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The most successful tyranny is not the one
that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the
awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable
that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an
"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." - Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. --Voltaire--
consciousness is freedom
Life is religion. Life experiences reflect how one interacts with God. Those who are asleep are those of little faith in terms of their interaction with the creation. Some people think that the world exists for them to overcome or ignore or shut out. For those individuals, the worlds will cease. They will become exactly what they give to life. They will become merely a dream in the "past." People who pay strict attention to objective reality right and left, become the reality of the "Future." [Cassiopaea 09-28-02]
April 5, 2003 Today's edition of Brought to You by The Bush Junta, Produced and Directed by the CIA, based on an original script by Henry Kissinger, with a cast of billions....The "Greatest Shew on Earth," no doubt, and if you don't have a good sense of humor, don't read this page! It is designed to reveal the "unseen." If you can't stand the heat of Objective Reality, get out of the kitchen!
Just Terrible And
now, The Owls will try to convince you all that war is absolutely
necessary in order to insure peace. War is peace. Freedom is
slavery. Ignorance is strength. Tomorrow night, Our Beloved Leader
will appear on national television to assure us all that everything
is going just fine, and we're going to bring the evil terrorists to
justice. Maybe The Owls have discovered "weapons of mass
destruction" in Iraq, maybe not. At this point, it doesn't
at home lost by US. While most people
are watching pictures of Baghdad and Iraq on TV for the latest war
developments, they simply do not realize that the US has already
lost the war. The US has a 6.4 trillion-dollar national debt which
is growing. The monthly deficit of payments is about 35 billion. In
the last 6 months the US dollar has fallen about 20% against all
major currencies. The Euro has become the currency of choice for
many nations, challenging the dollar for world financial
domination. Bankruptcies are at an all time high. Many states are
having the worst financial crisis in their histories. Conservative
estimates reckon that an Iraqi war will cost US taxpayers between
$200 and $300 billion dollars. This will occur:
US accused of hypocrisy on human rights State Department reveals double standards in annual global assessment of government treatment of citizens. The US State Department released its latest global report on human rights last week, inviting some ironic comment since the United States can now easily be perceived to have broken its own guidelines about the physical mistreatment of prisoners and suspension of judicial due process. "Stress and duress" interrogation techniques – condemned by the State Department as a form of torture when practised by others – secret detentions, closed hearings and lack of access to lawyers or the courts have all been features of the Bush administration's "war on terror".
While the report makes no mention of al-Qa'ida suspects killed in US custody in Afghanistan or so-called "enemy combatants" being held indefinitely without trial at Guantanamo Bay, the parallels between offending foreign governments and current US practice are there. At first glance one might think that the following statement – "Police occasionally resorted to torture and physical beatings of prisoners ... The government generally did not permit prison visits by local or international human rights groups ... Arbitrary arrests and detentions continued to be problems" – was describing US practices, but it is in fact a description of notoriously repressive Eritrea.
Strikingly, some of the countries lambasted by the State Department for their shoddy records – Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, as well as Eritrea – are also members of the "coalition of the willing" now supposedly fighting to stop repression and brutality in Iraq. The ironies were not lost on Human Rights Watch – the New York-based watchdog. Human Rights Watch agreed that the State Department report on Friday presented a generally honest assessment of the world situation, but it added that the administration was in danger of losing its "moral clarity" because of its own lapses.
"The Bush administration has not pulled many punches in this report," HRW spokesman Tom Malinowski said. "But it should also be troubled that some of its closest allies engage in repressive practices that fuel support for terrorists." The report cut noticeable slack to certain allies, noting "improvements" in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait while holding back on emotive descriptions of those countries' failings. The Pakistani government is described as "reasonably representative", even though key parties were banned from participating in last year's elections.
Of Israel the report declared that "there were no reports of political killings during the year". However, it transpired that a certain sleight of hand was used as this refers only to Israel itself. The occupied territories are dealt with separately, much further down in the fine print, along with a caveat that the Israelis "made every effort" to avoid civilian casualties. A further irony is that the "old Europe" which opposed the war in Iraq, notably France and Germany, get a much better bill of health on human rights than the "new Europe". Bulgaria, for example, is criticised for beatings of suspects and inmates, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and mistreatment of Romani street children.
Colin Powell, the US Secretary of State, focused on some
of these issues when he unveiled the report in Washington last
week. "We do not believe it is inconsistent to work with nations
who are willing to assist in this effort who, themselves, have some
problems with respect to human rights," he said. "We candidly talk
to them and encourage them to change." He was not asked
about the United States' own record, but he did say: "America is
proud to serve as a force for freedom across the globe." With the
emphasis, some might say, being on the word "force". Comment: Hypocrite, liar and
US Marines 'kill seven Iraqis after truck fails to stop' Seven civilians, including three children, were killed by US Marines last night after they opened fire on a truck that refused to stop at a checkpoint south of Baghdad, an American television network reported. The alleged incident was reported by an ABC News correspondent travelling with a marine unit early this morning.
The civilian Iraqis were in vehicles behind a military truck that refused to stop and tried to crash through the marines' roadblock. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate details of the incident. ABC reported that shots were fired first at a car that went through the checkpoint. A military truck that was following it was then fired upon and two civilian vehicles, apparently caught behind the truck, were shot at, leading to the deaths.
The incident appeared similar to what happened near Karbala on Monday when US Army troops opened fire on a four-wheel-drive vehicle which also drove through an Allied checkpoint. At least seven Iraqi women and children were killed. A Washington Post reporter with that unit claimed that a captain had blamed troops for not firing a warning shot soon enough. The captain had roared at his platoon leader: "You just ... killed a family because you didn't fire a warning shot soon enough!"
US Central Command this week backed the troops involved
in that incident for their actions, although it appeared less
likely that it had been a suicide attack. The Central Command
spokesman Brigadier General Vince Brooks said that money would
probably be given to relatives of those victims as an expression of
regret on behalf of the Allies. The incident this morning appeared
more deliberate. US troops have been on edge since the driver of a
taxi detonated a car bomb in a suicide attack that killed four
soldiers last week. Comment: "Would
probably give them money"; this to a mother who saw her two
daughters aged three and five
by the US soldiers that fired on the vehicle with a 150mm
cannon. One word - digust.
BBC REPORTER SAY US FORCES NOT IN CENTER OF BAGHDAD Acording to Ragi Omar (BBC Correspondent) speaking live on BBC NEWS 24 at 6:10am EST Saturday, he had driven all around Baghdad and saw no signs of US Forces, and encountered no civillians reporting presence of US forces or fleeing from areas under US control. He also said that in conversations with other correspondents who had also travelled around Baghdad and the outskirts of the city --NONE OF THEM HAD SEEN ANY US FORCES.
"The contradictions are enormous," according to the BBC NEWS 24 anchor. In earlier comments, a local US-UK commander describing his forces actions at the Baghdad Airport said their next objective was to "surround" the airport. He immediately corrected himself to say their objective was to take control of the areas "surrounding" the airport. The Iraqi Information Ministry is still maintaining that US forces have been expelled from the airport. Comment: At this stage we can take it pretty much for granted that EVERYTHING that is reported by the US approved "embedded" reporters is in fact an outright LIE
Robert Fisk: Reports of airport assault premature SADDAM HUSSEIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - So where are the Americans? I prowled the empty departure lounges, mooched through the abandoned customs department, chatted to the seven armed militia guards, met the airport director and stood beside the runways where two dust-covered Iraqi Airways passenger jets -- an old 727 and an even more elderly Antonov -- stood forlornly on the runway not far from an equally decrepit military helicopter.
And all I could hear was the distant whisper of high-flying jets and the chatter of the flocks of birds which have nested near the airport car park on this, the first day of real summer in Baghdad. Only three hours earlier, the BBC had reported claims that forward units of an American mechanised infantry division were less than 16km west of Baghdad -- and that some US troops had taken up positions on the very edge of the international airport.
But I was 27km west of the city. And there were no Americans, no armour, not a soul around the runways of the airport whose namesake, in poster form, sat nonchalantly in the arrivals lounge in a business suit, cigar in hand. Even more astonishingly, there was no sign of the 12,000 Republican Guards whom the US division expected to fight. Indeed, Saddam Hussein International Airport looked as if it was enduring an industrial strike (let us not conceive of such an event in Saddam's Iraq) rather than an imminent takeover by the world's only superpower. Was it true, the Iraqi minister of information was asked at his daily 2pm press conference (11pm NZT) - a routine institution of usually deadly tedium - that the Americans were at the airport? "Rubbish!" he shouted. "Lies! Go and look for yourself." So we did.
And, alas for the Anglo-American spokesmen in Doha and
the US officer quoted on the BBC, the Iraqi minister was right and
the Americans were wrong. But it's a good idea to take these
things, if not with a pinch of salt, then at least with the
knowledge that there are always two reasons for every decision
taken in this violent, ruthless land. Sure, the Americans had been
caught lying again - as they were about the "securing" of Nasiriyah
more than a week ago - but was that the only reason journalists
were permitted to visit Baghdad airport? We saw no Republican
Guards - just as the Americans have themselves somehow failed to
discover the 12,000 Republican Guards supposedly facing
Iraq said to have regained Saddam Airport. A top Iraqi official said Iraqi forces have expelled coalition forces from Saddam International Airport and regained complete control, despite the report of U.S. officials that no such thing had occurred. Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf said Saturday Iraqi forces from the Republican Guards attacked and repulsed the coalition forces during fierce overnight fighting a day after they landed in the airport.
U.S. forces said that such claims are "groundless." "Today, we slaughtered the force which dared and was at the runaway of the airport. Now they are outside the faraway airport fence," al-Sahhaf told reporters in Baghdad. "The heroic Republican Guards are now in control of the airport's land in full." He said the coalition soldiers were being surrounded in the area of Abu Graib where they are still trying to fire what's left of their light artillery and rocket-propelled grenades while "the other columns could not establish any contact with the besieged force."
"Now, we are pounding them with missiles and heavy artillery and we are surprising them with new operations," he said. "In fact, RG forces, Saddam Fedayeen combatants and Arab martyrdom (suicide) attackers carried out new innovative operations last night. I mean martyrdom (attacks) and new kinds of fighting." He said the coalition force at the airport was "crushed" and that their "losses, bodies and destroyed vehicles are numerous." He added that there were many killed among the coalition soldiers whose bodies are still in the airport's ground and he was to give more appropriate information later once the cleaning operations are over.
"The Republican Guards is now in complete control of the airport's ground. The battle continues outside the airport and this surrounded force will be slaughtered in full," al-Sahhaf said. He promised the journalists to escort them to the airport as soon as the Iraqi forces complete cleaning the area. Al-Sahhaf said another battle took place on the dam of Al-Qaddisiya near the al-Hudaitha area at dawn and in the morning whereby the other Iraqi forces attacked coalition troops and "surrounded them...." He said four armored personnel carriers were destroyed.
On the southern front, al-Sahhaf said two coalition columns tried to attack the city of Basra but were repulsed by Iraqi forces, tribesmen, Baath Party and Saddam Fedayeen combatants. Seven tanks were destroyed and the coalition forces retreated. He said Iraqis also shot down a combat jet but no additional details were yet available. "The whole trend has been changed. The operation is moving in our interests. We are going to finalize soon," al-Sahhaf said, promising to crush coalition forces outside the airport and in al-Hudaitha.
He invited journalists to go to the Baghdad's
neighborhoods of al-Dora and Yarmouk which were reportedly entered
by coalition forces. "Why not to go and visit the places. Nothing
there at all. There are Iraqi checkpoints," he said. Al-Jazeera
reported that foreign journalists in Baghdad have confirmed that no
U.S. forces have been seen in central and western
Mystery illness strikes 100 in U.S. At least 100 people in the United States, including 14 children, appear to have contracted the mysterious flulike illness that has been spreading in Asia, a federal report issued today says. No deaths have been reported in the United States from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Forty persons have been hospitalized for more than 24 hours, said the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Red Cross horrified by number of dead civilians Red Cross doctors who visited southern Iraq this week saw "incredible" levels of civilian casualties including a truckload of dismembered women and children, a spokesman said Thursday from Baghdad. Roland Huguenin, one of six International Red Cross workers in the Iraqi capital, said doctors were horrified by the casualties they found in the hospital in Hilla, about 160 kilometres south of Baghdad.
"There has been an incredible number of casualties with
very, very serious wounds in the region of Hilla," Huguenin said in
a interview by satellite telephone. "We saw that a truck was
delivering dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and
children. It was an awful sight. It was really very difficult
"At this stage we cannot comment on the nature of what happened exactly at that place . . . but it was definitely a different pattern from what we had seen in Basra or Baghdad. "There will be investigations I am sure." Baghdad and Basra are coping relatively well with the flow of wounded, said Huguenin, estimating that Baghdad hospitals have been getting about 100 wounded a day.
Most of the wounded in the two large cities have suffered superficial shrapnel wounds, with only about 15 per cent requiring internal surgery, he said. But the pattern in Hilla was completely different. "In the case of Hilla, everybody had very serious wounds and many, many of them small kids and women. We had small toddlers of two or three years of age who had lost their legs, their arms. We have called this a horror."
At least 400 people were taken to the Hilla hospital over a period of two days, he said -- far beyond its capacity. "Doctors worked around the clock to do as much as they could. They just had to manage, that was all." Comment: Lets be clear, each decapitated toddler, each disemboweled mother constitues a war crime, because this war is being fought by Bush and Blair for one thing only, economic gain.
BBC London confirms; Its the OIL: The advocates of war insist it's not about oil. But global oil production is on the brink of terminal decline and when the West begins to run short of supplies - could be a lifeline. After World War I, the oil companies carved up Iraq. Shell, BP, Exxon and Total all had stakes in the Iraq Petroleum Company. They paid pennies for each barrel of oil and built a pipeline to take it away. In 1972 the Iraqis nationalised the industry and threw the foreigners out. From then on Western oil companies could only dream of Iraq’s oil reserves - the second largest in the world. With Saddam Hussein came decades of war followed by sanctions and Iraq's massive reserves lay largely untouched. But with Hussein's regime under threat, at last there was a chance to get back in.
Dwindling discoveries: It's not greed that’s driving big oil companies - it's survival. The rate of oil discovery has been falling ever since the 1960's when 47 billion barrels a year were discovered, mostly in the Middle East. In the 70's the rate dropped to about 35 billion barrels while the industry concentrated on the North Sea. In the 80's it was Russia’s turn, and the discovery rate dropped to 24 billion. It dropped even further in the 90's as the industry concentrated on West Africa but only found some 14 billion barrels.
Shrinking production: In America, always the greediest consumer of oil, production has been falling for 30 years. Americans guzzle 20 million barrels of oil a day, but now they have to import over 60% of it. That pattern is being repeated elsewhere. Geologist Dr Colin Campbell predicted a decline in the North Sea several years ago and claims by 2015 Britain may have to import over half its oil needs. "In 1999 Britain went over the top and is declining quite rapidly," he says.
"It's now 17% down in just three years, and this pattern is set to continue. That means that Britain will soon be a net importer, imports have to rise, the costs of the imports have to rise, and even the security of supply is becoming a little uncertain," Campbell adds. In Norway the government forecasts that in the next ten years its North Sea production will halve. In Argentina oil production has been down for several years and in Columbia, which was a big producer in the 90's, production is now past its peak.
US energy security: When George Bush took power two years ago, his administration was already worried about the vulnerability of America’s oil supplies - the buzzword was ‘energy security’.
"I think it’s quite possible that the United States realises the key importance of the Middle East generally to world supply in fact, and especially its own, and that it sees Saddam Hussein as a ready-made villain," points out Campbell. "It finds this a convenient way in which to establish a military presence in the Middle East - aimed partially at Iraq by all means but with a wider significance to control the production elsewhere there." The US pushed its allies hard to support military action against Iraq. With resolution 1441 last November they seemed to be making progress. But in December America’s energy security took yet another turn for the worse. Venezuelan oil workers went on strike and oil prices soared - hitting $35 a barrel.
Iraqi oil for Iraqi people:
As preparations for war gathered pace there were massive demonstrations around the world. The widespread view that it was all about oil worried the US and British governments so much that they came up with a plan - they would safeguard Iraq’s oil for the Iraqi people. "We will make sure that Iraq’s natural resources are used for the benefit of their owners, the Iraqi people," President Bush told the world. But even if the post-Saddam regime retains control of oil exports, at least the boost in Iraqi output will provide a growing supply to the West.
For a war supposedly not about oil, military planners made a high priority of securing the oilfields. Apart from a handful of wells torched by Iraqi troops, the huge southern oilfields were taken largely intact. But other major oil-producing regions are still in Iraqi hands and there is still a danger that, as in Kuwait 12 years ago, massive sabotage may hit oil production for years to come.
Terminal decline: Whatever happens, rebuilding Iraq will be a huge job and only US companies have been invited to bid for contracts. Opposition leader Dr Salah Al-Shaikhly, of the Iraqi National Accord, admits Britain and America will benefit from helping remove Saddam. "Well definitely those who have helped us, all along, with regime change. Obviously they should have a little edge over the rest. I think even in economics, this is quite acceptable… as well as the politics."
But even if Iraq does boost its oil production ironically the effect could be short lived. Its vast reserves represent just four years of world consumption and by the time Iraqi oil is flowing freely, global oil production may already be in terminal decline. Campbell thinks the decline will start by 2010. "It starts with a price shock due to control of the market by a few countries, and it is followed by the onset of physical shortage, which just gets worse and worse and worse," he says. So if alternatives to oil are not found soon the changes could be radical. Unlimited use of cars and cheap flights around the world may well be a thing of the past. While international trade - the very basis of the global economy - will suffer.
Who Cares About Dead Iraqis? Body counts, Rummy's plan, and the grisly stuff they don't want you to seeDang that pesky collateral damage. Darn those brutal civilian deaths. Hundreds and hundreds of 'em, bloody decapitated mutilated bombed-out burned-out women and children and families, over there in Iraq. Just another irritating little side effect, doncha know, of forcibly liberating a people who didn't really ask to be liberated and who are pretty much getting reamed from both ends and aren't exactly rushing out into the streets by the grateful thousands, as we had expected (except, finally, some in Najaf -- whew!) to toss flowers at the wide-eyed and confused U.S. troops and our well-armed Christian God and His almighty Starbucks franchises.
What happened there, anyway? Just bad PR? Someone miss a memo? Did no one tell them we are the Great Liberator, the bringer of peace and calm and nice big oil conglomerates that will soon help them "manage" all their hundreds of billions' worth of delicious natural resources? Haven't they seen the joy and happiness we have brought to Afghanistan? Oh wait. Please believe it's not happening. Please ignore the actual data, the brutality, focus instead on the patriotism and the soothing sound of the war drum and the idea of liberation, as opposed to, you know, invasion. We don't want you to see. We don't want you to know. And we certainly don't want to make it easy for you to find out.
The U.S. military doesn't even "do" body counts. They actually said as much. Don't keep track of those dang dead civilians. We've got a repressed Islamic rubble-strewn nation to annihilate, they say, and a puppet government to forcibly install afterward and a whole hell of a lot of petrochemical companies lining up. We're a little busy. And we've got lots and lots of sturdy and young and mostly poor mostly patriotically deluded U.S. troops to put in harm's way in the name of power and oil and Rummy's black-eyed sneer, many of our own troops dying from our own brilliantly termed "friendly fire," and what, you think we have time to keep track of how many foreigners we sort of accidentally blow up? Please.
Hell, a few dozen families, especially mothers and children, get themselves decapitated by a U.S. missile striking a civilian market -- hey, that's not our fault, is it? After all, if Saddam hadn't been so downright evil in the first place, we wouldn't have to be invading his country and blowing up everything and killing children in the name of freeing them, and none of this would've happened, now would it? Beautiful is the logic of the Great Liberator. All hail. Except that yes, it would have happened anyway, somehow, some way, because Dick and Rummy and Wolfie and about a dozen other ultra-conservative power-mad hawks had been planning and begging for this war for years. Yes, years. Before ShrubCo. Before 9/11. Before WMDs and Dick's defibrillator and Shrub embarrassing and humiliating this nation on a global scale, daily.
They had a plot all along. Oh yes they did. Overthrowing Iraq was to be merely the first step to forcibly restructuring the entire Middle East in the image of the U.S. and its corporate power interests. Their motto: First Iraq, then total power gluttony and empire expansion and big-ass cigars for everyone. More or less. Way back in 1997, Dickie and Rummy and friends got together and drew up a vile little plan, called it the Project for the New American Century, and it included lots of info about nailing Saddam and reshaping the Middle East, along with a few other pesky countries, for good measure. According to ABC News, 18 neo-conservatives signed on to the plan. Ten of them are now in Bush's Cabinet.
And the plan was ugly and violent and military thick and war happy and it only needed a catalyst to kick it into gear, which 9/11 awkwardly provided, and a president other than too-smart Clinton to give it the smirking thumbs-up. And, lo and behold, BushCo illegally steals the presidency, and, boom -- here we are. Empire expanding, Iraqis dying. Neat! We are on plan. The Iraqi civilian body count, at the moment, stands at somewhere between 600 and 800, so far, and climbing fast, and we haven't even finished annihilating downtown Baghdad yet, and guerrilla warfare is expected to last into the summer, so you can bet that number will jump exponentially in the days and weeks to come and you can bet that no one in the major media will really talk much about it or report on it or even show you the real pictures.
Especially not that, especially not the pictures, no horrific and grisly scenes of bombs falling on civilian markets, or homes, or schools. No shots of dead women and shredded limbs and crushed children's skulls, almost no actual blood at all. Amazing, isn't it? What a nice, clean war we are inflicting. How thoughtful we are. Instead, we get scruffy journalists riding in tanks. We get grainy patriotic videophone shots of soldiers marching through dust, soldiers donning gas masks, soldiers clutching Bibles, soldiers looking absolutely dumbfounded and sad and forcibly patriotic as deep down they wonder just what the hell we are really doing over there and why they hell they can't just come home.
Oh wait, right, Saddam, big bad guy who supposedly is killing his own people with chemicals we sold to him, who has all these nasty WMDs we still can't find, who is supporting terrorists we can't verify and that even the CIA denies exist. Oh right, him. The current coverage almost makes you think all those civilian deaths aren't really happening, that we aren't really killing hundreds, soon to be thousands, of innocents, that the scowling generals and sneering Ari Fleischer must be right when they stand up there and say we're trying to minimize civilian deaths, trying to bomb and crush as gently as possible. All claiming that a trifle of collateral damage is just an unfortunate side effect, making it sound like we broke a couple dishes while cleaning up after dinner. Whoops gosh sorry about your dead family, there there now, here have some money.
No, it's not easy to find the truth, to see the real numbers or to see the true pictures of war. But there are some honest reports trickling out. Ghastly scenes of a brutalized people. A handful of reporters actually reporting on something other than troop movements and food supplies. But you have to really look. And there are pictures. True images of war available. You need a steel stomach and hardened nerves to view them, but they are, in a way, required viewing, something almost everyone should see, especially those who wave flags and think we are so righteous and good and helpful. You won't see them on CNN, or on GOP-lickin' Fox News, or even on this Web site. It's just too much. But if you want to know what Bush's little war is really inflicting, you might want to take a look. Here's just one site, from New Zealand, that's collected a number of such grisly images from foreign presses. Also includes photos of dead U.S. soldiers. Warning: Graphic content. Warning: Perspective altering. Warning: Breakfast ruining.
Oh sure they're all brutalized. Or dying. Or mutilated.
Or burned. Or bleeding. Or emotionally devastated at the loss of
their entire families to a U.S. attack. Sure they're all, you know,
dead. But hey, at least they're liberated. All hail.
But this was not to be. The Pirate class personified by Bush, Dick Cheney and Richard Perle has no stake in the domestic economy of the United States or the stabilizing institutions of the world. They war against order, to transform the American military machine into a pirate armada to amass wealth through plunder. They are not really capitalists in the "normal" sense, at all. They "invest" in elections to seize control of state mechanisms to facilitate domestic crimes with impunity and terrorize the world militarily. And they award themselves contracts for that, too.
The Pirates operate within and are the products of a society made delusional through centuries of racist plunder. The most afflicted products of this society cannot recognize facts at variance with the racist imperatives of Manifest Destiny. They cannot negotiate because they are effectively blind to the humanity of others. Objectively incompetent at analysis of non-whites and only imagining the characteristics of foreign whites, they launch wars against "enemies" whom they cannot properly assess, with a cavalier cruelty that the civilized world reserves for animals. They have no sense of guilt because in their worldview they are the embodiment of good. Their wealth and power appear to confirm their self-assessment.
How The Presstitutes Lie To America Example: How The Press Has Become A Tool Of Our Government: The following article entitled, She was 'fighting to the death ...' states: She was 'fighting to the death ...' By Susan Schmidt and Vernon Loeb Washington Post WASHINGTON - Pfc. Jessica Lynch, rescued Tuesday from an Iraqi hospital, fought fiercely and shot several enemy soldiers after Iraqi forces ambushed the Army's 507th Ordnance Maintenance company, firing her weapon until she ran out of ammunition, U.S. officials said yesterday. Lynch, 19, a supply clerk, continued firing at the Iraqis even after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds and watched several other soldiers in her unit die in fighting 11 days ago, one official said. The ambush took place after a 507th convoy took a wrong turn in the southern city of Nasiriyah.
"She was fighting to the death," the official said. "She did not want to be taken alive." Lynch was stabbed when Iraqi forces closed in on her position, the official said, noting that initial intelligence reports indicated that she had been stabbed to death.
The Reality was quite different as revealed in this reportRescued POW had no gunshot, knife wounds: father.
WASHINGTON (AFP) Apr 03, 2003 The father of rescued POW
Jessica Lynch said Thursday she suffered no gunshot or knife wounds
at the hands of her Iraqi assailants, contrary to reports quoting a
US official. While the first article is clearly a complete
fabrication attributed to "official sources" it is convincing
evidence of how our journalists have
themselves and become a part of the propaganda machine,
employed to lie and distort the truth.
Lies and other market forces "The size of the lie is a factor in causing it to be believed, for the masses are in their hearts more easily deceived than consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one."—Adolph Hitler
Even that foremost demon of the 20th century might not have imagined the U.S. regime's capacity to both tell the biggest lies and deceive the public into believing them. Hitler might be dumbfounded at the extent of dishonesty the American people have been subjected to, though not at their "primitive simplicity" in swallowing the mental junk food they have been force-fed about Iraq.
Whether or not our court appointed government of fanatics have studied Hitler's work, they've done a Hitlerian job of telling the most outrageous lies to a gullible nation. None so ridiculous as the creation of a monstrously powerful enemy, out of a crippled people and a nasty tyrant. While most of the world has seen through the distortions and propaganda, a majority of Americans have been frightened into believing stories that make the supernatural seem down to earth by comparison.
Despite no evidence to prove such things, many citizens believe that Iraq was involved in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, has tons of weapons that threaten America, and is dominated by a demon who wants to rule Planet Earth. At this point, some may think that Saddam Hussein organized the holocaust and arranged the crucifixion of Jesus. The near miracle is that so many have not succumbed to a massive brainwashing that has feverishly promoted a rationale for insanity.
The morally degrading concept of war sanitizes mass murder, by implying it means a battle among equals, with one having threatened or attacked the other. But If a 500-pound ape who beats and rapes a 90-pound woman is having a "war" with her, then the USA is having a "war" with Iraq.
Invisible Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are breathlessly headlined by mass media, while more visibly dangerous economic and social problems are in small print or ignored. An intellectually challenged regime, a morally challenged media and a spinally challenged opposition are silent about our real problems. Such realities are hidden from national awareness with the cover of fantasy terror tales. This program of Hitler-style big lies masks a reality of truthful horrors, while also denying a reality of hope for humanity. Israel's ruling Repub-Likud party, and its miserably moderate opposition, are leading the nation, and the world, towards a chaos that has nothing to do with Iraq.
Our economy is dependent on an irresponsible consumer credit binge, with Americans spending money they don't have on products they don't need, but it has become more dangerous than ever. When people are maneuvered into treating their homes as ATM machines, renewing mortgages at ever lower rates, created in order to put cash back into the marketplace, artificial affluence is created out of very real debt. National book-juggling, beyond what the swindlers at Enron or WorldCom were capable of, has made it appear that we are solvent, when in reality we are broke, and have been for some time.
In a real democracy, such knowledge would lead to a government shakeup and a revamped political process to remove control from the wealthy corporados who have brought us into this fix. So, we hear massive lies about menace from an impoverished nation, allegedly representing a horrible threat to humanity. Most of the world understands that the menace originates in the USA, and that the court appointed regime and its spineless opposition are far greater dangers than the megalomaniac dictator of Iraq.
It is amazing that the nation hasn't already succumbed to mass hysteria, given the contradictory messages it has received. Iraq disregards the UN, we are told, and that is wrong, but we can disregard the UN, and that is right. Iraq has not honored UN resolutions, so it must be bombed; Israel has broken UN rules far more often, so it must receive more American tax dollars. Praise the lord, and pass the Prozac.
While our market fundamentalist leaders follow the patriotic teachings of the declaration of ignorance and the protocols of the elders of stupidity, the world grows more frightened, but hopefully aware that only international cooperation can stop this malevolent force that threatens the entire global community.
An America which was getting sympathy from much of the world after 9/11—at least, the official world—has transformed that support into deep rooted antagonism. As we further brutalize the suffering people of Iraq, and Palestine, the next bloody act of terror in the USA, whenever it happens, may be welcomed by the rest of the world. We owe this turnabout to a despicable leadership which shames us with its dishonesty, but our complicity makes it worse.
Americans may be the last to learn exactly what their government is up to, but a substantial minority of them are working to join with those worldwide who demand peace now and, in the long term, a better world for all of humanity. The present shattering of international and moral laws is nothing new, but its outright blatancy may lead to a greater urge for democracy and disgust with those who make it impossible.
This rogue regime continues a race war on nonwhite
people, while it mortgages the global future to profit a rich,
white minority. It "borrows" time, space and money it cannot repay,
to support a system the world can no longer afford. Its big lies
need to be countered by bigger truths that defeat the new Nazis of
corporate capital, before they destroy all of us.
US firms slash 108,000 jobs; unemployment rate at 5.8
percent War-paralyzed US businesses slashed 108,000 jobs in
March, but the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent. The
job losses in the non-farm sector were about twice as steep as had
been predicted by Wall Street analysts. The unemployment rate had
been expected to edge higher.In February, companies cut 357,000
jobs, even more than first estimated, the Labor Department
Five die in checkpoint 'suicide attack' Five people died last night in what US officials have described as a suicide attack, it was announced today. A civilian vehicle blew up last night at a checkpoint manned by US-led forces in western Iraq. "Last night approximately 18 km (11 miles) from Haditha dam in Iraq, a civilian vehicle approached a coalition checkpoint. A pregnant female stepped out of the vehicle and began screaming in fear," a statement from central command in Qatar said.
"At this point the civilian vehicle exploded, killing
three coalition force members who were approaching the vehicle and
wounding two others. The pregnant female and the driver of the
vehicle were also killed in the attack." The nationality of the
troops was unclear. The incident was north-west of Baghdad in an
area where special forces are present, but US-led forces are thin
on the ground. "We are treating it as another desperate act of a
dying regime that knows they're in trouble. It's unconventional
warfare that continues to be used by the Iraqi regime," US marine
captain Stewart Upton told Reuters. Comment: Who decides what is "conventional warfare"? Is
it solely for the US to name its cruise missiles, that blow
civilians to shreads, "conventional" and therefore acceptable, and
to outlaw any other means that the Iraqis use as "unconventional"
and therfore unacceptable? We should remember that the US and UK
are an invading force, with massively superior firepower. Just like
the Palestinains, it is the brutality of the Americans "surgical
strikes" from 35,000 feet or miles away that force the Iraqis to
resort to such drastic measures.
Police say man kept wife chained in yard A San Antonio man who allegedly padlocked his wife to a 30-foot dog chain in the backyard was in jail himself Friday. One end of the chain was padlocked to 45-year-old Patricia Thomason's neck, and the other end was attached to a car where her husband Jerry Thomason, 41, was sleeping when police arrested him Thursday at their home. Firefighters used bolt cutters to remove the chain that was wrapped around the woman's neck and padlocked. She was treated and released later at a hospital. Police are not sure how long she had been chained up.
Neighbors said the bizarre situation began when the woman
told her husband she wanted to leave him. "He also had her in a
cage, chained up in a cage, because he didn't want her to leave"
neighbor Yolanda Esquivel told WOAI radio. Another neighbor who
asked that his name not be used said Thomason had "said before he'd
keep her in a cage if he had to." A neighbor had alerted police
early Thursday that Patricia Thomason had a chain around her neck
when the couple dropped off their two sons, ages 11 and 14, at a
school. The arrest came later in the day at the couple's home.
Thomason's children were staying with their maternal grandmother,
police said. Jerry Thomason was arrested on a charge of aggravated
assault with bodily injury, and unlawful restraint. His bond was
set at $35,000. Police said the couple had been married for 15
Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports from one ITV journalist that an arrest has been made in connection with the alleged "execution" of two British soldiers. Mr Blair got himself in political hot water in his Camp David press conference with the US president, George Bush, last week when he denounced the supposed execution of the two men - despite the army having told their relatives that they died in active combat. In his TV interview, Mr Blair said British and US troops had done "everything possible" to minimise the number of innocent Iraqis killed in the conflict, adding that no civilian sites had been targeted.
At least 15 died and dozens were injured on March 26 in what the Iraqis said was a coalition missile attack in a suburban market in the north of Baghdad. The coalition has repeatedly said there was no evidence that one of its missiles had caused the destruction, and suggested it might have been an Iraqi air defence missile that missed its target and fell back to earth. Mr Blair urged people to be wary of the reports coming out of Iraq about civilian casualties. "I would ask people to be cautious of these reports.
"The Baghdad street market bombings, for example - we are
sure that the first one is not coalition forces, we are still
trying to check out the second one," he said. "I understand why,
when people see the carnage and the bloodshed, they feel very angry
about it. "But I ask people not to treat these reports as correct
until they are actually proven. "There will be innocent civilians
that are killed but we have done everything we possibly can to
minimise this," he said. In his leaflet being handed out by troops
on the ground in Iraq, the prime minister promises that: "Our
troops will leave as soon as they can. They will not stay a day
longer than necessary." Comment: Again we see the ability and willingness of
these so called "leaders" to stand up in public and lie to the
world without even a hint of guilt or remorse. Blair states
"categorically" that he and Bush are not responsible for the deaths
of the innocent civilians in the market bombings and asks people to
"be cautious of these reports". I would like to state categorically
that the fragment from the missle found in the market bomb of 28th
march bore numbers that
were traced back to a factory in McKinney, Texas owned by
the Raytheon Company which produces a number of military weapons,
among them AGM-129 missles, that are used in a released by B-52
bombers. In light of this I was ask the public to be VERY cautious
of ANYTHING that comes out of Bush or Blair's mouth.
I suppose by the same token, Iraq's Minister of Information Mohammed Saeed Al Sahaf could screen equally grotesque and distressing images of Iraqi babies, born with deformities due to America and Britain's use of depleted uranium during the 1991 Gulf War if he felt so disposed. Or he could go even further back to show Vietnamese civilians disfigured by American napalm. As it happens, Al Sahaf doesn't need to resort to historical perspectives. The televising of the suffering of more current victims of U.S. aggression speaks for itself. Against the "advice" of the U.S. administration, independent reporters–as opposed to those in bed with the coalition forces–are still reporting out of Baghdad. The result is not to the liking of the Bush/Blair camp.
We, the public, were not supposed to see a resolute young boy, victim of a market bombing, making a victory sign with his one remaining hand, his other arm having just been amputated–one of the bravest acts I've ever witnessed. Joe public was not destined to see the baby wincing while shrapnel was being removed from her face, the little girl who now has a stump instead of a leg, the infant which was burned over two thirds of its tiny body, or hear the despairing wails of those parents who had just seen the remains of their loved ones on the cold trays of a hospital morgue.
We were also not supposed to view the petrified expressions of the "invincible" American military personnel in the hands of the Iraqis, and we were not supposed to know that allied planes and helicopters have been downed, or see the corpses of British soldiers. Those corpses were used not only by the Iraqis as a propaganda tool but also by the British prime minister when, without a scrap of evidence, he accused the Iraqi regime of having executed the two unfortunates before launching himself into a tirade against the evils of Saddam.
Little did he know, the families of the two "executed" soldiers had already been informed by comrades-in-arms of their loved ones that the soldiers had lost their lives in the heat of battle. Blair left it to a junior minister to offer a half-hearted apology the next day. Theirs was to have been a sanitised war. In the same fashion as the liberating armies freed the city of Paris at the end of World War II and were greeted rapturously as heroes, we were to see the American and British occupying armies welcomed by the long-suffering Iraqis.
That hasn't worked out. The Baghdad-based international press corps didn't flee in terror and neither did the Iraqi information minister and, as a result, Iraq's television station has been pounded and the ministry of information destroyed, the former arguably a war crime. Hoping for a free rein in the propaganda stakes, George Bush tells us that an Iraqi woman who waved to allied troops was hanged. Other collaborators get their tongues cut out and are made to sit in market squares, he says. The idea of Iraqis hanging their womenfolk, for those of us who have spent time in the Arab world, requires a huge stretch of the imagination. For those who dance to sound bites, his words will resonate.
Sadly for Bush, Iraqi television manages to resurrect itself after every attack, the information minister pops up again with a wry smile and even during the times it is unavoidably off-air, its material is often re-broadcast by Al Jazeera, once again the subject of heated controversy. The embedded media tells us that the residents of Basra are being shot at by militias attempting to keep them within the city's parameters as human shields, but this does not explain how so many hundreds are walking out of Basra each day, and what is more to the point . . . eager to get back inside the city.
Let's cut to the bottom line. The Iraqis don't want to be "liberated". They don't want an invading western force stomping all over their land and dropping their state-of-the-art bombs, destroying lives, homes, and depriving them of water and electricity. The Shia population of the South was thought to be a pushover, but there has been a gross miscalculation. They rose up against the Iraqi regime during the Gulf War, but were later abandoned by the allies, left to face the bloody consequences of their insurgency alone.
This time around, the arrival of American and British troops on Iraqi soil is being seen, rightly or wrongly, throughout the Muslim world as the outcome of George Bush's unfortunate use of the word "crusade"–a war against Islam. A militant pan-Arab fervour is building on the streets of Cairo, Amman and Damascus. Shia clerics in Beirut, Baghdad and Najaf have issued fatwas telling their people to fight the infidel invaders. Hundreds, if not thousands of young Muslim men enthused with the call to jihad are crossing Iraq's borders prepared to offer their lives to the cause.
Saddam Hussein, once detested by all and sundry, has metamorphosed into Salah Eddin, his picture carried on high by demonstrators offering him their blood and even their souls. Nervous Arab leaders appeal to Bush and Blair to stop the war before it's too late. Do they listen? Do camels do pirouettes? Even while their front line cavalry members are reduced to one meal a day because its supply lines have been cut off, and their generals mutter that there are not enough troops in theatre for a successful outcome, it's carry on propaganda time.
They tell the frustrated reporters who dutifully turn up for Pentagon press briefings in Qatar that all is going swimmingly and victory is certain. When asked about their errant missiles killing innocents in Baghdad market places, they say that they're investigating. After incidents of friendly fire, their investigations are strangely speedier, nay, almost instantaneous. Apologies swiftly ensue. Naturally, while thousands of missiles have been targeted on Baghdad why, on earth would we suppose that two were responsible for the market explosions? Ah, yes. These are laser or satellite-guided smart bombs. Not smart enough to avoid falling down in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran but on a Baghdad souk? Impossible. Must have been that dastardly Saddam again.
The credibility of the American and British administrations is being severely eroded both in Iraq and around the world. Their leaflets promised the Iraqis in the south supplies of food and water and we were shown a distraught woman with four children waving one daily army ration, asking how could she feed her family on that. In the town of Safwan bordering Kuwait, aid packages were chucked out of the backs of lorries, rather like throwing dollar notes amid the shoppers of Manhattan, leading to an inevitable free-for-all scrum. Women, children and the elderly were left without.
We were regaled with the much publicised docking of the Sir Galahad into the port of Umm Qasr carrying just enough supplies to put a sticking plaster on the wound. Then what do we hear during an Iraqi briefing? "The British, not the Americans but the British," said Al Sahaf, destroyed warehouses in Basra containing baby milk, sugar, tea and cooking oil. This was confirmed by a Reuters' report, which said that an Al Jazeera cameraman went missing while he was filming this incident. Al Jazeera again! No wonder its Kabul office was bombed by the U.S!
If the British army did, indeed, destroy warehouses of food, then this is certainly one of the most shocking incidents of this unjust war. It means that the coalition is paying lip service to caring for the needs of the Iraqi people. It means that they are prepared to lay siege to Basra forcing its residents to quit the city so as to be rewarded with American and British largesse. The U.S. Assistant Defence Secretary can then put forward in one of her press briefings how Saddam Hussein had been starving his people, fortunately saved by the benevolence of the Americans and the British.
Like the elusive Osama bin Laden, Saddam's weapons of
mass destruction could also be relegated to the annals of history.
Judging by the comments of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, it
could be next stop Syria. Now that Al Qaida has been "eliminated",
and Iraq on its way to being "disarmed", Syria's night-goggle
vendors should beware. And so should the rest of us.
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