More troops for Anbar and Baghdad

I heard on the news today that US President Bush is going to officially announce his plan to send an additional 20,000 US troops to Iraq. The news report said the troops were going to Baghdad with the mission of confronting the Shiite militia’s and Sunni insurgency to quell the violent sectarian war which has been plaguing Baghdad of late.

A later report on the news said the new Iraqi Government had also decided to increase troop levels in Baghdad to match the US surge- this article suggested a door-to-door search would be conducted by joint US-Iraqi forces. The aim is to root out militias and insurgents in hope of stabilizing Baghdad before a gradual US withdrawal. There have been rumours Democrats in the new congress would not provide funds for these troops- yet the most senior Democrats insist they will not cut off funding for US troops in Iraq.

Assuming this all goes ahead and the Iraqi army can equal the US troop deployment (unlikely, they will probably match at least half however). I would assume at least 25% of these forces will not be present in Baghdad and will likely go to Anbar as suggested. Continue reading More troops for Anbar and Baghdad

Zarqawi dead but Iraq still a mess

A long time since I published anything of my own analysis, so the time has come.

Iraq is now 3 years down the track of an u unsuccessful occupation and the questions still remain:

Who is in control of this country?

When will the reconstruction begin?

When will electricity and clean water be available for everyone?

Exactly what is in the “Green Zone” and when can Iraqi’s begin to use it?

Who really was al-Zarqawi, where are his “deputies” and how will you stop them?

Who am I asking these questions to?

When will Iraqi’s be safe to walk their children to school?

When will Iraqi children go back to regular school?

Who exactly are the tens of thousands of Iraqi’s and foreigners still locked up behind bars in make-shift Coalition prisons or interior ministry “detnetion centres”?

When the hell will things get better? Continue reading Zarqawi dead but Iraq still a mess

Martyr #121 (Luke’s Poetry)

A man sits behind a bar,
strumming his fingers;
in order.

Thinking of the past,
strumming his fingers;
he orders.

One beer goes down,
he prays for his sins;
and orders.

Two beers now empty,
he stands up straight;
and thinks.

His money on the table,
his pains concealed;
he stumbles.

Into the darkness,
un-armed and alone;
he walks.

Judgement then comes,
a gun to his head
he screams.

Tied up and taken,
beaten not broken;
he dies.

His name was Omar.
The papers call him
number 121.

Jill Caroll released after 3 months!

THANK GOD! PRAISE ALLAH! WHAT EVER RELIGION YOU SUPPORT THANK GOD THERE IS HEART AMONGST THOSE WHO WERE HOLDING JILL CAROLL.

Jill Caroll is alive and well after 3 months of being held captive by her abductors in Baghdad. The centre of much media attention, particularly in the blogosphere Jill Caroll has become significant figure in the fight for freedom in Iraq.

The freedom of this woman shows that negotiating and reaching out to those considered by many as “not worth negotiating with” is actually a plausable strategy.

Go check the Christian Science Monitor’s “Jill Update” if you don’t believe me! Jill is FREE!!!
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0113/carroll_update.html