By Robert FiskInnocent Victims Caught up in a War of Endless RevengeThu May 24, 2007 19:27
Innocent Victims Caught up in a War of Endless Revenge
By Robert Fisk
It is a place of Palestinian fury - and almost as much Palestinian blood. The bandage-swaddled children whimpering in pain, frowning at the strange, unfatherly doctors, the middle-aged woman staring at us with one eye, a set of tubes running into her gashed-open stomach, a series of bleak-faced, angry, young men, their bodies and legs torn apart.
Who's Behind the Fighting in North Lebanon?
By Franklin Lamb
After three days of shelling and more than 100 dead and with no electricity or water, Nahr el-Baled reeks of burned and rotting flesh, charred houses with smoldering contents, raw sewage and the acrid smell of exploded mortars and tank rounds.
This Shameful, Bi-partisan Betrayal
Keith Olbermann - Special Comment
A Special Comment about the Democrats' deal with President Bush to continue financing this unspeakable war in Iraq-and to do so on his terms: Video and transcript
A Drive for Global Domination has put us in Greater Danger
By Al Gore
The pursuit of "dominance" in foreign policy led the Bush administration to ignore the UN, to do serious damage to our most important alliances, to violate international law, and to cultivate the hatred and contempt of many in the rest of the world.
How Will They Destroy Ron Paul?
By Mike Whitney
We know the drill by now. Whenever a politician with character and principles throws his hat in the ring the media descends on him like feral hounds on a pork chop. It'll be no different with Paul.
Iraq: At least 63 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:
A suicide car bomb targeting mourners at a funeral killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 30 others in Falluja
Bush demands real progress from Iraq, warns Iran:
President George W. Bush warned Thursday that Iraq must repay the sacrifice of US soldiers with real progress, as Congress got set to pass a new war budget stripped of Democratic withdrawal timetables.
Pentagon Studies Long-Term Commitment in Iraq:
The Pentagon is considering maintaining a core group of forces in Iraq, possibly for decades.
Norman Solomon: Deadly Illusions, Rest in Peace:
This week's cave-in on Capitol Hill - supplying a huge new jolt of funds for the horrific war effort in Iraq - is surprising only to those who haven't grasped our current circumstances.
Five soldiers killed in SE Turkey landmine blast:
The landmine was detonated by remote control in Sirnak province near the Iraqi border, the sources said.
Turkey's Leader Backs Attack on Kurds:
The prime minister said he would back Turkey's generals if they decide to retaliate for a suicide bombing in the capital by striking Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
Turkey says Iraq accepts cooperation against PKK:
Iraq said it was ready to cooperate with Ankara against the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party guerrillas who use northern Iraq as a base, Turkey's foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
GOP Candidates Criticize ABC News Report on CIA-Iran Plan:
Two Republican presidential candidates today criticized the ABC News report Tuesday about the CIA's covert plan to destabilize the Iranian regime.
U.S. Seeks Tougher Iran Sanctions Than Europeans Want :
The U.S. will seek greater pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions than Britain, France and Germany want, diplomats said after the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency said existing sanctions aren't working.
Iran atomic bomb 'within years' :
Iran may be between three and eight years away from producing a nuclear weapon, should it decided to do so, Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said.
Israel FMi: World must prevent Iran's expanded nuclear enrichment :
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Wednesday that "the international community needs to focus on preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons."
'Stop Dimona' says Blix: -
Israel should comply with the same demand being made of Iran, to cease its nuclear fuel-cycle and stop enriching uranium, Hans Blix, Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), told Ynetnews Thursday.
In case you missed it:
Israel's Secret Nuclear Weapons : BBC Documentary:
Sunday Times journalist Peter Hounam heard rumours in 1986 that an Israeli whistleblower was offering proof of what the world had long suspected. His revelations confirmed that Israel was building advanced nuclear weapons.
In case you missed it:
Israel's Nuclear Weapons:
This paper is a history of the Israeli nuclear weapons program drawn from a review of unclassified sources. Israel began its search for nuclear weapons at the inception of the state in 1948. As payment for Israeli participation in the Suez Crisis of 1956, France provided nuclear expertise and constructed a reactor complex for Israel at Dimona capable of large-scale plutonium production and reprocessing.
Israelis seize 33 Palestinian leaders:
The Israeli army on Thursday rounded up 33 Hamas political leaders in the West Bank, including cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and mayors.
Gaza peacekeepers should be considered - UN envoy:
Israel has long resisted Palestinian calls for peacekeepers in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, saying their deployment would interfere with Israeli security measures.
Ahmadinejad: Israel's repeated mistakes to spark nations' wrath:
Advising the Zionists to stop 60 years of massacre, assassination, crime and aggression, he said, "If you do not stop massacring, regional nations will soon come on the scene and eliminate you criminals."
Unknown number killed as Lebanese army sinks boats of Palestinians fleeing from camp:
The official said the incident occurred on Tuesday and all militants on the boats were killed. He did not specify how many died in the incident.
Surrender or else, Lebanon tells militants;
LEBANON told Islamic militants in a Palestinian refugee camp today to surrender or else, as a bomb wounded five people outside the capital and a militant was shot dead in the northern city of Tripoli.
Lebanese troops, Islamic militants renew fighting around Palestinian refugee camp :
Lebanese troops and militants of Fatah al-Islam entrenched in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon renewed their fighting Thursday night after a tenuous two-day truce, local TV channel reported.
US sends ammunition to Lebanese govt :
Six U.S. military cargo flights carrying ammunition are scheduled to land in Lebanon over the next two days to re-supply Lebanese forces fighting Islamic militants near Tripoli.
Seymour Hersh: U.S. Indirectly Backed Islamist Militants Fighting Lebanese Army:
Journalist Seymour Hersh joins us to talk about another theory of who is backing the militant group - the Lebanese government itself, along with the United States.
Evidence Declassified in Israeli / Aipac Spy Case:
Intelligence agencies have decided to declassify a large volume of classified information in order to move forward with the criminal prosecution of two pro- Israel lobbyists accused of trafficking in America's national secrets.
18 suspected Taliban killed in clashes in southern Afghanistan:
Occupation forces killed several Taliban fighters and destroyed two enemy positions during the six-hour battle.
Roadside bombs kill at least 10 Afghan police:
A roadside bomb killed six policemen and a district chief in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktika on Thursday, the provincial governor said.
'Six killed' in Afghan explosion :
A district chief and four policemen were among those killed in the blast , provincial officials told the BBC.
Suicide Attack and a Bombing Kill 4 and Wound 7 in Afghanistan :
Two explosions, one a suicide attack, killed four people and wounded seven on Wednesday
Afghan deaths caused by US Special Forces stir unease in NATO:
Three recent U.S. special forces operations that killed at least 90 Afghan civilians have caused friction with America's NATO partners, who are concerned the killings hurt the standing of Western troops fighting the Taliban insurgency.
Human rights slain on US global battlefield: Amnesty:
Amnesty International yesterday launched a scathing attack on the United States accusing it of trampling on human rights, and using the world as "a giant battlefield" in its "war on terror."
Nick Turse: The Air War in Iraq Uncovered:
Did the U.S. Lie about Cluster Bomb Use in Iraq?
Violations of medical ethics by our military:
It is a clear-cut violation of international medical ethics to force-feed hunger-striking prisoners. The American Medical Association is a signatory to the world codes of medical ethics that condemn this practice.
`I won't testify against my abductors':
`I cannot participate in a judicial process where the prospects of a fair trial are negligible, and more crucially, where the death penalty is a possibility,' writes James Loney who was kidnapped in Iraq in 2005
Our Own Worst Enemy?: mp3
Chalmers Johnson's, discusses the military-industrial-Congressional complex, considers the possibility of an attack on Iran, and wonders what's happened to accountability and oversight in the halls of government.
Kyrgyzstan proposes US troop eviction:
PARLIAMENTARIANS in Kyrgyzstan overnight urged the government to evict US troops from a military airbase in the impoverished Central Asian state.
Banking on Becoming President:
After just three months of fundraising, the candidates for president in 2008 have already raised more than $150 million. The eventual nominees will need to raise $500 million apiece to compete. Where is all this money is coming from?
Greg Palast: The Goods on Goodling and the Keys to the Kingdom:
This Monica revealed something hotter --- much hotter --- than a stained blue dress. In her opening testimony yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, Monica Goodling, the blonde-ling underling to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Department of Justice Liaison to the White House, dropped The Big One....And the Committee members didn't even know it.
Goodling Says She 'Crossed the Line':
A former senior aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales leveled serious new accusations against him and his deputy yesterday, describing an "uncomfortable" attempt by Gonzales to discuss the firings of U.S. attorneys as Congress and the Justice Department were intensifying their investigations of the issue.
Peace & Joy
The current moguls understand that true media power lies not in firing up our outrage, as Hearst did, but in befuddling it or tranquilizing it with new toys. The idea is to render us passive so that they can exercise their power to sell us a bunch of stuff we mostly don't need and mostly don't want. : Richard Schickel - Brill's Content, July/August 2000, p. 122
"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed: Ayn Rand - (1905-1982) Author - Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"
"Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all? -- Samuel Adams - (1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."
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