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THE HYPER-POWER
    "I am fascinated by this concept of America the hyperpower – a superpower so powerful that it is beyond challenge, or even reproach. This super-superpower is beyond good and evil, a Nietzschean nation whose dominance is not only military but also cultural. History begins with its founding, and ends with its hegemony. Its rulers are the emperors of a New Rome, whose centurions guard the far frontiers of the imperial domain – while at home the people are too narcotized to notice that their old Republic is gone. The hyperpower plays with other countries like a cat plays with a cornered mouse. There is no question as to how it will end, only how long it will take the cat to pounce and finish off his already half-dead prey. The whims of a cat are naturally inscrutable,

    "Isn't that, after all, what it means to be a hyperpower? To be at the center of everything – to permanently capture the world's attention, to excite the world's envy, to provoke the world's fear, with no need to take reality into account – and unlimited power to punish. To live like the gods on Olympus, hurling the occasional thunderbolt at an impertinent mortal but otherwise governing and presiding over your dominion, routinely deciding matters of life and death while administering the natural order of things – such are the benefits of hyperpower-dom. The ideology of this "natural" order has gone through many names over the years – "the four freedoms," "collective security," "democracy," "humanitarianism," and especially "globalization" – but nothing has really changed since medieval times, when conquerors and kings proclaimed that they ruled by divine right. The divine right of the Clintons – and their successors – to use the rest of the world for target practice: this, in the end, is what the mad dream of global hegemony comes down to. And we have the ultimate nerve to label our enemies "terrorists"! No wonder there is a move afoot to put up a missile defense shield – how long before the rest of the world gets sick and tired of "being treated like chattel and decides to strike back?"  Justin Raimondo

 

"Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or
that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the
tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The Statesman who yields to
war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the
master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable
events. Antiquated War Offices, weak, incompetent or arrogant
Commanders, untrustworthy allies, hostile neutrals, malignant Fortune,
ugly surprises, awful miscalculations all take their seat at the Council
Board on the morrow of a declaration of war. Always remember,
however sure you are that you can easily win, that there would not be a
war if the other man did not think he also had a chance."

Winston Churchill "My Early Life" 1930

 

Not only have the past six decades of hot- and cold-war bucks been finger-lickin' good for the game's insiders who slip back and forth between government and business, they have also motivated a lot of fanatics around the world to hate all things American. And now many of these scary types are willing to kamikaze planes into buildings on Main Street USA or drive explosive-laden trucks into our facilities in other countries where we probably shouldn't be.  Col. David Hackworth

The Bridge on the Drina          

"Allah and the First Bridge"   "My father told me as a child how bridges first came to this world and how the first bridge was built. When Allah the Merciful and Compassionate first created this world, the earth was smooth and even as a finely engraved plate. That displeased the devil who envied man this gift of God. And while the earth was still just as it had come from God's hands, damp and soft as unbaked clay, the devil stole up and scratched the face of God's earth with his nails as much and as deeply as he could. Therefore, the story says, deep rivers and ravines were formed which divided one district from another and kept people apart, preventing them from travelling on that earth that God had given them as a garden for their food and their support.

     And God felt pity when he saw what the Accursed One had done, but was not able to return to the task which the devil had spoiled with his nails, so God sent his angels to help people and make things easier for them. When the angels say how unfortunate men could not pass those abysses and ravines to finish the work they had to do, but tormented themselves and looking in vain and shouted from one side to the other, the angels spread their wings above those places and men were able to cross. So people learned from the angels of God how to build bridges, and therefore, after fountains, the greatest blessing is to build a bridge and the greatest sin to interfere with one, for every bridge, from a tree trunk crossing a mountain stream to this great bridge of Mehmed Pasha, has its guardian angel who cares for it and maintains it as long as God has ordained that it should stand." -- - From The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric.    The book won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1961.  

"Following a recent visit to the Gaza Strip -- a crowded, barren expanse of misery hemmed in and transected by Israeli troops, former New York Times Mideast bureau chief Chris Hedges wrote of a most illuminating experience. ----"Israeli soldiers armed with loudspeakers cursed the inhabitants of one Palestinian refugee camp, knowing children and teens would emerge to ineffectually throw stones.     The Israeli soldiers then gunned down the youths with live bullets, wrote Hedges, who noted he'd covered other wars where children were deliberately slaughtered.  But I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport," Hedges wrote in a recent HARPER's magazine article.   CALGARY SUN

 “Who has reason to hate this country? Only a few hundred million people -- Arabs, Muslims, Serbs, and numerous others whose countries have been hit by U.S. bombers.
     Imagine hating a country so much that you were willing to cross an ocean and carry out an elaborate revenge against its people, killing yourself in the process. This is something far more than the sort of ideological anti-Americanism that leads student mobs to throw stones at U.S. embassies abroad; that's kid stuff. This is an obsessive, fanatical, soul-consuming hatred,” Joseph Sobran column

"In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available to an average citizen in America right now... God almighty, what have we done to each other?"  Merle Haggard

4/12/09  Liberals Line Up With Militarism  quote from Obama addressing troops in Iraq during surprise visit in April ---

The American invasion itself was "an extraordinary achievement," as Obama had the shameless brass to announce in Baghdad this week. "You have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country." And now it's up to these ungrateful, lazy, shiftless creatures to take advantage of the magnificent gift America has given them -- or else.

The moral depravity of this stance is breathtaking. Invade a country for no reason, kill a million of its people, drive four million into exile, destroy its infrastructure, plunge it into civil war, abet its "ethnic cleansing," loot its wealth, put it in the hands of religious extremists, unleash disease, poverty and social breakdown: this is an "extraordinary achievement," says the progressive paladin. And now the Iraqis must "take responsibility" for the hell on earth created by their invaders.

I find this wicked arrogance almost beyond description. Fortunately, Arthur Silber has limned it well, with his usual power and eloquence, and I want to quote him at length on this subject, because it bears repeating. But you should go to the original for the many links he provides to buttress and expand the piece. From Silber:

Washington has hold (block) on $5 billion of Iraqi imports, most for reconstruction of civilian infrastructure, e.g. electricity, communications, etc.  Wash. Post 1/16/02

2 Lives - The Bomber and Her Victim --NEWSWEEK  4/9/02

"'Smart Sanctions' make no provision for paying salaries of civil servants in Iraq.   Therefore, regardless of how much medicine, chalk and chlorine arrives in Iraq, doctors, nurses, teachers, water and sanitation engineers will remain underpaid and desperate to find the income to support their families  The Iraqis' meager income is already less than a quarter of pre-Gulf War levels." ECONOMIST 1/26/02

Addressing an annual award event of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), House Republican leader Tom DeLay told of how, when he recently stood on the Golan Heights and looked across the region, "I didn't see any occupied territory, I only saw Israel." http://www.jnewswire.com/ news_archive/03/11/031121_ delay.asp

In a typical week, an estimated 7,000 U.S. special-forces personnel are operating in 60 to 70 countries as part of Pentagon-sponsored military-to-military activities, according to the U.S. Special Operations Command," Stratfor.com

"Making truth the first casualty of our war against terrorism carries a price.   Other nations and peoples are more resentful of pious hypocrisy than of Realpolitik bluntness." Bruce Fein, 10/9, WASHINGTON TIMES

"There is now one commissioned officer for every five enlisted, it was one to six just 10 years ago, and one to ten in WWII," Carlton Meyer

"War is a way of shattering to pieces...materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses... too intelligent."
– George Orwell, "1984"

THE NATION (update 11/23/01 "The bombing devastated Iraq's civilian infrastructure, destroying eighteen of twenty electricity-generating plants and disabling vital water-pumping and sanitation systems. Untreated sewage flowed into rivers used for drinking water, resulting in a rapid spread of infectious disease. Comprehensive trade sanctions compounded the effects of the war, making it difficult to rebuild, and adding new horrors of hunger and malnutrition."

"Since September 11, the Bush administration has offered police or military training to a growing list of countries said to be at the front lines in the fight against global terrorism—including Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Colombia. Many of these new allies have extensive records of ongoing human rights violations, including torture and assassination (see Appendix 2, pages 41-45). The administration’s March 2002 “emergency supplemental appropriations” request includes well over a billion dollars in new military aid and training. Among the items requested is $100,000,000 that the Defense Department would distribute for weapons and training to countries it would secretly choose; it would do so without congressional oversight; and it would assert the right to discard any human rights or other conditions that Congress has developed over the past decades to minimize unintended negative consequences of U.S. military aid." Foreign Policy in Focus

"U.S. commanders and NATO/State Department spokesmen were so ignorant or arrogant about international treaties and laws, that they even publicly boasted of highly illegal actions and destruction of non-military civilian targets," Clinton War Crimes Indictment

"60 MINUTES" television show of May 11, 1996: Leslie Stahl: "We have heard that a half million children have died as a result of sanctions. That’s more than died in Hiroshima. Is the price worth it?"     Madeleine Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it."

"The armed forces of the United States aren't the legions of the Roman Empire. The soldiers of a republic shouldn't be walking endless foreign battlements in a deranged and futile attempt to enforce a pax Americana."  Don Feder (about Kosovo; he then supported attack on Iraq, ed.)

"As the arbiter and enforcer of the post-cold war order, the main financial and military prop of repressive regimes throughout the world, we have become the targets of every aggrieved faction on earth. As we intervene, on a global scale, in the civilizational conflicts of non-Western nations – which we can neither understand nor ameliorate – we are reaping a whirlwind of hatred. The current terrorist scare more than confirms Samuel P. Huntington's thesis 'that Western intervention in the affairs of other civilizations is probably the single most dangerous source of instability and potential global conflict in a multicivilizational world.'  Given Huntington's insight, it is no surprise that we are 'celebrating' the holiday season cowering in our homes, afraid to get on a plane or even to venture out on New Year's Eve."  Justin Raimondo (12/22/99)

 

"It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, .....the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering

David Wurmser of American Enterprise Institute joined his former colleague, John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security,  to be a special assistant.   While at AEI Wurmser wrote that any attack on the U.S. military overseas should be met by Washington with a response of massive killing of civilians in the offending nation.  Bolton is known for arguing that Washington should disregard international law.  He "promptly dismantled or obstructed nearly every multilateral treaty in sight,"  quoted in Bush & the World (excellent analysis) FOREIGN AFFAIRS.  And so the consequences:----------

 

"In another action, Ashcroft moved to inhibit press freedom, a First Amendment right, by encouraging federal agencies to use the pretense of national security to hide public records that the press is ordinarily entitled to receive under the Freedom of Information Act. The law was passed during the Cold War to encourage an open government. Last month Ashcroft issued a
memo to federal agencies telling officials that if they decide to deny requests for information filed under the FOIA, they "can rest assured that the Department of Justice will defend your decisions ... ." Helen Thomas

"Milosevic," said US officials, "only understands military force."  It is also the language that the Americans prefer to speak.  THE NATION, Bangkok, 5/4/00

"What we are managing to do is alienate almost everyone,"  James Schlesinger, former Sec. of Defense (WSJ 12/27/99)

 

Washington 5/28 - It was Condoleezza Rice, White House foreign affairs advisor to Bush, who helped her boss get out of an embarrassing situation. In a discussion between presidents George W. Bush, 55, (USA) and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, 71, (Brazil), Bush had astonished his colleague with the question: "Do you have blacks, too?"

While the Brazilian showed surprise over the Bush question, Rice, 47, cleared Bush up: "Mr. President, Brazil has probably more blacks than the USA. Some say it is the country with the most blacks outside of Africa." Brazil president Cardoso judged afterwards: With reference to Latin America, Bush is 'still in training.'"

 

"What's the point of having this superb military that you've always been talking about if we can't use it?"  Madeleine Albright asked Gen. Powell, when she was UN Ambassador (from Gen. Powell's autobiography).

 

".......Similar reports came from Ramallah--offices in ruins, files and hard drives gone.  The Minsitry of Civil Affairs, the Central Bureau of Statisics, the Ministry of finance, the Land Registry....had all been raided....the records of the Paestinian Insurance Company were gone, and there were many more examples.....

"U.S. military has established 'zones of exclusion' near sensitive U.S. military
installations and during major exercises in which international airspace laws are declared invalid.
The Gulf of Sidra conflicts with Libya in the 1980s occurred whenever the U.S. 6th Fleet established a huge "zone of exclusion" just off the Libyan coast..... In one incident, a hotdog Navy F-14 pilot shot down two Libyan Su-22s which were cruising off the coast. The Navy concocted a phony "dogfight" story...... For the past ten years, the USA has mocked international law by unilaterally imposing "no-fly zones" over most of Iraq and parts of the Balkans," Carlton Meyer

The Russian Defense Budget is $4 Billion, the American--$284 Billion" NEW YORK TIMES 1/16/2000;  "Rus. attack Submarine fleet down from 200 to 20," WASH. POST 8/16/2000;  Rus. surface fleet now 35 ships, English Navy has 34, Since end of cold war Rus have cut their fleets by 80%, LONDON TIMES, 10/20/00)  Anatol Lieven reports that the total Russian budget for 2001 is $42 Billion (NYT 4/13/01)

"A systematic effort by the Israeli Army to strip institutions of the Palestinian 'Aughority of as much data as possible........they are destroying all the records, all the archives, all the files, of the Palestinian Aughority, said Yasir Abed Rabbo, the Palestinian ministr of information....."This is an administavive massacre, and will lead to chaos.......all payroll data for the Palestinian Suthority seemed to be gone......"       NEW YORK TIMES 4/16/02

 

"There are many good reasons to be anti-leftist, but let us revisit what Mises said in 1956 concerning the anti-socialists of his day. He pointed out that many of these people had a purely negative agenda, to crush the leftists and their bohemian ways and their intellectual pretension. He warned that this is not a program for freedom. It was a program of hatred that can only degenerate into statism.

'The moral corruption, the licentiousness and the intellectual sterility of a class of lewd would-be authors and artists is the ransom mankind must pay lest the creative pioneers be prevented from accomplishing their work. Freedom must be granted to all, even to base people, lest the few who can use it for the benefit of mankind be hindered. The license which the shabby characters of the quartier Latin enjoyed was one of the conditions that made possible the ascendance of a few great writers, painters and sculptors. The first thing a genius needs is to breathe free air.' "  Lew Rockwell

 

Under an agreement ratified by Kyrgyzstan, it would earn US$7,000 for each takeoff or
landing of a U.S. Air Force plane.......some thirty to forty U.S.fighter-bombers and several transport planes are to be stationed at the airbase at Manas. JAMESTOWN MONITOR 12/11/02

 

"American involvement in the Middle East has, for the most part, consisted of sabotaging one popular movement after another so as to maintain one dictator or another in power. From Iran to Jordan to Algeria, American policy has been hostile to any expression of Middle Eastern democracy. Our policy there is defined by hypocrisy. We've condemned Iranian fundamentalism, even gone so far as to support a military suppression of free elections in Algeria, lest fundamentalists gain control there, yet we’re happy supporting the royal fundamentalists of the House of Saud and Sabah in the Persian Gulf, because they do our bidding. Again and again we've set ourselves up as the enemy of the average residents in the Middle East by interfering in their local affairs."  SPINTECH

 

"To the frustration of the (Bush) Administration, NATO foreign ministers declined even to acknowledge formally that the allies face a 'common threat' of a missile attack." NY TIMES 5/30/01 (Washington argues that Iran, Iraq, Libya threaten Europe, ed.)

 

"The Department of Justice expressed concern that the policy (shooting down civilian aircraft) “would obviate many of the procedural safeguards fundamental to our system of criminal jurisprudence,” questioning whether “the taking of lives without due process of law would be held constitutional by the courts.” Aside from being illegal under domestic and international law, the policy undermines U.S. efforts to protect its own civil aircraft, subjects the U.S. to international criticism, and has now resulted in the deaths of U.S. citizens." Foreign Policy in Focus

 

It was Croats, not Serbs who started the mess in the Balkans (with US help)-See Accuracy in Media report

 

Gen. Clark's lesson--- "Despite such embarrassments, Clark can take heart from the fact that his influence on warfare already transcends the Balkans.   Since Operation Allied Force laid waste to the Serbian civilian infrastructure, the targeting of such infrastructure has become routine and acceptable. The Israelis, who have for years shown relative care in avoiding the Lebanese infrastructure in their raids, were quick to change tactics, citing the Balkan operation as a legitimizing precedent. More recently the gangsters in the Kremlin have used the same justification for their terror-bombing of Chechnya." COUNTERPUNCH

 

"Woodrow Wilson called sanctions the 'peaceful silent deadly remedy.' Today, they may fairly be called America's silent weapon of mass destruction whose victims are almost always the weak, the sick, the women and the young. When Arab terrorists murder Israeli children, we Americans are rightly filled with horror and disgust. But what do Arab peoples think of us when US sanctions bring death to literally
thousands of Iraqi children every single month? Can a nation that declares piously it will never stoop to
assassinating tyrants, but wields a sanctions sword
that slaughters children, truly call itself 'the home of the brave?'"
PAT BUCHANAN 12/16/99

4.5-6,000 Iraqi children die every month from disease and starvation (Australian Report) --

"What repulses (foreigners) is the sense of America as a drunken bully--able to kill from the air, pulverize historic buildings and plunge cities into darkness with impunity, barely conscious of what it is doing,"  Scott McConnell

Republican Congress-- "Tax Collectors for the Warfare State."

5/26   Linda Bowles (columnist)            ".....Throughout the non-NATO world, Americas is increasingly seen as an aggressor nation, the new "Evil Empire," demonstrably unfit to preach to other nations about human rights and democratic freedoms......the perception grows that America has fallen from grace and lost its image as the light and hope of the world......"

"War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength – and Daniel Pipes, the nation's leading Islamophobe and a stalwart of the War Party, has been named to the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). While the Institute –– is dedicated to "promoting the peaceful resolution of international conflict," Ha'aretz aptly describes the Pipes credo as follows:  "He espouses a theory of conflict resolution that rests on the assumption that peace usually is achieved only by one side defeating the other with military force or other pressure, and only rarely through reconciliation or negotiation." Justin Raimondo 

 

"Beware of the leader who bangs of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

"And when the drums of war have reached a fevor pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry.  Rather, the citizenry infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and do it gladly so.    "How do I know? I know for this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

*Julius Caesar {100-44 BC Roman Statesman & General}

 

On NATO Expansion--"The nation America most needs to lock onto a democratic path is Russia. Yet, by making allies of countries once part of its empire, we treat Russia as the Allies treated Germany at Versailles, rubbing its nose in its defeat, pushing it outside the Western enclosure, virtually designating Russia a permanent enemy. To capture a pawn we are risking a queen." Pat Buchanan, "A Republic, not an Empire"

Mary Robinson, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former Prime Minister of Ireland--
"How can you expect me to condemn human rights abuses in Algeria, China and elsewhere when the United Nations themselves are responsible for the worst situation in Iraq? It’s part of my job to bring to public consciousness the incredible suffering of Iraqi society."

 

'What we say goes' was George Bush's definition of the New World order during the bombing in 1991. In the Clinton years, US contempt for international law has become even more open and explicit. While she was UN ambassador, Madeline Albright simply told the UN: 'We will behave multilaterally when we can, and unilaterally when we must' i.e. if you don't like it, get lost. Madeline Albright declared in 1997: 'We do not agree with the nations who argue that if Iraq complies with it obligations concerning weapons of mass destruction, sanctions should be lifted.' Clinton himself went one step further when he said 'sanctions will be there until the end of time, or as long as he [Hussain] lasts.' 'What we say goes' was George Bush's definition of the New World order during the bombing in 1991. In the Clinton years, US contempt for international law has become even more open and explicit. While she was UN ambassador, Madeline Albright simply told the UN: 'We will behave multilaterally when we can, and unilaterally when we must' i.e. if you don't like it, get lost. Madeline Albright declared in 1997: 'We do not agree with the nations who argue that if Iraq complies with it obligations concerning weapons of mass destruction, sanctions should be lifted.' Clinton himself went one step further when he said 'sanctions will be there until the end of time, or as long as he [Hussain] lasts.'

 

Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nüremberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal, 1950.          University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

(b) War crimes:

Violations of the laws or customs of war include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.  (for much more see http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/1950a.htm )

The plight of the Russian military also raised questions about the justification of U.S. military's enormous budget, according to retired U.S. General William Odom, a former director of the National Security Agency, "It does raise the question of why we need 10 carrier battle groups and close to 100 attack submarines," he said. The U.S. budget for 1999 was almost $280 billion while the Kremlin Russian budget was just a fraction of that, at an estimated $5.6 billion.

The Boston Globe (5/16/99) reported:
"In planning the 1991 Persian Gulf War, US officers found a total of 12 bridges for the movement of Iraqi troops in and out of Kuwait. US planes bombed those bridges over and over, with little effect. So they bombed every bridge in Iraq, 160 in all, about two-thirds of them far from Kuwait.  After a while, all bridges were seen and treated equally. Similarly, now in Belgrade, it seems, all military agencies are seen and treated as if they were of equal importance. The Pentagon announced last week that three-quarters of the targets hit in this air war, 270 out of 380, have been 'strategic targets.' Only 110 have been directly connected to the soldiers and militias in Kosovo."

 

"You do understand that all this gibberish about rule of law is just that: gibberish. The great violators of international law are the United States, Great Britain and their NATO allies. It is against the law to make war on a sovereign nation that is not threatening or attacking you. It is against international law to intervene with force in the internal affairs of nations. It is the apex of hypocrisy to apply the law based on double, triple and quadruple standards........" from "Crimes Against Humanity---Look at the West by The Great Charley Reece

"You can be sure that American politicians, who love to swagger about, bullying little countries, will not attempt to bully Russia -- just as they have not attempted to bully China. After all, both of these countries have teeth.....I hope to live long enough once again to praise U.S. foreign policy for being constitutional, humane and just. Right now it's as corrupt, as devious, as hypocritical as its domestic policies" Charlie Reese, 1/20/00, ORLANDO SENTINEL

 

"The British should reflect on the experience of their own country as the only hegemon that did not attract a hostile coalition against itself.  It avoided that fate by showing great restraint, prudence and discrimination in the use of its power in the main political arena--by generally standing aloof and restricting itself to the role of balancer of last resort.  In doing so it was heeding the warning givern it by Edmund Burke, just as its era of supramacy was beginning: 'I dread our own power and our own ambition.  I dread being too much dreaded.' I believe the United States is now in dire need of such a warning."   Owen Harries- The Anglosphere Illusion-NATIONAL INTEREST, Spring, 2001

 

5/17    The Times also noted that the most scathing recent criticism came from Peter Krogh, Albright's "close friend and mentor when he was dean of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service during her tenure there."
          Krogh wrote two weeks ago in a Wall Street Journal OpEd piece, "I cannot recall a time when our foreign policy was in less competent hands. The bombing of Iraq has only entrenched Saddam Hussein's power. The bombing of Serbia has likewise entrenched Milosevic and contributed to a refugee debacle. To make matters worse, these involvements have come at the expense of America's primary strategic interests: integrating Russia and China into the international system."

Today the only multi-ethnic nation in the Balkans is...... Serbia with     Serbs--7,000,000           Hungarians--900,000 Albanians--200,000 Gypsies--150,000                  Others (Greeks, Turks, miscelaneous) 1,200,000.  The nations Washington subsidizes are the most racist & ethnic pure.

        "Under a telecommunications bill (UK) to be introduced next month, computer users who refuse to reveal their passwords to the government will face up to two years in jail. Internet service providers will be forced, at their expense, to make their networks wiretap-friendly, and to keep records showing to and from whom material has been received. One crusty old Tory MP saw the bill as a plan for "a state surveillance system like something out of Orwell's 1984" (See what Blair means? What a tired old metaphor!).
       "This, then, is a statism for the 21st century. Intrusive at home, pursuing safety and social justice; violent abroad, with cruise missiles and cluster bombs for foreign forces of reaction – and all of it coated in dulcet phrases about compassion, altruism, the future, and "progress." Meet the new boss; but for the rhetoric, same as the old boss. When G.K. Chesterton wrote that "the old tyrants invoked the past; the new tyrants will invoke the future," he might have been thinking of a character like Tony Blair."  Gene Healy, LIBERTY

 

 

ON "SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS"
"... what does it mean if somebody asks you, Do you support the people in Iowa? Can you say, Yes, I support them, or No, I don't support them? It's not even a question. It doesn't mean anything. That's the point. The point of public relations slogans like "Support our troops" is that they don't mean anything. They mean as much as whether you support the people in Iowa. Of course, there was an issue. The issue was, Do you support our policy? But you don't want people to think about that issue. That's the whole point of good propaganda." -- Noam Chomsky (Media Control)

 

On NATO EXPANSION:--

Senate Republican leader Trent Lott echoes these sentiments: "Whether Russia is ready to accept an enlarged NATO will be an important sign of Russia's departure from its imperial past." For them, Russian opposition to NATO is itself an argument for expansion. From this perspective there are no legitimate Russian concerns.

This remarkable assertion asks us to set aside all that history teaches about the behavior of states and the workings of power. We might begin to understand Russia's concerns by asking "What is NATO?" Edward Luttwak, an American strategic analyst, answers that "NATO is not a security-talking shop but a veritable military force...temporarily at peace." NATO offers its members participation in not only an alliance but a unified military command whose primary mission is to prepare for war on a continental scale. Even today, after significant reductions, NATO's members together boast military power several times as great as that demonstrated (but underutilized) in the Gulf War.

Senate Republican leader Trent Lott echoes these sentiments: "Whether Russia is ready to accept an enlarged NATO will be an important sign of Russia's departure from its imperial past." For them, Russian opposition to NATO is itself an argument for expansion. From this perspective there are no legitimate Russian concerns.

This remarkable assertion asks us to set aside all that history teaches about the behavior of states and the workings of power. We might begin to understand Russia's concerns by asking "What is NATO?" Edward Luttwak, an American strategic analyst, answers that "NATO is not a security-talking shop but a veritable military force...temporarily at peace." NATO offers its members participation in not only an alliance but a unified military command whose primary mission is to prepare for war on a continental scale. Even today, after significant reductions, NATO's members together boast military power several times as great as that demonstrated (but underutilized) in the Gulf War.     by Carl Conetta, Commenwealth Institute (partial transcript)

 

A BARBAROUS WORD FOR BARBAROUS ACT
By Diana Johnstone (COUNTERPUNCH)

A number of people are saying that what NATO has been doing shouldn't be called "war". The word "war" suggests nations fighting each other. In this case, a group of the richest and best-armed nations on earth, led by the greatest military power in history, have ganged up to beat the hell out of one small, surrounded country which never harmed any of them and couldn't possibly defend itself.

Day after day, the great powers destroy the little country's factories, bridges, power stations, leaving men, women and children, old and young, infirm or healthy, without light or running water. Then the bombers start in on residential areas and hospitals. Bit by bit, destroying a whole country. If the victim offers to give in, the big powers bomb some more, reitering that "all they understand is force".

Insult is added to injury. Cartoonists and pundits invent a fictional version of the target country to hold up to public scorn, ridicule and hatred. Political leaders, spotlighted spokesmen and highly paid opinion-makers escalate the verbal abuse, comparing the population of the victim country to Nazis and suggesting that they must be conquered, punished, occupied and taught how to behave by the superior civilized governments that are bombing them. The bombs even destroy the victim country's means of communication with the outside world, so that neither their pain nor their wounds, neither their tears nor their courage are visible or audible to their torturers. Yes, that's the word: torture. Make a country suffer, in darkness and silence, until it gives in.  MORE

 

The military annex of the proposed Rambouillet documents provided for NATO to have "free and unrestricted passage and unimpeded access throughout the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia" (not just Kosovo); and that while NATO personnel would be "immune" from arrest, investigation or detention by Yugoslav authorities and from prosecution for any offense, NATO would be authorized to "detain" Yugoslavs and turn them over to unspecified "appropriate officials".  Robert Heyden, PITTSBURG POST-GAZETTE Post-Gazette, 5/31


Iraq's Chilling Economic Statistics reflections by Ali Abunimah , 18 March 1999.

    "Iraq's total GDP has fallen to just $5.7 billion, or $247 per capita (down from $60 billion before the Gulf War) Iraq, once one of the most developed countries in the Middle East, is now poorer than many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. .... The entire Iraqi economy amounts to just 2% (two percent) of the annual United States defense budget of $265 billion." ( For more on the effects of the economic destruction on Iraq, see The Economy Section)

    . NATO Knocks Out Electricity in Serbia

    BELGRADE, May 3, 1999 - One day after Belgrade released the three American POWs, Washington and Brussels said "thank you" by bombing much of Serbia practically into stone age. NATO air strikes hit Kostolac and Obrenovac gigantic electric power plants on the 40th day of bombing, leaving  Belgrade, Vojvodina and much of Serbia without power.

    Last night's bombing has caused a complete breakdown in power supply to
    about 65% of Serbia, 80% of Republika Srpska in the neighboring Bosnia and
    Herzegovina, TiM sources estimate. Some parts of Croatia and Macedonia, who also receive power from Obrenovac.  "Civilians are left without water supply, bakeries don't work, hospitals cannot treat patients etc.," a TiM correspondent from Belgrade reports.

"Every time you hear the phrase, "Jesus is coming back soon," you should mentally add, "and two-thirds of the Jews of Israel will be dead in ‘soon plus 84 months.’" Fundamentalists really do believe that they probably will not die physically, but to secure this faith prophetically, they must defend the doctrine of an inevitable holocaust.

"This specific motivation for the support of Israel is never preached from any fundamentalist pulpit. The faithful hear sermons – many, many sermons – on the pretribulation Rapture. On other occasions, they hear sermons on the Great Tribulation. But they do not hear the two themes put together: "We can avoid death, but only because two-thirds of the Jews of Israel will inevitably die in a future holocaust. America must therefore support the nation of Israel in order to keep the Israelis alive until after the Rapture." Fundamentalist ministers expect their congregations to put two and two together on their own. It would be politically incorrect to add up these figures in public.  by Gary North," The Unannounced Reason Behind American Fundamentalism's Support for Israel.

 

"God's program for the Jews then resumes with the tribulation, Antichrist, bowls of wrath, 144,000 Jews preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and Armageddon. Then, the Second (third, if you count the preTrib rapture) Coming, the instantaneous conversion of the entire nation of Israel, the resurrection of the Tribulation and Old Testament saints, and the "sheep and goats" judgment. The "goats" will be cast into hell, the "sheep" and the believing Jews will enter the millennium in natural human bodies, marrying, reproducing, and dying. The "mystery church" and the resurrected Tribulation and Old Testament saints will live in the heavenly Jerusalem suspended above the earthly city. This millennium will be a time of great peace and prosperity, with Christ ruling on David's throne. After 1,000 yrs. Satan will be released from the chain with which he had been bound at the beginning of the millennium and many of the children born to the "sheep" and the Israelites will follow him in revolt against Christ. The King will again destroy His enemies, followed by another resurrection of the righteous, another resurrection of the unrighteous, a final judgment, and at last the New Heavens and the New Earth........No matter how many other important truths it proclaims, it cannot be called Christian if it empties
Christianity of its essential message."Dispensationalism -Christianity or a Cult?

"The Puritan god is a cruel god, more Luciferian than
Christlike. And that's what worries me about these people who are so
sure God is on their side – because, as any of my Jesuit teachers could
have told you, only the Devil would make such a claim." RAIMONDO

One should note that only 2 of the NATO nations attacking Serbia were Rightist, 15 were ruled by Leftists, European Socialists---See Alex Cockburn for more on Euro-Socialists' wars

 

"Non-oil contracts, covering such areas as power generation and
water purification equipment, have also fallen victim to concerns - again mainly from the US and UK - over their potential 'dual use'",
LONDON FINANCIAL TIMES 2/4/00,    "IRAQI OIL INFRASTRUCTURE CRUMBLES AS SANCTIONS BITE------Company protests that US and UK action hurts the industry," writes Robert Corzine (Report from Kirkuk, Iraq)

 

As Secy of State, John Quincy Adams kept our Navy from supporting the Greeks in their war of independence.  He made this speech at Wollaston, MA, his home town.

"Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions, and her prayers be… [But] America does not need to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy...

"America... well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extraction, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.  The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force... She might become dictatress of the world.  She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit."
- John Quincy Adams; Address, 4 July 1821

"It's one thing to knock out communications towers, bridges and ammunition dumps, but a city's sewer and water system has nothing to do with the military.  Taking those out seems more malicious than any American would be capable of-- unless you've met some of the unthinking automatons and some of the heartless sharks who infect the Beltway. They flit around like wraiths, whispering their poisonous malice into the ears of the office holders."  Charley Reese

August 8/01 Reuters--Stephen Saunders, editor of Jane's Fighting Ships specialist publication, said that the jury was still out over whether Russia could maintain an effective navy over the long term. He said Russia had 17 ballistic missile submarines, 26 attack submarines, 17 large surface ships, 50 frigate-sized vessels and around 70 500-1,000 tonne ships.

Admiral Blair, US Pacific Fleet Commander, decided on his own to increase (Chinese) surveillance flights from belief that they have "deterrent value." WASHINGTON POST 4/7/01

10/24/00  ...."the number of soldiers who qualify for food stamps is about one in 200 and most of them qualify because of an odd accounting gizmo. Some off-base housing allowances are not counted as income, thus leading to the appearance of a lower income,"  FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM columnist Molly Ivins 

 

The Washigton Post reported that American officials are investigating the likelihood that the attacks could have been acts of revenge.  In June of this year a raid was carried out by security personnel from the United States and Albania in Tirana against an alleged cell of an Islamic terrorist organization.  The raid evidently "went off like clockwork."

The Albanians arrested two suspected employees of Saudi millionaire Osama Bin Laden, and the Americans took custody of a van load of documents and computer gear.

However, the Albanians leaked a sketchy account of the raid, "including an accurate statement about the CIA's prominent role in its planning" to Albania's largest paper. According to the Washington Post, "By the time a second raid was conducted two weeks later -- in which two more suspects were arrested -- any hope of keeping Washington's fingerprints away from the operation had died."

A possible connection between this sequence of events and last Friday's bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has provoked American officials to begin investigating whether the attacks might have been revenge by Bin Laden's organization for the CIA's role in the arrest of four of its alleged members in Albania. http://www.ict.org.il/spotlight/det.cfm?id=128   Source: Washington Post, August 12, 1998

 

"Yes, I know, many Americans believe that we and our government are so good, so beneficent, so kind, so idealistic that it is an absolute mystery why anyone in the world would dislike us, much less hate us enough to kill."  Charley Reese

Palestinians use 37.5 cubic metres of water per person per year. Israelis use 235 cubic meters and Israeli settlers in the occupied territories use 600. COUNTERPUNCH

10% of U.S. military are civilians contractors -not subject to military code  Wash. Post 10/16

"Bush, himself the most intellectually backward American president of my political lifetime, is surrounded by advisers whose bellicosity is exceeded only by their political, military and diplomatic illiteracy," Gerald Kaufman Former Labor Party Shadow Foreign Secretary, Balt. Sun 8/23

"59 percent of Europeans thinking Israel the biggest threat to world peace.... In Britain, it's 60 percent; Germany, 65 percent; Austria, 69 percent; the Netherlands, 74 percent.   Ending of Western Alliance?