Robert Fisk: Bravery, Tears and Broken DreamsSat Aug 4, 2007 02:11
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ICH: Robert Fisk: Bravery, Tears and Broken Dreams
"So let us regard this as settled: what is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious." Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
"A man who has in mind an apparent advantage and promptly proceeds to dissociate this from the question of what is right shows himself to be mistaken and immoral. Such a standpoint is the parent of assassinations, poisonings, forged wills, thefts, malversations of public money, and the ruinous exploitation of provincials and Roman citizens alike. Another result is passionate desire - desire for excessive wealth, for unendurable tyranny, and ultimately for the despotic seizure of free states. These desires are the most horrible and repulsive things imaginable. The perverted intelligences of men who are animated by such feelings are competent to understand the material rewards, but not the penalties. I do not mean penalties established by law, for these they often escape. I mean the most terrible of all punishments: their own degradation."Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
"Find out just what people will quietly submit to, and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." : Frederick Douglass, African-American slave, and later abolitionist.
"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do." : Samuel P. Huntington
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Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In America's War On Iraq - At Least 655,000 + +
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 3665
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Bravery, Tears and Broken Dreams
By Robert Fisk
When a people claim to have settled again in their ancestral lands - the Israelis, for example, at the cost of "cleansing" 750,000 Arabs who had perfectly legitimate rights to their homes - the world becomes misty eyed. But could any nation be more miserably bereft than one which sees, each day, the towering symbol of its own land in the hands of another?
Israel's Jewish Problem in Tehran
So why hasn't Iran started by wiping its own Jews off the map?
By Jonathan Cook
Iran is the new Nazi Germany and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the new Hitler. Or so Israeli officials have been declaring for months as they and their American allies try to persuade the doubters in Washington that an attack on Tehran is essential.
Good News From Baghdad At Last: The Oil Law Has Stalled
By Jonathan Steele
The panic and distraction of the security crisis should not be used as cover for handing Iraq's wealth to foreigners.
Onward - Into Waziristan!
By Patrick J. Buchanan
With Hillary Clinton's lead growing, Barack Obama appears to be overreaching to keep the spotlight and highlight their differences.
Alberto Gonzales and Coup Against Democracy
By Ramzy Baroud
The name of Alberto Gonzales is rapidly becoming synonymous with all that has gone wrong under the Bush administration. Repeated media discussions of the US Secretary of State in the most contentious tones have served to lay the blame for all the ailments that infected American democracy under Bush squarely on one man's shoulders.
As Many as 300 'Civilians dead' in Nato air attack :
Residents told journalists women and children were among up to 300 people killed in the raids on Thursday in the remote district of Baghran, which lies to the north of Lashkar Gah.
NATO occupation force soldier killed in northeast Afghanistan :
A bomb struck a vehicle of the NATO-led force operating in northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one soldier and wounding two, a military spokesman said
Pakistan urges UK to pull out of Afghanistan:
Britain and America have been urged to prepare an exit strategy from Afghanistan by sources within the Pakistan government as the number of fatalities among Nato forces fighting the Taliban grows.
Hillary Clinton Chides Obama for saying Nukes would not be 'on the table' against "terrorists" :
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons "in any circumstance" to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan and drew criticism from chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Bombing Islamic sites an option: US presidential hopeful :
Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo says the best way he can think of to deter a nuclear terrorist attack on the US is to threaten to retaliate by bombing Islamic holy sites.
Pakistan army kills 4 militants near Afghan border :
Four militants were killed Friday in an exchange of fire between security forces and militants in Pakistans North Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.
Iraq: At least 5 killed as bloody U.S. occupation continues:
A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers and wounded 11 others when it targeted their patrol in an eastern section of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said. One American soldier was killed and three others were wounded during a combat operation in western Baghdad
In Iraq, death tolls often in dispute:
The disparity in official numbers and the ones posted in the market, and apparent differences between government figures and eyewitness accounts after other recent bombings, leaves many Iraqis feeling that the government is intentionally downplaying or trying to cover up the numbers of dead.
U.S. ringleader guilty of murder in Iraqi killing:
A U.S. Marine squad leader who told his men "We just got away with murder" after they kidnapped and killed an Iraqi grandfather in Iraq last year was found guilty on Thursday of murder and other charges.
Marine gets 448 days jail for Iraq murder conspiracy:
A military jury sentenced a Marine to 448 days in prison on Thursday after he was found guilty of conspiracy in the 2006 murder and kidnapping of an Iraqi grandfather. Because he has spent the last 450 days in detention, the punishment means Magincalda will be released from the brig on Friday
U.S. military killing trials reflect public fatigue:
In one Iraqi city U.S. Marines kidnapped and killed an Iraqi grandfather. In another, enraged forces killed 24 civilians, most in their homes, after the death of a popular American comrade. One Marine urinated on a corpse.
Kenya: Recruits to Serve in Iraq:
A company contracted by the US Government has been recruiting ex-military men and former police officers to serve in war-torn Iraq.
A Nail in Maliki Government's Coffin?:
The recent resignations of Iraq's Army Chief of Staff and several of his council military leaders underscore a continuing decomposition of Iraq's U.S.-backed government
US demands Iran rein in Shi'ite militias:
A little-noticed statement by US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker after last week's US-Iran meeting revealed that the main demand of the George W Bush administration to Iran is not to stop supplying weapons to Shi'ite militias but to use its influence with Shi'ites in Iraq to reduce their attacks on occupation forces.
Top US general says he's received plan for complete Iraq withdrawal:
According to correspondent Jim Miklaszewski, "Military officials in Kuwait suggest that they could easily handle the 160,000 troops in a matter of months. But that would be extremely risky, because a hasty retreat would increase the troops' vulnerability to attack
Iraq bleeds US Treasury, enriches contractors:
In January 2006, Joseph Stiglitz, a Columbia University professor who won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001, and Linda Bilmes, a Harvard University budget expert, released a report estimating that the cost of the war in Iraq may come to more than $2 trillion
Iran's leader: U.S. seeking Mideast dominance :
Iran's president criticized the U.S. on Friday for its plan to increase weapons sales to several Arab countries and step up military aid to Israel, saying Washington was trying to impose its dominance on the Middle East, the president's office reported.
The $63 Billion Sham:
Having destroyed Iraq to save us from horrors that did not exist, Rice now wants to save us from Iran's future nukes by selling American weapons of mass destruction. Over the next decade, the Bush administration wants to give Israel $30 billion in military aid, a nearly 43 percent increase over what that nation received over the last 10 years
Israel: Time to shut down reactor:
Nuclear reactor in Dimona is like a volcano that can erupt at any moment
4 militants, 3 Lebanese soldiers killed in continued fighting:
Lebanese troops killed at least four al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants in battles Friday in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Bush's Executive Order on Lebanon Even Worse than the One on Iraq:
The power that he is asserting-no, grabbing-with these executive orders is astonishing and alarming. Such power imperils our liberties and our democratic system of government.
Full Text: Executive Order:
Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions
Libya and France 'sign arms deal' :
Libya has signed contracts with French firms worth a total of $402 million for the supply of military equipment, according to a Libyan source.
U.S. Senate urges Putin to reconsider suspension of treaty :
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to reconsider suspending Russia's participation in a treaty limiting the deployment of military forces in Europe.
Bush Jawbones Democrats on Surveillance :
President Bush said Friday that Congress must stay in session until it approves legislation modernizing a U.S. law governing eavesdropping on foreigners.
American Home Mortgage to close Friday:
American Home Mortgage Investment Corp plans to close most operations on Friday and said nearly 7,000 employees will lose their jobs as the lender becomes one of the biggest casualties of the U.S. housing downturn.
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