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   1. Deaths of foreign mercenaries- 
   2. Sistani warns coalition over Najaf (
   3. Planting WMDs in Iraq (
   4. From Riverbend / Media and Falloojeh... (Hassan)
   5. Thom Hartmann Radio Interview with Leuren Moret on DU - April 15  11AM-noon (Leuren Moret)
   6. Stop the Massacre - Pass Around! (=?iso-8859-1?q?The=20Iraq=20Solidarity=20Campaign?=)
   7. Re: Planting WMDs in Iraq (Eric Herring)
   8. Iraq;News and views (Muhamed Ali)
   9. John Pilger..Get Out Now (k hanly)
  10. Newsmax: Fallujah Must Be Destroyed (Boros Attila)


Message: 1
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 14:36:55 EDT
Subject: Deaths of foreign mercenaries-

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Deaths of scores of mercenaries not reported

By Robert Fisk and Patrick Cockburn

April 13 2004: "The Star" Baghdad - At least 80 foreign mercenaries -
security guards recruited from the United States, Europe and South Africa and working
for American companies - have been killed in the past eight days in Iraq.

Lieutenant-General Mark Kimmitt admitted on Tuesday that "about 70" American
and other Western troops had died during the Iraqi insurgency since April 1
but he made no mention of the mercenaries, apparently fearful that the full
total of Western dead would have serious political fallout.

He did not give a figure for Iraqi dead, which, across the country may be as
high as 900.

At least 18 000 mercenaries, many of them tasked to protect US troops and
personnel, are now believed to be in Iraq, some of them earning $1 000 (about R6
300) a day. But their companies rarely acknowledge their losses unless - like
the four American murdered and mutilated in Fallujah three weeks ago - their
deaths are already public knowledge.

The presence of such large numbers of mercenaries, first publicised in The
Independent two weeks ago, was bound to lead to further casualties.

But although many of the heavily armed Western security men are working for
the US Department of Defence - and most of them are former Special Forces
soldiers - they are not listed as serving military personnel. Their losses can t
herefore be hidden from public view.

The US authorities in Iraq, however, are aware that more Western mercenaries
lost their lives in the past week than occupation soldiers over the past 14

The coalition has sought to rely on foreign contract workers to reduce the
number of soldiers it uses as drivers, guards and in other jobs normally carried
out by uniformed soldiers.

Often the foreign contract workers are highly paid former soldiers who are
armed with automatic weapons, leading to Iraqis viewing all foreign workers as
possible mercenaries or spies.

Copyright: The Star. NZ


Message: 2
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 14:39:35 EDT
Subject: Sistani warns coalition over Najaf

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Sistani Threatens Shiite Resistance if US Invades Najaf:

The Iranian newspaper Baztab is reporting that Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani
has sent a strongly-worded message to the Coalition forces, in which he warned
them against attacking the Shiite shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala after the
end of Arba'in.



Message: 3
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 19:33:30 EDT
Subject:  Planting WMDs in Iraq

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New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq
By News Report
Apr 13, 2004, 07:10

BASRA, April 12 (MNA) - Fifty days after the first reports that
the U.S. forces were unloading weapons of mass destruction
(WMD) in southern Iraq, new reports about the movement of
these weapons have been disclosed.

"Wondering if anyone has a sense of the validity of these reports?"

Roger Stroope
Flagstaff  USA
Northern Arizona University
Graduate Student- Anthropology

But make no mistake - as I said earlier - we have high confidence that they
have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is
about. And we have high confidence it will be found.
- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, press briefing, April 10, 2003


Message: 4
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 02:03:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Hassan <>
Subject: From Riverbend / Media and Falloojeh...
To: CASI newsclippings <>,
  IAC discussion <>

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Media and Falloojeh...

There has been a lot of criticism about the way
Al-Arabia and Al-Jazeera were covering the riots and
fighting in Falloojeh and the south this last week.
Some American spokesman for the military was ranting
about the "spread of anti-Americanism" through
networks like the abovementioned.

Actually, both networks did a phenomenal job of
covering the attacks on Falloojeh and the southern
provinces. Al-Jazeera had their reporter literally
embedded in the middle of the chaos- and I don't mean
the lame embedded western journalists type of thing
they had going at the beginning of the war (you know-
embedded in the Green Zone and embedded in Kuwait,
etc.). Ahmed Mansur, I believe his name was, was
actually standing there, in the middle of the bombing,
shouting to be heard over the F-16s and helicopters
blasting away at houses and buildings. It brought back
the days of 'shock and awe'...

I know it bothers the CPA terribly to have the corpses
of dead Iraqis shown on television. They would love
for Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabia to follow Al-Hurra's
example and show endless interviews with
pro-occupation Iraqis living abroad and speaking in
stilted Arabic. These interviews, of course, are
interspersed with translated documentaries on the many
marvels of... Hollywood. And while I, personally, am
very interested in the custom leather interiors of the
latest Audi, I couldn't seem to draw myself away from
Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabia while 700+ Iraqis were being

To lessen the feelings of anti-Americanism, might I
make a few suggestions? Stop the collective
punishment. When Mark Kimmett stutters through a press
conference babbling about "precision weapons" and
"military targets" in Falloojeh, who is he kidding?
Falloojeh is a small city made up of low, simple
houses, little shops and mosques. Is he implying that
the 600 civilians who died during the bombing and the
thousands injured and maimed were all "insurgents"?
Are houses, shops and mosques now military targets?

What I'm trying to say is that we don't need news
networks to make us angry or frustrated. All you need
to do is talk to one of the Falloojeh refugees making
their way tentatively into Baghdad; look at the
tear-stained faces, the eyes glazed over with
something like shock. In our neighborhood alone there
are at least 4 families from Falloojeh who have come
to stay with family and friends in Baghdad. The
stories they tell are terrible and grim and it's hard
to believe that they've gone through so much.

I think western news networks are far too tame. They
show the Hollywood version of war- strong troops in
uniform, hostile Iraqis being captured and made to
face "justice" and the White House turkey posing with
the Thanksgiving turkey... which is just fine. But
what about the destruction that comes with war and
occupation? What about the death? I don't mean just
the images of dead Iraqis scattered all over, but dead
Americans too. People should *have* to see those
images. Why is it not ok to show dead Iraqis and
American troops in Iraq, but it's fine to show the
catastrophe of September 11 over and over again? I
wish every person who emails me supporting the war,
safe behind their computer, secure in their narrow
mind and fixed views, could actually come and
experience the war live. I wish they could spend just
24 hours in Baghdad today and hear Mark Kimmett talk
about the death of 700 "insurgents" like it was a
proud day for Americans everywhere...

Still, when I hear talk about "anti-Americanism" it
angers me. Why does American identify itself with its
military and government? Why does being anti-Bush and
anti-occupation have to mean that a person is
anti-American? We watch American movies, listen to
everything from Britney Spears to Nirvana and refer to
every single brown, fizzy drink as "Pepsi".

I hate American foreign policy and its constant
meddling in the region... I hate American tanks in
Baghdad and American soldiers on our streets and in
our homes on occasion... why does that mean that I
hate America and Americans? Are tanks, troops and
violence the only face of America? If the Pentagon,
Department of Defense and Condi are "America", then
yes- I hate America.

- posted by river @ 8:10 PM

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Message: 5
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 18:48:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Leuren Moret <>
Subject: Thom Hartmann Radio Interview with Leuren Moret on DU - April 15  11AM-noon
To: Leuren Moret <>

Interview with Leuren Moret on depleted uranium on the
Thom Hartmann radio program by local station, internet
radio or satellite radio.  Go to this website to find
out how to listen.


Awakened Woman e-Magazine

War on Iraq is a Nuclear War
And the fallout is coming this way, says independent
scientist Leuren Moret

by Stephanie Hiller
April 10, 2004

In May, 2003, the United States dumped 2,200 tons of
depleted uranium on Iraq, according to reliable
sources, and it's logical to assume that more depleted
uranium is being employed in the current attacks on
Faluja that began April 8 to put down Iraqi resistance
to the American presence there.

According to independent geoscientist Leuren Moret,
the war on Iraq - like the war on Afghanistan - is a
nuclear war. "Depleted uranium is a nuclear weapon and
it is a weapon of mass destruction under the U. S.
government's definition of weapons of mass
destruction," Moret says.

The Pentagon has repeatedly denied that DU is harmful,
despite the symptoms of half the returning veterans
from the first Persian Gulf Wars who are now disabled.
But researchers have shown that the Pentagon has been
fully aware of the consequences of what is called "low
level radiation" since 1943, when depleted uranium was
first suggested for development as a military weapon
under the Manhattan Project.

On Sunday, April 6, the New York Daily News reported
that nine soldiers who returned from Iraq last summer
had symptoms typical of DU poisoning. The News
arranged for them to be tested by Asaf Duracovic, a
former Colonel in the Army Reserves who served in the
1991 Persian Gulf War, and one of the world's foremost
experts on the medical effects of radioactive
weaponry. Depleted uranium was found in the urine of
four of the men - Sgt. Hector Vega, Sgt. Ray Ramos,
Sgt. Agustin Matos and Cpl. Anthony Yonnone - the
first confirmed cases of inhaled depleted uranium
exposure from the current Iraq conflict

Recently completed laboratory analyses show two
members of Uranium Medical Research Centre's (UMRC)
field investigation team are contaminated with
Depleted Uranium (DU). The two field staff, one from
Canada and the other, Beirut, toured Iraq for thirteen
days in October 2003; five months after the cessation
of Operation Iraqi Freedom's aerial bombing and ground
force campaign. Using mass spectrometry, UMRC's
partner laboratory in Germany measured DU in both team
members' urine samples.
(Please see

If short-term visitors and soldiers have been so
affected, what of the people, living near bomb sites,
breathing the air every day, drinking the water? What
of the children who play in these sites and collect
pieces of exploded material to sell so their families
can eat?

Using figures developed by Japanese physicist,
Professor Yagasaki from the University of the Ryukyus,
Okinawa, and explained in his presentation at the
World Conference on Depleted Uranium Weapons held in
Hamburg last October, the radioactivity of 2,200 tons
(or 440,000 pounds) of depleted uranium together with
some 1,000 tons used in Afghanistan, is the atomicity
equivalent of 400,00 Nagasaki bombs.

Depleted uranium is cheap and plentiful. When uranium
is processed for fission bombs or fuel rods for use in
power plants, only U-235, about half a percent of the
total, is used. Most of what's left over is U-238,
so-called "depleted" uranium. The US has over a
million tons of the stuff, and storage is becoming a
serious problem.

Though less radioactive than U-235, DU is still highly
radioactive internally, and chemically toxic as well.
"There is no allowable level of risk," says Moret.
Nearly twice as dense as lead, DU is used in tanks and
airplanes, as well as bullets, handguns, cannons, all
the way up to large bombs weighing more than 5,000

It's not dangerous until it blows up.

Depleted uranium is pyrophoric. Relatively innocuous
as a metal alloy used in planes, tanks, missiles,
bullets and rounds, when depleted uranium burns, it
releases a radioactive gas. Larger particles may
settle to the ground, but winds blowing across the
desert may carry the fine particles to locations in a
1000-mile radius from the explosion. As a result,
areas as far west as Egypt and as far east as India
are likely to be contaminated. "The U.S. has staged a
nuclear war in the Middle East, from Iraq and Central
Asia, to the northern half of India. Half of Egypt,
Israel, the Saudi Arabian peninsula, Turkey, Iran, the
Russian oil-rich states, the Caspian oil region, and
northern are now, or will be, all contaminated."

Depleted uranium - U-238 - has a half-life of 4.5
billion years. It's effects will be with us forever.
It is in the soil, in the groundwater, in food, but
the worst of all, it is in the air. When inhaled, it
enters directly into the bloodstream. One uranium
particle behaves in the body like a tiny nuclear bomb,
sending out alpha and beta particles and gamma rays to
adjacent cells. These are permanently damaging to the
cells and chromosomes and lead to a host of deadly
diseases, including cancer and leukemia. They also
cause mutations of the genetic material that will show
up in subsequent generations as terrible birth
deformities, weakened health, and infertility.

Moret says the fallout from these foreign wars is
headed our way.  Spread by powerful desert winds, the
fallout will be carried certainly as far as Britain
(where dust storms from the Middle East commonly leave
residual dust) and then across the Atlantic Ocean. It
will also travel across Asia and the Pacific Ocean and
be slowly and silently deposited across the North
American continent.

American citizens have already been exposed to
radiation from a variety of sources including
malfunctioning nuclear power plants, the disasters at
Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, above-ground bomb
tests conducted from 1957 to 1963, and the enormous
existing pile of depleted uranium, about 1 million
tons, poorly stored in the United States. Radiation
has caused the geometric rise of cancers in the US - 1
in 3 Americans compared to 1 in 20 before the second
World War. It is also responsible for the rise in
autism, learning disabilities, chronic immune
deficiency disorders (chronic fatigue syndrome,
Epstein-Barr and so forth), higher rates of infant
mortality and the general weakening of the public's

Leuren Moret was formerly employed at the Lawrence
Berkeley Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, and the
Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons lab. Since walking
out on her job to become a whistleblower at Livermore
in 1991, she has devoted her time to the study of the
effects of nuclear radiation. She has worked with
scientists like Dr. Ernest Sternglass, Marian Fulk,
Dr. Asaf Durakovic of the Uranium Medical Research
Center, Dr. Doug Rokke of Traprock Peace Center and
many others. Her testimony at the International
Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan held December 13-14,
2003, in Tokyo was largely responsible for the
unanimous verdict on depleted uranium, and that the
President Bush and the United States is guilty of war
crimes against that country.

Leuren Moret will be interviewed by Janie Rezner on
her show, Women's Voices, this Monday, April 12, at 7
pm Pacific Daylight Savings time. You can listen to
the interview via the internet. Visit


The European Committee on Radiation Risk, within the
European Parliament, has just published an excellent
report on low-level radiation at

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Message: 6
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 15:10:03 +0100 (BST)
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?The=20Iraq=20Solidarity=20Campaign?= <>
Subject: Stop the Massacre - Pass Around!

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Message: 7
From: Eric Herring <>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 16:03:36 +0100
Subject: Re: Planting WMDs in Iraq

For what it's worth, my instinct is that they are not valid. The
political risk of doing this would be immense.


On Wed, 14 Apr 2004 19:33:30 EDT wrote:

> [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ]
> Iraq
> New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq
> By News Report
> Apr 13, 2004, 07:10
> BASRA, April 12 (MNA) - Fifty days after the first reports that
> the U.S. forces were unloading weapons of mass destruction
> (WMD) in southern Iraq, new reports about the movement of
> these weapons have been disclosed.
> "Wondering if anyone has a sense of the validity of these reports?"
> Roger Stroope
> Flagstaff  USA
> Northern Arizona University
> Graduate Student- Anthropology
> But make no mistake - as I said earlier - we have high confidence that they
> have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is
> about. And we have high confidence it will be found.
> - White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, press briefing, April 10, 2003

Dr. Eric Herring
Department of Politics
University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TU
England, UK
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of Politics and International Relations (NASPIR)


Message: 8
Subject: Iraq;News and views
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 16:09:47 +0100
From: "Muhamed Ali" <>
To: <>

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"There is no alternative to Tony Blair's policy on Iraq"

"It is vital that the outcome should be freedom, not fundamentalism"

Martin Kettle
Tuesday April 13, 2004

"All the current alternatives are worse than the course on which he is
committed. The only practical and principled course is to back him,
though without illusions, as the Marxists used to say.",3604,1190644,00.html



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Message: 9
From: "k hanly" <>
To: "newsclippings" <>
Subject: John Pilger..Get Out Now
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 23:42:29 -0500

New Statesman   April 19, 2004

Get out now

Iraq - Invaders have ripped up the fabric of a nation that survived Saddam
Hussein. This is a war of liberation and we are the enemy.

By John Pilger

Four years ago, I travelled the length of Iraq, from the hills where St
Matthew is buried in the Kurdish north to the heartland of Mesopotamia, and
Baghdad, and the Shia south. I have seldom felt as safe in any country.
Once, in the Edwardian colonnade of Baghdad's book market, a young man
shouted something at me about the hardship his family had been forced to
endure under the embargo imposed by America and Britain. What happened next
was typical of Iraqis; a passer-by calmed the man, putting his arm around
his shoulder, while another was quickly at my side. "Forgive him," he said
reassuringly. "We do not connect the people of the west with the actions of
their governments. You are welcome."

At one of the melancholy evening auctions where Iraqis come to sell their
most intimate possessions out of urgent need, a woman with two infants
watched as their pushchairs went for pennies, and a man who had collected
doves since he was 15 came with his last bird and its cage; and yet people
said to me: "You are welcome." Such grace and dignity were often expressed
by those Iraqi exiles who loathed Saddam Hussein and opposed both the
economic siege and the Anglo-American assault on their homeland; thousands
of these anti-Saddamites marched against the war in London last year, to the
chagrin of the warmongers, who never understood the dichotomy of their
principled stand.

Were I to undertake the same journey in Iraq today, I might not return
alive. Foreign terrorists have ensured that. With the most lethal weapons
that billions of dollars can buy, and the threats of their cowboy generals
and the panic-stricken brutality of their foot soldiers, more than 120,000
of these invaders have ripped up the fabric of a nation that survived the
years of Saddam Hussein, just as they oversaw the destruction of its
artefacts. They have brought to Iraq a daily, murderous violence which
surpasses that of a tyrant who never promised a fake democracy.

Amnesty International reports that US-led forces have "shot Iraqis dead
during demonstrations, tortured and ill-treated prisoners, arrested people
arbitrarily and held them indefinitely, demolished houses in acts of revenge
and collective punishment".

In Fallujah, US marines, described as "tremendously precise" by their
psychopathic spokesman, slaughtered up to 600 people, according to hospital
directors. They did it with aircraft and heavy weapons deployed in urban
areas, as revenge for the killing of four American mercenaries. Many of the
dead of Fallujah were women and children and the elderly. Only the Arab
television networks, notably al-Jazeera, have shown the true scale of this
crime, while the Anglo-American media continue to channel and amplify the
lies of the White House and Downing Street.

"Writing exclusively for the Observer before a make-or-break summit with
President George Bush this week," sang Britain's former premier liberal
newspaper on 11 April, "[Tony Blair] gave full backing to American tactics
in Iraq ... saying that the government would not flinch from its 'historic
struggle' despite the efforts of 'insurgents and terrorists'."

That this "exclusive" was not presented as parody shows that the propaganda
engine that drove the lies of Blair and Bush on weapons of mass destruction
and al-Qaeda links for almost two years is still in service. On BBC news
bulletins and Newsnight, Blair's "terrorists" are still currency, a term
that is never applied to the principal source and cause of the terrorism,
the foreign invaders, who have now killed at least 11,000 civilians,
according to Amnesty and others. The overall figure, including conscripts,
may be as high as 55,000.

That a nationalist uprising has been under way in Iraq for more than a year,
uniting at least 15 major groups, most of them opposed to the old regime,
has been suppressed in a mendacious lexicon invented in Washington and
London and reported incessantly, CNN-style. "Remnants" and "tribalists" and
"fundamentalists" dominate, while Iraq is denied the legacy of a history in
which much of the modern world is rooted. The "first-anniversary story"
about a laughable poll claiming that half of all Iraqis felt better off now
under the occupation is a case in point. The BBC and the rest swallowed it
whole. For the truth, I recommend the courageous daily reporting of Jo
Wilding, a British human rights observer in Baghdad

Even now, as the uprising spreads, there is only cryptic gesturing at the
obvious: that this is a war of national liberation and that the enemy is
"us". The pro-invasion Sydney Morning Herald is typical. Having expressed
"surprise" at the uniting of Shias and Sunnis, the paper's Baghdad
correspondent recently described "how GI bullies are making enemies of their
Iraqi friends" and how he and his driver had been threatened by Americans.
"I'll take you out quick as a flash, motherfucker!" a soldier told the
reporter. That this was merely a glimpse of the terror and humiliation that
Iraqis have to suffer every day in their own country was not made clear; yet
this newspaper has published image after unctuous image of mournful American
soldiers, inviting sympathy for an invader who has "taken out" thousands of
innocent men, women and children.

What we do routinely in the imperial west, wrote Richard Falk, professor of
international relations at Princeton, is propagate "through a
self-righteous, one-way moral/legal screen positive images of western values
and innocence that are threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted
violence". Thus, western state terrorism is erased, and a tenet of western
journalism is to excuse or minimise "our" culpability, however atrocious.
Our dead are counted; theirs are not. Our victims are worthy; theirs are

This is an old story; there have been many Iraqs, or what Blair calls
"historic struggles" waged against "insurgents and terrorists". Take Kenya
in the 1950s. The approved version is still cherished in the west - first
popularised in the press, then in fiction and movies; and like Iraq, it is a
lie. "The task to which we have set our minds," declared the governor of
Kenya in 1955, "is to civilise a great mass of human beings who are in a
very primitive moral and social state." The slaughter of thousands of
nationalists, who were never called nationalists, was British government
policy. The myth of the Kenyan uprising was that the Mau Mau brought
"demonic terror" to the heroic white settlers. In fact, the Mau Mau killed
just 32 Europeans, compared with the estimated 10,000 Kenyans killed by the
British, who ran concentration camps where the conditions were so harsh that
402 inmates died in just one month. Torture, flogging and abuse of women and
children were commonplace. "The special prisons," wrote the imperial
historian V G Kiernan, "were probably as bad as any similar Nazi or Japanese
establishments." None of this was reported. The "demonic terror" was all one
way: black against white. The racist message was unmistakable.

It was the same in Vietnam. In 1969, the discovery of the American massacre
in the village of My Lai was described on the cover of Newsweek as "An
American tragedy", not a Vietnamese one. In fact, there were many massacres
like My Lai, and almost none of them was reported at the time.

The real tragedy of soldiers policing a colonial occupation is also
suppressed. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed in Vietnam. The
same number, according to a veterans' study, killed themselves on their
return home. Dr Doug Rokke, director of the US army depleted uranium project
following the 1991 Gulf invasion, estimates that more than 10,000 American
troops have since died as a result, many from contamination illness. When I
asked him how many Iraqis had died, he raised his eyes and shook his head.
"Solid uranium was used on shells," he said. "Tens of thousands of Iraqis -
men, women and children - were contaminated. Right through the 1990s, at
international symposiums, I watched Iraqi officials approach their
counterparts from the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence and ask, plead,
for help with decontamination. The Iraqis didn't use uranium; it was not
their weapon. I watched them put their case, describing the deaths and
horrific deformities, and I watched them rebuffed. It was pathetic." During
last year's invasion, both American and British forces again used
uranium-tipped shells, leaving whole areas so "hot" with radiation that only
military survey teams in full protective clothing can approach them. No
warning or medical help is given to Iraqi civilians; thousands of children
play in these zones. The "coalition" has refused to allow the International
Atomic Energy Agency to send experts to assess what Rokke describes as "a

When will this catastrophe be properly reported by those meant to keep the
record straight? When will the BBC and others investigate the conditions of
some 10,000 Iraqis held without charge, many of them tortured, in US
concentration camps inside Iraq, and the corralling, with razor wire, of
entire Iraqi villages? When will the BBC and others stop referring to "the
handover of Iraqi sovereignty" on 30 June, although there will be no such
handover? The new regime will be stooges, with each ministry controlled by
American officials and with its stooge army and stooge police force run by
Americans. A Saddamite law prohibiting trade unions for public sector
workers will stay in force. Leading members of Saddam's infamous secret
police, the Mukhabarat, will run "state security", directed by the CIA. The
US military will have the same "status of forces" agreement that they impose
on the host nations of their 750 bases around the world, which in effect
leaves them in charge. Iraq will be a US colony, like Haiti. And when will
journalists have the professional courage to report the pivotal role that
Israel has played in this grand colonial design for the Middle East?

A few weeks ago, Rick Mercier, a young columnist for the Free-lance Star, a
small paper in Virginia, did what no other journalist has done this past
year. He apologised to his readers for the travesty of the reporting of
events leading to the attack on Iraq. "Sorry we let unsubstantiated claims
drive our coverage," he wrote. "Sorry we let a band of self-serving Iraqi
defectors make fools of us. Sorry we fell for Colin Powell's performance at
the United Nations . . . Maybe we'll do a better job next war."

Well done, Rick Mercier. But listen to the silence of your colleagues on
both sides of the Atlantic. No one expects Fox or Wapping or the Daily
Telegraph to relent. But what about David Astor's beacon of liberalism, the
Observer, which stood against the invasion of Egypt in 1956 and its
attendant lies? The Observer not only backed last year's unprovoked, illegal
assault on Iraq; it helped create the mendacious atmosphere in which Blair
could get away with his crime. The reputation of the Observer, and the fact
that it published occasional mitigating material, meant that lies and myths
gained legitimacy. A front-page story gave credence to the bogus claim that
Iraq was behind the anthrax attacks in the US. And there were those unnamed
western "intelligence sources", all those straw men, all those hints, in
David Rose's two-page "investigation" headlined "The Iraqi connection", that
left readers with the impression that Saddam Hussein might well have had a
lot to do with the attacks of 11 September 2001. "There are occasions in
history," wrote Rose, "when the use of force is both right and sensible.
This is one of them." Tell that to 11,000 dead civilians, Mr Rose.

It is said that British officers in Iraq now describe the "tactics" of their
American comrades as "appalling". No, the very nature of a colonial
occupation is appalling, as the families of 13 Iraqis killed by British
soldiers, who are taking the British government to court, will agree. If the
British military brass understand an inkling of their own colonial past, not
least the bloody British retreat from Iraq 83 years ago, they will whisper
in the ear of the little Wellington-cum-Palmerston in 10 Downing Street:
"Get out now, before we are thrown out."


Message: 10
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 11:30:31 +0200
From: Boros Attila  <>
Subject: Newsmax: Fallujah Must Be Destroyed

Dear List Moderator,

I leave it to you to decide whether this appalling piece of journalism
deserves the attention of the List.


Reprinted from
Fallujah Delenda Est
Jack Wheeler
Friday, April 2, 2004
In the Senate of Ancient Rome, Marcus Porcius Cato - 234-149 B.C.,
subsequently known as Cato the Elder to distinguish him from his
great-grandson Cato the Younger - became famous for concluding every single
speech he gave, no matter what the subject, with the exhortation: Carthago
delenda est. Carthage must be destroyed.
Today, we need senators and congressmen to conclude every speech they give
with the exhortation: Fallujah delenda est. Fallujah must be destroyed.
I don't mean metaphorically. I mean for the entire population of the city,
every man, woman and child, given 24 hours to leave and be dispersed in
resettlement camps, moved in with relatives in another village, wherever, a=
the town turned into a ghost town.
Then the entire city carpet-bombed by B-52s into rubble, the rubble ground
into powdered rubble by Abrams tanks, and the powdered rubble sown with sal=
as the Romans did with Carthage. Fallujah must be physically obliterated fr=
the face of this earth.
It is very easy and justifiable for every American to take the barbaric hor=
that occurred in Fallujah on March 30 personally. It is even easier for me =
particular because the private contractor who provided the convoy guards
murdered and butchered by the Fallujahites is a personal friend.
Yet this is a crime that requires far more punishment than simple revenge. =
me state it clearly: The people who committed this crime are subhuman. They
have relinquished their claim to be considered members of the human race.
One year ago, Americans saw on their television screens another act of
barbarity, the abused bodies of American soldiers taken prisoner in Nasiriy=
filled with bullet holes and dumped into a pile. In response, I wrote an es=
entitled "The Oldest War" (NewsMax, March 25, 2003).
The words of that essay are now ringing in my mind:
"The War in Iraq is a continuation of the World's Oldest War. It is a war t=
began 25 centuries ago, when a few thousand Athenians, representing the
founding culture of Western Civilization, faced a Persian horde many times
their size on the field of Marathon.
"The Persians thought they had a holy right to conquer and rule anyone they
wanted to. The Greeks looked upon them as Barbarikos, barbarians who valued
neither individual freedom nor the individual as such, who lived instead in=
anthill society and were willing to subject themselves to the rule of an
almighty dictator.
"The Persian dictator, Darius, was sure he would crush these impudent Greek=
who dared to demand their freedom from him. At the end of that fateful day =
490 B.C., 6,000 Persians lay dead, versus 200 Athenians. Barbarism's first
attempt to subdue civilization was defeated.
"There have been many, many attempts ever since. For centuries, the Roman
Legions held off vast human wolfpacks, but finally succumbed, resulting in =
Dark Ages. Islam has conducted a Jihad against the West for 13 centuries.
"The barbaric insanities of Marx and Hitler erupted from within Western
Civilization in the 20th century. Today the Oldest War continues, now again=
Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.
"There could not be a clearer demonstration that the War in Iraq is one
between Civilization and Barbarism than the Iraqi behavior we saw on
television yesterday. The Oldest War is one that must be continually fought
and won anew."
The people of Iraq as a whole are not barbarians. Yet there is a barbarism =
their culture capable of perpetrating subhuman atrocities. Thus the critica=
If Fallujah is not destroyed now, the genie of barbarism is out of the Iraq=
bottle, with Iraq disintegrating into a civil war of annihilation.
Turning Fallujah into rubble, smashing its atrocity with a hammer, is the o=
way to get this genie back in the bottle. Iraq is not a real country, only =
collection of tribes that hate each other.
If the Sunnis of Fallujah can burn and mutilate Americans, Shias will be on=
too eager to do the same with Sunnis, Kurds to Turkmen, on and on, once
American soldiers are no longer there to prevent them from doing so.
Iraq has been liberated from a monstrous tyranny and handed its freedom on =
platinum platter. The question now is: Are the Iraqis capable of keeping th=
freedom that has been given to them? The atrocity of Fallujah is evidence t=
are not. The destruction of Fallujah will contain the virus of barbarism an=
give all Iraq a chance to be inoculated against it.
The power of the Internet enables all of us to be a modern Cato the Elder.
From now on, every pro-American writer and blogger should conclude whatever=
writes no matter what the subject, every pro-American private citizen and
everyone reading this essay should conclude any e-mail they send no matter
what the topic with:
Fallujah Delenda Est.
=A9 2004, To The Point, Inc. To The Point=99

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