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Archives from March 2003
The Morality of Violence
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The dilemma Bush and Blair and Powell set for us is: the bottom line is violence. If the tyrant won’t disarm and will use diplomacy to flaunt and manipulate, the only recourse is to take him out–‘regime change’ in political speech. They say...
Let Women Compete
MARK DONHAM
I first heard the term “Robin Hood in reverse” in reference to then Republican president of the U.S. Ronald Reagan. He got that term from his tax cuts and other policies in which it appeared that he was taxing lower income people of the country to give...
Ave Caesar
RAHUL MAHAJAN
Mark the date: March 16, 2003. It will go down in history as the day our new Caesar crossed his personal Rubicon. Bush’s twin ultimata, to Iraq and to the United Nations, constituted the final and ultimate declaration of the new New World Order. The f...
Meet Bush’s Chump
TERRY JONES
It’s not easy when you find out that your friends have been using you as a chump. Tony Blair must have been really sick this week when Donald Rumsfeld casually let drop that Mr.Bush and his team couldn’t give a toss about Britain sending soldier...
A Vietnam Vet Replies to Charlie Daniels
DAVID BOJE
Dear Charlie Daniels, A student sent me the Charlie Daniel’s letter (see below) and said it would convince me to stop putting daisies in the cannons in front of ROTC building on the New Mexico State University campus. I am a professor there, and I a...
Organize and Resist Against All Odds
RACHEL CORRIE
Statement from RACHEL CORRIE’s parents March 16, 2003 We are now in a period of grieving and still finding out the details behind the death of Rachel in the Gaza Strip. We have raised all our children to appreciate the beau...
Listen Up
TOM RAWORTH
Why should we listen to Hans Blix and all those other foreign pricks: the faggot French who swallow snails and kiss the cheeks of other males: the Germans with their Nazi past and leather pants and cars that last longer than ours: the ungrateful Chinks we let mak...
We Must Not Let Each Other Down
ROBERT JENSEN
I am finally ready to admit what for months I have kept hidden: I am terrified. I am more scared than I have ever been in my adult life. For weeks now I have felt a new kind of free-floating terror at what has been unfolding, as the Bush administration has ...
Something is Terribly Wrong in America
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
(Remarks at March 15 Anti-War Rally San Francisco, California.) We stand here together. Shoulder to shoulder. Refusing to be denied the right to say no to George Bush’s war! This Iraq war is about oil and regional interests. If it was a...
Rest in Peace, Rachel Corrie
RAMZY BAROUD
It is the responsibility of the High Contracting Parties to ensure Israel’s respect of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in the Time of War. Part IV, Section I, Article 142 of the Convention states t...
On the Waterfront
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
Heading for the Waterfront The tram stops at an empty Pioneer Square Rally point for supporting the War Rain falling on wet pigeons Homeless youth head for the front It’s early–the first wave of survivors Arrive as if to a Love-In In the final m...
The Crimes Poppy Bush Failed to Punish
JASON LEOPOLD
President Bush started beating the war drums Saturday in an attempt to win support for a war that many people here and throughout the world believe is unjustified. In his weekly radio address Saturday, Bush dug deep into the past; reminding the public that last we...
Keep Working for a Miracle
DAVID KRIEGER
We stand on the precipice of war. We need a miracle to stop it. A war against Iraq would be a tragedy beyond our imaginations. Bush has called for “a moment of truth.” And indeed we need such truth against the big and persistent lies of t...
Heading for Arab East Jerusalem
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Amman, Jordan. We have a picture taped above a computer at home, sent to us about a month ago on the email circuit, of a naked Palestinian man who has just been strip-searched by Israeli solders in the West Bank city of Ramallah and relieved of his clothes altoget...
Nixon, Bush and the Azores
WAYNE MADSEN
The last time an American President flew to the Azores for a summit was 1971 when Richard Nixon met French President Georges Pompidou for a discussion of international monetary problems. The two leaders also met with Portuguese Prime Minister Marcello Caetano. In ...
Delusional Expectations
JOHN CHUCKMAN
At this writing, Israel has killed six hundred civilians in Lebanon, including more than one hundred children, and killed another one hundred and fifty in Gaza. It has created hundreds of thousands of refugees and destroyed enough bridges and power stations and ap...
The Emerging Superpower of Peace
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Amidst the agonizing crisis over Iraq, the violent contortions of the world’s only military superpower have given birth to a transcendental force: the global Superpower of Peace. That George W. Bush’s obsession with Saddam Hussein has become a ...
Al-Qaeda and Iraq, the Misunderstood Link
AHMAD FARUQUI
Arguing that there is a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq, the Bush administration convinced Congress last October about the need to invade Iraq as an act of self-defense. A slender majority of Americans now believe Iraq was behind the terrorist acts of 9/11, and wou...
Crying Wolf?
URI AVNERY
“Why do you think that Sharon may exploit the American attack on Iraq in order to carry out transfer in the occupied territories?” a journalist asked me, after we published a warning to this effect in his paper. “Aren’t you crying wolf?R...
Bush’s Messianic Militarism
RALPH NADER
Over the last six weeks, major civic groups with deep concerns about the impending war with Iraq have requested meetings with President Bush, who not once in the past year has met with a domestic antiwar delegation. Astonishingly, not one of these groups, w...
Cooking Intelligence for War
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
Two members of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) appeared on German TV’s equivalent of a 60 Minutesa on March 6 to discuss the use/abuse of intelligence to support the US administration’s case for attacking Iraq. Ray McGovern and Da...
Do You Know What War Is?
JOE QUANDT
It’s a woman with 3 children making her way along a dusty road at sundown. Her man, her family, have been torn out of her life. As the sunlight leaks out of the bleak dusk of another bleak day, she pulls up her filthy shawl and runs a hand over the brow of t...
Bush’s Very Own Declaration of Independence
MIKE JAMES
My Very Own Declaration Of Independence By G.W. Bush, date to be arranged The Unanimous (i.e. Me) Declaration of Independence When, in the course of inhuman events, it becomes necessary for the American government to...
Remembering the Firebombing of Tokyo
ADAM LEBOWITZ
Some of the fiercest Pacific War land battles between armies — John Dower’s “war without mercy”–occurred over the summer of 1944. The Allies’ “island hopping” campaigns over the long South Pacific archipelago culmina...
In the Grip of a Permanent War Economy
SEYMOUR MELMAN
Now, at the start of the twenty-first century, every major aspect of American life is being shaped by our Permanent War Economy. Civilian manufacturing industries are being swept away as a war-focused White House and a compliant Congress sponsor deindustri...
Indian Museum
ADAM ENGEL
“Welcome to Indian Museum, where all the villains of the past are preserved for your enlightenment,” said our Guide. He was a tall, serious man with silver hair. He wore the somber blue uniform of Indian Museum. “The Indians were ...
Bukkake Bombing Crusade
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
It’s the fourth quarter in the Cockfight at the Baghdad Corral, and Saddam is winning, mainly because Dubya is losing. The biggest peace demonstrations in the history of the world and a virtually anti-war United Nations have shown America’s President t...
The West and the Muslim World, the Roots of Conflict
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
? ? To say that an effective cure of a disease requires a sound diagnosis is to state the obvious. Yet, in the face of the 9/11 plague, and of the scourge of terrorism in general, the Bush administration has utterly failed to shed any light on some o...
Elizabeth Smart, the Face of War?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
If Elizabeth Smart didn’t exist, the prestige media would have been well-advised to invent her. Her kidnapping occupied the media through the long summer months of 2002, just the sort of lurid spectacle needed to distract Americans from the stock market̵...
Anger and Tears at Israel’s Wall of Apartheid
ANNE GWYNNE
Nablus. Today the attempt to murder, destroy and to break the will of the people of this Mountain of Fire–Jabal An’nar–has escalated to an intolerable level, though we expect it to get much worse. Our lovely mountains are ringed with fire as in t...
High Noon in the Desert
WALTER BRASCH
The capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, believed to be the man who created the 9/11 plot, proves a couple of things. First, it shows that the CIA and FBI, with local assistance and if given enough time, manpower, and budget-including a $25 million reward-ca...
Remembering the First Bush War on Iraq
RON JACOBS
One Olympia, Washington, January 17, 1991-Every Thursday morning in 1990-1991, I volunteered in my son’s first grade classroom. Sometimes I would help the children with their reading or math and sometimes I would just listen to them and answer their q...
The Grunts of Empire
FRAN SHOR
As the Bush Administration prepares for its impending invasion of Iraq–an invasion that contravenes international law and world opinion–the jingoistic appeals to support the troops is heard in numerous quarters. Whether heartfelt expressions of concern...
Let There Be Life
KATHY KELLY
BAGHDAD, March 12, 2003. Late in the evening on March 10, we learned from a UN worker that remaining support staff for UN organizations other than UNMOVIC inspectors would be shuttling out of Baghdad on March 12, in accordance with involuntary departure or...
We Care About Elizabeth Smart, Why Not the Kids of Iraq?
KURT NIMMO
Earlier this week America received good news. Elizabeth Smart, 15, was discovered alive, unharmed, and in good health. She was apparently abducted nine months ago by a mentally deranged homeless preacher, Brian David Mitchell. Today the newspapers all acro...
Support Our Troops…Quick!
BEN TRIPP
War is Hell, according to General William Tecumseh Sherman, who knew about these things. It is Sherman who gave the order to burn Atlanta to the ground during the American Civil War so that ‘Gone With The Wind’ would have a punchier third act. Sherman ...
Amnesty and Exile
WILLIAM EVAN
Philadelphia. Although the recent Arab League summit in the Red Sea failed to reach a policy consensus on the impending war on Iraq, the United Arab Emirates was the first Arab state to officially call for Saddam Hussein’s resignation. Bahrain and Kuwait hav...
Congressman Moran & the Dixie Chicks; Hitchens and Horowitz
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At last the leaders of the Democratic Party have moved decisively, hauling out their ripest comminations and hurling them at-no, not at George Bush. The man at whom they’ve been leveling their fire this past week is 7-term US Rep James Moran of Virginia. Mor...
The Terror of the Petrolarchs
PETER LINEBAUGH
Dear Perry, When we recently met for the first time you kindly asked me whether I had read Edward Thompson’s memoir of the death of his brother, Frank. Indeed, I have read this book, and I commend it to you (I gathered you hadn’t yet): E.P. Thom...
The Death of Rachel Corrie
STEVE NIVA
The Israeli bulldozer that ran over and killed American peace activist Rachel Corrie, 23, in the Gaza Strip today had killed before. A few weeks ago, on March 3, an Israeli bulldozer killed a nine-month pregnant Palestinian woman, Nuha Sweidan, while destroying th...
Endgame in Baghdad
JOHN ROSS
AMMAN, JORDAN (March 11th). This past Friday (March 7th), the day the fatal Blix report would be broadcast to an expectant universe, my Turkish comrade, ex-Greenpeace Mediterranean campaigner and Elvis Presley lookalike Tolga Temuge and I were perched upon the ric...
Inside Rumsfeld’s War Diary
BERNARD WEINER
Dear Diary: They’re on to us. It all looked so easy when we drew it up: We’d talk tough, frighten those who might oppose us, get our war plans in high gear, and move before anybody could do anything about it. And then that namby...
Why Certain Liberals Love the War
PABLO MUKHERJEE
Writing in The Guardian, U.K., on March 11, George Monbiot raises the question about the blindness of the ‘liberal’ interventionists who refuse to see the war against Iraq as a part of US bid for global ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’. Here, I wi...
The Erosion of the American Dream
GORE VIDAL
This is a transcript of GORE VIDALs’s March 12 interview on Dateline, SBS TV Australia. MARK DAVIS: GORE VIDAL, welcome to Dateline. GORE VIDAL: Happy to have crossed the dateline down under. MARK DAVIS: In the past few years, you hav...
An Open Letter to Paul Wolfowitz
JOSH RUEBNER
Dear Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, I doubt it if you remember me. That’s okay though. I don’t think that I did anything to merit drawing the attention of the dean as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advan...
New GOP Product Launch
RICH PROCTER
“From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.” White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card in 2003, explaining why “Project Stampede America Into Iraq War II” was introduced in September....
In 1989 Rumsfeld Opposed UN Investigation of Saddam
JASON LEOPOLD
In 1989, the State Department released a report that described in gruesome detail Iraq’s violation of human rights, specifically how Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein tortured his own people for allegedly being disloyal. But despite the atrocities...
The Road to Jerusalem Goes Through Baghdad
FAREED MARJAEE
“Sometime around the late 1950s, American conservatives picked up a hitch-hiker on the road to power who wound up hijacking their movement….smear campaigns, race-baiting, expulsions, and enforced ideological conformity was imported to the ...
Oil War, the Smoking guns
RITT GOLDSTEIN
While chants of “No War for Oil” mark an increasingly dissenting and skeptical public, the Bush administration has continued bulldozing its way towards a crushing Iraq rendezvous. As you read this war may already have begun. But startling in its candor...
Mexico Must Not Capitulate to Bush
CARLOS FUENTES
Mexico City. Only days ago, Mexico’s former foreign minister, Fernando Solana Morales, said, quite rightly, that on international matters principle corresponds with national interest. The simple clarity of Solana’s statement should destroy the obtuse (...