The regrets of the man who brought down Saddam

March 23, 2007

“I really regret bringing down the statue,” Kadhim al-Jubouri, the Iraqi weightlifter made famous through a video of him taking a sledgehammer to Hussein’s statue, said on British television this week. “The Americans are worse than the dictatorship. Every day is worse than the previous day.”That’s the judgment of a man who spent nine years in Hussein’s jails and, unfortunately, it is one shared by a majority of his countrymen, according to an authoritative poll sponsored jointly by ABC, BBC and USA Today: Only 38 percent of Iraqis believe that the country is better off today than it was under Hussein, while nearly 4 out of 5 oppose the presence of coalition forces in Iraq.

Yet he now says he would prefer to be living under Saddam than under US occupation. He said: “The devil you know [is] better than the devil you don’t. We no longer know friend from foe. The situation is becoming more dangerous. It’s not getting better at all. People are poor and the prices are going higher and higher.”

Saddam, he says, “was like Stalin. But the occupation is proving to be worse”.

Wanna read more, visit The Guardian, The Age

يمكنك قراءة الموضوع باللغة العربية بالضغط على: هذا الرابط


We Want All The Oil For Ourselves. Keep Your Hands Away From It.

March 23, 2007

In a Turkish Daily News article, seeking to hit Iran’s oil and natural gas revenues, the United States said on Wednesday that it was encouraging its allies and friendly nations, including Turkey, to find alternatives to Tehran’s resources.

Well, if they are allies, why can`t they still use those resources as long as America is going to, eventually, use them?

Plus, why are you going to hit Iran`s oil and natural gas resources when all the fuss is over its nuclear program and facilities?


Why Do Jewish grandmothers patrol West Bank checkpoints?

March 23, 2007

I just read this article, which another truthseeking blogger talked about, on a Turkish news website and I really liked the idea that goodness  is still there and that sometimes you get help from the unexpected.

Jewish grandmothers patrol West Bank checkpoints

Bernd Debusmann
JERUSALEM – Reuters

Hanna Barag remembers the day an Israeli soldier called her a Palestinian whore. She was 67 and had just joined Machsomwatch, an all-woman group set up to curb human rights abuses at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

  “It was at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah,” Barag said, “And the remark at first struck me speechless. But then I asked him two questions: ‘Do you really think a woman my age has a chance at that profession? And would you say what you said to me to your grandmother?'”

  The soldier said nothing but was embarrassed, and when Barag, who was born in Israel and describes herself as a Zionist, returned for another “shift” of watchdog duty a week later, the soldier was there – and apologized.

  That was in the early days of Machsomwatch, set up in 2001 by three Israeli women who were alarmed by a spate of reports of beatings and abuse of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli soldiers manning checkpoints.

  The group takes its name from the Hebrew word for checkpoint, machsom. From a few dozen in the beginning, Machsomwatch now numbers around 500, many of them grandmothers, who take turns watching 40-odd checkpoints in the West Bank.

  “We do this 364 days a year,” said Barag. “Except for Yom Kippur (the most solemn Jewish holiday).”

  The sight of Barag, now 71 and just five feet (1.52 meters) tall, recently in action at a busy checkpoint south of Nablus shows why women are more effective than men in dealing with soldiers when lines are long and tempers frayed.

  After conveying, with a smile, a complaint to an officer who towered over her bird-like figure, she remarked: “Who wants to fight with a little old lady?”

Stillborn babies:

  Over the years, Machsomwatch has recorded a long list of checkpoint incidents: babies stillborn to mothers held up in queues, sick patients denied passage to hospitals, arguments that ended in Palestinians shot, food rotting on the way to market, students missing their final exams and bridegrooms their weddings.

  The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem says there are 528 permanent and temporary checkpoints in the West Bank, 40 percent more than a year ago.

  Most are not between the West Bank and Israel but between West Bank towns and villages, a fact that makes anti-occupation Israelis and Palestinians doubt the Israeli government’s contention that their primary purpose is security.

  “The idea is to make life so unpleasant and so uncomfortable for them that they just give up and leave, emigrate to an Arab country, to Canada, wherever they can go,” said Nomi Lalo, another veteran of Machsomwatch.

  For Palestinians, the checkpoints, and the permits they need to cross them, are a constant source of anger, resentment and frustration.

  “The checkpoints haunt your mind,” said Sireen Droubi, a teacher who has to go through several on her commute from her home village to work in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm.

  “You think of them all the time. You never know how long it will take to pass them. You can’t make plans. It’s like living in a cage.”

Criticism:

  The vast majority of Israelis think checkpoints and travel restrictions for the 2.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank are needed to protect Israel from Palestinian suicide bombers.

  “As long as they bomb us, let them stand in line as long as it takes,” said one Tel Aviv resident. “If it’s 10 hours, too bad.” Tel Aviv has been the target of several suicide bombs, the latest last April. It killed nine people and injured 50 at a popular restaurant.

  Barag and several of her fellow activists are on a right-wing group’s Internet list of “Self-Hating Israel-Threatening (SHIT) Jews” and the right-wing volunteer group Women in Green has called them Judeonazis.

  Some Machsomwatch members also face criticism from their own families. “My four brothers all served in the army and they think I’m crazy,” said Barag. Her own army service included a stint as a secretary for Moshe Dayan, then chief of staff of the Israeli armed forces.

  Lalo has two sons who have completed their army service and a 17-year-old who is about to begin. “My eldest is very critical of what I do. But I think it’s important. We are making a difference.”

How much is difficult to judge but the women’s monthly incident log, published on its website (www.machsomwatch.org), is read by the Israeli Defense Force, advocacy groups and probably at least one member of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s family. His left-wing daughter, Dana, belongs to Machsomwatch.


Final Countdown For Baghdad`s Children

March 23, 2007

The people who suffer most from the unjust ivasion of Iraq………..

The children.

Baghdad`s last refuge for orphaned and traumatised is in danger of closing later this month when it finally runs out of funds.

The man who runs it says he would take the children, many of them orphaned because of the violence, into his own home rather than see them on the streets. His co-worker has already been murdered by a death squad.

In the second in a series of three films about the ordinary lives of people in Baghdad, GuardianFilms and ITN look at what has happened to the city’s most vulnerable children.

Watch Video: Here


All truth passes through three stages

March 23, 2007

First, it is ridiculed.

Second, it is violently opposed.

Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

–Arthur Schopenhauer,
German philosopher (1788 – 1860)


News Flash:Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Salam Al-Zawba’i Survives Suicide Attack Today!!!

March 23, 2007

According to a BBCARABIC.com article, Deputy Prime Minister Salam Al-Zawba’i injured after a suicide attack implemented during the Friday prayer.

He was taken to a US-military hospital in Baghdad.

A source in the Iraqi Security Forces said three were killed and tens were injured after the double suicidal bombing targetted Al-Zawba`i`s house, offeice and mosque.

The US-military hospital refuse to comment on Al-Zawba`i`s state.

More to be puplished when more detailed news comes up.


“Damned Proud” of Dead Arab Women & Children

March 23, 2007

 Former US United Nations Ambassador John Bolton told the BBC today that he was “damned proud” of how the U.S. intentionally blocked efforts to achieve a ceasefire last summer when Israel was bombing Beirut and many other locales in Lebanon.

He also said the US decided to join efforts to end the conflict only when it was clear Israel‘s campaign wasn’t working.

Mr Bolton said the US was deeply disappointed at
Israel‘s failure to remove the threat from Hezbollah and the subsequent lack of any attempt to disarm its forces. Britain joined the US in refusing to call for an immediate ceasefire. 

He said the war began when Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers, but it quickly escalated into a full-scale conflict. 

Sorry Sir, but this is a big fat lie as Olmert himself confessed that the war was planned before the kidnapping.

AIPAC, the most powerful lobby in DC, bragged of its role in blocking any ceasefire. (A good critique of AIPAC’s role in the Lebanon carnage is here).

Bolton captures the arrogance and total hypocrisy of the Bush war on terrorism. In a meeting last August,
Bolton “implied that because Lebanon harbored Hezbollah, Lebanese lives were forfeit,” according to a UN official who heard Bolton commenting in meetings at the time.


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