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VICTIMS and LIBERATORS vs. VILLAINS and LIARS
various ^ | August 9, 2003

Posted on 08/10/2003 11:28:16 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl

The press is failing our troops, our country, the Iraqi people.
 
People have to choose who to trust:

1) Those who continue to throw stumbling blocks in the path of our troops daily:

using civilians as human shields
military units dressed in civilian clothes
fake surrender ambushes
arming with chemical weapons
systematic rape and torture
execution and (possible) castration of POW's
forcing soldiers to fight under threat of death to their families
placing military targets in hospitals
using ambulances for military transport
suicide bombings
attacking their own population
gassing their own population
cutting off water to their own cities

vs.

possibly bombing a market by accident

Guess which draws more protest from the media, the UN and Amnesty International?

Mar. 27, 2003

2) Or we can look at facts backed up by those who know careless words can kill, and who risk their lives for strangers: 

8 Analysis of US Casualties in Iraq by Week and Month - post Baghdad Liberation Day
        *** Quagmire? Nonsense! ***
- 8/8/03

8 SSG Washington - 'an Army Staff Sergeant escorting convoys and chasing down bad guys in Iraq' -  (who links Free Republic to his website), a.k.a. Chrome Domehttp://www.chromedomezone.com/.

8 The Real Situation in Iraq - Chief Wiggles - Blogging Straight from Iraq  | 08/06/03

8 The Straight Scoop - A Seabee's First Hand Account of Life in Iraq - Defend America | Sr Chief Art Messer

8 'Screaming Eagles' Brigade Commander Praises Troop Conduct ["doing a better than great" job] - DoD | 8/08/03 | Gerry J. Gilmore

8 Last week in Iraq - a recap of our military's outstanding security efforts 


The last time the Iraqi people dared rise up against their terrorist oppressors, they were gassed and murdered by the tens of thousands. The Iraqi people need to know WE are not going to abandon them this time. This administration and these troops have been working to reassure the Iraqi people from the beginning.

Even knowing the history of the Iraqi people and the difficulty of our mission, the press sows fear and dissent in Iraq daily.

Imagine if America's press took America's side? If the would be defenders of the downtrodden actually investigated the bad guys?  Our press could help us find those who mass-murdered thousands - or track down one Ba'athist loyalist intent on murdering an American soldier - a soldier who's own courage and sacrifice gives reporters from every civilized nation the freedom to criticize even him. Our press could help save lives, promote freedom, tell the truth about America. They could help heal a nation. Instead, they side with the oppressors, terrorist-appeasers and those who want to weaken America on the world stage.

Look closely at the daily press reports. Remember the press before the war. Remember who and what the press chose to promote (Ritter, UN, Chirac) and defend (Galloway, Saddam Hussein, Susan Sarandon).  Remember their attacks on the President, their pro-UN stance, their promotion of the ANSWER rallies - before France and Germany used the organized protests as an excuse to jump ship.

Look closely at those who want America to fail in Iraq. Look closely at the left.

The press said American troops couldn't topple Saddam and liberate Iraq without a mass-humanitarian-environmental crisis. WE DID.

No apologies followed, not even a simple thank you to those in harm's way.  

The press has already succeeded in convincing much of the world that it should be a breeze to stabilize a nation brutalized and neglected for over 24 years in less than six months. Ludicrous! Has there ever been a comparable attempt to free a nation - or such a success story?  The prevention of 5000 deaths a month at the hands of Saddam's regime matters, as does the freedom - messy or no - of an entire population. Find a similar effort where the liberators worked to establish stability for the people of a nation after they defeated a tyrannical ruler, and where these liberators then worked to make sure the people of the nation ruled their own country - unlike the many who sow dissent and deceive the world daily for personal power's sake.

If the wilful, selective, daily negative reporting by partisan propagandists, the daily drip, drip of defeatism by deceitful anti-Bush activists who ignore the many daily successes of our troops in Iraq, ignore the victims of rape, torture and terror - while handing their mighty pens to the rapists, torturers and terrorists - isn't a crime against humanity, what is???

The troops in Mosul get their news about Baghdad from the NY Times, CNN and The Observer, too. It absolutely effects their perception, gives false hope to their enemies - endangers their lives.

The pre-war-war-post-war "news" coverage re. Iraq has proven that this war is not simply about Saddam loyalists vs. the freedom-loving Iraqi people, it's about real Iraqi VICTIMS and US-Coalition LIBERATORS vs. VILLAINS (Saddam loyalists, terrorists,criminals) and LIARS (press, pols, ambitious tyrants).

CENTCOM: The primary news source on Iraq.
 
*COALITION AND IRAQI POLICE WORK TO MAKE IRAQ SECURE
*+ KEYWORD 'SECURITY'
*COALITION EFFORTS AID IRAQ'S RECOVERY
*+ KEYWORD 'HUMANITARIAN'
*CENTCOM BRIEFINGS

Tales of Saddam's Brutality [lengthy, graphic]  S

VOICES OF FREEDOM
Quotes from the grateful Iraqi people. Y

 The talented journalists who put out the powerful lies daily around the world could do a far better job of putting these facts together, but they're busy playing their same old game of deceive, distract, divide in a deliberate campaign to defeat our efforts in Iraq. 
 
This isn't a game. Real lives are committed to a noble and difficult mission. The future of real families and communities - a whole nation is at stake. Those who planned, carried out, cheered on or excused the murder of thousands of innocents on 9-11 are paying attention - along with those who fought and prayed a lifetime for freedom in Iraq.
 
Bypass the press. Show friends and neighbors the CENTCOM detailed logs. The reaction usually is, "why weren't we told about this?" Multiply the response by over 150 reports over four months....and what the press is doing to our troops is far worse than the heat, sand, or facing some of the nastiest lowlifes in history. The troops can handle that. They can do little about a press determined to misinform the world - except to tell their side and hope someone reads their e-mails, listens to their stories - and passes them on.
 
The very least we can do for our troops is to tell the world about their successes. We can remind our misinformed neighbors that during our worst month in Iraq post-BLD (Baghdad Liberation Day), July, we lost 39 troops - 28 to hostile acts - in a nation the size of California, with over 24 million newly freed Iraqis - 5 million in Baghdad alone. Remind them that during our worst month in Iraq,  those 39 troops along with their 150,000 or so honorable comrades on the ground across Iraq were involved in major aggressive operations - protecting the civilized world by removing multiple bad guys, bad guy weapons, and funds across Iraq. Remind them that this worst month included the revenge of the supposed Big Bad Ba'athist loyalist scum after our troops took out the two Hussein sadist-spawn. Remind them of who's living in Saddam's palaces, who's the best-trained, best-equipped and best and brightest fighting force in the world. Ask your friends why the press continues to insult our troops and hype Hussein, to terrorize the Iraqi people and aid our enemies by implying that Saddam Hussein has any hope of a future in Iraq.
 
Saddam is not coming back.
 
We are not leaving until the Iraqi people have a Constitution of their own and have elected leaders of their own choosing.
 
Anyone promoting an opposite agenda, a 24/7 picture of gloom and doom while pretending to care about freedom, human rights and national security is defrauding the world. The press demeaned our troops, idolized the bad guys and lied to the world during Vietnam as well - and Communism spread throughout Asia - with the resulting untold deaths and oppression.
 
We now have access to the primary news sources through the internet. We can fight for our troops and the Iraqi people on the homefront by giving them a voice.
 
8 Unapologetically Pro-Coalition News Links 7
 
 
Repeat, repeat, repeat.....


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KEYWORDS: bushdoctrineunfold; iraq; mediabias; warlist

1 posted on 08/10/2003 11:28:17 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Coop; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ...
If you want off or on my pro-Coalition/anti-wanker ping list, just ping. Thank you.
2 posted on 08/10/2003 11:31:41 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; *Bush Doctrine Unfold; *war_list; W.O.T.; Dog Gone; Grampa Dave; blam; ...
Excellent work!

Bush Doctrine Unfolds :

To find all articles tagged or indexed using Bush Doctrine Unfold , click below:
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(To view all FR Bump Lists, click here)



3 posted on 08/10/2003 11:39:50 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (All we need from a Governor is a VETO PEN!!!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
ping
4 posted on 08/10/2003 11:47:11 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thanks for alerting me to this, and all of it's great links. This will be good reading when I have the time.
5 posted on 08/10/2003 11:49:44 AM PDT by KineticKitty (We support our troops...as long as what they say/do fits our preconceived notions?)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The vast gob of 'press' work is designed with one thing in mind, prevent this administration from being perceived as successful in office ... and the presstitutes will sacrifice anything and everything to accomplish that for their favored socialist societal engineering democrats. The purpose of our current press is counter to the health of the nation, our troops, or peace through strength in the world.
6 posted on 08/10/2003 11:55:03 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
bttt
7 posted on 08/10/2003 11:58:23 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Grampa Dave
Remind them of who's living in Saddam's palaces, who's the best-trained, best-equipped and best and brightest fighting force in the world. Ask your friends why the press continues to insult our troops and hype Hussein, to terrorize the Iraqi people and aid our enemies by implying that Saddam Hussein has any hope of a future in Iraq.

You can count on it.

My computer screen at the office has the picture of our troops relaxing in one of Saddam's palaces after taking it. Classic picture of some classic troops.

8 posted on 08/10/2003 12:10:50 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in groups or whole armies.....we don't care how we getcha, but we will)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Ping thanks, RC.

I do wish more people would see such things. Thank the gods for the Internet.

9 posted on 08/10/2003 12:14:12 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving You... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bumping your great work to balance out the lies and omissions of the leftwing mediots.
10 posted on 08/10/2003 12:16:33 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (I think the Americans are serious. Bush is not like Clinton. I think this is the end," said Uday)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
bump
11 posted on 08/10/2003 12:22:57 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Fantastic post,

Thank You!

12 posted on 08/10/2003 1:26:13 PM PDT by MJY1288 (The Enemies of America can Count on the Democrats for Aid and Comfort)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great links!! Mass e-mailed!!

It's so nice to hear things "straight from the horse's mouth", too, as in Chief Wiggles' Online Journal, for example.

THANK YOU!!

13 posted on 08/10/2003 1:48:00 PM PDT by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks, Ernest. The Observer article ticked me off last night. The left and their dishonest activist groups pretending to speak for the rest of the military....sowing dissent and dividing the nation - as usual - and during wartime after 9-11.

Some Americans go into the service to advance their political careers. Fighting to defend our nation? If they can work more international mischief and gain more political clout through the hapless UN, forget US sovereignty.

14 posted on 08/10/2003 1:54:59 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: MHGinTN
Well said. We need to spread the news ourselves. The press missed 9-11, insulated as they are behind those Utopian dreams. The rest of us care that our troops are being threatened and that the global socialists who made dirty deals with Saddam Hussein are rejecting the fragile new Iraqi council - based on lies from the partisan press.
15 posted on 08/10/2003 2:03:53 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Thank you, BOB!
16 posted on 08/10/2003 2:06:30 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
This seems relevant:

AP dissects Powell's case for war, point by point

optimistically_conservative post on Iraqi dead.

17 posted on 08/10/2003 2:10:04 PM PDT by lepton
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The thing is, the left doesn't care how many people die, as long as they can get back in power. That is my definition of pure evil. They know full well their actions are going to cause a lot more deaths and misery, in this country and around the world. It just doesn't matter to them.
18 posted on 08/10/2003 2:26:03 PM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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To: Old Sarge
You're most welcome.

I do wish more people would see such things.

It hurts to both listen to the 'caring' Katie and Dan and listen to the troops. Hard to handle the truth - that America's press is not on America's side. The press is a DNC global socialist PR machine today. Say goodbye to the morning paper, the friendly local news anchor, the familiar, sweet-sounding talk show hosts.

Throughout the war, the DOD, not the press, proved to be trustworthy.

It's horrifying that a few reporters controlled the info during Vietnam. How can anyone pretend the press doesn't have a profound influence on policy, attitude, culture? Saddam was so dependent on his Iraqi Info Ministry to control the people of Iraq he protected it even more than his military.

19 posted on 08/10/2003 2:29:57 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: MJY1288
Welcome. Thank you, MJY.
20 posted on 08/10/2003 2:30:55 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; lepton; winner3000; Dog
A while back I promised myself I'd put together the basics of an IraqLivesSaved counter, to repudiate the "other" counter and show how hypocritical the left is. Anyone who wants to script this would be my hero, since I would love to link to it on my FReeper Home Page and it has been a long time since I've coded Java/script. I'm not the first with this idea, as shown below, but here's my take:

   # of Iraqis not killed by Coalition compared to estimates 
   # of Iraqis not murdered by Saddam since deposed* x # of days since 1 May 03
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   (                                                                                 )
x (birth rate per day of those saved above x # of days since 1 May 03)
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   (                                                                                 )
-  # of Iraqi deaths reported by www.iraqbodycount.net
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   # of Iraqis alive because of the compassion, competence and
      love of humanity by the US-led Coalition.

* incl. # of Iraqis not dying from sanctions since they were lifted


A Calculated example for Sunday, August 10, 2003:


   Minimum                                                  Maximum
   48,000                                                      3,900,000
+ 47/day x 71 days                                       548/day x 71 days
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   (  51,337  )                                                ( 3,938,908 )
+ (  34.2 per 1000 population per year x (51,337 or 3,938,908) / 365 days  ) x 71 days
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   (  51,678  )                                                ( 3,965,112 )
-  6087                                                         7798
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   45,591                                                      3,957,313

References:
http://www.tellthechildrenthetruth.com/Saddam_Hussein.htm
http://www.cesr.org/iraq/docs/humancosts.pdf
http://www.medact.org/tbx/docs/Medact%20Iraq%20report-spread.pdf
http://www.ippnw.org/CollateralDamage.html
http://www.geographyiq.com/countries/iz/Iraq_rankings.htm
http://www.casi.org.uk/info/undocs/internal.html


Infance mortality rate: under-five mortality of children had increased from 56 deaths per thousand for the period 1984-1989 to 131 deaths per thousand for the period 1994-1999. For the same period, infant mortality increased from 47 deaths per 1000 live births to 108 deaths per 1000 live births (Table 3).24

World Health Organization
(with support from UNICEF)
(WHO estimates 100,000 to 500,000 civilian casualties.)

There are several calculations estimating civilian deaths:
MedAct estimates a “range from 48,000 to 261,000 for a conventional conflict and additional deaths from postwar adverse health effects could total 200,000.”5 The World Health Organization estimates 100,000 direct and 400,000 indirect casualties and anticipates that “as many as 500,000 people could require treatment to a greater or lesser degree as a result of direct or indirect injuries.”6

Estimated Casualties
The World Health Organization is estimating 500,000 casualties distributed in the following manner:
South – 100,000
Center – 200,000
Baghdad and surrounding area – 200,000


http://www.townhall.com/columnists/marvinolasky/mo20030408.shtml

the policies of Saddam's regimes led to an average of perhaps 200,000 Iraqis dying per year through brutal repression, slaughter by chemical weapons, government-forced poverty and so forth

http://www.deanesmay.com/archives/000840.html

I would love to sit down and figure out how many people Saddam’s regime slaughters every day. Then, we could make some sort of counter that reads “Peace with Iraq has claimed (x) lives”. The counter would include every death that can be laid at Saddam’s feet going back to the end of the Gulf war and go up daily. Let the other side A.N.S.W.E.R. for that…

Posted by Andrew Cory at February 20, 2003 09:41 PM

Dean (and Andrew),

Here are some preliminary numbers. Unfortunately, I won't have much time today to follow-up, but should over the weekend.

According to an article printed by Genocide Watch, an NGO founded in the Hague, Netherlands in May of 1999, Saddam is responsible for the deaths of roughly one million Iraqis.

http://www.genocidewatch.org/IraqkilledJanuary26.htm.

(This article was written by John F Burns, a NYT correspondent who also wrote the article that Dean linked to a few days ago.

Of those one million, 500,000 died in the war with Iran, and another 100,000 died in Gulf War I. I am inclined to exclude those for the sake of being conservative. This means that Saddam is responsible for the deaths of 400,000 purely civilian Iraqis.

Saddam Hussein has been in power since July 16, 1979. Through the writing of the article I cited above that is 8,740 days meaning that on average roughly 47 Iraqi civilians die every day Saddam Hussein is in power. You can do the math yourself, but since I have already done it that’s nearly 1,500 per month, or 17,000 per year.

In direct response to your question Andrew, Saddam is responsible for roughly 200,000 purely civilian deaths since the Gulf War (using my form of analysis).

I would like to stress that this is an EXTREMELY conservative number. I have read quite a few articles on the topic since Andrew’s post and I feel confident that most experts on the situation would agree that my numbers are a low-ball estimate.

Posted by Mike Plaiss at February 21, 2003 10:01 AM

21 posted on 08/10/2003 2:31:12 PM PDT by optimistically_conservative (Can't prove a negative? You're not stupid. Prove it!)
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To: optimistically_conservative
I have seen the number of Iraqis murdered by Saddam placed at 300,000.
22 posted on 08/10/2003 2:37:25 PM PDT by Dog (: "And good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing 'This'll be the day Saddam dies...'")
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To: radu
Thanks for spreading the word, radu. Chief has a new blog with space for comments now. It's good to let these hard working warriors know 'WE CAN HEAR YOU'!

It's been my experience over the past few years that going to the mainstream press is a waste of time. They know what they're doing.

I e-mail conservative talk show hosts, websites - bloggers - reporters, yes - and sympathetic groups: homeschoolers, Veterans, police and firefighters, church groups, family organizations - friends and neighbors, ask them to please pass on info, stand up for the troops.

23 posted on 08/10/2003 2:38:35 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great links Ragtime, I really enjoy the Chief's blog.
24 posted on 08/10/2003 2:49:48 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
BIG TIME BUMP
25 posted on 08/10/2003 2:50:18 PM PDT by putupon (Send your Credit Card # w/ exp. date to PO Box BR-549 Trailer, AR & good fortune will follow you)
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To: optimistically_conservative
Thank you, o_c. If everyone knew what Saddam and his henchmen did to the Iraqi people - no one would dare make the job of our troops more difficult, or continue to treat pro-Saddam, anti-American propaganda as entertainment.

A few more articles, and the WH and DOD websites both have detailed, regularly updated accounts of Saddam's atrocities:

"How Many People Has Saddam Hussein Killed?"

...Just as in Stalin's Russia, the machinery of death is mostly invisible, except for the effects it works on those brushed by it — in the loss of relatives and friends, and in the universal terror that others have of falling into the abyss. If anybody wants to know what terror looks like, its face is visible every day on every street of Iraq.

"Minders," the men who watch visiting reporters day and night, are supposedly drawn from among the regime's harder men. But even they break down, hands shaking, eyes brimming, voices desperate, when reporters ask ordinary Iraqis edgy questions about Mr. Hussein.

"You have killed me, and killed my family," one minder said after a photographer for The New York Times made unauthorized photographs of an exhibition of statues of the Iraqi dictator during a November visit to Baghdad's College of Fine Arts. In recent years, the inexorable nature of Iraq's horrors have been demonstrated by new campaigns bearing the special hallmark of Mr. Hussein. In 1999, a complaint about prison overcrowding led to an instruction from the Iraqi leader for a "prison cleansing" drive. This resulted, according to human rights groups, in hundreds, and possibly thousands, of executions....

Committee of the Missing (Saddam's victims may number eight million)
Newsweek via MSNBC.com ^ | 5/8/03 | Rod Nordland

...The Committee’s view is that Saddam Hussein’s regime slaughtered 8 million people; in a country of 25 million that’s a pretty extreme estimate. “Hitler was a minor student in the school of Saddam, and not a very good student by comparison,” Idrisi said. “Just in my small family, my cousin was in prison, my father, brother, and five or six other cousins disappeared,” he said. Saleh agreed. “No family in Iraq is without its missing. My brother, too. Still I haven’t reached his grave, but I saw the file.”
        Challenging such over-the-top figures provokes annoyance among the Committee members. “How can we have 8 million? I’ll show you.” Saleh produces an armful of fat file folders. “Look at this one. Look at the file number.” It’s stamped TOP SECRET, labeled Department of General Security, Branch 45, File No. 12584. Branch 45 specialized in the banned Shiite group Al Dawa. This is a case file concerning one Satter Jaber Meslain, an investigation that lasted from 1981-1983. As the result of his confession and other investigative leads that his interrogation produced, 55 persons are implicated; all are listed here as condemned to death on one page, and then, on a paper dated hours later, confirmed “hanged by a rope until dead.” On the front of the file folio is a strip of computer stickers, the kind used to track inventory, bearing the number 507989493; they seem to be file locators. “Look how big that number is. It was indescribable what they did. There are millions of files, millions.”
        He pulls out another, quite similar file, Branch 45, File No. 1055. An investigation into one person, led to 54 persons executed. And a third file, 28 executed. And a fourth, 26 executed. The floor next to his desk is stacked high with these; and that’s just this day’s work.
        The doors of the villa are tightly controlled now, by guards with their AK-47s laid across a desk blocking the way. Only those on Committee business are let inside, and those whose discoveries on the walls outside have made them so distraught they need comforting. Committee members speak in hushed tones to the bereaved; it helps to know how many others have had the same experience. In his quiet, stern way, Idrisi has the same message, over and over. The files also had the names of the torturers and the executioners. They’re in code, but they hope to break that code. “We will catch them. And when we catch them, we won’t do the same thing they did to us. We will take them to court and put them on television and let the people see who they are, and what they did.”
        Basil Jaber, the man whose brother had not yet grown his mustache, leaves oddly reassured. He never really expected to find his brothers alive, anyway, but at least someone is trying to do something about it. “We are not animals,” he says. “There is law. Those who did this will go to court. My brothers were only going to pray, that’s all they did.”
        The guards have let a woman named Suheila Daoud come inside; she is wailing and beating the sides of her head with both fists. Only her face can be seen under the black abaya; it is wet with tears. Her neighbor is let in to try to calm her. One of her brothers had been an opposition agitator; authorities first arrested him and then came later for her other four brothers. The youngest, Muhammed, was only 12 years old, another, Ali, was 13, the rest in their 20s. She has just found their names on the wall outside, ordered hanged many years before. Late last year she saw the Iraqi minister of information, Mohammed Sayid al Sahaf, on the street, and got down on her knees in front of him. “I kissed his hand and said, ‘Please, just let me see one of my brothers, only the small one, he’s still a baby, let me come to him, please.’ And he said, ‘OK, all will get out, don’t worry.’ They lied.” Then the Americans came and she was filled with hope that her brothers would come out alive from one of the prisons, until she saw their names on the Committee’s wall lists. “I want only one thing now, to catch Saddam and bring him in front of us. Tell Mr. Bush our hearts will
never rest until he is punished.” ...

26 posted on 08/10/2003 2:58:17 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: McGavin999
Chief's amazing, isn't he? An ambassador of goodwill, linguist, human rights defender (taking on both the Red Cross and Amnesty Int'l) and a chef. His kind nature in the middle of that angry land is inspiring.

You might want to check the link to 'Chrome Dome' - it's great. He leads those dangerous convoys, writes colorful tales about his exploits - and linked Free Republic to his sight. (^:

Thanks to LT Smash for directing loyal readers to both Chief and Chrome Dome.

LT Smash is coming home.

27 posted on 08/10/2003 3:06:33 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; lepton; winner3000; Dog
My calculated example is actually only good to 10 July 2003 (71 days) rather than 10 August 2003 (102 days):

A Calculated example for Sunday, August 10, 2003:


   Minimum                                                  Maximum
   48,000                                                   3,900,000
+  47/day x 102 days                                        548/day x 102 days
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   (  52,794  )                                             ( 3,955,896 )
+  ( 34.2 per 1000 population per year x (52,794 or 3,955,896) / 365 days ) x 102 days
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   (  53,298  )                                             ( 3,993,703 )
-  6087                                                     7798
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   47,211                                                   3,985,905

28 posted on 08/10/2003 3:09:45 PM PDT by optimistically_conservative (Can't prove a negative? You're not stupid. Prove it!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The Observer article ticked me off last night. The left and their dishonest activist groups pretending to speak for the rest of the military....sowing dissent and dividing the nation - as usual - and during wartime after 9-11.

Thanks for the great work. That article in the Observer angered me as well. It seems to me that the greatest threat to the troops and the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, is to have our support recede or the confidence in the mission eroded by unreasonable expectations and the reactions of weak kneed politicians. The press and every single Dem presidential candidate are leading the effort to make this so.

29 posted on 08/10/2003 3:33:53 PM PDT by Dolphy
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To: Dolphy
The press and every single Dem presidential candidate are leading the effort to make this so.

Amen. It's a major scandal.

Gen. Myers felt it necessary to say this last week:

''In general, the biggest shortcoming from Iraq to Afghanistan is not the accomplishment of the mission as much as it is getting the word out about the successes we're achieving every day.~ Gen. Richard Myers, 8/05/03

You know the press is behaving very badly when a military leader criticizes them in public. Gen. Myers just put his neck on the block for his troops.

When I read this quote I was so furious. The press will be out for his blood, just as they went after SOD Rumsfeld when he told the watching world that the American people had sense enough to find the trustworthy news sources after the march to Baghdad. Even FoxNews attacked SOD Rumsfeld....and he was only responding to a very hurt young man who just helped win a major victory - only to discover his country's press wasn't on his side.

When the press attacks Gen. Myers, SOD Rumsfeld, Pres. Bush unfairly, and disses our military - they need to know they're attacking "we the people" - and we aren't running for election or subject to military codes of conduct.

30 posted on 08/10/2003 4:33:04 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
You're most welcome, you are doing a wonderful job. I've beeen emailing your material all over, especially to friends in the military.
31 posted on 08/10/2003 4:44:12 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in groups or whole armies.....we don't care how we getcha, but we will)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
thanks for pinging me...great material to read and forward to everyone I know...especially the dems. Blessings, etabeta
32 posted on 08/10/2003 5:30:44 PM PDT by etabeta
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I wish that more military families would realize just how much the press is against our troops. They are beginning to really complain about the press but will still watch network news in hopes of getting any news about our troops. The UK families are really having a tough time.
Some of the same families that complain still refuse to watch Fox or read other sources on the net. The liberal press is counting on just that.
33 posted on 08/10/2003 5:43:25 PM PDT by armymarinemom
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thanks for the heads up!
34 posted on 08/10/2003 8:15:21 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
ping
35 posted on 08/10/2003 11:44:10 PM PDT by moni kerr (Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump.
36 posted on 08/11/2003 5:52:44 AM PDT by windchime
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To: armymarinemom
I'm sorry for our British allies and their families. BBC is so out of control.

PC insanity that parents of the troops trust anyone who intentionally incites fear, hypes negativity daily while ignoring the good works of their sons and daughters, ignoring the gratitude of the Iraqi people and the history of Saddam's brutality. I've seen it here - parents glued to the 'worst case scenario' news, refusing to listen to reports from the troops and their commanders.

Here's one reason - the major military support group is stupidly calling itself the "Worried Families Bureau" - spreading "worry" to the families throughout Britain. Perhaps a Brit visitor could phone these fearmongers and suggest they change their name to reflect the character and dignity of the military:

[The SSAFA Forces Help (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) was formed in 1885 and is a national charity helping serving and Ex-Service meen and women and their dependents when in need. They've now announced telephone lines for Forces families in Staffordshire concerned about loved ones have been announced.
The SSAFA Worried Families Bureau can be contacted on the following numbers.
Army - (01980) 615792, (01980) 615793, (01980) 615794, (01980) 615795, (01980) 615796
RAF - (01452) 712612 - ext 7045/7080
The SSAFA (Forces Help) Staffordshire spokesman James Cantrill said: "We have been receiving many phone calls from worried families concerned about loved ones.
Therefore we are working alongside the forces themselves to publicise the Worried Families Bureau. Anyone with an immediate concern should contact these numbers to get the most up to date information."

"SSAFA are actively helping the families of forces and ex-forces personnel. Especially at this time there may be problems or difficulties that come up. We are here to help with those and I would urge anyone who requires help to give us a ring on (01785) 212680."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/features/community/noticeboard.shtml

Our enemies couldn't come up with a better way to undermine morale...parents treating their warriors as babies, as understandable as it may be.

Bill Clinton's peacenik Oxford pals now work for the BBC, and teach journalism. A Rudyard Kipling / Shakespeare revival would help. Too bad the Brits threw out their very real and noble traditions - history of law and chivalry for Utopian PC fluff. The British troops in Basra survived BBC indoctrination and grew up to be honorable and brave defenders of the faith. Hopeful, that.

8 Orwell's Warning - The BBC is blind to its own biases  - Opinion Journal ^ | 8/06/03 | MICHAEL GONZALEZ

8 Scandalous [BBC] - AEI ^ | July 28 - AEI, August 11, 2003 - NR | David Frum

BBC bias blog:
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http://www.biased-bbc.blogspot.com/


37 posted on 08/11/2003 6:35:22 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thanks for your efforts.
38 posted on 08/11/2003 6:54:19 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Very welcome, MEG.
39 posted on 08/11/2003 9:17:05 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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Thanks for the Ping RC!

I'm printing out what I can, so I can share. . .
40 posted on 08/11/2003 9:33:40 AM PDT by Roughneck (Starve the Beast!)
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To: Roughneck
Thanks for sharing the news with others, Roughneck. (^:

I forget our FoxHole - hidden at VetsCoR where scrolling lurkers and visiting troops aren't likely to find it. They post the CENTCOM links daily, and much more. We need 'em out front. We need all the help we can get getting the real news out about the war. It is the campaign issue for 2004.

Hillary and most Dems are siding with the UN, and anti-Coalition Old European socialism - preferring a weakened America on the world stage.

I think we could unite 2/3rds of America around that one campaign issue.

8 The FReeper Foxhole - Military Related News in Review - August 11th, 2003  ^

41 posted on 08/11/2003 10:07:00 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
More clarity here from the front; if this was posted before I couldn't find it and the letter should be posted again. Please read and pass on.

From one of the Grunts on the scene.

Iraq Report Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003

TO ALL : This is a response to a message that said rules of engagement (ROE ) were causing Army deaths and did not apply to the Marines. No, it's not true. The ROE are dictated by CJTF-7, not individual commanders, and the rules are the same for Army and Marines. We are each required to be armed at all times.

The two magazine rule is that you must have at least two magazines on your person at all times, this helps when you're engaging the enemy. Most people carry at least three pistol mags and seven rifle mags respectively.

Both Army and Marine units openly display their weapons. They both shoot when threatened also. Several attacks have been thwarted by Army and Marine personnel shooting first. We're also much better shots than the enemy. They tend to spray and pray, while we tend to just shoot them.

The Army has more attacks because their AOR encompasses Baghdad and the surrounding areas where the bulk of the attacks have taken place. I've noticed the press does a poor job in reporting military response to these ambushes.

The usual 'real' military report reads: " Five IZ (Iraqis) fired AK-47s and RPGs at patrol (or convoy), soldiers (or marines) returned fire resulting in 3 KIA, and 1 WIA, 1 escaped. Enemy RPGs missed, AK fire ineffective, no US casualties."

We do take some casualties, but we are very effective at counter-firing at the ambushes. Our aggressiveness has proven very effective.

The enemy is primarily made up of insurgents from Iran and Syria who hire Iraqis to attack coalition soldiers, not disgruntled Iraqis who are mad that their electricity is not on all day yet. They provide them with AKs and RPGs and send them on their way with a promise of cash after the attack.

They have even give motorcycles to kids which they are allowed to keep if they ride by a coalition check point and drop a grenade. After one such attack, we found out how easy it was to shoot people off motorcycles. You can hear them from a long way off and shoot them long before they get within grenade dropping distance.

We have good leaders, and they're responding aggressively and well to the attacks, they emphasize that everyone must engage the enemy whenever they show themselves. The kids here are excited to do their job, and they do it well, with the proper weapons and lots of ammo. We go out with M2 50 cals and MK-19 automatic grenade launchers mounted on our vehicles. We carry SAWs, M-203s, M-16s, and M9s. We also carry several different types of grenades and use everything as needed.

We read press articles on the net that have no resemblance to reality every day. The press lies, they make things up, and they misrepresent things to forward their own interests. It would be funny, except that so many people [around the World] believe them.

Take care, XXXX

42 posted on 08/12/2003 6:35:23 AM PDT by yoe (Our best reporters are on the front lines in Iraq. Get their stories. use FR for truth in reporting.)
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To: yoe
Outstanding letter, yoe. Thank you for posting it.

Would you consider posting it as a separate thread? The troops need all the exposure they can get. They keep repeating themselves - the press isn't listening.

Freepers are listening.

This letter deserves mass-exposure, I agree.

43 posted on 08/12/2003 6:58:14 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl (4 years? Dems can't even handle 4 short months of good works and security successes in Iraq.)
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