Saturday, April 11, 2009

On 6th anniversary: Was the war on Iraq Justified? Legal?

On the 6th anniversary of the war on Iraq Hans Blix a Swedish lawyer and former chief UN weapons inspector, Clair Short a former British minster in Blair government and Adam Ereli of the US Embassy in Baghdad discussed whether the war on Iraq was justified.

Mr. Ereli had a hard time refuting the fact that the war on Iraq was unjustified, illegal and had a catastrophic and long lasting impact on the innocent Iraqi population.

Link TV is monitoring “more than 36 broadcasters originating from the Middle East”. Commenting on the 6th anniversary TV reports “portrays a totally different image of Iraq compared to what has been reported in the US media”. He went on to say “Stories about poor health conditions, the spread of disease and poverty have been abundant”. The report is worth reading.

This is in fact the reason for this blog. It is to show to the English speaking world “on the ground reporting” broadcast on our televisions in the Arab world. These reports will influence our perception on events not Fox or CNN. I can assure you it is a lot different than what you see on Fox news or even CNN.

Please read my previous post on conditions in Iraq.

Was the war justified?
The war on Iraq has revealed some important lessons and its consequences will be with us for decades to come.

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Iraq: Stories You May Have Missed
A report and video segment from link TV

After six years and more than 4,000 U.S. casualties, the Iraq War seems to have disappeared from the national conversation. Violence in Iraq is down sharply when compared to 2006 and 2007 levels; however, it still continues at levels that most countries would find alarming.

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Iraqi refugees mark six years of war in poverty

Six years on from the Iraq war millions of its citizens are marking the anniversary as refugees in another country.There are around 700 thousand Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Most are poor and destitute as they do not have the right to work. Even if the security situation is improving in Iraq they can not afford to go home. Al Jazeera's Nisreen El Shamayleh reports on what life is like for some of them.

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Six years on, security still a concern in Iraq

Six years since the US invasion of Iraq, security remains a major concern as the US prepares to withdraw its troops.In the latest bloodshed, two men, including a village mayor, were shot dead.Omar Salleh takes a look now at Iraq's security challenges.

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