Their ranks of leaders have been decimated as Iraq's educated population has either been assassinated or fled.
As a current example of the former assailants stabbed to death a top aide to Shiite leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Just imagine the turmoil that would have ensued had Ali Sistani been killed.
The article "Envoy Urges Visas For Iraqis Aiding U.S.--Targets of Violence Are Seeking Refuge" at
With Iraqi immigration to the United States stuck at a trickle, however, it appears that humanitarian concerns have been trumped so far by fears that terrorists may infiltrate through refugee channels. Bureaucratic delays at the departments of State and Homeland Security have also bogged down the processing of immigration requests by Iraqis fleeing violence.
Skeptics contend another reason the administration has been slow to resettle Iraqis in large numbers is that doing so could be seen as admitting that its efforts to secure Iraq have failed. The intense pressure for visas "reflects the fact that the situation is pretty dire," said Roberta Cohen, principal adviser to the U.N. secretary general's representative on internally displaced persons.
Do the calculation but don't apply "fuzzy math"! Iraq started off with 25 million. 4.2 million have either fled the country entirely, or due to the ethnic cleansing tactics that big bro 43 has allowed to occur, left their home to relocate in area where they will be safe and their sect can commit genocide on the other sects. The majority of the 16.8% of Iraq's that have fled were the educated professional people who had the financial wherewithal to leave. So the people remaining In Iraq are the under-educated, lower socio-economic class who also happen to be the people who become terrorists.
Remember Rumsfeld's "slog memo" where he wondered if we could kill as many terrorists as the very same killing of the same terrorists would generate even higher numbers of terrorists? Well "Kirk W. Johnson, who served as regional reconstruction coordinator in Fallujah in 2005 for the U.S. Agency for International Development, said the damage to the United States' standing in the Muslim world will be long-lasting if the country's immigration officials are unable to tell friend from foe in Iraq -- between terrorists and those who have sacrificed the most to work and fight alongside Americans.
"If we screw this group of people, we're never going to make another friend in the Middle East as long as I'm alive," said Johnson, who is advocating the resettlement of Iraqis who have worked for coalition forces. "The people in the Middle East are watching what happens to this group."
Iraq is generating more terrorists and the US can't do anything about bin laden, and hasn't ever been able to do so.
The 07/19/2007 article "U.S. threatens action in Pakistan" at
states ""People in that area are really angry and annoyed with what happened" at the Islamabad mosque, said retired Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul. "If our military moves in there it will have to fight its way through and that will be very bad - you cannot do reconstruction in that sort of environment, and you will lose the battle for hearts and minds."Many analysts here worry that if the military takes too strong a role, it would risk killing innocents and help al Qaida and Taliban leaders win more support in local villages, paving the way for a push into outlying areas.
"You can't just start bombing and targeting areas with civilians living around there," said Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad, a top Pakistani military spokesman. "It would be playing right into the hands of the militants and extremists."
A large Pakistani military operation in the tribal regions, coupled with American officials' calls for action, could lead many Pakistanis to believe that Musharraf is acting as a U.S. surrogate, said analysts and officials in Islamabad. That in turn, they said, would make it easier for radical Islamists to legitimize terrorist attacks as strikes against a Western conspiracy to control an Islamic state.
"The U.S. lawmakers are absolutely oblivious of the ground realities," said Gul, the retired general. But, Gul said, Musharraf's political base has been badly shaken recently - by the controversial suspension of the Supreme Court's chief justice, and then the mosque raid - and he might bend to American pressure to launch large-scale military strikes in the border region."
Years ago bin laden was offered up to big bro 43, but W turned it down as at the site
the US Department of State in its report by its Historical BackgroundOffice of the Historian Bureau of Public Affairs titled "THE UNITED STATES AND THE GLOBAL COALITION AGAINST TERRORISM, SETEMBER 2001-DECEMBER 2003 had an entry "October 14, 2001: Afghan Deputy rime Minister Haji Abdul Kabir offered to negotiate the transfer of bin Laden to a neutral third country if the United States stopped bombing Afghanistan. President Bush rejected the offer and insisted that bin Laden and his followers must be given up."
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