Assassinations Grow as Iraqi Elections Near

Tim Arango, New York Times, April 15, 2013

In the first Iraqi elections since the American troop withdrawal, Sunni candidates are being attacked and killed in greater numbers than in recent campaigns, raising concerns in Washington over Iraq’s political stability and the viability of a democratic system the United States has heavily invested in over years of war and diplomacy.

At least 15 candidates, all members of the minority Sunni community, have been assassinated—some apparently by political opponents, others by radical Sunni militants. Many others have been wounded or kidnapped or have received menacing text messages or phone calls demanding that they withdraw.

By going after members of their own sect, radical Sunnis aligned with Al Qaeda are effectively seeking to destabilize the Shiite-led government, making an already angry and alienated community fearful to participate in national governance. At the same time, it appears intra-Sunni rivalries are inadvertently aiding the radical cause, as Sunnis kill political adversaries in their quest for power.

As candidates nervously continue meeting voters, promising jobs and handing out cellphone cards in exchange for assurances, sworn on the Koran, of their votes in local elections this weekend, there are worries that the violence is deterring good candidates—and that voters will be put off as well.

In the latest surge of violence, more than 20 attacks around the country on Monday killed close to 50 people and wounded nearly 200. Two schools in Hilla that were to serve as polling sites were blown up by homemade bombs; no one was killed, but the explosions suggested that insurgents might be intent on attacking voters and not just candidates. {snip}

At the same time, the violence could further mar the credibility of an election that was already being closely watched for fraud or other abuses: for the first time since the American invasion in 2003, Iraqi officials will be largely on their own in securing and monitoring elections.

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Politics and violence have long been intertwined in Iraq, where the promise of democracy is always tempered by sectarian, tribal and ideological conflict. {snip}

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Civilians are often caught up in the violence. The bloodiest attack occurred on April 6, when a suicide bomber struck a hospitality tent in Baquba, where Sunni politicians were holding a rally. Nearly 20 people were killed, though none were candidates, and many more were wounded.

In the northern city of Mosul alone, six candidates have been killed, either by gunfire or homemade explosives, and six others have survived assassination attempts.

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  • Silly sheep.
    I suppose we are supposed to believe that our very own CIA is most definitely, and totally NOT involved in these “untimely deaths.”

  • What? Are they now telling us that you just can’t go around imposing “democracy” everywhere and expecting it to work well without having a requisite sociology in the given population first?

    As candidates nervously continue meeting voters, promising jobs and handing out cellphone cards

    Kinda like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio

    • Secret Tribunal

      You can impose Democracy on the White community because we are wimps, but the dark Diversity knows how to resist absurdity.

      • NYB

        Imposing anything costs money. Right now the manipulators have it.

  • JohnEngelman

    BBC 06.10.2005

    Abu Mazen, Palestinian Prime Minister, and Nabil Shaath, his Foreign Minister, describe their first meeting with President Bush in June 2003.

    Nabil Shaath says: “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq .” And I did.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/10_october/06/bush.shtml

    I sure am glad Bush did not think God told him to nuke Russia.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I wish God would tell Shrubya that chainsaws are acceptable for suicide.

    • Hunter Morrow

      How is it that God always says what people want to hear?
      You’d almost think these people were delusional and just
      ranting and raving about their grand visions like a pack of
      rabid dogs.

      • JohnEngelman

        Prior to the invasion of Iraq I watched the 700 Club. Pat Robertson said that God expressed to him His reservations about the invasion.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Delusional? I believe that attributing a concern for human political affairs to an All-Powerful, All-Seeing Supreme Being Who created the universe and everything in it requires a unique conceit that goes well past the merely delusional. In the scheme of things, this is equivalent to ascribing a Divine preference for Tide laundry detergent over Sunlight or Cheer.

  • Reparations now

    White americans are responsible for this. White americans should pay for the violence in Iraq. I suggest reparations. $1 billion per Iraqi killed since Saddam Hussein’s death.

  • bigone4u

    If it were not for the restraining influence of our Western genes, our Western philosophy, and Christianity, the jambalaya of races and ethnicities forced to live together by our traitorous government would explode into violence similar to Iraq. How long the peace can be maintained in the USA is a matter of speculation. Blacks have already unofficially declared war on whites. Hispanics are following. When whites fight back, if they ever do, then the violence will be unlike anything seen before. Human nature is such that man was not meant to live in tribes other than his own.

    • NYB

      Quite right. If you tried this in China, Africa, India or the Arab world it would have meant bloody, genocidal race wars.

      Christianity conditioned us to accept guilt, Marxism and marketing exploited us.

      • Romulus

        Guess who created both christianity and communism/socialism?

    • me

      When the got rid of the ‘patsy’ Hussein, all of those tribes that were restrained under his dictatorship now have free reign to kill each other with impunity. You can’t bring democracy to non-Whites–it doesn’t work!

  • The__Bobster

    Yeah, the trillions spent civilizing those people were worth it…..not!

  • Hunter Morrow

    Anybody could have told you as much.

  • NYB

    The staff advising Tommy Franks famously predicted that the war in Iraq would have been wrapped up by the end of 2003. Here we are, 10 years later.

    The greatest mistake was not dividing the country into ethnic nation-states of Kurds, Sunnis and Shia. The lessons of the former Yugoslavia was that people are happiest self-governing behind defensible borders. Diversity is never a strength.

    Oh well, we may get to dust off the doctrine of ethnic separation here at home.

    • sbuffalonative

      Our government knows diversity is not a strength. They wants them fighting each other so they won’t end up fighting us.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Actually, the cockroaches infesting our government really believe that diversity is strength, and are so wedded to the concept of the multi-ethnic state with an oversized government keeping a lid on things that they never even considered partition of Iraq along ethnic lines.

  • Pressure cooker bombs according to a 4chan post. Straight out of Inspire Magazine

  • Disgusted

    Saw the same thing in Vietnam. Trying to promote democracy in a population such as found in most third world countries, is just a waste of time and our tax money. Our stupid politicians, with no experience beyond our borders, look at these people as a reflection of themselves and have no idea that they are from a different culture and have completely different values. It will never work, but I guess they will keep on trying. Sort of like how well integration has worked out.

  • MBlanc46

    A Shi’ite dominated state was the most likely outcome by far of the 2003 invasion. No one that I knew thought that the invasion would be anything but a debacle. I’d like to think that this will be the end of American attacks on third world countries, but I’ve lived here too long to believe it.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Barring partition, Shi’ite domination was inevitable once we had purged the Ba’athists.

      • MBlanc46

        Some sort of partition may yet be the outcome.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          It would be the only thing that’d make sense in the long term. As it stands, the Sunni Arabs there will be tempted to internationalize the Iraqi unrest by claiming Iran is directing the Shi’ites. The Saudis are quite wary of Iran as it is now; in 2011 they purchased 72 F-15 Eagles and 72 Eurofighter Typhoons. They have also purchased 373 Abrams tanks (with a recent order for 69 more), 400 Bradley troop carriers and 12 Apache helicopters with 29 more on order. The ground vehicles here are in addition to their stocks of 780 M-60 and AMX-30 tanks and over 4000 older troop carriers.

          In addition to reducing conflict, monoethnic ministates – with notable exceptions like North Korea – also tend to provide greater personal liberty and economic opportunity to their citizens.

          • MBlanc46

            It might also lead to the breakup of almost every state in the Middle East and Africa, which is perhaps a reason it won’t happen.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            A fully-independent Kurdistan including some Turkish territory would certainly solve a few problems, and it is anything but a secret that the borders in sub-Saharan Africa are in the wrong places. Afghanistan could usefully be partitioned into three states: one for the Pushtuns, one for the Tadzhiks and one for the Hazaras. I suspect populations in Syria and Lebanon are too mixed for this to easily work, likewise for Egypt’s Coptic Christians. The Kabyles in Algeria are fairly geographically contiguous, and as of 2010 have set up a provisional government in exile; they could establish a viable independent nation.

  • Torne

    Ten years ago today I was sweeping around the northeast of Baghdad as a member of current CENTCOM Commander Gen. Mattis’ 1st Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq. I would later return a second time, serving all over the Sunni dominated Al Anbar Province.
    It was during my second tour that I became conscious of something askew. I couldn’t have known exactly how or why I was in the middle of an Arab people’s civil war, entirely of our own making.

    Prior to my enlistment in the Marine Corps and subsequent 9/11 attacks, I was young and ignorant and had grown up in the last years of the 2nd millenium, before home internet and portable devices became commonplace. Therefore, I lacked the information to make sound judgements about geo-politics and a host of other pertinent issues that would soon come to directly effect my life. With the assistance of the modern internet and an insatiable desire to understand exactly why nearly 4,500 American troops were killed and a couple of trillion dollars were stolen from our nation’s people, I have feverishly studied this crime of biblical proportions. I asked myself, “Could our leaders be so dastardly as to have lied us into war with Iraq over oil?” “How could they have abused the volunteerism of (mostly patriotic young white men) our troops for such a petty cause?”

    Now I know. Today, I fully understand how and why our government saw fit to vaingloriously march 4,500 young Americans off to a dull sand-soaked death. It wasn’t non-existent WMD’s, Saddam’s non-existent links to Al-Qaeda, untapped oil reserves, or no-bid contracts to old political chums that led us into an 8 year conflict devoid of any strategic benefit to the United States. Those things may be secondary motivations, sure, but not urgent enough to lie the nation into war. Our politic class has plenty of ingenius ways to milk the coffers domestically without having to risk what little political capital they may have on very risky foregn excursions. No, the hoop-jumping that took place leading up to the invasion of Iraq had to be something bigger. It was. It is.

    As I went back and read through hundreds, perhaps thousands of newspaper articles, magazine stories, news footage, and political analysis leading up to the war and its earlier years, which I had missed due to fighting the war, I was struck by the brazen cheerleading and outright lies promoted by the media. I began to see a pattern. Figures like Judith Miller, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Kagan et al began popping up under every stone. Armed with my first bit of Jew-wisdom, I turned to examine members of the Bush administration. Sure enough, it was infested too. Naturally, I then set my eye upon the nation’s all-important financial sector and found it too was top-heavy with Jews.

    Due to incessant cultural marxist brainwashing I felt uncomfortable with this knowledge. A part of me didn’t want to believe the evidence before my eyes. I didn’t want to admit to myself that I had been completely fooled my whole life. I didn’t want to acknowledge that nearly everything I had believed was a mirage. The imagined America of my youth no longer existed. I then realized that it had never existed within my lifetime. I realized that my proud service to our nation had been abused. My trust was violated. My brothers in arms lives’ had been squandered. Everything, my blood, sweat, and tears had been in vain. The lives’ of my friends had been wasted. They died in vain. I went from being shocked to outraged. I am still in a state of rage. I can’t foresee it ever subsiding. They have created an eternal foe. I look forward to a day when every last one of them will scurry from our shores like rats on a burning ship. But not before several hundred of their top agents in govt, media and finance are rounded up and brought to a swift justice. Words cannot express my feelings toward the Jews. They have earned their reputation and a special place in hell.

  • me

    Democracy and fair elections….only works for civilized Whites in an all-White country.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      You’re forgetting Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, but for the most part you’re right. For functioning democracy in the undeveloped world, once you get past India, you’re pretty much done.

      • JohnEngelman

        Because of the success of democracy in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan I am confident it will work in North Korea, mainland China, and Vietnam. I share your pessimism about other non white parts of the world.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I suspect Vietnam will be the first of those three, in part because closer ties to the West will help offset China’s power and Chinese claims to ownership of the entire South China Sea.

          Vietnam already possesses two elements necessary for democracy to work: a reasonably educated population (now past 90% literate) and the beginning of a free-market (beginning in 2000), manufacturing-based economy. The relative poverty rate is now lower than that of China, India or the Philippines.

  • NYB

    The American army evolved from a force whose main reason for being was to fight punitive wars against transgressors. From wars to extend rule of law on Indian raiders it moved on to extra-territorial wars smiting Tokyo and Berlin.

    This punitive doctrine was given new life for the post 9/11 wars. Imposing ‘rule of law’ and democracy on “lawless” nations half a world distant is not the mandate of America, nor is it acceptable to sell war in such simplistically heroic terms.