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Post time 2003-12-9 21:47:36 |Display all floors
Japan agrees to deploy 1,000 troops to Iraq

Associated Press



Talafar, Iraq — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stared down his political opposition Tuesday, spearheading a cabinet decision to send about 1,000 soldiers to Iraq in spite of a Constitution that prevents waging war.

The deployment will restore water services, offer medical and other humanitarian assistance and help rebuild schools in southeaster Iraq. The dispatch, expected to begin over the next month, will involve elements of Japan's land, sea and air forces.

Following the decision, Mr. Koizumi went before the nation to explain why he is pushing ahead with the controversial plan, which opposition leaders say could draw the troops into combat and violate Japan's postwar pacifist Constitution.

“We are not going to war,” he said. “The situation in Iraq is severe. We know it is not necessarily safe. But our Self-Defence Forces must still fulfill this mission.”

The outline announced Tuesday left the timing of the dispatch open, though a small advance contingent is expected to leave before the end of the year. Japan's defence minister was expected to set the date by early next week.

Under the plan, 600 ground troops will be sent, along with armoured vehicles and up to six naval ships, and eight aircraft, including three C130 transport planes. The total number of troops would be about 1,000, making it the largest overseas deployment since World War II, according to the Defence Agency.

Mr. Koizumi stressed the need for Tokyo to live up to its commitments to the United States, Japan's most important ally. Japan was criticized by Washington for contributing only money, and not personnel, during the first Gulf War in the early 1990s. Opponents of the dispatch say Iraq is still not secure enough to fulfill that requirement. Such dangers were underscored last weekend, when two diplomats were gunned down near the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit.

Also Tuesday, a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives at the gates of a military barracks, wounding 41 U.S. troops just hours after three soldiers died in a road accident in central Iraq, the military said. In Baghdad, a rocket attack on a mosque left three Iraqi civilians dead.

In the Baghdad attack, a missile exploded in the courtyard of a mosque in the capital's western Hurriyah district. Ahmed Hussein, the mosque's prayer leader, said the explosion occurred at 6:45 a.m. and that it damaged the building and several cars parked nearby. Several people were injured.

The attack at the U.S. army base occurred at 4:45 a.m. local time when a car drove to the gate of the base in the town of Talafar, about 50 kilometres west of the northern city of Mosul.

Guards at the gate and in a watchtower opened fire on the vehicle and moments later it blew up. The bomb left a large crater at the gate's entryway.

Colonel Michael Linnington, commander of the 3rd Brigade which controls the area west from Mosul to the Syrian border, said the attack was a suicide mission and that the attacker's remains were “all over the compound.”

“Right now we have four soldiers that were evacuated and are being treated for blast injuries. In addition, 37 soldiers have nicks, cuts, bruises and some broken bones,” he said. A base translator also was injured in the blast, which damaged nearby homes.

Meanwhile, three U.S. soldiers died and one was injured in an accident when an embankment collapsed beneath their armoured personnel carriers north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday. The soldiers belonged to the 2nd Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade.

The deaths bring to 448 the number of U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion on March 20. Of those, 308 have died as a result of hostile action.

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Post time 2003-12-9 21:56:50 |Display all floors

Who could argue against the worth of this mission?

"The deployment {of 1000 Japanese servicemen} will restore water services, offer medical and other humanitarian assistance and help rebuild schools in southeaster Iraq."

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Post time 2003-12-9 22:46:27 |Display all floors

I can argue the worth of the mission

Such humanitarian acts would be nice, if it were not for the fact that they cannot succeed.

They are under the direct command of George W. Bush, as he and his gang insist on such. As such, you will see the Japanese troops lose their lives, while the Iraqis undo their work.

Face it! This is completely politically motivated. Bush is worried about losing the 2004 elections. He is manipulating other country's leaders in secrecy, behind closed doors.

I wonder what kind of economic threats against Japan the corrupt swine made, such that Japan would send troops to attempt to enhance his image on the domestic front.

After the Japanese soldiers take a few guerilla attacks, I look for them to get those old-fashioned Samuri urges and go crazy all over the Iraqi civilians.

Oh, that Bush is a stupid boy, but the puppeteers who control him are evil and cunning, indeed! Billions of dollars for the military industry. Billions of dollars for the Texas corporations to rebuild Iraq. The billions of dollars from the oil companies.

WOW!!! it all adds up to trillions of dollars that the American people will never receive for affordable medical care and retirement funds!

Education? The funding for education is gone. America's bright-faced children will learn the TRUTH of the white Jesus Christ and they will learn the Republican's fascist doctrine of international aggression.

Oh, somebody!! Help free the American people from this Republican dictatorship! The good American people don't want these neo-Nazi religious fundamentalists destroying our way of life!!!

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Post time 2003-12-9 23:29:25 |Display all floors

So all acts of mercy are futile or senseless?

"Such humanitarian acts would be nice, if it were not for the fact that they cannot succeed."

Guess if something has to be 100% sure of success before it can be attempted then the Red Cross, MSF, World vision, Greenpeace, Amnesty International and all the rest of the bleeding hearts should just pack up and go home? Yes?

No of course not!

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Post time 2003-12-10 01:03:12 |Display all floors

Don't be so silly and naive

"Guess if something has to be 100% sure of success before it can be attempted then the Red Cross, MSF, World vision, Greenpeace, Amnesty International and all the rest of the bleeding hearts should just pack up and go home? Yes?

No of course not!"

Those organizations do not have the George W. Bush signature, and he is completely opposed to Greenpace, World Vision, and Amnesty International. Plus, none of those organizations send in fully armed combat troops where they are not wanted, nor do they lend aggrandizement to America's petty dictator.

I am a champion and supporter of humanitarian causes--and the no fully-armed military force--under the direction and command of the Bush administration--is humanitarian.

Furthermore, if Bush were so damned humanitarian, why does he steal from the American people? Why is every word from his mouth a lie? And, why the hell does he put the taxpayer's money in the pockets of his wealthy Texas cronies, rather into medical care for Americans? This country has a crisis of medical care! People can't afford doctors and medicine!

Any country that goes into the midst of the Bush gang's illegal war is not there for humanitarian reasons: they are there to lend credibility to Bushes vulgar invasion and his lies to the American public. The bastard should be arrested and take before an internation tribunal for attrocities against humanity!

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Post time 2003-12-10 01:08:00 |Display all floors

Green Peace?

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who cares

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