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April 11, 2003
The Writing on the Wall Series #21: And the Truth Shall Set us Free
Once again there is just so much material worthy of being networked - and as usual it is only the tip of the iceberg of all the stuff I receive - that I have to make this a triple part, extended version. And it is very likely that several coming compilations will also have to be double-length ones - but gladly for all of us I'll be in my garden in about a month from now and so from that point on and for most of summer, the number of compilations will considerably decrease because I simply won't have much time to sit at the computer.
Next week I will begin slowly edging away from covering the Iraqi mess as there are so many other issues that have been obscured by this crisis. I have already prepared for you a Light Series compilation, a Green Holocaust one, a Miscellaneous Subjects one and a special compilation entitled "The Unspeakable Horrors of American Mayhem in Iraq".
Have a good weekend ;-)
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/WritingWall21.htm
Check also my latest Media Compilation #129: The Day After - The Grim Reality in Iraq and Other Collateral Consequences - archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MediaCompilation129.htm
"CNN said that after the war, there is a plan to divide Iraq into three parts ... regular, premium and unleaded."
- Jay Leno
"President Bush has said that he does not need approval from the UN to wage war, and I'm thinking, well, hell, he didn't need the approval of the American voters to become president, either."
- David Letterman
"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory; because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
- Winston Churchill
1. Collateral Damage -- Poor Hit First By States' Woes
2. Israel, We Bless Thee
3. Evangelists Fears that US Christians will inflame situation
4. My Oscar "Backlash": "Stupid White Men" Back At #1, "Bowling" Breaks New Records
5. Michael Moore Plans new film
6. Kiss Your Internet Good-bye
7. LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT??
8. 12 Characteristics of a National Security State
9. Double Standards
Robert Fisk: Baghdad: The Day After (April 10)
Arson, Anarchy, Fear, Hatred, Hysteria, Looting, Revenge, Savagery, Suspicion & A Suicide Bombing
Armed looters attack hospital
Iraq will preoccupy and pin down the US for years (April 11)
The Russians are Coming by Will Thomas (April 10)
Tracking the Russian fleet since its quietly announced departure for the Indian Ocean last month, Lifeboat news has learned that a combined Black Sea and Pacific force comprising nine warships and additional support vessels is underway for the Indian Ocean to participate in joint sea exercises with India's navy. Russia's military minions maintain that combat naval maneuvering and live fire exercises will "play an important part" in "enhancing stability" in the Indian Ocean region. (...) Moreover it is possible that the Baltic Fleet will act jointly with French and German Fleets. (...) Preparation for deployment into the American-dominated conflict zone is being combined with military maneuvers across Russia meant to achieve "combat readiness". (...) President Vladimir Putin has become increasingly stressed over Washington's warpath. As his fleet prepared to sail, Putin stated that the U.S.-led war against Iraq threatened to destabilize international relations to a low not seen since Moscow's standoff with Washington in the Cold War. (...) Russia watchers observe that "The unprecedented activity of the Russian military confirm the noticeable nervousness of Moscow regarding the situation in Iraq." Since Bush attacked Iraq, Russia has halted ratification of an arms control agreement with the U.S.. (...) The G2 Bulletin reports that the Russian government is tripling civil-defense outlays this year. (...) While the world attends the mess in Mesopotamia, the G2 Bulletin observes that Beijing is currently conducting air-raid drills in regions closest to Taiwan. In a speech made after a Shanghai air-raid drill, Gen. Liang Guanglie said strengthening civil defense was necessary because of the "very serious" situation with Taiwan. That "serious situation" is Taiwan's ongoing refusal to rejoin the mainland motherland. Is China preparing to annex the renegade island nation while Bush is busy blasting Baghdad? Any Chinese grab for Taiwan would involve combat with the United States. Speaking of possible air attacks on the Chinese mainland, Mao Yushu, vice director of Shanghai's Civil Defense Department said, "Of course, we want to have done all preparations in this regard." (...) In yet another crisis, while Washington considers a naval blockade of North Korea, that destitute communist state says it will regard any sanctions as an "act of war". Pyongyang wants direct talks with Washington, something the Bush's Gang of Five has refused to consider. The White House says it has not ruled out a military "solution". North Korea "fervently believes" it is next on America's list for pre-emptive strikes, says Maurice Strong. (...) Why send Russia's front-line warships "to the ends of the Earth"? "Restraining the Americans," replied the Russian defense weekly. "Judging by the actions of our transatlantic partners, 'gunboat diplomacy' in the world has yet to be abolished."
Dictators' Collusion (April 10)
... Suspicions rose on the same day when U.S. troops, that had been stopped at the Euphrates, immediately were able to advance toward the heart of Baghdad without any significant resistance by Iraqi forces. Nobody asked why Tikrit, that was once called the ideological heart of Saddam's government and the last possible trench of the Iraqi army, was never targeted by U.S. and British bombs and missiles. Or why when the elite Iraqi forces arrived in eastern Iraq from Tikrit, the pace of the invaders advancing toward central Baghdad immediately increased. Also, it has been reported that over the past 24 hours, a plane was authorized to leave Iraq bound for Russia. Who was aboard this plane? All these ambiguities, the contradictory reports about Saddam's situation, and the fact that the highest-ranking Iraqi officials were all represented by a single individual -- Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed al-Sahhaf -- and the easy fall of Baghdad shows that the center of collusion had been Tikrit, where Saddam, his aides, and lieutenants from the Baath Party had been waiting for al-Sahhaf to join them so that they could receive the required guarantees to leave the country in a secret compromise with coalition forces. This possibility was confirmed by the Al-Jazeera network, which quoted a Russian intelligence official as saying that the Iraqi forces and the invaders had made a deal. The Russian official told Al-Jazeera that the Iraqi leaders had agreed to show no serious resistance against the U.S.-British troops in return for a guarantee that Saddam and his close relatives could leave Iraq unharmed.
Is Baghdad Captured or Abandoned? (April 9)
(...) Kabul was captured according to the more or less same scenario in the autumn 2001. The Northern Alliance backed by allies easily entered the city Talibs had abandoned the day before. The move allowed the Taliban to save personnel and arms, which still give the anti-Taliban coalition contingents a lot of trouble in Afghanistan.
The Iraqi killing fields (April 10)
"They organize columns of 40 to 50 armored vehicles. Up front, M1 Abrams tanks, followed by Bradley fighting vehicles and Humvees. They roll with two tanks up front, occupying the whole road. They shoot everything in sight, everything suspicious. It's 'fire at will'. They love shooting Saddam portraits with 25 mm cannons. They have no fire discipline. The initiative is left to the soldiers, 20-year-old kids. That's the reason why they also shoot civilians. An European army would never behave like this. By better controlling its troops, the British army kills considerably less civilians." Debay's observations are corroborated by what happened at the Palestine: crucial tactical decisions are left to low-level local tank commanders. On his way to Baghdad from Mahmudiyah, Debay saw dozens of burning civilian vehicles, all of their passengers dead. He volunteers an explanation for the indiscriminate killing: "They [the Americans] have two problems. They are still taking revenge for September 11, and there are no sanctions when a soldier kills a civilian. Their objective is not to kill civilians, but they behave like cowboys. They even shoot cows ... (...) Outside the five-star al-Rashid hotel, a Reuters photographer said that the marines on Monday were firing indiscriminately on civilians and militias: he has bullet holes in his car to prove it. "Human intelligence" on the ground in Baghdad has revealed to Asia Times Online that the rate of casualties in the city could be anywhere from 100 to 500 Iraqis to each American. Even though the resistance is now minimal, the carnage will go on because although the Americans have practically encircled Baghdad they don't have enough troops to control a sprawling city of 5 million-plus inhabitants. The military plan is to divide the city in pockets and secure it pocket by pocket - with overwhelming support of F/A-18s, A-10 tankbusters and Apache helicopters, now flying very low because there's absolutely no air defense left in Baghdad to speak of. If it looks and sounds like a deadly video game, that's because it is: even American generals are describing it as an aerial form of house-to-house fighting. The main victims are, of course, Iraqi civilians. Popular reaction has been graphic. The Bush administration, the Pentagon and the breathless, embedded cheerleaders of American corporate media are ecstatic. The whole planet is horrified. By watching those images of the proud cradle of human civilization reduced to Fourth World status, anybody that is not a military expert may understand that the only thing left for the "poor bastards" - as the marines call them - absolutely unable to resist overwhelming military force, is to resort to guerrilla and suicide attacks. CLIP
A tale of two photos
You have probably seen the photos of the statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled, and TV footage of jubilant Iraqis rolling the bronze head around, bringing back memories of so many previous popular uprisings - this was a US Army propaganda coup!
Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale?
Meanwhile, in Africa... 40 MILLION STARVING 'AS WORLD WATCHES IRAQ' (April 9)
Forty million Africans are at risk of starving but are not getting enough aid because the world is distracted by Iraq, the World Food Programme has warned. In an impassioned appeal to the United Nations security council, James Morris, the UN agency's executive director, accused the west of double standards. "How is it we routinely accept a level of suffering and hopelessness in Africa we would never accept in any other part of the world? We simply cannot let this stand."
The crudely colonial nature of this enterprise can no longer be disguised (April 10)
On the streets of Baghdad yesterday, it was Kabul, November 2001, all over again. Then, enthusiasts for the war on terror were in triumphalist mood, as the Taliban regime was overthrown. The critics had been confounded, they insisted, kites were flying, music was playing again and women were throwing off their burkas. In parliament, Jack Straw mocked Labour MPs who predicted US and British forces would still be fighting in the country in six months' time. Seventeen months later, such confidence looks grimly ironic. For most Afghans, "liberation" has meant the return of rival warlords, harsh repression, rampant lawlessness, widespread torture and Taliban-style policing of women. Meanwhile, guerrilla attacks are mounting on US troops - special forces soldiers have been killed in recent weeks, while 11 civilians died yesterday in an American air raid - and the likelihood of credible elections next year appears to be close to zero.
ROBERT FISK : Final proof that war is about the failure of the human spirit (April 10)
It was a scene from the Crimean War; a hospital of screaming wounded and floors running with blood. I stepped in the stuff; it stuck to my shoes, to the clothes of all the doctors in the packed emergency room, it swamped the passageways and the blankets and sheets. The Iraqi civilians and soldiers brought to the Adnan Khairallah Martyr Hospital in the last hours of Saddam Hussein's regime yesterday -- sometimes still clinging to severed limbs -- are the dark side of victory and defeat; final proof, like the dead who are buried within hours, that war is about the total failure of the human spirit. As I wandered amid the beds and the groaning men and women lying on them -- Dante's visit to the circles of hell should have included these visions -- the same old questions recurred. Was this for 11 September? For human rights? For weapons of mass destruction? CLIP
John Pilger: We see too much. We know too much. That's our best defence (April 4)
(...) These Anglo-American invasions of weak and largely defenceless nations are meant to demonstrate the kind of world the US is planning to dominate by force, with its procession of worthy and unworthy victims and the establishment of American bases at the gateways of all the main sources of fossil fuels. There is a list now. If Israel has its way, Iran will be next; and Cuba, Libya, Syria and even China had better watch out. North Korea may not be an immediate American target, because its threat of nuclear war has been effective. Ironically, had Iraq kept its nuclear weapons, this invasion probably would not have taken place. That is the lesson for all governments at odds with Bush and Blair: nuclear-arm yourself quickly. The most forbidden truth is that this demonstrably militarist British government, and the rampant superpower it serves, are the true enemies of our security. (...) How do we face this threat to all of us? The answer lies, I believe, in understanding the extent of our own power. Patrick Tyler wrote wisely in the New York Times the other day that America faced a "tenacious new adversary'' the public. He says we are entering a new bi-polar world with two new superpowers: the Bush/Blair gang on one side, and world opinion on the other, a truly popular force stirring at last and whose consciousness soars by the day. Wasn't it the poet Shelley who, at a time like this, exhorted us to: "Rise like lions after slumber''?
Syria Now Top US Target for 'Regime Change'
Hawks in U.S. Eyeing Syria As Next Target Debating Its threat To Region (April 10)
Iraq War Planned Long In Advance, Says Blix
The invasion of Iraq was planned a long time in advance, and the United States and Britain are not primarily concerned with finding any banned weapons of mass destruction, the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said in an interview on Wednesday. "There is evidence that this war was planned well in advance. Sometimes this raises doubts about their attitude to the (weapons) inspections," Blix told Spanish daily El Pais. "I now believe that finding weapons of mass destruction has been relegated, I would say, to fourth place, which is why the United States and Britain are now waging war on Iraq. Today the main aim is to change the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein," he said.
Republicans Want Patriot Act Made Permanent
WASHINGTON, April 8 - Working with the Bush administration, Congressional Republicans are maneuvering to make permanent the sweeping antiterrorism powers granted to federal law enforcement agents after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, officials said today. The move is likely to touch off strong objections from many Democrats and even some Republicans in Congress who believe that the Patriot Act, as the legislation that grew out of the attacks is known, has already given the government too much power to spy on Americans. The landmark legislation expanded the government's power to use eavesdropping, surveillance, access to financial and computer records and other tools to track terrorist suspects. When it passed in October 2001, moderates and civil libertarians in Congress agreed to support it only by making many critical provisions temporary. Those provisions will expire, or "sunset," at the end of 2005 unless Congress re-authorizes them. But Republicans in the Senate in recent days have discussed a proposal, written by Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, that would repeal the sunset provisions and make the law's new powers permanent, officials said. Republicans may seek to move on the proposal this week by attaching it to another antiterrorism bill that would make it easier for the government to use secret surveillance warrants against "lone wolf" terrorism suspects. Many Democrats have grown increasingly frustrated by what they see as a lack of information from the Justice Department on how its agents are using their newfound powers, and they say they need more time to determine whether agents are abusing those powers. The Senate Democratic leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, said today that without extensive review, he "would be very strongly opposed to any repeal" of the 2005 time limit. He predicted that Republicans lacked the votes to repeal the limits. CLIP
House Democrats Want Halliburton Probe
OCCUPATION IS NOT LIBERATION: Why We Are Marching on April 12
PEACE IN THE EYE OF THE STORM OR: WHY THE ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT DID NOT FAIL
Robert Fisk: Are There Some Element in the US Military That Wants to Take Out Journalists?
Report: Prison rates among blacks reach peak
An estimated 12 percent of African-American men ages 20 to 34 are in jail or prison, according to a report released Sunday by the Justice Department. The proportion of young black men who are incarcerated has been rising in recent years, and this is the highest rate ever measured, said Allen J. Beck, the chief prison demographer for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the statistical arm of the Justice Department. By comparison, 1.6 percent of white men in the same age group are incarcerated. The report also found that the number of people in U.S. jails and prisons exceeded 2 million for the first time last year, rising to 2,019,234.
Since When Does Patriotism Mean Love of Big Government? (Sept 2000)
Patriotism seems to have taken on a strange new definition. Love for country has been replaced with love for big government. At one time, American patriotism meant love for liberty, love for family, love for faith, and love for the principles articulated in America's founding documents. No more. Today, only people who demand increased government protection, increased government handouts, and increased government bureaucracies are considered patriotic. Today's Americans look to the federal government to solve virtually every problem, to protect them from virtually any adversary, and to even subsidize their own personal welfare. In exchange for this new insatiable appetite for serfdom, such people are more than willing to surrender their individual freedoms and personal responsibilities. (...) And if you think all that's bad, wait until this new Homeland Security Department grows up. There won't be a shred of freedom left! Taxpayers have allowed themselves to be forced into financing a federal leviathan that is in the process of swallowing every liberty and personal responsibility in sight; and few people seem to mind. Beyond that, if anyone dares suggest that the federal government is too monstrous, too oppressive, and too invasive, they are called unpatriotic. Worse still is the fact that many such people are paid personal visits from a variety of government goon squads in order to intimidate or silence them. (Yes, this practice continues under the Bush administration.) This is not the America that tens of thousands of brave men fought and died for. This is not the country I grew up in. America has become an alien nation. It is a country completely foreign to the one bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers. CLIP
Disarmament In Tatters (6 April 2003)
U.S. undermined arms control system that was already deadlocked - The Bush administration's war to disarm Iraq and its increasingly unilateral approach to international disputes, say arms control experts, are helping to paralyze one of the most hopeful products of the post-World War II era: the global arms control and disarmament movement. They argue that the elaborately constructed system of disarmament treaties and organizations, which over the years had controlled the spread of everything from chemical and biological weapons to nuclear materials, has been dangerously imperiled. Any new agreements are at best a distant dream. CLIP
US Arms Group Heads for Lisbon (4 April 2003)
Directors of one of the worlds largest armament companies are planning on meeting in Lisbon in three weeks time. The American based Carlyle Group is heavily involved in supplying arms to the Coalition forces fighting in the Iraqi war. (...) Top of the meetings agenda is expected to be the companys involvement in the rebuilding of Baghdads infrastructure after the cessation of current hostilities. Along with several other US companies, the Carlyle Group is expected to be awarded a billion dollar contract by the US Government to help in the redevelopment of airfields and urban areas destroyed by Coalition aerial bombardments. The Group is managed by a team of former US Government personnel including its president Frank Carlucci, former deputy director of the CIA before becoming Defence Secretary. His deputy is James Baker II, who was Secretary of State under George Bush senior. Several high profile former politicians are employed to represent the company overseas, among them John Major, former British Prime Minister, along with George Bush senior, one time CIA director before becoming US President. The financial assets of the Saudi Binladen Corporation (SBC) are also managed by the Carlyle Group. The SBC is headed up by members of Osama bin Ladens family, who played a principle role in helping George W. Bush win petroleum concessions from Bahrain when he was head of the Texan oil company, Harken Energy Corporation CLIP
A Letter to America (April 4, by Margaret Atwood)
No URL provided - It was published in the International Herald Tribune
(...) You're gutting the Constitution. Already your home can be entered without your knowledge or permission, you can be snatched away and incarcerated without cause, your mail can be spied on, your private records searched. Why isn't this a recipe for widespread business theft, political intimidation, and fraud? I know you've been told all this is for your own safety and protection, but think about it for a minute. Anyway, when did you get so scared? You didn't used to be easily frightened. CLIP
Alternative resources and information on the War in Iraq
News alternatives to US war propaganda:
Make your voice heard
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS WAR (John Rappoport on Dr. Doug Rokke)
Read this article on Depleted Uranium Coverup near the bottom of this webpage
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Collateral Damage -- Poor Hit First By States' Woes
by Dr. Elizabeth Sherman, TomPaine.com, April 7, 2003
With the war in Iraq well under way, its not surprising that Americans are focused on reports from the field and terror alerts rather than questions about who is going to pay for the war and its aftermath.
So far, the Bush administration has decided to borrow from the capital markets to finance current expenditures, a strategy that will inflate deficit spending to the tune of $400 billion, and potentially raise interest rates. Even Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned, much to Bushs chagrin, that budget deficits will need to be paid for, and that, in fact, such a stimulus was unnecessary.
But the Republicans domestic economic program is even more worrisome.
Instead of paying more in taxes at a time of soaring costs for defense and homeland security, the nations corporations and wealthiest taxpayers will pay less, as some large percentage of the presidents tax cut of $1.4 trillion for the next 10 years, goes through.
And how will those tax cuts be financed? At least in part by deep cuts in mandatory and discretionary programs amounting to $465 billion. That includes funding for Medicaid, cash assistance to the poor elderly, food stamps, student loans, school lunches, the environment and even veterans programs.
The Republican congressional leadership rationalized the cutbacks as necessary for "fiscal discipline" while insisting that tax cuts for the top 1 percent of taxpayers, which would exceed the reductions in social spending, are economically prudent. If this is not the equivalent of a moral Bizarro World, I dont know what is.
For the states, the presidents economic plan will only exacerbate an already dire fiscal situation. Massachusetts, for example, faces wrenching cuts in Medicaid for its poorest and most vulnerable citizens, and deep reductions in reimbursements to hospitals, physicians and nursing homes already reeling from financial crises associated with the economic downturn. To make matters worse, Massachusetts stands to lose $2.67 billion in federal assistance, primarily in funds earmarked for Medicaid and poor childrens' health programs.
In short, the costs of the war and the Republicans tax cuts will be paid for in cuts to programs that help those citizens with the fewest resources -- those who are most dependent on the government for health care and a minimal standard of living.
With the costs of such programs loaded onto states already weakened from the slack economy, its worth asking whether Americas corporate sector contributes its fair share.
A study in Massachusetts found that one-third of the top 50 corporations paid only the required minimal annual state taxes -- or $456 in the year 2000 when profits were still robust. No doubt loopholes in the tax code and creative accounting enabled corporate giants like Ratheon, Staples and FleetBoston to pay $2,339 less than the median individual Massachusetts taxpayer. Tax fairness indeed!
With Republicans in control of Congress at the national level, and armies of corporate lobbyists deployed by Treasury Secretary Snow to keep them in line, we can expect the presidents ideological assault on social programs to continue.
States like Massachusetts face tough choices in the weeks and months ahead. Will they rescind some of the generous tax breaks of the go-go 1990s that mainly benefited wealthy individuals and corporations? Or will they abandon the poorest individuals who rely on public spending for basic health care? Its well past time to consider how these decisions reflect on what kind of society we have become, or whether, after all, we really care.
Dr. Elizabeth Sherman is a fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University.
THE FOLLOWING MAY OFFEND SOME PEOPLE. THE TONE MAY BE HARSH AND MANY STATEMENTS UNBEARABLE TO CONTEMPLATE, BUT MY BEST GUESS - ACCORDING TO OTHER CONCURRING ARTICLES AND INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN - IS THAT A FAIRLY GOOD PORTION IS BASED ON FACTS. NOW I WOULD CERTAINLY *NOT* PUT THEM IN SUCH A PROVOCATIVE WAY BUT THEN THE FACTS LISTED ARE QUITE PROVOCATIVE IN THEMSELVES. SEE FOR YOURSELF...
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Israel, We Bless Thee
by Mark Glenn, <email@example.com>
March 8, 2003
Today, while driving through town, I wound up behind a minivan that had a big sticker on the back. The sticker had an Israeli flag in the middle of it, and under it the quotation from the book of Genesis that reads "I will bless those who bless thee."
I would like to take this time to list my own reasons for thanking and blessing Israel, our lone ally in the Middle East, for everything she has done for us, since I am quite sure most Americans are unaware of just what kind of friend she has been to us.
For extorting from me and my fellow Americans $4,000,000,000.00 a year for the last 4 decades, we bless thee.
For taking our most sophisticated weapons technology and stealing it for yourself without paying the American patent holders, we bless thee.
For taking that high-tech military technology and selling it to our enemies, such as the Russians and Chinese, thus further endangering us, we bless thee.
For using that weaponry in a sustained attack against a United States ship, the USS Liberty, in an attempt to sink her, thus preventing US servicemen from revealing to the rest of the world information concerning the war crimes they witnessed you commit against Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Desert during the Six Day War, we bless thee.
For killing 35 and wounding 170 American sailors aboard the USS Liberty, we bless thee.
For bribing the United States government into covering it up, preventing any justice from being done for the benefit of the families of the lost sailors - as well as the American People, we bless thee.
For sending your agents into Egypt and blowing up American buildings for the purpose of blaming the Arabs in an event known as the Lavon Affair, we bless thee.
For sending your agents into Libya during the Reagan administration, and broadcasting radio messages in Arabic that were designed to sound like "terrorist cell planning" so that the US would initiate military strikes against Khadafi, we bless thee.
For withholding information from us concerning the planned attacks against the US Marine barracks in Lebanon, attacks you knew about through your moles in the Islamic world and about which you deliberately refused to warn us in order to further your interests against the Arabs, we bless thee.
For employing Jonathon Pollard, an American serviceman paid to spy for Israel in order to steal even more of our National Security secrets for your parasitic purposes, we bless thee.
For blackmailing President Clinton through one of your intelligence agents, Monica Lewinsky, in order to prevent a coherent peace program from being pushed forward between yourself and the Palestinian people that you have brutalized and murdered for the last 50 years, we bless thee.
For breaking every agreement you have made with your Arab neighbors, stealing their land, displacing, murdering, and treating them like the animals you see them as, we bless thee.
For using your agents within the first Bush administration to involve us in the first Gulf War, causing the deaths of American men and women, and exposing our servicemen to whatever bioweapons were/are responsible that has led to Gulf War Syndrome, we bless thee.
For your role in the September 11 attacks in this country, and for blackmailing and bribing the US government into deporting back to Israel the 100 or more intelligence agents that were arrested after the attacks, we bless thee.
For suppressing the information from the American people of your involvement in the September 11 attacks and sending us in the wrong direction in search of answers, we bless thee.
For using one of your agents in the US Army Weapons Lab, Lt Colonel Philip Zack to steal anthrax and distribute it into our mail system, terrorizing US citizens and killing several in order to blame the Arabs, we bless thee.
For using your agents in the US Government, namely, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams, and the rest into initiating this war in the Middle East so that you could bring to heel all the enemies you have made during the last 50 years, we bless thee.
For using your agents in the media to lie to us on a minute by minute basis about the war, explaining to us how "just" this cause is, and what the real reasons behind it are, we bless thee.
For using your agents in the Christian Evangelical community, such as Falwell, Graham, Swaggert, and the rest who praise you as God's chosen people and further keep Americans in the dark about who you really are, what you have done, and what you are truly about, we bless thee.
For bringing idiots like Limbaugh, Liddy, Hannity, Beck, and Savage to the forefront as paid liars that will support you and further lead Americans astray, we bless thee.
For making America your attack dog, and for sending her sons and daughters to fight and die in all your future wars, we bless thee.
For using your influence in the media to hide the real statistics about the war, the dead and wounded on both sides, we bless thee.
For using us in such a way that not only further inflames the Arab world against us, but as well has succeeded in our alienating ourselves against those nations with whom we have been friendly for over a century, we bless thee.
And finally, for using your influence in our media and academia to flood our minds with pornography and lies, as well as inculcating in us a hatred for our history, religion, and culture, for dividing our nation between races and sexes, and for releasing into our society all of your plagues and filth that have left us a rotted out corpse of a once great nation, oh Israel, our friend, we bless thee.
For further information regarding the above cited events, read either books written by ex- Israeli Intelligence agent Victor Ostrovsky entitled By Way of Deception and The Other Side of Deception. Another good source is Dangerous Liaisons -- The Inside Story of the US-Israeli Covert Relationship by investigative reporters Andrew and Leslie Cockburn. For specific information regarding the attack on the USS Liberty during the 6 Day War, read Attack on the USS Liberty by Adm. James Innis.
"My awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power, no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain - especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight strongly, even without a Jewish state."
- Albert Einstein
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Evangelists Fears that US Christians will inflame situation
By Matthew Engel in Washington
[The Guardian - UK - 4 April]: It could only happen with an American invasion. Poised behind the troops, waiting for a signal that Iraq is safe enough for them to operate in, are the evangelical Christians -- carrying food in one hand and the Bible in the other.
All the groups, generously funded by American churchgoers, are likely to do a magnificent job in offering water, food, medical help and comfort to a traumatised population. But they are causing alarm among Muslims, who fear vulnerable Iraqis will be cajoled into conversion, and Christians, some of whom warn that the missionaries will be prime targets in an unpacified Iraq.
Muslim worries have been heightened because the man leading the charge into Iraq is the Rev Franklin Graham, who delivered the invocation at President Bush's inauguration, the son of Billy Graham and a fierce critic of Islam. He is on record as calling it a "wicked, violent" religion, with a God different from that of Christianity. "The two are different as lightness and darkness," he wrote.
He runs an organisation called Samaritan's Purse, whose workers are in Jordan, waiting to move into Iraq. It has a strong record of charitable help built up over more than 30 years, but its official aim is clear: "The organisation serves the church worldwide to promote the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Of late, Mr. Graham has avoided inflammatory statements and declined to speak to the Guardian. He did, however, write an article for the Los Angeles Times yesterday designed to mollify his critics, insisting that Samaritan's Purse will offer help to Iraqis without religious strings attached. "Sometimes the best preaching we can do is simply being there with a cup of cold water, exhibiting Christ's spirit of serving others," he said.
Ibrahim Hooper, of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations was unimpressed, saying the groups involved were "despicable and deceitful". Of Mr. Graham, he said: "This guy has repeatedly stated that Islam is intentionally cruel. I fail to see how such a person can be a positive influence in a Muslim country. Humanitarian relief is just a cover. Their basic motivation is conversion. These groups train workers to go in under the guise of relief to convert people away from their faith.
"I know this because I've been on their training courses. There's a technique known as contextualisation. You never say directly you're Christian. You take chairs out of the church to make it look like a mosque. You grow a beard. You dress your wife in Islamic attire. They know they're not welcome."
Also moving into Iraq are the Southern Baptists, the second largest religious group in the US after the Catholics and the most powerful component of the Christian conservative movement. They are perhaps the strongest pro-Bush, pro-Iraq war and pro-Israel political force in the US.
Their coordinator in Oklahoma, Sam Porter, insists that humanitarian aid is the prime objective of the Iraqi relief operation; the church has 25,000 trained volunteers who help in disaster relief in the US and elsewhere.
But he added: "If someone says 'Why would you to come to Iraq to serve in an impoverished, war-stricken country?' we would say it was because of the love that the Lord Jesus Christ put in our hearts. If a country opens up for evangelical missions to go there, we go. We believe strongly that Jesus Christ is the son of God and we intend to proclaim that."
Some Christian commentators are alarmed that missionaries blundering into an unstable country of which they know little would be in danger. Three Baptist missionaries were shot and killed in Yemen last December by a Muslim extremist, who said he did it because "they were preaching Christianity in a Muslim country".
One evangelical writer, Richard Mouw, of beliefnet.org, warned the groups: "We must do this with a genuine desire to serve human needs. If this is viewed as a pretence for evangelism it will only hurt the Christian cause, and perhaps further endanger the lives of the 600,000 Christians in Iraq."
Jonathan Bonk, editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, says that many strong evangelicals cannot separate their charitable work from spreading their faith. "It's not a crafty attempt to proselytise. It's an earnest attempt to share what they hold most dear. That's true of all the proselytising religions, including Islam.
"The difficulty in Iraq won't be because the evangelists are Christian, but because they're western. If they aggressively evangelise, that's a problem. But they're going to be in danger whether they say anything or not. As symbols of the west, and what the west represents, they are targets."
Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My Oscar "Backlash": "Stupid White Men" Back At #1, "Bowling" Breaks New Records
April 7, 2003
It appears that the Bush administration will have succeeded in colonizing Iraq sometime in the next few days. This is a blunder of such magnitude -- and we will pay for it for years to come. It was not worth the life of one single American kid in uniform, let alone the thousands of Iraqis who have died, and my condolences and prayers go out to all of them.
So, where are all those weapons of mass destruction that were the pretense for this war? Ha! There is so much to say about all this, but I will save it for later.
What I am most concerned about right now is that all of you -- the majority of Americans who did not support this war in the first place -- not go silent or be intimidated by what will be touted as some great military victory. Now, more than ever, the voices of peace and truth must be heard. I have received a lot of mail from people who are feeling a profound sense of despair and believe that their voices have been drowned out by the drums and bombs of false patriotism. Some are afraid of retaliation at work or at school or in their neighborhoods because they have been vocal proponents of peace. They have been told over and over that it is not "appropriate" to protest once the country is at war, and that your only duty now is to "support the troops."
Can I share with you what it's been like for me since I used my time on the Oscar stage two weeks ago to speak out against Bush and this war? I hope that, in reading what I'm about to tell you, you'll feel a bit more emboldened to make your voice heard in whatever way or forum that is open to you.
When "Bowling for Columbine" was announced as the Oscar winner for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, the audience rose to its feet. It was a great moment, one that I will always cherish. They were standing and cheering for a film that says we Americans are a uniquely violent people, using our massive stash of guns to kill each other and to use them against many countries around the world. They were applauding a film that shows George W. Bush using fictitious fears to frighten the public into giving him whatever he wants. And they were honoring a film that states the following: The first Gulf War was an attempt to reinstall the dictator of Kuwait; Saddam Hussein was armed with weapons from the United States; and the American government is responsible for the deaths of a half-million children in Iraq over the past decade through its sanctions and bombing. That was the movie they were cheering, that was the movie they voted for, and so I decided that is what I should acknowledge in my speech.
And, thus, I said the following from the Oscar stage:
"On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan (from Canada), I would like to thank the Academy for this award. I have invited the other Documentary nominees on stage with me. They are here in solidarity because we like non-fiction. We like non-fiction because we live in fictitious times. We live in a time where fictitious election results give us a fictitious president. We are now fighting a war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or the fictitious 'Orange Alerts,' we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And, whenever you've got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, you're time is up."
Halfway through my remarks, some in the audience started to cheer. That immediately set off a group of people in the balcony who started to boo. Then those supporting my remarks started to shout down the booers. The L. A. Times reported that the director of the show started screaming at the orchestra "Music! Music!" in order to cut me off, so the band dutifully struck up a tune and my time was up. (For more on why I said what I said, you can read the op-ed I wrote for the L.A. Times, plus other reaction from around the country at my website http://www.michaelmoore.com
The next day -- and in the two weeks since -- the right-wing pundits and radio shock jocks have been calling for my head. So, has all this ruckus hurt me? Have they succeeded in "silencing" me?
Well, take a look at my Oscar "backlash":
-- On the day after I criticized Bush and the war at the Academy Awards, attendance at "Bowling for Columbine" in theaters around the country went up 110% (source: Daily Variety/BoxOfficeMojo.com). The following weekend, the box office gross was up a whopping 73% (Variety). It is now the longest-running consecutive commercial release in America, 26 weeks in a row and still thriving. The number of theaters showing the film since the Oscars has INCREASED, and it has now bested the previous box office record for a documentary by nearly 300%.
-- Yesterday (April 6), "Stupid White Men" shot back to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This is my book's 50th week on the list, 8 of them at number one, and this marks its fourth return to the top position, something that virtually never happens.
-- In the week after the Oscars, my website was getting 10-20 million hits A DAY (one day we even got more hits than the White House!). The mail has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive (and the hate mail has been hilarious!).
-- In the two days following the Oscars, more people pre-ordered the video for "Bowling for Columbine" on Amazon.com than the video for the Oscar winner for Best Picture, "Chicago".
-- In the past week, I have obtained funding for my next documentary, and I have been offered a slot back on television to do an updated version of "TV Nation"/ "The Awful Truth."
I tell you all of this because I want to counteract a message that is told to us all the time -- that, if you take a chance to speak out politically, you will live to regret it. It will hurt you in some way, usually financially. You could lose your job. Others may not hire you. You will lose friends. And on and on and on.
Take the Dixie Chicks. I'm sure you've all heard by now that, because their lead singer mentioned how she was ashamed that Bush was from her home state of Texas, their record sales have "plummeted" and country stations are boycotting their music. The truth is that their sales are NOT down. This week, after all the attacks, their album is still at #1 on the Billboard country charts and, according to Entertainment Weekly, on the pop charts during all the brouhaha, they ROSE from #6 to #4. In the New York Times, Frank Rich reports that he tried to find a ticket to ANY of the Dixie Chicks' upcoming concerts but he couldn't because they were all sold out. (To read Rich's column from yesterday's Times, "Bowling for Kennebunkport," go here: http://www.michaelmoore.com/articles/index.php?article=20030406-nytimes. He does a pretty good job of laying it all out and talks about my next film and the impact it could potentially have.) Their song, "Travelin' Soldier" (a beautiful anti-war ballad) was the most requested song on the internet last week. They have not been hurt at all -- but that is not what the media would have you believe. Why is that? Because there is nothing more important now than to keep the voices of dissent -- and those who would dare to ask a question -- SILENT. And what better way than to try and take a few well-known entertainers down with a pack of lies so that the average Joe or Jane gets the message loud and clear: "Wow, if they would do that to the Dixie Chicks or Michael Moore, what would they do to little ol' me?" In other words, shut the f--- up.
And that, my friends, is the real point of this film that I just got an Oscar for -- how those in charge use FEAR to manipulate the public into doing whatever they are told.
Well, the good news -- if there can be any good news this week -- is that not only have neither I nor others been silenced, we have been joined by millions of Americans who think the same way we do. Don't let the false patriots intimidate you by setting the agenda or the terms of the debate. Don't be defeated by polls that show 70% of the public in favor of the war. Remember that these Americans being polled are the same Americans whose kids (or neighbor's kids) have been sent over to Iraq. They are scared for the troops and they are being cowed into supporting a war they did not want -- and they want even less to see their friends, family, and neighbors come home dead. Everyone supports the troops returning home alive and all of us need to reach out and let their families know that.
Unfortunately, Bush and Co. are not through yet. This invasion and conquest will encourage them to do it again elsewhere. The real purpose of this war was to say to the rest of the world, "Don't Mess with Texas - If You Got What We Want, We're Coming to Get It!" This is not the time for the majority of us who believe in a peaceful America to be quiet. Make your voices heard. Despite what they have pulled off, it is still our country.
From: "Doreen Agostino" <email@example.com>
Subject: Michael Moore Plans new film
Date: 5 Apr 2003
Michael Moore plans Bush-bin Laden film
From the Life & Mind Desk
LOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Michael Moore's next project might be more controversial than his Oscar-winning documentary "Bowling for Columbine."
According to a report in Friday's Daily Variety, Moore is working on a documentary about the "the murky relationship" between former President George Bush and the family of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The paper said the movie, "Fahrenheit 911," will suggest that the bin Laden family profited greatly from the association.
Moore's anti-war, anti-Bush Oscar acceptance speech provoked a mixture of cheers and boos at the Academy Awards last Sunday.
In addition to the Best Documentary Oscar, "Bowling for Columbine" also had an extraordinarily robust bottom line. Made for about $3 million, it has grossed nearly $40 million worldwide -- making it one of the most commercially successful documentaries of all time.
Variety reported that Moore is working out a deal with Mel Gibson's production company, Icon Productions, to finance "Fahrenheit 911."
According to Moore, the former president had a business relationship with Osama bin Laden's father, Mohammed bin Laden, a Saudi construction magnate who left $300 million to Osama bin Laden. It has been widely reported that bin Laden used the inheritance to finance global terrorism.
Moore said the bin Laden family was heavily invested in the Carlyle Group, a private global investment firm that the filmmaker said frequently buys failing defense companies and then sells them at a profit. Former President Bush has reportedly served as a senior adviser with the firm.
"The senior Bush kept his ties with the bin Laden family up until two months after Sept. 11," said Moore.
Moore told Variety the primary focus of the new project will be to examine what has happened to the United States since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. He accused the Bush administration of using a tragic event to push its agenda.
"It (the new project) certainly does deal with the Bush and bin Laden ties," said Moore. "It asks a number of questions that I don't have the answers to yet, but which I intend to find out."
Moore said he expects the new movie to be in U.S. theaters in time for the 2004 presidential election.
While some critics accused Moore of being anti-American for his Oscar speech, Moore told Variety business has been very good for his movie and his best-selling book "Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation."
"I expressed exactly what was in the film and instead of being blacklisted, I've not only gotten a deal to fund 'Fahrenheit 911' but offers on the film after," he said. "Presales on ('Bowling for Columbine's') video release ran ahead of 'Chicago' this week, and my book is returning to the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list."
Moore said the success of his documentary and book reflects majority public support for his political argument.
"It's because the majority of Americans agree with me, see the economy in the toilet and didn't vote for George W," he said. "People are now realizing you can question your government while still caring about the soldiers."
Kiss Your Internet Good-bye
In a short, but forceful article, Peter Sparacino pointed out that constitutional tools are no longer valid in our losing battle against a government out of control, rapidly becoming a totalitarian dictatorship. According to Sparacino, neither the ballot box, nor the jury box can be used to stop its advances -- not even the cartridge box. The only thing left to fight back, he states, is freedom of the press.
But, as media critic A.J. Liebling rightly expressed, freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. Though in theory the opportunity to own his own printing press was open to every American citizen, in practice just a few, and lately only the very rich and powerful, were able to own one. ...The Internet has become a growing obstacle to their plans. Therefore, what will they do? Very simple: They will destroy it. The only solution to solve the Internet's growing challenge to the media monopoly is to shut it down and throw the key away. How it will happen? One of these days, out of the blue, the Internet will be used for launching a devastating terrorist attack on the United States. Somehow, this cyberattack will cost the lives of scores of American citizens. In order to avoid more damage, the government, putting to good use the recently approved anti-terrorist laws, will shut the Internet down and ban the use of the Internet as we know it.
But most government agencies rely heavily on the Internet. How can they function without it? No problem. The replacement already exists; it is called Internet 2, reportedly a consortium being led by more than 200 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. But, contrary to the deceptive techno-babbling rhetoric, Internet 2 is nothing more than a controlled Internet, similar to the one currently in place in totalitarian countries like China and Cuba. ...
The unavoidable fact is that the Internet is incompatible with a totalitarian system of government. Therefore, either we are a bunch of delusionary paranoids, and what we see happening in this country is only a figment of our feverished imagination, and, consequently, the Internet will not be banned, or we are right, and it will disappear. Actually, the disappearance of the current free Internet will serve as a litmus test that will accurately mark our final loss of freedom.
LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT??
You hear about 'constitutional rights,' 'free speech,' and the 'free press.' Every time I hear these words I say to myself, 'That man is a Red....' You never hear a real American talk like that.
- Mayor Frank Hague, Jersey City
I'm sure you've heard people refer to things being "anti-American" -- usually referring to such "evils" as anarchism, socialism, socialized medicine, communism -- pretty much anything remotely left-wing has been branded "anti-American". Have you ever wondered what the heck that means?
If we understand that anarchism means abolishing authority, hierarchy, privilege, and coercion from human relations, and "patriots" talk condemn anarchism as being "anti-American", does that mean that being "pro-American" means supporting authority, hierarchy, privilege, and coercion?
The confusion arises around the false idea of "Americanism" -- what does it mean to be an American? Does it mean valuing freedom and democracy, or privilege and property? Is it for us, the American people, to decide what it means, or do we trust the government to decide for us?
I do not confuse the US government with the American country -- that is, with the community -- these are two very different things. Governments everywhere seek to weld themselves to the country -- to say, in effect, that the government IS the country. This usurpation provides governments with enormous clout that is decidedly undeserved -- by dressing themselves in the traditions and ideals of a country, a government is able to deflect criticism as saying that a criticism of the government is a criticism of the country.
This is a lie! Any government seeks only one thing: absolute obedience -- unquestioning submission to the authority of those who rule. Anything that fosters disobedience to the ultimate authority of the government is seen as seditious -- criminal -- worthy of punishment. However, it is foolish and dangerous to believe that the government is always right -- this is a fascist idea. The government is very often very wrong -- it isn't wrong to question and challenge and vigorously oppose the dictates of a government; particularly when a government is pursuing an evil policy that is contrary to the interests of a country.
But governments take any challenge to their authority as a threat, and use patriotrism -- love of country -- to defend themselves from attack and to retaliate. A true patriot does not blindly follow the government -- that person is a fool. The true patriot -- the true lover of a country -- defends what the country, and not the government, stands for.
So we return to the idea -- what does it mean to be an American? Does it mean to value democracy as a realizable ideal? Does it mean to resist tyranny?
For example, how does the reality that the US government supports fascist regimes around the world -- lending military and economic aid to ruthless, brutal regimes -- play in with the democratic ideal we hear invoked endlessly by those who hold power?
Either America stands for democracy, or it opposes it -- the question is not whether the US government does -- its record on this matter is very clear -- the question is whether the American people -- who comprise the country -- stand for democracy or oppose it.
Is it "anti-American" to seek the abolition of funds to fascist regimes -- is it "anti-American" to go against US government policy on this matter? The fanatic would agree -- they would say that they support their country, right or wrong.
But really they're supporting their government, right or wrong -- this blind faith extended to those in power is deeply authoritarian and downright stupid.
The US government KNOWS the American people -- the country -- doesn't support funding of fascist regimes. That's why so much of it occurs quietly, and why the US government, through the CIA, relies so much on covert -- that is, secret -- action. Secrecy is used only when what is being attempted goes against the ideas of democracy.
If an idea cannot withstand scrutiny, it is obviously an idea contrary to the interests of democracy.
So to the fool, if the US government is bombing children in Vietnam, they obviously deserve it. Or when the US government overthrows a democratic election and assassinates foreign leaders, they obviously had it coming. In fact, every atrocity committed by the US government must, of course, further democracy, freedom, and justice. The US government is inherently democratic, free, and just.
Or is it? Where do mass murders, assassinations, coups, and propaganda campaigns fit in with the ideas of democracy, freedom, and justice? In truth, they are more akin to tyranny, slavery, and injustice! If being an American means being a person who values democracy, freedom, and justice, then it is anti-American to support covert actions against foreign (and domestic) peoples, anti-American to support a standing army deployed and used around the world, anti-American to defend secret police (FBI, CIA, NSA, SS, DIA, BATF), anti-American to use secrecy and censorship to protect wrongdoing by the government, anti-American to possess a huge nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons arsenal, anti-American to use things like satellites and the Hubble telescope to spy on other countries.
If these things are somehow conducive with the American people's conception of what it means to be American, then what it means to be American must have precious little to do with democracy, freedom, and justice, and everything to do with tyranny, slavery, and injustice.
CLIP - To read the entire and excellent article go at http://www.radio4all.org/anarchy/country.html
From: "Joy Rae Freeman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: 12 Characteristics of a National Security State
Date: 9 Apr 2003
This was forwarded by a friend in Washington DC.
Joy Rae Freeman
Spiritual Warrior, Healer, Writer, Teacher
Producer - Internationally Award Winning
"Joy to the World" KSER 90.7 FM Sat 7 AM Pacific
Chuck Michaels, the Guest Speaker, at RRUC was tremendous! I do feel as though I understand the Patriot Act better --unfortunately, since the clarification is so daunting. I do urge you to ask him to speak in your community. Please forward near and far! I have included his contact information so you can contact him directly. Please let us know at RRUC if you arrange for him to speak so we can notify people here who missed this illuminating talk.
Chuck Michaels' 12 characteristics of a national security state from his book!
"No Greater Threat and the Rise of A National Security State" -
(Algora Publishing, 2002)
9 April 2003
My 12 characteristics of a national security state are listed and discussed in the book. My 12 characteristics are:
1 Visible Increase in Uniformed Security and Police
2 Lack of Civil Accountability of Law Enforcement for Conduct
3 Reduced Role of Judiciary and Executive Treatment of Suspects
4 Secrecy of Ruling Authority and Momemtum of Threat
5 Media in Service of State
6 National Resources Devoted to Terror Threat
7 Patriotism Moving to Nationalism
8 Lack of Critical Response by Religious Denominations
9 "Wartime" Mentality and Permanent War/Defense Economy
10 Targeted Individuals and Groups
11 Direct Attack on Dissent
12 Increased Government Surveillance of Citizenry
As I explain in the book, I am not saying that all of these characteristics are fulfilled at present, or that these are all of the characteristics of a national security state (issues involving youth and education, for example, could be added). But these surely would be on the list of common characteristics.
My book "rates" these characteristics as of the time of the manuscript, and purely for purposes of discussion. Those "ratings" probably would be changed given current situations.
From: "Mark Graffis" <email@example.com>
Subject: Double Standards
Date: 6 Apr 2003
This is slightly dated
* What do you call someone who explodes a bomb and kills innocent people?
- A terrorist.
* What do you call someone who drops a bomb from a plane and kills innocent people?
- A brave American pilot.
* What do you call it when a Palestinian uses violence against the Jews who have illegally occupied his land?
- A terrorist attack.
* What do you call it when an Israeli helicopter fires rockets at Palestinian youths armed with stones?
* What do you call it when someone gives money to a government official in return for favors?
* What do you call it when a large corporation gives money to a government official in return for favors?
- A campaign contribution.
* What do you call the form of government where a small elite exploits and intimidates the citizens?
- A dictatorship.
* What do you call the form of government where a small elite exploits and intimidates the citizens, and the citizens can choose every few years which part of the elite should occupy the government buildings?
- A democracy.
* What do you call it when someone carrying a gun enters your house and steals your valuable possessions?
- An armed robbery.
* What do you call it when a multinational corporation supported by armed forces enters your country and steals your valuable possessions?
- Free trade.
* What do you call it when a group of people take the law into their own hands and kill people without a fair trial?
- A lynching.
* What do you call it when the US takes the law into its own hands and kills people without a fair trial?
- Operation Enduring Freedom.
* What do you call someone who steals from the rich and gives to the poor?
- Robin Hood.
* What do you call someone who steals from the poor and gives to the rich?
- The US government.
* What do you call a weapon that can kill thousands of people?
- A weapon of mass destruction.
* What do you call a weapon that has killed 1.5 million Iraqis, including more than 500,000
* What do you call an army that will fight for whoever pays the most money?
* What do you call an army in Afghanistan that will fight for whoever pays the most money?
- The Northern Alliance (or United Front).
* What do you call it when very rich people exploit poor people?
- Greed and selfishness.
* What do you call it when very rich countries exploit poor countries?
* What do you call a foreign oppressor in the last century that controlled the economical and social life of a country?
- A colonialist power.
* What do you call a foreign oppressor in this century that controls the economical and social life of a country?
- The International Monetary Fund.
* What do you call it when people are slaughtered?
- A massacre.
* What do you call it when 100.000 to 200.000 Iraqi's are slaughtered by the US at a loss to American forces of 148 (46 of which were killed by friendly fire)?
- The Gulf War.
* What do you call members of the Ku Klux Klan, a white racist organization?
- American patriots.
* What do you call members of the Black Panther party, a black racist organization?
- Prisoners on death row.
* What do you call the extermination of a people?
* What do you call the extermination of native Americans in the US?
- A glorious episode in American history.
* What do you call a US president who says, "Read my lips - no new taxes", and later breaks his promise?
- George Bush.
* What do you call a US president who says, "No new taxes- over my dead body", and later ...?
- George W. Bush.
* What do you call someone who stands up in front of a crowd and tells stories?
- An entertainer.
* What do you call someone who stands up in front of a crowd at the Pentagon and tells stories?
- Donald Rumsfeld.
* What do you call a television station that broadcasts only the government's views?
- A propaganda station.
* What do you call the CNN, Fox, BBC when the World News consists solely of half an hour of a Pentagon briefing?
- Fair and impartial.
* What do you call the 2002 presidential election in Zimbabwe where there are serious irregularities?
- A flawed election.
* What do you call the 2000 presidential election in the US where there are serious irregularities?
- A victory for democracy.
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