And to think,
our own troops did this.
Notice the white
Even though they had surrendered, they were still murdered.
is the reality of war. We bomb. They suffer.
Veteran war reporter Robert Fisk tours the Baghdad hospital to see the wounded
after a devastating night of air strikes.
Rumsfeld says the American attack on Baghdad is 'as targeted an air campaign
as has ever existed' but he should not try telling that to five-year-old Doha
Suheil. She looked at me yesterday morning, drip feed attached to her nose,
a deep frown over her small face as she tried vainly to move the left side
of her body. The cruise missile that exploded close to her home in the Radwaniyeh
suburb of Baghdad blasted shrapnel into her tiny legs they were bound
up with gauze and, far more seriously, into her spine. Now she has lost
all movement in her left leg."
Baghdad is under attack.
And, as has been the case since the start of the war, there has been no retaliation
using banned weapons, further eroding the US claim that Saddam has or would
use weapons of mass destruction on the invading army.
The UN is now in a terrible
political fix. It was the UN which has disarmed Iraq not only of their WMDs,
but also of conventional weapons which would be useful against the illegal
invasion. The Al Samoud Missile was ordered destroyed because a test missile,
without the weight of a real warhead, flew 15 miles further than it should
have. Iraq destroyed these missiles in great numbers under orders from the
UN, with the implied promise that if these missiles were destroyed, the UN
would prevent a US invasion. The US invaded anyway, and unless the UN take
immediate action to halt the war against the Iraqi people the UN disarmed,
the UN will soon join the League of Nations on the dust heap of great failed
experiments in international law, with Kofi Annan remembered as the man who
directed the UN into ruin.
photos are of Iraqi women and children that have been injured during the invasion
on Iraq. They are in the Al Kindi hopsital in Baghdad, and were visited on
24 March 2003 by members of the Iraq Peace Team.
Muhammed Adman. Received cuts to his head and face from
Teenager taken to surgery. Received shrapnel wounds to his
head, arms and legs.
Man soon to be married. His bride is still missing at bomb
Rafah Widad Muhammed, age 25,was injured by cruise missile
inside her home.
Nada Adnan, 13 years old and a student at high school for
girls, states "I wish that God would take Bush. Why did he do this to
us? to me?". She has an open gash on her right cranium with underlying
fracture and a large, deep shrapnel gauged cut into her upper left thigh.
She has no narcotic relief and cries out as aides press guaze into her leg
This six year old girl has a spinal cord injury from an
explosion by a cruise missile.
HIT RESIDENTIAL AREA OF BAGHDAD
Two cruise missiles struck
a residential area in Baghdad on Wednesday, March 26, killing 14 people, and
AND WHO DO WE HAVE TO
THANK FOR THIS AWFUL ATTACK ON INNOCENT CIVILIANS?
THE BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD, THAT'S WHO.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BU$H HIMSELF.
An Iraqi man
reportedly injured near the southern Iraqi city of Basra as allied forces
inched closer to the city,
Saturday, March 22, 2003. (AP Photo/Nabil)
Nine year old,
Rana Adnan needs oxygen for a chest laceration and lung contusion with a concussion,
head laceration, and shrapnel in her left arm.
man stands in front of a house destroyed by a missile during an air strike
in Baghdad March 23, 2003.
Fresh air raids shook Baghdad on Sunday. (Faleh Kheiber/Reuters)
Baghdad, 3/23/03. Photo: Daily Times (Pakistan)
An Iraqi child
said by Iraqi authorities to have been wounded during a recent air strike
lies in a hospital in Baghdad March 22, 2003.
Red Cross workers saw about 200 people described as war-wounded in Baghdad
hospitals and delivered emergency surgical supplies amid continuing air raids,
a spokeswoman said.
An Iraq woman stands
near an Iraqi child laying in Al-Numan hospital after they were wounded when
a missile landed in a residential neighborhood of Baghdad Monday March 24,
killing three and wounding 23. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
7, lays in Al-Numan hospital after she was seriously wounded when a missile
reportedly landed in a residential neighborhood of Baghdad, Monday, March
24, 2003, killing three and wounding 23. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
An Iraqi man
injured in US bombing raids. The International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) said it was very concerned about the situation in the southern Iraqi
city of Basra
following US-led airstrikes on the strategic city. (AFP/Sabah Arrar)
with horrifc burns
TERRIBLE DAY IN BUSH AND BLAIR'S TERRIBLE WAR
(The Mirror, March
The Mirror, Monday
March 24, 2003
IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THE US AND UK HAVE A PROBLEM
WITH THE FOLLOWING IMAGES.
THESE ARE OUR OUR OWN TROOPS CAPTURED IN IRAQ AS SHOWN BY AL JAZEERA.
Army Spc. Joseph Hudson of Almagordo, N.M., Army Sgt. James Riley of New Jersey,
Army Spc. Shoshawna Johnson of Fort Bliss, Texas, Edgar Hernandez of Texas,
rank unknown, and Army Pfc. Patrick Miller of Park City, Kan. are shown in
this combination of photos from video seen on Iraqi Televison Sunday, March
23, 2003. These soldiers were shown on Iraqi television after pre-dawn ambush
of convoy near An Nasiriyah, southwestern Iraq, March 23. U.S. military lists
them as missing, along with seven other soldiers. Iraqi TV also displayed
four bodies of what it said were Americans from the attack.
(AP Photo/Iraqi TV via APTN)
In this image from video shown on Al-Jazeera television on Monday, March 24,
2003, Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young, Jr., 26, from Georgia, left,
and Chief Warrant Officer David S. Williams, 30, from Florida, are seen. Young
and Williams are the two-man crew believed to be aboard an Apache helicopter
that was allegedly forced down during heavy fighting Sunday night in central
(AP Photo/Al-Jazeera via APTN)
The Mirror, Tuesday March 25, 2003
WE HEAR RUMSFELD, GOING ON ABOUT THE GENEVA CONVENTION.
WELL DONALD SEEMS TO HAVE DRUNK TOO MUCH OF THE ASPARTAME HE HELPED PUT ON
THE MARKET, BECAUSE HIS MEMORY IS SERIOUSLY FLAWED. ONLY YESTERDAY, THE US
WAS SHOWING PHOTOS OF CAPTURED IRAQI POWs ON TV.
DID YOU FORGET ABOUT THE GENEVA CONVENTION WHEN
THE ABOVE WAS BEING SHOWN ON US TV?
OR DO YOU JUST LIKE TO QUOTE IT WHEN IT SUITS YOU?
WHAT ABOUT AFGHANISTAN? FORGOTTEN ALREADY?
BUMSFELT'S AMERICA BYPASSES THE RULES OF THE
BY REFUSING TO CALL IT'S VICTIMS PRISONERS OF WAR AND INSTEAD DUBS THEM "ENEMY
AND WHILST WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF GENEVA.....
PRISONERS SUFFOCATE IN CONTAINERS
(Click above for
SECRET BEHIND THE SANCTIONS, HOW THE U.S. INTENTIONALLY DESTROYED IRAQ'S WATER
THIS IS AGAINST THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS THAT RUMSFELD
IS NOW WAVING AROUND OVER THE PICTURES OF POWs
MISSILE STRIKES SYRIAN PASSENGER BUS
A US missile has
hit a Syrian passenger bus near the Iraqi border, killing five people and
injuring 10 others.
The bus was carrying Syrians fleeing the war in Iraq.
A spokeswoman for
the US Central Command says Allied forces do not target civilians, and that
their targeting is done very carefully,
using precision-guided missiles, to select military targets.
Ananova Ltd 2003, all rights reserved.
OF 500 US, UK SOLDIERS LYING IN JACOBABAD
Kept secret to
avoid damaging war build-up - this is how our government treats the troops!
SO SMART BOMBS DEVASTATE ORDINARY LIVES
ANTON ANTONOWICZ Reporting from Saddam's blitzed capital of Baghdad
THE crater, gouged
through the heart of a family's home, is 30ft deep and 60ft wide. Water from
a well is seeping into it.
Amid the rubble is a handbag, a child's pedal car and a fold-up pushchair.
This is the closest we have so far been allowed to witness the devastation
of the bombing of Baghdad.
TO BE NEXT US TARGET: CIA REPORT
The next target
of US after capturing Iraq will be replacement of religious government in
with a secular government as the US forces in Afghanistan have already started
implementation on action plan in this regard.
MOORE CRITICIZES U.S. WAR IN IRAQ IN OSCAR SPEECH
Michael Moore: Whoa. On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn
and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like to thank the Academy for this. I
have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would
like to — they're here in solidarity with me because we like nonfiction.
We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where
we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. We
live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons.
Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are
against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any
time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank
you very much.
BY THE CORPORATE MEDIA IS A WAR CRIME
As the Bush War
escalates, so does the intensity and wantonness of the propaganda disseminated
by the corporate media. Overnight, it has cross the line from exaggeration,
suppression, and calculated spin to outright lies and the total repression
of meaningful coverage of dissent. To prevent the truth from being known is
to permit opinions to be formed and decisions to be made on false pretexts.
These opinions and decisions, in turn, are leading to the promotion of an
illegal war and the deaths, dismemberment and permanent scarring of tens of
thousands of human beings.
EYE - MEMORY LANE
"Of course, America's carefully cultivated amnesia also covers the entire
background history of the Bush rampage in Iraq. Few Homeland folks realize
that the current "war of liberation" is nothing more than a falling
out among thieves, old comrades in crime. For just like Osama and Daddy Bush's
former punching bag, Panama's Manuel Noreiga, Saddam is a son of the CIA:
He and his brutal Baathist Party were put in power by the American spy agency
in 1963, as historian Roger Morris detailed last week in The New York Times."
following information is supplied by a very good friend, Barbara
Note from Babs:
This report came to me from a NATO intelligence report.
The source who acted as a conduit is extremely trustworthy and so I would
bank on the information being true.
U. S. FORCES LIE IN IRAQ FOR PSY OPS PURPOSES
The U.S.-U.K. war in Iraq is going badly. The Iraqi resistance
is much, much fiercer than was ever expected and the casualties among the
coalition forces are by at least 300 per cent heavier than reported on western
Many U.S. soldiers have been killed and wounded but their numbers are being
held secret and will be revealed only over a period of weeks in order to keep
from disheartening the masses in the U.S. and in the U.K.
Some additional facts of importance.
U.S. Marine units which had been fighting in and around the Iraqi port
city Um Qasr had to be withdrawn and replaced by British marine commandos
because of widespread "battle fatigue" and poor morale as a result
of encountering both military and civilian fierce resistance their commanders
had told them would not happen.
2. The so-called Iraqi prisoners of war shown on American T.V. networks
have been identified by members of the Swedish Red Cross as civilians and
not as military men.
American planes have been bombing civilian targets in Baghdad, Mosul, Basra,
and other cities and the toll of civilian casualties in those cities has been
growing in alarming numbers.
4. According to a Hungarian journalist's report, the Oil fields
at Rumailia have been exploded and set afire by trained teams of U.S. Special
Forces, not by Iraqis.
last item has not been confirmed)
5. German reporters on the scene have confirmed that British journalist,
Lloyd was killed by American forces before he could broadcast a report about
the falsehood of the Iraqi P.O.W. story.
Is The Cost Of Blair's 'Moral' War
The trickery used to create a threat
THE Blair Government has known, almost from the day it came to office in 1997,
that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were almost certainly destroyed following
the Gulf War.
all the pro-war propaganda of Blair and Bush, and their current threats giving
Saddam Hussein yet another deadline to disarm, what may be their biggest lie
is exposed by this revelation.
weeks ago, a transcript of a United Nations debriefing of Iraqi general Hussein
Kamel was obtained by the American magazine, Newsweek, and by Cambridge University
analyst, Glen Rangwala (who last month revealed that Blair's "intelligence
dossier" on Iraq was lifted, word for word, from an American student's
Kamel was the West's "star witness" in its case against Saddam Hussein.
He was no ordinary defector. A son-in-law of the Iraqi dictator, he had immense
power in Iraq; and when he defected, he took with him crates of secret documents
on Iraq's weapons programme.
KILLED IN HER BED: Little girl, aged eight, lies dead in the
rubble of her home after a US missile destroyed their home in a residential
area of Basra killing six. Her ten year old sister also perished
secrets have been repeatedly cited by George W Bush and his officials as "evidence"
that Iraq still has large quantities of deadly weapons of mass destruction,
and that only war can disarm it. Bush, his officials and leading American
commentators, have frequently lauded General Kamel as the most reliable source
of information on Iraq's weapons. The Blair government has echoed this.
1995, General Kamel was debriefed by senior officials of the United Nations
inspections team, then known as UNSCOM, and by the International Atomic Energy
Agency. The complete transcript, now disclosed for the first time, contradicts
almost everything Bush and Blair have said about the threat of Iraqi weapons.
example, General Kamel says categorically: "I ordered destruction of
all chemical weapons. All weapons - biological, chemical, missile, nuclear
- were destroyed." All that remains, he says, are the blueprints, computer
disks and microfiches.
says that the CIA and Britain's MI6 were told this; and Blair and Bush must
have been told the truth. In other words, it is likely that Iraq has been
substantially disarmed for at least eight years.
General Kamel now out of the way (he was killed when he returned to Iraq in
1996), his "evidence" was selectively made public by Washington
and London. In his dramatic presentation to the UN Security Council on February
5, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the truth about Iraq's nerve
gas weapons "only came out after inspectors collected documentation as
a result of the defection of Hussein Kamel, Saddam Hussein's late son in law".
Powell neglected to mention was that his star witness had told them all the
weapons had been destroyed.
KILLED IN HER BED: Little girl, aged ten, lies dead in the rubble
of her home after a US missile destroyed their home in a residential area
of Basra killing six. Her eight year old sister also perished
Kamel's sensational admission has been corroborated by the former chief UN
weapons inspector Scott Ritter who says that when he left Iraq in 1998, disarmament
was "90 to 95 per cent".
United Nations verifying panel set up by the Security Council, confirmed that
"the bulk of Iraq's proscribed weapons programmes has been eliminated".
This has seldom been reported.
course, none of these facts will deter the American and British security agencies
from inventing and planting "evidence" of "Saddam's secret
weapons" once Anglo-American forces take over Baghdad.
America and Britain crush Iraq, a new phase of their black propaganda will
emerge - for which the British public ought to be prepared. This new range
of deceptions will be designed to justify attacking a sovereign state and
killing innocent people: a crime under international law, with or without
a second UN resolution.
propaganda of this kind has a long history. My own experience of it was the
American invasion of Vietnam. In 1964, the US State Department published a
White Paper with pages of "conclusive proof" of North Vietnam's
preparations to invade the south. This "proof" stemmed from the
"discovery" of a stockpile of weapons found floating in a junk off
the coast of South Vietnam. The White Paper, which provided a quasi-legal
justification for the American invasion, was known as a "master illusion".
The whole episode was fake, a set-up.
illusion was the CIA's term for master lie. In 1982, I interviewed Ralph McGehee,
a senior CIA officer who documented the planting of the fake evidence. He
told me: "The CIA loaded up a junk, a North Vietnamese junk, with communist
weapons ... They floated this junk off the coast of Central Vietnam. Then
they shot it up and made it look like a fire fight had taken place. They then
brought in the American press and the international press and said, 'Here's
the evidence that the North Vietnamese are invading South Vietnam.' Based
on this 'evidence', the US Marines went in, and the American air force began
regular bombing of North Vietnam."
a result of this fakery, which included the elaborate fiction that an American
destroyer had been attacked by a North Vietnamese gunboat, the United States
dispatched its greatest ever land army to Vietnam, and dropped the greatest
tonnage of bombs in the history of warfare, and forced millions of people
to abandon their homes, and used chemical weapons that profoundly damaged
the environment and human genes, leaving a once beautiful land petrified.
least two million people were killed, and many more were maimed and otherwise
ruined. Now replace "Vietnam" with "Iraq" in this story
of lies; and you have the essentials of the same justification for another
great criminal act.
how the propaganda unfolds once the bombing is over and the Americans are
running Baghdad and their spin machine. There will be the "discovery
of Saddam's secret arsenal," probably in the basement of one his palaces.
This will be accompanied by the "discovery" of gruesome evidence
of Saddam's oppression. This will not come as news to the many dedicated anti-war
campaigners, who for years tried to stop the American and British governments
from supplying Saddam with the tools of his oppression.
include many Iraqis exiled in Britain, such as Khalid Sahi, who was tortured
by the regime and opposes an attack "will bring nothing but more bloodshed,
more misery"; and the anti-war Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, who has protested
about the Iraqi dictator for more than twenty years and demanded that the
British government prosecute British companies that sustained the Iraqi torturers.
years ago, Peter Hain, then a Foreign Office minister, blocked a parliamentary
request to publish the full list of British companies that had illegally traded
with Saddam Hussein.
reason why became clear last week when the Guardian newspaper disclosed that
the Blair government had secretly paid out more than Ł33 million in
taxpayers' money to British companies claiming non-payment on the weapons
they sold Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. The total loss to the taxpayer on sales
to Iraq now exceeds Ł1billion. Add this to the Ł3.5billion that
Gordon Brown has "put aside" for an attack on Iraq. Add this to
the Ł1billion that the bombing of Iraq has already cost - the rarely
reported bombing by British and American aircraft in the so-called "no
fly zones", which now cover most of Iraqi airspace and were set up, according
to Blair, to "protect Iraq's minorities". Who believes this now?
week, the Ministry of Defence said: "We never target civilians [in the
no-fly zones]... there's no evidence of civilian casualties."
lie of this statement would be breathtaking were it not routine.
northern Kurdish Iraq, I interviewed members of one family who had lost their
grandfather, their father and four brothers and sisters when a "coalition"
aircraft (British or American) dive-bombed them and the sheep they were tending.
It was open desert, a moonscape with not a sign of other life, let alone a
military installation. Amid the carcasses of blasted sheep were pieces of
clothing and a single shoe.
attack was investigated and verified by the chief United Nations representative
in Iraq at the time, Hans Von Sponeck, who drove there especially from Baghdad.
His findings are listed among dozens of similar attacks - on shepherds, farmers,
fishermen - in a document prepared by the United Nations Security Section.
a windswept cemetery near the town of Mosul, I caught sight of the shepherd's
widow as she grieved for her husband and four children. "I want to see
the pilot who did this," she shouted.
week, "coalition" aircraft killed another six people in the southern
city of Basra. Nothing unusual there. When I was last in Basra, an American
missile killed six children when it "mistakenly" hit Al Jumohria,
a very poor section of Basra's residential area.
walked down the street where the missile had struck in the early hours; it
had followed the line of houses, destroying one after the other. I met the
father of two sisters, aged eight and 10, who were photographed by a local
weddings photographer, Nabil al-Jerani, shortly after the attack. Their bodies
were unlike the other four children, who were blown to bits, their limbs and
flesh in the overhead wires.
two little girls were left intact. In Nabil's photographs, they are in their
nightdresses, one with a bow in her hair, their bodies perfectly engraved
in the rubble of their homes, where they had been bombed to death, murdered,
in their beds.
closely at their images on these pages; they are the faces of a stricken nation
of whom 42 per cent are children. When Blair speaks about the "moral
case" for sending hundreds of missiles against this nation of so many
children, as well as new types of cluster bombs and bunker bombs and microwave
bombs, and shells tipped with pure uranium, a form of nuclear weapon, the
images of the two sisters provide an eloquent commentary on the Prime Minister's
when pictures of exhausted Iraqis greeting their "liberation" are
flashed around the world, remember the faces that will be missing in the crowds
- not only those of the children bombed and disposed of as "collateral
damage", but more than a million faces declared expendable by the American-driven
and British-backed economic embargo.
the vaccines, cancer-treatment equipment, pain-killers, plasma bags, food
treatment equipment and much else denied over fourteen years: $5.4 billion
worth as of last July, to be precise, blocked by the US government, backed
by the Blair government.
the words of President Clinton's then representative at the United Nations,
Madeleine Albright, when she was asked if the price of 500,000 Iraqi children
was a price worth paying for the embargo. "We think the price is worth
it," she said.
when you next hear Bush or Blair or Straw or Hoon talk about "the tyrant
who gassed his own people", remember those American officials and British
ministers who competed with each other to excuse and effectively reward Saddam
Hussein for gassing 5,000 Kurds in the town of Halabja.
one month after the atrocity in 1988, Tony Newton, Margaret Thatcher's Trade
Secretary, flew to Baghdad to offer Saddam Ł340million of taxpapers'
money in export credits. Three months later, the smiling Newton was back,
this time to celebrate with Saddam the joyous news that Iraq was now Britain's
third-largest market for machine tools, from which a range of Iraqi weapons
was forged - some of them used against British troops in the Gulf War.
was followed by Assistant US Secretary of State John Kelly who flew to Baghdad
to tell Saddam that "you are a source for moderation in the region, and
the United States wants to broaden her relationship with Iraq".
the "liberation" of Baghdad is on the front page, remember the warmongering
newspapers whose editorials defended Saddam Hussein throughout the 1980s by
promoting the lie that his use of chemical weapons against Iran was purely
too, Blair's long silence. There is no record of Blair saying anything worthwhile
about Saddam's "excesses" (as his crimes used to be known by British
ministers when he was "one of us") until after September 11, 2001
when the Americans, frustrated at having failed to catch Osama bin Laden,
declared the Iraqi dictator their number one enemy.
a discredited East European autocrat, attended only by his court of supplicants
and propagandists, Blair has few left to deceive. He even claimed the other
day that "no Iraqis marched" in the great demonstration of February
15. In fact, as many as 7,000 Iraqis and Kurds marched. Iraqi families stood
on the roadside holding up home-made placards: "Thank you for supporting
it can be assumed, has any time for Saddam Hussein; but none want their country
strangled, attacked, poisoned and occupied by another variety of dictator.
YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!
BU$H! FUCK BŁAIR! FUCK THE WAR!
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