Alternative Press Week in Review
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A weekly roundup of news, essays and other items of interest.
Vol. 1, No. 7, March 30, 2003
Images of War: Terror on Baghdad
This is Gulf War 2
Photos of captured and killed American GIs
Photos of 'liberated' Iraqi's
Protest Pictures from Around the World
Michael Moore's Acceptance Speech at the Academy Awards
Website of the Week
Quote of the Week
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the
country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag
the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a
parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can
always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have
to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for
lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." - Herman
Goering at the Nuremberg trials
Moron of the Week
"I've been all the way through this desert from Basra to here and I ain't
seen one shopping mall or fast food restaurant, These people got nothing.
Even in a little town like ours of twenty five hundred people you got a
McDonald's at one end and a Hardee's at the other." -- Marine Sgt. Sprague
Assholes of the Week
"Our job now is killing." -- Lieutenant Colonel McCoy, commanding the US
Marine 3rd Battery, 4th Regiment
"We had a great day," Sergeant Schrumpf said. "We killed a lot of people." -
NYTimes, 29 March, 2003
"I am starting to hate this country. Wait until I get hold of a friggin'
Iraqi. No, I won't get hold of one. I'll just kill him." -- Cpl. Ryan Dupre
Update to old anecdote about two soldiers
An American soldier in a hospital explained how he was wounded: He said, "I
was told that the way to tell a hostile Iraqi from a friendly Iraqi was to
shout 'To hell with Saddam Hussein!' If he shoots, he's unfriendly. So I saw
this Iraqi dude and yelled 'To hell with Saddam Hussein!' and he yelled
back, 'To hell with George Bush!' We were shaking hands when a
malfunctioning missile hit us."-- retold by Enemy Combatant
INCOMING! - A short list of some of the more interesting items received at
the Alternative Press Review office this week.
Book of the Week
The Party's Over - Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
by Richard Heinberg, New Society Publishers
The world is about to run out of cheap oil and change dramatically. Within
the next few years, global production will peak. Thereafter, even if
industrial societies begin to switch to alternative energy sources, they
will have less net energy each year to do all the work essential to the
survival of complex societies. We are entering a new era, as different from
the industrial era as the latter was from medieval times.
In The Party's Over, Richard Heinberg places this momentous transition in
historical context, showing how industrialism arose from the harnessing of
fossil fuels, how competition to control access to oil shaped the
geopolitics of the 20th century, and how contention for dwindling energy
resources in the 21st century will lead to resource wars in the Middle East,
Central Asia, and South America. He describes the likely impacts of oil
depletion, and all of the energy alternatives. Predicting chaos unless the
U.S. -- the world's foremost oil consumer -- is willing to join with other
countries to implement a global program of resource conservation and
sharing, he also recommends a "managed collapse" that might make way for a
slower-paced, low-energy, sustainable society in the future.
More readable than other accounts of this issue, with fuller discussion of
the context, social implications, and recommendations for personal,
community, national, and global action, Heinberg's book is a riveting
wake-up call for humankind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool
for understanding and influencing current U.S. foreign policy.
Zine of the week
the zine about going places you're not supposed to go
(March 2003, Issue #20)
Infiltration offers a mix of the practice and theory of urban exploration in
areas not designed for public usage. In other words, the zine is devoted to
the adventures of "illegal" urban exploration.
Articles of the Week
Free Asan Akbar and Put the System on Trial?
Steve Hesske, Alternative Press Review
Today's Army may be all volunteer, but the same class (and race) divisions
that marked the Vietnam-era military are present. The distant managers of
the invasion of Iraq are mostly white, almost all from the ruling elite (a
status that did not require any military service from them).
Cowardice and Courage
Tom Trouble, Alternative Press Review
The US military is engaged in a brutal gang rape (again) and I refuse to be
one of those vile contemptible idiots who "support the troops." What utter
nonsense. We're supposed to rally around and support our troops now that
they are actively engaged in the gang rape and mass murder of a sovereign
country? No way!
They Dare Not Speak Its Name
Steve Hesske, Alternative Press Review
It took years of bad policy, pointless bloodshed and half-witted cowboy
field commanders in Nam for fragging to manifest itself. In the Iraqi
theater a fragging has occurred three days into the war.
Iraq as Trial Run
Interview with Noam Chomsky, Frontline (India)
What is interesting about this case is that the coercion did not work. There
were countries - in fact, most of them - who stubbornly maintained the
position of the vast majority of their populations.
Eliminating the Truth: The Development Of War Propaganda
David Miller, Scoop (New Zealand)
The US is determined to eliminate independent reporting of and from Iraq and
it will go to unprecedented lengths to ensure that its propaganda and spin
will dominate media agendas in the UK and US and it will expend massive
resources in minimising critical coverage across the world.
They do not know what they are doing or why they are doing it
Every day public statements on the war are made with great bravado by
British and US leaders. A day later most of them turn out to be inaccurate
John deLaubenfels, Strike the Root
We f***ed up. We thought it would be a cakewalk, and we thought people would
welcome us. It's not a cakewalk, and no one is welcoming us.
Jo Wilding, Electronic Iraq
why did they do this to us? Why did they kill my child? Why are we a target?
Why can't my mum come back? Why destroy my shop and my living? Why can't
anyone stop them?
War and Resistance
Sukumar Muralidharan, Frontline (India)
`Operation Iraqi Freedom', the U.S.-led war that marks the final act of over
a decade of duplicity, coercion and insensitivity, gets under way. As the
aggressors stumble through, their plans of conquest and subjugation elicit
hostility and contempt among Iraqis.
The War on Protesters: San Francisco's Berserk Cops
Ann Harrison, CounterPunch
One week after anti-war demonstrators brought San Francisco's business
district to a standstill, the city's police force has been accused of
attempting to repress dissent with widespread brutality, intimidation, and
illegal mass arrests.
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, The Guardian
Nearly 30 years after the Vietnam war, a chemical weapon used by US troops
is still exacting a hideous toll on each new generation.
US War Criminals Vow to Slaughter Iraqis
Richard Wallace, The Mirror
Lieutenant Colonel McCoy, commanding the US Marine 3rd Battery, 4th
Regiment, was unflinching. He said: "Our job now is killing."
From "Plain Sailing" to "Where the Hell Are We?" to "Up the Creek"
Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch
Barely into its second week Operation Easy Sailing is in big trouble. One
simple way of measuring just how big is by adding up all the time you hear
the phrases "all according to Plan", and the "Our strategy is sound". That's
the captain of the Titanic speaking.
US and Britain heading for disaster
Patrick Seale, Al-Hayat
Whatever the military outcome of the 'battle for Baghdad', politically and
morally the United States and Britain have already lost the war. Far from
welcoming the Western troops with flowers, surrendering, or fleeing the
country as refugees, the Iraqis are putting up ferocious resistance.
U.S. defeat in Iraq may trigger total collapse of empire!
Joel Meyers, Infoshop
The victory of Iraqi resistance in defending Baghdad is not as unlikely as
U.S. war propaganda may have induced many to believe.
Many of the bombs being dropped on Iraq contain Depleted Uranium (DU), a
radioactive by-product from nuclear reactors. So no need to worry, if the
bombs don't get you then the uranium will.
Raw, devastating realities that expose the truth about Basra
Robert Fisk, The Independent
The short sequence of the dead British soldiers - over which Tony Blair
voiced such horror yesterday - is little different from dozens of similar
clips of dead Iraqi soldiers shown on British television over the past 12
years, pictures which never drew any condemnation from the Prime Minister.
Blood on the Tracks
Chris Floyd, Moscow Times
Before the first cruise missile crushed the first skull of the first child
killed in the first installment of George W. Bush's crusade for world
dominion, the unelected plutocrats occupying the White House were already
plying their corporate cronies with fat contracts to "repair" the murderous
devastation they were about to unleash on Iraq.
Washington's hypocrisy over Iraqi "war crimes"
Bill Vann, World Socialist Web Site
In Afghanistan, the US openly flouted the Geneva Conventions. It is holding
Taliban forces incommunicado and brutalizing and humiliating them to the
point that suicide attempts have reached epidemic proportions at the
Guantanamo prison camp. Two prisoners have reportedly died from torture.
The New Great Game
C. Kleveman, The Ecologist
War on Iraq is about a lot more than boosting oil companies' profits. It's
the latest battle in the ongoing war over who gets to control the earth's
remaining energy reserves.
Al-Jazeera tells the truth about war: My station is a threat to American
media control - and they know it
Faisal Bodi, The Guardian
I do not mean to brag - people are turning to us simply because the western
media coverage has been so poor.
Where Did They Go Wrong?
Uri Avnery, Strike the Root
The Iraqi people react as any normal people would. In the face of a foreign
invasion, they unite. Even the opponents of the regime support the leader in
battle. When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, even the prisoners in the
Gulag camps cheered Stalin.
US Will Lose the Iraq War Says Scott Ritter
Fimtan Dunne, GuluFuture
Thorn in the side of the American administration, and former UN weapons
inspector Scott Ritter, has warned that America will lose the Iraq war and
the American military: "will leave Iraq with its tail between its legs."
Of Lies, Liberation and American Self-Delusion
Tim Wise, ZNet
It is the same arrogance that prompted whites to view the genocide of Indian
peoples as progress, and a civilizing mission (for those we didn't kill),
and a mission for which the savages should have been grateful. The same
arrogance that allowed the belief that we were doing Africans a favor by
enslaving them, and "bringing them to Christ." The same arrogance that
inspired the notion of "destroying the village in order to save it," in
Winning Hearts and Minds Bush-Style
Linda S. Heard, CounterPunch
There was no talk about the Geneva Conventions when contingents of Arabs and
Moslems were flown to Guantanamo Bay, shackled, handcuffed, gagged, hooded
and chained to their aircraft seats only to be thrown into chicken coops
open to the elements.
It was an outrage, an obscenity
Robert Fisk, The Independent
Two missiles from an American jet killed them all - by my estimate, more
than 20 Iraqi civilians, torn to pieces before they could be 'liberated' by
the nation that destroyed their lives. Who dares, I ask myself, to call this
Blair: War Criminal
Tam Dalyell, The Guardian
I believe that since Mr Blair is going ahead with his support for a US
attack without unambiguous UN authorisation, he should be branded as a war
criminal and sent to The Hague.
Daniel Patrick Murderer
Mickey Z, ZNet
After having served as an advisor to Richard Nixon (an excellent venue for
honing skills of genocide), Moynihan was appointed United States Ambassador
to the United Nations under President Ford. It was during this time that the
U.S.-backed Indonesian invasion of East Timor took place.
Let's go back 227 years
We complain that the Iraqis have ambushed our soldiers after waving the
white flag of surrender. On March 3, 1779, the Continental Army at Briar
Creek, Georgia, waved the white flag to British troops and then attacked.
Wails of Yanqui Power: Life During Wartime
Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch
We've already seen the revival of fragging, Patriot missiles shooting down a
British Tornado jet, a US fighter firing on a Patriot missile battery,
errant bombs hitting Iranian oil fields, Turkish villages and a busload of
Syrians. Less than a week into the war and parents of dead US soldiers have
already denounced Bush for sending their son to their deaths in an
THE GATHERING STORM PART II
Michael C. Ruppert, From the Wilderness
Military, economic, oil, and political storms continue to gather and
converge in what may become a Perfect Storm for the Bush Administration and
the United States economy.
Six Days of Shame
John Pilger, ZNet
They have tried to belittle the militia defending Basra with lurid stories
that its fighters are killing each other. The truth is that the Iraqis are
fighting like lions to defend not a tyrant but their homeland.
America is losing the InfoWar
William Thomas, Center for Research on Globalisation
At scripted press briefings at the White House, where America's top
"journalists" read pre-approved questions, stern-faced government minders
are shown on FOX News checking off each recited sentence on clipboards.
I Support Our Troops
I support our troops' right to return to this country and to use their
Apache helicopters and Tomahawk cruise missiles against the filthy oil
companies and rich elites and yahoo commentators and cowards in the Capitol
for having exposed their precious minds, bodies, and souls to death,
destruction, and the organized murder of another people.
The Genocidal War on Iraq: Can We Scream Any Louder?
Ramzy Baroud, Palestine Chronicle
For over 10 years now, Iraqis have been murdered, at the hands of the United
States government, using the greatest weapon of mass destruction, the
sanctions. Now, using 'conventional weapons', so powerful, that they seem
like mini nuclear bombs, the US government and army are leading genocide
against the people of a sovereign country.
The Geneva Convention
John deLaubenfels, Strike the Root
Donald Rumsfeld defies belief. Here he comes, right on cue, after American
prisoners are shown on Iraqi television, to scream that the Geneva
Convention has been violated.
Would that be the same Geneva Convention that the U.S. has given the finger
to so dramatically in the last year and a half, with the same Donald
Rumsfeld leading the way?
The US media: propagandists for a criminal war
Bill Vann, World Socialist Web Site
It is difficult to overestimate the criminal role played by the mass media
in the current war of aggression.
US Losing the Propaganda War
The US is really starting to lose the propaganda war, as everything it says
turns out to be lies. Saddam is dead! Ok, no he's not. Iraq fired a Scud at
Kuwait! Ok, no it wasn't. Umm Qasr is taken! Ok, no it's not. The Iraqi 51st
Division surrendered en masse! Ok, not it hasn't. Republican Guard
commanders will surrender! Ok, no they won't. Basra is taken! Ok, no it's
not. We found a chemical weapons factory! Ok, maybe it isn't.
Strategic Blunders by American Generals
Gilad Atzmon, CounterPunch
Watching an Iraqi mob searching for "coalition" servicemen on Baghdad's
riverbank reveals the 'surprising' truth: the Iraqi people don't really like
their 'liberators'. This must be shocking for Blair and Bush who present
themselves as the saviours of the Iraqi people.
You should have known we'd fight - The invading forces will never win over
Iraqi hearts and minds
Burhan al-Chalabi, The Guardian
It is now clear to everyone that ordinary Iraqis are resisting this military
aggression with their lives and souls. Commentators and politicians in
Britain and America seem taken aback: how come the Iraqis are putting up
such a fight?
Making a Mess
Brendan O'Neill, Spiked Online
Having launched a war with the aim of doing as little as possible to achieve
its ends - and a military strategy that stressed avoiding risky action and
hand-to-hand combat - military commanders now seem surprised that they may
actually have to fight.
All Americans are now war criminals
John Kaminski, Information Clearing House
British New Age guru David Icke showed his courage the other day when he
came right out with it. "F*** the troops!" he said. "They have decided to
give their minds away to brainless dictators and that is their choice and
they must take the consequences. They don't have to go and kill people, they
can refuse to if they want. How about the troops "supporting the civilians"
they are going to kill?
Shock and Awe
Shock and awe bears a striking similarity to terrorism as propaganda, in
which psychological rather than material dominance is viewed as a primary
war objective. (The terrorist attacks of September 11 also induced "shock
and awe" in the U.S. population.)
Shut your mouth
Tim Grieve, Salon.com
As radio giants censor antiwar musicians, TV networks bully pro-peace
actors, and Attorney General John Ashcroft prepares a new assault on civil
liberties, a climate of intimidation creeps over America.
Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch
Add in the extraordinary fragging attack on senior officers of the 101st
Airborne, the Patriot downing an RAF plane, the news of casualties and one
can see why the vainglorious predictions of the preceding week are dying
down abruptly, as the prospect of serious city fighting begins to come into
Hypocrites of America Crying Foul
Paul Routledge, The Mirror (UK)
Nothing more clearly illustrates the cruel hypocrisy of America's war
against Iraq than Washington's reaction to the news that GIs have been
US Hypocrisy and the Geneva Conventions
Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice
Where does Mr. Rumsfeld get off pontificating about Geneva Conventions? This
is the same man who rejected POW status, as mandated by the Geneva
Conventions, for Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters captured in Afghanistan.
'Iraq will become a quagmire for the Americans'
Robert Fisk, The Independent
Iraq stunned the Americans and British last night by broadcasting video tape
of captured and dead American troops - the nightmare of both George Bush and
Tony Blair. The body of one American soldier was seen with a great red gash
on his neck, while five US prisoners appeared on screen. One, a black female
soldier, had been wounded, while a male serviceman said he had been "only
Will you cheer for the rapist now that the rape is on?
Meria Heller, Online Journal
The rationale of supporting our troops now that the war is happening anyway
is the ultimate mind control, propaganda, Nazism that anyone could hurl at
us. It is the same as barging in on a rape and rationalizing, "Well, the
rape is already happening, so I might as well cheer on the rapist" and screw
Pittsburgh police lock up anti-war protesters for 30 hours
Spain: 91% opposition to war
Military families unite in protest
Troops won't fight, sent home to face prison
More than 135 countries demand end to Iraq war
Turks shower US soldiers with eggs, stones
Worldwide massive rallies call for Jihad against US
The Coming ShitStorm: US turns sights on Syria and Iran
Government apology for Blair's claim of 'executions'
Iraqi civilians feed hungry US marines
Pentagon Hides Return of Iraqi War Dead From Media
British 'Nowhere Near' Capturing Basra
Prized Marine Dolphin is AWOL
Al Jazeera TV wins award for battling censorship
Chron Journalist Suspended for Being Jailed in Protest
Columbia Prof Calls for Deaths of American Troops
Former CIA analyst: US 'conned into war'
Positive Action: N.M. Prosecutor Blows Officers' Covers
About the eviction of Indymedia Argentina
We are all Iraqis Now
The 'Palestinization' of Iraq
A 'Turkey Shoot' But With the Marines as Targets
Americans being harassed and detained for opposing war
Millions sign up for Al-Jazeera in Europe
Resistance on 'every inch' of road to Baghdad
Basra uprising is a mirage in Iraq's deserts
Israeli bulldozer makes a martyr of American peace campaigner
Positive News: US Military Vehicles Firebombed in Italy
US admits '8,000 Iraqis captured' claim was false
Protesters denounce media at CNN's San Francisco office
"The British troops are shooting civilians"
Soldiers build secret camp to intern thousands of Iraqi captives
15,000 Indonesians sign up to fight the US
5,000 Iraqi's from Jordan return to Baghdad to fight for their country
"Precise" and "Surgical": NBC's Bombing Claims Lack Verification
Why did the administration endorse a forgery about Iraq's nuclear program?
Something Suspicious is in the Air
Photos Give a Different Perspective on 'Operation Freedom'
Global Anti-war Protests Continue Unabated
Arab media outdoes US networks
War Pictures Cause Yellowtimes.Org To Be Shut Down, Again
Iraqi Exiles Head Home to Fight 'Invaders'
How the resistance movement caught Allies in a trap
Australian pilot refused American command to bomb target
Iran to be US next target: CIA Report
Coalition of the willing has become a joke
Fragging stirs memories of Vietnam
US Embassies Besieged Across the Globe
Pacifica Radio Network Becomes Antiwar Voice
Ominous Signs for Coalition in Battle for Umm Qasr
War Could Be Big Business for Halliburton
U.S. Steps Up Secret Surveillance: FBI, Justice Dept. Increase Use of
Wiretaps, Records Searches
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