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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-29-07 08:55 AM
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Now the New York Times Sells "Bloodbath" as a Rationale for Staying in Iraq
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By ALEXANDER COCKBURN

Theres been no stage in the grim progress of the US onslaught on Iraq at which the New York Times hasnt been shoving the whole ghastly enterprise along. First there were Judy Miller and Michael Gordon promoting the WMD rationale for attack. More recently there was Michael Gordon selling the surge.

Now its John Burns, pushing the notion that if the US withdraws therell a bloodbath of unimaginable proportions as the Iraqis slaughter each other. The administration is seizing eagerly on this, which is a bit like Dracula saying his castle is the best security guarantee against local peasant girls being attacked by vampires.

Therell certainly be no prospect of peace so long as US troops are occupying Iraq. Ask Iraqis, whom we can safely assume have a clearer grasp than Burns of what might improve the awful conditions of their lives. Outside Kurdistan, continued American occupation is not a popular view. Over 80 per cent of Iraqis tell pollsters they want the Americans out.

Will things get worse if Americans leave? Probably so, at least for a while. In 2005 the US said there would be a bloodbath if they left. So they stayed and theres been a worsening bloodbath.
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