De-Baathification in Iraq

A Bitter Legacy: Lessons of De-Baathification in Iraq
Miranda Sissons and Abdulrazzaq Al-Saiedi
ICTJ – Justice, Truth, Dignity

 
Iraq’s de-Baathification process is the most current example of large-scale, politically based dismissals. Yet factual information about de-Baathifi cation is scarce and for good reason.
From its inception in 2003, de-Baathifi cation was a deeply flawed process. Ineffective and incoherent, it polarized Iraqi politics and contributed to severe instability in the Iraqi military and government—not just in the first flush of regime change, but extending as far as the parliamentary elections of 2010, some seven years later.

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Obama and the Syrian ‘moderates’

Obama and the Syrian ‘moderates’
Robert Fisk, The Independent, Friday, 27 June 2014

 
Well, God bless Barack Obama – he’s found some “moderate” rebels in Syria. Enough to supply them with weapons and training worth $500m. Congress wants to arm these brave freedom fighters, you see…
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American Jews & Race Purity

American jews & the purity of the jewish race
YNet News, 13-11-2013

 

“So now let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.” (Ezra 10:3)

The purity or race is viewed and labelled today in most of Christendom as “racist.” And any White person who stands for racial purity is considered ungodly.
However, God’s Word clarifies the laws and examples for His covenant people to obey. We must hold fast to the practice of separation unto our own race in marriage, church, and nation. To do otherwise is an abomination in God’s sight!  Laurence Blanchard, in The Great White Desert

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Miracles Not Allowed

Syria militants spreading Islamophobia
Press TV, Friday Nov 1, 2013

 
A senior Iranian Sunni cleric says foreign-backed Takfiri militants operating inside Syria are spreading Islamophobia across the world, Press TV reports. In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi described the militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as “extremist deviants.”

“By resorting to violence and extremism, not only do Takfiri insurgents stir hatred within the Muslim world but they also turn non-Muslims against Muslims,” he said. The cleric said these groups seek to monopolize Islam by categorizing everyone else as non-believers. He further called on all Takfiri groups to accept rationalism and the true teachings of Islam, and renounce violence and extremism.
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Netanyahu’s Clothes

Netanyahu says Iran headed by ‘wild, aggressive cult’
Jerusalem Post Staff, 3-10-2013

 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued his public relations campaign against the Iranian government on Wednesday, telling an American television network that Iran’s government is a “cult.”
“[The Iranian people] are governed not by [President Hassan] Rouhani. They’re governed by Ayatollah Khamenei. He heads a cult. That cult is wild in its ambitions and its aggression,” Netanyahu told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell. … “He calls the shots, Khamenei. [Rouhani] tells him — he tells his boss, the dictator of Iran:  ‘I can get you the completion of the nuclear program by speaking nicely to the West. What Ahmadinejad tried to do with a frown, I’ll do with a smile…'”

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Barack Obama & Israeli Machismo

AIPAC Gets Ready For War With Obama
MJ Rosenberg — Sept 26, 2013

 
Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani have spoken. And they are on the same page. By that I mean not they agree about the issues dividing the two countries but that they are both ready to move forward, to test each other and see if an agreement is possible.
As tentative as all this is, it is a major breakthrough – as anyone who has paid even a little attention over the past 34 years knows. However, I do not see this process leading anywhere because the Netanyahu government and its lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), are determined to end the process and they have the ability to do it. Lees verder

Vladimir Putin: “God created us equal”

Putin  chooses to play the peacemaker. And why not?
By William Pfaff, Truthdig 11-9-2013

 
Barack Obama should be thanking Vladimir Putin for getting him out of a dilemma that would have ruined his presidency.
His attack on Syria, as it was (and is) programmed,  would have been or will be no “shot across the bow.” The plan is to “degrade” Syria’s entire military and supporting infrastructure, so as to tip the civil war’s balance—as Baghdad was “degraded” in 2003. It would make the civil war far worse, with thousands more dead, by triggering a rebel offensive, covertly supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to take Damascus (or its ruins). …
Mr. Putin currently offers Obama the attractive role of a warrior chief whose threats so frightened the world as to force the sequestering and destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. It has brought a wide international and U.N. intervention potentially capable of forcing a settlement conference (“Geneva II”), possibly halting the civil war and its multiple threats to the region. Mr. Putin himself chooses to play the peacemaker. And why not?

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