BUSH KILLS MORE AMERICANS THAN BIN-LADEN
ANOTHER GRISLY ANNIVERSARY
U.S. Death Toll In Iraq Surpasses 3400
The fraudulent and inexcusable war in Iraq has now killed more Americans than died in the attacks of 9/11/2001. Those attacks were Bush's excuse for invading Iraq in the first place. No credible evidence has ever been produced that there was any connection between the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. No evidence of "weapons of mass destruction" has ever been produced, either. Are we safer, now, having invaded Iraq?
Quite the reverse. Bush has created a safe haven for Sunni and Shi'ite terrorists in the gaping hole where Iraq used to be. Into that hole have now fallen 3400 American soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and women. From that hole, Islamic fundamentalist organizations that never attacked America, or never even existed before the war, are now preparing attacks on the "homeland." So much for "fighting them over there in Iraq so we don't have to fight them back here at home."
As to motivation for future attacks on America: Abu Graibh, Guantanamo, atrocities against Iraqi civilians by US troops, destruction of much of their country, civilian deaths approaching half a million, permanent occupation of their territories by US troops, theft of oil and other precious resources, disrespect and disregard for lawful cultural and religious practices, terrorizing and humiliation of women, the elderly and children, torture and unlawful killings of political opponents to the US-backed regime: Motivation aplenty, all seen live on Al-Jazeera and other non-US-censored media.
Ah, television. Remember the horrific images we were all subjected to on 9/11? Remember how that made us feel? Remember how those images, that horrible reality, made us support irrational and unjustifiable violence against innocent strangers? OK, now you know how many Arabs and other Muslims might feel. Ready for round three? Yes, Dubya, the so-called "War On Terror" will last a very very long time, as you have promised. As you have guaranteed.
Let's don't give anyone, any candidate for President of the United States a mandate to continue this blood-feud. End it now by negotiating a lasting peace throughout the Middle East, beginning with Israel. Until we do that, there will never be peace, security, or freedom for anyone.
Step one should be to break up and nationalize the big oil companies, as criminal enterprises, under the RICO Act. They helped engineer WWI, WWII, Vietnam and now two Gulf Wars, working both ends against the middle, resulting in the death of millions, purely for their own oil profits. Until we can get off oil once and for all, we must control it. Or it will continue to control us. No more blood for oil, ever. Let one candidate show the courage to espouse that, and everyone ought to vote for him, or her.
BLOOMBERG: "Some 3,433 U.S. personnel have died in Iraq"
"Iraq Bomb Attacks Kill at Least 32 People in Baghdad"
CNN: "The 9/11 attack killed 2,973 people"
"U.S. deaths in Iraq, war on terror surpass 9/11 toll"
SF EXAMINER: "There was no connection between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein."
"Q&A with Madeleine Albright"
MSNBC: "After more than 18 months, the WMD investigation and debriefing of the WMD-related detainees has been exhausted"
"CIA’s final report: No WMD found in Iraq"
WASHINGTON POST: "War Created Haven, CIA Advisers Report"
"Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground"
LA TIMES: "Forced disappearance, torture and inhumane treatment"
"ACLU suit alleges firm is profiting from torture"
AL JAZEERA: "guilty of assaulting a prisoner with his dog"
"US soldier convicted over Abu Ghraib"
AL JAZEERA: "shooting death of an Iraqi civilian"
"US troops to face Iraq murder charges"
AL JAZEERA: "American soldiers may have raped an Iraqi woman and murdered her and three members of her family, including a child."
"US probes rape and murder of Iraqi"
AL JAZEERA: "deaths of 24 Iraqis in the western town of Haditha"
"US Marines 'deliberately shot civilians'"
AL JAZEERA: "one in ten US combat troops deployed in Iraq have mistreated a civilian"
"US troops admit abusing Iraqis"
AL JAZEERA: ""No question, Guantanamo sends, you know, a signal to some of our friends - provides an excuse, for example, to say, 'The United States is not upholding the values that they're trying encourage other countries to adhere to,'" Bush said."
"Bush: Guantanamo damaging US"
FINANCIAL TIMES: "“For international oil companies, access is a real challenge,”"
"Politics of oil seen as threat to supplies"
WORLD PRESS REVIEW: "Asia Times, likened U.S. President George W. Bush's aims in Afghanistan to his father's in Iraq. In both cases, Devraj argues, the motive was oil."
"Pipeline Politics - Oil, the Taliban, and the political balance of Central Asia."
THE PRIZE: "Whatever the evolution of the international order, oil will remain the ultimate strategic prize, predicts the author in a book that will be widely discussed."
"the relationship of oil to the rise of modern capitalism; the intertwining relations between oil, politics, and international power"
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