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Archives from April 2003
Meet the New Butcher of Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Buford Blount III
WAYNE MADSEN
In the euphoria over the impending U.S. conquest of Baghdad, people everywhere should be introduced to the major war criminals of the war. Although, the Bush administration dearly wanted the Iraqis to use weapons of mass destruction to justify later claims of war ...
Welcome Aboard the Iraq Gravy Train
TERRY JONES
Congratulations to all the winners of tickets to take part in the greatest rebuilding show on earth TERRY JONES Sunday April 13, 2003 The Observer Well the war has been a huge success, and I guess it’s time for congratulations all round. And w...
Bush’s War Without End
CHRIS FLOYD
As shovels scoop the shredded viscera of cold collaterals in Baghdad, and brisk hoses scour the blood from market stalls and children’s bedrooms — festive preparations to make ready for the enthronement of the new lords of Babylon — we cast an an...
The Iraq War’s Trashiest Piece of Propaganda
JOHN CHUCKMAN
There are scores of candidates for the distinction of trashiest war propaganda in a mainstream publication, and readers outside Canada may not recognize my nominee’s name, but I am confident readers will recognize the merit of Margaret Wente’s col...
The Neocons Have a Dream
MICHAEL BERRY
The neocons have a dream. A dream of celebrations in the Iraqi streets at the site of rolling US tanks. Women waving out from windows, men dancing at the edge of the roads, tossing turbans into the air, children riding on the 20 foot long barrels of the tanks, eat...
Iraq is Free
M. SHAHID ALAM
Iqra, recite, proclaim, affirm, avow, declare: Iraq is free. Iraq has been freed from ten thousand years of tyranny; freed from darkest infamy; freed from cold villainy; freed from centuries of stasis; freed from nights of searing pain; freed from terrible ...
Mocking Militarism
ZELJKO CIPRIS
One of the finest literary descriptions of a nation caught in the grip of martial hysteria was produced by Ishikawa Jun (1899-1987), a Japanese writer widely read in modern European, Edo period Japanese, and classical Chinese literature, and translator of Andre Gi...
Propaganda Stinkers
PAUL De ROOIJ
"Allies breach Saddam’s ‘red line’!!" read the screaming front-page headline in London’s The Independent on April 1st. The Independent, CNN, and BBC intimated that as soon as US troops would step over this magic line, then th...
Day of the Chicken Hawks
HANI SHUKRALLAH
The Iraqi people fought and died for the sake of us all — martyrs in the Christian, no less than in the Muslim sense of the word. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of the "chicken hawks" junta that seized the American administration illegally by ...
the Song of Mars
ISHIKAWA JUN
Whenever the song comes within earshot how shall I describe this emotion? It is the wildly popular song "Mars," overflowing the frenzied streets to beat against windowpanes, and rush in to my ears as I sit in the room alone at twilight. Gods are ...
Now What?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
When the antiwar movement didn’t prevent the war, it failed. The movement’s talking heads will deny it. Like the CEO of a chronically unprofitable company, defeat incites them to recycle the same old wishful thinking. They will talk about how the strug...
What America Says Does Not Go
UZMA ASLAM KHAN
Difficult as it is to make sense of the barbaric attacks on Iraq to not try is to surrender to madness. We have to clutch at every iota of sanity we have at our disposal, and this is where history can help. To understand what’s happening in Iraq today, we ha...
Hell of a Town
ADAM ENGEL
"In a bid to raise some extra cash for the city, Mayor Bloomberg announced plans yesterday to sell New York’s good name to companies eager to tap into the city’s image as a vibrant, tough-as-nails metropolis"I don’t think you will see a...
Foreign Aid and AIPAC
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
One of the hidden costs of the New American Century is the inevitable, periodic payoff to a friendly regime. Such payoffs predate the current Administration, of course; Nixon had his "cops on the beat", and the US bought all kinds of goodwill after WWII....
The Rush to Justify the Devastation
WILLIAM BLUM
When you wage a war that is strongly opposed by the great majority of those on the planet who are aware of such things, when your own people are becoming increasingly militant against your unilateral waging of that war, when you know well that your war is palpably...
Self-Determination in Iraq?
ROBERT JENSEN
The U.S. attack on Iraqi has brought the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime, which is cause for celebration. For the first time in at least 35 years, the conditions could exist for Iraqis to chart their own destiny. Now the United States has a...
What is the Greatest Treason?
HENRY MILLER
Editors’ Note: What follows is a brief but biting excerpt from one of our favorite books, ...
The Kenneth Joseph Story
CAROL LIPTON
On March 21, veteran right-wing journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave, Paris Bureau Chief for Newsweek for 23 years, and now United Press International (UPI) Editor at Large, wrote from the International Desk in Amman Jordan that “a group of American anti-war demonstra...
The Rape of Iraq
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
The supreme victory for the rapist is proof that his victim "enjoyed" it. Though he may force his way into her property, demolish her home, murder her loved ones, pillage her belongings, though he may terrify and humiliate her, beat and batter her, break...
Are Americans the New Mongols of the Mideast?
WAYNE MADSEN
Earlier this year, Saddam Hussein appealed to his countrymen to defeat the "new Mongols," his euphemism for the American military poised to attack Iraq. Hussein appears to have been correct in his prognostication concerning the after effects of an Americ...
From Saddam to Uncle Sam
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Jerusalem. I have to admit: I did feel a tinge of jubilation, albeit soaked in the overall agony, bitterness and deep anger that overwhelmed me when I saw that monstrous 6-meter icon of Saddam falling. It was almost similar to those special moments of unant...
Secret Bechtel Documents Show
DAVID LINDORFF
Is the war against Iraq all about oil? Not to hear Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tell it. Back on Nov. 15, he called the notion that oil was the real reason behind the Bush administration’s drive against Saddam Hussein "nonsense," saying, "...
Bush’s Napoleonic Complex
WAYNE MADSEN
A veteran journalist friend of mine recently remarked that, in many ways, George W. Bush’s lust for war reminded him of Napoleon Bonaparte. The French emperor dreamt of a world under his domination. Although many of Bush’s domestic policies closely res...
The Night After
URI AVNERY
It is now fashionable to talk about "the day after". Let’s talk about the night after. After the end of hostilities in Iraq, the world will be faced with two decisive facts: First, the immense superiority of American arms can beat any...
The Easier the Victory, the Harder the Peace
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
As U.S. and British forces occupy Iraq’s major cities, it seems that most Americans and Iraqis are relieved that the invasion of Iraq is drawing a close. Whatever their opinions about the war, most wanted it to end quickly, in order to prevent further casual...
Television Is the Real Weapon of Mass Destruction
DAVID VEST
News that the first C-130 Hercules had landed at newly-secured Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad, and that U.S. Marines have been told they can dispense with the charade of lugging their chemical protection suits around in the desert, could only mean on...
Ashcroft’s War on the Bill of Rights
GEOFFREY NEALE
With public attention riveted on the war in Iraq, politicians may be planning to launch a sneak attack against the American people. Their weapon: Patriot II, a piece of legislation that would give the government frightening new powers, including the ability...
Bush’s Napoleonic Complex
WAYNE MADSEN
A veteran journalist friend of mine recently remarked that, in many ways, George W. Bush’s lust for war reminded him of Napoleon Bonaparte. The French emperor dreamt of a world under his domination. Although many of Bush’s domestic policies closely res...
The Unseen War
ROBERT JENSEN
It was the picture of the day — the toppling of a Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad — and may end up being the picture of the war, the single image that comes to define the conflict. The message will be clear: The U.S. liberated the Iraqi people; the U....
Rumors of War
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
He’s dead! He’s wounded He’s alive! He’s on a stretcher He’s in a hospital bunker He’s speaking on Iraqi television He’s a double of himself He’s not a double at all He’s p...
The Night After
URI AVNERY
It is now fashionable to talk about "the day after". Let’s talk about the night after. After the end of hostilities in Iraq, the world will be faced with two decisive facts: First, the immense superiority of American arms can beat any...
What Can the World Do?
JEREMY BRECHER
Despite the presence of U.S. troops in the center of Baghdad, does the world remain powerless to stop the ongoing invasion? The answer is no. Under a procedure called "Uniting for Peace," the UN General Assembly can demand an immediate ceasefire and with...
The Unseen War
ROBERT JENSEN
It was the picture of the day — the toppling of a Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad — and may end up being the picture of the war, the single image that comes to define the conflict. The message will be clear: The U.S. liberated the Iraqi people; the U....
Bush’s Napoleonic Complex
WAYNE MADSEN
A veteran journalist friend of mine recently remarked that, in many ways, George W. Bush’s lust for war reminded him of Napoleon Bonaparte. The French emperor dreamt of a world under his domination. Although many of Bush’s domestic policies closely res...
Ashcroft’s War on the Bill of Rights
GEOFFREY NEALE
With public attention riveted on the war in Iraq, politicians may be planning to launch a sneak attack against the American people. Their weapon: Patriot II, a piece of legislation that would give the government frightening new powers, including the ability...
Nately’s Old Man
JOSEPH HELLER
[From Chapter 23, Catch-22. Remember the first Chapter of Heller's masterpiece...
Saving Private Lynch
DOUG LUMMIS
I have been hearing (I only have radio, no TV) over and over about the Heroic Rescue of Jessica Lynch. Bless her soul, I hope she gets well. But the reports raise doubts at a couple of levels. 1) They say her arms and legs were broken. Hard to think of an ...
Rumors of War
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
He’s dead! He’s wounded He’s alive! He’s on a stretcher He’s in a hospital bunker He’s speaking on Iraqi television He’s a double of himself He’s not a double at all He’s p...
Last Tango in Baghdad
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Then trample and dance, thou Oppressor! For thy victim is no redressor; Thou art her sole possesor Of her corpses and clods and abortions– they pave the path to the grave. Hearest thou the festival din Of death and des...
The Easier the Victory, the Harder the Peace
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
As U.S. and British forces occupy Iraq’s major cities, it seems that most Americans and Iraqis are relieved that the invasion of Iraq is drawing a close. Whatever their opinions about the war, most wanted it to end quickly, in order to prevent further casual...
Before You Become Too Flushed With Victory, Think About Ali Ismaeel Abbas
DAVID KRIEGER
We don’t view war in the right way. Our television networks discuss strategy and show pictures of bombings, artillery fire and advancing troops. Rarely do they show pictures of the victims, and particularly of the children who are killed, maimed and orphaned...
Last Tango in Baghdad
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Then trample and dance, thou Oppressor! For thy victim is no redressor; Thou art her sole possesor Of her corpses and clods and abortions– they pave the path to the grave. Hearest thou the festival din Of death and des...
Before You Become Too Flushed With Victory, Think About Ali Ismaeel Abbas
DAVID KRIEGER
We don’t view war in the right way. Our television networks discuss strategy and show pictures of bombings, artillery fire and advancing troops. Rarely do they show pictures of the victims, and particularly of the children who are killed, maimed and orphaned...
A Scene in an Obscene War
DIANE CHRISTIAN
CNN ran an elegaic piece April 5th called "The Road to Baghdad." Among other stories it included one of US soldiers in an Iraqi town surrounded by a crowd yelling angrily at them. The soldiers watched uneasily and uncomprehendingly as people gestured and...
The CIA is Back on Campus
DAVID N. GIBBS
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present–and is gravely to be regarded. Dwight D. Eisenhower 1 The aftermath of the Se...
War and the Color Line
SETH SANDRONSKY
A month before U.S.-led forces attacked Iraq, an opinion poll by the Pew Research Center found that black Americans opposed the war by roughly a 2-1 margin versus whites. Race-ing the Iraqi war, indeed. Consider this. Since September 2002, the American publ...
I Understand There’s a Boy in a Baghdad Hospital
LARRY KEARNEY
this morning I understand that there’s a twelve year old boy in a hospital in Baghdad. the word is that last night a missile hit his flimsy house and killed his mother, his father, his brothers, his sisters, and a...
America’s Sovereign Right to Do as It Damn Well Pleases
JOHN CHUCKMAN
I read that the U.S. is claiming a "sovereign right" to try Iraqi officials as war criminals. I thought it was a nice touch, including, as it does, an allusion both to Bush’s scholarly observations on Nazis and an assertion of rights. Rights are al...
An Unholy Alliance with the Christian Right
AKIVA ELDAR
The annual conference of the powerful pro-Israel AIPAC lobby last week disproved the conspiracy theory that claimed the Jews persuaded President Bush to conquer Iraq. According to the same theory, the lobby is now pressing him not to present the road map to put an...
Oddsmaking in Dublin
JIM DAVIS
Friday night in Dublin’s Long Haul pub, the news has just come in. Bush and Blair will rendevous in Belfast. Aznar and his Azores retreat are forgotten in favour of Hilsborough Castle and an informal book is opened in the pub. 3 to 1 against Gerry Adams shak...