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| From: Heretic, Soldier, Iraq
To: GI Special
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 4:05 AM
Subject: Us vs Them
I am a manipulated stooge who sold his soul to exploit
the ignorant with the proud lies our own leaders.
I am told on a regular basis "The Army is not like it used
to be." Most of the lifers think that the military lacks
discipline and blame the new "Nintendo generation" soldiers
for the weakness.
However, I think a hard look should be given at the uses of America's
advanced military in the modern era. Due to the operations the
military has been tasked in the last forty years, the nobility
of the professional soldier has been destroyed.
From Vietnam to Iraq the Armed Forces has
been a chess piece in a game for money and power by elite Americans.
Back in the world wars the military represented every citizen's
will. Today the people are duped with lies and phony values to
support imperial progress.
Weapons of mass destruction, links to the two towers tragedy,
and the ousting of an oppressive dictatorship are all bait for
a revenge hungry over-patriotic American.
I doubt that the men in power are as incompetent as the world
imagines. For that reason I dismiss the
apparent failures in Iraq as not the true goals of this war.
After these errors are eliminated you are left with the truth
behind the media smoke screens.
This war is about money.
Most people believe that dollars are being handed over to Iraq
to rebuild their country on the backs of the American tax payers
and under the protection of US troops.
However, the money never sees Iraq. It
leaves your wallet and goes through the system in DC and ends
up in a corporation with the sizeable government contract.
Sure the product is a new road, a school house or AK-47s for the
Iraqi National Guard, but the money is only making a rich man
Even the soldiers are brain washed into hating the "rag heads".
I have overheard soldiers telling racist jokes like "Why
do Iraqis smell so bad? So blind people can hate them too."
It becomes easy to hate the Arab people.
We don't understand their culture, their religion and their language.
They are a poor people with a lesser quality of lifestyle
and standard of living. The average
soldier can not relate to living without electricity, plumbing,
and toilet paper.
If we see them as inferior it makes it easier
to kill them. Just as one might kill a dog that digs through his
trash. As a soldier gets into combat situations the prejudice
grows as they blame every Middle-Easterner for the conflict.
The Joes hate Iraqis because the command hypes about being in
Iraqi to stabilize a democracy and fight terrorists on their own
ground. The leadership never explains the fact that a majority
of Iraqis don't want a republic that is just a branch of the Western
materialistic culture and that they see America as a tyrant equal
to the fallen Saddam's Baath Party.
Most soldiers mistake the word insurgent to mean a person that
is inserted. As if we are fighting men from other countries than
Iraq. When, insurgent means rebel.
The common GI won't investigate why the insurgent will sacrifice
himself, because most soldiers would never do the same.
But somewhere in the back of the GI's mind
he has a sense that what he is doing here is wrong. It
gives him doubt and discourages his morale.
The lifers hold on to the lies of the system
because the truth would destroy the core of their beliefs.
The fact that the stars and bars is only an illusion for the real
power behind the throne could ruin their psyche and crash their
egos. They will never let go of their pride and use it as an excuse
to cover their fear.
A war backed by our nations cowards. What
else would a preemptive strike be good for. Americans get so afraid
they will kill in cold blood and thump their chests to claim it
for a good cause.
History is written by the victors and might
makes right. After all is said and done it will go down that way
in the books. We will kill communists, drug dealers and terrorists.
Next will be homosexuals and atheists. Then full circle back to
Jews and Blacks. Fear and prejudice is destructive and we dominate
using it. Every country folds to American policies afraid
their homes will become the next Baghdad.
And, our leaders use media to force the United States
people into anxiety using colored threat levels, video of violence,
and worse case scenarios presented as emergency updates. We even
had Colin Powell lie to the worlds most powerful council, the
U.N., about Iraq's malicious intent with nuclear, biological,
and chemical weapons. America intimidates the world while calling
the insurgent freedom fighters terrorists.
So Americans can't let go of their fear. Like it is a security
blanket from a childhood memory. Just as most people can't
relax their guard, in Nam lifers couldn't relate to the men that
was turned on to marijuana.
To let your mind and body go and become
open to the chaos of the world is impossible for a person who
lives in constant fear of the unknown truth. Drug usage
isn't as much of a problem here in Iraq amongst the soldiers,
yet. However with a draft, the inactive reserve and more stop-loss
it won't be long before more soldiers discover the potency of
Arab hashish and opium based narcotics.
There will be a division between lifers and the heads again. It
has already started with the stop-lossed soldier obviously not
wanting to be in service any longer. Many of them get court marshaled
or chaptered out with dishonorables saving the military from paying
an already deserved Collage GI Bill and other veterans benefits.
As war here in the middle-east gets more
violent the soldiers will become less afraid of punishment.
Prison will become a more sane option than
trying to take Fallujah for the fourth time.
Most the soldiers I have talked to have joined for selfish reasons.
They wanted money for collage, travel the world, get out of a
dead end, avoid going to prison, or had no direction in life.
The boys who joined up to defend the red
white and blue are few and far between. I met some soldiers
that were motivated by September 11th, but not many. It is a need
in today's society to find alternate advantages to enlist, and
when kids learn what they really signed themselves up for it is
a rude awakening. Many soldiers are counting down to their last
day in the military from the first few hours at basic training.
For all these reasons, whether the G.I.s are conscious of it or
not, the military personal have a decreased motivation and intensity.
We fight for lies, are alienated by our chain of command and are
only trying to ride out the clock until we can finish our contracts
without losing what we have worked for or seeing the inside of
a prison cell.
The Armed Forces will never have a loyal troop base until its
goals change. If there was something worth fighting for, something
the common man can gain, rather than just being underpaid mercenaries
for some elitist, then the soldiers would have more encouragement
to join in work hard.
I myself find it difficult to have discipline in an Army full
of ass-kissing lying hypocrites who enforce a wicked US policy
with a violent war I disagree with.
I serve in shame,
The Heretic, Iraq
INDIAN HEAD, Md. - Investigators suspect arson
in at least four of the fires that destroyed a dozen homes and burned
several others in a posh subdivision under construction near a nature
preserve, and the FBI said it would look
into ecoterrorism as a possible motive.
Some $10 million in damage was done as 41 homes burned Monday at
the Hunters Brooke subdivision, about 25 miles south of Washington.
Environmental and community groups tried
to block the development in a lawsuit last year that claimed it
would hurt one of the nation's last undisturbed magnolia bogs.
Arson caused the fires in at least four homes near Indian Head
in Charles County, said Faron Taylor, a deputy state fire marshal.
"We are not going to reveal where in the homes the fires were
set, or the method of ignition," Taylor said late Monday. "Only
the perps and us know that, and we're not going to tip our hand."
FBI spokesman Barry Maddox said FBI agents examined
the scene, and ecoterrorism was one of the motives that would be
The homes, which were not occupied, were priced between $400,000
and $500,000. The Sierra Club called the 319-unit development "quintessential
sprawl" in its Fall 2000 sprawl report, noting it is far from
existing infrastructure and "threatens a fragile wetland and
important historical sites near the Chesapeake Bay."
The homes, on lots about a quarter acre each, were spread over
a 10-acre area, Taylor said. Television coverage showed the fires,
first reported before 5 a.m. Monday, at scattered spots around the
WASHINGTON -- A proposal by the federal government
to create a vast new database of enrollment records on all college
and university students is raising concerns that the move will erode
the privacy rights of students.
Until now, universities have provided individual student information
to the federal government only in connection with federally financed
student aid. Otherwise, colleges and universities submit information
about overall enrollment, graduation, prices and financial aid without
identifying particular students.
For the first time, however, colleges and universities would have
to give the federal government data on all students individually,
whether or not they received financial assistance, with their Social
The bid arises from efforts in Congress
and elsewhere to extend the growing emphasis on school accountability
in elementary and high schools to postsecondary education.
Supporters say that government oversight of individual student data
will make it easier for taxpayers and policy makers to judge the
quality of colleges and universities through more reliable statistics
on graduation, transfers and retention.
The change would also allow federal officials to track individual
students as they journey through the higher education system. In
recent years, increasing numbers of students have been attending
more than one university, dropping out or taking longer than the
traditional four years to graduate. Current reporting practices
cannot capture such trends; a mobile student is recorded as a new
student at each institution.
Under the proposal, the National Center for Education Statistics
at the Department of Education would receive, analyze and guard
the student data. In making its case for the
change, the national center points to a long history of working
with student information and says it has never been forced to share
such data with law enforcement or other agencies. [...]
But Jasmine L. Harris, legislative director at the U.S. Student
Association, said that since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the balance
between privacy and the public interest had been shifting.
"We're in a different time now, a very different climate,"
Harris said. "There's the huge possibility that the database
could be misused, and there are no protections for student privacy."
She pointed to the National Directory of
New Hires, a register of people who re-enter the work force, which
began as an effort to track employment trends. Since
its creation, however, the database has also been used to track
parents who fail to pay child support or who owe the federal government
non-tax debt, she said. "The door is wide open," Harris
SAN DIEGO - Preliminary findings of a military
inquiry suggest that some of the recently published photographs
of Navy special forces capturing detainees in Iraq were taken for
legitimate intelligence-gathering purposes and showed commandos
using approved procedures, a Navy spokesman said Monday.
The photos, which have drawn a strong reaction in Arab media, also
appear to show Navy SEALs sitting or lying on top of hooded and
handcuffed detainees in the back of a pickup truck.
Citing the ongoing investigation, a spokesman for the Naval Special
Warfare Command in Coronado declined comment on the pickup truck
pictures, among 40 images of detainees which an Associated Press
reporter found on a commercial photo-sharing Web site posted by
a woman who said her husband brought them from Iraq.
Senior officers at the SEALs headquarters said other photos are
"consistent with the use of tactics, techniques and procedures
in the apprehension of detainees," Navy Cmdr. Jeff Bender said.
He cited as an example a photo in which a uniformed
man is holding the head of a prisoner to pose him for a picture
for "identification purposes." A
gun with an attached flashlight is being used to illuminate the
detainee's face for the photograph, Bender said.
Taking photos of prisoners for administrative
or intelligence purposes is an exception to Navy regulations that
generally forbid unofficial photos of prisoners of war.
In another photo, a commando standing with upraised
fists next to a detainee is using hand signals to communicate with
other troops who do not appear in the image, according to Bender.
The two photos are part of a larger group of mug shots of detainees,
whose faces were blacked out in the pictures posted online. Some
drip blood, which experts on the law of war said was not by itself
a sign of abuse. It was unclear whether the detainees resisted
capture by Navy special forces. [...]
The US Army has launched a new investigation
into the death of a US football star who turned down a lucrative
sport career to fight the war on terror as a simple soldier, a military
official disclosed late.
Twenty-seven-year-old Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in southeastern
Afghanistan last April, in what was initially described by his superiors
as a shootout with Taliban guerrillas who had attacked his convoy.
A subsequent probe determined that Tillman, who
gained national hero status when he forswore a 3.6-million-dollar
National Football League contract to join special forces for 18,000
dollars a year in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, fell
victim of "friendly fire."
But independent probes undertaken in the intervening
months by two leading US newspapers have shown the episode could
have been the result of outright negligence on the part of Tillman's
"Because of concerns and questions that the Tillman family
had, the Army started a new investigation into this matter,"
Sergeant Kyle Cosner, a spokesman for the Army Special Operations
Command, told AFP. [...]
The Los Angeles Times, for instance, quoted Afghan militia commanders
as expressing doubt the Ranger unit was under rebel attack to begin
The commanders said one team of Rangers had likely
mistaken a landmine explosion for an attack and began uncontrollably
strafing a canyon where Tillman and other US soldiers were, the
newspaper report points out.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post quoted a confidential
Army document questioning the wisdom of a commander's decision to
split Corporal Tillman's platoon into two teams, saying it had "contributed
to the eventual breakdown in internal platoon communications."
As a result, the late football star's family is now raising pointed
and angry questions about the Pentagon's handling of the matter.
Pat Tillman, the former pro football player,
was killed by other American troops in a "friendly fire"
episode in Afghanistan last month and not by enemy bullets, according
to a U.S. investigation of the incident.
New details released yesterday about Tillman's death indicate that
he was gunned down by members of his elite Army Ranger platoon
who mistakenly shot in his direction when the unit was ambushed.
According to a summary of the Army investigation,
a Ranger squad leader mistook an allied Afghan Militia Force soldier
standing near Tillman as the enemy, and he and other U.S. soldiers
opened fire, killing both men.
That Tillman, 27, wasn't killed by enemy
fire in a heroic rescue attempt was a major revelation by the U.S.
military more than a month after the April 22 incident, which the
Pentagon and members of Congress had hailed as an example of combat
bravery. Tillman's sacrifice of millions
of dollars when he left the National Football League's Arizona
Cardinals to become a soldier has been held up as a stark contrast
to the prison scandal in Iraq.
Shortly after his death, Army officials awarded Tillman a Silver
Star for combat valor and a Purple Heart. He also was promoted
from specialist to corporal. They said Tillman
was killed while charging at the enemy up a hill, allowing the
rest of his platoon to escape alive.
Instead, it appears Tillman's bravery in
battle led him to become a victim of a series of errors as he was
trying to protect part of his stranded platoon, which Army officials
say was attacked while hampered by a disabled vehicle it had in
tow. The report said Tillman got out of his vehicle and shot
at the enemy during a 20-minute firefight before he was killed
when members of his unit opened fire after returning to the scene
to help. [...]
WASHINGTON - The departing CIA station chief
in Iraq and another CIA official who visited there recently presented
bleak views of the situation in Iraq in classified briefings to
their superiors, The New York Times said.
In a classified cable sent in late November, the CIA chief who
ended a year-long tour of duty in Iraq, warned that the security
situation was likely to get worse, including more violence and sectarian
violence unless the Iraqi governement asserted authority and built
up the economy, said officials familiar with his cable.
The CIA chief's identity was withheld, but officials described
him as highly regarded within the intelligence agencies.
The CIA official who visited Iraq and then briefed officials from
other US government agencies was Michael Kostiew, a senior adviser
to new Central Intelligence Agency chief Porter Goss. His asessment
of Iraq was similarly bleak, the officials said.
Both assessments were much more pessimistic than
the picture of Iraq offered by top US government officials and could
signify that Goss is willing to listen to different views than those
expressed by the US administration, The New York Times said.
George W. Bush was reselected to be the Imperial
President of the United States by the extreme political and Christian
right. He was entrusted to rule four more miserable years. The United
States will suffer under his tyranny, more young people will die
in Iraq in vain and more Iraqis will suffer and die as well.
The Christian Right are Christians who
are not right Christians but racist Zionists and President Bush
became their representative and their advocate. President
Bush is not a right Christian, he dose not follow the teaching of
Christ. Christ came to spread love, harmony and peace on Earth but
President Bush came to murder, spread fear,
horror and terrorize the Earth. Any country that does not follow
him would be attacked and ruined.
Iraq was a country that progressed and chose its way in developing
itself for its own benefits and for the benefits of the Arab Nation
as a whole. It believed in an Arab ideology, which is nationalist
in character and humanitarian in scope. To be effective in participating
in the advancement of the world the Arab World has to be liberated,
free and united.
Palestine was occupied and a racist entity was established there
in Palestine. The Palestinians became refugees and most of them
are scattered around the World. This is a catastrophe, which was
created by the Imperialist West who was responsible for the creation
of the racist Zionist entity.
Iraq believes in the reunification of the Arab land and has realized
that Palestine was occupied and the majority of its people were
forced, under the gun, to live in exile. Zionists from around the
World are squatting in the homes of the Palestinians. Of course
this is unjust; no people should be deprived from having a normal
life with dignity in their own land. Palestine has to be liberated,
its people should return to their cities, towns and villages. Palestine
should be liberated and restored to the Arab fold in order to achieve
George W. Bush adopted the Christian right ideology, which is
Zionist, and he became a pawn in the hands of this unchristian movement,
which poses danger not only to other countries but to the United
State as well. The Zionist ideology that
he embraced is a racist one that poses a grave danger to the entire
World and the United States is not excluded.
Zionism, which was born in the Imperialist West, found a strategic
ally in Imperialist USA. This racist movement was capable of dominating
the United States and dragging it to launch a war of aggression
against Iraq to occupy and ruin it. This war
was waged on behalf of "Israel" and the Christian Zionist
were behind it to hasten the second coming of Christ.
The Zionists played a major role in this racist war against the
Arab Nation. The Zionist entity was entrusted by the Imperialist
United States to destroy, kill Palestinians and annex what was left
of Palestine. The United States was entrusted by the Zionist entity
to destroy Iraq in order to keep "Israel" expanding to
realize the dream of Zionism for greater "Israel".
"Israel" is playing a major role in the war in Iraq.
Despite American concealment of this fact, Al Hayat newspaper reported
that soldiers, officers and rabbis of dual citizenships took part
in the battles and that some of the "Israelis" were killed
by the resistance's bullets, but that is only the tip of the iceberg.
The killing of an "Israeli" officer
in Fallujah exposed the existence of a large number of "Israeli"
officers, snipers, and paratroopers in Iraq.
Based on Zionist "Israeli" press statistics, "Israel"
currently has no fewer than 1,000 officers and soldiers scattered
around the American units working in Iraq. In addition, 37
rabbis are operating within the American troops, which lead us to
believe that the real number is greater.
Reports that come to us from Iraq confirm the cooperation of the
Zionist entity with the United States on the aggression against
Iraq. The Mossad is scattered in the North
as well as in the South. Offices are opened in these areas. Land
is being acquired by Zionist Jews in Kirkuk, Mosul Sulaymaniah and
in other cities. Also it was reported that Allawi is sending
his top officers to Israel" to get training how to fight against
"guerilla warfare" and that Israel is also strengthening
its relation with the Kurdish leadership, which started decades
ago with Mustafa Barazani.
Many reports came from Fallujah that the United States soldiers
were using forbidden arms in this embattled city. The Sunday Mirror
of London reported on November 28, 2004 that the US troops were
secretly using outlawed napalm and gas to wipe out "remaining
insurgents" in and around Fallujah, though that napalm was
forbidden and outlawed by the United Nations in 1980.
Since that American Zionist onslaught on Fallujah citizens and
reporters have reported seeing many corpses scattered in the streets
that look melted and charred as a result of the use of napalm.
The United States had used outlawed weapons before, in Bosnia
and in Iraq. Depleted uranium was used in Iraq at a large scale
in 1991 by George W. H. Bush and during the invasion by George W.
Bush, the son. The water of the Iraqi rivers and lakes were poisoned
and the marine life was destroyed. The soil also was poisoned, including
the air and the environment became unsafe for man, animal and plant.
Fallujah became a ruined city; its citizens are not able to return.
Its schools, homes and places are destroyed. Allawi claims that
it is not safe for the citizens of Fallujah to return. They are
not allowed to return and they are being forced to live in sickening
conditions in the desert without food and shelter and if they return
what they will find?
Ask Bush And Allawi!
WASHINGTON -- Saying they were duped into
enlisting in the armed forces without being told they could be prevented
from leaving, eight soldiers filed a lawsuit Monday challenging
a policy forcing them to serve in Iraq beyond their terms of enlistment.
"I served five months past my one-year obligation and I feel
that it's time to let me go back to my wife," David Qualls,
a specialist in the Arkansas National Guard, told a news conference
The suit is the latest legal challenge to the U.S. Army's "stop-loss
policy" that has prevented thousands of soldiers from leaving
the military when their volunteer service commitment is over. Earlier,
several California National Guard soldiers who received orders to
report for duty took the policy to court individually. The suit
filed Monday differed from the earlier legal challenges in that
the soldiers were on active duty in Iraq.
Under the stop-loss program, the Army can extend enlistments during
war or national emergencies. The policy was used before, in the
buildup to the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
But the policy is based on a federal statute
that was not included in contracts signed by the soldiers when they
enlisted. The lawsuit contends that that makes the policy a breach
of contract because it extends soldiers' length of service without
"This was fraudulent enlistment, and
the fact that the Pentagon is seeking to enforce this is somewhat
shocking," said Jeffrey Fogel, legal director of the
Center for Constitutional Rights, a liberal-leaning civil rights
group based in New York assisting the eight soldiers in their lawsuit
filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.
Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, an Army spokesman, said the Pentagon
had not reviewed the lawsuit and would not comment. But he defended
the policy of extending tours of duty, saying it was needed for
cohesiveness and continuity.
"The alternative is people start leaving that unit in the
middle of a tour," he said.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan, asked
at a briefing about the lawsuit, said that military conflict necessitates
sacrifices by enlistees.
"We are a nation that remains at war," McClellan said.
"We're at war against terrorism. It's important that we win
this war. We appreciate the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.
And these are difficult issues sometimes that the Department of
Defense has to work to address."
Qualls, the only plaintiff publicly identified, is home on leave.
The other seven are now serving in Iraq or are in Kuwait en route
The soldiers sued Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and
other senior military officials in federal court, asking to be immediately
released from military servicebecause they had served out their
Qualls and two other plaintiffs enlisted under so-called Try One
contracts that allow veterans to serve for one year before committing
to full enlistment. Qualls said that when his contract expired a
year later, he was told he could not return home from Iraq, where
he had served nine months, to his wife and daughter in Arkansas.
Four others are serving under multiyear contracts that also have
run out. The remaining soldier's contract doesn't expire until spring,
but he has been told to expect to serve in Iraq beyond the expiration
"What it boils down to in my opinion is a question of fairness,"
Qualls, 35, said. "I feel it's time to let me go back to my
Has President Bush lost his
grip on reality?
In his Dec. 1 speech in Halifax, Nova Scotia, President Bush again
declared his intention to preemptively attack "enemies who
plot in secret and set out to murder the innocent and the unsuspecting."
Freedom from terrorism, Bush declared, will come only through preemptive
war against enemies of democracy.
How does Bush know who and where these secret enemies are? How
many more times will his guesses be wrong like he was about Iraq?
What world does Bush live in? The U.S. cannot control Iraq, much
less battle the rest of the Muslim world and beyond. While Bush
threatened the world with U.S. aggression, headlines revealed the
futility of preemptively invading countries: "Pentagon to Boost
Iraq Force by 12,000," "U.S. Death Toll in Iraq at Highest
Monthly Level," "Wounded, Disabled Soldiers Kept on Active
We are getting our butts kicked in Iraq, and Bush wants to invade
more countries? It is clear as day that we do not have enough troops
to deal with Iraq. The 12,000 additional troops "to improve
security" are being acquired by extending the combat tours
of troops already on duty in Iraq. More U.S. soldiers were killed
in Iraq in November than in any previous month. The
U.S. is so hard-up for troops that the Pentagon is deploying soldiers
who have lost arms and legs in combat. On
Dec. 1, the Washington Post reported: "U.S. armed forces have
recently announced new efforts to keep seriously wounded or disabled
soldiers on active duty."
Redeploying the disabled is presented as a heroic demonstration
of our gung-ho warriors' fighting spirit. But what it really means
is we have no more troops to throw at the few thousand lightly armed
Iraqi insurgents who have tied down eight U.S. divisions.
According to the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany,
the hospital has treated 20,802 U.S. troops for injuries received
in Iraq. According to the Pentagon's figures, 54 percent of the
wounded are too seriously injured to return to their units. If that
figure is correct, it would mean that the insurgents have put 11,233
U.S. troops out of action. Add in the 1,254 U.S. troops who have
been killed for a total of 12,487. That's 9 percent of our total
force in Iraq and a much higher percentage of our combat force.
There is no indication that we have put 12,487 Iraqi insurgents
out of action. Indeed, until very recently, the U.S. military estimated
that there were only several thousand active insurgents in all of
Someone needs to tell Bush that terrorists are
stateless and that invading states creates insurgencies. In Iraq,
our soldiers are not fighting terrorists. They are fighting an insurgency
that Bush created by invading Iraq. Bush's preemptive wars are a
good way to depopulate the U.S. and bankrupt our country.
For all our firepower, we are not winning the war. Fallujah has
been destroyed, but the U.S. military can claim only 1,200-1,600
insurgents were killed. Many of the dead counted as insurgents are
probably civilians killed by the U.S. military's indiscriminate
use of high explosives. But even if we assume the military's estimate
of enemy dead is accurate, it is an unimpressive figure in view
of the 850 wounded and 71 dead Americans. U.S. Fallujah casualties
of 921 is a strikingly high figure considering the heavy armor,
artillery, helicopter gunships, jet fighters, and sophisticated
communications that back up U.S. troops.
Why was Bush in Nova Scotia advocating preemptive invasion unless
Bush has other Middle Eastern countries targeted? Iran and Syria
are the only two remaining Middle Eastern countries that are not
ruled by U.S. puppets.
Lacking sufficient military forces to successfully occupy Iraq,
how is Bush going to engage in preemptive wars against Iran and
Syria without bringing back the draft? If eight U.S. divisions can't
do the job in Iraq, 16 U.S. divisions won't be enough for Iran.
Defeating standing armies is a different game from occupying a hostile
country. The U.S. military is good at the former, not at the latter.
Bush would serve our country and the rest of the world far better
by ceasing his macho aggressive talk and working to create trust
and good will. Bush is a very foolish man if he thinks America will
bear no consequences for his support of Israel's appalling treatment
of the Palestinians. Is Bush really as stupid as he sounds? Is the
president of the United States so poorly informed that he believes
that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have
nothing to do with U.S. support of Israel's destruction of the Palestinian
The American public is totally uninformed about the true character
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Americans could learn a great
deal by reading Israeli newspapers and the reports of Israeli peace
groups. However, it is impossible to believe that the U.S. government
is equally in the dark about the consequences of Bush's support
for Israeli aggression against the Palestinians and the impact Bush's
support of Israel has on Muslims' attitudes toward the U.S.
A president who misled us about Iraqi weapons
of mass destruction and terrorist links will also mislead us about
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, about Iran's intentions –
indeed, about everything. Bush proved that his word cannot be trusted;
yet Americans reelected him.
Bush got the voters' message: "Lie to us
On Dec. 3, Russian President Vladimir L. Putin replied to Bush's
Halifax speech by declaring Bush's policy "dictatorial and
hypocritical." Russia's leader warned that policies "based
on the barrack-room principles of a unipolar world appear to be
extremely dangerous." Russian Air Force commander General Vladimir
Mikhailov announced that Russia, too, can engage in preemptive attacks.
Russia has informed neighboring Georgia that Russia might use cruise
missiles and strategic bombers in preventive strikes against Chechen
terrorists sheltering on Georgian territory.
Bush's insane doctrine of preemptive war promises a 21st century
more bloody than the 20th.
Hamid Karzai has been sworn
in as Afghanistan's first directly-elected president amid tight
security at the former royal palace in Kabul.
Mr Karzai, who has led the country since the Taleban were ousted
in 2001, won landmark elections in October.
Among the 150 guests at the ceremony were US Vice-President Dick
Cheney and US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Ordinary Afghans were urged to stay at home amid
fears of attacks by Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters.
"We have now left a hard and dark past behind us, and today
we are opening a new chapter in our history in a spirit of friendship
with the international community," he said.
He told his audience that the fight against the remnants of the
former Taleban regime was "not yet over", and urged sustained
international aid and co-operation to defeat increasing links between
extremists and drug-trafficking.
"The same co-operation has led to the rebuilding of the Afghan
state and significant progress in restoring peace, stability and
security to our country," he said. [...]
Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld left Kabul later on Tuesday, after being
advised not to stay in the city overnight for security reasons.
Early, Mr Cheney rallied US troops at Bagram airbase near the capital.
"For the first time the people of this country are looking
confident about the future of freedom and peace," he told them.
Referring to the former regime and the al-Qaeda
network it harboured, he added: "The dictatorship that harboured
the most vicious terrorist network in history is now history."
Afghanistan is still riven by tribal differences, with hugely influential
warlords such as Abdul Rashid Dostum controlling large swathes of
Western governments also fear that a boom in opium farming is threatening
to flood Europe with cheap heroin and turn Afghanistan into a virtual
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Egypt has sent a convicted
Israeli spy home after eight years in jail and Israel released six
Egyptian infiltrators in
the clearest sign of a warming of relations strained by a Palestinian
Both cases had elements of the bizarre. Azzam
Azzam, an Israeli Arab textile worker, was alleged to have passed
messages in women's underwear soaked in invisible ink. Israel said
the Egyptians detained last summer planned to hijack an army tank.
By putting the two affairs behind them, Israel and Egypt seemed
to be setting the stage for closer security cooperation over Prime
Ariel Sharon's plan to pull troops and settlers out of neighbouring
Gaza in 2005.
Shouting "I am born again", Azzam, a member of the Druze
sect, crossed into Israel from Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Sunday
hours after six Egyptian students charged with conspiring to attack
Israeli soldiers were returned home.
Jailed in 1996 in Egypt, where he worked in a joint Israeli-Egyptian
textile venture, Azzam was sentenced a year later to a 15-year prison
term after being found guilty of spying for Israel's Mossad intelligence
Azzam and Israel denied the charges which included allegations
he used the invisible ink to communicate with a purported Egyptian
Sharon's office hailed Azzam's release as a "personal gesture"
to the prime minister by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, reciprocated
by Israel's agreement to free the infiltrators it arrested in August.
"This humanitarian gesture will contribute to a strengthening
of relations between Egypt and Israel," the prime minister's
office quoted him as telling Mubarak.
Egypt's state news agency MENA said Azzam was freed for health
reasons after serving a significant part of his sentence.
The dual release, which scored points at home for Sharon as he
battles to put together a new governing coalition, also appeared
to hold out an olive branch to the Palestinians.
"In addition, as a gesture to Mubarak, Sharon instructed
the security authorities to examine the possibility of shortening
the prison terms of Palestinian prisoners," the prime minister's
office said in a statement.
A prisoner release could help strengthen moderate Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas, favoured by Israel and the United States as
potential peacemaker following the November 11 death of Yasser Arafat.
The Azzam case cast a deeper shadow over what Israelis call a
"cold peace" with Egypt, which in 1979 became the first
Arab country to
sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state.
After the start of the Palestinian uprising in 2000, relations
took another turn for the worse with Egypt's recall of its ambassador
in Tel Aviv.
Last August, Israeli authorities arrested six Egyptian students,
aged between 21 and 25, near the desert border for crossing into
illegally armed with an airgun and 14 knives.
Prosecutors said the infiltrators planned to hijack a tank, kill
its crew and then rob a bank to finance more attacks.
Parents of the Egyptian students have said in
interviews that their sons had no political views and had gone to
Israel merely to find work.
Breaking with its policy of neither confirming nor denying allegations
having to do with intelligence activity, Israel insisted from the
Azzam had no connection to its spy services.
An extreme right Jewish settler
convicted under counter-terrorism legislation for membership of
an organisation that killed eight Palestinian civilians was jailed
for eight years yesterday.
Shahar Dvir-Zeliger, a member of the "new Jewish underground"
was also found guilty in Jerusalem district court of illegal possession
of arms stolen from the Israeli Defence Forces stores. Zeliger belonged
to the "Bat Ayin" group, held responsible for several
attacks including one which killed a baby, and an ambush on a car
in July, 2001, in which three Palestinians were shot dead.
During the investigation, Zeliger led police to the group's massive
weapons cache containing guns, anti-tank rockets, and ammunition
stolen from Israeli Army weapons stores and bunkers in the West
Bank. The cache was hidden in caves near his home in the West Bank
settlement of Adi Ad.
The counter-terrorism order under which Zeliger was convicted was
last used in the 1980s against members of the "Jewish underground"
who bombed the cars of Arab mayors in the West Bank and mounted
a shooting attack at the Islamic University in Hebron in which three
students were killed.
Judge Yoram Noam said the prison term was the longest he could
impose in view of the cooperation shown by Zeliger during the police
investigation, which established that some of the weapons had been
used to kill Palestinians. But he declared: "The
phenomenon of Jewish citizens of Israel belonging to a terrorist
organisation aiming to harm Arab residents needs to be eradicated
by severe punishment." [...]
DUBAI (AFP) - The Saudi branch of Osama bin
Laden's Al-Qaeda terror group used an Islamist web site to claim
an unprecedented attack on the US consulate in the Saudi port of
Jeddah, stating that some assailants had managed to flee after the
"Your brothers of the squadron of the martyr Abu Annas al-Shami
stormed one of the bastions of the American crusaders in the Arabian
peninsula, in Jeddah," the statement said.
"They were able to withdraw from the consulate and reach a
safe place, after losing two martyrs who covered the retreat of
the mujahedeen, three of whom were wounded and are being treated,"
said the statement signed by the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Arabian
"Your brothers managed to kill nine people in the consulate,
including two Americans and seven soldiers of the tyrannical (Saudi)
regime, and wounded dozens more," it said.
The assailants seized "telecommunications machines, light
arms, sophisticated electronic equipment and important documents,"
the group said, promising to release details of what it called "Operation
Conquest of Fallujah" after the Iraqi Sunni town stormed by
the US army last month.
"This operation is one of the series of operations carried
out by the Al-Qaeda organization in their war against the crusaders
and the Jews to chase the infidels out of the Arabian peninsula,"
the group said, adding that "the mujahedeen are determined
to pursue their fight."
Gunmen stormed the consulate on Monday, triggering a bloody three-hour
siege and a shootout that left five staff and four attackers dead,
Saudi officials said. [...]
The brazen attack was the first of its kind on a diplomatic mission
in Saudi Arabia but the latest in a series of bombings and shootings
blamed on Al-Qaeda in the oil-rich desert kingdom since May 2003
that have often targeted foreigners.
The attackers raided the Red Sea beachfront consulate compound
in broad daylight in a hail of bullets and explosions that set off
a fire and sent black smoke billowing into the sky.
The Saudi interior ministry said in a statement issued early Tuesday
that five members of a "deviant group" hurled bombs at
one of the gates of the US consulate as a vehicle belonging to the
mission was driving in at 11 am (0800 GMT) Monday.
Saudi authorities use the term "deviant group"
to refer to suspected sympathizers of Al-Qaeda who have killed more
than 90 people and wounded hundreds in the past 19 months.
The five men "then managed to get in the area surrounding
the consulate and tried to torch one of the buildings, attacking
those who were on the site," said the ministry statement, read
on state television.
Security forces rushed to the scene and besieged the assailants,
killing three on the spot and wounding the two others, one of whom
later died in hospital, the statement said.
"As a result of this criminal action, five people on the scene
-- a Yemeni, a Sudanese, a Palestinian, a Pakistani and a Sri Lankan
-- were killed," said the interior ministry statement.
US President George W. Bush said the raid proved
that terrorists were still active and the Saudi government vowed
there would be no let up in its fight against Islamic extremists.
"The attacks in Saudi Arabia remind us that the terrorists
are still on the move," Bush said in Washington. "They
want us to leave Saudi Arabia, they want us to leave Iraq, they
want us to grow timid and weary."
Seven explosions hit Spain on Monday, wounding
at least two people, after the Basque separatist group ETA threatened
to set off a series of bombs, Spanish officials and media said.
Officials said the people were wounded in a bomb in Santillana
del Mar in northern Spain.
Another bomb exploded in Ciudad Real to the south of Madrid.
El Pais newspaper said on its website that explosions had
also gone off in Leon in the north and Malaga in the south. El Mundo's website
said explosions were also reported in Avila, north-west of Madrid.
Media also reported two more explosions.
None of the sites are within Spain's Basque country, which is
made up of three provinces in the north of Spain that Basque nationalists
say are part of a greater Basque homeland including Navarra and
three provinces in France.
Anonymous callers claiming to speak for ETA told a Basque newspaper
earlier that seven cities had been targeted.
A first caller said the devices were timed to explode at 1.30pm
(11.30 AEDT) in the northern cities of Avila, Valladolid, Leon and
Santillana del Mar, the newspaper Gara said.
A second call came in 15 minutes later warning of explosives also
placed in Malaga, Alicante in the east and Ciudad Real.
The Interior Ministry said the seven sites targeted - streets
and plazas and a parking lot - had been evacuated and cordoned off.
Five small explosive devices were detonated at service stations
along major highways around Madrid on Friday evening after a similar
call to Gara from a person claiming to speak for ETA.
Damage was minor and two police officers were slightly injured.
Gara often serves as a mouthpiece for ETA.
Another device was defused in the southern city of Almeria on
Monday is a public holiday in Spain to celebrate the 1978 constitution,
a source of pride to most Spaniards marking the return to democracy
after the four-decade dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.
Police had warned of a possible ETA attack.
ETA has killed nearly 850 people since 1968 in a bombing and shooting
campaign for an independent Basque state. [...]
LONDON - New rules being proposed for a reformed
United Nations might have allowed the United States and Britain
to carry out their invasion of Iraq with the approval of the world
body, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said in a newspaper interview.
"Had this new jurisprudence been there, I think the Security
Council would probably -- you can't be certain -- have decided to
take Chapter 7 action against Iraq in respect of human rights abuses,"
Straw told the daily The Independent.
"That would have been as much a basis for determining an ultimatum
by the Council as weapons of mass destruction became. They are dealing
with situations before a latent threat becomes imminent. That's
very important," he added.
The proposed new rules were laid out in a report commissioned by
UN General Secretary Kofi Annan, and published on Tuesday last week.
The new rules would strengthen the power
of the UN Security Council to approve military action against states
that were deemed to be failing or refusing to protect their citizens
against human rights abuses. [...]
| NEW YORK - Human Rights Watch said secret squads
operating under the Iranian judiciary have
used torture to force detained Internet journalists and activists
to write self-incriminatory "confession letters."
The New York-based group said it had evidence confirming that secret
squads of interrogators -- primarily former intelligence officers
purged in the late-1990s by President Mohammed Khatami -- forced
the detainees to write the letters under extreme pressure as a condition
for their release on bail.
"The Iranian government shouldn't think for a minute that
anyone will believe in the authenticity of these letters. They're
fooling no one," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director
at Human Rights Watch. "With stunts like these, Tehran is rapidly
losing its already meager credibility on human rights."
The group believes the Iranian government has resorted to forced
confessions to pave the way for the prosecution of reformist politicians
and leaders of civil society organizations.
By obtaining self-incriminating confessions, the
government is attempting to destroy individuals' reputations, sow
discord among activists and ultimately shut down all independent
voices and organizations," Human Rights Watch said.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - A woman ran over
two teenage brothers after they accidentally hit her sport utility
vehicle with a golf ball they were bouncing in a parking lot, officials
said. One of the boys suffered life-threatening injuries.
The 14-and 16-year-old boys were bouncing the golf ball in a shopping
centre parking lot Sunday afternoon when it went astray and struck
the vehicle driven by 47-year-old Kathy Allen, sheriff's deputy
Greg Suchy said.
No damage was done, and the boys apologized
and began to walk away, Suchy said. Allen started to drive
away, but suddenly made a U-turn, ran over a median and struck the
teens before knocking over a light pole, Suchy said.
"I tried to run. I blacked out. I woke up bleeding,"
Justin Marshman, 16, told the Florida Times-Union.
She then allegedly went after a third brother, but did not hit
him. A witness said that after the vehicle
came to rest, Allen got out of the car and smoked a cigarette with
the boys lying on the ground in pain.
"She charged them. This was the most deliberate act,"
witness Russell McPhee said. "After she
ran them down, she got out of the car and lit a cigarette like a
Isiah Grayer, 14, was in critical condition Monday. Justin Marshman,
his stepbrother, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Brent Woolbright of the St. Johns County Public Defender's Office
said he was assigned Allen's case Monday and was trying to get all
"I talked to her, and her story is a little different than
what was reported," he said.
Allen told the court she has mental problems.
A judge ordered her held without bail Monday on three counts of
circling the sun for billions of years it exploded over northern
NSW yesterday with the force of about 500
tonnes of TNT, shaking people from their sleep and lighting
up the pre-dawn sky.
As worried Taree residents phoned police, a shockwave from the
meteor's blast was heard by networks of sensitive microphones set
up near Hobart and Tennant Creek to listen for secret nuclear tests.
"We saw the shockwave for about five minutes," said David
Brown, a scientist from the Federal Government's Geoscience Australia,
which runs the listening posts.
Dr Brown said the data showed that the meteor, travelling west
to east, broke into about five parts high in the sky just north
of Taree at 4.18am.
"Any debris would have fallen into the sea," he said,
adding that Geoscience Australia's earthquake monitoring stations
did not detect any ground impact.
Dr Brown said the explosion was probably equal
to that of about 500 tonnes of TNT but could have been as big as
that of 1000 tonnes.
Graham Bird, of Taree police, was among those who heard the meteor's
arrival. "I certainly woke up," he said. "It sounded
like really heavy thunder."
Police received reports of the blast from Wollongong to Coffs Harbour,
and his own station received about 70 calls, he said.
"We had a few truck drivers say the sky lit
up for about four seconds and that it was like daylight," he
The blast woke Warren Burnes, owner of a prawn trawler, who was
at home in Harrington, 40 kilometres north of Taree.
"I thought it was the local petrol station exploding,"
he said. "It was very, very loud. I jumped up in bed and looked
outside but I saw nothing. Everyone heard it. It made my sister-in-law's
A Manly caller to Angela Catterns's ABC radio program said the
jolt knocked a painting off her wall, smashing the glass. "It
scared the daylights out of me."
Rob McNaught, an astronomer at Siding Spring, near Coonabarabran,
said meteors typically entered the atmosphere at about 20 kilometres
a second and started glowing 90 kilometres up.
The boom heard by residents suggested that yesterday's meteor was
less than 50 kilometres up when it exploded.
If made from stone or iron the meteor was probably at least as
big as a basketball.
Mr McNaught said there was a chance that security cameras in eastern
NSW recorded the fireball, or at least its reflected glow.
Further studies are being conducted
into the fallen meteorite found at the Sankabodhi Viharaya, Polonnaruwa
by the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies to find
its definite origin.
The tests are to determine whether the object which shows certain
magnetic qualities, is from the asteroid belt, inner solar system
or outside the solar system, Dr. Chandana Jayaratne said.
This asteroid which fell to the Sankabodi Viharaya on November
27, creating a fissure 3.6 cm in length, 3.3 cm in width and 3 cm
in depth has now been confirmed to be a rare type iron meteorite
by the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies after an
X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry analysis and several other tests,
Dr. Jayaratne said.
A resident monk has seen a blue smoke tail when it came down. According
to eye witnesses the object was shining metallic blue but within
24 hours it has turned brownish black due to oxidation after contact
with oxygen in the earth's atmosphere.
The meteorite weighing 47.015 grms. consists of elements Ti, Cr,
Mn, Fe and Zn and was the first outer space object to be tested
since the setting up of the meteorite testing laboratory at the
TOKYO - A powerful earthquake with a magnitude
of 7.0 has jolted the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan.
Japan's Meteorological Agency warned the quake could create a
tidal wave off the eastern shores of the island.
There are no reports of injuries. Japanese broadcaster NHK reports
train service in the eastern part of the island has been suspended
and some homes have lost power.
Monday's quake is the second sizable one to strike the island
in the past week. A quake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit Hokkaido Nov.
29, injuring two dozen people.
The island is still recovering from a series of quakes that struck
in late October and killed 39 people. The quakes cut water and gas
services in Niigata prefecture, about 250 kilometres north of Tokyo,
and left more than 46,000 people living in emergency shelters.
That quake was the worst in Japan since 1995, when a quake with
a magnitude of 7.2 killed 6,000 people in Kobe.
A moderate earthquake occurred at 16:26:29
(UTC) on Monday, December 6, 2004. The magnitude 5.1 event has been
located in the FIJI REGION. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
REAL, Philippines - Relief agencies battled
bad weather to deliver supplies into storm-ravaged areas of the
Philippines as the toll of dead and missing from two storms in one
week exceeded 1,400, officials said.
A tropical storm that hit the country on November 29 -- locally
named "Winnie" -- left a total of 669 dead and 697 missing,
most of them from the three northeastern coastal towns of Real,
Infanta and General Nakar.
Colonel Jaime Buenaflor, the military commander in the storm-hit
area, said there were 607 dead and 695 missing in the three towns
according to figures from his soldiers who are helping in the relief
The rest of the storm's victims were in other parts of the country
as heavy rains caused flooding, landslides and other hazards such
as fallen trees and power lines.
Typhoon Nanmadol, which hit on Thursday last week, has caused another
38 deaths and left another 33 people missing, the civil defense
office said. [...]
ST. JOHN'S — A fierce winter
storm closed schools, cancelled ferries, made roads treacherous
and gave one Bay de Verde family an experience they'll never forget.
Much of Cathy Knapman's roof flew away at about 11:30 Monday morning.
"It's amazing – the wind is unbelievable," Knapman
Neighbours arrived with ropes to secure the rest of the Knapman's
"There's nothing here to tie it onto, except a rock."
The storm has left much of her house exposed.
"That's the killer. Our whole house is exposed – if
we have snow or rain tonight, everything in the house will be ruined,"
The family was not able to get a measurement of wind speed. Knapman
said the family had been planning to buy a gauge for Christmas.
High winds, coupled with blizzard conditions, brought daily life
to a standstill in different parts of the province.
For example, winds have been clocking well over 100 k/h in western
Newfoundland, where most schools in the region are closed.
The Archives of Disease in Childhood have just
published its latest findings on the "Increased Prescribing
Trends of Paediatric Psychotropic Medications". The medicines
investigated include antidepressants, stimulants, antipsychotics,
benzodiazepines and other anxiolytics.
The researchers from the Institute of Child Health, University
of London, acknowledge that studies in the
US and Britain have shown a considerable increase in the prescribing
of psychotropic medicines—drugs capable of affecting
mental activity. But little information was held regarding other
countries. Therefore the study looked at nine countries between
2000 and 2002.
Using prescription data the countries looked at were Britain,
France, Germany and Spain (the largest market in Europe), Argentina,
Brazil, Mexico (the largest market in South America), Canada and
The study defined children as those under the age of 18 years.
It was found that the number of psychotropic
prescriptions for children has risen in all nine countries and seven
have shown a significant increase.
The UK has the highest percentage increase (68 percent) and
the lowest was Germany (13 percent).
These results suggest that the global increases in prescription
rates are not only prevalent in the UK and US, but evident in several
other countries. The authors express concern that drugs are being
used to replace non-drug treatments, but caution that there is insufficient
research to confirm or refute this suggestion.
The report does state that "the observed
increase in so many countries should raise concern, as little research
has been conducted in children to study the effects of most psychotropic
Phoenix dentist and his staff say that an X-ray taken this week
seems to contain an image resembling Jesus.
The patient came in for a routine exam on Tuesday. The image was
revealed when the X-ray was developed.
The patient described himself as a devout Christian, but said
he has never before seen Jesus in an X-ray.
The patient's dental exam was perfect.
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