Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Monday, January 15, 2007

INTI-ILLIMANI & QUILAPAYUN CONTROVERSIAL CHILEAN MUSICAL GROUPS : MUSIC FOR MUSIC LOVERS DISSIDENTS & REVOLUTIONARIES


QUILAPAYUN - CONTROVERSIAL TRADITIONAL & POLITICAL CHILEAN MUSICAL GROUP - AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL

Anyway here's some info on two Chilean musical groups which entertain & are inspiring & uplifting - Quilapayun & Inti-illimani :

Quilapayún are an instrumental and vocal folk music group from Chile and among the longest lasting and most influential exponents of the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Song) movement. Formed in Chile during the mid-1960s, the group became inseparable with the revolution that occurred in the popular music of the country under the Popular Unity Government of Salvador Allende. Since its formation and during its forty-year-long history - both in Chile and during its lengthy period of exile in France - the group has seen modifications to its personnel lineup, to the subject and content of its work, and controversy regarding irreconciliable differences with the current and former group director; which has led each to maintain a distinctive - yet equally impressive - Quilapayún ensemble: one in Chile (named: Quilapayún-Histórico) and one in France (named: Quilapayún-French-Faction).

Quilapayún
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chilean Faction:
Eduardo Carrasco, Carlos Quezada, Hernán Goméz, Rúben Escuder, Hugo Lagos, Guillermo García, Ricardo Venegas, Sebastián Quezada, Ismael Oddó

French Faction:
Rodolfo Parada, Patricio Wang, Patricio Castillo, Alvaro Pinto, Chañaral Ortega, Sergio Arriagada, Mario Contreras
Ex-Members:
Julio Namhauser, Julio Carrasco
Víctor Jara (assassinated)
Guillermo Oddó (assassinated)


FROM WEBSITE:
EYE FOR TALENT : THE BEST IN WORLD MUSIC
http://www.eyefortalent.com/
QUILAPAYUN:

" Born in Chile in 1965, QUILAPAYUN is today one of the best known latin-american music groups in the world. On an artistic level, the group´s fundamental value is based on its decisive contribution to the modernization of the popular music of the continent.

Initially identified with the popular government of Salvador Allende (who would later name them cultural ambassadors of the government of Chile) and later with the democratic fight against the dictatorship, QUILAPAYUN have managed to preserve the tone and meaning that this name has meant to each one of them, in spite of their age and experiences.

Based in France since 1973, the group has continued its renovation of traditional latin-american music, expressing the creative tensions between nation and universe, identity and diversity, tradition and innovation.

Their compositions mix folk music with popular music, the academic and the experimental, invoking an original reaction to the rich cultural diversity which is latin-america today. To demonstrate this we have their recreation of indigenous music (¨Yaravi and huayno¨), their vast production of up to date popular music (´La muralla¨, ¨Plegaria a un labrador¨, “Allende”, “La batea”), their work with academic musicians which resulted in a series of “cantatas populares” (popular songs), the best known of which would be “La cantata Santa Maria de Iquique”, and last but not least their embracing of contemporary music evident in their latest compositions “Fuerzas naturals”, “El hombre de hoy”, “Temporia”.

It is not then surprising that during a QUILAPAYUN concert we find the charango, the quena (indigenous flute) the zampoñas (pan flutes) and the different latin-american guitars, including the Spanish guitar. The piano is present as are synthesizers, semi-acoustic guitars, electric bass and carribean percussion pieces among many other instruments. All of the above are accompanied by the powerful, intensely harmonized voices which are and have always been the principal characteristic of the group. The lyrics continue to narrate the fundamental aspects of life and to express sensibility to the injustices faced by Man in today´s world. "


INTI-ILLIMANI
http://www.mp3.com/inti-illimani/



CHILEAN GROUP " INTI - ILLIMANI " IN CONCERT

For well over 30 years, Inti-Illimani (the name translates as "Sun God") has held a beacon for Chilean music, both the traditional folk styles and the more contemporary nueva cancion. Back in 1967 a group of students at Santiago's Technical University formed a band to perform folk music. Taking their name from the Aymaran Indian language of the Andes, they began playing traditional music -- something few did back then -- and quickly earned a reputation around the capital, becoming more and more adept on their instruments. By the '70s they'd grown into a political beast, taking on the nueva cancion (literally "new song") of many young groups, and being quite outspoken lyrically -- enough to be forced into exile in 1973, where they'd stay for 15 years. However, they refused to be cowed by the Chilean dictatorship. Basing themselves in Rome, Italy, they continued to record, and toured more heavily then ever before, earning a powerful reputation around the globe, and becoming very unofficial ambassadors of Chilean music, as well as opponents to the ruling regime. In addition to performing with a number of famous, political figures like Pete Seeger and Mikis Theodorakis, they were included on the famous 1988 Amnesty International Tour, along with Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Bruce
Springsteen.

SEE YOU LATER,
GORD.

BYE FOR NOW,
GORD.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

ARMY OF GOD: AMERICAN HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS


AMERICAN HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS :THE NOTORIOUS ARMY OF GOD WHO JUSTIFY & ADVOCATE MURDERING DOCTORS WHO PERFORM ABORTIONS -

Below is some samples of what can find on " THE ARMY OF GOD " website where its members & supporters argue that according to their interpretation of the Bible it is their right & their duty to do whatever they need to including assassination in order to put a stop to abortions. To facilate such actions they have created lists of known abortion doctors & their helpers & facilitators. They have killed , harrassed , intimidated & threatened the doctors & staff of abortion clinics & the women who have chosen to have an abortion. They have bombed abortion clinics & have driven their trucks into such facilities.
The problem is that they do not receive the press coverage they deserve for their blatant " Terrorist Activities ". The American press should give full coverage to such actions & brand them as despicable & UnAmerican & as similar to the tactics of the worse Islamic Fanatics AlQeda & the Taliban.

THE FIRST DEFENSIVE ACTION STATEMENT


On March 10, 1993 A.D.,

Michael Griffin shot and killed abortionist David Gunn outside
an abortion mill in Pensacola, Florida. Five days later, Paul Hill
appeared on the Donahue television program, and justified the
shooting. With the support of many anti-abortion activists, Mr.
Hill subsequently justified the shooting on numerous other
shows - including ABC's Nightline.

As a result of the shooting, the first "Defensive Action Statement"
which codified the position was drafted and signed.



July 29, 1994 A.D.

In July of the following year, Paul Hill shot and killed
John Britton, (the abortionist who took David Gunn's place
at the killing center in Pensacola) and his usually armed escort
James Barrett.



During his trial, the judge would not allow Mr. Hill to explain to the jury the reasons
why he took this action. Paul Hill was executed on September 3rd, 2003 AD at Florida State Prison.

Checkout their website for more info & follow the links-
www.armyofgod.com/


And from website :

MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base

www.tkb.org/

Army of God

Base of Operation: United States

Founding Philosophy: The Army of God is an underground network of terrorists who believe that the use of violence is an appropriate tool for fighting against abortion. An excerpt from the Army of God Manual says that the Army of God "is a real Army, and God is the General and Commander-in-Chief. The soldiers, however, do not usually communicate with one another. Very few have ever met each other. And when they do, each is usually unaware of the other's soldier status. That is why the Feds will never stop this Army. Never. And we have not yet even begun to fight." Pastor Michael Bray is the Chaplain of the Army of God. He hosts the annual "White Rose Banquet" honoring those imprisoned for anti-abortion violence. He also wrote the book "A Time to Kill," which provides a biblical justification for the use of violence against abortion providers. Bray has served time in jail for bombing abortion clinics. Bray's daughter is named after a murderer of an abortion doctor.

The Army of God manual is a "how to" for abortion clinic violence. It details methods for blockading entrances, attacking with butyric acid, arson, bomb making, and other illegal activities. The manual contains anti-abortion language as well as anti-government and anti-gay/lesbian language. The manual begins with a declaration of war on the abortion industry and continues, "Our Most Dread Sovereign Lord God requires that whosoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. Not out of hatred of you, but out of love for the persons you exterminate, we are forced to take arms against you. Our life for yours - a simple equation....You shall not be tortured at our hands. Vengeance belongs to God only. However, execution is rarely gentle."



GORD.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

CHRISTIAN EVANGELICALS TARGET THE AMERICAN MILITARY & THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO CREATE A THEOCRACY



MOSES & THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - GOD'S LAW TO BE THE LAW OF THE LAND: HOMOSEXUALITY , ADULTERY , SODOMY TO BECOME CAPITAL CRIMES

Here’s more on the Radical Religious Right & their attempts to control American government & public institutions .

MILITARY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOUNDATION
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Chris Hedges: America’s Holy Warriors
http://www.mrff.blogspot.com/

Editor’s note: The former New York Times Mideast Bureau chief warns that the radical Christian right is coming dangerously close to its goal of co-opting the country’s military and law enforcement.

The drive by the Christian right to take control of military chaplaincies, which now sees radical Christians holding roughly 50 percent of chaplaincy appointments in the armed services and service academies, is part of a much larger effort to politicize the military and law enforcement. This effort signals the final and perhaps most deadly stage in the long campaign by the radical Christian right to dismantle America’s open society and build a theocratic state. A successful politicization of the military would signal the end of our democracy.


During the past two years I traveled across the country to research and write the book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.” I repeatedly listened to radical preachers attack as corrupt and godless most American institutions, from federal agencies that provide housing and social welfare to public schools and the media. But there were two institutions that never came under attack—the military and law enforcement. While these preachers had no interest in communicating with local leaders of other faiths, or those in the community who did not subscribe to their call for a radical Christian state, they assiduously courted and flattered the military and police

Erik Prince, the secretive, mega-millionaire, right-wing Christian founder of Blackwater, the private security firm that has built a formidable mercenary force in Iraq, champions his company as a patriotic extension of the U.S. military. His employees, in an act as cynical as it is deceitful, take an oath of loyalty to the Constitution. These mercenary units in Iraq, including Blackwater, contain some 20,000 fighters. They unleash indiscriminate and wanton violence against unarmed Iraqis, have no accountability and are beyond the reach of legitimate authority. The appearance of these paramilitary fighters, heavily armed and wearing their trademark black uniforms, patrolling the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, gave us a grim taste of the future. It was a stark reminder that the tyranny we impose on others we will one day impose on ourselves.

“Contracting out security to groups like Blackwater undermines our constitutional democracy,” said Michael Ratner, the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Their actions may not be subject to constitutional limitations that apply to both federal and state officials and employees—including First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from illegal searches and seizures. Unlike police officers they are not trained in protecting constitutional rights and unlike police officers or the military they have no system of accountability whether within their organization or outside it. These kind of paramilitary groups bring to mind Nazi Party brownshirts, functioning as an extrajudicial enforcement mechanism that can and does operate outside the law. The use of these paramilitary groups is an extremely dangerous threat to our rights."

The group has burrowed deep inside the Pentagon. It hosts weekly Bible sessions with senior officers, by its own count some 40 generals, and weekly prayer breakfasts each Wednesday from 7 to 7:50 a.m. in the executive dining room as well as numerous outreach events to, in the words of the organization, “share and sharpen one another in their quest to bridge the gap between faith and work.”

If the United States falls into a period of instability caused by another catastrophic terrorist attack, an economic meltdown or a series of environmental disasters, these paramilitary forces, protected and assisted by fellow ideologues in the police and military, could swiftly abolish what is left of our eroding democracy. War, with the huge profits it hands to businesses and right-wing interests that often help bankroll the Christian right, could become a permanent condition. And the thugs with automatic weapons, black uniforms and wraparound sunglasses who appeared on street corners in Baghdad and New Orleans could appear on streets across the U.S. Such a presence could paralyze us with fear, leaving us unable to question or protest the closed system and secrecy of an emergent totalitarian state and unable to voice dissent.


POSTER FOR FILM " JESUS CAMP" INDOCTRINATING CHILDREN TO BECOME AMERICA'S LEADERS IN THE FUTURE THEOCRACY


and from the website :
The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party
a public information project of the Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy
at Cornell University
http://www.theocracywatch.org/index.html

Theocracy is derived from the two Greek words Qeo/j(Theos) meaning "God" and kra/tein (cratein) meaning "to rule." The Reverend Rod Parsley, a champion of theocracy, or what he calls a "christocracy," told his congregation at the World Harvest Church, located just outside Columbus, Ohio, "Theocracy means God is in control, and you are not."

The theocratic right seeks to establish dominion, or control over society in the name of God.
D. James Kennedy, Pastor of Coral Ridge Ministries, calls on his followers to exercise "godly dominion ... over every aspect ... of human society." At a "Reclaiming America for Christ" conference in February, 2005, Kennedy said:

Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.

Twenty-five years ago dominionists targeted the Republican Party as the vehicle through which they could advance their agenda. At the same time, a small group of Republican strategists targeted fundamentalist, Pentecostal and charismatic churches to expand the base of the Republican Party. This web site is not about traditional Republicans or conservative Christians. It is about the manipulation of people of a certain faith for political power. It is about the rise of dominionists in the U.S. federal government.

Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself.

According to acclaimed journalist and television host Bill Moyers,

“ True, people of faith have always tried to bring their interpretation of the Bible to bear on American laws and morals ... it's the American way, encouraged and protected by the First Amendment. But what is unique today is that the radical religious right has succeeded in taking over one of America's great political parties. The country is not yet a theocracy but the Republican Party is, and they are driving American politics, using God as a battering ram on almost every issue: crime and punishment, foreign policy, health care, taxation, energy, regulation, social services and so on. ”


POSTER FROM CHRISTIANGALLERY.COM & THE CREATOR'S RIGHTS PARTY -THEY BELIEVE MAN MADE LAWS NEED TO BE REPLACED BY GOD'S LAW
( PICTURES POSTED BY PICASA )


PUBLICEYE.org
http://www.publiceye.org/christian_right
Christian Right


and website:
http://www.theologicalstudies.org/
What is Dispensationalism?
By Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.


also see:
Jeffrey Sharlet’s earlier article “ JESUS PLUS NOTHING ” detailing the Evangelical organization known as
“ THE FAMILY ”which attracts the rich & powerful not just from the United States but from around the world including some rather ruthless & brutal dictators who though “ born Again”continue in their oppression of their own people believing they are doing so as part of their service to JESUS.


And for more in depth look at the Radical Religious Right & Dominionism & Reconstructionism

Articles On the Rise of Dominionism in America
http://www.yuricareport.com
Dominionism Directory Rise Of Dominionism In America.

CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS & RESEARCH MINISTRY
http://www.carm.org/index.html
www.carm.org

and check out the website from the Middletown Bible Church
for more on dispensationalism & the literal truth of the Bible & Prophecy & the End Times the tribulation, the Rapture the Anti-Christ
http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/

Dispensationalism
A Return to Biblical Theology
or
Pseudo Christian Cult
http://users.frii.com/gosplow/disp2.html

and website:
http://www.theologicalstudies.org/
What is Dispensationalism?
By Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.

and checkout :
Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology and Theonomy
http://doggo.tripod.com/doggchrisdomin.html

more on this later -

Anyway that's it for now,
GORD.


Friday, January 12, 2007

RADICAL CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS


As they argue:
" Only a secession movement can save this nation. "

" All other methods of deliverance from the present evil have been tried and
failed. The secession movement will demonstrate to the people of the USA
and the world that the United States of American is presently in grave danger
of being destroyed. The secession movement will also demonstrate precisely
the method through which the destruction of these presently united States
of America can, and will, occur unless the grievances of The Creator's
Rights party are redressed."

And further from the same website:

The Creator’s Rights Party
http://www.tcrp.us/index.html
http://www.christiangallery.com/
http://www.tcrp.us/sanction.html


Who Belongs to The Creator's Rights Party?

Believing that the words in the Declaration of Independence define
God's plan for government makes you a member of The Creator's Rights Party.

What Will the Party Do?

By attacking the lies, ignorance and evil that have destroyed God's plan for government,
The Creator's Rights Party will restore that plan to its rightful place of authority over
the people of this nation.

The present political party structure in the USA has totally failed to defend God's plan for government. The present generation of politicians failed to protect God's plan by allowing God's plan for government to be destroyed by the Supreme Court of the United States of America. The destruction of God's plan for government created a revolution in this nation.

EVIDENCE PROVING THE PRESENT POLITICAL STRUCTURE HAS VIOLATED GOD'S PLAN FOR GOVERNMENT

*Prayer To God Outlawed In Public Schools

*Courts Abandon idea of God in Legal Reasoning Process

*Supreme Courts Overrule Will of God in Legalized Abortion

*Doctors Ignore God and Become Agents of Death

*Police and Military Forces Become Instruments of Tyranny By Enforcing Tyrannical "Laws"

*Homosexuals Introduce Perverted Image of God by Claiming God Created Them to Be Homosexuals

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" SEEING THE IDOL"

When a government replaces rules defined by the True God with contradictory rules, that government is moving to make itself an idol. But the government does not become an idol until the governed consent to obey the government. At that point the government becomes an idol in exactly the same sense of every other idol defined in the Bible.

Examine the "laws" created by the federal government of the United States of America.

· Federal Government, in direct defiance of the First Amendment, defines God for the American people. And what is the definition of God offered to the world? The federal government of the United States of America God in its decrees and statutes tells the world that God allows people to believe anything they want to believe about God. In that message, and in that definition of God, the federal government blasphemes the One, True God and turns the federal government into an idol committed to destroying the One, True God.

Beginning with the false premise that says God allows people to believe anything they want to believe about God, the federal idol goes on to enumerate blasphemous commandments that directly contradict the Laws of the One, True God.

· Federal Government allows mothers to have their children killed prior to birth effectively overruling God’s commandment against murder.

· Federal Government contradicts Bible and says Homosexual behavior is legal. To compound the desecration, the federal idol moves to make homosexual marriage equivalent to Holy Matrimony effectively confusing the great mystery, namely Christ and the church.

· Federal Government removes right to pray to God from public schools effectively contradicting the command of God to have no other gods before Him.

· Federal Government removes right for juries to refer to Bible in reaching their decisions.

· Federal Government removes quotations from Holy Scripture from Grand Canyon and other property owned by we the people.

· Federal Government removes right of local citizens to display religious symbols on property owned by we the people.

· Federal Government requires that teachers omit teaching about how God created the universe.

· Federal Government requires the military forces to accept homosexuals in the military as long as they don't ask or tell.

· Federal Government requires public schools to accept homosexuals as teachers.

· Federal Government proscribes the right to keep and bear arms.

· Federal Government requires all citizens to pay taxes that are used to kill unborn children.

· Federal Government requires all citizens to pay taxes that are used to empower homosexuals and other sexual outlaws to take over the nation.

· Federal Government conditions churches to believe they will lose their tax exempt status if they allow politicians to solicit support during ordinary church meetings.

Consent To Those "Laws" is IDOLATRY. If you will not see that fact, then you prove you are exactly the idolator we claim you to be.

THE ONLY FIT RESPONSE

In the face of this kind of idolatry, God's people must recognize that God will not allow it to stand. And most of God's people do understand that God is obligated to stop this idolatry or else be proven to be no God at all.

For over four decades the response of people who believe in the God described in the Holy Bible has been to try to persuade people to obey God rather than the federal government idol. But that response has failed to deter or arrest the idolatry.

There is one more message that must be sent to the American people or else God's people will have failed to preach the truth. The American people must be told that God is going to destroy this nation unless the governed turn away from idols and follow the One, True God.

There is one way that message can be impressed upon the American people in no uncertain terms, one message that simply cannot be ignored by the American people. The flag of the United States of America MUST be burned as a warning and an image of the coming destruction awaiting this nation unless it returns to the One, True God. If we omit doing this, we will all stand complicit in the coming destruction. But if we burn the flag, like Jeremiah of old, we will have completed the message God requires this nation to hear before He destroys this nation. "

What we see here is the Radical Religious Right stripped of any " political correct" language or other propaganda style techniques to sell their message to the public instead we see them as they really are. They have no use for " pretty phrases" or compromises with those who have in their view turned their backs on True American Values & who have therefore turned their backs on God.

But do these radicals represent mainstream Christianity or even the majority of " BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN EVANGELICALS " ?

The neocons often claim that Muslims in general should stand up & make public statements to prove that they do not support AlQeda or other Islamic Radicals .
If this is true of Muslims shouldn't Evangelical Christians who are anti-abortion or anti-gay also take a stand & prove they are not as radical as the Army of God or other such radical groups?

GORD.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

CHRISTIAN EMBASSY INFILTRATES PENTAGON GIVES ADVICE TO MILITARY LEADERS - " PACIFISM IS ANTI-CHRISTIAN " SEE VIDEO AT RABBIJUDAH WEBSITE


EVANGELICALS & THE AMERICAN MILITARY
video produced by the Christian Embassy can still be found at:
http://www.therightreverendrabbijudah.com/
Monday, December 11, 2006
AND FROM HIS WEBSITE HE IRREVENTLY COMMENTS IN HIS LATEST ARTICLE: "Catch A Whiff "
The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah

Friends, some of you might be comforted to learn that, according to this Washington Post article, the top brass of the United States Armed Forces spend as much time war-gaming the Battle of Armageddon as they do the Battle of Baghdad. Me, I'm not so sure I want the Pentagon taking their marching orders from Jesus. I mean, let's face it, the Lord & Savior had plenty of talents, but a top-notch military strategist He wasn't. After all, any ten year-old kid with a few games of Risk under his belt knows that you're not going to get very far against the Armies of Caesar when your idea of a cavalry unit is twelve Jewish fishermen and a donkey.

Here's the video mentioned in the article. It's produced by Christian Embassy, an evangelical group ministering to the folks who navigate Washington, D.C.'s corridors of power. It's worth a watch, if only to hear a Brigadier General of the U.S. Army refer to himself and the members of his Flag Fellowship groups as "...the aroma of Jesus Christ." Hmmm. And here I thought that was the smell of napalm in the morning.

Update: It seems the folks at Christian Embassy have gotten cold feet about proclaiming their faith in the Lord & Savior, because since this story broke, they removed this video from their website, put it back up with a disclaimer, then removed it again. They also, through their parent group, Campus Crusade for Christ, had YouTube remove it from my account. I've uploaded it to the site because the Lord & Savior wasn't afraid of a few lawsuits, so I don't see why Christian Embassy ought to be. For that matter, neither am I, since this use of copyrighted material is very clearly covered by Section 107, the Fair Use clause, of U.S. copyright law.

The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah

(FROM GORD.)

CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST CANADA
Anyway the Christian Evangelical Religious Right have been “ outed ” working not so stealthily at the Pentagon & elsewhere in Washington to influence the decision making & policies of the United States government to ensure that their “ religious & political ideology & agenda ”are the most prominent & influential in order to eventually turn America into a Christian Evangelical Theocracy to defeat what they view as the pernicious influences of “Secular Humanists ” & “ Liberalism” and such wrongheaded notions as “ pluralism” & “ religious tolerance” which they believe are destroying American society & turning it away from its God ordained destiny as “ God’s Chosen Nation ”.

So often the Radical Religious Right in America has been seen as growing in influence & then seems to fade into the background of American politics & discourse only to once more rise again leaving many commentators pundits journalists etc. scratching their heads . What they don’t seem to understand is that the Radical Religious Right is involved in this battle or war with “liberalism ”or what they refer to as “ Secular Humanism ” not just to win the odd “symbolic battle” in the short term but they are dedicated to fighting a long war which they intend to win not necessarily tomorrow but maybe in the next ten or twenty years . One can see most aptly in the film “ JESUS CAMP ” in which the spokespersons for the Religious Right talk about training
large numbers of youth to become America’s policy makers in the future.

The Christian Embassy is just part of a larger network of evangelical organizations whose aims are to radically change America’s institutions from the Public Schools to the Military & the Government .

Here is how The Christian Embassy describes their role :
Christian Embassy
http://www.christianembassy.com/

“We believe that the workplace offers endless opportunities for people to explore and apply what they believe to what they do for a living. We provide safe places and practical resources to help national and international leaders working in D.C., their spouses and staffs integrate their faith and their work.

We are a non-political, multi-denominational ministry that has been caring for, encouraging and equipping our country’s leaders and decision-makers for nearly 30 years. We were founded by Washington officials, concerned business leaders and Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International.
"Christian Embassy seeks to help diplomats, government leaders and military officers find real and lasting purpose through faith and encouragement.

Out of respect for those we serve, we have removed the promotional video from our website until further notice."

And here is their “Statement of Faith ” found on their website:

“Christian Embassy is a part of Campus Crusade for Christ International. The following is the organization's statement of faith.

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.”

And that they accept certain articles of faith such as :

“ Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.
Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight.

It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written word.”


AND:
“ The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." ’

And testimonials from members :

What Others Are Saying

"(Upon moving to Washington, D.C.) One thing that significantly helped was immediately being befriended by people from Christian Embassy, whose only interest was in helping our family.”
- U.S. Senator Dan Coats

“The Christian Embassy exists to help (military leaders) plug into the source of real wisdom. The need for this divine strength and wisdom has never been greater, since decisions we make now will determine how ready we are for the next inevitable conflict our country faces.”
- Colonel Betty Price, USAF, (Ret)

And from an article by Jeff Sharlet “ Inside Christian Embassy ”
23 December 2006
http://www.therevealer.org/

An exclusive interview with the chief of staff of Christian Embassy, the behind-the-scenes ministry in the news for proselytizing in the Pentagon.

Christian Embassy believes that politicians, diplomats, and officers should not consider their personal faith separate from their politics and their official duties. McCullough offers as a role model President Bush: “…in terms of the way [Bush] talks, the way he believes, he doesn’t really say ‘Oh I’m going to do religious things now and do other things later.’”

McCullough on Christian Embassy’s Pentagon presence: “At the Pentagon, we have a flag officers groups. Your stars, basically, 1-4 stars. We also have a disciple group at the pentagon. And there’s a general Bible study that meets Wednesday morning where 70-120 come. Most of our groups that we organize and work with are at the officer level. Flags, a good percentage. We have about 40 that come or are involved with that.”

Those who work with Christian Embassy will typically meet in small groups, under the supervision of a counselor like McCullough, for an hour every week. Counselors typically select a scripture verse for discussion and attempt to draw out its “practical” implications, often through application to current events. Participants can and do call on Christian Embassy counselors for additional advice outside of their cell meetings. These counseling sessions typically take place in the officer’s or politician’s office. The most committed participants may travel overseas on behalf of Christian Embassy or arrange their official government travel to leave time for evangelizing work. This work may sometimes be “covert,” such as a evangelizing in countries where it’s against the law.

Participants may call on Christian Embassy for advice on specific issues. “'What does the Bible say about this?'” is a common question, according to McCullough. He says Christian Embassy will not give explicit policy advice, but as a counselor, he would tell a member of Congress or a military official that a particular position -- pro-choice politics, or pacifism, for instance -- is “contrary to scripture.”

On the question of the war in Iraq, McCullough counsels: “We have war all throughout the Bible. Man’s history is war. So what’s the right thing? Not necessarily [the] war in the Bible. But what are you looking for? Is peace possible?” McCullough answered his own question by laughing.

Christian Embassy’s theology, like that of Campus Crusade, might best be characterized as “ecumenical fundamentalism.” They’re not interested in denominational divides. Rather, they’re invested in a critique of culture that sees the United States as in a state of “decay” as a result of inadequate Bible study. They believe the Bible was once part of public life and that it must be restored to its central role in order to achieve “revival.” According to McCullough, separation of church and state has gone too far.

An elegant booklet that accompanied the DVD McCullough gave me is filled not just with the testimonies of generals and congressmen, but also with those of foreign diplomats declaring Washington a sort of holy city. “The most important thing since coming to Washington from my communist-dominated society is that I that I have discovered God,” writes a “European ambassador,” thanking Christian Embassy. Fijian Ambassador Pita Nacuva, reports the booklet, following his “years of spiritual training in Washington, D.C.” with Christian Embassy, reconfigured his country’s public schools’ “on the model of Jesus Christ” using an American Christian curriculum designed for developing nations, currently exported to around 40 countries.

also see:
Jeffrey Sharlet’s earlier article “ JESUS PLUS NOTHING ” ( Harper's Magazine, March 2003 ) detailing the Evangelical organization known as
“ THE FAMILY ”which attracts the rich & powerful not just from the United States but from around the world including some rather ruthless & brutal dictators who though “ born Again”continue in their oppression of their own people believing they are doing so as part of their service to JESUS.

From Washingtonpost.com
“Questionable Mission:
A Christian Embassy campaign at the Pentagon tests constitutional boundaries.”
Saturday, January 6, 2007; A16

and checkout the website : The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party
a public information project of the Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy
at Cornell University
http://www.theocracywatch.org/index.html

And:
MILITARY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOUNDATION
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Chris Hedges: America’s Holy Warriors
http://www.mrff.blogspot.com/

AROMA OF JESUS [VIDEO]
By Evan Derkacz
Evangelical Pentagon video to be investigated?
alternetrg

Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology and Theonomy
http://doggo.tripod.com/doggchrisdomin.html

PUBLICEYE.org
http://www.publiceye.org/christian_right
Christian Right

And for more in depth look at the Radical Religious Right & Dominionism & Reconstructionism

Articles On the Rise of Dominionism in America
http://www.yuricareport.com
Dominionism Directory Rise Of Dominionism In America.

CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS & RESEARCH MINISTRY
http://www.carm.org/index.html
www.carm.org

and check out the website from the Middletown Bible Church
for more on dispensationalism & the literal truth of the Bible & Prophecy & the End Times the tribulation, the Rapture the Anti-Christ
http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/

Dispensationalism
A Return to Biblical Theology
or
Pseudo Christian Cult
http://users.frii.com/gosplow/disp2.html

and website:
http://www.theologicalstudies.org/
What is Dispensationalism?
By Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.

Campus Crusade For Christ International
http://www.ccci.org/
(Note: check out the lists of their various organizations )

Campus Crusade For Christ Canada
http://www.crusade.org/

That's it for now,
GORD.


Saturday, January 06, 2007

TOM WAITS " ROAD TO PEACE " FROM ALBUM " ORPHANS : BRAWLERS, BAWLERS & BASTARDS


SINGER SONGWRITER ACTOR & STORYTELLER TOM WAITS
http://www.officialtomwaits.com/main.htm

TOM WAITS from website http://www.todaslasnovedades.net

Anyway the wars continue in Afghanistan & Iraq while conflicts continue in Lebanon & the Israeli government insists on continuing its system of Apartheid oppressing the Arab peoples in Israel & the illegally occupied territories . Against commonsense the Bush regime continues to stay the course it its unjustified war in Iraq while bit by bit turning America into a police state where anyone can be arrested on a mere whim while the Neocons talk about setting up mega-prisons to hold large numbers of Arab & Muslim Americans & illegal immigrants & those who are deemed enemies of the state i.e. dissidents & critics of the Bush Regime.

So here are the lyrics to a song about Israel & the Palestinians written by one of my favourite performers Tom Waits from his newest album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards( November 2006 )

“ ROAD TO PEACE ”
BY TOM WAITS
from his newest album : Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards ( November 2006 )

Young Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay) was only 18 years old,
He was the youngest of nine children, never spent a night away from home.
And his mother held his photograph, opening the New York Times
To see the killing has intensified along the road to peace

There was a tall, thin boy with a whispy moustache disguised as an orthodox Jew
On a crowded bus in Jerusalem, some had survived World War Two
And the thunderous explosion blew out windows 200 yards away
With more retribution and seventeen dead along the road to peace

Now at King George Ave and Jaffa Road passengers boarded bus 14a
In the aisle next to the driver Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay)
And the last thing that he said on earth is "God is great and God is good"
And he blew them all to kingdom come upon the road to peace

Now in response to this another kiss of death was visited upon
Yasser Taha, Israel says is an Hamas senior militant
And Israel sent four choppers in, flames engulfed, tears wide open
And it killed his wife and his three year old child leaving only blackened skeletons

It's found his toddlers bottle and a pair of small shoes and they waved them in front of the cameras
But Israel says they did not know that his wife and child were in the car
There are roadblocks everywhere and only suffering on TV
Neither side will ever give up their smallest right along the road to peace

Israel launched it's latest campaign against Hamas on Tuesday
Two days later Hamas shot back and killed five Israeli soldiers
So thousands dead and wounded on both sides most of them middle eastern civilians
They fill the children full of hate to fight an old man's war and die upon the road to peace

"And this is our land we will fight with all our force" say the Palestinians and the Jews
Each side will cut off the hand of anyone who tries to stop the resistance
If the right eye offends thee then you must pluck it out
And Mahmoud Abbas said Sharon had been lost out along the road to peace

Once Kissinger said "we have no friends, America only has interests"
Now our president wants to be seen as a hero and he's hungry for re-election
But Bush is reluctant to risk his future in the fear of his political failures
So he plays chess at his desk and poses for the press 10,000 miles from the road to peace

In the video that they found at the home of Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay)
He held a Kalashnikov rifle and he spoke with a voice like a boy
He was an excellent student, he studied so hard, it was as if he had a future
He told his mother that he had a test that day out along the road to peace

The fundamentalist killing on both sides is standing in the path of peace
But tell me why are we arming the Israeli army with guns and tanks and bullets?
And if God is great and God is good why can't he change the hearts of men?
Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
Maybe God himself is lost and needs help
He's out upon the road to peace

Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
And he's lost upon the road to peace
And he's lost upon the road to peace
Out upon the road to peace.


http://www.absolutelyrics.com/lyrics/view/tom_waits/road_to_peace/

Here’s another relevant song written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan ( 2000 ) from the album BLOOD MONEY -

" God's Away On Business "

I'd sell your heart to the junkman baby
For a buck, for a buck
If you're looking for someone to pull you out of that ditch
You're out of luck, you're out of luck

Ship is sinking
The ship is sinking
The ship is sinking

There's a leak, there's a leak in the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves and lawyers

God's away, God's away
God's away on business, business
God's away, God's away
God's away on business, business

Digging up the dead with a shovel and a pick
It's a job, it's a job
Bloody moon rising with a plague and a flood
Join the mob, join the mob
It's all over, it's all over
It's all over

There's a leak, there's a leak in the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves and lawyers

God's away, God's away
God's away on business, business
God's away, God's away on business, business

Godddamn there's always such a big temptation
To be good, to be good
There's always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby
It's a deal, it's a deal

God's away, God's away
God's away on business, business
God's away, God's away
God's away on business, business

I narrow my eyes like a coin slot baby
Let her ring, let her ring

God's away, God's away
God's away on business, business
God's away, God's away
God's away on business, business

For more on Tom Waits check out Tom Waits Hoempage
http://www.officialtomwaits.com/main.htm

See you later,
GORD.

Friday, January 05, 2007

THE LYNCH MOB FOR AMERICAN BACKED TYRANT SADDAM HUSSEIN-


HEADLINE TELLS IT ALL !!! AMERICANS TURN A LITTLE VICTORY INTO DISGRACE & DISASTER !!!

" WAR IS PEACE " ORWELL'S " 1984 "


WOUNDED IRAQI CHILDREN - DO THEY LOVE THEIR CHILDREN ??? AMERICA IN DENIAL TO THE SUFFERING THEY HAVE CAUSED -

IRAQI FATHER CRIES OUT OVER HIS DEAD SON -

below victims of Haditha Massacre



Anyway with all the fuss Generalissimo Bush & Generalissimo Blair have made about Saddam Hussein as the most evil man in the world why is it that neither of them or their underlings attended the execution of Saddam Hussein. Couldn’t Bush have sent Cheney or Rumsfeld or Condi Rice or Colin Powell or even Karl Rove to this most important execution supposedly since those of the Nuremberg Trials .

For one thing they know very well that Iraq is not that safe of a place to go unless you stay in the GREEN ZONE protected by high fences machine gun nests & Tanks & ten thousand soldiers while the average Iraqi has to live in one of the most dangerous places in the world. But who cares about the Iraqis since the Bush Regime sees all Iraqis as uncivilized savages which to them all Arabs & Muslims are. (But bush says things are getting better & still is not interested in BODY COUNT of Dead Iraqi civilians )

Or is it because they wanted to distance themselves from the execution which they had demanded the Puppet Iraqi court & Government carry out. Like Pontius Pilate washing his hands of the whole affair as if they weren’t the instigators of a costly & brutal unnecessary war. Or was it their fear of seeing an execution which if there were justice they too would be tried for their crimes against humanity ie torture, mass murder etc.

Or was this just another distraction for the public to keep their minds off of the fact that the WAR ON TERROR is just an excuse to extend their Empire or to extend their influence & was it just a way to send a message to any head of state who might think of defying the Americans or British .

After all these are leaders who have no respect for international law or for the United Nations Or for the Rights of Sovereign States except their own & those they claim as friends at the moment.
The hypocrisy & depravity & callousness & ruthlessness of these leaders we hope will echo down the well of history . More likely it will as per usual be forgotten. The history of atrocities & injustices committed by our side ; that is Western Civilization are either forgotten or justified by apologists who call themselves historians & scholars.

Once I believed true scholars were committed to uncovering the truth no matter how it might differ from the Mythological History accepted by our society or any society.

Socrates believed the search for truth was at the heart of all philosophical inquiry . Today’s political philosophers along with the MEDIA see their job as defending the “ STATUS QUO ”.
& propping up a system which makes the most wealthy in our society even wealthier since they are the CHOSEN ONES & the rest of us are the workers & consumers who help to fill their pockets . The Feudal system has not gone but has merely morphed for in the end the NOBLES & LORDS are still running the show .

One should remember that these are leaders who have supported one dictator after another from the mass murderer GENERALISSIMO FRANCISCO FRANCO & THE Infamous SHAW OF IRAN & the ruthless enemy of the people Generalissimo Pinochet & South African Apartheid & the Wealthy Sophisticated butchers Imelda( another lover of expensive shoes like Condi Rice who also defended torture as the Christian way to save the world) & Ferdinand Marcos & the present fanatical right-wing religious fundamentalist government of Israel & many others including SADDAM HUSSEIN himself when it suited their purposes.

History shows that many Americans, Canadians & Brits thought up til 1939 Hitler was a great guy because he was a GOOD CHRISTIAN & CAPITALIST & was killing Communists Labor Union organizers & dissidents of all sorts & Homosexuals & the mentally defective & other undesirables ‘til Hitler started invading countries & declared war on Britain etc.

Even Generalissimo Bush’s grandfather saw nothing wrong with doing business with Hitler even after the US declared war on Germany not that he was a Nazi but rather believed no government had the right to tell him with whom he could do business.


How many more are to be slaughtered in the name of American Security in the name of Christianity in the name of Capitalism in the name of Racial Supremacy -

We know the American desire for revenge for 9/11 has no bounds - they would turn much of the world into chaos & then reduce it to ashes to satiate their bloodlust & teach the world not to F–K with them !!!

The DEATH TOLL in IRAQ is 3,000 American soldiers dead but this is nothing compared to 600, 000( SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND ) Iraqis Dead & 2,000,000 refugees . In Vietnam the Death Toll was 54,000 Americans & 1,000,000 ONE MILLION VIETNAMESE-
But to the American Regime the deaths ordinary Iraqis are of little consequence as the deaths of Palestinians & Arab Israelis are of little consequence to the present Religious Right & Neoconservative Regime in Israel .

The present Israeli Regime is not some sort of progressive democratic government but is rather a backward racist Regime with more in common with the old racist & anti-democratic South African Apartheid Regime .

That’s all for now,
GORD.



Tuesday, January 02, 2007


THE FILM WITH HOODED FIGURES LOOKS LIKE THE TYPICAL AL QEDA PROPAGANDA FILM OF THEIR SO CALLED ENEMIES BEING EXECUTED- HOW DO WE TELL THE DIFFERENCE !!!
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LYNCHING OR JUSTICE ??? WORLD REACTION TO SADDAM'S EXECUTION


SILENCING A MADE IN AMERICA DICTATOR

THE FILM WITH HOODED FIGURES LOOKS LIKE THE TYPICAL AL QEDA PROPAGANDA FILM OF THEIR SO CALLED ENEMIES BEING EXECUTED- HOW DO WE TELL THE DIFFERENCE !!!

Here are some of the responses to the execution of Saddam Hussein besides those presented to us by the one sided version given to us by the American Mass Media , CNN etc. who more & more just repeat what the PR team of the Bush Regime has told them & they therefore keep to the prescribed “ Talking Points” as usual. More & more they sound like the fictional TV announcers in the film “V FOR VENDETTA ” but thankfully there are still other voices out there.
Adding to this is the unofficial video taken of Saddam’s execution & has been broadcast on the Internet. In this video the witnesses to the execution loudly taunt & jeer Saddam & the executioners wear black ski -mask which makes the proceedings a little less than dignified & make it look & sound like a Lynching in the America deep south .

There are several important issues that need to be discussed & reviewed. The first question is whether the trial of Saddam should have been done by the World Court & not by what many see as an American Puppet Iraqi Regime ? Secondly many have raised questions about how the trial was conducted & whether or not it was a fair trial or just a “ Show Trial” to appease some Iraqis & the American Public . The former Soviet Union had a habit of holding such “ Show Trials” as if they were truly interested in truth & justice .
Another issue is why there was such a rush to carry out the Execution ? Couldn’t it wait a couple of weeks or months?
Another question is why execution as opposed to life in prison ?
And why was Saddam execute on the Holiest day in The Islamic Calendar - were those involved unaware of this fact & that it might become a public relations nightmare or did they care - or did they do it on purpose as a warning to all Sunni Muslims or as an insult to all Muslims ?

-“ Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It concludes the Pilgrimmage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. Muslims believe the son to be Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament. Ishmael is considered the forefather of the Arabs. According to the Koran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to sacrifice a ram instead.

The feast re-enacts Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family eats about a third of the meal and donates the rest to the poor. “
From : KU Medical Center Home Religious
Also see:
http://www.islamonline.net/

AND :
from GREATER KASHMIR

JANUARY 1st 2007
YANKEE NOOSE SILENCES SADDAM

‘Biased’ trial
Saddam’s defence team and human rights groups complained that the former Iraqi leader had not received a fair trial.
Najeeb Al-Nuaimi, one of the defence lawyers, told Al Jazeera: “There was bias, the prosecution sided with their politicians, it was an ethnically established court with three Shia and one Sunni.”
The US-based rights group Human Rights Watch condemned the hanging, saying history would judge his trial and execution harshly.
Richard Dicker, a Human Rights Watch director, said: “Saddam Hussein was responsible for horrific, widespread human rights violations, but those acts, however brutal, cannot justify his execution, a cruel and inhuman punishment.”
The execution, which became imminent after his appeal was this week rejected, brought to an end the life of one of the Middle East’s most brutal dictators.
Launching the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, campaigns against the Kurds and putting down the southern Shia revolt that followed the 1991 Gulf war - triggered by his invasion of Kuwait - put the casualties attributable to his rule into the hundreds of thousands.
But the conviction that led to his hanging was for a relatively lower figure - the deaths of 148 men and boys from the Shia town of Dujail, where members of an opposition group had made a botched attempt to assassinate him in 1982.

and from THE INDEPENDENT in the UK
http://news.independent.co.uk/
Saddam trial verdict tarnished by Iraqi court's failings
By Anne Penketh, Diplomatic Editor
Published: 30 December 2006
“... the first trial against Saddam Hussein, in which he was charged with human rights violations dating back to 1982, was so rife with defects that the guilty verdict was unsound, according to Human Rights Watch.

In a 97-page report on a trial which centred on the execution of almost 150 Shia Muslims and the arrest of 1,500 in Dujail, Human Rights Watch identified the following flaws:

LACK OF PREPAREDNESS
FAILURE TO PROTECT WITNESSES AND DEFENCE LAWYERS , etc.

And :
THE INDEPENDENT UK
Saddam: The questions that will live on
From Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 30 December 2006

and
from THE INDEPENDENT UK
Robert Fisk: A dictator created then destroyed by America
Published: 30 December 2006

AND see his article on December 31st 2006

“ He takes his secrets to the grave. Our complicity dies with him “

How the West armed Saddam, fed him intelligence on his 'enemies', equipped him for atrocities - and then made sure he wouldn't squeal”

By Robert Fisk

12/31/06 "The Independent" -- -- We've shut him up. The moment Saddam's hooded executioner pulled the lever of the trapdoor in Baghdad yesterday morning, Washington's secrets were safe. The shameless, outrageous, covert military support which the United States - and Britain - gave to Saddam for more than a decade remains the one terrible story which our presidents and prime ministers do not want the world to remember. And now Saddam, who knew the full extent of that Western support - given to him while he was perpetrating some of the worst atrocities since the Second World War - is dead.

OR FROM:
Rupert Cornwell : How Washington and London helped to create the monster they went to war to destroy:

The dealings between the US and Saddam's Iraq over the quarter of a century before 2003 are a story of deceit, miscalculation and strategic blunders by both sides. And they began, as they would end, in the shadow of a common enemy: Iran.

And :
THE INDEPENDENT UK
Saddam: The questions that will live on
From Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 30 December 2006

AND as for the timing of the execution :
'He is already history'
In this remarkable dispatch, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, one of the few journalists who can still move freely about Baghdad, watches the execution with Sunni insurgents

Sunday December 31, 2006
The Observer

“In a small, bare living room in Baghdad, two Sunni mujahideens, Abu A'isha and his friend Abu Hamza, sat mesmerised. The Shia-controlled state TV was showing the final moments of the life of their former leader, the noose being tightened around his neck. Saddam was dressed in a black coat, his black dyed hair pushed to the back, his hand and legs shackled. Men in civilian clothes and ski masks helped him up a small ladder. A trap door surrounded by a metal rail could be seen.

Saddam appeared a little confused and exchanged a few words with his masked hangman, who gestured at his neck. Saddam nodded and the hangman wrapped a black piece of cloth around his neck.

The TV channel repeated the scenes many times, cut before the actual execution moment and followed by television scenes of jubilant Shia men and boys dancing, accompanied by patriotic songs. 'Those Shia, they killed him on the day of the Eid just to humiliate us,' said Abu Hamza.”

Algerian government 'regrets' execution of Saddam Hussein
The Associated Press
Published: December 31, 2006
INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

ALGIERS, Algeria: The Algerian government said Sunday it regretted the execution of Saddam Hussein and hoped the hanging of the former Iraqi president would not lead to increased levels of violence in Iraq.

"Algeria regrets the execution of former President Saddam Hussein on Eid al-Adha, a sacred day ... of clemency and generosity for all of the Arab and Muslim world," the government said in a statement. Saddam's execution Saturday coincided with Eid al-Adha, the most important holiday on the Islamic calendar, which began Saturday for Sunni Muslims.

In the statement, the North African country said it "hopes this development will not add to an increase in the violence and the tragic ordeals that the Iraqi people are living."

The government of neighboring Tunisia also objected to the timing of the execution, calling Saddam's hanging on Eid al-Adha "a serious attack on the sentiments of Muslim people."

and from THE COUNTER TERRORISM BLOG

Executing Saddam on Eid al-Adha is a Mistake
By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
December 30, 2006

Saddam Hussein was executed this morning (6:00 a.m. Baghdad time), on Eid al-Adha. The timing of his execution was a mistake.

However, the timing of Saddam's execution has a deleterious effect that is more difficult to measure empirically. Eid al-Adha is one of Islam's two most important holidays, and today throughout the Muslim world the holiday is being overshadowed by Saddam's execution. A source in the Muslim community reports that in Saudi Arabia, some Muslims simultaneously watched the Eid salat on one television channel and Saddam's execution on another. One woman in Saudi Arabia commented that she found this "unsettling," and not because she has any warm feelings for Saddam. Rather, for many Middle Easterners, Saddam's execution seemingly intrudes on what should be a time of celebration for them: it is an intrusion because the Iraq war is extremely unpopular throughout the Middle East, and the televised execution is a stark reminder that the war is still raging. (Reuters also reports on Middle Eastern consternation about the timing of the execution.) The same Muslim source speculates that for other Middle Easterners, the execution may be a painful reminder that they have little recourse against the dictatorial regimes that rule them without the United States. The negative symbolism is heightened by linking the execution to Eid.
And :
Pilgrims Unhappy at Saddam Execution on Eid
Siraj Wahab, Arab News
MINA, 31 December 2006 — They either hated him or loved him, but almost everyone here in the tent city of Mina was outraged at the hanging of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Eid Al-Adha. The hanging was viewed by most pilgrims as a corruption of the occasion.

“Would it be OK if the president of the United States were hanged on Dec. 25?” shouted Anmar Al-Khodair, an Iraqi pilgrim from Anbar. When it was pointed out to him that it was the Iraqi government not the US government that executed Saddam, his reply was: “This Iraqi government is a puppet government. It is the US that is responsible for security and all other aspects in Iraq. The Iraqi government is based in the US-protected Green Zone in Baghdad and the writ of the government is confined to the Green Zone in Iraq...”

AND :
from THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Sunday December 31, 2006
‘Saddam Hussein’s execution violates all international laws’

“ The execution of Iraqi ex-president Saddam Hussein is a “political assassination” and “violates all international laws,” the Palestinian ruling Hamas movement said on Saturday.
“Saddam Hussein was a prisoner of war,” a spokesman for the Islamist movement, Fawzi Barhum, told AFP.
“(His) hanging ... is a political assassination that violates all international laws that are supposed to protect prisoners of war.”
Barhum accused the United States of “having crossed all red lines” and denounced Saddam’s trial as an “unjust” process.
He also criticised the day chosen for Saddam’s execution, just hours before the start of the feast of Eid Al-Adha.
“The hanging took place on the day of the Eid and this is a message to the Arab street — the Americans have launched threats to all the Arabs,” he said. ”

AND FROM:
RUSSIAN NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY : NOVOSTI
Opinion & analysis
The misguided execution of Saddam Hussein
30/ 12/ 2006

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Marianna Belenkaya) - Saddam Hussein has been put to death. The execution of a head of state, even if a toppled one, is an unusual event and is bound to provoke a strong reaction.

The trial of the Iraqi dictator became an important signal to all heads of state, a warning that sooner or later they will be called to account for their actions. Nobody will get away with crimes like the ones for which Saddam was tried. Heads of state are not immune and will have to answer for their deeds.

Moreover, the legitimacy of the verdict is questionable.

This may be so, but it has left a bitter aftertaste. The situation reminds me of the recent death of another dictator, Augusto Pinochet, who, although charged with crimes against humanity, was never tried. The trial was called off because of the dictator's old age. When he died, hundreds of his opponents said they were sorry Pinochet had died without a trial and a sentence. They wanted a legal punishment rather than his death.

Hussein is definitely guilty of the deaths of thousands of Iraqis and of the wars against Iran and Kuwait launched on his orders or with his silent approval. But his actions were in some cases part of a greater regional game involving other players.

AND FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE FOR EXAMPLE:

Saddam Hussein and Pervez al-Musharraf
by Kathy
The first concerns Muslim anger about the timing of Saddam Hussein's execution --
on the eve of one of Islam's most important holy days:. The Muslim religious
holiday Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) is meant to commemorate ...
Liberty Street -

The Execution of Saddam Hussein
by earl-ku
I never knew bout this until I saw it on the Rangers blog read it on the news
few days ago when he was sentenced to hang to death, he was hanged on the Muslim
celebration of Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, Saddam Hussein, Iraq, Bush.
kukujiao.com -- References

Saddam Execution Farce
by Mad Canuck
Eid al-Adha (the feast of the sacrifice) is one of two major feasts in the Muslim
calendar. Sunnis celebrate Eid al-Adha this year starting December 30, while
Shias celebrate it one day later. Thus, Saddam's execution was held on the ...
Mad Canuck -

Saddam's hanging
by Bruce Miller
Josh Marshall captured the problem of Saddam's execution well in this post of
12/29/06 when ... Juan Cole writes about the execution in Saddam: The death of
a dictator Salon ... This weekend marks Eid al-Adha, the Holy Day of Sacrifice, ...
The Blue Voice -

See you later,
GORD.