Tuesday, July 25, 2006

[UrukNet] - [Daily Information from Occupied Iraq] - [newsletter 24 Jul 2006 - Part One]

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Israel, Iran and the US: Who Will be Blamed for Nuclear War?
Prof. Jorge Hirsch, Globalresearch.ca
The war on Lebanon may well escalate to the point where the US will use nuclear weapons against Iran, in what would be the first use of nuclear weapons in war since Nagasaki. And the world may well blame the Jewish State. Israel's bombing campaign which is causing immense suffering, is in blatant violation of the Geneva conventions, and deserves the strongest of condemnations. It is especially important for the Jewi! sh community today to distance itself from Israel's immoral government policies and US's support for them. Many Jews are doing this, unfortunately, many are not...

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Dan Halutz: Target Civilians in Retribution
Kurt Nimmo
IOF chief of staff Dan Halutz "has given the order to the air force to destroy 10 multi-storey buildings in the Dahaya district (of Beirut) in response to every rocket fired on Haifa," reports Khaleej Times, citing IOF radio. One can’t help but think of the Nazis when hearing this news. Not unlike the Ordungspolizei and Wehrmacht in Eastern Europe, the Israeli military has signaled its desire to take collective punishment to a new and horrific level, but then! , since few complain and the corporate media cheers them on, this should be expected. Dan Halutz appears to be a modern Erich von dem Bach, SS-Obergruppenführer, responsible for reprisal actions against partisans (terrorists, of course) and the shooting of POWs during the September Campaign (Fall Weiß), or invasion of Poland and Eastern Europe in 1939...

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UK government sources confirm war with Iran is on
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Online Journal Contributing Writer
In the last few days, I learned from a credible and informed source that a former senior Labour government minister, who continues to be well-connected to British military and security officials, confirms that Britain and the United States " . . . will go to war with Iran before the end of the year." As we now know from similar reporting prior to the invasion of Iraq, it's quite possible that the war planni! ng may indeed change repeatedly, and the war may again be postponed. In any case, it's worth noting that the information from a former Labour Minister corroborates expert analyses suggesting that Israel, with US and British support, is deliberately escalating the cycle of retaliation to legitimize the imminent targeting of Iran before year's end...

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Back to Hariri’s murder
Roas to Iraq
...The murder of Hariri was the beginning of a large scale destabilization plan of all Lebanon, and it tracks, lead to the Lebanese civil war and ends in the Washington, New York and Jerusalem in recent days. It was a cooperation work between the US, Israeli Mosad and Anti-Syria Lebanese in exile, among the people quoted by the German journalist is Moustafa Al-Nasser, former adviser of M.Hariri, which said: "The assassination of Hariri is the work of the Israeli secret service! , Mossad, the purpose of which is to create political tensions in Lebanon"...

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Time interviews Izzat al-Douri
Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
...Time forgot to mention one subject in their questions or the accompanying article -- al-Douri's family. In November, 2003, the U.S. illegally arrested his wife and daughter, in contravention of the Geneva Conventions, in order to pressure al-Douri into surrendering. As late as June 2004 their detention continued, and I know of nothing to indicate that that has changed (although it may well have). Are his wife and daughter still in detention? How d! id he feel about the U.S. imprisoning them for at least a half year, if not for many years? We don't know the answer...

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Quote of the Day
Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
"Israel is defending the whole world. She's doing all the dirty work." - 12-year-old Jonathan Sapir, an Israeli living in the U.S., at a pro-Israel rally in San Jose yesterday. "Dirty work" indeed. Out of the mouths of babes. Some of the other quotes from the article are equally interesting. Jonathan's mother Sima says this: "9/11 happened once here. But 9/11s happen almost every week, everywhere in Israel. We are not free." Well, let's see. Isra! el's population is 7 million people; even considering a "proportionality" of deaths compared to the US' 300 million, a "9/11 every week" would amount to 70 Israelis being killed every week. In the last six years, 1100 Israelis have been killed in conflicts with Palestinians and now Lebanese. That's 3.5 people a week, or 5% of a 9/11 every week. Let's contrast that to Lebanon. With a population of 3.8 million (two weeks ago, anyway), a "9/11 every week" would amount to 38 people killed a week. Israel has been bombing Lebanon for 12 days now, and killed at least 380 people, or 221 people a week. That's nearly six "9/11's every week."...

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Exclusive: Insurgent Ba'athist In His Own Words
Interview with Izzat al-Dourii

Times Online
...The Ba'ath's position on negotiations, especially with the American and [British] sides, is clear. It rests on principles that cannot be prejudiced or impaired by any individual or party. They are: 1. Recognition of the resistance in all its forms — Islamist, patriotic, and nationalist — any group whose aim is to liberate Iraq from the invasion forces. 2. An announcement of withdrawal of U.S. forces, without re! striction or condition. 3. Complete cessation of raids, round-ups, and operations involving killing and destruction. 4. Release of all captives, detainees, and prisoners. 5. Restoration of the [old] army and national security forces. There have been no negotiations with the Americans, merely attempts by the American side to make contact with the Ba'ath Party and to negotiate with it in order to draw it into the political game. Similar attempts have taken place with other anti-occupation parties. No dialogue will take place — with any party — that is not on the basis of these principles...

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Lebanon...What I pity
Samah Idriss, Online Journal Guest Writer
...What I pity about you, Lebanon, is that you should be afflicted by a leadership that did not take advantage of the liberation in 2000 to fortify the South and other areas against future Israeli aggressions. (And anyone who took into consideration Israel’s history and ambitions in this region could have seen that more aggression was not long in the waiting.) The successive Lebanese cabinets failed to build shelters, pave roads, or invest in the ins! titutions that contribute to a populace’s steadfastness (such as hospitals, schools, universities, etc), despite the millions of dollars that were received from Arab regimes after each Israeli attack and were passed on to the Council for the South....

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White House release calls for Israel to hit Syria
David DeGraw, Alternet
On Meet the Press, Tim Russert points out a stunning press release from the White House Communications Office. The release, titled Setting The Record Straight, endorses an LA Times Op-Ed that calls for Israel to attack Syria: "It's time to let the Israelis take off the gloves…. Israel needs to hit the [Syrian] Assad regime. Hard." It's difficult to not interpret this as the White Communications Office officially endorsing an Israeli ! attack on Syria...

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Israel’s “Breathing Space” Occupation on Schedule
Kurt Nimmo
"OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam acknowledged in a briefing at Northern Command headquarters in Safed on Sunday afternoon that the commander of the IDF’s civil administration unit had already begun preparations toward the possibility of instituting a military administration in areas captured by the IDF over the last week," reports the neocon-friendly Jerusalem Post. "According to Adam, 'Certain units who will give us breathing space have been cal! led up, including the commander of that unit.’ The unit’s activation, however, would only take place following comprehensive consultations, he said." In other words, regardless of all the flimsy assurances offered by the corporate media, waist-deep in the process of sanitizing (or ignoring) Israel’s war crimes in Lebanon, the Zionist state will once again occupy southern Lebanon. It has nothing to do with "breathing space" and everything to do with kleptomania, a prominent feature of the Israeli state since its inception...

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GRAPHIC VIDEO - Lebanese Doctor Says 'Phosphorus Weapons' Cause Suffering
[A note to readers: This news report, originally aired on CNN International, contains graphic images.] CNN video correspondent, Karl Penhaul, follows a family that had been mistakenly caught in an Israeli air strike. The doctor treating the family says that there is phosphorus in the weapons that cause extremely painful burns on it's victims...

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Israel to get U.S. "bunker buster" bombs - report
The United States will soon provide Israel with some 100 "bunker buster" bombs to kill the leader of Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrilla group and destroy its trenches, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Monday. Quoting unidentified informed sources in both Washington and Tel Aviv, the Saudi-owned Arabic daily said the bombs, which can penetrate up to 40 metres (130 feet) under ground, would be shipped to Israel from a U.S. military base in Qatar...

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US, UN give Israel green light for Lebanon slaughter
Larry Chin, Online Journal Associate Editor
Israel has begun a massive invasion and possible reoccupation of Lebanon, with the enthusiastic support of the Bush administration, and the "international community." As the world "evacuates" Lebanon, Israeli forces were massing for a major ground offensive, having already been given the green light to kill as it pleases. New reports reveal that an Israeli war has been planned, simulated and rehearsed since 2000, and ! disseminated on an "off record" basis to high-level US officials (and policy think tanks, and journalists) by senior Israeli army officers for the past year. This confirms that every aspect of this Israel-led holocaust has been deliberate and orchestrated, coordinated with full Washington foreknowledge and assistance. According to Gerald Steinberg, professor at Bar-Ilan University, "Of all of Israel’s wars since 1948, this was the one for which Israel was most prepared."...

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Israeli Warplanes target Red Cross and UN in southern Lebanon
Commentary by Michel Chossudovsky

This report published by the Malaysian Sun confirms that Israeli war planes are now targeting the UN and the Red Cross. No doubt, we will be told that this is "collateral damage". The underlying objective is criminal. Israel seeks, in blatant violation of international law, to prevent the flow of humanitarian aid to Lebanese civilians. If the United Nations Security Council does not imple! ment sanctions against Israel, when UN sponsored missions and accredited humanitarian organizations are the target of Israeli war planes, what can we conclude? Is this end of the United Nations as an international body? The arrogance and criminality of Israel is beyond bounds...

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Lebanon accuses Israel of using "internationally prohibited weapons against civilians"
Phosphorus incendiary bombs and vacuum bombs

The Jurist
Israel is using "internationally prohibited weapons against civilians" in Lebanon as the country faces "real annihilation," according to a statement from Lebanon Information Minister Ghazi Aridi Sunday after an emergency cabinet meeting. Lebanese media reports state that Israel used phosphorus incendiary bombs and vacuum bombs that suck up air and facilitate bui! lding collapses. The use of incendiary weapons against civilians has been banned by Protocol III to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons ] since 1980...

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 24 July 2006
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
... According to an announcement posted on the patriotic Iraqi albasrah.net website, a spokesman for the Iraqi Baath Party declared on Sunday that the deterioration in the health of the General Secretary of the Party and President of Iraq Saddam Husayn and his admission to hospital as a result of his hunger strike was all due to the failure of the occupation to ! respond to the President’s demands that his defense team be provided proper protection. The Baath Party spokesman "emphatically warned" the American Administration against the response that would be mounted should any harm befall the President. The Party, the spokesman said, "will be obligated to respond with all available means against the American Administration and its stooge officials for this crime, should anything bad happen" to the President...

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Israel bans reporting of use of "unique" weapons in Lebanon
Redress Information & Analysis
Israel has issued new censorship guidelines banning reporting of the "use of unique kinds of ammunition and weaponry" in Lebanon. This comes amid reports that Israel is using chemical weapons against civilians in Lebanon. Below is the text of the guidelines, sent to international and local news organizations by the chief Israeli military censor, Colonel Sima Vaknin-Gil, on 23 July...

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ICRC - Bulletin No. 3 - Lebanon
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC
Heavy bombing has continued in the south of the country over the past three days. Medical staff from the Lebanese Red Cross Society continue evacuating the wounded and sick under very difficult and dangerous conditions. The Society reported five security incidents in recent days affecting ambulances, events that highlight the obligation to spare those engaged in medical work. The latest of these incidents occurred on 23 July, at 11.15 ! pm in Cana, a village in southern Lebanon. According to Lebanese Red Cross reports, two of its ambulances were struck by munitions, although both vehicles were clearly marked by the red cross emblem and flashing lights that were visible at a great distance. The incident happened while first-aid workers were transferring wounded patients from one ambulance to another...

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Israeli Cluster Munitions Hit Civilians in Lebanon
Report, HRW
...Israel has used artillery-fired cluster munitions in populated areas of Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said today. Researchers on the ground in Lebanon confirmed that a cluster munitions attack on the village of Blida on July 19 killed one and wounded at least 12 civilians, including seven children. Human Rights Watch researchers also photographed cluster munitions in the arsenal of Israeli artillery teams on the Israel-Lebanon border. "Cluster muniti! ons are unacceptably inaccurate and unreliable weapons when used around civilians," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "They should never be used in populated areas."...

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GI Special 4G25: "This War Is Lost" - July 25, 2006
Thomas F. Barton
"His death has started an uproar of emotion in the platoon. Two people since have said they quit and will no longer fight. This is adding to those who have already said they are done fighting this war. No one understands why we are here and what our mission is.

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GI Special 4G24: The Staff Sgt. - July 24, 2006
Thomas F. Barton
The son of a former administrator at Stockton's University of the Pacific was killed this week in a bomb blast while on tank patrol in Baghdad, Iraq, a Department of Defense spokesman said Tuesday.
Staff Sgt. Jason M. Evey, 29, died immediately Sunday afternoon when the Bradley tank he commanded ran over an improvised explosive device on a road, said Maj. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman.
John Evey said his son wasn't shy about stating his opinion against the United States' war in Iraq, but he nonetheless led with dedication and honor.

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