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Iraq: How about this? « Previous | |Next »
July 23, 2003

In the light of this news from Iraq about the death of Saddam Hussein's sons, this old report from Debkafile makes some sense.

It gives an account of the organized military resistance to the US occupation in Iraq that confirms the view that the continuing attacks are both organized and the work of professional assailants, loyalists of Saddam Hussein and terrorists who have had military training.

Debkafile says that:

"....the forces mustered by Saddam Hussein as consisting of elements of the Special Republican Guards, Fedayeen Saddam suicides, Baath militiamen and thousands of Syrian fighters arriving in a constant stream. It is more than probable that Saddam and his two sons are very much present in underground fortresses built after the 1991 Gulf War and conducting the current campaign against US troops in person, assisted by officers who commanded the Special Republican Guards Divisions in the March-April War...

...The 10 to 15 daily attacks mounted against US troops every day by the Iraqi resistance attests impressively to military professionalism. Their objectives are clear: To dampen American troop morale by building up the casualty score and, more importantly, to repel American military incursions into an enclave beneath whose surface Saddam and his allies lurk in their underground fortress cities."

The implication? The subterranean bases constitute the Samarra enclave and it poses a burgeoning military threat it poses to US forces in the country.The deposed Iraqi regime is fighting a guerilla campaign against the US occupation from this base. Here is Bill Safire from The New York Times on Saddam Hussein's comeback strategy.

This military resistance is quite different from the demonstrations organized by the some of the Shi'ites, such as the supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr against the US presence in the Baghdad. This form of resistance is analyzed by Julian Cole over at Informed Comment.

If you find it heavy going, then here is a puff piece from Jim Hoageland of the Washington Post on Paul Wolfowitz in Iraq for light relief.

I guess the death of Saddam's sons will be a circuit breaker to the political pressure currently building in Washington over politicized and cooked intelligence. The neocons at the Weekly Standard---Irving Kirstol and Fred Barnes---think it's all a big beat up. Here's the background, and it indicates that Iraq cosntituted a nuclear threat was run to the very end. No doubt a media counter offensive is on the way.

Why don't the conservatives just come out and say that the lying by Bush, Blair and Howard is okay and necessary because the war was in the national interest? The end justifies the means line. It would be a more effective to this critique.

Given that the US is talking about allowing greater UN involvement in the rebuilding of Iraq here is the UN Report {S/2003/715 Report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 24 of Security Council resolution 1483 (2003)}. The link is courtesy of Abu Aardvark.The report is on the contribution the UN could make to the rebuilding of a democratic Iraq. What comes through is that democracy should come from within and not be imposed; and that there is a need to ensure Iraqi ownership of the process of creating democratic institutions. Sensible advice.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:29 AM | | Comments (0)
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