"..as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead."
Obama's fine rhetoric fails to legitimize U.S. incursion into the sovereign state of Syria. We must not allow people to be bamboozled into supporting the lie of "humanitarian intervention" -- again. We can stop the next war. Now.
David Edwards, editor at medialens.org considered some "Unthinkable Thoughts," January 2000:
"It seems to me that there are some very basic psychological tricks being played on us. One trick is, 'We have to do something, there's a genocide', so that any sane person sits there thinking 'Well of course we can't sit back, it's like the holocaust, we've got to do something.' And then Tony Blair says, in response to the charge of hypocrisy - he said it on the BBC's Question Time - 'I'm sorry, but just because we can't help everybody doesn't mean we shouldn't help the people we can help'. But of course if you look at Iraq where 800,000 children have died as a result of Western sanctions, at Cuba where children with cancer can't get anti-sickness drugs because of sanctions and are vomiting 28 times a day, when Blair says we can't help those people, what he actually has to be taken to mean is 'We can't lift our boots from their necks', because that's what helping them would actually mean isn't it?
We need to debate "American leadership" in endless war as a society. That debate can be fueled by scheduling a vote in Congress. But ultimately our own "boots on the ground" protest is required to interrupt the march of Empire.
SUNDAY, SEPT 21ST | 2 - 5 PM
in solidarity with the historic September 21 NYC event called by 350.org and hundreds of local and national environmental, trade union and social justice organizations across the country
OAKLAND'S LAKE MERRITT PARK AMPHITHEATER Amphitheater is the new grassy area at the end of Lake Merritt near 12th Street, across from the Henry J. Kaiser Center, a few blocks from Lake Merritt BART Station.
st While people all over the country are mobilizing for New York, many of us will gather in support in Oakland. Oakland and the East Bay are the site of many battles against carbon pollution -- shipping coal through the Port of Oakland, health and safety problems with dirtier oil at Chevron in Richmond and the other four Bay Area refineries, hauling flammable crude oil by rail through East Bay communities, and overall working to build a clean energy economy with 100% renewable energy.
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Though the militants of ISIS would undoubtedly be horrified to think so, they are the spawn of Washington. Thirteen years of regional war, occupation, and intervention played a major role in clearing the ground for them. They may be our worst nightmare (thus far), but they are also our legacy -- and not just because so many of their leaders came from the Iraqi army we disbanded, had their beliefs and skills honed in the prisons we set up (Camp Bucca seems to have been the West Point of Iraqi extremism), and gained experience facing U.S. counterterror operations in the "surge" years of the occupation. In fact, just about everything done in the war on terror has facilitated their rise. After all, we dismantled the Iraqi army and rebuilt one that would flee at the first signs of ISIS's fighters, abandoning vast stores of Washington's weaponry to them. We essentially destroyed the Iraqi state, while fostering a Shia leader who would oppress enough Sunnis in enough ways to create a situation in which ISIS would be welcomed or tolerated throughout significant areas of the country.
-- Tom Engelhardt, How America Made ISIS, TomDispatch.com
Israel announced Sunday it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners.
The move to seize the land, in the Bethlehem area in the south of the territory, is the biggest of its kind in three decades...
Unlike the American media perception of US foreign policy goofily stumbling from one good-intentioned mishap to the next, the average person in the Middle East views the American military as a sociopathic power hell-bent on annihilation...
English: Map of Palestinian territories under Israeli military control by 1949 (approximation only). The territories have never been annexed to Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A central tenet of Israeli military policy is "deterrence." This is embodied in the so-called "Dahiya Doctrine," which dictates the use of overwhelming and disproportionate force - a war crime - and the targeting of government and civilian infrastructure during military operations. It received its name from the Dahiya neighborhood of Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah, which Israel destroyed almost completely during its assault on Lebanon in the summer of 2006...
Determination of legitimacy of territorial borders within the former state of Palestine is beyond the scope of World Can't Wait's purview.
But U.S. support for the escalating humanitarian crisis is something that we are compelled to confront.
Wednesday, September 17
Weekly PEACE Vigil sponsored by CodePink
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Montgomery & Market Streets
Saturday, October 18
2nd Annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run
Lake Merced Park
Billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Israel have failed to quash the sovereignty of the Palestinian state.
"U.S. complicity with Israel's action extends beyond the provision of military assistance. The U.S. has refused to take any action to halt Israel's war crimes and has blocked efforts in the UN to condemn them. The U.S. was also the sole country in the UN Human Rights Council to vote against an international investigation into Israel's actions as it is well aware that the investigation will reveal that war crimes are being perpetrated by Israel in Gaza." -- Diana Buttu, human rights attorney, Ramallah-based analyst, and former advisor to Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinians look at destroyed houses after returning to the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City August 5, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Salem, Reuters.
Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1822 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 377 children. Approximately 9400 others have been injured.
On Sunday (August 3), an Israeli missile strike outside of a United Nations school in Rafah in southern Gaza killed at least 10 civilians, including at least one child, and wounded dozens of others. Condemning the attack, UN officials said that they had informed the Israeli military of the exact GPS coordinates of the school, where approximately 3000 Palestinians were taking shelter, 33 times in an attempt to prevent it from being bombed, the final time just an hour before the attack. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Israeli attack a "moral outrage and a criminal act," while a US State Department spokesperson declared "the United States is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling," adding, "The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians." The incident was the third time an Israeli attack killed civilians taking refuge in a UN school in 10 days. Approximately 30 people were killed in the two previous incidents. It was the seventh time a UN shelter has been hit by Israeli fire during the current assault.
Also on Sunday, 10 members of the al-Ghoul family, including three children and two women, were killed, and 20 others injured by an Israeli missile attack on their home in Rafah. The dead included a baby who was less then three weeks old.
Also on Sunday, eight members of the Najim family were killed, and 30 others wounded, by an airstrike on a home in the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza. The victims had returned to Jabalia after the Israeli army announced on Saturday that residents of northern Gaza could go back to their homes. The dead included Bilal Abd al-Karim Najim, Abd al-Karim Najim, Ahmad Abd al-Karim Najim, Raghad Najim, and Suha Najim.
According to the August 3 UN daily Gaza emergency report: "Gaza's medical services and facilities are nearing collapse, with hospitals and clinics overwhelmed. Critical supplies of medicines and disposables are almost depleted and the destruction of power supplies has left hospitals dependent on unreliable back-up generators. The status of hospitals and medical facilities as protected objects under international law continues to be violated with more attacks reported since the last situation update." According to medical officials in Gaza, cases of viral meningitis have increased from five to 53 per day, while Israeli attacks are preventing the collection of decomposing bodies, posing a significant health risk.