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STOP BUSH!
END AMERICAN EMPIRE

PROTEST AGAINST THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT BUSH TO THE UK
[UK, London, Thursday 20th November 2003]

PART 2 OF 3


 


George Bush Go Home And Take Your Poodle With You

 



The march reaches Parliament


mexican wave of
"Bush out"

chanting flows through crowd
as they approach the houses of parliament

 

SPEAKER LIST

FEATURES


Bush! Repent! Now! Anti-War is Pro-Life



Peace Bike - an unusual contraption made of two bicycles, it had its own power source which was used to drive
a loud sound system

The world suffering the toxic fumes of US-UK aggression


Sea of anti-Bush placards



Bruce Kent

Bruce Kent, vice-president CND.

"This is the seventh time in just over a year that I have spoken to over a 100,000 people, this is becoming a habit! Thank you for coming, its marvelous to see so many people!

We the people are on the march! I am standing behind someone [statue of Bush] to whom I would not give hospitality in my home for five minutes. I do not welcome criminals, I do not welcome liars, and I do not welcome the most dangerous man in this world because this man has under his control probably 15,000 nuclear weapons and he is making more nuclear weapons and he is tearing up the treaties that were meant to stop them, and he saying to other people you can't have nuclear weapons but I can have nuclear weapons and the israelis can have nuclear weapons, and I'm not to fussed about the indians and pakistanis. This world is becoming very dangerous because of the policies of this man and when he comes down from that statue I shall be delighted and so will you.


This Illegal War
Who? Paid and Lost
Who? Promoted and Profited

I know I've only got a short minute so let me say something about another kind of no. No to that, but no also to the way that the world is run. Last night I was in a hospital in Queens Square with an old man of 95, Joseph Rotblat(*). Joseph Rotblat in 1944 with every career in front of him as a scientist refused to work on the atomic bomb. They said he was a communist and that he was a traitor. I think he's a hero because he said no. I will go back to his bed side tomorrow and I'll tell him that you gave him a great cheer for pointing to another world.

Next april please God I shall be standing outside a prison on the 22 of April in Ashkalon in Israel when Mordecau Vannunu comes out of 18 years in prison - 18 years! Let us thank God for the courage of people who said no. And let me add to that the courage of israeli pilots who refused to fly now in to the West Bank, they are brave people. I would like you to remember the three nuns, three dominican nuns in America who are now doing 8 years in prison for opposing the policies of George Bush - 8 years. Three elderly nuns, people who say no are the heroes of this world. And we in all our lives have to say no to a world of cruelty, of division between rich and poor, of spoiling the environment - we say no to all these things. And I will leave you with a slogan which comes from Seattle, and Genoa, and all these other places: "another world is possible!"



Bush: How Much Blood Do You Need?
(We can't translate the Japanese, if you know what it means let us know )


(*) Information on Professor Joseph Rotblat:

Professor Joseph Rotblat was one of the early physicists working in the field of atomic physics and nuclear fission. Afraid that that nazi Germany might be developing an atomic bomb, it was actually Joseph Rotblat who in 1939 suggest to James Chadwick (discovered the neutron) that they should start work on developing an atomic bomb.

It was his belief that the bomb would never be used. It would, he thought, be created for only one reason: to deter Germany. 'Later on, I realised that this concept of nuclear deterrence is flawed'.

He tried to get his fellow scientists to think twice about pressing ahead with building a bomb. Some of them agreed with him, and tried to raise the matter with the President. But others couldn't resist seeing whether the bomb could be made and what was the extent of its power.

And as soon as he heard confirmation, supplied by scientific intelligence reports towards the end of 1944, that the German scientists had abandoned their atomic bomb programme, to his credit, he left the Manhattan Project and returned to Britain.

The Los Alamos military authority threatened Joseph Rotblat with arrest if he discussed with anyone his reasons for leaving. He broke his silence in August 1945 after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

'It came as a terrible shock. My idea had been to make the bomb to prevent it being used, and here it had been used immediately after it was made, and against civilian populations.'

The number of those killed by the end of 1945 by the atomic bombs on Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9 of that year are estimated to be 140,000 in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki (NGO symposium in 1977).

He started by giving talks all over Britain, trying to persuade fellow physicists to halt nuclear research. In 1946 he co-founded the Atomic Scientists Association of Britain, whose members were opposed to the military use of nuclear power.

As far as Joseph Rotblat's own work was concerned, he immediately changed direction. He began to study radiation and its application to health, and from 1950 to 1976 was the much-respected Professor of Physics at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.

Later he helped Bertrand Russell formulate a manifesto against nuclear weapons which was signed by eleven scientists including Albert Einstein. This led to the "Pugwash Conferences" on Science and World Affairs attended by scientists from around the world. In 1995 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Pugwash Conferences and Joseph Rotblat jointly.

He was a co-founder of the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in 1958; but later parted when CND committed to unilateral disarmament.

Interview: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/coldwar/interviews/episode-8/rotblat1.html

 

 


Geneva Convention blooded and shredded to pieces by Bush & Co.



Three Dominican Nuns Ardeth Platte (66 years old),
Jackie Hudson (68), and Carole Gilbert (55), left to right,
outside the court at sentencing - their sentences totaled over 8 years.

 

Elderly Nuns Charged With Sabotage

On October 6, 2002, three Dominican nuns -- Jackie Hudson, 68; Ardeth Platte, 66; and Carole Gilbert, 55 -- entered a military base in northern Colorado to nonviolently witness against its Minuteman III nuclear missiles. Each of these intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) carries the destructive power of 300,000 tons of TNT and is on high alert to launch a nuclear war as part of the US's first-strike policy.

The three sisters were wearing white suits on which they had boldly lettered "CWIT (Citizens Weapons Inspection Team)" on the backs and "Disarmament Specialist" across the fronts.

They symbolically disarmed the nuclear missile by using ordinary household hammers on the tracks and by taking baby bottles filled with their own blood and pouring it in the form of crosses on the missile silo's 110-ton concrete cover. (At the trial, government witnesses testified that they did not damage it, but they were convicted anyway.)

The nuns said they were compelled to act as war with Iraq moved closer. The sisters said they shed their own blood in the effort to stop the inevitable bloodshed of countless members of God's family if these weapons were to be used.


"The hope of the world rests on each of our shoulders, We are doing our part. What about you?"

68 year old Jackie Hudon's message to the court as she and her fellow nuns were sentenced to 8 years and 8 months in prison.


The sisters chose the site in Colorado specifically because the U.S. Space Command, which threatens domination and exploitation of outer space, is located in Colorado Springs. The 49 nuclear-armed missiles in Colorado have recently been refitted with W-87 nuclear warheads, each with an explosive power of approximately 25 times the size of the Hiroshima bomb. They are not for defence but rather form part of the US's "first-strike" policy. "In our statement, prepared prior to acting, we are clear in making the connection between the Minuteman III and the US policy calling for domination and exploitation of outer space (Statement of the US Space Command, Vision for 2020)."

Their statement continued: "The items we left at N-8 reveal our knowledge of Nuremberg Principles, Geneva Conventions. U.S. Constitution and various other International laws and treaties. We know that any threat to use or use of the Minuteman III missile located at N-8 is grossly illegal and criminal specifically in violation of the 'intransgressible rules and principles of humanitarian law' as described by the International Court of Justice and understood by the U.S. as binding law in and for the U.S. We acted out of what we understand is a legal right, duty or privilege to interfere with, and stop ongoing imminent threat or use of a weapon that is criminal under U.S. law. We entered N-8 with no criminal intent, but rather to uphold the law....

"In the end we know that the World Court has declared that "all" nuclear weapons are illegal, including those held by the U.S. The symbolic disarmament of the Minuteman III, on high-alert, is a warning to the nation and the world that these God awful weapons are evil in hands of any nation."


The three nuns enter the nuclear missile silo
wearing white suits on which they had boldly lettered
"CWIT (Citizens Weapons Inspection Team)" on the
backs
and "Disarmament Specialist" across the fronts.

The three nuns were charged with Sabotage and Malicious Destruction of Property of the United States. These charges carry a maximum sentences of 30 years and up to half a million dollars fine.

The nuns tried to use the international law argument in their defence, but U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn was swayed by the U.S. attorney's argument that U.S. law supersedes international law,and in a 32 page instruction barred the jury from hearing international law and Nuremberg defences during the trial.

As the federal jury convicted the three nuns, Sister Gilbert shouted to the jury, "We will not be found guilty under God's law."

Asked if vandalizing the silo was illegal, Hudson said:
"When someone holds a gun to your head or someone else's head do you not have a right and a duty to enter that arena and stop that crime?"

The sentencing took place in July 2003. Just before the nuns went inside to be sentenced they defiantly told a crowd of 150 supporters outside the courthouse they were not afraid of prison.

"Whatever sentence I receive today will be joyfully accepted as an offering for peace and with God's help it will not injure my spirit," Platte said. She choked up, stopped speaking and was hugged by the other sisters.

"The hope of the world rests on each of our shoulders," Hudson said. "We are doing our part. What about you?"

The nuns were were sentenced to prison terms totaling between them of 8 years and 8 months.

 

 



"power!
power!
power to the people
coz the people got the power
tell me can you feel it?
getting stronger by the power
power!
power!


That special relationship

This following poem is composed entirely of actual quotes from George W. Bush. It was compiled and arranged by Washington Post writer Richard Thompson.

Make the Pie Higher

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen
And uncertainty
And potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the internet
Become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pant leg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish
Can coexist.

Families is where our nation finds hope
Where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher!
Make the pie higher!

 


The Blair Bush Project
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!!!

During a war for oil a placard reads
"Thank God There's No Oil In England
Or We'd Be Next"

 


"Israel is the real terrorism.
Imagine what kind of desperation
makes a Palestinian a suicide bomber"



Tom Hurndall moments after being shot in the head by
Israeli snipers as he helped Palestinian children cross a street.

Tribute to Tom Hurndall, .

"One other person I think we should remember today - Tom Hurndall, a young man who on the 15th of February stood in this square was so moved by what he knew was happening around the world, so determined that he had to do something that he went to the West Bank to help the Palestinian struggle. And in the course of the time he was there he was shot by the Israeli army and he is now still on a life support machine. He is somebody who represents the way that young people have taken up this whole struggle, have built a movement, have widened it, have recognised that there has to be change and have been determined to put his own life in danger. He is somebody we should remember as well!"


Download (shift-click) speech (real audio 1:06 mins 137Kb)


Israel's contempt for Tom

Jocelyn Hurndall
Saturday November 22, 2003
The Guardian

If my intelligent, courageous son, Tom, had not been left severely brain damaged by an Israeli soldier, he would have vouched for the fact that I am not prone to speechlessness. Words now fail me.

Two days ago, I received notification from my bank that the cheque sent by Israel's ambassador, for a fraction of the expenses incurred by the family for Tom's repatriation and for which we have had to wait five months, had not been honoured by the Bank of Israel. "Insufficient funds" was the reason given.

This is one of a catalogue of actions which can only be perceived as an illustration of the contempt shown towards the issue of Tom's shooting. We endeavoured for weeks, through the British embassy and the media, to have a meeting with somebody in the Israeli government who might give us some response as to what happened before we finally met representatives. Recently, the Israeli ambassador in London arranged a meeting which was subsequently cancelled without proper explanation.

As money is so tight, might it not be appropriate for Israel to channel less towards its illegal "security" fences or the development of remote control bulldozers and more towards the rebuilding of destroyed houses in Palestine and other debts, such as Tom's repatriation?

It is a mind-numbing task to understand the morality and to use the logic of the Israeli government. What hope do Palestinians have when such profound disregard and disrespect is shown to humanity, collectively and individually?

 


Tom Hurndall's family and friends gathered outside the Foreign Office
on Thursday evening (27 Nov 03) to celebrate his 22nd birthday

See also: Video of interview with Jocelyn Hurndall (BBC News 31st Dec 2003)


What price a life?

Jocelyn Hurndall
Saturday January 10, 2004
The Guardian

In the pensive hours of the night, I am struck by the varying values that mankind chooses to allot to life - as was my son Tom.

Earlier this month, I read with mixed feelings the news that local Palestinian militia had dynamited an Israeli defence force watchtower in the town of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. It was from this watchtower, which has been responsible for untold misery to many innocent families in Rafah, that Tom was shot in the head last April. At the time he was trying to help Palestinian children to safety. He now lies in a vegetative state in a hospital in London with no hope of recovery.

This week we learned that the Israeli soldier who has been arrested for the shooting is alleged to have smoked cannabis with his battalion. As last year was drawing to a close, a phone call from the British Foreign Office informed me that, under interrogation, this soldier has confessed to shooting my son, knowing he was an unarmed civilian. He claimed that the shot was meant as a "deterrent". From what? From rescuing children? Had he been so conditioned that an act of humanity could only inspire in him such a violent reaction?

I felt no sense of relief then but, for the first time, allowed myself to feel increasing anger. The IDF's inability to differentiate between friend and foe, truth and untruth, and to see themselves as they are seen, is clear to all.

I read the observations recorded in Tom's Middle-East journals. They show a young man determined to be open-minded, to understand and, above all, to make a difference. He had come to understand, as we do now, the customary illegal, inhuman retribution exacted by the IDF from this particular watchtower on the local community, little realising how it was to leave him a thread away from death.


"End the Occupation",
an Israeli flag with a tank as its focus

It seems that life is cheap in the occupied territories. Different value attached to life depends on whether the victim happens to be Israeli, international or Palestinian. This has been exemplified recently by the reaction of the Israeli public to the shooting of an Israeli peace activist, fresh out of his three-year military police service, demonstrating against the illegal "security" fence. Two days later an announcement was made that a military police inquiry was to be held into the shooting. Questions were raised in the Knesset. This is in stark contrast to the six months of campaigning that it took for an inquiry to be launched into the shooting of Tom.

There have been thousands of killings in Palestine since the intifada, with only a handful having the benefit of an investigation. Now, a three-week occupation of Nablus (the largest city in Palestine) has left a further 19 people dead and dozens of homes and buildings destroyed, leaving scores of innocent people homeless, all on a pretext of searching for a terror suspect.

When will those responsible accept that it is illegal to collectively and obsessively punish a whole community? Has the hard-nosed Sharon government made connections between the horror of the Holocaust and the current brutal incursions? Countless insightful Israelis, Palestinians and people the world over have done so. Is it surprising that Israel was voted the most dangerous threat to world peace in a recent European Union poll?

It hurts me to hear the deafening silence of our own government. How can there have been no statement of condemnation or condolence for the innocent victims of Israel's mindless violence from our own prime minister, Tony Blair? The silence was only broken when on Christmas day the United States president "strongly condemned" the actions of the suicide bombers responsible for killing four Israeli soldiers at a bus stop just outside Tel Aviv. Does this double standard not underline the lack of regard in which both the British and US governments hold Palestinian life?

So I have questions to ask of Tony Blair. Does he regard the children of Palestine as children of a lesser god? Does he accept that such inaction is tantamount to complicity in the process of destroying any peace initiative in the Middle East? Mr Blair, you know now that an Israeli soldier has confessed to shooting in cold blood an unarmed British citizen who was trying to shepherd children away to safety. When will you be ready to openly condemn these actions?

 


Tom Hurndall died on 14th January 2004

Listen to Sophie Hurndall interviewed after Toms death (BBC Radio4 Today Programme)

For further information visit http://www.tomhurndall.co.uk

 

 


George's To Do List


Mecca Cola - no more excuse for drinking Coca-Cola



Moments before murder -
A Vietnamese woman with an American gun to her head

 

An Old American Habit

Alarmingly some people have been duped in to seeing the bloody US occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq as an aberration - as US foreign policy gone wrong - as America hijacked by a war mongering president. This analysis is wrong and what's more its dangerous, as it absolves the US of a history of crimes against humanity by blaming it all on one presidency gone bad. History shows us that America's crimes against the world did not start with the Bush presidency and if we choose to ignore this then they will not end with his presidency. The struggle isn't against Bush but rather against American Hegemony - continued american domination of the world.

Peoples memories are short, so here we present a brief glimpse of another US occupation:

Vietnam has a long history of foreign occupation and gallant resistance to it- French, Japanese, then French again, and finally American occupation. Upon the French defeat in 1954 it was agreed in the Geneva Peace Accords that a temporary division of Vietnam along the seventeenth parallel would occur for two years and then in June 1956 elections would be held for a unified Vietnam. But, as President Eisenhower noted in his memoirs, Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese national hero who had led his people to victory against the french would have won the the election by a landslide ("at least 80%"), so the elections were never held. Eisenhower having dispensed with democratic elections, instead installed the brutal dictatorship of Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam. Diem, a Catholic, persecuted both Buddhists and Communists alike, he was hated by the people and only managed to stay in power by US support.

People in the south were ready to rise up and were getting impatient with the lack of action from the north. After witnessing its people in the south suffer six years of tyrannical rule, North Vietnam finally gave up trying to unify the country through political means and supported the creation in 1960 of the National Liberation Front in South Vietnam. America, under Kennedy's presidency, meanwhile poured in 1000s of "advisers" to help prop up their dictator. Then, in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced that the North Vietnamese had attacked two US destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin, (historians today admit that Johnson had lied and the attack never happened), and obtained Congressional approval of a resolution, which had been drafted before the Tonkin Incident, authorizing him to retaliate and so began what the Americans call the Vietnam war.

The US reign of terror in Vietnam is well known. Countless massacres of civilians, whole villages burned to the ground, systematic raping and sodomizing of Vietnamese girls, torture followed by mutilation of the murdered, water wells poisoned, use of chemical and biological agents on civilian populations, were among the atrocities committed by the strongest military power in the world against one of the weakest. The US sent in over half a million troops, and dropped more bombs on Vietnam than fell on Europe during World War II. For the Vietnamese it was a holocaust, five million* Vietnamese were killed. (*figure released. April 3, 1995, includes those killed as a result of Agent Orange)

 

"Agent Orange Babies"

Extract from article "But what of our weapons?"
by John Pilger, 4 May1999


Babies deformed due to the use of chemical weapons
by the US in Vietnam [American War Crimes Museum, Vietnam]

Between 1961 and 1971, American planes dropped on South Vietnam a defoliant, Agent Orange , which contained dioxin, a poison that causes foetal death, congenital defects and cancer. Even after a Congressional inquiry revealed that the equivalent of six pounds of dioxin had been dumped on every man, woman and child in South Vietnam, the spraying continued. A pattern of deformities began to emerge: babies born without eyes, with deformed hearts and small brains and stumps instead of legs.In the towns and cities, it was not unusual to see deformed children begging. They were known as ' Agent Orange babies '.

Recently, at the Tu Do hospital in Saigon, I was shown a group of newborn babies , all of whom had Agent Orange deformities. The war that officially ended in 1975 goes on; contaminated soil and water are poisoning a third generation. Unlike American and Australian veterans of the war, who have been finally compensated by the manufacturers of dioxin, the Vietnamese have received nothing. Now a five-year Canadian study has discovered that dioxin runs right through Vietnam's food chain and has called for international help in decontaminating agricultural land, forests and waterways. The cost of one F-16 bomber would pay for this...

 

 

With an iron resolve to resist occupation, the South Vietnamese in 1968 launched a grassroots uprising against the occupiers - "The Tet Offensive." Although it was brutally put down, it marked the the beginning of the end for American occupation in Vietnam. By 1975, the Americans were defeated and Saigon, the southern capital, was liberated. The peace agreement Nixon signed included a promise to pay $3.25 billion towards reparation. As in war, in peace the words of an American President could not be relied upon and none of it was ever paid.

 

The Prisoner They Couldn't Break...

By Mrs. Truong My Hoa*


A re-creation of a political prisoner being chained
by the ankles in a cell in one of the "Tiger Cages."
[American War Crimes Museum, Vietnam]

The war ended fifteen years ago in victory for our people, but the country remains devastated. We say that victory cannot match our suffering. After all, the United States sent their troops over here with the intent to destroy all, burn all, and kill all. They destroyed the land.

In the South, the Americans burned villages and herded the women and children into camps surrounded by barbed wire. South Vietnam became an enormous prison. Many children couldn't go to school, people weren't free to work their land. They killed brutally, indiscriminately. You remember the massacre at My Lai, in Quang Ngai province. There were many other villages where the people were massacred. My Lai was only the worst.

Women everywhere were raped, killed, arrested, beaten. Pregnant women's bellies were cut open and their unborn babies thrown into burning houses. Thousands of women were imprisoned. Some were suspected V.C., some were real fighters, many were just ordinary people who were arrested and jailed for no reason. There were prisons all over the South. There were central prisons and provincial prisons and district prisons. Mothers with babies and pregnant women were arrested. They arrested old people and children and even handicapped people. I remember in Con Son prison there was an old blind woman, Mrs. Sau. She was kept in a tiger cage, with five or six people, all in a cage, covered by iron poles.

I was imprisoned in Con Son from 1964 to 1975. I had been a student in Ho Chi Minh City-Saigon at that time. I attended meetings and went to demonstrations to demand freedom and democracy. The South Vietnamese arrested me when I was nineteen, and I was thirty by the time I was released. All my family was active in the resistance for fifty years, and we each spent a long time in prison. My husband, too, spent fourteen years in jail, longer than me.

We were beaten and tortured. They had all kinds of sexual torture for the women. And we were so hungry. When I was kept in the tiger cage at Con Son, I was given only a small tin of water and a little bowl of rice each day. There was a lot of sand, and when the winds blew, the sand covered our rice bowls. And flies, flies everywhere. Con Son was filthy and cold, a stone prison on a cold, windy island. We had one set of clothing a year. We never went outside, never bathed. We tore rags off our clothing for our menstrual periods, so that we were left with practically nothing to cover our bodies. There were all kinds of disease-dysentery, typhoid, cholera, malaria, small pox. Every morning we woke up wondering who had died in the night. There was no medicine. they said we could only have medicine if we would salute the South Vietnamese flag. We always refused. Many of my comrades died of disease, of hunger, of torture.

I spent a year in the tiger cage. On top they kept limestone and a water pot. If prisoners talked to each other they poured water and limestone [forming a caustic chemical which burns the skin on contact] over us, and if we cried they beat us with sticks, and then let the limestone burn our wounds. You can see right here, my forehead is scarred. They stuck sharp pins in my head. That was excruciating torture. I still have the scars. Many women never recovered.

The interrogators were always puppet troops. The Americans were the advisers. Sometimes they came there. We liked to say that the Americans had to change the color of their bodies. Too many of their soldiers were dying, so they had to use Vietnamese to kill Vietnamese.

Children in the South suffered terribly, and still suffer. They were left orphaned, with no homes, no food, no schools. They became beggars, dope dealers, thieves. We have orphans, and widows and grieving mothers. We sing songs that tell the suffering of women who sent their sons to battle. And there are many women who never married because so many men in our country were killed. That's always the case in war. Whole families of women are left without men.

You must know about our "long-haired army" in Vietnam. The women operated on three fronts: political, military, and mobilization among the enemy troops. They were very effective in enemy territory. Women made great sacrifices. We know of mothers who suffocated their babies so they would not cry, in order to protect the troops. They sacrificed one life to save many.

(src: Then the Americans Came: Voices from Vietnam,
by Martha Hesss, 1993)

*In July 2002 Mrs.Truong My Hoa became the
Vice-President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In the above photo she is seen addressing the 4th UN World Conference on Women (Beijing, China.1995).

 

One massacre made famous by the fact that it managed to surface despite the official cover-up was the massacre of the village of My Lai (16 Mar 1968). The village contained no Viet Cong - no combatants - no weapons -just women, children and old men. The aim wasn't to engage the enemy soldiers but rather to terrorise the civilian population.


People were rounded up into ditches and machine-gunned
When Lt William Calley spotted a baby crawling away,
he grabbed her, threw her back into the ditch, and opened fire

The mass murder was coldly planned the night before with instructions given to "kill everyone" in the village. The next morning the US troops of Charlie Company entered the village. They met no resistance - there were no Viet Cong soldiers at My Lai. At 9am orders were given to start the slaughter of the innocent.

Women were gang raped; Vietnamese who had bowed to greet the Americans were beaten with fists and tortured, clubbed with rifle butts and stabbed with bayonets. People were rounded up into ditches and machine-gunned. They lay five feet deep in the ditches; any survivors trying to escape were immediately shot. When Lt William Calley, the commander of the platoon, spotted a baby crawling away from a ditch, he grabbed her, threw her back into the ditch, and opened fire. Some of the bodies were mutilated by having "C Company" carved into their chests; some were disembowelled.

 

A Mothers Protection...

Extract from a Time Magazine Article (Nov 1969)
on the My Lai massacre, a US soldier (Roberts)
describes what he saw:

'Troops accosted a group of women, including a teenage girl. A Gl grabbed the girl and with the help of others started stripping her.

'Let's see what she's made of,' a soldier said.

'VC boom-boom,' another said, telling the thirteen-year-old girl that she was a whore for the Vietcong.

'I'm horny,' said a third.

As they were stripping the girl, with bodies and burning huts all around them, the girl's mother tried to help her. One soldier kicked the mother, and another slapped her.


Young girls sheltering behind their mother
as american soldiers order them to strip for raping
before killing them.

Ron Haeberle [the army photographer] jumped in to take a picture of the group of women. The picture [above] shows the thirteen-year-old girl hiding behind her mother, trying to button the top of her pyjamas.

When they noticed Ron, they left off and turned away as if everything was normal.

Then a soldier asked, "Well, what'll we do with 'em?"

"Kill 'em," another answered.

I heard an M60 go off, a light machine-gun, and when we turned all of them and the kids with them were dead.'

 

 

One GI, Varnado Simpson, would later say, "You didn’t have to look for people to kill, they were just there. I cut their throats, cut off their hands, cut out their tongues, scalped them. I did it. A lot of people were doing it and I just followed. I just lost all sense of direction."

Another American soldier, Paul Meadlo, later admitted: “We huddled ’em up. We made them squat down... I poured four clips into the dinks...the mothers kept hugging their children...we kept on firing...”

The american soldiers paused for lunch at 11am before continuing the slaughter. Well over 500 innocent civilians were murdered that day.

 

A Survivor Remembers...
By Mrs. Ha Thi Qui


Tramatised survivors -
the "lucky" few who escaped

In the early morning, just after we got up, the helicopters came and started shelling, and soldiers poured out onto the fields. I was eating breakfast. We thought it might be like the other times the Americans came into the village. They gave the children candy. Or like the second time, when Americans came to take water from the well to fill their canteens, and then left, and they didn't do any harm to the people. But the third time, March 16, 1968, when they came to the hamlet they rounded up all the people.

Some they took to the roadside and shot right away. The people on the guard tower were all killed. And some they brought over to this ditch, here. First they shot Mr. Cau. He was a monk. He lived in the pagoda. Then they forced everyone into the ditch and shot them. I was wounded in the backside. At first I felt very, very hot, and later on very cold. And they killed-you see, they fired a first time into the ditch, and many men, children and women were killed. They cried, "Mother." They were screaming. The soldiers fired three more times and finished the cries of the people. The first time there were still people screaming. They fired a second time, and the third time it was finished, all the people were killed.

Afterwards, I got up to go back to my house, and I saw nothing. All the houses had been burned. They had cut down our village tree by the pond. They had cut all the trees down in the orchards. They had killed everyone. There were dead bodies all over the village. I took a little dead baby back to the house from the roadside. It was my daughter's child.

I went to the next hamlet and found my younger sister-in-law killed, lying on the floor. And I found her daughter's body, a fifteen-year-old girl, all her clothing torn off and her legs were spread open-raped by Americans.

They had no mercy, the Americans. You see, they had come here many times and we got along with them. Then they came and killed all the people. They showed no mercy for the people. We had done nothing to them. If they had killed people at the beginning, one or two, we would have known to run, but we didn't know.

I went back to my house and there was nothing, not even a pair of trousers to wear, because everything had been burned. The houses kept on burning, and I couldn't find anyone. I went to another hamlet, untouched by the Americans, to get food and clothing, and told them what had happened at Son My, and they came and carried the dead people away. There was a terrible smell.

My oldest daughter was killed. You bear a child and bring her up, and then she gets killed. My husband had gone to work in the fields very early, so he escaped. Twice before, the Americans had come here and done nothing. We don't understand why the third time they killed the people. The Americans had lived alongside the Vietnamese people, and we did nothing to them. We worked, spent all our lives in the fields. How could they come and kill us that way? So we are very sad about the massacre, full of sorrow, the village people and the farmers, very sad about it.

(src: Then the Americans Came: Voices from Vietnam,
by Martha Hesss, 1993)

 

The cover-up of the massacre began almost as soon as the killing ended. Official army reports of the operation proclaimed a great victory: 128 enemy soldiers dead, only one American casualty (one soldier unintentionally shot himself in the foot). Colin Powell, then a major, was implicated in writing the cover-up report denying any massacre took place or any wrong doing on the part of the American soldiers. Stars and Stripes, the army newspaper, ran a feature story applauding the courage of the American soldiers who had risked their lives. Even General William Westmoreland sent a personal congratulatory note to Charlie Company.

A year later, by which time the whole world new about the massacre, a mock army investigation was ordered. Even that investigation, with its obvious biases, revealed enough evidence to charge 30 soldiers with war crimes. Only one soldier, however, was convicted - Lt William Calley, commander of the platoon, and he only served 3 days in prison! After the third day President Nixon ordering that he be released from prison to be held in the comfort of his home where he could entertain guests, cook his own food, keep pets and live an easy life. And after 3 years of house arrest this mass murderer was paroled and later pardoned - a free man, and was last seen working in a jewelery store in Columbus, Georgia!


Lt.William Calley
CRIME: Genocide
PUNISHMENT: Jailed for 3 days
AMERICAN JUSTICE IN ACTION!

In his book Flower of the Dragon, Richard Boyle, a free-lance journalist who went to My Lai to investigate the massacre, says: "My Lai was not the act of one man. It was not the act of one platoon, or one company. It was the result of an ordered, planned and well-conducted campaign conceived at high command levels to teach a lesson to the villagers of Quang Ngai province.

"The killing, of course, is part of a definite political strategy, a strategy usually described as the 'pacification' of Vietnamese villagers. In his book The Betrayal, Lt. Col. William R. Corson, an ex-Marine who had been in charge of pacification teams, describes the pacification program in a DMZ village complex: 'We conspired ... to literally destroy the hopes, aspirations and emotional stability of thirteen thousand human beings....This was not war it is genocide....'."

It was later revealed that My Lai massacre was just one of a series of atrocities, all meticulously planned as part of the "Phoenix Program" - a covert CIA "final solution" project, initiated in 1967, aimed at systematically destroying the civilian infrastructure that supported the insurgency in South Vietnam.

Boyle writes: "When I was about eight I used to ask my father what he'd been doing when Hitler rose to power, and he would reply that he'd been too busy trying to earn a living to pay attention. My mother would add that people didn't know what was going on in Germany.

 


My father's generation shakes its head
in dismay and wonders how
my generation could turn away
from those values which
'made America great.'
But they never told us that
genocide was an old American habit...


The village of My Lai -
the Americans slaughtered over 500 innocent civilians

 

 

"Now my father's generation shakes its head in dismay and wonders out loud how my generation could turn away from those values which 'made America great.' But they never told us that genocide was an old American habit, that U.S. soldiers scalped hundreds of Indian women and children at Sand Creek and held up their scalps at the Salt Lake City opera house; that hundreds more defenseless Indians were gunned down at Wounded Knee, that General Jake Smith ordered the massacre of 8,294 children, 2,714 women and 420 men on the island of Samar during the American occupation of the Philippines in 1901.

"For me and for millions of my generation My Lai came as the final punch in the mouth, the end of our illusions. We could no longer say we didn't know. The day we learned of My Lai changed our lives."

But Boyle was in the minority, a Time Magazine poll at the time revealed that most Americans - 65% of nearly two thousand Americans surveyed - denied being upset by the massacre, Lt.William Calley was actually viewed as an American hero by most. On the day Calley was found guilty, President Nixon received more than 50,000 telegrams --running 100-to-1 in favor of clemency for Calley. A White House national poll indicated that 96 percent of Americans were aware of the charges and 79 percent of respondents disapproved of the guilty verdict. Shamefully, it was with the mandate of the American people that the President was able to free a mass murderer.

 

Victim of America...

By Mrs. Le Thi Dieu

In 1965 I was arrested by the Americans and brought to Hoi An. They put electricity in my vagina, on my nipples, in my ears, in my nose, on my fingers. Blood came out of my vagina. At night they put electricity inside my body and they beat me. They jumped on me with their shoes. Now when I breathe my whole chest hurts, and when I lie on the bed my body aches. They kept me for eighteen months.

In 1967 I was arrested again. They brought me to the center of the village and tied me up, both hands in back, like this. They poured soapy water down my throat all night. My face and chest and belly swelled up and I lost consciousness. They took me to the base, and there they beat me and again put electricity on my body. They poured water mixed with hot peppers down my throat. I thought I had already died. Then they took me to the hospital. I stayed there a week. When they brought me back to the base, they beat me again, gave me more electricity. They tortured me for information but they got nothing. They poured water down my throat again, and I stopped breathing.

They took me to a little house, like this, and one American tried to rape me. I started screaming, and he took my hair, which was very long, and he dragged me and beat me. A Vietnamese interpreter came and said, "Why do you struggle against the Americans? It won't do any good." And I said, "They arrested me, they tortured me and beat me, and now they want to rape me. How can I not cry and struggle?" The next night the American came back, when I was alone. I cried again, but he forced me to the floor and put a cloth in my mouth. He took off my pants. I couldn't scream. I went faint, and he raped me, and I couldn't do anything more. Later, the interpreter returned, and removed the cloth from my mouth. I was raped again, and I didn't feel anything more. After that, another American came-his body was smaller than the first one's. He tortured me with electricity until I lost consciousness. He gave me water and I regained consciousness. The second American kicked me on my breasts and stomach. Now, I cannot feel, cannot breathe. And he kept putting electricity in my vagina and on my fingers. I said, "I am from a poor family, how can I tell you anything?"

Then I was taken to Phuoc Tuong where there was an American base, and only Americans. There, an American lady asked me some questions. I saw other Vietnamese girls. Then they took me back and tortured me again. Night and day the American soldiers tortured me. Sometimes it would be Vietnamese soldiers, but mostly it was Americans. I was locked in a prison cell with no window-I saw no sky, no land, nothing. Sometimes I had a little bit of rice. After three weeks they returned me back to the district. The first day back an American soldier came and kicked me in the mouth and my teeth came out. I asked a Vietnamese man why they beat me, I had committed no crime, and I asked for medicine. The Americans came again and beat me with a stick. I was brought back to Hoi An and kept there for a few more weeks. Every time I was questioned, they took me to another place, I still don't know where, not Hoi An. Every time they questioned me I was beaten. More electricity inside my body and again and again they raped me. Even now I bleed.

I spent about four years in prison altogether. There were other girls, and we used to talk about the torture. We tried to help each other. If it were not for them, I wouldn't have stayed alive. I was released at the end of 1969 and returned to my village.

Now the villagers take care of me and the government helps. I am sick, in the lungs, in the heart, and in the head. Sometimes my nose bleeds. When the weather changes, I look down, and I don't go outside. Sometimes I just lie here, and I can't breathe. Then they take me to the hospital. My fingers are very swollen and sometimes the nails fall out, from the electricity.

In 1965 I was a beautiful woman, not like now. I am forty-five and I live alone, no parents, no brothers, no sisters, no husband. how can someone marry me? My father was killed by the Americans. My mother was killed by American bullets, shelled. My younger brother was killed. The boys had been playing on the road when the American came through, and shot them.

(src: Then the Americans Came: Voices from Vietnam,
by Martha Hesss, 1993)

 

With time My Lai was erased from our collective memory and today we are again facing the same American strategy of terrorising civilians, 'pacification', followed by cover ups. Just last week (2 Dec 2003) the US occupation troops in Iraq claimed a great victory in the town of Samarra, announcing it had repulsed an attack from uniformed fedayeen guerillas and had killed 54 of them. Yet the reality was quiet different - a visit to the local hospital revealed that all the dead and injured, including an elderly woman and a small child, were civilians!

If this vicious cycle of genocide, this old American habit, is to be stopped then we must first admit to the problem. There never was a "Great America" - just a "Great Satan". History has been screaming this truth at us, we must open our ears to it or we will all perish at its genocidal hands.

 


"George Bush Uncle Sam
Iraq will be your Vietnam"

© 2003 Innovative Minds www.inminds.co.uk

 

 


George Bush Wanted Poster

War Criminal Bush - Burn!



Ron Kovic

Ron Kovic, Vietnam veteran turned peace activist whose life the film "Born on the fourth of July" is based.

"Thank you very much for coming today, thank you for standing up on behalf of peace and against this immoral and unjust war in Iraq. You are the ones who really care about Great Britain and you also are the ones who care about my country the United States. We know that you care about America - thank you. I'm going to send the greeting of millions of Americans who oppose this war in Iraq and oppose the President of the United States. Millions of Americans I want you to know are standing with you here today.

We know that you have been on the right road for a long time and we know together we as americans and you here in Great Britain we have a rendezvous with history, not only are we going to stop the war in Iraq, we have a rendezvous with history - we are going to have sweeping changes in our country, regime change here in Great Britain, regime change in America, and things will never be the same!


Image of a grave yard with the caption
Stop Bush - A Lot To Answer For...

You were born to this important moment in history, you were born to change this society and all societies that want to promote this awful and despicable behaviour. You were born to this time and this moment in history. It is your destiny, your sacred birth right to take this country back on behalf of the people and we in America will take our country back from George Bush and we will return it to the people.

If they want to continue to fight this war, this brutal and unjust war, this cruel and vicious war, this war which is killing every single day, and wounding and maiming Iraqi civilians. If they want to pursue this mad policy then we will go to the streets of our respective countries I promise you today we go to the streets in growing numbers, in growing confidence, we will go to the streets in 100s of 1000s and millions we'll fill the streets of both our countries and we will march as we did today with great dignity, we will march non-violently and peacefully because we have the moral high ground, we will continue to have the moral high ground.

In the spirit of Nelson Mandela, in the spirit of Martin Luther King, we will move forward confidently, we will move forward knowing we are right because history is on our side and when history is on your side you can never loose. We are on the right side of history, we are on the side of love, of peace, of healing, of caring, of co-operation... You are on the right side, you have a rendezvous with history. We will not be defeated, this is only the beginning, we will win this great victory - thank you very much - keep fighting."


Ron Kovic in front of the Bush statue

 


STOP       
Bloodshed         
Unilateralism      
State Terrorism
Hypocracy          


An image of Bush made up of the words "stop bush"
with the caption "Bush Not Welcome Here"

"Bush Go Home" written in Pretzels

 


Toppling Bush

The highlight of the rally was the toppling of a 18 foot statue of George Bush


Colombian Congressman Wilson Borja, who has himself been the
target of US sponsored assassination attempts, stands
in front of Bush's statue that is about to be toppled


A team of "Weapons Inspectors" examines Bush
The missile he is holding reads "First Strike"


Putting the noose around the terrorist
(notice poodle blair pinned to his master)

 


The countdown begins ... 10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4...


Ron Kovic performs the countdown to the toppling of the statue


3... 2... 1... the statue is floored


Cheers resonate through the centre of London as the statue is toppled


The humiliation isn't over, the crowds cheer as the statue is decapitated


A Peace Flag is pulled over the remains of the statue


A Palestinian Flag rests triumphantly
over the destroyed effigy of Bush

 

Video Clips
Showing Toppling Of Bush Statue

Sky News Video Clip, (quality mpg) 7sec 1.25Mb

ITV News Video Clip, (real video) 1:14min 284Kb

BBC News Video Clip, (real video) 1:49min 511Kb

 

 


Making of the Statue

 


The statue was made by Theatre of War
using paper mache and chicken wire


It was smuggled in to central London and held at
a secret location until the day of the rally

 

 


Faces from every community opposed to US hegemony


Story of a good employer

 


Pink peace tank adorned with a Bush cross bones icon


Bush - Blair
Blush Blair
Open your Ears
Shut your Mouth!!



Alice Mann

Alice Mann, Member of Parliament.

"This is a tremendous turnout, the strength of support today shows that George Bush is not welcome here. But peace loving Americans are, we do make a distinction between George Bush and the American people. His visit is not going as smoothly as he wanted and you have all made it a lot more difficult for him tonight. The free election publicity he had hoped for is not going to be there. And I believe this demonstration is deeply embarrassing for my own government and I'm pleased about that. Because of this illegal invasion and occupation has proved to be a disaster for these people, a disaster for innocent Iraqis as well who die on a daily basis. A disaster for the british and american troops and the violence that is being showed now in front of us, this is the kind of thing that we see because quiet frankly that man is wrong ( bush statue) the Iraqi people want to rule themselves, they do not want to be occupied, they do not want to die under bombs and bullets and guns, they don't want a foreign occupation force and its time now for the rest of the world to help the Iraqi people.


Freedom for Palestine
Stop the Organ Grinder and his Monkey

With presidential elections looming, president Bush is now having to change his mind. he says he wants the United States out now. Well 20-30,000 dead I think its long long overdue. Our message today is simple: George Bush you are not welcome in my country! Your policies make this world a much more dangerous world. The tragic events in Istanbul speak for themselves - who else could have united Osama Bin Ladin and Saddam Hussein? Nobody but this war mongering president. Presidents and Prime Ministers can get protection as we have seen in London but the real foot soldiers on Bush's so called war on terror are the innocent, are the people who have been blown to bits, are the little Ali's of this world who have lost their arms, are the people killed, the innocent in Saudi Arabia, the children blown to bits by cluster bombs, and the thousands and thousands of Africans in the poorest countries of the world who will not receive the aid they need because we are having to rebuild the bomb damage we've done in Iraq. We are here today to create a safer world for us all to live in including americans, we don't want a single american to die in the cause of this illegal war. Our message is getting across, we have the moral high ground, and we are right!"


 


Bush & USA - No Friend Of Ours


Modified Starbucks beaker reads "Bush F*ck Off"

 


Students demand IQ test for George Bush

Fire Destroys Bush Presidential Library

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tragic fire on Monday destroyed the personal library of President George W. Bush. Both of his books have been lost.

Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer said the president was devastated, as he had not finished colouring the second one.

 


A red haired communist playing drums on the roof of a bus stop
in London - now that's a sight you don't see everyday!


Students against the war



School Students - "Bush+Blair=Terrorists"

School Students from Sheffield.

"Hi we are from King Edward VII school in Sheffield. We think that George Bush and Tony Blair instead of bombing Iraq to pieces should put more money in to education for the next generation so that they can build a better Iraq."



Bush - World's #1 Terrorist

 


"George Bush - Stop Shafting Britain"


Poetry


Victim

Face of mud
Feet of blood
Hand in the sand
Leg that can't stand
Body of bone
Soul - gone home

Lines For A Lost World
copyright Sally Rose

 

 


War is not the answer!

 

url: http://www.inminds.com/stopbush-2-20nov03.html


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