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Protest Chalabi in DC Wednesday


So, we welcomed Chalabi and chanted and shouted and spoke to the media. Apparently the questions we were asking were also asked inside the event. Check out this blog with photos:
http://www.democracycellproject.net/blog/

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DISHONORING THE DEAD AT THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE

Group Hosts Major Misleader of American People on Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC -- A broad coalition of organizations opposed to the war in Iraq will be demonstrating from 2PM to 4PM on Wednesday, November 9th against the appearance of Ahmed Chalabi at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

As an Iraqi exile before the war, Chalabi was one of the principal sources of intelligence about Iraq and its alleged weapons of mass destruction for neoconservatives and journalists (especially Judith Miller of the New York Times). But Chalabi's own record is highly questionable, including a sentence in absentia by a Jordanian court to 22 years in prison for bank fraud, and accusations that he has been acting as a double agent for the Iranian government.

"We know now that President Bush relied on Ahmed Chalabi in putting together the web of lies that this president used to take us to war," said David Swanson, Co-Founder of After Downing Street. "The American Enterprise Institute, which says in its mission statement that it is 'dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of freedom,' should be ashamed of hosting a man whose lies have done so much to weaken those foundations."

"We're here today at AEI to remind the American people that President Bush backed Ahmed Chalabi for puppet leader in Iraq. We should not in fact be seeking to impose any leader on a sovereign people," said Gael Murphy, Co-Founder of CODE PINK. "The blood of more than 2,000 dead Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis cries out against working with this architect of deceit and death. In a country truly dedicated to justice and freedom, our leaders should be arresting Ahmed Chalabi, not feasting with him."

WHAT: Peaceful Nonviolent Protest of Ahmed Chalabi in Washington, D.C.

WHERE: Outside the American Enterprise Institute, where Chalabi will be speaking on "An Insider's View: Democratic Politics at Work in Iraq." 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. ( Farragut North).

WHEN: 2-4 pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2005
CONTACT: David Swanson, david@davidswanson.org , 202-329-7847
Gael Murphy, gael@codepinkalert.org , 202 412 6700

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I could be wrong, of course, but this timely/untimely appearance by Ahmed Chalabi has my nose twitching. Another article posted here bemoans the "mistaken trust" placed in this individual by the Bush administration prior to its invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Of course, as I've said elsewhere, the administration itself was never actually fooled by Chalabi. He was just one of its willing instruments for feeding false "evidence" to its allies in the media and elsewhere. But, at a time when that same administration is striving desparately to redirect the blame away from itself toward its predecessors and others, the deceptive and dastardly Chalabi shows up as an all too convenient diversionary target.

Let's not get sucked in, folks. At this stage, we need to keep our eyes focussed clearly on the main issues: (1) putting an end to the ongoing crimes against peace and humanity, and (2) dealing with the criminals responsible for those crimes.

In case anyone needs yet another reminder of the human toll involved, here's a brief excerpt from an article published today by Information Clearinghouse.

We were told that the Iraqis don't count. Before the invasion began, the head of US central command, General Thomas Franks, boasted that "we don't do body counts". His claim was repeated by Donald Rumsfeld in November 2003 ("We don't do body counts on other people") and the Pentagon last January ("The only thing we keep track of is casualties for US troops and civilians"). ...

Iraq Body Count, whose tally has reached 26,000-30,000, measures only civilian deaths which can be unambiguously attributed to the invasion and which have been reported by two independent news agencies. As the compilers point out, "it is likely that many if not most civilian casualties will go unreported by the media ... our own total is certain to be an underestimate of the true position, because of gaps in reporting or recording". Of the seven mortality reports surveyed by the Overseas Development Institute, the estimate in the Lancet's paper [~ 98,000] was only the third highest. It remains the most thorough study published so far. Extraordinary as its numbers seem, they are the most likely to be true.

And what of the idea that most of the violent deaths in Iraq are caused by coalition troops? Well according to the Houston Chronicle, even Blair's favourite data source, the Iraqi health ministry, reports that twice as many Iraqis - and most of them civilians - are being killed by US and UK forces as by insurgents. When the Pentagon claims that it has just killed 50 or 70 or 100 rebel fighters, we have no means of knowing who those people really were. Everyone it blows to pieces becomes a "terrorist". In July Jack Keane, the former vice chief of staff of the US army, claimed that coalition troops had killed or captured more than 50,000 "insurgents" since the start of the rebellion. Perhaps they were all Zarqawi's closest lieutenants.

We can expect the US and UK governments to seek to minimise the extent of their war crimes. But it's time the media stopped collaborating.
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O nation miserable,
With an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter'd,
When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again.

(Shakespeare - Macbeth, Act IV. Scene III.)

Thanks David, for sending word about the protest against Chalabi on Wed. 11/9, 2-4:00. I hope everyone in the DC area who is available will go tomorrow. Please tell all locals to be there. Those of us 11 hours away wish we could join you. Scream & shout for us.

I must say, if Rice meets with Chalabi, it is totally over for me and her credibility. Hadley too, and Cheney? What is the world coming to, or should I say our country coming to for this to happen. I hope the truth comes out and comes out soon. Truly a sad day in our history. Our troops are in a place they should not be in, 9-11 had nothing to do with Iraq and now Chalabi is playing politics with us and Iraq and even Iran. Can he stabilize the border with Syria? Can he settle the unrest with the Iraqi people (ethnic divisions)? Does he have a plan for rebuilding? Does he say when our troops can come home? I believe he is here for one purpose, to thank Cheney, Rice, Hadley, Rumsfield, Bush, Wolfowitz, Addington, and Bolton, for attacking Iraq. He is off to the American Enterprise Institute with the biggest smile on his face, and perhaps blood on his hands.

Let's see..

Didn't we back a tyrant in the Middle East, recently of some note? His name eludes me!
Oh yes! Saddam Hussein

The Repubs liked Saddam cuz' he got the job done for them! Secure the oil...

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