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A 10-Step Plan for Antiwar Activists…
June 18, 2007

I often hear from people asking me, “What should we do about all this? How can we stop Bush?”

I would first say that we must move beyond blaming Bush. The fact of U.S. empire is bigger than Bush. Hopefully by now, all of us are more clear how the Democrats have been, and are now, involved in enabling the whole U.S. military empire building plan. It is about corporate domination. Bush is just the front man for the big money.

So to me that is step #1.

Step #2 is to openly acknowledge that as a nation, and we as citizens, benefit from this U.S. military and economic empire. By keeping our collective military boot on the necks of the people of the world we get control of a higher percentage of the world’s resources. We, 5% of the global population in the U.S., use 25% of the global resource base. This reality creates serious moral questions that cannot be ignored.

Step #3 is to recognize that we are addicted to war and to violence. The very weaving together of our nation was predicated on violence when we began the extermination of the Native populations and introduced the institution of slavery. A veteran of George Washington’s Army, in 1779, said, “I really felt guilty as I applied the torch to huts that were homes of content until we ravagers came spreading desolation everywhere….Our mission here is ostensibly to destroy but may it not transpire, that we pillagers are carelessly sowing the seed of Empire.” The soldier wrote this as Washington’s Army set out to remove the Iroquois civilization from New York state so that the U.S. government could expand its borders westward toward the Mississippi River. The creation of the American empire was underway.

Our history since then has been endless war. Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Major General Smedley D. Butler, U.S. Marine Corps, told the story in his book War is a Racket. Butler recalls in his book, “I spent 33 years and 4 months in active military service….And during that period I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism….Thus I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street….I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927, I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.”

Step # 4 We have to begin to change how we think about our country. We have to learn to understand what oligarchy means. I’ll save you the trouble of having to look up the definition – A government in which power is in the hands of a few. When you have lost your democracy then what do the citizens do? They must fight (non-violently) to take it back. This of course means direct action and sometimes civil disobedience. Virtually everything good in our nation (abolition of slavery movement, women’s suffrage, civil rights movement, anti-war movements, etc) have come from people stepping up when they were needed. Calling for impeachment by the Congress becomes imperative today. Are you in or out?

Step #5 Forget the “every man for himself” mythology. We are all brainwashed in this country to believe in the rugged individualism story. But movement for change can only happen in community – working with others. So forget the ego centric notion that “one great man” is going to come save us. It’s going to take a village – in fact all the villages. Just like an addict goes to a group to seek help for addiction, knowing they can’t do it themselves, so we must form community to work for the needed change if we are to protect our children’s future.

Step # 6 What about my job? Another smothering myth in America is success. Keep your nose clean and don’t rock the boat. Don’t get involved in politics, especially calling for a revolution of values (like Martin Luther King Jr. did) or you will get labeled and then you can forget about owning that castle on the hill you’ve always dreamed of. In a way we become controlled by our own subservience to the success mythology. We keep ourselves in line because success and upward mobility become more important than protecting free speech, clean water, clean air, and ending an out of control government bent on world domination. Free our minds, free our bodies and we free the nation.

Step #7 Learn to work well with others. Sure we all want to be stars. But in the end we have to learn to set aside our egos if we want to be able to work with others to bring about the needed changes. Cindy Sheehan should not be hammered just for telling the truth about the Democrats playing footsie with Bush on the war.

Step # 8 It’s the money. How can I do this peace work when I have to work full-time just to pay the mortgage? I’d like to help but I’ve got bills to pay! Maybe we can begin to look at the consumerist life we lead and see that our addiction to the rat race keeps us from being fully engaged in the most important issue of our time – which is protecting the future generations. How can we begin to explore cooperative living arrangements, by building community, that free us up economically to be able to get more involved?

Step # 9 Learn to read again. Many of us don’t read enough. We spend our time in front of the TV, which is a primary tool that the power structure uses to brainwash us. We’ve got to become independent thinkers again and teach our kids to think for themselves. Reading and talking to others is a key. Read more history. All the answers and lessons can be found there.

Step #10 Learn to trust again and have fun. Some of the nicest people in the world are doing political work. Meet them and become friends with them and your life will change for the better.
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By: Bruce K. Gagnon on 06/13/07
Resource: Information Clearing House

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Fallujah..The Hidden Massacre….
June 11, 2007

 

 

“Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre,” a documentary by Sigfrido Ranucci and Maurizio Torrealta. Broadcast today on the Italian state television network RAI.

This documentary featuring interviews with U.S. soldiers, Iraqi doctors and international journalists on the U.S. attack on Fallujah. Produced by Italian state broadcaster RAI TV, the documentary charges U.S. warplanes illegally dropped white phosphorus incendiary bombs on civilian populations, burning the skin off Iraqi victims. One U.S. soldier charges this amounts to the U.S. using chemical weapons against the Iraqi people.

 

And here’s some REALITIES appeared from this documentary…

JEFF ENGLEHART (ex-U.S. soldier): I was personally involved with escorting a commander to Fallujah for Operation Phantom Fury. We were told going into Fallujah, into the combat area, that every single person that was walking, talking, breathing was an enemy combatant. As such, every single person that was walking down the street or in a house was a target.

JEFF ENGLEHART: It seemed like just a massive killing of Arabs. It looked like just a massive killing.

REPORTER: Were any chemical weapons used in Fallujah?
JEFF ENGLEHART: From the U.S. military, yeah, absolutely. White phosphorus. Possibly napalm may or may not have been used; I do not know. I do know that white phosphorus was used, which is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, a chemical weapon.
The gases from the warhead of the white phosphorus will disperse in a cloud. And when it makes contact with skin, then it’s absolutely irreversible damage, burning of flesh to the bone. It doesn’t necessarily burn clothes, but it will burn the skin underneath clothes. And this is why protective masks do not help, because it will burn right through the mask, the rubber of the mask. It will manage to get inside your face. If you breathe it, it will blister your throat and your lungs until you suffocate, and then it will burn you from the inside. It basically reacts to skin, oxygen and water.
REPORTER: Have you seen the effects of these weapons?
JEFF ENGLEHART: Yes. Burned. Burned bodies. I mean, it burned children, and it burned women. White phosphorus kills indiscriminately. It’s a cloud that will within, in most cases, 150 meters of impact will disperse, and it will burn every human being or animal.

JEFF ENGLEHART: I don’t doubt that American soldiers who are frustrated after being involved in combat for a year would have any problems with doing any kind of vandalism. I mean, it’s very common. Indiscriminate vandalism was found – I mean, there was carvings in the walls at Babylon, an ancient structure, a historical monument. It was common for soldiers to carve, you know, “Hello, mom, I’m from Texas,” on these walls. I just think there’s a certain lack of respect within the American military ranks, especially when dealing with soldiers who are frustrated. I personally did not witness any mosque vandalism. Our brigade was good about keeping that very controlled. But I did hear stories. Places such as Samarra, Baghdad, Mosul, mosques being attacked, mosques being vandalized, the Koran being damaged. I think it’s very common.

ALICE MAHON (a Labour parliamentarian from 1987 until a few months ago, until she decided to walk out on Westminster: I didn’t lose my seat. I deliberately stood down, because I didn’t want to be part of a government that was conducting an illegal and bloody war against people who had done us no harm whatsoever. Well, I heard from the American military at the beginning of the war, at the beginning of the bombardments of Iraq, there was an admission by the American military that they had used a substance similar to napalm when they first went into Iraq. I put the question down. And as you can see, the reply was “No, they hadn’t.” My government were not aware of it. Now, I’m afraid some of us do not believe everything we’re told at the moment, and so I did pursue it, even when I stood down from Parliament. And months later, we did get an admission from the Ministry of Defense, from the minister himself, that a similar substance to napalm had been used in the bombardments of Iraq.

And you can find more and more when you watch the documentary….
Fallujah..The Hidden Massacre….

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Resources:
U.S. Broadcast Exclusive – “Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre” on the U.S. Use of Napalm-Like White Phosphorus Bombs

Fallujah..The Hidden Massacre….

 

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Weapon of Mass Distruction

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Facing the Truth…
May 1, 2007

9/11, War on Terror, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Arabs-Israelli conflict, Axe of Evil, Democracy…..
Perhaps you haven’t seen other versions of the truth, sorry i mean of the crime, careerist detectives must listen to all witness & proofs… be neutral before suspecting innocent people and participating in masking the truth… only innocent victims from civilians pay the bill everywhere… why arabs and muslims didn’t achieve (in America) some terrorist acts like this before the coming of “George Bush”, are they verily coupables, what about the fabrication of an imperfect crime. We have never seen bin laden neither the words of “islamo fascism and international terrorism”.. it’s a very clear game and a dangerous scandal, this kind of propaganda become clearly shamed and exposed, so be careful when you try to mask the truth because simply history will qualify you as a big “dishonest..falcifier..forger.. and professional liar”….
those who fear the truth try always to kill high voices, they contradict their big lies of “freedom and democracy”, they ban, they remove, they erase, they arrest, they torture, they kill too… we want to say to all of them, don’t have fear of those who manifest peacefully with their identities, dont be afraid of those who love peace and hate terror, because none between us support war and terrorism, none from us want punishment, just we want stop lies and unjust war on others, just we like to say we aren’t blinds or idiots, we need simply honesty and dignity, we work just to stir up the pricking of their conscience… so don’t be afraid of us but have panic of those who play the hypocrite with masked identities, those who will abandon you and escape on their magic helicopters upon the first debacle…be afraid of those who hate, of those who lie, because the history attest my friend that the lifetime of every lie is short, extremely short….

give your innermost a quiet rest and watch freely the truth:
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=94  Loose Change 2nd edition:  Was the United States Government criminally negligent in allowing the attacks of September 11th, 2001 to occur? This film shows shocking evidence about the Bush Administration involvement in the attacks and brings doubt to the official story of what happened at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that fateful day.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=33  Fahrenheit 9/11:  Michael Moore’s Cannes Film Festival winning, record breaking and controversial film exposes ties between the Bush family, Bin Laden family and Saudi government as well as suggests the manipulation of the U.S. public by the Bush administration.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=40   CBC’s Conspiracy Theories:  Who bankrolled bin Laden? Why won’t George W. Bush crack down on the moneymen? This film highlights the ties between Bush, bin Laden and Saudi royal family.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=88  Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror:  Award-winning journalist John Pilger investigates the discrepancies between American and British claims for the ‘war on terror’ and the facts on the ground as he finds them in Afghanistan and Washington, DC.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=42  The Bush Family Fortunes : The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  Shown on the BBC, this documentary discusses how the Bush family has used its wealth and power to manipulate U.S. policy as well as the Bush—Bin Laden ties. Here you will find the hard-hitting reports that have been seen in films like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and used in Greg Palast´s best selling book.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=90  Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties: “Unconstitutional” explores the USA Patriot Act, a law pushed by the Bush administration and passed quickly by Congress in the wake of the September 11th attacks, supposedly to protect Americans. This film provides the facts and stories that illuminate administration lies, wrongheaded policies, and the real victims of these actions–the American people.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=46  Uncovered: The war on Iraq:  “Uncovered” provides interviews with leading experts and officials all of whom possess informed opinions about the reasons we were given for war and the evidence presented to support those reasons. Some supported the war itself but are deeply concerned about the way information was misused.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=82  The Road To Guantanamo:  What would happen if you were on vacation in Afghanistan and were accused wrongly of being a terrorist and taken to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, “The Road to Guantanamo” is the terrifying first-hand account and recreation of three innocent British citizens who were held there for two years. Charges were never brought against them.
http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=93 Why We Fight: This film tells telling us why – a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war.

http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=104 The Loss of Liberty: On June 8, 1967, Israel launched a two-hour air and naval attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, killing 34 and wounding 172 American servicemen. Was it an accident?

http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=100  The Invisible War: Did the U.S. government use harmful radioactive military weapons which hurt not only civilians but also its own military in the Gulf War? Listen to reports from both scientists and soldiers after the first Gulf War. This film is especially relevant since the same materials in question are being used in the current war in Iraq.

http://www.freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=106  Dispatches: The Killing Zone:  British journalists report on Israeli violence in Gaza against not only Palestinian civilians, but international aid volunteers and foreign reporters as well. This is their first hand account of the violence and what life in Gaza is like.
http://www.flachfilm.com/switch_lang.php?lang=en  the world according to Bush
and more ….. http://www.freedocumentaries.org/index.php

and be sure that (i personally as muslim, and arab) i don’t hate Bush as human, i feel pity for him, because he is actually in flagrant dilemma, he is truly alone like a blind surrounded by deaf… his government of liars and war lovers did badly not only to Arabs & Muslims but also to his faith and to his people and to his America… this isn’t America… this isn’t America….
President Eisenhower said (in farewell speech, January 1961): “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence by the military-industrial complex.” this is Eisenhower…
Can Bush become a peacemaker, has he courage to confess his blunders… can he work to stop this propaganda, can he rescue (at the very least) the nobility of his America??? perhaps, all with love and faith can be possible, perhaps he still have heart because he didnt prove at any time that he have strict mind, this is what anger analysts around the world said every time when he lunch a new speech on TV, Bush repeat the same script (al-Qaiida, ben-laden, iran, syria, terrorists, taliban hamas, fascism,…)…remember one day.. before 11 September 200? , we didn’t hear about this axe of evil, it was the same story of Regan with the “empire of evil” against USSR, a Hollywoodean scripts and Programmed Crimes called “War of domination, War of Oil”….