|Mallon's Media Watch|
Saturday, March 22, 2003
On the home front -- The Washington Times
Right now, the protests are but a distraction of precious human and financial resources for a nation and a city at war. Every officer managing a demonstration is one officer not available for anti-terrorism assignment.
Friday, March 21, 2003
Congressional Non-Support For Troops
OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today
This was not a pro-war resolution, just a show of support for the troops. Along with Rangel, the following members, all Democrats, voted "no":
* John Conyers (Mich.)
* Mike Honda (Calif.)
* Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Ohio)
* Barbara Lee (Calif.)
* Jim McDermott (Wash.)
* Bobby Scott (Va.)
* Fortney "Pete" Stark (Calif.)
* Edolphus Towns (N.Y.)
* Maxine Waters (Calif.)
* Diane Watson (Calif.)
In addition, 21 Democrats, including presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, voted "present," which we guess means they can't decide if they're for or against America's troops. Also voting "present" was Republican Ron Paul, the isolationist feather of the GOP.
FOXNews.com:U.S. Marines in Full Control of Key Southern Iraqi Port
"Any attempt by Saddam Hussein to release oil into the Gulf and create an environmental disaster has been thwarted," Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said.
"It is not just a matter of protecting the oil fields from sabotage, but more widely to ensure that to the greatest extent possible the civilian infrastructure of Iraq remains intact."
... "We are absolutely determined not to allow Saddam to yet more damage to the lives of his people through some sort of scorched-earth policy," Boyce said.
FOXNews.com: "No Saddam Hussein!" one young man in headscarf told Gurfein. "Bush!"
Thursday, March 20, 2003
Today is my birthday! Hooray!
(Please pray and ask God to get me a job for my birthday... and remember the PayPal button! :)
(Please also pray for a quick victory in Iraq with minimal loss of life.)
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Most Rev. Charles A. Salatka, R.I.P.
Please pray for my friend Archbishop Salatka. He was very kind to me.
Monday, March 17, 2003
Project Rachel: Healing the Wounds of Abortion:++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
An interview with Vicki Thorn and Father Blair Raum
By John Mallon
See men shredded, then say you don't back war
“There was a machine designed for shredding plastic. Men were dropped into it and we were again made to watch. Sometimes they went in head first and died quickly. Sometimes they went in feet first and died screaming. It was horrible. I saw 30 people die like this. Their remains would be placed in plastic bags and we were told they would be used as fish food . . . on one occasion, I saw Qusay [President Saddam Hussein’s youngest son] personally supervise these murders.”
This is one of the many witness statements that were taken by researchers from Indict — the organisation I chair — to provide evidence for legal cases against specific Iraqi individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. This account was taken in the past two weeks.
Another witness told us about practices of the security services towards women: “Women were suspended by their hair as their families watched; men were forced to watch as their wives were raped . . . women were suspended by their legs while they were menstruating until their periods were over, a procedure designed to cause humiliation.”
Many Iraqis wonder why the world applauded the military intervention that eventually rescued the Cambodians from Pol Pot and the Ugandans from Idi Amin when these took place without UN help. They ask why the world has ignored the crimes against them?
All these crimes have been recorded in detail by the UN, the US, Kuwaiti, British, Iranian and other Governments and groups such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty and Indict. Yet the Security Council has failed to set up a war crimes tribunal on Iraq because of opposition from France, China and Russia. As a result, no Iraqi official has ever been indicted for some of the worst crimes of the 20th century. I have said incessantly that I would have preferred such a tribunal to war. But the time for offering Saddam incentives and more time is over.