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Saturday, March 29, 2003

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Picture of little boy distraught.Picture of George Bush pointing his finger.  Picture of Saddam Hussein, of airplanes and soldiers, and bombs falling.Picture of dead person outside mall.
 Picture of Baghdad at night being bombed.Picture of Baghdad during the day being bombed.
 Picture of one year old girl lying on floor after bombing.Picture of soldiers getting ammunition ready to fire
And he must do it quickly
A second wave of bombers came half an hour later, and the gunfire began again and woke her up..   She did not stir from bed, being very tired..   She lay and listened to the raid for nearly an hour, and presently dozed off again, accustomed to the noise.
She woke to the shrill scream of the bomb that hit the house next door, an instant before it burst..   She had no time to do anything, hardly time to realise what the noise denoted, before the appalling thing happened..   Her bed was lifted bodily up into the air and slammed down again upon the floor, and a great pressure blast came on her that made her cry out with the pain in her ears.
Then, as she watched, the solid wall at the end of her room split and crumbled and dissolved in shreds of plaster, and was gone, and a thick, choking cloud of dust was over everything that made her gasp for breath.
She lay petrified with fright in bed; then something happened to the roof above her..   A half-ton coping stone came crashing through the ceiling and fell down on to the lower half of the bed..   The bed collapsed down on to the floor and she lay pinned there, stunned with the shock and with the pain in both her legs.......
She saw him faintly in the starlit darkness, through the fog of dust..   He was a very dirty man, in a tin hat and a blue boilersuit, with an armlet bearing the letters A.F.S..   He was a man of about fifty, still lean and athletic..   He said: ‘This floor isn’t quite what it might be..   Come on lady..   Let‘s get out of this toot sweet.’
She said: ‘I can’t move, I’m afraid..   I think both my legs are broken..   Look.’
He switched on an electric torch and examined the wreck of her bed..   He tested the weight of the coping stone with his hands: it was utterly beyond his power to shift it..   In three weeks of intensive raids this man had learned a great deal, had amassed a sad store of experience..   He knew that there was only one thing that would save this girl..   A doctor must come up, alone, because the floor would bear no more than one, and amputate both legs where she lay..   And he must do it quickly.
Nevile Shute — Most Secret.   First Published 1945.
posted by kewe 1:38 AM
Friday, March 28, 2003
Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov warned the United States and Britain that it would not allow the UN’s humanitarian role to gloss over and justify their military action.
“We will not support the proposal that the mechanism of the oil-for-food programme be adjusted to the military scenario.”
“While humanitarian objectives are important, there is no more urgent task than trying to halt the war and return to the path of a political settlement.”
“In pursuit of this objective we will continue to oppose attempts to legitimise the use of force against Iraq, directly or indirectly, or to shift responsibility to the international community.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US-led war against Iraq is the most serious crisis since the end of the Cold War.
[The war is] "in danger of rocking global stability and the foundations of international law. The only correct solution to the Iraqi problem is the immediate termination of military activity in Iraq and the resumption of a political settlement in the UN Security Council."
I refused to help Bush: Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
US ambassador Negroponte hits back at the majority of the 85 UN speakers
posted by kewe 1:21 AM
Thursday, March 27, 2003
SIX DAYS OF SHAME
By John Pilger.   26 March 2003
TODAY is a day of shame for the British military as it declares the Iraqi city of Basra, with a stricken population of 600,000, a "military target".
You will not read or hear those words in the establishment media that claims to speak for Britain.
But they are true. With Basra, shame is now our signature, forged by Blair and Bush.
Having destroyed its water and power supplies, cut off food supply routes and having failed to crack its human defences, they are now preparing to lay siege to Iraq's second city which is more than 40 per cent children.
What an ignominious moment in British history..   Here is an impoverished country under attack by a superpower, the United States, which has unimaginable wealth and the world's most destructive weapons, and its "coalition" accomplice, Britain, which boasts one of the world's best "professional" armies.
Believing their own propaganda, the military brass has been stunned by the Iraqi resistance.
They have tried to belittle the militia defending Basra with lurid stories that its fighters are killing each other.
The truth is that the Iraqis are fighting like lions to defend not a tyrant but their homeland..   It is a truth the overwhelming majority of decent Britons will admire.
The historical comparison Tony Blair and his propagandists fear is that of the British defending themselves against invasion..   That happened 60 years ago and now "we" are the rapacious invaders.
Yesterday, Blair said that 400,000 Iraqi children had died in the past five years from malnutrition and related causes..   He said "huge stockpiles of humanitarian aid" and clean water awaited them in Kuwait, if only the Iraqi regime would allow safe passage.
In fact, voluminous evidence, including that published by the United Nations Children's Fund, makes clear that the main reason these children have died is an enduring siege, a 12-year embargo driven by America and Britain.
As of last July, $5.4billion worth of humanitarian supplies, approved by the UN and paid for by the Iraqi government, were blocked by Washington, with the Blair government's approval..   The former assistant secretary general of the UN, Denis Halliday, who was sent to Iraq to set up the "oil for food programme", described the effects of the embargo as "nothing less than genocide"..   Similar words have been used by his successor, Hans Von Sponeck.
Both men resigned in protest, saying the embargo merely reinforced the power of Saddam.
Both called Blair a liar.
And now Blair's troops are firing their wire-guided missiles to "soften up" Basra.
I have walked the city's streets, along a road blown to pieces by a US missile..   The casualties were children, of course, because children are everywhere..   I held a handkerchief over my face as I stood in a school playground with a teacher and several hundred malnourished youngsters.
The dust blew in from the southern battlefields of the 1991 Gulf War, which have never been cleaned up because the US and British governments have denied Iraq the specialist equipment.
The dust, Dr Jawad Al-Ali told me, carries "the seeds of our death"..   In the children's wards of Basra's main hospital, deaths from a range of hitherto unseen cancers are common and specialists have little doubt that up to half the population of southern Iraq will die from cancers linked to the use of a weapon of mass destruction used by the Americans and British - uranium tipped shells and missiles.
ONCE again, the Americans are deploying what Professor Doug Rokke, a former US Army physicist, calls "a form of nuclear weapon that contaminates everything and everyone".
Today, each round fired by US tanks contains 4,500 grams of solid uranium, whose particles, breathed or ingested, can cause cancer.
This, and the use by both the Allies of new kinds of cluster bombs, is being covered up.
Once again, the British public is being denied the reality of war.
Images of bandaged children in hospital wards are appearing on TV but you do not see the result of a Tornado's cluster bombing.
You are not being shown children scalped by shrapnel, with legs reduced to bloody pieces of string.
Such images are "not acceptable", because they will disturb viewers - and the authorities do not want that..   These "unseen" images are the truth..   Iraqi parents have to look at their mutilated children, so why shouldn't those of us, in whose name they were slaughtered, see what they see?
Why shouldn't we share their pain?.   Why shouldn't we see the true nature of this criminal invasion?
Other wars were sanitised, allowing them to be repeated.
If you have satellite TV, try to find the Al Jazeera channel, which has distinguished itself with its coverage..   When the Americans bombed Afghanistan, one of their "smart" bombs destroyed the Al Jazeera office in Kabul..   Few believe it was an accident..   Rather, it was a testimony to the channel's independent journalism.
Remember, it is not those who oppose this war who need to justify themselves, regardless of Blair's calls to "support our troops"..   There is only one way to support them - bring them home without delay.
In 1932, Iraqis threw out their British colonial rulers..   In 1958, they got rid of the Hashemite monarchy.
Iraqis have shown they can overthrow dictators against the odds..   So why have they not been able to throw out Saddam?
Because the US and Britain armed him and propped him up while it suited them, making sure that when they tired of him, they would be the only alternative to his rule and the profiteers of his nation's resources. Imperialism has always functioned like that.
The "new Iraq", as Blair calls it, will have many models, such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, all of them American conquests and American ruled until Washington allowed a vicious dictatorship to take over.
Saddam only came to power after the Americans helped install his Ba'ath Party in 1979..   "That was my favourite coup," said the CIA officer in charge.
Keep in mind the cynicism behind these truths when you next hear Blair's impassioned insincerity - and when you glimpse, if you can, the "unacceptable" images of children killed and mangled in your name, and in the cause of what the Prime Minister calls "our simple patriotism".
It's the kind of patriotism, wrote Tolstoy, "that is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason and conscience."
www.johnpilger.com
Six days of shame
posted by kewe 3:22 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Attack on Iraq ‘cowardly’: Malaysian PM.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday said Washington and its allies have sent the world:
“back to the Stone Age where might is right.”
Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Condemning the US-led war on Iraq, calling it the action of a “cowardly and imperialist” bully, Dr Mahathir said Washington’s decision undermines world order and renders both the UN and international law meaningless.
Only last year President Bush praised the Prime Minister as an ally in the international war on terrorism.
Demonstrators took to the streets in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Vietnam over the weekend, and on Monday hundreds of anti-war protesters tried to storm the Australian parliament building.
“It is a black day in history when a superpower with its allies attacks a country incapable of defending itself, much less threatening another country,” Dr Mahathir said.
“If the country was strong, they would not have attacked..  This is the act of a coward, a bully,” he added.
“What is sad is that they launch a massive attack using the most high-tech weapons and mass-bombing on Iraq,” he said..   “The world will not be safe..  People will live in perpetual fear,” he warned.
The prime minister was asked about the United States and Britain’s accusation that Iraq has violated the Geneva Convention.
Mahathir said it was the American media which first showed images of Iraqi soldiers surrendering to U.S. troops..   “It is a little bit late for America to invoke international laws because America has shown that it has total disrespect for international law,” he said.
Prime Minister Mahathir will take over as chairman of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Conference in October.
Not necessary if they had not invaded the country
Attack on Iraq ‘cowardly’: Malaysian PM
Malaysian PM condems US invasion
Alliance sent world back to Stone Age
posted by kewe 10:46 AM
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
City of Defiance. Mirror.co.uk
CITY OF DEFIANCE
Mar 25 2003,   Anton Antonowicz reporting from Saddam’s blitzed capital of Baghdad.
The splendour of the blue, yellow, green and turquoise mosque at the top of Nidhal Street — Struggle Street in English — is posed like a preening beauty in the midst of madness.
Baghdad’s air is full of smoke from the burning oil dumps on its outskirts..  Some 12 of them, lit by the Iraqis to confuse the bombers..  Maybe it has served some purpose, but still the bombs fall, adding smoke to smoke..  And we all wonder what is really left to destroy now.
But one thing remains — the spirit of ordinary people trying to carry on living in this battered city..  The spirit, the beauty of waking each morning and laughing for the relief of it all.
Picture of Baghdad Mosque standing out amid the chaos.

SPLENDOUR: Mosque in Baghdad stands out amid the chaos.
The spirit, the beauty of a magnificent building standing fast against an angry sky, be it the ancient Shahid mosque on Baghdad’s Struggle Street or the similar image of St Paul’s Cathedral in London during World War Two.
After 120 hours of this remorseless, relentless, convulsive violence I now have an inkling of what it must have been like for those men, women and children in the Blitz of 60 years ago..  It is not to stand alongside them..  Theirs was a much longer story..  And the bombs which rained among them were random, scattered things.
Baghdad is luckier — no matter how hard the regime here insists that the main victims are civilians..  We can at least assure ourselves that most of the targets are specific and, with luck, we are not on anyone’s hit list.
It’s the best we’ve got and we’re all getting on with it..  Whether Arab or European, Christian or Muslim. Forget the government of this country and focus on its people.
They have had suffering enough for a generation..  But they are generous, kind, polite and warm-hearted..  They appear to be genuinely interested in my country..  They enjoy American films..  They are daft about Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Clint Eastwood.
But they are prouder of their own country, a deeply-held intrinsic pride in Baghdad, a civilisation 9,000 years older than Uncle Sam..  This is no urban population waiting to throw flowers at the feet of “liberators”..  They just want the whole thing to end..  The other day I stood on the banks of the Tigris while a mob bayed for the blood of a downed enemy pilot they thought was hiding in the papyrus reeds..  And I, an obvious pale-faced Westerner, felt completely safe.
I forced my way to military checkpoints in sensitive areas and, for the most part the guards laugh, say Salaam and usher me past..  There is a knock on my door and Sa’ala, a driver at the beginning and a friend now, brings me hot roast chicken, salad and bread because: “Mr Anton, you have to eat properly.”
Only after this does he go attend to his wife and family..  He says: “Believe me, we’re okay..  We are more used to this kind of thing than you.”.  You cannot argue with that..  Bombs may be rocking the hotel, but Jamal the nine-year-old shoeshine boy has only one thought.
“Mister, shoe...polish...” he says in his high-pitched almost conspiratorial way..  I say fine..  And he starts buffing away, looking up with a big grimy smile and saying “Gimme 50 dollars mister”..  You give him 50p instead and it disappears faster than a mouse in a hole.
Picture of two boys running as in play.

LIFE GOES ON: Baghdad children play on the streets of their city after another bombing raid.
It is 1.30pm when another bomb explodes north west of the city..  Two hours later we are taken to Al-Nuaman Hospital to see the casualties..  There 29 altogether, from Al-Adhamiea, a residential area which houses one of the president’s palaces.
We are not told precisely what was the target or landing place of this missile..  But the victims are clear enough..  Ordinary city dwellers trying to cope with another day — and now this..  Zina Sabah, 22, holds her four-year-old Mina who suffered head and face wounds..  Her daughter’s legs and feet were hit by shrapnel as the two walked from the shops.
Seven-year-old Shehed — her name means Honey — Khalil was playing in the garden..  Now she’s lying in an emergency room with head and hand injuries..  Walid Aziz, 52, says he was trying to buy a present for his daughter’s birthday..  But this happened instead..  Ordinary people doing ordinary things.
But life goes on..  The traffic blows horns for no reason except to announce its presence, women go about their business and men argue over the rising cost of everything..  A bottle of whisky priced 14 dollars last week now fetches 40 dollars.
Cigarettes have doubled in price..  You will now get 3,100 dinars to the dollar when the rate was 18,000 dinars a month ago..  More shops are opening to take advantage of all this..  Day Five and the profit motive has kicked back in..  But it is also Day Five for a government fighting for its life..  So the first highlight is an address by President Saddam Hussein on Iraqi television.
Five days ago — on March 20 — he wore glasses for the first time..  This time he has ditched them and, by the look of it, I suspect he may have re-dyed his salt and pepper moustache a sturdier jet black..  He reads from a sheaf of A4 paper held in his right hand..  His left hand is almost immobile.
An Arab friend says he doesn’t sound like his old self..  He always has slurred his words, but the habit seems worse now..  Maybe it is fatigue, maybe its just the sound quality..  “I think he’s probably in a bunker somewhere and the walls are distorting the voice,” our friend says.
I haven’t got a clue..  All you see is Saddam, an Iraqi flag behind his right shoulder and an anonymous white drape covering the walls..  But it is undeniable the leader looks younger and fresher than he did in the last broadcast.
Picture of young woman with bandage on her head and large bruising on her face.

WOUNDS: Zina yesterday. raid.
As ever, he addressed the nation “In the name of God”..  He claims the American and British forces have been surprised by the strength of Iraqi resistance..  Then he emphasises the decisive days ahead..  “Shed your blood today, responding to what is unjust and make the world awake from its slumber to call for the lifting of sanctions.
“These invaders came with pale faces to occupy our land with intentions we understand.
“We must strike them on their necks and hands..  For those who shall be martyrs, Peter paradise beckons.
“But our example will stand forever in Iraq’s history as one of a nation which will never be messed with again.”
As you see, his speech is part Churchillian, part Prescott..  He goes on to praise commanders by name for their resistance in Umm Qasr, Basra and Nassiriya.
And so, with due praise to God, he was gone.
Then followed the daily press conference by Information Minister, Mohammed Saeed Sahaf.
He says there are hundreds of thousands of militia, fighters and tribesmen across the land “coiling like a boa constrictor to cut the enemy to pieces” — however that’s done.
He praises a couple of farmers who, he says, had downed two Apache helicopters, then denounces America and Britain as the real betrayers of the Geneva Convention.
He says: “How dare America, its hands still bloody with Vietnam, lecture us?.  How dare it tell us what to do after what it did to the women of Afghanistan?”
He listed the number of civilians killed or injured..  Baghdad, 194 casualties, none dead..  Nineveh, eight injured..  Kerbala, 32 wounded, 10 dead..  Nejaf 36 wounded,two dead..  Khadisiya, 13 injured, four dead.    Basra, 122 injured, 14 dead..  Babylon, 63 injured, 30 dead.
It is like a toll from the Old Testament.
He adds: “The war criminals thought Iraq would be a picnic..  They know otherwise now.
“And that stooge Blair, trying to cry out about war crimes, is nothing but a bloody failure.
“The British nation has never been faced with a tragedy like this..  A tragedy called Blair.”
I ask him why he makes this reference to Britain..  He replies: “I always admired the Mother of all parliaments..  There is much to admire about Britain.”
And strangely that seems to be the case in most of Baghdad..  “Where are you from, mister?”.  “Britannia,” I reply..  “Plenty bombing, mister,” they say, shaking their heads.
And then they shake my hand before moving on.
Let us hope those handshakes continue when the blitz ends..  Because the blitz, at least, is something we have in common.   
The Mirror — CITY OF DEFIANCE
kewe note:
Interesting to think a people who had experienced the bombing of their cities would have allowed their leader to defile their honor, and their name, and their place in history, as that war gave them.
posted by kewe 4:13 PM
Monday, March 24, 2003
This was not what they had understood when their Führer last had spoken
They waited thus for over half an hour..   The children, apprehensive and docile at the first, became bored and restless..   Pierre said, in his small voice: ‘Please, monsieur, may I go out and play in the square?’.   Sheila and Ronnie said in unison, and very quickly: ‘May I go too?’
Howard said: ‘Not just now..   You’ll have to stay here for a little while.’
Sheila said mutinously: ‘I don’t want to stay here..   I want to go out in the sun and play.’
Nicole stooped to her and said: ‘Do you remember Barbar the Elephant?’.   The little girl nodded..   ‘And Jacko the Monkey?.   What did he do?’.   Laughter, as at a huge secret joke..   ‘He climbed up Babar’s tail, right up on his back!’
‘Whatever did he do that for?’
The stolid grey-faced Germans looked on mirthlessly, uncomprehending..   For the first time in their lives they were seeing foreigners, displaying the crushing might and power of their mighty land.
It confused them and perplexed them that their prisoners should be so flippant as to play games with their children in the corridor outside the very office of the Gestapo..   It found the soft spot in the armour of their pride; they felt an insult which could not be properly defined.
This was not what they had understood when their Führer last had spoken from the Sport-Palast..   This victory was not as they had thought it would be.
Nevil Shute — Pied Piper..  First Published 1942.


This is the reality of war..  We bomb..  They suffer.
“We don’t want Americans here..  This is Iraq.”

posted by kewe 5:44 AM
Sunday, March 23, 2003
A new Order has begun.
There was a movement in the tent, and the doctor was there, leading a child by the hand..   It was a strange, new child, sucking a sweet..   It was spotlessly clean, with short cropped hair trimmed close to its head with clippers..   It was a little boy..   He wore a yellow jersey and a pair of brown shorts, socks, and new shoes..   The clothes were all brand new, and all seemed vaguely familiar to the old man..   The little boy smelt very strong of yellow soap and disinfectant..  He wore a clean white dressing on his neck..   He smiled at the old man.
Howard stared at him, dumbfounded..   The doctor said genially..   ‘So!.   My orderly has given him a bath..   That is better?’
The old man said: ‘It is wonderful, Herr Doktor..   And the clothes too..   And the dressing on the neck..   I do not know how to thank you.’
The doctor swelled visibly..   ‘It is not me that you must thank, my friend,’ he said with heavy geniality..   ‘It is Germany!.   We Germans have come to bring you peace, and cleanliness, and the ordered life that is true happiness..   There will be no more war, no more wandering for you now..   We Germans are your friends.’
‘Indeed,’ the old man said faintly, ‘we realise that, Herr Doktor.’
‘So,’ said the man, ‘what Germany has done for this boy, she will do for France, for all Europe..   A new Order has begun.’
Nevil Shute — Pied Piper..  First Published 1942.
posted by kewe 9:45 AM
Published on Monday, July 4, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
by Sheldon Drobny
Justice O'Connor's decision in Bush v. Gore led to the current Bush administration's execution of war crimes and atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places in the Middle East that are as egregious as those committed by the Third Reich and other evil governments in human history.
US destroyed Fallujah as it tries to destroy the rest of Iraq
The lesson is clear.
Those people who may be honorable and distinguished in their chosen profession should always make decisions based upon good rather than evil no matter where their nominal allegiances may rest.
Justice O'Connor was quoted to have said something to the affect that she abhorred the thought of Bush losing the 2000 election to Gore.
She was known to have wanted to retire after the 2000 election for same reason she is now retiring.
She wanted to spend more time with her sick husband.
Unfortunately, she tarnished her distinguished career with the deciding vote in Bush v. Gore by going along with the partisan majority of the Court to interfere with a democratic election that she and the majority feared would be lost in an honest recount.
She dishonored herself and the Supreme Court by succumbing to party allegiances and not The Constitution to which she swore to uphold.
And the constitutional argument she and the majority used to justify their decision was the Equal Protection Clause.
The Equal Protection Clause was the ultimate basis for the decision, but the majority essentially admitted (what was obvious in any event) that it was not basing its conclusion on any general view of what equal protection requires.
The decision in Bush v Gore was not dictated by the law in any sense—either the law found through research, or the law as reflected in the kind of intuitive sense that comes from immersion in the legal culture.
The Equal Protection clause is generally used in matters concerning civil rights.
The majority ignored their basic conservative views supporting federalism and states' rights in order to justify their decision.
History will haunt these justices down for their utter lack of justice and the hypocrisy associated with this decision.
Sheldon Drobny is Co-founder of Air America Radio.
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He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
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Nanci Pelosi — U.S. House Democratic leader — Congresswoman California, 8th District
Speaking at the AIPAC agenda   May 26, 2005
There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.   This is absolute nonsense.
In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been:  it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist.
The greatest threat to Israel's right to exist, with the prospect of devastating violence, now comes from Iran.
For too long, leaders of both political parties in the United States have not done nearly enough to confront the Russians and the Chinese, who have supplied Iran as it has plowed ahead with its nuclear and missile technology....
In the words of Isaiah, we will make ourselves to Israel 'as hiding places from the winds and shelters from the tempests; as rivers of water in dry places; as shadows of a great rock in a weary land.'
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