Stand with the people of Fallujah
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From: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
To: nellomargiotta55 at virgilio.it
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 5:03 AM
Subject: Stand with the people of Fallujah
Take Action: Stand with the people of Fallujah
Top U.S. Marine in Iraq Calls for Massacre in Fallujah
The U.S. has surrounded the sealed off City of Fallujah and is preparing to
launch the complete destruction of the city. They have told the people that
any traffic on the street is now subject to attack and any males between the
ages of 15 and 55 who go outside will automatically be killed by the U.S.
soldiers. The U.S. is terrorizing and bombing the citizens of Fallujah every
night, recently targeting and fully destroying its emergency hospital,
collapsing homes around families, dismembering children. Many of the 300,000
population have fled for their lives, everything they have ever had left
behind or destroyed.
Now the top enlisted Marine in Iraq has called on his troops to commit war
crimes against the tens of thousands of remaining residents and what stands
of that proud and historic city. Referring to the assault on the ancient
citadel city of Hue, destroyed by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, Sgt. Maj.
Carlton W. Kent told an assembled group of 2,500 Marines in a "pep-talk":
"You're all in the process of making history. This is another Hue city in
the making. I have no doubt, if we do get the word, that each and every one
of you is going to do what you have always done - kick some butt." (AP,
November 7 2004)
The U.S. moved to reoccupy Hue after Vietnamese forces has liberated it in
the Tet Offensive of 1968. The Under Secretary of the Air Force, Townsend
Hoopes, described the results of the U.S. assault on Hue in a March 1968
memo as leaving "a devastated and prostrate city. Eighty per cent of the
buildings had been reduced to rubble, and in the smashed ruins lay 2,000
dead civilians... Three quarters of the city's people were rendered homeless
and looting was widespread, members of the ARVN [U.S. backed South
Vietnamese troops] being the worst offenders." (Noam Chomsky's forward to
the papers of the 1967 International War Crimes in Vietnam Tribunal)
The resistance in Iraq is carrying out coordinated efforts across the
country to dislodge U.S. occupation forces with attacks on police stations
and other targeted representatives of U.S. puppet installations. In recent
days many U.S. soldiers have been badly wounded and there is more to come as
the U.S. military leadership predicts the most bloody urban fighting since
Vietnam. The U.S. is using all of its firepower, night vision, high-tech
weaponry, and bombing capacity against defenseless civilians as well as
resistance fighters primarily armed with Kalishnakov rifles and improvised
explosive devises. With all this military might, the U.S. is unable to stop
the Iraqi people from fighting for their national sovereignty. The U.S.
installed "prime minister" of Iraq has today declared martial law in Iraq
for the next two months aggregating even greater unilateral authority.
This is no time for anti-war and progressive people in the U.S. to "mourn,"
dwell and lament on the failure of the Democratic Party candidate to defeat
the Republican Party candidate, at least not those who are really committed
to ending this criminal war and securing justice at home. If nothing else,
we all know that if Kerry was President-elect, nothing would be different
for the people of Iraq right now. Kerry has not condemned the bombings of
Falluljah at any point, nor the attacks on the Iraqi people, nor the use of
U.S. soldiers as cannon fodder in this war of aggression and conquest.
Now the people of Fallujah wait for the next attack, and the U.S. soldiers
wait for their orders to carry out actions that they will have to reconcile
for the rest of their lives, if they survive.
A.N.S.W.E.R. activists across the U.S. are planning emergency demonstrations
the DAY AFTER a reinvasion of Fallujah. We call on other committed
organizations and activists to also initiate such actions, at local federal
buildings, recruiting stations, or traditional public assembly locations.
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