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So, who is really wiping who off the map?

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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So, who is really wiping who off the map?



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Palestine – Zionist : PEACE IS NOT A ONE SIDED DEAL

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

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Palestine – Zionist : PEACE IS NOT A ONE SIDED DEAL

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July 17, 2007

FACT…. In January of 2006 the Palestinian people went to the polls and elected Hamas to lead them.

FACT…. In January 2006 Israel, The United States, Britain and others declared that they will NEVER recognise a government set up by Hamas.

FACT…. Israel has intensified its policis of genocide and apartheid against the Palestinian nation since the day of their election.

FACT…. Israel has withheld millions of dollars owed to the Palestian Authority from tax revenues, making it virtually impossible for Hamas to operate efficiently.

FACT…. In June of 2007, Israel and its western allies instigated a coup in the Palestinian Authority, helped set up a puppet government in the West Bank led by former President Mahmoud Abbas, further isolating the legitimate government led by Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh.

NOW… Israel and its allies are satisfied that Palestine is once again (still) under their control and is prepared to make peace with them.

But who is THEM???? It seems that THEM is everyone BUT the Palestinians. THEM is the USA, Britain, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations (the Quartet)… Seems that EVERYONE but the Palestinians are running the affairs of Palestine. Is this the road to peace? I think not. Peace is not a one sided deal and will never become a reality without the input of the parties involved in the conflict.

Hamas officials had the following to say about Bush’s call for a ‘peace conference’….

Hamas rejected US President George W. Bush’s call for an international peace conference in the fall on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which “aims to serve the interests of the Zionist enemy” according to Hamas spokesperson Ismail Radwan.

“Such a summit will lead to increased pressure on (PA President Mahmoud) Abbas, and will tear a deeper rift between Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” Radwan declared.

The rest can be read in THIS report from Ynet….

A short video of Bush’s speech can be viewed HERE

A New York Times report on Bush’s speech can be read HERE

And the Pièce de résistance can be read here in a report from todays’s HaAretz…

Blair to arrive in J’lem next week to start work as Quartet envoy By Aluf Benn , Haaretz Correspondent
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to arrive in Jerusalem on Monday next week to begin work as the “Quartet” special envoy to the region.

As the emissary of the group made-up of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, Blair has taken upon himself to establish Palestinian institutions as a basis for the future Palestinian state.

Blair’s mission will be officially launched at a meeting with Quartet ministers in Lisbon on Thursday.

Blair said he would stay in the region for one week every month. He has appointed as his chief of staff Nick Banner, who worked with Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Blair’s foreign policy adviser in Downing Street.

He intends to add staff members from the USAID agency, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

A suitable building for Blair’s office in Jerusalem has not yet been found due to high real estate prices.



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Hamas: Bush’s call is a big lie; and his threats don’t frighten us

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

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Hamas: Bush’s call is a big lie; and his threats don’t frighten us

Palestinian Information Center (PIC)



July 17, 2007

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas Movement described on Tuesday the statements uttered by US President George W. Bush as big lies, charging that they came in the context of the US campaign to support PA chief Mahmoud Abbas against the Palestinian legitimacy represented by Hamas Movement.

“The pledges uttered by Bush on establishing an independent Palestinian state were mere lies as he (Bush) has been repeating the same statements for long yeas, and he recalls those pledges every time he wants to deceive the world’s public opinion in general, and the Palestinian public opinion in particular”, said Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas’s spokesman in Gaza.

The Hamas official furthermore stressed his Movement’s absolute rejection to recognize the Israeli occupation of Palestine or forswearing the legitimate resistance as Bush demanded during his speech Monday.

Moreover, Abu Zuhri underlined that the threats unleashed by Bush against Hamas won’t frighten or force it to abandon its national constants, affirming that the Islamic Movement will continue leading the legitimate Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation, and will foil all US-Israeli conspiracies against the Palestinian people.

“We shall abort all US conspiracies against Hamas Movement as we had aborted the ill-fated Dayton’s malicious scheme in Gaza Strip”, affirmed Abu Zuhri in allusion to the military plan concocted by Keith Dayton, the US security coordinator in the PA lands, and implemented by the routed Fatah leader MP Mohammed Dahalan and his mutiny trend in Gaza.

In this context, Hamas Movement urged the Arab and Muslim Ummah to “wake up” and to support the Palestinian national issue, which is the central issue of the Arab and Muslim Ummah, in confronting the “crusade” led by Bush against the Palestinian issue.

“The Arab and Muslim Ummah are before a very sensitive test in confrontation with those threats that target their very existence”, Abu Zuhri highlighted.

Similar remarks were uttered by Hamas’s lawmaker and senior political leader Dr. Yahya Mousa, who affirmed that the Palestinian issue doesn’t need any more international conferences as suggested by Bush, but, he explained, the Palestinian issue needs real and sincere international will to implement the UN resolutions that the US had vetoed on more than 130 occasions.

“Hamas doesn’t trust promises of the US administration, as we know that the US administration is exploiting time and portraying itself as if it was concerned about the future of the Palestinian people in a bid to beautify its image in the Arab world”, said Mousa in reaction to Bush’s call for an international conference on the Palestinian issue this coming Autumn.

The lawmaker also deplored Bush’s use of the world “kick out” during his speech when he said that Abbas had kicked out Hamas of the government and he will be rewarded for that.

Mousa explained that the US administration is dealing with the Palestinian people and the rest of the Arab world as if they were private kingdoms for their “puppet dictators” in the region, and that is why it uses the term “kick out”.

Hamas is the legitimacy in Palestine, and through it the world must speak to the Palestinian people, and thus we don’t accept Bush’s flagrant interference in the Palestinian internal affairs with the aim to drive a wedge among the Palestinian people, Mousa added.

In his speech, Bush commended Abbas and his (unconstitutional) government under Salam Fayyad, who is holding a US citizenship, saying, “We have lifted the financial restrictions on the PA after Abbas kicked out Hamas Movement from the government, and we will pay 190 million dollars to the PA”.



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Symptoms of Decay in Occupied Palestine

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Symptoms of Decay in Occupied Palestine

Bashir Abu-Manneh, ZNet


July 17, 2007

Who would have imagined that secular Palestinian nationalism would degenerate into this: Abbas vehemently refusing to meet with democratically-elected Hamas as he continues to meet with his own military occupiers, courting their approval and support. The result is the same old since Oslo: not one roadblock removed, inch of Wall stopped, settlement expansion halted (let alone reversed), or Palestinian life saved. Worse: Palestine’s largest electoral party (Hamas) has been banished into the political wilderness, and the occupied West Bank and Gaza are now ruled by two separate and antagonistic authorities. Under occupation, dual power now reigns supreme. One elected, boycotted, and dissolved government led by Haniyeh is besieged in Gaza, while the other, appointed, unconstitutional, and Western-supported led by Fayyad is now speaking Americanese. Just take the following recent examples of intensifying national decay:

Abbas: falsely accuses Hamas of facilitating and nurturing the rise of al-Qaeda in Gaza (rather than blaming this on Israel’s and the West’s brutal and despair-inducing siege); he liquidates any remaining semblance of an independent judiciary and replaces civil with military courts, while NGOs in Palestine accuse him of creating a military dictatorship.

Fayyad: calls for ‘intense and active cooperation’ with Israel, criminalizes the resistance and dubs it ‘catastrophic’, and states that it (not Israel) has ‘destroyed our national project completely’ (CNN, 28 June). Fayyad represses civil society, with Hamas’ NGOs threatened with license revocation and mosques curtailed by political repression; and he also refuses to pay all staff of the Palestinian Authority appointed since December 2005, i.e. those appointed since Hamas’ electoral victory in January 2006, thus severely diminishing the livelihood of 20,000 Palestinian families in one stroke of the pen.

Israel: looks on in glee as its policy of divide and annex has borne its poisonous fruits; Sharon’s dream, as Akiva Eldar put it in Haaretz (30 June), has come to pass: Gaza is a disengaged Hamastan, severed from the West Bank, which is cantonized, crisscrossed by settlements, Jewish-only bypass roads, and walls, with no access to 40 % of its own lands and no outlet to the outside world; Olmert throws a bone: 250 Fatah prisoners to be released (out of 10,000 Palestinian prisoners altogether), and $120 million of Palestinian tax money is returned (out of $700 million held), conditional on Abbas’ continued boycott and suffocation of Hamas.

How did the Palestinians come to a situation where even the Saudi king, head of the most authoritarian and reactionary Arab regime in the Middle East, sounds more progressive than their own President?[1] How can Saudis sponsor unity and dialogue between Hamas and Fatah, while Abbas effectively declares a civil war against the largest Palestinian faction in occupied Palestine, calling Hamas’ takeover of Gaza a ‘crime’ and Gaza an ’emirate of darkness’, and demanding that Hamas reverse its military action, dissolve the new interior ministry’s executive force, and apologize to the Palestinian people?

There no question that the roots of the current crisis in Palestinian politics lie with Fatah’s American-sponsored refusal to accept Hamas’ victory and to allow it to practice democratic government, having done everything since January 2006 to undermine and marginalize it. Danny Rubenstein has described this process accurately when he said: ‘The primary reason for the break-up is the fact that Fatah, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to fully share the PA’s mechanism of power with its rival Hamas — in spite of Hamas’ decisive victory in the January 2006 general elections’ (Haaretz, 13 June).

There is also no question that Hamas’ military takeover was a ‘preventive coup’.[2] Hamas was clearly worried that Mohammed Dahlan’s American-supported security apparatus would become powerful enough to fulfill Dahlan’s declared wish to ‘decimate Hamas’.[3] He had also actively wrecked the unity government by refusing to coordinate security matters with the independent minister of interior Hani Kawasmeh, forcing him to resign. Dahlan was clearly acting according to American and Israeli policy, which sought to destroy Abbas’ and Hamas’ power-sharing unity deal in Mecca.

There is, finally, no question that Hamas’ military takeover only sought to target Dahlan’s putschist stream within Fatah and not all of Fatah (though Hamas admitted that undesirable excesses were committed), and that Hamas had the implicit support of grassroots nationalists within Fatah who were equally disgruntled by Dahlan’s security collaboration with Israel and his sponsorship of lawlessness and ‘chaos of arms’ in Gaza.

It was thus evident to all that Abbas’ unaccountable and authoritarian preventive security apparatus was, as constituted, a stumbling block to unity and to democratic government. Why then did all Palestinian factions, including Islamic Jihad, come out against Hamas’ action, deeming it illegitimate and a strategic blunder? It’s certainly not out of loyalty to Abbas, or out of lack of sympathy or support for Hamas.[4]

Take, for example, Islamic Jihad, a small group of military-oriented fundamentalists, well known for its attacks both against the Israeli military occupation and against civilians inside Israel, and persistently critical of the Oslo framework. Jihad argued that Hamas’ military takeover was a ‘painful and tragic development’, which is divisive to Palestinian unity: it therefore cannot be ‘justified or defended’. As their exiled leader Ramadan Shallah stated in numerous interviews given to the Arab press on 24 June (al-Hayat, al-Quds al-Arabi, and al-Sharq al-Awsat): ‘Mistakes were committed by both sides, and both did not have mercy upon each other or upon the Palestinian people’. Shallah also accused Abbas of exploiting Hamas’ mistakes and closing all doors for dialogue and power-sharing, busying himself instead with allying with Israel against his own people’s needs and interests. While advocating continued resistance against Israel’s occupation, Islamic Jihad resoundingly concluded that force should have no place in Palestinian politics.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine had a similar position. In a statement made on 20 June to the same PNC meeting at which Abbas demonized Hamas, the PFLP denounced Hamas’ recourse to military force and stated that it should be reversed. The PFLP argued that Hamas’ use of force deepened rather than resolved the internal Palestinian crisis and distracted Palestinians from their main struggle against the Israeli occupation and for statehood and return. The PFLP called for an immediate resumption of national dialogue and an end to infighting. It also recommended that Palestinian democracy be reactivated and a new democratically-elected PLO be formed in order to safeguard independent Palestinian decision-making and political unity. On 10 July, the PFLP also joined forces with Moustafa Barghouti’s Mubadara and advocated a joint program of National Salvation. The new political initiative reiterated the PFLP’s earlier positions and called for the dissolution of Fayyad’s emergency government and a return to the Prisoners’ National Conciliation Document of 2006 as a basis for resolving the new Palestinian crisis. The Prisoners’ Document, which received widespread Palestinian support when it was issued in April 2006, calls for unity, democracy, resistance, and a safeguarding of all Palestinian national rights. It was officially amended and ratified by both Hamas and Fatah in June 2006.

What all such voices and initiatives express is a real concern about the current state of Palestinian politics and society. They warn that without immediate and drastic Palestinian action the Palestinian national struggle is doomed to fail for a generation to come, leading to more destructive factionalism, degeneration, and despair. There are already significant worries, for example, that al-Qaeda type nihilism is taking hold in Gaza and that Hamas’ failure to end Israel’s siege can only encourage its growth.[5] Though Hamas’ recent freeing of Alan Johnson is a positive sign that lawlessness and ‘chaos of arms’ has come to an end in Gaza, and that internal calm has been restored, besieging and punishing Gaza and cutting it off from the rest of the world can only lead to further pessimism and despair. The tragic stranding of 6,000 Palestinians on the border with Egypt may thus only be the tip of the iceberg (23 deaths have already been reported in al-Hayat). Poverty levels in occupied Palestine are now between 70% and 80%, with extreme and unprecedented levels of unemployment and rising dependency on food aid. As Patrick Cockburn put it nearly a year ago: ‘Gaza is dying. The Israeli siege of the Palestinian enclave is so tight that its people are on the edge of starvation. Here on the shores of the Mediterranean a great tragedy is taking place that is being ignored because the world’s attention has been diverted by wars in Lebanon and Iraq’. (The Independent, 8 September 2006). How much longer can a people suffer under what UN special rapporteur for Human Rights John Dugard called ‘possibly the most rigorous form of international sanctions imposed in modern times’ (29 January 2007) before exploding in self-destructive anger and rage?

Recent polls clearly indicate that occupied Palestinians are fed up with continued siege and factional strife. As the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research reported, 75% of Palestinians now want new elections, with 59% saying that ‘both Hamas and Fatah are equally to blame for the bitter factional fighting that led to the Hamas takeover of Gaza’ (Haaretz, 21 June). What this means is that Palestinians have come to recognize that neither secular Palestinian nationalism nor Islamic fundamentalism have been capable of ending their occupation and misery. A new Palestinian political agent is now needed in order to organize and mobilize such growing discontent.

It is worth repeating that the closest Palestinians ever came to decolonizing the West Bank and Gaza was in the first Intifada. A whole nation struggled together then in what Edward Said called ‘one of the most extraordinary anti-colonial and unarmed mass insurrections in the whole history of the modern period’. It is clear that conditions are now much more difficult than they were in the 1980s. Palestinians are cut off, fragmented, politically divided, and made dispensable by Israel’s closure policy, which has diminished their political leverage and capacity to force Israeli society to pay the price of its brutal occupation. Palestinian bantustans are clearly Oslo’s doing, leaving most Palestinians stranded and demobilized. Only 5% of Palestinians actively participated in resistance against the occupation from the beginning of the second Intifada in 2000 to 2005, a measure of severe crisis and political disengagement if ever there was one.[6] This is why it has long been imperative to rebuild Palestinian self-capacity for collective resistance and mass mobilization. Struggles against the Wall have testified to the political efficacy of popular mobilization, as Palestinians invited and led both international solidarity and support from Israel’s meager yet important anti-occupation groups, like Tayyush and Anarchists Against the Wall.

Grassroots organizing is Palestine’s best answer to the occupation, and can only help an oppressed nation regain its lost political momentum. Both Fatah and Hamas are responsible for militarizing Palestinian politics and for undermining their people’s capacity to self-organize and become active agents in their own struggle for liberation. This is clearly not the time for political confusion or for blind defense of one Palestinian faction or another. The objective of progressives is to democratize anti-colonialism and regain Palestine’s lost collective will. It is not to trap Palestinians in uncritical or regressive formulas. Without the direct participation of Palestinian women, workers, marginalized, unemployed, and diasporas there is no future for Palestine. Palestine awaits its new radicals.


1. The Saudi monarch was clearly motivated by fears of Iranian sponsorship of Hamas.
2. The mainstream press has been full of argument and evidence to this effect: See, for example, Peter Beaumont, ‘Those who Denied Poll Result Were the Real Coup Plotters’, The Observer, 17 June 2007; and Jonathan Steele, ‘Hamas acted on a very real fear of a US-sponsored coup’, The Guardian, 22 June 2007.
3. Khaled Amayreh, ‘Dahlan Vows to Decimate Hamas‘, Al-Ahram Weekly Online, 8-14 June 2006.
4. Even the Syrian Foreign Minister declared that Hamas had fallen into a trap, as al-Hayat reported that week.
5. See, for example, Gideon Rachman, ‘Missed Opportunities, Gaza and the Spread of Jihadism’, Financial Times, 18 June 2007.
6. See Nigel Parsons, The Politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to al-Aqsa, London: Routledge, 2005, p. 265.

Bashir Abu-Manneh teaches English at Barnard College, New York, and is spending a sabbatical year in London. His ‘Israel’s Colonial Siege and



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Israeli Hate Education : Israeli Textbooks and Children’s Literature Promote Racism and Hatred Toward Palestinians and Arabs

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Israeli Hate Education

Israeli Textbooks and Children’s

Literature Promote Racism and Hatred Toward Palestinians and Arabs

By Maureen Meehan

Israeli school textbooks as well as children’s storybooks, according to recent academic studies and surveys, portray Palestinians and Arabs as “murderers,” “rioters,” “suspicious,” and generally backward and unproductive. Direct delegitimization and negative stereotyping of Palestinians and Arabs are the rule rather than the exception in Israeli schoolbooks.

Professor Daniel Bar-Tal of Tel Aviv University studied 124 elementary, middle- and high school textbooks on grammar and Hebrew literature, history, geography and citizenship. Bar-Tal concluded that Israeli textbooks present the view that Jews are involved in a justified, even humanitarian, war against an Arab enemy that refuses to accept and acknowledge the existence and rights of Jews in Israel.

“The early textbooks tended to describe acts of Arabs as hostile, deviant, cruel, immoral, unfair, with the intention to hurt Jews and to annihilate the State of Israel. Within this frame of reference, Arabs were delegitimized by the use of such labels as ‘robbers,’ ‘bloodthirsty,’ and ‘killers,'” said Professor Bar-Tal, adding that there has been little positive revision in the curriculum over the years.

Bar-Tal pointed out that Israeli textbooks continue to present Jews as industrious, brave and determined to cope with the difficulties of “improving the country in ways they believe the Arabs are incapable of.” Hebrew-language geography books from the 1950s through 1970s focused on the glory of Israel’s ancient past and how the land was “neglected and destroyed” by the Arabs until the Jews returned from their forced exile and revived it “with the help of the Zionist movement.”

“This attitude served to justify the return of the Jews, implying that they care enough about the country to turn the swamps and deserts into blossoming farmland; this effectively delegitimizes the Arab claim to the same land,” Bar-Tal told the Washington Report.

“The message was that the Palestinians were primitive and neglected the country and did not cultivate the land.”

This message, continued Bar-Tal, was further emphasized in textbooks by the use of blatant negative stereotyping which featured Arabs as: “unenlightened, inferior, fatalistic, unproductive and apathetic.” Further, according to the textbooks, the Arabs were “tribal, vengeful, exotic, poor, sick, dirty, noisy, colored” and “they burn, murder, destroy, and are easily inflamed.”

Textbooks currently being used in the Israeli school system, says Bar-Tal, contain less direct denigration of Arabs but continue to stereotype them negatively when referring to them. He pointed out that Hebrew- as well as Arabic-language textbooks used in elementary and junior high schools contain very few references either to Arabs or to Arab-Jewish relations. The coordinator of a Palestinian NGO in Israel said that major historical events hardly get a mention either.

“When I was in high school 12 years ago, the date ‘1948’ barely appeared in any textbooks except for a mention that there was a conflict, Palestinians refused to accept a U.N. solution and ran away instead,” said Jamal Atamneh, coordinator of the Arab Education Committee in Support of Local Councils, a Haifa-based NGO. “Today the idea communicated to schoolchildren is basically the same: there are winners and losers in every conflict. When they teach about ‘peace and co-existence,’ it is to teach us how to get along with Jews.”

Atamneh explained that textbooks used by the nearly one million Arab Israelis (one-fifth of Israel’s population) are in Arabic but are written by and issued from the Israeli Ministry of Education, where Palestinians have no influence or input.

“Fewer than 1 percent of the jobs in the Education Ministry, not counting teachers, are held by Palestinians,” Atamneh said. “For the past 15 years, not one new Palestinian academic has been placed in a high position in the ministry. There are no Palestinians involved in preparing the Arabic-language curriculum [and] obviously, there is no such thing as affirmative action in Israel.”

In addition, there are no Arabic-language universities in Israel. Haifa University, Atamneh points out, has had a steady 20 percent Arab student population for the past 20 years. “How can that figure have remained the same after all these years when the population in the north [of Israel] has grown to over 50 percent Arab?”

Answering his own question, Atamneh rattles off statistics that reflect excellent high school scores among Arab students which he contrasts to their subsequent lower-than-average performance in Hebrew-language college entrance exams given by the state.

“No major scholarships have ever been awarded to an Arab; there are no dorms for Arabs and no college-related jobs or financial aid programs. They justify this legal discrimination by the fact that we do not serve in the army. There are numerous blatant and official methods used to keep Palestinian Arabs out of the universities.”

Absence of Palestinian Identity in Schoolbooks

Dr. Eli Podeh, lecturer in the Department of Islamic Studies and Middle East History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, says that while certain changes in Israeli textbooks are slowly being implemented, the discussion of Palestinian national and civil identity is never touched upon.

“Passages from ‘experts’ about the existence of a Palestinian identity were introduced, but in general it appeared that the textbook authors were not eager to adopt it,” said Dr. Podeh, adding that “the connection between Palestinians in Israel and Arabs in Arab countries is not discussed. Especially evident is the lack of a discussion on the orientation of Palestinians to the [occupied] territories.

“While new textbooks attempt to correct some of the earlier distortions, these books as well contain overt and covert fabrications,” said Dr. Podeh. “The establishment has preferred — or felt itself forced — to encourage the cover-up and condemn the perplexity.”

One Israeli public high school student told the Washington Report that the contents of the schoolbooks and the viewpoints expressed by some teachers indeed have a lasting negative effect on youngsters’ attitudes toward Palestinians.

“Our books basically tell us that everything the Jews do is fine and legitimate and Arabs are wrong and violent and are trying to exterminate us,” said Daniel Banvolegyi, a 17-year-old high school student in Jerusalem.

“We are accustomed to hearing the same thing, only one side of the story. They teach us that Israel became a state in 1948 and that the Arabs started a war. They don’t mention what happened to the Arabs — they never mention anything about refugees or Arabs having to leave their towns and homes,” said Banvolegyi.

Banvolegyi, who will be a high school senior this fall, and then will be drafted into the Israeli army next summer, said he argues with his friends about what he regards as racism in the textbooks and on the part of the teachers. He pointed out a worrisome example of how damaging the textbooks and prevailing attitudes can be.

“One kid told me he was angry because of something he read or discussed in school and that he felt like punching the first Arab he saw,” said Banvolegyi. “Instead of teaching tolerance and reconciliation, the books and some teachers’ attitudes are increasing hatred for Arabs.”

Banvolegyi spoke about his schoolmates who, he says, “are dying to go into combat and kill Arabs. I try to talk to them but they say I don’t care about this country. But I do care and that’s why I tell them peace and justice are the only ways to work things out.”

Racist Israeli Upbringing

Considering what the schools have to offer, both Banvolegyi and Atamneh agree that the oral tradition is one of the few ways to get the story straight.

“Unfortunately Israeli children’s books are not an option for promoting equality in this society,”” said Atamneh, citing a book written by Israeli writer/researcher Adir Cohen called An Ugly Face in the Mirror.

Cohen’s book is a study of the nature of children’s upbringing in Israel, concentrating on how the historical establishment sees and portrays Arab Palestinians as well as how Jewish Israeli children perceive Palestinians. One section of the book was based on the results of a survey taken of a group of 4th to 6th grade Jewish students at a school in Haifa. The pupils were asked five questions about their attitude toward Arabs, how they recognize them and how they relate to them. The results were as shocking as they were disturbing:

Seventy five percent of the children described the “Arab” as a murderer, one who kidnaps children, a criminal, and a terrorist. Eighty percent said they saw the Arab as someone dirty with a terrifying face. Ninety percent of the students stated they believe that Palestinians have no rights whatsoever to the land in Israel or Palestine.

Cohen also researched 1,700 Israeli children’s books published after 1967. He found that 520 of the books contained humiliating, negative descriptions of Palestinians. He also took pains to break down the descriptions:
Sixty six percent of the 520 books refer to Arabs as violent; 52 percent as evil; 37 percent as liars; 31 percent as greedy; 28 percent as two-faced; 27 percent as traitors, etc.

Cohen points out that the authors of these children’s books effectively instill hatred toward Arabs by means of stripping them of their human nature and classifying them in another category. In a sampling of 86 books, Cohen counted the following descriptions used to dehumanize Arabs: Murderer was used 21 times; snake, 6 times; dirty, 9 times; vicious animal, 17 times; bloodthirsty, 21 times; warmonger, 17 times; killer, 13 times; believer in myths, 9 times; and a camel’s hump, 2 times.

Cohen’s study concludes that such descriptions of Arabs are part and parcel of convictions and a culture rampant in Hebrew literature and history books. He writes that Israeli authors and writers confess to deliberately portraying the Arab character in this way, particularly to their younger audience, in order to influence their outlook early on so as to prepare them to deal with Arabs.

“So you can see that if you grew up reading or studying from these books, you’d never know anything else,” said Atamneh.

“But in the case of Palestinians, we grow up 500 meters away from what used to be a town or village and is now a Jewish settlement. Our parents and grandparents tell us all about it; endlessly they talk about it. It’s the only way.”

Maureen Meehan is a free-lance journalist who covers the West Bank and Jerusalem.



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Why did Americans support Bush? Why Germans Supported Hitler!

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

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Why did Americans support Bush?

Why Germans Supported Hitler

by Jacob G. Hornberger

Posted July 16, 2007

It has long intrigued me why the German people supported Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. After all, every schoolchild in America is taught that Hitler and his Nazi cohorts were the very epitome of evil. How could ordinary German citizens support people who were so obviously monstrous in nature?

Standing against the Nazi tide was a remarkable group of young people known as the White Rose. Led by Hans and Sophie Scholl, a German brother and sister who were students at the University of Munich, the White Rose consisted of college students and a college professor who risked their lives to circulate anti-government pamphlets in the midst of World War II. Their arrest and trial was depicted in the German movie Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, which was recently released on DVD in the United States.

Of all the essays on liberty I have written in the past 20 years, my favorite is “The White Rose: A Lesson in Dissent”, which I am pleased to say was later reprinted in Voices of the Holocaust, an anthology on the Holocaust for high-school students. The story of the White Rose is the most remarkable case of courage I have ever come across. It even inspired me to visit the University of Munich a few years ago, where portions of the White Rose pamphlets have been permanently enshrined on bricks laid into a plaza at the entrance to the school.

A contrast to the Scholl movie is another recent German movie, Downfall, which details Hitler’s final days in the bunker, where he committed suicide near the end of the war. Among the people around Hitler was 22-year-old Traudl Junge, who became his secretary in 1942 and who faithfully served him in that capacity until the end. For me, the most stunning part of the film occurred at the end, when the real Traudl Junge (that is, not the actress who portrays her in the film) says,

All these horrors I’ve heard of … I assured myself with the thought of not being personally guilty. And that I didn’t know anything about the enormous scale of it. But one day I walked by a memorial plate of Sophie Scholl in the Franz-Joseph-Strasse…. And at that moment I actually realized … that it might have been possible to get to know things.

So here were two separate roads taken by German citizens. Most Germans took the road that Traudl Junge took ­ supporting their government in time of deep crisis. A few Germans took the road that Hans and Sophie Scholl took ­ opposing their government despite the deep crisis facing their nation.

Why the difference? Why did some Germans support the Hitler regime while others opposed it?

Each American should first ask himself what he would have done if he had been a German citizen during the Hitler regime. Would you have supported your government or would you have opposed it, not only during the 1930s but also after the outbreak of World War II?

After all, it’s one thing to look at Nazi Germany retrospectively and from the vantage point of an outside citizen who has heard since childhood about the death camps and of Hitler’s monstrous nature. We look at those grainy films of Hitler delivering his bombastic speeches and our automatic reaction is that we would have never supported the man and his political party. But it’s quite another thing to place one’s self in the shoes of an ordinary German citizen and ask, “What would I have done?”

What we often forget is that many Germans did not support Hitler and the Nazis at the start of the 1930s. Keep in mind that in the 1932 presidential election, Hitler received only 30.1 percent of the national vote. In the subsequent run-off election, he received only 36.8 percent of the vote. It wasn’t until President Hindenburg appointed him as chancellor in 1933 that Hitler began consolidating power.

Among the major factors that motivated Germans to support Hitler during the 1930s was the tremendous economic crisis known as the Great Depression, which had struck Germany as hard as it had the United States and other parts of the world. What did many Germans do in response to the Great Depression? They did the same thing that many Americans did ­ they looked for a strong leader to get them out of the economic crisis.

Hitler and Franklin Roosevelt

In fact, there is a remarkable similarity between the economic policies that Hitler implemented and those that Franklin Roosevelt enacted. Keep in mind, first of all, that the German National Socialists were strong believers in Social Security, which Roosevelt introduced to the United States as part of his New Deal. Keep in mind also that the Nazis were strong believers in such other socialist schemes as public (i.e., government) schooling and national health care. In fact, my hunch is that very few Americans realize that Social Security, public schooling, Medicare, and Medicaid have their ideological roots in German socialism.

Hitler and Roosevelt also shared a common commitment to such programs as government-business partnerships. In fact, until the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional, Roosevelt’s National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), which cartelized American industry, along with his “Blue Eagle” propaganda campaign, was the type of economic fascism that Hitler himself was embracing in Germany (as fascist ruler Benito Mussolini was also doing in Italy).

As John Toland points out in his book Adolf Hitler, “Hitler had genuine admiration for the decisive manner in which the President had taken over the reins of government. ‘I have sympathy for Mr. Roosevelt,’ he told a correspondent of the New York Times two months later, ‘because he marches straight toward his objectives over Congress, lobbies and bureaucracy.’ Hitler went on to note that he was the sole leader in Europe who expressed ‘understanding of the methods and motives of President Roosevelt.’”

As Srdja Trifkovic, foreign-affairs editor for Chronicles magazine, stated in his article “FDR and Mussolini: A Tale of Two Fascists”, Roosevelt and his ‘Brain Trust,’ the architects of the New Deal, were fascinated by Italy’s fascism ­ a term which was not pejorative at the time. In America, it was seen as a form of economic nationalism built around consensus planning by the established elites in government, business, and labor.

Both Hitler and Roosevelt also believed in massive injections of government spending in both the social-welfare sector and the military-industrial sector as a way to bring economic prosperity to their respective nations. As the famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith put it,

Hitler also anticipated modern economic policy … by recognizing that a rapid approach to full employment was only possible if it was combined with wage and price controls. That a nation oppressed by economic fear would respond to Hitler as Americans did to F.D.R. is not surprising.

One of Hitler’s proudest accomplishments was the construction of the national autobahn system, a massive socialist public-works project that ultimately became the model for the interstate highway system in the United States.

By the latter part of the 1930s, many Germans had the same perception about Hitler that many Americans had about Roosevelt. They honestly believed that Hitler was bringing Germany out of the Depression. For the first time since the Treaty of Versailles, the treaty that had ended World War I with humiliating terms for Germany, the German people were regaining a sense of pride in themselves and in their nation, and they were giving the credit to Hitler’s strong leadership in time of deep national crisis.

Toland points out in his Hitler biography that Germans weren’t the only ones who admired Hitler during the 1930s:

Churchill had once paid a grudging compliment to the Führer in a letter to the Times: “I have always said that I hoped if Great Britain were beaten in a war we should find a Hitler who would lead us back to our rightful place among nations.”

Hitler was a strong believer in national service, especially for German young people. That was what the Hitler Youth was all about ­ inculcating in young people the notion that they owed a duty to devote at least part of their lives to society. It was an idea also resonating in the collectivist atmosphere that was permeating the United States during the 1930s.

Hitler and anti-Semitism

While U.S. officials today never cease to remind us that Hitler was evil incarnate, the question is: Was he so easily recognized as such during the 1930s, not only by German citizens but also by other people around the world, especially those who believed in the idea of a strong political leader in times of crisis? Keep in mind that while Hitler and his cohorts were harassing, abusing, and periodically arresting German Jews as the 1930s progressed, culminating in Kristallnacht, the “night of the broken glass,” when tens of thousands of Jews were beaten and taken to concentration camps, it was not exactly the type of thing that aroused major moral outrage among U.S. officials, many of whom themselves had a strong sense of anti-Semitism.

For example, when Hitler offered to let German Jews leave Germany, the U.S. government used immigration controls to keep them from immigrating here. In fact, as Arthur D. Morse pointed out in his book While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy, five days after Kristallnacht, which occurred in November 1938, at a White House press conference, a reporter asked Roosevelt, “Would you recommend a relaxation of our immigration restrictions so that the Jewish refugees could be received in this country?” The president replied, “This is not in contemplation. We have the quota system.”

Let’s also not forget the infamous 1939 (i.e., after Kristallnacht) “voyage of the damned,” in which U.S. officials refused to permit German Jews to disembark at Miami Harbor from the German ship the SS St. Louis, knowing that they would be returned to Hitler’s clutches in Nazi Germany.

(The Holocaust Museum in Washington, to its credit, has an excellent exhibition on U.S. government indifference to the plight of the Jews under Hitler’s control, a dark period in American history to which all too many Americans are never exposed in their public-school training. See also my June 1991 Freedom Daily article “Locking Out the Immigrant.”)

Check out this interesting website, which details a very nice pictorial description of Hitler’s summer home in Bavaria published by a prominent English magazine named Home and Gardens in November 1938. Now, ask yourself: If it was so obvious that Hitler was evil incarnate during the 1930s, would a prominent English magazine have been risking its readership by publishing such a profile? And let’s also not forget that it was Hitler’s Germany that hosted the worldwide Olympics in 1936, games in which the United States, Great Britain, and many other countries participated. Ask yourself: Why would they have done that?

The Great Depression was not the only factor that was leading people to support Hitler. There was also the ever-present fear of communism among the German people. In fact, throughout the 1930s it could be said that Germany was facing the same type of Cold War against the Soviet Union that the United States faced from 1945 to 1989. Ever since the chaos of World War I had given rise to the Russian Revolution, Germany faced the distinct possibility of being taken over by the communists (a threat that materialized into reality for East Germans at the end of World War II). It was a threat that Hitler, like later American presidents, used as a justification for ever-increasing spending on the military-industrial complex. The ever-present danger of Soviet communism led many Germans to gravitate to the support of their government, just as it later moved many Americans to support big government and a strong military-industrial complex in their country throughout the Cold War.

Hitler’s war on terrorism

One of the most searing events in German history occurred soon after Hitler took office. On February 27, 1933, in what easily could be termed the 9/11 terrorist attack of that time, German terrorists fire-bombed the German parliament building. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Adolf Hitler, one of the strongest political leaders in history, would declare war on terrorism and ask the German parliament (the Reichstag) to give him temporary emergency powers to fight the terrorists. Passionately claiming that such powers were necessary to protect the freedom and well-being of the German people, Hitler persuaded the German legislators to give him the emergency powers he needed to confront the terrorist crisis. What became known as the Enabling Act allowed Hitler to suspend civil liberties “temporarily,” that is, until the crisis had passed. Not surprisingly, however, the threat of terrorism never subsided and Hitler’s “temporary” emergency powers, which were periodically renewed by the Reichstag, were still in effect when he took his own life some 12 years later.

Is it so surprising that ordinary German citizens were willing to support their government’s suspension of civil liberties in response to the threat of terrorism, especially after the terrorist strike on the Reichstag?

During the 1930s, the United States faced the Great Depression, and many Americans were willing to accede to Roosevelt’s assumption of massive emergency powers, including the power to control economic activity and also to nationalize and confiscate people’s gold.

During the Cold War, the fear of communism induced Americans to permit their government to collect massive amounts of income taxes to fund the military-industrial complex and to let U.S. officials send more than 100,000 American soldiers to their deaths in undeclared wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Since the 9/11 attacks, Americans have been more than willing for their government to infringe on vital civil liberties, including habeas corpus, involve the nation in an undeclared and unprovoked war on Iraq, and spend ever-growing amounts of money on the military-industrial complex, all in the name of the “war on terrorism.”

Crises versus liberty

While the American people faced these three crises ­ the Great Depression, the communist threat, and the war on terrorism at three separate times, the German people during the Hitler regime faced the same three crises all within a short span of time. Given that, why would it surprise anyone that many Germans would gravitate toward the support of their government just as many Americans gravitated toward the support of their government during each of those crises?

Even Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans eagerly joined the Hitler Youth when they were in high school. In the ever-growing crisis environment of the 1930s, millions of other ordinary Germans also came to support their government, enthusiastically cheering their leaders, supporting their policies, and sending their children into national service and looking the other way when the government became abusive. Among the few who resisted were Robert and Magdalena Scholl, the parents of Hans and Sophie, who gradually opened the minds of their children to the truth.

The three major crises faced by Germany in the 1930s ­ economic depression, communism, and terrorism ­ pale to relative insignificance compared with the crisis that Germany faced during the 1940s ­ World War II, the crisis that threatened, at least in the minds of Hitler and his cohorts, the very existence of Germany. That Hans and Sophie Scholl and other German students began circulating leaflets calling on Germans to oppose their government in the midst of a major war, when German soldiers were dying on two fronts, makes the story of the White Rose even more remarkable and perhaps even a bit discomforting for some Americans.

Jacob Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. Send him email.



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British Terror : “White Christians and Jews are causing more death and destruction than anyone else”

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

British Terror : “White Christians and Jews are causing more death and destruction than anyone else”

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Wednesday, 11 July 2007


Tony Blair is out as British Prime Minister, but remains an unrepentant racist and sub-imperialist poodle. He has been given a new job, as Middle East “peace envoy.” What a joke. How can a man who took an unwilling nation into war against Iraq become a peace envoy? Blair is the worst of the lot, a kiss-ass to George Bush who has placed his country in the cross-hairs of worldwide Muslim anger. Blair has elevated state terror to a level of British national identity – the terror that superpowers exert on smaller peoples – and now the chickens are coming home to roost, with a British label. Yet the criminal complains, “Why should anyone feel angry about us?”

“What’s more, British troops are risking their lives trying to prevent the killing. Why should anyone feel angry about us? Why aren’t they angry about the people doing the killing?” – former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


Why is anyone angry at Britain? Perhaps it is because the British are some of the people doing the killing. Maybe they are angry because Tony Blair left office proclaiming the rightness of occupying Iraq and killing 600,000 people. Those crazy Arabs and Muslims, they get mad at the strangest things.

It is an understatement to say that Tony Blair left office as Prime Minister of Great Britain under a cloud. He followed George W. Bush like a poodle, or perhaps more like a toad. Former president Jimmy Carter assigned blamed to Blair along with Bush for causing America’s increasing unpopularity throughout the world. “It’s a shameful and pitiful state of affairs and I hold your British Prime Minister to be substantially responsible for being so compliant and subservient.”

“Blair followed George W. Bush like a poodle, or perhaps more like a toad.”
Blair is shameless in his belief that killing human beings is acceptable as long as it is done by a government run by white people. Not content to have spent the last six years following Bush like a little shadow, Blair didn’t even have the decency to disappear into the sunset and shut up. After giving Britons a collective sigh of relief upon leaving number 10 Downing Street, Blair again began running for new offices.


After rumors of a Carlyle Group corner office and a European union presidency, Blair assumed the role of Middle East peace envoy. He will represent Europe, the United States, Russia and the United Nations while simultaneously keeping the rest of the world from laughing or loosing their lunch at the prospect of a true believer in occupation and empire being an honest broker for peace.

The Arab world was unimpressed with Blair’s desperate desire to remain employed and a center of world attention. The Syrian newspaper Tishrin asked, “How could a liar, who is directly connected with Washington and who is a staunch proponent of the extremist rightist ideology, be a peace envoy?” (*link Tishrin) Good question.

“‘How could a liar, who is directly connected with Washington and who is a staunch proponent of the extremist rightist ideology, be a peace envoy?'”
The damage done by Tony Blair’s actions will not disappear over night. The failed attacks in London and suicide car bombing in Glasgow were reminders that the British have a long way to go in disentangling themselves from Uncle Sam. The bombings that took place on July 7, 2005 and the recent attempts remind the world that “fighting them over there” does little good in preventing attacks “over here.” When leaders “over here” show contempt for humanity and their right to live, they can’t expect peaceful outcomes on their own soil.


Reaction to the terror plots was typically racist and asinine. Arabs and Muslims were depicted as the only crazed fanatics on earth, when in fact white Christians and Jews are causing more death and destruction than anyone else. Not only did Blair have the unmitigated gall to claim that he can now be a peace maker, but he disgracefully thumped the bible on his way out the door. As he left office in a whirl of last minute attention seeking he also announced that he had converted to Catholicism.

While Blair was allowed to profess piety with a straight face, many British Muslims again felt compelled to express their opposition to terror and disassociate their religion from it. Will British Christians and Jews ever be asked to make similar denunciations? Will Catholics be asked to denounce Blair and his terrorist acts? The Archbishop of Canterbury ought to tell the world that he too denounces war and that it is supremely unchristian. War waged by governments is as much a terrorist act as a suicide bombing. The victims of soldiers’ bullets and bombs dropped from planes suffer as much as anyone caught in a suicide bombing.

“White Christians and Jews are causing more death and destruction than anyone else.”
Every terror act or even failed act in Britain is an omen for America. Eight years elapsed between attacks on the World Trade Center. It would be the height of arrogance and denial to think that September 11, 2001 would be the last time that Americans would lose their lives because of anger and hatred directed at their government.

Unfortunately the object of Blair’s affection still resides in the White House. He has adamantly declared that withdrawing from Iraq will be his successor’s problem. Unless he or Dick Cheney are impeached they will find a rationale for bombing Iran. Americans will have to live with the threat of terror unless their leaders forsake empire building. The prospect is terrifying, but no more so than for Iraqis or Afghans. There is some justice involved after all. However, it is unlikely that any lessons will be learned. Blair’s clueless question, “Why should anyone feel angry about us?” is sadly shared by millions of people in his country and in the United States.

Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.Com. Ms. Kimberley’ maintains an edifying and frequently updated blog at More of her work is also available at her Black Agenda Report archive page.



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US War Crime Against Muslim : Degradation and manhandling – Document reveals US interrogation techniques

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===


US War Crime Against Muslim


Degradation and manhandling: Document reveals US interrogation techniques


Published: Tuesday July 17, 2007


After conducting a 10-month investigation that consisted of more than 70 interviews, as well as a detailed review of public and classified documents, Vanity Fair writer Katherine Eban delivers the fullest portrait yet of James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the C.I.A.-contracted psychologists who were put in charge of designing the aggressive interrogation methods known as ‘SERE school’ techniques (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) that came to be used during the Iraq war,” states a press release sent to RAW STORY. “Eban also reveals a never-before-seen memo that details how the U.S. military sought to treat detainees at Guantanamo Bay.”

Eban writes of the memo, “In a bizarre mixture of solicitude and sadism, the memo details how to calibrate the infliction of harm. It dictates that the ‘[insult] slap will be initiated no more than 12–14 inches (or one shoulder width) from the detainee’s face … to preclude any tendency to wind up or uppercut.’ And interrogators are advised that, when stripping off a prisoner’s clothes, ‘tearing motions shall be downward to prevent pulling the detainee off balance.’ In short, the sere-inspired interrogations would be violent. And therefore, psychologists were needed to help make these more dangerous interrogations safer.”

The press release continues:


According to colleagues, Mitchell and Jessen, who were placed in charge of interrogations on the C.I.A.’s network of “black sites,” had no real-world experience in questioning prisoners. Their expertise was in training U.S. soldiers to endure Communist-style torture techniques­the same tactics they are accused of reverse-engineering for use on detainees.

In response to a detailed list of questions regarding their involvement with the C.I.A. and their interrogation qualifications, Mitchell and Jessen responded: “We are proud of the work we have done for our country. The advice we have provided, and the actions we have taken have been legal and ethical. We resolutely oppose torture. Under no circumstances have we ever endorsed, nor would we endorse, the use of interrogation methods designed to do physical or psychological harm. We were not in any way involved with the scandal at Abu Ghraib or with the abuses alleged at Guantanamo. We were appalled by reports from both places.”

Eban reports on the interrogation of al-Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah, and asserts that contrary to George Bush’s claim that it was “tough” interrogation that forced Zubaydah to reveal Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as the mastermind behind 9/11, it was actually humane treatment at the hands of the F.B.I.­they nursed his gunshot wounds and cleaned up after him­that prompted his sharing of information.

Eban reports that when Mitchell and other members of the C.I.A. team got to Zubaydah in Thailand (at the request of then C.I.A. director George Tenet, who was furious to learn of the F.B.I.’s breakthroughs), they put a stop to the efforts at rapport building (which also yielded the name of José Padilla, the accused al-Qaeda operative), and began using “SERE school” tactics.

According to Eban, the team explained that they were going to become Zubaydah’s “God” and that if he refused to cooperate he would lose his clothes and comforts one by one. He was isolated and the interrogators would enter his room just once a day to say, “You know what I want,” then leave again.

Eban reports that as Zubaydah clammed up, Mitchell seemed to conclude that he would talk only when he had been reduced to complete helplessness and dependence, so the C.I.A. team began building a coffin in which they planned to bury the detainee alive. Eban concludes that they probably did not put Zubaydah in the coffin, but soon after (as was reported last year) they employed more “SERE school” techniques, which included stripping Zubaydah naked and making his room so cold that his body turned blue.

Eban reveals a five-page, typo-ridden document, titled “JTF GTMO ‘SERE’ Interrogation Standard Operating Procedure,” that outlines how detainees should be treated. “The premise behind this is that the interrogation tactics used at military SERE schools are appropriate for use in real-world interrogations,” it states, and “can be used to break real detainees.”

Eban reports that the document is divided into four categories: “Degradation,” “Physical Debilitation,” Isolation and Monopoliztion [sic] of Perception,” and “Demonstrated Omnipotence.” The tactics include “slaps,” “forceful removal of detainees’ clothing,” “stress positions,” “hooding,” “manhandling,” and “walling,” which entails grabbing the detainee by his shirt and hoisting him against a specially constructed wall.

It is not clear whether the guidelines were ever formally adopted, Eban reports, but the instructions suggest that the military command wanted psychologists involved so they could lead interrogators up to the line, then stop them from crossing it.

Michael Rolince, section chief of the F.B.I.’s International Terrorism Operations, tells Eban that what Mitchell and Jessen practice is “voodoo science,” and Steve Kleinman, an Air Force Reserve colonel and expert in human-intelligence operations, says he finds it astonishing that the C.I.A. “chose two clinical psychologists who had no intelligence background whatsoever, who had never conducted an interrogation … to do something that had never been proven in the real world.”

Despite their questionable credentials, Eban reports that the principals at Mitchell, Jessen & Associates are raking in money. According to people familiar with their compensation, they get paid more than $1,000 per day plus expenses, tax-free, for their overseas work. “Taxpayers are paying at least half a million dollars a year for these two knuckleheads to do voodoo,” says one of the people familiar with their pay arrangements.




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West Terror Plot Against Muslim : Half of terror suspects released – BBC

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

West Terror Plot Against Muslim : Half of terror suspects released – BBC

More than half of those arrested in the UK on suspicion of terrorism since September 2001 have been released without charge, according to figures.

Home Office statistics show 669 of the 1,228 people arrested in terrorist investigations were later freed.

Some 224 have been convicted in terrorism-related trials, with 114 awaiting trial.

More than 130 people have been charged under terrorism laws, while 195 were charged with other criminal offences.


  • 132 charged under terror laws
  • 109 under terror and other laws
  • 195 charged with other offences

Source: Home Office

Since 2001, some 436 people have been charged in relation to terrorism investigations. Almost 200 of these were under standard criminal offences such as conspiracy to murder.

Since September 2001, 76 of those arrested have been handed on to immigration authorities and 11 dealt with under mental health laws.

Recent trials

In the first three months of 2007, police charged 62 people in connection with terrorism investigations, 39 of them under specific terrorism offences.


  • 30 April: Five men in fertiliser bomb plot
  • 15 June: Seven men in Al-Qaeda linked plot
  • 4 July: Three men involved inciting terrorism via the web
  • 9 July: 21/7 suicide bombers

The figures, compiled by the Metropolitan Police’s terrorism chief, reveal that 41 people have been convicted under the Terrorism Act and 183 under other legislation including murder, grievous bodily harm, firearms offences, fraud and false documents.

False papers and fraudulent fund-raising have both featured in recent trials of men involved in major terrorism conspiracies.

However, the figures do not include a list of recent convictions that have led to the jailing of some 19 men involved in major plots.

These convictions include the four men who carried bombs during the 21 July suicide attacks and five men in an international network planning to build a massive fertiliser bomb.

C-charge camera access

In a separate move, the Home Secretary has granted the Metropolitan Police permission to access in real-time London’s massive congestion charge camera system.

The network, which electronically reads numbers plates and bills car owners, will be available to counter-terrorism officers.

Tracking suspects by CCTV is a key element of terrorism investigations – but it involves thousands of man hours of reviewing video to plot the movements of vehicles.

In a written ministerial statement Home Office minister Tony McNulty told the House of Commons that Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police would no longer be subject to parts of the Data Protection Act.

The law is designed to prevent personal information held on a computer by one body sharing it with another without good reason.

“The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police believes that it is necessary due to the enduring, vehicle-borne terrorist threat to London,” he said, adding that the service would produce an annual report for watchdogs on how it is using number plate information.



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Mahdi Army, Not Al-Qaeda, is Enemy No. 1 in Western Baghdad

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Mahdi Army, Not Al-Qaeda, is Enemy No. 1 in Western Baghdad

Joshua Partlow, Washington Post Foreign Service


July 16, 2007

BAGHDAD — The lights were on in Baghdad. Something was wrong.

Two platoons were creeping through the southwestern neighborhood of al-Amil well past midnight last week. Headlights snapped off, night vision lenses lowered into place, they maneuvered their Humvees and Bradley Fighting Vehicles down narrow streets, angling for surprise. As they approached the suspected homes of the militia leaders they were hunting, their cover of darkness disappeared, fluorescent bulbs on the houses and street lights casting a glow on their vehicles. At 3 in the morning in a city notoriously hard up for power, these blocks were strangely bright.

Capt. Sean Lyons, the company commander leading the raid, said he knew why. “This whole area here is just absolutely dominated by Jaish al-Mahdi,” he said, using the Arabic for the Mahdi Army, the Shiite militia led by the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. “They control the power distribution.”

In the 10-square-mile district of West Rashid, the Mahdi Army also controls the housing market, the gas stations and the loyalty of many of the residents, according to the soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division‘s 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment. The militia has a structure familiar to U.S. soldiers: brigade and battalion commanders leading legions of foot soldiers. Its fighters are willing and able to attack Americans with armor-piercing bombs, mortars, machine guns and grenades. Meanwhile, the political wing of Sadr’s movement plays an outsize role in the national government.

West Rashid confounds the prevailing narrative from top U.S. military officials that the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq is the city’s most formidable and disruptive force. While there are signs that the group has been active in the area, over the past several months, the Mahdi Army has transformed the composition of the district’s neighborhoods by ruthlessly killing and driving out Sunnis and denying basic services to residents who remain. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, described the area as “one of the three or four most challenging areas in all of Baghdad.”

Dominance by Shiite militias is typically associated with places in eastern Baghdad, such as Sadr City, while areas west of the Tigris River and south of the Baghdad airport road are home to large Sunni enclaves. Not long ago the western neighborhoods conformed clearly with this perception. U.S. soldiers estimate that a year ago, Sunnis made up about 80 percent of the population there and Shiites 20 percent. But those numbers have now reversed, after a concerted effort to cleanse Sunnis from the area, according to U.S. military officials. Graffiti marking the walls in these neighborhoods herald the new order: “Every land is Karbala, and every day is Ashura,” read one slogan, extolling the Shiite holy city in southern Iraq and a major Shiite religious holiday.

The brazen attacks on U.S. soldiers also appear to challenge the idea that the Mahdi Army has been lying low to avoid confrontations with Americans. Street fighting between the Mahdi Army and U.S. forces has also broken out in other parts of the capital recently, including clashes in the al-Amin neighborhood Thursday in which Apache attack helicopters were called in to quell the gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades targeting U.S. troops. The next day, U.S. soldiers killed six Iraqi policemen during a raid in which they captured a police lieutenant believed to be working with Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

American soldiers who oversee West Rashid — a district of about 700,000 people that includes the al-Amil, Bayaa and al-Jihad neighborhoods — described an organized, well-financed Shiite enemy that rules ruthlessly and distributes the spoils of war to the area’s impoverished residents.

In recent months, U.S. commanders have contended that the Mahdi Army, also known by its Arabic initials JAM, has splintered into a loosely connected militia in which its leader, Sadr, exerts a tenuous grip over disparate factions.

American commanders attribute much of the current violence to what they are now calling “special groups” or “secret cells” of Iranian-backed militiamen who may be acting independently of, or against, Sadr and his followers. But taken together, they say, militiamen acting as criminal power-brokers seeking profit and the perhaps more moderate Sadr loyalists constitute a formidable challenge for the soldiers who arrived in the capital in March as part of President Bush‘s troop buildup.

“We have a different fight than the rest of Baghdad,” said Capt. Jay Wink, the battalion’s intelligence officer. “It’s all JAM, really. In one way, shape or form, everybody who lives there is associated with it.”

Mahdi Army Rule

To prevent the extermination of Sunni residents, the battalion has launched a series of raids to capture Mahdi Army leaders. Because Sadr’s followers dominate the Health Ministry and control access to most of Baghdad’s hospitals, the Americans have plans to open a hospital catering to Sunnis in the al-Furat neighborhood. They are developing a program in which a roaming tanker would dole out gas to Sunnis barred from the area’s gas stations. On his drives through the neighborhoods, Lt. Col. Patrick Frank, the battalion commander, points out Iraqi contractors newly hired by the U.S. military to clear trash, build fences, set up generators and fix sewage pipes. In the areas overseen by the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, $74 million has been committed for such contracts.

“We have to be out there with our coalition partners, engaging the populace and making progress on essential services and major projects,” Frank said. “We know that we can conduct direct action from now until we go back” to the battalion’s base at Fort Riley, Kan. “But that is not the solution to lasting victory.”

In the most heavily Shiite neighborhoods, particularly al-Amil and Bayaa, the Mahdi Army has assumed the role of local government, according to American soldiers. On the streets of West Rashid, Sadr’s followers maintain a hold over basic services, often to the detriment of Sunni residents.

“The Mahdi Army kind of shorts them out of power,” said Capt. Charles Turner, who oversees reconstruction projects for the battalion. “You drive down the roads, you look over here, it’s light. And you look over there, it’s dark. From what I’ve seen, it’s kind of a Tony Soprano thing: ‘I outnumber you, so I’m going to do what I want.’ “

Along certain militia-controlled blocks, “the curbs are painted, the streets are cleaner, they have beautification projects,” Turner said. “It would be cool if it was a positive thing, but it’s not.”

To finance their operations, Shiite militiamen run an elaborate enterprise featuring stolen car rings, weapons trafficking, kidnapping and extortion of local businesses, U.S. soldiers said. One of their more lucrative initiatives involves forcing Sunnis from their homes, then renting their houses, cars and furniture to Shiite families at discounted prices. One Sunni woman in the al-Jihad neighborhood recently complained to U.S. soldiers that Shiite militiamen had forced her out of her home and used her yard to fire 120mm mortars.

The soldiers also believe the Mahdi Army controls gas stations, charging preferred Shiite customers a fixed price, regardless of the amount bought, while turning away Sunnis. One of the Iraqi army’s projects in the area is to monitor gas stations to prevent such discrimination and corruption, in some cases temporarily shutting down the stations.

“Of all of these, that’s the cash cow,” said Frank, the battalion commander. “Jaish al-Mahdi, from our sources, is extremely upset that we’re putting so much pressure on the gas stations. It’s common sense. We’re shutting down the cash flow.”

The American soldiers offer rewards to residents who alert them about weapons caches or other signs of criminal activity, but the Mahdi Army offers wider support and will probably remain influential after the Americans have moved on.

“That’s hard for us to combat. We can, and we’ve been trying since we’ve been here, but we’re not giving away homes, whereas JAM is,” said Wink, the intelligence officer. “Who are you going to go with — somebody who just gave you a house or U.S. forces saying you shouldn’t follow insurgents?”

‘Ran Out of People to Kill’

The fighting here is daunting, with the eyes of the militia seemingly everywhere. The violence that U.S. troops monitor — shootings, bombings, mortar and rocket fire — has risen and fallen in their four months in the district, without obvious trends. Roadside bombs encountered rose from 25 in March to 51 in April, then fell to 49 in May and 32 in June. Gunfire attacks numbered 84 in March, 152 in April, 113 in May and 132 in June. Sectarian killings dropped to their lowest level of the past four months in June. But the downturn in violence in Shiite-dominated areas was not necessarily encouraging, Wink said.

“Now that the Sunnis are all gone, murders have dropped off,” he said. “One way to put it is they ran out of people to kill.”

On the decrepit city streets — some dirt, some paved, some drowned in lakes of sewer water — the fighters and bomb-placers seem relentless to the Americans. There are blocks in these neighborhoods that armored U.S. Humvees and Bradley Fighting Vehicles visit only during targeted raids, normally at night. The soldiers avoid main routes, dipping through the dirt alleys to avoid the bombs that fire heated copper slugs capable of piercing armored vehicles.

Last Monday, they pulled up outside a gated school on a tip that someone had launched rockets from the inner courtyard, using the children as cover so the Americans would not fire back. The brigade commander, Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, said later his patience for such tactics was limited: “One of these days, if they keep shooting, I’m going to shoot back and level the whole neighborhood.”

When his soldiers hopped the concrete wall that day they found no clues inside, only broken windows, empty classrooms and a few people cowering behind closed doors. These guerrilla tactics can breed suspicion and distrust — sentiments hard to reconcile with a mission to win the confidence and allegiance of the Iraqis.

“One of their techniques is they’ll pretty much just conscript a family — you’ll have no idea if those children and that woman are the guy’s actual wife and children,” said Lyons, the company commander. “They use them as cover all the time. If you see guys walking holding kids, holding their hands, it’s almost like a perfect indicator that they’re up to no good. It’s really sad.”



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US War Crime : US forces kill Iraqi civilians every day

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

US forces kill Iraqi civilians every day

James Cogan, WSWS

17 July 2007

For more than four years of US occupation, the Iraqi people have known that coming too close to American troops can be a death sentence. Now, internal statistics presented to US Iraq commander General David Petraeus, and subsequently leaked to the McClatchy news service, shed some light on the extent of civilian killings. In the 12 months since July 2006, according to McClatchy’s sources, the US military has officially admitted to killing or wounding 429 Iraqis in 3,200 “escalation of force” incidents­situations where US troops on patrol, manning checkpoints or escorting vehicle convoys have opened fire on men, women and children they considered a threat.

The figures indicate that civilians are shot at by US forces somewhere in Iraq at least every three hours. The rate at which civilians are being fired on has sharply risen with the deployment of 30,000 additional US troops to Iraq and the intensification of American operations in densely populated residential areas of Baghdad and other cities. In July 2006, 22 civilians were reported killed or maimed. In February 2007, as the Bush administration’s “surge” went into motion, 46 Iraqi civilian casualties were officially documented by the US military.

A number of factors come into play in the wanton civilian deaths caused by US troops: sheer fear of being killed themselves; the devaluation of Iraqi lives by military propaganda; and the general brutalisation of military personnel who are exposed to constant death and destruction.

Interviews with 50 Iraq combat veterans published by the Nation magazine on July 9 and soon to be presented in a new book, Collateral Damage, provide first-hand testimony of the conduct of US troops against the Iraqi population. The current July 30 edition of the Nation contains a lengthy presentation of the veteran’s statements. (See “The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness”)

Specialist Ben Schrader, who served with an armoured unit from February 2004 to February 2005, told the Nation: “One example I can give you, we’d be driving down the road in a convoy and all of the sudden an IED blows up. And you know, you’ve got these scared kids on these guns and they start opening fire. And there could be innocent people everywhere. And I’ve seen this. I mean, on numerous occasions where innocent people died because we’re cruising down and a bomb goes off.”

Sergeant Dustin Flatt, who also served in 2004, recounted how troops protecting a convoy that passed his position near Mosul opened fire on a civilian car behind them: “Basically they took shots at the car. Warning shots, I don’t know. But they shot the car. Well, one of the bullets happened to just pierce the windscreen and went straight into the face of this woman in the car. And she was, as far as I know, instantly killed… Her son was driving the car and she had her three little girls in the back seat… And they came up to us, because we were actually in a defensive position right next to the hospital… she was obviously dead and the girls were crying.”

Another soldier, Geoffrey Milfred, told the Nation about an incident he knew of that occurred at a checkpoint: “This unit sets up this traffic control point and this 18-year-old kid is on top of an armoured Humvee with a .50-calibre machine gun. This car speeds at him pretty quick and he makes a split-second decision that that’s a suicide bomber and he presses the butterfly trigger and puts 200 rounds in less than a minute into this vehicle. It killed the mother, father and two kids. The boy was aged four and the daughter was aged three. And they briefed this to the general… And this colonel turns around to this full division staff and says, “If these **** hajis [derogatory term for Arabs] learned to drive, this **** wouldn’t happen.”

Lieutenant Jonathan Morgenstein, an officer attached in 2004-2005 to a marine civil affairs unit­which investigated “escalation of force” incidents­told the Nation: “You physically could not do an investigation every time a civilian was wounded or killed because it just happens a lot and you’d spend all your time doing that.” Attempting to sum up the prevailing mentality, Specialist Jeff Englehart told the magazine: “I guess while I was there, the general attitude was ‘A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi.’”

At a July 13 press conference in Arlington, Virginia, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Joints Chief of Staff General Peter Pace were not asked by any journalist to confirm, deny or comment on either the McClatchy report, which had been published two days earlier, or the publication of the Nation interviews.

The media silence is remarkable considering that the official figures are clearly a vast underestimation of the real scale of civilian killings in occupied Iraq. As McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef noted in her July 11 article: “The statistics don’t include instances of American soldiers killing civilians during raids, arrests or in the midst of battle with armed groups, and it remains unclear how the US military tracks such information. Often rotating units use their own systems and there have been several incidents of soldiers not reporting the deaths of civilians, most notably the November 2005 shooting of 24 civilians in the northern Iraqi town of Haditha.”

In the November 19, 2005, marines went on a rampage in Haditha after a roadside bomb killed one of their squad. Five civilians were murdered in a taxi, one gunned down on the street and 18 men, women and children were slaughtered in their homes. Despite the obvious evidence of a massacre, both the marines’ commanding officer and US military intelligence reported the dead Iraqis as armed insurgents.

There is no reason to believe the cover-up surrounding Haditha was an isolated incident. In a recent US military mental health survey, published in May, 45 percent of army personnel and 60 percent of marines in Iraq stated they would not report a fellow serviceman for killing or injuring an innocent non-combatant. In the trial that began on June 30 of two US soldiers charged with murdering civilians, the defendants are accused of placing weapons beside their victims so they would be classified as insurgents. A third soldier of the same unit was charged with murder and cover-up on July 2. (See “US troops charged with murders, cover-ups in Iraq”)

Moreover, the official figures do not include the civilians who have been killed or wounded at the hands of the thousands of private security contractors employed by the US government in Iraq. Security contractors have the same right to fire on Iraqi civilians they believe to be a threat as the US military. They are obliged to display a sign in English and Arabic stating “Danger. Keep back. Authorised to use lethal force”. Unlike US troops who travel in recognisable military vehicles, contractors generally travel in unmarked civilian vehicles and sometimes disguise themselves in local attire.

How many Iraqis have been victim to contractor killings is unknown. Some incidents have come to light, however. In May, employees of Blackwater Security shot and killed an Iraqi who drove “too close” to their vehicle. According to an Iraqi official cited by the Washington Post, the man had just driven out of a petrol station onto the road and witnesses stated the shooting was “unprovoked”.

In 2005, a so-called “trophy” video was posted on a website, showing four incidents in which contractors fired into Iraqi cars that appeared to come within 30 metres or so of their vehicle. In at least one of the shootings, bullets clearly impacted on the driver-side windscreen and the vehicle veered suddenly off the road. The website was allegedly connected to employees of the British security company Aegis.

At the time, Captain Adnan Tawfiq of the Iraqi Interior Ministry told the British Sunday Telegraph: “When the security companies kill people, they just drive away and nothing is done. Sometimes we ring the companies concerned and they deny everything. The families don’t get any money or compensation. I would say we have had about 50-60 incidents of this kind.”

As the WSWS has warned before, the carnage being inflicted against civilians will have ramifications in the United States as well as on generations of Iraqis. Thousands of young men and women­both former soldiers and contractors­are returning from Iraq bearing the psychological scars of having participated in, or witnessed acts of staggering brutality and indifference to human life.

The primary responsibility for these war crimes rests with the Bush administration, which ordered the illegal invasion of Iraq and is waging a vicious neo-colonial war to suppress any opposition to its continued occupation of the country.



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From My Lai to Mesopotamia: When Atrocities become an “Accepted Technique”

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

From My Lai to Mesopotamia: When Atrocities become an “Accepted Technique”

Felicity Arbuthnot



July 17, 2007

In his introduction to Robert Jungk’s wake up call, ‘Children of the Ashes’, on the survivors of Hiroshima, the late, great James Cameron writes of what the American military psychiatrist, Robert Jay Lifton called ‘the immersion into death’. Lifton went on to ‘describe how his feelings about Hiroshima were multiplied later by the appalling US atrocity in My Lai, Vietnam.’

Another kind of horror, writes Cameron, is that such atrocities have become ‘an accepted technique …’ There you have it. The deviant, unhinged, criminal sadism, from My Lai to Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and the litany of inhuman, near unimaginable atrocities in America and Britain’s invasions, are not ‘isolated incidents’, the deranged acts of the occasional ‘bad apple’. The whole barrel needs decontaminating for the salvation of the odd good apple.

This month’s Nation made it clear (again) how short the forty year road is from My Lai to Iraq. What was as shocking as the horrific acts perpetrated by U.S., servicemen (and women) described, was that it was impossible to find anyone who was surprised. Revolted, appalled, deeply shamed, but not surprised. Fairly or not, the perception of America’s armed forces (with Britain not excluded either) is largely that of purveyors of lawless depravity.

The acts described by soldiers included shooting a two year old because of random firing after an explosive device went off, shooting a family dog, shooting a family in a car, where the bodies ‘literally sat in the car for the next three days while we drove by them’. Specialist John Middleton explained a prevalent concept that ‘if they don’t speak English and have a darker skin, they’re not as human as us, so we can do what we want’. Goodness, to think that there are those who believed the western troops were the foreigners in a far away place. ‘A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi – you know, so what?’, said Specialist Jeff Englehart, admitting that ‘guilt … takes root’, on returning home. No doubt, unlike the families of the dead Iraqis, he and his ilk will be sympathized with and treated for post traumatic stress disorder.

What of the: ‘ ..fourteen year old kid with an AK47 (who) decided he’s going to start shooting at this convoy’? He would have been just nine or ten at the time of ‘shock and awe’ – and utter pant wetting terror. He would have spent between birth and nine or ten under an embargo which denied children even childhood, with ongoing illegal U.S., and U.K., bombings. ‘Every person got out and opened fire on this kid. Using the biggest weapons we couldind, we ripped him to bits.’

House raids, said Sgt John Burns, involved ‘.. catching them in their sleep’, ripping the man of the house out of bed ‘in front of his wife, tearing ‘the room to shreds … you’ll throw all the clothes on the floor … dump the sofa cushions and basically leave his house looking like a hurricane just hit it.’ Hearts and minds, eh? One squad leader’s mentality was described as to regard every Iraqi as a potential terrorist and ‘ … kill them over here so we don’t have to kill them back in Colorado.’ One has to wonder what threat the ten year old with his three donkeys, all run over by the military, posed to Colorado. And where the seriously psychologically challenged soldier who posed with a spoon reaching to ‘scoop out some … brain’, from a dead Iraqi in a body bag, was recruited? Brain matter, transported in jar, to ‘fridge, it has long been reported, is the new ‘trophy’. In Vietnam it was ears, heads, testicles.

Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is incensed at the Nation’s revelations. Iraqis are tragically ‘caught in conflict’s crossfire’, bad decisions are sometimes made in ‘the fog of war’. It was the reporting that was ‘sensationalist and unethical’, he wrote in a letter to The Independent. ‘Readers, veterans and the Iraqi people deserve better.’ Readers deserve the truth, the veterans told the stories – and the Iraqi people indeed deserve much better : to see many, many of the illegally invading army in the dock, tried with crimes against humanity.

Rieckhoff’s letter rang a My Lai bell. Here again from Michael Bilton and Kevin Sim’s meticulously researched ‘Four Hours in My Lai.

‘ Lt. William Calley was the only serviceman to be charged for part in the massacre of 16th March 1968. He had thrown a defenseless old man down a well and shot him and: ‘seeing a baby crawling away from a ditch filled with the dead and dying villagers, threw it back in the pit and shot it.’ Sentenced to life imprisonment, President Nixon ordered he should be released from jail pending appeal. The Rieckhoff of the day, Judge Robert Elliot, releasing Calley on parole explained : ‘War is war, it is not unusual for innocent civilians … to be killed.’ Massacred? Forget it. The Judge helpfully explained that: ‘ when Joshua took the city of Jericho in biblical times, no charges had been brought against him for the slaughter of the civilian population.’

‘ I think there is a good deal of evidence that we thought all along we were a redeemer nation’, wrote the distinguished theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, of Vietnam in general and My Lai in particular : ‘ There was a lot of illusion in our national history. Now it is about to be shattered.’ The mirror images could not be starker. The killings in My Lai: ‘.. took place part maniacally, part methodically … they were accompanied by rape, sodomy, mutilations and unimaginable random cruelties .. it was a Nazi kind of thing ..’, Bilton and Sim say they were told again and again and: ‘Festering sores disfiguring the face of American society (erupted) in all their horror.’

To the army, My Lai was, of course, an aberration: ‘ .. wholly unrepresentative of the manner in which our forces conduct military operations.’ Seventy percent of villages in one province alone, Quang Ngai, had been destroyed by aerial bombardment or artillery, a full two years before My Lai. ‘We are here to kill dinks … that’s our job’, commented one soldier. As in Iraq, there to kill ‘Hajis’, ‘Sand niggers’, ‘Camel jockeys’. And as Vietnam’s decimation, to kill from Al Qaem to Fallujah, to northern Tel Afar, to Baquba, Baghdad and across the nation. To rape, degrade, thieve, defile. These are not ‘isolated incidents’, but numerous documented and first hand reports.

Can it get worse? Oh yes. As Elana Schor and Roxana Tiron report: ‘ At the Pentagon’s request, Senate Defense authorizers, tucked deep within the Defense BIll, a repeal of the Department’s restriction on granting security clearances to ex-convicts, drug addicts and the mentally incompetent.’ (see: Global Research, July 2007).

There are brave U.S., Iraq and Afghanistan veterans crossing the U.S., going to bases, risking imprisonment, attempting to persuade their colleagues to longer participate in these invasions. Two days ago when the vast US Kitty Hawk docked in Australia, colleagues there distributed fact filled leaflets as sailors disembarked. Two uniformed personnel hid many amongst a pile of pizzas they had come to collect and asked that copies of two searing films on Vietnam and Iraq be slipped in their pockets to show back on the ship. Good apples, but back in occupied lands, numerous bad ones, commit atrocities with impunity and having lost ‘imagination … laugh among the dying, unconcerned’.(Wilfred Owen : Insensibility).



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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 16 July 2007

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 18, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 16 July 2007

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

Monday, 16 July 2007.


Sectarian murder spree continues: 25 more bodies found dumped in Baghdad.

In a dispatch posted at 9:38pm Baghdad time Monday evening, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the puppet police had retrieved another 25 bodies of victims of sectarian murder that had been dumped in various parts of Baghdad.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet police as saying that most of the bodies were bound and blindfolded and shot to death.

US announces start of offensive south of Baghdad Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 10:05am Makkah time Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US military had announced that it had deployed about 8,000 men in an offensive begun on Monday in the agricultural area to the south of Baghdad.

Bomb kills five puppet policemen in northeastern Baghdad.

In a dispatch posted at 9:57am Makkah time Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a bomb exploded by a puppet police patrol in northeastern Baghdad.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported the puppet police as announcing that a bomb went off by a puppet police apatrol in the old Bab ash-Sham commercial and manufacturing district, which is located near the highway linking Baghdad with Diyala Province. The puppet police announced that the attack left five puppet policemen dead.

US admits one more American soldier killed.

In a dispatch posted at 9:49am Makkah time Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US occupation forces admitted that one more American soldier had been killed in Ninwa Province.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported the American statement as indicating that the soldier was a special forces soldier and that he died of wounds received in an Iraqi Resistance bomb explosion that took place in the course of a battle with the Iraqi Resistance on Sunday, 15 July.

Diyala Province.

In a dispatch posted at 2:10pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that US helicopter gun ships blasted villages to the northeast of al-Miqdadiyah, (which is 85km northeast of Baghdad), at dawn on Monday.

The AMSI reported local residents as saying that swarms of US helicopters fired four rockets into the village of Qazaljah. No information on the nature or extent of casualties was available.

In a dispatch posted at 2;10pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in al-Miqdadiyah, 85km northeast of Baghdad.

The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that the bomb destroyed a Humvee, killing or wounding the US troops aboard it.

Wasit Province.

Escaped Iranians recaptured.

In a dispatch posted at 9:33pm Baghdad time Monday evening, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that puppet police in Wasit Province announced that they had recaptured 20 Iranians who had escaped from prison in the town of Badrah, not far from the Iranian border.

The AMSI reported Major General Husayn ‘Abd al-Hadi Mahbubah, commander of the Wasit Provincial puppet police, as announcing to the press that the escaped prisoners had been apprehended.

Badrah had been under curfew until just before noon on Monday after 24 Iranians charged with entering Iraq illegally smashed down the door of their prison and escaped on Saturday evening. Four of the escapees were picked up on Sunday morning, the rest were captured on Monday morning before they could cross the border back into their native country.

General ‘Abd al-Hadi said that a number of members of the prison staff, including an officer, had been arrested and were currently in custody and under investigation to ascertain what role they might have played – if any – in the escape of the Iranians. ‘Abd al-Hadi claimed, however, that there had been no conniving by the prison staff in the escape.

Al-Qadisiyah Province.

Katyusha rockets blast into US Camp Echo near ad-Diwaniyah.

In a dispatch posted at 2:10pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the US Camp Echo near ad-Diwaniyah, which is about 180km south of Baghdad, came under Katyusha rocket attack at 6:30am local time shortly after sunrise Monday morning

The AMSI reported that the rockets blasted into the camp from south of the city. No information on the nature or extent of casualties was available.

Dhi Qar Province.

Three puppet policemen die in attack in an-Nasiriyah.

In a dispatch posted at 3:23pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that three puppet policemen were killed and four more wounded in a clash with fighters in the city of an-Nasiriyah.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the incident took place near the ‘Abir Bridge on the highway linking an-Nasiriyah with al-Basrah to the south.

At-Ta’mim Province.


Accounts vary over target of vehicle bombs in Kirkuk that reportedly kill at least 80 people.

In a dispatch posted at 4:56pm Makkah time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Iraqi puppet police had reported that at least 80 people had been killed in Kirkuk on Monday when a man exploded a truck bomb in a crowded marked. The puppet police reported that there had also been another attack in which an explosives-laden car that had been parked on a crowded street blew up in Kirkuk

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that in addition to those killed, the puppet police were claiming that 136 people had been wounded in the two Kirkuk bombings and that the number of casualties was likely to rise further.

The puppet police said that the car bomb took place in a commercial area near a car park and bus stop and that the two bombs went off only minutes apart.

Mafkarat al-Islam noted that there are many attacks in the city of Kirkuk, which the Kurdish separatists are seeking to annex to their American-protected enclave, and that many of the attacks are aimed at driving the native Arab population to leave the city so as to facilitate the Kurdish separatist takeover.

Earlier in the day, however, in a dispatch posted at 12:35pm Makkah time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a bomber had driven an explosives-laden truck into the headquarters of a pro-American Kurdish separatist political party near Kirkuk, about 250km northeast of Baghdad.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported Major Qadir Zankanah of the Kirkuk puppet police as saying that by preliminary count the blast killed at least 10 people and wounded over 60 more.

Puppet policeman killed in ambush in Kirkuk.

In a dispatch posted at 12:35pm Makkah time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed and killed an Iraqi puppet policeman as he headed to work to the north of Kirkuk.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that after the attack, the puppet police patrols rushed into the area where they arrested five individuals as “suspects.”

Car bomb targets puppet police patrol in Dumiz district of Kirkuk.

In a dispatch posted at 3:23pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an explosives-packed Brazilian car blew up by a puppet “Rescue Police” patrol in the Dumiz district of Kirkuk.


Resistance bomb wounds puppet policeman Sunday night.

In a dispatch posted at 12:35pm Makkah time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a puppet police patrol in al-Huwayjah, about 200km north of Baghdad, on Sunday evening.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet police in Kirkuk as saying that one puppet policeman was wounded in the attack that also damaged a patrol vehicle.

Al-Basrah Province.

British forces bombard neighborhood in al-Basrah after attack.

In a dispatch posted at 10:44am Baghdad time Monday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that British occupation forces blasted the al-Muhandiseen neighborhood of western al-Basrah with artillery at dawn on Monday.

The AMSI reported British officials said that the attack on the neighborhood was in response to an “indirect fire” attack on al-Basrah International Airport where the British forces have one of their bases. The British announcement made no mention of casualties or damage.

Eyewitnesses on the scene said that the British bombardment caused several casualties among the local civilian residents in addition to damaging several houses and cars.

Meanwhile the British headquarters in the presidential palaces and the Airport both came under mortar attack during the night and at dawn Monday. As usual the British communiqué on those attacks claimed that the bombardments inflicted no casualties or damage.



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