FUTURE MOMMY-TO-BE ROBERT PARRY IS RETHINKING HIS FUTURE.
"I'M SURE I'LL BE TIED DOWN WITH NURSING AND MOMMY BLOGGING," INSISTS THE ONE-TIME JOURNALIST, "BUT I'LL BE HAPPY WITH THIS LIFE."
BUT WHITE HOUSE INSIDERS SAY OTHERWISE AND CALL PARRY'S CLAIMS TO BE PREGNANT WITH FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O'S BABY "SO MUCH BUNK!"
HIS OPPONENTS SAY HE'S LYING AND THAT HE'S ATTEMPTING TO EXTORT MILLIONS FROM BARRY O AND HIS WEALTHY DONORS.
WHEN PRESSED FOR A REASON WHY, THEY POINT TO PARRY'S FAILED NEWS ENTERPRISE CONSORTIUM NEWS.
AS IF TO CONFIRM THESE RUMORS, PARRY RECENTLY TWEETED:
Editor Robert Parry makes a last call for donations to Consortiumnews' fall fund drive, still $6,000 short,
MORE ON THIS STORY AS IT DEVELOPS.
US President Barack Obama has no plan. He keeps calling doing the same thing (bombing from the air) a 'plan' but it's not a plan.
It fails to adapt, it fails to address.
It's just violence responding to violence.
Your latest clue is the inability of the State Dept to utilize what is taking place.
Want to get Sunnis on board with the government? Give them a reason.
Especially give them a reason when the actions of the Islamic State are prompting revulsion.
I've noted before, over and over, that new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi needs to make grand gestures to the Sunni community in order to make clear that the targeting they experienced under Nouri al-Maliki is a thing of the past, that they are welcome and wanted in the government and the country.
This is where you do it.
When the Sunni community is reeling from what is supposed to be a 'message sent' from the Islamic State, a warning not to cooperate with the government, that is when you have the best chance to make your case for a new Iraq.
But the State Dept can't do it and Haider al-Abadi is proving to be incredibly inept. In the face of the above killings, he announced he would increase bombings.
That does nothing to help the Sunni community.
It does physically destroy the land they call home but it doesn't help them.
And while he had a public comment on the massacre carried out by the Islamic State, he had none on the massacre carried out by his own forces.
Sunday, Human Rights Watch released an alert which opened:
Victims of a massacre in a mosque in Diyala province by Iraqi pro-government militias and security forces recognized the attackers and knew them by name. The Iraqi government should promptly make public any investigation of the attack on the Musab Bin Omair mosque on August 22, 2014, which killed 34 people, and bring those responsible to justice.
According to accounts by five witnesses, including one survivor of the attack, armed men, some wearing civilian clothes and others in police uniforms, attacked the mosque at midday in the village of Imam Weiss in Hamreen, Diyala province, about 50 kilometers northeast of Baaquba, the provincial capital. The attackers shot to death 32 men, one woman, and one 17-year-old boy, all of whom witnesses said were civilians who were attending Friday prayer when they were killed, with PK-type and AK-47 Russian-made automatic weapons, the witnesses said. All of the witnesses said they recognized the attackers and knew them by name.
“Pro-government militias are becoming emboldened and their crimes more shocking,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director. “Iraqi authorities and Iraq’s allies alike have ignored this horrific attack and then they wonder why the militant group Islamic State has had such appeal among Sunni communities.”
Witnesses, all of whom asked Human Rights Watch not to reveal their identities for their protection, said the shooting began at about 12:10 p.m., during the imam’s Friday speech. A survivor, who was inside the Sunni mosque, said he saw a man enter wearing the dark green T-shirt, pants, and headband typically worn by militiamen affiliated with Asa’ib Ahl al-Haqq, a pro-government militia. He was carrying a PK-type automatic weapon.
“He shouted, ‘Do not move. No one leave!’” the witness said. “He aimed his first shot at the sheikh [imam], and then he continued shooting at the rest of us. When I heard the first gunshot I dropped to the ground.”
The gunman continued shooting at random, the witness said. ”People were on the ground screaming and crying, saying, “Allahu akbar [God is great], La ilaha illa Allah [there is no God but God].”
Three of the witnesses entered the mosque after this first attack. They said they saw eight armed men leaving the mosque. When they entered, they saw about 10 people who appeared to be already dead and about 30 more injured. “What I saw was indescribable, inhuman,” one said. “Most of the people were injured, not dead, and were crying out for water and for help with their injuries. I saw a man whose left side of his head was completely blown off.”
Two witnesses said they had begun carrying the wounded into the garden in front of the mosque when, after about 10 minutes, they heard more shooting as a second group of between 20 and 30 armed men headed toward the mosque. The witnesses fled, leaving the wounded behind. Another witness who was watching from his house about 100 meters away confirmed this account.
All of the witnesses said they then heard screams and more gunshots. The second round of shooting lasted approximately 15 minutes, they said.
The witnesses told Human Rights Watch that all of the 34 dead except one were from the Beni Weiss, a Sunni tribe in Diyala. None of the witnesses knew the reason for the attack, but one said he believed it was in retaliation for an attack with an improvised explosive device earlier that day about 20 kilometers north of Imam Weiss that killed five militiamen. The witnesses all said there were no fighters in or around Imam Weiss at the time of the attack.
The witnesses said there was an army checkpoint about 200 meters from the mosque and a police checkpoint about 150 meters from the mosque, but that no security forces responded to the attack even though the shooting was broadcast over the mosque loudspeaker and could be heard from at least 600 meters away, where one witness heard the shooting from his home.
Two witnesses said they called for army assistance and for an ambulance, but none arrived until nearly an hour later. At about 1:30 p.m., they said, soldiers from the 5th brigade of the army’s 20th division arrived in an army ambulance and a cargo truck, which carried the dead to the hospital morgue in Muqdadiyya, 15 kilometers away.
Hadier al-Abadi either can't or won't control the military. September 13th, he ordered them to stop bombing the residential neighborhoods of Falluja.
The bombings have not stopped.
In fact, Iraqi Spring MC notes the latest results of these War Crimes (bombing civilian areas are defined as War Crimes): 4 civilians dead and three injure.
In the face the continued bombings of Falluja, in the face of the slaughter carried out by the Iraqi forces, why should Sunnis believe in a buy-in of the new government?
They shouldn't and they don't.
al-Abadi looks like a fool or a liar.
NINA reports Sunday saw him insisting that the rights of all minorities were protected in Iraq -- all Christian minorities. And yet he's silent on the attack on the Sunni mosque, the attack carried out by his own forces.
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