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6/24/2004 -- Interrogation by torture and sexual humiliation was policy from above, not the invention of a few psychopathic "bad apples" at the bottom of the chain of command. Furthermore, the revulsion to these practices felt by most Americans does not support the "heart of our own darkness" view. An article by John Spritzler from the New Democracy web site. Read.
4/20/2003 -- Following are excerpts from the first written message from Jackson artist LaRita Smith, who left Jackson on March 14 for Iraq. She stayed in the Palestine Hotel in central Baghdad during the U.S. bombing and entry into the city. With four other "human shields," she arrived in Amman, Jordan, Thursday night, April 17. This message was received April 19. Read the message.
3/31/2003 -- Things are going wrong with the war that was supposed to be a piece of cake. Our view: the "president" and his people are incompetent, vicious and corrupt. and they sure don't know how to plan a war. Read the article.
Concerned citizens gathered at the Eastland Federal Courthouse this evening to participate in a worldwide vigil for peace and against the administration's plans to attack Iraq. Participants sang peace songs and listened to Rev. Ed King recite passages from the Psalms. Representatives of civil rights and peace organizations, clergy, and citizens spoke to the crowd exhorting them to do all they can to resist the coming war and to help build a world in which war is no long necessary. View two pictures of the vigil.
3/12/2003 -- The authors, a director and a board member of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, analyze and review the history of sanctions on Iraq and argue that the Security Council, by its arrogance and shortsightedness and lack of foresight, created in 1991 the impasse that exists today. Read the article
3/10/2003 -- Bombing innocent Iraqi civilians could be a moral problem. The Jackson Progressive has prepared a list of exemptions from the Sixth Comandment which should cover all contingencies and leave our consciences clear. We suggest that you write them into the margins of your Bibles next to Exodus 20:13 as a footnote. Read the article.
2/24/2003 -- The Department of Defense awarded than four million medals to Americans who participated in the Gulf War, which lasted about three months in 1991. A high-ranking Army officer, trying to justify the cost for what might have been a bad case of medal-inflation, said that the awarding of the medals was not only good for morale, but also good public relations for an Army that had severe morale problems following the Viet Nam War. For most of the military in the Gulf, it was not only their first taste of combat, but also their first medals as well. Continued...
2/19/2003 -- On a frigid Saturday afternoon, about 150 people stood in front of a 150-year-old brick courthouse in rural Bloomsburg, Pa., and called for an end to George W. Bush's impending war. They were infants and the retired; housewives, laborers, and professors; combat-decorated soldiers and conscientious objectors. All opposed terrorists and Saddam's ruthless dictatorship. All knew there was no connection between Iraq and those who had launched the suicidal terror against America. Continued.
2/15/2003 -- All the world expressed its opposition to the Bush administration's plans to attack Iraq. Read the news
Feb 13, 2003 -- The Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq, http://www.casi.org.uk, has published on its web site a confidential memo written to assist with UN contingency planning in the event of war with Iraq. It predicts high civilian injuries, an extension of the existing nutritional crisis, and "the outbreak of diseases in epidemic if not pandemic proportions." The existence of the draft document, entitled "Likely Humanitarian Scenarios" and dated 10th December 2002, was first reported in the Times (London) on 23rd December 2002, but this is the first time it has been made publicly accessible. It is available at http://www.casi.org.uk/info/undocs/war021210.html . [A summary of the document and a 4-page booklet about it are also available.]
Readers of the Jackson Progressive may view an HTML transcript of the original document here.
Feb. 6, 2003, 2230 hrs, PST, (FTW) - A story is sweeping the world tonight and it says a great deal about those who are forcing the world into a war it does not want. The famed dossier presented by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to his Parliament was plagiarized from two articles and a September 2002 research paper submitted by a graduate student. Worse, the Iraq described by the graduate student is not the Iraq of 2003 but the Iraq of 1991. So glaring was the theft of intellectual property that the official British document even cut and pasted whole verbatim segments of the research paper, including grammatical errors, and presented the findings as the result of intense work by British intelligence services. continued...
February 5, 2003 -- The Brasches meditate upon space shuttle Columbia's mishap, along with the national mourning, and compare it with other mishaps and deaths of brave Americans which were hardly noticed. In light of the fact that the military recently ordered an additional 8,000 body bags, the deaths of many other fine young Americans may not be far off. How shall we mourn them? Read the article.
WASHINGTON,DC -- December 10, 2002 --Communities in at least 15 states across the country will hold rallies, marches, teach-ins and protests today to express their strong opposition to the White House's plans to invade Iraq at any cost. The dozens of anti-war events to take place around the United States are timed to coincide with International Human Rights Day. Read the article.
October 28, 2002 -- Now that the police believe they have in custody the Suburban Sniper, George W. Bush can once again try to get the people to focus on his message that as many as 24 million Iraqis need to be wiped off the earth in order to destroy Saddam Hussein and avenge the uncompleted work of George the Elder. Read the article.
October 5, 2002. Dr. Bernard Sabella, Executive Dirctor of the Department for Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches replies to Falwell's statements in the media denouncing Islam. Read the letter.
October 10, 2002. At the church door Sunday, I suggested to the priest that we ought to include the people of Iraq in our prayers, since they are due shortly for an unimaginably monumental dose of suffering at the hands of our military.
Until now, I've heard few remarks about the human cost of the planned war; it is invariably the policy of governments, including our own, to dehumanize the "enemy" in our minds before slaughtering him. Either the target is a monster, so evil that extirpating him from the earth would be a favor to everyone (Saddam Hussein) or else the people themselves are either 1) religious fanatics who would stoop at nothing to destroy us infidels, with our "freedoms" and prosperity or 2) subhuman, not like us, and for whom the loss of home and loved oneswould mean very little, either because they think differently or are just born with fewer nerve cells.
I'm not kidding. Examine your own mind, reader. Picture in your mind an Iraqi family. What do you see? Beyond the architecture, the native foods and the clothes, is it very different from an American family? Do the parents not love each other and their children? Do they not wish them to grow up healthy and into a world of hope and opportunity?
If you believe that the ordinary Iraqi wants a life much different from the average American, then you need to examine just how you arrived at your belief. If you rely upon the mass media of the United States and its allies to arrive at your opinions of Iraq, please consider the possibility that your opinions are built upon that very narrow sliver of information that our government and the power elite that controls it want you to have. If we get our information about Iraq exclusively from television, magazines and newspapers, is it not inevitable that we will come to believe only those things about Iraq that they want us to believe?
Iraq is a people that 1200 years ago, before their civilization was destroyed by the Mongol invasion and their religion became deterministic, were citizens of a civilization far advanced of our European ancestors. They possessed not only the culture of the Levant, but also the treasures of both Greek and Roman civilizations, which treasures later formed the basis of the great revival of learning in the 13th Century and the Renaissance. In short, they gave us civilization.
They now have the misfortune to sit atop one of the largest remaining reservoirs of petroleum in the world, a reservoir coveted by the multinational oil corporations. Over the past fifty years, any effort by middle eastern leaders to appropriate the benefits of that oil for the benefit of their own people has been met by invasions and coups, as well as more subtle pressures by the western powers, to insure that non-democratic, repressive governments amenable to western interests remained in power.
We supported Saddam Hussein for years, even to the point of furnishing him with the tools and materials to build weapons of mass destruction. He didn't become a monster until he got too big for his breeches and refused to do the bidding of the masters. We then tricked him into invading Kuwait and the rest is history.
Now that Saddam Hussein's control of Iraqi oil is said to be "destabilizing" to the markets, our "president" is doing his best to garner the backing necessary to depose Saddam Hussein, to the extent of falsifying the findings of our own intelligence agencies. He is, of course, not doing this so that freedom may flourish in Iraq; he and his oil-industry clique want another, more compliant, strongman. Further, our "president" is willing to sacrifice thousands of Iraqi civilians and probably thousands of American soldiers to achieve this end.
And this from a "president" and his clique, none of whom ever served in the military during war. See the ChickenHawk database for a list of prominent warmongers who chickened out when the real testing time came. http://www.nhgazette.com/chickenhawks.html. A sorry sight, indeed!
The following links and articles represent opportunities for the reader to study from an alternate viewpoint the present crisis which I believe to be manufactured by our "president" and his cabinet. Read and heed.
-- Tom Lowe, Editor
October 10, 2002. The Brasches remember Desert Storm from the perspective of parents whose son, a Marine, was called to the Persian Gulf, and discuss the current drive to war. Rosemary Brasch is a labor/worker specialist, and family services specialist for the Red Cross disaster services. Walter Brasch, professor of journalism at Bloomsburg University, is the author of 13 books; his latest is "The Joy of Sax," a probing and witty look at the Clinton administration. Read the article.
Please let us know of appropriate links to add to this list. - Ed.
Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq.
Juan Cole: Informed Consent. Thoughts on the Middle East, History,and Religion. Juan Cole is professor of history at the University of Michigan.
Raed in the middle. The blog of a westernized Iraqi living in Baghdad who has blogged almost continually since the invasion began. His blog was one of the few information sources from the viewpoint of an Iraqi during the invasion.
A Family In Baghdad. Blog in English and Arabic posted by Raed and his family.
Iraqi Dispaches: NewStandard correspondent Dahr Jamal reports from Baghdad. Descriptions of life on the ground in Iraq and commentaries on political and social conditions.
The Religious Policeman. The diary of a Saudi detailing life in a kingdom in which the religious police are trying to keep everything as it was in the middle ages.
Iraqi Music Dot Com features contemporary and traditional Iraqi music in MP3 format. To our western ears the lack of functional harmony in the traditional music makes it sound exotic and monotonous. The Mideastern singing style is also not like what we are accustomed to hear. Nevertheless, the music is a subtile and deeply expressive artistic medium to those who have assimilated the style.
Jihad Unspun is an open information source dedicated to understanding the issues behind the US war on "terrorism". It contains mainstream and uncensored news, articles, and opinions without influence of any government, corporation, or association. It also sponsors forums in which moslems and non-moslems may discuss and debate issues.
Our mandate is to provide a platform where facts and viewpoints that address the issues at the heart of this "jihad" can be considered, devoid of the constraints of mainstream media. Our goal is to encourage debate, discussion and collaboration among ethnic, religious and political stakeholders so that you, the viewer, can come to an informed understanding of these events that are challenging freedom, democracy and human life.
Aljazeera.net, an Arab-based news service giving a "fair and balanced" view of the events in the Mideast. U. S. forces bombed the Aljazeera office in Baghdad. The English site was hacked and subject to DOS attacks during the attack on Iraq.
The Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq, http://www.casi.org.uk (CASI) is s a registered society at the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1997 by students concerned about the humanitarian crisis created in Iraq by the economic sanctions imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. It works primarily by distributing accurate information about the situation in Iraq. It maintains the largest electronic discussion list on the sanctions in the UK, and an informative website . Its newsletters have examined UK and US government claims, UN mortality data and other aspects of the sanctions on Iraq. CASI has also prepared briefings on Ministerial statements and UN Resolutions.
ElectronicIraq.Net is a new online news project launched by veteran antiwar campaigners Voices in the Wilderness (founded 1996) and respected Middle East supplementary news publishers, the Electronic Intifada (founded 2001).
Electronic Iraq was launched on 8 February 2003 as the U.S. government made clear its determination to go to war against Iraq. Based firmly on humanitarian foundations, the Electronic Iraq online magazine offers News & Analysis, Opinion/Editorial, Iraq Diaries, International Law, Aid & Development, Fact Sheets, and Action & Activism.
October 26, 2002 -- Michael Wolff: A Place of Tears. Wolff visits the Amarijah bomb shelter in Baghdad where U.S. Stealth fighter-bombers dropped two laser-guided 2,000 pound bombs, killing hundreds of civilians and evoking world-wide outrage. The U.S. military claimed there was a military communications center under the shelter, but when a reporter asked to see the evidence, the military refused to provide it. This is a moving article from Counterpunch Magazine.
United For Peace is a new national campaign that brings together a broad range of organizations throughout the United States to help coordinate our work against a U.S. war on Iraq. At an initial meeting in Washington, DC on October 25, more than 70 peace and justice organizations agreed to form United for Peace and signed on to the following statement:
The demand placed on us by world events is to deal with the Iraq crisis and to work to stop the war that is being planned. This is unfolding in a global context where other crises can and will erupt in connection to the Iraq crisis and they too will demand our action. In addition, we will oppose new repressive measures at home. We can and will work together now, focused on stopping this war, and as we go forward we will discuss other issues and the larger context. Unite for peaceIraqJournal.org. A collection of regular reports from Iraq, coordinatedby Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill.
Francis Boyle: Is Bush's War Illegal? A lawyer/author recounts his experience on the O'Reilly Show and then analyses the legal aspects of Bush's proposed war on Iraq.
United Methodist Church Council of Bishops president, Sharon A. Brown Christopher's letter to the denomination of which the "president" claims to be a member. A further statement by Jim Winkler of The United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society. According to the Observer (UK) on 10/20/2002, Winkler, head of social policy for United Methodists, said that all attempts at a '"dialogue" between the "president" and his own church over the war had fallen on deaf ears at the White House. If only the Methodists owned a oil company....
World Socialist Web Site (Australia) gives a Marxist/Leninist analysis of why the Bush administration is going forward with a war against Iraq. It is an eerie feeling to have pointed out to one the predictions Marx and Lenin made 80-100 years ago.Middle East Council of Churches (M.E.C.C.) is a fellowship of churches in the Middle East relating itself to the main stream of the modern ecumenical movement, the same which gave birth to the World Council and other regional ecumenical councils throughout the world.
Pax Christi USA is the national Catholic peace movement. Its members work for the transformation of society through nonviolence and advocate peacemaking as a priority in the Catholic Church in the United States.
Episcopal Church U.S.A., Letter to Congress from the House of Bishops.
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) statement on Iraq, letter to the "president" and Reflections of the Moderator of the 214th General Assembly, Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel
American Baptist News Service: Delegation Joins Religious Leaders' Action Days on Iraq
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest, oldest interfaith peace organization in the United States.
The Mennonite Central Committee. In Iraq MCC seeks to serve in the midst of suffering, to witness to the injustice of the embargo imposed on Iraq, and to learn from the strengths of Iraqi people.Iraq Crisis Antiwar Homepage. An analysis of the crisis by the Nonviolence web.
The Education for Peace in Iraq Center The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving humanitarian conditions in Iraq and defending the human rights of the Iraqi people.
The Iraq Action Coalition is an online media and activists' resource center for groups and activists who are working to end the war against the people of Iraq.
Permanent Mission of Iraq to the UN. This is an official Iraqi government web site which puts forth the positions of the government of Iraq.Pacifica Foundation Editorial Against the War.
Workers World. A left-wing, worker-oriented web magazine.
Foreign Policy in Focus: Focus on Iraq. Analysis of the crisis with recommendations.
International Action Center. Founded by former U. S. Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, the IAC furnishes information and promotes activism, and resistance to U.S. militarism, war, and corporate greed, linking with struggles against racism and oppression within the United States
World Council of Churches statment opposing a preemptive war against Iraq.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) presiding bishop Mark S. Hanson's Statement on Iraq Situation