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|Friday, April 3rd, 2009|
Interesting article on how the surge is beginning to unravel. This is what I expected would happen in the end. The surge was nothing more than a delaying tactic. Over the summer, expect all hell to break loose in Iraq. http://www.truthout.org/040209A
|Saturday, July 5th, 2008|
I've created a community for Alive in Baghdad.
I don't know if this is against the rules of this community, and I apologize if it is. I have combed through the profile for this community and I honestly haven't been able to find anything regarding advertising.
I have recently created a new community that I'm (quite obviously) doing some advertising for: aliveinbagdad. The purpose of this community is simple: it exists to discuss a weekly news program from the streets of Baghdad, Iraq. I plan on uploading videos every few days from the weekly news feed (aliveinbaghdad) to the community from YouTube so that people can watch these videos, discuss them, and figure out how American and British policies in the region have effected the everyday lives of people on the street.
It is my hope that I can get people who are also native to the Middle East to join this community as well, and I've recently started talking to a student from Iran about having her in on it.
If you are interested, then I encourage you to join. And feedback, of course, is always welcome.
|Friday, May 9th, 2008|
|Saturday, November 17th, 2007|
Bring them home.
Since British occupation forces have withdrawn from Basra, resistance attacks are down 90%
The British army says violence in Basra has fallen by 90% since it withdrew from the southern Iraqi city earlier this year.
Around 500 British soldiers left one of Saddam Hussein's palaces in the heart of the city in early September and stopped conducting regular foot patrols.
A spokesman says the Iraqi security forces still come under attack from militants in Basra, but the overall level of violence is down 90% since the British troops left.
Britain is scheduled to return control of Basra province to Iraqi officials next month, officially ending Britain's combat role in Iraq.
Basra is not free of violence and repression
, but the glaring truth is when the military occupation of a city ceases, the violence substantially decreases.
Could it be the British occupation forces were a magnet for violence
just as the 175,000
U.S. occupation forces and 130,000
mercenaries are also magnets for violence
Isn't it clear that times overdue to cease an occupation that is obviously damaging our military
not to mention destroying Iraq
Is stealing that oil
really worth all these dead kids
|Tuesday, November 6th, 2007|
|Monday, November 5th, 2007|
In Defense of the Morton West Antiwar Students.
If you don't stand for something, you'll stand for anything, so these kids
stand for peace....and now face criminal charges for peaceful demonstration against the occupation of Iraq.
In Defense of the Morton West Antiwar Students
We are writing in defense of the students who now face excessive disciplinary actions at the hands of various Morton West school administrators. Our sympathies lie with the courageous and moral struggle that the students have taken up, and with their parents who still support them. The struggle for a peaceful and just society absent of war should not be met with punishment, but should be supported by the community as a whole, especially from within the educational setting. Furthermore, It is our firm belief that an injury to freedom for students anywhere is an injury to freedom for students everywhere. This is why we urge all Morton West administrators to drop all disciplinary action against the said students, and to remove any indications of said events from their permanent records. We urge you to respect these students right to free expression now and in the future.
(Written by Columbia College Chicago Students for a Democratic Society)
Please sign the petition
|Sunday, October 28th, 2007|
|Wednesday, October 24th, 2007|
|Friday, October 12th, 2007|
Death from Above
We continue to recruit for the resistance by slaying people in Iraq
"U.S. attack kills 15 civilians — including 9 kids"
“After securing the area, the ground force assessed 15 terrorists, six women and nine children were killed,” the statement said. Two suspected al-Qaida members, a woman and three children were wounded, according to the military account. - link
Not unusual for those numbers to be wrong. Sounds like if you're an adult with a penis, you're considered a terrorist. One wonders what qualifies someone as "suspected" and therefore killable? Who's making those decisions? Nineteen year old american kids...
Does it go without mentioning that all who knew those families slain by our bombs are going to hate our occupation forces for quite a long time?
US forces came under small arms fire from a building, the US military statement said.
"Responding in self-defence, supporting aircraft engaged the enemy threat," the statement said.
So, our soldiers are doing the urban occupation soldier thing, 12,000 miles from home, they get shot at by people who don't dig them being there, and then they respond by calling in airstrikes - smashing everything in the area - adults, children, pets alike. What's it called when you kill civilians with bombs? Begins with a "T"...
UN Delayed Grim Iraq Report at U.S. Request
A new UN report (pdf) says Iraq is immersed in an “ever-deepening humanitarian crisis.” Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing their homes by the month, indiscriminant killings continue apace, and prison torture is routine. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq found that at least one hundred civilians were killed in U.S.-led bombings or raids over a three-month period ending in July. The toll is believed to be higher because the Iraqi government still refuses to release casualty figures. The report also warns of an increase in violence against women. In the northern Kurdish region, more than two hundred fifty women were killed in so-called ‘honor’ killings in the first half of this year. Most of the victims were burnt alive. The grim report marks a sharp contrast to last month’s Congressional testimony from top U.S. officials in Iraq. The Washington Post reports the UN completed the report in August but delayed its release at the request of U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Crocker was among those to testify.
Pretty horrific. More at the UNAMI
The report states, “Having been forced to abandon their homes, many are living in dire conditions without access to adequate food supplies and basic services, with children being particularly vulnerable to disease.” It warns of growing displacement stating that, “Large-scale displacement of Iraqi civilians continued due to the ongoing violence, including direct death threats, abductions or killings, in many parts of Iraq,” and notes that the, “UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that some 2.2 million Iraqis are currently refugees abroad, around half of whom are in Syria.” Full Story
The benefit to the Iraqis of an American withdrawl is debatable. If our occupation destabilizes, and I think it does, then Iraqis benefit. These days Republicans
even want us to withdraw but for different reasons no doubt. I found this an interesting discussion, for those with a free hour that is...
The Fate of Iraqi Refugees [10.02.07]
Raed is wished well and I share his dream of a peace between Iraq and America.
|Sunday, October 7th, 2007|
|Saturday, September 22nd, 2007|
War Is Sell: Our tax dollars paying mercenaries to murder civilians
"Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." - "Farewell Address", President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 17 January 1961
Ike's words remain strong in the wake of Kennedy's assasination and the Vietnam war. Today, we have180,000 pigs at the trough
mercenaries in Iraq; looting and pillaging, making a profit from war
, and slaying civilians
. Our very own American Praetorian Guard
are the same folks
who milked $1000 per day per FEMA guard during Katrina. It was Blackwater's mercs who the residents of Falluja hung from a bridge
in 04 sparking off the battles of Falluja
in April and November. Is blood thicker than Blackwater?
Call me crazy, but I'd rather see tax money spent on something other than funding private army cowboys murdering Iraqis for the crime of driving too close
. Get Blackwater Out of Iraq
|Sunday, September 16th, 2007|
|Thursday, September 6th, 2007|
|Wednesday, July 18th, 2007|
The occupation breeds war crimes.
If there was any doubt that our occupation fuels the insurgency
, read this testimony:
"I told him, there's women and kids in that room," Lance Cpl. Humberto M. Mendoza said of Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum.
Tatum's response was,"Well, shoot them," Mendoza said."
After several minutes of quiet, Mendoza said he ventured down a hall to a room with a closed door. Inside, he found a bed with two women and four or five children on it.
"They were scared," Mendoza said. He backed out of the room and told Tatumwhat he found. But Tatum told him to shoot the women and children, Mendoza testified.
"Was he joking?" asked prosecutor Lt. Col. Paul Atterbury. "He was very serious," Mendoza said.
Tatum then entered the room, Mendoza said. Mendoza heard rifle fire and later saw all of the occupants dead, he said.
Reading that, I am reminded of what Sgt. Westphal said
"He was so terrified and so afraid for his family. I thought of my family at the time and thought 'If I was the patriarch of the family, if soldiers came from another country and did this to my family, I would be an insurgent too.'"
"I never imagined that America would ever get to this point. I never imagined that the American public would be so apathetic as they have been, in my estimation. A lot of them don’t listen to the stories we tell. There’s a reason that all these guys got together for this article, because they have a commitment to the truth, and we definitely want the truth to be out there, that America has brought terror to the country of Iraq, and that’s something that we have to deal with."
I'm listening. I just keep recalling Full Metal Jacket
Door Gunner: Git some! Git some! Git some, yeah, yeah, yeah! Anyone that runs, is a VC. Anyone that stands still, is a well-disciplined VC! You guys oughta do a story about me sometime!
Private Joker: Why should we do a story about you?
Door Gunner: ‘Cuz I’m so fuckin’ good! I done got me 157 dead gooks killed. Plus 50 water buffalo too! Them’s all confirmed!
Private Joker: Any women or children?
Door Gunner: Sometimes!
Private Joker: How can you shoot women or children?
Door Gunner: Easy! Ya just don’t lead ‘em so much! Ain’t war hell?
|Thursday, July 12th, 2007|
|Friday, May 4th, 2007|
|Thursday, April 26th, 2007|
Buying the War
Investigative journalist Bill Moyers returned to the airwaves
last night. His first show reports upon how the US media propelled the administrations lies leading to the Iraq invasion & occupation. Its being repeated on pbs
, however you can view it online here
.Four years ago on May 1, President Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln and delivered a speech in front of a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner. Despite profound questions and the increasing violence in Baghdad, many in the press confirmed the White House's claim that the war was won. How did they get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11 continue to go largely unreported?
|Thursday, April 19th, 2007|
Iraq mess criminal & Zinn & Chomsky on DN!
Another Day in Iraq: 312 Iraqis killed, 302 Iraqis Wounded
Apparently, McCain's observations of safety and progress were inaccurate. I stumbled across this image which sums up war nicely:
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Juan Cole writes
There were reports of children being pulled alive from beneath the charred corpses of their relatives.
I do not believe Americans have the ability to comprehend the level of carnage Bush-Inc's war of choice has unleashed in Iraq.
Listen to a recent interview with Juan:
Professor Juan Cole explains the splits and similarities inside the Shi’ite political factions in Iraq, the recent Sadr-inspired protests, accusations that Sadr is the tool of Iran, how our government lies when they blame American deaths on Iran-backed militias, tensions between the governments of Kurdistan and Turkey and the ability of local powers to work out their own problems.
MP3 here. (28:28)
Juan R. I. Cole is Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. His most recent book is Sacred Space and Holy War. His blog, Informed Comment, is a widely read source for Middle East news and commentary.
Reading the news has overwhelmed me lately and today is no exception. I'm disheartend that so very few of my fellow Americans are willing protest the horrible waste of money, lives, and time that is the American criminal occupation of Iraq. They want to bomb Iran
too. We must stop these criminals.
offered three interviews with Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky this week which I'd like to highlight.
In Rare Joint Interview, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn on Iraq, Vietnam, Activism and History
In a Democracy Now! special from Boston, two of the city's leading dissidents, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, sit down for a rare joint interview. Noam Chomsky began teaching linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge over 50 years ago. He is the author of dozens of books on linguistics and U.S. foreign policy. Howard Zinn is one of the country's most widely-read historians. His classic work “A People's History of the United States’ has sold over 1.5 million copies and it has altered how many teach the nation's history. Chomsky and Zinn discuss Vietnam, activism, history, Israel-Palestine, and Iraq, which Chomsky calls "one of the worst catastrophes in military and political history." [rush transcript included]
| ||Howard Zinn Urges U.S. Soldiers to Heed Thoreau’s Advice and “Resist Authority”|
In Part II of our conversation with Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, we speak with the two leading dissidents about U.S. wars from Iraq to Vietnam, resistance and academia. Zinn speaks about the importance of Henry David Thoreau and his relevance today. Zinn says soldiers should “read Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience or take its advice to heart, realize that the government is not holy, but what's holy is human life and human freedom and the right for people to resist authority.” [includes rush transcript]
|Saturday, April 7th, 2007|
|Wednesday, April 4th, 2007|