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Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:15 PM

On Iraq, the TAZ Mission Accomplished Photo and the Content of the Subsequent Commentary....

Following this brief introduction is a rough translation of the first four paragraphs of the TAZ commentary that accompanied the altered picture of Bush's mission accomplished speech. That commentary's message is different than one that merely goes after President Bush. It is a piece regarding the practical realities of the current situation in Iraq - even though it followed a picture that damned Bush by highlighting his folly. The untranslated remainder (3 paragraphs) of the commentary focuses on the part of the title that is in italics and underlined:



June 12, 2014
ISIS Must Not (Be Allowed to) Achieve Victory
What is happening in Iraq is a catastrophe for the world community. New strategic partnerships must be considered.
by Ines Pohl


It is difficult to say which was the greater mistake: the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 or the withdrawal of 2011 - a withdrawal from a country whose government order appeared to lay in total disarray after, during and in spite of the eight-year American occupation?

In the final analysis, it is idle to argue whether President Bush is more responsible for the current situation than President Obama who ordered the final military withdrawal three years ago. What now counts - and what must be of the greatest concern - are the reports that reach us: hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing before the apparently inexorably advancing ISIS militias, a radical Islamic terrorist organization which is so brutal that even Al Qaeda declines to cooperate with it.

One city after the other take the terrorists in without any noteworthy resistance from the Iraqi army. On the contrary, it (the Iraqi army) surrenders and leaves behind the most modern undamaged American weapons of war: this further strengthens the mob's (ISIS's) military striking power.

What is happening here is not only a catastrophe for the people of the region but a catastrophe for all people who believe in democracy (original word: Demokraten) - indeed, the world community. This catastrophe is also the result of western military interventions that simply do not lead to the transfer of freedom and democracy, but instead to the disintegration of countries.

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http://www.taz.de/Kommentar-Entwicklung-im-Irak/!140266/



Here is the altered mission accomplished photograph:



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Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:17 PM

1. <perk!>

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:18 PM

2. <confused!> </confused!> Got it now. Thought it was an unfamiliar acronym or meme. n/t

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Response to xocet (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:21 PM

3. Sorry,

I thought I heard someone call.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:31 PM

4. No problem. Here is what was being referred to...

It is a German daily newspaper:

http://www.taz.de/

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Response to xocet (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 05:01 PM

5. I understood.

Was just being my usual smart ass.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 05:17 PM

6. Cool.

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