New Kind of War Is Being Legalized By David Swanson

22 October 2013 — War Is A Crime

There’s a dark side to the flurry of reports and testimony on drones, helpful as they are in many ways.  When we read that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch oppose drone strikes that violate international law, some of us may be inclined to interpret that as a declaration that, in fact, drone strikes violate international law.  On the contrary, what these human rights groups mean is that some drone strikes violate the law and some do not, and they want to oppose the ones that do.

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The Strange Thing About Cluster Bombs By Jim Naureckas

6 September 2013 — FAIR Blog

These are not the bad kind of cluster bomb, because they are dropped on and not by official enemies. (photo: US Air Force)

These are not the bad kind of cluster bomb, because they are dropped on and not by official enemies. (photo: US Air Force)

The New York Times has an article today (9/5/13) about a Human Rights Watch report charging Syria’s government with the use of  cluster bombs, a “widely prohibited weapon.”  Cluster bombs are munitions that release hundreds of miniature explosives; as the Times‘ Rick Gladstone writes, “Each bomblet detonates on impact, spraying shrapnel in all directions and killing, maiming and destroying indiscriminately.”

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Video: Ibn Sina Hospital, Sirte: doctor speaks, overwhelmed, over corpses of children killed by NATO

27 September 2011 — empire strikes black

English translation of the doctoress’ words, from Ibn Sina Hospital, in Sirte, Libya, following a NATO bombing on 23/09:

“Same date, 23 September … We are on Friday, a day of celebration for Muslims. A Muslim holy day … people pray on Fridays, and NATO kills children ….

This is ‘Douaa’ … [pointing to the girl. follows a misunderstood sentence] she was about to start school. [second voice: it is the beginning of the school year] … and this is ‘ Dahna el Samha ‘ … My god … ‘ Dahna el Samha ‘ the little angel … look at ‘Dahna’. .. here is ‘Dahna’ .. [Raising her arm] … You see NATO! See what NATO did to ‘Dahna’! … See the gift of NATO to ‘Dahna’ … and that’s the gift of NATO to ‘Douaa’ .. they were friends [or cousins ] [follows words I can’t understand, as the voice is too emotional]

And here is ‘Nasser’ [pointing to the young man] ‘Nasser’ the hero, the martyr … [crying, can’t understand the sentence] … and here is one of my neighbors’ sons [pointing to the other young man] … They all died in the same place “Jiza El Bahria” … bombed by NATO on Friday, the Muslim day of celebration …

And they are not from Gaddafi’s brigades [getting up] … No, they were not soldiers … The girls there [pointing to the bodies of the children], they were certainly part of Gaddafi’s Brigades, as they used to sing “Allah wa Libya wa Muammar wa bess” [God, Libya, Muammar and basta]

[Rising, she repeats] “Allah wa Libya wa Muammar wabess” I say it to you, whether you like it or not .. ”


The following video gives a mere glimpse into the hellish terrorism being visited upon the men, women, and children of Libya. A NATO cluster bomb detonates in Brega:

The imperialist rape of Libya By John Pilger

13 September 2011 — Morning Star

Today one of the world’s biggest arms fairs opened in London, backed by the British government.

On September 8 the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a preview entitled Middle East: A Vast Market For UK Defence And Security Companies. The host was the Royal Bank of Scotland, a major investor in cluster bombs.

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Embedded in a Media Fantasy World: The case against objective reporting By William Bowles

26 September 2004

I recently had a brief exchange with the Washington correspondent for the Independent, Andrew Buncombe over his ‘paper’s coverage of events in Iraq. Now although I’ve never actually met Andy, and I’m sure he’s a decent fellow, I brought to his attention a recent ‘War Report’ compiled by an Iraqi journalist that itemizes the horrors being visited on the Iraqi people eg, 14 enormous cluster (anti-personnel) bombs each of which contains 2000 so-called bomblets as well as napalm bombs dropped on the village of Zaydan, 20km south of al-Fallujah. At least forty-four people were massacred in the small village. According to the report 15 of the dead were children, 10 women, and nine were elderly persons. Seven children are in critical condition, and eight women and five men were also wounded. Also killed in the raid was ‘Adil ‘Ali Hamdan the General Administrative Director of al- Fallujah General Hospital. His wife and two of his children were killed as well, and two other children of his were wounded. [1]

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Apologies – Remember to Remind Me By William Bowles

15 May 2003

‘If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own…. For if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.’ — James Baldwin

‘First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.’ — Martin Niemoller

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