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Major Strike on Iraq Underway

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the crossing-into-mainstream-news dept.

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The major news sources are reporting that much larger scale attacks are now underway in Iraq. Here is CNNs story. Pentagon officials have confirmed that this is "A-day" for war, presumably the so called "Shock & Awe" mentioned by the White House earlier. In other words, it starts now. Update: 18:01 GMT by CT : Iraq has apparently ordered CNN out of Baghdad. Updates as events warrant.

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2574 comments

mer? (0, Insightful)

seeksoft (579626) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566324)

http://www.tinfoil.net Drop the EMP bomb!!

Re:mer? (-1, Troll)

FifteenSquids (647416) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566336)

Ahhh yes. This'll also disable all of the Iraqi manbots & fembots...

Newsfeeds? (2, Interesting)

rastachops (543268) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566330)

Are any non Allies news feeds confirming this? Also does anyone have any video feeds on it?

For that matter... (1)

torpor (458) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566408)

... where can we go besides CNN and /. for frequently-updated briefs on the situation?

There's gotta be a time for a thread-of-links, and this'd be it.

Re:Newsfeeds? (0, Troll)

cypherwise (650128) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566419)

Seriously, there are massive protests/riots going in the U.S. and AFAIK in Germany. We see nothing of this on the coalition news outlets.

Re:Newsfeeds? (1, Informative)

richieb (3277) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566468)

Seriously, there are massive protests/riots going in the U.S. and AFAIK in Germany. We see nothing of this on the coalition news outlets

What about this? Protest in Cairo [cnn.com]

Re:Newsfeeds? (1)

baffle (144921) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566480)

Well, there has been a few reports of it on CNN International, but nothing compared to all the boring night-vision pictures of Baghdad...

bbc (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566455)

If you go to news.bbc.co.uk you will find links to live webcams in Baghdad.

Re:Newsfeeds? (0, Offtopic)

JOW (165099) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566465)

So my linxy will not supporta Irak keyb,
soory I'm no from the Us and finde it all
a bit Jonson, or Nixon is ou like

Oh brother... (4, Funny)

Geekenstein (199041) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566332)

I think I've heard enough of the words "shock and awe". How about "big bombs and stuff blowing up?"

Or maybe "puttin' the smack down on Saddam" for the WWE fans.

Re:Oh brother... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566366)

You mean..

"puttin' the smack down on Saddam's candy ass"

iraqis (-1)

Reikk (534266) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566335)

dedicated to the slaughter of thousands of innocent iraqi civilians!

reaping what they sow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566508)

That's exactly what they get for not throwing that murderous nutbag out on his ass!

errrr....

Dupe! (0, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566340)

We had this pointless flamewar yesterday.

And the day before that.

Seriously, let us get our news somewhere else. Noone's discussing anything here, just spewing crap and insults.

I was praying the last of these would be crapflooded with Old Ike stories, I got so sick of reading the "America Sucks" tripe.

I concur!! (0, Interesting)

squaretorus (459130) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566367)

This is supposed to be STUFF THAT MATTERS for bobs sakes!!!!

Re:I concur!! (1)

ultraexactzz (546422) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566396)

Ask the American and British soldiers currently risking their lives if this isn't "stuff that matters."

Re:Dupe! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566390)

Hey buddy,

America SUCKS!

Re:Dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566422)

Hopefully North Korea will send a nuke or two over when they are too busy bothering with the Oil in Iraq.
;D

Re:Dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566397)

Good for you to get sick on this.
You have a valid reason.

Coming soon... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566343)

Major strike on America!

Re:Coming soon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566379)

I guess some would say they do deserve it...

funny... (5, Informative)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566345)

I'm watching ABC and they arent saying anything like that. They're actually saying "Shock & Awe" might be delayed because of possible successes in the strikes the other night.

Re:funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566382)

ABC News [go.com]

Whether they want to call it "shock and awe" is up to them, but the actual 'bomb the crap out of them' part of the war is underway.

Re:funny... (1)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566429)

i think that story is from this morning. looking at "live" shots of baghdad dont really show any activity other than an occasional car driving by the camera. no booms, no flashes of light, etc.

Re:funny... (4, Insightful)

wiggys (621350) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566401)

There's so much propaganda on both sides. I think information is deliberately unreliable otherwise Saddam would know precisely what's going to happen and when.

OK folks, this is it (1, Interesting)

wiggys (621350) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566353)

I hope the war is swift and the Iraqi people don't suffer too much.

As a aside issue, can anyone tell me why Saddam sets fire to the oil fields?

Re:OK folks, this is it (5, Insightful)

Surak (18578) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566393)

As a aside issue, can anyone tell me why Saddam sets fire to the oil fields?

Um, he's an asshole? :-P

Re:OK folks, this is it (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566430)

I'm guessing it's because the smoke will greatly decrease visibility and make it harder to bomb things accurately. I heard somewhere that smoke interferes with laser-guided missiles.

Of course, your reason makes sense too.

RE: BOMBING, PLEASE MODBOMB ME BACK TO -1, FUCKOS. (-1)

Subject Line Troll (581198) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566484)


Re:OK folks, this is it (5, Informative)

B00yah (213676) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566405)

Strategic wise, it causes a lot of smoke, attempting to make it hard for planes and ground forces to form a strike. It is far more efficient against the ground units than the planes, which use Sattelite imaging and such to target, not visual.

Re:OK folks, this is it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566412)

Cost's loads of money, wastes oil. That's what the war is about, right?

Re:OK folks, this is it (2, Insightful)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566424)

It appears that he hasn't done this nearly to the extent that he did in Kuwait in 1991 (shock-a-rooney, those weren't his). The only reason I could see would be to slow up the invaders' advance, but I can't imagine it would be that effective.

I'm just waiting for the environmental groups to step up to the plate and show their support for this war. Has anybody caused as much deliberate environmental damage as Hussein?

Check timestamps! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566501)

this was posted after about 2 other replies, which state the same thing...not insightful, redundant!

Re:OK folks, this is it (2, Informative)

workindev (607574) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566431)

I don't know the reasons why, but I find it interesting that he told Dan Rather just a few weeks ago that he wouldn't set fire to the oil fields under any conditions.

Kinda like when he told us last December that he didn't have any SCUD missles and then used some yesterday, or when he told us 12 years ago that he didn't have any WMD.

Re:OK folks, this is it (2, Interesting)

unitron (5733) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566440)

"...can anyone tell me why Saddam sets fire to the oil fields?"

To make us have to slow down to out them out, but I think the real question is why so few have been set ablaze. The Iraqi military response has been so inconsistent so far (a few wells on fire, a few missles from a few sites) that I wonder if Saddam isn't dead and there's nobody really in charge.

I, too, hope for minimum casualties all around.

Re:OK folks, this is it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566449)

You mean besides the "if I can't have them, no one else should" mindset?

Re:OK folks, this is it (2, Informative)

Tailhook (98486) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566459)

can anyone tell me why Saddam sets fire to the oil fields?

It screws up visibility pretty badly. This matters a lot for aircraft navigation. Poor visibility also hinders laser guided bombing.

Not that it matters much now. Apparently most of the prediction ordinance uses GPS and inertial guidance now, which obviates lasers. However, I'm sure this isn't yet universal.

Oil Fields (2, Informative)

H0NGK0NGPH00EY (210370) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566462)

It isn't clear that Saddam ordered this, or really had anything to do with the oil pumps (and it was a few pumps, not fields) being lit on fire. It was probably some scared troops, acting independantly.

Re:OK folks, this is it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566511)

For the same reason he does anything else. He said it was something he would not do and much of the world elected to believe him. He just wouldn't be him if he didn't go back on that statement.

Come on editors, step up! (3, Insightful)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566360)

Rather than just a "strike under way" story, why not something about the tech that's being used this time around? That would be "News for Nerds."

Re:Come on editors, step up! (4, Insightful)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566395)

But it does fall under Stuff that matters. And technically, it is news for nerds still.

Re:Come on editors, step up! (1)

binaryDigit (557647) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566427)

Well wouldn't this fall under "Stuff that matters"? And this is news for nerds, after all, it's not "Nerd News" right?

No no (1)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566466)

Don't you know your history. We don't find out about the really good stuff (tech and otherwise) until 10-20 years later. Look at WWII. We broke Engima, Purple, and JN25 early on in the war -- but the public didn't find out until decades after (1979 for Engima, IIRC). The atom bomb is probably the only exception, and that is a special case -- remember, we had none left when Japan surrendered

Re:Come on editors, step up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566474)

CNN has quite a few links to the tech being used, from machinery to the training, missiles, and communications systems. I've been googling about, looking for the names of what's been as I come across something interesting. EMP type bombs are some fascinating tech.

Re:Come on editors, step up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566487)

Just curious, but do you ever have anybody actually buy the books that you link to with that Amazon referral link?

No relation to d-day (2, Funny)

DonkeyJimmy (599788) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566363)

Pentagon officials have confirmed that this is "A-day" for war.

Just in case anyone is mislead. The term A-day has no relation to the term D-day. D-day actually stands for "day day", which is just part of silly military terminology. H-Hour and M-Minute are also terms sometimes used.

Re:No relation to d-day (3, Informative)

martin (1336) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566421)

boop - wrong

D-Day was in fact the fourth possible day that the Allied invasion of France was planned for. The first three (A-Day, B-Day and C-Day) where in fact called off due to weather problems in the English Channel.

Hence the Pentagon using the A-Day terminology again.

Re:No relation to d-day (1)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566432)

What does "A" stand for then?

Re:No relation to d-day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566492)

Ass

as in bust a cap in their Ass-Day

Are you sure? (5, Insightful)

darkov (261309) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566364)

I think the US dosn't actually want to pummel Bagdad. It's just a threat to encourage the Iraqi military to come to it's senses. It's a good strategy if it works.

On the TV Bagdad looks pretty quiet...

Anything good on TV? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566369)

Let's see... OH, the War is on, that looks good... I think it's a remake tho. I think I've seen this one before.

Ohhh yeah baby (0, Flamebait)

fataugie (89032) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566370)

Got my popcorn and brewski....now I hope I see some fucking human shield go flying by in peices....

Later Saddam!!!!Kiss your ass goodbye!

Helpful tip. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566375)

And just remember all you anti-war types, you're still an infidel that needs to die in the eyes of a militant islamic terrorist.

Re:Helpful tip. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566443)

How are the towelheads going to take us down after they've been bombed back to the stone age? Jackass.

Re:Helpful tip. (0, Redundant)

epicstruggle (311178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566478)

Someone mod the parent up. People think they can pet the lion and not get their hand bit some of the time.

later,

Re:Helpful tip. (0, Redundant)

Migrant Programmer (19727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566483)

As is Saddam Hussein. Your point being?

Tip of the day #2 (5, Insightful)

palad1 (571416) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566489)

did you know : you know, some geeks are actually muslims

I suppose you're right (3, Interesting)

Damek (515688) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566507)

You're probably right. However, in the eyes of the majority of moderate muslims the world over, I'm an anti-war American, doing my part to try to help stop this insane madness...

You're right, there are militant muslims out there, and many of them may indeed be terrorists. However, there are many, many more non-militant muslims. Of course, our war actions may encourage more than a few of those to become militant and possibly even become terrorists...

MOAB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566387)

I hope they drop MOAB this time around. I want to see my tax dollars used dammit.

why? (2, Flamebait)

ceswiedler (165311) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566388)

Why the hell do we have to shock and awe the world with our military might? I think some of our military leaders have self-esteem problems.

This reminds me of EverQuest geeks: "I'm a 45th level figher/mage with a +15 Wand of Tomahawk Missiles."

Why? The answer is simple. (4, Interesting)

aksansai (56788) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566490)

While we have the freedom of the Internet and CNN, MSNBC, et. al., the soldiers and civilians in Iraq do not. Who knows what kind of propaganda was fed to those people - beefing up their confidence for something not worth dying for? Imagine if the Iraqi government said: "the United States is just mad because it has suffered losses in many battles across the world in the last decade. Their troops are not nearly as strong as you might believe - you can even draw your sword and take them down!"

Here's the facts - if there is no elite Republican Guard to fight, the war will quickly end. Morale destruction is a classic strategy for all organized militiaries (for really awesome "shock and awe", read about the Roman armies and their tactics to draw to a quick completion to conflict).

Seeing is believing.

More info at this blog... (5, Insightful)

berniecase (20853) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566389)

Dear Raed [blogspot.com]

Re:More info at this blog... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566499)

http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/

... it's a malformed domain so you can't link it directly on slashdot.

Unprofessional Reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566391)

"A second Marine from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed during the fight for Umm Qasr." (emphasis mine) I really would expect more than this from ::snicker:: CNN. Dang, and I almost said that with a straight face.

I feel safer already. (1, Insightful)

EllisDees (268037) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566394)

Nothing like blowing the hell out of people's homes to make them not want to run out and join a terrorist group.

*Damn* it. (2)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566398)

Crap, I worked from home all yesterday and I get one lousy burning building and some idiot driving through the desert with a bunch of tanks. Today, when I can't see a TV, the major bombing starts...

God, I hope this is over soon. War sucks, especially when it's for no good reason (or the reasons are manufactured).

It starts NOW? (5, Funny)

Noksagt (69097) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566399)

In other words, it starts now.

Then can someone please tell me what all that bombing we did on Weds. was for? Was that like the pregame show?

Re:It starts NOW? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566470)

Yes. They were hoping to ace the opening serve.

It's a shame they missed.

Re:It starts NOW? (2, Insightful)

feed_those_kitties (606289) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566505)

I think this war actually started six months ago.

And by "started", I mean it was too late to stop it from happening.

I support our troops, but question our government.

What next? (0, Troll)

CheesyMoo (655560) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566403)

What happens when we run out of letters to precede -day? I mean we've used 'D' and 'A', so we only have 24 wars left... maybe they will go into AA-Day, AB-Day, etc. Hmmmm, makes you wonder.

yeesh (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566406)

I guess with salon goin down, /. feels like picking up the slack.

I can get my politics elsewhere, I come here for the TECHNOLOGY. All this thread is going to be is 1. Bush is Hitler and 2. Bush is not hitler. I subscribe to option 2 by the way.

no, this thread isnt going to have any technology talk, all just politics back and forth.... and im only submitting AC because I DONT CARE

So um... (3, Funny)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566407)

Who's voting for Bush in 2004?

- A.P.

Re:So um... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566435)

Everyone in florida.

Re:So um... (1)

fataugie (89032) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566457)

Me

Re:So um... (1)

chillmost (648301) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566471)

Not me

Re:So um... (0, Flamebait)

mosch (204) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566473)

Bush has my full support. I find it disappointing the way so many people deny that Saddam Hussein is responsible not only for direct attacks on America, but also for atrocities in his own country that make Milosevic look like an angel.

I know the war has some costs, and we may even lose a few American lives, but we will bring freedom to Iraq, and how can you put a price on that?

Can you imagine a world with a peaceful Middle East? Our President can.

Re:So um... (5, Insightful)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566506)

No, I plan to vote for Nader.

(ducks) Kidding! Kidding! Sorry!

Anyhow, I'll feel better when these guys get tossed out of the White House. This whole war was so contrived and forced down people's throats it's not even funny (okay, wars aren't funny in general, but you know what I mean).

The most depressing part for me has been that this war really points out the lack of sophistication in many Americans. First, the rational is pretty much invented and set up in a schitzo way (the lack of proof is proof!) and then repeated, basically, until people bought it. Now, we have to deal with idiots being all excited that we're going to blow stuff up and kill people.

You'd think after 9-11 we'd be a little more empathetic, but then maybe it's only human suffering if you have endless TV specials with mournful music and lingering shots of the flag to back it up.

Ignore me. I'm feeling angstful today.

Watch it live on CNN... (5, Interesting)

iiioxx (610652) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566415)

the Combat News Network. Is it just me, or are these journalists reporting on this war with absolutely ghoulish zeal? Or is this just the logical extension of reality TV? Coming soon, "Survivor: Iraq".

Re:Watch it live on CNN... (1)

geomon (78680) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566463)

You're right. Watch it live on CNN.

Saddam does.

Shock and Awe (5, Funny)

baffle (144921) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566418)

I'm really starting to hate that phrase.

CNN should implement a karma system for their reporters:

- Overused phrases (-1 Troll)
- Actual real new info (+1 Informative)

Be free to come up with better ideas. :-)

Re:Shock and Awe (2, Informative)

binaryDigit (557647) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566467)

But isn't "Shock and Awe" what the US Military (oops, the Coalition Forces) coined it, NOT CNN?

Before you complain about this story... (4, Insightful)

H0NGK0NGPH00EY (210370) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566423)

3 types of comments on this thread:
  1. People who support the war -- "Liberate Iraq!"
  2. People who oppose the war -- "No blood for oil!"
  3. People who just oppose any news about the war being on /.

To the third group: Why are you reading this, then? Nobody forced you to click on the story. Unless there's some sort of reverse-censorship software out there now. In which case, that would definitely be a good Slashdot story.

That is all.

WOOHOOO! (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566433)

The number of coalition members has been increasing daily. It's obvious that Iraq has prohibited weapons (scuds, chemical weapons) as well as setting their oil wells on fire, and other countries can't ignore it any longer.


Even Germany, which was anti-war, is providing medical expertise, flying AWACs, allowing air space rights for bomber runs from german bases, and is providing security for the american bases in germany, freeing up americans to go to Baghdad.


I expect the UN will authorize the war once it's over and chemical weapons are found.

well CNN hs been kicked out of bagdad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566434)

and the jaziera videos aremuch better.

No extensive coverage of Iraqi Deaths? (4, Insightful)

sisukapalli1 (471175) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566436)

I wonder why the media is not covering the news of Iraqi deaths. Is it some sort of a PG-13[*] coverage of the war? Or is it to make the american public believe that this is actually a sports game instead of real people getting killed?

S

[*] for non US ppl, PG-13 is a movie rating covering content appropriate for ages 13 and up.

don't worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566439)

The oil fields have been captured. The war is over ;)

WAR what is it good for? (1)

JanMark (547992) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566442)

I just whish there were an other way.

I hope the number of casualties will be minimal.

Though most people in Iraq will welcome
the change, I think...

Bust a Cap in Their Collective Ass (2, Funny)

brakk (93385) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566445)

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Shock and Awe etc. (3, Interesting)

banana fiend (611664) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566446)

Iraq is HOPELESSLY outclassed by the American military, the physical outcome is a foregone conclusion. "Shock and awe" is accurate, I'd hate to be an Iraqi soldier right now.

"Shock and Awe" is not going to be the outcome of the "new regime" and "friendly democracy" that will be put in place after the war (if the political side does not collapse) - more like same old same old. You can't impose American free market orthodoxy on a country in this stage of development (look at all the discussions on patents and trade abuse).

Afghanistan is now perilously close to the position it was in that led to the taliban takeover - warlords and chaos.

Theatre of War (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566450)

I don't think this will be the "surprise + awe" attack we've been hearing so much of. National and International support of the war is not high enough to warrant an attack which would necessarily cause civillian casualties. Besides, the coalition has already given up the element of surprise.

We'll only see the barrage of cruise missles when Iraq gives the US a definite response to its first strike...

Kill the heathen buggers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566451)

Blow them to hell like we did with Papa Saddam. Yeee Haah!

war crime (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566452)

This is it. Thousands of innocent people will die in the next few hours. You americans must be real happy now...

B-52's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566460)

A bunch of them should be getting into the vicinity out there at any moment.

So once Iraq is taken, then what? And is anyone else getting flashbacks of Desert Storm with the reporters confidently talking about all scuds being taken down by the patriots? Creepy. Probably droplets of all kinds, floating around everywhere out there.

And that chick on NBC in Kuwait. Laura something. Asian looking. Man, did she look hot after sleeping all night in her chem suit. All sweaty and disheveled. What, all the networks have supermodels working for them now. (not watched TV in awhile)

"Shock and awe"... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566472)

...or "Blitzkreig", as the Nazi party used to call it. Not a new or original tactic.

Why the war on Iraq (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566481)

Alot of people wonder why is there a war on Iraq. the Anti war movement say it is an unjust and illegal war, the pro war group say it a an unecessary evil.

Is it about oil, about Saddam or about Israel. We are not sure but one thing is for sure:

The Arab world has been under the control of some very corrupt governments. These governments mistreated the people of these Arab countries and mishandled the richess of these countries as well.

The Arab people (not the regimes that rule them) are in desperate need of change (to the better we all hope). They see the united states intervention into Iraq a necessary evil. Why necessary, because they are sick and tired of visiting their family memebers in jail. Evil because they know the US is looking out for its and Israel's best interest.

If we are going to talk about the war on Iraq. Let us not forget that the corrupt regimes in the Middle East are the main reason why the US and Israel can get away with doing what they have done , doing and will do.

It is time we look at these regimes and not focus all of our power on a country (US) that is simply looking out for its self.

Good GOD help us all (0)

djhankb (254226) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566491)

what has this world come to.

this is a sad day.

-Henry

Will there be a battle? (0)

benntop (449447) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566495)

Is it just me, or is there suprisingly little Iraqi military to impress with our "Shock and Awe" campaign? What good is a 20 mile long wall of steel, Tomahawks, and MOAB bombs when negligible resistance has been encountered thus far?

Let us all hope it stays this way...

boring (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5566497)

stop them war news. enough on tv and everywhere else...

Why is this on SLASHDOT ?? (-1, Flamebait)

alanp (179536) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566498)

If I wanted news on current affairs, I'd go to a news site.
Slashdot should stay out of politics and not post stories related to it.

What has this got to do with technology ?

Has CmdTaco got a hidden agenda ?
Almost like he is relishing in the US blowing the sh1t out of another country.
Don't see any stories about the protests or other side of the story : eg
In the Yemeni capital Sanaa, an 11-year-old boy and a policeman were shot dead in a clash between police and anti-war protesters, security sources said.

At least 10 people, including three policemen, were hurt in the shootout that flared after police blocked about 3,000 protesters from marching on the U.S. embassy in the Arab state.

Stop posting this non technology related political BULLSHIT on slashdot and stop doing it from such a onesided viewpoint.

Not quite yet (1)

frumiousbar (587038) | more than 11 years ago | (#5566500)

I'm watching live TV - it's not quite starting yet. They are apparently negotiating with two senior officials in hopes of getting them to surrender, and word is that the intensity of attack will be inversly proportional to how successful the talks go. If they surrender then maybe there will be no shock and awe attack.
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