Breaking News: 127 dead, 448 injured in Baghdad. Who killed them?

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    8th December, 2009

    Car bombings rock Baghdad

    BBC report (with videos):

    A series of car bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

    The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora district of the city. Four others occurred near official buildings within minutes.

    Veteran politician Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, an ex-national security adviser, blamed al-Qaeda militants for the attacks.

    He told the BBC their aim was to destabilise the country ahead of general elections due in March.

    The news about the huge numbers of lives lost in Baghdad today, and three times as many injured needs to be highlighted. Not with the BBC Radio 4 tone of voice that invariably reports “Another British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan today”, but with the reality of the consequences of war and conflict.

    If Britain were still involved in Iraq, of course it would be reported as Blair’s fault. Perhaps Brown’s. Even now that we are no longer there he’ll/they’ll get the blame from some, mais naturellement -“fomented” etc. In the same way, presumably, as the English would kill the Scots and the Welsh if France invaded us!?

    ALL of this nonsense really needs to be knocked on the head.

    It wasn’t Blair, it wasn’t Brown, it wasn’t Bush, it wasn’t Obama.


    Iraqis, Iranian, Syrians, Lebanese, Pakistanis, Saudis? All or some of those, and perhaps those of other Middle Eastern nationalities. Certainly not westerners.

    Meanwhile at the US State Department today Blair meets Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the Middle East peace process:

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it’s a delight to welcome back to the State Department a friend and an extraordinary public advocate for so many good causes, Tony Blair. As you know, he is the representative from the Quartet in the Middle East and has been working very hard to improve the economic well-being of the Palestinians, to look for ways to enhance cooperation between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and we’re looking forward to catching up on the latest developments in the Middle East.
    MR. BLAIR: Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be back here in the State Department. And I’d like to thank Secretary Clinton for welcoming me here, and to say that together, we will keep working along, of course, with Senator Mitchell, to do everything we can to make progress between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It’s a difficult moment right now – but then it always is – but we’re going to keep working on it very hard in order to try and bring about a change in circumstances that allow us to get into negotiations and make real progress.
    Thank you.
    SECRETARY CLINTON: Great. Thank you all very much.

    Let’s hope they give him REAL power to ‘bang heads together’, as I called for here recently.

    UPDATE to this Clinton/Blair meeting

    Some clever clogs at Al Jazeera, also with a thing about meters,  says that Mr Blair look “haggard, old and ill at ease” at his short appearance with Hillary Clinton here at the State Department on Tuesday morning.  If so, and I don’t agree with John Terrett’s impression of Blair anyway, it might just have had something to do with the scare at his London home the night before, when he was already in Washington and away from his wife and family.

    Tony Blair was in the USA when an Albanian gunman was arrested outside his London home. (Pic: EPA)

    The perils of being a decider and a doer and not just an opiner – taxi-driver or (Al Jazeera) scribbler. (Read more here)


    1. The booming Palestinian economy: Excerpt: “The Coordinator of the Israeli Government Activities in the Territories (or COGAT) is a unit in the Israeli Ministry of Defense that deals in coordinating civilian issues between the Government of Israel, the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians.  If we look at much of the economic data that is available from COGAT, we see an economic boom that must be the envy of the world.”

    2. AL Qaeda in Iraq claims responsibilty for Baghdad bombings

    ISI  – the Islamic State of Iraq is an umbrella group icluding Al Qaeda in Iraq.

    WHAT!? You thought there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq, or at least not until the west gave it (and its predeccessors) birth? Fancy.


    The group is composed of and supported by a variety of insurgency groups, including its predecessor, the Mujahideen Shura Council, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Jeish al-Fatiheen, Jund al-Sahaba, Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, etc, and other clans whose population is of Sunni faith. It aims to establish a caliphate in the Sunni dominated regions of Iraq.

    It claims a presence in the governorates of Baghdad, Al Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Salah ad Din, Ninawa, and parts of Babil and Wasit, etc.[1][3][4][5] It initially claimed Baqubah as its capital.

    3. After the bombings an Italian terrorsim expert says – NO return to the instabilityafter Saddam’s fall

    Rome, 9 Dec. (AKI) – An Italian terrorism expert said on Wednesday that the devastating bomb attacks that struck Baghdad this week do not signal a return to the instability witnessed in the country after the fall of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Stefano Dambruoso, Italy’s best known anti-terrorism magistrate, spoke to Adnkronos International (AKI).

    “Compared with the instability of the country when the United States and allied forces had a massive military presence, today we can say that a period of stabilisation of the country is well underway,” he said.

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    14 Responses to “Breaking News: 127 dead, 448 injured in Baghdad. Who killed them?”

    1. Steve Vickers Says:

      The saddest day for this country for some time was the death of John Smith who had done so much to make Labour electable but then let in the twat B.Liar and his clique who have wrecked the opportunity they were handed on a plate.

      I find it hard to concieve that any person with half a brain cannot see through the ‘rabbit in the headlights’ grin of the twat B.Liar and his complete lack of thought other than that which gives him prominence, power and cash, oodles of it.

      I hope one day to see him hang or at least blown up by some nice terrorists.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        You ARE a nincompoop, Mr Vickers. And a fool too. We don’t hang people in this country, or haven’t you noticed? Even those who some might deserve it. And I really do not accept that someone like Tony Blair, who has given his life to public service, should be regarded as a candidate for anything like this.

        Personally, if it were up to me, people who even suggest these things should be charged with encitement.

        So DO go away and have a friendly chat with your ilk – your “nice” neighbourhood terrorists!


        Btw, Smith died, as did Kennedy, before the public could become disillusioned. That’s the difference between Smith & Blair. Otherwise all political careers end in failure of one sort or another.

    2. Steve Vickers Says:

      Tony and George killed them.

      Our old ally Saddam had the place buttoned up nicely and they undid it. They are war criminals.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        “Idiotic” is not the word for that kind of statement. But then it is to be expected.

        Saddam had the place buttoned up nicely!?!?!?!?!

        What? Killing tens of thousands of his own people and foreigners who dared to tackle him? And terrorising his own people into submission? He even killed his own sons-in-law!

        Buttoned up NICELY, for sure.

        I could debate with you if I thought you had half a brainCELL sufficient to understand. These terrorists have been with us for decades. And unless removed by such as “Tony & George” will be with us for many more.

        You are a disgrace.

    3. Stan Says:

      Yes, KTBFPM, there’s definitely an element of “it’s all the fault of Tony Blair” about these reports. The line of thought seems to be either that 1) it would have been better if Saddam was still in power since he would have cracked down on those perpetrating these attacks or that 2) these bombing attacks are only taking place because the ” puppet ” regime is not giving in to the demands of the insurgents.

      Yet when the slightest attempt is made to crack down on terrorism here, the anti-war brigade are the first to complain and according to the second explanation the Magnificent Seven were not so magnificent since life would have been much more peaceful if it wasn’t for those wretched Seven standing in the way of the bad men.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Hi Stan,

        Such as the commenter here, Mr Vickers, is typical of this vacant thinking.

        Tony, come back. Your education, education, education priority isn’t finished yet. Not by a long chalk.

    4. Steve Vickers Says:

      A charge to incite rational thinking and common sense? Please.

      You state the B.Liar mantra “Education, Education, Educashion” per our ex glorious leader/war criminal. I have two children aged 11 finishing the local primary school currently and the sheer nonsense they come back with is incredible. I sometimes deal with trainee barristers who were educated under the B.Liar regime and I’m left speechless as to how they can get to where they are and be so incredibly ignorant. History, which our dear ex leader declared the end of, is especially poor and in my humble opinion, rather important if one is going to have any idea of cause and effect. Then again, the whole nonsense of ‘liberal democracy’ gives short term’ism priority with little thought to the future.
      If you had a look at the statute books, I think you would find we can still hang people in this country and he’d make a fine example.
      As for Saddam and his ilk, and our dealings in the Middle East, we were happy to arm him against Iran, send observers to watch his use of chemical weapons and their effect when it suited him and he was a client regime. If we are going to change regime where there are other such monsters (and yes, he was) I can think of other, more worthy places to start. Can I recommend some reading? Fisk, Lawrence, Rees to name but a few. Some history might help inform your errant notions.
      Talking of vacant thinking, tell me, what did Tony do that impressed you so much? Can’t wait to hear.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Dear, dear dear Mr Vickers.

        I notice that in the expected wrong-headed way you have evidently fallen into, you fail to respond to my previous query re “Saddam had it buttoned up”!

        Before you charge others with failing to answer YOUR puerile charges, you need to show the maturity and research capabilities to answer those asked of you.

        But, that aside, and feeling generous, I’ll put you right on ONE thing right now. With proof, not opinion. The latter is the wont of such as yourself.

        See here: History of Capital Punishment.

        The death penalty.

        On 20 May 1998, a free vote during a debate on the Human Rights Bill, MP’s decided by 294 to 136, a 158 majority, to adopt provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights outlawing capital punishment for murder except “in times of war or imminent threat of war.” The Bill incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into British law.

        On 31 July 1998, The Criminal Justice Bill removed High Treason and piracy with violence as capital crimes, thus effectively ending capital punishment.

        On 27 January 1999. The UK Home Secretary formally signed the 6th protocol of the European Convention of Human Rights in Strasbourg, on behalf of the British government formally abolishing the death penalty in the UK.

        I can already hear you – WE ALL KNOW why Blair did that! (And you’d be WRONG again!)

        So looks like Blair’s neck is safe. For a bit, anyway.

        I may come back to respond to some of your other little points, but be warned, you won’t like it.

        Right now I have more important things to do.

        The rubbish and re-cycling needs to be put out.

      • Julie Says:

        Don’t mean to be impolite Mr. Hangman (tongue firmly in cheek)


        a)”I have two children aged 11 finishing the local primary school currently and the sheer nonsense they come back with is incredible.”

        Maybe not the system but your children are the problem?!?!If you pass on your judgment to them,I am indeed extremely worried about their proper education.

        b) “If you had a look at the statute books, I think you would find we can still hang people in this country and he’d make a fine example.”

        You want to see Mr. Blair hanged?I can’t recall Tony Blair asking for someone to be hanged.Not even Saddam,considering all his cruel deeds. YOU are morally bankrupt,not Mr.Blair.

        c) Can I also recommend some readings?Rentoul,Kamm,Aaronovitch?
        In fact,I just read Mr.Kamm’s blog re Dr.Kelly’s SUICIDE and the six doctors.I particularly enjoyed one answer of Mr.Kamm to a “Truther”

        “This is TimesOnline not LaRouche World”.

        Right Mr. Hangman, this is KTBFPM and not Butcher Blogspot.

        • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

          Thanks, Julie.

          I can’t even recall Mr Blair criticising others to any great extent; certainly not over their personal honesty, integrity or political motives. So different from this country’s hangers’n’floggers. Oh, hang on a minute, yes, I DO recall. Blair criticised Saddam and his motives and actions (whereas Vickers thinks he had Iraq all “buttoned up”!!!?) And he criticised Mugabe and his. And he criticised the Balkans leaders and theirs. Oh, and the rebels in Sierra Leone who killed thousands, before Blair sorted them out.

          So I take that back. Mr Blair has been known to criticise.

          For Kamm’s full response at that article, copied below, see here:

          ‘The same goes for you. This is TimesOnline, not LaRouche World. If you want to post the fantasies of the 9/11 “truth” movement, then kindly do it on your own sites. I don’t want them here.’

          I DO occasionally delete, or fail to publish, the ‘TROOFERS’. Oddly enough they often comprise of Blair HANGERS. Perhaps I should do the same with Mr Hangman Vickers. Delete him, not hang him, in case you wondered.

    5. Stan Says:

      You’re right, KTBFPM. Mr Vickers is typical of the mindless left who can only see what’s wrong with what the west is doing no matter how evil the other side is. As I said in my previous comment, they would have been quite happy to see Saddam “buttoning up” Iraqis now that Tony and George have helped to liberate them.

      These guys claim the moral high ground but in fact they are splashing around in the gutter.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Trouble is, Stan, he is probably the “mindless right”. The narrowness of their questions re the Iraq decision is deeply disconcerting. I heard yesterday that one in four of us, or maybe six, depending on which report I believe, will suffer from mental health issues at some time in their life.

        Do you think some of them are turning up here now? Have they exhausted venting their ugly spleen to like minds at the Daily Maul and the Guardianisto’s hangout?

        It’s derisory as part of intelligent interchange that people like Vickers can suggest hanging Blair as though it’s something we do in Britain every day! As though we normally HANG people, and even more normally hang elected politicians for pursuing their democratic, mandated right – deciding. Deciding so fools like Vickers don’t have to!

        On the other hand – do you think we’re being infiltrated by those who DO use capital punishment? Always possible.

        At least they show themselves for what they are.

        And what they are is not pleasant.

    6. Steve Vickers Says:

      I’m still waiting to hear what wonderful things you deluded nincompoops think St Tony of untruth did for us in this country?

      Irony is obviously lost on you, my statement of Saddam having Iraq “buttoned up” was ironic if you hadn’t guessed but all was fine while he was a ‘client’, but then again Tone wouldn’t know that with history not being his bag. I really would recommend you read some proper journalist Julie instead of columnists who lunch at The Ivy in comfort and then spout forth, maybe then you’d know what you were talking about.

      I’m aware that I’ll never get to see the sight of those doe eyes bulging at the end of a rope but I can dream. Hopefully he’ll get assassinated while doing his peace envoy bit which he’s so good at. Some comfort for the families of the 600,000 civilians that The Lancet reckon he and his thick, easily manipulated mate Bush killed (and having done business with W in the 80’s, I can say with some authority how thick he is. Cheney and his mates are laughing all the way to the bank.

      And by the way Stan, I’m not of the left that I can be typical of. And before you then try to back me into the right, I’m not there either. I read a plethora of papers although try to avoid the Gruniad and any tabloids. My boys do occasionally bring one home but only if there is a picture of B.liar suitable for lining the rabbit hutch.

      On a serious note, how long before catholisism can’t assuage the guilt? If his line of “I did what was right” (brave bunny going in front of that notoriously hard interviewer, Fern Britton) falls apart as it seems to be doing, will his ego, which is all he is, collapse and take him with it?

    7. Stan Says:

      Mr Vickers, insults from someone like you are a compliment.

      Your attempt at intellectualising your debauched fantasies cannot be taken seriously in any way.

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