Revised 07/17/02 Translation, Tradducion, Ubersetzung
Armageddon Lobby trying to hurry up God --to end the world
Bio-Chem-Nuke News; Understand the Terrorist Threat
Movie Reviews--"Star Wars 2", "Left Behind," "'Gladiator' & America's change from Republic to Empire," "Enemy at the Gates"
Book Reviews Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence ; Buchanan's "Republic not Empire"; "Under Seige" ; "The New Terrorism" by Walter Laqueur; "The Fire This Time,"(on line) by Ramsey Clark, "Blowback," Noam Chomsky, Kagan/Kristol on American Empire & more
A Tribute to Trade by Lew Rockwell in memory of World Trade Center
Conferences, Marches, Demonstrations Washington Demos. 4/18-20
"Less than 20% of Europeans believe the 9/11 attack was directed at the Western World rather than at the United States." ECONOMIST 5/25
"What is that place in Washington? Rome? And is Bush the emperor? Why do we have our mercenary legions deployed around the world? To guard an empire? Whose empire? Certainly none that benefits the average American," Charley Reese
"He laments that American
"Moslems don't hate us because we are "good" or "Christian." They hate us because we have been killing them, a million dead in Iraq, and humiliating them," Editors
"There is an antipathy towards the United States in Europe, that I haven't seen in decades," Oliver North 3/02
"Throughout the region (Persian Gulf) there is a growing sense that the U.S. should be considered as much a theat to Arab interests as the Israelis, NY Times 4/6/02
2 Lives - The Bomber and Her Victim --NEWSWEEK 4/9/02
"Americans will also have to accept that their triumphalism and disdain for international law are creating enemies everywhere, not just among Muslims," How Islam Lost its Way, WASH. POST 12/30
"Nevertheless, the president continues to divide humanity into the moral equivalent of shirts and skins. "Our responsibility to history," he said, "is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil." Not only is this a ludicrous principle on which to base a foreign policy but also an equally ludicrous interpretation of the world's major religions. Mr. Bush should pull out his trusty Bible and brush up on what it says about original sin," Arianna 12/6/01
"The threat is that BOTH ends agree... The Left is in love with the State which is the only entity they think can protect anyone against powerful private interests, and the Right is in love with the Police and Military whom they believe will protect their property, rather than the State they don't trust!!!" Tom Lipscomb
"The only hope for Israel is to get out of the territories -
"Robert Conquest suggested that one must consider not only hawks and doves, but also cuckoo birds and ostriches. Surely those who would use the bayonet to remake the world in America's image qualify as the cuckoos. I would agree with George Kennan who wrote back in 1993 that, 'to see ourselves as the center of political enlightenment and as teachers to a great part of the rest of the world...is unthought through, vainglorious, and undesirable.'" Gen. Alexander Haig, FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, 2/12/01"Terrorists can endanger some of us, but the war on terror endangers us all," Paul Craig Roberts
"Missile defense will protect America's ability to project power around the globe" --NATIONAL REVIEW 8/6 on the real reason---American empire
In the Gaza Strip some 5,000 settlers (mostly Ameican Jews) have taken some 40% of the land. 1.2 million Palestinians live on the rest.
"well-funded, semi-autonomous, unconventional centers of U.S. foreign policy." America's Pro-Consuls
"Average annual cost per military service member, including training, pay and benefits is now $98,425," NY TIMES 4/19/02 according to study by Stephen Daggett, military analyst at the Congressional Research Service
"There are still some 800 Defense Dept. facilities outside the U.S.," Chalmers Johnson (NATION 5/14/01)
"We do not agree that if Iraq complies with its obligations concerning weapons of mass destruction, sanctions should be lifted." --Madeleine Albright from an essay by John Pilger (The Guardian 03/04/2000) This never countermanded by Bush.
"'Smart Sanctions' make no provison for paying salaries of civl 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-Guilf War levels." ECONOMIST 1/26/02
At the other pole is Donald "Rumsfeld's Pentagon, increasingly seen by some as an asylum where a coterie of vengeful Cold War unilateralist relics plot a return to a forceful, Reaganesque Pax Americana, broadening the war to encompass military action against Iraq, Syria, and Lebanonessentially fusing Israel's national security agenda with that of the United States. No fans of multilateralism or diplomatic initiatives, this crewdespite its majority's lack of uniform service or time spent in combat zonesis particularly bellicose, and contemptuous of Powell and his belief in conflict limitation," Saddam in the Cross Hairs
"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
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.
Scott Ritter, the former
Some 7,000 Jewish settlers in Gaza (mostly American immigrants) take up 40% of the land, with 1.3 million Palestinians crammed into the rest, WALL STREET JOURNAL 5/29/02
"The West Bank is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true....Israel has a right to the land," U.S. Senator James Inhofe, Republican leader in Senate, 12/4/01
How Cheap it is to "Buy" Congress --Enron gave donations of about #500,000 per election, Israeli Lobby gives 2 million
As Seymour Hersh pointed out in his exhaustive review of the Pollard case: "A number of officials strongly suspect that the Israelis repackaged much of Pollard's material and provided it to the Soviet Union in exchange for continued Soviet permission for Jews to emigrate to Israel. Other officials go further, and say there was reason to believe that secret information was exchanged for Jews working in highly sensitive positions in the Soviet Union. A significant percentage of Pollard's documents, including some that described the techniques the American Navy used to track Soviet submarines around the world, was of practical importance only to the Soviet Union." It was one of the biggest intelligence losses in American history: a large number of CIA East Bloc agents were executed due to Pollard's betrayal, and the Soviets gained access to top secret US codes."
"Like Zeus, lord of the
"Palestinians recognized Israel's right to exist, in return for a future state in Gaza & the West Bank in the Oslo accords," signed in 1993. Wall Street Journal, 8/13/01
"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
"The greatest threat to liberty are men of zeal, who are well meaning, but without understanding," Justice Louis Brandeis
'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded and once they are suspended it is not difficult for anyone who has assumed such emergency powers to see to it that the emergency will persist.
~ F.A. Hayek, Law, Legislation and Liberty, vol. 3, p 124
"Washington's turning a blind eye to Turkish human rights abuses, and its sponsorship of the expansion of Turkish influence in the region, have probably done more than anything else to convince Russians that American rhetoric about human rights is hypocritical, and that the United States is implacably hostile to Russian interests ....unnecessary and frivilous provocations...." Anatole Lieven, NATIONAL INTEREST winter 1999
"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)
"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.
Under an agreement ratified by Kyrgyzstan, it would earn US$7,000 for each takeoff or
"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
"According to OECD Survey figures published in Economic Outlook (June
1998), the "Marxist" Chinese government collects under 11 percent of Chinese
GDP, unlike most Western democracies that
"U.S. military has established 'zones of exclusion' near sensitive U.S.
"Here we are, the most powerful nation in the world, the sole surviving superpower, and around the globe our military folks are hunkered down like inmates in maximum- security prisons. In dozens of other overseas hot spots, our soldiers live in virtual barbwire- enclosed fortresses and call themselves POPs -- prisoners of peace," Col. David Hackworth
And 500,000 Iraqi children died, after PR atrocity lies (Hill & Knowlton) that 20 babies were thrown out of incubators by Iraqi soldiers. (ed.)
"US total war doctrine holds that as long as ones
Arms Exports today (2000): U.S.--$26.5 Billion; France--$9.8 Billion; UK--$9 Billion; Russia--$2.8 Billion; Israel--$1.3 Billion; China--$ .5 Billion (Inter.Insti.for Strategic Studies, London)
Rus. Military Spending $6+ Billion; China Military Budget $17 Billion; Bush 6/01 wants $329 Billion
"There is virtually no situation anywhere in the world that can't be made worse by U.S. intervention," Stromberg's Law (THE COSTS OF WAR, Transaction Publishers, l997)
"The U.S. has perverted the U.N. weapons process by using it as a tool to justify military actions, falsely so. ... The U.S. was using the inspection process as a trigger for war." --Scott Ritter, former head of the U.N. arms inspection team in Iraq, on the NBC TODAY SHOW, December 17, 1998.
"The armed forces of
the United States aren't the legions of
"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. Thats 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."
"What we are managing to do is alienate almost everyone," James Schlesinger, former Sec. of Defense (WSJ 12/27/99)
"The American Monster is more like an elephant --bumbling rather than bloodthirsty, oblivious rather than fierce," NEW REPUBLIC 1/17
"As hard liners inexorably
increase their power in the Kremlin,
"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
"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 were 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. On top of all of this, our nation has been one-sidedly supporting the state of Israel against the Arabic nations. After all of this, bombings should come as no surprise. In fact, what's most surprising about events like the Cole bombing is the fact that we continue to be surprised." SPINTECH
"U.S. commanders and
Tony Benn, the Labour MP for Chesterfield, said Mr Wilson's approach showed Britain had been led by the Americans into the action. "I am no apologist for Saddam Hussein, but we cannot have a situation where sanctions kill another half million Iraqi children," he said. Link
"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.)
"But tomorrows America will look very different from the country of
Protestants, Catholics and Jews that
"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
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ANALYZING WASHINGTON POLICIES
CONSERVATIVES AGAINST BOMBING
"The Gulf War was one big lie from beginning to inconclusive end" Col. David Hackworth, LIBERTY, November, 1998
This site is about the consequences of Washington's bombing and blockading in the Middle East and the Balkans and their toll in hatred towards America, now having resulted in the attack upon America. "Most Americans," as Joe Sobran writes, "have no conception of the depth of hatred harbored against us, because of the (killing) inflicted by U.S. bombs and sanctions."
We don't dispute that in fighting the communists, brutal wars and skirmishes were often necessary as the lesser evil against one of the most horrific systems of tyranny ever devised by man. But communism is defeated and America has no moral right and is incapable of, "ruling the world." (See America is not Rome) Yet today, many Conservatives, who think that the government can't run a nursery school, believe it can rule the world. Equally many Big Government conservatives now support new takings of Americans' freedoms in the name of "security." The dispute over the Anti-Terror PATRIOT Act has defined the line between those conservatives who most want empire and those who most value freedom.
Most Americans never supported a program to blockade chlorine for purifying drinking water or prohibit even pencils for Iraqi school children. Most Americans don't know of the heinous killing done to Iraqi civilians in their name (by destroying their irrigation, sanitation, and electricity generating systems, and then blockading reconstruction supplies for 10 years). Most Americans would not support the Israeli settlers kicking Palestinians out of their homes, if they knew. An America that tried to freeze Serbs to death by preventing heating oil for the dead of winter is not the one which rebuilt Europe with the Marshall Plan.
"Perpetual war serves a number of purposes.....It is under wartime conditions that the U.S. stae will, at least initially, face the least resistance as it finishes the......process of gutting the Bill of Rights and voiding inconvenient parts of the U.S. Constitution......It is under wartime conditons that all opponents of U.S. policies anywhere in the world, including withing the U.S. itself, can be most easily labled 'terrorist.'" This statement would have come from a conservative in 1940. Today it is from the Left (Alternative Press Review, spring 2002).
We do not defend Saddam Hussein or Milosevic or bin Laden from accusations of their cruelty and the damage they have done, nor Iran's hideous clerical dictators. But it is not for America to cause the further misery of so many innocents, because of their rulers. (see former President Carter comments). Nations have always had wars and guerrilla insurrections, but, once America takes sides, then we bear responsibilities for the deaths. Consequently, we now have mortal enemies in two of the most treacherous and fanatical parts of the world, the Middle East and the Balkans. Millions of foreigners, however unjustly, now hate us as the new "imperialists." More attacks overseas will mean more terrorist attacks on us.
The BOSTON GLOBE (5/16/99)
"By 1998, the chemical weapons infrastructure had been completely dismantled or destroyed by UNSCOM (the UN inspections body) or by Iraq in compliance with our mandate. The biological weapons programme was gone, all the major facilities eliminated. The nuclear weapons programme was completely eliminated. The long range ballistic missile programme was completely eliminated. If I had to quantify Iraq's threat, I would say [it is] zero." -- Scott Ritter, chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq for five years, from an essay by John Pilger (The Guardian 03/04/2000)
"The prize NATO has won is control over Kosovo, a dubious trophy at best. In addition, the war has opened a deep rift inside of NATO and intensified the anti-reform process in Russia. Along the way, it also drove U.S.-Chinese relations to the lowest level since Nixon first met Mao. That is a large price to pay for assuming responsibility for the Balkans. In fact, responsibility for the Balkans is not something most sane people would want..........NATO's greatest price will be paid in NATO itself. Gerhard Schroeder has tried to put a good face on it, but the Germans were and remain appalled by the risks the Anglo-Americans forced Germany to accept in relation to the Russians.(ed) Schroeder insisted on Friday that Russia should be treated with "respect," a code word for avoiding another such confrontation. Germany cannot afford another episode of Anglo-American diplomatic brilliance....... After Kosovo, a compliant Germany within NATO simply should not be taken for granted any longer." By Diana Johnstone (COUNTERPUNCH)
"During allied bombing campaigns on Iraq the country's eight multi-purpose dams had been repeatedly hit, simultaneously wrecking flood control, municipal and industrial water storage, irrigation and hydroelectric power. Four of seven major pumping stations were destroyed, as were 31 municipal water and sewerage facilities - 20 in Baghdad, resulting in sewage pouring into the Tigris. Water purification plants were incapacitated throughout Iraq.
"Article 54 of the Geneva Convention states: 'It is prohibited to attack, destroy or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population' and includes foodstuffs, livestock and 'drinking water supplies and irrigation works'". LONDON SUNDAY HERALD
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 terrorismincluding 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 administrations 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
"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.
"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." The Unannounced Reason Behind American Fundamentalism's Support for the State of Israel, by Gary North
"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.'"
This from a President whose unparalleled seizure of power, cloak of secrecy, and swaggering unaccountability has reduced Congress to rubber-stamping far-reaching legislation it is hardly permitted to read!
Separation of powers? Somebody please remind the Bushies of this vaunted high principle before they decide to invade Iraq: after all, isn't the right to declare war invested in Congress alone?
As for "local officials" needing "independence" don't even get me started on the tragic demise of state's rights in America, and the usurpation of the old constitutional order by the federal hegemon." Justin Raimondo
"We should never tire in our mission to point out that there is an alternative to the Politically Correct Left and the Militarized Right: that there is freedom itself, the genuine article, and a tradition of thought in defense of freedom unmatched by any other in its rigor and dedication. This ideal will continue to rise from the ashes, again and again, to point the way forward to peace, prosperity, and liberty." Lew Rockwell
The First Cost of World Empire will be our own Freedoms
"A government strong enough to rule the world is also strong enough to take away the freedom of its own citizens," LUDWIG VON MISES
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