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The Republican back door to war with Iran

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  • A game plan to draw the United States into a third war in the Middle East may be quietly unfolding before our eyes.
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  • The Republican back door to war with Iran
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  • The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
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Jamal Abdi, Foreign Policy

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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A game plan to draw the United States into a third war in the Middle East may be quietly unfolding before our eyes.

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Late last week (July 18-24), Republicans in the House or Representatives unveiled H.Res.1553, a resolution providing explicit support for an Israeli bombing campaign against Iran. The measure, introduced by Texas Republican Louie Gohmert and forty-six of his colleagues, endorses Israel's use of "all means necessary" against Iran "including the use of military force".

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"We have got to act," Gohmert has said in regard to the measure. "We've got to get this done. We need to show our support for Israel. We need to quit playing games with this critical ally in such a difficult area."
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The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign, Gareth Porter, FireDogLake.com

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  • What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.
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  • Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets
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  • Write and speak out!  Silence is complicity!
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America Detached from War

Bush’s Pilotless Dream, Smoking Drones, and Other Strange Tales from the Crypt

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Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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Admittedly, before George W. Bush had his fever dream, the U.S. had already put its first unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drone surveillance planes in the skies over Kosovo in the late 1990s.  By November 2001, it had armed them with missiles and was flying them over Afghanistan.
In November 2002, a Predator drone would loose a Hellfire missile on a car in Yemen, a country with which we weren’t at war.  Six suspected al-Qaeda members, including a suspect in the bombing of the destroyer the USS Cole would be turned into twisted metal and ash -- the first “targeted killings” of the American robotic era.

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Just two months earlier, in September 2002, as the Bush administration was “introducing” its campaign to sell an invasion of Iraq to Congress and the American people, CIA Director George Tenet and Vice President Dick Cheney “trooped up to Capitol Hill” to brief four top Senate and House leaders on a hair-raising threat to the country.  A “smoking gun” had been uncovered.

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War leaks show Obama following Bush policies

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  • Everyone is asking me for one terrible event in one point in time--like a massacre of 500 people. But what's more important is the vast sweep of war crimes over the last six years."--Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks
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  • WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: "Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government"
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Press TV

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

The US has condemned the leak of documents on the Afghan war.

Leaked US military documents detail how American-led NATO forces in Afghanistan have killed or wounded hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents.

The documents leaked by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks say some of the casualties are caused by airstrikes, but a large number is the result of troops shooting unarmed drivers or motorcyclists allegedly to protect themselves.

The documents also detail many other disputed incidents causing civilian deaths that have been omitted from daily military reports.

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: "Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government", Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell
We spend the hour with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, talking about the biggest leak in US history: the release of more than 91,000 classified military records on the war in Afghanistan.

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Women, Trauma and PTSD

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Women in the military are at high risk for exposure to traumatic events (combat and sexual assault), especially during times of war.

Dawne Vogt, PhD, National Center for PTSD

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas then men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women or men.

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Most early information on trauma and PTSD came from studies of male veterans mostly Vietnam veterans. Researchers began to study the effects of sexual assault and found that women's reactions were similar to male combat veterans. Women's experiences of trauma can also cause PTSD. This finding led to more research on women's exposure to trauma and PTSD.

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Action Alert: Stop the Funding for the Afghan War--Call your Congressional Representative today!

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  • If our elected officials always believe that no matter how far to the right they move we will always be giving them our money and our votes becasue we fear something worse on the right, they have zero incentive to take our peace, justice, love, generosity and environmental sanity messages seriously. We need to let them know that these positions of ours are not just "preferences," but rather they are our bottom line and that we won't support those who support war, militarism, injustice, and a worldview of domination and power over others, even if they tell us that deep in their hearts they believe something quite different.
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  • Will House Democrats Oppose a Jobless War Supplemental?
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  • Six Facts No War Supporter Knows
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Rabbi Michael Lerner, The Network of Spiritual Progressives

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

U.S. intervention in Afghanistan is facing increasing challenge, and this week's dramatic Wikileaks revelations -- the biggest U.S. war expose since Dan Ellsberg's Pentagon papers -- make it all the more difficult for Congress to keep funding this horrific war. It is an important moment for all of us who want immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to raise our voices.

It looks like there will be an up-and-down House vote this week on the Afghan war supplemental funding. The Senate has stripped the bill of all unrelated issues such as funding for teachers, so the meaning of the vote will be clear: there will be no excuses for voting "Yes" or abstaining (not that such excuses were ever legitimate.)

This is a crucial time to insist that your member of Congress vote NO on war funding! You can reach your representative through the Congressional switchboard 1-888-493-5443 toll-free. If you use this number, it will add to the Friends Committee on National Legislation's (FCNL) count of how many people called Congress against the war supplemental, so your call will be tallied in two places. (If by chance you don't know who your member of Congress is, you can find out at the FCNL website:http://capwiz.com/fconl/directory/congdir.tt)

The Network of Spiritual Progressives is joining with the Campaign for Peace and Democracy,  United for Peace and Justice, Peace Action, CODEPINK, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Peace and Justice Resource Center, Historians Against the War, Just Foreign Policy and Progressive Democrats of America in this effort to rally support for a "NO" vote. If you can, please send us a brief email at info@spiritualprogressives.org to let us know that you've made your call.

Our message is simple: Vote no on funding this escalation of war, regardless of whether it's a procedural vote, and regardless of any good measures attached to it. Our phone calls this week won't turn the situation around overnight. It will take massive and sustained street demonstrations, civil disobedience, teach-ins around the country, and other mobilizations to accomplish that. But a strong "NO" vote now will strengthen anti-war sentiment in and out of Congress, and will help build the mass anti-war demonstrations that are planned for October.

(Photo: The U.S. Army; Edited: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)

If our elected officials always believe that no matter how far to the right they move we will always be giving them our money and our votes becasue we fear something worse on the right, they have zero incentive to take our peace, justice, love, generosity and environmental sanity messages seriously. We need to let them know that these positions of ours are not just "preferences," but rather they are our bottom line and that we won't support those who support war, militarism, injustice, and a worldview of domination and power over others, even if they tell us that deep in their hearts they believe something quite different. It's not their hearts but their votes that we are looking at--we don't assess whether they are good people or not, leave that to God. What we care about is whether they use their power of office (and this goes for Obama as well) to support the values we hold, and if not, they should not count on our support. Please help us get this message to your elected representatives and to your local and national media.

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Will House Democrats Oppose a Jobless War Supplemental? Robert Naiman, t r u t h o u t
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira
The war supplemental for Afghanistan is expected to  come back from the Senate to the House this week (July 25-31) - without any kind of  timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and without money to  save teachers' jobs attached.

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Six Facts No War Supporter Knows, David Swanson, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

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  • No one who supports (The Afghan war) can be aware of any of the following six facts.
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  • Secret files show true Afghanistan war
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