Thursday, July 03, 2003

Democracy, Whiskey, Se- OOOPS!: "From today's " Winds of War " briefing, over at Winds of Change.NET:
U.S. authorities discovered that the acronym of the reconstituted Iraqi army, the New Iraqi Corps, is an Arabic slang word for fornication. The name has been changed to the New Iraqi Army. (Hat Tip: The Week magazine)

In Command Post: Irak

Bush utters taunt about militants: 'bring 'em on' (3 July 03) in Radio Free USA

Israel makes cosmetic show of peace as it builds the Bethlehem wall (3 July 03) in Radio Free USA

Arrest of Shiite leader by US forces sparks protests: "US forces arrested a Shiite Muslim leader in the town of Baquba overnight, sparking a protest by thousands of his supporters, his family and an AFP correspondent said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Two Iraqis killed, 10 US soldiers wounded in separate attacks: "Three separate attacks in northern Iraq left at least two Iraqis dead and 10 US soldiers wounded, military officials and witnesses said, as violence continued to overshadow rebuilding efforts. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraq Democracy Watch: "Call me Cassandra...
The Bush administration isn't able to keep a lid on the facts surrounding our needing more support in Iraq.  The Financial Times reports that, "diplomats and analysts believe Washington is struggling to put together sufficient numbers [of troops] to tackle a military and political undertaking that was severely underestimated." 
The article then goes on to list the military powerhouses that we are trying to enlist for help, such as Lithuania, Romania, Mongolia and Fiji.
In a disturbing turn, indicating that events may well eventually just spiral out of our control, the UK Times OnLine reported that Ayatollah Mohammad Baqr al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), "yesterday warned US-led forces in Iraq that he is prepared to use force against them if they do not return Iraq to the Iraqis."

"We call for using the legal and peaceful methods in order to put an end to this invasion and occupation, by using at first the peaceful methods and ways," he told The Times in the holy city of Najaf. "If this will not give success, then we will think about other methods."

To understand the significance of this, remember that Hakim was on the original seven-member advisory board that the US had put together to help kick-start a political transition in the country.  And that his group has repeatedly renounced violence, and even continues to do so for the time being.  Oh, and that SCIRI has a 10,000 man armed branch, all trained.

Attacks in Iraq injure eight U.S. troops: "An Army truck hit an explosive west of Baghdad on Thursday injuring six U.S. soldiers, and assailants in the capital wounded two other American soldiers in separate attacks, U.S. military officials and witnesses said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


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