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Mutiny in Iraq

Can we please stop calling it a quagmire? The
United States isn't mired in a bog or a marsh
in Iraq (quagmire's literal meaning); it is
free-falling off a cliff. The only question now is:
Who will follow the Bush clan off this precipice,
and who will refuse to jump?

More and more are, thankfully, choosing the second option. The last month of
inflammatory US aggression in Iraq has inspired what can only be described as
a mutiny: Waves of soldiers, workers and politicians under the command of
the US occupation authority are suddenly refusing to follow orders and
abandoning their posts. First Spain announced it would withdraw its troops,
then Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Kazakhstan. South
Korean and Bulgarian troops were pulled back to their bases, while New
Zealand is withdrawing its engineers. El Salvador, Norway, the Netherlands
and Thailand will likely be next.

And then there are the mutinous members of the US-controlled Iraqi army.
Since the latest wave of fighting began, they've been donating their weapons to
resistance fighters in the South and refusing to fight in Falluja, saying that they
didn't join the army to kill other Iraqis. By late April, Maj. Gen. Martin
Dempsey, commander of the 1st Armored Division, was reporting that "about
40 percent [of Iraqi security officers] walked off the job because of
intimidation. And about 10 percent actually worked against us."

And it's not just Iraq's soldiers who have been deserting the occupation. Four
ministers of the Iraqi Governing Council have resigned their posts in protest.
Half the Iraqis with jobs in the secured "green zone"--as translators, drivers,
cleaners--are not showing up for work. And that's better than a couple of
weeks ago, when 75 percent of Iraqis employed by the US occupation
authority stayed home (that staggering figure comes from Adm. David Nash,
who oversees the awarding of reconstruction contracts).

Minor mutinous signs are emerging even within the ranks of the US military:
Privates Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey have applied for refugee status
in Canada as conscientious objectors and Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia is facing
court martial after he refused to return to Iraq on the grounds that he no longer
knew what the war was about [see Christian Parenti, "A Deserter Speaks," at

Rebelling against the US authority in Iraq is not treachery, nor is it giving "false
comfort to terrorists," as George W. Bush recently cautioned Spain's new
prime minister. It is an entirely rational and principled response to policies that
have put everyone living and working under US command in grave and
unacceptable danger. This is a view shared by fifty-two former British
diplomats, who recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair stating that
although they endorsed his attempts to influence US Middle East policy, "there
is no case for supporting policies which are doomed to failure."

And one year in, the US occupation of Iraq does appear doomed on all fronts:
political, economic and military. On the political front, the idea that the United
States could bring genuine democracy to Iraq is now irredeemably discredited:
Too many relatives of Iraqi Governing Council members have landed plum
jobs and rigged contracts, too many groups demanding direct elections have
been suppressed, too many newspapers have been closed down and too
many Arab journalists have been murdered while trying to do their job. The
most recent casualties were two employees of Al Iraqiya television, shot dead
by US soldiers while filming a checkpoint in Samarra. Ironically, Al Iraqiya is
the US-controlled propaganda network that was supposed to weaken the
power of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, both of which have also lost reporters to
US guns and rockets over the past year.

Comments (1)

Hi, there's no doubt that overstating your case can be as ineffective as understating it. understated


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