U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome Italy anti-war demonstration in Rome

Past Events

Solidarity with Bradley Manning
December 17, 2011

No to "war as usual"
March 19, 2010

Winter Soldier Europe
March 14, 2009

Palestinian Flags Flutter
Alongside Peace Banners

January 17, 2009

Close Guantanamo Now!
January 17, 1009

10-Day Vigil for Gaza
January 8-18, 2009

Supporting La'Onf
October 29, 2008

Free the Cuban 5
Sept 13, 2008

Cheney in Chains
Sept 8, 2008

No Bush, No War
June 11, 2008

May Day ILWU Solidarity Action
May 1, 2008

War Tax Day
April 15, 2008

World Social Forum Global Day of Action
Jan 26, 2008

Shut Down Guantánamo Now!
Jan 11, 2008

No U.S. Military Base in Vicenza
Dec 15, 2007

Meeting Iranian Artists
Dec 05, 2007

End the War in Iraq, No War on Iran
Oct 27, 2007

Report on Final Days of No Dal Molin Festival in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 16, 2007

Camping for Peace in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 12, 2007

Impeach Them Both +
Judiciary Fax Blast

July 23, 2007

I-M-P-E-A-C-H !
April 28, 2007

4th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
March 20, 2007

No Dal Molin, Vicenza, Italy
Feb 17, 2007

Congress: Act Now to End the War
Jan 27, 2007

No Military Bases, Vicenza, Italy
Dec 2, 2006

No War, No Cluster Bombs
Sept 23, 2006

Protest Calling for Cease-fire in Lebanon
July 26, 2006

Military Spending
Bean Poll

July 18, 2006

Stop the Escalation
in the Middle East

July 17, 2006

Refusing to Kill
July 06, 2006

Shailja Patel:
Poetry in Times
of War

July 05, 2006

Troops Home Fast
July 04, 2006

Italian Vote on
Military Missions

June 27, 2006

Peace Parade
June 02, 2006

Michael Uhl of
Veterans for Peace

April 29, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden in Plain Sight

April 26, 2006

War Tax Day
April 15, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness

April 12, 2006

National Anti-war Protest in Rome
March 18, 2006

Soldiers Against War
March 18, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Aristide and the Endless Revolution

March 15, 2006

Women (and men!) Say No To War
March 8, 2006

An Eyewitness Account of Post Katrina New Orleans
March 2, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Life and Debt

February 09, 2006

Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
February 09, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
February 06, 2006

NBC Today
Show Blitz

February 06, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Revolution Will
Not Be Televised

January 26, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
In Rome

January 18, 2006

Crimes & Lies:
with Dave Lindorff
and Maurizio Torrealta

January 13, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Peace Propaganda and
the Promised Land

January 12, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Oil Factor

December 15, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

November 17, 2005

Protest at U.S. Embassy: White Phosphorus in Fallujah
November 14, 2005

Control Arms Petition
at Piazza Chiesa Nuova

November 12, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Invisible Ballots

November 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden Wars of
Desert Storm

October 13, 2005

Anti-war rally
at U.S. Embassy

Sept 24, 2005

USC4P&J Social
at the Beehive

June 22, 2005

Die-In with
Articolo 11
at Palazzo Chigi

June 21, 2005

Collecting Photos
with Control Arms

June 18, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

June 09, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Weapons of
Mass Deception

May 19, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
May 05, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 28, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 21, 2005

International Day of Protest
March 19, 2005


Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
Special screening in Rome

November 30, 2005

The atrocity of war is such that it might seem misplaced to get worked up about the use in Iraq of the chemical agent White Phosphorous – now officially confirmed by the Pentagon after the RAI News24 scoop last month made further denial impossible. [see the video]

In fact, the very RAI video screened last Wednesday (November 30th) at the Linux Club revealed to the USC4P&J members present, and to the large Italian crowd in the main room, not only the chemical horrors being committed by allied troops in Iraq, but also conventional horrors that dwarf the sadly famous scenes of the massacre of civilians in Vietnam, which the RAI video recalled at the beginning.

Yes, the pictures of Falluja civilians scorched to death in their beds by phosphorous mist, with their bedclothes still intact, were shocking. But the video then went on to show us other scenes from Iraq we would never have wished to see: for example, the corpses of tortured Iraqi prisoners, their bodies punctured with dozens of holes made by some maniac interrogator wielding an electric drill. Somehow the horror of the high tech deaths inflicted by refined phosphorous mists paled before the horror of the low tech deaths inflicted by a Black and Decker.

Thus, Sigfrido Ranucci and Maurizio Torrealta's implacable report, "La strage nascosta" ("The Hidden Massacre"), was in a certain sense counterproductive. "White phosphorous?" a cynic might ask (and one of the Italians present -- Stefano -- did); "so what? Is a 'Shake and Bake death' in your bed by white phosphorous any worse than a 'Black and Decker death' in a jail cell? When a nation accepts war, there are no longer any limits, high or low tech. Let's not waste time decrying this or that weapon. The only fight worth fighting is to put an end to war."

And yet I feel the screening of the RAI film served a purpose -- and is continuing to do so (the request for local screenings is keeping the authors booked until fall of 2007). The indiscriminate character of the mass killing produced by the phosphorous spewed over Eastern Fallujah, which satellite pictures showed us as an immense black splotch on the map, sets off an alarm inside the conscience of any but the most jaded observer. While nothing excuses the low tech horror of guerrilla beheadings or allied sexual abuses in the Abu Grahib prison, there are nonetheless limits.

Public opinion must rise up united to stop the use of arms that wipe out whole neighborhoods and entire towns, whether they be called Falluja (phosphorous mist), Hiroshima (atomic bomb), Dresda (napalm and phosphorous), or Guernica (fire bombs and blockbusters). Yes, the real fight is to stop war, not the use of this or that weapon. But in the meantime we must put a limit to the escalating production of ever more insidious weapons of mass destruction.

The public at the Linux screening, riveted to their seats during the 30 minute video, may have been thinking just that: something was touching their sense of inner revolt. Then the film ended, the speakers assembled on the stage and there was a long silence. Not many of the Americans remained for the entire debate, whether shocked by the scenes they had just witnessed or simply tired (the screening started an hour and a half late).

The Italians stayed on and let the first two speakers (a Senator and a City Councilman) give their talks, then erupted with vehemence. "War crimes" was the most common expression used.

The moderator finally reined them in and permitted the other guests on the stage to have their say, among whom the newly elected chair of USC4P&J, Stephanie Westbrook, who informed the public of how the Falluja story broke in U.S. media. The first headlines were for a Reuters story picked up by many news outlets and all began with "US Denies" or "Pentagon Denies" or "Military Denies Use of Phosphorous in Fallujah".

Peter Popham of The Independent called the Falluja massacre a turning point in the war. Not a military one, as U.S. commanders claimed, but rather a turning point in public opinion over just how rotten this war had become. It was supposedly launched to liberate the Iraqis from the horrors of Saddam Hussein, who tortured dissenters sadistically at the Abu Ghraib prison and who used white phosphorous to annihilate Kurdish rebels in the North. Now American troops are doing the same things to the Iraqis.

Fabio Marcelli, of the Italian group "Democratic Magistrates", disproved the legal basis of the Pentagon claim that the use of phosphorous was permitted as a conventional weapon.

Sigfrido Ranucci, one of the video's producers, gave the thirty or so participants who held out until 11 p.m. a series of fascinating behind-the-scenes views of how scoops are muffled by mainstream media -- and not only with respect to "The Hidden Massacre".

It was an extremely informative evening, made possible by the generosity and hard work of the Linux Club staff and, for the USC4P&J members present, by the volunteer interpreting done by Traduttori per la pace (Translators for Peace). A big thanks to both.

Patrick Boylan


Ongoing/Future Events

Our Eyes Wide Open Film Series is suspended; for further information click here.

Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics:

It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
*Dem National Committee

To learn how to stop the DNC from delivering us another Trump, read Autopsy: the Democratic Party in Crisis.

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Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:

Click here to sign a petition, to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! And click here to see the video by the Italian Committee to lift sanctions against Syria.

Iraq Deaths Estimator
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand. Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"

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