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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 4, 2011 - 7:07am.
"Little white lies" when our prisoner dies
The gist of the SMH story is that while 20 SAS troops removed a busload of "enemy" from their vehicle, searched them and recorded their details, it was the lone American soldier who formally took them prisoner.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on March 2, 2009 - 2:12pm.
Apathy at War's End
Here was stupid little me thinking that a war ended when the bullets stopped flying and the the soldiers went home.  Nowadays you can just declare your troops to be in non-combat-mode and leave them on the soil they invaded.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on December 17, 2008 - 1:33am.
Famous last words: "So what if the guy threw a shoe at me?"
 Once upon a time, as the Coalition forces gathered at the Kuwait/Iraq border, a publicist brought along some representative national flags and placed them in the hands of invading soldiers.  This provided an image of international unity behind the invading of Iraq to sieze Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Now, whether it be by accident or design (I prefer to think the latter) the Iraqi cameraman has given the U.S. a living flag, representing resentment of perceived injustice.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on August 18, 2008 - 9:57am.
Halliburton's secret deal for Iraq's oil
Indeed, Texans wearing KBR baseball caps are arriving by the planeload at Kuwait's airport. Some will support the military directly--KBR employees already handle the meal service, laundry, and garbage pickup for several military camps in Kuwait and will do the same as U.S. units establish bases in Iraq. But after the war most hope to be involved in the multibillion-dollar task of rebuilding Iraq: its roads, electrical grid, water supply, ports, airports, and, most important, oil facilities.
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Submitted by peter hindrup on July 29, 2008 - 8:26pm.
Tortured doubts
Ministers and senior military officers are today challenged over discrepancies in evidence they gave to a parliamentary committee on the use of torture techniques by British troops in Iraq. (Robert Townsend)
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Submitted by John Pratt on July 22, 2008 - 11:59am.
Winning or losing the War on Terror?
The only way to win the “war on terror” is to be less willing ourselves to use terror to win a political victory. The war on terror will be won when all terrorists – including those financed by democratic governments – are brought to justice in the International Criminal Court.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on June 3, 2008 - 9:26am.
The troops come home, the lies are revealed
Rudd says that we didn't look at the intelligence independently. He's right. While Alexander Downer was echoing Donald Rumsfeld's knowledge of the locations of the Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Australian parliament, the truth of the matter was that there weren't any there.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on April 4, 2008 - 8:09pm.
Rapid withdrawal is only solution
Last year ... I said [the troop surge] is a new tactic used to achieve the same old strategic aim, political stability. And I foresaw no serious prospects for success. I see no reason to change my judgment now. (William E. Odom, LT General, USA, Ret.)
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Submitted by David Roffey on March 20, 2008 - 9:02pm.
"After the slaughter, sickening jubilation"

© Steve Bell 2008
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Submitted by David Roffey on February 28, 2008 - 11:18am.
'Iraq War cost so far: $6 trillion': Stiglitz
Stiglitz and Bilmes dug deeper, and what they have discovered, after months of chasing often deliberately obscured accounts, is that in fact Bush's Iraqi adventure will cost America - just America - a conservatively estimated $3 trillion. The rest of the world, including Britain, will probably account for about the same amount again.
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Submitted by Craig Rowley on January 28, 2008 - 7:43am.
They make a grain into a kubba
Over the past two and a half years, researchers at the Fund for Independence in Journalism have sought to document every public statement made by eight top Bush administration officials from September 11, 2001, to September 11, 2003, regarding (1) Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction and (2) Iraq's links to Al Qaeda. Although both had been frequently cited as rationales for the U.S. war in Iraq, by 2005 it was known that these assertions had not, in fact, been true.(Center for Public Integrity)
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Submitted by Margo Kingston on November 14, 2007 - 3:50pm.
PM elect Rudd strips John naked
"Monday’s feeding frenzy of expenditure would actually make inflationary pressures worse. Mr Howard spent nearly $10 billion on Monday.  Trying to buy his way out of political trouble.  And he did so little more than an hour after the Reserve Bank of Australia issued its monetary policy statement warning of rising inflationary pressures. Today I am saying loud and clear that this sort of reckless spending must stop. The commitments I announce today will cost less than one quarter of those Mr Howard announced on Monday. Furthermore, the commitments I am making today are exclusively directed at tackling the skills shortage, tackling infrastructure bottlenecks and acting on Australia’s environmental and economic challenges." Kevin Rudd, PM elect
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Submitted by Yasir Assam on November 9, 2007 - 6:55am.
Lest we forget Iraq
"What sort of morals does a government have, who are willing to invade a nation and kill countless people in order to control its resources? More importantly, are you willing to vote for them, even if you think their policies benefit you more than those of some other parties?" Yasir Assam
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Submitted by Margo Kingston on October 14, 2007 - 1:11pm.
Peak Moment for Peak Oil in Queensland
Until recently the peak oil debate in Australia has been largely confined to internet forums such as Webdiary. That situation has changed dramatically in recent weeks with the release of the Queensland Government’s long-awaited Oil Vulnerability Taskforce Report. World oil production is peaking – it’s official, at least here in Queensland.
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Submitted by Margo Kingston on September 24, 2007 - 12:28pm.
Christa Schwoebel on why she's Not Happy, John!
"I don’t feel like fluff anymore, I’ve become an activist again.  Joined a group.  Organise public events to really debate the issues.  I speak about the government's lies at every opportunity I get.  I even went to the APEC protests with a group of very respectable women.  I still throw my slippers and I speak out and I vote! We’ll vote the liar out." Christa Schwoebel
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Submitted by Chris Saliba on August 24, 2007 - 9:35pm.
They Legalised Murder
Matt Howard from Iraq Veterans Against The War is in Australia at the moment speaking out about his involvement in the Iraq war. A public meeting was held at Melbourne University on Thursday 23rd August to hear Matt discuss his experiences of the war and the US military, with question time afterwards.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on August 3, 2007 - 9:45pm.
Australian 'aid' for Iraq a cover to enrich our companies: Aidwatch
The watchdog organisation Aidwatch has released a report today which found that Australian aid money has been used in Iraq to rework the country to suit international corporations. Our Foreign Minister's response was to brand Aidwatch an extremist organisation.
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Submitted by Ian McPherson on July 21, 2007 - 11:47am.
Saudi Arabia behind Iraq terrorism
Does Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most prolific oil exporters (along with Russia) have such control over the Bush administration, and by extension the US economy, that its influence can produce such political cover-up, dishonesty and propaganda? Can US foreign policy be so conflicted and corrupted that this scenario could be replayed to a world "one warned"? I think it could.
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Submitted by Malcolm B Duncan on July 18, 2007 - 10:50am.
Gored or Gawd? Malcolm B Duncan's review of Al Gore's book pt 1
I cannot but see, on my reading of this book and his environmental arguments, that good ol’ Al is one of the major assailants.    His hero appears to be the well known tergiversator, Abraham Lincoln, constantly described as “our greatest president”.    Call me old fashioned but I have never thought entry into civil war singled anyone out for greatness.   The only one of note that comes readily to mind as dying in his bed is Cromwell who, very wisely, stayed away from theatres.
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Submitted by Chris Saliba on July 13, 2007 - 2:16pm.
The Occupation of Iraq, by Alli A. Allawi
The Occupation of Iraq is an insider’s story, a book written from an Iraqi’s point of view, watching with obvious angst as his country plunges into murder and mayhem. In it he describes the bewilderingly complex relationship between Iraq’s three major groups, the Shi’a, Sunnis and Kurds, and further, the factions within those groups.
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Submitted by Margo Kingston on July 5, 2007 - 5:28pm.
Yep, says honest John, Iraq is all about oil! Hallelujah!
Hello. Just seen the news tonight and am absolutely dumbfounded that Howard and his defence minister have admitted that we're in Iraq because of its oil. He strongly denied it before the war. Most Australians now know that he was lying about his reasons for ordering our troops to invade Iraq. But who'd have thought they'd admit to the lie!
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Submitted by Haifa Zangana on March 7, 2007 - 9:21am.
We have not been liberated
Women's basic rights are being rapidly eroded in Iraq and occupation forces seem to have forgotten their promises of empowerment.
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Submitted by Project Syndicate on February 7, 2007 - 5:07am.
Iraq’s Jobs-for-Peace Mirage
Can using US funding to reopen Iraqi state-owned enterprises get young men to abandon the insurgency and sectarian militias?
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Submitted by Project Syndicate on January 26, 2007 - 6:42am.
Counting Iraqi Casualties
The war in Iraq has been exceptionally bloody. For now, that is about all that statistics can safely tell us.
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Submitted by Ian MacDougall on January 9, 2007 - 11:56am.
Justice, punishment and revenge
So perhaps we should clarify the issue and ask at this point: Given that it is so often seen as desirable, just what is wrong with revenge?
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Submitted by David Roffey on December 7, 2006 - 6:25am.
The Iraq Study Group Report

Get the full report here. Commentary from BBC, Washington Post, The Australian, The Guardian.
Typically, the SMH doesn't think this is important enough to be a lead news story ...

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Submitted by Gus Leonisky on November 7, 2006 - 8:44pm.
Something Heroic ...


"There is something heroic in my mind for a country that is suffering all that Iraq is suffering, yet it still strove to conduct the trial, to have an embrace of the rule of law which is so fundamental to the establishment of a democracy." - John Howard

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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on November 2, 2006 - 7:36am.
Halliburton Adelaide Update

"As Halliburton-KBR is accused of massive construction overcharges in Iraq I wonder how much the Adelaide office has been involved. For around five years Adelaide was the Halliburton/KBR's Global Headquarters for Infrastructure. As this was in the period before and after the Coalition's occupation of Iraq, you'd have to assume that a lot of the contentious paperwork would have passed through this building on its way from Iraq to Houston.": Richard Tonkin

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Submitted by Project Syndicate on October 1, 2006 - 12:00am.
Iraq’s Anti-Christian Pogroms

"The world is consumed by fears that Iraq is degenerating into a civil war between Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds. But in this looming war of all against all, it is Iraq’s small community of Assyrian Christians that is at risk of annihilation.": Charles Tannock

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