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Day 40: Thievery in Baghdad
Posted: Monday, April 28, 2003

Rummy's North Korea Connection
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld rarely keeps his opinions to himself. He tends not to compromise with his enemies. And he clearly disdains the communist regime in North Korea. So it's surprising that there is no clear public record of his views on the controversial 1994 deal in which the U.S. agreed to provide North Korea with two light-water nuclear reactors in exchange for Pyongyang ending its nuclear weapons program. What's even more surprising about Rumsfeld's silence is that he sat on the board of the company that won a $200 million contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors.

Ex-CIA Professionals:
Weapons of Mass Distraction: Where? Find? Plant?

CALL me a cynic, as many do, but I have great difficulty in believing all the top-secret files cascading from the bombed-out ministries of Baghdad. Here they are, just lying around on the floor waiting for eagle-eyed reporters to pick them up and phone their news editor. Even more amazingly, every single document points the guilty finger at Saddam's regime and those who questioned the Anglo-American war against Iraq.

US Lied About Iraq WMDs - Ritter
Scott Ritter, a UN weapons inspector in Iraq for seven years, said that if the American and British justification for the attack on Iraq turns out to be a fabrication , which he believes to be the case, the war will turn out to be a defeat for the United States and for the international rule of law.

Iraqis target Gen. Franks for war crimes trial
Iraqi civilians are preparing a complaint to present in court in Belgium accusing allied commander Gen. Tommy Franks and other U.S. military officials of war crimes in Iraq, according to the attorney representing the plaintiffs.

Thievery in Baghdad

Real Looting
In their present mood, there is no sign that either Bush or Blair appreciate the morass they have now entered

US military bases:
The spoils and deceptions of war

Anti-war Crowd Demands Proof of WMDs

Suspects stripped and paraded at gunpoint
STRIPPED at gunpoint and publicly branded as thieves a gang of suspected Iraqi looters are humiliated by US troopers' street justice. After being hauled before a kangaroo court, the men had the words Ali Baba Haram - Arabic for "dirty thief, he stole" - scrawled on their chests with a marker pen. They were then paraded in front of a jeering Baghdad crowd before fleeing to safety.

During the same week, the front covers of Newsweek and US News and World Report showed the same Iraqi kissing different soldiers. And the guy also had a prominent spot smashing the statue of Saddam at the stage-managed pull-down in Baghdad. Surely Hollywood will soon be calling for this hot young actor.

Israeli troops mark Palestinians with numbers
Israeli soldiers have written numbers in ink on the hands of hundreds of Palestinians waiting at a crowded West Bank military checkpoint, several of the people marked said Monday. The army confirmed the incident but said it was done by a lone soldier who acted on his own and would face a disciplinary hearing.

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