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NEW ATTACKS SHOW IRAQI INSURGENTS DOING JUST FINE WITH AMERICAN FORCES GONE
July 23 2012
Baghdad, Iraq – The story of what happened in Iraq has been clear since likely before the United States ever went in on their misguided mission to find weapons of mass destruction. Other countries stayed out and warned of the dangers connected to going into the country but the U.S. pressed on, and then the worst did happen.
That worst case scenario, the stirring up of the hornet’s nest, plunged the United States into a decade-long conflict in Iraq. It cost thousands of American soldiers their lives and untold numbers of Iraq citizens heartache and misery that will never be salved. That is the hard reality of the Iraq conflict even now that the U.S. has pulled out.
Few would argue that Saddam Hussein was a good guy and deserved to stay in power but, it could be argued, the conflict that ensued in trying to oust him from control has been far more damaging then had he stayed. That conflict, even with the U.S. now more or less out of the country, continues even today and shows no signs of stopping, something insurgents are making clear to everyone by continuing to blow people up by the hundreds just like they did today.
“I think Al Qaeda in Iraq made a big joke of the government and the Iraqi security forces,” military analyst Khalid Fadel told The New York Times. “They were so clear that they were going to launch attacks during Ramadan, and the government said that they have information of about 30 terrorist groups entering the country, but still the security forces are unable to prevent the attacks.”
Insurgent forces killed more than a hundred people, mostly security forces ostensibly trained to stop that very thing from happening, on Monday.
Last month insurgents killed over 200 people, to date the largest number since U.S. forces withdrew in December.
“The killing has certainly gone down since the U.S. left, particularly so amongst U.S. military personnel which of course is very important. It’s still quite clearly a battlezone in that country with all kinds of forces working and trying to affect the situation to their benefit. Clearly things have not worked out the way the U.S. planned and that kind of sucks but at least they are out of the way now,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “I mean the only people being killed now are Iraqi so there’s that. It’s kind of sad I suppose but they were going to die anyways and probably anonymously if they had lived out their full and entire lives so at least they died with some kind of attention which can’t be said for most of us.”
The names of the dead have not been released which hurts the notoriety thing.
“Obviously the U.S. pulling out hasn’t done anything to stop the attacks on anyone but the U.S. That’s good for them obviously but certainly not great for the Iraqi people but I mean how much does that really matter in the end?” continued Martinez. “It matters to them obviously but now that they’ve been blown up they can’t really argue about it too much. Other people will certainly complain but seriously, whatever. It’s not like anyone has actually listened to the Iraqi people through all of this and there is no reason to start now.”
No one is quite clear on how many have actually been killed so far this month and there is still a week to go.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent