“An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind.”
Three events over the holidays have caused me great consternation and they proved to me that I am not so cynical and jaded that my government can’t still shock me, if anything.
Of course, the first event has to be the “Crotch Bomber.” The Crotch Bomber story poses more questions than answers and, of course, Muttalabad has already been tried, convicted and virtually executed by our media who have formulated an open and shut case against him without questioning any detail except for “lax” security at airports. Credible eye-witnesses have said from the beginning that Abdulmutallab was ushered through the system at Schilpol airport in Amsterdam (an airport I have flown through twice in the last month), by a “sharp dressed man”—but the problem is apparently that we have not been subjected to perverted full-body scans every time we fly. So what is the U.S. regime’s answer to this incident: give more military aid to the unstable regime of Yemen to fight “terrorism” in revenge for Abdulmutallabs’s failed attempt (which was apparent revenge for U.S. drones killing dozens of innocent Yemeni’s just days before) AND subject air travelers to either the full body scan, or full body search.
The next event that has me worried is the fact that eight CIA agents were the victim of a suicide attacker–who was also an agent and one of the eight. What motivated this attack? Did he attack the CIA because it’s an agency that is the model of peace and democracy all over the world? No, despite what the toady media and Obama say—the CIA is a hated agency involved in assassinations and coups all over the world (giving us the map and blowback we see today) for decades and the CIA has also been drone-bombing the crap out of Pakistan.
A recent report stated that 700 civilians have been killed by those bombs, and only “five” suspected Al-Qaeda—if we can even believe that figure–the liars are the ones telling us this. So what’s the word about these killings coming from the Robber Class? The word is “revenge,” even though the assassinations were also revenge for something extra-legal and morally reprehensible that the CIA is doing.
The third incident is the U.S. military’s execution of eight school children in Kunar, Afghanistan. According to reports, the U.S. military flew in helicopters from Kabul to Kunar and entered a house, rousting out eight children (seven from the same family), handcuffing some, then dragging them out and summarily executing them. Have you heard of this “Haditha” or “My Lai” incident from your Robber Class “news” channels? I didn’t think so.
As far as I am concerned, each one of the people involved in this horrific incident must be punished to the fullest extent of the law: from the soldiers who flew the helicopters, to the shooters, to the one (McChrystal?) who authorized this atrocity!
How do we stop this constant cycle of violence that is perpetrated, fomented and encouraged by the U.S. Empire? We have to realize that the people of Yemen have every right to exist (and rise-up against their government) as the 300 people on the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
We have to fully internalize that the 700 people of Pakistan had as much right to life as the seven CIA operatives!
If we put ourselves in the home of the family where eight children were executed and try to visualize how we would feel if the occupying Empire broke into our home and killed every child that we had and how terrorizing and devastating that would be, then maybe, just maybe, AND FINALLY, we would rise up against our own violent government?
I have dubbed 2010 the YEAR OF RESISTANCE and we must sacrifice some of our creature comforts for peace—not just peace here at home, but most of all, peace abroad!
2010 ACTIONS TO BE INVOLVED IN:
(co)-SPONSORED BY PEACE OF THE ACTION COALITION:
January 13: CIA DRONE BRIEFING AND TEACH-IN
Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern, David Rovics
(Cindy’s new book debut: Myth America: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution)
WHERE: BUS BOYS AND POETS
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
INFORMATION, Q & A, BOOK SIGNINGS AND FUN!
DONATIONS WILL BE TAKEN TO COVER EXPENSES!
JANUARY 16TH: PROTEST CIA DRONE BOMBINGS AT CIA HQ IN LANGLEY, VA
WHERE: CIA HQ
TIME: 1PM TO 4PM
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(Subtract Col. Ann Wright as speaker and add Pakistani-American and co-founder of the Crawford Peace House: Hadi Jawad)
JANUARY 17TH: ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR PEACE OF THE ACTION:
Please join us for a planning meeting regarding the building of Peace of the Action. The planning has started already, but we still need your help! Below you will find logistical information.
Location: St Stephens Church 16th and Newton NW (Closest metro Colombia Heights)
Light snacks and drinks will be provided
Every person is an organizer, Every person can make real change
MARCH 13TH-UNTIL THE TROOPS START TO COME HOME:
SPONSORED (or co-sponsored) BY WORLD CAN’T WAIT
January-May 2010: We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour. Iraq & Afghanistan veterans giving students the reality or the US wars of occupation, and why they should resist the military recruiters in the schools. wearenotyoursoliders.org 347 385 2195
January-May 2010: Stand Up for Women’s Right to Abortion and Birth Control! Campus tour featuring abortion providers & activists. 718 825 9119
Thursday, January 7, 2010 Washington, DC: Support Bagram Detainees for Habeas Rights
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington @ 3rd Street NW.
Hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. Vigil by the CUNY Law Students for Justice at Bagram begins 8:30am Hearing in Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 20) There will be a rally/vigil after the hearing
Monday, January 11: 10-11am – Witness Against Torture Vigil with Guantanamo lawyers and Center for Constitutional Rights @ the White House. 11am procession to the National Press Club. 12 pm Vigil continues during press conference at National Press Club.
7:00 pm: Evening Gathering @ Georgetown University Law School: Guantanamo, Torture, Accountability and Organizing in the Obama age.
World Can’t Wait calls for people everywhere to mark the 8th anniversary of Guantanamo with street protests and showings of the film Outside the Law: Stories of Guantanamo. Write for details on getting the film to show. There will be protest events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago January 11-22. Watch worldcantwait.net for details.
Tuesday January 12, Protest Torture Lawyer John Yoo as classes open, UC Berkeley
For continuous, important coverage of John Yoo, the torture memos, and the US torture state, see
Saturday January 16, Langley VA Protest CIA Drone Attacks
NO MURDEROUS CIA DRONES!
1:00pm – 4:00pm CIA Headquarters (Langley, Virginia)
It was recently announced that the White House gave the CIA permission to increase its drone bombings in Pakistan of which to date over 1/3rd of the deaths are civilian. The CIA is a profoundly violent and corrupt organization and, while we don’t think the Military should be using manned, or unmanned aerial vehicles, we think the drone bombings from CIA robots are particularly despicable. Cindy Sheeahn,Cynthia McKinney, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet, Bruce Gagnon speaking.
Monday January 18 Vigil for Fahad Hashmi outside Metropolitan Correctional Center, Lower Manhattan
6:00-7:00 pm 150 Park Row at Pearl Street (one block east of Foley Square)
US citizen Fahad Hasmi has been detained in solitary confinement under harsh SAM regulations
Weekly presentation with special guests from Broadway and Off-Broadway. Sponsor: Theaters Against War 206-312-2201 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday January 22, Washington DC Roe v Wade Anniversary Pro-Choice Presence at Supreme Court
The anti-abortion “March for Life” annually fills the Mall and focuses on the Supreme Court, usually without much opposition. This year we’re calling on people to be in front of the Court from early morning, to be sure support for women’s lives and access to abortion & birth control is represented. email@example.com
Saturday January 23 San Francisco Day of Action for Reproductive Justice v. Right Wing Anti-Abortion Rally
10 am Justin Herman Plaza Music Concourse near Embarcadero BART Station. Sponsored by Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights & World Can’t Wait 415 864 5153
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