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“Not hate, Heritage” and other lies.

Speaking of course, of the Confederate Battle Flag. The "Southern Cross". Rejected as a candidate for the United States Flag due to its Religious implications (two of the three crosses on the flag, the cross of St Andrew and the cross of St Patrick, half of the four crosses on the Union Jack British flag) being very uncomfortable reminders of the Christian-on-Christian multi-million counts of Murder which led directly in to the Revolution, and in the confusion of battle and especially the thick smoke from black-powder muskets, pistols, rifles and cannon it looked too much like British regimental flags. 10351

Top 10 secret armies of the CIA

Found this on the web, will try to retrace provenance, worth a read: The United States have a well known history of providing military support to countries in need. But from time to time, the US Government has provided secret forces. While many are successful, there have also been a number of failures. This is a list of the ten top secret armies of the CIA. 7782

Support Anti-American Domestic Terrorism – Buy a teastained Flag!

From Fake Warrior ChickenHawk Norris! Yes, for about $80 bucks you can buy a Made in China WalMart Flag with tea spilled on it. This from a Martial Arts Professional Athlete who got out of the Draft on a Rich Kid Technicality, just like Bush, Cheney, Rove, Bill O'Reilly, the entire cast and crew of the FORMER Terror Regime... then proceeded to make a Propaganda Movie Career supporting War and glorifying the VietNam War in particular. Just like John Wayne did. Make money off Human Suffering and Shed Human Blood. Just, you know, as long as it's not THEIR suffering or THEIR blood. Now he's making money promoting Murdering Americans for your fun and HIS fun and Profit. That and his party lost and there's now a Black president. 9349

NATO: First the good news…

The accessorizing of the headline with this map reminds of the body counts reported from Vietnam to temper the news of GI casualties, body counts which we understand now were grossly contrived. The same has held true for Iraq and Afghanistan. We don't know if it's "dozens," or whether even the enemy were combatants, women or children. At least the three US soldiers didn't die in vain.

Pax Americana on a necklace

There's the rub. An iconic photograph from the Vietnam War shows an American GI wearing a peace symbol necklace between a bandoleer of machine gun bullets. Which is it soldier? Nonviolence or destruction? Peace or war? Many Americans cannot make the distinction and think you can have both.

Osama on Obama

The usual channels have yielded another video from Osama bin Laden, wherein a still photo of the al-Qaeda godfather accompanies an audio "statement to the American people," purportedly recorded June 4. Here is the full English translation of the 10 minute tape. First, two questions. 8985

Life Magazine knows Afghanistan

Why, it's the price of freedom. LIFE didn't question it in 1965, its readers know no better today. You have to destroy a village to free it. You have to cripple an enemy child before you can take him fishing.   Alanis Morissette couldn't tell from irony, and neither can America. Then and now. Americans wouldn't recognize irony if it blew up in their face 44 years later. 8857

Pink goes to war

The color pink seems incongruous juxtaposed with war. Code Pink banks on the contrast being inherently diametric. But just as pink can be enlisted to oppose war, it can serve to humanize, even glamorize it.   Remember the Afghanistan theater photo snapped of a US soldier wearing pink boxers and flip-flops while he stood guard on a rampart? Disarming wasn't it? Here's its antecedent from the Vietnam conflict. We're searching antiwar archives for tools to fight this war, our bastard adversaries are already there. 8838

Who owns images of American dead?

AP photographer Julie Jacobson was reticent to publish her picture of dying US Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard. Though his father was opposed, the Associated Press overruled. But this was no victory for the public's right to see a true reflection of war. The D.o.D. is still indignant, but I suspect Jacobson's report was ultimately vetted in their favor. Military propagandists need to represent America's growing losses in Afghanistan. Jacobson's image provides their limited hangout. Like the other photographs of casualties which have escaped through embeds, the image of Lance Corporal Bernard is desaturated of blood, and the surrounding events fit the military endorsed narrative. 8643

Rock Creek Free Press available in COS

The Rock Creek Free Press is available online, but if you want it in print, the DC monthly is available in Colorado Springs at the Bookman, 3163 W. Colorado. The September issue features a speech given by legendary Australian journalist John Pilger on July 4th in San Francisco. 8632

About Afghanistan, shoot the messenger

This time let's learn something from the travesty of Vietnam. The interests which drove US soldiers into the hamlets of Southeast Asia are directing the massacres today. We call them the hawks, as if war was mere blood sport. Though South Vietnamese collaborators were forced to flee for their lives from Saigon, their US cohorts were never held to account. This time as America extricates itself from terrorizing Afghanistan, let's note those among us with blood on our hands and prosecute. Not the soldiers, but the warmongers in the charge: those commanders who every month reported the war "is still winnable" those propagandists who blamed the failure of occupation on waning public resolve, those politicians who rationalized inhumanity, and the war industrialists, all of them.

Atomic’s one handed coders rebrand Fallujah game as Six Hours in My Lai

NMT has obtained screenshots from Atomic Games 'Six Days in Fallujah,' traded p2p and remarketed as Six Hours in My Lai. There was no budget to modify the OIF coalition uniforms to resemble the Vietnam GIs, but who's looking at the clothing? Nostalgic vets will find the rape reenactments unremarkably familar. In reality the mayhem of My Lai and My Khe lasted 28 hours, not six, but industry research indicates that cyber ejaculators rarely have more than a six hour window before a landlady looks in on them. 8548

Lt. Calley finally apologizes for My Lai

Lt. William Calley has expressed remorse for the first time for leading the 1968 My Lai Massacre. Although he still maintains he was only following orders. Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role, but President Nixon commuted his punishment to three years of house arrest. Who should have been accountable for the 500 civilians executed in My Lai?

Lessons from antiwar antecedents

I have for several weeks been submerged in the writings and poster art of the revolutionary sixties, and I'll catch my breath to say this to the Antiwar Now from the Anti-Imperialists Then. We won no victory with the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War wasn't ended by protests, bombs, or the fragging of front line officers. The portend is good for those hoping to see the end of the War on Islam, but on the whole it is not. 8275

Cronkite and Mays, confidence men

HOW ABOUT, for a tribute to Walter Cronkite's much lauded integrity, the media honor the news giant by EMULATING HIM? How cynical of corporate news peons, and of their audience nodding along, to revere Cronkite's hindsight truth-telling, and lament alas, there will be no more like him. Big smiles and crocodile tears. 8266

National Assembly is antiwar exclusively

Reports are emerging from July's National Assembly, the vital effort to unite antiwar forces into a common movement. Delegates from the major peace organizations hammered out a strategy to address Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine. Missing from the consensus? Nonviolence, and good riddance. It goes without saying that humanitarian activists are peaceful. To legislate a dogma of non-confrontation plays right into the hands of the authoritarians. Here's the official report: 8263

The US – Islam War nears halfway mark

I have to do more research, but I'm pretty sure October 7, 2009 should mark the HALFWAY POINT of the US-ISLAM WAR. I realize the Pentagon brass are calling for fifty years more of insurgency suppression in Afghanistan and Iraq, but if we grant them no more time than for America's longest military intervention, we've got another eight years before beating our humiliating retreat. 8211

2p, 2p and Honduras… and Mexico… and Nicaragua… and…

I don't know if I've published this here or not or how I packaged it. But for background, the "p" stands for "piastre" a South VietNamese coin that was worth a little less than a quarter of a U.S. penny. This was the "Great Free Market Opportunity" our government was sending people to fight and die to defend. The way I heard it on some occasions it's used to condemn the VietNamese people."How nasty and vile and filthy they are" for living in such poverty. 8153

Why be bothered by horrors of detainees

President Obama is blocking the release of further detainee abuse photos. Would more images of outrages committed against US detainees inflame sentiment against US troops? No doubt. Would more of such photos add nothing to the national dialog? Well... If you consider that the media is still vacillating on the definition of waterboarding, torturers and the lawyers who sanctioned torture are being exempted from prosecution, and war criminals like Dick Cheney are bragging about their participation, maybe there's room for more dialog. 7749

Name is Yettaw, John Hasenfus Yettaw.

Ugly American John William Yettaw snapped this picture of himself before swimming across a Burmese lake to meet with detained Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Yettaw claims to be writing an inspirational book on heroes and was apprehended on his return lap. Now Suu Kyi is facing charges of violating the conditions of her house arrest.   The last time a faceless middle-aged American bungled into world events, his funny name was Eugene Hasenfus, another pot-bellied religious Vietnam vet, who turned out to be a private contractor for the CIA. Could Yettaw have been plumbing covert communications equipment in anticipation of Suu Kyi's role in Myanmar's upcoming elections, or was Yettaw intended to trip the wire?

Six Days in Fallujah if you missed the fun

As virtual-gaming distributer Konami reconsiders its release of SIX DAYS IN FALLUJAH, gaming pundits ask "Is it too early to role-play the Second Battle of Fallujah?" To non-US-vets it's known simply as "Fallujah," as one would denote Lidice or Srebrenica, by name alone. I don't know, when will it be appropriate to satiate the nostalgic veteran gamer's appetite to reenact war crime? 7583

Cable TV’s History Channel sucks coal

Need further proof that The History Channel is Fox News for the archives? From rewriting the Vietnam War to mythologizing Harry Truman, The History Channel is determined to paint the televised record askew. For example, even in light of the current climate crisis, you will not find a more glowing tribute to America's monarch of energy, especially its potential for continuing to supply America's energy needs.

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