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Yazidi ‘Rescue Mission’ Might Not Be Necessary After All

From an unfazed Reuters:

U.S. team lands on Iraqi mountain where Yazidis are trapped

By Arshad Mohammed [sic] and Jeff Mason | August 13, 2014

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – A team of U.S. military and humanitarian aid personnel landed on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar early on Wednesday to assess how to evacuate thousands of civilians under siege from Sunni militant fighters, a U.S. official said…

A team of 130 U.S. military personnel is in Arbil, urgently drawing up options ranging from creating a safe corridor to an airlift to rescue those besieged on Mount Sinjar for over a week, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority…

The Pentagon said the team of 130 in Arbil, assembled there on Tuesday from different places in the region, had at their disposal four V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which can land and take off vertically.

Is that all they brought to rescue hundreds of people? Four lousy helicopters?

It was unclear whether there was consideration being given to using the Ospreys for airlifting any of the Yazidis out, but each one would only be able to carry a couple of dozen people."

In other words, they were sent on a mission without enough assets to do the job.

Meanwhile, we have this handy update from the Agence France Presse:

‘Far fewer’ stranded on Iraq mountain than thought, US says

By Serene Assir [sic] | August 14, 2014

Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – The US said Wednesday its assessment team found "far fewer" Yazidi refugees marooned on a northern Iraqi mountain than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, after air strikes pummelled besieging Islamic militants.

The UN refugee agency had said tens of thousands of civilians, many of them Yazidis, were trapped on Mount Sinjar by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria. But the Pentagon said that — based on a firsthand assessment by a small party of US military personnel — the plight of those on the mountain was better than feared, and an evacuation mission is therefore "far less likely"…

"The Yazidis who remain are in better condition than previously believed and continue to have access to the food and water that we have dropped." …

So to sum up: the news media was wrong. The UN was wrong. The intel was wrong. And we committed ‘ground troops’ in Iraq for no reason. Where is the outrage? And isn’t it all very handy, since they don’t have the facilities to rescue the Yazidi, anyway?

(By the way, where was the US military when the Christians in Mosul and elsewhere were being slaughtered? And that really did happen. And it is still going on.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Daily Mail is presenting a somewhat different picture, with their headline: ‘The Iraqi children ‘drinking their parents’ BLOOD to stay alive’: How refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar are cutting their hands to save their young.’

Whom to believe?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Yazidi ‘Rescue Mission’ Might Not Be Necessary After All”

  1. Chrispbass says:

    Who are we to believe? How pathetic that we can’t get a straight story. My journey to (more) truth about the world and having my eyes opened was because I started fact checking news. One day I heard a story on one of the big 3 propaganda machines and I wondered who the person they referred to was. I alta-vista’d ;-) his name and lo and behold the ‘story’ I’d heard meant very little IF you knew who that person was.

    Case in point. Advisors? WTH is an advisor? Are they wearing flak jackets and carrying automatic rifles? I don’t necessarily care if they are but please be straight.

    /end pointless rant.

    • captstubby says:

      “Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.”

      Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
      (French: 28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual exercises with casual anecdotes.

      Montaigne would come to be recognized as embodying, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the spirit of freely entertaining doubt which began to emerge at that time. He is most famously known for his skeptical remark, ‘Que sçay-je?’ (literally ‘What know I?’, i.e. ‘What do I know?’,’What is it that I know?’, is a more ordinary modern usage).
      Remarkably modern even to readers today, Montaigne’s attempt to examine the world through the lens of the only thing he can depend on implicitly
      —his own judgment—
      makes him more accessible to modern readers than any other author of the Renaissance. Much of modern literary non-fiction has found inspiration in Montaigne and writers of all kinds continue to read him for his masterful balance of intellectual knowledge

      Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.
      Michel de Montaigne

      Councillor to the King.
      “MONSIEUR,—It is one of the most conspicuous follies committed by men, to employ the strength of their understanding in overturning and destroying those opinions which are commonly received among us, and which afford us satisfaction and content; for while everything beneath heaven employs the ways and means placed at its disposal by nature for the advancement and commodity of its being, these, in order to appear of a more sprightly and enlightened wit,
      not accepting anything which has not been tried and balanced a thousand times with the most subtle reasoning,
      sacrifice their peace of mind to doubt, uneasiness, and feverish excitement.”

      From Montaigne, this 30th April 1570. Your humble servant, MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE.

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