Tuesday, August 08, 2006

[UrukNet] - [Daily Information from Occupied Iraq] - [newsletter 07 Aug 2006 _ Part One]

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Israel, Oil and the "planned demolition" of Lebanon
By bombing the highways and main bridges into Beirut, Israel has cut off the capital from the outside world and put the entire nation under siege. Israel can now execute its plan to pummel Lebanon into rubble without the threat of foreign intervention. The north has been effectively severed from the south allowing the IDF to continue its ethnic cleansing operations as well as its search-and-destroy missions for Hezbollah fighters. They have meticul! ously destroyed all the main points of entry at the Syrian border and blockaded the coastline. Israel believes that their earlier occupation (which ended in year 2000) failed due to the unrestricted flow of supplies and weaponry from Syria and Iran. The Bush administration has assisted this effort by providing crucial intelligence from the NSA about the movement of material from the outside. By now, it should be apparent that Israel’s military campaign has nothing to do with Hezbollah’s capturing of the 2 Israeli soldiers on July 14. The present plan, which was drawn up more than a year ago (and which high-ranking members of the Bush administration were fully briefed) is designed to establish a new northern border for Israel at the Litani River and create an "Israel-friendly" regime in Beirut. The plan to annex the land south of the Litani River dates back to the founding of the Jewish state when Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion described the country’s futu! re borders this way: "To the north the Litani River, the south! ern bord er will be pushed into the Sinai, and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan...

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The anti-Zionist boycott
We can and should get our placards and march around in a circle, but until the American government/Zionist/Israel nexus is broken, the Israeli generals will just laugh at us. This is why it is so critically important to fight the closet Zionist idea that what Israel does is at the instance of the American establishment, or is merely part of a covert war over oil, a classic example of getting the cart and the horse mixed up. The only way to put an end to Israeli colonialism, and! to prevent World War Three, is to hurt the supporters of Zionism financially. The fact that this is the only way to stop Zionism is proof of the real power relations between the parties. The Noams of the world can issue all the letters they want claiming how upset they are over Lebanon, and it won’t make a tinker’s damn of difference. A boycott of Zionists will work...

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The Great Deception
The propaganda that we pay for

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar
"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it ev! en on the slightest evidence". (Bertrand Russell) So it is with Messrs. Bush and Blair which have acted time and again on the flimsiest of evidence to reshape Middle East into what they desire it to be: a neo-colonial possession to supply oil while at the same time helping their rich to get richer. You may disagree with this statement, especially, if you have been listening to so much propaganda about spreading democracy in the Muslim world in general and Middle East in particular. So I ask you to look at the following arguments and then decide if the actions taken so far point to fighting terrorism, spreading democracy or hegemony...

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The draft United Nations resolution being proposed in New York cannot
lay the basis for a just peace in Lebanon. It seeks to establish an occupying force in Lebanon. It does not call for an immediate ceasefire from Israel. By legitimising the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon it lays the basis for the further continuation and expansion of that war. This resolution has been rejected by the Lebanese government. From the very beginning of the Israeli attacks both the Lebanese government and Hizbollah have called for an immediate ceasefire. The war in Lebanon is part of the wider 'war on terror’ being prosecuted by Britain and the US in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The Ever-Expanding War
Birth Pangs and Dead Babies

On August 6, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President George W. Bush pieced together (with France's blessing) a toothless UN Security Council resolution on Lebanon. The resolution does not even call for Israel's withdrawal from its neighboring Arab sovereign state. In so doing, the U.S. gave its imperial partner, Israel, a green light to continue its carnage. U.S. fingerprints were already all over Israel's war on Lebanon, graphic! ally illustrated by the July 30th massacre of more than 60 civilians at Qana. Israel bombed Qana with U.S.-made F-16 fighter planes, while a bomb fragment found at the Qana bombing site read, "For use on MK-84, Guided Bomb BSU-37/B"-produced by the Boeing corporation to convert MK-84s into precision bombs. Like the bombs, this war is "made in the USA." Lebanon is just the latest of the U.S.' many fronts in its "war on terror," now approaching its fifth anniversary. Yet, despite its ferocity, this war is proving to be an abysmal failure for U.S. imperialism-in Afghanistan and Iraq, and also in its proxy wars in Palestine and Lebanon...

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Israel attempts to assassinate Palestinian P.M, by an envelope containing suspicious material
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Five Palestinian Government employees were hospitalized in the West Bank city of Ramallah after inhaling suspicious material that was in an envelope addressed to the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyya, Nasser Ed Deen Al Sha'er, the Palestinian vice-premiere said that the letter that included this suspicious material is a clear Israeli assassination attempt that targeted Haniyya o! r his deputy. Moreover, a Palestinian security source reported that the letter arrived from Israel and that the material that was inside it vaporised after the letter was opened...

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The Hypocrisy of Corporate Wars
Siv O'Neall, Axis of Logic
The huge difference between yesterday’s cruel wars of conquest and today’s cataclysmic wars is not only the high-tech approach to the devastation wrought in the present wars. Above all, they are not primarily wars of conquest, they are corporate wars of domination of geopolitically dominant areas, such as in the present war for profit which is dishonestly presented to the world as a total and ever-lasting war on terror, the intended total domination of th! e strategically essential Middle East region. But what we must not fail to see is the senseless greed involved in the present-day wars, not just as far as oil is concerned and the domination of oil producing regions, but the obscene profits made by arms manufacturers and by the oil industry. Is the carefully built construct of a big lie intended to convince the American people and the world of the necessity of this totally uncalled-for war? And after all the hype and spin, is the very idea of a war on terror now starting to fall apart? The credibility of U.S. and Israeli warmongers is shredding in front of our eyes, facing the heightened insurgency the war has brought about in the Arab countries and the lack of support in the world at large. Also facing the outrageous cost of this war for profit of the very few and the dear consequences for the people at home...

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From Beirut to … those who love us
Kurt Nimmo
This video letter was made on July 21, 2006 at the studios of Beirut DC, a film and cinema collective which runs the yearly Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya Film Festival. This video letter was produced in collaboration with Samidoun, a grassroots gathering of various organizations and individuals who were involved in relief and media efforts from the first day of the Israeli attack on Lebanon. It was also broadcasted at the Biennial of Arab Cinema, organized by the Arab Wor! ld Institute in Paris...

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Hezbollah Rides a New Popularity
Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service
As the war in Lebanon approaches the one-month mark, and amid the destruction of much of Lebanon, Hezbollah appears to be gaining strength within the country and around the Arab world. The Israeli aim of widespread bombing of the Lebanese infrastructure in order to create resentment against Hezbollah seems to have played into the strengths of Hezbollah. Hezbollah, known in many western countries as a "terrorist organisation", is widely seen in Leba! non as a legitimate political and social power. One reason for this, according to an official representative of Hezbollah and member of the Lebanese Parliament, is that Hezbollah has never aimed to turn Lebanon into an Islamic state. "Hezbollah is a democratic party whose principles are based on the Lebanese constitution," Tarad Hamade told IPS. "This means we have to respect the cultural and religious diversity in the country. We have never intended to establish an Islamic state"...

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UN resolution on Lebanon: blueprint for intensified war and colonial occupation
Bill Van Auken, WSWS
The US-French resolution that is to be voted on by the United Nations Security Council early this week represents an imperialist diktat to the people of Lebanon and an attempt by Washington to legitimize and consummate the geo-strategic goals pursued in the last month of US-Israeli war of aggression. It is deliberately written in such a provocative manner as to ensure its rejection not only by Hezbollah, but by th! e Lebanese government itself. Not a single Lebanese grievance is addressed. What it demands, essentially, is that Hezbollah enter a suicide pact with its enemies and that Lebanon accepts its transformation into a semi-colony....

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 6 August 2006.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice
...In a dispatch posted at 6:40pm Makkah time Sunday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier a huge explosion shook a US military encampment located in al-Fallujah, about 60km west of Baghdad. The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported hat the blast went off in a house in the as-Sajar area outside the center of the cit! y, igniting a big fire. US helicopters and vehicles closed off the area making information on the nature and extent of US casualties impossible to obtain. Witnesses who were lined up at the nearby fuel station when the blast occurred confirmed to the correspondent that a Resistance fida’i fighter had attacked the camp set up in the local house with an explosives-laden car...

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An "unparalleled, hellish plot".
Lenin's Tomb
I can only marvel at those who seriously pretend that this aggression by Israel has to do with an existential threat to that country, as one contemptible Israeli 'peacenik' did in The Observer yesterday (the article was entitled 'Voices from Across the Divide', and the voices unmistakeably said 'Death to the Arabs'). For this unctuous berk, it's World War III - and, of course, the Arabs are cast as the Axis, and it's all very very tough for Israel, so tough that "Our ! job now is to survive". Interestingly, what he describes as the Israeli far right position, that this war happened because Israel pulled out of Lebanon (even though it did not), is the publicly avowed position of the Chief Rabbi in Britain. Amos Oz is harped on the same theme of Israel's right-to-butcher-Arabs a couple of weeks ago...

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Do not forget the rape of Abeer
Truth About Iraqis
Do not forget the rape of Abeer. How many other Iraqi women have been raped and burned and called insurgents? When Muqtada took to the street to protest attacks against Hezbollah, did he forget the vile attacks against his sisters in Iraq? Where was the Shia million man march then?...

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Israel's leaders: Second-generation terrorists
Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
Ariel Sharon is well-known for the massacre of thousands of Palestinians in the Lebanese refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. Even an Israeli commission found him "indirectly responsible." Before him as Israeli Prime Minister, there was Menachem Begin, the former head of the Jewish terrorist group Irgun, whose murder of 92 people with the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946 was one of the seminal events leading to the ! establishment of the state of Israel (a bombing which was recently commemorated (!) with a new plaque in a ceremony attended by yet another former Israeli Prime Minister, Benamin Netanyahu). I'm sure there are others I'm omitting. But now, from an article in The Independent (with a hat tip to Footnotes from a Small Village), we learn that Israel is now being led by the second-generation...

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Yet more praise for an Iraqi hero
Truth About Iraqis
An Iraqi hero. An Iraqi heroine. That is exactly what she is. Riverbend, who many of us consider a friend, a sister, even though we do not know her. God Bless her and keep her safe, she is the voice of all that Iraq once was. I posted something about her a day ago only to find yet again more media praise of her work. I wish her work could be translated into Arabic for those who do not read or speak English. Iraqi children need to learn of this vital part of the! ir collective history, the voice defying the brutality of a murderous occupation...

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Israel confesses to planning war crimes
Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
We all know Israel has been committing war crimes every single day. However, it's rare that they actually admit it. Rare, but not unheard of: A senior General Staff officer told Ha'aretz that for the first time since the fighting began, Israel plans to attack strategic infrastructure targets and symbols of the Lebanese government. Other than bombing the Beirut airport to prevent arms transfers to Hezbollah, Israel has hitherto not target! ed Lebanon's infrastructure, insisting that it is only at war with Hezbollah, not with the Lebanese government or people. However, the officer said, "we are now in a process of renewed escalation. We will continue hitting everything that moves in Hezbollah - but we will also hit strategic civilian infrastructure."...

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A Manifest Against the Israeli Atrocities in the Middle East
Carlos Fernando Destefani
If you are really interested in the middle-east conflict and its real causes, and want to have an unbiased view of it (so rare to see in our Western TV), please take some time of your work (or save it for some evenings at your home), and give a deep look into the links below. If the in-march ethnical cleansing of Palestinians were not enough, now a coward slaughtering of civilians is in
march in Lebanon. This email is another scream for help against the Israeli terrorism, always masked by the propaganda machine of the mainstream media. Forward it to as many as you can, people/media/government/NGO; public pressure is our only weapon. The blood of innocent civilians of a whole ethnic group, and now of a whole country, is in our hands...

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Three US soldiers killed in Iraq
Bahrain News Agency,
Three US soldiers were killed in an explosion placed on the road side in Baghdad, Iraq. The US army in a statement said that three soldiers from the multinational forces were killed as a result of the explosion south-west Baghdad. With the death of these soldiers the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since 2003 has reached 2590...

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GI Special 4H7: He Was Disillusioned - August 7, 2006
Thomas F. Barton
"He Was Disillusioned With The Military"
"He Felt They Had Lied To Him. He Had Been Brainwashed"
Marine From Flushing, Queens Killed In An Explosion
"He was counting down the days, We were looking forward to seeing him. But you could tell in his voice how unhappy he was."

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Operation Security Roof
Gilad Atzmon, peacepalestine
It might not be such a terrible thing for Gilad Atzmon to have his computer be tapped by the various bodies of Intelligence around the world. As we all know, they are far from what their name implies at times, and there are on occasion some Top Secret documents and projects that filter out. This is the latest in a series of super-reserved documents that Gilad has been able to obtain from Israel and share with the general public. This appears to be a version of ! a press release or a journalistic dispatch, which is more or less the same thing at the end of the day, and not only does it show the creativity of Israel, it gives us a glimpse into the dynamism of a typical brainstorming meeting of the top cabinet. To be informed is to be armed, as they say, so brothers and sisters, arm yourselves and take a look at the latest idea Israel has to guarantee the Security of the Jewish State...

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In Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

When the bombs were dropped I was very happy. The war would be over now, they said, and I was very happy. The boys would be coming home very soon they said, and I was very happy. We showed 'em, they said, and I was very happy. They told us that the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been destroyed, and I was very happy. But in August of 1945 I was only ten years old, and I was very, very happy (...) oday I’m no longer ten, and I a! m no longer happy when bombs fall. And the names Big Boy and Fat Boy no longer make me smile because I now know the devastation and horror of burned bodies and twisted metal that result from the mushroom clouds. And I am ashamed that on this day Americans don’t stop to remember what was done. And I am horrified that my government has just killed thousands of defenseless men and women and children and animals who were not the enemy, and that the silence of America is deafening. Today, I am so very sad that many young people don’t even know about the Enola Gay and the mission of its crew...

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