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October 12, 2009
"Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between neighbor
citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as
when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang":
Benjamin Franklin to Benjamin Vaughan, 14 March 1785 (B 11:16-7)
"It has been for some time a generally received opinion, that a military man
is not to inquire whether a war be just or unjust; he is to execute his
orders. All princes who are disposed to become tyrants must probably approve
of this opinion, and be willing to establish it; but is it not a dangerous
one, since, on that principle, if the tyrant commands his army to attack and
destroy, not only an unoffending neighbor nation, but even his own subjects,
the army is bound to obey? A negro slave, in our colonies, being commanded
by his master to rob or murder a neighbor, or do any other immoral act, may
refuse, and the magistrate will protect him in his refusal. The slavery then
of a soldier is worse than that of a negro!" Benjamin Franklin to
Benjamin Vaughan, 14 March 1785 (B 11:18-9)
God grant, that not only the love of liberty, but a thorough knowledge of
the rights of man, may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a
philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface, and say, "This is my
country."Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley, 4 December 1789 (S
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially
acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In
Afghanistan : 1,453
Cost of War in Iraq
Cost of War in Afghanistan
The cost in your community
Insurgents Taking Charge in Kunduz
By Gul Rahim Niazmand in Kunduz
The Taleban have complete control over the district. They have established
their own brand of Islamic rule, and they can move around the villages and
bazaars openly, with no fear. There is no government authority here.
Afghanistan - The Proxy War
By Andrew J. Bacevich
As the fighting drags on from one year to the next, the engagement of US
forces in armed nation-building projects in distant lands will become the
new normalcy. Americans of all ages will come to accept war as a perpetual
condition, as young Americans already do. That "keeping Americans safe''
obliges the United States to seek, maintain, and exploit unambiguous
military supremacy will become utterly uncontroversial.
War Criminals Are Becoming The Arbiters Of Law
By Paul Craig Roberts
"This is the Israeli notion of a fair deal: We're entitled to do whatever
the hell we want to the Palestinians because, by definition, whatever we do
to them is self-defense. They, however, are not entitled to lift a finger
against us because, by definition, whatever they do to us is terrorism.
From Delusion to Vindictiveness
Interpreting the Zionist Dream
By Gilad Atzmon
As an Israeli youngster I myself succumbed to this dream. I tended to
believe that Israel was 'my' historic land, I regarded the Biblical
protagonists as my direct ancestors. I was sure that, at least in the case
of the so called 'first Israelis', the ideological transplant operation was
a great success. We, the young Israeli natives tended to believe that we
were all nothing less than a success story of
The Vichy Government of Palestine
By Jamal Dajani
Posters which first appeared in Gaza showing Mahmoud Abbas with a black X
across his face and the words, "To the trash heap of history, you traitor,
Mahmoud Abbas," have made their way to West Bank and even to East Jerusalem.
Millions Will Starve as Rich Nations Cut Food Aid Funding, Warns UN
Aid agencies fear global disaster.
By John Vidal, in Bangkok
Tens of millions of the world's poor will have their food rations cut or
cancelled in the next few weeks because rich countries have slashed aid
Dollar Reaches Breaking Point as Banks Shift Reserves
By Ye Xie and Anchalee Worrachate
Central banks flush with record reserves are increasingly snubbing dollars
in favor of euros and yen, further pressuring the greenback after its
biggest two- quarter rout in almost two decades.
A Dollar Rout Or More Bernanke Trickery?
By Mike Whitney
The only way to weaken the dollar further is through asymmetrical warfare, a
disinformation campaign aimed at triggering a sell-off before the dollar
strengthens when the stock market corrects and credit tightens even more. Is
that what Bernanke has in mind?
The Nobel Prize, the Brand and the President
By Gilad Atzmon
Obama may have to find some other policies to pursue peace rather than
killing Muslims. Time will tell whether the Nobel Committee gamble justified
Battening Down the Hatches:
Secret State Monitors Protest, Represses Dissent
By Tom Burghardt
As social networking becomes a dominant feature of daily life, the secret
state is increasingly surveilling electronic media for what it
euphemistically calls "actionable intelligence."
Pilots on Food Stamps
By Michael Moore
The plane landed and I stepped into the cockpit. "Read this," the first
officer said. He handed me a letter from the airline to him. It was
headlined "LETTER OF CONCERN." It seems this poor fellow had taken three
sick days in the past year. The letter was a warning not to take another one
-- or else.
Yemen army claims to kill 59 Shiite rebels:
The Yemeni army said on Monday it had "purged" pockets of resistance of
Shiite rebels near the northern city of Saada, and killed 59 fighters in
Yemen conflict strands refugees at Saudi border:
Relief agencies estimate 150,000 people have been displaced in the conflict
but with no access to the war zone they have no clear idea how many have
fled. Yemen has barred journalists and diplomats from travelling
independently to the northern provinces of Saada, Amran and Hajjeh.
Pakistan says 41 killed in market bombing:
Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told The Associated Press the assault on army
headquarters was only the first in a planned wave of strikes intended to
avenge the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in a CIA
missile strike in August.
31 killed as Pakistan jets bomb Taliban: official:
Pakistani fighter jets have bombed Taliban strongholds in the lawless
northwest tribal belt, killing at least 31 suspected militants, government
and security officials said Monday.
Pakistanis say U.S. hoards intelligence:
Blame CIA for failure to catch terror leaders
25 militants killed and injured in S Afghanistan:
Over two dozen anti-government insurgents were killed and injured during
military operation in Taliban birthplace Kandahar in south Afghanistan, a
private television channel aired Monday.
Afghan outlook bleak as Taliban grabs territory:
As generals, politicians and pundits in Washington debate the next best step
for America's eight-year war in Afghanistan, the Taliban takes new territory
by the day, despite the record 64,000 U.S. troops here.
Afghan president: Unknown helicopters transfer rebels to N
"A compressive investigation was underway to determine which country the
helicopters belonged to; why armed men were being infiltrated into the
region; and whether increasing insecurity in the north was linked to it."
Afghan quits election panel, claiming foreigners are making all
Resignation of local member of UN-backed commission looking at electoral
fraud in Afghanistan is blow to credibility of election
Three bombs in Iraqi city kill 23:
First, they bombed a crowded parking lot outside the
provincial government's headquarters. Seven minutes later, they detonated a
car bomb aimed at the rescue workers. An hour later, a third bomb exploded
outside the hospital where survivors were receiving treatment.
British have covered up hundreds of Iraqi casualties, ex-officer
The British military's chain of command has instructed the country's top
investigators not to examine hundreds of incidents involving Iraqi deaths
and serious injury, a former British military police officer told the BBC
Abu Mazen: Israel Kills Children, Barbaric:
PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) made a live televised speech on
Sunday evening in which he sharply attacked Israel. During the speech he
said, "Israeli actions during the fighting in Gaza were barbaric and
inhuman. We must bring to trial the killers of our children."
Abbas seeks vote on Gaza report:
He said he had now instructed his officials to push for a special session of
the UN Human Rights Council to bring forward the debate that the PA had
earlier supported deferring until March.
Netanyahu vows never to let Israelis be tried for war crimes:
Netanyahu opened his fiery speech at the inauguration of the Knesset's
winter session by blasting the Goldstone Commission's report sponsored by
the United Nations, that accused Israel of committing war crimes during its
war against militants in the Gaza Strip last year.
Israeli officials warn against support for UN report:
A jittery Israeli government reacted furiously yesterday after a top British
diplomat voiced support for aspects of a UN report that could lead to
prosecution of Israeli army officers for alleged war crimes.
Turkish defence snub worries Israel:
Turkey has said that it banned Israel from an international air exercise due
to begin last week because of its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip
Report: Jordan threatened to expel Israel envoy over Temple Mount
Jordan threatened to expel Israel's ambassador to the Kingdom last week in
the event of Israel choosing to forcibly enter the Temple Mount during
clashes in Jerusalem, the pan-Arab paper Al-Quds al-Arabi reported on
Iran deplores language of threat, sanction:
"So far, western powers have achieved nothing by using the language of
threats and sanctions against Iran. The West, itself, knows that this
language is useless," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi
told reporters Monday.
Israel and U.S. prepare for largest-ever joint air force drill:
Israel and the United States will hold their biggest joint air-defence
exercise next week, the Israeli military said, testing missile interceptors
that would serve as a strategic bulwark in any showdown with Iran.
Witnesses: Ethiopian troops invade Somalia:
Hundreds of troops in military trucks entered three villages west of the
town of Beledweyne, witnesses said. The Ethiopian troops arrived in the area
in late Saturday afternoon, carried out searches and detained several people
they suspected of having links with Islamist fighters.
Kenya warned over Somali 'troops':
Islamist rebels in Somalia have accused Kenya of recruiting ethnic Somalis
who live in Kenya to fight against them.
War brings business to Feinstein spouse:
When it comes to scoring mega-military-related contracts, Sen. Dianne
Feinstein's multimillionaire husband, Richard Blum, is right in the thick of
Amnesty reveals Bible was used to decide execution :
Jurors used Biblical passages supporting the death penalty to help them
decide whether he should live or die. Amnesty considers that the jurors' use
of the Bible during their sentencing deliberations raises serious questions
about their impartiality.
Britain has worst quality of life in Europe, study says:
British people have the worst quality of life in Europe, according to a
report which highlights the long hours, bad weather, low life expectancy and
high price of many consumer goods.
UK in $25bn sale of state assets:
Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, has announced a $25bn sale of
state assets, including the Channel Tunnel rail link, in a bid to cut
soaring debt caused by the global economic crisis.
'Benign currency neglect' could spell real danger for US economy:
What's happening to the dollar? That's the question dominating the world's
financial markets. Last week the US currency fell, on a trade-weighted
basis, to a fresh 14-month low. The dollar's decline is now gaining
US facing massive economic 'power shift' with dollar's downward
The dollar's position as the world's leading reserve currency faces
increased pressure as the financial crisis allows emerging economies greater
influence on the world stage, analysts said.
U.S. states suffer "unbelievable" revenue shortages:
"It's crazy. It's really just unbelievable," said Scott Pattison, executive
director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, and called
the states' revenue situations "close to unprecedented."
10,000 apply for 90 factory jobs:
In the latest sign of weakness in Louisville-area employment, about 10,000
people applied over three days for 90 jobs building washing machines at
General Electric for about $27,000 per year and hefty benefits.
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