The Mad Dog Media Liberation Arf Force:
War Is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength
(Scroll down to post dated 3/19/08)
This morning, Gen. George Armstrong Bush (Lone Star Air Farce, ret.) sang us that same, sour song he loves so much — the war was a swell idea, Little Big Surge is working, and Iraq is a fabulous success story, not nearly as expensive as some would have us believe five years after he picked the bloody fight that left 4,000 of our countrymen dead and another 40,000 wounded. His aide-de-camp, Dickless Cheney, he of the multiple Vietnam deferments and the bottomless contempt for the citizens he is supposed to serve, has once again linked the neocons' spendid little adventure to the September 11 attacks and called it "a difficult, challenging, but nonetheless successful endeavor."
They are both liars
Mahatma X Files:
Fifth anniversary: Fragments of writing from March 2003 (with commentary)
As we're coming up on the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War - largely an escalation of what had already begun under Poppy Bush and Bill Clinton - I'm taking a trip down memory lane. In March 2003 I did not as of yet have a blog, but did post to message boards and usenet groups of one sort or another. I didn't really go out of my way to archive much of what I might have written at the time, as it was largely in the form of off-the-cuff remarks. That said, here are a few fragments that capture where I was at in late March of that year. I'll try to provide some context for these fragmentary comments wherever possible.
End the War: Wage Peace
Let us remember the victims of this war, and let us remind our government that we demand an end. Call your Representatives and your Senators. Call the White House. Flood every phone with calls demanding an end to this war. Make clear that Bush’s so-called mandate is *not* from the people he serves.
Mask of Anarchy:
Iraq War Blogswarm - The War on Women in Iraq
On March 12th 2004, George and Laura Bush gave a press conference regarding "Efforts to Globally Promote Women's Human Rights" at the White House. President Bush used this opportunity to comment upon the rights of women across the globe and, particularly, in the Middle East. During the press conference, President Bush said the following about the position of women in post-Saddam Iraq:
Matt Buck's Hack Cartoons:
Animated political cartoon - Five years in Iraq
animation on five years since the invasion of Iraq
19. März, Blogswarm gegen den Irakkrieg: MUZAK & INFORMATIONS against the War
More Information about the last actions of the
Iraq Veterans against the War:
Wintersoldier 2008(1): neues-auf.anderslautern.de
Wintersoldier 2008(2): neues-auf.anderslautern.de
Wintersoldier 2008(3): ivaw.org/wintersoldier
more information: www.anderslautern.de (in german)
Five Years Later
Do you feel safe?
My dad spent over twenty years serving this country honorably. His first ten years of service were during the conflict with Vietnam. He spent a year and a half in the Mediterranean during the Iran hostage crisis. I was raised with a deep understanding of what it meant to serve this country, of what it means to be a patriot, and what it means to be thankful for our freedoms.
Miss Music Nerd:
When Can We Write the Requiem for This War?
Miss Music Nerd is not an overtly political blog, and it is, for the most part, a lighthearted affair.
But there are times when I am moved to take a stand.
This video is from a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. In the piece, Britten intersperses the Latin text of the traditional Requiem Mass with poems by Wifred Owen, who fought and died in World War I. The War Requiem was performed at the 1962 reconsecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, which had been bombed in World War II. It’s an amazingly powerful and moving work, and I encourage everyone to listen to it in its entirety. I also recommend Derek Jarman’s film version. I could go on at length about the piece, discussing the text and analyzing the music — and at some point, I will. But my purpose today is different.
Mo Betta Meta:
(entry crossposted from the Mahatma X Files)
The inspiration and motivation of the American Revolution came out of Common Sense. Thomas Paine also wrote in a series entitled “The American Crisis” in December 1776. George Washington proudly had this series read aloud to the soldiers.
These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
give peace a chance
peace ~ we want it now
no more war for oil
no more vietnams
women have played pivotal roles in peacemaking throughout history. women been leaders in peace movements of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century. go here to learn more about peace activism by women and women's organizations.
the nobel peace prize has been awarded since 1901. twelve women have won the peace prize:
baroness von suttner ~ 1905
jane addams ~ 1931
emily greene balch ~ 1946
betty williams & mairead corrigan ~ 1976
mother teresa ~ 1979
alva myrdal ~ 1982
aung san suu kyi ~ 1991
rigoberta menchú tum ~ 1992
jody williams ~ 1997
shirin ebadi ~ 2003
wangari muta maathai ~ 2004
My Free Thoughts:
Still at War
It's been five years since a bunch of kids were ordered to Iraq to kill. Yes, I know, they were not literally ordered to kill, but to "liberate." Hundreds of thousands have been "liberated" since. And we are counting. And counting. And counting. And there doesn't seem to be an end to this count. And this count goes on everywhere. We are counting in Afghanistan, in Tibet, in Chechnya, in Palestine, in Burma, in Congo, and in Darfur. Before that we were counting in Kosovo and the Balkans, and Nicaragua, and Panama, and Vietnam, and Korea and all over the world a couple of times. Millions upon millions of people vanished just in the last century. Untold numbers of people were wounded, maimed, tortured, raped, left homeless and broken. Why?
There seems to be a pattern to this madness.
My Politics '08:
Killing Iraqi Children a Necessary Cost?
Here is an excerpt from Pres. Bush speech on wednesday
“No one would argue that this war has not come at a high cost in lives and treasure, but those costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq,” Bush said.
This sounds similar to what Madeline Albright said when asked about the cost of war.
Stahl: “We have heard that a half a million children have died [because of sanctions against Iraq]. I mean that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And–you know, is the price worth it?”
Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.”
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