Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Six Years Ago Today

Over at Baghdad Blogger today Salam Pax takes a look at the three main Baghdad newspapers (with above-the-fold scans) for April 1, 2003, published in the middle of Operation Iraqi Freedom and during the last days of Saddam's tyrannical regime ("1st of April 2003 in Iraqi newspapers"). At that time Saddam Hussein and his two sons, Uday and Qusay, were still alive and the Baathists were in control of the media, as they were of everything else. In Al-Jumhuriya, Salam notes:
On the last page a comment of Saddam’s message on the 25th of March says that the message was “a crowning to power and victory”.. yeah, whatever.. and finally there is a little column explaining the origins of a word the minister of Information has been using to describe the coalition forces since the start of the war. “Uluj”.. a term which had us all digging for those old Arabic dictionaries was used from day one of the war by Al-Sahaf.. I am until today not sure what it means. Thankfully, this six year old article enlightens. Uluj has two meanings according to this column. One, it’s a particularly insulting term for ‘infidel’ and the second is ‘a wild donkey’.. Huh! Who would have thought al-Sahaf had it in him! Comical indeed!
Al-Sahaf (aka Baghdad Bob) will always be remembered as the face of retarded disinformation. "They are trapped everywhere in the country," Al-Sahaf says. "They are not near Baghdad."

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Last month the casualty figures for US forces in Iraq were the lowest on record. According to Iraqi Coalition Casualty Count, in the month of March four Americans were killed due to hostile action and five due to non-hostile actions. These figures support the widespread view that the so-called resistance is close to terminal, if not already moribund. For an overview of hostile/non-hostile figures for the last six years, take a look at this chart.

Meanwhile, over on Mojo's comments page, Bruno, the Afrikaner and virulent anti-American, writes:
I think that a lot of the resistance groups are waiting to see whether or not the Amreeki will indeed leave or not before fighting again. Barring the occasional prod up the arse, to remind the invader what could happen if they don't.
Bruno admits that the resistance groups are no longer fighting the Americans. But why? Of course, Bruno doesn't say why, but the fact is that every time they took on the American forces they often found themselves either captured or dead. It was, to say the least, discouraging. At some point the majority of them decided it was better for themselves and for Iraqis in general if they stopped fighting Americans.

So what do you call a dead-ender resistance group that no longer fights but just WAITS for their opponents to leave? In my book, that's one defeated resistance group. Bruno then suggests that the occasional attack on US forces is just a reminder of the world of hurt that will be visited upon the Americans by the so-called resistance groups. Riiiiight. "See what will happen to you if you don't leave," I guess Bruno imagines them saying. How pathetic is that? The reality is that the resistance, no matter how much Bruno cheerleads for them, is finished.

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On the Iraqi side, the casualty figures for Iraqi security and civilians have remained about the same, around two hundred or so deaths, for the last few months (Iraq Coalition Casualty Count). The majority of the deaths, it seems, occurred in and around Mosul in the north. The casualties from yesterday, March 31, 2003, show the types of actions responsible for the majority of deaths over the last few months:
BAGHDAD - A Sunni Arab official who looks after mosques was killed by a bomb planted under his car in northern Baghdad's Adhamiya district, police said.

MOSUL - Attackers wounded three civilians when they hurled a hand-grenade at a U.S. military patrol in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - Seven people were killed, including four police officers, and 40 others wounded when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into the compound of a police station in Mosul, north of Baghdad, police said.

FALLUJA - A sticky bomb attached to a car wounded three police officers in the city of Falluja, 50 km (35 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A mortar round wounded three people in Zaafaraniya district of southeastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A mortar round wounded two people in eastern Baghdad, police said.
Okay, let's take a look. A revenge killing; a couple of Bruno's dead-enders toss a grenade at Americans and kill Iraqi civilians; a suicide-bomber kills Iraqi police officers; another bomb kills Iraqi police officers; a few more of Bruno's moronic dead-enders mortar a couple neighborhoods at random and injure five Iraqi citizens just going about their business.

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