"No Bravery"(4 min) Lyrics - There are children standing her, Arms outstretched into the sky, Tears drying on their face. He has been here. Brothers lie in shallow graves. Fathers lost without a trace. A nation blind to their disgrace, Since he's been here.
And I see no bravery, No bravery in your eyes anymore. Only sadness.
Houses burnt beyond repair. The smell of death is in the air. A woman weeping in despair says, He has been here. Tracer lighting up the sky. It's another families' turn to die. A child afraid to even cry out says, He has been here.
And I see no bravery, No bravery in your eyes anymore. Only sadness.
There are children standing here, Arms outstretched into the sky, But no one asks the question why, He has been here. Old men kneel and accept their fate. Wives and daughters cut and raped. A generation drenched in hate. Yes, he has been here. And I see no bravery, No bravery in your eyes anymore. Only sadness.
Marine's wife paints portrait of US troops out of control in Haditha: The Newsweek account described a gung-ho battalion that had staged a chariot race, complete with captured horses, togas and heavy metal music, before the battle for Falluja in late 2004. The marines were given loose rules of engagement in the vicious urban warfare that followed.
"If you see someone with a cellphone," said one of the commanders was quoted as saying, half-jokingly, "put a bullet in their fucking head".
At one point in the battle, a marine from the 3rd battalion was caught on camera shooting a wounded, unarmed man as he lay on the ground. However, the marine involved was later exonerated.
Extract - Riverbend, Bad Day... It’s been a horrible day. We woke up to unbearable heat. Our area averages about 4 hours electricity daily and the rest is generator electricity, which means we can use our ceiling fans, but there’s no way we can use air conditioners.
The electricity came at 6 pm for only twenty minutes- as if to taunt us. The moment the lights flickered on, we were gathered in the kitchen and we could hear the neighborhood children began to hoot and holler with joy.
According to people working and living in the area, around 15 police cars pulled up to the area and uniformed men began pulling civilians off the streets and from cars, throwing bags over their heads and herding them into the cars. Anyone who tried to object was either beaten or pulled into a car. The total number of people taken away is estimated to be around 50.
This has been happening all over Iraq- mysterious men from the Ministry of Interior rounding up civilians and taking them away. It just hasn’t happened with this many people at once. ...
There’s an ethnic cleansing in progress and it’s impossible to deny. People are being killed according to their ID card. ...
... On top of all of this, rumor has it that the Iraqi parliament have a ‘vacation’ coming up during July and August. They’re so exhausted with the arguing, and struggling for power, they need to take a couple of months off to rest. They’ll leave their well-guarded homes behind for a couple of months, and spend some time abroad with their families (who can’t live in Iraq anymore- they’re too precious for that).
Where does one go to avoid the death and destruction? Are the Americans happy with this progress? Does Bush still insist we’re progressing?
Emily Dickinson wrote, “hope is a thing with feathers”. If what she wrote is true, then hope has flown far- very far- from Iraq…
A dead child cries out for immediate response; the military investigates. We see photographs of men doubled over with grief, tear-stained faces, mouths contorted in pain, and the pang is instant; the military investigates. A boy standing next to the bodies of his family or friends looks up at his elders with a blank stare on his face, an image that puts death and childhood in excruciating proximity; the military investigates. ... And the only image that fades, as the war grinds on, is the one with which we prepared for battle: the fantasy, so beloved of Americans, of a clean, surgical, decent war.
Another Terrorist Attack Coming Soon? (Americans - and others - are being prepared for something. Just now heard on TV: "The Internet is the new Afghanistan". Neocons remain mindful of looming November elections. Props required.)
Doug Thompson, Field commanders tell Pentagon Iraq war 'is lost': Military commanders in the field in Iraq admit in private reports to the Pentagon the war "is lost" and that the U.S. military is unable to stem the mounting violence killing 1,000 Iraqi civilians a month.
Even worse, they report the massacre of Iraqi civilians at Haditha is "just the tip of the iceberg" ...
xymphora, More on the Toronto 17: The Official Story on the 17 arrested ‘terrorists’ in Toronto shifted from no mention of a police sting operation, to a report by the Toronto Star, which seems to have all the sources on this matter, that the supply of the tons of fertilizer was a RCMP sting, to a denial that it was a sting. The Official Story is now the heroic one that the RCMP interceptedthe shipment and replaced the dangerous fertilizer with an non-dangerous substance. Obviously, some bigwig at the RCMP realized that the sting story would be used by lawyers for the defendants, and ordered that a safer story be spread. Rapid changes in the Official Story is a sure sign of official shenanigans. [ . . . ]
The police are making a great deal out of the fact that the new al Qaeda/Osama is the internet. ‘Jihad’ training and organization is now blamed on the internet. Many people predicted that capitalism would suffer under the internet, but instead it benefited greatly. The internet was thus allowed to thrive, for a while As we have recently seen in the lies about Iran in the National Post, the internet is posing huge problems for International Zionism. We will no doubt start to hear increased calls for control of information. Prepare to kiss your internet good-bye.
Charles Sullivan, Sacred Ecology and Capitalism: The world’s largest financial institutions are run by gluttonous robber barons that have hijacked most of the world’s governments and set us on an irreversible course of self-destruction. They are literally consuming the earth, exploiting the world’s poor and altering complex ecological processes that provide habitat, a livable climate, clean air, potable water and abundant food for perhaps 30 million or more species. These are processes that have evolved over eons of time. They are a gift, a right of birth that belongs equally to all beings, not just to those who can convert them into private wealth.
Contrary to popular belief, the world does not operate on economic capital; it functions on biological capital. The ecological health of the planet is the underpinning of all of the world’s economic systems. When human activities such as industrialization, mining, logging, over-fishing and war disrupt the world’s ecosystems, they diminish the earth’s ability to self repair and to sustain life. ...
The indigenous cultures that once populated this earth of majesty viewed the world with a deep sense of reverential awe and respect. They knew the earth was endowed with a living spirit that made their own existence possible. The world view of the American Indian, for example, prior to being Christianized, was far more sophisticated and appropriate than the modern industrial view wrought from capitalism and industrialized religion. The Indian understood the world in terms of interconnectedness and interdependence. All things are connected. Destroying the webs of interdependence that bond the world together is to obliterate the sacred relationship that exists between all beings, both animate and inanimate. ...
Barry Gray, George Bush and the Haditha massacre: ... For all his politically expedient invocations of “America’s finest” fighting on the “front lines in the war against terrorism,” [Bush] has no problems laying the entire blame for war crimes in Iraq on individual soldiers, so as to divert attention from the authors of the war, including himself, whose policies make such atrocities inevitable.
“If laws were broken there will be punishment.” Really? The war itself is a violation of international law, ...
Many of the Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines who rolled into Haditha just after dawn on November 19 were on their third deployment to Iraq. They were well aware that more than three years after the invasion, the security situation facing US forces in largely Sunni Anbar Province had deteriorated. Haditha itself is a center of popular resistance to the US occupation and its puppet government in Baghdad. Three months earlier, 20 Marines from a different unit had been killed around the rural town over a three-day span.
Like the rest of the US forces in Iraq, these men had been put in the position of having to repress and subjugate a population that is motivated by a deep and legitimate desire to liberate itself from foreign invaders. Sent to fight on the basis of false premises, they had been inundated with propaganda and lies that have no relationship to Washington’s real war aims or the reality of the situation that exists in Iraq.
Struggling to survive in a constant state of anxiety and fear, obliged to kill and see their comrades mangled and killed, the mostly young men sent to Iraq are inevitably psychologically and emotionally scarred for life, even if they are lucky enough to escape serious physical injury.
That the civilian side of the official coverup is underway was signaled by Senator John Warner, the Virginia Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. On ABC Television’s “This Week” talk show last Sunday, Warner said his committee would hold hearings on Haditha after Congress reconvenes. “I’ll do exactly what we did with Abu Ghraib,” he declared.