Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Samizdat, keeping truth alive: The real news from Iraq
- In Basra, "militias effectively took over the police"
- 42 murders in Basra which were left untouched
- when Christian alcohol-sellers were murdered, the police did nothing
- Police responsible for murder of journalist with the NYT
- Death squad killings
- Outside of Kurdish areas and the Green Zone, there is a "full-scale insurgency by both Sunnis and Sh'ia" against Western forces." It can't be rolled back.
- On the streets, "it is hell on earth."
- Violent deaths in Baghdad were 1100 in July alone.
- Speaking about what to do: "There is no answer. You've got to go.... The Americans have to leave and the Americans can't leave."
- The whole of the countryside outside of Baghdad is the property of the insurgency.
- "Our lives [journalists] are worth nothing to the insurgents. Our lives are worth nothing to the British or the Americans."
- The error of the Iraq war was that Bush and Blair went to war for ideological reasons. This causes a distortion of intelligence. "If you understand injustice, which is in part what the Middle East is about, you could make sense of it." But without a sense of injustice, the entire intelligence apparatus is useless.
- When a crime is committed, the first thing police look for is a motive. With 9/11, people were prevented from talking about the motive by phony accusations of anti-Americanism or even anti-Semitism.
And my personal favorites:
- "[T]he New York Times should be called 'Intelligence Officials Say'"
- Goodman, "What gives you hope?" Fisk: "Nothing. Nothing.... Ordinary people who speak out, I suppose, but as for governments, nothing."
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