Friday, December 23, 2011
Wave of bombings across Iraqi capital kills 63 of both sects as Kurds refuse to give up Sunni al-Hashemi to Shiite Al-Maliki
Wave of bombings across Iraqi capital kills 63: A wave of bombings ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 63 people and injuring nearly 200 in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months. The bloodbath comes just days after American forces left the country.
The blasts also came on the heels of a political crisis between Iraq's Sunni and Shiite factions that erupted this weekend. The political spat, which pits Iraq's Shiite prime minister against the highest-ranking Sunni political leader, has raised fears that Iraq's sectarian wounds will be reopened during a fragile time when Iraq is finally navigating its own political future without U.S. military support. It gets worse! The wounds have never healed, we opened them wider by attacking and further unsettling Iraq, and now the Kurds are hiding the Sunni leader and refusing to give him back to to Al- Maliki the Shiite leader.
Explosions Rock Baghdad Amid Iraqi Political Crisis: The attacks began at 6:30 a.m. and transformed the morning commute into a bloodbath. Car bombs and improvised explosives destroyed schools, markets and apartments. An ambulance packed with explosives incinerated a government office. At least 63 people were killed and 185 wounded. 14 bombings in all targeting both sects!
Anti Shiite Kurds refuse to turn over the Sunni leader: Al-Hashemi has taken refuge in the Kurdish region, which is part of Iraq but has its own security forces. The Iraqi army and national police do not operate there. As long as the Kurdish officials allow him to stay there, he is effectively immune from prosecution in Baghdad.
The Kurds, who have been trying to work out a solution to the crisis, are also wary of al-Maliki's perceived authoritarian streak. But they have also clashed with Sunni politicians from Iraqiya over the future of disputed areas in northern Iraq claimed by both Baghdad and the Kurds. The charges have thrown Iraq into crisis just days after the last U.S. troops left the country and ended a nearly nine-year war.
Handing over al-Hashemi “out of the question” – KRG president’s chief of staff: In the latest development in the crisis that has embroiled the Iraqi political scene this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on the Kurdish authorities on Wednesday to hand over Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi to face charges that his office was responsible for running death squads, a charge al-Hashemi strongly denies.
Speaking to a news conference yesterday, Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi strongly denied all the accusations made against him, stressing that he has not committed any “sins” against Iraq, whilst he described the charges against him as being “fabricated”. Talking to reporters during a televised news conference held in the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil on Tuesday, the Iraqi Vice President said “I’m shocked by all of these things…I swear by God that I haven’t committed any sins or any wrong doings against any Iraqi, whether today or tomorrow, and this is my pledge to God.” It is looking as if the Americans have no longer than just left Iraq and the Shiite propped up by Iran are already trying to take control of Iraq as expected. This is not good!
The feuding among Iraqi leaders, largely divided by sectarian and ethnic loyalties rather than real political differences, is nothing new, but the timing of the latest crisis underscores how most view the final U.S. troop withdrawal as validation of America's diminishing role in Iraq and a signal to press ahead with their own agendas.
The breakdown Sunni against Shiite was guaranteed the day Bush ignored all good advice to the contrary and attacked Iraq. It was guaranteed as soon as we left whether we left today or were stupid enough to hang around longer as Republican nominees are wrongly criticizing Obama for not doing. From Iraq it will spread throughout the entire middle east compliments of Bush not Obama.
Bush has created a hell on earth for Iraq that he calls liberty and success with promises to spread it throughout the entire Middle East. He has long wanted a Korea style force in Iraq to secure the peace! We were concerned because we knew that would never work in Iraq or the Middle East! Planting our military in the middle of the mess Bush has created out of the Middle East because of his failed Democratization program would be a Custer's Last Stand on a grand scale!
I still see a total civil war Sunni against Shiite erupting in the Middle East because Bush freed up Iran to instigate it on their end and they are. I still am concerned we will have a permanent presence in the Middle East but feel we will have to largely leave Iraq to her own demise. We will still be there but it looks like Yemen, and the Gulf of Aden will be the prime focus unless Iran gets something going between the US and Iran.
As you know, I talk about it often as I watch Bush's new Middle East (dis)order progress. He ignored Afghanistan so he could use the patriot acts powers to divert from Afghanistan to attack Iraq using the excuse of unseating Saddam so he could get in the Middle East to help Israel establish a buffer zone and establish a new middle east (dis) order or so Israel and Cheney thought. Bush at Cheney's urging made an abrupt shift in policy towards Syria, a shift that has now brought the entire Mideast region to the brink of war and chaos. Much worse than the hell on earth they created for Iraq. Did you ever read A clean Break a 2003 Executive intelligence Review that tells the truth as to our diabolical plans
That plan was put together in 1996 for Israel. They were just waiting for an idiot to come along so they could implement their plan for the Middle East. Along came the life long follower and life long alcoholic loser Georgie Bush. I wish I could say the rest is History but this is still barely beginning and just beginning to take shape. All Bush did by ignoring Afghanistan and attacking Iraq was to guarantee a loss of everything and a complete Middle East and Asian Breakdown.
He freed Iran up to pursue her version of new middle East order by interfering wherever she could while Bush was doing the same thing with his Middle East Democratization program. I think you can see how successful Bush and Cheney were with chaos creating Middle East Democracy program but you are barely seeing the results they created in Iran.
The goal absolutely is to be the country who decides which direction the new Middle East (dis)order will take. Bush started it by attacking Iraq to get into the middle east to destabilize it and start the new middle east order the idiot said God told him to do now it will be up to Iran and Saudi Arabia at least up front fight it out whether this goes the Iranian Shiite way or the Saudi Arabian Sunni way and do not forget Israel!
Bush has created a hell on earth for Iraq that we call liberty and success with promises to spread it throughout the entire Middle East Sunni against Shiite. Planting our military in the middle of the mess Bush has created out of the Middle East because of his failed Democratization program is going to be a Custer's Last Stand on a grand scale if we are still there when this breaks open and we will make sure we are. It gets closer every day. Watch out Iran!