to Mark Shaprio, who sent this in.]
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Three U.S. Soldiers Killed In Anbar
09 Aug 2006 Reuters
Three U.S. soldiers were killed in action in
the restive Iraqi province of Anbar, the U.S. military said. The three were
assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Armoured Division, the military said in a
Two U.S. Servicemen Missing After Anbar Chopper
August 9, 2006 Reuters
The US military says two US servicemen are
missing in Iraq's restive Anbar province after their helicopter crashed.
The military says the helicopter went down on
Tuesday (local time) with six crew on board. Four survived and are in a stable condition.
"We are using all the resources
available to find our missing comrades," Marine spokesman Major Riccoh Player said in a statement.
The helicopter, a US Army Blackhawk UH 60
from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, was on an area familiarisation
Marine Fought For
Place In History;
Frederick County Native Was Due Home This Month
Cpl. James W. Higgins Jr., 22, was fatally shot in the chest in Anbar province,
his mother said. (Family Photo)
August 2, 2006 By
Nelson Hernandez, Washington Post Staff Writer
Lance Cpl. James W. Higgins Jr. was
fascinated by the past. His favorite
musician was Frank Sinatra; his favorite comedians, Abbott and Costello; his
favorite books, histories -- particularly anything about World War II.
And when the Frederick County native saw his
chance to serve his country and become part of history in the making, as part
of a new global war, he jumped at it.
He grabbed his piece of history, but it cost
him. The Pentagon announced Monday that
Higgins was killed Thursday in Anbar province, a desert region in western Iraq
that is the heartland of the Sunni-led insurgent movement.
His mother, Deborah Higgins, said he died of
a gunshot wound to the chest. His unit, the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment,
1st Marine Division, is at Camp Fallujah, a base about 35 miles west of
Baghdad. The red sign at the camp's gate
had been a welcome sight when he returned from missions, his family said.
Higgins, 22, was to return from his tour of
duty this month. He had a first-class
ticket that would have taken him from his base at Camp Pendleton, Calif., to
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall
Airport on Aug. 26, his family said.
His body returned to Maryland yesterday.
After making funeral arrangements, his relatives went back to their two-story
home in Thurmont, a tidy place with an American flag, a lawn, a white picket fence.
His younger brother, Joseph, 20, was hardly
able to speak in anything but a whisper. He held his brother's big, black Casio
G-Shock watch, still set eight hours ahead to Iraqi time.
Pictures of Higgins were piled up on the
kitchen table. The family recalled a young man who was naturally disciplined
but who had a fun streak.
Higgins made the honor roll at Catoctin High School, where he graduated in 2003, and
earned several awards for his participation in the Civil Air Patrol. Conscious of his public appearance, he
sometimes wore his uniform to class. He
showered, shaved and dressed neatly even for a run to the grocery store, his
family said. He was also intensely
competitive, playing football all four years of high school.
His sister, Melinda Sue, said his final game
was memorable: "The guys just wanted to end the season and get on with
their lives. But he wanted to win. The game was dead, and all of a sudden you
just saw James pick up the ball and score a touchdown."
When he wasn't at school, he was often at
home, playing PlayStation 2 and Xbox video games on a 75-inch television or
watching TV programs, his mother said.
His hero was R. Lee Ermey, a retired Marine
gunnery sergeant who hosts the History Channel show "Mail Call."
After a brief time at Frederick Community
College, Higgins enlisted in the Marines in April 2005, graduating in the top 5
percent of recruits going through boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. When he got
the news that he was going to Iraq, he was excited, writing "OFF TO
WAR!" on his calendar for Jan. 19.
"He thought it was an honor to be part
of the military," his mother said. "He had his worries, obviously,
but he kept saying it'd be all right."
As he neared the end of his
tour, he became eager to come home. He
sent home a photo of him standing next to a Humvee. His eyes are shadowed, his face harder than
in the pictures of him smiling before the war; perhaps because of the bright
desert sun, but the symbolism was not lost on his mother.
When she asked about it, he
told her: "This place changes people."
Her last conversation with him
was July 23. "When he called me
Sunday, he told me it was getting really bad," she said. "The danger
had escalated so much."
"Be safe," she remembered telling
Haven Marine Dies In
August 2, 2006 By
Bill Rufty, The Ledger
LAKELAND: Christian B. Williams, Chris to his
friends and fellow workers at Hughes Supply in Winter Haven, loved the Marine
From his days at Lake Region High School in
the Marine JROTC through re-enlistments, he was a
dedicated Marine, rising to the rank of sergeant.
On Saturday, Williams, 27, of Winter Haven,
died in Iraq.
He, Lance Cpl. Anthony E. Butterfield, 19, of
Clovis, Calif., and Cpl. Phillip E. Baucus, 28, of Wolf Creek, Mont., were
killed during combat operations in Al Anbar province, the Department of Defense
said in a release Tuesday. Baucus was the nephew of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, DMontana.
The three were were
assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine
Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force based in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
The military release reporting Williams'
death does not explain the depth of feeling he had for his country, the Marines
and his family and friends, a close friend said.
"We have been friends for more than 13
years," said Derrick Lettau. "We were in
Marine JROTC together at Lake Region." Williams
was a platoon leader in the high school unit, as was Lettau.
who left the Marines on a medical discharge two years ago, said he and Williams
had served together briefly in North Carolina, but most of the time they were
in different units.
Through the day Tuesday, customers at Hughes
Supply learned the sad news.
Williams worked in the electrical section of
the store during leaves and between stints in the service, said Lettau, who is a fulltime employee at Hughes.
His parents, Jack and Lisa Williams of Winter
Haven, declined to speak Tuesday until learning more about his death, said Lettau, who was acting as spokesman for the family.
Williams was the fifth member
of the military with connections to Polk County to die in Iraq.
Roadside Bomb That
Kills Guardsman Also Injured Another
Aug 03, 2006 By The
OMAHA: A roadside bomb in Iraq that killed an
Army National Guardsman from Pender also injured another Guardsman from Beemer.
Spc. Benjamin Marksmeier,
20, suffered serious leg wounds in the same attack that killed Spc. Joshua
Ford, 20, Monday in An Numaniyah in south-central
Iraq, according to family members. The men were riding in the same truck, army
Ford and Marksmeier
both were members of the Wayne-based Detachment 1, 189th Transportation
Company. Marksmeier graduated in 2004 from Wisner-Pilger High School, and Ford graduated in 2004 from Pender
family said they would travel to Texas in the next few days to meet him after
he is transported there from Germany. Marksmeier’s
brother, Chadwick Marksmeier, 24, serves with the
same unit, and traveled with Benjamin Marksmeier to
Ford joined the guard while still attending
Pender High School and learned to drive heavy trucks.
Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Wieland,
who works full time for the guard at the armory in Wayne, said Tuesday that he
was a friend of the Ford family.
He said Ford loved the guard and even talked
three of his friends into joining the 189th. They were among the 180 or so
guardsman who were sent to Iraq in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
One of those friends, Pfc. Jeffrey Meyer of
Wayne, was in the same convoy as Ford and Marksmeier
when the truck was hit.
“He just happened to look back in his
rearview mirror and saw that it got blown up,” said Meyer’s
girlfriend, Jamie Peatrowsky of Omaha. She said she
talked to Meyer by telephone on Wednesday.
“He went over to Josh’s vehicle
and pulled him out,” Peatrowsky said.
The unit was activated in August and landed
in Kuwait on Oct. 31, Wieland said.
Ford was survived by his fiancee,
Michelle Frohlich of Pender; his father, Lonnie W.
Ford; three sisters, Erin, Jessica and Shawn; grandmother, Ella Petersen of
North Bend; and a nephew, William Dyer.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO COMPREHENSIBLE REASON TO BE
IN THIS EXTREMELY HIGH RISK LOCATION AT THIS TIME, EXCEPT THAT A CROOKED
POLITICIAN WHO LIVES IN THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS YOU THERE, SO HE WILL LOOK GOOD.
not a good enough reason.
A U.S. soldier
aboard an armoured vehicle near the scene of two roadside bomb attacks in the Saidiya district, south of Baghdad July 15, 2006. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud (IRAQ)
New Zealand Mercenary Dies In
10 August 2006 By
NICK CHURCHOUSE, Stuff.NZ
Te Ina Marokura Ngamata, 37, died when his truck transporting workers was
bombed in an attack on Tuesday night.
Mr Ngamata was
employed by international security firm Armourgroup,
the same company that employed six Fijian security guards killed in insurgent
attacks on transport convoys since April.
Hamilton security firm Red Key International
employed staff in Iraq but did not have any New Zealanders there at present,
managing director Terry Phelan said.
The danger Mr Ngamata
faced was just part of a job that attracted people for high pay rates and the
challenge of working in a dangerous environment, he said. "We have people
there that have lost legs, lost arms, or have been killed. A lot of people have
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Canadian Killed In Afghan Shooting Incident;
Collision Injures Six More
August 09, 2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP)
It has been another tragic day for Canadian
troops in Afghanistan with the death of one soldier in an apparent shooting
accident and injuries to six others in a traffic collision.
Military officials say Master Cpl. Jeffrey
Scott Walsh, who had only days ago arrived in Afghanistan, was shot and killed
in what appears to have been an accidental discharge of a rifle.
Lt.-Col. Derek Irwin, the chief of staff to
the National Command Element, says Walsh's death is under investigation by the
military's National Investigation Service.
In another incident earlier, six soldiers
were injured when their armoured vehicle slammed into a truck.
Two of the soldiers are in hospital with
non-life-threatening injuries, while the other four were treated and released.
Two U.S. Soldiers Wounded In Nuristan
August 9, 2006 Agence France-Presse
Taliban militants ambushed coalition forces
in mountainous eastern Afghanistan, a US military spokesman said on Wednesday.
Two US soldiers and an Afghan soldier were
wounded in Tuesday's battle in the remote province of Nuristan,
which borders Pakistan, Colonel Tom Collins told a press conference in Kabul.
"There was a significant coalition
engagement yesterday in Nuristan, in which enemy
extremists attacked our forces with rockets and rifle fire," Collins said.
is one of the provinces where Taliban-led militants are most active. It is a wooded
mountainous area where they find it easy to hide.
Resistance Mounts Night Attack On
U.S. Base At Kamdesh
August 09, 2006 By
Paul Garwood, Associated Press
Soldiers and jet fighters repelled a
coordinated insurgent attack on a new American base early Wednesday, killing 18
militants who were resisting a push by coalition forces into remote mountains
of eastern Afghanistan.
The raid on the U.S. base at Kamdesh in the eastern province of Nuristan
— one of Afghanistan’s least accessible and wildest regions —
was launched after midnight Wednesday by unidentified militants, attacking in
three directions from the surrounding forested mountains, using
rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.
The several hundred soldiers at the base,
which lies in a small town but backs onto a sheer mountain face, returned fire
with mortars and small arms, before fighter jets dropped two 500 pound bombs,
ending the one-hour clash.
“This is the first large, coordinated
attack on our base since we arrived three weeks ago,” said Lt. Joel Rees,
26, of Memphis, Tenn., who joined the battle.
“When light broke, we found large
crater holes from the RPG attack throughout the base and several tents had
A coalition statement said two U.S. soldiers
were wounded, but returned to duty after
only be reached by helicopter.
U.S. officials have yet to
identify who launched the attack and on Wednesday were seeking leads from the
still-wary locals in Kamdesh town.
[Oh. You don’t suppose it could have been
the “wary locals” who launched the attack? You know how those crazy foreigners are; some
of them don’t care to be occupied by a military dictatorship imposed by
George Bush. Odd how that is, isn’t it?
August 09, 2006 Chris Hawke, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In northern Helmand province, British troops
accidentally killed an armed Afghan policeman wearing civilian clothes
yesterday after mistaking him for an insurgent outside a base in Musa Qula , a British Ministry of Defense spokesman said.
to Mark Shaprio, who sent this in.]
“Our Country Is Turning Into The Very Thing
We Created It Against. I Feel Like Soon
We Should Be Taking Up Arms Against It”
[BRING HOME THE 172ND
STRYKER COMBAT BRIGADE!]
[Thanks to D for sending in, and to Katherin GY for organizing the
On July 26th, the men and women of the 172nd
Stryker Combat Brigade prepared to end their unit's deployment to Iraq. This unit of 3,800 Americans had endured the
fight for a year, distinguishing itself as an essential and effective factor in
bringing stability to the North of Iraq.
A small number of the brigade had taken the first steps back on U.S.
soil, arriving to their base near Fairbanks, Alaska, while many others were
already in Kuwait waiting to board homebound planes.
With these successes behind them, their flak
vests packed, personal items sent stateside, and their Stryker Armored Vehicles
turned over to other newly-arrived units, this battle brigade was able to
breathe a sigh of relief and prepare to Go Home.
The following day, Secretary of Defense
Rumsfeld gave his approval to extend the 172nd Brigade's deployment in
Iraq. Instead of greeting their loved
ones, the Strykers will help to fight the insurgency in Baghdad.
Below are the voices of some of the people
affected by this re-deployment...
“I Feel Like We're
In A Nightmare, And That Our Country Is Turning Into The Very Thing We Created
It Against. I Feel Like Soon We Should
Be Taking Up Arms Against It”
were stomped on, their morale was sucked out like a black hole, and now, they
question everything their government wants them to do.
Submitted Thu 03 August ,
1:15 AM CST
I got off of the phone today
with my husband in the 172nd Stryker Brigade.
He says all of the soldiers he
sees walking around are dazed and detached.
He himself is more depressed and
listless than I have ever heard him be before.
It's not the extension,
it's that our government led us all to believe they were coming home without a
doubt. They got them ready, even sat
them on their planes and then "whoops!
We were shortsighted, you guys gotta pay for that now. Let's go to Baghdad!"
Our guys are in serious danger because they
were literally traumatized, ALL of us were, and still are.
How can our military in this
day and age, seriously reflect their lack of respect for our soldiers so
You see it daily when you work
for them, but this was just unbelievable and the last straw.
These men and women were moments from
home. In fact, it was just a couple of
days before the vast majority of them were to be home, when this news was
sprung on all of us.
Our hearts were stomped on,
their morale was sucked out like a black hole, and now, they question
everything their government wants them to do.
Instead of being home with the
people they love, the people they worked their butts off to come home to for
roughly 365 days, they have to think, "Now I have
another chance to die for Iraq, a country I want nothing more to do with."
This move was so careless, so thoughtless,
and so painful.
I want to kill someone myself
when I hear how sad and just overall beaten my husband sounds. It is my damn turn to take care of him! To make up for the neglect he and all of them
The military was shortsighted and should not
have turned to these guys, especially not for Iraq.
Iraq will never take care of itself until we
tell it we're moving on.
I hear in the news George
"desk jockey" Casey Jr. telling the media, not us, empty promises
regarding our brigade. It's all a media
hear, and sadly it has manipulated some people, that our guys are just so good
and that's why they are being punished. Is this brigade going to be called on every
time something needs to be done? Yeah,
they're good, but they are now DONE mentally and physically.
I just can't believe the awful life they have
catapulted our guys into, when they thought they were
finally free of it.
No, not only are we not free of it, but they
have made it 100% worse by sending our precious guys to Baghdad of all places.
I have lost all faith in this government. I feel it is tyrannical, and it hides itself
from our voices when it messes up.
Nothing could make up for the feeling they
have put us through except for allowing our guys to come home.
The government better get that rotation going
My husband says he can't even
imagine putting his armor back on and going out there for missions again, for
Iraq. But he has to.
I only hope the media helps us, instead of
trying to make him feel guilty when he gets down there with all the havoc they
are expected to wreak.
If he could be home, he would.
Damn our government, and damn
our "desk jockey" military. They have no idea and I will not stop
harassing them until my sweetheart is home.
Iraq is not worth anymore of
The biggest point of this outrage is, they were coming home the week they found out about this
They were packed, stored away
important items that now they can't get to, they sold most of their equipment,
they signed over their strykers (my husband still
hasn't gotten replacement strykers), they made plans
with those of us that actually CARE for their well being.
We all finally started to relax, not
suspecting AT ALL that the military would say "hang tight, you're going to
How sick and unhealthy this move is.
I only pray that the government
gets heat for this move until they decide to expedite our soldier's returns.
All of my husband's superiors
are also mad.
They need to put on happy faces
for their jobs, but when there isn't a big whig to answer to, they are listless like the others.
My husband's platoon Sgt. said
to them "make no mistake about it, this whole move is to save money".
While that sounds crazy given all the things
they need to send back up, it shows the conspiracy theories about why something
so ridiculous would happen. Meaning,
yes, it is ridiculous. And they all feel
I used to support this administration
completely, now I just can't believe it.
Ever since my husband was first deployed, I
would listen to Bush talk about caring for our soldiers and just laugh, a very
sad laugh. I knew then and I, without a
doubt, know now, that if he knew the pain and suffering he has caused for his
agenda, he wouldn't be smiling. If he
knew how irreplaceable each soldier he "owns" is to someone else in
this world, he would not smile.
I feel like we're in a
nightmare, and that our country is turning into the very thing we created it
against. I feel like soon we should be
taking up arms against it.
I feel betrayed and my husband is
abused. All he and I want out of life is
to be alive and together, everything else is cake.
Now he has been ripped away for nearly
another deployment, to the most dangerous place in Iraq, to be the main assault
against it, and to still have no commitment from the government of when he
might come home. The military has made
sure to leave every statement open ended so that they don't have to commit.
All of this,
Not America anymore, but Iraq.
not our job to police their streets.
I'm ashamed of our government.
No one is telling us what's going on, it's silent
where my husband and I am.
The calm before the storm. The storm
that they don't have much left to give to. I am scared for them. They are not ready, they are distraught and
How careless our government
was, and that is why we are outraged.
Bring them home if you have
moral bones in your bodies! These are
“One Year Is *More* Than Enough.
Bring These Poor Soldiers Home To Their
Submitted Thu 03 August ,
1:30 AM CST
I suppose I am fortunate to be able to say
that my fiance is not deployed with 172nd. However,
my fiance is currently 7 months into a 12 month
deployment down range.
This is his second tour of Iraq. The first time he went, his 12 months turned
into 15 months. Now, as he's in the
middle of his second we are all crossing our fingers that another extension
I just wanted to say that I find the last
minute extension of 172nd absolutely appalling.
It amazes me that some divisions end up going
home 2 or 3 months early.. and
yet still certain others are being extended. One year is *more* than enough.
Bring these poor soldiers home to their
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Help Lt. Ehren Watada Put The War On Trial!
Thank You Lt. Ehren
On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada will face a
pre-trial hearing for refusing to deploy to Iraq.
“It is my conclusion as an officer of
the armed forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible
breach of American law. The war and what we’re doing over there is
illegal,” explained the first military officer to publicly take such a
On August 16, the day prior to the hearing,
The Friends and Family of Lt. Ehren Watada are calling for a “National Day of
Education” to pose the question, “Is the war illegal?” This day can also serve to anchor a
“week of outreach” leading up to the pre-trial hearing.
In response, the Friends and Family of Lt. Ehren Watada are calling for a
“National Day of Education” to address the question, “Is the
Iraq War Illegal?”
On Wednesday, August 16 – the day prior
to Lt. Watada’s pretrial court hearing –
we are asking friends to organize house parties or larger public gatherings to
look at the facts. Students and teachers in summer session can hold campus and
classroom teach-ins using Lt. Watada’s stand as
a catalyst for discussion.
Topics to cover include:
Is this a war of aggression as outlined by
the UN Charter, the Geneva Convention and the Nuremberg principles?
Has the U.S. military’s conduct in Iraq
amounted to war crimes?
Does the war violate the U.S. Constitution
and the War Powers Act?
Do military personal have a right to refuse
In addition to education, people will also be
taking action of August 16. At the
Interstate 5, Exit 119 bridge at the entrance to Fort
Lewis, Washington supporters will gather at 4:00pm
with a 6:00pm rally.
Friends across the country are also
encouraged to use this opportunity to stage a rally, vigil or freeway bannering. This is
another step towards a mass mobilization at Fort Lewis during Lt. Watada’s court martial in the fall.
Help Lt. Ehren Watada put the war on trial!
From The Troops And Iraq
Veterans In Support Of Lt. Watada
J.P. U.S. Marine LAV
I just wanted to let you know Lt. Watada that I admire your decision and have more respect
for you than any other member of the military right now.
I wholeheartedly agree with
your position and wish you the best.
Active duty Marine, Light
Armored Vehicle gunner, completed two Iraq tours.
Sr Airman, USAF, Camp Sather,
Baghdad Int'l Airport
Lt. Watada, I would
just like to say that you are a brave man for doing what you have done.
I am currently serving in Iraq
for the second time in two years, in what I also believe is an illegal war.
Unlike you, I chose not to pick a battle and
to finish out my four year enlistment without conflict.
I have less than a year before I am free of
my moral burdens and count down every one of them. Thank you for raising
awareness about this war, and thank you for your selfless act.
Name withheld on request.
“Lt. Watada, Along
With Every Other Service Member Who Has The Courage To
Stand Up And Say No To This Illegal War Are MY WAR HEROES”
Cloy Richards, US
Marine Iraq War Infantry/Artillery
I was a Corporal in the Marine
Corps. I finished active duty a year
ago. I saw extensive combat while
serving with 11th Marines and 7th Marines during my two tours in Iraq.
Before my unit left for Iraq,
my roommate filed a conscientous objection.
This young Marine was an extremely motivated
hard-charging devil dog. He wanted to
kill kill kill for his
country and for freedom and he spent almost all of his free time training
himself. Because he was so dedicated I couldn't understand why he would object
to war but I accepted his opinion and gave my support.
Everyone else in the unit gave him an extremely
hard time for it. He was called names
like coward and traitor and a entire dictionary full
of obscenities for standing up against the war. When his objection was denied,
he went AWOL.
While the rest of us were in Iraq from time
to time his name would be brought up and the trash-talking would start up
again. I was his roommate and I felt I
had to defend him, so I would.
The real reason I was standing
up for him was because he had the courage to stand up for what he believed in
no matter what. He is my one true war
hero because despite every adversity, this young man managed to think clearly
and do the right thing.
along with every other service member who has the courage to stand up and say
no to this illegal war are MY WAR HEROES.
Thank you Lt. Watada for standing up for me and every veteran.
I admire your courage and patriotism. I wish I was brave enough to stand up and
say no when it really counted. Instead I said OK and went along with the lies I
Thank you Sir.
“Hey LT, Thanks For Standing Up For All Of Us”
Clifton Hicks, US Army Iraq War tanker
Hey LT, thanks for standing up for all of us,
hopefully other junior officers will be inspired by your actions and do the right
thing as well.
Jail is going to suck but at least you won't
be in Iraq!
You've done something to be proud of man, you're setting an excellent example for every soldier
in the armed forces.
History will prove that you were right. Camp
Slayer, Iraq 2005 - US Army 1/1 Cav
“I Feel That Each Soldier Is Justified In
His Position To Refuse To Fight In This Illegal
Reppenhagen, US Army Iraq War sniper
Thank you Lt. Watada.
I was a sniper in the 1st Infantry Division
and spent one year at FOB Scunion in Baquaba Iraq.
I went to war believing that I
had an obligation to my country because I signed a contract and gave an oath
that I would be the weapon of my democracy. After my experience in combat I
firmly believe that that social contract has been broken.
America has a responsibility to use force
only as a last resort option, when all other peaceful solutions have been
exhausted. The preemptive assault on
Iraq was rushed in its use and planning. Soldiers were not properly trained or given
the equipment to go to war.
We were told that Iraq had WMDs and that Saddam was linked to the terrorist attacks on
September 11th, both were proven to be lies.
The fact that we invaded without the vote of congress make the entire
I feel that each soldier is
justified in his position to refuse to fight in this illegal war. It is leaders like Lt. Watada
whose responsibility is to protect the lives of his men and to live up to the Army
With his actions he exemplifies LOYALTY to
the nation he loves, DUTY to the Constitution he swore to defend, RESPECT for
his fellow man, SELFLESS SERVICE to stand by his convictions while facing UCMJ
punishment, HONOR to live by the standards of the Armed Forces, INTEGRITY to do
what moral and honest and PERSONAL COURAGE to become a leader despite the risks
to his career and character.
Thank you for your service,
Iraq Veteran, Sniper 1st Infantry Division
Prentice N Reid, US Army Iraq War Veteran
Thank you Lt. Watada for your immense courage faced with so much
opposition I only hope all of us can find the balls to stand up for truth when
the time comes you not only risked your reputation but also potentially your
freedom for truth, and for this we all salute you sir!
Joshua Dawson, US Army Iraq War Infantry
Dear Lt. Watada;
The Aina has your
back! The Hawai’i
Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War stands firmly
beside you. You are a living definition
Should you need anything at all, just
ask. Mahalo Nui Loa and God Bless.
Dawson served in Iraq from
January 2004 to January 2005, opting out of leave for rest and relaxation. As a radio man with the Army's 25th Infantry
Division, he spoke to his superiors about his opposition to the war, and told
them he didn’t want to take vacation time away because he might not
Harvey Tharp III, US Navy Iraq War Veteran
Speaking from experience, I fully support the
actions of Lt. Watada in refusing to fight in this
unjust and illegal war.
I was deployed to Iraq from October of 2003
to March of 2004. Based on what I saw there and my research into the war and
its causes I became convinced that I could not voluntarily return to Iraq.
I resigned my commission in
protest of the war, and fortunately for me the Navy accepted it. Had they
declined to do so I would be in the exact same position Lt. Watada
finds himself in right now.
Luis A Irizarry, US Navy Iraq War Veteran
Keep on going! I did not know how illegal it was until i was there
Military Project Wishes To Extend Its Support For Lt. Watada”
statement was sent to the Thank you LT.org website this am:
Military Project wishes to extend its support for Lt. Watada’s
principled stand against the war in Iraq.
It is of
great importance to support anti-war troops and give aid and comfort to those
against this war.
work to have maximum effect it is necessary to demand the immediate,
unconditional withdrawal of all foreign troops not only from Iraq but
Afghanistan as well and to reject the term “war on terror” as any
form of valid description of reality.
words are nothing less than a façade for imperial invasion and occupation.
Returning Iraq Vets Shifting Their Anger To Bush And/Or Their “Superiors”
08/08/06 By CLAUDIA
PINTO, Staff Writer, The Tennessean
The military says it has taken new steps to
help soldiers get treatment for emotional and psychological problems resulting
One Clarksville therapist who has treated hundreds
of soldiers says she believes the military is not doing enough.
"It terrifies me," said Polly Coe,
a marriage and family therapist who has been counseling Fort Campbell soldiers
for two years. "I just took a
vacation before they get back, so that I could be ready to treat them."
Coe is concerned that the military limits
off-base, private therapy sessions, which do not go on soldiers' records.
Coe, who has an off-base private practice,
says the soldiers she sees typically face problems of substance abuse, road
rage, nightmares, flashbacks, depression and violence.
The most common factor among them, she says,
"Anger keeps them
alert. It's a survival tool. They come home, and they can't turn it
off," Coe said. "There is no
enemy, so they shift it to their wife and kids.
Or Bush. Or
[What lame bullshit. Yes, there is an enemy, and some these
veterans understand perfectly who their enemy is. That’s why they shift the anger to Bush
and their “superiors.” And
anybody who pretends to be doing PTSD counseling who tries to tell a vet he or
she should not be enraged at Bush and their “superiors” for sending
them off to fight in this evil war for oil and empire doesn’t have the
common sense to counsel a piece of toast.
[If the proposed therapy
discussed here is telling people to “turn off” their completely
justified anger, that’s like telling somebody not to breathe, eat, or
piss. It’s stupid, pointless, condescending,
[Being enraged at betrayal is profoundly
healthy, and healing. The
Vietnam Vets who organized to fight the government tended to say sane. And the ones who bought into bullshit like
Coe is spouting about “turning off” their anger, whatever that
silly phrase means, tended to have the worst problems. But then if Coe helped them organize to fight
Bush and the bi-partisan Imperial government in Washington DC, well, maybe no
more government payments to Coe, right?
And after all, what’s more important? The vets or the paychecks? Duh.]
British Government Finds Clever New Way To Kill Their Soliers:
Bake Them To Death In IED
August 10, 2006 By
Michael Evans, Times Newspapers Ltd.
DOUBT was expressed by MPs yesterday as to
whether British troops in Iraq were properly structured, equipped and trained
for their role in an increasingly dangerous operation.
The Commons Defence Committee
said that soldiers in the back of Warrior armoured cars were having to endure
temperatures as high as 60C (140F), which medical staff on the ground had told
them could prove fatal.
However, Adam Ingram, the Armed
Forces Minister, had told the committee during its inquiry into conditions for
troops in Iraq that there were no plans to equip Warriors and other vehicles
with air conditioning.
An alternative solution had been considered:
to provide each soldier sitting in the back of a closed-up Warrior with coolant
packs worn around their body armour. [This is NOT a parody.]
The committee urged the MoD
to look again at installing air conditioning in the Warriors. The MPs also criticised the MoD for failing to provide enough helicopters.
They also pointed out that
troops were still relying on armoured Land Rovers to get around on routine
patrols, which they said were particularly vulnerable to roadside bomb attacks.
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
Assorted Resistance Action
August 9, 2006 Reuters
In Basra, an Iraqi Army colonel was shot dead
on his way to work in the southern city, the Army said.
Guerrillas killed Army Colonel Qasim Abdul Qadir on his way to
work in Basra, Iraq's second city, 550 km (340 miles) south of Baghdad, the
Guerrillas captured two
Iraqi contractors working with the U.S. military on Tuesday in the oil refinery
city of Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad.
Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded by a
roadside bomb beside their patrol on the main road between Hawija and Kirkuk,
Three policemen were killed and another seven
wounded when a car bomber rammed his car into a police station in the former
tourist area of Habaniya, 85 km (51 miles) west of
Baghdad, police said.
The body of a policeman was found in Mosul,
390 km (24 miles) north of Baghdad, a source at the morgue said. The policeman had been shot.
Three beheaded corpses were found on the side
of the road between Tikrit and Kirkuk, police said. One of the dead men was Brigadier General Salamah Mohamed Latif, supply
director in the Iraqi border police. The
other two were his bodyguards.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
The Truth Is Horrendous
From: Richard Hastie
To: GI Special
Sent: August 07, 2006
Subject: The Truth Is Horrendous
The Truth Is Horrendous
The primary reason a soldier
ends up in
a pill bottle is because he or she believes
there is something dreadfully wrong with
PTSD is really a normal
an insane situation.
Soldiers come back
from war, and are never allowed to bear
witness to their experiences. The public
wants to call them heroes, while many of the
veterans feel a vague sense of being used.
The public never wants to hear
the real truth,
so they can never be a significant part of the
soldier's healing process.
In so many cases, when
the soldier returns home, everyday life back in
the States makes no sense.
The veteran can have trouble
relating to his friends and family.
Society wants to put the whole
war in the past, and just
move on with life.
Little do these people realize,
there is no separation from the soldier and the
war. What they experienced, and especially lost
during the war, will alter their lives forever.
The general public will never
On top of all that pain and
suffering, will be the
greatest secret of all: " Betrayal."
This is the silent killer, the
demon nobody wants to talk about
This is the pathology that the
psyche will hide with the greatest of fear.
This is the big moral question
that no one wants to face.
This was the biggest lie I had
to face from Vietnam.
After what seemed like an
eternal search, you finally
ask yourself, Why Was I There?
Why am I having a
hard time getting answers to this question?
Willie and Bobby have to die?
Why do I now want
to go on a rampage?
That is when you come face to
August 7, 2006
the I-R-A-Q (I Remember
Another Quagmire) portfolio of
Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71.
(For more of his outstanding work, contact at: (email@example.com) T)
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. Replies confidential.
Lebanese chant anti-Israel and
anti-U.S. slogans during a funeral in Beirut, August
9, 2006. (Sharif Karim/Reuters)
The Master Race Purifying Their Environemnt
A Lebanese civil defence worker removes the
body of a toddler from the wreckage of a building August 8, 2006 that was hit
by an Israeli raid in Beirut. The attack which took place yesterday on Chiyah, a residential neighbourhood in Beirut, killed 13
people and wounded dozens according to police.
The Latest Cowardly Zionist Terror Tactic:
Attacking Funeral Processions Of
Those They Killed Previously
August 09, 2006 Juancole.com/
The Israeli air force hit
civilians at Ghaziyah in the south on Monday, killing
When the victims' families and
friends held a funeral procession on Tuesday, the Israelis hit them again,
killing 6 more innocent civilians.
The Israelis killed another five innocents,
these being fruit packers and truckers near the border with Syria.
In the south, the Israeli invaders fought
hard battles as they moved as much as 7 miles into Lebanon, losing two
reservists in firefights with the formidable Hizbullah.
So the Israelis warned the
southern Shiites that they should flee north, otherwise these ordinary
civilians would be considered fair game.
So thousands flee north to
Beirut and go to schools and other shelters in Shiite districts like Shiyah.
So then the Israelis bomb Shiyah.
If they were going to be bombed
anyway, they may as well have stayed home.
The Master Race Declares All Lebanese In Vehicles South Of The Litani
River Will Be Exterminated
Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery [Forteantimes.com]
August 9, 2006 By
Jonathan Finer and Edward Cody, Washington Post Foreign Service
Israeli forces dropped leaflets
that residents found in the streets of Tyre on Tuesday morning, warning of
attacks on any cars on the roads in southern Lebanon. The leaflet was addressed
to the "people of Lebanon living south of the Litani
"Any vehicle of any type
that moves south of the Litani River will be targeted
because it will be suspected of carrying rockets and other military
equipment," it said. "Be
warned that anyone traveling in any vehicle will be exposed to great danger."
[Were any entity to declare
that everyone in vehicles living in Israel north of Tel Aviv were to be exterminated,
the screaming about a new holocaust would be deafening. T]
[To check out what life is like
under a murderous military occupation by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation
is Palestine. The foreign terrorists
call themselves “Israeli.”]
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
to Phil G, who sent this in.]
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