imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

The war is over (except for Iraq)

by Independent U.K. Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 3:19 AM

President George Bush will declare tonight the war in Iraq is all but over. But his speech, far out at sea – aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, which is heading back from the Gulf – will not convince many Iraqis.

The war is over (except for Iraq)

As Bush prepares to announce an end to hostilities today, more Iraqis are killed by American troops

By Phil Reeves in Fallujah, Iraq

01 May 2003

President George Bush will declare tonight the war in Iraq is all but over. But his speech, far out at sea – aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, which is heading back from the Gulf – will not convince many Iraqis.

For the people of Fallujah – where two men in their twenties, Sa'aleh al-Jumaili, and Ghanam al-Jumaili, were killed yesterday – the war with the American and British occupiers seems to be just beginning. Hatred is taking hold here, and throughout Iraq. It was sown this week by US troops who fired into a demonstration, shooting dead 13 people, and sealed by soldiers who blasted into a crowd again yesterday, killing two more. This on the day that General Tommy Franks declared the main combat phase of the operation was over.

Hatred was present in the taunts of the youths goading the American troops face-to-face, calling them "babies" and waving a banner that said "Sooner or later, US killers, we'll kick you out". And it was there in the burning eyes of the man outside Fallujah General Hospital, who began bellowing about the "lies of the Western press" and the wickedness of the American occupation after we arrived to see the bloodied victims of the latest US shooting.

In a country that has lost some 2,500 civilians in the conflict, with at least 10,000 of its soldiers, resentment runs high. Still today, 40,000 of Baghdad's five million citizens rely on the Red Cross for water.

And as the Americans prepared to move from a war footing to beginning the enormous task of rebuilding and reconstruction, public disillusionment and simmering violence is growing. It threatens to undermine the prospects of a peaceful future and wreak havoc with the plans for a democracy in Iraq.

Donald Rumsfeld, the wisecracking US Defence Secretary, attracted some welcoming waves from Iraqis during his first visit to Baghdad yesterday where he thanked US troops and told Iraqi people the soldiers would stay only as long as it took for Iraqis to make the transition from "tyranny to freedom".

Travelling unannounced from Kuwait with black-clad soldiers as bodyguards, Mr Rumsfeld held a meeting at Baghdad airport. There he told Iraqis: "Iraq belongs to you. We do not want to run it.

"Our coalition came to Iraq for a purpose – to remove a regime that oppressed your people and threatened ours."

All this did not reflect the growing popular dissatisfaction on a range of issues including electricity shortages, insecurity, looting, the absence of jobs and of a viable Iraqi government, petrol shortages and the shooting and killing of Iraqi civilians by US troops.

The events of the past 48 hours in Fallujah, 35 miles west of Baghdad, go to the heart of the problems the US forces face on the ground in a country that – although glad to be rid of Saddam Hussein – is ambivalent about living under occupation.

Yesterday morning hundreds of people had taken to the streets of Fallujah, to demand the Americans – the 82nd Airborne Division – get out of town.

For the past day and a half, this Sunni town has been seething over death and injury inflicted by a company of US troops who opened fire on a crowd on Monday night. Those emotions were further stoked by the wildly implausible and inadequate explanations provided by the military.

As US Apache helicopters circled low over their heads, the crowd gathered yesterday outside a Baath party building – the Scientific and Cultural Centre – taken over by the troops.

Several US military trucks drew up. Troops inside the trucks opened fire, killing two men. According to Iraqi officials, 15 others were injured.

The American version of events was delivered by Major Michael Marti, who was to be found standing outside the Fallujah mayor's office, where US commanders were meeting religious, tribal and city leaders in an effort to calm the tense and volatile climate.

The major said a group of Iraqis had begun hurling stones at an American convoy of several vehicles, and two men armed with Kalashnikovs in the crowd opened fire on them.

The US Central Command (Centcom) said that the army base – a primary and secondary school – was being fired at by 25 armed civilians interspersed among several hundred protesters and also positioned on the neighbouring roof tops.

Across the country, there is no doubt many, many people warmly welcome the removal of Saddam Hussein and his terrible regime. But they are also suspicious of American motives. And, having watched daily TV instalments of the fate of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza at the hands of the Israelis, they recoil with particularly strong distaste at the concept of occupation.

The Americans and British have launched an intense public relations drive to win over Iraqi support. The Fallujah affair has undermined it, although many Iraqis will be unaware of the details because they are still without electricity, and are not watching the TV. The electricity outages, the lack of jobs and the atmosphere of insecurity – looting is still rife – are also undermining the Allies' efforts to get the country back on its feet. In Baghdad, there is considerable frustration over the chaotic state of public services, the devastation inflicted on the ministries after the Americans arrived and the slow progress of the team led by Jay Garner, the retired general leading the reconstruction and transition.

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 10 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
When they are all dead it doesn't matter. Heil Bush! Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 3:21 AM
When Bush is Dead it will be better for all impeac bush Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 11:58 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 12:23 PM
However... Diogenes Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 12:27 PM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 12:32 PM
Simple Simon mymicz Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 2:23 PM
mymicz mymicz Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 2:25 PM
Impeachment and Trial? daveman Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 2:30 PM
To all advocates of my impeachment George W. Bush Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 3:29 PM
Boobies! John Ashcroft Saturday, May. 03, 2003 at 4:45 PM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy