måndag, april 10, 2006

Vapnen måste stoppas

-Excalibur, granatexporten till Irakkriget som måste stoppas
-Scott Ritter och Cindy Sheehan om antikrigs-och fredsstrategin
-Filmerbjudande om verklighetens Irak
-Bokning för fredsapeller över valet

-Excalibur, granatexporten till Irakkriget som måste stoppas

Det är få som vågar sig på att kräva stopp för vapenexporten till Irakkriget av den svenskamerikanska granaten Excalibur. Den GPSstyrda granat som Bofors i samarbete med amerikanska Raytheon har utvecklat för omedelbar export till Irak.

Ändå är vapenexport till länder i krig helt förbjudet enligt svensk lag - och detta ändamål är av sjaskigaste slag, då 90% av offren är civila, kvinnor och barn.

Bofors kompanjon, det amerikanska vapenföretaget Raytheon, har också en solkig historia, där vittnesmål bekräftar amerikansk missilbeskjutning av Al Sadrestadsdelen "Schula" i Bagdad med över 60 civila offer som följd redan i början av kriget. Missilskrotets nummerserie har bekräftat ursprunget.

Då en annan granatbeskjutning skedde för ett par år sedan befann sig undertecknad själv i närheten av avfyrningsplatsen. På andra sidan huvudleden nere bland dadelpalmerna mittemot marknaden monterade amerikansk militär upp sitt luftvärn..

De observanta och stridsvana irakerna förstod genast vad som var i görningen och förklarade att snart kommer något område i andra delen av staden att explodera.

Och mycket riktigt var det samma område som även den här gången blev utsatt för granatbeskutning.

Men träffsäkerheten för befintliga missiler och granater var inte särskilt stor och sedan år 2002 skyndade därför amerikanarna på utvecklingen genom Bofors/Raytheons samarbete av denna världens första GPSstyrda granat Excalibur. Som redan för en månad sedan skulle sättas in i Irakkriget.

Granatbeskjutning från långt håll riskerar nämligen också de egna mannarnas liv, eftersom träffsäkerheten varit 200 m från avfyringsplatsen, tre mil bort.

Och den svenska vapenexporten till USA/Storbritannien ökar och ökar och har nått mer än 3.4 M kr sedan kriget....

Raytheon means "light from the gods." Makers of "Bunker Buster" bombs, Tomahawk and Patriot missiles, this company loves big noises and large civilian casualty counts. When a missile killed 62 civilians in a Baghdad market, that was Light from the Gods.

This company loves to make things that go boom and kill lots of people such as Patriot & Tomahawk missiles including a missile that struck Baghdad market Shu'ale, killing at least 62 civilians, during the second Gulf War.

About 100 Raytheon million dollar land-attack cruise missiles were lobbed at Afghanistan from U.S. Navy ships since October 7th, fifty in the opening salvo alone.

Raytheon also makes the "bunker buster" GBU- 28, a 5,000-pound bomb and missiles like the TOW, Maverick and Javelin, all being used in Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition to missiles, Raytheon also builds sensors and radars used on unmanned and manned reconnaissance airplanes used extensively in Afghanistan.

The company has paid millions of dollars in fines for illegal activities. In October 1994, Raytheon paid $4 million to settle government charges that it had inflated the cost of a $71.5 million radar contract etc

One of Raytheon's more secretive subsidiaries is E-Systems, whose major clients have historically been the CIA and other spy agencies like the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office. An unnamed Congressional aide told the Washington Post once that the company was ''virtually indistinguishable'' from the agencies it serves.

''Congress will ask for a briefing from E- Systems and the (CIA) program manager shows up,'' the aide is quoted as saying. ''Sometimes he gives the briefing. They're interchangeable.''

Aircraft support for drug-enforcement activities become a part of E-Systems' work after it bought up Air Asia, the CIA's aircraft repair and maintenance facility in Taiwan in 1975.

Until E-Systems took it over, Air Asia provided support for Air America, the CIA's covert airline that ferried arms, heroin and opium in Indo-China during the Vietnam War, according to the British reporter Christopher Robbins, who wrote the authoritative account of the airline's history in 1979.........

Scott Ritter

.....The anti-war movement, first and foremost, needs to develop a laser-like focus on being nothing more or less than anti-war.

In short, the anti-war movement is little more than a walk-on squad of high school football players drawing plays in the sand, taking on the National Football League Super Bowl Champions.

In order to even have a chance of prevailing with the American people, the anti-war movement is going to need much more than just good ideals and values.

It needs to start thinking like a warrior would, in full recognition that we as a nation are engaged in a life-or-death struggle of competing ideologies with those who promote war as an American value and virtue...........

It needs to grasp the pro-war movement's decision-making cycle, then undertake a comprehensive course of action that learns to pre-empt this cycle, getting 'inside' the pro-war system of making decisions, and thereby forcing the pro-war movement to react to the anti-war agenda, instead of vice versa.........

The mainstream media treats the anti-war movement as a joke because many times that is exactly what the anti-war movement, through its lack of preparation and grasp of the facts, allows itself to become.......

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." One can only hope that the anti-war movement is thirsty.

Cindy Sheehan
The Anti-War Movement? 04/07/06

...... Being a so-called anti-war movement leader (at least to the Main Stream Media), brings much responsibility and so much love for the people and the groups who are working hard to end this insane occupation, but is this enough?

Recently, a blog written by an aquaintance, Scott Ritter, on AlterNet was called to my attention, where Scott, who is a self-proclaimed Republican, conservative who courageously opposed this war from the beginning, is predicting the eminent demise of the anti-war movement.

At first, I was highly offended and defensive at what I thought was Scott's arrogant attack on the movement that I am so intimately and overwhelmingly involved in. But then after my knee-jerk reaction, I realized that for all of the wrong reasons, Scott was partially correct.

The anti-war movement is not on the "verge of collapse" because we are not organized, or because we don't take a "warriors" view of attacking the neocons and the war machine. Using the tactics of Napoleon, or Sun Tzu—but

because the two-thirds of Americans who philosophically agree that the war is wrong, BushCo lied, and the troops should come home, will not get off of their collective, complacent, and comfortable behinds to demonstrate their dissent with our government.

Some, like Casey and almost 2400 other Americans and their families give all, while some, like the people of Iraq, have everything stolen from them by unlawful war; some, like myself, give a lot; some give some, by writing letters, attending an occasional vigil or march; but the majority of Americans give nothing—except an occasional vote......

Scott is definitely correct about this though: even while we are focusing our attentions on ending the occupation of Iraq, the fascist fanatics are planning on spreading their evils of Pax Americana to the next bogus threat of Iran, and who knows where else their fantasies of empire and fabulous ill-gotten booty will take them, and our children's precious lives too.

Our anti-war movement must transform itself into a peace movement to resist this with all of our peaceful might!

We saw tens of thousands of young people take to the streets recently to protests against the proposed election year antics of Congress in their smokescreen of an immigration bill. The teens took to the streets because they have something at stake: the very lives of their families.

If this bill passes, the families will be split up as their parents are deported back to their countries of origin. The immigrants rightly know that they are being conspired against and that the only way to stand up for your rights, is to get off of your butt and standup!

The challenge of the peace movement, now that we have identified the problem so well, and have the vast majority of Americans on our side, is to convince each and every last American that he/she has a very intimate and personal stake in what we are allowing our government to do in Iraq and the world.

We are not just outsourcing our torture to other countries or paying private mercenary contractors to do it: by sitting on our duffs and allowing the torturing to continue: we are the torturers. We are the subhuman beings who put the black masks on our victims, water board them, or do other inhumane and despicable acts on fellow human beings......

When we see the burned beyond recognition bodies of innocent Iraqi civilians who were targeted with chemical weapons by the US military; when we see babies with their heads blown off and children screaming in pain and dying by the thousands because they don't have the proper medical care, equipment or medicines,

and we don't go and figuratively, or literally throw ourselves as human monkey wrenches into the murderous war machine, we may as well be pushing the button ourselves to activate the weapons that immorally and unlawfully kill innocent people:

our brothers and sisters, who, no matter what BushCo says, are just like us in every way. They are dark, light; rich, poor; Christian, Muslim; old, young; happy, sad; conservative, liberal; nice, mean; etc: you get the picture.

The only difference they have from us is that they live within different artificial boundary lines then we do: but this is not enough to make the innocent people of Iraq the enemies of we the people of America.....

What more proof do we need that we need leaders with the courage do finally do the right thing and say that BushCo lied and they need to be held accountable and the troops finally need to be brought home?.......

Yes Scott, the anti-war movement is collapsing into a Peace movement. We won't use the tactics of Napoleon, or your hero, Sun Tzu, we will use the tactics of our heroes: Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing is gained by war, warlike tactics, or warriors, but destruction.

Nothing is gained by doing nothing, either. Do something.


Det finns nu möjlighet att boka in sig för en 24 min DVDfilmvisning textad med diskussion efteråt, om människors situation i Bagdad och den idag utbombade staden Falluja.

För enskilda eller ideella grupper finns det chans att from maj månad till efter valet boka in sig på lördagarna kl 13 - 15 Vid Kungsgatan-Korsgatan i Göteborg.

För er som stöder Fredskoalitionens plattform mot Irakkriget och även vill ta upp nej till svenska soldater i Afghanistan, nej till krig mot Iran, nej till inskränkta demokratiska rättigheter och islamofobi samt nej till export av vapen till kriget

Nätverket Fredskoalitionens pg 4064380-1