This is the lesson learned in history: if you bomb something and not do anything as it relates to the aftermath of this, if you don’t have a stable government, you get what we have in Libya.
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GOP candidate and brother of the original Mr. “Bomb-Something-and-Not-Do-Anything -As-It-Relates-to-the-Aftermath-of-This-If-You-Don’t-Have-a-Stable-Government” himself, JEB BUSH.

How soon the Bushes forget what the fuck happened in Iraq.

A Famous Poem From Iraq: Elegy for a Woman of No Importance

When she died no face turned pale, no lips trembled

doors heard no retelling of her death

no curtains opened to air the room of grief

no eyes followed the coffin to the end of the road –

only, hovering in the memory, a vague form

passing in the lane


The scrap of news stumbled in the alleyways

its whisper, finding no shelter,

lodged obscurely in an unseen corner.

The moon murmered sadly.


Night, unconcerned, gave way to morning

light came with the milk cart and the call to fasting

with the hungry mewing of a cat of rags and bones

the shrill cries of vendors in the bitter streets

the squabbling of small boys throwing stones

with dirty water spilling along the gutters

and smells on the wind

the wind which played about the rooftops

in deep forgetfulness

playing alone


Nazik Al-Malaika (نازك الملائكة)


 

Translation from the Arabic by Chris Knipp and Mohammad Sadiq


 

ذهبتْ ولم يَشحَبْ لها خدٌّ ولم ترجُفْ شفاهُ

لم تَسْمع الأبوابُ قصةَ موتها تُرْوَى وتُرْوَى

لم تَرتَفِعْ أستار نافذةٍ تسيلُ أسًى وشجوَا

لتتابعَ التابوت بالتحديقِ حتى لا تراهُ

إلا بقيّةَ هيكلٍ في الدربِ تُرْعِشُه الذِّكَرْ

نبأ تعثـّر في الدروب فلم يجدْ مأوًى صداهُ

فأوَى إلى النسيانِ في بعضِ الحُفَرْ

يرثي كآبَته القَمَرْ.


 

والليلُ أسلم نفسَهُ دون اهتمامٍ, للصَباحْ

وأتى الضياءُ بصوتِ بائعةِ الحليبِ وبالصيامْ,

بمُوَاءِ قطٍّ جائعٍ لم تَبْقَ منه سوى عظامْ,

بمُشاجراتِ البائعين, وبالمرارةِ والكفاحْ,

بتراشُقِ الصبيان بالأحجار في عُرْضِ الطريقْ,

بمساربِ الماء الملوّثِ في الأزقّةِ, بالرياحْ,

تلهو بأبوابِ السطوح بلا رفيقْ

في شبهِ نسيانٍ عميقْ”

Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? #humanrights #syria #notinmyname #peace #saudiarabia #saudi #yemen #war #love #prayforsyria #cnd #bairnsnotbombs #trident #humanity #sorrynotsorry #followback #peaceandlove #saynotowar #saynotowar #iraq #afganistan

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Veteran Thanks Bernie Sanders for Voting Against Iraq War in Viral Open Letter
A letter penned by a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps thanking Bernie Sanders for his NO vote on the Iraq War is going viral.

Senator Sanders,

I want to thank you. I want to thank you for exercising sound judgement even when everyone around you was beating the war drums.

See I fought in the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. I saw more blood and death than any 19 year old ever should. The amount of friends I’ve lost to war will likely be surpassed by the amount of friends I’ve since lost to suicide.

I know first hand the moral cost of war. One of the most painful truths that I must go through life with is that I fought in an unjust and unfounded war. While my intentions were good and I fought hard for the men to my left and to my right, and while I thought what I was doing what was right for the people of Iraq- I was wrong.

You knew this. You knew this before we went to war and you fought, and you spoke truth to your peers and though your words largely fell on deaf ears, I am truly heartened to know that I now have a chance to vote for a man who exercised sound and moral judgement when the war drums were beating the loudest.

I have a son. He is only one and a half years old but someday he will be 18 and I fear that if we continue to elect the same establishment politicians, he too will face the same decision that I did, and he too will go off to fight in an endless quagmire and that he too will come home, broken, and never fully returned or worse- never come home at all.

So thank you, Senator Sanders, for being of sound mind and judgement. Thank you for being the only voice in this race that does not want to continue this legacy of warfare. Thank you for being the only voice that is and has been standing up for those of us that fought in these misguided wars. Thank you for giving me hope for a peaceful future.

Sincerely, A U.S. Marine – 0311 Operation Iraqi Freedom

18,802 Iraqi civilians have been killed in 21 months.

According to a new report by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, nearly 19,000 Iraqis were killed between Jan. 2014 and Oct. 2015. The report also found 36,245 civilian injuries and more than 3.2 million people were internally displaced. The Islamic State group is largely responsible for what could be potentially classified as “genocide.” The atrocities are truly horrifying.

ISIS Has Destroyed One of Iraq’s Oldest Christian Sites

The Islamic State destroyed one of the oldest Christian sites in Iraq as part of its campaign against ancient sites in the country, according to satellite photographs published by The Associated Press on Wednesday and confirmed by Iraqi officials and historians.

The monastery of St. Elijah, or Dair Mar Elia, stood for more than 1,400 years above a riverbed south of the city of Mosul, which the Islamic State seized from Iraqi forces in June 2014. The satellite photographs — taken by DigitalGlobe, a private company with headquarters in Westminster, Colo. — showed that the monastery was razed in late August or September 2014, including the site’s square complex of partly ruined rooms and a largely intact sanctuary that dated from the 11th century.

Yonadam Kanna, a Christian member of Parliament, said the destruction was further evidence of the Islamic State’s goal of destroying Iraq’s Christian identity, calling the site “one of the most historical” in the country. Read more.

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The US is killing more civilians in Iraq and Syria than it acknowledges

ISTANBUL, Turkey — In almost a-year-and-a-half of bombing Iraq and Syria, the United States admits to killing just 22 innocent people. That number is impossibly low.

A GlobalPost investigation has unearthed a disturbing truth about the US military campaign against the Islamic State: Many more civilians are dying in American airstrikes than the US government acknowledges. People in Iraq and Syria can see what is happening. And so can the enemy. The Islamic State portrays the conflict as a war on Sunnis and a war on Muslims. When the coalition kills civilians — and does not investigate and apologize — the Islamic State fills the void with propaganda. 

According to the US Department of Defense: “No other military on Earth takes the concerns over collateral damage and civilian casualties more seriously than we do.” Yet our investigation found there has been no honest official estimate of how many civilians the United States has killed in Iraq and Syria. Even if civilian casualties are an inevitable part of war, the American public is being fed the comforting illusion that this war can be fought without shedding much innocent blood.

And that is simply not the case.

Read the full story here.

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Amadiya, Iraq

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Archaeologists discover lost language
Evidence for a forgotten ancient language which dates back more than 2,500 years, to the time of the Assyrian Empire, has been found by archaeologists working in Turkey.

From a settlement in southeastern Turkey, an unknown language was discovered on a tablet in an ancient palace ruins.  Archaeologists suggest that it was form a group of people originally residing in the Zagros Mountains between Iran and Iraq who were deported by the Assyrians.

~Hasmonean

If it were a ‘fact,’ then it wouldn’t be called 'intelligence.’
— 

Responding to Stephen Colbert challenging the “intelligence” – presented as facts to the American people – that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, leading the United States into the second Iraq War, former Defense Secretary DONALD RUMSFELD.

To which Colbert replied, “Wow. I think you just answered my question.”

And ours.

(via The Late Show)