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April 02, 2003

Jesus Fucking Christ.

Remember in the 2001 war with Afghanistan when the U.S. dropped food packages that looked a lot like cluster bomblets?

Well, now it's 2003 and WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN!!!

That's it. I am done. I can't live on the same planet as these motherfuckers.

Posted by Jake at 11:57 PM | TrackBack (0)

Well, what can expect?!? The US has those old yellow cluster bombs and those old yellow food packets. They have to use them up somehow.

Proof positive, in my opinion, that the US gives not a damn about civilian casualities.

Posted by: jim at April 3, 2003 03:43 AM

Has the Us used the BLU-97 or "daisy utter" bombs in Iraq?
My understanding is that particular munition is used in large, more open areas like Afghanistan.
I think these bombs should be banned, but I dont think they have used them or would use them in Bagdad.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by: Joe at April 3, 2003 11:22 AM

I guess the damage has already been done 10 years ago:


Lets hope someone in the pentagon has some kind of fucking sense.

I'm not holding my breath...

Posted by: Joe at April 3, 2003 11:35 AM

zmag.net has an interview with Noam Chomsky, Noam talking about Iraq just being a testing feild fr what new country they can take over like Iran, or something like that. The Iraq thing scares me, much les more wars, and as Bush said the Sunday before the war, and it disturbed me then.

"This is the first war of the 21st century" speaking as if there were more planned.

Posted by: Zach at April 3, 2003 04:52 PM

If the U.S. didnt care about civilians we would have just flew over Bagdag with a few B-52's or B-1's and totally leveled the entire city in one day. Those bombers have Awesome destructive capabilities and the U.S. has the power to level a city like that without using nuclear weapons. The U.S. has gone to great lengths to protect civilians and I hate to believe that there are people who still can't see that. The Iraqi military has killed and endangered far-far more of there own civilians than we ever did.

Posted by: Demos at April 3, 2003 06:44 PM

ayy, que horrible.

Posted by: steph at April 4, 2003 09:37 AM

I made a forum post about that here:


The red cross has sicne confirmed that BLU-97s have been used. The millitary is also using the MLRS system, which has 600+ sub-munitions (19% failiure rate).

Posted by: Doug at April 4, 2003 12:50 PM

To demos:
Yes, I agree that the US is making it painfully obvious how much it is going out of the way to avoid civilian casualties (or to give the appearance thereof), but I believe that the only reason for that is because of the immense global outcry against the war from the outset.

We did not see this kind of humanitarian concern in Afghanistan. This is proven in my opinion, by the fact that George Bush did not include ONE PENNY to help the people of Afghanistan in his 2004 budget. This after pulicly stating that the US will not abandon the Afghan people. Indeed, the stated cause of the current war only changed to the "liberation" of the Iraqi people after 100's of thousands of people took to the streets.

If the same people who were allied with Hussein 15 years ago are telling you they care for the Iraqi people, now, I think its obvious its only spin.

Posted by: Joe at April 4, 2003 02:04 PM

Hello Joe

Again I'm going to have to disagree. We are continuing to help Afghanistan and here is just one place to see how we are doing it.


There are more sites of course but dont think now that we are in Iraq we will have nothing to do with Afghanistan.

Posted by: Demos at April 4, 2003 07:37 PM

dear demos,

I notice that site you point us to is a [dot]gove site.

tell me why on god's green effin earth the [dot]gov would ever, in a million years, post anything remotely self-critical on their own website?


"Hi, my name is Jim Jones, and this is my website! Sign my guestbook! Here's a synopsis of our latest upcoimg retreat to Guyana! Click here for the accomodations--and here for travel arrangements--and here for the menu at the resort! Mmmm! Turkey and jello! Doesn't that sound great folks?!!?"

you were blessed with a brain that has the ability to analyze, question, and utilize both deductive and inductive reasoning. figure it out.

or don't. go out and buy all those Ronco products, lovely cubic zirconium jewels, brand-name cleaning products that will (of course they wll, THEY say so, right?) get yer whites whiter, and whichever carbonated soda whose advertising appeals to you most. while you're at it, vote for the politician with the best ads.


sorry, feeling surly tonight. short fuse and all.

Posted by: michele at April 6, 2003 01:40 AM

Yeah. I'd believe anything I read on a [dot]gove site. Anything at all.

Especially from this administration.

Posted by: Lurch at April 6, 2003 07:01 AM

The reason I pointed to a government web site was because we were talking about the government abandening Afghanistan. I just pointed to ways that they were helping. I understand things can be biased but if your sitting here telling me that absolutely none of those things the site talks about is happenening than I believe your living in more of a paranoid "the government is out to get us" world and nothing can be shown to you to believe otherwise. It would have to be that you honestly believed that things were better off for them than before we went over there. And I'm sure their gangs rule buy fear type government was much better.

Posted by: Demos at April 6, 2003 08:18 PM


Karzai (A former employee of Gulf oil and who ran UNOPPOSED in the Loya jurga) has no power outside of Kabul. The majority of Afghanistan has now resumed being ruled by the same tribal warlords whose lawless rule paved the way for the taliban.

I think the Bush administrations dedication to aiding "liberated" countrys is best exmplified by the fact that Bush allocated a grand total of $0.00 (thats NOTHING) of the 2004 budget for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Posted by: Joe at April 7, 2003 11:53 AM
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