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Did Bush Eat Popcorn While Watching the Torture Tapes?

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 18, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

Did Bush Eat Popcorn While Watching the Torture Tapes?

Larry C. Johnson, Atlantic Free Press

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December 16, 2007

Have you watched the videotape of the torture of Abu Zubaydah? No. See how easy that is? The vast majority of folks reading this blog can answer that question succinctly. You do not have to parse. When presidents parse, they are hiding something.

So let me explain why I am certain that George W. Bush, and probably Dick Cheney, watched the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and maybe that of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

Let’s begin with the White House smoke screen on this issue. When spokeswoman Dana Perino was asked the other day:

QUESTION: . . . On these CIA videotapes, did either the President or Vice President or Condoleezza Rice, when she was National Security Advisor, or Steve Hadley, see them before they were destroyed?

Perino offered this artful phrasing:

PERINO: I spoke to the President, and so I will have to defer on the others. But I spoke to the President this morning about this. He has no recollection of being made aware of the tapes or their destruction before yesterday. He was briefed by General Hayden yesterday morning.



No recollection of being made aware? Sorry, if he did not know anything about the tapes then the answer is very simple–Never heard of them, never saw them, and this is the first we have heard of this matter. No room for doubt with that answer.

I know from my time at the CIA how presidents and national security staffs react to intelligence on high priority matters. They are ravenous and they are constantly pushing for more info. I remember, for example, being tasked on an urgent basis to review and analyze Spanish language documents the CIA obtained from a Nicaraguan military defector that described the mutual concern of Soviet and Sandinista officials about U.S. supplied shoulder fired surface to air missiles that were downing helicopters in Nicaragua and Afghanistan. At the time, the war in Nicaragua was one of the top five policy priorities of the White House. And the White House was eager to know what the defector had to say.

So please answer these questions. In the summer of 2002 was terrorism and the threat of terrorism at least one of the top three policy priorities for the Bush Administration? Was the White House interested in any details about the capture or interrogation of Abu Zubaydah?

You know the answers–not only yes, but hell yes.

Take a look at page 241 of George Tenet’s account of where the White House stood on these matters. He wrote:

Detainees, in general, had become a critical issue. . . . Abu Zubaydah’s capture altered that equation. Now that we had an undoubted resource in our hands–the highest-ranking al-Qa’ida official captured to date–we opened discussions within the National Security Council as to how to handle him, since holding and interrogating large numbers of al-Qa’ida operatives had never been part of our plan. But Zubayda and a small number of other extremely highly placed terrorists potentially had information that might save thousands of lives. We wondered what we could legitimately do to get that information. . . .Out of those conversations came a decision that CIA would hold and interrogate a small number of HVDs (i.e., High Value Detainees).

So who is the “we”. When you are talking special interrogation techniques at a National Security Council meeting you are talking with George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, George Tenet, and John Ashcroft at a minimum. The White House lead on the legal issues was handled by Harriet Miers and Alberto Gonzales. And we also know that John Yoo at the Department of Justice drafted the letters ultimately used to assure CIA that torture tactics were legal.

Tenet is quite precise in identifying August 2002 as the moment that CIA was given clear guidance from the White House and Department of Justice about the techniques and methods the CIA could employ against terrorist suspects (also p. 241 of his book).

The respective works of Jim Risen (State of War) and Ron Suskind (The One Percent Doctrine) provide a consistent portrait of George Bush as a president keenly interested in Abu Zubaydah. And George Tenet was just the man to feed Bush the information he so desperately wanted. Senior intelligence officers I know describe Tenet’s dealings with the White House as both obsequious and enthusiastic. He would dash to the White House like an excited puppy dog eager for a romp. He was not known as “Slam Dunk” George for nothing.

The ops cables detailing the results of the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah were not widely distributed. They most likely were kept in compartmented channels–in other words, just because you held a Top Secret clearance did not mean you were seeing the most sensitive information. If you have seen the latest exploits of Jason Bourne in the Bourne Ultimatum then you are familiar with “Blackbriar”. That’s an example of a compartmented program/reporting channel.

Although not widely distributed you can be sure that these messages made their way to the head of the Counter Terrorsim Center at the time, Cofer Black. His boss, Jim Pavitt also got the reports. And both George Tenet and his deputy, John McLaughlin, had the info as did the staff who put together the Presidential Daily Brief.

We are not talking about some third-rate piece of intelligence on a backwater of foreign policy. The terrorist threat posed by Al Qa’ida was a consuming priority, along with prepping for war with Iraq, and any information about that threat made its way to the Oval Office of the White House.

Ron Suskind quotes John McLaughlin talking knowingly about the methods employed on Zubaydah:

Imagine him (Zubaydah) sitting with a lawyer. That would be an utter cop-out. We would never know what we missed (see pp. 117-8, The One Percent Doctrine).

It remains to be seen whether or not the White House played a role in the CIA’s decision to destroy the videotape interrogations of Zubaydah and Nashiri. But this much is certain, Bush knew about the tapes and probably received a personal screening from none other than George Tenet. What did they snack on while watching Zubaydah hold his breath under water? That’s what I want to know.

The full story in
http://uruknet.info/?p=m39271&hd=&size=1&l=e

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The CIA tortures and destroys evidence, what is new?

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 18, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

The CIA tortures and destroys evidence, what is new?

Roads to Iraq

December 16, 2007

With apologies from Abu-Jamal’s excellent podcast for modifying his headline, [recommended, must listen]

……president Bill Clinton signed the bill into law, as the Intelligence Authorization Act.

Under the law, the CIA could violate international law and treaties, as long as they were following orders.

For some political reasons, American media started to talk about torture, stories such as (Inside the CIA’s notorious “black sites”), are just recently reported while we reported this long time ago.

Take this story for example, which was reported on Al-Hayat five days ago, a Saudi man wrote a letter to his wife from Guantanamo, she tells the story:

My husband went to Afghanistan with our three children, he was interested in volunteering for charity work, but he was sold to the Northern Alliances forces and later to the Americans.

They stepped with their military shoes on my back and my head, they insulted my religion, my family and my nationality.

They left my naked for days and they sexually abused me.

The insults, humiliations and the sexual abuse against him are the same stories of the two Sudanese men [Hassan and Adam] recently released [English link and video]:

They threw me down on the ground and released the dogs to bite my body from every place, then they stripped me naked and started to search me even in my anus, after that they tortured me and wasn’t allowed to sleep for three days.

99% of the detainees were tried in absentia, they didn’t even bother to go to their trial because they were convinced that the whole trial was written in advance.

The full story in
http://uruknet.info/?p=m39270&hd=&size=1&l=e

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U.S. reviews Afghanistan mission amid fears of losing battle against Taliban

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 18, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

U.S. reviews Afghanistan mission amid fears of losing battle against Taliban

The Canadian Press

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December 17, 2007

WASHINGTON – The United States is turning more attention to the war in Afghanistan amid concerns about rising violence and fears of losing the battle against the Taliban.

American officials are reviewing all facets of their operation and President George W. Bush, under pressure to shift American troops from Iraq, will start holding regular videoconferences with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The United States is considering its long-term strategy as NATO conducts its own review of the mission. Other countries like Canada are assessing their future in the country, plagued this year by a resurgent Taliban, increased opium harvests and signs that al-Qaida terrorists are regrouping.

“There are reviews under way, as I understand it, that the British are looking at, that the Canadians are considering, and we are doing our ongoing assessment as well,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.

“I can assure you that there are many people considering the situation in Afghanistan on an ongoing basis. They’re constantly reviewing our posture and that includes having dialogue with our allies in NATO.”

Former deputy prime minister John Manley is conducting Canada’s review. His report is due in early January and Parliament is expected to vote on the mission this winter.

Britain is also looking at its participation, especially in Afghanistan’s dangerous southern provinces where many European countries have refused to send soldiers.

The U.S. review of Afghanistan is not as extensive and nowhere near as high-profile as the report on Iraq that led to a surge of American soldiers in Baghdad.

American officials would not say if they are considering sending more troops but many consider it an unlikely prospect given the commitment in Iraq.

U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said last week it wouldn’t happen in the short term.

The top general of the U.S. Marine Corps has been pushing hard to deploy marines to Afghanistan from Iraq, but Gates rejected the idea.

Other Pentagon officials have suggested accelerated withdrawals from Iraq, where five of 20 brigades are supposed to return home by the end of next summer.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff want to pull out another five brigades by the end of 2008.

Bush, meantime, has decided to hold regular meetings with Karzai, similar to ones with the Iraqi prime minister.

Gates, who met with Canadian officials and other NATO allies in Scotland last week, has been pushing for more helicopters, police trainers and ground troops.

The United States is also considering whether to appoint a well-known political figure to co-ordinate efforts in Afghanistan, where the violence this year has been the worst since the 2001 invasion.

Canada called in October for a new high-profile United Nations envoy who could attract more help and ensure that all the diverse efforts like reconstruction and expanding the government are effective.

The U.S. review reportedly includes an update on the hunt for Taliban and al-Qaida leaders and whether Americans have done enough to promote economic development.

To some in the United States, Afghanistan is known as “the forgotten war.” Many legislators have long complained that Iraq is taking far too many resources from a battle considered a major success until this year.

“In Afghanistan, we do what we can,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, told Congress last week. “In Iraq, we do what we must.”

Progress has been “mixed and uneven” he said Monday.

“There’s an awful lot of work that not just the military has to do, but across all government agencies … We’ve really got to come together in a way that continues to move this country forward.”

The country’s record poppy cultivation is particularly troublesome since much of the money ends up with the Taliban.

Canada has nearly 2,500 troops in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. The U.S. has about 26,000 soldiers, although nearly half of them are conducting special counterterrorism missions.

Canada’s Conservative government wants to extend the mission by two years to 2011 but opposition parties are firm on ending it on schedule by February 2009.

The full story in
http://uruknet.info/?p=m39314&hd=&size=1&l=e

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WHAT/WHO IS HAMAS

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 18, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

WHAT/WHO IS HAMAS

Image by Ismael Shammout
The following is the best analysis I’ve seen to date of Hamas…. just who they are and why they are the way they are…… It was just sent to me by the author and is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the situation here.

Hamas at 20 – Analysis


By Khalid Amayreh in Ramallah

 

I am writing this piece as 300,000-500,000 people (according to Reuters) are converging at the Katiba Square in Central Gaza to mark the 20th anniversary of Hamas’ foundation.

 

Undoubtedly, the huge turn-out ( nearly one-third of the Gaza Strip’s total population) is an unmistakable proof that Hamas is still very popular among Palestinians despite the rabid American-led efforts to scuttle the movement, possibly in order to facilitate the appearance of a quisling-like Palestinian leadership that would succumb to Israeli hegemony and colonialist designs.

 

The massive attendance is also an eloquent refutation of a plethora of tendentious Fatah-financed or Fatah-inspired opinion surveys which have suggested that Hamas’ popular standing has seriously plummeted especially since the mind-June events in Gaza.

 

These opinion surveys are actually reminiscent of the numerous opinion polls that preceded the 2006-legislative elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and which had predicted a massive victory by the Fatah organization over Hamas.

 

At 20 , Hamas seems a young, viable, vigorous and aspiring movement, with hundreds of thousands of mostly young Palestinians indoctrinated in the moderate political ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

This moderation, needless to say, will ensure Hamas’ continuity, growth and prosperity.

 

Hamas is not and will not be an al-Qaida-like organization, it will not wage Jihad on the whole world and will not classify the world into two camps- those who are with us, and those who are against us, as the al-Qaida organization has done.

 

Moreover, Hamas will not formulate its political outlook based on people’s religions and ideologies, and will continue to seek friendship on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interests. Indeed, despite erratic and stupid utterances by some ignoramuses who are members of Hamas, the Islamic movement doesn’t actually consider Jews as enemies. In truth, Jews who support justice and true peace and who stand against oppression and occupation are Hamas’ partners for a better future for both Jews and Muslims in this tormented land.

 

More to the point, Hamas will continue to make a clear distinction between hostile states on the one hand and citizens of these states on the other, and will never seek to target the urban centers of countries whose governments are hostile to the Palestinian cause, such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

And Hamas will continue to confine its legitimate struggle and resistance against the Israeli occupation to the Palestinian-Israeli theatre. This has always been Hamas’s policy, and it will continue to be the case.

 

At 20, Hamas has been through it all, from creation to destruction. The movement endured every conceivable act of savagery and criminality at the hands of the Nazi-like Israeli regime.

 

The leaders of the movement, and in many cases their families as well, were deported, imprisoned, assassinated and massacred. Today, as many as 4000 Hamas leaders and activists languish in Israeli concentration camp, many of them without charge or trial.

 

Even Hamas’ democratically-elected MPs and cabinet ministers have been summarily abducted from their homes and offices for no reason other than “the Hamas mantra,” a mantra whose invocation seems to justify every conceivable Israeli savagery, brutality and atrocity.

 

Indeed, the vindictiveness with which Israel treats these mostly innocent people has a few parallels in the history of mankind. The recent bloody repression by crack Israeli army units of the Kitziot prison inmates in the heart of the Negev desert, is a clarion testimony, if one were needed, to the blatant barbarianism of the occupation.

 

Twenty years are not a long period in the history of nations and their struggle for freedom and independence. However, looking back at what Hamas has achieved, one can safely claim that Hamas has been a valuable asset for the enduring Palestinian struggle.

 

To begin with, from the very inception, Hamas offered an authentic alternative to the corrupt PLO which par excellance encapsulated and continues to encapsulate all the meanings of corruption, despotism, dictatorship, nepotism, favoritism and even treason.

 

It is true, Hamas has not succeeded in liberating Palestine from the colonialist Israeli occupation.

 

However, Hamas has succeeded in reinstituting and prominently featuring the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees as the most paramount cause that can be neither compromised nor ignored nor circumvented.

 

The same can be said about other Palestinian national constants and red lines which the often happy-go-lucky Fatah negotiators have come to treat as “unsacred” and even “expendable.”

 

Actually, thanks to the political culture that Hamas helped foster and consolidate among Palestinians, there is not a single dignified Palestinian politician, even from Fatah, who would publicly express a readiness to give in on such red- lines like East Jerusalem, the refugees and the totality of any prospective Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories of 1967.

 

It is actually because of its consistent refusal to succumb to Israeli hegemony and bullying that Israel and her guardian ally, the United States, and their poodles, and puppets and allies have been boycotting and blockading Hamas in the hope that another Palestinian entity, e.g. Fatah, would do Israel’s and the West’s bidding by finally surrendering to Israeli colonialism, probably through a “peace settlement” that has all the marks of a capitulation .

 

Non the less, Hamas not only has assets, it has liabilities as well. Following the death of Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yasin, who was brutally assassinated by Israel in 2004, a new generation of Hamas leaders didn’t really understand the timeless golden adage that “it is not enough to be right, one has to be wise, as well.”

 

Yasin and his lieutenants understood and translated this golden maxim into tangible political wisdom that helped Hamas overcome or at least circumvent the treacherous minefields of the Oslo years.

 

It is perfectly true that most of the blame for the mid-June events in Gaza falls on Fatah, not on Hamas. After all, it was clear to all and sundry that Fatah leaders, especially in the Gaza Strip, accepted rather sheepishly to play the role of quislings on behalf of the US and Israel, thus forcing Hamas to take a preemptive action to prevent the occurrence of a longer and bloodier civil war that would have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Palestinians.

 

We all remember how Israel reacted to the Sabra and Shatilla massacres in 1982, when then Prime Minister Menachem Begin remarked that “we have nothing to do with what happened …It’s Arabs killing Arabs.”

 

Had Keith Dayton and Muhammed Dahlan and their cohorts succeeded in their conspiracy, God forbid, we would have had Ehud Olmert make the same argument, saying “we have nothing to do with what happened in Gaza; it’s Palestinians killing Palestinians.!”

 

Non the less Hamas is not completely blameless.

 

In these difficult days, when our people in Gaza are facing a brutal and merciless blockade at the hands of the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the holocaust, and when most nations prefer to play blind, deaf and dumb and look the other way while our children are being killed and starved, we need to utilize every shred of wisdom at our disposal.

 

Yes, we must do the right thing, but it is also true that we must choose the right time for doing the right thing. Doing the right thing at the wrong time causes disaster and unnecessary bloodshed and suffering. It also undermines our ability to withstand the brutality of our enemy.

 

Hamas is undoubtedly right in refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Israel, a country whose very existence was made possible only thanks to the destruction and near obliteration of another people, the Palestinian people, has no moral legitimacy and has no moral right to exist.

 

Non the less, Israel does exist and has political and international legitimacy, and Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian factions should be able to relate to this existence in pragmatic terms, but without giving it any moral legitimacy, because then we would all embrace the Zionist narrative and become de facto Zionists.

 

Hence, it is advisable that Hamas should reformulate the Hudna concept, at least in order show the world that the movement is not nihilistic, e.g. like al-Qaida.

 

Similarly, Hamas and other Palestinian organizations should be able and willing to stop the firing of al-Qassam projectiles onto Israeli territory if and when Israel shows a genuine willingness to lift the criminal blockade and terminate its aggression against the people of Gaza.

 

Yes, resistance to a sinister and wicked military occupation is a legitimate and secret right that no one can deny.

 

However, how to exercise this right in a way that would limit our losses is always a matter subject to argument.

 

In short, Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups should start thinking with their brains, not with their hearts.

The full story in
http://desertpeace.blogspot.com/2007/12/whatwho-is-hamas.html

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Iraqi Children – Fuck Freedom!

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 18, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Children – Fuck Freedom!

Iraqi Democrat

December 17, 2007

Iraqi Children – Fuck Freedom!

On Saturday, it was announced by the anti-corruption committee in Iraq, that there is an estimated 5 million orphaned children in Iraq, a number which has been ignored by do-gooding anti-war campaigners in the West, whose idea for a “free” Iraq, is abstract concepts such as Freedom and Democracy.

How abstract Freedom and Democracy seems, when you compare the facts of five million orphaned children, whose lives are being blighted with malnutrition, illiteracy, poverty, homelessness and the sight of family and friends being killed before your very eyes.

Even now, children are unable to “escape” the horror of what the British and American regimes have brought to them, a gift from “peace loving” people who make the anti-christ look civilised.

So there are five million orphaned Iraqi children, orphaned British and American children of those troops killed, each one made an orphan because the Labour Party and Republican Party joined forces with a convicted embezzler, a thug and a bunch of strange coloured “citizen” “exiles” who ran around the West like performing monkey’s shouting “my people”, “my people”.

When these orphaned children grow up and ask why they are “orphans”, in each of the countries these kids live, I hope that people will have some basic humanity and pass on the details of those responsible for making them “orphans”.

I think the present political parties that form the Iraqi Government, the British Labour Party and the US Republicans have made the fatal mistake though and forgot that children grow up because 5 million grown up “orphaned” children, will eventually make a very big army and their questions will be aimed straight at the top!

I dedicate this song to them!

The full story in
http://uruknet.info/?p=m39305&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Iraq Does Exist

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 18, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

Iraq Does Exist

By Ghali Hassan

12/16/07 “ICH” — — The history of trying to obfuscate the truth and distort the image of Iraq has always been the aim of the U.S. aggression against the people of Iraq. There is the added factor now of new breed of ‘journalists’ and ‘bloggers’ ever on the lookout for a story that will tell Westerners all they need to know about Iraq, its problems, dangers, and prospects. Despite all of this, Iraq remains a nation of proud people struggling to liberate themselves from a murderous colonial Occupation.

In a recent interview (“Iraq Doesn’t Exist Anymore“) with the self-described ‘leftists’ blogger Mick Whitney, Nir Rosen made untruthful and unsubstantiated statements regarding the situation on the ground in Iraq and the Occupation of that country by U.S. forces and their collaborators.

Let’s start with the fact. Nir Rosen is an Israeli-American (‘dual loyalty’) citizen of Iranian descent. Before he was recruited for the war on Iraq, Rosen once wrote; I had dreamed of joining Israel’s elite special forces” to murder defenceless Palestinians and Arabs. Like many of the new breed of journalists who have been drafted into service, Rosen was an embedded ‘reporter’ with U.S. Armoured Cavalry Regiment in western Iraq. Embedded journalism is the antithesis of independent journalism. In embedded journalism, journalists have to serve power and cover-up war crimes. With his “Middle Eastern appearance”, Rosen is the perfect face of U.S. imperialism.

Rosen publishes in many of the U.S. mainstream media outlets, such as the New York Times, Times Magazine and the Boston Review. However, if Rosen articles about the Middle East, Iraq in particular, had any shred of truth in them, they wouldn’t appear in the New York times, Times Magazine or the Boston Review. Because if Rosen deviates from what Noam Chomsky calls the ‘doctrinal framework’ or the line of serving power, he wouldn’t get his rubbish published there.

In the interview Rosen told Whitney: “The main reason that things have gone so horribly wrong in Iraq is there was no plan for anything; good or bad. The looting was not ‘deliberate’ American policy. It was simply incompetence. The destruction of Iraq’s cultural icons was incompetence, also – as well as stupidity, ignorance and criminal neglect. I don’t believe that there was really any deliberate malice in the American policy; regardless of the malice with which it may have been implemented by the troops on the ground. The destruction of much of Iraq was the result of Islamic and sectarian militias-both Sunni and Shiite-seeking to wipe out hated symbols. The Americans didn’t know enough about Iraq to intentionally execute such a plan even if it did exist. And, I don’t think it did”.

So Rosen and Whitney want us to believe that, the illegal invasion of Iraq was not planned and the decision to disband the Iraqi Army and Police in order to create chaos and insecurity was not deliberate. The mass murder of innocent Iraqi civilians and the destruction of Iraq, including Iraq’s cultural heritage was simply “incompetence”, according to Nir Rosen.

Anyone who has paid serious attention to the aggression against the Iraqi people knows that Rosen is patently dishonest and lack moral principles when he touts the situation there was the result of “incompetence” and the destruction of much of Iraq was the result of the militias. The aggression was not a deliberate “malice” according to Rosen; it just happened. According to Robert H. Jackson, the Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial in 1945 wrote: “Any resort to war — any kind of war — is a resort to means that are inherently criminal. War inevitably is a course of killings, assaults, deprivations of liberty, and destruction of property”. Imagine Rosen describing the aggression in Jackson’s term.

The interview was simply a rehashing of Rosen’s crude simplification that fills a need felt by many pro-Occupation fascists to have it confirmed for them that what happen in Iraq was “unintentional”. Our mission was to “spread democracy” and “freedom” because we jus have too much o them in the West. It is just something gone wrong in Iraq and we had no control over it. Once again we are misled by a typical example of the Western man led by moral principles to promote ‘good’.

Repeating the same rubbish he has been perfecting, Rosen told Whitney: “The violence in Iraq was not senseless or crazy, it was logical and teleological. Shiite militias were trying to remove Sunnis from Baghdad and other parts of the country, while Sunni militias were trying to remove Shiites, Kurds and Christians from their areas. This has been a great success. So you have millions of refugees and millions more internally displaced, not to mention hundreds of thousands dead. There are just less people to kill”. Of course, Whitney did not challenge Rosen during the interview, and the interview is posted on all Zionist and pro-Occupation websites.

Whitney and Rosen know very well that before the U.S. illegal aggression against Iraq, Iraqis were living in harmony regardless of religious or ethnic backgrounds. No racist journalist should deny the fact that before the aggression, Iraq was a safe country for every one, including Westerners like Whitney, Rosen and their ilk. Baghdad is a city of one million Kurds. The “great success” of terrorising Iraqis is happening under the radar screen of the Occupation. Indeed, sectarianism is brought by the invasion and subsequent Occupation, like the Cholera epidemic. It is encouraged and nurtured because it is a vital instrument of the Occupation.

Different militia and extremist groups are working as paid death squads for the Occupation. Iraqis have publicly denounced the violence as without distinction (between ‘Sunnis’ and ‘Shiites’) carried out by criminal gang and death squads on the U.S. pay roll. To increase the violence and justify the ongoing Occupation, the U.S. began inciting one faction against the other. Of course, every thing is ‘masterminded’ by the phantom of “al-Qaeda”. [1]

The current division and political violence is an imperialist-Zionist ploy designed to destroy Iraq as a nation. The destruction of Iraq (physically, culturally and militarily) has been the ideological dream of the Israeli leaders and their Zionist supporters in the U.S., the pro-Israel Jewish Lobby. The recent U.S. Senate vote to partition Iraq along ethnic/religious lines is the beginning of an old scheme for the Middle East. This imperialist-Zionist scheme is rejected by the overwhelming majority of Iraqis who are loudly demanding the end to the murderous Occupation.

Rosen failed to admit that Iraqis fought an eight-year war against Iran defended their country with pride regardless of religious affiliation. Iraqis do not see themselves in terms of ‘Shiites’ or ‘Sunnis’. Iraqis identify themselves as Muslim-Arab and see themselves as Iraqis first. They showed this loyalty during the Iran-Iraq war. According to U.S. military findings, when the Iraqi government “initiated a total call-up of available manpower in 1986, the response was good. No draft riots occurred; young men-even college students—reported without incident. The fact that the public answered the call tells us that Iraqis support their government … Eighty-five percent of the army belongs to the sect of Shiism”. [2]

The needless killing of more than 1.3 million innocent Iraqis, mostly women and children, appeared to have escaped Rosen’s reporting. In fact since 1990, the U.S. and Britain declared outright intent to use disproportionate force, mortally targeting Iraqis as a national group. Some 1.5 million Iraqis died, including 500,000 infants, as a result of the 13-years U.S.-UK enforced UN sanctions.

Countless U.S. soldiers are publicly condemning their criminal actions in Iraq. Writing in the Vermont’s Rutland Herald, Matt Howard, a U.S. Marine, reflects on his participation in the deliberate and unprovoked war of aggression against the Iraqi people: “We did not go to war with the country of Iraq; we went to war with the people of Iraq. During the initial invasion we killed women. We killed children. We senselessly killed farm animals. We were the United States Marine Corps, not the Peace Corps, and we left a swath of death and destruction in our wake all the way to Baghdad.”

In Rosen’s view, the total destruction of urban centres such as Fallujah, Tel Afar, Samarra, Al-Qaim, Haditha, Tikrit, and Ramadi, among other cities and towns by indiscriminate bombing is not considered war crimes perpetuated with intent to terrorise and pacify the entire Iraqi population.

It is important to remember that from the outset of the Occupation, the U.S. Administration embarked on dividing Iraqis into religious and ethnic groups and hence planted the first seed for disunity and violence. The U.S.-imposed “Iraqi Governing Council” was the best example of a colonial-imposed puppet government formed along ethnic and sectarian lines. The puppet government is simply an extension of the Occupation. It is voids of anything resembling a democracy. It has no political control whatsoever beyond the ‘Green Zone’ where it is protected by the Occupation. Its main function is to provide a façade and legitimise the Occupation. The recent “agreement” to extend the Occupation in flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty is a case in point.

Back in August 2007, Nir Rosen told Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow news: “It’s too late for anything good to happen in Iraq, unfortunately. If the Americans stay, we’ll see a continuation of this civil war, of ethnic cleansing, until all of Iraq is sort of ethnically—or sectarian, homogenous zones, which is basically what’s already happened. If the Americans leave, then you’ll see greater intervention of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, supporting their own militias in Iraq and being drawn into battle. But no matter what, Iraq doesn’t exist anymore”. Not as simple as that, Mr. Rosen.

And what proof is offered for this Zionist propaganda? None. In fact all the evidence pointed to a premeditated and deliberate U.S.-Zionist plan to destroy Iraq as a nation and replace it with a collection of dependent fiefdoms. It is true, if the Americans stay, we’ll see a continuation of a U.S.-perpetuated violence and ethnic cleansing. But this is not what Rosen meant. Rosen failed to acknowledge that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is supported by the overwhelming majority of Iraqis and will remove the primary cause of the violence.

Where all these militias and criminals came from? Who trained them, armed them and finance them? Whitney didn’t ask. Nowhere in the interviews and scattered articles does Rosen tell us that the militias were the creation of the Occupation and that the violence is the only pretext left to justify the ongoing Occupation. Why Iraqis didn’t “hate each other” before the illegal invasion of their country is totally ignored by Western media and remains a mystery to most Westerners.

Furthermore, Whitney did not challenge Rosen how the Americans managed to protect the Iraqi Oil Ministry while at the same time turn blind eye to the looting and burning of Iraq’s most important buildings and Iraq’s cultural heritage. If the looting was not “deliberate” American policy, there must be a selective “incompetence”. Reports after reports showed clearly that the looting was pre-organised policy to strip Iraq of its Muslim-Arab identity and history. It is important to remember that at the time of looting and destruction, the British journalist Robert Fisk was in Baghdad and witnessed a systematic and deliberate attempt to destroy Iraq as a nation.

Again, Whitney failed to ask Rosen how the Americans were able to build the largest C.I.A. station (“U.S. Embassy”) in the world, “the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defence force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq’s turbulent future”, while most Iraqis left without food, drinking water and electricity. Why Iraq’s healthcare services, including major hospitals and medical centres, and Iraq’s education system including, schools and university remained destroyed and dysfunctional, while Americans are busy building military bases, described by many as “bustling American towns, replete with Burger King, Pizza Hut, shops, traffic regulations and young bikers clogging the roads”? In fact, like most people, many Americans now openly admit that there is a plan to occupy Iraq permanently and loot Iraq of its natural resources.

Finally, Like in Vietnam, the Americans offer the Iraqi people a choice: either you submit to a murderous colonial Occupation or we break you. The Iraqi people refused to submit and the Americans failed to break them.

U.S. policy in Iraq is not simply “incompetence”; it is “an essential component of U.S. policy [since 1990], constituting premeditated genocide against the people of Iraq”, writes Ian Douglas, a professor of Political Sciences and a member of the organising committee of the Brussels Tribunal. Furthermore, the U.S. failed in its imperialist strategy in Iraq not because of “incompetence”, but because “the Iraqi Resistance prevents Iraqi oil from reinforcing the occupation or paying for America’s global war of aggression”, added Douglas. [3].

One question that Mike Whitney didn’t ask Rosen which may clarify Rosen’s perspective is, why thousands of Iraqi scientists, professors, intellectuals and other professionals have been murdered in cold blood? Why at least 40 per cent of the educated and experienced Iraqi professionals have been threatened and forced to leave the country? The aim is to destroy Iraq’s independence by liquidating Iraq’s human resources.

There is no doubt that the premeditated aggression and murderous Occupation of Iraq by U.S. forces and their collaborators have succeeded in destroying the physical state of Iraq and terrorising the Iraqi population. “But, of course, the spirit of the Iraqi people is indestructible. They cannot be broken. They will resist, drive out all intruders, and they will recover. The people of Iraq will overcome the catastrophes of recent years”, writes Denis Halliday, former UN assistant secretary-general and one of the very few honourable voices in the West to publicly condemn the deliberate genocide in Iraq.

Iraq does exist. We should never forget the fact that there is an Iraqi nation and nationalism represented by legitimate National Iraqi Resistance. The U.S. government and its collaborators may have succeeded in killing many innocent Iraqis and removed a sovereign government but the U.S. failed and will not success in its attempt to destroy the Iraqi nation and the Iraq people’s will to resist the Occupation.

Today more than ever there is a need for honest and independent journalists who can stand up and against the active complicity of the mainstream media and in support of the people of Iraq struggle for freedom and independence. Nir Rosen is just another propaganda agent who has shown to be part of a murderous colonial Occupation.

Ghali Hassan is an independent writer living in Australia.

The full story in
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18909.htm

Endnotes:
[1] Hassan, Ghali, Iraq: Occupation and Sectarianism; Varea, Carlos, Iraq: Sectarian Violence in Iraq and the New War in the Middle East; Wolf, Max, For Iraq, the ‘Salvador Option’ becomes Reality.
[2] Marine Corps Historical Publication – FMFRP 3-203, Lessons Learned: Iran-Iraq War, December 10, 1990 Chemical Weapons.
[3] Douglas, Ian, Notes on genocide in Iraq. [PDF]. This document should be read by any concerned citizen.

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A funny list of dumb laws in the United States – Georgia

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 18, 2007

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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A funny list of dumb laws in the United States – Georgia

• Acworth: All citizens must own a rake.
• An old law in Columbus, Ga., made it illegal to sit on your porch in an indecent position.
• A Kennesaw, Ga. law makes it illegal for every homeowner not to own a gun, unless you are a convicted felon, conscientious objector or disabled.
• Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
• Atlanta: Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp; One man may not be on another man’s back.
• Columbus: Can’t cut off a chicken’s head on Sunday; It is illegal to carry a chicken by it’s feet down Broadway on Sunday.
• Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.
• Gainesville: Chicken must be eaten with the hands.
• Georgia has 75 laws on how to build rice paddies, even though the state has only one rice farm left. Rice was the state’s No. 1 crop before the Civil War. But right after the war, a hurricane destroyed all the paddies and ponds. It was too expensive to replace them without slaves, so the Rice State began growing peaches, peanuts and other crops.
• Georgia officials were revising their state laws in 1981, and noticed they still allowed pensions for Confederate widows. That week the last widow died. Lawmakers bowed their heads, and deleted the law.
• In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
• In Columbus, Georgia it is illegal to sit on one’s porch in an indecent position.
• In Georgia, movie houses that want to show films on Sunday must reserve one showing a month for religious material.
• It is illegal in Georgia to use profanity in the presence of a corpse.
• In Quitman, It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.
• It is illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless the shades are down.
• It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy” in Jonesboro.
• It is illegal to take a bath of orange peel.
• It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.
• It used to be against the law in Jonesboro, Ga., to utter the words, “Oh boy.”
• Jonesboro: It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy”
• Kennesaw: Every head of household must possess a firearm of some kind.
• Marietta: Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.
• Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
• No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.
• One man may not be on another man’s back.
• Signs are required to be written in English.
• St. Mary’s: No spitting on the sidewalk is permitted after dark.
• Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.
• You have the right to commit simple battery if provoked by “fighting” words.

The full story in
http://www.bored.com/crazylaws/index.htm

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