From Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime!

Occupation is a crime
A.N.S.W.E.R. has 7 Reasons to March on DC. We can borrow them!
– The war in Afghanistan is expanding and widening.
– 350,000 U.S. troops and US-paid contractors still occupy Iraq.
– Israel’s Siege of Gaza remains in place, with backing of Washington.
– Obama’s Justice Department is continuing the policy of renditions.
– Air strikes on Pakistan are killing an increasingly number of civilians.
– The real Pentagon war budget is over $1.3 trillion annually.
– More than 20 million people are now unemployed and under-employed.

7 Reasons You Should March on the Pentagon on March 21, 2009

The war in Afghanistan is expanding and widening. President Obama announced last week that another 17,000 troops are on their way to Afghanistan. Only 18 percent of Afghanis support this escalation and only 34 percent of the people of the United States approve of the added troops despite the president’s popularity, according to the Washington Post/ABC poll announced on February 17, 2009. This is a colonial war. The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, was not involved in the decision to add more occupying troops into his country. Rather, he was “informed of the deployments in a telephone call with Obama” on February 17, according to the Washington Post (February 18, 2009).

About 350,000 U.S. troops and U.S.-paid private contractors (mercenaries) still occupy Iraq. The Iraqi people want the occupation to end. Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, is insisting that only two of the 14 combat brigades in Iraq exit in 2009. The war and occupation of Iraq costs $430 million each day. If the U.S. government were to end the military occupation, any and all future Iraqi governments would return to a position of political independence from the economic and political dictates of the United States. Iraq’s anti-colonial legacy has created a political reality that prohibits the country from becoming like Kuwait or Saudi Arabia–an out-and-out dependency on U.S. imperialism. That is the real reason that the U.S. government fears a complete disengagement from Iraq and an end to its military occupation.

Israel’s Siege of Gaza remains in place, with the full backing of Washington. The U.S. government has continued to fund Israel’s war and blockade against the people of Gaza. The Pentagon provided the funding, and technical and logistical support for the establishment of the Israeli war machine, including its massive cluster and white phosphorous bomb arsenal, and the country’s large cache of nuclear bombs.

The new Justice Department has announced that it will continue the policy of renditions, meaning the CIA and Pentagon will capture and kidnap individuals anywhere in the world and transfer them to other countries. “The Obama administration appears to have determined that the rendition program was one component of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism that it could not afford to discard.” (LA Times, Feb. 1, 2009)

The new administration has stepped up the air strikes that are killing an increasingly large number of Pakistani civilians. Unmanned drone bombing attacks violate Pakistani sovereignty and are creating an ocean of resentment and anger inside of Pakistan. The U.S. government has no right to carry out these drone bombing strikes in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The people of the United States would not accept the legitimacy of other governments ordering air attacks in the United States. We must openly and loudly reject such tactics by the government that speaks in our name and spends our tax dollars for such aggression.

The real Pentagon war budget is over $1.3 trillion annually. This is greater than the combined total of most of the other countries in the world, including all the NATO countries, and Russia and China. Some label this “waste spending” because it spends precious resources to build exotic and high cost weapons, a new generation of nuclear weapons, and space-based war fighting capabilities, while filling the coffers of the big investors (i.e., the biggest banks) in the war corporations. Pentagon contracting is often based on guaranteed “cost-plus” contracts that reward price gouging since corporate profit is based on a fixed percentage above their expenses. Another label for this process is “extreme corruption” and theft from the public treasury.

More than 20 million people are now unemployed and under-employed. Nine million families are either in foreclosure or are at risk of foreclosure this year, according to the statistics just released by the government. Forty-seven million people are without health care. College tuition hikes are soaring and millions of students are at risk of being forced out of school. The people want change. They don’t want a simple tweaking of Bush’s criminal foreign policies. They want to put people’s needs before corporate greed. They want an end to wars of aggression that are wreaking havoc, death and destruction abroad, and diverting urgently needed resources in the service of semi-colonialism and Empire.

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15 Responses to From Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime!

  1. Avatar David Stengler says:

    The Israeli “siege” on Gaza that you allege doesn’t meet the standard criteria for a siege: “A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition and/or assault. A siege occurs when an attacker encounters a city or fortress that cannot be easily taken by a coup de main and refuses to surrender. Sieges involve surrounding the target and blocking the reinforcement or escape of troops or provision of supplies,, typically coupled with attempts to reduce the fortifications by means of siege engines, artillery bombardment, mining (also known as sapping), or the use of deception or treachery to bypass defenses. Failing a military outcome, sieges can often be decided by starvation, thirst or disease, which can afflict both the attacker or defender.”

    Having withdrawn from Gaza in 2005, demolishing settler homes and even exhuming bodies of Israelis from cemetaries in Gaza, Israel has no intention of “conquering” Gaza. Furthermore, regarding your assertions of an Israeli blockade of Gaza, Israel routinely allows the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza, including food, clothes and medicines. Israel has also made its hospiitals available to Palestinians in need of medical care. During the conflict in Gaza, Israel conducted a daily 3-hour unilateral ceasefire in order to allow for the administering of humanitarian aid. UN representatives in Gaza have condemned Hamas for intercepting humanitarian aid shipments to Gaza, depriving Palestinians of humanitarian aid. Finally, under international law, Israel is not obligated to maintain the opening of its own borders, particuarly when they border a hostile adjacent territory.

  2. Avatar David Stengler says:

    By the way, you neglected to mention Egypt’s blockade of the Rafah border with Gaza.

  3. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    By the way, you neglected to mention that you are posting already written scripts from a semi-automated computer system of political spam software from the Israeli military.

  4. Avatar David Stengler says:

    “By the way, you neglected to mention that you are posting already written scripts from a semi-automated computer system of political spam software from the Israeli military”

    Nonsense. I have no connecton whatsoever with the “Israeli military” nor am I even Israeli.

  5. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    The exact same lines of previous fictional characters of the Israeli military spam machine.

  6. Avatar David Stengler says:

    The same can be said of you and your colleagues. Nothing wrong with people having like-minded views.

  7. Tony, did you notice that IT couldn’t possibly have any sources other than the Military SchutzStaffel who are doing the actual invading, occupying, torturing and Murders to keep their Enterprise going?

    And that unless Newark NJ is somehow in the middle of The Other Side of the World IT couldn’t possibly have any first-hand experience in any of the things IT lies about so consistently?

  8. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    You are part of a semi automated computer system set up by the israeli military. We are not.

  9. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    Worse than that, Jonah. This is a foreign propaganda system that is using a server inside the US. That is illegal.

  10. Avatar David Stengler says:

    ROTFLMAO, I assure you, it’s far more benign and far less ominous than you are conjuring up, although, your alarm is somewhat amusing

  11. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    You are exactly like something from a late night horror movie with this last line.

  12. Avatar David Stengler says:

    Yes, be afraid, be VERRRY afraid! LOL. Get a grip!

  13. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    You have already been exposed in the Israeli media for being an operation of the Israeli military, Spam Gun.

  14. Avatar David Stengler says:

    You have no cogent responses to my posts, and, so, evidently, your only other option is to try to deflect attention with your conspiratorial fantasies of grandeur.

  15. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    David, this sort of post will be removed in the future.

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