GI SPECIAL 3B24:
That Guy Got The Death Sentence If You Ask Me. Damn Shame”
From: Ward Reilly, Veterans
To: GI Special
Sent: May 03, 2005
US soldier sentenced to
death for grenade attack
an IVAW friend......he's a good friend, and was at the Ft
Mothers Day to all your readers that are MOTHERS, T.
Reilly, Veterans For Peace wrote to M:
I never saw
any "fragging" but it became a common occurrence toward the
end in Viet Nam, or so I hear....fucking officers trying to
get some hero-badge to advance his career at the expense of
wasting good men...
I do know
that they can fuck with you so bad in the military that it
can drive you to kill...how do you feel about this?
We got a 101-0 vote in the
House of Rep. to approve DU testing for all Louisiana
soldiers...please let IVAW know, OK?
Everything else rocking
along...Iraq is a complete clusterfuck, as we used to say in
the Infantry....no surprises from there...except maybe for
the White House...
George saw too many John Wayne
movies, and thought the Indians would roll over dead with
one shot...way to go, George and Dick....perhaps they should
have learned about the military before they tried leading
Peace from Ward
Subject: RE: US soldier
sentenced to death for grenade attack
Date: 3 May 2005
testing is great news. Fucked up that we have to fight for
shit like that, that should be a given.
me how I feel about the fragging.
My CO did not give us
permission to open fire on suicide bombers that were tearing
ass toward the ship. We out sped them. He also did not
give us permission to open fire on an armed unidentified
helicopter headed toward us.
The end result of that was
that I ended up standing 15 feet in front of an armed,
unidentified helo that was staring right back at me. 8 feet
behind me was a missile deck. I was trapped in the middle of
both of them.
The deck armed, and the pilot
saw it, and you bet your ass that I did too.
He took off, and I lived, but
I cannot deal with helicopters at all. I hear them in the
morning, and they paralyze me.
He told us that he would not
support us if we fired on someone when we weren't absolutely
sure if they were there to kill us. In other words, he
would rather get us killed, than take some heat himself
about civilian deaths. That was the only reason for his
only reason why I did not kill him over it was because I
knew that it would kill my parents when they found out about
ended up living, but it very easily could have been very
When we got back state-side
the CO said, "Sailors, if you are put in a situation where
you think someone is going to attack, use your best
judgement, and I will support you 100 percent.” That was
the exact opposite of what he said to us when we were going
through the Straights of Hormuz, which is the deadliest
waters in the world for mines and ambushes.
that guy got the death sentence if you ask me. Damn shame.
Casualties In Ubaydi Goat Fuck
May. 08, 2005 BY JAMES JANEGA,
officers would not release casualty information, saying
their policy requires families to be notified first.
But during the day, evacuation helicopters swooped
repeatedly to the emergency landing zone set up near the
intended river crossing.
thought the enemy was north of the river," Lawson said.
"Obviously, they were here too."
More than 1,000 U.S. troops
supported by fighter jets and helicopter gunships attacked
villages Sunday along the Euphrates River, seeking to uproot
a persistent insurgency in an area that American
intelligence indicated has become a haven for foreign
fighters flowing in from Syria.
Marine officials said the
operation near the Syrian border, one of the largest
involving U.S. ground troops since the battle for Fallujah
last fall, is expected to last for several days.
press the attack north of the Euphrates were temporarily
derailed when insurgents on the south side of the river
launched counterattacks, sparking heavy fighting in the
small river town of Ubaydi.
American units were able to conduct limited raids north of
the Euphrates on Sunday, most of the rest were trapped south
of the river while Army engineers struggled to build a
pontoon bridge across it.
Said Col. Stephen Davis,
commander of Marine Regimental Combat Team 2, which has
responsibility for western Anbar province,
"The trademark of these
folks is to be where we're not. We haven't got north of the
river for a while."
Sunday's elaborate mission,
planned for weeks, was designed to combat that.
combination of bad luck and insurgent counterattacks quickly
disrupted the plan.
Overnight, the Army's 814th
Multi-Role Bridge Company crawled along back roads towards
the Euphrates, where it was to construct a pontoon bridge
that would allow the Marines to cross. The trucks were
forced to use their headlights to allow them to spot land
mines along the route.
But the routine safety
practice apparently alerted area residents to the convoy's
presence. An entire town along the route switched off its
lights all at once, a move Marines believe is used to send
signals from one river town to the next.
bridging unit approached the river crossing early Sunday,
they switched off the truck headlights even though many
soldiers lacked night-vision goggles. In the gloom, one
truck rolled off the road and into a ditch, bringing the
column to a dead halt in the darkness.
soldiers soon discovered another problem: The river banks,
sodden after recent rains, might have been too wet to
support the oncoming American tanks.
"I hope security keeps us safe
all day," Capt. Chris Taylor of the 814th said as officers
tried to find other ways to get troops and equipment across
dawn broke, the column came under mortar fire from Ubaydi,
the nearest town. Two mortars dropped within feet of the
Marines' command post and an officer's Humvee. The
insurgents the Marines expected to find north of the river
were on the south side as well.
Marines and soldiers scrambled
into a ramshackle building on a bluff overlooking the river,
then devised a new strategy: They would not cross the river
Sunday. They would attack Ubaydi instead.
been a firefight here all morning. Anyone still in that
neighborhood has signalled their hostile intention by
remaining," Capt. Chris Ieva said [Back to the old Vietnam
“free fire zones.”] as he prepared to lead
the 3/2's Kilo Company into the southwest corner of town.
Most of the morning's mortars and gunfire had come from the
Ieva's armored personnel
carriers jounced over rough roads toward Ubaydi, the sound
of gunfire getting louder all the time. A rocket rushed
over one of the carrier's open hatches, answered by American
.50-caliber machine guns and air strikes.
Meanwhile, Maj. Steve Lawson
of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines led his troops through
the north end of Ubaydi in tough fighting that lasted until
officers would not release casualty information, saying
their policy requires families to be notified first. But
during the day, evacuation helicopters swooped repeatedly to
the emergency landing zone set up near the intended river
the enemy was north of the river," Lawson said. "Obviously,
they were here too."
of two men lie on a street corner in the western Iraq city
of Ramadi May 7, 2005. The men were executed by insurgents
because they worked with Americans, witnesses said. One of
the men, left, was identified as Mohammed Abdul-Razaq, a
well known tribal leader in Ramadi, who was working together
with US Forces. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Marines And Sailor Killed In Haditha Battle
May 8, 2005 By QASSIM
On Saturday, three U.S.
Marines and a sailor were killed in fighting with insurgents
in western Iraq, some of whom fought from inside a civilian
hospital, the military said.
in which an unspecified number of insurgents were killed,
began in Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad, when U.S.
forces responding to small arms fire near the Haditha Dam
and saw Iraqi civilians running from Haditha Hospital, the
soldiers were then attacked by a car bomb, which destroyed a
nearby building and set fire to the hospital. Insurgents
inside the hospital set off a roadside bomb and fired small
arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the U.S. forces.
After the fight, Marines
searched the hospital and found fortified firing positions
with sandbagged windows.
Soldiers Killed In Sunday Attacks
Three US soldiers were killed
by bombs in central Iraq today, the military said.
was killed and another wounded during an attack on their
combat logistics patrol near Samarra, 60 miles north of
Baghdad, the military said in a statement.
The wounded soldier was
evacuated to a military medical facility, the statement
said. Both soldiers were assigned to One Task Force Liberty.
soldiers were killed during combat operations in an
explosion near Khaldiyah, 75 miles west of Baghdad, the
The soldiers were assigned to
the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine
truck, carrying supplies for the US military, was attacked
on the highway near Khalis, 70 km, (45 miles) north of
Baqouba, May 8, 2005. Both Iraqi drivers in the truck were
killed, according to local police. (AP
Fallen Soldier Begged Son Not To Enlist
May 03, 2005 United
A day after
the Pentagon announced that Fort Drum soldier Darren Deblanc
was killed in Iraq, the grieving mother says she begged her
son not to enlist in the military.
He was assigned to 2nd
Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Deblanc entered the Army in
November 2003 and arrived at Fort Drum in March 2004.
While in Iraq, Deblanc
received the Purple Heart for surviving a bomb attack.
leaving Iraq in two weeks for Kuwait.
expected to return home in June.
Beach Soldier Killed:
Don't Know What The Reason Was," His Mother Said Sadly
May 1, 2005 FORT WALTON BEACH,
2nd Lt. Clifford "CC" Gadsden left for Iraq, he told his
mother he was mostly scared of one thing.
afraid my son's not going to remember me,'" Minerva Gadsden
recalled her son saying. "That was his greatest fear." Now
his relatives say they'll work to keep the soldier's memory
The father of Karistophere, 17
months, and Kinshaza, 5, was killed by a truck bomb Friday
while traveling in a convoy between Baghdad and Kuwait, his
family said. The
military has yet to confirm his death. The
25-year-old was based in Fort Polk, La., with the Army's
603rd Transportation Company.
As a child, the soldier
closely resembled his father and namesake, earning his
nickname that stood for "Continuously Clifford."
While pursuing his degree in
mechanical engineering at South Carolina State College,
Gadsden's daughter's birth set him on a new track, and he
joined the Army ROTC.
other choices," his mother said. "It was just a stepping
stone. He wanted to provide for his little girl."
Gadsden said she recently sent her son an e-mail saying she
believed there was a reason he was in Iraq, that he was
meant to lead his soldiers and then return home to raise his
children with his wife, Erica.
don't know what the reason was," his mother said sadly. "I
can't even imagine."
Die As Styker Blown Up:
From Westfield, Evansville Killed In Blast Last Week
May 3, 2005 By Paul Bird,
A 2002 Westfield High School
graduate who was born in a military hospital was one of two
Hoosiers killed in Iraq last week.
Army Pfc. Robert W. Murray
Jr., 21, Westfield, and three other soldiers were killed on
a reconnaissance mission Thursday when a homemade bomb
exploded beside their vehicle in Tal Afar.
Deblanc bring to 48 the number of Hoosier soldiers who have
died in the Middle East since early 2003.
Murray was assigned to the 2nd
Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, in Fort Carson,
On Thursday, Murray was riding
in a convoy of five armored vehicles -- two of them Strykers
with rubber tires, and three M1 tanks -- that had entered
southwestern Tal Afar.
p.m., one of the Strykers, carrying troops from both units,
hit a bomb planted in a dirt road.
through the bottom plate, right through where soldiers were
sitting, and through the roof and rear of the vehicle. Six
tires were flattened.
The tanks circled around the
Strykers, firing at a man nearby who seemed to be fleeing,
platoon leaders said later. Two specialists newly trained
in emergency medicine pulled out the wounded. Choppers
arrived to evacuate them.
But four soldiers died,
Murray was born at Fort
Campbell, Ky. After graduating high school, he attended
Indiana State University and studied aviation management.
He was a licensed pilot and a musician.
After the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks, Murray entered the Marine Corps. After
breaking a leg in basic training, he was discharged.
Murray joined the Army in
March 2004. He was shipped to Kuwait in late February and
later deployed to Iraq.
"He was a nice,
straightforward individual with a nice sense of humor," said
Doug Orahood, 58, a technical education instructor for 32
years at Westfield High School.
Said He Couldn’t Be Killed In A Stryker Killed When Stryker
5/2/2005 Don Cox, RENO
W. Morris of Sparks figured he couldn’t be killed patrolling
the Iraq desert in the Army’s Stryker armored combat
vehicle, a friend said Monday.
doing nothing but raving about them,” Jeff Sawtell, a family
friend, said Monday. “He ran over a mine a week or two
(ago). He said, ‘I thought I was a goner, but all it did was
rock the vehicle.’ He really did think they were
invincible, until this happened.”
Morris, 31, and three other
soldiers were killed Thursday in Iraq when a homemade bomb
exploded near their Stryker, the Department of Defense said.
Morris attended Reed High
School in Sparks in 1992 and 1993.
His unit, 1st Battalion, 5th
Infantry Regiment, deployed to Iraq in September from Fort
Lewis. It was the second tour of duty in Iraq for Morris.
spent 17 months in Iraq, then came home and returned with
the 1st Battalion, said his sister, Tina Farley.
only home two months,” Farley said.
Notes From A Lost War:
Up Empty In Search For Insurgents:
They Got Tipped Off”
May 02, 2005 By Jacob
Silberberg, Associated Press
UDAIM, Iraq — Hundreds of U.S.
and Iraqi soldiers swept through this village Sunday,
searching homes, detaining insurgent suspects and taking
Army Capt. Matthew Rawlins,
28, of Lansing, Mich., who also took part in the operation,
called it a partial success.
He said few
Iraqi men were in the village when the coalition forces
arrived, meaning the soldiers ended up detaining fewer
suspected insurgents than expected.
they got tipped off” about the operation, Rawlins said.
what happens when you try to occupy somebody else’s’ country
for no good reason at all except corporate greed and the
Washington DC politicians’ lust for Empire. The Iraqis hate
being occupied. They spy on you. They know your every
move. They prepare for it. And when you’re gone, they come
back. That’s what guerrilla warfare is. The British found
out about that in 1776, right here in the USA.
country. They’ll keep fighting till you’re gone, just like
you would do if they occupied your country. They’re right
to do so, and they can’t be defeated. Way too many of
them. Fuck Bush. Time to come home, a long time ago.]
Deserter Speaks At Ga. Tech:
Court-Martial To Start Thursday
Supporters from 31 countries have written to him. And
"a lot of people who served with me are supportive," he
said. "Nobody hates war more than a soldier."
05/08/05 By KEVIN DUFFY, The
For a man
facing court-martial this week, Kevin Benderman appeared
confident. I know that I'm not a deserter," the Army
sergeant said in a telephone interview Saturday before
speaking at Georgia Tech. "They're court-martialing me
because I applied for conscientious objector status.
They're trying to make an example of me."
Benderman, 40, is charged with
desertion and what the Army calls "missing movement by
design" for failing to show up for deployment back to Iraq.
He is scheduled for
court-martial Thursday at Fort Stewart, which is
headquarters for the 3rd Infantry Division.
The mechanic, who lives in
nearby Hinesville, said he had an official excuse that will
prove he's innocent. If convicted, he could go to prison
for seven years.
spoke to about 70 people at Tech about his six months in
Iraq last year, and how that led him to seek conscientious
objector status and an honorable discharge from the Army.
He applied 10 days before his
unit was scheduled to leave for Iraq. The Army rejected his
request, calling him insincere, but he has reapplied.
"I don't want to participate
in any more wars," the son of a World War II veteran told
the Tech audience. "It dehumanizes everyone all around. It's
Benderman said he discovered
that Iraqis are like Americans in many ways. He read the
Koran and saw its similarities to the Bible.
Benderman's wife, Monica
Benderman, said she noticed a change in her husband when he
returned from Iraq. He had trouble sleeping and brooded.
He found peace only when he decided to reject war and seek
conscientious objector status, she said.
were passed in the audience to collect funds to help with
Benderman's defense. He has the help of civilian and
military lawyers. A Web site — http://www.bender/
mandefense.org — explains his situation.
from 31 countries have written to him. And "a lot of people
who served with me are supportive," he said. "Nobody hates
war more than a soldier."
Joe Parko, a retired Georgia
State University professor and member of the Georgia Peace
and Justice Coalition, told the Tech audience, "If his
courage to speak out saves a single life, then Sgt.
Benderman deserves a medal, not a court-martial."
Words From Pentagon Politicians-In-Uniform About Armor
Troops Still Don’t Have It
May 7, 2005 American Forces
Brig. Gen. William Cato from
Marine Corps Systems Command reported to the committee that
"100 percent of our wheeled vehicles involved in combat
operations in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa are
type of armor.
[Two fucking sandbags on the
floor is “some type” of armor in the opinion of Generals
safely manning desks in the Pentagon. The truth is that the
good General is covering up for Pentagon incompetence.
Instead of yelling his troops need real protection, he’s got
his head too far up Rumsfeld’s ass to tell the truth about
The Marines are also
adding underbody armor and
other reinforcements to Humvees, 5-ton cargo
trucks and other supply vehicles.
[So, still “adding” armor,
are they? If the troops had it, no need to add it, right?
Meaning, they still not
have it. Now check the bullshit smoke-screen he
hands Congress about what’s going on:]
"We continue to meet emergent
vehicle armor protection requirements to stay ahead of an
adaptive enemy," Cato said.
Military Families Stand Up For Paredes And Benderman
of the Vermont chapter of Military Families Speak Out we
stand in solidarity with Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman.
Each man will stand trial on May 11th
for refusing deployment to Iraq to fight the unjustified war
that tears that country apart today. Their applications for
conscientious objector status have not been accepted.
Petty Officer Third Class
Pablo Paredes refused deployment on December 6, 2004. He
stated at the time, “I don't want to be a part of a ship
that's taking 3,000 Marines over there, knowing a hundred or
more of them won't come back. I can't sleep at night
knowing that's what I do for a living." Since then he has
actively opposed the war appearing at many rallies.
Sgt. Kevin Benderman refused
redeployment after having served a year in Iraq. After
seeing first hand the carnage that the war wrought on the
Iraqi people he stated, “I was there for six months and I
did not see the first weapon of mass destruction. I did
receive orders from the company commander to shoot children
if they threw small rocks at us and that was when I figured
out that the entire thing was way over the line.”
men have become powerful voices in the opposition to the
illegal and immoral war in Iraq. Their refusal to take part
in the war machine has given credence to the demand for
immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq.
this the military is trying to make an example of these men
by imprisoning them.
that the war itself should be put on trial not the soldiers
who refuse to fight it. Join us in demanding the freedom of
Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman.
TRUTH? CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAVELING SOLDIER
the truth - about the occupation or the criminals
running the government in Washington - is the first
reason for Traveling Soldier. But we want to do more
than tell the truth; we want to report on the resistance
- whether it's in the streets of Baghdad, New York, or
inside the armed forces. Our goal is for Traveling
Soldier to become the thread that ties working-class
people inside the armed services together. We want this
newsletter to be a weapon to help you organize
resistance within the armed forces. If you like what
you've read, we hope that you'll join with us in
building a network of active duty organizers.
with Iraq War vets in the call to end the occupation and
bring our troops home now! (www.ivaw.net)
VETERAN SPEAKS OUT:
A FORUM ON
MILITARY RECRUITMENT AND THE IRAQ WAR
May 03, 2005
SPEAKER: IRAQ VETERAN JOHN OLIVERA
was the Public Relations Director in the Eastern
Mediterranean Sea during the Iraq conflict, but he decided
to resign shortly after the invasion of Iraq after serving
in the Navy for 20 years in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
us for this rare opportunity to hear directly from a veteran
speaking out about the Iraq war as well as military
families, high school students targeted by military
recruiters, and activists.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
University of Washington
Smith Hall, Room 120
In the quad next to Red Square
PANEL OF SPEAKERS INCLUDES:
MARK WILSON: Democratic
challenger for U.S. Senate; Member of Military Families
Speak Out and Western Washington Veterans for Peace.
MARY SUE GALVIN: Freshman
class representative of the Garfield Parent Teacher Student
Association, which recently passed a resolution to ban
military recruiters from Garfield High School.
TY MOORE: a Minnesota
organizer for Youth Against War and Racism and Socialist
Alternative, who brings to Seattle the inspiring story about
Kennedy High School students' victorious struggle in
defending their right to present an alternative perspective
to military recruiters.
LUKE WIGREN: a Renton High
School member of Youth Against War and Racism, will speak
from a high school student's perspective about who and how
the military is recruiting in our high schools.
these unique speakers for an open public discussion about
the war's impact on the lives of veterans, military
families, and young people and what we should do about a war
that has cost the lives of over 1,600 U.S. soldiers, 100,000
Iraqi civilians, and $270 billion.
Sponsored by: University of
Washington Youth Against War and Racism
Endorsed by: Franklin High
School Youth Against War and Racism, Socialist Alternative
and Western Washington Veterans for Peace Chapter 92.
Reasons We Went To War, It Just Seems Like They’re Not Legit
Enough For People To Lose Their Lives For”
North Carolina Peace And
Justice Coalition Organizing Committee 3.19.05, quoting from
interview in “Purple Hearts: Back From Iraq,” by Nina Berman
Acosta, 20, Ammunition Specialist, 1st Armored
It was July 16. 1 think like
three guys were killed the day I was injured. It was broad
daylight, like 1800 hours and the grenade flew in the
window, landed on the radio between me and my buddy. It
went off in my hand, took my hand off, shattering my left
leg, broke my right ankle, blew the whole body of the humvee
I guess you hear about guys
getting hit and this and that but you don’t realize until
you actually see them. Because when somebody gets hurt,
they’re out of there within hours. You hear rumors, you hear
stories, .. .but you don’t really see the reality of it
until you get there and see them in the hospital.
really knows what the soldiers are going through. They see
on TV, oh yeah, two soldiers get wounded today and they
think, yeah, he’ll be all right. But that soldier is scarred
for life both physically and mentally.
I loved the military. It was
my life. I loved it. I miss being in the military because
it’s like I had a routine. I was good at what I did. I had
friends. I was successful. I was happy. And it was kind of
like all taken away from me.
Yeah I got
a Purple Heart. I don’t care. No soldier wants a Purple
Heart. I’ll tell you that much. No soldier wants it.
Awards don’t mean nothing to me. I don’t need anything to
prove I was there. I know I was there. I got a constant
I mean like
all the reasons we went to war, it just seems like they’re
not legit enough for people to lose their lives for and for
me to lose my hand and use of my leg and for my buddies to
lose their limbs.
Like I just
had a big conversation with my buddy the other day and like
we want to know.
I feel like
we deserve to know.
General Says “War On Terror” So Much Bullshit
2005-05-03 Cynthia Banham, The
Sydney Morning Herald
so-called global war on terrorism does not exist, a
high-ranking army officer has declared in a speech that
challenges the conventional political wisdom.
In a frank
speech, Brigadier Justin Kelly dismissed several of the
central tenets of the Iraq war and the war on terrorism,
saying the "war" part is all about politics and terrorism is
merely a tactic.
Although such wars were
fuelled by global issues, they were essentially
counter-insurgent operations fought on a local level. This
would result in Australian soldiers fighting in increasingly
Speaking at a conference on
future warfighting, Brigadier Kelly, the director-general of
future land warfare, also suggested that
the "proposition you can
bomb someone into thinking as we do has been found to be
appears to fly in the face of a comment by the Prime
Minister, John Howard, last year that the "contest in Iraq
represents a critical confrontation in the war against
To Let George W. Bush Continue The Killing In Our Name”
because our soldier’s blood has already been spilled
does not mean we families are thirsty for more. We
insist that George W. Bush stop justifying his bloodlust
by assuming we families are blood thirsty also.
May 07, 2005 8:08 AM
May 7, 2005
official casualty count for the occupation of Iraq is
rapidly approaching 1600 and on the eve of Mother’s Day,
Gold Star Families for Peace issues the following statement
to George W. Bush:
represent families of fallen American troops who oppose the
occupation of Iraq and refuse to let George W. Bush continue
the killing in our name.
the immediate withdrawal of American and Coalition Forces
George W. Bush has
consistently iterated the hurtful and meaningless phrase:
We need to keep our troops
in Iraq to finish the mission to honor the sacrifices of
We at Gold Star Families for
Peace disagree with George Bush on this and most other of
his activities and words.
It is too
late for our loved ones and our families. Our sons and
daughters; brothers and sisters; nieces and nephews;
husbands and wives have already been killed in this needless
and senseless war. We don’t want one more innocent person
murdered, especially in our names.
because our soldier’s blood has already been spilled does
not mean we families are thirsty for more. We insist that
George W. Bush stop justifying his bloodlust by assuming we
families are blood thirsty also.
We demand that George W. Bush
honors our family’s sacrifices by admitting to the “mistakes
and miscalculations” (Washington Post, Jan. 17, 2005) of
this invasion and occupation of Iraq by ending the
occupation immediately and bringing our troops home now.
This is not
a request and it is not negotiable.
We individually, and as a
group, are dismayed and broken-hearted anew as the memo from
Great Britain dated 23 July, 2002 has recently surfaced.
invasion and occupation of a sovereign country was
prefabricated and has resulted in the deaths of tens of
thousands of human beings, has destroyed the lives of
millions, and demolished a country that was no threat to the
In addition to withdrawal of
the troops, we call for the immediate resignation of George
Bush, Dick Cheney and the entire Cabinet. A return to
private citizen status will mean that the people responsible
for so much death and destruction will be able to be held
accountable to the laws of our land and for damaging
humanity so thoroughly.
Gold Star Families for Peace.
Founding Member of GSFP
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 regularly.
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 inside the armed
Send requests to address up top.
Transport Ministry Official Killed
Wrecked truck in which senior
government official Zobaq Yassin was shot and killed in
southern Baghdad May 8, 2005 along with his driver.
May 8, 2005 (Reuters)
Guerrillas assassinated a
senior transport ministry official in Baghdad on Sunday,
Zobaa Yassin was shot dead in his car along with his
driver. Yassin was one of the leading civil servants in the
The Kiss Of
Truth--There Is No Separation
From: Mike Hastie
To: GI Special
Sent: May 08, 2005 6:20 AM
I have been on the go so much,
I have been out of the loop for awhile.
G.I. Special does remind me
that Nixon is still dead, and Bush has never been alive.
I recently came back from a
four day conference in Arcada, California. It was called: "
No More War--Remembrance and Resistance."
I was invited down to speak,
and to display my photo essay, " Lying Is The Most Powerful
Weapon In War."
Other speakers invited were:
Tim Goodrich, co-founder of
Iraq Veterans Against The War;
Joe Lewis, and Jim Russel, two
students who were shot at Kent State by the Ohio National
Guard, on May 4, 1970;
Camilo Mejia, first American
soldier to refuse to go back to Iraq for a second deployment
on moral grounds. He was convicted in military court, and
sent to prison for one year. He witnessed prisoner abuse,
and the killing of civilians while an infantry soldier in
Charlie Liteky, Army Chaplin
in Vietnam, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor. He later renounced his Medal, and left it at the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He did this
in protest of Reagan's foreign policy in Central America. He
was also in Baghdad, witnessing the initial bombing on March
Brian Willson, a Vietnam
veteran, witnessed the aftermath of several atrocities, when
American jets dropped napalm on innocent villages. Of the
five villages bombed, approximately 800 civilians were
killed, one-third were children. Because of these
experiences, he has been a relentless peace activist ever
since he returned from Vietnam. In 1987, he was run over by
a munitions train during a peaceful demonstration in
Concord, California. The train was carrying weapons that
were headed for Nicaragua. His injuries were very severe,
both legs amputated, to include a skull fracture. Without
exception, Brian Willson has to be one of the most powerful
anti-war speakers of the 20th Century.
When I returned to Portland
after the conference, I was completely drained. When you
put that many high-powered speakers together, the eyewitness
honesty elevates your awareness beyond your intelligence.
thing I noticed about myself when I finally got some rest,
was I felt more courage to fight this insane war in Iraq.
It is absolutely essential, that the anti-war movement
dedicate their lives to stopping the spread of malignant
lies coming out of the White House.
There is no
separation between the American people and the Iraqi people.
When I went back to Vietnam in
1994, I had an experience that changed my life. One day
when I was in Hue, I gave an old Vietnamese woman some
money, because she was begging. When I turned away and got
about twenty feet from her, I did something very innocent
and strange. I walked back to her and gave her a kiss on
the cheek. Her face lit up like a girl who just received
her first kiss.
What was so
profound for me, was kissing her was like kissing my own
There is no
separation between the Vietnamese people and the American
people. And, for me, there is no rest for the messenger,
until the message has been delivered.
U.S. Army Medic
I - R - A – Q
I Remember Another Quagmire
you underestimate the power of
This is a picture of a Vietnamese peasant literally burning
on a U.S. military
base in the Central Highlands
of Vietnam. What our military
could never figure out,
working on these
were mostly Viet Cong, or VC sympathizers.
What they were
every square foot of most
Vietnam. God only knows
how many American
soldiers were killed or wounded on these bases
that were consistently
direct hits. Long
admitted how they
of American military high
command in making it so easy for
to work on U.S. military bases.
what is happening in Iraq. Like
be infiltrated at
the highest levels.
is precisely why
win this war.
you underestimate the power of
March 1, 2005
Photo and caption above
from the I-R-A-Q ( I Remember Another Quagmire )
portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam
1970-71. (Contact at: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for more of his outstanding work. T)
Marines Can They Put In Jail?”
To: GI Special
Sent: May 08, 2005
I do see more people
interviewing angry soldiers these days.
I feel very strongly that the
"justification" will soon turn to "oil is a strategic
national interest so we can't leave". When things start
really ramping up, that will be what makes citizens get
scared and say "Well, I don't want to go to Iraq . . . so we
can't have a draft. But I don't want my economy to dive, so
we can't leave." And that's what's likely to chain the
troops to Iraq.
But if soldiers start
screaming loud enough, and angrily enough, to the right
people (media folks through unusual channels) in significant
numbers --they can force congress to get them a new
commander in chief. This guys a loon.
other hand, troops just refusing to go works pretty good.
Marines can they put in jail? A whole platoon who says (on
their 5th deployment) "Uh, no thanks" makes the national
news too. Unlike Vietnam, half the US population would
strongly support soldiers saying they don't want to liberate
What do you think?
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Is Another Country”
May 03, 2005 By Max Watts
I am in bed, sleeping the day
away. Entropy is winning. Erka calls, wakes me, up, I
daydream. About: MAYDAYS
Up. At least try and write,
if cannot do.
Writing, where I am, with bad
undercarriage(s), is … doing.
Days: 1968. Klug, Perrin. Paris
small parade, in Sydney, one in New York, too. Big one in
timed in Paris. Or: what else is new ?
May, but July. 14th. Place de la Nation. Some
(7) died. Could have been me? In any case, in the silent
fifties, most dead were "Arabs", who soon were going to
become even more used to it. Dying.
Let’s see how much of my
in-bed thoughts I can still resurrect !
I sit, it is a lovely evening,
at an outdoor café table, metro Odeon, under the left elbow
of Danton. His statue, that is. L’Audace! Toujours
l’Audace! Before he got his head cut off. By Robespierre,
who has no statues (as far as I know). Danton, more
modere’, despite that slogan, does.
I am waiting for Perrin and
Klug. Leading [U.S.] Resisters In The Armed Services.
About 8 pm they arrive,
chuffed. Glowing. Just back from the demo, the manif. The
May Day parade. Over the top! "So many red flags !" By
then, they were six, eight, months out of the army, well,
out of their units, they were both - AWOL, deserters, or
temporarily self-retired - still "in" the army, though –
anyway.. they had become very fond of red flags.
But they had never seen them
"so many", filling the streets, and, as I’ve said, they were
much over the top. Impressed. Happy. Speeding. They
assumed the revolution, the revo, which they were for, was
just around the corner.
I, old(er), was – already then
– blasé, not going to be all that impressed by a Paris May
Day march. Even if rather unexpectedly - it had turned out
to be quite big – some 80,000 people – I was told.
otherwise occupied - hadn’t gone. I certainly didn’t expect
that two weeks later France would be, really unexpectedly,
on the verge of a revo, revolution! Klug, Perrin, GI’s,
kids, were right. Max the know it all, well, much, more –
Perrin and Klug probably did
not know, remember, though of course I should have told them
! – that this was the first May Day Parade permitted in
Paris for 15 years. They, the parades, had been banned
since 1953. That is, since the 14th of July ‘53!
When I had been shot at.. but missed.
others did get shot, killed (300 wounded, I didn’t count
them). By the Police. And – it figures – the government
thereupon banned all May Day and 14th of July
parades – for the next fifteen years. Then I, new in Paris,
thought there would be serious "consequences" Tu parle!
Hundreds of thousands did turn out for some of the
funerals, but a month later all (well, not the dead !) went
on their August vacances, holidays.
A year later all was
forgotten. In France. Except there were no more May Day,
or Bastille Day, marches in Paris. Interdit. Forbidden.
Banned. For 15 years. Till 1968.
now De Gaulle, now allowed this one, I do not know. Who
does? Given what happened next, someone no doubt regretted
that Permit !
I didn’t go to the Sydney May day march.
According to Nobby, who did, – although for once held on
May Day, - it wasn’t any kind of break-thru, like Paris in
Just a so-so thing.
Nor was the New York march,
which had at first also been banned, then permitted.
Of course, 1953 was early into
the silent Fifties. I hadn’t marched in New York since..
was it ’48 or ’49 ? – when we, how many thousands, went down
Eighth Avenue, broad, into Union Square. I got a big black
eye from some "anti-communist" kids. Must have been ’48. I
think these classic 8th Avenue-Union Square
marches petered out soon thereafter, went away with much of
the American Left.
The Silent Fifties, my second
wave. Pretty much quiet, downhill, all over. Paris, New
all over. Fourteen months after the 14th July
1953 Paris shooting, that one by the Police – some of the
shot shot back. November 1954 the Algerian war started.
used – for 124 years - to being killed, shot some French.
dead and eight more years later – 1962 - Algeria was no
longer France, French, but independent.
were silent in the Metropoles, the Flag Imperialist nations,
F, GB, E, P, NL, B, AUS,- and of course the USA – but
crescendo in their till then colonies. Which, between 1941
and 1975, took down these long hallowed union jacks,
tricoleurs, stars and stripes.. Blood flowed, muchly, but
for the first time, not vainly.
may day was much smaller in Moscow, but bigger than .. ever?
in Caracas. A suivre !
Back to Paris, and why may day Sunday
should other years have been bigger, united, in Sydney:
When it was first proposed, as
the Internationale (Second) United Workers Eight Hour day of
struggle, solidarity, there was an immediate split. The
English Unions said: If we demonstrate, strike, don’t show
up for work, on the first of May, the boss will fire us on
the Second. So, we are smart, we’ll march on Sunday, so he,
the boss, won’t know who…
The Americans, French, others,
said: Scardy Cats! We March on the First. Whatever day it
The Ozzies, militant or not,
did what the English told them.
And most don’t march till
Sunday. If at all. Well, once every seven years… there
should be unity. On Sunday the First. This year there was.
Was it a break-thru year ? If
they sang the Internationale, who heard?
Who knows ?
is another country.
Unarmed Demonstrators Murdered
05/03/05 By IRA KURZBAN,
week, five Haitians were killed by the Haitian National
Police while U.N. troops stood by watching. The Haitians'
crime was that they were peacefully demonstrating for the
release of political prisoners in Haiti.
On Feb. 28,
2005, demonstrators met the same fate and were executed by
the Haitian National Police while peacefully protesting.
Amnesty International has also reported
''incidents in which individuals dressed in black . . .and
traveling in cars with Haitian National Police markings have
cost the lives of at least 11 people.''.''
PB who sent this in. He writes: THIS PHOTO IS HIS REACTION
WHEN HE HEARD HE WAS NAMED PRIME MINISTER. I THINK HES
THINKING: OH FUCK I FORGOT TO WITHDRAW MY NAME FROM THE
RUNNING. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK...]
Shiite Arab leader Ibrahim
al-Jaafari gestures after being sworn in as prime minister
in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, May 3, 2005. (AP Photo/Khalid
celebrate at the scene of an explosion in Baghdad May 7,
2005. A car bomb at a busy intersection in central Baghdad
on Saturday killed four foreigners, police said.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Call For Australian Cops To Go Home
[Thanks to Max Watts, who sent
this in. He writes: People, this is potentially a v major
development/STORY. Australia is the smallest the 3 New Flag
(USA, Great Britain,
Australia) WHICH ARE TRYING TO
RE-ESTABLISH NEW FLAG
IMPERIALISM AFTER HAVING, IN 1941-75 PHASE,
PULLED THEIR FLAGS DOWN
IN THE "COLONIES" (as the
other FLAG IMPS) and accepted Dollar Imperialism.
get away with it for another 450 Years ??? Unlikely.]
05/05/2005 Radio Australia
police officers in Papua New Guinea have demanded Australian
police working in the country be sent home.
Around 150 Australian police
are serving in PNG under the provisions of a new Australian
aid package, known as the Enhanced Co-operation Program.
The PNG officers have held a
meeting in a sports stadium in the capital, Port Moresby.
crime has increased since the Australian officers arrived.
complain that they are not being given training
opportunities and want better housing conditions.
president of the Police Association, Robert Ali, says
emotions were running high at the meeting, and members want
He says the
meeting has demanded a response from the police hierarchy
within 48 hours.
Our correspondent in Port
Moresby, Shane McLeod, says the demands for Australian
police to leave PNG will be put to the police commissioner,
Radio Australia, 6 May 2005
The Papua New Guinea
government says it's 'quietly negotiating' over a 48 hour
ultimatum given to it by hundreds of PNG police officers who
are calling from the removal of Australian police from the
officers say crime has increased since the Australian
officers arrived, and are unhappy at the higher wages being
paid to Australian police.
Prime Minister Sir Michael
Somare has told parliament the government is unable to
respond to the local police demands as the issue of the
Australian police presence in PNG is currently before the
courts. "Even though I
know we've been given an ultimatum of 48 hours we're quietly
negotiating so that we don't interfere with the process of
court ," he said.
U.S. Ally Uzbekistan
To: GI Special
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005
Torture in US ally Uzbekistan
You're not kidding about the
supremely sadistic character of Uzbekistan's dictator
Karimov! Still, he must be a good guy because: a) he's
President Bush's friend and ally, b) he has permitted a US
military base in his country, and c) the US aid to his
regime has gone up ever since he invited the US troops in.
Sure, a UN
report describes the use of torture in Uzbekistan as
"systematic," but... oh hell, maybe it's all in the cause of
freedom and democracy, or whatever.
For examples of Karimovs’
work, go to:
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