March 11, 2003
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Question: why didn't the US simply blow off its nukes off the coast of Japan at the end of WWII to scare the Japanese into surrendering instead of killing thousands of innocent people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Answer: because the primary reason for the nuke attacks on Japan were to see what these horrific weapons would do to human victims. The Japanese were ready to surrender anyway when Truman nuked them. It was also intended to send a message to Uncle Joe Stalin.
Now we have the US military telling us its new "superbomb" (based on the Daisycutter, shown above) will be used the "scare" the Iraqis into surrendering. "Military planners believe just the sight of the bomb exploding could frighten Iraqi soldiers into surrendering," reports the Evening Standard.
"The giant device contains 21,000lb of high explosive and dwarfs the huge 'daisy cutter' bombs used against the Taliban in Afghanistan... The Pentagon intends to test the bomb and videotape the results as a warning to Iraq of what the US could inflict."
Here's the stats on this nightmare.
No, the US plans to drop these things on Iraq. Weapons are made to be used and tested. You don't spend millions developing these things simply to videotape them.
Rep. James P. Moran Jr. made a big mistake -- he told the truth. Because of this he will likely be banished from Washington.
"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this," Moran said at an antiwar forum in Reston, Virginia. "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."
Oops. Moran forgot the cardinal law of modern US politics -- never, ever, criticize the Zionist control over Washington. It's suicide.
"I made some insensitive remarks that I deeply regret," said Moran later.
"I should not have singled out the Jewish community and regret giving any impression that its members are somehow responsible for the course of action being pursued by the Administration, or are somehow behind an impending war."
The only mistake Moran made was using the phrase "Jewish community." He should have used the appropriate term -- Zionists. It's the Israeli Zionists who are pushing this nation to invade Iraq, not individual Jews. Of course, there's a lot of individual Jews who support Israel no matter what they do. But then there's even more non-Jewish Christian-Zionists doing the same.
Here's the real problem with Moran and the Zionists:
"In recent years, Moran's relations with pro-Israel organizations and U.S. Jewish leaders have deteriorated. The groups cite his 1991 vote against foreign aid to Israel, rhetorical support for the Palestinian cause, statements on Israeli history and leadership, and acceptance of campaign cash from individuals sympathetic to the terrorist organization Hamas or under investigation for possible links to terrorists. He later sent back those contributions."
Actually, when you think about it, taking money from Hamas is about the same as taking money from Israel since they funded and supported the organization.
Anyway, it was nice to know you, Jim. Good luck in your private life (that is if you're not pestered by terrorists from the JDL for your "anit-Semitism").
Bruce Kennedy in a March 11 Jihad Unspun article:
Addressing journalists from CNN, ABC and other major media at the ISI headquarters in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, in what appears to be an effort to counter growing US criticism of Pakistan's efforts to apprehend “terrorists”, events immediately got off to a bad start.
Then came the main event and what is poised to be the conflict, albeit maybe short-lived. Eight minutes of footage (in English) was shown of the arrest of Mohammed and al-Hawsawi. Broken doors, blood-stained walls and wrists in handcuffs were all shown but curiously, no face shots of these high profile individuals - not even the well publicized “arrest” photo of Mohammed that has been widely circulated and questioned. When one CNN reporter, Tom Minter asked why, the ISI said the tape had been edited but that the actual footage did record his face but had been edited out for the presentation.
If this was the highest profile Al-Qaida arrest for the Pakistani's, why the missing head shots? Further, if this arrest footage does not show the identities of those captured and it has not been released, it begs the question, who is the person in the picture that has been aired morning, noon and night in America that has raised so many questions?
To date, we have not seen a single picture of any of the so-called high profile operatives that have allegedly been arrested. We have never seen Abu Zubaydah, said to be Osama Bin Laden's Operations Chief, allegedly captured March 28, 2002, either during his arrest or in captivity. Contradictory reports at the time countered that Zubaydah died in the raid.
It has long been known that the ISI has affiliations with Muslim “fundamentalists” having supported initiatives throughout the Islamic world for decades, including acting as the paymaster on behalf of many countries, including America, during the ten-year long Afghan-Russian conflict.
Why the missing head shots? Because the ISI didn't capture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, that's why. It's all a ruse. Mohammed, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Abu Zubaydah -- these are all ISI-CIA operatives. ISI-CIA operatives are rewarded, not captured and tortured.
"The FBI issued almost daily warnings based on the testimony of Abu Zubaydah, an alleged Qaeda lieutenant captured in Pakistan and reportedly being held at Camp X-Ray in Guantanomo Bay, Cuba," writes Jack Riddler. "Zubaydah's picture as a captive has never been published, and he has never been directly quoted by the government spokespersons who report on his remarks."
Abu Zubaydah is not being held at Camp X-Ray in Guantanomo Bay. He's a boogie man created to scare the American people. He's the "source" for bogus information on terror alerts, which the Bushites use at various opportune times to distract attention from other things.
"Ninety-five percent of the work of the intelligence agencies around the world is deception and disinformation,” Andreas von Bülow, who served on the parliamentary commission which oversees the three branches of the German secret service while a member of the Bundestag from 1969 to 1994, told Christopher Bollyn of the American Free Press.
Von Bülow told AFP that he believes that the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, is behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks. These attacks, he said, were carried out to turn public opinion against the Arabs and boost military and security spending.
"The BND (German secret service) is steered by the CIA and the CIA is steered by Mossad," von Bülow said.
"Osama bin Laden is a high level agent operated by the Israeli Mossad in cooperation with the CIA. OBL and his inner circle [or any of the mujahedeen groups the CIA has funded and supported since the 1980s] recruited the hijackers for 911, with the naive recruitees having little idea of what they were really getting into or about whom was pulling their strings (this was the false flag component of the operation)," writes Sean McBride. It's these "recruitees" and other hapless Afghans and Arabs the US shows us in those orange jumpers at Camp X-Ray. The big fish were allowed to swim away.
"The U.S. spends $40 billion a year on its 11 intelligence agencies," notes Gen. Hameed Gul (former head of Pakistan's ISI). "That's $400 billion in 10 years. Yet the Bush Administration says it was taken by surprise. I don't believe it. Within 10 minutes of the second twin tower being hit in the World Trade Center CNN said Osama bin Laden had done it. That was a planned piece of disinformation by the real perpetrators. It created an instant mindset and put public opinion into a trance, which prevented even intelligent people from thinking for themselves... Osama inspires countless millions by standing up for Islam against American and Israeli imperialism. He doesn't have the means for such a sophisticated operation... Mossad and its American associates are the obvious culprits. Who benefits from the crime?"
This ISI videotape is simply the latest -- if inept and
transparent -- attempt by intelligence services to fill in the holes of 9/11.
We are expected to believe the CIA has Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. If this is the
case, the American people need more than a video minus faces. It needs
irrefutable proof Osama bin Laden and al-Qeada are the culprits behind 9/11.
Monday, March 10, 2003
The above sign is now posted in Santa Cruz County, California, library branches. Section 215 of the Patriot act allows FBI agents to obtain a warrant from a secret federal court (FISA) for library or bookstore records of anyone "connected to an investigation of international terrorism or spying."
Or maybe if you happen to be a gut-damned hippie protester against Bush's stupid and incredibly destructive attack on the babies and grandmothers of Iraq.
How many al-Qaeda types are checking out books at the library?
How many of you will look over your shoulder the next time you check out Thomas Paine's Common Sense?
Maybe we should all stick with Harry Potter to be on the safe side.
After writing about what the neocon and unabashed Zionist Richard Perle said about the journalist Seymour Hersh (published here, here, and here), my email inbox quickly filled up. Most of the email was supportive. But some of it was from Zionists or apologists for Zionism, the kind I usually get (and increasingly so) when I write about Israel or the Zionists in the Bush administration. This evening I read a piece by Joe Sobran (who I never thought I'd agree with) entitled Obsessions about Israel. Here's a quote:
Israel isn't a subject that really excites me; I don't have the energy to write a book about it. But now and then the ironies are too rich to resist. Here is a "democracy" based on the denial of human equality. Here is an "ally" that steals military secrets from the United States, while making it enemies it didn't use to have. Here is a "homeland" for Jews who have never lived there and can't trace their ancestry to it, but who can claim rights that are denied to actual natives of the land. Here is a country that complains about "terrorism" and keeps electing rulers like Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Ariel Sharon.
When you are obsessed with a subject, you lose all sense of proportion about it. I think this is exactly what has happened with Israel, and we need frank criticism to restore proportion. Jewish Zionists have now been joined in their obsession by simplistic Christians, who also demand all-out U.S. support for Israel -- including endless wars against Israel's enemies.
Has CBS called you and asked if Bush should invade Iraq? I didn't think so. I beginning to think these polls are either completely rigged or they are calling the people who listen to Rush Limbaugh.
CBS reports this evening that 50% of you think "Iraq poses an immediate threat to the U.S." and this imagined threat "requires military action now." Only 5% think Iraq is not a threat. Here's a break down, according to CBS:
"There are some variations in support among different demographic groups. Republicans (86%) are more likely than Democrats (51%) to support overall military action against Iraq; support for taking such action without U.N. approval drops to 42% among Democrats. Overall support for war is similar for men (69%) and women (64%), but falls to 50% among women if the U.N. does not approve. 40% of African-Americans approve of taking military action against Iraq."
For once I'd like to ask the questions:
"If you had to donate your kid for an illegal attack to kill thousands of innocent Iraqis who never did anything to you or Bush, would you still be for this insane military action?"
"Considering this unwarranted attack may destroy the economy and increase terrorist attacks in America, would you still want Bush to take military action?"
The next time you read a "poll" about how so many Americans have turned into blood-thirsty morons, consider the following:
"Many of the major networks and newspaper
corporations are owned by multinational corporations also involved in
military contracting. NBC is owned by General Electric and shares board
members with many other major oil companies, banks, and the New York Stock
Exchange. GE is also one of the leading arms manufacturers. ABC, which is owned
by Walt Disney Co., shares members of its board with the board of Boeing, a
major maker and supplier of warplanes and weapons. The list goes on and on
for all of the shared “interests” CBS, FOX, Knight-Ridder, Tribune Co. and
The New York Times have with banks, oil companies and various other
manufacturers. How can any reader or viewer expect alternative views and
complete coverage of war when these news outlets have vested interests in the
war?" (Christina Claassen, Mainstream
Media: Shortcomings in News.)
Ari Fleischer told the media today Iran's nuclear program is "of great concern" and the Bushites "completely reject Iran's claim that it is doing so for peaceful purposes."
"Here, we suddenly discover that Iran is much further along -- with a far more robust nuclear weapons development program -- than anyone said it had, and now the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency) has found that out," said Colin Powell on CNN.
"We've said all along that there are real problems with Iran and its so-called peaceful nuclear programs," said Condoleezza Rice.
"The Iranians are developing weapons of mass destruction. Practically every country in the region is developing weapons of mass destruction and the capability to launch them," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week.
Of course, none of these folks mentioned Israel, the most lethally armed nuclear power in the region. Obviously, Israel is "one of us" while the Arabs and Iranians are untrustworthy scum who will sell nukes to terrorists. Fleischer, Powell, Rice, Pelosi -- none of them said this, but then they didn't have to.
The Iranians can read between the lines. They know from experience how two-faced an arrogant the Americans can be. They also remember Israel taking out Iraq's Osirak nuclear plant in 1981. Chances are they figure Israel will do the same thing to them. In fact, Iran is likely developing its own nukes as a hedge against the nuclear-armed Israelis.
In a completely tit-for-tat world, Iraq would take out Israel's Dimona nuclear facility.
Here's a unique idea -- have the US and Israel dismantle its nukes and then demand everybody else follow suit.
It will never happen. In fact, the demented Bushites are talking about fighting wars with so-called "mini-nukes" (as if the word "mini" lessens the horrific impact of these weapons of mass destruction).
Talk about sending the wrong message.
Remember, the US developed these weapons. It is the only nation to have ever used them.
Considering the kind of people who usually end up in prison, I wonder if the convicted man, Robert Berger, a former high school teacher, will live long enough to even serve one tenth of his sentence. Short eyes, as child molesters are called in prison, have a high mortality rate. Of course, technically speaking, Mr. Berger is not a child molester. He never touched child one. But in prison these technicalities are often lost on the violent and demented inmates in search of any reason to vent their immense hatred and resentment against humanity.
Really, when you think about it, Mr. Berger was sentenced to 200 years for a thought crime. It would seem all he did was think about sex with minors. He may have not even thought about sex. We simply don't know. Lisa Parson, the prosecutor, seemed to be really offended by the fact Berger didn't just "look at pictures, he kept them in three-ring binders."
Arizona's child pornography law has been declared unconstitutional by a Superior Court judge on grounds that it is vague on the definitions of child pornography.
Remember those naked on the bear rug photos so popular years ago? Well, in some places, probably including Arizona, if you take those kinds of photos to the one-hour lab you can end up being investigated by the local police department.
If you take cute photos of your kids naked, you may be
some kind of pervert. It's probably a good idea to keep you kids clothed at
all times, just in case. No sense risking a 200-year prison term.
Sunday, March 09, 2003
The New York Times is really going to bat for Bush the Younger these days. According to Elisabeth Bumiller, the unelected one "girds for war in solitude" and realizes "that making the decision to go to war is the loneliest moment that presidents face." Aides report the impending mass murder of innocence in Iraq "weighs on him heavily" and Bush "sees the world as a biblical struggle of good versus evil" and "has never expressed any misgivings, or personal vulnerabilities, about going to war against Saddam Hussein."
All of this is nothing short of shameless and obsequious propaganda.
It is precisely the kind of biblical perspective Bush supposedly takes that will render the invasion of Iraq utterly horrific in dimension. The implications of Bush's Christian-Zionist philosophy, according to Michael Hill Ortiz, "are grave beyond telling and yet scarcely ever noted in the public discourse. On the eve of a misguided war the Commander in Chief of the most powerful military force in human history has located American foreign policy within a Biblical narrative that leads inexorably towards the plains of Megiddo, roughly fifty five miles northwest of Jerusalem: the battle of Armageddon."
Bush, as a theologically-based non-president, shares a number of ideas put forward by fundamentalist Christians and the Likudites in Israel. As James Zogby points out, the Zionist-Christians and Likudites are "Manicheistic, i.e., they see the world in absolute black and white, good and evil." They believe "the forces of good as being led by the U.S. and Israel and see the forces of evil (once defined as the Soviet Union and now see as 'the axis of evil' states supporting terror) as including Arabs and Islam... both currents are confrontational and uncompromising. They believe that there can be no accommodation made with those representing evil. Both, therefore, seek confrontation and conflict, not a resolution of tensions through negotiations; and... both currents are absolutist, since their ideology will allow only for total victory."
Bumiller, of course, did not mention this in her fawning
article in the New York Times. In fact, the immense danger inherent in the
biblical philosophy of the Bushites is rarely mentioned in the corporate
Saturday, March 08, 2003
Irrelevant on a global basis
It's almost criminal the way the US corporate media refuses to mention the ongoing global demonstrations against Bush's Iraqi mass murder scheme. On Saturday there were demonstrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Seoul, South Korea, Manila, the Philippines, Taipei, Taiwan, Tokyo, Japan, Calcutta, India, Stuttgart, Germany, Ankara, Turkey, Multan, Pakistan, Sydney, Australia, Tehran, Iran, Santiago, Chile, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Manchester, England, and elsewhere. These demonstrations didn't receive mention in the New York Times or Fox News
CNN did, however, make mention of the demonstrations in an article on the arrest of author Alice Walker at the Code Pink demonstration for crossing a police line in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. CNN also mentioned a demo in Pisa, Italy, where demonstrators "forced their way through the perimeter fence of a U.S. military base... A few protesters hurled smoking flares and others pulled down a part of the fence, before being blocked by a line of Italian riot police."
As to be expected, the US corporate media will only cover these events if there is violence or civil disobedience resulting in arrests.
Bush's dirty tricks
If you want really significant news, however, you will have to leave the stale province of CNN, NBC, NYT, Fox, etc., and read newspapers such as the Observer (in fact, the UK has a more independent and dogged press than the US). The Observer broke the story of the US bugging of UN delegations last week. It had received a leak of "aggressive" surveillance by the National Security Agency (which intercepts communications around the world) of the home and office telephones and the emails of UN delegates in New York. "The memo [received by the Observer] describes orders to staff at the agency, whose work is clouded in secrecy, to step up its surveillance operations 'particularly directed at... UN Security Council Members (minus US and GBR, of course)' to provide up-to-the-minute intelligence for Bush officials on the voting intentions of UN members regarding the issue of Iraq... The leak was described as 'more timely and potentially more important than the Pentagon Papers' by Daniel Ellsberg, the most celebrated whistleblower in recent American history."
"The reaction of US government officials and the American media to this exposure is itself noteworthy," writes WSWS. "White House press spokesman Ari Fleischer refused to comment, but did not deny the US was bugging the UN representatives of other countries. The New York Times did not even report the charge, while the Washington Post published a brief account quoting several UN diplomats dismissing the significance of American spying on their deliberations. 'It goes with the territory,' one was quoted as saying."
Finally, read what Toronto Star columnist Antonia Zerbisias has to say about the corporate US media.
"The media's failure to serve the public interest helps explain why, as the Internet audience measurement company Nielsen NetRatings revealed last month, Americans are turning more and more to news sites outside the country for a more accurate and balanced picture of the world... How else would they have learned, for example, that, as reported by the London Observer on Sunday, the U.S. government had pulled out its bag of 'dirty tricks' to spy on recalcitrant members of the United Nations Security Council? While the U.S. media ignored the story, the Star had it immediately. CBC Newsworld had one of its co-authors on the line by Monday. But, as he told Salon.com, NBC, CNN and Fox had all booked him -- and then backed out. That despite how, even when directly questioned about the surveillance, neither the White House nor the U.S. State Department denied the charges."
Friday, March 07, 2003
Bush, who "portrayed himself as the protector of the country" (New York Times), said in his speech the other night "we really don't need anybody's permission" to kill a few hundred thousand additional people in Iraq. "I will not leave the American people at the mercy of the Iraqi dictator and his weapons," said the unelected one in his first East Room news conference in nearly a year and a half.
Um, George? I feel more threatened by you than Saddam Hussein.
I feel more threatened by this appointed president because, like Benito Mussolini before him, he does not believe "in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace." His first choice is war. In fact, before he hijacked the presidency, his plan (or rather the plans of White House officials affiliated with neocon think tanks and past administrations) was to submerge the nation in the flames of perpetual war.
I'm more concerned about the lies of Bush -- the lies and obsessive deception -- than I am about the bio or chem weapons sold to Iraq by American companies.
"There have been thousands upon thousands of lies about Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Islam and the Middle East, lies about the intentions of France, Germany, Russia and anyone who dares raise a voice in protest," writes Firas Al-Atraqchi. "Lies about 9-11, about Osama bin Laden, about Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia. Lies in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States."
Bush's lies become truth. It's oh-so Orwellian.
"Bush's lies are broadcast as truth," writes Dennis Hans. "They originate at the White House and are transmitted to network amplification centers in New York and Washington, at which point the lie leaves the president's control. He then must rely on men named Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and Lehrer to treat the presidential lie with respect and deliver it to every nook and cranny in America via 'the people's airwaves.' The longer and farther the lie flies, the more 'frequent liar miles' the president accumulates.
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity," wrote George Orwell. "When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."
Wednesday, March 05, 2003
It's a go. Radio "shock jock" (this is too kind, he's a fascist) Michael Savage will have his say on MSNBC, according to David Bauder of the Associated Press.
"The brash, tough-talking Savage, who broadcasts out of the San Francisco area, is probably the second hottest talk-radio host in the country after Sean Hannity, said Michael Harrison, editor of the trade magazine Talkers."
Either people who listen to talk radio are extremely right wing nut cases (I concede it's possible) or the American populace at large find Savage's racist diatribes entertaining.
"He is, in many ways, the quintessential shock jock," Harrison said. "He's a very aggressive, clever, street smart everyman. He flies in the face of political correctness. He's what works on talk radio."
Lo, the corporate media has reached the bottom of the cesspool. Bill O'Reilly and the shrill, nasty, and mean-spirited Sean Hannity are the new standard in American political commentary. The "liberal" Phil Donahue gets fired and in rushes the fascist flotsam.
"A group Savage formed, the Paul Revere Society, advocates closing borders, deporting illegal immigrants, mandating health tests for immigrants, eliminating entitlement programs and making tax cuts permanent."
He didn't mention Savage also thinks the US should declare war on Islam and round up all the leftists. If this isn't classical fascism, I don't know what is.
This is the conclusion reached by a Hennepin County, Minnesota, sheriff's official with "expertise on counterterrorism efforts," reports the Star Tribune.
"We are not calling any of them terrorists. We call them domestic identified groups that may affect our communities," Capt. Bill Chandler said after giving a presentation to emergency management personnel on "Understanding Terrorism in Minnesota."
Chandler cited several left-wing groups, "mainly" of anarchists who don't like the government or anything that hurts the environment. He said the groups have used "direct action," and he listed a Twin Cities group that has national ties, the Ruckus Society.
He said the most dangerous groups, with a national base, were the Animal Liberation Front, which supports animal rights and damages property, and the Earth Liberation Front, which has a "strong violence component" and "doesn't care who they injure."
He said that a group at the University of Minnesota, Students Against War, was organizing a walkout of classes if war breaks out with Iraq, with plans to leave cars in city intersections to create gridlock.
So you think you live in a democracy? Think again.
A lawyer was arrested late Monday and charged with trespassing at a public mall in the state of New York after refusing to take off a T-shirt advocating peace that he had just purchased at the mall.
According to the criminal complaint filed on Monday, Stephen Downs was wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "Give Peace A Chance" that he had just purchased from a vendor inside the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, New York, near Albany.
"I was in the food court with my son when I was confronted by two security guards and ordered to either take off the T-shirt or leave the mall," said Downs.
When Downs refused the security officers' orders, police from the town of Guilderland were called and he was arrested and taken away in handcuffs, charged with trespassing "in that he knowingly enter(ed) or remain(ed) unlawfully upon premises," the complaint read.
Downs said police tried to convince him he was wrong in his actions by refusing to remove the T-shirt because the mall "was like a private house and that I was acting poorly.
"I told them the analogy was not good and I was then hauled off to night court where I was arraigned after pleading not guilty and released on my own recognizance," Downs told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Downs is the director of the Albany Office of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigates complaints of misconduct against judges and can admonish, censure or remove judges found to have engaged in misconduct.
Calls to the Guilderland police and district attorney, Anthony Cardona and to officials at the mall were not returned for comment.
Downs is due back in court for a hearing on March 17.
So, in other words, the capture of Mohammed -- if indeed he was even captured -- is not as important as the Bushites made it seem at first. He is not the the architect of the 911 attacks or was he operations chief for al-Qaeda. He probably knows squat about bin Laden, the world's most infamous CIA asset
"Initially he said bin Laden was alive," said an official. "But he changed his statement and said bin Laden was dead because he had had no contact with him during the past six months."
Regardless, John Ashcroft told the US Senate Judiciary Committee that the capture of Mohammed could have profound implications for the war against terrorism. He called Mohammed a "mastermind" even though other officials said he's nowhere near the top of the terror totem pole.
Monday, March 03, 2003
"We are also deeply concerned about the increasing Israeli use ... of demolition and the civilian deaths that have resulted from this practice," said Richard Boucher.
We are? Oh, never mind. Boucher's talking through an orifice -- no, not his mouth.
Meanwhile, Israel and the US are talking turkey on an "emergency" economic package of $12 billion in aid and loan guarantees. Israel already receives close to $3 billion a year in mostly military aid. Now it wants an extra $4 billion in direct aid and $8 billion in loan guarantees to help it recover from its worst economic slump in 50 years.
Never mind that the US has economic problems of its own and homelessness in New York is at Great Depression levels, according to a report titled "State of the Homeless 2003."
Israel gets what Israel wants. As for the Palestinians -- they get shot up in ever increasing numbers by the IDF.
As Shirl McArthur reports for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the total forked out to Israel over the years is more than $91 billion. "The only condition the congressional foreign aid bill places on military aid to Israel is that about 75 percent of it has to be spent in the U.S. In contrast with other countries receiving military aid, however, who purchase through the DOD, Israel deals directly with U.S. companies, with no DOD review."
Ah, I knew those Palestinians died for something.
So the next time Richard Boucher protests think about all
the money Lockheed
Martin and the other death merchants make thanks to your generosity.
Kim Jong-il is a nut. It's probably not a good idea to mess with him. I am convinced he is so whacked out on his Korean version of Stalinism that he will not blink when it comes down to attempting to kill everybody within the range of his plentiful missiles. But he will not do that unless provoked. The US seems determined to provoke him.
"Recently Mr. Bush seems to have become more hawkish," writes Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. "He is said to have been furious when Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage (one of the few senior Bush aides who know anything about Korea) told Congress that the U.S. would have to talk to North Korea.
"So the White House has hardened its position further, swatting away its old willingness to engage North Korea bilaterally within a multilateral setting. Now the administration has dropped the bilateral reference and is willing to talk to North Korea only in a multilateral framework that doesn't exist. The old approach had a snowball's chance in purgatory; now it's less than that."
Dick Cheney is a nut case, too. Cheney and the "hawk faction" want to "make a surgical strike" against North Korea's assumed nuke capability. According to these chickenhawks, "Kim Jong Il would not commit suicide by retaliating."
Don't count on it.
"The North has 13,000 artillery pieces and could fire some 400,000 shells in the first hour of an attack, many with sarin and anthrax, on the 21 million people in the 'kill box' -- as some in the U.S. military describe the Seoul metropolitan area. The Pentagon has calculated that another Korean war could kill a million people."
Sunday, March 02, 2003
This is supposedly a picture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (a.k.a., the Brain) alleged "mastermind" of 911 in US custody. "In the top drawer of his desk in the Oval Office, President George W. Bush keeps a list of the most-wanted Qaeda operatives," writes Mark Hosenball and Evan Thomas of Newsweek. "Whenever one is captured or killed, he crosses his name off. Last week the president was able to draw a line through a very big name, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, regarded by U.S. intelligence services as the mastermind of the 9-11 attacks."
But according to Syed Saleem Shahzad of Asia Times Online, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed died on September 11, 2002, in a Karachi slum raid. Shahzad writes:
Initially, the joint ISI-FBI plan was to take Shaikh Mohammed alive so that he could be grilled, especially as he was believed to have knowledge of other al-Qaeda cells in Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and elsewhere. However, as a plainclothed officer climbed the stairs toward the third-floor apartment, a hand grenade was thrown, and he retreated. Reinforcements then arrived, and for the next few hours a fierce gun battle blazed.
The FBI, still keen to take Shaikh Mohammed alive, teargassed the area, and a number of people were captured. However, despite instructions to the contrary, a few Pakistan Rangers entered the flat, where they found Shaikh Mohammed and another man, allegedly with their hands up. The Rangers nevertheless opened fire on the pair.
[I]t emerges that an Arab woman and a child were taken to an ISI safe house, where they identified the Shaikh Mohammed's body as their husband and father. The body was kept in a private NGO mortuary for 20 days before being buried, under the surveillance of the FBI, in a graveyard in the central district of Karachi.
Somebody's telling a tall tale about the fate of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. If he is indeed dead, why would the Bushites claim to have him alive? Simple. Because they are taking heat for not catching al-Qaeda bigwigs as they pursue Iraq attack II. Since al-Qaeda operatives (mostly small fish) are held incommunicado, who can verify if Khalid is indeed in custody? Nobody.
Actually, the CIA trained and financed ISI has all the reason in the world to kill Mohammed -- dead men don't talk. Is there something the CIA and the ISI want to keep secret from the Bushites and possibly the American people? You bet. It's well known al-Qaeda and the ISI had a sweetheart relationship. Al-Qaeda bigwigs know a lot more than the poor saps being held at Camp X-Ray -- especially a lot more about the complicity of the CIA and Mossad in 911 and other operations. Chances are Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was a CIA-Mossad asset (as was Osama bin Laden) and it was time to call in the cards. 911 was a false flag operation. In order to bury the truth, guys like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed have to be killed.
Of course, Bush will ignore the Syed Saleem Shahzad story published on October 30, 2002. In fact, chances are it will not even be mentioned in the corporate media here.
Beyond the absurdity of comparing Saddam Hussein to Hitler, Blair fails to mention how Hitler was encouraged and supported by governments and influential individuals. For instance, the whole world knew about Nuremberg Laws ("Blutschutzgesetz," or the "racial purity" laws) passed during the Reichsparteitag der Freiheit by the Nazis in 1935. Blair's predecessors and the US knew what Hitler was up to, yet beyond flaccid formal protestations they did nothing. In fact, this gave Hitler a green light to begin mass murdering millions of people.
Notice, as well, Blair failed to mention how industrialists aided Hitler (some of them, such as Henry Ford, were in fact active Nazi collaborators and racists).
As Charles Higham has documented (Trading With The Enemy), General Motors not only plotted against the Roosevelt administration, but also provided the equipment (Opel trucks) used by Hitler to roll across Europe.
Henry Ford bankrolled the Nazis in the 1920s (Hitler actually borrowed passages from Ford's book The International Jew to use in Mein Kampf).
The Curtiss-Wright Aviation Company, hoping to increase sales of airplanes to Nazi Germany, taught dive-bombing to Hitler's Luftwaffe (which they used on the residents of Guernica, a fact Colin Powell would like you to forget).
Standard Oil developed and financed Germany's synthetic fuel program in partnership with the German chemical giant, I.G. Farben. As well, according to Higham, "on May 5, 1941, the U.S. Legation at Managua, Nicaragua, reported that Standard Oil subsidiaries were distributing Epoca, a publication filled with pro-Nazi propaganda. John J. Muccio, of the U.S. Consulate, made an investigation and found that Standard was distributing this inflammatory publication all over the world."
Anthony Sutton, author of Wall Street and the Rise Of Hitler, writes that "IT&T's purchase of substantial interest in Focke-Wolfe (a German armaments company) meant that IT&T was producing German planes used to kill Americans and their allies -- and it made excellent profits out of the enterprise." Charles Higham adds that IT&T made "switchboards, telephones, alarm gongs, buoys, air raid warning devices, radar equipment, and 30,000 fuses per month for artillery shells used to kill British and American troops" after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
As late as 6 months before the start of World War II in Europe, Chase National Bank worked with the Nazis to raise money for Hitler from Nazi sympathizers in the US.
Charles Higham: "No attempt was made to prevent Ford from retaining its interests for the Germans in Occupied France, nor were the Chase Bank or the Morgan Bank expressly forbidden to keep open their branches in Occupied Paris. It is indicated that the Reichsbank and Nazi Ministry of Economics made promises to certain U.S. corporate leaders that their properties would not be injured after the Fuhrer was victorious. Thus, the bosses of the multinationals as we know them today had a six-spot on every side of the dice cube. Whichever side won the war, the powers that really ran nations would not be adversely affected."
Finally, Tony Blair may want to ask Bush about his family
ties to the Nazis. Bush's grandfather derived a portion of his personal
fortune through his affiliation with a Nazi-controlled bank (Union Banking
Corporation). "Leading Nazi industrialists secretly owned the bank at
that time," reported
the Sarasota Herald Tribune, "and were moving money into it through
a second bank in Holland even after the United States declared war on
Germany. The bank was liquidated in 1951, (according to John Loftus, a former
prosecutor in the Justice Department's Nazi War Crimes Unit) and Bush's
grandfather and great-grandfather received $1.5 million from the bank as part
of that dissolution... 'That's where the Bush family fortune came from: It
came from the Third Reich,' Loftus said."
Friday, February 28, 2003
Big Bang theory. Instead of figthing in the streets of Baghdad, the US will fire 3,000 guided bombs in the first 48 hours of a conflict to "pave the way for a ground attack to topple a government in shock," The New York Times newspaper reported, summarizing information from unnamed US defence officials and published by Agence France-Presse on Feb. 3. "The point of the exercise is to avoid fighting in Iraq's cities and persuade Iraqi forces very quickly that there is no point fighting to defend the regime," the official said.
Earlier in the week, the violence-prone Bushites revealed their desire to use MOAB, short for "massive ordnance air burst" bomb. "It is a modern, bigger version of the 15,000-pound 'Daisy Cutter' used in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War and Afghanistan," notes ABC News.
"Sources say MOAB -- still experimental -- is a 21,000-pound bomb that will be pushed out the back of a C-130 transport and guided by satellite. Because it is not dropped by parachute, as was the old Daisy Cutter, the aircraft can let it go from far higher altitudes, making it safer for U.S. pilots... The MOAB's massive explosive punch, sources say, is similar to a small nuclear weapon."
"Whatever the target, it must be far from cities where civilians might be hurt," writes the Times of India. "But one important aspect of using this type of weapon, sources say, will be psychological impact on enemy troops. It is intended to terrorize Iraqi troops, drastically reducing their desire to continue the fight, they add."
No word on the "psychological impact" on
civilians. Obviously, since Saddam plans on fighting in
Baghdad, it would be pointless to use this monstrosity "far from
cities where civilians might be hurt." It will be used in densely
populated Baghdad -- and the civilian toll will likely be staggering.
According to a report
issued by a UN humanitarian-aid specialist, there well may be 500,000
"[d]irect and indirect casualties" and 5.21 million at high risk.
Nobody knows what these figures will be if the Bushites begin using
experimental bombs that deliver the punch of nukes.
It may unfold soon, if the behavior of Bushite Karl Rove
(the actual prefrontal lobe of the unelected one) is any indication. As New
Hampshire's Online political network, PoliticsNM.com,
reports "Bush's chief political advisor... was scheduled to speak at the
Hillsborough and Merrimack County Lincoln Day Dinner on March 12th.
PoliticsNH.com has learned Rove has told the county committees he will be
unable to attend." I'm sure he didn't cancel because he didn't like the
menu. Is it possible his presence will be required in the war room on that
Israel is committing a form of slow genocide against the Palestinians, whom they consider less than human. "We will harass these Palestinians 'til they move like drunk cockroaches in a bottle," says Rafael Eitan, member of Knesset (Tzomet). Other terms used for the indigenous people the Zionists have dispossessed from their land, "two-legged beasts," "grasshoppers," "snakes," "drugged insects," and "cockroaches," to mention but a few.
Israelis feel emboldened to say these things because you're paying to make sure they hold the land they ripped off from the Arabs. In fact, since 1947, the US taxpayer has shelled out a mind-boggling $134,791,507,200 in "aid" to Israel, according to Washington Report On Middle East Affairs.
But that's not enough: Sharon wants even more money (Israel's Finance Ministry and U.S. officials resumed negotiations on Tuesday on Israel's request for an "emergency" economic package of $12 billion in aid and loan guarantees, a ministry official told Reuters).
In the past, the Zionists have used your hard-earned money ($10 billion in loan guarantees during the 1990s alone) to finance the "flood of immigrants" from the former Soviet Union. In other words, money you might have used to put your kid through college or fix that leaky roof went to finance the Israeli lebensraum program (or maybe it should be "pogrom").
Meanwhile, as if to make sure more Arabs will want to pay back America for its support of Israel's killing of Palestinian children, John Diamond of USA TODAY reported last November:
Israel is secretly playing a key role in U.S. preparations for possible war with Iraq, helping to train soldiers and Marines for urban warfare, conducting clandestine surveillance missions in the western Iraqi desert and allowing the United States to place combat supplies in Israel, according to U.S. Defense and intelligence officials...
Israeli infantry units with experience in urban warfare during the Palestinian uprising helped train U.S. Army and Marine counterparts this summer and fall for possible urban battles in Iraq, a foreign defense official says. The Israelis have built two mock cities, complete with mosques, hanging laundry and even the odd donkey meandering down dusty streets. A defense official said the sites far surpass U.S. facilities. The location of the training centers is classified.
Now US troops can treat Iraqis the same way the IDF treats
Palestinians -- that is, they can shoot them for "suspicious
behavior," such as living on land where there happens to be a lot of really good quality
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Not only has the US bribed impoverished countries in Africa -- Angola, Guinea, and Cameroon -- to back Bush's impending Iraqi mass murder in the Security Council, the Bushites have also dispatched "senior US officials" to the capitals of other Security Council members with a message: get onboard or pay "a heavy price."
"The order from the White House was to use 'all diplomatic means necessary,' " said another mafia capo -- er, US diplomat. "And that really means everything."
Bushite underlings Marc Grossman (Undersecretary of State) and Kim Holmes (the assistant secretary of state for international organizations) went to Mexico City recently. "Mexican diplomats described the visits as hostile in tone and complained that Washington was demonstrating little concern for the constraints of the Mexican government, whose people are overwhelmingly opposed to a war with Iraq," reports Dafna Linzer of the Associated Press. "They actually told us: 'Any country that doesn't go along with us will be paying a very heavy price,' " said one Mexican diplomat.
The US is five votes short of gaining UN backing for mass murder in Iraq. "Diplomats said there was little the Bush administration could use to scare or entice Mexico now since it does not receive U.S. aid and the one thing it had wanted most - legalizing the status of undocumented Mexicans in the United States - was taken off the table more than a year ago."
It seems the sociopathic Bushites are determined to alienate everybody in the world in order to get their way -- or get the way of the Zionists who call the shots in Washington these days.
It will take decades to get back to where we were before Bush was illegally appointed president -- that is if t here's much of a world left by the time he and the neocons are finished with their Master Plan to refashion the Middle East into a series of US-Israeli Bantustans.
"Now Bush Jnr implies that the UN will also be debris if it doesn't come to heel and follow America's demand to invade Iraq," writes Robert Fisk. "He wants to use it for his project of 'regime change' -- which will change the map of the Middle East, produce a tide of oil wealth for US companies and reduce Israel's enemies to impotence. We are supposed to believe that this is about weapons of mass destruction -- and forget that the US sold botulinum toxin, anthrax and vials of West Nile virus to Iraq between 1985 and 1989."
So true. The arrogance of the Bushites knows no bounds. "You are not going to decide whether there is war in Iraq or not," US officials told a senior diplomat from the Security Council. "That decision is ours, and we have already made it. It is already final. The only question now is whether the council will go along with it or not."
"Iraq will be one victim of Mr. Bush's war, the United Nations will be another, with more victims to come as the unilateralists seek more worlds to conquer in the name of American morality and the need for oil," explains Anthony Westall of the Toronto Globe & Mail. "The United Nations now faces an impossible choice and is in grave danger of going the way of the League of Nations -- reduced to irrelevance by American intransigence."
Cha-cha-ching. Not only do we held captive American citizens have to pay for the murder of an untold number of defenseless and innocent Iraqis, we also have to pay out the nose for Bush's bribery of the ''coalition of the willing." Turkey, for instance, is demanding a none-too-shabby $30 billion.
''It's unfair to say that there was anything like bribery involved,'' a senior State Department official told Barbara Slavin of USA Today. ''Most countries have come forward and done the right thing without any hint of economic compensation.''
''It's a coalition of the convinced, the concerned and the co-opted,'' says Robert Hunter, a former US ambassador to NATO.
Of course, money talks and you know what walks. The
Bushites have to buy loyalty and the nations who are bought can be considered
whores. Meanwhile, the citizens of America will be paying for all of this for
years to come.
Monday, February 24, 2003
Um, Saddam? You really need to read The Weekly Standard more often.
Speaking of the Weekly Stanard, I was poking around there this evening. It's always good to know what the wacky neocons are up to as we inch toward Dubya's Armageddon. I happened upon a Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. of President Dick Cheney's August 26, 2002, speech delivered in Nashville, Tennessee. Man, it's a doozie. I don't think I've read as many outright lies and distortions within a single paragraph. Allow me to quote:
Ladies and gentlemen, there is no basis in Saddam Hussein's conduct or history to discount any of the concerns that I'm raising this morning. We are, after all, dealing with the same dictator who shoots at American and British pilots in the no-fly zone on a regular basis, the same dictator who dispatched a team of assassins to murder former President Bush as he traveled abroad, the same dictator who invaded Iran and Kuwait and has fired ballistic missiles at Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel, the same dictator who has been on a State Department's list of state-sponsors of terrorism for better than two decades. In the face of such a threat, we must indeed proceed with care, deliberation and consultation with our allies. Emphasis mine.
Let's take a look at the points the almost invisible one made here.
1: Saddam shoots at American and British aircraft because they are violating Iraqi airspace. "The no-fly zones were unilaterally established by the U.S. government after the Persian Gulf War, supposedly to enforce UN resolutions on Iraq," writes Jacob G. Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation. "There was one big problem, however: The United Nations never authorized the no-fly zones to be established. U.S. officials have always claimed that the U.S. government, as a member of the United Nations, has the right to unilaterally enforce any resolution of the United Nations. Such a position, however, is patently fallacious. Enforcement of an organization's rules and regulations belongs to the organization itself, not to each and every individual member of the organization." Is it any wonder most of the world considers Bush an arrogant and swaggering cowboy?
2. There is no conclusive evidence Saddam tried to assassinate Bush Senior. As the esteemed journalist Seymour Hersh pointed out in The New Yorker, FBI and CIA "officials have... acknowledged that, since al-Ghazali (the alleged assassin) is facing a death sentence, he could obviously testify -- as one intelligence official put it -- 'to being the Pope.' And they concede that the Kuwaiti officials have been unable to recover the suicide belt that al-Ghazali claimed he discarded in the desert. The bombs, detonators, and weapons allegedly thrown away by al-Assadi (an alleged co-conspirator) have not been found, either... there is no evidence that any of the alleged assassins took any overt steps to deploy any bombs." Yet in the mind of Dick Cheney it was almost a fait accompli. Of course, considering what Ashcroft wants to do to the justice system in this country, evidence may not be important in criminal cases anymore.
3. Iraq fired missiles at Saudi Arabia and Israel during the Gulf War. Maybe Cheney forgot both were our allies against Iraq during the war. As a former secretary of defense, surely Cheney understands that allies get attacked during wars. In fact, the US was basing operations out of Saudi Arabia at the time. Or maybe Cheney didn't expect Saddam to respond the hostile military activity against him based in Saudi Arabia. If that's the case, Dick needs to get back on his medication. As for firing missiles at Iran -- um, Dick, the Iraqis and Iranians were fighting a war at the time. In fact, Dick's pal Rumsfeld traveled to Iraq to make sure Saddam had all the military goodies he needed (meanwhile, Reagan was selling weapons to Iran).
4. Dick has amnesia. Iraq was pulled off the terrorist list so the US could sell him weapons (including bio and chem weapons) during the aforementioned war.
Dick Cheney is either brain dead or smoking crack.
Bush didn't bother to mention that the US has big problems with its own UAVs. Over the last couple years, sophisticated and expensive UAVs have crashed in Pakistan, the Philippines, and Bosnia. In 1999, a Global Hawk UAV valued at $45 million crashed at the South Range at China Lake Naval Weapons Center in California. This didn't stop the DoD from using Global Hawks in Afghanistan where one crashed last year. The crash record of the Hunter Short Range UAV was so bad (20 crashes) the Pentagon cancelled procurement in 1996. "The Army and DOD have spent Billions of Dollars of Taxpayer's money on systems that don't work," writes Fred D. Roach Jr., who worked on UAV programs for the US Army. "With three UAV Program failures under their belts and Billions of Dollars down the drain, you would think that the Army and DOD would learn from their past mistakes." According to CNN and the Air Force, nearly 30 Predators of 60 to 70 in the fleet have been lost since the plane entered service in 1994.
But Saddam has it all figured out. Maybe he will use remote control model airplanes instead of UAVs to dispense death over the American heartland.
This story is pure and unadulterated BS. The Bushites are
really scraping the bottom of the barrel searching for ways to scare the hell
out of you. Next thing you know they'll say Saddam has poisoned all the
Tylenol in America.
Friday, February 21, 2003
Apparently, it wasn't enough to Rumsfeld to have "crossed an ocean to shake hands with Saddam in 1983, starting an arms sale bonanza for US corporations, a flow of chemicals and biological stocks to launch Iraq's CBW effort, and years of high-level US intelligence and battle planning services for Iraq's hideous chemical and biological warfare against Iran," as James Brooks so eloquently put it, but now as it turns out Rummy also was instrumental in a $200 million deal providing equipment and services for two nuclear power stations at Kumho, on North Korea’s east coast, according to Swissinfo. Wolfram Eberhardt, a spokesman for Swiss-based ABB, told swissinfo that Rumsfeld "was at nearly all the board meetings." Even so, Eberhardt refused to say if Rummy was aware of the deal.
I take it he was sleeping during those meetings?
All considered, the Bushites are the most venal and
self-serving bunch in recent history. There is so much dirt and corruption in
this administration (and in the Bush family
proper) you'd need an earthmover to clean out the Oval Office, the State
Department, Justice, and the Pentagon. I really don't think they care if we
know about their criminality. If things get too hot they'll simply declare a Code
Red and unfold martial
Stanley Cohen, an American lawyer, had his computer taken away by Shin Bet. The computer held information gathered in Israel for legal action in the US courts against Ariel Sharon, George Bush, and weapons manufacturers. Cohen represents 19 US citizens of Palestinian origin who are suing over alleged torture, illegal arrests, and other breaches of international human rights law.
Cohen plans to go whole hog, although the theft of his testimony in Israel will likely put a big chink in his case. The lawsuit names Dubya, the Butcher of Sabra and Shatila, war criminal Ariel Sharon, members of the Israeli cabinet, Israeli army officers, and US arms manufacturers which supply weapons to the Israeli military (this would be all of the major US arms manufacturers).
Actually, Cohen's probably lucky he's not dead. His clients may not be so lucky.
"This is a critical blow to attorney-client relations, and I advise the Israeli authorities not to make any use of the data in the computer against my clients," Cohen told the Guardian.
"Why did they have to keep [Cohen's computer] unless they want to take the data?" asked Leah Tsemel, Cohen's Israeli lawyer. "I immediately wrote to the state attorney seeking an assurance that they will not take the information but I haven't received a reply."
One has to wonder what kind of drugs Tsemel is on.
Shin Bet, also known as the General Security Service
or Shabak, is Sharon's personal assassination
team targeting Palestinians who resist Israel's illegal occupation of
Gaza and the West Bank. Human rights groups have alleged that many prisoners have died at the
hands of Shin Bet or were left paralyzed after a period of detention and torture.
Here's a snapshot of the near future victims of Bush's Iraq invasion. If the prospect of killing tens of thousands of children like these two boys don't outrage you -- and, at minimum, get you to attend antiwar events -- then you're a piece of unthinking and cold meat.
This picture was taken by Paul Chan, a member of the Baghdad Snapshot Action Crew, a group of 75 New York artists and activists. Two members of this group, Emilie Clark and writer Lytle Shaw, were arrested in Soho last week for posting Chan's pictures on the street. " Clark and Shaw were taping the letter sized flyer on a lamppost at the corner of Mercer and Prince Streets when three undercover policemen arrested them. They were charged with criminal misdemeanors. Shaw was released after five and a half hours. Clark spent seven hours in jail before her release. Clark is pregnant with her first son, and is expecting this Spring," explains the National Philistine website.
"The arrests were a clear attempt by the police to
intimidate New Yorkers to stay away from the protest. 'If there wasn't a
march on Saturday we wouldn't have been arrested.,' Shaw said. While in
custody, police harassed Clark and Shaw with talk about how dangerous the
rally will be. 'They kept saying how mace was going to be used on all the
protesters,' Clark said. 'And then they said they had heard suicide bombers
might attack the rally.'"
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Of course, the evil flotilla of Saddam Hussein turned out to be nada. A few days ago the sirens of engineered paranoia claimed there were "terror ships" afloat on the oceans of the world, steaming for prime destinations with bio and maybe nuke death cargos.
Peter Hinchliffe, a marine adviser at the International Chamber of Shipping, told the Sydney Morning Herald there was no evidence that ships carrying Iraqi missiles were concealed at sea. As if not to discount the possibility, he added, "The Indian Ocean is a very big place; it's not difficult to hide things there."
Yes, of course. And there may be green cheese on a blue moon.
David Osler, industrial editor of the maritime journal Lloyd's List, said: "It's becoming a bit of an embarrassment to [US naval patrols]; they haven't really found anything."
And they won't find anything -- not unless they plant it themselves.
The US military never really got over the Senate in the Philippines telling them to pack their bags and get out back in 1991. Filipinos didn't like the idea of their islands crawling with disrespectful and whore-mongering American GIs.
But now the US has an excuse to return -- al-Qaeda, of course. The CIA-engineered terror group has reopened many doors and revealed doors where none formerly existed (in the Stans, for instance).
According to the New York Times, the US will send about 2,000 troops to the Sulu Province in the Philippines over the next few weeks to track down and kill members of Abu Sayyaf ("Father of the Sword"). Estimates peg this group's number at between 800 and 1000 members. "The group’s activities were initially confined to kidnapping for ransom, extortions from companies and businessmen, killings and church bombings and the funds obtained utilized for purchase of arms, propaganda and payoffs to local authorities," writes the South Asia Analysis Group.
"Seeking US help by way of deployment of US troops in the country for crushing the Abu Sayyaf has caused widespread resentment and apprehensions that the US presence may become permanent as it was before 1992. The 1987 constitution prohibits international forces in combat missions in Philippine soil. The President had to get the backing of the National Council (made up of legislators and bureaucrats) to confirm that the deployment will come under the purview of the Visiting Forces Agreement signed with US in 1999."
"There certainly are links between al-Qaeda and the Abu Sayyaf group, no doubt about it," a US official told ABC News back in December. Abu Sayyaf leader Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani reportedly fought with bin Laden and mujahadeen forces against the Soviets in the 1980s. As Zbginiew Brzezinksi, Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, told a French newspaper in 1998 the US started funding the mujahadeen a full six months before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. As Mary Anne Weaver writes in the Atlantic Online (May 1996), the CIA bankrolled "a fratricidal alliance of seven Afghan resistance groups, none of whose leaders are by nature democratic, and all of which are fundamentalist in religion to some extent, autocratic in politics, and venomously anti-American. Washington's financial commitment to the jihad was exceeded only by Saudi Arabia's."
"The new covert U.S. assistance began with a dramatic increase in arms supplies -- a steady rise to 65,000 tons annually by 1987," explains Michel Chossudovsky
as well as a "ceaseless stream" of CIA and Pentagon specialists who traveled to the secret headquarters of Pakistan's ISI on the main road near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. There the CIA specialists met with Pakistani intelligence officers to help plan operations for the Afghan rebels. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) using Pakistan's military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) played a key role in training the Mujahideen. In turn, the CIA sponsored guerrilla training was integrated with the teachings of Islam... In a cruel irony, while the Islamic jihad --featured by the Bush Administration as "a threat to America"-- is blamed for the terrorist assaults on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, these same Islamic organizations constitute a key instrument of US military-intelligence operations in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union.
These Islamic organizations, as well, provide a perfect excuse for re-establishing US military presence in the Philippines and elsewhere. As Larry Chin writes in the Online Journal, Philippine Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. has called Abu Sayyaf a "CIA monster." In a speech last year Pimentel remarked, "It is a well-documented fact that the CIA had recruited, trained and funded mujahadeens from among the Moros of Southern Mindanao to fight the Russians [in Afghanistan]." Moreover, as Bobby Tuazon notes in the same Online Journal article, "The fact remains that since the early 1990s, the group has been involved chiefly in criminal operations while maintaining liaisons with both military and local officials. This is partly the reason why the group refuses to die."
And the chances are slim Abu Sayyaf -- and, for that
matter, al-Qaeda -- will die anytime soon, especially as the Bushites need
them to keep the specter of terrorism alive.