It was only a month ago that we came up on the third anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, when we heard Dear Leader reiterate how much of a success it was going to be. And it was only a few months since the shady elections in Iraq were deemed a "resounding success", even to the point where the Moonie Times derided those "naysayers" who dared to comment on Iraq.
My how things
change haven't changed, despite the jackass pigheaded lying of the criminals who are running this country and Iraq into the ground. We find out today that, via a new report released Wednesday that 20,000 Iraqi civilians have been kidnapped ALREADY in 2006 (hat tip to thinkprogress.com for the link).
And you'll never guess what the main reasons are for the kidnappings: political issues and the delay in forming a new government.
Heckuva job, Chimpy. You fucking dolt.
It's not enough for these fuckwad criminals to lie about how well the Iraqis are prepared to defend themselves, or about the reasons to invade Iraq in the first place, or that they are dealing with a civil war. And on the heels of nyceve's diary about civilians in Iraq being "soft targets" we now have another reason to use the National Strategy for Victory in Iraq as toilet paper.
Since "we don't do body counts" anyway, and no one in this administration gives a rat's ass about the innocent Iraqi civilians that were killed as a result of this illegal and immoral "war", then there certainly won't be any reporting of the roughly 5,000 Iraqi civilian women and 2,350 Iraqi children that have been kidnapped this year alone.
Must be a few dead-enders, so there is no need to worry about it. And certainly not to minimize the fact that American journalists, other Americans, or other innocent people from other countries, whether it be people working on humanitarian efforts, contractors or other; but the total of those kidnappings have been in the hundreds over the past few years. Not to mention that these people (somewhat) have voluntarily come to Iraq for whatever reason, noble, to report (the truth or propaganda), commercial or to make a profit.
These people that are completely unnoticed and disregarded, are citizens of Iraq who were born there, grew up there and tried to make a livelihood for them and their families in the country they were born in.
According to the article (I am still unable to find the actual report yet):
The 19,548 people kidnapped includes 4,959 women and 2,350 children, according to the report prepared by a group of 125 non-governmental organisations and made public in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.
In contrast, the thousands of Iraqis being kidnapped are primarily the victims of political rivals and of common criminals seeking ransom.
But wait, it gets worse. Not only do we have all of the families that are dealing with the kidnapping of their loved ones, we have an estimated 6,800 - 10,000 families being displaced from their homes as a result of the violence. Now, I don't know if that is only related to the kidnappings or if it relates to much more but I can't see that number being a result of the war in general since "Cheney the Liberator" and his crew ordered the use of white phosphorus in Fallujah, basically destroying that city forever. Of course, not to discriminate, they did destroy a city here in the United States as well.
The report puts the blame for these kidnappings and ransoms squarely on the failed political process, the factions of warring political parties and the failure to form a government:
Speaking of violence in general, the report says that as much as 80 percent of incidents are politically motivated.
"The violence is generated by armed militias linked to political parties and is fed by the (Iraq's) porous borders and by the delay in forming a new government" following elections in December, it says.
Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority, excluded from power by the minority Sunnis throughout the country's modern history, won more seats than any other group in the election. But it has failed to put together a government of national unity amid bickering with Sunnis, Kurds and secular parties over its composition.
Parallel to that has been an explosion of tit-for-tat killings between Sunnis and Shiites since the bombing of a major Shiite shrine in February. Those tensions are also seen as being the cause of many displacements, brought about by intimidation.
Just unbelievable. And to think, Darth Cheney is still wondering why we aren't being greeted with flowers. What did these people do to deserve the life they are being forced to live? The conditions they are being forced to live under? The fear of being kidnapped by "insurgents"? The fear of having troops smash their doors in and take them away for "interrogation"? The lack of electricity, food, water, hospitals, schools, jobs?
And why will this not go reported? If 20,000 innocent people are kidnapped IN LESS THAN FOUR FUCKING MONTHS and no one reports it, it doesn't make it go away.
Or make it less disgusting and inexcusable. Especially when it is a result of greed and lies by neoconservative thugs and criminals.