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Alpha Male Trump doubles down on his catastrophic decision to assassinate Iran's Suleimani. Demands billions of dollars from Iraq for the American air base in response to Iraqi Parliament's call for the expulsion of all US military presence. Further threatens to hit Iraq with very big sanctions like 'they have never seen before', sanctions that will 'make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.'

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Disillusioned economist and retired UN staff, religious and political agnostic, wanderer and global citizen.

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Arrogance, chutzpah, contempt, disdain, hubris, audacity, brass, conceit, imperiousness, insolence...

Those are the closest I could find on the online thesaurus to describe Trumps's outrageous demands on Iraq. They don't come close.

Perhaps I started with the wrong base word. Let me try again...

Blackmail, extortion, shakedown, swindle, racketeering, intimidation...

Closer but still far from there...

I give up. The word I am searching for will not be found in any respectable language aid. It is likely buried deep down some urban dictionary. It won't be a word I could utter to my family or friends or in public. And it will not pass OEN's censorship or the screening of any respectable publication.

The estimated 'we do body counts' Iraqi death toll from the illegal US invasion of 2003 is a staggering 2.4 million lives. The UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR)'s latest tally says 3 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes and more than 6.5 million (18% of the population), including 3 million women and girls, are in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Meaning, food, shelter and clothing to stay alive in body. Their minds are scarred beyond repair.

What is the price of these lives destroyed on a phony pretext?

What is the price of the maimed and injured?

What is the price of roads, railways, airports, bridges, electricity and water supply plants, factories, office, homes, schools, medical facilities --- the basic foundations of modern civilization that take decades to build but needs just days to destroy?

What is the price of all the oil stolen for 16 years?

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A MANS' CONSCIENCE?

WHAT INDEED IS THE PRICE OF AMERICA'S SOUL?

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Does "evil" come close? The US pretension of morality has been shattered by our aggression on any and all non-toady governments since the 9-11 inside job--which was scripted and choreographed to "justify" our mega trillion $ military attempt by our oligarchs to rule the world. What horrible waste and destruction at a time when we, as a species, should be working together to solve near term existential threats.

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Trump's further threats to destroy Iran's prominent cultural sites makes him eligible for the title of American Taliban. International law is clear such an act amounts to a war crime.

His demand for billions of dollars to pay for American military bases in Iraq took my breath away. It is as if Iraqis asked for the US to come over, rape their country, set up colonial era fortresses to preside over the ensuing chaos, and they are the ones who should now pay for it all.

It is time for an open debate on war reparations as a deterrent against future wars of aggression by the US-UK-Israel-NATO combo. Along the lines of reparations imposed on Germany after WWI. They amounted to 10 times Germany's annual national income and the estimated repayment time was 92 years. At its current GDP of $19 trillion/yr, this would come to $190 trillion for the US. I leave it to others to figure out how long it would take to be paid and what impacts it would have on the lives and livelihoods of American citizens.

The impossibility of the German war debt led to WWII, of course. But the world is running out of options to stop the US from rampaging around in a berserker rage, destroying lives, property and civilizational foundations. It is time to raise the question of war reparations. The American public has long remained apathetic to its government's belligerence towards the international community, 95% of humanity, that is. Imposing economic pain is perhaps key to their awakening.

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Making an abominable-desolation" out of the good news, by also claiming it be justice from god.

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I believe Revelation describes the destruction of Babylon (US).

Judgement is coming for the United States.

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If it does not changes its ways. DC is certainly filled now with every hateful Bird. Despite it's many crimes since after WW 2, been figuring it does not completely fall on it starts putting marks on people to buy or sell, which people have been getting preparing people for. (Have come to figure DC, not all of America is who I call Babble-on.)


It helps me to know these times were cut short by Lennon's death on the big apple. But that's another story.

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Operation Iraqi Freedom---O.I.L.

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