Intense stories of the day, from rrnd

44) Easter surprise?
Common Dreams
by Heather Wokusch

"The Bush administration continues moving closer to a nuclear attack
on Iran, and we ignore the obvious buildup at our peril. Russian media
is sounding alarms. In February, ultra-nationalist leader Vladimir
Shirinovsky warned that the US would launch a strike against Tehran at
the end of this month. Then last week, the Russian News and
Information Agency Novosti (RIA-Novosti) quoted military experts
predicting the US will attack Iran on April 6th, Good Friday.
According to RIA-Novosti, the imminent assault will target Iranian air
and naval defense capabilities, armed forces headquarters as well as
key economic assets and administration headquarters. Massive air
strikes will be deployed, possibly tactical nuclear weapons as well,
and the Bush administration will attempt to exploit the resulting
chaos and political unrest by installing a pro-US government. Sound
familiar? It's Iraq deja vu all over again, and we know how well that
war has gone." (03/28/07)

26) Death squad in Delaware
by William Norman Grigg

"[Derek] Hale, a retired Marine Sergeant who served two tours in Iraq
and was decorated before his combat-related medical discharge in
January 2006, was murdered by a heavily armed 8-12-member undercover
police team in Wilmington, Delaware last November 6. He had come to
Wilmington from his home in Manassas, Virginia to participate in a
Toys for Tots event. Derek was house-sitting for a friend on the day
he was murdered. Sandra Lopez, the ex-wife of Derek's friend, arrived
with an 11-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter just shortly before
the police showed up. After helping Sandra and her children remove
some of their personal belongings, Derek was sitting placidly on the
front step, clad in jeans and a hooded sweatshirt, when an unmarked
police car and a blacked-out SUV arrived and disgorged their murderous
cargo." (03/29/07)

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