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May 26 2018

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August 07 2017

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アメリカ・ロンポール研究所「アメリカの戦争において、民間人の殺害は長い歴史がある」 - Pars Today

“ロンポール研究所のインターネットサイトは…「アメリカはなぜ、良心の呵責にさいなまれずに中東全土で民間人の殺害を続けられるのか? その答えは簡単である。これらのアメリカの兵士の祖父の世代も、第二次世界大戦で多数の民間人を殺害し、しかも当時、彼らは民間人の殺害が戦争による副次的な被害であると見せようとはせず、むしろ都市や民間人を攻撃することは、アメリカの政策の一部だった」としました”

“アメリカは、第二次世界大戦中、敵国の民間人を最大限に殺害する空爆を計画していました。例えば、通常、レンガや石でできていたヨーロッパの都市の住宅に対し、アメリカとその同盟国は、これらの住宅を破壊するため通常爆弾を使用しましたが、多くの家が木でできていた日本では、通常の爆弾では思うような効果が現れなかったため、アメリカは焼夷弾を使用していました。

アメリカ空軍は、日本の都市や農村を焼き尽くすことができるように爆弾を設計するため、ユタ州に日本の村と同じものを作りました。この実験で、アメリカ空軍は、日本の家の屋根に傾斜があり、軽量の焼夷弾の多くが屋根から下に落ちていくこと、日本の家の屋根を壊し、家の中に落ちて内側から火事を起こすためには、さらに重量の焼夷弾が必要であることを悟りました。歴史的な資料は、アメリカが、日本の木造の都市に大きな火災を引き起こす計画を、日本の真珠湾攻撃のずっと前から立てていたことを示しています。1945年3月10日、アメリカのB29戦闘機300機が、同時に東京の空を焼き尽くしました。この爆撃で、数十万人の日本人が死亡し、100万人以上が住む家を失いました。そしてアメリカは後に、これ以上に恐ろしい原爆を広島と長崎に投下しました。

朝鮮戦争でも、アメリカは、次々に爆弾を投下し、北朝鮮の人口のおよそ20%を殺害しました。ベトナム戦争でも、アメリカは、この国の多数の人々を空爆によって殺害しました”

July 16 2017

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Green Party VP candidate for the US Presidential Election last year.

June 25 2017

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翁長雄志知事の平和宣言 2017年6月23日

from huffingtonpost.jp:

70年目の6月23日を迎えました。私たちの郷土沖縄では、かつて史上稀に見る熾烈な地上戦が行われました。

20万人あまりの尊い命が犠牲となり、家族や友人など愛する人々を失った悲しみを、私たちは永遠に忘れることができません。それは私たち沖縄県民が、その目や耳、肌に戦のもたらす悲惨さを鮮明に記憶しているからであり、戦争の犠牲になられた方々の安らかであることを心から願い、恒久平和を切望しているからです。

戦後、私たちはこの思いを忘れることなく、復興と発展の道を力強く歩んで参りました。しかしながら国土面積の0.6%に過ぎない本県に日米安全保障体制を担う米軍専用施設の73.8%が集中し、依然として過重な基地負担が県民生活や本県の振興開発にさまざまな影響を与え続けています。

米軍再編に基づく普天間飛行場の辺野古への移設をはじめ、嘉手納飛行場より南の米軍基地の整理縮小がなされても、専用施設面積の全国に占める割合は0.7%しか縮小されず、返還時期も含め、基地負担の軽減とはほど遠いものであります。

沖縄の米軍の基地問題は我が国の安全保障の問題であり、国民全体で負担すべき重要な課題であります。特に普天間飛行場の辺野古移設については昨年の選挙で反対の民意が示されており、辺野古に新基地を作ることは困難であります。そもそも私たち県民の思いとは全く別に強制接収された「世界一危険」といわれる普天間飛行場の固定化は許されず、その危険性除去のため「辺野古に移設する。嫌なら沖縄が代替案を出しなさい」との考えは到底、県民には受け入れられるものではありません。国民の自由・平等・人権・民主主義が等しく保障されずして、平和の礎を築くことはできないのであります。

政府においては固定観念に縛られず、普天間基地を辺野古に移設する作業の中止を決断され、沖縄の基地負担を軽減する政策を再度見直されることを強く求めます。一方、私たちを取り巻く世界情勢は地域紛争やテロ、差別や貧困が基となり、多くの人が命を落としたり、人間としての尊厳が蹂躙されるなど、悲劇が今なお繰り返されています。このような現実にしっかりと向き合い、平和を脅かすさまざまな問題を解決するには、一人一人が積極的に平和を求める強い意志を持つことが重要であります。

戦後70年を迎えてアジアの国々を繋ぐ架け橋として活躍した先人たちの万国津梁(しんりょう)の精神を胸に刻み、これからも私たちはアジア太平洋地域の発展と平和の実現に向けて、努力して参ります。未来を担う子や孫のために誇りある豊かさをつくりあげ、時を超えていつまでも子供たちの笑顔が絶えない豊かな沖縄を目指します。慰霊の日にあたり、戦没者の御霊に心から哀悼の誠を捧げるとともに、沖縄が恒久平和の発信地として輝かしい未来の構築に向けて全力で取り組んでいく決意を、ここに表明します。

June 10 2017

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farsizaban: An iconic picture taken during the Iran-Iraq war showing Iranian soldiers in NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) suits. The writing on the board reads, “Smile o’ brother”. Saddam launched chemical attacks against Iranian troops and civilians during the war.

June 04 2017

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Destruction of Islamic Heritage in the Kosovo War, 1998-1999

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More than two-thirds of the 560 active mosques in Kosovo on the eve of the 1998-1999 war were buildings dating from the Ottoman era. Many of these were monuments of historical and architectural significance. However, this part of Kosovo’s cultural and religious heritage received relatively little attention from the state authorities charged with the protection of monuments. Between 1947 and 1990, a total of 425 monuments and sites in Kosovo were officially designated for state protection. These included 96 archaeological sites, 16 cemeteries, 116 secular buildings and monuments, and 174 religious sites. Of the last category, 139 were Orthodox churches or monasteries, while only 32 Islamic religious monuments had been listed for protection. Since listed sites received priority in attention and in conservation funding from state agencies, this meant that by the 1990s much of Kosovo’s Islamic built heritage was in a dilapidated state, after decades of neglect. In practice, the authorities not only failed to provide the funds and expertise needed for the preservation of these historic houses of worship, they allowed even listed Islamic monuments to be altered or demolished without intervening. The years of peacetime neglect were followed by the massive wartime destruction of Kosovo’s Islamic religious heritage in 1998-1999. As has been documented in this book, roughly 40 percent of Kosovo’s 560 mosques were damaged or destroyed during the war.

The damage in most cases was clearly the result of deliberate attacks directed against the mosques. There is evidence of explosives planted in the mosque or inside the minaret, of artillery projectiles aimed at the minaret, and of mosques set ablaze. In some places, the mosque was the only building in the vicinity that had been singled out for attack. More often, the destruction of a mosque was accompanied by the burning of the surrounding homes of the local Albanian residents. The devastation of Islamic sacral sites was widespread and systematic, with few areas of Kosovo left untouched. Among the worst hit was the northwestern region of Peja/Peć, where every one of 49 Islamic sites was attacked in 1998 and 1999. Among the sites targeted were the region’s 36 mosques (half of them dating from the 15th-18th centuries), the offices, archives and library of the Islamic Community Council of Peja, a historic medresa, a 15th-century hamam (Turkish baths), 9 schools for Qur’an readers (mekteb), a dervish lodge (tekke), and several mosque libraries

In some places, those responsible for these attacks had left behind their “signatures”— in the form of anti-Albanian and anti-Islamic graffiti in Serbian scrawled on mosque walls, or in the deliberate desecration of Islamic sacred scriptures, torn apart by hand, defiled and burned. Examples of this sort could be seen in the Gjylfatyn Mosque in Peja, the Mosque of Carraleva/Crnoljevo, the Mosque of Livoç i Poshtëm/Donji Livoč, and the Mosque of Stanofc i Poshtëm, and in a number of other mosques. Of the 218 mosques and 11 tekkes in Kosovo that were destroyed or damaged during the war, 22 mosques and 8 tekkes were in the most severe damage categories. Among these, 13 mosques and 5 tekkes were completely razed, the ruins levelled by bulldozer; 9 mosques and 3 tekkes were reduced to rubble, but the ruins were not bulldozed. Among examples of completely levelled Islamic houses of worship are the Bazaar Mosque (built 1761-62; renewed 1878) in Vushtrria/Vučitrn, the Ibër Mosque (built 1878) in Mitrovica, the Mosque of Halil Efendi in Dobërçan/Dobrčane (1526), the Mosque of Loxha (1900), and the historic Bektashi tekke in Gjakova/Đakovica (1790).

An additional 95 mosques suffered lesser degrees of damage, ranging from shell holes in the walls, through the roof or in the shaft of the minaret, to vandalism, including fires set inside the mosque, smashed-up interior furnishings, and the desecration of sacred scriptures. A total of 31 mosques and 2 tekkes (dervish lodges) were attacked by Serb forces during the first year of the war, in the spring and summer of 1998. Two-thirds of these religious buildings were burned down, blown up or otherwise destroyed or seriously damaged. Ten of the mosques that were damaged during 1998 were subjected to repeat attacks and further damage during the spring of 1999. During the second year of the war in 1999, a total of 197 mosques and 9 tekkes in Kosovo were damaged or destroyed by Serb forces. One mosque, in the village of Jabllanica (Prizren region), had its roof partly destroyed by a NATO air strike in the spring of 1999. Otherwise, the destruction of mosques and of other Islamic heritage in Kosovo during the war was entirely attributable to attacks from the ground, carried out by Serbian troops, police and paramilitaries, and in some cases by Serb civilians.

The destruction also encompassed the written record of Islamic religious and cultural life in Kosovo. The Central Historical Archives of the Islamic Community of Kosovo were burned by Serbian police in June 1999, hours before the arrival of the first NATO troops in Prishtina. Six of the regional archives of the Islamic Community were also attacked and wholly or partially destroyed, among them the archives of the Islamic Community Councils in Peja/Peć, Gjakova/Đakovica, Gllogoc/Glogovac, Lipjan, Peja/Peć, Skenderaj/Srbica, and Suhareka. Kosovo’s Islamic religious libraries were also singled out for destruction. Notable losses include the manuscripts and old books of the library of Hadum Syleiman Efendi in Gjakova/Đakovica, founded in 1595 and burned in 1999, as well as the libraries of dervish lodges in Gjakova/Đakovica, Mitrovica and Peja/Peć, also destroyed in 1999. However, the losses go far beyond this. Many old mosques in Kosovo had been endowed with collections of Qur’an manuscripts and Islamic religious books that were destroyed or damaged in 1998-1999Remarkably, not a single Serb Orthodox church or monastery in Kosovo was damaged or destroyed by Albanians during the 1998-1999 conflict. Unfortunately that changed after the end of the war, as thousands of Albanian refugees who had been forced out of Kosovo during the war returned to their burned-out home towns and villages. Following the end of hostilities in June 1999, dozens of Serb Orthodox churches and monasteries were damaged in revenge attacks. Some 40 Serb Orthodox sites were vandalized, while another 40 suffered serious structural damage or were destroyed completely. Many of these buildings were village churches, some of them built during the previous decade. But about 15 to 20 of the destroyed churches dated from the medieval period.By the end of the summer of 1999, as a result of the efforts of KFOR and the UN administration to restore order, and in response to public appeals by Kosovo Albanian political and religious leaders, attacks on Serb Orthodox religious sites largely ceased.

“This book is an attempt to document, to the extent possible, the Islamic sacral heritage of Kosovo that was lost during the 1998-1999 war. As Kosovo and its people come to terms with the painful memories of the recent past and work towards a common future it is well to recall that, for most of Kosovo’s long history, houses of worship were protected by all communities and had traditionally been held immune from personal and communal vendettas. The rich cultural heritage that remains in Kosovo, despite the ravages of time and the destruction of war, is the common patrimony of all of Kosovo’s people. It is up to them, as it was up to their forefathers, to jointly value and preserve it for future generations.“ - Destruction of Islamic Heritage in the Kosovo War, 1998-1999, by Sabri Bajgora


1. Mitrovica. Tekke (dervish lodge) of Sheh Fejzullah. Destroyed in spring 1999.
2. Vushtrria. Gazi Ali Beg Mosque, its minaret blown away by tank cannon
3. Peja/Peć. The Market Mosque (1471), torched by Serbian policemen, June 1999.
4. Mushtisht/Mušutište. Mosque of Hasan Pasha (1702). Blown up in April 1999.
5. Deçan. Mosque, built like a kulla; the mosque was burned in the 1999 war.
6. Carraleva/Crnoljevo. Torn-up and desecrated Qur’ans in the village mosque.

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May 30 2017

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Latest from : -55,206 suspected cases & 500 fatalities -Only 45% of hospitals are functioning
— @ICRC on Twitter

May 21 2017

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May 14 2017

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@afaiteICRC: When is last time you saw patients lying under hospital beds and in corridors? Serious cholera outbreak in Yemen.

@GloriaLaRiva: U.S. and directly responsible for crisis, by bombing & deliberately blockading goods. US media silent.

February 17 2017

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wasbella102: St Paul’s Cathedral, London during the German bombing campaign called the Blitz.

Reposted bycoeurinakiteandratoniewszystko

June 14 2015

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“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters over darker people in the world. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

— Muhammad Ali, 1967 (via Ⓐnarcho Queer)

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May 04 2015

mr-absentia
  • farsizaban: An Iranian soldier reads the Quran in his small bunker in the front line of Iran-Iraq War (Circa 1980’s) Picture by Kaveh Golestan

  • thedailypersian: God bless each and everyone of them.

April 01 2015

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mr-absentia
  • @bwana:

    “Why is it that countries which we call strong are so powerful in creating wars but are so weak in bringing peace? Why is it that giving guns is so easy, but giving books is so hard?”

    — Malala Yousafzai used her Nobel peace prize acceptance speech to launch a searing attack on governments that have the resources to begin wars but not to enable universal education. (via unmaiden)

  • @e-gruppe:

    i would answer: 'cause of capitalism.

March 25 2015

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Tags: War Peace

September 21 2014

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Reposted fromchickinsoup chickinsoup viawonko wonko

July 24 2014

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April 17 2014

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May 16 2013

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myparallelgalaxy.tumblr.com (via middleeastern):

Years ago Al-Jazeera broadcast shocking images of the aftermath of an American bombing raid in Iraq. Dozens of bodies, laid out in front of the clinic, 26 members of the Al-Qamiz family died in the bombing.

But when questioned about the civilian casualties, brigadier Mark Kimmitt dismissed the Al-Jazeera report as propaganda.

Brainwashing by the US through media. They don’t want you to see the truth.

December 08 2012

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真珠湾攻撃 Attack on Pearl Harbor (via en.wikipedia.org)
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