The Pacifica Radio Foundation and member station WBAI in New York present alternative news and views, as they have for the last 60 years. WBAI available at 99.5 FM in New York and Online. Other Pacifica stations are: KPFA in Berkeley, CA, KPFK in Los Angeles, CA, KPFT in Houston, TX, and WPFW in Washington DC. The Pacifica show Democracy Now is available in Boston at 12:00PM (noon) daily at 90.3 FM (I actually don't know if its on on the weekend. If someone knows, please let me know.).
While most of the US press has become esentially a psy-ops branch of the pentagon, the British press has had much better reporting. They also seem to have more reporters who actually know something about Iraq and the middle east. Among these are The Independent, which has veteran middle east correspondent Robert Fisk reporting from Baghdad. The Guradian is another excellent source with its Iraq Special Report and its Antiwar Movement Special Report. The Glasgow Sunday Herald is yet another fine source. The Mirror is a The Mirror is a British tabloid that has taken a resolutely antiwar stance. They have just hired Peter Arnett, fired from MSNBC for telling Iraq televsion that the American war plan had failed. The BBC has come under attack from the British government for its alleged antiwar stance, whereas antiwar forces in Britain see it as presenting UK propaganda uncritically. The BBC World Service is also avaible by streaming audio off their web page.
The Toronto Globe and Mail has good coverage, from a Canadian perpective
Al-Jazeerah, the news service viewed throughout the Arab and Muslim world, is finally available in English. While being attacked constantly by hackers, they have just opened a temporary site for Iraq war news: War On Iraq .
An excellent collection of articles from the world press, updated daily, is available from Information Clearing House . I draw on them liberally. due to denial of service attacks, they also have a Mirror Site
Another source of war news is antiwar.com, a collection of material from the world press. They describe themselves as anti-interventionist, and have roots in the libertarian movement.
Electronic Iraq is a e-Magazine and news source co-published by Voices in the Wilderness and the Electronic Intifada. Voices in the Wilderness, an organization of veteran anti-war activists, created the Iraqi Peace Team , currently supporting civilians in Iraq (see Effects on Civilians).
The Independent Media Center has coverage of the worl-wide protests against the war.
Another source of war news is War Report, from the Project on Defense Alternatives. War report covers both the Iraq war and the aftermath of the Afghan war. The latter is important in understanding what is likely in Iraq, after US "victory".
From Gernika in the Basque country, bombed by Franco's planes, comes an extensive international list of antiwar sites: No War (POSTED: April 23, 2003)As soon as war starts, most US media voluntarily become part of the goverment's propaganda machine. I personally watched some of CNN's endless hours of "analysis" of the technical wonders of the American bombs and other war addiction paraphenalia, not to mention the retired generals assuring us over and over that the Iraqi's wouldn't fight once they witnessed the marvels of "Shock and Awe". We will list a few of the mant sources that provide analysis, critique, and debunking of the media's role.
<Greg Palast, an investigative reporter for BBC television, has a wonderful account of how Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was driven out of office because of her calls to investigate Bush family scandals, and the lies spread about her in the US press (New York Times on down): The Screwing of Cynthia McKinney (PUBLISHED and POSTED: June 18, 2003)
Must See! Here is an ABC Australia video expose of "coalition" media's role in the US proaganda machine, especially Fox, Murdoch papers, and the attacks on Al-Jazeera Media Watch: Human Beings As Feces On FOX NEWS [Reuqires Broadband Internet](POSTED: April 14, 2003)
FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, is an excellent source of analysis of media coverage of the war. See, for example, their report In Iraq Crisis, Networks Are Megaphones for Official Views .
One interesting site to start with is Take Back the Media, which provides detailed charts of who owns the media, contact info for sending protest letters, etc. A fun site to visit as they also have many satiric flash videos for download.
Ty Burr, a media critic for the Boston Globe argues that If we're going to make war, we should be allowed to watch what the rest of the world sees .
Peter Arnett was fired by MSNBC for giving an interview to Iraqi television. Here is his account of what happened: This War is not Working (April 1 2003).
This commentary from Phillip Knightley in The Independent describes how, despite their best efforts to manipulate the news, the US and UK are loosing the propaganda war. It also describes the systematic campaign to cripple independent press coverage of the war: The battle for our hearts and minds (April 2, 2003).
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) has published this analysis of the self-censorship by US media of the detailed eyewitness account by embedded Washington Post reporter William Branigin on the the killing of civilians by U.S. soldiers at a checkpoint outside the Iraqi town of Naja. The New York Times and NPR's All Things Considered reported the US Centcom account as fact and ignored Branigin's report. Official Story Vs. Eyewitness Account: On Najaf Killings, Some Outlets Seem to Prefer the Sanitized VersionCensorship and repression of dissident views is on the upswing. It's essential that we combat these trends NOW, while we still can. Write letters, call, protest. Do wht you can!
A bright spot, the town of Arcata, CA, has oulawed voluntary cooperation with the USA Patriot Act! Lets hope many follow. Local Officials Rise Up to Defy The Patriot Act (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 21, 2003)
Here is a transcript of the speech given by actor Tim Robbins to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 15, 2003. 'A Chill Wind is Blowing in This Nation...' (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 16, 2003)
Baseball Hall of Fame cancels Movie gala over Tim Robbins Remarks Against the War . Conatins number to call and protest. (POSTED: April 11, 2003) [Protests did get this reversed! A small victory!]
CBS Producer Fired For Comparing The Mood In America To That Of Germans Who Helped Hitler's Rise To Power 'Hitler' Exec Producer Fired Over Remarks . "It basically boils down to an entire nation gripped by fear, who ultimately chose to give up their civil rights and plunged the whole nation into war.... I can't think of a better time to examine this history than now." (PUBLISHED April 10 and POSTED: April 11, 2003)
The most brutal response to antiwar protests so far occurred in Oakland, CA on April 7, 2003, when police fired wooden bullets and other dangerous weapons at protesters: Police Violence Shocks Activists, Others at Port of Oakland Protest. So anxious were police to attack that six longshoremen working at the port under protest were hit. And this is in Mayor Jerry Brown's city! Call Mayor Brown and protest.While it's impossible to be sure what information to trust in a time of war, I'll present accounts that seems credible on what is happening to the civilians of Iraq. We know the mainstream press won't give us much of this information. Please help and send credible information.
The Washington Post has a gallery illustrating one small aspect of civilian casualties of this war: Najaf's City of the Dead (POSTED: April 22, 2003)
And civilians are still dying: Robert Fisk reports on the deaths of dozens of civilians in a crossfire Wednesday (April 9). 'We're here to fight the regime, not civilians, but I had to save my men' and on Final Proof that War is About the Failure of the Human Spirit (PUBLISHED April 10 & 11 and POSTED: April 11, 2003)
In order to humaize the population now under seige, take a look at these photos of ordinary Iraqis takenbefore the war started and distruted by Baghdad Snapshot Action, which hopes that people will print these out and distrute them.
The Iraqi Peace Team , consists of individuals living with civilians in Iraq, and visting such facilities as hospitals, to support the civilians and to draw attention to the effects of war on them. (Note: They are NOT associated with the so-called "Human Shields"). To get a sense of what's happening to civilians, check out their photos taken in Al Kindi hopsital in Baghdad (March 24, 2003).
In order to facilitate efficient accounting: The Costs of War (POSTED: July 7, 2003)
There are two detailed sources on every documentable civilian casualty in Iraq: Iraq Body Count (the source of the casualty counter at the top of this page), which maintains an extensive database of every casualty documented by the western press; and an article on why it took Iraq Body Count to count the civilian casualties: Down for the Count (POSTED April 23, 2003). Also, U.S. Bombing Watch which maintains a database of U.S. bombing attacks and their consequences on a day-by-day basis, with photos and detailed journalist accounts of what happened and who suffered. Included are the reports from Baghdad of veteran middle-east reporter Robert Fisk for the British paper The Independent. (Warning, my friend who sent me this link wrote: "I almost threw-up while reading some of this.")
This report by Robert Collier in the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Iraqi Civilian Deaths Stirring Up Anti-American Sentiment Among Villagers (March 26, 2003).
The Guardian of London reports that Marines losing the battle for hearts and minds(March 25, 2003).
While its far too early to evaluate the overall Iraqi civilian response, a Reuters reports suggests that US and British forces are being viewed as occupiers, rather than liberators, in the Southern Shia areas. Iraqis Seethe as Coalition Forces Advance in South (March 23, 2003),
This report from Agence France Presse indicates that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is very concerned about the situation in Basra. A potentially ominous sign: Red Cross Voices Concern About Situation in Basra (March 23, 2003). Here is an update two days later (March 25) from The Guardian of London: Crisis in Basra as troops fail to create corridor for aid (March 25, 2003).
An Associated Press piece by Charles Hanley argues that this is a terrible time for a war in Iraaq, because of its potential to discrupt the reaping of the winter crop and the sowing of the spring crop, which could be catastrophic in a country on the verge of mass starvation: It's a Bad Season for War in Hungry Iraq,
Last summer, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs prepared a secret report on the humanitarian consequences of an Iraq war, which has recently been leaked. It suggests that these consequences could be quite dire: Integrated Humanitarian Contingency Plan for Iraq and Neighboring Ccountries is a transcribed pdf file. In order to check the accuracy of the transcription, one can compared it to the scanned original .Among the many complex issues faced by the anti-war movement are the attitude toward the US and other soldiers fighting what we consider to be an illegal, ill-advised, and immoral war. Do we "Support Our trrops" or take some other attitude? And what does fighting in such a war do to the soldiers themselves? Here's some important stories, commentaries, and analyses.
We support our troops coming home alive, but we also support our troops not having to kill people in Iraq. We support our troops not dying in Iraq figuratively or literally, physically or psychologically. We support our troops coming home with their hearts not broken, retaining humanity and compassion essential to feeling true solidarity with those who confront tyrannical behavior abroad, or right here in the U.S. with its 30 million tyrannized poor.
So: Support our troops, bring them home, provide them housing, provide them health care, provide them socially valuable jobs.
Here is an another (British) perspective on the Support Our Troops issue, from a by Natasha Walter, written Thursday, March 20, as the war started: Don't Idealize the Soldiers Fighting This Unjust War
The other victims of war: The toll killing takes on America's soldiers
As if to illustrate the complexity of these issues, here are a contrasting set of articles on the effects of the war on soldiers and bomber pilots. Steven Lee Myers, writes in the New York Times of the haunting thoughts of soldiers after killing dozens of Iraqis who engaged in hopless attacks on better-armed US force: Haunting Thoughts After a Battle . One soldier says: "I mean, I have my wife and kids to go back home to. I don't want them to think I'm a killer." .
In contrast, this Reuters piece on bomber pilots reports that US Pilots 'Bask in Glory' of Bombing Baghdad. On pilot reported "It was all nice and calm in the city. Once those bombs hit all hell broke loose. I bet we saw 15 SAMs (surface-to-air missiles), about three or four up our way so we had to defend a couple of times. What I felt more than anything was exhilaration."
Here's a contrarian moral argument on the "Support Our Troops" them from David Edwards Falling Into Execute Mode: Mass Violence And Moral Responsibility
Do we support the actions of people who have abdicated moral responsibility for their actions to higher authority? By definition that would mean abdicating our own moral responsibility by lending support to the potential moral outrages that have so often resulted from the abdication of moral responsibility in the past.... Do we care about the welfare of "our troops"? Yes, passionately - we wish no harm to them, or their victims - but we cannot support people who are following the orders of a largely unaccountable political system. This, for us, is a kind of moral insanity.... Their decision is not our decision - we will not sacrifice our sense of moral responsibility in deference to their decision. Why should the thoughtful bow down t o the thoughtless acting on behalf of the heartless? Who in their right mind would take orders from the likes of Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, Bush, Blair and Cheney? Why should we support individuals who freely choose so to do?
As the war continues, the potential for brutality toward civilians increases. This haunting account by Mark Franchetti of the Times suggests the effects on some of the troops of fighting when the difference between an "enemy" and a "people" is hazy: US Marines turn fire on civilians at the bridge of death
Another account by Patrick Barkham from The Times of an American pilot attcking British troops indicates that Iraqis arn't the only ones in danger: 'The Yank opened up. He had absolutely no regard for human life. He was a cowboy out on a jolly'.
As we think of the troops, its important to remmember what distinguishes them from those planning this war -- wealth, or the lack of it, as James Ridgeway discuses in the Village Voice: How the Rich Go to War They Send the Poor to Fight (April 3, 2003).
As we hear of American and British soldiers killed, How Many Iraqi Soldiers Have Died In This War?Much of the opposition to this war centers on the potential long-term effects of it and related US policies. Here are a sample of analyses. Inbclude here will be reflections on other aspects of US foreign policy as well.
A recent poll shows some surprising trends in the US public. Poll Shows Public Supports Iraq War But Rejects Unilateralism and an Imperial Role for the U.S (PUBLISHED May 1 and POSTED: May 2, 2003)
On the home front, the Hartford Courant reports that U.S. Diplomats Decry `Military Coup' (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 9, 2003)
This analysis in the Boston Globeby Robert A. Pape argues that the war will encourage much of the world to form alliances to counter United States power. The discussion of their potential tactics is especially interesting: The World Pushes Back .
There appears to be a nascent world-wide boycot of American goods discovering that "things go better without Coke", according to this Reuters report: Boycott of American Goods Over Iraq War Gains (March 25, 2003).
As we concentrate on the Iraq war, its essential to not fall into the trap of ignoring dangers elsewhere. Here is a comment on the dangers of the US approach to North Korea by Rose Gottemoeller who is a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She was assistant secretary of energy for nonproliferation and national security in the Clinton administration. Not Engaging N. Korea Is Like Handing It A Loaded Weapon .
Meanwhile, Robert Dreyfuss in The American Prospect presents the fear of many that this war is only the first of many planned by the hawks in control in Washington: Just the Beginning: Is Iraq the opening salvo in a war to remake the world? .
This report from The Guardian of London suggests that this war is not necessarily viewed as a "war of liberation" among many of those who would be most expected to do so: Exiles head home to fight 'invaders' (March 25, 2003),
This article by Jason Vest from the Village Voice discusses Army War College analyses suggesting that the political leaders pushing this war are ignoring their own military's assessment that, the US may win the war, but stands a good chance of Losing the Peace (March 28, 2003). Given that the war has already confounded the "experts", there's a good chance that even these analyses may be overly optimistic.
Every day, it looks more likely that the US will be going after either Syria or Iran next. Colin Powell, the "voice of reason" in the administration, appears to be preparing the populace for this: Powell warns Syria and Iran . But Syria's Assad: 'We will not wait' to be next U.S. target (March 28, 2003).
United for Peace and Justice – Antiwar coalition that organized US Feb. 15 rallies. Web site has info on demonstrations, news, links to sites with downloadable posters, bumper stickers, etc.
Global Issues: The Iraq Crisis A site with extensive information on Iraq, debunking of U.S. and British propaganda, etc.
BetterLinks.org – vast set of links to all aspects of Iraq situation. If you want analysis of the fiscal costs of the war, its here. If you want to find out what former President Jimmy Carter or former South African President Nelson Mandela (both Nobel Peace Prize winners), you’ll find it here. (The latter said: "If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace…. It is clearly a decision that is motivated by George W Bush's desire to please the arms and oil industries in the United States of America.")
Institute for Policy Studies – has a 27-page UNDERSTANDING THE U.S.-IRAQ CRISIS: A Primer by Phyllis Bennis, which is a good source of background information.
AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) Iraq Resource Guide – has an Iraq 101 section with such things as 10 Reasons to Oppose War with Iraq and 10 Ways Women Will Be Affected by a War in Iraq. Another section has downloadable fact sheets, posters, and links to other resources, including UN reports on effects of sanctions, etc.
Traprock Peace Center is a Deerfield, MA nonviolent community dedicated to antiwar, peace, and environmental issues. They have an extensive set of links to sources discussing all aspects of the current Iraq situation, including, among many others, documents discussing the research of Glen Ragwala, who revealed that the British Intelligence dossier was a fake, that a prominent Iraqi exile claims that the Iraqi weapons of mass dectruction had been destroyed, and who has provided a detailed analysis and rebuttal of Colin Powell's February 5th presentationto the United Nations. Another important document of Dr. Ragwala is Claims and evaluations of Iraq's proscribed weapons which was last updated on March 15, 2003.
ZNet – Web site affiliated with Z Magazine, a long-standing radical magazine. Has many articles on Iraq, with facts, analysis, and info about world-wide demonstrations. Especially useful, in my opinion, are articles by Stephen R. Shalom (e.g., Antiwar Questions and Answers by Michael Albert & Stephen R. Shalom). [Truth in advertising disclaimer: Stephen Shalom is my brother-in-law and longtime friend for 35 years.]
Peaceful Tomorrows a group of September Eleventh Families who do not support current strategies to deal with terrorism. As they describe:
Its mission is to seek effective nonviolent responses to terrorism, and identify a commonality with all people similarly affected by violence throughout the world. By conscientiously exploring peaceful options in our search for justice, we choose to spare additional innocent families the suffering that we have already experienced— as well as to break the endless cycle of violence and retaliation engendered by war.
There are many resources available at Foreign Policy In Focus on Iraq and other world hotpots. (POSTED: May 11, 2003)
The Federation of American Scientists has extensive information on Weapons of Mass Destruction on their WMD Resources (POSTED: May 11, 2003)
The Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq has a useful analysis of the likely humanitarian consequences of the war on Iraq.
Cool War: Economic sanctions as a weapon of mass destruction a Harpers article by Dr. Joy Gordon, a professor of philosophy who has spent the past three years researching the economic sanctions agains Iraq. She has uncovered confidential U.N. documents which illustrate how the U.S. has, through the U.N., repeatedly prevented Iraq from purchasing basic humanitarian goods, including vital medical and food-processing equipment. In her words, "U.S. policymakers have effectively turned a program of international governance into a legitimized act of mass slaughter."
The Secret Behind the Sanctions How the U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water Supply a an article by Thomas J. Nagy, professor at George Washington University, in The Progressive While researching Gulf War Syndrome, he happened upon declassified Pentagon documents proving that the U.S. knew exactly what devastating effects its actions would have on Iraqui public health when it bombed Iraq's water purification infrastructure during the Gulf War. The resulting lack of clean water has been implicated in the deaths of 5000 children a month. While Nagy has been named by the New York Post as "one of the eight professors that hate America," he responds, "I don't want to burn the flag, I want to wash it."
Curiouser and curiouser. Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that Cheney's energy task force obtained maps of Iraqi oil fields, pipelines, refineries and terminals: CHENEY ENERGY TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS FEATURE MAP OF IRAQI OILFIELDS: Commerce & State Department Reports to Task Force Detail Oilfield & Gas Projects, Contracts & Exploration. Saudi Arabian & UAE Oil Facilities Profiled As Well (PUBLISHED July 17 and POSTED: July 18, 2003)
Somehow I missed this detail till now (from CBS News) Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11 (PUBLISHED Sept. 4, 2002 and POSTED: May 27, 2003)
[B]arely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks. That's according to notes taken by aides who were with Rumsfeld in the National Military Command Center on Sept. 11
"Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."
But the plans to attack Iraq didn't begin after Sept. 11. In fact, they were already several years old at that point. The documents are publicly, and easily, available. The U.S. press just dosen't mention them. See Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources for a New Century -- a report by the Project for the New American Century a conservative think-tank chaired by William Kristol, with Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz,and others of the current administration and its cherrleaders as members. Their argument is summed up in their January 26, 1998 Letter to President Clinton which urges the president to "to enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world. That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power." Signatories were: Elliott Abrams, Richard L. Armitage, William J. Bennett, Jeffrey Bergner, John Bolton, Paula Dobriansky, Francis Fukuyama, Robert Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, William Kristol, Richard Perle, Peter W. Rodman, Donald Rumsfeld, William Schneider, Jr., Vin Weber, Paul Wolfowitz, R. James Woolsey, and Robert B. Zoellick.
Goimg back even further than the Project is Dick Cheney's Defense Strategy for the 1990s: The Regional Defense Strategy from when he was Secretary of Defense in January 1993 (PUBLISHED January, 1993) and see the discussion by David Armstrong Dick Cheney’s Song of America (POSTED: April 12, 2003)
Another important document, indicating that the concept of war for oil has been discussed in military circle for a long time. This was prepared by the National Defense University: Institute for National Strategic Studies Strategic Assessment 1999: Profiles for a Turbulent World. See also the discussion of this document in the Sydney Morning Herald Oil wars Pentagon's policy since 1999 (POSTED: May 20, 2003)
Here's another of the core documents for the bush Administration's plans for American dominance of the world: Robert Kagan's Power and Weakness . This is where he says: "That is why on major strategic and international questions today, Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus: They agree on little and understand one another less and less."
Another important strategic document from Major (P) Ralph Peters, published by the US Army War College on the role of information in 21st century US military strategy. Constant Conflict "We are entering a new American century, in which we will become still wealthier, culturally more lethal, and increasingly powerful. We will excite hatreds without precedent." Therefore, " The United States Army is going to add a lot of battle streamers to its flag. We will wage information warfare, but we will fight with infantry. And we will always surprise those critics, domestic and foreign, who predict our decline. " The author was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, where he was responsible for future warfare. (PUBLISHED Summer 1997 and POSTED: April 19, 2003)
Ahmad Faruqui, an economist and defense analyst based San Francisco, give an excellent analysis of the battle in Washington over US foreign policy: Battling for the soul of the American republic (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 30, 2003)
Some experienced Washington journalists have spent time with the neoconservatives and come back to report that growing Islamic militancy in the Arab world is precisely what these people want. It justifies the US extending the conflict to other nations until the entire region is transformed. In a sense, this parallels the beliefs of the growing number of evangelical Christians who see chaos in the Middle East as a prelude to the coming rapture.I suspect this section will be getting bigger over the coming days and months. See also Scoundrel Time for more profiteering.
An important Defense Department memo showing that Halliburton was secretly tapped to run Iraq's oil long before it was made public. DoD Mission for Repair and Continuity of Operations Of the Iraqi Oil Infrastructure See also Defense Dept Secretly Tapped Halliburton Unit To Operate Iraq's Oil Industry In Nov. by Jason Leopold for background information, including the numerous fines levied against the company for illegal activity, including under Dick Cheney's leadership. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 13, 2003)
A detailing of Bush Administration scandals revealed during one week in May, most unreported in the US press: Just Another Week for The Bush Administration and the U.S. Media (PUBLISHED May 12 and POSTED: may 13, 2003)
Now its James Woolsey's, "ormer CIA boss and influential adviser to President George Bush" turn to make a profit: Bush ally set to profit from the war on terror. "The company was set up three months after the terrorist attacks on New York and sees the events and aftermath of September 11 as a business opportunity which 'offer[s] substantial promise for homeland security investment'." Woolsey has been making unsubstantiated claims about Iraqi bioweapons while his company while "$10.5m in AgION Technologies, a firm devising anti-germ technology that it hopes will 'be the leader in the fight against bacterial attacks initiated by terrorists on unsuspecting civilian and military personnel'." (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 11, 2003)
Here is a key US Army corp of Engineers letter to Rep. Henry Waxman confirming that the US hid the extent of the contract to politically-connected Haliburton for "rebuilding Iraq". Hidden was that the contract was not just for putting out fires in the oil-fields, but for wxtracting and selling oil! (PUBLISHED May 6 and POSTED: May 7, 2003)
An excellent analysis of who's who in the US planners for Operation Occupy Iraq, and their big money connections. By Neil Mackay of the Glasgow Sunday Herald Carving Up The New Iraq , and part two. He goes far deeper than Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, detailing the sordid dealings of many characters, and firms such as William Eagleton or International Resources Group I've never even heard of. (PUBLISHED April 13 and POSTED: April 14, 2003)
The company awarded the no-bid sweetheart deal to put out the Iraqi oil fires, Haliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, have a long history of doing business with so-called "terrorist states". They also paid $2 million to settle a fraud claim while Dick Cheney was CEO of parent Haliburton. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 15, 2003)
Bob Herbert in the New York Times elaborates on the multitude of involvements in firms that stand to make a killing rebuilding Iraq held by key decision makers and advisers behind this war. Clearly one of the main goals was to "liberate" their bank accounts: Spoils of War (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 10, 2003)
In response to Bush and Cheney buddies getting big bucks out of the war, according to the Mew York Times, Two Democrats Call for Scrutiny of Bidding to Reconstruct Iraq . (PUBLISHED April 8 and POSTED: April 9, 2003 )
A New York Times Money & Business section article by Diana B. Henriques discusses which companies were invited to bid on the contracts to "rebuild" Iraq: Which Companies Will Put Iraq Back Together? Not surprisingly, top of the list are companies closely tied to the Republican Administration including Halliburton and the Bechtel Group. Unfortunately for Tony Blair, no British companies were allowed to bid on these lucrative contracts. Also pointed out is that there are no protections against fraud and waste: A quote from one of their sources: "Anytime you have an emergency response driven by time, the opportunity for fraud, waste and abuse is huge, and when the opportunity is that great, it will occur."
Perhaps not acccidentally, Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheyney (and which will continue to pay him handsomely for years to come), is aapparently already profiting from the Iraq war: Halliburton Makes a Killing on Iraq WarOne can't understand the present situation in Iraq, or the depth of resistance to U.S.-led regime change unless one knows the history. I'll collect some brief works documenting crucial portion of this history. Not being an expert on the history of Iraq, I can't vouch for the truth ov everything expresed, but I'll try and include only reputable sources.
A Tyrant 40 Years in the Making is a New York Times op ed piece by Nixon biographer Roger Morris detailing the U.S. role in previous regime changes leading to Sadam Husein assuming power with U.S. support. Also mentioned is the U.S. role in supplying large lists of leftists to be assaniated by Sadam's government.
A War Crime or an Act of War? is another New York Times op ed piece, this time by Stephen C. Pelletiere discussing the oft-mentioned gassing of the Kurds at Halabja. The piece claims that the gassing was during a battle between the Iaqis and Iranians, not a deliberate gassing of civilians. Also raised the possibility that the gassing was actually done by the Iranians, not the Iraqis. See the debate in the Letters column of the New York Review of Books for a presentation of both sides. Oh, Pelletiere, was a former CIA analyst during the Iran-Iraq war, a former professor at the Army War College for 12 years, and author of Iraqi Power and U.S. Security in the Middle East and Iraq and the International Oil System: Why America Went to War in the Persian Gulf . Hardly a flaming radical, and someone who's opinions deserve consideration. You can also view a lecture of his: The Predicament Mr. Bush And The Pentagon Have Gotten US Into .
Anyone tempted to believe the myths of bloodless war should read this chilling
account of how the bodies were disposed of in the first Gulf War, by
Patrick J. Sloyan from the San Francisco Chronicle
War without death: The Pentagon promotes a vision of combat as bloodless
(PUBLISHED Novvember 17, 2002).
See also Seymour Hersch's account of the massacres in the final days of thAT war OVERWHELMING FORCE: What happened \in the final days of the Gulf War? (PUBLISHED Novvember 17, 2002 and POSTED: April 12, 2003)
An anlysis of the war's legaility by two Austalian law professors: Hilary Charlesworth and Andrew Byrnes , in The Age from Melbourne, Australia: No, This war is Illegal .
The Center for Economic and Social Rights has just published an extensive analysis
of the illegality of the war:
Tearing Up the Rules:
The Illegality of Invading Iraq. From the Preface:
The thrust of this report is to demonstrate the immense and unbearable cost to the rule of law which
will result from a decision by a handful of powerful western nations to take the law into their own
A report by Jim Lobe on the analysis of experts in international law that the war is illegal: Law Groups Say U.S. Invasion Illegal .This section will report on the activities of those promoting this war. An understanding of those activities will help elucidate why most of the world disbelieves their claims to care about the horrors of the Sadam Husein regime, democracy (in Iraq or at home), or the well-being of the people (in Iraq or at home).
Just three years ago, Rumsfeld was a Director of a company selling nuclear reactors to North Korea. Now that country is ripe for regime change due to its nuclear program. "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds1" The Two Faces Of Rumsfeld (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 9, 2003)
Scoundrel Time: Meanwhile, under cover of war, the patriots in Washington are in the process of giving hundreds of billions of dollars to the ultrawealthy and thereby starving of the country of the resources needed to fix our crumbling healthcare system, or improve our schools, while starting the process of dismantling Medicare and Social Security. These folks are so supportive of our troops that, just before the war started, they've slashed Veteran's Benefits to fund their war and their tax cuts for the wealthy. Robert Kuttner nicely disects these patriots and their shenanigans in War distracts from Bush's budget cuts. Already, this country spends more on the war machine (3.7% of our entire Gross domestic Product in Bush's proposed budget) than on all other discretionary spending combined. The tax cuts will reduce further the amount of money available to help the American population. The patriots in Washington seek to turn us into a nation that dominates the world through our invincible killing mackines and is at home a nation of and for the wealthy; the rest of us will be out of luck should we get sick, loose our housing, get old, or need any other kind of help. The patriotism of this administration surely is "the last refuge of scoundrels". This war isn't only about the in Iraq. Its about what kind of a nation we will be in the generations to come.
Scoundrel Time II: As we watch these patriots brag about their war, lets remember how many wars they chose to fight in. The Chickenhawk Database is our invaluable source. For each of those promoting "war is the way", the database lists in which war they had the opportunity to serve their country and what they chose to do instead. Their explanations are also given. My favorite is Vice President Dick Cheney, who "had other priorities"! Of course, our President was AWOL from his glorious National Guard unit for months at a time! [See: AND ]. Don't worry, the database is fully bipartisan. The database is so lengthy you can spend endless hours finding out about all the wars our leaders didn't fight. And Michael Moore reports that only one member of Congress has a son or daughter in the military.
Richard N. Perle, chairman of the influential Defense Policy Board
and promoter of the concept of a preemptive war on Iraq and others,
gets around. Scandal after scandal shows him directly benefiting handsomely
from his government position. This New York Times
piece by Stephen Labaton March 21, 2003 reports the
latest shenanigans of this chickenhawk Bush administration
Pentagon Adviser Is Also Advising Global Crossing. The final paragraph
is both telling and alarming:
Mr. Perle, who as chairman of the Defense Policy Board has
been a leading advocate of the United States' invasion of
Iraq, spoke on Wednesday in a conference call sponsored by
Goldman Sachs, in which he advised participants on possible
investment opportunities arising from the war. The
conference's title was "Implications of an Imminent War:
Iraq Now. North Korea Next?"
More on Perle: Lunch with the Chairman is Seymour Hersh's New Yorker piece on Richard Perle's (head of the Defense Policy Board) business dealings with Saudi-born businessman, arms-dealer, and all-around scumbag, Adnan Khashoggi.
and, for an Anti-War British tabloid (yes, tabloid!):
The Mirror (of London) sponsor of the British “Not In Our Name” campaign
The Canadian Union of Public Employees who's web site announces: Peace is a Worker's Issue and has many fine Canadian (and other) links.
A collection of interesting commentary and op ed pieces. Obviously a tiny selection from what's out there:
Arundhati Roy pre-recorded this talk for the May 31, 2003 United For Peace and Justice teach-in in Washington, DC. The Day of the Jackals
The US invasion of Iraq was perhaps the most cowardly war ever fought in history.... US and British troops had orders to kill people, but not to protect them. Their priorities were clear. The safety and security of Iraqi people was not their business. "
Those of us who belong to former colonies think of imperialism as rape. So you rape. Then you kill. Then you demand the right to rape the corpse. That's usually known as necrophilia.
Iraq is no longer a country. It's an asset. It's no longer ruled. It's owned.(PUBLISHED and POSTED: June 2, 2003)
Senator Robert Byrd, perhaps because he's too old to worry about political consequences, has made an impassioned speech regarding the lies behind the US attack and occupation of Iraq: "The Truth Will Emerge"(PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 21, 2003)
it is becoming all too clear that the smiling face of the U.S. as liberator is quickly assuming the scowl of an occupier. The image of the boot on the throat has replaced the beckoning hand of freedom.
Arundhati Roy made the following speech at the Riverside Church on May 13, 2003: Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy: (Buy One, Get One Free) (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 18, 2003)
after making sure that most of its weapons had been destroyed, in an act of cowardice that must surely be unrivalled in history, the "Coalition of the Willing" (better known as the Coalition of the Bullied and Bought) - sent in an invading army! Operation Iraqi Freedom? I don't think so. It was more like Operation Let's Run a Race, but First Let Me Break Your Knees....
"Democracy, the modern world's holy cow, is in crisis. And the crisis is a profound one. Every kind of outrage is being committed in the name of democracy. It has become little more than a hollow word, a pretty shell, emptied of all content or meaning. It can be whatever you want it to be. Democracy is the Free World's whore, willing to dress up, dress down, willing to satisfy a whole range of taste, available to be used and abused at will.
Find out about the American hero, Charmaine Means, the Major who refused to shut down the tv station in Mosul to suppress free speech and was promptlt relieved of duty: Nonviolence is Starting to Matter in the Middle East by Ira Chernus. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 13, 2003)
A comment on the paternalistic ideology behind the occupation of Irq, by Ira Chernus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ideology is Key to Corporate Imperialism in Iraq (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 9, 2003)
Paul Krugman's reflections on the meaning for American democracy of Bush's photo-op from the aircraft carrier. Man on Horseback (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 6, 2003)
Daniel Pipes, leading neocon foreign policy adviser advocates dispensing with the fantasy of Iraqi democracry, in the short-run at least: A Strongman for Iraq? [From New York Post] (PUBLISHED April 28 and POSTED: April 30, 2003) "Iraq needs - and I write these words with some trepidation - a democratically-minded Iraqi strongman."
Robert Steinback in the Miami Herald discusses an obvious point: Most Americans know now that the President lied about Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction, but they don't care. Military victory with few US casualties is all that matters. Did our leaders lie to us? Do we even care? (PUBLISHED and POSTED: Aprol 29, 2003)
[T]he agony of Sept. 11 has pushed us into an altogether new realm, where we don't even care if our rhetoric makes sense, as long as we're led to a feel-good conclusion. The joy of kicking butt obliterates the need to make an honest case for war.... Wasn't it just four years ago -- I reminded my acquaintance -- that a roiling posse of critics piously preached how utterly unacceptable it was for a president to be excused even for a piddling lie that had absolutely no impact on the lives of any non-Beltway American?... In a nation where hypocrisy is rewarded, expect more lies.
Norman Mailer: We went to war just to boost the white male ego (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 29, 2003)
Revealed: How the road to war was paved with lies (PUBLISHED April 27 and POSTED: April 26, 2003)
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity , concerned about the possibility the US will plant weapons of mass destruction, have published a study of the history of US intelligence lies: The Stakes in the Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction (PUBLISHED April 25 and POSTED: April 26, 2003) See also their May 1, 2003 open Memorandum to President Bush: SUBJECT: Intelligence Fiasco(POSTED: May 2, 2003)
Iraqi expatriates Kamil Mahdi discusses The real significance of Kerbala:Religious leaders are legitimising Iraqi resistance to occupation (PUBLISHED April 23 and POSTED: April 25, 2003)
George Monbiot writes in the Guradian (UK) of the danger of having one superpower. He berlieves that the only way to counter this power is to shift the dominant world cuurrency from dollars to euros. The Bottom Dollar (PUBLISHED April 22 and POSTED: April 23, 2003)
Wallace Shawn in The Nation states the obvious: that the hawks are possessed by the opportunity to express their internal violence: Fragments From a Diary (POSTED: april 23, 2003)
Why are we being so ridiculously polite? It's as if there were some sort of gentlemen's agreement that prevents people from stating the obvious truth that Bush and his colleagues are exhilarated and thrilled by the thought of war, by the thought of the incredible power they will have over so many other people, by the thought of the immensity of what they will do, by the scale, the massiveness of the bombing they're planning, the violence, the killing, the blood, the deaths, the horror.
The love of killing is inside each one of us, and we can never be sure that it won't come out. We have to be grateful if it doesn't come out. In fact, it is utterly wrong for me to imagine that Bush is violent and I am not, that Bush is cruel and I am not. I am potentially just as much of a killer as he is, and I need the help of all the sages and poets and musicians and saints to guide me onto a better path, and I can only hope that the circumstances of my life will continue to be ones that help me to stay on that path. But we can't deny that Bush and his men, for whatever reason, are under the sway of the less peaceful side of their natures.
Philip Hensher used to support the war. Now he points out Crimes against culture are remembered for ever: The Muslim world will ask why US forces let the looting happen and produce a simple answer: they hate Islam (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 22, 2003)
Jonathan Steele in The Guardian (UK) writes: This occupation is a disaster. The US must leave - and fast: Any gratitude for the removal of Saddam is now virtually exhausted (PUBLISHED April 21 and POSTED: April 20, 2003)
Jonathan Rabanargues in The greatest gulf that military intervention in Iraq ...represented a disastrous failure of imagination and a fatal inability to understand the role of history - and religion - in the region (PUBLISHED April 19 and POSTED: April 20, 2003)
John Pilger in The Independent (UK): The unthinkable is becoming normal. Do not forget the horror (PUBLISHED April 20 and POSTED: April 19, 2003)
Howard Zinn, in piiece from Newsdaypropses A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism that is clearly cognizant of the difference between troops dying for their counrry and dying for their government. (PUBLISHED April 13 and POSTED: April 14, 2003)
Ira Chernus discusses the peace movement's need to crete alternative stories to the official US account of Iraqi "liberation". He discusses characteristics of "good stories" that are more likely to be taken over by the populace. Next Task for Peace Movement: Let a Thousand Stories Bloom (PUBLISHED April 12 and POSTED: April 14, 2003)
Joan Smith in The Independent (UK) sees the war as a reflection of a failure of the US to successfully sell itself and its way of life to the rest of the world: The golden arches over Baghdad "The purpose is not to remake the world in America's image, a project that would require politically unacceptable levels of expenditure, but to make the world safe for the US. It is not about helping foreigners enjoy the American way of life think of the cost of providing clean water for six billion people, let alone all the labour-saving devices Americans rely upon – but removing threats to it, regionally and globally." (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 13, 2003)
A facinating commentary from Aviad Kleinberg in Haaretz of the potential negative consequences, for Israel of the US invasion of Iraq: The war's implications for Israel (PUBLISHED April 15 and POSTED: April 14, 2003)
Israel's great strategic weight stemmed from its ability to act - or to constitute a potential threat - in a region in which the United States did not want to intervene directly. Israel was a regional mini-power through which it was possible to threaten the Soviet bloc and its satellites, or the Arab world.... American involvement becomes direct, there is no further need for mediators. The United States does the dirty work itself.... It will mean that American readiness to go on paying so as to extricate us from the morass in which we are mired will be diminished.
Andrew Gumbel asks in The Independent (UK) America targeted 14,000 sites. So where are the weapons of mass destruction? Perhaps they'll be recycled: "If the Bush administration should ever seek to turn its military wrath on Damascus, the weapons of mass destruction it is failing to find in Iraq might just provide the excuse once again. " (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 13, 2003)
Roger Morris, Nixon biographer and former National Security Council member aanalyzes the rise of the new Imperial Presidency From republic to empire [from The Globe & Mail (Canada)] (PUBLISHED and POSTED: Aporil 14, 2003)
Nicholas von Hoffman has a rather scathing analysis of this war in the context of the stealing of the 2000 election and the Christian right's influence on the Presidency: A Faith-Based War That Promises Disorder .
Arthur Schlesinger Jr., major figure in the Kennedy administration concludes: Today, It is We Americans Who Live in Infamy .
In case you weren't scared enough, Paul Krugman, in a New York Times op ed piece compares the present administration to the crazy Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny: George W. Queeg .
Another Paul Krugman New York Times op ed piece Things to Come expreses the fears of many of us that this war is just the beginning of horrors to come.
NPR's All Things Considered broadcast this commentary by Peter Freundlich on the Illogic of the Bush Administration's logic of war.There are increasing numbers of resignations and other protest letters. These come not just from the usual suspects, but from former GOP Chairmen and CIA agents as well. Here are a sample:
Mary A. Wright Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia has resigned March 19, 2003 after 15 years as a diplomat and 26 years in the US Army/Army Reserves. She received the State Department's Award for Heroism as Charge d'Affaires during the evacuation of Sierra Leone in 1997. Here is her Resignation Letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
John Brady Kiesling, a career diplomat in the U.S. embassy in Greece resigned effective March 7 sending this Letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell. taken from ZNet.. John Brady Kiesling, later gave this acoount of his reasons: Diplomatic Breakdown (PUBLISHED April 27 and POSTED: April 29, 2003)
Jack Walters,Columbia, Missouri GOP Chairman Resignation Letter.
The following Letter was signed by 1,000 war veterans and given to the President on March 10, 2003.
This is quite unusual. A memorandum from former and retired CIA professionals to the President complaining about the faking and misuse of intelligence information: Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth: A Problem . You know there's something wrong when even CIA agents complain!
And here is a Letter from Henry A. Waxman, who voted for the war resolution, to President Bush complaining about the use of faked and unreliable intelligence data to convince Congress, the UN, and the public to support the war.Many famous people have made important comments on the war. Here are a selection. Inclusion does not mean an endorsement of any other opinions these individuals may express.
52 former diplomatic officials in Britain rebel, penning a letter condemning Blair's poodle-like foreign policy approach: Former ambassadors unite to condemn Blair's foreign policy. The actual letter: A letter to Blair: Your Middle East policy is doomed, say diplomats. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 27, 2004)
Jimmy Carter criticizes Bush and Blair for starting needless war: Jimmy Carter: Stirring up a hornet's nest, the president turned peacemaker: 'There was no need for that war' -- The Monday Interview: Former President of the United States. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: March 22, 2004)
"There was no reason for us to become involved in Iraq last year. That was a war based on lies and misinterpretations from London and Washington, claiming falsely that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, claiming falsely that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. "President Bush and Prime Minister Blair probably knew that many of the allegations were based on uncertain intelligence and a decision was made to go to war [and then people said] 'lets find a reason to do so'."
As a sign of mainstream disquiet, former bush State Department official Richard N. Haass discusses the limits of Imperial war: Wars of Choice. (PUBLISHED November 23 and POSTED: November 24, 2003)
Jessica Lynch joins those denouncing the lies: Private Jessica says President is misusing her 'heroism' (PUBLISHED and POSTED: November 9, 2003)
Now Senator Fritz Hollings joins the attack: The War in Iraq, Its Parallels to Vietnam and Congress' Unwillingness to Pay for It (PUBLISHED November 3 and POSTED: November 7, 2003)
The latest broadside from Senator Robert Byrd: The Emperor Has No Clothes. At the end he quotes Hermann Goering to characterize the Senate's lac of responsibility in going along with the charade. (PUBLISHED October 17 and POSTED: October 19, 2003)
The mainstream political class continue their attack on the Bush revolution: Eyeless in Iraq by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: October , 2003)
A new mainstream group of right-wingers and liberals, the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, has formed to oppose the current imperialist oreintation of contemporary US foreign policy. See the article: Thinkers Launch Anti-Empire Drive. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: October 17, 2003)
Senator Ted Kennedy's October 16, 2003 floor speech on the Iraq situation: On the Administration's Failure to Provide a Realistic, Specific Plan to Bring Stability to Iraq (PUBLISHED and POSTED: October , 2003)
Heartfelt comments on repression in America today by mystery novelist Sara Paretsky: For Those Who Wish to Dissent: Speech, Silence and Patriotism and by Walter Cronkite The new Inquisition (PUBLISHED September 21 and POSTED: September 22, 2003)
John Dean of Watergate fame discusses: Liberties disappearing before our eyes (POSTED: September 22, 2003)
Senator Robert Byrd seems to be only one with the courage to say how disgusting it was that the President dressed in a flight jacket and used an aircraft carrier for his made-for-campaing-2004 "victory " speech: A Troubling Speech "I do question the motives of a deskbound President who assumes the garb of a warrior for the purposes of a speech." (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 6, 2003)
Here's George McGovern's commentary, comparing the injustice of the Iraq war to the injustice of the Vietnam war, from the Nation: (April 21, 2003 issue). The Reason Why. Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. --Alfred, Lord Tennyson "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
Arundhati Roy the author of bestselling, and Booker Prize winning The God of Small Things comments on Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates:. How many children, in how many classrooms, over how many centuries, have hang-glided through the past, transported on the wings of these words? And now the bombs are falling, incinerating and humiliating that ancient civilization. A quote: Operation Iraqi Freedom? I don't think so. It's more like Operation Let's Run a Race, but First Let Me Break Your Knees.
Documentary film-maker Michael Moore has released the following Letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush on the Eve of War . He also made antiwar comments at the Academy Awards. (See also this account.)
Here is the Statement of Senator Mark Dayton On The Senate Giving Up Its Constitutional Responsibility to Declare War .
The Pope told employees at a Catholic television station:
When war, like the current conflict in Iraq, threatens the fate of humanity, it becomes especially important to say in a strong and decisive voice that peace is the only way to build a more egalitarian and unified society. The threat of violence cannot solve man's problems. (Source.)
Its important to remmember the importance of protesting against those who press war and a redistibution of wealth to the ultra-rich as the solutions to the problems of the world. This New York Times analysis by Patrick E. Tyler A New Power in the Streets -- written after the Feb 15, 2003 demonstartions in which 10 million or more people on all continents expressed the overwhelming desire of the people of the world for peace -- concludes that: "The fracturing of the Western alliance over Iraq and the huge antiwar demonstrations around the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion."
You can send messages, on any issue, to ALL your elected officials in Washington with one click. Use it now! Use it often! Voice4Change.org Legislative Action Center (POSTED: May 27, 2003)
The Organizer's Collaborative is "a nonprofit membership organization composed of activists and technically oriented people working to enhance grassroots organizing, research, and movement building by social change organizations." They have produced, and make available for free, Organizers Database! software for nonprofits. (POSTED: June 28, 2003)
For those in Boston, MA: How to Find out about Progressive Events in the Greater Boston Area (PUBLISHED and POSTED:June 14, 2003)
United for Peace and Justice is the antiwar coalition that organized US Feb. 15 rallies and is a coalition of many local and national groups. Web site has info on demonstrations, news, links to sites with downloadable posters, bumper stickers, etc.
United for Justice with Peace is a regional Boston-area coalition of peace forces. Their web site is the source for local peace activity information. .
National Network to End The War Against Iraq-- A coalition of over 140 organizations that formed to fight the sanctions against Iraq, due to the devastating humaitarian conseuences.
MoveOn.org is a liberal group formed to oppose Clinton’s impeachment. They have sponsored antiwar ads on t.v. and in local newspapers and have effectively used the World Wide Web to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people on short notice on a variety of issues. Sign up for their regular alerts.
Win Without War – the most “mainstream” coalition against the war, headed by an ex-congressman. Coalition member organizations include (among many others): National Council of Churches; NAACP; National Organization for Women (NOW); Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities; American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR); Sierra Club; Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations; United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society; The Tikkun Community; Veterans for Common Sense; and Working Assets.
International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) – The first major group to mobilize against the war. Organized the October, 2002 demonstration in Washington DC. In my (and many others’) opinions, ANSWER plays a divisive role in the anti-war mnovement and has a history of supporting third-world dictators. Nonetheless, they remain an important force in that movementA collection of leaflets and flyers for organizing:
Bulletin Board for Peace has a nice selection of downloadable posters. (POSTED: April 19, 2003)A few pictures to help us remmember we're not alone.:
Here are pictures from the New England Peace Rally on March 29, 2003. The ones I took are here. (To save a picture, in Windows, right click and pick Save Image As) A set of pictures taken by Charlie Rosenberg are here. Charlie's don't have thumbnails. Just click on one to view it. And, yet another set of pictires from Mike. Mike also has pictures of the March 20, Days After Bombing Started demo.
You can find pictures from the world-wide protests here, as well as links to AP video coverage of the protests.
Our free country! If it ain’t pro-war, it ain’t on country radio: While Toby Keith gets airtime, Emmylou Harris gets ignored. (PUBLISHED June 9 and POSTED: June 10, 2004)
Singer Stephan Smith has a new song: You Ain't A Cowboy available free online. (POSTED: March 18, 2004)
Willie Nelson has evidently written a new antiwar song, "Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth", only the second protest song of his career: New Willie Nelson song condemns Iraq war. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: January 1, 2004)
Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow's song Peace Salaam Shalom. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: September 15, 2003)
PeaceSong has three songs freely available: Baghdad Road, Enemy Me, and Sudden Sound (POSTED: July 24, 2003)
Baghdad Road follows the aftermath of the Iraq War for a U.S. soldier-- PTSD. Enemy Me, based on an ACLU ad, takes on the Patriot Act. Sudden Sound explores the myth of 'precision' bombing.
Folk singer Iris DeMent told a Madison WI crowd of 600 people that she couldn't sing because she was profoundly sad because of the war.
The country music band
The Dixie Chicks
is drawing flack, including bulldozing of their records (sound familiar?),
for the comments made about President Bush by
singer Natalie Maines. Paul Krugman in the New York Times
explains that these attacks were not sponataneous, but involve close
Rebublican connections to the music industry:
Channels of Influence.
Maines originally said:"Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the
United States is from Texas." On their
they further explain:
"We've been overseas for several weeks and have been reading and following the
news accounts of our governments' position.
The anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding.
While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of
going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost."
Maines further stated, "I feel the President is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S.
and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration and one of the
privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view."
And here's the lyrics to their song Travelin' Soldier . And here's a follow-up story on their fighting back against critcs: 'Dixie sluts' fight on with naked defiance (PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 25, 2003) And another article on antiwar sentiment in country music: Country of protest And the boss, Bruce Springsteen has come to their defense; The Dixie Chicks are Getting a Raw Deal...(PUBLISHED March 29 and POSTED: April 25, 2003) And yet another comment on what the treatment of the DC says about country music today: Another country. "Whereas country music used to celebrate people who bucked the system, recent criticism of the Dixie Chicks shows just how ossified and reactionary it has become, writes Duncan Campbell " (PUBLISHED and POSTED: May 27, 2003)
Here is REM's Final Straw. The lyrics are also available there.
Here is Billy Joe Armostrong's (of bay Area punk band Green Day) Life During wartime.
Plege of Resistance and other songs are available from the Not in My Name Music Project
Boom Boom Boom Mr. Son of a Bush! Here are some lyrics from antiwar songs from the New York Times March 9, 2003.
Bush Recession Radio has an extensive collection of antiwar and other protest rock songs.
Protest Records is developing a large collection of free antiwar and other protest songs.
Music video: Bombs Away! [Windows Media Player] (POSTED: June 26, 2004)
If you feel in a nasty mood, view the MoveOn parody: Bush in 41.2 Seconds. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: February 3, 2004)
To remind yourself of the cost in American lives of the war to enrich Bush's buddies, view the flash video at: http://www.ericblumrich.com/ma.html. (POSTED: December 10, 2003)
And a jigsaw puzzle! What's Missing? (POSTED: April 29, 2003)
Flash Video Welcome To The New World Order (POSTED: April 17, 2003)
G.W. Bush and the Whitehouse Neo-Con Choir Sings We'll meet again! (POSTED: April 17, 2003)
A beautiful video: Winning Peace! (POSTED: April 9, 2003)
Here are some more chilling flash animation commentaries on the war and the current situation from: Bush Flash . Includes Dr. Bushlove, Terror, Democracy, and Liberation, and the first, Antiwar2 which points out that: All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
In addition to media criticism, Take Back the Media also have many satiric flash videos for download. They are of unequal quality, but some are excellent. Try out the Chickenhawk Hall of Shame, Cities in the Dust, or the chilling Bush is not a Nazi,so stop saying that and pass them on!
Michael Moore and System of a Down have collaborated to create a new anti-war music video for the System song BOOM!
Scott Ritter video No Case Against War in Iraq presented in Vancouver, British Columbia in October 2002. "There is no case for war. It would not be justified in international law and it would be morally wrong" he explained. "Friends don't let friends drive drunk. We have a drunk as President of the United States."
A lecture of on the origins of the current war Stephen C. Pelletiere, a former CIA analyst during the Iran-Iraq war and former professor at the Army War College for 12 years: The Predicament Mr. Bush And The Pentagon Have Gotten US Into .As horrible as events are, let it not be said that the antiwar movement lacks a sense of humor! After all, these chickehawks in power are truly hilarious!
The brave New York Times has cancelled cartoons by Ted Rall, apparently under pressure by conservatives. See article about it: Rall: NYTimes.com Pulled Comic Because of Conservatives. Then check out a few of his recent cartoons for Feb. 2, 2004 & War Stories of the air National Guard (March 1, 2004). (PUBLISHED and POSTED: March 4, 2004)
More anti-Bush fun: The Idiot Son of an Asshole (POSTED: February 21, 2004)
The Bush-Cheney '04 campaign launches a competition for best bumper sticker. [Source unkown.] (POSTED: October 16, 2003)
The story of our glorious leader: Dumbo, a fairy Tale. (POSTED: October 16, 2003)
A parable for why American support the Iraq war, and what the likely world reaction will be: Greenberg and Woo in Bar (POSTED: June 15, 2003)
Joshua Brown has a series of cartoons; Life during Wartime (POSTED: May 31, 2003)
Dick Cheney has his own web blog. Find out what he really thinks! Bloggin' in a Bunker (POSTED: May 23, 2003)
The thinking person's Card Games: The Deck of Republican Chickenhawks "THEY'RE ALL FOR WAR... AS LONG AS THEY DON'T HAVE TO SERVE!" OR ELSE Dowload The War Profiteers Card Deck "This is no Sunday bridge club. These are individuals and institutions that stack the deck against democracy in the rigged game of global power." (POSTED: May 14 & May 20 2003)
The Post-War World Map, According to the State department (POSTED: May 18, 2003)
Those damn Arabs! CIA: Syria harboring more than 15 million known Arabs (POSTED: May 9, 2003)
Here is President George W. Bush's Resume"Attacked and took over two countries" and "For personal references please speak to my daddy or uncle James Baker (They can be reached at their offices of the Carlyle Group for war-profiteering.)" (POSTED: May 6, 2003)
FOX TV's latest reality tv show New Fox Reality TV Show to Determine Ruler of Iraq Parody or possibility?--you decide! (POSTED: April 25, 2003)
And here's RummyCo: The full-service Pentagon! (POSTED: April 11, 2003)
Declan McCullagh has revealed the new U.S. readies "Iraqi PATRIOT Act" to protect democracy, freedom BAGHDAD (Routers) -- A team of Coalition legislators, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges has been air-dropped into Firbol Square to take charge of Saddam's statue's head and to prepare Iraqi democracy for the post-liberation era. (PUBLISHED April 9 and POSTED: April 11, 2003)
This video is floating on the web and I hav't been able to locate its source: Read My Lips!
This link contains many humorous posters, etc., about President Bush and the war, starting with the famous Mad Magazine Gulf Wars Episode II poster. To save an image, right click on it and pick "save image". Warning, some of this stuff is pretty juvenile: Bush!
Get Your War On is an antiwar comic strip: "I used to gamble using $50 chips.... until someone showed me how to gamble using '10 million people at risk of starvation' chips!'"
An animated analysis of the Bush Administrations idea of Dipl-uh-oh-macy (Click on Dipl-uh-oh-macy 3/12/03) by Mark Fiore. There are also many other interesting animations there. Try The Successful Dictator for one.
A brand new poem by Ken & Jenny Levens: I’m NOT a Moron!
Joshua brown's illustrations Life During Wartime are always of interest. (POSTED: September 25, 2003)
Large Antiwar Art Collection with 100's of pieces. (POSTED:June 22, 2003)
Nicholas D. Kristof is having a contest for poems about Iraq. Some early entrants: Poems of Blood and Anger. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: June 9, 2004)
Poets Against the War. Includes links to other sites. (POSTED: April 19, 2003)
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: a journal on the writer's role in society (POSTED: August 2, 2003)
poets4peace (POSTED: August 2, 2003)
Ani Difranco's poem self evident. (PUBLISHED and POSTED: September 15, 2003)
Just in time for Passover, The Love and Justice in times of War HAGGADAH ZINE! They describe it thus: "Are you looking for a politically progressive/radical, anti-racist haggadah that includes beautiful writing, ritual, humor and reflection? Wish you could find a haggadah that is in solidarity with Palestinian liberation, and also rich with multicultural Jewish traditions and history? Searching for something to help you to talk with family and friends about the connection between your political work and the Jewish tradition of fighting for freedom and liberation?"(PUBLISHED and POSTED: April 9, 2003)
for Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice
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