GI SPECIAL 3B44:
ALL HOME NOW
Ken Kozakiewicz (left) in an
evacuation helicopter after hearing that his friend, the
driver of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle, was killed. May 24,
2005 Ikhadduri’s Photostream
They Lied To Me From The Beginning”
May 26, 2005 WESH, TORONTO
years after Vietnam, Canada is still a safe haven for those
fleeing service in the U.S. military.
"I did it
for the best of my family, for the best of my conscience,"
said Pfc. Joshua Key, of the U.S. Army.
The Keys are a typical, young,
all-American family with four beautiful children.
"I felt like we (were) the
most wanted family in America because you know everybody's
eyes are looking for you," Key said.
Key and his family fled to
Toronto. "Now, we're technically refugees in Canada," his
wife, Brandi, said. "I know that I'll never be able to go
home," Joshua Key said.
Key is a deserter from the
"If you do get apprehended, if
you do get caught, you're always going to be considered a
coward, you're always going to be considered a deserter and
that's going to follow you for the rest of your life," Key
eight months in Iraq's volatile Sunni triangle with the 43rd
combat engineer company. He raided homes and flushed out
terrorists. As a soldier, he decided the war in Iraq was
wrong, it's very immoral. We're there under lies and
different pretenses that were fabricated," Key said.
To the Army, he's a wanted
"I went to
fight for my country. To me, the Army, they lied to me from
the beginning," Key said.
"My husband is not a coward
for he went and fought," Brandi said. During a two-week
leave in 2003, Key abandoned his unit.
Once in Canada, the Keys
sought out immigration attorney Jeffry House. "They
shouldn't be punished because they are making a moral choice
that has a lot to be said for it," House said.
Out of a
small office in downtown Toronto, House sorts through mounds
of paperwork for the 10 American soldiers he represents.
"These are people that to me
seem so innocent of any wrongdoing that I feel like I have
to go the last mile for them," House said.
"The last thing we wanted to
do was leave our country. That was the last thing I
intended to do, the last thing I wanted to do," Key said.
If Key comes back to the U.S.,
he would face a court martial, which could land him in
prison for five years. Theoretically, the ultimate
punishment for deserting could be death, although that is
refugees of Canada, that's how I see it," Key said.
Graduate Is Killed:
For Discharge In October 2004
Mark Maida of Madison adopted a puppy, Maxine, in Haswah,
Iraq. (Maida family photo)
5/28/05 George Hesselberg,
Wisconsin State Journal
U.S. Army Cpl. Mark Maida, 21,
a 2001 graduate of Madison Memorial High School, was killed
Thursday in Iraq, his family said Friday.
Maida, the son of Ray and
Diane Maida, died 40 miles south of Baghdad when his Humvee
struck a homemade bomb.
Covelli, in a prepared
statement, said Maida joined the Army shortly after Sept.
11, 2001, and began duty Oct. 31.
served his three-year contract, was scheduled for discharge
in October 2004, and had been accepted to Madison Area
Technical College for the fall semester.
military, however, activated its "stop-loss policy," which
allows the government to keep soldiers beyond their
contract. Maida was deployed to Iraq on Jan. 9 for a 12-14
month tour, the family's statement said.
"Mark grew up on Madison's
West Side in the Orchard Ridge neighborhood. He loved
adventure and enjoyed sky diving as much as his role as
uncle to his four nieces and nephews. Known for his
terrific sense of humor, he loved making his family and
friends laugh. His music was a source of joy to his
parents. Mark enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing,"
the family's statement said.
Survivors include his father,
Ray, a retired Madison police detective; and his mother,
Diane, a nurse at a Madison hospital; two brothers and a
Soldier Seriously Wounded;
Severed Spinal Cord
Christopher Brandon Sullivan
May 27, 2005 KLFY
An Acadiana woman is on a
plane, racing towards a reunion with her son. He's a member
of the 256th who was seriously wounded while fighting in
Romona Guidry spoke with
Eyewitness News just minutes before boarding a plane for
Germany and an American military hospital where her son is
in the fight of his life.
Brandon Sullivan was on patrol when he was shot in the neck.
The bullet severed his spinal
Romona Guidry spoke to us at
the Lafayette airport Friday afternoon as she was waiting
for a flight that will take her to see her son, Brandon.
But, Romona wasn't waiting
Other family members,
including Brandon's mother-in-law were there lending
support, trying to remain positive and struggling to make
sense of what's happened. Brandon's loved ones are asking
for your support and your prayers.
Brandon's family has been told
he faces an uphill battle that will require months of
Brandon's young wife, Mandy,
is already at his side and is praying for the day she can
bring him back home.
If you would like to help
Brandon and Mandy, an account has been set up in their name
Mandy or Brandon Sullivan at Iberia Bank in Rayne.
Sgt. David Winberg. Winberg was killed in Iraq, Wednesday,
May 25, 2005, his family said through a spokesman.
The military had not released details of his
death early Friday. Winberg, 24, was from Louisville and
was a graduate of Louisville Trinity High School. (AP
Up U.S. Fuel Tank
May 28 (KUNA)
up in a US army fuel tank on Saturday after it was hit by a
bomb north of Baghdad, but there was no immediate report of
Eyewitnesses told KUNA that an explosive charge went off
while an American military convoy drove by in Al-Tarmiya
district north of Baghdad.
According to the witnesses,
the American tanker burst in flames as American troops
cordoned off the area preventing civilians from coming near
Attacks U.S. Patrol In Fallujah
May 27, 2005 Reuters &
people were injured in Falluja on Thursday evening after an
coalition patrol came under fire from resistance fighters,
eyewitnesses said. Casualties
arriving at the local hospital said the patrol of Iraqi
National Guards and U.S. troops, returned fire
indiscriminately, hitting locals and their homes.
May 25, 2005 by Tom Lasseter,
Knight Ridder Newspapers
insurgents are trying to get back into Fallujah, with little
success, but they are operating in and
around (nearby) Ramadi and up the Euphrates valley," Marine
Lt. Col David Lapan wrote in an e-mail from his base in
Fallujah. Soldiers and Marines retook that city in bloody
battles with insurgents in November.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Says Active Duty Troops Are Stingy, Greedy Assholes
reserves and National Guard troops are mobilized for
extended deployments, many, losing their civilian income,
also lose their ability to pay their home mortgages, can’t
keep their kids in college because of tuition costs, have
other severe problems supporting their families, and some
have had to declare bankruptcy.
legislation here would make up for some of the money they
lose when their civilian income stops.
politician opposed to doing it, and others of his kind, say
it would hurt the morale of regular army troops because they
get paid less. Meaning he is saying the regular army troops
are greedy, stingy assholes who would hate the reservists
because they and their families weren’t going to the poor
[That is a
disgusting, filthy slander.
anything, it would raise morale, because every serving troop
has a reserve obligation, and they would see that if they
got called up when they were in the reserves, there would
also be help for them.
does Rep. John Kline insult the common sense and common
decency of every serving member of the armed forces, it’s
one more example of how these chiseling politicians really
hate the troops, and see them as just so much expendable
cheap labor to use for maintaining the Evil Empire.
enemy is in Washington DC running the Imperial government,
not in Iraq. Time to come home and take care of that
May 23, 2005 By Rick Maze,
Army Times staff writer
mobilized for longer than 18 months would get up to $3,000 a
month in extra pay to make up for differences between their
military and civilian salaries under a compromise plan
approved by a House panel.
The proposal, part of the 2006
defense authorization bill approved May 11 by the House
Armed Services personnel panel, is far from a sure thing.
more to National Guard and reserve members who are
mobilized than to full-time active-duty troops is
controversial and has drawn stiff opposition from the
Pentagon in the past.
And there are indications the
subcommittee approved the plan to discourage other lawmakers
from trying to get more generous benefits attached to the
Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., the
personnel subcommittee chairman and chief sponsor of the
income-protection proposal, said that if the House Armed
Services Committee does not include some kind of financial
aid for the Guard and reserve in the bill, he expects
pressure from Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., to adopt a more
Lantos’ proposal requires the
federal government to make up the difference between
military and civilian pay for any federal worker who is
mobilized, and provides a tax credit to private-sector
employers who make up salary differences for their workers.
lawmaker opposed to the idea is Rep. John Kline, R-Mo.,
who said paying reservists for lost income would end up
hurting active-duty morale.
reservists more than active-duty troops for doing the
same work would be an “immediate disruption” and would
“unravel” the trust that has built up between active and
reserve forces through training and deployments, Kline
about the fact that the political scum in Congress
opposed to doing the right thing for reservists also pay
themselves huge salaries, keep raising their own pay,
get to keep all the money they get from campaign
contributors when they retire, and live like Lords.
What does that
do for morale? What an asshole.]
The final package approved by
the subcommittee is a compromise. McHugh wanted
income-replacement payments to begin after 12 months of
mobilization. Kline said that would give extra payments to
every reservist mobilized for duty in Iraq, since Army
policy calls for minimum 12-month tours to that war zone. He
proposed, and McHugh quickly accepted, a modification that
would start payments after 18 months of mobilization.
Very Close To Having To File Bankruptcy”
Ward Reilly, who sent this in.]
22 Mar 2005 Operation Truth
“reservesfc” an Airman from
VA, submitted 9-13-04:
many people were affected as financially as I was, or worse.
In the end, I think this aspect of the deployments have NOT
been relayed as much as they should be.
Let me preface this by
pointing out that yes, I understand deployments are a fact
of life for reservists. However, in my case, and countless
thousands of others, I was called back from the IRR.
While I am not minimizing the
financial impact on drilling reservists and national
guardsman, I think a case can be made that it is much more
significant on those IRR soldiers that were deployed that
had NOT been receiving a military paycheck for many years.
I was an
active duty soldier for 10 years when I got out in 1999. I
had done tours in Korea, throughout Europe, and I am a
veteran of Desert Storm. I got out to
pursue a career as a VA State Trooper. I joined the
reserves for 6 years and went off to
About a year later, I received
a job offer I simply could NOT resist. The only problem
with taking the job was that my job would NOT allow me to be
a reservist (I must quantify this as they restrict reserve
So, I filed the appropriate
paperwork, and was released from the remainder of my
to me, the Army placed me into the IRR for the remainder of
years later, I received orders to active duty.
Looking at the pay scale, I was up against a $40,000 pay
cut. My wife began having to come up with many extra
hours in over time to try and cover some of the damage,
and we took out 2nd mortgages to cover the rest.
very close to having to file bankruptcy.”
To Charge Me A Fee For Something 58,000 Guys Died For In
5.2.05 By Graham Rayman, Staff
The 2004 VA budget was $63.6
billion. The Bush administration’s fiscal 2006 budget
contains a $70.8 billion request.
current budget also contains proposals to institute an
annual fee of $250 and raise the co-pay for medicine from $7
to $15 for non-disabled veterans in higher income
have charged that those measures could effectively cut off
care for tens of thousands of veterans.
“None of us are pleased about
that,” said Bill Baessler, vice president of Suffolk County
chapter 11 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. “You want to
charge me a fee for something 58,000 guys died for in
Vietnam,” he said. ‘We did our part and did it to the best
of our ability, and now the government has to do its part.”
Baesaler, who served four
years in the Air Force, including one year with the 366th
Tactical Fighter Wing at Danang, said care at the Northport
VA is good, but funding is always a concern. -
Marine Fights For Wounded Soldiers' Pay:
Pay Was Cut While He Fought For His Life”
May 28, 2005 By Noelle Straub,
Winthrop Marine Lance Cpl. James Crosby's effort to give
combat-wounded soldiers special pay while they recover moved
closer to becoming law with a U.S. House vote last week.
make such an impact,'' said Crosby's father, Kevin. “My son
is in constant pain 24 hours a day. No amount of money can
ever make up for that, but at least there's something for
these people and their families who have been torn apart.''
A rocket attack in Iraq last
year left the younger Crosby, 20, paralyzed from the waist
When he left Iraq, his combat pay was cut while he fought
for his life.
The measure, sponsored by U.S.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Malden), would give $430 a month to
soldiers who are wounded and evacuated from the combat zone.
The special pay would continue
until a soldier receives a new form of insurance for
traumatic injuries received in combat - no less than a lump
sum of $25,000 and as high as $100,000, depending on the
The original bill was named
the Crosby-Puller Combat Wounds Compensation Act in honor of
Crosby, 20, and Lt. General Lewis “Chesty'' Puller, the most
decorated Marine in history.
Gold Star Mothers For Peace:
“Today I Am
Want To Scream”
May 26, 2005
son and only child, would be 35 years old, and I have a
problem with that, I feel sad, looking at my 3 years old
grand daughter, thinking of my grand son, who is missing his
dad more each day.
Today I am
Today I am
tired to be a "nice lady" today I want to scream.
I need to
hear Patrick's voice saying on the telephone from Iraq: "I
love you mom, don't worry, I will be home soon"
seeing his tall and loving stature giving me a hug and
always reassuring everyone.
difficulties going to visit his work, where his desk is
occupied by someone else.
I have a
problem living without him!
on the 22 his life was taken his blood spilled on a foreign
soil, next month it will be a year!!!
May 26, 2005 10:07 PM
good babe, anger can be cleansing and healing like fire.
our anger and direct towards the people who killed our loved
I am hugging you!
Assholes At Ft. Steward Dream Up Idiotic Charges Against
Benderman, center, his wife Monica, right, and his attorney
Bill Cassara walk into a Article 32 investigative hearing
May 26, 2005 at Fort Stewart, Ga. (AP
vindictive," Cassara said of the larceny charge. "The
only reason the government has brought it against him is
a decision to pile on charges against Sgt. Benderman."
May. 26, 2005 RUSS BYNUM,
Associated Press, FORT STEWART, Ga.
for an Army Sgt. who refused to deploy to Iraq argued
Thursday against a new court-martial for the soldier, saying
prosecutors trumped up charges of desertion and larceny from
what was at worst "a three-day AWOL."
Sgt. Kevin Benderman, 40,
would face up to 17 years in prison if Fort Stewart
commanders send his case to a general court-martial for a
Benderman refused to deploy
with his 3rd Infantry Division unit for a second tour of
duty Jan. 8, days after he told commanders he was seeking a
discharge as a conscientious objector.
Army prosecutors say Benderman
not only deserted his unit to avoid hazardous duty, but also
stole government money by accepting $2,922 in combat pay and
related deployment bonuses while he remained in the U.S.
Cassara, Benderman's civilian defense attorney, blamed the
unearned payments on a common accounting error. He also
argued Benderman at worst had been absent without leave, a
lesser charge than desertion, because he reported for duty
the Monday after the weekend deployment.
most, the government can prove Sgt. Benderman went home for
the weekend," Cassara said in his closing argument at the
investigative hearing. "When you get past all the
histrionics, this case is about - at most - a three-day
Maj. David Bedard, the
presiding officer at the hearing, will recommend whether the
evidence against Benderman warrants a court-martial. The
final decision will be left to Col. John Kidd, Fort
Stewart's garrison commander.
On the larceny charge, DeJesus
said Benderman should be prosecuted because he never
reported the payments to his commanders, who discovered he
was receiving the money last month. "He was stealing from
the U.S. government," DeJesus said. "The amount is
noticeable. It's not an extra $50. It's more like an extra
$750 to $1,000" per paycheck.
Stewart finance officer, Capt. Kristen Lewis, testified
Thursday that erroneous paperwork listing Benderman among
deploying soldiers most likely caused him to receive combat
soldiers do not sign up for deployment bonuses individually,
and 75 to 100 other non-deploying troops had received
unearned combat pay because of similar errors.
Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Cordova,
who oversees payroll for Benderman's unit, testified he
asked Benderman in April whether he had noticed the extra
money in his checks.
"He said, `No, because my wife
handles all my financial affairs,'" Cordova said.
did not testify during the hearing. Cassara, his attorney,
said Benderman would have to be "brazen or stupid" to think
he could get away with stealing while the Army built a
desertion case against him.
Prosecutors added larceny
charges against Benderman on May 12 - the day after the
judge scuttled his pending court-martial out of concern the
previous investigative hearing may have been biased against
vindictive," Cassara said of the larceny charge. "The only
reason the government has brought it against him is a
decision to pile on charges against Sgt. Benderman."
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“I Know I
Helped Destroy The Country,” Anti-War Marine Says
May 28, 2005 By Yoshiaki
Daily Herald Co., Everett, Wash
SNOHOMISH - Linda Jackman's
only son is stationed at Fort Mead, Md. The 23-year-old
Marine sergeant, who does decoding, will probably be
deployed to Iraq in the fall, said Jackman, 56, of
Jackman said she is against
the war. "I passionately believe that we're going in a
wrong direction," she said. "I feel very patriotic when I
say this. I love my country."
evening, Jackman and about 30 people listened to Michael
Hoffman, a Marine veteran who participated in the 2003 Iraq
invasion, at the Snohomish Public Library. Local peace
groups sponsored the talk.
on a nationwide tour for Iraq Veterans Against the War,
which he created in July after returning from Iraq. The
grass-roots group has about 200 members, he said.
25, blasted the war, saying the Bush administration has
misled the country based on lies, including the presence of
weapons of mass destruction.
"I didn't believe in the
intelligence. I didn't believe in pre-emptive war," he
The combat experience
fundamentally changed him, Hoffman said. "I
know I helped to destroy the country. That haunts me at
night," he said.
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Rage Growing Over 45 Soldiers’ Deaths:
Officers Deserted When The Blizzard Hit”
[Thanks to CS, who sent this
mother of one of the victims told Reuters that survivors
told her that officers had abandoned recruits who fell
in the snow.
25 May, 2005 By Clinton
Porteous, BBC News, Santiago & May 24 Gustavo Gonzلlez,
IPS-Inter Press Service
office worker and mother Adela Ortega says those to blame
for the death or disappearance of 45 Chilean soldiers in a
severe blizzard in the Andes should be behind bars.
"After the death of so many
young people, at the very least they should be in jail," she
Chileans, Adela Ortega blames the army officers who gave the
order for the battalion to march despite the severe weather
Sports shop owner, Manuel
Ureta, said he felt great sorrow for the young conscripts
who had died.
men had no experience, they did not know what to do, they
were in the care of the officers," he said.
As the full extent of last
week's tragedy emerges, there is growing anger against the
army, and particularly the officers in charge of the
battalion who ordered the troops on the perilous 17 mile
Of the 45
dead or missing, all but one was a conscript. The
young men joined the army in early April for their year of
compulsory military service.
Candidates for the December
presidential election have already called for the end of
compulsory service, saying the army should be able to
attract career soldiers through better pay and conditions.
Three officers have been
sacked over the blizzard tragedy and two investigations -
one internal and one external - are under way.
Army Commander-in-Chief Juan
Emilio Cheyre said the battalion should never have been
ordered to march in the weather conditions.
now says prison is a possibility for some of the officers in
charge. "There is a military justice investigation which
will determine if, in an extreme case, some of them go to
jail," Lt Col Enrique Bodecker told the BBC.
The army is
also trying to recover from the public relations disaster
that followed the blizzard.
desperate for news were denied information, and housed in a
giant freezing gymnasium in the southern Chilean city of Los
scenes of near-riots as angry parents smashed windows and
accused the army of withholding information and lying.
The overwhelming belief was
that the old attitude of the once-all powerful army that led
the 17-year military government was emerging at the time of
the anger was the belief that young, poor conscripts had
been sent out to march by their officers, and then deserted
when the blizzard hit.
A mother of
one of the victims told Reuters that survivors told her that
officers had abandoned recruits who fell in the snow.
teenagers died in the blizzard when they should have sat out
the storm in the safety of a mountain refuge.
did their officers ignore warnings of severe weather, but
the young men were sent out on the training exercises with
light clothing completely inadequate to cold weather
conditions and snow.
Cheyre announced Sunday that
the victims' families would be paid 5,400 dollars in life
insurance and 4,900 dollars in reparations, and that they
would have the right to a monthly pension amounting to
around 260 dollars.
Corporation of Citizen Rights has called for a
reconsideration of compulsory military service.
also argued that the civil justice system, and not only the
military courts, should investigate the tragedy in Antuco,
as well as the deaths of other recruits in recent years in
military service in Chile "has a long history of violence,"
said Ramis. "There have been many cases of unclarified
deaths. Obligatory conscription provides
no solution for Chile's youth and is not in keeping with a
He pointed out that the deaths
of three young soldiers - Pedro Soto in 1996, Orlando
Morales in 2002 and Raْl Aedo in 2003 - have not yet been
And just this month, CÚsar
Soto was killed by a shot to his head during training
exercises on May 4, Alejandro Rيos drowned in a lake on May
9, and Mauricio Riquelme was shot in the stomach and died on
mainly young people from lower-income sectors who end up
doing military service in Chile, since only 20,000
(including 1,000 women) recruits a year are needed, while
around 120,000 Chileans turn 18 every year.
HAVE A NICE
Iraqis burn British, Israeli and U.S. flags in Basra May 27,
(AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Warriors Watch Out... No More Excuses!”
AH who sent this in. He writes: Armchair warriors watch
out... No more excuses!]
May 26, 2005 Imad Khadduri ,
(Bloomberg) Six insurgents were killed and two Marines were
wounded in a gun battle at 4 a.m. local time, the military
identified one of the attackers as an imam, the U.S. said.
The attacker identified as an imam by locals in today's gun
battle opened fire on the Marines and Iraqi Security Forces
with an AK-47 Assault rifle, the military said.
Ashish, Imam of Saif al-Haq mosque in Haditha, was
martyred on Tuesday.
a direct hit in the chest as he ran like a twenty years
old fighter wielding an anti-armour RBKC.
a leader in the Resistance. He marshaled Anbar
Resistance fighters to join in the fight against the
American assault on Najjaf last year.
Attack On Sinjar Base
May 28, 2005 By Hamid Ahmed,
Associated Press Writer & BBC MMV & Reuters & AFP &
six people have been killed in a triple car bombing in
northern Iraq near the Syrian border.
At least 58
people are said to have been wounded in the most recent
attacks, which happened as soldiers entered the base at the
start of the working day.
The bombs exploded near a
military base in Sinjar, about 120km (75 miles) north-west
of Mosul, officials said.
Many of those killed and
injured are civilians working at the Iraqi base, a director
of Sinjar hospital said.
car exploded at 0820 (0420 GMT) at the entrance to the base
used by Iraqi soldiers and border guards,"
said police Colonel Qassem Jaber.
minutes later, the second bomb exploded in the same place."
In the city
of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, two members of Oil pipeline
protection force were killed when a suicide bomber blew up
his motorcade near the force's patrol.
came just hours after a car bomber killed seven people,
including three police officers, and wounded 24 others in
the town, spokesman Lieutenant Mahmud
ambulance driver carrying the wounded to hospital had also
been shot and killed, but it was not immediately clear by
al-Jihad neighbourhood west of Baghdad, a real estate broker
Samir Abd al-Razzaq, was shot dead by armed men near a
for the killing remain unknown, however, a police chief
Hamid Hamad and a government employee accompanying Abd
al-Razzaq were wounded.
Iraqi soldier was killed when a mixed US-Iraqi patrol was
targeted by a car bomber in the oil refinery city of Baiji,
north of Baghdad, police lieutenant Hassan
Baghdad, outside the town of Hilla, fighters stopped a car
carrying five Iraqi soldiers and opened fire, killing four
of them and seriously wounding one, a
spokesman for the Hilla police said.
interpreter working for US forces was killed overnight in
the capital in a drive-by shooting, an
interior ministry source said,
Late on Friday night, an Iraqi
youth in Mosul was killed after a bomb targeted Iraqi
Muhammad Quba, secretary-general of the Iraqi National
Forces and Popular Congress, told Aljazeera that a bomb
targeting a police convoy exploded about 10.30pm local
time Several police officers were wounded, he said.
blast, police opened fire randomly, killing a youth, Quba
news to the readers of GI Special that empires have
never given a shit about the lives of innocent
civilians, or about the lives of their own soldiers.
To: GI Special
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2005
Today this is a lively and
bustling city, but its hard not to think of the horrific
bombing of nearly 60 years ago. When you go to the Peace
Memorial Museum and walk among the humble objects on
display, the scale of the atrocity and the sheer pain of it
can be overwhelming. For instance, you see the tricycle of
a three-year old boy who was riding it in his yard on that
sunny summer morning... You think of the hundreds of
thousands of men women and children who were there when the
heat twice that of the sun exploded over their city. In the
Peace Park a single surviving building has been preserved
from that time: the Industrial Exhibition Hall, its pitiful,
skeletal hulk outlined against the sky.
know, the official line that the bomb had to be dropped to
end the war quickly is a load of BS. The US government knew
that the Japanese government--itself a perpetrator of
countless crimes against civilians--was willing to surrender
if the US would merely guarantee not to kill Japans
refused, and dropped the bomb not to defeat Japan, which was
already defeated, but to intimidate the hell out of its own
ally (and future competitor): Russia. Many
of the scientists who worked on the terror weapon were from
Europe, and so it’s been said that the atomic bomb was built
by the Europeans and dropped by the Americans on the
Japanese to scare the Russians.
news to the readers of GI Special that empires have never
given a shit about the lives of innocent civilians, or about
the lives of their own soldiers.
Japans present Prime Minister
Koizumi, who acts like Bushs cocker spaniel while trying to
turn Japan into USs imperial sidekick, is a menace to
humanity as is our White House asshole.
Japanese despise him and his idiotic ass-kissing and
We share a
common interest in trying to get our troops home from Iraq.
honor the innocent victims of Hiroshima, Nanking, and all
other militarist bloodbaths if we can unite to end this
latest outburst of imperial homicidal lunacy as swiftly as
possible and start building a world where we all can live
humanely and in peace as brothers and sisters.
do a disservice who deny that much has been achieved; that
the military program, the economic program, the social
program, the informational program, and the technical
programs have all accomplished much, have indeed built the
springboards of victory.” AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM HENRY CABOT
Bury Your History, Resurrecting The Truth Sounds Like A Lie”
believe this war is on its way out. The U.S. will not
pull out right away, because that would not look good on
Hastie, Vietnam Veteran
May 26, 2005
I read a very good article in
the June issue of The Progressive. It is by Robert Fisk. He
is a war correspondent for The Independent of London. He
has lived in Beirut for almost thirty years. He is not a
drive-by journalist, like most of the journalists in Iraq.
He blatantly states: "Most of
Iraq is in a state of anarchy."
this war is on its way out. The U.S. will not pull out
right away, because that would not look good on a resume.
There is no
way the U.S. can control the destiny of 25 million people.
So, it's "Peace With Honor"
Only this time, it's far worse
pulled out of Southeast Asia, 50 million people hated us.
This time, a billion people around the world hate us.
nothing but very dark days ahead for America. It is only a
matter of time before U.S. corporate interests around the
world get targeted like never before. The U.S. military will
not be able to stop it, I don't care what kind of weapons we
think we have.
The days of wine and roses are
coming to an end in this country.
When I was
in Vietnam, I saw the hatred in the faces of the Vietnamese
people. That same hatred is happening in the Muslim World.
hit this country, I was not surprised, because 911's
occurred in Vietnam everyday.
American people knew what their government did in Southeast
Asia, they would have panic attacks.
bury your history, resurrecting the truth sounds like a lie.
What do you think?
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“Pawns Of Methodical Deception”
26 May 2005 By Norman Solomon,
It has become popular to
describe the U.S. invasion of Iraq as some kind of anomaly,
a departure from Washington's previous record of seeking
peaceful alternatives to war and refusing to engage in
Such depictions amount to a
kind of pseudo-historical baby food, chopped up and strained
so it can be stomached.
the last half century -- when, for days or months or many
years, U.S. troops and planes assaulted the Dominican
Republic, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, Iraq,
Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq again -- the rationales
from the White House were always based on major falsehoods,
avidly promoted by the U.S. mass media.
light of real history, the U.S. soldiers who are honored
each Memorial Day were pawns of methodical deception. Media
spin and the edicts of authorities induced them to kill
"enemy" combatants and civilians, for whom Pentagon buglers
have never played a single mournful note.
POLITICIANS AT WORK
Who Fill Their Pants At One Tiny Blip On A Radar Screen”
e eto, who sent this in.]
May 25, 2005 By WILLIAM S.
ago, a small, single-engine plane inadvertently strayed into
the closed air space above Washington. The result was
Both the White House and the
Capitol were evacuated, with police shouting "Run! Run!" at
fleeing staffers and visitors. Senators and Congressmen
abandoned in haste the floors of their respective Houses.
Various RIPs (Really Important People) were escorted to
their Fuehrerbunkers. F-16s came close to shooting the
episode would have been funny if it weren't so sad. As an
historian, I could think of nothing other than the behavior
of an earlier profile in courage, the Persian king Darius,
at the battle of Issus. As the Roman historian Arrian
“The moment the Persian left went to pieces under
Alexander's attack and Darius, in his war chariot, saw that
it was cut off, he incontinently fled - indeed, he led the
race for safety . . . dropping his shield and stripping off
his mantle - even leaving his bow in the war-chariot - he
leapt upon a horse and rode for his life.”
surprisingly, Darius's army was less than keen to fight to
the death for its illustrious leader. As
one British officer said, commenting on U.S. Marines' love
of running for exercise, "We prefer our officers not to run.
It can discourage the troops."
that more than a few of our soldiers and Marines in Iraq and
Afghanistan, enjoying as they do a daily diet of IEDs,
ambushes and mortarings, were less than amused at watching
Washington flee from a flea.
More importantly, what message
does such easy panic send to the rest of the world?
Osama bin Laden has whole
armies trying to kill him, but as best I know he has shown
no signs of fear. Here again we see the power of the moral
level of war.
less decadent than our own, few men are likely to identify
with leaders who fill their pants at one tiny blip on a
the same people who have sent our kids to die in Iraq
and left our borders wide open run in panic because of a
Cessna, the American people get the message: Washington
is "them," not "us."
point, that gap may grow wide enough to swallow the
state itself. Kings who become cabbages, like Darius,
end up history's losers.
May 25, 2005 By BRIAN
On May 5
Bush declared “Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in
their country and trying to destabilize their country."
Iraqis are certainly sick of foreign people coming to their
country and trying to destabilize their country. The
foreigners of whom they are sick of are American troops.
SATAN, SPAWN OF DARKNESS
"He was a
murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie he
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it."
The Gospel according to St. John, VIII,
Officers Call For Revolution
5.26.05 From: "Karen Lee Wald
(by way of Tom Condit
AT NOON WED 5/25
All ATMs are shut down due to
the crisis and banks are closed.
La Paz and El Alto (next door)
have been taken over by about 10K campesinos (my folks),
miners, poor community grps, teachers, vendors etc since
yesterday -marches toward La Paz started last week arriving
yesterday - the intl airport is closed - so far violence
limited to gasification and water trucks in the center of
BUT Mesa as
recently as two hours ago was stuck in the Presidential
Palace (fondly called El Palacio Quemado here) unable to
escape to Sucre - his family already left the country over
Social movements have given
him and Congress till Friday to re-write and approve a new
law of nationalizing all gas/oil resources - BUT, he's
trying to escape to Sucre (the actual capital which has
already declared him persona non grata) and Congress
disbanded themselves last week under threat of popular
there is the whole eastern part of the country threatening
May 26, 2005, Reuters
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) --
The head of Bolivia's
armed forces denied on Wednesday that the military was
preparing for a coup as the government vowed to prosecute
two officers who called for the ouster of President Carlos
convulse South America's poorest nation. Leftist peasant
groups are calling for a new constitution and the
nationalization of Bolivia's natural gas reserves, while
provinces rich in natural resources demand more regional
Wednesday, Lt. Cols. Julio Herrera and Julio Cesar Galindo,
on behalf of a "generational movement of military
personnel," told local media a military-civilian government
should replace Mesa.
Armed forces Commander in
Chief Adm. Luis Aranda called the statements "irresponsible
and untimely" and Defense Minister Oscar Arredondo vowed to
try the two officers in military court, describing the
situation as an "isolated incident." Aranda said. "There is
subordination and respect in small and large military
units." [That can change
with amazing speed.]
broadcast on radio station Erbol, Herrera called for
complete control over hydrocarbons and a constitutional
assembly "to decide what steps to take." The demands
reflected those of the Indian protesters who flooded La Paz
government we want to build is with the participation of all
sectors, and if this revolution triumphs, there will only be
two military officers in the future Cabinet," Herrera said.
The capital was tied up for a
third day with marches by peasants, miners, teachers,
university students and residents of the militant
neighboring city of El Alto.
forces tightened their grip on the Plaza Murillo in downtown
La Paz to keep thousands of protesters from occupying the
government palace and congressional building.
Mesa, a political independent
with few friends in Congress, has vowed to stay in power to
the end of his term in August 2007, despite the growing
unrest. He returned to La Paz on Wednesday from the city of
Sucre but made no statement.
Morales, Bolivia's leading opposition figure and head of the
Movement Toward Socialism party, called on his followers to
"defend democracy if there are military coup attempts."
the Bolivian Congress to "deepen democracy" by convening a
constitutional assembly and then issued a surprise proposal
that "the oil fields be occupied to exercise the Bolivian
state's property rights over all the wells."
Thirty Percent, Nor Fifty Percent Royalties -
26 May 2005 Agence
of angry protesters filled the streets of downtown La Paz,
hurling rocks, waving clubs and demanding for the third day
straight the nationalization of the country's oil and gas
from the nearby city of El Alto marched unopposed to join
thousands of indigenous Bolivians, miners and farmers, angry
at the government of President Carlos Mesa for - in their
eyes - failing to stand up to multinational energy
protesters brandished whips to force street vendors and
merchants to close business.
nation of nine million people, has an estimated 48.7
trillion cubic meters of natural gas, the second-highest
reserves in South America after Venezuela.
Food and fuel is beginning to
lack in the capital, isolated from the rest of the country
by land since protesters have blocked the country's main
Monday morning marked the end
of the almost two hundred kilometre, four-day march of
around six thousand peasants, coca growers, and others from
Caracollo to El Alto. This march was led by the Movement
Toward Socialism (MAS) party, under the leadership of Evo
MAS, and ostensibly all the
groups involved in the march, are demanding an increase in
royalties paid by transnational petroleum companies to the
Bolivian state for natural gas exploitation from eighteen to
was provoked by President Carlos Mesa Gisbert's promulgation
of a new hydrocarbons law which dictates only eighteen
percent royalties with a thirty-two percent tax that critics
say will be easy to avoid paying.
march was met with something like a spirit of solidarity in
El Alto, the radicalized population of this mostly
indigenous, massive shantytown let the MAS-led marchers know
that they were demanding, "neither thirty percent, nor fifty
percent royalties - nationalization!"
Betrays The Movement
25 May 2005 By Jeffery R.
The divisions in the crowd and
between Morales and the other speakers were palpable,
Participants included the
Departmental Federation of Peasant Workers of La Paz, the
Federation of Peasant Women "Bartolina Sisa," the National
Council of Ayllus and Marcas, the Federation of Colonizers
of La Paz, representatives of the indigenous people of the
departments of Beni and Santa Cruz, the Federation of
Petroleum Workers of Bolivia, the Landless Movement of
Bolivia, and the Bolivian Workers Central, among others.
sixteen core speakers, Morales was the only one who refused
to call for the nationalization of gas, instead focusing on
demands for a Constituent Assembly, and denouncing
right-wing demands for "autonomy" from the oligarchy of the
department of Santa Cruz.
Morales was speaking, the crowd of miners and affiliates of
the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) around me were
consistently trying to drown him out with calls for
"Nationalization!" and "Close the Parliament!"
Gold Star Families For Peace
Saturday, May 28, 2005 2:16 AM
HELP!!!! Gold Star Mom denied Membership
the word along that American Gold Star Mothers is different
from Gold Star Families for Peace.
Gold Star Mothers was the org that denied the non-citizen
Gold Star Families for Peace
found her phone number and we are trying to contact her to
I have been
getting a lot of mail asking me why we didn't let her in
GSFP...We think it's crap that the other organization did
not let her in.
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