February 25, 2003

Defeating the U.S. War Plans Series #21: Tug-of-Peace Versus the Thugs of War

Hello everyone

Here is the latest that came to my attention concerning the growing global peace movement's effort to prevent this insane war and some revealing articles on the first Gulf War and the potential horrors of a second one.

Read and network!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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2. National Moratorium to Stop the War on Iraq
3. Unions Around World Agree on Joint Anti-War Appeal
4. Who started the oil well fires in Kuwait at the end of Desert Storm?
5. War Is Good Business
6. Weapons That Disable Circuitry May Get First Use in Iraq
7. Invasion Hiroshima Style

See also:

Groups Organize 'Virtual March on Washington' (Feb 24)

Los Angeles Adopts Resolution Opposing U.S. Invasion of Iraq (Feb 22),1,3214668.story?coll=la%2Dhome%2Dheadlines
(...) Mayor James K. Hahn signed the antiwar resolution late in the day, making Los Angeles the biggest city to take a stand against a unilateral U.S. invasion of Iraq. About 100 other cities, including Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia, have approved similar measures.

The War Against Ourselves An Interview with Major Doug Rokke - Depleted Uranium

A Trigger for War? New Axis of Peace Throws UN Into Chaos (Feb 25),2763,902510,00.html

Activists' 'Inspection' Ends at Base's Gate (Feb 24, in the Washington Post)

Peacework Magazine
Founded 1972. Advocate nonviolent social change. Rooted in Quaker values. Serves as an incubator for social transformation.

Index of pictures: Worldwide Anti-War Protest

Bush Orders Guidelines for Cyber-Warfare (Feb 7)
Rules for Attacking Enemy Computers Prepared as U.S. Weighs Iraq Options -- President Bush has signed a secret directive ordering the government to develop, for the first time, national-level guidance for determining when and how the United States would launch cyber-attacks against enemy computer networks, according to administration officials. Similar to strategic doctrine that has guided the use of nuclear weapons since World War II, the cyber-warfare guidance would establish the rules under which the United States would penetrate and disrupt foreign computer systems. (...) The full extent of the U.S. cyber-arsenal is among the most tightly held national security secrets, even more guarded than nuclear capabilities. Because of secrecy concerns, many of the programs remain known only to strictly compartmented groups, a situation that in the past has inhibited the drafting of general policy and specific rules of engagement. (...) By penetrating computer systems that control the communications, transportation, energy and other basic services in a country, cyber-weapons can have serious cascading effects, disrupting not only military operations but civilian life. "There are questions about collateral damage," Clarke said. CLIP

Republicans Strong-Arm GAO to Abandon Cheney Suit (Feb 21)
Threats by Republicans to cut the General Accounting Office (GAO) budget influenced its decision to abandon a lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, The Hill has learned.

War out of compassion (Feb 17),1518,236692,00.html
Bush's pastoral tone is gradually being used to justify policy.

Disturbing Questions (Feb 19)
On a recent CNN International broadcast, I watched Tom Ridge being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer lobbed softball questions, picked up the slack and explained the White House position when Ridge was at a loss for words, and then framed several questions about partisan Democrats being at the root of security problems and war resistance. Blitzer never asked: "Why did you guys run a focus group on your terrorism alert? Doesn't that smack of political manipulation rather than true patriotic concern for America's safety? Did the White House really file a supporting motion in court to block the peace rallies in NY? What scientific studies did Homeland Security use to determine duct tape and plastic were effective against chemical and biological bombs? And how is it that neither the FBI nor CIA gave the "informant" a lie detector test prior to issuing the Orange Alert? Doesn't that show incompetence of two agencies charged with protecting America?" CLIP

ICC Judges Election a Global Justice Milestone - An Experienced and Diverse Bench Chosen
(Feb 8) The first 18 judges elected to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a highly qualified and diverse bench, represent a major milestone on the road to the court's opening, Human Rights Watch said today. The ICC is the world's first global court to try those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

America's Dangerous New Style of War (Jan 29)
AMERICANS are innovators, and we have invented a new style of war. Now we want new rules as well. This is critical as war with Iraq looms and major world powers convene in closed session at Harvard University to discuss reinterpreting the Geneva Conventions and the laws of war that provide some minimal protection to noncombatants. Recent American wars have projected overwhelming and advanced technological resources against weak enemies with horrific records of human rights abuse. The central questions are not whether we shall win but whether it will take two weeks or eight months and how many body bags the public will endure before support turns against intervention. (...) It is ironic that at the moment the United States, by virtue of its military prowess, can most afford to set the highest standard in armed conflict, it is backing away from time-honored laws that impose the constraints of humanity upon slaughter.

U.S. Plan For New Nuclear Arsenal: Secret Talks May Lead to Breaking Treaties (Feb 19),12271,898550,00.html
The Bush administration is planning a secret meeting in August to discuss the construction of a new generation of nuclear weapons, including "mini-nukes", "bunker-busters" and neutron bombs designed to destroy chemical or biological agents, according to a leaked Pentagon document. The meeting of senior military officials and US nuclear scientists at the Omaha headquarters of the US Strategic Command would also decide whether to restart nuclear testing and how to convince the American public that the new weapons are necessary. (...) "To me it indicates there are plans proceeding and well under way ... to resume the development, testing and production of new nuclear weapons. It's very serious," said Stephen Schwartz, the publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who added that it opened the US to charges of hypocrisy when it is demanding the disarmament of Iraq and North Korea. "How can we possibly go to the international community or to these countries and say 'How dare you develop these weapons', when it's exactly what we're doing?" Mr Schwartz said. CLIP


Forwarded by "Leigh" on Feb 25


If Bush and Blair push ahead with an attack on Iraq, there will be a wave of mass protest and civil disobedience across the land. On the day war breaks out, the Stop the War Coalition is calling on everyone to make your protest felt immediately - occupy your city or town centre, organise mass meetings or walkouts at work, sit in at your college or university.

* If you are at school organise a walkout or an occupation if you can, or call for a debate in your class or assembly to spread the word.

* In the evening of an attack we are calling for mass occupations of city and town centres at 6pm. In London this means assembling at Trafalgar Square at 6pm to bring the whole centre of government to a halt. The following Saturday there will be a national demonstration in London. START PREPARING THIS NOW

* At trade union meetings pass resolutions calling for walkouts and supporting the call for a recall TUC conference to discuss national strike action.

* In your college call meetings to organise occupations on the day the war starts In your neighbourhood or workplace set up a local Stop the War Coalition group. People are setting up groups in schools, offices, colleges, and on their streets and estates.

Contact us for more information, support and material.
07951 235 915 or 020 7053 2153/4/5/6
PO Box 3739, London E5 8EJ



MARCH 5 - National Moratorium to Stop the War on Iraq

The Next Phase of Conscience and Resistance To Stop the War before it Starts

No School, No Work, No Business as Usual

Whoever you are.

Wherever you are.

What’s that line you haven’t crossed yet to show your determination to stop this war?

The line may be different for everyone. But whatever it is, prepare to cross it on March 5, in large and small acts of courage, singly and together

To stop the war on Iraq!

“One day in March the Air Force and Navy will launch between 300 and 400 cruise missiles at targets in Iraq…more than the number that were launched during the entire 40 days of the first Gulf War…‘so that you have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but in minutes.’” (CBS News, Jan. 27, 2003)

If you had known about Hiroshima in advance, what would you have done to stop it? Today’s war-makers are telling us what they plan to do, including the possible use of nuclear weapons. This war will visit unspeakable terror and suffering on the people of Iraq, in the name of “liberating” them. It will put people all over the planet at risk, in the name of protecting them. It will, no doubt, be accompanied by even more severe repression within the U.S. against immigrants and against resisters. And it will mark another terrible step – the most horrific one yet – into a future of endless war and severe repression.

Despite huge outpourings of protest around the world, including here in the U.S., the war-makers refuse to listen. We must build on everything that’s been done to date and intensify our work to stop them.

We must act on our conscience and resist as if the future depends on it – because it does. We must inspire, organize and expand political resistance throughout society – where we live and where we work, where we go to school and where we raise our children, where we play and where we pray. Students have called for March 5 as a day to walk out of class. We are calling on all groups and all people to expand the day to one of society-wide resistance – a day to act together to manifest opposition to this shameful, unjust and racist war and our determination to stop it.

On March 5...

You could call in sick (sick of war, sick of militarism…) You could close your business. Professors could cancel classes. Students could plan citywide high school walkouts and other campus actions, joining with student strikes being organized across the country. City councils and county boards that have passed resolutions against the war could mark the day with town hall meetings, teach-ins or other ways. Unions that have passed anti-war resolutions could call job actions. You could stand for peace at the nearest post office or government building. You could begin a campaign of bold letters to legislators, the president and his secretaries. You could establish “no war zones” with signs and banners at strategic intersections (as they are doing in Atlanta). You could hang banners from major overpasses (as they are doing in Chicago). You could bring your protest to a military facility, with acts of civil disobedience “supporting” the soldiers by attempting to stop the U.S. military machine from sending them off to war.

CLIP - See the rest at



Feb 21, 2003

Unions Around World Agree on Joint Anti-War Appeal


By David Bacon posted to Portside

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (2/19/03) -- After a weekend of demonstrations involving over 10 million people worldwide, protesting an impending US war on Iraq, opposition to the Bush plan in many countries is hardly a question. But US military action may have political costs that go far beyond rising unpopularity. Particularly among unions in many countries, opposition may take a much more concrete form.

On Wednesday, over 200 unions, on all five continents, representing over 130 million members, agreed on a joint statement rejecting a war in Iraq. That declaration questions the US rationale, saying no convincing link exists between the terrorist attacks of September 11 and Iraq's Saddam Hussein, nor evidence for immediate threats from weapons of mass destruction. Unions signing the statement point out that such a war would be fought overwhelmingly by the sons and daughters of workers, and they assert that war hysteria is being used as a pretext for attacks on labor, and to mask the effects of a sinking economy worldwide. The appeal ends by calling on labor to organize opposition in every country.

Such an appeal is unprecedented. During the Vietnam War, the majority of US unions supported involvement until it was almost over. While unions in other countries voiced opposition, there was no common front, much less one organized at the initiative of US labor. The appeal made Wednesday was initiated by US Labor Against the War, a growing coalition including at least five major national unions, three state labor federations, and many locals and labor councils.

CLIP - Read the entire post at

Among supporters of the international labor declaration, sentiment is sharpest in those countries where governments have aligned themselves with the Bush administration. The trade union federation of Australia, where Prime Minister Ron Howard has been one of Bush's most vociferous supporters, declared it was "ashamed" of his actions. "He has no mandate from our people," declared Sharron Burrows, the federation's president. She also threatened industrial action in the event of war.

Many rejectionist labor federations represent a much greater percentage of workers in their countries than unions do in the US, and can exact a price for political support. In the German elections, unions supported Gerhard Schroeder in his successful reelection bid, when he campaigned against Bush's military policy. Schroeder's victory indicates that other governments also may survive or fall based on their support for war. The political map of many countries could easily be redrawn by bitter labor battles breaking out in factories, ports and railway terminals at the start of an Iraq invasion. In some of those countries, like Britain and Italy, industrial battles may provoke a political realignment, and support for Bush may cost those governments their hold on power.


From: Ken <>
Date: 20 Feb 2003
Subject: Who started the oil well fires in Kuwait at the end of Desert Storm?

American Gulf War Veterans Association

Joyce Riley vonKleist, RN, BSN spokesperson P.O.Box 85, Versailles, Missouri 65084 (573) 378-6049 voice, (573) 378-5998 fax

February 19, 2003

Contact Person: Gary Treece


For the past six years, the American Gulf War Veterans Association have received numerous reports from veterans stating that US forces were responsible for the setting of the oil well fires at the end of the Gulf War These testimonies are now being taken very seriously in light of recent revelations of the events that occurred during the first Gulf War.

Joyce Riley, spokesperson for The American Gulf War Veterans Association is quoted as saying: "There was intentional misinformation given to the American people to generate support for Desert Storm often created by advertising agencies such as Hill and Knowlton."

* Revelations regarding the "Incubator story," in which Republican Guard were reported to have thrown babies out of their incubators onto the cold floor turned out to be false and a "fraud on the American People." (S.R. 103-900).

* The St. Petersburg Times disproved the report of satellite photos showing a thousand Iraqi tanks amassing on the Saudi border.

* April Glaspie, US Ambassador, gave tacit approval to Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait by saying, "We have no opinion on…your border dispute with Kuwait."

* John Shalikashvilli, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and William Perry, Secretary of Defense wrote in a memo (obtained by the AGWVA) on May 25, 1994, "There is no information, classified or unclassified that indicates that chemical or biological weapons were used in the Persian Gulf." General Norman Schwartzkopf's NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) logs (also obtained by the AGWVA) dated Feb. 27, 1991, and March 3, 1991, clearly disprove the above statement.

One veteran has now stepped forward and given a detailed account of how he and others in special teams, moved forward of the front, (behind enemy lines ahead of US forces) and then set charges on the well heads. "We were mustered into the briefing tent at which point a gentleman whom I first had thought to be an American began to brief us on the operation. I was concerned because he was not wearing a US uniform and insignias."

The information provided over a series of meetings with this veteran corroborates reports from other veterans who are totally unconnected with this individual. This testimony brings into serious question the integrity of the US government, as it provided information to the American public and military during the last Gulf War.

The American Gulf War Veterans Association is presently dissenting on the war and has been joined by The British Gulf War Veterans and Families Association. Riley states that: "Not only is it our opinion that the Department of Defense has not been forthcoming about the severity of our military's illnesses, significant concern is now being raised over the causation as well."



War Is Good Business

by Conn Hallinan

January 11, 2003

War, the expression goes, is a bad business. It's certainly not a good idea if you're a soldier or civilian caught in the middle of one, and it tends to raise havoc with things like domestic spending. But if you are Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman or former Joint Chiefs of Staff chair, Admiral (ret.) William Crowe Jr., these are salad days.

For those who make its instruments, war is very good business indeed, and, while the rest of the economy may be tanking, things that go "bang" and kill people are on a roll.

Boeing, for instance, recently doubled its production of JDAM kits ($25,000 a pop), which make dumb bombs smart. Raytheon added a shift to produce its Paveway laser guided bombs ($55,600 apiece), while Alliant Techsystems is churning out 265 million rounds of small arms ammunition ( $92 million).

This is the era of high tech war, which is good news for General Atomics Aeronauticals Systems and its unmanned surveillance and attack craft, the Predator. The going rate is $25 million for four. So, too, for Northrop Grumman, with its $20 million Global Hawk, the Cadillac of robot aircraft. Northrop, which recently swallowed TRW for $7.8 billion, is projected to earn $26 billion in revenues this year.

To keep all these machines talking to their operators, Boeing is pitching its Wideband Gap satellite ($1.3 billion per unit) and Lockheed Martin, Hughes and TRW are pushing their EHF Advanced Wideband satellites for $2.7 billion a shot.

And if you're Admiral Crowe Jr., you are cashing in on a real smart investment. Back in 1998 the state of Michigan sold the vaccine company, Bioport, to a group of private investors. At the time, the company was under fire from the Federal Drug Administration for poor quality control of its smallpox vaccine. Crowe Jr. and company brought the place for a song and, shortly thereafter, landed a $60 million contract from the Department of Defense.

You don't have to kill people to make money. Take Kellogg Brown & Root, owned by Vice-President Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton. The construction company has been building bases since World War II and had a virtual lock on military construction during the Vietnam War. It made $2.5 billion from the DOD during the '90s and is presently building bases in Afghanistan (the costs are classified).

Other bases are being constructed in Yemen, Pakistan, Turkey, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kyregyszstan, India and the Philippines. No need to go to uncomfortable places to make money from all this, however. The Homeland Security budget is $37.7 billion, and the military industrial types are already thundering toward the trough.

Boeing wants to fit commercial airplanes with its missile-tracking device, the same one that keeps missing its targets in the Administration's billion-dollar missile defense boondoggle.

Lockheed Martin wants to sell its military simulators to train emergency fire and medical teams.

General Dynamics is pushing armored vehicles to local police (a bargain at $200,000 plus) and also wants the military to use its Gulfstream Executive jets as early warning radar systems. Smart move. With the economy a disaster, and the Iraq War likely to worsen things, Executive jets are a slow sell these days. Northrop Grumman, builder of the $2 billion B-2 Stealth Bomber, and co-contractor with Lockheed Martin on the $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, is pushing its telecommunication systems as a way to fight bioterrorism.

All of this, of course, is done in the spirit of patriotism. "The attacks on Sept. 11 are a very personal things for us," says Boeing Vice-President John Stammreich. He did not, on the other hand, offer any of his company's whiz-bangs at cost.

If one adds up all the supplementary costs of war beyond the $355.5 billion military budget--Homeland Security, $30 billion in supplementary funds, $25.5 billion for foreign military assistance, $16 billion for nuclear weapons, etc--the U.S. spends in excess of $465 billion each year, or $1.2 billion a day.

A month of military spending would wipe out California's catastrophic budget deficit. Instead, Californians are going to cough up $10.1 billion in income taxes just to pay for the upcoming $100 billion plus Gulf War. U.S. military spending not only dwarfs the combined military budgets of the "Evil Axis" ($11.4 billion), all potential enemies ($116.4 billion), but every single nation in the world, from Russia to Luxembourg ($423 billion). War is a bad business? Not for everyone.



Weapons That Disable Circuitry May Get First Use in Iraq

February 20, 2003

As the United States readies for a possible conflict in Iraq, many of the star weapons from the Persian Gulf war of 1991 are back and deadlier than ever. The smart bombs are smarter. The stealth planes are sneakier. Even the ground troops are better equipped than they were a dozen years ago.

Yet according to military experts, the biggest technical revelation of another war in the region may not be improvements to old systems but rather a new category of firepower known as directed-energy weapons.

Think invisible lasers, using high-powered microwaves and other sorts of radiation rather than the pulses of visible light common in science fiction. These new systems, which have been under development in countries including Britain, China, Russia and the United States for at least a decade, are not designed to kill people. Conventional bombs, guns and artillery can take care of that.

Rather, most of the directed-energy systems are meant to kill electronics, to disrupt or destroy the digital devices that control the information lifeblood of modern societies and modern military forces. By contrast, traditional jamming equipment blocks communications gear from functioning but does not actually damage the device.

"If there is a war in Iraq, there is no question in my mind that we will see the use of both directed-energy and radio-frequency weaponry,'' said John Arquilla, a professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., referring to both the new sorts of weapons and traditional jamming technology. "Over the last several years, a great deal of research has been undertaken in this area both by the United States but also by other countries, not all of them allied with us."

That is why, like the genie escaping its bottle, directed energy may harbor danger for the United States itself, not just for its adversaries. With its increasing reliance on digital communications and information systems, the United States is perhaps the most vulnerable potential target for directed-energy devices, military experts say.

But for the moment, most directed-energy specialists are concentrating on the possible uses of the technology against Iraq.

For instance, military experts say that the United States or Britain could use cruise missiles or commando units to deliver a directed-energy weapon within a few thousand feet of an Iraqi control bunker that happened to be close to a large civilian population. If the weapon functioned properly, it would disable or destroy the electronics inside the bunker without the risks associated with a conventional missile attack or bombing.

As the government works on new battlefield and continental missile-defense systems, directed-energy research is also helping to develop energy beams to be used to shoot down missiles.

And while directed-energy weapons are not generally meant to kill people, there are certainly antipersonnel applications. In addition to the anti-electronics weapons, other directed-energy systems under development are meant to use microwaves to make people feel pain in the outer layer of the skin without generally causing physical damage. That pain is intended to inspire an instinct to flee.

In describing the use of such systems, which are meant to be mounted on a truck or perhaps on an all-wheel-drive Hummer vehicle, weapons experts constantly evoke "Black Hawk Down,'' the book and film that describe the chaotic 1993 United States military intervention in Somalia. In Somalia, United States soldiers had little way to disperse angry groups of civilians without firing.

"I can see something like this being especially effective someplace like downtown Baghdad,'' said Christopher Hellman, a senior research analyst at the Center for Defense Information, a think tank in Washington. "If one of Saddam Hussein's tactics is going to be to flood Baghdad with civilians, this could be really nice to have.''

"I think that one is pretty close,'' to operational deployment, Mr. Hellman added. "If it's even remotely close, I'd bet they're working 24-7 to get it ready.''



The World Health Organization estimates that "as many as 500,000 people could require treatment as a result of direct and indirect injuries" from this unprecedented onslaught or radioactive high-explosives.

Invasion Hiroshima Style


By: William Thomas

American and British troops entering Iraq should bandage all cuts, keep their overheated rubber suits zipped tight, and stop breathing. It is dust, not bullets, that will likely pose the most lethal consequences to their invasion of Iraq.

American military strategist Harlan Ullman will not be accompanying them. But Ullman is excited about seeing his plan for mass murder enacted. Only weeks away from a "live-fire" demonstration over the streets of Iraq's biggest cities. Ullman compares hundreds of cruise missiles hitting Baghdad to moments of total devastation directed at another war-ravaged population half a century before.

"You have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but minutes," Ullman boasts. [The Sun-Herald Jan. 26 2003]

Intended as a lesson for a worldwide audience, the Pentagon says its plan is intended to shatter Iraq "physically, emotionally and psychologically" by raining down on its people in two days more than twice the number of missiles launched during the entire 40 days of Desert Storm. The World Health Organization estimates that "as many as 500,000 people could require treatment as a result of direct and indirect injuries" from this unprecedented onslaught or radioactive high-explosives. [The Mirror Jan 29, 2003]

Extensive experimentation against urban centers in Bosnia, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq have shown cruise missiles to be wildly inaccurate. Military insider Al Martin recalls a U.S. general laughing during Desert Storm at the inaccuracy of American cruise missiles. "The defense contractors will get paid as long as the things go off and hit the right country," the general said. [All Fall Down: The Politics of Terror and Mass Persuasion]

It will take up to 800 missiles to ensure complete demolition of Iraq's remaining defenses and infrastructure, including sporadically-functioning power stations, sewage and water purification plants. Repeatedly blasted in 1991 ‹ then denied spare parts under U.S. and British embargoes ‹ these key city facilities are located in crowded neighborhoods.

"The sheer size of this has never been seen before, never been contemplated before," a Pentagon official boasted to CBS News. "There will not be a safe place in Baghdad."

It's not safe now! Much of Iraq remains radiologically "hot" following undeclared nuclear attacks that have randomly distributed lethal air and food-borne radiation from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions - without any mushroom clouds.

With a postwar toll of perhaps 650,000 deaths from lingering wounds, illness and DU exposure, Iraq has already suffered more radiation deaths than the 130,000 corpses produced at Hiroshima through American know-how and acute radiation exposure. [UN and Japanese figures]

The same type of uranium-tipped cruise missiles that carried cancer into Bosnia and Afghanistan will only add fresh "rems" to the radioactive dust of this distant desert land.

Even if resistance collapses following an urban bombardment unprecedented in scale, timing and ferocity, allied forces face the specter of severe casualties from the lethal legacy of their last munitions testing on the people of Iraq.

"If your son or daughter is in the military today, opposition from the hapless Iraqi army is not the greatest threat," warns Depleted Uranium (DU) investigator John Kaminski. "In southern Iraq, American soldiers will be sent into battle with inadequate protections against a proven health hazard that will almost certainly doom them to lives diminished by a variety of cancers caused by uranium 238, which means they may transmit these illnesses to their family and friends - and birth defects to their children - when and if they return home."



See also:

Rumsfeld Refuses To Rule Out Unleashing Nuclear Weapons

The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex

Dr. Helen Caldicott

Nuclear Policy Research Institute


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