Friday, June 03, 2005

The Blame Game, Iraqi or Foriegn?

One of the lines that we are being fed is that most, if not all, of the suicide bombers in Iraq these days are foriegners and not Iraqi...Official White House line. It seems amazing in light of the Official line that Iraqi officials, along with US personnel actually in Iraq, say that the majority of the suicide bombers are most likely home grown...Iraqis fighting against the occupation.

Suicide Attacks Rising Rapidly

Saad Obeidi, a retired Iraqi major general and security expert, suggested that President Bush had invited Islamic extremists to bring their fight against America here.

"One aim of the U.S. military once it invaded Iraq was to lure all insurgents and terrorists from all over the world to confront them here," he said.
The first suicide bombings of the insurgency were attributed to foreign infiltrators, mostly Palestinians, Yemenis, Syrians and Saudis. But Obeidi believes that has changed.

Some U.S. officials agree.

"There's a kind of axiom out there that says Iraqis aren't suicide bombers," Gen. George W. Casey, commander of multinational forces in Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad this year. "I'm not sure that's the case. I believe there are Iraqi Islamic extremists - that are very capable of getting into cars and blowing themselves up."

Other U.S. officials say they still believe that foreign fighters are responsible for most of the suicide attacks, which have increasingly targeted Iraqis.

"There is no evidence this is being done by Iraqis," said U.S. Maj. Gen. John DeFreitas III, intelligence chief for the multinational mission that has about 150,000 troops in Iraq. "In every case we've seen, the driver has been a foreigner."
Coalition officials acknowledge, however, that the numbers show an Iraqi-dominated insurgency. Fewer than 5% of those killed or captured were foreigners, one official noted. He also described the influx from abroad as making up a "very, very small part" of the estimated 12,000 to 20,000 insurgents.

A General IN Iraq that sees what's going on states he believes Iraqis are capable and doing it. A Maj. General NOT in Iraq and who does not see what actually goes on in Iraq says it has to be foriegners.

Are we still expected to believe that most, if not all, Iraqis are glad that we have occupied their country and that they would be throwing flowers at our soldiers' feet...if it were not for foriegn suicide bombers, that is?

The article states how witnesses have claimed bombers to be Iraqi, both by the way they spoke and their appearance. It is disheartening when so many who have no clue, be it experience in combat or ever being in a war zone, will follow someone else's suggested rhetoric without having any personal knowledge or understanding at all.

The people who brought us this war lead the way of no idea.


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