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August 28, 2003

Iraq: the lowdown

In case you were wondering how the US appointed Governing Council of Iraq appears to a young Iraq woman who loves her county, then Riverbend's post, Let's Play Musical Chairs..., over at Baghdad Burning (links don't work) gives you the lowdown.

The interim Governing Council of Iraq does not inspire confidence. It is seen as a front organization for the US occupation. And the corrupt expatriate financier Ahmad Chalabi, the Defence Department/Pentagon's 'man in Iraq' is treated as a joke and has little support inside Iraq, It is hardly a good way to win the hearts and minds of Iraqi nationalists.

As Juan Cole wryly observes, the "US shouldn't dawdle about handing civil administration over to an Iraq government as soon as elections can be held."

As George Paine from
says, in commenting on this story in the New York Times, the US is in a difficult bind. "Conducting urban guerilla war without completely alienating the population you are fighting among is next to impossible."he adds:

"Iraq is America's West Bank. Iraq is America's Gaza. We are an occupying army in a hostile nation. We are attacked an average of twelve times a day. That's once every two hours. We lose an average of two American soldiers per day. We kill an unknown but undoubtedly relatively large number of Iraqis on a daily basis."

Christopher over at Back to Iraq has highlighted an Adelaide connection in this war: the death of Paul Moran, a television cameraman on assignment for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in northern Iraq? He was killed March 22, 2003 by a suicide car bomb at a PUK checkpoint by an alleged member of Ansar al-Islam. He is from Adelaide and worked for the Rendon Group.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at August 28, 2003 11:58 PM

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