Tuesday, February 5, 2008

More important than Stupor Tuesday: War crimes news round-up

Here are a few items that caught my attention.

The civil suit filed against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan Inc. began today

Brenda Norrell covers the sentencing hearing for three Fort Huachuca torture protesters who'd been convicted of trespassing and failure to comply with an officer - for whatever it might have been worth, that hearing offered at least something of an airing of the issue of torture and the US role in propagating and perpetrating the cruel practice.

Stephen Soldz has questions about Rumsfeld's role in authorizing war crimes.

Chris Floyd has an article up called Strange Fruit: America's Gulag and the "Good War". We'll call it food for thought for those alleged "progressives" who keep insisting that the Afghanistan War was and is "good" and it's only the Iraq War that's bad.

Valtin has a good one up called On Prestige and Power and War Crimes.

At A Tiny Revolution, there's a good capsule summary of Colin Powell's lies to the UN prior to the Iraq War, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of his infamous UN appearance - Lie After Lie: What Exactly Colin Powell Knew Five Years Ago Today, And What He Told The World.

Also, via A Tiny Revolution, I learned of a blog that's dedicated to remembering Powell's blood-stained performance on February 5, 2003 which goes by the name, Day of Shame. It was indeed, as I remarked back on February 5, 2004, "one the most infamous acts of Propaganda in World history. We must never forget." Today, I will remind my readers that some of the so-called "intelligence" upon which Powell based his statements that day was obtained via torture. Although those of us who were against the war from the beginning, and who were skeptical about the claims Powell and others were making, have been vindicated, that vindication does little more than provide cold comfort. The lives lost and ruined as a consequence of those lies will never be repaired. We're going to be living with the consequences for a very long time.

Finally, check out the blogger Maine Owl, who has a series of blog posts under the title, Five Years Ago in War. Looks like an interesting project for those interested in keeping a record of what has happened in our names.

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