7 September 2004 | Aljazeera by Khalid Amayreh in Hebron Israeli rabbis say killing enemy civilians during war is ‘normal’ A group of prominent Jewish rabbis have asked the Israeli army not to flinch from killing Palestinian civilians in the context of the ongoing military campaign against armed groups resisting the occupation. In a letter to the Israeli defence minister, Shaul Mofaz, published on Tuesday, the rabbis said killing enemy civilians is “normal” during the time of war and that the Israeli occupation army should never hesitate to kill non-Jewish civilians in order to save Jewish lives. “There is no […]
September 7, 2004 | New York Times by PAUL KRUGMAN The best book I’ve read about America after 9/11 isn’t about either America or 9/11. It’s War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, an essay on the psychology of war by Chris Hedges, a veteran war correspondent. Better than any poll analysis or focus group, it explains why President Bush, despite policy failures at home and abroad, is ahead in the polls.
9/11 three years on: ‘War on terror’ has not stopped terrorism 8 Sept 2004 | Green Left Weekly by Rohan Pearce & Alison Dellit The appalling end to the hostage crisis in Beslan, Russia on September 4, which left more than 300 dead, had people all over the world horrified. The killing of so many children helped neither the Chechens fighting the Russian occupation of their country, nor those of us fighting war and state-sponsored terrorism all over the world. The only people who were really aided by the slaughter were those pursuing the misnamed ?war on terror?, in particular […]
September 6, 2004 | WorkingForChange.com & Morphizm.Com by Greg Palast In celebration of the working person’s holiday, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced the Bush Administration’s plan to end the 60-year-old law which requires employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime. I’m sure you already knew that — if you happened to have run across page 15,576 of last year’s Federal Register. According to the Register, where the Bush Administration likes to place its little gifts to major campaign donors, 2.7 million workers will lose their overtime pay for a “benefit” of $1.53 billion. I put “benefit” in quotes because, […]
7 September 2004 | Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – As U.S. forces again battled insurgents loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, U.S. military deaths in the Iraq campaign passed 1,000 on Tuesday, according to an Associated Press tally. The grim milestone was surpassed after a spike in fighting that has killed 14 U.S. service members in the past two days.
6 September 2004 | Los Angeles Times Plan would allow voting to proceed in January but might undermine credibility of the results by Patrick J. McDonnell BAGHDAD — Iraq remains on course to hold landmark elections in January, but violence could force authorities to exclude hotspots such as the western city of Fallouja from voting, a top U.S. general said here Sunday. Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, operations chief of more than 150,000 mostly U.S. troops, said in an interview that the “cancer” of anti-American militancy in places such as Fallouja would not derail national elections. A “contingency” plan, Metz […]
7 Sept 2004 | MoveOn.org Today, a group in Texas, Texans for Truth, is launching an ad campaign that highlights Bush’s absence from duty in 1972. The ad features Robert Mintz, who served in Alabama’s 187th Air National Guard when Bush claims to have been there. In the ad, Robert Mintz says simply and powerfully that “I heard George Bush get up and say ‘I served in the 187th Air National Guard in Montgomery Alabama.’ Really? That was my unit. And I don’t remember seeing you there. So I called friends. ‘Did you know that George served in our unit?’ […]
7 Sept 2004 | Misleader.org President Bush yesterday said that because of his leadership, “America and the world are safer.”1 But almost three years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden remains at large, while the U.S. government admits top al Qaeda leaders are planning attacks on America from the Afghan-Pakistan border region.2 And now a new book confirms the President actually shifted key resources away from the fight against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Knight-Ridder reports that in his upcoming book, U.S. Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) disclosed that General Tommy Franks told him on Feb. 19, 2002, four months after the invasion […]