Tuesday, November 22, 2005

professional aggressors carry on destroying their societies

http://newswire.indymedia...828373.shtml Sleepwalking through slaughter: on the western media's concealment of crimes against humanity David Wearing is a regular contributor to UK Watch and Information Clearing House. He is also author of the website The Democrat’s Diary democratsdiary.co.uk :::::: piet: I'm only posting the footnotes here:

(1) On the illegality of the use of white phosphorus see George Monbiot’s letter to the Times, plus commentary, on the Medialens message board 17 November 2005 (boardhost.com/medialens/msg/..).

On the Iraqi government interior ministry’s torture chambers, see “Abuse reports fuel Iraqi tensions”, Jim Muir, BBC News website, 16 November 2005 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/.. ).

On the use of death squads see “Frontline police of new Iraq are waging secret war of vengeance”, Peter Beaumont, The Observer, 20 November 2005 ( http://observer.guardian.co.uk/.l) . As the Washington Post reported, these militia are often “trained and equipped by the United States and Britain”. See “Militias on the Rise Across Iraq”, Anthony Shadid and Steve Fainaru, Washington Post, 21 August 2005 (washingtonpost.com/.. ). The use of paramilitary death squads by the new Iraqi government follows in the best traditions of US-backed client regimes in the third world, particularly in Latin America. For background, see the website of the pressure group “School of Americas Watch” (soaw.org/ ) and, for the results of the School’s education, see chapter 2 of Noam Chomsky’s “What Uncle Sam Really Wants”, 1993 (zmag.org/chomsky/..).

(2) “Mouse Journalism is the only way we can report on Iraq – Fisk”, Matthew Lewin, Press Gazette, 13 October 2005, (pressgazette.co.uk/article/. ).

(3) “From Baghdad: a Wall Street Journal reporter’s email to friends”, Farnaz Fassihi, Common Dreams, 30 September 2004 (commondreams.org/.. ).
“The End of News”
, Michael Massing, The New York Review of Books, 1 December 2005.

(4) “US forces ‘out of control’ says Reuters chief”, Julia Day, The Guardian, 28 September 2005 (guardian.co.uk/..).

(5) Although Mark LeVine, professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of California, recently pointed out that, whilst the anarchy in Iraq is widely assumed to be an unmitigated disaster for the occupiers, one should not be blind to the benefits they may accrue from, or their willingness and ability to take advantage of, the lawless situation as it stands. See “Where Chaos is King”, Mark LeVine, TomDispatch, 25 October 2005 (tomdispatch.com/..).

(6) “White phosphorus: weapon on the edge”, Paul Reynolds, BBC News website, 16 November 2005 ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/.. ).

(7) “’Unusual weapons’ used in Fallujah”, Dahr Jamail, Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches, 26 November 2004 (dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/.. ).

(8) “US used banned weapons in Fallujah – Health Ministry”, al-Jazeera, 3 March 2005 (aljazeera.com/..d=7216).

(9) “Diving into Falluja”, Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent, 17 March 2005 ( http://www.independent.com/cover/Cover956.htm ).

(10) “Stories from Fallujah”, Dahr Jamail, Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches, 8 February 2005 ( http://dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/..).

(11) “The Generals love Napalm”, David Cromwell, ZNet, 30 March 2005 ( zmag.org/content/..7555).

(12) “Chemical Weapons Used in Iraq”, George Monbiot, UK Watch, 15 November 2005 (ukwatch.net/article/1194).

(13) “Bringing out the Dead”, George Monbiot, Monbiot.com, 8 November 2005 (monbiot.com/../ ).

(14) “Burying the Lancet – Part One”, Medialens, 6 September 2005 (ukwatch.net/article/983 ).
“Burying the Lancet – Part Two”
, Medialens, 6 September 2005 (ukwatch.net/article/985 ),
“Burying the Lancet – Update”
, Medialens, 12 September 2005 (ukwatch.net/article/1009).

(17) Fassihi, “From Baghdad: a Wall Street Journal reporter’s email to friends”. Lewin “Mouse Journalism is the only way we can report on Iraq – Fisk”.

(18) “Falluja’s Health Damage”, Miles Schuman, The Nation, 24 November 2004 (thenation.com/..).

(19) For example, on Fallujah, see “Remembering the First Siege of Fallujah”, Omar Kahn and Dahr Jamail, ZNet, 14 February 2005.

On Haditha and al-Qa'im, see “Censoring the Carnage”, Antiwar.com, 24 June 2005, (antiwar.com/jamail/?articleid=6425).

(20) “Secret MoD Poll: Iraqis support attacks on British troops”, Sean Rayment, 23 October 2005, The Daily Telegraph (http://telegraph.co.uk/..). On the occupation being the principal cause of most of the violence in Iraq see my “How to Withdraw from Iraq”, 17 October 2005, UK Watch (ukwatch.net/article/1091).

(21) “Don’t Betray Iraq”, Leader, The Observer, 20 November 2005 (observer.guardian.co.uk/.. ), “Signposting the Exit”, Leader, The Guardian, 21 September 2005 (guardian.. ), Ann Clwyd was speaking on BBC Newsnight, BBC 2, 17 November 2005. Transcript via Medialens website at medialens.org/forum/..


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