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“Supporting the Troops” = Supporting Imperialist War

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

“Supporting the Troops” = Supporting Imperialist War

Kenneth J. Theisen

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March 17, 2008

In the recent political battle around the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley there has been much confusion around the concept or slogan of “supporting the troops,” but opposing the unjust wars of the Bush regime. Many who oppose the Bush Regime wars also say they “support the troops.” Let me say it straight out — I do not support the troops and neither should you. It is impossible to support the troops of the imperialist military forces of the U.S. and at the same time oppose the wars in which they fight.

“Support for the troops” has become political cover to support the wars, and undermine the widespread opposition to them. In Congress, many of those who claim they oppose the wars, use “support of the troops” to vote for hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the wars. These politicians are political opportunists, but there are also people who genuinely oppose the war, but who also say “I support the troops.”

A KILLING MACHINE

 The U.S. has over 700 military bases or sites located in over 130 foreign countries. The hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in these countries are not there to preserve or foster freedom and democracy as the Bush regime would like to claim, but to maintain U.S. imperialist domination of the world. If you “support the troops” in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other more than 100 countries in which they are located, you also support U.S. hegemony in the world. I believe that the vast majority of people who say they support the troops do not wish to support U.S. imperialism, but that is what they are really doing by putting forth the slogan of “support the troops.”

We need to oppose the recruitment of men and women into the military. We need to support resisters within the military who have realized what they are doing and now choose to resist the role of the U.S. military. This includes people such as Lt. Ehren Watada who refused to deploy to Iraq. Watada stated, “Never did I imagine my president would lie to go to war, condone torture, spy on Americans…” He was the first officer to refuse to go to Iraq and he was court-martialed. Another resister is Camilo Mejia. In 2004 Sergeant Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison when he was court-martialed for refusing to assist the military in Iraq. Mejia said, “I am only a regular person that got tired of being afraid to follow his own conscience. For far too long I allowed others to direct my actions even when I knew that they were wrong….”

 We need to expose that those in the U.S. military are trained to be part of a “killing machine.” While not every member of the military is an individual murderer, they are all part of a system that commits war crimes, including aggressive wars, massacres, rape, and other crimes against humanity, all in the service of U.S. imperialism. The bottom line is that even if these people are relatives or friends, you can not support the troops without also supporting the objective role that these troops play in the imperialist system.

James Circello, who joined the Army after September 11 2001, and was sent to Iraq in March 2003 described his experience there : “We were told that we were giving these people Democracy. Unfortunately what I saw would best be described as martial law, or what we called “The Old West”. Soldiers joked that “anything goes”, which was true and still is….I never forgot what I did while in Iraq and what I saw happening: Other kids turning into animals. Some as young as 17, brutalizing, bullying and humiliating individuals sometimes old enough to be their grandparents, and sometimes young enough to be their children. And it wasn’t just the men on the receiving end, suffering through illegal and tiresome searches of their homes and vehicles, simply for being brown skinned, but the same methods were applied to women and children as well.
No one was innocent.”

James Circello reached a point where he could no longer be part of this killing machine. At an anti war rally in New Orleans, he said “you will never get me to agree with or get me to support genocide against any group of people. Regardless of who they are. An American life is no more valuable than an Arab’s life!”

A FORCE OF INVASION AND OCCUPATION

U.S. troops are acting as destructive and murderous forces of invasion and occupation. The people of Iraq and Afghanistan see this on a daily basis. Hundreds of thousands have died as a direct result of the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Millions are either internal or external refugees. Tens of thousands have been detained in prisons, with thousands of these tortured and scores murdered. Haditha, Iraq where 24 Iraqis were massacred is just the best known of the massacres. Women and children are described as “collateral damage” by military spokespersons when they are murdered in military operations.

But to decide whether U.S. troops deserve support you must analyze what they actually do in countries occupied by the U.S. The wars these troops are engaged in have the goal of maintaining and extending U.S. hegemony throughout the world. They are unjust, illegal, and immoral wars. Can you support the troops in these wars? Why is this any different from a German in World War 2 saying, “I oppose the wars launched by Hitler, but I support the troops of the German army which are making these wars possible.” When the Marines in Haditha massacred Iraqis, including women and children, would it have been correct to say I supported the Marines who killed those people, but not the massacre? This would be ridiculous, but no more so than supporting the troops engaged in the war that made the Haditha massacre possible in the first place.

In 1933 Marine Major General Smedley Butler clarified the role of the U.S. military. He stated, “War is just a racket…It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses…I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps…In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…”

Like Butler, Watada, and Mejia, those in the military today must take responsibility for what the military does. Just like the German soldiers of World War 2 could not hide behind the “I was just following orders” excuse, military personnel today also can not hide behind it. Those of us who oppose the unjust wars of the Bush regime must struggle with those in the military and those that support them to expose what role the troops objectively play. Supporting the troops engaged in making war against other nations and people on behalf of U.S. imperialism is not acceptable.

Ken Theisen is veteran activist of movements opposing U.S. imperialism, its wars and domination of countries throughout the world, and an advocate against domestic violence in the San Francisco Bay Area.

source: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m42104&hd=&size=1&l=e

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” Some pretty fucked up shit “

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

” Some pretty fucked up shit “

Layla Anwar, The Arab Woman Newsbytes
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March 17, 2008

This is the caption title from Winter Soldiers.I know, it is causing a stir in America right now…

Watched a couple of videos on some of the testimonies. And even though I say to these vets — you are courageous to speak up and out, I would also like to say FINALLY

But I would like to add –Did it take you well over 3 million Iraqis dead (since 1991) to realize the racism of your country ?

And I want to continue adding, and ask –Did it really have to take over 1.3 million innocent Iraqis dead, the total plundering and destruction of a sovereign nation, over 4 million exiled, over 2 million widows, 5 million orphans, and I could go on and on… Did it have to take all of that for you to realize what you have just realized?

And I want to say to you that what you have described is not the full truth, not the full picture, not the full horror of what you have inflicted on an innocent people who have not harmed you in any way.

And even though the applause is giving you some pride now and makes you feel a little good about yourselves, we’re still stuck in an endless dark tunnel, since your mates are continuing what you have left undone…

And you can’t say you did not know. You can’t say you were unaware. Vietnam and its share of vets were/are there to remind you. But you chose to go ahead anyways…

And you will give a million excuses why you did. And am sure some will pat you on the back and tell you it’s ok — now that you are a reformed being.

But I will not buy your excuses.

And in a few decades, all will be forgotten. By then you would have overcome your PTSD, gotten married, raised a family and continued with your lives…leaving Iraq as some bad dream behind you.

But our orphans will remain orphans and the memory of those you raped, tortured and murdered will remain alive along with the grief.

As for the Iraqis with no conscience, with no morals and no dignity, who applauded your presence and continue to do so, they are as guilty as you are if not more…

The only difference is that they sold their country and you believed you were serving yours.


source: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m42112&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 17 March 2008

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 17 March 2008

Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Monday, 17 March 2008.

  • US admits two more American soldiers killed in Baghdad bomb attack midday Monday.
  • Five civilians killed, 12 more injured in mysterious mortar attack on southeastern Baghdad neighborhood Monday evening.
  • Rocket slams into “Green Zone” Monday morning.
  • Bomb reportedly destroys US minesweeper in Yathrib area, inflicting casualties Sunday night.
  • Three rockets fired at US consulate in al-Hillah before security forces seize launchers.
  • Iranian pilgrims among dozens killed in woman belt bomber attack on Shi‘i visitors to Karbala’ Monday.

Al-Anbar Province.
Al-Fallujah.

One member of al-Qa‘idah reported killed, another captured in clash near ath-Tharthar midday Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 3:38pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Iraqi regime police clashed with gunmen belonging to al-Qa‘idah in the ath-Tharthar area, 25km north of al-Fallujah at midday Monday.

Al-Hadithah.

Armed attack on checkpoint leaves policeman dead in al-Hadithah Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 12:52pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an Iraqi regime policeman was killed when unknown armed men attacked a checkpoint in al-Hadithah, 270km northwest of Baghdad on Monday.

Baghdad.

US admits two more American soldiers killed in Baghdad bomb attack midday Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 9:53pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded by US troops in Baghdad at 12:20pm Monday, killing two American soldiers.

Murder spree continues: three more bodies found dumped around Baghdad Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 8:05pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi regime police had recovered the bodies of three more unidentified victims of murder that had been dumped around Baghdad on Monday.

Five civilians killed, 12 more injured in mysterious mortar attack on southeastern Baghdad neighborhood Monday evening.

In a dispatch posted at 4:40pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that five Iraqis were killed and 12 more wounded when two mortar rounds blasted into areas of southeastern Baghdad on Monday evening.

US-backed Iraqi regime’s security forces arrest 318 “suspects” throughout Iraq on Monday.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:13pm Monday night Beijing time (3:13pm Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that the Iraqi regime had announced that its forces had killed three armed men and arrested 318 “suspects” around the country in the previous 24-hour period.

Xinhua reported the Defense Ministry of the Iraqi regime as saying that military operations carried out in al-Mawsil, the capital of Ninwa Province, resulted in the killing of three individuals whom it called “terrorists,” and the arrest of six people it dubbed “suspects.” The statement added that a bomb was also disarmed in operations there.

Meanwhile, the regime announced that its security agencies had arrested 291 people in the southern part of the country. It said that a bomb had been disarmed in al-Kut, 170km southeast of Baghdad and that there were 16 arrests in the provinces of Salah ad-Din, Diyala, and Kirkuk, where another four bombs were disarmed. The statement said that five more people – also described as “suspects” were arrested by the US-backed regime’s security forces in Baghdad on Monday.

Car bomb explodes in front of store in downtown Baghdad Monday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 6:34pm Monday evening Beijing time (1:34pm Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a car bomb had exploded in the middle of Baghdad on Monday afternoon.

Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi regime police as saying that an explosives-laden Kiya bus blew up near the Jabbar Abu ash-Sharbat shop on ‘Uqbah ibn Nafi‘ Square in central Baghdad.

In an Arabic-language dispatch posted at 6:59pm Monday afternoon Beijing time (1:59pm Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that three people were killed and 11 wounded in the bus bomb explosion.

The police source noted that several shops and buildings in the area had also been damaged and that Iraqi regime security forces rushed to the scene and cordoned it off to prevent people approaching and to facilitate evacuation of casualties to a nearby hospital.

Three bombs in Baghdad leave one policeman dead; security men, civilians wounded.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:05pm Monday afternoon Beijing time (10:05am Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that three bombs exploded in various parts of Baghdad on Monday morning.

Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi regime police as saying that a bomb exploded by a patrol of Iraqi regime police on al-Amirat Street near the Teacher Training Institute in the upscale al-Mansur District of western Baghdad. The blast killed one policeman and wounded a second, in addition to destroying a patrol car.

Al-Mansur was the scene of a second bomb explosion on Monday morning, this one near the Sayyid al-Halib intersection, when a police patrol passed by there. That blast wounded one civilian and damaged several nearby buildings.

A third bomb exploded by civilians at the Hamah Intersection in the area of the International ash-Sha‘b Sports Stadium in the eastern Baghdad district of Zuyunah. Three people were wounded in that explosion.

Rocket slams into “Green Zone” Monday morning.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:05pm Monday afternoon Beijing time (10:05am Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a Katyusha rocket blasted into the top-security area around the Republican Palace in downtown Baghdad – the area dubbed the “Green Zone” by the Americans.

Xinhua reported that the attack took place at about 9am local time Monday morning. The source of the rocket was unknown and as of the time of reporting, the US had made no disclosures regarding casualties or damage inside the closed area.

Salah ad-Din Province.
Ad-Duwar.

Two regime soldiers abducted near ad-Duwar Sunday evening.

In a dispatch posted at 12:25pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that unknown armed men kidnapped two soldiers in the Iraqi regime army in the area of ad-Duwar, 150km north of Baghdad.

Yathrib.

Bomb reportedly destroys US minesweeper in Yathrib area, inflicting casualties Sunday night.

In a dispatch posted at 11:33am Baghdad time Monday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a US mine sweeper vehicle in the Yathrib area, 70km north of Baghdad late on Sunday night.

Diyala Province.
Al-Mada’in.

Four bodies dug up in al-Mada’in Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 8:05pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi regime police had found four unidentified bodies buried in the yard of an abandoned house in the village of al-Wardiyah in the al-Mada’in area of Diyala Province, 25km southeast of Baghdad.

Al-Khalis.

Gunmen destroy 10 village homes near al-Khalis, wounding one civilian.

In a dispatch posted at 9:26pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that unknown gunmen wounded an Iraqi civilian as they destroyed residential houses in the al-Khalis area, 57km north of Baghdad.

Al-‘Azim.

Bodies of tribal policemen found in al-‘Azim Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 10am Baghdad time Monday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the police recovered the bullet-ridden bodies of three members of the US-recruited “Awakening” tribal police in the area of al-‘Azim, 120km north of Baghdad on Monday morning.

Babil Province.
Al-Hillah.

Three rockets fired at US consulate in al-Hillah before security forces seize launchers.

In a dispatch posted at 1:35pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that three Katyusha rockets were fired at the US consulate in al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad.

At-Ta’mim Province.
Kirkuk.

Bomb explodes by trucks loaded with construction equipment.

In a dispatch posted at 1:15pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a column of trucks carrying construction materials in Kirkuk, 250km north of Baghdad.

Car bomb explodes in Kirkuk.

In a dispatch posted at 12:40pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a car bomb exploded to the south of Kirkuk, causing no casualties.

Ninwa Province.
Al-Mawsil.

Three unidentified bodies found dumped around al-Mawsil Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 6:58pm Baghdad time Monday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi regime police recovered three more unidentified bodies in two parts of al-Mawsil on Monday.

Karbala’ Province.
Karbala’.

Iranian pilgrims among dozens of dead following woman belt bomber attack on Shi‘i visitors to Karbala’ Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 5:50pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a woman wearing an explosive belt blew herself up in a camp near the tomb of the Imam al-Husayn, a Shi‘i pilgrimage site in Karbala’, 110km south of Baghdad.

In a 9:15pm dispatch, Yaqen reported a medical source in Karbala’ as saying that the number of people killed in the bombing had risen to 40, with another 71 people wounded- most of those severely. Among the victims are a large number of women and children, the source added.

Al-Basrah Province.
Al-Basrah.

Policeman gunned down in al-Basrah.

In a dispatch posted at 3:24pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that unknown armed men killed a policeman in the southern city of al-Basrah.

Bullet-riddled body of woman found in az-Zubayr Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 3:24pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the body of an unidentified woman had been discovered in a city near al-Basrah on Monday.

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95 statements from all over the world, in solidarity with the people of Iraq

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

95 statements from all over the world, in solidarity with the people of Iraq.

20th March 2003 – 5.30 am: the American army and its allies bombard Baghdad. The War in Iraq has started. The blood and ink flow in abundance. Five years later, we, as writers, are sending a message to the people. We would like to appeal to each and every one of you and make you think.

20 maart 2003 – 5u30 : het Amerikaanse leger en zijn bondgenoten bombarderen Bagdad. De Oorlog in Irak is een feit. Er vloeit veel bloed en inkt. Vijf jaar na datum sturen wij, schrijvers, berichten aan de bevolking. Ieder van u spreken wij toe. We hopen u te beroeren en aan het denken te zetten.

20 mars 2003 – 5 h 30: l’armée américaine et ses alliés bombardent Bagdad. La guerre en Irak est une réalité. Elle fera couler beaucoup d’encre. Et de sang. Cinq ans plus tard, nous, écrivains, lançons un avis à la population. Nous nous adressons à chacun d’entre vous en espérant vous toucher et vous encourager à réfléchir.

Inhoud / Contenu / Content

شاعر عراقي Karim Abid

Saskia De Coster Dahr Jamail Gideon Polya
Souad Al-Azzawi Frank De Crits James E. Jennings Richard Powers
Abdul Ilah Al-Bayaty Didier de Lannoy Hilde Keteleer Xavier Roelens
Fadhil Al-Bedrani Didi de Paris Eman Khammas Salah Salim Ali
Tariq Ali Paul de Wispelaere Ilya Kotchergin - Илья Кочергин Daniel Simon
Nermeen Al-Mufti Aleš Debeljak Mustafa Kör Stephen Soldz
Taher Alwan Alain Delmotte Bart Koubaa Johanna Spaey
Felicity Arbuthnot Xavier Deutsch Rachida Lamrabet David Swanson
France Bastia Bernard Dewulf Saul Landau Peter Theunynck
Niloufer Bhagwat and Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat Curtis F.J. Doebbler Patrick Lateur Tzvetan Todorov
Gie Bogaert Ian Douglas Jan Lauwereyns Chika Unigwe
Paul Bogaert Nawal El Saadawi Chantal Maillard Jennifer Van Bergen
Dennis Brutus Vincent Engel Henning Mankell Serge van Duijnhoven
Stefan Brys Klaus Ferentschik Betty Mellaerts Ingrid Vander Veken
Yves Caldor Nicolas Florence Askold Melnyczuk Herlinde Vekemans
John Catalinotto Eduardo Galeano Sarah Meyer Annelies Verbeke
Saddie Choua Socorro Gomes and José Reinaldo Peter Middendorp Paul Verhaeghen
Benoît Coppée Jim Harding Anne Morelli Nicole Verschoore
Susan Crane Chenjerai Hove Layla Nabulsi Erik Vlaminck
Geertrui Daem David Hungerford Hanneke Paauwe Hans von Sponeck
Lawrence Davidson, Stephen Bronner and Michael Thompson April Hurley Michael Parenti Dahlia Wasfi
Kurt De Boodt Lucas Hüsgen Koen Peeters Haifa Zangana
Johan de Boose Hana Ibrahim © Peeters Holvoet-Hanssen The Spanish Campaign – CEOSI
Lieven De cauter Salam Ismael Harold Pinter  

Some of the authors of these ‘messages’ will also be appearing in the Literary Wake at the Passa Porta House of Literature, A. Dansaertstraat 46, 1000 Brussels, at 8 pm on 19th March 2008. www.passaporta.be

Een aantal auteurs van deze teksten treedt aan op een Literaire Wake op woensdag 19 maart 2008, om 20u, in Literatuurhuis Passa Porta, A. Dansaertstraat 46, 1000 Brussel. www.passaporta.be

Plusieurs auteurs de ces textes se produiront lors d’une Veillée littéraire le mercredi 19 mars 2008, à 20 h, à la Maison des littératures Passa Porta, rue Dansaert 46, 1000 Bruxelles. www.passaporta.be

source: http://www.brusselstribunal.org/Messages190308.htm

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Yemeni man’s torture story in CIA custody

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Yemeni man’s torture story in CIA custody

Al-Maqtari says he was tortured in Iraq, Afghanistan before being transferred to secret CIA detention centre.

First Published 2008-03-14, Last Updated 2008-03-14 19:39:49


How many others were tortured by US soldiers in Abu Ghraib?

LONDON – A Yemeni national accused American secret agents of subjecting him to various forms of torture during nearly three years of CIA detention, in a statement released by Amnesty International Friday.
Khaled Abdu Ahmed Saleh al-Maqtari was arrested by American soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq, in January 2004, along with around 60 other people, he told the London-based human rights group.He said he was transferred to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where he was held as a “ghost detainee”, where he experienced violent beatings, intimidation by dogs, sleep deprivation, induced hypothermia, and other forms of torture.

Al-Maqtari described one occasion when he was beaten by three men and then made to stand naked on a chair in front of an air conditioner while holding up a large bottle of water.

During this time, he was periodically doused in water, making him feel so cold he had trouble standing.

The 31-year-old added that he was also suspended by his feet with his arms cuffed behind his back while he was lowered up and down over a water crate with a pulley.

After nine days of interrogation at Abu Ghraib, Al-Maqtari was transferred to Afghanistan in a secret CIA flight, Amnesty said. The organisation added that flight records it obtained showed a plane operated by the CIA left Baghdad for Kabul nine days after the Yemeni national’s arrest.

In Afghanistan, Al-Maqtari was again subjected to torture, including prolonged isolation, sleep deprivation, exposure to extreme heat and cold, and sensory deprivation with bright lighting and loud music or sounds channeled into his cell, among other forms of ill-treatment, it said.

At the end of April 2004, Al-Maqtari was transferred to another secret CIA detention centre, according to Amnesty, possibly in Eastern Europe, where he was held for nearly two and a half years, before eventually being transferred to Yemen, where he was detained until May 2007.

“At no point during his 32-month confinement was Khaled al-Maqtari told where he was or why,” said Anne FitzGerald, an Amnesty senior adviser.

“He did not have access to lawyers, relatives, the International Committee of the Red Cross or any person other than his interrogators and the personnel involved in his detention and transfer. This clearly violates the US’s international obligations.”

source: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/iraq/?id=24830

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Berlin official: German kids tired of Holocaust

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

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Berlin official: German kids tired of Holocaust

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS, BERLIN 15 marzo 2008

German youth are experiencing “Holocaust fatigue,” the head of the German delegation to an international organization of Holocaust education and remembrance said Monday.

“German children tend to show Holocaust fatigue,” said Dr. Benedikt Haller, the German Foreign Ministry official who serves as special representative for relations with Jewish organizations and issues relating to anti-Semitism.

The remarks came just a day before the official opening in Berlin of the office of the Task Force on International Cooperation on Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research, a group intended to foster cooperation on Holocaust remembrance activities throughout Europe. The organization, which was conceived a decade ago and has thus far operated informally, will comprise 25 countries around the world, including EU states, the US, Argentina and Israel.

In remarks to a group of Israeli journalists, Holocaust instructors and American Jewish leaders, Haller, who will serve as the head of the German delegation to the international Holocaust body, stressed that “Holocaust fatigue” was not a reason to stop teaching the Holocaust in German schools.

“The Holocaust has a very strong place in our national curriculum and it is not going away or being taken out,” he said. “This is not a reason to take it out of our curriculum.”

Haller attributed the “over-infusion” of Holocaust education to a new generation of German educators who revolted against the generation of their parents and grandparents who had kept silent about the mass murder of six million Jews.

“A whole generation of teachers were interested in refuting their parents and telling people the truth,” he said.

“It’s quite natural that the commitment was not the same with their students which for them was a strange and brutal story of their grandparents,” he said.

The German official suggested that in their zeal to teach the story of the Holocaust, some teachers of the “committed” generation “overdid it a little.” Haller made his frank statements after noting the “tremendous amount” of Holocaust literature and research in Germany which, he said, he has long given up trying to keep up with.

He cited a German newspaper caricature published on the 60th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power that depicted a German in a bookstore, surrounded and oversaturated with books about the Holocaust.

The official’s remarks were later criticized by American educators as inappropriate.

“As spokesman for such an elite group in Europe as the task force, he has to be at the forefront of encouraging Holocaust remembrance, and not discouraging it,” said Bernita M. King, history professor at Miami Dade College. “He should be the biggest cheerleader of Holocaust remembrance,” King said.

“This is the wrong message to send out when there is so much more work that needs to be done,” said Susan Myers, the executive director of the Holocaust Museum Houston. “With anti-Semitism on the rise, this is not the time to slow down,” she said.

Haller’s remarks come as the number of elderly Holocaust survivors continues to dwindle.

“This is not the message that you want survivors to hear as they are in their twilight years,” Myers said.

“As the child of a survivor, it is perplexing to hear that there is a fatigue not only about the Holocaust but about anti-Semitism,” said Sylvia Wygoda, executive director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.

A representative of the New York-based American Jewish Committee, Los Angeles Chapter Executive Director Seth Brysk, said that Haller was “reporting on a phenomenon that exists in the country.”

“There is evidence… which indicates that there is Holocaust fatigue in Germany, but it’s unclear to what extent,” William Shulman, president of the New York-based Association of Holocaust Organizations and a member of the US delegation to the task force, said in a telephone interview.

Other German educators said that German teens were highly informed about the Holocaust, but stopped short of saying they were “oversaturated” with Holocaust education.

“Many come with the attitude ‘we know already everything,'” said Dr. Norbert Kampe, director of the Memorial and Educational Site at the House of the Wannsee Conference, a lavish villa in suburban Berlin where top SS officials met in January 1942 to discuss the extermination of the Jews.

The inauguration of the new Holocaust memorial office on Tuesday will be marked by an address by German Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

“It is quite fitting that the office should open in Berlin, the place where the Holocaust was planned and executed,” Haller said. “This is an important step for Holocaust commemoration in the future.”

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS, BERLIN

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Over One Million Murdered — and Nothing Has Been Learned

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

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Over One Million Murdered — and Nothing Has Been Learned

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March 15, 2008

To mark the fifth anniversary of the war crime against Iraq, The New York Times “asked nine experts on military and foreign affairs to reflect on their attitudes in the spring of 2003 and to comment on the one aspect of the war that most surprised them or that they wished they had considered in the prewar debate.” All nine entries are listed here.

Of course, neither the NYT nor any of the “nine experts” refer to the invasion and ongoing occupation as a war crime. Not a single one of these eminent personages acknowledges that Iraq had never attacked us, that Iraq constituted no threat to the U.S. of any consequence whatsoever, and that these facts — which are the only facts relevant to a determination of whether the U.S. had any justification at all to launch this criminal war — could have been known in the winter and spring of 2002-2003, and that these facts were known to many “ordinary” persons in the United States and around the world. But none of the “ordinary” persons who understood the truth were “experts.” None of them belonged to the ruling class.

Therefore, there is no mention in the august pages of the august NYT of the only judgment that matters:

There is one final point to be made about all this — and that has to do with the supreme value of a single human life. In our desensitized, dehumanized age, most people have almost no appreciation for what I’m talking about, and our political establishment and media only make this grievous failing worse. Each of us is unique; not one of us can be replaced. Each of us has a family, loved ones, friends and a life that is a web of caring, interdependence, and joy. When even one of us is killed or horribly injured for no justifiable reason, the damage affects countless people in addition to the primary victim. Sometimes, the survivors are irreparably damaged as well. Even the survivors’ wounds can last a lifetime.

This is of the greatest significance. There is nothing more important or meaningful in the world. No moral principle legitimizes our invasion and occupation of Iraq, just as it will not justify an attack on Iran. Therefore, when the first person was killed in Iraq as the result of our actions, the immorality was complete. The crime had been committed, and no amends could ever suffice or would even be possible. That many additional tens or hundreds of thousands of people have subsequently been killed or injured does not add to the original immorality with regard to first principles. It increases its scope, which is an additional and terrible horror — but the principle is not altered in the smallest degree.

So think of the five-year-old Iraqi girl who is no more, or think of any one of the countless other victims of this criminal war and occupation. Think of their families and friends. Think of the lives that have been altered forever, and of the wounds that will never heal. Think about all of that.

Contemplate the devastation and the horror. Make it real to yourself. And ask yourself if forgiveness is possible.

You can read the views of all nine “experts,” and you will also find not a single mention of the genocide that the actions of the U.S. government have unleashed. You will not read the following in the pages of the “paper of record”:

Since Americans’ narcissism is so all-encompassing, and because the superior value of American lives and goals as compared to those of all other peoples is regarded as an axiom never to be questioned, let’s put these horrors in terms that Americans might understand. Let’s make it about you.

For ease of computation, we’ll use approximate figures. Assume the U.S.’s war crimes have resulted in one million deaths. That is roughly 1/26 of the total Iraqi population. An equivalent number of American deaths would be 11.5 million people. 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9/11. In terms of casualties, 11.5 million deaths represent 3,800 9/11s — or a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Let me repeat that: a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Perhaps you think these casualty figures are highly inflated. Fine. Cut them in half. That’s a 9/11 every day for a little over five years.

Every day.

Do you begin to understand now?

There is, however, one common theme that arises from the nauseating mewlings of these “experts.” Paul Bremer:

[A]fter arriving in the country, I saw that the American government was not adequately prepared to deal with the growing security threats. Looting raged unchecked in major cities. By late 2003, as the insurgency and terrorism grew, it became clear that the coalition also lacked an effective counterinsurgency strategy.

Our troops on the ground were valiant and selfless, but prewar planning provided for fewer than half the number of troops that independent studies suggested would be needed in Iraq. And we did not have a plan to provide the most basic function of any government — security for the population. Terrorists, insurgents, criminals and the Iraqi people got the impression that the coalition would not, or could not, protect civilians.

Richard Perle:

Rather than turn Iraq over to Iraqis to begin the daunting process of nation building, a group including Secretary of State Colin Powell; the national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice; and the director of central intelligence, George Tenet — with President Bush’s approval — reversed a plan to do that.

Instead, we blundered into an ill-conceived occupation that would facilitate a deadly insurgency from which we, and the Iraqis, are only now emerging. With misplaced confidence that we knew better than the Iraqis, we sent an American to govern Iraq. L. Paul Bremer underestimated the task, but did his best to make a foolish policy work. I had badly underestimated the administration’s capacity to mess things up.

Kenneth Pollack:

[W]hat I most wish I had understood before the invasion was the reckless arrogance of the Bush administration. I had inklings of it to be sure, and warned of the inadequacy of some of what I saw. But I did not realize that as skillfully, cautiously and patiently as George H. W. Bush’s administration had handled its Iraq war, that was how clumsy, careless and rash George W. Bush’s administration would treat its own.

Anthony D. Cordesman:

It was even more of a surprise to watch the Bush administration fail, from 2003 to 2006, to come to grips with creating effective counterinsurgency programs, focused aid and development efforts, political accommodation and effective Iraqi forces. As a Republican, I would never have believed that President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld would waste so many opportunities and so much of America’s reputation that they would rival Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara and McGeorge Bundy for the worst wartime national security team in United States history.

Behold the wisdom of the ruling class, now increased by benefit of the deaths of more than a million innocent people: the next time the United States wages a war of aggression, the next time the United States violates the Nuremberg Principles, the next time the United States installs a brutally cruel colonial occupation force — do it efficiently.

Manage future wars of conquest and future occupations competently. Commit your crimes — and your murders — with skill and expertise.

In this way, the ruling class is now prepared to do it all again — against Iran, or Syria, possibly China in five or ten years. It will not matter that another nation will not have attacked us, or even had the capability of doing so. All that will be of consequence is that the United States manages its future crimes expertly and efficiently.

Commit your crimes against humanity — but do it neatly, and without unnecessary fuss and bother. Don’t leave guts and pieces of brain splattered across the pavement, or over the sand. Be sure to clean up all the blood stains.

Our government is a government of monsters, advised by “experts” who are monsters.

If the United States should suffer another horrifying attack on a scale equal to or even worse than 9/11, do not wonder why. You know why, but most of you don’t want to acknowledge the explanation or face what it means, even now.

A million deaths will not deter them. Will five million? Ten million?

No. They will not. This is your government, and it will be your government under a new Democratic or Republican administration.

So I ask again: Why do you support?

UPDATE: Patrick Cockburn, writing from Baghdad:

Five years of occupation have destroyed Iraq as a country. Baghdad is today a collection of hostile Sunni and Shia ghettoes divided by high concrete walls. Different districts even have different national flags. Sunni areas use the old Iraqi flag with the three stars of the Baath party and the Shia wave a newer version, adopted by the Shia-Kurdish government. The Kurds have their own flag.

The Iraqi government tries to give the impression that normality is returning. Iraqi journalists are told not to mention the continuing violence. When a bomb exploded in Karada district near my hotel killing 70 people the police beat and drove away television cameraman trying to take pictures of the devastation. Civilian casualties have fallen from 65 Iraqis killed daily from November 2006 to August 2007 to 26 daily in February. But the fall in the death rate is partly because ethnic cleansing has already done its grim work and in much of Baghdad there are no mixed areas left. More than most wars the war in Iraq remains little understood outside the country.

The war was too easy. Consciously or subconsciously Americans came to believe it did not matter what Iraqis said or did. They were expected to behave like Germans or Japanese in 1945, though most of Iraqis did not think of themselves as having been defeated. There was later to be much bitter dispute about who was responsible for the critical error of dissolving the Iraqi army. But at the time the Americans were in a mood of exaggerated imperial arrogance and did not care what Iraqis, in the army or out of it, were doing.

The Sunni defeat in the battle for Baghdad in 2006 and early 2007 was the motive for many guerrillas, previously anti-American, suddenly allying themselves with American forces. They concluded they could not fight the US, al Qa’ida, the Iraqi army and police and the Mehdi Army at the same time. There is now an 80,000 strong Sunni militia paid for and allied to the US but hostile to the Iraqi government. Five years after the American and British armies crossed into Iraq the country has become a geographical expression.

Cockburn has more. For further discussion of Cockburn’s very valuable work, and of certain issues touched on only briefly above, see an earlier essay of mine, “Sacred Ignorance.”

source: http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2008/03/over-one-million-murdered-and-nothing.html

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New Yorker: Abu Ghraib abuses were ‘de facto US policy’

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

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New Yorker: Abu Ghraib abuses were ‘de facto US policy’

Nick Juliano

Published: Monday March 17, 2008

Photographer wanted to expose ‘what the military was allowing to happen’

Some of the most iconic images of the Iraq war came not from photojournalists on the front lines, but US soldiers carrying point-and-shoot digital cameras. In its latest issue, the New Yorker profiles the woman who snapped many of the photos depicting abuse at Abu Ghraib prison that the same magazine revealed nearly four years ago.

Like many of the soldiers in charge of the detained Iraqis at Abu Ghraib, Sabrina Harman had little experience running a prison. As Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris report, she and others in her Army Reserve unit didn’t stick out at the prison, “where almost nothing was run according to military doctrine.”

The low-ranking reservist soldiers who took and appeared in the infamous images were singled out for opprobrium and punishment; they were represented, in government reports, in the press, and before courts-martial, as rogues who acted out of depravity. Yet the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib was de facto United States policy. The authorization of torture and the decriminalization of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of captives in wartime have been among the defining legacies of the current Administration; and the rules of interrogation that produced the abuses documented on the M.I. [Military Intelligence] block in the fall of 2003 were the direct expression of the hostility toward international law and military doctrine that was found in the White House, the Vice-President’s office, and at the highest levels of the Justice and Defense Departments.

The article, which appears in the March 24 issue of the New Yorker, has not been posted online, but the magazine has posted additional photos and videos to augment the report.

Gourevitch and Morris trace Harman’s evolving reactions to the horrors she witnesses — “ricocheting from childish mockery to casual swagger to sympathy to cruelty to titillation to self-justification to self-doubt to outrage to identification to despair” — through interviews and excerpts she sent home from the prison. In one October 2003 letter to Kelly, the woman Harman called her wife, the young MP writes what could now be seen as a grim foreshadow to the war in which American soldiers are still fighting and dying.

“These people will be our future terrorist,” she writes one night after witnessing interrogators poking one detainees genitals with a stick and handcuffing another to his top bunk. “Kelly, its (sic) awful and you know how fucked I am in the head. Both sides of me think its (sic) wrong. I thought I could handle anything. I was wrong.”

Harman and other soldiers told of taking prisoners’ blankets and leaving them naked in bare cells while temperatures dipped near freezing. The New Yorker writers relay witness accounts of bones being found inside Abu Ghraib incinerators and prisoners being submerged in ice-filled trash cans.

She also told of women and children being held at the prison, according to the magazine.

The youngest prisoner on the tier was just ten years old — “a little kid,” she said. “He could have fith through the bars, he was so little.” Like a number of the other kids and of the woman there, he was being held as a pawn in the military’s effort to caputre or break his father. … She didn’t like seeing children in prison “for no reason, just because of who your father was,” but she didn’t dwell on that.

The photos, Harman said, were intended to “expose what was being allowed … what the military was allowing to happen to other people.”

One of the most iconic images from Abu Ghraib is actually among the most innocuous, Harman tells the magazine. It shows a hooded prisoner wearing a prison blanket with arms outstretched and attached to wires. The wires were not live, so there was no danger of electrocution for the prisoner, known as Gilligan to the soldiers guarding him.

Subsequent investigations revealed that Gilligan was not who the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division thought he was — he was simply an innocent cab driver. His interrogators appeared to have little regard for how he was treated before that information came to light, though, Gourevitch and Morris report.

Staff Sergeant Chip Frederick later told Army investigators that the asked the C.I.D. man — whom he identified as Agent Romero — about Gilligan, and that Romero said, “I don’t give a fuck what you do to him, just don’t kill them.”

Another of Harman’s photos shows her smiling and giving a thumbs-up gesture next to the body of a dead Iraqi man, a suspected insurgent named Manadel al-Jamadi, wrapped in ice. Harman was told the man died of a heart attack, but a subsequent autopsy revealed he died of “blunt force injuries” and “compromised respiration,” presumably at the hands of a CIA interrogator.

After the photos were made public, Harman and several of her fellow low-ranking reservists faced courts martial and were punished with reductions in rank and bad-conduct discharges. Only one person ranked above staff-sergeant faced charges, but was acquitted of criminal wrongdoing. No one has ever been charged with abuses that were not photographed, and charges against Harman related to her al-Jamadi photographs were thrown out (the CIA interrogator never faced charges, either).

Harman became increasingly unnerved by what she witnessed, and said she would simply try to forget whatever had happened the day before with each new morning. She was asked how the other MPs could participate in the abuses without similar reservations.

“They’re more patriotic,” is all she could say.

source: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/New_Yorker_Abu_Ghraib_abuses_were_0317.html

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NEW REPORT: ABU GHRAIB PRISONERS PACKED IN ICE WATER-FILLED GARBAGE CANS AND SENT INTO SHOCK, MILITARY POLICE SAY

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

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NEW REPORT: ABU GHRAIB PRISONERS PACKED IN ICE WATER-FILLED GARBAGE CANS AND SENT INTO SHOCK, MILITARY POLICE SAY

By Sherwood Ross

Muslim prisoners held in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were submerged in water-filled garbage cans with ice or put naked under cold showers in near-freezing rooms until they went into shock, Sgt. Javal Davis, who served with the 372nd Military Police Company there, has told a national magazine.

Davis, from the Roselle, N.J., area, said while stationed at the prison he also saw an incinerator with “bones in it” that he believed to be a crematorium and said some prisoners were starved prior to their interrogation.

Another soldier that had been stationed at Abu Ghraib, M.P. Sabrina Harman—who gained dubious fame for making a thumbs-up sign posing over the body of a prisoner she believed tortured to death—said the U.S. had imprisoned “women and children” on Tier 1B, including one child was as young as ten.

“Like a number of the other kids and of the women there, he was being held as a pawn in the military’s effort to capture or break his father,” write co-authors Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris in the March 24th issue of The New Yorker magazine, which describes Abu Ghraib in a 14-page article titled “Exposure.”

They assert “the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib was de facto United States policy. The authorization of torture and the decriminalization of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of captives in wartime have been among the defining legacies of the current Administration.”

They add that the rules of interrogation that produced the abuses documented in the prison ”were the direct expression of the hostility toward international law and military doctrine that was found in the White House, the Vice-President’s office, and at the highest levels of the Justice and Defense Departments.” (President Bush has insisted “We do not torture,” The Associated Press reported on November 7, 2005.)

Imprisoning suspects in a war zone, torturing and/or murdering them, and holding their wives and children as hostages, are all banned practices under international law. Some prisoners died from rocket attacks on the compound.

Harman said she didn’t like taking away naked prisoners’ blankets when it was really cold. “Because if I’m freezing and I’m wearing a jacket and a hat and gloves, and these people don’t have anything on and no blanket, no mattress, that’s kind of hard to see and do to somebody—even if they are a terrorist.” (Note: the prisoners were suspects, not terrorists, being held without due process on charges of which they were often ignorant and without legal representation.)

Harman said the corpse she posed with likely was murdered during interrogation although a platoon commander said he had died of a heart attack. Harman and another soldier, Corporal Charles Graner unzipped his body bag and took photos of him and “kind of realized right away that there was no way he died of a heart attack because of all the cuts and blood coming out of his nose.” Harman added, “His knees were bruised, his thighs were bruised by his genitals. He had restraint marks on his wrists. “

Asked why she posed making a “thumbs up” gesture over the corpse, Harman said she thought, “Hey, it’s a dead guy, it’d be cool to get a photo next to a dead person. I know it looks bad. I mean, even when I look at them (the photos) I go, ‘Oh Jesus, that does look pretty bad.’”

The corpse, said to have died under interrogation by a CIA agent, was identified as that of Manadel al-Jamadi. An autopsy found he had succumbed to “blunt force injuries” and “compromised respiration” and his death was classified as a homicide, The New Yorker article said. The dead man was removed from the tier disguised as a sick prisoner, his arm taped to an IV, and rolled away on a gurney, apparently as authorities “didn’t want any of the prisoners thinking we were in there killing folks,” Sergeant Hydrue Joyner, Harman’s team leader, told the magazine.

Harman said she saw one naked prisoner with his hands bound behind his back raised higher than his shoulders. This forced him to bend forward with his head bowed and his weight suspended from his wrists and is known as a “Palestinian hanging” as it is said to be used in Israeli prisons, Gourevitch and Morris write.

In a letter to a friend Harman described “sleep deprivation” used on the prisoners: “They sleep one hour then we yell and wake them—make them stay up for one hour, then sleep one hour—then up etc. This goes on for 72 hours while we fuck with them. Most have been so scared they piss on themselves. Its sad.” On one occasion, she wrote, sandbags soaked in hot sauce were put over the prisoners’ heads.

The CIA agent that interrogated al-Jamadi at the time of his “heart attack” was never charged with a crime but Harman was convicted by court-martial in May, 2005, of conspiracy to maltreat prisoners, dereliction of duty and sentenced to six months in prison, reduced in rank, and given a bad-conduct discharge.

Five other soldiers involved in taking pictures were sentenced to terms of up to ten years in prison. Gourevitch and Morris write, “The only person ranked above staff sergeant to face a court-martial was cleared of criminal wrongdoing.”

Sergeant Javal Davis, describing Abu Ghraib generally, said the prison reminded him of something out of a “Mad Max” movie, explaining, “The encampment they were in when we saw it at first looked like one of those Hitler things, like a concentration camp, almost.” The inside, he said, is “nothing but rubble, blown-up buildings, dogs running all over the place, rabid dogs, burnt remains. The stench was unbearable: urine, feces, body rot. Their (prisoners’) rest rooms was running over. It was just disgusting. You didn’t want to touch anything. Whatever the worst thing that comes to your mind, that was it — the place you would never ever, ever, ever send your worst enemy.”

When a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited the prison in October, 2003, they were denied full access (contrary to international law) and, The New Yorker said, “what they were permitted to see and hear did not please them: men held naked in bare, lightless cells, paraded naked down the hallways, verbally and physically threatened, and so forth.”

The ICRC reported the prison was plagued by gross and systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions, including physical abuses that left prisoners suffering from “incoherent speech, acute anxiety reactions…suicidal ideas.”

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(Sherwood Ross is a Miami, Florida-based journalist and veteran public relations consultant who suspects the Bush regime may be bad for the image of the United States. He is founder of the Anti-War News Service. Reach him at sherwoodr1@yahoo.com)

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5 Years Ago, as War Neared, Hillary Clinton Was Silent, ‘NYT’ Archives Show

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

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=== News Update ===

5 Years Ago, as War Neared, Hillary Clinton Was Silent, ‘NYT’ Archives Show


Wherever you stand on the Obama/Clinton race, one thing nearly everyone agrees on is this: She voted for the war resolution in 2002, but now says the resolution did not really authorize the war — and she calls the 2003 invasion a mistake. But what did she do in attempting to halt the war in the two weeks before it began? By Greg Mitchell

(March 16, 2008) — Wherever you stand on the Obama/Clinton race, one thing nearly everyone agrees on is this: She voted for the war resolution in 2002, has not apologized for that vote since — but now says the resolution did not really authorize the war and calls the 2003 invasion a mistake.

But what did she do in attempting to halt the war — which she felt she did not authorize — in the two weeks before it began? Apparently, nothing.

With fifth-anniversary coverage now in full swing, I probed The New York Times’ online archives today from March 1 to March 23 in 2003 (the war started on March 19), looking for evidence. Numerous articles involving the junior senator from New York turned up, but most related to subjects pretty far afield from the war: from abortion to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The only Clinton statement about the war in the Times — as the countdown arrived — came in a revealing roundup of local officials’ views written by Joyce Purnick. She found several top New York officeholders strongly against the war (such as Rep. Rangel), and a few okaying it. But here is her summary of Hillary’s views:

“The award for the most indefinite position has to go to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. When her press secretary, Philippe Reines, was asked her position, he sent a transcript of Mrs. Clinton’s remarks last Friday on CNN and a news account of her comments on Monday during a visit to Watervliet, N.Y. (It seems that the senator, still a bit first ladylike, is reluctant to pick up the phone.)

“She said on CNN that the president ”made the right decision to go back to the United Nations’ and suggested that the country ‘take a deep breath, deal with Iraq if we have to, understand exactly what we’ve gotten ourselves into, because in the briefings I’ve received, there’s a lot of unknowables.’

“In Watervliet, the senator said, ‘This is a very delicate balancing act.’ And, ‘I fully support the policy of disarming Saddam Hussein.’ She also urged the administration ‘to try to enlist more support.’

“A skeptic might conclude that Mrs. Clinton wants to appeal to her antiwar constituents in New York now, and to a broader base later — if she runs for president. Or maybe she remains conflicted.”

A little over a week later, on March 14, this letter appeared in the Times, from Susana Margolis of New York City: “It’s increasingly evident that the likely invasion of Iraq is only secondarily about the variously offered objectives, from weapons of mass destruction to ‘liberation.’ Rather, it represents a historic change in United States foreign policy: the establishment of an American garrison to carry out policy goals in western Asia by military means.

“The president should come clean on the administration’s true intentions, and it is the Senate’s duty to debate the issue. Yet there’s not a word. New York’s senators, having voted for the resolution last year authorizing the use of force in Iraq, appear to have lost their voices entirely. History will record that when the country effected a sea change in its posture toward the world, Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles E. Schumer were nowhere to be found.”

Nothing else related to Iraq and Clinton turns up in the Times’ archive until a week later. Skip ahead to just after the war began, to a March 23 news story: “In New York City, about 35 members of a group called Westsiders for Peace sang, prayed and protested at lunchtime outside the Third Avenue offices of Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Complaining that the senators supported the war, the protesters carried manila file folders that bore messages like, ”Who represents us if our senators aren’t listening?”’

source: http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/columns/pressingissues_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003726268

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Menghujat Tuhan Dilarang di Belanda

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 18, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Artikel dari RANESI (Radio Nederland Suara Indonesia)

Menghujat Tuhan Dilarang di Belanda

John Taylor

13-03-2008

ton-heerts-124.jpgBelanda dikenal sebagai negara yang serba boleh. Pelacuran adalah legal, orang gay boleh menikah. Namun jika anda berani menghujat Tuhan maka anda akan dihukum denda bahkan bisa dijebloskan ke penjara. Undang-undang yang melarang menghujat Tuhan tetap ada dan ada suara-suara dalam parlemen Belanda yang ingin mencabutnya.
Masalah peka

Blasfemi, itulah kata kerennya untuk menghujat Tuhan. Baik tuhan sendiri maupun gambar-gambar atau patung suci. Kini, mayoritas dalam parlemen Belanda termasuk partai buruh yang berkuasa menyatakan akan mencabut undang-undang ini. Namun parpol Kristen sejak dulu menentang upaya ini.

Saat ini situasi politik Belanda bertambah kompleks setelah seoranga anggota parlemen Belanda, Geert Wilders memproduksi film yang oleh umat Muslim dianggap blasfemi. Jadi pertanyaannya sekarang mengapa partai buruh Belanda saat ini justru memilih untuk mendukung upaya yang bertentangan dengan keinginan mitra koalisinya, dua partai kristen dan mencabut undang-undang yang bisa dianggap melindungi kepentingan warga muslim.

Ton Heerts anggota parlemen untuk partai buruh: “Ini tetap menjadi masalah yang peka. Saya tidak bermaksud menyinggung perasaan para rekan dari partai Kristen Demokrat CDA dan Chirsten Unie. Saya mengajukan mosi yang mencabut undang-undang yang tidak di terapkan lagi”.

Memang undang-undang ini untuk kali terakhir diterapkan 40 tahun lalu. dalam hal ini seorang pengarang kondang Belanda, Gerard Reve diseret ke pengadilan karena ia menyamakan Tuhan dengan keledai yang bisa diajak berkencan. Tuduhan blasfemi akhirnya ditolak oleh pengadilan.

Dihidupkan lagi

Para pendukung undang-undang ini menyatakan peraturan anti blasfemi bisa dihidupkan lagi. Kees van der Staaij anggota partai Kristen othodoks SGP: “Ini adalah undang-undang bagus yang kini tidak aktif lagi, kadang-kadang bisa dihidupkan kembali. Ada juga pertauran lain yang dulu tidak diterapkan lagi namun kini mulai dipakai lagi: penghinaan kepala negara, penghinaan penguasa”

Pemerintah koalisi Oktober lalu menyatakan akan mepertahankan undang-undang ini. Menteri kehakiman Ernst Hirsh Balin akan berhati-hati dalam menangani masalah ini.

Hirsh Balin: “Dalam hal ini kita wajib mempertahankan masyarakat toleran dan saling menhormati. Saya berpendapat kita harus berpikir lebih lanjut, bagaimana mendukung masyarakat toleran ini dan baru bertindak lagi setelah kita memiliki gambara yang jelas ihwal peraturan yang bisa ditambah pada undang-undang ini.

Belanda tegang

Upaya menarik kembali undang-undang blasfemi ini, terakhir terjadi pada tahun 2004. Namun para politisi saat itu merasa suasana di Belanda terlalu tegang setelah sineas Belanda Theo van Giogh dibunuh seorang muslim radikal. Sekarang pencabutan larangan menghujat tuhan akan diartikan sebagai sikap anti islam Belanda dalam rangka filmnya Geert Wilders.

Namun undnag-undang ini belum pernah diterapkan untuk masalah dengan agama non-kristen, Bahkan para pengamat meragukan apakah undang-undang ini bisa diterapkan diluar lingkungan kristen. Bisa diragukan apakah parlemen akan mendapat keinginannya, karena tidak ada seorang pun yang mau dikaitkan dengan blasfemie atau menghujat Tuhan

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