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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Um, about the whole surge plan thing

25 US soldiers went home in body bags yesterday, and today sees 100 Iraqi’s dead as more car bombs light up Baghdad, I don’t wish to rain on My President Bush’s parade, but every day that goes by sees you lose a little bit more of Iraq – Mr Bush this isn’t working and putting 20 000+ troops into harms way isn’t going to make things any better.

Scores die in Iraq bomb attacks
At least 100 people have been killed in two separate attacks on busy street markets in Baghdad and Baquba.
Eighty-eight people died and 160 were injured in a double car bombing at a second-hand clothes market in Baghdad, the worst such attack this year. A further 12 died in a bomb and mortar attack in the nearby city of Baquba. The attacks came as the first of over 21,000 extra US troops ordered by US President George W Bush arrived in Baghdad on a mission to boost security. The 3,200 troops sent to Baghdad are the advance guard of a 21,500-strong deployment ordered by the president this month.

Oh and just to make matters worse, it doesn’t look like the people of Iraq believe in your brand of Freedom Democracy (trademark pending) either Mr Bush.

Warnings of Iraq refugee crisis
Aid workers have warned of a growing crisis for refugees who have fled Iraq.
A humanitarian spokesman told the BBC that neighbouring countries where most Iraqis have fled to are closing their doors "one by one" to Iraqis. About 2m Iraqis live in increasingly difficult conditions in countries like Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. The rest of the world has almost completely ignored the problem and the crisis is coming to a head, spokesman Kasaram Mufarah said. "Most of the borders of the neighbouring countries of Iraq are very difficult to pass," Mr Kasaram, who co-ordinates the work of aid agencies in Iraq, said. "And the western countries are becoming more and more difficult, so it seems that the doors are closing one by one around the world on the face of Iraqis."

In Syria: <1,000,000
In Jordan: <700,000
In Egypt: 20,000-80,000 (estimate)
In Lebanon: <40,000
Internally displaced: 1,700,000
Source: UNHCR

Oh – and don’t you love the American’s have only taken in 400 Iraqi refugees. Isn’t that funny, bomb a country, start off a sectarian war and then not take in the refugees.

The home of the brave, land of the free.


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