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An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed violently since the US invasion.

American Deaths
4,124

American Wounded

Official

Estimated

28,171

23,000-100,000

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.

Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.

From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.   

Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.

"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants."
- Lewis Black

If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.

Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.

RESIST!



In Remembrance of Ishmael

When I was fifteen our family went up to a cabin my Grandfather rented for the week. On the second night two men from the third cabin down from us, a man and his twenty-something son, came over to our fire. Introductions were made all around and it turned out the man knew somebody my grandfather knew so that meant we were all kind of connected somehow so have a seat around the campfire.

After talking about the weather, could be worse, and the fishing, could be better, the conversation died down some and then the man said his son had just returned from Vietnam.

That caused a flurry of comments that were straight out of a 1940’s World War Two movie. The “Glad you made it back safe son.” and “We’re all proud of our Fighting Boys.” sorts of things people say.

And then I asked the son a question. I didn’t know it at the time, but that question, and his answer, would change the direction of my life, and the way I thought about just about everything from that moment on.

I asked him, “What Was It Like Over There?”

And he began to talk.

While he was talking he didn’t look at me, or anybody else, or into the fire. While he talked he was looking into the Night. Someplace off past my shoulder … into the Dark.

He didn’t talk with any expression. No anguish, drama, or emotion. Just one word after another, brick by brick, in a calm, flat monotone.

He talked about … bodies.

Ripped apart in a burst of gunfire or one well-aimed shot to the head. Mines that blew people apart, or maimed. He spoke words that described the effects of bullets, hand grenades, mortar shells, and bombs on the human body.

“Blood and bones and jelly,” he said.

Men, women, and children. Vietnamese and American bodies. Didn’t make any difference to him as he spoke. Just recounting the dead bodies that he’d seen from memory. To him The Dead were all citizens of the same country.

He didn’t talk about “Fighting For America” or “Fighting Against Communism.” He talked about fighting to survive. He talked about going out to kill people, afraid of being killed, and killing whoever he thought was trying to kill him and his buddies. Again and again and again until somebody said he could stop for awhile, rest up, and then go do it some more. And now he was back.

Even then I knew that he wasn’t “back.” I didn’t know who the father had sent off to war. But I knew that the guy who came back had been fundamentally and completely altered by The War.

I watched his father as his son talked on. He looked like any parent would … while listening to their child tell of the horrible things they had seen. The things every parent would try to protect their children from seeing … and doing … if only they had known.

I don’t remember what we all did after the son told us about What It Was Like Over There. I can guess that The Grown Ups, somewhat embarrassed by the naked honesty of what they had heard, said their hurried Good Nights and maybe the fishing will be better tomorrow as we drifted back to our cabin.

No one ever said anything about what the son had talked about. Years later I asked if anybody remembered the Vietnam Vet we met up at the lake that night and … nobody remembered him.

Because of him … I didn’t go to Vietnam. My decision wasn’t based on disagreeing with “America’s Imperialistic Foreign Policy” or refusing to be a part of another “U.S. War of Aggression against a Third-World Country.”

That came later. Books and books and more books later.

I didn't go because I didn’t want to see what he had seen. I didn’t go because I didn’t want to end up like him. A guy who at one time probably cared about cars, girls, sports, and college but came back with all that blasted away. Came back with everything blasted away. Leaving him ... a ghost that nobody remembered nor listened to his warning.

....................

Now we embark on the Sixth Year of another Imperialistic American War that makes more bodies. More maimed. More survivors. More ghosts.

More people used up and discarded by whoever they are … those people that decide that it’s time once again to make untold billions … by making war.

Is it possible … is it too much to ask … for us to spend a little bit of our time … and demand that THEY STOP!

42 years ago I listened to a twenty-something Vietnam Vet tell me his story. I don’t remember his name but after I read Moby Dick, I always thought of him as “Ishmael.”

A man who ended his story …

“The drama’s done. All are departed away … I only am escaped, alone, to tell thee.”

Regards,

Bob



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The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?

Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer

Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me
But Probably Won't

Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen

For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.

Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.

Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.


The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi

"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.

Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."

From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.

Clicking on the book links to the book's website.


Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky

"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."

In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.

Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.


The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf

In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.

Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.

As Basil Fawlty keenly observed:    but ... this is no joke.


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you. --Kim Hughes

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


Radio

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Documentaries

"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.

"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.

"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.

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