Monday, July 31, 2006
Quicksand and Blood
Excellent history of how our government has practised the "Salvadorian Option" to over throw regimes and install regimes friendly to US interests, especially our corporate interests, by establishing death squads, funding "insurgents", murder, torture, kidnappings and disappearances.
Sound familiar? Kinda like Iraq, post-war? If it worked so well in Central and South America, why not the Middle East. Hmmm. But REAL insurgents threw a monkey wrench into the grand plan. So far there are no winners. Only the innocent civilians lose. As always.
But note the paragraph on Israel and the Palestinians. A different can of worms that hasn't worked out so well. Will we still be in the midst of a bloody uprising 30 years from now? Probably.
The know-it-all know-nothing neocons failed to account for the Muslim religion and its importance to the Arab people, and their deep seated suspicion and dislike of the US and Israel. They have long memories of the abuses by the West. Unlike most of the American people, they are well aware of the US and Western nations' dirty practises and interference in other nations' . Sadly, we have not always been the good guys.
Friday, July 28, 2006
BREAKING NEWS OF ISRAEL , LEBANON, AND THE REST OF THE WORLD
http://fuzzyandblue.blogspot.com I do believe WWIII has started. God help us.
PROSECUTE FOR WAR CRIMES.
Tina at Fuzzy and Blue has a good article on prosecution of war crimes. There are those that deserve prosecution, from the president on down. If there is any justice in this world, perhaps there will be a War Crimes Tribunal by some of the other nations.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
RAPE AND THE US MILITARY
Tomgram: Ruth Rosen on Sexual Terrorism and Iraqi Women
A Wave of Sexual Terrorism in Iraq
Female Soldiers Treated Like Dirt
There has been considerable publicity recently about the rape and murder of a 15 year old Iraqi girl, her murder and the murder of her parents and 5 year old sister. There has been brief mention of Iraqi rapes by US service men in the past but none as exposed as this case.
There have been news reports of rape and sexual harassment of female military personnel by male enlisted men and officers. Not too long ago there was a report of a female soldier who would not drink fluids past midafternoon for fear of the rapes on the way to toilets at night. She subsequently died of dehydration. There were also news reports of female military personnel subjected to harassment and crude or vulgar name calling and disrespect.
The following article publishes the comments of readers to reports.
Rape and the US Military
Are all soldiers rapists, murderers, sadists, sexual terrorists? Are all soldiers inhumane?
Ofcourse not. The military personnel are a cross section of our society. Just as in our society we have rapists, murderers, inhumane sadists, sexual terrorists, and just as in our society the majority of our men are decent men with strong moral values. So it is in the military, but the men with deviant tendencies find it easier to do their evil in war situations where they have so much power and control with no constraints by the local laws and enforcers.
I imagine that there also are young men who are basically of good morals, when in the company of others who commit crimes of this nature succumb to the mob mentality and get caught up in something they regret for the rest of their lives. A vietnam veteran told about having a male dog hanging around the hootch wherein he and some buddies were quartered. The male dog was always trying to mount anything mountable. One day after a prostitute had serviced the men in the hootch, one of the guys thought it would be a hilarious good turn for their mascot to be serviced also. They held the woman down in a knee-chest position and allowed to dog to mount her and do his business. Understandably, the woman was humiliated, degraded and furious. The men thought it was funny. But in telling the story at home years later, the veteran appeared shamed by the action. As he damnably well should have been. Had each of those men been alone, they probably would not have done such a thing, but in a group they did.
And, as always, evil gets far more publicity than good, once the evil is made known.
SOURCE FOR TV NEWS FROM ISRAELI AND LEBANESE VIEWPOINTS
Monday, July 24, 2006
ISRAEL, LEBANON, AND THE US
He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man...: Samuel Adams
Throughout the history of the United States, war has been the primary impetus behind the growth and development of the central state. It has been the lever by which presidents and other national officials have bolstered the power of the state in the face of tenacious popular resistance: Bruce D. Porter
They put the 86 corpses into plain wood caskets.
Many were just big enough to fit a small child
By Clancy Chassay in Tyre
In the driveway of Tyre's Government hospital yesterday the sour smell of rotting flesh mingled with spray paint as the chief coroner wrote the names of the dead on their coffins.
Eager to help in the slaughter of Lebanese civilians
U.S. Rushes Bombs to Israel
By DAVID S. CLOUD and HELENE COOPER
The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran's efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.
Click here to view the results achived by Americas bombs
Rice sees bombs as "birth pangs"
Condoleezza Rice has described the plight of Lebanon as a part of the "birth pangs of a new Middle East" and said that Israel should ignore calls for a ceasefire.
U.S. Arming of Israel:
How U.S. Weapons Manufacturers Profit From Middle East Conflict
Much has been made of the Syrian and Iranian origin of weaponry used by Hezbollah but there has been little discussion of where Israel's weapons come from. A new report by the World Policy Institute examines how the United States provides billions of dollars of military aid to Israel each year and how their current arsenal is composed of U.S. made equipment.
This a must listen report. Audio and transcript
Fury Grips Syria Over Lebanon Attacks
By Dahr Jamail
Anger is spilling over against the U.S. government - and its citizens. Ola Saleh, a 25-year-old civil rights volunteer from Latakia said: "In Syria people used to differentiate between the Bush regime and the American people. But now not only do Syrians not respect the Bush regime, they no longer respect the American people for allowing this to happen."
The Shame of Being an American
By Paul Craig Roberts
Does it make you a Proud American that "your" president gave Israel the green light to drop bombs on convoys of villagers fleeing from Israeli shelling, on residential neighborhoods in the capital of Beirut and throughout Lebanon, on hospitals, on power plants, on food production and storage, on ports, on civilian airports, on bridges, on roads, on every piece of infrastructure on which civilized life depends? Are you a Proud American? Or are you an Israeli puppet?
Israel made war plans more than a year ago
By Matthew Kalman, Chronicle Foreign Service
Israel's military response by air, land and sea to what it considered a provocation last week by Hezbollah militants is unfolding according to a plan finalized more than a year ago.
Once again, truth is the first casualty of war
The exchange rate for Lebanese vs Israeli deaths now stands at 10 to one
By Robert Fisk
As many lies are now falling upon Lebanon as bombs. The explosions are easy to count three on the southern suburbs of Beirut yesterday morning and many on the main highway to Syria, destroying more of the great viaduct at Mdeirej along with three passengers buses which were returning to Lebanon after carrying foreigners to Damascus. The lies were less obvious but just as powerful.
In Case You Missed it
Orwell Rolls in His Grave
This is a must watch documentary
"Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices, be able to turn lies into truth?..."
Click here to view
Lebanese Town Lays Its Loved Ones, Anonymous to Rest:
The stench of death seeped into the warm seaside air as the dead were brought out. Children pinched their noses; the men's faces grew a little stonier. Men and boys jostled on the streets and hoisted themselves up hospital walls to better view the spectacle.
While Lebanon burns - A message from Beirut:
The death toll has surpassed the 400 figure with four times that number injured. Over half a million have been displaced, many of whom encountered horrific escapes from Israeli shelling. The human tragedy is mounting by the hour and its magnitude is lost on those who oppose a cease-fire, professing that Israel needs more time to finish the job.
Juan Cole: Israel hits Christian Television in Christian North : Kills TV One:
Note that in a national emergency when 500,000 persons have been rendered homeless and the number is growing, when there are hundreds of dead and thousands of wounded, national media such as television and radio are absolutely essential to relief efforts and to avoiding further mass casualties.
Israeli Tanks, Troops Invade, Occupy Lebanese Town:
In all, up to 2,000 Israeli troops entered the area Saturday, but some returned to Israel during the day. No Israeli or Hezbollah casualties were immediately reported.
Lebanon air strikes continue:
Australian Video Report
Lebanon: Relief agencies plead for access :
They have warned of a humanitarian disaster unless their stockpiles of relief supplies are allowed through.
In Pictures: Lebanon's 9/11 The slaughter continues
- WARNING -
Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel's Invasion and destruction of Lebanon.
Reaction: 'If Israel is behaving like a psychotic bullying child, Britain and the US are like its mad tattooed parents'
Only 8 Democrats Had Courage to Vote Against Blank Check for Israel:
Read the list and call them.
Asia calls for Mideast intervention, mulls sending troops :
Indonesia and Malaysia said they could send troops as part of a UN deployment to the Middle East as Asia showed mounting concern and urged the international community to intervene.
Patrick Cockburn: America's domestic policy vs America's foreign policy :
This week, George Bush used his presidential veto to block a bill on stem cell research, saying he couldn't support the 'taking of innocent human life'. In Iraq, six civilians are killed by a US air strike, while casualties in Lebanon and Israel mount. George Bush (and Tony Blair) oppose UN calls for an immediate ceasefire
Exposed: The Carlyle Group :
I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.
War is a racket!:
US to sell arms worth over $ 6 bn to Saudi Arabia :
The United States Defence Department has notified Congress of possible arms sales such as helicopters, radios and armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia worth over $ 6 billion.
War is a racket!:
Russia Signed USD 1 Bln Aircraft Contract With Venezuela:
Russia has signed a contract on supplies of military planes and helicopters to Venezuela worth over USD1 billion, the defense minister said Friday.
Peace & Joy
Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August 1765) John Adams
Israeli Bombing of Lebanon; the Injured and Dead
_For news detailing the Israeli attack on Lebanon, see http://this-is-war.blogspot.com July 24 and 25th posts. _Most repeats of above post.________________________________________________
Soldiers Say Ordered to Kill Young Men
We get news of atrocities committed by American soldiers. The murder of civilians. We are deeply troubled and wonder if it can be true. Have they truly been ordered to kill a man because of his age group? Who orders this?
Three news agencies, all bearing the identical story.
US Soldiers Ordered to Kill MAM (military age males)
If this is true, then why the murder of women and children, even babies?UPDATE:
Mom says soldier followed attack orders and protocol for possible insurgents
Saturday, July 22, 2006
A Very Lucky Soldier
He gets a temporary tooth prosthesis.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Rape and Murder to Satisfy Lust
In Cold Blood: Iraqi Tells of US Massacre of Civilians
The premeditated, planned rape of a 15 year old Iraqi girl, her murder and the murder of her parents and 5 year old sister.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
LITTLE TOY SOLDIERS - MAY 27 - 28, 2006 - THE KOMMANDOS PROJECT
AT THE WINDOW TO AN OFFICE
THIS KOMMANDO TAKES A POSITION ON THE FIRE CONTROL. THE WIND WRAPS THE FLAG AROUND THE POLE.
A TANK GUARDS THE BASE OF A FLAG POLE.
NEAR AN ENTRANCE TO A STORE
ATOP A PHONE NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO A CONVENIENCE STORE.
A KOMMANDO TAKES UP A PERILOUS POSITION ATOP A PARKED CAR. HE IS IN DANGER OF BEING TAKEN POW OR OF BEING THROWN TO THE GROUND FAR BELOW AND CRUSHED WHEN THE VEHICLE TAKES OFF.
A KOMMANDO PARKS HIS JEEP AND TAKES UP HIS POST AT A TELEPHONE
IN THE HINTERLANDS
TROOPS TAKE UP POSITION ON RURAL MAILBOXES.
POSITIONED IN THE CHURCH WHERE PRAYERS WERE OFFERED FOR THE TROOPS.
Ooops! Forgot to rotate the photo!! THE TROOPS ASSEMBLE FOR DEPLOYMENT
Criminal Governments and Cartels Employ Mercenaries
Courtesy of Empires Fall
The sender also included this note:
BushCo and Blair aren't the only ones engaging mercenaries to carry out illegal wars.
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Monday, July 03, 2006
Interesting announcement at Pulse of the Twin Cities
Title: The U.S. Military is in DU Denial
Date: 2006-04-13 13:32:46
Topic: Cover - News
worried american made the following comments:
One soldier's story. Sadly, it is just one of many stories by our returning service members. The vast majority of our military personnel served their country honorably and faithfully under trying conditions. They deserve our support and the support of the government who sent them to war.
Our veterans and military members must not be abandoned.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
frontline: the soldier's heart: watch the full program online | PBS
Check out the THE LIE OF THE CENTURY
This is a thumbnail sketch of the lies Bush told to get us into war with Iraq. 9/11 provided the catalyst.
THE LIE OF THE CENTURY. You can view it at, http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/lieofthecentury.html
One Man's Opinion of America and the Bush Regime
I want to share the following video with you:
One mans opinion of America and the Bush regime.
Ken Mehlman as the douchbag.
Ahmed Chalabi as the puppet
Bill Janklow as the murderer
Ken Lay as the thief
Rudi Giuliani and Galen Fox as the perverts
Steven Rosen as the spy
Dennis Kozlowski as the con man
Walden Odell CEO of Diebold as a the vote defrauder
Dana Rohrabacher as the tax cheat
Bernie Ebbers as the crook
Bob Novak as the asshat
Richard Pearl as the Mossad agent
Jim West as the bigot
Ralph Reed as the Zealot
Reverend Sun Myung Moon is the one in the crown being ordained in the US Senate building as humanity's savior, messiah, returning lord and true parent.WTF?
The convicted include Keith Weissman, Duke Cunningham, Jim Tobin, Governor Bob Taft, Governor George Ryan, Governor John Rowland, Michael Scanlon, David Safavian, John Rigas, Tom Noe, Timothy McViegh, Larry Novak, Scooter Libby, Bill Janklow, Larry Franklin, Bernie Ebbers, Jack Abramoff, Charles Grainer, Sabrina Harman, Linndie England.
The old black woman is Harriet Tubman.
The three mug shots that follow her are members of the weather underground: Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, Bernardine Dohrn.
Hero's include: Rosa Parks, Colleen Rowley, Daniel Ellsberg, John F. Kennedy, Jack Murtha, Scott Ritter, Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson.
Closing sequence: Sioux Indians perform a 'buffalo dance' in 1894 for a Thomas Edison production. This clip carries a symbolic irony as it constitutes the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera, and the beginning of the demise for both the American Indian and the buffalo.
Anti-Bush; lies revealed. My audio stream was breaking up so I couldn't understand the lyrics but maybe you can. You can sign up for FREE UTube acct. All sorts of videos.
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