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Quest for Freedom–A Story Of Pure Courage

Quest for Freedom–A Story Of Pure Courage

The Nazis stormed into the house of Stanislavsky Lech, who was Jewish, herded the entire family out at gunpoint, packed them into an overcrowded train, filled with the stench of death and despair, and sent them to Krakow.

Then, before his eyes, Lech saw his entire family shot. Somehow, he managed to live from one day to the next, in a numb, oblivious, zombie-like state. Impatiently, he awaited his own death. But one day, he realized, that his own death was not an unavoidable truth. He could, in fact, do something about it: he could make an attempt to escape.

Once he had made his decision, he didn’t know how to execute it. He only knew one simple thing: his decision was irrevocable, and, somehow, he had to find a way to act on it.

As the weeks passed into months, he interrogated his fellow prisoners. “How can we escape?” he would ask. He became a nuisance, an irritation. “It’s hopeless,” they would echo. “Stop hurting yourself,” they would plead. Some would abuse him openly; others would turn away in silence.

In turn, he rejected their answers, their silences, their overbearing despair. There has to be a way, he told himself, and I will find it. This is my revenge: by surviving I will prove that the Nazis aren’t invincible and that they don’t have complete control of our wills and that they can’t do what they like with us.

King George's War

King George's War

There was never a justification for invading Iraq. No wmd’s, Saddam Hussein had no part in 911, Al Queda was not using Iraq as a staging ground for attacks against the US or our allies. George Bush decided to go to war and that was that.

After five years and hundreds of thousands dead the war still goes on. It needs to stop. Now.

They held the coronation
Up in Washington
Gallant balls and celebration
If you’re connected, son
I tried to tell myself
It’s only four more years
But it’s the changes in between
That are feeding my fears

King George’s War
Watch your rights just slippin’ away
King George’s War? ?
On the streets of Baghdad
Or right here in the USA

Another mother’s son
Supports the country he loves
Random fire cuts him down
When will it finally be enough
A mother’s cry in any toungue
Still sounds the same
Her child dies in any land
She feels the same pain

King George’s War
Watch your hopes just slippin’ away
King George’s War
On the streets of Baghdad
Or right here in the USA

lyin’ in my bed
Trying to get some sleep
But the problems in my head
Well they just won’t keep
I tried to tell myself
It’s only four years more
If it all don’t go to hell
Fightin’ King George’s War

King George’s War
Watch your dreams just slippin’ away
King George’s War
On the streets of Baghdad
Or right here in the USA

Tell the candidates, the war is not over.

Tell the candidates, the war is not over.

What was once an inspiring, hopeful campaign has degenerated into a typical election. Lots of name calling and mudslinging with new ideas and fresh viewpoints the first and costliest casualties. What happened?

First, the most outspoken and different were marginalized and painted as kooks. On the republican side Ron Paul is the most obvious. During the debates he was rarely asked any substantive questions. Off camera his name was rarely mentioned along with the heavy-weights. So despite the intense interest and excitement he generated, especially with younger voters, a large part of this country was denied access to his ideas.

Another candidate, Mike Huckabee, also brought new ideas and fresh insight to the race. I do not remember anyone discussing his tax plan but we all heard about his religious views. Personally I don’t care if someone thinks the moon is made out of green cheese if they have a fair and sensible tax plan. To Mr. Huckabees’ credit he did stay in the race but the news outlets never discussed his positions but instead focused on how he couldn’t win.

On the democratic side candidates like Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Bill Richardson, etc. were also all but ignored at the debates and in the mainstream media. Mr. Gravel was labeled the grouchy old man, Dennis Kucinich the guy who saw flying saucers and the others as being unable to generate enough interest to win the nomination. And now we have two candidates in the Democratic party, one on the Republican side. What are their stances on the issues?

Feds Probe Blackwater Weapons Smuggling

Feds Probe Blackwater Weapons Smuggling

Associated Press  |  September 22, 2007

Feds Probe Blackwater Weapons Smuggling

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, N.C., is handling the investigation with help from Pentagon and State Department auditors, who have concluded there is enough evidence to file charges, the officials told The Associated Press. Blackwater is based in Moyock, N.C.

A spokeswoman for Blackwater did not return calls seeking comment Friday. The U.S. attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina, George Holding, declined to comment, as did Pentagon and State Department spokesmen.

Officials with knowledge of the case said it is active, although at an early stage. They spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, which has heightened since 11 Iraqis were killed Sunday in a shooting involving Blackwater contractors protecting a U.S. diplomatic convoy in Baghdad.

The officials could not say whether the investigation would result in indictments, how many Blackwater employees are involved or if the company itself, which has won hundreds of millions of dollars in government security contracts since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, is under scrutiny.

In Saturday’s editions, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that two former Blackwater employees – Kenneth Wayne Cashwell of Virginia Beach, Va., and William Ellsworth “Max” Grumiaux of Clemmons, N.C. – are cooperating with federal investigators.

Blackwater Atrocities

Blackwater Atrocities

Mercenaries paid with our tax dollars opened fire on Iraqi civilians recently. They killed 8 people and shot 13 more.
           
“They are untouchable,” one private soldier told the Los Angeles Times. “They’ve shot up other private security contractors, Iraqi military, police and civilians.”1
Now the Iraqi government has had enough, and has ordered Blackwater to stop work in the country. This morning the Iraqi Prime Minister demanded the U.S. use someone else to guard their VIP’s.2 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has promised an investigation, but that’s not enough.

          http://act.truemajorityaction.org/o/2/t/50/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=24Most of Blackwater’s work is guarding officials from the State Department. They are among the most high-profile mercenaries working in Iraq, but hardly the only ones. An astounding 120,000 “private security contractors” are in Iraq, 48,000 of them working as combat soldiers.3 They get paid far more than real soldiers, their deaths are not included in the official casualty counts, and they are essentially accountable to no one, according to state department officials.

This is still America. We can’t hire mercenaries to fire on civilians with no accountability.

Tell Sec. Rice to put an end to it, and follow the Iraqi government’s demand that Blackwater leave the country.

This has to stop,

Ben Kroetz
TrueMajorityACTION.org Online Organizer

1. “U.S. rushes to smooth Iraq’s anger over Blackwater,” Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2007

2. “Al-Maliki Says Blackwater Should Be Replaced for ‘Criminal Act’,” Bloomberg.com, September 19, 2007

3. U.S. GAO report