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Julian Assange – “Iraq, a real bloodbath in comparison with Afghanistan”

WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports (‘The Iraq War Logs‘), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army.

The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’ (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 ‘host nation’ (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 ‘friendly’ (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the ‘Afghan War Diaries’, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size, released by WikiLeaks.

The reports demonstrate the weakness of Iraq’s civic institutions, court system and military, even before sectarian violence exploded in 2006-2007.

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder

“We are talking about five times more deaths in Iraq, a real bloodbath in comparison with Afghanistan”, told on CNN interview the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, considering that “these cases the message is powerful and can make it easier to understand the situation in Afghanistan“. Documents reveal “more than 300 cases of torture and violence committed by coalition forces, and include more than 1,000 abuses committed by Iraqi forces”. In reply, the Pentagon‘s officials maintain that the documents released did not bring anything new  in discussion. A similar statement is made by Kamel al-Amin, the Iraqi Minister of Human Rights: “U.S. intelligence documents circulated by Wikileaks site doesn’t contain «surprises» for us about the war in Iraq”.
Angle of view of Minister Kamel al-Amin, however, is different.
“The documents were not a surprise to us, because we mentioned several times of the acts mentioned, including what happened at Abu Ghraib prison and other cases involving U.S. forces”.

UPDATE: U.S. military confidential documents published by Wikileaks site, revealing the “reality” of the war in Iraq, said Assange, Saturday (October 23) in a press conference in London. Caught in a conflict that has proven that isn’t their, European partners of Allied forces in Iraq prefer to avoid discussing this topic.

Of course, in the chaos of Iraq doesn’t lack political confrontation !! Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s opponents said the WikiLeaks documents showed he must be stopped from consolidating power. Al-Maliki’s office responded by saying the document leak was timed to sabotage his re-election hopes.

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Caucazul de Nord – politica de forţă sau cea de mediere ?

La douăzeci de ani de la destrămarea Uniunii Sovietice, Caucazul de Nord pare mai mult ca oricând un teritoriu al nimănui. Exacerbarea tendinţelor separatiste însoţite de conflictele inter-etnice şi creşterea indicelui de islamizare au făcut ca în Cecenia, Inguşeţia şi Daghestan atentatele, răpirile, asasinatele să facă parte din agenda fiecărei zile.

Până în prezent, autorităţile de la Moscova s-au dovedit incapabile să găsească o soluţie viabilă de rezolvare a situaţiei. Politica de forţă s-a dovedit ineficientă şi chiar contraproductivă, ducând la crearea unei spirale a violenţei.

 

Vladimir Putin_Alexander Khloponin

Necesitatea unei noi abordări şi a unei noi strategii pentru ceea ce jurnaliştii au numit metaforic „mormântul puterii Rusiei” se impunea cu prioritate. Deşi găsirea unei soluţii definitive pentru o zonă măcinată de conflicte cu rădăcini istorice pare mai mult decât improbabilă. Recent, preşedintele Rusiei, Dmitri Medvedev, a decis crearea Regiunii federale a Caucazului de Nord şi l-a numit pe fostul guvernator al teritoriului Krasnoiarsk (Siberia), Aleksandr Hloponin, reprezentantul său în această regiune. Conform strategiei Kremlinului, Regiunea federală a Caucazului de Nord, a opta regiune federală rusă, îşi va avea centrul administrativ în oraşul Piatigorsk. Din această regiune vor face parte republicile Daghestan, Inguşetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karaceaevo-Cerkesia, Osetia de Nord, Cecenia şi teritoriul Stavropol. În districtul federal de Sud, în conformitate cu textul decretului va rămâne Republica Adîgheia, Calmîchia, regiunea Krasnodar, Astrahan, Volgograd şi regiunea Rostov.

Imediat după numirea sa, Aleksandr Hloponin le-a declarat jurnaliştilor din Rusia că „În Caucazul de Nord nu sunt probleme care nu pot fi rezolvate”. O declaraţie pe cât de optimistă, pe atât de pripită şi hazardată am spune. Caucazul nordic se confruntă de mai multe luni cu o intensificare a violenţelor, rebeliunea islamistă, ale cărei rădăcini provin din cele două războaie care au devastat Cecenia în anii 1990 şi la începutul anilor 2000, arătându-se din ce în ce mai agresivă. Vidul de putere, creat ca urmare a incapacităţii autorităţilor federale …(full text)

Published on Cadran Politic Review, no. 70, february 2010

President Obama and the new strategy for Afghanistan

President Obama will outline Tuesday (at 9 p.m. ET) his intention to send an additional 34,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. According The Washington Post, “The new deployments, along with 22,000 troops he authorized early this year, would bring the total U.S. force in Afghanistan to more than 100,000, more than half of which will have been sent to the war zone by Obama. Details of Obama’s plan emerged on the eve of his prime-time address from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He use the Tuesday speech to explain his Afghan strategy to an American public that is increasingly pessimistic about the war after eight years and rising casualties”.

President Obama intends to conclude the Afghanistan war and withdraw most U.S. troops within three years, according to senior administration officials, quote by CNN . The president also is seeking further troop commitments from NATO allies as part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at wiping out al Qaeda elements and stabilizing the country while training Afghan forces.

President Obama’s intention to seek NATO Allied troops supplementation is not well received nor the European Offices. In America has already generated enough controversy both, politicians and the population. In an open letter to U.S. President, the famous and controversial producer and director Michael Moore ask Obama if  “Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 9 pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do – destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics”.