Month: March 2020

Questions on Bush’s War on Iraq by James Carroll, July 23, 200, Boston Globe.

French Sources: U.S. to Attack Iraq ‘Soon’ by Amir Ore, Friday, July 19, 2002 in Ha`aretz (Israel) The U.S. operation to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will take place in the coming months, even before November’s Congressional elections, according to high-level sources in the French government following talks with American decision-makers and professionals in Washington. Frequent media reports about difficulties in deploying American troops and completing preparations for the operation are meant, according to French government experts, as disinformation to achieve tactical surprise with regard to the timing, place and method of the assault. This will partly make up for the lack of strategic surprise given Bush’s declared policy and Saddam’s preparations to absorb an attack.

by Ritt Goldstein, Sydney Morning Herald, 7/15/02. The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups.

THE JUSTICE Department is not saying much about the Terrorism Information and Prevention System — otherwise known as Operation TIPS — which is due to begin as a pilot program later this summer. Apparently the only public information about the program, in fact, is on a government Web site, which describes it as “a nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to report suspicious terrorist activity.”

GULF WAR II: How a War With Iraq Will Change the World
It’s not if but when. Here are the consequences, FORTUNE, July 8, 2002
By Bill Powell. Predictions of possible chaos in the Middle East, rising oil prices, and falling consumer confidence if the U.S. invades Iraq.

Invading Iraq Would Be Misguided and Illegal by Marjorie Cohn, Striking Iraq would further destabilize the Middle East and have disastrous consequences for the United States. Moreover, there is no legitimate justification for attacking Iraq, Chicago Tribune, July 9, 2002

The Human Cost of War: Afghan Civilian Casualties May Exact a Toll in U.S. Public Relations Battle by Leela Jacinto, ABC News, July 9, 2002

Protect Palestinians Now by Helena Cobban, The 3.5 million Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza urgently need international protection. Now facing humanitarian disaster, they need protection to ensure access to the basic requisites of human life. The Christian Science Monitor, Opinion, July 8, 2002

Too Much Collateral Damage:’Smart Sanctions’ Hurt Innocent Iraqis by Hans von Sponeck, As UN co-ordinator of the oil-for-food program from 1998 to 2000, I write from privileged experience into humanitarian conditions in Iraq. Six years of revisions to sanctions policy on Baghdad have repeatedly promised “mitigation” of civilian suffering. Yet, in 1999, Unicef confirmed our worst fears: that one child in seven dies before the age of 5 — an estimated 5,000 excess child deaths every month above the 1989 pre-sanctions rate. Four months ago, Unicef reported that more than 22 per cent of the country’s young children remain chronically malnourished… Toronto Globe & Mail, July 2, 2002

Afghan Survivors Recount U.S. Raid by Adam Brown, Associated Press, 7.2.02

Scores are Killed by US Bomb at Afghan Wedding by Andrew Buncombe in Washington and Kim Sengupta, Independent/UK, 7.2.02

Kabul condemns US bombing, KABUL, July 2: Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday deplored as unjustifiable the US bombardment on Sunday of a wedding party in a remote village, which killed 40 people. Dawn

Not In Our Name: US Artists and Activists Damn ‘War Without Limit’ by Duncan Campbell, Guardian of London. A group of leading American writers, actors and academics have signed a statement strongly criticizing their government’s policies since September 11. It is an indication of a growing feeling that the administration is promoting its own agenda on the back of the attacks. June 14, 2002.

Middle East Reflections by Jennifer Bing-Canar, Middle East Peace Program Director, AFSC, Chicago. State Terrorism and Life in the Middle East.

War and Oil — Resources and Background Material

Emerging Oil War By Ashfak Bokhari, Dawn
Terror War and Oil Expand US Sphere of Influence: GIs build bases on Russia’s energy-rich flank, by Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor
The Geopolitics of Oil in Central Asia, The Institute of International Relations
Oil and War Do Mix, A review of Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict, by Michael T. Klare. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Co., 2001, reviewed by Richard A. Matthew.
Karzai to Discuss Pipeline with Turkemenistan, Pakistan
Reuters, 05.12.02
What Is A Terrorist? by Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams Most Read Essay for May. Friday,
in Los Angeles

On party, gender, race and class, TV news looks to the most powerful groups, by Ina Howard. On an average weeknight, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News are tuned in by approximately one-quarter of television-viewing homes in the U.S. (Nielsen Media Research, 2001)– about two-thirds of the U.S. public that claims to follow current events regularly (Pew Research Center, 2000). In 22 minutes the newscasts deliver snapshots of national and international news that not only frame current events for the public, but influence story selection at local affiliate stations, at radio outlets and in print media. In addition to putting topics on the nation’s agenda, the networks help set the range of debate on those issues by selecting sources who ostensibly represent the interests and opinions of the population. FAIR Report

Unprecedented Wave Of Grassroots Activism On Welfare Reform —
More Than 15,000 People To Be Involved In Events

I Am Jewish – poem by Jeff Epton, reflections on being Jewish in the midst of the Middle East Crisis

Cynthia McKinney Speech on April 20, We gather here today and we speak with one voice . . .And let us remember, that one person can make a ripple. One ripple can make a movement. One movement can make a voice. And one voice can make mighty change

Bearing Witness in Jenin, Kathy Kelly and Jeff Guntzel are presently in East Jerusalem, after spending four days in Jenin with the besieged refugees in the camp, bearing witness to the destruction caused by the IDF.

110,000 Protesters March Peacefully in D.C. The Washington March to Stop the War At Home & Abroad proved far larger than any of us anticipated (police estimate at 75,000, organizers estimate 110,000), and it certainly sends the message that “We are here!!”, that democracy, conscience, commitments to justice and to peace, and dissent are not only alive in the U.S. but are growing forces that will play major roles in helping to shape the future, to determine who lives, who dies, and how. It was, as the press reports reflect, a very important beginning. Washington Post Front Page

Helicopter Pilot ‘Refused Order to Blast Palestinian House’, by Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem, Guardian of London, An Israeli helicopter gunship pilot reportedly refused to fire a missile at a Palestinian house, the latest sign of growing unease among some Israeli troops over the conduct of the fighting in Palestinian cities of the West Bank.

Campaign of Conscience Update – AFSC Campaign to Stop the Economic Sanctions Against Iraq – Download the Peace Pledge for organizing.

Grassroots Voice

On the 12th Anniversary of Sanctions, Chicagoans Pledge to oppose War on Iraq, CHICAGO – Tuesday, August 6th is the 12th Anniversary of US/UN imposed sanctions on Iraq. For twelve years, the Iraqi people have suffered under these punitive and cruel measures, while Saddam Hussien remains untouched.
As the Bush administration gathers momentum in its move toward war with Iraq, concerned citizens are gathering signatures on the “Iraq Peace Pledge.” At eleven locations in the city and suburbs, teams of peace activists from the Chicago Peace Response, The American Friends Service Committee and Voices in the Wilderness, will be raising awareness and gathering signatures, on Tuesday August 6th and Saturday August 10th.

Bush and His Handlers Have Failed to Make a Case for Iraq War
by Rick Mercier, August 10, 2002, Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia)

The American Friends Service Committee and other U.S. Peace and Human Rights Groups Call On Communities To Organize “Peace Events” the Week of Sept. 11, Peace and healing will be themes of events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Pentagon Preparing to Mount Iraq Attack by Eric Rosenberg, Despite an intensifying debate over military action against Iraq, the U.S. military is moving troops, equipment and communications gear into the region in an indication that President Bush may order an attack within months to drive Saddam Hussein from power. A ugust 5, 2002, San Francisco Chronicle

Double Warning Against Iraq War, by Roland Watson in Washington and Melissa Kite, AMERICA’S National Security Adviser during the Gulf War warned President Bush yesterday that invading Iraq would cause an “explosion” in the Middle East and consign the United States to defeat in its War on Terror. August 5, 2002, Times of London

“You don’t have license to attack someone else’s country just because you don’t like the leadership. We are supposed to be taking a lead on the moral issues of the world.” – Lord Bramall, former British Chief of Defense Staff –

Backing Bush All the Way, Up to but Not Into Iraq by Neil A. Lewis, Democrats and political independents interviewed were nearly unanimous in their opposition to an invasion, and most Republicans felt the same way. August 3, 2002, New York Times.

Iraq: Experts Who Can Give Alternative Testimony
As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee continues to hear testimony from the individuals it has selected, the following analysts are available for interviews:

  • PHYLLIS BENNIS,, website
    Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-editor of Beyond the Storm: A Gulf Crisis Reader. Her testimony was put in the Congressional Record on Wednesday; she was not asked to testify.
  • KATHY KELLY,, Voices in the Wilderness
    Coordinator of Voices in the Wilderness, a group which has challenged the economic sanctions against Iraq, Kelly has been to that country over a dozen times, most recently in June. She will be in New York City after 1 p.m. on Thursday.
  • SCOTT RITTER,, Views
    Ritter, who was a chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, is the author of Endgame: Solving the Iraqi Problem Once and For All.
  • HANS VON SPONECK,, Views / Article ,
    As a former UN Assistant Secretary General, Von Sponeck headed the UN “oil-for-food” program until he resigned two years ago in protest over the continued sanctions. He was in Iraq in July.

IRAQ URGENT ACTION The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has announced the witnesses to participate in panels that will participate in hearings on Wednesday, July 31. Not one of the invited participants represents a vigorous call for negotiation and dialogue rather instead of war. Send Urgent Message Now

US Accused of Airstrike Cover-up, by Dumeetha Luthra in Kabul, AMERICAN forces may have breached human rights and then removed evidence after the so-called wedding party airstrike that killed more than 50 Afghan civilians this month, according to a draft United Nations report seen by The Times. A preliminary UN investigation has found no corroboration of American claims that its aircraft were fired on from the ground, and says there were discrepancies in US accounts of what happened. Times of London, July 29, 2002