They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Sunday, September 18, 2005

US turns innocent Iraqis into fodder of its war on 'terror'

azzaman: To persuade Americans that the war on 'terror' is worth the price in money and human life, the U.S. administration keeps telling them that Iraq has become the hub for terrorists in the world.

The U.S., the administration says, will remain safe so long as U.S. troops remain in that country fighting terrorists thousands of miles away from home.

But the administration fails to mention that Iraq harbored no such terrorists before its decision to invade the country and station more than 130,000 troops there.

As this U.S.'s Third World War rages, we the Iraqis have become its fodder whether we like it or not.

Everyone with a grudge against America, or everyone who hates American and would like it to be preoccupied with Iraq, now has a stake in this war.

As this ruinous struggle continues, we are the ones who are paying with our blood.

The U.S. war on terror, now being waged on our land, is a creation of the U.S. invasion of our country and has turned upside down U.S. plans and strategies for a vital region in the world of which Iraq is only one part.

There is no way our government, no matter how good-intentioned or powerful, [will be able] to succeed under such circumstances.

Warring parties - U.S. and anti-U.S. forces - have converged on our land. And for many Iraqis taking sides is an easy matter. Instinctively, most of them cannot side with the foreigners who have come to occupy their country.

The results of circumstances like these are not hard to predict. If any thing, they can never be favorable for Iraq.

The ten successive and highly coordinated suicide bombings in the morning of a single day last week provide clear evidence that this war on 'terror' raging on our land cannot and will not be of benefit to us.

Those who paid for this reckless, brutal and inhumane bombing were innocent Iraqi victims and no one else.

Innocent Iraqis have become this war's fodder. Link
By Fatih Abdulsalam