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Barbarism with a smiling face - Militants in Fallujah and their supporters in America-CAIR and Fallujah on the same side
April 4, 2004
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/KHALID MOHAMMED
The charred body of an American hangs from a bridge over the Euphrates River on Wednesday as Iraqis chant anti-American slogans in Fallujah.
Men with scarves over their faces hurled bricks into the blazing vehicles. A group of boys yanked a smoldering corpse into the street and ripped it apart. Someone then tied a chunk of flesh to a rock and tossed it over a telephone wire.
"Viva mujahedeen!" shouted Said Khalaf, a taxi driver. "Long live the resistance!"
Nearby, a boy no older than 10 ground his heel into a burned head.
"Where is Bush?" the little boy yelled. "Let him come here and see this!"
Masked men gathered around him, punching their fists into the air. The streets filled with hundreds of people.
"Fallujah is the cemetery of Americans!" they chanted.
... A crowd of more than 300 people flooded the streets. Men swarmed around the riddled vehicles. Some witnesses said the Americans were still alive when one boy came running up with a jug of gasoline. Soon, both vehicles were fireballs.
After the fires cooled, a group of boys tore the corpses out of the vehicles. The crowd cheered them on. The boys dragged two of the blackened bodies to the iron bridge over the Euphrates River, about a mile away.
Townspeople hung the bodies over the water. "They were throwing stones and beating them with sticks," said Ghanem Khuweilid Halbusi, 33, who sells cigarettes near the bridge. Then the bodies were cut down, placed atop a pile of tires and set afire, he said.
At about 2 p.m., a cart pulled by a gray donkey dragged the corpses back from the riverbank. About 70 people followed the cart, shouting shwaretek -- a word in colloquial Iraqi Arabic that is used to question someone's nerve. "What makes you come here, Bush, and mess with the people of Fallujah?" they chanted.
The cart traveled back toward the scene of the attack, dropping the corpses in front of the municipal building.
A short while later, a man driving a battered white Toyota Corona attached the corpses to his rear bumper and drove away.
CAIR and Falluja, On the Same Side. The Council on American-Islamic Relations on March 31, 2004 "condemned the mutilation of those killed in Iraq," a reference to the four American civilian contractors in Falluja who, in CAIR's words, "were ambushed in their SUV's, burned, mutilated, dragged through the streets and then hung from a bridge spanning the Euphrates River." CAIR's press release then went on to cite a Hadith report (namely, an account concerning the sayings or deeds of the Prophet Muhammad) that prohibits Muslims from mutilating bodies. A close reading of this carefully-worded statement finds that CAIR condemns the mutilation but not the killings themselves.
According to Jeffrey Gettleman in today's New York Times, religious leaders in Falluja two days later issued a religious edict "condemning the mutilation of the bodies of four American civilians killed this week, but they stayed silent about the attack itself." Gettleman goes on to explain how this distinction fit the mood of the city: "The imams' message, blasted from the minarets of blue-domed mosques, was well received by townspeople, many of whom expressed satisfaction and even pride in the deadly ambush but shame in its aftermath."
Is it not interesting that CAIR, which claims to be an "Islamic civil liberties group," has precisely the same views as those in Falluja who "expressed satisfaction and even pride in the deadly ambush"? Here's more proof, if more were needed, that CAIR is "on the wrong side in the war on terrorism" and should be shunned by all who seek to defeat the terrorists. (April 3, 2004) Permalink
***Statement From the International Spokesman of the Iraqi Patriotic Alliance on the the 1st anniversary of the formalization of the current aggression against the people of Iraq and their collective right to self-determination.*** -Statement From the National Democratic Front of South Korea Mission in Pyongyang in solidarity with Iraqi Resistance, and rejecting the use of Koreans as cannon fodder in the Occupation of Iraq. -For building, maintaining, and co-ordination of Pro-Resistance Popular Forces in the US, and around the world -Solidarity with Iraqi Resistance, including ARMED RESISTANCE!!! -Solidarity with the Militarization of the Intifadah in ARAB Palestine, study course on the 1967 Palestinian Charter, and a call for rejecting the Zionist Entity's "right to exist"!!! -Solidarity with the Independence Forces in Afghanistan -The Gun as Primary Mode in an Era of Fierce Anti-Imperialist Class Struggle!!! - Unity can only exist within principled parameters: On the need to Kick Out Pro-US sentiment and Zionism in our movements, as well as updates on efforts at rejecting Normalization of relations with the Zionist Enemy -On the Anti-"globalization" movement and Iraq. -Red/Green Unity of Worker-Based Leftist Forces and Islamic Resistance for a Popular Front Against Imperialism and Zionism!!!
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Dear all, this has come in from independent journalists on the ground in Iraq, who are trying to set up an Indymedia Iraq, with local students and others who want to distribute the truth of what is going on in Iraq. Please circulate this on your network, cheers davey (pandora project)
I've been able to locate 4 of the students who we worked with on the dialogue exchange: Haider, Hamza, Walid & Majed. All are very enthusiastic about starting a newspaper & setting up something like indymedia baghdad.
Over the next few days, we are going to: - locate a house to rent, that can serve as an office for the project, as well as office/living space for VitW & friends here in Iraq.
- compile a list of equipment we have on hand (computers, printers, cameras, office supplies, etc...)
- compile a list of equipment we *need* (computers, printers, cameras, office supplies, etc... LOL)
- locate a printing company that can print 10,000 copies a week, of an Arabic/English newspaper that we are going to start.
We NEED from you:
- MONEY: start raising $$$ *NOW* - this project is going to need money to pay for rent, equipment, printing costs, and web costs, ASAP!!! We will work toward making it self-sufficient as soon as possible, but that, for sure, ain't right now! Voices is sending a small group of people here (one in a week, a couple of more soon after) - so we need to send in money & equipment with them.
- EQUIPMENT: for a fact, I *KNOW* that we're going to need at least 2 more computers, 1 more office printer, 2 broadcast-quality video cameras, and 2 digital cameras. Another satellite modem & satellite phone would be nice too (as well as $$$ to cover the costs of the current sat modem over the next, several months).
- WEB HELP: we need help, from the outside, on setting up a website for the newspaper and/or indymedia Baghdad, where we can post text, pictures, & video produced here - English *AND* Arabic. Some of these kids are very web savvy, but the infrastructure is NOT in place for them to start doing web work from here right now. The war took out telecommunications in a *big* way - certainly for weeks, likely for months.
I (we, I hope!) are going to help out with advice, training, equipment & money - but this is going to be an Iraqi project, from top to bottom. These folks can finally speak for themselves - let's help them do that!
Please let me know how all of you can help, ASAP! Let's roll... Love, Ramzi
The Iraqi Solidarity Network is connected to the Socialist Arab Coalition in North America which was founded by Ibrahim Alloush from Lebanon who "edits" the "Free Arab Voice".
On the SAC website is an essay entitled : " Falujah is the symbol and states that : "Al Falujah is a prime example for the liberation of Iraq"".
There is no doubt that the people behind the SAC and the IRN are actively helping to promote the carnage which is pictured above . Their websites need to be shut down immediately as do the offices of Indymedia in Iraq. Below more information on the SAC website based in Utah. MIM
A website openly advocating killing Jews, and TOS'd (removed Terms of Service violation) from it's former ISP in New Jersey has surfaced again at a small ISP in Providence Utah (near Logan).
Internet Haganah, a site dedicated to "Confronting Islamist Terrorism and its Supporters Online" is suggesting that those who disagree that suicide or homicide bombing is a legitimate form of political expression exercise their freedom of speech and write a polite letter to the ISP and ask them to remove the site.
As March 20th, the first anniversary of the unprovoked attack and occupation of Iraq approaches, we at this time would like to re-affirm our commitment to the anti-occupation resistance, and its leadership, principally armed resistance from within the US, the center of the imperialist/zionist global dictatorship,and enemy number one of freedom loving people everywhere.
Without a battle of ideas, and without firmly seizing and safeguarding the ideological struggle, our effectiveness in the US, for aiding pro-resistance in the periphery,regardless of our differences as a line of demarcation".
In no uncertain terms, we? hail the militarization of the ARAB? Palestinian Intifadah, fully support the Human Bomb Tactic, reject all defeatist ("two state") solutions with regards to Palestine, stand by the Arab/Islamic Resistance against the so-called "terrorist" black-listings, and all efforts to submit the Arab/Islamic People to world imperialism and Zionism under the guise of "peace in the middle east".
Victory to Iraq!
It is without a doubt that the Resistance is Growing in Iraq, and will eventually win a Great Victory, which will even bring gains to the masses in the US!
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on American military authorities in Iraq to lift the ban on delivery of humanitarian relief supplies to the people of Fallujah.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also called for an independent probe of allegations by Amnesty International (AI) and human rights experts that both sides in the recent fighting have violated the rules of war.
Media reports indicate that U.S. troops have blocked aid convoys trying to reach people trapped in Fallujah and that some military personnel may have targeted civilians.
A Baghdad spokesman for the Red Cross told Associated Press that ambulances and trucks carrying supplies got only as far as the hospital on the edge of the city before being stopped. An Associated Press photographer said he watched in horror as a family of five was shot dead by American helicopters as they tried to cross Euphrates River, which flows on the western side of Fallujah.
A Reuters correspondent said a drive through the city "reveals a picture of utter destruction, with concrete houses flattened, mosques in ruins, telegraph poles blown over, power and phone lines hanging slack and rubble and human remains littering the empty streets." Fallujah residents contacted by Reuters on Sunday said their children were suffering from diarrhea and had not eaten for days.
According to one Iraqi journalist quoted by The Observer newspaper, civilian casualties were caused by the massive firepower directed at Fallujah neighborhoods during the battle. "If the fighters fire a mortar, US forces respond with huge force," said the journalist, who asked not to be named.
"The desperate situation that now exists in the city of Fallujah requires that all impediments to the delivery of humanitarian relief supplies be lifted immediately. We call on American military authorities to do whatever is necessary to ensure that those supplies reach Iraqi civilians who are suffering and dying today in that city.
"It is also essential that reports of attacks on civilians be investigated thoroughly by an independent international body and the results of that investigation be made known. There must be an accounting of civilian casualties in Fallujah and those forced to flee their homes must be allowed to return. American journalists embedded with our military should also examine the impact of the war on Iraqi civilians.
"We call on President Bush, elected officials and all Americans of conscience to re-think our disastrous policies in Iraq and to recognize that those policies are making us less safe and less respected as a nation."