GI SPECIAL 4D16:
An Execution In Radwaniya:
Husband Was Killed By The Americans, And He Deserved To
Die,” He Told Her
[Z writes: Ishikawa and Kuroshima would understand:
insert troops into a hell on earth and there's no way to
prevent atrocities. Yet the real fiends in their
capital suites are never spattered with a single drop of
blood. Solidarity, Z]
04/08/06 By Nir Rosen, Boston
Americans came for Sabah one Friday night in September. His
house in Radwaniya, on the western outskirts of Baghdad,
stood in a dry, yellow field surrounded by brick walls.
were parked in front the day I came to visit, two weeks
after Americans had shot him.
It was the month of Ramadan,
and our mouths were as dry as his yard. The resistance was
active in Radwaniya, and we drove through fields and dry
canals to avoid any checkpoints that might reveal to locals
that I was a foreigner. Journalists were targets now too.
The Americans had come maybe
20 times before to search for weapons in the house were
Sabah lived with his brothers Walid and Hussein, their
wives, and their six children. They knew where to look for
the single Kalashnikov rifle the family was permitted to
own. They had always been polite.
they didn’t act normal,” Hussein told me. “They were
running from all sides of the house. They kicked open the
doors. They didn’t wait for us.” With Iraqi National
Guardsmen standing outside, the Americans hit the brothers
with their rifle butts. Five soldiers were on each man.
Sabah’s nose was broken; Walid lay on the floor with a rifle
barrel in his mouth. The Shia translator told them to kill
Walid, but they ripped the gun out of his mouth instead,
tearing his cheek. The rest of the family was ordered out.
The translator asked the brothers where “the others” were
and cursed them, threatening to rape their sisters.
As the terrified family waited
outside on the road, they heard three shots and what sounded
to them like a scuffle inside.
The Iraqi National Guardsmen
tried to enter the house, but the translator cursed them,
too, and shouted, “Who told you to come in?”
minutes later Walid was dragged into the street. The
translator emerged with a picture of Sabah and asked for
Sabah’s wife. “Your husband was killed by the Americans, and
he deserved to die,” he told her. He tore the picture before
her face. Several soldiers came out of the house laughing.
Inside, the family found Sabah
Blood marked his shirt where
three bullets had entered his chest; two came out his back
and lodged in the wall behind him. American-made bullet
casings were on the floor. The house had been ransacked.
Sofas and beds were overturned and torn apart; tables,
closets, vases with plastic flowers were broken.
Sabah’s pictures had been torn
up and his identification card confiscated. Elsewhere in
the house one picture remained untouched—Sabah with his
three brothers and their father, smiling in happier times.
When Sabah was buried the next day his body was not
washed—martyrs are buried as they died.
Hussein told me that three
days before Sabah was killed, an American patrol had stopped
in front of Radwaniya’s shops and the Shia translator had
loudly taunted the locals, cursing and threatening them for
Sectarian tensions between
Sunnis and Shia had been escalating throughout the year, and
the Americans had done little to diffuse them.
Dead In Anbar Accident
A marine with the 1st Marine
logistics group died on Friday in Al Anbar province in a
motor vehicle accident, the US military announced,
Spc. Scott M. Bandhold
[Thanks to Alan S, who sent
April 15, 2006 BY GRAHAM
RAYMAN, Newsday Staff Writer
A North Merrick man who
traveled the world as an entertainer and then joined the
Army relatively late in life was killed April 12 in Iraq,
Pentagon officials said Friday.
Spc. Scott M. Bandhold, 37,
died when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee in
Misiab, officials said. A second soldier was killed and two
Bandhold, 52, a sergeant first class in the New York Army
National Guard, said Friday his brother was driving an
officer to a meeting.
He said the device was a
"shaped charge," a weapon often used by Iraqi insurgents to
target armored vehicles, and soldiers captured the bomber.
For Bandhold's far-flung
family, the death was the second major tragedy in less than
a year. In July, Joy Bandhold, Scott's mother, passed away
In Florida, upstate New York,
and Virginia, Bandhold's relatives remembered Scott as a
gregarious, upbeat man with wide interests and passions.
"He was a really happy,
optimistic, positive person," said his father, Hank
Bandhold, 72, of Florida. "Even when things were hard, the
sky was always blue and the sun was always shining."
Brother Don Bandhold, 50, of
Leesburg, Va., echoed that thought, and added haltingly, "I
wish I could have gotten to know him better. He's my hero."
"He could talk a starving pig
off a garbage truck," Joe Bandhold of upstate Morrisonville
said of his brother. "He was like this dancing, war guy.
It was a little strange, but he made it work."
Bandhold already showed
promise as a performer at age 7, said his dance teacher,
Donna Carbone-Schaeffer, who runs the Dance Arts Studio on
Merrick Avenue. He trained diligently through school, and
remained involved in the studio. "Even after he stopped
dancing, he still kept in touch," she said.
After graduating from Calhoun
High School, Bandhold entered show business. He worked at
Walt Disney World, then moved on to cruise ships and
corporate events. Finally he took a job at a casino in
Estoril, Portugal, where he met his future wife.
They married in 1995 and had
two children, Mariana, now 10, and Afonzo, now 9. The
couple divorced in 2001.
At age 34, Bandhold joined the
Army after he realized bad knees would prevent him from
continuing in show business. He had worked as a collection
agent for a while, but had had a hard time finding a job
that he liked. He yearned for more financial stability.
Bandhold was also inspired by
the Sept. 11 attacks. In a posting on a high school alumni
Web site, he described how while in Portugal after the
divorce, he watched the World Trade Center building fall.
"In what seemed like slow
motion, I watched as our Twin Towers crumbled to the
ground," he wrote. "I had to wait two years before I could
join (divorce, legal fees, etc.) the Army ... I deploy in
While he sometimes groused
about the desert and the heat, Bandhold was still supportive
of the war. "He was a patriot," Joe Bandhold said. "He even
re-enlisted in Iraq and begged my wife not to tell me."
Don Bandhold spoke with his
brother by phone two days before he died. "I'd mailed him a
box with candy and cookies in it, and I told him what was in
it," he said. "I told him I loved him."
Funeral arrangements were not
yet finalized Friday.
Mourns Lansing Marine
April 13, 2006 Internet
Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
CHICAGO: A 24-year-old Marine
from Lansing, Ill., was killed over the weekend in Iraq.
Lance Cpl. Philip John Martini
was killed Saturday by hostile small-arms fire in Al Karmah,
near Fallujah, according to the Web site iCasualties.org.
to a statement issued by Lt. Col. David Furness posted on
the site, Martini died after a "well-planned and coordinated
attack" by enemy forces, which U.S. Marines repelled.
Furness said Martini was moving to reinforce troops when he
Martini, who graduated in 2000
from Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, was
on his third deployment in Iraq since joining in 2003.
"My mother would like everyone
to mourn our loss second, for a celebration of his life, and
his contribution to it itself," said Martini's brother,
James, reading from a letter from Martini's mother.
He was a member of the 1st
Battalion 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. Joining the
Marine Corps had been a dream of Martini's.
"He said, 'Mom, if I'm joining
the Marines, I'm going to be a Marine. The best of the
best,'" James Martini said. "All of us will remember his
smile, his love of his family and friends, especially the
love of his big brothers."
Outside of Thornton Fractional
South High School, the flag rested at half-staff in
Martini's honor. To date, more than 2,300 soldiers have died
in the Iraq war.
"It wasn't something that you
ever dream could happen," said Anthony Martini, another
brother. "It was terrible. I think the past day, we've
learned to laugh a little more, reflect on Phil."
Funeral services will be held
Tuesday, April 18, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Drumm Funeral Home,
1200 E. 162nd St. in South Holland, Ill., according to the
Northwest Indiana Times. A mass in Martini's honor will be
held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Holy Ghost Catholic
Church, 700 E. 170th St. in South Holland.
Martini will be laid to rest
at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.
Martini's father urged anyone
who wanted to send flowers or condolences to instead make a
donation to the Injured Marines Fund.
"Phil was loved by cousins,
uncles, aunts, just as much as we loved him," said Martini's
father, Philip Martini. "He's so missed."
Dies After Iraq Attack
15 April 2006 BBC
soldier has died from injuries after an improvised device
exploded in southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The soldier, the 104th UK
military victim of the conflict, was a member of the Royal
Scots Dragoon Guards.
Three of his colleagues were
slightly injured in the attack.
Serving In Iraq Injured By Bomb Attack
Apr. 15, 2006 WTNH
A Canterbury man serving in
the U.S. Marines is recovering from a bomb attack in Iraq.
Lance Corporal Matthew Robbins
sustained a concussion Monday near Fallujah, Iraq, after the
Humvee in which he was riding hit an improvised bomb.
The 20-year-old Robbins has
been in Iraq with the First Battalion, 25th Marines, since
Robbins' mother, Kathleen
Robbins, said her son was kept under medical observation and
assigned light duty for a day before returning to the
battalion's unit of about 200 men. The battalion is based in
She said he has ringing in his
ears but has been told that the symptom of a concussion
should soon fade.
Destroys Humvee In Fallujah:
April 15 (Xinhua)
bomb struck a U.S. patrol in a town near Fallujah on
Saturday, destroying a U.S. Humvee, a local police source
"An explosive charge, planted
on the road between Fallujah City and Amriyat al-Fallujah
town, went off at about 7:00 a.m. (0300 GMT)," the source
told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
destroyed a U.S. Humvee, killing and wounding all aboard,"
the source said, adding the blast prompted the U.S. patrol
to open fire randomly at nearby houses.
The U.S. troops continued
random shooting for 15 minutes, wounding three civilians,
including a woman, and damaging several houses, the source
Says “The Humvee Was Not Designed To Be In A Fight”
The Army Expect It Would Be Used?”
Letters To The Editor
27 article “Chink in the armor: Added Humvee protection
brings its own risks” quoted an Army representative saying,
“The Humvee was not designed to be in a fight.”
that mean it was not designed to be on the battlefield?
did the Army expect it would be used to do the battlefield
support functions — command and control, logistics, liaison,
etc. — it was designed for?
Aren’t battlefields and battle
areas inherently dangerous places? Given its intended use
in the nonlinear battlefield area, why wasn’t the Humvee
designed as a light-armored vehicle in the first place? Why
weren’t survivability and force protection concerns?
We seem to
have designed a forward area support vehicle suited for some
mythically safe and remote rear area: a vehicle that would
have to be modified with armor kits if survivability became
Although we have touted the
terms “nonlinear battlefield” and “lethality of the modern
battlefield” and “force protection” for years, we have
ignored their obvious implications — and common sense — to
equip all battlefield forces accordingly.
Col. William E. Florence
ALL HOME NOW
A U.S. army soldier views
damage following an attack on a police post in Mosul April
14, 2006. REUTERS/Khaled Al-Mousily
THIS IS HOW
BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE
The casket of Cpl., Brian St.
Germain of West Warwick, R.I., at the Rhode Island Veterans
Cemetery in Exeter, R.I. April 12, 2006. The 22-year-old
Marine was killed in a flash flood in Iraq on April 2. (AP
Linked To Guantanamo Prisoner Torture:
Question At This Point Is Whether He Should Be Indicted”
April 15, 2006 Julian Borger
in Washington, The Guardian & 14 April 2006,
reports new evidence that Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld was intimately involved in prisoner abuse at the
Guantanamo Bay detention center.
According to a Dec. 20, 2005
Army inspector general's report on Maj. Gen. Geoffrey
Miller, the former commanding general in charge of Gitmo,
Rumsfeld approved an interrogation plan for Mohammed
al-Kahtani, the alleged 20th hijacker:
In a sworn statement to the
inspector general, (Lt. Gen. Randall) Schmidt described
Rumsfeld as "personally involved" in the interrogation and
said that the defense secretary was "talking weekly" with
Rumsfeld was directly linked to prisoner abuse for the first
time yesterday, when it emerged he had been "personally
involved" in a Guantلnamo Bay interrogation found by
military investigators to have been "degrading and abusive".
Rights Watch last night called for a special prosecutor to
be appointed to investigate whether the defence secretary
could be criminally liable for the treatment of Mohamed
al-Qahtani, a Saudi al-Qaida suspect forced to wear women's
underwear, stand naked in front of a woman interrogator, and
to perform "dog tricks" on a leash, in late 2002 and early
The US rights group said it
had obtained a copy of the interrogation log, which showed
he was also subjected to sleep deprivation and forced to
maintain "stress" positions; it concluded that the treatment
"amounted to torture".
According to a December report
by the army inspector general, obtained by Salon.com online
magazine, the investigators did not accuse the defence
secretary of specifically prescribing "creative" techniques,
but they said he regularly monitored the progress of the
al-Kahtani interrogation by telephone, and they argued he
had helped create the conditions that allowed abuse to take
"Where is the throttle on this
stuff?" asked Lt Gen Schmidt, an air force officer who said
in sworn testimony to the inspector general that he had
concerns about the duration and repetition of harsh
interrogation techniques. He said that in his view: "There
were no limits."
However, in the wake of the
inspector general's report, Human Rights Watch said: "The
question at this point is not whether secretary Rumsfeld
should resign, it's whether he should be indicted.
“General Schmidt's sworn
statement suggests Rumsfeld may have been perfectly aware of
the abuses inflicted on Mr al-Qahtani."
investigators found Mr Rumsfeld was "talking weekly" with
Gen Miller about the al-Qahtani interrogation.
2002, the defence secretary approved 16 harsh interrogation
techniques for use on Mr al-Qahtani, including forced
nudity, and "stress positions". However approval was revoked
Gen Miller insisted he was
unaware of details of the interrogation, but Gen Schmidt
said he found that “hard to believe" in view of Mr
Rumsfeld's evident interest in its progress.
Gen James Hill, former head of
Southern Command, recalled Gen Miller recommending
continuation of the interrogation, saying "We think we're
right on the verge of making a breakthrough."
then passed on the request to Mr Rumsfeld. "The secretary
said, 'Fine,'" Gen Hill remembered.
Arrested At Camp Casey
14 April 2006 By Scott
Daniel Ellsberg and Deedee
Miller were among fourteen arrested at the original Camp
Casey for again challenging the new restrictions passed by
McClellan County officials in September.
to an attorney representing the arrestees, the county did
not pass any new laws, but instead issued an "instruction"
to the county on enforcing already existing state laws of
which the group is clearly not in violation.
The fourteen arrived at the
original Camp Casey at around 10:30 am and set up a tent at
the side of the road and a couple dozen chairs. At around
11:30 am the county sheriff pulled up and was informed that
the group intended to stay. The sheriff then informed them
that he would call in more officers and anyone who stayed in
the tent would be arrested.
About twenty minutes later, a
dozen officers arrived and immediately issued a warning that
if the group did not take down the tent in ten minutes
anyone in the tent would be arrested. The protesters then
erected two more tents. The fourteen arrested took turns
getting into the tents and were arrested one by one in an
The fourteen have been taken
to McClellan County jail for processing. Following the
arrests Ann Wright, one of the eleven arrested in November,
vowed that they will continue to return to the Crawford
location until their right to protest there is restored.
FIRE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE:
CUSTER BATTLES HEATS UP
[Thanks to JF, who sent this
APRIL 12, 2006 Corporate Crime
One thing is clear.
They don’t like each other.
On one side – Robert Isakson
and William “Pete” Baldwin – who sued Custer Battles under
the False Claims Act.
On the other, Scott Custer,
Mike Battles, and the defense contracting firm they set up
to make millions in Iraq.
Last month, a federal jury in
Alexandria found that Custer Battles defrauded the U.S.
government on one contract with the Coalition Provisional
Authority. That jury verdict opened the way to a $10
million payout to the government and the two relators –
Isakson and Baldwin – who brought the case under the False
The federal government refused to join the case.
Isakson and Baldwin have
another False Claims Act case pending against Custer
Battles. That case will go to trial sometime later this
A federal criminal
investigation into Custer Battles is ongoing.
interview with Corporate Crime Reporter, the lawyer for
Custer Battles, Robert Rhoad, a partner at Porter, Wright in
Washington, D.C., alleged that DRC, Inc. a company headed by
Isakson – is being investigated by the federal government
for fraud on contracts in Central America.
“Bush, You Asked Us To Bring It On, And So Have We. Have
You Another Challenge?”
Names Their Strategy
Redeploy And Spoil”
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insurgent strategy includes detailed instructions on how
to fight on the urban battlefield, including how to
overrun a city or town, to prove it is possible; how
long to stay before security forces arrive and put a
cordon in place; how long the insurgents should stay
away after they have fled; and when they should return
and attack the cordon from the outside.
April 17, 2006 By Greg Grant,
Army Times staff writer [Excerpts]
President Bush touts last
year’s joint U.S.-Iraqi offensives in Tal Afar as a success
for the administration’s “clear, hold and build” strategy.
insurgents also claim victory in the northwestern Iraqi
town, and they call their strategy recoil, redeploy and
spoil, says an analyst who scrutinizes insurgent training
The jury is still out.
mere fact that Sunni insurgents have developed a cohesive
and widely distributed strategy indicates a sophisticated
system for gathering lessons on the battlefield and adapting
doctrine to suit.
In published communiqués and
on their own Web sites, insurgents explain that their new
strategy is meant to avoid toe-to-toe shootouts with U.S.
troops and instead attack Iraqi security forces at a time
and place of their choosing, preferably when U.S. troops
The insurgents’ strategy of
recoil, redeploy and spoil came out of an extensive, and
often angry, debate in the aftermath of the Fallujah battles
in 2004, where the insurgents suffered heavy casualties
attempting to defend the city, said Peter Harling, an
analyst with the International Crisis Group, an independent
think tank that conducts field research in conflict zones.
Some insurgents thought the price paid in lives attempting
to hold Fallujah was too high, and the groups now agree they
shouldn’t try to hold ground in the face of American
insurgent strategy includes detailed instructions on how to
fight on the urban battlefield, including how to overrun a
city or town, to prove it is possible; how long to stay
before security forces arrive and put a cordon in place; how
long the insurgents should stay away after they have fled;
and when they should return and attack the cordon from the
ICG spent two years examining
Iraqi insurgent communications, including Web sites, chat
rooms, leaflets, magazines and videos.
The group’s findings reveal an
increasingly sophisticated Sunni insurgency dominated by a
few large groups with an increasingly cohesive message, ICG
Middle East director Rob Malley said March 8 in a
presentation at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies in Washington.
insurgents’ confidence level has risen exponentially,”
Malley said. “They believe the U.S. is on its way out.”
increasingly important field in insurgent literature is in
lessons learned from the battlefield, Harling said.
tactical discussions take place on Internet chat rooms and
in magazines about how to counter American air power with
small-arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and
provide advice on how to attack convoys and build
sophisticated roadside bombs. Insurgents also release videos
that show sniper attacks, roadside bomb attacks against
American patrols and mortar attacks against American bases.
Harling said the insurgents’
publicized strategy is resource-oriented, as they believe
U.S. involvement in Iraq is unsustainable. They instruct
snipers to target officers because they are more costly to
replace, and to attack fuel convoys.
insurgent group Ansar al-Sunna also releases daily
communiqués and publishes a monthly magazine.
Islamic Army in Iraq publishes the monthly “al-Fursan,”
which often runs up to 50 pages. The Islamic Front of
the Iraqi Resistance issues weekly updates of alleged
attacks, runs a Web site and publishes a monthly
A video on
one insurgent Web site declares, in English, that the Iraq
insurgency is writing a new chapter in urban warfare. The
video closes with a voice saying, “Bush, you asked us to
bring it on, and so have we. Have you another challenge?”
“If You Are
Brave, Come And Get Him”
April 16, 2006 By
KIRK SEMPLE, The New York Times Company
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 15:
Dozens of Iraqi police officers caught in a deadly ambush
north of Baghdad on Thursday were still missing on Saturday,
and their colleagues feared that some had been captured by
insurgents or killed, police officials said.
A major in the Najaf police
force, who was granted anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak to reporters, said Saturday that Iraqi
authorities had accounted for only about 60 officers,
including 1 dead, 18 wounded and more than 40 survivors who
had returned safely to police headquarters.
The rest were missing and
presumed to be kidnapped, dead, hiding or to have not yet
reported for duty in Najaf, officials said.
officials at the Najaf headquarters said that when they
tried calling the cellphone of one of the missing officers,
an unidentified man answered, laughed chillingly and said,
"If you are brave, come and get him."
Apr 15 AFP News &
Associated Press & Borzou Daragahi,
Los Angeles Times & Aljazeera & Reuters & April 16, 2006 By
KIRK SEMPLE, The New York Times Company
explosion ripped through an oil pipeline north of the
capital Baghdad, setting the pipeline on fire and sending a
thick black smoke billowing.
The blast hit a section of the
pipeline in al-Fatha area, 90 kilometres (55 miles)
southwest of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The pipeline is
one of a network of lines linking the Baiji refinery, 260
kilometres north of Baghdad to the Kirkuk hub.
The cause of the explosion was
unknown but residents suspected it was a sabotage.
electricity workers were killed and another injured when
mortar shells landed on an electricity station on Saturday
in al-Mussayeb, 60 kilometres south of Baghdad, station
shelling killed one engineer and one manual worker, injured
another manual worker and forced the suspension of
generating electricity that feeds central and southern
Baghdad areas, according to station workers.
army soldiers were killed Saturday when the convoy in which
they were travelling was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad's
dangerous Al-Dura neighbourhood. Eight soldiers were
Four police officers were
injured in the explosion of a car bomb parked near a
restaurant in eastern Baghdad. A car bomb parked on the
side of the road went off next to Khalid al-Sayyid
restaurant in eastern Baghdad as a group of Iraqi police
stopped to have lunch. At least two vehicles were damaged
in the blast.
11 employees of a company making concrete blast barriers
used at military checkpoints were shot to death in a square
Friday morning. The men had been seized by guerrillas as
they left work Thursday.
In Basra, four fighters killed
Lt. Col. Ali Muhammad Abdul Latif, the chief of the city's
traffic police, and wounded his driver, the police said.
An official from Basra's riot
police division, Saleh Abdul Karim al-Asadi, was also
killed, police officials said, adding that Mr. Asadi's
bullet-riddled body was found Saturday under a bridge.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
From: Soldier X (Ret’d)
To: GI Special
Sent: April 15, 2006
I love the
was my division commander. I always thought of him as a
I guess he
is joining the anti-rummy squad.
good for something I guess, but I still wouldn't trust him
right. And, for anybody who missed it, here’s the quote
again. And see the following article about his target
selection expertise. T]
chilly December night in 2004, General Batiste introduced
Rumsfeld to his soldiers thus: ‘This is a man with the
courage and the conviction to win the war on terrorism.’”
April 14, 2006 Washington Times]
Lousy Target Selection
April 14, 2006 By Greg Palast,
The Guardian [Excerpt]
Even the generals' complaint
-- that Rumsfeld didn't give them enough troops -- was
ultimately a decision of the cowboy from Crawford.
(And by the
way, the problem was not that we lacked troops -- the
problem was that we lacked moral authority to occupy this
troops would not be enough -- the insurgents would just have
let me give you a bit of advice about choosing a target:
What do you think?
Comments from service men and women, and veterans, are
especially welcome. Send to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Name, I.D., address
withheld unless publication requested. Replies
Tells The Truth:
Been In The Middle East More Than 50 Years”
The Dependency Upon Oil Has Developed”
for the U.S. Empire, who serve Bush, and provide political
cover for his butchering of Iraqis, try to distract public
attention from reality by spewing out silly articles about
how U.S. middle eastern policy is controlled by Israel.
neo-Nazi scum, some may well be on the CIA payroll, others
confuse their deluded fantasies with reality, but the result
is the same: to relieve the U.S. Imperial class of
responsibility for 50 years of oppression, exploitation, and
U.S. control operating in the region, including the creation
of the racist Zionist terrorist state of Israel to do their
propagandists serve the enemy. Nail their lies to the
Hearing Of The Military
Quality Of Life And Veterans Affairs, And Related Agencies
Subcommittee Of The House Appropriations Committee on March
14, 2006 [Excerpt]
ABIZAID: Sir, we've been in the Middle East more than 50
years. We've been in the Middle East ever since the --
however you would like to call the dependency upon oil has
developed. And our forces have been there either as naval,
air or land forces in one way or another for an awful long
time. And once the British pulled out the Arabian gulf, it
became more and more necessary for us to provide more and
more force in the region.
So do we need 200,000
Americans in the Middle East for the next 20 years? No, but
we've got to stabilize Iraq. We've got to stabilize
We need to
maintain a presence that protects the small nations and
ensures the continued stability of the region
and the flow of those
resources that are essential to our well-being.
4.10.06 The Wall St. Journal
Carter Doctrine of 1980, the U.S. committed to defending its
interests in the Persian Gulf, the source of almost
two-thirds of world oil reserves.
That led to
a military mobilization in the region that cost the U.S.
some $20 billion a year since the 1980s, according to a
relatively conservative estimate by Amy Myers Jaffe, an
expert at Rice University.
Disrespectfully Dedicated To The
Idiot Asshole Brain-Dead No-Talent Hack Reporters Who Keep
Writing About “Gunmen”
14 April 2006 By Vanessa
Arrington, The Associated Press
[D]ozens of Iraqi police
remained missing and nine were dead after insurgents
ambushed their convoy Thursday evening as they left a U.S.
base where they had picked up new vehicles, Iraqi and U.S.
heard cries of "Allahu akbar," or God is great, and "long
live jihad" broadcast by loudspeaker from a nearby mosque,
Suddenly insurgents, including some women,
opened fire and triggered a roadside bomb.
Muslims And Palestinians Is Disgraceful”
Sucking Up To The Imperial Democrats, As Usual]
April 13, 2006 By STAN HELLER,
country will a huge peace coalition hold an anti-war rally
have nothing to say about Iran, Israel and Palestine or
Afghanistan? Is the answer Israel? Turkey? Micronesia?
On April 29 United for Peace
and Justice is holding a big demonstration in New York City
called "March for Peace, Justice and Democracy". The only
"peace" demand mentioned is bringing troops home from Iraq.
mentioned Israel. UFPJ doesn't want to say anything about
Condemn "unending oil war" and
that's the beginning and ending of analysis.
The Christian Zionists who see
a Jewish conquest of Palestine as the start of Armageddon?
They don't really matter. AIPAC, which draws half the Senate
and a third of the House to their blood-curdling
conventions. Not really worth mentioning, not even the 2006
gathering which was devoted to demands that the US "take
care" of Iran. Bush himself has stated, "We will use
military might to protect our ally Israel", but why get into
And those pesky Palestinians.
Yes, they have their troubles,
but why mention them in an anti-war movement?
As if Israeli war-mongering
wasn't based on its apartheid-like oppression of
Palestinians. As if an Israeli official hadn't publicly said
that wiping out Saddam would help Israel impose a new
"order" on the Palestinians. As if the al-Qaeda killers
haven't tried to adopt the Palestinian cause as their own.
Bringing up Palestine in
connection with the war will just alienate us from those
thousands and thousands of Israel partisans who are just
itching to join the movement once we get rid of our
the UFPJ rally call is a rush to the Democrats.
grassroots activists pushed the UFPJ and ANSWER coalitions
into having one successful giant demonstration on September
24, 2005, UFPJ passed a resolution to never work with ANSWER
the bleeding hearts who sympathize with the Arabs and
Muslims and the Dems will pick up votes in the heartland.
We have three weeks.
has to be done to change the political direction of UFPJ.
Muslims and Palestinians is disgraceful.
about Israel is inexcusable.
We need to
pressure the out of touch UFPJ leadership.
We need public statements,
petitions and a ton of emails to the UFPJ steering committee
at their address email@example.com
to change the demands and to get speakers who'll talk about
all the realities of the war.
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Ask The 4th ID To Go Out And Put Their Lives On The Line For
A Sewer Repair”
April 16, 2006 By John Ward
Anderson and Bassam Sebti, Washington Post Foreign Service
BAGHDAD -- On the southern
outskirts of Baghdad, a sewage treatment plant that was
repaired with $13.5 million in U.S. funds sits idle while
all of the raw waste from the western half of Baghdad is
dumped into the Tigris River, where many of the capital's 7
million residents get their drinking water.
the Karkh sewage plant is Iraq's most advanced sanitary
landfill, a new, 20-acre, $32 million dump -- also paid for
by the United States -- with a liner to prevent groundwater
It has not
had a load of garbage dropped off since the manager of the
sewer plant was killed four months ago. Iraqis consider the
access roads too dangerous, and Iraqi police rarely venture
into the area, a haven for insurgents who regularly lob
mortar shells across the city into the Green Zone less than
six miles away.
nightmare -- you can't ask the 4th ID to go out and put
their lives on the line for a sewer repair," said Charles
Thomas, 59, a water contracting specialist with the Army
Corps of Engineers who lives in Potomac.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Army Of Occupation Butchers Another Child:
Interrogator Replied: ‘Democracy Is Only For The TV’”
March 29, 2006 By Gideon Levy,
A bullet in
the head from a distance of a few meters, fired suddenly and
without warning shots aimed at the wheels, which the Israel
Defense Forces claims there were. This is the way undercover
soldiers from the Border Police killed Akaber Zaid, an
eight-and-a-half year-old, who was on her way to the doctor,
according to her uncle, who was with her and was also
Little Akaber was going to the
doctor and he did indeed see her, but there was no longer a
reason for him to do so. She had been on the way to have him
remove stitches from her chin, but instead arrived dead at
the same doctor's office, with her head smashed and her
Soldiers from the Border
Police's undercover unit, known by the Hebrew acronym Yamas,
shot at her uncle's taxi at close range as he was parking
the vehicle next to the doctor's office. All the soldiers'
claims, as presented to the media by the IDF, to the effect
that they had shot at the taxi's wheels in accordance with
the "regulations for arresting a suspect," were nothing but
lies, says the girl's uncle, who was sitting next to her.
The car was sprayed from the
right and from behind with bullets, which entered through
its windows. The shots were fired from just a few meters
away, the uncle stresses, in the light of a street lamp.
We saw the taxi this week: All
its wheels are intact. However, those who carried out the
"investigations" on behalf of the IDF and the Border Police
did not even bother to examine the vehicle, or to question
the man who had driven it. He was also wounded and is
We also took testimony from
him and could not find a single fact on the ground that
contradicts what he reports: The undercover soldiers shot
at the girl from two directions, from nearby and, the uncle
says, without warning. No soldier with a gun, certainly not
an expert sharpshooter from the Yamas, would aim at close
range at wheels and hit someone in the head instead.
Down the road, hundreds of
meters from the shooting, are the remaining signs of the
destruction wreaked by the Border Police. Not one wanted man
was detained, but a five-story apartment block was badly
damaged and there are wrecks of cars that were completely
crushed, one after the other, still standing in the street.
Why did the undercover
soldiers shoot at a young girl? How could they dare claim
they aimed at the wheels? Why did they have to shoot at
innocent people in a taxi in the first place? Why did they
wreak such havoc? Why did they crush vehicles that were the
last source of income for their owners? What is the
difference between this action on the soldiers' part and a
terrorist attack? And why are these questions not being
The father did not accompany
his daughter to Dr. Samara. He said he could not bear to see
the doctor removing the stitches from her little chin.
Akaber was a second-grade pupil from the village of
Al-Yamoun, northwest of Jenin. In her picture from
kindergarten, she can be seen wearing a square black
graduation cap, like those worn by university graduates and
people receiving doctorates. That is the custom in the
Al-Yamoun kindergarten: The children who excel are
photographed with the special hat. That is how she will
remain in the collective consciousness of that town, whose
sons once worked in Israel.
not the first girl they are burying. How many children were
killed in Al-Yamoun in the past few years? The school
principal, who came to pay his condolences to the family,
begins to list them, one by one, but stops suddenly and
asks: "Why should I count them? Are we finished having our
The father enters the
mourners' room in the local council building, his eyes red
with crying. Abdel Rahman Zaid, 31, the father of six,
drives a commercial van that travels in the West Bank, when
possible. About three weeks ago, Akaber fell on the stairs
in her house and hurt her chin. Last Friday it was time to
remove the stitches.
When Abdel Rahman returned
from work, he asked his brother Kamal--a 27-year-old taxi
driver, whom he calls Hamoudi--to go with Akaber to the
doctor's house on the hill, where he has his office. It was
Friday night, the last night of her life. His brother took
the girl and she sat beside him in the passenger seat. The
father stresses that the taxi's windows were transparent;
there were no curtains covering them or hiding the
could see the occupants, any soldier from the Yamas could
see that there was a small girl with a braid sitting there.
The two left for the doctor's
and soon reached his street. From his bed in the government
hospital in Jenin, his wounded hand in a bandage, Kamal
relates that after parking, he suddenly noticed some
soldiers to the right of the car. It is a narrow road and
they were standing barely a few meters away. He says they
began firing immediately, from the right and from behind.
Only after that did he hear shouting in Hebrew, which he
does not speak. Little Akaber was already lying on the seat
with her head smashed.
Kamal lifted her up in his
arms; the soldiers instructed him to leave her on the road.
Thus, they remained on the road--the dead girl and her
The Yamas soldiers ordered him
to stand, to lift up his shirt and then to sit back down.
They continued to shoot in the air, Kamal says. A neighbor
took the girl to the doctor who was expecting her. From
there she was taken to the hospital in Jenin where her death
arm was bandaged on the spot and he was taken by military
Jeep for interrogation. He says the soldiers beat him.
There was a dog in the vehicle, who sniffed him, and a
soldier called Raslan who, he says, hit him in the head when
he spoke Arabic. Kamal took three bullets in the arm and
leg. He says seven bullets hit the girl, three of them in
The yellow Renault taxi tells
the story: Its wheels are intact, but its body is riddled
with bullet holes. The back window is shattered, and there
are bullet holes in the back head rest and in its sides.
There are blood stains everywhere, the blood of the dead
girl and her wounded uncle. All this time, they hid her
death from her father. Abdel Rahman had heard the shots--the
doctor's office is not far from their house--but he never
thought of his daughter somehow, only of his brother. He
went to the doctor's office and there they told him that
Akaber had been wounded.
The doctor injected him with a
sedative, and he says he did not wake up until morning. Only
when he awoke and went home, at about 5 A.M., did his other
brother break the bad news. His wife already knew: She heard
the news on an Arabic-language TV station.
Through his tears, the father
wants to tell us something: The girl's mother, Ikram, was
born in Israel. Akaber was also Israeli. She was born in a
Nazareth hospital and has an Israeli birth certificate. She
was buried in the Al-Yamoun cemetery on Saturday morning.
The IDF Spokesman: "On March
17, while a special forces unit of the Border Police was
engaged in arresting wanted men in the village of Al-Yamoun,
northwest of Jenin, the unit surrounded an area in which
there was a suspicion that wanted men were hiding. During
the operation, the force saw a taxi that seemed suspicious
approaching the area and began the procedure of arresting a
suspect. When it failed to heed the soldiers' calls, they
opened fire in the direction of the taxi."
think the uncle would not have heeded the calls to stop if
indeed the soldiers had called out? The man was taking his
little niece to the doctor. The army announced merely that
"the IDF regrets harming the Palestinian girl and is
conducting a comprehensive examination of the circumstances
of the event."
The scene of the destruction:
A Palestinian bulldozer removed the wreckage next to the
Zaid family's house on Sunday. A five-story building, which
the soldiers suspected was housing wanted men, has been
partially destroyed. The family members are now covering
the huge holes in it with gray bricks, and its elegant
columns are in danger of collapsing. In the yard below are
the other wrecked cars: a yellow Mercedes taxi, a white
Subaru, and another few pieces of metal that were once cars.
Mohammed Zaid, who owns one of
the apartments, emerges from the debris: "This is the Jewish
army--this is the bad Jewish army," shouts his uncle who is
with him. Mohammed recalls that at about seven on Friday
night, he saw another group of soldiers outside his grocery
shop. They demanded that he tell all the residents to leave
There are five large
families--families of a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, a
teacher--living in the five stories. All the tenants went
out into the street and had to wait there until
morning--dozens of children, women and men--until the
soldiers finished their work.
Mohammed says that the women
and children acted as a barrier between the area where
people were shooting at the soldiers, from one house, and
the area where the Border Police was returning fire. When
the building had been evacuated, they sent Mohammed to turn
the lights on in all the rooms to see if someone was still
An IDF bulldozer was ready to
tear the structure down. Mohammed says he suggested the
soldiers accompany him to see that no one was left inside,
but they shut him up, saying, "We know what work we have to
Around midnight, the bulldozer
started tearing things down. The house across the street
was also damaged.
Mohammed says he asked an
officer: "Does Israeli law permit you to do this?" The
officer said, according to Mohammed: "Go and complain at the
brother, a dentist, whose clinic was completely destroyed,
tried to tell an officer that he was a doctor "for humans,"
and the officer replied: "Shut up."
was taken for interrogation at the Salem facility and was
released only on Saturday at noon. He says he told his
interrogator: "On TV, you say you are a democracy." The
interrogator replied: "Democracy is only for the TV."
teacher, says: "I always tell my pupils that we like peace.
What will I tell them now? That this is what peace looks
We go to the top of the hill
where Akaber was killed. A sign points the way to Dr.
Samara's clinic. Someone has placed a row of little stones
on the road where the taxi stood, to mark where the little
body was. The bloodstains have not yet been wiped away.
From an old elections poster,
Yasser Arafat's picture looks down on this makeshift
memorial to Akaber.
out what life is like under a murderous military occupation
by a foreign power, go to:
www.rafahtoday.org The foreign army is Israeli; the
occupied nation is Palestine.]
“Kuroshima's Work Continues”
To: GI Special
Sent: April 10, 2006
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'Kuroshima's work continues.'
Marines, Airmen, And Sailors; Sisters And Brothers!
The war in Iraq is in its
third year. U.S. imperialists have sent you to a country
halfway around the world armed with rifles, cannons, and
bombs. The struggle between Europe, China, and the U.S. for
the world’s oil supply has intensified.
Have you really come to free
Iraqis? Have you really come to keep the world safe from
No! Absolutely not!
Look for yourselves: you are
neither helping the Iraq working class take power nor
fighting the system that gives rise to terrorism.
You are protecting convoys to
continue the occupation and securing a population and
territory to establish a pro-U.S. imperialist regime.
Who does that benefit? Not
you or Iraq’s working class.
The lives of Iraqi people have
only gotten worse since the U.S. invasion. Poverty and
unemployment hang in the air like dark clouds in a
thunderstorm, they are everywhere. Lack of clean water,
medicine, and sanitation bred under Saddam; the first Gulf
War, and U.N. sanctions left half a million dead in the
Today the situation is sadly
the same. For decades Shiites, and Sunnis, Muslim and
non-Muslim, Arab and non-Arab were neighbors and married
Now strife between competing
Islamic capitalists and ethnic capitalist factions threatens
to throw the country into civil war. Iraqi civilians die by
the dozens from U.S. and insurgent attacks. And for what?
Sisters and brothers! You who
have been workers and students! You must not be misled by
words about fighting terrorism and spreading freedom and
democracy. Back at home you were exploited by capitalists
in the workplace. In Iraq they are asking you to risk your
lives fighting a bloody war for the benefit of the
Who will pay for the huge cost
of the intervention?
Who will take the bullets and
The politicians, corporate
bosses, and generals? No! It is you white, Latino, black,
and Asian working class troops. You will bleed and spill
Who will pay the hundreds of
billions of dollars for the war? The rich? No! Every meal
you eat, every piece of uniform you wear, every gallon of
fuel you burn is indirectly charged to you without fail and
paid for by your taxes.
The year in the desert is
tax-free but you will be paying for this war the rest of
Have you gotten a penny from
Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, or Chevron Texaco?
Have your lives been made
easier by American banks ready to receive billions once a
stable-pro-U.S. economy is in place?
You haven’t and you won’t.
Working people pay for this war in lives and taxes.
Iraq is only the second in a
series of wars to make the Middle East into the U.S.’s
backyard, like Latin America. For a decade U.S. military
bases have slowly been surrounding the oil-rich Caspian Sea,
South Asia, Russia, and China.
The big fat capitalists are
trying to keep tight control of the world’s oil, not to keep
prices cheap for U.S. workers, but to control the
oil-dependent economies of regional rivals around the
U.S. bosses are attacking
workers in the U.S. to do this. The hard-won crumbs of
social security, veterans’ benefits, public housing, public
education, are all being cut and frozen.
Hikes in public services fees
and public university tuition throughout the country draw
the cost of war from working people and make exploiting you
Life is already hard and in
coming years living standards in the U.S. will fall
drastically. All the while, the rulers spend billions to
consolidate police, military, intelligence forces and
Homeland security, not to fight terrorism, but to strangle
working people like you from fighting back.
Think, sisters and brothers!
The Democrats, Republicans,
and all the politicians and generals who sent you there are
your worst class enemy! They sent you to fight the
anti-U.S. and Islamic capitalists.
Not to get rid of them and
stop exploiting Iraqis but to set up pro-U.S. capitalists.
Imperialism is exploiting and crushing both U.S. and Iraqi
“Hajji” is not your enemy.
Working people in Iraq are your allies! The capitalists in
Iraq, the U.S., and worldwide are your enemies!
U.S. troops, brothers and
Stop obeying orders to occupy
Stop brandishing your weapons
against the working people of the Middle East.
Draw your fellow troops into
the long-term fight against capitalism.
Combine forces with Iraq’s
workers and poor.
Turn imperialist war into
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