"The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death.
From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima
to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and
technology has been the mass production of human corpses." -Edward
= "The death of a single human being is too heavy a price for the
vindication of any principle, however sacred." -Daniel Berrigan
= "War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood.
It degrades and stupefies with the sense that you are not responsible,
that 'tis not yours to think and reason why, but to do and die,'
like the hundred thousand others doomed like yourself. War means
blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton
destruction, and irresponsible murder."
: Alexander Berkman
= "It seems that 'we have never gone to war for conquest, for
exploitation, nor for territory'; we have the word of a president
[McKinley] for that. Observe, now, how Providence overrules the
intentions of the truly good for their advantage. We went to war
with Mexico for peace, humanity and honor, yet emerged from the
contest with an extension of territory beyond the dreams of political
avarice. We went to war with Spain for relief of an oppressed people
[the Cubans], and at the close found ourselves in possession of
vast and rich insular dependencies [primarily the Philippines] and
with a pretty tight grasp upon the country for relief of whose
oppressed people we took up arms. We could hardly have profited
more had 'territorial aggrandizement' been the spirit of our purpose
and heart of our hope. The slightest acquaintance with history shows
that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of
nations." : Ambrose Bierce, Warlike America
= "COWARDICE, n. A charge often levelled by all-American types
against those who stand up for their beliefs by refusing to fight
in wars they find unconscionable, and who willingly go to prison
or into exile in order to avoid violating their own consciences.
These 'cowards' are to be contrasted with red-blooded, 'patriotic'
youths who literally bend over, grab their ankles, submit to the
government, fight in wars they do not understand (or disapprove
of), and blindly obey orders to maim and to kill simply because
they are ordered to do so-all to the howling approval of the
all-American mob. This type of behavior is commonly termed
'courageous.'" : Chaz Bufe
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Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq "1,168,058"
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged)
In America'sWar On Iraq 3,940 http://icasualties.org/oif
The War in Iraq Costs $490,451,728,884
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US Invasion And Occupation Killed One Million Iraqi's
More than one million Iraqis have been killed because of the war
in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according
to a study published Wednesday.
US Oil Companies Offered Five Million Dollar Bribes To Iraqi MP's?
Reported today on Akhbar Alkhaleej newspaper
An Iraqi MP preferred to remain anonymous told the newspaper that
highly confidential negotiations took place by representatives from
American oil companies, offering $5 million to each MP who votes
in favor of the Oil and Gas law.
Bush Won't Ban Permanent Bases Pushes For Iraqi Oil Law
By Aaron Glantz
"We've got the Bush administration pushing aggressively for an
(Iraqi) law that would give oil companies 20- to 25-year contracts
for oil in Iraq and if they were to be at work for an extended
length of time, they would need security," she said.
The Threat of Section 1222
By James Rothenberg
The President is claiming that Section 1222 could inhibit his ability
to defend the Constitution, so he claims the right to ignore it.
The drafters of the bill were also sworn to defend the Constitution.
What are the requirements in 1222 that the White House finds so
British Soldiers Accused of Torturing Iraqi Prisoners
By The Daily Mail
Death certificates to go before the court are said to state that
corpses of Iraqis rounded up showed signs of "mutilation" and
Testimony of a US ex-marine Who Served In Iraq
By Rosa Miriam Elizalde
"I'm 32 and I am a trained psychopathic murderer. The only things
I can do are to sell youths the idea of joining the marines and
kill. I am not able to keep a job. For me civilians are despicable
people, mentally retarded and weak persons, a flock of sheep. I am
their sheepdog. I am a predator. In the army they used to call me
Jimmy, the Shark".
US studies fear Afghan decline to terrorist haven
By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent
"The prospect of again losing significant parts of Afghanistan to
the forces of Islamic extremists has moved from the improbable to
the possible," the group said in a report produced by non-governmental
experts and published by the Washington-based Center for the Study
of the Presidency.
America's Teetering Banking System
"Where Did All Our Deposits Go?"
By Mike Whitney
Why did Bernanke cut rates when he knew it would just add to the
Iraq: At least 16 killed as bloody US ocupation continues:
Three people were killed and five wounded when a bomb in a parked
car exploded near Salahaddin Square in Kadhimiya, a Shi'ite district
in northwestern Baghdad
Survey shows US invasion and occupation of Iraq has killed more
than a million:
The last complete census in Iraq conducted in 1997 found 4.05 million
households in the country, a figure ORB used to calculate that
approximately 1.03 million people been killed as a result of the
US war, the researchers found.
Iraq failure equals success for neocons:
The Americans have an excuse to have permanent bases as long as the
insurgency lasts; a largely state-run economy has been opened to
foreign capital; America has control of large oil reserves; the
Middle East has a wedge of US military to control and threaten any
uppity Islamic state that dares threaten its interests or those of
Judge allows Iraq 'abuse' reports :
A legal order which had stopped the media from reporting allegations
of torture by British troops in Iraq has been lifted by the High
Weapons for Iraqi forces might land with insurgents:
Weapons the U.S. provides to Iraqi security forces still might be
ending up in the hands of terrorists, insurgents and criminals, the
Defense Department inspector general told Congress on Tuesday.
Army Suicides reach record high - study :
Suicide rates among active-duty US soldiers returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan have reached a record high, according to mental-health
statistics made public on Thursday.
Afghan official among seven killed in suicide bombing: :
A suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday in a mosque in southern
Afghanistan, killing a deputy provincial governor and five other
people in another blow to President Hamid Karzai's U.S.-backed
Canada ready to quit Afghanistan, PM tells Bush:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, reinforcing an ultimatum over
Afghanistan, told U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday that
Ottawa would withdraw its military mission next year unless NATO
sent in more troops, officials said.
Former Pakistan chief justice breaks silence, blasts Musharraf:
A letter from Chaudhry to Western officials was circulated Wednesday.
It lambasted Musharraf for squashing Pakistan's independent judiciary
and illegally detaining him and his family, and noted that the
Supreme Court had not had a chance to rule on whether it was legal
for Musharraf to run for re-election in December.
Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran:
US ambassador questions Iranian interests in Afghanistan :
The US ambassador questioned Wednesday Iranian policy towards
Afghanistan, also saying there was no doubt insurgents here had
received weapons from Iran.
European Parliament calls on US to renounce military threats against
The Euro deputies called on the US Administration and all other
represantatives involved "to renounce all rhetoric on military
options and regime change policies against Iran," and called on the
US to "participate directly in negotiations with Iran
Turkey rejects US bank request on Iran:
US officials have told bankers around the world that Iran is funding
terrorists and seeking nuclear technology. Banks such as UBS AG and
Deutsche Bank AG have responded by ending - or severely reducing -
their business with Iran.
Internet service disrupted in Mideast and India:
Damaged underwater cables in the Mediterranean Sea disrupted Internet
service in large parts of the Middle East and India for a second
day on Thursday, according to a Wall Street Journal report
Gaza blockade 'is collective punishment:
ISRAEL'S blockade of Gaza denies 1.4 million Palestinians the food,
fuel and medicine they need to survive, Human Rights Watch said
today, calling it collective punishment and a violation of international
Hamas sets Rafah border conditions :
A delegation led by Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, has proposed
joint Palestinian-Egyptian control of the Rafah crossing.
Election power of the Israel lobby :
As US presidential candidates battle it out to become the leader
of the world's only superpower there is one subject on which they
all, in public at least, agree - the US relationship with Israel.
Poor Haitians resort to eating dirt :
It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas
was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't
afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures
to fill their bellies.
Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions:
In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between
1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest
retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to
represent store worker http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/31/6761
Bush increased use of state secrets privilege:
The U.S. government has been increasing its use of the state secrets
privilege to avoid disclosing classified information in civil
lawsuits, prompting legislation in the Senate that would provide
more congressional oversight of the practice.
Firm linked to Obama patron scrubs '04 visit from website:
The controversial Iraq-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi visited the
state of Illinois in 2004 at the behest of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the
businessman and political player who helped raise money for Senator
Barack Obama's early political campaigns.
U.S. loses its status as economic world power:
The World Economic Forum has proved to be an uncanny barometer of
global trends. Over the past decade, the United States has been
lionized as world leader, economic giant and home of high-tech
wizards such as Bill Gates.
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