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Neo-cons who brought us the war in Iraq are now seeking to get us into war with Iran

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  • Foreign Policy expert MJ Rosenberg takes on the latest version of the build-up for war against Iran orchestrated by neo-cons in The Atlantic Magazine, including the Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg.
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  • Goldberg Gets His War On
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  • The Point of No Return
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MJ Rosenberg, Tikkun

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There is a great bumper sticker that reads: "America's Labor Unions: The People Who Gave You The Weekend."

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That slogan came to mind after reading three blog posts this week (Oct 24-30) on attacking Iran from the Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg.  It made me think of a bumper sticker that could be made about those promoting war with Iran. "America's Neocons:  The People Who Gave You The Iraq War."  
It is incredible that people who agitated so recklessly, and with so much deception, to get us involved in the still ongoing Iraq debacle would try it again. So many dead, so much destruction, so many brain-injured heroes condemned to live out their days in military hospitals.

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The Point of No Return, Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic
Image Credit: Alex Williamson

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  • In the gap between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? Here’s an inside look at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.
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  • Targeting Iran: Is the US Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?
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Armistice Day Message

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  • Veterans For Peace, while grateful for the parades recognizing our duty and the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen comrades, would prefer a time of reexamination of the jaded justifications and obscene outcomes of the military causes we served.  All too frequently those justifications have been morally insufficient to vindicate the malevolent international conflicts to which they gave such ignoble birth.
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Betsy Reznicek, Veterans For Peace

November 11 is a cause for mixed emotions among those former members of the military who wish to permanently halt the horror of war.

A holiday in our name is indeed an honor, as was our service itself, but “Armistice” somehow still sounds more suitable.  That word refers to the end of a conflict, the end of the killing, the maiming, the destruction, the inhumanity, the erosion of civilized personal behaviors that have taken centuries to mold.  While “Armistice” does not connote lasting peace, at least it does connote a chance for societies to grasp hold of themselves and, if able, to pull back from the abyss.

Veterans For Peace, while grateful for the parades recognizing our duty and the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen comrades, would prefer a time of reexamination of the jaded justifications and obscene outcomes of the military causes we served.  All too frequently those justifications have been morally insufficient to vindicate the malevolent international conflicts to which they gave such ignoble birth.

For these reasons Veterans For Peace gratefully acknowledges the heartfelt recognition which our nation solemnly offers us today.  But we fervently urge that tomorrow our great nation devote its equally heartfelt and solemn attention and talents to the cessation of existing wars and to the prevention of similar calamities in the decades to come.

Kurt Vonnegut, the internationally acclaimed author from our country and a POW in Dresden during the Allied firebombing of that city in WWII, gives us something to think about on this day of remembrance.

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"…November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy all the people of all the nations which fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I've talked to old men who were on the battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veteran's Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veteran's Day is not…Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things."

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Special Report | Wikileaks and the Iraq War Logs

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  • UN Demands Obama Investigate
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  • Because this all continues in Afghanistan: Inside a Secret DOD Prison in Afghanistan
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Paresh Nath

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
Key themes in the Iraq War Logs show:
•    Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
•    Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
•    Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
•    Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death, Simon Rogers, London Guardian | UK
Data journalism allows us to really interrogate the Wikileaks Iraq war logs release. Here is the statistical breakdown - and data for you to download

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Iraq war logs: These crimes were not secret, they were tolerated, Peter Beaumont, London Guardian | UK

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  • Why did we not investigate allegations of murder and torture in Iraq at the time, when it was well known what was going on?
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  • Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations
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More on the new Wikileaks release, World Can't Wait
Major media around the world have released reports and analysis based on access to 400,000 US military documents released through WikiLeaks covering the Iraq War, revealing massive cover-ups of torture, thousands of previously unreported civilian deaths, and more.

UN Demands Obama Investigate, FireJohnYoo.org
The UN's chief investigator on torture, Manfred Nowak, has called on President Obama to order a full investigation of US forces' involvement in torture, summary executions and war crimes.

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Atrocity Now: Wikileaks Release Puts Spotlight Back on Continuing War Crime in Iraq, Chris Floyd, World Can't Wait
Here's a headline you don't see every day: "War Criminals Hire War Criminals to Hunt Down War Criminals.

Because this all continues in Afghanistan: Inside a Secret DOD Prison in Afghanistan, Scott Horton, Harpers
In a new report (PDF) by the Open Society Institute, human-rights researcher Jonathan Horowitz contrasts the official prison system that the Pentagon has constructed in Afghanistan—where they often arrange press briefings and invite journalists on tours—with the super-secret facility run on the periphery of Bagram Air Base, the “Tor” or “Black Jail.”

Analysis of war docs shows some Iraqi detainees were handed back despite signs of torture, Raphael G. Satter and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • Field reports from the Iraq war published by WikiLeaks show that, despite Obama's public commitment to eschew torture, U.S. forces turned detainees over to Iraqi forces even after signs of abuse.
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  • Iraq war logs: These crimes were not secret, they were tolerated
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Iraq war logs: These crimes were not secret, they were tolerated

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  • Why did we not investigate allegations of murder and torture in Iraq at the time, when it was well known what was going on?
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  • Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations
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Peter Beaumont, London Guardian | UK

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Iraqi soldiers guard a blindfolded detainee during an operation outside Baquba, north of Baghdad. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The most shocking of the revelations in the current batch of leaked Iraq war logs is that most of the acts of torture and murder were committed in the open. They weren't secret. They were tolerated, sanitised – justified, even. Take the Wolf Brigade, the 2nd battalion of the interior ministry's special commandos.

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Everybody knew about them. You would see them in their pick-up trucks wearing balaclavas. When there was a sectarian murder people would talk about the wolves, until they became a shorthand to describe a certain kind of cruel violence. The wolf commandos became killers in the uniform of the Iraqi police.
I recall speaking to UN human rights investigators, western police advisers, diplomats and army officers about what was going on. In 2005 an Iraqi government official confirmed a list of places where she believed torture and murder were taking place. A British police mentor described entering the office of a notorious figure at the interior ministry and found a man with a bag over his head standing in the corner of the office.

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

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  3. Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
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  5. Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
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  7. Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
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  • WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety
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  • Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death
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Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death

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  • Data journalism allows us to really interrogate the Wikileaks Iraq war logs release. Here is the statistical breakdown - and data for you to download
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Simon Rogers, The Guardian | UK

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Wikileaks Iraq: a man holds his wounded daughter outside in August 2006 after being injured in road side bomb explosion. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Data journalism works best when there's a lot of data to work with. Wikileaks' Iraq war logs release has dumped some 391,000 records of the Iraq war into the public arena. We've had them for a few weeks - what have we found out?

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This is in a different league to the Wikileaks Afghanistan leak - there's a good case for saying the new release has made the war the most documented in history. Every minor detail is now there for us to analyse and breakdown but one factor stands out: the sheer volume of deaths, most of which are civilians.

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
Key themes in the Iraq War Logs<http://www.iraqwarlogs.com/> show:
•    Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
•    Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
•    Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
•    Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

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