Recent JWN posts on Bill Odom, Iraq, the US Senate, Iraq, ElBaradei, (Iraq,) Bush, Iraq, Moqtada Sadr, Iraq, and NTFU
Oops, sorry folks, been a while since I updated y'all with what I've been posting on Iraq over at Just World News
. Most recently, it's been this:
- Two pieces (1, 2) about Friday's arrest of Chris Wilson, the owner of the NTFU body-part porn site. (As noted here on TII by Friendly Fire already.) In the second of those I note that the NTFU site is still up and running with all its grisly "harvest" of body-part trophy pics, and I suggest that the Netherlands-- where it's hosted-- probably has stronger laws able to take down people who breaks the laws of war than does the State of Florida. All that the cops in Polk County, Florida were charging him with was "common or garden" obscenity.
- This post about my most recent column in Al-Hayat, which looks at the growing risk of a broader Iranian-Arab war that is sparked by the sectarian conflict inside Iraq. The column was on Hayat's English website on Thursday, and on their Arabic one on Saturday.
- A guest-post from the always well-informed French-Lebanese political analyst Gilbert Achcar. Gilbert was writing about two issues: (1)"How US and British Forces help Iraqis recover their sovereignty (irony alert there, folks!) and (2)Muqtada al-Sadr’s official position on the Constitution.
- A piece Thursday, in which I asked, "Can Bush speech buttress sagging polls?" In that one I noted the record highs our Prez has started getting, in terms of people's disapproval of his job performance.
- A post congratulating Mohamed ElBaradei and the IAEA on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I give a bit of background about the whole structure of the global nonproliferation regime that the IAEA embodies, and note that it calls on all states-- not just some-- to work for complete and general disarmament...
- A post congratulating the US Senate on passing an amendment (to a defense spending bill) that would require all US forces to use rules for running detentions and interrogations that are in line with the provisions of the US Army Field Manual that specifically rules out torture and abusive techniques.
- This one, exploring the fact that it took the US MSM so darned long to take any notice of Gen. Bill Odom's blistering antiwar critique, though the text has been available on the web since, apparently, August 3, and though it was couched in the form of some pretty harsh criticism of the performance of the MSM... Oh, maybe that was why they didn't want to make a big deal about it. Actually, Odom's speech has still not received much attention in the MSM...
Well there we go. Another week of horrible physical carnage and political collapse inside Iraq. And now, only six days left till the referendum on the New Iraqi Constitution™. What a depressing scene. Yankee, Matt and Friendly Fire are real heroes to keep on documenting it in this really helpful way.