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Iraq Press Roundup

By HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent   |   April 30, 2008 at 7:33 PM   |   Comments

Shabab Al Iraq newspaper carried an editorial Wednesday with the headline "Some of Bremer's deeds in Iraq."

In the editorial, the paper said five years after the United States landed on the ground of the country it planned to dominate for 13 years, Washington's political, economic and social outcomes have been revealed. It said asserting the outcomes and the disastrous results of the occupation are no longer a necessity to uncover claims that the occupation would bring a "positive change."

"Announcing the outcomes and results of the occupation is to deepen the opposition reaction through clarification of strategic and tactical tools that the occupier followed in order to achieve its goals," the paper said.

It added the United States and Britain wanted the most recent occupation of Iraq to take nontraditional paths in order to be used as covers for its secret thinking that hiding such aims will lessen public reaction against the most heinous invasion in modern history.

It also said the reason for the unrealistic reasons for the invasion of Iraq is a way to calm U.S. public opinion, which thought to give the occupation criminals chances to be open to achieve more than one goal.

"This unclear image of the occupier's motivations and goals has turned the resistance's reaction into taking incoherent methods to resist," it said.

The resistance became incoherent as it fought the occupier first, then the occupation agents, then the disastrous results the occupier caused, the paper said.

Shabab Al Iraq said the actions and decisions Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provincial Authority, took in Iraq weren't deeply analyzed as there was focus on the decisions made or the "crimes he committed" without paying enough attention to the long-term results of such decisions.

"Taking decisions of importance, Bremer's plan was to create a sectarian, religious, ethnic and social split among people that led to chaos and turned people not to think about the long-term effect of such decisions," it said.

It said when Bremer visited many cities in Iraq he, on purpose, used a tactical method to gain people's trust. It added that when he visited the southern cities, for example, he started it from Najaf, and as it is the most important city for Shiites, he gained people's positive attention.

Shabab Al Iraq said that in the western part of Iraq, Bremer followed different tactics when he planted his seeds of parties and groups that later supported the occupation.

"Bremer's most important cell in Anbar province was formed in one of the prominent tribal leader's houses. Since 2004 armored vehicles have been assigned to secure the house, a plan aimed at splitting the people of the western city," the editorial explained.

It said Bremer forced about 5 million Iraqis, who were paid for working for Saddam's government, to beg the occupier for a position in order to put food on the table. It added that Bremer's de-Baathification law almost emptied the government off employees, which led him to use a new tactical method in order to bring people back to serve in the institutes to gain more support from people because "he gave people jobs."

"At the same time, Bremer wanted to end the Baath Party, he also aimed at demolishing the national movements," the paper said.

The Awakening Councils, a term created by the occupier, were seeds of a phenomenon thought to confront the negatives of the situation, it said.

"Calling the movement as the awakened is shameful as it reflects that the Iraqi people were asleep for four years before realizing the need to wake up," it said.

It added that the Awakening Councils are bad seeds Bremer planted.

"The Awakening Councils will at any moment start resisting the occupier and breaking the pillars that the occupier leans on, a plan depends on infiltration of the resistance groups into these councils," it said.

The paper concluded that most of the sectarian and party strife, the bloodshed, the internal and external displacement, the arrest of tens of thousands of Iraqis, the deteriorating level of living, increase of joblessness and the lack of security are not a newborn facts, it was planned for by the "terrorism expert" Paul Bremer.

"Paul Bremer turned Iraq into a terror victim caused by the U.S. occupation," it said.

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