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FBI buries docs showing US officials stole nuke secrets?

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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=== News Update ===

FBI buries docs showing US officials stole nuke secrets?

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The FBI is denying the existence of a file that details a program whereby US officials stole nuclear weapons secrets for eventual sale to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia — but there’s plenty of evidence for the file’s existence:

Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office.She says the FBI was investigating a Turkish and Israeli-run network that paid high-ranking American officials to steal nuclear weapons secrets. These were then sold on the international black market to countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

One of the documents relating to the case was marked 203A-WF-210023. Last week, however, the FBI responded to a freedom of information request for a file of exactly the same number by claiming that it did not exist. But The Sunday Times has obtained a document signed by an FBI official showing the existence of the file.

Edmonds believes the crucial file is being deliberately covered up by the FBI because its contents are explosive. She accuses the agency of an “outright lie”.

Link (Thanks, Bill) (Image: NAM—Mk-5-Nuclear-Bomb, a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike photo from Marshall Astor – Food Pornographer’s Flickr stream)

source : http://www.boingboing.net/2008/01/19/fbi-buries-docs-show.html

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FBI Burying Doc Showing US Officials Stole Nuclear Secrets?

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

FBI Burying Doc Showing US Officials Stole Nuclear Secrets?

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday January 21, @01:08PM

from the zomg-a-government-coverup dept.

BoingBoing is reporting that the FBI may be burying the existence of a document that proves US officials stole nuclear secrets for eventual sale to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “One of the documents relating to the case was marked 203A-WF-210023. Last week, however, the FBI responded to a freedom of information request for a file of exactly the same number by claiming that it did not exist. But The Sunday Times has obtained a document signed by an FBI official showing the existence of the file. Edmonds believes the crucial file is being deliberately covered up by the FBI because its contents are explosive. She accuses the agency of an ‘outright lie.'”

[+] government, usa, nobiasifitstrue, slashkos, corruption (tagging beta)

source: http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/21/1732226

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Democracies don’t torture

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Democracies don’t torture

By Robert Crawford

Special to The Times

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 – Page updated at 12:00 AM

Robert Crawford

Torture has re-entered the public domain. From Attorney General Robert Mukasey’s equivocation about waterboarding at his confirmation hearings to the current controversy over the CIA’s destruction of interrogation videotapes, adverse publicity may finally force Americans to face the torture issue.

What has taken us so long? And what might still subvert the much-needed confrontation with this nation’s torture policies?

The administration has never admitted to a policy of torture, instead hiding behind secretly authorized “alternative” or “enhanced” interrogation practices. Thus, when Mukasey refused to call waterboarding torture, he was not only protecting his administration sponsors from future prosecution; he was also rejecting the legitimate right of Congress to know whether the administration will obey the law.

“What goes outside the statute,” Mukasey asserted, “nonetheless lies within the president’s authority to defend the country.”

For several days after 9/11, it was reasonable to suppose that a real “state of emergency” existed in the United States that may have given substance to Mukasey’s comment. Six years later, however, we have a government that, when denials of torture are no longer credible, claims a right to violate national and international laws in the name of the “war on terrorism.”

Do we want to endorse the claim that this war, which may “last generations” and has “battlefields everywhere,” authorizes the president to do whatever he likes in the name of national security, irrespective of law?

The excesses of a national-security state are not new. During the Cold War, civil-rights and Vietnam War eras, the principles that make for a republic were undermined. In each era, courageous people stood up against unlawful excesses.

What is new, however, is that the administration, seizing on radical arguments for the president’s wartime powers, has adopted what is in effect an ongoing state of emergency that claims a right to go outside the law.

Such an assertion is no small thing. The rule of law is the sine qua non of the revolutionary idea that ushered in the democratic era and has since become the ideal of a democratic republic: The state cannot rule arbitrarily. The people have rights that cannot be violated. A democratic government’s credibility rests upon the extent that it obeys its own laws. In a democracy, the rule of law both limits and legitimizes the government.

An emergency government, however, is not confined by the rule of law. Instead, it seeks a “whatever-it-takes” authorization to protect America from “imminent” terrorist attacks. This rhetorical move is a dangerous escalation toward an authoritarian politics that treats the law as a nuisance or, with the assistance of legal advisers, as a radically reinterpreted set of permissions.

The claim of emergency powers may not be apparent because the government has not suspended the Constitution; and on occasion the courts have ruled against it. Yet, the government has taken a number of steps, mostly in secret, to subvert national and international law concerning torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. It has done the same with detainee policy and warrantless surveillance. These policies and the claims made in their behalf leave most constitutional lawyers astounded.

The practice of torture by the U.S. government, resulting in numerous deaths and the anguish and suffering of many more, has been extensively documented. Several civic organizations, including the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, in which I participate, are crying out, “This is not America! Torture goes against our fundamental moral beliefs.” There have been modest attempts in Congress and the courts to limit the practice of torture.

When it comes to the American public, however, the jury is still out. Are Americans so far down the road of mass-manipulated opinion formation that we are no longer able to see through the tricks of language employed by the administration and its lawyers? Will mere repetition of the mantra of necessity continue to seduce us into silence?

Or, will we the citizens finally bring together our American abhorrence of arbitrary and unlimited governmental power with our equally American abhorrence of the dehumanization of human beings that torture presupposes and then inflicts? In 2008, let us hope for a resounding “No” to torture, for democracy and torture cannot coexist.

Robert Crawford is a professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

source: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2004133548_torture22.html

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In the Name of God, end the siege over Gaza.

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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=== News Update ===

In the Name of God, end the siege over Gaza.

President Bush, you say you are a Christian. All you Americans, you “say” you are citizens of a nation which is supposedly based on “Judeo-Christian values” What do you have to say when today, the CHRISTIAN churches in the Holy Land issue the below statement? Do you want to keep on with your policy of backing or IGNORING what Israel is doing? Do you really think it is OK to do this because Gazans are predominantly Muslim? Because these Christian Palestinian church leaders sure don’t. Do you think that these Christian Palestinian church leaders are “less” because they are Palestinians? I SINCERELY hope not, because if you do, then you can no more call yourselves “Christian” than any other so called Christian who does NOT abide by Christ’s teachings. Every single person born is a child of God, and in plain and simple words, if you do not speak out against these crimes Israel is committing, you are committing a SIN against our creator!

(I do not mean to go “religious” on my readers, this is just a matter of MORALITY and HYPOCRICY when American so-called Christians do not in their LOUDEST voices speak out against these atrocities. To my Muslim friends and FAMILY-yes actual family-my prayers are WITH you in solidarity in knowing we are ONE)

In the Name of God, end the siege over Gaza.

2008-01-22 | A Message from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and the Holy Land to End The Siege Over Gaza

One and a half million people imprisoned and without proper food or medicine. 800,000 without electricity supply; this is illegal collective punishment, an immoral act in violation of the basic human and natural laws as well as International Law. It cannot be tolerated anymore. The siege over Gaza should end now.

Voices from our people there say “We feel the threat of being exterminated by this siege”

In the Name of God, we, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and the Holy Land urge the International Community, President Bush and the leaders of Israel, to put an end to this suffering and call upon Israel to activate Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s initiative for Palestinian responsibility control of the boarders thus ensuring sufficient normal flow of medicine, food, fuel and goods to Gaza.

We urge the International Community and the European Union to act according to their recent pleas. There is no time to waste when Human life is endangered.

We urge the Palestinian Leadership to unite in ending their differences for the sake of their people in Gaza. Put the differences aside and deal with this crisis for the good of all human beings demonstrating that you care for your brothers and sisters who have suffered enough already. We would say to all concerned parties; while ever you persist in firing rockets into Israel you encourage public opinion outside this Land to feel there is a justification for this siege.

We urge Israel to act responsibly and to immediately end this inhuman siege. To deny children and civilians their necessary basic commodities are not the ways to security but rather throw the region into further and more dangerous deteriorations. This siege will not guarantee the end to rocket firing, but will only increase the bitterness and suffering and invite more revenge, while the innocents keep dying. True Peace building is the only way to bring the desired security.

We pray for the day when the people of Gaza will be free from Occupation, from political differences, from violence and from despair. We pray for the Israelis and Palestinians to respect human life and God’s love for every human life, and to take all possible measures to end this suffering. Only bold steps towards just Peace and ending the violence will protect the Human life and dignity of both People.

With the Prophet we keep praying and hoping;
” A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.

In his law the islands will put their hope” (Isaiah 42:3-4)

Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and the Holy Land

source: http://thehollytree.blogspot.com/2008/01/in-name-of-god-end-siege-over-gaza.html

Please also see:

Caritas Jerusalem http://www.caritasjr.org

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) http://www.hcef.org

Al-Bushra http://www.al-bushra.org

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Who Benefits from Gaza’s Misery?

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Who Benefits from Gaza’s Misery?

Filed under:Gaza, Hamas, Human Rights, Israel, Military Occupation, Palestine — posted by Kris Petersen on January 21, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

Of all the possible methods of dealing with Hamas, Israel’s slow and calculated suffocation of Gaza is perhaps the most sickening. Ostensibly aimed at weakening the Islamist government’s power in Gaza, the current fuel cuts constitute a bold-faced form of collective punishment—a way of destroying Gaza without having to pull a trigger.Gaza’s fuel supplies come entirely from Israel… Naturally, Israel does not allow Gaza to seek such supplies elsewhere, which is why the recent pontificatons from Israeli politicians about ’supplying energy to the enemy’ are so disingenuous. Nevertheless, the closure of Gaza’s borders has blocked vital fuel supplies and has pushed Gaza’s only power-plant to the brink of closure, threatening the functionality of everything from the (already) limited medical capabilities, to the distribution of food by aid-workers.

Gazans have been living with fuel cutbacks, power outages and shortages of supplies for months, but the power plant’s closure would mean the loss of a third of the electricity for the territory’s residents. It would largely affect the 400,000 people in Gaza City, the territory’s main population center. <<< more

Miko Zafarti, chairman of the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) workers committee, apparently believes that the Palestinians have invented an imaginary crisis:

“It is simply offensive and arrogant for them to claim that there is shortage,” Zarfati said. <<< more

Zafarti also added, “Israel, on the other hand, only ever operates according to the highest moral standards, especially when deciding to cut fuel supplies to impoverished refugees and and a population composed of a majority of children. This is neither offensive nor arrogant.”

Olmert claims that:

“[Israel] will provide the [Gazan] population with everything needed to prevent a crisis, but we will not supply luxuries that would make life more comfortable,” he added. <<< more

These “luxuries” include such excesses as… food, clean water, functioning health care, freedom of movement, respect for democratically-elected leaders, safe waste disposal, markets for goods, respect for human rights, etc.
It’s all very well for Mssrs. Zafarti and Olmert and to speak bluntly about Gaza from the confines of their comfortable offices, but have they seen the crisis in Gaza for themselves? Do they realize that Gaza is (already) at crisis level, with or without these cuts? I suppose if a man is dead, then a couple of extra kicks to his head won’t hurt… but how is this any more justified than killing him to begin with? Who benefits from Gaza’s misery?

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source: http://harmonicminor.com/2008/01/21/who-benefits-from-gazas-misery/

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Israel Intelligence Kicked Off “Iraq Did 9/11” Propaganda Only Days After Attacks

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Israel Intelligence Kicked Off “Iraq Did 9/11” Propaganda Only Days After Attacks

This story, citing Israeli intelligence sources, appeared in the influential Jane’s publication only eight days after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., and, as the story reveals, six weeks after Israel warned the US that massive terror attacks were coming.

The key passages :

Israel’s military intelligence service, Aman, suspects that Iraq is the state that sponsored the suicide attacks on the New York Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington.

The Iraqis, who for several years paid smaller groups to do their dirty work, were quick to discover the advantages of Al-Qaeda.

“We’ve only got scraps of information, not the full picture,” admits one intelligence source, “but it was good enough for us to send a warning six weeks ago to our allies that an unprecedented massive terror attack was expected.”

Our sources believe that it will be very difficult to get to the bottom of this unprecedented terror operation. However, they believe the chief of the Iraqi SSO is Qusai Hussein, the dictator’s son, and his organisation is the most likely to have been involved.

How to counter this kind of terrorism? “To fight these bastards you don’t need a military attack,” said an experienced Israeli commando officer. “You only need to adopt Israel’s assassination policy.”


In August, 2006, and a few hundred thousand dead Iraqis later, President Bush was forced to finally admit the truth about 9/11 and Iraq during a fiery press conference :

BUSH: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

QUESTION: What did Iraq have to do with it?

BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?

QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center.

BUSH: Nothing. Except it’s part of — and nobody has suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.

Here’s the video of Bush destroying the ‘Iraq Did 9/11’ myth that began with the Israel intelligence source quoted in Jane’s on September 19, 2001 : see the video!

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Husayn Al-kurdi On The Ba’ath Party, Kurds, And The Cia

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Husayn Al-kurdi On The Ba’ath Party, Kurds, And The Cia

by Malcom Lagauche

March 20, 2007

Husayn al-Kurdi as an expert on Middle Eastern Affairs. He is the president of News International. Over the past two decades, Al-Kurdi has had hundreds of articles published on the Middle East.

ML: Today, we seem to be reading much “revisionist” history about the Ba’ath Party that has wandered far from reality. What is your opinion?

HAK: Well, let’s start from the beginning of the Ba’ath Party. I notice in much and many of the anthologies allegedly about Iraq, the question of what the Ba’ath Party actually is has been completely distorted. The Ba’ath Party comes out as some kind of fascist party. However, if you study it, it is an anti-fascist party and explicitly so. But, I’ve noticed they’ve expunged all the anti-fascist part of the little collections that they include in their anthologies. I notice that, increasingly so, they’re calling it a fascist party, while it’s definitely an anti-fascist party.

It’s totally absurd because the bases of the Ba’ath policy are anti-fascism and anti-feudalism. Their formulation is “unity, freedom, and socialism.” The primary project is to unify the long-suffering and oppressed Arab people from imperialism so they can go their own way and so they can also put a dent in their oppressive conditions as well as those who serve the interests of the usual suspects.

It is not a leftist or Marxist party. If you examine what 90% of those are in the world, especially in the Middle East and Iraq, that’s a good thing. They are the ones who have been part of the problem in the way of stopping the Ba’ath and Saddam fully realizing the goals and aims, which have been repeatedly spelled out. Somehow, the message has been obscured. Both what Saddam and the Ba’ath did and what they said have been hideously distorted.

Back to the origins of the Ba’ath. Not just in Iraq, but throughout the Arab world. The Ba’ath was the pan-Arab party par excellence. I was growing up then and it was a romantic thing. You looked up to those guys because they were always facing death and trying to topple the pro-American type regimes. Yet, they were these dashing figures. Saddam was one of them; running around in their vests trying to make a real change in society. That’s what I grew up around.

It was a great subversive nationalist Arab party. Not leftist, not rightist; in both cases a good thing. The leftists and rightists were the same as those in America; two wings of the same bald eagle.

The Ba’ath Party is the party that’s fought to unify Arabs and liberate them from imperialism. That is the heart of the Ba’ath Party. If you read the crapola of all the other parties, they somewhere go off and play some kind of game with it, whether it be leftist, communist, or the old rightist feudalist; i.e. the big land owners. Look at Barzani. He actually claims that he owns part of Kurdistan because he inherited it. That’s something that goes back to the 16th century. Deep roots.

ML: The current rewriting of history includes many “leftist” writers who opposed the Iraq invasion and criticize U.S. imperialism. However, they also condemn Saddam and say that he was put in power by the CIA. What’s your take on this?

HAK: I’ve read and read and can’t see where that’s true. What’s the source behind all these sources? There’s nothing at all.

The thing we heard is that the CIA gave Saddam a list of communists. Even I believed this at one time. But, that’s an absurdity because everybody in Iraq knew who the communists were. They were public figures as well. A lot of them were tormenting the people a long time ago. The Ba’ath Party did not need a goddamn list from the CIA to say who they were, where they were, or what had to be done about them. Go behind the sources and see what it’s actually based on. The source will fold before your very eyes, just like Curveball and all the stuff he was coming out with.

ML: Another fallacy the left mentions is that the U.S. supplied Iraq with much military equipment in the Iran-Iraq War, thus the CIA kept Saddam in power. In fact, Iraq only spent $200 million dollars with the U.S. for this time, mostly on helicopters. Its major suppliers were the Soviet Union and China, with whom Iraq spent billions. After 1990, the CIA/Saddam allegations took on a life of their own. How does this play into the myths now being written?

HAK: You are pointing out the general fact of the CIA’s activities toward Saddam and the Ba’ath. The version via the Kurds that no deal was ever good enough for them. Who put them up to it? Today, we know it was the CIA and Mossad working in tandem.

ML: In 1991, Barzani and Talabani met with Saddam to discuss the Kurdish issue. Neither mentioned the alleged deaths of 182,000 Kurds in the “Anfal campaign” of 1988. Today, one who questions this figure is put into the same category as a “Holocaust denier,” and denigrated. Give us some background about this meeting and the Kurdish issue in Iraqi in general.

HAK: They met and Talabani kissed Saddam on both cheeks. The deal wasn’t anything new. Many, many times, Barzani and Talabani had said, “Okay, we’re going to give it up and be a peaceful and cooperative element in helping to build Iraq.”

Let’s look at 1970. The best deal the Kurds ever got anywhere or ever will get, in my opinion, was granted by the Ba’ath Party in negotiation. Still, after awhile, it turned out not to be good enough

I know that the university in Sulaymaniyah, the most advanced Kurdish institution of higher learning in the world, was brought along with the Ba’ath regime and with support of the Ba’ath Party.

The 1991 meeting was kind of a re-affirmation of the old deal, the first of a series of which, and the most fundamental of which, as a part of the law of Iraq, was the deal in 1970, which was made a part of Iraqi statutes and law.

ML: Contrary to be popularly-held belief that the U.S. inserted Saddam in power, could it really be that the CIA was trying to undermine Saddam and the Ba’ath Party from day one?

HAK: Between the CIA and the Mossad, we have to take that into account. There is an overlapping project that has been in effect since the 1950s.

I don’t remember the period of 1968 to 1973 as the CIA being supportive of the Ba’athists. They considered Iraq to be a frontline state against Israel and a part of the rejectionist front toward Israel and during that period the U.S. was not friendly toward Iraq. The U.S.’ biggest client at the time was Iran. Then, the U.S. signed off and had its own deal with Barzani to subvert Iraq. It was precisely in that time-frame they were carrying on their activities.

ML: In 1973, the Ba’athists committed an unpardonable act in the eyes of the U.S. They nationalized Iraqi oil. How does this affect the interplay?

HAK: You’re approaching an area where the bad guys have always had it in for Saddam and the Ba’ath. Pan-Arabism is something the Israelis and the U.S. will never play. Then, you have the matter of “threatening their (U.S.) intereests” as an excuse to commit aggression. Then you had an Arab country becoming too strong. Then you had Saddam refusing to knuckle under. He wanted to go his own way.

ML: How can this erroneous revision of history change and reflect a more honest look at this period?

HAK: We have to re-examine the “official” history. We’ve got to get tougher and tougher. I was looking through a couple of anthologies earlier today and the more that come out, the more they include Saddam in a preposterous manner. The left tries to expose the “real Saddam,” but it’s far from the truth.

We heard that the Internet was illegal in Iraq under Saddam. U.S. troops were surprised to find that Iraqis knew about the Internet. Stories like this are only a cover-up for the other Arab countries where the people are really put in a semi-feudal position by their guys. The U.S. government and all those regimes have only one job: to fool the American people. They are not fooling anyone else.

There are some good Arab writers who depict reality, but, for the most part, their works have not been translated into English. A lot of scumbags have; predictably.

source: http://www.myiwc.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-7023.html

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 21 January 2008

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 21 January 2008

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

Monday, 21 January 2008.

  • Resistance rocket hits US base in al-Hadithah Monday evening.
  • Sharpshooter kills US soldier in ‘Anah Monday morning.
  • Sectarian murder spree continues: seven bodies of victims found dumped around Baghdad Monday
  • Despite freeze, US troops gun down Jaysh al-Mahdi commander in Baghdad neighborhood Monday.
  • US admits two more American troops killed in combat in Iraq.
  • Bomb targets US patrol in Baghdad’s al-Baladiyat neighborhood midday Monday.
  • Bomb explodes by US patrol in western Baghdad Monday morning.
  • Bomb targets US patrol near Samarra’, killing one American, wounding four more.
  • Puppet police claim to wound, arrest cousin of Saddam Hussein for Resistance activity.
  • US warplanes blast their puppet police allies in al-Mawsil, killing two.
  • Two Czech occupation troops wounded in Katyusha barrage in al-Basrah on Sunday.

Al-Anbar Province.

Al-Hadithah.

Resistance rocket hits US base in al-Hadithah Monday evening.

In a dispatch posted at 9:20pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a rocket at the US base in al-Hadithah, 270km northwest of Baghdad on Monday evening.

Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that the rocket scored a direct hit on the US base, igniting a fire. The witnesses said that US military aircraft flew over the area at low altitudes after the attack dropping heat flare and percussion bombs near local people’s houses, scaring the inhabitants.

‘Anah.

Sharpshooter kills US soldier in ‘Anah Monday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 1:18pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that an Iraqi marksman shot and killed a US soldier at the eastern entrance to the city of ‘Anah, 300km northwest of Baghdad Monday morning.

Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that the American soldier died on the spot. US reinforcements then arrived on the scene.

Al-Fallujah.

Four collaborator “Awakening” police killed near al-Fallujah Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 12:40pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed men shot and killed four tribal collaborators with the “Awakening” police near al-Fallujah 60km west of Baghdad on Monday.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the armed men attacked the collaborator police near a branch of the Tigris River near al-Fallujah, killing four of them.

Baghdad.

Sectarian murder spree continues: seven bodies of victims found dumped around Baghdad Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 6:54pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi puppet police recovered the bodies of seven more victims of sectarian murder that had been dumped around Baghdad on Monday.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that four of the bodies had been found on the ar-Rusafah side of the US-occupied Iraqi capital and three others on the al-Karakh side. All were bound and blindfolded and all had been shot to death.

Despite freeze in operations, US troops gun down Jaysh al-Mahdi commander in Baghdad neighborhood Monday.

In a dispatch posted at 3:02pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US troops shot and killed Jawad al-Hasnawi, a commander of the pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the Baghdad neighborhood of al-‘Amil.

Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that the Americans killed al-Hasnawi in front of his home during a raid in the area. Later, at noon Monday, hundreds of followers of pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian leader Muqtada as-Sadr demonstrated to protest the American killing of the commander. The US forces claimed that al-Hasnawi was wanted for allegedly committing murders and expelling people from the al-‘Amil neighborhood. The killing took place despite a six-month freeze on the activities of the Jaysh al-Mahdi declared by Muqtada as-Sadr at the end of August 2007.

Bomb targets US patrol in Baghdad’s al-Baladiyat neighborhood midday Monday.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 6:13pm Monday evening Beijing time (1:13pm Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb went off by a US patrol in the al-Baladiyat neighborhood of eastern Baghdad at midday Monday.

Xinhua reported that no information on the nature or extent of US casualties was available, because the Americans closed off the area after the attack, preventing any information from leaking out. Three Iraqis who happened to be in the area at the time were known to have been injured in the attack, however, and several private cars, buildings, and shops in the area were damaged.

US admits two more American troops killed in combat in Iraq.

In a dispatch posted at 11:02am Baghdad time Monday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the US military announced that two more of its troops had been killed in two separate incidents in Iraq.

Yaqen reported the Americans as announcing that the first US soldier was killed when a bomb went off by US forces on combat activities in the ‘Arab Jabbur area to the south of Baghdad on Saturday, 19 January.

The second American, a Marine, was reported killed in combat somewhere in al-Anbar Province.

Bomb explodes by US patrol in western Baghdad Monday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 10:07am Baghdad time Monday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a US patrol on an-Nusur Square in western Baghdad on Monday morning.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that in order to prevent information on US losses from leaking out, the Americans quickly closed off the area after the attack.

Salah ad-Din Province.
Bayji.

Bomber kills 17 at funeral meeting for relative of puppet governor.

In a dispatch posted at 7:56pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a man wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at a memorial meeting for a relative of Ahmad ‘Abdallah, the deputy puppet governor of Salah ad-Din Province in the village of al-Hujjaj to the south of Bayji (200km north of Baghdad).

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 10:32am Tuesday morning Beijing time (5:32am Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that the death toll from the attack had reached 17 killed and 20 wounded, according to Colonel Hasan Ahmad of the provincial puppet police command

Samarra’.

Bomb targets US patrol near Samarra’, killing one American, wounding four more.

In a dispatch posted at 6:16pm Baghdad time Monday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a US patrol on the highway near Samarra’, 120km north of Baghdad.

Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that the explosion killed one American soldier and wounded four more of them. US aircraft flew in over the area which has frequently been the scene of Resistance attacks on US troops and their puppet army allies.

Tikrit.

Puppet police claim to wound, arrest cousin of Saddam Hussein for Resistance activity.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:21pm Monday evening Beijing time (2:21pm Baghdad time), the Xinhua News Agency reported that Iraqi puppet police forces arrested a relative of Iraqi President Saddam Husein in raids in the al-‘Uwayjah area of Tikrit, 180km north of Baghdad, on Monday.

Xinhua reported Colonel Hasan Ahmad of the provincial puppet police command as saying that his forces carried out a raid based on intelligence information to the effect that one Mundhir Ibrahim al-Hasan, the cousin of Watban, Saddam Husein’s half brother, was present there. Colonel Ahmad claimed that during the raid, al-Hasan tried to leave and so the police shot and wounded him. Al-Hasan was taken to hospital for treatment.

Currently, Mundhir al-Hasan is recuperating in Tikrit General Hospital, Colonel Ahmad said, under heavy guard. Al-Hasan is charged with leading armed operations against the US-backed puppet security forces and is also accused of smuggling money into the country to fund the Iraqi Resistance.

Diyala Province.
Buhriz.

US, puppet troops continue provocative raids in Buhriz area for second day.

In a dispatch posted at 9:50pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US troops accompanied by puppet regime forces and collaborator “popular committee” police have been carrying out “provocative” raids in the area of Buhriz, just outside of Ba‘qubah, about 65km northeast of Baghdad for two days.

Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that US forces and their collaborator allies arrested dozens of young people in the area on the excuse that they were “suspected” of association with al-Qa‘idah.

Witnesses said that the Americans and their allies open fire indiscriminately and without reason at local people. They kick open doors of people’s homes, rather than simply knock, and then storm in and ransack and smash residents’ belongings.

At-Ta’mim Province.
Kirkuk.

Bomb targets puppet police patrol south of Kirkuk Monday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 8:58pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a land mine blew up under a puppet army patrol on the main road near Jibal Hamrin south of Kirkuk on Monday afternoon.

Yaqen reported Lieutenant Sattar ‘Azzawi of the puppet “Joint Coordination Center” as saying that the blast disabled a Humvee and severely wounded one member of the patrol.

Ninwa Province.
Al-Mawsil.

In a dispatch posted at 5:45pm Baghdad time Monday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi Resistance fired three heavy 120mm mortar rounds into the al-Ghazlani base, jointly occupied by US and Iraqi puppet regime troops in the city of al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad on Monday morning.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet regime who asked not to be identified as saying that the barrage inflicted material damage on the camp.

US warplanes blast their puppet police allies in al-Mawsil, killing two.

In a dispatch posted at 3:35pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US warplanes blasted an Iraqi puppet police patrol in al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad.

Yaqen reported Brigadier General ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jabburi, the Director of the operations bureau of the Ninwa Province puppet police as saying that the American “friendly fire” attack left two puppet policemen dead. The reasons for the American attack were unknown and the US forces had issued no statement on the incident as of the time of reporting.

Car bomb targets puppet army patrol, killing two.

In a dispatch posted at 2:40pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a car bomb exploded by a puppet army patrol in the old market to the south of al-Mawsil on Monday.

Yaqen reported Brigadier General ‘Abd al-Karim al-Wakka‘, the director of the puppet police operations bureau in Ninwa Province, as saying that the bomb killed two people and wounded nine more. Without providing any more specifics, the general said that among the killed and wounded were puppet army soldiers.

Tall ‘Afar.

Collaborator killed in ambush near Tall ‘Afar Monday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 5:35pm Baghdad time Monday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed fighters and collaborator “Awakening” police clashed northwest of Tall ‘Afar, 55km west of al-Mawsil, on Monday morning.

Yaqen reported Captain Mahmud Bakhit of the Ninwa Province puppet police as saying that armed men attacked to cars in which collaborationist “Awakening” police were riding under the command of Shaykh Fawwaz al-Jarba. One of the collaborators was killed and two more of them wounded in the attack, one of those severely.

Al-Basrah Province.
Al-Basrah.

Two Czech occupation troops wounded in Katyusha barrage in al-Basrah on Sunday.

In a dispatch posted at 9:58am Baghdad time Monday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that two Czech occupation troops were wounded in a rocket attack on the British base at al-Basrah International Airport on Sunday.

Yaqen reported a spokesman for the occupation forces in southern Iraq as announcing that there was a Katyusha rocket attack on the base northwest of al-Basrah on Sunday and that one of the rockets landed near the headquarters of the Czech occupation forces, wounding two Czech soldiers.

The Czech military announced that the troops sustained cuts from glass splinters on their arms and legs after a rocket exploded in the contingent’s car park.

Currently 99 Czech troops are serving the US occupation of Iraq, by helping guard the British base at the Basra airport.

Under pressure from the Czech population, which opposes its country’s involvement in the American occupation, the Czech regime, a NATO satellite of the United States, has been forced to announce a decision to pull out “most” of its troops from Iraq by the second half of 2008.

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Don’t blame Islam for terrorism, expert says

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Don’t blame Islam for terrorism, expert says

Former CIA official, now an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, argues that a 9/11-type attack would have been likely anyway

Douglas Todd

Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER – A terrorist attack on the U.S. like that launched on Sept. 11, 2001 would likely have occurred even if the Muslim religion had never existed, says a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency who now makes his home in Squamish.

“If not 9/11, some similar event like it was destined to come,” writes Graham Fuller, an expert on political Islam who was in charge of long-term strategic forecasting for the CIA, in the cover story of this month’s issue of the magazine Foreign Policy.

Fuller, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, argues in his opinion piece, titled A World Without Islam, that though Islam provides a convenient scapegoat for those trying to explain the origins of terrorism, violent reformers would have likely arisen out of the Middle East even if the region had remained largely Christian.

“A world without Islam would still see most of the enduring bloody rivalries whose wars and tribulations dominate the geopolitical landscape,” says Fuller, author of many books, including The Future of Political Islam.

“In the bluntest of terms, would there have been a 9/11 without Islam? . . . It’s important to remember how easily religion can be invoked when other long-standing grievances are to blame. Sept. 11, 2001, was not the beginning of history.”

It’s too comfortable for Western observers to ignore a long history of Western colonialism in the Middle East while blindly identifying Islam as the key source of global tension, Fuller says.

“It’s much easier than exploring the impact of the massive global footprint of the world’s sole superpower,” writes Fuller, who was an intelligence agent and strategist in the highest echelons of the CIA until 1988, before moving to the Rand Corporation think-tank. With the CIA, he spent most of his career in Muslim countries, advising top U.S. government officials.

If Mohammed had never founded Islam in seventh-century Arabia, Fuller writes, the Middle East would likely have become dominated by Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which has had a history of often-violent conflict with the West and the Roman Catholic church, including during the Crusades.

“Today, the U.S. occupation of Iraq would be no more welcome to Iraqis if they were Christian. The United States did not overthrow Saddam Hussein, an intensely nationalist and secular leader, because he was Muslim . . . Nowhere do people welcome foreign occupation and the killing of their citizens at the hands of foreign troops.”

A Middle East dominated by Eastern Orthodox Christians would have responded much like the now-Muslim region to Western foreign invasion, the West’s establishment of pliable puppet leaders and the West’s undying efforts to control oil supplies, Fuller writes.

“It wasn’t Islam that made Middle Eastern states powerfully resist the colonial project, with its drastic redrawing of borders in accordance with European geopolitical preferences,” Fuller writes in Foreign Policy, which won the 2007 U.S. National Magazine Award for general excellence.

Eastern Orthodox Christianity “maintains residual fears about the West that parallel in many ways current Muslim insecurities: fears of Western missionary proselytism, a tendency to perceive religion as a key vehicle for protection of their own communities and culture, and a suspicion of the ‘corrupted’ and imperial character of the West.”

The Middle East, without Islam, would still be challenged, Fuller says, by ethnic rivalries involving Turks, Kurds, Jews, Persians, Arabs and others — all of whom remain involved in ongoing conflicts over power, territory, influence and trade.

To those who suggest Islam is inherently anti-democratic, Fuller responds that Christians have supported recent dictatorships in Latin America and Europe, including in Spain, Portugal, Greece and even contemporary Russia.

Fuller, 69, who has lived for several years with his wife, Prue, in Squamish, where he plans to remain, also doesn’t let off the hook those atheists who like to blame religion, whether Islam or Christianity, for inciting much of the planet’s violence.

He notes that the “principal horrors” of the 20th century “came almost exclusively from strictly secular regimes: Leopold II of Belgium in the Congo, Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin and Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. It was Europeans who visited their ‘world wars’ twice upon the rest of the world — two devastating global conflicts with no remote parallels in Islamic history.”

source: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=0cd104c9-63d4-4d78-8a49-b1f086c9462e

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Anti-Islamisation campaign in Europe

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Anti-Islamisation campaign in Europe

by Vanessa Mock

17-01-2008

Far-right groups are calling for a ban on the building of new mosques as part of a new campaign to stop the spread of radical Islam in Europe.Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party teamed up with radical groups from Austria and Germany on Thursday to launch a Charter to ‘fight the Islamisation of West-European cities’.

anti-Islamasation “We are not opposed to freedom of religion but we don’t want Muslims to impose their way of life and traditions over here because much of it is not compatible with our way of life,” Vlaams Belang’s Filip Dewinter told Radio Netherlands Worldwide. “We can’t accept headscarves in our schools, forced marriages and the ritual slaughter of animals.”

Mosques as catalysts
In particular, the coalition called for a moratorium on new mosques, which they say “act as catalysts for the Islamisation of entire neighbourhoods.”

“We already have over 6,000 mosques in Europe, which are not only a place to worship but also a symbol of radicalisation, some financed by extreme groups in Saudi Arabia or Iran,” Mr Dewinter explained, citing a large new mosque being built in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. “Its minarets are six floors high, higher than the illuminations of the Feyenoord soccer stadium!” he cried. “These kinds of symbols have to stop.”

However, it is unclear how the group plans to tackle perceived threats such as the teaching of the Koran, apart from holding rallies in European cities with high immigrant populations.

No support
Aside from Austria’s Freedom Party (FPö), there was a notable absence of other political heavyweights during the press conference in the Flemish city of Antwerp. A spokesman for Italy’s Allianza Nazionale said he was unaware of the Charter, though his party too was looking at the issue of the new mosques. Dutch right-wing maverick politician Geert Wilders, who is currently producing a film about the danger of the Koran, also stayed away.

But Mr Dewinter seems unruffled by the paltry political support: “This movement may be small today but I am convinced it will grow into something major.”

Dismay
News of the Charter was greeted with dismay in Antwerp’s Borgerhout, a multi-cultural neighbourhood counting over 90 nationalities.

“It’s pure provocation,” shrugged Said El Fetri, a Moroccan shopkeeper. “I have Belgians, East Europeans, Jews and Muslims coming in and out of my shop, there are no problems with integration here.” Standing next to his counter of Halal meat, he added: “I am a Muslim but that doesn’t mean that I don’t live by the rules of this country.”

Belgian Mosque However, another local shopkeeper, Mohammed, was gloomier: “I’ve lived here for almost 40 years. Me and my children are perfectly integrated but these kinds of campaigns worry me. In ten years’ time, it won’t be possible for us to live side by side like this anymore.”

Preaching peace
Some worshippers coming out of prayer at Belgium’s biggest mosque in Brussels, meanwhile, were alarmed that their place of worship was being singled out. “Mosques are places where we preach peace,” said Fatimah, a student in her early twenties. “Everyone has the right to have a space to pray and be spiritual. Catholics have churches, Jews synagogues, we have mosques. This is what helps us feel part of this country, not separate from it.”

Counter charter
Last week, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) launched its own Charter to promote better understanding of Islam in Europe. It was signed in Brussels by Muslim organisations from 28 European states with the aim to “enhance the values of mutual understanding, working for peace and the welfare of society, moderation and inter-cultural dialogue, removed from all inclinations of extremism and exclusion.”

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source: http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/bel080117-anti-Islamisation-mc

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Unease in the Netherlands over MP’s planned anti-Islam film

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Unease in the Netherlands over MP’s planned anti-Islam film

by Stephanie van den Berg

Sat Jan 19, 10:23 PM ET

The plans by far-right MP Geert Wilders to make a film that he says will show the Koran is “an inspiration for murder” has caused unease in the Netherlands which fears violent repercussions.Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has said that Wilders’ plans and the international attention they are getting is causing the government headaches.”We have seen other crises but this is a substantial one,” he told Dutch public television.

Wilders, the head of the far-right Freedom Party, announced in November that he planned to release a 10-minute film this month that will show his view that Islam’s holy book, the Koran, “is an inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror”.

Nobody knows for sure if the film project will ever see the light of day but the government here is bracing for the worst.

Some observers fear Wilders will burn or tear up Islam’s holy book in the movie, likely to prompt protests in Muslim countries.

The Hague fears a repeat of the 2005 riots when thousands took to the streets in Muslim countries to protest cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish newspaper.

“We are ready to react quickly, it is our role to be prepared for calamities,” Balkenende told journalists.

The government is trying to get the message across abroad that while the famed Dutch tolerance guarantees Wilders the freedom of expression, The Hague does not support his opinions.

Wilders, whose party has nine of the parliament’s 150 seats, is a remarkable presence in Dutch politics with his bleached blonde bouffant hairdo and his increasingly harsh comments about Islam and established political parties.

He won’t comment on what his movie will actually show and refuses to be swayed by the government’s concern about the possible effects of his film.

“Now that everybody is already in a state (over the film) I see it as a confirmation that I should go ahead. I would not be worth a button if I were to capitulate now,” he told the HP/De Tijd magazine.

It is not sure how the film will be shown: on television, posted on the Internet or in another way.

In November Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen met with Wilders personally “to point out the risks in making such a movie for himself and his entourage, and for the Netherlands and the Dutch interests abroad,” Verhagen’s spokesman Bart Rijs said

The government is also working to minimise the possible fallout of Wilders’ film in the Netherlands itself.

The MP has already received many death threats and he has been under round-the-clock protection since the November 2004 murder of outspoken columnist and filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a radical Muslim.

Van Gogh was killed in Amsterdam after he directed a controversial film written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali — a former political ally of Wilders — which examined the subordination of women in Islamic society.

Inter-ethnic tensions flared in the Netherlands after the murder but calm returned after a few months. Several mosques and some churches were set ablaze but nobody was severely wounded or died in the protests.

To try to defuse tensions here the Dutch police diversity watchdog LECD advised the police force this week to be “flexible” with possible legal complaints about the movie.

Police officers should write up complaints from citizens even if “no obvious criminal offence” is committed in the film. According to the diversity watchdog this will help people “vent their anger”.

On Wednesday the Netherlands got a taste of a possible reaction of the Muslim world when the Grand Mufti of Syria Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that if Wilders burns or tears up the Koran in his film “this will mean he wants war and bloodshed”.

source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080120/ts_afp/netherlandspoliticsislamfilm&printer=1;_ylt=AmLw5MMJrvvXM8gfRJR.DDuGOrgF

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Bringing Death and Destruction to Muslims

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Bringing Death and Destruction to Muslims

by Paul Craig Roberts

January 17, 2008

After pandering to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert’s right-wing government last week, US president George W. Bush carried the Israeli/neoconservative campaign against Iran to Arab countries. Sounding as authentic as the “Filipino Monkey,” Bush told the Arab countries that “Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror,” and that “Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere.”To no effect. Every country in the world, except America, knows by now that the US is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and that the neoconservative drive for US hegemony over the world threatens the security of nations everywhere. But before we get into this, let’s first see what Bush means by “terrorist” and Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism.Bush considers Iran to be the leading state sponsor of terror, because Iran is believed to fund Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian ghetto. Hezbollah and Hamas are two organizations that exist because of Israeli aggression against Palestine and Lebanon. The two organizations are branded “terrorist” because they resist Israel’s theft of Palestine and Israel’s designs on southern Lebanon. Both organizations are resistance organizations. They resist Israel’s territorial expansion and this makes them “terrorist.”

They are terrorists because they don’t receive billions in US military aid and cannot put armies in the field with tanks, fighter jets and helicopter gunships, backed up by US spy satellites and Israel’s nuclear weapons – although Hezbollah, a small militia, has twice defeated the Israeli army. However, Palestine is so thoroughly under the Israeli heel that Hamas can resist only with suicide bombers and obsolete rockets. It is dishonest to damn the terrorist response but not the policies that provoke the response.

The US is at war in Iraq, because the neoconservatives want to rid Israel of the Muslim governments – Iraq, Iran and Syria – that are not American surrogates and, therefore, are willing to fund Palestinian and Lebanese resistance to Israeli aggression. Israel, protected by the US, has disobeyed UN resolutions for four decades and has been methodically squeezing Palestinians out of Palestine.

Americans do not think of themselves or of Israel as terrorist states, but the evidence is complete and overwhelming. Thanks to the power of the Israel Lobby, Americans only know the Israeli side of the story, which is that evil anti-semite Palestinians will not let blameless Israelis live in peace and persist in their unjustified terror attacks on an innocent Israeli state.

The facts differ remarkably from Israel Lobby propaganda. Israel illegally occupies Palestine. Israel sends bulldozers into Palestinian villages and knocks down Palestinian houses, occasionally killing an American protester in the process, and uproots Palestinian olive groves. Israel cuts Palestinian villages off from water, hospitals, farmlands, employment and schools. Israel builds special roads through Palestine on which only Israelis can travel. Israel establishes checkpoints everywhere to hinder Palestinian movement to hospitals, schools and from one enclave or ghetto to another. Many Palestinians die from the inability to get through checkpoints to medical care. Israel builds illegal settlements on Palestinian lands. Israeli Zionist “settlers” take it upon themselves to evict Palestinians from their villages and towns in order to convert them into Israeli settlements. A huge wall has been built to wall off the stolen Palestinian lands from the remaining isolated ghettoes. Israeli soldiers shoot down Palestinian children in the streets. So do Israeli Zionist “settlers.”

All of this has been documented so many times by so many organizations that it is pathetic that Americans are so ignorant. For example, Israeli peace groups such as Gush Shalom or Jeff Halper’s Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions provide abundant documentation of Israel’s theft of Palestine and persecution of Palestinians. Every time the UN passes a resolution condemning Israel for its crimes, the US vetoes it.

The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees’ film, The Iron Wall, reveals the enormity of Israel’s crimes against Palestine.

President Jimmy Carter, Israel’s friend, tried to bring peace to the Middle East but was frustrated by Israel. Carter was demonized by the Israel Lobby for calling, truthfully, the situation that Israel has created “apartheid.”

Historians, including Israel’s finest, such as Ilan Pappe, have documented The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, the title of Pappe’s book published in 2006.

Israelis, such as Uri Avnery, a former member of Israel’s Knesset, are stronger critics of Israel’s policies toward Palestine than can be found in America. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is more outspoken in its criticism of Israeli policies than any newspaper would dare to be in North America or Europe.

But it is all to no avail in brainwashed America where Israelis wear white hats and Arabs wear black hats.

The ignorance of Americans commits US foreign policy to the service of Israel. As Uri Avnery wrote recently, a visitor from another planet, attending the recent press conference in Jerusalem, would conclude that Olmert is the leader of the superpower and that Bush is his vassal.

Americans don’t know what terror is. To know terror, you have to be a Palestinian, an Iraqi, or an Afghan.

Layla Anwar, an Iraqi Internet blogger, describes what terror is like. Terror is families attending a wedding being blown to pieces by an American missile or bomb and the survivors being blown to pieces at the funeral of the newlyweds. Terror is troops breaking down your door in the middle of the night, putting guns to your heads, and carrying off brothers, sons, and husbands with bags over their heads and returning to rape the unprotected women. Terror is being waterboarded in one of America’s torture dungeons. Terror is “when you run from hospital ward to hospital ward, from prison to prison, from militia to militia looking for your loved one only to recognize them from their teeth fillings in some morgue.”

For people targeted by American hegemony, terror is realizing that Americans have no moral conscience. Terror is the lack of medicines from American embargoes that led to the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children. When asked by Lesley Stahl if the American policy was worth the children’s deaths, Madeleine Albright, President Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, said “we think the price is worth it.”

In the feeble minds of the White House Moron and his immoral supporters, the massive deaths for which America is responsible, including those inflicted by Israel, have nothing to do with Muslim enmity toward America. Instead, Muslims hate us for our “freedom and democracy,” the real threat to which comes from Bush’s police state measures and stolen elections.

There is dispute over the number of Iraqis killed or murdered by Bush’s illegal invasion, a war crime under the Nuremberg standard, but everyone agrees the number is very large. Many deaths result from American bombing of civilian populations as the Israelis did in Lebanon and do in Gaza. There is nothing new about these bombings. President Clinton bombed civilians in Serbia in order to dictate policy to Serbia. But when Americans and Israelis bomb other peoples, it is not terror. It is only terror when the US or Israel is attacked in retaliation.

The Israeli assault from the air on Beirut apartment houses is not terror. But when a Palestinian puts on a suicide belt and blows himself up in an Israeli cafe, that’s terror. When Clinton bombs a Serbian passenger train, that’s not terror, but when a buried explosive takes out an American tank somewhere in Iraq, that’s terror.

Aggressors always have excuses for their aggression. Hitler was an expert at this. So are the US and Israel.

Unfortunately for the world, there’s little chance for change in America or Israel. The presidential candidates (Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich) who would bring change in Washington, without which there will be no change in Israel, are not in the running for their party’s nomination. As John J. Mearsheimer noted on January 12, the candidates in the running are as much under the thumb of the Israel Lobby as Bush. The candidates are Bush clones as strongly committed as Bush to hegemony, war, Israel and executive power.

The possible exception is Obama. If he is an exception, that makes him a threat to the powers that be, and, as we might have witnessed in the NH primary, the Republican-supplied, Republican-programmed Diebold electronic voting machines can easily be rigged to deny him the Democratic nomination. Hillary will not resist Israel’s wishes, and her husband’s presidency bombed at will his demonized victims.

There is no essential difference between the candidates or between the candidates and George W. Bush. Alabama Governor George Wallace, a surprisingly successful third party candidate for the presidency, said as long ago as 1968, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties.” Today, four decades later, there’s not a penny’s worth of difference, not an ounce of difference. Both parties have revealed themselves to be warmonger police state parties. The US Constitution has few friends in the capital city.

source: http://www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=12224

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Palestinian Loss Of Land 1946-2000

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 23, 2008

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Palestinian Loss Of Land 1946-2000

Palestinian Loss Of Land 1946-2000

via Occupation Magazine

source: http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/photos/maps/landloss.html

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