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"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." - Cindy Sheehan

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©2005 Pierre-Paul Feyte

By Cindy Sheehan
16 Nov 2005
Dear Barbara,

On April 04, 2004, your oldest child killed my oldest child, Casey Austin Sheehan.

Unlike your oldest child, my son was a marvelous person who joined the military to serve his country and to try and make the world a better place. Casey didn't want to go to Iraq, but he knew his duty. Your son went AWOL from a glamour unit. George couldn't even handle the Alabama Air National Guard. Casey joined the Army before your son became commander in chief. We all know that your son was thinking of invading Iraq as early as 1999. Casey was a dead man before George even became president and before he even joined the Army in May of 2000.

I raised Casey and my other children to use their words to solve problems and conflicts. I told my four children from the time that they were small that it is ALWAYS wrong to kick, bite, hit, scratch, pull hair, etc. If the smaller children couldn't find the words to solve their conflicts without violence, I always encouraged them to find a mediator like a parent, older sibling, or teacher to help them find the words.

Did you teach George to use his words and not his violence to solve problems? It doesn't appear so. Did you teach him that killing other people for profits and oil is ALWAYS wrong? Obviously you did not. I also used to wash my children's mouth out with soap on the rare occasion that they lied…did you do that to George? Can you do it now? He has lied and he is still lying. Saddam did not have WMD's or ties with al-Qaeda and the Downing Street Memos prove that your son knew this before he invaded Iraq.

On August 3rd, 2005, your son said that he killed my son and the other brave and honorable Americans for a "noble cause." Well, Barbara, mother to mother, that angered me. I don't consider invading and occupying another country that was proven not to be a threat to the USA is a noble cause. I don't think invading a country, killing its innocent citizens, and ruining the infrastructure to make your family and your family-friendly war profiteers rich is a noble cause.

So I went down to Crawford in August to ask your son what noble cause did he kill my son for. He wouldn't speak with me. I think that showed incredibly bad manners. Do you think a president, even if it is your son, should be so inaccessible to his employers? Especially one of his bosses whose life George has devastated so completely?

I have been to the White House several times since August to try and meet with George and I am going back to Crawford next week. Do you think you can call him and ask him to do the right thing and bring the troops home from this illegal and immoral war in Iraq that he carelessly started? I hear you are one of the few people he still talks to. He won't speak to his father, who knew the difficulties and impossibilities of going into Iraq and that's why he didn't go there in the 1st Gulf War. If you won't tell him to bring the troops home, can you at least urge him to meet with me?

You said this in 2003, a little over a year before my dear, sweet Casey was killed by your son's policies:

"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" (Good Morning America, March 18, 2003)

Now I have something to tell you, Barbara. I didn't want to hear about deaths or body bags either. On April 04, 2004, three Army officers came to my house to tell me that Casey was killed in Iraq. I fell on the floor screaming and begging the cruel Angel of Death to take me too. But the Angel of Death that took my son is your son.

Casey came home in a flag draped coffin on April 10th. I used to have a beautiful mind too. Now my mind is filled with images of seeing his beautiful body in his casket and memories of burying my brave and honest boy before his life really began. Casey's beautiful mind was ended by an insurgent's bullet to his brain, but your son might as well have pulled the trigger.


Besides encouraging your son to have some honesty and courage and to finally do the right thing, don't you think you owe me and every other Gold Star parent an apology for that cruel and careless remark you made?

Your son's amazingly ignorant, arrogant, and reckless policies in Iraq are responsible for so much sorrow and trouble in this world.

Can you make him stop? Do it before more mothers' lives are needlessly and cruelly harmed. There have been too many worldwide already.

Sincerely,

Cindy Sheehan
Mother of Casey Sheehan
Founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace
Founder of Camp Casey Peace Foundation

Comment: Read again Sheehan's words:

You said this in 2003, a little over a year before my dear, sweet Casey was killed by your son's policies:

"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" (Good Morning America, March 18, 2003)

Now I have something to tell you, Barbara. I didn't want to hear about deaths or body bags either. On April 04, 2004, three Army officers came to my house to tell me that Casey was killed in Iraq. I fell on the floor screaming and begging the cruel Angel of Death to take me too. But the Angel of Death that took my son is your son.

Casey came home in a flag draped coffin on April 10th. I used to have a beautiful mind too. Now my mind is filled with images of seeing his beautiful body in his casket and memories of burying my brave and honest boy before his life really began. Casey's beautiful mind was ended by an insurgent's bullet to his brain, but your son might as well have pulled the trigger.


Aside from being a very powerful indictment of Bush and Co., Sheehan's words are as close to the truth of the matter as you are likely to get. The sad reality is that there is nothing inflammatory about calling the current member of the American executive "murderers", it is simply a cold hard fact. The U.S. population, like that of Britain, Australia, Italy and many other countries, is being governed by men and women who are very clearly guilty of war crimes.

By Alex Johnson
MSNBC
Updated: 7:17 p.m. ET Nov. 17, 2005
Americans’ appetite for world leadership has waned significantly since before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with more than two-fifths saying the United States should mind its own business, according to a major new survey released Thursday.

The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Council on Foreign Relations, found an isolationist streak that rivals sentiments that emerged in the mid-1970s in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

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Comment: Given the following article - along with the anti-UN ranting of Bush administration officials like John Bolton - it is hardly surprising that most Americans no longer like the UN...

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Published November 15, 2005
UNITED NATIONS -- Problems with U.S. social benefit systems impede people struggling to overcome poverty, the United Nations said.

High health care costs and lack of low-cost housing exacerbate poverty and this can be seen as a human rights abuse, concluded a 17-day fact-finding mission by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights Tuesday.

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AFP
Thu Nov 17, 4:34 PM ET
NEW YORK - President George W. Bush's job approval rating has touched a new low of 34 percent, according to a US survey by Harris Interactive.

While one in three Americans rated Bush's performance in the White house as "positive," 65 percent said it was "only fair" or "poor," the poll showed.

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Haider Rizvi
OneWorld US
Thu Nov 17, 9:28 PM ET
NEW YORK - Despite considerable opposition from lawmakers, including some within his Republican party, President George W. Bush seems determined to push ahead with plans to introduce further cuts in taxes for the rich, continuing to assert that it would create more jobs for the poor.

But the findings of a new study suggest that Bush's claim on job creation is based more on political rhetoric than actual facts related to the nation's economic realities.

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Comment: The results of this study are hardly shocking. We've been discussing Bush's "economic policies" for years on the Signs page. The real significance of this article is that it was found in a mainstream news source. Yet another sign that the US economy isn't going to be propped up much longer...

By James Kuhnhenn and Jonathan S. Landay
Knight Ridder Newspapers
President Bush called Democratic critics of how he sold the Iraq war to the world "irresponsible" five times Thursday during a brief news conference in South Korea.

Bush said he agreed with Vice President Dick Cheney, who on Wednesday had accused some unnamed senators who oppose the administration's Iraq war policy of lacking "backbone" and making "reprehensible charges" that Bush and his aides "purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence."

Cheney's rough-edged remarks, and the president's unequivocal endorsement of them, were the latest in the Bush administration's new campaign to challenge critics of how it sold the war, accusing them of twisting the historical record about how and why the war was launched. Yet in accusing Iraq-war critics of "rewriting history," Bush, Cheney and other senior administration officials are tinkering with the truth themselves.

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Comment: It is indeed a perfect example of just how farcical the world of American politics has become when, after all the clear-cut evidence that the Bush administration consciously fabricated (lied about) evidence for the Iraq invasion, so called "opposition" politician in the U.S. are still only tentatively suggesting that the Bush administration may have "deliberately misled" (notice the great efforts that are made to avoid the word "lied") the population over the Iraq invasion.

We can only hope that the many public opinion polls showing the American public as still undecided about whether or not Bush "misled" them on the Iraq war are bogus, and that the American people, while denied a voice by the bought-and-paid-for media, are at least personally aware of what is going on in their country and have no fear of calling a spade a spade, rather than 'a garden implement', or a lie a lie, rather than a misunderstanding.

By Caroline Daniel in Gyeongju and Holly Yeager in Washington Nov. 18, 2005
The White House on Thursday vowed to launch a "sustained attack" against Democrats over charges that the administration manipulated the pre-war intelligence on Iraq.

Dan Bartlett, counsellor to the president, told reporters in Gyeongju travelling with President George W. Bush in South Korea that the White House fight-back would be "sustained" in order to prevent Democratic charges about the way the administration led the country to war from becoming "conventional wisdom."

Comment: Of course! The very last thing that anyone wants is for the truth to become "conventional wisdom"

"There is a bright line there and it's one that the Democrats have crossed," he said.

"In the last couple of weeks it has reached critical mass. So we needed to respond."

Senate Democrats have accused Mr Bush of distorting the intelligence to persuade Congress and the country to support the war, and have forced the Senate intelligence committee to revive a long-promised investigation into how the White House used the available intelligence before the war.

But the administration appears increasingly worried that the attacks will weaken popular support for sustaining US troops in Iraq. There have been growing calls in Washington for a clear deadline for troops to be withdrawn from Iraq, including from Senator John Kerry who last week demanded the immediate withdrawal of 20,000 troops.

The deepening US unease with Iraq was underscored on Thursday when John Murtha, a leading Democratic voice in Congress on defence issues who has been supportive of the war, called for the withdrawal of US forces within six months.

The White House effort is aimed in part at halting that erosion of support. In a blistering speech in Washington on Wednesday night, Dick Cheney, vice-president, said the Democratic charge that the administration "purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city".

He was concerned at the impact of domestic dissent on troops based in Iraq. "Our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out … and back home a few opportunists are suggesting they were sent into battle for a lie," he said.

Comment: "A few opportunists"??! Try at least 50% of the Ameican public, and a significantly higher percentage of the rest of the world.

"The president and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone ... but we're not going to sit by and let them rewrite history."


Comment: Of course not Dick! After all, making and/or rewriting history is your job!

Mr Bush backed Mr Cheney's remarks. Looking tense and jabbing his finger, he denied he was accusing his opponents of being unpatriotic.

Comment: Finger jabbing, looking tense, accusations of a lack of patriotism, what more evidence do we need before we accept the fact that King George is going the same route as his demented namesake.

"They looked at the same intelligence I did, and they voted – many of them voted to support the decision I made. It's irresponsible to use politics," he said. "This is serious business making – winning this war."

Comment: Did you catch that? So which is it George, making the war or winning the war, or is it both?

Mr Bartlett, asked whether the White House attacks on the Democrats would only reinforce partisan divides in the US, said: "We are a politically divided nation."

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AFP
Fri Nov 18, 1:59 AM ET
WASHINGTON - Democrats and the White House traded fresh salvos over US Iraq policy, as a top Democratic lawmaker introduced a bill demanding an immediate withdrawal of US troops there.

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By ANDREW TAYLOR
Associated Press
Fri Nov 18, 2:46 AM ET
WASHINGTON - House Republicans sweated out a victory on a major budget cut bill in the wee hours Friday, salvaging a major pillar of their agenda despite divisions within the party and nervousness among moderates that the vote could cost them in next year's elections.

The bill, passed 217-215 after a 25-minute-long roll call, makes modest but politically painful cuts across an array of programs for the poor, students and farmers.

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Comment: Does this mean that US lawmakers - contrary to public statements that everything is just peachy - actually ARE concerned about the ballooning US deficit??

SOTT
November 18, 2005

By Eric Burroughs
Reuters
Fri Nov 18, 3:27 AM ET
TOKYO - The dollar pushed back toward two-year highs against the euro and the yen on Friday, shaking off a bout of profit-taking as investors see the U.S. currency extending its rally driven by a widening interest rate advantage.

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Reuters
November 18, 2005
LONDON - The Group of Seven finance ministers and central bankers will assess in December how sustainable the current dollar strength is and whether the impact from high oil prices will be contained, a G7 source said on Friday.

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Bloomberg
Nov. 17 2005
Conrad Black, the onetime press magnate who built Hollinger International Inc. into the world's third-largest publisher of English-language newspapers, was charged with helping steal $51.8 million from the company.

The 61-year-old former chairman and chief executive officer of Hollinger International, along with three former company executives, was accused of wire fraud and mail fraud in an 11- count indictment unsealed in Chicago today. Prosecutors issued a warrant for the arrest of Black, who's been a British lord since 2001. He faces as much as 40 years in jail and $2 million in fines if convicted on all charges.

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AFP
Fri Nov 18, 2:45 AM ET
WASHINGTON - The CIA has set up secret joint counterterrorism centers in Europe, Middle East and Asia to track and capture suspected terrorists and penetrate their networks, The Washington Post said.

The centers, known as Counterterrorist Intelligence Centers, or CTICs, act on initial tips that may come from the CIA, but the operations to pick up suspects are usually organized by one of the joint centers, current and former US and foreign intelligence officials told the daily.

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Fri Nov 18, 2005
By Faris al-Mehdawi
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers strapped with explosives killed at least 62 people when they blew themselves up inside crowded Shi'ite mosques at prayer time in the northeastern Iraqi town of Khanaqin on Friday. [...]

A spokesman for Iraq's Interior Ministry put the toll at 62 killed and 95 wounded, and said the total could rise. [...]

Police said
the bombers entered the small mosques with explosive belts strapped to their waists and detonated themselves when the buildings were at their busiest -- during prayers on the Muslim holy day.

The attacks in Khanaqin, a mixed Shi'ite and Kurdish town northeast of Baghdad near the border with Iran, seemed certain to fuel sectarian tensions ahead of a December 15 election that Washington hopes will pave the way for peace and democracy 2-1/2 years after the U.S.-led invasion.

The Shi'ite- and Kurdish-led government and its U.S. backers are fighting a mainly Sunni Arab insurgency that has frequently targeted civilians in crowded places like mosques and markets.

Comment: First of all, we should note that it was the US-backed Iraqi police that claimed that this was a suicide bombings. Given the clear evidence for American, Israeli and British false flag operations in Iraq that are attempting to foment ehtnic strife in Iraq, it would be very interesting to get some statements from survivors to see if they share the opinion of the Iraqi police.

Another important point to note is that the Iraqi government is now being described as "the Shi'ite- and Kurdish-led government and its U.S. backers" and that they are "fighting a Sunni insurgency". It would appear that the plan to embroil Iraq in a civil war and to have the Iraqis fight each other rather than the U.S. forces is progressing quite nicely, even if it means that U.S., Israeli and British intelligence agents will be forced to start the war themselves.

18 Nov 2005
"The planet's most serious danger is the government of the United States. ... The people of the United States are being governed by a killer, a genocidal murderer and a madman," Chavez said at a meeting of Venezuelan and Brazilian business executives in Caracas.

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Comment: Couldn't have said it better ourselves!

By NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press Writer
18 Nov 2005
The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said science explains the history of the universe.

"If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly."

"God in his infinite freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity," he wrote. "He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates, loves."

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Drudgreport
A natural disaster expert says it’s time New Orleans residents faced the fact that their city will be below sea level in 90 years. Prof. Tim Kusky advocates a gradual pull-out from the city, whose slow, steady slide into the sea was sped up enormously by Hurricane Katrina. Kusky speaks to Scott Pelley for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 20 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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www.chinaview.cn
2005-11-18 09:30:43
SANTIAGO, Nov. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A strong earthquake hit northern Chile and southern Bolivia on Thursday, causing panic among local residents and cutting utilities, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, officials in Chile and Bolivia said.

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Friday, November 18, 2005
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A small-scale earthquake shook a section of Plymouth on Thursday.

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By Michael Peltier
Reuters
Thu Nov 17, 3:34 PM ET
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida law firm's television advertisement featuring a pit bull, a dog breed known for its aggression, is misleading and an affront to the legal profession, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

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By Arthur Spiegelman
Reuters
Fri Nov 18,10:26 AM ET
LOS ANGELES - In 2005, some people wanted the word "brainstorming" replaced by "thought shower" so as not to offend people with brain disorders, and they also wanted "deferred success" to replace "failure" so as not to embarrass those who don't succeed.

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SOTT
November 18, 2005

SOTT
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