Olive Branch Optimism
what a wonderful world...
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Long Few Days
Greetings and thanks for keeping the hits coming slowly by as I have been away from my computer!

Its good to see the number 400 pass by.

This is the first time in days I have sat at my pc. That is a sad story in itself that I will try avoid happening again. Blogging is high on my priority list, but not at the top.

Now I will move on to the important business.

My fundraising for the Jarrar Family has just hit a real beginning last weekend, at the first meeting of Youth and Students Against War since 2003 some time mid-May. It was successfull in my view. We got there, we spoke, it inspired me and now I am DOING THINGS.

Next wednesday I will be holding a market stall with some small pastries and baked goods for sale (that will cost me virtually nothing to make, since I am a pastry cook). I intend to make some small french pastries and other goods to sell at a reasonable yet profitable price.


Faery Bread (believe it or not),
Mini Lemon Mirangue Pies
Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Truffle
Vanilla Slice
Rocky Road/Rum Balls

and maybe get some 'free'

Blueberry/Chocolate Muffins
Gourmet Sausage Rolls
Spinich & Ricotta Rolls
Sweet Potato and Feta Rolls

from work :D

hopefully there is plenty of money to make here.

We are also planning a Sausage Sizzle in the Esplenade in Fremantle for June 17th. This has also been set as the date for the next Youth and Students Against War meet.

All proceeds will go to the Jarrar Family Project, which is raising money to be sent through the Jarrar Families as Emergency Aid Distributed to Iraq. For those unfamiliar this is a fully transparent operation, all receipts, names and photos of the whole process from purchase to delivery to civilian doctors published for the general public to see via Raed's Blog http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com/


Well I am in a real hurry so I will have to catch up on blogging this weekend, I have several "Drafts" that are unpublished so far.

Gotta Run To BBALL NOW!

Mi bro just told me!
Sunday, June 19, 2005
After June 26- [my next move]
My next move I hope to push towards is looking at getting the anti-war movement participating in the United Nations. When this is allowed to happen, much leeway for change can occur, larger resources will be made available to the UN through underground connections, and the anti-war movement will become and official world-player. This can only be a good thing.


- I wrote this earlier today, it is unedited so sorry if it makes no sense

How To Help/Fix the United Nations.

In order to keep civil unrest legal, and in order to have a mediatory agency between proud nation leaders,the United Nations must be preserved. We are about to face a problem that has been undermining the UN for years now, American superiority had controlled the UN with its Veto right, and now the weight of a Veto vote is no longer a usefull tool.

Tit-for-Tat Veto's through out the Cold war, and the US blatant pro-Israeli stance has caused weekness to become a word often related with the United Nations. Now it comes time to rebuild the UN, to re-energize it and fill it with Non-Governement Organisations, to participate equally with the 'official' agencies around the world.

Step 2 is the deployment of many more UN troops around the world, to places of poverty without war, without notice or approval by the governing power of these countries. In many countries, the UN could help more than it is in other countries,
they should come not as peace-keepers but as peace-builders.

The UN has no strong leader, it has no gallant hero's face or ideal attached to it. When people think the United Nations they think help, or they think hate. They don't think schools, medicines and water. They should.

If the United Nations is to become any weaker and fall apart, then we will face a problem much like World War Two, where the League of Nations failed to act against a pushy tyrants, and where then bypassed totally and the invasions began. The United
Nations should NOT BE USED to 'justify' an invasion. Pre-Emptive strikes should NOT BE LEGAL.

Now the question I want to put out to intellectuals, is how do we fix the United Nations? How can people like me, a well-educated 18 year old, soon to go to University, become part of the United Nations? It' is people like ME and YOU that
they NEED. If we are to have a world-wide-mediator then it should have popular membership and support WORLD-WIDE.

I should feel comfortable that if the USofA decided that Western Australia was not working towards its best interest, say, not selling them our Uranium, Gold, Bauxite, Iron Ore or Gas, and they decided to put political pressure on and threaten us,
that the UN should be able to respond sufficiently, putting pains and pressure of equal proportion on the US gov't.

Unfortunately, it can not right now. Unity is not strong enough in the UN. Only the anti-war movement matches the strength required to do this, but it is lacking the 'credibility' amongst its opposition to even manage an equal two-way dialogue.

I am no expert on the United Nations, these are just points of view established from noticing the lack-of-response by the UN to many many many things globally, and when the response does come, its not usually from the say, Iraqi, Palestinian, Zimbabwean, Rwandan, Mexican, Venezuelan UN divisions, its from countries free of such conflict.

The United Nations should have strong enough support in each country,be it Iraq, Palestine, Zimbabwe, the USA, Australia, wherever challenges arise the UN should be able to independantly of other countries support respond from within the challanged

If UN membership was 1/3 of global population, not 1/3 of the leaders of the global population (who are mostly corrupt anyway), then their potential towards positive change in world-relations and humanitarian issues would be so much higher.
Why can I not just call up the UN and say "I want to help" and be on board, helping people with the UN's local mission, or get free, instant training in health/building/engineering and communications and be flown away to help?

Surely a organisation built with the vision of what the UN is supposed to be would do this to anyone wishing to help, because there is enough trouble to employ more workers than we could provide.... Am I wrong to think this?
Friday, June 17, 2005
The Downing Street Minutes
Ok, and now I reach a point that I cannot surpass the opportunity to blog about. For one thing, it is the hot topic yet to reach the streets here in Perth(and most of the world), I have been telling people about it for weeks before (in preperation for) todays hearing on the DSM in Washington.

For those who do not know about the Downing Street Minutes, it is basically a catalyst for the "impeech Bush" campaign, and is also "key evidence" confirming the fact that Bush and his administration undermined the constitution of the US, by lying blatantly to congress and the general public, and further more by fixing the facts to build a case for invasion of Iraq.

If you are not quite sure that this was actually the case, here are a few of the things I have noted (I have a list of many many more, and a very comprehensive guidline can be found here):

This was all in one month SHORTLY AFTER Bush obtained office -----

January 2001
From the moment he took office, Bush made noises about "finishing the job his father started." (Time Magazine)

George Bush’s former treasury secretary Paul O’Neill asserts that Bush took office in January 2001 fully intending to invade Iraq and desperate to find an excuse for pre-emptive war against Saddam Hussein.

Testifying at his Senate confirmation hearing former General Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War, said Bush wanted to “re-energize the sanctions regime” and increase support to Iraqi groups trying to overthrow Hussein. Powell also said Hussein, “is not going to be around in a few years time.” (Air Force Magazine Online)

Vice President Dick Cheney, who was defense secretary during the war against Iraq, has also suggested a Bush administration might “have to take military action to forcibly remove Saddam from power,” as has current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. (Cato Institute)

---------- Do you think there is anything sus about this sudden emergence of Invasion fever??? "Finish what daddy did", its like a child killing his mother because his father hates her.

And for those of you who wonder what Iraqi's mean when they say "we have become used to war anyway" before the invasion in 2003, well, its things like this, not because they all want each other dead because they arent this type of shiite or sunni or kurd or turkmen ---

February 16, 2001 Twenty-four US and UK warplanes bomb sites near Baghdad. Bombings within the no-fly zones have previously been common, but these are more widely noted and criticized. (CNN)

---- Why didnt I know about this here in perth? I remember 1998 but not in 2001 ???

April 2001: The Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century describes America's "biggest energy crisis in its history." It targets Saddam as a threat to American interests because of his control of Iraqi oilfields and recommends the use of 'military intervention.'

Commissioned by James Baker, the former US Secretary of State under Bush Sr., it was submitted to Vice-President Dick Cheney in April 2001 -- a full five months before September 11. It advocated a policy of using military force against an enemy such as Iraq to secure US access and control of Middle Eastern oil fields. (Sunday Herald)

--- While I am trying not to out-source too much, this one has been covered too well by other people, so I will continue my argument with this next point courtesy of http://www.rawstory.com/ Just incase you still don't believe that Bush and his Administration wanted Iraq and a hold over the Middle East long before the War on Terror or any 'imminent threat' releases were issued. Enjoy.

September 12, 2001
According to Richard A. Clarke: "I expected to go back to a round of meetings [after September 11] examining what the next attacks could be, what our vulnerabilities were, what we could do about them in the short term. Instead, I walked into a series of discussions about Iraq... I realized with almost a sharp physical pain that Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz were going to try to take advantage of this national tragedy to promote their agenda about Iraq...By the afternoon on Wednesday [after Sept. 11], Secretary Rumsfeld was talking about broadening the objectives of our response and "getting Iraq."

"On September 12th, I left the video conferencing center and there, wandering alone around the situation room, was the president. He looked like he wanted something to do. He grabbed a few of us and closed the door to the conference room. "Look," he told us, "I know you have a lot to do and all, but I want you, as soon as you can, to go back over everything, everything. See if Saddam did this. See if he's linked in any way."

"I was once again taken aback, incredulous, and it showed. "But, Mr. President, Al Qaeda did this."

"I know, I know, but - see if Saddam was involved. Just look. I want to know any shred--" On the Issues ("Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror," by Richard A. Clarke)

September 15, 2001

Four days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush gathers his national security team at Camp David for a war council. Wolfowitz argues that now is the perfect time to move against state sponsors of terrorism, including Iraq. But Powell tells the president that an international coalition would only come together for an attack on Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, not an invasion of Iraq. The war council votes with Powell. Rumsfeld abstains. The president decides that the war's first phase will be Afghanistan. Iraq will be reconsidered later. (PBS)

And to make a long story short, they formed a group to "investigate" the "belief" that Saddam Hussein was "linked to Al-Qaeda" and Sept 11, they call themselves "the Cabal". The Cabal was launched in days after Sept 11 to produced a skein of intelligence reviews that were to help shape public opinion and future American policy towards Iraq. They relied on data "gathered" by other intelligence agencies and also on information "provided" by the Iraqi National Congress, or I.N.C., the exile group headed by Ahmad Chalabi.

This goofball Ahmad Chalabi is about the only common enemy of all Iraqi's. He virtually drove into Iraq with his gang and looted and ruined the country with American support. The so-called-government ministers can't stand him, the American's can't stand him, Irani's can't stand him and nor can the Iraqi people.

He went into exile for fruadulent and exploitative behaviour, though corruption is common among most politicians, not many are as blatantly corrupt as Chalabi. He knew that there could be much for him to gain from Iraq once more after the American's invaded if he could only play his cards right, and the US could actually succeed (which unfortunately they didnt/wont).

So here we have it, Iraqi's most corrupt man, America's most corrupt politicians and military chiefs, and innocent civilians, thousands of bombs and premeditated murder of thousands of Iraqi and American troops for a barrel of what? Sweet Fuck All.

Peek Oil has hit, no amount of Iraqi oil would fix the problem the US economy faces, though a strong and supportive Iraqi people could have helped them, or a strong group of allies who they had decided to actually help out for once could save them... But unless they regain the support and favour of Iraqi's, they will not gain the support of the world, and their economy will consequently go to shit and then we will all have to bail out the US middle/working-class......... They are victims of this too, not the cause.

To me this is clear enough indication that it was in Bush's view America's best interest to invade Iraq, and he did what he thought was best. Had it been done correctly, instead of through deceit and without the immediate re-establishment of a widely-supported and friendly government after Saddam was Removed/Captured, then it could have been possible to have the US come out on top, so it would have made sense at least their reason for wanting to invade.

This is not to say it would justify invasion, infact it would fall far short. You wouldnt murder someone because they wont drive you to the shop for a packet of smokes, so why would you murder someone for not giving you petrol for your car to get smokes? to me it is all the same.

It is established then, if you are still reading that Bush wants to invade Iraq from before he was even elected, and Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz were in on it too, it made strategic sense to them and the world is just a big chess board they call their domain.

Anyway, there was this pesky little problem. September 11 meant they must invade Afghanistan first. So they did, then they started distracting people with stories of Iran and North Korea, so they could show some true evil and then put "Iraq" in the same sentance to create the so cold "Axis Of Evil".

To get back to the point, The Downing Street Minutes hearing this morning will bring all of these things into light, and it marks the beginning of the first CONGRESSIONAL HEARING/INVESTIGATION into Bush's mis-use of Presidential Powers and breaking the constitution. Many of the highly experience 122 Congressmen that signed up @ http://www.conyersblog.us/ were on the Clinton board, and have seen other such issues arise over much-lesser ordeals, and now that the proof is out there they are sure the impeechment process is called for.

Soon enough Bush will face his own foe, his own fear, his own failure.

Soon, we the people will rejoice again. We will rally in victory, in happiness and unity.

We will show our power to the world through blogs, through parties and protest.

The truth is out there and the movement is built, it is structurely sound and secure. WE DIDN'T GIVE UP THIS TIME.

The US economy, its' president, his cronies and Donald Fucking Rumsfeld are on their way down, I only hope they don't take the American People and the World with them....

[olivebranch out]
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Not Blogging
Just to let everyone know, I won't/haven't be(en) able to blog much for this (rest of) week, because, like last week I am working everyday except sunday, starting at 2:30am...

Keep reading though, It will be updated.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Happy Bday Najma's Blog!
[olivebranch] - I am posting this here, and a link to Najma's Blog , because it is one of the many views I share with Najma. This blog, and her blog, and all blogs that are loved by their authors are a cause to celebrate.

Writing a good blog feels great, the responses feel better, the emails better still...
In the long run, who knows where blogs will go.


[Najma's Blog]

It was a year ago that I wrote this sentence.. My very first letter.

"This is my first letter in my first blog, I'm 16 years old, a student in a secondary school. And I'm from Mosul, a city in Iraq, you know it all, even if you didn't before you sure know it now."

Read more..

On the 10th of June, 2004; I wrote my first post on this blog.. I had to check it twice and made dad read it for me, and correct it. Reading it now, I feel like editing it, and writing a brand new introduction, but I won't, it's always going to be a pleasure to see how much progress I've made :)

Since then, I have written tens of posts, made tens of friends, learned tens of words and made lots of memories.. If it wasn't of those, I wouldn't have written this post.

Happy birthday dear blog, tens of years are yet to come, may you only grow stronger and better.. It doesn't feel like a day I should write in but rather to read and remember in.. But, I felt I should remind you of this great event for me.

I might be posting paragraphs of this blog later today, be prepared for updates..

War was never a way of life, but it is turning to be, in the middle east, thanks to America.

Najma.. February, 25th, 2005.

Tell me now, a soldier, holding a gun, pointing at you, you can't see what's in his mind, what he's been through, or what he has come here for.. What you know is that he's a foreigner, holding a gun in YOUR country, and might kill you at anytime since you're always a threat to him.. Is it wrong to kill that man? Is it wrong to defend yourself? Self defense?

Najma.. May, 6th, 2005.

Can't resist pointing to this:

I asked him what vehicle he drove: a Suburban was his reply. I suggested he use a less American-looking vehicle that would not let would-be attackers know they were coming a mile away. His reply: "then the Americans soldiers might shoot at us". With the Suburban, he chose the lesser of two risks. Make your own deductions about life in Iraq for Iraqis.

Gilles, Montreal, Canada.. June, 7th, 2005

Maybe 4 years from now, I'll go vote. Let's just pray that in 4 years things will be much better that I won't have to go through all this battle again..

Najma.. January, 30, 2005.

"It's falling and not wanting to get up, it's hating the life we're living that didn't make her resist the pain. It's like when I fell off the stairs yesterday and lied there in pain not wanting to get up! Mom came and helped me and I went up to continue studying (Nothing broke thank God).. I had something to look up to, a break, a niece, a hopefully good future."

"How cruel life can be, how heartless people can be! Beheading a fellow human being, kidnapping your neighbor or killing your country for whatever!! Giving me more reasons to run away, to get the most education I can get so that I can live a better life somewhere, build a better future for my own family.."

Najma.. January, 17th, 2005.

Today, is a day that should be recorded in history. It's the first Thursday that is considered a weekend in Iraq. Nevertheless, if it wasn't a weekend, we wouldn't have gotten to school anyway, because the bridges are still closed.

Najma.. December, 23rd, 2004.

This blog is not the Qura'an, you can not take everyword as if I meant one hundred things by it!

Najma.. December, 22nd, 2004.

posted by Aunt Najma @ 11:58 PM

[/Najma's Blog]
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
The Rising Discontent
This particular blog will be a long-winded one, but for the first couple of paragraphs I will give a brief over-view of what I am aiming to say in the rest. The problem with doing this is, ideally you need to read the whole article to understand me, but I just don't have time to write one.

The production manager at work is on holiday in Bali for two weeks, and I am filling his position.

This means 2:30am starts, 6 day weeks, and 50+ hours on-top of driving, helping my friends with small projects, reading blogs, seeing friends, writing blogs, organising stuff for the anti-war movement, networking, reading news, debating, reading+writing e-mails(and I read/write a HECK of a lot of e-mail these days, and non of them are funny forwards, most are from Iran/Iraq or the anti-war movement and other various little projects I am involved in), sleeping, eating, toilet, shower and brush-teeth not to mention spending some quality time with my girlfriend Georgia who I love dearly :D

Well here is a rough overview, this is mostly being posted so people don't think I have stopped blogging or fallen off the face of the earth.

---- "The Idea"

A general amount of discontent has been evident around the world since long before September 11, but this is probably where I began to feel it myself.

There are people who hate muslims, there are muslims who hate Saudi's, there are Saudi's who hate American's, there are Australians who hate Indonesians, there are Hindu's who hate Jews, there are X's who hate Y's and Z's who hate C's and 1's who hate 2's and 7's who 8 9's and so on and so forth until I run out of breathe and collapse on the floor.

This is not due to a general fealing of wanten desire to KILL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS, it is due to a general feeling of distrust, caused by the lack of contentness around the world.

In Africa there is constant drought, there is exclusion and no-guidance from the west. There is hungry people and radicals with food. There are followings of militia's who are truely hated by the majority populations, but without these militias thousands would starve to death....

Nobody steps in to help Zimbabwean's, Rwandan's, Kashmiri's, Irani's, Palestinian's, Israeli's, Mexican's, Columbian's, Cuban's whoever the VICTIMS of the day may be, unless it is to their own advantage to remove the OPPRESSOR of the day. This means that the people in each of these opressed populations become very unhappy.

They not only become unhappy with those killing, silencing, betraying, using (whatever) them but with the state of the world in general.

Then there is the Bloggers, and the Activists. Then there are the poor and the few-good-rich (wo)men. Then there are those who care about others, or those who care about the environment.

Then there are the greedy, or those who are strapped for cash 'at-the-moment'.

There are rising petrol prices, there is a deminishing supply. There is changing weather patterns and tornado/tsunami victims. There is technology to prevent much of this carnage, and the ability to implement it.

There are failing crops caused by salinity and land-degredation. There are countries and economies running out of resrouces or out of options.

- in the words of Rage Against The Machine [once again]

"Back through the shanties and the cities remains, the same bodies buried hungry but with different last names,

There are voltures robbing everyone and leaving nothing but chains,
pick a point on the globe, the PICTURE'S THE SAME
There’s a field full of slaves, Some corn and some debt
there’s a ditch full of bodies and check for the rent"

"There is a Mass without roofs, there is a prison to fill. There is a countries soul that reads post no bills. There is a strike and a line of cops, outside of the mill, there is a right to obey, and a right to kill"

Ultimately, in many ways, for many reasons people are just NOT HAPPY with what world-leaders are doing to our friends, to each other and to others around the world.

This will be explained further later on in the post [in a few days], but you should get the picture I am painting. Even in America "The land of the free" or Australia the "land of opportunity" there is discontent, even if it is sometimes aimed in the wrong direction.

Using this background unhappiness is a KEY-element in preventing future wars, but also in provoking future wars, so one must be careful when talking about this subject.

In addition to this general feeling of "discontent", there must be what historians/political analysts or whatever call "rising discontent". This means a particular set of occurances since time XYZ has caused discontent to steadily increase, not just the to-and-fro of the usual "discontent". In todays society there are many factors contributing to "rising discontent", on both sides of the ballpark.

In the USA there has been rising discontent since the Florida votes scandal, which has only been on a steady increase with the "re-election" of Bush on scandalous Ohio votes exaserbating this since November 2004. To make things worse the rate of US troop deaths in combat both in Iraq and Afghanistan has increased, which means more unhappy families, friends and citizens in general.

This discontent is slowly filtering into action, not just protest. Congress and the Bush Administration itself are beginning to question some of Bush's actions. The media is beginning to distrust Bush and his Republican friends, despite their vested interest in keeping them on-side.

MoveOn.Org and other-such anti-war collectives are penetrating the weak party - the Democrats and strengthening their resolve. No longer are the masses laying down and allowing the two week, rude and right-wing parties to fight over who will destroy the country first.

It will be a long slow tedious process as America's economy demise's and the Democratic people of America regain control of the once-free country.

Other places in the world have already gone down the track of regaining control from imposed dictators and unsupported governments tricking them into voting, or forcing them to vote through threats, violence or other means.

In South America there is a 'self-determination' movement that has been extremely successfull, and a general move away from the USA and towards working together with other nations. In Africa there was slavery, barbaric treatment of blacks, then the infamous "pull-out" of Colonialists and the consequential "forcing out" of (barbaric and not so barbaric) white settlers. The following economic failings of countries lead by inexperienced leaders causes much suffering to this day, but still what is being done?

It is easy to understand the rising discontent in Africa, or in South America, harder to fathom that in Israel/Palestine, even less clear in Lebanon/Syria but highly evident in Iraq and Iran.

In Asia, in China and Japan there is imminent conflict over Taiwan, and tension built up between the USA and China over North Korea and its vision of re-uniting with South Korea. In Russia and Germany the unemployment is climbing, now among the highest in the 'developed' world.

In Indonesia, Thailand and Sri-Lanka there is rising anger at governments for their slow reaction to the Boxing Day Tsunami disaster that claimed and continues to claim lives predicted to amount around 500,000 people. There is "aid" sent in dollars and never delivered in housing. There is no food, no shelter, no clothes and no family.

In Australia we are angry for all of the above reasons, and because of the failure of our government, and the governments of other nations to intervene. The continuing rise of discontent here is fueled by the betrayal of the Australian People by the Howard Government, such as giving the impression that he would Quote "NOT SEND MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ" up until election day, then sending hundreds more weeks later.

In West Australia we are taxed at the same percentage per income as everyone else in Australia, but recieve much less in return for our State Government from the Federal Government, despite our(West Australian) economy and resources being the strongest and most profitable part of the Australian economy.

My personal discontent comes from the death of innocents, the oppression of populations, the productions of weapons and the hurt I have been caused by people judging me as a bad person or a revolutionary or a "tree fucker", or a "dole bludging hippy" on the grounds that I am against war.

Myself, I am not a bad person. I love, I hurt (not intentionally), I care, I help and I think before I speak (usually). I cry when I hear something I can not take, I work harder than (in my boss of over 20yrs experience's words ) "any other 18 year old I have ever worked with". I do not get naked and protest infront of refugee camps or in trees in the forrest. I DO NOT WANT REVOLUTION in AUSTRALIA. WE DONT NEED IT.

I have never bludged and I AM ANGRY about being accused of these things, something that is continually happening and getting more frequent as the days go by.

- My rant probably made little sense, and I HAVE NOT read it over. But I hope you understand now how discontent is rising around the world, in a couple of days when I have time I will go on to explain the IMPORTANCE of both "discontent" and "rising discontent" to the anti-war movement.

---- To those in Perth, don't forget about the Sunday, June 26th YSAW meet/get-to-know-you @ 3:30pm at the Fremantle Esplenade

Thursday, June 02, 2005
Bizzare Idea
At the moment I have a saw wrist so I am trying to avoid typing a hell of a lot,
but a strange thought has inspired me, from the words of an accidentally brilliant friend [Grug].

I asked him, "Do you think the troops should be in Iraq"
his answer was simple, "Yes, but dont ask why."

Greg is intelligent and moderate, and he also respects my knowledge about the situation in Iraq. He obviously reads a fair bit of the case against the troops being there, particularly given that many of his best friends are deeply involved in said case.

- Anyways, Jonno, my other friend, inevitably asked the question "why?"

Another simple, intelligent answer.

" I'm partial, I think they need to fix what they destroyed!"

Okay, I cant argue with that. I wont argue with that. Infact, I agree.

Well that bugged me. I agree that the troops can't just leave, but FUCK, thats exactly what I WANT THEM TO DO. You, if you are a regular reader can imagine what this does to a brain and a heart like myn....

So I pondered, with my knowledge of Iraq, with my emotions and with some kind of a prayer I came up with an answer.........

A ceasefire.

The Americans ground their troops, choppers, aircrafts. Secure their bases, lay down their weapons in the towns and cities. Their presence as a military force dissapears.

We replace them with the same men, in slightly modified, less offensive uniforms. With a code of conduct.

Their jobs are to "RECONSTRUCT IRAQ'S INFRASTRUCTURE" and to import food stuffs and medical equiptment and distribute them from temporary Army installations in all towns, set up in agreeance with tribal leaders, religious/clerical leaders and the general population. Who will provide securtiy for them with Iraqi people themselves.

Monetary loss in Iraq must be written off before it gets higher. The USA is on its way down, and it can't take the world with it. We are too diverse now, too intelligent to be reliant on a strong US economy. The American economy is being balanced by the temporarily dependant East-Asian countries and South America, who are diversifying at a phenomenal rate to avoid the impending catastrophe.

It is only sensible for the US to leave Iraq as soon as possible, and it is even more sensible to leave on a note that will leave the rest of the world less-angry with the USA.

At the moment the world knows its domination by the USA is over, and the USA is on its way down kicking and screaming. If the Americans can fix some of what they have destroyed before they fall too far to be able too, then they will be spared a little humiliation and floated somewhat by the world.

They will be spared the suffering we see in Africa and other place, if they only care a little for people in such places, before their care has no influence left at all... They still have the potential for such greatness, but unless they grasp it now, then they shall surely succumb to Economic Depression.

The monetary loss Iraq has been so-far is less daunting for G.W.Bush than the impending impeachment after the 100,000 people sign up to the Downing Street Petition, launched in the USA asking Bush to answer questions put to him by the opposition and his own administration.

He will be held accountable. We will make sure of it this time.

Australians wont stand by and watch our PM suck up to Bush and his rich cronies as he falls down into his self-dug grave. We also wont just watch as Bush just gets away with immoral actions and deveiving the Australian, American and world public sector.

We want Bush to be an example of what we would do to Howard if he did the same to us as Bush has to the American citizens. Some of us want revenge on the half of Iraqi's aswell, we wont Howard held accountable for his part in sending Australians to Iraq against popular public opinion.

Bush will learn that lying to the extent he has can come unravelled fast, and that there is a Second Superpower now.

It is here, in these blogs, in the streets world-wide in 2003, in the streets of Syria, Lebanon, and in Palestine in 2005, and in our own hearts and our own minds every single last day of our lives.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Busy Busy Me!
Hey everyone,

Sorry to my favourite regulars, I haven't blogged much lately,
I am currently dedicating overboard amounts of time and energy into re-invigorating Youth and Students Against War .

The link above is to the blog just created after the recent activities based around our e-group.

We are having a meeting which is planned for the 26th of June, a sunday at 3:30pm in a nice park near the beach (The Fremantle Esplenade), it is really getting me excited lately too, because I've had so much positive response and support from just the people I was looking for it from....

My mum and her friend Lilith said they would come and bring an enthusiastic friend that they know.

The leader of Green Corp WA and a couple of members of his team are coming, and bringing two friends.

My Activist allies Ray Grenfell and Paul Cartwright are also coming.

My Boss from work and his wife INTEND to come (but they are a very very busy couple).

Another 30-something year old guy from work (Mike), is coming and bringing his two friends who are very interested.

A couple (or maybe even three or four) teachers from the High School I graduated from (sevenoaks senior college) should be coming, and bringing some students along.

My girlfriend Georgia, and our best friend Hannah is coming, hopefully bringing her brother Dan and his friend Cam.

Hannah's parents (Mr & Mrs Mackley) will hopefully get down aswell, Mrs Mackley works for ABC radio and might give the meeting a little run-down on the radio afterwards.

My close friend and fellow moderate activist Ami is coming and hopefully bringing Jonno our other moderate anti-war friend,

I hope my Dad's anti-war girlfriend Meg will come down, and maybe even my conservative father himself. (who was, at first, pro-invasion but isn't anymore)

Peter Allan, an intelligent, moderate university lecturer stated his interest and intention to come if he is not pre-booked for that day.

there are others I also hope will come down, (Mal, Jason[aka btebski]) and more but I haven't included these people in my official count up of 22 people so-far confirmed their intention to attend.

And the meeting is still 25days away!!!!!

Anyway, I hope you all found that interesting because I certainly enjoyed organising and writing about all of it.

I'm out of here until tommorow, when I will post again