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Bombs Away

By Sonny Le

“My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

That was President Ronald Reagan’s sound-check joke that almost started World War III back in 1984. Although Reagan said the above as a joke and off the air, Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham stunned the audience on November 7, at the Halifax (Canada) International Security Conference, with this statement about Iran:

"So my view of military force would be not to just neutralize their nuclear program, which are probably dispersed and hardened, but to sink their navy, destroy their air force and deliver a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard. In other words, neuter that regime."

A New Tool for Peace and Justice Activists

You made my last book, Daybreak, a big success, including by making it #1 in nonfiction books on Amazon.com the day it appeared there.  I hope you'll help do the same with this new book War Is A Lie when Amazon.com posts it.  I'm tentatively hoping to make November 22nd the big day to bump Glenn Beck and George W. Bush off the charts, but I'll let you know and hope you can help by emailing your list.  The book will be available in print, kindle, Ebook, and audio from stores, online sellers, and at http://warisalie.org

A Way for You to Make Money and Advance the Movement

I've turned down three publishers, including the publisher of my last book, in order to publish this year (instead of 2011 or 2012).  This also allows me to make money off the book instead of the publisher making most of it.  So, I'm able to sell the book at close to cost.  This means that peace and justice groups and activists can buy the book at $10 or less, with free shipping, and resell it at events or online for the list price of $20 -- or give it out in front of recruiting stations and invite me to come help you.  You can even start selling it now, before anyone else has it.

The book is available now at half-price for orders of 10 or more at http://warisalie.org

You can also buy holiday presents for all your friends and your congress member to help prevent an attack on Iran, as well as to correct the lies in Bush's new book.  The arguments to refute the case for attacking Iran, not to mention Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and hundreds of other nations, are in this book.

Lindsey Graham Makes The Case For Strike On Iran and The Case for Buying "War Is A Lie"

Lindsey Graham argues for attacking Iran, and for buying my forthcoming book "War Is A Lie."

CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY REPLY TO PHIL WILAYTO ON CPD'S IRAN STATEMENT

Phil Wilayto's message "Two petitions, two approaches toward defending Iran" urges people not to support the latest statement from the Campaign for Peace and
Democracy (CPD), "End the War Threats and Sanctions Program Against Iran -- Support the Struggle for Democracy Inside Iran." As Wilayto notes with distress, the CPD statement has drawn wide support.

     CPD has two fundamental differences with Phil Wilayto.      First, we don't believe that the current regime in Iran is one that the left ought to admire. Governments that outlaw labor unions, oppress religious minorities, deny rights to women, criminalize gays, execute minors, censor university curricula, persecute

It's Jobs or Wars, Not Both

By David Swanson

The Washington Post's David Broder thinks more war will bring us more jobs. Unlike in Germany, where the president was forced out of office earlier this year for suggesting that war in Afghanistan could benefit the German economy, Americans don't seem to have serious moral qualms about slaughtering human beings for no good reason. We've got three significant wars and a variety of secretive military actions going on now without the slightest mention in our elections. A majority of Americans tell pollsters that the wars should end, but virtually no one tells candidates. However, one has to assume -- for the sake of one's own sanity -- that even Americans, if they knew, would seriously object to further damaging our economy through war and allowing people like David Broder to paper over that process with demonstrably false claims.

Two petitions, two approaches toward defending Iran

By Phil Wilayto

After a period in which defending Iran hasn't been very high on the agenda of most U.S. anti-war activists, there are now two petition campaigns opposing war and sanctions against Iran.

One effort is led by a New York City-based organization more known for defending Cuban “dissidents” who openly take U.S. money to try to undermine the Cuban Revolution. The other was launched by an independent Tehran-based organization formed to promote Iranian solidarity with Cuba, Venezuela and other progressive countries in Latin America.

Curiously, it's the first campaign that seems to be getting the most support.

"Conversations with Terrorists"

Conversations with Terrorists: Reese Erlich: All violence against the U.S. is being defined as "terrorism" To watch a multi-part episode, click here

 

 

The Covert Origins of the Af-Pak War - The Road to World War III

Editor’s Note: This report is an excerpt from David DeGraw’s new book, “The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III.” It is a continuation from the previous section, “Inside the Global Banking Intelligence Complex, BCCI Operations.” This is the fourth installment to a new series. To be notified via email of new postings from this series, subscribe here.

End the War Threats and Sanctions Program Against Iran

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

We are writing you at this critical moment to invite you to sign the Campaign for Peace and Democracy statement entitled

 
End the War Threats and Sanctions Program Against Iran
Support the Struggle for Democracy Inside Iran
 
We very much hope that you will join the initial 135 signers of the statement. Your signature can make a real difference: it will help build opposition to Washington's belligerence toward Iran, while letting the people fighting for their democratic rights in Iran know that we have not forgotten them.
 
          If you would like to add your name to the statement, see the emerging list of signers, or make a tax-deductible donation to publicize the statement, please go to our website.
 
          A list of the initial signers and the text of the statement are below. We aim to collect a large number of signatures very quickly, and then publish the statement as widely as possible, both in this country and internationally. In addition to internet publicity, we will try to raise enough funds to put an ad with a selection of signatures in The Progressive, The Nation and other publications.
 
          You do not have to donate in order to sign, but please give if you can, as generously as you can. If you've already signed the statement but not yet contributed to our publicity efforts, you can go to our website now to make a donation, or send a check made out to Campaign for Peace and Democracy to Campaign for Peace and Democracy, 2790 Broadway, #12, New York, NY 10025.

Admiring Ahmadinejad and Overlooking Activists: We’re Better Than This

By Bitta Mostofi, http://www.CommonDreams.org

Every year during his visit to the United Nations General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds a series of strategic dinners and meetings. This year, one of his dinners in New York was held for American anti-war, social justice and peace activists, and I attended it.

I firmly believe in diplomacy and dialogue and am disappointed each year with the growing lack of international cooperation and failing leadership. We saw the same thing surrounding Ahmadinejad’s trip to the UN. The United States and Iran refuse to talk to each other so they talk around one another hoping that their messages will get delivered to those they are seeking to court. Lost in translation between these two countries and the static political posturing they use are the people of Iran and the United States.

How Does AP Make Us Spying on Iran Sound Like Something Iran Has Confessed to?

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran acknowledged Saturday that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.

The stunning admission by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi provides the clearest government confirmation that Iran has been fighting espionage at its nuclear facilities.

In recent weeks, Iran has announced the arrest of several nuclear spies and battled a computer worm that it says is part of a covert Western plot to derail its nuclear program. And in July, a nuclear scientist who Iran says was kidnapped by U.S. agents returned home in mysterious circumstances, with the U.S. saying he was a willing defector who was offered $5 million by the CIA but then changed his mind.

The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence Today: International Law as Anchoring Ground

By Professor Francis A. Boyle
XVIIIth Conference “Mut Zur Ethic”: Direct Democracy, Feldkirch, Austria

I am very happy to be speaking with you this evening. I want to express my gratitude to Zeit-Fragen for publishing the German language edition of my book The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence (Clarity Press: 2002) which comes out now on the anniversary of the end of the Second World War. At this time 65 years ago, Japan surrendered to the United States after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the incineration of 250,000 completely innocent human beings.

Why a War With Iran Would Be Insane

The former deputy director of National Intelligence for Analysis talks about our options.

Read it at In These Times.

My Interview with Mr. Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

September 21, 2010, Warwick Hotel, New York

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (MA): In the name of God the Compassionate and merciful.

Greetings to cherished students and professors. I praise God for giving me the opportunity to speak with you, and I would like to thank Ms. Sepahpour for arranging this session.

I would like to briefly address three issues: the first issue relates to mankind. Humans have an infinite capacity. We are of the belief that humans are a universal creation and their true capacity will bloom in a global setting and outlook. Placing a limit on peoples' capacity based on tribe, race, or geographical boundaries, limits the capacity of mankind to reach his full potential. Humans complement each other. Their thoughts, values and scientific developments are a result of interaction. Kindness, courage, self sacrifice and compassion become meaningful through interface with other human beings.

Contingent in Oct. 2 Jobs Rally to demand: “Money for Jobs, not War or Sanctions against Iran!”

On Oct. 2, tens of thousands of people from across the United States – members of civil rights organizations, labor unions, community groups and religious institutions – will rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to demand “Jobs, Justice and Education!” (See www.onenationworkingtogether.org)

As part of this effort, the peace movement is mobilizing its members to demand “Money for Jobs, not for War!”

And, as part of that effort, the Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) and the interfaith Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) have initiated a contingent to demand “Money for Jobs, not for War or Sanctions Against Iran!” As of Sept. 30, that contingent has more than two dozen co-sponsors. (See list below.)

Are We Secretly Fighting a Cyberwar Against Iran?

By Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Alternet
 
Stuxnet, a virus affecting Iran's nuclear facilities, appears to be a case of sabotage. If the United States is behind it, then Obama is already at war with Iran.
 

Ahmadinejad Meets With U.S. Peace Activists

By Phil Wilayto

The opening week of the United Nations' 65th session was a busy one for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In addition to giving his annual address before the U.N. General Assembly and granting interviews with everyone from ABC's Charlie Rose to Fox News' Eric Shaw, he also found time to meet with groups of Iranian-Americans, Muslim leaders, academics and members of think tanks.

On Sept. 21 – the annual U.N.-declared International Day of Peace, he held a particularly interesting meeting at a midtown hotel with some 130 members of the U.S. peace and social justice movements, including major figures in the Black activist community.

Israel: "Wiped off The Map". The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran

By Arash Norouzi, Global Research

The following text by Arash Norouzi first published by the Mossadegh Project and Global Research in January 2007 confirms that the alleged "Wiped Off the Map" statement by Iran's president was never made.

The rumor was fabricated by the American media with a view to discrediting Iran's head of state and providing a justification for waging an all out war on Iran. the article provides of media manipulation and "propaganda in action".

Iran is blamed for refusing to abide by the "reasonable demands" of "the international community".

Realities are twisted and turned upside down. Iran is being accused of wanting to start a war. Inherent in US military doctrine, the victims of war are heralded as the aggressor.

Democrats Flummoxed: Republican Right Offers Reagan Redux

By James Ridgeway

The Republican right’s Pledge to America is widely being compared with Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America. But for those of us with long enough memories, it more clearly harkens back a decade further, to the early days of the Reagan Administration. Now, as then, the Republican agenda has two major political thrusts.

Ahmadinejad Ad Blitz

Dealing With Iran

By John Feffer, http://www.fpif.org

It seems to be an open-and-shut case. Nuclear weapons are bad. It's best for the world if no more countries acquire nuclear weapons. Iran is currently engaged in uranium enrichment that could eventually produce a nuclear weapon. It built a secret facility to advance this program and might now be building another one. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government makes all sorts of threatening statements about Israel, the United States, the West. We should therefore do everything possible to prevent Iran from going nuclear.

Obama Resists Pressure for Red Line on Iran's Nuclear Capability

By Gareth Porter, IPS

WASHINGTON, Aug 26, 2010 (IPS) - President Barack Obama's refusal in a White House briefing earlier this month to announce a "red line" in regard to the Iran nuclear programme represented another in a series of rebuffs of pressure from Defence Secretary Robert Gates for statement that the United States will not accept its existing stocks of low enriched uranium.

The Obama rebuff climaxed a months-long internal debate between Obama and Gates over the "breakout capability" issue which surfaced in the news media last April.

Gates has been arguing that Iran could turn its existing stock of low enriched uranium (LEU) into a capability to build a nuclear weapon secretly by using covert enrichment sites and undeclared sources of uranium.

President Obama and the Curse of the Muslim Seed

By John Grant

“Taft is a fathead.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 1912)

The anti-gay blog QueerHunt has just launched an expose that General David Petraeus is gay and has a secret Arab boyfriend he periodically meets in a Dubai hotel. The young man goes by the code name ‘awrence, an apparent reference to how T. E. Lawrence was known by his beloved Arab boys.
Just imagine the legs this will get in the blogosphere.

But wait. There is no blog called QueerHunt (that I know of) and I just batted out the lead paragraph above on my keyboard. I totally made it up. But in this freaky world we live in, it’s now a meme out there for any nutcase with a blog to run with.

My apologies to General Petraeus for abusing him to make a point, but there's really no difference between this hypothetical scenario and the absurdity that 18% of Americans and 31% of Republicans think President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

The withdrawal that isn't

By Michael Schwartz, Socialist Worker

Michael Schwartz, the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context and a commentator on U.S. wars and occupations for Web sites such as Huffington Post and TomDispatch, talked with Ashley Smith about the Obama administration's announcement that the withdrawal of "combat troops" is on schedule--and what its plans for Iraq really are.

PRESIDENT OBAMA recently announced that he was fulfilling his promise to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq. Is the U.S. really bringing the occupation to an end?

ON THE surface, that appears to be case, but it's not in fact true. Obama plans to retain 50,000 soldiers in Iraq after the supposed withdrawal of combat troops. He is merely re-branding these remaining combat troops as advisers and trainers.

SOLIDARITY WITH BRADLEY MANNING

NY Area Fans Come on out on Mon., 8/16 and Show Your solidarity with Accused Whistle Blower Pfc. Bradley Manning.
5:30 - 7pm, Times Square Recruiting Center, Manhattan.

Read More at:
http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/wcw-events/details/511-solidarity...

American Stupidity

By John Grant

“Stubbornness and stupidity are twins.”
--Sophocles

What is it about Americans that they have so much going for them, yet they can be so very stupid?

Two stories in the Sunday New York Times jumped out as a sad backdrop to our misguided War On Terror.

The first is about the bigoted anti-Muslim xenophobia in New York over a proposed mosque some blocks from the site of the former World Trade Towers. The emotional volatility is being fueled by the usual Fox News agitators, and Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich stirred up the pot for their demagogic needs.

Even the Jewish Anti-Defamation League took off after the mosque and condemned it. Here’s the Anti Defamation League’s mission statement at the top of their web page:

Obama Warned Israel May Bomb Iran

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: War With Iran

We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war.

Israel’s leaders would calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that U.S. troops and weaponry would flow freely. Wider war could eventually result in destruction of the state of Israel.

This can be stopped, but only if you move quickly to pre-empt an Israeli attack by publicly condemning such a move before it happens.

We believe that comments by senior American officials, you included, reflect misplaced trust in Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu.

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