An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
The Kill Sack
"O God, to those who have hunger give bread; and to us who have bread give the hunger for justice." - Latin American proverb.
"In a bid to prevent anti-occupation militia leaders fleeing Baqubah, the US military cordoned off the city, trapping the entire population. At least 8,000 American troops backed by 2,000 Iraqi soldiers and police are systematically sweeping through Baqubah, arbitrarily detaining suspects, destroying pockets of resistance and leveling any building regarded as a potential threat." -wsws.org
The new anti-insurgent tactics may be a preview of the all-pervasive prison camp into which all those who resist the Empire's need for control of Iraqi oil resources will be isolated, tagged and placed under constant surveillance. The New York Times reported that the military intended to 'fingerprint and take biometric data from every resident who seems to be a potential fighter.'" However, they fail to mention that every resident is a potential fighter. Only those who have been tagged can be trusted. This new tactic is described by the corporate media as "winning 'hearts and minds' and 'bonding' the Iraqi forces with the local population." In less delicate language, "Command Sergeant Major Jeff Huggins bluntly declared: 'We are enveloping the enemy in a kill sack.'"
The modern technology of occupation and full spectrum dominance is being forged in Iraq. As an experimental science, there will be set backs and failures and the Empire has presumably factored these into its overarching plan. The Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory has pioneered the strategy that the U.S. is currently refining in Iraq, as Bush now acknowledges. "In Israel, Bush said, "terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in suicide attacks. The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy and it's not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities. And that's a good indicator of success that we're looking for in Iraq." Isolate unstable elements (i.e. Palestinians, Sunni militants) in the population, cut off their resources, promote sectarian divisions, supply as much weaponry as possible, then reap the results.