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(Daily Star (Lebanon))   Well, great... Now ISIS controls the spice in Iraq   (dailystar.com.lb) divider line 68
    More: Interesting, Isis, Queen Mary, Tigris River, Baghdadi, Euphrates River, desalination plants, Shiites, oil refinery  
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2014-07-23 05:43:41 AM  
Enough to give you worms.
 
2014-07-23 07:10:43 AM  
Iraq's 32 million people are entirely dependent on water flowing down from two great rivers in Turkey, the Euphrates and the Tigris. Where those waterways enter Iraq in the north, ISIS holds key dams and surrounding areas, leaving shiite-majority southern Iraq vulnerable to the use of water as a strategic weapon.

Begun, the water wars have.

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2014-07-23 08:23:58 AM  
i.onionstatic.com
I don't really have a joke, I just enjoy posting this.
 
2014-07-23 08:26:20 AM  
Your blog kind of doesn't suck.
 
2014-07-23 08:26:58 AM  
Can we at least get Captain Marvel on our side?
 
2014-07-23 08:29:59 AM  
The leader will be going blind soon.  Watch out if he has a son.
 
2014-07-23 08:30:20 AM  
Danger Zone?
 
2014-07-23 08:37:02 AM  
Wait. An unbiased, informative article on my politics tab? You're new here aren't you, submitter.
 
2014-07-23 08:42:07 AM  
media.tumblr.com

"Yeah!  Spiceraq!"
 
2014-07-23 08:44:46 AM  
I always suspected al-Maliki was really a Harkonnen.
 
2014-07-23 08:51:48 AM  

dugitman: Wait. An unbiased, informative article on my politics tab? You're new here aren't you, submitter.


This article sucks.  He just yanked paragraphs out of the Daily Star article at the bottom which is much more informative.  Specifically, he only copied the ones with ISIS in them and didn't copy the ones that said peshmerga in them.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jul-21/264554-isis -g ains-highlight-aggressive-use-of-water-as-weapon-of-war.ashx#axzz38IN2 uzbH
 
2014-07-23 08:52:11 AM  
Article paints bleak picture
 
2014-07-23 08:52:36 AM  
The slow derp penetrates the thread.
 
2014-07-23 08:53:37 AM  

Rapmaster2000: dugitman: Wait. An unbiased, informative article on my politics tab? You're new here aren't you, submitter.

This article sucks.  He just yanked paragraphs out of the Daily Star article at the bottom which is much more informative.  Specifically, he only copied the ones with ISIS in them and didn't copy the ones that said peshmerga in them.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jul-21/264554-isis -g ains-highlight-aggressive-use-of-water-as-weapon-of-war.ashx#axzz38IN2 uzbH



How much does this guy pay submittard/mods to green his blog every day?
 
2014-07-23 08:54:02 AM  

eagles95: Danger Zone?


media2.giphy.com
 
2014-07-23 08:54:47 AM  

dugitman: Wait. An unbiased, informative article on my politics tab? You're new here aren't you, submitter.


That Israeli-Hamas one is pretty good too.  If we aren't careful, this place might become more informative than flamewar.
 
2014-07-23 08:58:21 AM  
ISIS holds key dams and surrounding areas, leaving shiite-majority southern Iraq vulnerable to the use of water as a strategic weapon.

Sounds like they're...
(•_•)
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shiite out of luck.

YYEEAAHH!
 
2014-07-23 08:58:35 AM  
luckily most of our right wing religious kooks have lost a foot to diabeetus so they can't cause these kinda problems.
 
2014-07-23 09:02:49 AM  

Chris Ween: dugitman: Wait. An unbiased, informative article on my politics tab? You're new here aren't you, submitter.

That Israeli-Hamas one is pretty good too.  If we aren't careful, this place might become more informative than flamewar.


You've been here far too long to be that naive.
 
2014-07-23 09:04:23 AM  

Rapmaster2000: dugitman: Wait. An unbiased, informative article on my politics tab? You're new here aren't you, submitter.

This article sucks.  He just yanked paragraphs out of the Daily Star article at the bottom which is much more informative.  Specifically, he only copied the ones with ISIS in them and didn't copy the ones that said peshmerga in them.


Leader O'Cola: How much does this guy pay submittard/mods to green his blog every day?


 All fixed up with your link. We listen. Now back to TFA and subject, please
 
2014-07-23 09:04:30 AM  
In April, ISIS seized control of the Fallujah dam and its fighters released a wall of water from behind the barrage, destroying cropland 160 kilometers downstream and leaving millions of people without water in the predominately shiite cities of Karbala, Najaf and Babil, while flooding areas as far away as Abu Ghraib.

"The intent behind the water release was to use water aggressively as a tool of destruction, targeting populations who live father south," said Russell Sticklor, co-author of Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa.


Wow... What a bunch of assholes. So I guess they're really not going with the whole 'Win the hearts and minds of the people' thing. We can tell them how well THAT works out...
 
2014-07-23 09:10:18 AM  

Mikey1969: In April, ISIS seized control of the Fallujah dam and its fighters released a wall of water from behind the barrage, destroying cropland 160 kilometers downstream and leaving millions of people without water in the predominately shiite cities of Karbala, Najaf and Babil, while flooding areas as far away as Abu Ghraib.

"The intent behind the water release was to use water aggressively as a tool of destruction, targeting populations who live father south," said Russell Sticklor, co-author of Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa.

Wow... What a bunch of assholes. So I guess they're really not going with the whole 'Win the hearts and minds of the people' thing. We can tell them how well THAT works out...


Saddam used similar tactics.  Kinda old, strategy wise.  But rather effective in certain spots.
 
2014-07-23 09:11:01 AM  
Great. We all know how well they did when they controlled massive amounts of cocaine.
 
2014-07-23 09:27:32 AM  
Billions of dekaliters at your command, Usil
 
2014-07-23 09:32:45 AM  
Take that Detroit. Now you'll have to import your water.
 
2014-07-23 09:37:51 AM  

Diogenes: Mikey1969: In April, ISIS seized control of the Fallujah dam and its fighters released a wall of water from behind the barrage, destroying cropland 160 kilometers downstream and leaving millions of people without water in the predominately shiite cities of Karbala, Najaf and Babil, while flooding areas as far away as Abu Ghraib.

"The intent behind the water release was to use water aggressively as a tool of destruction, targeting populations who live father south," said Russell Sticklor, co-author of Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa.

Wow... What a bunch of assholes. So I guess they're really not going with the whole 'Win the hearts and minds of the people' thing. We can tell them how well THAT works out...

Saddam used similar tactics.  Kinda old, strategy wise.  But rather effective in certain spots.


Interesting... Learn something new every day. Best part is, it's nice and early, so I can go home and go to sleep, my day is done.  :-)

As to the tactic being old, that doesn't surprise me, but I kinda thought the human race would have gotten past that by now, but that's all my bad, obviously.
 
2014-07-23 09:38:03 AM  
Oh Mighty ISIS!
photos1.blogger.com
 
2014-07-23 09:39:17 AM  
I'm starting to wonder if destabilizing Iraq was a good move in the first place.

/Actually I'm not
//But that's miles better than most of the "articles" that find their way into the politics tab.
 
2014-07-23 09:42:11 AM  

Courtney Love's Genital Warts: I don't really have a joke, I just enjoy posting this.


Wow. I forgot how ripped Sting was.
 
2014-07-23 09:49:26 AM  

mongbiohazard: Courtney Love's Genital Warts: I don't really have a joke, I just enjoy posting this.

Wow. I forgot how ripped Sting was.


I forgot he used to make listenable music.
 
2014-07-23 09:56:35 AM  
One of the more disturbing parts of this whole ISIS mess is al-Baghdadi referring to himself as a Caliph.

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but didn't Mohammed specifically state there should never be more than one Caliph at a given moment - making that Caliph the spiritual leader of the entire Muslim world? If so, let's think about this... the world's most populous Muslim country has the sixth lowest murder rate on Earth, and al-Baghdadi has killed hundreds in his grab for power.

Good luck with recognition of your crown, you murderous asshat.
 
2014-07-23 09:56:53 AM  

Mercutio74: I'm starting to wonder if destabilizing Iraq was a good move in the first place.

/Actually I'm not
//But that's miles better than most of the "articles" that find their way into the politics tab.


There was a degree of stability... then some idiot thought it would be a good idea to stoke a civil war on Syria. From that we got ISIS.
 
2014-07-23 10:01:02 AM  

clkeagle: One of the more disturbing parts of this whole ISIS mess is al-Baghdadi referring to himself as a Caliph.

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but didn't Mohammed specifically state there should never be more than one Caliph at a given moment - making that Caliph the spiritual leader of the entire Muslim world? If so, let's think about this... the world's most populous Muslim country has the sixth lowest murder rate on Earth, and al-Baghdadi has killed hundreds in his grab for power.

Good luck with recognition of your crown, you murderous asshat.


The question is who can legitimately claim the title.  Which is the essence of the issues between the Shia and Sunnis.
 
2014-07-23 10:02:43 AM  

Diogenes: clkeagle: One of the more disturbing parts of this whole ISIS mess is al-Baghdadi referring to himself as a Caliph.

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but didn't Mohammed specifically state there should never be more than one Caliph at a given moment - making that Caliph the spiritual leader of the entire Muslim world? If so, let's think about this... the world's most populous Muslim country has the sixth lowest murder rate on Earth, and al-Baghdadi has killed hundreds in his grab for power.

Good luck with recognition of your crown, you murderous asshat.

The question is who can legitimately claim the title.  Which is the essence of the issues between the Shia and Sunnis.


Wait, there's two kinds of muslims?
 
2014-07-23 10:04:41 AM  

Mrbogey: Mercutio74: I'm starting to wonder if destabilizing Iraq was a good move in the first place.

/Actually I'm not
//But that's miles better than most of the "articles" that find their way into the politics tab.

There was a degree of stability... then some idiot thought it would be a good idea to stoke a civil war on Syria. From that we got ISIS.


This "stability" you speak of was an illusion, won through swapping the roles of the oppressors and the oppressed.  We forcibly exchanged one oppressive, corrupt regime for another.  ISIS in Iraq is the direct result of that failed experiment in forced "democracy."

Syria just provided a growth medium.  Its problems were not the cause here.
 
2014-07-23 10:07:40 AM  

Chris Ween: eagles95: Danger Zone?

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media.giphy.com


SPLOOSH!
 
2014-07-23 10:08:09 AM  

born_yesterday: Wait, there's two kinds of muslims?


Oh, don't get me started.  I'd have to say yes and no.  I think the Sunni/Shia conflict is often just the clothing that older tribal and ethnic rivalries choose to wear today.

Yes, there are distinct differences between the two with regard to who is the legitimate heir of authority in Islam.  But I very frequently doubt that's what's really driving their behavior.
 
2014-07-23 10:31:40 AM  
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"My brother is coming, with many apeshiat assholes that are blowing up the dams and destroying croplands to make sure we can't feed anyone left alive if we actually manage to win.  God is great."
 
2014-07-23 10:31:48 AM  

Courtney Love's Genital Warts: [i.onionstatic.com image 595x402]
I don't really have a joke, I just enjoy posting this.


He was so over-dressed in that photo.
 
2014-07-23 10:40:43 AM  

born_yesterday: Wait, there's two kinds of muslims?


As I understand it shiites follow the shoe and Sunnis follow the gourd.
 
2014-07-23 10:52:34 AM  
None of our business or concern.  We tried to fix and help them.  We are done.  We owe them nothing.  We should stay out.
 
2014-07-23 10:54:06 AM  

quatchi: born_yesterday: Wait, there's two kinds of muslims?

As I understand it shiites follow the shoe and Sunnis follow the gourd.


The Sufi bless the cheesemakers.
 
2014-07-23 11:02:59 AM  

Chris Ween: quatchi: born_yesterday: Wait, there's two kinds of muslims?

As I understand it shiites follow the shoe and Sunnis follow the gourd.

The Sufi bless the cheesemakers.


The cheesemakers? What have they done?
 
2014-07-23 11:10:17 AM  

Diogenes: clkeagle: One of the more disturbing parts of this whole ISIS mess is al-Baghdadi referring to himself as a Caliph.

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but didn't Mohammed specifically state there should never be more than one Caliph at a given moment - making that Caliph the spiritual leader of the entire Muslim world? If so, let's think about this... the world's most populous Muslim country has the sixth lowest murder rate on Earth, and al-Baghdadi has killed hundreds in his grab for power.

Good luck with recognition of your crown, you murderous asshat.

The question is who can legitimately claim the title.  Which is the essence of the issues between the Shia and Sunnis.


So, it;s not unlike the Roman Catholic Church.
Look up anti-pope.
 
2014-07-23 11:13:10 AM  
 
2014-07-23 11:13:16 AM  

bigsteve3OOO: None of our business or concern.   We tried to fix and help them.  We are done.  We owe them nothing.  We should stay out.


LOL.  I don't know what you're on but I'm sure it's illegal.
 
2014-07-23 11:14:14 AM  

quatchi: As I understand it shiites follow the shoe and Sunnis follow the gourd.


And the Wasabi Muslims follow the Spice.
 
2014-07-23 11:16:49 AM  
Saudi about that, but my doctor allows me one bad pun a week.
 
2014-07-23 11:50:46 AM  

Diogenes: Mrbogey: Mercutio74: I'm starting to wonder if destabilizing Iraq was a good move in the first place.

/Actually I'm not
//But that's miles better than most of the "articles" that find their way into the politics tab.

There was a degree of stability... then some idiot thought it would be a good idea to stoke a civil war on Syria. From that we got ISIS.

This "stability" you speak of was an illusion, won through swapping the roles of the oppressors and the oppressed.  We forcibly exchanged one oppressive, corrupt regime for another.  ISIS in Iraq is the direct result of that failed experiment in forced "democracy."

Syria just provided a growth medium.  Its problems were not the cause here.


This.

In fact, most of ISIS's gains in Iraq were not because they are so good at combat, but because of the oppression of Sunni Muslims. Basically, the Sunnis in the Iraqi army decided they would rather have ISIS in control than Al Malki. Most of the areas that ISIS have taken over are Sunni dominated, too.

clkeagle: One of the more disturbing parts of this whole ISIS mess is al-Baghdadi referring to himself as a Caliph.

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but didn't Mohammed specifically state there should never be more than one Caliph at a given moment - making that Caliph the spiritual leader of the entire Muslim world? If so, let's think about this... the world's most populous Muslim country has the sixth lowest murder rate on Earth, and al-Baghdadi has killed hundreds in his grab for power.

Good luck with recognition of your crown, you murderous asshat.


It's not really disturbing as much as pointless. In fact, the Taliban were pretty pissed off when he said that. If anything, it will hurt them more as other factions will not appreciate that.
 
2014-07-23 11:52:57 AM  
So... Why didn't wen carve Iraq up into 3 different countries when we had the chance.

Tradition? Desire to only deal with one government?

/Not saying it would have been a perfect solution, but they're heading that way anyway
 
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