Beyond you, a whole world needs to be saved. We are at war. This war is illegal. Our leaders are being prosecuted for war crimes against humanity. This genocide has been accomplished by soldiers who were following orders. It has screwed their mind up, they can no longer live with their own conscience. So, when they decided they had enough of killing people and faced being killed for no reasonable justification, and that they simply walked away and decided to face either the electric chair or a seven year hard labor sentence, we have to consider them the real heroes of this war. We need to give them amnesty. We would have done the same, just to be able to live with our own conscience.
No pity for the guilty. It takes courage to face a death sentence over continuing an illegal war and genocide. More courage than most of us will ever show in our lifetime. We have not been brainwashed into becoming killing machines, trained to forget to think and simply follow orders. Who do you think killed those one million plus Iraqis? Your sons and daughters, and they are still at it, and far worse, against their will, against the will of the whole planet. It has to stop! Sooner rather than later.
I don’t need to be reminded that I am dying now, we don’t need to be reminded, that we are dying now. And that it is all in-house, pure self-destruction, and that there is no need for it. Are we a dying civilization, desperate to strike wherever we can, while we can? What a great bully we are, unable to see the full consequences of our actions. Shame on us all! Continue reading →
There’s no guarantee that Obama’s stimulus package will work, but there is growing consensus that something has to be done…and fast! The economy is contracting faster than anytime since the 1930s. Unemployment is soaring, consumer spending is plummeting, and the country appears to slipping towards another Great Depression. The Federal Reserve’s near-zero interest rates and massive liquidity injections haven’t helped at all. That’s why the focus has shifted from monetary policy to Keynesian fiscal stimulus. When businesses and consumers cut back on spending, the government has to make up for the loss in aggregate demand. That’s what Obama’s $775 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is really all about. It won’t fix the economy; it’s just a way to minimize the shock of a hard landing. Economists Lawrence Mishel and John Irons make the case for stimulus in their recent article “How Bad Can It Get”: Continue reading →
Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish American political scientist and author, specializing in Jewish-related issues and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular talks about the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and openly supports and praises their resistance: “They (Hezbollah) show courage, they show discipline, I respect that”
On Israeli defeat and consequential withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Finkelstein says:”But the reality was — and everyone understood it — that the Israeli attitude was: We are going to knock out Hizbullah. They began planning for a new war right after they were forced to leave in 2000. They found their excuse, their pretext, in July 2006, but there is no question among rational people that Israel was never going to let the Hizbullah victory go by.”
“There is no way that the United States and Israel are going to tolerate any resistance (to their hegemony) in the Arab world.”
On the damage caused to Lebanon as a result of the resistance: “It’s better to die on your feet than to walk crawling on your knees….how can I not respect those (Hezbollah) who say they would rather die on their feet? How can I not respect that?”
Finkelstein then goes on to slam the stances taken by some sell out Arabs who continue to admire George Bush like ‘Servants’ despite Bush being the man behind the carpet bombing of Lebanon and says that Bush should be classified as ‘persona non grata’:”Who (would) roll out the red carpet less than two years after your whole country was destroyed by them (the US)? ”
Nearly 70 years ago, in the course of the Second World War, a heinous crime was committed in the city of Leningrad. For more than a thousand days, a gang of extremists called “the Red Army” held the millions of the town’s inhabitants hostage and provoked retaliation from the German Wehrmacht from inside the population centres.
The Germans had no alternative but to bomb and shell the population and to impose a total blockade, which caused the death of hundreds of thousands.
Some time before that, a similar crime was committed in England. The Churchill gang hid among the population of London, misusing the millions of citizens as a human shield. The Germans were compelled to send their Luftwaffe and reluctantly reduce the city to ruins. They called it the Blitz. Continue reading →
“Israeli Army Advances in Gaza Neighborhoods,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Rockets Fired at Kiryat Shimona,” IBA TV, Israel
“Knesset Committee Bans Arab Parties from Elections,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Gaza Hospitals in Peril,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Close Combat Between Hamas and Israeli Army,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Iran’s Plan for Ceasefire in Gaza,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“Comparing Weapons Used in Gaza,” Jordan TV, Jordan
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.
Below are three reports from the Free Gaza movement which successfully challenged Israel’s siege on Gaza in 2008, landing several boats in Gaza port with supplies, journalists and activists. Now en route to Gaza is another boat, the Spirit of Humanity.
Please read “WHAT YOU CAN DO”, a request for your personal intervention with Israeli authorities.
Sometimes I feel as if I’ve been writing about the mistakes our country is making for most of my life. It has only been a little over six years; still I end up writing about the same issues. Usually I write about how we are either killing people overseas, or helping other countries to kill people. Every time I write an article I believe that maybe it will do some good. The truth is that while one or two people understand what I’m trying to point out, most times what I write about falls on deaf ears.
I remember the late sixties and early 70’s. Even though I was in the Army at the time in a strictly defensive job, I still managed to make the protests and marched in the marches. I thought that Americans had become aware of what this country was all about and that my generation would have some say in stopping the endless wars and help stop the rape of the third world. Continue reading →
Reposted with permission from Rabbi Arthur Waskow from the Shalom Center
From the latest email:
by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Jan. 14, 2009
Rebirthing King, Re-Inaugurating America: A Covenantal Pledge by the American People
[This Covenantal Pledge was developed by The Tent of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah as part of an effort to reawaken Americans to work for the vision of America set forth by Dr. Martin Luther King in his Riverside Church speech of April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his death.
Keith reports on the admission by Susan Crawford that the United States tortured Mohammed al-Qahtani at Gitmo and that it prevented her from being able to bring his case forward for prosecution. Charles Swift weighs in.
Video was created by InMinds.co.uk and I just reuploaded on my channel to edit tags and hopefully allow it to have more hits. Only first part is uploaded. The other parts can be found in the playlist on my channel.
What is the connection between an ordinary person living in Britain and what is happening in Palestine? How does our actions as consumers in this country effect what happens to the Palestinians?