Israel/Middle East (News & Politics)/Iraq war

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Dear Mr. Cohen,

My friends hold George Bush responsible for the fiasco that was the 8 year Iraq war.  They say his main motive for causing  US involvement in the war was that of  our country's financial  gain--i.e, oil and the enrichment of US contractors from  building of Iraq infrastructure and military installments and armaments.  He also wanted  to "finish what his father started."  Forget WMD and Al Queda.  These were just  smokescreeens for his real motives..
They also say that he is personally responsible for the 100,000 Iragis who died in car bombings and from IED .
I,on the other hand, ,think he went to war because of his  emotions re  World Trade -- 9-11.  It happened on his watch making him hypersensitive to WMD talk.  I think he also thought it would be a good idea to get rid of a Middle Eastern tyrant and bring forth a democracy to stabilize the region. Obviously he didn't think it thru and ripped the lid off a cauldron of sectarian violence as a result of his  non thought.  But the 100,000 Iraqi  dead are the fault of their murderers, their own Sunni or Shiite neighbors - not George Bush.
Which of us is right?
Thank you.
Joan

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Hi Joan,

I'm going to ask you to consider another piece of evidence before sealing the lid shut on your opinion as to why George Bush went into the Iraqi war.

Please watch the Loose Change video from beginning to end. Here is the URL: lc911finalcut.com. If you Google Loose Change, you will find other versions showing on Youtube. I have seen two other videos on the same subject.

These videos make it seem as if the Bush administration was responsible for the Twin Towers and Pentagon disasters. I'm not saying they do, but given the evidence fully available to the American public and the government's refusal to investigate it, it seems as if the Bush Administration might be the culprit. That's a scary thing to consider.

I have a friend who is very knowledgeable about the Iraq War, who tells me the number of Iraqis who died is about a million, not a hundred thousand. Split this giant number into equal amounts of civilian and military casualties, and that is a giant amount of dead civilians. I must figure it is the Bush administration's responsibility, because it couldn't possibly have happened had we not gone to war.

So I'm sorry I can't answer your question the way you want it answered, but maybe I have been able to give you more insight into the reasons for this war.

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I can answer all kinds of questions about Israeli soldier, policeman, and settler abuse(s) of the occupied Palestinian people, including terrorism against civilians and their property, and other violations of international law. In fact I have a book written and published on the subject. My expertise is very high for incidents that have occurred during the past seven years. I can discuss demolitions of Palestinian civilians' homes for strictly administrative reasons, controlled completely by the Israelis, destruction of Palestinian crops, separation of Palestinians from their farms by the "security" wall, and all kinds of confrontation incidents in which Palestinians are harmed, kidnapped, or killed, or tortured. I might be helpful in other questions about Israel in areas such as politics, or specific issues of concern to most Israelis. For example, it is clear to me that at this time, most Israelis fear nuclear buildup in Iran, and there is often talk among Israelis about using a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. I can discuss to some extent Israeli medical advances, possibly fashions. Mainly, my area of attention is and has been the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.

Experience

Since the year 2000, mainly since 2002, I have spent my time studying Israel online. From 2000 to 2002 my attention was first sporadic, and then intensive, but after 2002 I gave Israel my full time seven days a week. I collected data from news web sites mainly on the occupation, and by 2005 settled on four popular Israeli online daily newspapers and four or five popular Palestinian online daily newspapers. Since the Palestinians often had trouble with at least one of their websites, I kept a fifth website in reserve. My aim was to give Palestinians and Israelis equal space on my computer. Currently, I have approximately 500 MB of text data alone, consisting of news articles culled mainly during the past five years. In 2004 I wrote my novel about the Israeli occupation, Awakened, which was published in 2005. To increase my expertise about the subject, I published an e-mail newsletter from mid-2005 to the end of 2007, The Occupation News, when illness forced me to stop for a few months. The newsletter was well received by a readership of several hundred, many of whom were activists who considered my newsletter an important resource. When I recovered from my illness I wrote my second book, Israeli Terrorism and Other Violations of International Law, which has been recently published, and which is gaining popularity very quickly. This book summarizes abuses reported in both the Palestinian and Israeli news, mainly between 2002 and 2009. It includes a chapter on Israel's recent invasion of Gaza, Operation Cast Lead. In addition, I keep myself on mailing lists ranging from a right-wing Israeli newspaper to activist organizations intent on breaking the Israeli siege of Gaza.

Organizations
Women in Black, Los Angeles

Publications
You will find reader comments I make online at news websites such as those of The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz, Yedioth Ahronoth, and Israel National News, practically on a daily basis, since I don't seem to be able to keep my mouth shut when I read news articles that stir my feelings. My comments are often too blunt for these newspapers to publish, since I tell what I see and I feel, without sparing feelings. Other than that, you can buy my current book on Israeli terrorism online or e-mail me for a copy of my novel, Awakened.

Education/Credentials
BA Physics, Brooklyn College, 1951. MS Physics, University of Connecticut, 1952. MA Education, University of Southern California, 1972. PhD Education, University of Southern California, 1975. BA Traditional Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, 1989. MTOM (Master's Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine), South Baylo University, 1991.

Awards and Honors
Scoutmaster of the Year Award, Orange County, California, 1965. Graduation from USC 1975 Summa Cum Laude.

Past/Present Clients
The list of recipients of my newsletter has always been, and will always be, a private matter between me and the recipients. Terms of receipt of the newsletter included a promise never to reveal the recipient's name to any person or organization. I was there to give news, not exploit people working for world peace.

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