David.Mcr@earthlink.net | 1 Dec 02:40 2003

The Soldiers At My Front Door

Thanks, Viviane, a friend had sent this to me, but not in a form I could send on. I know John Dear, so his
response is very much in keeping with the man.


Subject: The Soldiers At My Front Door

Published on Saturday, November 29, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
The Soldiers At My Front Door
by John Dear

I live in a tiny, remote, impoverished, three block long town in the desert
of northeastern New Mexico. Everyone in town--and the whole state--knows
that I am against the occupation of Iraq, that I have called for the closing
of Los Alamos, and that as a priest, I have been preaching, like the Pope,
against the bombing of Baghdad.

Last week, it was announced that the local National Guard unit for
northeastern New Mexico, based in the nearby Armory, was being deployed to
Iraq early next year. I was not surprised when yellow ribbons immediately
sprang up after the press conference.

But I was surprised the following morning to hear 75 soldiers singing,
shouting and screaming as they jogged down Main Street, passed our St.
Joseph’s church, back and forth around town for an hour. It was 6 a.m., and
they woke me up with their war slogans, chants like “Kill! Kill! Kill!” and
“Swing your guns from left to right; we can kill those guys all night.”

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David.Mcr@earthlink.net | 1 Dec 05:52 2003

Guerrilla war in Iraq spreading

It is also my impression from a close following of the news that the situation is now extremely serious for
the US (and, of course, for the folks in Iraq!). 

The death of the two Japanese will, I believe, close the chances of Japanese forces going in. The death of the
Spanish agents on top of the heavy losses of Italians, will, I believe, increase domestic pressure in
those countries to end involvement. Even if my guess on that is wrong, the deaths indicate the loss of
control by the US.
(If the populations of Great Britain, Spain, Italy, etc., supported the war, and if the war had any kind of
"moral cover", then the deaths might well stiffen the resolve - but  I think given how the US forced the issue
against the will of the world, the rise in casualties will have the impact I suggest.


Subject: Guerrilla war in Iraq spreading

 >>"We have seen an increase," General Richard B. Myers, the Joint Chiefs of
Staff chairman, said on Tuesday, referring to the attacks outside the
triangle, though he described the increase as modest and insisted that those
attacks were probably due to remnants of Saddam Hussein's government.<<
>>Since May, when major combat operations were declared over, a total of
2,227 guerrilla attacks took place in the Sunni Triangle, according to
figures as of the end of last week. The rest of the country has had 1,416
attacks, most of them against occupation forces.<<
That's a lot of "remnants"!

Guerrilla war in Iraq spreading
US says attacks on rise outside Sunni Triangle
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David.Mcr@earthlink.net | 1 Dec 06:58 2003

Re: Delegation of Military Families Leaves for Iraq

Subject: Delegation of Military Families Leaves for Iraq

Published on Sunday, November 30, 2003
by CommonDreams.org

US Delegation of Military Families and Veterans Leaves for

Mission is Not 'Photo-op" But Seeks Answers
by Andrea Buffa and Medea Benjamin

In the wake of quick visits to Iraq by both George Bush
and Hillary Clinton, another group of Americans is
paying a visit to that war-torn nation. This is a 10-
person delegation of veterans and military families with
loved ones serving in Iraq. Organized by the San
Francisco-based human rights group Global Exchange, the
delegation offers a unique opportunity for Americans to
get an unfiltered view of how Iraqis and US troops are
faring under the occupation.

"Both George Bush and Hillary Clinton have a hidden
agenda. They are both using their trips to Iraq to
better position their political parties in the upcoming
elections," said Michael McPhearson, one of the
delegates who is a Gulf War veteran and has a son
serving in the military. "The only agenda of our
delegation is to uncover the truth."
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David.Mcr@earthlink.net | 1 Dec 09:34 2003

Israel's hard men fight for peace

thanks Viviane,
an important story - goes on to several lists.

Subject: Israel's hard men fight for peace

Israel's hard men fight for peace

As campaigners from both sides sign their own draft treaty, Conal Urquhart
meets the security chiefs who insist that Sharon is wrong

Sunday November 30, 2003
The Observer

They are Ariel Sharon's trickiest opponents - four former heads of the
Israeli security service who have united to accuse the Prime Minister of
pushing the Jewish state to the 'edge of an abyss'. Israel, they say, must
find peace or perish.
Between them, they served for 20 years at the head of Shin Bet, the nerve
centre of the war on Palestinian militants, but now they have dramatically
changed tack to spearhead a new movement for peace more powerful than Israel
has ever seen before.

Avraham Shalom, Yaakov Peri, Carmi Gillon and Major General Ami Ayalon have
fought the Palestinians with as much vigour as Sharon, who commanded an
armoured division in the 1967 Six Day War. Shalom reportedly ordered the
murder of two Palestinians who hijacked a bus. Under Ayalon's command, Shin
Bet perfected the use of booby-trapped mobile phones for assassinations.

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David.Mcr@earthlink.net | 1 Dec 09:39 2003

US to release 140 detainees from Guantanamo

One of the great disgraces of this century (though the century is young, and this crime will unhappily be
surpassed). Let's continue to fight to close down the Guantanamo Base entirely, including its return to
Cuba. The US has a legal obligation to bring charges or release the men, and meanwhile to permit full access
to them by humanitarian groups, the media and attorneys.

David McReynolds


Monday December 1, 3:18 AM
US to release 140 detainees from Guantanamo: report

The United States plans to release 140 detainees from its naval base in
Cuba, where captured al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters from 42 countries have
been kept in secret, a US news magazine reported.

A US military official told Time Magazine that the detainees slated for
release are "the easiest 20 percent" of the estimated 660 people kept at
Guantanamo Bay, which the United States has leased from Cuba since 1903.

US officials said that some of the detainees had been captured by Afghan
warlords and sold for the bounty offered by Washington for al-Qaeda and
Taliban fighters.

"Many would not have been detained under the normal rules of engagement,"
the source told the weekly.

"We're dealing with some very, very dangerous people, but the pendulum is
swinging too far in the wrong direction."
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Tim Murphy | 1 Dec 16:00 2003

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michael a. lebowitz | 1 Dec 21:08 2003

fraud, etc claims in Venezuela

         Once I've had a chance to absorb impressions from visiting sites 
this morning, I'll report on these. Right now, the fraud, etc charges are 
coming quickly. (I am reproducing the report that appears on today's 
venezuelanalysis and will add to it later--- they are a constant on the 
state tv.) I find it very difficult, though,  to know how significant in 
terms of numbers these reports are. There is no question in my mind that 
many people came out to sign for a referendum recall against Chavez. Many 
centres seem to have used all their papers. Whether the legitimate 
signatures will be enough for the 2.4 million needed to trigger the 
referendum remains to be seen. It's important to remember that this is only 
20% of the electorate, that Chavez's opponent received close to this in 
Chavez's landslide victory and that (to the best of my knowledge) no one 
has ever estimated the opposition at less than 30%.
         in solidarity,

Reports of Fraud Continue as Venezuela's Chavez Recall Signature Drive 
Enters Final Day
By: Venezuelanalysis.com

Caracas, Dec 1 (Venezuelanalysis.com).- Mr. Domingo Centeno (64) thought 
that having surgery during the signature collection drive to request a 
recall referendum on President Chavez would be complicated. What he never 
imagined was that the doctor would demand from him proof of having signed 
against Chavez in order to operate on him.

This claim, coming from the Perez Luciani Hospital in Caracas, is one of 
the hundreds that those who support President Chávez have made during the 
days that opposition forces have been collecting signatures to request a 
recall referendum. Workers have reported having to present "proof of 
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Macdonald Stainsby | 1 Dec 19:16 2003

Re: Israel's hard men fight for peace

David.Mcr <at> earthlink.net wrote:

> Underpinning the fierce criticism of Sharon's administration is fear that
> Jews will become a minority in land controlled by Israel unless a
> Palestinian state is created. Ayalon and many Israelis fear that unless
> there is such a state, the Palestinians will demand equal rights in a single
> nation, leading to a Muslim majority within 10 years.
> Sharon's insistence on stamping out 'terror' before opening talks is like
> Nero fiddling as Rome burnt, say his critics. 'The status quo is leading us
> to a place we do not want to be, a one-state solution. We need a two-state
> solution,' said Ayalon.

This is preceisely their headspace-- not equality or peace as such, but a 
desire to maintain the racist state, even at the ocst of surrendering Judea 
and Samaria. WE need to realise that the options that are being looked at 
are almost spoken of above-- what is really being discussed is "Can we get 
away with a full expulsion of the Palestinians?" and Sharon is banking 
'yes', or else is truly going to try to maintain things on a Bantustan 
level. However, these men discussed in the article forwarded by David 
deserve no medals nor kind words: they are motivated by a mortal fear of a 
truly democratic society where one person = one vote, and Palestinians have 
full equality. They, much like Rabin, will be touted by bourgeois press 
corps writers as peaceniks, but in reality they see Sharon as their Botha 
and they are trying like Hell to avoid a situation where they need to find 
a Deklerk.

The main problem they see is not the practice of Sharon, but rather the 
short-sightedness of such practices. They are longer seeing, and they 
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David.Mcr@earthlink.net | 1 Dec 23:10 2003

Re: Israel's hard men fight for peace

The fact Sharon is under fire from these men is important from my point of view, which is that the settlement,
if any comes, will have to come from the Israelis and Palestinians there, not from what leftists,
socialists, Palestinians, or Jews outside of the Middle East may feel is the best settlement.

Most hopeful I think is the effort by Palestinians and Israelis to sign a "virtual" peace treaty - no wonder
this treaty has come under fierce attack in the US from the rigid pro-Israeli supporters.


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Subject: Re: [R-G] Israel's hard men fight for peace

David.Mcr <at> earthlink.net wrote:

> Underpinning the fierce criticism of Sharon's administration is fear that
> Jews will become a minority in land controlled by Israel unless a
> Palestinian state is created. Ayalon and many Israelis fear that unless
> there is such a state, the Palestinians will demand equal rights in a single
> nation, leading to a Muslim majority within 10 years.
> Sharon's insistence on stamping out 'terror' before opening talks is like
> Nero fiddling as Rome burnt, say his critics. 'The status quo is leading us
> to a place we do not want to be, a one-state solution. We need a two-state
> solution,' said Ayalon.

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David.Mcr@earthlink.net | 1 Dec 22:06 2003

IRAQ: CPTers Leaflet for Iraqi Human Rights

December 1, 2003
IRAQ: CPTers Leaflet for Iraqi Human Rights

by David Milne

November 28, 2003

On Wednesday and Thursday, November 26-27, CPTers members Cliff Kindy, Allan
Slater, David Milne, and Anne Montgomery began the next phase of the
Campaign to Ensure Justice for Iraqi Detainees.  They gave leaflets to U.S.
soldiers guarding the Palestine and Sheraton hotels, the Coalition
Provisional Authority (CPA) compound, and the Iraqi Assistance Center (IAC.)
The CPTers met them on the streets where they had stopped their
Humvees and at the gates to their bases.

The one page handout, English on one side and Arabic on the other, describes
the basic human rights of Iraqi--rights which Iraqis have told CPT the
Coalition Forces routinely violate during house raids and detentions.  [See
full text of handout in accompanying release.]

At the Palestine Hotel, a CTV journalist interviewed Milne and Slater while
a journalist from Al Arabia Radio spoke with Kindy and Montgomery.  The
following day a New York Times reporter interviewed Montgomery, Slater, and
Milne outside the CPA.

The U.S. soldiers received the handout graciously.  Not one soldier asked
why the CPTers were taking this action.  The CPTers also gave the handout
to curious Iraqi citizens standing nearby and to Iraqi soldiers on duty
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