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Sunday, July 4, 2004

Occupational Sovereignty

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Sovereignty

(to the tune of Upside Down with apologies to Diana Ross)

I said sovereignty, you’re killin’ me
You’re leavin’ me so easily
‘Occupation stay with me

Sovereignty
Boy, I need some
Security
And not impossibility

Sovereignty
By preemption
Set me free
From all this Liberty

Instinctively you give to me
The carnage of insurgency
We perish each moment with you
Respectfully I say to thee
Your laws and guns and military
Make sovereignty feel like something so new
Sovereignty
Boy, I need some
Responsibility
And not just your decree

Sovereignty
By intervention
Set me free
From this Insanity

I know you came to set us free
With reckless foreign policy
The occupational misery you wrought
The rise of the insurgency
The State of the Emergency
And martial law for which we died and fought

Sovereignty
You can go now
Impracticality
A coalition of the Free!

I said sovereignty, you’re killin’ me
You’re leavin’ me so easily
‘Occupation stay with me
Your torture rooms and gallantry

I said liberty, you’re jailin’ me
You tortured me so graciously
‘Occupation by decree
I need some more insurgency.

NOISE

Moreover, said the former senior official, who has spent more than a year in Iraq and had access to the highest-level intelligence, American officials had found it ``almost impossible to penetrate'' the network organized by the Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who is believed responsible for many of the suicide bombings that have killed both American troops and Iraqis.

The official also said that over the last year, both Iran and Syria had stepped up their activity in Iraq, and that the Iranians might have been financing Moktada al-Sadr, the young radical cleric whom the Bush administration first promised to capture or kill, then decided had to be spared to avoid urban warfare in Najaf, his stronghold. The Iranians have ``become more active over time, and not helpful,'' the official said, though he said intelligence indicated that far more foreign fighters were coming over the border from Syria than from Iran.

Taken together, the description of the paucity of intelligence still available to the 138,000 American troops in Iraq and the assessment of how few inroads have been made at reducing the insurgency sounded a very different note from the optimistic-sounding messages that President Bush has been sending all week about the prospects of the new Iraqi government.

David E. Sanger, Ex-Occupation Aide Sees No Dent in 'Saddamists', The New York Times, July 2, 2004


I caution those Baathists who have not committed crimes in the past, I ask them to stay away from the mercenaries of Saddam. Those who pledge to continue in their crimes, I ask all of those [other] Baathists to fight the enemies of the people and to inform the government of any suspicious activities they see. The Iraqi people are asked to tackle these challenges by scrutinizing any suspicious activity and informing the government and the police.

Dr Iyad Allawi, Prime Minister of Iraq, June 28, 2004


Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say.

Dr. Allawi's group, the Iraqi National Accord, used car bombs and other explosive devices smuggled into Baghdad from northern Iraq, the officials said. Evaluations of the effectiveness of the bombing campaign varied, although the former officials interviewed agreed that it never threatened Saddam Hussein's rule.

No public records of the bombing campaign exist, and the former officials said their recollections were in many cases sketchy, and in some cases contradictory. They could not even recall exactly when it occurred, though the interviews made it clear it was between 1992 and 1995.

The Iraqi government at the time claimed that the bombs, including one it said exploded in a movie theater, resulted in many civilian casualties. But whether the bombings actually killed any civilians could not be confirmed because, as a former C.I.A. official said, the United States had no significant intelligence sources in Iraq then.

One former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was based in the region, Robert Baer, recalled that a bombing during that period "blew up a school bus; schoolchildren were killed." Mr. Baer, a critic of the Iraq war, said he did not recall which resistance group might have set off that bomb.

Other former intelligence officials said Dr. Allawi's organization was the only resistance group involved in bombings and sabotage at that time.

Joel Brinkley, Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks, The New York Times, June 9, 2004


I said upside down
You're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Around and round you're turning me

CHORUS:
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Instinctively you give to me
The love that I need
I cherish the moments with you
Respectfully I see to thee
I'm aware that you're cheating
When no one makes me feel like you do

Diana Ross, Upside Down, Motown Records, 1980


 
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