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You Can't Support Troops Waging An Unjust War! WHOSE WAR? WHOSE TROOPS?

You Can't Support Troops Waging An Unjust War! WHOSE WAR? WHOSE TROOPS?
These soldiers are part of the U.S. military. The war they are fighting in Iraq is aimed at maintaining and extending U.S. domination in the Middle East and around the world. This is an unjust and immoral war. Look at what it comes down to for the people of Iraq.

From the very beginning, the U.S. military has rained death and destruction on the Iraqi people. They've killed many, many people and created conditions in which many, many more have been slaughtered in violence pitting Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds against each other.

U.S. troops flattened the city of Falluja, driving virtually the entire population out in order to take the city back from the those resisting the U.S. occupation. They routinely call in air strikes on Iraqi villages and urban areas, killing innocent Iraqis. U.S. troops set up checkpoints and raid people's homes, subjecting people to harassment and brutality on a regular basis. While c…

The war criminals called it “Operation Iraqi Freedom,”

Fifty US veterans describe atrocities against Iraqis



The war criminals called it “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” it was a war begun with intent to achieve many goals. The most obvious of those goals were: to chock-hold the Middle East to squeeze more oil, doing it in a way more profitable for multi billion companies, doing it in a way there could be no interruption of oil flow due to “unfriendly” governments in the region, to stave off emerging rival nations like China from holding a foothold, to protect despots from being overthrow by unknown entities, preventing the region to govern itself and its resources as it saw fit, to eliminate competitive governments from acquiring advance weapons or producing them, to prevent emerging democracy from appearing, preventing independent and semi independent media outlets from discussing variety of issues openly “aljazeera”, to protect a racist and a rouge nation of Israel from criticism in its genocidal mission against Palestinians, to terrorize an…

Witness Testifies Marine Knowingly Shot Children in Haditha - washingtonpost.com

Witness Testifies Marine Knowingly Shot Children in Haditha - washingtonpost.com: "CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., July 17 -- One of the Marines charged with murdering civilians in Haditha, Iraq, in 2005 knew that only women and children were huddled in a back bedroom in a house there, but he opened the door and shot them anyway, a squadmate testified Tuesday.
'I told him, there's women and kids in that room,' Lance Cpl. Humberto M. Mendoza said of Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum. Tatum's response was, 'Well, shoot them,' Mendoza said."

Death from Above -- In These Times

Death from Above -- In These Times: "On June 22, the Operation Iraqi Freedom website issued a press release that hyped a devastating blow against 17 al-Qaeda terrorists, who were gunned down by coalition attack helicopters at Khalis, Iraq, a small town outside of Baqouba. But when the BBC visited the town days later, the villagers told a different story. The men attacked by coalition forces were not al-Qaeda members, but local village guards, who only minutes earlier had been helping Iraqi police raid a suspect’s house. (It turned out to be a false alarm.) Eleven of the men were killed when U.S. helicopters suddenly appeared, raining missiles and heavy machine gunfire upon them. “It was like a battlefront, but with the fire going only in one direction,” one local witness said. “There was no return fire.”"

The War Is Lost - by Peter W. Galbraith and Tom Engelhardt

The War Is Lost - by Peter W. Galbraith and Tom Engelhardt: "Iraq after an American defeat will look very much like Iraq today – a land divided along ethnic lines into Arab and Kurdish states with a civil war being fought within its Arab part. Defeat is defined by America's failure to accomplish its objective of a self-sustaining, democratic, and unified Iraq. And that failure has already taken place, along with the increase of Iranian power in the region. "

In Baquba, Mass Graves Dug to Deal With Death Toll - by Ahmed Ali

In Baquba, Mass Graves Dug to Deal With Death Toll - by Ahmed Ali: "'The morgue receives an average of four or five bodies everyday,' Nima Jima'a, a morgue official, told IPS. 'Many more are dropped in rivers and farms – or it is sometimes the case they are buried by their killers for other reasons. The number we record here is only a fraction of those killed.' "

Can't Find Osama?
Attack Iran Instead - by Philip Giraldi

Can't Find Osama?
Attack Iran Instead - by Philip Giraldi

Another White House tactical response to the very real terrorist threat, which it doesn't want anyone to think about too much, is, predictably, to look for a diversion in the form of someone else to kick. With Iraq and Afghanistan in shambles, there just happen to be a couple of neighbors who can be credibly accused of "interference" with the U.S. military's civilizing mission. In the intelligence business it is sometimes necessary to use "disinformation" to establish a false factual basis or to create a straw man that can be used to divert attention from an unpleasant reality. If it is too hard to catch Osama bin Laden, it might be more convenient to talk about Iran instead. As Syria and Iran have both long been in the crosshair of the neoconservatives because of those countries' antipathy to Israel, it is reassuring to know that they have not been forgotten by the White House. It is possibly…

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - A brave new world of Iran-IAEA cooperation

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - A brave new world of Iran-IAEA cooperation: "Page 1 of 2
Brave new world of Iranian nuclear cooperation
By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

Iran's objective of getting its nuclear dossier out of the hands of the United Nations Security Council and back to its 'proper forum', the International Atomic Energy Agency, was leapfrogged last week by the IAEA's high-level visit to Iran that culminated in a 'serious and substantial' agreement heralding a new level of Iran-IAEA cooperation. "

War criminal say's: : Shiites likely to prevail in Iraq, Powell predicts:

The Denver Post - Shiites likely to prevail in Iraq, Powell predicts: "Aspen - The civil war in Iraq cannot be put down by American forces and will end only after a 'test of arms' in which the predominant Shiites are likely to prevail, former Secretary of State Colin Powell predicted Thursday.
'It's going to be very public. It's not going to be very pretty to watch. But I don't see any way to avoid it,' Powell, one of the architects of the war, told an overflow audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "

AIPAC and Mahmoud Abbas

AIPAC and Mahmoud Abbas: "07/18/07 'Counterpunch' -- -- When the current Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) first 'met' on March 6, 2006 (via videoconference, thanks to Israel's travel restrictions), the Palestinian Authority embarked on the final phase of its struggle to become a democratic proto-state. This was to be the first government formed under the new Palestinian constitution, the Basic Law passed by the PLC in 1998 and finally signed by President Arafat in 2002.

The government envisioned by the constitution is a dramatic departure from the autocratic days of Arafat. The bulk of practical state power, including 'public order and internal security', is expressly assigned to the Council of Ministers, the prime minister's cabinet. The president has the power to hire and fire the PM, approve the cabinet, and declare states of emergency, but is otherwise little mentioned in the document."