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Christian Zionists and the Destruction of Gaza

 By Larry Jones
 
“So many verses of the Bible have one overriding message-- as Christians we have a Biblical obligation to defend Israel and the Jewish people in their time of need.” From the Mission Statement of Christians United for Israel
 
A powerful force in U.S. politics is driven by a Biblically based view that the word of God requires them to give unquestioning support to Israel. The murderous assaults Israel made upon the people of Gaza beginning in late 2008 are but a prelude to the kind of warfare they think is needed to achieve their political and religious goals.
 
Far right Christian evangelist John Hagee is one of the major leaders of this movement. Hagee became infamous for his extremely sexist comment that the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher is lipstick, and the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS is that you can negotiate with a terrorist. (From his 2005 book What Every Man Wants in a Woman.) 
 
This article is about Israel and Gaza, but the above quotes giving his views on women provide some idea of the immorality, backwardness, and insanity of Rev. Hagee, the pastor of the 19,000 member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the head of the Zionist organization called Christians United for Israel (CUFI).  

The World Can’t Wait: Why We Demand U.S. Troops Out of Afghanistan Now

by Kenneth Thiesen
 
On October 7, 2001 the U.S. attacked Afghanistan. Many lies have been used to justify the continuation and escalation of this war. Obama is sending tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan and is conducting a policy review in order to achieve victory for the U.S. empire there. But victory for the U.S. is not in the interests of the Afghanistan population or the people of the world.
 
LIES USED TO JUSTIFY THIS INCLUDE:
 
Afghanistan is a “good war” against the “real terrorists” who attacked Americans
 
Barack Obama referred to the war as the "the central front in our battle against terrorism." According to our the new president, "I think one of the biggest mistakes we've made strategically after 9/11 was to fail to finish the job. …We got distracted by Iraq."  
 

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Weekly News and Outrages Roundup

 

By Kenneth J. Theisen
 
Bush Official: Many Gitmo Prisoners Were and Are Innocent
 
On March 19th, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, told the Associated Press, "There are still innocent people there [at Guantanamo]. Some have been there six or seven years."
 
He told the AP he learned this information through briefings and by communicating with military commanders. Similar information was reported by Jane Mayer in her book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals. In that 2008 book, Mayer told of one U.S. commander at Gitmo who estimated that at least one-third of the prisoners there were totally innocent of any terrorist connections. But they were still held for years.

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The Reality of Zionism, Not Just the Idea, is the Problem

By Larry Jones

 
“Zionism is the problem” was the headline of an opinion column by freelance journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich in the March 15 Los Angeles Times. Emotionally moving, Ehrenreich stated:
 
“To be Jewish, I was raised to believe, meant understanding oneself as a member of a tribe that over and over had been cast out, mistreated, slaughtered. Millenniums of oppression that preceded it did not entitle us to a homeland or a right to self-defense that superseded anyone else's. If they offered us anything exceptional, it was a perspective on oppression and an obligation born of the prophetic tradition: to act on behalf of the oppressed and to cry out at the oppressor.”
 
He quotes the Old Testament prophet Amos in arguing that Israeli Jews should no longer “turn justice into wormwood and hurl righteousness to the ground." I believe he is correct when he says that Israel as a Zionist state is no longer viable if peace is to be reached between Israel and Palestine. But it’s far more than the idea of Zionism that is the problem.
 

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Is That All You Got?

By Dennis Loo

 It was 1974
“The Rumble in the Jungle”
Ali v Foreman in Zaire
The world heavyweight crown
 
It was 1974
Sportswriters said Foreman’s
The most unbeatable heavyweight in history
He leaves dents in the heavy bag
Whump whump whump
 
It was 1974
George arrived in Zaire
Steps off the plane with his German Shepherd
Unaware that Belgian colonialists
Used snarling German Shepherds for riot control
 
It was 1974
Ali out to recapture his belt
Exiled from boxing for forty-three months
For saying
“Keep asking me, no matter how long,
On the war in Vietnam, I'll still sing this song:
I ain't got no quarrel with no Viet Cong.”
 

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“Rethink Afghanistan”: A Film Review

By Larry Jones

On March 22 the New York Times announced a new online film by activist film maker Robert Greenwald called “RETHINK AFGHANISTAN.” Produced by Greenwald’s company, Brave New Foundation, it is only 12 minutes long but packed with valuable and thought provoking insights, even with its limitations. You can view it here. http://rethinkafghanistan.com/troop_full.php
 
President Barack Obama has already sent a military surge of 17,000 troops to Afghanistan and a few days ago he announced that he’s now about to send a surge of diplomats and civilian advisors to the country. The problem he faces is the growing reality that the U.S. faces great difficulties imposing a military “solution” upon Afghanistan, and it’s doubtful that very many Afghans want foreign diplomats and advisors to try to remake their country either.
 
The consistent theme of Greenwald’s film is that the U.S. has no easy way of achieving what could be called “victory” in Afghanistan. Foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer says the Afghans’ outlook is “I will be your friend as long as you don’t do the thing that is most vile in the Pashtun tradition.” Most Afghans are ethnic Pashtuns. Kinzer continues, “Do not invade my woman’s dressing room, do not invade my house, do not invade my complex, do not invade my village, do not invade my country.” As Kinzer says these words, the film shows U.S. troops doing these very things, a point he states with emotion.

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Israel Uses Palestinian Children as Human Shields

By Kenneth J. Theisen
 
On Monday, March 23rd the Israeli Army was accused by two different sources of using children as human shields in its recent war against Gaza. The British website guardian.co.uk reported that Israel was accused by three Palestinian teens of using them as “human shields” during the recent Gazan massacre. During the war, Israel frequently defended its killing of Gazan civilians by claiming that Hamas was deliberately hiding among the Palestinian population and that civilians were merely “collateral damage.” But now the Guardian is reporting that Israel is in breach of the Geneva conventions by putting civilians deliberately in harm’s way.
 
Three teenager brothers (Al'a al-Attar, age 14, Ali, age 15, and Nafiz, age 16) told the Guardian that on January 5th they “were taken from their home at gunpoint, made to go in front of tanks to prevent Hamas fighters from firing, and sent by Israeli soldiers into Palestinian houses to clear them.”
 
Article 28 of the fourth Geneva Convention states, "[T]he presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations." This has been interpreted to prohibit the use of “human shields” in military operations.

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Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan; Threatens Expansion to Pakistan

By Kenneth J. Theisen

 
President Barack Obama continued with his latest escalation of the war in Afghanistan by announcing his plans to send an additional 4,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan to train Afghan government puppet forces. He also announced plans to send hundreds of diplomats and civilian officials to the country, in what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called an “integrated military-civilian strategy”. Like his predecessor George W. Bush, Obama raised the specter of “terrorism” to justify his actions.
 
Obama stated that, "If the Afghanistan government falls to the Taliban or allows al-Qaida to go unchallenged, that country will again be a base for terrorists." Obama warned that the al-Qaida “terrorists” were actively planning further attacks on the U.S. from havens in Pakistan. He stated, “So I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future." He went on to claim, "That is the goal that must be achieved. That is a cause that could not be more just. And to the terrorists who oppose us, my message is the same: we will defeat you." Does this sound a little too much like Bush’s excuse for the initial invasion in 2001? I was waiting to hear Obama say, “bring ‘em on.”

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“You Knew What I Was When You Picked Me Up”

by Dennis Loo
 
On March 24, 2009 Norman Solomon in a truthout.org article entitled “These Colors Won’t Run … Afghanistan” calls for a “national debate” about Obama’s escalation of the war upon Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 
He begins the article:
 
“Is your representative speaking out against escalation of Afghanistan war?” Solomon then goes on to cite approvingly the letter signed by eleven Congress members asking Obama to “reconsider” his escalation in Afghanistan and complains that there ought to be far more representatives signing this letter.
 
The question that ought to be posed here isn’t “what is your representative doing?” The question that Solomon should be asking is: “what are you doing to create a political atmosphere in this country that forces Obama and his war- and empire-makers to back down from their war crimes and policies?”
 

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A Film Review: Rethink Afghanistan (part 2): Pakistan, the “Most Dangerous Country in the World”

 

By Larry Jones
 
Larry Jones’ review of the first part of Robert Greenwald's film can be found here.
 
The second part of Greenwald’s online film states that “Pakistan is in such a perilous state that Bruce Riedel, a foreign policy expert leading President Obama's Afghanistan review, has called it "the most dangerous country in the world today." Pakistan has nuclear weapons and a government disconnected from the poverty, malnutrition, and lack of healthcare afflicting its people. And though Pakistan remains a U.S. ally, tensions continue to rise as the U.S. considers broadening military strikes, often carried out with pilotless drone missiles, within Pakistan's borders. Part two of Rethink Afghanistan focuses on how the Afghanistan crisis affects Pakistan and all of us.”
 
As I write this on March 27, more than 48 Pakistanis were killed today and over 80 injured by a suicide bomb blast during prayers at a Sunni mosque in the Khyber Pass area. A government official claimed that Islamist militants carried out the attack to disrupt the supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan which passes in front of the mosque. See the AP news report.

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Obama Asks for Billions More in War Funds

By Kenneth J. Theisen

 On April 9th, President Barack Obama requested another $83.4 billion in supplemental funds to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama also requested $400 million in counterinsurgency aid to  Pakistan. This supplemental request will pay for the thousands of more troops that he intends to send to escalate the war in Afghanistan. This latest request will push the total outlay for those two wars to nearly a trillion dollars and will only cover military costs into the fall of 2009. This money is addition to the hundreds of billions spent on the military each year for its normal costs of keeping imperialism safe. Obama’s latest request will further provide $2.2 billion to speed the overall increase in the size of the U.S. war machine. Obama wants to increase the military by nearly 100,000 additional troops.

In Obama’s written request to the House of Representatives he stated, "Nearly 95 percent of these funds will be used to support our men and women in uniform as they help the people of Iraq to take responsibility for their own future (Italics added) — and work to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan…I also urge the

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  • Debra Sweet

     Debra SweetDebra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to “drive out the Bush regime” by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched.  Based in New York City, she leads World Can’t Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the criminalization of abortion and immigrants.  She has worked with abortion providers for twenty-five years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence.  Since the age of 19, when she confronted Richard Nixon during a face-to-face meeting and told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to U.S. wars and invasions.  Debra says, “Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!”

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     Dennis Loo is an award-winning sociologist, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and an honors graduate in Government from Harvard. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former journalist and his research specialties include polling, public policy-making, social movements, and criminology.He can be reached via his blog: http://dennisloo.blogspot.com
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