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Now That We Destroyed Iraq, Let's Leave It

 

But Let's Continue to Throw Millions More of Our Tax Dollars Into Rebuilding It
 
by Peter Stern
 
After all, we did the same thing with Germany and Japan after World War II via our destruction of those nations with our bombings.  After we dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima, destroyed the city and caused deaths and radiation mutilation to millions of Japanese, we then (almost guilt-ridden) soaked our tax dollars into rebuilding Japan, a task that lasted for decades.  It took decades also to rebuild Hamburg and other German cities with American tax dollars.   History repeats itself, as does the ongoing "war machine."
 
Now, Iraq stands without its legs.  It is a country without real leadership or foundation.  The people have lost their homes, schools and their traditional daily lives.  The disruption includes no electricity, lack of fresh water and ongoing health issues.  Since 1991 the U.S. has been hell-bent on removing the Hussein family regime and occupying Iraq.  After almost 10 years of U.S. presence, civil unrest continues and suicide bombings kill dozens daily.  Although finished in Iraq, the mayhem continues in Afghanistan.
 
So what has been accomplished in Iraq that justifies spending more than $1 TRILLION of our tax dollars???
 
Well, one way to view the matter is to recognize that $1 Trillion could have averted some of the economic problems we face in our own nation.  Iraq lies in shambles --- physically, politically and socially.  We leave Iraq with a skeleton government, one that can do little to protect itself and its citizens --- but we are still leaving.
 
Congress should pat itself on the back for a job well-done.  We came, we conquered, we obliterated, but we did little to free and protect the people of Iraq.  The majority want what people in the U.S. want:  freedom to live their lives the way they want to; the right to educate their children who deserve a better way of life.
 
Instead, the U.S. has given license to radical individuals and groups to continue infighting and suicide bombings, the kind that murder parcels of the population every day.  We did not install democracy as we promised and we created more harm than good.  Tribal leaders will once again fight for domination.  It is an age-old tradition that dates back to Biblical times.
 
Yes, forces obliterated the Hussein Dynasty, the same one we supported for decades, but at what cost to our nation and to the people of Iraq?  Let's pull-down the veils and take a good look at what we have accomplished.  The winners are the corporate titans, e.g., Halliburton, Exxon, BP and others.  U.S. citizens are kept in the dark regarding what their leadership accomplished during the past decade.  Our pride as a nation is disintegrating on a world scale.  We are driving down a long, lonesome road --- from which there is no return.  And let's top it off by throwing more of our tax dollars into the lost effort of returning Iraq to some sense of normalcy.  After all, we can afford it, can't we?  After all, we have always done that for nations we have destroyed.
 
 
 
 

Texas Governor Rick Perry is a Scoundrel, Liar and Coward

This November will Texans Finally Get Smart?
 
by Peter Stern
 

Jimmy Johns Labor Dispute Bursts onto National Stage with Coast-to-Coast Actions Planned for Labor Day

 

The Shortwave Report 09/03/10 Listen Globally

A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia. 

Update From the IMF Resistance Network

 

Greetings from the IMF Resistance Network! With five weeks to go, interest in the October demo is increasing around the world. Sign up for our announcement list at http://imfresistance.org/?page_id=22

- The nice people at Occupied London have reposted our call. Check it out at http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/2010/08/27/351-call-for-global-anti-i/
- We have confirmation that the dates of the meetings have changed. The new dates are October 8 - 10, with seminars on the seventh. http://www.imf.org/external/am/2010/schedule.htm

- Tentative schedule in place. Times and particularly places are subject to change, and more events and details will be filled in in the coming days.

Thursday, October 7: Student day of action. This is being organized by Defend Education and various radical students in DC. http://www.defendeducation.org/

Friday, October 8: Jubilee USA (http://www.jubileeusa.org/) is organizing a permitted march, to be followed by a block party in Washington Circle featuring food, workshops and trainings. There will be an anti-capitalist night of action Friday night.

Saturday, October 9: Festival at the Ellipse (a park in DC near the Capitol). Music, art and magic.

Sunday, October 10: Nothing yet, get in touch at contact (AT) imfresistance (DOT) org if your group would like to organize something.

Austin solidarity vigil for Arizona

On July 29th, as Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB 1070 went in to effect, a vigil was held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. 

Vigil at Hutto Detention Center

Texans United For Families held a vigil at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center last Saturday. It marked the 1 year anniversary of when the families were released from there. However, the private immigration detention center continues to operate, now only detaining women. This vigil was organized in solidarity with the people of Arizona and everywhere in this country fighting unjust immigration policy. TUFF is a member of Detention Watch Network's "Dignity Not Detention" campaign.

 

Hutto Vigil - August 7th, 2010 from Texans United For Families on Vimeo.

 

Arizona SB 1070 Supporters met in Austin by Counter-Rally

A pro-Arizona rally last June which drew 150 people is met with resistance as 150 counter-protesters confront them at the Texas Capitol in Austin. As SB 1070 is scheduled to go into effect this week, I wanted to post this audio diary from last month in Austin.

photo by Shiyam Galyon

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