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Sunday, September 2, 2007

War on Terror !

As Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild, pointed out, Bush “overlooked the 4 million Indochinese and 58,000 American soldiers who paid the ultimate price for that imperial war. And the myriad Vietnamese and Americans who continue to suffer the devastating effects of the defoliant Agent Orange the U.S. forces dropped on Vietnam.”

In fact, the U.S. “liberated” Japan by dropping two atomic bombs on it--entirely unnecessary militarily, but politically useful in sending a warning to the USSR, then looming as its main rival in the postwar world.

Lying about Vietnam to justify his war

Oliver Stone to film My Lai massacre
Tue, 28 Aug 2007 19:44:45

The American director Oliver Stone is slated to start the production of another movie about the US massacres during the Vietnam war.

The new movie called Pinkville will be written by Mikko Alanne, focusing on the investigation of the 1968 My Lai massacre.

Production will begin early next year with a 40 million dollar budget.

Pinkville will be Stone's fourth movie on the Vietnam war, following the Oscar winner Platoon, Heaven and Earth, and Born on the Fourth of July.

'Redacted' depicts Iraqi horrors
Sat, 01 Sep 2007 02:35:50
Source: Agencies
American film director, Brian De Palma

American film director Brian De Palma has stunned the Venice Film Festival with his traumatic new film about the horrors of the Iraq war.

Brian De Palma said he hoped seeing such images would alert Americans to the truth of what is going on in Iraq and would ultimately stop the war.

The film, Redacted, is based on the horrible real-life incident in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, in which American soldiers violated a 14-year-old schoolgirl before setting her body alight and shooting dead her parents and her five-year-old sister.

Other events shown on film include the fatal shooting of a pregnant Iraqi woman at a US military checkpoint as her brother was driving her to hospital.

The film is a response to what De Palma sees as sanitized media accounts of the war seen in the United States.

"All the images we have of our war are completely constructed - whitewashed, redacted," said De Palma adding that "one only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to get their congressmen to vote against the war."

De Palma casts relatively unknown actors as the army recruits and filmed on location in Jordan

US 'intellectually bankrupt' over Iraq
Sat, 01 Sep 2007 22:07:57
Source: agencies
General Sir Mike Jackson

The head of the British army during the invasion of Iraq has criticized the US post-war policy in Iraq as intellectually bankrupt.

General Sir Mike Jackson, a now retired former chief of the general staff, said the approach taken by former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was "intellectually bankrupt" and described his comment that US forces "don't do nation-building" as "nonsensical" The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday.

Gen Jackson said Mr. Rumsfeld was "one of the most responsible for the current situation in Iraq."

Jackson was particularly critical of US President George W. Bush's decision to hand control of the post-invasion running of Iraq to the Department of Defense.

"All the planning carried out by the State Department went to waste," he noted.

Jackson further added the entire US approach to tackling global terrorism was "inadequate" because it relied too heavily on military power at the expense of nation building and diplomacy.

The remarks come as officials from both the US and UK have been blaming each other over Iraq.

General Jack Keane, a former vice-chief of staff of the US army, said there was "frustration" in Washington at Britain's role in southern Iraq as he shed light on media reports that American officials think British forces have failed there.

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