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Ishaqi massacre of village people by US.

Young boy killed by the US, who falsely accused the people murdered by the US military forces to be Al-Qaeda members.

I was in my farm, from far I saw American military forces surrounded the house.

Then I heard gunshots and screams.

After 15 minutes the noises stopped and the Americans left the area.

Minutes later, an airplane bombed the two houses.

One missile followed with five missiles.

I knew my whole family members are killed.

Photo: www.iraqirabita.org/
Thursday 14 December 2006
Mass death returns to Ishaqi.
I. Rashomon in Iraq
Mass death came again to the Iraqi town of Ishaqi last Friday.
Nine months after an American raid that killed 11 civilians, including five children under the age of five, another ground and air assault on suspected insurgents in the area left behind a pile of corpses, including at least two children.
As with the earlier incident, Friday's attack has produced conflicting stories of what really happened, but the end result is clear: a multitude of grieving, angry Iraqis further embittered against the American occupation.
The latest Ishaqi attack — with "only" 20 fatalities — is of course a mere sideshow in the garish carnival of death that is Iraq today.
But in many respects it is a microcosm of the largely unseen reality of the war that grinds on day after day behind the obscuring fog of political rhetoric that enshrouds both Washington and Baghdad.
In this return to Ishaqi, we find many of the elements that have kept Iraq an open, gaping wound with little chance for healing: constant airstrikes on populated civilian areas, iron-fisted house raids, propaganda ploys, dubious intelligence, disdain for the locals — and the employment of mysterious units that may be blended with government-run (even American-run) death squads.
What happened?
So what happened on December 9 in the village of Taima, in the Ishaqi district, on the shores of Lake Tharthar?
The official US military version states that unidentified "Coalition Forces" entered the village shortly after midnight and targeted a location "based on intelligence reports that indicated associates with links to multiple al-Qaeda in Iraq networks were operating in the area."
During a search, they took heavy fire from a nearby building.
Returning fire, they killed "two armed terrorists [Resistance members]" but couldn't quell the attack, so they called in an airstrike that killed "18 more armed terrorists [Resistance members]," including two women.
Of the latter, the military press release said that "al-Qaeda in Iraq has both men and women supporting and facilitating their operations, unfortunately."
The unspecified raiders then uncovered a cache of terrorist [Resistance member] arms which they photographed and subsequently destroyed.
Long been armed to the teeth
The identification of the victims as terrorists [Resistance members] was made through a "battle damage assessment," said US military spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver.
"If there is a weapon with or next to the person or they are holding it, they are a terrorist [Resistance member]," he said.
Yet as Bloomberg News points out, almost all Iraqis keep a gun — or several guns — in their home.
Indeed, the whole nation has long been armed to the teeth, with even heavy weaponry in private hands throughout the reign of Saddam Hussein.
In fact, as Patrick Cockburn notes in his excellent new book, The Occupation, Saddam once had to resort to a national buy-back scheme to try to reduce the level of heavy weapons on the streets.
One tribe even showed up with three tanks, "which they were prepared to turn over for a sizeable amount of money."
This doesn't mean that the official report of the Ishaqi incident is necessarily wrong, of course.
But neither is it a fact that every dead Iraqi found near a weapon in a bombed-out private house is a terrorist. [Resistance member]
American spokesmen provided two photos of weapons caches they said were recovered from the airstrike.
One photo showed a set of damaged, battered, dust-covered AK-47s, pistols, grenade launchers and ammo clips.
The other showed a notably pristine-looking set of "explosives, blasting caps and suicide belts," as the military press release described them.
Garver firmly refused to identify the troops involved in the raid; he wouldn't even say if they were American, Iraqi, or from some other Coalition ally, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Units we don't talk about.
"There are some units we don't talk about," he said.
But the conclusions of the official report were unequivocal: 20 terrorists [Resistance members] killed, no collateral damage — an exemplary feat of arms that brought the Coalition "another step closer to defeating al-Qaeda [Iraq Resistance] in Iraq and helping establish a [']safe and peaceful['] Iraq."
But local officials from the US-backed Iraqi government had a different view: they said the raid was a bloodbath of innocent civilians.
Ishaqi mayor Amir Fayadh said that 19 civilians were killed by the airstrikes that destroyed two private homes.
Fayadh said that the victims included seven women and eight children.
An official in the regional government of Salahuddin said six children had been killed.
All Iraqi officials agreed that the victims were mostly members of the extended families of two brothers in the town, Muhammad Hussein al-Jalmood and Mahmood Hussein al-Jalmood, the New York Times reports.
Both Fayadh and Abdullah Hussein Jabbara, deputy governor of Salahuddin, insisted that the families had nothing to do with al-Qaeda.
Locals claimed that the terrorist [Resistance] paraphernalia at the site, such as the "suicide belts," had been planted.
American officials denied the charge.
Soon after the attack, reporters and photographers from the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse arrived on the scene.
They took pictures, shot video, and talked to grieving members of the al-Jalmood family.
Local police gave them the names of at least 17 of the victims, which indicated they were from the same family.
The names of at least four women were among them.
Many of the bodies had been charred and twisted beyond recognition; some were "almost mummified," AP reports.
However, AFP videotaped at least two children among the dead.
When shown the pictures later, Garver said: "I see nothing in the photos that indicates those children were in the houses that our forces received fire from and subsequently destroyed with the airstrike."
He did not speculate on where the dead children being mourned by family members after being pulled from the rubble of the bombed-out houses might have come from otherwise.
Perhaps the al-Jalmoods kept them in cold storage for just such a propaganda opportunity?
 
II.   Seeding Insurgency [Resistance] and Civil War
The next day, hundreds of angry residents from the Ishaqi area carried the raid victims to their graves while firing weapons and "condemning the mass killing by the occupation forces," as Reuters reports.
But the story quickly faded from the newswires, replaced by more Beltway jawboning about the Baker Group report and rampant rumors of Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki's impending ouster.
Yet many questions about the Ishaqi incident remain.
First, how to reconcile the wildly different accounts of the US military and the officials of the US-backed Iraqi government?
Someone is not telling the whole truth.
Either there were only 20 dead "armed terrorists" [Iraq Resistance] at the scene — with only two women and no children — or else the raid did indeed kill several civilians, including at least two children, by calling down an airstrike on a residential area that took out belligerents and non-combatants alike.
(That shots were exchanged in the darkness of the midnight raid is not in dispute.)
The refusal to identify the unit involved is also puzzling, especially in the terms Garver used: "There are some units we don't talk about."
This was not a general refusal to identify specific military outfits to avoid possible reprisal; in any case, local residents would certainly know which Coalition units were quartered in the vicinity.
The phrase seemed to refer to a more shadowy force: perhaps the "Iraqi special forces unit" created and paid for by the Bush administration to act outside the control of "sovereign" Iraqi government, as Spencer Ackerman noted in The New Republic last week.
They cannot fire him
This freebooting secret police unit was formed under the "interim government" of CIA asset and former anti-Saddam terrorist chieftain Iyad Allawi.
It is commanded by General Muhammed Shahwani, who made it clear to Allawi's successors, the "democratic" leaders of "sovereign" Iraq, Ibrahim al-Jafari and Maliki, that they cannot fire him.
The Americans also gave him control of the captured files of Saddam's hated Muhkabarat security agency.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Shahwani's "special forces" have "participated in operations against suspected Shiite death squad members and high-level Iraqi insurgents."
As Steve Gilliard and others have noted, these "special forces" likely grew out of the Iraqi militia that the Bush administration formed in the summer of 2003, as the insurgency began to grow.
Bush also reopened Saddam's infamous Abu Ghraib prison at the same time, despite solemn promises to destroy it.
As I noted in the Moscow Times in August of that year:
Here's a headline you don't see every day:
"War Criminals Hire War Criminals
to Hunt Down War Criminals."
Perhaps that's not the precise wording used by the Washington Post this week, but it is the essence of its story about the Bush Regime's new campaign to put Saddam's murderous security forces on America's payroll.
Yes, the sahibs in Bush's Iraqi Raj are now doling out American tax dollars to hire the murderers of the infamous Mukhabarat and other agents of the Baathist Gestapo - perhaps hundreds of them.
The logic, if that's the word, seems to be that these bloodstained "insiders" will lead their new imperial masters to other bloodstained "insiders" responsible for bombing the UN headquarters in Baghdad - and killing another dozen American soldiers while Little George was playing with his putts during his month-long Texas siesta.
Naturally, the Iraqi people - even the Bush-appointed leaders of the Potemkin "Governing Council" - aren't exactly overjoyed at seeing Saddam's goons return, flush with American money and firepower.
And they're certainly not reassured by the fact that the Bushists have also re-opened Saddam's most notorious prison, the dread Abu Ghraib, and are now, Mukhabarat-like, filling it with Iraqis - men, women, and children as young as 11 - seized from their homes or plucked off the street to be held incommunicado, indefinitely, without due process, just like the old days.
As the Times reports, weeping relatives who dare approach the gleaming American razor-wire in search of their "disappeared" loved ones are referred to a crude, hand-written sign pinned to a spike:
'No visits are allowed.
'No information will be given and you must leave.'
Perhaps an Iraqi Akhmatova will do justice to these scenes one day.
Salvador Option
These groups were later joined by homegrown militias taken up by American commanders and given arms and money to do the shadowlands "wet work" that US forces could not do.
This was the "Salvador Option" that American officials began discussing publicly in early 2005: emulating the death squads backed by the Reagan and Bush I administrations in their "counterinsurgency" proxy wars in Central America during the 1980s, when tens of thousands of people were murdered.
In fact, Bush II brought in US veterans of the death squad days to train the new Iraqi militias.
Bush also provided a "state-of-the-art command, control and communications center" to coordinate the operation of his Iraqi "commandos," as the Pentagon's own news site, DefendAmerica, reported in December 2005.
It was not long after this that the militia activity began the dizzying, horrifying rise that shows no signs of abating.
Meanwhile, the sectarian militias of the Iraqi parties empowered by Bush's invasion have long infiltrated the army, police and various government ministries.
With the entire county now riddled with militias waging a hydra-headed civil war, it has become a cliché of Washington political chat to say that US military forces are in danger of becoming "just another militia" in Iraq.
But behind that turn of phrase is a darker truth: the Bush team itself formed many of the first militias set loose upon Iraq, thus seeding the bloody strife now consuming the land.
Given this history, one would like to press Lt. Col. Garver a bit further and ask: Are these the kind of "units we don't talk about" that carried out the raid in Ishaqi last Friday?
If not, why won't you identify the troops whose successful operation — with clean kills and no "collaterals" — brought us another step closer to "establishing a safe and peaceful Iraq"?
III.   The Midnight Hour
Of course, it might have been more straightforward: an ordinary unit of overstrained, undertrained American troops sent off on a midnight mission in a hostile village where their comrades had killed 11 civilians a few months before.
They were told "al-Qaeda" was lurking in the shadows.
(Strangely enough, although the Pentagon itself admits that self-declared "al-Qaeda" franchise operators in Iraq make up, at most, 2 to 3 percent of the insurgent forces, the most controversial incidents always seem to involve "al-Qaeda" agents.)
Where did this intelligence come from?
Was it solid data?
Someone seeking a bounty?
Did it come from a tortured prisoner?
Was it one sectarian militia baiting the Americans to attack a rival?
Someone with a grudge against the al-Jalmood family?
We don't know; most likely, the soldiers didn't know either.
They did what they were told.
They moved into the village.
They began searching some buildings.
Someone started shooting at them.
They killed a couple of people but the bullets kept coming.
So they did what threatened US troops routinely do to protect themselves: they called for an airstrike.
A plane came down and dropped a couple of bombs or fired some missiles in the darkness.
Two houses blew up.
There was screaming.
Burning bodies.
Smoking rubble, some nasty hardware all around.
All the corpses that they could see, what was left of them, looked like terrorists [Iraq resistance].
A couple of women there, maybe.
Guns nearby.
Terrorists [Iraq resistance].
As the sun came out, perhaps the villagers of Taima emerged from their hiding places and began to dig through the rubble of the al-Jalmoods' houses.
Here was the body of a 10-year-old boy, captured on film by AP, as someone cradled his lifeless head.
Here were women kneeling in the dust to keen over charred remains.
Here were police gathering the names, trying to count the dead.
 
Reminiscent of similar airstrike
It was a scene reminiscent of last March, when the people of the nearby Ishaqi district village of Abu Sifa brought out their dead from a similar airstrike on accused al-Qaeda operatives.
Then however, the scene was more horrific: five young children laid out on rugs, their bodies unmarked except for apparent bullet holes in their heads.
The charges too were more serious: not just a raid allegedly gone awry, with overkill and collateral damage, as last Friday, but a systematic execution of civilians in their homes followed by an airstrike called in to cover up the crime.
The Pentagon investigated the earlier incident and exonerated itself a few weeks later, although it never explained the discrepancy between its body count — one man, two women and a child — and the overwhelming photographic and eyewitness evidence of local Iraqi officials and Western news agencies of 11 casualties, including the five children.
 
War crimes upon war crimes
There will likely be no Pentagon investigation of the latest mass killing in Ishaqi.
Certainly there will never be an independent probe that could establish the truth of what really happened in that midnight hour.   [Illegal — war crimes upon war crimes]
If it involved ordinary troops and not Bush's shadowy death squads and hired guns, it was probably not, technically speaking, an atrocity, not a planned murder of civilians, but a simple skirmish with hostile forces in the dark - terrorists, insurgents, militiamen, gangsters [Illegal — what stems from illegal fruit breeds seed that always remains illegal — war crimes upon war crimes — continuing war against Iraq resistance] — or with innocent homeowners defending their property, or maybe an inextricable mix of the two.
It was just another night in Iraq, another raid, another blood-letting, another outcry of anguish.
Meanwhile, the makers of the true atrocity, the great atrocity — the unprovoked, unsanctioned, unnecessary act of aggression responsible for all the mass Iraqi deaths in Ishaqi and across the land, all the dead and maimed Americans, all the ruin, all the senseless pain and suffering — will be making the rounds of sumptuous Christmas parties in the coming days.
They'll be feasting and toasting, dancing and laughing, swathed in the pomps of wealth and power, forever secure against the consequences of the evil they have done.
 
The War Culture exists to feed itself, to engulf itself in resplendent affluence and material comfort.
It seeks to live in lavishness and privileged circumstance, usually at the expense of billions of poor human energies devoid of the luck of living inside the Pax Americana.
USA uses you
       http://bellaciao.org                 November 23, 2004     By Manuel Valenzuela
       www.valenzuelasveritas.blogspot.com/        
The War Culture
Demonstrably flying away from the fraternity of nations has not been achieved solely by the crimes and ineptitude of the worst president in living memory.
Rather, this phenomenon has lingered in the American conscious for the last fifty years, evolving slowly but surely thanks to a rapidly evolving Pax Americana and its exponentially growing exploitation of the world’s remaining natural and human resources that continues to increase at unprecedented rates.
This truth has over the span of decades alienated a large portion of the global population who has been privy to the damaging intervention in world affairs by a US government engaged in every corner of the world, usually at the expense of the native citizenry and in favor of the corporate Leviathan.
(Leviathan — Something large, as a great whale, or monstrous beast)
Exists to feed itself
Exploited and enslaved, the people of the world have seen what those residing inside the belly of the beast refuse to accept and are ignorantly shielded away from.
It is the creation of a War Culture that, even with the continued dwindling of the world’s resources and for calls for sustainable development, continues to decimate, devastate and exploit for its own purposes and goals.
The War Culture exists to feed itself, to engulf itself in resplendent affluence and material comfort.
It seeks to live in lavishness and privileged circumstance, usually at the expense of billions of poor human energies devoid of the luck of living inside the Pax Americana.
Image: www.aljazeerah.info/Jalal Al-Rifa'i, Ad Dustour, 11/23/04

This is a warning from the US military to Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi:
— We're preparing to attack Mosul, please move out of the city.  We don't want to see you there ...
Take care Mussy, and stay safe.
Through careful manipulation based on hereditary conditioning, the Corporate Leviathan, together with the American government, has inserted the pursuit of luxury and excessiveness onto an unknowing public that has been educated and acclimatized towards acquiescing to the conquest of land and man through mechanisms of Empire.
Included in this training is the acceptance of violence as a means to an end, creating in the citizenry, usually from birth, the tools necessary that allow both the government and the Leviathan to unleash extreme levels of violence, exploitation and destruction onto the world without so much as a small whisper of protest from the population.
It is these tools that make violence a sanitized endeavor that is airbrushed to represent an abstract mirage that hides the horror and danger of armed conflict.
Thus, the American people are inoculated to the realities of the violence their government unleashes in the name of the corporate world, making us immune to a truth that is all too real and oftentimes overwhelmingly destructive.
This is the only way the War Culture can maintain its standard of living. It is the only way to build an Empire in a human civilization at the dawn of the 21st century.
Only by conditioning its population, manipulating it to accept the violence necessary for the continued exploitation and conquest of the world’s natural and human resources can the Pax Americana survive, and thrive.
Sleepwalking through life, blinded by excessiveness and plentitude, made ignorant by the many toys in our possession, we allow our government and the corporate masters that control it free reign to usurp lands, peoples, lives and the collective future of the human race.
A War Culture has been created, clandestinely spawned from within our own minds, making us pawns in its demolition of lives and foot soldiers in its continuing existence.
Our breaths grant it life, our lifestyle makes it thrive.
The War Culture we have become, birthed from our unsuspecting eyes, making us complicit in the forces of Empire building that sequester us to the grievous mistakes of Empires past.
Spoils of Extravagance
The embodiment of what America has become can lucidly be seen in a society that has been allowed to evolve beyond the borders of its own limitations.
It can be seen in the voluminous exorbitance that defines the richest nation in the brief history of humankind.
It can be seen in the annihilation of indigenous peoples that resulted in the exploitation of their lands and in the enslavement of an entire race that rocketed a new nation to splendorous wealth.
Today, in order to meet its insatiable hunger for its luxurious standard of living, afforded to no other nation in existence, the exploitation of land and man must continue.
Photo: Handout/U.S. Military/LCpl J.A. Chaverri
US military attacking the city of Falluja, November 23, 2004.
Bellaciao collective — Bella Ciao     November 24, 2004
The War Culture — By Manuel Valenzuela — ValenzuelasVeritas.blogspot.com
Devouring Earth at unprecedented rates, American society must satisfy its insatiable craving for lifestyles bathed in excessiveness and overabundance that dwarfs any culture that exists today, or that has come before.
This superfluous undertaking has made the pursuit of Empire a necessary evil in which death, destruction and exploitation of both land and man are but predetermined conditions needed for the continued growth of economy, wallets and possessions.
The end result is a culture of war, of expansion, Empire and control of the world’s natural, human and financial resources.
Murder, genocide, suffering, enslavement, poverty, malnutrition, destruction of opportunity and ability, lack of education, happiness and healthcare have become mere manifestations of collateral damage in the American quest to satisfy the voracious appetite of its drooling citizens.
The War Culture has emerged, and complicit we all are in Iraq, Palestine, Africa, Latin America, Asia and in the continued devastation and rape of Earth’s land, water, air and energy.
Products proudly displayed in our homes, garages and gardens
Through war our lives are made to prosper; through war our possessions are made cheaper; through war our excessiveness flourishes and greed mushrooms.
Through war our materialistic selves shop merrily; through war we live like kings and queens while the rest of the world rots in indigence.
It is war, conquest and Empire that sustains our standard of living and our slide into decadence.
It is war and Empire that allows us to dwell in the expectation of unsustainable development and the continued increase to our ever-expanding array of possessions and property.
It is war and violence that furthers our lifestyle living in castles, basking in worldly possessions and eating more than any other human society that has ever existed.
Only through adventures like the failure in Iraq can we hope to continue living the American Dream, living as the feudal lords to the billions of serfs who slave their lives for our comfortable existence and unknowingly sacrifice their progeny and energies to our gorging greed.
The ultimate exploiter is the War Culture, hiding behind the multitude of products proudly displayed in our homes, garages and gardens that degenerate the environment, suffocate the less fortunate and that helps release death, destruction and untold misery onto our brethren.
Tuesday, 23 November, 2004
Hunting 'Satan' in Falluja hell
By Paul Wood
BBC News, Falluja
Lt Malcolm was a good chess player. He looked like any other young marines officer: skinny, shaven-headed, although with a quite beaky nose.
Marine peers through machinegun scope during Falluja assault
Alpha Company suffered heavy losses in the Falluja assault
Anyway, you could always pick him out.   He would be the one with the chess board placed on an up-ended box of MREs (Meal Ready to Eat), working out moves.
I got to know him a little bit, as his bunk was opposite mine.
I would watch as he gave chess tips to those of his men who had not completely given in to poker or hearts.
About five hours into the battle, Lt Malcolm was killed.
He was the weapons officer in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, the unit I had joined as an "embed".
Just before dawn, Alpha Company blew a large hole in an outer wall, and entered the police station right in the heart of Falluja.
It was still pretty quiet then but as the sun rose the marines found themselves surrounded and under attack from all sides.
Lt Malcolm's squad went up on to the highest roof top they could find — but not higher than the two minarets on either side with snipers.
There was a wall about 40cm (16in) tall for cover.   Everyone tried to get close to it while bullets skipped across the paving stones.
When he heard his men were in trouble — the men he'd been giving chess tips just the day before — Lt Malcolm came to get them.
Extraordinary valour
As he ran onto the roof, one of the sniper's bullets hit his helmet, bouncing off.
He kept going, and did not leave until he had shepherded all his men down.
He was killed by the second bullet.   It got him in the back, just below the flak jacket, as he jumped down the stairwell.
He must have thought he was home free.
There was no hint of his extraordinary valour in the press release issued two days later.
Marine aims machinegun through hole in the wall in Falluja assault
Alpha Company marines came under fire from all sides
It said: "The Department of Defense announced today the death two marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom."
"1st Lt Dan T Malcolm Jr, 25, of Brinson, Ga, died Nov 10 as a result of enemy action in al-Anbar Province, Iraq."
The other dead marine in the press release was a Sgt David Caruso, who was not from our unit.
At the end of the day on which Lt Malcolm was killed, the 1/8 had taken between a quarter and a third of the killed and wounded for the entire force, across the entire operation.
That was about five times their proportion of the attacking troops.
On Monday, the number of deaths for coalition forces stood at 51, with some 450 injured.
These figures represent the coalition's worst losses in any battle in Iraq since the invasion.   And the 1/8 still have 20% of those losses.
'Fort Apache'
Lt Col Brandl, the 1/8's commander, came striding across the roof top, wearing wrap-around shades and a broad grin.
A cigar was sticking out of one side of his mouth.   Everyone else was moving around bent double.
The marines called this building "Fort Apache" since in any particular direction you cared to look, someone was attacking them.
"What's our situation, Colonel?" I asked, a little nervous.
"Our situation is good," he said, pausing for a volley of gunfire.   "The enemy is coming to us.   And we're killing him."
Col Brandl's insouciance as he strode around the battlefield — his battlefield — was a calculated act of leadership, designed to steady the nerves of the young marines around him.
The enemy has got a face — he's called Satan, he's in Falluja, and we're going to destroy him
Lt Col Brandl
I also detected a sense of relief in him.   The planning was over.
What would happen, would happen.   It was up to his marines now. We had got a hint of the enormous stress on Brandl during the eve-of-battle briefing.
For three hours, he and his men poured over slides stamped "Top Secret" and walked around a map of central Falluja drawn with marker pen on the floor of their operations room.
Our camera zoomed in close on Col Brandl while he was deep in thought — almost invading his privacy despite this being a very public space.
We could see an insistent twitch below his right eye.   He had had no sleep for a week and held the lives of hundreds of Americans and Iraqis in his hands.
So he would look at a captain pointing a stick at the map on the floor and say things like: "I see an enemy vehicle laden with explosives coming up one of those routes.
"He's going to run one, two, four, five, however many he wants to, right into your flank.
"Once you've got that area isolated, the enemy is yours.   It's coming in on your flanks I'm concerned about."
'Nothing will defeat us'
Col Brandl had a good turn of phrase for us journalists.   This was one which got widely quoted:
Marines take aim behind a rooftop parapet during Falluja assault
Marines suffered sustained attacks from snipers using minarets
"You've got to remember, gents, that this enemy does not like to show his face.
"A lot of the marines that I've had wounded and killed over the past five months have been by a faceless enemy.   But the enemy has got a face.
"He's called Satan.   He's in Falluja.   And we're going to destroy him."
But to his officers in the briefing he said: "There's nothing out there that will defeat us."
Pointing to his head, then his heart, he went on: "What our marines, soldiers and sailors, and the Iraqi forces that we have with us, have going for them is not only what's up here [head], but what's in here [heart].
"This is a right fight for us, this is a good fight for us.   And we're going to win it.   And we're going to do it with professionalism and honour."
Lt Bahrns was one of the young officers in the briefing.
When I asked about the massive amount of firepower the marines would bring to bear on Falluja, he said: "If there are civilians in there, they are non-combatants, then by no means do we want to hurt a woman or a child.
"We're here to protect them, we're here to keep them safe and we're here to turn over Falluja back to them.   It's just shoot the bad guys and take care of the civilians."
Boy soldier
Lt Bahrns was leading a squad responsible for clearing the insurgents out of the very southern tip of Falluja.
It was by now more than a week into the battle, the longest continuous period of urban, house-to house fighting since the Vietnam war.
Alpha Company were holed up in a house right on the edge of the desert.   You could really see that the insurgents had nowhere else to go.
Every night, though, the insurgents would attack, waiting until just after dark.
Half an hour after sunset the first rocket propelled grenades made yellow streaks across the sky, and exploded just behind us.
The marine snipers would try to pick off the insurgents circling around the building.
The next morning, we saw their bodies, splayed out at odd angles, already starting to bloat, the flies thick on their faces.
Lt Bahrns told me he had lost his machine gunner.
Marine aims his machinegun through window during Falluja assault.
Much of the combat involved house-to-house fighting
The gunner had been first into a house, the lieutenant explained, and been shot and killed by those inside.
The heavy gun was then pulled off the marine's body, and used to fire on the others in the squad outside the house.
There was a long battle.   For three hours they could not even get the dead marine's body out.
When the marines finally stormed the house, they found three other bodies inside, each holding weapons: two men, and a boy, "maybe 10 years old".
You could tell that Lt Bahrns was sickened by this, almost in anguish.
"They were shooting at my marines," he said.   "What could we do?"
Throughout this entire week, we caught only two glimpses of civilians.
One was a group with white flags running away.   Another was a shell-shocked man who was brought into the marines' base on a stretcher after being found wandering the streets.
The marines saw many dead bodies — often being gnawed at by dogs in the streets — but they were all of fighters, even if in this one case the "fighter" was a child.
Paul Wood was embedded with the 1st Battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment during the battle of Falluja.
Soldiers In Pill Bottles

I did not serve in Vietnam for the cause of freedom.
I served Big Business in America for the cause of profit.
Betrayal is the lethal dose that destroys countless Veterans.
Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War.
I
R emember
A nother 
Q uagmire
 
Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71


Soldiers In Pill Bottles
I did not serve in Vietnam for the cause of freedom.
I served Big Business in America for the cause of profit.
Betrayal is the lethal dose that destroys countless Veterans.
Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War.
I
 R emember
  A nother
   Q uagmire
Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
Photo:  www.aljazeerah.info/Khaldoun Gharaybeh, Alrai, 11/21/04
Censorship of news from Falluja.
Only news from embedded reporters with occupying forces.
Thousands of Iraqis killed, thousands injured.
Bellaciao collective — Bella Ciao     November 23, 2004
The War Culture
By Manuel Valenzuela — ValenzuelasVeritas.blogspot.com
Through the smoking mirror the guilty can be seen, and our faces frown at the realization that our excessively comfortable lives have been garnered through the misery, destruction, death and exploitation of the people of the world.
The War Culture continues its dastardly ways, consuming, producing, ruining, destroying and unleashing Empire’s tools of violence, conquest and death upon billions.
Empire is us and we are it; Bush is Empire’s tool and Empire gives us life.
America’s military provides what we seek, want and crave.
It validates our excessiveness, our desire for more.
It attains the continuation of our comfort and the limitless bounty we purchase.
The Empire’s financial armies enslave people’s of the south, making what we buy cheap and affordable.
Their nations’ resources are pillaged and exploited, sent to our homes in the form of affordable products.
The War Culture demands that the world’s limited supplies be sent to our shores so that our lifestyle and that of our descendents be continued, and assured.
Looking into the mirror we see the War Culture, made ignorant to what we help create and destroy, made blind to our extravagant ways and made deaf to the many echoes resonating pain.
Guilty we all stand, mesmerized in the grandeur of our existence and the ignorance our wealth creates.
As long as our lives are made better we care not in knowing how we came to achieve the comfort that continues to shield us away from the reality of billions of human entities that live their lives in utter decay.
Each new product we purchase distances our sisterhood with the peoples of the world; each new indulgence we grant ourselves condemns us further away from empathy and the understanding needed to comprehend all that has been done in our name.
In order to achieve heaven in America Hell has been created elsewhere, yet still we live our unsustainable ways, condemning ourselves to the shock of the coming curtailment of our excessive lives that must sooner or later be halted.
Absorbed in the land of the free and the home of the brave we have become, brainwashed by our comfort and our lifestyles, immersed in our materialistic society that reason dictates cannot be sustained much longer.
The War Culture we have become, expanding our lifestyles, escaping our realities, becoming immune to the troubles our appetite causes and being made ignorant to the self-defeating mechanisms of our ways.
It is for our way of life that Empire exists, Bush lives and Iraq implodes.
Unquenchable appetites need to be fed, exorbitant energy needs fuel and the expanding consumerism of American citizens needs nourishment.
The War Culture needs blood to blossom and Empire to continue.
 
Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon 1971.

American soldier returning to the United States.

          Terminal
 
Leaving Vietnam—I thought.
Welcome Home—I thought.
When the plane landed in
the U.S.—I brought my secrets back.
We were escorted to the
back door of the terminal.
Terminal—that's appropriate.

Photo and words: Mike Hastie
Vietnam Veteran
December 2, 2006


Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon 1971.
American soldier returning to the United States.
          Terminal
Leaving Vietnam—I thought.
Welcome Home—I thought.
When the plane landed in
the U.S.—I brought my secrets back.
We were escorted to the
back door of the terminal.
Terminal—that's appropriate.
Photo and words: Mike Hastie
Vietnam Veteran
December 2, 2006
Fictional delusion
From sea to shining sea, superfluous undertaking through hereditary conditioning continues to mark an average citizen’s ascendancy into the American Dream.
The land of plenty has become the land of gluttony, suffocating the rest of the world in the unquenchable desire to attain a plethora of materialistic possessions that characterize the vulnerability of the human psyche.
As thirsty as a dehydrated tree, as voracious as a plague of locusts and as hungry as a starving pack of wolves, American society’s appetite for an ever-expanding array of products and goods at the expense of planet Earth and its inhabitants continues to unleash death, destruction and violence upon our teetering world.
It is our unattainable thirst for vast amounts of worldly possessions that has become the flammable liquid breathing life into the American war machine.
It is our lust for materialism and eager escape from unwanted realities that drive the engine of Empire, devastating so many millions and untold areas of land.
In our consumer driven economy it is the corporate Leviathan that hereditarily conditions us to pursue its products as it forces down our throats, almost from birth, the desire to pursue a fulfillment of the expectations it markets onto our society.
Whatever it desires to sell it strangulates us with, whatever trend it wants manifested it squirms into our lives.
What values it wants created and what goals it wants maximized it bombards society with using its vast collection of media and marketing tools it has in its possession.
We are the hand that feeds the Leviathan, mere energies in need of its products and services, mere pawns in its game of power and control.
It, in turn, has become the hand that rocks the cradle, allowing us to fall asleep and escape the pill-popping reality that has become our lives today that we desperately want to exorcise from within us.
Through the numerous products that flood our lives we can temporarily seek refuge from a reality that never seems to come close to the perfect fantasy we have been led to believe is attainable but that seems farther away each time we seek its fictional delusion.
 
Tunnel Rat
 
After you have been betrayed by your government
for serving in a war for the cause of profit, you become
a tunnel rat in your own country. The world is no longer
safe.

For years I hid in the closet of my mind.

One day, I simply came out of the tunnel. I could no longer remain
silent. I had to bear witness for the soldiers I saw die in
Vietnam.

My anger motivated me to give their lives meaning,
and to expose the lies that ever sent them to War.

The entire War was staged, and
I was the disposable cannon fodder, who would either
die in country, or self-destruct once I got back to the
States.

That almost happened. I can't tell you why I
do what I do. I am driven by a force that will not let
the dead die.

My betrayal is a universal betrayal.

Those guilty of these political incest crimes have to
be brought to justice.

They cannot be remembered for any great accomplishment, while Veterans
continue to commit suicide.

Photo and words: Mike Hastie
Vietnam Veteran
December 2, 2006
Tunnel Rat
After you have been betrayed by your government for serving in a war for the cause of profit, you become a tunnel rat in your own country.   The world is no longer safe.
For years I hid in the closet of my mind.
One day, I simply came out of the tunnel. I could no longer remain silent.   I had to bear witness for the soldiers I saw die.
My anger motivated me to give their lives meaning, and to expose the lies that ever sent them to War.
The entire War was staged, and
I was the disposable cannon fodder, who would either die in country, or self-destruct once I got back to the States.
That almost happened.   I can't tell you why I do what I do.   I am driven by a force that will not let the dead die.
My betrayal is a universal betrayal.
Those guilty of these political incest crimes have to be brought to justice.
They cannot be remembered for any great accomplishment, while Veterans continue to commit suicide.
Photo and words: Mike Hastie
Vietnam Veteran
December 2, 2006
Clandestine brainwashing of our minds obscured in innocent-looking images of happiness, perfection, fun.
A consumerist society that has spun out of control is implanted into our conscious from the early stages of our childhood development.
Through television we are conditioned to seek the great array of products the Leviathan provides us.
Our young developing brains, still too virgin to comprehend what we watch, are bombarded with advertisement after advertisement that begins infecting us with an excessiveness bug whose virus remains inside us for the rest of our lives, compelling us to waste away our blood, sweat and tears on those products we perceive will make our lives the equivalent of the fantasy we see unfold on our television monitors.
The Leviathan manipulates our brains and senses through the clandestine brainwashing of our minds obscured in innocent-looking images of happiness, perfection, fun, fantasy-laden advertisements, cartoons and movies.
Using our sponge-like developing mind, mass media transgressions and imagery capture and alter our ability to think as humans have for hundreds of thousands of years.
Our brains are being re-wired, no longer evolving through learning of culture, parenting and human behavior.
Instead, our primordial brains are subjected to intense imagery based on marketing and profit motive, designed to make consumer drones of us from our earliest days.
Bombarded with image after image of toy, food and fantasy, our child mind not close to perceiving the great manipulation taking place, we begin the process of becoming conditioned consumers expected to shop for an entire lifetime.
Iraqi Red Crescent find themselves blocked by the U.S. from providing humanitarian aid at Falluja Hospital, in this video frame grab from November 15, 2004.

Iraq's Red Crescent sent seven truckloads of food and medicine to the city, but U.S. forces blocked the aid convoy at Falluja's main hospital and said it could not enter.

The convoy turned back on Monday after three days of frustration.

Photo: REUTERS/REUTERS TV
Iraqi Red Crescent find themselves blocked by the U.S. from providing humanitarian aid at Falluja Hospital, in this video frame grab from November 15, 2004.
Iraq's Red Crescent sent seven truckloads of food and medicine to the city, but U.S. forces blocked the aid convoy at Falluja's main hospital and said it could not enter.
The convoy turned back on Monday after three days of frustration.
 
In The Process Of Genocide
 
The United States Of America is committing  genocide in Iraq, 
and will continue to do so, until the will of the Iraqi people is
destroyed.

This is the same slow process that happened with the American Indian.

Back then, the U.S. military was hanging Indian children from trees like Christmas ornaments.

This was done to break the will of the American Indian.

It was a message sent by the U.S. military, that if resistance did not stop, the U.S. Government would destroy everything that was Indian. 

It is exactly what happened at the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968 in Vietnam.

The My Lai Massacre was a blatant calling card sent by the U.S. Government.

It was a message to the people of Quang Ngai Province, that if they did not stop the resistance, the U.S. Government was going to continue to murder them as fast as American weaponry could.

Iraq is in total turm-oil, because the final prize is oil.

The American people need that oil, like a heroin addict needs a fix.

When I went through the My Lai Massacre site in 1994, I could feel the evil that the U.S. committed at point-blank range.

When I saw American soldiers destroy themselves in Vietnam  from heroin addiction, I could feel the madness of our presence in Vietnam.

We had destroyed everything, and now we were destroying ourselves.

When I unzipped a body bag and saw the body of an American soldier who had shot himself in the head, I saw the final
calling card of the Vietnam War.

America had lost everything.

And, it continues to loose the Vietnam War on a daily basis through suicides.

The Iraq War is the other bookend to America's foreign policy of in- sanity.   The mass migration of people leaving Iraq is the same terror  that drove the American Indian to the reservation.   This is all happening
right now, as millions of Americans are Christmas shopping.

Joy to the world.   It is surrealism at its highest order, like seeing Indian children hanging from Christmas trees.   It's all happening right now.... 

In the process of genocide.

Photo and words: Mike Hastie
Vietnam Veteran
November 24, 2006
Stop The War Now
Stop The Oil Addiction
In The Process Of Genocide.
The United States Of America is committing  genocide in Iraq,  and will continue to do so, until the will of the Iraqi people is destroyed.
This is the same slow process that happened with the American Indian.
Back then, the U.S. military was hanging Indian children from trees like Christmas ornaments.
This was done to break the will of the American Indian.
It was a message sent by the U.S. military, that if resistance did not stop, the U.S. Government would destroy everything that was Indian. 
It is exactly what happened at the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968 in Vietnam.
The My Lai Massacre was a blatant calling card sent by the U.S. Government.
It was a message to the people of Quang Ngai Province, that if they did not stop the resistance, the U.S. Government was going to continue to murder them as fast as American weaponry could.
Iraq is in total turm-oil, because the final prize is oil.
The American people need that oil, like a heroin addict needs a fix.
When I went through the My Lai Massacre site in 1994, I could feel the evil that the U.S. committed at point-blank range.
When I saw American soldiers destroy themselves in Vietnam  from heroin addiction, I could feel the madness of our presence in Vietnam.
We had destroyed everything, and now we were destroying ourselves.
When I unzipped a body bag and saw the body of an American soldier who had shot himself in the head, I saw the final calling card of the Vietnam War.
America had lost everything.
And, it continues to loose the Vietnam War on a daily basis through suicides.
The Iraq War is the other bookend to America's foreign policy of in- sanity.   The mass migration of people leaving Iraq is the same terror  that drove the American Indian to the reservation.   This is all happening right now, as millions of Americans are Christmas shopping.
Joy to the world.   It is surrealism at its highest order, like seeing Indian children hanging from Christmas trees.   It's all happening right now.... 
In the process of genocide.
Photo and words: Mike Hastie
November 24, 2006
Stop The War Now
Stop The Oil Addiction
ValenzuelasVeritas.blogspot.com
By Manuel Valenzuela
The War Culture —
From birth the Leviathan grips us with its sharp claws, reprogramming our minds to suit its sinister profit driven motives.
Even at our most innocent and pure we are left to deal with the most malevolent pack of wolves dressed in sheep skin that use our youth and brain underdevelopment to further their capitalistic drive for greed-filled nirvana.
We have been impregnated with a virus that makes of us consumer driven entities seeking refuge from the enslavement of our lives through the escape provided by the overabundance of goods and services we have from early childhood been trained to purchase.
When embedded into our mind from such an early period in our lives, this nefarious condition becomes second nature, almost instinctual, and begins to pass for human behavior necessary for survival.
It is all we have known, passed down from television, society and our own families who themselves have been made captives to the Leviathan’s incessant mind control mechanisms that over the course of a lifetime transforms individual thinking minds into a collection of two hundred million serfs dependent on the same products we produce.
Innocence lost and profit gained, the Leviathan, and the expert manipulators working to ruin childhoods, in essence transform society to suit their needs, using the great absorbing power of the young mind to create lifetime consumers that merrily join the fraternity of the War Culture.
The vicious circle begins with the cradle and ends with the grave, human procreation becoming the conveyor belt spitting out new foot soldiers that in time will themselves become part of Empire seeking and building.
Image: Jihad Awartani, Ad Dustour, 11/21/04
US embedded journalism in Iraq.
Conditioned for Blood
From birth we begin to breathe the smell of blood as a society addicted to violence manifests its craving through the many forms of media available to our children.
Cartoons seemingly engage our young minds with constant battles of good versus evil, black versus white, inculcating us to the violent means by which to achieve victory over forces at odds with those virtues espoused by the shows’ creators.
Cartoons are packed with violent undertones, filled with stories immersed with inner and outer battles that are only solved through violent means.
These shows begin manipulating our developing brains to accept violence into our lives, suggesting solutions to problems based on fighting, engagement and destruction.
The fantasy shown, whether in the form of human characters or animals, creatures or entities espousing man-like characteristics that solve their problems through incessant clashes is perceived by the fragile mind as a rational human response that makes violence an acceptable if not mainstream behavior capable of fixing what has been broken or solving that which remains a problem.
It is fantasy designed for the youngest that begins to make warriors of millions who have not had an opportunity to be exposed to human reality.
Violence is imputed onto the most innocent whose brains have yet to develop the capacity to understand the complexities of life or the behaviors of our circumstance.
Through the television, children morph from bright candles of innocence into explosive flames accepting violence, death and destruction as part of every day life.
Absorbing every image radiating out of the screen, seeing how fantasy solves its problems, learning behaviors from cartoon characters, the fragile human mind is programmed to accept conflict and conditioned to acquiesce to war.
Why is every story and plot infused with battles only solved by violent clash?
Our minds, not yet having the capacity to understanding the complex human condition, are inundated with a barrage of behaviors that, though ingrained evils in our animalistic selves, should not yet be embraced at such young ages.
Yet somehow we are showering our youth with the tools of war, violence and conflict that they are embracing as realistic alternatives in human society.
It thus comes to pass that the War Culture fails to seek accountability to the numerous evils done in our name.
With television cartoons, videogames and films portraying endemic levels of violence, it is natural to accept that a society’s young will become immune and indifferent to the evils inherent in antagonistic conflict.
It is the barrage of cartoons and movies such as those marketed by Disney that are conditioning our society to accept violence, death, destruction and by consequence the wars draped in the American flag.
Why is it that every single Disney animated film must engage its characters in battle, war, conflict, death and violence?
Why is every story and plot infused with battles only solved by violent clash?
It is these forms of storylines that make it acceptable for our young to imitate and indeed believe that human society relies on Disney-like solutions to fantasy-filled problems.
Disney characters seemingly always wage violent conflict with each other, pitting good versus evil, with the desired outcome always assured as long as violence is the means by which it is achieved.
Why must violence be such an incessant ingredient to Disney’s success, to the great detriment of our children and society?
Is the War Culture so immersed and addicted to violence that even the perceived creators of goodness and happiness must flood the big screen with a violence that has been a part of the human condition since the beginning of time?
American society has in the last fifty years been transformed from bastion of innocent endeavors to citadel of violent and warmongering conditioning
It is the vast expanse of shows and movies that litter the airwaves, most infested with violence, death and destruction that are conditioning us to accept the violence and wars done in our name.
It seems the only solutions to the fantasy-ridden problems that comprise television and movies are through the undertaking of violence.
In fantasy-land it has become the means to an end; in America it has made our society immune to the dangers of violence, whitewashing its evils from our conscious, making its ramifications upon our lives nothing more than another manifestation of cartoon cleanliness where blood is nonexistent, suffering ignored, destruction unsoiled and death romanticized.
American society has in the last fifty years been transformed from bastion of innocent endeavors to citadel of violent and warmongering conditioning.
War, death and destruction have in our minds been made sanitized endeavors where pain, misery and murder are but mere hiccups that resemble the fantasy we have seen throughout our lives.
Violence is, therefore, accepted since it is not understood.
It is allowed since it is manipulated, becoming the fantasy it never is and the reality our conditioned minds make it out to be.
An overview of Fallujah provided by Digitalglobe

Photo: AFP/Digitalglobe/File
An overview of Fallujah provided by Digitalglobe
When we fail to understand reality it is transformed into the fiction we believe it to be
We have been trained well to accept the evils done in our name.
The videogames, movies and television shows that now flood our society glamorize violence, making it a fantasy that fails to awaken its deadly reality into our minds.
In today’s War Culture, fictional murderers, psychopaths and cold-blooded killers become heroes, even as they unleash hailstorms of bullets on the enemy and claim victory in the name of violence. Death and destruction has become comical, further degrading our ability to sympathize with those bulldozed by our mighty military.
The romantic notion of war, ingrained through our War Culture, makes robotic killers of young boys unleashing everything they have seen throughout their lives in the far away reaches of the world.
The symptoms of this disease can be seen in the criminal occupation of Iraq and treatment of Iraqis by American soldiers.
The War Culture represents a deviation from human evolution.
The reality of violence is never shown; the death, misery and emotions of war never explored.
Blood and gore are hidden from what they represent.
Screams and pain have become mere inconveniences.
Destruction of lives and property has been transformed into digital bytes ready to recycle themselves.
War is made an abstract mirage portrayed by film, television and video games, not the reality humans have for too long endured that made wiser men of us all.
Instead, we rely on fantasy to educate us to the horror and the perceived reality, thus making us willing subjects ignorant to the dangers human violence unearths.
When we fail to understand reality it is transformed into the fiction we believe it to be.
The War Culture is us
Fiction has triumphed over the reality of the human condition as the War Culture’s assembly line of seekers of violence continues to grow.
The master of conditioned violence, the Corporate Leviathan, extends its tentacles into every pair of eyes and every developing human brain, allowing the society it is designing to forever acquiesce to the violence, conquest, Empire and death it vehemently seeks to release upon the world.
From birth we are trained, never seeing the true horrors of war nor the energy released by the misery of violent conflict.
For untold millions who are on the receiving end of our failures, however, the violence is all too real, the death all too vivid and the destruction all too devastating.
For them, Hollywood and the fantasy on television are sick and cruel jokes that do not begin to describe the terror and suffering enveloping them.
In their eyes, the incessant violence of Hollywood has transmutated into the reality of their daily lives where blood is real, life is extinguished and hope destroyed.
This the War Culture fails to understand because the fantasy it sees and the reality it ignores clash like the violent cartoons conditioning legions of American children.
All the while, safe in our confined bubble that is America we live, growing ever accepting of our violent ways, unable to comprehend the reality of all we unleash and comfortably sitting on our couches watching airbrushed visions of war.
As we bask in the splendor of the luck-filled extravagance we live, shielded away from the war crimes being committed in Iraq under the red, white and blue and unaware of the damage done to untold millions throughout the world our lavish society continues to prosper, ignorant to the true consequences and devastating power of Apache helicopters, cluster bombs, guided missiles, Abrams tanks, fighter jets, mortars, artillery and bullets that our War Culture releases upon our fellow human beings.
It is this truth we fail to grasp, nowhere to be found in Disney films, Cartoon Network shows or Playstation video games.
The War Culture is us, and guilty as charged we all stand.
Friday, 24 December, 2004
Inside Falluja:
'Nothing to come back to'
Scenes of widespread destruction have greeted residents allowed back into the Iraqi city of Falluja following the US assault in November.
BBC News spoke to Dr Saleh Hussein Isawi, the acting director of the Falluja general hospital, who accompanied some of the refugees into the city.
  At about 0800 on Friday, the US checkpoint in the west of Falluja agreed that people from the city, especially those who live in the Andalus sector, be allowed inside to see their homes.
Falluja returnees queue at checkpoint
A shattered city awaits refugees seeking a return to Falluja
I was there, inside the city — about 60% to 70% of the homes and buildings are completely crushed and damaged, and not ready to inhabit at the moment.
Of the 30% still left standing, I don't think there is a single one that has not been exposed to some damage.
One of my colleagues... went to see his home, and saw that it is almost completely collapsed and everything is burnt inside.
When he went to his neighbours' home, he found a relative of his was dead and a dog had eaten the meat off him.
I think we will see many things like this, because the US forces have cleared the dead people from the streets, but not from inside the homes.
Most of the people are coming back out of the city after seeing that their homes are not ready for living in.
But I saw two families who stayed in Falluja despite their homes being clearly damaged, and one man, who has only a room to live in, has told me he will stay on because he has been living in very bad conditions outside Falluja.
He told me he will bring other members of his family and will live there — he cannot do otherwise.
There is no water, no electricity, no sewage system — there is nothing inside the city, except a very small amount of medical supplies that have come from Falluja hospital by two ambulances.
There is a primary health centre inside the city with two doctors to give people medical supplies and support.
I was in Falluja hospital last night and I heard a lot of fighting and bombing, which continued for about three or four hours. 
I head very loud explosions inside the city.
Unspeakable grief and horror
                        ...and the circus of deception continues...
He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
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