Woke up pretty late after a terrible night of little sleep.
Lunch = Dunkin. ♥
No new tickets, I didn't have the energy, barely worked on my own tickets...
Went grocery shopping because it wouldn't have been an option tomorrow.
Dinner = General Tso's from Great Wall. ♥
Kept going in my Alarielle campaign. ^_^
Sad that I didn't get any NYE partying in, but too sick for any of that... and no one invited me to anything, that didn't help.
Why is the United States still in Iraq? No one knows.
No one learns anything and I'm so tired of this fucking stupidity.
Protesters have stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and reportedly set fire to the main entrance area, shouting "Death to America" and "Down, Down, USA". I would seem that after weeks of violent Shia protests against the Iranian-backed Shia elite in the Iraqi government, Washington has united all of them--against the United States.
But really, what did they expect, after launching five airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Sunday against the Iraqi militia, Kata'ib Hezbollah, which has been described by Americans as an Iranian proxy, but turns out they were more than that. The strikes were, according to the U.S., in retaliation for 30 rocket attacks against the K1 base in Kirkuk in Northern Iraq on Saturday--one which killed an American contractor and wounded several others, including two U.S. servicemembers. The base houses Iraqi military as well as Americans.
But the American bombing drew swift condemnation by the Iraqi government, because, after all, this is their country and they had reportedly asked the Americans to stand down. Now, there are strident calls for them to leave. The U.S. currently has about 5,000 troops left in the country (with no plans to depart that we know of).
Those calls turned into mass protests around the embassy after the funerals for the 25 Kata'ib Hezbollah fighters today. According to Al Jazeera, the funeral procession continued to the Green Zone where the demonstrators surrounded the embassy. The ambassador and staff had been reportedly evacuated.
Al Jazeera's Simona Foltyn reported no sign of armed resistance from the U.S. so far: "We've seen in the past when anti-government protesters were able to enter the Green Zone but I don't believe we've seen such a large number of people come this close to the US Embassy," she continued, calling this a "significant development." Al Jazeera's Marwan Bishara noted the irony: "In terms of the United States, here is a country that has spent trillions of dollars in Iraq 16 years after its invasion and occupation to wins the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, and ends up having its embassy surrounded the way it is," he said, pointing out that the U.S. "doesn't have much of an alliance either on the street or government institutions within Iraq."Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
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