CRANKY CLINTON LIKES TO TALK . . . ABOUT HERSELF.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY SCOFFED AT THE NOTION, "IN THE LAST 13 YEARS, I'VE WRITTEN TWO BOOKS -- BOTH ABOUT MYSELF. WHAT ELSE WOULD I TALK ABOUT? JOBS? PLEASE, I'M SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN ANYTHING GOING ON IN THE VOTERS DULL, DULL LIVES."
Who should we trust on Iraq?
Liars and whores?
There are so many liars and so many whores that it can be difficult to know who is who.
We'll name a name in a minute but let's show how common sense can tip you off that you're dealing with a liar or a whore.
THE GUARDIAN published this laughable passage:
Falluja is the birthplace of Isis. Unknown to many, Falluja fell under jihadi control in January 2014 after months of violent protests and conflict, long before Isis (a rebranded version of al-Qaida in Iraq) became as known to the world as it is today. Retaking Falluja will deliver a psychological blow to Isis, given the city’s symbolic importance. It will also generate great momentum for the broader military campaign and effort to liberate Mosul, Isis’s principal stronghold in Iraq, where it declared the establishment of its “caliphate” in June 2014. But it remains unclear how much Isis and its fighters, who are heavily assimilated into the local population and have significant local support, will invest in any counter-offensive in Falluja.
Did you catch the lie?
If you missed it, the lie is "after months of violent protests."
They were not violent protests -- unless you're speaking of Nouri al-Maliki's assault on protesters.
Here's another reality, there's no link.
The claim is put forward without a link.
Now there can't be a link because they weren't violent protests.
But that's how you know you're dealing with a liar and/or whore.
They start tossing out links to this or that assertion but on the really big one, they don't provide a damn link and hope to hell you don't notice.
In this case, our liar is Ranj Alaadin (or whore) and, here's another tip for you, anyone who really cares about Iraq today? They're not working with the Tony Blair 'Faith' Foundation.
The Islamic State did not sneak into Falluja.
And long before the article Ranj links to about the Islamic State taking control of Falluja, you had them physically announcing their presence.
Residents were blocking the main road between Baghdad and Falluja in their protests, trying to make Nouri al-Maliki respond to the peaceful protests.
And Nouri began threatening the protesters even more than before at which point the Islamic State went public and stated they would protect the protesters.
You have them showing up, all in black, surveying the protest on that main road.
This is in the archives because unlike THE GUARDIAN, we covered the year long protests every damn Friday when the people turned out.
We usually had to depend on Arabic media to cover those protests because the western media was not interested in them at all.
So the world really doesn't need a flunkie of War Criminal Tony Blair emerging to lie about Iraq.
Yes, in December of 2012, a Sunni politician (Saleh al-Mutlaq) got things hurled at him in Ramadi (not Falluja) by the Sunni protesters. That's because al-Mutlaq was an appeaser to Nouri al-Maliki who was persecuting the Sunnis. (An appeaser? While Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi became a heroic figure to many Sunnis because of Nouri's persecution of him, Saleh early on made a deal with Nouri to stop the same persecution.) That's also not violence, I'm so sorry.
Nouri having reporters kidnapped from their lunch because they covered the protests, having them beaten while they were in his forces custody, that's violence.
The Hawija massacre?
And if you're too lazy/busy to go through the archives for a year of snapshots, you can just refer to Renad Mansour's AL JAZEERA report from today:
It was the first major city to be taken by ISIL, in other words, its residents were the first to allow for this alternative to the central government. This sense of disenfranchisement among Fallujah's residents grew rapidly during former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's second term, 2010-2014, when overcentralisation policies marginalised the local population.
In spirit with the so-called Arab Spring, local residents took to the streets to voice their grievances and protest against Maliki's policies, including his targeting of their leadership. In response, the former premier opened fire. Fallujah was the first city to see Iraqi forces killing protesters. As repression grew, so did resistance. This eventually paved the way for the re-emergence of ISIL, only a few years after al-Qaeda was kicked out of the city.
That's the reality that a Tony Blair flunkie won't ever tell you.
Nor, apparently, will the western press.
The western press spent the bulk of 2010 through 2014 -- thug Nouri's second term as prime minister of Iraq -- covering for Nouri by refusing to report what was really going on.
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