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Name: Antony Loewenstein
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posted by Antony Loewenstein at 12/19/2005 10:01:00 am
Hey Ant, speaking of human rights violators, did you see this?Iraqi insurgents are committing war crimes that undermine any claim they may have to be fighting a legitimate cause, Amnesty International says.A report by the UK-based group accuses anti-US forces in Iraq of showing "utter disdain for civilian life".It says there can be no justification for deliberate killings of civilians, hostage-taking and torture.The perpetrators "place themselves totally beyond the pale of acceptable behaviour", Amnesty International said."There is no honour nor heroism in blowing up people going to pray or murdering a terrified hostage," the 56-page report entitled Iraq, In Cold Blood: Abuses by Armed Groups says."Those carrying out such acts are criminals, nothing less, whose actions undermine any claim they may have to be pursuing a legitimate cause."
I agree, this derserves utter condemnation.Having said that, one wonders how much help the extremist are getting from the good guys:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6802629/site/newsweek/http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/4209595.stmhttp://www.brusselstribunal.org/BritishBombers.htmhttp://www.counterpunch.org/green02232005.html
BYW Shab, I nver knew you were such a fan of Amnesty. Perhaps you woudl be intersted inreadind that they have to say about your heros:http://web.amnesty.org/report2005/usa-summary-enghttp://web.amnesty.org/pages/guantanamobay-index-enghttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0630-02.htmhttp://www.wsws.org/news/1998/oct1998/ai-o08.shtmlhttp://www.wsws.org/news/1998/oct1998/ai-o08.shtmlhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0601-01.htm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4578627.stm
Well I'll certainly take these criticisms more on board now that they're showing themselves to be fair-minded. I've alwayss thought Amnesty moved in recent years from being a decent organisation to one with a partisan axe to grind.Of course, given that Anty has said that he wants the insurgency to win, I'd be interested to hear what he has to say.
You should defintely have a read of the article he posted under Reasons for Resistance. Maybe that will shed some light. It's a hell of an eye opener.I do believe Ant said he wanted the Coalitino to lose, which is not quite the same thing, but I could be wrong.
Indeed. Wishing the US lose in Iraq is vital, for political reasons. And it already has, so that's a good thing.Supporting the insurgency is different. It's often brutal and vile - something I don't support - but resistance to occupation is necessary, justified and legal. Since when was resistance to occupation pretty, anyway?
Bush's speechon Sunday was the closest he's come to admitting he was wrong"http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051219/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_analysisThis is a sure sign that the US is close to losing altogether in Iraq if not already.
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