Friday, July 08, 2005

Comments On Important Stories 7/8/05

Jack's Straight-Speak 7-8-05

Jon Marshall is the younger brother of Lucinda Marshall founder of the Feminist Peace Network. What Jon’s students have put together to bring attention to veterans deserves the thanks and gratitude of all veterans. It also gives me a little hope to see young people that recognize how badly veterans have been tossed aside by the very government that sent us to war. These are the types of efforts we must support.

After the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will America be ready for its returning Troops?
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like those who fought in wars before, many are returning with physical and mental wounds. Is America ready? This spring Medill School of Journalism undergraduates in Jon Marshall’s News-writing and Reporting class investigated what challenges returning Chicago-area veterans face.
http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/studentwork/marshall_vets/index.html
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For all of us veterans, this is the perfect opportunity to have another “Bonus March.” We have got to get in back of this call for the mass rally in Washington. We have been making the phone calls to congress; we have been writing the emails to congress; we have been sending the letters to congress and to date we have been ignored as we plunge further and further into war. As more and more money goes to who knows where, the working poor are growing in numbers. Now it is time for those in Washington to see the faces behind the letters, emails and phone calls. I hope to see all of you there.

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, on behalf of the September 24 National Coalition
, has obtained permits for the September 24 March on Washington at the White House. We have obtained the permits for both Lafayette Park on the North Side of the White House and the Ellipse on the South Side. We expect a sea of protestors to surround the White House in a vivid demonstration of the growing opposition to the criminal war and occupation of Iraq. Marching under the banner "Stop the War Against Iraq, Bring the Troops Home Now, End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti and Everywhere," communities from throughout the United States will converge in a unified display of what now represents majority sentiment: opposition to the U.S. government's war drive.
http://www.answercoalition.org/
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Dr. Steven Jonas, along with Judge Stephen Gheen and Michael Carmichael are “The Political Junkies.” They are also three men it has been one of life’s pleasures to have had many conversations with and from which I have learned much. Dr. Jonas wrote the following and it should grab your attention to say the least. Steve Jonas clearly articulates the precarious position Bush & Company has put us in. We are headed into a no-win on this the way I see it. Also if you have the time, listen to Michaels interview on the BBC, it is more than worth the time.

TELLING YOUR BANKER “NO”?
Republicans have vaulted the federal deficit to ever increasing historic levels and borrowed ever increasing amounts to cover the deficit. China has become one of America’s leading bankers. China’s growing role as America’s banker has profound political implications.
http://thepoliticaljunkies.net/

Recently, James Naughty of the BBC Today programme interviewed Michael Carmichael on President Bush's speech to the troops at Fort Bragg (29th June 2005). Click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser to hear the interview.
http://planetarymovement.org/Today_5_Democrats.mp3
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I read and studied Nafeez Ahmed’s first book, “The War on Freedom” and consider it an absolute must read, as is his new book, “The war on Truth.” There is nothing I can say except if you have not read these, you really should. They are the best sourced and documented books on 9/11, U.S. policies and “terrorism” I have yet to read. I thought I was well informed then I read these books by Nafeez—now, as a result, I am much better informed

Highly recommended book: “The War on Truth”

Nafeez Ahmed’s first book on 9/11, The War on Freedom, was acclaimed around the world for its meticulous compilation of facts about the event. Published just a little over a half year after the attacks, it was the first book to document the inconsistencies and contradictions in the government’s official version of what happened. This new book, The War on Truth, doubles the data and adds extensive new material to his original argument, including an analysis of the 9/11 Commission Report and wider discussion of US policies toward al-Qaeda. For anyone who remains uneasy about the alignment of reported facts and official narrative, Ahmed’s new book is an invaluable resource.
http://www.interlinkbooks.com/BooksW/war_on_truth_text.html
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Anwarr Hussain is a writer we would all do well to read and “listen” to. An extremely analytical and articulate man of great passion. And a man I am proud to have call me “friend” as I am to call him “friend.” Anwaar fully understands the killing of innocents—that’s why he is so opposed to this Bush war of choice in Iraq, as am I. The women and chlidren in Iraq being killed by U.S./U.K. bombs and bullits are no less innocents than are those that were killed on 9/11 and now in London. Somehow the killing has got to stop!

A Letter of Condolence
By Anwaar Hussain
Fountainhead

I write this on my own behalf and on behalf of innumerable others who share my feelings.

I offer my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved of the innocent victims of the London bombing. This note is the hardest to write for I am at a loss to express my deep sympathy and profound sorrow in a way that can bring comfort to the near and dear ones of the blameless victims of the London bombing attacks. To overcome this difficulty, I will say what I truly feel.
http://malakandsky.blogspot.com/2005/07/letter-of-condolence.html
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The continued dismissal of the tens upon tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi women and children that have been killed by this “war of aggression” of Bush/Blair as “collateral damage” is a definitive obscenity. I include those killed in Afghanistan in this. If you want to know the definition of “terrorism” you need look no further than “no name death from the sky” as bombs falling will terrorize anyone. And that is what this BushCo war of choice has done; created terrorism where there was none; then became the terrorist, creating and perpetuating state terrorism under the absurd mantra of “spreading freedom and democracy.”

A look in the mirror for America
By Derrick Z. Jackson July 8, 2005

Or perhaps you forgot about them. That was by design. We have rightfully mourned the loss of nearly 3,000 people on 9/11. We have begun mourning the loss of about 40 people in London. We have mourned the loss of 1,751 US soldiers, who, bless them, were following orders of their commander in chief. But to this day, there has been no major acknowledgement, let alone apology, by Bush or Blair for the massive amounts of carnage we created in a war waged over what turned out to be a lie, the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.

These innocents never existed, either in Iraq or Afghanistan. ''We don't do body counts," said both General Tommy Franks, former Iraqi commander, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. When Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt was asked about the images of American soldiers killing innocent civilians on Arab television, Kimmitt said: ''My solution is quite simple: Change the channel. Change the channel to a legitimate, authoritative, honest news station. The stations that are showing Americans intentionally killing women and children are not legitimate news sources. That is propaganda. And that is lies."
(Click here for full Boston Globe story)
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I for one have never bought into the “conspiracy” theory out of Washington about 9/11-how, who, why, what, etc. The more I read and study, the more convinced I become that what happened on 9/11 was as much, if not more, of an” inside job” as an “outside job.”

THE LIE OF THE CENTURY
The Downing Street Memo is only the beginning of the proof we were all lied to.
It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/lieofthecentury.html
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This is one that man needs to be watched and closely. Ledeen, Wolfowitz, Feith, Perle, Bolton, Libby, they are all one and the same, like minds—no lie to big; no deception to great for these self-styled elitists. Ledeen is another one that was a student of Leo Strauss—Machiavelli ideologues one and all. These are the people who are largely responsible for the wholesale slaughter taking place in Iraq today.

Everything You Need to Know About Michael Ledeen
By Katherine Yurica

Would you be surprised to find that a man who was deeply involved in the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan Administration, a man who is the darling of the Bush White House and is an adviser to Karl Rove, a man who loves Machiavelli and studies him, a neo-conservative who has close ties to one of America’s leading “Christian” Dominionists—Pat Robertson, and a man who called Pearl Harbor “lucky” and a providentially inspired event—may be the man who is behind the forging of the Niger documents that convinced America to launch a preemptive strike against Iraq?
http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/MichaelLedeen.html
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