Should Be a Lovely War, NO?U.S.-Iran ties still icy 25 years after hostage dramahttp://news.monstersandcritics.com/northamerica/article_1078116.php/U.S.-Iran_ties_still_icy_25_years_after_hostage_dramaWashington broke off diplomatic relations with Tehran on April 7, 1980, five months after the embassy was seized by the students, whose demands included the extradition of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran's deposed, U.S.-backed shah.In 1953, Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, Iran's democratically elected prime minister, nationalized the oil industry and entered into a close political alliance with the Communist Tudeh Party, much to the anger of the United States and Great Britain. This resulted in an embargo on Iranian oil exports, which only worsened the already fragile economy. To gain control over the Iranian oil industry the CIA and MI6 funded and lead a coup d'etat to overthrow the prime minister with the help of military forces loyal to the Shah through Operation Ajax. The coup initially failed and the Shah fled Iran. After a brief exile in Italy the Shah was brought back again, this time through a second coup which was successful. Mossadegh was arrested, tried and put under house arrest. General Fazlollah Zahedi had been chosen to succeed prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh.
Reluctantly, President Jimmy Carter allowed the Shah to make a brief stopover in the United States to undergo medical treatment. The compromise was extremely unpopular with the revolutionary movement, which were against the United States' years of support of the Shah's rule, and demanded his return to Iran to face a show trial and execution. This resulted in the capture of a number of American diplomats, military personnel and intelligence officers in what became known as the Iran hostage crisis.Six Killed in Iran Bombings Ahvaz was also the scene of bombings in June and October that the government blamed on Iranian Arab extremists whom it claimed were trained abroad and maintained ties to foreign governments, including Britain. Military Action Against Iran? XXXXXXXXX Bush has said that Iran should not be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon and recently used the term “grave” to describe the threat from Iran, eerily, the same term he used to describe the threat from Iraq before the U.S. invasion. But after the disaster in Iraq, an invasion probably will not be the preferred course of military action against Iran. Although the Bush administration likes to flex its muscles, it does seem capable of learning—at least in a tactical sense. Any invasion of Iran would be a daunting task, especially with almost 150,000 U.S. forces tied down in the quagmires in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran has two-and-a-half times the population of Iraq, almost four times the area of that country, and is mountainous rather than flat. If the challenge of winning a counterinsurgency war against the mainly secular Sunnis in Iraq seems impossible now, fighting the fanatical religious zealots in Iran on unfavorable terrain would likely prove to be horrific.Rice says time for talking with Iran is over
Rice: Iran must stop making nuclear bombs!
Iran: We're not making nuclear bombs. We're building a power station.
Rice: Iran's denial of nuclear weapons manufacture is proof of their uncooperative attitude!
Iran: We're not being uncooperative. Come in, look around all you want. It's a power station. Look here, see this switch? Switch goes up, light goes on. Switch goes down, light goes off!
Rice: Don't patronize me! We know you are building nuclear bombs with reactor fuel.
Iran: Look, I don't know who taught you nuclear physics but in fact the step from fuel-grade to weapons-grade is not as simple as you seem to think. It's not like you push a button on a microwave for an extra minute and instead of tuna noodle casserole you get a neutron bomb.
Rice: We are done talking!
Iran: Then shut the fuck up, already. Nobody believes you anyway. You were screaming that Iraq had nuclear weapons. You invaded, murdered thousands of innocent people, made a total mess of the country, and didn't find a single WMD. Now you are saying the same things about Iran, and without a single shred of proof, I might add!
Rice: Your refusal to be honest and open is proof enough!
Iran: Look, Ms. Rice, thank you for coming, but I think we are done for the day. You want to buy electricity or oil, you are welcome back. You want nuclear bombs, better you should go see the Israelis; they have lots of them! Bush Warns of Iranian Nuclear Blackmailhttp://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060123/ts_nm/nuclear_iran_dc"The world cannot be put in a position where we can be blackmailed by a nuclear weapon," he said. He also had a message for the Iranian people, saying "we have no beef with you," and expressing hope that Iraq's fledgling THEOCRACY could serve as an example for nearby Iran.
IS ISRAEL BLACKMAILING AMERICA?
If indeed Israel is blackmailing our officials and media icons, it is because those who are being blackmailed ARE blackmailable. If we elect a government of criminals, we elect a government subject to blackmail. Finally, given the fact that blackmail may be assumed to be as widespread as the collection system itself is, those who persist in trying to defend Israel may no longer be assumed to be operating from the purest of motives. After all, who will defend a blackmailer more staunchly than those who are the blackmailer's victims?
US XXXXXXXXX George WMD Bush will not accept a nuclear Iran
Bush worries that a nuclear-equipped Iran under its current leadership could well engage in a nuclear holocaust, "and that is just not something he is going to accept."
During a speech, XXXXXXXXX George WMD Bush declares: "He has weapons of mass destruction. At one time we know for certain he was close to having a nuclear weapon. Imagine Saddam Hussein with a nuclear weapon. Not only has he got chemical weapons, but I want you to remember, he's used chemical weapons."
Vice XXXXXXXXX Dick Cheney tells Meet the Press: "Let's talk about the nuclear proposition for a minute. We know that based on intelligence, that he has been very, very good at hiding these kinds of efforts. He's had years to get good at it and we know he has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."
Seven GIs Killed in Iraq
OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, New Iraq - The U.S. military said seven more U.S. troops had been killed - a soldier in a roadside bombing in Baghdad on Monday, two Air Force members in a blast near Taji north of the capital late Sunday, and four soldiers in a roadside bombing near the northern town of Hawijah on Friday.
A U.S. Army jury on Monday ordered a military interrogator be reprimanded but not sent to prison for the killing of an Iraqi general who was stuffed head first into a sleep bag.
A six-member military panel delivered the sentence for Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr., at 8:05 p.m. Monday at Fort Carson, Colo., to cheering from soldiers in the courtroom.
U.S. 'outsourced' torture
EU inquiry into CIA jails finds 100-plus examples of possible torture.
Every American school child is taught that in the United States, people have “unalienable rights,” heralded by the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Supposedly, these liberties can’t be taken away, but they are now gone.
He can spy on anyone he wants without a court order; he can throw anyone into jail without due process; he can order torture or other degrading treatment regardless of a new law enacted a month ago; he can launch wars without congressional approval; he can assassinate people whom he deems to be the enemy even if he knows that innocent people, including children, will die, too.
Impeachment hearings: The White House prepares for the worst
Iraq ♥ Iran
Iraqi Cleric: Militia Would Defend Iran
The Iraqi cleric who once led two uprisings against U.S. forces said Sunday that his militia would help to defend Iran if it is attacked, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Muqtada al-Sadr, speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with the top Iranian nuclear negotiator, said his Mahdi Army was formed to defend Islam.
''If neighboring Islamic countries, including Iran, become the target of attacks, we will support them,'' al-Sadr was quoted as saying. ''The Mahdi Army is beyond the Iraqi army. It was established to defend Islam.'' The comments could be seen as a message that Tehran has allies who could make things difficult for U.S. forces in the region if Iran's nuclear facilities are attacked.
Revolutionary Nonviolence In the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, our relentless pursuit of global domination, nuclear brinkmanship, corporate greed and silent oppression of the world's poor, I turn again to the great peacemakers of history, from Jesus of Nazareth and Francis of Assisi to Dorothy Day and Mohandas Gandhi for wisdom to practice revolutionary nonviolence against imperial America.
Our government, the Pentagon, its warmakers and corporate rulers have set out with renewed energy to control the planet. The public by and large has been terrorized or pacified to accept every new imperial pronouncement with passive indifference, whether the loss of civil liberties, the threatened use of nuclear weapons, or "regime change."
The empire would have us believe that democracy and peace have been fully realized, when instead, we have reached Orwell's permanent war. Nonetheless, people of integrity and conscience need to dig deeper into that revolutionary nonviolence which sows seeds for a future of peace. This revolutionary nonviolence seeks the fall of imperial, nuclear America and the birth of a new nonviolent, democratic society dedicated to global disarmament, justice for the world's poor, and peace for the whole human family.
Our peacemaking ancestors gave their lives for this vision. They did not live to see it come about, but that did not stop them from sowing the seeds which have blossomed within us. We too have to commit ourselves again to that long haul work of sowing the seeds of peace and justice, knowing that we can contribute to a harvest somewhere down the road. This work requires withdrawing our cooperation from imperial America; resisting imperial America through steadfast, nonviolent action; building a new society within the shell of the old, through constructive work for racial and economic justice; and envisioning a new world of nonviolence beyond imperial America.
Withdrawing cooperation from imperial America
"Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good," Gandhi said throughout his life. Just as he concluded that non-cooperation with imperial Britain was a duty for all Indians, we conclude that non-cooperation with imperial America is a duty for us. Somehow we have to withdraw our cooperation more and more from the system of war, nuclear weapons, economic hegemony, global oppression of the poor, and imperial violence. We have to help others realize that we are an occupied people, living in the belly of the empire, so they can withdraw their cooperation with the system of institutionalized injustice, what Jonathan Schell calls "total violence."
Our nonviolent non-cooperation will take simple, concrete steps, from canceling subscriptions to the mass media which support imperial war (The New York Times, the Washington Post); to boycotting the TV media that support war; seeking alternative sources of information; putting away the flag; cutting back on fuel consumption; refusing to pay war taxes; no longer supporting businesses which endorse America's war; and urging young people not to join the military. (This past year, I counseled many young people in the desert of New Mexico where I live, to turn down the tempting offers from military recruiters who sought to entrap them. Several of these young people not only refused to join the military, but joined the peace movement instead.)
Resisting imperial America through nonviolent direct action
The nonviolent movement for peace and justice is just beginning. We sow seeds that will one day bring a harvest of peace and justice. That means we have to spend our lives in steadfast, creative, nonviolent action for justice and peace. As martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero said, "None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something." We each do what we can--vigil, lobby, agitate, write, and speak out for peace. We serve as activists and organizers. We stir the pot, disturb the peace and agitate for disarmament and justice. More and more cross the line in simple acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, to break the laws which legalize war, nuclear weapons and imperial America.
But as the late Philip Berrigan said, we have to practice nonviolent resistance to imperial America as a way of life. More than any other North American I have known, Phil embodied steadfast nonviolent resistance. For twenty years, I heard him speak about the imperative of steadfast resistance to imperial America as a moral requirement for these times, indeed as a spiritual duty of faith in the God of peace and justice. This resistance was not just a periodic fling, but day to day hard work.
Phil spent over eleven years of his life in prison for protesting our country's wars and nuclear weapons. When he was not in prison, he lived in Jonah House, a community of nonviolent resistance in inner-city Baltimore, where friends study the issues and the scriptures, serve the neighborhood poor, organize vigils and demonstrations, write and speak out for disarmament, and storm heaven for the coming of God's reign of nonviolence.
This might sound romantic or idealistic, but Phil made revolutionary nonviolence a day to day spiritual practice. He did not just dream about it, speak about it, or write about it. He lived it, suffered through it, and died last December resisting imperial America. We can learn from Phil's example, and commit ourselves anew to that same tireless, persistent resistance.
Building a new society within the shell of the old
As we resist imperial America, we join the local struggle to bring justice to the poor, jobs to the unemployed, housing to the homeless, food to the hungry, healthcare to the sick, education for our children, positive activities for our youth, and clean, safe, healthy environments for all. As we work locally for justice, we stand in solidarity with the millions around the world who struggle each day to survive, working not just for the rights of justice, but the basic necessities of life.
Gandhi insisted that if his people wanted independence, they had to start acting like they were free and take responsibility for their own lives, their own local communities, and their own local, concrete issues of poverty. He would not let his people wait for some glorious independence day down the road before they started to reform their nation; he demanded that everyone pitch in right now.
Dorothy Day called this constructive program "building a new society within the shell of the old." Her Catholic Worker movement today runs over 150 Houses of Hospitality where the homeless live in their homes, not as shelter clients, but as family. They receive both food, loving kindness, and the strength to rebuild their lives.
Everyone of us can serve in a local neighborhood, in our region or state to bring about positive changes for the poor and disenfranchised, to transform our local community even as we seek the global transformation to come. The trick is to make the connection between our grassroots work for peace and justice and the global movement of transforming, revolutionary nonviolence.
Envisioning a new world of nonviolence beyond imperial America
One of the casualties of a culture of war is the loss of our imagination. Our people can no longer even imagine a world without war or violence or poverty or nuclear weapons. Few dream of a world of nonviolence.
Dorothy Day called our military leaders and nuclear weapons manufacturers "the blindest of the blind." Our blindness has become total, yet we do not think we are blind. We think we know what we are doing and what is good for others. But we are clueless.
Since our blind leaders are driving us to the brink of destruction, we have to take the wheel, point the way out, and lead one another away from the brink, beyond imperial America, into a new future of peace with justice. We have to envision that new world to come. If we can uphold that vision and help one another imagine a world without war or nuclear weapons, we can help make that dream a reality. But we cannot expect vision from the warmakers or their media spokespeople. Only peacemakers can see the way forward toward a world of peace.
To be visionaries of peace we need to be contemplatives of nonviolence, people who imagine the God of peace, who let God disarm our hearts, who allow the God of peace to show us the way to peace. As visionaries and contemplatives of peace, we can then become a prophetic people who not only denounce imperial America as ungodly, immoral, and evil, but announce the coming of God's reign of nonviolence and justice.
Like the abolitionists who envisioned a world without slavery, we envision a world without war, poverty, imperial domination and nuclear weapons. We give our lives to that vision, and go forward trusting that one day, it will come true.
I think we are all called to this life of revolutionary nonviolence, to be sowers of justice and peace, resisters of imperial America, builders of justice and peace on the grassroots level and visionaries who point the way toward global transformation. We can learn from our ancestors in history's struggles for justice and peace not to be discouraged, but to keep at the work, keep speaking the truth, keep walking the road to peace.
As Philip Berrigan once said to me, "We are all expected to do good, to seek justice and to resist evil. We will have to resist war for the rest of our lives. We're called to serve the poor, resist the state and be ignored, ostracized and sent to jail because we do that. We all have to take responsibility for the Bomb. But this new responsibility will breed all sorts of life-giving, salvific benefits in our lives. It will create the new human person, the new creation, the just social order."http://www.johndear.org/nonviolence/revolutionary-nonviolence.htm
THIS PUTS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ONE DEGREE OF SEPERATION FROM THE 911 HIJACKERS, HEROIN, & BRIBERY!
Bush Pioneer Jackoff Abramafia /
9/11 Islamic Terrorist Mohammed Atta
Prior to the events of September 11th, 2001 chief hijacker Mohamed Atta and several of the other 9/11 hijackers were reported to have made multiple visits to the SunCruz casino cruise ship off the Gulf coast in Florida.  This has led some to speculate that Mohamed Atta was using the casino to launder money for al-Qaeda and that possibly Atta was involved in a scheme with Abramoff and the mob to smuggle heroin.  To date none of these allegations has been confirmed or investigated.
In May 2003 Black was succeeded by Leonardo Rapadas at the recommendation of the Guam Republican Party. He was confirmed without any debate. "Fred Radewagen, a lobbyist who had been under contract to the Gutierrez administration, said he carried that recommendation to top Bush aide Karl Rove in early 2003."
What were the alleged 911 "Islamic Terrorists" doing on Super Zionist Jack Abramoff's casino ships? Prior to the events of September 11th, 2001 chief hijacker Mohamed Atta and several of the other 9/11 hijackers were reported to have made multiple visits to the SunCruz casino cruise ship off the Gulf coast in Florida.  This has led some to speculate that Mohamed Atta was using the casino to launder money for al-Qaeda and that possibly Atta was involved in a scheme with Abramoff and the mob to smuggle heroin.  To date none of these allegations has been confirmed or investigated.
Time: Bush-Abramoff Photos "Suggest A Level Of Contact Between Them That Bush's Aides Have Downplayed"...
"Say Jack, you got any Aye-rabs hanging out on your casino ship we could use as patsies in a fake terror attack?" -- Official White Horse Souse
What's not right about the Osama Bin Laden audio tape.
Bogus tape alert! The Bin Laden tape plugging Bill Blum's book Rogue State is a ridiculous neo-con forgery intended to tarnish the progressive left.
U.S. accused of spying on those who disagree with Bush policies
Real Reasons Why The United States Makes War
The reasons are multifaceted, though simply put, the aggressive foreign policies we are seeing, the covert activities and the military strong arming used against other nations by the United States are by all accounts, actions used to coerce, intimidate and force others into submission ...in order to plunder a targeted nation’s natural resources and to create a conduit for profitable illegal activities.
US Troops told to ignore Opium Crop that is now more than 1/2 Afghan GDP
When the Taliban was on control of Afghanistan, opium production had been shut down almost completely. In a horrible repeat of the Vietnam era, when Kuhn Sa's heroin flooded the US via "Air America" and the body bags of our Vietnam dead, once again the drug flow into the US is being protected by elements of the US Government itself.
DEATH TO SPIES - DEATH TO TRAITORSA former Defense Department analyst was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison yesterday for passing government secrets to two employees of a pro-Israel lobbying group and to an Israeli government official in Washington.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/20/AR2006012000877.htmlFranklin did not intend to harm the United States when he gave the classified data to the employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, one of Washington's most influential lobbying organizations. When he pleaded guilty, Franklin, an Iran specialist, said he was frustrated with the direction of U.S. policy and thought he could influence it through "back channels." The Middle Eastern country was not named, but Franklin disclosed at his plea hearing that some of the material related to Iran.
FUCK THE ZIONISTS, FUCK FUCK THE ZIONISTS Iran's leader challenges Europe to take back Jews in Israelhttp://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/672977.htmlAhmadinejad forecast that the West would not answer the questions he had posed but would instead accuse him of "talking against global peace."Iran has called for a cut in global oil production while simultaneously preparing to shift its foreign assets out of Europe.http://news.ft.com/cms/s/a5f70e7e-89ac-11da-86d1-0000779e2340.htmlThe moves were widely interpreted as a signal that Iran is preparing for a long stand-off with the west and sees oil production as a counter weight to international economic pressure.The Homeland Security Department said it had no plans to raise the nation's terror threat alert level and no reason to believe an attack was imminent.http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060121/D8F8P9B00.htmlThe threat on the bin Laden audio tape "means nothing to us," the spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for the defense of U.S. territory?"Republicans have a post-9/11 worldview _ and many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview," Karl Rove told Republican activists.http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/20/D8F8IQQ81.html"That doesn't make them unpatriotic, not at all. But it does make them wrong _ deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong."A recently revealed Pentagon study has found that 80% of Marines killed in Iraq may have survived if they had been wearing the latest body armor. That's hundreds of American troops.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-rieckhoff/tragedies-that-should-not_b_14187.htmlWhy, three years into this war, are our Troops still struggling with inadequate equipment? This is bureaucracy at its worst.It's been 1,587 days since GWB said he'd catch UBL 'Dead or Alive!'When the Arabic news network al-Jazeera broadcast a new audiotape believed to be from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, it gave us the first evidence we've had in 13 months that the al Qaeda leader still lives?http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/19/AR2006011902694.htmlSafely distanced from tell-tale telephones and e-mails that could be used to track him, he may now be giving broad guidance to his followers via a "Pony Express" of trusted couriers."Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the new audio tape of Osama bin Laden threatening attacks on American soil "is a vivid reminder why we must continue to intercept communications between al-Qaida overseas and potential operatives in the United States."http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060121/ap_on_go_co/domestic_spying;_ylt=AraJylKfzo5BEu8SS1XJ9pus0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3OXIzMDMzBHNlYwM3MDMMeanwhile, Rove Says War on Terror (In All Its Incompetent Failure) Will be Used as Campaign Issue, Yet Again. Ergo, Osama Enters Stage Left.Bin Laden tapes: Fact or fiction?http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=10544The push for IRAQ WAR, for example, won support when a BIN LADEN audiotape helped to cement U.S. claims of links between AL-QAEDA and SADDAM HUSSEIN. This tape was released in February 2003, while the U.S. lobbied heavily for a second UN resolution on IRAQ, and just a month before the war began.Isn't it a mighty big coincidence that Osama returns for a bizarre appearance just as Bush is on the ropes for illegal spying on Americans -- and as Karl Rove announces that he is going to use fear again to maintain one-party dictatorial control over America in the fall elections?http://www.buzzflash.com/index.php?story=Story2Just repeat after us: Fear, Distraction, Fear, Distraction, Fear, Distraction...
Yes, there's a terrorist threat to our way of life. But there's also a more immediate threat to our Constitution, our democracy and our liberties coming from the White House. In the name of preventing the terrorists from attacking us for our freedoms, Bush is taking them away from us one by one. He is letting the terrorists win. He is betraying America.OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, New Iraq - A spate of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least eight Iraqis on Saturday, and Britain announced the death of a British security worker in a roadside blast.http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=060121&cat=news&st=newsd8f92t500&src=apA roadside bomb blast also wounded five bodyguards of President Jalal Talabani in northern Iraq, police said Saturday.
Talabani was not in the convoy when it was attacked late Friday near the town of Salman Beg, some 75 miles south of the northern city of Kirkuk, said police Col. Abbas Mohammed.
An Iraqi army major, his son and his bodyguard were killed in a brazen drive-by shooting Saturday as they headed to work, police Capt. Hakim al-Azawi said. A second son was wounded in the attack near Qadisiyah, 30 miles south of Saddam Hussein's hometown of the northern city of Tikrit.
Also Saturday, a car bomb exploded near the crowded Medina Market in Baghdad's eastern Shaab neighborhood, wounding four people, one critically, said police Lt. Nazim Nasser. One shop was destroyed by the blast.
A Saddam-era army major, Haider Mohammed, was shot dead standing outside his home in Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad, police Maj. Mohammed al-Hasnawi said.
Gunmen also killed three butchers standing on a street side in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, said police Capt. Firas Jiti.
An Iraqi civilian was killed and two were wounded in a roadside bomb blast apparently intended for passing Iraqi police, who escaped the attack unharmed 30 miles west of the southern city of Karbala, said police Capt. Qais al-Azawi.
Police also found the bullet-riddled bodies of Iraqi commando officer Ali Hussein in an open field and former Baath Party member Abdun Hamid in a playground near Karbala, al-Azawi said.