HISTORY MADE, IGNORED

Haven’t seen this reported very widely. Maybe it never happened:

Iraqi and Coalition Forces made history Feb. 21 when the 40th Iraqi National Guard brigade officially assumed control of their area of operation.

This is the first ING brigade to stand alone and have direct control over an area of operation. The new brigade’s area covers numerous spots in Baghdad, including Haifa Street, Ahdamiyah, Sheikh Malouf and Al Shaab. Coalition Forces will continue to advise the brigade, but the areas will be under complete Iraqi control.

Brig. Gen. Jaleel Khalaf Shwail, 40th Brigade commander, said he is proud to represent his country and his more than 2,800 soldiers.

“This is a historical event in the history of Iraq,” he said. “It is our time to take the liberty and democracy (Coalition Forces) gave to us on a golden plate.”

Seems believable enough. Oh well. We now return you to our regularly-scheduled programming: Aieeee! Iyad Allawi is Shooting Everybody!

UPDATE. Arthur Chrenkoff has more good news from Iraq, and writes:

The fact that so many people, and not just the Sunni sheikhs, now want the piece of the Iraqi action perhaps tells us more about the true situation and future prospects in Iraq than most current news reports. As the old saying goes: victory has many fathers, defeat is an orphan. That the waiting room of the Middle Eastern maternity ward is getting increasingly crowded with paternity claimants is a good – if an indirect – sign that the things in Iraq might be going better than one would think based on the mainstream media coverage.

UPDATE II. Sadly, it’s not all good news:

The death toll from a suicide bombing near a crowded marketplace south of Baghdad yesterday has reached 115, making it the single bloodiest attack in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

The car bomb also wounded 148 people.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/28/2005 at 12:13 AM
    1. Oh, come on.  A freed people, standing up in their own defense?  Where’s the story in that?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 28 at 01:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. NO WAR IN IRAQ! ARMS ARE FOR HUGGING!

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2005 02 28 at 01:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. It must be rewarding for a native Iraqi trooper to recognise that he is helping to establish security for the next phase of progress in Mesopotamia (a long time in coming), the cradle of human civilization.

      Of course the safest most re-electable stance for Bush, Howard and Blair to have taken, would have been to do nothing but pass letters of concern and regret through the halls of the U.N. on the issue of Saddam.

      Instead they did what was right, however painful.

      Lincolnesque…the whole lot of them.

      Posted by Thomas on 2005 02 28 at 02:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. There is still some way to go in the progression from the meanest bastard rules by the gun to the more enlightened Oh, well, there’s always next election!, but it is a start, and start we must.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 02 28 at 03:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. ….but, but, Nancy Pelosi says we aren’t training large numbers of Iraqi security forces!

      Posted by Aaron – Freewill on 2005 02 28 at 08:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. The death toll from a suicide bombing…..

      I bet this bombing has some connection to the capture of Saddam’s half-brother.

      Unfortunately, suicide bombing seems to be such a part of the culture there, that it will be a while before we see it end.

      At this point, the suicide bombers seem to be hardening the resolve of the Iraqi people.
      Their tactics are NOT working in terms of terrorizing the Iraqi people.

      Posted by CJosephson on 2005 02 28 at 04:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. Slightly OT perhaps,
      but does anyone know if it is true that Saddam Hussein was actually married to his own Cousin?
      Seem that might explain the mental state of his two sons

      Posted by davo on 2005 02 28 at 04:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. ..anyone know if it is true that Saddam Hussein was actually married to his own Cousin?

      He was married to his cousin. Here’s a bio where you’ll find it mentioned:

      Saddam’s Bio

      Seem that might explain the mental state of his two sons

      Here’s a link to an article about cousins who marry not being at greater risk for abnormalities than ‘normal’ couples.:

      FindLaw Forum

      I would attribute Saddam’s sons behavior with the way he brought them up and trained them. My understanding is that from a very early age, Saddam introduced them to his bizarre world of torture and murder.

      Posted by CJosephson on 2005 02 28 at 07:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Cjosephson — Actually, it explains more that “Hussein” is Arabic for “Kennedy”…

      The people of Lebanon just threw their Syrian-puppet government out on its ear.  Bin Laden must be spinning around in his dialysis machine like a Saudi Kenneth Mars, watching the lighting hit castles all around his valley and having no idea which way to send his pitchfork-waving mob first…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 28 at 09:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. The death toll from a suicide bombing near a crowded marketplace south of Baghdad yesterday has reached 115, making it the single bloodiest attack in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

      The car bomb also wounded 148 peopleWill Time or Newsweek of the NY Times publish a picture of everyone of these killed or wounded people?  Ted Koppel spent a show reading the names of the American dead, will he do a show on the human loss caused by these sick, killer, thug Jihadis?

      Posted by Jabba the Tutt on 2005 03 01 at 08:39 AM • permalink

 

  1. As horrible as the death toll from this latest bombing is, my first thought when I heard of it was of a desperate losing gambler making larger losing bets.

    Posted by triticale on 2005 03 01 at 10:12 AM • permalink