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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Do You See A Pattern Here?


* Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
* David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
* Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
* Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as
an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
* Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
* Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
* John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star
with Combat V, Purple Hearts.
* Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star,
* Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze S
tar, Vietnam.
* Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53.
* Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
* Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve
* Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven
campaign ribbons.
* Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs,
Bronze Stars, and Soldier's Medal.
* Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver
Star and Legion of Merit.
* Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
* Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in
Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.
* Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
* Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
* Chuck Robb: Vietnam
* Howell Heflin: Silver Star
* George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.
* Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments.
* Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
* Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
* John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and Air Medal with 18
* Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved
by Raoul Wallenberg


* Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by
* Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
* Tom Delay: did not serve.
* Roy Blunt: did not serve.
* Bill Frist: did not serve.
* Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
* Rick Santorum: did not serve.
* Trent Lott: did not serve.
* John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach
* Jeb Bush: did not serve.
* Karl Rove: did not serve.
* Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who
attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.
* Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
* Vin Weber: did no t serve.
* Richard Perle: did not serve.
* Douglas Feith: did not serve.
* Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
* Richard Shelby: did not serve.
* Jon! Kyl: did not serve.
* Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
* Christopher Cox: did not serve.
* Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
* Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.
* George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National
Guard; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend
running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam,
disappeared from duty.
* Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat
role making movies.
* B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was
over in Korea.
* Phil Gramm: did not serve.
* John McCain: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit,
Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
* Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.
* John M. McHugh: did not serve.
* JC Watts: did not serve.
* Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem," although
continued in NFL for 8 years.
* Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.
* Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
* George Pataki: did not serve.
* Spencer Abraham: did not serve.
* John Engler: did not serve.
* Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
* Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.

Killing Children is No Longer a Big Deal

[JPN Commentary:

* Number of Palestinian kids killed in the first two weeks since September 28, 2004 (The Israeli Operation "Days of Penitence" in the Gaza Strip): 30.

* Number of Palestinian kids killed by the Israeli army since the beginning of the Intifada PRIOR to Days of Penitence according to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem: 557.

* Number of kids among them age ten: 42

* Age seven: 20

* Age two: 8

* Number of Israeli kids killed since the beginning of the Intifada: 110.

* Numbers of Palestinian babies who died at checkpoints during birth: 13.

* Age of Iman al Hamas, whose body was "riddled with over 20 bullets before the Israeli commander approached the girl... fired two shots at her head and then empties [sic] his magazine, pumping her body with bullets": 13.

In Memoriam:

* Mohammed Aaraj, 6. Shot to death by an Israeli soldier from a fairly close range while eating a sandwich in front of his house, the last house before the cemetery of the Balata refugee camp, in Nablus.

* Kristen Saada, 12. Killed in her parents' car, on the way home from a family visit, when soldiers sprayed the car with bullets.

* Jamil and Ahmed Abu Aziz, brothers, age 13 and 6 respectively. Killed while riding their bicycles in full daylight on their way to buy candy. Both were directly hit by a shell fired by an Israeli tank crew.

* Radir Mohammed, 12, from Khan Yunis refugee camp. Was in a school classroom when soldiers shot her to death.

All items are from the article below, except the quotation about Iman al Hamas' killing which is from "IDF investigates death of Palestinian girl" By Margot Dudkevitch and Herb Keinon, The Jerusalem Post, 10/17/04.
http://ga3.org/ct/C1aCgtM1sQC7/ -- AK]

Killing children is no longer a big deal

By Gideon Levy


More than 30 Palestinian children were killed in the first two weeks of Operation Days of Penitence in the Gaza Strip. It's no wonder that many people term such wholesale killing of children "terror." Whereas in the overall count of all the victims of the Intifada the ratio is three Palestinians killed for every Israeli killed, when it comes to children the ratio is 5:1. According to B'Tselem, the human rights organization, even before the current operation in Gaza, 557 Palestinian minors (below the age of 18) were killed, compared to 110 Israeli minors.

Palestinian human rights groups speak of even higher numbers: 598 Palestinian children killed (up to age 17), according to the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, and 828 killed (up to age 18) according to the Red Crescent. Take note of the ages, too. According to B'Tselem, whose data are updated until about a month ago, 42 of the children who have been killed were 10; 20 were seven; and eight were two years old when they died. The youngest victims are 13 newborn infants who died at checkpoints during birth.

With horrific statistics like this, the question of who is a terrorist should have long since become very burdensome for every Israeli. Yet it is not on the public agenda. Child killers are always the Palestinians, the soldiers always only defend us and themselves, and the hell with the statistics.

The plain fact, which must be stated clearly, is that the blood of hundreds of Palestinian children is on our hands. No tortuous explanation by the IDF Spokesman's Office or by the military correspondents about the dangers posed to soldiers by the children, and no dubious excuse by the public relations people in the Foreign Ministry about how the Palestinians are making use of children will change that fact. An army that kills so many children is an army with no restraints, an army that has lost its moral code.

As MK Ahmed Tibi (Hadash) said, in a particularly emotional speech in the Knesset, it is no longer possible to claim that all these children were killed by mistake. An army doesn't make more than 500 day-to-day mistakes of identity. No, this is not a mistake but the disastrous result of a policy driven mainly by an appallingly light trigger finger and by the dehumanization of the Palestinians. Shooting at everything that moves, including children, has become normative behavior. Even the momentary mini-furor that erupted over the "confirming of the killing" of a 13-year-old girl, Iman Alhamas, did not revolve around the true question. The scandal should have been generated by the very act of the killing itself, not only by what followed.

Iman was not the only one. Mohammed Aaraj was eating a sandwich in front of his house, the last house before the cemetery of the Balata refugee camp, in Nablus, when a soldier shot him to death at fairly close range. He was six at the time of his death. Kristen Saada was in her parents' car, on the way home from a family visit, when soldiers sprayed the car with bullets. She was 12 at the time of her death. The brothers Jamil and Ahmed Abu Aziz were riding their bicycles in full daylight, on their way to buy sweets, when they sustained a direct hit from a shell fired by an Israeli tank crew. Jamil was 13, Ahmed six, at the time of their deaths.

Muatez Amudi and Subah Subah were killed by a soldier who was standing in the village square in Burkin and fired every which way in the wake of stone-throwing. Radir Mohammed from Khan Yunis refugee camp was in a school classroom when soldiers shot her to death. She was 12 when she died. All of them were innocent of wrongdoing and were killed by soldiers acting in our name.

At least in some of these cases it was clear to the soldiers that they were shooting at children, but that didn't stop them. Palestinian children have no refuge: mortal danger lurks for them in their homes, in their schools and on their streets. Not one of the hundreds of children who have been killed deserved to die, and the responsibility for their killing cannot remain anonymous. Thus the message is conveyed to the soldiers: it's no tragedy to kill children and none of you is guilty.

Death is, of course, the most acute danger that confronts a Palestinian child, but it is not the only one. According to data of the Palestinian Ministry of Education, 3,409 schoolchildren have been wounded in the Intifada, some of them crippled for life. The childhood of tens of thousands of Palestinian youngsters is being lived from one trauma to the next, from horror to horror. Their homes are demolished, their parents are humiliated in front of their eyes, soldiers storm into their homes brutally in the middle of the night, tanks open fire on their classrooms. And they don't have a psychological service. Have you ever heard of a Palestinian child who is a "victim of anxiety"?

The public indifference that accompanies this pageant of unrelieved suffering makes all Israelis accomplices to a crime. Even parents, who understand what anxiety for a child's fate means, turn away and don't want to hear about the anxiety harbored by the parent on the other side of the fence. Who would have believed that Israeli soldiers would kill hundreds of children and that the majority of Israelis would remain silent? Even the Palestinian children have become part of the dehumanization campaign: killing hundreds of them is no longer a big deal.


Management bans Christian worship at a hospital.

by Obed Minchakpu

KEFFI, Nigeria, October 13 (Compass) -- Muslim militants have threatened to kill Christian nurses serving at the Federal Medical Center in the town of Keffi, in the central state of Nasarawa, Nigeria, unless they stop conducting Christian worship services.

An undated letter received by the hospital’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Nurses (FCN) -- also delivered to hospital management -- stated, “We are making it abundantly clear that our thirst for your heads/blood is mounting daily if you continue with your worship services in the hospital unabated.”

The letter carried no names and was simply endorsed by a group calling itself “Islamic fundamentalists.” The group said that it has a strong presence in the hospital and would do everything possible to deal with all Christian health workers there.

The letter has reportedly caused panic at the hospital and prompted institutional authorities to ban all Christian worship activities.

Christiana Shiaki, secretary of the local chapter of the FCN, told Compass that Dr. B.A. Abiminku, medical director and chief executive at Keffi Federal Medical Center, sent the nurses a letter on July 19, 2004, stating that Christian-related activities at the facility had been banned.

“Following the events of last week ... which occurred within the center, Management has decided that Christian religious activities at the center is [sic] suspended in the interim,” Abiminku wrote.

Shiaki said the letter also contained a summons for the nurses to meet with hospital management. “On arrival, we were informed that the management has reached a decision based on the threat letter to ban our fellowship in the center indefinitely,” she said. “No mention was made [at the meeting] to the threat to our lives as Christians.”

Shiaki told Compass that the ban on Christian activities at the hospital denies Christian nurses and other health workers the privilege to exercise their faith as guaranteed by the Constitution of Nigeria.

“We are being discriminated against because we are Christians,” she said. “We have not done anything wrong to deserve this. How can they ban us from praying or worshipping here when the Muslims have two mosques built with public funds for them here in the hospital?”

Shiaki also said that for the past five years, the Christian community at the hospital has been pleading for space to build a chapel to serve health workers and patients, but the request had been turned down.

Nigeria’s chapter of the FCN was established in 1960, the year the country attained independence from Britain. The fellowship is affiliated with the Nurses Christian Fellowship International, headquartered in Scotland.

According to a report released last week by the Associated Press, violence between Muslims and Christians in central Nigeria over the last three years has left more than 53,000 people dead. A government-appointed committee said 53,787 people had died in Plateau state alone between September 2001 and May 2004.

Most of the casualties have been Christians killed in riots and militia attacks carried out by radical Muslim groups. Evidence is emerging that shows the Muslim militias receive foreign funding to purchase weapons and material. The militias often mount attacks from neighboring countries, such as Niger and Chad, which have large Muslim populations.


BAGHDAD, IRAQ (ANS) -- Seven Christian workers from the Baghdad Hunting Club were recently killed and two others injured when four men, their faces covered by keffiyehs, blasted the believers’ Kia minibus with gunfire, writes Kim Sengupta in an October 12 article on the http://www.independent.co.uk/ website.

“It was midnight in Baghdad, not a time to be out in this place of violence. But the workers from the Baghdad Hunting Club had almost made it back home through the deserted streets when the tires of their Kia minibus were shredded by a burst of gunfire,” Sengupta wrote.

“The shots had come from a black Opel saloon which had tracked them from the club -- a prestigious haunt of Iraq's new rich -- after finishing the late shift. Four men, their faces covered by keffiyehs, slid open the door of the minibus and sprayed the occupants with Kalashnikov fire.

“Their targets, seven Christians, were killed almost instantly. Two others were injured but survived. The dead were all breadwinners for their families in the close-knit Christian community in the suburb of al-Doura. These families now want to leave Iraq, joining the exodus of thousands of their co-religionists since the war.”

The murders were the latest deadly attack against Iraq's Christians, a systematic and brutal campaign by Islamic extremists which began soon after the "liberation" by the United States and Britain, Sengupta said.

So far, 110 have been killed. In August, four churches in Baghdad and one in Mosul were blown up in a co-ordinated series of car bombings, killing 12 people and injuring 61 others.

“In September, another Baghdad church was bombed. There have also been mortar attacks on community centres, shootings of Christian shopkeepers and kidnappings of businessmen for extortion,” she said.

The result had been a flow of Christians -- mostly middle-class and members of the intelligentsia and entrepreneurs -- out of the country, with a marked acceleration in the past few months. About 45,000 have gone so far out of a community estimated to be between 600,000 and 700,000.

Pascale Warda, the Iraqi interim government's minister for displacement and migration, who is herself a Christian, says there is no chance of halting the exodus while the attacks continue.

Christians in Iraq faced little religious persecution under the secular regime of Saddam Hussein, Sengupta says.

Senior members of the Baath party, including Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister, were Christians. Now, they say, they receive scant protection from the US and British military in the face of the onslaught. Some of the early killings, mainly of shopkeepers, happened in the supposedly safer, British-run south of the country.

Sengupta writes that he interim government's national security adviser, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, blames the church bombings on followers of the Jordanian-born Sunni militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Iraqi police say fighters from Muqtada Sadr's Mehdi Army could be responsible for those and other sectarian attacks. But whatever the truth, hardly anyone has been arrested.

“Those killed in the minibus shooting worked as cooks and waiters at the hunting club. The expensive institution once used by the Baath elite has now reopened. Membership stands at 1,500 with plenty more willing to pay the annual $450 (£250) subscription to use its tennis courts, pools and restaurants,” she said.

Among the dead were Emanuel Markus, 42, and his 16-year-old son, Maradona. Another son, Elias, 17, who was shot in the arm, is so terrified and traumatized that he has now fled the family home.

Dressed in a black mourning gown, Kisno Markus sat at home clutching photographs of her husband and two sons. The remaining seven members of the family are all women. They now have to survive in an Iraq where work is scarce for all, and even more so for working-class women, Sengupta wrote.

"I know it is going to be very hard, but I cannot think about that now," said Mrs Markus. "I have looked at the dead faces of my husband and my son, and that is what keeps on going through my mind.

"They were very close -- my husband named my son after his favorite footballer. They used to laugh about that. My other son, Elias, has gone to Zakha, the last village in Iraq before you get to Turkey. That is how frightened he is. We are frightened as well. We must leave. We cannot afford to go abroad right now, but we are moving to stay with relations in another part of Baghdad. We are all very scared."

Across the street, 50-year-old Khuki Elias Kreto mourned her son, Nabin, aged 25. "He was my only boy -- the only one -- and they took him away," she said. "What kind of people are these? My son was so quiet that the neighbors said they did not even know when he was in the house. He has never harmed anyone."

Another victim, Emir Shabo Gorgis, supported his wife, six children, an elderly father and his sister on basic pay of $10 a week, Sengupta said.

"He had worked very hard all his life," said his widow, 27-year-old Ilhan. "We never got involved in politics. We have good Muslim friends and neighbours. I do not know why there is so much hatred."

She said the Iraqi police and American forces turned up at the scene of the shooting, but the families say they do not expect anyone to be arrested.

The director of the hunting club, Maksood Al-Sanjary, said: "What has happened is very sad. We would like to help in some way, but these people were the responsibility of a contractor to the club. We are living in very bad times."

Christians are often targeted in Iraq's thriving abduction industry because they are perceived as being well off, Sengupta said. Samir Sajouri, 33, was kidnapped from his furniture shop and held for a week until his family paid a ransom of $35,000. Now he is taking his wife and three children to Jordan.

"We did not have the money," he said. "My wife had to sell stock and borrow to pay this. I was treated very badly by the men who had kidnapped me. They beat me and kicked me. There were always insults because I am a Christian. It is strange -- 90 per cent of those I employed were Muslims," said Mr Sajouri.

At the Church of the Holy Rosary in Karada, Father Butros Haddad was seeing a parishioner seeking her son's baptism certificate.

"It means they are leaving Iraq," he said. "Every day I hear about one or two families leaving from this parish and others. I have been a priest for 35 years and I have never seen the community face such a time of lawlessness.

"It is not bad just for the Christians: our fellow Iraqis -- Muslims -- are also suffering. But on top of all other troubles, the Christians feel they are being especially targeted. The problem is that the Americans don't seem to be able to do anything about security. There is a sense of terrible fear."

Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

International Day of Prayer

IDOP 2004 Scheduled for November 14

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Haitians Need Not Apply


U.S. policy grants TPS to many -- except Haitians

What is the Bush administration waiting for to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the United States? More deaths? Another devastating tropical storm? Beheadings from uncontrolled violence?

Had it been any other country, TPS would have been granted -- not just weeks ago, but more than a year ago. Tropical Storm Jeanne killed nearly 2,000 persons last month and made more than 200,000 homeless. Floods in March took another 3,000 lives. Haiti's man-made disasters have taken countless lives for years.

By statute, TPS may be offered in cases where a natural disaster results in ''a substantial but temporary disruption of living conditions'' or when ''there is an ongoing armed conflict . . . and, due to that conflict, return of nationals of that state would pose a serious threat to personal safety.'' Both criteria apply here -- and Haiti should be TPS-qualified.

In Haiti, political gangs feed violence that prevents humanitarian aid from reaching the neediest people. Men with guns control streets, and the too-few U.N. troops are unable to stop them. In this lawless climate, international aid groups withdrew from flood-ravaged Gonaives last week. In this city where so many have lost loved ones and possessions, pregnant women, children, families with muddied clothes now wait for food and water in longer lines, at greater risk.

Haiti doesn't need more homeless, jobless people. Nor is it safe for people to be returned under current conditions. Granting Haitians TPS would end their deportations to the troubled island.

Three weeks ago, Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue requested TPS relief for 20,000 undocumented Haitians already in the United States. With TPS, these Haitians would be able to work legally and send remittances back home to help rebuilding efforts. They would be required to return to Haiti once conditions improved. Those who arrived afterward wouldn't qualify for such status. TPS isn't an invitation to stay permanently or for other Haitians to come.

After Honduras and Nicaragua were ravaged by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the United States allowed 90,000 of them to remain here under this protection. Nationals from other countries with fewer ties to the United States have also had TPS over the years.

Considering the Haitians' circumstances, ''it makes a lot of sense'' to stop the deportions, Gov. Jeb Bush said recently. Yet the Department of Homeland Security continues to deport Haitians. Even as Haitians were digging out of muck and searching for corpses a week after Jeanne struck, DHS's Krome facility sent 17 Haitians back.

As shocking as that was, it wasn't surprising. For unspoken reasons, the U.S. government has long treated Haitians worse than immigrants from any other country. While Cubans interdicted at sea are all interviewed by asylum officers, Haitians must pass a ''shout test'' -- that is, they are repatriated unless they cry out. The odds of a Haitian having a legitimate asylum claim heard are practically nil. Consider the numbers this summer: Of 2,000 Haitians interdicted by the U.S. Coast Guard, only three were found to have a credible fear of persecution -- this when political violence is widespread. Haitians who make it to our shores fare little better. By Bush administration mandate they must remain imprisoned until they prove their asylum claim or are deported. No other nationality is subjected to such cruel and unfair treatment.

Advocates say the U.S. policy is racist. Perhaps that is so. That many Haitians who flee are poor and uneducated likely are factors, too. Other Caribbean nations also treat Haitians poorly. None of these reasons excuses U.S. indifference to Haitian suffering.

Administration officials say that unforgiving immigration policies are necessary to deter a mass exodus from Haiti. But a floating wall of U.S. cutters only tightens the seal on the pressure cooker that is Haiti. Without doing more to curb violence and improve conditions on the island, U.S. policy could trigger just such an exodus.

South Florida's vibrant Haitian community defies stereotypes. We have welcomed Haitians, and they have enriched our collective experience. Our community will play an important role in rebuilding Haiti. TPS can provide immediate relief to an island in need.

• To let the president know what you think about this issue, send him your message online at president@whitehouse.gov or call 202-456-1111.

The Bogus scam of a National Election

Estranged citizens understand the idiocy of voting for no real
choice. Misguided and confused voters continue to cast ballots with
no reasonable expectation for improvement. The exclusion rule of twin
criminal enterprises ensures that no competition is allowed. Voting
for which skull will pick your bones is a classic example of
insanity - repeating the same behavior and expecting different

There is no duty or honor in selecting your executioner. Your
obligation is to reject the bogus scam of a national election.
Political parties are a curse upon the American Memory.

Condoning the systemic manipulation of governance - as legitimacy -
proves the inept aptitude of the public. All that matters is who does
the counting of the ballots. This cycle was never even a semblance of
a contest, both Bush and Kerry crusade for a greater Israel, expand
the size and scope of the State and open the borders to the real
terrorist invasion.

When was the last time the country was really on the right track?
Answer: Well before any of us were born. The dumbing down of America
is nearly complete. The best and the brightest reject this facade.
Politics requires a full time commitment and a voting day repudiation.

The only sensible alternative is to regain your Inherent Autonomy.
Action is imperative, voting is irrational.

Friedrich Nietzsche had it right: "Insanity in individuals is
something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is
the rule".