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As US troops leave Iraq, an assault is planned that should shame us all
The Telegraph | 12/17/2011 | Christopher Booker

Posted on 12/18/2011 2:33:34 PM PST by bruinbirdman

A tragedy is presently unfolding in Iraq that makes a mockery of the boast by US defence secretary Leon Panetta that American forces are leaving it a “free, independent and sovereign country”. And in two weeks’ time it seems set to come to a bloody climax.

For some years this column has been drawing attention to the horrible threat that hangs over Camp Ashraf, the once neatly-ordered town on the Iranian border which has, since 2001, been home to 3,400 Iranian exiles, members of the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI), the leading group opposed to the tyranny of the mullahs in Tehran.

In 2004, the Ashraf residents surrendered their arms in return for personal written guarantees of safety from US General David Phillips. But for months now, in anticipation of the last US forces leaving Iraq, Ashraf has been besieged by thousands of Iraqi troops, under the personal direction of prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. They are acting in league with gangs of thugs from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Tehran’s equivalent of the old Soviet KGB, responsible for ruthless suppression at home and fostering terrorism abroad.

On a recent visit to Washington, Maliki openly admitted that he was preparing to close Ashraf on December 31, at Tehran’s behest. In April an assault on the town left 36 dead and 11 more have died in incidents since. In a fortnight’s time, Ashraf will be invaded and its residents are likely to be slaughtered on the spot or dispersed around Iraq, to be killed at a later date, or deported to face imprisonment or death in Iran.

No one is more anguished by this betrayal, as he recently indicated in a speech, than General Phillips.

But what is most bewildering about the tragedy is the apparent desire of the US and British governments to condone Maliki’s collaboration with the murderous intentions of Tehran – despite protests from an impressive array of former senior US officials and thousands of American and European politicians, including more than 100 from our own Parliament. Why has our Government been so keen to bow to Iran’s wishes, paving the way for the destruction of Ashraf by those same Revolutionary Guards who recently sacked our embassy in Tehran?

Britain’s opaque part in this story has been as disgraceful as anything in the humiliating record of our involvements in Iraq – which is neither free nor independent, and is less of a sovereign country today than it was when ruled by Saddam Hussein


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ashraf; british; deals; iranianexiles; withenemy
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1 posted on 12/18/2011 2:33:37 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

I’m gonna be sick.


2 posted on 12/18/2011 2:35:34 PM PST by RC one (I will not vote for the gun grabbing, draft dodging, pro-choice, so called Republican Mitt Romney.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Iran has no love lost towards Iraq and would dearly love to swallow Iraq up. Iraq ought to be treating these Iranian protestors of the Iranian regime as friends. Instead of cutting them off at the knees.


3 posted on 12/18/2011 2:39:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: bruinbirdman

Nice link (not).


4 posted on 12/18/2011 2:40:49 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Well, we've sort of been here before, haven't we? The US Left pushes us to stop the war and bring the troops home, and afterwards the bloodshed (predictably) increases. The only one who will be surprised is Chris Matthews. (He'll blame Sarah Palin.)

5 posted on 12/18/2011 2:42:54 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war. It's coming.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Tom Clancy wrote about the Iraq-Iranian Anschluss.

The man is foresighted.


6 posted on 12/18/2011 2:43:26 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: bruinbirdman

Can you provide a link for this story?


7 posted on 12/18/2011 2:53:03 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: bruinbirdman

LINK?


8 posted on 12/18/2011 2:58:23 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yes

Seems we have a habit of making friends and then leaving them behind to be “dealt with.” But this should not happen; Not this time.

Sigh

What is wrong with us? This is not honorable.


9 posted on 12/18/2011 2:59:34 PM PST by Steve Newton
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To: Steve Newton
This is not honorable.

Nor is our president.

10 posted on 12/18/2011 3:08:03 PM PST by american_ranger
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To: RC one

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/8963280/Well-soon-forget-the-David-Cameron-veto-that-never-was.html

Story starts 1/2 way down page


11 posted on 12/18/2011 3:08:47 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: bruinbirdman

12 posted on 12/18/2011 3:12:06 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: bruinbirdman

Compulsory shift of Ashraf Camp is an Iranian project - MP
http://en.aswataliraq.info/(S(021tfr55vxajvk21rhxa1fzn))/Default.aspx?page=article_page&c=slideshow&id=146024

Without protection, Camp Ashraf residents face catastrophe
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/without-protection-camp-ashraf-residents-face-catastrophe/2011/12/15/gIQAv3ILzO_story.html


13 posted on 12/18/2011 3:19:23 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: bruinbirdman

Iraq will quickly descend into virtual civil war with the Kurds in the north likely to form their own state and Shi-ite forces in the south with strong military support from Iran battling Maliki’s forces. I expect Iraq to become a puppet state of Iran by the end of 2012. I feel sad for the families of those brave soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq as their sacrifice thanks to Obama will mean nothing.


14 posted on 12/18/2011 3:20:47 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Well, we've sort of been here before, haven't we?

Yes we have. It's heartbreaking. And it's Bush II who played the role of LBJ this time.

good intentions + weak follow through = tragedy

15 posted on 12/18/2011 3:21:37 PM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Bobalu

“We’re Democrats in office.”

In the interest of painful accuracy - the event pictured took place during the Nixon (a putative Republican) administration....


16 posted on 12/18/2011 3:22:25 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike

Actually it was Gerald Ford.


17 posted on 12/18/2011 3:24:15 PM PST by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: Jaxter

I accept the correction, without conceding my point... ;)


18 posted on 12/18/2011 3:26:01 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: bruinbirdman

Ejection of staff of Ashraf’s central power station, threatening and provoking residents into violence .
http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/ncri-statements/ashraf/11542-ejection-of-staff-of-ashrafs-central-power-station-threatening-and-provoking-residents-into-violence


19 posted on 12/18/2011 3:27:19 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Uncle Ike

I know, I thought of that.

But it was the demos in office (in congress)
that cut off the funds...plus they had already
made a mess of the execution of the war under
Johnson. :-(


20 posted on 12/18/2011 3:28:15 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: ClearCase_guy

One is also reminded of the anti-communist Russians and others handed over to Stalin under the Yalta agreements at the end of WWII. Shameful, dishonorable and short-sighted all at once - the hat trick of criminal blundering.


21 posted on 12/18/2011 4:20:12 PM PST by Argus
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To: Uncle Ike

In truth all power of the executive had been wasted by LBJ.

Nixon took upon himself the role of Don Quiote and Ford was the janitor who locked the door of that Kennedy/Johnson Opium den.

At all times the Rats were in complete control of the the American Government.


22 posted on 12/18/2011 4:35:25 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Uncle Ike

Both houses of congress where held by Democrats who refused to honor our treaty with south Vietnam and supply them with ammo and equipment thereby giving the communists our victory and throwing the lives lost in the septic tank.


23 posted on 12/18/2011 4:43:06 PM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: bruinbirdman
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/8963280/Well-soon-forget-the-David-Cameron-veto-that-never-was.html

yitbos

24 posted on 12/18/2011 4:57:31 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman

Let’s not forget the MEK is officially designated a terrorist organization by the US government.


25 posted on 12/18/2011 5:10:33 PM PST by Poundstone (A recent Federal retiree and proud of it!)
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To: bruinbirdman

The U.S. abandonment of SE Asia killed off 100s of thousands of Hmong, so what’s a few thousand Iraqis?

That’s how we roll, world. Take note the next time the U.S. intervenes where you live.


26 posted on 12/18/2011 6:13:39 PM PST by risen_feenix
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To: bruinbirdman

America? Sure you can trust her, she’d sound as a dollar!


27 posted on 12/18/2011 6:40:58 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Israel is real:))
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To: risen_feenix

Are we “abandoning” Iraq? Or are we leaving at the request of their freely elected government? Are we supposed to insist that our military stays — in defiance of the Iraq government’s wishes? And if they resist, do we launch a second war — fighting the government that we helped to establish through free (green finger) elections?


28 posted on 12/18/2011 7:22:30 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: risen_feenix

The Marsh Arabs were also left to swing in the wind after Desert Storm after being promised protection by Bush the Elder and Colon Bowel.


29 posted on 12/18/2011 7:53:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: The Great RJ
Iraq will quickly descend into virtual civil war with the Kurds in the north likely to form their own state and Shi-ite forces in the south with strong military support from Iran battling Maliki’s forces.

Maliki practically pledged fealty to Iran for political support in the past elections against Allawi. It's the Sunni that are worried. The Kurds have already formed their own de-facto state.

30 posted on 12/18/2011 8:28:40 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: american_ranger

Indeed

I never thought I would say that an American President had no honor.

But I really believe he does not.

Time for a change


31 posted on 12/18/2011 8:37:51 PM PST by Steve Newton
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To: bruinbirdman

Leaving Iraq before it had a military capable of defending its borders was retarded. It doesn’t even have an air defence wing in its airforce, which is little more than a glorified air freight service. Is it any wonder that, like a 100lb weakling sharing a cell with a 300lb tatoo-covered psycho, it is dropping its pants and bending over for Iran like a prison bitch?


32 posted on 12/19/2011 1:22:16 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
I see that today, to celebrate the last combat troop leaving, Iraq Interior Ministry ordered the arrest of Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a Sunni, for terrorism, assassination, etc.

yitbos

33 posted on 12/19/2011 6:22:59 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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