US / UK Troops Out Of Iraq Now
ANNIVERSARY OF THE AL-AQSA INTIFADA
OCCUPATION OF IRAQ
FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE
Saturday 27th September 2003]
PART 3 OF
Tahboub, wife of the al-Jazeera journalist
Tareq Ayyoub who was purposely killed by US troops
the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful,
When I was first asked
to speak at this honourable gathering I hesitated
a bit due to the state of despair I'm living
in. But suddenly a flag of the thousands of
people marching through the streets of London
rekindled my belief in the brethren of mankind
in truth freedom and justice.
We must ask ourselves the
question. Why in the 21st century there are
still double and sometimes triple standards
for the value of human life. Your life is
worth nothing or $35 sometimes if you are
an Afghani killed in Kabul in a wedding reception
by bombers, its worth nothing if you are an
english cameraman trying to reveal the truth
in Palestine such as James Miller, your life
and the life of your families are worth nothing
if you are Tareq Ayyoub, if you are Gaby Rado,
if you are Jose Couso, and if you are Mazen
Dana, its still worthless if you are an American
peace activist standing in the face of an
Israeli bulldozer trying to save a Palestinian
home from being destroyed.
As a Muslim, and I am very
proud of being one, Islam taught me that no
matter how different people seem to be there
is always an arena in which they can meet
and co-operate with the difference of all.
I used to believe that diversity creates enrichment.
I was never a defeatist or a pessimist.
Everyday I wake up with
the intention of carrying on. Everyday I wake
with the intention of following the silver
lining in the clouds covering my life. Everyday
I sleep putting myself to bed hoping that
tomorrow will be more optimistic and more
hopeful, but these hopes vanish as I cry myself
"This is my life - a collection
of pictures and memories..."
This is my last family
picture - this is Tareq, a loving father and
husband, this is Tareq the correspondent of
Al-Jezeera news in Baghdad, and this is Taqir
dead. And this is my life - a collection of
pictures and memories...
Last Tuesday was my twenty
seventh birthday, I celebrated in tears waiting
for the bouquet of roses that never came.
The only words that were
repeated over and over in my mind was those
of the american general who said when asked
about the killing of my husband, "sorry
but we don't know the location of journalists
accept those that accompany our troops. Is
this what I'm supposed to tell my two year
old Fatimah, that the people who killed her
father say sorry but they didn't know through
their maps through their accurate radars and
even collaborators the location that we gave
previously by Al-Jezeera over to the Pentagon
that they didn't know that her father and
his colleagues were there, and the bombs were
led astray to land on her fathers heart killing
him instantly - is this what I'm supposed
to tell her?
Two year old Fatimah, now fatherless
Am I supposed
to tell her that the people who killed her
father were never brought to justice and were
probably awarded military honours for their
performance during war?
May be my life or happiness
came to an end on that Tuesday, April the
8th, but I still have one last dream. I still
have a dream that Fatemah and your children,
and the children of the world will live a
better future of security, love and understanding.
Oh yes, I have a dream that sunshine of freedom
will shine in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq
and every place with untold sorrows in the
world. I have a dream that no more wives will
lose their husbands, children their parents,
and families their loved ones. I have a dream
that Ali the Iraqi child whose family were
burnt in to ashes and he himself was burnt
left amputated will find a helping hand and
a loving heart to embrace him. I have a dream
that children like Muhammad al-Durrah in Palestine,
Iman .. the children of the world who died
in this daily war will rest in peace.
There is a proverb which
says the elders die and the youngsters forget.
I hope this gathering today will be a challenge
to that and that our anger, sadness and rage
will be a driving force to stop and prevent
I am very grateful to be
given the chance to speak to you today, but
be assured that there are millions of people
over there suffering silently without being
noticed or heard, please try and reach them
with a sincere deed because a sincere and
strong deed is worth a million words. Please
don't make Iraq another Palestine. Please
don't let us gather 50 years from now speaking
still about Iraq as we still do about Palestine.
Please lets gather here again to celebrate
the freedom of both. Thank you very much,
may Allah bless you and your families.
Dima Tahboub addressing a crowd of 100,000 people
Article written by Dima Tahboub
war on al-Jazeera
US is determined to suppress the independent Arab
Saturday October 4, 2003
When my husband
decided to go to Baghdad, he knew that I would
protest. He told me that I was exaggerating
the risks; that there was nothing to be afraid
of because he was a reporter, an objective
witness, neither on this nor that side, and
because of that was protected by world protocol.
He bid us farewell, apologising for having
been so busy. He promised to make it up to
me and our daughter, Fatimah, when he returned.
for al-Jazeera's Baghdad office on April 5.
He called me when he arrived - the journey
was hellish, he said. He sounded exhausted,
because he was sleeping only three hours a
day, between shifts. Back home in Jordan,
our life wasn't any better; we could hardly
sleep and sat mesmerised in front of the TV
waiting for Tareq to appear in a live report
so we'd know he was OK.
On the early
morning of April 8, I was still awake at 6am
and saw his last live report, in which he
described the situation in Baghdad as being
very calm and quiet. I was relieved and went
to sleep, only to wake up one hour later to
the sound of my mother crying and yelling.
I didn't know what had happened. I brought
a chair and sat trembling in front of the
TV. The house was suddenly full of people.
I couldn't see or hear anyone. I was waiting
for the film to end. I was waiting for the
hero to appear and end all evil. I was waiting
for the story of my life to end with "and
they lived happily ever after". I couldn't
cry, I was just listening to the news, seeing
again and again all through the day how the
Americans bombed the al-Jazeera office and
killed my husband.
I teach English
translation. Once, when I was lecturing on
the translation of political terminology,
with reference to the UN charter and the declaration
of human rights, one of the students said:
"How can the US say that this war has
a noble cause and a humane agenda? All the
dictionary definitions of war involve bloodshed
and overwhelming destruction." Another
student joined in: "Don't tell us about
charters and so-called noble missions, what
we see is what we believe." The whole
class cheered; I had nothing to say.
I used to
tell my students that the American dream is
best described as life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness. Now I am convinced my students
were right and I wrong. I learned the hard
way when the Americans ruined my life, confiscated
my liberty and ended my happiness.
The US bombed
al-Jazeera because it was angered by reports
that did not confirm its one-sided picture
of the war. For the past five years, al-Jazeera
and other Arab stations have been gaining
credibility and fame not only in the Arab
countries but also in the west, competing
with international networks such as the BBC
and CNN. Al-Jazeera in particular became very
popular during the American war on Afghanistan.
The channel aired voice recordings of al-Qaida
and Taliban leaders as well as the speeches
of President Bush and allied leaders. This
decision to broadcast both sides was in keeping
with its motto - "The opinion and the
counter-opinion" - but the Americans
could not allow such freedom of expression
The US sent
its first warning to al-Jazeera in November
2001, bombing its Kabul office, destroying
its equipment and forcing its journalists
to flee. An al-Jazeera cameraman was sent
to Guantanamo Bay as a war prisoner.
during the war, the coverage of al-Jazeera
again focused mainly on the daily suffering
and loss of ordinary people; and again the
Americans wanted their crimes and atrocities
to pass unnoticed. The two bombs they dropped
on al-Jazeera's Baghdad office were the ones
that killed my husband. Then the Americans
opened fire on Abu Dhabi television, whose
identity was spelled out in large blue letters
on the roof. The next target was the Palestine
hotel, the headquarters of world media representatives
- an American tank fired a shell and two more
journalists were killed. Thus the US tried
to conceal evidence of its crimes from the
world and kill the witnesses.
The US didn't
take responsibility for the attacks, claiming
that all three were mistakes and insisting
that it did not know the whereabouts of journalists,
apart from those "embedded" with
its troops. Later, al-Jazeera's director confirmed
that it had given the precise location of
the station's Baghdad office to the Pentagon
three months before the war. My husband and
the others were killed in broad daylight,
in locations known to the Pentagon as media
The US was
not content with the message it sent to al-Jazeera
signed with the blood of my husband; it accused
al-Jazeera and other Arab channels of anti-American
bias in their coverage of the war. But how
biased can a picture of dead people be? A
picture of a destroyed house doesn't need
a reporter to tell its story, and the tears
of children and refugees need no interpreter.
old Fatimah clinging to the memory
of her father
me, please, what should I do when
my daughter, just 20 months old,
starts calling her late father's
name and looking for him all around
should I do when the clock strikes
five and I keep waiting for Tareq
to open the door with his smiling
face but he never comes in?
the only way to have some rest
is to cry myself to sleep? When
I see my mother-in-law vomiting
four times in less than half an
my daughter brings her toys to
play with me, as she used to do
with her father, and I can't even
my tears fall on my daughter's
face when I give her milk, remembering
how her father used to do it?
I feel ruined and desperate, with
no hope in life?
should I raise my daughter?
me to answer the last question.
I will raise her never to forgive
or forget. Never to forget her
father and never to forgive those
who killed him.
please, what should I do when my daughter,
just 20 months old, starts calling her late
father's name and looking for him all around
the house? What should I do when the clock
strikes five and I keep waiting for Tareq
to open the door with his smiling face but
he never comes in? When the only way to have
some rest is to cry myself to sleep? When
I see my mother-in-law vomiting four times
in less than half an hour? When my daughter
brings her toys to play with me, as she used
to do with her father, and I can't even hold
her? When my tears fall on my daughter's face
when I give her milk, remembering how her
father used to do it? When I feel ruined and
desperate, with no hope in life?
I raise my daughter? Allow me to answer the
last question. I will raise her never to forgive
or forget. Never to forget her father and
never to forgive those who killed him.
have passed since the killing of Tareq, and
those responsible for his death are still
in control, claiming ethical supervision of
the world, and basking in their military achievements.
The attacks on al-Jazeera continue - Iraq's
US-appointed governing council has just warned
the station that if it continues to "misbehave",
its licence in Iraq will be revoked. Meanwhile,
an al-Jazeera correspondent, Tayssir Alouni
- the only television journalist who had a
live link from Taliban Kabul, and a survivor
of both the Kabul and Baghdad bombings - has
been accused of helping al-Qaida and the Taliban.
When he went to Spain to obtain his PhD, he
was arrested by the Spanish authorities, widely
believed to have been at the behest of the
Americans. He is now in a high-security prison
awaiting trial, despite there being no concrete
evidence against him.
As for me,
six months have passed since my husband's
death and I can't find anyone to help me to
launch legal action against those who killed
him. When I thought I had found an outlet
under Belgian law, US threats and ultimatums
got the law repealed and put an end to my
hopes of gaining justice.
Muslim Association of Britain invited me to
speak at last weekend's anti-war march in
London, I hesitated because of the despair
I have been in. But when I saw all these people
marching against the war, condemning those
responsible for it, my hope and belief in
the solidarity of humankind, in humanity,
justice and truth was rekindled.
My life and
happiness came to an end on April 8, but I
still have one last dream; that my Fatimah
will have a better future full of love and
security, that her heart and mind as well
as mine will be relieved when those who committed
the cold-blooded murder of her father and
my husband are brought to justice.
Tahboub is a lecturer at the Arab Open University
in Amman and the widow of Tareq Ayyoub, a correspondent
"War is Bush's way of teaching
the USA geography"
"How did our oil get under their
Galloway, Member of British Parliament.
He interestingly started his talk with the Muslim
pray which translates to "In the name of
God, most Gracious, most Merciful". And after
wishing Jews who oppose Israel a happy new Jewish
year he commenced his attack on Blair:
Mr.Tony Blair has decided that he doesn't
want to discuss Iraq at the Labour conference
next week. Its like having an elephant sitting
in the corner of your living room and not
being prepared to mention it!
says he is in none the less in a listening
mood. Well I have a suggestion for you Mr.Blair:
You bring the lady [Dima
Tahboub] who has just spoken at the rally
down to Bournemouth, this widow, this orphan,
and put them on the stage at Bournemouth and
let them speak about Iraq and lets see what
the British people think of your war when
they hear what that lady had to say!..
Now I want
to deal with, as George Monbiot did, a very
dangerous diversion, a very dangerous red
herring, a false dichotomy which is emerging
in this debate - Whether or not Iraq should
be controlled by a group of foreigners wearing
blue helmets or by a group of foreigners wearing
the stars and stripes. Foreign occupiers are
not the solutions to Iraqs problems, they
ARE Iraqs problems!
And I say
to these countries, for being fooled with
their arms being twisted up their backs, countries
like India; Pakistan, Bangladesh and Turkey,
I warn them of this: Don't send your young
men into this quicksand because the Iraqi
resistance will treat them exactly the same
way they are currently treating the American
occupation armies! Dont send your young men
to kill or to die for the re-election of George
W Bush and the enrichment of his republican
George Galloway under the banner
"No More War, No More Lies"
listening to these helicopters clattering
away above us. Last night in the early hours
of the morning, unable to sleep, I watched
Oliver Stones wonderful film Platoon. And
I watched again in horror at the degradation
which inevitably accompanies a foreign military
invasion and occupation of somebody else's
country. It begins with the dehumanising of
the 'gooks' or arabs and it ends with the
dehumanising of the occupation soldiers themselves.
And thats exactly whats underway in Iraq now
as the american forces rampage through the
towns and cities of Iraq, break down the doors
of peoples houses, drag there sons out - there
hands tied behind there backs, there faces
down in the sand. Humiliating and invading
the privacy of their women, stealing their
things, this is the road that America has
And I tell
you something else about Vietnam because I'm
old enough to have been actively working for
it at the time. The Unites States left Vietnam
with their ambassador cluttering from the
roof of their embassy in a helicopter like
that one [pointing up at the police helicopter]
with the rage of the Vietnamese people close
the United States doesn't leave Iraq of its
own volition soon they'll leave just like
the americans in Vietnam with the Iraqi people
chasing them all the way down the road!
I say this
myself as a believer, we have manna from heaven,
dropped from the sky on thursday with the
announcement that George W Bush has been invited
to make a three day state visit to Britain
because its a great opportunity.
will turn those three days in to the
biggest festival of opposition to british
and american imperialism that this country
has ever seen! Remember, remember, remember
the 19th, 20th and 21st November!
Fawkes whos had a hard enough time all
these centuries - after all he wasn't
the only man to enter parliament with
bad intentions, lets replace Guy Fawkes
on the top of those bon fires with George
W Bush and Tony Blair!"
Blair already on fire
and its not even November!
George Galloway addressing the British people
Galloway expelled from the Labour party
The Independent 23 Oct 2003
& Stop the War Coalition statement
George Galloway was today expelled from
the Labour Party over his outspoken
criticism of the war in Iraq.
outside the London hearing, Mr Galloway
said the judgment had been "written
in advance in the best traditions of
political show trials".
said: "Mr Blair's response to the
mistake of the war is to attack those
who stood against the war and root them
out of British politics."
ruling would not prevent him or other
critics of military action continuing
to speak out, said Mr Galloway, an MP
said he would definitely defend his
seat in Parliament and would stand as
an independent against Labour if he
Stop The War coalition, which mounted
protests outside the committee meeting
in support of Mr Galloway, said the
expulsion was an "absolute disgrace".
convenor of the coalition, Lindsey German,
said: "George Galloway told the
truth before, during and after the war
with Iraq, whereas Tony Blair has told
nothing but lies.
is disgraceful that the Labour party is
penalising George Galloway and giving
Tony Blair a standing ovation because
that does not reflect the British people's
Newsnight interview with George
following his expulsion from the Labour party
(23 Oct 2003)
Effigy of Tony Blair with "missile"
Serwotka, General Secretary of PTS
(Britain's biggest civil service union.). He spoke
of the lies and hypocrisy the british people have
been exposed to by Bush and Blair.
were told it was not a war for oil, and yet
we now see the biggest privatisation in world
history as the resources of Iraqs people are
plundered by american business - it was lies!..."
Democracy? Human Rights? Nope
its all for oil
||The official US version
of 9-11 has more holes than a swiss cheese, day by day
more and more people are rejecting it and asking awkward
questions. Certainly its clear that the beneficiaries
of 9-11 have been Israel and its neo-cons in the US. The
placard reads: "9-11 Inside Job, CIA + Mossad".
For an excellent resource on this issue please visit www.whatreallyhappened.com
Free The Guantanamo Prisoners
"Free The Guantanamo Prisoners"
Nearly 700 prisoners, including several children,
held by the US in small cages, illegally without
charge or access to lawyers
for nearly two years. Many were simply kidnapped
by the US military in contravention of international
law and taken to the legal limbo of Quantanamo
Bay - its Cuban territory which the US occupies
so it claims US laws do not apply and it continues
to ignores international laws and the Geneva Convention
on the treatment of prisoners of war.
military torturing Guantanamo prisoners
from Al Jezeera
8 October 2003
US military is using old-fashioned
torture techniques to force confessions
out of prisoners being held without
charge at the Guantanamo Bay military
prison, an Australian lawyer has claimed.
Richard Bourke, who has been working
for almost two years on behalf of
dozens of detainees at Guantanamo
Bay in Cuba, said the methods "clearly"
fell under the definition of torture
under international conventions.
are engaging in good old-fashioned
torture, as people would have understood
it in the Dark Ages," he told
an Australian radio station.
660 prisoners captured in Afghanistan
and elsewhere are being held at Guantanamo,
without charges or access to lawyers
- some since January 2002.
US government rarely comments on activities
at the prison which has been dubbed
Camp X-Ray because of the see-through
chicken-wire fencing in which inmates
were originally held.
said his claims were based on reports
leaked by US military personnel and
from descriptions by some detainees
that had been released.
of the detainees had described being
taken out and tied to a post and having
rubber bullets fired at them. They
were being made to kneel cruciform
in the sun until they collapsed,"
reports that many detainees have attempted
suicide and are suffering mental health
problems, backing up claims of harsh
treatment, he added.
Families are denied access and can
only communicate with detainees through
heavily censored mail. Human rights
groups and the media have been given
only limited and strictly controlled
International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) says the detainees are
suffering growing psychological problems
with their continuing incarceration.
spokeswoman Amanda Williamson said
her organisation had witnessed a worrying
deterioration of the psychological
well-being of the detainees.
American Civil Liberties Union and
four other groups, including Physicians
for Human Rights and Veterans for
Peace, are seeking records pertaining
to the treatment of detainees held
in US custody as well as to those
who have been handed over to other
countries for interrogation, the Washington
of coercive interrogation techniques
would constitute clear violations
of both domestic and international
law, the groups say.
groups plan to file a formal request
with the US government to gain information
on the status of the prisoners.
December, the paper cited former and
current national security officials
reporting that detainees in Afghanistan
and elsewhere were routinely subjected
to "stress and duress" techniques,
including being held in awkward positions
or being deprived of sleep with a
24-hour bombardment of lights.
Washington Post reported captives
had been handed over to foreign intelligence
services known for using questionable
interrogation tactics - including
Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.
released from Guantanamo and Bagram
air base in Afghanistan have said
in interviews with Amnesty International
that they are subjected to human rights
abuses, including sleep deprivation
and forced injections of drugs.
deaths at Bagram in December 2002
are also under investigation after
being classified as homicides by military
has said governments around the world
must stand up to the US government
and demand that the United Nations
should investigate the reports of
Almost all the detainees, from more
than 40 countries, are to
be tried by secret military tribunals.
The US government says they could
be held until it declares an end to
its so-called "war on terrorism."
Tamimi, spokesperson of the Muslim
Association of Britain
the United Nations, the United States of America,
the European Union and Russia gave Sharon
a new licence to kill. They said to him you
can go after anybody in defence of Israel.
They did something similar before when the
European Union proscribed Hamas as a terrorist
organisation. Immediately afterwards, within
the hour, israelis sent their f16s to assasinate
Sheikh Ahmed Yasin, and hell broke again.
A word of warning to the European Union -
if you want peace in the middle-east then
don't encourage Sharon, bring Sharon to court
- he is the criminal!"
The legacy of liberation:
Azzam Tamimi holding images of deformity
caused in Iraqi babies born after the
last gulf war due to the use of depleted
uranium by the American forces
Under an image of the pentagon it reads
"We all know who you speak for Tony so don't pretend to
speak for us!
NEVER in my name!"
Livingstone, Mayor of London. After
giving his support to the rally he started by
speaking on Bush's upcoming visit:
George Bush is expecting a civil reception
at City Hall he shouldn't hold his breath!
I'm not in favour of receiving people who
weren't democratically elected but got their
republican judges to impose them over the
will of the electorate. Equally I will say
this, we will have a reception whilst Blair
and Bush are here in this great carnival that
George [Galloway] talked about, we'll have
a reception at City Hall for the peace movement,
for those who wish to see British troops out
of Iraq and for those who wish to see a just
settlement for the Palestinians. We will make
it clear to George Bush - he doesn't speak
for London, we speak for London!
described what I thought of George Bush in
terms of his own war record, you recall he
avoided serving in Vietnam - another hawk
that looked a bit like a chicken - and got
into the Texas national guard - perhaps he
though there was a imminent threat of a Mexican
invasion - I don't know. And then of course
he would have gone to prison if his daddy's
administration hadn't decided not to prosecute
him for insider share dealing. Now when I
said these things I had a motion of censure
submitted against me at the London Assembly
put down by the Liberal Democrats. They withdrew
it when they saw the hundreds and thousands
of letters that poured in in support not just
from Londoners but from people in America
earlier this week Glen Cambell raised what
will be a difficult issue for every elected
politician - in that demand that because of
the problems facing British troops in Iraq,
because their lives are at risk we must now
send more troops to do the job more effectively.
The only way to stop their lives being at
risk is to bring the troops home!...
years ago, here on this platform I remember
Tony Benn address the square as crowded as
this, crowded with people protesting that
Britain, and France, and Israel in contravention
of the United Nations and illegally had launched
an unprovoked war against Egypt. He gave one
clear message that answered the lie of Tory
prime minister Antony Eden who said this is
to restore peace in the middle-east: 'If you
want peace - get out - get out - get out!'.
and american troops rolled through France
liberating it from nazism, there was no question
that we had to have an occupation to actually
make sure that before the french could elect
their government they have a couple of years
of guidance. Why is there always a double
standard when it comes to arabs? I am sick
and tired of this. Finally let me say this.
I will no doubt be condemned again for what
I said at the press conference, let me say
it again. These are not accidents. We've had
a hundred years of imperialist intervention
in the middle-east. It has always been about
oil and it has always cost the lives of innocent
arab men, women, and children. And it is not
an accident when people say Sharons hands
are covered in blood - the blood goes up to
his arm pits! He has had fifty years of slaughtering
Palestinians. He first lead and illegal raid
in to Egypt over fifty years ago - what was
the result? An appalling casualty list of
women and children. These are not exceptions,
they are the typical basis of western imperialism
against the arab nation..."
George Bush Wanted Poster:
Wanted for Deception, Fraud, Mass Murder,
Crimes against Humanity,
Environment and International Law.
This Man is Heavily Armed,
Unpredictable and Highly Dangerous,
Posing a Grave Threat to World Peace.
"Pinnocio" Blair next to placard:
"No more lies"
Sheffield Samba Band
Drums in action
Details from the steel drum:
"Reclaim the Media"
"Destroy Power -
Question: Is America
still in a position of
power and hegemony?
Sayyed Fadlullah, Lebanon
During his weekly seminar Sayyed Fadlullah
was asked :
The United States has admitted that
it is in deep trouble in Iraq
officials have recently declared that they
were surprised by the size of the resistance
in Iraq and its continuity. Meanwhile, the
American Minister of Defence said that he
needs to think about what is
happening to his troops in Iraq, and suggested
that he needs to wage an ideological
war against the countries that host terrorism...
while the American president is talking
about public diplomacy. Is America still
in a position of power and hegemony after
all it has witnessed in Iraq?
The Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein
Fadlullah gave his analysis of the situation:
It is obvious that the latest developments
have created a change in the general scene of
the region, especially in Iraq and occupied
Palestine. The United States has been dealt
several blows which hit its imperial pride,
as a force that has been acting like a raging
bull since 9-11.
America has waged an open war against the Arabs
and Muslims putting itself in the place of Israel.
It did not listen to certain rare and shy internal
voices that wanted to warn the US that such
policies will increase the level of hatred towards
the US in the region.
Thus, this continuous American aggression which
is bound to create a kind of resistance and
confrontation in Iraq could develop into something
that is far more reaching. It is supposed to
awaken the spirit of unity of the nation and
invigorate the feeling of defending its injured
dignity, especially after the American President
has acted like one of Sharons advisors
in his war to eradicate the Palestinians.
What the US is facing in Iraq is what it could
face in other parts of the Arab and Muslim world,
and even in the whole world if it continues
its open war against their causes...
Things have begun to develop in accordance
to what we have always talked about: There is
no eternal power, and there is no indefinite
weakness. The weak ought to use their strong
elements to hit the powerful in their points
of weakness. When this axiom was applied, we
saw the state of confusion America has suffered
from in the region, especially that it insists
on carrying the Israeli load in its entirety.
If the Americans insist on such policies and
expand them into other parts of the world, the
way will be met with a peoples war and
they will then have to pay a price that is enormously
bigger than the one they are paying now.
If the American officials are talking about
the need for a public diplomacy,
then we have to remind them that the first condition
for this diplomacy to succeed is to respect
the civil rights of the people especially their
right of self-determination and resisting occupation,
as in Iraq and Palestine
We do not believe that the conscience of those
officials in the American Administration has
suddenly awaken, for they are lead by a rightist
Likud group, rather it is the impasse in Iraq
that imposed itself : they began to feel that
if things continue to unfold in this way, the
American public opinion might change and they
might lose the coming presidential elections.
That is not to say that we are implying that
America has begun to lose its control over the
region and the world, but it looks as though
America is no longer in the position that it
can impose its will in the world and in the
region, and that its imperial pride has begun
to be shaken, which means that the doubts regarding
its leadership of the world will re-emerge.
Arabs and Muslims should take this fact into
consideration and plan for their struggle on
the basis of the belief that America cannot
impose its policies and security agenda, which
in fact is the Israel agenda. The nations have
their say, and the future is undoubtedly for
their coming generations.
Courtesy of http://bayynat.org.lb
Rodker, Free Vanunu Campaign. Eighteen
years ago Mordechai
Vanunu was imprisoned by Israel for telling
the world of Israels secret stockpile of nuclear
weapons. He spent the first eleven and a half
years in solitary confinement and till today
still remains in prison.
are thousands of people here today against
the war, we are united and strengthened
by our conviction and our determination
to get rid of Tony Blairs war policies.
But just spare a few thoughts for Mordechai
Vanunu who has been on his own for 17 years
in prison with his own thoughts and hopes
and doubts, but still determined in his
own way to fight against nuclear weapons.
He has triumphed against the israeli authorities
who have tried to destroy him, as I believe
the Iraqi people will eventually triumph
against the coalition forces occupying their
Whilst many anti-zionist Jews
were absent from the rally
due to the Jewish New Year, some still made
Banners read: Jewish Socialist Group &
Jews Against The War in the Middle East
"Make Love Not War"
...well its a start
Mahdi, Iraqi exile talked of the
colonialist interests the US is pursuing in
Iraq - it created Saddam when it suited those
interests and it now occupies Iraq for those
same colonial interests.
have been out of Iraq for 35 years, I have
not been able to go back to Iraq under the
regime of Saddam Hussein having campaigned
against that regime along with many other
Iraqis who have been exiled, we have stood
against the war, the sanctions, and the
second war against Iraq consistently. We
have rejected any idea that the United States
can create a crisis in our country and then
go and occupy it in the name of democracy.
The United States government has been a
backer of Saddam Hussein, as everybody knows,
over a long period of time, has assisted
the regime of Saddam Hussein, has created
the conditions for the rise of the dictatorship
of Saddam Hussein..."
"You removed an
authoritarian totalitarian dictator
and replaced him with a
totalitarian dictatorial authority
FREE THE PEOPLE"
"New World dis-Order"
Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui
Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, the Muslim
Parliament of Britain. He talked of the
strengthening Iraqi resistance and warned the
UN against supporting US occupation:
the United Nations goes there [Iraq], the
Iraqi people have not forgotten what the
United Nations did during thirteen years
of sanctions - they remember!
He also reminded people of history now conveniently
forgotten by the world but not by Iraqis:
are now wiser, they know that American interference
in the affairs of Iraq did not begin with
the invasion and occupation of Iraq five
months ago. It has been taking place for
several decades. Saddam was their project.
It was they who imposed Saddam Hussein on
Iraq... it was through Saddam Hussein that
they waged war on Iran. It was the support
of the United states which made [it possible]
for Saddam to use chemical weapons..."
U$A Rogue $tate
Faces In The Crowd
Different Races, Religions
and Cultures All United
Against American Hegemony And For Freedom For
United front - Muslim Association
Stop the War (Andrew Murray) and CND (Kate Hudson)
End messages from the the
three organisations that came together
for this rally.
It included the important
announcement of the action planned for Bush's
visit to the UK next month::
remind you about November 19th, 20th and
21st when we'll be back on the streets for
a week of Britain against Bush, and we'll
be saying we don't want the organ grinder
in our country and we don't want the monkey
in Downing street either!..."
For more information on the planned action
please visit the Stop the War website www.stopwar.org.uk
Its important for people to attend, already
the threat of action against the visit has
had tremendous effect on the planned visit
as the article below reveals:
palace parade for Bush as Blair gets cold feet
By Tim Walker,
Daily Telegraph, 19th October 2003
Plans for the Queen and George W Bush to make
a triumphant procession along the Mall during
the president's state visit next month have been
abandoned because of fears of anti-war protests.
taken by Downing Street after consultations with
Buckingham Palace, the White House and Scotland
Yard, has disappointed the president and his senior
is traditionally the public high point of a state
visit. A senior Palace official said yesterday
that detailed plans had been made. "But Downing
Street, anxious about possible anti-war protests
from the start, has now decided to pull the plug
on it," said the official.
liaising with the White House and they have made
no attempt to hide their disappointment. They
saw it, obviously, as a great photo opportunity."
trip is the first full state visit of an American
president since the Queen came to the throne 52
years ago. He will travel by helicopter to avoid
protesters who line road routes. Other proposed
events have also been curtailed or cancelled,
and he will not address Parliament because of
fears of a boycott by MPs.
campaigners, including militant Muslims, determined
to make a protest during the visit, Downing Street
has decided to stage photo events that they can
control. The President and the Queen are expected
to be photographed together during tea at Buckingham
Palace and inspecting the guard.
Nov 9 (Sun)
International Day of Protest of the
19, 20, 21 (Wed-Fri)
George Bush visit to UK - STOP BUSH
Nov 23 (Sun)
International Quds Day - Jerusalem
March in solidarity with Palestine.
For London: Gather @12 noon Hyde Park (Marble Arch underground),
march to Trafalgar Square for rally @ 2:30pm