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Mushroom Cloud at South Christmas Island - 06-09-1962 War and Terrorism

Although I believe (strongly) in peace I also recognize the importance of defending oneself. Unfortunately, portions of the human population aren't interested in peace and feel political and economic ambitions should be realized through force. So, while working for peace I feel it's equally important to remain vigilant and defensive. The utility of violence as an instrument of state craft is pretty limited but always present - history has shown us, countless times, how important it is to remain strong regardless our desire for peace. - Roger J. Wendell

 

 

War is Over if You Want it, John Lennon and Yoko Ono - 1971
War is Over (If You Want It)

 

"LET'S BE CLEAR: War is about killing. It's not about glory and duty and saving small children and acts of heroism. It's about killing another living human being before he can do the same to you - in order to achieve some goal established by a political entity. If you are directly attacked you will defend yourself in a moment of desperation. On the other hand, premeditated murder is considered to be the most heinous crime and carries the heaviest punishment. Yet was is politically organized premeditated mass murder. Condoned killing is what separates war from all other human social activities. Although individuals are punished and taken out of society for murder, political entities are usually not delegitimized for waging war."
- Nathan Otto & Amber Lupton in their book,
Give Peace a Deadline (What Ordinary People
Can Do To Cause World Peace in Five Years) p. 17

 

"Myself, I am absolutely opposed to terrorism, whether by government or by 'unlicensed' individuals.'"
- Author Edward Abbey

 

"Wars are deadly, not only to mankind, but to those most innocent bystanders, those other forms of life which share the planet with us."
- Farley Mowat A Whale For the Killing p. 40

 

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room."
- President Merkin Muffley in the movie, Dr. Strangelove

 

Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my page on Military Madness...
Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my page on Spooks, Spies, Thugs and Bureaucrats...

 

CNN.com
February 11, 2008:

"I can not support anybody with the foreign policy he [John McCain] advocates - you know, perpetual war... I think it's un-American, unconstitutional, immoral, and not Republican,"
- Texas Congressman Ron Paul (Republican)

 

CNN.com
May 29, 2007:

"Paper: 94 Senators didn't read pre-Iraqi war report"

"The [90-page, classified National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq] report did contain passages that raised questions about the weapons conclusions, said John McLaughlin, then deputy director of the CIA."

"I think if someone read the entire report, they would walk away thinking the intelligence community generally thinks he has weapons of mass destruction, but there are quite a bit of differences," he said."

"For members of Congress to read the report, they had to go to a secure location on Capitol Hill. The Washington Post reported in 2004 that no more than six senators and a handful of House members were logged as reading the document."

 

Anthropology:

"The human evolutionary career has produced a highly unusual animal - an animal which has an ability arbitrarily to manipulate the environment unequaled by any other; an animal whose life is centered on the products of its own inventive mind; an animal which, like no other, wages organized murder on its own kind - warfare - which is totally foreign to the rest of the animal kingdom. Why?"

"Before we can start to try to answer this question it has to be admitted that war is an outrageously successful activity. History demonstrates this over and over again. In a world dominated by material possessions - whether of goods, land, or natural resources - a population of people may win for themselves enormous advantage through military victory over another group; the benefits gained must, of course, outweigh the costs of combat (time, resources, and lives). A materially based world undoubtedly provides a favorable environment in which warfare can flourish. And it has flourished more and more with the steady rise in the complexity of social structure. As American anthropologist Marshall Sahlins points out, 'War increases in intensity, bloodiness and duration... through the evolution of culture, reaching its culmination in modern civilization.'"

- Paleoanthropologist Richard E. Leaky and Science Editor Roger Lewin
in their book, People of the Lake (Mankind & Its Beginnings), pp. 217-218

 

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911 Commission Report Cover - 2006

 

The 9-11 Commission Report
Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist
Attacks Upon the United States, Official Government Edition
www.gpoaccess.gov/911/index.html

Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed

By Walter Pincus and Dana Milbank
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, June 17, 2004; Page A01

"The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq."

 

"What was the war in Iraq about? It was strategically about setting up a police station in the middle of a very large bad neighborhood. It was also about dividing the Islamic world physically in half to create a buffer between the aggressive gangs on the east side of the police station (Iraq, Iran, Pakistan) and the politically touchy gangs on the other side (Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and, of course, the anomaly, Israel). On a closer scale, the Iraq war was an attempt to establish a forward base adjacent to Iran and Arabia, to moderate and influence the behavior of both of them, to discourage adventures by Iran and to be ready in case of trouble in Arabia. One of the first things the United States did after invading Iraq in 2003 was to station two armored divisions on the Iraq-Saudi Arabian border."

- James Howard Kunstler
The Long Emergency pp 85-86

 

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Think on this:
 
  1. Who wouldn't agree that Saddam, his sons and associates were evil (and corrupt) and needed to be removed from power? However, did we really have the right to invade another country, in violation of law, to undertake such questionable activities?

  2. Wouldn't it be better to go without certain international friendships rather than form alliances with evil-doers and crooks? Here is a 1983 photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam Hussein's hand at a time when America was arming, supporting and encouraging Saddam...

  3. Guantanamo Bay was never a proud example of American jurisprudence - it's not what we're supposed to be about! [On June 29, 2006, a couple of years after I had created this page, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees. The court said that the trials were illegal under U.S. and international law.]

  4. Shouldn't prisoners be afforded a certain level of treatment that's relatively constant throughout our entire system? I, myself, heard the likes of Rush Limbaugh suggest that the mistreatment and torture of Iraqi prisoners was acceptable at times - he, and the other prominent personalities who support such a philosophy are wrong!

 

Civilian Casualties in Iraq
"We don't do body counts." - General Tommy Franks, US Central Command

 

Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for the 2003 ad Dan Poresky placed in the Allentown Morning Call. Dan published his prophetic piece just a month before the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. My signature, also in protest of the war, is down there with the 700 others in Dan's ad...

Arrow Pointing Right It is with great sadness that I would hear, almost daily, about the deaths of our young soldiers in Iraq throughout 2003, 2004, 2005, and much of 2006. Here is that famous 2004 Seattle Times photo of flag drapped coffins being prepared for return to our country...

Arrow Pointing Right Remembering the Chilean terrorism of September 11, 1973 (Henry Kissinger had a lot to do with this one...)

Arrow Pointing Right Israel mistreats Palestinian refugees and America mistreats prisoners in Afganistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. Here's what the Geneva Conventions have to say about it - Any questions?

 

September 06, 2006:

Boulder Courthouse Guantanamo Protest - 01-11-2008
Signs of Protest
President Bush gave a speech that covered a lot of ground concerning Guantanamo Bay, the CIA, and the "war" on terrorism in general. Some of his speech acknowledged our use of "alternative" interrogation methods and the CIA's secret detention system. Although I'm suspicious of his motives a lot of the detail he provided is a welcome change to the secrecy and illegal practices of the past five years. Of course there was no mention of American military bases in Arab countries, Israel's theft and occupation of Palestinian lands, or the other reasons terrorism remains such a threat to our country...

- Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado - 2006

 

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Click Here for the original September 11th video clips showing George W. Bush refusing to move or act, for over 5 minutes, after his Chief of Staff advised him that America was under attack.
The Captive Mind:
Editorials, The Nation, April 4, 2005, p.3

"Since September 11, we've heard a lot about the 'intelligence failures' that left the United States unprepared for the atttacks on the World Trade center and the Pentagon. These failures were not simply the result of poor espionage or of bureacratic incomptetence. They reflected a deeper failure to understand a region and its hitorical wounds, a number of which - though not all - were inflicted by Western powers. The future of America's profoundly stained relations with the Arab and Muslim world depends, to a great extent, on educating the public. Yet the very people who are in a position to perform this vital task have instead found themselves under siege from extremist pressure groups and craven politicians. Their crime? Challenging the nostrums of those formidalble authorities on the Arab world, George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon."

 

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"Bombing of urban areas was not considered a war crime at Nuremberg: reason is, the West did more of it than the Germans."
- Noam Chomsky

In 1846 the war with Mexico had barely begun when writer Henry David Thoreau, in protest, refused to pay his Massachusetts poll tax. Thoreau was jailed, but released the next day when his friends paid the tax without his consent. Friend and fellow writer Ralph Waldo Emerson agreed with Thoreau but thought it futile to protest. When Emerson visited Throeau in jail he asked, "What are you doing in there?" Reportedly Thoreau replied, "What are you doing out there?"

"The first rule of journalism is that governments lie. All governments lie."
- American investigative journalist I.F. Stone (1908 - 1989)

"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."
- Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)

Bush Cheney Warmongers - Boulder, Colorado - May 2005 near 47th & Valmont
"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people"
- Howard Zinn

"All weapons that kill human beings and destroy environments are weapons of mass destruction"
- Ralph Nader, June 2003

"Why, of course, the people don't want war; Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or 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 danger. It works the same way in any country."

- Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946 (in conversations with psychologist Gustave Gilbert at Nuremberg)

 

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McNamera:

"Proportionality should be a guideline to war.

"Killing 50 to 90 percent of the people of 67 Japanese cities and then bombing them with two nuclear bombs is not proportional, in the minds of some people, to the objectives we were trying to achieve.

"I don't fault Truman for dropping the nuclear bomb. The US/Japanese war was one of the most brutal wars in all human history.

"What one can criticize is that the human race prior to that time, and today, has not really grappled with what are, I'll call it the rules of war. Was there a rule, then that said, you shouldn't bomb, shouldn't kill, shouldn't burn to death one hundred thousand civilians in a night?

"Lemay [General Curtis Emerson Lemay] said if we had lost the war we would have all been prosecuted as war criminals and I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. That Lemay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral, if his side had lost, but what makes it immoral if you lose or if you win?

"If we can't persuade nations with comparable values, of the merit of our cause, we'd better reexamine our reasoning.

"What is morally appropriate in a wartime environment?"

Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamera
from the 2004 Errol Morris film documentary, The Fog of War
"Lesson #5: Proportionality should be a guideline in war"
(transcribed by me and Tami)

 

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Carter:

WASHINGTON (CNN)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"I don't think it. I know it, certainly." the former president told CNN's Wolf Blitzer when asked if he thinks the United States commits torture.

"Our country for the first time in my lifetime has abandoned the basic principle of human rights," Carter continued. "We've said that the Geneva Convention does not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we've said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime to which they are accused."

 

Torture:
 
After the invasion of Iraq it was revealed that Americans were engaged in the torture (at various levels of intensity) of "enemy combatants" and other prisoners. Thankfully Senator John McCain, himself a former prisoner of war, forced the Bush administration to take a stand against these barbaric practices.

In a December 16, 2005 editorial (page A34) the New York Times said;

Ban Torture. Period.

The New York Times went on to say, "It should have been unmitigated good news when President Bush finally announced yesterday that he would back Senator John McCain's proposal to ban torture and 'cruel', inhuman or degrading' treatment at United States prison camps. Nothing should be more obvious for an American president than to support a ban on torture."

"But this is the president who scrapped the rules on the decent treatment of prisoners in the first place and whose lawyers concocted memos on legalizing torture. On closer inspection, the feeling of relief faded fast."

Note: On July 20, 2007 (Many years after I created this particular web page) President Bush finally got around to placing some limits on the CIA's terror interrogation program. Although it was a weakly worded executive order, in that it was a little vague about torture and inhuman treatment, it was still a step in the right direction...

 

Terrorism, a Definition:
 
In an October 1, 2003 ZNet Update, Noam Chomsky
was interviewed by Sabahattin Atas. Here's how
Professor Chomsky defined Terrorism:

"It is important to bear in mind that the term 'terrorism' is commonly used as a term of abuse, not accurate description. There are official definitions of 'terrorism,' for example, those of the US and British governments, which are quite similar. But they are not used, because they do not distinguish between good and bad varieties of terrorism. That distinction is determined by the agent of the crime, not its character. It is close to a historical universal that our terrorism against them is right and just (whoever we happen to be), while their terrorism against us is an outrage. As long as that practice is adopted, discussion of terrorism is not serious. It is no more than a form of propaganda and apologetics."

 

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Dizzying Dive to Red Ink Poses Stark Choices for Washington
By DAVID FIRESTONE
New York Times, Online, Sunday, September 14, 2003

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 - When President Bush informed the nation last Sunday night that remaining in Iraq next year will cost another $87 billion, many of those who will actually pay that bill were unable to watch. They had already been put to bed by their parents."

Administration officials acknowledged the next day that every dollar of that cost will be borrowed, a loan that economists say will be repaid by the next generation of taxpayers and the generation after that. The $166 billion cost of the work so far in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has stunned many in Washington, will be added to what was already the largest budget deficit the nation has ever known."

 

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Tank in Iraq, 2003 Did you know?

 

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Torture:

Shortly after 9-11 there were some suggestions that torture be used to determine when and where the next attack on America was going to take place. Then, in May 2004, it was revealed that U.S. military personnel, and contractors, were torturing Iraqi prisoners. Also, it was revealed in late 2007 that not only had the CIA earlier engaged in torture but later destroyed the video records!

From the start, Rush Limbaugh, and a small handful of others, attempted to justify the use of torture by suggesting it was related to "letting off steam," or that the interrogators were just using some coercive measures that were authorized from above. In my opinion, and that of most civilized peoples, is that the use torture is not acceptable under any circumstances, period!

- Roger J. Wendell
Iraqi Torture
(Click on this photo for
  an expanded view)

 

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Movie quote:
WarGames (1983)
With Mathew Brodrick, Ally Sheely, Dabney Coleman, and John Wood


		[David hacks into the military computer]

Computer: Shall we play a game?
David: Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War?
Computer: Wouldn't you prefer a good game of chess?
David: Later. Let's play Global Thermonuclear War.
Computer: Fine. Which side do you want?
David: I'll be the Russians.
Computer: Please list primary targets.
David: Las Vegas
       Seattle

		[next day]

Computer: Yesterday's game was interrupted although
          primary goal has not yet been achieved.
David: What is the primary goal?
Computer: You should know professor, you programmed me.
David: What is the primary goal?
Computer: To win the game.

		[on Falken's island]

Dr. Falken: But back at the war room, they believe
            you can win a nuclear war, that there are
            acceptable losses.

		[the computer learns]

Computer: A strange game. The only winning move is not
          to play.

 

 

Phan Thi Kim Phuc photographed by Nick Ut after a napalm attack in Vietnam - 06-08-1972
Phan Thi Kim Phuc, age 9, along route 1 outside the Vietnamese village of Trang Bang - June 8, 1972

Lyrics:
Masters of War (1963)
by Bob Dylan (Pearl Jam did a great cover)

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead

 

Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.

Part III : Status and treatment of protected persons #Section III : Occupied territories

ARTICLE 49

Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive. Nevertheless, the Occupying Power may undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. Such evacuations may not involve the displacement of protected persons outside the bounds of the occupied territory except when for material reasons it is impossible to avoid such displacement. Persons thus evacuated shall be transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area in question have ceased. The Occupying Power undertaking such transfers or evacuations shall ensure, to the greatest practicable extent, that proper accommodation is provided to receive the protected persons, that the removals are effected in satisfactory conditions of hygiene, health, safety and nutrition, and that members of the same family are not separated. The Protecting Power shall be informed of any transfers and evacuations as soon as they have taken place. The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

 

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Roger J. Wendell's Cold War Certificate
(My Cold War Certificate)
Links:

  1. America!
  2. Anti-Colonial war
  3. Bad Guys
  4. Cartoon against Bush, Blair and the war...
  5. CIA World Factbook
  6. Constitution, Bill of Rights and other Amendments
  7. Cost of War
  8. Government
  9. iCasulaties.org - Coalition Casualty Count
  10. Iraq Body Count
  11. HYDESim map - overpressure radii generated by a ground-level nuclear detonation
  12. Effects of Nuclear Weapons
  13. Empire Notes
  14. Dan Poresky's Hornet's Nest from the 2003 Invastion of Iraq
  1. David Rovics Lyrics - Who would Jesus bomb?
  2. Military Expenditure totals for the entire planet!
  3. Military Madness
  4. Newsweek article on the difficulities with our allies
  5. No Nukes
  6. Peace and Justice page
  7. Politics
  8. Signs of Protests
  9. Space 4 Peace Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
  10. Spooks and Spies
  11. United Nations
  12. Waging Peace and Dr. Robert Muller
  13. War Tax Boycott
  14. Z Communications - The Spirit of Resistance Lives

 

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