Morning Report: July 9, 2006

This town's not big enough for the both of us. Iran's chief goon is on a removal kick, while Muqty's band of brigands are feeling the heat from Iraq's legitimate security forces. Meanwhile some American soldiers face charges for a hideous crime, and some grotesque threats get an Arizona professor in a heap of trouble.

Iraqi police combat Sadr militia. Conterterrorism Blog: 'The Shiite militia of Moqtada al-Sadr appear in the cross hairs of the Iraqi government for the second time in three days. Following up on Friday's raid on Sadr's allies in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces conducted an operation against the Sadrain mosque in Zafaraniya district in southeastern Baghdad. Twenty suspects were arrested and six AK-47 assault rifles were seized.' Full details at the link. (CTB)

Iran regime wants inspector removed. Jerusalem Post via Marze Por Gohar: 'Iran has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to remove a senior inspector from his post as the head of the expert team investigating Tehran's nuclear program, UN officials said Sunday. The inspector, Chris Charlier, has not been back to Iran since April because of Iranian displeasure with his work, the officials said. However, Charlier remains the head of the team, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity in exchange for discussing the confidential issue.' AP via Iran Focus: 'The German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported Sunday that Charlier had been removed from his post and assigned to other duties. It quoted him as saying he believes Iran is operating a clandestine nuclear program and suggested it was linked to weapons. IAEA spokespeople in Vienna, Austria, declined comment Sunday. Charlier, 61, has previously complained publicly that Iranian constraints made inspection work there difficult. Tehran denies it is interested in nuclear weapons but revelations of past clandestine activities and finds of documents linked to warheads, along with its insistence on carrying out uranium enrichment, have heightened international suspicions.' (MPG, Iran Focus)

Iran regime wants Israel removed. Iran Press Service: 'In one of his yet strongest strident, Iran’s fundamentalist President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad again repeated that Israel must be “removed” from the region and called on all Arab and Muslim nations to help “isolating” the artificial product of Islam’s enemies”.' Some Iran-related items by way of Regime Change Iran. (Iran Press Service)

US soldiers to be charged in Iraq atrocity. AP via Yahoo: 'Four more U.S. soldiers have been charged with rape and murder and a fifth with dereliction of duty in the alleged rape-slaying of a young Iraqi woman and the killings of her relatives in Mahmoudiya, the military said Sunday. The five were accused Saturday following an investigation into allegations that American soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division raped the teenager and killed her and three relatives at her home south of Baghdad. Ex-soldier Steven D. Green was arrested last week in North Carolina and has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and four counts of murder. The U.S. statement said the five soldiers still on active duty will face an Article 32 investigation, similar to a grand jury hearing in civilian law. The Article 32 proceeding will determine whether there is enough evidence to place them on trial.' BBC: 'Mr Green denied raping the Iraqi woman and murdering her and three members of her family when he appeared in court in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday. He faces a possible death sentence if found guilty.' (AP, BBC)

Deranged psych prof hits new blogospheric low. Jeff Goldstein's site, Protein Wisdom, came under attack this weekend, and so did Jeff - he was the target of a series of unbelievably vile verbal assaults by now-former University of Arizona psychology professor Deborah Frisch. For details, see the round-up at Pajamas Media. At Creative Destruction, Off Colfax says that 'this went so far past the line that even the Hubble couldn’t see it.' Judith at Kesher Talk has some observations on Professor Frisch's identity crisis. (various)

Belmont Club on Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza. Citing recent posts from Iraq the Model and Michael Yon, Wretchard at The Belmont Club writes: 'Like all judgments, both Omar's and Michael Yon's will be subject to modification depending on events. But their key argument is interesting. That campaigns must be judged by whether they alter conciousness. If nations can never be built for indigenes by others, then to the extent that Iraqis are able to self-organize, albeit often for destructive ends, they are constructing a future for themselves, which (or so Omar hopes) will eventually be rational and intelligent. The matter is altogether different when a country is left is a time warp of ritual hatred, with prescriptive resentments providing an easy escape from action.' Go to the link for the full post. (Belmont Club)

Commentary. Quoting the Koran, one of the Iraqi commenters cited at ITM declares: "God will not change people until they change what's within themselves". Like many of his fellow Iraqis, this person has had enough of excuses. The Iraqis' posts show that they know clearly enough the difference between an aggressor and an innocent person.