Monday, January 17, 2011

Mud and Rain By Siegfried Sassoon

This is a poem by British Poet Siegfried Sassoon about the Battle of Paschendale.

Mud and Rain

Mud and rain and wretchedness and blood.
Why should jolly soldier-boys complain?
God made these before the roofless Flood -
Mud and rain.

Mangling cramps and bullets through the brain,
Jesus never guessed them when He died.
Jesus had a purpose for His pain,
Ay, like abject beasts we shed our blood,
Often asking if we die in vain.
Gloom conceals us in a soaking sack --
Mud and rain.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Panama Deception

On December 20th, 1989 more than 20,000 U.S. troops invaded the small Central American country of Panama. How and why did it happen? This Academy Award winning 1992 documentary attempts to answer these questions and more. Were we invading Panama to capture the rogue dictator Manuel Noriega, or were we meeting out frontier justice on a man who had the temerity to stand up to the CIA and its former director George H. W. Bush? Or could it have been something else? Why did the US military need to destroy the Panamanian Defense force if they were there to capture one man who had been accused of dealing drugs to the United States. In the year 2000 the United States was slated to return control of the Panama Canal to Panama. But Panama would also be responsible for providing for the security of the canal, something it could not easily accomplish with out capable military forces.

This film also documents the human cost to the invasion. It examines claims that US military forces indiscriminately attacked civilians and civilian residences with tanks and incendiary grenades, arrested progressive Panamanian leaders and cultural figures, interred thousands of refugees and prisoners, covered up civilian casualties with mass graves, tested experimental weapons on both civilian and military targets, executed Panamanian prisoners, and used force to intimidate and shut down media outlets critical of the invasion.

This film also suggests that military action in Panama was used as a proving ground for new tactics and systems that would soon be used in the 1991 war against Iraq.

Featuring George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Oliver North, Colin Powell, and Ronald Reagan.

Directed by Barbara Trent.
Written by David Kaspar.

This film is also available on Netflix here.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


A moving and disturbing documentary about the Gallipoli campaign of WWI. In this months long battle of attrition, British, French and ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.) forces faced off against Turkish and German troops. The Turks were dug into trenches on the high ground and both sides suffered horrible casualties amidst appaling conditions. Gallipoli was the largest amphibious military operation ever attempted up to that time. It was also one of the most tragic failures experienced by the Allies during the war and was ultimately responsible for Winston Churchill losing his position as First Lord of the Admiralty.

This film was a joint Australian and Turkish production, so it does an excellent job of giving both sides of this story. This film is also available on Netflix here.

The old links are broken unfortunately, but here is another Documentary about Gallipoli available on youTube (at least for now)

Bush Family Fortunes

Bush Family Fortunes via Greg Palast.

Bush Family Fortunes is a documentary that will make you shake your head and want to throw something at your TV. If even half of what BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast reveals is true and you happen to be an American you may or may not be calling for a revolution depending on whether you are a democrat or a republican.

The Hottest Places in Hell

Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks out against the Vietnam war:

Excerpts of a Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967.

The full text of the speech is here.

Yet the Pentagon says MLK would support the war in Afghanistan.

Read about it here.

Sunday, January 2, 2011