rn:Lest we forget: we ARE at war


Jan Slakov

Dear rn list,   July 27

As we have been discussing "deep peace" I have been getting more news of
violence we are, despite our wishes, involved in. I think it is important to
share some of this "negative" stuff with you; part of taking responsibility
for ourselves is to find ways to STOP this violence, for it is being done
with the aquiescence of the citizens of NATO countries.

A _Washington Post article tells of a program the US set up since the Cold
War, the Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) program. It is being used
to get around restrictions on military exchanges with human rights violators.

César Roberto Magellan, who continues to carry on the struggle for a better
world from Rio de Janiero and who is a good friend of CDR (our Citizens for
a Democratic Renaissance group) sent us the entire article (37 pages!) and I
can forward it or parts to people who would like it. 

You can also get it yourself, as another friend of CDR, Eric Fawcett, of
Science for Peace and the International Peace Bureau tells us:

Date:   Wed, 22 Jul 1998 08:56:44 -0400
From: Eric Fawcett <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Secret US Military Operations 

From: Mike Wallace <•••@••.•••>

According to a series of 3 articles in the Washington Post, the US military
is involved in training foreign armies in "at least 110 countries". These
operations, called Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET's) are free not
only from civilian oversight, but are often even hidden from other US
Government departments, and include armies at the top of anyone's horror
list. It is even likely that US Forces trained some of the units that
committed genocide in Rwanda.

Mike Wallace has the text of these articles, but they are too long to 
post (37 pages in all). He will attach them to a message upon request;
please specify desired format: <•••@••.•••>
It is much easier on him if people got them themselves from the Post website
(www.washingtonpost.com). The title of the series is "Sidestepping
Sanctions", and the site search engine brings right up when you enter that. 

There are two other articles as well which you might want to see: One, _the
Price and Enormity of Folly, gives statistics on the $19 trillion US defence
bill and includes an excerpt from a speech by Daniel Ellsberg given in
honour of the Isreali dissident Mordechai Vanunu. 

The other, by Tom Harpur, writing in the _Toronto Star tells of continuing
horrors caused by the genocidal sanctions against Iraq:

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 98 13:29:00 -0700
From: janice <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Iraqi children starve to death and no one acts

"Clinton, according to AP and Reuters news services, said the
inspections must go forward and that present policies - the sanctions -
towards Iraq are ``the right thing to do for the safety of America and
the rest of the world.''

This is one of the most immoral and cruel decisions imaginable.
Whatever else it means, it will ensure that up to 100,000 Iraqi infants
and children will suffer and die before Christmas."


I would be happy to send any of these items to anyone who is interested.

Also, those of you who are not on the cyberjournal list might well like to
subscribe. Many of the items Richard posts on that list give fuller
information and analysis of news the mass media is not convering adequately.
(See my sig below for subscription info.)

All the best, Jan

Creo que el mundo es bello, 
que la poesía es como el pan, 
de todos. 

(I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone)

Roque Dalton

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