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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:39 PM
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IRAQ: What you haven't heard
This is an email sent today from someone on the Christian Peacemaker Team in Iraq (which has 4 of its members being held hostage since November 26).

"Since the bombing of the Al-Askari Shrine in Samarra on 22 February 2006, local media and friends have deluged the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) in Iraq with information. Iraqi Islamic television reported that the U.S. military and Iraqi police were seen at the shrine the night before it was bombed. The next morning, two shrine guards were found alive but handcuffed inside. Baghdadiya television aired the same report. The Minister of Housing and Reconstruction said the job would have taken ten men about twelve hours to set up enough explosives to do this kind of damage. We have not heard this information reported outside Iraq. The U.S. made offers to rebuild the shrine, but the Iraqi Islamic Party asked that repair be delayed until an independent investigation was completed. Samarra citizens have locked down the shrine to preserve evidence.

While Baghdad and surrounding provinces were under strict curfew, CPT received calls from friends who described mosques under attack and gun battles in the streets. Iraqi Islamic TV reported that men dressed in black burned down a village near Dialla. The next day the Iraqi military, the Mehdi army and U.S. Apache helicopters attacked the same village. A day later, we heard that Iraqi Islamic TV, which aired footage of the attack, was bombed.

One night, we counted the thuds of mortars dropping on a neighborhood across the river. We've listened to gun battles, watched the smoke rise from a car bombing in our neighborhood and sat with our neighbors as they wept in despair. We've received reports of sectarian cleansing and mass deportations. The team has searched the prisons for friends taken in raids and gone to the morgue to identify the dead.

But the news isn't all bad. While the New York Times and other media focus on ethnic hatred, sectarian violence, and civil war, we receive other reports that most of the western media ignore. A team friend calls us daily with stories of Sunni/Shi'a unity, cries for peace, and the deep passion of all Iraqis to live as one family. In neighborhoods that have been hotbeds of violence, we hear of Sunni and Shi'a working together to repair and rebuild damaged mosques. Shi'a Iraqis have protected Sunni mosques in their neighborhoods. In a Basrah shrine, Sunni and Shi'a have gathered to pray together.

While people in power seem to manipulate events, pitting groups against each other, and military advisors trained in counterinsurgency plot terror campaigns behind closed doors ( See "The Way of the Commandos," _NY Times Magazine_, May 2005), heroic acts of love and kindness among the people in this tattered country go on unnoticed. We continue in our efforts to work with a Sunni, Shi'a and Christian coalition to develop a human rights campaign for all people in Iraq. Human Rights groups continue to form, teenagers continue attend nonviolent conflict resolution classes and hope for the future still remains."


Blessed are the peacemakers.
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:51 PM
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1. The rummors are out there, in the middle east news, that we had something
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 01:56 PM by IsItJustMe
to do with this. It seems like I heard this on Mosaic Link TV. This could be real trouble for our troops.

Our msm media is not reporting it but it is being reported over there.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:03 PM
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2. I haven't seen it anywhere else yet
but I presume that there are a lot of things the rest of the world hears that we don't. This is so incredibly sad. It also tends to confirm my suspician that the 4 kidnapped CPTers were taken by the military. We have to get the troops out of there and leave these people to rebuild.
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:17 PM
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4. The info is out there. You have to search real hard for it.
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 02:20 PM by IsItJustMe
not be covered by any of our msm. Link TV and the BBC are good sources of news if you are interested in what is going on over there.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:08 PM
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3. And what we have heard is more than enough to justify the
continuing and growing insurgency....

http://www.chris-floyd.com/fallujah/
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:20 PM
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5. there was another article posted on DU a few days ago about this.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:07 PM
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6. Couple of DU threads that relate
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:48 PM
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7. Thanks!
I miss a lot during the week.
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LibertyorDeath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:59 PM
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8. "military advisors trained in counterinsurgency plot terror campaigns "
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:04 PM
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9. Samarra citizens have locked down the shrine to preserve evidence.
They must have learned something from 9-11 and the speed at which evidence dissappeared from the WTC and the Pentagon.
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LunaC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:06 PM
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10. It is important to shape circumstances
It is important to shape circumstances - PNAC Statement of Principles

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Serenades Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:14 PM
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11. Wow.
What do we gain by doing this? Why would Repubs want utter chaos and madness in Iraq? How would they ever get reelected?

This is totally insane of true. These fools must be impeached.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:15 AM
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12. They want to justify our military presence there.
I wouldn't totally rely on any one source, but if they are stirring up violence repeatedly I believe the truth will come out.
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