to Mark Shapiro, who sent this in.]
Just Got A Call From My Son
Well, I Asked Him What He “Needed” And
He Said “To Get The Hell Out Of There And Come Home”
“The Kids Even Throw Hand-Grenades At Us”
From: Marine Mom
To: GI Special
Sent: August 09, 2006
Subject: Just got a call from
Just as I was going to have
lunch he called.
Well, I asked him what he
"needed" and he said "to get the hell out of there and come
He's tired of patrolling 12 to
14 hours, having the Iraqi's tell them to leave "town", not knowing
who the enemy is, and he is with the Iraqi soldiers, who he said he cannot
The Iraqi soldiers go out on
their own and "summarily execute with a bullet to the head" anyone
they want to.
He doesn't understand it, nor
does he want to.
He said "if he didn't know
any better, he thought he died and went to hell."
He watched from the rooftop of
the [X] in [Anbar] as 3 of his buddies were shot, one dead, the kid from
They were in a horrendous gun
battle, with RPG's and AK-47's blaring at them.
They were all involved.
He said to me "mom, things
are so bad here you couldn't really understand." and "I knew it was coming, we all
did. After Zarqawai was killed, it got
so much worse under the new guy. He has
to prove himself now, so we can't trust anyone.”
"The kids even throw
hand-grenades at us." and then he
said, "I go out on long, hot patrols, and now when I get back, I stare at
the wall for hours doing nothing but staring.
It never used to be like that, I don't even want to eat."
So needless to say, I cannot
eat anything today.
I am very tired and am
intolerant of people who do not give a shit about all of this mess!
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Bodies Of Two US Pilots Retrieved
Aug 10 (KUNA)
US army said here Thursday two bodies of US
pilots who were flying a Black Hawk chopper before it crashed down in Al-Anbar
province west Baghdad had been retrieved.
The statement said the Black Hawk chopper
crashed near the Euphrates River in Al-Anbar province and it exploded wounding
four of its crew. The pilots had gone
Occupation Soldier Wounded;
Nationality Not Announced
Aug 10 (KUNA)
The Multi-National Forces (MNF) said one of
their soldiers was injured in a bomb attack on their vehicle west of Kirkuk.
PLACE TO BE:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW
U.S. soldier at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk July 19, 2006. REUTERS/Slahaldeen Rasheed (IRAQ)
How Bad Is It?
As Resistance Hits His Fuel Convoys, Marine Corps
Major Gen. Wants Windmills And Solar Panels
[No, This Is Not A Parody]
Top U.S. General In Western Iraq Requests
Renewable Energy Systems
8.10.06 Inside The Pentagon
The top U.S. military commander
in western Iraq, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer, is requesting shipments
of renewable energy systems in an attempt to reduce the time fuel convoys spend
on roads where they are susceptible to attack from insurgents using makeshift
bombs and rocket-propelled grenades.
Commanders in Anbar province
are seeking to leverage resources such as sunlight or wind to produce power for
their bases and outposts.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
British Soldier Killed, Another Seriously Wounded
BBC NEWS 9 August 2006 & August 10. 2006
A British soldier has been killed in a
traffic accident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The soldier was serving with the Royal
Logistic Corps in Kabul and is the fifth UK soldier to die this month.
The ministry said the soldier was killed in
Camp Souter, and there was "no insurgent involvement".
Another was seriously wounded in small-arms
fire with insurgents in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province, the
ministry said in a statement, without offering many details.
Welcome To Jalalabad, General:
Have A Nice Bomb
August 10, 2006 By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated
A roadside bomb Thursday killed an Afghan
civilian in an eastern province, officials said.
The roadside bomb went off in Jalalabad
Thursday morning while Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the top U.S. general in
Afghanistan, visited a U.S. base in the city.
Troops In Afghanistan Told To Wait For Armored
Stupid Liar Says Risks In Iraq Greater
8.8.06 Mideast Stars and Stripes [Excerpts]
A top U.S. Central Command adviser promised
troops at Bagram Air Base that he would work to put more armored vehicles in
Afghanistan, but said that the roadside bomb threat in Iraq still outweighs the
needs in the country.
"All of our Humvees are being up-armored
now," he said. "It's just a matter of prioritization, and obviously
Iraq is a pretty critical need.
“It's based on risk and
based on threat," said Command Chief Master Sgt. Curtis Brownhill, adviser
to CENTCOM commander Gen. John Abizaid on sustainment issues.
[What the stupid liar
isn’t mentioning is that the ratio of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan
is greater than the ratio of troops killed in Iraq. Let’s make sure Brownhill stays in
Afghanistan, and make sure he takes one of those death-traps out on patrol each
and every day. Then we’ll learn
about his view of where the risks are.
But that dream won’t come true.
He will soon be safety back at the Pentagon, preparing to spread more
bullshit and lies, and encountering the life threatening dangers of the
Pentagon dining room.]
Assorted Resistance Action
9 August 2006 AP &August 10, 2006 By
RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press Writer & AFP
In southeastern Paktika province, a roadside
bomb on Wednesday killed two Afghan soldiers and wounded three in Waza Khwa
district as they returned after a mission to help police surrounded by
insurgents, said Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi.
Eight policemen and 12 Taliban insurgents
died when rebels ambushed a security patrol and a firefight broke out in
restive southern Afghanistan, a provincial spokesman said.
The fierce clash in Kandahar province's
volatile Panjwayi district on Wednesday left another seven policemen and nine
rebels wounded, spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP.
"A police patrolling convoy was attacked
by Taliban. Eight policemen and 12 Taliban were killed," Ahmadi said on
The district some 30 kilometers (18 miles)
west of Kandahar was the scene of fierce clashes between the coalition and
Taliban troops in mid-May. Some 34 civilians also died when US-led warplanes
bombed a village in Panjwayi.
Three Afghan army soldiers were wounded
Tuesday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Proja Jadeed area of
eastern Khost province, the ministry said Wednesday.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
A Deadly Danger To Every Troop Serving In Or Near
It Can Kill You, It Can Kill Your Wife, It Can
Kill Your Kids:
And The V.A. Tries To Cover It Up
August 07, 2006 Paul Egan, The Detroit News
Nobody can say U.S. Army veteran Arvid
Brown's Gulf War illness is all in his head.
Brown's late wife, Janyce,
caught leishmaniasis -- a sometimes deadly parasitic disease borne by sand
flies that can attack the body's cells and internal organs -- a malady he
brought home from Operation Desert Storm. So did the Swartz Creek couple's two young
Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals
has ruled the federal government and the Department of Veterans Affairs can be
sued for alleged failure to diagnose Brown's illness and for any injuries he
and his family suffered.
groups are hailing the decision as a victory for families of tens of thousands
of veterans of not only the first Gulf War, in which Brown served, but
subsequent Mideast conflicts.
"This is a huge case," said Joyce
Riley, spokeswoman for the American Gulf War Veterans Association in
Versailles, Mo. "This gives a lot of veterans a lot of hope."
When Brown, now 48, returned from the Gulf
War in 1991, he couldn't understand why his once-vigorous health was
deteriorating. His head, muscles and
bones ached, his strength was sapped; he was constantly exhausted but could not
Doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs could not pinpoint an ailment.
They denied him disability
benefits in 1995, and Brown said they prescribed painkillers and mood-altering
drugs that made things worse. [This is
so typical. The assholes do that for
everything: hey, it’s OK, go ahead, be a drug addict. One more expressions of thanks from an
It was Brown's wife, Janyce,
who had the research skills and persistence eventually to find a doctor who in
1998 diagnosed Brown with leishmaniasis.
By then, Janyce, too, had
contracted the disease and both the couple's children had been born with it and
other ailments, according to medical reports filed in the case from Dr. Gregory
Forstall, then-director of infectious diseases at McLaren Regional Medical
Center in Flint, now in private practice.
The government has not disputed the medical
Janyce Brown developed a series of ailments
and last year died at age 43 of a rare and inoperable form of liver cancer. Though no definite link was established
between her leishmaniasis and other diseases, Arvid Brown said his wife was
healthy before they met.
Janyce Brown in 2004 brought a $125 million
lawsuit against the government, but a federal judge in Detroit ruled the family
couldn't sue for injuries a soldier suffered while on active duty.
month, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati partially overturned
O'Meara's decision, saying the government is not liable for injuries suffered
while Brown was on active duty but it can be sued for what happened once he
returned to Michigan. The government may appeal, officials said.
"They should not be
allowed to just use us up and throw us away," said Brown, now alone and
raising two disabled children, ages 9 and 10, on his disability income.
"Somebody has got to be accountable."
Mark Zeller, 42, a Gulf War veteran in
Dahlonega, Ga., said he is about to bring a lawsuit against the government and
believes the decision in Brown's case will strengthen his legal position.
"I can't do anything and I have to sleep
all the time," said Zeller, who has been diagnosed by Veterans Affairs
doctors with chronic fatigue syndrome but says his wife and five children also
constantly suffer from flulike symptoms.
Leishmaniasis is little-known
in North America but common in southwest Asia and many other parts of the world.
According to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, about 12 million people in the tropics and
subtropics have the disease. One form produces skin lesions.
The more severe and deadly
form, which Brown has, attacks blood cells and the body's internal organs. Like
malaria, it is a chronic disease that can be controlled but not cured.
[And guess what. Lots of troops in Iraq get the skin
lesions. And the military doctors give
them a little cream to make it go away.
And they do NOT tell the troops that the parasite the causes the skin
lesions can still be alive and well insider your body, hibernating, and then
breaking loose to infect and destroy your internal organs. And kill you.
And kill anybody who gets it from you.
These rats are the enemy, not the Iraqis.]
Dr. Katherine Murray Leisure is a former
Department of Veterans Affairs doctor now in private practice in Lebanon, Pa.,
specializing in infectious diseases. She
said leishmaniasis if often difficult to diagnose and could be an underlying
factor in half or more of the thousands of cases of veterans commonly referred
to as suffering from "Gulf War syndrome."
Bedouins and others who live in
the desert clothe their entire bodies for good reasons, Murray Leisure said. But, when U.S. forces go to the desert to
fight, "we try to pretend we're at the Jersey shore."
No reliable numbers are available on how many
family members believe they have been infected.
a registered nurse and former U.S. Air Force captain, said she believes tens of
thousands of veterans' relatives have suffered.
think this is the Titanic," said Robert P. Walsh, Brown's Battle Creek
attorney. "All these guys saw was the tip of the iceberg."
Arvid Brown, who grew up in southwest
Detroit, spent about six months overseas during Desert Storm, helping to build,
maintain and operate a prisoner of war camp near Hafr Al-Batin in northeastern
Saudi Arabia, about 25 miles from the Iraqi border.
Brown remembers the sand flies, the camel
spiders and the bug repellent. He
remembers meeting soldiers in the desert who wore dogs' flea collars around
their necks, wrists and ankles and thinking how unhealthy that seemed.
The muscle aches, bone pains, headaches and
rashes began while he was in Saudi Arabia, but "it was easy to attribute
it to heat and everything I was doing," Brown recalled.
Solving the mystery would take seven years as
Brown's condition worsened through periods of disorientation, blackouts,
extreme light sensitivity and almost unbearable pain. By 1998, when he was
finally diagnosed, Brown had lost his job, been forced to give up driving and
said he awoke early most mornings from a fitful sleep, vomiting blood.
Veterans Affairs doctors, who
according to court records examined Brown on Sept. 13, 1994, but did not detect
the disease, said he was suffering anxiety attacks and prescribed pills, Brown
said. The department did not grant him
benefits until 1998 and only this year recognized his diagnosis of
Brown wed Janyce Surface in September 1994 as
his health continued to spiral downward. He lost his job and they struggled to pay
Children arrived: Asa, now 10,
in 1995, and his sister, Helen, now 9, in 1997. Both were born with severe
handicaps and later tested positive for leishmaniasis. Helen is still unable to
It was Janyce Brown who got her husband an
appointment with Forstall, who diagnosed Arvid Brown with leishmaniasis in
October 1998. Chemotherapy put the
disease into remission, though Brown continues to struggle with his health
By 2000, Janyce Brown and both
children had also tested positive for leishmaniasis. As Janyce struggled to care for her husband
and look after two young children with cerebral palsy, her own health rapidly
deteriorated. She died at home of
"She was an extremely
intelligent individual, someone with the will and the nerves of steel and the
tenaciousness of the meanest bulldog you had ever come across," Brown
"She was fighting for her
husband, the man she loved … and her children … She will always be
my biggest hero."
Guard And Reserve
Miss Recruiting Goals
August 10, 2006 By Michelle Tan, Army Times Staff
The active Army enjoyed its 14th consecutive
successful recruiting month in July, but both the Army National Guard and the
Army Reserve fell short, the Defense Department announced today .
The Guard missed its July goal
by 25 percent, with only 5,021 recruits instead of the targeted 6,734.
This is the second time the Guard has missed
its monthly goals this year, but it remains at 100 percent of its year-to-date
goal. The Guard’s goal for fiscal 2006 is 70,000 recruits.
Army Reserve recruiters brought in 3,083
soldiers in July, 90 percent of the goal, according to Army Recruiting Command.
This is the fourth time this year the
Reserve has missed its monthly goals, but strong numbers during the other
months has kept the Reserve at 104 percent of its year-to-date goal. The annual goal is 25,500.
Massachusetts Politicians Fuck Over Iraq Vets;
Refuse To Come Up With Promised School Tuition $;
“Welcome Home” Turns Into Kick In The
August 9, 2006 By Dave Wedge and Laura
Crimaldi, Exclusive Via MillionVetmarch2006
Lawmakers have slammed the
classroom door shut on Massachusetts soldiers home from Iraq and seeking to go
to state college, failing to cough up $8 million needed for crucial tuition
Army and Air National Guard
soldiers expecting to be rewarded for their war duty under Gov. Mitt
Romney’s “Welcome Home” bill found the welcome mat ripped out
last week by the Legislature as it ended its formal session without approving
money for the waivers.
“One of the main reasons I joined the
Army was to get money to go to college,” said David Cowing, 23, of
Rockland, an Iraq war veteran who is taking out at least $3,500 in loans to
cover tuition for his first year at UMass-Boston because his benefits
won’t kick in in time to pay the first bills.
“I went and fought in Iraq. I shouldn’t have to worry about tuition.
I should be able to go wherever I
National Guard officials say the bureaucratic
red tape has left some soldiers scrambling to meet tuition costs.
“It appears that some schools are
honoring the tuition fee waivers and some are not,” said National Guard
spokesman Maj. Winfield Danielson. “We remain hopeful that the Legislature
will fund the tuition waiver in an informal session.”
At Framingham State College, where 17
National Guard members enrolled last year, administrators said they plan to
honor the fee waiver and petition the Board of Higher Education for
“We’re not going to deny any
National Guard member who presents a certificate of eligibility to us,”
said Dean of Admissions Philip Dooher. “The
money will wind its way back here. We’re
not asking them to front it.”
Other state school officials said yesterday
they were unsure as to how to proceed.
“We have to comply with what the
legislation says and we’re in the process of trying to figure that
out,” said Brian Baldwin, a Bridgewater State College spokesman.
A UMass-Boston spokesman said the school will
continue to honor the tuition waiver for veterans, and advocate for better
benefits for soldiers.
65,000 Gay Personnel Are Now Serving In The
8.6.06 Long Island Newsday
The Urban Institute, a nonpartisan social
policy and research organization, estimates about 65,000 gay personnel are now
serving in the military, and another 1 million gays and lesbians are veterans.
A 2005 study by the Government Accountability
Office found that in the first 10 years of the "Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" policy, the military discharged 9,500 service members under DADT,
757 of whom had training in critical jobs and/or foreign languages, such as
General Sees V-22 Ospreys In Combat Soon;
[So Let Him Fly The Worthless Piece Of Shit Into
8.4.06 Defense Daily
Capping two decades of development, the first
V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft are about to deploy to a combat zone: Iraq. The
half-helicopter, half-airplane will serve in Iraq starting perhaps in late
summer next year, according to Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, deputy Marine Corps
deputy commandant for aviation.
While critics have said the Osprey is not as
maneuverable as a helicopter in tight combat situations, and thus shouldn't be
used in war areas, Castellaw said, "If I didn't believe it was
combat-ready, I wouldn't send it" to Iraq.
[Any chairborne brasshole can send it. But how about ordering him to fly it
personally into some combat? That would
be a real test of his opinions, wouldn’t it?]
While Troops Suffer And Die In Iraq,
DoD Suits Are Living Large
8.4.06 Washington Post
The Senate approved an amendment sponsored by
Sen. Tom Coburn, who scours the federal budget for waste and mismanagement,
that would cap spending on conferences by the Defense Department at $70 million
in fiscal 2007.
Coburn said the Pentagon sent
36,000 military and civil service employees to 6,600 conferences worldwide last
year at an average cost of $2,200 per person.
"Of interest is that of
those 6,600 conferences, 663 were held in Florida in the middle of the winter;
224 were held in Las Vegas, and 98 in Hawaii," he said.
Thieving, Incompetent War Profiteers;
The Short List
8.3.06 Boston Globe
The top auditor of the U.S. reconstruction
effort in Iraq detailed a series of failures, including a $218.5 million
emergency radio network that does not work, a hospital that is turning out to
be twice as expensive as planned, an oil pipeline that is spewing lakes of
crude oil onto the ground and a prison that was meant to hold 4,400 inmates but
can house only about 800.
Join Veterans Featured In Sir! No Sir!
From: David Zeiger, Director of Sir! No Sir!
To: GI Special
Sent: August 10, 2006
Subject: Join Veterans Featured in Sir! No
Sir! in a day of Fasting to Bring the Troops Home--FAST!
Join Veterans Featured in Sir! No Sir! in a
Day of Fasting to Bring the Troops Home--FAST!
Tomorrow Sir! No Sir! opens for a week at the
Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington -- the 80th city in North America
to screen the film so far!
This coincides with the Veterans For Peace
Convention, happening in Seattle this weekend.
Today at the Convention, Vietnam War
resisters Mike Wong and Randy Rowland, (whose stories are told in the film) joined
with Gulf War resister Jeff Paterson and Iraq War conscientious objector Camilo
Mejia and stood with Cindy Sheehan as she announced her plans to create a
refuge for war resisters and their families at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.
War resistance is on the rise and more and
more servicemen and women are learning about their rights to be conscientious
objectors and the rich history they are becoming a part of.
In honor of war resisters and conscientious
objectors, veterans from the Vietnam War and the Iraq War are joining the
Troops Home Fast by committing to a national day of fasting to bring the troops
home, tomorrow: Friday, August 11.
This day of fasting is being organized by
Vietnam veterans Mike Wong, Randy Rowland, Tom Bernard, Oliver Hirsch and Susan
Schnall who shared their stories in Sir! No Sir! .
They will be joined by dozens of veterans at
the Vets For Peace Convention and some of the crew who worked on the film. I am joining in on the fast as well for the
Please consider fasting with us
tomorrow or another day soon, and with the money you save on food, buy a copy
of Sir! No Sir! today for yourself or a friend!
David Zeiger, Director of Sir! No Sir!
3421 Fernwood Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Sir! No Sir!:
At A Theatre Near You!
To find it: http://www.sirnosir.com/
No Sir! DVD is on sale now, exclusively at www.sirnosir.com.
available will be a Soundtrack CD (which includes the entire song from the FTA
Show, "Soldier We Love You"), theatrical posters, tee shirts, and the
DVD of "A Night of Ferocious Joy," a film by me about the first
hip-hop antiwar concert against the "War on Terror."
“If The V.A. Has Duty To Assist Well Get Off
Your Negative Asses And Assist”
From: jorge r
Sent: August 09, 2006
I'm 55 year old Vietnam veteran.
Ever since I became a veteran I've ask my
self who does the v.a. work for?
at time it seem to be totally against the
very people who gives it work. they hide
denied and never coincide with any thing that we veterans present.
Agent orange never happen,
desert sickness never happen,
ptsd just making it up .
File a claim 4yrs -10 yrs to
conclude waste of government money time and effort.
One presents documents oh one
letter was miss spelled this why your claim has been delayed
any thing to make go on and on
If the V.A. has duty to assist well get off
your negative asses and assist.
In god we trust who do you trust in.
I don't mean to be negative but you are one
agency that need to revamp.
Handy-Dandy Guide To
U.S. Foreign Policy
08/09/06 By Nicholas von Hoffman, New York
Q: What is the difference between a regime
and a government?
A: A regime is a government disliked by the
United States. A government is a regime
that the United States likes.
Q: Are all axes evil?
An example of an axis of good is the Washington-London axis, which is an
axis of very good because it is mostly Anglo-Saxon. The Paris-Berlin axis is good, but not as
good as Washington-London.
Q: Recently, reports from Iraq
have it that crowds are stoning the police when they arrive after a massacre. What does that mean?
A: In certain Arab-type
countries, this is considered a support-the-police gesture, similar to
Americans who put support-our-troops decals on their S.U.V.’s.
Q: It seems that the attacks
and killings in Iraq are growing. What
should a current-events buff make of it?
A: Higher levels of violence
indicate that the terrorists are growing weaker and more desperate. We should welcome news of larger slaughters as
proof of progress and an indication that our troops will be home sooner.
Q: Sooner than what?
A: Sooner than soon. Just remember the good news is that 3,149
Iraqi civilians were killed in June, up from 2,669 in May. Washington Middle East experts are predicting
6,000 a month in the near future and 15,000 by Election Day.
Q: Is Iraq near civil war?
A: No. A civil war must be declared by both
sides, and since Iraq has one government that is too weak to do anything
anyway, a civil war is impossible.
Q: Please help us to understand how they can
be trying Saddam Hussein for killing 148 people 24 years ago when on some days
they are killing twice as many in Iraq now. Does that make sense to you?
A: You have to take the long view. Remember, we are in Iraq to stay the course. By 2030 C.E., which is 24 years from now,
anyone killing so much as a goat will be tried and convicted. Do not allow miscellaneous factoids to confuse
you. Stay focused and remain good to go
where the Commander in Chief points.
Q: What are some of the signs
that show we are winning the war in Iraq?
A: When we first liberated
Iraq, the locals only tried to kill American military and were often not
successful. Over time they have gotten
better at that, which is proof of how American foreign aid is working.
But the sign of the biggest improvement is
that the Iraqis are now killing each other. In the bad old pre-American days, a few of
them under Saddam Hussein’s orders used to kill other Iraqis, but most
Iraqis were forbidden to kill each other, but now, under democracy, all can
slaughter each other. And next year
there will be vastly improved electric service.
Q: What is an asymmetrical war?
A: There are several kinds of asymmetrical
wars. One kind is when normal people fight dwarfs and midgets. Another kind is when normal people fight
hunchbacks and or persons who have one leg shorter than the other. Another form of asymmetrical war is when
Christians and Jews, generally thought of as white men, fight Arabs, generally
not thought of as particularly white. Does
that answer your question?
Q: What is the Geneva Convention?
A: The so-called Geneva Convention is held
annually on a rotating basis by the pharmaceutical industry in Geneva, Ill.,
Geneva, Ohio, Geneva, N.Y., Lake Geneva, Wis., and Geneva, Switzerland. At these conventions, the delegates discuss
questions of biomedical ethics.
Q: What is a Katyusha rocket?
A: It is a World War II rocket invented in
1937 by Georgy E. Langemak, Vladimir Artemiev, Boris Petropavlovaky and Yuryi
Pobedonostsev, Russian Communists all.
It is named after a girl called Ekaterina,
nicknamed Katyusha. The weapon is
notoriously inaccurate unless the person using it chants the names of its
inventors five times rapidly. Its
accuracy can also be increased by orders of magnitude if, while using the
device, you sing the Katyusha song. No
Arab has successfully sung the Katyusha song, which explains why
Hezbollah’s erratic fire hits civilians.
Nevertheless, equipped with
Russian weapons like the Katyusha and Kalashnikov, the Arabs have a huge
advantage over the Israelis and the Americans, who are forced to fight with
World War III and IV weapons, many of which are so poorly designed that the
persons discharging them may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from
the targets. This may explain why there
is so much collateral damage to toddlers and nursing mothers.
Q: Who started the new war in Lebanon and
A: The terrorists started it out of spite and
Q: Why are the Arabs always
kidnapping Israeli soldiers?
A: They claim they do it
because the Israelis have 9,000 of their people in jail and that’s the
only way they can get them out. But, of
course, the real reason is that they wish to drive Israel into the sea, and
their plan is to do so by kidnapping all the Israelis one at a time, putting
them on inflatable rafts and pushing them out into the Mediterranean.
Q: What is the Shiite Crescent?
A: It is a conspiracy that starts in Iran,
goes through Iraq and ends up in Lebanon.
Q: What is a Shiite?
A: A member of an anti-American/Israeli
Islamofascist sect. The Shiites were the ungrateful Iraqis who turned against
the Americans after the Americans had liberated them from Saddam Hussein.
Q: So how do we handle that?
A: We sic the Sunnis on them.
Q: Who are the Sunnis?
A: That’s the Osama bin Laden/Saddam
Hussein crowd. We get them to attack the
Shiites, which they are doing right smartly in Iraq, and that way we keep all
the Arabs at each other’s throats.
Q: Wouldn’t that make matters worse?
A: No. It will show a healthy democratic
diversity of opinion.
Q: Who should look at fromisraeltolebanon.info,
a Web site showing pictures of dead Lebanese babies?
A: Nobody. They put these pictures up on the
Internet to grab your attention and make you feel guilty as if you are killing
babies. Do not fall victim to their
Q: Is Israel like Nazi Germany?
Q: How do the two differ?
Israel is a deeply religious democracy with its own Bible containing a
real-estate deed to the Middle East, while Nazi Germany did not have a Bible
and did not put much stock in God since it had Adolf Hitler instead.
Q: But what about the accusations that the
Israelis do things in Gaza and Lebanon which remind people of what the Nazis
A: Such accusations are only made by
Islamists or persons with left-wing attitudes at a loss as to how to cause
trouble since the fall of the Soviet Union. Also, French people sometimes say such things.
There are major differences
between how Israel acts and what Nazi Germany did.
For instance, when the Nazis
decided to blow a community to kingdom come, they did it without any warning. The Israelis always warn first. They drop pamphlets from the sky, telling the
residents they have anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours to run for their
lives. That’s time enough to slip
on your flip-flops, scoop up the baby and get the hell out of the house before
it gets bunker-busted. The Nazis would
never give people that kind of humanitarian break.
Q: Is that the only difference?
A: No, not at all.
The Nazis had mass-murder
factories where they poison-gassed and killed millions of Jewish and other
Israelis do not do anything
like that. What they do when they come
up against a million or so terroristo/Islamo-fascisto Arabistos is to seal off
the buggers from land, sea and air so that nobody can leave and nothing can get
in that the Israelis do not want to let in.
If the people want food or
medicine, they’ve got to grow it, or else they can pray to Allah if
he’s such a big one-and-only G-O-D. Then the Israelis destroy the power
plants, the water system, the sewage-treatment plants, the roads and the
bridges and let the terroristo/Islamo-fascisto Arabistos stew in their own
Q: Do the good guys ever kidnap
A: You need to think that
question through a little more. Without stereotyping anybody, it’s safe
to say that Arabs, who tend toward the sneaky and cowardly, kidnap. Americans
and Israelis capture.
Q: What is a ceasefire?
A: It is a word for surrender to people who
do not have the stomach to see the war on terror through to the end.
Q: When will the end come?
A: When the Rapture does.
At that time, swords will be
beaten into plowshares (except for a few, just in case) and Jews will become
Christians (or get their throats slit) and those left standing will join in
celebrating the Second Coming with dancing, Pepsi-Cola and feasting on
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.
THIS IS NOT A PARODY;
THIS IS FOR REAL
Aug 10 By Ross Colvin, (Reuters)
U.S. and Iraqi forces sealed off parts of one
of Baghdad's most dangerous districts on Thursday, searching thousands of homes
in an effort to regain control of the capital's lawless streets.
When U.S. troops break down
doors or smash windows to enter homes in search of illegal weapons, explosives
and wanted insurgents, they are followed shortly afterwards by local
contractors who repair the locks or replace the windows.
U.S. troops have often been
accused of alienating Iraqis with heavy-handed tactics, particularly during
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
The Great Iraqi Collaborator Troop Training Fiasco
8.10.06 New York Times
Two years after the start of an all-out
training effort by the United States and its allies, many of the early troubles
with Iraqi forces remain: weak discipline, divided loyalties, failure to
complete tasks, the tendency to fire wildly in every direction at the first
sign of danger.
THIS IS NOT A PARODY #2;
[It Goes Right Along With All The Rest Of The Absurd
Pretenses Devised By Idiots In Command]
8.9.06 Washington Post
U.S. military commanders handed over to their
Iraqi counterparts primary security responsibility for a swath of northern
territory extending from the foothills of Iraq's eastern mountains all the way
west to the Syrian border.
Visiting U.S. and Iraqi officials hailed the
transfer, which will have no immediate effect on American troop levels in the
Bush Success In Lebanon!
Now Everybody Unites To Resist U.S. And Israel!!
[Thanks to JM, who sent this in.]
August 9, 2006 Clancy Chassay in Beirut, The
Estimates of the number of Hizbullah fighters
active in the field range from 1,000 to 10,000, with a potential reserve force
as high as 200,000. But the daily
killing of civilians has created a new militancy among Lebanon's youth,
suggesting that Hizbullah can now mobilise thousands more.
In some cases the
radicalisation has crossed religious lines.
Daisy is a 34-year-old Christian who works in a bank in upmarket
district of Beirut. "I feel a great rage burning inside me," she
says. "We are all the resistance now. They (Hizbullah) are not doing this
for Syria, they're not doing this for Iran, they are doing this for
According to Mohammed, some of those keen to
join the war have made it south and have been allowed to remain in their
villages to defend them. "There is
Hizbullah in the villages but there are others there as well. You can go back to your village and defend it
if you can reach it, but Hizbullah will not allow you to accompany them on
A senior Hizbullah member who asked
not be named said: "Religiously it is not permitted to waste people's
lives by putting them in danger when they are not adequately trained. There are
volunteers who help with supplies and other things."
Young women are among those eager to volunteer.
Sitting with three friends in one of the
Zarif school's empty classrooms recently converted into a women's prayer room,
21-year-old Sanine says: "As a woman I can help in many non-military ways.
I can help the wounded; I can provide food and bring supplies. We all want to help in anyway we can."
differences, many young leftists are also now backing the fight against Israel.
They see Hizbullah as filling the vacuum
left by the largely ineffective Lebanese government and respect what they see
as the dedication and competence of the fighters.
“When The Fighting Dies Down, Hezbollah
Fighters Emerge From The Bunkers And Set Up Ambushes For IDF Soldiers And
Two Israeli tanks on fire after
a Hezbollah attack while they were advancing to a new position in the town of
Marjayoun in South Lebanon Aug. 10, 2006. There is no immediate information on
[Thanks to D and PB, who sent this in.]
Aug 10 By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press
Writer & By Ze'ev Schiff, Haaretz Correspondent
The large number and the
location of the casualties that the Israel Defense Forces sustained Wednesday
indicate that the army does not yet control the narrow strip along the border,
although this stage of the ground operation was supposed to have been completed
An Israeli soldier was killed
and two were wounded in fierce battles with Hezbollah guerrillas Thursday, a
day after the Israeli military suffered its worst one-day military loss, with 15
The two battles also reveal a great deal
about Hezbollah's method of fighting. They
took place in two relatively small communities, Ayta al-Shab and Debel, close
to the international border, on territory that until May 2000 was in Israel's
The ground operation, dubbed "Change of
Direction 8," was intended to conquer this border strip. First it was to be a two- to three-kilometer
strip. Then it was expanded to five to
six kilometers, including numerous Lebanese villages and towns. The mission was to blow up all Hezbollah's
outposts in this strip and drive its forces out.
What happened in Bint Jbail recurred in Ayta
al-Shab. Although it seemed that the
town had been conquered, it transpired again and again that there were still
Hezbollah men in it. Once again, clashes
and battles took place, and again, the IDF suffered dead and wounded.
Although the army had conquered
the town, Hezbollah men were hiding in underground bunkers well camouflaged
from the outside. The bunkers had been
stocked with large quantities of food, enough to last for weeks, and
ammunition, including antitank missiles and, in several cases, short-range
The bunkers are connected to
electricity and, according to one report, are air conditioned. When the fighting dies down, Hezbollah
fighters emerge from the bunkers and set up ambushes for IDF soldiers and
That is why soldiers are hit repeatedly in
the same places.
On several occasions, there have been
difficulties evacuating wounded soldiers under fire.
At times, Hezbollah fighters have fired
rockets at Israel from areas close to the border that the IDF had supposedly
The IDF could forge ahead, as it has done in
the last two days in the Marjayoun area. But even after such an incursion,
Hezbollah fighters who remain in the bunkers could continue launching rockets. In other words, they could fire toward Israel
from behind the lines of IDF forces that have progressed deep into Lebanon.
It is clear that the Hezbollah men who stayed
behind are equipped with two-way radios and receive information from scouts
hiding near the border. This explains the difficulties in managing the fighting
in south Lebanon, which the IDF has not encountered before.
48 % Of US Public Says Israel’s Bombing
Campaign Against Lebanon Not Justified
Agence France Presse - 8 August 2006
The traditionally pro-Israel US
public is closely divided on the Jewish state's battle with Lebanon's Hezbollah
militia, a new poll showed.
Forty-six percent of Americans surveyed blame
Israel and Hezbollah equally for the conflict, whereas 39 percent blame
Hezbollah alone, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll released late
The poll found Americans nearly evenly split
on whether Israel's intense bombing of Lebanese targets to eliminate
Hezbollah's ability to launch rocket barrages against Israeli targets was
In the poll, 47 percent said Israel was
justified in its bombing campaign, against 48 percent who were opposed.
“Death To America! Death To America!”
“Tearfully, He Says His Small Daughter, Now
Entombed, Had Been Sharing Her Excitement About Her Upcoming Sixth Birthday
Party Next Week”
August 10, 2006 By Scott Peterson, Staff
writer of The Christian Science Monitor [Excerpts]
With his arm raised and fist clenched, Sheikh
Hussein furiously expressed a sentiment rapidly taking hold here.
"We know who our first enemy is:
America," he shouted before tearful mourners at a funeral Wednesday for 30
civilians killed by an Israeli airstrike on Monday. The white-turbaned sheikh led the crowd in a
militant chant: "Death to America!
Death to America!"
Moments before the first child
was interred by weeping parents Wednesday, Israeli ordnance hit again at a
building nearby; more strikes followed during burials.
And in Beirut's Shiyyah
district, where the Israeli strikes Monday night took more than 40 lives - the
largest single-event toll of the conflict - it was a day of digging.
Just after first light, Hassan Dirani pulled
several stuffed teddy bears and toys from the rubble, shook off the dust, and
gently assembled them on a slab of concrete, with a blonde doll on top. They were dolls his own children had given to
families displaced by fighting in the south, who had sought refuge in this
"safe" Shiite-Christian neighborhood.
For Mr. Dirani, his emotions
were first about the children - three of his remained in the rubble. And second, they were about accusing the US
of giving Israel a free hand to destroy Lebanon.
"Thank you, George Bush.
Thank you for those 'smart' bombs," says Dirani, whose wife and surviving
son were injured in the attack. "I
want to ask George Bush: 'What did our children do to him?' "
"I beg Americans not to vote for another
butcher and criminal like George Bush," says Dirani, who works at the
Tearfully, he says his small
daughter, now entombed, had been sharing her excitement about her upcoming
sixth birthday party next week; she wrote out an invitation list of 20 school
"Why does your system and
White House do this to us ... give smart bombs to throw on our people?"
asks Dirani. "What are you going to
tell your kids?"
"That's how they create
terrorists," says Mohammed, a Lebanese restaurant owner, while watching
the digging effort in Shiyyah. "And
they ask: 'Why do they hate us?' "
As the bulldozers and backhoes moved slabs of
smashed concrete, the tines of their buckets biting with determination into the
smoking rubble, emergency workers with picks and shovels - and stretchers at
the ready - kept a sharp eye for victims.
First one man was found, then a woman.
Then a backhoe driver called
out through the dust: "Here's another one!"
It was 4-year-old Riham
Ramaiti, granddaughter of Said Yatim, who broke down, shaking, at the sight of
"No! No!" he cried, shouting
prayers as she was bundled up and taken away for washing, and then the
afternoon funeral. Riham had been visiting relatives with her father, Ali, an
electrician, and mother, Maya, when the building collapsed.
"I don't understand
anything! I don't know, I just don't
know," wailed Mr. Yatim, his body shaking.
"Criminal people and a criminal government does this to us. The kids have nothing to do with missiles and
bombs, but they are burning everything.
No one in the world deserves such a massacre."
Other anxious relatives clamored nearby,
waiting for news; one official in a bright green emergency vest carried a list
of names, crossing out one after another throughout the grim task.
"Americans, Europeans, and the Western
people are great people ... they love freedom," says Yatim, as workers
sought to find his daughter. "But the governments of Bush and Blair are criminal."
Yatim's wife Alia arrived, wearing a black
head scarf, her face twisted with emotion.
"I saw Riham," Yatim reported to her. "She looked the
same, nothing changed. She's an
The search continued. More were found. An emergency worker
discovered a large chunk of shrapnel, a foot long and very heavy, with sharp
serrated edges designed to destroy buildings.
"We never thought we would see this in
Lebanon again," says Alia, who survived the 1975-90 civil war.
"Imagine if Americans were receiving
this, and not Lebanese," says Yatim. "If these were Americans dying
in this massacre, what would they think?
Then he broke away, as a bucket
of rubble was emptied on a collapsed roof.
"There is Riham's toy!"
Yatim tells his wife. A moment
later, it was covered by another bucketful.
"Will your words and
photographs go out? They won't stop
you?" Yatim asks a visiting reporter, his voice at once broken, and tinged
with challenge. "We don't trust the
[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
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
The Traitor Bush Wants Congress To Pass A Law
Protecting “Political Appointees” From War Crimes Charges;
[Now Why Do You Suppose That Is?]
8.9.06 Washington Post
The Bush administration has drafted
amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for
political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for
humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy
of the amendments.
They would alter a U.S. law passed in the
mid-1990s that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of
international treaties governing military conduct in wartime. The conventions
generally bar the cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime
prisoners, without spelling out what those terms mean.
British Diplomat Denounces Middle East Policy:
Calls Blair A Frayed And Waxy Zombie And An
[Thanks to Clancy Sigal and JM, who sent this
08/04/2006 By Anton La Guardia, Telegraph
Group Limited & August 3, 2006, Oliver King, Guardian Unlimited [Excerpts]
Britain's diplomats, trained for years in the
virtues of discretion and obedient service, are in an unprecedented state of
rebellion over Tony Blair's policies in the Middle East.
Sir Rodric Braithwaite, formerly British
ambassador to Moscow and the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee,
issued a more withering personal criticism of Mr Blair and his foreign policy
than the divided Tory opposition could ever muster.
Writing in the Financial Times,
Sir Rodric compared the Prime Minister to "a frayed and waxy zombie
straight from Madame Tussauds... programmed to spout the language of the White
House in an artificial English accent".
He continued: "Stiff in opinions, but
often in the wrong, he has manipulated public opinion, sent our soldiers into
distant lands for ill-conceived purposes, misused the intelligence agencies to
serve his ends and reduced the Foreign Office to a demoralised cipher because
it keeps reminding him of inconvenient facts.
"He keeps the dog, but he barely notices
if it barks or not.
"He prefers to construct his
"foreign policy" out of self-righteous soundbites and expensive
"Mr Blair has done more damage to
British interests in the Middle East than Anthony Eden, who led the UK to
disaster in Suez 50 years ago...
“Mr Blair's total
identification with the White House has destroyed his influence in Washington,
Europe and the Middle East itself; who bothers with the monkey if he can go
straight to the organ grinder?"
Sir Rodric concludes that Tony Blair's
foreign policy leaves Britain vulnerable to al-Qaida attacks: "And though he chooses not to admit it,
he has made us more vulnerable to terrorist attacks." Whitehall officials
told the Guardian's diplomatic editor, Ewen MacAskill, today that the
government's policy of resisting calls for an immediate ceasefire had been
"driven by the prime minister alone".
Sir Rodric says that Tony Blair's premiership
has descended into "scandal and incoherence" and that he should
CLASS WAR REPORTS
GET THE MESSAGE?
Protesters march on the U.S.
Embassy during a rally attacking the U.S. government for backing the Israeli
war on Lebanon in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 6, 2006. Thousands of protesters
demonstrated Sunday in at least four Indonesian cities against the U.S. and
Israel for Israel's attacks on Lebanon, calling Israel a terrorist state and
urging it to stop. (AP Photo/Irwin Fedriansyah)
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