Bulletin N° 254

Subject: On War Crimes, from Dresden to Qana, and their likely consequences.

12 August 2006
Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The difference between the civilian massacres of 60 years ago and today is that today we have a technology that makes this information widely available to the public. This new technology throws into relief the old ideology of Ends justify the Means, of targeting the families of the enemy troops to demoralize them and ultimately defeat them. The idea is an old one, and it will not work. But more importantly, this old tactic in today’s context might very well give rise to new weapons, weapons that will make the atomic and nuclear bombs appear as obsolete.

The unexpected result of Israel’s crimes against humanity with U. S. assistance could escalate these obsolete tactics into what Noam Chomsky and others have called an "apocalyptic” future, in which barbarism has won a decisive victory. Our only hope, it would appear, is that the victims of this violence will show more humanity and more restraint than we were willing or capable of adopting. We have little reason to be optimistic.


This episode of desperately old ways of reacting to new situations will likely result in arming the entire world with advanced weapons, and once armed, what examples of restraint or social solidarity are available to guide an intelligent self-defense of humanity?
Below are three links to what we consider to be some of the most important sources of information available on the re-birth of barbarism in the 21st Century.

We urge our readers to support these valuable sources of information.

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies
Director of Research
Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3

A. Democracy Now :

 B. Information Clearing House newsletter online:


           From ICH: This is what terror looks like” :

          If you find this ICH site informative, please help by clicking here :


C. From Truthout :
 BREAKING NEWS:  “UN Security Council Votes Peacekeepers Into Lebanon”.

The United Nations' Security Council voted Friday to send a fifteen thousand strong contingent of peacekeepers and monitors into southern Lebanon in a bid to halt the ongoing violence. The US voted in favor of the measure, but will not send troops. Israel has indicated they will accept the resolution.


VIDEO | Tomas Young Goes to Washington
A Report by Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez

On the same day that Iraqi prime minister Jawad al-Maliki came to Washington, so did
Iraq war veteran Tomas Young. Tomas, in a wheelchair that was being held together
with duct tape, came with Phil Donahue. Donahue is filming a documentary about Tomas
and the questions he has for Congress and the president. Truthout was there as
members of Congress, including Senator Robert Byrd, came out to meet Tomas.

VIDEO | Murtha on Patriotism and the Cost of the War
An Interview by Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez

In Part 2 of our interview with Congressman John Murtha, we ask him about the
attacks on his patriotism, the cost of the war, and his opposition to permanent
bases in Iraq.

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