Sunday, November 11, 2007

Big 'Ol Civil War in Iraq, Who Said That.?

The Main Stream News media is doing a one-eighty on the 'big 'ol civil war' in Iraq and you are here to see it happen.
f you want to know what was happening in Iraq months ago... watch the Main Stream News Media and unless there was a car bombing today, you'll be a couple months behind.
If you want to know what's happening NOW, visit Marie's Two Cents, Iraqi Freedom, Centcom or one of the many great military links over in my sidebar.... if you want the big picture and to know what is going to happen in the near future, go to Engram's Back Talk for the very latest original analysis based on the very latest data... months before it appears in the news.

Example: You will be hearing reports in the news very soon that sounds like the media has never considered Iraq to have been in a real civil war all along... but make no mistake what you are hearing is a complete turn-around from the "big 'ol civil war' talk MSNBC and the rest have been feeding us... until now. I encourage each of you to read Engram's entire well thought out and documented piece on what has actually been going on in Iraq... and you'll be better prepared to predict the future.

From Engrams latest Post on Muqtada al Sadr: Pt-2
Thousands Return to Safer Iraqi Capital


BAGHDAD (AP) — In a dramatic turnaround, more than 3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the government said Saturday.

Saad al-Azawi, his wife and four children are among them. They fled to Syria six months ago, leaving behind what had become one of the capital's more dangerous districts — west Baghdad's largely Sunni Khadra region.

The family had been living inside a vicious and bloody turf battle between al-Qaida in Iraq and Mahdi Army militiamen. But Azawi said things began changing, becoming more peaceful, in August when radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army fighters to stand down nationwide.

So we went from a "big 'ol civil war" to a "bloody turf battle" without blinking an eye.

Engram has more... much more, from of all places, the BBC,
Optimism grows in Iraq
BBC News-
Is Iraq getting better? The statistics say so, across the board.

Over the past three months, there has been a sharp and sustained drop in all forms of violence. The figures for dead and wounded, military and civilian, have also greatly improved.

All across Baghdad, which has seen the worst of the violence, streets are springing back to life. Shops and restaurants which closed down are back in business.
The setback dealt to al-Qaeda and affiliates has had a knock-on effect in the Shia communities too.

The often massive, indiscriminate bomb attacks for which they were blamed, and which used to hit Shia areas on a daily basis, have now become a rarity.

The huge drop in bomb attacks has removed one of the main raisons d'etre for the Mehdi Army, the most active Shia militia in Baghdad.

Engram hit's the nail on the head...
Here is where you encounter the great divide between those who believe in the incorrect "civil war" scenario (according to which these Sunni "extremists" were sending suicide bombers against Shiites because of "raw hatred") and those who have educated themselves about al Qaeda's actual plan, which was to bring the Shiite militias down on the Sunnis -- that is, to incite a civil war -- in order to destabilize the Iraqi government and to send the Americans home with their tails between their legs.
That brilliant plan nearly worked, and if you don't think so, just look at your own reaction to what was happening in Iraq when things were at their worst.
And just look at how the Democrats were reacting.
But George Bush decided not to "cut and run", and now look:
On Friday, near Samarra to the north of Baghdad, fighters from a Sunni faction called the Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI) launched a surprise attack on positions held by al-Qaeda in the area.

Police said the IAI killed 18 al-Qaeda militants and captured 16 others.

Shortly afterwards, another Sunni group known as the 1920 Revolution Brigades launched a similar operation against al-Qaeda at al-Buhriz in Diyala province, also north of Baghdad.

They captured 60 al-Qaeda suspects and handed them over to the Iraqi army, amidst scenes of rejoicing in the town's streets.

These also were events that simply could not have happened until recently.

Both the IAI and the 1920 Revolution Brigades used to be insurgent groups themselves, fighting alongside al-Qaeda against the multinational forces and Iraqi government troops.

Professor Engram has held fast to his analysis that there was never a genuine civil war...close maybe, ...but no cigar. Now it appears the main stream media may lay claim to having that same opinion all along!

But he isn't upset...quite the contrary,
"I'd like to believe that my long standing theory about that will soon become so obvious to everyone that they will think they have held to that theory all along (and that they never really embraced the alternative "civil war" scenario). That's how it seems to be happening in the mainstream media (the same media that has long denied any significant role for al Qaeda in Iraq), and that's fine with me".

ME TOO Engram, me too...
Great work!
But one quick question for NBC, MSNBC, Chris Mathews and Keith Olbermann... (and the rest of the MSM) do you STILL think that calling it a civil war was your "Walter Cronkite moment", or looking back, wasn't it more of a Dan Rathergate Moment?
Just curious...
red s tater

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