Category: Iraq

Sheer infantilisme

John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria By Robert Fisk, Sunday, 21 September 2014     John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that …

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The Islamic State’s center of gravity

How to make Isis fall on its own sword By Chelsea E Manning in Fort Leavenworth, Tuesday 16 September 2014 11.00 EDT   The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by …

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Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics

Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’ By Robert Fisk, Thursday 11 September 2014   Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics. Barack Obama did the lot. And now he’s taking America to war in Syria as well as Iraq. Oh yes, and he’s going to defeat Isis, its “barbarism”, “genocide”, its “warped ideology” – until …

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The harvest to come #2

Dear editor, Have you been hearing a hollow clanging in the middle of the night? Faint, but growing louder in that gathering twilight before the fitful dreams of midnight’s slumber?  Could it be the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, frenzied with blood lust, beating his bionic breast like a reborn King-Kong as …

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The ideology, not the group

The sad legacy of 9/11: Isis and al-Qaida are stronger than ever By Ali Soufan, Thursday 11 September 2014   In the years leading up to the attacks of 11 September 2001, the west saw al-Qaida rising but didn’t address the threat in time. My colleagues and I in the FBI and over at the …

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The harvest to come

Dear editor, Have you heard a distant clanging in the middle of the night?  It’s the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, thumping his bionic chest as the scent of yet another bloody Iraq war reaches his flared nostrils.  It’s back to ancient Babylon, boys!  Bubbling crude, black gold.  Oil.  Halliburton.  Abu Ghraib.  …

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What we’re up against

Twitter Agent Provocateur “Ahimla Jihada” Exposed As Fake By Shibli Zaman, September 3, 2014     Recently, Twitter was abuzz with its latest agent provocateur tweeting in support of the orcs of our time, ISIS. I’ve emblazoned the image with the word “Fake” in order to avoid spreading this nonsense unwittingly. The tweets of this …

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