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March 23, 2003

Its not all kisses, roses and cheers in the Middle East, despite the general retreat by the Iraqis, the 'see you in Baghdad for breakfast' scenario and the beautifully violent shock and awe spectacle provided by the network's live footage.

There is the usual disinformation. Lots of violently pretty images and streams of live feeds that are hard to make sense of. As expected 'the Arab street' is not too happy Behind the dash for Baghdad the carve up of Iraq into military zones begins. There is along history of western powers doing this.

There is the Israeli state's policy of the transfer of the Palestinian people mentioned in Whither Israel?, then this site may be of help.( Link is courtesy of Not in my name.)Its a bit sobering and it will only fuel the Arab anger towards what they see as the American tolerance of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

This is a sobering account of the possibility of the US losing its leverage over Turkey, with the Kurdish people being worse off after a war by Martin Woollcott. Is this the first step into a quagmire where Kurdish dreams Kurdsí dreams are Turkey's nightmares?

And this sobering piece on Americans as sitting ducks explores the negative possibilities of the American occupation of Iraq.

Are we opening the gates of hell to a world of anarchy as many Arabs fear?

Perhaps it is a bit too early to get all teary eyed about the flag, roll out the red carpet and break open the champagne.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 3:12 PM | | Comments (2)


Just reported on ABC News Radio: Turkey has been hit by two "stray" cruise missiles fired by the U.S.

Telling the Turks to back off in an accidental sort of way?