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    • #244856
      RealityRedux
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      Happy New Year!!!!

       

      https://www.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/iraq-us-embassy-protest-baghdad-live-updates-intl/index.html

      By Sheena McKenzie, CNN
      Updated 11:12 AM ET, Tue December 31, 2019

       

      What happened: Hundreds of pro-Iranian protesters on Tuesday attempted to storm the US Embassy in Baghdad, scaling the walls and forcing the gates of the compound

       

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    • #244869
      jbnw
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      You have to scroll near to the bottom to see any mention of US airstrikes that killed and wounded over 75 people on Sunday.  Do you think they might be related??

      • #245181
        RealityRedux
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        @jbnw
        You have to scroll near to the bottom to see any mention of US airstrikes that killed and wounded over 75 people on Sunday. Do you think they might be related??

         

        Absolutely.

        Going by the sight of different planted flags at the US embassy by various militias inside Iraq, this displays many inside Iraq very upset with the US. Upset at our warmongering words and deadly actions. After almost two decades of US and our Allie’s military presence inside Iraq along with very hard economic sanctions applied against Iran that has us at a possible brink of deeper war in that region. We are also at the mercy of our own mad man in the oval office. One might say that on this very day of our new year ….. the start of a new decade, that this may be an omen for the 2020s.

         

         

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/31/embassy-protesters-in-iraq-deal-symbolic-blow-to-us-prestige

        by Luke Harding and Julian Borger

        After declaring the embassy safe, Trump tweeted: “Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!”

         

        “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,” Trump tweeted. “Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the US embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible.”

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    • #244874
      GZeusH
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      That would be an interesting worldwide vote: should we have an American embassy with its diplomatic mission, or should we tell them to get the fuck out?

      I can’t imagine the U.S. would be on the winning end of that one.

    • #244895
      sadoldgirl
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      That had to be expected. I am surprised that only

      so few protested.

    • #244961
      3fingerbrown
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      What took the Iraqi people so long?

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

      • #245173
        RealityRedux
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        3fingerbrown:

        Good question. After nearly two decades of direct US influence and occupation in Iraq, it appears that Iraqis became both vulnerable and conditioned to a lifestyle of destitute at the hands of many militias and US military operations inside their country has come to a near boil. After years of desperation, most people learn to accept, I suppose, until they reach some sort of a breaking point. Now, we’re witnessing an uprising of several militias against the US presence in Iraq. This uprising may cool off within days or weeks to come, or it may heat up further. This fragile state of affairs in Iraq teeters on actions and words from the US. The eyes of Iraq are on Washington. Worrisome? Yes!

         

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/31/embassy-protesters-in-iraq-deal-symbolic-blow-to-us-prestige

        Video from the scene showed thick grey smoke engulfing the compound against a backdrop of wailing from an emergency siren. Protesters shouted “no, no, America!” and “no, no, Trump!”, and “death to America!”. By nightfall fires were still burning. One masked man walked off with an official US embassy sign.

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    • #245197
      Ohio Barbarian
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      This is what I know so far. An Iraqi Hezbollah militia killed an American contractor. We don’t know what corporation or government agency he was contracting for, what his job was, how much he was paid(many make more than $150K a year), or anything else about him. We do know somebody was pissed off enough to persuade Trump to launch an air strike on Iraqi citizens in Iraq in spite of the democratically elected Iraqi government’s statement that such an attack was a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

      But, War on Terror! Thanks for reauthorizing that 2001 National Defense Authorization Act yet again, Nancy Pelosi and most Democrats! That gives Trump the cover to send even more American troops into Iraq whether the Iraqi government wants them there or not. Way to go, Blue Team!

      But I digress. Trump’s attack killed at least 2 dozen Iraqis, and now Hezbollah Iraq or whatever it is, which functions as an auxiliary Iraqi National Guard which Iran and the main Hezbollah in Lebanon do help train and equip,  has demonstrated that they can simply storm the American Embassy Viceregal Fortress in Baghdad if they really want to, and the Iraqi government may not even try to stop them.

      The Iraqi government wants the United States out of Iraq. These people are the descendants of one of the four oldest civilizations on the planet, and America does not have any business telling them what kind of government they must have or how they will use their natural resources. They clearly want the American Empire to withdraw. This is not a fight America can win in the long run, and even imperialists should see that the rational thing to do now is to depart.

      This also shows just how right Bernie Sanders was when he voted against the authorization for the Iraq War in 2003.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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