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U.S. spent $ 1 Trillion in war against Islam

Posted in USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by indonesiaunderground


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Sunday, 28 December 2008 19:46

The news that President Bush’s so-called “war on terrorism” (on other word war on Islam) soon will have cost the U.S. taxpayers $ 1 trillion – and counting – is unlikely to spread much Christmas cheer in these tough economic times.

A trio of recent reports – none by the Bush Administration – suggests that sometime early in the Obama presidency, spending on the wars started since 9/11 will pass the trillion-dollar mark. Even after adjusting for inflation, that’s four times more than America spent fighting World War I, and more than 10 times the cost of 1991’s Persian Gulf War (90 % of which was paid for by U.S. allies). The war on “terrorism” looks set to surpass the costs the Korean and Vietnam wars combined, topped only by World War II’s price tag of $ 3.5 trillion.

The cost of sending a single soldier to fight for a year in Afghanistan or Iraq is about $ 775,000 – three times more than in other recent wars, says a new report from the private but authoritative Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). A large chunk of the increase is a result of the Administration’s cramming new military hardware into the emergency budget bills it has been using to pay for the wars. (See pictures of U.S. troops in Iraq.)

These costs, of course, pale alongside the price paid by the nearly 5,000 U.S. troops who have lost their lives in the conflicts – not to mention the wounded – and the families of all the casualties. And President Bush insists that their sacrifice and the expenditure on the wars have helped prevent a repeat of 9/11. “We could not afford to wait for the terrorists to attack again,” he said last week at the Army War College. “So we launched a global campaign to take the fight to the terrorists abroad, to dismantle their networks, to dry up their financing and find their leaders and bring them to justice.”

But many Americans may suffer a moment of sticker shock from the conclusions of the CSBA report and similar assessments from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) and Congressional Research Service (CRS), which make clear that the nearly $ 1 trillion already spent is only a down payment on the war’s long-term costs. The trillion-dollare figure does not, for example, include long-term health care for veterans, thousands of whom have suffered crippling wounds, or the interest payments on the money borrowed by the Federal Government to fund the war. The bottom lines of the three assessments vary: the CSBA study says $ 904 billion has been spent so far, while the GAO says the Pentagon alone has spent $ 808 billion through last September. The CRS study says the wars have cost $ 864 billion, but CRS didn’t factor inflation into its calculations.

Sifting through Pentagon data, the CSBA study breaks down the total costs of the “war on terrorism” as $ 687 billion for Iraq, $ 184 billion for Afghanistan and $ 33 billion for homeland security. By 2018, depending on how many U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan and Iraq, the total cost is projected to likely be between $ 1.3 trillion and $ 1.7 trillion. On the safe assumption that the wars are being waged with borrowed money, interest payments raise the cost by an additional $ 600 billion through 2018.

Shortly before the Iraq war began, White House economic adviser Larry Lindsey earned a rebuke from within the Administration when he said the war could cost as much as $ 200 billion. “It’s not knowable what a war or conflict like that would cost,” Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld said. “You don’t know if it’s going to last two days or two weeks or two months. It certainly isn’t going to last two years.”

According to the CSBA study, the Administration has fudged the war’s true costs in two ways. Borrowing money to fund the wars is one way of conducting them on the cheap, at least in the short term. But just as pernicious has been the Administration’s novel way of budgeting for them. Previous wars were funded through the annual appropriations process, with emergency spending – which gets far less congressional scrutiny – used only for the initial stages of a conflict. But the Bush Administration relied on such supplemental appropriations to fund the wars until 2008, seven years after invading Afghanistan and five years after storming Iraq.

“For these wars, we have relied on supplemental appropriations for far longer than in the case of past conflicts,” says Steven Kosiak of the CSBA, one of Washington’s top defense-budget analysts. “Likewise, we have relied on borrowing to cover more of these costs than we have in earlier wars – which will likely increase the ultimate price we have to pay.” That refusal to spell out the full cost can lead to unwise spending increases elsewhere in the federal budget or unwarranted tax cuts. “A sound budgeting process forces policymakers to recognize the true costs of their policy choices,” Kosiak adds. “Not only did we not raise taxes, we cut taxes and significantly expanded spending.”

The bottom line: Bush’s projections of future defense spending “substantially understate” just how much money it will take to run Obama’s Pentagon, the CSBA says in its report. Luckily, Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to hang around to try to iron out the problem.

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George W Bush still lies about Iraqi inspections

Posted in Iraq, USA, Who is The Real Terrorist? with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

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Thursday, 04 December 2008 18:12

It looks as if that pattern – of Bush lying and the Washington press corps nodding along – will continue.
In what’s been called George W. Bush’s first exit interview, the outgoing President continues a lie that he first unveiled several months after launching the Iraq War, justifying the invasion by claiming that Saddam Hussein didn’t let the UN inspectors in.

Like previous times when President Bush has used this lie, it went unchallenged by the journalist who heard the false claim, in this case ABC News anchor Charles Gibson.

According to the text of the ABC News interview, which was released Dec. 1, Gibson asked Bush, “If the [U.S.] intelligence had been right [and revealed no Iraq WMD], would there have been an Iraq War?”

Bush answered, “Yes, because Saddam Hussein was unwilling to let the inspectors go in to determine whether or not the UN resolutions were being upheld.”

Of course, the historical record is clear: Hussein did let UN arms inspectors into Iraq in the fall of 2002 to search any site of their choosing. Their travels around Iraq in white vans were recorded daily by the international news media, as they found no evidence that Iraq had WMD stockpiles, even at sites targeted by U.S. intelligence.

Hussein and his government also declared publicly that they didn’t possess WMD, including providing the United Nations a 12,000-page declaration on Dec. 7, 2002, explaining how Iraq’s stocks of chemical and biological weapons had been destroyed in the 1990s.

However, still set on invading, Bush forced the UN inspectors to leave Iraq in March 2003, a departure that was followed within days by his “shock and awe” attack on Iraq, beginning March 19.

Several months later, with Hussein’s government ousted and with the US military coming up empty in its search for WMD caches, Bush began his historical revisionism by insisting publicly that he had no choice but to invade because Hussein supposedly had barred UN inspectors.

On July 14, 2003, Bush told reporters:

“We gave him [Saddam Hussein] a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power.”

Facing no contradiction from the White House press corps, Bush continued repeating this lie again and again in varied forms.

On Jan. 27, 2004, for example, Bush said, “We went to the United Nations, of course, and got an overwhelming resolution – 1441 – unanimous resolution, that said to Saddam, you must disclose and destroy your weapons programs, which obviously meant the world felt he had such programs. He chose defiance. It was his choice to make, and he did not let us in.”

  • Color of truth

As the months and years went by, Bush’s lie and its unchallenged retelling took on the color of truth.

At a March 21, 2006, news conference, Bush again blamed the war on Hussein’s defiance of UN demands for unfettered inspections.

“I was hoping to solve this [Iraq] problem diplomatically,” Bush said. “The world said, ‘Disarm, disclose or face serious consequences.’ … We worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny the inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did.”

At a press conference on May 24, 2007, Bush offered a short-hand version, even inviting the journalists to remember the invented history.

“As you might remember back then, we tried the diplomatic route: [UN Resolution] 1441 was a unanimous vote in the Security Council that said disclose, disarm or face serious consequences. So the choice was his [Hussein’s] to make. And he made a choice that has subsequently caused him to lose his life.”

In the frequent repetition of this claim, Bush never acknowledged the fact that Hussein did comply with Resolution 1441 by declaring accurately that he had disposed of his WMD stockpiles and by permitting UN inspectors to examine any site of their choosing.

Prominent Washington journalists even have repeated Bush’s lie as their own. For instance, in a July 2004 interview, ABC’s veteran newsman Ted Koppel used it to explain why he – Koppel – thought the invasion of Iraq was justified.

“It did not make logical sense that Saddam Hussein, whose armies had been defeated once before by the United States and the Coalition, would be prepared to lose control over his country if all he had to do was say, ‘All right, UN, come on in, check it out,” Koppel told Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now.”

In the real history, Hussein did tell the UN to “come on in, check it out.” But faux reality had become the trademark of the Bush presidency — and its supporters in the press corps.

  • Choosing war?

The Washington conventional wisdom eventually embraced another fake belief, that Hussein provoked the war by misleading people into believing that he still possessed WMD.

In line with this bogus version of history, “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley asked FBI interrogator George Piro, who had debriefed Hussein in prison, why the dictator kept pretending that he had WMD even as U.S. troops massed on Iraq’s borders, when a simple announcement that the WMD was gone would have prevented the war.

“For a man who drew America into two wars and countless military engagements, we never knew what Saddam Hussein was thinking,” Pelley said in introducing the segment on the interrogation of Hussein about his WMD stockpiles, which aired Jan. 27, 2008. “Why did he choose war with the United States?”

This “60 Minutes” segment never mentioned the fact that Hussein and his government did disclose that it had eliminated its WMD. Instead Pelley pressed Piro on the question of why Hussein supposedly was hiding that fact:

“Why keep the secret? Why put your nation at risk, why put your own life at risk to maintain this charade?”

After Piro mentioned Hussein’s lingering fear of neighboring Iran, Pelley felt he was close to an answer to the mystery: “He believed that he couldn’t survive without the perception that he had weapons of mass destruction?”

But, still, Pelley puzzled over why Hussein’s continued in his miscalculation.

Pelley asked:

“As the U.S. marched toward war and we began massing troops on his border, why didn’t he stop it then? And say, ‘Look, I have no weapons of mass destruction,’ I mean, how could he have wanted his country to be invaded?”

It apparently never matters to the major U.S. news media (nor to President Bush) that Hussein and the Iraq government did declare that they had no WMD and did let the UN inspectors in to check.

Now, with the new ABC News interview, it looks as if that pattern – of Bush lying about the circumstances of the Iraq War and the Washington press corps nodding along – will continue until Bush’s last days in office.

Source : pakistan daily

Holiday Bombings Kill 27 in Baghdad

Posted in Iraq with tags , , , on September 29, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Published: September 28, 2008
BAGHDAD — Five bomb attacks struck Baghdad on Sunday, three of them aimed at civilians who were out holiday shopping and strolling. Security sources said at least 27 people had been killed and 84 wounded.

The bombings reinforced fears among a growing number of residents that the security situation in Baghdad was deteriorating, even though over all it remained at the most stable level since the American-led invasion in 2003, according to data measured by the United States military command.

The worst of the bombings, in a bustling market of the central Karada district, seemed intended to inflict casualties on people preparing to celebrate a major holiday at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

First, a car bomb blew up in a parking lot on Attar Street. Then as crowds gathered, a second bomb exploded, in what seemed to be an effort to kill or maim bystanders, several witnesses said.

Brig. Gen. Qassim Atta, an Iraqi military spokesman, said the attacks involved a car bomb and a roadside homemade bomb. He put the toll at 13 dead and 46 wounded.

An official at the Interior Ministry, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media, gave a toll of at least 19 killed and 72 wounded.

Police officers at the scene provided a toll of at least 18 killed and 41 wounded. Conflicting tolls are common in the confusion that follows attacks in Iraq.

Ayman Saadi, a resident, said he ran away when the first bomb went off, expecting a second detonation. “We have become accustomed to these traps,” he said.

Nearby, a Karada resident who identified himself as Abbas Jarousha stood in disbelief as he received a call on his cellphone from a stranger who said that he had found Mr. Jarousha’s brother’s phone and that the brother was dead.

The blasts in Karada occurred about 7 p.m. as many people poured onto the streets after the breaking of the daytime fast observed by most Iraqis during Ramadan, which ends Monday. Ramadan is followed by Id al-Fitr, a five-day holiday during which families customarily go out strolling, and children receive gifts and parade in new clothes.

Many people were out shopping on Sunday in Karada, where vendors were selling shoes, clothes, watches and perfume. Attar Street is also home to Jabbar Abu al-Sharbat, a cafe renowned for its pomegranate and raisin juice.

Baghdad was jarred by another explosion shortly before sundown in Shurta, a neighborhood on the city’s southwestern side. A bomb placed in a parked vehicle at a market there killed 12 and wounded 35, according to the Interior Ministry official.

Mizher Abed Hanoush, a Shurta resident, said the attack took place near a Shiite house of worship, or husseiniya, now occupied by the Iraqi Army.

Mr. Hanoush said the husseiniya previously had served as the local base of the Mahdi Army militia of Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American Shiite cleric. It was taken over by the army in the aftermath of battles this year between Iraqi and American forces and the militia in Baghdad and the south.

Mr. Hanoush echoed concerns voiced by many Iraqis in recent weeks about the fragility of the security situation in Baghdad. “The situation is turning to the worse again, I do not know why,” he said.

Earlier, an Iraqi soldier was killed and three others were wounded when their patrol hit a roadside bomb in Mansour, a neighborhood in western Baghdad. Also, a bomb inside a vehicle exploded on a main road in the Amil neighborhood, killing the driver, the Interior Ministry official said.

Atheer Kakan contributed reporting.

Source : The New York Times

Fifty-five Zionist Companies Said to be Operating in Iraq under Assumed Names

Posted in Iraq, Israel with tags , , , , on September 9, 2008 by indonesiaunderground


YAKEN NEWS AGENCY, JULY 05, 2008 Published here: Tuesday, July 08, 2008, 05:08 AM

In a dispatch posted at 6:55pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that 55 “Israeli” companies were now working in Iraq under assumed names.

Yaqen reported that the Zionist firms operate in a variety of fields, including infrastructure and marketing. The Zionist Mossad secret police agency had established the Kurdish Lending Bank with its headquarters in as-Sulaymaniyah in the US-founded Kurdish separatist enclave in northern Iraq.

The report indicated that the Kurdish Lending Bank had a secret mission of purchasing vast tracts of agricultural land, oil fields, and residential areas in the vicinity of the cities of al-Mawsil and Kirkuk, both oil-rich cities in northern Iraq. The massive land purchases facilitate the effort by the US-backed Kurdish separatist Peshmergah militia to expel Arab and Turkoman residents of northern Iraq so that the oil-rich area can be annexed to the Kurdish separatist state under US and Zionist hegemony.

Meanwhile the Zionist state exports more than $300 million in goods to Iraq annually. In addition Zionist companies obtain contracts for construction projects in Iraq, thanks to help from USAID, the American agency that oversees the allocation of building contracts in Iraq.

The report indicated that one of the chief beneficiaries of the Zionist presence in Iraq has been former “Israeli” Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak who also formerly served as “Israeli” Minister of Communications.

Translated by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

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Plan Would Shift Forces From Iraq to Afghanistan

Posted in USA with tags , , , on September 8, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Marko Drobnjakovic/Associated Press

Iraqi and American soldiers in Diyala Province in August. A plan would reduce the number of American forces in Iraq, currently at 146,000, by 8,000 by March.

Published: September 4, 2008
WASHINGTON — The United States would carry out a modest shift of American forces from Iraq to Afghanistan by early next year under a confidential recommendation to President Bush by the Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders, according to Bush administration officials.

The number of American combat brigades in Iraq would shrink to 14 in February from 15, according to the recommendation. All told, the number of American forces in Iraq, currently about 146,000, would drop by nearly 8,000 by March.

The reduction is smaller than some officials had earlier suggested might be possible before President Bush leaves office in January, given the significant decline in violence in Iraq. But it reflects the caution of Gen. David H. Petraeus, who is leaving his post as the senior American commander in Iraq this month, about the still-unsettled situation in Iraq.

The recommendation on the troop shift was presented to Mr. Bush on Wednesday in a video conference by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. American officials said the recommendation was the product of extensive consultations between the Pentagon officials and General Petraeus.

Under the proposal, an Army brigade and a Marine battalion would be sent to Afghanistan by early next year, adding about 4,500 troops to American forces there. They would represent a partial but still significant move toward meeting repeated requests from American commanders in Afghanistan for three more brigades, a reinforcement that the commanders say is necessary to carry out the mission there and to combat a resurgent Taliban.

The recommendation indicates that the next president will inherit a force in Iraq that has slightly more troops than in January 2007, when President Bush announced his troop reinforcement plan. Some administration officials voiced hope in July that the additional troop withdrawals by the end of Mr. Bush’s term could amount to as many as three brigades.

As the consultations over troop cuts began, General Petraeus took a very cautious approach about further reductions in Iraq, recommending that 15 brigades be maintained in Iraq through next June, administration officials said. But Mr. Gates endorsed a recommendation by Admiral Mullen that the number of brigades be reduced to 14 early next year. Other administration officials argued that such a reduction was necessary to demonstrate to the American public that there was a return from the security gains made during the so-called surge and to keep the pressure on Iraqi officials to make political progress.

The recommendation reflected a common approach that was arrived at following extensive discussions between the Pentagon and General Petraeus, the officials said. Mr. Bush is expected to approve the recommendation, though officials said that adjustments might be made as events in Iraq unfold.

The cautious approach taken by General Petraeus and his successor, Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, reflects concern about a variety of uncertainties ahead in Iraq following the departure this summer of the last of the five brigades deployed as part of Mr. Bush’s troop reinforcement plan. Those concerns include what might happen if provincial elections are held as expected late this year or early next year; the fate of tens of thousands of Sunni volunteers who as Awakening Councils have volunteered for neighborhood watch groups; tensions between Kurds and Arabs over Kirkuk; and the possibility that Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents might step up their attacks.

Another concern of American commanders is the reduction in allied troops. Two thousand Georgian troops left unexpectedly during the recent clash between Russia and Georgia, and 800 Polish troops are scheduled to leave by October. There are still some 4,000 British troops near the southern city of Basra, but American officials are uncertain how active a role they will play and how long they might be in Iraq. That has added to the responsibilities of American forces south of Baghdad.

If provincial elections are held in December, as the Bush administration hopes, the United States and its coalition partners would have tens of thousands fewer troops than they did during the 2005 elections in Iraq. On the other hand, the number of Iraqi soldiers and police officers has more than doubled since the end of 2005.

The recommendations signaled that American commanders weighing troop levels in Iraq are focusing more closely on political milestones like elections and security developments than on the calendar. That approach could have bearing on the continuing political debate over the wisdom of setting strict timetables for troop withdrawals, an issue in the American election campaigns. Iraq and the United States have been negotiating an agreement that calls for the departure of American combat forces by the end of 2011 depending on security conditions — or as a draft of the accord puts it, subject to the review of a joint American and Iraqi commission.

According to the recommendation, the reductions in American forces in Iraq would be made as follows: a Marine battalion that is scheduled to leave Anbar Province this fall would not be replaced. (A Marine battalion that had been earmarked to replace it would be sent to Afghanistan instead.)

In addition, the United States would withdraw several aviation units and some military police companies from Iraq, among other units. In the early weeks of 2009, the United States would redirect to Afghanistan an Army combat brigade that had been preparing to go to Iraq, which would have the effect of reducing the number of American brigades in Iraq by February.

“All of these moves are not set in stone,” said a senior Defense Department official who asked not to be named because he was discussing confidential deliberations. “There will be a continuous assessment of the conditions on the ground, and we will have the flexibility to adjust as required.”

The proposed increases in American troop levels for Afghanistan go part of the way toward satisfying the requests from American commanders there. There are about 15,000 American troops in Afghanistan assigned to the NATO-led stabilization mission, which has 45,000 troops in all. Another 19,000 American troops are in Afghanistan carrying out combat, training, counterterrorism and detainee operations.

Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon spokesman, confirmed that Mr. Gates and Admiral Mullen had provided their recommendation to Mr. Bush and had also shared the views of General Petraeus, the Joint Chiefs and Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the acting head of the Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and which General Petraeus will soon head.

“Without getting into what specifically they advised the president, I can tell you that all these leaders are fundamentally in agreement on how we should proceed in Iraq,” Mr. Morrell said.

He said that the recommendation followed “serious and lengthy discussions” about the security gains and threats in Iraq. “Based on all that they collectively decided on what they believed to be the best approach going forward, of course now it is up to the commander in chief to decide the way ahead.”

(source : The New York Times)

Palin: Perang Iraq adalah Tugas Dari Tuhan

Posted in USA with tags , , , , , , on September 6, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Calon wakil presiden Amerika dari Partai Repubik, Sarah Palin dalam sebuah ceramah di depan mahasiswa Amerika mengatakan, perang Iraq adalah “tugas dari Tuhan”–Calon Wakil Presiden Amerika dari Partai Republik, Sarah Palin, mengatakan bahwa perang di Iraq itu tugas dari Tuhan. pasangan John McCain itu berbicara kepada para siswa seminari di bekas gerejanya pada Juni silam. Ceramahnya ini terekam oleh video dan baru-baru ini beredar secara luas.

Gubernur Alaska itu juga meminta para siswa seminari berdoa agar rencana membangun pipa gas di negara bagian yang ia pimpin bisa terlaksana. Ia mengatakan bahwa pipa gas itu, “Keinginan Tuhan.”

Video rekaman pidato ini semula dipasang pada situs Assemblies of God atau Gereja Sidang-Sidang Jemaat Allah di Wasilla, Alaska, sebelum kemudian beredar ke mana-mana. Video ini sendiri, pada Rabu (3/9), tidak ada lagi dipasang di website itu dengan alasan lalu lintas pengunduh terlalu besar untuk ditangani.

Menurut video itu, Palin meminta mereka berdoa bagi tentara Amerika yang berada di Iraq. Ia juga menyinggung anaknya, Track, yang diperkirakan akan dikirim ke Iraq.

“Pemimpin nasional kita mengirim mereka ke sana karena tugas dari Tuhan,” katanya. “Itu yang kita mesti pastikan, bahwa ada rencana dan rencana itu adalah rencana Tuhan.”

Palin juga mengatakan ia bekerja di kantor gubernur untuk menerapkan keinginan Tuhan, termasuk menciptakan lapangan kerja dengan membangun pipa gas dari wilayah Alaska ke provinsi lain Amerika Serikat.

“Keinginan Tuhan untuk menyatukan rakyat dan perusahaan–agar jalur gas itu terbangun–harus terlaksana,” katanya.

Pidato ini membuat berang Rob Boston, juru bicara Persatuan Amerika untuk Pemisahan Gereja dan Negara. “Saya sudah merindukan saat-saat di mana para pastur memberi khotbah dan politisi memberi pidato politik,” katanya. “Tugas presiden adalah menyatukan rakyat-rakyat yang berbeda untuk mencapai satu tujuan, bukan bertindak seperti pastor Negara,” dikutip Associated Press.

Jemaat Assemblies of God atau Gereja Sidang-Sidang Jemaat Allah adalah salah satu Gereja Pentakosta terbesar di dunia. Pada 2004, Gereja mengklaim memiliki sekitar 15 juta orang anggota di seluruh dunia, dengan 12.100 gereja di Amerika Serikat dan 236.022 gereja dan pos penginjilan di 191 negara di seluruh dunia.

Palin adalah jemaat Gereja Penginjil sejak remaja sampai 2002. Meski tidak lagi aktif sejak 2002, ia masih rajin mengikuti sejumlah pertemuan. Pencalonan Palin sebagai wakil presiden juga disambut hangat kelompok Kristen konservatif. [cha, ap, ti dan berbagai sumber/]

“Infiltrasi” Zionis-Israel di Kawasan Iraq

Posted in Iraq with tags , , , on September 6, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Saturday, 06 September 2008 09:18

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Warga Yahudi asal Iraq ramai-ramai membeli tanah dengan harga lima kali lipat lebih mahal dari harga sebenarnya. Ada usaha “Yahudinisasi” kawasan utara Iraq–Sumber-sumber pemberitaan melaporkan, Zionis-Israel menaruh perhatian khusus pada kawasan utara Iraq. Koran Al-Bayyinah al-Jadidah dalam laporannya menulis, warga Zionis yang berasal dari Iraq ketika kembali ke negara mereka menaruh perhatian besar ke kawasan Kirkuk, Iraq utara. Bahkan, warga Zionis bersedia membeli tanah di kawasan tersebut dengan harga lima kali lipat lebih mahal dari harga yang sebenarnya.

Sejak dimulainya pendudukan atas Iraq, bau “infilitrasi” Zionis-Israel di negara ini terus meningkat. Basis kekuatan Zionis-Israel bermuara pada daerah utara Iraq, khususnya Kurdistan.

Berdasarkan laporan yang ada, 900 anasir Badan Intelijen Zionis-Israel (Mossad) yang berlindung di balik perusahan-perusahaan fiktif berbondong-bondong masuk ke kawasan Iraq, sejak invasi AS ke Iraq pada tanggal 9 April 2003.

Disebutkan pula, 400 orang dari anasir Mossad memilih bertempat tinggal di Kirkuk. Menurut sumber-sumber pemberitaaan, sebagian anasir tersebut adalah sekelompok warga Kurdi yang pada tahun 1996, Badan Intelijen AS (CIA) memindahkan mereka ke pulau Guam.

Ratusan warga Zionis yang berbondong-bondong mendatangi Iraq, beberapa kali, terbukti terlibat dalam aksi teror atas tokoh-tokoh politik, agama dan akademi Iraq. Bahkan aksi-aksi kekerasan di Iraq seringkali dinilai tidak pernah lepas dari peran warga Zionis di Iraq yang mempunyai hubungan dekat dengan Mossad.

Penyebarluasan friksi antarsuku dan kelompok adalah di antara aktivitas Zionis-Israel di Iraq. Hingga kini, warga Zionis dengan membentuk regu teror, telah membantai 600 ilmuwan Iraq.

Dalam laporan Kementerian Luar Negeri AS yang dirilis beberapa pekan lalu, sejumlah pejabat AS dan Iraq membantu regu-regu teror Zionis-Israel di Iraq. Berdasarkan data yang ada, terdapat seribu nama elit cendekiawan dalam daftar incaran regu teror Zionis-Israel.

Disebutkan, 350 ilmuwan nuklir dan 300 dosen Iraq yang nama mereka tercantum dalam daftar incaran regu teror Zionis, tewas secara tidak wajar.

Pendudukan atas Iraq telah memberikan peluang kepada Zionis-Israel untuk mengoptimalkan aktivitasnya di Iraq di bawah naungan militer AS. Zionis-Israel juga berupaya memenuhi sebagian kebutuhan bahan bakarnya dari minyak Iraq. Pengoperasian kembali jalur pipa Mosul-Haifa merupakan salah satu harapan Zionis-Israel. Lebih dari itu, pencarian pasar untuk penjualan barang-barang Israel juga mendorong rezim ini menaruh porsi perhatian berkali lipat ke Iraq.

Keterkucilan Zionis-Israel selama 60 tahun di tengah negara-negara Arab memaksa rezim ini menginfiltrasi Iraq. Dengan harapan dapat keluar dari keterkucilan tersebut, Zionis-Israel mengirimkan warga-warganya ke Iraq dan membeli kawasan strategis di Iraq dengan harga yang jauh lebih mahal dari harga yang sebenarnya.

Meski Rezim Zionis-Israel berupaya menginfiltrasi Iraq, tapi rakyat negeri Kisah 1001 Malam bersama bangsa Arab lainnya tetap memandang Zionis-Israel sebagai rezim penjajah. Bahkan mereka menghendaki pemboikotan atas barang-barang Israel dan memutus hubungan dengan rezim ini. [irb/cha/]
Keterangan: Rabbi David Lapp, Direktur JCC Association’s JWB Jewish Chaplains Council memberikan penyematan tiga rabbi Yahudi yang akan dikirim bertugas di Wilayah Iraq. [jcca]