Sunday, November 27, 2005

Soldiers Not Guilty of Burning Bodies, All Was a Joke


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The Pentagon investigated the desecration of the dead Taliban and found this was done for hygenic reasons and not a war crime. They don't bother explaining the broadcast insults accompanying this action. Nor why it took place in remote mountains where the Taliban always retrieve and properly bury their dead fighters.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Four U.S. soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels--a videotaped incident that sparked outrage in Afghanistan--but they will not be prosecuted because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns, the military said.

Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya said Saturday that two junior officers and two non-commissioned officers with the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade would be reprimanded in the Oct. 1 incident shot by a journalist in southern Afghanistan and later televised.

The Geneva Conventions forbid the burning of combatants except for hygienic purposes.
As usual, this is a lie, totally and completely. They were in the high mountains. The air there is very dry, it was also the dry season. There were no humans nearby to become sick from the bodies. Indeed, the vultures would have cleaned it all up just fine. This also ignores the funeral services: the soldiers set up loudspeakers and screamed deliberate insults through them to the mountains, taunting the hidden rebels. Of course, our military ignores all this other information because unlike our own trials of Nazis and Japanese after WWII, we get to decide if we are criminals and of course, if criminals are the judges and juries both, they always are exhonerated.

This is all falling apart now, big time. From the Washington Post:
Five months after the fall of Baghdad, I went to Iraq with Colin Powell. It was the first visit by a secretary of state in half a century, and although he moved under heavy security, there was an optimistic, forward-looking feel to the trip.
Hitler felt the same, touring Paris in 1940.
My second trip to Baghdad, on July 30, 2004, some 15 months after the fall of the city, was a secret. This time, the press corps traveling with Powell couldn't report it until after we'd landed.

We traveled from the airport to the Green Zone in Black Hawk helicopters, with U.S. troops perched in open windows on both sides manning machine guns that fire as many as 4,000 rounds per minute.

The route was so dangerous that we were all given flak jackets and helmets for the short trip.

This time, we didn't stay even one night. The al Rashid had come under rocket fire in October 2003, when then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was visiting. The attack had killed one American soldier and wounded 15 other people.

The hotel was off-limits even for journalists traveling with Powell. When I pressed the case, a diplomat offered to escort me through a new barricade between the convention center and the hotel, which was just across the street. Unfortunately, she didn't have clearance for the hotel. I didn't get in.
Anyone reading about the Nazis in WWII can sense the dejavu here.
My latest trip to Iraq, on Nov. 11, 31 months after the fall of the capital, was kept secret even from some of the people on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's plane. The dozen members of the traveling press were summoned to the State Department the day before we left on a trip to the Middle East and sworn to secrecy after a briefing about the additional stop.

We could tell an editor and a family member, but we were asked not to mention it to anyone else, particularly our bureaus in the Iraqi capital -- and not on the phone or by e-mail to anyone, at all, anywhere. If word got out, the trip would be canceled. A leak had forced the postponement of a similar trip in the spring.
The secrecy addled reporter should request a visit to the bunkers that Bush and Cheney use all the time. Heh.

The news is fast and furious this morning. As I write, new stories arise on this topic. Here is one example:From Associated Press:
Iraqi police have arrested eight Sunni Arabs in the northern city of Kirkuk for allegedly plotting to assassinate the investigating judge who prepared the case against Saddam Hussein, a senior police commander said Sunday.

The men were carrying a document from former top Saddam deputy Izzat al-Douri ordering them to kill Raed Juhi, said Col. Anwar Qadir, a police commander in Kirkuk, where the men were arrested on Saturday.

Al-Douri is the highest ranking member of the Saddam regime still at large and is believed to be at least the symbolic leader of Saddam loyalists still fighting U.S. forces and the new Iraqi government.
The civil war there is rising rapidly in volume, is about to flame forth hugely. From the Washington Post:
The leader of Iraq's most powerful political party has called on the United States to let Iraqi fighters take a more aggressive role against insurgents, saying his country will only be able to defeat the insurgency when the United States lets Iraqis get tough.

"The more freedom given to Iraqis, the more chance for further progress there would be, particularly in fighting terror," said Abdul Aziz Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Shiite Muslim religious party that leads the transitional government and whose armed wing is the most feared of Iraq's many factional forces.
This oncoming bloodbath whereby the Shi'ites slaughter the Sunni while the USA holds down the Sunni...Yugoslavia, anyone?

This religious war is going to cause huge tidal surges in the Islamic world. We are stuck smack in the middle of this mess because we wanted the oil. It is all a big trap.

Talking of oil, how about these cookies: From Energy Bulletin:
Kuwaiti oil production from the world's second-largest field is ``exhausted'' and falling after almost six decades of pumping, forcing the government to increase spending on new deposits, the chairman of the state oil company said.

The plateau in output from the Burgan field will be about 1.7 million barrels a day, rather than as much as the 2 million a day that engineers had forecast could be maintained for the rest of the field's 30 to 40 years of life, said Farouk al-Zanki, the chairman of state-owned Kuwait Oil Co. Kuwait will spend about $3 billion a year for the next three years to expand output and exports, three times the recent average.

To boost oil supplies, ``Burgan by itself won't be enough because we've exhausted that, with its production capability now much lower than what it used to be,'' al-Zanki said during an interview in his office in Ahmadi, 20 kilometers south of Kuwait City. ``We tried 2 million barrels a day, we tried 1.9 million, but 1.7 million is the optimum rate for the facilities and for economics.''
The declining oil reserves are happening all over the Middle East. The only countries to have large reserves today are Iraq and Iran due to the many wars and disorders between the Sunni and the Shi'ites there. This coming conflagration is going to dwarf the previous wars. This has the potential to cause WWIII if other colonial powers decide it is time to clip the American empire's wings just like England's were clipped so harshly during the 20th Century. Luckily for England, none of the powers attacking her had nukes.

The many forces at work here today are as complex and frightful as those at work exactly a century ago. England thought the sun would never set exactly at the point in time when the moon of death was rising in the East. Here is some typical propaganda. From the Washington Post:
Combat's potential to inflict psychic wounds has been recognized as far back as the ancient Greeks, but so has its ability to exhilarate, intoxicate and instruct those who experience it, experts say.

"If you think about all of the heroes and heroines in cultures across the world . . . all of them, in one sense or another, faced some sort of a dragon," said Matthew J. Friedman, director of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. "The transformation from that encounter has been celebrated from antiquity."

University of North Carolina psychologists Lawrence G. Calhoun and Richard G. Tedeschi, who have studied post-traumatic growth for 20 years, said they are careful in describing what occurs.

"We're talking about a positive change that comes about as a result of the struggle with something very difficult," Calhoun said. "It's not just some automatic outcome of a bad thing."

Calhoun said their studies suggest that for growth to occur the trauma must be severe. "We tend to use the metaphor of an earthquake."
Hail, Caesar! Heck, Heinlein talked about all this. "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" is a famous example. We are supposed to feel good about our maimed soldiers because they will overcome this, too and become super strong! Whoopee. Reminds me where Hitler conceived his first desire for world domination, no? In a military hospital. Eh?

I have known war heroes. One was a man who lived through the entire assault on Iwo Jima from day one to the end, rose in the ranks by the hour from the lowest soldier in the group to commander on the ground. He had many awards from that experience. He went home, became a farmer and a neighbor and a good friend. To my horror, the week he died, on the anniversary of the 50th year, the end of the battle, he died in his chair at home but not before, at sunrise when I came over to assist in the prepping of the fields for summer, he told me all about his war experiences. He never told anyone, I found out at the funeral, except for me and only because I was antiwar.

The truth was, his soul was seared by it all and troubled. He was in very great inner pain from all of it. All I could do was hold his hand and cry while he told me about it all. Even his wife wasn't told, he didn't want to shake everyone's faith in patriotism. But his heart knew better. It knew there was something very wrong with all the killing we had to do and it needed help.

Bless him, a great man. Still miss Walt.

Any soldier badly hurt will try to justify and fix the pain by being brave and stalwart. But this is a front. Pretending this is all for the good, gets them to "grow up" and all that, well, send in the clownish childish kids of our rulers. Let them grow up and learn to be better via pain and dismemberment. Hell, send in all of Congress, they want war, give it to them. In spades.

Hell, yes.

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