I spent the last eight days of Israeli-Lebanon war, Aug. 7-14, in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital. I had traveled there as part of a peace delegation from the United States. Our aim was to express solidarity with the people of Lebanon.
According to Chinese reports, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret over his country’s nuclear weapons test, saying that it would not conduct another so long as the United States did not escalate threats against the North.
The Bush administration is suddenly dropping its “stay the course” slogan, proclaiming that it is all about “flexibility” on Iraq, according to White House press secretary Tony Snow. “It left the wrong impression about what was going on,” Snow said
Kofi Annan has again urged us to be wise and to refrain from the self-defeating practice of playing superpower bully. In the wake of North Korea’s reported nuclear weapons test, the outgoing UN secretary-general was clear that Pyongyang’s nuclear test was “unacceptable.” Instead of the militarized sanctions, he urged bilateral negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.
In the 2005 documentary film “The Last Atomic Bomb,” Sakue Shimohira, who as a 10-year-old schoolgirl lived through the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, says, “The wound in my heart will never heal. If you encounter an atomic bomb once, you will never be at peace again.”
A new study by U.S. and Iraqi public health doctors estimates that approximately 600,000 Iraqis have been killed in the violence that the U.S. unleashed with its March 2003 invasion. An additional estimated 55,000 deaths from nonviolent causes suggest deteriorating health conditions and care, the study says. It “constitutes a humanitarian emergency,” the authors say.
Iran’s nuclear issue has preoccupied the international community for more than two years. Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration is tightening its oppressive, suffocating grip on every aspect of life in Iran. Workers, women, youth and progressive intellectuals are daily experiencing the brutality of Islamic rule.
A just-released report by U.S. and Iraqi public health researchers estimates that 600,000 Iraqi civilians have died in violence there since President George W. Bush ordered U.S. troops to invade in March 2003.
As a new study finds that 600,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the U.S. invasion (see editorial, page 12), Americans contemplate the bitter costs here at home.