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Friday, October 29, 2004 3:26 AM
the latest issue of "Traveling Soldier" in the mail
yesterday. Thank you so very much! It was a great issue by
the way; and right on target!
already know, my husband is currently enlisted in the Army and
he is fast becoming disgruntled and disenchanted.
Recently he asked his commander
about a promotion that is
long overdue and why he keeps getting passed over.
(We both have our suspicions it's because he is not a
"yes-man" like his mindlessly obedient co-workers.)
His commander's only response
was to hand my husband a book titled, Message to Garcia
by Elbert Hubbard (http://www.birdsnest.com/garcia.htm)
and he was instructed to read it and then get back to his
commander about what he learned from the book. I was curious
enough to read it myself when my husband brought it home and
what I found was propaganda at its best.
In a nutshell
the book makes references to not asking idiotic questions when
given an order to do something. To just DO it and not talk
back or ask anything from the authority giving you the
and I were both incensed! Was that what his commander was
trying to tell him that he wanted? A "yes-man"? Was his
commander trying to let my husband know in no uncertain terms
that if he only just obediently did what he was told without
asking questions or thinking for himself that he would have a
better chance of getting promoted?
If that's the
case, then my husband and I both agreed that the promotion was
not important and certainly not worth the price it seems he is
being asked to pay. Mindless obedience. A robot.
brings me to why we both loved the cover article, "F.T.A."
in this issue of "Traveling Soldier".
When I read
that article outloud to my husband it hit a cord, especially
coming on the heels of his "reading assignment". My husband
was charged after reading the article and even entertained
thoughts of anonymously leaving a copy on his commander's
I love it!
Thank you so much for giving us
the hope that we are HEARD!
when so many of the voices in "Traveling Soldier" sound just
Good to know we're in plenty of great company!
Here’s Why #2
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Flowers and Dragons
out all the Traveling Soldiers i had left to (2) other camps
in the sunni triangle, the other half i have been leaving
around my camp. i don’t notice any immediate results from the
arbitrary distribution, and most of the time i'm afraid that a
lifer may have snagged it before a joe. maybe not, at least i
hope not. keep em coming, plus anything else you might think
spread the truth. I’ll keep distributing, as well as the
What i really wanted to write to
you about was The Flower of the Dragon.
i finished it a while ago, but i
never had time to contact you on it. THANKS A TON for the
book. i can’t tell you how much i appreciated it.
the author's story was
fucking amazing! you have no idea how
connected i felt
to the characters in the story, especially the soldiers.
their feelings and opinions and mentality were almost in
direct correlation with mine and my friends, despite the 30
some odd year gap between two completely different wars.
wars aren’t too much different, Iraq has all the same
ingredients as Vietnam had during its whole charade. war is
war i guess. anyways, the book really meant a lot to me. i
felt like i was there with those guys, getting fucked just
like them. in Iraq we live a hell of a lot better than they
did at firebase Pace,. but it’s just the mentality you know?
what’s it going to take before
this war escalates into the Neo'Nam? how long before a
countrywide opposition, before more suicide missions, before
more combat refusals, before more fraggings, before the end?
perhaps a congress approved draft??? I hate to say it, but a
draft may be the only chances of ending this war. until then,
even stop lossed soldiers, for the most part, feel as though
it’s their commitment and duty.
alright, enough for now.
for the cause,
Do you have
a friend or relative in the service? Forward this E-MAIL
along, or send us the address if you wish and we’ll send it
Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the USA, this is extra
important for your service friend, too often cut off from
access to encouraging news of growing resistance to the war,
at home and in Iraq.
Send requests to address up top.
KILLED, NINE WOUNDED AT AL-ANBAR
October 30, 2004 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND Release Number: 04-10-27C & By
Michael Georgy, (Reuters)
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq --
Eight Marines assigned to the
I Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in action and nine
others were wounded in action in the Al Anbar Province in the
bloodiest attack on U.S. forces in Iraq for months.
said earlier they had seen three U.S. vehicles burning on a
road east of Falluja, in Anbar province.
10.29.04 Reuters “We are gearing
up for a major operation,” Brigadier General Denis Hajlik told
reporters at a base near Falluja.
“If we do so, it will be decisive and we will whack them.”
operate close to the (insurgents) they get spooked or
aggressive and we take it to them," U.S.
marine spokesman Lieutenant Lyle Gilbert told reporters at a
base near Falluja.
DO NOT FUCK
ALL HOME NOW!
Marine from Charlie Company, second Tank Battalion, far, far
too close to Falluja. (Eliana Aponte/Reuters)
Killed, One Wounded Near Ramadi
30th Oct 2004 BAGHDAD (Reuters)
A car bomber killed a U.S.
soldier and wounded another near the western Iraqi city of
Ramadi, the U.S. military said on Saturday. A spokesman said
the attack on a U.S. army convoy occurred at 8 a.m. on Friday.
October 30, 2004 Seacoast
PORTSMOUTH - A
U.S. Marine from Portsmouth is recovering stateside from
injuries he sustained in Iraq on Oct. 23.
"Brad" Adams, 33, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine
Regiment, was injured when a roadside bomb "completely totaled
his Humvee" in Fallujah, Adams’ mother, Jo-Ann "Jodi" Adams,
said Friday. The Marine captain’s unit is
based at Camp Pendleton in California.
officials provided transportation Friday for Jo-Ann and her
husband, John, to visit their son this weekend while he is
recuperating at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda,
"He’s not suffering
life-threatening injuries, but they are serious. He has a lot
of shrapnel throughout his body," Jo-Ann Adams said.
patience" are what’s required now to hasten the Marine’s
recovery, his mother said.
She said the
family, who lives on Sagamore Avenue, is grateful for the
support of friends throughout the city at this time.
taken October 28, 2004 in Falluja, shows Jordanian terrorist
chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (right) and two of his terrorist
commanders fleeing for their lives after a precision bombing
attack by U.S. warplanes.
pointed out that Zarqawi and his terrorists fiendishly
disguised themselves as children on this occasion, but warned
that the terrorists have also concealed themselves by
pretending to be old women, babies, donkeys, houses,
hospitals, water treatment plants, markets, dogs, cats, and
ambulances, and that, in fact, anything moving or standing
still in Falluja is a terrorist in disguise.
“Since anytime we drop a bomb on Falluja we hit at least one
thing, that’s why we call it ‘precision’ bombing,” Air Force
Lt. Col. A. Hole Chithed told a Baghdad press conference.
THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Polish Camp Under Mortar Attack
30 October 2004 Focus 1 News
camp in Karbala has suffered a mortar attack at 17,45 local
time, spokesperson of the Multinational division under Polish
command Center-South in Babylon Artur Domanski said for Focus
News Agency. Three shells have exploded outside the camp.
There is no information about
demolitions or injured people.
A U.S. Marine (C) from Charlie
Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, dressed as Spiderman talks with
other soldiers during a Halloween event near Falluja October
30, 2004. [THANKS TO B WHO
E-MAILED THIS IN: B WRITES
He’s safer in that than in his
Iraq Tours for 6,500 Troops
Oct 30, 2004 By ROBERT BURNS, AP
The Army has extended by two
months the Iraq tours of about 6,500 soldiers.
statement was released, but the Pentagon's public affairs
office posted an article on its Web site Saturday that said
3,500 soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and
3,000 from the 1st Infantry Division headquarters will remain
in Iraq at least two months longer than planned.
The Army had
scheduled those units for 10-month deployments, rather than
the usual 12-month tours.
Pentagon article spoke of "the troops' frustration" over
having their tours extended. It said some of the soldiers
had been told they would be leaving Iraq as early as
November. Instead they will stay through January.
George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, requested the
extensions in late September, and his immediate superior, Army
Gen. John Abizaid, made the decision Oct. 16,
the Pentagon article said.
The decision appeared to mark
the second time in recent weeks that soldiers of the 2nd
Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, have had their Iraq deployments
extended. On Oct. 4 the U.S. military command in Baghdad
announced that rather than complete its redeployment to Fort
Hood, Texas, in December, the brigade was to begin heading
home in January. On Saturday the Pentagon said these soldiers
will begin their return in mid-February, with the last ones
due out by mid-March.
[Yeah, right. Don’t hold your breath. Lied before, why
believe them now?]
soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division headquarters, based in
Wurzburg, Germany, will remain in Iraq until mid-February or
mid-March. They previously were scheduled to have been
replaced in January, before the elections, by the 42nd
Infantry Division headquarters of the New York National Guard.
The Pentagon public affairs
article said officials had considered deploying the New York
guardsmen to Kuwait before moving them into Iraq,
but they decided against that "in light of the high threat
level in Kuwait." It did not elaborate on the threat in
Kuwait. [What the fuck is that about?]
The 42nd Infantry will be the
first division-level National Guard deployment into combat
since World War II, reflecting the extraordinarily heavy
reliance the Army is placing on the Guard to provide troops
for the Iraq mission. More
than 40 percent of the U.S. force in Iraq is Guard or Reserve.
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Oct 29 By DEBORAH HASTINGS, AP
military members to vote during wartime would be devastating,"
said Duke University political science professor Peter Feaver.
"They're not sitting in comfortable offices in Germany
anymore. Now they're under mortar attack in Iraq."
Many of the
problems that marred the military vote in 2000 are cropping up
More than a
dozen states — including those too close to call — missed the
recommended deadline to mail ballots overseas. One of the
reasons: legal arguments over whether independent candidate
Ralph Nader should be listed on ballots.
be thousands of military votes that don't get counted this
time," said Samuel Wright, director of the
Military Voting Rights Project of the National Defense
Committee. "I hope it's not as bad as 2000, but it's going to
be a serious problem."
Wright estimates between 20 percent and 40 percent of
service members will not have their vote counted because of
slow mail and differing state rules.
Florida debacle, the Pentagon has announced a series of steps
designed to make every military vote count. Several have
After spending $22 million, the
Defense Department abandoned an Internet-based voting system
after citing security concerns — leaving regular mail as the
main way to vote from abroad.
a Defense Department program that helps Americans vote from
overseas blocked access to its Web site for fear of hackers,
locking out would-be voters requesting registration cards and
absentee ballots. The site did not reopen
until late September, although the department recommends
allowing at least 45 days for requesting, receiving and
In Baghdad, exactly one week before Election Day, the Voting
Assistance Officer at the military-run Ibn Sina Hospital was
Soldiers At Hatton Ceremony
Oct. 29, 2004 Associated Press
- Soldiers injured in a convoy ambush in
Iraq were awarded Purple Hearts in a high school ceremony in
Spc. Joe Gibson, 22, a Hatton
graduate, was home on convalescence leave for burn and
shrapnel injuries he suffered in the Sept. 9 attack. Sgt. John
W. Hatton, whose leg was hit by shrapnel, and Staff Sgt.
Darren Gross of Tuscumbia, a passenger in the convoy truck
with Hatton and Gibson, were awarded the medals.
saw who detonated the bomb that rocked their truck, leaving a
dazed Gibson between a spare tire and a metal box in back of
"I thought I
had a dislocated shoulder," he said, but it was the impact
from the shrapnel. He noticed that his leg was cold.” I
thought it was the diesel from the cans in the back of the
truck, but it was (my) blood," Gibson said.
He never lost
consciousness, and managed to call his mother, Lynn Butler in
Hatton, to let her know he was hurt before she got the Army
November 01, 2004 By Vince
Crawley, Army Times staff writer
Pat Towell, of the Center for
Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said leaders should pay
heed to two earlier wars — in Vietnam and Korea — that were
entered with initial enthusiasm followed by setbacks large
enough that “the country gave up.”
that “the quality of leadership in Vietnam collapsed” as
noncommissioned officers grew frustrated with repeated
rotations into the combat zone.
were “going back a second, a third time,” Towell said. “And
they said, ‘Who needs this?’”
Feel We Lied To Them”
2004-10-30 PHILIP KNIGHTLEY,
The Guard is in a state of, if
not revolt, then of deep discontent. Re-enlistments have
plummeted and the Guard is undergoing a major re-think of its
mission and how to achieve it. “We trained for the wrong war,”
a Marine colonel in public affairs told me earlier this year.
“We trained for WW3—big,
set-piece artillery and tank battles. Not for hand-to-hand
fighting in cities full of civilians. Now we’ve got to retrain
and that takes time. And a lot of guys want out. They joined
for the dental plan and now they find that they’re away from
their families, their jobs, their community and their country
for months, maybe years.
“They feel we
lied to them.”
Three out of
four doctors in the Army Medical Corps are National Guardsmen.
Meanwhile, the situation in Iraq grows worse day by day.
Hearts: Back From Iraq
Nina Berman Interviewed By
From an in interview with
photographer Nina Berman, whose new book
Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq
vividly shows that many U.S. soldiers bring the war back home.
October 28, 2004 Mother Jones
of these soldiers are in their late-teens and early twenties.
What expectations did they have joining the U.S. Military and
what are their future expectations as wounded soldiers?
NB: Well that’s interesting
because when you spend a long time with them, some bitterness
comes out now and again.
Almost all of them have had
difficult experiences completing their discharges. This is a
massive bureaucratic problem for soldiers, and it's critical
to make certain they’re compensated fairly.
What happens is they get wounded
and sent to a hospital, usually to either Walter Reed or Brook
Army, and begin the process of trying to get discharged. If
you’re really wounded -- a quadriplegic, a double-amputee or
totally blind -- you’re not a deployable soldier and you
should be discharged.
But I just
spoke with a soldier yesterday who’s waited a year to get
medically discharged. This is a major difference for wounded
soldiers. If you’re not medically discharged you still get
paid a crappy substandard soldier pay, whereas once you’re
medically discharged you become a disabled veteran and begin
collecting some actual benefits.
are stuck in the system for months and months and months, and
all of them are quite frustrated by this. If the military
were smart they’d get their act together because it leaves a
sour taste in soldier’s mouths.
reminds me of what Spc. Robert Acosta, a twenty year-old
soldier from Santa Ana, California, said about how Americans
“watch action movies and glorify all of this stuff.”
NB: Right, Robert Acosta was
probably the most articulate in the book. He’s become quite an
activist. He recently appeared in an ad working with this
group called Operation Truth and this morning, we were on the
radio together. Since I met him, he’s made quite a substantial
leap in his thinking about the entire war.
influenced that transformation?
I asked him
what changed and basically, when he was injured, the
military tried to screw with him. First they wanted to make
him a hero, giving him a bronze star for his injury (a
grenade was thrown into his Humvee near Baghdad
International Airport and he lost his right hand and use of
his left leg).
they turned around and decided that his injury was his
fault. He felt incredibly betrayed. They tried to say he
shouldn’t have been in the Humvee in the first place and he
saw, first hand, the military hypocrisy at work and that
started changing his thinking.
did the soldiers react when it become known there were never
any weapons of mass destruction?
NB: It was interesting. Two
soldiers that I talked to seemed to buy into the whole reason
for war. Then I asked them
about WMDs, and their entire thinking changed and you could
see their brain flip. Lt. Jordan Johnson, the one
woman in the book, said it was a major disappointment because
she supposedly had a mission and that mission was based on
something that did not exist. And one soldier, Corey McGee,
who had a rough trip stationed in Fallujah, said he bought
into the whole 9/11 and Iraq equation. But when I asked him
about WMDs, he said it makes you wonder if everything else
they say is even true or not.
I felt that,
in many ways, I was the first person who talked with these
soldiers about the broader issues of the war. Their whole
understanding of the war, and how they process their injuries,
depends on how much information they have access to and whom
they talk to.
Families Screwed By Tricare
November 01, 2004 By Deborah
Funk, Army Times staff writer
Markert, the wife of a soldier based at Fort Lewis, Wash., who
is deployed in Iraq, has been waiting weeks to get approval to
make appointments for her sons who have hearing problems.
“I have three
little boys, two with special needs. I’m running the show on
my own,” Markert said. “I understand there’s supposed to be a
transition [period] for Tricare. Come on now, it’s been a
Tricare patients contacting
telephone call centers have been put on hold for as long as 30
minutes, depending on the region, and some patients and
doctors must wait too long for specialty care referrals.
Some referral requests have had to be resubmitted because of
delays — and some have even been lost.
Referrals were supposed to be
done electronically as part of the transition, but the
Pentagon has been unable to get the computer system in place.
Military clinics and hospitals are faxing referrals to the
companies whose job it is to manage Tricare and help patients
find specialty care. That is labor intensive and has created
Iraqi youths gather around the
wreckage of a car bomb after it went off as a U.S. military
convoy was driving past in Ramadi, October 29.
Check the guy on the right.
He makes the traditional Iraqi hand gesture signaling his deep
love for Occupation troops and his hope that the U.S.A. will
occupy Iraq forever. (Ibrahim Naji/Reuters)
Translator Captured In Ramadi
30 October, 2004 BBC News
Arab television has shown a
video tape of a Sudanese interpreter in Iraq who said he had
been kidnapped and called on his US employer to leave Iraq.
The man, who identified himself
as Noureddin Zakaria of Khartoum, appeared on Al-Arabiya TV
flanked by armed men.
He said he
worked for US firm Titan Corp, and was seized in the rebel
stronghold of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.
"I hope and
call on the company to stop its operations in Iraq to
guarantee my release," he said. [As if they give a shit.
Translators are a dime a dozen, and the Titan Corp. contract
is for beaucoup millions.]
Behind him was a green banner
with the words "The National Islamic Resistance, the 1920
Revolution Brigades", the Associated Press reports.
is based in San Diego, California, and supplies translators
and other information and communication services to the US
Of The American Occupation” Attacked:
Three Dead In
Baghdad Blast At Al-Arabiya Office
Heavy smoke is seen at the
office of the Al-Arabiya television network in Baghdad, Iraq,
Oct. 30, 2004. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Shen Hong)
30 October 2004 AFP & Associated
At least three people were
killed and 19 wounded when a car bomb ripped through the
streets outside Al-Arabiya television's offices in the central
Mansour neighbourhood in Baghdad, a US military officer at the
scene said. The explosion occurred at about 2:10 pm (1110
group claimed responsibility for the attack on Al-Arabiya's
offices. In a statement posted Saturday on a Web site
clearinghouse, the group identifying itself as the "1920
Brigades" said it brought down the building of the
"Americanized spies speaking in Arabic tongue."
threatened them to no avail that they are the mouthpiece of
the American occupation in Iraq," the statement said. It
warned of more attacks against this "treacherous network."
general manager, Abdulrahman al-Rashed, has been a vocal
critic of Islamic militants and terror attacks.
the blast seriously damaged the network's building, including
its broadcast room and sparked a fire. A
giant crater was seen where the bomb exploded. The blast
erupted in front of a car park just across from the channel's
Dubai-based satellite station, said around seven of its
staffers were wounded.
Al-Arabiya correspondent Najwa
Qassem confirmed that one guard and one administration worker
were among the dead.
The blast collapsed the first
floor of the building, where staffers were holding a meeting,
said Saad al-Husseini, a correspondent of MBC, a sister
channel of Al-Arabiya based in the same building.
Employees ``were trapped between
fire and the shattering shards of glass,'' he said. That ``led
to the high number of casualties. We were all there.''
Occupation Guards Wounded
from: shailmanman. He writes: Pacified, right? Well, if it
isn't the ol' guerilla warfare...]
Al-Jazeera, 30 October 2004:
An attack on a US post in the
Iraqi city of Samarra has set off street battles in which a
civilian has been killed and seven Iraqi National Guards
wounded. Police said the fighting began around 9pm (1800
GMT) on Friday and continued past midnight.
Occupation Guards Slaughter Civilians At Haswa For No Reason
30 October 2004 The Associated
Baghdad, witnesses said Iraqi forces opened fire randomly and
threw handgrenades, hitting three minibuses and three vans,
after a U.S. convoy came under attack Saturday.
After the U.S. troops pulled out, Iraqi
police and National Guards arrived on the scene and began
firing wildly, the witnesses said.
fired wildly on civilian vehicles, killing at least 20 people,
witnesses and hospital officials said.
Abdul Razzaq al-Janabi, director
of Iskandariyah General Hospital, said 20 people were killed
and 10 others injured. More wounded were taken to other
Associated Press Television News showed bloody bodies riddled
with bullet holes inside the buses and on the street near the
town of Haswa, about 25 miles south of the capital. Blood and
gas was trickling underneath the vehicles. Empty bullet cases
were also scattered around.
cameraman saw at least 18 bodies, while witnesses said there
were more than 20 people killed in the incident.
The footage also showed the
morgue of the hospital in nearby Iskandariyah packed with
bodies stacked on top of each other.
The shooting came after an
American convoy was attacked early Saturday on the road,
witnesses said. Al-Janabi said some of the victims told him
three improvised explosive devices detonated near the U.S.
Witnesses said police also broke
into the Osama bin Zayd mosque in the same area and detained
its cleric and two guards.
In Baghdad Saturday, Mohammed
Bashar al-Faydhi, a spokesman for the influential Association
of Muslim Scholars, called for a government investigation into
``this massacre, because it is a big disaster that the Iraqi
policemen are carrying out such crimes.''
Guards Burned Alive
Resistance fighters fired on a
police convoy just outside Baghdad, causing one of the
vehicles to burst into flames, police said.
Witnesses said they saw three
policemen trapped inside the burning vehicle, but officials
did not give a casualty toll.
30 October 2004 The Associated
Press & Aljazeera
detained an influential Sunni leader in Baghdad in an early
morning raid, his family said. Sheik Hisham al-Duleimi,
along with his teenage son and brother-in-law, were
arrested at their home, the sheik's brother Samer al-Duleimi
said. The U.S. military had no comment.
He has played a role in past
negotiations for the release of foreign hostages in Iraq, his
"We don't know why he was
detained because he has contacts with the Americans," his
brother said. "They raided
the house this morning and broke things. We don't understand
why he was taken in this savage way."
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IRAQ: THE ULTIMATE SUICIDE
A convoy of
trucks carrying bottled water for U.S. troops
burns after being attacked in the northern city of Mosul
Oct. 30, 2004. Two drivers
were killed and two others captured in the attack.
Kerry: Most Iraqis Indifferent:
“We Are A
10.30.04 BAGHDAD (AFP)
Almost 60 percent of Iraqis say
they do not care whether incumbent President George W. Bush or
his Democratic challenger John Kerry wins the US elections,
according to a recent poll by the Iraqi Centre for Research
and Strategic Studies.
(news - web sites), tomorrow Syria and then may be Iran," says
Khalil, 50, as he dips a brush in a small pot of water and
lathers up the face of one of his customers.
"It is one
big master plan to dominate the Middle East so it does not
make a difference who wins the elections."
"It has been a freefall into the
abyss," says Maki al-Hamdani, 49, seated in Khalil's shop on
the west bank of the Tigris.
His companion Jaber Karim says
that most Iraqis were grateful to America for ridding them of
Saddam's totalitarian regime and still hoped things may start
improving after the country's own elections in January and the
gradual withdrawal of US-led foreign troops.
"But we will
not wait forever," warned the 51-year-old ice cream vendor.
"We are a
revolutionary people, even the women and the children will
rise. The British got a taste of it in the '20s."
With Iraqi Resistance Field General
25/10/2004 al Majd Newspaper:
Interview With General Abu al Mu'tassim.
He is a field General in the
Republican Guard. Translated by Al-Moharer team
eighteen months of US Occupation, how do appreciate the
Military Resistance state of affairs in Iraq?
We are very satisfied indeed
concerning the reality of the resistance and its results on
the terrain. The Resistance in fact has become an every day
popular state no one can ignore.
We can speak
about the Resistance in two terms: First in Iraqi terms: the
Resistance has spread its complete control over a great number
of Iraqi towns. What is happening in Fallujah, Samaraa,
Qaem, Baaquba, Hawijah, Tallafar, Heet, Saqlawyia, Ramadi,
Anah, Rawa, Haditha, Balad, Beiji, Bahraz, Baladruz, and other
cities and towns of Iraq, confirm perfectly this reality.
Resistance also controls totally some areas in Baghdad and its
suburbs such as Yusufya, Latifya, Abu Ghraib, and Mahmudya,
which shows the political and the security impasse encountered
by the Occupiers and their agents.
Here we have
to mention the widespread popular cover the Resistance enjoys
in these areas and elsewhere, rendering all
Iraqi resistance fighters in the confrontation moments with
Secondly in US terms, in fact
the US administration is no longer able to conceal its losses,
which are growing as days pass by. Iraqis know the volume of
these losses; they are always capable to increase them.
Many of the
Resistance military operations go unreported by the main media
The fact that
these Resistance military operations go unreported doesn't
influence our morale, because we witness the consequences of
these operations on the behavior and the attitude of the
military operations the Resistance undertakes in a single day?
We are not
crazy for numbers. No one of us has the
time to count and to calculate, but I would like to stress
here that the valiant heroes of the Resistance undertake their
operations around the clock, day and night and on the whole
surface of geographical Iraq!
We did hear from the Media that
these operations average a hundred in one day, I would like
here to say that this number is not completely precise. In
fact the number is far much higher.
Is there any
military cooperation between the Iraqi Resistance factions?
I see some kind of doubt through
your question! But I would
like to say that what is going on the land of Iraq, as heroic
Resistance, can't just be the deed of some people or few angry
chaps who have no connections with each other. It is a highly
and very well organized action.
There is a
unified military leadership, which leads the
operations in the terrain in every town of Iraq.
This leadership includes the
best officers of the Iraqi Army, the Republican Guard,
Saddam's Fidayyins, and the Security and Intelligence
services. What is happening in the Provinces of al Anbar,
Diyala, Mosul, and Salah el Din, Babel and elsewhere is a
bright sign of what I am telling you.
field leadership is directly responsible of all the Resistance
factions and their Mujahideen in the area,
be they Baathist, Islamist, or other honorable patriots, which
compose the military resistant body in Iraq.
divulge a secret when I tell you that there is a unified
military high command, which supervises the rudder of the
Resistance in all Iraq. This command
includes outstandingly qualified military and intelligence
people in Iraq, and with them there is a representative of the
political branch of the Baath Party connecting the military
and the political leadership with each other.
Yes there is coordination
between factions of the Resistance. It is a highly
responsible, professional, and high quality coordination
safeguarding the Resistance ranks from being penetrated by the
lately a resurge of hostages taking in Iraq, is the Resistance
involved in this? And what does it for?
In the beginning we would like
to confess that the Resistance is not responsible of every
kidnapping in Iraq, but we do not clear ourselves from such
We warned many a times the
Iraqis, Arabs and foreigners from cooperating with the
occupation forces, because this will make them a target.
The Resistance in all its
factions does confine occupier spies and collaborators. The
Resistance has in this field a clear agenda. Our demands are
political and military ones, which serve the interest of Iraq
and its people; few of these demands were met in the past such
as the withdrawal of the Philipino forces from Iraq.
Also we would like to make it
clear to the public opinion that Occupation forces and their
agents in Iraq take hostages to strike a blow to the image of
the Resistance, they collaborate with criminal gangs for
hostages taking and kidnapping.
We are confident that our people
in Iraq and in the Arab land are able to distinguish between
what the Resistance is doing and what is undertaken by the
undertake any action unless we have precise information, thus
minimizing the errors, and if we find out that somebody has
been wrongly captured, he will be freed immediately. Any way
we did free in the various Resistance factions many of the
hostages kidnapped by evil gangs and Occupation agents.
In this occasion we would like
to ask our extended family in Jordan and in the Arab land,
through al Majd, to avoid cooperating with the occupation
forces, and to limit their cooperation only to help the Iraqi
government and Occupation forces were able to neutralize the
Sadr current, taking him out of the battlefield. How can this
influence the continuation and the growing Iraqi resistance?
Our Resistance against the
occupation started long before what is called the Sadr
current, that is why it will not be affected by ousting this
current from the battlefield, even though we regret their
departure in such a humiliating way.
But let me clarify one important
thing, which could be unknown to the Arab brothers. What
happened between Muatqtada al Sadr and Allawi puppet
government is a political deal in the first place, which has
been exploited by the occupation forces to kill the
personality of al Sadr and his group and those who went to
sell their arms are not all Sadr followers.
All of Sadr's
people don't accept this agreement. Allawi's puppet
government and the dishonorable parties such as the Dawa party
and the group of Alhakim mobilized their elements to sell
their arms in the name of Sadr group to undermine this current
in the Iraqi and Arab public opinion.
course doesn't prevent us saying that Muqtada al Sadr and the
ones who were authorized to speak in his name are a group of
morons with no political awareness. They
were drawn to a stinking enterprise to back the occupation,
We do assert
that there are a big proportion of the elements of this
Current, which has nothing to do with this game, and they
continue in this project of the Resistance, as a patriotic
A year and
half after the occupation, what are occupation force and
weakness points, seen through your experience?
Resistance fighters are the masters of the Iraqi street. This
is a reality well known to everyone in touch with the Iraqi
affairs. I don't exaggerate if I say that the Occupations
soldiers hope never to leave their fortified positions.
They think that they are strong
when using their jets, but these jets can’t go everywhere, and
with the direct confrontation we feel the cowardice in which
the occupiers behave. This has become clear from the shooting
at random they excel in with or without reason. As for the
traitors who came with the occupiers’ tanks, they also are
hiding and never quit their fortified burrows.
Do you feel
confident concerning the continuation of the Resistance?
must be reassured that we are able to take on the fight for
long years, but the occupation will not live that long. The
political and the military command have provided us with
enough arms and ammunitions, which you can find all over the
land of Iraq.
Oct. 28, 2004 Peter Dale Scott
half a century neither America nor any other country has been
able to win what was clearly a major offensive occupation in a
hostile foreign land.
(The last successes were won by
the British, against the Chinese in Malaya, 1948-1957, and
against the Mau Mau in Kenya, 1952-1956. Both campaigns were
against well-defined ethnic minorities in limited areas.
Meanwhile the French failed spectacularly to maintain their
former colonial dominance even in Algeria, which had been
governed as part of metropolitan France.)
truth -- that an offensive occupation of an unwilling foreign
nation is now unwinnable -- can rightly be
seen as a subversive one. For it is at odds with assumptions
underlying the Bush national security doctrine of Full
Spectrum Dominance over the rest of the world. Indeed it calls
into question why America has 725 military bases scattered
over the world, down from a Cold War peak of 1,700 in about
What do you think? Comments
from service men and women, and veterans, are especially
welcome. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Name, I.D.,
withheld on request. Replies confidential.
POLITICIANS AT WORK
Worry. You’ll Have Your Chance Too.”
10.29.04 John Kerry stops to
reassure children in Orlando, Florida, October 29, 2004.
Kerry told the children that
he would keep the war in Iraq going until they were old enough
to join the fight for oil and Empire. He promised an increase
in benefits for the maimed and the families of the dead. “I’m
a vet too,” he said. (Jim Young/Reuters)
Soldier Shot In Chicken Street
October 30, 2004 Xinhua News
- A US soldier has been injured when attackers opened fire in
Kabul's shopping center, ISAF Patrick Poulain
spokesman said Saturday. "I can tell you he is a soldier. A
US member of the quick reaction company based in Kabul was
slightly injured last night here," he told reporters here.
"The ISAF soldier was injured in
the foot during a shooting near Chicken Street," he added,
"The soldier was taken to the Camp Warehouse hospital for
States Army Could Fuck Up A Wet Dream
On Leave From Iraq
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Hello friends, family, and
I am now
typing you this email from the confines of a concentration
camp called Arcent QA Army Airforce Base, somewhere in the
tiny country of Quatar.
supposed to be a 4 day pass. i was duped into coming along
thinking i would actually escape the melee of a combat zone
found in Baquba, Iraq. in all reality, I’d rather be in Iraq.
Of course, as is every time the
army moves you someplace, the traveling experience in coming
here was atrocious. it took almost 2 days just to travel a
few hundred miles by air. it involved sleeping on many soiled
cots, enduring many hours of dusty-prebaked heat, hurrying
then waiting, hurrying then waiting. finally after much
discomfort and miserable boredom, our chalk finally managed to
land in this huge, searing, dentist office excitement.
For the next four days, i will
live in a hangar on the top bunk of a bunk bed. my bunkmate
below me has a body odor problem, and the guy next to him is
quite flatulent. there is an eerie orange glow from the
overhead light that kept me up all last night, its simply too
There is nothing to do on this
base except consume. after all, it’s the amerikan way. they
have a huge postal exchange here, that sells nothing but
garbage. for those of you who don’t know, it’s called
AAFES--Army AirForce Extortion Service. imagine a Wal-Mart,
but far worse. in addition, this camp has a makeshift pizza
hut and burger king for all the fatass gluttons who live
here. i don’t see much of anything else to do. there is a
swimming pool, but as I’m german/irish, it won’t take long
till i resemble a baked lobster under this painstakingly
powerful Arabian sun.
The only redeeming quality of
this place is the fact that, because of the friendly alliance
we have with Quatar, we can go off post to mingle with the
friendly A-rabs, something i would have found quite
interesting as I’ve never had the opportunity to do so without
getting shot at.
because of our government's paranoia and utter fear of the
unknown, we will not be allowed off post during our stay.
All military personnel have been
restricted to base until the Islamic holiday Ramadan is over.
for some reason, it appears that every American….thinks that
Ramadan is where towel heads cloak their faces, sharpen up
their machetes, and run out and chop the heads off any white
devil foreigner they can find.
Ramadan is a very peaceful holiday in observance of the
teachings of Mohammad. the devout will fast during the days,
and as the moon rises they will have big merry feasts.
violence is looked down upon during this month of Ramadan.
imagine thanksgiving and x-mas for 30 days, but without the
monkey knife fights and vicious arguments with your right
winged Christian zealot second cousins.
Come to think about it, even in
Baquaba, a haven for terrorist plotters against US FORCES;
where the insurgency is always hip hoppin' and the jihad
fundamentalists are always blowing up our boys, there has not
been a major incident against us during this Ramadan. but in
Quatar, a small version of suburbia USA, Ali Babba and his
Forty Thieves are running amok, chopping heads and taking
Be afraid, because paranoia is
For now, i am trapped in this
confined mental space, this consumerism concentration camp.
this is my fate for the next four days...buy buy buy!!! the
four day's purpose is self defeating.
I don’t feel relaxed and rested,
I’m even more stressed than ever.
there are more rules to abide by here than in basic training.
for all my army brethren...DON’T COME HERE, STAY AWAY, STAY
FAR AWAY!!! as for the rest of you, well, just don’t join the
Dazed and morbidly confused,
“It Sort Of
Makes A Person Wonder”
David Honish, Veterans For Peace
Friday, October 29, 2004 2:00 AM
You sure know how to make a
person think T. Your impact is not as a pebble cast upon the
waters of a pond. It is more like a mountain falling into the
ocean. Keep up the good work!
The photo of Jonathan Bartlett
in tonite's edition of GI Special caught my eye, and sparked
Jonathan Bartlett at Walter Reed
CRONIS PHOTOS/THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT)
on his right leg is a textbook perfect example of "The
Recurrent Of The Stump." It is one of the tougher test
stations on the practical exercises required to pass 91 B
school in the Army. I can still remember the faces of some of
the instructors, sergeants barking at us for more symmetry in
our wraps, and flunking us if we did not have a perfect
"picture window" in our completed bandage.
I started thinking of the
differences between an EMT course I once took and Army medic
training. EMT school is a lot more positive, as you might
expect. It is based on the idea that you can't save
everybody, but you can try. Safe driving of an ambulance is
stressed. Having to use a tourniquet, or deliver a baby by
yourself is about the worst you are led to expect.
The Army is of course
different. They are real big on Recurrents Of The Stumps and
treating sucking chest wounds.
Rather than the pretense of
trying to save everybody, the Army teaches triage. Triage is
nothing more than picking who gets to live, and who gets to
die, depending on available resources and the tactical
situation. Safe driving is much less of an issue than how to
do your job without also getting shot or blown up like your
learns creative thinking on the job fast, or they don't last
long. The first time you roll on an ambulance run where the
victim is burned over 80% of their body you get creative.
The next time
you go out your rig now has bedsheets and bath towels in it
that you autoclaved to supplement your inventory of too small
It sort of
makes a person wonder if we will all have to move to British
Columbia and get used to the Pacific NW climate just to keep
our kids from being sent to the planned next century of oil
wars in SW Asia?
From: "Ewa Jasiewicz"
To: GI Special
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004
Subject: Re: Allawi
Toota toota toota! Sharon
Ya Tony Blair, ya khanzeer,
biddak robbet bil janzeer!
George Bush! Sabrack Sabrack,
bil Fallujah Nahffar Kubrack!
Ya George Bush, ya kharra,
rejack jeyshak la-wo-ra!
Ya shebab indammu indammu, min
al ehtilall la tinhammu!
Toota toota toota, Sharon wears
a nappy! (Kids love this one. Its the sanitized version,
should be Sharon ibin sharmoota (Sharon's a son of a bitch)
Ya Tony Blair you pig, I want to
roast you on a spit!
George Bush, your patience,
patience, in Fallujah we're digging your grave!
Ya George Bush, you shit, return
your soldiers back!
(All of the above can be
substituted with the kelb ibin kelb jayzoos -- the dog, son of
a dog collaborator -- Allawi.)
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