'Israeli Holocaust of Arabs will fail' | Jerusalem Post

'Israeli Holocaust of Arabs will fail'

"If the Germans could not succeed in eliminating the Jewish people in the Holocaust, then neither will the campaign that the Israelis are now perpetrating against millions of Palestinians and billions of Arabs and Muslims succeed," Sheikh Kamal Khatib, deputy head of the radical northern faction of the fundamentalist Islamic Movement Friday.

60 years have passed since the Nakba, during which time our nation has been exposed to all types of attack. Today, as we mark 60 years since the Nakba, they are threatening us with a holocaust in Gaza, in Lebanon, in Iran and in all of our lands," he said, speaking at a rally marking 60 years since the Nakba, or 'catastrophe' of the Palestinian people.

"In the beginning, in 1948, we were 450,000 Palestinians and today we are but 300,000 thorns in their sides, and rocks on their chests. We vow to be Palestinian Arabs - Muslims and Christians," he said.

"We are here to stay, like the oil of the Galilee, the grapes of the Galilee, and the Jaffa orange," he continued, directing his words towards Israel.


Americans become Bush’s cannon fodder as political charlatan plays last card

SaudiDebate.com - Americans become Bush’s cannon fodder as political charlatan plays last card:

Digging the hole deeper

The long and short of it is that by going from “staying the course” to changing the course in Iraq, toward a surge, President Bush has made a bad situation worse for everyone – Americans, Iraqis and the peoples of the Middle East.

US forces cannot pacify Baghdad, with or without Iraqi army and police units, whose members, at any rate, in addition to being incompetent, are notorious for placing their sectarian, ethnic and tribal loyalties above their national obligations. Last year two attempts were made at pacification of the capital and both failed.

Involving more military forces, as the lessons of Vietnam attest, is not the answer.

Time and again over the last four years, President Bush resorted to prime-time to address the nation on the situation in Iraq. Each one of those speeches, almost without exception, was replete with misjudgments of the realities on the ground, unwarranted, at times even comical, upbeat assessments, and forecasts of victories that just never materialized.

This week, against the backdrop of over 3,000 Americans killed in the war, and untold numbers of Iraqi deaths, Bush gave yet another speech to the American people whose thrust, effectively, is that their boys in uniform fighting in Iraq will soon be engaged in daily house-to-house and street-to-street combat with Iraqi militants fighting on their turf.

This segues to what the president had told his fellow-Americans in Sept. 2006 about what he thought the war in Iraq was about. “The safety of America,” he said, “depends on the outcome of the battles in the streets of Baghdad.”

Most Americans hope to God that their president will be proven wrong on that count too, for the ancient, mean streets of Baghdad are not a safe place for American boys to be hanging out in at night.


Many more sons will die while the Democrats do nothing to stop the war

Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Many more sons will die while the Democrats do nothing to stop the war:

For if the Democratic Congress is unwilling to use any means at its disposal to fulfil its democratic mandate, then it will be left to the public to make their displeasure known. It is two years and tens of thousands of lives, some of them American, before the next presidential election. The American people clearly don't want this. A CBS poll last month showed that 18% wanted to see an increase in troop levels compared with 59% who want them either decreased or withdrawn completely. The question is: what are they going to do about it?

The tragic answer is probably nothing. For while opposition to the occupation is clearly broad, its depth is more difficult to fathom. 'It's rare when people seriously publicly engage,' says Leslie Cagan, the national coordinator of the largest anti-war organisation, United for Peace and Justice. 'They watch it on TV, they read about it in the newspapers. They get angry, but that doesn't necessarily mean they engage. So it's difficult to know the depth of feeling.'

We have been here before. Sensing the unpopularity of the war in Vietnam, Nixon stood for the presidency in 1968 claiming he had a secret plan to end the conflict. It was so secret the Vietnamese hadn't even heard of it. There was no doubt that feelings ran deep then, but it would be another seven years before American troops withdrew. 'How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?' a young John Kerry asked the Senate foreign relations committee in 1971. We have long known it was a mistake. Sadly, the last person to die for it is still a long way off.


Israel wants Iran bombed, so they naturally come to the US for mercenaries

Israeli General urges US-Israel strike against Iran:

In a stark statement published on Saturday Brigadier General Oded Tira observed, 'President Bush lacks the political power to attack Iran. As an American strike in Iran is essential for our existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the Democratic Party (which is conducting itself foolishly) and US newspaper editors. We need to do this in order to turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated to the Iraq failure.'

Because of the dramatic loss of political power of the Bush-Cheney administration, General Tira urges the Israel Lobby to, 'turn to Hillary Clinton and other potential presidential candidates in the Democratic Party so that they support immediate action by Bush against Iran.'

In another move designed to strengthen Bush politically, General Tira urges the Israel Lobby to exert its influence on European countries so that, 'Bush will not be isolated in the international arena again.'

As if all of that Israel-lobbying in America and Europe were not enough, General Tira proposes an even more aggressive political tactic, 'We must clandestinely cooperate with Saudi Arabia so that it also persuades the US to strike Iran. For our part, we must prepare an independent military strike by coordinating flights in Iraqi airspace with the US. We should also coordinate with Azerbaijan the use of airbases in its territory and also enlist the support of the Azeri minority in Iran. In addition, we must immediately start preparing for an Iranian response to an attack.'


Truth at last, while breaking a U.S. taboo of criticizing Israel

ei: Truth at last, while breaking a U.S. taboo of criticizing Israel:

Anti-Arab bigotry is rarely condemned in Israeli public discourse, in which Palestinians are routinely construed as a 'demographic threat.' Palestinians in Israel's soccer league have played to chants of 'Death to Arabs!' Israeli academic Daniel Bar-Tal studied 124 Israeli school texts, finding that they commonly depicted Arabs as inferior, backward, violent, and immoral. A 2006 survey revealed that two-thirds of Israeli Jews would refuse to live in a building with an Arab, nearly half would not allow a Palestinian in their home, and 40 percent want the government to encourage emigration by Palestinian citizens. Last March, Israeli voters awarded 11 parliamentary seats to the Israel Beitenu Party, which advocates drawing Israel's borders to exclude 500,000 of its current Palestinian citizens.

Some say that Palestinian citizens in Israel enjoy better circumstances than those in surrounding Arab countries. Ironically, white South Africans made identical claims to defend their version of apartheid, as is made clear in books such as Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull.

Americans are awakening to the costs of our unconditional support of Israel. We urgently need frank debate to chart policies that honor our values, advance our interests, and promote a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. It is telling that it took a former president, immune from electoral pressures, to show the way.

The debate should now be extended. Are Israel's founding ideals truly consistent with democracy? Can a state established in a multiethnic milieu be simultaneously 'Jewish' and 'democratic'? Isn't strife the predictable yield of preserving the dominance of Jews in Israel over a native Palestinian population? Does our unconditional aid merely enable Israel to continue abusing Palestinian rights with impunity, deepening regional hostilities and distancing peace? Isn't it time that Israel lived by rules observed in any democracy - including equal rights for all?


Baghdad Burning: A Lynching

Baghdad Burning:

It's official. Maliki and his people are psychopaths. This really is a new low. It's outrageous- an execution during Eid. Muslims all over the world (with the exception of Iran) are outraged. Eid is a time of peace, of putting aside quarrels and anger- at least for the duration of Eid.

This does not bode well for the coming year. No one imagined the madmen would actually do it during a religious holiday. It is religiously unacceptable and before, it was constitutionally illegal. We thought we'd at least get a few days of peace and some time to enjoy the Eid holiday, which coincides with the New Year this year. We've spent the first two days of a holy holiday watching bits and pieces of a sordid lynching.

America the savior… After nearly four years and Bush's biggest achievement in Iraq has been a lynching. Bravo Americans.

Maliki has made the mistake of his life. His signature and unhidden glee at the whole execution, especially on the first day of Eid Al Adha (the Eid where millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca), will only do more to damage his already tattered reputation. He's like a vulture in a suit (or a balding weasel). It's almost embarrassing. I kept expecting Muwafaq Al Rubaii to run over and wipe the drool from the corner of his mouth as he signed for the execution. Are these the people who represent the New Iraq? We're in so much more trouble than I ever thought.

And no- not the celebrations BBC are claiming. With the exception of a few areas, the streets are empty.


From the video that was leaked, it was not an executioner who yelled "long live Muqtada al-Sadr". See, this is another low the Maliki government sunk to- they had some hecklers conveniently standing by during the execution. Maliki claimed they were "some witnesses from the trial", but they were, very obviously, hecklers. The moment the noose was around Saddam's neck, they began chanting, in unison, "God's prayers be on Mohamed and on Mohamed's family…" Something else I didn't quite catch (but it was very coordinated), and then "Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada!" One of them called out to Saddam, "Go to hell…" (in Arabic). Saddam looked down disdainfully and answered "Heya hay il marjala…?" which is basically saying, "Is this your manhood…?".

Someone half-heartedly called out to the hecklers, "I beg you, I beg you- the man is being executed!" They were slightly quieter and then Saddam stood and said, "Ashadu an la ilaha ila Allah, wa ashhadu ana Mohammedun rasool Allah…" Which means, "I witness there is no god but Allah and that Mohammed is His messenger." These are the words a Muslim (Sunnis and Shia alike) should say on their deathbed. He repeated this one more time, very clearly, but before he could finish it, he was lynched.


Then again, one could argue that it was a judge who gave them that false information. A judge on the Iraqi appeals court- one of the judges who ratified the execution order. Everyone knows Iraqi judges under American tutelage never lie- that explains CNN's confusion.

Muwafaq Al Rubai was said he was "weak and frightened". Apparently, Rubai saw a different lynching because according to the video they leaked, he didn't look frightened at all. His voice didn't shake and he refused to put on the black hood. He looked resigned to his fate, and during the heckling he looked as defiant as ever. (It's quite a contrast to Muhsin Abdul Hameed's public hysterics last year when the Americans raided his home.)

It's one thing to have militias participating in killings. This is allegedly the democracy the Americans flaunt. Is this how bloodthirsty and frightening we've become? Is this what Iraq stands for now? Executions? I'm sure the rest of the Arab countries will be impressed.

One of the most advanced countries in the world did not help to reconstruct Iraq, they didn't even help produce a decent constitution. They did, however, contribute nicely to a kangaroo court and a lynching. A lynching shall go down in history as America's biggest accomplishment in Iraq. So who's next? Who hangs for the hundreds of thousands who've died as a direct result of this war and occupation? Bush? Blair? Maliki? Jaffari? Allawi? Chalabi?


Saddam a martyr

Saddam a martyr - lawyers: World: Iraqi Dossier: News24:

Lawyers for Iraqi ex-president Saddam Hussein said his execution on Saturday was a 'political assassination' and that the former leader died 'a martyr', according to a statement.

'President Saddam Hussein died a martyr... faced with the power and injustice of those who stole his rights from him as well as those of his own defence,' said the statement.

'The martyr chose his martyr path voluntarily and consciously to highlight that the struggle between law and power would not end here,' it said.

'The defence team will not close the book on this matter and will pursue its struggle, using all legal paths available locally and internationally until public opinion gets the truth about this political assassination.'

The lawyers repeated their assertions that the trial was a 'masquerade' and 'a flagrant violation of international law'.

Saddam 'will remain a symbol for all those who fight against law by force ... and he is now in Paradise, God willing,' said the statement.


A dictator created then destroyed by America

Independent Online Edition > Robert Fisk:

[H]istory will record that the Arabs and other Muslims and, indeed, many millions in the West, will ask another question this weekend, a question that will not be posed in other Western newspapers because it is not the narrative laid down for us by our presidents and prime ministers - what about the other guilty men?

No, Tony Blair is not Saddam. We don't gas our enemies. George W Bush is not Saddam. He didn't invade Iran or Kuwait. He only invaded Iraq. But hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead - and thousands of Western troops are dead - because Messrs Bush and Blair and the Spanish Prime Minister and the Italian Prime Minister and the Australian Prime Minister went to war in 2003 on a potage of lies and mendacity and, given the weapons we used, with great brutality.

In the aftermath of the international crimes against humanity of 2001 we have tortured, we have murdered, we have brutalised and killed the innocent - we have even added our shame at Abu Ghraib to Saddam's shame at Abu Ghraib - and yet we are supposed to forget these terrible crimes as we applaud the swinging corpse of the dictator we created.

Who encouraged Saddam to invade Iran in 1980, which was the greatest war crime he has committed for it led to the deaths of a million and a half souls? And who sold him the components for the chemical weapons with which he drenched Iran and the Kurds? We did. No wonder the Americans, who controlled Saddam's weird trial, forbad any mention of this, his most obscene atrocity, in the charges against him. Could he not have been handed over to the Iranians for sentencing for this massive war crime? Of course not. Because that would also expose our culpability.

And the mass killings we perpetrated in 2003 with our depleted uranium shells and our 'bunker buster' bombs and our phosphorous, the murderous post-invasion sieges of Fallujah and Najaf, the hell-disaster of anarchy we unleashed on the Iraqi population in the aftermath of our 'victory' - our 'mission accomplished' - who will be found guilty of this? Such expiation as we might expect will come, no doubt, in the self-serving memoirs of Blair and Bush, written in comfortable and wealthy retirement.


Eid Mubarak!

JUSGlobal - press release:
Eid Mubarak!

On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, 1427, we would like to take a moment to send our sincere greetings to you and your family on this blessed occasion and to share the good news of the Islamic awakening that is upon us.

As the end of the year approaches, we would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Muslims on the progress we have made during this past year. Many more of you now see that the Ummah is a nation at war against an aggressive American foreign policy that will not stop until our lands are decimated, our resources are pilfered and our religion has been subdued. Many more of you now see that the events of 911 were not the beginning of this war but were a response to a decade of abuse beginning with the occupation of the land of the two holy mosques, the brutal embargo that killed over 1 million of our children in Iraq, and the indiscriminate bombings of Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq and the continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that has gone on for half a decade.

It is no longer hidden from any of us, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, that America’s agenda has nothing to do with “terrorists” and has everything to do with controlling Muslim land, resources and minds. Five years on in this so-called war on terror the Mujahideen have proven once again that Allah is capable of all things.

In Afghanistan, Commander of the Faithful Mullah Omar has waged an unprecendeted defense after US forces claimed to be “moping up” in 2002. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been formed, Shariah law has been implemented in the that lands it controls and Afghans are flocking to support the Mujahideen.

Moreover, in Iraq, three years on in the illegal occupation of the country, our second Islamic Emirate has been formed, the new Islamic State of Iraq, and our Mujahideen have put up an impressive and relentless resistance against the worlds largest superpower proving that all the military hardware in the world can not defeat the hand made weapons of the Mujahideen if Allah wills it. The Islamic awakening is indeed occurring among the youth and the sincere ones and Allah has honored their efforts. The US is now entrenched in a war it can not win and both Muslims and non-Muslims are awakening to the real agenda behind this current assault on Islam.

While the media battle remains front and center in this conflict, like all the others, it is also a difficult battle. With mainstream news reporting having digressed to merely party-line propaganda, now more than the Muslim voices must speak. At JUS, over the past year, we have brought back the popular Jihad Unspun as a free daily news source in order to counter the sea of misinformation. We have repositioned JUSone to a news magazine with indpeth articles that reflect the thoughts and views of Muslims and we are working on a variety of initiatives to better our reach and effectiveness.

The Long and Miserable Life of George W. Bush

This from my DailyKos diary

As the grandson of a Nazi-sympathizer, and the son of a war-criminal, what could we have really expected? As the son of a mother who lifted her leg and pissed on the victims of Katrina; and the brother of someone whose baby-sitter somehow killed herself by running herself over with her own car; and another brother who has lived a, lets say, dubious life, what could we have really expected? After failing at every single venture he had ever attempted; after executing more people in the State of Texas than any other Governor to ever serve in the United States; after stealing the election in 2000; lying America into war; stealing the election in 2004; and lying about the Democrats in 2006, what could we have really expected?

The short answer is: Nothing good.

The longer answer is still being written in front of our eyes. Soon the 3000th body will drop dead to the ground in Iraq; the 30,000th will become wounded, and possibly disfigured physically, if not mentally, forever. Soon the next uncounted innocent Iraqi will die. The damage to the unborn is yet to come, but can be expected.

Soon, Saddam Hussein will be dead. After receiving decades of support from successive Administations; after receiving Weapons of Mass Destruction from the American government; after being given the green-light to reclaim what Iraq still considered its Nineteenth Province in 1991; after over a million of his citizens were killed thanks to sanctions created, for all practical purposes, by the United States; after not receiving a fair trial; Saddam will hang.

But we have bigger problems that hanging a thousand Saddam's would not cure. It is our President, not their President, who used chemical weapons in Fallujah. It was our President, not their President, who tortured hundreds in the pursuit of his extreme ideology. It was, our President, not theirs, that used the CIA torture flights in violation of International Law. It is our President, and not theirs, who has created 1.5 million Iraqi refugees as a result of his illegal war. It is our President, and not theirs, who took away our civil rights; who tapped our calls; who terrorized us with the threats of impending attacks that were never real; who can make any one of us an 'enemy combatant' and lock us away in a legal black-hole for the rest of our lives. That was not Saddam Hussein, that is George Bush.

And it is not over: Will our President, this delusional, dim-witted, idiot listen to the voices in his head and decide to invade Syria, Iran, or North Korea? Will felons and re-tread war-criminals continue to befoul the White House? Will the media continue to lie for this man? Will the right-wing propagandists continue to blame American citizens who do not have what it takes to 'win in Iraq'?

Will the Opposition Party grow a stronger spine in time to defend our Constitution, and toss this murderer to the curb? Or, will they simply write letters that never get answered, and tell us why impeachment just isn't the right thing to do? Will the leader in the Senate wake from his perpetual state of slumber and actually fight?

The other President is being hanged; but, after all this, one must wonder whether the rope could possibly hold two. There has never been a more disgusting, murdering, lying, repulsive, animal to suck air into its lungs in the past sixty-one years. And, he is the President of the United States--for another 752 days...


683 people killed in the conflict in 2006

B'Tselem - Press Releases - 28 Dec. 06: 683 people killed in the conflict in 2006:

B'Tselem publishes its 2006 annual statistics. This past year, we witnessed a deterioration in the human rights situation in the Occupied Territories , particularly in the increase in civilians killed and the destruction of houses and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, there was an improvement regarding violations of the right to life of Israeli civilians.

Casualties (figures in parenthesis indicate the total figure since the beginning of the intifada)

According to B'Tselem's research, from January to December 27, 2006, Israeli security forces killed 660 (4005) Palestinians in the West Bank and in Israel . This includes 141 (811) minors. At least 322 (1920) of those killed did not take part in the hostilities at the time they were killed. Another 22 (210) were targets of assassinations. In the Gaza Strip alone, since the capture of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Israeli forces killed 405 Palestinians, including 88 minors. Of these, 205 did not participate in the fighting when killed.

Palestinians killed 17 (701) Israeli civilians in 2006, both in the West Bank and inside Israel . This includes 1 (119) minor. In addition, Palestinians killed 6 (316) members of the Israeli security forces.

House Demolitions

Israel demolished 292 houses military operations in the Occupied Territories , 279 of them in the Gaza Strip. These were home to 1,769 people. Some 80 of these demolitions were conducted after the home-owners received advance warning to the demolition. In addition, Israel demolished 42 homes in East Jerusalem that were built without a permit. These were home to about 80 people.

Checkpoints and restrictions on movement

Deep within the West Bank, Israel currently maintains 54 permanent checkpoints, staffed most of the time. 12 other checkpoints are within the city of Hebron . In addition, according to UN OCHA, there are on average some 160 flying checkpoints throughout the West Bank every week. In addition to the checkpoints, the Israeli military has erected hundreds of physical obstacles such as concrete blocks, dirt piles and trenches to restrict access to Palestinian communities. Palestinians have restricted access to some 41 roadways in the West Bank . Israelis have unlimited access to these roadways.

Prisoners and Detainees

As of November, Israel held 9,075 Palestinians in custody, including 345 minors. Of these, 738 (22 minors) were held in administrative detention, without trial and without knowing the charges against them.


Israel blocks another UN fact-finding mission in Beit Hanoun | Bush's State Department not interested in pursuing the issue either

ei: Israel blocks another UN fact-finding mission:

Israel has shut down another internationally mandated investigation of its military actions. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his high-level fact-finding mission, authorized by the UN's Human Rights Council, have been refused entry by Israel for so long that they have been forced to call off the visit. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mark Regev disingenuously claimed that Israel had not denied entry, but simply not yet reached a decision. The families of the 19 Palestinian civilians slain at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on 8 November 2006 will apparently not see even an approximation of justice at this time.

Tutu and Professor Christine Chinkin noted in an 11 December 2006 statement:

...We find the lack of co-operation by the Israeli Government very distressing, as well as its failure to allow the Mission timely passage to Israel. This is a time in our history that neither allows for indifference to the plight of those suffering, nor a refusal to search for a solution to the present crisis in the region.

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack in his 9 November 2006 press conference made clear the United States is unprepared to push Israel on its investigation:

Well, look, we or nobody else can do an investigation. Israel is a democracy and as such it will look into these matters and determine what exactly happened. They have done that in the past. We, as well as others, when there have been terrible accidents around the world because of military actions, have investigated these things. If there were mistakes that were made that contravene regulations, we have held our own people to account and I expect that that is the same type of approach that the Israeli Government would take. That is the way democracies work.


[I]t's not up to the United States or anybody else to investigate this matter on the Israeli side. We have full faith that they will investigate it. They take this very seriously. They have-I think they understand exactly what happened and they are taking it seriously.

In other words, Israeli impunity seems certain to continue.

With American assurances such as those proffered by McCormack, there is little reason to doubt that Israeli officials thought they would be able to keep the international community out of any investigation. After all, in 2002 Israel successfully placed one impediment after another in front of the team of UN professionals that was supposed to investigate Israel's military actions in Jenin. Eventually, an impotent UN was unable to carry out an investigation of suspected war crimes. In regard to Jenin, Peter Bouckaert, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, declared in a 3 June 2002 press release:

The abuses we documented in Jenin are extremely serious, and in some cases appear to be war crimes. Criminal investigations are needed to ascertain individual responsibility for the most serious violations. Such investigations are first and foremost the duty of the Israeli government, but the international community needs to ensure that meaningful accountability occurs.

The international community never did hold Israel accountable. On 8 November more innocent Palestinian civilians paid a terrible cost for the ongoing failures of the international community.


James Baker evaded Iraq sanctions to collect a quick $30,000,000 cut | Member emeritus of the Bush Crime Family used Israelis to avoid US sanctions

Arutz Sheva - Israel National News:
Baker hired Nir Gouaz, president of Caesar Global Securities in Israel, to collect a debt from the Hussein regime in 1998.

Baker is a senior partner at the Houston-based law firm Baker Botts, which made some $30 million in fees from the deal that the Israeli businessman mediated.

Gouaz said the Iraqi regime owed some $1.65 billion to the Korean Hyundai Engineering firm for a series of construction projects on which it defaulted in the wake of the Gulf War. U.S. legal sanctions on Iraq did not apply to Israelis, hence Baker’s request that Gouaz mediate the deal. The Bank of Jordan was also involved in the transactions.

Palestinians have become targets in Iraq's chaos

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 12/21/2006 | Palestinians have become targets in Iraq's chaos:

For half an hour last week, mortar rounds rained down on Baghdad's largest Palestinian enclave. Neither Iraqi police at a station nearby nor U.S. troops at a base adjacent to the neighborhood responded.

At the end of the attack, the Palestinians counted their losses: six dead and 29 injured, including a repairman next to the compound's generator, two neighborhood boys with their heads and stomachs split open in the billiards hall, and the bean-seller beside his pushcart who screamed 'Save me!' before he died.

Most heartbreaking, survivors said, were the corpses of 14-year-old Noura Mohamed, who was decapitated while standing in her garden, and 13-year-old A'isha Ahmed, who was hit by the last mortar of the evening as she stood on a balcony to check on her brother and father as they helped the wounded.

It was the bloodiest assault so far in what has become a long stream of attacks on Palestinians, whose community has been here since the establishment of Israel in 1948 but who've never been granted Iraqi citizenship.

The United Nations refugee agency condemned the barrage, which it blamed on Shiite Muslim militiamen of the Mahdi Army, and blasted U.S. and Iraqi troops for failing to protect the Palestinians.

Iraqi officials shrugged off the incident, saying everyone in Iraq is a target and that Palestinians should approach the Iraqi interior ministry - which is widely infiltrated by Shiite militias - instead of complaining to aid agencies.


Bush Crime Family editing opinion pieces critical of impending invasion into Iran | Daddy Bush Felon Eliot Abrams involved in the cover-up

The Washington Note:

Informed Comment has more on this.

UPDATE: The piece the crime family is trying to edit can be found here in its full version. The New York Times printed an edited version on 12/22. Here is an explanation of the deleted portions, also from the 12/22 New York Times.

These comments from a letter written by Flynt Leverett, 'a former government official who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, and on the National Security Council staff of the George W. Bush administration, is now a senior fellow and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Initiative at the New America Foundation':

Mr. Pollack also supports the administration's reluctance to engage with Iran, in contrast to my consistent and sharp criticism of that position. It would seem that, if one is expounding views congenial to the White House, it does not intervene in prepublication censorship, but, if one is a critic, White House officials will use fraudulent charges of revealing classified information to keep critical views from being heard. My understanding is that the White House staffers who have injected themselves into this process are working for Elliott Abrams and Megan O'Sullivan, both politically appointed deputies to President Bush's National Security Adviser, Stephen Hadley.

Their conduct in this matter is despicable and un-American in the profoundest sense of that term. I am also deeply disappointed that former colleagues at the Central Intelligence Agency have proven so supine in the face of tawdry political pressure. Intelligence officers are supposed to act better than that.

For more on this felon now inside the Bush Crime Family, see the following links:

Track his criminal past with Reagan, and the Bush's here
Most recently:

Abrams' involvement in the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is unclear. According to an unnamed U.S. government consultant “with close ties to Israel” interviewed by Seymour Hersh, Israel had put together bombing plans long before Hezbollah kidnapped the two Israeli soldiers, which set off the conflict. As they developed their plans early this summer, according to the consultant, Israeli officials went to Washington “to get a green light for the bombing operation and to find out how much the United States would bear … Israel began with Cheney. It wanted to be sure that it had his support and the support of his office and the Middle East desk [where Abrams is ensconced] of the National Security Council” (New Yorker, August 21, 2006).

Eliot Abrams: From Iran-Contra to Bush's Democracy Czar

Iran-Contra Figure to Lead Democracy Efforts Abroad

Back in Political Forefrunt: Iran-Contra Figure Plays Key Role in Mideast

And this beauty from March 2003, regarding the aftermath of Iraq

"We recognize that military action in Iraq, if necessary, will have adverse humanitarian consequences," Abrams said at a news conference Monday. "We have been planning over the last several months, across all relevant agencies, to limit any such consequences and provide relief quickly."

Abrams said the U.S. military plan was "carefully tailored" to limit the displacement of Iraqi civilians and damage to the country's infrastructure in hopes of minimizing the humanitarian crisis.

Further evidence that the world hates the US 'because we can buy houses here' and because 'they hate freedom' | A piece from North Korea

The Few, the Proud: Marine Charged in Killings of 24 Iraqi Civilians | Wuterich, the animal, orders others to "shoot first and ask questions later"

Squad Leader Charged in Killings of 24 Iraqi Civilians - New York Times:

A Marine Corps squad leader was charged Thursday with 13 counts of murder in the killings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha last year, his attorney said, and other Marines are expected to be charged.

Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich was charged with 12 counts of murdering individuals, plus one count of murdering six people by ordering Marines under his charge to ''shoot first and ask questions later'' when they entered a house, according to charging sheets released by defense attorney Neal Puckett.


Iraq: More Hellish Now Than Under Saddam | Son of Bush continues his Oedipal battle to cause more death, destruction, and bloodshed than his father

AlterNet: War on Iraq: Iraq: More Hellish Now Than Under Saddam:

The tragedy unleashed by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq defies description.

According to the most recent findings of the Lancet medical journal, the number of 'excess deaths' in Iraq since the U.S. invasion is more than 650,000. 'Iraq is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world,' according to Refugee International: nearly two million Iraqis have fled the country entirely, while at least another 500,000 are internally displaced.

Basic foods and necessities are beyond the reach of ordinary Iraqis because of massive inflation. 'A gallon of gasoline cost as little as 4 cents in November. Now, after the International Monetary Fund pushed the Oil Ministry to cut its subsidies, the official price is about 67 cents,' the New York Times notes. 'The spike has come as a shock to Iraqis, who make only about $150 a month on average -- if they have jobs,' an important proviso, since unemployment is roughly 60-70 percent nationally.

October 2006 proved to be the bloodiest month of the entire occupation, with more than six thousand civilians killed in Iraq, most in Baghdad, where thousands of additional U.S. troops have been sent since August with the claim they would restore order and stability in the city, but instead only sparked more violence. United Nations special investigator Manfred Nowak notes that torture 'is totally out of hand' in Iraq. 'The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein.' The number of U.S. soldiers dead is now more than 2,900, with more than 21,000 wounded, many severely.

The underlying trend is clear: Each day the occupation continues, life gets worse for most Iraqis. Rather than stemming civil war or sectarian conflict, the occupation is spurring it. Rather than being a source of stability, the occupation is the major source of instability and chaos.

Bush, listening to the voices of death in his head, set to send 30,000 more potential corpses to the pyre for the sake of his ideology and legacy

Bush defies commanders by bolstering troops | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited:

George Bush today confirmed that a temporary increase in US troops for Iraq is under consideration, despite the opposition of his top generals.

In an interview with the Washington Post, the US president also acknowledged for the first time that the US is not winning the war in Iraq, reversing a declaration in November when he said: 'Absolutely we're winning'.

Mr Bush is expected to unveil his new strategy for Iraq early in the new year. Despite the opposition of his joint chiefs of staff and his top commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid, the president appears to be leaning towards the idea of a temporary surge - six to eight months - of 20,000 to 30,000 troops in 'one last big push'.

The president has, however, persuaded Tony Blair of the need not to set a timetable to pull troops out of Iraq, according to Iraq's vice president.

Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York yesterday, Tareq al-Hashemi reportedly said that the prime minister was originally in favour of a timetable but was 'brainwashed' by Mr Bush into changing his mind on the subject.


Assassinating Gemeyel and blaming Syria was just a start for Bush | Syria in Bush's Crosshairs

TIME.com: Syria in Bush's Crosshairs:

American officials say the U.S. government has had extensive contacts with a range of anti-Assad groups in Washington, Europe and inside Syria. To give momemtum to that opposition, the U.S. is giving serious consideration to the election- monitoring scheme proposed in the document, according to several officials. The proposal has not yet been approved, in part because of questions over whether the Syrian elections will be delayed or even cancelled. But one U.S. official familiar with the proposal said: 'You are forced to wonder whether we are now trying to destabilize the Syrian government.'

Some critics in Congress and the Administration say that such a plan, meant to secretly influence a foreign government, should be legally deemed a 'covert action,' which by law would then require that the White House inform the intelligence committees on Capitol Hill. Some in Congress would undoubtedly raise objections to this secret use of publicly appropriated funds to promote democracy.