Thursday, September 30, 2004

Thursday Iraq briefs 

France gets a pat on the back from jihadis: Who says that appeasement doesn't pay?

"The Islamic Army in Iraq, holding two French hostages, praised France's stand after it called for a US-proposed conference to address the issue of a US troop withdrawal, in a statement Wednesday on the Internet.

" 'The Islamic Army in Iraq pays tribute to the French government for its positive initiative towards the Iraqi people despite its deplorable history,' said a statement posted on the group's website. 'We hope this heralds a new era of comprehension of our causes and respect for our principles'."
France understands your causes alright, such as kicking the United States in the groin. Hence, France has also come onboard the idea of an international conference on Iraq, but only as long as the US withdrawal is on the agenda, and the "representatives of the armed opposition" are included in the discussions. By the way, the French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has been recently quoted as saying that "[t]he Iraqi insurgents are our best allies."

So much for the Franco-American alliance. I think I speak for all of us when I say: dear France, the next time you're invaded by one of your neighbors, feel free to call on Iraqi insurgents to save your ass.

Update: Not that the words above left us in any doubt, but here's one more quote, this time from Philippe Evano, a member of a French negotiating team led by MP Didier Julia: "[The French hostages] have been in safe hands, those of the 'resistance', for about two weeks and their liberation is assured, but their exit is being blocked by the American bombardment in the Fallujah area."

Seriously, why a pretense of an alliance with somebody who by all indications treats our enemies as his friends and allies?

Update II: The Kurds aren't happy - Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Massud Barzani has this to say: "[France’s position] is surprising and repugnant as a (world) power demands the participation of a representative of the so-called resistance. That means a representative of terrorism, of terrorists." France has a thing or two still to teach the Kurdish newcomers to the world of democracy: it's undemocratic to exclude people from deliberations, even if they're blowing up children.

British right jumps on the anti-war bandwagon:
Kick 'im while he's laying down:

"[Tory leader] Michael Howard has accused Tony Blair of lying over the Iraq war, in the clearest sign yet that the Conservative party is preparing to tap into the anti-war protest during the coming election campaign.

"The Tory leader has dismissed the Prime Minister's claim to have been genuinely misled by 'wrong' evidence provided by the intelligence services - and said he deliberately contorted evidence he was provided about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction."
It's always sad watching your fellow conservatives play the opportunistic card, particularly if you contrast such behavior with the principled pro-war stance taken by left-wing governments in Great Britain and Poland. It wasn't very popular in either country, but it was the right thing to do. The British and Polish left was right; the British right is now wrong.

Newsflash: The war was planned in advance: No, this is not a headline from the "Onion". Writes the "Gulf Daily News":
"Blair planned Iraq war months before decision":

"Britain started to plan the invasion of Iraq months before the conflict, according to a report yesterday quoting a leaked Pentagon document. Senior British and US commanders met at a war-planning session in June 2002 and orders to prepare actual military operations were given on October 7, 2002, more than a month before a UN resolution giving a final warning to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the London Evening Standard newspaper reported."
Australia, too, stands accused:

"Britain has confirmed Australia was invited to take part in planning for the Iraq war shortly after British and US military officials started preparations nine months before the invasion.

"A report in London newspaper the Evening Standard cites a leaked Pentagon document as saying senior British and US commanders met at a 'UK and Australia planning conference' in June 2002 in Florida."
Wow, these dudes actually planned the war well beforehand. Instead of waiting for the nod from the international community, they drew up plans weeks in advance. How presumptuous. Of course, had they waited for the nod, Saddam would still be in power today.

And all that time I thought that this is what governments are supposed to do: plan for future contingencies. Why, during the Cold War NATO must have planned how to stop the Soviet attack on Western Europe years and years before such attack thankfully did not eventuate.

This is the same mainstream media which bitches and moans that the Coalition went into Iraq without a plan to "win peace" - but have a plan to "win war" and they're still not happy.

Them Jews did it:
Listening to "His Master's Voice" in Washington, DC:
"British famous writer and journalist Patrick Seale stressed that the U.S. war in Iraq was on behalf of Israel, adding that pro-Israel neoconservatives inside the American administration supported the war on Iraq."
I remembering reading Seale's biography of the Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal over a decade ago, in which Seale seriously argued that Abu Nidal might actually be an Israeli agent because his actions (such as assassinating more moderate Palestinians) have done so much damage to the Palestinian cause. I guess there's no limit to the cleverness and wickedness of those wily Jews.

Seale is now finding
soulmates in Damascus:

"Syria accused Israel of inciting the United States to invade Iraq to deflect attention from its own policies in the region, where it tightens its grip on the Palestinian territories it seized in a 1967 war.

"In his annual speech to the UN General Assembly, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa accused Israel of 'inciting Americans, first, and then the West, to wage endless wars in the Middle East'."
United Nations - the political karaoke for the insane.

Sami Ramadani, a refugee from Saddam's regime and currently a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University, is also not immune from conspiracy theorising a la Seale, when he bowls for the "resistance" in a "Guardian" column:

"The vast majority of Iraqis reject Zarqawi and his ilk - as do the resistance and its supporters in Falluja, Sadr City and across Iraq. Many even suspect that the occupation forces are somehow encouraging the likes of Zarqawi, or at least failing to prevent their crimes, as a way of obscuring the fact that most Iraqis now actively support a patriotic and widespread resistance movement."
The Jews run the Americans, and the Americans run al Qaeda - what horror. No wonder that Seale and Ramadani can't sleep well at night.


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