ICH: Hanging SaddamFri Dec 29, 2006 19:46
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Subject: ICH: Hanging Saddam
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:19:12 +0100
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"Herein lies a riddle: How can a people so gifted by God become so seduced by naked power, so greedy for money, so addicted to violence, so slavish before mediocre and treacherous leadership, so paranoid, deluded, lunatic?" : Philip Berrigan - Source: Hell, Healing and Resistance Veterans Speak
Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive: Henry Steele Commager - (1902-1998) Historian and author
Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder.... the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish their corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace....They are continually talking about their patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches. Eugene V. Debs
War Is A Racket : I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher- ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service: Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.
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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War? More Than 655,000
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush's War 2989
The War in Iraq Costs
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The Disrespect for Truth has Brought a New Dark Age
By Paul Craig Roberts
At the beginning of the scientific era, men had the hope that the ability to discover truth would free mankind from superstition, dogma, and the service of power. The belief in truth was powerful. Truth would deliver justice and bring an end to status-based privileges and the falsehoods propagated by privilege. The faith in truth was short-lived. Today propaganda is everywhere in the ascendency.
By Mike Whitney
The execution of Saddam Hussein is another grim chapter in the catalogue of war crimes perpetrated against the Iraqi people. It is a gratuitous act of barbarism devoid of justice.
The Criminality of the State
By Albert Jay Nock
"The idea that the State originated to serve any kind of social purpose is completely unhistorical." No State known to history originated in any other manner, or for any other purpose. Like all predatory or parasitic institutions, its first instinct is that of self-preservation. All its enterprises are directed first towards preserving its own life, and, second, towards increasing its own power and enlarging the scope of its own activity.
War Is A Racket
Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.
He joined the Marine Corps when the Spanish American War broke out, earned the Brevette Medal during the Boxer Rebellion in China, saw action in Central America, and in France during World War I was promoted to Major General. Smedley Butler served his country for 34 years, yet he spoke against American armed intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations.
At least 17 killed in ongoing U.S. occupation:
A suicide bomber killed 10 people and wounded 11 near a Shi'ite mosque in the town of Khalis, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
U.S. occupation Forces Kill 6 During Raids in Iraq :
U.S. troops killed six people and destroyed a weapons cache Friday in separate raids in Baghdad and northwest of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said.
Four Iraqi soldiers killed, injured in attack southwest of Kirkuk : -
Four Iraqi soldiers were killed on Friday and another was injured in an attack by unknown armed men southwest of Kirkuk northern Iraq, an Iraqi military source said.
U.S. weighs sending 17,000 to 20,000 more troops to Iraq :
The Bush administration is considering an increase in troop levels in Iraq of 17,000 to 20,000, which would be accomplished in part by delaying the departure of two Marine regiments now deployed in Anbar Province, Pentagon officials said.
Riverbend: Iraqi Girl Blog: You know your country is in trouble when: :
An 8-year war and 13-year blockade are looking like the country's 'Golden Years'.
Iraq poll: U.S. troops departure is asset:
About 90 percent of Iraqis feel the situation in the country was better before the U.S.-led invasion than it is today, according to a new ICRSS poll
World laughing at US: Mahathir:
"The whole world is laughing at America, at the stupidity of the decisions they made and at the refusal to recognise the situation." He described US President George W.Bush as being in "total self-denial".
Saddam to be hanged before noon Saturday :
Iraqi" former president" Saddam Hussein could be hanged before noon Saturday, Iraqi state television reported on Friday night.
Confusion surrounds Saddam fate :
US officials have handed over Saddam Hussein to Iraqi authorities for execution, his chief lawyer has said, but conflicting accounts swirled over whether the deposed president would be hanged within hours.
Saddam still in our custody, says US:
IRAQ'S "former president" Saddam Hussein, who is sentenced to hang soon, still is in US custody and has not been handed over to Iraqi authorities, a State Department spokesman said today.
Lawyers Work to Stop Saddam's Execution:
Lawyers for Saddam Hussein asked a U.S. judge to block his transfer to the custody of Iraqi officials poised to carry out his execution.
Saddam's Hanging Verdict Is Illegal And Unjust:
Are we now going to compound our illegal preemptive attack and occupation of Iraq, where we set up and implemented a U.S. controlled coalition government, where we stage managed a flawed election and judicial system and where we now have condoned the hanging of this sovereign country's leader after a mock U.S. managed monkey trial ?
Who will hang for this crime? :
Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq: A documentary film by John Pilger:
Sanctions enforced by the UN on Iraq since the Gulf War have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, including over half a million children - many of whom weren't even born when the Gulf War began.
Who will hang for this crime? :
The Secret Behind the Sanctions;
How the U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water Supply
Ritter Reflects On "Iraq Pretext":
The US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, had "nothing to do with those elusive weapons of mass destruction, as claimed by President Bush and his coalition of the willing ... It was all about regime change, no matter the cost".
Poll: Bad guy of 2006: President George W. Bush:
Bush won the villain sweepstakes by a landslide, with one in four respondents putting him at the top of that bad-guy list. When people were asked to name the candidate for villain that first came to mind, Bush far outdistanced even Osama bin Laden
Released diplomats handed over to Iranian officials in Baghdad:
The two were arrested in the Iraqi capital in a clear example of violating international norms and regulations and regardless of their political immunity.
US slams Teheran's moves :
A White House spokesman, Scott Stanzel, urged the Islamic Republic to "immediately" conform to the demands of the UN Security Council to suspend its enrichment of uranium, a practice the US fears is a cover for developing nuclear weapons.
Dilip Hiro: 2007: Tehran on the rise:
It's going to be a make-or-break year for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Book: Israel, Lobby Pushing Iran War :
Ritter writes, “in exploiting the ignorance of the American people about nuclear technology and nuclear weapons so as to engender enough fear that the American public has more or less been pre-programmed to accept the notion of the need to militarily confront a nuclear armed Iran.”
PM urges Australia to go nuclear :
He said on Friday: "It is foolish and backward-looking and old fashioned of people to say, 'Well, we will always oppose the use of nuclear power'."
10 "Taliban" killed in clash :
NATO forces called in a helicopter to attack the Taliban, Ayub said, adding that after the clash ended, the bodies of more than 10 "Taliban" were recovered.
Taliban will never accept defeat, says Mullah Omar:
Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar called on Friday on his fighters to avoid harming civilians in Afghanistan in an anti-government insurgency he said would never accept defeat.
US forces ‘captured and freed Taliban leader’ :
"He should never have been given a second chance to resume his insurgent activities. It would have saved many coalition lives if he had still been in custody," he said.
NYT Reporter: I Was Assaulted by Pakistani Agents:
New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall tells ABC News she was assaulted by plain-clothed government security agents while reporting in Quetta, a Pakistani city near the Afghan frontier where NATO suspects the Taliban hides its shadow government.
How I Was Kidnapped by the CIA:
Letter from Abu Omar al Masri Imprisoned in Egypt
Killing of Palestinians triples :
>From January to December 2006, the Israeli military killed 655 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem - a huge rise on last year.
The temples of the occupation :
So far, of the dozens of checkpoints promised to be removed from the West Bank in a "gesture" to Mahmoud Abbas, not a single checkpoint has been dismantled.
Rice Told Lieberman: īChoke Hamasī :
American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Washington this month that Israel must "choke off" Hamas, the Hebrew newspaper Ma'ariv reported.
The Evil of Collaboration :
There are two major contenders in the Middle East for eponymous recognition as traitors: Lebanon's prime minister, Fouad Siniora, and Palestine's president, Mahmoud Abbas, are willing to sell out their kinsfolk to Zionists and imperialists.
Israeli journalist reveals the secrets of the assassination of Arafat by Ariel Sharon:
The recently deceased Israeli writer, Uri Dan, who was close to Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli Prime Minister, published a book in France in which he accused Sharon of assassinating the former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat by poisoning him.
Hundreds may have been killed in Somalia - Red Cross:
The Geneva-based organisation called the military escalation over the past 10 days "the heaviest fighting in a decade" in Somalia, which has suffered 15 years of civil conflict and a series of natural disasters, including severe floods.
This 'victory' could mean a return to anarchy:
Ethiopian troops, with Washington’s tacit approval, have routed the Islamists who seized power in Somalia last June. The official Government forged by the international community in 2004 can take power. Good news, surely?
Second Dirty War witness missing :
A man who testified he was tortured by Argentina's military junta has become the second witness in the "Dirty War" trials to go missing in recent months.
Affluent freeze out homeless:
A Toronto church's plan to feed and house 12 homeless people one night a week during the worst of the winter has been put on hold after residents of a tony Beach enclave threatened it with a legal injunction.
Giant ice island breaks off Arctic shelf:
An ice island the size of a small city is adrift in the Arctic after breaking free from one of Canada's largest ice shelves, scientists said today.
Peace & Joy
Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August 1765) John Adams
Breaking: Hussein's lawyers ask US court to stop execution 29 Dec 2006 Lawyers for former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, who could be hanged within hours, on Friday asked a U.S. court to order a halt to his execution. In a last-minute filing to the U.S. District Court of Washington, Hussein's lawyers asked for a temporary stay of execution because Hussein is a defendant in a civil case in the same court and he has been prevented from being able to defend himself.
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