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Signs of the Times for Tue, 21 Feb 2006

Signs Editorial:

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Joe Quinn

Yesterday, during his whistlestop tour of Iraq, British Foreign Minister Jack Straw made a couple of very interesting admissions, although undoubtedly he would not see them as such.

First, Straw informed the world that "the US government has no intention of maintaining a permanent Soviet-style "gulag" at Guantanamo Bay", which appears to be a recognition of the fact that Guantanamo Bay is indeed a Soviet Style Gulag. In the Gulags:

brutality, hunger and harsh elements were the major reasons for the Gulag's high fatality rate, which was as high as 80% during the first months in many camps.

Inmates were often forced to work in inhuman conditions. In spite of the brutal climate, they were almost never adequately clothed, fed, or given medical treatment, nor were they given any means to combat the lack of vitamins that led to nutritional diseases such as scurvy. The nutritional value of basic daily food ration varied around 1,200 calories (5,000 kilojoules), mainly from low-quality bread distributed by weight. According to the World Health Organization, the minimum requirement for a heavy labourer is in the range of 3,100–3,900 calories (13,000 to 16,300 kJ) daily.

Jack Straw Lurches behind US Puppet Iraqi President Talabani

Straw tells us that the allegedly Democratic US government has no intention of "permanently" maintaining a camp like Guantanamo bay where innocent people are treated as animals. The question then is how long does the US government intend on disgracing itself in this way?

Moving on to Straws second freudian slip; in defending the Guantanamo Gulag, he stated:

"It's also important to recognise that there is another side to this, which is called September 11 and which is not an invention of the CIA."

From this we understand that, even though Straw accepts that Guantanamo is essentially one big torture chamber, its existence under the auspices of the world's greatest democracy is somewhat acceptable because of the events of September 11th 2001. Just how the torture and murder of innocent people at Guantanamo bay has anything to do with the events of September 11th remains a mystery.

Of most interest however is Straw's comment that "September 11 is not an invention of the CIA." What a strange thing for the British foreign minister to say! Has someone been suggesting that September 11 is an invention of the CIA? Has someone been making a strong enough case for the bogus nature of the 9/11 attacks and the war on terror that Straw feels compelled to denounce such an idea? If not, then why does Straw feel the need to do so? If so, then can we see the evidence for such a claim?

Admittedly, Straw's comment is no smoking gun, but it does constitute tantalising evidence that the liars in the Bush and Blair governments are beginning to feel the heat. Our efforts, and that of other genuine freedom fighters, are having an effect it seems, albeit that the effect is being felt behind the scenes. Dogged determination is essential when you are fighting lies and manipulations and the psychopathic, lying, manipulators that tell them. So we will keep on giving the lie what it asks for - the truth - just as long as the liars keep on spewing their lies.

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