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Hot Spot! Iraq
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The photographs tell the story...Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale?
Photo Commentary (Apr. 10, 2003) IndyMedia via Information Clearing House
The up close action video of the statue being destroyed is broadcast around the world as proof of a massive uprising. Still photos grabbed off of Reuters show a long-shot view of Fardus Square... it's empty save for the U.S. Marines, the International Press, and a small handful of Iraqis. There are no more than 200 people in the square at best. The Marines have the square sealed off and guarded by tanks. A U.S. mechanized vehicle is used to pull the statue of Saddam from it's base. The entire event is being hailed as an equivalent of the Berlin Wall falling... but even a quick glance of the long-shot photo shows something more akin to a carefully constructed media event tailored for the television cameras.
Nine Theses on Moving the Peace Movement Forward
Betsy Hartmann (Apr. 7, 2003) FPIF
The following reflections are offered as a contribution to the ongoing strategic debates within the peace movement. They are based upon my own ongoing involvement in the peace movement and informed by my own thinking over the past several years about how to build a broad-based progressive social justice movement in this country, a movement that sees the connections between national and international policies and a movement that, while respecting difference, moves beyond the narrow confines of identity and single-issue politics.
White Supremacy, Manifest Destiny, and Contemporary Militarism
Steve Martinot (Apr. 5, 2003) via email
[Editor's Note:] This will be the war of post facto justification. A pragmatist
war, if you will. A war that will be justified in terms of its
effects rather than its causes. This is the war that tries to produce
its own evidence for justification. That's why every rumor of WMD
is taken to heart. That's why every sign of Iraqi approval is relayed
with hope. The warmakers are trying to produce justification on
the fly. Thus, the warehouse of death is a chilling and fortuitous
find. Its horror as a center of execution is vindicated by its
value as a justification for the war--hence it is horrible and relieving
at once for American audiences. See there, that's why we're in
this war! What will or will not justify this war still depends
on what will come. Therefore (thinking of Martinot's theory of
whiteness) it is a great white war, operating in the moral realm like a great white lie.--gm
A Marine who could not betray himself
Robert L. Jamieson, Jr. (Apr. 2, 2003) Seattle Post-Intelligencer
You are the poet on the outside, the lover of peace on the inside and the one who by virtue of living has come to fully and conscientiously object to war of any kind.
U.S. Using Cluster Munitions In Iraq
News Release (Apr. 1, 2003) Human Rights Watch
U.S. ground forces in Iraq are using cluster munitions with a very high failure rate, creating immediate and long-term dangers for civilians and friendly soldiers, Human Rights Watch reported today....
The standard M26 warhead for the MLRS contains 644 M77 individual submunitions (also called dual-purpose grenades). According to a Department of Defense report submitted to the U.S. Congress in February 2000, these submunitions have a failure rate of 16 percent. Thus, the typical volley of twelve MLRS rockets would likely result in more than 1,200 dud submunitions scattered randomly in a 120,000 to 240,000 square meter impact area.
US Marines Turn Fire on Civilians at the Bridge of Death
Mark Franchetti (Mar. 30, 2003) The Times via Truthout
But it was also the turning point when the jovial band of brothers from
America lost all their assumptions about the war and became jittery
aggressors who talked of wanting to "nuke" the place.
US forces' use of depleted uranium weapons is 'illegal'
Neil Mackay (Mar. 30, 2003) Sunday Herald
The latest use of DU in the current conflict came on Friday when an American A10 tankbuster plane fired a DU shell, killing one British soldier and injuring three others in a 'friendly fire' incident.
Say it Plain: We Have Been Misled
Greg Moses (Mar. 30, 2003) NVUSA
Who will say it plain? This is not what we were told to expect.
Not what they lectured us to believe. All countdowns to showdowns,
with their crisp colors and self-assured experts, power-pointed
to something inevitable and short.
US ENVOY WALKS OUT ON UN SPEECH
Richard Wallace (Mar. 28, 2003) Mirror
THE US ambassador stormed out of the United Nations yesterday after Iraq accused Britain and America of trying to exterminate its people.
Black Americans sceptical about war
Kevin Anderson (Mar. 27, 2003) BBC
A New York Times poll found that 82% of whites said the US should take military action to force Saddam Hussein from power, but only 44% of blacks approved of the use of force.
- Full Textbook Refunds Available for Military Reserve Called For Active Duty
Campus Email (Mar. 27, 2003) Marist College
A number of questions have come to me regarding students called for active
The bookstore will issue a full refund for textbooks purchased through the
Bookstore for Military Reserves who have been called for active duty. If
you have any questions regarding this temporary policy change, please
contact me directly. We can also try to make accommodations for students
without their original store receipt.
N.Y. antiwar protesters stage 'die-in'
Staff & Wire (Mar. 27, 2003) CNN
Protesters blocked two lanes of traffic and a busy intersection Thursday morning in Midtown Manhattan as part of a planned "die-in."
Police have arrested 199 people.
Protest in Time of War
Greg Moses (Mar. 27, 2003) NVUSA
If we live in a free country, where people in times of peace can
speak openly about the need to start war, then we should also live
in a free country where people in times of war can speak openly
about the need to start peace. That seems fair to me.
The Diary of a Peace Activist in Baghdad
Jo Wilding (Mar. 26, 2003) Left Direct
In fact the couple had been married just one week, not three as I wrote
yesterday, and a neighbour showed us a flouncy pink invitation to the
wedding festival. Omar, the bridegroom, sat silently crying on the floor in
the hospital corridor, leaning on the wall, body bent, head in his hands.
Ellsberg, 2 Nobel laureates arrested in antiwar protests
AP (Mar. 26, 2003) CNN
Those arrested included Nobel laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement and Jody Williams of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, as well as Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of the Detroit archdiocese; Bishop C. Joseph Sprague of the United Methodist Church in the Chicago area; Dave Robinson, national coordinator of Pax Christi USA, the Catholic peace movement, and Ellsberg.
GO GRANNY! [A note on Democracy in America Today]
email found at Pave France's Journal (Mar. 26, 2003) LiveJournal.Com
To nobody's surprise there were protesters today in DC, they attempted to disrupt the metro system and block the Key Bridge, a leading artery into DC from Northern Virginia. I got hosed twice because I come in from NoVA on the metro and it is raining hard which makes traffic worse any way. My commute was long and arduous and only caused further resentment for protesters (but that isn't the point of this thread). Anyway, I'll get to the point.
I got off my train in Rosslyn because I had to use the bathroom and the train was moving quite slowly. When I was getting back on the train, there were protesters on the train platform handing out pamphlets on the evils of America. I politely declined to take one. An elderly woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, she politely declined. The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice said, "Ma'am, don't you care about the children of Iraq?" The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my first husband died in France during World War II so you could have the right to stand here and bad mouth your country. And if you touch me again, I'll stick this umbrella up your a$$ and open it."
I'm glad to report that loud applause broke out among the onlookers and the young protester was at a total loss for words.
Situation in Southern Iraq
iraqwar.ru (Mar. 23, 2003) via Venik's Aviation
Moscow - The situation in southern Iraq can be characterized as unstable and controversial. Heavy fighting is taking place in the Umm-Qasr-An-Nasiriya-Basra triangle. Satellite and signals intelligence show that both sides actively employ armored vehicles in highly mobile attacks and counterattacks. Additionally, fighting is continuing near the town of An-Najaf.
Hot Spot! Iraq
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