Basra thread

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by parapauk, Sep 12, 2007.

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  1. but...but...but...they're retreating aren't they!!!
  2. The painful truth (for some) my be that we've done everything we set out to. The local tribes are getting ticked off with the militia for disrupting their money making activities (eg. the selling of goods imported through Basra port), we've managed to get a highly capable general to run the show, and the army will by the end of this month be there in sufficent strength to run the show (4 brigades and a SF battalion for Basra city).
  3. msr

    msr LE

    And the trouble is we have set up exactly the right conditions for a military coup: strong army, weak civil structures....

  4. Perfect, a new strong man to run Iraq and everyone back home for tea and medals. Job done.
  5. I see no evidence of events heading in that direction, at least in the south. Not every Arab in uniform is a power mad subscriber to torture monthly.
  6. msr

    msr LE

  7. Read it, but the content of the article has nothing in common with the headline. The bottom line is that you can't win with that paper: the headline would either have been 'Basra Commander a Tool of Sadr' if he was useless, but as he isn't, the headline had to be 'New Iraqi Strongman?'. A nice mix of always finding a cloud combined with an undercurrent of the racist assumption that Arabs are thugs who will take everything the can get.