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June 4, 2003
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IMPEACH GEORGE BUSH!
"In the beginning of a
"Fear not the path of
"I read the news today, oh
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 outside.
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.
"It is dangerous to be
right in matters on which the established authorities are
Faith of consciousness is
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.'
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June 2, 2003 IT IS SAID that each of society's institutions is a crystallization of the dominant values of the culture. If so, we appear to be living in the time of the lie.
Falsehoods perpetrated by journalists have been much in the news of late, and confidence in the veracity of those who inform us is at a low point. Not so long ago it was the business world that appeared at the forefront of lying as Enron, WorldCom and Arthur Andersen became familiar names.
The military in the recent action in Iraq treated us to the Jessica Lynch POW rescue, which turned out to be an elaborate fabrication notable for its absence of enemy soldiers, not to mention the disappearing gunshot and stab wounds that she was alleged to have suffered.
Lying has traditionally been seen as an inevitable part of politics. A recent study by political scientists in Britain said, "Politics should be regarded as less like an exercise in producing truthful statements and more like a poker game" in which deception is understood.
This cynical view appears to be implicitly endorsed by the current administration, which has so inundated us with lies that most of them pass unnoticed. Unlike the lies about sex that are the legacy of our previous president, the ones being perpetrated by Bush & Co. appear more consequential.
The central rationale behind the invasion of Iraq was the certain threat posed by its weapons of mass destruction, including the imminent development of a nuclear capability.
In the aftermath of the war, we are left with the argument that while we have found no significant evidence of chemical, biological or nuclear weaponry, Saddam Hussein was a despot who mistreated his own people and the war was therefore justified. Contrary to the administration's prewar claims, the CIA, FBI and British intelligence have found no link between al-Qaida and Iraq.
On the home front, President Bush proclaimed that a report by leading economists concluded that the economy would grow by 3.3 percent in 2003 if his tax cut proposals were adopted. No such report exists.
To explain why he has turned a $236 billion budget surplus into a projected $307 billion deficit in 2004, the president claimed that he had said during the campaign that he would allow the federal budget to go into deficit in times of war, recession or national emergency but never imagined he would have a "trifecta." Actually, Mr. Bush never made such a campaign statement. These three caveats on deficits were promulgated by Al Gore.
While Richard Nixon set the standard on presidential lying, it was Ronald Reagan who seemed to blur the lines between fiction and reality, as when he told anecdotes from movie plots as if they had really happened.
Listen to President Bush in December 2001 explaining publicly how he learned about the terrorist attacks three months before: "I was in Florida. And ... I was sitting outside [an elementary school] classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower - the TV was obviously on, and I used to fly myself, and I said, 'There's one terrible pilot.'"
This account is obviously false since network cameras were not trained on the towers at the time the first airliner hit; it was only later that amateur video of this event was broadcast.
The president also said to the father of twins, "I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war." Mr. Bush was a member of the Texas Air National Guard between 1968 and 1973 and never left the country in pursuit of his duties.
too facile to say that all politicians lie and that leaders
commonly deceive in pursuit of their goals. We are entitled to
expect more from someone who campaigned on a pledge to "restore
integrity to the White House."
people who founded this country promised more than their lives and
fortunes to the risky cause of independence. They pledged their
sacred honor. Should we expect less from the leaders of today?
1st Class Doug Sample
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2003 — "If there is anyone in the world today who doubts the seriousness of the Bush Doctrine, I would urge that person to consider the fate of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq," Vice President Richard Cheney told an applauding 2003 West Point graduating class May 31. [...]
[...]"the United States has freed two nations from oppression and terror."
"We destroyed the al Qaeda's grip on Afghanistan, removed the repressive Taliban regime from power, and nearly half of al Qaeda's leadership has been captured or killed. In Iraq, a regime that supported terrorists, brutalized its own people and threatened its neighbors and the peace of the world is no more," Cheney said. [...]
"We cannot allow ourselves to grow complacent," he said. "We cannot forget that the terrorists remain determined to kill as many Americans as possible, both abroad and here at home, and they are still seeking weapons of mass destruction to use against us.
"With such an enemy, no peace treaty is possible; no policy of containment or deterrence will prove effective. The only way to deal with this threat is to destroy it, completely and utterly."
[...]"To defend our country from terrorists and terror states, the American armed forces will continue to gain in speed, agility, precision, and every advantage we need to dominate the field of battle," he said.
"The military," he said, "displayed vast new capabilities (in Iraq) that were not yet operational 12 years ago when I was Secretary of Defense. With less than half the ground forces used in Desert Storm, and two-thirds of the air power, our military achieved a far more difficult objective in less time and with fewer casualties."
Cheney told the class that historians and military planners will study the battles in Iraq for years to come, but he said the "basic reasons" for U.S. success is already known: "The most obvious factor was speed," he noted.
"Our soldiers and Marines raced to Baghdad across 350 miles of hostile terrain in one of the fastest advances in history," he said. [...]
"With our victory in Iraq, we have removed a threat to our country and to our friends in the region. And all nations, friend and foe alike, can be certain that the United States military is second to none, and our commander –in chief is indeed a man of his word." [...]
Brace yourself. It sounds like this "Bush Doctrine" is being used
to implement perpetual war for secret reasons where deception is
key to shoving it onto the world stage. Some "basic reasons" this
war will talked for those of us who don't plan battles will be, the
senseless slaughter of civilians, the ensuing turmoil, and the lies
before, after and during by the Bush clan and the media, and the
potential trigger for increased terrorism the world over. To
understand some of the implications of the "Bush doctrine" check
out these flash presentations:
While the hawks in the Bush administration attempt to justify the logic behind a preemptive strike against Iraq now that its become clear the country's alleged weapons of mass destruction are nowhere to be found, the true reasons for going to war are finally coming to light.
In his State of the Union address in January, President Bush said intelligence reports from the CIA and the FBI indicated that Saddam Hussein "had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent," which put the United States in imminent danger of possibly being attacked sometime in the future.
Two months later, despite no concrete evidence from intelligence officials or United Nations inspectors that these weapons existed, Bush authorized the use of military force to decimate the country and destroy Saddam Hussein's regime.
Now it appears the weapons of mass destruction will never be found and many critics of the war are starting to wonder aloud whether the community was duped by the Bush administration.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, both of who spent a better part of the past decade advocating the use of military force against Iraq, put the issue to rest once and for all.
Judging by recent interviews Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz gave to a handful of media outlets during the past week, the short answer is yes, the public was misled into believing Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz admit that the war with Iraq was planned two days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. [...]
Comment: Indeed, at some stage as the NWO comes fully into being, there is no longer a need for pretense or charade. With the rigging of elections, complete media control, and a population that is such a "push over", Rumsfeld and Co. can afford to be open and honest for a change. They can admit, "yes we lied about Iraq, yes, we rigged the election, yes we knew about 9/11," because the bottom line is that none of us can do anything about it. Think about it. The American people are as helpless as Chileans were under Pinochet. You shut up and accept it, or your shut up and accept it. It's that simple.
And anyone who talks about an "intelligence failure" is missing the point. The problem lay not with intelligence professionals, but with the Bush and Blair administrations. They wanted a war, so they demanded reports supporting their case, while dismissing contrary evidence.
In Britain, the news media have not been shy about drawing the obvious implications, and the outrage has not been limited to war opponents. The Times of London was ardently pro-war; nonetheless, it ran an analysis under the headline "Lie Another Day." The paper drew parallels between the selling of the war and other misleading claims: "The government is seen as having `spun' the threat from Saddam's weapons just as it spins everything else."
Yet few have made the same argument in this country, even though "spin" is far too mild a word for what the Bush administration does, all the time. Suggestions that the public was manipulated into supporting an Iraq war gain credibility from the fact that misrepresentation and deception are standard operating procedure for this administration, which - to an extent never before seen in U.S. history - systematically and brazenly distorts the facts. [...]
RATIONALE FOR INVASION CHALLENGED
WASHINGTON -Some of
President Bush's top advisers, who had hoped the war in Iraq would
be the turning point in the battle against terrorism and the
centerpiece of the president's re-election campaign, fear it is
instead becoming a political, diplomatic and military mess.
WASHINGTON — The former civilian head of the Army said Monday it is time for the Pentagon to admit that the military is in for a long occupation of Iraq that will require a major commitment of American troops.
Former Army secretary Thomas White said in an interview that senior Defense officials "are unwilling to come to grips" with the scale of the postwar U.S. obligation in Iraq. The Pentagon has about 150,000 troops in Iraq and recently announced that the Army's 3rd Infantry Division's stay there has been extended indefinitely. [...]
By Andrew Marshall
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of sacked Iraqi soldiers swarmed angrily around U.S. headquarters in Baghdad on Monday, as squabbling tribal leaders told the Americans they could face war if they did not leave soon.
"The entire Iraqi people is a time bomb that will blow up in the Americans' face if they don't end their occupation," tribal chief Riyadh al-Asadi told Reuters after meeting a U.S. official for talks on the future of Iraq after Saddam Hussein. [...]
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 Posted: 22:38 GMT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- More than a decade of suspicions about Iraq's missile industry and its capabilities for delivering weapons of mass destruction could be investigated quickly now that American forces control the country.
But no U.S. weapons hunters or intelligence officials have visited the heart of Iraq's missile programs -- the state-owned al-Fatah company in Baghdad, which designed all the rockets Saddam Hussein's troops fired in 1991 and again this year. Not only that, it's not even on their agenda.
"We have the most sensitive documents here," said Marouf al-Chalabi, director-general of al-Fatah. "We were sure the Americans would target us but they haven't even dropped by."
Looters, however, have ransacked the place. The three-building complex has been stripped of everything from drafting tables to light switches.
Among the few things left behind, though, are what U.N. inspectors long believed existed but never obtained: design plans and test results for every missile system and warhead the Iraqis developed.
Plans for rocket engines, guidance systems and even missile warheads are strewn across the dusty office floors and swirl in the parking lot outside. Some have been blown into nearby bushes. "They're scattered everywhere," al-Chalabi said, marveling at the mess. [...]
Al-Chalabi, who studied engineering at the University of Colorado from 1964 to 1969, is convinced none will be found. He said he showed U.N. inspectors everything he had and was ordered by Saddam not to violate U.N. resolutions.
"We don't have those weapons. I think they must know this by now," al-Chalabi said. "I even signed a paper that said I would be executed if I violated the range fixed by the U.N. resolutions."
intelligence 'rogue elements' in weapons
As the pressure built on the Prime Minister, John Reid, the Leader of the Commons, launched an extraordinary attack on parts of the security services. He told The Times: "There have been uncorroborated briefings by a potentially rogue element or indeed rogue elements in the intelligence services. I find it difficult to grasp why this should be believed against the word of the British Prime Minister and the head of the Joint Intelligence Committee."
Dr Reid repeated his claim today and called on critics to "put up or shut up". There was "15 years of evidence" that Saddam had such weapons, he said.
He told the BBC Breakfast programme that no one had a greater respect than him for the security services after his experience in Northern Ireland and at the Ministry of Defence.
"What has happened over the past week has been as big an attack on the leadership of those security services and intelligence services as it has on the Prime Minister," he said.
"We have now had five days during which the allegation is made that not only has the Prime Minister and people like myself and the Cabinet been dishonest and duplicitous in deceiving our Cabinet colleagues or Parliament ... but also that the chairman of the joint intelligence committee, and the joint intelligence committee itself ... allowed their integrity to be impeached, allowed evidence to be misrepresented ... these are scurrilous attacks on people who have served this country," he said.
His intervention came after it became clear that the all-party Foreign Affairs Select Committee is to launch an inquiry which will focus on whether the Foreign Office and the Government "presented accurate and complete information to Parliament in the period leading up to military action in Iraq, particularly in relation to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction".
mentioned in yesterday's Signs of the Times page, there does indeed
seem to be some "rogue elements" at work here. When Dr. Reid above
mentions that the origin is likely within the British secret
service (MI5, MI6) and that he has great respect for them,
referencing their work in Northern Ireland, he is likely telling
the truth. These are the agencies that effectively perpetuated the
conflict in Northern Ireland, using the dirtiest of tricks and to
this day seek to keep the opposing political factions at each
others throats, thwarting any truly just settlement to the
conflict. When dealing with these types of people, all morality and
convention goes out the window. In the compromised position that
Blair and the British cabinet find themselves at present (probably
as a result of the same secret services), they are right to have
"respect" for these people, however it is a respect that is given
not out of admiration but fear.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but
WASHINGTON - When all three major US newsweeklies - Time, Newsweek and US News & World Report - run major features on the same day on possible government lying, you can bet you have the makings of a major scandal.
And when the two most important outlets of neo-conservative opinion - The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal - come out on the same days with lead editorials spluttering outrage about suggestions of government lying, you can bet that things are going to get very hot as summer approaches in Washington.
The controversy over whether the administration of President George W Bush either exaggerated or lied about evidence that it said it had about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq before the US-led invasion has mushroomed over the past week.
"This is potentially very serious," said one Congressional aide. "If it's shown we went to war because of intelligence that was 'cooked' by the administration, heads will have to roll, and not just little heads, big ones."
The administration was already on the defensive last week as the controversy took off in Europe, particularly in Britain where Prime Minister Tony Blair found himself assailed from all directions for either willfully exaggerating the intelligence himself or being "suckered", as his former foreign minister Robin Cook called it this weekend, by Washington's neo-conservative hawks, who started agitating for war even before the dust settled in lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Matters took a turn for the worse when the London Guardian reported the existence of a transcript, obviously leaked from a senior British official, of an exchange at the Waldorf Hotel in New York between US Secretary of State Colin Powell and British Foreign Minister Jack Straw just before Powell's presentation of the evidence against Iraq before the United Nations Security Council February 5.
It quotes Powell, whose forceful case to the council was decisive in persuading US public opinion that Baghdad represented a serious threat, as being "apprehensive" about the evidence presented to him by the intelligence agencies. He reportedly expressed the hope that the actual facts, when they came out, would not "explode in their faces". (At a Rome press conference on Monday, Powell insisted that he considered the evidence "overwhelming" when he spoke before the council.)
But it appears that Powell's musing was accurate, as, after almost two months in uncontested control of Iraq, US troops and investigators have failed to come up with concrete evidence of an Iraqi WMD program, let alone an actual weapon.
The scenario of an uneasy Powell received a major boost in the accounts of the three newsweeklies. US News reported, for example, that during a rehearsal of Powell's presentation at Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters on February 1, the normally mild-mannered retired general at one point "tossed several pages in the air. 'I'm not reading this', he declared. 'This is bullshit'."
The same magazine also reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) formally concluded that "there is no reliable information on whether Iraq is producing and stockpiling chemical weapons" in September 2002, just as Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld was telling Congress that the Baghdad "regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, sarin, cyclosarin and mustard gas".
The accounts of Newsweek and Time were similarly damning. One "informed military source" told Newsweek that when the US Central Command (CENTCOM) asked the CIA for specific WMD targets that should be destroyed in the first stages of the invasion, the agency only complied reluctantly. But what it provided "was crap", a CENTCOM planner told the magazine, consisting mainly of buildings that were bombed in the first Gulf War in 1991.
If true, that contradicts a series of bald assertions by administration officials and their supporters over the last nine months. "Simply stated," Vice President Dick Cheney declared in the first call to arms last August, "there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction".
know where [the WMD] are," declared Rumsfeld in a television
interview March 30, well into the first week of the war. "They're
in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and
north somewhat." He has since retreated from that certainty,
suggesting last week that the Iraqis "may have had time to destroy
them, and I don't know the answer".
William Rivers Pitt
In September of 2002, fully six months before George W. Bush attacked Iraq, I published a small book entitled "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know." The essential premise of the book was that the threats surrounding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were wildly overblown by the Bush administration for purely political reasons. [...]
This was a straightforward argument, set against stern and unrelenting prophesies of doom from Bush administration officials, and from Bush himself. I can tell you, as the writer, that it was a tough sell. The facts contained in the book were absolutely accurate, as has been proven in the aftermath of war, but Americans are funny. They fall for Hitler's maxim on lies over and over again: "The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one." Over and over and over and over and over again, the American people were told that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction practically falling out of his ears. The American people were told that Hussein was giving away these weapons to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda the way you and I might give away birthday presents. [...]
Once upon a time, we impeached a sitting President for lying under oath about sexual trysts. No one died, no one had their legs or arms or face or genitals blown off because of the lies of a President who had been caught with his pants down. Today in America, we endure a sitting President who lied for months about the threat posed by a sovereign nation. That nation was invaded and attacked, and thousands died because of it. The aftereffects of this action will be felt for generations to come. The very democracy which gives us meaning as a country has been put in peril by these deeds. When the smoke cleared, every reason for that war was proven to be a lie.
Of course, there will be no impeachment with a Republican Congress. This must not dissuade us from demanding satisfaction. Let the House be brought to order. Gavel the members to attention, and let the evidence be brought forth. Let there be justice for the living and the dead. Let this man Bush be impeached and cleansed from office for the lies he has told. These are not innocent lies. The dead remember.
Comment: They are certainly not innocent lies. Neither are the ones that the American people tell themselves about their country's psychotic neo-con leaders. All Americans are responsible for their country's imperialist actions if they refuse to recognise the reality of the situation. Can something be done? it is difficult to say, but before we can contemplate what we can do we have to want to SEE the truth, or in this case, the horror of the situation.
Driving long distances in the Washington, D.C. area has one advantage--C-Span radio is good company. I am unsure as to how its signal will be affected by the FCC handover of the airwaves to media wolves today, but C-Span served me well yesterday. For I was able to listen to all the FCC commissioners speak in defense of their votes to loosen media ownership rules.
Many others far more knowledgeable than I about media and FCC law will cover the technicalities of the Commission's decision. I am more concerned with the rhetoric of the majority and their gleeful pronouncement that they didn't give a damn what the American people thought or wanted. So much for the FCC representing the public interest. Their public, obviously, is Rupert Murdoch and friends.
The schism between Americans was obvious in the Commissioners' comments and votes. Though it had 3 votes needed to change the rules, the majority ignored 750,000 public comments, 150 congressional representatives, and groups like the NRA, NOW, and Common Cause, which were opposed to the decision. The arrogance of the majority mirrors the arrogance of the majority in the U.S. Congress. [...]
The majority decision was based on facts and logic; the dissenters, they said, were well meaning but misguided by the same emotions and fear of Americans who were against the hijacking of the airwaves. Fools they, and fools we, Abernathy said. History will prove Americans wrong, and the three who know better than we what is in our public interest chose the right path for us. Monopolistic control of the media will benefit diversity of views (there is that Bush regime Alice-in-Wonderland logic again). [...]
Having just returned from Washington, DC, I was shocked by the insularity of the "inside the beltway" crowd that runs America today. I had been there from 1980 through 1995, and had seen an insularity then, but nothing like that of today. This insularity, and closed situation is complimented these days by armed troops, police and plain clothes operatives near every major landmark, barricades, street closings and the general gloom of a police state under siege. In fact, it reminded me more of a Third World country than the D.C. I lived in; also, a little like Tel Aviv or Jerusalem--with all the trappings of patriotism and power, guarded by security because the alleged democracy had failed.
At this time, I feel our democracy has failed and is going to go even further into the tank. As of today, all the bricks of the wall will be in place for total domination of the American public--and even, perhaps much of the world. I say the "world" because these news allowances for an oligopoly in media will allow Rupert "Faux News" Murdoch, control over all the satellite news and sports transmissions in the world with the other "major networks" getting the chance to gobble up all other competition that still exists in TV and radio. This will all be courtesy of the FCC, which is led by Michael Powell and two other very right wing commissioners who have tried to keep their work secret--though it was supposed to be open with major public hearings throughout the USA.
Today, the Bush controlled FCC is going to put the final brick in place for fascistic control of the American people. Up to now, it has been Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and their war policies and their endless wars against "terrorism", with Ashcroft and his minions attacking civil and human rights unseen since the days of the Nazi's in Germany, and now Michael Powell, the son of the servile Colin Powell, is handing unlimited media power to a small few who will continue supporting the Bush fascistic causes. [...]
[...]Anyhow, last Tuesday, when the terror alert was raised to orange, CNN pandered to the fear in all of us. In reporting the story, the network split the screen in quarters and showed us San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Chicago’s Sears Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle and the White House and Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
Intermittently, the images stayed on the screen throughout the afternoon. The spoken message was that terrorists may be plotting to attack any of those national landmarks.
The words that accompany the images are almost invariably spoken in a tone guaranteed to produce hysteria, not preparedness.
The unspoken message is that CNN has cameras in place to show you the impending destruction of America. You need not miss one second of terrorist attacks. You’ll be able to see them on CNN, “the most trusted name in news.”
This is journalistic voyeurism and fear-mongering, an unfortunate part of today’s “tell-me-now” mentality. The 24/7 coverage of the war in Iraq was filled with that too. The luxury of perspective has been replaced by the demand for immediacy, not always a good tradeoff.
The sky is not falling. Not yet.
But when it does, you'll see it live. Hope that makes you feel more secure in America.
June 4, 12:43 AM
Bush heard strong Arab statements of support for the internationally drafted peace roadmap at a summit in Egypt, which included Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas, whom he met for the first time.
"We welcome the roadmap," Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on behalf of Abbas and four other Arab leaders at a press conference with Bush. "We particularly appreciate the strong commitment of President Bush to implement it in full."
The roadmap, drafted by the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, outlines steps both the Israelis and Palestinians must take to end 32 months of violence and create a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel by 2005.
Israel was not represented at the meeting here, but Bush is scheduled to hold another summit in Jordan's Red Sea resort of Aqaba on Wednesday, with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. [...]
June 4, 2003 6:06 am (Singapore time)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will tell US President George W. Bush in Jordan on Wednesday that he plans to dismantle about 10 Jewish settlement outposts to advance the peace roadmap, Israeli public television reported.
According to the Israeli group Peace Now, there are 102 West Bank outposts, many of them just a few homes or an antenna position.
addition, there are 150 more established settlements which house
about 230,000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza. [...]
Israel's Deputy Defence Minister Zeev Boim said on Monday that 'at most' around 10 outposts built on Palestinian land would be dismantled.
The Israeli movement Peace Now, which opposes the policy of settlements, estimates that more than 60 such outposts -- some of them not inhabited -- have been set up since Mr Sharon came to power in March 2001. [...]
Has Sharon set a trap for
its sequel. “Matrix Reloaded,” offer a useful analogy
for anyone trying to make sense of the chasm that has opened
between what’s real and what Americans perceive is real. Like
the science-fiction world of the two movies, a false reality is
being pulled daily over people’s eyes, often through what
they see and hear on their TV screens. Facts have lost value. Logic
Many Americans so enjoyed the TV-driven nationalism of the Iraq War, for instance, that they didn't’t want it spoiled by reality. During the conflict, they objected to news outlets showing mangled bodies or wounded children or U.S. POWs. Presenting the ugly face of war was seen as unpatriotic or somehow disloyal to “the troops.” Only positive images were welcome and dissent was deemed almost treasonous.
Now, even as U.S. forces in Iraq slide closer to the guerrilla-war quagmire that some skeptics predicted, Americans continue to say they trust George W. Bush to handle the situation. Some military analysts close to the Bush administration are beginning to feel differently, however. “We’re hanging on by our fingernails,” one told me recently.
But Americans still prefer to feel good about the war. They want to believe that the U.S. invasion was just, and that Saddam Hussein really was poised to use weapons of mass destruction. By large majorities, Americans either believe that these weapons have already been found or they don’t care that the Bush administration may have misled the world. [...]
'more popular than Bush'
Blair is more respected as a world statesman by the people of the
United States than George W Bush, a poll suggests.
Mr Blair was also the most trusted world leader in Australia and Canada - but not in his own country, where he was just beaten by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Mr Annan was the most trusted leader in a number of other countries, including Brazil, South Korea, Italy and Spain, while Mr Bush was the most trusted leader only in Israel.
Disillusion with US - and UN
The results generally suggest an increasing polarisation of world opinion as a result of the squabble over the Iraq war.
Compared with one year ago, the number of people having a favourable view of the United States has declined sharply, especially in Germany, France and Russia - countries whose governments opposed the war.
But the fall has been particularly marked in the Muslim world, where only 38% of Nigerian Muslims, 15% of people in Turkey and Indonesia, and 12% of Pakistanis have a favourable view of the US.
Among the countries surveyed, only Great Britain, Canada, Italy and Australia have a positive view of America. [...]
Comment: We have included the above article only to highlight the ridiculousness of such polls. A poll of equal weight and significance is presented here to clarify the point:
A survey of 100 sheep was
conducted. The results of the survey are as follows:
When asked if they thought
grass was "good" or "quite nice":
Designers of the poll initially considered asking the question "Do you understand the term "abattoir". However it was agreed that this question would have no relevance to the individuals polled.
The results of the poll suggest that sheep, like humans, have absolutely no idea of what is happening in the world around them, and generally just prefer to eat grass.
Tue June 3, 2003 06:58 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior official of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas said on Tuesday the group would stop attacks on Israelis if it had guarantees of a gradual Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territory.
Ismail Abu Shanab, in an interview with ABC's "Nightline" program, said the United States should give the Palestinians assurances about the outcome of the "road map" process that President George W Bush is promoting.
Asked if Hamas would stop attacks during negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, he said: "Definitely yes ... We are ready to offer it at any time if there is a guarantee that those preliminary steps will be taken as part of a full or wide-scale withdrawal, and not the final steps.
"We want the United States to guarantee all of these things, an Israeli withdrawal, even if it is step by step." [...]
"The road map has a chance to succeed if the Americans block Israeli efforts to destroy it," he added. [...]
2003. 12:09 PM
JERUSALEM - Israel released scores of Palestinian prisoners today, including the oldest and longest-serving inmate, in a goodwill gesture ahead of a summit with U.S. President George W. Bush. But disagreements remained on the fate of about 100 Israeli settlement outposts set up in the occupied West Bank over the last several years.
Ahmad Jubarah, 68, was released from the Ashkelon prison in southern Israel after serving nearly three decades for his role in a 1975 Jerusalem bomb attack that killed 13 people, the Israel prisons service announced.
In the attack, an apparently abandoned refrigerator was stuffed with explosives and left near Jerusalem's downtown Zion Square. Besides those killed, 70 people were wounded.
Israel also released about 100 prisoners today who were being held without charges or trial from the Ketziot, Ofer and Megiddo military prisons, the Israeli army said. Tayseer Khaled, a hardline PLO official arrested in February, was freed late Monday. [...]
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has told American legislators it already has nuclear weapons and plans to build more, a U.S. congressman said yesterday after a visit to the Communist state.
Representative Curt Weldon, who led a delegation of U.S. legislators on a three-day visit to the capital, Pyongyang, said North Korean officials also claimed they had nearly finished reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods — a move that could yield nuclear weapons within months.
"They admitted to having nuclear capability and weapons at this moment," said Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican who is the No. 2 member of a House of Representatives panel that oversees the armed forces.
"They admitted to having just about completed the reprocessing of 8,000 rods," he said. "And they admitted to an effort to expand their nuclear production program." [...]
By Shane Green, Herald Correspondent in Tokyo
4 2003 The United States is said to be developing new plans for a
war in North Korean that would bypass the demilitarised zone
dividing the two Koreas and target the leadership in
The plan is based on the success of US-led forces in Iraq in quickly reaching the capital, Baghdad. US officials quoted by Reuters said the plan would involve the consolidation of the US and South Korean forces in two areas away from the demilitarised zone.
If war broke out, the forces would skirt the demilitarised zone and head for Pyongyang. "This is Kim Jong-il's worst nightmare," one official said.
It was estimated that the recently announced $US11 billion ($17 billion) upgrade of the capabilities of US forces in South Korea would give them the ability to "take down" North Korea's heavy presence on the border within an hour of war breaking out.
The report coincided with a visit to South Korea and Japan by the US Deputy Defence Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz. [...]
Mr Wolfowitz said the US also had "some considerable advantages", pointing to the "remarkable military capabilities" demonstrated in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He said the US believed it was important to "update our force posture from where it was 10 years ago, to take advantage of those capabilities".
By Malia Rulon
June 3, 2003 | WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich called on the Defense Department on Tuesday to release the unedited footage of the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital and to answer questions about her injuries.
the administration has said about Private Lynch has been verified
by private news reports," the Ohio congressman said Tuesday. "It's
time to find out the truth."
Reports of the rescue say the U.S. commandos broke down doors and went in with guns drawn, carrying Lynch out with helicopter and armored vehicle backup, even though there was no Iraqi military presence and the hospital staff didn't resist. [...]
Comment: This story was obviously concocted in an attempt to galvanise US public opinion, stir national patriotism and provoke anti-Iraq sentiment. This in itself is, by this stage, no longer shocking. What does give pause for some serious thought is that the "powers that be" realise that this type of mind manipulation and propaganda actually works on the masses, i.e. YOU.
Worries Over Rising Islamic Extremism in
In addition to Pakistani society, Afghan society is also reacting more violently toward the U.S. presence in their country. Afghanistan has recently seen an increase in attacks aimed at U.S. troops.
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2003. 07:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Children of veterans of the first Persian Gulf War are more likely to have three specific birth defects than those of soldiers who never served in the Gulf, a U.S. government study has found.
Researchers found the infants born to male veterans of the 1991 war had higher rates of two types of heart-valve defects. They also found a higher rate of a genital urinary defect in boys conceived after the war to Gulf War veteran mothers.
In addition, Gulf War veterans' children born after the war had a certain kidney defect that was not found in Gulf War veterans' children born before the war.
The researchers said they did not have enough information to link the birth defects to possible exposure to poison gases, pesticides and other toxic substances, which many Gulf War veterans suspect are culprits of their mysterious illnesses and their children's health problems. They also did not have access to parents' family histories and job exposures. [...]
(AP)"This may be one more
piece to the puzzle as to what all these respiratory infections
The Salt Lake Tribune
UFO researcher George Filer said the number of sightings has remained fairly consistent for the last few months, but May had some of the most unusual encounters.
For instance, folks in Winnebago, Wis., reported seeing what looked like three flying Spaghettios hovering over Lake Winnebago on May 15 and May 20 and a trio of flying green cigars was spotted running amuck around North- ridge, Calif., on May 7.
Still, the most bizarre UFO sighting occurred in rural Ohio, where a group of 30 stick figures, each about 3-feet tall, broke up a wild party.
Filer admits these cases sound almost unbelievable but that won't sway him from doing further research because, in his words, "the strange ones are more likely to be true."
Residents of Kudkwang village in Khon Kaen have invested part of their village fund on hiring a ghost-buster following several mysterious deaths.
Fifteen "ghosts'' have been targeted.
Three ritual ceremonies have already been held to try rid the village of the ghosts, with a third one scheduled for this morning.
Residents of the Muang district community are convinced they "killed'' nine of the ghosts at the previous ceremonies.
Village headman Bunchoo Khamthun said that last month alone more than 10 villagers had died of unknown causes, with autopsies revealing most had died from internal bleeding.
Bunchoo said the village had spent about Bt30,000 on the ceremonies, with the money coming from the village central fund and contributions from residents.
What's more, villagers are convinced they know the identity of one of the ghosts - and she is still alive.
The unidentified spirit' lives in isolation with her husband in a shed close to the village.
The woman's mother said she could not understand why villagers had accused her 48-year-old daughter, whom she described as religious, of being a ghost.
"I told my daughter not to be afraid of the ritual ceremony. But if any other residents try to physically assault her, I'll immediately file a complaint with police," she said.
"We live not so far from the city. People are educated, but still obsessed about black magic," she added.
Tuesday 3rd June 2003
A man running late for an internal US flight made a hoax bomb call in an effort to delay the plane.
The man called the America West airline and indicated there was a bomb on board a plane leaving Medford, Oregon, for Phoenix, Arizona.
America West check-in staff at the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport became suspicious and notified police after the man came to their desk asking about Flight 6262.
The aircraft was by then was on its way back to the airport because of the threat, says police lieutenant Mike Moran.
The unidentified man is being held on outstanding, unrelated criminal charges and being questioned by the FBI, Moran says.
The plane's 30 passengers were evacuated and a bomb squad searched the aircraft with the help of a dog. All bags were rechecked for any trace of an explosive device, but nothing was found.
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