MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH
July 24, 2006
The Writing on the Wall Series #50: Premeditated Mass Murder
There is so much material that came to my attention in the last couple days and with the dismal quality of most media reports on what they euphemistically call the "Middle East Crisis", and which others call "war" but looks more to me like premeditated mass murder, I must circulate now this information to all of you in the hope you will first read it and then network it widely, especially to media outlets just to make sure they have the facts.
BTW I write "premeditated" because as you'll see below (here is a relevant quote from http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/07/21/MNG2QK396D1.DTL "More than a year ago, a senior Israeli army officer began giving PowerPoint presentations, on an off-the-record basis, to U.S. and other diplomats, journalists and think tanks, setting out the plan for the current operation in revealing detail.") this barbarous act of aggression has been planned well in advance (and I really mean aggression because, as you'll see below, when the Hezbollah fighters captured 2 Israeli soldiers, it was in response to an Israeli incursion into Lebanon territory as detailed in this quote from Asia Times: "It all started on July 12 when Israel troops were ambushed on Lebanon's side of the border with Israel. Hezbollah, which commands the Lebanese south, immediately seized on their crossing. They arrested two Israeli soldiers, killed eight Israelis and wounded over 20 in attacks inside Israeli territory. This unleashed hell in Israel, and Olmert immediately responded by mounting a war on Lebanon. A sea, air and ground blockade was enforced on Lebanon, and a systematic destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure was began. Hezbollah responded by wounding 11 Israelis with Katyusha-style rockets fired on the town of Safad in northern Israel." - see the whole article at http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HG15Ak02.html ), and "mass murder" because how would you call otherwise what Israel is doing in Lebabon and in Gaza (about which most media stopped reporting, and where unspeakable atrocities are being committed with new lethal chemical weapons against utterly defenseless population in refugee camps). Also once the dust settles, I'm sure the final casualty count will be much higher that it appears now, once all the rubbles of the thousands of destroyed buildings in Beirut and in all the attacked towns and villages will have been cleared and all the corpses found.
I wish I had more positive news to circulate to you - there is precious little below - but such is the state of current affairs in this world. I'll prepare and send you a new Meditation Focus next Friday (hopefully) - it will contain some very fascinating information as well as suggest a quite unique topic for our global communion of minds and souls...
Peace, Love and Light will prevail!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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"When the Shrapnel hits the body; it causes very strong burns that destroy the tissues around the bones. When this shrapnel enters the body, it burns and destroys internal organs, like the liver, kidneys, the spleen and other organs, and makes saving the wounded almost impossible. As a surgeon, I have seen thousands of wounds during the Intifada, but nothing was like this weapon."
- Dr. Saeed Jodah -- Taken from Gaza Doctors: "We will run out of medical supplies soon if offensive continues" below
"What is going on in the occupied territories is manslaughter, killing just for the sake of killing, as Israeli forces storm refugee populations on a daily basis. All for the sake of one person, one soldier, captured in what would be considered, in any other time and place, a legitimate military operation, in an ambush on a tank in southern Gaza on June 25th"
- Rami Almeghari (21 July 2006) -- Taken from Killing For the Sake of Killing
"Israel must now deal a blow of such magnitude to those who would destroy it as to leave no doubt that its earlier policy of acquiescence is over. This means precise military action against Hezbollah and its infrastructure in Lebanon and Syria, for as long as it takes and without regard to mindless diplomatic blather about proportionality."
- Richard Perle, neoconservative chieftain, in an op-ed piece published on July 23 in the New York Times
'"Lebanon carpenters are running out of wood for coffins. Bodies are stacked 3 or 4 feet high at the hospital morgue. The stench is spreading in the rubble. The morbid reality of Israels bombing campaign is reaching almost every corner of the city
On Thursday, the wild dogs gnawed at the charred remains of a family bombed as they were trying to escape the village."
- Hassan Fattah, New York Times
Worthy of Your Attention
The New Totalitarianism (EYE-OPENING! - Stunning pictures!)
The depraved international cabal that has a stranglehold on American political and financial power constitutes a new type of totalitarianism, pillaging the world through barbaric annihilation and creating a World Police State. American and world citizens have not fully awakened to the monstrous, diabolical nature of this totalitarian regime; they assume it must have some modicum of concern for its people, its nation, and human decency. Wrong! Unless we arouse ourselves from this deadly self-imposed stupor of ignorance, these homicidal maniacs will destroy us and the world. (...) As this essay is being written (July 2006), Israel, the fourth most powerful military power in the world, has found an excuse to put into operation its long-standing, carefully constructed plan to invade Lebanon and escalate the Middle-Eastern "conflict" into threats against Iran and Syria. This attack by Israel--sanctioned by the American cabal--isn't about Lebanon, Gaza, Hamas, or Hezbollah. It's about Iran and Syria, the only countries in the region capable and determined to challenge Israel and the U.S. CLIP
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CARL SAGAN AND THE NUCLEAR SCENARIO: A Cosmic Perspective on Terrestrial Problems http://synthaissance.blogspot.com/2006/07/carl-sagan-and-nuclear-scenario-cosmic.html
(...) Over the past few decades what has come to be known as the "military-industrial complex" has invested in a program of "full-spectrum weaponization" of almost every imaginable dimension of what we think of as "reality." They have even attempted to weaponize "reality" itself! Each of these technological systems is in itself extremely dangerous; the summation of their effects and unknown synergisms exponentiates the lethality. At the top of the list, however, are all things nuclear. (...) To me, the most horrific and nightmarishly insidious thing that mankind is doing to others of his kind right now is the use of DU weapons. Radiological war-fare. Journalist Robert Koehler has called it "silent genocide" and this is precisely accurate. (...) The universe is telling us IN VERY BIG WAYS that it's time to wake up. (...) It's obvious that our current path is a dead-end. The choice is ours: to remain comatose in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems of our own creation until life as we know it has vanished, semi-conscious participants in eco- and suicide...or to wake up, breathe in the awe and mystery, and take the helm of Spaceship Earth as awakened crew operating on a completely new internal software environment. CLIP
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1. PRAYING FOR PEACE
2. Women for Peace to ask globally with one voice "NO MORE WAR!!!"
3. Call for General Strike (cut off supply lines to Israel)
4. THE TWO ISRAELI SOLDIERS WERE CAPTURED IN LEBANON
5. Israelis Adopt Poison Gas Fashion
6. Gaza Doctors: "We will run out of medical supplies soon if offensive continues"
7. Atrocities in the Promised Land
8. What are they fighting for?
9. While the world is turning its back and closing its eyes
10. Is Israel running out of Bombs?
11. Western media fail to tell the real story in Lebanon
12. Israel building prison for Lebanese captives
13. REMEMBER THE IRGUN - AND WHY THEY STOPPED
14. Powerful Article on 9/11 Documentary "Loose Change" in Vanity Fair
15. It was oil, after all
16. Bush Doctrine Down?
17. Turning to spiritual realms
18. World Unity and Peace is not an option, it is a necessity!
Beirut bombing 'violates humanitarian law' (July 23) http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200607/s1694373.htm
United Nations (UN) relief coordinator Jan Egeland says the extent of the destruction in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital amounts to a violation of humanitarian law. Mr Egeland has been touring the bombed-out area of Beirut that has been targeted by Israel as a stronghold of militant group Hezbollah, which is based in Lebanon and supported by Iran and Syria. He says it is horrific, with block after block of houses destroyed."It's bigger, it's more extensive than I even could imagine," he said.Mr Egeland says the violence is costing too many civilian lives and he has called on both sides to stop."It seems to be an excessive use of force in an area with so many civilians," he said."It makes it a violation of humanitarian law. "What we do not know, for humanitarians, what was between these buildings, what military targets? But it seems excessive." He says between 500,000 and one million people need assistance and at least $133 million is needed to avert a humanitarian disaster in Lebanon over the coming months."There are wounded who do not get sufficient treatment, there are people who do not have safe drinking water, there are, first and foremost, tens of thousands of people who are now being besieged or in areas of crossfire," he said. Mr Egeland says Israel must allow the establishment of aid corridors in Lebanon because the destruction of roads and bridges and the danger of attack mean the UN cannot even deliver its current stocks."We're asking for three humanitarian corridors over sea," he said. "The Prime Minister of Israel has said that the one going from Cyprus to Beirut is already ready and clear. "We need two more of them and we want to have also the possibility to land with relief airplanes at the Hariri Airport in Beirut." CLIP
Egyptian legal committee warns of Israeli use of chemical weapons against Palestinians in Gaza (23 July 2006)
An Egyptian legal committee has warned of the serious consequences of the Israeli use of chemical weapons against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip for more than a week now, and have called for an international investigation of the claim. The committee for citizens' rights in northern Sinai, adjacent to the Gaza Strip, charged that the Israeli warplanes have been releasing chemical materials against the Palestinian populace in the Strip for the past week. It said that the chemical agents cause extraordinary burns that could turn into cancer and added that they could also cause miscarriages and death of patients especially those suffering chest diseases. The committee said its members saw the warplanes releasing those chemicals from the Egyptian-Palestinian borders. Doctors treating Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have called for an international investigation of the types of weapons being used by Israel, as many of the patients have burns that are indicative of possible chemical weapon use by Israel. The organs, particularly the kidney and spleen, of the victims continue to burn even after the person has been declared clinically dead, according to doctors in hospitals throughout the Gaza Strip.
Killing For the Sake of Killing (21 July 2006)
Since the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip started on June 27th, Israeli ground forces and warplanes have been killing Palestinian men, women and children, destroying the Palestinian economy and devastating the infrastructure, all under a single pretext: liberating Gil'ad Shalit, a soldier who is being held by Palestinian resistance groups. More than 150 Palestinians including women and children in their homes, most recently in the Shija'ya neighborhood of Gaza City, early on Friday, have been so far slaughtered at Gil'ad's butchery. Hundreds of others have been wounded, many of them lost their body parts, because of Israel's use of deadly weapons believed to be illegal under what used to be called 'international law'.The mass killing and injuries amongst the Palestinian refugees in different parts of the Gaza Strip have, in the last several days, been brought to the central Gaza camp of Maghazi, where 14 people including women and children, have been killed and more than 130 others injured, mostly under the age of 18, according to medics, within a couple of days. The number of deaths and extent of the injuries in the ongoing invasion into various parts of Gaza indicate without a doubt that Israel's declared objective is false.This is further confirmed by the widespread destruction wrought by Israeli tank shells and warplanes to major infrastructure in Gaza, including Gaza's sole power plant, ministerial buildings, bridges, homes and even barns and greenhouses, with the apparent aim of 'collective punishment' of the entire Palestinian population -- something which is also supposedly a violation of what used to be 'international law'. But now 'international law' has died, its body nowhere to be found, another victim of Israel's fearless aggression carried out in the name of Gil'ad Shalit. CLIP
Israel set war plan more than a year ago Strategy was put in motion as Hezbollah began gaining military strength in Lebanon (July 21, 2006)
Jerusalem -- Israel's military response by air, land and sea to what it considered a provocation last week by Hezbollah militants is unfolding according to a plan finalized more than a year ago.In the six years since Israel ended its military occupation of southern Lebanon, it watched warily as Hezbollah built up its military presence in the region. When Hezbollah militants kidnapped two Israeli soldiers last week, the Israeli military was ready to react almost instantly. "Of all of Israel's wars since 1948, this was the one for which Israel was most prepared," said Gerald Steinberg, professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University. "In a sense, the preparation began in May 2000, immediately after the Israeli withdrawal, when it became clear the international community was not going to prevent Hezbollah from stockpiling missiles and attacking Israel. By 2004, the military campaign scheduled to last about three weeks that we're seeing now had already been blocked out and, in the last year or two, it's been simulated and rehearsed across the board." More than a year ago, a senior Israeli army officer began giving PowerPoint presentations, on an off-the-record basis, to U.S. and other diplomats, journalists and think tanks, setting out the plan for the current operation in revealing detail. Under the ground rules of the briefings, the officer could not be identified. In his talks, the officer described a three-week campaign: The first week concentrated on destroying Hezbollah's heavier long-range missiles, bombing its command-and-control centers, and disrupting transportation and communication arteries. In the second week, the focus shifted to attacks on individual sites of rocket launchers or weapons stores. In the third week, ground forces in large numbers would be introduced, but only in order to knock out targets discovered during reconnaissance missions as the campaign unfolded. There was no plan, according to this scenario, to reoccupy southern Lebanon on a long-term basis. CLIP
US to Give Israel Another Week for Attacks
Israeli officials believe they have approval from the United States to keep up attacks on Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon for at least another week, an Israeli newspaper said on Sunday. Meanwhile Britain dramatically broke ranks with Bush last night over the Lebanon crisis, publicly criticizing Israel's military tactics and urging America to 'understand' the price being paid by ordinary Lebanese civilians.
UK calls Israeli attacks 'disproportionate' (24 July 2006)
The British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells yesterday stood by his criticisms of the 12-day bombardment of Lebanon with a warning that Israel had to win the "political battle" as well as confronting the Lebanese National Resistance [a.k.a. Hezbollah] militarily.
Israel agrees to peacekeepers as missiles rain down
ISRAEL is willing to accept an international force to oversee security in southern Lebanon, a breakthrough in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict. As a barrage of Hezbollah rockets killed two people in northern Israel, the Defence Minister, Amir Peretz, announced yesterday the country was prepared to drop its insistence that the Lebanese Government disarm Hezbollah. He suggested the force would be led by NATO, but did not suggest a date when the force might be deployed. CLIP
US Complicit In Israel War Crimes In Lebanon By Dahr Jamail (7-20-6)
An acquaintance of mine in Lebanon just sent me this email: "A friend of mine just called and told me of a massacre: civilian building destroyed in Tyre by Israeli aggression. There, Zouhair Edde's mother has been killed. Rayaan Qudsi has been killed along with her two daughters. This is a conservative number of martyrs thus far. This building is where refugees typically hide." This is but an infinitesimal example of what is being carried out by the Israeli military apparatus against the civilian population of Lebanon on an hourly basis. The official lines of the US and Israeli governments are that the destruction in Lebanon and Gaza are due to two Israeli soldiers being taken prisoner. This incredible display of willful amnesia omits the fact that at least 9,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, 1,000 of which have had no charges brought against them. It also conveniently omits the fact that over 14,000 Iraqis are languishing in US prisons inside Iraq, most of whom have been charged with approximately nothing. While the slaughter of innocents continues unabated, we must be very clear as to who is responsible for creating the conditions for it. "Israel has been the largest recipient of US foreign aid every year since 1976," Frida Berrigan, a senior research associate at the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute in New York told Inter Press Service recently. On top of providing Israel with billions of dollars of sophisticated weaponry, in 2005 alone the US provided the Israeli government $2.2 billion. This amount is expected to increase incrementally in the coming years. Israel has the largest fleet of F-16 fighter jets in the world, outside of the US. Thanks to the US, these deadly warplanes are responsible for most of the death and destruction we've seen thus far in Lebanese cities, suburbs, and ports. Most of the critical infrastructure of Lebanon has been reduced to smoldering ruins, as countless Lebanese are now living by generators and scavenging for food wherever possible. Bombings have included electrical stations, fuel storage depots, gas stations, hospitals, ambulance convoys, ports, factories, bridges and roads. As of this writing, the death toll in Lebanon is now over 350, all but 14 of which were civilians. There are over 1,000 wounded. It's called collective punishment. It is a war crime. It is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. An entire country is being collectively punished while the world sits by and watches. The US military did it and continues to do it as you read this in Iraq, and now the Israeli military, after practicing it for decades in the occupied territories of Palestine, is carrying out this tactic /en masse/ against the country and people of Lebanon. Let me be clear about which international laws are being violated by the Israelis. CLIP
Saudis Urge Bush to Push for Cease-Fire in the Middle East
A delegation from Saudi Arabia asked President Bush on Sunday to push for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah - something the United States has refused to do.
Bush Refuses to Push for Immediate Cease-Fire
White House officials said President Bush remains opposed to an immediate cease-fire to stop violence in the Middle East, despite personal pleas from ally Saudi Arabia that he help stop the bloodshed. Saudi King Abdullah beseeched Bush to intervene in Israel's military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon, where the death toll is approaching 400 after less than two weeks of bombing.
Condi Rice's Mid-East Fantasy Ride
"American officials are very good at vernacular descriptions, but lousy at history and political reality in the Middle East," writes Rami Khouri. "Condoleezza Rice ... has described the massive destruction, dislocation and human suffering in Lebanon as an inevitable part of the 'birth pangs of a new Middle East.' From my perspective here in Beirut, what she describes as 'birth pangs' look much more like a wicked hangover from a decades-old American orgy of diplomatic intoxication with the enticements of pro-Israeli politics."
The Pin in the Grenade
"There is no way to tell exactly how this Middle East upheaval is going to unfold, and making any sort of prediction is a dangerous game," writes William Rivers Pitt. "There are, however, a number of disparate factors threaded through this situation that, if allowed to coalesce, will create an unspeakably dangerous convulsion that will be felt all across the globe."
Harper joins Canada to Israeli-U.S. axis (SHAME on Harper!)
PM opts for hostility rather than justice for Palestinians, says Haroon Siddiqui
Israel's military stunned by the failure of its air war :
Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz and his advisers have been stunned by the failure of Israel's air war against Hizbullah, which has shrugged massive air bombings on its headquarters in Beirut to maintain the rocket war against the Jewish state.
Minister: Syria to enter conflict if Lebanon invaded:
A Syrian minister warned Israel in an interview published Sunday that a major ground incursion into Lebanon would draw his country into the Middle East conflict.
Orthodox Jews Demand End to Zionist Atrocities in the Middle East :
The brutal and indiscriminate attack upon the people and infrastructure of Lebanon by the Zionist State "Israel" is a crime against all basic standards of decency and humanity.
Anti-war Tel Aviv rally draws Jewish, Israeli Arab crowd :
More than 2,500 people on Saturday attended a mass demonstration against the war in Lebanon, marching from Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to a rally at the Cinemateque plaza.
Controversy mounts over Israeli arms deal :
As tensions in the Middle East rise, calls are mounting for Switzerland to stop its military collaboration with Israel and other countries in the region.
Report: US Torture Widespread in Iraq
Iraqi detainees were routinely subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation, stress positions and other forms of abuse by US interrogators, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Sunday that offers first-hand accounts from three former soldiers.
Iraqi Parliament Speaker: Invasion and Aftermath "Work of Butchers"
The speaker of the Iraqi Parliament criticized the American government's involvement in Iraq on Saturday, likening the invasion and its consequences to "the work of butchers" and demanding that the American authorities disentangle themselves from Iraq's political affairs.
Jordan Accused of Torturing Suspects for US
Security agents in Jordan are torturing terrorism suspects on behalf of the United States in hopes of forcing confessions, the human rights watchdog Amnesty International contended in a new report Monday.
Afghanistan Close to Anarchy, Warns General
The most senior British military commander in Afghanistan has described the situation in the country as "close to anarchy" with feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies compounding problems caused by local corruption. The stark warning came from Lieutenant General David Richards, head of Nato's international security force in Afghanistan, who warned that western forces there were short of equipment and were "running out of time".
Sectarian Break-Up of Iraq Is Now Inevitable, Admit Officials
Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, meets Tony Blair in London today as violence in Iraq reaches a new crescendo and senior Iraqi officials say the break up of the country is inevitable.
Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War? As Many As 250,000
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush's War 2564
The War in Iraq Costs (so far!) $298,151,959,154 See the cost in your community
Reassessing the Hariri assassination in the light of recent events
The Hariri assassination, immediately blamed on Syria (with no evidence other than the lies promoted by Mehlis), led directly to Syria being forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. It is obvious that that step was a necessary precondition of Israeli involvement in Lebanon.
The End Is Near, but first, this commercial.
Israel has created its worst enemies -- they helped create Hamas as a counterweight to Fatah in Palestine, and their occupation of Lebanon created Hezbollah. The current terrible bombings can be expected to keep the process going.
Bush Administration Asserts Greater Control Over Civil Rights Division
The Bush administration is quietly remaking the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, filling the permanent ranks with lawyers who have strong conservative credentials but little experience in civil rights, according to job application materials obtained by the Globe.
White House Calls on Jewish Groups to Line Up Behind John Bolton
It's hard to imagine something more cynical than the White House exploiting Middle East convulsions -- in which many innocents on all sides are dying in real time -- to divide Americans at home in order to try and squeeze through the Senate confirmation of the pugnacious radicalizer and international de-stabilizer, John Bolton
Europe Losing Pollinators
A new study just published in the journal Science confirms a significant decrease in the numbers and variety of pollinating insects in Europe as well as an associated decline of the wild plants they service.
SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INSPIRED BY MARIANNE'S WORDS
From: Marianne Williamson firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: PRAYING FOR PEACE
Date: 22 Jul 2006
PRAYING FOR PEACE
by Marianne Williamson
Like many people, I'm both glued to the news and horrified by it. My thoughts and feelings have been thrown out of order, into some kind of disarray that at times surprises me. We're all being challenged by world events to see just how deeply our convictions lie, and how and where we're ready to apply them to the realities of the world.
For myself, if I'm sure of anything I am sure of this: the mortal mind, as it is currently and commonly configured within human consciousness, is inadequate to the demands of the times in which we live. As Gandhi said, "The problem with humanity is that it's not in its right mind." We are being asked by history, by evolution, by God, to evolve beyond all thoughts of separation to see the unity of all children of God. Ultimately we will leave behind as quaint such notions as "national sovereignty." We will realize that all of us are one. Or else... No one has a monopoly on human suffering, and no child is more precious to God than any other. Only when we have learned to love as God loves will the world be uplifted to where it naturally belongs. It's one thing to say that, or to even believe it. But how do we apply it to such a moment of world crisis as confronts us now?
A Course in Miracles says that God does not give us victory in battle; rather, He lifts us above the battlefield. Our greatest spiritual contribution to this moment is to remember, in the words of the Course, that "beyond this world is a world I want." Beyond this three dimensional reality where the horrors of war are raging, there is another field of possibility alive in the Mind of God. Our work as individuals is to claim that world beyond this one, with passion and conviction; it is a world in which Jews and Arabs and Christians -- and everyone else as well -- are united not through the body but through the spirit. Close your eyes and see with your Inner Eye what the newspapers cannot show you. See the light withinn every Israeli, the light within every Palestinian and Lebanese, the light within every human heart, emerge from the center of their souls and then merge into One. See this, hold onto the vision, pray that it become a reality on the face of the earth, and then surrender it into the hands of God.
What the world needs now is a miracle, and it is miracles to which we are all entitled. For miracles occur naturally as expressions of love; they are in fact the natural order of the world when the mind is in its natural state. Our task, quite simply, is to love in a way that we have never loved before. Let us love even those with whom we do not agree, perhaps even those whom we might think we hate. Let us love them not personally, of course, but impersonally. Let us reach for the Love of God within us, that we might reach the Love of God within them. Let us all awaken to a higher truth, that we might be subconscious awakeners.
Neither Israel nor Lebanon need any of us to fall into this nightmare with them. What they need is for us to remain spiritually awake -- to the truth of their Oneness in the Mind of God. Because all minds are joined, our being awake will help them all to awaken. Their souls are making an ultimate sacrifice for each of us, showing what lies ahead for the world should we not remember who we truly are.
God bless Lebanon. God bless Israel. God bless every child of God. And God, please help us to live in peace. We need a miracle. And we need it now.
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From: Shamanic Journeys email@example.com>
Date: 21 July 2006
Subject: Women for Peace to ask globally with one voice "NO MORE WAR!!!"
Last night on the news I saw an interview with hooded Hezbollah fighters, covered from head to toe looking directly at the TV camera through small holes cut into their hoods. Barely distinguishable amongst their plain white garments stood a small hooded child! I knew I could be silent no more. This insanity must stop! What is happening in the world is intolerable.
I fervently believe that if mothers and grandmothers take a stand we could change things. If women all over the world stand up and proclaim for all to see, hear, and know with certainty that all women, on all sides of every conflict, are sick of sacrificing their children to the abomination of hatred, cruelty, and unnecessary death, we could change things. The children are the future for all of us. What hope is there for a world where children grow up knowing nothing but fear and hatred?
September 21, 2006 is a UN sanctioned International Day of Peace. I propose that on that day at precisely 10 AM (in each time zone), all women everywhere on the planet stop whatever they are doing and step out into the street, or up to their government headquarters, or gather in a prominent public place and proclaim with one voice "NO MORE WAR!!!" or "LET PEACE PREVAIL!" or whatever words of power or silence best expresses their cry for peace. We can also stand firm in our resolve within our families and invite the men of heart we know to join us in this declaration.
If we could find a way to communicate with and unite all women, even for a moment, our stand will pass like a great wave around the world, and soften the hearts of fathers, uncles, brothers and government leaders who believe that aggression and retaliation are the only valid responses to current world situations.
I offer this idea as a seed that can be watered by your thoughts and input and passed on as a collaborative effort to unite women and create peace. My hope is that if we circulate this message through all our networks and circles, we will reach enough women by September 21 to make a difference. We are not helpless!
Please copy this letter onto a new page before you send it on - forwards are usually filtered out as spam. Add your name if you wish, and your own impassioned plea to get the word out to the women of the world. You can send me any ideas or suggestions and I will post them on my new page, http://www.shamanicjourneys.com/womenforpeace.html. Hopefully, our message will find its way into Darfur and Iraq, into Israel, Lebanon and Palestine, into our own urban war zones, and into all places that are being torn apart by conflict. It's time to hear the voices of the women. It is not too late!!!
With Prayers for Peace,
Date: 23 Jul 2006
From: LESLEY WHITING firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Call for General Strike (cut off supply lines to Israel)
This week, after cowardly Israeli air strikes on Lebanese civilians, Israeli forces are massed at the border for a ground invasion. As one journalist has put it one of the worlds most sophisticated armies armed with the most homicidal devices known to man will meet with the tough, well-disciplined nationalist militias of Hezbollah fighting to prevent the occupation of their country.
While the UN seems impotent to rein in Israel, and US and UK are complicit in giving the green light to Israels war crimes, the suggestion below makes perfect sense. If the UN & member states will not place Israel under sanctions, the people can do it!
Cut off the supply lines to Israel.
Imagine if enough people, particularly those in the transportation business could be persuaded to take up a general strike on behalf of Lebanon........check out the numbers who demonstrated in support of Lebanon in UK, European capitals, Canada, Australia. Read on. If you agree, please distribute widely, let's start the idea moving, particularly to your overseas contacts.
Cairo, Sunday 23 July 2006
EMERGENCY ACTION: LEBANON
CALL FOR A GENERAL STRIKE
Hana Abdul Ilah Al-Bayaty, BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee & Ian Douglas, BRussells Tribunal Advisory Committee
Public demonstrations are essential, but even more is demanded of us. The system has to be disrupted completely if there is to be any chance of minimizing the casualties of Israel's coming ground invasion and re-occupation of South Lebanon.
We call on all workers, all management, all professions, all unions and syndicates, and all Arabs to begin immediately a general strike.
We appeal especially to dockers, oil workers and airport workers. Anyone who has a position in the supply chain for Israel should act on their conscience.
This action is needed now. We believe the invasion will begin this week.
General strike, now!
Hana Abdul Ilah Al-Bayaty, BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee
Ian Douglas, BRussells Tribunal Advisory Committee
Spread this call for action
We call on people who endorse this call for action to diffuse it widely.
This article appears in full at http://www.uruknet.info (excellent source of alternative news)
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THE TWO ISRAELI SOLDIERS WERE CAPTURED IN LEBANON
The Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement announced on Wednesday that its guerrillas have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. "Implementing our promise to free Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, our strugglers have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon," a statement by Hezbollah said. "The two soldiers have already been moved to a safe place," it added. The Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were captured as they "infiltrated" into the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border. /
[Hindustan Times 7/12/06]
The Lebanese Hezbollah movement announced Wednesday the arrest of two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were arrested as they entered the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border. Israeli aircraft were active in the air over southern Lebanon, police said, with jets bombing roads leading to the market town of Nabatiyeh, 60 kilometers south of Beirut.
Bahrain News Agency 7/12/06
TRANSLATION: According to the Lebanese police force, the two soldiers were captured in Lebanese territory, in the area of Aïta Al-Chaab close to the border, whereas Israeli television indicated that they had been captured in Israeli territory. [http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/Hezbollah_liban.html -fr.news.yahoo 7/12/06
In the afternoon, the scene changed in the streets of southern Lebanon, which was the target of 32 Israeli raids that mainly targeted areas near the area where the two soldiers were captured in Aita al Chaab, close to the border with Israel. http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/article_1180404.php/Hezbollah_back_in_the_spotlight_after_capturing_soldiers - news.monstersandcritics.com 7/12/06
According to the Lebanese police force, the two Israeli soldiers were captured in Lebanese territory, in the area of Aïta Al-Chaab, near to the border with Israel, where an Israeli unit had penetrated in middle of morning.
http://www.voltairenet.org/article142056.html - AFP 7/12/06
It all started on July 12 when Israel troops were ambushed on Lebanon's side of the border with Israel. Hezbollah, which commands the Lebanese south, immediately seized on their crossing. They arrested two Israeli soldiers, killed eight Israelis and wounded over 20 in attacks inside Israeli territory. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HG15Ak02.html - Asia Times 7/15/06
TRANSLATION: In a deliberated way, Tsahal sent a commando in the Lebanese back-country to Aïta Al Chaab. It was attacked by Hezbollah, making two prisoners.
http://www.voltairenet.org/article142056.html - voltairenet.org 7/18/06]
Do you get it yet? Israel sent troops across the border into Lebanon. They then claimed the captured invaders were "kidnap victims" and launched their attacks.
Israelis Adopt Poison Gas Fashion
Kurt Nimmo | July 21 2006
It is absurd to consider morality on [using poison gas] when everybody used it in the last war without a word of complaint from the moralists or the Church. On the other hand, in the last war bombing of open cities was regarded as forbidden. Now everybody does it as a matter of course. It is simply a question of fashion changing as she does between long and short skirts for women, wrote Winston Churchill during the Second World War, long after the Geneva Protocol had outlawed the use of poison gas. The Brits used mustard gas against Bolsheviks in 1919 and Kurdish rebels in Iraq. As to the latter, Churchill wrote: I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas
. I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes (see Winston Churchills Secret Poison Gas Memo).
If Wayne Madsens sources are correct, the Israelis are now using poison gas against the uncivilized tribes of Lebanon. According to a former U.S. weapons expert who served in Iraq, the artillery shell in a photo taken in Lebanon (see photo here) is a chemical weapon delivery device. It is being handled by an Israeli Defense Force soldier and Hebrew lettering can be clearly seen on the armored vehicle. Another chemical weapons shell of the same type can be seen lying on the ground to the right. It is not known what type of chemical is in the chemical canister, however, gas dropped by the Israelis in villages in southern Lebanon has resulted in severe vomiting among the civilian population (see as well this schematic). Media commentators have scoffed that Israel, with its relatively unique history, would ever use chemical weapons or poison gas in any war. It is precisely because of that perception that they are using such weapons. The deniability factor prevents the media from taking seriously the credible reports of banned weapons being used by the Israelis.
Of course, the stenographers laboring diligently for the corporate media would not dare to mention Israels well-documented history of biological and chemical terrorism against innocent and unwitting Arab non-combatants.
In 1948, as the Zionists ethnically cleansed Palestine, the Acre aqueduct was targeted. The Zionists injected typhoid in the aqueduct at some intermediate point which passes through Zionist settlements, writes Salman Abu-Sitta, president of Palestine Land Society in London. According to Abu-Sitta, a report issued by the Lebanese Red Cross
stated that there are at least 70 known civilian casualties, others may not be reported. It was determined that the infection is water borne, not due to crowded or unhygienic conditions as claimed by the Israelis. It was decided that a substitute water supply should now come from artesian wells or from the agricultural station, just north of Acre (see map), not from the aqueduct. Water chlorine solution was applied, inoculation of civil population started, movement of civil population was controlled (lest refugees heading north towards Lebanon will carry the typhoid epidemic with them, as intended by the Zionists)
The city of Acre, now burdened by the epidemic, fell easy prey to the Zionists. They intensified their bombardment. Trucks carrying loudspeakers proclaimed, Surrender or commit suicide. We will destroy you to the last man. That was not a figure of speech. Palumbo, in The Palestinian Catastrophe, notes the typical case of Mohamed Fayez Soufi. Soufi with friends went to get food from their homes in a new Acre suburb. They were caught by Zionist soldiers and forced at gun point to drink cyanide. Soufi faked swallowing the poison. The others were not so lucky, they died in half an hour.
In addition, the Zionist state attempted to poison a water system in Gaza. The commander of the Egyptian Forces in Palestine communicated the following to General Headquarters in Cairo:
15.20 hrs, 24 May  Our Intelligence forces captured two Jews, David Horeen and David Mizrahi, loitering around army positions. They were interrogated and confessed they had been sent by Officer Moshe to poison the army [and the peoples] water supply. They carried with them water bottles divided in the middle. The top part has potable water and the bottom part has a liquid contaminated with typhoid and dysentery, equipped with a rear opening from which the liquid can be released. They confessed they were members of a 20-strong team sent from Rehovot for the same purpose. Both have written their confession in Hebrew and signed it. We have taken the necessary medical precautions.
Salman Abu-Sitta also suspects two cholera outbreaks, one in Egypt and a second in Syria, claiming the lives of over 10,000 people, were caused by the Israelis, although the evidence is less convincing.
In a report entitled Bioterrorism and Biocrimes: The Illicit Use of Biological Agents since 1900, Dr. W. Seth Carus of the Center for Counterproliferation Research, National Defense University, stated under a subtitle, Case 1947-01: Zionist Terrorists 1947-1948, Jews plan to use this inhuman weapon against the Arabs in the Middle East in their war of extermination. Carus also documents the comments of David Horeens sister, Rachel Katzman: I met one of [my brothers] commanders in a lecture in Jerusalem. I asked him whether my brother had really attempted to poison wells. These were the weapons we had, he said, and thats that.
Israel has plenty of other weapons, gratis the United States and its own burgeoning weapons program, but it appears it prefers to augment its arsenal with chemical weapons. The Palestinian ministry of health revealed on [July 11, 2006] that the Israeli army has used a new type of explosive in its offensive on the Gaza Strip. These explosives contain toxics and radioactive materials which burn and tear the victims body from the inside and leave long term deformations
. The ministry showed that most of the injuries which the hospitals receive result from huge explosions which cause burning and severing of limbs, including the inner parts of the body. This causes long term deformations
. It is added that doctors in Gaza have been forced to amputate limbs of at least 12 injured Palestinians as a result of injuries sustained in the current Israeli offensive on the Strip, reports Electronic Intifada.
In an earlier instance, the IOF apparently used an unidentified gas in the Khan Younis refugee camp. Medical sources at Nasir Hospital in Khan Yunis have announced that more than 40 Palestinians suffered a strange case of hysteria and nervous breakdown because they inhaled a toxic gas fired for the first time by the occupation army during the bombing of Palestinian areas, the Voice of Palestine in Ramallah reported (see the script for the documentary film, Gaza Strip, a PDF document). Specialists believe that this is an internationally banned nerve gas. Dr Muhammad Abdallah Abd-al-Munim, official in charge of medical teams who treated the injured, said that the gas bombs fired last night on the western camp of Khan Yunis gave off heavy yellowish and highly-concentrated smoke. Those who inhaled it, he said, suffered a nervous breakdown and vomited blood. Abd-al-Munim said this gas is not the same kind that was fired by the occupation forces previously and that it is the first time that the doctors have seen this.
Indeed, the corporate media, faithfully pro-Israel, may scoff at the allegation Israel is now using chemical weapons in Lebanon. However during the 1982 invasion the Soviet Union accused Israel of using barbarous weapons, including chemical weapons (see this timeline posted on the Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel website).
When it comes to using biological and chemical weapons, Israel is a junior partner to the United States, most recently accused of using chemical weapons in Fallujah, Iraq. According to Dr. Khalid ash Shaykhli, an Iraqi health ministry official, the US military had used internationally banned chemical weapons, including nerve gas, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Of course, the corporate media scoffed at this allegation, too.
Chalk it up to the deniability factor.
Gaza Doctors: "We will run out of medical supplies soon if offensive continues"
Ghassan H Bannoura - IMEMC - Thursday, 20 July 2006, 18:11
Dr. Jom'a Al Saka, the spokesperson of Al Shifa hospital in Gaza, said in an interview with the IMEMC that if the Israeli "Summer Rain" military operation continues, Gaza will run out of medical supplies soon.
He said, "We depend on medical supplies coming from outside, through the terminals surrounding Gaza. Since the military offensive started, those crossings are closed, so the stock of medical supplies we had will run out soon."
The Israeli army have closed all border crossings, both foot-passenger and commercial, and stopped food, fuel and medical supplies from coming into Gaza since the start of the army offensive over three weeks ago.
A human rights centre in Gaza said that 26 people had been killed, and more than 200 injured during this week alone. Among the casualties, women and children. The continued army attacks on the towns and cities of the Gaza Strip have raised fears among doctors that there will soon be no medical supplies left in the Gaza hospitals.
"Soon we will be unable to send ambulances to get patients" Dr Jom'a Al Saka added.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Ambulances and Emergencies for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said in a report published by Ma'an news agency on Thursday, "Ten Palestinians were killed and more than 108 injured, 14 of them seriously, during the last two days in which the Israeli forces penetrated Al Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip,
Hassanain added, "The Israeli forces are using internationally prohibited missiles that contain chemical materials and burning metals and in addition, have shrapnel in the shape of nails". He pointed out that the injuries received in the hospitals as a result of these missiles are very dangerous because the human tissues and muscles are torn and in addition, the injured suffer from severe bleeding, loss of limbs and broken bones.
IMEMC gained interviews with several doctors working in different hospitals in the Gaza strip, and all confirmed the use of non-conventional weapons. One of the doctors we spoke to, Dr. Saeed Jodah, told us, "When the Shrapnel hits the body; it causes very strong burns that destroy the tissues around the bones. When this shrapnel enters the body, it burns and destroys internal organs, like the liver, kidneys, the spleen and other organs, and makes saving the wounded almost impossible. As a surgeon, I have seen thousands of wounds during the Intifada, but nothing was like this weapon."
The latest case that matched these symptoms was Muhammad Muhra, 17, from Al Bureij refugee camp. He was killed on Thursday. His body arrived at the hospital in an almost unrecognizable condition.
Atrocities in the Promised Land
Kathleen Christison, The Electronic Intifada, 19 July 2006
Palestinians inspect the ruins of their house, attacked by Israeli forces in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, July 18, 2006. (MaanImages/Wesam Saleh)
Words fail; ordinary terms are inadequate to describe the horrors Israel daily perpetrates, and has perpetrated for years, against the Palestinians. The tragedy of Gaza has been described a hundred times over, as have the tragedies of 1948, of Qibya, of Sabra and Shatila, of Jenin -- 60 years of atrocity perpetrated in the name of Judaism. But the horror generally falls on deaf ears in most of Israel, in the U.S. political arena, in the mainstream U.S. media. Those who are horrified -- and there are many -- cannot penetrate the shield of impassivity that protects the political and media elite in Israel, even more so in the U.S., and increasingly now in Canada and Europe, from seeing, from caring.
But it needs to be said now, loudly: those who devise and carry out Israeli policies have made Israel into a monster, and it has come time for all of us -- all Israelis, all Jews who allow Israel to speak for them, all Americans who do nothing to end U.S. support for Israel and its murderous policies -- to recognize that we stain ourselves morally by continuing to sit by while Israel carries out its atrocities against the Palestinians.
A nation that mandates the primacy of one ethnicity or religion over all others will eventually become psychologically dysfunctional. Narcissistically obsessed with its own image, it must strive to maintain its racial superiority at all costs and will inevitably come to view any resistance to this imagined superiority as an existential threat. Indeed, any other people automatically becomes an existential threat simply by virtue of its own existence. As it seeks to protect itself against phantom threats, the racist state becomes increasingly paranoid, its society closed and insular, intellectually limited. Setbacks enrage it; humiliations madden it. The state lashes out in a crazed effort, lacking any sense of proportion, to reassure itself of its strength.
The pattern played out in Nazi Germany as it sought to maintain a mythical Aryan superiority. It is playing out now in Israel. This society no longer recognizes any boundaries, geographical or moral, wrote Israeli intellectual and anti-Zionist activist Michel Warschawski in his 2004 book Towards an Open Tomb: The Crisis of Israeli Society. Israel knows no limits and is lashing out as it finds that its attempt to beat the Palestinians into submission and swallow Palestine whole is being thwarted by a resilient, dignified Palestinian people who refuse to submit quietly and give up resisting Israels arrogance.
We in the United States have become inured to tragedy inflicted by Israel, and we easily fall for the spin that automatically, by some trick of the imagination, converts
Israeli atrocities to examples of how Israel is victimized. But a military establishment that drops a 500-pound bomb on a residential apartment building in the middle of the night and kills 14 sleeping civilians, as happened in Gaza four years ago, is not a military that operates by civilized rules.
A military establishment that drops a 500-pound bomb on a house in the middle of the night and kills a man and his wife and seven of their children, as happened in Gaza four days ago, is not the military of a moral country.
A society that can brush off as unimportant an army officers brutal murder of a 13-year-old girl on the claim that she threatened soldiers at a military post -- one of nearly 700 Palestinian children murdered by Israelis since the intifada began -- is not a society with a conscience.
A government that imprisons a 15-year-old girl -- one of several hundred children in Israeli detention -- for the crime of pushing and running away from a male soldier trying to do a body search as she entered a mosque is not a government with any moral bearings. (This story, not the kind that ever appears in the U.S. media, was reported in the London Sunday Times. The girl was shot three times as she ran away and was convicted to 18 months in prison after she came out of a coma.)
Critics of Israel note increasingly that Israel is self-destructing, nearing a catastrophe of its own making. Israeli journalist Gideon Levy talks of a society in moral collapse.
Michel Warschawski writes of an Israeli madness and insane brutality, a putrefaction of civilized society, that have set Israel on a suicidal course. He foresees the end of the Zionist enterprise; Israel is a gang of hoodlums, he says, a state that makes a mockery of legality and of civil morality. A state run in contempt of justice loses the strength to survive.
As Warschawski notes bitterly, Israel no longer knows any moral boundaries -- if it ever did. Those who continue to support Israel, who make excuses for it as it descends into corruption, have lost their moral compass.
Kathleen Christison is a former CIA political analyst and has worked on Middle East issues for 30 years. She is the author of Perceptions of Palestine and The Wound of Dispossession. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are they fighting for?
Tanya Reinhart, The Electronic Intifada, 14 July 2006
Whatever may be the fate of the captive soldier Gilad Shalit, the Israeli army's war in Gaza is not about him. As senior security analyst Alex Fishman widely reported, the army was preparing for an attack months earlier and was constantly pushing for it, with the goal of destroying the Hamas infrastructure and its government. The army initiated an escalation on 8 June when it assassinated Abu Samhadana, a senior appointee of the Hamas government, and intensified its shelling of civilians in the Gaza Strip. Governmental authorization for action on a larger scale was already given by 12 June, but it was postponed in the wake of the global reverberation caused by the killing of civilians in the air force bombing the next day. The capture of the soldier released the safety-catch, and the operation began on 28 June with the destruction of infrastructure in Gaza and the mass detention of the Hamas leadership in the West Bank, which was also planned weeks in advance. 
In Israeli discourse, Israel ended the occupation in Gaza when it evacuated its settlers from the Strip, and the Palestinians' behavior therefore constitutes ingratitude. But there is nothing further from reality than this description. In fact, as was already stipulated in the Disengagement Plan, Gaza remained under complete Israeli military control, operating from outside. Israel prevented any possibility of economic independence for the Strip and from the very beginning, Israel did not implement a single one of the clauses of the agreement on border-crossings of November 2005. Israel simply substituted the expensive occupation of Gaza with a cheap occupation, one which in Israel's view exempts it from the occupier's responsibility to maintain the Strip, and from concern for the welfare and the lives of its million and a half residents, as determined in the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Israel does not need this piece of land, one of the most densely populated in the world, and lacking any natural resources. The problem is that one cannot let Gaza free, if one wants to keep the West Bank. A third of the occupied Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip. If they are given freedom, they would become the center of Palestinian struggle for liberation, with free access to the Western and Arab world. To control the West Bank, Israel needs full control of Gaza. The new form of control Israel has developed is turning the whole of the Strip into a prison camp completely sealed from the world.
Besieged occupied people with nothing to hope for, and no alternative means of political struggle, will always seek ways to fight their oppressor. The imprisoned Gaza Palestinians found a way to disturb the life of the Israelis in the vicinity of the Strip, by launching home-made Qassam rockets across the Gaza wall against Israeli towns bordering the Strip. These primitive rockets lack the precision to focus on a target, and have rarely caused Israeli casualties; they do however cause physical and psychological damage and seriously disturb life in the targeted Israeli neighborhoods. In the eyes of many Palestinians, the Qassams are a response to the war Israel has declared on them. As a student from Gaza said to the New York Times, "Why should we be the only ones who live in fear? With these rockets, the Israelis feel fear, too. We will have to live in peace together, or live in fear together." 
The mightiest army in the Middle East has no military answer to these home-made rockets. One answer that presents itself is what Hamas has been proposing all along, and Haniyeh repeated this week - a comprehensive cease-fire. Hamas has proven already that it can keep its word. In the 17 months since it announced its decision to abandon armed struggle in favor of political struggle, and declared a unilateral cease-fire ("tahdiya" - calm), it did not participate in the launching of Qassams, except under severe Israeli provocation, as happened in the June escalation. However, Hamas remains committed to political struggle against the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. In Israel's view, the Palestinians elections results is a disaster, because for the first time they have a leadership that insists on representing Palestinian interests rather than just collaborating with Israel's demands.
Since ending the occupation is the one thing Israel is not willing to consider, the option promoted by the army is breaking the Palestinians by devastating brutal force. They should be starved, bombarded, terrorized with sonic booms for months, until they understand that rebelling is futile, and accepting prison life is their only hope for staying alive. Their elected political system, institutions and police should be destroyed. In Israel's vision, Gaza should be ruled by gangs collaborating with the prison wards.
The Israeli army is hungry for war. It would not let concerns for captive soldiers stand in its way. Since 2002 the army has argued that an "operation" along the lines of "Defensive Shield" in Jenin was also necessary in Gaza. Exactly a year ago, on 15 July (before the Disengagement), the army concentrated forces on the border of the Strip for an offensive of this scale on Gaza. But then the US imposed a veto. Rice arrived for an emergency visit that was described as acrimonious and stormy, and the army was forced to back down.  Now, the time has finally come. With the Islamophobia of the American Administration at a high point, it appears that the USA is prepared to authorize such an operation, on condition that it not provoke a global outcry with excessively-reported attacks on civilians. 
With the green light for the offensive given, the army's only concern is public image. Fishman reported this Tuesday that the army is worried that "what threatens to bury this huge military and diplomatic effort" is reports of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Hence, the army would take care to let some food into Gaza.  From this perspective, it is necessary to feed the Palestinians in Gaza so that it would be possible to continue to kill them undisturbed.
Tanya Reinhart is a lecturer in linguistics, media and cultural studies at Tel Aviv University and the University of Utrecht. She is the author of several books, including Israel/Palestine: How to End the 1948 War (Seven Stories Press, 2002). This article was first published in Yediot Aharonot on June 21, 2006, and parts of this article were translated from Hebrew by Mark Marshall. A shorter version of this article was scheduled to appear Thursday, July 13 in Yediot Aharonot, but postponed to the following week because of the developments in Southern Lebanon.
Entry denied: Deporting witnesses of Israeli occupation and unilateralism (11 July 2006)
In another Israeli move designed to further isolate Palestinians from the rest of the world community, it is being reported that the Israeli army will be declaring the West Bank closed to foreign nationals. The Gaza Strip has already been made virtually inaccessible to foreign nationals; those who wish to enter must apply to the Israeli authorities, weeks in advance, to receive elusive permits. The effect is that the plight of the Palestinian civilian population living under Israeli occupation becomes all the more invisible to the international community. (...) Earlier this year, then-Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Israeli daily Ha'aretz of the new scope of impunity that Israel enjoys following last year's unilateral disengagement from Gaza. Regarding the state's illegal assassination operations in Gaza, he bragged, "there is not a single word of criticism anywhere in the world. And do you know why? Because the disengagement gave us degrees of freedom in carrying out everyday security activities, which we never had before ... The day before yesterday we carried out a targeted interception [sic] in Gaza. The day before that we did another targeted interception [sic]. Not a critical remark, not a hint of critical remark, has come from anywhere in the world.'"The international community's silence has been deafening as Israel routinely drops missiles onto Gaza -- one of the most densely populated areas of the world -- in its illegal extrajudicial assassinations, and is currently embarking on its indefinite deployment there. Of course, the civilian casualty count has been predictably high. When asked to, Israel justifies such operations as necessary to deter the launching of crude, homemade Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel. But such measures are not in compliance with the legal principle of proportionality, and the daily shelling of the Gaza Strip amounts to another form of collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population. Meanwhile, Olmert has been meeting with world leaders to secure international support of his "convergence plan," the latest Israeli euphemism for unilaterally determining final-status negotiations issues. But the foundation of these unilateral plans has already been laid. With much of the Wall and the new permanent checkpoints in place or under construction, the architecture for new, Israeli-determined borders is already there. CLIP
The failure of Israeli unilateralism (22 July 2006)
In less than four weeks, the civil infrastructure of two emerging Middle Eastern democracies has been laid to waste, and over 400 Palestinians and Lebanese, mostly civilians, have been killed by Israeli forces.The urgency of finding a just solution to the Israeli- Palestinian dispute has never been more compelling. But if calm is to be restored, the international community must convince Israel that security comes not through warfare but through peace.While Israel enjoys the security rewards of peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, it has been strangely reluctant to pursue the same with Lebanon or the PLO. (...) Despite the dismal failure of the disengagement policy, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appears determined to repeat its mistakes. Israel is entrenching its control over those areas of the West Bank that are essential to the viability of a future Palestinian state through accelerated construction of the wall and settlements.The resulting political geography would concretize the imprisonment of over two million Palestinians in a fractured West Bank, just as 1.4 million Palestinians are currently caged up in Gaza. Needless to say, there is no possibility of establishing a Palestinian state under such conditions. CLIP
Nameless and faceless: The anonymous killed (17 July 2006)
There will be no statistics in this journal entry because what difference does 10 shredded children in Gaza, or 15 sliced children in Lebanon, or 40 smashed children in Iraq make to the international community anyway? What difference does it make when the twisted and sick US corporate media doesn't even mention their names, or their ages, or their favorite color -- something to put a human face on the mangled mess made by the latest US-manufactured, Israeli-fired missile that destroyed what used to be a nose, a mouth, two eyes, freckles, cheek, or forehead? Yes, there were "escalations" today in Gaza and Lebanon. There were"military strikes" and "retaliatory attacks" and "intensifications" and "deaths." there were "officials" and "spokespeople" and "leaders" joining in the finger-pointing and the name-calling. Meanwhile, Arab people are burning. Numbers and statistics become, therefore, irrelevant. Language loses its meaning on the tongue, becomes sludge and dribbles down one's chin. My dear friend Siham said today, "What does the term 'civilized society' mean when they are killing people like this?" What becomes of a language that has lost its original meaning? Does it shrivel up and slink into an abyss to mingle with the ghosts of these headless, armless, forgotten brown-skinned kids? And as we watch the footage, as we hear on the phone from friends witnessing the carnage in their backyards, as we read the articles, how many times can we use the words "unbelievable," "disgusting," "horrific?" They have lost all meaning as well. We need a new language to describe these nightmares. We need a new vehicleto convey the disbelief and the disgust and the horror as Gaza burns, as Lebanon smolders, as Iraq collapses. As we rub our eyes tonight, bleary from thick cigarette smoke and too manyhours of being glued to the television, my friend Mustafa says, "No one notices, no one cares. We are alone in this world." This is the aloneness. The isolation. Gazan and Lebanese and Iraqi children are huddled in their beds tonight, screaming out to the wall of silence in a sore-throated language, isolated in their terror.
Much more through http://electronicintifada.net/v2/diaries.shtml
While the world is turning its back and closing its eyes
Lebanon: Day 8
by Raida Hatoum*
I can hear the bombs as I write this: today, the 20th of July, is Day 8 of the Israeli war on Lebanon.
The bombing continues today especially in all the south and east of Lebanon. Today more massacres were conducted and more civilians were killed. Tomorrow we will count our lost ones from today and we will see more photos of murdered children and families.
Today we counted our lost ones from yesterday. We collected photos of the remains of families, of women and children who were killed. Yesterday was the worst, 70 civilians were killed - most of them are still under the ruins of their houses destroyed in the south and the Beqa'a regions.
On the television and radio people from the south and east Lebanon who are beseiged in their villages are asking for medicine, food, water, and are asking for mercy. They say there are still people buried under their houses that Israel bombed yesterday. They say there are still fires they cannot put off as Israel is using phosphorus bombs that burns everything. They say please give us one hour to allow us to have medicine and food at least for the children and to bury those who were killed.
They say there is a strong smell of death in their villages because there are bodies of killed people under the ruins of shelters and houses.
Reporters say they were able to hear voices screaming for help, moaning from pain, dying under the ruins, and no one was able to help because Israel is bombing any vehicle that moves and the people are not able to move the ruins of the houses to save the people who are buried underneeth.
Today doctors from the hospitals in the south are screaming saying many of the dead bodies they received were not even injured and didn't bleed, but they were burnt while the hair is not burnt and a strange strong smell comes from the bodies. These are evidence that Israel is using chemical weapons.
Yesterday the speaker of the human rights committee in United Nations, said that there is a "strong possibility that Israel is conducting war crimes". Of course Israel is conducting war crimes. This is a genocide. Would the UN and the international comunity act now before it is too late to force Israel to stop?
It is already one week of this and the UN gave Israel one more week to finish its dirty work in Lebanon. One week of this genocide and the result is more than half million displaced Lebanese and 325 killed civilians and 1000 injured civilians. Most of them are children.
The war is generating damages of one and a half billion dollars every day so far. It would take 15 years to rebuild what Israel destroyed in 7 days. But those who got killed cannot be brought back to life.
Yesterday Israel conducted several massacres, one of them in the village of Sreifah in the south by blowing up 10 houses with the people inside, killing 27; all were members of 3 families.
Israel orders the people in the south to evacuate their villages: when the people try to leave their villages Israel targets them with Apache helicopters and kills them. Israel did it again yesterday targeting 3 cars full of peole and children who were trying to leave the village Aitaroun killing 4 and injuring 7.
There will be no schools this 2006/07 schoolyear, as there are tens of villages and towns that were completely destroyed including schools, medical centers, shops, factories and houses of its citizens. Tens of thousands from among the half a million displaced people would have to stay in the public schools and gardens for 6 more months this is if the war were to stop today. Winter is coming, I wonder how the displaced Lebanese would survive in the public schools and gardens?
On Day 1 of the war the Israeli government said they would turn Lebanon back in time by 20 years. And they did it. But now they are murdering all of us. Lebanon is completely destroyed, no more bridges, roads, factories, stations, water, electricity, airports, seaports, they bombed medical centers and schools and internet stations, they even bombed the historical ruins of Bealbeck.
Today I had to go like hundreds of people to bring drinkable water from the fountain which is something my grand grand grandmother used to do in the 17th century. Then I went to buy milk and cigarettes: the shelves in the 7 shops I visited were almost empty.
The roads are cut and there is no way to provide goods from one region to the other. I didn't complain, I thought about the others who are trapped in their villages under attack with nothing at all for 8 days now.
I tried to call friends, Wafa and Fadi in Sida, Raed in Beirut, Sameera in Bealbeck, Sahban in Tyre and others, but while standing in front of the public phone in the street waiting for my turn, watching the tens of young women and children waiting to use the phone, listening to the conversations, the fear, the worries etc, I felt I couldn't wait, I couldn't make the phone calls, I was so scared that no one will answer at the other side of the phone, this other side that is only an hour or an hour and a half away now seems very distant, as if on another planet.
I went home feeling sad and helpless. Decided to occupy myself with reorganizing the old newspapers I keep in my room: I carry the first one and open it to find it is "Al Safeer" newspaper from 1996 and on the first page pictures of killed infants and children - it was the Israeli massacre of Qana. This massacre happened when people from the southern villages took refuge at a UN center in the village of Qana and were murdered as Israel bombed the UN center. Pain sweeps me and I crack down with the tears I tried very bravely and hardly to stop for seven days.
The whole picture is so shockingly clear to me: we will never live in peace and will never have a future as long as Israel is protected, tolerated and allowed to kill children and destroy houses and hospitals in Lebanon and Palestine.
It is a genocide. Nothing less. Nothing else.
Today on the television they showed Israeli children in north Israel writing messages on Israeli bomb missiles that will be fired - or have been already fired - at the Lebanese villages. Those messages say: "from the children of Israel to the children of Lebanon". Can any one explaine this... What is this madness? Can someone at least tell the world and Israel that those messages found their way to the flesh and blood of the Lebanese children? We got the message.
More survivors and displaced families are coming to the mountains today and they have even reached the northern mountain. Now people are hosting those displaced families in their own houses as all the public schools and universities are full. Cars with megaphones are driving in the roads asking people to donate matresses as there is a need for 11,000 matresses, in the mountain alone, and it is an immediate need.
When I think about the displaced people I imagine that I have to sleep wearing the same outfit I was wearing for a week, in the same underwear, I imagine how it would feel to be in a minivan on the road with tens of other people squeezed running away to what might be a safer zone, fearing that the Israeli missiles would hunt us at any second and that we would make the news like the family whose photos I sent you who were targeted after trying to escape with their truck on the road. And like many others. I try to imagine if I can stay with no shower for a week, with no medicine for a week, with no food, no bathrooms, no water to drink, no contact with other members of my family.
I stay at my room looking at each corner and think about those who lost their houses, their belongings, those who lost everything.
What does Israel want? - a land with no people in Palestine and Lebanon? What does USA want? A Middle East empty but for oil? Are they just displaying their weapons for buying and selling in the market, is it an exhibition of madness? Condy says "we won't ask Israel to stop firing because stopping it won't solve the problem". Yes Condy, it won't solve the problem. Dead Lebanese and dead Palestinians would solve the problem, no? A genocide. And Blair also share this position with Condy. Don't they know that ending the occupation is what would solve the problem?
What future are Israel, USA, UK and Iran planning for the region? More wars more killing more violence and hate. In this, superpowers fight over domination; we the ordinary people are the ones stuck in the middle, we are ones being used in their wars and conflicts, we are the ones who pay the price. In Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon, we deserve to live in peace.
All the violence is caused by the occupation.
Yesterday Israel bombed Borj El Brajneh district in the southern suburbs of Beirut with more than 23 tons of bombs!!! Yes, 23 tons of bombs, even the global media confirmed it. The target was a mosque. They bombed it with the pretext that there are tunnels under this mosque and Nasrallah is hiding there!!!.
Till now 3 churches and 5 mosques were destroyed. I was thinking about Wafa'a and her husband Ali, both Palestinian refugees living in Borj El Brajneh camp. I just went to their wedding party one week before this war started, visited them at their new apartment in the refugee camp three days before this war started. I am dead worried about them. After Israel bombed the mobile/cellphone station it is almost impossible to make a phone call.
Dear friends, Lebanon that some of you you have visited once does not exist any more. Tell the world, keep carrying out what you do, all you can do, make this genocide stop, there is nothing left for Israel to destroy unless they want to kill us in our homes, house after house, family after family ... just like what is happening in Gaza, just like what happened in Sabra & Shatila massacre in 1982.
Yesterday the 19th July, we were no longer able to recognize day from night; our days are just like our nights all full of bombing, black smoke of fires (because Israel is bombing gas stations and gas tanks). There's destruction of milk and cheese factories, burning tissue, wood, and carton factories, destruction of health care centers, destruction of schools and shops, photos of burnt children, news about families being targeted and killed in their shelters and relief centers...
I fear this might lead to a bigger war or conflict. I feel like every one lost their minds, even those who do know and do understand.
I have friends in all parts of Lebanon and I am dead worried about them.
I am worried about my friends in north Israel, too, in Haifa, Nazareth and Safad.
I write to Salman and his wife Nada, they live in Karmel mountain above Haifa, they tell me they are fine, yet their daughter left to Italy to stay with her brother. They ask me to be fine and not to crack down. Salman, who toured Italy last year talking about the verbal history of the Palestinians that he has collected for over 30 years, tells me that a storm is in his heart and mind.
Aida, my friend in Haifa, a brave activist and a mother of 2 children whom I met in Cyprus at a conference and became best friends since then writes to me saying she wishes to sacrifice herself for me and all the Lebanese. She told me that when people call her to see if she and her daughters are fine after the Hezbollah Catyoshia rockets hit Haifa, her daughters answer saying we are fine but what about the children of Lebanon?
What an ironic world.
What good would come from Hezbollah bombing Haifa, Acker, and Safad in north Israel? And what good would come from the Israeli systematic destruction of Lebanon and Gaza and West Bank and killing of civilians in Lebanon and in Gaza?
Nothing but more violence and madness.
Every day more civilians are being killed, more massacres. Every day more children within few seconds are turned from beautiful and innocent creatures full of life and laughter into pieces of burnt flesh and meat.
We see their images on our televisions and newspapers, and I wonder what future the surviving children can have with such memories, why should children in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq have to endure such brutality.
Make Israel pay for the crimes it is conducting.
Make it stop its crimes, or else Israel will continue this. I read today that the Zionist religious men in Israel said it is allowed for Israel to kill inoccent women and children who are not Jewish - what difference is there between this and what Bin Laden and Zarqawi and all those criminals are saying and doing in Iraq. killing innocent Shi'ites and Christians, Iraqis and foreigners?
The photos here are of two massacres Israel conducted yeterday and the day before. One in Nabishiet village near Bealbeck city in east Lebanon killing 7 members from one family (4 of them are children) by bombing their four-floor house and injuring 3. The other one occured in the south when Israel again targeted a car that was trying to escape to a safer place killing the family that was in it.
Also, there is a photo of the US embassador in Beirut turning his back to the photos of destruction and the murders which were displayed at a Government conference room where they invited ambassadors to ask them to pressure Israel to stop this war.
Thank you again for caring while the world is turning its back and closing its eyes.
* Raida Hatoum was a founding member of the Lebanon IndyMedia organization in Beirut; is a volunteer active with the Palestinian Solidarity networks working at the Shatila refugee camp and with the Najdeh Association; member of the group which published the Lebanese paper Al-Yasari (the
Leftist); and a committed Socialist.
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Is Israel running out of Bombs?
The Replenishing of Israeli WMD stockpiles points to escalation both within and beyond the borders of Lebanon
by Michel Chossudovsky
July 22, 2006 - GlobalResearch.ca
"War is Good for Business": More Contracts for America's Weapons Producers
The aerial attacks on Lebanon have contributed to fuellng the US military industrial complex in what essentially constitutes a "profit driven war".
The Israeli air force confirms that it has led 3000 sorties hitting some 1,800 targets since the beginning of the bombing campaign (BBC, 22, July 2006). According to UN sources, close to a million people have been displaced out of a total population of 3.8 million. The country's civilian infrastructure has been destroyed.
In contrast to the "shock and awe" March 2003 blitzkrieg over Iraq, the Israelis have aimed systematically and almost exclusively civilian targets. Moreover, Lebanon is defenseless. It does not possess an air defense system and the Israelis know it. The number of declared targets is staggering, even when compared, for instance, to the 300 selected strategic targets identified in the 1991 Gulf war.
The civilian infrastructure has been destroyed: water, telecommunications, bridges, airports, gas stations, power plants, dairy factories, etc. Confirmed by the British press, in towns and villages across Lebanon, schools and hospitals have been targetted with meticulous accuracy. in an utterly twised logic, the Israeli government has casually blamed Hizbollah for using the schools and hospitals as hideouts or launchpads to wage their terrorist activities. (ABC Australia, interview with Israeli Ambassador to Australia, Nati Tamir, 21 July 2006).
"This is not a war, this is a crisis"
To state that the war was triggered by the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah militants on July 12th is absurd.
The history of war and military planning is not an object of analysis by the Western media. The real causes and consequences of what continues to be described by the Western media as the "Lebanon crisis" remain unheralded. Civilian deaths are dismissed as inevitable. The humanitarian crisis is downplayed. The issue of Israeli sponsored war crimes is never mentioned. And the Israelis are now blocking the flow of humanitarian aid into Lebanon.
Realities are turned upside town. The level of media disinformation and coverup of what is actually happening in the war theater is staggering.
A military operation of this magnitude takes months to prepare. The decision to bomb Lebanon was taken well before July 12. The war on Lebanon is part of a broader Middle East military agenda which has been in the planning stage for more than a year.
In very concrete terms, the bombing raids consist in destroying a nation, in "wiping Lebanon off the map", to use a familiar expression, in a righteous act of "self-defense" by Israel, according to the Western media.
Is Israel running out of bombs?
To meet shortfalls in current stockpiles of WMD, Israel's IDF is to take delivery of an emergency shipment of precision guided bombs, including US made GBU-28 bunker buster bombs produced by Raytheon.
"Pentagon and military officials declined to describe in detail the size and contents of the shipment to Israel, and they would not say whether the munitions were being shipped by cargo aircraft or some other means. But an arms-sale package approved last year provides authority for Israel to purchase from the United States as many as 100 GBU-28s, which are 5,000-pound laser-guided bombs intended to destroy concrete bunkers. The package also provides for selling satellite-guided munitions.
An announcement in 2005 that Israel was eligible to buy the bunker buster weapons described the GBU-28 as a special weapon that was developed for penetrating hardened command centers located deep underground. The document added, The Israeli Air Force will use these GBU-28s on their F-15 aircraft." (NYT, 21 July 2006)
This proposed shipment is described by military observers as somewhat "unusual". Israel already has a large stockpile of precision guided weapons. In addition to its own stockpiles, the IDF took delivery in 2005 of some 5000 US made "smart air launched weapons" including some 500 'bunker-buster bombs.
Why would Israel all of sudden need to replenish its stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction, to implement what continues to be described as a punitive operation directed against Hizbollah?
While the report suggests that "Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike", the history of these deliveries of bunker buster bombs to Israel, suggests that they are also intended to be used in the broader Middle Eastern region.
Escalation: Syria and Iran
At this particular juncture, the replenishing of Israeli stockpiles of deadly bunker buster bombs points to an escalation of the war both within and beyond the borders of Lebanon.
The air campaign against Lebanon is inextricably related to US-Israeli strategic objectives in the broader Middle East including Syria and Iran. In recent developments, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has stated that the main purpose of her mission to the Middle East is not to push for a ceasefire in Lebanon, but rather to isolate Syria and Iran. (Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2006)
A ground war has already started in Southern Lebanon. Aerial targets in Syria are also contemplated. Syria's capital Damascus is less than 50 kilometers from Lebanon's Bekaa valley, which has been the object of an extensive bombing campaign.
Moreover, it is worth recalling that the first shipment of US made bunker buster bombs in 2005 was delivered to Israel, in the eventuality of a US-Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
"The Israeli target for the GBU-28 is no secret. For months Israeli intelligence, political and policy operatives in the US have been presenting a case that Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons that threaten Tel Aviv and other Israeli population centers"
The plan for such an attack on Iran entered "the advanced stage of readiness" in mid 2005. The Iran operation is still on the US-Israeli military agenda, in partnership with Turkey and NATO.
Moreover, a new draft resolution concerning Tehran's alleged nuclear weapons program, slated to be submitted to the UN Security Council, suggests that military action against Iran is being considered at the highest levls of the military command structure.
Under this plan, the Israeli Air Force would attack Iran's nuclear facility at Bushehr using both US and Israeli produced bunker buster bombs. Bear in mind that the bunker buster bombs can also be used to deliver tactical nuclear bombs. The B61-11 is the "nuclear version" of the "conventional" BLU 113. It can be delivered in much same way as the conventional bunker buster bomb.
Replenishing the Stockpiles of Israel's WMD
The bombs which are now being rushed to Israel are the large 5000 lb GBU 28 bunker buster bombs, which can in one strike in an urban area kill literally hundreds of people.
The US claims that the bunker buster bomb is safe for the surrounding civilian population, because the explosion is underground. Israel has stated that the GBU 28 is to be used against Hizbollah, because Hizbollah has taken refuge in deep underground bunkers:
"Designed to penetrate hardened command centers located deep underground, the GBU-28 is a 5,000-pound laser-guided bomb that uses a 4,400-pound penetrating warhead and contains 630 pounds of high explosives."
The GBU-28 has already been used in densely populated urban areas inside Lebanon. The gruesome images of charred and mutilated bodies following these aerial bombings, could indeed be the result of the use of the GBU-28, which is among the deadliest weapons in the conventional arsenal (see below).
"Israels need for precision munitions is driven in part by its strategy in Lebanon, which includes destroying hardened underground bunkers where Hezbollah leaders are said to have taken refuge, as well as missile sites and other targets that would be hard to hit without laser and satellite-guided bombs." (NYT, 21 July 2006)
Western media fail to tell the real story in Lebanon
Marc J. Sirois , Daily Star - Saturday, 22 July 2006
The fury of Israel's offensive in Lebanon has more than a few observers shaking their heads. The vast majority of Western media reports do not accurately portray the fact that the vast majority of the dead are civilians, most of them women and children.
A Reuters dispatch this week described Israel's choice of targets as "puzzling," but for the most part Western television viewers, newspaper readers, and Web surfers are reading highly sanitized versions of the news, spun in such a way as to dilute the brutality of the Israeli onslaught and especially to ensure that blame is placed squarely on Lebanon in general and Hizbullah in particular.
Of course there are brave and honorable Western journalists working here, and many of them are determined to tell the truth about what is happening. One has to assume, therefore, that what the decent ones report is being heavily edited somewhere along the line before it gets to the consumer. This is presumably intended as a prophylactic against the inevitable charges of "anti-Semitism" and resultant drops in advertising revenues that will follow unvarnished coverage of Israeli brutality. The product of this regime of fear has been a generation of biased reporting that portrays the Jewish state as weak when it is very strong, moderate when it is frequently extremist, democratic when it is often theocratic, liberal when it is commonly draconian - in short, "Western" when it is anything but.
Coverage of the current conflict is a case in point. The two most commonly watched English-language news channels available in Lebanon are CNN and the BBC. With few exceptions, their reports are filed by reporters standing in the relatively safe and comfortable confines of Downtown Beirut, the picturesque showcase of Lebanon's now-aborted recovery from its 1975-90 Civil War. There has been no damage in this part of the city thus far (although there are concerns that that step in the escalation process is rapidly approaching), so the very background is highly misleading about what is happening. Just a few kilometers away in Beirut's Dahiyeh Junubiyyeh (southern suburbs), Israeli air strikes and naval gunfire have reduced entire neighborhoods to rubble. No one knows how many people are buried in these piles of shattered concrete and twisted steel, only that local residents would have had far less warning than Hizbullah members did about the beginning of so many ends - and that most of their escape routes were cut off by the destruction of roads and overpasses before the Dahiyeh itself became a target.
A similar situation exists in the southern third of the country, usually a half-hour bus ride from Beirut. Now it can take hours in either direction because vehicles cannot get through. Instead, people are shuttled from one giant crater to the next, where they walk across debris-strewn holes in the ground or wade through rivers once spanned by wrecked bridges to reach another taxi or mini-bus that will take them to the next impasse. Throughout the journey, their vehicles are subject to Israeli attacks, so many people stay home and try to "ride it out." But a considerable number are subsequently convinced to run the gauntlet when the Israeli military warns them that they have "two or three hours" to leave their villages. On numerous occasions, such warnings have been followed less than an hour later by air or artillery strikes on civilian vehicles leaving the village. They keep leaving, though, because those who stay in their homes have frequently found out that the Israelis mean it when they say an area is about to become "unsafe" for civilians: Dozens of civilians have been killed in their own homes - with and without warnings beforehand. The message for these unfortunate people is that "nowhere is safe." In fact, that is precisely what an Israeli general said in the opening stages of the offensive.
Why has the Israeli military singled out these two areas for punishment? Because they are populated primarily by the impoverished and largely disenfranchised Shiites who make up Hizbullah's constituency. Multiple ironies are at work here. For one thing, the Dahiyeh's 500,000-strong population consists largely of Shiites from the South Lebanon who have fled successive waves of Israeli "retribution" (i.e. collective punishment). When Palestinian militias attacked northern Israel from South Lebanon in the 1970s, one of Israel's answers was indiscriminate bombardment. This drove tens of thousands of local villagers to Beirut, where they established the Dahiyeh.
For another, when Israel first invaded Lebanon in 1978 (not 1982, as typically reported in the Western media), many Shiites greeted them with rose petals. Life under the de facto rule of unruly Palestinian militias had not been easy, so despite the damage and casualties inflicted by Israeli ripostes, it was commonly believed that Israeli occupation might not be so bad. Then came 1982, when the Israelis rolled all the way to Beirut after promising Washington that they meant only to establish a 25-kilometer "buffer zone." The carnage in the South was horrific, and the ensuing occupation included measures like the dismissal of local village elders in favor of appointed stooges and provocations timed to coincide with sensitive religious dates. The Shiites revolted, and Hizbullah was born.
Subsequent spasm of violence (the worst in 1985 and 1996), usually caused by tit-for-tat exchanges between Hizbullah and the Israeli military that spun out of control, displaced more and more Shiites, filling the Dahiyeh with an understandably resentful generation of young men determined to run no more.
All of this goes unmentioned on CNN. Its idea of "balance" is to make sure that each report about a new massacre of innocents in Lebanon is aired alongside one about civilian injuries or deaths from Hizbullah rocket strikes, even if the incident is 36 hours old. Only rarely do the reports in question mention that while the Dahiyeh is for all intents and purposes a giant refugee camp, northern Israel and the nearby settlements in occupied Palestine are prosperous areas with a substantial contingent of immigrants from places like the United States and Canada, many of whom voluntarily live illegally on occupied Palestinian land.
Hizbullah's decision to snatch two Israeli soldiers evinced poor judgment and even worse timing, but the Israeli response has been out of all proportion to the original incident. The numbers speak for themselves. As of Wednesday evening, Israeli attacks had killed at least 292 civilians in Lebanon, while Hizbullah rockets had killed 13 noncombatants in the Jewish state. Lebanon has approximately 3.5 million people. On a per-capita basis, that means that as of Wednesday, the rough equivalent of 9/11 has happened every day here for eight days.
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Israel building prison for Lebanese captives
Exclusive: IDF starts building detention compound to be used for holding Hizbullah members that will be captured during fighting in north. Officials: Project attests to government's plans for large-scale ground incursion in Lebanon
Preparing for an extended ground operation: The IDF has started constructing a temporary detention center designed to hold the Lebanese prisoners that will be captured during army operations in Southern Lebanon, Ynet has learned recently.
A truck convoy carrying barbed-wire fences, containers, and mobile showers and toilets started unloading equipment at the Filon military base near Rosh Pina Friday, and construction works at the place are already underway. According to plans, the structure should be able to hold up to hundreds of Hizbullah prisoners at any given time.
The fact that the army was granted special permission from the Chief Military Rabbinate to continue with construction works throughout Saturday attests to the urgency attributed to the project.
Army sources told Ynet that the decision to build the detention center followed an earlier decision taken this week to call up reserve brigades and launch preparations for a ground offensive deep inside Lebanese territory in the near future.
'Decision to build prison attests to Israel's plans'
According to the officials, the initial plan was to erect the compound near the Koach Junction using an old structure which dates back to the days of the British Mandate and which is currently in use by the Border Guard police. However, as the place is limited in size, the army later decided to locate the new prison at the larger Filon base.
The detention center will be based on the model of previous prisons built in Israel such as Ktziot in the south and the Ofer base in Jerusalem.
During the Lebanon War, thousands of Lebanese detainees were incarcerated at the al-Hiyam prison located in Lebanese territory. Defense officials explained to Ynet that setting up a detention center on such a scale is proof of the Israeli government's plans for an extensive operation that may last for months.
Hanan Greenberg contributed to the report
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REMEMBER THE IRGUN - AND WHY THEY STOPPED
The Independent - 23/07/2006
As Israeli forces killed more than 300 civilians and drove half a million people from their homes in the name of stamping out "terrorism", a small, sour historical irony passed unnoticed last week in Jerusalem. The veterans of another "terrorist" organisation gathered, right under the nose of the Israeli forces, to celebrate the slaughter of 91 people, including 28 Brits, in a hotel. It fondly recalled planting bombs that blew up civilians on buses, in marketplaces and cafés, introducing these tactics to the Middle East tango. It looked back on rounding up the population of an entire village - 251 men, women and children - and shooting them all. It even marked the memory of kidnapping the other side´s soliders and holding them for weeks - before hanging them by the neck until they were dead.
So has this "terrorist" organisation been punished with aerial bombardment from the Israeli Defence Force? Not quite. The group was called the Irgun, and it was made up of Jewish nationalists whose children now comprise the Israeli establishment. Through the 1930s and 1940s, it planted bombs across Palestine, targeting both British soldiers and Palestinian civilians. It had two goals: to drive the British imperialists out, and to terrorise the Palestinian population into unconditionally accepting the creation of Israel. Ehud Olmert, Israel´s `war on terror´ Prime Minister, can scarcely condemn them. He spent the first three years of his life living in one of their terror training camps while his parents worked as their gun-runners. Tzipi Livni, the Israel foreign minister widely tipped as a future PM, is the daughter of the Irgun´s director of military operations, a mastermind of civilian-slaughter.
While the war in Lebanon went super-nova last week, the remaining Irgun fighters unveiled a plaque marking the 60th anniversary of their decision to blow up the King David Hotel. Of course, the Irgun had some good motives to remember alongside its racist ones. Throughout the 1940s, the British authorities refused to allow more than a tiny dribble of Jewish refugees from the Nazi genocide in Europe to reach safety in Palestine, because they feared it would "imbalance" the Middle East situation. Better, they implicitly argued, to leave them to be herded into concentration camps and choke on Zyklon B. So as well as murdering Palestinians, the Irgun fought for the right to asylum for victims of the Nazis - one of the many cruel ambiguities of history in the Middle East.
The Irgun is not simply an old story. If only they could see it clearly, it could help the Israeli political class to understand the new story burning into history across Israel's borders. If only Olmert, Livni and the wider Israeli public could remember their own family's history of `terrorism´, they would be able to see how futile their own current military campaigns against `terrorists´ in Gaza and Lebanon are. When Jewish people were deprived of a state, a section of their population took up arms and fought for one - often with terrible tactics. Some of them even dreamed lunatic dreams of ethnic cleansing. The Palestinian people are in exactly the same position today, stoked and supported by Hamas and Hezbollah.
Three summers ago, I sat in a cool, bare flat in Gaza City and met a string of young men who were training to become suicide-murderers. They dreamed of taking out as many Jews as possible, and their deranged hatred had been born during the First Intifada, when as children they watched their parents stage a peaceful protest against Israeli occupation. Yitzhak Rabin responded by ordering the Israeli army to "break their bones", and they saw their mothers being clubbed to the ground, and their homes destroyed.
As I spoke to these young men who were marinated in rage, I was struck by how familiar their words sounded. I had just been reading `The Revolt´, the memoirs of Menachem Begin, the Irgun commander who went on to become the first Likud Prime Minister of Israel. He wrote, "Blood brought our revolt to life. Only when you are prepared to stand up to Zeus himself in order to bring fire to humanity can you achieve the fire- revolution." The suicide-murderers said to me, "We will create Palestine in blood and fire. The Jews only understand blood and fire." Both scoffed at the "terrorist" label and insisted they killed only to free their people.
Olmert and Livni need to ask themselves - how would their parents, determined terror-fighters, have responded to the aerial bombardment Israel is inflicting this week? How would they have reacted to their people being driven from their homes, their children being incinerated, their economies destroyed? Would they have lost hope, given up and gone to settle somewhere else? In his book, Begin insists that every assault from the British forces to "break the back" of the Irgun "only made us stronger and more determined." Does the Israeli government imagine the fighters in Lebanon and Gaza are any different? The last invasion of Lebanon created Hezbollah. What new strains of Islamist madness will be smelted by Israeli bombs this week?
The Irgun did not stop blowing up Arab civilians because they were crushed by British gunships and Apache helicopters. They stopped because the world gave them a slab of what they wanted. Not everything - the Irgun wanted all the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including Gaza and the West Bank, but they settled for a state of their own within more limited borders. This compromise led to a non-violent stalemate, and it would have continued indefinitely had the disastrous conquest of Gaza and the West Bank in the 1967 war not unexpectedly revived the right-wing fantasy of a Greater Israel.
This old story has lessons for us still. Hamas and Hezbollah cannot be silenced by military means. Their current stash of rockets might be blown up this year, but the renewed ferocity of their hatred will guarantee they are rebuilt next year and all the more ready to use them. They will not watch passively as their children are reduced to near- African levels of malnutrition, as has happened in Gaza, or while the kill-rate is ten-to-one against them, as in Lebanon. They will only ever be silenced by giving them something - not everything - of what they want. Both have agreed that if there is a real two-state solution along the 1967 border, they will not fire at Israel proper again. It is an obvious compromise, and the only moral option left. They want all of the land, ethnically cleansed of their enemies, just as Olmert and Livni's parents did sixty years ago. But they will settle for less.
Yet the Israeli government has not chosen this route - of de-escalation and negotiation, towards two states for two peoples on the one slim patch of land they are condemned to share. Instead it has chosen war. As a result, sixty years from now, Lebanese and Palestinian fighters will be proudly gathering in Gaza City and Beirut to unveil plaques to the "terrorists" who killed and died fighting Israel this week. At this rate, with the Middle East veering ever-further from the only sane solution, the historical irony will still be missed.
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Subject: Powerful Article on 9/11 Documentary "Loose Change" in Vanity Fair
"For those who can't find information about the alleged [9/11 conspiracy] on the nightly news, there is Loose Change, a documentary about 9/11 conspiracy theories which just might be the first Internet blockbuster. Since it appeared on the Web in April 2005, the 80-minute film has been climbing up and down Google Video's "Top 100," rising to No. 1 this May, with at least 10 million viewings. It's safe to say that, if it were a theatrical release, Loose Change would be one of the most popularand incendiarymovies in the country right now. "
-- Vanity Fair, August 2006 Issue
Media articles covering an alleged 9/11 conspiracy on the part of rogue elements within the U.S. government have been on the rise in recent months. One of the best I've seen comes from the popular fashion magazine Vanity Fair, which previously did an excellent, in-depth article on key 9/11 whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, who clearly laid out her own shocking experiences of deep levels of deceit and corruption. The current article deals with the wildly popular 9/11 conspiracy documentary Loose Change. To understand the critical role of the media in this and other cover-ups, click here. If you care about upholding democracy and building a better world, I most highly recommend reading the engaging article below and viewing this eye-opening documentary which is sweeping the nation. Together, I have no doubt that we can and will build a brighter future.
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With $6,000 and a laptop computer, three kids from upstate New York made a documentary about 9/11 that spread across the Internet and threw millions for a loop
By NANCY JO SALES
Nine-eleven conspiracy theories have been circulating for years, producing millions of Web links, scores of books, and a nationwide collection of doubters known as the "9/11 Truth" movement.
In 2005 the State Department responded by posting some "clues" to "identifying misinformation" on their Web site. "Does the story claim that vast, powerful, evil forces are secretly manipulating events?" it asks. "If so, this fits the profile of a conspiracy theory. Conspiracy theories are rarely true, even though they have great appeal and are often widely believed. In reality, events usually have much less exciting explanations."
One of the first American officials to publicly acknowledge conspiracy theories in connection with 9/11 was President George Bush, who on November 10, 2001, in a speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations, said, "Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September 11."
Yet according to a May 2006 Zogby poll, 42 percent of Americans now believe that the U.S. government and the 9/11 commission "concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks," and that "there has been a cover-up."
For those who can't find information about the alleged cover-up on the nightly news, there is Loose Change, a documentary about 9/11 conspiracy theories which just might be the first Internet blockbuster. Since it appeared on the Web in April 2005, the 80-minute film has been climbing up and down Google Video's "Top 100," rising to No. 1 this May, with at least 10 million viewings.
"We beat the woman getting punched in the face," says its director, 22-year-old Dylan Avery, from Oneonta, New York (population 13,000), referring to an oft watched video.
"We beat the guy who beats his computer with his keyboard," says his producer, 23-year-old Korey Rowe, also from Oneonta and an army specialist who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"We beat the [Stephen] Colbert speech," says Jason Bermas, 26, their researcher. "The viral videos, we dominate them."
Told in MTV-style jump cuts, illustrated by high-end graphics, and scored with hip music written by a few of their friends, Loose Change is an investigation into the official story of 9/11 as told by The 9/11 Commission Report, asking a number of highly controversial questions:
What, for example, were the explosions some witnesses heard after the towers were hit by planes? Why was the site of the collapse not treated as a crime scene, and why was the debris shipped off as waste to several foreign countries?
Why were the black boxes from American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 never found, when the passport of one of Flight 11's alleged hijackers, Satam Al Suqami, turned up unscathed a few blocks from the World Trade Center?
How did American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon, disappear into a 20-foot hole, leaving no trace of its 124-foot wingspan on the building? And what's with all the forewarnings that the government ignored?
For the past three months, 20,000 people a day have been clicking on to the official Loose Change Web site, Loosechange911.com; more than 50,000 have placed orders for the DVD since its release. ("But we're not really making any money," says Rowe, "because we gave away like 100,000 copies for free.") Millions more have been downloading the film from a growing number of unaffiliated sites.
It's safe to say that, if it were a theatrical release, Loose Change would be one of the most popularand incendiarymovies in the country right now. Avery and Rowe say they are talking to several major movie studios about releasing a third and "final cut" of the film on September 11, 2006. They wonder if the government may be watching, too. "I hope so," says Avery.
In the opening credits of Loose Change, we hear Mick O'Regan, a host on Australian radio, asking the late Hunter S. Thompson, in a 2002 interview, "How would you rate the American media in their coverage of the events of the attack last September?"
"Well let's see, uh, 'shamefully' is a word that comes to mind," says the father of gonzo journalism. "I've spent enough time, well, on the inside of the White House and political campaigns, and I've known enough of the people who do these things, to know that the public version of the news or whatever event is never really what happened."
Most of what we see on-screen during Loose Change are actually news reports from mainstream-media outlets like CBS News, Newsweek, CNN, the Associated Press, even Fox Newsthe "loose change" which Avery adds up into a conspiracy theory. "Some people accuse me of like, Oh, you're taking quotes out of context," he says. "I'm giving you the article and the date. Go look it up yourself."
Loose Change runs clips from almost every major TV news organization on that horrible day, wherein we see footage of people escaping the towers, firemen, and reporters who talk of hearing explosions after the planes hit; for some this raises questions of whether there were pre-set bombs going off in the buildings. Here's Bryant Gumbel on CBS: "We understand there has been a secondary explosion on Tower One
Freeze-frame images of the towers going down show what some say appear to be demolition "squibs," or horizontal plumes of smoke and debris being ejected during the collapse, also suggesting explosions.
Loose Change also delves into the question of why the United States' elaborate air-defense system failed to thwart the September 11 attacks. The 9/11 Commission Report says "there was no one to blame." The film points to a 20-page instruction from June 1, 2001, issued by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff which reassigned the authority for aircraft interceptions and shoot-downs to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Titled "Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects," the instruction states that henceforth "the NMCC [National Military Command Center] will
forward requests for DOD assistance to the Secretary of Defense for approval." Neither the president nor the vice president is mentioned in the new directive as being part of the chain of command. By military protocol, the authority belonged to Rumsfeld, who later claimed he was "out of the loop."
'Are you sort of suggesting that [9/11] worked in the favor of the Bush administration?," Mick O'Regan asks Hunter S. Thompson in Loose Change.
"Oh, absolutely. Absolutely," Thompson says. "You sort of wonder when something happens like this, well, who stands to benefit? Who had the opportunity and the motive?"
The film's answer to this is the September 2000 report from the Project for the New American Century, a neoconservative think tank whose members include Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, and Paul Wolfowitz. Titled "Rebuilding America's Defenses," it envisions a future of burgeoning defense spending and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. "The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing eventlike a new Pearl Harbor," Avery reads from the report in voice-over.
It's a long leap from all this, however, to claiming, "The government did it." There is no conclusive evidence in Loose Change of U.S. government involvement in 9/11. The film relies too heavily on already published reports, some of which have been discredited. For example, the segment on United Flight 93 cites an early story from a Cincinnati ABC News affiliate, WCPO, on the plane's safe landing at a Cleveland airport on the morning of September 11. WCPO later retracted the story.
For the final cut of Loose Change, Avery says, "We're tracking down potential eyewitnesses to the landing of Flight 93 in Cleveland." He also says the third edition of the film will include more on-screen interviews; the first version had only one, with Marcel Bernard, the chief flight instructor at Freeway Airport, in Bowie, Maryland. Bernard recalls that, in early August 2001, Hani Hanjour, one of the alleged hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77, had trouble controlling and landing a single-engine Cessna 172 when he did test runs. "Average or below-average piloting skills," Bernard says.
And yet, according to the official version of events, if Hani Hanjour had been the pilot he would have had to execute a perfect 330-degree turn at 530 miles per hour, descending 7,000 feet in two and a half minutes, in order to crash Flight 77, a Boeing 757, into the Pentagon.
"[Flight 77] could not possibly have flown at those speeds which they said it did without going into a high-speed stall," Russ Wittenburg, a former commercial and air-force pilot, is quoted saying in Loose Change. The film also makes much of the visual similarities between the hole left in the west wing of the Pentagon and damage to buildings done by cruise missiles.
On May 16, the Department of Justice released two Pentagon videotapes of the crash of Flight 77 after a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog. "Finally, we hope that this video will put to rest the conspiracy theories involving American Airlines Flight 77," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. The video "shows the nose cone of the plane clearly entering the picture," said Fox News.
You can decide for yourself by watching the video at defenselink.mil/pubs/foi/index.html.
The Pentagon crash, the collapse of the World Trade Center, the crash of Flight 93almost every aspect of what happened on 9/11 but the sheer horror of ithave become the subject of debate the world over. Yet in America, questioners of the government's official story are often depicted as harmless loonies. (In a piece in The New York Times in June, the 9/11 Truthers were said to include "professors, chain-saw operators
and a long-haired fellow named Hummux
who, on and off, lived in a cave for 15 years.")
In 2002, Italy awarded its highest literary prize, the Naples Prize, to The War on Freedom: How and Why America Was Attacked, September 11, 2001, a book by British writer Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed that claims the U.S. government was complicit in the attacks. The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, by David Ray Griffin, a professor at the Claremont School of Theology, in California, has become the leading book on 9/11 conspiracy theories in this country, selling more than 100,000 copies and popularizing among 9/11 Truth activists the expressions "MIHOP" and "LIHOP"for the government "made it happen on purpose" or "let it happen on purpose."
But go down the wormhole of 9/11 conspiracies and you will find Loose Change detractors even among 9/11 Truthers, one of whom recently called the film a "very fine piece of CIA disinformation."
"That's ridiculous," Avery says. "The idea that three kids from a hick town in upstate New York are part of a C.I.A. disinformation campaign would just show how desperate our government is."
There's a blog dedicated to debunking his film (screwloosechange.blogspot.com), and detractors will point you to a widely read Popular Mechanics cover piece from 2005 entitled "9/11, Debunking the Myth," which tackles many of the questions raised in the film. (Conspiracy buffs claim that the article's lead researcher, Benjamin Chertoff, is a cousin of Department of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff. Benjamin Chertoff could not be reached for comment.)
Avery and Rowe have also received a letter threatening a lawsuit by Gedeon and Jules Naudet, whose footage from the morning of the attack on the Twin Towers was used without permission in Loose Change. Avery's lawyer is arguing that it's permissible under "fair use." (Full disclosure: The editor of this magazine was an executive producer on the Naudet brothers' CBS special, 9/11.)
Certainly, few can accept the claim on the Loose Change DVD box that says, "What you will see inside will prove without a shadow of a doubt that everything you know about 9/11 is a complete fabrication." One thing seems sure: Loose Change has struck a nerve. "Love us or hate us, we've done the movement a favor," Avery says. "We've gotten 9/11 truth out there."
Undoubtedly what has put Loose Change ahead of the pack of 9/11 conspiracy fare is that it's a pretty watchable movieespecially considering it cost $2,000 and was made on Avery's Compaq Presario laptop. "I saved money serving ice cream at Friendly's," Avery says. He never attended college himself and was rejected from Purchase Film College twice.
Loose Change: 2nd Edition (which has additional footage Avery bought on eBay) cost about $6,000 to make, money he saved while working at a Red Lobster and a Starbucks in Silver Springs, Maryland, where he moved in 2004 to "get out of Oneonta." In 2005 he moved back to his hometown.
And now Avery, a South Parkwatching, video-game-writing, self-described "nerd," has become an Internet folk heroat least for many young people, for whom 9/11 is the defining news event of their lives. "This is our generation's Kennedy assassination," says Rowe.
Consider another Zogby poll from August 2004, which found that 63 percent of New Yorkers under 30 believe some U.S. leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act." For young people like these, coming of age at a time when 9/11 is being used to justify war, the slashing of civil liberties, domestic spying, and torture, Avery is a new sort of yippie, doing something outrageous in the face of power, making him the subject of boy worship and girl crushes.
"You're an amazing man," a young woman named "Kaella" recently wrote on his MySpace page, where Avery has over 2,600 "friends." "More people should see this documentary. I'm spreading the word."
In February, after watching Loose Change, Samantha Woodhouse, 21, quit paramedic school in Corning, New York, to be near Avery. "She tracked me down," Avery says with a shrug. Now she's his girlfriend and his secretary too.
"Awesome work, man," wrote "James," another of Avery's MySpace fans. "I've shown the 2nd edition to everyone I know and it's opening some eyes, even of my parents. Remember, the truth will set us free."
"You're my hero," wrote "Ali."
After Mike Malloy of Air America talked up the movie on-air last year, Avery, Rowe, and Bermas were off on a tour of college campuses, including Princeton, SUNY Binghamton, and the University of Arizona. "We went and screwed some people's minds up there," Rowe says.
Lefty radio stations like KPFK, in Los Angeles, and WBAI, in New York, find they get such positive responses when they do a program on the film they're now using it during fund-raising drives. "Every time we offer [the film as a pledge gift] it generates some excitement throughout the city," said WBAI program director Bernard White during a May interview with Avery, Rowe, and Bermas.
'It's weird," Avery told me over Memorial Day weekend. "It's all been so weird." He was standing in the field behind the dilapidated house he shares with Rowe, Bermas, and Woodhouse. They were having a party, which they called Louderfest, for their film company, Louder than Words. There was a barbecue going; a jazz band of local young guys was playing. About 40 kids were milling around, smoking and drinking, some wearing black "Investigate 9/11" T-shirts.
"I was supposed to be making a fictional story about me and my friends discovering that 9/11 was an inside job, and doing something about it," he said, "and basically that happened in real life."
When he started writing this film, also called Loose Change, he was 18. "I started researching 9/11 and I found an article on the World Trade Centersomeone had posted a picture of a controlled demolition and then a picture of the World Trade Center collapsing. And I was like, Wow, O.K. And then you find one article and that article links to 10 others, and before you know it you're up until six in the morning. It's crazy, the information takes over."
He started relaying the information to his childhood friend Rowe, who was stationed in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, 187th Infantry. ("I didn't believe it at first," Rowe later told me. "I was like, things are wrong, but they're not that wrong.")
"It wasn't supposed to be true," Avery said. "And then I started realizing that, you know, we were lied to. And then it was: Well, do I keep making this a fictional film, or do I focus on the real thing and write about what really happened? And that's where I went with it."
He said he always knew he wanted to be a director. In 2002 he met Sopranos star James Gandolfini at the opening party for Vines, a restaurant in Oneonta that Gandolfini had helped finance.
"He told me if I want to be a successful director I have to say something to the entire world. I have to have a message," Avery said. "I think that's one of the reasons our movie's successful, because it's a movie about something that...matters. Even if you disagree with it you still walk out thinking back to that day and at least questioning something.
"You have to be a skeptic," he said. "You can't believe anything someone tells you just because they told you to. Especially your government, and especially your mediathe two institutions that are put there to control you. And you're going to tell me you're going to take their word for everything? I don't think so."
I asked him what he thought was going to happen with the 9/11 issue. He paused for a moment.
"Second American revolution," he said. "I really think there's going to be anger. There's going to be a lot of anger. I think a lot of people are really pissed off and I think that the people that aren't pissed off are going to be even more pissed off than the people that already are. Because when it becomes irrefutable public record that 9/11 was done by our government the sh-- is gonna hit the fan. People are going to be upset. You can't stop it. People say, Aw, we need a peaceful revolution. We need to peacefully change things. Trust me, that's a great ideaI'm all for it. But Americans are violent, especially when they've been lied to, especially over something like this. So much has been lost because of 9/11I mean, families have been shattered. There's so much pain...."
Some of the kids were lighting a bonfire. He went off to watch it.
Nancy Jo Sales is a Vanity Fair contributing editor. Sales has profiled Hugh Hefner, Damien Hirst, the 3 A.M. Girls, and Kimora Lee Simmons, among others, for V.F.
Note: I don't at all agree that we need a violent revolution. There are many people with good intentions in government. A truth and reconciliation commission might be the best way to bring the truth out and keep something like this from ever happening again. You can verify many of the claims made in this article and Loose Change using links to original major media articles provided at http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg. To watch this powerful video documentary, see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5946593973848835726
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Forwarded by Jamara Gruber email@example.com> on July 24
It was oil, after all
Last month the new prime minister of Iraq proposed to his country a plan of reconciliation which included, among other provisions, that the United States withdraw by a date certain. That proposal was on the table for only a couple of days and then, reportedly because of pressure from the United States, removed. The prime minister's plan for reconciliation no longer contains that provision.
The US says that Iraqi forces are not yet trained, or that to pull out too soon would be to cast the country into civil war, or that the Iraqi democracy is not yet fully established. Unfortunately, there is another explanation which is more troubling.
In the spring of the year 2001, when Dick Cheney had been in office less than three months, he convened a task force to discuss energy policy for the United States. His group asked for and was supplied by the Commerce Department, a document entitled Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oil.
The document, subsequently obtained by Judicial Watch through a FOIA request, can now be understood to have had great significance. It was only three pages but it listed 30 countries which had obtained concessions from Saddam Hussein for the huge oil reserves of Iraq. Countries on the list ran through the alphabet - from Australia to Vietnam - and the details included the specific names of the private companies and locations of their concessions. Sadly, in all this list of 30 countries and companies, the United States was not anywhere to be found. Not one US company was in negotiation or had achieved an agreement with Saddam Hussein.
Vice President Cheney and his Energy Policy Task Force were therefore confronted with the appalling fact that the US oil industry had been completely out-maneuvered in the competition for the worlds third largest oil reserves. Cheney and his colleagues must have known, further, that they could not abolish that list with any peaceful tools. UN sanctions or weapons inspectors were irrelevant to establish control of the oil fields.
The only way to get rid of that list foreign oil concessions, therefore, was to put US troops on the ground. In the Spring of 2001, unfortunately for Cheney and his friends, they had no excuse to do so. It took them two years to create that excuse. First came the president's Axis of Evil. Then Americans began to hear of the danger of a Saddam-created mushroom cloud. Then after two years, the invasion took place. Accordingly, Cheney and Rumsfeld sent their friend Ahmad Chalabi into Baghdad with 700 troops of his own which they had outfitted. In the confusion of the months that followed, Chalabi became interim oil minister. That man was then in charge of all the contracts for Iraqi oil. It does not take much imagination to realize that he was in a position to erase the pre-war map of Foreign Suitors for Iraqi oil.
Last year, in 2005, it was reported by the Chicago Tribune and others that the United States is now building 14 enduring military bases in Iraq. Enduring means permanent. That is, we are building bases which are intended to house US troops indefinitely. We have such bases still in Germany and Japan, 50 years after the end of World War II, and those bases are kept there not because of any current danger from either Germany or Japan but because of grand geo-political strategy which says that America wants to remain dominant in both Europe and Asia.
Similarly, there is a grand geo-political reason for keeping US military bases in Iraq, and keeping them there indefinitely. When one lays the map of the enduring base locations over another map which shows the distribution of oil reserves in Iraq, they go together. With the exception of British zone in the southeast, the enduring US bases are located where the oil is, or where the refineries are, or where the pipeline junctions are. They are not, on the other hand, in El Anbar province, where the greatest insurgent activity is. They are not where the danger is, unless the danger that is most feared is the danger to oil.
It is not surprising, then, that this administration forced the new Iraqi prime minister to retract any provision for a scheduled withdrawal of US troops. It may be said, of course, that from the standpoint of democratic reform the Iraqi war has been a catastrophe. From the standpoint, however, of Haliburton and the US oil industry, the troops are right where they should be.
Santa Fe, NM
July 10, 2006
From: "Progressive Response" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [Progressive Response] Bush Doctrine Down?
Date: 24 Jul 2006
Available online at: http://www.fpif.org/fpifzines/pr/3383
Bush Doctrine Down?
In early July, the Bush administration didn't launch a preemptive strike against North Korea's missile launchpad, as some prominent Democrats urged. It has continued to pursue a diplomatic approach with Iran over its nuclear program. It has brokered a new nuclear deal with Russia. Have we entered a new era of a kinder, gentler Bush II foreign policy?
Time Magazine thinks so. In its July 8 issue, Mike Allen and Romesh Ratnesar proclaimed the end of the Bush administration's "cowboy diplomacy." Philip Gordon, in the July/August 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs has concurred with an obituary for the Bush doctrine in foreign policy. Gordon writes: "The question is not whether the president and most of his team still hold to the basic tenets of the Bush doctrine-they do-but whether they can sustain it. They cannot." As the Washington Post reported last week, hardline commentators are aghast at this turn toward moderation. Newt Gingrich blasted the Bush administration for subscribing to the "lawyer-diplomatic fantasy" of using negotia! tions to solve world problems. Diplomacy, in the minds of Gingrich and his cohorts, apparently falls into the same category as "old Europe."
Have the reports of the death of the Bush doctrine been greatly exaggerated? At Foreign Policy In Focus, Ehsan Ahrari argues that it is premature to write the epitaph for cowboy diplomacy. "The real test of whether the use of cowboy diplomacy as a modus operandi has ended or not will come if Iran rejects the comprehensive diplomatic package and continues with its uranium enrichment program," he writes in his July 13 commentary.
Meanwhile, Israel's war against Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza has generated nothing but support from the Bush administration and Congress. FPIF commentator Col. Dan Smith argues that "George Bush appears to be watching Gaza and Lebanon burn, hoping to rid the area of two surrogates of Iran and Syria and thus create 'space' for his great project: a democratic Middle East." Stephen Zunes, meanwhile, analyzes U.S. congressional support for Israel's actions and discovers a bipartisan consensus on the legitimacy of U.S. allies to run roughshod over international legal norms.
The latest candidate for membership in the Preemptive Strike Club is key U.S. ally Japan. After North Korea's July 4 missile launches, leading Japanese government spokesman Shinzo Abe said, "If we accept that there is no other option to prevent a missile attack, there is an argument that attacking the missile bases would be within the legal right of self-defense." Given that Japan has adhered to a peace constitution for the last half century, this move toward a more aggressive foreign and military policy is indeed shocking. For FPIF coverage of Japan and North Korea, see Michael Penn's report on Koizumi's new Middle East strategy and John Feffer's analysis of North Korea's missile intentions.
Though it has lost the headline race to Lebanon and Israel, Iraq remains a prominent example of both the persistence and the failure of cowboy diplomacy. Raed Jarrar explores the civil conflict in Iraq and concludes that the U.S. military is responsible for an alarming number of civilian deaths and, perhaps more disturbing, for not interceding to prevent growing sectarian violence. Anas Shallal, in an FPIF op-ed published in the Christian Science Monitor, critiques the U.S. compensation policy, comparing the $45,000 a Seattle woman received for the wrongful death of her cat with the $1,600 that the families of the Haditha massacre victims have received.
At the recent Group of 8 (G8) meeting in St. Petersburg, the Middle East and North Korea certainly received much attention. What fell off the agenda, as Conn Hallinan points out, was poverty reduction. The Millennium Development Goals, which aim to halve global poverty by 2015, "are mired in a devil's brew of self-serving economic policies, lethargic bureaucracy, and outright disingenuousness," he writes.
Are there any bright spots in the world today? The Mexican elections nearly carried Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the progressive mayor of Mexico City, into the presidency. The election remains tied up in a Florida-like vote recount controversy with street protests in support of Obrador still vibrant. Check out the analyses by Mark Engler and Laura Carlsen of the Mexican elections. Tom Barry, meanwhile, points out that a key neoconservative organization, the Project for a New American Century, seems to be running out of steam, a result of "the global backlash against the imperial ambitions of the Bush administration."
So, is the Bush doctrine down for the count? Seymour Hersh continues to expose the Pentagon plans to bomb Iran. Israel and possibly Japan are stepping forward with their own versions of "shoot first, talk later" foreign policy. And the administration seems far from a compromise on Iraq. Stay tuned.
From: "Mikhail Baker" email@example.com>
Subject: Turning to spiritual realms
Date: 23 July 2006
Elected or designated heads of religions should be carriers of wisdom and lead peoples of the world on matters that affect the future of humanity so it really baffles me that they keep to the old thought form that separates religion from politics and stay silent and separate from politicians.
We are on the edge of unprecedented global matters concerning the future for humanity. Peace between nations and religions must surely be very high, if not number one on the agenda of many people.
What's the agenda that prevents religious intervention by leaders of religions from putting themselves on the line as true world leaders?
As an example, I was disgusted when I tried reaching the Archbishop of Canterbury in the U.K recently to ask why he was publicly speaking about religious extremism and using the words "their God" - I wished to make the point to him that this old thought form of separation between religions is part of the problem that's led us into this mess. It seemed so obvious to me! But I haven't been able to penetrate the protection put around him in his palace.
I suggest it is more that coincidence, what is taking place in and around the centers where the world's great religions began. So how about an unprecedented initiative from their leaders getting together to bring about a breakthrough at a spiritual leadership level as the political level continues to fail us? It would win the hearts and minds of so many people and it's not a naive suggestion.
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