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March 5, 2003

Resistance is NOT Futile Series #2: News From the Peace Front - And Sooo Much More!


Hello everyone

Lots of

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

This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/Resistance2.htm

Check also my latest Media Compilation #119: Double Standards, Lies and Deception - and so Much More! archived at
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MediaCompilation119.htm


"An estimated eleven million people marched all over the planet this weekend. (Check them out http://www.hyperreal.org/~dana/) While this out-pouring, unprecedented in the history of civilization, managed for the first time to draw acknowledgements from Bush and Blair, they were dismissive at best. (Blair elevated non sequitur to surreal art form when he said that the million plus protestors in London were fewer in number than people killed over the years by Saddam Hussein.) I have been dumb-struck by the Administration's sublime arrogance, their mythic hubris, their utterly un-entitled entitlement. What could I say that might detail their brutal expedience more boldly than their own actions? Mouth open, jawing thin air, eyes wide and staring, I've kept quiet. Meanwhile, under conditions of "Orange" Alert, our streets now contain more machine gun-toting heavies per capita than I ever saw in East Germany, the wildly arbitrary TSA is randomly searching cars without probable cause as they enter airports, the Justice Department is introducing an even more unconstitutional addendum to the USA PATRIOT Act, and the predictions I made to you on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 are being realized more dreadfully than even I believed they could be."

- Taken from "THE SILENCE OF THE SPAMS" (Feb 23) on Dick Cheney and Administration goals, by John Perry Barlow, Cognitive Dissident and a former Grateful Dead lyricist. This quote is excerpted from a periodic letter he sends to a universe of cyberfriends. His website: http://www.eff.org/~barlow


"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power."

- Benito Mussolini


CONTENTS

1. Busted for Peace
2. MARCH 15th CONVERGENCE in DC / SF / LA
3. War Quiz
4. Shock and Yawn Plan could kill millions in 48 hours -- why don't Americans care?
5. White House Press Sec. Ari Fleischer Gets Laughed Out of Briefing


MUST DO!

Emergency petition to the U.N. - SIGN BEFORE Thursday March 6!
http://www.moveon.org/emergency/
"The U.N. Security Council should back tough inspections, not war." Let us all join in the emergency petition from citizens around the world to the U.N. Security Council.


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See also:

Vatican grasps olive branch amid rumours of address to UN (March 5)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=383934
The Pope might fly to New York to make a dramatic appeal for peace before the United Nations.
ACTION: Email the Vatican at <accreditamenti@pressva.va> to encourage the Pope to go to the UN.

U.S. students to strike in protest of Iraq war (March 4)
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/03/04/sprj.irq.college.protest/index.html

11 Million World Citizens Marched and Rallied on February 15th, 2003
http://people.cornellcollege.edu/a-free/feb15.htm
Dozens of amazing pictures. Must See!

Australian legal experts declare an invasion of Iraq a war crime (Feb 27)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/feb2003/law-f27.shtml

"Human shields" take stand in Baghdad (Feb 25)
http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/supfacts/id137.html
British stagehand Ube Evans is one of some 200 foreign volunteers who have taken up positions at the South Baghdad Power Plant and other potential civilian targets in Iraq. The plant was bombed in the 1991 Gulf War. The volunteers have been welcomed and assisted by the Iraqi government, which hopes their presence will disrupt US bombing plans. Human Rights Watch calls Iraq’s use of human shields, even voluntary ones, a war crime, and adds the US would be equally guilty if it knowingly bombed installations where they are deployed. The volunteers have a wide variety of backgrounds, including veteran activists and a young American recruit who joined the group after learning about the initiative on CNN. (...) We're putting the American government on notice," said Ken Nichols O'Keefe, a former Marine who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War but has since renounced his U.S. citizenship and now coordinates the human-shield campaign. "If they bomb these sites, which have absolutely no military justification, it won't be collateral damage. It will be murder." CLIP

An Examination of the French-German-Russian Proposal
http://www.lemonde.fr/article/0,5987,3218--310548-,00.html

Message to North Korea (March 4)
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/03/04/n.korea.bombers/index.html
The U.S. is sending 24 bombers to Guam to send a message to North Korea not to take advantage of a possible war with Iraq, U.S. officials said. The move is not related to the recent intercept of an Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan by four North Korean MiG fighters, officials said. Special Report: Nuclear crisis: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/nkorea/

U.S. may consider abandoning second resolution (March 4)
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/04/sprj.irq.main/index.html
Pentagon officials: White House mulls ultimatum to Saddam

U.K. soldiers told not to look aggressive
http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/03/04/uk_soldiers030304

Out of the wreckage (George Monbiot, Feb 25)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,902274,00.html
By tearing up the global rulebook, the US is in fact undermining its own imperial rule.
The men who run the world are democrats at home and dictators abroad. They came to power by means of national elections which possess, at least, the potential to represent the will of their people. Their citizens can dismiss them without bloodshed, and challenge their policies in the expectation that, if enough people join in, they will be obliged to listen. Internationally, they rule by brute force. They and the global institutions they run exercise greater economic and political control over the people of the poor world than its own governments do. But those people can no sooner challenge or replace them than the citizens of the Soviet Union could vote Stalin out of office. Their global governance is, by all the classic political definitions, tyrannical.

PATRIOT II... is it for you? Meaning, will they come and take you away? (Feb 14)
http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=11835&c=206
Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003," also known as "PATRIOT Act II" - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been drafting comprehensive anti-terrorism legislation for the past several months. The draft legislation, dated January 9, 2003, grants sweeping powers to the government, eliminating or weakening many of the checks and balances that remained on government surveillance, wiretapping, detention and criminal prosecution even after passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, Pub. L. No. 107-56, in 2001.

IOF Demolish 5,000 Houses, All Public Facilities in Jenin (Feb 23)
http://www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=615
"5,000 houses had been demolished in the Jenin province to date; 1,360 of which were in the city of Jenin, while about 13,000 Palestinians had been jailed, including 2,030 from Jenin .." JENIN - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have demolished 5,000 houses, destroyed all public service facilities and buildings, detained 13,000 Palestinians and soared unemployment to 70 percent in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, its mayor Walid Musa told reporters in Kuala Lampor, Malaysia, on Saturday.

Harper's Weekly Review (Feb 25)
http://www.harpers.org/weekly-review/
Over the past year, as the Observer revealed on Sunday, the euro has started to challenge the dollar's position as the international means of payment for oil. The dollar's dominance of world trade, particularly the oil market, is all that permits the US Treasury to sustain the nation's massive deficit, as it can print inflation-free money for global circulation. If the global demand for dollars falls, the value of the currency will fall with it, and speculators will shift their assets into euros or yen or even yuan, with the result that the US economy will begin to totter.

Shaky US Dollar - The dollar under threat (Jan 7)
http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/supfacts/id80.html
The US is living on borrowed money and borrowed time because of it’s soaring current account deficit, says influential economics writer Martin Wolf of the Financial Times. The US imports far more than it exports, resulting in a net outflow of US dollars – historically unprecedented for a leading power. The dollar drain has been partially offset by overseas purchases of US dollar denominated stocks, bonds, and other investments, but the foreign investor appetite for US securities and other assets has been weakening in the wake of the stock market decline and uncertain economic outlook. Wolf estimates that on current trends the already worrisome trade deficit will continue to widen unless US exports rise dramatically on the strength of a massive devaluation of the US dollar. But if this were to happen, it would plunge the Asian and European economies into crisis, and so will be resisted. When and how this situation resolves itself remains, Wolf says, disturbingly obscure. The source of his concern may be the prospect of a round of competitive devaluations of the kind which precipitated the 1930's depression. (...) The superpower is living on borrowed money and borrowed time. Its rake's progress cannot continue for ever. But how and when it will end remains disturbingly obscure.

EU urges Russia to swap dollar for euro
http://www.atimes.com/c-asia/CD19Ag01.html
Russia could emerge as a crucial factor in the success of the fledgling European single currency, the euro, at the expense of the US dollar after leaders at this week's Russia-European Union summit agreed to study ways to boost the currency's use in trade and increase its share in Russia's official reserves.

The US debt bomb (Jan 20)
http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/supfacts/id91.html
Barron's, the influential US financial weekly, is worried that record levels of household and corporate debt may be moving the US toward the abyss of a bust - and then into a depression. Debt as a percentage of GDP is now higher than at the start of the Great Depression, and there are troubling signs the economy is beginning to slow while unemployment and loan defaults are on the rise. Domestic and global overcapacity are preventing companies from generating sufficient cash flow to work off their debts, and consumers have largely exhausted their capacity to extract more disposable income from their homes through remortgaging. If the debt bomb explodes, says Barron's writer Jonathan Laing, the detonator will likely be the collapse of the residential housing market, brought on by the inability of tapped-out homeowners to carry their ballooning mortgage debt.

War spending won't outweigh its negative effect on economy
http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/supfacts/id114.html
(...) The $100 billion or so the U.S. would be likely to spend fighting and then rebuilding Iraq won't make much difference to the $10-trillion-a-year U.S. economy. The harmful effects of war -- sharply reduced consumer confidence, a sagging stock market and reluctance by businesses to invest -- now overshadow any gains from military spending. CLIP

India invited to join Afghan pipeline project
http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/stories/2003022303380900.htm

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BARBRA OLSON? (Feb 21)
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/config.pl?read=28974
Given the FACT that 17 months after the "PENTAGON CRASH" no BLACK BOXES have been made public, not to mention ANY debris of the fuselage wings or engine of the alleged American Airlines crash, the French theory that there was no crash seems to hold true. For those of you who do not subscribe to this theory and would like to show us "proof" w/ 2 pictures the pentagon released of two SHINY parts of the Boeing 757, please spare us those photos, we have seen them and that’s not ENOUGH proof. We need the black boxes for proof. We'd like to know what was said in the hour and a half between takeoff and the alleged crash. (...) I started researching Flight 77 and its passengers. Approximately 16 to 21 of the 58 passangers work at classified positions in the defense sector!!!! Look at how many of them are aerospace engineers. One is a lifetime CIA operative who works for veridian as an aerospace engineer, Yamnicky is his last name. The first passenger listed, Caswell, led a team of 100 scientists for the Navy. Several work for Boeing and Raytheon on the Global Hawk in El Segundo, California. I think many people faked their deaths. Perhaps a remote control center was riding with these folks on the C130 transport plane many witnesses saw at the same time as the missile attack on the pentagon. Here's is the list of people in aerospace/defense/bush associates that were on the plane that disappeared (into the shadow gov?). CLIP




1.

ASTOUNDING, SENSELESS AND COMPLETELY UNREPORTED NEWS FROM THE INHUMANE POLICE BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS PEACEFUL PROTESTERS IN NEW YORK LAST FEBRUARY 15.

From: http://villagevoice.com/issues/0309/solomon.php

Also from: http://truthout.org/docs_03/022803F.shtml

Busted for Peace

When Cops Play Soldier, Protesters Become the Enemy

By Alisa Solomon

After a couple of hours in the cold at the recent anti-war rally, Annie Stauber, 59, felt she'd had enough. Confined to one of the crowd-control pens on First Avenue, she couldn't see a way to maneuver her wheelchair back to the street. She rolled, instead, right into a blue wall of obstinacy, the latest manifestation of the way the war on terror is corroding the right of New York to be its obstreperous self.

The myriad tales of police hostility that have gushed forth since February 15, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest a U.S. war against Iraq, extend far beyond a few cops' bad-egg excesses. The police, the courts, the city itself seem to have turned on New York's own residents, as government agencies scramble for security in a perpetual code-orange climate. Rather than providing orderliness and safety, city responses to the demonstration at every level--from courts denying demonstrators a permit to march, to cops blocking people's way to the rally--created chaos and confusion. They cast Americans exercising their democratic rights as, at best, a nuisance to be contained and controlled, and, at worst, as potential terrorists.

As Stauber recalls, "I told a police officer that I felt sick and needed to leave, but she said, 'You're not going anywhere.' I told her I'm diabetic and need to check my blood sugar, but she wouldn't let me out." When Stauber tried to steer over to a corner where there might be an opening, the officer, she says, grabbed the chair and "flung me around," leaving the wheels askew and bending the chair's control stick so far out of Stauber's reach that she couldn't drive.

Nadia Taalbi, 20, a New School student from Wisconsin, was excited to be going with a few friends to her first political demonstration ever, but was thwarted at every turn. "We couldn't get through all along Second Avenue," she explains. "At 51st Street, a police officer told us to walk uptown. Then at 53rd, another told us we had to go downtown." So they stood on the corner for a few minutes trying to decide what to do. Soon "this huge group started coming across 53rd toward Second Avenue and we got pushed toward the cops. This officer just turned around and full out shoved me. I've always had good experiences with police officers. But I felt like I was being attacked. He yelled right in my face, 'You have to start moving!' I said, 'There's nowhere to go.' He grabbed my arm and my leg right under my butt and picked me up--my feet were off the ground--and started to push me into the crowd. Then he turned around and shoved an old woman and she fell to the ground. Then he got out his stick and started pushing me under my armpit."

Nancy Ramsden, 68, came to the rally with her church group from Marblehead, Massachusetts, and found herself terrified as she was crunched up against a store window next to a woman with two small children when mounted police officers drove their horses into the crowd. Cheryl Mantia, 23, a senior at NYU, was arrested for stepping into the street when the sidewalk could not hold the flow of demonstrators, and was held until 7 a.m. on Sunday. She was frightened by the whole ordeal, but most disturbed, she says, by an officer who called her a "cunt." When she objected--"Hey, I have rights, you know," she said--he replied, "Yeah, the right to suck my dick."

Stories like that have poured into the New York Civil Liberties Union--according to executive director Donna Lieberman, hundreds of people e-mailed within 48 hours of a call for accounts of their experiences--and many of them will be related Tuesday at City Council hearings investigating the city's handling of the rally: A woman doing her damnedest to follow orders and stay on the sidewalk was picked off and arrested when her foot slipped from the curb. A man trying to explain to thrusting police that there was nowhere to go received the retort "Go to Iraq." Meanwhile, footage collected by New York's Independent Media Center captures cops spewing pepper spray into a crowd from inches away, and using metal barricades as weapons to press protesters--including elderly people--back.

Police spokesperson Mike O'Looney dismisses such alarming scenes: "You don't see what led up to them, what provoked them." One thing only, according to people who went home with bruises and stinging eyes: the effort to exercise their constitutional right to protest by assembling on First Avenue.

Last week, Mayor Mike Bloomberg defended the city's refusal to grant protesters a permit to march across Manhattan, telling the Voice's Wayne Barrett, "It doesn't seem to me you're sacrificing so much as long as you can assemble." But tens of thousands of people--maybe more--couldn't assemble. Cops wouldn't let them get through, and then attacked and arrested them for trying.

CLIP

But protest organizers, lawyers, and scores of demonstrators say they witnessed problems that run far deeper--and that are far more troubling--than the rudeness, overzealouness, and occasional violence from individual officers that often surface at demonstrations in New York City. They see a pattern--and even a policy--of civil liberties infringements that does not bode well for a democracy, especially in a time of unpopular war.

"I'm not given to conspiracy theories," says Leslie Cagan, co-chair of United for Peace and Justice, which organized the rally. "But the denial of the permit to march, the refusal to let us set up portable toilets, the requirement that we get a building permit to put up a backstage tent, the insistence on using the pens, the difficulty of negotiating every detail, which I've never experienced in more than 20 years of doing this work--with all this I can't help but think they wanted to deter people from demonstrating."

In more obvious ways, those who braved the confusion and obstacles and demonstrated anyway seem to have gotten subsumed into the city's anxious efforts in the war on terror. Among the hundreds arrested (police put the number at 272; attorneys count 342), most were kept for eight, 12, 15 hours--far longer than is usually required to process those accused of minor violations. Demonstrators recounted that while they were in custody, police asked them not only their names and addresses, but what organizations they were affiliated with and where they were located. Some say they were even questioned about their opinions of the 9-11 attacks. (O'Looney says he was unaware of that kind of questioning.)

Bruce Bentley, co-chair of the Mass Defense Committee of the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, couldn't even get into 1 Police Plaza the night of the arrests, and gave up trying after almost two hours of waiting outside in the cold. "Did they try to keep lawyers out to continue these interviews?" he asks. "I can't prove it." But he does reckon that a recent court decision lifting the so-called Handschu restrictions for police spying on activists played a role. "The Handschu ruling was a signal to go ahead with this," he suggests.

Norman Siegel, a veteran defender of protesters, was permitted to see only 10 people in three hours down at 1 Police Plaza. "The denial of access to lawyers was more severe than anything I've seen before," he says. NYPD spokesperson O'Looney replies, "We went out of our way to make arrangements for people to meet with their clients."

Out on the streets, protesters met with Big Brother. Josh Roberts, 23, a carpenter from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, attending his first rally, pulled a bandana out of his pocket when the wind off the East River got to be too much, and wrapped it over the lower half of his face. His friend did the same with a tan handkerchief. "We were just hanging out watching the speakers on the television monitors and out of the blue this guy in plain clothes hops over the railing next to me and tells a cop to come over by the railing and they order me to show them my ID. I showed him and so did my friend, and we saw he was writing our names and license numbers down on this sheet of paper." At the top of the page, printed in sharp black letters, Roberts saw the title "Counterterrorist Intelligence." Roberts asked him what it was all about "and he's like, 'I can't tell you that.' I said, 'Hey, don't you think this is harassment?' and he said, 'If you want to see harassment, I'll pull you over this barricade and kick your ass in front of your girlfriend.' "

Research conducted several years ago by Skolnick and his colleague James Fyfe--now deputy commissioner for training for the NYPD--showed that police-community relations erode when police departments take on a war footing. They argued that such programs as the "war on drugs" and the "war on crime" encourage cops to regard citizens as enemies rather than as people they are meant to serve and protect. Is the war on terror doing the same?

Skolnick says that not having been at the rally, he cannot assume the cops were thinking like soldiers that day.

But those who were in attendance certainly didn't experience the police as facilitating the event.

If anything, police are becoming ever more militarized. Frank Morales, a researcher for Covert Action and other publications, has chronicled how "civil disturbance training" of military units and law enforcement has been under way for years, and was stepped up in response to the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999. Since 9-11, he says, the blurring of boundaries between military and police operations "is more consolidated and out in the open."

That's not always how police were meant to function. Indeed, urban policing came into being in the 1820s, when Sir Robert Peel formed the British "bobbies" precisely to shield protesters from a military that was violently putting down peaceful demonstrations of the unemployed, rallying for jobs. But today, local police are being drawn ever more fully into the endless global war on terror. Who will protect the dissenters now?




2.

MARCH 15th CONVERGENCE in DC / SF / LA

USLAW -- United States Labor Against the War -- and Not In Our Name Project have endorsed the upcoming March 15 Emergency Convergence on the White House. To endorse, fill out the form at
http://internationalanswer.org/campaigns/m15/index.html#endo

Tens of thousands of workers, students, people from religious and civil rights organizations, women's groups, L/G/B/T activists, community groups, Arab-American and Muslim communities, and people of conscience everywhere are mobilizing inside the United States to MARCH ON THE WHITE HOUSE ON MARCH 15TH to join the people of the world to say NO WAR ON IRAQ.

In Los Angeles:

Saturday, March 15

Assemble 12 Noon at Olympic and Broadway in Los Angeles March to the Downtown Federal Building for a Mass Rally

JOIN THE HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE CONTINGENT!

The Bush Administration's drive toward war is also an attack on working people at home, as billions are spent on bombs instead of healthcare, education, and housing, tens of thousands of hard working men and women trying to support their families are fired from union jobs in the name of national security, immigrants are scapegoated, and all of our rights are under siege. Just one B-2 Bomber costs $2 billion--enough to solve LA County's Healthcare crisis!

CFWP: For more information: 323-281-7322, info@coalitionforworldpeace.org
To SPONSOR/ ENDORSE email staff@coalitionforworldpeace.org

To see the rest of the story:
http://www.voice4change.org/stories/showstory.asp?file=030227~cfwp.asp




3.

Date: 27 Feb 2003
From: Gmakreas@aol.com
Subject: War Quiz

Are You Qualified to Stand for Peace? This test is for your consideration. If you can pass it you are eligible to join the peace movement. This test consists of one (1) multiple-choice question (so you better get it right!) Here's a list of the countries that the U.S. has bombed since the end of World War II, compiled by historian William Blum:

China 1945-46

Korea 1950-53

China 1950-53

Guatemala 1954

Indonesia 1958

Cuba 1959-60

Guatemala 1960

Congo 1964

Peru 1965

Laos 1964-73

Vietnam 1961-73

Cambodia 1969-70

Guatemala 1967-69

Grenada 1983

Libya 1986

El Salvador 1980s

Nicaragua 1980s

Panama 1989

Iraq 1991-99

Sudan 1998

Afghanistan 1998

Yugoslavia 1999

In how many of these instances did a democratic government, respectful of human rights, occur as a direct result?

Choose one of the following:

(a) 0

(b) zero

(c) none

(d) not a one

(e) a whole number between -1 and +1

This quiz is compliments of Vietnam Veterans Against the War Ben Chitty USN 65-9 VN 66-7 68 NY/VVAW peaceCENTER P.O. Box 36, San Antonio, Texas 78291

(210) 224-HOPE or 224-4673 FAX (210) 222-1097




4.

From: http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=14544&CFID=5420517&CFTOKEN=63376510

Geov Parrish
02.24.03

Shock and Yawn Plan could kill millions in 48 hours -- why don't Americans care?

Exactly a month ago Pentagon planner Harlan Ullman, in a CBS-TV interview, publicly revealed for the first time the Pentagon's "Shock and Awe" plan for its assault upon Iraq, should (or when) George W. Bush orders it.

Ullman's information was subsequently confirmed by a number of sources; it's for real. Here is what I wrote about it in my column of January 30:

"The plan includes simultaneous ground invasions from north and south... It also includes a sudden decimation of Baghdad by raining down on its people, in two days, over 800 cruise missiles -- more than were used in the entire Gulf War. Ullman... characterized the Baghdad assault thusly: `You have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons of Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but minutes.' It would be a firestorm, a Dresden or Tokyo with 60 years of new technology. It would be a war crime of quick and staggering proportions.

"Such a plan, of course, makes a mockery of Donald Rumsfeld's ritual insistence that the Pentagon takes enormous care to avoid civilian casualties; the plan apparently is to kill a staggering percentage of Baghdad's civilian population in the first day alone. ... The name refers to the demoralizing effect such an attack would have on Iraqis, an effect, presumably, similar to the instant (although already planned) surrender of Japan after the gratuitous bombing of Hiroshima (and even more gratuitous bombing of Nagasaki. But those were, both military and diplomatically, demonstration attacks -- suggesting what could be done to the imperial rulers themselves and to Tokyo, a city far more valuable and populous than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

"In Iraq, Baghdad is the capitol."

Now, those plans, and sentiments of horror similar to mine, have been echoing around the Internet for a month; they've been featured extensively in alternative publications that have come out during that time. Which is precisely the problem.

The United States is planning to suck all the oxygen out of the air with a fireball over the heads of the five million residents of Baghdad -- so that, as another Pentagon interviewee said, "nobody in Baghdad will be safe," whether above ground or below. This has been well-documented public knowledge for a month, widely reported in the rest of the world. But in America it has been roundly ignored, confined to the fringes of the media landscape and probably, by many Americans, dismissed as a result as conspiracist nonsense.

This raises two questions:

1) Are Americans -- politicians, media executives, and ordinary citizens -- so numb, or oblivious, or callous to the horrors of war that we cannot raise ourselves to be bothered by what would be, if it works as planned, one of the greatest massacres, one of the greatest war crimes, in the history of the world, committed in our name and with our money?

2) Forgetting for a moment those apparently irrelevant concerns about millions of innocent lives, war crime tribunals, and the like, do America's war planners seriously think such an action would decrease the motivation or effectiveness of terrorists, who are presumably the target of the "War on Terror" and who will most certainly not be in Baghdad? (More, in fact, are likely to be huddled in any major American city. Perhaps we should preemptively bomb Philadelphia or Houston.)

To take the last question first, whether it is ever implemented or not, even the publicizing of this plan does incalculable damage to the already-abysmal reputation of the United States in the Islamic world and beyond. Any country that would even seriously consider such a monstrous act certainly isn't going to be shown mercy when war is brought to its civilian population. That's you and me.


According to captured Al-Qaeda documents, planners of the 9/11 massacre had originally considered flying jets into American nuclear facilities, but decided not do so to on "humanitarian" grounds. Does anyone think that, after our amphetamine-soaked pilots casually incinerate a major world city and its inhabitants, that they'll show such restraint next time? You know the answer.

Muslims, who, like the rest of the world, seem to have a longer memory than we do, will also recall that a massive famine, killing up to six or seven million Afghans, was only narrowly averted in fall 2001, even though the U.S. bombing campaign cut off badly needed supplies almost until it was too late - - and would have continued to do so had the Taliban not retreated. Shock and Awe, then, is the second serious brush with genocidal civilian death from the Bush crew in only 15 months. And we genuinely wonder why anyone hates us? Who wouldn't?

It is as if Bush and his sociopathic advisors want stronger terrorist groups -- want further attacks on Americans -- so as to justify their lust for global military dominance. Regardless, they're certainly doing their best to provoke it.

And this brings us to the initial question: why don't Americans seem to care? Again, setting aside niggling questions of morality, plans like this, whether executed -- er, carried out -- or not, put every single person living in this country in far greater danger. Forget duct tape; we need protecting from the Bush White House, and from the record levels of new and deepening anti- American sentiment it is generating daily.

CLIP




5.

Forwarded by Norie Huddle <nhuddle@intrepid.net>

White House Press Sec. Ari Fleischer Gets Laughed Out of Briefing

Dear Friends,

The following is priceless!

See the video at http://www.c-span.org/

Select this story - [in the middle column find]

MOST WATCHED VIDEO

Ari Fleischer White House Press Briefing (date: 02/25/2003)

Then run the tape counter down to 29:00 minutes into the session, just 2 minutes before the end.

You will see and hear the White House press corps break into loud laughter when Ari indignantly states that it is ridiculous to suggest that leaders of other countries could be bought off to support Bush's war. He was taken aback by the derisive laughter and hastily left the podium.




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