Iraq Rocks

One Trillion American Dollars Later, It All Pays Off  by Hugh Fitzgerald


Iraqi Shi’a, now in control in Baghdad thanks to the American military, have made clear they are not going to help in the sanctions against Iran, and do not interfere with Iranian interference in Syria. They are friends to Iran, though they would like American military aid to “fight Al Qaeda” or, rather, to fight the Sunnis.

And in that other major theatre of American operations and squandering (of men, materiel, morale), Afghanistan, the inimitable Karzai, in Teheran today, signed a pact with his neighbor and new best friend. You can read about it on the Internet, or you can wait until tomorrow’s newspaper.  But why bother?

Iraq: Sunni jihadists murder at least 39 people with bombs in crowded Shi’ite areas


But remember: to discuss the ideology that motivates this would be “hate speech.” “Bombings kill 39 in and around Iraqi capital,” by Sameer N. Yacoub for the Associated Press, December 8 (thanks to JW)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nearly a dozen explosions tore through predominantly Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 39 people at crowded market places, commercial districts and car repair shops, officials said.

Sharia in action in Iraq:

Islamic supremacists attack liquor stores, murdering 15 people

Can’t a fella have a drink?


A Baghdad liquor store after a previous visit from the guardians of morality in 2011

“O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions which are the work of the devil; you shall stay away from him, that you may succeed.” — Qur’an 5:90

Or else.

“Attacks including shooting targeting liquor stores kill 15 in Iraq,” by Sameer N. Yacoub for the Associated Press, December 7 (thanks to JW):

BAGHDAD – A shooting targeting a row of liquor stores in the capital and other attacks killed at least 15 people across Iraq on Saturday, officials said.