MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH


March 24, 2003

The U.S. Army of Mass Destruction Series #2: Chronicling the Insanity


Hello everyone

Trying to keep up with the insanity.

Just a sample of what I received!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com

This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MassDestruction2.htm


CONTENTS

1. Shock & Revulsion - Resistance is Fertile!
2. Minute after minute the missiles came, with devastating shrieks
3. The Day America Died
4. Casualties of War -- First Truth, Then Conscience
5. Shock and Awe means Shame and Death


See also:

Global Blocade of the U.S. Embassies (PASS THIS ON AND PARTICIPATE!)
http://www.axedelapaix.net/?lg=en&PHPSESSID=c2c97b8aaf6fbf3672ddfff607f75a72
The United States attacks a disarmed population and disregards the UN. We, citizens of the world, haved decided to interpose us and block all entries and exits of US embassies and consulates until the bombing stops.

Law Groups Say U.S. Invasion Illegal (March 21)
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=1453
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq violates the basic rules of the United Nations Charter requiring countries to exhaust all peaceful means of maintaining global security before taking military action, and permitting the use of force in self-defense only in response to actual or imminent attack, two U.S. legal groups said Thursday. (...) The two groups, the U.S. affiliates of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), supported an open letter signed by 31 Canadian international law professors released Wednesday that called a U.S. attack against Iraq "a fundamental breach of international law (that) would seriously threaten the integrity of the international legal order that has been in place since the end of the Second World War." Such an action "would simply return us to an international order based on imperial ambition and coercive force," they added. CLIP

Photos of the dead and captured you don't see in the US media (March 23)
http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/3/3-23-23.htm

Graphic photos of war victims (HORRIFYING BUT REAL!)
http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/3/3-22-26.htm

Arab Cartoonists
http://www.aljazeerah.info/Sections/arab_cartoonists.htm

As Oscars Near, Hollywood Blasts Iraq War (March 22)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=638&ncid=762&e=1&u=/nm/20030323/en_nm/oscars_spirits_dc
Hollywood launched a another strike against the Iraqi war on Saturday during a politically charged ceremony that could serve as a prelude for even more fireworks at the Academy Awards the next evening. In a star-studded luncheon at the Independent Spirit Awards, the arthouse movie industry's version of the Oscars , celebrities blasted President Bush and the American-led war against Iraq . Most outspoken was documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, the man behind the popular anti-gun expose "Bowling for Columbine," whose title refers to the Colorado high school where two students massacred 13 people in 1999. "The lesson for the children of Columbine this week is that violence is an accepted means by which to solve a conflict," Moore told the 1,000 attendees gathered under a marquee on Santa Monica Beach as he accepted the Spirit Award for best documentary. "That's the lesson for the kids." Wearing a badge that said, "Shoot movies, not Iraqis," Moore called Bush a "fictitious president" who was waging "terrorism."

Michael Moore Wins Oscar!
http://film.guardian.co.uk/oscars/story/0,12712,920696,00.html
(...) 10.20pm: Whereas Bernal's remarks prompted peeved looks, Michael Moore's provokes a storm of boos and whistles. Winning the Oscar for best documentary, the campaigning film-maker makes himself a rallying point for celebrity opposition to the war. In what was clearly a carefully planned operation, he takes his fellow nominees up on stage with him to show "solidarity". After a perfunctory thanks to the Academy, he proceeds to lambast the war in general and George Bush in particular. "We live in fictitious times," says Moore. "We live in a time when we have fictitious elections that elect a fictitious president..." As booing erupts across the auditorium, he adds: "We are against this war, Mr. Bush! Shame on you, Mr. Bush! Shame on you." Afterwards, Steve Martin quips that the "teamsters are now helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo".

Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1579060307/qid=1048475314/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/104-7641376-7007952?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
Bush's "Shock and Awe" war slogan came straight from Hitler's war plans!
The basis of Hitler's blitzkrieg, March 14, 2003 - Reviewer: A reader from Langley, VA, United States : Shock And Awe were the foundational concepts put forth by Hitler's military leaders as a new and lethal way of rapidly overwhelming opponents. Setting aside considerations of the violence visited on civilians and non-combatants or the damage done to infrastructure, Hitler suggested that inducing "shock and awe" through his "lightning war" system would lead to rapid military victories. WWII showed that, at least at the level of individual battles, he was right. The authors suggest this is a powerful strategy for any nation that wants to absolutely and rapidly overwhelm its opponents, and doesn't much care who gets killed in the process. Interesting reading, although it rambles a bit and blitzkrieg is often misspelled. Good instruction to any military that wants to undertake fascistic extranational adventures.

A very powerful indictment of the Bush administration
http://www.ericblumrich.com/antiwar2.html
This animation has been recommended by George Paxinos <geopax@bluewin.ch>

The mother of all propaganda wars (March 22)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,919600,00.html
Mark Lawson at the Guardian notes that the generals are already leading the journalists for a merry dance -- a la Norman Schwartzkopf -- tricking them into spreading misinformation that serves their needs. The most recent example: the report that Saddam's men dressed in U.S. and British military uniforms will massacre their own civilians.

Aljazeerah in English (LOTS OF ARTICLES - WORTH A GOOD LOOK!)
http://www.aljazeerah.info/

We're Already Fighting Against the Next War (March 19)
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15424
Those struggling against this war are part of a long-term movement for change and we must retain hope and courage even when the political tides seemed to run against us.

Q & A With CIA Analyst Stephen Pelletiere
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2098.htm
Exposing the lies: Who killed the Kurds? Israel's part in a US invasion of Iraq.

A War Crime Or An Act of War? Who really gassed the Kurds?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1148.htm
Retired Army War College prof. and CIA analyst (6 years) answers questions ranging from the gassing of the Kurds in Halabja [Iraq was not responsible, nor was it genocide by the Iranians], to Israel's push for war on Iraq; and the "chief enemy of the peace movement, the media."

Operation Loss of Liberty (March 21)
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E6439%257E1259248%257E,00.html
This has paved the way for "Operation Liberty Shield," the immigration sweep featuring mass arrests for often minor immigration violations and "voluntary interviews" with as many as 11,000 Iraqis across the country, whether or not they are here legally. In just one state, Colorado, the Feds are moving today to arrest 50 Iraqis, a tenth of the state's Iraqi population, and to interview another 150, the Denver Post reports.

While we were sleeping... (March 21)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-03-20-fbi-immigration_x.htm
According to USA Today, the FBI has been granted the authority from Attorney General John Ashcroft to arrest people on immigration charges if they are believed to pose a wartimethreat. (Previously it was only INS and customs agents who could do this.) Typically for the Bush gang, this increase in police powers was not made public but rather was "confirmed Wednesday by two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity."

HUFFINGTON: Corporate America Divvies Up The Post-Saddam Spoils (March 19)
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15420
(..) The Bush administration is currently in the process of doling out over $1.5 billion in government contracts to American companies lining up to cash in on the rebuilding of postwar Iraq. So bombs away! The more destruction the better – at least for the lucky few in the rebuilding business. (...) And that $1.5 billion is just for starters. The president is planning to give post-Saddam Iraq an extreme makeover – a wide-ranging overhaul that will include the transformation of the country's educational, health-care, and banking systems – all funded by taxpayer dollars and administered by private U.S. contractors. Think of it as a for Marshall Plan for profit. (...) While more than a million poor Americans are about to lose their access to publicly funded medical care, the president is in the market for a corporate contractor to oversee a $100 million upgrade of Iraq's hospitals and clinics. CLIP

Dreaming a New America (March 20)
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15433
Peaceful Regime Change in 2004. Instead of feeling comforted by America's military posturing, many of us feel neither safe nor free. It's time to retake, and remake, American democracy.




1.

From: "Imaginal Diffusion Agency" <planetary@wildmail.com>
Sent: March 22, 2003
Subject: Shock & Revulsion - Resistance is Fertile!

Grim Reaper Protests Oil War in Hawai'i

SHOCK & REVULSION:

World Movement Fights Back

Borrowing a page from the nightmare of the Vietnam War when a U.S. commander explained that U.S. soldiers were burning a peasant village in order to save it from communism, the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal have decided to burn Baghdad to save it from the current Iraqi Government. The world is in a state of Shock and Revulsion as the murderous Bush Administration follows through on its promise to "Shock and Awe" the Iraqi people by dropping thousands of bombs and missiles on their capital, a city that is home to 4.5 million human beings.

This horrific unprovoked attack on a dense urban area must be understood as one of the extreme terrorist acts of modern times. Cruise missiles launched from submarines and air craft hundreds of miles away and 3,000 lb. bombs dropped from 30,000 ft. up are the latest example of the Bush administration's criminal resort to limitless violence and terrorism in order to achieve its objectives of conquest and occupation. The hypocrisy of the war against Iraq is extreme: the most powerful military in the world waging first strike war with the most advanced weapons against an impoverished country on the pretext that it someday may possess such weapons.

The world has entered a new phase. The Bush Administration is hell bent on world domination. The war on Iraq was meant to signal that the U.S. use of raw military power will be the means to create a new era of Empire. Iraq was to be a stepping stone on this path of conquest.

To the shock of the warmakers, their plans have ignited a world movement of opposition and solidarity. For months this movement has delayed and restrained the war plans for Iraq. Bush and Co. have lost all legitimacy and they are isolated. The people's movement has deprived them of any threadbare claim to legality.

Today our hearts are filled with both anger at the war and sadness for the suffering people of Iraq who are enduring this unprovoked terrorist attack. But sadness and grief should be coupled with a profound understanding that the sudden emergence of a new global movement offers the best and only hope that the U.S. government's plans for militarism, war and domination -- the doctrine of endless war -- can and will be overcome.

In the days ahead we must intensify the struggle against this cruel war. We urge everyone to stay in the streets, and to organize against the lies and propaganda of the death machine. Our movement has shown great energy and strength in the last days. No part of the planet is free from mass protests, including hundreds of cities inside the United States. Now is the time to organize, organize and organize.

---

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.InternationalANSWER.org
http://www.VoteNoWar.org

CLIP

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Greenpeace: Resistance is Fertile!

In the last 2 days, more than 18 thousand people from 119 countries have sent letters to their UN ambassadors asking them to support a "Uniting for Peace" resolution in the UN General Assembly to make clear the world's opposition to a devastating and illegal war in Iraq waged by the United States and a small group of allies.

This is the fastest response to any Greenpeace international action alert ever. Our team at the United Nations would like to thank you for your support.

Now we ask you to take a second step by calling on as many of your friends and colleagues as possible to write to their UN ambassadors to support this resolution. Even if a war has broken out by the time you read this, we are going to continue to push for a resolution to set in the historical record the world's opposition to this illegal war.

Please send this e-card: http://act.greenpeace.org/ecs/s2?i=730&sk=std

to as many of your friends and colleagues as possible. CLIP

If you haven't sent a letter to your UN ambassador yet, please do so now from: http://act.greenpeace.org/aas/e?a=ufp&s=amb_s

You can find more information about the Uniting for Peace resolution here: http://greenpeace.org/news/details?item_id=179491

and follow the Greenpeace No War campaign here: http://nowar.greenpeace.org

---
CLIP


"The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism."

-- Vietnamese Buddhist Lama

"Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism."

-- Aldous Huxley

"He who fears not the death of a thousand cuts will dare to unhorse the emperor."

-- Ancient Chinese proverb

"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr




2.

From: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=1455

Minute after minute the missiles came, with devastating shrieks

by Robert Fisk in Baghdad, London Independent
March 22nd, 2003

Saddam's main presidential palace, a great rampart of a building 20 storeys high, simply exploded in front of me - a cauldron of fire, a 100ft sheet of flame and a sound that had my ears singing for an hour after. The entire, massively buttressed edifice shuddered under the impact. Then four more cruise missiles came in.

It is the heaviest bombing Baghdad has suffered in more than 20 years of war. All across the city last night, massive explosions shook the ground. To my right, the Ministry of Armaments Procurement - a long colonnaded building looking much like the façade of the Pentagon ú coughed fire as five missiles crashed into the concrete.

In an operation officially intended to create "shock and awe'', shock was hardly the word for it. The few Iraqis in the streets around me - no friends of Saddam I would suspect ú cursed under their breath.

From high-rise buildings, shops and homes came the thunder of crashing glass as the shock waves swept across the Tigris river in both directions. Minute after minute the missiles came in. Many Iraqis had watched - as I had - television film of those ominous B-52 bombers taking off from Britain only six hours earlier. Like me, they had noted the time, added three hours for Iraqi time in front of London and guessed that, at around 9pm, the terror would begin. The B-52s, almost certainly firing from outside Iraqi airspace, were dead on time.

Police cars drove at speed through the streets, their loudspeakers ordering pedestrians to take shelter or hide under cover of tall buildings. Much good did it do. Crouching next to a block of shops on the opposite side of the river, I narrowly missed the shower of glass that came cascading down from the upper windows as the shock waves slammed into them.

Along the streets a few Iraqis could be seen staring from balconies, shards of broken glass around them. Each time one of the great golden bubbles of fire burst across the city, they ducked inside before the blast wave reached them. At one point, as I stood beneath the trees on the corniche, a wave of cruise missiles passed low overhead, the shriek of their passage almost as devastating as the explosions that were to follow.

How, I ask myself, does one describe this outside the language of a military report, the definition of the colour, the decibels of the explosions? When the cruise missiles came in it sounded as if someone was ripping to pieces huge curtains of silk in the sky and the blast waves became a kind of frightening counterpoint to the flames.

There is something anarchic about all human beings, about their reaction to violence. The Iraqis around me stood and watched, as I did, at huge tongues of flame bursting from the upper stories of Saddam's palace, reaching high into the sky. Strangely, the electricity grid continued to operate and around us the traffic lights continued to move between red and green. Billboards moved in the breeze of the shock waves and floodlights continued to blaze on public buildings. Above us we could see the massive curtains of smoke beginning to move over Baghdad, white from the explosions, black from the burning targets.

How could one resist it? How could the Iraqis ever believe with their broken technology, their debilitating 12 years of sanctions, that they could defeat the computers of these missiles and of these aircraft? It was the same old story: irresistible, unquestionable power.

Well yes, one could say, could one attack a more appropriate regime? But that is not quite the point. For the message of last night's raid was the same as that of Thursday's raid, that of all the raids in the hours to come: that the United States must be obeyed. That the EU, UN, Nato - nothing - must stand in its way. Indeed can stand in its way.

No doubt this morning the Iraqi Minister of Information will address us all again and insist that Iraq will prevail. We shall see. But many Iraqis are now asking an obvious question: how many days? Not because they want the Americans or the British in Baghdad, though they may profoundly wish it. But because they want this violence to end: which, when you think of it, is exactly why these raids took place.

Reports were coming in last night of civilians killed in the raids - which, given the intensity of the cruise missile attacks, is not surprising. Another target turned out to be the vast Rashid military barracks, perhaps the largest in Iraq.

But the symbolic centre of this raid was clearly intended to be Saddam's main palace, with its villas, fountains, porticos and gardens. And, sure enough, the flames licking across the façade of the palace last night looked very much like a funeral pyre.  




3.

From: Lightweave@aol.com

The Day America Died

by Michael Lightweaver, Publisher
Global Village News & Resources
http://www.gvnr.com

(March 20, 2003)

Uncle Sam Succumbs to Heart Failure

USA - According to published reports, Uncle Sam, famous patron of the USA, died during his sleep last night from heart failure arising from complications of a two year bout with greed and arrogance. His widow, Lady Liberty, went into seclusion and refused to speak with the press. He is survived by two sons Dr. Jekell a resident of Fairfield, Iowa and a Mr. Hyde of Crawford, Texas

Sources close to the family confirmed that Uncle Sam did, in fact, die of a broken heart. It is reported that two years ago, Mr. Hyde, a successful oil man from Texas, was able to use his money, influence and family connections to orchestrate hostile takeover of the family business and have himself appointed as executor of Uncle Sam's extensive estate.

Using well known tactics from European leaders in the 1930's, Mr. Hyde and his family were able to create and capitalize upon a family crisis in September, 2001 which allowed him to galvanize support for the hostile takeover. Taking this as a personal mandate, he appointed a Mr. Midge from Pennsylvania as head of faterland security and Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam were promptly placed under house arrest.

People around the world were shocked by the ease with which the takeover occurred and even more shocked by the bold and blatant steps the Hyde family has taken to consolidate it's power. According to sources close to the family, Lady Liberty is very ill. Two of the vice-presidents of Mr. Hyde's company, notably Mr. Bumsfield and Mr. Rainy, are suggesting that, in spite of her health, Lady Liberty poses a security risk and should be put on trial under a new law passed by Hyde's rubber-stamp legislature which has granted him vast new powers.

The Hyde family has planned an "awe inspiring" patriotic funeral for Uncle Sam which, they say will be brief, spectacular and painless. Lady Liberty and the Jekell family will not be attending the public performance. They said that they preferred to remember Uncle Sam in the quietness of their homes with a simple prayer and a candle.

Well know political commentator, Thomas Paine, of the Emperor's Clothier Institute in Philadelphia, PA., contends that the whole affair is simply a ruse and that Uncle Sam is in fact still alive. According to Paine, Uncle Sam was whisked away from the hospital during the night by one of Dr. Jekell's sons and has been reunited with Lady Liberty and they are both still alive and in hiding in a small town in New England, not far from the Canadian border.

According to Paine, the Jekell family is in constant communication with Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty and are preparing to reestablish the rightful ownership of the Sam estate once the public funeral is over and everyone realizes the extent to which the family fortune has been plundered by Mr. Hyde and his company.

Millions of people around the world poured into the streets upon receiving news of the death of Uncle Sam, some with shouts of anger at the hostile takeover by the Hyde family and others in silence, with a candle and a prayer for renewal. One thing that all agree on, however, is that these are extraordinary times and the world is in the midst of tremendous change.

Mr. Paine offered the best analysis as a final statement: "Mr. Hyde has breached all of the sacred and accepted principles that Uncle Sam held so dear. This indeed is one of the darkest times that America has ever faced; equaled - if not greater - than the 1860's, the 1940's and the 1960's. But Uncle Sam weathered them all, and he will weather this as well. Mr. Hyde is having his day and he is unknowingly performing the important role of bringing all of the family skeletons out of the closet. Everyone throughout the world can see these skeletons for what they are. After the patriotic public funeral is over - his own family will begin to see them as well. On that day, a new America will be born, Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty will return home and the USA will rejoin the family of nations and offer a leadership based on respect rather than fear; on morality rather than military might. That day will mark the beginning of a new world.

Appearing as an editorial in the March 24, 2003 issue of The Global Village News & Resources: Global Village News at http://www.gvnr.com

This may be distributed and reprinted without permission from the author. Send comments to lightweave@aol.com




4.

From: http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15430

SOLOMON: Casualties of War -- First Truth, Then Conscience

By Norman Solomon, AlterNet
March 20, 2003

The national media echo chamber is not receptive to conscience. On television, the voices are usually loud and facile. People often seem to be shouting. In contrast, the human conscience is close to a whisper. Easily unheard.

Now, the biggest media outlets are in a frenzy. The networks are at war. Every cable news channel has enlisted. At the bottom of FM radio dials, NPR has been morphing into National Pentagon Radio.

With American tax dollars financing the war on Iraq, the urgent need for us to get in touch with our consciences has never been more acute. The rationales for this war have been thoroughly shredded. (To see how the sordid deceptions and outright lies from the Bush team have been demolished by my colleagues at the Institute for Public Accuracy, take a look at the www.accuracy.org website.) The propaganda edifice of the war rests on a foundation no more substantial than voluminous hot air.

"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices," Voltaire wrote in 1767. The quotation is sometimes rendered with different wording: "As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities."

Either way, a quarter of a millennium later, Voltaire's statement is all too relevant to this moment. The Bush administration is proud to turn urban areas of Iraq into hell – defying most of the U.N. Security Council and violating the U.N. Charter – all with the righteous claim that the United States is enforcing U.N. Security Council resolutions.

As the apt cliche says, truth is the first casualty of war. But another early casualty is conscience.

Rarely explored in news media, the capacity for conscience is what makes us human. Out of all the differences between people and other animals, Darwin wrote, "the moral sense of conscience is by far the most important."

Voltaire contended that "the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience" and added: "With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear of death." Franz Kafka was alluding to a similar truth when he wrote: "You can hold back from the suffering of the world, you have free permission to do so and it is in accordance with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering that you could have avoided."

Conscience is smaller than a single pixel, and much less visible. You can't see it on a TV screen. Or hear it. Or smell it. Or taste it. You can only feel it.

That's not a marketable sensation. The huge news outlets have swung behind slaughter in Iraq, and the dissent propelled by conscience is not deemed to be very newsworthy. The mass media are filled with bright lights and sizzle, with high production values and degraded human values, boosting the war effort while the U.S. government implements a massive crime against humanity.

In May 1952, the playwright Lillian Hellman wrote in a letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee: "I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions."

In 2003, this year's media fashions are increasingly adorning the conformist models of pseudo-patriotism. For many Americans, the gap between what they believe and what's on their TV sets is the distance between their truer selves and their fearful passivity.

In the domestic media siege being maintained by top-notch spinners and shrewd political advisers at the White House, conscience is in the cross hairs. They aim to intimidate, stampede and suppress the many millions of Americans who recognize the deranged and murderous character of the war makers in Washington.

Half a century ago, Albert Einstein urged: "Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it." Today, one way or another, the mass media are going along with the Bush administration's demands that we not challenge the U.S. military actions now taking uncounted lives in Iraq.

Conscience is not on the military's radar screen, and it's not on our TV screen. But media messages do not define the limits and possibilities of conscience. We do.

Norman Solomon is co-author of the new book Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You - at http://www.contextbooks.com/new.html#target




5.

From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <jackie@deepteaching.com>
Subject: Shock and Awe means Shame and Death
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003

I would like you to know
That we were not all like that.
That some of us spent our lives
Working for Peace
Speaking for animals
Tending the Earth.
And that when you find
The mass graves
And the abattoirs
And the laboratories
Please understand
That we were not all like that.

-- Mary de La Valette


Hello,

The invasion of Iraq is well underway and I, like millions of others around the world, sit in shock and awe at the murderous acts being committed by my own government. During this time, it is important that we all understand that what the Bush Administration is doing is part of a carefully orchestrated plan to "pre-emptively" invade much of the Middle East.

The television and radio network reporters who are "embedded" with U.S.troops that are currently invading Iraq are telling us a lot about the wondrous military might of America. The world has heard a lot about the columns of tanks, cruise missiles, buildings being destroyed, and oil wells, but we have heard little of the human cost. Robert Fisk, in Baghdad for "The Independent," reported today that one of the first Iraqi casualties was a taxi driver who was blown to pieces in the first American raid on Baghdad yesterday morning.

Detailing the first day of the U.S. "Shock and Awe" campaign against Baghdad, Fisk said, "The sheer violence of it, the howl of air raid sirens and the air-cutting fall of the missiles carried its own political message; not just to President Saddam but to the rest of the world. We are the super-power, those explosions said last night. This is how we do business. This is how we take our revenge for 11 September."

In an invasion that makes one think of the campaigns of the Roman Legion centuries ago, the United States has begun waging war against not only a cruel dictator, but thousands of innocent people, a fragile environment, and the Muslim world.

Where was the might of the U.S. when Hussein gassed over 5,000 of his people in the early 1990's?

And so far, the destructive might of Iraq that the Bush Administration has been ranting about for months is nowhere to be seen.

But what we will see, says the British health professional organization Medact, is that as many as 260,000 Iraqis could die immediately from a U.S. attack, while another 200,000 deaths would result from famine and disease. The United Nations fears that an attack would create a flood of 900,000 refugees.

And the world better get used to it.

Read more about the new pre-emptive strike policy that the Bush administration has put into action in the full text to this week's commentary, on the Environment News Service.

Don't let the pundits and war mongers silence you. And donít be intimidated - but be compassionate - when you hear†the cries of "support our troops" from the families of soldiers. What else can they say when a loved one is forced to go and kill people who they don't even know and risk death every day. These families have to believe that they are being sent for the right reasons. Any other possibility would be too painful for them to bear. But do remind them that those people being shot and bombed aren't much different from the enlisted U.S. soldier just doing what they are told. And remind them also that ending war is the best way to support the troops.

A democratic way of life demands that we speak out, especially in times of turmoil and war. The U.S. "Constitution" and "Bill of Rights" do not say that free speech is only allowed in peacetime.† Seek the truth always, expose atrocities.

Wear your values proudly and don't be intimidated by those who hold violence dear.

Wanting peace is NOT unpatriotic.

Take care and I wish you - and the world - peace.

Jackie

Jackie Alan Giuliano,
Ph.D. Columnist, Environment News Service

Author of "Healing Our World" commentaries on the Environment News Service (http://www.ens-news.com)Check out Jackie's website with an archive of his over 200 commentaries at http://www.healingourworld.com




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