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Archives from February 2003
A Million Britons for Peace
LINDA S. HEARD
Febuary 15 was the first day in ages that not only I am happy to be British, I’m even prouder to be part of the human race. On that historic day one million-and-a-half protesters surged into Central London from all over the country to form the largest anti-w...
Lessons on War from Israel
LEV GRINBERG
Despite the fact that the war against Iraq is presented also as aimed to protect Israel from Sadam’s aggressive intentions, Israeli public opinion is not convinced that the war is needed. A ...
The Cadence of Courage
Rep. DENNIS KUCINICH
(Remarks at Feb. 15 peace march in New York City) One of the Columbia astronauts is said to have looked upon the earth from the silence of outer space and said to fellow voyagers: "Look! The whole world is reflected in the iris of my eye." As she ...
War
WOUTER HIJINK
When I looked at the thermometer on the wall it said 1 degree celsius, only one degree above freezing. That wasn’t toO bad in itself were it not for the chill factor of a typical Dutch 13 knots wind. Before the march started we waited in the cold for about 2...
How Will We Loathe Thee?
BEN TRIPP
Hey, gang! We won, if you don’t mind Pyrrhic victories. I feel like the guy at Hiroshima who was in a fart-lighting contest just as the A-bomb went off. His last words were “beat that”. In a topsy-turvy way that would baffle the Cheshire Cat, we ...
A Warning on Iraq from France
JEAN-DAVID LEVITTE French Ambassador To The United States
Reading the papers from both sides of the Atlantic, I sometimes wonder whether the impending war is not between France and the United States. I would like to strongly reaffirm what, in the heart of the French people, is a longstanding reality: the friendship betwe...
Tony Blair Versus the British People
ANDREW MURRAY
One man against the British people. In Britain, at least, this is Tony Blair’s war now, and his alone. The people whose views he was elected to represent want none of it. The streets of London will tomorrow bear witness to that truth. It seems certain...
Somehow This Madness Must Cease
RON JACOBS
(A speech given at University of Vermont’s AntiWar Protest sponsored by Students Against War, February 11, 2003) I want to talk for a few minutes about this war those folks in Washington are cooking up. Let me start with a personal anecdote. Some of y...
LernerGate
CounterPunch News Service
The story begins when Michael Lerner demands 15 minutes, a larger chunk than other scheduled speakers, to speak at the January 18 antiwar march in San Francisco. The organizers, IAC-ANSWER decline to give him the extended time. Michael Lerner put out a lett...
Whose Side is Bush On?
IAN GURNEY
It now seems clear that whatever is decided at the United Nations in the next few days, George W Bush will launch a pre-emptive strike on Iraq sooner rather than later. Despite a majority of the public here in Britain being against war, Tony Blair will no doubt co...
Bush and Corporate Fraud
SAUL LANDAU
I felt like blaming someone when, like millions of other Americans, I took a WorldCom bath. How, I asked my wife, could the company that owns MCI, one of the world’s telecommunication giants, declare bankruptcy? In today’s mail, MCI, owned by WorldCom...
Meet Mr. Blowback, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
GARY LEUPP
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Pashtun warlord, former Afghan prime minister, fundamentalist religious fanatic, and homicidal thug, has been much in the news of late. The largest battle in Afghanistan in recent months, in the mountains near Spin Boldak on January 27, pitted...
A Civilian Occupation The Politics of Israeli Architecture
ADAM ENGEL
A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman February 12 –March 30, 2003 Storefront for Art and Architecture 97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012 info@storef...
Did the FARC Shoot Down a US Military Plane in Colombia?
MARIA ENGQVIST
A US spy plane carrying four Americans and a Colombian crashed Thursday in southern Colombia. Two bodies were spotted at the site, Colombian officials told reporters, but the three survivor might have been captured by leftist rebels. The US plane crashed in...
Jacksonville in Crisis
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
As is typical of Florida metropolises, Jacksonville has too many police cars and too little in the way of actual neighborhoods. After a hard day working in a telemarketing mill and braving traffic jams through the interminable span of stoplights between home, wor...
Call to Washington, Stonewall Bush
JOSH FRANK
On Valentine’s Day morning Saddam Hussein released a decree calling for a ban on the importation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and of all materials that are used to produce them. The United Nations has sought such a ban for over 10 year...
My Encounter with Saddam
PEGGY THOMSON
As one of only a very few western journalists who have actually met Saddam Hussein, I wish I could share some profound insights about the man which would explain why removing him from power right now is not only necessary but also a matter of some urgency. Unfortu...
Will Hans Get Blixed?
LINDA S. HEARD
In the red/blue corner we have ‘Dr. Spin’ Tony Blair, managed by ‘Dubya’ Bush and in the blue/red corner the ‘Lion of Old Europe’ Jacques Chirac and his manager, Gerhardt ‘The Peacemaker’ Schroeder. If the Bush/Blair team h...
bush Administration is Reckless
Senator ROBERT BYRD
Senate Floor Speech, Wednesday, February 12, 2003 To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors...
Columbia and the Signs from Above
JENNIFER C. BERKSHIRE
The pieces of the space shuttle Columbia had barely fallen to earth before the heavens were invoked. The Iraqis summoned Allah, describing the disaster as heavenly retribution. “God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans,” an oft-q...
The Propaganda of Anxiety
KURT NIMMO
FEMA and Tom Ridge say I need to be prepared. This is what they tell me I need to do: rush out to the local hardware store and buy duct tape, plastic sheeting, and batteries for the radio. Next run over to the grocery store and stock up on bottled water an...
Middle East Arabs and Jews Unite Against War
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. About a week ago, ten Israelis from different grassroots organizations crossed the Qalandia checkpoint and entered besieged Ramallah, a city located in “Area A” of the Palestinian territories and therefore legally out of bounds for Israeli ...
A Report from Iraq
CHARLIE CLEMENTS, M.D.
I am a public health physician and a human rights advocate. I have just returned from a 10-day emergency mission to Iraq with other public health experts to assess the vulnerability of the civilian population to another war. I’m also a distinguished graduat...
It’s the Oil Stupid
JASON LEOPOLD
Why is it so difficult to accept the fact that America’s thirst for oil is the primary reason for waging a war against Iraq? For months, foreign journalists have reported that the United States has been running low on oil–a fact–and only by using milita...
CIA Officer on the Agency’s Days of Shame
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
Gas masks, so insiders joke bitterly, were issued this week to analysts at CIA headquarters in Langley. Not because of Code Orange, but to help staunch the stench. The analysts have been holding their noses ever since CIA Director George Tenet’s February 11 testimon...
Turkey and War
EMRAH GÖKER
Wholeheartedly or not, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP by its Turkish acronym) of Turkey is playing a very dangerous game. Squeezed between two pro-war minorities, the militarist elite ? led by the Army and its faithful underdogs in corporate media a...
The Largest Outcry in History
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
We’re witnessing the largest outcry in history against an imminent war with the imminent aggressors– the US and UK–so frightened of the outcry that they have been trying to curb the demonstrations in New York and London. The one in New Yor...
Alternative to War
JEREMY BRECHER
Might does not make right. Neither does it provide wisdom, beauty, friendship, or security. By brandishing its might without wisdom, the Bush Administration has created an ugly America that is turning America’s friends against us and undermining the true bas...
Debate Between Salman Abu Sitta and Michael Lerner of Tikkun on The Right of Return
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
other than Sharon and Eitan started a scheme in 1997 to sell the refugees’ land to builders to build apartments so that an American or Australian Jew can buy an apartment without being an Israeli. Kibbutz farmers who rented this land from the Custodian of Absentee ...
Symbols of the Coming Bush Fall
BERNARD WEINER
Sign is symbol, symbol is sign. Consider: *Powell goes to the United Nations so that the missile attacks on Baghdad and Basra can begin — and, in the lobby of that grand building, Picasso’s “Guernica” painting, which de...
Bill O’Reilly’s Fascism, Part Two
TOM GORMAN
Since an article I wrote last month for CounterPunch (“Bill O’Reilly’s Fascism,” January 22), Mr. O’Reilly has graciously assisted in demonstrating my thesis. In the original essay, I quote O&#...
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Iraq
HARRY BROWNE
This Saturday, when Ireland takes its place among the nations of the world and thousands of its people march through Dublin and Belfast against the coming war, five of the island’s most honourable activists will be forcibly missing from our ranks. Dei...
The New Bin Laden Tape
R.S. ZAHARNA
Score another public diplomacy point for Osama bin Laden in his war with the United States to win the hearts and minds of the Arab and Muslim world. At a time when the Bush administration seems determined to attack Iraq, the cradle of Arab civilization and home of...
What War Looks Like
MANO SINGHAM
As preparations for the invasion of Iraq continue, the talk is all about morality, strategy, evidence, and costs. We are told that we are going to have a just war, to liberate the people of Iraq, to bring democracy and freedom to the repressed people of that natio...
Powell’s Evidence Unravels
MARIA TOMCHICK
Only two days after Colin Powell made his presentation to the U.N. Security Council, the evidence he provided is unraveling. Through interviews with experts, intelligence sources, and an examination of the physical evidence, reporters are piecing together facts th...
Searching for a Christian Response to the War on Iraq
THEODORE McDOWELL
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Psalm: 32:3 The gag order of patriotism has silenced the authentic response of the Christian community to the impending unjust war against Iraq. Christian a...
Operation Destabilization
NICK RING
It’s not really surprising that the Bush administration is making as much political hay as possible from the recently recovered tape which purportedly features Osama bin Laden noting "convergent interests" among Iraq’s Ba’athists and hi...
Manifest Destiny Rides Again
CHARLES SULLIVAN
American history was built not only upon actual events; it was also built upon an idea that became known as manifest destiny. The phrase ‘manifest destiny’ was coined by an influential editor, John L. O’Sullivan in 1845. It reads in part: ...
Arabs Study the Holocaust
AVIV LAVIE
Even before the present intifada, Yasser Arafat was never seen as a sympathetic figure in Israel. Oddly enough, one of the times he incurred especially vitriolic criticism was when he sought to demonstrate solidarity with the Jewish people in relation to its most ...
Blessed are the Peacemakers
MAHIR ALI
BY the end of this week the world will have a better idea of how soon hostilities are likely to erupt on the Iraqi front. Hans Blix’s statement to the UN Security Council on Saturday is widely construed as crucial. Even the mildest hint of Iraqi procrastinat...
Shuttles and Air Raids
JOHN TROYER
After waking up last Saturday morning, I turned on the radio and heard a news report on National Public Radio about the apparent breakup of the space shuttle. In my precoffee haze of the morning, I wondered out loud to no one in particular why NPR was running old ...
Bush is in Material Breach of the Constitution
WAYNE MADSEN
It is now time for the U.S. military to act against a dangerous regime that is in material breach of one of the most important legal instruments in the world–the U.S. Constitution. And it is not Sadaam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, or Fidel Castro who threaten the C...
A Pathology of Fear and Lies
WAYNE SAUNDERS
The debate over the impending US-led assault on Iraq has often focused on the likely motivations to oust Saddam Hussein and his regime. There is the hawkish view. Namely, the motives influencing the United States to attack Iraq stem from a rational analysi...
We Want Our Country Back
GORDON SOLBERG
Like millions of other Americans, I have become deeply concerned by the direction our country has taken in recent years. Once the global beacon of freedom, America has become a belligerent, warmongering, incipient police state. The Second American Revolution is ju...
An Act of State
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Bill Pepper’s book, An Act of State: the Execution of Martin Luther King (Verso, 2003...
Armageddon is Long Overdue!
LEE WATERS
LEAKED WHITE HOUSE TRANSCRIPT, February, 2003 PRESIDENT BUSH: Let’s get going, Gentlemen. I don’t like what’s going on. VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY: Calm down, George. Things are under control. PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, I don’t t...
An Iron Triangle
JOSHUA RUEBNER
"To qualify for self-determination, a people must show some kind of national identity….What political organizations, social institutions, literature, art, religion, or private correspondence express any ties between the Palestinian people t...
Tony Blair’s in the Doghouse
LINDA HEARD
Didn’t your parents tell you not to kick a dog when he’s down? Of course they did and yet you lot persist in hounding our Tone over something as silly as an intelligence dossier. Ridiculous! That dossier was one of the finest documents ever to c...
Your Military on Drugs
MARK DONHAM
I don’t know about anyone else, but to me, there was a little factoid that slipped out of the news media recently that was really a bombshell, only it hasn’t been treated that way, which to me is a mystery but worth a look. This factoid came out as a ...
The Death Penalty, the Supreme Court and the Beltway Sniper
ELAINE CASSEL
On January 27 of this year, the Supreme Court denied review in Hain v. Mullin. The petition had been brought by a man who was sentenced by an Oklahoma court to die for a murder he committed while only 17 years old. Many court watchers were surprised. The ca...