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June 2, 2007

Pershmergrrrls

ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) - In a blaze of pomp showcasing Kurdish military muscle, US forces handed over responsibility for security in Iraq's three northern provinces to the Kurdish regional government on Wednesday [...]

The handover was followed by a parade of Kurdish soldiers, including an all-female martial arts display.

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Via Gateway Pundit;

7 of 18 Iraqi Provinces now control the security and governmental operations in their region.

How many Americans do you suppose know that?


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Posted by Kate at June 2, 2007 7:50 AM
Comments

How many Dems do you suppose want to know that?

Posted by: Len Pryor at June 2, 2007 11:05 AM

How many Dems can count that high?

Posted by: Sheldon Kotyk at June 2, 2007 11:10 AM

Dem dare dems will point out that 11 out of 18 are not under control. And the media will highlight that fact over and over. As in Canada, any good that happens overseas is played down,but anything bad,we hear about constantly. How many people know that the family that is whining about the funeral expenses submitted a bill for over $25,000? Hey,but that is not relevant,is it?

Posted by: wallyj at June 2, 2007 11:20 AM

What Americans, Canadians and I don*t know could fill books. . .

** America's contribution rose from $400 million in 2005 to $468 million in 2006. Aid from the European Union and other international organizations also increased handsomely, and the UN has called for still greater increases in aid in 2007.

Look at the incentives that have been created for the Palestinians: vote for terrorism, get an increase in your foreign aid. The Palestinian areas now receive more than $300 per person, per year, making them the most aid-dependent population on Earth. (The people of sub-Saharan Africa receive only $44 per person per year.)**
========== MichaelTotten.com

We put such an odd spin on our world, it*s enough to make one dizzy. . .

Or, maybe the UN is just dizzy.

Feeding millions to Hamas and terrorism will make it go away??

I am baffled by UN wisdom. = TG

Posted by: TG at June 2, 2007 1:04 PM

Could we bring some of those pershmergrrls over here to train the OPP?

Posted by: johndoe124 at June 2, 2007 1:58 PM

Since the "hand off" was to the Kurdish regional government and not the Iraqi central government, does this mean Iraq is now officially partitioned? If it is, I wonder how many Americans know that?

Posted by: Greg at June 2, 2007 3:01 PM

"Since the "hand off" was to the Kurdish regional government and not the Iraqi central government, does this mean Iraq is now officially partitioned?"

Not necessarily. Law enforcement in states and provinces are under regional control. In an extreme emergency the responsibility might be handed over to the army and then handed back to the regional government but that does not necessarily mean that the province or state has become partitioned. If people and goods can travel in and out, even if there are provincial boarder checks, it would not be considered a partition would it?

Posted by: Saul Wall at June 2, 2007 4:34 PM

"responsibility for security in Iraq's three northern provinces"

..since the hand off from the RCMP to Ontario Provincial Police, Royal Newfoundland and Labrador Constabulary & Surete provinciale du Quebec, does this mean Canada is officially partioned? I wonder how many Canadians know that?

Posted by: Glenn A at June 2, 2007 4:35 PM

partioned should be partitioned...

Posted by: Glenn A at June 2, 2007 4:38 PM

Mmmm...Pershmergrrrls

Posted by: lberia at June 2, 2007 5:23 PM

First of all 7 out of 18 is not even half. What about the 2 million refugees that have already fled Iraq? What about the innocents that still live there and cannot live ordinary lives? What about the doctors and teachers that are being murdered? What about Turkey massing its troops on the borders of Kurdistan, ready to invade. What about the Oil bill in front of the Iraq parliament where Iraq receives only 19% of its own oil while the big US oil companies get the rest? There are other oil companies in the world that would like to invest in Iraq and allow them to keep more of their oil. What about the failed US re-building programs where the US contractors are being investigated for buildings paid for and not even finished? What about the massive US bases built in Iraq for long term occupancy? Why in the hell would anyone want the US in their country?

Its All About The Oil.

Posted by: Betty Agla at June 2, 2007 5:39 PM

"Its All About The Oil"

And your point is?

Under Sadam the Iraqis saw basically 0 return for their oil resources, perhaps you should fly over to Iraq and ask them how they would feel about living under that psycho again(if of course his neck wasn't a few inches longer now).

Posted by: missing link at June 2, 2007 5:50 PM

"What about the 2 million refugees that have already fled Iraq?"

There were 4 million refugees from Saddam. The 2 million will return to Iraq when those fighting to establish peace are successful.

"What about the innocents that still live there and cannot live ordinary lives?"
Nobody lives an ordinary life in a dictatorship. Your next breath depends upon the whim of the dictator.The vast majority in Iraq, where 14 of the 18 provinces are peaceful, are now living "ordinary lives."

"What about the doctors and teachers that are being murdered?"

You want to surrender to animals who kill doctors and teachers?

"What about Turkey massing its troops on the borders of Kurdistan, ready to invade."

Let them dare. Betty, you want the Kurds to live under the boot of Saddam because being free might provoke Turkey? Where did you check your morals?

"What about the Oil bill in front of the Iraq parliament where Iraq receives only 19% of its own oil while the big US oil companies get the rest? "

What is the source of your information? Is it the case that Iraq needs to reserve only 19% of its production for its own use? Why do you suggest Ameerica is going to be given (or, are you saying, steal the rest)?

"There are other oil companies in the world that would like to invest in Iraq and allow them to keep more of their oil."

Are the countries where these "other oil companies" are based giving blood and treasure to liberate and democratize Iraq? Why are you carrying a brief for them?

"What about the failed US re-building programs where the US contractors are being investigated for buildings paid for and not even finished? "

Yup, so much corruption you'd think Canada's Liberal party was in charge of reconstruction.

Note the corruption is being investigated. Do you suppose a prominent member with close ties to the former head of the organization being investigated will call the head of the investigating body names-as happened here in Canada? And, Betty, what you actually know about this could be printed on the head of a pin-IN BLOCK LETTERS.

"What about the massive US bases built in Iraq for long term occupancy? "

Don't you mean occupation? Given that any American base will be built with the consent of the duly elected government of Iraq I guess Iraqis want an American presence to protect them from Iran and Syria (and perhapsTurkey)

Why in the hell would anyone want the US in their country?

Why don't you ask someone in Eastern Europe. If you lived in a Stalinist dictatorship where you had only such rights as the dictatorship afforded you, what would you want? Betty, despite your desire to see Iraqis live under the boot of the dictator every poll of Iraqis has shown that, despite the current difficulties (which will pass), they are glad to have been liberated. Despite your disdain for America, if you live in dictatorship and want to live free who ya gonna call?

"Its All About The Oil".

Bullshit. It's all about your puerile anti-Americanism.

Posted by: Terry Gain at June 2, 2007 6:46 PM

Glenn are you seriously equating the Pershmerga with the RCMP? They are a nascent national army, not a police force. Nice try though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peshmerga#The_New_Peshmerga_Military

Posted by: Greg at June 2, 2007 7:18 PM

The functions the Peshmerga are performing are very similar to a police force-maintaining the rule of law and protecting the public so they can go about their business as "ordinary citizens". Just because they aren't representative of other parts of Iraq doesn't make them illegitimate.

Posted by: Terry Gain at June 2, 2007 8:02 PM

Using that criteria, I suppose the United States is "partitioned" as well.

There may eventually be a breakup of Iraq into smaller state entities, but these handovers are not an indicator of that.

BTW - if this is a "war for oil", then what the hell are the Americans doing in Baghdad? There's no oil in Baghdad.

A war for oil would have secured the oil producing areas (a much easier task than the one they've taken on by several orders of magnitude) and let the various warring factions to simply kill each other off.

Posted by: Kate at June 2, 2007 11:43 PM

Being able to parrot the retard-lefty talking points and sloganeering is the ablility to shut your brain off and let the words of others flow through you. You excuse yourself from the responsibility to think, rationalize and weigh facts such as what would the consequences would be of any alternate plan.

To shout "impeach bush" is to shout "I can't think for myself!"

Worse, it's like 1984's two minutes hate.

Posted by: Warwick at June 4, 2007 2:38 PM
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