Archive for the ‘It’s War! It’s Legal! It’s Lovely!’ Category

Posted by Tim Ireland at July 21, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

Two tasty links for you:

Newt Gingrich peddling this ‘third world war’ crap in Comment Is Free.

A selection of quotes from the the Rapture Ready / End Times forum.








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 21, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

What a blinder. (Related article here.)

The Independent - 21 July 2006

By contrast, the people over at The Sun appear to be well off their game. If they had any self-respect, they’d be running this image under the headline ‘GOTCHA’.

UPDATE: Spread the word….

EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION
End Israel’s Barbarism Now
London: Saturday 22 July
Whitehall Place, SW1, 12 Noon

See stopwar.org.uk for further details.








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 19, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

It’s all about timing folks….

Guardian – United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah: The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon, according to British, European and Israeli sources. The Bush administration, backed by Britain, has blocked efforts for an immediate halt to the fighting initiated at the UN security council, the G8 summit in St Petersburg and the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. “It’s clear the Americans have given the Israelis the green light. They [the Israeli attacks] will be allowed to go on longer, perhaps for another week,” a senior European official said yesterday. Diplomatic sources said there was a clear time limit, partly dictated by fears that a prolonged conflict could spin out of control.

Related blogagge (a list that is likely to expand today):
Blair Watch – A New Moral Low Point
Lenin’s Tomb – From the River to the Sea
Menzies Campbell – Ceasefire now
BSSC – The Green Light

Hooray. A carefully-controlled burn courtesy of the clever folks what brought us the ‘short war’ in Iraq. It is my considered* opinion that what we need to do is get Britain to get the U.S. to stop doing this shit.

(*Actually, I’m making this up as I go along.)

UPDATE – A little dose of reality for you. Enjoy.

UPDATE – Beirut musician/blogger records improv to bombs falling








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

BSSC – Supporting WMD: So Gordon has announced that he wants the UK to retain an independent nuclear deterrent thus prejudging the “debate” we’re all going to be allowed to have on this. Hurray! Is he Prime Minister already then?

No, he’s not. And he never will be. There, I said it.

For all those who missed goat-face on Newsnight. There are differing views on how this turned out for Coulter/Paxman here.

More SOCPA fun with fraidy-cat Blair.

UPDATE – The UK Today – The Man Who Would Be King: But last night was the final straw, the moment when it was confirmed that saving the Labour Party would be achieved by just the removal of Blair, but would also hinge on stopping Brown from becoming leader… This matter has nothing to do with national security, nothing to do with using state finances wisely, nothing to do with making the world a safer place. This is politics at its most unpalatable. This is Brown standing up and saying “Look at me, I’m hard!”. This is Brown pulling Blairs balls out of the fire. Again. Above all, this is a betrayal by New Labour. This just confirms what I have suspected for some time now; that Gordon Brown must not become Labour Leader or Prime Minister.

Oh, and have another quicky…

BBC – US confirms Heathrow hijack plot: An official US report has confirmed al-Qaeda planned to hijack flights from Heathrow and fly planes into the airport and a Canary Wharf skyscraper. Reports of such a plot had surfaced in the media before but have not previously been confirmed… In February 2003, military vehicles were deployed to Heathrow Airport to deal with a suspected terrorist threat, a move which proved controversial. It is not believed the deployment was linked to the same Canary Wharf plot confirmed by the US report.

UPDATE – And another for laptop users.








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 20, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

Independent – The ugly truth about everyday life in Baghdad (by the US ambassador)

Juan Cole – US Embassy Document (full text)

BSSC – Our Man In Iraq








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 16, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

The Raw Story – Newly released emails suggest Army Corps lied about Cheney role in Halliburton contract








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 15, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

BBC – Security firm cleared by US army: A British security firm has welcomed the outcome of a US army investigation clearing it of criminal offences. The US military launched an inquiry after a video showing an Aegis Defence Services contractor firing at civilian cars in Iraq was shown on the internet. Aegis, which has a Pentagon contract in Iraq said to be worth 157m, said the film had been edited to mislead. It said the man responsible for the film is now the subject of legal action… An Aegis spokesman said: “There was no evidence of any civilian casualties as a result of the incidents and the images published were all taken out of context.”

The release of this video was covered here at Bloggerheads last year:

Buy British! (another victory for privatisation)

Since then, the ‘offending’ website has been removed. This report on that removal at the Channel 4 website also includes links to unedited clips from that video.

Check out the first video especially for use of a flare that contains “no evidence of any civilian casualties”.

Irish Echo – Botched investigation? U.S. clears Iraq shooters but were key witnesses ignored?: U.S. military investigators have cleared a private security company linked to the apparent shooting of Iraqi civilians. But according to a leading Irish human rights group, the investigators ignored a central witness and a number of additional key witnesses in the case… The Pentagon’s deal with Spicer was recently raised with the Bush administration’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, by the Derry-based Pat Finucane Center… In recent days, Reiss has been informed in an email letter by the PFC that it was contacted by an individual “who wishes to provide vital information to the trophy video investigation” being carried out by the Pentagon. “This man has informed us that he is a former Aegis employee, Mr. Rod Stoner. He has informed us that he was present in the vehicle when the shooting occurred and that he was responsible for posting it on the website. He has also informed us that Aegis showed no interest in interviewing him during their internal investigation which apparently ended earlier this year. Most disturbing of all is his allegation that Aegis have refused his repeated requests to be put in contact with those within the Pentagon responsible for the investigation into the video. Mr. Stoner has also informed us that it is his understanding that none of those present in the vehicle have been contacted by the Pentagon, or indeed by any official investigating the video. If true this would suggest that a cover-up has taken place of matters concerning serious criminal wrong doing, including murder,” the letter to Reiss added.








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 14, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

BSSC – Foot Meets Bullet: He gave the sovereign Prime Minister of Iraq five minutes notice of the fact that he’d been granted a brief audience with his master. Whether Maliki had to kiss the great one’s feet has not been reported. Five minutes?

BSSC – Who Decides?: The last thing Maliki needed, just as a small ray of hope began to hint at its existence, was an unannounced visit by President Bush. “Thank you for having me” Bush told the Prime Minister. As if he’d had a choice.

See also:

LA Times – Iraq’s Pentagon Papers: A joint resolution referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) calls for the withdrawal of all American military forces from Iraq by Dec. 31. Boxer’s “redeployment” bill cites in its preamble a January poll finding that 64% of Iraqis believe that crime and violent attacks will decrease if the U.S. leaves Iraq within six months, 67% believe that their day-to-day security will increase if the U.S. withdraws and 73% believe that factions in parliament will cooperate more if the U.S. withdraws. If that’s true, then what are we doing there?

I think it’s worth repeating a ‘popular’ song from the trenches of World War I, sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne:

We’re here, because we’re here,
Because we’re here, because we’re here;
We’re here, because we’re here,
Because we’re here, because we’re here.

(Repeat. Often. With Gusto.)

When you’re done with that, I want you to pop into the kitchen or kitchenette, make yourself a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea, and settle in for a long but rewarding read (in honour of a long but rewarding war)…

London Review of Books – Why read Clausewitz when Shock and Awe can make a clean sweep of things?: The invasion plan that Rumsfeld bludgeoned Franks into drafting foresaw a relatively small force rushing towards Baghdad at breakneck speed, swiftly toppling the Baath regime, and just as quickly extricating itself. ‘The Iraq War would be like a thunderstorm: a short, violent episode that swept away the enemy but would not entail a burdensome, long-term troop commitment.’ Underlying these expectations were three key assumptions: that the regular Iraqi army wouldn’t fight; that the Iraqi people would greet US and British troops as liberators; and that major Iraqi institutions would survive the war intact, facilitating the rapid withdrawal of all but a small contingent of occupying forces.








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 8, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

Reuters – Oil drops below $70 after Zarqawi killed: Oil fell $1.50 to below $70 a barrel after U.S. aircraft killed al Qaeda’s Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on Thursday, raising faint hopes for a let-up in attacks on Iraq’s wrecked oil industry.

See also: CNN

(Sorry I haven’t posted more than this… only I’m all choked up. Obviously, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is was a close, personal friend of mine.)

PS – If you simply *must* dive headlong into an opinion thread…

UPDATE – Needs to be noted for the record: Every weblog based on the Blogger platform slllllloowwwwwed riiiiight dowwwwwwn following the release of this news. The Chatter Alert Level has subsequently been raised to Orange. Oh, and meanwhile, ‘Zarkawi’ is only 2nd on the Technorati chart. In first place is… ‘Armando‘ (trial trail begins here).

UPDATE – BSSC – Celebrating Death








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 7, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

BBC – Violent Baghdad deaths top 6,000: The bodies of 6,000 people, most of whom died violently, have been received by Baghdad’s main mortuary so far this year, health ministry figures show. The number has risen every month, to 1,400 in May. The majority are believed to be victims of sectarian killings. But observers say the real death toll could be much higher.

Deutsche Press Agentur reports; Most of the corpses… are brought in by police patrols who usually find the corpses in far-off and waste areas and at the gates of the cities, handcuffed, some with gunshot wounds and torture marks.








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