GI SPECIAL 3A96:
“GOOD JOB AND THANK
YOU SGT. ROGERS!”
Sunday, April 10, 2005 10:55 PM
Re: GI Special 3A94: "They Need To Stop These Missions"
Sorry long time no
hear, but just so you know they've grounded ALL 915 trucks at
Anaconda for the next 30 days pending the receipt of 80 PLS (PLC?)
trucks to take their place.
GOOD JOB AND THANK
YOU SGT. ROGERS!
I'm not totally
clear on the details, but I know it had to do with this story, and
thank God for you and Sgt. Rogers. [XXX] was driving one of those
Thank you. I can't
say it better than that, but I know it will never be close to enough
to pay the debt I owe for [XXX's] safety.
I only regret
that those in power didn't choose to listen until their political
butts were in a sling. They could have saved lives.
[Sgt. Rodgers saved
lives. This is part of the story from GI Special 3A94. For the
Guards Missions Cancelled!!
April 08, 2005 By Bruce Schreiner,
Associated Press & 07 April 2005 Editor & Publisher
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. —
Military officials in Iraq say they will make safety improvements
before sending a Kentucky National Guard unit on more missions,
a decision that follows a guardsman’s e-mail complaints about
inadequate armor and windshields on trucks.
Staff Sgt. Brad
Rogers, a 16-year Guard veteran, wrote that Kentucky guardsmen are
driving old trucks that are prone to break down and have inadequate
“Most everyone, if
not everyone, has the ballistic or bulletproof windows that are
running our missions to the places we are going,” Rogers wrote. “We
don’t have a single M915 (truck) with ballistic windows.”
Tom Loftus, reporter for the
Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal, opened his story Thursday this
way: "Kentucky Army National Guard soldiers in Iraq are being put at
risk because their trucks are unreliable, poorly armored and lack
protective glass, according to a guardsman stationed in Iraq."
He revealed that
Staff Sgt. Brad Rogers, 33, had declared in e-mails to the paper on
Wednesday that Kentucky National Guardsman Sgt. James A. Sherrill
might have survived a bomb attack Sunday if his truck had protective
Sherrill's death inspired him to issue his warning, hoping to
alert the media and lawmakers: "I know these things that happen in
war. I was in Desert Storm. This didn't have to happen, and this
shouldn't have happened."
Rogers wrote in an
email to the newspaper: "The only thing we have is what they call
'hillbilly armor,' which consists of one armor panel on the
passenger side and one armor panel on the driver's side."
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
US Marine Dies In
April 10 (Xinhuanet)
TA Soldier assigned
to the 155th Brigade Combat Team, II Marine Expeditionary Force,
died April 9 from wounds received in a non-hostile incident that
occurred April 6 near Forward Operating Base Kalsu.
Car Bombs Hit US
Military Position In Al-Qaim:
U.S. Troops Wounded
April 11 (AFP) & Aljazeera.Net &
Independent Online & Sapa-AFP
that five car bombs have hit US military targets in the western
Iraqi city of al-Qaim near the border with Syria, wounding at least
three US soldiers.
an Iraqi journalist, said two of Monday's attacks took place
simultaneously. The first rammed into a checkpoint outside the camp
and detonated before breaching the gate, witnesses said.
US and Iraqi troops
helped the wounded after a second car bomber drove up and blew up
his vehicle, they said.
Three bombs hit a
US military headquarters, while a fourth targeted a US military
speaking in Ramadi, about 300km east of Qaim, said three US
helicopters arrived at the scene to evacuate casualties.
Clashes erupted later between fighters
and the US troops in the city damaging a number of houses', the
journalist told Aljazeera.
civilians were injured as they had left before the clashes took
place, he said.
A spokesperson for
the US Marines said on Monday three of their soldiers were wounded
in the attack, which occurred outside Camp Gannon, a forward
operating base in al-Qaim, about 300km west of
Baghdad in Anbar province.
Clashes broke out between fighters and
US and Iraqi forces immediately after the explosions.
"The blast was incredible," said Iraqi
police Lieutenant Yasir al-Hadithi, adding that US helicopters were
hovering over the scene of the attack which was followed by the
sound of heavy gunfire.
The US military camp in the town is
next to a customs station set up to monitor the border crossing.
Despite a massive US-led assault on
the former rebel bastion of Fallujah in November,
the government has been unable to
reassert control over Anbar.
Local police in
areas like Qaim and throughout Al-Anbar province are no longer
considered a credible force by the US military due to intimidation
and infiltration by the insurgency.
Car Bomb Hits U.S.
Convoy In Samarra;
April 11 (Xinhuanet)
A pickup truck exploded near a US
convoy patrolling a crowded market in the Al-Dubat neighborhood of
"I saw a pickup
truck ram into a four-vehicle US convoy," said a witness.
04-11-2005 KTBS 3
guardsman based at the 1/156th Armor in Shreveport is recovering at
a Texas hospital after being wounded in a suicide bombing in Iraq.
Sgt. Broderick Mosley was among the
soldiers in a Humvee when a suicide bomber pulled up next to them
and detonated the explosive.
Two others soldiers were killed.
Mosley suffered burns to his face, arms and hand, family members
Mosley has undergone several surgeries
and skin grafts. His rehabilitation is expected to take several
months, family members said.
From: Soldier X
April 05, 2005 3:06 AM
“Losses Include 12
Percent Of The Entire Army Wheeled Vehicle Fleet”
Toll On U.S.
Military Gear May Be $8B A Year
04/11/05 By Vince Crawley, Defence
The war in Iraq is burning through
U.S. military equipment at five to 10 times the peacetime training
rate, and the services will have to spend $13 billion to $18 billion
to replace it, congressional budget experts say.
The services themselves calculate they
have unfunded equipment losses of $13 billion.
Over the past three years, the Army
has deployed about 40 percent of its equipment inventory to
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Lt. Gen. C.V. Christianson,
the Army’s logistics chief.
Army battle losses include 51 helicopters, 97 tracked combat
vehicles, 76 heavy wheeled vehicles, 217 light wheeled vehicles and
62 medium wheeled vehicles.
The losses include
12 percent of the entire Army wheeled vehicle fleet.
Resistance In The Military:
Sunday, April 17,
New York City
Graduate Center (Room 6115)
Barbara Garson, author, Money Makes the World Go Around
Alex Ryabov, Iraq
Veterans Against the War
brother of Pablo Paredes
MFSO, mother of a G.I. currently serving in Iraq
Admission for all Sunday Global Left Dialogue sessions:
Army Fails To Reach
Goal On Armored Humvees
[USA Today, April
6, 2005, Pg. 11]
The Army has failed
to reach its goal for the number of factory-armored Humvees it
planned to have in Iraq and other combat zones to protect U.S.
troops. The stated goal for April 1 was to have
8,105 factory-armored Humvees in the Central Command “theater,”
which includes Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army, as of March 28, had
7,520 of the special Humvees in the Iraq-Afghan theater.
April 9 / 10, 2005 By M. Junaid
Alam, CounterPunch: excerpt
principled, active, and resolute forces in the American anti-war
movement, which are working hard on the ground to galvanize people
against the war, are being subjected to a sustained infiltration
campaign mounted by certain "liberal" frauds and Democratic Party
front groups whose aim is to co-opt the movement.
These forces do not
oppose the war, but instead offer apologetics on its behalf, emote
about how they used to oppose war, and peddle, both openly and
subversively, a pro-occupation political line. Their politics leads
straight back to the graveyard of isolation and demoralization we
are trying to escape.
The basis of the liberal Democratic
sentiment is a fundamental belief in the benevolence of American
imperialism and White Man's Burden.
Combined with the WMD intelligence
report, the reality of an unplanned occupation should serve as a
piercingly sharp illustration of the unshakable, immovable fact that
the American effort in Iraq is neither guided by benevolence nor
driven by compassion.
Therefore the liberal sell-out
position of "we broke it, so we should fix it" not only has no basis
in reality, but ignores the simple fact that anyone who has a
tendency to run around breaking and destroying things is
intrinsically broken and destroyed himself.
Just as no sane
fireman allows an arsonist to "care" for the house he has tried to
burn down, just as no court of law assigns a murderer to "protect"
surviving relatives of the murdered, no principled American can
accept the US occupation of Iraq when Iraq has been decimated by the
In fact, the
principled American will go one step further and realize that all
this liberal talk of "we broke it" and "we should fix it" contains
another major deception - namely, there is really no "we"
Those at the top
of the power structure in America - the political, financial, and
military elite - enlist and exploit the Americans below them to
kill and die, to sacrifice their bodies and souls, in devastating
and unnecessary confrontations which produce massive profit at top
levels and massive suffering at our level.
She Says Husband’s
Life Worth More Than $12,420:
Widow On Mission To
Raise Benefits For Those Killed Outside Combat Zones
[Cincinnati Enquirer, March 30, 2005]
Shauna Moore can’t put a dollar value
on the life of her husband, Sgt. Benjamin Moore, who was
accidentally killed as his Army unit trained for duty in Iraq.
She just believes that his life was
worth more than $12,420---the one-time payment paid by the federal
government to spouses of those killed while wearing a military
Assholes In Action:
“Nine Disciples Of
FOB Courage” Tormenting Soldiers
[Washington Post, April 4, 2005, Pg.
A change of command at the forward
operating base that serves as headquarters for U.S. forces in
northern Iraq has dramatically changed the military culture in that
A corps of
disciplinarians, known as the “Nine Disciples of FOB Courage”, has
launched a crackdown on disheveled uniforms, improper use of
sunglasses and even swearing.
Those demands don’t
sit well with troops who spend most days “outside the wire” and
don’t appreciate being called for uniform violations by rear-guard
Turned Antiwar Activist:
‘‘My Job Is To Show
What The Military Is About’’
[Thanks to Desmond
G. for sending this in. Concerning his own contact with a
recruiter, he writes:
recruiter call: The recruiter basically pushed the disaster
response aspect of the Guard and that it was only 39 days a year, a
great part time job, they'd pay for any already existing student
loans I had, they have officer programs if I was interested in that;
if we were called to "do service in another country" then I would
have to go.
[He also said I
could gain work skills that would be transferable to civilian jobs;
he also asked if I had any family in the military. I told him my
dad was Army ret'd and he asked if I ever thought about joining the
Army. He actually called when I was leaving for the bus (and I ride
a bike to the bus stop, so I ended the conversation)].
CHRIS DUGAN served
in the Marines from 1995 to 1999 and was briefly a recruiter in his
hometown of New York City. Since leaving the military, he has
become an antiwar activist, speaking out to expose the tactics used
by recruiters. Here, we print excerpts from Chris’ interview with
Socialist Worker’s NICOLE COLSON about what antiwar activists
should know to counter the military recruiters.
went to several military recruiters. What are they telling people to
get them to join up?
I VISITED a Navy recruiter. I have
yet to visit an Army recruiter or an Air Force recruiter. I went in
and told the gentleman, “I’m 28 years old, I have school loans, and
I don’t know what to do.” He said, “We’re offering money for
But what was peculiar to me was that
he said the Army and the Marines are offering bonuses. That’s very
rare. When I was a recruiter’s assistant--and I can remember when I
was recruited--the recruiter would never refer you to another armed
service. That would take away from their quota, obviously. So you
can see that there’s a push, because the Marines and the Army aren’t
making their quotas.
I told him he should know that I
didn’t want to be in combat. I wanted to just pay off my school
loans, perhaps work with computers on a ship or something like
that. So then he knew where I stood, and he just pitched the story
I acted a little bit reluctant, like I
wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do. I said, “I’m 28. My mother’s a
little scared. She doesn’t want me to join the military.” “No
problem,” the recruiter said. “We’ll go down and pick up your
mother. Where does she live?” “New Jersey.” He says, “We’ll drive
to New Jersey and pick her up in the government vehicle. That’s why
we have them. We’ll show her some videos. We’ll go out to eat.
It’s exactly what they did with my
mom. My mother would actually call the recruiter and say, “Chris is
misbehaving in school. Can you talk to him about it?”
I said, “What if I want to get out?
Let’s say I don’t like what I’m
doing, and I want to change my job. Can I change my job?” This is
one of the reasons I joined, actually--because they told me I could
change my job.
The recruiter said,
“Of course. We don’t want you doing a job that
you don’t want to do, because that means that you might be a hazard
to the rest of the workers. We don’t want you working on a jet
airplane if you don’t want to work on a jet airplane.”
ridiculous. They make it seem like you can just change jobs--like
you can fill out a form. It’s a huge bureaucracy. It rarely ever
happens unless it suits them.
I said, “What if I don’t like it, and
I want to get out completely?” Again, he said, “If you don’t like
it, we don’t want you in there, because you’re a liability to the
armed forces, to the Navy...So, you can get out.”
I said, “What kind
of discharge would I get?” He said it would be an administrative
discharge. That’s the bullshit they tell you. You’ll get an
administrative discharge--but it takes a lot of work to get that,
and by then, you’re tagged as a “slacker,” so they’re looking for
other ways to get you out. They’re looking at you as a
troublemaker. But he made sure to make it seem like these are easy
things to do.
When I was in the office, there was a
young African American gentleman behind me. They were acting in
that paternal role--like, “Hey, how’d you do on your test? How’s
your family life.” I’m looking at them, and I’m thinking--all they
care about is that number.
They asked me how much money I made. I
said, “Well, I’m just a student” I made it up, I said, “I work at a
bar. I maybe make $350 a week.” They said, “Oh, that’s really
horrible. This is how much you’ll be making right away. This is how
much will go into your school loans.”
They pitch you a story off of what
you tell them.
They want to add
warm bodies--that’s the key. It’s not about what they can do for
you--it’s about what you can do for them.
THERE’S BEEN some
discussion about whether anti-recruitment activists should be just a
legal or educational resource, or whether we should be confronting
recruiters on campus and holding protests. What do you think?
CONFRONT. I see it
when we go--you confront recruiters, and you get people thinking.
You have to be out there. You have to be showing
people what’s going on, and the only way you do that is not just
handing out flyers, but handing out flyers and drawing the parallels
to what’s going on as far as the politics of the situation. I’m
totally opposed to just “being a resource.”
What I’m hearing
from other people is you can’t confront recruiters because they’re
just doing their job. Well, I’m doing my job--and my job is to show
people what the military does.
Whether you go to war or you don’t go
to war, you come out with less chance of making more money--if
that’s your goal. You have a greater chance of having psychological
Even if you don’t go to war, the
dehumanizing aspects of the Marine Corps are insane. I didn’t
realize it until I started talking to other vets. When you start to
hang around other vets, you start to draw parallels--even if you
weren’t in war--to what’s going on today.
Silly General Says
He Can “Generate”
[Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, April 6,
JCS Chairman Gen. Richard Myers
dismissed as “wrong” any perception that the Pentagon is struggling
to get enough troops for operations in the Middle East.
He said, “If we need more, we can generate more.”
Suppress Us Anymore, Even With All Their Strength And Power" Day
ignore U.S. Army tank en route to a protest in Baghdad April 9
demanding an end to the U.S. military presence in Iraq.
[Excerpts from a
longer article with information not covered yesterday. T]
during the protest, thousands of marchers stopped in front of the
hotels, raising their firsts and directing chants at the soldiers
in the complex.
April 11. 2005 By EDMUND SANDERS, Los
Angeles Times, BAGHDAD, Iraq
Chanting "Death to
America" and burning effigies of President Bush and Saddam Hussein,
tens of thousands of Iraqis flooded central Baghdad yesterday in
what police called the largest anti-American protest since the fall
of Baghdad, the capital, exactly two years ago.
Some estimates put the number of protesters at 300,000.
Carrying banners that read "Go Out”
and "Leave Our Country," marchers hit the streets early yesterday
morning, blocking roads and causing traffic jams around the city.
Most of the protesters came from the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, but
busloads also arrived from Kut, Amara, Baqubah and other cities.
people need to know that they can't suppress us anymore, even with
all their strength and power," said Mohammed Salih Khalaf, 54, a day
laborer from Sadr City.
Raising fists and shouting in unison,
protesters chanted, "No, No to America! No, No to Occupation!"
A few Iraqi police
officers observing the scene raised their own fists in unity.
Munaf Abbas, 25, a chemical engineer
from the southern city of Amara, blamed the presence of U.S. troops
for rising violence in Iraq.
"America is the
mother of terrorism," he said. "All the explosions are happening
because they are here."
Fatah Sheik, one of about two dozen
assembly members who support Muqtada al-Sadr and participated in
yesterday's demonstration, said,
"Today's protest proves that Iraqis are able to maintain security by
themselves, without an American presence."
U.S. troops kept a low profile
yesterday, leaving security oversight to several hundred Iraqi
police and national guard members. With the exception of a military
unit that protects the Palestine and Sheraton hotel complex, U.S.
soldiers and tanks remained out of view, watching through binoculars
from rooftops and helicopters.
during the protest, thousands of marchers stopped in front of the
hotels, raising their firsts and directing chants at the soldiers in
Sunni & Shia United
To Oppose Occupation
indications that the Sunni and Shiite anti-occupation forces are
collaborating. In Baqubah, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad,
spokesmen for Sadr and the Association of Muslim Scholars said in
interviews Friday that they supported each other's calls for a
April 9, 2005 By Caryle Murphy,
Washington Post Staff Writer
BAGHDAD, April 8 --
Two militant Muslim clerics, one Sunni and one Shiite, have called
for demonstrations here Saturday to protest the continuing U.S.
military occupation of Iraq two years after the toppling of
President Saddam Hussein.
prayers at Baghdad's Um al-Qura mosque on Friday, a Sunni cleric,
Harith Dhari, chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars, urged
Sunnis to come out in protest against the U.S. military presence.
Dhari maintains that the new Iraqi
government is illegitimate because it was elected under military
occupation, and he is widely seen as sympathetic to the
predominantly Sunni insurgency that targets U.S. forces and Iraqis
who work with them.
"Tomorrow will be
the second black anniversary of the Iraq occupation," he said
during the sermon. "We have seen nothing but bloodshed,
destruction, pillage and thievery before the very eyes of the
Iraqi people, who are looking on as their sons are butchered,
detained, and the state funds looted and taken outside the country
by the thieves who have taken over."
He added: "I call
on the Iraqi people to wake up from their sleep and to say with one
united voice, 'No to occupation!' and to go out tomorrow in
demonstrations in all parts of the country -- in Basra, Baghdad,
Mosul, Dahuk and everywhere."
indications that the Sunni and Shiite anti-occupation forces are
collaborating. In Baqubah, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad,
spokesmen for Sadr and the Association of Muslim Scholars said in
interviews Friday that they supported each other's calls for a U.S.
2005. REUTERS/Akram Saleh
Demonstration Against Occupation
3.11.05 Anatolia.com Inc.
In Baquba northeast
of Baghdad, about 400 university students chanted anti-US slogans
and burnt an American flag at a demonstration against the US troop
presence, following Saturday's massive protest in Baghdad by
supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr.
BRING ALL THE
TROOPS HOME NOW!
April 11 Aljazeera.Net & Arabic
News.com & Anatolia.com Inc. & (KUNA)
sources said that guerrillas opened fire at a members of Ninawa
governorate council Ojeil Mohsin Ojeil, while he was riding his car
in al-Ma'moun area to the south of Musil city, and killed him
immediately. A group of armed men leaped out of another car parked
nearby and shot him. His driver was also killed.
Anti-US forces in Iraq frequently
target officials seen as collaborating with US authorities or
working with the US-backed interim government.
The source added
that two contractors working for the American army were killed in a
similar attack in the same quarters. The body of one officer in the
Iraqi army was found. He was slaughtered in the northern part of the
A civilian was
killed and three policemen were injured in an attack by missiles
that targeted an Iraqi procession in al-Maidan quarters in the
downtown of Musil city.
The explosion took
place on Sunday on the road linking Baghdad and Karkouk city to the
north was followed by clashes between gunmen and the police, and
resulted in killing one Iraqi soldier and injuring three,
one is in a critical health condition..
Two bodies for
Iraqi soldiers killed by the bullets of guerrillas were admitted to
al-Kout hospital to the south of Baghdad.
The police found
near Beiji, in the north of Baghdad, the body of one security man in
charge of protecting oil installations..
A Turkish truck
driver was killed in a roadside bombing near the northern refinery
town of Baiji, police said, while an Iraqi Kurdish engineer working
with the US military was kidnapped in Balad north of Baghdad, his
family and police said.
A bomb blast killed
an Iraqi military officer in the region of Al-Toz in the governorate
of Kirkuk on Monday, the Multi-National Forces said in a statement.
The blast took place close to a
military patrol, it said, adding that American troops sealed off the
Occupation Having A Rough Time
[Philadelphia Inquirer, April 6, 2005]
Iraqis employed by U.S. firms in their
own country can collect American workers’ compensation
insurance---whether they are hurt by a ladder fall or a car bomb.
They must be careful not to
publicize those payments because they could be a ticket for
execution by insurgents.
[Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2005]
Power struggles between local
politicians have created real problems for provincial councils.
Many council members are reluctant
to attend scheduled meetings for fear of violence.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE
The Resistance Will
7 - 13 April 2005 Mousa Al-Husseini,
Resistance remains a national calling
for all Iraqis in the face of US designs.
On 11 April 2003, Iraqi resistance set
out to free Iraq. Since then, it managed not only to restore pride
to all Iraqis and Arabs, but also to make Bush's racist
administration change tack repeatedly.
But the conflict in
Iraq is not just between the occupation forces and the resistance.
The picture is quite murky, for someone is plotting behind the
scenes. Some individuals or groups are murdering hundreds of
innocent people. These individuals and groups are not part of the
resistance. They are foisted upon the scene to tarnish and
discredit the valiant resistance.
Let me elaborate.
It did not take long for Iraqi
resistance to spring into action. Less than two weeks after the war
was over, resistance began to trickle, developing into a flood. At
some point, over 40 operations were reported in a single day.
liberation movements that take years of painstaking planning, of
indoctrinating supporters, recruiting militants and moving from
rural to urban areas, Iraqi resistance was born strong,
fully-fledged, and ready to take on the enemy in the heart of Iraqi
cities. Also, the Iraqi resistance depended on purely domestic
capabilities rather than on foreign support.
The Americans often
claim that Iraqi resistance is nothing more than reckless operations
by militants from outside Iraq. Neither the occupation forces nor
their local friends have ever been able to prove that Iraqi
resistance is not homegrown.
Surely, there is nothing wrong with
non-Iraqi Arab militants joining the ranks of the resistance.
Thousands of Iraqis have fought along their Arab brethren across the
region in the past. When Italy invaded Libya in 1908, Shia ulema
issued an edict urging Iraqis to go to Libya and wage jihad.
maintain that the resistance is nothing more than an opportunistic
campaign mounted by the disgruntled cronies of a defunct regime.
This can not be true. Opportunists and mercenaries are
self-serving by nature. The first impulse of the opportunists of
the old regime was to turn coat and jump into the occupation's
The only Baathists who joined the
resistance are the ones who are independent-minded, the ones who
still believe in the purity of early Baathist tradition -- tradition
once maintained by men such as Fouad Al-Rikabi, Iyad Thabit and
Many people in Iraq
want the Americans out. Most of the public to start with, as well
as patriotic Baathists, Marxists, Nasserists and pan-Arabists, all
of whom are involved in the resistance in one way or another.
The Americas were
shocked to see resistance on such a scale. Their first reaction
was to claim that it was of a sectarian nature, confined in what
they dubbed "the Sunni Triangle". This was laughable, for it was
not long before Shia followers of Al-Sadr launched an insurgence
in Najaf and the south. Many Shias are known to have fought and
died in Falluja.
Whenever major terrorist operations
happened, it was mostly with US knowledge or involvement. Israel's
Mossad planned major terror operations in Iraq, recruiting 2,000
mercenaries before the war and sending them to various Iraqi cities
to offer protection and support to the occupation forces. The
mercenaries mount horrific attacks, and these are soon blamed on Abu
Mosaab Al-Zarqawi, a shadowy figure who I have reason to believe was
killed in the second week of hostilities. If dead, Al-Zarqawi
cannot refute US allegations. If alive, he is perhaps in a US base
somewhere. For a full review of this argument readers may consult
my book, Iraqi Resistance and US Counter-Terror.
kill and maim, destroy entire cities, just to terrorise
inhabitants and discourage them from abetting the resistance.
They did so in Najaf, Falluja, Samarra, Talafar and the Sadr
neighbourhood in Baghdad.
If terror is
defined as "military attacks against civilians to achieve
political goals", there is no doubt in my mind as to who are the
true terrorists in Iraq.
They sent lackeys, who served as
ministers and top officials in the Interim Governing Council and
interim government, on a spree of theft and graft. Dozens of
American-imposed agents amassed incredible fortunes over the past
two years. The elections were a US ploy. The Iraqis went to the
elections because they were told that elections were a peaceful
means for ending occupation. The Basic Law for the Administration
of the State mentions that a legitimate government is entitled to
ask the occupation forces to leave.
I believe that the
Iraqi resistance will continue, particularly in the south.
The Iraqis know
that the Americans did not come as liberators, but as occupiers.
They know that Al- Zarqawi is just a
When asked about
the recent bombing in their city, many inhabitants in Al-Hilla
blamed the Americans, saying that the blast was caused by a bomb
planted professionally and detonated by remote control, not by a
suicide bomber as the authorities claimed.
Another US ploy is
that of staging anti-violence protests. In these protests, every
participant is paid $10 and given a free meal. Buying protesters is,
if you ask me, a sign of guilt.
Iraqis now have no other option but to continue the resistance.
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.
“War is utilized
by the imperialists, first and foremost, to crush internal
enemies.” Leon Trotsky
Building A Movement
To Bring Down An Empire
April 6, 2005 Rohan Pearce and Alison
Dellit, Green Left Weekly (Australia)
“Masses of Americans are against this
war and are looking for a way to express that”, Ahmed Shawki, the
editor of US journal International Socialist Review, told the
audience at the Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference
(APISC) in Sydney on March 25.
Next to Shawki on
the platform was Stan Goff, a former US Special Forces soldier who
is a leader of the Bring Them Home Now! campaign.
In speaking to GLW,
Shawki argued that the low-point of the movement came during the
2004 presidential election campaign, when the majority of its
liberal leadership joined the “Anybody but Bush” (“ABB”) campaign,
supporting the candidacy of Democrat Senator John Kerry, despite
Kerry's pro-war stance.
Shawki told the APISC that the
anti-war sentiment in the US is bigger than the main national
anti-war coalitions and that local groupings unknown to the
coalitions and to the left have organised significant protests.
During the March 18-20 protests against the occupation of Iraq,
there were demonstrations in every US state. Protests were held in
765 towns and cities according to United for Peace and Justice, from
Superior in Wisconsin, to Hoover in Alabama, to Truth or
Consequences in New Mexico.
During a public meeting on the Iraq
war held the day before the APISC began, Goff drew comparisons
between the growth of anti-war sentiment among GIs during the
Vietnam War and today. During Vietnam, opposition to the war
reached a level that destroyed the US military's effectiveness as a
Goff spoke of the
importance of activists with a military background organising
against the war, in order to reach soldiers who were less suspicious
of veterans than others.
The sense that
their comrades are dying for no reason has not yet reached the
same level among US forces in Iraq as it did in Vietnam, according
to Goff, but there is growing opposition to the war among
soldiers, fuelled both by a sense of moral outrage at the acts
they are being asked to commit in Iraq and an unwillingness to die
for the sake of corporations like Halliburton.
A whole movement
has sprung forth to support anti-war GIs. Goff is one of the
leaders of the effort to organise families of soldiers stationed
in Iraq to call on the US government to bring the troops home.
What is needed
isn't just an anti-war movement, Goff said, but an “anti-empire”
movement that can challenge Washington's program for world
domination. Shawki told the meeting that socialists need to be able
to explain that “war is part of this system, part of this empire”.
While opposition to
Bush's war continues to grow, the right-wing of the anti-war
movement has tried to split the movement over the question of
Iraqis' right to take up arms against the occupation.
Some, such as Erik
Gustafson, of the Education for Peace in Iraq Coalition, even oppose
the occupation's end because, as he put it in a March 19 statement,
“The only responsible way out of Iraq is through nation building”.
A contrasting opinion to this support
for the US occupation of Iraq and capitulation to neocolonial racism
was put forward by Sharon Smith in the April 1 US Socialist Worker.
Smith argued that “‘Troops out now' is
a demand that encompasses the interests of both U.S. troops and of
Iraqis fighting to determine their own future. Yet in the heart of
US imperialism, Iraqis’ right to resist occupation has unnecessarily
divided the antiwar movement.
While a broad-based
movement must be the goal, this cannot be the excuse for diluting
the politics of the antiwar movement so that its principles become
indistinguishable from those of the apologists for US occupation.”
BEFORE AND AFTER
from the I-R-A-Q ( I Remember Another Quagmire ) portfolio of
Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (Contact at: (email@example.com)
for more of his outstanding work. T)
Graft Taking 95% Of
[Chicago Tribune, April 10, 2005]
Banking is a mess, telecommunications
and electricity are still unreliable and there are few rules
governing commerce. Corruption
is also siphoning off as much as 95 cents from every contract
April 04, 2005 Imad Khadduri , Free
April 2, 2005
Sorry to convey to
you that the daughter of Dr. Hamodi Abbas Hameed was killed while
traveling to Amman by American convoy for no reason whatsoever.
I am giving you hereunder rundown of
the accident, and Dr. Hamodi kindly ask you to send to CBS or any
other mass media.
On Thursday 20-01-05 at 8:16 A.M.
(Sunny day, clear skies) while a number of GMC cars were traveling
to Amman, and just after Ramadi (25KM away), they saw an American
military convoy. All cars slowed down, and stayed away from the
convoy by more than 200 meters.
No shots were fired on the convoy and
none of the GMC’s tried to depart from the group pf GMC’s and there
was non whatsoever reason to trigger any action by the American
All of a sudden the
convoy opened fire of all the GMC’s (at head levels) causing the
death of 5 civilian Iraqis and several injured. One of the dead was
Mena the daughter of Hamodi.
1. No alarm firing
was initiated (usually by shooting on the tyres or the sky). They
started with shooting at head level of people in the GMC’s.
2. It was the first day of Eid. 3. Mena was only 12 days
away from her 20th birthday. 4. The American convoy did not bother
to stop to see what happened. 5. Witnesses are her brother Husam
(Canadian Nationality), and her mother and other brothers. 6. Other
killed are Mohammed Al Ani and his daughter.
I attach to you few photos of Mena and
also will try to send cell phone photos of the incident. Any
journalist can contact the family on: + 9641 7781807 + 9641 7781122
Cell phone: + 964 7901918147
I hope you can do something to make it
known about the thousands of Iraqi’s that are being such killed,
with no one even mentioning it.
I recall Dr Hamodi as a highly
respectable gentleman, dignified, humble, clean (unlike the present
corrupt puppet ministers) yet scientifically capable.
You can actually feel his serenity,
inner depth and humbleness when talking with him.
He had a very distinguished career at
the nuclear program and particularly excelled after the 1991 war in
running the huge state run pharmaceutical complex in Samarra (whose
famous 1200 years old Milwiya minaret's top was bombed a few days
ago) that supplied near-free medicine to the Iraqi populace during
the harsh economic sanctions of the last decade.
This is another such recent incident
April 3, 2005 of a mother, who is a teacher, who was mowed down by
Hummer gunners as she tried to protect her children (10, 7 and 5
years old). The en masse slaying claimed her life as well as six of
her neighbours who tried to assist her.
................... She was on her way to meet her mother and father
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- about the occupation or the criminals running the government in
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want to do more than tell the truth; we want to report on the
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inside the armed forces. Our goal is for Traveling Soldier to
become the thread that ties working-class people inside the armed
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network of active duty organizers.
And join with Iraq War
vets in the call to end the occupation and bring our troops home
Wounded By Land Mine
April 11, 2005 By Stephen Graham,
Associated Press & Los Angeles Times
The military said
late Friday that a soldier was injured by a land mine explosion near
Bagram. The soldier, who suffered injuries to his legs, was
evacuated to a U.S. military hospital in Germany.
Incidents reported Saturday included
the killing of an Afghan official in the border province of Zabul,
which police blamed on Taliban insurgents.
An American threw
himself from a moving car to escape his kidnappers in Kabul.
How Bad Is It?
3.30.05 By Ramtanu Maitra, Asia Times
US intelligence is
of the view that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will not be able to
hold on to his throne beyond June unless the US Army can speed up
training of a large number of Afghan army recruits and protect
Even today, the inner core of Karzai's
security is run by the US State Department with personnel provided
by private US contractors.
CLASS WAR NEWS
Capitalism At Work:
Profits Up, Prices
Up, Wages Down
11 April 2005 By Nicholas Riccardi,
The Los Angeles Times
For the first time
in 14 years, the American work force has in effect gotten an
across-the-board pay cut.
The growth in wages
in 2004 and the first two months of this year trailed the growth in
prices, compounding the squeeze from higher housing, energy and
This is the first
time that salaries have increased more slowly than inflation since
the 1990-91 recession. While salary growth has
been relatively sluggish since the 2001 downturn, inflation had
stayed relatively subdued until last year, when the consumer price
index rose 2.7 percent. But average hourly wages rose only 2.5
The effective 0.2-percentage-point
erosion in workers' living standards occurred while the economy
expanded at a healthy 4 percent, better than the 3 percent
At the same time,
corporate profits hit record highs as companies got more
productivity out of workers while keeping pay raises down.
Some see climbing profits and stagnant
wages as not only unfair but ultimately unsustainable.
For now, workers' wallets are being
pummeled by something of a perfect storm of economic forces: a weak
job market, rising health insurance premiums and inflationary
The biggest factor is the slack
employment market, which means there is little pressure on
businesses to boost pay. "They
take advantage of you because there's no work and anyone will work
for anything," Victor Romero said.
unemployment rate has dropped to a relatively low 5.2 percent,
that figure doesn't count the hundreds of thousands of jobless
people who've given up their searches and dropped out of the labor
market at a greater rate than any time since 1988.
At the same time,
the cost of health premiums has skyrocketed, eating into the pool of
corporate cash set aside for raises. While pay
increased only about 2.4 percent last year, benefit costs jumped
almost 7 percent.
"Health care has eroded the wage
base," said Janemarie Mulvey, chief economist with the Employment
Policy Foundation, a business-funded think tank in Washington. "In
the long run, we can't continue like this. If health care keeps
crowding out wages forever, something's got to give."
The squeeze is
especially intense on the 47 percent of the work force whose
employers don't directly provide their health insurance.
For lower-income workers, who are more likely to be uninsured, the
falling value of their wages is even more serious, because they're
more likely to live paycheck to paycheck.
And rising food and
energy prices take a higher toll on the poor than on the rich.
"Chances are that those workers that
have problems getting by because of higher fuel prices will probably
tell their employers, ‘I can't make it,"' said John Lonski, chief
economist at Moody's Investors Service.
So far that hasn't
worked for Brian Chartier. The 29-year-old Glendale, Calif.,
resident handles inventory for a Los Angeles manufacturing company.
No one there, he said, has gotten a raise in two years.
"They're able to do
this and I haven't quit, because where am I going to go?" he said.
"There are no jobs."
While his salary
remained flat, rising health-care premiums kept eating up more and
more of his take-home pay, so he dropped out of his employer's
insurance program. His rent also is climbing.
As Chartier loaded bags of groceries
into his Honda Civic last week, he boasted that they were full of
bargains. "I don't get a single thing that's not on sale," Chartier
said. "I can't afford to anymore."
Capitalism At Work:
Super Rich Get
Super Tax Breaks:
Paying More, Multi-Millionaires Paying Less Or Nothing At All
If your child
becomes seriously ill, Congress, under this same law, will raise
your income taxes if you spend more than 7.5 percent of your
income trying to keep your child alive.
adjusted for inflation, show that the poor are really getting
poorer and the super rich are getting fabulously richer, a trend
enhanced by their falling tax burden.
11 April 2004 By David Cay Johnston,
The San Francisco Chronicle
The federal tax system that millions
of Americans are forced to deal with before April 15 is not at all
what you think it is.
changed it in recent decades from a progressive system in which the
more one earns the more one pays in income taxes. It has become a
subsidy system for the super rich.
policies, as well as tax laws never reported in the news, Congress
now literally takes money from those making $30,000 to $500,000
per year and funnels it in subtle ways to the super rich -- the
top 1/100th of 1 percent of Americans.
$60,000 paid a larger share of their 2001 income in federal income,
Social Security and Medicare taxes than a family making $25 million,
the latest Internal Revenue Service data show.
Two billionaires in New York, the art
dealer Alec Wildenstein and his former wife, Jocelyn, testified
under oath in their divorce that for 30 years they never filed a tax
return. They have not been prosecuted.
There are now
seminars that show business owners how to drop out of the tax system
with virtually no risk of detection by the IRS, which relies on a
computer system installed when John F. Kennedy was president.
While letting rich
tax cheats run wild, Congress did finance a crackdown on the poor.
The working poor, most of whom make less than $16,000, are eight
times more likely to be audited than millionaire investors in
These and other unseen changes in the
tax system are major factors in profound economic changes that have
caused so many in America to lurch from job to job, a fourth of
which pay less than $8 an hour, while helping a very few grow very
Because the news media focus on what
politicians say about the tax system, rather than how it actually
operates, few Americans realize that:
Corporate income tax laws reward
companies that move jobs offshore, allowing them to earn untaxed
profits as long as the money stays offshore.
The 2001 Bush tax cuts included a
stealth tax increase on the middle class and upper-middle class that
will cost them a half trillion dollars in the first 10 years and,
for 35 million families, wiping out part or all of their Bush tax
The stealth tax
boost on people making $30,000 to $500,000 was explicitly used to
make sure that the super rich would get their entire Bush tax cuts.
If your child
becomes seriously ill, Congress, under this same law, will raise
your income taxes if you spend more than 7.5 percent of your income
trying to keep your child alive.
Since 1983, under a
plan devised by Alan Greenspan, Americans have paid $1.8 trillion
more in Social Security taxes than have been paid out in benefits,
money that is used to finance tax cuts for the super rich while
robbing the middle class of their capacity to save.
A family earning $50,000 this year
will have about $1,500 of its money funneled to the super rich
because of the Greenspan plan.
Since 1993, the
income tax burden on the 400 highest-income Americans has been cut
40 percent when measured the way that President Bush prefers, which
is by counting how many pennies out of each dollar go to income
In 1993 the top 400
paid 30 cents out of each dollar in federal income taxes. By the
end of the Clinton administration in 2000 they were down to 22
cents. Under Bush, their burden is less than 18 cents. Everyone
else felt their tax bite rise to 15 cents on the dollar from an
average of 13 cents.
Over time, the impact of tax relief
for the super rich and more taxes for everyone else is profound.
The rich can save and invest more and more, increasing their
incomes and political power over time through the magic of compound
interest, while everyone else has less of their money to spend or
save and millions of people are mired in debt.
While wage earners
have every dollar of income reported to the government, the super
rich control what the IRS knows about their incomes. Congress also
gives them many perfectly legal devices to defer reporting income
for years or decades. That means that the real incomes of the super
rich are much larger than the IRS data show and their tax burden is
IRS data, adjusted
for inflation, show that the poor are really getting poorer and the
super rich are getting fabulously richer, a trend enhanced by their
falling tax burden.
In 1970, the poorest third of
Americans had more than 10 times as much income as the super rich,
the top 1/100th of one percent. Back then the poor had more than 10
percent of all income and the super rich had one percent. By 2000
the two groups were equal -- the 28,000 Americans at the top had as
much income as the 96 million at the bottom. The poor's share of
income fell by half while the super rich's share rose to more than 5
percent of all income.
Not only did the
poorest third's share of income shrink, they actually had less
money. The average 25-year-old man in 1970 made $2 per hour more,
adjusted for inflation, than in 2000.
Over those three decades the bottom 99
percent of Americans had an average increase in total income of
$2,710. That is an annual raise of less than $100 per year, the
equivalent of a nickel an hour raise each year for 30 years. The
super rich did fabulously better, their average incomes rising $20.
3 million to an average of $24 million each.
Plot these figures
on a chart and the results astound. If the increase for 99 percent
of Americans is a bar 1-inch high, the bar for the super rich soars
heavenward 625 feet.
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 4:01 AM
The US government intends to fine two
of the US "human shields" who travelled to Iraq. They are Faith
Fippinger, a retired teacher of blind children, and Judith Karpova.
Judith wrote to me and said she had worked her whole life for her
little place in the country, but felt she had to go to Iraq as she
no "longer felt safe anyway". In
other words, the US "war on terror" is a pretext for universal war
on humanitarian values.
Neither Faith nor Judith will have
the opportunity to present their case before the fine is imposed.
If the fine is not paid they will be stripped of their assets.
This is the
freedom, the shining example of democracy, our soldiers are being
sent to defend. Unfortunately they are bogged down in Iraq.
It is up to us, the public, to support the cash-strapped
US government. Write to the attorneys of these women and offer them
money not to defend them. Judith's is firstname.lastname@example.org, and
Faith's is GurleyJ@Coudert.com. We cannot afford to have a world
run by do-gooders. Die-hard corporate values are vital to our
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