September 2003 — Information Clearing House Archive
[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]
For the Month of September 2003 – Part 1
Taliban ambush Kills 8 Afghans Soldiers:
Four U.S. soldiers have been killed during fighting in less than two weeks.
US forces believe Taliban chief surrounded:
B52 bombing proved inaccurate and Afghan troops reported seeing „piles of dead civilian men, women and children.”
Rumors of Bin Laden’s Lair:
Some believe life on the run has made it impossible for Osama bin Laden to control and lead Al Qaeda. In Afghanistan’s Kunar province, people tell a different story.
Three killed by Israeli gunship attack:
Israeli helicopters fired at least four missiles at a car in Gaza City today, killing three people and wounding at least 20 in the sixth such attack in a fortnight.
Inquiry Raps Israeli Police for Killing 13 Arabs
Realities of Israeli oppression rarely aired in North America:
It’s all part of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, where kids throwing stones at tanks are gunned down, schools are destroyed, clinics ransacked, homes plundered, tank shells lobbed into marketplaces and missiles hurled into crowds.
Sharon is a punk, says ambassador:
The new French ambassador to Israel was involved in a diplomatic row yesterday after a report that he had called Israel a “paranoid country” and its Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, “a punk”.
Robert Fisk: Another Fine Mess:
It began as a quiet plot to protect UK and US interests in Iran. Fifty years on, the fall-out of Operation Boot can still be felt through the Middle East.
Five Held Over Bomb:
“There are several suspects, none of whom has citizenship other than Iraqi,”
Text of New Saddam Tape: Denies Role In Najaf Bombing
Britons want UK forces out of Iraq:
More than 60 percent of Britons believe their government should be withdrawing its troops from Iraq.
Americas Foreign Legion:
Nearly 40,000 of America’s frontline soldiers are not US citizens.
Neocons Admit They’ve Blown It – Is the Draft Next?:
Somebody needs to call a halt to this. It will not be the neocon press or Fox News that does it.
After losing 17 soldiers in Iraq, families in Colorado town live on edge:
The flow of bad news into Fort Carson over the past few months has many of the soldiers’ family members jumping whenever telephone calls come at odd hours or there is a knock at the door.
Al Qaeda links with Iraq denied:
Senior leaders interrogated by U.S. agents. The Bush administration has not made these statements public.
In case you missed it: Rumsfeld, Nov 15, 2002:
“That our understanding of the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda is still developing, that there is no question but that there have been interactions between the Iraqi government, Iraqi officials and al Qaeda operatives, they have occurred over a span of some eight or 10 years to our knowledge, that there are currently al Qaeda in Iraq,” he said.
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Winners and losers: European intelligence sources in Brussels tell Asia Times Online that ordinary Iraqis are becoming increasingly convinced the bombings are part of a sinister American conspiracy to plunge the country into total chaos.
Bush Pals Hired To Rewrite Iraqi Law:
The firm, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, has been drafted in by USAID to advise on privatising former government-held industries, structuring government economic and regulatory agencies, and developing a tax structure.
Kelly felt ‘betrayed’ by MoD, widow tells inquiry
Puppet of the Month
Ahmad Al-Chalabi has finally achieved the epitome of his political aspirations. All the years of embezzlement, conniving, and scheming have paid off: he is the current rotating president.
Resistance in Iraq is home grown:
Nationalists, Islamists are among diverse groups joining attacks; Foreign fighters present in moderate numbers; ‘America now is an occupying country, so jihad is a must’
Jessica Lynch Signs $1M Book Deal:
“I feel I owe them all this story, which will be about more than a girl going off to war and fighting alongside her fellow soldiers. It will be a story about growing up in America.”
British spooks regain a ‘Licence to kill’:
The CIA and MI6 freed of many of the political and legal shackles imposed in the latter years of the Cold War are expanding their covert capability and the means to use ‘executive action’, a euphemism for assassination.
Victim turned bully? Iraq War Erodes World’s Post-9/11 Sympathy for US
America’s Self-Sacrificial Spirit Evident In Mideast:
When it comes to the economies and respective security of Israel and Iraq, rarely has so much been given by so many for the benefit of so few.
So George, how do you feel about your mom and dad?
Psychologist Oliver James analyses the behaviour of the American president.
Arafat may be Forced into Exile, says Israeli Defense Minister
3 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq
14 US Soldiers Wounded in Iraq Over the Weekend
Number of Wounded in Action on Rise :
10 American troops a day now being officially declared “wounded in action.” The number of those wounded in action totals 1,124 since the war began.
What Victory? Who’s Wrong Now, Mr. Rumsfeld?
Americans have won themselves an everlasting hatred by Arab states
U.S. taxpayers may foot larger bill for new Iraq:
A shortage of money is seriously hampering the U.S.-led effort to rebuild Iraq, and American taxpayers may end up footing a much larger bill than they expect.
Burning money in Iraq:
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revised its estimates yet again this week and announced that the federal budget deficit will soar to a record $480 billion next year, reaching $1.4 trillion over the coming decade.
You can get killed for that!
There are three unem-ployed people for every job opening. During this recovery, unemployment has risen 0.6 percentage points overall and 1.3 points among African Americans,”
Countries Resist Aid To Iraq:
The Bush administration’s effort to secure significant pledges of money to help rebuild Iraq is meeting stiff resistance from many foreign governments.
Don‚t walk away from Iraq assignment, Washington tells Tokyo:
US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has expressed strong frustration at Japan’s intention to postpone dispatching troops to Iraq, where security is still fragile.
A Must Read
On Tactics and Strategy:
The Iraqi and Afghan guerrillas have all the time in the world. Al Qaida even more time. They can always wait for things to change, change in America, change in Iraq, change! A Must Read
Nasr Allah: US doesn’t want stable Iraq:
The United States and Israel had the most to gain from the killing of a top Shia cleric in Iraq last week, said Hizb Allah Secretary General Sayyid Hasan Nasr Allah.
Many Iraqis Working for US Are Labeled Traitors and Killed:
Hussein Al-Kraim took a job as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Saddam Hussein’s hometown. Four months later, he paid for it with his life.
Belfast lawyers help Iraqi families sue US army:
A human rights law firm in Belfast (Ireland) said on Monday it was supporting the families of Iraqi civilians shot dead by the U.S. military in a planned multimillion dollar law suit.
Jewish peace winner attacks Israel:
“All Israel’s governing politicians have transformed the lives of the Palestinian people into an intolerable hell with their sanctions and expulsions,”
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Army Says US Soldier In Iraq Dies Of ‘Acute Leukemia’
At least one family, and possibly two, want independent opinions on what caused the deaths of their loved ones after they became ill in Iraq.
Report lays bare Israel`s great divide
The worst of times:
George Monbiot argues that the rich world’s brutal diplomacy is worsening the plight of poor nations.
9/01 Taliban ambush Kills 8 Afghans Soldiers: Four U.S. soldiers have been killed during fighting in less than two weeks.
Lebanese Ayatollah Warns U.S. on Iraq:
Lebanon’s top Shiite Muslim cleric warned that Iraqi Shiites would join the armed resistance against U.S. and British forces if the occupation of Iraq persisted for too long.
Stratfor Report: An Unlikely Alliance:
Washington gets Tehran’s help in putting down the Sunnis. The United States gets a civil war in the Muslim world. The United States gets Iran to dial back its nuclear program. Iran gets to dominate Iraq.
Dying To Serve:
The Great American Problematic. The Youth and Imperial Justification: Being proper American patriots and parents who support their president…they will send their children off to war and many to their deaths and worse. They always have.
Why the U.S. Will Never Win Unconventional War in Iraq:
“In a non-traditional war, guerrilla warfare or a popular uprising, a military solution only stiffens the resistance and rallies the masses behind its leadership ..”
Bush’s Values Laid Bare: Big Bucks And Lies Over Lives And Health:
Report: Israel seeks removal of F-15 planes from Saudi airport, located in the northern part of the Kingdom, not far from the Israeli border, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday.
Nuclear Spectre Hangs Over The U.S. Head
Iran’s Envoy Leaves UK;
Shots at Embassy in Tehran: Adding to the charged atmosphere, gunshots fired from a passing motorbike hit the British embassy in Tehran, causing no injuries but prompting the mission to shut temporarily.
Mossad Visits Baghdad: Coordinates With U.S. On Terrorism
Taliban Said Teaming With al-Qaida Again:
The Taliban are no longer on the run and have teamed up with al-Qaida once again, according to officials and former Taliban who say the religious militia has reorganized and strengthened
Afghanistan Taleban sends 300 reinforcements:
Afghanistan’s Taleban has sent 300 more fighters to the southern province of Zabul to help battle Afghan government and United States-led troops.
Ousted Army secretary calls U.S. plan in Iraq ‘ totally inadequate’:
“The result will be a financial disaster, more lives lost, chaos in Iraq and squandered American goodwill.”
The War Is Lost:
Facing the truth about Iraq By most measures of what the Bush administration forecast for its adventure in Iraq, it is already a failure. The war was going to make the Middle East a more peaceful place.
One In Seven Wounded U.S. Soldiers Die Of Their Battle Injuries
Pentagon May Have to Reduce U.S. Forces in Iraq:
The Bush administration may have to cut U.S. troops in Iraq by more than half to keep enough forces to face other threats.
Bush Looks to U.N. to Share Burden on Troops in Iraq:
Mr. Bush’s decision came in a meeting this afternoon with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. While not unexpected, it was a tacit admission that the current American-dominated force is stretched too thin.
Al-Qaeda: Overestimate at your peril:
The fact that there are multiple, diverse groups threatening US interests highlights the extreme weaknesses found in the United States’ “war on terrorism”. Without a clear enemy, there can be no clear strategy to achieve victory.
What lessons postwar Germany holds for Iraq
Rep. Ron Paul: Can We Afford to Occupy Iraq?
We should not expect any international coalition to help us pay the bills for occupying Iraq. American taxpayers alone will bear the tremendous financial burden of nation building in Iraq. We are already spending about 5 billion dollars in Iraq every month, a number likely to increase
17.2% Of Americas Children Live In Poverty:
Some highlights from the Census Bureau’s release Wednesday of estimates from the American Community Survey.
How many homeless veterans are there?:
With an estimated 500,000 veterans homeless, at some time during a year, the VA reaches less than 10% of those in need … leaving 460,000 veterans still without services.
Five dead in Russia train blast
Cleric’s brother condemns U.S. occupation:
A member of the U.S.-picked governing council angrily denounced the occupation in a eulogy for his slain brother before 400,000 Shia mourners, demanding that U.S. troops leave Iraq.
Kurdish Rebels Abandon Truce:
he main militant Kurdish group in Turkey says it is ending a unilateral ceasefire declared after the capture of its leader, Abdullah Ocalan, four years ago.
Al-Qaeda presence in US small, says FBI
The presence of the al-Qaeda terrorist network in the United States is small but still remains the most severe threat to Americans.
Ridge: Al-Qaeda network is growing, prisoners little help
Al-Qaeda operatives in custody are providing only the barest information on the terror network’s activities, often proving too canny to be broken down quickly during interrogation, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said.
When will anyone admit that it has been a huge fraud?
Nothing, not a vial of the 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin or the 25,000 liters of anthrax or an ounce of the materials for the 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent claimed by George W. Bush in his State of the Union speech as justification for war.
Slain Soldier’s Father Criticizes Lynch’s Book Deal:
“Pretty severe, isn’t it?” Randy Kiehl, the father of Army Spc. James Kiehl, said t. “That she makes money off the death of my son and off the deaths of so many others.”
Human Rights American Style:
“Under Saddam’s regime, it took 48 days to re-establish electricity in Baghdad after the destruction of the first Gulf War,” says Nahla, And she adds indignantly : “Why have the Americans, the most powerful country on the planet, not restored it more than four months after having destroyed our networks and infrastructure?
Helen Thomas: ‘National Security’ Part Of Bush Plan To Gut Civil Services
The administration’s sales pitch is to raise the specter of terrorism and 9-11 — a surefire way to scare Congress into backing plans to gut the Civil Service system.
Bush to Seek $60 Billion or More for Iraq:
The White House has informed congressional leaders that it is preparing a new budget request for between $60 billion and $70 billion to help cover the mounting costs of the reconstruction and military occupation of Iraq.
France, Germany Criticize Iraq Resolution:
The comments from German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac were a response to the United States’ proposed U.N. resolution seeking troops and money for Iraq’s postwar reconstruction.
Schröder says call for troops made him feel sick:
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has said a call from his Green Party coalition allies for German troops to join any United Nations force in Iraq made him “want to puke”.
U.S. Says More Troops Are Needed in Iraq:
The top U.S. commander in Iraq said Thursday he needs more international forces to deal with an array of potential security threats.
Jack Straw Fears Failure In Iraq:
Determination Is The Answer: Tony Blair revealed is now seriously alarmed by the deteriorating situation in Iraq, and confidential advice to the Foreign Secretary depicts a country on the brink of collapse.
Britain to review troop levels in Iraq:
The announcement followed a published report that Foreign Secretary Jack Straw had proposed the deployment of 5,000 more British troops in Iraq.
Ramsey Clark Says America Should Pay Full Tab for Rebuilding Iraq:
George Bush created it and we have to pay for it. Anyone who thinks that the United Nations has the skills or capacity to create security in Iraq hasn’t been around… the U.N. can’t possibly handle the situation in Iraq and the U.S. knows it perfectly well.”
‘Targeted killings’ strengthen Hamas as innocents die
John Pilger: The ” supreme international crime” Blair has committed this crime.
Pope John Paul II : Neoconservative Iraq Just War Theories Rejected
North Korean Parliament OKs Nuclear Force:
North Korea’s parliament on Wednesday approved the communist government’s decision to increase its “nuclear deterrent force” in angry reaction to what it calls a hostile U.S. policy.
KBR worker killed in Iraq:
Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall says the victim worked for subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root.
Nice war – here’s the bill:
“Operation Begging Bowl” after the latest war in Iraq has come up empty, leaving the United States stuck with the bill for the invasion and occupation – the full extent of which is only now becoming apparent.
Senator Robert C. Byrd:
We Need Relief for American Troops in Iraq: As the cost of our occupation of Iraq continues to grow, it is increasingly apparent to the American people that the White House has gotten the United States more deeply involved in Iraq than the Administration’s pre-war rhetoric would ever have led us to believe.
Israeli warplanes attack Lebanon village:
Lebanese police said Israeli fighter-bombers fired three air-to-ground missiles at positions in the Bayyarda hills near the border town of Naqura. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
To End an Endless War, America and Al Qaeda Could Talk Truce :
Information has recently come out of Egypt that suggests America is downplaying Osama bin Laden. In its Aug. 20 issue, the top Egyptian daily Al-Ahram published a commentary entitled “Has America withdrawn Osama bin Laden from its number one wanted list?”
The Blind Prophet:
Before the war, President Bush told us Iraq was a throbbing hub of terror. It wasn’t, of course. But it is now.
Indonesian VP: United States Is ‘Terrorist King’:
“Actually, who is the terrorist, who is against human rights? The answer is the United States because they attacked Iraq. Moreover, it is the terrorist king, waging war,”
US’s ‘ private army’ grows:
The exponential growth in contractors during the 1990s – there have been nearly 10 times as many contractors used in the 2003 Iraq invasion as in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
EU Donors Want Independent Iraq Trust Fund:
Potential donor countries have agreed on the need for an international trust fund to funnel billions of dollars in reconstruction aid to Iraq, but say it must be independent of the U.S.-appointed administration in Baghdad.
Conscripting Turkey: Imperial Mercenaries Wanted
The Rest of the Story: The entire „war on terror‰ is and has been from the beginning a concerted, coordinated effort brought about by individuals whose only concern is that which benefits Israel.
US troops ‘ accidentally kill Iraq boy’:
A 13-year-old youth, Omar Saad Jassem, was accidentally killed late yesterday after US troops opened fire and missed their target, his father told AFP today.
The frustrations of a Blair press conference:
There were journalists in Tony Blair’s latest press conference virtually chewing their own limbs off in frustration.
America‚s New Anti-Imperialists:
The Committee’s creation is yet another sign of how mainstream members of the conservative establishment are waking up to George W’s (mis)leading of the country into ruin.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Says No Turkish Troops:
Iraq’s new foreign minister said on Thursday Turkish troops should not be let into Iraq as peacekeepers as their presence could undermine the security of the country rather than improve it.
Hey, Let’s Call In The UN:
The Hutton inquiry is a complete sideshow to the real issue: did America and Britain have a legal right to go to war without the backing of the UN?
US isolated as Europe scorns plea for more troops in Iraq:
Washington suffered a double blow in its plans for Iraq yesterday as France and Germany balked at proposals for an international force while the British Prime Minister gave a cautious response to a call for 5,000 extra British troops.
Would you like some freedom fries with your crow, Mr. President?
Six months after spitting in the face of the world, the Bush administration is crawling on its belly before the U.N. If the world doesn’t rush to help it, the White House has only itself to blame.
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Sunni Mosque Attacked, Three Iraqis Killed:
British Bomb Expert Killed In Iraq:
A 53-year-old British bomb disposal expert has been killed in a roadside ambush in northern Iraq.
Suicide Bomber Injures Two US Troops in Iraq:
An Iraqi citizen was killed and two American troops injured in a suicide bombing attack in central Iraq, a US military spokesman said on Thursday.
Iraqi Girl Blog; Have You Forgotten?
American long-term memory is exclusive to American traumas. The rest of the world should simply ‘put the past behind’, Œmove forward‚, ‘be pragmatic’ and ‘get over it’.
Airport theft shocks Australia:
Australian authorities have ordered an urgent review of security at Sydney’s international airport after the theft of two mainframe computers from a restricted customs area.
Privatizing Combat, the New World Order
Al Qaeda’s Agenda For Iraq: via a book published by the terrorist organization itself.
Terror Attack On U.S. Power Grid Would Result In “Martial Law”:
Government scientific advisers and officials painted a grim picture Thursday of the consequences of a terror attack on the nation’s power grid, saying that any outage that lasted longer than a couple of days would reduce urban centers to chaos and collapse the economy.
Al-Qaeda might ‘ poison food, water’:
The FBI is warning that terrorists might try to poison food or water supplies, and senior bureau officials said al-Qaeda was determined to attack Americans at home even though the organisation appears to have a relatively small US presence.
Rationalizing War Crimes:
In an interview with The Associated Press, John Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control, said that whether Saddam’s regime actually possessed weapons of mass destruction “isn’t really the issue.” [ Do these people have any SHAME? ]
UK intelligence officers: dossier overstated case for war:
In a blow to the credibility of Tony Blair’s government, two senior intelligence figures told the Hutton inquiry Wednesday that last September’s weapons dossier, was manipulated by government “spin merchants.”
How can an occupying army pacify a hostile population? Through utter brutality.
“Death Here Without Reason or Justification”:
Tim Predmore, Airborne Soldier, Stands Up, Speaks Out. This looks like a modern-day crusade not to free an oppressed people or to rid the world of a demonic dictator relentless in his pursuit of conquest and domination but a crusade to control another nation’s natural resource. At least for us here, oil seems to be the reason for our presence.
Robert Fisk: Don’t Say We Were Not Warned About This Chaos:
Note how the blood of Iraqis – whom we were so desperate to liberate six months ago – has disappeared from the narrative. No wonder journalists now have to seek permission from the occupation authorities to visit Baghdad hospitals. Who knows how many corpses they would find in the morgue?.
Myths, Truth And U.S. Re-Construction:
How the U.S. is robbing Iraqi’s and Americans and transferring the wealth to the good old boys.
Rumsfeld Says Security Improving in Iraq [Does this man have no SHAME]
Dark Actors: these Statesmen have blood on their hand
A Readers Commentary
A Must Listen / Audio
In Case You Missed It:
James Woolsey, Former Director of the CIA Vs. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark A Must Listen / Audio
Underfunded Pensions Double in U.S.:
Underfunding at “troubled” companies — defined as those whose debt is rated below investment grade or are otherwise at risk — could exceed $80 billion by the time the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30, Kandarian said, up from $35 billion last year.
Arafat Accepts Palestinian PM’s Resignation:
Abbas’ departure leaves Israel and the United States without a Palestinian negotiating partner.
Arafat’s Life is in Immediate Danger!:
There is an immediate danger that Sharon may exploit the new situation in order to kill Arafat, under the pretext that s omething happened to him during an operation to deport him abroad. The chief of Army Intelligence, General Amos ilad, has hinted as much on Israeli TV.
India, Israel Interests Team Up:
Indians and Jews share “a passionate commitment to respect for others, for the rule of law and for democracy,” Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, told the jubilant crowd after the House vote. “And lately we have been drawn together by our joint fight against mindless, vicious, fanatic Islamic terrorism.”
SOS from a superpower:
Today, as American soldiers are dying daily on the streets of Iraq and Congress faces a new bill of more than $A100 billion for the operation, Americans are only now coming to grips with what the doctrine of pre-emption actually means.
Bush says can’t count on Iraqi oil revenues:
The White House asserted in the run-up to the war that Iraqi oil reserves would pay for reconstruction, but critics said Bush’s budget office was overly optimistic.
Schoolkids Go Begging as Military Gets Billions:
Our nation cries for leadership. Our ship of state is piloted by mean-spirited bureaucrats and their cronies who are robbing the commonwealth. They are building prisons at record rates while our schools, parks, air, water and, yes, the economy deteriorate before us.
Iraqi Cities ‘Hot’ with Depleted Uranium:
In hot spots in downtown Baghdad, reporters have measured radiation levels that are 1,000 to 1,900 times higher than normal background radiation levels.
A Must Read
British MP: This war on terrorism is bogus The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination. A Must Read
A Must Read
Hussein Link to 9/11 Lingers in Many Minds:
The Post poll, conducted Aug. 7-11, found that 62 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of independents suspected a link between Hussein and 9/11. In addition, eight in 10 Americans said it was likely that Hussein had provided assistance to al Qaeda, and a similar proportion suspected he had developed weapons of mass destruction…” A Must Read
Joseph Goebbels, Speech (1934) On the Importance Of Propaganda:
Propaganda must be creative. It is by no means a matter for the bureaucracy or official administration, rather it is a matter of productive fantasy. – The National Socialist state, growing out of a revolution, had the task of centrally leading both propaganda and education, uniting two concepts that are related but not identical, molding them into a unity that in the long term can serve the government and people. A Must Read
That’s Our Bush!: The president’s re-election campaign kicks off with a shameless 9-11 docudrama.
Bush to Address Nation on Iraq, Terrorism:
Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas resigns:
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, increasingly unpopular and worn out by a power struggle with Yasser Arafat, submitted his resignation Saturday, dealing a serious blow to a U.S.-backed peace plan.
Abbas Quits in Blow to Mideast Peace Plan:
Abbas said he regretted the failure of his government, but blamed the United States and Israel for not fulfilling their obligations in the peace process.
Arafat considers Abbas resignation:
According to Article 66 of the Palestinian constitution, Arafat has up to five weeks to decide Abbas’ fate. If his resignation is accepted, Abbas may be asked to lead a provisional government until a new one is formed.
Hamas Founder Yassin Hurt in Israeli Air Strike Israel wounded
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Islamic militant movement Hamas, and about 14 other people in an air strike in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, medics said.
Hamas threatens to kill Sharon after missile strike:
Iraqis Threaten to Go It Alone:
Amid faltering US security and rebuilding efforts, homegrown militias and politicians emerge.
The UN and Iraq:
The handful of neocons who got our country into this growing mess are still talking about the United States invading other Middle Eastern countries as part of their program to deracinate Islam.
The UN should just say ‘ no’:
The Bush administration’s recent draft United Nations resolution would be a welcome step if it were done to help improve the lives of Iraqi citizens. Instead, it reflects a growing concern for the “high cost of occupation” for the US in Iraq – costs both in US soldiers’ lives and in dollars.
The US should not be supported at the UN:
The US had made a complete mockery of the UN when it decided to attack Iraq without the consent of the United Nations. The US said that it will do what it wants regardless of the the UN decisions. Now, the UN, which seems to have no self respect, is talking about possible compromise.
Canada: No Plans for Troops to Iraq:
It’s unlikely Canada would contribute troops to any peacekeeping operation in Iraq, Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said Friday.
Australia Not To Send Troops to Iraq:
Australia will not send peacekeepers to Iraq even if the U.N. Security Council supports a new multinational force to help American forces there, Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said.
An extra 3,000 British troops for Iraq: the full brigade-level force of 5,000 which the Foreign Office wanted to avert “strategic failure” in Iraq cannot be sent because commanders do not have enough easily deployable troops available.
4- man Fiji Mercenary Advance team leaves for Iraq:
Mr Raivoce said this would be a great source of income for those servicemen who have retired as well as those members of the RFMF Territorial Forces currently unemployed who have had experience through peacekeeping duties in the past.
U.S. Troops Want Rumsfeld to Send Them Home:
“I don’t give a damn about Rumsfeld. All I give a damn about is going home,” Specialist Rue Gretton said
Rumsfeld Gets Hostile Reception in Saddam’s Hometown:
“Why are your troops still here? You wanted Saddam. He’s gone. Now go home, ”
US ‘Corporate Invasion’ Brings No Respite from War: “We could send our tea-boy to the local market to get contracts of the type they are awarding today. Everybody should stop going to these meetings as a protest against what is happening.”
Bush will proclaim this year’s 9/11 memorial “Patriot Day.”
The Arcata City Council’s Bush-Cheney Impeachment Resolution –
On Tuesday, September 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a Town Hall meeting, to discuss a proposed City Council Resolution calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.
Least We Forget:
– WARNING- These Pages Depict The Horror And Reality Of “OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM”
British arms sales to Africa soar:
The government was facing condemnation last night after new figures revealed that the value of arms sales to Africa will more than quadruple by next year.
Stealing The Vote–Urgent–Drop All Else
Despite bounty, bin Laden still not found:
U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that as much as half of the intelligence and special forces assets in Afghanistan and Pakistan were diverted to support the war in Iraq.
Spanish intelligence service says no link between Saddam and Al Qaeda:
U.S Soldier: Walk in my boots, then tell me I’m complaining:
I’m tired of reading letters telling soldiers to quit whining and do their job. People who are writing these letters have no clue as to what is going on over here.
Farah tried to plead with the US troops but They killed Her anyway:
Farah Fadhil was only 18 when she was killed. An American soldier threw a grenade through the window of her apartment. Her death, early last Monday, was slow and agonising. Her legs had been shredded, her hands burnt and punctured by splinters of metal, suggesting that the bright high-school student had covered her face to shield it from the explosion.
Big Brother takes grip on America:
The US’s response to 11 September has been an unprecedented clampdown on the rights of its own citizens. 09/07
U.S. military’s new marketing campaign:
The military wants you. But these days, Uncle Sam has a better pitch. With the help of big-time ad agencies and sleek messages, the stalwart armed services have modernized their marketing and advertising – and attracted a new generation of recruits in the process. 09/07
Army to adopt ‘N Ireland’ tactics to defend Iraq bases:
Police stations and buildings where troops are billeted will be protected by anti-rocket screens, bullet-proof glass and blast walls. Closed circuit television cameras will also be used to provide all-round security for military bases from attack.
What Do Iraq, Vietnam, Bay of Pigs Have In Common? Richard Helms, the legendary CIA director who died last October and whose retrospective account of the use and misuse of intelligence during his experience with Cuba and Vietnam four decades ago bears a sobering resemblance to what appears to be happening today with Iraq.
Growing Israeli Chorus Urges Arafat Expulsion: The growing chorus of Israeli threats against Arafat, including a suggestion by far-right cabinet member Uzi Landau that he should “not be immune from anything”, added to the sense that a battered US-led peace plan may now be unsalvageable.
London Could Be Evacuated If Attacked:
The Blair Government reportedly has secret plans to evacuate London and other big cities in the event of a terrorist strike or threat.
‘Al-Qaeda’ deny Iraq attack:
An alleged spokesman for the al-Qaeda network has broadcast a message warning of more anti-American attacks, but denying any role in last month’s devastating bombing in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf.
Lessons From September 11: “Cost of Empire”: The High Price Of U.S. Policies
TV fiction glosses over ugly facts: W
hat’s happening in Iraq is puzzling,” said one Bush 41 official. “The president ran on no-nation-building. Now we’re in this drifting, aimless empire that is not helping the road map to peace.”
In case you missed it:
What Can We Do About Terrorism?
You said that we are a target because we stand for democracy, freedom, and human rights in the world. Baloney! We are the target of terrorists because we stand for dictatorship, bondage, and human exploitation in the world. We are the target of terrorists because we are hated. And we are hated because our government has done hateful things.
Homeland Security Is Struggling:
Six months after it was established to protect the nation from terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security is hobbled by money woes, disorganization, turf battles and unsteady support from the White House.
Rumsfeld Arrives in Afghanistan, Attacks Continue:
Scores of residents demonstrated in Kabul on Sunday against the presence of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and some, unhappy with Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s failure to bring security to many parts of the country, called for the return of the Taliban.
Iraq at the crossroads:
The US military will continue to bear the major burden of providing the security needed as a precondition for progress in other areas. This means, first and foremost, accepting that resources for the provision of services for the Iraqi people will have to come from the American taxpayer at first, and that the President will have to request these funds from the Congress.
Will We Look Like the Soviets When We Leave Iraq?
Condoleezza Rice and others have held up post-World War II Germany and Japan as models for the U.S. occupation in Iraq. The Soviet experience in Afghanistan — where a superpower moved in a bold and aggressive way outside its clear sphere of influence into a fractured Muslim nation — is a more useful model.
Soldier kills civilian, wounds one:
A UKRAINIAN soldier serving in the Polish-controlled military zone in Iraq killed an Iraqi civilian and wounded another at the weekend
Britain and US will back down over WMDs
Britain and the US have combined to come up with entirely new explanations of why they went to war in Iraq as inspectors on the ground prepare to report that there are no weapons of mass destruction there.
Bush seeks an exit strategy as war threatens his career:
The President will make a dramatic U-turn on Iraq in a TV broadcast Sunday night to try to salvage his hopes of re-election amid Americans’ growing hostility to the casualties and chaos.
Ex-Envoy Criticizes Bush’s Postwar Policy:
“There is no strategy or mechanism for putting the pieces together,” said retired Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, and so, he said, “we’re in danger of failing.”
Day by Day, The Noose Tightens Around No 10:
Henry Porter, bestselling author of espionage novels, examines the role of intelligence chief John Scarlett and shows how the Hutton inquiry is uncovering a dangerous mix of spies and secrets.
Poll: British PM Blair Should Quit:
Tony Blair should resign over the death of weapons expert David Kelly, according to a poll published today.
Seven U.S. Soldiers Wounded in New Iraq Attacks:
The US army says four soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were wounded on September 5th when their convoy was ambushed by small arms fire, explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades near Kayarah.
“The victor is not asked if he tells the truth”
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Iran Attempted al-Qaeda Swap With US:
Iran repeatedly offered to exchange al-Qaida suspects in its custody for Iranian opposition leaders exiled in the United States, a German newspaper has reported.
All-Qaeda Trying to Open Iraq Front:
“Iraq is the new battleground. It is the perfect place. It will be the perfect place.”
Israel Won’t Accept Arafat Taking Control of PA:
Hungary sweats over US plans for Iraqi camp:
As the United States gears up to ship 28,000 Iraqi police recruits to a former Soviet airbase, Gabriel Ronay finds their prospective Hungarian hosts are far from happy.
Of Assassination and Dialogue:
This year alone, Israel has assassinated 110 Palestinians, during the course of which it killed another 73 unlucky bystanders.
Two missiles fired at US military plane in Baghdad:
Two surface- to-air missiles were fired at a US military C-141 transport plane on Saturday
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Bush Job Approval Falls in Two U.S. Polls:
In a Zogby America poll of likely voters. Forty-five percent gave Bush positive marks for job performance in the new survey, down from 52 percent in August and the lowest since January 2001, the month he took office.