IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Michigan Marine Killed In Iraq
Lance Cpl. Minhee Kim, of Ann Arbor, Mich.,
20, who was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine
Regiment, 4th Marine Division, from Lansing, Mich., died Nov. 1, 2006, in Iraq,
the military said. (AP Photo/Kim Family)
Three U.S. Soldiers Killed By Baghdad IED
Nov. 3, 2006 Multi-National Division Baghdad
PAO RELEASE No. 20061103-01
BAGHDAD: Three Multi-National Division
Baghdad Soldiers died at approximately 2:15 p.m. Thursday when the vehicle they
were riding in was struck by an improvised-explosive device in eastern Baghdad.
Marine Killed in Anbar
Nov. 3, 2006 Multi-National Corps West PAO
RELEASE No. 20061103-02
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq: One Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team
5 died from injuries sustained due to enemy action Thursday while operating in
Al Anbar Province.
Soldier Killed At Taji
Spc. Raymond S. Armijo, 22, died in Taji,
Iraq, on Oct. 2, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device
detonated near his vehicle, according to the Department of Defense. (AP Photo/Armijo photo)
N.C. Based Marine From Indiana Dies In Iraq
November 3, 2006 The Associated Press
OWENSVILLE, Ind.: A North Carolina-based Marine from Indiana
who had been in Iraq about four months was shot and killed Thursday in Iraq's
volatile Al Anbar region, a Marine official said.
Lance Cpl. James Brown, 20, was killed from a
single gunshot wound to the neck while patrolling in Iraq's Al Anbar province west
of Baghdad, said Marine Staff Sgt. Tim Kosky, who traveled from Terre Haute to
Owensville to be with Brown's family.
Mary Hess, Brown's aunt, said the family
learned of his death about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Brown, a 2005 Gibson Southern High School graduate,
was deployed from Camp Lejeune, N.C., with the Third Battalion, Second Marines,
Family and friends gathered Thursday at the
home of Brown's mother, Joanne Van Antwerp, in Owensville about 20 miles north
of Evansville to console each other.
"He was just an awesome kid,"
family friend Tammy Dewig told the Princeton Daily Clarion.
She said Brown was engaged and was scheduled
to come home from Iraq for his wedding in a few months.
Her husband, Kenny Dewig, said the couple's
son, Darin, and Brown were lifelong friends. He said spoke to Brown on the telephone on Tuesday, and Brown told him
his squad had been patrolling in Iraq but that he could not disclose the area.
"He was right in the middle of it,"
Brown, who enlisted in the Marines after
graduating from high school, was deployed to Iraq in June and had been there
for four months, he said.
Kenny Dewig said Brown, a Golden Gloves boxer
who loved to hunt and fish, had been a leader in the Marines just as he had
been a leader with the Titans football team.
"He was in charge of a whole squad on
the patrols. He was just a really good
boy," Kenny Dewig said.
He said he and his wife regularly send care
packages to their son Darin, who is in the U.S. Army, and would often send packages
to Brown. He said his wife, Tammy, was
getting a care package ready to send to Brown when news of his death arrived.
"He was like a son to us," Kenny
Absarokee Man Dies In Iraq Bombing
October 27, 2006 By LANCE BENZEL, The Billings
Charles "Chuck" Komppa was nearing
the end of his term as a reservist in the U.S. Navy when his Billings-based
unit received word that it would be sent to Iraq - a month after he was to
return to civilian life.
He chose to re-enlist, telling family and
friends he felt called to serve.
"His heart was to go - there wasn't a
question in him," said Allen Solheim, the pastor at Absarokee Evangelical
Church, where Komppa, of Absarokee, served as a volunteer and devoted member
with his wife, Delisa, and their two children, 14-year-old Alicia and
On Wednesday, Komppa, 35, was killed in
The petty officer 2nd class was riding in a
convoy in the Al Anbar province of Iraq when his vehicle was hit by an
improvised explosive device, said Lt. Cdr. Jonathan Hughes, who oversees the
naval training center where Komppa drilled with his unit. Komppa was a combat electrician in the 3rd
Naval Construction Regiment and assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion 18, Detachment 0618.
He is the 13th Montanan to be
killed in the Iraq war.
Komppa, an electrician at the Stillwater Mine
in Stillwater County, was no stranger to military service. After graduating in 1990 from Ingram High
School outside of San Antonio, the Texas native signed on for a five-year
active-duty enlistment in the U.S. Navy.
That included a deployment to Operation
Desert Storm, in which Komppa served as a boiler operator aboard a naval vessel
in the Persian Gulf, Delisa Komppa said Thursday.
After his discharge, in 1995, Komppa set out
to accomplish two longstanding goals: to become licensed as an electrician and
to move his family to Montana.
"He loved the mountains and wanted to be
here," Delisa Komppa said.
The family settled on
Belgrade. Komppa worked as a boiler operator at Montana
State University in Bozeman and then as an electrician at Leister Electric in
In 2003, Komppa accepted a job with the
Stillwater Mining Co., where he maintained electrical equipment at the
Stillwater Mine's ground-level mill site. That's also the year he re-enlisted as a reservist in the Navy, a move
he had been discussing with his wife since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001,
Delisa Komppa said her husband "felt it
was something he needed to do."
"I felt otherwise," she said.
"(But) you see how it changed our world. I just started to see it the way
he did. If everybody felt the way I did,
who would be willing to go?"
Komppa re-enlisted for a six-year term in
June, knowing his unit would be deployed July 17. He had discussed his decision with family and
friends, including Solheim, whose son is in his third deployment to Iraq with
the U.S. Army.
"He talked to me about the possibility
of (dying), and that never changed his mind," Solheim said. "He had a
real sense of duty and a real call to serve."
Despite living in Absarokee for only three
years, Komppa was known as a caring community member. He donated many hours of electrical work at
his congregation's new church, lent his talents to friends and neighbors and
once wired a house for a church member without charging a dime.
Komppa enjoyed fly-fishing and spending time
outdoors with his children, and he spoke warmly of his daughter's first hunting
trip last year, during which she took her first deer, family members said.
"He was like a rock, and he was the rock
of our family," said Delisa Komppa.
Since the family received word of Komppa's
death Wednesday, friends and neighbors in Absarokee have flocked to the
family's home, bringing meals, running errands and offering comfort, Delisa
Komppa said. It's been an "overwhelming response," but it would not
have surprised her husband, she said.
"Before he left, he said, 'If anything
does happen to me, I know our church and our community will come to our aid,'
" she said. "He was confident
of that, and he was right."
The family is planning a funeral to be held
at Absarokee Evangelical Church.
Indiana Soldier Killed In Mosul
11.3.06: Army Sgt. Kriag Foyteck was killed in Mosul when he was hit in the neck
by a bullet or mortar, his family said. The family was notified on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.
Foyteck grew up in Skokie, Ill., and attended
Niles West High School, but his family moved to LaPorte, Ind., about 25 miles
west of South Bend, while he was in Iraq. (AP Photo/Foyteck family)
Another South African Mercenary Killed
November 3, 2006 BuaNews (Tshwane)
Yet another South African has died in Iraq,
bringing to 17 the number of South Africans killed in that country since the
start of a war there.
Mr Morné Pieters was killed in Basra on
Monday, confirmed the South African diplomatic mission in Kuwait on Thursday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said the
diplomatic mission was liaising with the deceased's employers to assist with
returning his remains back home.
A further eight South Africans have been reported
missing in that country and are thus presumed dead.
November 3, 2006 By Julian E. Barnes, L.A.
Times Staff Writer
ON July 4, a squad of Marines was ordered to
an intersection nicknamed "Firecracker," the most dangerous in this
city. The group's mission was to set up
a position to watch for people placing bombs and to fight insurgents.
For much of the squad, from the 3rd
Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, this was their second combat tour in Iraq.
But the fight at Firecracker
was the fiercest they had seen.
The Marines recently returned
This is their story, told in
their own words.
The account begins with the squad leader,
Cpl. Caesar Hernandez, 22, of Delray Beach, Fla., and continues with Cpl.
Justin Kaminski, 21, of Baltimore; medical corpsman Frank Sanchez, 20, of Los
Angeles; and Lance Cpl. Greg Crans, 20, of Bath, N.Y.
The battle started at night, before
Hernandez's squad reached the intersection.
Hernandez: Right outside of friendly lines, it must have been about 10 or 15
minutes into my patrol, an explosion went off. I was at the front of the patrol, and it hit the rear of the
Immediately the training kicks in.
I pulled my lead element of the patrol back
and had them set up a 360-degree defense. I started asking on the (patrol radio) if everyone was all
right. My second-team leader, Cpl. Kaminski, he
wouldn't roger up. So I immediately
thought: "They got hit in the rear."
Kaminski: I am the last guy in the
formation. One of my jobs is to make
sure no one is behind us, no one is following us. So I was looking behind us. I turned back
around, and Sanchez is about to turn a corner. So I was jogging a couple steps, trying to close the gap. That is when
it went off. I saw the flash, the fire
and the flame, just where he was standing. I remember little stuff hitting me
and then being pushed back.
I was unconscious, then I woke up on the
ground. There was still smoke in the
sky, stuff was falling out of the sky. I
stood up and remembered the flash of light right on top of him. I ran to where
the smoke was, right where it hit. But he wasn't there. I started yelling his
name and running forward.
Sanchez: The rest of the squad was around the
corner. It was just me and Kaminski. I
turned back to make sure he was still there. I took a step, and I saw a big
flash of light in front of my face, and I felt heat coming up. And I heard the boom. The next thing I know,
I was laying facedown on the pavement. I didn't know what was going on, all the dust was everywhere. I just assumed I
Then I heard Kaminski yelling my
name. I couldn't hear out of my right ear, so I
didn't know where it was coming from. I started looking around. I couldn't find
my weapon. I was crawling around looking for my rifle. I found my rifle and tried to get up. From
the waist down, the blast numbed me up. I couldn't feel my legs.
Kaminski: Cpl. Hernandez and Lance Cpl. Crans
came running around the corner, and they were asking if anyone was hit.
I yelled, "Doc was hit." That is
the first thing (Sanchez) says he remembers, me yelling, "Doc was
hit." He mumbled, "I'm all right."
I helped him up, and we helped him get his
weapon, which was probably 2 feet in front of him. We pushed around the corner
where everyone else had pushed around, and he fell immediately. I was checking
There was a puddle on the ground. I looked at
it and thought it was blood.
Sanchez: My legs gave out. I was trying to put a tourniquet on my leg,
trying to stop the bleeding. I was freaking out. But it was water. Luckily, I
had the day pack full of water. That stopped most of the shrapnel from hitting
my back. When I got to Charlie surgical,
I emptied my pack. The bottom water bottles were torn up. There was shrapnel.
But the water bottles stopped it.
I had shrapnel all over me. (The bomb) was
pretty big. The blast tossed me 10 feet.
That kept most of the shrapnel away from me. If shrapnel would have hit me, I
would have been dead.
THE squad went back to base, sent Kaminski
and Sanchez to the surgical station, then set out again for Firecracker. The
troops arrived shortly before midnight at the house they would occupy. Some of the homes around Firecracker were
abandoned, but many, including this one, still had families living in them. The squad ushered the Iraqi
residents into a back room, where they would be protected from an attack.
Meantime, the Marines took up fighting positions on the roof and in some of the
The next day, fighting broke out in the early
afternoon when a rocket-propelled grenade slammed into the side of the
house. The RPG, designed to pierce the
armor of tanks, has become one of the main weapons insurgents fire at American
Cpl. Joseph J. Zigler, 23, of Stow, Ohio, and
Lance Cpl. Daniel Turczan, 28, of Flushing, N.Y., were on the second floor of
the house, peering out two windows, shielded by camouflage netting and a small
piece of ballistic glass.
Zigler: It was 15, 20 minutes after I took
post, the first RPG slammed into the building. When it hit the wall, it was
just to the left of the window one of my Marines (Turczan) was in. That broke the window and sent a lot of glass
and debris into the room. It is so loud you cannot decipher if it is one gun or
12. My ears felt like they were going to
Turczan: It was pretty loud.
The first RPG messed up my hearing. After
that, everything was muted; it was kind of dulled. I got into the prone
[position] and then we got hit by a [machine gun] for about 30 seconds or so. It was spraying into the room.
I looked up once. To the side. I saw my team
leader, Cpl. Zigler. He was taking cover
too. You can't really see rounds flying. But what I did see was holes start to
appear in the wall, in the masonry and stuff. It must have been 400 rounds
coming in. But it has the same emotional impact as waiting for a stop sign.
The thing that goes through my head is:
"I am not hit, and I am in the best position to be in." It wasn't
always like that, but after a couple months here, you get desensitized to
getting shot at. You basically do your job.
We got fired on by another RPG. I knew kind
of where the fire was coming from. I saw how the glass was broken. I saw impact
where most of the bullets hit. I was able to make a line back to the building
across the street, 250 meters away. That building had a lot of bricks in the
window so I figured that is where they were shooting from. At that point, I
started shooting back.
THE Marines in another second-floor room,
Lance Cpl. Gabriel Soto, 20, of Coral Springs, Fla., and Lance Cpl. Nicholas
Kobus, 21, of Dalton, Mass., also began returning fire.
Soto: Once the fire stopped, I got up and
started looking out the windows to see what I could see. I couldn't see too
much, but we got engaged again. An RPG hit, and then we started taking rounds.
Cpl. Kobus was right there. He comes and
engages with a Milkor 32 [grenade launcher]. When he was out of rounds, I
started engaging with my M-16. We
couldn't see anything. It was too crazy.
I am glad I didn't completely freeze up and
just kind of hide in a corner. That is what you are told, everyone is
different. You can be the hardest guy, and you might cower in the corner. And
the guy who you think would just hide might be the only guy getting shots off.
I didn't think I was the harder guy. I
was more like, "Really, I hope I don't freeze up." Before this I was
always hoping: If I get shot at, I hope I don't piss myself. I hope I friggin'
send some rounds back.
AS the fighting continued, Hernandez ordered
a team to go with him to the roof to try to get a better view of the insurgents
firing at them. Among them were Cpl. Cory Schneider, 19, of Dayton, Ohio, and
Lance Cpl. Michael Wilson, 19, of Foley, Ala.
Schneider: As I was running up the stairs, an
RPG hit the wall right where I was running up. It was pretty scary, to tell you
the truth. I wasn't expecting it. I was expecting to make it to the roof
without interruption. The whole building shook. It knocked me down.
Wilson: We ran to the roof with our gear, our
weapons and ammunition. We were trying to figure out where we were being fired
I remember another blast going off just
before we got to the roof. We think it was an [improvised explosive device]
because it was in the road. It threw a lot of stuff, asphalt, straight up, and
it landed on the roof we were on. Shortly after that, we started taking more
You are focused on one thing. You hear
better, you see better, everything is better. I guess it is the adrenaline. I
really don't know.
FROM behind the protection of a wall that
surrounded the roof, Hernandez and his squad members could scan the entire area
around Firecracker. When the attackers fired another RPG, two Marines spotted
the triggerman. Four hours had passed since the initial attack, and the Marines
were starting to tire. The squad had a rocket called a lightweight antitank
weapon, or LAW. The LAW rocket is the
Marines' equivalent of an RPG and can be used to attack fortified positions.
Schneider: I saw the actual back-blast where
the [RPG] came from…. That is where he was firing from. There is a lot of
yelling when you are in contact. If you are not yelling, you are not going to
be able to hear each other.
As you get exhausted, it is your training
that kicks in and keeps you going even if your mind is not there. Not that I am
saying my mind wasn't there. But it was muscle memory. You keep doing what you
are supposed to be doing.
Kobus: The building they were shooting at us
from wasn't as high as ours so we had a little bit of protection. We had a
little bit better angle on them. As soon
as they took their RPG shot, I popped up and saw the guy holding the launcher
in his hand. He started running for the door.
Hernandez: Lance Cpl. Kobus had a visual and
said that he was going to take the LAW rocket shot. It is kind of like a
bazooka. I told the guys on post to lay down suppressive fire so he can take
the shot. We gave him covering fire and he went out there.
Kobus: All I was worried about was taking the
shot. If I can make the shot, I thought, we would stop taking fire, we would
get the guys who were shooting at us. I shot it pretty much right as he ran
into the door.
It went into the window. It blew up. The only
thing we saw was a little flash and a lot of smoke coming out.
Soto: The LAW rocket explosion wasn't as big
as I thought it would be. I saw it go straight in, though. At that point they
completely slowed down their fight. I don't think we got engaged after that.
When you are being engaged that much, your
adrenaline is pumping so much you want the battle to keep going. It was good
because you are like, "I do not have to worry about being shot at
anymore," but the same time it is "damn, I want to shoot a little bit
Crans: We broke down the enemy's will to
fight for the rest of the day. The enemy didn't know how much force they were
Turczan: Basically it quieted down.
They stopped shooting at us, and we didn't
have anything to shoot at.
People started coming back on the street
— residents of the neighborhood. After the shooting stopped, a couple
minutes later, people started getting on with their lives. I imagine they are
used to it. It must be something that
happens a lot to them. This has been going on in the country for a while now.
Wilson: If you could have seen the room
Turczan and Cpl. Zigler were in, you would be amazed that they were in one
piece. There were bullet holes in the windows. Bullet holes inside the room on
the walls. You just thank God they were
I didn't know what to expect in Iraq. I knew
it wouldn't be easy. I knew I might die. This is my first tour. I would say
definitely this fight was the most intense. When other people bring it up, I
keep thinking to myself, "How did I get so lucky?"
Kobus: Just thinking back on it, it was the
most exciting day of my life. Nothing I have ever done compares to it. It is a
memory I will keep for a while.
Zigler: I will save all the war stories for
when I get home. I do not want to worry anyone too much. They know what goes
on. My fiancee knows when something happens. My mom is the same way.
They can always tell in my voice. But we kind
of leave it at that. You think about it a little. You do think about it, but
you can't think about it too much. You have a job to do.
THE battalion returned home last month after
handing central Ramadi off to another group of Marines. All of the Marines in this article made it
back safely. In all, 17 battalion
members out of about 900 were killed during their seven months in Iraq.
Sanchez and Kaminski both recovered from
their injuries and returned to duty.
For his leadership during the July 4 fight,
Hernandez was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Kobus was
promoted to corporal and now has his own squad. Crans was also promoted and
will soon lead a squad.
The battalion is due to return to the Middle
East next year. The men are scheduled to
serve as a reserve force ready to be called into Iraq if reinforcements are
BRING THEM ALL HOME
US soldiers search cars at a snap checkpoint
set up in Baghdad's Karada district. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
HOW BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
THEM ALL HOME NOW
A U.S. military worker holds the hand of a
wounded U.S. soldier inside a U.S. military hospital at the fortified Green
Zone in Baghdad October 30, 2006. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (IRAQ)
A group of soldiers from the Minnesota
National Guard stationed in Iraq, hold up a sign mocking recent comments by
Sen. John Kerry about people who didn't study in school being 'stuck in
Iraq.' (AP Photo/WTMJ-AM)
Halp Is On The Way:
Senate Candidate For Immediate Withdrawal From Iraq
was supposedly fighting for democracy against Hitler’s fascism, and he
and his Black platoon were called niggers right at home. Black soldiers in Mississippi at that time
had to literally fight for their lives in their own country. My father wasn’t going to stand for it,
and he and the soldiers went back to that farmer’s barn with torches that
November 3, 2006 By Jesse Hagopian, Socialist
AARON DIXON is the Green Party’s
candidate for the U.S. Senate in Washington state. He is a former leading
member of the Black Panther Party and a lifelong activist for social justice.
Here, Aaron speaks with
campaign manager JESSE HAGOPIAN about why he’s running and what he hopes
WHY ARE you running against the
Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell, and as a Green?
MY RUNNING against Maria Cantwell is an
opportunity to draw attention to the war in Iraq, NAFTA, CAFTA and the rest of
the right-wing agenda pushed by the Bush administration that Maria Cantwell has
She has gone back on many of the things she
promised to deliver to voters. My running was an opportunity to bring a lot of
those issues to the forefront.
Just as important, I wanted to help people
understand that there is really very little difference between Republicans and
If you look at history, the Democratic Party
started most major wars that we have been in. So we will never escape war and
poverty with this same two-party system. We need a multi-party
system--that’s why I am running as a Green.
MARIA CANTWELL says that she
wants to make 2006 a year of transition, where the U.S. begins to redeploy
troops and hand over security to the Iraqis. What do you think of her position?
BUSH HAS said that he doesn’t want to
keep the troops in Iraq forever as well, but that isn’t an antiwar
position. Everything Maria says, Bush
has already said it. She says that the
U.S. can leave when Iraqi forces can maintain security, but the truth is they
will never be able to maintain security as long as the target of U.S. troops
remains in Iraq. There is already a
civil war in Iraq--a U.S. general recently admitted that.
What is really amazing about Cantwell’s
position is that for months during the campaign, she said she had “no
regrets” about voting to authorize the war on Iraq. It wasn’t until a couple of months ago,
when her Republican challenger, Mike McGavick, came out to her left and stated
that he wouldn’t have authorized the war in Iraq, that Cantwell changed
She has now gone back on her
original decision to authorize the war, but just two weeks ago, she voted for
another $70 billion to be spent on the war. So we can see her position is still for the war.
HOW DID you develop your
political understanding of the world?
A LOT of it had to do with my family and the
upbringing my parents gave me. I grew up with my great-great-grandmother in the
house. She had been a slave. I grew up on stories of slavery at home, and you
could be sure that I wasn’t going to ever let us go back to those days.
WASN’T YOUR father a
YES, HE was. But it was a
process. He became a radical through his experiences
in the military.
He had joined his high school ROTC, and he
went off to fight in the Second World War.
At one point, his company was
stationed at a military base in Mississippi. There came a time when he and the
other Black soldiers were supposed to be able to go on furlough, but the
commanding officer ordered the Black soldiers to stay on the base and clean the
white soldier’s latrines.
My father wasn’t going to
take this, and he led a rebellion of the troops to demand justice.
Another time, my father and the
Black soldiers were marching around the bivouac in Mississippi, some 10 or 15
miles, and they came upon a farm and asked the white farmer if they could cross
the field. He told them that, “No
niggers are allowed near my property,” and he chased them off with his
My father was supposedly
fighting for democracy against Hitler’s fascism, and he and his Black
platoon were called niggers right at home. Black soldiers in Mississippi at that time had to literally fight for
their lives in their own country. My
father wasn’t going to stand for it, and he and the soldiers went back to
that farmer’s barn with torches that night.
After my father got out of the military, he
joined the Communist Party and Paul Robeson’s Youth Brigade. These were the stories I grew up on, and they
gave me an understanding of some of the fundamental problems with this country.
Besides my upbringing, you have to look at
the conditions that existed when I was growing up: being exposed to the civil
rights movement and the assassination of political leaders. This all played a
part in shaping my political consciousness.
YOU FOUNDED the Seattle chapter
of the Black Panther Party. What made you decide to be a Panther?
MY BROTHER and the younger people we ran with
were looking for a way to organize against racism and the other issues we felt
needed to be addressed.
At first, we thought a Black Student Union
(BSU) would satisfy that, and it didn’t. We did have some successes. We
were able to pressure the University of Washington to implement a Black Studies
Department, but many people in that organization were more into academics and
not as much into action.
So then we started a Student Non-violent
Coordinating Committee chapter. But that didn’t end up satisfying us
either. Remember, Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, and we felt it
was a time when we had to do more.
So soon after that, we had an opportunity to
go down to Oakland for a BSU conference. But I cut out of the conference and
went to go see the Black Panther Party give a memorial service for Little Bobby
Hutton, who had just been murdered by the police.
I saw Bobby Seale deliver the most dynamic
speech I have ever heard. He had just come from the funeral where he had to
bury his comrade. He was very emotional
about what happened, and that was the first time I heard anyone speak so
directly. This was first time I
experienced the brashness of the Black Panthers--and I liked it.
We recognized immediately that this was what
we wanted to be a part of. We understood that was what this country needed: an
organization like the BPP that was putting theory into practice: that was out
in the community doing some very important work.
THE ELECTION is just days away
as we speak. What would you say you’ve accomplished with this campaign?
WHETHER WE win or lose on November 7, this
campaign has accomplished a lot.
We have given voice to people all over the
state who are fed up with the current two-party system that maintains illegal
wars, which are sucking out our resources that should be used to strengthen our
We brought that message to over a dozen towns
across Washington in our “Out of war and into our communities”
We got thousands of people talking about
where our money would be better spent. Here in Seattle, for example, they are
proposing to close 10 schools in neighborhoods that are predominantly people of
color--and the parents have had to file a lawsuit.
Whether we win or lose the
election, we have raised issues that would not even have entered the mainstream
debate: immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, a national health care
program for all Americans, a living wage, rebuilding New Orleans.
We exposed the contradictions in the
electoral process that claims to be democratic, but is really corrupted by
obscene wealth. This point was made for thousands of people last week when they
arrested me for trying to participate in the televised Senate debate. It’s hard to even call it a debate when
they expressly stated that only millionaires could participate.
Most importantly, we’ve
brought together poor and working-class whites with Latinos, African Americans
and Asians to oppose this war and the cost it is having on our communities
This campaign is just the beginning of a new
fight for justice.
“The Rebellion Of Thousands Of American
Soldiers Against The War”
Review by Jackhammer, Flick Mojo
Sir!: A documentary about soldiers who fought to
end the Vietnam war
The Vietnam War has been the
subject of hundreds of films, both fiction and non-fiction, but this story, the
story of the rebellion of thousands of American soldiers against the war, has
never been told in film.
Sir! No Sir! will change all
The film tells the story of an anti-war
movement didn’t take place on college campuses, but in barracks and on
It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs
and in the dingy towns that surround military bases.
It penetrated elite military colleges like
And it spread throughout the battlefields of
It was a movement no one
expected, least of all those in it.
Hundreds went to prison and
thousands into exile.
And by 1971 it had, in the
words of one colonel, infested the entire armed services.
Yet today few people know about
the GI movement against the war in Vietnam.
Sir! No Sir!:
At A Theatre Near You!
To find it: http://www.sirnosir.com/
No Sir! DVD is on sale now, exclusively at www.sirnosir.com.
available will be a Soundtrack CD (which includes the entire song from the FTA
Show, "Soldier We Love You"), theatrical posters, tee shirts, and the
DVD of "A Night of Ferocious Joy," a film about the first hip-hop
antiwar concert against the "War on Terror."
“STAY THE COURSE”
Hastie, Vietnam Veteran, October 26, 2006
caption from the I-R-A-Q (I Remember Another Quagmire) portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army
Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his
outstanding work, contact at: (email@example.com)
while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a
terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill
me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions.
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South 11th Street
From: Dennis Serdel
To: GI Special
Sent: November 03, 2006
Subject: 2204 South 11th Street by Dennis
By Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour),
Americal Div. 11th Brigade, Light Infantry, purple heart; Veterans For Peace
#50, Vietnam Veterans Against The War, UAW General Motors Retiree, Perry,
South 11th Street
It was a little white house
later embarrassing Carl and his
as they grew up and compared it
with other kid's houses.
But in Vietnam it was home
so far away and America seemed
but the little white house
at 2204 South 11th Street seemed so big.
Back from the jungle and the
when Carl and the brothers
were back at Base Camp
they would clean up and get
He would write letters to his
and father and sisters never
though how many of the others
were killed or wounded bad.
Carl and his brothers didn't
to worry by telling them the
how bad it was so Carl would
letters filled with love and
not the war
to 2204 South 11th Street.
They went through 7 Captains
and 17 Ltn's and the original
was whittled down to 12
But they did not need to know
during his tour, all they
needed to know
was Hi Mom, Hi Dad and Hi Sis.
We’re back at the Base
for awhile eating food the
not out of cans and everything
There is nothing to worry about
and he would address it
to 2204 South 11th Street.
His home was like heaven
that he was sure he would never
but he did and he did not know
The only problem now was that
Carl still held
the war inside of himself
Zionists Butcher Un-Armed Women
[Thanks to Pham Binh, Traveling Soldier, and
J, who sent this in.]
November 3, 2006 Guardian Unlimited & Aljazeera
Two Palestinian women were killed and another
10 were reported wounded when Israeli forces today opened fire on a group
preparing to act as a human shield for about 60 Palestinian fighters besieged
inside a Gaza mosque.
Israeli troops open fire on women
outside mosque: Salem/Reuters
The events came on the third day of an
Israeli assault on the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the largest operation Israel
has conducted in the Gaza Strip in months.
On Friday, about 200 Palestinian women
marched towards the al-Nasir mosque in Beit Hanoun, which Israeli forces
surrounded on Thursday, in an attempt to rescue fighters who had taken shelter
in the mosque during the Israeli incursion.
Dozens of women were gathering outside the
mosque in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip this morning after an appeal on
a local radio station.
Television pictures showed at least 50 women
making their way along a pavement when shots could be heard ringing out. They started to flee in terror and at least
two women were left lying on the ground.
Witnesses said two women, both aged about 40,
were killed, and 10 others were wounded.
Elham Hamad, a Palestinian
woman who attended the protests, told Aljazeera: "We were confronted by a
tank, and we raised a white flag (but) without any warning they started
shooting at us.
"A number of women,
including me, fell injured. We remained
for a long time without any aid or ambulances."
At least 25 Palestinians have been killed
since Israeli troops entered Beit Hanoun on Wednesday in a bid to halt rocket
attacks on southern Israel. One Israeli
soldier has also died.
In the resulting confusion all the militants
managed to escape, some reportedly wearing robes supplied by the women.
A 22-year-old Palestinian man was also killed
in the northern town, which troops seized on Wednesday.
Israeli tanks and armoured personnel carriers
surrounded the mosque when militants took refuge there. Overnight, the two sides exchanged fire.
Witnesses said an Israeli army bulldozer
knocked down an outer wall of the mosque, causing the ceiling to collapse.
The Palestinian prime minister, Ismail
Haniyeh, of Hamas "saluted the women of Palestine ... who led the protest
to break the siege of Beit Hanoun". He urged the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan,
to witness first-hand "the massacres of the Palestinian people", and
appealed to the Arab world to "stop the ongoing bloodshed".
A spokesman for Hamas militants said 32
gunmen who had taken cover in the mosque escaped with the help of the women.
Loudspeakers across Gaza called on people to
come to demonstrations after Friday prayers to express solidarity with Beit
Hanoun. By late morning, two rallies
were already in progress in Beit Hanoun, and militants in the crowds were
firing at soldiers, the Israeli army said.
Meanwhile at least two more Israeli
airstrikes on Friday evening killed at least two more Palestinians, Palestinian
security officials said.
The first reportedly hit a mosque near Beit
Hanoun, injuring three more people, witnesses told AFP. The second, in the town
of Beit Lahiya, killed a member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and wounded
another, medical sources said.
More than 280 Palestinians have been killed
in the four-month-old offensive in the coastal territory, about half of them
civilians. Three Israeli soldiers have
[To check out what life is like
under a murderous military occupation by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org
The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves
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DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
They Really Do Hate Our Freedoms:
If The Government Labels You A
“Terrorist,” Anybody Who Gives You A Cup Of Coffee Can Be Arrested
November 3, 2006 By Nicole Colson [Socialist
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS are attempting to smear
Mohammed Salah as a Palestinian “terrorist,” while ignoring Israeli
atrocities committed against Salah himself, among so many others.
Salah is a Palestinian activist who was
arrested in 2003 for supposedly providing “material support” to the
militant Palestinian group Hamas, which the U.S. government considers a
Salah and his lawyer Michael Deutsch say that
he is guilty of nothing more than donating humanitarian aid to Palestinian
refugees, but prosecutors say the money was used to fund attacks on Israel and
claim the case against him is part of the “war on terror.”
To that end, prosecutors are putting not just
Salah on trial, but Hamas itself. The prosecution has introduced posters
showing Hamas suicide bombers superimposed next to Hamas politicians.
Last week, U.S. Treasury Department official
Matthew Levitt outlined more than three dozen acts of terrorism supposedly
committed by Hamas against Israel between 1992 and 2004.
The prosecution admits that Salah was in an
Israeli jail for much of that time, but their case hinges on “guilt by
association.” Levitt testified
that Hamas suicide bombings were an attempt to “undermine Israeli sense
of security. It sends a message that Israelis aren’t safe anywhere in the
But as Deutsch pointed out on
cross-examination, Levitt’s emphasis on Israeli casualties obscures the
reality of daily life for Palestinians. Deutsch pointed out that, according to
one study, approximately 1,400 Israeli soldiers and civilians have been killed
since 1987, compared to more than 5,500 Palestinians killed. “Are you not interested in the fact
that Palestinians, unarmed Palestinian people, are killed at a rate of five
times the number of Israelis killed?” Deutsch asked Levitt.
Prosecutors claim that Salah admitted to
delivering money and recruits to Hamas. But that supposed “admission” was obtained in Israel, where
Salah spent four-and-a-half years in jail in the mid-1990s, following what he
says was torture, including days of hooding, sleep deprivation and death
threats by his Israeli captors.
Upcoming testimony in the trial is expected
to include two of Salah’s Israeli captors, who will be allowed to testify
While the Bush administration
ratcheted up the witch-hunt against Salah, it was the Clinton administration
that invoked special terrorism laws in 1995 to label Salah, a U.S. citizen, a
“specially designated terrorist.”
According to law professor
David Cole, when Salah was placed on this list, it became a crime for anyone in
the U.S. to have any economic transactions with him.
“As a result,” Cole
wrote in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, “Salah was subjected to a
kind of internal banishment, in which it was a crime for anyone else in the
United States to provide him with anything of value.
“The law prohibited Salah's neighbor
from offering him a cup of coffee, the local news agent from selling him a
newspaper, or a doctor from treating him in the hospital.
“The Treasury Department told him he
could get a job only if he first informed his prospective employer that he was
a ‘specially designated terrorist’
and the employer then obtained a special license to pay Salah.”
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BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
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