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October 26, 2021
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2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Colin Powell and the Invasion of Iraq
          b) From Our Readers: Iraq and the Rape of Fallujah
          c) Climate Catastrophe



We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office, THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, FROM NOON TO 1:00 PM (and most subsequent Thursdays until Peace is established). Please join us this Thursday in saying NO MORE WAR AGAINST IRAQ or any other country. The temperature is predicted to be in the 50s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

Note 1: Since there are so few of us, generally 2 or 3, no need to cancel; but let's maintain social distancing.

Note 2: In case of inclement weather, vigils may be canceled or terminated early.

2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Colin Powell and the Invasion of Iraq
          b) From Our Readers: Iraq and the Rape of Fallujah
          c) Climate Catastrophe

Colin Powell and the Invasion of Iraq

Colin Powell passed away last week from COVID complications. Among all the accolades, the mainstream media has little to say about his role in the 2003 illegal invasion of Iraq which led to the death of hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of Iraqis along with over 4,000 US troops.

Millions took to the streets in February 2003, in a global protest against the planned US invasion of Iraq.

Powell stood up before the United Nations and lied, deliberately, saying Iraq threatened the United States and the world with weapons of mass destruction.

According to Peter Maass, writing in the Intercept, Powell's testimony was key to garnering support for the invasion. If Powell had told the truth before the United Nations, hundred's of thousands of lives may have been saved. But as Maass notes:
“The ironic twist of not just Powell’s career but also the careers of so many American generals is that they abjectly lacked, when the moment called for it, the one thing that soldiers are supposed to possess in abundance: courage. The history of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is filled with U.S. generals who were lauded as heroes but lacked the guts or honesty to stand up to the whims and dictates of their superiors. Millions of people have been killed and injured on their failed watch since 9/11.”
And here is my favorite quote on the post 9-11 US wars, from Tom Engelhardt in 2014
“And oh, what they did! Their geopolitical dreams couldn’t have been grander or more global. (Let’s avoid the word 'megalomaniacal.') They expected to pacify the Greater Middle East, garrison Iraq for generations, make Syria and Iran bow down before American power, 'drain' the global 'swamp' of terrorists, and create a global Pax Americana based on a military so dominant that no other country or bloc of countries would ever challenge it.

“It was quite a dream and none of it, not one smidgen, came true.”

And Skip Oliver sends us an article he wrote on the lies upon which the War Against Iraq was built. Written just before the invasion, it was rejected by 30 major US papers. It was published in April 2003 in the New Zealand Herald.

From Our Readers: Iraq and the Rape of Fallujah

I've received many comments concerned last week's snippet on the Six Days in Fallujah video game — too many to include them all here. But, here's a few:
“Oh God! They made the battle of Falluja as a video game? It was the worst memory in our mind after 2003 invasion. How many innocents were killed. How many deformed kids were born after that war on Falluja? How much destruction they done to the infrastructure of that city? And why? Because they show their resistance to the invasion and Abo Graib prison scandal! Who will accept this story and have fun playing it as a game? It is shame on the group who designed and marketed this game. I guess all activists in the US should stand together and refuse the marketing of this game. It will ruin the minds of American youth. ...”

“You are - as I usually [] think - spot on here Yusha. ...”

“Thank you for sharing Rolla Peace Newsletter. I did not know it exist. ... I also wanted to mention that the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq was not only illegal but it fell within the definition of Crimes Against Peace that Nazi German leaders were tried for at Nuremberg in 1946. ...”

“The only thing the people of Fallujah did was defend their city against imperialist thugs . . . I remember being particularly horrified at the US Marines use of white phosphorus — ‘shake and bake’ they called it paired with artillery. That was just one more war crime. The legions of Rome were no more brutal.”

“Yes. I guess somewhere in this world, we should build a museum of war crimes. And add the story of Falluja to it. Then we can add war crimes committed in Gaza, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, ... long list!”

“Yes, that museum would cover acres. I wonder if there has ever been a country of any power that did not commit what we now consider war crimes.”

“I was in Falluja with Iraq Water Project a few months before the second invasion. This was the one and only place we Americans encountered obvious hostility from the locals. Unlike in other parts of Iraq, here we felt decidedly unwelcome and were the none too grateful recipients of universally understood obscene gestures. The US had some time before accidentally (I believe) bombed the Falluja market place and killed a lot of people. Relatives of these collaterals did not forget. ...”

And a few comments on Colin Powell:
“It was always my guess that Colin Powell, in spite of grievous doubts about the integrity of US intelligence, succumbed at last to the prevalent military obligation to obey chain of command priorities. I assume that in every military, ours no exception, the model soldier salutes and dutifully carries out the assigned task. ... [He] brought shame upon himself and the rest of us. How Colin Powell dealt in the recesses of his heart with this omission only he himself knew.”

“Colin Powell was the famous face of the Bush administration. But he was only one part of a bigger deeply involved team that formed Project for the New American Century in 1997 in DC, where ten of the 25 founding members of the above-mentioned think tank became essential figures of the George W. Bush Administration, promoting US global leadership by means of what they called [preventive] wars.”

“Nothing was achieved from these dreams. None of them makes America more powerful or more happy!”

“Who will keep these people accountable for the crimes they done?”

And here is my final comment: If there was any earthly accountability at all, the jails would be overflowing. Still, there will be a reckoning. I believe that reckoning is now in progress. The US has been defeated in Afghanistan. I suspect Afghanistan is only the first. Every day I read of more senseless killings on our streets. I suspect that will only increase. God has his own way of holding us accountable, in this world as well as the next.

Climate Catastrophe

I've been updating my ongoing essay, “Climate Catastrophe” religiously each month. But this month I've added something new:

Along with the full essay, there is now a short version, which contains only a few monthly highlights, four graphs, and a table. Check it out.

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