claim victory when our stock market falls, they claim victory when a president gets elected. My god, if we base our strategy off what the enemy might say, or what they might not say….we will be in real trouble.

And al Qaeda isn't taking over in Iraq, when the US departs, be that today, tomorrow, or five years in the future. Those who babble on about such a possibility are spouting nonsense. As Hugh lucidly points out:

Will the Shi'a, who outnumber the Sunni Arabs by more than 3 to 1, suddenly cease to outnumber them? Will the weaponry they have acquired, from Saddam Hussein's armories, from the Americans, and from the Iranians, suddenly cease to exist? Will the training they have received as "Iraqi" soldiers and "Iraqi" police over the past few years simply be forgotten? Will they not know how to defend themselves, or to go on the offensive?

So, it's time to leave, as promptly as possible.

Chalk Iraq up as one of the biggest foreign policy disasters in American History and learn from the mistakes made there.

One of the major ones being, the non-separation of Mosque and State, by allowing Sharia Law to be incorporated into the Constitution. As Robert Spencer dolefully tells us:

The Iraqi Constitution already stipulates that no law can be made that contradicts Sharia -- a stipulation that Donald Rumsfeld long ago declared would not go into the document.

In any case, this ensures that both before and after 2011, the status of women and religious minorities will continue to erode, and whether the Sunnis or the Shia ultimately win out in Iraq, or come to some kind of accord (however improbable that may be in the long term), the country will increasingly become a Sharia state.

From Sunni Supremacism to Shia Theocracy for less than Three Trillion dollars.

What a bargain.

One, the Bush administration made with the Devil.





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Friday, November 07, 2008

Arab Response to Obama's Election

On Wednesday, November 5, the day after the election, Sandmonkey offered his devoted readers a few post-election impressions ("Where Do We Go from Here?"). The morning after the Hopenchange Delirium, he first checked out what the MSM was up to:
CNN is still a cornucopia of holograms and colors, with them still stressing over the number of senate and house seats whose ballots haven't been counted yet, and getting the right amount of popular votes for each candidate, because while it was important to let McCain know that he lost, it's even more important to twist the knife, because, otherwise, where is the fun in that?
Since then, I've noticed the MSM has continued to kick Palin, even now that she's back in Alaska. And then she had the temerity to actually COMPLAIN about getting waterboarded by the media for a month straight. On the reporters' faces, the glee with which they discussed the alleged conflict between Palin and McCain was clear for all to see. Speaking of Palin, Sandmonkey *HEARTS* Palin, for both the obvious reasons and the not so obvious reasons:
As for Palin, my dear lovely Palin who I will miss so much (and yes, I still have a crush on her: A beauty queen who runs shit in her own state, likes having kids -i.e. screwing- and her hobbies include shooting wolves from Helicopters? I WANT THAT!!
Only our Dear Sandmonkey would get excited about a chick who is not only hot but likes to bag game while hanging out the door of a moving helicopter.

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Caesar of Pentra, blogging from Baghdad, wishes that he were allowed to vote in the American election:
I'm not American, but if I had the right to vote then I would vote for Senator John McCain. The reason why I would vote for that aged senator is because of his attitude concerning the withdrawal of the US army troops out of Iraq. I totally agree with the republicans that the US troops shouldn't leave Iraq soon. There is a lot of work still need to be done on the ground. Iraq hasn't built strong military and Police establishments yet. Their army needs some more time to be strong, immune and firm against any possible threat.
Therefore, leaving Iraq alone is simply not the change we need, dear Obama.

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Lina from Jordan, now attending graduate school in New York, spent the evening of the election exploring the city with friends. The next morning, she noted a humorous exchange that she had witnessed on the subway:
On the subway from Time Square to Harlem, a hard-core Obama supporter with Obama buttons all over her jacket was sharing her happiness with all those sitting around her. A young black woman exclaimed “I’m black and I’m proud.” A drunk young white woman said: “I’m black and I’m proud, and I’m from Chicago... beat that!”

So the button-covered woman responded “No darling - you’re white. But you’re alright.”
On Lina's comments page, Musa doesn't agree with the others that Obama's election was "historic," at the same time taking a few swipes at his opponents
The 2000 Florida recount was way more historic.

How about, for example, that by playing the first black president card, the US managed to go from "the snobbish corrupt hated tyrant superpower that is ruling the world with an iron fist..." to "the greatest democracy ever" overnight, LITERARY OVERNIGHT, in the biggest PR move ever!!

I just can't wait for the "historic moment" when the whole world is having a collective orgasm over America (the democratic melting pot) electing its first female president. Woohoo ... now that would be historic (some may think it is late when it happens in 2016...but hey better never than late)....just imagine if she is one-eighth red Indian (err i mean native-American)...that would definitely prove that America has changed and that Tiger Woods is the one thing that brings us all together .
To be honest, I agree with Musa. America was not the country of racist cowboys before Obama's election, just as we are not beautiful angels now with Obama's ascension. Both of these views are extreme and reductive.

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Over at Eye Raki's, a commenter named Cihad, responding to Eye Raki giving thanks that Bush had removed Saddam before Obama was elected president ("Bush, Saddam & Obama"), says, "Now you are the only one in the world I know that believes that Bush won the war in Iraq." Eye Raki replies:
Cihad, Bush toppled Saddam, a new constitution was written, that constitution was ratified, a new government was democratically elected by the Iraqi people, the Iraqis can now speak and think for themselves, and the list can go on.

If all that was a failure, then I pray Obama continues to 'fail' in Iraq.


I am not saying there were no sacrifices along the way, but something happened on 9/4/2003 that sent shivers down the spine of every leader in the region. Saddam, whose name you could barely whisper, was relegated to the trash bin of history.

If Bush had listened "to the people" Saddam would still have been untouchable.

No Cihad I cannot deny that the vast majority of the Iraqi people want the US troops out of Iraq, I myself want them out of Iraq. No one with any 'gheera' wants armed foreigners on their soil for the sake of it, but the million dollar question is when, and under what circumstances, should they leave?


More to follow.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Dear Comrades, The Bourgeois Iraqi Blogger NIW Renders Her Opinion On The Election Of The Glorious One, Chairman Barack Obama


Soon, NIW and her Husband will be

entering the No. 1 Re-Education Camp at

Guantanamo...


Greetings Comrades,

Today is the Second Day of The One in the U.S.S.A.

Remember Comrades in the United Socialist States of America,
everyone is Equal.

But some are More Equal than others in the Glorious Motherland.

Someone very unequal is Bourgeois Iraqi Blogger Neurotic Iraqi Wife, who proclaims the greatness of The One, brighter than a thousand suns and more sweet smelling than the bloom of
a million desert roses:

OBAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!woooohooooo. Wow!!! I just watched the speech!!!OMG. America, History has just been made! I dunno what to say really, Im over the moon. Its as if he is MY president. As an Iraqi I have my hopes on this man.

Change, change, change. Change is on its way. Change to the vicious Bush administration. The Bush administration that lied, tricked, conned the world, and most of all conned the Iraqis.

Today is a different day. A brighter day. A brighter day for everyone who wanted and believed in change. For me, this is not just about history, this is about someone who was able to bring down the very people that broke my country. It’s a great punch to the very people that destroyed the individual Iraqi. And that to me is an enough victory.

Alas, there is no escape for either you or your husband, NIW for the crimes you committed against the oppressed proletariat masses of Iraq.

How happy will she be, when she later learns, that as a Bourgeois oppressor of the Iraqi people and a collaborator with the criminal and hegemonic Bush administration, she will have to provide reparations to the oppressed Iraqi people for the $300,000 - $500,000 dollars she and her husband exploited off of them. And then undergo re-education therapy at the newly re-opened Number 1 Camp of Re-education for the Criminal Members of the Bush Administration and their Collaborators at Guantanamo.

She will not be very happy at all, comrades. Not at all. And do not think, NIW, discrediting the criminal oppressive hegemonic Bush Administration now will save you. No one believes your lies, after you and your husband cashed three years of paychecks, borne on the backs of the broken and oppressed Iraqi proletariat. You Bourgeois Dog with an Imelda Marcos shoe complex, we are watching you...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Dear Comrades, As We Await The Bush War Crimes Trials To Begin In Glorious Leader's Administration...


Greetings Comrades,

Today is the First Day of The One in the U.S.S.A.

Remember Comrades in the United Socialist States of America, you do not blog.

The U.S.S.A. Blogs You.

Let's see what noted Essayist Steven Den Beste predicts will happen in the Motherland and abroad during Dear Leader's administration:

Now, a few predictions for the next four years:

1. Obama's "hold out your hand to everyone" foreign policy is going to be a catastrophe. They'll love it in Europe. They're probably laughing their heads off about it in the middle east already.

2. The US hasn't suffered a terrorist attack by al Qaeda since 9/11, but we'll get at least one during Obama's term.

3. We're going to lose in Afghanistan.

4. Iran will get nuclear weapons. There will be nuclear war between Iran and Israel. (This is the only irreversibly terrible thing I see upcoming, and it's very bad indeed.)

5. There will eventually be a press backlash against Obama which will make their treatment of Bush look mild. Partly that's going to be because Obama is going to disappoint them just as much as all his other supporters. Partly it will be the MSM desperately trying to regain its own credibility, by trying to show that they're not in his tank any longer. And because of that they are eventually going to do the reporting they should have done during this campaign, about Obama's less-than-savory friends, and about voter fraud, and about illegal fund-raising, and about a lot of other things.

and 6. Obama will not be re-elected in 2012. He may even end up doing an LBJ and not even running again.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Barack Obama Has Won The 2008 Presidential Election

Calling it right now, based on sources.

It's a done deal.

Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States.

Updates and more information to follow.

Update 1

John McCain ran one of the most ineffectual Presidential Campaigns in American History.
Just horrible and embarrassing. Some men aren't cut out to be President, and McCain was certainly one of them.

Update 2

If McCain was a horse, someone would take him out to the back pasture, and put him out of his misery.

Here you had Barack Obama, the most socialist, leftist, disingenuous, and deceitful mainstream candidate in American History, and McCain could not put a dent on him. What should have been scandal of the week exposure of Obama by McCain from the beginnings of the campaign, fizzled out to Joe The Plumber having to tell the American people that Obama was a Socialist.

Update 3

Only the Alien really liked John McCain, and endorsed him...



But that's because he was seduced and blackmailed by Cindy McCain...



At a recent McCain rally, inside sources say Cindy McCain disappeared with the Alien after sharing several champagnes with the notorious intergalactic lightweight. Ms. McCain’s alien-like good looks and natural blood temperature of 54 degrees Fahrenheit may have proved too much for him to resist as she reportedly put her cyborg husband into sleep mode and worked her charms.

Exactly.

Update 4

With all the criticisms, McCain has engendered, he apparently gave a very classy concession speech:

John McCain just finished delivering his concession speech. It's the classiest, most gracious concession speech I've ever heard. It was a great speech, well delivered, and sad to hear. If only it was a victory speech.

Well, a victory was never meant to be. Certainly, he wasn't helped by the Media, 85 percent of it, which was in the tank for Obama. But truthfully, few liked McCain. People either voted for him, because he wasn't Obama or they were casting their votes for Palin, who ressurected McCain's campaign. That however didn't stop McCain's inept advisors from criticizing her covertly to the Media, including one, who referred to her as a whacko.

Frankly, I thought Sarah Palin was a bit overrated. She was not the second coming of Ronald Reagan, more like George W. Bush light, but that was still an improvement over Obama, Biden,
and McCain in this election cycle.

Update 5

Funniest comment about Obama's victory speech: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Iraqis for McCain-Palin?

Nibras Kazimi, responding to a commenter about his support for McCain and Palin, writes:
Yes. I do support Sarah Palin. And I support her more every time someone badmouths her.

She has the fighting spirit that would get your country, and the rest of the world, through hardships.

The caricature that the media has created of her is not convincing. I watched the VP debate, and I was sold on her intellect, strength and potential for leadership.

An American leader doesn't need to recollect the names of villages in the vicinity of Baquba to gain my confidence, all I want from said leaders is the ability to tell right from wrong. To use common sense when the old ways of doing things consistently fail.

If you feel intellectualy superior to her, then I advize you to run for the governorship of a state, any state, and let's see how far you get.

And she's made me appreciate another America out there that doesn't seem to have much of voice among the decision makers and trend setters. And you know what, I kinda like the values of that other America. Simple, wholesome values that a place like DC, a place that's lost its bearings, sorely needs.

Can't say the same about Obama.
Not to mention that both Obama and Biden were against the surge -- successful counter-insurgency run by Petraeus that will be studied for decades.

And you thought that only Bush and the Neocons can be labelled with "imperial hubris"? As Nibras points out in his latest blog entry, looking at the latest iteration of Obama T-shirts, a vote for Obama is a vote to CHANGE THE WORLD. Jeez, I guess Obama really does think the the White House controls the world today.

Abbas, on the other hand, doesn't like McCain because he's a "rich old white guy." He also believes that, in the end, it makes no difference who is president of the United States, Obama or McCain.

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However, over at Abbas's, far more interesting to follow have been the responses to his entry on religion: How I Lost Faith In Allah : Christians, Sorry for bombing your infidel asses lol. In this entry, Abbas recounts the day on which he began to lose his faith:
This illogical adherence to one's specific religion is one of the reasons why I stopped believing in the beauty of God. When my three friends were killed, we had a prayer for them at the university mosques, and then we took their mock coffins and put them side by side at the entrance of the hall, each coffin had a small photo of the person who is supposed to be in it, and I took a long look at the faces, shifting my eyes from one to the other, I could detect no difference whatosever between any one of them, all were very pleasant, polite early-20s Iraqi guys who had been raised each according to his family's religion, yet according to all the three religions these people subscribed to (Sunni, Shia, Christian), only one of them will go to heaven, based of course on what religion will turn out to be the one God really favors. I did not realize it then, but that was the moment when I first started suspecting the idiocy of religion, those people had no hand in choosing their religion, they simply inherited it from their fathers, and they would have a hard time accepting any other faith than theirs, because all religions carry errors and mistakes that cannot be overruled by logic without any significant suspension of disbelief, and what sort of fair justice would be to send two of them to your hell just because they didn't get lucky to follow your chosen creed?
Is religion necessary to civilization? No, the Japanese and Chinese are not religious. In Europe the churches are mostly empty on Sundays and yet they seem to doing fine. Europeans, I imagine, have memories of the the religious wars that erupted not long after Luther put up his 95 Theses on that church door in Wittenberg in 1517 to the Peace of Westphalia in Westphalia in 1648 (where the principle of cuius regio, eius religio allowed the local prince to decide if the people would follow Catholicism, Lutheranism, or Calvinism). They barely survived those wars, just as they barely survived the twin ideologies of fascism and communism in the twentieth century that killed even more of its people than the religious wars did.

Well, on the other hand, does religion offer many people a sense of community and shared values? Yes, it does. I grew up in Dyersville, a small town in Iowa where the Roman Catholic faith is central to the town's identity. The residents are overwhelmingly Catholic, our ancestors being Catholics from the European countries of Luxembourg, Germany, and Ireland. Back in the nineteenth century they all helped build the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, a church that to this day is central to the town's activities and where the majority of the townspeople go for Sunday Mass, each family having their favorite sections of the church where they like to sit, and where all the town's baptisms, weddings, and funerals are conducted. For many in the Middle East, I imagine, following Islam is much like how the Roman Catholics in Dyersville follow their religion, with the faith and the mosque central to their community.

In Christianity, the religious wars appear to be far behind us. But can the same be said for Islam?

Any comments?

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One of my favorite commentators in the blogosphere on Deutsch-Amerikanisch Freundshaft is Clarsonimus, the master satirist who runs the blog Observing Hermann. Today he posts a very funny video:

McCain WINS BY ONE VOTE!!!!

Beautiful.

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