Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 01/04/2012

LastDayWatchers as the so-called Iraq Awakening continues to be put to sleep

A series of attacks in Iraq on Wednesday targeting the homes of police officers and a member of a government-allied militia killed four people, including two children

"Police said six roadside bombs planted near houses belonging to security officers in Baqouba exploded as their families were sleeping. Two children died in the blasts and nine people were wounded

Also, police said gunmen stormed the house of a leader in the anti al-Qaida militia in the predominantly Sunni suburb of Abu Ghraib, west of the capital, killing him and his wife."

The real results opposite from the war propaganda will be made known

"Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, found between 400,000 and 650,000 “excess deaths” in Iraq as a result of the war. At the time, however, the commanding general in Iraq put the number at 50,000 and President Bush had claimed in late 2005 that it was just 30,000."

They dwell instead in a make-believe world of vastly less mayhem, oblivious to what actually besets the civilian population.

If our leaders are unwilling to grasp the scale of death and social disruption, and the meaning of this chaos for the local population, then American war efforts are likely to end badly and relationships with allies will become strained, as has happened with President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan.

We need to adopt reliable ways to measure the destruction our wars cause — an “epistemology of war,” as another general, William Tecumseh Sherman, called it — to break through the collective amnesia that has gripped us.

Ignoring the extent of civilian casualties and the damage they cause is a moral failing as well as a strategic blunder, if we do not demand a full accounting of the wages of war, future failures are all the more likely — and warranted."

Just as the May 15th Prophecy have proclaimed with 100% accuracy written at LastDayWatchers