Shit, I can't resist...
Man, that felt good. How do those lyrics go?
"21 guns, a box made of pine,
A letter from the government sealed & signed
Delivered Federal Express
On your mother's doorstep"
Hey, wait a minute.
These Clutch bastards seem to be casting aspersions on the good ol' US of A & its glorious (I love that word) war effort.
Shit, what do these liberal fucks want anyway?
Not only are we pulling out of Iraq but we're kind enough to leave them a bushel full of our neat consumer goodies.
FALLUJAH, Iraq — The remnants of the US occupation of Iraq are being sold to the highest bidders in yard sales across the country.
The outskirts of cities like Baghdad, Fallujah, and Ramadi — once bastions of the Sunni insurgency — are now destinations for bargain hunters interested in items such as generators and trailers. As the US military draws down to 50,000 troops by the end of the summer, the junk left behind is quickly becoming part of the Iraqi landscape.
Just outside Fallujah, Iraqi merchants Mohammed Issawi and Abu Saif sat recently on plastic chairs in the blistering sun. Broken generators, trailers, dumpsters, and air conditioners graced the dirt lot behind them. Some of the items were emblazoned with the red, white, and blue flag of the United States.
After all that the US occupation has taken from Iraq, Issawi said, Iraqis deserve to get something back.
“These are our things,’’ he said. “They took these things from us, and now we are selling them back. They occupied our country by force.’’
Families buy $1,000 trailers once fashioned into sleeping quarters for soldiers and Marines. Base latrines have become cheaper alternatives to traditional dwellings made of brick and concrete. Air-conditioner units and large generators that can stave off Iraq’s blistering summers are sold at half-price.
Merchants say they come across the goods in different ways. Some was found, some was stolen, and some was sold to them. Much of it, they say, was just given away.
At his auction outside Balad, north of Baghdad, Ahmed Adnan showed off a hodgepodge of merchandise. He sells blast walls to the provincial government in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province, where explosions remain a threat. Civilians can buy items such as iPods and laptops.
See that? There isn't anything more American than a flea market or a yard sale, is there?
These people are learning the simple joys of capitalism. Plain & simple.
These days, Americans seem to be staging flea markets everywhere.
Despite tough economic times, many flea markets are in boom times.
That's because flea markets carry increased cache during such downturns, said Mark Blakewood, executive director of the National Flea Market Association. "Consumers are looking for ways to maximize their spending dollar. The industry as a whole has seen increased traffic flow."
There are an estimated 2,500 flea markets in the United States, and the number is growing.
"People want to earn money any way possible," Blakewood said. "Just like the phrase says, 'One man's junk is another man's treasure.'"
"One man's junk is another man's treasure."
Did y'all here that?
Not only did we free the Iraqis from the oppressive yoke of a big stinky bad guy, but we gave them "treasure" too. How cool is that?
Let me answer that: it's American cool baby.
Not only that, but, in our tried & true method of leading by example, our glorious (oh yeah) invasion of Iraq has also inspired many of those poor heathens to seek out the mother lode of all mother lodes: The United States of America.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Ahmed is desperate to get out of Baghdad, after Islamists threatened to kill him or his children because he worked for Western media after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Like thousands of others, he hopes to land a U.S. refugee visa to escape bombings, shootings and death threats in his homeland.
"Fundamentalists told me over the phone: if you don't quit work we will either kill you or one of your children," said Ahmed, a father of a son and two daughters who said he was afraid to give his full name.
The journalist hopes to join over 4.7 million Iraqis who have left their homes since 2003, in what the United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, calls the worst humanitarian crisis in the Middle East since 1948. Some 700,000 people, half the Arab population of Palestine in May 1948, fled or were forced to flee from their homes after Israel was created.
Violence has ebbed in Iraq since the height of sectarian warfare in 2006-07 but bombings and shootings still occur regularly. The number of civilian deaths from violence almost doubled in July compared to June, according to government figures.
Not all Iraqis flee abroad. Half of the 4.7 million displaced persons took refuge in other parts of Iraq, some squatting in public buildings, according to the UNHCR.
Ahmed hoped for better when he returned to Iraq after finishing a year as a visiting teacher in the United States in 2008. His dreams were quickly dashed.
"The security breaches turned from car bombs and roadside bombs into silenced guns, assassinations, zero services, no water, no power," he said. "I am concerned about my children's safety when they go to school."
Obviously a bunch of left leaning Iraqi whiners.
Let's see if we can find someone who appreciates the red white & blue...
"I couldn't believe that I was going to the States and that my dream was coming true," said Basheer Rasheed Mahmoud, who works as a cameraman for CNN, the U.S. cable news channel.
"But all these feelings turned around when the plane landed in New York airport. Reality is not like what I see in movies or what I hear from friends. It was a state of alienation. I was astray, feeling choked," he said.
Mahmoud, 22, had applied for a U.S. visa after getting death threats from al Qaeda. Disappointment set in after two months in Texas.
"The culture, community, life, all is different to my country," Mahmoud said. "I met some Iraqi friends who tried to lure me to stay but I just couldn't.
Fuck, another whiner.
"A state of alienation" he says?
Well Hadji, that's why we make fucking Prozac, isn't it?
Oh well, I think he'll get the point eventually. Someday he may be medicated enough...ooops...meditative enough to even thank us.
LONDON -- Saddam Hussein's leading lieutenant accused the United States of abandoning Iraq and leaving the country to die, according to a British newspaper interview to be published Friday.
Tariq Aziz, whose long tenure as Saddam's foreign minister made him the international face of the Iraqi dictator's regime, was quoted by The Guardian newspaper as saying that he was hopeful about President Barack Obama at first.
"I thought he was going to correct some of the mistakes of Bush," the paper quoted Aziz as saying from his jail cell in north Baghdad. "But Obama is a hypocrite. He is leaving Iraq to the wolves."
The Guardian said that Aziz slammed the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country, saying that both America and the United Kingdom had an obligation to make sure Iraq was back on its feet before exiting.
"We are all victims of America and Britain," Aziz said, according to the paper. "They killed our country in many ways. When you make a mistake you need to correct a mistake, not leave Iraq to its death."
Aziz, who was handed over to Iraqi authorities by the United States several months ago, refused to condemn his former boss, who was executed in December 2006.
"If I speak now about regrets, people will view me as an opportunist," he told the paper. "When I am free and can write the truth."