Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 8/31/2010

LastDayWatchers adjust your viewfinder on the true realities on the ground in Iraq & Afghanistan

So, Who Won the War in Iraq? Iran

"the Iraq war has unleashed a new wave of sectarian hatred and upset the Persian Gulf's strategic balance, helping Iran consolidate its role as the dominant regional power"

The Bush administration argued that its goal was to protect U.S. interests and security in the long run. But the region is far more unstable and combustible than it was when U.S. forces began their march to Baghdad seven years ago"

"In 2007, at the height of the insurgency and sectarian conflict in Iraq, I went to see Marwan Kabalan, a political scientist at Damascus University. He explained the regional dynamics better than anyone else. “Everyone is fighting battles through local proxies. It’s like the Cold War,” he told me. “All regimes in the Middle East recognize that America has lost the war in Iraq. They’re all maneuvering to protect their interests and to gain something out of the American defeat.”

Far from becoming a model of freedom and religious coexistence, Iraq remains a powder keg that could ignite sectarian conflict across the Middle East.

The latest elections produced a deadlocked parliament in Baghdad that has not been able to agree on a new government"

"Most of the arguments in favour of invading back in 2003 have come to nothing"

Many Iraqis welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein - 50% regarded the invasion as a liberation, according to a BBC poll taken in 2004, while 50% regarded it as an occupation - but nowadays it is hard to find anyone who sees America as Iraq's friend and mentor.

Nor has the overthrow of Saddam Hussein led to a general domino effect towards democracy throughout the Middle East.

On the contrary, America's position in the Middle East has been visibly eroded"

"Has the United States benefited? It is hard to see how.

As the British learned in the Boer War, and Russia learned by invading Afghanistan, great military powers run big risks by putting their strength to the test against weak-seeming opponents.

America seems to have shrunk as a direct result of its imperial adventure in Iraq.

It will have to work very hard to persuade the rest of the world that it is strong again"

Five U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan

"Twenty-two American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan over the past five days, a sudden end-of-August spike that follows record-high death tolls for U.S. troops in June and July"

Five of the troops were slain Tuesday, including four killed by two improvised explosive devices in the east and one during an insurgent attack in the south, according to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The deaths brought the number of American troops killed during August to 55"

The world want to live in a fantasy land of denial; because they have turned from the truth; about the things to come, therefore they latch on to the past

(the men who dress up in 1800 AD attire at the tea party's are a perfect example)

Therefore embrace the Truth of God Word; which is 100% accurate; inside the May 15th Prophecy written at LastDayWatchers

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