April 8, 2003
The U.S. Army of Mass Destruction Series #6: Horrific, Wanton, Pointless Carnage All Over Iraq
I'm feeling quite dizzy and overwhelmed with all that I know from what I've read preparing this compilation. Being aware of the insane, unbearable inhumanity of what U.S. soldiers are mindlessly doing - under orders or not! - in Iraq is fast becoming way too much to contemplate. Picture yourself on the sidewalks of this hellish city, looking around at the agony and pain inflicted to thousands upon thousands of human beings who moments before shared with you the grace of being healthy and alive in a body on this otherwise peaceful planet, lush with unfathomable beauty, sensing the torments of engulfing fear tearing at the hearts of defenseless children, unable to sleep for the past 21 days under the unrelenting bombardments of Uncle Sam, feeling the despair of the mothers and fathers of all those children who can only stand still in their trembling houses, hoping that the fury of this flesh-tearing hurricane with spare their family, knowing that hospitals and surgeons are no longer able to cope with the ever rising tide of wounded bodies, aware that water, electricity, telephone utilities have all been ravaged to various degrees by the hail of bombs falling from the sky and acutely conscious of the deadly consequences all this means for a people who rely on those vital service for its survival, you will come to realize like me that not only we MUST ban forever war from the face of this planet, but we must NOT accept any longer to be silenced into submission by those advocating, abetting and ordering such monstrosity and do whatever it takes to stop this war as well as prevent any other war from happening ever again on this planet.
Please stand up, speak out, and help stop this!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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"The time for peace is now. At the dawn of a new millennium, there is no better time to review age old challenges with new thinking that peace is not only the absence of violence, but the presence of a higher evolution of human awareness with respect, trust and integrity toward humankind. Our founding fathers recognized that peace was one of the highest duties of the newly organized free and independent states. But too often, we have overlooked the long-term solution of peace for instant gratification of war. This continued downward spiral of violence must stop to ensure that future generations will live in peace and harmony."
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"Mourn not the dead. But rather mourn the apathetic throng - the cowed and meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak."
- Ralph Chaplin
1. Iraqi troops massacred from the air as US advances to Baghdad
2. Puzzling Questions Arise from Bush's Campaign of Fear
3. The pain of war never goes away
4. Oil War
5. Perpetual War Portfolio
US rampage through Baghdad kills thousands (7 April 2003)
The American military has officially claimed the 64th Armored Regiment of the US Third Infantry Division killed between 2,000 and 3,000 Iraqis during a three-hour rampage through southwestern Baghdad on April 5. In the aftermath of the assault, the Red Cross reported the city's hospitals filling with hundreds of wounded, both military and civilian, and morgues receiving dozens of bodies. From a staging area in the southern outskirts of Baghdad, the 64th Armored launched a "reconnaissance in force" north along Highway 8 and parallel roadways toward the centre of the city. The armored column then turned west and cut a swath through industrial and residential suburbs of southern Baghdad alongside a major expressway to the airport, which American forces had seized on the evening of April 3. ... The Washington Post reported: "US forces killed between 2,000 and 3,000 Iraqis during Saturday's show of force, which drew fierce but futile resistance from Iraqi soldiers and militiamen regarded as President Saddam Hussein's last line of defense." Troops of the 64th Armored described the attack to the New York Times as "a blistering gauntlet of death and destruction that engulfed civilians as well as Iraqi fighters". According to the Times: "The Iraqi fighters... fired from streets, from groves of trees, from highway overpasses. Many mingled with the civilians caught up in the unexpected armored thrust. Some people ran. Others waved white clothes or held up their hands." At the airport, a US trooper stated: "People were lying all over the side of the road. I couldn't even count how many." The reported American casualties were one dead and several wounded. ... The US military has admitted the action on April 5 had no military objective. US Central Command spokesman Captain Frank Thorp told a press conference in Qatar: "This isn't about taking or holding ground. At this point, that was not an objective, to hold any territory in Baghdad. This was an opportunity that the ground force commander saw to move troops through a major area of Baghdad, and [he] jumped on it." Major General Buford C. Blount, the field commander of the Third Infantry Division, told journalists: "We just wanted to let them know that we're here."
Robert Fisk : Amid Allied jubilation, a child lies in agony, clothes soaked in blood (April 8)
They lay in lines, the car salesman who'd just lost his eye but whose feet were still dribbling blood, the motorcyclist who was shot by American troops near the Rashid Hotel, the 50-year-old female civil servant, her long dark hair spread over the towel she was lying on, her face, breasts, thighs, arms and feet pock-marked with shrapnel from an American cluster bomb. For the civilians of Baghdad, this is the real, immoral face of war, the direct result of America's clever little "probing missions" into Baghdad.
Robert Fisk: The Allied grip tightens on Baghdad (April 7)
On the streets, grim evidence of a bloody battle
The aftermath of battle was everywhere. Burning trucks and armoured personnel carriers, overturned Iraqi field guns, craters and blackened palm trees and, right in the middle of the motorway, just to the right of a cloverleaf interchange, the unmistakable hulk of an American Abrams M1A1 battle tank, barrel pointing impotently towards the highway, its turret a platform for grinning Iraqi soldiers. ... And one with a heavy price to bepaid in blood and life. By the time I turned up yesterday, the more obviousand terrible detritus of battle - the corpses and the blood and vomit had been cleared away, but the Iraqi army and the Pentagon did their best to cloak this little killing field with lies. Two thousand Iraqis killed, crowed the Pentagon. Fifty Americans killed, boasted the Iraqis, rather more modestly. Both sides admitted "casualties" and it must be for the reader to judge what these might have been.... But what really happened here? ... but there were two tactical lessons to be learnt from all this. First, the American mission, whatever its original intention, was a failure. Their tank column did not "break into" the city as the Anglo-American headquarters originally stated. Iraqi resistance turned it back. The US response air assaults on individual Iraqi vehicles was presumably committed by Apache helicopters, because each smouldering wreck had been hit by a small rocket at close range. The second lesson was one for the Iraqis: they should never have brought their armour and military lorries so close to the front... And even if they did destroy six American tanks as the minister ambitiously claimed, they did so at a cost of more than five-to-one to their own vehicles and guns.
Robert Fisk in Baghdad: The twisted language of war that is used to justify the unjustifiable
Why do we aid and abet the lies and propaganda of this filthy war? How come, for example, it's now BBC "style" to describe the Anglo-American invaders as the "coalition". This is a lie.
"Shedding no tears for Iraqi civilians"
Firas discusses the civilian casualties in the current conflict in Iraq. Was warfare necessary? Was it necessary to kill the hundreds of confirmed innocents that have died so far?
PICTURES OF IRAQI VICTIMS
War 'Against Iraqi People'
NAJAF, 8 April 2003 - This is no longer a war against Saddam and his regime, if it ever was. It has become a war against the Iraqi people. The number of civilians killed since the invasion began is massive, and is rising dramatically as American and British forces continue to make their way north through densely populated areas. Each Iraqi city has lost many civilians, at times entire families, to "Operation Iraqi Freedom". Sami Osama, a truck driver, was delivering 5,000 kg of tomatoes through the small town of Sanawa when he approached an American checkpoint. According to witnesses who spoke to Arab News yesterday, he did not understand the orders in English and approached the checkpoint as normal. The US forces opened fire, killing him instantly and injuring two of his passengers.
UN aid agencies paint grim picture of massive relief tasks in Iraq (7 April 2003)
Painting a grim picture of hardship and horror, United Nations relief agencies today underscored the massive humanitarian tasks awaiting them in war-shattered Iraq. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that hospitals in Baghdad and elsewhere were overwhelmed by the numbers of injured, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said a humanitarian clock was ticking with each passing day, and the World Food Programme (WFP) predicted it would have to move in massive amounts of food next month.
Britain Admits There May Be No WMD's in Iraq (April 5 by Al Jazeera )
Well into the war that was supposed to rid Iraq of its alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, a senior British official admitted on Saturday that no chemical, biological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction may after all be found. Making the startling confession in a radio interview, British Home Secretary, David Blunkett, added in the same breath that he would in any case rejoice the "fall'' of Saddam Hussein and his regime -- regardless of whether any weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq or not. The confession reconfirms the worst fears of opponents of the war that "weapons of mass destruction'' is only a ruse for the US and the British to go to war against Iraq. At the very least the admission certainly deals a serious blow to the moral legitimacy that the US and the British have been seeking in prosecuting the war. CLIP
WMD 'smoking gun' turns out to be pesticide
In the latest false alarm for evidence that would help justify the US-led invasion of Iraq, a military officer announced that pesticide, not deadly sarin gas, was found at a chemical facility south of Baghdad US troops had braced for chemical, nuclear or biological attacks as they advanced toward Iraq from Northern Kuwait. (...) The Bush administration has repeatedly claimed it was justified in bypassing the UN Security Council and launching an invasion of Iraq, because of the threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. But it is ironic, said Al Jazeera analyst Mohammed Ja'afar that both UN inspectors, and US-led troops, despite their deep thrust into the country, have not found any nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has also vehemently denied he possessed such weapons.
Anti-American Sentiment Grows Over War in Iraq (April 6)
BERLIN (Reuters) - They were seen as the "good cops" who saved West Berlin, defended Western Europe during the Cold War and put an end to the bloodshed in the Balkans -- but the Iraq war has left that image of the United States in shreds. The erstwhile defenders of freedom and democracy are now more likely to be viewed by their allies around the world as war-mongering imperialists, "bad cops" and "bullies" who lost their way by brushing aside the United Nations and attacking Iraq.
On to Damascus?
For months, even as Washington's hawks prepared for their long-sought war in Iraq, neoconservatives inside and outside the White House were eagerly speculating about which country would be next on the administration's list. Now, while US and British troops make their painstaking way toward Iraq and an urban battle military leaders want desperately to avoid, war party pundits are eagerly speculating once more. But this time, they are only writing about two countries: Syria and Iran. This week, in a speech to the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, the country's pre-eminent pro-Israel lobby group, Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that Washington wanted to see "more responsible behavior" from Damascus. And he didn't stop there. Denouncing the Syrian government's harsh criticism of the US-led invasion of Iraq, Powell declared that Syria now "faces a critical choice." It was strong language reminiscent of the nuanced threats leveled at Iraq last year, and it was greeted by hearty applause from the AIPAC crowd. But is the Bush administration, in a war that few still believe will be quick or simple, actually considering turning its military attention toward Damascus? Neoconservatives dearly hope so.
Evidence Against Syria Is Questioned (April 3)
Washington - The CIA has no credible evidence that the government of Syria has had a role in the shipment of night-vision goggles and other military equipment to Iraq, according to an administration official familiar with U.S. intelligence in the region. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last Friday suggested that Syria was responsible for the shipment to Iraq of defense-related goods, including the goggles, and warned that the United States considered "such trafficking as hostile acts and would hold the Syrian government accountable." Syria quickly denied the accusation. And the administration official yesterday said that while military goods, including goggles, have been smuggled through Syria into Iraq for many years, "It's not necessarily with the knowledge, consent or approval of the Syrian government."
US warned that oil cannot provide funds
A senior British official at the United Nations warned the United States yesterday that it should think twice before assuming it can administer post-conflict Iraq on its own terms. Mark Malloch Brown, the director of the UN Development Programme, also said Iraq's crippled oil industry would not finance reconstruction after the war. His candid remarks preface what is shaping to become another mammoth struggle between the powers in the UN Security Council over the role of the UN in running Iraq and helping it back to self-government. He said: "Maybe there are people in Washington who can't see round the next corner in the road and don't know where it goes, but eventually will." There is growing alarm in UN circles at what appears to be plans by Washington to install its own government in Iraq, headed by retired Lieutenant-General Jay Garner. He and a group of carefully selected US officials are in Kuwait waiting for the moment to transfer to Baghdad and take over Iraqi ministries.
Hawkish lawyer to oversee Iraqi ministries, The Pentagon selects group to take power (April 4)
A Pentagon lawyer who sought to have US citizens imprisoned indefinitely without charge as part of the war on terrorism will supervise civil administration in Iraq once Saddam Hussein is removed. Michael Mobbs, 54, who will take charge of 11 of the 23 Iraqi ministries, is one of several controversial appointments to the Pentagon-controlled government-in-waiting being assembled in a cluster of seaside villas in Kuwait. Other top-level appointees include James Woolsey, a former CIA director with Israeli connections, who has long pursued a theory that Saddam Hussein, rather than Islamic militants, was behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York.
Victory Plan Is Formed by U.S., Surrender Not Thought Essential (April 4)
The Bush administration has devised a strategy to declare victory in Iraq even if Saddam Hussein or key lieutenants remain at large and fighting continues in parts of the country, officials said yesterday.
'Liberated' city where looters run wild and death stalks the streets (April 4)
Nasiriyah is a city of suffering. After some of the most intense and bloody fighting yet of this war, the United States has now declared this city of up to 300,000 people in its control the largest city in Iraq to have been "liberated". Liberation has come at a price of undoubted suffering for the people of this settlement on the Euphrates: doctors claim that up to 250 people were killed by US air strikes or artillery attacks, and that up to 1,000 were injured. This could be the greatest challenge for the Allied forces. They have pushed north quickly, and many of the towns they have passed remain at best unstable. How best to police these cities without appearing as an occupying force appears to be something about which the Americans are unclear.
Irish Republicans Accuse Bush Of Using Visit To Justify War
"We would be wrong not to point it out . . . the insensitivity of having a war summit which then discusses peace in the margins, of having a war summit which appears to be trying to use the Irish process as a stage or as a prop," (Gerry Adams) the Sinn Fein leader said.
Accusations fly over lack of action on friendly fire deaths (April 8)
Anti-War Rallies Draw Sea Of Demonstrators Worldwide
WORLD CAPITALS, April 7 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) Sea of anti-war protestors took to the streets in different parts of the world Sunday, April6 , for the18 th consecutive day to protest the U.S.-led war on Iraq.
Dozens of antiwar protesters injured at Port of Oakland (April 8)
In one of the fiercest Bay Area demonstrations since the Iraq war began, dozens of anti-war protesters were injured Monday at the Port of Oakland when police fired tear gas and projectiles to break up a crowd that failed to heed warnings to disperse.
U.S. invasion has landed it in Israeli territory (April 1)
Our rules of war are based on overwhelming superiority of the force at our disposal compared to that of the enemy. Israel's experience in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories tells that overwhelming force cannot quell fiery nationalism. And history tells that Iraqi nationalism is as fierce as any. The cost of ignoring that will only mount with time. We will turn to the Israeli military, the world's most experienced in combating suicide bombers, and adopt their methods. We'll claim our right to defend ourselves against the retaliation of those we attack. Our presence on their land is what they detest, yet we will see their killing of our soldiers as proof they are the terrorists our presence is needed to wipe out. We'll force cars to stop at a safe distance and make their occupants approach on foot. Then an Iraqi patriot will shuffle up to marines at a roadblock and detonate a concealed explosives belt strapped to his waist. Our counterterrorism experts will advise that we force Iraqis civilians to strip to their waists before they approach our men. The effect, as Israel knows all too well, will be to alienate the indigenous population. Our actions will ratchet up their resentment and intensify their loathing of the foreign military power controlling their lives. The number of Iraqis ready to die to kill anyone sporting a Star-Spangled Banner or a Union Jack will mushroom. We can win the war, but the peace will enervate us. Welcome, America, to a vicious cycle of violence like that Israel is mired in. In time our nation will yearn for freedom from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Israel Tells US: 'Send In the Bulldozers' (April 3 from The Guardian)
Pentagon Takes Notes on House-to-house Fighting in Jenin - Martin van Creveld's advice to the US marines on what lessons to draw from Israel's bloody urban battle in Jenin was precise: Forget the helicopters, invest in armored bulldozers. For months now, the Pentagon has been taking notes from the Israelis in preparation for what looks increasingly likely to be an arduous house by house, street by street, fight for Baghdad. Pentagon strategists have pored over videos of the Israeli military's assault on Jenin a year ago, when 150 lightly armed but determined Palestinians kept the army at bay for 11 days and killed 23 soldiers. US officers watched Israeli tank raids into West Bank cities in February, and American soldiers have learned in the Israeli desert how to blow their way from house to house to avoid booby traps and street fighting. The Israeli insights build on years of exchanges of military technology and intelligence between the deeply intertwined armies. Among other things, the US is using Israeli-manufactured drones to scout across Iraqi lines.
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U.S. issues new rules for 'interfering' Iraqi civilians (April 2) http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/5536764.htm
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Iraqi civilians who ''interfere with mission accomplishment'' can be detained up to 30 days under new guidelines the U.S. military issued Tuesday. The guidelines represent tougher military attitudes toward Iraqi civilians in the face of continuing attacks by Iraqi loyalist forces. The original rules of engagement issued for Iraq drew a careful line between military targets and civilians, who were to be protected.
Bush approves use of tear gas in battlefield (April 2)
Only to save civilian lives, military says ,Weapons experts fear violation of law - President George W. Bush has authorized American military forces to use tear gas in Iraq, the Pentagon says, a development that some weapons experts said could set up a conflict between American and international law. The U.S. Defence Department said that tear gas, which has been issued to American troops but not used by them, would be used only to save civilian lives and in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, ratified by the United States in 1997. Critics say any battlefield use of tear gas would violate the convention, offend crucial allies including Britain, and hand Saddam Hussein a legal basis for using chemical weapons against the United States.
Defending the dollar
Writing in the Sunday Times on March 30, Judge Richard Goldstone stated that there were only two lawful ways in which the U.S. could use military force against Iraq. One was if the UN Security Council sanctioned it; the other was in the case of"dire self-defence". The U.S. war against Iraq is in dire defence of dollar imperialism against the threat of the euro. Put another way, the war is about world economic dominance.
International Day Of Poetry Against The War
Next May 1, 2003 Create Antiwar Poetry Readings Worldwide - The Bush administration's barrage of bombs and bullets in Iraq is mirrored by its barrage of misinformation and doublespeak, a language the media too willingly repeats. An assassination attempt is termed a "target of opportunity"; murder of civilians is "collateral damage"; invasion is "liberation." Now more than ever, the world needs to hear the voices of poets. Poets Against the War is calling for May 1, 2003, to be an International Day of Poetry Against the War. In place of military rhetoric that glosses over human loss, poetry offers a way to share our experiences of hope, suffering, and dreams of what is possible. Across the globe, the movement against the invasion of Iraq is growing by the hour. Even if this war should be declared "over," it will not be over. The damage this action has caused to freedom of speech in America and to international relations cannot be repaired overnight, however much the language of the administration assures us to the contrary. And we should not neglect this administration's threats against Korea, Iran, Syria, and other nations. Please join us and many thousands of others on Thursday May 1, 2003. Lend your voice. Organize a reading. On behalf of Poets Against the War: Sally Anderson, Gray Foster, Nancy Giebink, Sam Hamill, Andrew Himes, Nancy Scott, Emily Warn.
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