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ON THE DEFENSIVE: A protester wearing a mask modeled after former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair waved hands covered in fake blood outside a sweeping inquiry into the war in Iraq Friday in London. Mr. Blair defended his decision to join the U.S. in its offensive, arguing that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made the threat impossible to ignore.

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ON THE DEFENSIVE: A protester wearing a mask modeled after former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair waved hands covered in fake blood outside a sweeping inquiry into the war in Iraq Friday in London. Mr. Blair defended his decision to join the U.S. in its offensive, arguing that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made the threat impossible to ignore.

Iraq Is a Broken Country

As US attention is directed toward Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen a civil war continues to rage in Iraq.

Via: Juan Cole

Iraq’s Civil War Grinds on, with 62 Dead, 200 Wounded in Karbala Blasts … Tuesday, a suicide bomber killed some 60 persons in the northern Sunni Arab city of Tikrit … The total of deaths from political violence in Iraq in 2010 was 5,167. This number included 4,023 civilians….

This war isn’t the focus of a national debate and is considered over by most; but not if you live in Iraq. The legacy of the Bush Doctrine “policy of preventive war" lives on and the Iraqi’s continue to suffer.

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Nir Rosen: the Iraq and Af-Pak Wars, at the Receiving End

Via: Open Source Radio

This is a long interview that makes a good antidote to the pabulum we are fed by the mass media and US administration propagandists.

Via: wikipedia

Nir Rosen (born 1977 in New York City) is an American journalist and a chronicler of the Iraq War. Rosen writes on current and international affairs.

Rosen is best known for his writings on the rise of violence in Iraq following the 2003 invasion, which form the basis of his first book, In the Belly of the Green Bird (2006). He spent more than two years in Iraq reporting on the Coalition occupation, the relationship between Americans and Iraqis, the development of postwar Iraqi religious and political movements, inter-ethnic and sectarian relations, and the Iraqi civil war.

He regularly contributes to leading periodicals, such as Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Review, and Harper’s. He contributed to the footage of Iraq in Charles Ferguson’s documentary No End In Sight and was also interviewed for the film.

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Lawsuit over Drones in Pakistan forces CIA Station Chief to Flee

Via: Juan Cole

The Guardian reports that a lawsuit brought by a Pakistani journalist over wrongful deaths in drone strikes has forced the CIA station chief in Islamabad to flee the country. The official’s identity was discovered by the journalist, Karim Khan of North Waziristan from other journalists or possibly from disgruntled elements in the Pakistani military. It was alleged that the station chief had entered the country on a tourist visa and so had no diplomatic immunity.

The episode demonstrates the miseries of postmodern warfare, wherein President Obama is treating Pakistan the way Henry Kissinger treated Cambodia. If the US is going to conduct military operations in a country, it should be in the terms of a Status of Forces Agreement, and should be carried out by the Department of Defense. To have the CIA just lob missiles onto civilian villages in another country is wrong for all kinds of reasons. CIA operations are covert and US officials cannot even talk about them in public. There therefore can be no public debate or scrutiny of the policy. And, the whole operation breaks US law, since it is essentially a mass assassination campaign, not a war.

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U.S. Discovers Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

From: NY Times

U.S. Discovers Nearly $1 Trillion in Afghan Mineral Deposits

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

It seems to me this signals US intentions to stay in Afghanistan for the duration of our life time. I hope the common Afghani people will benefit for this discovery and not just Haliburton, BP, Bechtel and Afghani equivalents.
They [Israeli soldiers] are very brave people… they are idealists… they want to serve their country and they want to prove themselves. The problem is that you cannot prove yourself against someone who is much weaker than yourself. They are in a lose/lose situation. If you are strong and fighting the weak, then if you kill your opponent then you are a scoundrel… if you let him kill you, then you are an idiot.

Martin Van Crevald — noted Israeli Military Historian
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ElBaradei says nuclear Israel number one threat to Mideast

TEHRAN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua News Service)

At a joint press conference with Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, ElBaradei brought Israel under spotlight and said that the Tel Aviv regime has refused to allow inspections into its nuclear installations for 30years, the report said.

“Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses,” ElBaradei was quoted as saying