maandag, maart 24, 2003

Classic Examples of the Devil Quoting the Scriptures
"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "The Merchant of Venice", Act 1 scene 3

"Many Iraqis can hear me tonight in a translated radio broadcast, and I have a message for them: If we must begin a military campaign, it will be directed against the lawless men who rule your country and not against you." -- George Bush, March 18, 2003

Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf said yesterday that 77 civilians had been killed and 366 wounded in the southern city of Basra, most of them by cluster bombs. The bombing attacks in Baghdad, meanwhile, injured at least 100 people during the first three days alone, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported.

" will be no defence to say, I was just following orders." --George Bush, March 18, 2003, speaking to Iraqi soldiers.

"I was told to come here. I just follow orders," captured American soldier questioned by Iraqis, March 23, 2003

"It is against the Geneva Convention to show photographs of prisoners of war in a manner that is humiliating for them." Donald Rumsfeld speaking about Al Jazeera's showing of American POWs, March 23, 2003.

“As a party to the Geneva Conventions, the United States is required to treat every detained combatant humanely, including unlawful combatants. The United States may not pick and choose among them to decide who is entitled to decent treatment.” --Jamie Fellner, director of Human Rights Watch´s U.S. Program, January 11, 2002 responding to Rumsfeld's statement that that captured fighters from Afghanistan shipped to Cuba were “unlawful combatants” not entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions. Human Rights Watch also criticized the reported use of chain-link cages to confine the detainees.

Responding to the outcry of US President, British Prime Minister and US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on al-Jazeera's telecasting of the pictures of American dead and prisoners of war as "violation of Geneva Convention", Deputy chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, senator Professor Khurshid Ahmad Prof. Khurshid asked, "does it behoove war-mongers like Bush, Blair and Rumsfeld to invoke the Geneva Convention since they are engaged in a bloody war of aggression in utter violation of International law, Hague and Geneva Conventions (1863, 1899, 1907 and 1949) and the UN Charter (Article 2, 27 and 51)?"

As UrenDagenNachten suggests, perhaps Iraq should be asked to send the American POWs to Guantanamo Bay since the Americans are so certain the prisoners there are not mistreated.

"War is a dreadful thing and to sanitize it too much is a dreadful mistake." Ted Koppel, ABC News, March 23, 2003.

"Television networks that carry such pictures, I would say, are doing something that is unfortunate," Donald Rumsfeld, March 23, 2003 on pictures of American POWs and dead soldiers.

"We, however, will not being showing these photos because they are too sensitive for American viewers" self-congratulatory and paternalistic remarks by nearly every major American news network on their rationale behind censoring the news and not showing the images taken by Iraqi state television of the dead and captured American soldiers, to any American viewers.

"The US administration is very sensitive to these pictures, in fact to anything that it regards as detrimental to its cause. That's why Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld became very angry at the popular Arabic al-Jazeera television network for broadcasting the pictures. Washington has put ample pressure on US networks not to show them in this manner." Dutch media analyst Piet Bakker.

"So far", the US Administration has not gone as far as the Israeli government censors who, in a letter, have warned Web sites in its country not to publish sensitive information about the war with Iraq.

But not all the news is bad. Get Your War On has a new installation:

"All I have to say is once this is over, the Iraqi people better be the freest fucking people on the face of the earth. They better be freer than me. They better be so fucking free they can fly."


The White House has just released its transcript of the presidential prayer team's Camp David appeal to Jesus; requesting swift and effortless annihilation of the muslamian hordes.

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