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Prisoners of War
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
Forty years of lies – a piece from J Chuckman
"If, as we are told, Oswald was the lone assassin, where is the issue of national security?" Bertrand Russell.
Submission from J Chuckman: Banging your head into walls
We've all met them, people who stubbornly hurl themselves in the wrong direction, stopping only when they violently collide with reality. It is a painful way to learn, but those afflicted with the disability seem unable to learn in any other way.
Several steps closer to armageddan
The United States apparently has fitted out the Harpoon missiles it previously supplied Israel to accommodate nuclear warheads. These missiles are carried on three German-built submarines, making a reality of Israel's grandiose plan for a nuclear-triad force, a miniature replica of America's land-air-sea nuclear force in a country with a total population smaller than greater Chicago. Perhaps more pertinent, the missiles' nuclear capability extends a threat towards Iran, bringing home to its leaders the possible consequences of "going nuclear."
California has just elected an adolescent fantasy as governor. One imagines fans, used to paying for Schwarzenegger's image projected on a screen, leaving rallies feeling blessed at having glimpsed him in the flesh - dyed hair, induced tan, eyebrow-waxing, capped teeth, and all - much as winners from a church bingo go home feeling blessed.
Hope against hope: Submission from John Chuckman
I don't know how many times I've seen articles about Wesley Clark making a formidable opponent for George Bush. And I agree, he likely would, but so what?
Submission from John Chuckman: American Psycho
No, I did not read the book, but what words more perfectly describe George Bush making one of the oddest speeches ever made at the UN? There he was - with his designer suit, costly watch, and constantly-manicured haircut - stone-faced and unrepentant for the violent destruction he caused, for his obvious lying, and for his rage against the thoughtful objections of others. Actually, unrepentant seems an inadequate description, unaware or uninterested being closer to the mark.
ISLAM is not the source of terrorism, but its solution
During the last two decades in particular, the concept of “Islamic terror” has been often discussed. After the September 11 terrorist attacks on targets in New York and Washington, which caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, this concept has once again returned to the top of the international agenda.
Aids is made in US military labs! Anti-humanity conspiracy
Living will agree that the world has stepped out of the nuclear age, only to step into a new age-the age of biological warfare. The conspiracy against humanity began when at a House Appropriations hearing in 1969, the Defense Department's Biological Warfare division requested funds to develop, through gene splicing, a new disease that would resist and break down a victim's immune system.
The Devil and George Bush - Real Story behind a Possible 2nd term
George Bush sits quietly at his desk in the Oval Office. Suddenly, with a puff of acrid, yellow smoke, a dark figure appears at his shoulder, arrogantly leaning an elbow against the back corner of the big leather chair. He wears a soot-stained stovepipe hat, a rumpled, dusty suit, and his whiskered, rather cherubic face has an almost benign smile as he gazes down.
Poem in open hard truth: Al Gore as President
AL Gore/Bush election sign of evil beginning
Al-Quds not for sale…
It is an old demand, existing since 1st world war and not getting better to warm it up again, but nevertheless Shimon Peres as official speaker of the labor party of Israel suggests again, in a new activity to bring eastern Jerusalem – AL QUDS – under international administration with Kofi Annan as the mayor to take it away from the true owners and defenders of AL QUDS, the Arab and especially the Palestinian people.
Answerable to no one…
"…the writer should always be ready to change sides at the drop of a hat. He stands for the victims, and the victims change." Graham Greene
Zionists intentionally murder children
'I can't imagine anyone who considers himself a human being can do this'
Bush & cohorts gave America 16+ lies
Did Bush merely say 16 mistaken words? No, he and his cohorts gave to the American public 16+ Lies in order to justify the Iraq War. Here are 16+ lies:
American govt hates non-Jewish particularly Arabs
On July 9, 2003, an Arabic-language newspaper publisher, Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi, was arrested in Chicago by federal authorities. He was charged with failing to register as a foreign agent for Iraq.
The worst kind of lie – Submission from J Chuckman
A few years sometimes make a big difference in human affairs. A few years ago an American President was put through the 18th century ordeal of impeachment, a vast, expensively-staged comic opera of white manes waving and grave baritones intoning, over a dribble on a dress and the lie he told to save himself embarrassment. Today we have a President who has hurled the world into two dirty, pointless wars after what undoubtedly qualifies as the longest sequence of public lies ever uttered in a free society, and yet in his homeland he remains popular and is collecting enough campaign cash to rival the Swiss bank balances of the Russian Mafia.
Iraq aggressors! You have sown a crop of hatred…
You wanted a villain
Lessons from the American Revolution
Many otherwise well-educated Americans know remarkably little about the actual circumstances of their country's birth. Assumptions about that early period, frequently offered as counterexamples to the current dangerous and dreary American government, too often contain little more than boyish daydreams of nobler times.
The real clash of civilizations: Liberals versus the crypto-Nazis
There is a real clash of civilizations in the world, but one that has little to do with East and West. It is found in the advanced world and consists in the values of traditional liberalism being attacked by the right wing. Nowhere is this battle noisier and of more consequence to the world's peoples than in America where victory for the right appears all but certain.
The grand injustice against K McGuire over Israel
I was noticeably disturbed when I read about how Kevin McGuire was punished for telling the truth about Israel's hateful actions in the June edition of the magazine "Free American," which I purchased at Barnes Noble.
I will carry my soul in my hand
Submission from J Chuckman: Hall of mirrors
Perhaps you remember the "fun houses" that were once part of old big-city amusement parks? They were filled with mazes, frights, and surprises. Often, these included a hall of mirrors, a maze of rooms walled with mirrored doors. The confusion of reflections made the maze seem infinitely more complex than it actually was.
The man who wasn’t there
I read something recently about America's Middle East initiative, the "road map," offering Bush the chance for greatness. Verbal excess like that demands a realistic discussion of the prospects.
Banality, Bombast, and Blood
The saga of America's Private Lynch, no matter what the details of her movie-set escape prove to be, adds only banality to needless bloodshed in Iraq.
Through a glass darkly an interpretation of Bush’s Character
While I find those images on the Internet of a blunt little mustache digitally-scribbled onto President Bush's upper lip feeble and unhelpful, still, there are parts of Bush's character and behavior that strikingly resemble at least one major biographer's interpretation of Hitler. Ian Kershaw's two-volume life of Hitler puts great emphasis on his being a driving high-stakes gambler -
Policy through rose-colored pilot’s goggles
Everyone, not attached by threadbare ideology or plain old war profiteering to President Bush's War on Terror, knows that even on its own terms, it can only fail miserably in a great waste of lives and substance. You cannot fight a war against religious faith and opposition to injustice unless you are prepared to be as utterly ruthless as Stalin, and even then, when you lie pickled in your tomb, the roots you missed destroying will grow hardy new plants, as they have in contemporary Russia. But I would never have expected stark evidence for failure to come so quickly.
The Iraq war’s trashiest piece of propaganda
There are scores of candidates for the distinction of trashiest war propaganda in a mainstream publication, and readers outside Canada may not recognize my nominee's name, but I am confident readers will recognize the merit of Margaret Wente's column in the Toronto Globe and Mail, April 10. I've excluded CNN and Thomas Friedman from consideration since trash propaganda on the Middle East is virtually all they do.
America’s sovereign right to do as it damn well pleases
I read that the U.S. is claiming a "sovereign right" to try Iraqi officials as war criminals. I thought it was a nice touch, including, as it does, an allusion both to Bush's scholarly observations on Nazis and an assertion of rights. Rights are always good, aren't they? Even when they are the rights of conquest?
Bush and Blair, a couple of comedians: Four types of lies
It was Benjamin Disraeli who once remarked, “There are three types of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.” Some attribute the origin of that statement to Mark Twain, but that is another lie. With the advent of the Bush War and all the propaganda, all three types of lies mentioned by Disraeli have come to pass, but there is another lie too “the funny lie” that has been used a bit recently.
Twelve rusted pipes…
My head turned when I heard on the radio that a number of chemical warheads had been discovered in Iraq, the words "chemical warheads" evoking powerful suggestions and images. Shortly after first reports, one of Mr. Bush's spokespeople termed it "significant." Within a day, restraint was thrown to the wind, and Mr. Bush claimed the find was solid "proof" of Iraq's refusal to cooperate with arms inspectors.
Harun Yahya Article:How to avoid a war?
The preparations for the United States' planned military operation against Iraq are moving full-speed ahead. It seems that unless something happens to reduce the tension between the United States and Iraq, there will be war in the Middle East. Inevitably, that war will cost the lives of tens of thousands of people and will lead to the deaths of innocent civilians. Many soldiers from the U.S. and Iraqi armies will be killed, and their families will suffer terribly.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day
John Chuckman Article: President Bush has declared National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I should be forgiven for greeting the news with cynicism, but at least they included the word "national" in the title.
One way trip to no where
As of this writing, since the beginning of December, Israeli soldiers have killed about 70 Palestinians. These homicides, committed by some of best armed and equipped soldiers in the world, included children and an old woman.
The futility of war
(YellowTimes.org) - We've all likely seen or read about scientific studies of aggression and violence in that otherwise intelligent and loveable species, chimpanzees. Some even take these observations as a kind of biological justification of war. But intellects able to understand other species and responsible for the magnificent thing we call civilization surely give us the capacity to rise above the behavior of chimpanzees.
A toxin in the blood
Like acrid fumes seeping from a chemical dump long thought dormant, attitudes of an unmistakably-fascist nature are drifting through American society. One catches whiffs of the dreadful stuff on almost every breeze from America.
Jihad vs. Terror
Today, the world is filled with experts. Left and right, there are hundreds of experts. Sadly though, the majority of them carry the least qualification. In other words, they are self-appointed experts. Take for example the term Jihad or the term Terrorism. Many, so called experts will claim that Jihad means holy war and terrorism is a form of that holy war. These so called experts have violated the very profession they claim to master because a true expert is one who understands fully his field of expertise.
What Sharon wants?
What was the point of the Israeli army reducing Mr. Arafat's compound to ruins, firing shells that came within the smallest margin of killing him? Everyone outside the hermetically sealed thought-environment of Israel and Washington recognizes Mr. Arafat is no more responsible for the violence of Hamas or Hizbullah than Mr. Bush is responsible for a disturbed gunman now terrorizing America's capital city. Of course, the question is rhetorical.
No plane struck Pentagon on Sept 11: Book
LONDON: Thierry Meyssan, the French author of a best-selling expose - L'Effroyable Imposture (The Horrible Lie) - has published a new chef d'oeuvre - Pentagate - which claims that no attack took place on the Pentagon on Sept 11.
Ethiopia – Land of peace and prospects
Ethiopia is one of the countries where Islam reached in its early stage. During 610 A.D. when Prophet Mohammed (PBUH&HPP) started his mission on teaching Islam, time went on and the number of Muslims increased. The Quraysh Arabs who worshipped idols as other Gods began persecuting them and planned to kill Prophet Mohammed (PBUH&HPP) and his followers. In the face of this persecution, Prophet Mohammed (PBUH&HPP) advised a number of his followers too to seek refuge in Abyssinia - Habashat saying, “Till Allah wills, to give us strength to defend ourselves go to Abyssinia and abide there. It is a land of righteousness, her king is just and none suffer under him.” (Giday 1992 page 124 – 125)
Al-Ahram interview with ADC president
The following interview with ADC President Dr. Ziad Asali appears in the latest issue of the English-language version of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram:
Why US fears of ICC?
The International Criminal Court (ICC) officially came into existence on July 1. In reaction, on June 30 the United States vetoed a UN resolution to extend the United Nations Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (UNMIBH) to protest against the fact that UN peacekeeping troops will not be given immunity from prosecution by the ICC.
By Bert Sacks
Sent by Maryam an Iraqi woman
It’s morning and 120 degrees in the shade. The electricity is off three hours out of every six. The tap water is unsafe to drink. This is Basra, Iraq’s southernmost city, in August.
I’ve just returned from Basra with a delegation of six from the group Voices in the Wilderness. We visited with five other Americans who’ve been living for a month with several poor families in Basra to report on life under sanctions.
As we sat around the living room of one of the host families—on the sofa, in a few chairs, and on the floor—we were all sweating buckets. We went around the room, everyone saying a few words about their experiences.
As people spoke I became so involved that I no longer paid much attention to the heat. Larry Kerschner, who runs a medical clinic two hours south of Seattle, said he found himself wanting to cry after each visit to a hospital. He said he couldn’t imagine working under the conditions he saw—with such a lack of basic medicines and with drinking water that makes you sick.
The doctor blames American use of depleted-uranium weapons during the war for the recent explosion in birth defects and childhood cancers.
This doctor is also a mother. Every week she watches children like her own die for reasons that wouldn’t have led to death before sanctions. She said to me, “I’m so frustrated—I feel that if I had the resources I would kill Clinton and Albright!” And this is a doctor speaking!
Visiting in Iraq is difficult. But coming back to this country is also very difficult. The reality we see in Iraq is so unknown to most Americans.
An Aug. 23 Seattle Post-Intelligencer article describes the reality in Iraq this way: “The [Iran-Iraq and Gulf] wars devastated its infrastructure, and the sanctions imposed for Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait have made rehabilitation almost impossible.... Bad water has created an epidemic of dysentery and infectious diseases, resulting in thousands of child deaths.”
These facts are so simple. They are so indisputable. And they are so little appreciated here. Our military deliberately bombed Iraq’s civilian infrastructure during the Gulf war. We did this, we said, for “long-term leverage.” The New England Journal of Medicine reported in September 1992 that the destroyed infrastructure caused epidemics of water-borne diseases and that 46,900 Iraqi children died in just the first eight months of 1991.
Eight years later, Congressman Tony Hall returned from Iraq and reported that diarrheal-diseases are “the prime killer” of children there. He should have said they still continue to be the prime killer of children.
Back in Seattle, we met with a U.S. congressman. He knows what is happening in Iraq and how wrong it is. He told us there is nothing he can do. It’s hard to confront the feelings of powerlessness which are so widespread in the U.S., even for members of Congress. (Isn’t this why 100 million Americans don’t vote?)
Still, that congressman is mistaken about Iraq. Sanctions will end. And our country will be condemned for its policy of destroying civilian infrastructure and for maintaining a decade of sanctions against the Iraqi people. It is already happening.
The U.N. subcommission on Human Rights in Geneva recently reported that “10 years of U.N. sanctions driven by the United States and Britain has led to ‘a humanitarian disaster comparable to the worst catastrophes of the past decades.’” The same report determined that sanctions on Iraq are “unequivocally illegal” under humanitarian law. For all the same reasons, bombing civilian infrastructure is also unequivocally illegal.
The hard task is not making the arguments of why destroying civilian infrastructure and continuing sanctions are wrong. It is to find ways to encourage people to think about the unthinkable. It is unthinkable that we’ve knowingly pursued a policy causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children. Yet this is the reality.
It takes courage to wake ourselves from our own illusions. It seems much easier to blame Iraq for 500,000 children’s deaths. But Iraq did not bomb its own electrical plants. And Iraq isn’t insisting on sanctions which block needed repairs. These facts don’t disappear, no matter how many times Secretary of State Albright denies American responsibility.
The question is: Will we be willing to look at these facts, and listen to our own voice of conscience, even if at first it may sound like a lone voice crying in the wilderness?
Bert Sacks recently visited Iraq as a member of a Voices in the Wilderness delegation.