Iraq – or Kosovo?

Chris Floyd of the Moscow Times had a column last week about the occupation forces’ use of Saddam’s secret police to govern the “new” Iraq.
Floyd’s style is so cutting edge, I would hardly be surprised if Imperial officials actually bled after reading this stuff.
Consider this phrase, used to describe the US alliance with the Iraqi secret police:
“monstrous copulation of rapacious conquerors with bloodthirsty scum.”
Conjures images of NATO’s alliance with the KLA, doesn’t it? Continue reading “Iraq – or Kosovo?”

This Week’s Hellraiser Award Goes to. . .

This fellow from North Carolina:

Donald Sullivan of Hampstead, a 23-year-veteran of the Army and Air Force, sued the U.S. government, President Bush and several members of Congress to stop what he termed an “illegal war.” The civil lawsuit, filed in March in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, sought a temporary restraining order.

Judge James C. Fox quickly dismissed the lawsuit, and Sullivan has appealed. Sullivan, who represents himself, said he would pursue the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

Finally, a lawsuit I can support.

Money isn’t everything

From “turning-tables” — a blog written by a US soldier in Baghdad:

    at the doors of the palace there are filipino guards in tan uniforms…i think they are part of a civilian security company…brought in by the u.s….i recognize the uniforms…they had them in doha…but in kuwait they were americans…guarding all the gates to doha and arifjan…I read yesterday that close to a third of the billion dollars a week that we are spending out here goes straight into contractors pockets…I can believe it…we’ve got some civilian dudes out here who are doing my exact job as contractors…they are each getting paid $120,000 a year…they’re both 26 years old…the money is out there…but money isn’t everything…

Blasting statism in Serbia

In yesterday’s issue of NIN weekly, Serbian political commentator Aleksandar Tijanic writes about the late PM Zoran Djindjic and his alleged nemesis, Colonel Milorad “Legija” Lukovic, deconstructing them both as the same type of character, the ambition-driven worshipper of violence and coercion.
The Serbian press is generally statist, though on occasion critical of individuals. Tijanic’s deconstruction, though, comes close to questioning the entire system of violence that calls itself a government and hides behind nonsensical terms such as “democracy.”
(Hopefully) developing… Continue reading “Blasting statism in Serbia”

Should We Stay or Should We Go, Now?

Devil’s advocate on “postwar” Iraq: Why withdraw? The Bush administration will be blamed for what happens in Iraq whether U.S. troops stay or leave. If they stay, every dead soldier and civilian, plus general unrest, will be blamed on the occupation. If they leave, critics of the war (especially in Europe) will blame Bush for leaving the country rudderless, ruined, a vacuum waiting to be filled by al-Qaeda or ayatollahs.

To which I say: Damn right, and deservedly so. Bush launched this stupid war, so whatever comes of it should be laid at his feet. But between a permanent occupation and quick withdrawal, the latter option is distinctly superior from both a moral and strategic viewpoint. As Ted Rall puts it:

The bloodshed may continue after we leave–and we’ll be partly to blame for that. But until we pull out, the carnage is all ours.

The warbots had ample warning (not only from places like, but also from their own intelligence agencies) that the current chaos would ensue post-invasion. There is no way to reverse what has been done. But Bush and co. can refrain from compounding their errors. The Iraqis have suffered enough; let’s not wait until they take spectacular revenge on us before we withdraw.