10/03/04 GI Special #3.1: The Soldiers Know the Truth

GI Special: thomasfbarton@earthlink.net 3.9.04
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GI SPECIAL WILL RESUME 3.15.04 TO ALLOW TIME TO CATCH UP ON CORRESPONDENCE AND GIVE STAFF THE FIRST ONE WEEK REST BREAK SINCE APPEARING LAST SPRING. MEANWHILE, SINCE PHILOSOPHERS HAVE HITHERTO DESCRIBED THE WORLD, BUT THE POINT IS TO CHANGE IT, MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS:

FT. BRAGG NORTH CAROLINA ANTI-WAR EVENTS PLANNED FOR GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION, MARCH 20

On March 20 thousands of demonstrators will gather in Fayetteville, NC for a march and rally to mark the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Fayetteville is home to Ft. Bragg, one of the largest military bases in the U.S., and is adjacent to Pope Air Force Base.

The march will begin at 11:00 am at the Amtrak Station on Hay Street and proceed along Hay Street to Rowan Street Park for a 1:00 pm rally that will include speakers, music, poetry and song. The event, which will include marchers from throughout the Southeast, is expected to draw as many as 5,000 people. The March 20 event will be the largest anti-war demonstration held in Fayetteville since the Vietnam war.

"There are a lot of vets and military family members who think this war is wrong," said Lou Plummer of Fayetteville Peace with Justice and Military Families Speak Out, two of the event’s sponsors. We called Saddam evil for killing Iraqis, yet we are responsible for 8-10,000 deaths ourselves, many of them innocent civilians. The 500+ US soldiers who have been killed and the thousands of wounded and disabled service members are victims of a government that does not care about them.

We’re holding the march here in Fayetteville to show the world that there are military families and vets in solidarity with the millions of others who are negatively affected by war and occupation in Iraq, and by its consequences at home."

The Fayetteville march and rally is part of an international Global Day of Action Against War and Occupation that will be marked by demonstrations worldwide. Last year’s February 15 Global Day of Action brought out some 15 million demonstrators on all nine continents, including Antarctica.

Other organizations building for this year’s event include the World Social Forum, United for Peace and Justice, Military Families Speak Out, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Black Solidarity Against War, U.S. Labor Against the War, N.C. Council of Churches, Veterans for Peace, Bring Them Home Now coalition, American Friends Service Committee, September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, People of Color Against the War, and the International Socialist Organization.

WE DEMAND REAL SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS: BRING THEM HOME NOW! MONEY FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION, NOT WAR AND OCCUPATIONS. THE WORLD STILL SAYS NO TO WAR!

For more information: www.ncpeacehub.org

In Fayetteville:

Lou Plummer, Fayetteville Peace with Justice and Military Families Speak Out, fayettevillepwj@nc.rr.com Phone 910/433-9053

Chuck Fager, Quaker House CHUCKFAGER@aol.com Phone 910/ 323-3912 Liz Seymour, March 20 media coordinator, hobbldhoy@aol.com Phone 336/274-1814

Military Families Won’t Keep Quiet:

From: www.bushpresident2004.com/troops.htm
"George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld care about the troops in the same way that Tyson Foods cares about chickens."

Stan Goff, Retired Army Master Sergeant and father of soldier in Iraq

"I'm in awe of my sons and the honorable service they give. But the leaders they serve have not acted honorably. They have failed my sons. They have failed all of us."

Larry Syverson, father of two sons serving in Tikrit and Baghdad

"It's all part of the lie of the Bush administration, that they say they support our troops … Our troops have become oppressors and occupiers in a hostile nation."

Susan Schuman, Mother of Massachusetts National Guard Sergeant stationed in Iraq

"My son died because Bush lied … Neither my wife nor my family want more children to die in this illegal war. We are no less patriotic for wanting peace … Bush wants $87 billion for this war, but what does he give us for our schools?"

Fernando Suarez, father of Jesus Suarez who was killed in Iraq

Do you have a friend or relative in the service? Forward this E-MAIL along, or send us the address if you wish and we’ll send it regularly. Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the USA, this is extra important for your service friend, too often cut off from access to encouraging news of growing resistance to the war, at home and in Iraq, and information about other social protest movements here in the USA. Send requests to address up top. For copies on web site
see: www.notinourname.net/gi-special/

BRING THEM HOME NOW TOO


Marine light armored vehicles occupy the Haitian Presidential palace, March 3, 2004. (Andrew Winning/Reuters)

Marines Kill Man At Checkpoint For Driving While Haitian; More Lame Bullshit On Another Killing

(THANKS TO B WHO E-MAILED THIS IN: B WRITES: Iraq? Haiti? Same shit.) 3.9.04 By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press Writer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – U.S. Marines shot and killed the driver of a vehicle speeding toward a military checkpoint, a spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday, the second reported fatality at the hands of the peacekeepers.

A passenger in the car also was wounded in the Monday night shooting, said the spokesman, Sgt. Timothy Edwards, in a telephone interview.

"When you see a vehicle approaching at high speed it is seen as a threat, so the Marines opened fire," Edwards said. "The driver was killed. … A second man was injured and turned over to the Haitian police." (And no doubt charged with attacking a bullet with his body.)

Edwards said the body of the driver killed Monday night was turned over to the Red Cross. (In Iraq, they at least get a Lt.. Col. to tell these stupid lies.)

But a body remained near the checkpoint area on Port-au-Prince's main road Tuesday morning, and a man who said his cousin had been shot and killed by Marines identified it as that of Mutial Telusma.

The cousin, Jean-Claude Batiste, said Telusma had picked up his brother, Sedelin Telusma, from his work at the international airport around 8 p.m. and was driving home at high speed, which is normal in Haiti.

"The road was blocked and he didn't know, just kept going and he was shot," Batiste told the AP, recounting the story from Sedelin Telusma, who was treated for two gunshot wounds.

Marine spokesman Col. Charles Gurganus said Monday they could not identify the man who was shot in self-defense Sunday, did not know where his body was, and did not have his weapon, which he said had been taken by someone.

THIS IS WHAT INVASION AND OCCUPATION LOOK LIKE


A U.S. Marine orders a man to go back to the other side of the street (!) in downtown Port au Prince, Haiti March 8, 2004. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

ANOTHER RESISTANCE IS BORN


People protest in front of U.S. Marines guarding a gate after a man was killed near the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday March 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

MARINES BE ADVISED; WHEN DEFEATING THE FRENCH SLAVEOWNERS, THE BATTLE CRY OF THE HAITIANS WAS QUITE SIMPLE: “CHOP OF THEIR HEADS, AND SET THEM ON FIRE”

ASSUMING THE MARINE IN THE TOP PHOTO IS NOT JUST SOME STUPID RACIST ASSHOLE GETTING OFF ON SCREAMING AT BLACKS AND TELLING THEM WHICH SIDE OF THE STREET THEY MAY OR MAY NOT WALK ON, TAKE HIM TO ONE SIDE AND GIVE HIM THIS BIT OF FRIENDLY ADVICE:

WATCH YOUR FUCKING MOUTH AND ADJUST YOUR SHITEATING ATTITUDE IN ONE BIG HURRY IF YOU WISH TO SURVIVE YOUR LITTLE JOURNEY TO HAITI. YOU ARE SURROUNDED, VASTLY OUTNUMBERED, AND CAN BE TAKEN DOWN AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE. YOU JUST MADE AT LEAST ONE ENEMY FOR LIFE FOR EVERY TROOP IN COUNTRY. HOW MANY MORE WOULD YOU CARE TO ADD?

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