The Forgotten War

It’™s like the war in Iraq has disappeared from your TV screen. Granted, there’™s some action happening in Lebanon, but (in case anyone’™s missed it) there’™s 10 Beruit’™s happening in Baghdad and its environs every single day.

Yesterday, it was reported that 4 more American GI’™s were killed somewhere around Fallujah, in addition [...]

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It’™s like the war in Iraq has disappeared from your TV screen. Granted, there’™s some action happening in Lebanon, but (in case anyone’™s missed it) there’™s 10 Beruit’™s happening in Baghdad and its environs every single day.

Yesterday, it was reported that 4 more American GI’™s were killed somewhere around Fallujah, in addition to the usual mirth and mayhem in the emerging theocracy of Iraq. Death squads continue roaming the country unabated. Commitment of U.S. troops, already stretched to the breaking point, is increasing again. And America’™s unwavering, uncritical support of Israel continues to cause U.S. stature in the region to plummet even lower (as if it really could, anyway).

The bottom line is that the Bush administration, despite their proclaimations of ‘œmoral imperative’ in the region, no longer has any such standing.

I remember right after American tanks rolled into Baghdad that one of the parameters being ballyhoo’™d was the skyrocketing use of cell phones. It was supposedly an entrepreneur’™s dream. Unsaid was the fact that the regular telecommunications infrastructure in Iraq had been destroyed by the initial ‘œshock and awe’. It still hasn’™t been rebuilt 3-1/2 years later. That’™s why cell phone use skyrocketed – it’™s relatively easy and cheap to throw up a tower and start pulling in captive customers when there’™s no other way to communicate.

So, why am I focused on cell phones in Iraq today? ‘¦

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Monday, July 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

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