May 31st, 2006 - by admin
Stephen Lendman – 2006-05-31 23:36:20
The Threat of DU Exposure
It’s Real, Deadly and Covered up by the Pentagon and VA
by Stephen Lendman
The Pentagon must surely believe the old but very foolish saying that what you don’t know won’t hurt you. To prove it they nearly always go to great lengths to conceal what they do know so we won’t find out. That’s especially true when what they know is bad news or hazardous to our health or that of our troops.
That’s certainly the case regarding the real and deadly threat from exposure to the toxic effects of depleted uranium (DU) poisoning. The public has precious little information about this crucial issue because it’s been willfully and deliberately suppressed to conceal just how potentially great and irreversible a threat it is.
Is it any wonder then that most of those people who’ve heard about DU have been seduced by the Pentagon cover-up and stream of lies and are taken in enough by them to believe what little information they hear and read in the mainstream. I know those individuals never heard of one of the two greatest and most highly esteemed US print journalists of the last century.
His name was I.F. Stone, and I’ve read nearly all his important books. Stone once told a class of aspiring journalists always to remember “All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” Another time he simply said “All governments lie.” If I were asked to address a group of students, I’d be even more emphatic than Stone and say governments only lie and never tell the public the truth, especially about the most important issues affecting us all. I’d also quote Stone and recommend the students paste his maxim to their bathroom mirrors so they never forget it.
Government propaganda, lies and deception are more extreme and sophisticated now than in Stone’s day. Those unaware of it remind me of a poker player looking around the table to assess the competition. He doesn’t realize when he can’t find who the mark is it’s him. But in a real life game of high stakes poker when it’s you against the “power structure” and their corporate media allies, unless you know how the game is played, you surely are their mark and they’ll eat you alive.
I know of nothing more dangerous to a free society than a deficit of real information on the most vital issues affecting everyone. It’s impossible getting it from government sources or the dominant corporate media in league with them because supplying us with it would subvert their interests. It’s true on all important issues without exception.
So, if the public knew the full truth about the potentially nightmarish effects of exposure to DU munitions that will only likely get worse unless exposed and stopped, it would be impossible for the Pentagon to continue using them. Only their cover-up has allowed them to be able to recklessly and criminally use them in four wars since 1991 including the two of them ongoing now.
And they couldn’t possibly ever consider raising the stakes further, as they now have claimed the exclusive right to do, to fight future wars with industrial strength nuclear weapons that could lead to a nuclear holocaust.
What we already know about the deadly effects of DU munitions use alone is clear and growing, unreported in the dominant media, and thus largely concealed from the public. Those unaware of it, taken in by Pentagon propaganda, or choosing to ignore the few facts about it they do know should welcome and praise the impressive work done on this issue by Irving Wesley Hall. He’s a man I personally know and have had contact with. I’ve also collaborated with him as he was preparing his extremely important series of articles on this growing menace that may eventually affect everyone.
Irving has made an important contribution, and I respect and admire him greatly for it. His articles should be widely read and those doing it should encourage others to read them as well for their own safety and welfare. Having written on this subject myself, I know from my own research how valuable Irving’s work is to expanding the knowledge base about DU and its harmful effects.
What DU Is and How It’s Being Used
Depleted uranium is a derivative of the uranium enrichment process required to produce fuel for commercial reactors. This process is then followed by gaseous diffusion in two streams — one is enriched and the other depleted. Before a use was found for it, DU was just stored in vast amounts as a byproduct.
All that changed when it was discovered that solid “dense metal” DU projectiles (in all forms) greatly increased their ability to penetrate and destroy a target. That was irresistible to the Pentagon that wanted to use them in bullets, bombs, shells and missiles and now has done so freely in four wars since they were first used in the Gulf war in 1991 (except for one test in the 1973 Yom Kippur war).
There’s a problem with these weapons, however – a serious downside never discussed and which great pains are taken to conceal. These weapons in all their forms leave in their wake an irremediable irradiated and chemically toxic landscape far more deadly than the death and destruction to the targets struck. How deadly and toxic the fallout is varies only with the amount of these weapons used. Hundreds of tons of them were used beginning for the first time in the Gulf war in 1991.
A likely similar amount was used again in Yugoslavia in 1999 and up to 1,000 or more tons so far in Afghanistan since 2001. Any use of these weapons is reckless and was effectively banned by common consent (and common sense) and never used until 1991 in Iraq (except for that one test). However, their usage ballooned in successive wars to over 3,000 tons so far since the US introduced them on a large and sustained scale again in Iraq in March, 2003.
Put in perspective, since first used in 1991, the US military has willfully and criminally spread deadly toxic radiation across a vast area of three countries as well as everywhere else affected by the fallout. It’s caused permanent irremediable contamination with a half-life of 4.5 billion years or forever by my reckoning.
One more important fact is these numbers increase daily as since last December US forces have been conducting four to six daily bombings of target sites in Iraq alone that we know about using DU munitions and an unknown likely less frequent number in Afghanistan. We also have a new terror weapon we claim the right to use routinely called “bunker-buster mini nukes” that aren’t mini but sure are nukes.
These are industrial-strength nuclear bombs that can be produced to any desired potency but are likely to be used in strengths of between one-third to two-thirds the destructive force of a Hiroshima bomb. Pentagon propaganda falsely says these are little more than king-sized hand grenades that are perfectly safe when used as designed. They’re supposed to penetrate a target site deeply before exploding on the false theory that their radiation will be contained underground and thus are environmentally safe.
Testing of these bombs are planned in the Nevada desert and may be now underway, but at least one already carried out and observed proves otherwise. What was seen on explosion is hardly reassuring that the toxic fallout will be contained when used in combat. Clearly visible was a huge black mushroom-shaped cloud (sound familiar) that rose thousands of feet in the air and was shown to be deadly and toxic when ground radiation measurements were taken following at least this one test. There may have been others as well we haven’t heard about.
The Pentagon always deliberately spreads false and misleading information on its controversial activities, but especially something as outrageous as the lingering, spreading and deadly effects from DU contamination which never end. Those exposed to it and their loved ones with whom they have intimate contact and their offspring are henceforth vulnerable to a vast menu of virtually any illness, disease or disability imaginable often leading to early death or at the least a lifetime of pain, suffering and great expense. It’s no exaggeration to say that DU is the deadly and unwelcome gift that keeps on giving, disabling and killing.
DU weapons aren’t just toxic and deadly, they’re illegal according to the standards and binding international law under the Hague Convention of 1907 and 1925 Geneva Protocol and other succeeding Geneva Weapons Conventions that specifically outlaw the use of any chemical and biological agents in any form for any reason in war as well as any poison or poisoned weapons.
DU weapons in all their forms are radioactive and chemically toxic and clearly fit the definition of poisonous weapons banned under these binding international laws to which we are signatories. As such, the US, having used them in four wars, has violated our sacred treaty obligations which are the supreme law of the land and is guilty of repeated war crimes. That minor detail doesn’t bother the Bush administration that considers the Geneva Conventions and all other international laws inconvenient to its plans just “quaint” and “obsolete.”
The Public Is Largely Unaware of the DU Threat
Or Prefers to Believe Pentagon Propaganda Instead of Scientific Fact
Most people get their so-called news and information from the dominant corporate media mostly on TV which, as everyone by now should know, never gives them what they tune in for. Instead they get state approved propaganda, lies and deception cleverly disguised as the real thing. It’s almost always true that what they don’t report is lots more important than what they do. Of course, the reason this goes on is that if the public knew and understood what our government was up to, they’d never stand for it. So it’s all kept under wraps, and most people are never the wiser.
It’s very easy to be influenced by the slick state and corporate-friendly messages because they’re transmitted effectively ad nauseam round the clock on air and in print. The repetition has a powerful effect. It clouds the mind, blocks out the truth and distracts enough to prevent those mesmerized by it from seeking it. Why would you not want to believe the friendly news anchors you’ve grown to know and love over the years. Would they ever lie to you? Darned right they would if they want to keep their high-paying jobs.
I comment on this often for one reason. It’s the most important of all issues I know. Unless people know and understand the truth about what’s happening around them on the vital issues affecting their lives, they’re defenseless against the onslaught of fraud and deceit delivered through the dominant media. It allows government to get away with the most egregious acts as agents for giant corporations and the “money changers” who buy and pay for their services.
This alliance is hostile to the public interest as it allows these corporations and financial institutions (including the US Federal Reserve which is a private for-profit entity and not a government run one as commonly believed) free reign to pursue their predatory quest for greater profits and world dominance and do it at our expense.
The Disturbing Truths about DU the
Pentagon and VA Are Taking Great Pains to Conceal
Those truths are emerging slowly and convincingly, but emerging they are. It’s quite true we don’t have all the answers yet, and there’s still much more to be learned before we know for certain just how harmful DU is in all respects and how widespread its contamination has spread.
However, all the new evidence coming out points in one direction and leads to an increasingly clear conclusion. It’s the same one I first heard told me by an eminent man in a required college natural science course I took in 1953. The man was George Wald, distinguished professor of biology and later a nobel laureate in 1967.
Dr. Wald had many admirable qualities I admired greatly, but I still remember verbatim the dramatic statement he made one day in class. He told his young students that “there is no such thing as a safe amount of radiation.” He understood what Albert Einstein did even earlier, and both these men spoke out forcefully against the genie out of the bottle that emerged once the atom was first split in 1938 in a Berlin laboratory.
From that time to now, it’s been known beyond dispute how dangerous and deadly radiation is in all its forms and in any amount to all those coming in contact with it even for short periods of time. However, for those exposed to it daily like our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan where it’s contaminated a vast area, it’s a possible death sentence or at the least a lifetime of likely misery from the poisoning that increases each day.
Some Documented Facts On the Effects of DU Poisoning
The greatest damage from DU comes from the radiation residue after its use. When a DU weapon strikes a target, it penetrates deeply and aerosolizes into a fine spray which then contaminates the air, soil and water around the target area. The residue is permanent, and its microscopic and submicroscopic particles are then swept into the air from the tainted soil and are carried by winds to distant areas as a radioactive component of atmospheric dust. That dust falls indiscriminately everywhere over the area it reaches.
It causes radiation contamination that affects every living thing and cannot be remediated. As mentioned above, the poisoning from the contamination causes every imaginable illness and disease from severe headaches, muscle pain and general fatigue, to major birth defects, infection, depression, cardiovascular disease, many types of cancer and brain tumors. It also causes permanent disability and death. Months ago I personally alerted my own medical providers to be on the lookout for any unexplainable symptoms in their patients, especially if they had served in the military in the Middle East, Afghanistan or Yugoslavia.
I reported all this in a major, detailed article I wrote on this subject a few months ago and available on my blog site – sjlendman.blogspot.com. In it I went on to explain that all military and civilian personnel at or near target areas were and are most adversely affected by DU contamination, especially if they remained in those areas for an extended time. During the six week Gulf war about 150 of our forces were killed and 467 were reported injured. However, the real effects of that war weren’t apparent until years later. We’re beginning to get lots of information on it now but not without great difficulty to make it as complete and accurate as possible.
Because of that problem, there’s great variance in the numbers I’ve seen. But somewhere between about 30 – 75% of the 696,841 military personnel who served in the Gulf from August 2, 1990 to end of July, 1991 have filed claims for or have been reported by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to be on some form of disability in 2004. It’s likely the true number is closer to the lower percentage, but I’ve chosen to report the range in case later on we learn things were far worse than we now can imagine. We do know an additional 11,910 vets have died as of early this year.
There’s a problem compiling accurate data because the VA has been complicit with the Pentagon in the cover-up about DU and has said very little about the true number disabled or how many of the disability total were the result of DU poisoning. They could easily find out by administering blood tests and doing other proper examinations. Instead they’ve done as little as possible just as for years in the 1990s they denied the existence of “Gulf war” syndrome (most likely from DU poisoning) and told suffering vets it was all in their heads. They certainly were there if any of those heads were afflicted with brain tumors or their early stages.
We can only speculate about how many of our military personnel post 2001 are now the victims of DU poisoning, but it’s likely the number is large and growing with more coming down with disturbing symptoms daily. We know many returning vets are already seeking treatment for health problems, and that medical professionals in hospitals and other facilities providing it have been threatened with $10,000 fines and even jail if they speak out about what those problems are.
Think how outrageous this is – that a nation that sent hundreds of thousands of its young men and women to fight in two illegal wars of aggression, then turns its back on them when they return home with serious illnesses they may never recover from or that may kill them. And making matters even worse, the Pentagon and VA are complicit in a cover-up and denial a problem even exists. They might as well be saying “let ’em suffer and die.” So think of it. This is the “model democracy” we hold up to the world to emulate. In fact, it’s a deadly and sinister model all nations should reject and condemn.
Documented Evidence On Recent DU Fallout
In February, 2006, after I wrote my article on DU, Irving Wesley Hall wrote his carefully researched and extremely important series on DU and its harmful effects. His findings were widely posted, and all of it is available on his web site – notinkansas.us. Irving’s work is so important, readers should visit his site, review his series carefully and likely learn for the first time how serious and deadly a threat DU contamination is to everyone coming in contact with it.
Here’s a sample of the information included in the series which needs as much resonance as possible. I’ve added some of my own comments to it. Irving has made an important contribution, and I’m proud to be associated with him and his work. He wrote that Dr. Chris Busby, scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, reported on official UK radiation levels in the wake of the “shock and awe” assault against Iraq in 2003.
Dr. Busby documented that uranium particles traveled 2,400 miles in nine days from Iraq to Aldermaston, England. The invisible cloud quadrupled Europe’s atmospheric radiation clearly showing that despite Pentagon denials, DU contamination spreads far beyond the target sites struck. Once again the Pentagon’s mendacity and indifference to its forces and the rest of us is revealed in plain sight for all to see if they’ll bother to look.
The widespread contamination is even more dangerous and deadly than formerly believed. But apparently one emailer in particular, with little knowledge to support what he wrote, attacked Irving’s findings and shamed and embarrassed himself in the process. I read his response and know the facts. They clearly contradict virtually everything he said and his conclusions overwhelmingly. The emailer not only put his ignorance on public display, but he also arrogantly and insolently attacked the honesty, honor and integrity of a man of the highest stature.
His shameless act reminded me of a “show-stopping” moment I saw on US TV in June, 1954. It was during the so-called Army-McCarthy hearings when chief Army counsel Joseph Welch gave his famous retort to the soon to be disgraced US senator, who became infamous from his witch-hunting, self-serving search for communists in government without ever finding any. Welch and his reply are still remembered to this day, and I clearly recall him making it. In defense of his client under McCarthy’s malicious attack he asked the senator on national TV: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you no sense of decency.”
Not long after that memorable moment, the McCarthy hearings ended inconclusively, the senator’s reputation was shattered, he was censured by the Senate, and he died a disgraced man a few years later. We can only hope for a similar denouement for the band of rogues in charge of US policy today who are making so many people around the world the worst for it.
I won’t try to match Joe Welch, but I’ll just ask the emailer: aren’t you ashamed enough to flaunt your ignorance to a world audience without compounding it by shamelessly attacking a distinguished man of the highest integrity and honor. Like “Tail-Gunner” Joe (a moniker referring to one more dark side of the tainted senator), have you no sense of dignity, or just plain no sense at all?
Additional Expert Scientific Commentary
Reported by Irving Wesley Hall
Here’s more from Irving’s articles on the DU threat. He learned about the work of Leonard Dietz who’s a retired physicist from the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in New York state. Dietz pioneered the technology to measure uranium isotopes, and Irving quoted what he said: “Anyone, civilian or soldier, who breathes these particles has a permanent dose, and it’s not going to decrease very much over time….In the long run….veterans exposed to ceramic uranium oxide have a major problem.”
Irving reported an even more dire assessment that came from another study of the materials currently in the DU munitions used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The study found that in addition to U-238, today’s DU weapons contain plutonium (the most toxic of all known substances), neptunium, and the highly radioactive uranium isotope U-236. According to a 1991 study by the UK Atomic Energy Authority, these elements are 100,000 times more dangerous than the U-238 in DU. It only takes the most minute, nearly unmeasurable amount of this substance in one’s body to be fatal.
One other expert must be mentioned as well. His name is Dr. Doug Rokke who was the director of the Pentagon’s Depleted Uranium Project. He was assigned by the US Army to be their chief biological, chemical and nuclear weapons safety officer and expert in the Gulf war. Irving interviewed Doug, and I, too, spoke to and corresponded with him. Doug’s extensive work as director of the project led him to conclude that “Uranium munitions must be banned from the planet, for eternity, and medical care must be provided for everyone — those on the firing end and those on the receiving end.”
Rokke understands the problem well from his extensive study of it and his own personal and tragic experience. He and his staff of 100 were all devastated by exposure to DU contaminated dust. Thirty of them have since died, and Rokke now suffers from serious health problems including brain lesions, lung and kidney damage, reactive airway disease, permanent skin rashes, neurological damage and cataracts. It’s quite clear Dr. Rokke didn’t contract this nightmarish stew of mostly very serious health problems from an unhealthy life style, bad diet or lack of exercise.
See Part 2
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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May 31st, 2006 - by admin
Stephen Lendman – 2006-05-31 23:35:31
A Grim Assessment the Evidence
So what can we make from all this. From the Gulf war in 1991, at a minimum many tens of thousands of the US military forces sent there for a short period of time have had health problems or are now on some form of disability. But the worst is yet to come. In the Afghanistan war beginning in late 2001 and the Iraq war from March, 2003, about 1.3 million US military forces have served in combat and occupation in these countries.
They were all assigned long tours of duty and most of them have served two or three deployments to what are beyond question the most dangerous and toxic environments on earth. Somewhere between 30 – 75% of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm are now on some kind of disability or have died.
If those percentages are applied to the 1.3 million of our military now serving or having served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, between 390,000 to 975,000 vets may end up on disability or die from exposure to the far more toxic DU munitions used in these wars, the many other poisonous pollutants they’ve been exposed to, and the much longer and multiple tours of duty they’ve had to undergo.
In simple terms, it’s likely we can expect an eventual catastrophic human disaster of epic proportions and one being covered up because of its enormity. And it’s in addition to the far greater one we’ve inflicted on 26 million innocent Iraqis discussed below.
Should the truth about all this come out fully, what sane young men and women would ever volunteer for military service knowing they were either signing their death warrants or at the least likely assuring themselves a lifetime of devastating and/or debilitating health problems. And add to that the mass outrage by the US public and the people of other nations that joined with the US in sending contingents of their military to be part of an illegal occupying force.
The effect of all this has finally reached the US Congress, but it’s unlikely anything meaningful will emerge there to reveal how dangerous and deadly exposure to DU contamination really is. Still on May 11, the House passed legislation that includes an amendment by Rep. Jim McDermott (himself an MD and once a practicing psychiatrist) ordering a comprehensive study of possible health effects from DU exposure on US military forces and their children.
It’s almost certain this amendment will never get through the Senate or certainly won’t ever be signed into law by George Bush. Still kudos and an A for effort to Rep. McDermott even though it’s almost certain it will all be for naught.
The Devastating Toll on Iraqis Since 1991
As bad as it’s been and still is for our troops and their families, try to imagine the nightmare 26 million innocent Iraqis have been living through since January, 1991. The Gulf war began the malicious destruction of a once modern state. It caused 100,000 or more Iraqi deaths in just weeks and destroyed essential infrastructure like electricity and clean water facilities vital to the health, welfare and the safety of the people.
It also began the spread of deadly toxic radiation across the country from the first use of DU munitions in combat as well as a harmful stew of other pollutants responsible for rampant illness and disease. This living hell is what US illegal aggression based on lies and deceit brought to this most highly developed and well-functioning of all states in the Middle East now unable to cope against a brutal occupier determined to destroy and control it for its own imperial purpose and gain.
The sacking and plunder of Iraq began in January, 1991. But although the war formally ended after six weeks of one-sided fighting, the bombing and brutality against the people never did. Air attacks continued sporadically throughout the 1990s (ordered by Bill “I feel your pain” Clinton) destroying more infrastructure, causing more deaths and adding to the spread of deadly pollutants including the toxic radiation from the DU weapons used.
What also followed the formal end to hostilities was a dozen years of brutal economic sanctions that ravaged a population helpless to cope with their horrific effects. The result was a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions that never ended. Besides the physical and human toll, the economy was destroyed as is evident from the following data. The per capita annual income of Iraqis declined from a 1979 level of $2,313 to $255 in 2003 and $144 in 2004. Further, the college of economics at Baghdad University estimated that unemployment rose to a level of 70%.
Even the so-called “oil for food” program did little to relieve the crisis prior to the 2003 invasion. In fact, it was never intended to as the US planned all along to inflict the greatest possible hardship on the people hoping their misery would encourage them to rise up and topple Saddam. It turned out it had the opposite effect despite the severity of the toll. Instead of blaming Saddam, Iraqis relied on him for whatever relief they could get. It wasn’t much or nearly enough because the US allowed him little to give.
The combination of war and economic sanctions caused widespread illness and disease that was devastating and still is. Even by conservative estimates, it likely caused the death of at least one million Iraqis including 500,000 children. Some estimates put the number as high as 1.5 million and some others far higher still.
When Denis Halliday resigned in 1998 as UN head of Iraqi humanitarian relief he said he did so because he believed he’d been instructed to implement a policy of genocide and refused to do it. He added that 5,000 Iraqi children were dying needlessly every month. Hans Von Sponek, who took on the UN relief job after Halliday, also resigned in frustration and disgust in 2000 voicing similar sentiments when he left.
But bad as conditions were then, they got far worse following the US illegal aggression beginning in March, 2003. The daily toll of death and destruction since then is unknown precisely, but even conservative estimates are appalling and shocking. The British Lancet earlier reported by their “conservative assumptions” an Iraqi toll of about 100,000 “excess deaths” post March, 2003. They recently updated their initial estimate (three years later) to a now likely 300,000 and rising daily as we all should know.
Other estimates place the number far higher, up to 500,000 in one estimate I saw a few months ago. Whatever the true number is, the US inflicted disaster on Iraq and its people for over the past 15 years is truly of epic proportions. It clearly warrants the label genocide and makes all those in the US at the highest levels of three administrations responsible for it guilty of egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity.
What May Lie Ahead
Iraq and Afghanistan are in ruins, and the US is hopelessly embroiled in two wars it has no possibility of winning. Both of them will go on without end as long as we remain occupiers in countries where we’re not wanted and will never be tolerated.
Further, both countries have a long history of expelling invaders regardless of how long it took them to do it. It will be no different this time, but it’s shocking to imagine the human toll that will result on all sides before they finally do end, the final tally is estimated years later, and the many years it will then take to rebuild these shattered countries.
So with two out-of-control wars ongoing, it would seem unthinkable the US would now be planning one or two more. How can that be possible, and what sane planners would ever contemplate such an irrational course? We don’t have the troop strength, and our military budget (on and off the books) is off the charts and running up huge deficits even the new Fed chairman is alarmed about. Logic and fiscal sanity should indicate it would be folly to compound the current mess with a still greater mess.
But that’s exactly what appears to be in the works, and the preliminary and softening up stage of a planned attack against Iran is already underway just as it was leading up to the March, 2003 “shock and awe” assault against Iraq.
For many months, Iran has known the US has been flying unmanned aerial surveillance drones to help select target sites. There have been some scattered but unconfirmed reports that one or more of these intruders have been shot down. It’s also a not so hidden secret we’ve sent special forces or combat personnel into Iran under cover along with reconnaissance teams to collect similar information on the ground as well as link up with anti-government elements we hope will help our efforts.
The Iranians know all this, and you can bet they’re trying to snare a few of them, but if they have neither side is letting on. I wouldn’t want to be one of the illegal infiltrators and get caught in the act. I don’t think the Iranians will be very hospitable or understanding nor should they be. So what’s likely to happen next and when.
I have no timetable, but it’s been responsibly reported, and I believe the reports, that George Bush has signed off on a “shock and awe” attack against Iran and is intending to do it using industrial strength nuclear weapons. They’re deceptively called “bunker-buster mini-nukes” which I explained above are nukes but not mini ones — they’re likely to be from one-third to two-thirds as powerful as a Hiroshima bomb. But they can be produced to any potency and some likely will be and used. I also explained that the Pentagon has lied (do they ever do anything else) that the radiation emitted from these earth-penetrating munitions will be contained below ground and thus are safe to use. Not so, and the Pentagon knows it.
Our apparent intentions toward Iran are also based on more lies and deception as we accuse that country of violating international law by having a secret nuclear weapons program. There’s no evidence whatever Iran has one, but they’d be irresponsible not to be taking every measure possible to defend itself against a hostile US intending to bring down its government by any means including nuclear war. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and so far as known is in full compliance with it. As such it has every legal right to enrich uranium for its commercial nuclear industry as does every other country following NPT rules.
US hostility to Iran has nothing to do with its enrichment policy or even its form of government. It’s the result of Iran’s intent to remain independent of US dominance and go its own way. It’s been that way since the uprising that overthrew the repressive and US installed and supported Shah in 1979 after which Iran no longer was willing to continue relinquishing its sovereignty and remain subservient to US interests.
The result has been continued hostility between the two countries that may now be culminating with a US planned attempt to oust the country’s leadership forcibly since we’ve given up trying to achieve that goal by other means short of war. The strategy won’t be any more successful in Iran than it’s been in Iraq. What US planners may succeed in doing is engulfing the whole Middle East in flames without a realistic notion of what the outcome of that may be. It certainly won’t be a good one, but that never before deterred an administration that’s often wrong but never in doubt.
The US way of doing things is to engage other nations like a schoolyard bully. It’s especially true in our dealings with the developing world where we generally treat the countries in it on the basis of an “our way or the highway” policy. We can’t unleash our full force bullying against most developed ones in the Global North, but we do that freely and often, directly or through proxies, against all others that forget “who’s boss.” When that happens, that “highway” is usually strewn with unwarranted economic sanctions, coup attempts, political assassinations, or death and destruction from war.
The US follows this hostile course to bring “outlier” nations in line with our policies, but also to deter others from deviating from them as well. It’s a bloodstained legacy that puts to rest the myth that the US is a peace loving, benevolent democracy only wanting to spread those principles to other nations that don’t practice them. But let me state clearly something I haven’t said elsewhere before but should have. By the US I don’t mean the people. I mean the leadership of both major political parties and their corporate and elitist allies all of whom work against the public interest everywhere and only for their own.
The US and Iranian public interest won’t be served by what our present leadership apparently has in mind for that country – regime change the hard way. It looks like the plan is to make it extra hard by upping the ante to send a clear and decisive message to the Iranians and all other nations going their own way that we will nuke you into submission unless you come around willingly.
So far, we’ve only used nuclear weapons below the radar with DU munitions that alone have caused unspeakable harm. But should the US go further and attack Iran with industrial strength nuclear bombs, we will have crossed an inviolable threshold, moved the nation one step closer to tyranny and brought the world a lot closer to a possible eventual nuclear holocaust. In my judgment, that’s what’s now at stake unless a way is found to stop this aggressive juggernaut before it goes further and it’s too late to act.
Iran is First in the US Target Queue
Followed by Venezuela
Unimaginable as it may seem, high-level leadership and planners in Washington may have in mind not just a third conflict but a fourth one as well. I’ve written about this several times, and recently wrote a feature article titled “The US Now Planning A Fourth Attempt to Oust Hugo Chavez.”
Based on my knowledge and ear to the ground observing and listening to the steady and intensifying drumbeat of anti-Chavez rhetoric coming from top US officials through the corporate media (all of it the usual litany of lies and deception only), I have no doubt whatever a fourth attempt to oust President Chavez and his government is planned and likely now being implemented under the radar. Precisely how and what will be unleashed won’t be known until the fireworks begin.
But make no mistake about it, they will begin, and this time they may include attempted assassinations and open conflict with DU munitions or even full-scale nuclear bombs if that’s part of the plan. If that happens, the nuclear nightmare will have arrived in the Americas and come ever closer to the US Southern border.
By whatever means the US has in mind in its latest attempt to unseat Hugo Chavez, its intentions toward him and his government are clear, unmistakable and written in stone. The US will settle for nothing less than full control of his country’s vast hydrocarbon reserves and a government willing to hand them over to us. Those reserves are far more vast than once thought as the best estimates of the country’s oil reserves (including the extra-heavy kind more expensive to refine) are thought to be about 350 billion barrels or even higher. That compares to Saudi Arabia’s estimated reserves of about 262 billion barrels of (at least mostly) the preferred and more easily refined “light sweet” crude.
It takes no mental exertion to see the two countries at the head of the US target queue have vast amounts of the essential commodity the US wants most and is willing to go to war if necessary to secure control over everywhere it feels it’s worth the cost and effort. There’s no doubt the US feels that way about Iran and Venezuela just as it did about Iraq.
The US decided Saddam had to go not because of his oppressive rule or his “now you see ’em, now you don’t” WMDs. It was because of his unwillingness to surrender his nation’s sovereignty to the US. Same old story, and it’s the same again in Iran and most of all in Venezuela that has to be the greatest prize of the three.
It’s especially tricky for the US there as that nation happens to have a democratic leader loved by the great majority of his people. It’s because Hugo Chavez is fiercely and proudly independent, as he has every right to be, and puts the needs of his people ahead of the US and its Big Oil interests. Chavez was twice democratically elected and then prevailed in an August, 2004 recall referendum (the third coup attempt by ballot box means) that was a contrived act of desperation cooked up by his right wing opposition in league with US corporate interests.
It was a flop, as Chavez’s supporters flocked to the polls giving him a decisive victory. He deserved and earned it and his other electoral victories as he proved he’s the rarest of political leaders who actually delivers on his promises to the people. Try finding a US politician who’s done that, especially one with any power to follow through. You’ll need a high-powered version of that lamp Diogenes once used used looking for an honest man.
It’s Hugo Chavez’s intention to serve the interests and needs of his own people and not those of his dominant Northern neighbor that has him once again high on its target list for elimination. Hugo Chavez will remain there until the US finds a way to remove him which it certainly will keep trying to do.
Chavez is well aware of it and so are the Venezuelan people who love and support him and are likely to fight to keep him in office. They know what their lives were like before he became their president and what a vast difference he made once he came into office. He promised to serve the people and proved it by instituting a vast array of social programs the majority of the US public might only dream about if they knew what’s available now to the Venezuelan people.
They include free, comprehensive and high-quality health and dental care for all as well as free education through the university level to all those who wish it and can qualify. Compare that to what’s available in the US – a health care system available only to those who can afford its high and fast-rising cost and a deliberately degraded inner-city public education system as well as a costly one at the university level unavailable to lower income families that can’t afford it for their children.
Now try to imagine what the US has in mind for Venezuelans. It won’t tolerate a developing nation’s leader who’ll institute such essential social services for the people and will try to end them even if it takes nuclear war to do it. Try to think of appropriate language to describe the leader of a nation who would unleash such an attack and do it for power and profit. Do the words tyrant and war criminal come to mind?
Get Ready for the Long Knives
The Marines Again in Action to Go Along with
A Little Or Maybe A Lot of “Shock and Awe.”
The plans for two “outlier” countries are set, the wheels are in motion, and we now must wait and see what will unfold in the next chapter of the ongoing drama of an aggressor and imperial US against the world with Iran and Venezuela numbers one and two in the US target queue.
Several times before I spelled out in some detail what I feels lies ahead unless a way is found to stop it. I fear two more conflicts are ahead for starters to add to the ones now ongoing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Still others will follow against other countries to be named later and by whatever timetable and means we have in mind.
The result may be that the US is near to crossing an inviolable Rubicon in two deadly and dangerous ways — first by unleashing the nuclear genie in an industrial strength way, and second by suspending the Constitution and declaring martial law at home in the wake of a likely inevitable second major terror attack that may be as much an inside job as was the first one on September 11.
Unless the US public awakens to these very real threats, we face the same fate as did the Germans who lost their model democratic state after the ascension of Adolph Hitler.
Good German people let him steal it from them while they weren’t paying attention or bought into his false rhetoric that he was serving their interests and protecting them from an outside threat — that never existed. We also have no outside threat from any other nation, but we’ve been effectively scared to death and conned by the false rhetoric that’s made us feel we do.
The result is we’re getting too close for comfort to the point of no return. There’s still time to act if we’re bold enough to do it. Think of the choice I think we face. Act together in our collective self-interest or do nothing and see us pass from a once proud but now tattered republic to tyranny. It can happen here as it has elsewhere unless we act to prevent it.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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May 31st, 2006 - by admin
Faiza Al-Arji and her sons, Raed, Khalid, and Majid – 2006-05-31 23:16:57
A Family in Baghdad
Mother: Faiza, sons: Raed, Khalid , and Majid writing down their diaries. Father: Azzam is not interested.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
posted by Faiza Al-Arji
The formation of the new Iraqi government was announced, after more than five months of negotiations between the various rivals who participated in the elections, to reach the least minimum level of agreement.
The Interior and Defense Ministries remained without announcing the names of their respective ministers, as the debate still goes on, to choose professional characters, unbiased to their Parties, like what happened in the former Interior Ministry, with the Minister’s partiality to his Party, and the sect he belongs to.
And many transgressions and assaults took place against another sect. And whenever he was asked, he denied his knowledge of the crimes committed by the personnel of his Ministry, saying; these people do not belong to the Ministry, even though they wear the official uniforms of the Police force, and use cars and the official mobile phones of the Ministry. And so was the case when the scandal of the cellar belonging to his Ministry was uncovered, with detainees in it, and he promised to carry out an investigation, but we didn’t hear a thing.
And the good news here is; that this Minister, with all his bad reputation now in the hearts of Iraqis, will receive another Ministerial portfolio in the new permanent Ministry, as if nothing happened.
So; why do they say Saddam Hussein killed the Iraqis, and it is time to get even with him?
On the same scale, why don’t we question these new killers in Iraq?
Why is the Iraqi blood so cheap to them?
People are being slaughtered on the streets day and night, but no body stops the bloodshed; neither the occupation forces take the subject as a priority, nor the interim former governments gave the issue much care.
And now, all the complicated, difficult agendas, which found no one to solve seriously for the past three years, are being thrown over the shoulders of the 4-years-elected Iraqi government, to untangle all these accumulations, destruction, corruption, and ruin.
What magical capabilities they possess, to solve all these calamities?
They will either give all their efforts, but will fail in pulling Iraq out of the swamp in which it sank, and then will fail to gain the trust of the miserable Iraqi citizen who has been waiting for three years. Or, they will succeed, and that’s what I wish, with all my heart, as every Iraqi who loves his country, would.
But at the same time, I say- experience taught us not to be dreamers, making wishes only. But to look at the ground, see reality, and analyze it, to find out what are the expected percentages for the success of the elected Iraqi government, in order to be able to solve the problems of Iraq, by the light of the existing conditions on the Iraqi field, and by the light of the prospects and the authorities of this government.
We should not forget that this elected government is not the highest authority in the country; there is an occupier, and he is the higher authority in Iraq now.
The military and political command is in the hands of the occupier. Then what command is in the hands of the government?
In my opinion, the present government should solve, or patch up, the disasters that the occupier brought into Iraq; by trying to control the sectarian leaderships who own armed militia, which are racking havoc in Iraq for more than three years now, waging a war which is sectarian on the face, but political in the core, to enforce the idea of federalism in Iraq.
These leaderships are entangled in stories of administrational corruption, theft of the public funds, the illegal smuggling of oil and selling it to neighbors, and cashing millions of dollars into their pockets, while the people suffer the lack of security and main services, the lack of jobs, and the increase of unemployment and poverty rates… or the calamities committed by the occupier himself, like destroying the infrastructure of the country. Very well; if you came to remove the dictator, why would you destroy the country’s infrastructure?
And many more disasters; like disbanding the Iraqi Army, thus leaving the boarders loose for anyone to enter; the intelligence forces of the neighbors, from Iran to Israel, in addition to the CIA who came with the occupation, the private American security institutions who work for other formations there, like the Ministry of Defense and others, plus- suicidals who want to get revenge against the American occupation.
That is in addition to strange, weird organizations, from which God and Islam are innocent; organizations that kill, slaughter, and put films on the Internet and Al-Jazzera Channel, to deform the image of Islam, and that of the Iraqi resistance against the occupation. God only knows who invented them, or who finances them, and they are, all the while, the furthest possible as can be from Iraq and the Iraqis. But at the end, they land at the occupier’s benefit; because they justify its existence.
Rumsfeld always justifies the presence of armies in Iraq to push out these organizations, like the imaginary Al-Zarqawi, who was shown in a video recording walking about in some desert. Who knows where was he walking; in an Iraqi desert, in Nevada, or in Colorado? For he is a doll that was invented to justify keeping Iraq occupied. And the Iraqis inside touched no real trace of the existence of these weird, fantastic organizations in the reality of our lives.
Even thought the former Iraqi interim government used to support the occupation’s viewpoint, saying from time to time that they caught some cell belonging to al-Zarqawi, but who believes that miserable government, that killed more Iraqis than Saddam Hussein did?
The occupation, and the government that came under its canopy, have common interests; so, there is also a common speech. But that speech is full of lying and falsehood most of the time, as we saw in the past years.
For example; the story of the attack on Al-Adahmiya District some two months ago. All the residents there agree to one story: they were attacked at night, by men dressed in the uniforms of the Interior Ministry Police. There was random shooting, and the young men who were present as night watch groups were assaulted. The attack lasted for 9 hours, until the occupation forces came along (how lovely!), and stopped the engagement.
There is a collusion between the former, corrupt government and the Interior Ministry, and the occupation forces.
And that collusion became more evident when the official statement about the incident was issued; the official statement was issued by both the government, and the occupation, each- separately, but with an identical viewpoint, as they say. The cover- up letter of the story was one.
The official cover- up letter said: A group of insurgents in Al-Adahmiya attacked the governmental Police station, and the police answered their fire back.
Now; if you lived in that same district, and saw that incident with your own eyes and ears, but the media sent a totally different story from reality, what would you say?
This story is but a small example of what has been happening in Iraq for three years and more. Meaning that someone living in Baghdad, doesn’t exactly know what is happening in the different districts of the same city.
And if he goes to read newspapers, listen to the local radio, or to the governmental TV stations, he will hear explanations formed by the government together with the occupation. And with time, the miserable citizen will lose his trust of the government, and turn into anger and indignation, and probably into negativity and hopelessness, so he would no longer hope for the good in what is to come…
I do hope, as other Iraqis do, that the performance of the elected present government shall be better, and more elevated than the previous ones.
Even though I know that some 80% of the present government’s symbols are corrupt, supporters of the occupation, and nothing good is hoped from them to Iraq; for they think only of their interests. But I know there are some 20% of honest, national people, who will do all their best to correct the devastation that had befallen the country.
There is hope… but a small one.
And Blare came on to bless the elected Iraqi government, and to say that this step makes him happy, and supports his viewpoint that he was right when he decided to wage the war on Iraq, and topple the regime. And so stood Bush and his wife, with the fireplace behind them, feeling happy. And Bush said that this government proves the success of the idea of war on Iraq, and toppling the regime.
The Iraqis like me look at these losing criminals, and understand how opportunist they are; living in their luxurious houses, in safety with their families. As for us; we either immigrated and left our houses, after the violence, the panic, and the terrible stories we lived through, or we remained, living in patience to the kidnapping of our children, the killing of our loved ones, through the shortages of services — the water, the electricity, the fuels, through the daily terror of random shooting in streets and cities, the trapped cars, and the exploding bombs. We lived the daily terror of hell for more than three years.
And what did Bush and Blare give us to ease the daily hell?
The occupation forces riding on tanks?
And now, with every step full of Iraqi blood-shed, while we want to build a better future for us and our children, Bush and Blare come along to invest in the Iraqis’ anguish, saying with all insolence: I was right when I decided on the war against Iraq.
Have you seen the Iraqis happily picking flowers, you fool, and came to boast that you are the donator of this achievement?
The Iraqis now are blinded by pain and sadness; they want to get out of the war’s calamity, and what negative aspects it exuded to the society, and to the country’s future. Iraq now is but a heap of rubble, a ruin. We want to know where to start? Thousands of complicated problems need solving in Iraq.
We need time, efforts, and money to repair the dumb calamities that Bush and Blare are responsible for.
The day will come, when Bush, Blare, and those who joined them in their war on Iraq, will pay the damages; for every side walk their tanks destroyed in Iraq, for every building, every street, every bridge, hospital, school, state office, and camp. For every house destroyed, and every human killed or wounded by the occupation forces.
That day will come, after the Iraqis will go out of the whirlpool of destruction and ruin, into which they entered because of this war. A war in which the advantage of the Iraqi people was the last item, at the bottom of a long list, full of advantages to imperialists, capitalists, thieving business and wealth men from all nationalities, to various companies, leaders who are thieves and criminals with militias, and many, many more, of which the long list is full.
And, as a last item at the bottom of the long list, perhaps they added: the advantage of the Iraqi people.
This is what we perceived on the ground, after three years of the war against us.
All the beneficiaries got their benefits, but so far, we are the only losers.
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
posted by Faiza Al-Arji
The news from Baghdad are sad and frustrating, as usual.
Everyone is waiting for the announcement about the formation of the new government, which is supposed to be the first elected permanent government in Iraq, to remain for four years.
And now, five months of that government’s life span is gone, and the government isn’t formed yet. Why? Everyone is asking.
Why is the forming of the government so delayed, like a difficult, long birth delivery?
Even the American administration practiced all kinds of pressures, interfered, and threatened, in order to hasten the birth of the new government.
And the answer is; that that government should be according to the American standards: sectarian, and ethnic, following a principle of “shares” in every step. It is then a difficult delivery, for an infant not without deformations.
This government, in spite of all deadly attempts to make it satisfying for all, but I do not expect it be the government the Iraqis hope for; to express their hopes and ambitions, and one able to solve the intensifying crises of the country; the bad security, the spread of chaos, the gangs, the armed militias ruling the daily streets- killing, robbing, and kidnapping, and which no one can control. The situation is deteriorating, for five months, till now. The questions are growing: How will this government solve the calamities of Iraq?
What have they got, more than that of Alawi’s or Al-Jaffa’ree’s, to create miracles?
And what is the role of the occupation forces? Will it be positive, or negative, in solving the accumulating problems of Iraq, since three years?
I want to talk of my viewpoint; how do I see the reality in Iraq after three years of war against it, and after the occupation; pushing the country into certain choices, which appear now very clearly on the ground….
There are some clear blocs, with clear political and intellectual speech, which isn’t a deep or genius speech, but it is clear, dominated by the subjective, sectarian interest, more than by the public, national interest. And these blocs drag behind them millions of powerless people. These millions were pushed to participate in the elections, and vote for candidates or the new constitution, on a mere sectarian, racist ground.
Those I am talking about, are the two big clear blocs in the field after the occupation: the Kurd Parties bloc, and the Shia’at Parties bloc. The leaders of these blocs put the interests of the sect or race they belong to in front of their eyes, and dragged their public into a hatful sectarian, ethnic speech, teaching them the intellect of malice and revenge against the past, and told them that (…this time is ours, to rule, be victorious, and get revenge for our “suppressed” people…).
And under these slogans, the public is usually deceived, running to elect the wise leadership that will defend the people’s rights, the formally suppressed. And both leaderships have a complete conviction about the issue of Federalism, written by Premer, in the Iraqi State Law draft.
And this is the password to all who want to participate in the politics of Iraq after the occupation.
All the killing and violence that is filling the Iraqi streets, committed by gangs and armed militias, dressed in the uniforms of the state police, with state vehicles, or by others, takes place under the canopy of the Federalism implementation program, forcefully on the land of Iraq. And this stalling in forming the new government, flows into the interest of these militias, to execute, on the ground, as much as can be of crimes, killings, and bloodshed, to force the Iraqis to accept the idea of Federalism, addressing a letter to them, saying: Your lives will remain like hell, your souls threatened, and your cities will not see stability, until you agree to Federalism, and the country will be divided into three very clear regions: Kurdish, Sunnie, and Shia’at. In the north and the south the oil riches are concentrated; so, give the Sunnies in the middle region some of the oil revenues, for peace to reign and everyone to keep silent. And each leadership will hold the solving of each region’s administrational, security, and financial problems in the ways they see fit; meaning – putting the decision into the hands of a small, leading faction, controlling everything; meaning – small dictatorships in the regions, who own militias ruling the regions, and controlling everything in it, specially the oil wealth.
These leaderships who are in the government now, of Kurds or Shia’ats, have militias whom they refuse to disband, because they want to give these militias the legitimacy to survive, to protect the regions in the future.
These same militia were used to stand over the voting boxes in the north and the south, meaning- they threatened the voters, one way or another, distorting democracy, and turning it to panic, to force the people to elect the new, historical leaders, the new dictators in Iraq.
When I criticize these people and these policies, it is because of my sadness to what happened to Iraq. After all the sacrifices, the ruin, and the devastation that happened, did any real change happen, in the quality of speech and the quality of leaders, after the Saddam Hussein regime?
The answer is: No.
These new leaderships are walking on Saddam Hussein’s pattern, in aspects of the narrow, group mentality (our people), and in trying to dominate power and decision, one way or another, by using all the unclean methods, with a mobbish mentality; a mentality of bandits; we plunder all we can, and we’ll show whoever objects- we mean; kill him, or banish him from Iraq.
Perhaps Saddam Hussein was ashamed of showing all these things in public, so they used to talk about secret lockups, secret mass- graves, and secret police. But with the new leaders, God be Praised, everything is in public for them; the militia is public, the detention camps and prisons are public, the torture, killings, and throwing the bodies in the streets are in a public way, stealing the oil, smuggling it to neighboring countries, and putting the money in the pockets of the new leaderships is done in public.
Whom should they fear, and of whom would they be ashamed?
From the people?
Huh, a joke; for who are the people! A bunch of sheep slaughtered day and night, with no one to stop their bloodshed on the streets.
From the occupation?
It is the occupation who is blessing these leaderships, and wants them to stay, because they will carry on its plans: A divided Iraq, a weak Iraq, an Iraq whose wealth is plundered, and divided among these leaderships, and the leadership of the occupation. How would these leaderships not grab the seats of rule with nail and tooth now?
This is what they have been doing for three years, and the occupation is present to support them and stabilize them, because they are the best help for it, to remain on the Iraqi land indefinitely.
These leaderships need the occupation to protect them. And the occupation needs these leaderships to give it the legitimacy to stay, and to be called – The Multi-national forces that liberated Iraq.
This is the reality of things in Iraq now. And these are the major playing forces in Iraq now, collaborating with one another, to push Iraq into the direction that serves its present and future interests.
What other forces are there?
There are some Parties which decided to get in and join in the political process, in the last elections. Some are Sunnie Islamic Parties, or mixed National Parties (original Iraqi, mixed, not deformed sectarian or ethnic). This faction in suffering now from oppression, marginalization, crippling, and continuous assassinations, to curb its role. These Parties have more Nationalistic, and less sectarian and ethnic, demands. They do not have militias; they are not entangled in administrational corruption, stealing the state funds, or Iraqi oil. These Parties are the small hope for the Iraqis who still want a secure, united Iraq; not a sectarian, ethnic, or dictatorial Iraq.
But they, as the reality says, will remain weak and marginalized, and will not have the decision into their hands, may God help them…
And beside these clear factions, there is a dozen of other factions who have been playing in the Iraqi street for three years, each with its own interests and private agenda, from outside and inside. And these could be controlled if Iraq had a really powerful government, not a government of dolls fighting over ministries; I want a dominating ministry, not a secondary or a service one.
What is the most important, then?
Fighting over ministries, or agreeing upon a National program to save the country?
Did we elect you so you would fight over seats?
Where are the responsible behaviors, and the maturity of these leaderships?
Since when getting dominating, secondary or service ministries became the priority in governmental programs?
And what do the new terms, like: an electoral entitlement, mean? Meaning; I got such and such votes, such and such chairs, so, I should have such and such ministries.
Is this an American way of ruling the country, and pulling it out of the crisis?
It seems that this is the way of administering Iraq under the occupation, and the American ambassador is always there to lay down conditions, and hamper everything.
I don’t exactly know, but I see it as a sign of failure, and an ugly exploitation of the miserable voter’s votes, those who risked their lives for the referendum, while these Parties and their representatives are fighting over ministries.
Isn’t the important thing is to be there, as Nationalistic, active blocs, pushing inside the parliament to determine the direction of the country’s policy in the coming years?
Isn’t the important thing is to put realistic, clear programs to solve the problems of Iraq?
Where are the priorities now? I don’t know how these people think…
There is a battle going on for five months now, to divide the Iraqi cake; the Parties are fighting for shares, and the Iraqis are dying in the streets…
God Bless, this is the new, democratic Iraq….
There are people in America, who encourage and support the occupation, for many reasons of their own. And like them, there are some fooled Iraqis who support the occupation, and see it as the beautiful, shining sun. These fools have similar, smart questions:
Well then, why do you talk about the human rights in Iraq now, while you didn’t speak about them in the days of Saddam?
My answer is: America itself knew of his crimes, but didn’t speak about it, but now, the new trend is to talk about it every time, everywhere…. And you, today’s heroes, you became men because you are under the protection of the occupation’s bayonets?
Why didn’t the Iraqis hear your voices in the days of Saddam? Weren’t you working as parts of his regime, then you disagreed with him, and went out to be CIA members, or you used to work within secret Parties financed by Iran, then ran away abroad, to plan to overthrow the government, and seize positions?
God Be Praised; what an honorable struggle past…
This means that the issue for you is only a matter of personal revenge; you are no better than he was, the important thing is to assume the chairs, and care for the personal interests, and the poor Iraqi people is the last thing you would think about.
And here are three years of killings, destruction, and ruin; what have you done to stop it?
Did you object against something?
No, never, all is nice and perfect, as long as my lord and master, the American occupier, wants it this way; very well, sir, all is OK…
Is this the nationality for you?
Perhaps the monkeys are better than you…
Yes, we got out of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, only for this occupation to plant these sectarian and ethnic sick dictatorships for us, with its militias, its domination of the Iraqi ministries, as employments there, are, in most cases, for those who support them, and walk on their path; which means it is like the compulsory entry into the former Al-Ba’ath Party, so you can get a job in the state.
Then why was Iraq destroyed, along with its economy and security, its borders became open for the neighbors, each according to his conscience, if they wanted to interfere or not? After the boarders became open for all and everyone, to enter Iraq, rake havoc, and destroy; starting from the destruction of the Iraqi Museum, the burning of the National Library and the Ministries, stealing the state Archives to learn all the secrets, and opening the doors for organized theft and robbery… the killing of Iraqis from all kinds and types, starting from the garbage man in the municipality, to the university professor, as one Iraqi said.
Why did we endure all these sacrifices?
For this corrupt leaderships to come sit on the chairs, and stick to them?
Who will remove these, after they owned millions of dollars from thefts?
Who will remove them, after they owned militias, TV stations, newspapers, and magazines to market their great ideas?
That is what the occupation planted in Iraq. And the Iraqis are reaping what the occupation planted for three years now.
And the American administration is telling its people that the Iraqis are happy, because today they have elected leaderships, elected and loved by the people, and these leaderships are keen on realizing the Iraqis’ hopes, and their happiness.
But that damned Al-Zarqawi is the only problem in Iraq. Rumsfeld also said so in his latest speeches, and he will strip off a few billion dollars from the American budget to train the new Iraqi Army and Police Force, to throw off Al-Zarqawi.
Huh, huh, huh… I don’t know, whether to laugh or cry?
Where is the truth in these fabled stories? As the money of the American people is being stolen, under flimsy pretexts, and the myths of Bush and his administration, as they delude the American people that they are doing miracles, heroic acts, and sacrifices in Iraq, spending billions of dollars to build a new Iraq; a shiny, democratic Iraq.
And the truth is- they are building the ugliest Iraq known in history; an Iraq divided under the sectarian and ethnic hatrids that were spread in the country, to become an excuse to divide the country.
The division will not benefit the Iraqis with a thing. It will only benefit the corrupt, dictatorial new leaderships, to plunder the country’s wealth, and share it with the American Oil Investment companies, and let the Iraqi opposers go to hell.
These opposers are a bunch of lowly people, killers, Saddamists, and Zarqwies; this is how they are described by Rumsfeld, and the present Iraqi leaderships, who collaborate with the occupation.
Both the Interior and the Defense Ministers, whose tenure had ran out, were appointed by Rumsfeld himself. And the security conditions deteriorated in their existence, or, it deteriorated more and more in their time. Well then; Did anyone question them? Was any investigation carried out with them, to find out who was behind the killings and the assassinations in the Iraqi streets?
And who are those who wear the uniforms of the state police, use state cars to set up roadblocks, to kidnap people, kill them, and throw them on garbage heaps? Or, they roam the streets at night, in all freedom at curfew time, encircling neighborhoods, breaking doors of sleeping people, arresting the men, and leaving without anyone intercepting them?
Where is the government and its responsibility?
Where are the human rights in Iraq?
Didn’t they invent a human right’s Ministry in the after-war Iraq? What’s its job? Or is it just a name with which Bush brags, as being one of the Iraq-liberation achievements?
And where are the Iraqi Interior and Defense Ministers, appointed by Rumsfeld, the hero? What are their comments on the subject?
If any one of them wasn’t able to protect the Iraqi people, why should he keep his post then? Why would he receive a salary, go to work everyday, with security in front and back of him, while he isn’t able to get what’s needed of his ministry done?
Who keeps them in the government?
The Parties they belong to? Or the genius, Rumsfeld?
What’s the most important now; protecting the rights and interests of the Iraqi people, or protecting the Parties, the occupation, and their interests?
It seems that protecting the interests of the Parties and the occupation in the new Iraq, is the priority, and let the people go to hell.
And they did go to hell, since three years, and are waiting for someone to get them out of it…
And what are the occupation forces doing?
If they couldn’t stop the violence and the organized militia, who are trying to give the character of a sectarian war to what is happening on the Iraqi streets, and if they can’t build up Iraq, improve the performance of the Iraqi police and army, to make them into a national army that would protect its country, and if they wouldn’t interfere to protect the poor Iraqi citizen at his house, work, and on the streets- well then, why are they here?
Are they here to protect our new leaders in the Green Zone? Or to kill and arrest any Iraqi who refuses their existence on the Iraqi land?
This is what I see on the reality ground.
But to the American people they say: The army is there to prevent a civil war, the Iraqis are monsters who do not know how to live with each other, and dividing the country is the wise solution to sectarian fighting. The army is tracking the damned Al-Zarqawi in the Iraqi towns, arresting and killing whoever supports him, because they are aliens who want to destroy the happy Iraq.
And the truth is- the American army is insulting, arresting, and killing the honest Iraqi men, and protecting the coward, vile Iraqis, those who collaborate with the occupation.
The picture is dark in Iraq
But faith and hope are there, in the hearts of some Iraqis.
Some, who didn’t adulate, or clap for Saddam, and didn’t adulate or clap for the occupation, or the corrupt leaderships it brought. Some Iraqis, who do not agree with what is happening in Iraq for three years now….
And this faction of Iraqis is the hope; the hope in building a one, united Iraq, an Iraq thinking by the mentality of: We are all Iraqis, however the details and the names, brought on by the occupier to divide us, differ. We are Iraqis, working to unite people- to collect together their word, unite their hearts, and their aim; a one, free independent Iraq, without occupation, without corrupt dictatorships.
We wait to see what will the new government do, on the ground of reality.
We do not want to listen to speeches, fancy, and empty words.
We want to see accomplishments on the ground of reality.
In a few months, it will be clear whether they were really working for the interests of the Iraqis, and to improve their lives, or if they were just dolls, who have no ability to change conditions.
So, we await the lapse of their duration, until a new election comes along, and we start working early to prepare new leaderships, with minds and speeches more mature, more aware, and more national, to solve the problems of Iraq.
As long as there are some Iraqis who love Iraq more than loving their personal interests, Iraq will be fine.
For their will come the day when Iraq will go back to its good folks…
May 31st, 2006 - by admin
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post Foreign Service – 2006-05-31 08:59:06
BAGHDAD (May 29, 20006) — The US military said Monday it was deploying the main reserve fighting force for Iraq, a full 3,500-member armored brigade, as emergency reinforcements for the embattled western province of Anbar, where a surge of violence linked to the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq has severely damaged efforts to turn Sunni Arab tribal leaders against the insurgency.
The insurgents have assassinated 11 tribal leaders in the Ramadi area since the end of last year, when Sunni sheiks in the city began open cooperation with the US military. That alliance was heralded by US commanders as a sign of a major split between Sunni insurgents and the larger Sunni community of western Iraq.
The insurgent attacks since then have all but frozen the cooperation between Sunni tribal leaders and US forces in Ramadi, local leaders say.
Disclosure of the plan came on a day when insurgent bombings and other attacks killed more than 40 people around the country, including two members of a CBS News team. The team’s correspondent, Iraq veteran Kimberly Dozier, was wounded and listed in critical condition. [Details, A9.]
Last week, US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad conceded, in answer to a question about Ramadi in an interview with CNN, that parts of Anbar were under insurgent control. Ramadi is the capital of the overwhelmingly Sunni province. The difficulties facing stretched-thin US Marines in Ramadi suggest the continuing obstacles to a reduction of American forces in Iraq.
“We hope to get rid of al-Qaeda, which is a huge burden on the city. Unfortunately, Zarqawi’s fist is stronger than the Americans’,” said one Sunni sheik, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of insurgent retaliation. He was referring to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, an umbrella group for many of the foreign and local resistance fighters in Iraq. Local Sunni leaders often insist that the most violent insurgent attacks are by foreign fighters, not Iraqi Sunnis.
In Ramadi, “Zarqawi is the one who is in control,” the sheik said, speaking to a Washington Post special correspondent in Ramadi. “He kills anyone who goes in and out of the US base. We have stopped meetings with the Americans, because, frankly speaking, we have lost confidence in the US side, as they can’t protect us.”
Another sheik, Bashir Abdul Qadir al-Kubaisi of the Kubaisat tribe in Ramadi, expressed similar views. “Today, there is no tribal sheik or a citizen who dares to go to the city hall or the US base, because Zarqawi issued a statement ordering his men to kill anyone seen leaving the base or city hall,” he said.
“We are very upset. But being upset is better than mourning the death of a sheik or tribal leader,” Kubaisi said. “Zarqawi has imposed himself on us. We started thinking of appeasing Zarqawi and his group, because rejecting them means death.”
Gen. George W. Casey, the commander of US forces in Iraq, has called up the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, the main standby reserve force for the roughly 130,000 American troops in Iraq, Maj. Todd Breasseale, a Marine spokesman in Baghdad, confirmed.
The call-up leaves a Marine Expeditionary Unit, which typically includes one combat infantry battalion and air and logistical support, in Kuwait as the only American reserve in the Iraqi theater, a US Central Command spokesman said.
CNN reported last week that as many as two of the brigade’s three battalions were headed to Ramadi. US military officials would not comment then, citing security of any ongoing troop movements.
Breasseale confirmed Monday that the full armored brigade is headed to Anbar, where both US Marines and many local tribal leaders — particularly in Ramadi — have appealed for more US troops.
“Enough is never enough” when it comes to commanders on the ground wanting more troops, Breasseale said. “It might be when these guys get into position they might be in a better position to provide the force structure on the ground that would reenergize the sheiks to begin their work.”
Although Anbar province is heavily Sunni, many local residents have grown weary of the presence of the foreign fighters who joined the Sunni insurgents. They have tired of the violent control the fighter groups wield over cities and towns, and of the US attacks the insurgents draw.
Scores of local Sunni tribal leaders turned out for a groundbreaking meeting with US Marine officers in Ramadi in November. Robed sheiks and Marine officers in camouflage faced each other in a town hall, ignoring mortar rounds that insurgents lobbed at the meeting, to start talking about the first major, open cooperation between Ramadi’s sheiks and US forces.
But when US and Iraqi forces held the first local recruiting drive for local Sunni young men in January, bombs killed more than 60 of the Sunni tribal enlistees and others. The local residents said the bombs were set by Zarqawi’s group.
The assassinations of the tribal leaders then mounted, in what was seen as a clear warning to them not to cooperate with US forces. Violence surged in Ramadi in April and May. In many weeks, Marines in Ramadi have accounted for one-third to half of all American combat deaths in Iraq. US forces say scores of insurgents have been killed in the same period; no full tally of the civilian toll is known.
US forces have called in repeated strikes by air and by artillery on the heart of Ramadi. Marines defend a five-block area of downtown that holds the local government, now a sniper’s alley where US forces move at a run to elude insurgent guns.
Marines have temporarily suspended new embedding of journalists in Ramadi. Time magazine, US News & World Report and the Associated Press, all with embedded reporters already in Ramadi last week, quoted both officers and the enlisted Marines at sandbag firing positions as saying that Ramadi had to have reinforcements to do more than fight insurgents to a draw around the town hall. Time quoted officers as estimating it would take three brigades, up from one.
Marine officers on the ground have been open for more than a year now about needing more troops in Anbar, whose Sunni population, remoteness and comparative lawlessness have made it a stronghold for the insurgency. Anbar borders Syria, a conduit for some of the weapons, money and fighters.
In Ramadi, people describe themselves as under siege. The fighters are moving to enforce the strictest form of Islam on the city, requiring head scarves for women and banning shorts and jeans for men, residents said.
Insurgent groups, calling themselves “Promoting Virtue and Banning Vice” regiments, have threatened households that have Internet service and warned that they will monitor rooftops for satellite dishes turned toward European satellites, said Imad Mohammed, a resident.
“Is it possible that the US Marines are able to control only the government buildings, while al-Qaeda is walking freely in the streets and in the buildings with no one to deter it?” Mohammed asked. “Until the Arab fighters start to interfere with the daily, smallest and personal details of our lives?”
Residents say basic services have fallen, with electricity, water and schooling interrupted and the university closed for long periods. The imported Shiite police force, they say, has collapsed, and many doctors, professors and other professionals are fleeing.
“The city has gone back to the 14th century, if not further,” said Akram Fadhil, a 40-year-old man with seven children and no job.
Rumors routinely circulate of a Fallujah-style clearing operation in Ramadi. Residents say they both hope for it and fear it. The November 2004 operation in Fallujah, a largely Sunni Arab city about 35 miles west of Baghdad, involved a major deployment of troops and sometimes intense fighting with insurgents.
“The city has become an unburnable hell,” said Abdul Salam Ahmed al-Rawi, owner of a now-shuttered ice cream shop in Ramadi.
“We hope this will end soon, and that Americans will clean the city,” Rawi said early last week. “But first they have to change the troops here now, and bring in more, better troops, just like a year and a half ago in Fallujah.”
“For I expect if these troops were given the orders to launch a military campaign, many civilians will fall,” Rawi said. “The Marines in Ramadi now are considering the whole situation as a matter of a challenge, or revenge, because of the daily strikes they get. It makes them put civilians and the al-Qaeda men all in one category.”
Staff writer Thomas E. Ricks in Washington and other Washington Post staff in Iraq contributed to this report.
© 2006 The Washington Post Company
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May 30th, 2006 - by admin
Sa’id Davar / BBC & Global Research – 2006-05-30 23:32:05
KAYHAN, Tehran (May 30, 2006) — The arrangement of effective elements in the debate over Iran’s nuclear case has now entered a new phase. The new round that has started chiefly between Iran and America is almost unprecedented in nearly the past three decades.
Iran is planting defensive mines around itself and strongly resisting the political pressures, the psychological warfare and the military threats of the West and particularly America, and is making defensive threats.
Under the current circumstances, the Americans are taking special measures in Iraq by using the atmosphere of diplomatic tension in the region. They have been directing the movements of the Kurds in Iran’s border areas in a way that suits America’s interests.
There are whispers that they are trying to deploy troops in Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan with the intention of using the space of these two southern Caucasian republics against Iran. However, their request to use the Incirlik base and Turkey’s space against Tehran was apparently turned down by Ankara.
America’s presence in Afghanistan for a few years has provided a rather strong position against Iran. In Faw, Iraq, the United States has been giving the local people notices for population relocation, so that they could build a permanent military base there next to Khorramshahr and the Iranian borders.
Britain’s presence beside America, in spite of the diplomatic denials in London’s Downing Street, takes the United States to the days before the war on Saddam Husayn.
The United States is showing with its political behaviour that it is trying to accept and even demonstrate the reality. By making nuclear threats against Iran, America has made it clear that it truly sees Iran as a serious opponent, because during the history of the Cold War and after that, the Soviet Union and China were the only two cases against which America suggested the possibility of nuclear conflict.
All of the games of the past few years and especially the past few months have put the United States in a position from which it can reach a unique analysis of the issues. America is now considering and weighing the possibility of a military assault on Iran.
The demonstration of Iran’s naval and air force armaments and Tehran’s proven advances in uranium enrichment up to over 3 percent, which the Atomic Energy Agency confirmed as 3.6 per cent, have placed new circumstances before the United States.
The general feeling in Iran is not fear of war. Despite the strong traditional and internal desire for peace in Iran, studying Iran’s society shows that the Iranian people forcefully respond to any kind of threat or aggressive action and any effort to humiliate the Iranian nation.
Iran has achieved true confidence in its technological potential in different scientific areas, especially in nuclear technology, which further strengthens its resolve to protect its independence.
Obviously, everyone has noticed that the circumstances in the Middle East and even the balance of power have changed in favour of Iran. The importance of this matter is that the new circumstances, while consolidating Tehran’s positions in every aspect, undermine the positions of other countries like Pakistan and Israel and destabilize the special roles that certain countries like Egypt and Turkey have in the regional system and among the Middle Eastern governments.
To draw a final conclusion from the dispute between a country that is afraid of losing its military and economic power and a country that striving to survive among different elements and powers that are mainly accustomed to the rule of jungle, we can see that a confrontation between these two forces will endanger the national interests of many other countries and cause serious and great concerns for them.
Right now the Russians are worried that the NATO is going to move its bases near the Iranian borders. Any development in favour of America will permanently undermine Russia’s position in the controversial and very attractive region of the Middle East.
This means that Moscow, after having gone through the 80s, in its worst psychological state will have to deal with the United States and the global developments. Considering Islamabad’s unstable and agitated background and some pages of Iran’s nuclear dossier, the situation wouldn’t be very favourable to the Pakistanis either.
The Chinese will lose a lucrative market and New Delhi will further realize the futility of the abrupt changes in its diplomacy vis-a-vis Iran and siding with the United States. From a security standpoint, the circumstances would not be favourable to Turkey either, because disruption of security in Iranian territory and confrontation with America will further deepen the lack of security in Turkey’s border areas and some parts of its internal geography. In Iraq, the new circumstances will basically speed up the developments, of course in a negative way.
Controlling this state of affairs would be much more difficult than messing up the security puzzle of the region, and this is exactly the conclusion that everyone has reached in Tehran and Washington. For this reason, they are trying not to lose control.
Iran’s national and international prestige is one issue and America’s desire to retain the traditional statue of “superior America” is another. What we see is a state of deep mistrust, which of course is understandable.
Iranian and American logics are defending and attacking, each based on their own data and attributes. Iran is relying on national unity, technological motives and a broad and strategic geography that provides control over extremely crucial passageways of energy, whereas America is counting on European allies, modern weapons and leaders riding a white-headed eagle.
Source: Keyhan website, Tehran, in Persian 21 May 06, p2, translation BBC.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre for Research on Globalization. The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), www.globalresearch.ca
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May 30th, 2006 - by admin
Robyb E. Blumber / St. Petersburg Times – 2006-05-30 23:26:37
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (May 21, 2006) — It’s only three more years. That is the coldly comforting phrase used by people who can’t wait until our destructive, intellectually limited president has permanently gone fishing.
But the changes that George W. Bush has made to our nation’s constitutional firmament may not depart with the first family’s bags. His disregard for the separation of powers has so dramatically
distorted the office of the president that he may have engineered a turning point in American history.
Bush represents the flag-wavers who are long on enthusiasm but don’t have any real appreciation for the nobility of America. It
isn’t our big, expensive military or our big, expensive economy that bestows greatness. It is our modesty. America’s magnificence lies in its grounding principle that power must be diffuse. We built a system
based on the assessed fallibility of man, where a president is limited by Congress, the courts and the Constitution.
But from the beginning, Bush has disregarded America’s well-tested formula of calibrated and collaborative governing. His can’t-think-of-any-mistakes presidency has stomped on comity and established a pattern of unilateralism that future presidents may well emulate.
Bush has taught tomorrow’s leaders that, if there are no consequences for ignoring legal constraints on power and if no one stops you from conducting the nation’s business in secret, you don’t have to be accountable. He is ruling through the tautological doctrine of Richard Nixon, who told interviewer David Frost that as long as the president’s doing it “that means it is not illegal.”
Nothing better illuminates Bush’s contempt for American checks and balances than his abuse of the presidential signing statement. According to a Boston Globe report, Bush has asserted the authority to disregard more than 750 laws by essentially writing provisos into them — a power he stole from Congress.
The Republican leadership in Congress is standing by while its house is being pillaged. The power to write federal laws is Congress’ alone. The president’s duty, as expressly stated in the Constitution, is to faithfully execute the laws he signs, not to add asterisks on parts he intends to ignore.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert are joining in their own emasculation when they utter not a peep during this bloodless coup. I don’t know why Republicans have a reputation for strength. When blindly supporting a president from your own party takes precedence over guarding Congress’ historic role, “Republican leadership” becomes an oxymoron.
It is not just liberals who have recognized the danger. I challenge anyone to read an important new report by the libertarian Cato Institute (www.cato.org) and not be chilled. Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush is an unblinking 28-page analysis of our slow devolution into autocracy. Its message can be summed up with this quote: “Under (the president’s) sweeping theory of executive power, the liberty of every American rests on nothing more than the grace of the White House.”
A meek and pliant Congress is allowing this new paradigm to take root.
It wasn’t until the White House started getting nervous about the confirmation prospects of Gen. Michael Hayden as CIA chief that it bothered to brief the full intelligence committees of the House and Senate on the domestic wiretapping and information-collection programs that had been operational for years.
For the previous five months, the White House stonewalled lawmakers’ questions on warrantless domestic wiretapping of Americans. Republican Sen. Arlen Specter was so frustrated that he threatened to cut off funding for the NSA’s wiretapping program if the information he had requested was not forthcoming.
But rather than rallying around Specter and standing firmly for the oversight role of Congress, his colleagues left him to flap in the wind, with an empty threat on his lips.
Where is Congress?
Why is it that the revelations surrounding a secret database of millions of Americans’ phone records, warrantless wiretapping by the NSA, secret overseas CIA prisons, memos excusing torture and other horribles authorized by Bush had to come from the press?
The same press that, according to ABC News, is having its calls checked so sources can be unearthed. The same press that administration shill William Bennett suggested should be prosecuted under a 1917 espionage law for telling the American people the truth about what their government is up to.
Our lawmakers are MIA. They have handed the game board to Bush, and he has taken it and gone home. He now controls his pieces and theirs. But it wasn’t their game to give away. It was ours.
Holding the executive branch to account for its actions, demanding that it respect the law and insisting that it fully report to Congress on its activities — these are nonnegotiable duties of Congress, because they are key part of our inheritance.
Being answerable to another is humbling. It makes you more careful in your actions. It requires that you consider how you will defend your decisions. George Bush has freed himself of this constitutional imperative and is showing the next president, and the next, how it is done.
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May 30th, 2006 - by admin
Paul Craig Roberts – 2006-05-30 23:20:10
(May 29, 2006) — Is the Bush Regime a state sponsor of terrorism? A powerful case can be made that it is.
In the past three years, the Bush Regime has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and an unknown number of Afghan ones.
US Marines, our finest and proudest military force, are under criminal investigation for breaking into Iraqi homes and murdering entire families. In an unprecedented event, Gen. Michael Hagee, the Marine Corps commandant, has found it necessary to fly to Iraq to tell our best-trained troops to stop murdering civilians.
Gen. Hagee found it necessary to tell the US Marines: “We do not employ force just for the sake of employing force. We use lethal force only when justified, proportional, and most importantly, lawful.”
The war criminals in the Bush Regime have dismissed the murders as “collateral damage,” but they are in fact murders. Otherwise, there would be no criminal investigations, and the Marine commandant would not be burdened with the embarrassment of having to fly to Iraq to lecture US Marines on the lawful use of force.
The criminal Bush Regime has now murdered more Iraqis than Saddam Hussein. The Bush Regime is also responsible for 20,000 US casualties (dead, maimed for life, and wounded).
Bush damns the “axis of evil.” But who has the “axis of evil” attacked? Iran has attacked no one. North Korea has attacked no country for more than a half century. Iraq attacked Kuwait a decade and a half ago, apparently after securing permission from the US ambassador.
Isn’t the real axis of evil Bush-Blair-Olmert? Bush and Blair have attacked two countries, slaughtering their citizens. Olmert is urging them on to attack a third country – Iran.
Where does the danger to the world reside? In Iran, a small, religious country where the family is intact and the government is constrained by religious authority and ancient traditions, or in the US where propaganda rules and the powerful executive branch has removed itself from accountability by breaking the constitutional restraints on its power?
Why is the US superpower orchestrating fear of puny Iran?
The US government has spent the past half century interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, overthrowing or assassinating their chosen leaders and imposing its puppets on foreign peoples. To what country has Iran done this, or Iraq, or North Korea?
Americans think that they are the salt of the earth. The hubris that comes from this self-righteous belief makes Americans blind to the evil of their leaders. How can American leaders be evil when Americans are so good and so wonderful?
How many Serbs were slaughtered by American bombs released from high above the clouds, and for what reason? Who even remembers the propagandistic lies that the Clinton administration told us about why we absolutely had to drop bombs on the Serbs?
Wasn’t it evil for the US to bomb Iraq for a decade and to embargo medicines for children? When US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was asked if she thought an embargo that resulted in the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was justified, she replied, “yes.”
The former terrible tyrant ruler of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, is on trial for killing 150 people. The US government murdered 500,000 Iraqi children prior to Bush’s invasion. When the US government murders people, whether Serbs, Branch Davidians at Waco, or Iraqi women and children, it is “collateral damage.” But we put Saddam Hussein on trial for putting down rebellions.
Gentle reader, do you believe that the Bush Regime will not shoot you down in the streets if you have a rebellion?
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May 30th, 2006 - by admin
New York Times & Morgan Reynolds / No MOre Games.net – 2006-05-30 08:14:09
The FBI Allowed 1993 WTC Bombing to Happen
“Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast”
Ralph Blumenthal / The New York Times
NEW YORK (October 28, 1993 Page A1) — Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.
The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad Salem, should be used, the informer said.
The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings that Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as being in a far better position than previously known to foil the February 26th bombing of New York City’s tallest towers.
The explosion left six people dead, more than a thousand people injured, and damages in excess of half-a-billion dollars. Four men are now on trial in Manhattan Federal Court [on charges of involvement] in that attack.
Mr. Salem, a 43-year-old former Egyptian Army officer, was used by the Government [of the United States] to penetrate a circle of Muslim extremists who are now charged in two bombing cases: the World Trade Center attack, and a foiled plot to destroy the United Nations, the Hudson River tunnels, and other New York City landmarks.
He is the crucial witness in the second bombing case, but his work for the Government was erratic, and for months before the World Trade Center blast, he was feuding with the F.B.I.
Supervisor `Messed It Up’
After the bombing, he resumed his undercover work. In an undated transcript of a conversation from that period, Mr. Salem recounts a talk he had had earlier with an agent about an unnamed F.B.I. supervisor who, he said, “came and messed it up.”
“He requested to meet me in the hotel,” Mr. Salem says of the supervisor.
“He requested to make me to testify, and if he didn’t push for that, we’ll be going building the bomb with a phony powder, and grabbing the people who was involved in it. But since you, we didn’t do that.”
The transcript quotes Mr. Salem as saying that he wanted to complain to F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington about the Bureau’s failure to stop the bombing, but was dissuaded by an agent identified as John Anticev. Mr. Salem said Mr. Anticev had told him, “He said, I don’t think that the New York people would like the things out of the New York Office to go to Washington, D.C.”
Another agent, identified as Nancy Floyd, does not dispute Mr. Salem’s account, but rather, appears to agree with it, saying of the `New York people’: “Well, of course not, because they don’t want to get their butts chewed.”
The Results of the Explosion
Six civilians killed Over 1,000 injured 105 firefighters injured. Five admitted to local hospitals reinforced floors almost 30 inches think blasted away on 3 levels below grade, plus a concourse level floor, leaving a crater about 150 feet in diameter at it’s largest point.
On the B1 level, the operations control center of the Port Authority Police Department (and the fire command station forthe complex) was heavily damaged and rendered out of service. On the B2 level, various walls of elevator shafts and freshair plenums severely damaged, allowing smoke to enter and rise through the cores of both towers.
Numerous concrete walls destroyed or damaged. 200,000 cubic feet of water poured into the lowest grade from damaged refrigeration unit supplies (from the Hudson River), sewer lines, fresh domestic water lines, steam pipes, and condensate return. Water 1.5 feet deep across the B6 level. 124 parked cars destroyed, 102 damaged. Partition walls blown out onto PATH train mezzanine. Numerous telephone conduits collapsed from ceiling onto cars (but phone service was not cut, miraculously).
Fire alarm and public address systems out of service. Elevators out of service. Water cooled emergency generators shut down due to overheating when their water supply was cut. This disabled the emergency lighting. Sprinklers & standpipes out of service. 2,500 tons of rubble removed.
Clean up effort involved 2,700 workers per day, plus a total of 160,000 gallons of cleaning fluid and 200,00 gallons of detergent. Restoration cost: $250,000,000.
FBI gave a million dollars and furnished the explosives to the ex-egyptian army officer and told him to carry out the “drill.” John Antecif was his name the FBI regional chief
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2006
Ralph Schoenman was recently in NYC for some lectures, parts of which were broadcast on local, soon to be gone, community access cable. In connection with false flag operations, Schoenman mentioned the 1993 WTC bombing and gave the documentation regarding the Times account which blew the whistle on the FBI operation.
So the truth comes out in plain sight (excuse the pun), but it doesn’t matter, since it’s never repeated and certainly not part of the official story, the only story that is allowed.
In his lecture Schoenman laid out his theory that the Blind Sheik was brought in to this country against Egypt’s protests to serve as a patsy in these false flag operations and was aided by the CIA while in Egypt as part of a larger operation to destabilize secular Arab governments.
This reminder from 1993 brings up again the question of Clinton’s involvement in these shadow operations. This false flag operation was intended to jump start the war against the Muslim community in the CIA/FBI creation of an Islamic villain and permanent war that is their mission.
Did Clinton know in advance? After the incident, what effort if any did he make to get to the bottom of it? In all likelihood, the best that can be said is that he kept a hands-off approach.
Conspiracy and Closed Minds on 9/11
Morgan Reynolds No More Games.net
(March 2006) — While more Americans doubt the 9/11 story every week, evidence abounds that many have a mental block against rational examination of the evidence about 9/11. The possibility that it was an inside job is a non-starter for them. Programmed “cut outs” insure that 9/11 doubts are consigned to the “conspiracy” closet.
Last June I was explaining the fuss over my 9/11 article to a family member who shall remain anonymous and he interrupted and said, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Millions join him in that sentiment. By implication they might as well say: “I’d rather cling to the official 9/11 myth” = “If mass murderers run free, I’m fine with that” = “If 9/11 was an inside job, then I’m ruled by monsters and I might have to do something about it, I’d rather watch Paris Hilton.”
Where does this passive attitude come from? Causes are many but American indoctrination has two sides that figure prominently in the explanation:
• Belief in “American Exceptionalism”
• Disbelief in conspiracy
The first belief massages the American ego that we are heroes, always the good guys in history, and we can trust our government to be the same. The second steers us clear of subversive theories and thwarts connecting the dots. American exceptionalism is Civics 101, the Disneyfication of US history, the “we’re so good” formula, “those stupid romances commonly called history.”
Like no other nation in history, we are an unparalleled success, goes the story. With American self-esteem unrivalled, denial about 9/11 is hardly surprising.
Conventional wisdom, in effect, says Yes, criminal gangs have ruled in other nations from time to time, perhaps always, but it has never happened here and cannot happen here. Evidence to the contrary is bogus, I do not have to even look at it. For one thing, I vote. We are the world’s greatest duh-mocracy.
In fact, I voted for Bush-Cheney (or that other skull-and-bones candidate from Yale, I forget). I am fully invested with the regime and I’m not a criminal or traitor, so Bush-Cheney must not be either. After all, we the people are the government.
Criminals and traitors do not look like us either, they look like Arabs, Germans, Japanese, Chinese.
Besides, conspiracy theories are little more than a symptom of a mental disease. Such asinine theories stem from delusion and paranoia, not objective reality. On its face, it is preposterous to believe that the US government would attack its own people. History is about accidents, bungling, lone nuts, chaos and coincidence, not planning, cause-and-effect, execution and cover-ups.
False Flag Terrorism
Americans know a great deal that just is not so. The hidden history of false-flag terrorism is key, followed by trained aversion to conspiracy. When bad things happen on a large scale, chances are that an important group of people wanted them to happen and made them happen.
Governments throughout history have provoked or staged attacks on their own people to serve the powers behind the throne (“the money power”), glorify themselves, engage in vast government spending, reward friends, exert domestic control, stimulate the juices of war, annex neighbors and pursue vast geostrategic rearrangements (the “global domination project”). A few examples:
• Nero burned Rome to blame the Christans A.D. 64
• US provoked Mexican-American war 1846
• USS Maine sinking 1898
• Lusitania sinking 1915
• Reichstag fire 1933
• Hitler’s staged attack on the Gleiwitz radio station 1939
• The “surprise attack” at Pearl Harbor 1941
• Bay of Pigs conspiracy 1961
• Operation Northwoods 1962
• LBJ’s Gulf of Tonkin conspiracy 1964
• Kuwaiti baby incubator hoax 1991
• Bush Jr.’s 9/11, yellow cake and WMD scams
Ruthless though plotters be, the basic principle “is as mundane as insurance fraud,” as Webster G. Tarpley writes (9/11 Synthetic Terror, 2005, p. 104), and nicely illustrated by the obscure hoax that started World War II.
Hitler wanted to invade Poland but knew the German majority did not support war, so a group of hapless German convicts was dressed up in Polish army uniforms (by Tarpley’s account, also see these variations), marched to the Gleiwitz radio station, machine gunned to death, arranged as if storming the building, and Nazi agents read an anti-German statement in Polish declaring Polish forces had invaded Gleiwitz and taken over the radio station. With this farce and related border stunts, Hitler invaded Poland the next day, September 1, 1939. “Wag the dog” anyone?
Errors about Conspiracy
Many Americans know that the JFK, RFK, MLK and other assassinations were inside jobs, and Nixon’s Watergate and Reagan’s Iran-Contra are proven conspiracies with criminal convictions. Blatant government murder of US citizens occurred at Waco, Ruby Ridge and the Oklahoma City bombing. Yet fools and liars argue that the scale of 9/11 was too big to be an inside job because it would involve so many people. A conspirator would surely squeal and we would hear about it, goes the argument, and that has not happened.
JFK’s triangulation murder involved hundreds and nobody “ratted” that out in any substantial way, although Jack Ruby was close before he was found dead in his cell and dozens of deaths surrounded the case. Here’s how large, inside conspiracies work:
• Conspiracies — partnerships in crime — are common: a corner drug deal is a conspiracy and one in four federal prosecutions include a conspiracy charge.
• Hundreds rather than thousands probably were necessary to pull off the 9/11 psychological operation.
• Many conspirators are ideologues committed to the idea that the 9/11 hoax would serve the interests of the nation. Worthy ends justify murderous means to this crowd. The human cost of 9/11 turned out to be “only” a month’s highway fatality toll and served the magnificent ends of starting a global war on terror, two invasions and more to come, billions more in defense spending, torture, new agencies, “Patriot” controls, domestic spying, enormous new contracts, more debt and many other attractive consequences.
• Many participants are cunning sociopaths (amoral) with the mindset of stone cold killers. They wear a suit or military uniform but have no respect for the lives of the “little people.” They are ruthless, witness the fool in the White House: “But all in all, it’s been a fabulous year for Laura and me,” a tone-deaf president declared in a December, 2001 interview.
• Only the trustworthy are at the center of the hub-spoke-and-wheel compartmentalization necessary in a complex conspiracy. Only the arrogant few at the hub know the big picture before hand.
• The most secretive regime in U.S. history puts a huge premium on personal loyalty and gets it.
• Most participants did not know in advance how “over-the-top” the twin tower demolitions were going to be. That job probably was contracted out to ruthless foreigners. Once done, it’s too late to get out.
• Any participant would hesitate to squeal after the event because disbelief, disgrace and grief would follow, at a minimum, anyway. The major media, inside 9/11 from the start, would discredit squealers, as necessary.
• Risk-taking behavior is always greater in groups than for lone individuals (psychology 101).
• Once involved in the plot, everyone is “in for good.’
• Conspirators face no threat of arrest, prosecution and punishment by the government’s justice system, a proven fact since government and media obstructed and trashed New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison’s JFK investigation and prosecution.
• Controllers discipline participants through $billions in black budgets and drug money, death threats, assassination and black mail.
• Blatant and repeated resistance against truthful investigations, aided by obstruction of justice and abetted by media silencio, prove there is a lot to hide.
Consider one control technique among many: a very high CIA official died a few years ago and on good authority I know that he had a 7/24 CIA presence to protect against a deathbed confession in front of Hospice personnel. “I’m not into conspiracy theories,” says filmmaker Michael Moore, “only those that are true.”
The fundamental difficulty is not really disbelief about the ability to keep conspiracy secrets but disbelief that U.S. government officials could really collaborate in attacking America and take all those innocent lives at the World Trade Center. This is naïve.
First, government is the instrument of social compulsion. Organized force is what government does. The belief that soft-hearted people rise to the top in government is akin to the belief that softies were whipping masters on slave plantations.
Second, setting WTC bombs could easily have been contracted out to Mossad, otherwise known as “executioner to the world.” Killing? It’s what we do (because this is “life or death for Israel,” blah, blah).
Third, people are taught that they control their government and live in a duh-mocracy but all governments are run by insiders, usually permanent and dominated by the paymasters. When policy or personnel really matter, international bankers call the tune for modern governments daily dependent on them for new loans and refinance of the old. These financiers look out for themselves and believe in a New World Order, a one-government world, and have no allegiance to America or its founding principles.
Fourth, the US military oath requires an oath-taker to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The enemy within the gate is key today, whether called conspiracy or not, not the enemy outside.
Skepticism about conspiracy, small or large, is somewhat beside the point in the case of 9/11 because the official Osama-and-Nineteen-Young-Arabs (ONYA) conspiracy tale is so farcical and impossible. Nearly everyone in America has easy access to the internet and hundreds of websites expose the 9/11 fraud.
The analysis is out there and in a few dozen books, although the mainstream media ignores it all. Only government could have pulled off a psy-op this big, not a rag-tag band of Arab incompetents with no visible means of support repeatedly running afoul of law enforcement in the field.
All the other intelligence services and governments know the real story about who did 9/11. It is like an elephant in the living room, studiously ignored by insiders who keep quiet about it. After thorough exposure via the Downing Street memo and other irrefutable evidence about the Bush-Cheney lies to justify invading Iraq, it takes a lot to remain ignorant about 9/11. It is not about a conspiracy too large to work. Ignorance increasingly has to be willful.
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May 30th, 2006 - by admin
Amanda Moran / Capitol Hill Blue – 2006-05-30 07:53:35
(May 28, 2006) — President George W. Bush’s highly-publicized admission of “regrets” and “moment of candor” during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair this past week was actually a scripted response to a planted question with a British journalist.
Capitol Hill Blue has learned that the question was among a list of “proposed questions” given to British reporters by Blair and that both the British Prime Minister and President Bush knew the question was coming and had prepared responses.
Newsweek correspondent Richard Wolffe says it was obvious to the press corps assembled for the press conference that Bush knew the question was coming and had a response ready.
“Of course, it was very rehearsed, everything from the mannerisms you saw, the upwards glance up at the ceiling for inspiration,” Wolffe says. “And for me, the big giveaway was at the end of that answer-I don’t know if you could see it on camera, but the president flashed a big grin to those of us sitting in the front rows. It didn’t seem that he was quite as contrite as his performance.”
According to multiple sources, Blair planted the question with British reporters leaving England and informed the White House. Both Blair and Bush had scripted responses to the question and it was pre-determined that the question would be recognized so he could ask the question.
“It was a setup from start to finish,” says a member of the press crew that covers Blair on a regular basis. “We knew the question was coming and we knew Blair had a response ready. As for Bush, we didn’t know if he had been briefed but we suspected he had.”
Two sources within the White House confirm Bush knew the question was coming and was ready with his scripted response.
Blair set the tone with this comment in the closing moments:
“You guys, come on, I want you to — the British delegation, ask a few serious questions.”
The setup came in the second question:
Mr. President, you spoke about missteps and mistakes in Iraq. Could I ask both of you which missteps and mistakes of your own you most regret?
Bush was ready:
Sounds like kind of a familiar refrain here — saying “bring it on,” kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner — you know, “wanted dead or alive,” that kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted, and so I learned from that. And I think the biggest mistake that’s happened so far, at least from our country’s involvement in Iraq is Abu Ghraib. We’ve been paying for that for a long period of time. And it’s — unlike Iraq, however, under Saddam, the people who committed those acts were brought to justice. They’ve been given a fair trial and tried and convicted.
Wolffe says Bush has to go the regret route because his other trite phrases just don’t work any more.
“I don’t think those cliches actually work so much anymore,” he says.
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May 30th, 2006 - by admin
– 2006-05-30 07:51:15
ORGANIZATIONS ALREADY TAKING ACTION ON IRAN
Bush and the neocons could attack Iran very soon; or they may wait until closer to the elections, to try to rally voters to keep the Republicans in power in congress. If your group is not working on this issue, hopefully you will be soon!
Even a conventional attack on Iran, if resisted by Iran, could spiral into regional or even world nuclear war.
This poses the most serious crisis since Russian leaders repeatedly threatened the United States with possible nuclear war during the 1999 US/NATO attacks on Serbia.
(See relevant quotes at http://carolmoore.net/nuclear war)
(Does not include many member groups of United for Peace and Justice)
**daily news about and opinion pieces against US attack on Iran
• After Downing Street.Org
** organized widely publicized and endorsed petition vs. strike on Iran
which Cindy Sheehan and others will deliver to White House on May 18th
• Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII)
**International group of peace and Iranian activists working against attack
• Don’t Attack Iran
• Friends Committee National Legislation
** Issued statements against an attack
• Peace Action
** front page link to strong statement for nuclear free Middle East, including Israel
• Don’t Attack Iran Petition
• Stop the War Now
Working against attack on Iran for almost 2 years
• United for Peace And Justice
** Statement vs. Iran war
** Legislative Lobbying during May probably will include against attack
• World Can’t Wait
• British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
Iran ** State of December 2005
• Institute for Policy Studies
Phyllis Bennis and Stephen Zunes peices against attacking Iran.
• Physicians for Social Responsibility
**Statement against the attack
**Will soon make available signon petitions for physicians and for general public
• International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
**Front page statement vs. strike on Iran
• Union of Concerned Scientists, USA
** Video and statement vs. Iran nuclear war, though video does show how conventional strikes would be sufficient for military needs.
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