Daily Archives: June 7, 2004

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What War Taught Eisenhower: D-Day and Beyond

War turned invasion’s overall commander into a pacifist excerpted from June 06, 2004 | International herald Tribune by John S.D. Eisenhower (son of Dwight D., 34th President of the U.S., commander of the Allied D-Day forces) The 60th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, on the day known in common parlance as D-Day, was once again an occasion to pause and contemplate its significance…. The experience of that 11-month campaign, plus Ike’s later service as the first military commander of NATO six years later, produced profound effects on him, changing some of his convictions and confirming others…. The most […]

Reagan Is Dead; Who Was He?

by Brendan Lalor Amidst all of the bipartisan jellybean anecdotes commemorating the recently deceased former President Ronald Reagan, it is easy to forget what his real legacy is. Reagan, like Bush II, was so ideologically oriented that he was willing to inflict massive suffering on defenseless civilians in the name of the mistaken cause of security against mostly make-believe foes. In Reagan’s case, the fight against communism “justified” such horrors as genocide in East Timor, mass slaughter of civilians and anti-democratic regime change in Nicaragua, and support for Islamic radicals in Afghanistan.

“Manifest Destiny” May Explain Bush’s Apparent Hypocrisy

by Brendan Lalor During a Bush interview for a D-Day edition of Dateline NBC, Tom Brokaw questioned Bush’s recent comparison of his Misadventure in Iraq with World War II. In response, Bush attempted to sustain the Big Lie that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a counter-response to the 9/11 attacks. Continuing to blur the Al Qaeda-Saddam Hussein distinction, Bush said: there were similarities to World War II… The similarities were when we were attacked in an unprovoked fashion in World War II and on September the 11, 2001. Unfortunately, more than a year of Bush Administration propaganda has many […]

Report: Wal-Mart growth often subsidized by taxpayers

[ This story supplements another recent story on the way in which tax payers subsidize the Wal-Mart Empire. –BL ] June 3, 2004 | Elizabethton Star by Thomas Wilson Wal-Mart Stores have enjoyed more than $1 billion in economic development subsidies from state and local governments across the United States, according to a new study released by a Washington, D.C.-based research group. Good Jobs First, a research group monitoring state and local job subsidies, found 244 cases in which Wal-Mart retail stores or the distribution centers that service them have received state or local economic development subsidies. The subsidies amounted to […]

Camilo Mejia Goes to Prison for His Stance Against the War in Iraq, While a Campaign to Free Camilo Begins

[ From the article: “What an incredible irony that we’re prosecuting soldiers in Iraq for violations of international law and we’re prosecuting a soldier here because he refused to do the same things,” said former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, a member of Camilo’s defense team. This article follows up others printed here. Below the article is CodePink’s call for action. –BL ] June, 2004 | CodePink by Medea Benjamin* ?Where is the justice?? cried Maritza Castillo, whose 28-year-old son Camilo Mejia was found guilty of desertion on May 21 for refusing to return to Iraq. ?The American soldier who tortured Iraqi […]

Pattern Emerges of Sexual Assault Against Women Held by U.S. Forces

6 June 2004 | The NewStandard by Chris Shumway Well publicized images of US soldiers torturing and humiliating male Iraqi prisoners may be overshadowing evidence gathered by several human rights groups and Pentagon investigators indicating US military personnel have raped and sexually abused Iraqi women held at Abu Ghraib prison and other detention facilities. Amal Kadham Swadi, an Iraqi attorney representing women detainees, told The Guardian she believes that sexualized violence and abuse committed by US soldiers against female prisoners goes far beyond a few isolated cases. It’s “happening all across Iraq,” she said.