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    From a Vietnam Veteran: Hold On to Your Humanity GI: An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq, Stan Goff,  "Not for all, Not pleasant, Not the usual uplifting channeled article, but very Straight, Graphic and to the Point,  Insight on War, I feel compelled to include this as a Viet Nam War Veteran myself": Keth, "No Wars are Won"      Christmas in the Trenches
 
War or Peace ?   What is the Real Truth,  Information and Links
 
What is Really going on in Iraq?  Read this by a Journalist there.  
Here is a link to the site mentioned in the Doonesbury 10/12/04  piece:
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45&aid=72659 

Another War soon? 
http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=2360
White House Insider information:    
Click here: TBRNews.org
http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a1143.htm

179 Economic Professors Send An Open Letter to President Bush
Click here: Open Letter to President   http://www.openlettertothepresident.org/

War Records of Famous People  
Anti-Kerry Vets Not There that Day   The Story by one who was there in Viet Nam.

From a Vietnam Veteran: Hold On to Your Humanity: An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq, Stan Goff
"Not for all, Not pleasant, Not the usual uplifting channeled article, but very Straight, Graphic and to the Point, 
Insight on War, I feel compelled to include this as a Viet Nam War Veteran myself": Keth, "No Wars are Won"

This recent article from the Maui Vision Magazine may be of some help when all around we sometimes see "Breakdown"  Keep on keeping on.  Those clouds DO have silver linings if we can remember and look for them. http://www.jor-el.org/maui_vision
 
What if the whole world could vote in the U.S. presidential election?  Vote Here  www.betavote.com/

 NOW with Bill Moyers . Rigging the Debates | PBS  http://www.pbs.org/now/debate.html#

The Optimism of Uncertainty   by HOWARD ZINN  http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040920&s=zinn


As Oprah Slaps Bush, With 30 states poised to smack down women's rights again, the one true savior emerges
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/g/a/2004/10/13/notes101304.DTL&type=printable  Read up Ladies,  Women Vote!
This was her fabulous, much-needed message: Take your rights for granted at your peril, ladies. Move, or else. Choose how you want the laws to treat and respect you and your body -- or someone else, someone who hasn't touched a vagina for 30 years and who thinks sex is only tolerable in the dark, fully clothed and with a respectable prostitute, will choose for you.

US GI's in Iraq Web Site and Pictures  http://gunfu.yafro.com/photos   and general everything www.yafro.com
Personal Pictures taken by Soldiers on the Frontline in Iraq. We are happy that Yafro enables them to give us all a glimpse into their lives that we rarely get from the Media. Straight from the source,  http://www.yafro.com/frontline.php


There are soooo many ways to make ourselves aware.  This is definitely one of them.   I usually confine these posts to the "With Knowledge Comes Responsibility" site but this report seems too important not to go to everyone I know.   Awareness is how the world changes, even when we don't want to know!

Quote: Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore, (individual citizens)  HAVE THE DUTY to prevent crimes against Peace and Humanity from occuring."     ~~~~~Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal 1950

Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 by the University of California-Berkeley

Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh
Spills the Secrets of the Iraq Quagmire and the War on Terror


by Bonnie Azab Powell


BERKELEY – The Iraq war is not winnable, a secret U.S. military unit has been "disappearing" people since December 2001, and America has no idea how irreparably its torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison has damaged its image in the Middle East. These were just a few of the grim pronouncements made by Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Seymour "Sy" Hersh to KQED host Michael Krasny before a Berkeley audience on Friday night (Oct. 8). The past two years will "go down as one of the classic sort of failures" in history, said the man who has been called the "greatest muckraker of all time" and (paradoxically) the "enfant terrible of journalism for more than 30 years."

While Hersh blamed the White House and the Pentagon for the Iraq quagmire and America's besmirched world image, he was stymied by how it all happened. "How could eight or nine neoconservatives come and take charge of this government?" he asked. "They overran the bureaucracy, they overran the Congress, they overran the press, and they overran the military! So you say to yourself, How fragile is this democracy?

"From My Lai to Abu Ghraib

That fragility clearly unnerves him. Hersh summarizes his mission as "to hold the people in public office to the highest possible standard of decency and of honesty…to tolerate anything less, even in the name of national security, is wrong." He tries his best. More than any other U.S. journalist alive today, he embodies the statement that "a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government," a belief defined by the conservationist Edward Abbey.

Hersh was working the phone with sources up until the minute the presidential debate began, which he watched with a crowd in North Gate Hall.

His country has not always thanked him for it — neocon Pentagon adviser Richard Perle has called Hersh "the closest thing we have to a terrorist," while his 1998 book on John F. Kennedy's administration, "The Dark Side of Camelot," cost him many friends on the left. But Hersh's reputation remains more bulletproof than most. The author of eight books, he first received worldwide recognition (and the Pulitzer) in 1969 for exposing the My Lai massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War. 1982's "The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House," painted Henry Kissinger as a war criminal and won Hersh the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times book prize in biography. Most recently, as a staff writer for the New Yorker, Hersh has relentlessly ferreted out the behind-the-scenes deals, trickery, and blunders associated with the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Back in May 2003, he was the first American reporter to state unequivocally that
we would not find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. (A mea culpa http://slate.msn.com/id/2091147 from a Slate journalist who doubted Hersh on WMDs also inadvertently confirms his prescient track record.) And in April of this year, he broke the story of how U.S. soldiers had digitally documented their torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqis at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The several articles he wrote for the New Yorker about Abu Ghraib have been updated and edited into his latest book, "Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib."

"Bush scares the hell of me

"
Hersh came to Berkeley at the invitation of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and the California First Amendment Coalition. His appearance in the packed ballroom of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union was the fitting end to a week of high-profile events in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. The Hersh event began only minutes after the second debate between President George W. Bush and John Kerry concluded. Krasny naturally asked Hersh — who had watched the debate at North Gate Hall stone-faced in the middle of a rowdy crowd — what he thought of the match. "It doesn't matter that Bush scares the hell of me," Hersh answered. "What matters is that he scares the hell out of a lot of very important people in Washington who can't speak out, in the military, in the intelligence community. They know in ways that none of us know, the incredible gap between what is and what [Bush] thinks."With that, he was off and running. One could safely say that for the next hour, Hersh proceeded to scare the hell out of most of the audience by detailing the gaps between what they knew and what he hears is actually going on in Iraq. While his writing is dense but digestible, in person Hersh speaks with the rambling urgency of a street-corner doomsayer, leaping from point to point and anecdote to anecdote and frequently failing to finish his clauses, let alone his sentences. His train of thought can be difficult to catch a ride on. This evening, it was a challenge for Krasny to slow him down long enough to get a word or question in edgewise. For example, here's a slice of raw Hersh on the current situation in Iraq:
 

I've been doing an alternate history of the war, from inside, because people, right after 9/11, because people inside — and there are a lot of good people inside — are scared, as scared as anybody watching this tonight I think should be, because [Bush], if he's re-elected, has only one thing to do, he's going to bomb the hell out of that place. He's been bombing the hell of that place — and here's what really irritates me again, about the press — since he set up this Potemkin Village government with Allawi on June 28 — the bombing, the daily bombing rates inside Iraq, have gone up exponentially. There's no public accounting of how many missions are flown, how much ordinance is dropped, we have no accounting and no demand to know. The only sense you get is we're basically in a full-scale air war against invisible people that we can't find, that we have no intelligence about, so we bomb what we can see.

And yet — despite the more than 1,000 deaths of U.S. soldiers and the horrific number of Iraqi casualties — Bush continues to believe we are doing the right thing, according to Hersh. "He thinks he's wearing the white hat," he said, adding that is what makes this administration different from previous ones whose hypocrisy Hersh has exposed. Bush and the neocons "are not hypocrites."

Enter the utopians

"I think it's real simple to say [Bush] is a liar. But that would also suggest there was a reality that he understood," explained Hersh. "I'm serious. It is funny in sort of a sick, black humor sort of way, but the real serious problem is, he believes what he's doing." In effect, Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and the other neocons are "idealists, you can call them utopians." As Hersh understands them, they really believe that the solution to global terrorism began with invading Baghdad and will end only with the transformation of the last unfriendly government in the Middle East into a democracy. "No amount of body bags is going to dissuade [Bush]," said Hersh, despite the fact that Hersh's sources say the war in Iraq is "not winnable. It's over." As for Kerry's war plans, Hersh said he wished he could tell him to stop talking as if the senator's plan for Iraq could somehow still eke out a victory there. "This is a disaster that's been going on. It's a civil war, the insurgency. There is no 'win' anymore in this war," he argued. "As somebody said, 'We're playing chess, they're play Go.'"Later, Hersh shared something he had yet to write about. Sources were suggesting that the many acts of domestic terrorism in Iraq that U.S. officials have been attributing to suspected Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are in fact a smokescreen set up by the insurgents. "They decided to wage war against their own population," he said. "It's a huge step, with enormous consequences.…The insurgency has simply deflected what they're doing onto this man. And we fell for it."
'We operate on guilt, [Muslims] operate on shame…The idea of photographing an Arab man naked and having him simulate homosexual activity, and having an American GI woman in the photographs, is the end of society in their eyes.'
-Seymour Hersh

What is worse, he said impatiently, was that because U.S. forces had "privatized" so many of Iraq's institutions, it had decimated the job market in the country."This is why Bush can talk about 100,000 people wanting to go work in the police or in the army. It's because there's nothing else for them to do. They're willing to stand in line to get bombed because they want to take care of their family," he said. Hersh has been accused many times of sympathizing with "the enemy," and told that his publicizing of incidents like the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib torture only fan the flames of anti-American sentiment around the world. He related that he's been asked if he feels guilty about the beheadings of two Americans who were wearing uniforms like those worn at Abu Ghraib. "As if the Iraqis needed me to tell them what's going on in that prison!" he responded. He also repeated a question often posed to him: "Was it immoral to go in … [T]he idea that Saddam was a torturer and a killer, doesn't that lend a patina of morality to going after him?" The answer to that one, he said unsmilingly, "is of course, Saddam tortured and killed his people. And now we're doing it."In addition to adding more details to the woeful chronology of the Abu Ghraib scandal, in which the military stopped the abuse only after Hersh's story brought it crashing down onto front pages around the world — four months after it was first reported to the Department of Defense — Hersh speculated on why those dehumanizing techniques had been used. He was sure that they were not, as some have claimed, the "stress outlet" or other spontaneous recreational ideas of young soldiers from West Virginia. Instead, he said, they were the outgrowth of a massive manhunt for information, any information, about first Al Qaida, the Taliban, and then the Iraqi insurgency:

My government has a secret unit that since December of 2001 has been disappearing people just like the Brazilians and the Argentineans did. Rumsfeld decided after 9/11 that he could not wait. The president signed a secret document…There's a team of people, they fly in unmarked planes, they fly in Gulfstreams, they have their own choppers, they don't carry American passports, and they just grab people. And maybe in the beginning I can understand there was some rationale. Right after 9/11 we were frightened, we didn't know what to do …

The original idea behind the sexually humiliating photos taken at Abu Ghraib, Hersh said he had heard, was to use them as blackmail so that the newly released prisoners — many of whom were ordinary Iraqi thieves or even civilian bystanders rounded up in dragnets — would act as informants. "We operate on guilt, [Muslims] operate on shame," Hersh explained. "The idea of photographing an Arab man naked and having him simulate homosexual activity, and having an American GI woman in the photographs, is the end of society in their eyes."And the fact that Americans had perpetrated such acts — and refused to take responsibility for it — ended America's role as any kind of moral leader in the eyes of not just the Middle East, but the world, Hersh railed. He talked about an Israeli, a longtime veteran of the troubles between his country and the Palestinians, who had emailed him to say, in essence, "We've been killing them for 40 or 50 years, and they've been killing us for 40 or 50 years, but we know that somewhere down the line we're going to have to live with those SOBs…If we had treated our Arabs the way you treated them in Abu Ghraib, the sexual stuff, the photographs, we couldn't live with them. You guys do not begin to understand what you've done, where you have put yourself in the Arab world.

"They just shot them one by one"

There was more — rumors of atrocities around Iraq that to Hersh brought back memories of My Lai. In the evening's most emotional moment, Hersh talked about a call he had gotten from a first lieutenant in charge of a unit stationed halfway between Baghdad and the Syrian border. His group was bivouacking outside of town in an agricultural area, and had hired 30 or so Iraqis to guard a local granary. A few weeks passed. They got to know the men they hired, and to like them. Then orders came down from Baghdad that the village would be "cleared." Another platoon from the soldier's company came and executed the Iraqi granary guards. All of them. "He said they just shot them one by one. And his people, and he, and the villagers of course, went nuts," Hersh said quietly. "He was hysterical, totally hysterical. He went to the company captain, who said, 'No, you don't understand, that's a kill. We got 36 insurgents. Don't you read those stories when the Americans say we had a combat maneuver and 15 insurgents were killed?' "It's shades of Vietnam again, folks: body counts," Hersh continued. "You know what I told him? I said, 'Fella, you blamed the captain, he knows that you think he committed murder, your troops know that their fellow soldiers committed murder. Shut up. Complete your tour. Just shut up! You're going to get a bullet in the back.' And that's where we are in this war.

"The story seemed to leave Hersh sincerely, deeply saddened. While his critics
may call him a "muckraker" and unpatriotic, on Friday night it was obvious that Hersh takes the crumbling of America's image, very, very personally. "My parents were immigrants," Hersh said. "They came here because America meant something…the Statue of Liberty and all that stuff, because America always was this bastion of morality and integrity and a place for a fresh start. And it's right in front of us, not hidden, that they've taken this away from us.

"Watch the Webcast: Seymour Hersh, 1 hour 22 minutes http://webcast.berkeley.edu/events/replay.html?event_id=170

Quote:

"There are none so enslaved as those who falsely believe
they are free."~~~~~~Goethe

"Condemination without investigation is the height of


A big part of co-intelligence is the ability to see through the Eyes
of Others
, to understand how another person or group could
legiimately view the world the way they do.  I have always admired
Anna Deavere Smith's work http://co-intelligence.org/S-multipleviewptdrama.html  because it  promotes that capacity.

Polarization http://co-intelligence.org/polarization.html  impedes our ability to
empathize with others or to deeply understand their point of view.
Our capacity enter into another's world is enhanced in group settings
by processes which specialize in helping us hear each other -- such as

DYNAMIC FACILITATION
http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-dynamicfacilitation.html
NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-nonviolentcomm.html
STRATEGIC QUESTIONING
http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-strategicQing.html
LISTENING CIRCLES (COUNCIL)
http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-listeningcircles.html
CONSENSUS PROCESS
http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-consensus.html

At the whole-society level, another powerful tool for this is story.
We experience this all the time in high-quality movies and novels,
where we can view other people who are very unlike ourselves living
unusual lives -- or usual ones -- in ways we can resonate with,
despite their unfamiliarity.  This brings out a form of
co-intelligence I call resonant intelligence
<http://co-intelligence.org/resonant_intelligence.html> .  Story is
one of the most powerful evokers of resonant intelligence (programs
like the Public Conversation Project
<http://co-intelligence.org/S-beyondabortiondebate.html>  have used
stories in this way to connect pro-life and pro-choice activists).

Below we find an example of how writing a story describing life AS IF
we were actually living in someone else's shoes can burn away the
blinders that hide reality from us, blinders that thereby make our
actions inappropriate.  We can then wake up to what is real and
co-create responses that are more fitting to the world as it really is.

Coheartedly,
Tom Atlee
_ _ _ _ _
from nhne.com

IF AMERICA WERE IRAQ, WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE?
By Juan Cole
Professor of History at the University of Michigan
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

http://www.juancole.com/2004_09_01_juancole_archive.html#109582366638394688

President Bush said Tuesday that the Iraqis are refuting the pessimists and
implied that things are improving in that country.

What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The
population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics
would have to be multiplied by that number.

Thus, violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately
of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings,
grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the
last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if
America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll.

And what if those deaths occurred all over the country, including in the
capital of Washington, DC, but mainly above the Mason Dixon line, in Boston,
Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco?

What if the grounds of the White House and the government buildings near the
Mall were constantly taking mortar fire? What if almost nobody in the State
Department at Foggy Bottom, the White House, or the Pentagon dared venture
out of their buildings, and considered it dangerous to go over to Crystal
City or Alexandria?

What if all the reporters for all the major television and print media were
trapped in five-star hotels in Washington, DC and New York, unable to move
more than a few blocks safely, and dependent on stringers to know what was
happening in Oklahoma City and St. Louis? What if the only time they
ventured into the Midwest was if they could be embedded in Army or National
Guard units?

There are estimated to be some 25,000 guerrillas in Iraq engaged in
concerted acts of violence. What if there were private armies totalling
275,000 men, armed with machine guns, assault rifles (legal again!),
rocket-propelled grenades, and mortar launchers, hiding out in dangerous
urban areas of cities all over the country? What if they completely
controlled Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas,
Denver and Omaha, such that local police and Federal troops could not go
into those cities?

What if, during the past year, the Secretary of State (Aqilah Hashemi), the
President (Izzedine Salim), and the Attorney General (Muhammad Baqir
al-Hakim) had all been assassinated?

What if all the cities in the US were wracked by a crime wave, with
thousands of murders, kidnappings, burglaries, and carjackings in every
major city every year?

What if the Air Force routinely (I mean daily or weekly) bombed Billings,
Montana, Flint, Michigan, Watts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anacostia in
Washington, DC, and other urban areas, attempting to target "safe houses" of
"criminal gangs", but inevitably killing a lot of children and little old
ladies?

What if, from time to time, the US Army besieged Virginia Beach, killing
hundreds of armed members of the Christian Soldiers? What if entire platoons
of the Christian Soldiers militia holed up in Arlington National Cemetery,
and were bombarded by US Air Force warplanes daily, destroying thousands of
graves and even pulverizing the Vietnam Memorial over on the Mall? What if
the National Council of Churches had to call for a popular march of
thousands of believers to converge on the National Cathedral to stop the US
Army from demolishing it to get at a rogue band of the Timothy McVeigh
Memorial Brigades?

What if there were virtually no commercial air traffic in the country?  What
if many roads were highly dangerous, especially Interstate 95 from Richmond
to Washington, DC, and I-95 and I-91 up to Boston?  If you got on I-95
anywhere along that over 500-mile stretch, you would risk being carjacked,
kidnapped, or having your car sprayed with machine gun fire.

What if no one had electricity for much more than 10 hours a day, and often
less? What if it went off at unpredictable times, causing factories to grind
to a halt and air conditioning to fail in the middle of the summer in
Houston and Miami? What if the Alaska pipeline were bombed and disabled at
least monthly? What if unemployment hovered around 40%?

What if veterans of militia actions at Ruby Ridge and the Oklahoma City
bombing were brought in to run the government on the theory that you need a
tough guy in these times of crisis?

What if municipal elections were cancelled and cliques close to the new
"president" quietly installed in the statehouses as "governors?" What if
several of these governors (especially of Montana and Wyoming) were
assassinated soon after taking office or resigned when their children were
taken hostage by guerrillas?

What if the leader of the European Union maintained that the citizens of the
United States are, under these conditions, refuting pessimism and that
freedom and democracy are just around the corner?
-- ________________________________

Tom Atlee * The Co-Intelligence Institute * PO Box 493 * Eugene, OR 97440
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In Bob Woodward's book "Bush at War," the president is quoted: "I'm the
commander in chief, see, I don't need to explain, I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting part about being president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation."

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Senate OKs $137B in Corporate, Special Interest Tax Breaks
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39 Million Americans in Working Poor Families
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Nuclear Assets 'Vanish' in Iraq
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Military Moms, Wives Campaign Against Bush
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Abu Ghraib Interrogator Tells His Story
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Kerry Says Gas Prices Help Bush's Friends
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No Help in Sight for Soldiers in "Mortaritaville"
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Republicans Block Report on Bush Civil Rights Record
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Sinclair Broadcasting: 'Attackumentary' Equals News
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t r u t h o u t | 10.12

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http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204A.shtml

Bush Delays Iraq Offensive until after U.S. Elections
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204B.shtml

Iraqis Fearing a Sunni Boycott of the Election
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204C.shtml

Bin Laden 'No Longer Top Target'
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204D.shtml

Outsiders Back Afghanistan's 'Ink-Stained' Vote
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EPA Delays Regulation of Deadly Chicken Farms
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Top U.S. Economists & Business Profs Slam Bush Deficits
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Iraq, Homeland Security Shape Senate Races
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204K.shtml

Dave Joyce | Debating the Debate in the Woods of Maine
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204L.shtml

Stations Forced to Air Anti-Kerry Show
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204V.shtml

Black Americans Fight to Make Votes Count
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204W.shtml

GOP Dirty Tricks in Ohio?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204X.shtml

Wide Attacks Threatened if U.S. Enters Fallujah
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204Y.shtml

'Superman' Star Christopher Reeve Dead at 52
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204Z.shtml

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t r u t h o u t | 10.11

Marjorie Cohn | Close Enough For Gov'mnt Work
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104A.shtml

In America, States Battle Over Who Gets to Vote
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104B.shtml

Rumsfeld Visits Baghdad as Blasts Kill Up to 18
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104C.shtml

CIA 'Old Guard' Goes to War with Bush
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104D.shtml

Scott Ritter | If You Had Seen What I Have Seen
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104E.shtml

Israel Trades One Nightmare for Another
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104F.shtml

Thomas L. Friedman | Mullahs Love U.S. Oil Policy
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104G.shtml

In the Claws of the Feds
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104H.shtml

New York Times | The Promise of the First Amendment
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104I.shtml

Kerry's Undeclared War
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104J.shtml

Families Plan to Skip Military Draft
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104K.shtml

If America Is Richer, Why Are Families So Much Less Secure?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104L.shtml

The Families Left Behind
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104V.shtml

Democracy, Tradition Collide as Afghan Women Try to Vote
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104W.shtml

GI's Told "Don't Ask When You're Going Home"
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104X.shtml

Panel to Probe Fraud Claims in Afghan Vote
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101104Y.shtml

For Marines, a Frustrating Fight
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t r u t h o u t | 10.10

Report Names U.S.-Saddam Oil Profiteers
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004A.shtml

Huge Errors in Bush No-Fly List, Bans Over 20,000
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004B.shtml

Al-Qaeda Suspected in Sinai and Paris Bombings
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004C.shtml

Militia to Hand Weapons to Iraq Police
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004D.shtml

Blair to Face Renewed Protests over Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004E.shtml

Eleanor Clift | Bush's Scorched-Earth Strategy
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004F.shtml

Kenyan Environmentalist Wins Peace Prize
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004G.shtml

Philippe Boulet-Gercourt | Iraq: Tubegate
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004H.shtml

Who Is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004I.shtml

James K. Galbraith | What Economic Recovery?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004J.shtml

Election-Related Lawsuits Pile Up in Fla.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004K.shtml

J. Sri Raman | Solving Kashmir without the Kashmiris
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004L.shtml

Abuse by Iraqis 'Astonished' Guardsman
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004T.shtml

Helen Thomas | Terror Fears Only Card Bush Has to Play
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004U.shtml

WSJ-Zogby Poll Shows Kerry Moving Ahead
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004V.shtml

Afghan Opposition Alleges Fraud in Voting
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004W.shtml

Bush v. Kerry: The Full Debate Transcript
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004X.shtml

New York Times | 'Bush was Utterly Incoherent'
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William Rivers Pitt | The Scary Little Man
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t r u t h o u t | 10.09

Des Moines Register | Orwell Goes to War
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904A.shtml

British Hostage Reportedly Killed in Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904B.shtml

September Job Growth Weaker Than Expected
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904C.shtml

Stanley Hoffmann | Out of Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904D.shtml

Jun Hoshikawa | Views from Two Ground Zeros
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904E.shtml

Michael T. Kare | Oil Wars
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904F.shtml

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | Bush's Crimes Against Nature
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904G.shtml

Jean-Marcel Bouguereau | A Heavy Tendency, But...
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904H.shtml

NYT Reporter Judith Miller Faces Jail in CIA Leak Probe
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904I.shtml

Florida Rejects "Flawed" Voter Registrations
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904J.shtml

Thomas Oliphant | Cheney's Fading Credibility
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904K.shtml

Remote Control Presidency? Bush's Mystery Bulge
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904L.shtml

Indymedia Servers Seized by FBI
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904W.shtml

Steve Weissman | For What Did We Die, Mr. Bush?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100904X.shtml

Iraq Wedding Party Attacked by U.S., 11 Killed
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Marc Ash | Now Would Be a Good Time
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t r u t h o u t | 10.08

The New York Times | The Verdict Is In
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804A.shtml

Take Them Out, Dude: Pilots Toast Hit on Iraqi 'Civilians'
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804B.shtml

At the U.N., Debate Rages over Taking More - or Less - Risk
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804C.shtml

Sidney Blumenthal | The Day Dick Cheney Was Silenced
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804D.shtml

Jonathan Alford | Looking for Votes, Finding America
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804E.shtml

Newsweek | Rewriting History
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804F.shtml

Closed, For Business: Energy Bill Special-Interests Triumph
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804G.shtml

Jacques Julliard | The Two Americas
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804H.shtml

White House to Retract Pentagon Nomination
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804I.shtml

Saul Landau | Facts and Lies; Slogans and Truth
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804J.shtml

DeLay Again Faulted by House Ethics Panel
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804K.shtml

NOW with Bill Moyers | 3rd Party Candidates Speak Out
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804L.shtml

FOCUS: 'My Son,  a United States Marine'
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804V.shtml

Chief Arms Inspector: "Bush in Denial" over Iraq WMD
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804W.shtml

U.S. 'Green Zone' in Iraq Hit by Rocket Fire
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/100804X.shtml

L.A. Times | Is Bush a Dope?
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U.S. 'Almost All Wrong' on WMD
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Remembering that "words of truth are not always beautiful" here is Carly's Poem, A Nation Rocked to Sleep, by Carly Sheehan, Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 by CommonDreams.org. Army Spc. Casey Sheehan was killed in Baghdad on April 4th 2004. His younger sister Carly wrote this poem about her brothers death. Carly's poem has been posted at the Veterans for Peace memorial in Santa Barbara, California and is making quite an impact on those who have read it.

Carly's Poem,  A Nation Rocked to Sleep,
by Carly Sheehan,

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?
The torrential rains of a mother's weeping will never be done
They call him a hero, you should be glad that he's one, but
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?
He must be brave because his boy died for another man's lies
The only grief he allows himself are long, deep sighs
Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's grave?
They say that he died so that the flag will continue to wave
But I believe he died because they had oil to save
Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's grave?

Have you ever heard the sound of a nation being rocked to sleep?
The leaders want to keep you numb so the pain won't be so deep
But if we the people let them continue another mother will weep
Have you ever heard the sound of a nation being rocked to sleep?



 

by Jim Wallis

"Silent Night," by Stanley Weintraub, is the story of Christmas Eve 1914 on the World War I battlefield in Flanders. As the German, British, and French troops facing each other were settling in for the night, a young German soldier began to sing "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht." Others joined in. When they had finished, the British and French responded with other Christmas carols.

Eventually, the men from both sides left their trenches and met in the middle. They shook hands, exchanged gifts, and shared pictures of their families. Informal soccer games began in what had been "no-man's-land." And a joint service was held to bury the dead of both sides.

The generals, of course, were not pleased with these events. Men who have come to know each other's names and seen each other's families are much less likely to want to kill each other. War seems to require a nameless, faceless "enemy."

So, following that magical night the men on both sides spent a few days simply firing aimlessly into the sky. Then the war was back in earnest and continued for three more bloody years. Yet the story of that Christmas Eve lingered - a night when the angels really did sing of peace on earth.

Folksinger John McCutcheon wrote a song about that night in Belgium, titled "Christmas in the Trenches," from the viewpoint of a young British solder. Several poignant verses are:

"The next they sang was "Stille Nacht," "Tis 'Silent Night'," says I.
And in two tongues one song filled up that sky
"There's someone coming towards us!" the front line sentry cried
All sights were fixed on one lone figure coming from their side
His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shone on that plain so bright
As he bravely strode unarmed into the night.

Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man's land
With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand
We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well
And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave 'em hell.
We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home
These sons and fathers far away from families of their own
Young Sanders played his squeeze box and they had a violin
This curious and unlikely band of men.

Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more
With sad farewells we each began to settle back to war
But the question haunted every heart that lived that wondrous night
"Whose family have I fixed within my sights?"
'Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung
The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung
For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war
Had been crumbled and were gone for evermore."

My prayer for the New Year is for a nation and world where people can come out of their trenches and together sing their hopes for peace. We here at Sojourners will carry on that mission, and we invite you to continue on the journey with us.       http://www.sojo.net/

Blessings to you and your families.      

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