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 Post subject: U.S. Begins Erecting Wall in Sadr City
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:37 am 
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BAGHDAD — Trying to stem the infiltration of militia fighters, American forces have begun to build a massive concrete wall that will partition Sadr City, the densely populated Shiite neighborhood in the Iraqi capital.

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Where have I heard this story before? Oh yeah, now I remember:


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The Warsaw Ghetto wall

To create the Warsaw Ghetto, the Germans built 11 miles of brick walls around the Jewish quarter; this area was then closed to outsiders on November 15, 1940.


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Yes, Hitler took personal responsibility, Bush is laughing all the way to the bank.

It appears Rs never met a wall they didn't like. Amazing how they have taken to walling off whatever displeases them. Must be a lot of Rs are in the wall building business.

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Republican's obsession with walls reminds me of yet another famous figure as well:

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Interesting.

Perhaps this wall in Sadr City is being built at the suggestion of Israel. I believe the Israeli government is also partial to walls when it can't control people any other way.



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Israel's Apartheid Wall strangles Qalqiliya

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The governments of Isreal and the United States do seem to be joined at the hip.

I wonder if the people of Isreal are as ticked off at their government as we are with ours?

Wall Builders R Us.

Who else can we give government money to rather than spend it for the welfare of our citizens?

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security walls in iraq?

soooooooo....................the SURGE is working really frickin well?!!!

yeah right.

we need to remove our troops from THIER civil war.

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wonder if the people of Isreal are as ticked off at their government as we are with ours?


Probably not, or if they are, it doesn't get much news coverage. Of course, our own disdain for the Bush government isn't reported very much, either! American Jews squeal bloody murder if something America does goes against what Israel wants....although the US going against Israel on anything hasn't happened in an incredibly long time...if ever.

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Here is a report from inside the area that is being walled off.

In Sadr City, Basic Services Falter

BAGHDAD — Even as American and Iraqi troops are fighting to establish control of the Sadr City section of this capital, the Iraqi government’s program to restore basic services like electricity, sewage and trash collection is lagging, jeopardizing the effort to win over the area’s wary residents.

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For weeks, there have been reports that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is preparing to move ahead with a multimillion-dollar program to rebuild the southern swath of Sadr City, which is currently occupied by Iraqi and American troops.

But almost a month after American and Iraqi forces pushed into the area, there are no signs of reconstruction. Instead, the streets are filled with mounds of trash and bubbling pools of sewage. Many neighborhoods are still without electricity, and many residents are too afraid to brave the cross-fire to seek medical care. Iraqi public works officials, apparently fearful of the fighting, rarely seem to show up at work, and the Iraqi government insists the area is not safe enough for repairs to begin.

On Saturday, three Sadr City residents gingerly approached an American Army position to deliver a warning: Unless the Iraqi government or its American partner did something to restore essential services and remove the piles of garbage, the militias would gain more support.

Hoping to stabilize the southern portion of Sadr City, American forces are building a wall to partition the neighborhood, and have moved with the Iraqi Army into the Thawra and Jamilla areas, south of where the barrier is being built.

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