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November, 2004

The Occupation

Occupation Resistance Analysis

Into the Guiness Book! Bush and Rumsfeld must feel mighty proud: U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Ties Record.

Riverbend: Tired in Baghdad...

The situation in Falloojeh is worse than anyone can possibly describe. It has turned into one of those cities you see in your darkest nightmares- broken streets strewn with corpses, crumbling houses and fallen mosques... The worst part is that for the last couple of weeks we've been hearing about the use of chemical weapons inside Falloojeh by the Americans. Today we heard that the delegation from the Iraqi Ministry of Health isn't being allowed into the city, for some reason....
There's a collective exhaustion that seems to have settled on Baghdad... it feels almost like an epidemic sometimes.

Dahr Jamail: Low Crime Rate in Fallujah.

Legal complaint filed in Germany: Abu Ghaib abuse complaint names Rumsfeld.

Medact has released a new report: Enduring effects of war health in Iraq 2004: Health in Iraq 2004 [Executive Summary]. Full Report [pdf]. Reuters article: Iraq war a "public health disaster".

Iraqization a disaster, says New York Times: U.S. Officials Say Iraq's Forces Founder Under Rebel Assaults.

Given the weak performance of Iraqi forces, any major withdrawal of American troops for at least a decade would invite chaos, a senior Interior Ministry official, whose name could not be used, said in an interview last week.

News Op: Iraq's Allawi to Meet With Jordan Exiles.

And the poor suffer: Up to 40 drown in north Iraq accident.

The New York Times can't even put the word "torture" into the headline: Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantánamo. The report is based on a visit in June. It reports numerous war crimes by doctors and other medical personnel.

Those in the know tell of danger everywhere, even going to the airport: Embassy sounds alarm over growing dangers in Iraq.

Annan's son on the take? Oil-for-food details surprise U.N. chief.

Whom can you trust? Iraqi security chief arrested in alleged assassination plot.

Hospital in Germany Treats 21,000 GIs, mostly from Iraq. That's a significant percentage of the number of GIs involved in the occupation.

They may turn off the water for the local populace, but they’ll never turn off the oil for the global market: Iraq Is Back Among the Oil Giants.

That output is about 20 per cent short of prewar levels and a far cry from what some Bush administration officials had hoped for after Iraqi fields were seized relatively unscathed early in last year's invasion. Still, the robust output has been enough to lift Iraq - home of the world's second-largest deposit of reserves behind Saudi Arabia - back to the level of a major oil producer, comparable in size to other giants such as Kuwait and Venezuela.

Right or wrong, no one will be able to tell us. Congress Pushes Penalties for Global Court Support

The retaliation would come via the 2005 foreign-aid bill, which currently contains a provision banning some 2.5 billion dollars in economic assistance for friendly governments that have not ratified a ”bilateral immunity agreement” (BIA) with Washington to shield U.S. nationals from the ICC's jurisdiction.

Looking for suckers among the poor: Military recruiters target schools strategically. Is this the definition of evil?

A survey of the military's recruitment system found that the Defense Department zeroes in on schools where students are perceived to be more likely to join up, while making far less effort at schools where students are steered toward college....
The Globe inquiry found that recruiters target certain schools and students for heavy recruitment, and then won't give up easily: Officers call the chosen students repeatedly, tracking their responses in a computer program the Army calls "the Blueprint." Eligible students are hit with a blitz of mailings and home visits. Recruiters go hunting wherever teens from a targeted area hang out, following them to sporting events, shopping malls, and convenience stores.

Was napalm used in Falluja? British dodge suggest yes: Hoon avoids 'naplam in Iraq' quiz. Is napalm the US attempt to get Iraqi opponents to "burn in hell?"

The best at ward politics? Radical cleric's movement re-energized, may make a bid in January vote.

Victims, not just of the many killings, but of witnessing so much devastation and brutality: Too much front line for reporters? Journalists are often on the front line of violence. But today some are insisting help is needed for those required to bear witness to the atrocities of war.

Dahr Jamaill looks back to relative calm: This time last year…

Britain may send more: Up To 1000 Extra Troops 'ready' To Go.

According to the BBC, the Iraqi Red Crescent believes over 6,000 people were killed by the Falluja attack: Aid reaches Falluja's citizens.

But a spokesman says it is feared more than 6,000 people could have died in the assault and thousands of families are in critical need of assistance.

Juan Cole believes the elections are likely to be held, with a result dangerous for Iraq's future: Elections in Iraq will be Held on Schedule, But with What Result? Or, how Khatami and Krauthammer are Both Wrong.

Iraq's Sunni accuse Shia of selling out Islam.

New Strategy. "Police" force loyal only to US occupiers, not to the Iraqis they police: U.S. rethinking training of Iraq's new police force.

"Torture General" Miller reassigned: US Replaces General Who Ran Prisons in Iraq.

Potential slap on the wrist for serial criminal: Army could withhold Halliburton payments.

Must Read! Murder is Standard Operating Procedure for Marines, called Dead Checking, reports formerly embedded reporter: Dead-Check in Falluja.

As our Humvee stopped behind the truck, a Marine in the vehicle ahead of us leapt out, pointed his rifle into the window of the pickup and sprayed it with gunfire. It was a cold-blooded execution. As we continued forward, passing the truck, I glimpsed at least two corpses sprawled on the seats, the interior spattered with blood....
Even to those unfamiliar with the Geneva Conventions, it seems obvious from the mosque video that a war crime was committed. The response from the administration and military officials has been unusually swift. Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte conveyed his regrets to Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and vowed that "the individual in question will be dealt with...."
One thing military officials are not saying is that the behavior of the Marine in the video closely conforms to training that is fairly standard in some units. Marines call executing wounded combatants "dead-checking."
"They teach us to do dead-checking when we're clearing rooms," an enlisted Marine recently returned from Iraq told me. "You put two bullets into the guy's chest and one in the brain. But when you enter a room where guys are wounded you might not know if they're alive or dead. So they teach us to dead-check them by pressing them in the eye with your boot, because generally a person, even if he's faking being dead, will flinch if you poke him there. If he moves, you put a bullet in the brain. You do this to keep the momentum going when you're flowing through a building. You don't want a guy popping up behind you and shooting you..."
[On the other hand:] The Marines constantly debated the morality of what they were engaged in. A sergeant in the platoon told me he had consulted with his priest about killing. The priest had told him it was all right to kill for his government so long as he didn't enjoy it. By the time the unit reached the outskirts of Baghdad, this sergeant was certain he had already killed at least four men. When his battalion commander praised the unit for "slaying dragons" on the way to Baghdad, the sergeant later told his men, "If we did half the shit back home we've done here, we'd be in prison." By then, the sergeant told me, he'd reconsidered what his priest had told him about killing. "Where the fuck did Jesus say it's OK to kill people for your government? Any priest who tells me that has got no credibility...."
Another Marine in the unit I followed—a Democrat's dream, he returned home from fighting in Falluja in time to vote for Kerry—added, "Americans celebrate war in their movies. We like to see visions of evil being defeated by good. When the people at home glimpse the reality of war, that it's a bloodbath, they freak out. We are a subculture they created and programmed to fight their wars. You have to become a psycho to kill like we do. To most Marines that guy in the mosque was just someone who didn't get hit in the right place the first time we shot him. I probably would have put a bullet in his brain if I'd been there. If the American public doesn't like the violence of war, maybe before they start the next war they shouldn't rush so much."

At least they speak back to their war criminal: MPs file motion to impeach Blair over Iraq invasion.

The MPs say Blair misled parliament and the country over the case for war, destroying "the fundamental principle of parliamentary democracy" that the government must tell the truth to MPs....
"We must make a stand or watch the democracy we have fought so often for against foreign enemies be subverted from within," he said. "The rules of constitutional conduct have been brushed aside. The cabinet table has been replaced with the sofa, cabinet minutes with e-mail and the facts replaced with belief," Price said.

British city may "twin" with Falluja: Radical plan to twin city with Fallujah.

He said he had emailed people in Fallujah asking if they wanted to be twinned but had not received a reply yet. "I am sure they have got other things on their plate," he said. "They don't know how many are dead. The situation is absolutely chaotic and it's because of this and the psychological scars we have left that we felt we should do this." He said he hoped twining would foster more positive relations towards the West among people living in the destroyed city and he said members were totally opposed to the Allied bombing and the war.

Canada Eyed for Top Role in Iraq Election -Report.

Falluja refugees speak to Dahr Jamail: 'We Live Like Dogs' and accompanying: pictures.

I notice a man with one leg sitting near the mosque nodding while he smokes his cigarette while Mohammad continues, “I would like to ask the whole world-why is this? I tell the presidents of the Arab and Muslim countries to wake up! Wake up please! We are being killed, we are refugees from our houses, our children have nothing-not even shoes to wear! Wake up! Wake up! Stop being traitors! Be human beings and not the dummies of the Americans!...”
As of today, a spokesman for the Iraqi Red Crescent told me none of their relief teams had been allowed into Fallujah, and the military said it would be at least two more weeks before any refugees would be allowed into their city.

Liberated Fallujans feel only scorn, disgust, and fear, for their "liberators": Still dazed by war, Falluja fears for future.

US criticized by Iran, Syria, and Egypt: Iran joins outcry against 'excessive force' in Iraq.

Long-term memories: U.S. Troops Wounded in Iraq War Tops 9,000.

War as play. Play as war: Tigris tales: Masked and armed, they crouch on street corners, taking shots at each other. It's just another day in Baghdad.

Survivors from Falluja say Americans fired at anything that moved: Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians.

The refugees from Fallujah describe a situation of extreme violence in which remaining civilians in the city, who have been told by the Americans to leave, appeared to have been seen as complicit in the insurgency. Men of military age were particularly vulnerable. But there are accounts of children as young as four, and women and old men being killed.

Part-time AP reporter tells of his disgusting treatment when arrested by Americans who had promised aid: Iraqi Journalist Tells of U.S. Captivity.

Saadi decided to accept a call broadcast by the Iraqi National Guard for civilians to turn themselves in at one of the city's mosques with promises to be taken to safety. He had doubts, but with two tanks surrounding the house where he had taken shelter, he felt he had little choice. People trickled warily from houses as fighting between U.S. troops and insurgents continued around them. Speaking haltingly through tears, Saadi said he saw a few people, including a woman and child, killed by bullets as they walked toward the mosque.

Bush reelection leading to informal anti-US boycott. Imagine if it gets organized: Analysis: Bush win boosts anti-U.S. passions.

The poll carried out by the Seattle-based GMI market research organization presents the finding that one in five European consumers will avoid purchasing products and services offered by many U.S.-based companies as a direct reaction to what they see as the current unilateral nature of U.S. foreign policy and their anger over the clear re-election by a decisive margin of President George W. Bush....
The survey also indicated that the companies most likely to suffer in their European sales from the rise in popular anti-American sentiments were Marlboro cigarettes, American Express, United Airlines, McDonalds, GM and CNN News. The levels of anti-American prejudice recorded in the survey indicate a level of hostility not seen in Western Europe since the height of the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1972. However, they appear to contain the potential for levels of prejudice and hostility that may far exceed the levels of the 1960s....
The GMI pollsters also concluded on the basis of their data that the new anti-American backlash was strengthening broad sentiment and support for a powerful, united Europe on the continent. Some 50 percent of the French and German respondents polled described their race not as white Caucasian but as European, the poll found. Mitchell Eggers, chief pollster and COO of GMI described this finding as indicating an emerging European nationality that is being created by the continuing success of the European Union. But he added that it was also now being boosted by the developing European backlash against America.

A US "success": Confusion Reigns as U.S. Raid Misses Target in Iraq.

Arab states won't accept deal with unelected Allawi government: Arab states far from ready to forgive Iraqi debt: Despite U.S. pressure, countries won’t yet commit to deal.

Aljazeera may sue Iraqi Minister for defamation: Jazeera slams Iraq minister’s terror slur.

How to punish Blair? Impeachment or inquiry? Kennedy seeks inquiry into Blair: Lib Dems' amendment seen as rival to impeachment plan .

UNICEF decries impact of fighting on Iraqi children:

Agreements made. Agreements broken: Sadr Aide Accuses Government of Violating Terms of August Deal to End Najaf Fighting.

Iraqi Electoral Commission Approves 156 Parties to Run in January Elections.

How to have elections without people getting killed: Iraq may come up short on election-day security.

They haven't a clue: U.S. Marines in Fallujah Using Diplomacy.

An unstable separation: Welcome to Kurdistan (while it lasts). "Iraq's Kurds want full independence from Baghdad and all the trappings of statehood, but as Charles Glass reports from Irbil, their political leaders know that civil war and tragedy would be the inevitable consequence know the only way to avoid a civil war is to embrace a a form of federalism".

International waste-of-time: Distrust of U.S. surfaces at conference on Iraq. Iran: 'US must halt attacks before Iraqi elections'. And: France Stands Up to the US.

The US "kill then build" policy: United States, Iraq look toward reconstruction of Fallujah. In over 19 months, they haven't made basic services work at pre-war levels in Baghdad. But, in Falluja, everything will be fine?

Iraqi Defense Minister threatens lives of Aljazeera staff. There is increasingly little difference between Saddam Hussein and the current government that views anyone who tells the truth as an enemy to be destroyed: Iraq’s Shaalan threatens Al-Jazeera: Defence minister brands Al-Jazeera ‘terror channel', alleges its office director in Iraq is brother of wanted ‘terrorist’.

"Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism. That is clear and we say openly and without hesitation: Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism," he told the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat....
"Let God curse all those who terrorise Iraqi citizens and children of Iraq, be them journalists or others. The day will come when we will take measures against Al-Jazeera other than by words," the minister warned.

Arab states suggest Iraq poll postponement. Are they afraid of a Shia-dominated Iraq?

Al-Siatani insists vote go ahead: Iraq Cleric Pushing Shiites to Vote.

Some on the neocon right call for troop reductions: Hawks push deep cuts in forces in Iraq.

Shootout between British guards and Iraqi Minister's entourage: Foreigners in Baghdad shootout melee.

In Falluja Doctors surprised at dead burnt bodies with no other injuries: 10 Days in Falluja Battlefield.

Winning hearts and minds or is it shock and awe still? Iraqi civilians gunned down at checkpoint.

New National Security Advisor: The Vulcans Consolidate: Hardliner Hadley Named New National Security Adviser.

[T]he promotions of Hadley and Rice demonstrated Bush’s determination to surround the White House with loyalists that adhere to his view that U.S. national security operations should be unencumbered by facts, dissenting opinions, or international law. All means--including the use of nuclear weapons and first-strike warfare--are justified by the ends of winning what the Vulcans describe as the “global war on terrorism.”

More and more! Draft, anyone? Increase in Iraq force is likely. They're talking 3,000-5,000. But that may be just the beginning: Up to 50,000 more US troops needed in Iraq: Senator McCain.

[:McCain:] When asked how many additional forces would have to be deployed, the maverick Republican senator answered "I would say at least 40,000 or 50,000 more," adding that it will likely also be necessary to increase the size of the army and the marine corps.

Journalist Kevin Sites describes the Marine shooting he witnessed in all its complexity: Open Letter to Devil Dogs of the 3.1. Meanwhile, the US claims: Marines shoot insurgent who was 'playing dead'.

Those planning elections forgot muslim calendar: Fears over elections timed to coincide with haj pilgrimage.

The election campaign will also coincide with the haj in mid-January, and the transit of several million pilgrims from Muslim countries such as Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan overland through Iraq to Mecca.

Dahr Jamail Audio report on Flashpoint: Audio: Terror In The Mosque As U.S. Troops Kill Four Iraqi's While At Prayer.

Villagers near Falluja describe: Falluja women, children in mass grave.

Dahr Jamail on the Iraqi thinking about the elections: Iraqi Critics Speak Out on Occupation, Elections and on the state of the fighting: More blood, More chaos.

[More blood:] One of my friends here works on the election commission for Iraq-he stopped by tonight laughing at the new date which has been set for the election of January 30th. “They have this new date for their rigged elections,” he rolls his eyes, “And nobody in Iraq believes their propaganda. Elections? Here? I don’t know anyone who will vote. Perhaps the entire country can vote absentee for reason of car bomb!”

Where are we now? asks om Engelhardt: On "Iraqifying" the Quagmire: Draining the Swamp.

But perhaps the simplest way to sum up where matters may rest in Iraq today I ran across in the final lines of a recent long New York Times piece by Edward Wong and James Glanz (Rebels Attack in Central Iraq and the North): " [T]he violence [in Mosul] had calmed since then, and children could be seen playing in some parks. At one playground, Amin Muhammad, 10, and his friends raced around with plastic guns. 'We divide ourselves into two teams,' he said, 'the mujahedeen versus the American forces.'' And in their battles, he said, the mujahedeen always win.<"

Must Read! The lives of Iraqis have been improved? Children Pay Cost of Iraq's Chaos: Malnutrition Nearly Double What It Was Before Invasion.

After the rate of acute malnutrition among children younger than 5 steadily declined to 4 percent two years ago, it shot up to 7.7 percent this year, according to a study conducted by Iraq's Health Ministry in cooperation with Norway's Institute for Applied International Studies and the U.N. Development Program. The new figure translates to roughly 400,000 Iraqi children suffering from "wasting," a condition characterized by chronic diarrhea and dangerous deficiencies of protein.... [How many of these will die, adding to the direct costs of the fighting?]
Iraq's child malnutrition rate now roughly equals that of Burundi, a central African nation torn by more than a decade of war. It is far higher than rates in Uganda and Haiti....
Mehdi and other analysts attributed the increase in malnutrition to dirty water and to unreliable supplies of the electricity needed to make it safe by boiling. In poorer areas, where people rely on kerosene to fuel their stoves, high prices and an economy crippled by unemployment aggravate poor health.... [Of course, the US has a systematic policy of shutting off clean water and electricity to rebellious cities, presumably to help the populations there die even faster.]
In its most recent assessment of five sectors of Iraq's reconstruction, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington research group, said health care was worsening at the quickest pace....
By one count, 60 percent of rural residents and 20 percent of urban dwellers have access only to contaminated water. The country's sewer systems are in disarray....
Baghdad residents often point out to reporters that after the 1991 Persian Gulf War left much of the capital a shambles, Hussein's government restored electricity and kerosene supplies in two months.

Listen to: Dahr Jamail Interview with Scott Horton.

Falluja battle leads to a 1/3 cut in power output: Iraq Min: Power Output Down On US-Led Attack On Falluja.

Iraq sets Jan. 30 for elections.

Must Read! An amazing account that gives a sense of the complexity in Iraq, where the lines between "good" and "bad" can get awfully muddy: Falluja: last words of the living dead.

Try for safety, be killed by Americans, as US insists no civilians were killed: For One Family in Falluja, a Simple Drive Turns Deadly.

They rounded a corner by the mosque and saw the marines for the first time, crouching atop the roof, their guns pointed outward. Tanks had rammed through the mosque compound's outer wall, leaving large holes. Mr. Khalif veered onto the street where he lived. The marines opened fire, Ms. Abdullah said. "I fell into my mother's lap and started screaming," she said.

A rather sympathetic portrait of a Marine unit, by Kim Sengupta of the Independent: The soldiers' story: the war the video cameras do not see.

Jules Lobel of the Center for Constitutional Right interviewed on: .S. War Crimes in Fallujah.

Pepe Escobar writes of the prelude to civil war: The Sunni-Shi'ite power play.

As hundreds of thousands of Fallujan are starving and ill, with no help whatsoever from the US or "their government", the US says they'll just have to wait. Perhaps they'll all die and the US can repopulate the city with a more compliant population: No date set for residents return to Falluja. After all, they need time to hide the bodies, so no one will ever know how many civilians were butchered.

Good, as far as it goes, which isn't far enough. But what about all the other poor starving nations with unmanageable debt arranged between unscrupulous dictators and the rich countries? Why should the only debt cancelled be that of America's latest colony? U.S., Germany Strike Deal on Iraq Debt. See commentary on: Jubilee Iraq.

Insurance data show more civilian deaths in Iraq.

Companies so far this year have filed claims for 157 deaths and 516 serious injuries, based on U.S. Labor Department.... Almost 60 percent of those civilians who died worked for Halliburton Co. and Titan Corp. In 2003, contractors claimed 23 deaths and 132 serious injuries.

Must Read! 'The war is over, but there is no peace ... and the killings go on'. The Iraqi journalist Abbas Ahmed Ibrahim tells of the horror and hardship in a first-hand account from the devastated city of Fallujah.

The Americans say that they have set up centres for distributing food and medicine. They also say that Fallujah hospital has now been open again for more than a week. This is true in both cases. But the problem is that getting to them is very risky. You can get arrested by the Americans or you might get killed. Two women were shot trying to get food for their families. The Americans say the mujahedin shot them. Most people think it was the Americans themselves who did this. But I do not think that is the case. It probably was the mujahedin. But why is this happening if the Americans are in control of Fallujah?

ICRC Slams 'Utter Contempt' for Humanity Amid Fierce Fighting in Iraq.

Baghdad's spiralling transport costs.

15-mile stretch between Baghdad airport and the city centre is said to be the world's most expensive taxi ride. Small convoys of armoured cars and Western gunmen charge about £2,750 ($5,108) for the perilous journey.

Must Read! Dahr Jamail reports that troops fired on worshipers inside a mosque Friday, killing four and wounding at least ten: As U.S. Forces Raided a Mosque. Here is the Reuters' account: Iraqi Troops Raid Baghdad Mosque, 17 Detained.

[As US:] Soldiers denied Iraqi Red Crescent ambulances and medical teams access to the mosque. As doctors negotiated with U.S. soldiers outside, more gunfire was heard from inside....
A doctor with the Iraqi Red Crescent confirmed four dead and nine wounded worshippers. Pieces of brain were splattered on one of the walls inside the mosque while large blood stains covered carpets at several places.

US reconstruction official says security far worse than six weeks ago: Rebels undermine Iraq elections, U.S. says: Official: 'It would now be difficult' in parts of north.

The insurgency in Iraq poses a bigger obstacle to rebuilding Sunni-dominated parts of the country today than it did six weeks ago, the coordinator of U.S. reconstruction aid said Friday.

NATO allies say "You've got to be kidding!" 6 NATO Allies Refuse to Help U.S. in Iraq.

Blood money: More than 100 million earmarked for Fallujah reconstruction.

Juan Cole: Did Fallujah Sink the Elections?

One of the last NGOs leaves: Major aid organisation quits Iraq.

Iraq to arrest its Jerry Falwell's: Iraq: Imams inciting violence will be arrested.

At first the military wants all reporters embedded. Now that one of the embedds actually did some reporting, call come to abolish them. Will Congress pass capital punishment for reporters deviating from the official line? Fallujah Video has congressman calling for reporter ban.

During a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Reyes compared it to a football game, saying "we don't want to know everything that's going on on the field." Reyes says this is not censorship. In his words, "We should not be providing the Al-Jazeera the kind of propaganda they've had the last couple of three days."
[Even more disturbing:] Marine Corps commandant General Michael Hagee disagrees, saying embedded reporters have actually worked very well and inform the American public about "what these great young Americans are doing over there."

British, and Iraqi "government" officials not wanted: Unlikely Challenge in Shiite Province Resistance in Maysan to rule by outsiders poses problems for British troops and underscores uncertainty over Iraq's future as a viable state.

Washington Post: For Fallujah Family, a Daring Escape: After Hiding for Days, 10 Relatives Flee U.S. Assault Across Euphrates River.

When Iraqi security forces began searching house to house for insurgents and weapons, the family grew more afraid. [The US calls this fear "liberation" because it can help liberate Iraqis from their life.] Then shrapnel from a rocket hit their house, damaging the ceiling, and Mishal said he knew it was time to go.

More pressure to "postpone" elections. Presumably that means Allawi stays in power indefinitely: Pressure grows for Iraq election delay: Allawi aide says deadline looks more and more unrealistic .

Must Read! Christopher Dickey argues that the US has no intention of leaving Iraq for the distant future, as witnessed by the fact that it has no possibility of defending itself from Iran. So, just get used to being occupied forever! No Way Out? Iraq can’t defend itself if U.S. troops leave. That’s why no one should believe White House promises to bring the soldiers home soon.

“It’s clear the [American] intention has been to establish a protectorate,” says W. Patrick Lang, formerly one of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s top experts on the Middle East. A military like the one being organized in Iraq can’t threaten its neighbors, to be sure, but it can’t defend itself either—not even internally....
So it’s no wonder that many Iraqis—including the majority of the insurgents, who still see themselves as fighting foreign invaders—simply don’t believe the American administration’s spin about pulling out of Iraq sometime soon. Iraq’s neighbors don’t believe that either. And neither should anyone else.

Dahr Jamail: The Streets of Baghdad. And: Media Repression in 'Liberated' Land.

Other instances of political repression abound. The media commission sent out an order recently asking news organisations to "stick to the government line on the U.S.-led offensive in Fallujah or face legal action." The warning was sent on the letterhead of Allawi.

Al-Arabiya reported allegedly being held by US: Iraq journo 'held' in Fallujah.

Juan Cole: Election Boycott Announced. And, presenting a "grey, and very bleak" assessment, while distinguishing between US soldier and those who conduct car bombings and killed Margaret Hassan: More on Marine Mosque Killing.

But the basic idea of attacking the guerrillas holding up in that city is not in and of itself criminal or irresponsible. A significant proportion of the absolutely horrible car bombings that have killed hundreds and thousands of innocent Iraqis, especially Shiites, were planned and executed from Fallujah. There were serious and heavily armed forces in Fallujah planning out ways of killing hundreds to prevent elections from being held in January. These are mass murderers, serial murderers. If they were fighting only to defend Fallujah, that would be one thing; even the Marines would respect them for that. They aren't, or at least, a significant proportion of them aren't. They are killing civilians elsewhere in order to throw Iraq into chaos and avoid the enfranchisement of the Kurds and Shiites. Some of my readers still want good guys and bad guys, white hats and black hats. That's not the way the world is. It is often grey, and very bleak.

Not much information so far: Protesters demand release of Shiite followers held by U-S forces.

Victory? Fallujah Residents Emerge, Find 'City of Mosques' in Ruins .

US trick Falluja residents, promises food, then arrests them. They call this "winning hearts and minds": Test nets suspects — and enrages Fallujah residents.

ednesday, just a handful of Iraqis trickled in, carrying white surrender flags as they moved cautiously along the wide avenue beside the mosque. That number may have dipped after news got out that all men who had visited the previous two days had been given the swab test. Firing a gun, or handling weaponry or spent cartridges on the ground — Fallujah is carpeted with brass shells — is enough to give a positive reading.

Hassan's body may have been found.

Jordan's Prince Hassan: Iraq 'out of control' says Jordan.

A moving slide show: The Battle for Falluja: What You Won't See on TV.

The greatest power on earth can destroy their city, but it does nothing to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees it created: Escape from Fallujah: refugees flood nearby towns.

General Abdul Qadir Mohan, the commander of the Iraqi government forces for the Fallujah assault, said refugee conditions are worsening, particularly in Habbaniyah. "In some cases, there are seven families living in one room and sometimes 300 people have to wait in line to use the toilet. Many are already suffering from diseases. It is a holy duty to return these people home...."
Mr Hussein had planned to stay in Fallujah to cover the fighting. But he said he fled after feeling he was in grave danger. "US soldiers began to open fire on the houses, so I decided it was very dangerous to stay," he said. "Destruction was everywhere. I saw people dead in the streets, the wounded were bleeding and there was no one to help them...."
Mr Abdullah said by telephone: "I came out with my hands up and holding a white pillow case. The main danger came from Iraqi [government] soldiers. Two of them wanted to shoot me, and I must say it was an American who stopped them. They talked about arresting me, and I was made to sit against a wall with my head between my knees. But then there was more firing and they went away somewhere...."
Ahmed Ali Safah, a teacher, arrived at Habbaniyah with his family before the assault. "We heard the Americans were saying it was the last chance we had to leave. So we came with just a few suitcases; we left everything behind. We are staying in a house with three other families and there must be 30 people here. The children are being sick but there is no medicine. Trucks [from the Red Crescent] came here with blankets and food. They also had tablets for bad water, but they had all finished by the time we got to the trucks."

No claims for the murder of Margaret Hassan: Mystery remains over who killed Margaret Hassan: Iraqis say they have no clues to group which shot aid worker.

NATO members resisting Iraq training role: Nato plans for Iraq hit new trouble.

Pepe Escobar: Counterinsurgency run amok.

Whom are you going to trust: Fallujah civilians who risked their lives to escape, witnesses such as Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein, hospital doctors, Amnesty International, top United Nations human-rights official Louise Arbour, the International Committee of the Red Cross; or the Pentagon and US-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi?...
Our sources say that most of Baghdad and the whole Sunni triangle is already convinced that the Americans "captured" Fallujah general hospital, bombed at least two clinics and are preventing the Red Crescent from delivering urgent help because as many bodies as possible must be removed before any independent observers have a chance to evaluate the real extent of the carnage....
Crucially, Dr al-Muhannadi also confirmed that American snipers killed more than 17 Iraqi doctors who had mobilized to answer an appeal from Fallujah's doctors broadcast on al-Jazeera: information on the massacre has been circulating in Baghdad for days.

One firm. At least five employees dead: Two employees killed raises Iraq toll for Tenn. firm. Is that what they mean by "blood money"?

Forty-seven Iraqi political groups reject the "rigged elections": Protesting US Raids, 47 Iraqi Bodies Boycott Polls.

Robert Fisk on the murder of Margaret Hassan: What price innocence in the anarchy of Iraq?

Not on CNN: Falluja in Pictures. [Updated regularly.]

BBC reporter in "liberated Falluja" too afraid to attempt to escape: Eyewitness: Fear remains after assault.

Those that have survived this far are looking gaunt. The opposite is happening to the dead - left where they fell, they are now bloated and rotting....
Looking at Falluja now, the only comparisons I can think of are cities like Beirut and Sarajevo.

Save your life, get punished: U.S. Army to Punish Soldiers Who Refused Iraq Convoy.

It crystallizes how Iraqis feel about the occupation: Iraqi Man's Slaying Dominates Arab Media.

Iraqis distraught at Margaret Hassan murder: Iraqis angry, distraught at aid worker's murder. So are others: A Flame of Humanism Has Been Extinguished: Who and What Killed Margaret Hassan?

We mourn the loss of our friend Margaret. She was the victim of her direct murderers and of several others. She was the victim of the war system and the brutalisation of the human mind it invariably causes. A flame of humanism and hope for the Iraqi people and the rest of us has been extinguished.

Dahr Jamail writes of the victims of Falluja: Slash and Burn, with accompanying pictures: Iraqis Bearing the Brunt of US Force.

Iraqis must be very upset, if even the puppet has to pretend to care: Allawi 'Very Concerned' About Marine Shooting: Investigation To Look Into Whether Others Similarly Killed. No one is discussing why the men, seriously wounded the day before, had been left unattended for 24 hours. Were they deliberately left to bleed to death?

American and Iraqi authorities have been trying to stem outrage over the shootings among Iraqis, particularly the Sunni Arab minority, and Arabs across the region. U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte expressed regret over the shooting but said Wednesday it should not undermine U.S. efforts to remove guerrillas from the city.

As an insight into how Iraqis feel this week, Riverbend sees the video of an American soldier murdering a wounded Iraqi, and feels sick at having her country occupied by a gang of murders: American Heroes...

The room was silent at the end of the scene, with only the voice of the news anchor and the sobs of my aunt. My little cousin flinched and dropped her spoon, face frozen with shock, eyes wide with disbelief, glued to the television screen, "Is he dead? Did they kill him?" I swallowed hard, trying to gulp away the lump lodged in my throat and watched as my cousin buried his face in his hands, ashamed to look at his daughter. "What was I supposed to tell them?" He asked, an hour later, after we had sent his two daughters to help their grandmother in the kitchen. "What am I supposed to tell them- 'Yes darling, they killed him- the Americans killed a wounded man; they are occupying our country, killing people and we are sitting here eating, drinking and watching tv'?" He shook his head, "How much more do they have to see? What is left for them to see?..."
It's typical American technique- every single atrocity is lost and covered up by blaming a specific person and getting it over with. What people don't understand is that the whole military is infested with these psychopaths. In this last year we've seen murderers, torturers and xenophobes running around in tanks and guns. I don't care what does it: I don't care if it's the tension, the fear, the 'enemy'… it's murder. We are occupied by murderers. We're under the same pressure, as Iraqis, except that we weren't trained for this situation, and yet we're all expected to be benevolent and understanding and, above all, grateful. I'm feeling sick, depressed and frightened. I don't know what to say anymore… they aren't humans and they don't deserve any compassion.
o why is the world so obsessed with beheadings? How is this so very different? The difference is that the people who are doing the beheadings are extremists… the people slaughtering Iraqis- torturing in prisons and shooting wounded prisoners- are "American Heroes". Congratulations, you must be so proud of yourselves today.

US thinks Fallujans are like little children. Just spank them and then buy them an ice cream: U.S. racing insurgents for influence in Fallujah as battle winds down.

Al-Sistani rigging the electoral field to guarantee Shia dominance: Iraq's al-Sistani spearheading effort to ensure Shiite electoral victory.

Evidently the reporter who filmed the murder of a wounded Iraqi witnessed the killing of three others as well: Marines Killed Four Wounded Iraqi Prisoners: US Reporter.

Fears mount for families inside Fallujah.

Remembering Margaret Hassan: Unassuming yet determined, she hated war and dedicated her life to Iraqis

Now men who claim to be fighting for Iraq have killed her. There are many Iraqi children, the crippled and the sick, who may never forgive those men.

Listen to an: Interview with Dahr Jamail on the Situation in Falluja.

US justifies murdering journalists in April 2003: US claims 'no fault' in 2003 killing of reporters in Iraq: Reporters Without Borders.

Iraqis react to US murder of wounded man in mosque: Shooting of Iraqi in Mosque Angers Muslims.

"The troops not only violated our mosques with their sins and their boots but they stepped on our brothers' blood," said Khalil, the shop owner. "They are criminals and mercenaries. I feel guilty standing here and not doing anything."
[Ever sensitive to Iraqi feeling:] At a news conference Tuesday, Iraqi Interior Minister Falah Hassan al-Naqib, himself a Sunni, said that although "killing a wounded person is rejected by us," Fallujah militants were "killers and criminals" who committed brutal acts.
That meant little to Hameed Farhan, 51, who works for the Transportation Ministry in Baghdad. "I did not see it because there was no electricity at home, but my wife was at her parents and she described it for me," Farhan said. "She was crying. Tears welled up in my eyes. I wanted to scream."

The American public, as usual, is outraged at the violation of Iraqi human rights: Local Vets Defend Marine's Actions: Some Say They Are Angry Questions Even Being Raised. After all, Americans, by definition, can do know wrong. [Unless they are Democratic political candidates.]

argaret Hassan believed killed.

Here is the NBC: Video of Unarmed And Wounded POW Shot In The Head By U.S. Marine.

Amnesty International: Iraq: Urgent action needed to prevent war crimes.

An expression of world outrage: UN seeks probe into war crimes in Falluja, by all sides.

All violations of international humanitarian and human rights law must be investigated, including "the deliberate targeting of civilians, indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, the killing of injured persons and the use of human shields", Arbour said....
Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she was especially worried about civilians still in Falluja, who might lack access to aid, and about the paucity of information on civilian casualties.

The US-appointed comedian-in-chief says, "Civilians? What civilians?" Allawi denies, International Amnesty confirms the killing of civilians in Falluja. But he does know who the real enemy is: Aljazeera: Allawi accuses al-Jazeera of violating its work embargo in Iraq.

The US declares open warfare on the only Sunni pary willing to collaborate with them! Do they want an election boycott, to provide a rationale to cancel elections? US Marines arrest Iraq's deputy Speaker.

Marines see nothing wrong with killing an unarmed, wounded Iraqi in a Mosque. Did this occur many times? After all, isn't this what you expect when you send scared kids to take over a city not kindly disposed to being occupied by foreigners? U.S. Marines Rally Round Iraq Probe Comrade.

"I would have shot the insurgent too. Two shots to the head," said Sergeant Nicholas Graham, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "You can't trust these people. He should not be investigated. He did nothing wrong."

According to Dahr Jamail, the Red Cross estimates at least 800 dead civilians in Falluja. If so, how many thousands are wounded and will die from the lack of medical attention the Americans refuse to allow in? At least 800 civilians have been killed during the U.S. military siege of Fallujah, a Red Cross official estimates.

Mosques have organised massive collections of food and relief supplies for Fallujah residents as they did last April when the city was under attack, but these supplies have not been allowed into the city either....
The situation within Fallujah is grim, he [a senior Red Cross official] said. If help does not reach people soon, ”the children who are trapped will most likely die.” He said the Ministry of Health in the U.S.-backed interim Iraqi government had stopped supplying hospitals and clinics in Fallujah two months before the current siege. ”The hospitals do not even have aspirin,” he said. ”This shows, in my opinion, that they've had a plan to attack for a long time and were trying to weaken the people.”

Dahr Jamail: Dogs Eating Bodies in the Streets of Fallujah.

The military stopped the Red Crescent at the gates of the city and is not allowing them in. They allowed some bodies to be buried, but others are being eaten by dogs and cats in the streets, as reported by refugees just out of the city, as well as residents still trapped there. The military said it saw no need for the IRC to deliver aid to people inside Fallujah because it did not think any civilians were still inside the city. [Another obvious US lie. See next item.]

The civilians who didn't exist yesterday [see above item], now have a Marine-established center to provide food. It becomes clearer why aid agencies are being kept out. The US want Fallujans to realize that their very survival depends totally on the goodwill of the US military. Anger the US, you die. Submit, you might be allowed to live. This is called "winning hearts and minds": Next Fallujah battle: hearts, minds: Marines converted a mosque into a food and medical distribution center for residents Monday.

More evidence the US butchered civilians in Falluja with reckless disregard: Falluja refugees tell harrowing stories. At the same time, the US claims evidence of about 72 executions by insurgents: A dozen more executed men found in Fallujah.

[A dozen:] Marine Captain Drew McNulty said he thought that the mujahdeen who had ruled Fallujah, before the insurgents took heavy losses in a US-led assault launched last Monday, had forced all males aged 15 to 50 to stay and fight. "They probably kept the military-aged males and forced them to fight and those who refused they executed," he speculated. [This, of course, is total nonsense. If true, there would have been many tens of thousands of fighters, not 1,000 or so. basic math evidently eludes the army when propaganda is at stake. When I see complete nonsense like this coming from the Americans, I wonder whether I should ignore everything they say. Probably some fraction, however, small, happens to be true, however.]

Marines investigate filmed murder. What about the other two filmed executions? Marine 'Shot Iraqi Prisoner'.

Falluja after attack. Only a few are apparently left alive. Were the 30,000-100,000 civilians reported still living there all killed? Will we ever know? Fallujah Battered And Mostly Quiet After the Battle .

Rashid Khalidi provides background on the long anti-imperialist history of Falluja: Fallujah 101: A history lesson about the town we are currently destroying

One blogger's response to horror. Collect pictures to document it: Falluja In Pictures.

A doctor from Falluja tells of the absolute horror there: Doctor is haunted by siege of Fallujah.

Yesterday, as Ghanim recounted the week that was, he was clearly haunted by what might have been, and those he could not help. "I think if the Americans let us treat the injured, even in the streets," he said, "we could have saved hundreds."

This document claims there is a systematic policy of: Denial of Water to Iraqi Cities under attack, a violation of international law.

Under article 14 of the second protocol of the Geneva Conventions,
‘Starvation of civilians as a method of combat is prohibited. It is therefore prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless for that purpose, objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population such as food-stuffs, agricultural areas for the production of food-stuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works.’

A British Major weighs in on American Tactics (read: brutality): Only the buildings in Fallujah have fallen.

If and when the dust settles, I wonder what will be found, other than devastated and uninhabitable ruins, a lot of dead bodies and countless homeless innocent Iraqis seething with anger at their "liberators".

Dahr Jamail on what EVERYONE but the Americans saw coming: humanitarian disaster and stronger resistance: The Other Face of U.S. ‘Success’ in Fallujah.

Ahmed says he did not expect to survive. ”Every night we said goodbye to one another because we expected to die,” he said. ”You could see areas where all the houses were flattened, there was just nothing left. We could get water at times, but there was no electricity ever.”
.S. forces had bombed families in their homes, he said. ”Even those of us who do not fight, we are suffering so much because of the U.S. bombs and tanks. Can't they see this is turning so many people against them?”

300 more troops leaving because the constituents realize an illegal war when they see one: Hungarian parliament rejcts Iraq troop extension Also see: Dutch Min Refuses US Appeal To Keep Troops In Iraq Longer. Also this also: NATO commander says Iraq rift threatens new missions.

Meanwhile the UK denies a previous allegation that their forces want out. UK Denies Report Commanders Want to Move Troops In Iraq.

Gen. John Abizaid says vast majority of Iraqis are enemy, to be killed or captured: Abizaid Warns Against 'Temporary Alliances of Convenience'. [Or, at least that's what his words mean.]

Despite reports from nearly every reporter on the scene the ICRC, the Iraqi Red Crescent, and ddespite them sending men back to die, the US denies there are any civilians in Falluja needing help. Perhaps they've killed them all? US denies need for Falluja aid convoy. And: A city lies in ruins, along with the lives of the wretched survivors.

Now that Us elections are over: Iraq vote could be delayed: Deputy PM voices doubts over January date as violence continues.

Shia leaders in Baghdad, but not al-Sistani, condemn the attack on Falluja in harsh terms: Iraqi Shia leaders condemn Falluja attack .

Baghdad's highest Shia authority has denounced the US military assault on Falluja and called on all Iraqi religious authorities to support the Iraqi people. Shaikh Muhammad Mahdi al-Khalissi has issued a statement, obtained by on Sunday, condemning the US assault on Falluja and describing it as "aggression and dirty war". "No matter how powerful the occupation forces are, they will be driven out of Iraq sooner or later. The current savage military attack on Falluja by US occupation forces and the US-appointed Iraqi government is an act of mass murder and a crime of war," the statement said.

In nominating Alberto Gonzales: George Bush Re-declares War

Raed in the Middle has many pictures of Iraq in the last few days.

Sunday: Iraq officials fire thousands of policemen. They were believed to be informers for the insurgents. Thousands of them!

Rahul Mahajan writes of how the attack on Falluja shows the US has voided the Geneva Conventions. No limits shall exist upon a superpower: November 13, 6:25 pm.

It's also, as has been said before, a very good indication: when you assume all men are your enemies, are fighting against you, it's a clear sign that you're in the wrong country and you should get out....
In every way, the rules of engagement in this assault have been dramatically loosened. Any time troops come under fire, it seems, they target the appropriate building with an air or artillery strike from fearsome weapons like the aptly named Paladin (at least they cancelled the Crusader), which fires rocket-assisted shells that are wonderfully accurate, and typically land within 5 yards of their target after travelling 22 miles. Now, it just so happens that they have a kill radius of 55 yards and their use in crowded residential areas inevitably risks massive "collateral damage," but why quibble when such glorious technology is being put to use?...
And it may seem a minor thing, but this quote is important as well: "if you see a guy with an AK-47, I expect you to hose him with a .50-calibre machine-gun." Using a .50-caliber machine gun on human targets is specifically forbidden by the Geneva Convention; it can be used on equipment. U.S. soldiers are generally instructed either to call in an airstrike instead of using the .50-caliber (see Jarhead by Anthony Swofford) or told to claim that they were aiming at the person's canteen, belt-buckle, or other item of equipment. In saying openly that they should shoot people with the .50, what they are really saying is, "The Geneva Convention is out the window." Expect a new memo from soon-to-be Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on why all of this is just fine and dandy.

Must Read! An AP photographer inside Falluja experienced American barbarity and anti-civilian war crimes first-hand as he tried to flee: AP Photographer Flees Fallujah.

``Destruction was everywhere. I saw people lying dead in the streets, wounded were bleeding and there was no one to come and help them. Even the civilians who stayed in Fallujah were too afraid to go out,'' he said....
`U.S. soldiers began to open fire on the houses, so I decided that it was very dangerous to stay in my house,'' he said. Hussein said he panicked, seizing on a plan to escape across the Euphrates River, which flows on the western side of the city ``I wasn't really thinking,'' he said. ``Suddenly, I just had to get out. I didn't think there was any other choice.''
[He managed to dodge bullets and get to the Euphrates River:] ``I decided to swim ... but I changed my mind after seeing U.S. helicopters firing on and killing people who tried to cross the river.'' He watched horrified as a family of five was shot dead as they tried to cross. Then, he ``helped bury a man by the river bank, with my own hands....'' ``I kept walking along the river for two hours and I could still see some U.S. snipers ready to shoot anyone who might swim. I quit the idea of crossing the river and walked for about five hours through orchards.''

US still refuses aid access, guaranteeing that many more civilians will die: Falluja fighting delays aid to civilians. This despite the claim: U.S. troops: All of Fallujah occupied [More details in Resistance section.]. An example has to be made, to show other Iraqis the consequences of resisting occupation.

From inside Falluja: Eyewitness: Ghost city calls for help.

No one wants to be associated with the one who ordered the masscare: For Iraqi Leader, Political Risks of Attack on Falluja Grow.

Dahr Jamail: Inside Fallujah: one family’s diary of terror

Muna Salim’s sister, Artica, was seven months’ pregnant when two rockets from US warplanes struck her home in Fallujah on November 1. “My sister Selma and I only survived because we were staying at our neighbours’ house that night,” Muna continued, unable to reconcile her survival while eight members of her family perished during the pre-assault bombing of Fallujah that had dragged on for weeks. Khalid, one of their brothers who was also killed in the attack, has left behind a wife and five young children. “There were no fighters in our area, so I don’t know why they bombed our home,” said Muna....
“The bombed houses had collapsed and covered the bodies, and nobody could get to them because people were too afraid to drive a bulldozer,” she explained, throwing her hands into the air in despair. “Even for people to walk out of their houses is impossible in Fallujah because of the snipers.”

Seymour Hersh predicts economic problems stemming from the war: Journalist Predicts War in Iraq will Plunge U.S. Economy into Downturn .

The US enemy, the people: Along the Outskirts of Falluja, the Heavy Shadow of Battle.

From the New York Times [hidden inside, of course]: Rights Lawyers See Possibility of a War Crime.

Human rights experts said Friday that American soldiers might have committed a war crime on Thursday when they sent fleeing Iraqi civilians back into Falluja. Citing several articles of the Geneva Conventions, the experts said recognized laws of war require military forces to protect civilians as refugees and forbid returning them to a combat zone....
Because the United States has refused to take part in the International Criminal Court, it is unclear whether American troops could be held accountable.

pan class="MustRead">Must Read! Very interesting [and amusing, in a way] background piece, by Andrew Gilligan [formerly on the BBC], on the current dictator of Baghdad: The strongman of Baghdad.

Mr Allawi evidently decided that the time for liberal pussyfooting was over. With a friend, Adel Abdul Mahdi, he arranged to kidnap the dean of the university to publicise the Baath cause. ‘We took Iraq’s first hostages,’ recalls Mr Abdul Mahdi, now Iraq’s finance minister, nostalgically. The two men did time for the offence, until a Baathist coup got them back out again....
With another man, Salih Omar, whose democratic credentials included supervising public hangings for the regime, Allawi founded al-Wifaq, or the Iraqi National Accord, a small but influential collection of almost exclusively ex-Baathists who had held office but fallen out with Saddam. From the beginning, the INA was never meant to be any sort of mass movement. Its aim was never to bring democracy to Iraq, but to engineer a palace coup which would see, in Allawi’s estimate, the top 30 to 40 leaders replaced by ... well, people like himself....
The INA’s most controversial operation during this period was a campaign of what can only be termed terrorism against civilians. In 1994 and 1995 a series of bombings at cinemas, mosques and other public places in Baghdad claimed up to 100 civilian lives. The leading British Iraq expert, Patrick Cockburn, obtained a videotape of one of the bombers, Abu Amneh al-Khadami, speaking from his place of refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, claiming that the attacks had been ordered and orchestrated by Adnan Nuri, the INA’s Kurdistan director of operations — an account that has not been seriously disputed.

Unsung hero: Iraqi Stringer for Reuters Is Rare Unembedded Reporter in Fallujah .

Aid 'enters embattled Iraqi city' without US permission. Typhoid is now reported among residents.

Sistani calls for peace in Falluja when it is too late: Sistani calls for Peaceful Resolution of Fallujah Crisis.

US launches all-out war on Association of Muslim Scholars: Three more Sunni clerics arrested by Iraqi forces. They thus clarify that the entire Sunni population is the enemy, to be terrorized into submission.

The horrifying latest from Riverbend that puts the lie to all the US propaganda: Friday, November 12, 2004: One of Those Weeks.... And: Saturday, November 13, 2004: Murder...

Murder:] People in Falloojeh are being murdered. The stories coming back are horrifying. People being shot in cold blood in the streets and being buried under tons of concrete and iron... where is the world? Bury Arafat and hurry up and pay attention to what's happening in Iraq....
Furthermore, where is Sistani? Why isn't he saying anything about the situation? When the South was being attacked, Sunni clerics everywhere decried the attacks. Where is Sistani now, when people are looking to him for some reaction? The silence is deafening....
Iraqis will never forgive this- never. It's outrageous- it's genocide and America, with the help and support of Allawi, is responsible. May whoever contributes to this see the sorrow, terror and misery of the people suffering in Falloojeh.

Pepe Escobar: Collective punishment, regrettable necessity .

Whenever a neo-colonial power - or a puppet politician like interim Iraqi Premier Iyad Allawi - orders the widespread bombing of civilian areas, as in Fallujah, the rationale invoked is "regrettable necessity". What is never mentioned is the real objective: collective punishment....
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani - Iraq's top Shi'ite religious authority - has not uttered a single syllable about it. Top Sunni clerics such as Sheikh Mehdi al-Sumaydi - the leader of the Salafis in Iraq - are very much aware of the incendiary consequences of Shi'ite - and Kurdish - soldiers fighting in the so-called "Allawi's army" against Sunnis in Fallujah. This is a surefire recipe for civil war. The talk in Baghdad is of Sistani's silence being widely interpreted by Sunnis as a Shi'ite endorsement of the US attack.

CNN Video of Marines Murdering a Wounded Iraqi, then Cheering. And another murder, this time from ABC. No negative comments from the reporters as they witness murder, of course: I have just witnessed a murder on my TV screen.

The Americans make an example. Nothing will be done until it's too late: Fears grow for Falluja civilians.

Its only propaganda. Don't let it get in the way of making money: Iraq authorities gave business to banks fined for dealing with Saddam.

Another country says "enough": Dutch Troops to Withdraw from Iraq.

Falluja refuge in Britain tells of the horrors: Falluja resident tells of trauma.

He is highly critical of the American military. "I think this is mass destruction, a mass punishment for everyone in there. "I think it's a crime against humanity."

US claim: Bodies found in underground jail in Falluja.

Dahr Jamail: "Iraq is burning with wrath, anger and sadness..."

Amnesty International: Fears of serious violations of the rules of war in Falluja.

US fundamentalist regime targets Iraqi clerics: U.S. troops raid Baghdad mosque, arrest cleric.

US refuses to let Fallujan men leave, thus ensuring that many will die. This, of course, is a war crime: GIs Force Fleeing Men to Return.

Must Read! Voices from Falluja.

There are bodies strewn in the streets and most families were forced to bury the dead in their gardens. I can see lines of bodies alongside the pavement.

Iraq press attacks Falluja assault.

The Idiot-In-Chief: Confusion in White House on Aim of Iraq Election.

Iraq veteran Jimmy Massey: “We’re committing genocide in Iraq”.

US attacking all opposition: U.S. soldiers raid homes of Sunni Muslim clerics critical of offensive.

No Longer Saddam Lite! Iraqi press threatened if they dare tell the truth, rather than government lies: Iraqi Gov't Warns Media About Coverage.

The commission told news organizations to provide space to explain "the government position, expressing the ambition of most of the Iraqi people" and underscore that "these military operations did not come about until all peaceful means were attempted" to avoid violence. It said that failure to follow the instructions will require authorities to "take all necessary measures to safeguard the supreme interest of the homeland."

The Iraq People's Struggle Movement has launched a new political initiative "to find a just solution to end the occupation of Iraq, based on the demands of the Iraqi people and the patriotic political forces opposed to the occupation". They have asked me to post their detailed: Program. It sounds like a reasonable proposal. Give it to those who ask: "But how can we leave?"

Tom Engelhardt discusses the tipping point fantasy and Mark LeVine the options facing the US at this point: Tomgram: Mark LeVine, Four Times Falluja Equals?

Must View! A BBC documentary exposes the fraud of an international terrorist network run by Osama Bin Laden. In Part I the programme lookes at the origins of the neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists in the 1950s: The Power of Nightmares - Part I. Part II examines how the radical Islamists and neo-conservatives came together to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan: Part II; View especially Part III on the post-9/11 period: Part III

If the US has its way, we will never know the extent of it: Human 'Disaster' Looms in Encircled Falluja.

Other dangers: Hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq hit by parasite that causes chronic sores.

Many Shia oppose Falluja massacre: Iraq Shi'ites wary of Falluja sparking civil war.

As the US makes "progress," the International Rescue Committee pulls out: Another aid group to pull out of Iraq.

American troops, shooting at everything that moves, shoot at British convoy: Marine Shot in Friendly Fire.

Dahr Jamail: Pyrrhic Victory in Fallujah. Also by him: Prayers for Vengeance, More Death…

[Prayers::] He tells me, “You know Dahr, everyone is praying for God to take revenge on the Americans. Everyone!” He went on to tell me that even while people are praying in their homes, they are praying for God to take vengeance on the Americans for what they are doing in Falluja. “Everyone I’ve talked to the last couple of nights, 80 or 90 people, is telling me they are doing this,” he says somberly.

More on the torture supporter for Attorney General: Bush Pick for Attorney General Bedevils Foes. The "Democrats" will help confirm him to avoid angering Latinos. Principles, anyone? In addition, Gonzales is on the Halliburton take.

New Attorney General wrote: memo saying the President can torture anyone he wants.

Even US puppet Adnan Pachachi has reservations: Fallujah 'not end of story'.

James A. Marks of the New York Times explains the brilliance of US war crimes. Notice that his description of the magnificent invasion of Panama mentions two dozen dead Americans, but neglects to mention the several thousands poor Iraqis butchered in US bombing: Falluja: It's about taking terrain and holding it.

Everybody's on the take: U.S. ambassador intervened in Halliburton contract.

Madeleine Bunting explains why: Screams will not be heard: This is an information age, but it will be months before we learn the truth about the assault on Falluja.

The silence from Falluja marks a new and agonising departure in the shape of 21st-century war. The horrifying shift in the last century was how, increasingly, war was waged against civilians: their proportion of the death toll rose from 50% to 90%. It prompted the development of a form of war-reporting, exemplified by Bosnia, which was not about the technology and hardware, but about human suffering, and which fuelled public outrage. No longer. The reporting of Falluja has lapsed back into the military machismo of an earlier age. This war against the defenceless will go unreported....
What is so disturbing is that much of the violence meted out to cities in the past 60-odd years has rarely had a strategic purpose - for example, the infamous bombing of Dresden. Nor is it effective in undermining morale or motivation; while the violence destroys physical and economic capital, it usually generates social capital - for example, the Blitz spirit or the solidarity of New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11 - and in Chechnya served only to establish a precarious peace in a destroyed Grozny and fuel a desperate, violent resistance.
Assaults on cities serve symbolic purposes: they are set showpieces to demonstrate resolve and inculcate fear. To that end, large numbers of casualties are required: they are not an accidental byproduct but the aim. That was the thinking behind 9/11, and Falluja risks becoming a horrible mirror-image of that atrocity.

For domestic consumption? US faces criticism in British government human rights report.

Latest political developments in Iraq "worrying" - UN.

Helen William: Fallujah: History in the making.

Must Read! Important background on the current massacre from Naomi Klein: Die Now, Vote Later.

With all the millions spent on "democracy-building" and "civil society" in Iraq, it has come to this: If you can survive attack by the world's only superpower, you get to cast a ballot. Fallujans are going to vote, goddammit, even if they all have to die first....
Mr. Allawi's Rocket the Vote campaign is the direct result of a disastrous decision made exactly one year ago. On Nov. 11, 2003, Paul Bremer, then chief U.S. envoy to Iraq, flew to Washington to meet with President George W. Bush. The two men were concerned that if they kept their promise to hold elections in Iraq within the coming months, the country would fall into the hands of insufficiently pro-American forces.
That would defeat the purpose of the invasion, and it would threaten President Bush's re-election chances. At that meeting, a revised plan was hatched: Elections would be delayed for more than a year and in the meantime, Iraq's first "sovereign" government would be hand-picked by Washington. The plan would allow Mr. Bush to claim progress on the campaign trail, while keeping Iraq safely under U.S. control....
George Bush likes to paint the forces opposed to the U.S. presence in Iraq as enemies of democracy. In fact, much of the uprising can be traced directly to decisions made in Washington to stifle, repress, delay, manipulate and otherwise thwart the democratic aspirations of the Iraqi people.

Scott Ritter: Squeezing jello in Iraq.

Butchers brag: Commanders: Fallujah Insurgents 'Blinded'.

With only one exception, in Jordan: Mid-East press anger at Falluja assault.

Rumsfeld promises more death and destruction: Rumsfeld says Fallujah isn't the final big battle for U-S troops.

US developing new Weapons of Mass Destruction! Eglin Studying Bomb Bigger Than MOAB.

The proposed Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, would weigh 30,000 pounds, nearly 40 percent more than the 21,000 pound MOAB.

Allawi thinks he can lie his way through: A fine balance: It is important for the Iraqi government that the Falluja operation is successful, but it also has to take care not to be seen as US collaborators.

No aid allowed in. Just let them die: Medical needs massive in Fallujah.

And vets can be dispensed with. They're no longer useful to the military: Vets Return With No Healthcare.

No one is safe: Weapons sleuth Duelfer narrowly misses being killed in Iraq suicide car bombing.

Protecting civilians? Medicines and food scarce for trapped civilians: Many wounded unable to get treatment, according to residents.

The ICRC is concerned about the situation in Falluja: Civilians must be spared and the sick and wounded treated.

Deeply concerned about reports that the injured cannot receive adequate medical care, the ICRC urges the belligerents to ensure that all those in need of such care – whether friend or foe – be given access to medical facilities and that medical personnel and vehicles can function without hindrance at all times.

Action Alert! We must all say: Not in our name! Protest the Attack on Falluja! [To aid the Call to Action, there are a downloadable leaflet, talking points, and other resources there.]

Must Read! Riverbend joins Iraqis watching the horror being imposed upon Falluja: Rule of Iraq Assassins Must End.... See also her comment about the US elections: Disappointment....

Dozens of civilians have died these last few days in Ramadi, Falloojeh, and Samarra. We are hearing about complete families being killed under the rain of bombs being dropped by American forces....
How do people feel about the Iraqi troops? There's a certain rage. It's difficult to sympathize with a fellow-countryman while he's killing one of his own. People generally call them "Dogs of Occupation" here because instead of guarding our borders or securing areas, they are used to secure American forces. They drive out in front of American cars in order to clear the roads and possibly detonate some of those road mines at a decent distance from the American tanks. At the end of the day, most of them are the remnants of militias and that's the way they act.
And now they are being used in Falloojeh against other Iraqis. The whole situation is making me sick and there's a fury building up. The families in Falloojeh have been relegated to living in strange homes and mosques outside of the city... many of them are setting up their families inside of emptied schools and municipal buildings in Samarra and neighboring areas. Every time I see Allawi on tv talking about his regrets about 'having to attack Falloojeh' I get so angry I could scream. He's talking to the outside world, not to us. Iraqis don't buy his crap for a instant. We watch him talk and feel furious and frustrated with our new tyrant.
I was watching CNN this morning and I couldn't get the image of the hospital in Falloojeh being stormed by Iraqi and American troops out of my head- the Iraqis being made to lay face-down on the ground, hands behind their backs. Young men and old men... and then the pictures of Abu Ghraib replay themselves in my mind. I think people would rather die than be taken prisoner by the Americans....
There was a time when pro-occupation Iraqis were able to say, "Let's give them a chance..." That time is over. Whenever someone says that lately, at best, they get a lot of nasty looks... often it's worse. A fight breaks out and a lot of yelling ensues... how can one condone occupation? How can one condone genocide? What about the mass graves of Falloojeh? Leaving Islam aside, how does one agree to allow the murder of fellow-Iraqis by the strongest military in the world?
The second thing Rumsfeld said made me think he was reading my mind: "Rule of Iraq assassins must end..." I couldn't agree more: Get out Americans.

Must Read! The BBC has a report of the horror inside Falluja: 'Watching tragedy engulf my city'.

Recently, many Iraqis from other parts of the country have been joining the local men against the Americans.... I cannot say how many people have been killed but after two days of bombing, this city looks like Kabul. Large portions of it have been destroyed but it is so dangerous to leave the house that I have not been able to find out more about casualties.
My neighbours - a woman and her children - came to see me yesterday. They asked me to tell the world what is happening here. I look at the devastation around me and ask - why?

Sadr forbids followers from participating in attack on Falluja: AMS, Sadrists forbid Fallujah Fighting as "Mortal Sin".

At the moment: Sadr's men to stand for election in Iraq poll.

Pictures from inside Falluja by the Guardian's Ghaith Abdul-Ahad.

UN refugee agency voices extreme concern for Iraqis fleeing Fallujah assault. The "government" or the occupation armies have, of course, done absolutely nothing for these hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The collaborationist Iraq Islamic Party quits the government in protest: Sunni party quits Iraqi government. And the Association of Muslim Scholars calls for an election boycott, as promised: Clerics call for Iraqi elections boycott.

Dahr Jamail on the Iraqi reaction to the destruction of Falluja: The Fire is Spreading…

“I know what they are doing to us-they are putting is in a big jail. First they close the borders with Syria and now Jordan, so we are trapped in Iraq,” says Salam. “Now they put a curfew on Baghdad. This is the first. The second is that the highway bridge connecting us to the west of Baghdad is bombed. Another bridge that leads to the south (Kerbala, Hilla, Najaf) was bombed. And now the other highway south to Amara, Nasiriya and Basra is blocked. So all they have left to close is the highway to Diala…when that last one is closed, we are locked in to Baghdad,” explains Salam, his face stoic but concerned, “We are in. This is our life here man.”

Rahul Mahajan explains that the reason that Falluja General Hospital was the first target hit by the US is so they can control information on civilian casualties. Is that also why they have bombed at least two clinics so far, killing dozens? November 8, 3:28 pm. Make sure to also see: Spreading the Word.

With hundreds of thousands of Fallujans in exile from their city, the Interim Government, in such a rush to destroy their city, has done precisely nothing to help these refugees: “What About Fallujah Evacuees?” Iraqis Wonder.

Bringing death for Christmas:

They call their vehicle "Trojan Horse"; the scouts' call sign is "Death Dealers." As they rolled into battle Monday, they strung up an olive-drab cravat showing skull and crossbones, superimposed upon a wooden cross. "You know what this feels like? Christmas Eve," says Lance Cpl. Matt McClellan.

Falluja's residence uniformly oppose the attack: Families flee besieged city as residents speak of hostility to US action.

When the populace opposes you, kill the people: US tests new tactics in urban warfare.

Get out, while you can! Thousands of Iraqis flee to Jordan border

There will be as few witnesses as possible: Allawi shuts Iraq’s airports and borders.

Donald Rumsfeld looks in the mirror: Rule of Iraq Assassins Must End.

Must Read! If only to understand the level of unrestrained brutality in Falluja: Iraqi Quagmire Deepens.

Worse, the attacks will not make Fallujah--nor any other part of Iraq--“safe for democracy.” Imagine if Cincinnati, Ohio, a city of Fallujah’s size, were destroyed ten weeks before the election was to take place. Elections would make little sense in the aftermath of such destruction….
U.S. attacks are fueling the insurgency. The monthly average of insurgent attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces more than doubled from 1,005 in the eight months prior to the “transition” to Iraqi rule began, to 2,150 in the months since the June 28 "handover." Just as the attacks have increased, the Pentagon has also acknowledged that the number of insurgents is on the rise. In November of 2003, the Pentagon estimated that there were 5,000 Iraqi resistance fighters. In September of this year, the number had risen to 20,000. The British Deputy Commander of the forces in Iraq estimates the resistance may be double that number. The rise is even starker when we factor in the additional 24,000 Iraqi resistance fighters who have been detained or killed. The implications are enormous--for every insurgent killed, the U.S. is creating at least one more.

Many Iraqis believe the US attack on Falluja is an immoral act of the occupier and needs to be resisted: Resistance over Fallujah Builds Up in Baghdad.

The EU Foreign Policy chief: Solana Doubts Poll Timetable.

"The situation from the point of view of security does not give much of a hope that [elections] will be realized on the date," Solana told reporters.

In Karbala, a shortage of election registration cards, and a brawl over a call for an election boycott lead to turmoil, and a death: Gang Fight in Karbala over Elections: Al-Karbala'i: Voter Registration Cards Fall Short.

Dilip Hiro, On the eve of the invasion of Falluja.

Dahr Jamail reports: Carnage and Martial Law.

“The marines that have been killed over the last 5 months have been killed by a faceless enemy. The enemy there has a face, and it’s called Satan, and it lives in Falluja.” These are the words of US Marine Colonel Gary Brandl, as he speaks of the imminent attack on Falluja. Who says this isn’t a holy war?

U.S. military gear on sale at dangerous Baghdad bazaar.

Allawi declares state of emergency.

Bush says will do whatever he wants. Will explain to the children later: More pre-emptive strikes on the table.

CPA adviser Larry Diamond talks with Democracy Now! of the US failure in Iraq: Fmr. CPA Adviser on Iraq Invasion: "One of the Most Irresponsible Exhibitions of Poor Planning In Recent History". Hi recent foreign Affairs article: What Went Wrong in Iraq and a critique with response: Was Iraq a Fool's Errand?

The BBC has an eyewitness account from inside besieged Falluja: Prayers and tears in Falluja.

Must Read! Rahul Mahajan describes life in Falluja as he witnessed it during the April fighting. Of course, this time it will be infinitely more horrible: Fallujah and the Reality of War.

getting ready for the kill: Military snipers learn from competition.

Fox News asks if US will maintain military bases in Iraq "for the long haul": Analysts Ponder U.S. Basing in Iraq.

Who has her? Zarqawi group calls for Hassan’s release.

"We call on those responsible for her captivity to release her unless she is proven to be a collaborator" with the U.S. occupation forces, the statement said. It also said that the kidnappers were obligated to release any proof they might be holding against her.

Election rules allow wide discretion in declaring candidates ineligible: Iraqi Rules for Candidacy Spur Some U.S. Concern: U.N. Also Worries Pressure May Squelch Sunnis.

Nice occupiers not wanted either: 'It's nothing personal. We don't want you here': Troops face tough task to win over local people.

American alternative journalist Dahr Jamail gets a feel for Iraq today. Having been there before, he knows what has been lost: Spiraling Into Occupied Iraq.

Reflecting on Kofi Annan's criticism of the impending Falluja attack, Juan Cole reminds us of the questionable legitimacy of those now putting Iraq to the sword in the name of "democracy" and questions whether they really differ much from Saddam Hussein: Annan Condemns US Assault on Fallujah.

The caretaker government was appointed by an envoy of Mr. Annan, so if he lacks the standing to speak out on Fallujah and/or is a fool to do so, that raises the question of whether he had the legitimacy to install Mr. Allawi and his colleagues in the first place, or whether he was wise enough to choose the right government for Iraq....
[T]he Sadrist Shiites proved hard to control, and the United States was called upon to kill thousands of them and to bombard Sadr City, Kut, Najaf and other places, killing rebellious Shiites just as Saddam had done. So in retrospect was Saddam's crushing of the Sadrist uprising in 1999 really different from the US crushing of the same movement in 2004?...
But every evidence is that most Fallujans support the uprising against the Americans, and the evidence for any significant number of foreign fighters being in Iraq is thin. Can it really be necessary to destroy a city to get at 200 foreign volunteers? So what is really probably being argued is that it is necessary to kill hundreds or thousands of Fallujans in order to remove a challenge to Mr. Allawi and his colleagues.

Sunni leaders have made a peace offer which could avert the Falluja massacre, but the US, determined to crush those who stood up to them, are likely to reject it: Battle Near, Iraqi Sunnis Make Offer: Major Shift Includes New Interest in Vote.

Stephen Soldz has discussed the methodology of the recent Lancet paper on Iraqi casualties, responding to criticisms that have been made in the press: 100,000 Iraqis Dead: Should We Believe It?

The atack on Falluja may finish off any chances for peace in Iraq: Falluja and the Iraqi Insurgency.

Difficult as it may be for whatever Administration emerges after the election to stomach, sitting down with the Iraqi opposition, violent or otherwise, may be the only way to ensure Iraq’s long-term stability and a US exit from the country. The Sharm al-Shaykh conference in particular could be an ideal forum to encourage that opposition, whose only common demand has been US military withdrawal, to propose a viable political alternative to the status quo. But if the singular focus on military force as a means of conflict resolution continues with a new attack on Falluja, there may be little prospect of lasting reconciliation.

Annan says Falluja attack threatens elections: U.N. warns of Fallujah attack consequences.

Will others follow suit? Army discharges reservist who sued over deployment.

EU seems to be accepting Iraqi interim government: EU Strongly Supports the New Iraq.

Even Iraqi journalists covering the Falluja battle are embedded with the attackers. Will there be any independent coverage of the carnage in the city: Iraqi Journalists Prepare for Front Lines in Fallujah: Reporters to Embed With Marines, National Forces if Battle Starts in Insurgent-Held City.

No limits, except resistance: Election win unties Bush’s hands in Iraq.

From the first Gulf War: Britain may join study of impact of toxins on Gulf war veterans .

After razing the city, how to rule the rubble: Iraqi leaders lay out plan for governing Fallujah once the regain control.

Upon reelection, the puppets criticize butcher Bush: Iraqis Say U.S. Should Talk More, Shoot Less.

"American use of unchecked force will not work. Look at the security forces that have multiplied in the past few months. The result has been less security, not more, said Haidar al-Ubadi," a senior official in the Shi'ite Al-Dawa party, which worked with U.S. and British forces....
"There cannot be two democratic standards, one for America and one for the Third World," he said. "Bush's policy of relying on the military and allowing former ruling Baath party members back is stifling society...."
Iraq's Deputy Foreign Minister Hamid al-Bayati said the insurgency was partly due to mistakes Bush made earlier. "Using force that kills civilians on a large scale is a mistake. The logic of occupation must end. Bush's main mistake was not to let an Iraqi provisional government take power after Saddam was toppled," he said. "The resistance operations were seen coming as soon as the United States kept acting as an occupier. The solution now must include the Americans lessening their presence on the streets."

Think carefully before you do it: Expected assault on Fallujah carries risks for U.S., Allawi.

But a protracted battle, with massive civilian casualties from street-by-street fighting, could rile the nation and the Arab world, not only costing Allawi popularity among Iraqis but also risking a regional revolt. "What happens in Fallujah will spread out across other Sunni cities, including Baghdad," said Salman al-Jumaili, a political science professor at Baghdad University who has been privy to the ongoing Fallujah peace negotiations. Al-Jumaili said he thought the Fallujah offensive would spin out of control, with fighting hopscotching from one town to the next.

And Americans claim to be liberating Iraq? Attackers Beat, Threaten To Kill Man Thought To Be Iraqi: Victim Said 5 White Men Attacked Him. BTW, the victim was Portuguese.

The attackers beat up the victim, knocking him to the ground and kicking, yelling anti-Arabic slurs and that he should "go back to Iraq."

Conn Hallinan: J'accuse: War Crimes & Iraq.

Another loss: MSF withdraws aid workers from Iraq.

If Saddam had chemical weapons, someone else has them now: Looters breached Iraq sarin bunker.

Iraqis have few illusions about Bush reelection: Iraqis Challenge Bush to Do Better Than Saddam.

"They call Saddam a criminal, but Bush is the biggest criminal and terrorist in the world. I only expect crimes and killings and occupation of Muslim countries from him," said Waad Mohammed Ali, a butcher in Baghdad's central Karrada area. "Not that Kerry would have been much better. They're all determined to suck our blood...."
"The occupation would have continued even if Kerry won, so I'm not happy either way," said Ismael Saleh from the northern city of Kirkuk. "I'll only be happy when the occupation ends."

US troops (about 12 of them) watched helplessly while the Al-Qaqaa weapons site was looted, their request for help ignored: Report: Troops Watched Al-Qaqaa Looting.

Soldiers who belong to two different units described how Iraqis snatched explosives from unsecured bunkers and drove off with them in pickup trucks. The soldiers who spoke to the Times asked to remain unidentified, saying they feared retaliation from the Pentagon....
One senior noncommissioned officer said troops "were running from one side of the compound to the other side, trying to kick people out" and that at least 100 vehicles were at the site waiting for the military to leave so that they could loot the munitions....
A Pentagon statement last week said the removal of the explosives would have required dozens of heavy trucks moving along the same roads as U.S. combat divisions.

Blair to Falluja: Submit to occupation or we will kill you: Lay Down Your Weapons, Blair Urges Insurgents.

Is civil war inevitable in Iraq? Pat M. Holt, former chief of staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, seems to think so: US options in Iraq: Look at history.

The choices for American foreign policy will be: (1) Stay indefinitely as unwilling, and most likely ineffective, peacekeepers. Or (2) Come home and watch a civil war that was made possible by the American intervention followed by withdrawal.

Things are getting better: Blackouts Predicted for Baghdad Through 2009.

Baghdad's citizens will face power blackouts through the end of this decade, even under the best recovery scenario, Iraq's deputy minister for electricity said Tuesday.... Blackouts will persist after that if Iraq does not receive money for repairs and construction and if sabotage continues, Juburie said.

A British soldier back from Iraq says it was hell: We were getting battered in Basra.

From the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq warns of the attacks by Islamists and the danger of their taking over the country: The killing of women by Islamic groups in Iraq continues unabated. Also Claire magazine has nominated Yanar Mohamed of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq as one of its: 2004 Women of the World.

Hungary to leave coalition: Hungary announces Iraq pull-out.

Iraqis Too Busy Surviving to Care About U.S. Poll.

"U.S. policy will not change, whether Bush or Kerry is in the White House, so it's all the same to us," said Raad Fadel, sitting in a shop selling musical instruments in Baghdad. "Will Kerry turn occupation into liberation? No. Has Bush kept his promises? No. Whoever wins we will be at their mercy."

Must Read! Riverbend meets some Falluja refugees. They best view I've seen of the horrors being visited upon Falluja, a vague preview of the horrors and mass killings to come any day: . Riverbend endorses a new attempt by Iraqis to raise funds for humanitarian efforts in Iraq, especially needed with the flight of the last NGOs. Give!.

“How is the situation in Falloojeh?” My father asked. We all knew the answer. It was terrible in Falloojeh and getting worse by day. They were constantly being bombarded with missiles and bombs. The city was in ruins. Families were gathering what they could and leaving. Houses were being demolished by tanks and planes. But the question had to be asked.
Umm Ahmed swallowed nervously and her frown deepened. “It’s quite bad. We left two days ago. The Americans are surrounding the city and they wouldn’t let us out using the main road. We had to be smuggled out through another way…” The baby began to whine softly and she tried to rock it to sleep. “We had to leave…” she said apologetically, “I couldn’t stay there with the children....”
“I hope everyone is ok…” I offered tentatively. Umm Ahmed focused for a moment on me and shook her head, “Well, last week we buried our neighbor Umm Najib and her two daughters. They were sleeping when a missile fell in the garden and the house collapsed....”
As I sat staring at the woman, the horror of the war came back to me- the days upon days of bombing and shooting- the tanks blasting away down the streets, and helicopters hovering above menacingly. I wondered how she would spend the next couple of agonizing days, waiting for word from her son and husband. The worst part of it is being separated from the people you care about and wondering about their fates. It’s a feeling of restlessness that gnaws away inside of you, leaving you feeling exhausted and agitated all at once. It’s a thousand pessimistic voices whispering stories of death and destruction in your head. It’s a terrible feeling of helplessness in the face of such powerful devastation.
So Umm Ahmed is one of the terrorists who were driven from the city. Should her husband and son die, they will be leaders from Al-Qaeda or even relatives of Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi himself… that’s the way they tell the story in America....
Allawi is vile and the frightening thing is that he will *never* be safe in Iraq without American military support. As long as he is in power, there will be American tanks and bases all over the country. How does he expect to win any support by threatening to unleash the occupation forces against Falloojeh? People are greeting refugees from Falloojeh like heroes. They are emptying rooms in houses to accommodate them and donating food, money and first-aid supplies.
Everyone here knows Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi isn’t in Falloojeh. He isn’t anywhere, as far as anyone can tell. He’s like the WMD: surrender your weapons or else we’ll attack. Now that the damage is done, it is discovered that there were no weapons. It will be the same with Zarqawi.... As soon as the debacle in Falloojeh is over, Zarqawi will just move conveniently to Iran, Syria or even North Korea....
They’ve been bombing Falloojeh for several weeks now. They usually do the bombing during the night, and no one is there to cover the damage and all the deaths. It’s only later we hear about complete families being buried alive or shot to death by snipers on the street.

After the fighting, depleted uranium left behind: Uranium pollution in Iraq damaging: Depleted uranium in Iraqi soil, air may cause health issues.

Iraqi ambassador to Egypt claims Israel behind mass killings of Iraqi scientists: Israeli secret agents killed 310 Iraqi scientists.

Freedom, Iraqi style: Iraqi govt. bans officials from cooperating with Al-Jazeerah channel.

he Iraqi cabinet issued an order to the ministries banning all Iraqi officials from holding interviews or giving statements to the Qatar-based Al-Jazeerah satellite television channel.

US snipers in Ramadi butcher Reuters cameraman. US lies about it: U.S. says cameraman died in gunbattle. How many other innocent civilians are they butchering?

Video footage of the incident showed no apparent fighting and no sounds of shooting in the vicinity before Dhia Najim was killed by a single bullet. He filmed heavy clashes between Marines and insurgents earlier in the day but that fighting had subsided....
Video shot from an upper floor of a building nearby shows Najim, at first half-hidden by a wall, move into the open. As soon as he emerges, a powerful gunshot cracks out and he falls to the ground, his arms outstretched. Civilians are seen gathering calmly at the scene immediately afterwards to look at his lifeless body. Marine snipers are posted in Ramadi, news photographs taken on Sunday show.

Navy Seal says murdered Iraq was tortured by CIA: Navy Seal says Iraqi who died at Abu Ghraib was roughed up in CIA's 'romper room'.

SAFE! Iran signs on with the big dog in the junkyard: China, Iran sign oil and gas deal.

Yawar claims that ''The coalition's handling of this crisis is wrong. It's like someone who fired bullets at his horse's head just because a fly landed on it; the horse died and the fly went away”: Iraq’s Yawar lambastes planned Falluja offensive.

Insurgents, who include loyalists to the ousted Iraqi president and foreign fighters, "want nothing but a military solution, and the continuation of bleeding among Iraqis," the newspaper quoted Yawer as saying.

Should we believe Bush or our lying eyes when we are told that all is going along according to plan in Iraq? Violence Halts Cash for Rebuilding Iraq.

A shocking expose: Exposed: The Carlyle Group.

Arabs distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable insurgent tactics: Arab view dims on Iraq rebels.

New troops for Iraq: Are they fuel for the conflagration? US increases troops in Iraq ahead of poll.

The Iraqis may not have electricity for an entire day, but they will have at least nine US bases for an entire decade or longer: Analysts Ponder US Basing in Iraq.

John Pike, director of, an Alexandria, Va., outfit that specializes in gathering national security and defense data, said researchers at his firm culled military news dispatches and can "conclusively identify" nine of these so-called "enduring bases," and possibly three more that are "too vague to pin down."
Each location, he told, can house about 8,000 troops. "They are being constructed to a standard where they will be able to last for years," he said.

Support Our Troops? 60 Minutes Sunday: GIs Lack Armor, Radios, Bullets. The US military budget is $400 Billion! But soldiers are simply not as important as Halliburton, Bechtel, Raytheon, Boeing profits. Not by a long shot!

Increased troop strength for Falluja attack: Fresh U.S. troops arrive in Iraq on eve of expected showdown in Fallujah; Baghdad deputy governor slain.

Newsweek says those, Bush or Kerry, who think Iraqi forces are the answer to an unpopular occupation should think again: Hell To Pay.

Whoever wins, the road ahead in Iraq is rough. Both Bush and Kerry have plans that depend on newly trained Iraqis. But insurgents are killing recruits, and infiltrating the forces. A report from the front.

$225 billion and rising. Think what else it could fund: The rising cost of war.

The new Iraq: Judge who goes after corruption is fired: Demoted Iraqi judge fears for his country's future.

Protest, Resistance, and Civil War

Occupation Resistance Analysis

The Marines' propaganda: Fallujah Report and Juan Cole's comments: The Fallujah Report and the Liberal/Conservative Divide.

Tuesday, bombs go off: Suicide Bomber Rams U.S. Convoy in Iraq.

Mosul conflict in pictures.

Raid after raid: Iraq push may impose even stiffer demands.

Monday: Deadly car bomb hits Iraq police. At least 12dead.

No Thanksgiving: Seven US soldiers killed in three days.

Tom Lasseter of Knight Ridder Newspapers has posted his Falluja diary: The battle of Fallujah: U.S. may have won, but at a great personal cost. Part 1 and Part 2. Parts have appeared previously in other newspaper articles.

Spc. James Barney, who drove the Bradley that carried Sims' body, stood by the vehicle outside, talking to himself. "We need to just finish it, level the whole damn city," he said. "I'm tired of this place, I'm tired of this shit...."
On his way out, Laird turned and said he'd been thinking about his son. "I don't want my boy to know his daddy's a killer," he said. With that, he picked up his gun and walked out the door.

Not fighting the American-type of war: Mosul's militants fight mostly from shadows.

Insurgents in Mosul generally don't confront U.S. or Iraqi government forces directly. Instead, they are pursuing a campaign of assassinations and terror. It's a shadowy war that U.S. military officers say is difficult to fight.

Claims: Raid on mosque uncovers workshop to make car bombs.

No Longer Saddam Lite! The new butchers at work: U.S. Sends in Secret Weapon: Saddam's Old Commandos.

Rob Nordland of Newsweek describes the past week, typical of many weeks: Seven Days of Hell: With fewer Western journalists covering the war-torn nation, the true grim picture of continued violence isn’t getting out. Our correspondent reports on the last week.

During these seven days, at least 10 American soldiers were killed in action, and incomplete reports showed an average of 100 attacks on coalition forces daily—far more than the pre-Fallujah average. By Nov. 26, 117 American soldiers will have died in November, making it the second deadliest month of the war (after April 2004, when 140 coalition troops died). And by the end of this week, Iraqi elections looked more imperiled than ever.

The Kurdish-Arab civil war heats up: Kurdish Fighters Killed in Northern Iraq.

The battle for Mosul continues: Insurgents step up the battle for Mosul: Sunni militants target Kurds, raising fears of civil war.

Wednesday: U.S., Iraq Target Rebels in Election Countdown.

Now they tell people the obvious: Fallujah Leaders Were Local, Not Foreign.

Before the assault on Fallujah, U.S. officials described the city as a den of foreign terrorists, but its top commanders were an electrician and a mosque preacher _ both natives of the community and now on the run from American forces.

U.S. Civilian Official Killed by Gunfire in Baghdad.

U.S. finds more bodies in Mosul.

New offensive avoids mass destruction, for the moment: U.S.: Different tactics in latest Iraqi offensive: Campaign targets Babil province 'in very focused way'. British troops join in: Black Watch gears up for US offensive.

Three killed, four injured in Booby-trapped car explosion near Baghdad?.

Door-to-door warfare is special hell: Medics Testify to Fallujah's Horrors: Navy Corpsmen Treated Unusually Devastating Injuries at Field Hospital.

War is hell: A week of urban warfare in the insurgent hotbed.

The thugs shoot each other: Frayed nerves on Baghdad streets leading to `friendly-fire' incidents.

5,000 US and allied troops on offensive in south: ass Offensive Launched South of Baghdad.

Rebels' killings intensify in Mosul.

Falluja ripped apart in the search for weapons: Marines Hampered by Security Fears in Falluja.

Iraqi electrician seen as real leader of Fallujah rebels: Rebel fighters singled out an Iraqi electrician as the most feared man in Fallujah when the city was under insurgent control.

A view of the brutality of some of the Sunni insurgents, who appear to be as anti-Shia as they are anti-occupation: Iraq's Forbidding 'Triangle of Death': South of Baghdad, a Brutal Sunni Insurgency Holds Sway.

There appears to be an organized campaign to knock off the members of the Association of Muslim Scholars. Is the US or the Iraqi "government" behind it. Or is it "simply" a Shia group? In any case, the implications are quite bad. Notice, this AP story has zero discussion about who might be behind this organized campaign: Second Sunni Cleric Assassinated in Iraq.

South of Baghdad: Iraqi forces find 12 bodies.

U.S. Soldier Killed in Baghdad Attack - Military. While a member of the Association of Muslim Clerics has been assassinated: Sunni cleric killed in Mosul.

Center of fighting moves: 'This is now the most dangerous place in Iraq. We are coming up against Zarqawi's people'.

force protection or people protection? Falluja troops told to shoot on sight and: Iraqi civilians gunned down at checkpoint.

Eight Iraqi Guardsmen killed, 18 others wounded in ambush in Ramadi.

Mosque raid Friday has transformed Baghdad into a battle zone: Raid on Mosque Sparks Battles in Baghdad.

A U.S.-Iraqi raid on the Abu Hanifa mosque — one of the most revered sites for Sunni Muslims — spawned a weekend of street battles, assassinations and a rash of bombings that changed Baghdad. The capital, for months a city of unrelenting but sporadic violence, has taken on the look of a battlefield.

Three bodies found in Mosul.

U.S. Troops See Enemy All Around as Mosul Simmers.

Saturday [reported as of 1:00 AM EDT] One US soldier killed, nine wounded in attack in Baghdad; Four Iraqi government employees gunned down in Baghdad; Suicide car bomber kills one civilian, injures another in Baghdad; Nine Iraqi soldiers feared executed in bid to oust rebels from Mosul; and a number of other battles are reported in: U.S. forces find four decapitated bodies in Mosul; 30 insurgents detained.

Polish hostage freed in Iraq already in Warsaw.

In Mosul: Insurgents loot police uniforms.

At least seven police stations were overrun and looted of their weapons, radios, uniforms and vehicles, before being set ablaze or, in at least one case, destroyed by dynamite.

Two Iraqi soldiers 'beheaded'.

Friday in Mosul: Iraqi commandos storm Mosul's old quarter as five killed in Baghdad unrest .

Patrick Graha: Beyond Fallujah: A Year with the Iraqi Resistance.

Friday: Car Bomb Targets Baghdad Police, Several Casualties. Insurgents attack an Iraqi police station in central Iraq. No casualties reported.

Marine intelligence: Not much accomplished: US intelligence issue pessimistic report on Fallujah offensive.

Although the resistance crumbled in the face of the offensive, the report warned, "the enemy will be able to effectively defeat I MEF's ability to accomplish its primary objectives of developing an effective Iraqi security force and setting the conditions for successful Iraqi elections."

US must be worried. They're increasing the propaganda about Al-Zarqawi. They "find his headquarters": House in Falluja Seems to Have Been Base for Jordanian Terrorist. Then they find a "terrorist" base in Mosul: U.S., Iraqi Troops Raid Alleged Rebel Base of al-Zarqawi. [It was in a hospital. Presumably this will justify all past and future attacks on hospitals.] Have they looked for the terrorist base in the West Wing yet?

Fantasyland in public: Falluja Breaks the Back of Iraq Rebels - U.S. General. But in private; Fallujah battle might not pay off.

[Fallujah battle:] [T]he battle for control of the Sunni city 40 miles west of Baghdad has sharpened divisions among Iraq's major ethnic and religious groups, fueled anti-American sentiment and stoked the 18-month-old Sunni insurgency. Those grim assessments, expressed privately by some U.S. military officials and by some private experts on Iraq, raise doubts as to whether the January election will produce a government with sufficient legitimacy, especially in the eyes of the country's powerful Sunni Muslim minority.

Haifa Street, Baghdad: U.S., Iraq Arrest More Than 100 in Raid.

American death toll in Fallujah at 51.

Thursday: Bombs Kill Four in Baghdad and Kirkuk. Also, Mosul Governor's office attacked.

Dozens killed in Iraq unrest. The article also claims that 60, not 35 as previously reported, Iraqi policemen have been kidnapped.

the next round begins: U.S. Marines fight insurgents trying to sneak back into Fallujah.

US continues assault on Falluja.

Armed Group Kidnaps 31 Iraqi Policemen returning from training in Jordan.

Interview with an insurgent leader, in US-occupied Falluja: Troops Move To Quell Insurgency In Mosul: Cleric Vows to Turn Iraq 'Into One Big Fallujah'/

Is the Baath Party directing fighting in Mosul? US, Iraqi troops fight to retake control in Mosul. Note, however, that "Kurdish intelligence officials" may have ulterior motives in spreading this story.

According to Kurdish intelligence officials with sources in the insurgency, Ba'ath Party officials met at the end of September in the Syrian border town Hasakah, where they elected a new party leader and appointed officials to run operations in every city in Iraq. The Ba'athists also voted to expel all party members who have worked with American forces, the interim Iraqi government, or the Kurdish political parties, the intelligence sources said....
n Mosul, said Pire, ''the Ba'ath Party has played the main role in these attacks."

Which side are they on? Police defections add to Mosul's woes.

Clashes, Car Bomb Leave 10 Dead in Beiji.

Another step toward civil war: US and Kurds attack insurgents in Mosul.

15 foreigners among 1,000 defenders captured in Falluja. that's 1.5%. Now, we know that 80% who took part in the attack were foreigners and the attack was ordered by a foreign terrorist leader 5,000 miles away: Few Foreigners Among Insurgents.

Before the battle, U.S. officials frequently stressed the role of foreign fighters in Fallouja. Last week, as the battle got underway, Myers told reporters that the city was "a major safe haven for former regime elements and foreign fighters, in particular Zarqawi and his folks." [When will the US press refuse to report this nonsense without pointing out the awful track record on truth of those providing the "information." Just asking.]

Now that they're dead: Iraqis remove corpses under U.S. oversight.

It's only half-way over: November is second deadliest month for U.S. troops.

Little resistance to US offensive in Mosul. Did they fade away to fight another day? U.S., Iraqis Regain Some Ground in Mosul.

US attack on Mosul started: Mosul re-ignites.

Another pipeline attack: Iraqi oil pipeline destroyed.

The third filmed incident of an American soldier murdering a wounded Iraqi in Falluja. If three incidents have been filmed, how many dozens or hundreds occurred without the cameras rolling? NBC Says Marine Shot Dead Wounded Iraqi Prisoner.

Both sides break rules, AI says: Rules of War Broken in Falluja Assault - Amnesty Intl.

61 US Soldiers Killed This Week: At least 40 killed in Fallujah alone.

Monday: Nine Killed in Fierce Baqouba Fighting.

Another hit and run on oil facilities: Saboteurs attack oil pipeline, pumping station in Northern Iraq.

Variation on a theme: The ever-ellusive Zarqawi evades capture again: Zarqawi Tape Calls on Iraq Rebels to Mobilize. Also see: Can a one-legged man be so hard to catch? US forces fail to capture Zaraqawi.

Today’s bloody events. Notice that Zarqawi’s warning indicates that he may not even be in Iraq. Fierce combat kills at least 20 in Iraq.

"If it (the U.S. military) finishes Fallujah, it will move in your direction. Beware and deny it the chance to carry out this plan," said the speaker on the recording, posted on the Web.

Nine killed in fierce Baqouba fighting. And: Mosul revolt spreads to town near Syria. And, in Ramadi: At Iraqi police post, no one home. In Baquba: US strikes kill 20 Baquba rebels.

Attacks Spread Through Iraq's Sunni Areas.

US maintains jet to take people to be tortured: Private jet takes men for 'torture'.

From a critically injured insurgent inside Falluja: Fear in heart of Fallujah.

Sunday: Insurgents Storm Police Stations in Mosul.

Sunday: U.S. Military Death Toll in Fallujah at 38.

Sunday: U.S. Troops Hunt Falluja Rebels, Keep Aid Out.

A Reuters correspondent who drove through the city saw utter destruction. Bodies lay in the streets. Homes were smashed, mosques ruined, and power and telephone lines hung uselessly....
[Marine Colonel Mike] Shupp said he had not heard of any Iraqi civilians being trapped inside the city [presumably, he didn't ask, either] and did not think there were any, so the Red Crescent did not need to deliver aid to civilians there. "There is no need to bring supplies in because we have supplies of our own for the people. Now that the bridge is open, I will bring out casualties and all aid work can be done here...."
[Allawi] said on Saturday there had been no civilian casualties -- contradicting accounts from residents inside the city, where intense violence has halted medical services and made any independent assessment impossible.
"Our situation is very hard," said one resident contacted by telephone in the central Hay al-Dubat neighborhood. "We don't have food or water. My seven children all have severe diarrhea. "One of my sons was wounded by shrapnel last night and he's bleeding, but I can't do anything to help him...." Abu Mustafa said he knew of six families nearby in a similar plight, but then broke down in tears. "We are still fasting, though it is the Eid (end of Ramadan feast) today. Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar (God is great)," he sobbed.

Kidnappers Free Women Relatives of Iraqi PM -TV. Male cousins still held.

37 troops killed in Fallujah battle. Evidently the thousand claimed insurgent troops don't count!

U S helicopters, tanks hit Iraq city of Baiji.

US claims control of Falluja, as fighting surges elsewhere: U.S. troops: All of Fallujah occupied [Note the headline: Falluja "occupied." The truth comes through in strange ways.]

Insurgents organized like army: Troops Battle for Last Parts Of Fallujah.

Information starts trickling out: Civilian cost of battle for Falluja emerges.

Violence erupts across Iraq and aid agencies warn of disaster as US declares battle of Fallujah is over.

Aid agencies warned of a humanitarian disaster in Fallujah and neighbouring areas, with outbreaks of typhoid and other diseases. Eight groups said in a joint letter that there were now 200,000 refugees who have fled the fighting and are without food, water or shelter. People leaving the city described rotting bodies piling up on the streets.

Despite US cordon, some escape: Iraqi rebels slip away to fight another day.

Mayor of Baghdad suburb killed.

US wounded in Falluja hits 412.

Watch a report on the fighting in Falluja, which shows the horror of the overwhelming US firepower being used to attack an entire neighborhood. When a family of five is found alive, the reporter says: "After such a barrage of fire, their survival seems like a miracle".

Must Read! Kill anyone that remains is Marines' order, according to this article. The headline says it all. : US troops adopt tactic in Fallujah to shoot into houses before searching. Of course, there are no doctors to issue a death toll. How many of the 1,000 "insurgents" killed were just civilians? Iraq say 'mission accomplished' in Fallujah, 1,000 rebels killed.

[US troops adopt tactic:] As far as the marines are concerned, those who remain are the enemy. There is no longer time to establish whether civilians might be inside houses in the Jolan neighbourhood, the hub of Fallujah's insurgency.

Iraqi group captures US contractor, a manager at Baghdad airport.

More on the Mosul situation from Juan Cole: Mosul Chaos. In response: US Army unit diverted from Fallujah fighting to Mosul after uprising in that northern metropolis.

Militants Take Control in Parts of Iraq's Mosul. Note that if thousands of fighters could leave Falluja and organize uprisings over much of the rest of the country without the US knowing, there is no possibility that the US had the detailed intelligence in Falluja that would have allowed them to stage "precision attacks" of rebel hideouts day after day. This put the final lie to any US claim that these were precision strikes and not random attacks to terrorize the population into

n some cases it appeared Iraqi police stripped off their uniforms and joined the militants, witnesses said....
U.S. military commanders have said many rebel fighters and leaders probably left Falluja before the offensive kicked off on Monday and there has been a step up in guerrilla activity across the Sunni heartland since, with fighting in Baquba, Tikrit, Hawija, Samarra, Ramadi and parts of Baghdad.

Americans pushing deeper into Fallujah; police chiefs fired amid violence elsewhere.

Fighting intensifies in 4 Iraqi cities: U.S. troops push into south Falluja

US 'negotiates' on Falluja mosque. This article also reports US "fears" that civilians are being held as "human shields". Is this in preparation for an explanation of the large civilian death toll we'll eventually hear about?

Unclear who has control of Mosul: Anti-US fighters may have control of Mosul.

Helicopter shot down north of Baghdad, three crew members wounded.

New Falluja battle erupts while the US denies access to those trying to aid Falluja's tens of thousands of civilians: Falluja a 'Big Disaster,' Aid Needed - Red Crescent.

[Big Disaster:] Scores of buildings in Falluja have been completely destroyed, with TV footage showing some districts all but leveled. There has been no water and electricity for days and food shops have been closed, residents say. The stench of dead bodies is hanging over some areas of the city, the say.... U.S. commanders say civilian casualties have been low, but residents dispute that, describing incidents in which non-combatants, including women and children, have been killed by shrapnel or hit by bombs.... "Anyone who gets injured is likely to die because there's no medicine and they can't get to doctors," said Abdul-Hameed Salim, a volunteer with the Iraqi Red Crescent. "There are snipers everywhere. Go outside and you're going to get shot."

In this article is the fact that the US is using white phosphorous to burn the insurgents alive: GIs punch into Fallujah center. The depths to which occupiers will go to subdue the occupied.

Some artillery guns fired white phosphorous rounds that create a screen of fire that cannot be extinguished with water, The Washington Post reported. Insurgents reported being attacked with a substance that melted their skin, a reaction consistent with white phosphorous burns.

Iraqi police in Mosul accused of cooperating with insurgents.

New rebel tactics emerge in Fallujah: Marines faced a tough fight Thursday as insurgents began a counterattack timed with an Islamic holy night.

Get a sense of the scale of the attack: Layers of Aircraft Stack Fullujah Skies.

Thursday. Major fighting in Mosul: Clashes escalate in Mosul with attacks on police stations. More on Mosul Fighting: nsurgents on rampage in north Iraq city of Mosul.

British troops discover Iraq today: Rebels bring Black Watch into battle.

Must Read! Hell on earth. A BBC reporter in Falluja challenges American claims that they control 70% of the city: Eyewitness: Defiance amid carnage.

Wherever I went, I found broken buildings and bodies - local people and fighters killed on the streets. I also saw four crippled US tanks and three abandoned Humvees. In the Hasbiyyah area, I counted the bodies of at least six US soldiers lying on the ground
Some of the dead are beginning to rot in the streets....
The mosques no longer broadcast the daily call to prayer but nor are they silent. Every time a big bomb lands nearby, the cry rises from the minarets: "Allahu Akbar" [God is great].

Proud? U.S. Estimates 600 Insurgents Killed.

Two helicopters shot down in Falluja: Fallujah Update: Helicopters Down.

Continued death in Baghdad: Baghdad Update: 17 Dead in Bomb Attack.

The Saudi wing of al-Qaida: Militants call for Muslim uprising.

Pepe Escobar: Satan hides in a hospital.

Aljazeera: Mosques bombed as fighting rages in Falluja.

Almost half of the mosques in the Iraqi town of Falluja have been destroyed, with US warplanes launching air strikes and fierce fighting on the ground continuing.

Rebels hold 20 national guards.

Resistance fighters claim: US Troops Reportedly Gassing Fallujah.

“The US troops have sprayed chemical and nerve gases on resistance fighters, turning them hysteric in a heartbreaking scene,” an Iraqi doctor, who requested anonymity, told Al-Quds Press. “Some Fallujah residents have been further burnt beyond treatment by poisonous gases,” added resistance fighters, who took part in Golan battles, northwest of Fallujah.

Fighting in northern town of Baiji: Curfew imposed after clashes in northern Iraq.

US claims: Hostage Slaughterhouses Found in Fallujah.

The occupier is winning, for the moment: Marines tighten grip in Falluja.

Wednesday: Clashes erupt in northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Relatives Of Iraqi Prime Minister Kidnapped.

Without comment: 'Body parts everywhere' in Fallujah.

"Body parts everywhere!" cries a US soldier as a shell crashes onto a group of suspected rebels in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, where a punishing torrent of firepower thundered down on Tuesday....
An AFP reporter in the Jolan district said one building in every 10 had been flattened.

The focus is Falluja but attacks continue throughout the country.

U.S. forces take hold in central Falluja.

In Samarra, previously conquered by the US: Iraq council member shot dead.

Reports a US attack on a clinic in Falluja killed dozens, including at least 20 medics: US air raid on Fallujah clinic kills dozens: witnesses.

Must Read! What American troops are becoming: 'I got my kills ... I just love my job'. Also, nine Americans dead in two days: U-S military deaths rise.

US claim: U.S.-led forces reach central Falluja.[Also reported there is that insurgents attacked three police stations in Baquab, killing 45.] Baghdad under indefinite nighttime curfew: Iraqi authorities impose a nighttime curfew.

Ramadi under assault: U-S forces seen entering Ramadi.

The Falluja attack: Fanning the flames of resistance.

how occupiers "restore order": Go kick some butt and make history, Vietnam-style, US troops urged.

In military jargon, the city has been "depersonalised" and districts are given American names like "Queen's" to replace their Iraqi names....
The groundwork has been prepared for an operation unrivalled in its ferocity....
"All pedestrian movement will be strictly prohibited," according to the national safety defence order.

With the fighters in Falluja: 'We are not here to liberate Iraq, we're here to fight the infidels'.

A day of infamy: Skies burn red above Fallujah as US-led forces storm rebel city.

Missiles rained down indiscriminately on the city, with the action most intense in the Askari district in the northeast and Jolan in the northwest. "They are in the process of incinerating the sector," a Jolan local said.
Iraq's Defense Minister Sheikh Hazem Shaalan warned that worse was to follow.... "Tomorrow is the large-scale operation to retake the city," he said. "We've called it Operation Dawn. God willing, it's going to be a new, happy dawn for the people of Fallujah...." [In their graves.]
[With the humanitarian spirit so typical of occupiers:] Doctors inside the besieged city painted a grim picture amid a chronic lack of medical equipment, trained staff, water and electricity. "All of the surgeons in the city are blocked in the general hospital and are not permitted to return to Fallujah," said Dr Hashem Issawi, who works in one of just two functioning medical clinics. "Ambulances have also been confiscated. We lack material and equipment."

Adam Jones points out that the western press is aiding American attempts to label tens of thousands of noncombatant males in Falluja as "insurgents," presumably so that their coming deaths in large numbers can be justified. After all, all accounts agree that the vast majority of those remaining in Falluja are male and the number of "insurgents" is small. Further, the US has not allowed males between 15 and 45 to leave [the upper limit is probably higher in practice]: Men vs. "Civilians": The Battle for Fallujah. Are we in for a US-conducted Srebrenica-type massacre?

Two Marines Killed in Fallujah Offensive.

Monday, outside the Falluja killing zone: British soldier killed in Iraq as casualties mount up; Two Marine Reservists Die In Iraq; Suicide bomber attacks US convoy in Baghda; and Militants attack two churches, hospital in Baghdad, killing at least 6 people.

Does the monster care how many will die? ”Iyad Allawi publicly authorised U.S. and Iraqi forces to attack rebels in the cities of Falluja and Ramadi” Alawi gives go-ahead for Falluja offensive

More evidence that the 38 dead later reported at Falluja General Hospital may have been masscred after the fact. This detailed New York Times account of the attack on the hospital reports no deaths. Yet, later, Allawi, and the AP reported 38 dead "insurgents". The question remains, were they killed afterwards, while in custody? If not, how else are these widely discrepant accounts to be reconcied? First wave of assault seizes hospital. Now that the hospital has been seized, there will be no medical care for the wounded, and no independent accounts of casualties from the doctors. Less evidence of the massacres to come.

Allawi authorizes destruction of Falluja. Populace under 24-hour curfew. As fighting is expected to take 2 weeks, I guess he figures people can eat the rubble. At the most conservative estimate, there are still 50,000 people in the city, with perhaps 45,000 being civilians. Other estimates have double that number of civilians still there. After all, no male between 15 and 45 has been allowed to leave without facing immediate arrest [and probable torture]: Allawi gives go-ahead to "clean Falluja".

[7:30 ET] Reuters reports that no shots were fired as the US attacked the main Falluja hospital: U.S. Barrage Hits Iraq's Falluja Before Offensive. But the Associated Press says 38 people [of course, they are described as "insurgents" could it be otherwise?] were killed there as the "Iraqi" forces pulled patients into halls: U.S. forces storm into western districts of Fallujah, opening major assault on insurgent stronghold. However, Reuters said they lost contact when the hospital's phone line was cut. Perhaps the mass murders took place after that. Several accounts, including NSNBC, say that Iraqis were detained at the hospital, and some were released. So, it would seem that the 38 dead were killed after the fighting was over while in custody, that is, were massacred. MSNBC: Assault to retake Fallujah under way: Two U.S. Marines, 10 Iraqis reported killed as fighting intensifies.

The Americans are aided by Iraqi puppet forces trained to kill their own people, something most Iraqis refused to do in August. This is progress? Iraqi face on Falluja operation.

From the BBC: In pictures: Falluja under siege.

Elsewhere in western Iraq, insurgents attack: At least six dead in Iraq attacks.

The massacre has begun! US begins its biggest urban offensive since Vietnam with long-awaited Fallujah assault. And: US forces storming into western districts of Fallujah. Of course, they seized the hospital first, after bombing another hospital to smithereens yesterday.

British Black Watch aid Falluja massacre: 'Falluja is happening and the Black Watch is part of it'. I guess the old imperial power just can't stand being left out of a chance to teach the natives a lesson or two.

Marines to launch the new crusade for their lord, Jesus Christ: Holy War: Evangelical Marines Prepare to Battle Barbarians. They'll fit right in in Falluja.

Will many accept? Iraqi rebels invite media to "embed" in Falluja.

"All media will be allowed into Falluja to witness the crusade against Islam and see the real face of America. U.S. media will not be excluded," said a statement by the Falluja Mujahideen Shura (council), composed of insurgent leaders, tribal chiefs and Sunni Muslim clerics. "We will protect and transport them to the location of the events. There will be a special building for the journalists."

Two British soldiers injured in Iraq.

Falluja insurgents talk tough. Are they bluffing? Coalition faces suicide army.

The crumbling remains of houses and shell-pocked walls were reminiscent of Beirut in the 1980s at the height of Lebanon's civil war.

South of Baghdad: 12 Iraqi guardsmen abducted, executed.

In Anbar province: 21 Iraqi police executed. Note the insurgents' ability to form fighting groups of 200.

"A large number of attackers, estimated at about 200, ambushed the main police station in Haditha and another smaller one in Haqlaniya," said the police officer from Haditha, a town 200km west of Baghdad. "The attackers disarmed the police, gathered them together and then shot them dead."

In and near Baghdad: Two US convoys attacked in Iraq.

Iraqi officer deserts with Fallujah battle plans.

No more nice guy for British occupiers: Soldiers of the Black Watch go hunting for insurgents.

Will the insurgency take Mosul? Analysis: Is Mosul The Next Al-Fallujah?.

Attacking hospitals is a war crime. The Americans are trying to maximize deaths in their Falluja attack by bombing and destroying a hospital and a medical supply warehouse: Iraq's Falluja Finds Devastation After U.S. Raids. Remember, in April, American snipers shot anyone trying to get to the Falluja hospital.

The fiercest U.S. air and artillery bombardment of Falluja in months destroyed a hospital, a medical warehouse and dozens of homes overnight, residents said on Saturday. Witnesses said U.S. air strikes and shelling lit up the night sky and shook the east and north of the rebel-held city.
The overnight bombardment was so intense that ambulances were unable to venture out, said Ahmad Khalil, a doctor at Falluja Hospital. Teams of volunteers had begun searching the rubble for dead and wounded.

Convoy Attack Wounds 20 U.S. Marines in Iraq.

In the "pacified" town: Four Car Bombs, Attacks Kill 37 in Iraq's Samarra.

Waiting for the abyss: U.S. seals off Iraq's Falluja. While Marines prepare for their dead and wounded: Military Sets Up Morgue In Preparation For Fallujah Assault.

Not only Iraqis die: Six soldiers killed, air strikes mount ahead of expected Fallujah assault.

From the recently-moved Black Watch regiment: Three British troops slain in Iraq.

Marines in Ramadi: hot at from all sides.

Five die in Falluja air strikes.

Bush win. Iraqis continue to die: Bus Bomb Kills Nine in Baghdad.

"The bombardment was the heaviest inflicted on the city for several weeks": U.S. Planes Strike Iraqi Rebel City of Falluja.

A thousand here, a thousand there, and pretty soon you're talking about real people: 'Prepare for civilian losses' Allawi says of the Falluja attack.

One Fallujah resident described the US operations this way to Reuters on October 30: "The US planes are bombing different parts of Fallujah, especially the al-Askeri and al-Shuhada neighborhoods. The bombing was very intensive and it targeted commercial shops and civilian houses. There is resistance from armed men inside the city. The US bombing was very intensive and a large number of US tanks are on the highway directing their fire toward Fallujah."

Kidnappers In Iraq Seize Lebanese-American Contractor.

New horror: Militants Behead Three Iraqi National Guards -TV.

Wednesday: Insurgents strike in Baghdad: · Oil ministry official killed · US soldier killed by bomb · US contractor kidnapped

How could it come to this? Kidnappers threaten to hand aid worker over to Zarqawi.

From Leanon to jihad, and back: A recruit’s journey to jihad in Iraq.

Reports an American soldier has been kidnapped in Samarra: U.S. Soldier Kidnapped in Iraqi City.

Oil flow to Turkey hit: Spectacular attacks hit Iraq oil flow.

Saboteurs have mounted the biggest attacks yet on Iraq's oil infrastructure, blowing up three pipelines in the north and hitting exports via Turkey, oil officials say.

Another Baghdad bombing: Baghdad car bomb kills at least six.

Monday: Heavy clashes in Ramadi.

They wait and worry: Sense of dread hangs over Fallujah as battle with U.S. troops looms.

In Baghdad, after gun battle, "at least 20 attackers": American, 5 Others Kidnapped in Ira.

Allawi’s patience is running out, and he warns of civilian casualties. The puppet wants the country that was promised to him! American attack on Falluja looms as 63 are killed in Iraq’s weekend of clashes.

Zaraqawi is the new boogie man, everywhere and nowhere at all: Zaraqawi’s role in Iraq said to be overstated.

Rebels in Falluja say they'll use chemical weapons if attacked: Rebels vow to use chemical weapons.

Yet another: Reuters cameraman killed in Iraq.

The Deputy Governor of Baghdad: Top Baghdad official shot dead.

Sunday in Tikrit: 15 killed in Iraq hotel explosion.

Analysis, Commentary, & Domestic Reaction

Occupation Resistance Analysis

Iraq Elections Delayed to Allow Time for Negative Ads: Without nasty political commercials, there can be no true democracy.

The Iraqi elections, originally set for January 2005, have been delayed six months to give the Iraqi people enough time to produce and air negative political ads, the White House announced today....
The decision to delay the Iraqi vote was the brainchild of White House political strategist Karl Rove, who said he was "dismayed" by the state of Iraq's negative advertising infrastructure. "Their understanding of how to use distortions, unflattering photographs and scary-sounding announcers is rudimentary at best," Rove said. "If the elections were to go forward without professionally produced attack ads, the whole process would be seen as a sham." In order to teach the Iraqi people how to make corrosive, below-the-belt television spots, Rove has ordered the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group whose ads proved particularly effective during the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign, to parachute into Baghdad at once....
Elsewhere, in a major policy shift, the government of Pakistan said it would no longer pretend to be looking for Osama bin Laden.

Halifax Family Scoff at Belated Bush Thank-You: Call Praise for 9/11 Help `Silly'; City Sheltered 7,000 Americans.

"I do not like Halifax and Haligonians being used as a photo-opportunity for a world leader who has blood on his hands and desperately needs any good international press he can get...."

An interesting essay on the use of the Kurds by various forces as a symbol, ignoring their actual situation: Of Halabja, the Kurds, and American Politics. Read also Juan Cole's comments: Kurdish Nationalism.

Pentagon advisory board says US failure: 'They hate our policies, not our freedom': Quietly released Pentagon report contains major criticisms of administration.

Ivan Eland: Failure after Falluja?

Former psychoanalyst Joel Kovel diagnoses the spiritual malaise at the heart of the recent US election: The Hour of the Beast.

Tom Engelhardt compares coverage of the Iraq conflict to that of other recent struggles: Which War Is This Anyway

Finally some perspective: Rumsfeld, Tenet, and eight others stand accused of the torture at Abu Ghraib: US Group to File War Crimes Case in Germany.

Here we have reason, again, to lament what machine has made of man. We may be now waging the most brutal war in history: Generation Gap.

First you terrorize legitimate news gatherers, then you embed, “presenting the battle from different angles, but always the same perspective”: How to Market a Seige.

It's impossible to know when the American media morphed into the corporate-friendly bullhorn for aggression that it is today. But, we can say with certainty that the main outlets speak with one voice on the war in Iraq. Everything down to the labeling of the siege ("The Battle for Falluja") has been focus-group tested and picked up by all the main stations. In fact, there was no "Battle for Falluja"; it was a brutal siege in the same tradition as Germany's assault on Stalingrad.

From being the first to sign onto the Geneva Conventions, where are the warriors of the “civilized warfare” now? Shooting the Wounded: What Are the Rules Now?

Still, there has been a dark side to our conduct. While the Allies tried and hanged the architects of the German concentration camps in the 1940s, charges that U.S. soldiers starved and beat German POWs were generally ignored until the last decades of the 20th century. Tales of Americans committing atrocities in Korea have persisted for decades. While it is reasonable to assume that most of these accounts are North Korean propaganda, the Pentagon reluctantly admitted in 2001 that U.S. forces had killed refugees at No Gun Ri in 1950. These stories did not appear in textbooks or popular histories, and when they were brought up in public discourse, they were dismissed as anti-American naysaying….
The United States is faced with a difficult choice. On the one hand, the leadership in Washington and Baghdad can forget the Geneva Conventions and allow -- or even encourage -- the soldiers in the field to be as brutal as possible. This will just make the enemy stronger and put the United States in violation of international law. Or the armed forces can continue to fight hamstrung by humanitarian rules, leaving the soldiers exposed to ever more dangers. Americans like to believe that the moral fabric of their nation will not allow them to become war criminals, even if that means losing a war. It is time to admit this and start preparing an exit strategy for Iraq.

Bush policies at home and abroad: A Moral Civil War.

Since Americans have been told very little about the privatization of Iraq, the population of the U.S. is little prepared to empathize with righteous indignations that Iraqis feel as they witness their own country sold out from under their feet…
At least 56 million Americans, however, are open to suggestion that something about the Bush agenda is headed in the wrong direction. Bushist secessionism declares a civil war that we have no choice but to stop. Both at home and abroad, a unifying theme of struggle may be found in a call to restore BushWorld to a global sovereignty of rights and law.

8,000 Indonesians Rally Against Fallujah Assault.

Ron Jacobs discusses the forces potentially behind the murder of two members of the Association of Muslim Clerics: Elections and Death Squads: The Mysterious Murders of the ASM Clerics.

A leading lawmaker from Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) says: US committing 'genocide' in Fallujah .

Naomi Klein says thank John Kerry for reinforcing Bush's impunity for the commission of war crimes: Kerry and the Gift of Impunity.

Extend debt cancellation to other poor countries: Judgment of Paris.

Peter W. Galbraith again argues that only an Iraqi federation is viable: Operation Save Face: Victory in Iraq as Bush has defined it is utterly unattainable. There’s a better way out.

Michael Massing dissects the media coverage of the war: Iraq, the Press and the Election.

Action Alert! Israeli apologists threaten Juan Cole. Please defend him as requested! Intimidation by Israeli-Linked Organization Aimed at US Academic: MEMRI tries a SLAPP.

Must Read! Tom Hayden outlines an antiwar movement strategy: How to End the Iraq War.

In short: pinch the funding arteries, push the Democrats to become an opposition party, ally with anti-war Republicans, support dissenting soldiers, make "Iraqization" more difficult, and build a peace coalition against the war coalition. If the politicians are too frightened or ideologically incapable of implementing an exit strategy, the only alternative is for the people to pull the plug....
If this sounds "irresponsible," the "responsible" people have had their chance – they can still rig the Iraqi election to install a regime that will ask us to leave. After that, there's no hope but to begin the withdrawal one person, one community, one country at a time, until the president learns there's no there over there.

Iraqi veteran joins antiwar protestors at the University of Northern Iowa: Protesters urge audience to ‘stand and be counted’.

Beth Potter of UPI: Analysis: Iraq spirals down to election day.

British writers, left and right, support impeaching Tony Blair: Leading lights of the arts unite in support of impeachment.

Protest against US Falluja attack around the world: Large Protests Against Fallujah Campaign, Mosque Killing, US Hated From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.

My, my, the manifold problems of running an unjust war. Why pre-emptive invasions encourage soldiers to commit war crimes

The case is being investigated and no doubt the marine will be punished, but his action symbolises the hopeless muddle that the post-conflict operations in Iraq have become. It also brings into sharper focus the problems facing the coalition forces on the ground. What kind of war are they fighting and what are its rules? Having been outed on the lack of weapons of mass destruction President George W Bush hides behind the fig-leaf of the interventionist war: it was right to mount a pre-emptive strike against a greater threat, in this case Saddam Hussein. Prime Minister Tony Blair has fallen in line with the policy and sees no reason to change his mind. The intervention in Iraq might be unpopular, the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, has called it .illegal., but both leaders say that it is a just conflict.

U. of Wisconsin students put bodies on the line: Sit-in ends with UW students' arrests.

Dr Muhamad Ayash al-Kubaisi, representative of Iraq's Association of Muslim Scholars outside the country: Fallujans pay the price of liberation. Meanshile the International Association of Muslim Scholars: IMAS Backs Iraqi Resistance, Opposes Killing Civilians.

Salon has a detailed account of US [Reagan/Bush-I] support for Saddam Hussein as he used poison gas: History of complicity: Did the first President Bush, in 1991, and President Reagan, in the late '80s, cynically choose to ignore Saddam's use of chemical weapons against Iraqis?

This Letter to the Editor summarizes the situation beautifully. We need many more like it to local papers everywhere: U.S. turns Fallujah into shameful display.

Until we understand that the insurgents are fighting because we invaded and occupied their country, we will be mired in a situation that is only going to get worse. The whole world is watching. And I, for one, am ashamed at what they are seeing.

Action Alert! the small independent British film production company The Cat's Dream, along with their friends, has issued a Call for a Vigil Outside the BBC to protest the press suppression of the human cost of the war in Iraq: Thursday, 2nd December between 5:30pm and 7:00pm. A Call for Light! Those who cannot attend can endorse by e-mailing Please do so!

The first barrage of modern warfare is not heard on the battlefield. Instead, it thunders forth from our TV screens and leaves trails of fiery words across the printed page.

Ken Coates of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation: Fallujah: Shock and Awe.

More on subversive Bob Dylan: Yes, the Times They Are a Changin'.

Former U.S. Marine Sgt. Rob Sarra tells people to question the war: Iraq veteran speaks out against war: Former Marine tells ND crowd his experience reshaped his perspective.

Why are the only "Iraqi forces" those aiding the American occupiers, not those fighting occupation? A Voluntary Tic in Media Coverage on Iraq.

Future problematic. Politicians even less trustworthy than business leaders: Survey: World Fears for Future.

The survey found 45 percent of the sample around the globe -- and 46 percent in the United States -- predicting a less safe world for future generations, of whom nearly one third thought life would be "a lot less safe" in years to come.

An alternate interpretation: What the Marine Did: The shooting of an unarmed Iraqi was a tragedy. But was it a war crime?

udging by the swift condemnation from all over, the world is drawing its own conclusion about what happened in the bloody mosque. But to judge the Marine fairly takes more perspective and context. The video is clear enough, but truly understanding requires navigating an underlying landscape littered with legal ambiguity and moral craters.

Chris Bellamy: The Americans are Sowing Dragons' Teeth in Iraq: For every Iraqi killed, there are sisters, brothers, wives, parents and children now committed to a blood feud.

The coalition cannot have it both ways. Either this is an armed conflict, in which case the 1949 Geneva Conventions apply, or else they are giving aid to the provisional Iraqi government, in which case they must be subject to its laws. [In which case, the US soldier who killed an Iraqi should be tried under Iraqi law for murder.] It seems they want neither.

Law Professor Francis Boyle: A War Crime in Real Time: Obliterating Fallujah.

One generation ago the peoples of the world asked themselves: Where were the "good" Germans?... Today the peoples of the world are likewise asking themselves: Where are the "good" Americans?

Antiwar protest in Greece of 10,000: Violence mars Greek anti-war protest.

Right-wing bloggers attack the reporter who revealed the murder by Marine: Freepers promote the New American Values.

In the US, you don't have to be told what law you've broken: The Arrival of Secret Laws.

Former Iraqi political prisoner Haifa Zangana: We salute the fighters in flip-flops: Falluja is not unique. Collective punishment is escalating in Iraq.

Every day of occupation brings fresh atrocities. But the architects of that occupation claim that it is Iraqis themselves who are beyond the reach of democracy. They are "militants" and "insurgents", bent on terror ising their own people and destroying hopes of reconstruction. Why can't they get involved in the peaceful democratic political process?
But they did, and they continue to do so. Over the last 19 months there have been protests, appeals, initiatives to set up a reasonable programme for elections, the opening of human rights centres, lecturing at universities, even poetry writing. This torrent of activism is still being practised by a broad variety of political parties, groups and individuals who oppose the foreign occupation. And they have been ignored. Newspapers were closed. Editors were arrested. Demonstrators were shot at, arrested, abused and tortured....
Most fighters in Iraq are Iraqis who are outraged to see their country's resources robbed while they live in slums, drink water mixed with sewage and have no say in the political process. Nineteen months after "liberation" they can see how little the liberators have done to ease their suffering. No wonder an increasing number of Iraqis are either joining or supporting the resistance, realising that, as in the past, they must fight on their own.
The overwhelming popular support for the people of Falluja is a salute to young fighters wearing flip-flops, who carry ancient weapons, and yet continue to resist. Western governments, led by the US and UK, supported Saddam's regime against the will of the Iraqi people for decades. They are committing a similar crime now.

The US homeside propaganda machine is at work at the New York Times New York Times Rewrites Fallujah History to deny the mass civilians killings in Falluja last April, calling them "unconfirmed" while citing overt US military lies as fact with.

Ibrahim Kazerooni says Phantom Fury is an appropriate name for the Falluja attack, for the fury it's breeding among Iraqis: Phantom Fury in Fallujah.

Simon Jenkins: A wrecked nationa, a desert, a ghost town. And this will be called victory.

Jim Lobe discusses the succession to Colin Powell: As Powell Leaves, Hardliners Make Their Move.

Helen Caldicott doesn't know if the human race will survive Bush's second term: Bush threatens mankind, says Caldicott.

"I don't know if we'll survive the next four years ... I don't think the Americans have, on the whole, the faintest idea - and I have to say also I don't think most Australians do either. But it's not just the threat from nuclear war. It's the threat of what's happening to the environment, the global warming which is occurring rapidly now, to ozone depletion, to species extinction, to deforestation - it's the whole thing...."
"I don't think they [the American public] understand. It is a mandate for Bush to do absolutely anything he wants. I know people don't like me using this word but they're fascists."

Iraq's Allawi Is a 'Straw Man' and a 'Criminal,' Says Sy Hersh at NYU.

"One story the press doesn't touch is this criminal -- this straw man that's been put in -- Allawi, this ridiculous figure that we've installed as the prime minister," Hersh said. "To keep him in power, we've exponentially increased the bombing. ...
"The bombing of Iraq has gone up extraordinarily, by huge numbers. It's now a daily occurrence, around-the-clock on some occasions. Some of the carriers but much of it done by the Air Force from Doha. We don't know where. We don't know how many. We don't know, and nobody's asking and nobody wants to know, how many sorties a day? How much tonnage? We used to get all of these numbers. But we have no idea if they're dropping X-thousand. We don't know how much ordinance is being dropped on a country we're trying to save."

Must Read! Sheila Staple: “With their ballots they unlocked the gates. The Beast is loose.” Haunted Empire.

John Kaminski scathingly asks “Do you support your country if what it does is evil?” He has suggestions for those who do and don’t: Who Is The Real Enemy?.

They have changed the character of the world based on a big lie that we swallowed because we failed to have the courage to challenge what they said.
And look what happened. This killing will never stop, you know. The dogs of war have been unleashed. Those American kids who are doing all that killing in Iraq will bring all the stuff back home, and give it to us here.

Edward Wong in the New York Times: Breaking a City in Order to Fix It.

But given the track record of the Americans and their allies, military analysts say, the immediate goals in Falluja seem naïve, if not utterly inconsequential given the surging resistance across the Sunni-dominated regions of Iraq, almost certainly organized by the very leaders who fled Falluja before the offensive.

Wesley K. Clark reflects much mainstream opinion. The US domination and subordination of Iraq is fine. Just be smarter how you go about it: The Real Battle: Winning in Fallujah Is Just the Beginning.

The BBC has worldwide reaction from readers to the Falluja attack, giving a sense of opinion around the world: Falluja offensive: Your reaction. Contribute your comments there.

World-wide condemnation: 'What Did Falluja Do to Deserve This?'

CIA loosing senior officials. Agency to become branch of Republican party. This could be good, destroying the agency's intelligence abilities for decades: Deputy Chief Resigns From CIA: Agency Is Said to Be in Turmoil Under New Director Goss.

Students singing Dylan's Masters of War leads to calling in of Secret Service! School Talent Show Draws Secret Service: Colorado Band Singing Dylan Song Seen as Threatening President Bush.

The 1963 song ends with the lyrics: "You might say that I'm young. You might say I'm unlearned, but there's one thing I know, though I'm younger than you, even Jesus would never forgive what you do ... And I hope that you die and your death'll come soon. I will follow your casket in the pale afternoon. And I'll watch while you're lowered down to your deathbed. And I'll stand o'er your grave 'til I'm sure that you're dead...."
"It's just Bob Dylan's song. We were just singing Bob Dylan's song ... If you think it has to do with Bush that's because you're drawing your own conclusions. We never conveyed that Bush was the person we were talking about," said Allysse Wojtanek-Watson, a singer for the band.
[On the positive side teacher] Vacca praised a group of 70 students after they camped out overnight in the school library last week to protest the results of the presidential election and to announce their worries about the direction of the country. The students wanted to meet with Colorado's political leaders to get assurances that they were being heard. The students said they worried about war, a return of the draft and the future of the environment after the election in which they could not participate. "In an age where narcissistic college students riot in an inarticulate drunken stupor, you have students here at Boulder High School, principled, thoughtful and yet scared of four more years of pre-emptive war, the Patriot Act and an increase in militarism at school through the No Child Left Behind Act," Vacca had said. But other people said they are upset students and teachers are allowed to put on such a performance, and some say the high school students are being manipulated by the adults.

"Democracy? What Democracy? Nat Parry on: Bush Victory's Lesson to the World.

Fahrenheit 9/11 and 1/2 on its way: Michael Moore Plans 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Sequel.

Don't question the Fuhrer: Ashcroft Condemns Judges Who Question Bush.

Helen Thomas: Attack on Fallujah Can't Be Justified. And Andrew Greeley: How Many More Iraqis Must Die for Our Revenge?

[Greeley:] I don't judge the conscience of anyone, leader or follower. I am merely saying that there is objective sin in the Iraq war, and our country as a country is guilty of sin. I'll leave it to God to judge the guilt, because that's God's job. I also leave it to God to judge whether there ought to be punishment for that sin. However, I think Americans -- so serenely confident that the Lord is on our side -- should live in fear and trembling about punishment....
Don't give me that stuff that the Iraq war is not comparable to World War II. That argument deliberately misses the point that a country is responsible for the deaths it causes because of an unjust war, even if the deaths are numerically small compared to deaths from another war. An unjust war is an unjust war and the death of innocents is the death of innocents. Where does one want to draw the numerical limit after which the unnecessary deaths of the innocent become a horrible crime? How many hundred thousand?

Derrick Z. Jackson: Materialistic madness.

LA Times: Gonzales Is a Disastrous Choice.

Daniel Davies presents a detailed defense of the Lancet article on Iraqi casualties: Lancet roundup and literature review.

Norman Solomon: A Distant Mirror of Holy War.

Humor Ahead! Unconfirmed Sources reports: American Troops Entering Fallujah Iraq Are Showered with Flowers and Savory Middle Eastern Treats!

War supporter Thomas L. Friedman sees Rumsfeld and reflects. He poses: Six questions for Rumsfeld before believing a single thing the guy says.

British antiwar military families organize: A father's anger: 'I would kill Geoff Hoon'.

Video Tanks at LA Antiwar Rally.

A stinging analysis from Korea: God Blesses Bush.

Bush’s hate game will rekindle. He will bully the weak rather than engage them again. His re-election has eroded hopes of an end of his evangelical belief in the U.S. military power.... `Rogue state’ is a euphemism for a nation disobedient or less conciliatory to the U.S. government.

The attack on Falluja is part of a long bipartisan tradition, Edward Herman asserts: We Had To Destroy Fallujah in Order to Save It.

Brits decisively against the war: Public hostility to Iraq war rising: Poll.

When asked whether military action in Iraq was the right or wrong thing to do, just 31 percent said it was correct, the survey in Tuesday’s edition of The Times newspaper showed.

Jim Lobe: Phantom Fury, Phantom Victory

Falluja siege compared to Syrian razing of Hama, as Mosul awaits Falluja's fate: America failing test of history as offensive compared to terror tactics of pariah states.

British ultra-loyalist Stephen Wall condemns US and British illegal invasion: Blair has departed from the rule of law, says his former adviser. See: Stephen Wall: The US can only be constrained by international law.

Meanwhile, back at home, more spies than at any time in US history: CIA role inside the USA greater.

The CIA has assigned dozens of case officers and analysts to work with FBI agents throughout the USA in the most extensive deployment of intelligence officers on domestic soil in the spy agency's history.

Tony Kevin compares the Falluja incursion to the Warsaw rising of 1944 and the bombing of Grozny in 1999, where insurgents are still fighting. All The Makings Of A War Crime – With Australia Silently Onside.

The Generals Speak: Seven retired military leaders discuss what has gone wrong in Iraq.

Americans support keeping troops in Iraq until it's "stable": Poll: Voters want Bush to resolve Iraqi issue.

Alastair Thompson: Is An All Out Assault On Fallujah A War Crime?.

Arundhati Roy: Peace?... Speech on Accepting the Sydney Peace Prize.

Iraq quagmire has echoes of brutal Algerian eight-year war.

Karl Rove describes Kerry's flip-flops on Iraq as the "gift that kept on giving": Rove Recounts Election Strategy.

British Conservative leader Howard refuses to congratulate Bush, while Labor leader Blair positively gloats at fellow-thinker's reelection: Howard refuses to congratulate Bush for triumph in US election.

Mr Howard, however, when asked if he was pleased that Mr Bush, a fellow leader of a Right-wing party, had prevailed, would only answer: "I made it clear that I could work perfectly well with both President Bush and President Kerry."...
By contrast, the disclosure that Mr Blair is planning a trip to Washington will be seen as a slap in the face for Labour MPs pressing for the Prime Minister to distance himself from the President ahead of the general election, which is expected next year.

Hundreds take to Seattle streets for anti-war protest.

1000 protest war in Police Arrest Three War Protesters in Hollywood.

Saudi scholars support anti-US jihad in Iraq.

The invasion made us all safer? Shock and horror of Iraqi beheadings apparently inspiring groups across the world.

Brother of British Black Watch soldier killed in Iraq said: 'My brother died for oil'. And British MPs renew criticism of the deployment: Hoon Fury at Black Watch Deaths 'Duplicity' Charge .

Craig said his brother had thought little of George Bush and what he believed were the President's reasons for going to war. He added: "He just thought he was an arsehole for starting a war over nothing, trying to get money and oil. That's what we thought ourselves, that's what Paul thought as well, we all thought that."

And the children shall lead: Students at Colo. High School Protest Bush.

``We want them to reassure us that our fears are misguided and that the government is doing everything in its power to prevent our futures from being destroyed,'' said senior Brian Martens, who wore a hand-lettered T-shirt which said he was the ``senior executive of the subcommittee on protesting stuff.'' Students said they are not protesting the election, but are worried about the national debt, military recruitment in schools and the environment.

Mark Levine: "We're all Israelis Now."

Robin Cook: Bush will now celebrate by putting Falluja to the torch: The world is fated to four more years of brutal confrontation.

It is ironic, given that terrorism played such a central role in the election, but Osama bin Laden must be as gratified as Dick Cheney that George Bush is back.

Don't Mourn! Organize! Demonstrations against the war and Bush in San Francisco: Hundreds of people in San Francisco protest Bush's re-election, 57 arrested. And Portland, OR: Protestors Take To The Streets In Portland.

David Hackworth says: We may never win over an enemy we refuse to understand.

Another misreported poll. The headline should be 81% of Kerry Voters Expect Bush to be Divisive. 0% happy With Election Outcome: Post-election poll: Americans seem hopeful.

Arundhati Roy explains her support for Iraqi "resistance": Arundhati defends views on Iraqi ‘resistance’.

“One wasn’t urging them to join the army, but to become the resistance, to become part of what ought to be non-violent resistance against a very violent occupation,” she said, adding that the term “resistance” needed to be redefined. We can’t assume that resistance means terrorism because that would be playing right into the hands of the occupation,” she said.

End the censorship! Iranian Nobel winner sues the US.

Iranian Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi is suing the US government for blocking publication of her memoirs. She argues in her suit that restrictions on the publication of books by authors in countries subject to US sanctions are unconstitutional.

Bush's victory could be good for Britain. It may push them decisively toward Europe: A second Bush term could in fact be just what we need: Tony Blair can no longer avoid the choice between the US and Europe.

Outspoken Canadian Liberal MP Carolyn Parrish: Liberal MP calls Bush 'war-like,' says U.S. voters 'out of step' with world.

The re-election of a war-mongering president shows Americans are "out of step" with the rest of the world, says a Liberal MP infamous for her blistering attacks on George W. Bush.

Some benefit: Halliburton Surges After Bush Re-Election. And: Defense stocks surge after Bush win.

Tom Engelhardt on: The election hangover of a lifetime.

Sometimes, on the nights when everything imaginable goes wrong, it's worth reminding yourself that we're just one species -- the whole lot of us -- on a tiny planet at the edge of a not so grandiose galaxy, one of only god knows how many. It's worth remembering that it's not, as they say, the end of the world.

What is being done to the Garden of Eden is a sin, says letter writer: Beautiful land is laid waste.

In response to the US elections and what they communicate about the American public, alternative web site RadioFreeUSA has called it quits: Final RadioFreeUSA Editorial. But blogger Markos Moulitsas, in the Guardian, thinks we are in for a resurgence of progressive opposition: Divide and rule ... for now.

Must Read! Counterpunch reports that Afghanistan offered to turn over or kill bin Laden several times, but the Bush administration stalled, then turned it down right before launching the Afghan invasion: Give Him an "F" in the War on Terror: How Bush Was Offered Bin Laden and Blew It.

In London: Hawking joins war protest tribute to Iraq dead.

Looking ahead, Sean Gonsalves says: Vote or Die? Not Exactly. Rather: vote and organize or die.

Candidate Bush Was Already Thinking About Invading Iraq in 1999; Admitted No Alabama Guard Service; Bush Revelations to Biographer; FULL ARTICLE TEXT.

Must Read! Robert Fisk weighs in, and who would know Bin Laden better than the man who interviewed him three times? Fisk: Bin Laden Votes For Bush.

A damning indictment indeed! China faults Bush on Iraq.

On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, China accused President George W. Bush of trying to "rule over the whole world" and said that the invasion of Iraq had destroyed the global antiterrorism coalition and worsened religious and ethnic conflicts….
China has supported the U.S.-led antiterrorism campaign but is wary of Bush's intentions. Beijing worries about Washington's heightened presence in Central and South Asia; it is concerned that that presence threatens Chinese ambitions to be the region's dominant military power.

The list of critics is long: Insiders Who Have Critisized Bush’s Policy.

Many in the Middle East consider Gadhafi a fool (sound familiar?); cartoonists caricature him as a baby with a potty crown. Those living in Libya know him as a murderer and intriguer. With whom better for Bush to cut a deal that would further compromise the US? The Bush-Gadhafi Deal

The signal to would-be terrorists and those in the Middle East whom we hope will oppose them is even more dangerous. When President Bush used his January 20th State of the Union address to tout Gadhafi’s pledge to relinquish WMD as evidence that "Because of American leadership and resolve, the world is changing for the better," aspiring weapons proliferators knew better. Similarly, when terrorists heard President Bush make an unequivocal assertion that "Libya has turned its back on terror" in an April 13th report to the American people, they had only to listen to the widespread Middle Eastern press coverage of the plot against Prince Abdullah. And how do you think Abdullah reacts when American officials demand greater cooperation in hunting jihadists and shutting down suspect charities?

Ex-weapons inspector Scott Ritter says: The war on Iraq has made moral cowards of us all: More than 100,000 Iraqis have died - and where is our shame and rage?

John Nichols sums up the comments of an imposing number of anti-Bush Republicans: Even Republicans Fear Bush. And Les Payne in Newsday says: Bush is Selling His Version of '1984'.

Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute says: Withdrawal is the only honorable way out.

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