The War Goes On

Only about 2,000 people turned out on Oct. 27 in downtown Los Angeles to protest the war and occupation that was killed nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers and more than one million Iraqis (see box on front page for latest figures).

Despite organizers claim to the contrary, the march was the smallest “major mobilization” in Los Angeles yet.
Some activists have argued that other tactics to express opposition to the war should be used instead. But no one has come up with one that will force a determined president and a backboneless congress to give it up.

Meanwhile, more atrocities by the mercenary firm, Blackwater, are emerging with little prospect that those responsible for wanton killings will be brought to justice. Blackwater has won highly profitable no-bid contracts in Iraq. Erik Prince, the company’s owner is a major contributor to Republican and right-wing causes.

In Washington, the Senate appears ready to confirm Michael Mukasey as attorney general, despite his refusal to condemn waterboarding as torture.

Bush defended his nominee, saying, “It doesn’t make any sense to tell an enemy what we’re doing.”

According to Wikipedia, “Waterboarding is a form of torture that consists of immobilizing an individual on his or her back, with the head inclined downward, and pouring water over the face to force the inhalation of water and induce the sensation of drowning.”

Posted: Thu - November 1, 2007 at 01:59 PM