GI SPECIAL 3B36:
A wounded American soldier receiving two bottles of serum
albumin, just minutes before he was put on a helicopter.
I never found out if he survived or not.
I was so filled with rage after returning from Vietnam,
that for years I wanted to take every political hawk in the
United States and rub their faces in the reality of the
Vietnam War—just like someone would rub a puppy’s nose in
the carpet after it wet on the floor. The only difference
is, the wet area on the carpet
would be the blood of teenage boys.
U.S. Army Medic
Photo and caption from the
I-R-A-Q ( I Remember
Another Quagmire ) portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army
Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (Contact via address top left
for more of his outstanding work. T)
Shouldn't Be There
Shouldn't Have Gone There.”
Iraq Vet Fighting Mad
Iraq, he says, "it's become horrendous. My friend who
died just couldn't stand it any more. We shouldn't be
there and we shouldn't have gone there. I think it's
important that someone like me says that. I think there
should be someone who was a soldier saying that, not
someone in a suit and tie, saying it for their own ends,
but saying it for the sake of the men and women left out
there; that they shouldn't be there, fighting an unjust
war that was lied over."
NB who sent this in. He writes:
"We are betrayed, sold,
lost!" - The French Army, 1917, after the failure of the
Nivelle offensive. That may come again!]
May 4, 2005 The Guardian
Corrigan was proud to be a British soldier serving in Iraq.
Then he was wounded and his nightmare began. He tells Ed
Vulliamy why his old comrades should all be brought home.
There are few soldiers who
wear their medals and the blazer and tie of the Parachute
Regiment with as much pride as Corporal Dave Corrigan after
22 years in both the regular and territorial army. So when
he was called up to go to Iraq in March 2003, at five days
notice, "I was proud to be there, serving my country".
then things started going wrong. First, Corrigan was
wounded, and endured what he calls a "catalogue of
negligence" by the army, so that he is now suing the
Ministry of Defence. Recently, his closest friend - "the
brother I never had" (and whose identity he wishes to
protect) - was killed in Iraq. And now come the latest
revelations about the dubious legality of the war: "We
were sent there, and boys are coming back in coffins,
all because of a massive lie", says Corrigan.
politically minded in any way, but I've got a brain. I'm
not anti-regiment or anti-military, but now I can see that
we should not have been there in the first place. All this
about Iraq in the news now, it's really getting under my
skin. Tony Blair has let me down, let the troops down, and
let the country down."
Here comes the twist: Corrigan
lives in Tony Blair's constituency of Sedgefield. At the
last election, he voted for the prime minister; this time he
will vote for Reg Keys, father of Lance Corporal Tom Keys,
who was horribly killed along with five other Royal Military
Policemen in Iraq in June 2003.
"And if Reg wasn't
standing," says Corrigan, "I wouldn't vote at all."
families have spoken out, the voices of soldiers who served
in - let alone were wounded in - the war in Iraq are seldom
heard. Earlier this year the MoD refused requests by the
Guardian to interview casualties. At one
point, the authorities of the hospital in which most of the
900 wounded in Iraq are treated, at Selly Oak in Birmingham,
were happy for the Guardian to visit a ward where military
and civilian casualties are treated alongside one another.
But the MoD has vetoed their permission.
But Corrigan has now - finally
- been medically discharged from the territorial army to
which he has devoted most of his life, "and now that I can,
I want to speak for the lads out there.
Let's face it, there are a
lot of lads in a much worse position than me. And there are
many more who feel even angrier than I do about it all."
Corrigan joined the TA,
attached to the 4th Parachute Regiment, in 1983. He was
named champion recruit and promoted to full corporal within
three years. From 1989 to 1991, he served as a regular,
professional paratrooper, but resumed his territorial status
in order to study for a degree in sports sciences. He
commuted from County Durham to Nottingham in order to "stay
airborne" with the paras. By 2001, Corrigan was working as
an ambulance technician, and "changed my cap badge" to the
Royal Army Medical Corps, 144 Parachute Medical Squadron.
As such, mobilisation to Iraq
was compulsory - TA medical personnel are subject to
conscription. On his birthday, March 22 2003, Corrigan
"went through the breach" from Kuwait into southern Iraq as
a field ambulance commander with the 16th Air Assault
Brigade. "I was proud to be there. I was serving my
country, and I was doing good; putting kids into the back of
my ambulance with no limbs."
On the night of April 8 came a
vicious fire fight at Adaiya, in southern Iraq. Corrigan's
regiment took 25 casualties in 45 minutes. During a frantic
operation to treat the injured - "I'll never forget
chest-draining one soldier; we saved his life" - Corrigan
fell from the ambulance, badly damaging his knee.
evacuated back to RAF Halton, near Luton. There, what he
calls his "nightmare" began.
No one had
told Corrigan's wife that he was injured, let alone back.
After a two-minute examination, he was, according to his
papers, "discharged to care of civil GP" - although
mobilised TA soldiers are subject to the same care as
regular soldiers, until discharged. Corrigan, carrying 100lb
of battle kit, had to hitch-hike as far as Catterick,
Yorkshire, then get a friend to take him home to Newton
Aycliffe, County Durham.
followed a litany of neglect.
local GP referred him to the military wing of the Duchess of
Kent hospital in Catterick (he had to organise and pay for
all his own transport) where he was booked in for an
operation three months hence.
one immediately and got it: most of the cartilage was
removed. But the knee worsened, and a second operation five
months later revealed a huge tear in his cartilage. Despite
this, Corrigan was declared fit for a tough rehabilitation
course at Catterick, in November 2003, with a view to
returning to Iraq.
After three weeks of agony,
his knee was so bad he was finally demobilised, in February
2004. It was only when he appeared in front of a medical
board in York in August that anyone in the army acknowledged
the extent of the neglect. The board's president, retired
colonel Jimmy Weir, wrote a memo on the history of the case,
saying Corrigan had become "desperate" and was "at the end
of his tether".
Corrigan had been forced to seek help privately, paying Bupa
£2,100 for a third operation in October 2004, which removed
the remains of the cartilage and found a crack in the
patella. It also confirmed grade four osteo-arthritis,
which had been spotted but ignored during the first,
The injury and subsequent
neglect have dashed Corrigan's professional ambitions in the
ambulance service. Despite glowing references and the
promise of promotion to full paramedic status, his employer,
the North East Ambulance Trust, has had to restrict his
activities: he cannot work at accident scenes, lift patients
or drive for longer than 20 minutes.
Shortly after the third
operation, Corrigan wrote to Blair. The PM's agent, John
Burton, passed on the case to the defence secretary, Geoff
Hoon, on December 15 2004. "We have other cases of this
coming from TA soldiers, and we find it worrying," added
Burton. Hoon replied to Blair on February 22 this year,
apologising "that adequate transport arrangements were not
provided" for Corrigan, and authorising backdated disability
allowance that had not been paid.
Corrigan called the response
"pathetic". "I've asked three times to see Tony Blair," he
says, "but it hasn't happened. I'm surprised actually - I'm
the only injured soldier in his constituency and he could
have turned all this to his account.
But then, one of the
amazing things is that Blair and Hoon have made no effort to
visit the wounded, have they, not even in hospital? I think
Corrigan has formed strong views on his local MP. "I'm
happy to serve my country, but for the right reasons.
I've been amazed by all this that's coming out in the
news, about how it was all a lie, that there were no
weapons, that it was illegal. I'm prepared to fight,
but not because someone is so far up Bush's rear end.
He still can't accept it, can he? I think he believes
his own lies. He seems to have brainwashed himself."
In Iraq, he
says, "it's become horrendous. My friend who died just
couldn't stand it any more. We shouldn't be there and we
shouldn't have gone there. I think it's important that
someone like me says that. I think there should be someone
who was a soldier saying that, not someone in a suit and
tie, saying it for their own ends, but saying it for the
sake of the men and women left out there; that they
shouldn't be there, fighting an unjust war that was lied
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KILLED IN TAJI VEHICLE ACCIDENT AFTER IED EXPLOSION
May 20, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND NEWS Number: 05-05-25C & UPI
LSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq –
One 1st Corps Support
Command Soldier was killed in a vehicular accident following
an improvised explosive device attack during a combat
logistic patrol north of Taji at approximately midnight May
The Soldier was evacuated to a
nearby medical facility where he was pronounced dead.
was on a walking "combat logistic patrol" north of Taji,
Iraq, early Friday when he was killed by a vehicle that
swerved to avoid a roadside explosion, CNN reported.
Pinckneyville Soldier Killed In Iraq
26-year-old Pfc. Wyatt D.
Eisenhauer, from Pinckneyville, has been killed in Iraq.
Department of Defense says he died May 19 in Mahmudiyah,
Iraq, on an escort mission in a HMMWV when there was an
explosion on a bridge.
Private Eisenhauer was
assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor, 3rd
Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kan.
Friends described him as a
music lover who was very generous and willing to help out
people in need.
His mother -- Gay Eisenhauer
-- says if her son saw someone with car trouble, quote, "He
would stop whether he knew them or not."
graduated from Pinckneyville High School in 1996 and later
attended Southern Illinois University to study automotive
in the Army early last year and was shipped to the Middle
East of February of this year.
His mother says the family was
informed late Thursday night that her son was killed.
Command News Release Didn’t Report Wounded Troops Yesterday:
May 19 By PATRICK QUINN,
Associated Press Writer
Another American soldier was
wounded late Wednesday in a rocket attack
on Camp Ar Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad.
3 U.S. Troops In Dujayl
May 19 By PATRICK QUINN,
Associated Press Writer
American soldiers were injured when a roadside bomb blast
struck their patrol in Dujayl, 35 miles north of Baghdad,
military spokesman Sgt. David Rhodes said.
Baghdad Convoy Hit:
soldiers unload a military truck after a roadside bomb blast
destroyed a 5 ton U.S. military logistics truck and wounded
an unspecified number of American soldiers traveling on a
highway in southeastern Baghdad's Ghadir area,
according to a military spokeswoman in Baghdad
May 20. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
5/20/2005 Anatolia.com Inc. &
By Abdul Hussein Al-Obeidi, Associated Press
bomb destroyed a U.S. military truck and wounded an
unspecified number of American soldiers on a highway in
southeastern Baghdad, said a military
spokeswoman and police Lt. Mazin Saeed.
no immediate reports of casualties but a column of smoke
could be seen rising over the area.
Fighting Inside Baghdad
5/20/2005 Anatolia.com Inc.
forces came under mortar round fire and US and Iraqi troops
were involved in clashes around the Kadhimiya and Adhamiya
neighbourhoods across the Tigris River.
5/20/2005 Anatolia.com Inc.,
A car bomb
killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded five people, three of
them soldiers, on Friday near a military convoy in the
Baghdad Shiite neighbourhood of Kadhimiya,
an interior ministry official said.
Iraqi forces called in air
support after the car bomb attack, the US military said.
gunships responded, striking a house with at least four
rockets and setting it on fire, an AFP correspondent said.
It appeared the house was in the Sunni Muslim Adhamiya
The US military did not say why the house was a target. [Shit,
isn’t it obvious? It’s a house. It’s an Iraqi house.
There are Iraqis in the Iraqi house. What more do you
want? Hey, if the Iraqis don’t like the Imperial
occupation, they can go back where they came from.]
Say Iraq Outlook “Bleak”
That This Could Still Fail”
Mission In Iraq Could Collapse”
May 20, 2005 By Tom Regan,
Christian Science Monitor
commanders from both Iraq and Afghanistan, in a series of
briefings and interviews over the past week, gave downbeat
assessments of the situations in both countries.
York Times reports that the generals
"pulled back" from predictions made earlier this year that
the US would be able to substantially reduce its troop level
by early 2006.
ago, in the aftermath of the elections, U.S. generals
offered a more upbeat view, one that was tied to a surge of
Iraqi confidence that one commander in Baghdad now describes
senior officer in Baghdad, speaking to the
condition of anonymity, said unless the new Iraq
government gives Iraqis something to believe in, the US
mission in Iraq could collapse.
think that this could still fail,” the officer said at
the background briefing, referring to the US effort in
The officer said recent polls
conducted by Baghdad University had shown confidence
flagging sharply, down from an 85 percent rating immediately
after the elections.
“For the insurgency to be
successful, people have to believe the government can't
survive,” he said. “When you're in the middle of a
conflict, you're trying to find pillars of strength to lean
Globe reported Thursday that Gen. John
Abizaid, chief of US Central Command, said one of the main
reasons for the deterioration of the situation was the "slow
progress of Iraqi police is delaying improvements in the
country's overall security, forcing Iraqi military units to
perform internal security functions."
also notes that the "somber public acknowledgement by senior
Army officers this week is likely to come as a cold shock to
the US public and to hawkish media commentators" who had
assumed that the recent election of an Iraqi government
would declaw the insurgency.
Caught Lying Again:
Captain Defends The Fraud
5.20.05 Associated Press,
said a recruiter told her the Army National Guard would send
her to nursing school after basic training, but instead her
unit has been told it has a 90-percent chance of going to
Jessica Faustner, 18, of Bath,
said she was deceived and wants out. But Faustner is
scheduled to leave July 6 for basic training and was told if
she doesn't go, she'll be arrested.
made a decision about what to do with my life, and this is
the total opposite of what I wanted," she said, tears
streaming down her face. "I thought I was going for
schooling. They knew that's what I wanted, so that's what
they told me."
Angell, a spokesman for the National Guard, denied any
deception took place in Faustner's case. Angell said she is
suffering "nerves about basic training," but is bound by her
four-year contract. "She took the oath and her parents
signed the paperwork, and that's the facts," he said.
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War A Bag Job For Bush Buddies:
Billions Looted So Far;
A Convenient Smokescreen For CPA & Other Bush Buddy
Iraqis will be paying for the screw-ups of the CPA for a
long time," said a coalition adviser who requested
anonymity. "They have had to unwind what we did in that
year, and that has made it tougher for them to recover."
again. The resistance is recovering Iraq very nicely,
and these corrupt scum helped them do it, by making it
so perfectly clear that all this war was about was
dead and maimed troop was there to make that possible.
That was and is the mission, and nothing more, and that
was always the mission, and there never was anything
May 20. 2005 By T. CHRISTIAN
MILLER, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Bill Keller knew
that rebuilding Iraq's shattered telecommunications network
meant throwing money into a black hole.
As the clock ticked down to
the end of the U.S. occupation last June, reconstruction
projects were hopelessly mired in delays, and financial
controls at the Iraqi Communications Ministry appeared
non-existent. Yet instead of putting the brakes on
spending, top U.S. officials urged that contracts be
accelerated, Keller said.
squandering the money we were entrusted to handle," said
Keller, at the time was a deputy adviser to the
Communications Ministry. "We were a blind mouse with
apparent indifference toward accountability when it came to
spending Iraqi money was common among U.S. officials last
year as they rushed to sign contracts in the waning days of
U.S. control of Iraq, according to interviews and documents
obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
audits and interviews, June 2004 has emerged as a month when
money and accountability were thrown out the door. The
United States played the role of frenzied shopper, leaving
the Iraqis to pay the bill. [Wrong. These thieves have
names, addresses, they can be hunted down, they can and will
face retribution, and they are not “The United States.”]
More than 1,000 contracts were
issued by U.S. officials in June, about double the usual
number. Auditors disclosed this month that several U.S.
officials are under investigation for possible embezzlement
during the June spending blitz.
lots of examples of bad management because of the chaos
around the turnover," said Ginger Cruz, chief of staff for
the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, who
oversees U.S. spending in Iraq. "There was a greater
opportunity for fraud."
Senior officials with the
Coalition Provisional Authority that ruled Iraq until June
defended their actions. They acknowledged paperwork problems
but said wartime circumstances demanded a focus on action,
not accounting principles. Most of the money, they said,
helped prevent bloodshed by providing desperately needed
goods and services for the Iraqis.
[What the fuck would you
expect them to say, maybe “Yeah, we’re thieving pieces of
shit, and we ripped off every million we could?”]
officials are now unsure [!] whether billions of dollars
dispatched to Iraqi ministries to fund reconstruction
projects ever reached their final destinations. Schools
and hospitals refurbished with hastily issued contracts
have again fallen into disrepair. The oil and power
industries are in worse shape than during the Saddam
the terms of a U.N. resolution, the United States was
supposed to safeguard Iraqi money in a special account.
The money consisted of Iraq oil revenue and assets
seized from Saddam's regime.
The United Nations, which had
control over Iraqi oil proceeds, would deposit money into
the fund as it cleared old debts.
In March 2004, the United
Nations unexpectedly released $2.5 billion into the
development fund. [Another pack of murdering thieving
scum. These are the same noble UN politicians who imposed
the sanctions on Iraq that killed a million Iraqis, while
those on top of the Iraqi government, including Hussein and
his psychopathic kids, the supposed objects of the
sanctions, lived the life of millionaires, untouched by the
slightest want or deprivation, like shit-eating ruling
classes do everywhere in the world. That’s why the Iraqi
resistance considers UN personnel legitimate targets of war,
and they are right to do so.]
Coalition officials suddenly
had a massive windfall. A former senior CPA official, who
requested anonymity because of the sensitivity surrounding
the issue said the new money sparked an intense internal
Should the coalition spend it,
or leave it for the new Iraqi government?
In the end,
the official said the United States decided in consultation
with the Iraqis that the country's needs were too urgent to
wait. There was also a belief that the
Iraqi money could be spent more easily than the U.S. money,
which was governed by far stricter contracting rules and
oversight. [More smoke.
Translation: more easily stolen now, by us.]
single day in May, U.S. and Iraqi officials approved
almost $1.9 billion worth of spending, including new
oil, security and electricity projects.
Over the next few months, U.S.
officials throughout Iraq placed more focus on launching
projects, and less on accounting concerns. E-mails,
documents and interviews with officials who worked in Iraq
at the time portray a mania to move money. [Right.
Into their own bank accounts.]
"The Iraqis will be paying for
the screw-ups of the CPA for a long time," said a coalition
adviser who requested anonymity. "They have had to unwind
what we did in that year, and that has made it tougher for
them to recover." [Wrong
again. The resistance is recovering Iraq very nicely, and
these corrupt scum helped them do it, by making it so
perfectly clear that all this war was about was looting
Iraq. Every dead and maimed troop was there to make that
possible. That was the mission, and nothing more, and that
was always the mission, and there never was anything more.]
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Major Locked Up
May 20 AP
War souvenirs shipped from
Iraq to the United States by Maj. Gregory McMillion are
military judge sentenced McMillion to one year in prison and
dismissed him from service May 20, 2005, for illegally
shipping a small arsenal of automatic weapons and hundreds
of other war souvenirs home from Iraq. (AP
Photo/U.S.Air Force, File)
Play In Three Acts
To Have It Back:
Gets It, Gives Soldier A Coin For It:
Caught In Another Stupid Lie
May 09, 2005 By Joseph R.
Chenelly, Army Times staff writer
A tank crewman with C Company,
1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, was standing watch from
the turret of his M-1 Abrams tank near Baghdad when a shot
rang out March 22.
Spc. Anthony Dowden, 22,
remembers feeling a shove in the back that knocked him
“I knew I had been hit, but I
didn’t know how bad it was,” Dowden recalled thinking as he
lowered himself into the tank.
The round hit the bottom edge
of the Small Arms Protection Insert Dowden had in his body
armor. The tip pierced the SAPI and tore through Dowden’s
desert combat uniform and brown T-shirt.
But the plate stopped the
bullet just before it penetrated any skin.
“I had a bruised kidney, and
it left a huge bruise on my back, but it saved my life,”
Dowden said from Iraq by telephone.
doesn’t have the plate anymore. He turned it over for
analysis, and a few weeks later, was ordered to Baghdad to
present it to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was in
Iraq on a surprise visit.
had been turned into a plaque. A 3rd
Infantry Division patch and an engraved brass placard were
affixed to the strike face.
At press time, no one in
Rumsfeld’s office at the Pentagon knew what had become of
it, but they’re looking.
Capt. Chris Midberry, S-1 for
Dowden’s battalion, said the plate was sent up the chain for
analysis shortly after the incident.
battalion didn’t see the plate again until about three weeks
later, on April 11, when division ordered Dowden to Baghdad
International Airport. He was to present the plate to the
secretary of defense.
Dowden and 3rd Infantry
Division commander Maj. Gen. William Webster presented the
plate to the secretary.
goodness this sniper round hit this SAPI plate,” Webster was
quoted in a Defense Department news release as saying to
Rumsfeld. “This is his SAPI plate that (Dowden would) like
to present to you, sir, for all the things you do for our
soldiers.” [What an ass-kissing lying piece of shit.
“General” Webster has his head so far up Rumsfeld's ass he’s
worn out his tongue.]
It’s not clear whose idea it
was to turn the SAPI plate into a plaque.
Midberry said the decision was
made above the battalion level.
According to the Defense Department release, Dowden said
it wasn’t his idea to hand the plate over to Rumsfeld,
“but it sounded like a good idea.”
said yes when his commanding officer asked whether he
wanted to keep the plate.
some paperwork and my CO submitted it up, but the request
was turned down,” Dowden said. “It would have been great to
keep, but the Army wanted it.”
His father, Dean Frisbee, said
that the plate would have made a great family heirloom.
Items such as the plaque
presented to Rumsfeld typically become property of the
Defense Department, said Col. Gary Keck, a Pentagon
received a challenge coin from the secretary,
but he later told
Army Times the plate would have made a nicer keepsake.
understand it is government property,” Dowden said. “But I
was kind of hoping I’d be allowed to keep it.
secretary wanted to give it back, that would be great.”
Whose War Trophy Is It?
Kid His Plate Back:
One Who Earned It
May 09, 2005
Editorial, Army Times
generations, soldiers have come back from war with mementos
of time spent in battle: The canteen that got them through
long days in the Vietnamese jungle; the Lugar they wrested
from the German who jumped into their foxhole; the torn
flack jacket that showed they were among the lucky who
survived the D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches.
They are physical memories
that mean something only to the individual soldier,
something to point out to his grandchildren as a symbol of
what he was in youth and what he went through for his
So when a 22-year-old
specialist is thrown forward by a sniper’s bullet while
standing in a tank turret in Iraq, he marvels at how the
bullet pierced all the way through his SAPI plate and
clothing, but caused him no more than a bruised kidney.
That bullet was meant for him
and he knows it.
A few weeks
later, the soldier sees his lifesaving armor again — now
made into a plaque — as he’s giving it away to Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, “for all the things you do for
our soldiers,” the general said in the ceremony.
was that? We may never know, but it’s a bad one.
It most likely wasn’t
Rumsfeld’s idea. And it certainly wasn’t thought up by
anyone in Spc. Anthony Dowden’s battalion.
pierced armor plate is worthy of hanging up, it belongs on
the kid’s wall, or his family’s wall back in South Carolina,
until the specialist comes home.
certainly not Rumsfeld’s souvenir, and it won’t mean
anything to anyone if it’s stowed in a warehouse at the
Pentagon or hung there in some hallway.
And it certainly can’t be used
again by another soldier in combat. If the bullet hole
didn’t render it unserviceable, turning it into a plaque
kid his plate back. He’s the one who earned it.
Plate To Go
Letters To The Editor
May 16, 2005
When contacting the defense
press office about his May 9 article “Plate saved soldier's
life; he'd like to have it back,” your reporter, Joseph
Chenelly, never mentioned that Spc. Dowden was interested in
keeping the small arms protective insert that was presented
to (Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld) during his latest
trip to visit soldiers in Iraq.
If this office had any
knowledge of this soldier's desire to have the plate
returned before Mr. Chenelly wrote his story, we would have
certainly brought the issue to the attention of the
secretary. When the
secretary learned that Spc. Dowden would like to have the
plate, he readily agreed to make arrangements to have it
Deputy assistant secretary of
defense for public affairs
Demonstrate Against Occupation
(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
May 20, 2005 NAJAF, Iraq, By
Abdul Hussein Al-obeidi, The Associated Press
of Shiites stomped on American flags painted on roads
outside mosques in a show of anger over the U.S. presence in
down Israel; down, down USA,'' chanted protesters following
midday prayers at a Kufa mosque.
10,000 protesters heeded a call by Muqtada al-Sadr to step
on and drive over American and Israeli flags painted on
roads outside mosques. Many of the
worshippers were chanting or waving the Quran, Islam's holy
came after U.S. and Iraqi forces detained 13 al-Sadr
supporters during a raid this week on a Shiite mosque in
Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad.
attended angry services in the Shiite-dominated cities of
Najaf, Kufa, and Nasiriyah.
Cops get into the act: Baghdad's Sadr City May 20, 2005.
Some 2,000 people, carrying
copies of the Koran, marched in protest on Friday in
Nasiriyah, 375 kilometres south of Baghdad.
Nasiriyah, about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, al-Sadr
supporters clashed with guards at the headquarters of Dhi
Qar provincial governor, Aziz Abed Alwan.
The fighting broke out before
noon as about 2,000 members of al-Sadr's al-Mahdi Amy
marched toward the cleric's local office, which is near the
guarding the headquarters shot toward the crowd in an
apparent bid to disperse it, prompting retaliatory fire from
An official from Nasiriyah
General Hospital, speaking on customary condition of
anonymity, said four policemen and four civilians were
wounded. Another nine al-Sadr supporters were injured, said
Sheik al-Khafaji, an official at al-Sadr's Nasiriyah office.
the government not to fight the al-Sadr movement because all
the tyrants of the world could not beat it," Hazim al-Araji,
the imam of a Kufa mosque, said during today's sermon. "We
say to the government: Do not be a tyrant like Saddam or
(former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad) Allawi."
5,000 al-Sadr supporters marched in Baghdad's Sadr City
slum, the scene of fierce fighting last year between U.S.
forces and fighters from his al-Mahdi Army.
PB, who sent it in. He writes: I don’t think I want to see
Bush or Cheney in theirs.]
Underwear-Clad Saddam Published
May 20, By PATRICK QUINN,
Associated Press Writer
British and American
newspapers published photos Friday showing an imprisoned
Saddam Hussein clad only in his underwear and washing his
May 20, 2005, Shailmanman,
Saddam in his underwear??!!
Blush Blush Blush!!!
I can see
it all now! The resistance fighters are giving up and
piling their arms in squares of cities all over Iraq.
They're blushing with shame!
The fight has certainly been
brought below the waist.
OK, I could see nothing wrong
with his underwear. It looked clean, and practically new.
And evidently he's got em. That's more than can be said for
certain of many.
will they do if a few resistance diehards manage somehow to
overlook the underwear and go on fighting? Shall we see
pics of Saddam without his underwear? Maybe that'll do it?
But ooooooooooooo! The Geneva
whatnots! The US military promises to investigate! Nice!
Nonsense Bites The Dust, Maybe
repeated from time to time by various sources, ranging from
U.S. occupation commanders and politicians to condescending
deluded leftists, is that there is no political program
expressing views from the Iraqi resistance. This is part of
the same racist propaganda that argues the Iraqis are too
stupid, chaotic, etc. etc. to govern themselves. Just a
bunch of fanatics running around blowing things up, but
crude fanatics, with no politics.
oops, a resistance program. This resistance program was put
together at, oops, a meeting in Baghdad. That says
something about who controls Baghdad, as well as driving a
stake through the slanders about the resistance lacking
well be other organizations with other, better programs.
That’s not the point.
certainly criticisms to be made of this one. One huge
omission is anything about the needs of the Iraqi working
class, what role they are to play, and how they have the
unlimited right to control the wealth, including the oil
wealth, their labor creates. And of course those who
developed this program may well form a government as cruel
and predatory as the one that rules the U.S.A., composed of
thieving merchants, power-hungry politicians,
bought-and-paid-for preachers, business men, generals, and
other assorted scum, like the one that took over in Iran
after the revolution that overthrew the Shah, and
re-enslaved the Iranian working classes. Their Iraqi
counterparts have their eyes on the oil wealth, and intend
to have it for themselves, and fuck the working class. Why
not? They believe in capitalism too, just like George W.
nothing is said here to confirm the unlimited right of the
Kurdish people, whether in Turkey, Syria, Iran or Iraq, to
complete self-determination and independence, if they choose
that path. This is a stupid omission, since it would drive
a wedge between the pro-Occupation Kurdish leadership and
the Kurdish people. It’s clear (points #3 and #8) that
those who drafted it intend to continue the oppression and
repression of the Kurds. Demanding self-determination for
one’s self, while denying it to others, has ever been the
hallmark of greedy nationalist assholes.
the point either.
is to refute the silly nonsense that defends a foreign
occupation by ascribing political illiteracy to Iraqis. And
the Iraqi working class will have a far easier time
exterminating local predators when the foreign predators are
driven out, which is one of the best reasons of all for
working people in the USA to oppose the occupation, and
demand that all U.S. troops come home now, alive. Our
troops and the working people of Iraq are both our brothers
and sisters. Their enemies are our enemies, whether foreign
liberation is necessary for our own liberation. And we have
plenty of predators right here in the USA that urgently
require our attention, and that of our troops, who belong
here doing that, not over there doing service to the Evil
Empire in Washington DC on behalf of those who send them to
kill and die for corrupt purposes. T]
Iraqi National Foundation Congress
Second Session - Baghdad 7 May 2005:
National Foundation Congress convened its second on Saturday
7 May 2005 in the Iraqi Law Association hall in Baghdad.
The gathering of
anti-occupation political parties, movements and
personalities discussed the current changing political scene
and the conduct of the congress over its first year.
the events that preceded, accompanied and followed the
elections, and the consequences of the continuing raids and
attacks on Iraqi towns.
They noted the
grave tendency to implant division and strife amongst the
Iraqi people through the adoption of sectarian and ethnic
quotas in formation of government bodies, and the mounting
insecurity and chaos in all areas in the country.
critically reviewed its activist, political, organisational
and media roles, and resolved to uphold the patriotic
principles expressed in the Charter of National Mutuality
and Action, with emphasis on the following points:
1. The congress rejects the foreign
occupation of Iraq and work to end it with all possible
means, including annulling all its political, economic,
educational and moral consequences. The minimal demand of
the current government should be a declaration of an
unconditional schedule of withdrawal of foreign troops from
Iraq. This is the minimal condition for us to participate in
the writing of the constitution, in the coming elections,
and in any other political process.
2. The congress upholds the legal right of
the Iraqi resistance in all its forms as the unalienable
right of a people under occupation. The resistance
constitutes, in all its kinds and options, an essential part
of the national liberation movement. The Iraqi resistance,
together with the Palestinian resistance, and the peace,
anti-globalisation, anti-hegemony movements in the world at
large, are together the main barrier to the US-imperialist
and Zionist plans to impose their will on humanity.
3. The congress upholds the unity of Iraq
as a people and territory, and its Islamic-Arabic identity
in cultural non-ethnic terms, upholding all the cultural and
national rights of the components of the Iraqi people. To
reject all plans that aims at undermines the sovereignty and
leads to partition, especially in the federal form recorded
in the administrative law.
4. The congress condemns the security
breakdown in Iraq, and call for combating organised crime,
the assassination of scientists and the kidnapping of
citizens. It also condemns the suspect terror inflicted on
innocent Iraqi lives and public utilities and property,
declaring it is totally alien to the history and practices
of people in Iraq.
5. The congress condemns all the suspect
feuds that have flared of late, which threaten to saw seeds
of strife and ethnic, religious and confessional hatreds.
It places the responsibility for these on the occupation
forces, the interim governing council and the transitional
government. It calls for efforts to uncover those behind
them and for the formation of national committees to monitor
such terrible moves, and to offer guidance about them.
6. The congress calls for the
reconstitution of Iraqi armed forces under the command of
Iraqi officers with well-attested qualifications, integrity
and loyalty, following the removal of those who caused harm
to the people and the country. One of the first steps in
this respect is the re-activation of the long-establishes
Iraqi military colleges, so as to rebuild the Iraqi army in
the service of our people.
7. The congress affirms it rejection of the
transitional administrative law which has been imposed by
the occupation forces. This is an illegal document,
internationally rejected through it not being part of any
8. The congress affirms its esteem and
commitment to Arab-Kurdish brotherhood, and declares its
readiness for dialogue with all and any of the Kurdish
fraternal groups to arrive at a peaceful brotherly solution
that guarantees the legitimate aims, and strengthens the
unity and stability of Iraq.
9. The congress strongly condemns the
escalation in the number of political prisoners whose
numbers are now in the tens of thousands, and the
indeterminacy of their terms of arrest. The torture to which
many of the prisoners are subjected has those sections of
international community who uphold human rights and
individual freedoms, while the abuses include denying family
visits, and other basic rights. The congress appeals to all
international organisations to support its own efforts to
put a stop to these illegal and inhuman practices, to submit
those accused of crimes to independent Iraqi courts, and to
release all the innocent rest.
The congress calls on the Iraqi army and police forces to
carry out their patriotic duties to ensure the safety and
security of citizens with courage, and to be steadfast in
opposing plans to enrol them in actions against their
compatriots since their charges are the citizens not the
The congress declares its hope in establishing good
neighbourly relations with all countries bordering Iran, and
refusal to interfere in internal affairs of others. It warns
against the use of Iraqi territory against its neighbours,
especially Syria and Iran amongst other Arab and Islamic
countries, and places the responsibility for the grave
consequences of such action on the occupying forces.
The congress declares it total support for the valiant
struggle of the Palestinian people towards the attainment of
its will and sovereignty. It rejects the establishment of
any political or normalisation links with the Zionist,
usurper settler entity.
The congress affirms its eagerness to widen its membership
to include all patriotic movements, bodies and personalities
which shares its principles, and its eagerness for national
dialogue with all forces under the banner of Unity and
Long live free
and independent Iraq, with sovereignty intact.
inclusive, resolute Iraqi unity.
National Foundation Congress
May 19 By PATRICK QUINN,
Associated Press Writer & By Abdul Hussein Al-obeidi, The
A car bomb
killed two Iraqi soldiers patrolling with U.S. troops in
Baghdad, the U.S. military said. American
helicopters were called in for support and fired on
insurgents in the area.
Police said four Iraqi soldiers were killed in what
appeared to be the same attack.
A bomber also drove his car
into an Iraqi army checkpoint in southern Baghdad's Dora
neighborhood, killing one soldier
and injuring eight
[omitted yesterday from
news reports], Iraqi army Capt. Firas Aied said.
A drive-by shooting late
Wednesday killed Salah Niyazi, an official from the Youth
and Sport Ministry, in Baghdad, police said.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Tradition Of Brass Assholes
To: GI Special
Sent: May 20, 2005
Littleton Waller on Haitians (statement evidently made
during 1915-1934 US occupation of Haiti): "These people are
niggers in spite of the thin varnish of education and
refinement. Down in their hearts they are just the same
happy, idle, irresponsible people we know of."
Leaders Aim Sharp Stick At Bush’s Eye:
Us? We’ll Make Iraq Hell For You;
May 20, 2005 By Scott
Peterson, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
interview with Reuters, Iranian Presidential front-runner
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Thursday said that Iran "cannot
ignore" the US, and that Iran would "feel that America has
given up its hostile policies" if the US "begin to adopt
positive behavior rather than doing evil."
"Had the Islamic Republic of
Iran exploited the situation in Iraq to interfere in Iraq's
affairs and allow terrorists to enter Iraq from Iran,"
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi added, "the
situation in Iraq would have been much worse."
"When Iran has a friend in
power (in Iraq), they want to see that government succeed.
when Iran wants to flex its muscles in Iraq, it can,"
says Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst with the
Brussels-based International Crisis Group
danger is if there is heightened tension between the US
and Iran. The battlefield for that will be in Iraq."
Is On The March”
2005-05-03 Danny Schechter,
There is a
word missing in most of the coverage of Iraq. It's a
ghost-laden word that conjures up distressing memories that
Washington and most of our media prefer to keep in that
proverbial "lock box," hidden away in dusty archives and
The word is
Its absence was never more
noticeable than in the coverage this past weekend of the
30th anniversary of the Vietnam war, marked in Vietnam with
celebrations, but largely ignored in America where CNN led
with the story of a bride who went missing when she had
we called the "enemy" communists; in Iraq we call them
(Soldiers had their own terms,
"gooks" in Vietnam, "ragheads" in Iraq)
counties, they was in fact an indigenous resistance that
enjoyed popular support. (Both targeted and brutalized
people they considered collaborators with the invaders just
as our own Revolution went after Americans who backed the
In both wars, as in all wars,
innocent civilians died in droves.
In Vietnam, the Pentagon's
counter-insurgency effort failed to "pacify" the countryside
even with a half a million US soldiers "in country." The
insurgency in Iraq is growing despite the best efforts of US
soldiers. More have died since President Bush proclaimed
"mission accomplished" than during the invasion.
The Vietnamese forced the US
into negotiations for the Paris Peace Agreement. When the
agreement was continually violated, they brilliantly staged
a final offensive that surprised and routed a superior
million-man Saigon Army. Can the Iraqi resistance do the
The BBC is wondering too,
reminding us, "As the casualties mounted so did the
questions about how much a threat the Vietcong could really
pose. Today another pre-emptive war against an enemy far
from home has posed similar questions."
insurgency in Iraq escalates and continues to seize the
initiative with the capacity to attack where and when it
wants, is it unthinkable to suspect that another April 30th
campaign of the kind that "liberated" Saigon is possible in
already seen "the fall" of Baghdad. Can it "fall" again?
after me. We are winning.
is on the march.
Thrown In Prison But Not Charged With Anything
20.05.2005 IFJ, Brussels
The International Federation
of Journalists is demanding that US and Iraq authorities
free eight Iraqi journalists, most working for western
media, who were arrested in March allegedly because “they
pose a security risk to the Iraqi people and coalition
arrests, without formal charges, are nothing short of
intimidation,” said White.
in Iraq is in the deepest crisis and the authorities should
bring forward clear charges or release these journalists
immediately. The uncertainty and injustice of arrest and
arbitrary detention is intolerable.”
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
UNAFRAID TO OPENLY SHOW LOVE FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
5.20.05 Psyops Productions,
Inc. Najaf, May 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Mohammed Hato)
Here we see
Iraqis showing their deep love for President George W. Bush
and their joy in his benevolent stewardship of their
benighted, backward, long suffering land.
specimens of the simple, primitive, happy Iraqi tribal
natives, possessing a natural sense of rhythm, these quaint
and amusingly untrained young bucks were trying to dry a
United States flag that had been soaked in a sudden
rainstorm, when it accidentally caught fire. But nothing
could stop those big toothy grins, cheers and stormy
applause for their beloved liberator, the fount of all
wisdom and benevolent protection, George W. Bush, the sun
and moon of the new, free, democratic Iraq.
Pro-Occupation Thugs Blowing Up Mosques
Committee of Muslim Scholars, Iraq's main Sunni religious
authority, earlier this week accused a Shiite militia of
killing Sunnis, including three imams.
"It is the Badr Organization
which is responsible for these killings. I take
responsibility for what I am saying," Hareth al-Dhari,
spokesman for the Committee of Muslim Scholars, told a news
Organization replaced the officially disbanded militia of
the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq, one of
two leading political parties in the United Iraqi Alliance,
which now dominates the government.
Three Sunni organisations -
the Committee of Muslim Scholars, the Iraqi Islamic Party,
and the Waqf (religious endowment) - on Thursday called for
the closure of Sunni mosques and a three-day "prayer
strike", starting Friday evening, to protest against the
So Much For
That “Sovereignty” Bullshit:
Military Officers” Slap Down Fake “Defence Minister”
Minister Saadun al-Dulaimi earlier this week ordered Iraqi
troops to keep out of mosques, saying such raids had
"terrorized" the faithful.
officers suggested this would not stop Iraqi police from
searching mosques if they were used by insurgents.
So Much For
That “Sovereignty” Bullshit:
Decree On Control Of Iraq Oil
5.20.05 Associated Press
George W Bush extended for another year an order that
protects Iraq's oil assets from companies seeking
compensation for losses under President Saddam Hussein's
Last May, Bush declared a
national emergency that shielded the Development Fund for
Iraq from court claims against those assets and other
interests. He expanded and modified the order in August and
twice more last year.
he was extending the order because obstacles to orderly
reconstruction of Iraq and the move toward democracy
threaten US national security. [Translation: Bush and the
rest of the criminal gang in the White House want control of
who gets the oil. Reality: The thieves have no hope. The
Iraqi resistance has already seen to that. Game over. Time
for the troops to come back home, where the true bad guys
are in charge, for now, stealing everything that isn’t
nailed down, and a lot that is.]
So Much For
That “Sovereignty” Bullshit:
To Reassert Itself In Iraq Affairs”
May 20, 2005 By Paul Richter
and Ashraf Khalil, L.A. Times Staff Writers, WASHINGTON
intensifying insurgency and a frail government in Baghdad,
the Bush administration has reluctantly changed course to
deepen its involvement in the process of running Iraq.
The change comes at a time
when confidence in the leaders elected in January has been
falling and U.S. officials have grown more pessimistic about
how soon Iraqi security forces will be able to take charge
of the counterinsurgency effort.
Although Iraqis are making the choices, the officials said,
Washington has "red lines" that its partners must not cross.
The officials spoke on
condition of anonymity because of rules that forbid many
U.S. officials from talking publicly unless they restrict
themselves to the language of prepared policy statements.
One official said that
although the Iraqis were "the ultimate determinants of their
own destiny … we have 140,000 troops here, and they are
getting shot at."
"We're also spending a lot of
money. We don't dictate action plans," the official said. "But
we constantly remind them that we're working toward the same
goal, and we have our 'red lines.'"
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