Sunday, July 15, 2007

Just Like On 9/11

Consistently the Bush administration and its allies in Congress and the media blame much of the insurgent violence in Iraq on Iran (and to a lesser extent Syria), but the LA Times says not so fast:

BAGHDAD — Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.

About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.

Fighters from Saudi Arabia are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality, said the senior U.S. officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity. It is apparently the first time a U.S. official has given such a breakdown on the role played by Saudi nationals in Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgency.

He said 50% of all Saudi fighters in Iraq come here as suicide bombers. In the last six months, such bombings have killed or injured 4,000 Iraqis.

After 9/11, the administration tried to tie Saddam and Iraq to the attacks against the WTC and the Pentagon when the overwhelming majority of the attackers were from Saudi Arabia.

They did this because they wanted to attack Iraq.

Once again, the administration is trying to tie Iran to attacks in Iraq when an overwhlming number of attackers are from Saudi Arabia.

They do this because they want to attack Iran.

I wonder if Americans have learned one of the lessons of 9/11 yet.

Which is: Don't believe a word of what these fuckers in the administration say.

Well, Bush did say that the people we're fighting in Iraq are just like the people who attacked us on 9/11, he just didn't clarify how they were similar.
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