to Phil G, who sent this in.]
Dying In Vain In Iraq:
The Irrefutable Proof
Acting “in vain”
means carrying out some activity that has not the slightest hope or possibility
Thanks to the report below, we
now have irrefutable proof that every U.S. troop killed in Iraq is dying in
It’s reported below that
7,200 U.S. troops are participating in the action supposed to hold down
Baghdad, a city of 5 million, about equally divided between the millions in
Sadr City, who hate the occupation, and the population of the Sunni areas, who
hate the occupation.
Let’s do the math one
If every single troop in the
U.S. occupation force in Baghdad participating in this mission was on duty
seven days a week, 12 hours a day, and every single one was combat, not support
personnel, which is absurd, you would still have only 3,600 U.S. troops on duty
at any given moment to hold down 5 million pissed off Iraqis. And that’s a world class example of a
task that has not the slightest hope or possibility of success, which is what
dying “in vain” means: dying pointlessly, uselessly, in an effort
that has no hope of success.
The question is simple: Do you want to die in vain so Bush will look
good and can go around making speeches about your heroic sacrifice? When he, and every general in the Pentagon
with an IQ greater than a turnip knows you’re dying in vain? Do you think 3,600 Iraqi troops could hold
This is a suicide mission, pure
and simple, to try and hold off disaster until after the 2006 Congressional
elections. That means your blood, maybe
your life, or maybe just a leg, or an eye, is being traded for votes by the
political traitors in DC. When the
troops in Vietnam achieved an understanding of what they were being used for,
they decided against the war, made their views known in various ways, and ended
the war. It is not possible to continue
a war without the cooperation of the troops.
July 2006 By Julian E. Barnes, The Los Angeles Times
[Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV]
suggested that the military was considering incorporating elements of the
strategy used in Ramadi into the Baghdad security plan. U.S. forces have ringed
Ramadi with checkpoints and built combat outposts in troublesome parts of the
However, Ramadi is a city of
400,000, and conducting a similar operation in Baghdad, a city of more than 5
million, would probably require far more troops.
There are about 42,500 Iraqi
security troops and 7,200 U.S. military personnel in Baghdad participating in
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
MND B SOLDIER KILLED BY ROADSIDE BOMB
7/22/2006 HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL
COMMAND NEWS RELEASE Number: 06-07-02C & AFP
A Multi-National Division Baghdad Soldier was killed at approximately
9:17 a.m. today when his vehicle was struck by an improvised-explosive device
in eastern Baghdad.
Baghdad awoke to the sound of several loud
explosions, at least two of which were bombs targeted at US military convoys,
according to an Iraqi defence official.
BRING THEM ALL HOME
U.S. soldier at the scene of a car bomb attack in Mosul July 5, 2006. REUTERS/Khaleed al-Mousily (IRAQ)
“Another” U.S. Soldier Killed
7.22.06 By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press
Another American soldier died Saturday
evening when gunmen attacked his patrol with small arms fire, the military
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Eight Injured In
July 22, 2006 By Ethan Baron, CanWest News
Service & By FISNIK ABRASHI, Associated Press Writer
Celebration turned to grief for Canadian
troops after a pair of bombers killed two soldiers and wounded eight on
Saturday in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, as their armoured convoy
neared its home base at the end of a major phase of combat operations.
The first blast, from a vehicle laden with
explosives, killed Cpl. Francisco Gomez, 44, an anti-armour specialist from the
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, who was driving the
Bison armoured vehicle targeted by the bomber's vehicle. Cpl. Jason Patrick
Warren, 29, of the Black Watch in Montreal was also killed.
One injured soldier, assessed to be in good
condition with non-life-threatening injuries, was flown to a military hospital
in Germany, for treatment not available in Afghanistan.
Two wounded soldiers were kept in hospital
for observation, and five were released from hospital Saturday night and are
expected to return to duties shortly.
The soldiers were part of a returning convoy
of Canadian soldiers who were destined to return to Canada within weeks, their
tour of duty in Afghanistan complete.
Iraq Troop Cuts End Now:
Silly General Casey Promises U.S. Will Make Sure
“There Are Adequate Forces Available For The Iraqis To Succeed In
Drama queen Casey overacting while he tells
reporters silly things that make no sense.
(AFP/Getty Images/File/Win McNamee)
[Thanks to David Honish and PB, who sent this
July 22, 2006 By ROBERT H. REID, Associated
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is moving
ahead with scheduled troop deployments to Iraq next month as the U.S. military
struggles to gain control of the escalating violence in Baghdad, according to a
senior defense official.
It also underscores the difficulties in
quelling the sectarian fighting and reflects remarks by the top U.S. commander
in Iraq that he may shift more soldiers into Baghdad.
With violence rising, the
United States is moving to bolster American troop strength in the Baghdad area,
putting on hold plans to draw down on the 127,000-member U.S. military mission
As units in Iraq prepare for their scheduled
departure, military leaders had considered not sending all of the units that
had been planned to replace them. But
that idea has been put on hold, at least for now, according to the official.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity
because discussions about troop decisions were private.
Thousands more troops have been
summoned to the capital to help quell the violence, and the top commander
there, Gen. George Casey, said the U.S. would make sure "there are
adequate forces available for the Iraqis to succeed in Baghdad." [From another point of view, he’s
right. The U.S. Imperial government has
already made certain there are “adequate forces available for the Iraqis
to succeed in Baghdad.” Those
forces are the Iraqi armed resistance to the U.S. occupation. They’re succeeding very well.]
Among the units scheduled to deploy to Iraq
later this summer are the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, out of Fort Bragg,
N.C., and the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, out of Fort Drum, N.Y.
There are about 127,000 U.S. troops in Iraq,
and military leaders have said they hoped to reduce that to about 100,000 by
year's end. U.S. troop levels in Iraq
have dropped from a peak of about 160,000 late last fall.
But in a reflection of the
increasing violence, one brigade that had been stationed in Kuwait as a reserve
force earlier this year is now almost entirely in Iraq, and at least one of its
battalions was sent to Baghdad to bolster security.
VA Dumping Brain Injured Soldiers On Their
Follow-Up Care MIA
July 14, 2006 By Rick Maze, Army Times staff
The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to
do a better job in managing treatment for service members and veterans with
brain injuries, especially for those facing long recoveries, according to a new
report from the VA inspector general.
The report, released Thursday, said the VA
needs to improve how it manages care for those with long-term needs, especially
helping family members. The findings are
based on interviews with 52 patients who had suffered traumatic brain injuries,
including some who still suffered some degree of impairment up to 16 months
after their initial injury.
In some cases, injured troops were not clear
about their military status between the time of injury and their discharge
because of a lack of coordination.
Sen. Daniel K. Akaka of Hawaii,
ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said the
report shows the VA is doing a good job through surgery and initial treatment
but care falls apart for some when they return home.
At that point, access to continuing care can
be difficult, with patients and their families needing help to navigate the
system, he said.
Among the problems were not
getting therapy, and difficulty in making follow-up appointments and trying to
get prescriptions refilled. “The
IG found that VA does an excellent job of caring for service members at its
specialty hospitals but fell short when the patient moves home,” Akaka
said in a statement.
“These men and women are
quite young and are living with brain injuries for the rest of their
lives. VA must do more than simply send
them back to their communities.”
The IG report said families face a great
burden and need more help.
“We found that families often provide
heroic support for injured service members, but we also found that they
frequently do so with limited assistance,” the report said.
It suggested the VA needs to
provide more help for families or other long-time caregivers to prevent
unnecessary problems getting treatment.
Field-Expedient Bench Rest
July 22, 2006, Joe Balshone, Firebase-Humor
French sniper training: field expedient bench
Note: This is a valid psychological two-part
procedure. First you moon your enemy,
making him furious, and when he stands up to give you the finger you have a
MUCH larger target that's easier to hit!
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
GET THE MESSAGE?
Members of the Mahdi Army burn U.S. and
Israeli flags during a protest denouncing the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, July
21, 2006, in the Sadr City area of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Assorted Resistance Action
7.22.06 AFP & By ROBERT H. REID,
Associated Press Writer & 21 July 2006 By Julian E. Barnes, The Los Angeles
In Baquba north of Baghdad gunmen ambushed a
police patrol, killing three officers
One Iraqi army soldier was killed and four
were wounded in a bomb attack on their vehicle in Kut, usually regarded as a
haven of relative calm in strife-torn Iraq, police said.
Another policeman was shot dead in the town
of Amara and a soldier was killed when a bomb exploded at his house in
Mussayib, both south of Baghdad.
10 Iraqi soldiers were killed when a roadside
bomb struck a convoy in Karmah, west of Fallujah in the insurgent stronghold of
Anbar province, police Lt. Ahmed Ali said.
Thirty-one Iraqi soldiers have
been killed in Hawija in the last five weeks, the military said.
The security operation in Baghdad
has taken a heavy toll on Iraqi police and soldiers. U.S. military officials
said that 92 Iraqi police and soldiers had been killed and 444 injured in the
first four weeks of the operation.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a
terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill
me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions.
“Repeated Assaults Against Prepared
Positions Are Simply Not Something The Israelis Can Do, Because They Cannot
[Thanks to PB, who sent this in.]
The ground war has begun. Several Israeli brigades now appear to be
operating between the Lebanese border and the Litani River. According to
reports, Hezbollah forces are dispersed in multiple bunker complexes and are
launching rockets from these and other locations.
Hezbollah's strategy appears to
First, force Israel into costly attacks
against prepared fortifications.
Second, draw Israeli troops as
deeply into Lebanon as possible, forcing them to fight on extended supply
Third, move into an Iraqi-style
insurgency from which Israel -- out of fear of a resumption of rocket attacks
-- cannot withdraw, but which the Israelis also cannot endure because of
extended long-term casualties.
This appears to have been a carefully planned
strategy, built around a threat to Israeli cities that Israel can't
afford. The war has begun at Hezbollah's
time and choosing.
Israel is caught between three
First, it must end the threat to Israeli
cities, which must involve the destruction of Hezbollah's launch capabilities
south of the Litani River.
Second, it must try to destroy Hezbollah's
infrastructure, which means it must move into the Bekaa Valley and as far as
the southern suburbs of Beirut.
Third, it must do so in such a way that it is
not dragged into a long-term, unsustainable occupation against a capable
Hezbollah has implemented its strategy by
turning southern Lebanon into a military stronghold, consisting of
well-designed bunkers that serve both as fire bases and launch facilities for
rockets. The militants appear to be
armed with anti-tank weapons and probably anti-aircraft weapons, some of which
appear to be of American origin, raising the question of how they were
Hezbollah wants to draw Israel
into protracted fighting in this area in order to inflict maximum casualties
and to change the psychological equation for both military and political
Israelis historically do not
like to fight positional warfare.
Their tendency has been to
bypass fortified areas, pushing the fight to the rear in order to disrupt
logistics, isolate fortifications and wait for capitulation.
This has worked in the past. It
is not clear that it will work here.
The great unknown is the resilience of Hezbollah's
fighters. To this point, there is no
reason to doubt it.
Israel could be fighting the most resilient
and well-motivated opposition force in its history. But the truth is that neither Israel nor
Hezbollah really knows what performance will be like under pressure.
Simply occupying the border-Litani area will
not achieve any of Israel's strategic goals. Hezbollah still would be able to
use rockets against Israel.
And even if, for Hezbollah, this area is
lost, its capabilities in the Bekaa Valley and southern Beirut will remain
intact. Therefore, a battle that focuses solely on the south is not an option
for Israel, unless the Israelis feel a defeat here will sap Hezbollah's will to
resist. We doubt this to be the case.
The key to the campaign is to
understand that Hezbollah has made its strategic decisions. It will not be
fighting a mobile war.
Israel has lost the strategic initiative: It
must fight when Hezbollah has chosen and deal with Hezbollah's challenge.
However, given this, Israel does have an
operational choice. It can move in a sequential fashion, dealing first with
southern Lebanon and then with other issues. It can bypass southern Lebanon and
move into the rear areas, returning to southern Lebanon when it is ready. It
can attempt to deal with southern Lebanon in detail, while mounting mobile
operations in the Bekaa Valley, in the coastal regions and toward south Beirut,
or both at the same time.
There are resource and logistical issues
Moving simultaneously on all three fronts
will put substantial strains on Israel's logistical capability.
An encirclement westward on the north side of
the Litani, followed by a move toward Beirut while the southern side of the
Litani is not secured, poses a serious challenge in re-supply. Moving into the Bekaa means leaving a flank
open to the Syrians. We doubt Syria will hit that flank, but then, we don't
have to live with the consequences of an intelligence failure. Israel will be
sending a lot of force on that line if it chooses that method. Again, since
many roads in south Lebanon will not be secure, that limits logistics.
Israel is caught on the horns
of a dilemma. Hezbollah has created a
situation in which Israel must fight the kind of war it likes the least --
attritional, tactical operations against prepared forces -- or go to the war it
prefers, mobile operations, with logistical constraints that make these
operations more difficult and dangerous.
Moreover, if it does this, it increases the
time during which Israeli cities remain under threat. Given clear failures in appreciating
Hezbollah's capabilities, Israel must take seriously the possibility that
Hezbollah has longer-ranged, anti-personnel rockets that it will use while
Israel has been trying to break the back of
Hezbollah resistance in the south through air attack, special operations and
probing attacks. This clearly hasn't
worked thus far.
That does not mean it won't work, as Israel
applies more force to the problem and starts to master the architecture of
Hezbollah's tactical and operational structure; however, Israel can't count on
a rapid resolution of that problem.
The Israelis have by now thought the problem
through. They don't like operational
compromises -- preferring highly focused solutions at the center of gravity of
an enemy. Hezbollah has tried to deny Israel a center of gravity and may have
succeeded, forcing Israel into a compromise position.
Repeated assaults against
prepared positions are simply not something the Israelis can do, because they
cannot afford casualties. They always
have preferred mobile encirclement or attacks at the center of gravity of a
defensive position. But at this moment,
viewed from the outside, this is not an option.
An extended engagement in southern Lebanon is
the least likely path, in our opinion. More likely -- and this is a guess -- is
a five-part strategy:
airmobile and airborne forces north of the Litani to seal the rear of Hezbollah
forces in southern Lebanon. Apply air power and engineering forces to reduce
the fortifications, and infantry to attack forces not in fortified positions.
Bottle them up, and systematically reduce the force with limited exposure to
roads along the eastern flank for an armored thrust deep into the Bekaa Valley
to engage the main Hezbollah force and infrastructure there. This would involve
a move from Qiryat Shimona north into the Bekaa, bypassing the Litani to the
west, and would probably require sending airmobile and special forces to secure
the high ground. It also would leave the right flank exposed to Syria.
air power and special forces to undermine Hezbollah capabilities in the
southern Beirut area. The Israelis would
consider a move into this area after roads through southern Lebanon are cleared
and Bekaa relatively secured, moving into the area, only if absolutely
necessary, on two axes of attack.
4. Having defeated Hezbollah in detail,
withdraw under a political settlement shifting defense responsibility to the
5. Do all of this while the United States is
still able to provide top cover against diplomatic initiatives that will create
an increasingly difficult international environment.
There can be many variations on this theme,
but these elements are inevitable:
1. Hezbollah cannot be defeated without
entering the Bekaa Valley, at the very least.
2. At some point, resistance in southern
Lebanon must be dealt with, regardless of the cost.
3. Rocket attacks against northern Israel and
even Tel Aviv must be accepted while the campaign unfolds.
4. The real challenge will come when Israel
tries to withdraw.
No. 4 is the real challenge. Destruction of Hezbollah's infrastructure does
not mean annihilation of the force. If
Israel withdraws, Hezbollah or a successor organization will regroup. If Israel remains, it can wind up in the
position the United States is in Iraq. This is exactly what Hezbollah wants.
So, Israel can buy time, or
Israel can occupy and pay the cost. One
or the other.
The other solution is to shift the
occupational burden to another power that is motivated to prevent the
re-emergence of an anti-Israeli military force -- as that is what Hezbollah has
become. The Lebanese government is the
only possible alternative, but not a particularly capable one, reflecting the
deep rifts in Lebanon.
Israel has one other choice, which is to
extend the campaign to defeat Syria as well. Israel can do this, but the
successor regime to Syrian President Bashar al Assad likely would be much worse
for Israel than al Assad has been.
Israel can imagine occupying
Syria; it can't do it. Syria is too big
and the Arabs have learned from the Iraqis how to deal with an occupation.
Israel cannot live with a successor to al
Assad and it cannot take control of Syria. It will have to live with al Assad. And that means an occupation of Lebanon would
always be hostage to Syrian support for insurgents.
Hezbollah has dealt Israel a
difficult hand. It has thought through
the battle problem as well as the political dimension carefully.
Somewhere in this, there has been either an
Israeli intelligence failure or a political failure to listen to intelligence.
Hezbollah's capabilities have posed a problem
for Israel that allowed Hezbollah to start a war at a time and in a way of its
The inquest will come later in
Israel. And Hezbollah will likely be
shattered regardless of its planning. The
correlation of forces does not favor it.
But if it forces Israel not
only to defeat its main force but also to occupy, Hezbollah will have achieved
What do you
think? Comments from service men and
women, and veterans, are especially welcome.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name, I.D., withheld on request.
While U.S. Troops Die:
Collaborator “Government” Officials
In Stealing Money
A committee investigating corruption in Iraq
says it has reached unprecedented levels and those responsible are nearly
Judge Radi Hamza Radi, head of the Iraqi
Commission on Public Integrity set up in 2004, says corruption has
“exploded" since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.
"It is impossible to bring
to justice a high-level official without the permission of his minister and if
he is implicated as well, then he does not give this permission," he
"The law doesn't allow
preliminary investigation and certain high-ranking officials do not authorise
Judge Radi said that even when
the inquiry is approved the official in question is given advance warning and
can flee Iraq.
While U.S. Troops Die:
Collaborator “Government” Officials
In Poisoning And Starving The Poor
11 Jul 2006 (IRIN)
Following complaints over the
quality of state-distributed food rations, the Ministry of Trade plans to boost
quality controls and acquire food items from alternate sources, say officials.
The decision to boost the
quality of state food rations was taken after doctors in several local
hospitals reported numerous cases of food poisoning and malnutrition. A subsequent investigation found that cases
were largely the result of spoiled or inadequate rations.
According to Dr Khalil Mehdi, a spokesman for
the health ministry’s Nutritional Research Institute, tainted or
inadequate food rations can cause malnutrition, particularly in children. Many of the rationed food items, meanwhile,
such as beans and biscuits, lack the vitamins and essential proteins essential
for children’s growth. “Some families depend entirely on food
rations to survive,” said Mehdi. “If these aren’t nutritious,
they’ll suffer from malnutrition and other diseases.”
Statistics compiled by the US-based Brookings
Institute last year note that almost 60 percent of the total Iraqi population
regularly consumes food rations. And 25 percent – roughly 6.5 million
people – are “highly dependent” on rations to meet their
Meanwhile, Iraqis continue to
bemoan the declining size and quality of the government dole. “Under the former regime, food rations
were of good quality and included 12 items that fed the entire
population,” said Abdul-Lattif. “But
today – now that Iraq is considered a ‘free country’ –
the situation has worsened, and some foods have actually been removed from the
According to Abdul-Lattif, only
sugar, rice, flour and cooking oil remain from the original 12 foodstuffs
provided by the former government. Other
items, including soaps and lentils, were removed from the list in May as a
result of budget cuts.
Pathological Scum, Cold Killers, Stinking
Terrorists Shits, Mass Murderers?
Take Your Pick:
22 July 2006 By
Megan Stack, The Los Angeles Times [Excerpts]
Tyre, Lebanon: They would bury their dead in
mass graves, the doctors decided.
The government hospital had run out of room
for human remains by Friday. More than 100 bomb-wrecked bodies were already
crammed into poorly refrigerated container trucks, and more corpses were
pouring in daily.
So they built cheap coffins of pine.
Bulldozers carved 6-foot-deep trenches into a desolate lot littered with old
The stench of death seeped into the warm
seaside air as the dead were brought out. Children pinched their noses; the
men's faces grew a little stonier. Men and boys jostled on the streets and
hoisted themselves up hospital walls to better view the spectacle.
There was no opportunity for a more dignified
burial: The clashes between Israel and Hezbollah have been too fierce for
people to collect their loved ones or hold funerals.
"I've been a doctor for years, and I've
never seen anything like this," said Nabil Harkus, a slight man who stood
over a trio of unidentified corpses and spoke with slow, intense rage.
"They can't fight Hezbollah
because Hezbollah is not an army," he said, referring to the Israeli
warplanes overhead. "They kill the
people because they think it's the only way to stop Hezbollah."
"Most times the volunteers are just
sitting by themselves and just crying because they can't do anything for these
Then the hospital workers opened the back
doors of the refrigerated truck full of bodies, and the ritual began: A man in a surgical mask stood in the back of
the truck. He shouted out the name of each dead person as he lowered the
remains. Whole bodies had been shrouded in blankets, wrapped in sheets of
plastic and bound by duct tape. Other bodies, more badly broken, were handed
down in plastic trash bags.
The man held aloft a baby so tiny it was
unclear if it was a late-term fetus or a newborn. Its skin was mottled and
As the coffins lined the trenches, a man with
white hair began to yell.
"This is what Bush
wants! This is what this dog
wants!" he cried. "It's full
of children!" [Unlike some fools
with neo-Nazi fantasies that Israel controls U.S. Imperial policy, he
understands the U.S. is the master and the Zionist state merely a collection of
hired assassins paid for with U.S. money and weapons.]
An elderly woman in black perched at the edge
of the grave. "My darling Mariam, my only daughter," she moaned. "Twenty-seven years old, my darling, 27
It was a singsong of grief. People stood by silently. In the town, fresh smoke rose into the
sky. Another bomb had fallen.
Israeli Missiles Hit Convoy Near
The Town Of Zahle;
“The Convoy Was Clearly Marked As A Relief
[Thanks to JM, who sent this in.]
July 21, 2006 Brian Whitaker in Beirut, The
In one attack on Monday,
Israeli missiles hit a convoy near the town of Zahle as it approached Beirut
from Syria. Three trucks were damaged or
destroyed, as well as four passenger vehicles.
Journalists at the scene
reported that the trucks had contained supplies of medicines, vegetable oil,
sugar and rice.
The Red Crescent Society of the
United Arab Emirates said in a statement that the convoy had included medical
supplies and medicines, as well as several ambulances. Officials in the UAE
also said the convoy was clearly marked as a relief operation.
[Enough of this whining. The convoy was attacked because
it was a relief operation. If it got
through, fewer dead citizens of Lebanon, thereby interfering with the object of
the Zionist attack: killing citizens of Lebanon. Duh.
“So Long As Israel Occupies Lebanese Land,
Hizbullah Has A Right Under International Law To Repel And Resist That
7.22.06 BRussells Tribunal.org [Excerpts]
attempts to justify Israel’s state of exception, a racist conception of
blood purity and regional supremacy, have poisoned not only the Middle East but
world politics as a whole.
The resistance operation that
was the alleged trigger for Israel’s latest foray of war crimes was
legitimate under international law.
withdrawal from much of South Lebanon in 2000, it has continued to occupy the
Shebaa Farms area, contrary to UN determinations, kept thousands of prisoners,
as well as routinely violate Lebanese sovereignty with flyovers by Israeli
For over a quarter of a
century, customary international law has explicitly sanctioned the use of
“all means” necessary to achieving effective self-determination for
peoples under colonial rule or occupation.
There are hundred of thousands of Palestinian
refugees in Lebanon since 1948 whom Israel refuses the right to return to their
homes, as stated in resolution 194 of the General Assembly of the UN.
The nature of Israel’s
colonial designs on Lebanon is well established. So long as Israel occupies Lebanese land,
Hizbullah, or any other popular force, has a right under international law to
repel and resist that occupation.
Nothing in international law prohibits the
taking of prisoners of war, which Israel’s captured soldiers are.
Regardless of whether Israel
likes it or not that its colonial plans are resisted by those it would
subjugate, nothing, certainly not morality, allows it to displace its fury upon
a civilian population.
It is time that the Middle East ceases to be
the abyss around which the entire world revolves for the sake of the State of
The attempts to justify
Israel’s state of exception, a racist conception of blood purity and
regional supremacy, have poisoned not only the Middle East but world politics
as a whole.
Sabra And Chatila 1982
Lebanon & Gaza 2006:
Nationalist Racial Purifiers At Work
Hitler’s SS troops direct artillery
against a pocket of resistance during the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Warsaw,
Poland, April 19-May 16, 1943. Russian
and U.S. political leaders refused to lift a finger to help Poland’s Jews
as they fought back against extermination.
July 22, 2006 Robert Fisk in Beirut, The
Independent (UK) [Excerpt]
Beirutis are tough people and
are not easily moved.
But at the end of last week,
many of them were overcome by a photograph in their daily papers of a small
girl, discarded like a broken flower in a field near the border village of Ter
Harfa, her feet curled up, her hand resting on her torn blue pyjamas, her eyes
— beneath long, soft hair — closed, turned away from the camera.
She had been another
"terrorist" target of Israel and several people, myself among them,
saw a frightening similarity between this picture and the photograph of a
Polish girl lying dead in a field beside her weeping sister in 1939.
I go home and flick through my
files, old pictures of the Israeli invasion of 1982. There are more photographs of dead children,
of broken bridges. "Israelis
Threaten to Storm Beirut", says one headline. "Israelis Retaliate". "Lebanon
At War". "Beirut Under Siege". "Massacre at Sabra and
Yes, how easily we forget these
Up to 1700 Palestinians were
butchered at Sabra and Shatila by Israel's Christian militia allies in
September of 1982 while Israeli troops, as they later testified to Israel's own
commission of inquiry, watched the killings.
I was there.
I stopped counting the corpses
when I reached 100.
Many of the women had been
raped before being knifed or shot.
The Evil Tree Bears Evil Fruit
July 21, 2006 Democracy Now
While a large part of the
international community opposes Israel's offensive on Lebanon, polls conducted
over the past week have shown that between 90 and 95 percent of Israeli Jews
remain in support of Israel's actions, including members of the
major Israeli peace parties.
[That’s like saying some
German “peace party” favored invading Denmark and the Netherlands,
and thought concentration camps were, unfortunately, for a little while, necessary
for “national defense” provided they only killed really bad people,
of course, who deserved it.]
Photos And Articles On Zionist Terrorism Posted:
out what life is like under a murderous military occupation by foreign
terrorists today, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation, from sea to sea, is
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Twisted Freak Rice Calls Slaughter Of Lebanese “Birth
[Thanks to JM, who sent this in. She writes: It would be good for the world if
Bush, Rumsfeld and Rice could be forced to spend a week in a war zone without
[They are playing games with human life and
should understand the suffering they inflict on others.
[First I read Bush is shipping
bombs to Israel, to make sure they continue the slaughter, then I read the
following inane statement by Rice. The
world is controlled by murderous lunatics.
[Israel, the world's worst terrorist is
supported by the US government because it plans to control the world by the use
of its own terrorism.]
22 July 2006, Aljazeera
Condoleezza Rice has described
the plight of Lebanon as a part of the "birth pangs of a new Middle
East" and said that Israel should ignore calls for a ceasefire.
"This is a different Middle East. It's a new Middle East.
“It's hard, We're going
through a very violent time," the US secretary of state said.
[“We” going through
“violent times?” If
only. Hopefully, some day soon, she will
experience that in a literal sense.
Perhaps a little trip to Ramadi could be arranged? Or Sadr City?
No doubt there are an infinite number of Iraqis who would be delighted
to say something personal to her about their “liberation.” And throw flowers. Or something.]
Those “Surprise” Visits To Iraq Go On
“Playing Politics With The Lives Of American
Troops And Iraqi People”
about political and military leaders using patriotism to manipulate mothers and
fathers into allowing their sons and daughters to be sacrificed on the altar of
American imperialism and corporate greed.
July 13, 2006 By Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS,
The Bush administration is adept at saying
the obvious to hide the devious. This
tactic reveals a deep disrespect for the intelligence of the American
people. It assumes that Americans are
gullible and, in their patriotic fervor, will believe anything their leaders
tell them-no matter how false, criminal, or harmful to them and their children
if it is draped in the American flag or presented in the name of
A glaring example is President
Bush's recent "surprise" visit to Baghdad.
After six hours, President Bush
was gone. Sneaking away under the same
extraordinary secrecy and heavy security that brought him to Baghdad.
Iraqis, who live outside the Green Zone, missed his fleeting and fleeing
presence. Many might have seen him as
"cutting and running."
Many might have wanted to see
him "dead or alive."
If Bush had showed his face and
looked "liberated" Iraqis "in the eyes," he probably would
have been shot dead on sight.
America's criminal war and
occupation are especially seen in the reports of US political leaders'
"surprise" and greatly protected visits to "a free Iraq."
Last Christmas Eve Defense Secretary Donald
H. Rumsfeld, "escorted by Apache helicopters to the US regional
headquarters in Mosul . . . lent a hand serving troops a dinner of lobster
tails and steak," and told them "You folks have helped to liberate
some 25 million people for whom hope was never there before." ("'Freedom
prevails,' Rumsfeld tells U.S. troops," Reuters, MSNBC, Dec. 24, 2005; The
Boston Globe, Dec. 25, 2005)
Rumsfeld left under the same
heavy cover of secrecy and security as he entered.
"Amid great secrecy"
Vice President Dick Cheney "paid a surprise," well-publicized pre-Christmas
and Chanukah visit to United States troops in Iraq, telling them, "The
only way to lose this fight is to quit-and that is not an option. . . . These
colors don't run."
Evidently in Cheney's case,
they do hide: his reported "trip was arranged and carried out with an aim
toward keeping the news from becoming public before he was on his way out of
Iraq." (The New York Times, Dec. 19, 2005)
A far cry from his pre-war statement to NBC's
Tim Russet.: "I really do believe that we will be greeted as
Like President Bush, Vice President Cheney
and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld would not have dared to show their faces in
"Surprise" visits to
"a free Iraq." What a
contradiction! What a commentary! Yet
American political leaders keep making such visits.
Considerable media coverage
accompanied "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's . . . unannounced (italics added)visit to Baghdad April 26 
to consult with Iraq's newly chosen government officials."
trip," reportedly, "was timed to coincide with a surprise (italics added) visit by U.S.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld."
She "said it was important for both she
and Rumsfeld to be in Iraq in order to coordinate political and military
efforts in support of the new government" (Ibid)-- with which they obviously met in the Green Zone.
Three weeks earlier, Secretary
of State Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made "an unannounced visit" (italics added)to Baghdad,
arriving "in the middle of an overnight thunderstorm." ("Rice
and Straw Visit Baghdad, Prod Negotiations," by Jamie Tarabay, NPR, June
The contradiction pervading their
"unannounced visit" to "a free Iraq" is seen in the
coverage by Newsweek's Michael Hirsh who wrote, "There's nothing like
roaring into Baghdad aboard a Rhino.
“A Rhino is a giant heavily-armored bus
that can withstand IED's (small ones), and it is now the favored means of
keeping Western visitors from getting blown to bits by these homemade bombs on
the dangerous road between Baghdad International Airport and the secure Green
Zone at the city's center."
Michael Hirsh then refers to "the
surreal feeling one gets in moving from the howling chaos outside the Green
Zone into the theme-park-like confines within.
You drive through several checkpoints," he says, "leaving
behind tracts of litter and rubble and the desperate, dark faces of ordinary
Iraqis trying to earn a few dinars." ("Real and Surreal," April
British Prime Minister Tony
Blair made a "surprise visit" to Iraq, stated to be "the first
world leader to visit Baghdad since the national unity government took office
two days ago."
He "was flown into Baghdad by a Hercules
military aircraft," a news story said, "and then a Chinook military
helicopter that flew low across the city executing evasive manoeuvres,"
landing in the "heavily fortified green zone," where he met with new
Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki. ("Blair visits Iraq, backs new
government," Associated Press, MSNBC, May 22, 2006; "Blair visits
Baghdad to sketch out timetable for withdrawal," From Greg Hurst and Ned
Parker in Baghdad and Michael Evans, TIMES ON LINE, May 23, 2006)
The path to the White House
seems to be by way of "surprise" visits to "a free Iraq."
Along with Senators Hillary
Clinton, John Kerry and Joseph Biden, there is President Bush's brother,
Governor Jeb Bush. He made headlines: "Gov. Bush stealthily (italics
added) visits Iraq for Easter."
And the St. Petersburg Times
headlines continue: "He makes the surprise (italics added) trip with three
other governors, and shakes hands among Florida Army National Guards."
The story begins, "Under top security,
Gov. Jeb Bush is spending Easter in Iraq with troops from Florida. Wearing an armored vest and helmet while flying
in a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter," it states, "Bush visited seven
military bases in Iraq and Kuwait."
A final classic example of
saying the obvious to hide the devious is Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's
recent "surprise" visit to Iraq. The headline
for his trip is suggestive: "Romney makes surprise stop in Baghdad: says
visit to region wasn't about politics."
The beginning of the story contains its own
commentary: "Traveling under tight security (italics
added), Governor Mitt Romney yesterday wrapped up an unannounced
one day (italics added) trip to Iraq to visit troops from Massachusetts, and
warned against a 'cut and run' pullout from the war-torn country." (Frank
Phillips, The Boston Globe, May 25, 2006)
It is not about "cutting and running,"
but about redefining an international war crime as an issue of courage or
cowardice. It is about "cutting and
running" from the truth and world judgment of an immoral war based on
It is about political and
military leaders using patriotism to manipulate mothers and fathers into
allowing their sons and daughters to be sacrificed on the altar of American
imperialism and corporate greed.
It is about a country in which the military
is the only place many economically disadvantaged young persons can be all they can be.
It is not about President Bush
delivering "a message to the Iraqi people" that "America will
keep its commitment," but about playing politics with the lives of
American troops and Iraqi people to make sure Republicans retain control of the
House and Senate in the November elections.
It is about saying the obvious
to hide the devious. It is about
"surprise" visits to "a free Iraq."
It is about "cutting and
running" from the truth of a criminal war against the people of Iraq-and
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Bush Regime Refuses To Investigate
Chinese Capitalists “Beating Or Imprisoning
Workers Who Attempted To Form Unions”
[Thanks to PB who sent this
in. He writes: SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT
BULLSHIT ABOUT DEMOCRATIZATION AND CONFRONTING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS. LET ASSAD AND AHMADINEJAD OPEN SOME NIKE
SWEATSHOPS AND WE'LL SEE BUSH ON THE NEWS THE NEXT MORNING ANNOUNCING THAT
ISRAEL MUST STOP ITS ATTACK ON LEBANON.]
July 21, 2006 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP
The Bush administration on Friday rejected a
petition by American unions seeking an investigation into Chinese labor
practices, arguing that there was evidence Chinese practices were improving.
The decision turned down a request filed in
June by the AFL-CIO and two members of Congress who contended the Chinese were
violating international labor standards and these practices had meant the loss
of 1.24 million American jobs as U.S. companies moved plants to China.
AFL-CIO policy director Thea Lee said the
claim of rising wages was based on questionable data and the deaths of 127,000
Chinese in industrial accidents highlighted the lack of adequate safety
The petition had contended that
China was using child and forced labor and firing, beating or imprisoning
workers who attempted to form unions. The
petition said such practices kept the wages of Chinese factory workers as low
as 15 cents to 50 cents per hour, providing an incentive for American companies
to close factories in the United States and move production to China.
“The Easiest To Operate On”
July 22, 2006 From wndbear, firebase humor
Five surgeons are discussing who has the best
patients to operate on. The first
surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table because
when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."
The second responds, "Yeah, but you
should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."
The third surgeon says, "No, I really
think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical
The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know,
I like construction workers.
Those guys always understand when you have a
few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it
But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when
he observed: "You're all wrong.
CONGRESSMEN are the easiest to operate
on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls,
no brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable
CLASS WAR REPORTS
Taking From The Poor To Give To The Rich
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
19 July 2006 By Teresa Tritch, The New York
Earlier this year, President Bush signed into
law a measure that will cut $39 billion over the next five years from domestic
programs like Medicaid and food stamps, and $99.3 billion from 2006 to 2015.
The Bush administration has
also been trying, with mixed success so far, to pursue other policies that
would have the effect of shifting money to the rich.
The most ominous is its often-repeated desire
to "address our long-term unfunded entitlement obligations." That's
code for making tax cuts for the wealthy permanent while cutting Social
Security, which has for 70 years been a major factor in keeping Americans
financially secure in their old age.
In 2004, over the objections of
Congress, the administration overturned time-and-a-half regulation for
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“Speakers Declare The Revolution Has
Arrived, While Dozens Hold Political Debates”
“The Police Are Not Here. They Don’t Dare To Come Into Town”
Jul 21, 1:28 PM By IOAN GRILLO, Associated
Protesters have taken over the
center of folkloric Oaxaca, making tourists show identification at makeshift
checkpoints, smashing the windows of quaint hotels and spray-painting
Police are nowhere in sight.
It's not the tranquil cultural gem beloved by
tourists from the United States and Europe. A month of protests to try to oust
the governor have forced authorities to cancel many events, including the
Guelaguetza dance festival.
"Most of the tourists have been scared
off. It doesn't look safe when you have
to go through a barricade and everybody is standing there with sticks and
stones," said Chris Schroers, a German who manages a restaurant in the
"The police are not
here. They don't dare to come into
While there have been no reports of
protesters attacking tourists, many visitors, including Lorena Valles, a
43-year-old from El Paso, Texas, have felt intimidated.
Valles and a group of friends went to the
city's main theater to see a play last weekend, only to find the event canceled
and hundreds of protesters wrecking the auditorium.
"There were people with masks and sticks
and slingshots breaking the auditorium windows and setting the building on
fire. That was kind of scary," Valles said. "The people here are
normally very nice."
The protest leaders, a mix of trade unionists
and leftists, say their fight is not with the tourists but with Gov. Ulises
Ruiz, whom they accuse of rigging the state election in 2004 and using force to
repress dissent. Ruiz belongs to the
Institutional Revolutionary Party, which has governed the state since 1929.
The movement exploded in late
June when police fired tear gas and attacked a demonstration of striking
teachers demanding wage increases of about 20 percent.
However, posters around the
city declare the movement is also against the Guelaguetza dance festival
because "only the rich and foreigners" can afford the $42 entrance
"We have seen the festival
of our people become a circus that is just for whites and gringos and
Europeans," said Rosendo Ramirez, 51, a spokesman for the Oaxaca People's
Assembly, formed to coordinate the protests.
Thousands have camped out in the city center,
sleeping under tarpaulins.
Speakers declare the revolution
has arrived, while dozens hold political debates.
Business leaders have called on the state to
intervene, but state Interior Secretary Heliodoro Diaz says authorities have to
tread carefully to avoid antagonizing the protesters.
Hotel and restaurant owners are lobbying the
Fox administration to help resolve the crisis.
They also want the government to declare Oaxaca a disaster area and
release federal funds normally reserved for areas hit by earthquakes and hurricanes.
Fox's spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, has played
down the problem, saying "it is annoying, but no more." Some analysts say Fox is hesitant to get
involved because he himself is under fire from supporters of Lopez Obrador who
claim the presidential election was tainted by fraud. Lopez Obrador lost to
conservative Felipe Calderon of Fox's National Action Party by less than 0.6
percent, according to official vote tallies.
Some fear the tensions might
explode if federal troops are sent in.
"There is rising social
conflict in Mexico and the government appears impotent and unable to confront
it," historian Lorenzo Meyer said.
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