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Letter from a GI in Falluja:
"This wasn't a war, it was a massacre"

[THE FOLLOWING letter from a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq, known as hEkLe, powerfully conveys the terror of the U.S. assault on Falluja. It was published in
militaryproject.org. GI Special, a daily Internet newsletter that gathers news and information helpful to soldiers and military families. You can find an archive of the GI Special updated with each new issue at militaryproject.org. hEkLe and several fellow soldiers have a Web log that they regularly update with essays at ftssoldier.blogspot]

THESE ARE ugly times for the U.S. military in Iraq. It seems everywhere you turn, more and more troops are being killed and maimed in vicious encounters with determined rebel fighters.

The insurgency is mounting incredibly in such places as Baghdad, Mosul and Baquba, using more advanced techniques and weaponry associated with a well-organized guerilla campaign. Even in the massively destroyed city of Falluja, rebel forces are starting to reappear with a callous determination to win or die trying. Many critics and political pundits are starting to realize that this war is, in many aspects, un-winnable.

"What Palestinians should do now"
Ali Abunimah
Electronic Intifada

The first priority for Palestinian leaders now must be to defend their people against Israel's relentless colonization and violence and not to negotiate with Israeli guns to Palestinian heads. They must formulate a national strategy to regain Palestinian rights enshrined in UN Resolutions, clearly explain this strategy, and organize Palestinians and allies everywhere to struggle for it, starting with full implementation of the ICJ decision on the West Bank wall. Palestinians should seek to emulate the success of the African National Congress that freed South Africans from apartheid by confronting and defeating injustice, not seeking to accommodate it.

This is a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan from Kassim Abdullsattar al-Jumaily, President of the Fallujah-based Human Studies Center of Democracy and Rights.

"Letter from Fallujah to Kofi Annan"

Kassim Abdullsattar al-Jumaily

Fallujah 14 October 2004


It is very obvious that the American forces are committing crimes of genocide every day in Iraq. Now, while we are writing to your excellency, the American forces are committing such kind of crimes in the city of Fallujah.  The American warplane is dropping its most powerful bombs on he civilian in the city killing and injured hundreds of innocent people. In the same time their tanks are attacking the city by using their heavy artillery. As you know, there is no any military position in the city. There were no any activities by its resistance in the past weeks; the negotiation with representatives of the city and the Government was going well. In this atmosphere the new development happened while its people are trying to prepare them self to fast the firs day of the holy month of Ramada many of them are now under the wreckage of their demolished houses, no body can help while the military activity are continues.

Just to give your Excellency an examples; the result of one night bombardments by the American forces (that was on 13/14 Oct. 2004)  was demolishing (50) houses on its residents. Is this a genocide crime or  a lesson about the  American democracy?

nolympics writes:

"James Baker's Double Life"
Naomi Klein, The Nation

When President Bush appointed former Secretary of State James Baker III as his envoy on Iraq's debt on December 5, 2003, he called Baker's job "a noble mission." At the time, there was widespread concern about whether Baker's extensive business dealings in the Middle East would compromise that mission, which is to meet with heads of state and persuade them to forgive the debts owed to them by Iraq. Of particular concern was his relationship with merchant bank and defense contractor the Carlyle Group, where Baker is senior counselor and an equity partner with an estimated $180 million stake.

Haiti Information Project writes

October 2, 2004
"Armed Resistance to Imperialism in Haiti.
Slum under siege"
Port au Prince, Haiti (HIP)

A slum in the capital is under siege from the Haitian National Police (HNP) following three days of violence and unrest. Heavily armed units of the HNP attempted to enter the slum of Bel Air at 9:00 p.m. last night and were met with armed resistance. Shots could be heard throughout the area for several hours as residents fought a pitched battle with the police who were forced to withdraw under heavy fire.

nolympics writes

The writer is currently being investigated by the military and could face treason charges and the gulag if convicted. The investigation was prompted by this article.

"Why We Cannot Win"
Al Lorentz

Before I begin, let me state that I am a soldier currently deployed in Iraq, I am not an armchair quarterback. Nor am I some politically idealistic and naïve young soldier, I am an old and seasoned Non-Commissioned Officer with nearly 20 years under my belt. Additionally, I am not just a soldier with a muds-eye view of the war, I am in Civil Affairs and as such, it is my job to be aware of all the events occurring in this country and specifically in my region.

I have come to the conclusion that we cannot win here for a number of reasons. Ideology and idealism will never trump history and reality.

Financial Times commentary writes

Time to consider Iraq withdrawal

September 10 2004

This week a macabre milestone was passed in Iraq. More than 1,000 American soldiers have now been killed since the US-led invasion of the country began nearly 18 months ago. The overwhelming majority lost their lives after President George W. Bush declared major combat operations over in his now infamous "Mission Accomplished" photo-opportunity in May last year.

In that time, an unknown number of mostly civilian Iraqis, certainly not less than 10,000 and possibly three times that number, have perished, and hundreds more are dying each week. After an invasion and occupation that promised them freedom, Iraqis have seen their security evaporate, their state smashed and their country fragment into a lawless archipelago ruled by militias, bandits and kidnappers.

Rob Eshelman writes

Iraq Occupation Focus

Newsletter No. 7
September 8, 2004

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US Military Families Speak Out - UK tour
From the Saturday 4th December to Friday 10 December, Lou
Plummer of US Military Families Speak Out and Michael Hoffman from Iraq Veterans Against the War will be touring the country as guests of IOF. They will be available for media interviews, college and workplace and public meetings.
They would especially welcome any chance to meet with their counterparts among British military families. We are seeking financial sponsorship for Lou and Michael's visit (to defray cost of airfares). Please consider sending us a contribution.

Rob Eshelman writes :

An Appeal for the Release the Italian and Iraqi Aid Workers Abducted in Baghdad


We are individuals and organizations from around the world who opposed and
continue to oppose the occupation of Iraq and we plead for the release of two Italian and two Iraqi humanitarian workers who were abducted in Iraq last September 7, 2004.

Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, both Italians, and Ra¹ad Ali Abdul Azziz(Bridges to Baghdad) an independent Italian humanitarian organization that has been working in Iraq since 1992. During the embargo, other humanitarian organizations refused to operate in Iraq, Bridges defied that in the belief that the suffering of civilians should not be used as a political bargaining chip.

"The Pentagon as Global Slumlord"
Mike Davis

[This piece is from April 2004 during the general uprising in Iraq and the American siege of Falluja.The current escalation in many Iraqi cities seems to call for some analysis of the general US military strategy.]

The young American Marine is exultant. "It's a sniper's dream," he tells a Los Angeles Times reporter on the outskirts of Fallujah. "You can go anywhere and there so many ways to fire at the enemy without him knowing where you are."

"Sometimes a guy will go down, and I'll let him scream a bit to destroy the
morale of his buddies. Then I'll use a second shot."

"To take a bad guy out," he explains, "is an incomparable 'adrenaline rush.'" He brags of having "24 confirmed kills" in the initial phase of the brutal U.S. onslaught against the rebel city of 300,000 people.

Faced with intransigent popular resistance that recalls the heroic Vietcong defense of Hue in 1968, the Marines have again unleashed indiscriminate terror. According to independent journalists and local medical workers, they have slaughtered at least two hundred women and children in the first two weeks of fighting.


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