Failure To Honor A Flag Of Truce

Christ on a Cracker, I’m not sure what is worse –the stunning dishonesty or the jaw-dropping incompetence.

Iraq’s national security adviser has accused the US military of plotting to assassinate Shia militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr.

A senior member of Nouri al-Maliki’s coalition-backed government in Baghdad, Mowaffaq Rubaie, believes Mr al-Sadr was attacked while attending peace negotiations in August 2004.

According to the Independent newspaper Dr Rubaie acted as a mediator between US forces and Mr al-Sadr by arranging the meeting in the town of Najaf, south of Baghdad.

He claims the Mehdi Army militia leader wanted to arrange an agreement protecting the religious shrine in Najaf and was prepared to sign a document in his father’s house in the town. As Mr al-Sadr approached the house it was attacked by intense gunfire.

Dr Rubaie, describing Mr al-Sadr’s response to the attack, said: “I know him very well and I think his suspicion and distrust of the coalition and any foreigner is really deep-rooted.”

His claims suggest one reason for the Shia leader’s ongoing hostility to coalition forces’ ‘occupation’ of Iraq. Mr al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army is the largest homegrown military organisation in the unstable Middle Eastern country and is a major player shaping the fledgling state’s future.


Dr Rubaie said he “went berserk” with senior US officials after the alleged assassination attempt but received only denials of the plot.

“When I came back to Baghdad I was really, really infuriated, I can tell you,” he added.

How many Americans have lost their lives in Iraq because of our military leaders’ obsession with one man?

4 thoughts on “Failure To Honor A Flag Of Truce

  1. It all depends on what one considers to be the goal of Bush administration. If the goal is to stabilize Iraq, killing Moqtada won’t help. If the goal is the help the Iraqi people, killing Moqtada won’t help. Bush seems to want to kill everyone he doesn’t like, so he can install robots he likes. The pattern is pretty obvious by now. If the goal is the collapse all traditional, religious, secular, and political structures in Iraq, as many Iraqis said with horror quite early on after we “won”, then killing Moqtada makes sense. If, as Rice said, a stable Middle East isn’t necessarily in our best interests, then killing Moqtada make sense. If creating a power vacuum in the Middle east, removing all security for its people, creating a haven and training ground for people with guns, causing a failed nation, destabilizing every neighboring state, overburdening small, supposedly states friendly to the US with refugees, creating a regional humanitarian disaster, molding an entire generation of Iraqis who despise the US and wish revenge on it, jacking the price of oil, consuming oil at a maximum military power rate, breaking the US military, causing worldwide energy inflation, and throwing American ten year olds into debtor servitude for most of their lives, killing Moqtada makes sense. Helluva job George.

  2. Geez I forgot…It’s hard to keep up with all the good will George is spreading in the world. I forgot about the hundreds of tons of ultra high explosive our troops let fall into the hands of the budding insurgency because they were spread Rumsfeldian thin, and were only looking for WMDs. And the thousands of weapons that went home with the Iraqi troops when that paragon of certitude, Paul Bremer, fired the Iraqi army and seeded the Iraqi insurgency in what must have been the most important single day in the life of everyone who subsequently has died in Iraq. And the hundreds of tons of radioactive dust all the A10’s shot killing terrorist farm tractors and twenty year old Republican Guard armor, now wafting back and forth over dusty Iraq and into the noses and lungs of Iraqis and American troops alike. I forgot about flattened Fallujah, and the destroyed ancient section of Najaf, and the Baghdad bridges we blew up to interdict the insurgency, after first working to save them when reconstruction was still an active PR program of the administration. I forgot about all the hospitals we attacked (one of our first targets in Fallujah), the blocks upon Katrina-like blocks of destroyed Iraqi homes and businesses, and our current promise that we never will rebuild them because we already spent the reconstruction money, and the camps we never ever see on American TV of hundreds of thousands of formerly middle class Iraqis that we supposedly went to save, living in tents with a tenuous hold on life in the Iraqi desert, the humanitarian crisis in fact that UN warned about before George got started, and which Bush administration derided. I forgot about all those things. Remembering them, killing Moqtada makes a lot of sense. There’s just no future in it.

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