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.


BBC Announed WTC7 Collapsed 23 Minutes Before It Actually Happened?

March 23, 2007

 “On September 11th 2001, BBC World reported at 4:57pm Eastern Time that the Salomon Brothers Building (more commonly known as WTC7 or World Trade Building 7) had collapsed. (4:30)This even made the 5pm EST headlines, what is bizarre is that the building did not actually collapse until 5:20pm EST.

What is even stranger, is that the women reporter is telling the world that the building had collapsed when you can see it in the background over her left shoulder. (14:40)

Then at 5:15pm EST, just five minutes before the building did actually collapse, her live connection from New York to London mysteriously fails. (21:15s)

So the question is, on 9/11 how did the BBC know that WTC7 collapsed 23 minutes before it actually did.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS
Prior to 9/11:

1. No steel structure had ever collapsed from fire.

2. Building Seven was not hit by an aircraft.

3. Fires in Building Seven were relatively minor compared to nearby buildings that did not collapse.

4. There were no historical or technical reasons to anticipate a collapse.

5. Professionals in the building demolition industry have said that Building Seven could not have been destroyed by fire.

6. Scores of firefighters, rescue workers, and civilians reported hearing and seeing sequential explosions near the base of Building Seven the instant prior to collapse.

7. Building Seven collapsed all together into a small footprint, exactly as happens with controlled demolitions, rather than unevenly with the most damaged areas falling first.

8. Rescue workers have said that they were told ahead of time to get away from Building Seven because it was going to be demolished.

The videos below show the BBC World broadcast.

[15.6 MB WMV full video]
[22 MB QuickTime file of relevent portions] [15 MB QuickTime file of relevent portions]

The two screenshots below show WTC 7 behind the reporter.

The following screenshot shows the satellite feed mysteriously breaking up roughly five minutes before the actual collapse.

BBC News 24 also broadcast that WTC 7 had collapsed, and a corroborative time stamp was on their broadcast. [357kB WMV video download]


The OEM Issued a WTC Collapse Warning

March 23, 2007

Source: WhatReallyHappened

To our knowledge, none of the [fire] chiefs present believed that a total collapse of either tower was possible. [9/11 Commission Report]

Why didn’t the 9/11 Commission mention this?

File No. 9110161
WORLD TRADE CENTER TASK FORCE INTERVIEW
EMT RICHARD ZARRILLO
Interview Date: October 25, 2001

[PDF download]

…Again, times are a little fuzzy initially for me. A few minutes later, John came to me and said you need to go find Chief Ganci and relay the following message: that the buildings have been compromised, we need to evacuate, they’re going to collapse. I said okay. I went down Vesey Street towards West.

Q. You were by yourself?

A. I was by myself, me and my helmet and my radio. I got to the corner of Vesey and West. I found some EMS vehicles. I think I saw Chief Gombo there. I’m not really sure. I mentioned to the EMS people there, again, not knowing who they were, I said you need to get away from here, the building might collapse, we need to leave this spot.

As I was walking towards the Fire command post, I found Steve Mosiello. I said, Steve, where’s
the boss? I have to give him a message. He said, well, what’s the message? I said the buildings are going to collapse; we need to evac everybody out. With a very confused look he said who told you that? I said I was just with John at OEM. OEM says the buildings are going to collapse; we need to get out.

“…it’s coming over our radio, get out of the area, the second tower’s coming down.””They’re saying the second tower is coming…?””Yes, it’s about to collapse.”


WMV video download (48kB)

“What’s going on?””It’s gonna fall … it’s gonna explode.”WMV video download (705kB)

He escorted me over to Chief Ganci. He said, hey, Pete, we got a message that the buildings are going to collapse. His reply was who the fuck told you that? Then Steve brought me in and with Chief Ganci, Commissioner Feehan, Steve, I believe Chief Turi was initially there, I said, listen, I was just at OEM. The message I was given was that the buildings are going to collapse; we need to get our people out. At that moment, this thunderous, rolling roar came down and that’s when the building came down, the first tower came down.

It seems logical that the Office of Emergency Management would warn their boss of the impending collapses, so this would explain how Mayor Giuliani received warning of the collapses.

Richard Sheirer is currently working with Giuliani Partners LLC. Until recently, he was Commissioner of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Following the September 11th World Trade Center disaster, Mr. Sheirer, in his capacity as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, played a key role in overseeing the City’s rescue and recovery operations. [ccep.ca]

How did the OEM know something that firefighters in WTC 2′s impact area didn’t?

Why weren’t all firefighters warned?

“I said, ‘Chief, they’re evacuating the other building; right?’ He said, ‘No.’ . . . I said, ‘Why not? They blew up the other one.’ I thought they blew it up with a bomb. I said, ‘If they blew up the one, you know they’re gonna blow up the other one.’ He said, ‘No, they’re not.’ I said, ‘Well, you gotta tell them to evacuate it, because it’s gonna fall down and you gotta get the guys out.’ .He said, ‘I’m just the Battalion Chief. I can’t order that.’ . . . I said, ‘You got a fucking radio and you got a fucking mouth. Use the fucking things. Empty this fucking building.’ Again he said, ‘I’m just a Battalion Chief. I can’t do that.’ . . . Eventually this other chief came back and said, ‘They are evacuating this tower.’ . . . And sometime after that . . . I watched the north tower fall.” [William Reynolds - Firefighter]

20 reasons to question the official story of 9/11

March 23, 2007

Source: George Washington`s Blog

(1) While the government has consistently stated that it did not know where the aircraft were before they struck, the Secretary of Transportation testified before the 9/11 Commission that Vice President Cheney monitored flight 77 for many miles as it approached the Pentagon and — when a military man asked “do the orders still stand?” — Cheney responded affirmatively.

http://www.911truthmovement.org/video/hamilton_win.wmv
(2) The tape of interviews of air traffic controllers on-duty on 9/11 was intentionally destroyed by crushing the cassette by hand, cutting the tape into little pieces, and then dropping the pieces in different trash cans around the building

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F0091FFE3C580C748CDDAC0894DC404482&incamp=archive:search?
and
http://web.archive.org/web/20040509021515/http://www.suntimes.com/output/terror/cst-nws-tape07.html

(3) The 9-11 Commission refused to examine the vast majority of evidence about 9/11, and even the former director of the FBI says there was a cover up by the 9/11 Commission

href=”http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/11/17/122900.shtml and
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1566565847/qid=1120623441/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_ur_1/103-5910915-8313462?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

(4) Investigators for the Congressional Joint Inquiry discovered that an FBI informant had hosted and rented a room to two hijackers in 2000 and that, when the Inquiry sought to interview the informant, the FBI refused outright, and then hid him in an unknown location, and that a high-level FBI official stated these blocking maneuvers were undertaken under orders from the White House

http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/05/11/con05439.html

(5) A retired Air Force Colonel who flew over 100 combat missions and was the director of the Star Wars defense program under both Republican and Democratic administrations (and a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth) recently said:

“If our government had merely done nothing, and allowed normal procedures to happen on that morning of 9/11, the twin towers would still be standing, and thousands of dead Americans would still be alive. That is treason!”

http://www.exerscape.com/graphics/bowman-interview.mp3

(6) Recently declassified documents show that in the 1960′s, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also committing terrorist murders against U.S. citizens on American soil, and then blaming it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662&page=1
and
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf

(7) The Secret Service, which is highly trained to whisk the president away from danger and to a secure location in the event of a threat, breached all standard procedures and allowed President Bush to remain at a highly-publicized location for 25 minutes after it was known that the nation was under attack

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/9-11secretservice.html

(8) The U.S. defense agency responsible for protecting the U.S. had run drills for several years of planes being used as weapons against the World Trade Center and other U.S. high-profile buildings, and “numerous types of civilian and military aircraft were used as mock hijacked aircraft”. In other words, drills using REAL AIRCRAFT simulating terrorist attacks crashing jets into buildings, including the twin towers, were run

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-04-18-norad_x.htm

(9) The military had also conducted drills of planes crashing into the Pentagon

http://www.mdw.army.mil/news/news_photos/Contingency_Planning_Photos.html

(10) On the morning of 9/11, 5 war games and terror drills were being conducted by several U.S. defense agencies, including one “live fly” exercise using REAL planes. And the drills apparently included the injection of false “radar blips” onto the screens of air traffic controllers

http://www.911truth.org/readingroom/whole_document.php?article_id=92
and http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/011805_simplify_case.shtml#bullmeans and either http://www.fromthewilderness.com/cgi-bin/MasterPFP.cgi?doc=http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/031505_mckinney_transcript.shtml (written transcipt) or http://www.spiegltech.com/media/McKinney2.rm (6 minutes and 12 seconds into the video)

(11) The government was running a simulation of a plane crashing into a building on the morning of 9/11

http://www.boston.com/news/packages/sept11/anniversary/wire_stories/0903_plane_exercise.htm

(12) A third world trade center building, called building 7, collapsed on the afternoon of 9/11, but was never hit by plane, fell at the same speed as if there were no floors or walls to cause resistance, contained only small fires before the collapse, and became the first steel-frame building in history to collapse due to fire alone

http://www.wtc7.net/

(13) USA Today stated that the FBI believed that bombs in the buildings brought the buildings down

http://terrorize.dk/911/comments/911.wtc.truck.bombs.fbi.jack.kelley.rm

(14) MSNBC stated that police officials believe “that one of the explosions at the world trade center . . . may have been caused by a van that was parked in the building that may have had some kind of explosive device in it, so their fear is that there may have been explosive devices planted either in the building or in the adjacent area”

http://terrorize.dk/911/comments/911.wtc.police.found.explosives.wmv

(15) The NY Fire Department Chief of Safety stated there were “bombs” and “secondary devices”, which caused the explosions in the buildings

http://terrorize.dk/911/witnesses/911.wtc.reporter.1.wmv

(16) NYC firefighters who witnessed attacks stated that it looked like there were bombs in the buildings. A NYC firefighter stated “On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there was bombs set in the building”

http://web.archive.org/web/20010914230246/http://people.aol.com/people/special/0,11859,174592-3,00.html

(17) The head of a national demolition association stated that the collapse of the towers looked like a “classic controlled demolition”

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn1281

(18) Eyewitnesses have testified that substantial explosions occurred well BELOW the area impacted by the planes, and — according to some witnesses — they occurred BEFORE the plane had even hit

http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2005/10/below-belt.html

(19) A police officer testified that there were numerous, HUGE explosions at the top of one of the twin towers 15 minutes apart, before the tower collapsed

http://www.thememoryhole.org/911/pa-transcripts/pa-police-reports04.pdf

(20) Numerous, credible ex-government officials are warning that the U.S. government might very well attack its own people to justify a further clampdown on civil rights and to justify additional wars

http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2005/12/high-level-officials-warn-of-fake.html

There are literally hundreds of other reasons to question the official story. See 911Proof.com for starters.


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