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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 17:25:26 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.24.06 1. Jam with Cam 7.25 9:30am 2. Cuba on KFAI 7.25 11am 3. SPNN/Medicare D 7.25 5pm 4. GP/state fair 7.25 6pm 5. Columbia 7.25 6:30pm 6. Imagine Roseville 7.25 7pm 7. Media workshops 7.25 8. Cease-fire/call 7.25 9. Unlearn racism 7.26 7:30am Mankato MN 10. Peace ed 7.26 8am 11. Cuban revolution 7.26 5pm 12. Frankenfoods 7.26 6pm 13. Dance/film 7.26 7pm 14. Iran/US/nuclear 7.26 7pm 15. GP California - CA Gov candidate leaves Dems joins Greens 16. GP Minnesota - GP at the Fair: $1,400 by Aug 1 17. Norman Solomon - The most dangerous alliance in the world 18. William Blum - The End Is Near, but first, this commercial 19. ed - Killer action game (poem) --------1 of 19-------- From: Cam Gordon <CamGordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: Jam with Cam 7.25 9:30am Cam Gordon, Council Member, Second Ward 612-673-2202 (w) 612-296-0579 (c) Office Hours: every Tuesday morning in the Second Ward 9:30-11am. The locations will rotate as follows, so that I can meet with residents in their own neighborhoods: Fourth Tuesdays: Seward / Cooper neighborhoods Seward Tower East Advantage Center, 2910 E Franklin Ave --------2 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Cuba on KFAI 7.25 11am Tue. uly 25, 11am: CUBA on KFAI The U.S. blockade and travel ban against Cuba continues--why? Perhaps, because it's the 53rd anniversary of Cuba's Revolution, the July 26th Movement. Cuban-American VICTOR VALENS was brought to the U.S. when his family fled the U.S.-backed brutal dictator Bataista in the mid-1950s. Valens is known in Minneapolis as the proprieter of VICTOR'S 1959 CAFE. Tune into "Catalyst" and hearhis story and the story of the Cuban Revolution, being celebrated at his cafe (WED.JULY 26, 5pm-9pm, Victor's 1959 Cafe 3756 Grand Ave, Mpls) Valens talks about the impact of the U.S. travel ban and the current exhibition of photographs at his cafre "Love,Loss, Longing" thta documents Cuban-American families cut off from their relatives in their homeland. "Catalyst:politics & culture", Tue. July 25, 11am, KFAI Radio, 90.3fm Mpls 106.7 fm St Paul all shows archived for 2 weeks after broadcast at www.kfai Hosted by Lydia Howell. Check out the "Catalyst" page at www.kfai.org for upcoiming programs, TC events, reviews, op-ed and more. --------3 of 19-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: SPNN/Midicare D 7.25 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: While we still have local public access tv (see: www.saveaccess.org), select SPNN Channel 15 for "Our World In Depth/Our World Today". Show times are 5 pm and midnight on Tuesday evenings and 10 am on Wednesdays. "Our World In Depth/Our World Today" features analysis of public affairs with consideration of and participation from Twin Cities area activists. The show is local and not corporately influenced... get it while you can! (5 pm and midnight every Tuesday and 10 am on Wednesdays) 7/25 and 7/26 "The Truth About Medicare Part D" w/Sue Abderholden of NAMI, Jane Hanger Seeley of the Twin Cities Gray Panthers and Joel Albers of UHCAN-MN. --------4 of 19-------- From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: GP/state fair 07.25 6pm State Fair Booth Planning Meeting 07.25.06 Every year the Green Party of Minnesota meets thousands of Greens, and potential Greens at our booth at the State Fair. Do you have ideas for maybe a booth theme? Are you willing to help plan the event and spend some time there doing outreach? Please meet with others: Tuesday July 25, 6pm Cahoots Coffee on Snelling and Selby (just up from the South-East corner.) Call Kristen for more information! 651-210-0789 Kristen Olson GPMN State Fair Booth Coordinator --------5 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Columbia 7.25 6:30pm TUESDAYS' Conversational Salons @ MAD HATTER in downtonw St. Paul TUES JULY 25, 6:30pm Roberto Gutierrez, a native of Columbia and married to a North American, and will hold a dialogue about his country and try to bring about an understanding of our 2 countries. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------6 of 19-------- From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> Subject: Imagine Roseville 7.25 7pm Imagine Roseville 2025 Subcommittee Meetings Public Infrastructure and Safety Tuesday, July 25 at 7pm Hickory Room Roseville City Hall --------7 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Media workshops 7.25 Sign-up for Night School <http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool1c/ga_3218838> *Sign-up for Night School* <http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool2c/ga_3218838> We know that the right-wing has dominated the media for decades. It didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen by accident. Now, if we learn the tools, our nationwide grassroots network has a chance to take back our media. Throughout the summer, DFA Night School will offer three online sessions that will help build your media skills. The sessions combine an online presentation with a live conference call and group discussion with our trainers to show you how to get a progressive message into the media. You can join any or all of the DFA Night School sessions from the comfort of your home or office today. Click here to sign up: July 25: Working the Mainstream Media <http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool_media1c/ga_3218838> August 1: Leveraging Blogs and Online Media <http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool_media2c/ga_3218838> August 8: Sustaining your Media Presence <http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool_media3c/ga_3218838> The events are free of charge and you don't need any prior experience working with the media. Media coverage is one of the best tools we have for spreading our progressive values -- and holding this administration and Congress accountable for their failures. Click here to find out more and reserve your spot: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool <http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool3c/ga_3218838> We can change our country, but it's going to take a strong ground game and savvy media outreach. You have the power, now get the skills. Thanks for everything you do. Arshad Hasan Training Coordinator Democracy for America P.S. If you missed the spring semester of DFA Night School on Campaign Tactics 101, you can purchase it on DVD at: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool_dvd <http://www.democracyforamerica.com/nightschool_dvdc/ga_3218838> --------8 of 19-------- Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 17:40:41 -0500 From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Cease-fire/call 7.25 ACTION ALERT: Call-In Day for Ceasefire Lebanon/Israel Tuesday, July 25 Please take a moment to locate the phone number of your U.S. representative to congress at <<http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/>www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org>. Call your representative on July 25 and urge them to vote YES on H. Con. Res. 450, calling for an immediate ceasefire and multi-party negotiations. --------9 of 19-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Unlearn racism 7.26 7:30am Mankato MN More on July 26: YWCA of Mankato Unlearning Racism Continuing the Conversation. 7:30-9am. Join us for a facilitated discussion. Contact: Debbie Matzke at (507) 345-4629 ext. 21 or ywca [at] ywcamankato.org. www.ywcamankato.org. --------10 of 19-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Peace ed 7.26 8am July 26 - Martha Roberts Speaks on An Approach to Peace Education. 8-9:30am Martha is Coordinator for Peace Education Programs of World Citizen, Inc. This program has expanded during its five years of existence to more groups of elementary teachers, as well as a high school group, meeting to discuss with other peace educators ways to do peace education. Lots of excitement among teachers AND students. This experience is life-changing. FFI 763-784-5177 OR http://www.justview.org Location: St. Martin's Table, 2001 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis --------11 of 19------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Cuban revolution 7.26 5pm Wednesday, 7/26, 5 to 9 pm, annual celebration of the Cuban revolution, Victor's 1959 Cafe, 3756 Grand Ave S, Mpls. mncuba [at] usfamily.net --------12 of 19-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Frankenfoods 7.26 6pm Also July 26: Women's Environmental Institute Farm School "Fighting Frankenfoods: How Social Activists are Changing the Trajectory of Agricultural Biotechnology" with Professor Rachel Sherman. 6PM-8PM at Amazon Bookstore in Minneapolis. For more information go to www.w-e-i.org. --------13 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Dance/film 7.26 7pm CINEMA & CIVICS Wednesdays, June 14-August 2, 2006 Stevens Square Park Cinema & Civics Complete Schedule of Events All events are located in Stevens Square Park and are free and open to the public. Programs begin at 7 PM, films at dusk. Stevens Square Park is located at 1801 Stevens Ave in Minneapolis. Call 612-879-0200 or visit www.stevensarts.org for more information. July 26, 2006 Beats Off the Streets Performances by local youth groups and Twin Cities drumlines heat up Stevens Square Park. Programming sponsored by Penumbra Theatre and the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. Grill out provided by Willa Battle Center at the Grace Temple church. Film: RIZE by director David Lachapelle Rize reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that's exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. The aggressive and visually stunning dance modernizes moves indigenous to African tribal rituals and features mind-blowing, athletic movement sped up to impossible speeds. --------14 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Iran/US/nuclear 7.26 7pm Iran, the U.S. and the Nuclear Issue: Is Iran the next target? Wednesday, July 26 7pm Room 1-127, Carlson School U of M West Bank Campus 32119th Avenue South Minneapolis Speaker: Nasrin Jewel Professor of Economics, College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. Professor Jewell is an Iranian-American whose current research area is on women and work in Iran. She has authored and collaborated on a number of articles on the Global Economy, the New World Order, and Women and Work. She was a Fulbright scholar to Caracas, Venezuela, and was a MUCIA scholar in Madrid, Spain. Is the U.S. is preparing to attack Iran? The U.S. government is linking Iran's nuclear energy program to weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. has also sought to blame Iran for both the Shias' resistance to the occupation of Iraq by the US and the resistance to the occupation of Palestine by Israel. o Is Iran really trying to build nuclear weapons? o Why is the US interested in Iran; is it the oil? o Is Iran actually a threat to the U.S? Sponsored by: Iraq Peace Action Coalition For more info: Anti - War Committee 612-379 -3899, Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq 612-522-1861, Veterans for Peace 612- 821-9141, or Women Against Military Madness 612-827-536 4 --------15 of 19-------- CA Gov candidate leaves Dems joins Greens News Advisory THE GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA _www.cagreens.org_ (http://www.cagreens.org) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 20, 2006 Democratic Party leadership accused of 'race and class bias' by black gubernatorial candidate Barbara Becnel; She re-registers with Green Party SAN FRANCISCO (July 20, 2006) Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and death penalty foe Barbara Becnel the first black woman to run for governor in California announced this week that she has left the Democratic Party because the "Democratic leadership is allowing race and class bias to dishonor the Democratic Party." With Green Party candidate for Governor Peter Miguel Camejo by her side, Becnel signed a voter registration form switching to the Green Party Tuesday night. She is second high-profile person of color to switch to the Green Party of late Nativo Lopez, state and national president of the influential Mexican American Political Association, has also re-registered Green, the failure of the Democratic Party to address the concerns of Latinos." In a letter to Democratic Party chairman Art Torres (available upon request), Becnel said the Democratic Party "has transformed itself from Dixiecrats to Richiecrats - money counts, equality of treatment does not. This is shameful. The message to us everyday folks from today's Democratic Party is that the votes of black, brown, poor and middle class people matter to the Democratic Party leadership only because the Party needs those votes. But...ordinary, non-millionaire members of the electorate do not (really) matter." She said the party refused to invite her to events, and when asked to speak by the Progressive Democrats of America at the State Democratic Convention, she was later "uninvited" by the state party leadership.. "I can no longer support a party that doesn't fundamentally support... issues that are important to people like me: ending the death penalty (and) three-strikes and the participation of California's National Guard in the Iraq war. I plan to tell my story of discrimination and bias to every person of color with whom I come in contact, encouraging them to leave this out-of-step Democratic Party and become a Green," she said. "Barbara Becnel is a breath of fresh air in the Green Party. As a fellow activist and 'sister,' I welcome her with open arms, knowing that with her know-how and commitment, the Green Party is better equipped to fight for justice in the black community," said Donna Warren, who is black and the Green Party's Lt. Governor candidate. --------16 of 19-------- From: Eric Makela <em [at] bitstream.net> Subject: GP at the Fair: $1,400 by Aug 1 Fellow Greens, Our Party has a bill of $1,430 from the Minnesota State Fair that must be paid in the next several days. But unfortunately, we don't have the funds. Thus, we risk being unable to promote our candidates and our values-based party during what is usually a critical organizing event. If the Greens are to have a booth at this year's Fair, we must find a way to pay this bill by Tues, Aug 1. With your help, WE CAN DO IT! Please reply to this message, or call me at 612-782-2118, and let me know if you can do one or more of the following: 1) Volunteer to call some other Greens in your area, even if it is just a few calls. I can get you a list of names. I might also set up a phone bank in the next few days where you could make calls with others. 2) Contribute some money to the GPMN. Below are some very attainable goals. One should fit every budget. Please pick one. + Ten people contributing $1.00 to $5.00 each. + Ten people contributing $20.00 each. + Ten people contributing $50.00 each. + Five people contributing $100.00 each. + One person contributing $200.00. You may also be eligible to receive a FULL REFUND of your donation from the State of Minnesota. It's kind of like giving the Green Party a loan. That's right, you can give, but then you'll get your money back! Ask me for details. Thank you for helping us raise to raise these funds. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Eric Makela, fundraising helper Green Party of Minnesota (612) 782-2118 | eric [at] mngreens.org Prepared and paid for by the Green Party of Minnesota. Melissa Herrig, Treasurer. --------17 of 19-------- The Most Dangerous Alliance in the World By Norman Solomon t r u t h o u t | Perspective Thursday 20 July 2006 <http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/072006K.shtml> After getting out of Lebanon, writer June Rugh told Reuters on Tuesday: "As an American, I'm embarrassed and ashamed. My administration is letting it happen [by giving] tacit permission for Israel to destroy a country." The news service quoted another American evacuee, Andrew Muha, who had been in southern Lebanon. He said: "It's a travesty. There's a million homeless in Lebanon and the intense amount of bombing has brought an entire country to its knees." Embarrassing. Shameful. A travesty. Those kinds of words begin to describe the alliance between the United States and Israel. Here are a few more: Government criminality. High-tech terror. Mass murder from the skies. The kind of premeditated action that the US representative in Nuremberg at the International Conference on Military Trials - Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Jackson - was talking about on August 12, 1945, when he declared that "no grievances or policies will justify resort to aggressive war. It is utterly renounced and condemned as an instrument of policy." The United States and Israel. Right now, it's the most dangerous alliance in the world. Of course, Israeli officials talk about murderous crimes against civilians by Hezbollah and Hamas. And Hezbollah and Hamas officials talk about murderous crimes against civilians by Israel. Plenty of real crimes to go around. At the same time, by any measure, Israelis have done a lot more killing than dying. (If you doubt that, take a look at the web site of the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem and its documentation of deadly events.) In American media, the current mumbling about the need for "restraint" is little better than window-dressing for bomb-dropping. The prevalent dynamic is based on a chain of rarely spoken lies, however conscious or unconscious: none more important than the lie that a religion can make one life worth more than another; render a human death unimportant; elevate certain war-inflicted agonies to spiritual significance. "Israel has overwhelming military superiority in both southern Lebanon and Gaza," the New York Times noted in mid-July. A pattern is deeply entrenched in US media and politics: the smaller-scale killers condemned, the larger-scale killers justified with endless rationales. Stripping away the righteous rhetoric, media manipulation and routine journalistic contortions, what remains in joint US-Israeli policy is the unspoken assumption that might makes right. Myths spin around as convenient. Israel ceremoniously "withdraws" from Gaza, only to come back with missiles and troops however and whenever it pleases. The West Bank also continues to be a place of subjugation and resistance. And, as W.H. Auden observed, "Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return." The Israeli leaders who launched this month's state-of-the-killing-art air assault on Gaza and Lebanon had to know that many civilians would be killed, many others wounded, many more terrorized. The smug moral posturing that Israel's military does not target specific civilians is moldy political grist - and, in human terms, irrelevant to the totally predictable carnage. "There are terrorists who will blow up innocent people in order to achieve tactical objectives," President Bush said on July 13. Of course he was referring to actions by Hezbollah and Hamas. We're supposed to pretend that Israel does not also "blow up innocent people in order to achieve tactical objectives." Israel calls itself a Jewish state, and its leadership often claims to represent the interests of Jewish people. Killers who terrorize often claim to be acting on blessed behalf of others of the faith. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus ... By now, such demagoguery ought to be transparent. In the 40th year of Israel's unconscionable occupation of Palestinian territories, Israeli leaders have their agenda. What's ours? It should include clearly opposing the most dangerous alliance in the world. In the United States, evading the "might makes right" core of the alliance is easy. The dodge makes dropping bombs on Lebanon and Gaza that much easier for the Israeli government. As usual, you can hear it in the weasel-worded statements from even the better politicians on Capitol Hill. You can read it in New York Times editorials. Instead of saying that aggressive war by Israel "is utterly renounced and condemned as an instrument of policy," the message is that aggressive war by Israel is accepted and embraced as an instrument of policy. Most of all, you can hear it in the silence. Norman Solomon's latest book, /War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death,/ was published in paperback this summer. For information, go to: _www.normansolomon.com_. --------18 of 19-------- The End Is Near, but first, this commercial by William Blum July 23, 2006 at 12:12:19 http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_william_060723_the)end_is_2c_but.htm There are times when I think that this tired old world has gone on a few years too long. What's happening in the Middle East is so depressing. Most discussions of the eternal Israel-Palestine conflict are variations on the child's eternal defense for misbehavior -- "He started it!" Within a few minutes of discussing/arguing the latest manifestation of the conflict the participants are back to 1967, then 1948, then biblical times. I don't wish to get entangled in who started the current mess. I would like instead to first express what I see as two essential underlying facts of life which remain from one conflict to the next: 1) Israel's existence is not at stake and hasn't been so for decades, if it ever was, regardless of the many de rigueur militant statements by Arab leaders over the years. If Israel would learn to deal with its neighbors in a non-expansionist, non-military, humane, and respectful manner, engage in full prisoner exchanges, and sincerely strive for a viable two-state solution, even those who are opposed to the idea of a state based on a particular religion could accept the state of Israel, and the question of its right to exist would scarcely arise in people's minds. But as it is, Israel still uses the issue as a justification for its behavior, as Jews all over the world use the Holocaust and conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. 2) In a conflict between a thousand-pound gorilla and a mouse, it's the gorilla which has to make concessions in order for the two sides to progress to the next level. What can the Palestinians offer in the way of concession? Israel would reply to that question: "No violent attacks of any kind." But that would still leave the status quo ante bellum -- a life of unmitigated misery for the Palestinian people forced upon them by Israel. Peace without justice. Israel's declarations about the absolute unacceptability of one of their soldiers being held captive by the Palestinians, or two soldiers being held by Hezbollah in Lebanon, cannot be taken too seriously when Israel is holding literally thousands of captured Palestinians, many for years, typically without any due process, many tortured; as well as holding a number of prominent Hezbollah members. A few years ago, if not still now, Israel wrote numbers on some of the Palestinian prisoners' arms and foreheads, using blue markers, a practice that is of course reminiscent of the Nazis' treatment of Jews in World War II.  Israel's real aim, and that of Washington, is the overthrow of the Hamas government in Palestine, the government that came to power in January through a clearly democratic process, the democracy that the Western "democracies" never tire of celebrating, except when the result doesn't please them. Is there a stronger word than "hypocrisy"? There is now "no Hamas government," declared a senior US official a week ago, "eight cabinet ministers or 30 percent of the government is in jail [kidnapped by Israel], another 30 percent is in hiding, and the other 30 percent is doing very little." To make the government-disappearance act even more Orwellian, we have Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking in late June about Iraq: "This is the only legitimately elected government in the Middle East with a possible exception of Lebanon." What's next, gathering in front of the Big Telescreeen for the Two Minutes Hate? In addition to doing away with the Hamas government, the current military blitzkrieg by Israel, with full US support, may well be designed to create "incidents" to justify attacks on Iran and Syria, the next steps of Washington's work in process, a controlling stranglehold on the Middle East and its oil. It is a wanton act of collective punishment that is depriving the Palestinians of food, electricity, water, money, access to the outside world ... and sleep. Israel has been sending jets flying over Gaza at night triggering sonic booms, traumatizing children. "I want nobody to sleep at night in Gaza," declared Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; words suitable for Israel's tombstone. These crimes against humanity -- and I haven't mentioned the terrible special weapons reportedly used by Israel -- are what the people of Palestine get for voting for the wrong party. It is ironic, given the Israeli attacks against civilians in both Gaza and Lebanon, that Hamas and Hezbollah are routinely dismissed in the West as terrorist organizations. The generally accepted definition of terrorism, used by the FBI and the United Nations amongst others, is: The use of violence against a civilian population in order to intimidate or coerce a government in furtherance of a political objective. Since 9-11 it has been a calculated US-Israeli tactic to label the fight against Israel's foes as an integral part of the war on terror. On July 19, a rally was held in Washington, featuring the governor of Maryland, several members of Israeli-occupied Congress, the Israeli ambassador, and evangelical leading-light John Hagee. The Washington Post reported that "Speaker after prominent speaker characteriz[ed] current Israeli fighting as a small branch of the larger U.S.-led global war against Islamic terrorism" and "Israel's attacks against the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah were blows against those who have killed civilians from Bali to Bombay to Moscow." Said the Israeli ambassador: "This is not just about [Israel]. It's about where our world is going to be and the fate and security of our world. Israel is on the forefront. We will amputate these little arms of Iran," referring to Hezbollah. And if the war on terror isn't enough to put Israel on the side of the angels, John Hagee has argued that "the United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God's plan for both Israel and the West". He speaks of "a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ." The beatification of Israel approaches being a movement. Here is David Horowitz, the eminent semi-hysterical ex-Marxist: "Israel is part of a global war, the war of radical Islam against civilization. Right now Israel is doing the work of the rest of the civilized world by taking on the terrorists. It is not only for Israel's sake that we must get the facts out -- it is for ourselves, America, for every free country in the world, and for civilization itself." As for the two Israeli soldiers captured and held in Lebanon for prisoner exchange, we must keep a little history in mind. In the late 1990s, before Israel was evicted from southern Lebanon by Hezbollah, it was a common practice for Israel to abduct entirely innocent Lebanese. As a 1998 Amnesty International paper declared: "By Israel's own admission, Lebanese detainees are being held as 'bargaining chips'; they are not detained for their own actions but in exchange for Israeli soldiers missing in action or killed in Lebanon. Most have now spent 10 years in secret and isolated detention." Israel has created its worst enemies -- they helped create Hamas as a counterweight to Fatah in Palestine, and their occupation of Lebanon created Hezbollah. The current terrible bombings can be expected to keep the process going. Since its very beginning, Israel has been almost continually occupied in fighting wars and taking other people's lands. Did not any better way ever occur to the idealistic Zionist pioneers? But while you and I get depressed by the horror and suffering, the neo-conservatives revel in it. They devour the flesh and drink the blood of the people of Afghanistan, of Iraq, of Palestine, of Lebanon, yet remain ravenous, and now call for Iran and Syria to be placed upon the feasting table. More than one of them has used the expression oderint dum metuant, a favorite phrase of Roman emperor Caligula, also used by Cicero -- "let them hate so long as they fear". Here is William Kristol, editor of the bible of neo-cons, "Weekly Standard", on Fox News Sunday, July 16: "Look, our coddling of Iran ... over the last six to nine months has emboldened them. I mean, is Iran behaving like a timid regime that's very worried about the U.S.? Or is Iran behaving recklessly and in a foolhardy way? ... Israel is fighting four of our five enemies in the Middle East, in a sense. Iran, Syria, sponsors of terror; Hezbollah and Hamas. ... This is an opportunity to begin to reverse the unfortunate direction of the last six to nine months and get the terrorists and the jihadists back on the defensive." Host Juan Williams replied: "Well, it just seems to me that you want ... you just want war, war, war, and you want us in more war. You wanted us in Iraq. Now you want us in Iran. Now you want us to get into the Middle East ... you're saying, why doesn't the United States take this hard, unforgiving line? Well, the hard and unforgiving line has been [tried], we don't talk to anybody. We don't talk to Hamas. We don't talk to Hezbollah. We're not going to talk to Iran. Where has it gotten us, Bill?" Kristol, looking somewhat taken aback, simply threw up his hands. The Fox News audience does (very) occasionally get a hint of another way of looking at the world. Iraq will follow Bush the rest of his life. Here comes now our Glorious Leader, speaking last week at a news conference at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin. "I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same thing." It's so very rare that Georgie W. makes one of his less-than-brilliant statements and has the nonsense immediately pointed out to him to his face -- "Putin, in a barbed reply, said: 'We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, I will tell you quite honestly.' Bush's face reddened as he tried to laugh off the remark. 'Just wait'," he said. It's too bad that Putin didn't also point out that religion was a lot more free under Saddam Hussein than under the American occupation. Amongst many charming recent incidents, in May the coach of the national tennis team and two of his players were shot dead in Baghdad by men who reportedly were religious extremists angry that the coach and his players were wearing shorts. As to a "free press", dare I mention Iraqi newspapers closed down by the American occupation, reporters shot by American troops, and phony stories planted in the Iraqi press by Pentagon employees? The preceding is in the same vein as last month's edition of this report in which I listed the many ways in which the people of Iraq have a much worse life now than they did under Saddam Hussein. I concluded with recounting the discussions I've had with Americans who, in the face of this, say to me: "Just tell me one thing, are you glad that Saddam Hussein is out of power?" Now we have a British poll that reports that "More than two thirds who offered an opinion said America is essentially an imperial power seeking world domination. And 81 per cent of those who took a view said President George W. Bush hypocritically championed democracy as a cover for the pursuit of American self-interests." The American embassy in London was quick to reply. Said a spokesperson: "We question the judgment of anyone who asserts the world would be a better place with Saddam still terrorizing his own nation and threatening people well beyond Iraq's borders." They simply can't stop lying, can they? There was no evidence at all that Saddam was threatening any people outside of Iraq, whatever that's supposed to mean. It may mean arms sales. Following the Gulf War, the US sold around $100 billion of military hardware to Iraq's "threatened" neighbors: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Gulf States, and Turkey. As to the world being a better or worse place ... only Iraq itself was and is the issue here, not the world; although if the world is a better place, why am I depressed? NOTES  Washington Post, March 13, 2002, p.1  Washington Post, July 16, 2006. p.15  Washington Post, July 3, 2006, p.19  Associated Press, July 3, 2006  Washington Post, July 20, 2006, p.B3  Sarah Posner, The American Prospect, June 2006  FrontPageMag.com, Horowitz's site  Amnesty International news release, 26 June 1998, AI INDEX: MDE 15/54/98  Associated Press, July 15, 2006  Ibid.  The Independent (London), May 27, 2006, p.32  Daily Telegraph (London), July 3, 2006, p.1 William Blum is the author of: Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2 - Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower - West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire. www.killinghope.org --------19 of 19-------- Killer action game sweeps Middle East! Oy Vey, You're Dead! 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