The Lessons of Basra

chuam

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At the start of the military offensive launched last week into Basra by US-trained Iraqi army forces, President Bush called the action by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "a bold decision." He added: "I would say this is a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq."

That's true--but not in the way the President meant it. As the smoke clears over new rubble in Iraq's second city, at the heart of Iraq's oil region, it's apparent that the big winner of the Six-Day War in Basra are the forces of rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Mahdi Army faced down the Iraqi armed forces not only in Basra, but in Baghdad, as well as in Kut, Amarah, Nasiriyah, and Diwaniya, capitals of four key southern provinces. That leaves Sadr, an anti-American rabble rouser and nationalist who demands an end to the US occupation of Iraq, and who has grown increasingly close to Iran of late, in a far stronger position that he was a week ago. In Basra, he's the boss. An Iraqi reporter for the New York Times, who managed to get into Basra during the fighting, concluded that the thousands of Mahdi Army militiamen that control most of the city remained in charge. "There was nowhere the Mahdi either did not control or could not strike at will," he wrote.

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Sorry to rain on your party Chuam, but I wouldn't give him very good odds on staying there long !

In spite of your protestations, anyoine can look back at your posts and see that every time there is some type of setback for
American and the coalition, Chuam is there..leading the cheerleading for the enemy !
Conversely; when America and the coalition have great success..we don't hear a peep from him...

We find the same situation with the left wing throughout the country, yet they spitefully say, " don't question my patriotism !".

When they "cheer lead" for the enemy; what else are we supposed to do ?
 

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