Wednesday, March 03, 2004

War News for March 3, 2004 Bring ‘em on: One Iraqi wounded in rocket attack on Baghdad telephone center. Bring ‘em on: Oil pipeline ablaze near Kirkuk. Bring ‘em on: PUK officials ambushed in Mosul. Three wounded. Bring ‘em on: More explosions reported in Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Polish soldier wounded in attack on checkpoint near Karbala. Carnage in Baghdad and Karbala killed at least 170 and wounded 435. IGC declares three days of mourning in Iraq. Iraqi mourners direct anger toward US troops. “’It is you Americans you have done this!’ said a man in the yard outside a Baghdad hospital, moments after he had found his brother lying dead inside. Doubled over in grief with his fists balled in rage, he lurched at three U.S. military police standing nearby as his friends held him back. Other Iraqis lashed out at U.S. journalists and smashed photographers' cameras.” “Tens of thousands” demonstrate in Baghdad. Outraged Shi’ites in Karbala. More on South Africa’s private “security contractors” in Iraq. Commentary Analysis: “How did Iraq slide in 24 hours from adopting a draft constitution that could pave the way for democracy into a state where civil war is a definite step closer? Simple. Blame it on al-Qaeda. It's the easy way out. But the attacks against the Shi'ites must be interpreted in light of what happened behind the closed doors of the US-appointed IGC during the weekend.” Analysis: “The Bush administration made no secret of the fact that it wishes Iraq to remain a state allied with the US. For Iraqi nationalists, that is merely an euphemism for keeping their country a permanent American colony. Thus, even if the US succeeds in gaining an upper hand over the Iraqi insurgents and transfers power smoothly now, violent clashes in the country are likely to occur for a long time. Iraq is much too important an Arab state to become an American ally (colony). As the Iraqi insurgents see it, they will have plenty of opportunities to tackle the American Gulliver, even if they do not succeed between now and June 30.” Opinion: “I must be able to say that I looked this abomination in the eye and found it to be a false god worshipped by those who have never seen, heard, smelled or touched the obscenity of the violence they glorify. One war, two funerals -- neither making any sense. But I was there for them, unlike their commander-in-chief. He has no time for funerals. “ Casualty Reports Local story: Ohio soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Georgia soldier wounded in Iraq. Awards and Decorations Local story: California sailor decorated for valor. Local story: Arizona Marine decorated for valor.


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