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Military Resistance 9E18

IRAQ WAR REPORTS

Two Fort Riley Soldiers Killed In Iraq
May 24, 2011 by Ben Bauman, KTKA Fort Riley — Two Fort Riley soldiers are among the latest U.S. casualties in Iraq. The Department of Defense says the soldiers, 37-year old Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie of Medical Lake, Washington and 19-year old Pfc. Ramon Mora, Jr. of Ontario, California, were supporting Operation New Dawn. They died Sunday, May 22 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Ks.

AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS

Four Foreign Occupation “Servicemembers” Killed By IED Somewhere Or Other In Afghanistan Monday: Nationality Not Announced
24 May, 2011 by GEORGINA ROBINSON, The Canberra Times [Excerpts] Last night it was reported that a roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan had killed four foreign soldiers following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan.

Foreign Occupation “Servicemember” Killed Somewhere Or Other In Afghanistan Sunday: Nationality Not Announced
May 22, 2011 Reuters A foreign servicemember died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today.

Jordanian Officer Killed And Three Soldiers Wounded By IED In Logar
25/5/2011 Petra Amman, May 22 An official Jordanian military spokesman said that a Jordanian officer was killed and three soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb blast while they were escorting a humanitarian aid convoy in Afghanistan.

The source said that 1st Lieutenant Majid Amir Abu Qdairi was killed in the blast that targeted the aid convoy in Logar region in Afghanistan, adding that Sergeant Khalil Ismail Ali Shatti, Sergeant Ismail Mohammad Bani Ismail, Corporal "Mohamed Khair" Mamdouh Amour and Private Mikhled Siah Kleep Mar'ayah were injured and they were now in good conditions. The General Command of the Armed Forces will in coordination with the Jordanian contingent in Afghanistan fly home the body of 1st Lieutenant Majid Amir Abu Qdairi and evacuate the injured to Jordanian hospitals, the source added.

Soldier From 1 RIFLES Killed In Sayedabad Kalay
24 May 11 Ministry of Defence It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES) was killed in Afghanistan yesterday, Monday 23 May 2011. The soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device while on a patrol in the Sayedabad Kalay area of the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand province.

Aussie Soldier Killed In Afghanistan; Five More Wounded
24 May, 2011 by GEORGINA ROBINSON, The Canberra Times [Excerpts] A decorated Australian special forces soldier has been killed and five other soldiers wounded during two separate attacks in Afghanistan. The Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said Sergeant Brett Wood, 32, from Victoria, was killed about 11pm AEST yesterday, while conducting clearance operations in southern Afghanistan. An improvised explosive device detonated, killing Sergeant Wood and seriously wounding two others. The men, all members of the elite 2nd Commando Regiment, were on foot at the time. Three more soldiers working with an Afghan Provincial Response Company were wounded in a separate incident, which occurred yesterday evening AEST.

"There was a gunfire exchange and they sustained fragmentation," Air Chief Marshal Houston said, adding that he expected them to be discharged from a medical facility in Tarin Kowt later today. Air Chief Marshal Houston described Sergeant Wood as a "decorated warrior" with more than 15 years' service in the Australian Defence Force. Sergeant Wood was awarded the Medal for Gallantry in 2006 after leading a commando team in extremely hazardous circumstances in the Chora Valley. This was Sergeant Wood's third deployment in Afghanistan. He also served in Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Iraq, Air Chief Marshal Houston said. He is survived by his wife. His two colleagues were flown to a medical facility where they are listed as seriously ill. Sergeant Wood is the 24th Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan since 2002 when Operation Slipper began.

Brad Melton Killed In Afghanistan

May 17, 2011 Written by Kristen Gosling, KSDK A Rolla family is mourning the death of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Pfc. Brad Melton, 29, was killed by an IED while working with a clearance team on Monday morning. He had been in Afghanistan for about three weeks. Pfc. Melton was in the military for more than a decade. He had also completed two tours in Iraq. Melton, who family members describe as friendly, loving and courageous, comes from a military family and always knew serving our country was his calling in life.

"He always said 'dad I want to be just like you. I want to be just like grandpa', because my father was also retired military, and he said 'I want to make you proud,'" said Steven Beem, Melton's stepfather. Melton has two children who are living with his ex-wife. In addition to his two sons, mother, stepfather, and two sisters, Melton is survived by his fiancé. Family members say Melton had hopes to marry her when he finished his third tour, in the spring of 2012. Melton's body is expected to return to St. Louis within the next couple of days. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

French Fighter Jet Crashes In Afghanistan

May 24, 2011 AFP A French fighter jet crashed in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, although the crew escaped without injury and enemy fire was not to blame, a French army spokesman said. "A Mirage 2000-D crashed 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Farah," French army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Eric de Lapresle told AFP. The statement added that the cause of the crash of the French-built jet was currently unknown and an investigation into what happened had been launched.

France has six fighter jets based in Afghanistan at Kandahar Airfield in the south. [Had. Now it’s five.]

Foreign Military Chopper Crashes In Western Afghanistan
May 24, 2011 CNN Kabul, Afghanistan -- A foreign military helicopter crashed in western Afghanistan Tuesday morning. Crew members were not hurt, and the crash site has been secured, the International Security Assistance Force said. The force did not offer details on the exact location of the crash site, and said the cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Resistance Action:
Four Militia Commanders Killed And 14 Of Their Bodyguards Wounded In Ali Shing

Blood stains the ground at the scene of an attack in Alingar, Laghman province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, May 23, 2011. The bomber attacked a gathering of tribal leaders, killing four tribal elders and wounding 14 others who were having lunch at a hotel. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

May 23, 2011 DPA & 24 May 2011 TOLOnews At least 12 people were killed and 28 others were wounded in southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, local officials said. The incident happened at 09:00 am local time in Panjawi district when a truck carrying road workers was struck by a roadside bomb, hospital officials said. Taliban have previously attacked on road construction workers in some parts of Afghanistan. ***************************************************************

Bullet holes are seen on the window of an armoured vehicle belonging to Helmand governor Gulab Mangal (R) after an ambush in Helmand province May 24, 2011. Mangal escaped an assassination attempt by Taliban on Tuesday. Mangal was driving in a motorcade from Lashkar Gah to Sangin district -- one of the main battlefields in Helmand over the past year -- when insurgents opened fire. REUTERS/Abdul Malik Watanyar Kabul - A bomber detonated his explosives in a busy restaurant in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing four people and injuring 14 others, government and Taliban spokesmen said. The attack occurred in the main market of Ali Shing, a district in Laghman province, said Faizullah Pathan, spokesman for the provincial governor. 'The four dead were tribal elders and the 14 injured people were innocent civilians, who were having lunch in a restaurant,' he said. However, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said four militia commanders were killed and 14 of their bodyguards were injured in the suicide attack that was carried out by an insurgent named Abdul Wali. 'Some people might call these people as civilians, because they still wear civilian clothes and don't have any uniforms,' he said.

THIS ENVIRONMENT IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH; ALL HOME, NOW

U.S. soldiers in motion after their convoy was attacked by an bomber using a motorcycle in Qarghayi, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan May 9, 2011. There were no immediate reports on coalition casualties. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

US Army flight medic SPC. Daniel Miller, left, speaks to a ground medic as United States Marines wait to evacuate a colleague wounded in an IED strike near Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, May 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

United States Marines carry a colleague wounded in an insurgent attack to a waiting medevac helicopter under fire north of Sangin, Afghanistan, May 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

MILITARY NEWS
HOW MANY MORE FOR OBAMA’S WARS?

The remains of Army Pfc. Ramon Mora Jr. of Ontario, Calif., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on May 24, 2011. Mora died of wounds when insurgent forces in Iraq attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

POLITICIANS CAN’T BE COUNTED ON TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WARS

FORWARD OBSERVATIONS

“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” Frederick Douglass, 1852

One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions. Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71 December 13, 2004

The Social-Democrats ideal should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression no matter where it appears no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects; who is able to generalize all these manifestations and produce a single picture of police violence and capitalist exploitation; who is able to take advantage of every event, however small, in order to set forth before all his socialist convictions and his democratic demands, in order to clarify for all and everyone the world-historic significance of the struggle for the emancipation of the proletariat.” -- V. I. Lenin; What Is To Be Done

Stolen Land
From: Dennis Serdel To: Military Resistance Sent: May 18, 2010 Subject: Stolen Land Written by Dennis Serdel, Military Resistance 2010; Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th Brigade; United Auto Workers GM Retiree **************************************************************** Stolen Land Americans love Mexican Americans when they are used as cannon fodder to fight in American wars but they can’t stand their relatives when they cross the border back into the stolen land But there are plenty of jobs in Mexico at Ford, General Motors and more but the slave wages haven’t gone up even with Nafta

like they were supposed to do $1.40 an hour for production $1.80 and hour for skilled trades $15 an hour would keep them in a beautiful Mexican home with Mexican national health care Instead they pick the American fruits and vegetables like they have done for generations with a relative pounding the ground in the American Afghanistan war

“For Our Soldiers In Vietnam, Something So Honest And Everyday As A Lighter Became A Powerful Token Of Pre-War Life, And A Way To Express Their Frustration, Fears, And Loathing Over The War”

[Thanks to Fabian Bouthillette, Military Resistance Organization, who sent this in.] 5/14/11 via The Selvedge Yard [Excerpts] For our soldiers in Vietnam, something so honest and everyday as a lighter became a powerful token of pre-war life, and a way to express their frustration, fears, and loathing over the war.

These young men were sent into Charlie’s jungle to fight an invisible enemy, over a conflict that many didn’t trust or understand– and about the only items they could take with them from civilian life were a wristwatch and a lighter. The Zippo became a symbol of their souls. The often dark and powerful haiku-like sayings and mottos engraved on the side of the old chrome Zippo’s often reflected themes of delusion, death, drugs, or sex. It was a way for the soldier’s to express who they were, and how they felt. Many were like tattoos not worn on the body, but carried in a pocket. The old Zippo’s live on today as American folk art, and a haunting reminder of a confusing and painful time for the men who were there, and our country as a whole. Zippo got behind the movement with their massive marketing team, and flooded the PX’s with their lighters to ensure they were easily in the hands of any soldier who wanted one. You could pick one up for a little over a buck and have it engraved by a local vietnam “jeweler” for about fifty cents. The Zippo’s also became like currency– a soldier could barter their prized lighter for just about anything– a night on the town, or the company of a woman.

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“The End Of Conscription Did Not Halt The GI Resistance Movement”
“The GI Movement Had Always Been Primarily A Movement Of Enlistees, And Filling The Ranks With Volunteers Thus Actually Increased The Likelihood Of Internal Dissent”
“While Disgruntled Ex-College Students May Have Sparked Some Gl-Movement Activities, The Bulk Of The GI Resistance Came Not From Draftees But From Volunteers”
“The Evidence Available From An Examination Of The Gl Movement Suggests That The Majority Of Dissenters And Organizers Were Volunteers From Working-Class Backgrounds”

This was best summed up by Sp/ Jim Goodman, former editor of the Baumholder Gig Sheet in Germany: “Draftees expect shit, get slit, aren’t even disappointed. “Volunteers expect something better, get the same shit, and have at least one more year to get mad about it.” From: SOLDIERS IN REVOLT: David Cortright, Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, New York, 1975. Now available in paperback from Haymarket Books. ********************************************* One of the first acts of the Nixon administration was the appointment of the President’s Commission on the All-Volunteer Force, to recommend proposals for eliminating the draft. The Gates Commission completed its work quickly, issuing its report in February of 1970, and soon afterward the signs of change began appearing. In May, the Army announced that appearance regulations would be revised to allow slightly longer hair. A month later, in a dramatic signal of the new emphasis on personnel problems, the Pentagon shocked the Navy establishment by appointing Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Chief of Naval Operations. Zumwalt was promoted over thirty-three other admirals and assigned the special mission of improving service life and bolstering sagging reenlistment rates The liberal innovator immediately began shaking up Navy traditions, ordering numerous changes through a series of highly publicized personal messages to the fleet, so-called “Z-grams.”

Among the measures announced during Zumwalt’s first four months were relaxed uniform regulations, beer in the barracks, the opening of hard rock clubs, allowance of beards and longer hair, a ban on “panic painting” and other forms of unnecessary harassment, and liberalized leave policies. In December, Army Chief Westmoreland followed suit with a major directive altering the traditions of Army life — among other things, eliminating morning reveille, easing pass restrictions, and introducing beer in the mess hall.

In that same mother [January 1971] the Army launched a comprehensive Volunteer Army (VOLAR) experiment designed to test its new liberal policies, focusing on the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, the 3rd Armored Cavalry at Fort Lewis, and the 192nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Knox. An example of the program was the Fort Benning Plan, which comprised some 106 proposed administrative actions for improving Army life, including such measures as greater variety of food in mess halls, reduction of work schedules to five days a week, replacement of soldier KPs with civilians, scheduling of additional dances at post service clubs, and the improvement of barracks lounge areas. In addition, the Army conducted an experimental volunteer Army training program for basic trainees at Fort Ord. The program for the first time eliminated the requirement for shaved heads and called for a change in the traditionally abusive manner of drill sergeants. The experiment also removed such practices as infiltration-course training, midnight inspections, and excessively long working hours Of course, the end of conscription did not halt the GI resistance movement. The assumption that a professional military would be free of dissension, that volunteers would be more docile and acquiescent than draftees, proved wrong. In fact, the GI movement had always been primarily a movement of enlistees, and filling the ranks with volunteers thus actually increased the likelihood of internal dissent. Indeed, the volunteer armed forces have encountered record peacetime levels of AWOL and desertion and are still troubled by widespread political opposition and black unrest. The volunteer force has faltered in other respects as well. It has created an unprecedented crisis in the defense budget and has contributed to severe manpower difficulties in the reserves. Many have warned that an Army composed only of volunteers will no longer be subject to the healthy internal questioning evidenced during Vietnam. Inherent in this position is the view that the GI movement developed primarily because the military was forced to draft middle-class college students.

While disgruntled ex-college students may have sparked some Gl-movement activities, particularly certain of its more articulate expressions, the bulk of the GI resistance came not from draftees but from volunteers. The evidence available from an examination of the Gl movement suggests that the majority of dissenters and organizers were volunteers from working-class backgrounds. While by no means conclusive a number of small-scale surveys conducted in recent years confirm this. In March of 1970, the National Council to Repeal the Draft looked into the backgrounds of twenty-five members of GIs United Against the War at Fort Bragg. According to Tom Reeves of the Council, seventeen of the twenty-five activists had volunteered and sixteen of the group came from lower-middle-class families. In November of 1971, the United States Servicemen’s Fund sponsored a GI-movement conference in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Of the approximately fifty active-duty GIs and veterans attending from various organizing projects, the vast majority were volunteers, not draftees. At one meeting of active dissenters, an informal poll showed that eighteen of the twenty men present had volunteered. Additional evidence comes from an independent survey taken among members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War encamped on the Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 1971. The results of 172 returned questionnaires showed that approximately two thirds of the veterans had enlisted in the service, while nearly 49 per cent listed their father’s occupation as ‘labor.” Further indication of the volunteer origins of GI dissent comes from the extensive history of protest within the Air Force and the Navy, neither of which uses conscripts, and the continuation of the GI movement beyond 1972, despite the end of the draft. These findings confirm the opinion of nearly every leading GI-movement figure with whom I had contact in writing this book. They also corroborate my own experience. At Fort Hamilton and Fort Bliss, most of the people involved in anti-war work were, like myself, volunteers from working-class families. To be sure, many had volunteered most reluctantly, and some had been to college, at least for a time; but very few were draftees. This should not really surprise us, given what we have seen of the oppression of enlisted service and the economic compulsion of volunteering. It seems certain that lower-middle-class enlistees will not shirk protest against policies and conditions they find intolerable. This was best summed up by Sp/ Jim Goodman, former editor of the Baumholder Gig Sheet in Germany:

“Draftees expect shit, get slit, aren’t even disappointed. “Volunteers expect something better, get the same shit, and have at least one more year to get mad about it.”

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ANNIVERSARIES

Evil Anniversary:
May 24, 1934: Germany
“It Is The Aim Of The State Police To Support Zionism And Its Emigration Policy As Fully As Possible”
From: Human Smoke; The Beginnings of World War II, By Nicholson Baker, Simon & Schuster; New York 2008 REINHARD HEYDRICH, head of the intelligence branch of the German secret police, read a position paper prepared for him concerning Jewish policy. It was May 24, 1934. “The aim of Jewish policy must be the emigration of all Jews,” the paper said. Jewish “assimilationists”—those who wanted to live their lives as Germans within Germany— should be discouraged; while Zionists—those who wanted to emigrate to Palestine— should be encouraged, according to the memo. “It is the aim of the State Police to support Zionism and its emigration policy as fully as possible”:

Every authority concerned should, in particular, concentrate their efforts in recognizing the Zionist organizations and in supporting their training and emigration endeavors; at the same time the activities of German-Jewish groups should be restricted in order to force them to abandon the idea of remaining in Germany. In this way, Germany would eventually become a country “without a future for the Jews.” Heydrich, a blond man with a high forehead and long, spidery fingers, began helping Zionist organizations set up agricultural training centers, so that Jews would know how to farm when they reached Palestine.

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OCCUPATION PALESTINE

“For The First Time Ever, The Palestinians Have Switched From Commemorating Their Displacement With Statements, Festivals, And Speeches, To Actual Attempts To Return To Their Homes”
“The Arab Spring’s ‘Winds Of Change’ Are Blowing Through The Refugee Camps, No Less Than The Arab Capitals, Toward Palestine”
[Thanks to Michael Letwin, New York City Labor Against The War & Military Resistance Organization, who sent this in.]

22 May 2011 International Solidarity Movement [Excerpts] On Sunday, June 5, the 44th commemoration of the Naksa, or setback, Israel’s 1967 expulsion of 300,000 Palestinians following the Six-Day War, Palestinian refugees will return en masse to the borders. Announcing the mobilization on May 18, the Third Intifada Youth Coalition said, “The last few days proved that the liberation of Palestine is possible and very achievable even with an unarmed massive march if the nation decides it is ready to pay all at once for the liberation of Palestine.” The Preparatory Commission for the Right to Return, a nonpartisan coordinating body, has requested that supporters of the Palestinian liberation struggle also take action on June 5, by staging rallies, marches, and protests throughout the world demanding Palestinian refugees’ right to return. Appropriate venues could include Israeli embassies, consulates, and missions, BDS campaign targets, and foreign governments and international organizations that enable Israeli crimes. ”The May 15 marches were not an isolated incident, but were rather a declaration of the foundation of a new stage of struggle in the history of the Palestinian cause, entitled: ‘The refugees’ right to return to their homes,’” a statement by the Commission says. For the first time ever, the Palestinians have switched from commemorating their displacement with statements, festivals, and speeches, to actual attempts to return to their homes. The scene of refugees marching from all directions towards their homeland of Palestine sent a powerful message to the entire world that the refugees are determined to return to their homes however long it may take; and that 63 years were not enough to kill their dream of return; and that the new generations born in forced exile who have never seen their homeland are no less attached than their grandparents and fathers who witnessed the Nakba. What happened on May 15 was only a microcosm of the larger march soon to come, a march that will be made by Palestinian refugees and those who support them. They will pass the barbed wire and return to their occupied villages and cities. The crowds will head out from everywhere there are Palestinian refugees toward the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and occupied Palestine’s borders with Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, in peaceful marches raising the Palestinian flag and the names of their villages and towns, the keys to their homes, and certification papers. The Arab Spring’s “winds of change” are blowing through the refugee camps, no less than the Arab capitals, toward Palestine. And they show no signs of stopping. [To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves “Israeli.”]

DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK

CLASS WAR REPORTS

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