GI SPECIAL 4H13:
Mark Shapiro, who sent this in.]
Refusing to Fight:
"Still In Touch With His Unit, Snyder
Says They Fully Support What He’s Doing
And Now Confide In Him"
"From The People That I Know Morale Is
Like, 'Well, What Are We Doing Here For
The Fourth Time?’"
An interview with Resister Kyle Snyder
2006 By Karen Button,
the military when I was 19 years old
from a government program called Job
Corps, in Clearfield, Utah," Snyder
begins. "I wasn't a good kid. I didn’t
have a good background. I was in foster
homes from thirteen to seventeen, then
when I was seventeen, I went through a
government program called Job Corps. So,
from thirteen all the way up, I didn’t
have parental figures in my life really.
parents divorced; my father was really
abusive towards my mother and he was
abusive toward me. I’ve still got scars
on my back. I was put in Social Services
when I was thirteen. I was an easy
target for recruiters, plain and simple.
minute I graduated in 2003, Staff Sgt.
Williamson came to me and he mentioned
all the benefits military programs had
to offer. And, for the first time in my
life, I saw that I could become
something more. I saw a man in a
professional uniform, clean-cut, a very
professional man coming up to me,
wanting me, saying I could look just
like him. I wanted that. I don’t know
any other 19 year old that wouldn’t want
the military for materialistic benefits.
A $5,000 bonus seemed really really nice
being 19 years old. Maybe I could put a
down payment on a car or something. I
wanted to go to college. I wanted to
provide for a family; I wanted to have a
family. I wanted all the benefits that
the military had to offer."
I asked Snyder if he thought about the
invasion of Iraq when he joined the
military. He said yes, but "more than
anything I wanted to reconstruct the
civilization of Iraq. I wanted to help
liberate the people of Iraq, just like
the American president was saying.
"So, I signed up to be a heavy
construction equipment operator, part of
the 94th Corps of Engineers. I figured
if I was an engineer in the United
States Army I could build foundations
for the Iraqi people to form their new
government, to form a civilization after
the bombings of 2003."
his basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood,
Missouri, which he described as "a
simple military process that…breaks you
down, breaks down all of (your) values
into believing that killing another
human being is ok, and that you can make
money off of killing another life,
taking another human being’s soul."
While at basic training, Snyder’s
grandfather died. He was denied leave
to attend the funeral.
later he was allowed to go home, and it
was then that his fiancée became
graduation, Snyder was sent to Germany
where he became part of the 94th
Engineers Combat Battalion Heavy.
"That’s where I met my new friends, my
new brothers that I would fight with.
This was my family."
It was there, Snyder says, he found out
that his "child was dying inside of my
fiancée’s…womb. I brought it up to
medical sergeants, medical commanders.
They told me that they couldn’t provide
any medical attention for my child
because we were not legally married.
The military took my child! And nobody
could say that I wasn’t trying to become
a good father because I was in the
angry at the military now, it was the
loss of Snyder’s child that planted
those first seeds. Depressed and in
shock, Snyder requested an exit from the
military. "I tried for six months while
the deployment orders were still in
effect for my unit." He was refused.
"I became very depressed. I just went
numb inside. I was put on medication,
Lorazipam and Paxyl. I later refused to
take the medication because I felt that
it was numbing me. I decided that was
something I needed to heal from myself.
And I believe it’s still something I
need to heal from.
that the only reason I was getting (the
anti-depressants) was because they
wanted me…to be a soldier.
all the different weapon system that the
military could offer in a combat
situation. 50 cal are used with depleted
uranium rounds; I found that out when
coming to Canada. I was never told that
while I was in Iraq."
Snyder had just lost his child, was
depressed, and was about to be deployed
to the violence that is now Iraq, for
the month prior his superiors assigned
him to "Fallen Soldier Detail," where,
Snyder says matter-of-factly, "I would
salute the dead bodies that were put
into caskets as they were returning to
Germany before we shipped them off to
the United States."
I ask him
if that affected him, to see the dead
coming back from where he was about to
go. Surprisingly, he shakes his
head…"nah, not really."
says he didn’t expect to see combat
anyway. "Going to Iraq meant I was
going to reconstruct a city, not kill
people. That’s what I believed I was
going to do."
When Snyder arrived, however, he says he
saw no reconstruction of Iraq.
"The only reconstruction I saw was
building army bases.
"I was in
Mosul. I was in Baghdad. I was in
Stryker. I was in Scania. I was in
Tikrit… Iraq is the size of Texas, it’s
a small country. People need to realise
reconstructions of forward operating
bases and military bases, but no city
work being done. I mean, none of that.
So, why are the engineers there?" he
asks rhetorically, shaking his head.
doing the job he signed up for, says
Snyder, "I was sent into what we called
The Force Protection Program; it was a
separate entity from my unit. We
escorted everything up to a general.
know what is worse, telling your friends
you can’t fight with them because you’re
escorting a general who doesn’t want to
see combat, or actually being a part of
first mission further demoralised him.
"Capt. John G. Chung left me during my
first mission. He left me and 8
personnel and 4 vehicles behind in
Baghdad. He went to Forward Operating
Base Scania, which was an hour north of
Baghdad. My platoon sergeant, Staff Sgt
Perkins went up to him and asked him why
he had left.
answer us for about two months, until we
confronted him and set a meeting up
asking him why he had left us during the
mission. 'That’s not any of my concern,
because I’m just a Private. He has
different orders. I don't care what his
orders are.’ How would he explain to my
mother if I had died, that he was
missing during that mission?"
Iraq only four and half months, Snyder
says he conducted over 38 documented
missions. "Most men don’t even do two
in a year. The chances of me surviving
a firefight were 30 percent…because I
was a gunner. I was lucky because I
wasn’t in too much combat. But I did
see my friends come back injured and I
did see men from other units killed."
"Three months into Iraq, my friend, a
man that I drank beer with, a man that I
had even gone to college with for
awhile, shot an innocent civilian who
was raking rocks along the side of the
road. I remember having to go back to
Forward Operating Base Marez, and
reporting to my commanding officer what
I just seen. I remember writing a
mission statement. I remember
requesting an investigation be done and
I remember it being refused.
"’I can’t take this anymore!’ That’s
what I thought to myself. This is not
what I signed up for and it’s not what’s
being shown to the American public. So,
why the hell should I fight?
what that commanding officer was telling
me by refusing that investigation, was
that I could pick up my M-16 or my M-4
or my M-2 and go and kill 50 Iraqi
civilians because I was angry and get
away with it because it’s war!"
Snyder angrily declares, "The American
president was saying that we were
liberating and we were reconstructing.
Well, I expect to be doing that! I
mean, who’s in the wrong here? I was
given false orders. I was given false
information. I did expect to go and
help reconstruct a society.
if they want to help people in
Iraq….imagine a15 year-old kid, for the
last 5 years all he’s seen is military
personnel with weapons going through his
city. How is that child supposed to
believe that that man, in that uniform
is helping him? Now, if that child saw
a convoy of logs being brought to his
city, or a convoy of water being brought
to his city, still guarded, it would be
a completely different situation.
where the American military messed up.
Because they forgot about the
perception of civilisation. They forgot
about the perception of the Iraqi
began documenting his missions. "I
wanted to find out…you know it might
have been because I was already angry
with the United States Army…but it
doesn’t matter. When they took my soul
that way… you want them to be
accountable for what they have done.
Right? So, for me, documenting and
taking pictures and doing all of that,
that was my way of saying 'look, you
know what? You guys are the ones that
are fucking up.’
He is now
using the documentation as evidence in
his refugee claim. His defense? "That
this war is illegal and I should be able
to make moral decisions as a soldier;
I’m using international law and this is
an international war, it’s not a civil
war so they need to take into
consideration international law."
"I left the military because the
situation is now that it is not
conducting itself as a professional
unit. Altogether the US military,
in my eyes, is scrambled to the
point that nobody knows what they’re
doing, except the generals.
I think the generals are making bad
decisions and giving bad orders to
people like me.
So, I refuse to work in an organisation
that is not professional. I refuse to
work in an organisation that commits war
crimes. It would be like if I worked
for 7-11 and I found out my boss was
laundering money. I wouldn’t want to
work for them, would I? Nobody would
question me then, if I quit that job. I
mean, that’s the reality of it.
about turning myself back in about four
months ago. I thought hard about this,
to just get it over with. But, you know
what? More and more, I think they have
to catch me first. I’m not hiding. I’m
right here. But how bad would that look
if Americans came over to Canada to
Still in touch with his unit, Snyder
says they fully support what he’s doing
and now confide in him.
"From the people that I know morale is
like, 'well, what are we doing here for
the fourth time?’
upset because they’ve been there for the
third or fourth time and they’re
married…a lot of them are.
you’ve see your wife two months out of
three years, how are you supposed to
maintain a stable relationship? And
that’s part of the reason that a lot of
them joined the military in the first
place! A lot of family men join, so
nobody wants to fight a war they don’t
Snyder about soldiers committing
atrocities, like those in Haditha where
24 civilians were intentionally killed,
or the rape of a teenager and subsequent
murder of her and her family in
Snyder says he and most other soldiers
are horrified by these events.
But, he says, it’s also important to
remember the situation in which they’ve
been placed. "You've got people who just
don’t care! It’s probably their third
or fourth deployment and they blame the
Iraqis because who are they going to
been accusations that some soldiers have
been using drugs and I ask what Snyder
says he personally didn’t see drug use,
but, says, "there is prostitution.
military brings Iraqi women on the
bases, five to six at a time. They were
probably in their mid-twenties…it was
right across the street at Camp Diamond,
in a massage parlor. I was appalled the
U.S. would be funding this! It’s
sickening. U.S. taxpayer’s money is
going toward prostitution rings on U.S.
bases. I’m willing to sit in front of a
court and say these same things."
When I ask
how he knows the U.S. is funding this,
he fires back, "You tell me where the
money is coming from? I hold the Bush
Administration responsible." Someone,
he says, has approved it, otherwise they
would not be on the bases. "They owe an
explanation why that kind of shit is
"I love my country. And that’s why I’m
in Canada right now. That’s it. Plain
and simple. …and any soldier that
refuses to fight in this war has my
schedule is full with speaking
engagements, interviews, letter-writing,
and organising. "Right now I’m working
on getting a house in Surrey than any
resister can come to."
emotionally exhausted, Snyder says he
keeps going on the support he’s
received. "It’s what fuels me, what
gives me strength, just knowing that
people all over the world support me."
I ask Snyder what he wants for the
future. "I want to go back to college. I
want the government to leave me alone
and give me time to think and to process
everything. I want 21 back. I want
this war to stop. That’s what I want.
"I want my friends home, and I want to
know that Iraq is being reconstructed.
And that can still happen.
Economically, we owe the Iraqi people
billions of dollars if you add up every
single home and every single life that’s
been taken. America owes at least
information about the War Resisters
Support Campaign go to www.resisters.ca.
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
New York City Soldier Killed Near
"He Didn’t Want To Go Back," The Mother
Ming Hsia’s funeral service at Long
Island National cemetery, Aug. 11, 2006
in Farmingdale, N.Y. Spc. Hsia died
Aug. 1, 2006 during combat operations in
Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He is survived by his
wife Yanisse Oliveras, son Brandon
Alexander Hsia, 3, and parents Ting
Fang, and Nelida Hsia. He was a member
of 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored
Division.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
2006 Kerry Burke and Leo Standora, Daily
A New York
soldier who joined the Army at age 33 to
help support his newborn son was killed
in Iraq Tuesday when a roadside bomb cut
him in half, his family said yesterday.
Ming Hsia, 37, was riding in a combat
convoy near Ar Ramadi when the explosion
tore his vehicle apart, they said.
"President Bush took away my son, my
only child," Hsia's grieving mother,
Nelida, 66, said last night. "Now I
the living room of her Chinatown
apartment, the mother explained that her
son joined the Army in 2002 because his
son, Brendon, 3, was on the way and his
job as a security guard couldn't support
he spent three years in Iraq only to
have his hitch extended. He came home on
leave earlier in the summer but returned
to Iraq a month ago.
want to go back," the mother said. "He
already missed out on so much with his
son and his life, especially with his
son. They were inseparable. He took
him everywhere when he was home. He was
father, Ting Fang, 78, a retired chef,
said quietly and sadly, "He was my only
baby, so I have a pain in my heart."
U.S. Command Frightened Of Reporting
Extent Of Resistance Attacks On Green
2006 By EDWARD WONG, The New York Times
security advisers confirmed Friday that
there had been a recent spate of mortar
and rocket attacks on the Green Zone,
known to some as the International Zone.
It is unclear whether anyone was
wounded or killed by the strikes.
A spokesman for the American military,
Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, declined to give
details. "We aren’t interested in
discussing attacks on the International
Zone, their effectiveness or who may be
responsible," he said in an e-mail
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW!
soldiers at the site of a car bomb
attack outside a court house in Kirkuk,
July 23, 2006. (Slahaldeen
Bring the Troops Home NOW!
Vigil/Car Caravan/Press Conference
Elaine B, who sent this in.]
Wednesday, August 16, 2006, will mark
the 1st anniversary of the weekly Bring
the Troops Home NOW vigil in Teaneck,
It will mark the "debut" of the newest
Support our Troops. Bring them home.
NOW! billboard in Hackensack.
Unfortunately it will also mark the
death of more than 2600 US troops.
special events planned for that day:
the troops. Bring them home NOW! Take
care of them when they get here. Never,
never send our loved ones to wars based
4:30 – 5:45 pm
National Guard Armory
Teaneck Road and Liberty Road, Teaneck,
NJ (Please don't park at Foster
Car Caravan: 5:45 pm –
of cars/trucks will go from the vigil in
Teaneck to the Hackensack Memorial Park.
The new billboard is right across from
the park, above 687 Main Street . (Go
down Teaneck Road. Turn right onto
Cedar Lane. Cedar Lane will become
Anderson in Hackensack. At Sears, turn
right onto Main Street. Go .6 miles to
the intersection of Main/Johnson/Temple.
You can park at the Memorial Park, on
Fairmont Avenue, or at Target.)
6:15 pm -
Hackensack Memorial Park, at the
intersection of Main Street, Johnson,
and Temple Avenues.
The Coalition to Bring the Troops Home
NJ will unveil the latest of 16
billboards in four counties in Northern
The billboard will say, "SUPPORT THE
TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME. NOW!"
The new billboard will be at this
location for 4 weeks.
Fenton (whose son, Matthew, was killed
Schroeder (whose brother, Augie, was
killed in Iraq)
Zappala, Gold Star Families Speak Out
(His son, Sherwood, was killed looking
for weapons of mass destruction in
Families Speak Out -Bergen County -
members whose sons are in Iraq and
Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, District 37
Assemblywoman Valorie Huddle, District
Peace and Justice Coalition
Dalton, Veterans For Peace, Chapter 21,
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Khalid, American Muslim Union
sponsors: Military Families Speak Out,
MFSO - Bergen County chapter
www.mfso.org.) and the Teaneck Peace and
Justice Coalition, TPJC
(www.Teaneckpeace.org). The press
conference is co-sponsored by MFSO,
TPJC, The Coalition to Bring Troops Home
NOW (www.BringTroopsHomeNJ.org.), and
the Bergen Peace and Justice Coalition
836-5834 for information and rides.
"The Antiwar Movement During The Vietnam
Period, Within The Military Itself And
On The Front Lines"
Sunier, 8.04 Audiophile Audition
powerful documentary, and how fortunate
it is that at this difficult time in our
nation's history documentary films are
suddenly being made available and shown
successfully in general theatrical
The subject is a historical one but has
strong repercussions for the present
day. It concerns the antiwar movement
during the Vietnam Period, but within
the military itself and on the front
lines, rather than the civilian
demonstrations carried out in the U.S.
The media briefly covered a small
portion of what was going on, such as
the 1972 Winter Soldier event, but in
general most viewers of this film will
be amazed at how strong the movement was
within the armed forces, and how it
contributed to the final winding-down of
Tet Offensive is shown as the watershed
event that gave the movement impetus.
It demonstrated that the resistance the
U.S. had been meeting on the battlefield
had the general support of the
of soldiers began going AWOL and many of
them congregated in San Francisco. Many
who were being sent to Vietnam for the
first time simply refused to go, and
became acquainted painfully with the SF
Presidio's stockade. Some 300 antiwar
magazines and newsletters were published
on bases in the U.S. and around the
courageous DJ operated a pirate radio
station in Saigon providing dissenters
with an alternative information source.
Theater Alternative (FTA) put on antiwar
shows for servicemen; Jane Fonda was
among those who participated, and she
speaks about the experience. Other
subjects touched on are discrimination
and the black power struggle, the public
outcry attempting to prevent a Navy
carrier from leaving San Diego for
Vietnam, the antiwar coffee shops that
sprang up everywhere and a murder trial
where a black soldier was found not
guilty of "fragging" an officer - though
the fragging incidents showed how low
troop morale had sunk.
deliberate bombing of populated areas of
Vietnam challenged the dignity of
Airforce pilots. When Kissinger made
the decision to heavily bomb North
Vietnam the opposition expanded.
Some pilots simply refused to fly to the
North and those on the ground securing
the communications information and other
data necessary to the sorties just
stopped providing the information,
halting many of the flights.
revealing comments from vets are part of
the film. The photography and editing is
serviceable and the transfer looks good,
but it is frustrating to access the film
since there are no chapters whatever.
A few extras would seem to be have been
appropriate as well. But this is
undoubtedly a powerful documentary that
deserves to bring the story of the GI
resisters to a wide audience.
Sir! No Sir!:
At A Theatre Near You!
To find it:
The Sir! No Sir! DVD is on sale now,
exclusively at www.sirnosir.com.
Also 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."
Do you have a friend or relative in
the service? Forward this E-MAIL
along, or send us the address if you
wish and we’ll send it regularly.
Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base
in the USA, this is extra important
for your service friend, too often
cut off from access to encouraging
news of growing resistance to the
war, at home and inside the armed
Send requests to address up top.
August 11, 2006
MAMA by Dennis Serdel
Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one
tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th
Brigade, purple heart, Veterans For
Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against The War,
United Auto Workers GM Retiree, in
Doc had no division between Vietnam and
when he "came home," the dreams came,
the pain came
and would not go away,
he did not feel "safe now."
Some former friends stopped by
but many of the faces
Doc could not recognize
treating them as hostile.
There were the weapons
a .45 on the kitchen table,
the 12 gauge pump leaning in the corner.
Doc smoking pot, drinking heavily,
giving himself shots.
The sockets round his eyes were charcoal
from lack of sleep, he didn't shave or
his teeth, word got around
that he was dangerous.
Doc's pain was migraine pain, bloody
and split back skin, booby traps
and blown up men. The pain that works
through all the medications pain.
The blown off legs and a young man's
that asked, Mama?" just before he dies
One day Doc picked up the .45 and shot
in the temple, but nobody knows if the
pain went away.
At the graveyard, a 21 gun smoky salute.
His parents were given a red white and
People mumbled something about peace
but they didn't know if the pain went
Life didn't stop the pain, why should
stop the pain, maybe nothing stops the
Zionist Filth Green Light UN Relief
Then They Attack And Kill
JM, who sent this in. She writes:
Israel seems to be killing a lot of the
Lebanon security force. Originally they
were going to fight if Israel launched a
ground invasion. They are still not
fighting to defend either the country,
or themselves, presumably because the
Lebanese government wants them deployed
in the south to control the border.
Hezbollah has agreed to stop firing
rockets if the Israelis withdraw and let
Lebanon, Aug 11, 2006 (AFP) & By Evelyn
Leopold and Irwin Arieff, Reuters & 12
August 2006 IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli warplanes struck a convoy Friday
carrying Lebanese security forces and
civilians that had been escorted out of
Marjayun in south Lebanon by UN forces
who were no longer with them, killing at
least four and wounding 16, police said.
A group of
Lebanese civilians attempting to follow
the Israeli instructions to evacuate
southern Lebanon had formed a convoy of
600 civilian vehicles, accompanied by
350 Lebanese soldiers and police.
and rescue workers said at least six
people were killed and 30 wounded when
an Israeli drone fired rockets at a
convoy of hundreds of vehicles that had
left the town of Marjayoun, seized by
Israel on Thursday. Around 3,000
civilians and 350 Lebanese security men
were in the convoy.
reporter Karamallah Daher, who was in
the convoy, said explosions erupted near
the front of the column of vehicles,
causing panic as drivers tried to escape
the attack. Some crashed into ditches
and drivers fled to nearby villages.
was attempting to make its way north
from the Christian city of Marjayoun
Friday night when an Israeli war plane
dropped a missile on the group.
not the first time that Israeli forces
have struck a convoy heading north for
safety - practically every convoy has
taken casualties -- leading many of the
estimated 80,000 Lebanese civilians
remaining in southern Lebanon to decide
they'd rather not risk it.
Lutfallah Daher, the Associated Press
photographer who was travelling with the
convoy, said that there was a second
attack on Red Cross and civil defense
vehicles rushing the aid of the stricken
convoy. It was not known, he said, if
any rescuers were hurt.
is 35 kilometres (22 miles) northeast of
Marjayun, and Kefraya is seven
kilometres (four miles) northwest of Jib
of Lebanese army soldiers and hundreds
of civilians fleeing the Israeli
bombardments were in the convoy, which
several hours previously had left
Marjayun escorted by two United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
escorted the convoy as far as the Druze
village of Hasbaya, 13 kilometres (eight
miles) from Marjayun.
"UNIFIL left the convoy at that place,"
spokesman Milos Strugar said, adding
that "the Israeli forces had been told
in advance of the convoy's passage, and
had given it the green light"
officials in the Bekaa said at least
nine rockets had been fired on the
convoy. Hospital officials in the town
of Job Jannine said they had received 25
casualties from the attack, although it
was not immediately clear how many were
Either Israeli Military Are The World’s
Or 800 Resistance Fighters Are Still
Holding Off The Whole Israeli Army
11th, 2006 By Uri Avnery, Palestine
war entered its fifth week. Hard to
believe: our mighty army has now been
fighting for 29 days against a "gang"
and "terrorist organization", as the
military commanders like to describe
them, and the battle has still not been
Yesterday, military sources in Israel
announced that 400 of the 1200 Hizbullah
"terrorists" have been killed. [Leaving
That's to say, a mere 1200 fighters have
been standing against the tens of
thousands of our soldiers, who are
equipped with the most advanced weapons
on earth, and hundreds of thousands of
Israeli citizens are still under rocket
fire while our soldiers continue to be
Here’s Your Answer:
The Worlds’ Stupidest Liars,
Bishara, Al-Ahram Weekly 8/10/2006
symptomatic of Western racism that
Israel and its sympathisers are blind to
what it is ordinary Arabs find admirable
Journalist: How will the deaths of
Israeli soldiers today affect your
Israeli Army Spokesman: You saw that
massacre of 12 Israelis .. it will ...
Journalist: Massacre you said? But
those were soldiers and this is war.
Spokesman: No, it was a massacre
because the people who fired the
missiles weren't targeting soldiers.
They were targeting Israeli civilians
but killed the soldiers by accident.
Journalist: But you also committed
massacres in Qana and elsewhere.
Spokesman: No, there was no massacre in
Qana. Hizbullah fighters were the
targets of the bombardment but civilians
were hit by accident.
This nightmarish gibberish, which would
make any journalist quit his job, a
spectator smash his TV screen and a
dialogue participant abandon his faith
in dialogue, is not from Alice in
Wonderland. It is an excerpt taken
verbatim from an interview on an Arab
satellite station with a young spokesman
for the Israeli Defence Forces.
Now, when Israeli soldiers die it's a
massacre, whereas the wiping out of
entire families in the course of the
aerial bombardment of their homes and
villages doesn't rate the term.
That's not a massacre but an "accident"
or, in the euphemistic jargon of the
science of the war against terrorism,
11 Zionist Soldiers Killed Saturday In
By Amos Harel, Yoav Stern and Eli
Ashkenazi, Haaretz Correspondents, and
Israel Defense Forces soldiers were
killed and another 11 seriously wounded
in heavy clashes Saturday with Hezbollah
forces in south Lebanon, after Israel
dramatically expanded its ground
operation in the area.
separate incident, an Israel Air Force
helicopter was shot down by Hezbollah
fire on Saturday night. Hezbollah
claimed the helicopter was struck by an
anti-tank missile. IDF sources confirmed
a helicopter had gone down. The sources
said there were no combat soldiers
aboard, but added that there had been
cover of intense artillery fire, IDF
forces reached the Litani River, which
is some 20 to 30 kilometers inside
Lebanon, military officials said
soldiers were hurt during the fighting
in Lebanon on Saturday. At least 23 of
them were taken to Rambam Medical Center
in Haifa for treatment.
the soldiers killed on Saturday were
spokeswoman said an IDF officer and two
soldiers were killed when Hezbollah
fighters fired an anti-tank missile at
another soldier died when Hezbollah
launched a similar attack on a structure
in the area where he and other troops
had taken position.
soldiers from the Golani Brigade were
killed in an accident that occured when
an IDF tank accidentally ran them over
in the village of Shakif-al-Amal in the
East. Two other soldiers were wounded in
the accident, one seriously and the
eastern section, one soldier was killed
when an anti-tank missile hit his tank
close to the village of Kanatra. Another
soldier was killed when troops exchanged
fire near the village of Hadata on the
other soldiers were seriously wounded in
separate attacks on tanks and an armored
vehicle near the villages of Tyre and
The Master Race Sets A New Record For
Most Lebanese Exterminated In One
Here’s The Really Good News!
One-Third Were Children Who Hadn’t
Started To Breed Yet!!
2006 Clancy Chassay, The Guardian
Thirteen-year-old Hassan al-Rai lies on
a bed in Beirut's Hayat hospital, his
eyelids heavy, dark red wounds covering
his face and torso.
sitting with my cousins and my brothers,
we were listening to music, hanging out.
Then there was fire and smoke. I looked
down and I saw blood all over me. My
brother and cousins were hurt; my
brother had blood coming from his head.
I don't know what has happened to him."
Hassan doesn't yet know that his brother
He was killed on Monday night in an
Israeli missile strike on a residential
building in the Shiyyah district of
southern Beirut. Yesterday morning
rescue workers were still searching for
bodies among the rubble.
The attack, which claimed the lives of
at least 61 people, has become the
single greatest loss of life since the
conflict began. The Lebanese health
minister, Mohammed Khalifa, said a third
of those killed were children under 13.
said 50 bodies had been recovered.
Eleven more people are known to have
been in the building when it was hit.
He said the final figure of those
killed could be much higher. "There is
no way to know for certain how many were
killed. There were many displaced
people in the building who are still
The attack came just before 8pm in the
mixed neighbourhood of Christians and
Muslims on the edge of Beirut, which
lies along the green line separating the
east of the city from the west. Many of
those killed were refugees who had fled
the bombing of their villages in south
Lebanon believing they would be safe in
residents reported hearing gunshots
moments before the bombing, which
destroyed several neighbouring
buildings. Israel still has not offered
an official explanation for the attack.
later, the narrow street is still
blocked with rubble. Cars, crumpled and
flipped on their side, lie 100 metres
from the blast site. The remnants of
homes litter the streets as three
diggers plough through the dust,
scooping and clearing.
The smell of rotting flesh hangs in the
air as rescue workers labour to find
those bodies still buried.
"We don't know how many are still
buried, perhaps it is only pieces of
bodies now," said Ali, a resident of the
building who survived the attack and is
now helping to recover the bodies.
thrown from one side of the building to
the other. Many of my friends were
crushed by the rubble." Staring blankly
he described how his family, who were in
the neighbouring building, survived, but
his closest friend was killed. "He
wasn't from my family but he had always
been my brother, from when we used to
play in these streets together."
as the diggers clawed through the
remains of his home, Ali's friend,
22-year-old Mohammed, described how a
young boy was thrown from a neighbouring
building into the balcony of a building
opposite by the blast. "We saw the
blood of children in the street. Fire
came from the building. There was a
terrible smell and smoke everywhere. One
child cried out from under a car. I ran
to him and saw there was another child
under him but when I picked them up they
were both dead."
Nineteen-year-old Mohammed Hamade was in
the building opposite when the blast
threw him to the ground "Hot air pushed
me off my chair and I was lying on the
ground. Everything was shaking and there
was smoke everywhere. I thought our
building had been hit, I thought I was
Kassem, a doctor at the Hayat hospital,
had had little sleep since the bombing.
"It was like a football stadium here,"
he said. "Many people came in with bone
and skull fractures as well as some very
As families of the victims gathered to
bury their dead, shells fired from an
Israeli naval vessel landed nearby
shaking the neighbourhood and causing
the mourners to scatter.
"Many bodies are still in the morgue.
People cannot find a safe time to bury
their dead," said Mr Khalifa.
12 Official Guidelines For The Israeli
Spokesman In Time Of War:
"We Never Behave Like The Nazis"
"We Never Schlep Innocent Arabs In
"We Bring The Death Directly To Them, We
Kill Them In Their Homes"
July 31, 2006 The document was compiled
by Israeli Air Force reserve Lt. Col.
Atzmon, Peace Palestine Blog via
Israeli Foreign Ministry urges the
Israeli lobbyists around the world as
well as its representatives to spread
the message below.
This war is all about our survival
unlike all the other wars that were all
about our survival. We must to stand up
firmly and tell the world that:
Our army is the most humanist army in
Our army always informs the helpless
victims before we drop tonnes of bombs
on their heads.
Is there any other army in the world
that spreads leaflets before it commits
As if this
isn’t enough, we always 'deeply regret’
after we’ve committed atrocities.
'sincerely apologise’ after smoking four
Unlike, the Hamas and the Hezbollah, we
never kill indiscriminately. We always
kill very discriminately.
We kill Arabs whether they are Arab
women, Arab elders, Arab children, Arab
refugees, Arab disabled hiding in a Red
Cross shelter in Kafar Quana. We are
after Arabs and to speak about us as if
we are bombing and killing
indiscriminately is an utter
Prime Minister Siniora must be very
happy with our brutal assault against
his people. Let’s face it, we are doing
his job, we are killing the baddies. We
are cleaning his streets. Indeed we
start with the Hezbollah, but we will
then take the war to Syria and Iran.
We have it
all planned with our friends in the
Pentagon. We can’t really understand
why PM Siniora is making such a fuss
insisting on ceasefire. Indeed, a third
of the Lebanese civilians are now
displaced, but as you all know, in war
shit happens (especially in the Israeli
Israelis are at the forefront of the
fight for democracy and humanism. You
European and Westerners should support
us. We are engaged in a dirty war you
fail to fight.
Is it a
coincidence that Tony, George and Condy
gave us a green light to bring Lebanon
back to the Stone Age? Is it a
coincidence that the Andrea’le Merkel
sent us 3 Submarines as soon as she
settled in office? Let’s face it, you
all love us, and you better admit it,
you love us strong and murderous. You
all give us the green light to paint the
region in red. And let me tell you, we
love painting in red, moreover, we are
really good at it.
you ever forget, we are the only
democracy in the Middle East, when we
engage in one war crime or another, when
we breach the Geneva Convention, when we
violate any possible humanist call, we
always express our people’s democratic
do it in the name of our people. Don’t
you forget, this war was launched by an
Israeli national unity centrist
This war is the call of the moderate
peace-seeking Jewish voice.
Unlike the Hezbollah, a tiny group of a
paramilitary militias, our terror is
nothing but state terrorism in its
making. Our state terrorism is our
democratic choice and it is supported by
the world’s leading democrats: Bush and
Unlike the cowards Hamas and Hezbollah
who hide behind women and children, we
are brave, heroic and technologically
superior; we successfully target the
women, the elders and the children who
may or may not serve the Islamic
terrorists as human shields.
We smoke them and them alone. We
obviously believe in focused
Although we clearly punish the Arabs for
the crimes committed against us by the
Nazis, we are humanists, we never behave
like the Nazis, we never schlep innocent
Arabs in trains, we never ship them to
death camps, we never gas them, instead,
with the support of our American
Brother, we bring the death directly to
them, we kill them in their homes, in
their beds sometime just before dawn
when they are still in pyjamas.
In short, not only we are humanists, we
are the nation of humanism. To doubt it
is nothing but pure and crude
This message must be repeated time after
time even if it doesn’t make much sense.
It is a message that must be circulated
regardless of its truth value.
This war is not about truth, it is about
the right of the Jewish people to exist
Knesset Meets To Approve Measures For
Defense Against Lebanese Aggression
"They Are Not Afraid To Die, Which Makes
Deterrence Very Difficult"
2006 Conal Urquhart in Metulla, The
forces have been astonished at the
discovery of networks of bunkers and
computerised weapons in Hizbullah
positions, according to officials.
Troops have found air-conditioned
bunkers 40 metres (125ft) below the
ground and anti-tank weapons that
originate in France, the US and Russia
in southern Lebanon.
Many of the tactics and weapons employed
by Hizbullah have neutralised Israel's
military superiority and made a complete
victory difficult to achieve.
revelations have increased since Israeli
ground forces invaded southern Lebanon.
"The main threat is the use of
sophisticated anti-tank weapons against
our armoured vehicles. One of the most
effective is the Kornet which was
supplied by Russia to Iran and then to
Hizbullah," said Lieutenant Colonel
been very surprised by the quantity of
weapons and the building that has been
carried out in the last six years. We
knew they were preparing for war but we
did not realise to what extent."
have discovered bunkers with listening
and observation devices working in
tandem with computers.
bunkers meant that Hizbullah fighters
could shelter from Israeli air and
artillery bombardment and then surprise
advancing Israeli forces. Often the
bunkers were so well hidden that
fighters could wait until the soldiers
had passed and then attack them from
so far lost more than 80 soldiers in
combat. Its highly mobile armour and
air support is less effective against
guerilla fighters, and its armour has
been neutralised by Hizbullah's
acquisition of state of the art weapons.
Hizbullah's older anti-tank weapons have
been effective against armoured
personnel carriers and buildings used by
soldiers for shelters. Its newer
weapons such as the Russian Kornet and
US TOW missiles have been highly
effective succeeded in piercing the
armour of Israel's main battle tank, the
Merkava, reputedly one of the
best-defended tanks in the world.
One member of an Israeli tank crew who
had just left Lebanon told the Guardian:
"It's terrible. You do not fight
anti-tank teams with tanks. You use
infantry supported by artillery and
helicopters. Wide valleys without
shelter are the wrong place to use
he said Hizbullah's weapons had been
supplied by Iran, Lt Col Rafowicz
admitted the militants' prowess also
stemmed from its morale and
organisation. They are very keen to
engage our forces. They are not wearing
suicide bomb belts but they are not
afraid to die, which makes deterrence
Nehushtan said: "We have to recognise
that we will be dealing with new
definitions of victory. There will be
no white flags being raised on this
battlefield," he said.
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Bush Seeks Exit Strategy At Mapquest
2006 The Borowitz Report
reassure voters before the midterm
elections that he is actively looking
for a way to bring U.S. troops home from
Iraq, President George W. Bush said
today that he has been looking for an
exit strategy at the popular Internet
announcing that he was relying on
Mapquest to navigate the United States'
exit from an apparent quagmire in Iraq,
the president was running the risk of
making his Administration appear as if
it had run out of ideas of its own.
But in a
White House press briefing this morning,
Mr. Bush defended his use of what he
called "the Internets," adding that he
was also hoping to find an international
peacekeeping force for Lebanon at
president said that he began his search
at Mapquest by typing in "Iraq" as the
starting location and "United States of
America" as the ending location.
acknowledged that the process of finding
an exit strategy at the Mapquest site
was complicated by the fact that many of
the streets that Mapquest displays for
Iraq have not existed since the U.S.
began bombing the country in 2003.
Ultimately, Mr. Bush said his search for
an exit strategy at Mapquest yielded
"The good news is that I found the most
direct route from Iraq to the U.S. The
bad news is that the estimated travel
time is twenty years."
CLASS WAR REPORTS
Oaxaca Popular Assembly Blocks City
Government Buildings And Repels Another
"The Entire State Is Involved In Open
Warfare Where The Goal Is Throwing Out
The Remaining PRI Bosses, And
Establishing A More Just Order"
2006 By Nancy
Davies, Narconews.com [Excerpts]
of the Oaxaca [Mexico] City Hall was
carried out at 10:00 AM on August 7.
name of the Popular Assembly of the
People of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish
initials), 500 teachers from Ocotlلn
prepared an encampment in the recently
"renovated" Plaza de la Danza which
abuts the entrance to the municipal
building of the capital city of Oaxaca
state. Ocotlلn has a total enrollment
of 1,000 in Section 22 of the national
teachers’ union (SNTE).
effort by APPO to totally block all the
state government functions, up until
Monday the city government was ignored.
Although Mayor Jesْs ءngel Dيaz Ortega
is heartily disliked and disparagingly
referred to as "Chuchubolas," he has
generally been regarded as a puppet of
Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz ("URO").
Therefore, when various parts of the
city were violated to obtain the
renovation funds diverted to Madrazo’s
doomed campaign, people were quick to
blame Ruiz and never mentioned
All efforts were focused on the state
government functions which were halted,
and when citizens spot the "ex-governor"
with any of his cabinet trying to meet
in a restaurant or hotel there’s an
immediate crowd to block the doors.
movement maintained for the tenth
consecutive day the blockade to the
state Government House, the State
Congress and the Oaxaca Superior
Tribunal of Justice, as well as the
Department of Finances, the General
Attorney’s office, the penal tribunals,
and other facilities, 300 officers of
the Federal Preventive Police arrived in
the city on Monday night.
By my own informal count, 40
municipalities and towns around the
state have decided to make changes
(sufficiently important to be mentioned
in newspapers and/or on the radio),
including the occupation of 20 municipal
town halls, seven with physical aid from
the teachers of Section 22 of the SNTE.
Nineteen municipalities have affiliated
formally with APPO, meaning they will
send people as aids to the struggle.
The movement has also captured 60 buses
and 18 official vehicles, among them two
patrol cars. Rogelio Pensamiento
Mesinas, member of the Provisional
Coordination of APPO, said that in the
collection of vehicles they prioritized
those belonging to mobile brigades of
the government under the state
Department of Traffic and the municipal
police, as well as of the Preventive
Police. The vehicles are white, and
passed over vehicles of the Municipal
Police, the Fire Department and aid
explained that the vehicles will be
concentrated in the Historical Center or
in the parking areas of captured public
The movement will try to harm the
vehicles as little as possible, "because
they belong to the people whose taxes
paid for them." Two small Volkswagens
are now being used to block access to
Monday, the morning of these events,
blockades of the main state highways
were also carried out, in accordance
with the conditions of each
municipality, intermittently or
So it was
on to the next goal: further cripple the
area with ungovernability by taking the
Oaxaca City Hall, or Municipal Palace.
In all the action, few noticed what was
before, some agents of the Oaxaca
Municipal Police abandoned their general
barracks and were quartered in the
barracks located in the municipality of
Santa Cruz Xoxocotlلn, (now also in
rebellion). That’s apparently where
they were to be met by the Federal
Preventive Police (PFP).
morning a red alert was broadcast. Both
the teachers’ station, Radio Plantَn
using 96.8 FM, and the students’ station
Radio Universidad 1400 AM went on the
air to broadcast the alarm.
The previous night, August 6, about 300
Federal Preventative Police (PFP)
arrived in Oaxaca. Monday at 10:00 AM
an attack by about thirty police who
arrived in five pickup cars, some in
civilian clothes and some wearing ski
masks, took place in the Colonia Reforma
neighborhood, where APPO people were
blocking the office of the Department of
Radio Universidad reported as shots were
fired and tear gas was used. After the
APPO people fought back with stones and
sticks the police were repelled, leaving
several APPO members injured by blows
but only one woman by gunfire, in the
may have been hit by the Coordinator of
Public Security, Aristeo Lَpez Martinez,
the Oaxaca head of special police
operations, who was using an AR-15
rifle, according to La Jornada.
The newspaper reported that when the
APPO men gave chase, Lَpez Martinez
began to shoot for the body, not in the
air. The pursuers hit the ground, and
all the police escaped, Lَpez Martinez
on a black BMW motorcycle.
wounded woman later went to the radio
station to speak, so I assume she was
not badly hurt. In the attack three
municipal policemen were wounded in the
head by stones and a teacher was injured
on his spine by a sharp blow.
It is not
legal for police to be dressed in plain
clothes, nor for them to be arriving in
private cars, nor for them to attack a
peaceful civil protest.
was just the morning.
various alarms were sounded, but none of
them proved to be an attack by the 300
PFP. However, it was broadcast that a
man identified as Catarino Torres Pereda
was picked up by three men in a car and
vanished. Eventually, after much time
lapsed while APPO assumed he was
"disappeared," the Secretary of Civil
Protection revealed that Torres Pereda,
director of the Citizen Defense
Committee (Codeci) had been arrested in
Tuxtepec, and was jailed in the city of
Matيas Romero before being transported
to the state of Mexico. His name is
added to the list of political
morning attack at the Finance Building
interrupted normal broadcast I was
passing a vendor’s radio, and I also
happened to be passing the Plaza de la
Danza. Surprise! I could see the usual
outline of an encampment –blue and
yellow tarpaulins strung with ropes from
high points against the rain. Women
settling in the shade, men on the
stadium seats lounging while one
sharpened his machete on the stone.
entrance was blocked by teachers sitting
on the new smooth cement, beneath an
Ocotlلn banner strung up on the
municipal building. The teachers looked
to me like their main weapons of defense
would be the yellow plastic chairs
arriving at that precise moment.
time I arrived home, various reports
were flying. Then there were periods of
calm, and then more alarms. A
roller-coaster day, reaching a climax of
anxiety when APPO broadcast a summons
for everybody to come who could.
poured in from the Central Valley in
which Oaxaca City is situated. At 9:30
at night Channel 9, the captured state
TV station, introduced by name and town
twelve good men who represent the
people’s force, one of them by his looks
a boy of about eleven, one a senior
flew that the big attack would be at
11:00 PM. Lَpez Martيnez confirmed that
the state and municipal governments were
preparing to dislodge people from the
APPO encampment in the Historic Center
of Oaxaca. That should have been a clue
that no such thing was going to happen.
morning – no big attack having taken
place– we learned that one man was
murdered. He was a teacher at the
Benito Juلrez Autonomous University of
identified as 35–year-old Marcos Garcيa
Tapia from the Dental School. The
reports say he was killed by two men on
a motorcycle, driving at night outside
the zocalo’s guarded perimeter.
down to Plaza de la Danza, and from
there to the zocalo. Both places were
calm. The newly arrived campesinos in
the zocalo were armed with sticks and
iron rods, and were accompanied by women
So, in my opinion (as always, a
subjective view), what we have now is a
low-intensity dirty war. Several
opportunities to kill people have been
bypassed. I believe the game plan is to
exhaust people by fear and high tension
levels, supplemented by a few deaths in
which there is no risk that URO can be
accused of anything – indeed, today
there are denials that he ordered the
police to attack at the Finance
deny he even asked for the PFP to be
sent here, or that once sent, they had
been involved, since they seem to be
doing much of their dirty work in
movement is also capable of
psychologically exhausting URO, who is
followed everywhere. In the style of a
good revolution, he is continuously
mocked and called bad names, along with
his former secretary of civil protection
José Franco Vargas (currently carrying
on in an unofficial capacity) who is now
referred to as "Chuckie II," in honor of
the American horror movie.
Furthermore, the people most stalwart in
their denial must now, as Channel 9
repeatedly says, open their eyes.
The television station not only shows
every march and every instance of
repression, but videos of other
repressions, including one on the 1968
attack on students in Mexico City’s
Tlatelolco Square, and another on the
oppression in Palestine by the Israelis.
educational project which is playing on
radio, television broadcasts, and public
screens in the zocalo.
The entire state is involved in open
warfare where the goal is throwing out
the remaining Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI) bosses, and
establishing a more just order.
dura" ("hard hand") policy now would
involve military invasion, the setting
up of a Oaxaca counterpart to the
militarized state of Chiapas.
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