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TROOPS TAKEOVER DOWNTOWN BAGHDAD
SUCCESS PROVIDES A MODEL FOR FUTURE WARFARE
flexibility and rapid reaction of U.S. forces provided a critical advantage,
and at least for the moment has silenced critics.
(John Cusman and Thom Shanker, New York Times, April 10, 2003)
OF IRAQI DEAD UNKNOWABLE
died, but no one kept count.
Broder, New York Times, April 10, 2003)
ON A KNIFE EDGE
U.S. hit and run attacks into Baghdad impressed foreign reporters as much
as the citys terrified inhabitants. Paul Wood provides an eye witness
account on the BBC. "
Looking out towards the west of Baghdad
from our hotel room, we can see this morning two American fighting vehicles
on a bridge across the Tigris. We saw intermittently, white plumes of
smoke shooting up from presidential sites - we believe that was Iraqis
attacking American positions
" (Paul Wood, BBC, April 8, 2003)
HOSPITALS OVERWHELMED WITH CIVILIAN CASUALTIES FROM U.S. BOMBING
one of Baghdad's hospitals had carried out 60 serious operations in one
day. Doctors are said to be exhausted. The director of the Red Cross team
in the city, Roland Huguenin-Benjamin, said the start of ground operations
by US troops in and around the city in recent days had led to a massive
increase in doctors' workloads. This contrasted with the situation during
the aerial bombardment of the city in recent weeks, when hospitals had
mostly treated casualties with relatively light shrapnel injuries. "Now
when you have military engagement on the ground level, most people, at
least the combatants, are hit much more seriously... it's all the more
work for the doctors," Mr. Huguenin-Benjamin told the BBC. (BBC,
April 8, 2003)
IRAQI CIVILIANS IN BASRA WAITING FOR A CONCLUSION HASNT BEEN EASY
like the Wild West, and even the most serious humanitarian concern, water,
is not being adequately administered.
Everywhere I went in Umm Qasr, people asked me for water. Wherever you
look, people are carting around buckets and drums. While tankers are being
sent into the city by the Allied forces, people in the town told me that
the water was being sold by the Iraqi drivers at 250 dinars for 20 litres
the average Iraqi earns 8,000 dinars a month. The standard humanitarian
quota for water in emergency situations is a minimum of 20 litres per
person each day
(Patrick Nicholson in the Independent, April 5, 2003)
FINDS HIDING EPIDEMIC IS COSTLY....In
the past, Beijing would have simply ignored the SARS pandemic and
waited for it to burn itself out. Not in a globally connected information
economy. Asia Times explores the after shocks from Chinas
reluctance to come clean on the extent of the epidemic.
(Asia times, April 8, 2003)
WARNINGS ON SARS
Hong Kong is practically
in quarantine. The Center for Disease control provides comprehensive
links to the latest information on the outbreak.
Jim Lehrer News Hour analyzes recent developments with a panel including
Former air force operations planner, Colonel Samuel Gardiner, former Marine
Corps Middle East counterintelligence officer Dale Davis and Adeed Dawisha,
a political science professor at Miami University of Ohio.
(PBS, April 7, 2003)
A "THREE-BLOCK" WAR
battle for Basra and Um Qasar not only recalls British operations in Northern
Ireland, but it also illustrates a classic 3-block war. Military units
are forced to simultaneously engage in humanitarian and peace keeping
operations while engaging in full blown combat. Switching from one mission
to another can be confusing and the fact that much of this is being shown
in real time on television puts an unusually heavy load on junior officers.
The least mistake can have a larger impact on the way the rest of the
world sees the war.
(Mark Burgess, Center for Defense Information, April 4, 2003)
THE GENEVA CONVENTION STILL RELEVANT?
sides have skirted international law in the War with Iraq. The result
may be a redefinition of the rules for modern warfare.
(Foreign Policy Association, April 3, 2003)
HAS A LARGER VISION THAN JUST IRAQ
course the undersecretary wants Saddam out, but more than that, hed
like to see Iraq turned into a western version of democracy that will
eventually spread throughout the Middle East, and may even find itself
friendly to Israel. Daring vision, or well intentioned naievete? The vote
is still out. (Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, April 7, 2003)
interviewed on Fox News
Sanger in the New York Times on the mixed messages the Iraq invasion sends
to the rest of the world.
Abandon weapons of mass destruction, or build them faster to prevent the
next U.S. invasion? (David Sanger, New York Times, April 6, 2003)
MIGHT BE THE FIRST CASUALTY IN WAR, BUT SOME DON'T MIND
information minister Mohamed Said Sahaf has set a new record for denial
of reality, refusing to acknowledge the presence of American troops while
shells burst outside his window. Sahaf's determination to stick to the
partyline despite visible evidence to the contrary has sparked snickers
among his own staff. But while the spin master's behavior seems bizarre
to westerners, it made him a hero for Arabs who oppose the war throughout
much of the Middle East. David Lamb analyzes the phenomenon in the Los
(David Lamb, L.A. Times, April 9, 2003)
ABOUT AN EX-CIA MAN FOR IRAQ'S NEW GOVERNMENT?
current Minister of Information will soon be jobless. As a replacement,
some administration experts have suggested former CIA chief James Woolsey.
Given the Middle Easts well known paranoia about the CIA, the suggestion
seems a bit unusual, and in fact, it was quickly shot down by the White
house, but Woolsey seems destined for another influential post in post-Saddam
Iraq. The Nation's David Corn analyzes recent skirmishing in Washington.
(David Corn, The Nation, April 4, 2003)
Lobe on Woolsey in Asia Times
well-known than his long-time associates and close friends, Deputy Defense
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and the former head of the Defense Policy Board
(DPB) Richard Perle, Woolsey has long believed that Washington has a mission
to use its overwhelming military power and its democratic ideals to transform
the Arab world. And he has pushed for war with Iraq as hard as anyone,
even before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001..."
Lobe, Asia Times, April 8, 2003)
PENTAGON HAS WON THE BATTLE TO OVERSEE IRAQS RECONSTRUCTION
Pentagon won the battle to reshape Iraq with virtually no Congressional
oversight and no public debate. The American regime that will replace
Saddam has been developed in secrecy, and staffed by men who have little
or no experience in the complexity of nation building. The Brookings Institution's
Ivo Daalder thinks it is a risky gamble. "...This approach to Iraq's
post-war administration is unilateralism on steroids," writes Daalder."It
contemplates nothing less than the wholesale takeover of Iraq not just
by the American government, but by the Pentagon. Administration officials
counter that they want no such thingpower and control will be handed
over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible. But the timing of this handover
remains unclear and there is no agreed process to determine which Iraqis
should constitute the new authorities..."
(Ivo Daalder, the Brookings Institution, April 7, 2003)
THAT WE HAVE NEARLY WON IN IRAQ, CAN WE WIN BACK EUROPE?
Brookings Institution organized a panel discussion with Robert Kagan,
Ivo Daalder, Charles Grant and Christoph Bertram, director of the German
Institute for International Affairs. Observes Bertram: "I think
the United States is learning to live with this
extraordinary unchecked and unbalanced power in a world in which the strategic
challenges are no longer as predictable, orderly as they used to be before,
and Europe is gradually waking up to the sense that the challenges are
out there, that our means to deal with them are woefully underdeveloped,
and that the kind of relationship we thought we had with the United States
is no longer
" (a transcript of the entire panel discussion
is available as a pdf file)(Brookings, April 3, 2003)
Holbrooke moderates a panel discussion with Jean David Levitte, Frances
ambassador to the U.S. and Germanys ambassador, Wolfgang Ischinger.
March 25, 2003)
LEADING SHIITE OPPOSITION LEADER QUESTIONS U.S. MOTIVES
In an interview with the Egyptian weekly Al Ahram, Sayed Mohamed Baqer
Al-Hakim, leader of the Teheran-based Supreme Islamic Revolutionary Council
says that the majority of Shiites dont want Saddam, but nevertheless
see the U.S. as an occupying force. Al-Hakim has enormous influence in
southern Iraq, but has depended on the hospitality of Iran for the last
(Al Ahram, April 3, 2003)
TRIES TO BLOCK JIHAD VOLUNTEERS
500 Egyptian volunteers crowding the Law AssociationOffices
in Cairo chanted "One nation, one enemy." A sign outside depicted
George Bush as a vampire sucking the blood of an Arab child. The Egyptian
government is trying to turn back volunteers, but some have said they
are prepared to walk. Anger and disappointment in the poor showing of
the Republican Guard is adding to the pressure against Egypt's president,
(Emily Wax, Washington Post, April 6, 2003)
is no question that some Islamic charities have funneled money to organizations
engaging in terrorismnotably Hamas. But an across the board rejection
of all Muslim charities is not going to be sustainable. The international
community is going to have to learn how to be more discerning about who
is actually helping paramilitary organizations. The International Crisis
Group provides a detailed analysis of the current situation and major
(ICG, April 2, 2003)
you think the war is over, think again. Finishing the job correctly will
have a lot to do with our credibility in reshaping post-Saddam Iraq.
(Sohail Abdul nasair in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March-April
SIMPSON ON THE BOMBING OF A U.S. CONVOY BY AMERICAN PLANES
The miscall by a U.S. Special
Forces officer not only triggered one of the worst "friendly fire"
incidents in the war, it also came close to killing BBC correspondent
John Simpson. For a brief period the news media gained an insight into
what its like to be on the receiving end of a "smart bomb".
(John Simpson, BBC, April 5, 2003)
toll: journalists killed, missing and held in Iraq
Tuesday April 8, 2003
Jose Couso, Telecinco cameraman
Taras Protsyuk, Reuters cameraman
Tareq Ayyoub, Al-Jazeera cameraman
Julio Anguita Parrado, reporter for Spanish newspaper El Mundo
Christian Liebig, journalist for German Focus magazine
Terry Lloyd, ITN correspondent
Paul Moran, freelance Australian cameraman
Kaveh Golestan, freelance BBC cameraman
Michael Kelly American journalist and Washington Post columnist
Kamaran Abdurazaq Muhamed, BBC translator
Gaby Rado, Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent
David Bloom, NBC TV correspondent
Fred Nerac, French ITN cameraman who went missing in the ambush that killed
Terry Lloyd on March 22.
Hussein Osman, Lebanese translator who went missing in the ambush that
killed Terry Lloyd.
Wael Awad, Syrian reporter working for the Dubai Arabic TV station al-Arabiya.
Not seen since March 22.
Talal Fawzi al-Masri, Lebanese cameraman working for the Dubai Arabic
TV station al-Arabiya. Not heard from since March 22.
Ali Hassan Safa, technician working for the Dubai Arabic TV station al-Arabiya.
Not heard from since March 22.
Peter Wilson, London correspondent for the Australian, captured in Basra
and held in Baghdad
John Feder, photographer for the Australian, captured in Basra and held
Stewart Innes, translator with Australian news team, captured in Basra
and held in Baghdad
Marcin Firlej, Polish journalist with news channel TVN 24, captured south
Jacek Kaczmarek, journalist with Polish public radio, captured south of
DETAINED AND BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN RELEASED
Seven Italian journalists working for Corriere della Sera, Il Giornale,
Il Messagero, L'Unita, Il Mattino, Il Sole 24-Ore and Il Resto Del Carlino.
POOR ARE THE WORLDS POOR?
number of economists have recently hinted that the figures banded about
for world poverty may be missing the mark.The situation, they contend,
is not really as serious as it is being projected. A "work group"
organized at Columbia University last week, and hosted by Nobel Prize
winner Joseph Stieglitz, became particularly heated. Sara Burke, writing
in an economic-focused website, Gloves off, summarizes the opposing arguments,
and provides links ot relevant sites.
(Sara Burke, Gloves Off, April 6, 2003)
MUCH HAS THE WAR DIVIDED US?
Michael Wolf in New York Magazine points out that the war tends to
make everyone excited and less likely to listen to anyone with an opposing
point of view.
Wolf, New York magazine, March 31, 2003
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