MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH
July 3, 2003
The Hybrid Series #3: Taking Up the Challenge of Cleaning Up the World with Focused Love in Action
I'm back to you with a hefty and stirring compilation which you are welcomed to share widely with others. It begins with Matthew's latest message in which he tackles very well a difficult topic - specifically the one mentioned in the quote below - and I couldn't agree more with how he puts it. It is also a fitting introduction to this whole compilation and a timely encouragement to walk our talk when it comes to actively contributing to cleaning up the world - with Love and courage - from the dark influences still pervading much of our societies, lives and governments. I know it does not seem easy but it is time to take the bull by the horns and in doing so we must confidently trust that unimaginable inner resources that have mostly been dormant so far will spring up to boost our "cleaning drive" and help us achieve previously undreamed of results.
We are - collectively - those courageous shining stars we've been waiting for. So let's shine the darkness out of ourselves, out of our home, out of our world and let us BE All That We Are.
One for All, All for One.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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"To put it bluntly, if Bush has taken Congress and the nation into war based on bogus
information, he is cooked. Manipulation or deliberate misuse of national security intelligence data, if proven, could be 'a high crime' under the Constitution's impeachment clause. It would also be a violation of federal criminal law, including the broad federal anti- conspiracy statute, which renders it a felony 'to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.'"
- John Dean, who was legal adviser to President Nixon at the time of Watergate, in an article posted at the legal Web site FindLaw - http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20030606.html
"Bush and Co. have lied about weapons of mass destruction and the grave threat Iraq posed to the United States, have violated the Constitution, the Nuremberg Charter and Geneva Conventions by waging wars of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq and threatening other nations, summarily executing and killing tens of thousands of people while leading a growing number, now over 200, young American men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces to death in their criminal war and occupation of Iraq. They have attacked the civil rights and civil liberties of the people of the United States in their efforts to tear apart the Bill of Rights and reverse decades of hard-won social justice accomplishments."
- Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark in a letter posted at the Vote to Impeach web site http://www.VoteToImpeach.org/eachone.htm - NOTE: A Google search on "impeach Bush" brings up 17,200 hits!
"I am endorsing Dennis Kucinich for President because he stands up for heartland Americans who are too often overlooked and unheard. He has done that his whole political career. Big corporations are well-represented in Washington, but Dennis Kucinich is a rare Congressman of conscience and bravery who fights for the unrepresented, much like the late Senator Paul Wellstone. Dennis champions individual privacy, safe food laws and family farmers. A Kucinich Administration will put the interests of America's family farmers, consumers and environment above the greed of industrial agribusiness. I normally do not get too heavily involved in politics, but this is more about getting involved with America than with politics. I encourage people to learn more about Dennis Kucinich at http://www.kucinich.us and I will be doing all I can to raise his profile with voters. I plan to do concerts to benefit the campaign."
- Willie Nelson (well-known US musician)
"The next vital point I shall address is that opposing deceit and corruption, and focusing on world peace through love, truth, cooperation, compassion, sharing and justness are NOT mutually exclusive stances. At this juncture in Earths evolutionary process and souls karmic fulfillment there is a place a requirement! for both sides. There must be opposition to the entrenched darkness as it is revealed and demands for an end to it because the energy generated by the dark activities and intentions and their results is producing huge attachments of negativity. If unopposed, those activities and intentions will increase in forcefulness and scope and create even more of the negativity that is exactly what the light forces are working mightily to relieve on Earth in response to her plea for this lifesaving help. There is equal need for simultaneous focus on the benevolent qualities and conditions you want to manifest for your world."
- Matthew Ward - Taken from his latest message below
1. Matthew's Latest Message from "Outer Space"
2. Amazon destruction jumps; environmentalists are shocked
3. Shadow of Extinction
4. Free-Ulla Petition
5. Solar Energy - NASA To Study Man Who Lives On Liquids And Light
6. BEYOND BUSH
7. GLOBAL EYE - ERRAND BOY
8. Avoid This Latest Scam!
10 APPALLING LIES WE WERE TOLD ABOUT IRAQ
(...) What follows are just the most outrageous and significant of the dozens of outright lies uttered by Bush and his top officials over the past year in what amounts to a systematic campaign to scare the bejeezus out of everybody: CLIP (...) On the terrible day of the 9/11 attacks, five hours after a hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon, retired Gen. Wesley Clark received a strange call from someone (he didn't name names) representing the White House position: "I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, 'You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein,'" Clark told Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert. "I said, 'But - I'm willing to say it, but what's your evidence?' And I never got any evidence.'" And neither did we.
Bush foresees long, 'massive' role in Iraq (July 2)
The top American administrator in Iraq, confronting growing anti-U.S. anger and guerrilla-style attacks, is asking for more American troops and dozens of U.S. officials to help speed up the restoration of order and public services.
Iraq's resistance: A new Vietnam for the White House? (July 2)
Enraged Iraqis promised vengeance after they dragged 10 bodies from the rubble of a building, destroyed by an explosion, beside the green domed al-Hassan mosque in the town of Fallujah west of Baghdad yesterday.
Iraq: Everyone Now Needs Food Aid (June 30)
The war in Iraq has made the entire population of 27 million dependent on food aid, leaders of aid programs say.
Bush's illusions - A Times Editorial (June 25)
Almost two months after the president said major combat in Iraq had ended, U.S. troops are still being killed and the White House's plans are in disarray - Congress and the American people finally are beginning to raise serious questions about the credibility of the case the Bush administration made against Iraq in the weeks leading up to war. At the very least, the
resident and other top officials grossly exaggerated the immediate threat posed by Hussein's regime. Claims about Iraq's purported nuclear weapons program and links to al-Qaida were based on transparently phony documentation. And while the search for chemical and biological weapons continues, it already is clear that the White House's specific claims about the scope and location of those weapons have not been borne out. A scrupulous investigation into charges that the Bush administration intentionally distorted intelligence to fit its political purposes in Iraq should continue. Our government's credibility depends on it.
Bush's Flagrant Lies are Matched Only by the Nazis'
The Bush administration deliberately lied to the American people and to the world, concocting reasons for war in order to justify aggression against a sovereign state. Not since Hitler and the Nazis dressed up storm troopers as Polish soldiers and staged 'attacks' on German positions in 1939 has there been such a flagrant and cynical effort to manufacture a casus belli.
The Revelation of St. George (June 30)
"God Instructed Me to Strike Saddam"
Two Huge US Intelligence Centers Go up in Iraq (June 25)
The Americans are secretly building two giant intelligence facilities in Iraq at a cost of some half a billion dollars.
Iraq raids are 'ugly business'
Operation nets innocent people and a few of the most wanted.
WALKING NORTH ON A SOUTHBOUND TRAIN
(...) Despite occasional success, overall we are losing the epic struggle to preserve the habitability of the earth. The overwhelming fact is that virtually all important ecological indicators are in decline. The human population increased three-fold in the twentieth century and will likely grow further before leveling off at 8-11 billion. The loss of species continues and will likely increase in coming decades. Human-driven climatic change is occurring more rapidly than many scientists thought possible even a few years ago. There is no political or economic movement presently underway sufficient to stop the process short of a doubling or tripling of the background rate of 280 ppm CO2. On the horizon are other threats in the form of self-replicating technologies that may place humankind and natural systems in even greater jeopardy. The forces of denial in the United States are more militant and brazen than ever. Every day millions in this country alone hear that those concerned about the environment are "extremists," "wackos," or worse. A former Wyoming senator charges that the environmental movement is "a front for these terrorists," and no significant Washington politician utters any objection. And people holding such opinions have been appointed to strategic positions throughout the federal government. The movement to preserve a habitable planet is caught in the crossfire between fundamentalists of the corporate-dominated global economy and those of atavistic religious movements. It is far easier to see the latter than the former, but in a longer perspective the forces of perpetual economic expansion will be perceived to be at least as dangerous as those of a purely religious sort. That danger is now magnified by a new rightwing doctrine gaining the status of national policy that permits the United States to strike preemptively at any country deemed to be an enemy without resort to international law, morality, common sense, or public debate. In the words of one analyst, this is "a strategy to use American military force to permit the continued offloading onto the rest of the world of the ecological costs of the existing U.S. economy -- without any short-term sacrifices on the part of U.S. capitalism, the U.S. political elite or U.S. voters". CLIP
Powers That Be
MONEY DOESN'T GROW ON TREES -- BUT IT MIGHT ON WIND TURBINES - Two new clean-energy coalitions are sounding a call that isn't often heard in environmental circles: "It's the economy, stupid." The Apollo Alliance and the Energy Future Coalition both made headlines earlier this month by announcing bold plans to limit oil dependence and boost renewable energy in the U.S. -- but instead of talking up the environmental benefits of their proposals, they touted the plans as means to create jobs and enhance national security. The Apollo Alliance, which has backing from 12 influential unions, is calling for a 10-year, $300 billion federal investment in clean-energy technologies and green building, emphasizing that it would lead to the creation of more than 1 million new jobs. With the environment ranking dismally low on the public's radar screen while concerns about the economy and security ride high, this could be a new way for environmentalists to get their message across to the public, writes Amanda Griscom.
Wind Power Set To Overtake Fossil Fuels - by Lester R. Brown June 25, 2003
In 1991, a national wind resource inventory taken by the U.S. Department of Energy startled the world when it reported that the three most wind-rich states--North Dakota, Kansas, and Texas--had enough harnessable wind energy to satisfy national electricity needs. Now a new study by a team of engineers at Stanford reports that the wind energy potential is actually substantially greater than that estimated in 1991. Advances in wind turbine design since 1991 allow turbines to operate at lower wind speeds, to harness more of the wind's energy, and to harvest it at greater heights--dramatically expanding the harnessable wind resource. Add to this the recent bullish assessments of offshore wind potential, and the enormity of the wind resource becomes apparent. Wind power can meet not only all U.S. electricity needs, but all U.S. energy needs.
LABEL OF LOVE (July 2)
European lawmakers today adopted new food-labeling rules that could pave the way for lifting a European Union-wide ban on genetically modified (GM) products. The new rules will require labels for food and animal feed containing at least 0.9 percent GM ingredients. Though the move may lead to the opening of E.U. markets to GM foods, environmentalists and consumer advocates welcomed the change because it will give the public the information they need to reject GM products if they so choose. Enviros also applauded the E.U. for standing up to pressure from the U.S., which has fiercely criticized European opposition to GM foods and support for labeling practices. Eric Gall of Greenpeace called the E.U. decision "a slap in the face of the U.S. administration" and expressed the hope that it would serve as a model for the U.S. and Canada, "where all such freedom and information is currently denied."
BLIND SPOT (July 1)
Controversy is roiling among scientists about the wisdom of focusing conservation efforts on protecting "hot spots," areas that cover just 1.4 percent of the Earth's terrestrial surface but are home to nearly half of all land-based plant species and more than a third of all land animal species. Since 1988, when biologist Norman Myers and colleagues began identifying these spots, $750 million has been directed toward their protection. But a growing number of scientists are warning that the hot-spot strategy could cause big problems down the line. Michelle Marvier and Peter Kareiva, in a new article in American Scientist, argue that just as an investor should maintain a balanced portfolio, conservationists should avoid directing too much attention to a few areas at the expense of others. Marvier and Kareiva point out that the hot-spot concept does not take into account the valuable services humans get from some ecosystems, such as wetlands, which filter water and help control flooding. They also point out that many rare species and major animal groups live outside of the 25 or so identified hot spots.
A BushCo Pimp-Slap Threesome (June 27)
Is the latest trio of Bush policy atrocities enough to make you scream, or just cry? (...) Did you notice that story? About that major new report on the state of the world environment, air quality and water quality and greenhouse gases and all the rest, as scribed by Christine Todd Whitman's increasingly impotent EPA, right before she found out her decidedly pro-corporate GOP-licking kowtowing skills were somewhat at odds with the utter knavelike skills BushCo required, and she quit? A very serious and comprehensive report it is, too. And, until recently, it included a major section on climate change, on greenhouse gases and ozone depletion and the now widely accepted perils of global warming, the dire effects now taking place, and worsening, and what we can expect if we continue on our current, dangerous trajectory. And wouldn't you know it, BushCo stepped right in there and hacked that section down to virtually nothing just prior to publication. Just snipped the dire climate-change info right out lest anyone be reminded of the utterly contemptible anti-environmental, pro-industry slant of the Bush regime. Can't make it too obvious how much Dubya supports major polluters and industry self-regulation, or how he gutted the Clean Air Act, now, can you? It's so cute it almost makes you retch. CLIP
Environmental heroes honored
The stories of the 2003 Goldman Environmental prize winners, those activists from six continents who have braved opposition and inertia to save the environment.
The Inaugural Gather the Women Congress: Weaving a World that Works will bring together representatives from nearly 20 international women's organizations to explore ways to build an alliance. October 17-19, 2003 in San Francisco. Limited open enrollment is available to women not affiliated with the partner organizations who would like to be part of this world changing event. For more information contact Kathe Schaaf (email@example.com) or visit
From: "Suzanne Ward" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Matthew's Latest Message from "Outer Space"
June 30, 2003
MATTHEW: Good morning, Mother! I would like to give you a message from "outer space" about current happenings on Earth.
S: Fine! So this is for sending "to the world," then?
MATTHEW: To everyone who will read and heed, yes. This message comes in response to a mass soul request from Earth for conscious enlightenment of all Earth humankind.
Campaigning in the United States for next years presidential election is underway in fund-gathering and persuasive speeches, and because that countrys leaders are so powerful in determining what happens elsewhere, this is of global, not only national interest. I want to speak about this in context of the whole picture, but please understand that this is not only my view. I am the spokesperson chosen by light beings on Earth and in other worlds who wish to present a truthful overview that goes way beyond any countrys leaders, but cannot exclude the significance of US elections because of their global impact.
As the truth is being revealed in areas other than the controlled media, the incumbents are just as deceitful now as they have been in years prior to the election, often referred to as "stolen," that put them in their positions. However, those who are decrying the fraud likely do not understand that that blatant happening served a most important purpose. It brought to the forefront that the "democratic elections" long thought by most of citizens as their having a voice in choosing their highest officials is not what has been happening. It has not been the case almost from the countrys beginning that presidential elections reflect the desires of the majority. Actually, not in any country on Earth are the leaders or the governing methods the peoples choices; rather, the influence of the dark forces has dictated who will rule and under what system. But the entrenched corruption in the United States, where the presidential administration has and uses the power to manipulate events worldwide, had to be shown with such emphasis that demands for change would occur.
Another aspect of the elections is the single organization where vote tallies in all areas are transmitted for nationwide totaling and sending on to the media reporting centers, whose winner-estimates are aired until the vote-counting ends and the winners are known. Whoever controls that organization has the power to disregard the actual count by any ballot registration method and to announce whatever results they wish. Thus there are two means, one less overt than the other, whereby fraud can dictate the election winners and the powerful people who control both can claim victory and "legally" pursue their goals. Similar unfair but "legal" processes as well as corruption pervade state elections too, thus usually producing the party winners of the incumbent administrations choice for Congress. If that fails, pay-offs, threats and other forms of intimidation generally do not.
Do not be discouraged by this, take heart in it! This is evidence that the light is reaching and exposing some of the most deeply entrenched dark control in your world! With the headlines waning on Iraq by intent of the media controllers, because things are not going there according to the US administrations intent and politics entering, you will see more truth of this emerging. Those elections systems and winning methods will be replaced by a legitimate and honest selection process when there is sufficient demand for this, and that will come. I shall return to this election topic, but I need now to make two essential points that are inextricably related to it.
The first is, telepathic communication between sources beyond Earth and receivers on the planet is coming to be regarded by many as the certain hope for paradise regained on Earth. The TRUTH coming through IS that! But not all messages are the truth. With the higher frequencies coming in, the opening of these connections is happening daily, and with the rapid and wide dissemination of messages afforded by the Internet, the dark agenda is cashing in on their growing acceptance. Some material claimed as transmitted by spiritual beings actually is composed in offices right there. It mimics enough of the respected channels information to beguile readers and cleverly disguises its disinformation.
Also, if the word received by authentic channels is not the full story, it is misleading. Some messages are encouraging an end to opposing any happenings seen as "negative" and a focus only on the "positive" you want to manifest. Others state that light and dark are within every soul and recognizing this polarity will permit reconciliation of the extremes without your participation in the acting-out of opposing energy forces. Either these kinds of messages are not coming through altogether correctly or completely or the Earth messengers unwittingly are reaching extraterrestrial sources that deliberately are giving wrong information, because strict adherence to those positions will not bring you enLIGHTenment. Soul-searching for understanding what is unfolding and why embodies ALL of those aspects, not one lifted out of the whole as THE remedy, thereby defining the only proper role for all.
The roles DO differ and all are significant if you did not have an influential part to play on Earth in this time at hand, you would not be there! As the light and dark battle wages, some soul-level agreement roles are on each side, but the outcome is destined to be a light victory. The more unawareness of this truth, the more prolonged the battle; the faster souls awaken to this truth, the swifter the end of the battle.
Some messages are rosy forecasts that dont present the whole picture. More personal and planetary upheavals are ahead as the negativity is lifted and dispersed or transmuted; more darkness is yet to be revealed. Thus trust that Eden on Earth is coming needs to include this realistic aspect, otherwise it also could be counterproductive to the battle ending more swiftly. Believers may be actively helping to bring to an end to violence and suffering, but when the turnabout is not within their time expectations, their trust may turn to fear and despair, and that would aid the dark agenda.
So we caution you to be evermore discerning about the messages you believe and follow. Connect consciously with your soul, wherein the Whole Truth lies if the information flows with ease, it is truthful; if you experience a jolting or resistance sensation, it is not. More so than at any other time in the last two millennia, in this time of ever-increasing light, consciousness-soul connections are being made easier.
And as I mentioned, so is telepathic communication, which also is every souls birthright. Here again caution is needed by you who are recognizing your new connections: Demand that only light sources be permitted to contact you; ask for protection of the Christed light in all your connections. If you are feeling tired or ill or otherwise stressed, do not attempt this communication because your energy level is too low to reach the high vibrations of light beings. Feeling egotistical about your achievement is a certainty that you will reach low-level beings as egoism carries an energy attachment that is incompatible with light, whereas humility and thankfulness have light vibrations.
The next vital point I shall address is that opposing deceit and corruption, and focusing on world peace through love, truth, cooperation, compassion, sharing and justness are NOT mutually exclusive stances. At this juncture in Earths evolutionary process and souls karmic fulfillment there is a place a requirement! for both sides. There must be opposition to the entrenched darkness as it is revealed and demands for an end to it because the energy generated by the dark activities and intentions and their results is producing huge attachments of negativity. If unopposed, those activities and intentions will increase in forcefulness and scope and create even more of the negativity that is exactly what the light forces are working mightily to relieve on Earth in response to her plea for this lifesaving help. There is equal need for simultaneous focus on the benevolent qualities and conditions you want to manifest for your world.
When the energy of the two approaches opposition to the darkness and full focus on peace and love reigning reaches the zenith of polarity, the momentum of each will ease until the swing is barely perceptible back at level, a frequency wherein there is reconciliation of negative and positive, or darkness and light, respectively. However, those two extremes have not yet been reached and achieving that status means that more light will be exposing more darkness. Know that as this energy momentum is playing itself out, it is the healing of Earth and her souls and you all are there to assist in this!
Those two important points made, I return to the political scene in the United States. Although that governments decisions are the most influential in determining conditions globally, is next years election pivotal insofar as the environmental health of Earth as so many worldwide are thinking? More accurately said, are "fearing." In one respect, no, it is not, so fear not only is unnecessary, it is a severe deterrent to the light advances. Creating fear is a primary purpose of the steamroller type of legislation bent on furthering ecological destruction.
Earth is physically moving out of third density where her very life has long been tenuous due to wanton destruction by her humankind, and the advanced technology of high light beings will continue to aid in her full restoration. This is certain, but does that relieve you of responsibility to assist? No! This is a tandem effort, and you cannot be idle while your space brothers are working. US citizens have the responsibility to become enlightened about the presidential and congressional candidates and assist those truly committed to the preservation of Earth. This is pivotal to your preservation it is your souls commitment to this!
In soul-level decisions prior to birth you chose to be a part of the ongoing monumental planetary changes, and your involvement is instrumental to the success of this process. Part of the aid from high light beings is reinforcement of your conscious awareness and strengthening your spirit as well as to awaken the sleepers among you so they, too, can participate knowledgeably, with spiritual clarity and discernment.
Everything that is unfolding is purposeful, including next years election in the United States. Not on behalf of Earth, for her evolvement is assured, but on behalf of your OWN spiritual growth, we ask that you consider current political activities as premier opportunities for change away from darkness and into light. We ask that you do this within the understanding that change is a process and not an event, thus holding steadfast to your faith that love-light IS prevailing and its manifestations are apparent to these higher realms. We ask that you be discerning about what you hear from or about candidates so you intuitively know what is true and what is false.
Of all souls on Earth, we ask that you be open to receiving inner guidance, or inspirations, as to your individual roles in this era of unprecedented universal, not only global changes, and to judge none for their roles. This is where each of you is completely in control of your life. Even in the most wretched of circumstances, each of you has the capacity to embrace the knowledge of your Eternal Oneness Within All, to know and feel your independent, inviolate yet inseparable part of God, to act and react in accordance with your souls chosen experiencing and the Universal Truth your soul knows.
Despite souls pre-birth choices and knowledge, consciously many of you feel great dismay when you discover that Truth is so far different from what has been taught by religions and science and perhaps most especially by your first teachers, your parents. It is not easy to be uprooted from the very foundation of your beliefs by realizing that "life" is not what you have thought. It is not easy to discover that it is not world events that shape your life, but rather it is your life that shapes world events, both by your souls choices and your perspective of all your incarnate experiencing. But you chose to experience this discovery, too this remembering.
It is true that not all of you chose all circumstances encountered due to political tyranny. Rather than create more negativity by prolonging that, many souls have chosen the divine grace offered to leave the planet early with full karmic completion and assist in sending light-love from higher stations.
Many more of you will awaken and consciously connect with your souls messages that will guide you in alignment with pre-birth agreements. Each individuals revelation is a cause for universal rejoicing! Other souls may not do this, and that is all right. That does not and shall not lessen the love of the high light beings for these souls, who may be of the beings own civilizations, nor does it lessen the beaming of light to rouse them from their slumber. The desire, of course, is for all of you to awaken spiritually and move into the higher frequencies with Earth. But if not, then there is a placement of energetic registration commensurate with every souls needs for enlightenment and growth.
All of you, who are so beloved by us in these higher realms, please do not think of life as a complex and mysterious endurance test. Please think of it and LIVE it as simply as it is: Let love be your guide and your purpose and your fulfillment. This is the simple Universal Truth!
Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" <email@example.com>
Amazon destruction jumps; environmentalists are shocked
27 June 2003
By Axel Bugge, Reuters
BRASILIA, Brazil - The deforestation rate in Brazil's Amazon, the world's largest jungle, has jumped a dramatic 40 percent, sparking alarm Thursday among environmentalists.
"This is shocking," said Mario Monzoni, a project coordinator for Friends of the Earth group in Brazil. "The rate of deforestation should be falling; instead the opposite is happening."
Preliminary figures from the environment ministry, released late on Wednesday, showed deforestation in the Amazon jumped to 9,840 square miles last year - the highest since 1995 - from 7,010 square miles in 2001. The ministry said the new center-left government, which has an environment minister from the Amazon, would announce measures next week "to reverse this situation" which led to the deforestation of an area slightly smaller than Haiti.
The Amazon, an area of continuous tropical forest that is larger than Western Europe, has been described as the "lungs of the world" because of its vast capacity to produce oxygen. But environmentalists fear its destruction because it is home to up to 30 percent of the planet's animal and plant life and is an important source of medicines.
Most of the deforestation takes place due to burning and logging to create farms, and the jump in 2002 suggests soy farming is growing rapidly in the area, as has been feared for years by environmentalists. Brazil is expected to overtake U.S. soy production in a few years, making it the world's No. 1 producer of a crop which offers large profits for farmers and gives a sizable boost to Brazil's trade accounts as a bumper export.
"It was a long, dry season, but the deforestation figures are at least 30 or 40 percent higher than historical trends," said David Cleary, director of the Amazon program at the Nature Conservancy in Brazil. "It's clear that the soy boom is an important element of this in the southern Amazon, and if ways are not found to minimize the impact of the inevitable spread of soy farming, it is difficult to see these figures falling in coming years," he said.
Monzoni said the surge in deforestation was also worrying, as last year Brazil's economic growth was in a slump, and deforestation rates normally tend to fall in such periods.
Because of the size of the Amazon, it is virtually impossible to control deforestation, which is carried out by farmers, illegal loggers, and miners. The poor are often drawn to the Amazon from other parts of Brazil and take part in illegal logging, which is extremely lucrative, especially in the trade of rare tropical timber species like mahogany.
Also forwarded by "Mark Graffis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Free-Ulla Petition
Date: 28 Jun 2003
On the 10th of March, 2003, Danish grandmother and peace activist Ulla Roder broke into RAF Leuchars on the east coast of Scotland and using a pair of bolt-croppers nonviolently damaged a Tornado war-plane so it could not be used in the US and UK attack on Iraq. She then calmly waited for the police to arrive. The Tornado war-plane would have been used to drop cluster bombs and depleted uranium. Ulla is currently on remand in Cornton Vale prison, Stirling, FK9 5NY, waiting for her trial to start on Monday 30th June. She has been charged with causing around £1 million of damage.
Ulla acted in my name! Free-Ulla Petition is at
Shadow of Extinction
July 1, 2003 - Guardian/UK
by George Monbiot
It is old news, I admit. Two hundred and fifty-one million years old, to be precise. But the story of what happened then, which has now been told for the first time, demands our urgent attention. Its implications are more profound than anything taking place in Iraq, or Washington, or even (and I am sorry to burst your bubble) Wimbledon. Unless we understand what happened, and act upon that intelligence, prehistory may very soon repeat itself, not as tragedy, but as catastrophe. The events that brought the Permian period (between 286m and 251m years ago) to an end could not be clearly determined until the mapping of the key geological sequences had been completed. Until recently, palaeontologists had assumed that the changes that took place then were gradual and piecemeal. But three years ago a precise date for the end of the period was established, which enabled geologists to draw direct comparisons between the rocks laid down at that time in different parts of the world.
Having done so, they made a shattering discovery. In China, South Africa, Australia, Greenland, Russia and Svalbard, the rocks record an almost identical sequence of events, taking place not gradually, but relatively instantaneously. They show that a cataclysm caused by natural processes almost brought life on earth to an end. They also suggest that a set of human activities that threatens to replicate those processes could exert the same effect, within the lifetimes of some of those who are on earth today. As the professor of paleontology Michael Benton records in his new book, When Life Nearly Died, the marine sediments deposited at the end of the Permian period record two sudden changes. The first is that the red or green or gray rock laid down in the presence of oxygen is suddenly replaced by black muds of the kind deposited when oxygen is absent. At the same time, an instant shift in the ratio of the isotopes (alternative forms) of carbon within the rocks suggests a spectacular change in the concentration of atmospheric gases.
On land, another dramatic transition has been dated to precisely the same time. In Russia and South Africa, gently deposited mudstones and limestones suddenly give way to massive dumps of pebbles and boulders. But the geological changes are minor in comparison with what happened to the animals and plants.
The Permian was one of the most biologically diverse periods in the earth's history. Herbivorous reptiles the size of rhinos were hunted through forests of tree ferns and flowering trees by saber-toothed predators. At sea, massive coral reefs accumulated, among which lived great sharks, fish of all kinds and hundreds of species of shell creatures.
Then suddenly there is almost nothing. The fossil record very nearly stops dead. The reefs die instantly, and do not reappear on earth for 10 million years. All the large and medium-sized sharks disappear, most of the shell species, and even the great majority of the toughest and most numerous organisms in the sea, the plankton. Among many classes of marine animals, the only survivors were those adapted to the near-absence of oxygen. On land, the shift was even more severe. Plant life was almost eliminated from the earth's surface. The four-footed animals, the category to which humans belong, were nearly exterminated: so far only two fossil reptile species have been found anywhere on earth that survived the end of the Permian. The world's surface came to be dominated by just one of these, an animal a bit like a pig. It became ubiquitous because nothing else was left to compete with it or to prey upon it.
Altogether, Benton shows, some 90% of the earth's species appear to have been wiped out: this represents by far the gravest of the mass extinctions. The world's "productivity" (the total mass of biological matter) collapsed. Ecosystems recovered very slowly. No coral reefs have been found anywhere on earth in the rocks laid down over the following 10 million years. One hundred and fifty million years elapsed before the world once again became as biodiverse as in the Permian.
So what happened? Some scientists have argued that the mass extinction was caused by a meteorite. But the evidence they put forward has been undermined by further studies. There is a more persuasive case for a different explanation. For many years, geologists have been aware that at some point during or after the Permian there was a series of gigantic volcanic eruptions in Siberia. The lava was dated properly for the first time in the early 1990s. We now know that the principal explosions took place 251 million years ago, precisely at the point at which life was almost extinguished.
The volcanoes produced two gases: sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide. The sulphur and other effusions caused acid rain, but would have bled from the atmosphere quite quickly. The carbon dioxide, on the other hand, would have persisted. By enhancing the greenhouse effect, it appears to have warmed the world sufficiently to have destabilized the super concentrated frozen gas called methane hydrate, locked in sediments around the polar seas. The release of methane into the atmosphere explains the sudden shift in carbon isotopes.
Methane is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. The result of its release was runaway global warming: a rise in temperature led to changes that raised the temperature further, and so on. The warming appears, alongside the acid rain, to have killed the plants. Starvation then killed the animals.
Global warming also seems to explain the geological changes. If the temperature of the surface waters near the poles increases, the circulation of marine currents slows down, which means that the ocean floor is deprived of oxygen. As the plants on land died, their roots would cease to hold together the soil and loose rock, with the result that erosion rates would have greatly increased.
So how much warming took place? A sharp change in the ratio of the isotopes of oxygen permits us to reply with some precision: 6C. Benton does not make the obvious point, but another author, the climate change specialist Mark Lynas, does. Six degrees is the upper estimate produced by the UN's scientific body, the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), for global warming by 2100. A conference of some of the world's leading atmospheric scientists in Berlin last month concluded that the IPCC's model may have underestimated the problem: the upper limit, they now suggest, should range between 7 and 10 degrees. Neither model takes into account the possibility of a partial melting of the methane hydrate still present in vast quantities around the fringes of the polar seas.
Suddenly, the events of a quarter of a billion years ago begin to look very topical indeed. One of the possible endings of the human story has already been told. Our principal political effort must now be to ensure that it does not become set in stone.
- George Monbiot's book 'The Age of Consent: a Manifesto for a New World Order' is published by Flamingo. His website is http://www.monbiot.com
Forwarded by Sananjaleen June Hughes <email@example.com> on June 30
Solar Energy - NASA To Study Man Who Lives On Liquids And Light
Sydney Morning Herald
June 30, 2003
An Indian man, who claims to have survived only on liquids and sunlight for eight years, has been invited by NASA to show them how he does it. Hira Ratan Manek - also known as Hirachand - a 64-year-old mechanical engineer who lives in the southern state of Kerala, apparently started disliking food in 1992, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. In 1995, he went on a pilgrimage to the Himalayas and stopped eating completely on his return.
His wife, Vimla, said:
"Every evening he looks at the sun for one hour without batting an eyelid. It is his main food. Occasionally he takes coffee, tea or some other liquid."
Last June, scientists from the US space agency verified that Manek spent 130 days surviving only on water, the report said. They even named this subsistence on water and solar energy after him: The HRM (Hira Ratan Manek) Phenomenon. Mr Manek is now in the US to show NASA's scientists how he survives without food. The US space agency hopes to use the technique to solve food storage and preservation problems on its expeditions, the report said.
Mr Manek said he "eats through his eyes" in the evening, when the sun's ultraviolet rays are least harmful. He and his wife claim the technique is totally scientific. However, doctors warn that staring at the sun can make you blind. His wife said:
"He has a special taste for sun energy. He believes only 5 per cent of human brain cells are used by most people. The other 95 per cent can be activated through solar energy."
Date: 2 Jul 2003
Subject: BEYOND BUSH
The move to impeach Bush continues. This is the first of a two part article by Michael Ruppert, a courageous ex-cop who gets his facts right. He has taken on the CIA for years and has done excellent work in investigating the events of 911.
This article contains an impressive list of recent articles that lay the ground work for the impeachment.
The article is long but well worth the time it takes to read it carefully.
Incidentally, there are now 130 cities that have passed resolutions opposing the Patriot Act as well as 3 states.
BEYOND BUSH - Part I
by Michael C. Ruppert
© Copyright 2003, From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only.
There is no longer any serious doubt that Bush administration officials deceived us into war. The key question now is why so many influential people are in denial, unwilling to admit the obvious...But even people who aren't partisan Republicans shy away from confronting the administration's dishonest case for war, because they don't want to face the implications...
After all, suppose a politician - or a journalist - admits to himself that Mr. Bush bamboozled the nation into war. Well, launching a war on false pretenses is, to say the least a breach of trust. So if you admit to yourself that such a thing happened, you have a moral obligation to demand accountability - and to do so in the face not only of a powerful, ruthless political machine but in the face of a country not yet ready to believe that its leaders have exploited 9/11 for political gain. It's a scary prospect.
Yet, if we can't find people willing to take the risk - to face the truth and act on it - what will happen to our democracy?
Paul Krugman, The New York Times, June 24, 2003
July 1, 2003 1600 PDT (FTW) -- Let's just suppose for a moment that George W. Bush was removed from the White House. Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Wolfowitz and Rove too. What would that leave us with? It would leave us stuck in hugely expensive, Vietnam-like guerrilla wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would leave us with the Patriot Act, Homeland Security and Total Information Awareness snooping into every detail of our lives. It would leave us with a government in violation of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments to the Constitution. It would leave us with a massive cover-up of US complicity in the attacks of 9/11 that, if fully admitted, would show not intelligence "failures" but intelligence crimes, approved and ordered by the most powerful people in the country. It would leave us with a government that now has the power to compel mass vaccinations on pain of imprisonment or fine, and with no legal ability to sue the vaccine makers who killed our friends or our children. It would leave us with two and half million unemployed; the largest budget deficits in history; more than $3.3 trillion missing from the Department of Defense; and state and local governments broke to the point of having to cut back essential services like sewers, police, and fire. It would leave us with a federal government that had hit the debt ceiling and was unable to borrow any more money. And we would still be facing a looming natural gas crisis of unimagined proportions, and living on a planet that is slowly realizing that it is running out of oil with no "Plan B". Our airports however, would be very safe, and shares of Halliburton, Lockheed and DynCorp would be paying excellent dividends.
This is not good management.
Leaving all of these issues unaddressed is not good management either.
And this is why, as I will demonstrate in this article, the decision has already been made by corporate and financial powers to remove George W. Bush, whether he wants to leave or not, and whether he steals the next election or not. Before you start cheering, ask yourself three questions: "If there is someone or something that can decide that Bush will not return, nor remain for long, what is it? And if that thing is powerful enough to remove Bush, was it not also powerful enough to have put him there in the first place? And if that is the case, then isn't that what's really responsible for the state of things? George W. Bush is just a hired CEO who is about to be removed by the "Board of Directors". Who are they? Are they going to choose his replacement? Are you going to help them?
What can change this Board of Directors and the way the "Corporation" protects its interests? These are the only issues that matter.
So now the honest question about the 2004 Presidential campaign is, "What do you really want out of it?" Do you want the illusion that everything is a little better while it really gets worse? Or are you ready yet to roll up your sleeves and make some very unpleasant but necessary fixes?
The greatest test of the 2004 presidential election campaign is not with the candidates. It is with the people. There are strong signs that presidential election issues on the Democratic side are already being manipulated by corporate and financial interests. And some naïve and well-intentioned (and some not-so-naïve and not-so-well intentioned) activists are already playing right into the Board's hands. There are many disturbing signs that the only choice offered to the American people will be no choice at all. Under the psychological rationale, "This is the way it has to be done", campaign debates will likely address only half-truths and fail to come to grips with - or even acknowledge - the most important issues that I just described. In fact, only the least important issues will likely be addressed in campaign 2004 at the usual expense of future generations who are rapidly realizing that they are about to become the victims of the biggest Holocaust in mankind's history. The final platforms for Election 2004 will likely be manifestos of madness unless we dictate differently.
It is amazing to see such words of honesty coming from The New York Times as those of Paul Krugman. I am not referring to the recent scandals over falsified stories that brought down a reporter and two editors at the Times. That particular drama was overplayed by CNN, Fox and The Washington Post as punishment for the Times' opposition to the invasion of Iraq. The most vicious dogs of war are sometimes armed with sharpened, saliva-drenched keyboards. No, Paul Krugman's words represent the essence of what From The Wilderness has stood for since its very first issue. Unless people find the will to address scandals, lies, and betrayals of trust that, by their very existence, reveal that the system itself is corrupt and that the people controlling it - both in government, and in America's corporations and financial institutions -- are criminals, there is no chance to make anything better, only an absolute certainty that things will get worse.
Already we can see the early signs of delusional and dishonest behavior that is being willingly embraced by equally delusional activists who have begun a sterile debate about which candidate to support and why it is better to become involved on the side of one Democratic Party candidate or another or why a vote for a Green Party candidate instead of a Democrat is tantamount to treason. The Republicans, of course, are sharpening up a campaign that will portray George W. Bush as the "Hero of 9/11", "The Protector of the American Economy", "The Savior of the Free World", "A Man Who Loves God", and "The Man Who Cut Taxes". Electroshock therapy might be useful for these people.
But is it any less warranted for people who believe that everything will be fine if there is better theme music in the background, while none of the real offenses of the past two years are addressed or undone?
Some on the Democratic side are already positioning themselves to co-opt and control what happened on 9/11 into a softer, less disturbing "Better this than nothing" strategy. This attitude, that the only thing that matters is finding an electable Democrat, is nothing more than a rearrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic. Has everyone suddenly forgotten that the 2000 election was stolen: first by using software and political machinery to disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters, then by open interference at polling places, and finally by an absolutely illegal Supreme Court decision? Do these people believe that such a crime, absolutely successful the first time, will never be attempted again?
And has everyone also forgotten that in the 2002 midterm elections the proprietary voting software, in many cases owned by those affiliated with the Republican Party or - as in the case of Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska - the candidates themselves, has been ruled by the Supreme Court to be immune from public inspection. (Hagel won by a lopsided 83% majority). Throughout the United States in 2002 there was abundant evidence that the so-called "solution" to hanging chads did nothing more than enshrine the ability to steal elections with immunity and also much less fuss afterwards? Who in their right mind would trust such a system? Why have none of the candidates mentioned it?
And, if all else fails, we can have more Wellstone plane crashes. It has worked with three Democratic Senate candidates in key races over the last thirty years. Maybe that's why no one in Congress is talking about the election process. Plane crashes are part of that process too.
This is the process in which some are urging us to place our trust? My publication, which recently ran a full-page ad in The Washington Post, and is about to unleash a national ad campaign, has already been unofficially approached by people from two Democratic challengers seeking an endorsement. I have made it clear that FTW will not endorse any candidate who does not make the life-and-death issues facing mankind his or her number-one priority and address them openly.
Is the 2004 election already being rolled, like soft cookie dough, away from the issues? Already there are signs that some candidates who speak the truth are having their campaigns infiltrated by expert managers who might dilute the message. There are signs that others, looked upon as likely winners with strong progressive credentials, may be nothing more than different dogs from the same kennel that brought us the Bush Wolf Pack.
But first let me convince you that the Bush management team is actually on its way out and that this is not a reason to breathe a sigh of relief. Don't get me wrong, I'll be glad to see the mean-spirited and dishonest bastards go. I'll also acknowledge their healthy severance package and I'll worry about the bastards that will likely replace them who might be much harder to identify.
There is only one difference between the evidence showing the Bush administration's criminal culpability in and foreknowledge of the attacks of 9/11, and the evidence showing that the administration deceived the American public about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Both sets of evidence are thoroughly documented. They are irrefutable and based upon government records and official statements and actions shown to be false, misleading or dishonest. And both sets of evidence are unimpeachable. The difference is that the evidence showing the Iraqi deception is being seriously and widely investigated by the mainstream press, and actively by an ever-increasing number of elected representatives. That's it.
It is the hard record of official statements made by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Powell on Iraq that will sink the administration, either before or after the election. These guys are horrible managers and they have really botched things up, big time - exactly as I said they would. There is no amount of spin anywhere that can neutralize this record. As FTW predicted back in March, the biggest and most obvious criminal action of the administration, a knowing lie (one of many) used to deceive a nation into war, was the administration's assertion that Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear weapons program and had recently attempted to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger.
Just before the March 2003 Iraqi invasion in our two-part series titled The Perfect Storm we wrote:
There are serious signs of a major political revolt brewing in the United States - one that could end the Bush Presidency - George W. Bush still has his finger on the trigger and he knows that his only hope for survival is to pull it. U.S. and British intelligence agencies are leaking documents left and right disputing White House "evidence" against Iraq that has repeatedly been shown to be falsified, plagiarized and forged. Quiet meetings are being held in Washington between members of Congress and attorneys like Ramsey Clark discussing Bush's impeachment. Leaders of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as reported in a March 15 story in the International Herald Tribune have said, "All international institutions would suffer a loss of credibility if the one superpower appeared to be choosing which rules to obey and which to ignore." And a Rockefeller has called for an investigation of a Bush. On March 14, the Associated Press reported that W. Va. Senator Jay Rockefeller has asked the FBI to investigate forged documents which were presented first by Britain and then the United States showing that Iraq had been trying to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger for its weapons program. Of all the glaring falsehoods told by the administration, the fact that these forgeries were noted by a Rockefeller may make them the second-rate Watergate burglary of the 21st century...
There are few things more closely connected to or identified with Bush family power than globalization and the Rockefellers. He has most likely failed both of them and both have the power to remove him...
In the meantime, there are increasing signs that the U.S. political and economic elites are laying the groundwork to make the Bush administration, specifically Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Perle and Wolfowitz, sacrificial scapegoats for a failed policy in time to consolidate post 9-11 gains, regroup and move forward.
That prophecy is coming true with a vengeance.
The Bush administration's gamble is that, because it can raise more money than all the Democratic challengers put together, it can still manage to re-elect itself in 2004. No doubt, the administration will put up a good fight. But an impeachment, long sought after by many - including University of Illinois law Professor Francis Boyle -- will be waiting after the second inauguration just as surely as it was for Richard Nixon in 1973.
My certainty is based upon a record that is utterly damning and penetrates to almost every assertion made by the Bush administration in its pursuit of Iraqi oil. Rather than digress into a lengthy discussion of the offenses let me refer the reader to two examples that exemplify how strong the case is and that it is being pursued.
FTW has previously noted strong signals in the form of published remarks by powerful figures such as Senator Jay Rockefeller and news stories by media powerhouses such as James Risen and Walter Pincus that quiet moves were underway to remove the Bush administration from power. In a harsh and stunning public statement to the BBC three days ago, former Bush I Secretary of State and Henry Kissinger business partner Lawrence Eagleburger smacked ol' "W" right between the eyes with a two-by-four.
The shocking April 14 Eagleburger statement revealed the depth of dissatisfaction in the real halls of power with the Bush team:
If George Bush [Jr.] decided he was going to turn the troops loose on Syria and Iran after that he would last in office for about 15 minutes. In fact if President Bush were to try that now even I would think that he ought to be impeached. You can't get away with that sort of thing in this democracy.
The Military's Silent Mutiny - A "Full Scale Rebellion"
In his interview with Pitt, retired CIA analyst McGovern hinted at what appears to be a growing but quiet dissent within the ranks of the US military at the totalitarian management style of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and the fact that the administration seems unconcerned with the facts. He said:
To be quite complete on this, it encourages me that the analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency - who share this ethic of trying to tell the truth, even though they are under much greater pressure and have much less career protection because they work for Rumsfeld - to their great credit, in September of last year they put out a memo saying there is no reliable evidence to suggest that the Iraqis have biological or chemical weapons, or that they are producing them.
Indeed the multitude of leaks of intelligence estimates, reports, memos and other records from within the military and intelligence communities suggests a deep dissatisfaction with the Bush regime. But perhaps nothing is as telling as a recent report from Washington journalist and frequent FTW contributor Wayne Madsen who is also a former US Naval officer and a veteran of the National Security Agency.
In a recent article for the Online Journal (www.onlinejournal.com) Madsen noted,
Other effects of Weaponsgate are already apparent. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the majordomo of the neocons within the Pentagon, cannot find anyone to take the place of outgoing Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki. General Tommy Franks and Shinseki's vice chief, General John "Jack" Keane, want no part of the job. After winning a lightning war against Iraq, Franks suddenly announced his retirement. He and Keane witnessed how Rumsfeld and his coterie of advisers and consultants, who never once lifted a weapon in the defense of their country, constantly ignored and publicly abused Shinseki. Army Secretary and retired General Tom White resigned after a number of clashes with Rumsfeld and his cabal.
Curious as to whether this indicated a no-confidence vote in the Bush administration by career, professional military officers I e-mailed Madsen and asked for further comment.
His reply was straight to the point.
Senior Pentagon officers have told me that Rumsfeld and his political advisers take no criticism from the military or the career civil servants, to complain publicly though is to sign a death warrant for your career. The "cabal" as they call themselves are extremely vindictive but there remains a full-scale rebellion within the Pentagon, especially the Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as the CIA and State over the cooking of the books on the non-existent Iraqi WMDs. The people who have been dissed by Rumsfeld and his gang know WMDs are their weak point and even Richard Perle is worried that the wheels are coming off their charade.
As casualties continue to mount in the worsening guerrilla war in Iraq, and as growing casualties in Afghanistan are beginning to attract notice, it is a certainty that career military leaders are going to become more restive as they watch their troops die in attacks that remind us all of Vietnam and as the world continues to disintegrate. The power of the military, rarely discussed in the news media, is substantial. And if the military has no confidence in the White House, it will shake both Washington and Wall Street to the core. Without the military, Wall Street cannot function. This is especially true as conflicts continue to erupt all over Africa and instability mounts in Iran and Saudi Arabia. That instability was created by an administration that is increasingly demonstrating zero management competence.
THE MEDIA MASSES - THE MIGHTY WURLITZER PLAYS
Not since the Watergate scandal of 1972-4 has a crescendo of press stories been more carefully crafted. And it is because of this that we can see many historical connections to Watergate - a coup that took down a President who believed he was invincible.
A Media Sampling
What follows is a partial list of recent articles, reports, letters and editorials in the mainstream press focusing the administration's fraudulent case for the invasion of Iraq:
CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/070103_beyond_bush_1.html
Stop Hiding Behind Intelligence Issues
We keep hearing about how only the Intelligence Committee can look into the Iraqi WMD issue. They may be correct in one area, let them continue to focus on whether the intelligence was faulty, and how to improve intelligence gathering and analysis. That is not the issue that we are looking for answers on. We want to know if the Administration pressured intelligence officers to "cook the books" or lied about the intelligence they received. This can be investigated by an independent commission, or a select committee that has balanced membership and not a Republican majority. Send a message to your Senators and Representative demanding an independent investigation! TAKE ACTION!
GLOBAL EYE - ERRAND BOY
By Chris Floyd
NOTE: The article was featured in Metropolis, The Moscow Times on June 26. It reports on a negotiating session between Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and faction leaders from Hamas and other militant groups. Abbas, who was trying to persuade the groups to call a cease-fire in their uprising against Israeli forces, described for them his recent summit with Ariel Sharon and Bush. For a more standard report on the meeting see Road Map a Lifesaver for Us,' PM Abbas Tells Hamas.
During the tense talks at the summit between Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, Ariel Sharon and Bush, Bush sought to underscore the kind of authority he could bring to efforts at achieving peace in the Middle East. While thundering that there could be "no deals with terror groups," Bush sought to assure the rattled Palestinians that he also had the ability to wring concessions from Sharon. And what was the source of this wonder-working power? It was not, as you might think, the ungodly size of the U.S. military or the gargantuan amount of money and arms the United States pours into Israel year after year.
No, Bush said he derived his moral heft from the Almighty Himself. What's more, the Lord had proven his devotion to the Crawford Crusader by crowning his military efforts with success. In fact, he told Abbas, God was holding the door open for Middle East peace right now - but they would have to move fast, because soon the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe would have to give His attention to something far more important: the election of His little sunbeam, Georgie, in 2004.
Here are Bush's exact words, quoted by Haaretz: "God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in - the Middle East. If you help me, I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."
You can't put it plainer than that. The whole chaotic rigmarole of Security Council votes and UN inspections and congressional approval and Colin Powell's whizbang Powerpoint displays of 'proof' and Bush's own tearful prayers for "peace" - it was all a sham, a meaningless exercise.
No votes, no inspections, no proof or lack of proof - in fact, no earthly reason whatsoever - could have stopped Bush's aggressive war on Iraq. It was God's unalterable will: the Lord of Hosts gave a direct order for George W. Bush to 'strike at Saddam'.
And strike he did, with an awesome fury that rained death and destruction on the mustachioed whore of Babylon, with a firestorm of Godly wrath that consumed the enemy armies like so much chaff put to the flame - and with an arsenal of cruise missiles, cluster bombs, dive bombers and assault helicopters that killed up to 10,000 innocent civilians: blasted to pieces in their beds, shot down in their fields and streets, crushed beneath the walls of their own houses, boiled alive in factories, ditches and cars, gutted, mutilated, beheaded, murdered, women, children, elders, some praying, some wailing, some cursing, some mute with fear as metal death ripped their lives away and left rotting hulks behind. This was the work of the Lord and His faithful servant, whom He hath raised high up to have dominion over men.
And this is the mindset - or rather, the primitive fever-dream - that is now directing the actions of the greatest military power in the history of the world. There can be no doubt that Bush believes literally in the divine character of his mission. He honestly and sincerely believes that whatever "decision" forms in his brain - out of the flux and flow of his own emotional impulses and biochemical reactions, the flattery and cajolements of his sinister advisers, the random scraps of fact, myth and fabrication that dribble into his proudly undeveloped and incurious consciousness - has been planted there, whole and perfected, by God Almighty.
And that's why Bush acts with such serenity and ruthlessness. Nothing he does can be challenged on moral grounds, however unethical or evil it might appear, because all of his actions are directed by God. He can twist the truth, oppress the poor, exalt the rich, despoil the Earth, ignore the law - and murder children - without the slightest compunction, the briefest moment of doubt or self-reflection, because he believes, he truly believes, that God squats in his brainpan and tells him what to do.
And just as God countenanced deception on the part of Abraham, just as God forgave David for the murders he ordered, just as God blessed the armies of Saul as they obliterated the Amalekites, man, woman and child, so will He overlook any crime committed by Bush and his minions as they carry out His will. That's why Bush can always "do whatever it takes" to achieve his goals. And by his own words to Abbas, we see that he places his election in 2004 above all other concerns, even the endless bloodshed in the Middle East. So what new crimes will the Lord have to countenance to keep His appointed servant in power?
Avoid This Latest Scam!
by Michael C. Tuggle
Dubious offers are being circulated from alleged public officials!
As a public service, I'm attaching a widely circulated scam you may have seen on the Internet. While it purports to benefit its recipients, it is actually a clever scheme to rob them. While most victims have been elderly and feeble-minded, many who should know better have let themselves be suckered due to rampant emotionalism. Please pass this warning along to those you think may have fallen for this, and explain to them that these scams, though propagated by the Internet, are as old as human civilization.
URGENT PLEASE READ!
A MOST CONFIDENTIAL AND VITAL PROPOSITION FOR YOU!
To: American patriot
From: George W. Bush, American Top Gun Hero and Beloved President
I regret any initial embarrassment my letter might cause you, as we have not had any correspondence before this time. My name is George W. Bush, and I am the son of George Herbert Walker Bush, the elected president of the United States of America. In my capacity as the legally elected successor to my father, I am contacting you with a proposition that will be beneficial to the both of us.
You may have heard that terrorists stalk our land of the free. They want to use horrible weapons of mass destruction that can be entrusted to no one but me and nations that are friendly to me. It is my desire and responsibility to protect you from these terrible people who hate us because of our freedoms.
Here is my proposition to you: if you can provide me with the permission and the keys to enter your home and place of business without a warrant, and to monitor your e-mails and the web sites you visit, and to strip your American citizenship and subject you to deportation (if you are lucky), or to the execution cells at Guantanamo Bay, conveniently located in Cuba, then I will be able to protect you from the forces of evil which are even today everywhere in our great country. Only these measures which you will happily and patriotically accept will ensure your continued freedom and happiness. Trust me.
Please contact me as a matter of urgency to enable us to implement these vital actions that only have your best interests in mind. Please do treat this as highly confidential, so do not talk to anti-American reporters from those Internet web sites. I would not want you to do anything that could jeopardize our mutually beneficial relationship of ruler and subject, which makes us both very fulfilled and prosperous.
George W. Bush, American Top Gun Hero and Beloved President
June 30, 2003
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