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Thirteen Iraqis shot down dead protesting the US military occupation of a school. "A good occupation," that’s what the Israelis said their west bank rule would be. When the territory returned to the Arab world its citizens would be good will ambassadors for Israel. Their occupation turned hideous destroying in its different ways an Arab […]

Straight Shooters

by STEW ALBERT

Thirteen Iraqis shot down dead protesting the US military occupation of a school.

"A good occupation," that’s what the Israelis said their west bank rule would be. When the territory returned to the Arab world its citizens would be good will ambassadors for Israel.

Their occupation turned hideous destroying in its different ways an Arab and a Jewish nation. Some Israelis then admitted, there are no good occupations.

Gun battles in Mosul. Kids throw rocks at soldiers. "How do we know they ain’t grenades?" Kids die just like in Palestine.

Some Iraqis firing weapons into the air "Happy Birthday Saddam!" Marines shoot straight into their heart.

Someday these killers will return home. And we will learn, there are no good occupations.

STEW ALBERT manages the Yippie Reading Room. He can be reached at: stewa@aol.com