World War III: The war on civilians (the working class)

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Bracing for Bush's war at home
By Chisun Lee, The Village Voice, 26 March–1 April 2003. The big picture shows an executive branch amassing so much more power, even in the past six months alone. But since many developments have occurred “under theradar,”, few members of Congress, let alone of the public, could easily map out such a blueprint on their own.
War Against Iraqi People
By Essam Al-Ghalib, Al-Jazeerah, 8 April 2003. This is no longer a war against Saddam and his regime, if it ever was. It has become a war against the Iraqi people. The number of civilians killed since the invasion began is massive, and is rising dramatically.
US troops ‘shoot civilians’
By Bob Graham, Evening Standard, 19 June 2003. American soldiers in Iraq today make the astonishing admission that they regularly kill civilians. Soldiers say they are frequently confronted by fighters dressed as civilians, including women.
Myanmar: The case against sanctions
By Nelson Rand, Asia Times, 20 June 2003. Myanmar's generals will not change their behavior because of tougher sanctions because the burden would fall mainly on the estimated 350,000 textile workers in the country. In the past 10 years, Washington has imposed sanctions on at least 35 countries, which in most cases have done little except to make the situation worse for the people in those countries.
America's Enemy Within
By Naomi Klein, The Guardian, Wednesday 26 November 2003. Washington will continue to bully countries into sweeping trade contracts on the model of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but there will be no single, unified deal. The more control the US trade representatives lost at the negotiating table, the more raw power the police exerted on the streets.
The war against us all
By Mumia Abu-Jamal, commentary played at March 19 anti-war rallies in the U.S., 19 March 2005. This isn't just a war on Iraqis or Afghanis or even Arabs or Muslims, but ultimately a war on us all. That's because the billions that are being spent on this war is money that will never be spent on education, on health care, on the reconstruction of crumbling public housing, or to train and place the millions of workers who have lost manufacturing jobs.
UN Rights Expert Charges US Using Food Access as Military Tactic
Agence France Presse, Common Dreams, Thursday 31 March 2005. A UN human rights expert sharply condemned the invasion of Iraq and the global anti-terror drive, accusing the US-led coalition of using food deprivation as a military tactic and of sapping efforts to fight hunger in the world.
Racist incarcerations on the rise
By Gloria Rubac, Workers World, 4 May 2005. Newly-released numbers by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics confirm what those living in poor and oppressed communities already knew: way too many people are going to prison and the war on drugs is nothing but a war on the oppressed.
It's Not War, but It Can Be Hellish
By Peter Edidin, The New York Times, 8 May 2005. The United States Army has increasingly been involved in missions requiring it to police civilian societies. But controlling protesters or quelling a riot in a nation with which America is at peace requires different skills and (usually nonlethal) responses than war fighting.
US Use of Torture: A Tool to Control Society
Radio Havana Cuba, 14 May 2005. Naomi Klein discusses the true reasons for torture, saying that rather than extract information it is designed to cower entire societies and not just the direct victim. One of the ways that the US government maintains the control it does over its population is through blatant fear. By passing laws that affect the very freedoms that the United States is supposed to be fighting for across the globe, US authorities have instilled such fear of reprisal that few have the courage to speak out.
How the Pentagon Justifies Phosphorous Bombs on Fallujah
By Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, 17 November 2005. Now that the Iraqi government has been forced to investigate the US military's criminal use of phosphorus incendiary bombs during the November 2004 assault on Fallujah, it is important to note how slippery the Pentagon is being about its claim not to have used this dreadful weapon against “civilians.”