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While the New Old Now Old Far Out and Lost Left continues to decry the Bush Era invasion of Iraq (and many Muslims continue to blame America for the widespread death and displacement brought about through sectarian warfare and vendetta), the most brutal and horrifying of al-Qaeda affiliates — actually, these so exceed limits that al-Qaeda has officially distanced itself from them — the ISIS has stormed through Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

From a CNN video clip: “Planes and command positions, all of them have fallen in addition to weapons caches.  In addition, prisons were stormed and criminals have been set free.  What happened is a catastrophe by any measure.”


Free Republic.  “ISIL fighters seize Turkish consulate in Iraq’s Mosul.”  June 11, 2014: “The seizure of the consulate comes a day after 28 Turkish truck drivers were abducted by ISIL militants while delivering diesel to a power plant in Mosul.”

BBC.  “Iraq crisis: Islamists force 500,000 to flee Mosul.”  June 11, 2014.

Robertson, Nic and Laura Smith-Spark.  “500,000 Iraqi civilians flee Mosul fighting, migration group says.” CNN, June 11, 2014.

Knights, Michael.  “Battle for Mosul: Critical test ahead for Iraq.  BBC, June 10, 2014.

Sly, Liz and Ahmed Ramadan.  “Mosul as security forces flee.”  The Washington Post, June 10, 2014.

Abbas, Mushreq.  “ISIS ‘hit and run’ tactics reveal Iraqi security weaknesses.”  Al-Monitor, June 9, 2014.

Damon, Arwa and Raja Razek.  “CNN Exclusive: Syrian town left scarred by opposition group ISIS’ brutal rule.”  CNN.  February 17, 2014.


I have for some years now been sitting on journalism’s “second row seat to history”, specifically, in front of a computer monitor attached to a computer with a broadband connection to the Internet.  It has been and remains a global virtual trip.

I’ve made some friends.

My weirdest introduction to what this baby (of a setup) can do: watching television with a family in Madrid via Skype with their laptop turned to their screen.  It was like sitting on their sofa with them.

Later: one of the Anonymous clique got a live camera on to the streets of Egypt’s counterrevolution.  It was like being taken on a walk, but the communication was one way — remote camera to my eyes.

Oh what we can now see on the World Wide Web!

What we’re seeing in Mosul is a disaster.

The worst of the worst, so lacking in their own containment and so cruel that even the fascists of al-Qaeda want nothing to do with them, have gained martial control of a major oil producing state, a state so riven with internal divisions and cowed by decades if not centuries — or centuries and decades — of authoritarian brutality that even while outnumbering ISIS invaders 15:1 its defenders chose to dematerialize by shedding their uniforms in their flight.

After kidnapping 28 Turkish truck drivers, ISIL/S has occupied the Turkish consulate as well, as clear a provocation and invitation to war as any ever made.

Where is America now?

Where is NATO?

Related: https://twitter.com/INTLSpectator/status/476753992655978496/photo/1


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