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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:01 AM
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U.N. sounds alarm as killing threatens Iraq govt

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U.N. sounds alarm as killing threatens Iraq govt

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations sounded an urgent alarm on Iraq on Wednesday, saying a surge in sectarian bloodshed is a catastrophe that risks wrecking the U.S.-backed unity government just two months after it took office.

"We hope there will be no civil war in Iraq," the U.N. envoy to Baghdad, Ashraf Qazi, told reporters. "Although the reality right now is that there is a very high degree of violence."

"This escalating trend ... represents the greatest danger to Iraq as it threatens to erode the government's authority," he said in a statement. "The emerging phenomenon of Iraqis killing Iraqis on a daily basis is nothing less than a catastrophe."

His dramatic appeal to the Iraqi people came after two of the bloodiest incidents of the year killed about 120 in two days and the U.N. endorsed Iraqi data suggesting some 100 civilians are now being killed daily, some 6,000 in the past two months.


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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:05 AM
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1. Who could have seen this coming?
But...the coalition...WMDs...the world is better off...terrorists...flowers and candy...but...but...

:grr:
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 10:00 AM
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10. And don't forget the: "Who cares what they think!" - about the...
more than 10 million protesters marching on the street of the entire world (an all-time worldwide record) on February 15, 2003, who can rightly say "We told you so!" today...

But... Hey... The BFEE is now so much mo' wealthy than it was then. :grr:
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 10:10 AM
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12. Every one of those *&)%#$% bastards has blood on their hands
as well as every one who supported them. May they one day be appropriately rewarded.
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:10 AM
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2. "We hope there will be no civil war in Iraq,"
the U.N. envoy to Baghdad, Ashraf Qazi, told reporters. "Although the reality right now is that there is a very high degree of violence."

ARE THESE FRIGGIN' PEOPLE FOR REAL?????????
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:12 AM
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3. Britain's The Independent now refers to Iraq as a civil war
they stopped ignoring the obvious.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:13 AM
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4. They know it can be much worse.
Rwanda worse.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:13 AM
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5. If they don't say it it's not really there
They're all ostriches.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 10:08 AM
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11. They're not prisoners if we call them "detainees"
More fun with words.
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plasticsundance Donating Member (786 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:16 AM
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6. What freaking Government in Iraq?
:wtf:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:55 AM
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8. the one hiding in the green zone
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:17 AM
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7. Clearly a crisis of epic proportion, and yet
Not on the Senate calendar. The US government is responsible for this bloody mess! God, I am starting to despise all of them.

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Armed Services
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Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
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SD-106

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drduffy Donating Member (739 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 05:12 PM
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13. I have despised them all for a while now....
there is no abuse that could be heaped upon them that would not be justified. There is no consequence imposed upon them that would not be justified.

get a rope.... get many ropes.....
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stop the bleeding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:58 AM
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9. nothing to see here people just move along
:argh:
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