Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 04/03/2012

LastDayWatchers what did May 15th Prophecy tell you would be the results to the so-called "success of the surge"?

Iraq's ruling Shiites are moving quickly to keep the two Muslim sects separate - and unequal

"With the Americans no longer here to play peacemakers and Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab nations moving to isolate Iraq, it's a development that could lead to an effective breakup of the country.

Sunnis are locked out of key jobs at universities and in government, their leaders banned from Cabinet meetings or even marked as fugitives. Sunnis cannot get help finding the body of loved ones killed in the war. And Shiite banners are everywhere in Baghdad.

Critics charge that al-Maliki is suspicious of all Sunnis, even those who never joined the insurgency or later abandoned it, and is punishing a community that lost its protectors when the Americans left Iraq in December, ending eight years of occupation.

"The sectarian war has moved away from violence to a soft conflict fought in the state institutions, government ministries and on the street," said political analyst Hadi Jalo. "What was once an armed conflict has turned into territorial, institutionalized and psychological segregation."

Al-Adeeb has fired nearly 200 academic and administrative staff from the state university in the mainly Sunni Salaheddin province north of Baghdad, according to local tribal leaders and officials. The campus is in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown."

Names of the Dead

"The Department of Defense has identified 1,906 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans recently:

CAZAREZ, Roberto, 24, Cpl., Marines; Harbor City, Calif.; First Marine Division.

DAVIS, Johnathon F., 20, Pfc., Army; Griffin, Ga.; 82nd Airborne Division.

DUTTON, James E., 25, Specialist, Army; Checotah, Okla.; First Armored Division.

TAYLOR, David W., 20, Specialist, Army; Dixon, Ky.; 82nd Airborne Division."