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august <>
    civilian casualties reported
David Cox <>
    We Stand for Peace & Justice (Zmag)
"Elnor Buhard" <>
    al jazeera please


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 10:23:21 +0100 (CET)
From: august <>
Subject: civilian casualties reported

below you will find a story of a severed hand.

if anything, it will demonstrate the suffering and risk that have been
inflicted on the Iraqi people.

if anything, it will demonstrate the impossiblity of 'true' or
'empirical' reporting.

if anything, it will demonstrate that in deed there are GREAT risks of
civilian casualties.



Robert Fisk (on site in Iraq) writes:

"It was an outrage, an obscenity. The severed hand on the metal door, the
swamp of blood and mud across the road, the human brains inside a garage,
the incinerated, skeletal remains of an Iraqi mother and her three small
children in their still-smouldering car.

Two missiles from an American jet killed them all  by my estimate, more
than 20 Iraqi civilians, torn to pieces before they could be 'liberated'
by the nation that destroyed their lives."



New York times writes:

"BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 26  Two large explosions that detonated
simultaneously in a working-class district of Baghdad this morning,
killing 17 civilians and wounding 45, set off a scramble by Iraq to blame
the United States for indiscriminate bombing, and prompted a suggestion
from the Pentagon that the Iraqis themselves might have been responsible."

of course, the nytimes writes that American officials said they do not
know the cause but that "...they could not rule out an errant American
bomb or missile,.." 

however, in the nytimes slideshow, it actually shows the severed hand...

(if the link somehow doesn't work, you can find it on the front page under
'Blasts in Baghdad' slideshow)

but comments:
"Iraqi officials said an American plane or missile was responsible for the


From: David Cox <>
Subject: We Stand for Peace & Justice (Zmag)
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 19:52:14 +1000

is the link to sign your name to the following:

Please join Ezequiel Adamovsky, Vittorio Agnoletto, Michael Albert, Tariq
Ali, Patrick Bond, Leslie Cagan, Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher, Eduardo
Galeano, Susan George, Marta Harnecker, Boris Kagarlitsky, George Monbiot,
Suren Moodlar, Hector Mondragon, Tanya Reinhart, Carola Reintjes, Arundhati
Roy, Lydia Sargent, Howard Zinn, and many more in signing the following
statement by using this form -- and, even more, please join us in working
to encourage other people to sign it, and for them in turn to get others to
sign it.

I stand for peace and justice.

I stand for democracy and autonomy. I don't think the U.S. or any other
country should ignore the popular will and violate and weaken international
law, seeking to bully and bribe votes in the Security Council.

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expanding network of military bases around the world and producing an
arsenal unparalleled in the world.

I stand for equity. I don't think the U.S. or any other country should seek
empire. I don't think the U.S. ought to control Middle Eastern oil on
behalf of U.S. corporations and as a wedge to gain political control over
other countries.

I stand for freedom. I oppose brutal regimes in Iraq and elsewhere but I
also oppose the new doctrine of 'preventive war', which guarantees
permanent and very dangerous conflict, and is the reason why the U.S. is
now regarded as the major threat to peace in much of the world. I stand for
a democratic foreign policy that supports popular opposition to
imperialism, dictatorship, and political fundamentalism in all its forms.

I stand for solidarity. I stand for and with all the poor and the excluded.
Despite massive disinformation millions oppose unjust, illegal, immoral
war, and I want to add my voice to theirs. I stand with moral leaders all
over the world, with world labor, and with the huge majority of the
populations of countries throughout the world.

I stand for diversity. I stand for an end to racism directed against
immigrants and people of color. I stand for an end to repression at home
and abroad.

I stand for peace. I stand against this war and against the conditions,
mentalities, and institutions that breed and nurture war and injustice.

I stand for sustainability. I stand against the destruction of forests,
soil, water, environmental resources, and biodiversity on which all life

I stand for justice. I stand against economic, political, and cultural
institutions that promote a rat race mentality, huge economic and power
inequalities, corporate domination even unto sweatshop and slave labor,
racism, and gender and sexual hierarchies.

I stand for a policy that redirects the money used for war and military
spending to provide healthcare, education, housing, and jobs.

I stand for a world whose political, economic, and social institutions
foster solidarity, promote equity, maximize participation, celebrate
diversity, and encourage full democracy.

I stand for peace and justice and, more, I pledge to work for peace and


From: "Elnor Buhard" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 05:36:34 -0500
Subject: al jazeera please

dear nettimers,

if any of you have access to a copy or mirror of al jazeera, can you please 
pass it on?  we are freaking out here in the united states. 


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