Thursday, October 05, 2006

1. It is only the fifth day of the month, and so far 22 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. President Bush consoles their grieving families with an assurance that the horror of the Iraq war and the losses in lives will be "just a comma" in history. Can you imagine being killed in an unjust war based on false premises in a land where the majority of the inhabitants want you to go away and then to have the president whose lies led to your death declare that you are but a comma in history?

2. If you have any doubt that the Neo-cons are gearing up to lead the U.S. into yet another disastrous war, check out this detailed report outlining naval build-up in the Persian Gulf.

Peace Action has drafted a petition against a military strike on iran. If I had drafted the petition, there are many other issues that I would have included and certain things that I would have worded differently. Nonetheless, it is important to support Peace Action in their anti-war drive, so please take a moment to sign the petition here.

Given Bush's daily follies, the fall-out from the Republican conspiracy to keep the sex scandal under wraps, the Republicans are in desperate need of an "October surprise". Let's hope that yet another unprovoked and unjustified attack on a sovereign country will not be part of their October plans.

3. A word of good news from inside of Iran. After more than sixty some days of largely incommunicado detention, it looks like Ahmad Batebi may be out of prison soon. He will be let out on bond, of course, but at least he will be out, and his wife his currently raising funds for his release. As far as I know, Batebi has not sold out to anyone, so I am sure that raising the funds is not an easy task. I don't know if there is any way to help in raising these funds, but if anyone hears of anything, please let me know. Because of U.S. sanctions on Iran, fundraising may in fact be impossible since U.S.-based people can be prosecuted for transfer of funds. But again, I really don't know of these details and would appreciate the legal advice of anyone who does.