Saturday, June 24, 2006

 

Tomgram: David Swanson on War Porn and Iraq

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David Swanson on War Porn and Iraq
The history of war-atrocity snapshots did not start with the Abu Ghraib screen-savers from hell. After all, photography itself came into being as the industrializing West was imposing its rule on much of the planet. That imposition meant wars of conquest; and such colonial wars, in turn, meant slaughter.
From the moment the wooden sailing ship mounted with canons took to the high seas and Europeans began to seize the coasts of the planet, technological advantage lay with them. When others resisted, as they regularly did, the result was almost invariably an unbalanced slaughter that passed for war. Even in the relatively rare instances when European powers, as at Adowa in Ethiopia in 1896, lost a battle, the casualty figures still tended to run staggeringly in the other direction. In 1898, at the victorious battle of Omdurman, the British, using Maxim machines guns and artillery, famously slaughtered perhaps 11,000 Dervishes, wounding many more, at a cost of 48 British casualties. ("It was not a battle," wrote one observer, "but an execution.")
With the one-sided slaughter their technological advantage in arms (and in the industrial organization of warfare)offered came the presumption by the Europeans, the Americans when they joined the imperial game, and the Japanese when they too leaped in, that there was some deeper kind of superiority -- racial, religious, or civilizational -- at work determining events. And so, above the repetitious fact of slaughter was invariably unfurled a banner with glorious slogans about delivering the benefits of "civilization" (in the French case, literally, the mission civilatrice; in the American case, "democracy") to the ignorant or benighted heathen and barbarians of the backward parts of the planet.
When against such obvious superiority and the benefits that went with it, native peoples "irrationally" resisted their own subjugation, when, against great odds and suffering terrible casualties, they refused to give in and were not wiped away, this naturally confounded expectations. It engendered an incomprehension, sometimes a fury in the troops sent to subject them, who had been assured that their task was an expression of manifest destiny itself. Then, of course, came frustration, resentment, rage, the urge for revenge, in short, the atrocity -- and against such inferior, irrational, inhuman types, it was increasingly something not just to be committed, but to be recorded.
How convenient that the camera was there and ever easier for any common marauding soldier to use. There is, unfortunately, no historian of the trophy war photo (as far as I know), but from the later nineteenth century on, these certainly begin to appear -- Europeans holding Chinese heads aloft after the Boxer Rebellion was crushed by an all-European expeditionary force; the photo albums Japanese soldiers brought back from their imperial (and disastrous) expeditionary campaigns on the Chinese mainland in the 1930s -- those "burn all, kill all, loot all" campaigns against resistant peasants -- with snapshots again of Chinese heads being removed, private records of moments not to be forgotten.
The principle was: Do the barbaric to those already labeled barbarians or "bandits," or "rebels," a principle extended, not surprisingly, to America's imperial wars. When Vietnam descended into the famed "quagmire," for instance, it also descended into an orgy of atrocities. By the accounts of soldiers, the taking of ears, fingers, even heads was not out of the ordinary. As one soldier described the matter to author Wallace Terry in Bloods, An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans, "Well, those white guys would sometimes take the dog-tag chain and fill that up with ears… They would take the ear off to make sure the VC was dead… And to put some notches on they guns. If we were movin' through the jungle, they'd just put the bloody ear on the chain and stick the ear in their pocket and keep going. Wouldn't take time to dry it off. Then when we get back, they would nail ‘em up on the walls of our hootch." Another told Terry that the fourteen ears and f! ingers "strung on a piece of leather around my neck… symbolized that I'm a killer. And it was, so to speak, a symbol of combat-type manhood."
And the camera, which anyone could use by now, was never far behind. Many of these scenes were snapped and undoubtedly kept, including, as journalist Michael Herr recounted in his classic account of the war Dispatches, shots of severed heads. Some of these photos were disseminated. I remember one of them appearing in the late 1960s in an alternative (or, as they were called then, "underground") paper, of a grinning American soldier holding up a severed Vietnamese head in what could only be called a trophy-hunting pose.
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Friday, June 23, 2006

 

USATODAY.com - Some troops back from Iraq echo frustration of war critic Murtha

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On OregonLive.com. Sadistic Murder of Kidnapped US Troops

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

 

OUT TAKE: ABU GHRAIB Video

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

 

AlterNet: Iraq's War Porn

Americans turn away

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Iraq's War Porn
http://www.alternet.org/story/37572

We believe the war would end if the media showed more images of the human horrors in Iraq, yet we turn away when they're placed in front of us. Not anymore.
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Friday, June 16, 2006

 

Fwd: Excellent Interview On Depleted Uranium & ABANDONMENT Of Soldiers

An edited email from Chris Gupta. A timely and important interview. WA

chrisgupta@alumni.uwaterloo.ca wrote:
Subject: Excellent Interview On Depleted Uranium & ABANDONMENT Of Soldiers
From: chrisgupta@alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 16:59:32 -0400
See:

ADDICTED TO WAR Los Angeles Screening

War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler - Free book on the net

"With 700 military bases around the world, it is no wonder that the biggest employer in the US is the Military. To maintain their hegemony it is imperative that only jobs left (aside form the menial service jobs) be those for the military..."

Extracted from: Fighting Globalism with Common Law

Remember when you support this war machine you are a unwittingly plundering the poor and defenceless! It does not take rocket science to see that they only fight the poor and defenceless and ignore the powerful.
Hi Folks,

Below is a notice regarding an excellent interview on Depleted Uranium and its effects - and the DENIAL of the military, and the ABANDONMENT of the soldiers suffering life-threatening health destruction.

Note: This is the health-hell to which Harper is condemning Canadian military personnel when they are assigned to Afghanistan. They will pay for their stint of "duty" with their lives because they will all return suffering from radiation-induced health devastation from the Depleted Uranium contamination of the entire area.)
[This is written regarding Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan but applies equally to American as well as Canadian troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq....WA]

If you have the computer equipment, download to a CD/DVD and circulate to the politicians, medicos, and educate your friends and acquaintances. This curtain of secrecy must be lifted - and it will only be lifted if WE do it. Every bit of exposure helps - any and every thing that you do HELPS get the word out. Each person can inforn/educate in his/her own circle.

Thanks

Inge
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The Piper Report

Wed., June 7, 2006:

Christopher Bollyn speaks with Doug Rokke, and Leuren Moret about the military's use of Depleted Uranium in munitions. Mr. Rokke is the former Director of the US Army Depleted Uranium Project. Ms. Moret is a geophysicist specializing in atmospheric sciences, a nuclear activist, and a former scientist and whistle blower at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories.

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Anti-Enlistment Video for Our Children

Is America Burning has posted several times about the government keeping data bases on our school children, setting up military recruitment desks at schools and colleges(they like to sign them up when our sons and daughters are inexperienced and naive). Everyone has seen the recruitment advertisements on TV and they are enticing. The following video is an anti-recruitment song and visual for young people.

I must admit that at my age it is definitely NOT my kind of vid and I had difficulty understanding some of the lyrics, but a test run on a grandson elicited a "Cool, Grandma" seal of approval. (OK, so I'm showing my age). My enjoyment of the vid is not necessary. The important factor is whether or not it dissuades even ONE young person from going like a lamb to the slaughter house of Iraq; if it accomplishes that, I'll say "cool" also.

This is an edited message from Chris Grupta. I usually delete Gupta's emails but this one has merit. Following the vid is a hauntingly beautiful anthem for Vietnam Soldiers by Rita Morrison, with photos from Iraq - affirming that Iraq is today's Vietnam and a timely message. After that is a brief series of statements from Vietnam Vets. An African American vet speaks of calling the Vietnamese "gooks" and he came to realize that "gook is the same thing as nigger". The military continues brainwashing our troops to dehumanize the enemy by calling them derogatory names. The Iraqis suffer a number of insulting names, including "animals".

chrisgupta@alumni.uwaterloo.ca wrote:
From: chrisgupta@alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 16:59:32 -0400

Here is a tacit example of "use 'em and spew them" motto that the military, all under the pretense of protecting us continuly feeds us. The unconditional trust by most in the authorities, makes all these deceptions a piece of cake for them. Especially if you have children going gu gu ga ga over careers in the military. Children who have been deluded by the authorities on the real hidden agendas of the war on terrorism. See:

ADDICTED TO WAR Los Angeles Screening

War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler - Free book on the net



What if everyone refused to fight?

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

 

MSNBC.com Article: Pentagon: U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,500

2,500 of America's sons and daughters will not come home again, except in a coffin. How many more? How many more must we lose? How many more futures snuffed out in an alien land? How many more heart broken, grieving families? And why? why? why?
Pentagon: U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,500 The number of American military deaths in Iraq has reached 2,500, the Pentagon said Thursday. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13237981/from/ET
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Monday, June 12, 2006

 

IRAQI SAND STORM- video of what troops endure

My grandson - on duty in the desert.
The desert where many troops are stationed. This is where my grandson is located.

In addition to IEDs, VBIEDs, ambushes by insurgents with sniper and automatic fire, mortars, grenades, etc..., the troops stationed in desert areas and environs must contend with sand storms. The huge cloud approaching and enveloping the compound is gale borne sand - a sand storm. They are terrible to endure. Sand choking you, in your eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, clothing, vehicles, huts, buildings, everywhere, through every tiny crevice. Afterwards, a massive cleanup.

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Vehicle Borne IED (VBIED) Explosion

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Some IEDs are borne in vehicles instead of being planted by roadsides. Some are implanted in parked, empty vehicles and detonated like roadside IEDs. Some are in driven vehicles and detonated at the driver's will, as in suicide bombers.


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Destroying IEDs

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For more information on IED injuries, see "Baghdad ER" in previous post at http://imperial-sacrifices.blogspot.com/2006/06/baghdad-er-60min-videos-how-ied.html#links

Destroying IEDs
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Destroying found IEDs before they blow up troops or civilians. Note strength of explosions. These devices inflict death or horrible injuries. IEDs inflict the most injuries treated today in military hospital units. Can you imagine one of these going off underneath or beside your vehicle?


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