Meditation Focus #94: Shifting from Global Terror to Global Love

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What follows is the 94th Meditation Focus suggested for the two consecutive weeks beginning Sunday, September 7, 2003, with a special Global Meditation Day this coming Thursday, September 11, 2003, anytime during this day, for as long as necessary.

SHIFTING FROM GLOBAL TERROR TO GLOBAL LOVE

1. Summary
2. Meditation times
3. More information on this Meditation Focus
4. Positive Initiatives to support
5. Other resources worth exploring
6. Complementary information




1. SUMMARY

As the world will pause this coming September 11 to mark in various ways the critical shifting point in its history when, for the first time, well planned multiple attacks in the United States launched the new global war on terrorism, opening the gates for a series of military strikes against countries allegedly involved in directly supporting global terrorism, serious doubts, if not circumstantial proofs, are casting a deepening shadow of suspicion onto the U.S. military establishment and those secretly pulling the strings of the U.S. foreign policy now believed by many to be at least partly responsible for the 9-11 attacks and the ensuing strategy of denial of constitutionally protected rights, in conjunction with an invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, as part of a carefully crafted plan for world domination and state-sponsored global terror.

No matter where lies the ultimate responsibility for those specific events, a growing body of evidence suggests that terror has now become a key element in the arsenal of means used by those with a dark agenda in extending their already considerable control over the resources and people of this planet in their bid for world domination and global dictatorship. But their influence in so many spheres of human activities now seems to be peaking, as their actions and overt goals have triggered a rising wave of global activism aimed at not only countering these violent, destructive forces but also at fostering the positive changes needed to offer hope-filled avenues for a better future for all Life on Earth, while a crescendo of spiritual awakening is gradually making its way in the hearts and minds of countless millions of souls, thus offering the best chances of making completely irrelevant the dark agenda and violent means of those still suffering from amnesia as to their true divine nature.

Please dedicate your prayers and meditations, as guided by Spirit, in the coming two weeks, and especially in synchronous attunement at the usual time this Sunday and the following one, as well as this coming Thursday, September 11, 2003, to contribute in tipping the balance of forces on Earth towards bringing about the emergence and complete manifestation of the long-heralded era of global Peace, unconditional Love and universal Harmony, starting in each of our own very hearts, in all our relationships with other human and other life forms, and in all we stand for and choose to affirm in our daily lives as we contribute to build up the momentum towards heaven on Earth in our lifetimes. May we all let the power of absolute faith in Who We Are overwhelm and dissipate in a blazing, dazzling expansion of Light and Love the last remnant of fear and self-doubt and may we all gravitate towards the sounding resonance of "We Are One" blasting its way into the deepest parts of our psyche so as to lift the veil on the infinite powers for goodness, kindness and compassion now awakening within every single one of us, for the Highest Good of All.

This whole Meditation Focus is also available at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus94.htm




2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:

Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage * 8:00 AM -- Los Angeles * 9:00 AM -- Mexico City, San Salvador & Denver * 10:00 AM -- Houston * & Chicago * 11:00 AM -- Santo Domingo, La Paz, Caracas, New York *, Toronto *. Montreal *, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 AM -- Halifax *, Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 1:00 PM -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 4 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, London *, Dublin * & Lisbon * 5:00 PM -- Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Geneva *, Rome *, Berlin *, Paris * & Madrid * 6:00 PM -- Ankara *, Athens *, Helsinki * & Istanbul * & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Baghdad *, Moscow * 8:00 PM -- Tehran * 8:30 PM -- Islamabad 9:00 PM -- Calcutta & New Delhi 9:30 PM -- Dhaka 10:00 PM -- Rangoon 10:30 PM -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 11:00 PM -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur +12:00 PM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington +4:00 AM

+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time.

* means the place is observing daylight saving time (DST) at the moment.

You may also check at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html to find your current corresponding local time if a closeby city is not listed above.




3. MORE INFORMATION ON THIS MEDITATION FOCUS

This complement of information may help you to better understand the various aspects pertaining to the summary description of the subject of this Meditation Focus. It is recommended to view this information from a positive perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision we wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive our mind-set, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of peace and healing. This complementary information is provided so that a greater knowledge of what needs healing and peace-nurturing vibrations may assist us to have an in-depth understanding of what is at stake and thus achieve a greater collective effectiveness.

From: http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1036687,00.html

British MP Attacks U.S. on 9/11 and War

This War on Terrorism is Bogus

Michael Meacher
The Guardian

06 September 2003

The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination

Massive attention has now been given - and rightly so - to the reasons why Britain went to war against Iraq. But far too little attention has focused on why the US went to war, and that throws light on British motives too. The conventional explanation is that after the Twin Towers were hit, retaliation against al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan was a natural first step in launching a global war against terrorism. Then, because Saddam Hussein was alleged by the US and UK governments to retain weapons of mass destruction, the war could be extended to Iraq as well. However this theory does not fit all the facts. The truth may be a great deal murkier.

We now know that a blueprint for the creation of a global Pax Americana was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), Jeb Bush (George Bush's younger brother) and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences, was written in September 2000 by the neoconservative think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says "while the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document attributed to Wolfowitz and Libby which said the US must "discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role". It refers to key allies such as the UK as "the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership". It describes peacekeeping missions as "demanding American political leadership rather than that of the UN". It says "even should Saddam pass from the scene", US bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently... as "Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq has". It spotlights China for "regime change", saying "it is time to increase the presence of American forces in SE Asia".

The document also calls for the creation of "US space forces" to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent "enemies" using the internet against the US. It also hints that the US may consider developing biological weapons "that can target specific genotypes [and] may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool".

Finally - written a year before 9/11 - it pinpoints North Korea, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes, and says their existence justifies the creation of a "worldwide command and control system". This is a blueprint for US world domination. But before it is dismissed as an agenda for rightwing fantasists, it is clear it provides a much better explanation of what actually happened before, during and after 9/11 than the global war on terrorism thesis. This can be seen in several ways.

First, it is clear the US authorities did little or nothing to pre-empt the events of 9/11. It is known that at least 11 countries provided advance warning to the US of the 9/11 attacks. Two senior Mossad experts were sent to Washington in August 2001 to alert the CIA and FBI to a cell of 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation (Daily Telegraph, September 16 2001). The list they provided included the names of four of the 9/11 hijackers, none of whom was arrested.

It had been known as early as 1996 that there were plans to hit Washington targets with aeroplanes. Then in 1999 a US national intelligence council report noted that "al-Qaida suicide bombers could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the CIA, or the White House".

Fifteen of the 9/11 hijackers obtained their visas in Saudi Arabia. Michael Springman, the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, has stated that since 1987 the CIA had been illicitly issuing visas to unqualified applicants from the Middle East and bringing them to the US for training in terrorism for the Afghan war in collaboration with Bin Laden (BBC, November 6 2001). It seems this operation continued after the Afghan war for other purposes. It is also reported that five of the hijackers received training at secure US military installations in the 1990s (Newsweek, September 15 2001).

Instructive leads prior to 9/11 were not followed up. French Moroccan flight student Zacarias Moussaoui (now thought to be the 20th hijacker) was arrested in August 2001 after an instructor reported he showed a suspicious interest in learning how to steer large airliners. When US agents learned from French intelligence he had radical Islamist ties, they sought a warrant to search his computer, which contained clues to the September 11 mission (Times, November 3 2001). But they were turned down by the FBI. One agent wrote, a month before 9/11, that Moussaoui might be planning to crash into the Twin Towers (Newsweek, May 20 2002).

All of this makes it all the more astonishing - on the war on terrorism perspective - that there was such slow reaction on September 11 itself. The first hijacking was suspected at not later than 8.20am, and the last hijacked aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania at 10.06am. Not a single fighter plane was scrambled to investigate from the US Andrews airforce base, just 10 miles from Washington DC, until after the third plane had hit the Pentagon at 9.38 am. Why not? There were standard FAA intercept procedures for hijacked aircraft before 9/11. Between September 2000 and June 2001 the US military launched fighter aircraft on 67 occasions to chase suspicious aircraft (AP, August 13 2002). It is a US legal requirement that once an aircraft has moved significantly off its flight plan, fighter planes are sent up to investigate.

Was this inaction simply the result of key people disregarding, or being ignorant of, the evidence? Or could US air security operations have been deliberately stood down on September 11? If so, why, and on whose authority? The former US federal crimes prosecutor, John Loftus, has said: "The information provided by European intelligence services prior to 9/11 was so extensive that it is no longer possible for either the CIA or FBI to assert a defence of incompetence."

Nor is the US response after 9/11 any better. No serious attempt has ever been made to catch Bin Laden. In late September and early October 2001, leaders of Pakistan's two Islamist parties negotiated Bin Laden's extradition to Pakistan to stand trial for 9/11. However, a US official said, significantly, that "casting our objectives too narrowly" risked "a premature collapse of the international effort if by some lucky chance Mr Bin Laden was captured". The US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Myers, went so far as to say that "the goal has never been to get Bin Laden" (AP, April 5 2002). The whistleblowing FBI agent Robert Wright told ABC News (December 19 2002) that FBI headquarters wanted no arrests. And in November 2001 the US airforce complained it had had al-Qaida and Taliban leaders in its sights as many as 10 times over the previous six weeks, but had been unable to attack because they did not receive permission quickly enough (Time Magazine, May 13 2002). None of this assembled evidence, all of which comes from sources already in the public domain, is compatible with the idea of a real, determined war on terrorism.

The catalogue of evidence does, however, fall into place when set against the PNAC blueprint. From this it seems that the so-called "war on terrorism" is being used largely as bogus cover for achieving wider US strategic geopolitical objectives. Indeed Tony Blair himself hinted at this when he said to the Commons liaison committee: "To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11" (Times, July 17 2002). Similarly Rumsfeld was so determined to obtain a rationale for an attack on Iraq that on 10 separate occasions he asked the CIA to find evidence linking Iraq to 9/11; the CIA repeatedly came back empty-handed (Time Magazine, May 13 2002).

In fact, 9/11 offered an extremely convenient pretext to put the PNAC plan into action. The evidence again is quite clear that plans for military action against Afghanistan and Iraq were in hand well before 9/11. A report prepared for the US government from the Baker Institute of Public Policy stated in April 2001 that "the US remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a destabilising influence to... the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East". Submitted to Vice-President Cheney's energy task group, the report recommended that because this was an unacceptable risk to the US, "military intervention" was necessary (Sunday Herald, October 6 2002).

Similar evidence exists in regard to Afghanistan. The BBC reported (September 18 2001) that Niaz Niak, a former Pakistan foreign secretary, was told by senior American officials at a meeting in Berlin in mid-July 2001 that "military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October". Until July 2001 the US government saw the Taliban regime as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of hydrocarbon pipelines from the oil and gas fields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. But, confronted with the Taliban's refusal to accept US conditions, the US representatives told them "either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs" (Inter Press Service, November 15 2001).

Given this background, it is not surprising that some have seen the US failure to avert the 9/11 attacks as creating an invaluable pretext for attacking Afghanistan in a war that had clearly already been well planned in advance. There is a possible precedent for this. The US national archives reveal that President Roosevelt used exactly this approach in relation to Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941. Some advance warning of the attacks was received, but the information never reached the US fleet. The ensuing national outrage persuaded a reluctant US public to join the second world war. Similarly the PNAC blueprint of September 2000 states that the process of transforming the US into "tomorrow's dominant force" is likely to be a long one in the absence of "some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor". The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the "go" button for a strategy in accordance with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been politically impossible to implement.

The overriding motivation for this political smokescreen is that the US and the UK are beginning to run out of secure hydrocarbon energy supplies. By 2010 the Muslim world will control as much as 60% of the world's oil production and, even more importantly, 95% of remaining global oil export capacity. As demand is increasing, so supply is decreasing, continually since the 1960s.

This is leading to increasing dependence on foreign oil supplies for both the US and the UK. The US, which in 1990 produced domestically 57% of its total energy demand, is predicted to produce only 39% of its needs by 2010. A DTI minister has admitted that the UK could be facing "severe" gas shortages by 2005. The UK government has confirmed that 70% of our electricity will come from gas by 2020, and 90% of that will be imported. In that context it should be noted that Iraq has 110 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves in addition to its oil.

A report from the commission on America's national interests in July 2000 noted that the most promising new source of world supplies was the Caspian region, and this would relieve US dependence on Saudi Arabia. To diversify supply routes from the Caspian, one pipeline would run westward via Azerbaijan and Georgia to the Turkish port of Ceyhan. Another would extend eastwards through Afghanistan and Pakistan and terminate near the Indian border. This would rescue Enron's beleaguered power plant at Dabhol on India's west coast, in which Enron had sunk $3bn investment and whose economic survival was dependent on access to cheap gas.

Nor has the UK been disinterested in this scramble for the remaining world supplies of hydrocarbons, and this may partly explain British participation in US military actions. Lord Browne, chief executive of BP, warned Washington not to carve up Iraq for its own oil companies in the aftermath of war (Guardian, October 30 2002). And when a British foreign minister met Gadaffi in his desert tent in August 2002, it was said that "the UK does not want to lose out to other European nations already jostling for advantage when it comes to potentially lucrative oil contracts" with Libya (BBC Online, August 10 2002).

The conclusion of all this analysis must surely be that the "global war on terrorism" has the hallmarks of a political myth propagated to pave the way for a wholly different agenda - the US goal of world hegemony, built around securing by force command over the oil supplies required to drive the whole project. Is collusion in this myth and junior participation in this project really a proper aspiration for British foreign policy? If there was ever need to justify a more objective British stance, driven by our own independent goals, this whole depressing saga surely provides all the evidence needed for a radical change of course.

Michael Meacher MP was environment minister from May 1997 to June 2003

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See also:

Meacher Sparks Fury Over Claims on September 11 and Iraq War (September 6)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1036588,00.html

Ex-minister attacks US over war
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/1/hi/uk_politics/3085656.stm
Michael Meacher blames the Iraq war on US desire for world domination and says it could have prevented 9/11.

Project for the New American Century
http://www.newamericancentury.org/

Poll Assesses Americans' Terrorism Fears (Sept 4)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=519&e=26&u=/ap/20030905/ap_on_re_us/terror_fears_3
WASHINGTON - Though the economy has replaced the fight against terrorism as the public's top priority, people remain very worried about the prospects of another attack almost two years after Sept. 11, 2001. Three-fourths of Americans say the world is a more dangerous place than it was a decade ago, according to a poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Just before the attacks, about half felt that way.

When The Big Lie Prevails, Crime Pays (INCLUDED IN FULL BELOW OR AT...)
http://www.sarasota-web.com/warfolly/index.htm#feature
The 9/11 murderers were Americans, and they likely won't be caught.

FULL COVERAGE ON TERRORISM AND 9-11
http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=34&tmpl=fc&in=US&cat=Terrorism

My Country Right Or Wrong -- Questioning September 11th
http://www.MyCountryRightOrWrong.net

More Than 500 Great Articles Mostly Questioning September 11th
http://www.AttackOnAmerica.net

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, And The Three Top Sins Of The Universe
http://www.September112001.net

Audios, Videos, Photographs, Polls, Petition And News Archive
http://www.9112001.net

Bush, bin Laden And War Profits
http://www.CarlyleGroup.net

Sept. 11th Revisited - Two Interviews
http://www.meria.net/updates.html
5/20/03 - Ellen Mariani, widowed by 9/11/01 comes on the show the first half hour to discuss the run-around she's been getting from the top down to the Red Cross. Many of us donated to the families of the victims, but where is the money? The families haven't gotten it, yet they used a large portion of it to "clean up" ground zero. Perhaps we should all demand our donations back? Why did Mary Schiavo, her attorney tell her to shut up? Who do the attorney's work for anyway? Our systems failed us on 9/11/01, and now we are in "high terror" alert again. What if they fail again? The second half of the show Allan Wood of 911CitizensWatch.org joins me to discuss his EXCELLENT article co-authored with Paul Thompson "An Interesting Day" which chronicles Bush's day on 9/11/01 www.complete911timeline.org ; All the stories that were WASHED away, made out to be "conspiracy" are listed with the sources throughout his article. Including the assassination attempt on Bush's life BEFORE he went to the school that morning. Where was Bush all day? Why was Cheney protected and NOT the President? What were CEO's and Warren Buffett doing having an UNPUBLICIZED charity event in a HIGH SECURITY Offutt Military Base instead of being at the WTC that morning? Where was the press on all this? What about NORADS site being scrubbed as history gets revised? Why no accountability, firings, or punishment of those who should have defended us? Why did Bush linger on at the school? Why wasn't Bush's plane protected when it left Florida? The bogus "news" stories that were proven to be lies from the White House; How did Bush see television coverage of the attack BEFORE the attack happened? Bush said 9/11/01 was "an interesting day". What kind of reaction is that for a President? We must DEMAND answers and accountability.

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From: http://www.hrw.org/wr2k2/intro.html

Introduction

In the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the United States government articulated a single overriding goal--defeating terrorism--and sought to build a global alliance committed to that end. Yet determined as this campaign has been, it remains to be seen whether it is merely a fight against a particular set of criminals or also an effort to defeat the logic of terrorism. Is it a struggle only against Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaeda network, and a few like-minded groups? Or is it also an effort to undermine the view that anything goes in the name of a cause, the belief that even a deadly attack on skyscrapers filled with civilians is an acceptable political act?

The September 11 attacks were antithetical to the values of human rights. Indeed, it is the body of international human rights and humanitarian law--the limits placed on permissible conduct--that explains why these attacks were not legitimate acts of war or politics. If the human rights cause stands for anything, it stands for the principle that civilians should never be deliberately slaughtered, regardless of the cause. Whether in time of peace or war, whether the actor is a government or an armed group, certain means are never justified, no matter what the ends.

As many of the world's governments join the fight against al-Qaeda, they face a fundamental choice. They must decide whether this battle provides an opportunity to reaffirm human rights principles or a new reason to ignore them. They must determine whether this is a moment to embrace values governing means as well as ends or an excuse to subordinate means to ends. Their choice will not determine whether any particular perpetrator is captured or killed. But over the long term it will affect the strength of the ends-justify-the-means ideology that led a group of men deliberately to crash civilian passenger planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Unless the global anti-terror coalition firmly rejects this amorality, unless the rules of international human rights and humanitarian law clearly govern all anti-terror actions, the battle against particular terrorists is likely to end up reaffirming the warped instrumentalism of terrorism.

Unfortunately, the coalition's conduct so far has not been auspicious. As this introduction describes, its leading members have violated human rights principles at home and overlooked human rights transgressions among their partners. They have substituted expediency for the firm commitment to human rights that alone can defeat the rationale of terrorism. Whatever its success in pursuing particular terrorists, the coalition risks reinforcing the logic of terrorism unless human rights are given a far more central role.

CLIP

HYPOCRISY MATTERS

This hypocrisy matters because it is profoundly more difficult to promote the values of human rights if some of the most visible and powerful proponents seek to exempt themselves from these same standards. This exceptionalism remains strong after September 11, as governments seek to justify extraordinary constraints on rights in the name of combating extraordinary threats. Yet in the long term, this trend is counterproductive. If the logic of terrorism, not just immediate terrorist threats, is ultimately to be defeated, governments must redouble their commitment to international standards, not indulge a new round of excuses to ignore them.

See the Table of Contents of this Human Rights Report at http://www.hrw.org/wr2k2/contents.html

Download the whole report from
http://www.hrw.org/wr2k2/download.html

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From: http://www.etherzone.com/2003/nova090203.shtml

MAD MEN ACROSS THE DESERT WALKING DEAD

By: Novakeo

Dead men walking, that is what our troops in Iraq have become not to mention the Iraqi natives. Slow poison death in the heat of the Iraqi desert, where dust particles are in the plenty which just happens to be radioactive courtesy of the United States and British governments’. All that talk about Iraqi WMD by the Bush clan was of course an elitist sleight of hand, the sale of snake oil to the pliable masses, but a real story about WMD in Iraq has surfaced around the world, not here in the United States where the government lap dogs in the mainstream media continue to prove themselves worthless in honest journalism.

It seems that the missing evil incarnate Saddam Hussein did not see fit to defend his palaces with contaminants worthy of mass destruction, probably because he no longer possessed such weapons of inadequacy, but on the other hand, the Bush and Blair governments’ had no such compunctions in poisoning the Iraqi atmosphere of the living. After all, the newly liberated natives are really mere subhuman Muslims worthy of malevolent cancerous death not to mention grotesque birth defects. But why must our troops suffer the same malicious fate? Why are they held in such contempt by our government which exposes them to the deniable Gulf War Syndrome? You see, to these vultures, the simpletons are nothing more than cannon fodder, sacrificial lambs for elitist machinations in lust, greed and glory.

The wide use of depleted uranium (DU) weaponry by the U.S. and British military not only in desert battlefield’s but also in core Iraqi cities like Baghdad and Basra has resulted in a country that is littered with radioactive hot spots some measured up to 1,900 times higher than normal background radiation levels. The Bush government also has decided it will not clean up the contaminated areas, because to do so would expose them to some serious questions in their continued use of DU shells. So exposure to these toxic particles will continue for our troops and the Iraqis, after all, the powers that be are in their air conditioned board rooms extricating the massive Iraqi booty and contemplating more liberations of other meaningful assets, why bother with such potential liabilities by creating an undesirable image in making sure our troops are functioning in a clean environment? One wonders who the real terrorists are presently functioning in Iraq. The U.S. government continues to deny that DU shells present a health risk for those that use the weaponry and to those exposed to the lingering effects after its use.

Of course the users of these types of weapons would deny the obvious, especially when these weapons are banned by international law as Leuren Moret in her testimony to the International War Crimes Tribunal revealed - U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY AND DEPLETED URANIUM

LEGALITY TEST FOR WEAPONS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW

Weapons must pass four tests in order to determine that they are legal under international law. The tests are:

TEMPORAL TEST - Weapons must not continue to act after the battle is over.

ENVIRONMENTAL TEST - Weapons must not be unduly harmful to the environment.

TERRITORIAL TEST - Weapons must not act off of the battlefield.

HUMANENESS TEST - Weapons must not kill or wound inhumanely.

Depleted uranium weaponry fails all four tests. For that reason it is illegal under all treaties, all agreements and all war conventions:

The military use of DU violates current international humanitarian law, including the principle that there is no unlimited right to choose the means and methods of warfare (Art. 22 Hague Convention VI (HCIV); Art. 35 of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva (GP1); the ban on causing unnecessary suffering and superfluous injury (Art. 23 le HCIV; Art. 35 2 GP1), indiscriminate warfare (Art. 51 4c and 5b GP1) as well as the use of poison or poisoned weapons).

The Seattle Post ran an article by Larry Johnson titled -- "War's Unintended Effects"; where he quotes Rep. Dr. Jim McDermott, of Washington – "We continue to get these sporadic reports of various places where a lot of people are getting sick, and nobody is willing to connect the dots yet," he said. "I'm afraid we're going to have a lot of people get sick before they finally admit that depleted uranium really causes a problem for us (U.S. veterans and their families) as well as for the Iraqis."

The Christian Science Monitor also ran an extensive expose on the radioactive conditions ordinary Iraqis are forced to live with. The reality on the ground in Iraq contradicts statements by Bush officials who continue to deny that discarded DU shells and objects that were destroyed by DU armament pose a serious medical risk. In the CSM article it quotes an American soldier as saying – “After we shoot something with DU, we're not supposed to go around it, due to the fact that it could cause cancer," says a sergeant in Baghdad from New York, assigned to a Bradley, who asked not to be further identified.” This poisonous reality in Iraq is also serving to ferment further hostility by the Iraqis towards their occupiers.

The first Bush clan war against Iraq named the Gulf War produced over 161,000 U.S. casualties which have been effectively hushed up by the Department of Defense (DoD) and their prostitutes in the general media. That is how many Gulf War veterans are receiving disability payments for what is known as Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) from the U.S. government. There still is controversy on what was the direct cause for so many casualties to Gulf War veterans; Dr. Rosalie Bertell outlines the possible causes for GWS. Use this link to see complete list.

-- Administration of three vaccines intended as protection against nerve and biological warfare agents. These were:

1. Pyridostigmine, normally prescribed for myasthenia gravis and known to have serious side effects, especially when the person taking it is exposed to heat. It is also known that exposure to pesticides and insecticides (Baygon, Diazinon and Sevin) should be avoided when taking pyridostigmine because they can accentuate its toxicity. Some women who took this drug during pregnancy and have breast-fed infants have seen side effects in their child.

2. Botulinum Pentavalent, an unproven vaccine intended to counteract botulism. It is unlicensed in the United States.

3. Anthrax, to protect against the disease anthrax. This was apparently selectively administered to troops during the war, and women receiving it were warned not to have children for three or four years.

-- Depleted uranium was used for the first time in this war. It was incorporated into tank armor, missile and aircraft counterweights, and navigational devices, and in tank, antiaircraft, and antipersonnel artillery. The scientific information on this deadly chemical has been reported in "Radium Osteitis With Osteogenic Sarcoma: The Chronology and Natural History of Fatal Cases" by Dr. William D. Sharpe, Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, Vol. 47, No. 9 (September 1971). There was no excuse for this human experimentation because the effects of this exposure were known.

-- Destruction by allies of Iraqi chemical, nerve and biological warfare weapons resulting in widespread distribution of these toxins in the environment. This problem has now been, at least in part, documented by the U.S. Department of Defense. They are focusing on this potential cause as if it were the only candidate cause.

The purveyors of weapons of mass destruction in Washington also used DU in Kosovo and Bosnia where NATO troops have been demanding to leave as far back as two years ago because many are becoming sick with cancer and other illnesses attributed to DU contamination. In Southern Iraq, one viscous outcome to radiation poisoning from the first Gulf War is monstrous birth defects.

And the simpletons are beginning to fight back; Gulf War veterans are suing chemical companies for supplying the Iraqi government with chemicals so Saddam could brew some WMD. Veterans collectively need to go after the real culprits for their condition and that is the DoD, and sue the U.S. government.

Why does the most powerful military in the world need to use such contaminating ammunition against a foe that was three generations behind technologically, an enemy that did not have any military capacity to resist such a colossal power, and why expose American military personnel again to the same radioactive contamination when tens of thousands of first Gulf War veterans were permanently injured by these poisonous weapons? The U.S. and British governments' knew all along of the dangers posed by DU weapons and decided to continue to use them.

The conclusion is inescapable; the simpletons are nothing more than bottom feeders and are regarded by the plutocracy as expendable in pursuit of their pluralistic new world order. A bunch of dead GI’s and rag heads is nothing much to look at for the neocons’ and their deceived dispensationalists’; after all, their war on evil is a complicated and difficult task that demands your sacrifice.

MORE INFORMATION ON DEPLETED URANIUM FROM THE ARTICLE – WAR’S UNINTENDED EFFECTS

WHAT IT IS:

Depleted uranium is a highly dense, toxic and radioactive metal that is the byproduct of the process during which fissionable uranium used to make nuclear bombs and reactor fuel is separated from natural uranium. The U.S. uses it for bullets and shells.

WHAT IT DOES:

Depleted uranium contains the highly toxic U-238 isotope, which has a radioactive half-life of about 4.5 billion years. As U-238 breaks down, an ongoing process, it creates protactinium-234, which radiates potent beta particles that may cause cancer as well as mutations in body cells that could lead to birth defects.

HOW IT SPREADS:

When a depleted uranium round hits a hard target, as much as 70 percent of the projectile can burn on impact, creating a firestorm of depleted uranium particles. The toxic residue of this firestorm is an extremely fine insoluble uranium dust that can be spread by the wind, inhaled and absorbed into the human body and absorbed by plants and animals, becoming part of the food chain. Once in the soil, it can pollute the environment and create up to a hundred-fold increase in uranium levels in ground water, according to the U.N. Environmental Program.

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Novakeo is editor and writer for America First on Foreign Policy (AFFP). He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

Novakeo can be reached at novakeo@lycos.com

Published in the September 2, 2003 issue of Ether Zone.

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From: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/EXP309A.html

Did Coalition Forces use Nukes in Iraq?

Dangerously High Levels of Radiation Measured Around Baghdad

Daily Express, 1 September 2003

The recorded levels of radiation in Iraq do not conform to the patterns observed in the case of depleted uranium ammunition.

Several reports suggest that Coalition Forces may have used tactical nuclear weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq. Policy statements made by the Bush Administration and the Blair government, are explicit. The coalition will not hesitate to use of nuclear weapons against Iraq "if attacked with WMDs"

Blurring the Nuclear Boundaries, Reuven Pedatzur, 14 Aug
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/PED308A.html

Bush Nuclear Policy: A Recipe for National Insecurity, Alice Slater, 14 Aug http://globalresearch.ca/articles/SLA308A.html

Nukes used in Afghanistan?: Discovery of a new type of Nuclear weapon, Report of UMRC Field Trip, 17 June http://www.umrc.net/downloads/destruction_effects.pdf

Liberating Iraq' with Nuclear Weapons , Michel Chossudovsky & Ian Woods, pdf version , http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO303A.html

Another U.S. war crime? Iraqi cities 'hot' with depleted uranium, Sara Flounders, 18 Aug http://globalresearch.ca/articles/FLO308B.html

See also CRG's archive: Nuclear threat: key articles http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CRG204C.html

Michel Chossudovsky , 5 Sept 03

Daily Express, 1 September 2003

Iraqi Health Risk from Ammunition used in Attack: Radiation Time Bomb

David Swift

Soldiers and civilians in Iraq face a health time bomb after dangerously high levels of radiation were measured around Baghdad.

Levels between 1,000 and 1,900 times higher than normal were recorded at four sites around the Iraqi capital where depleted uranium (DU) munitions have been used across wide areas.

Experts estimate that Britain and the US used 1,100 to 2,200 tons of armour-piercing shells made of DU during attacks on Iraqi forces. That figure eclipses the 375 tons used in the 1991 Gulf War. Unlike that largely desert-based conflict, most of the rounds fired in March and April were in heavily residential areas.

DU rounds are highly combustible and tiny particles of the radioactive material are left on the battleground.

If inhaled the material can attack the body causing cancers, chronic illness, long-term disabilities and genetic birth defects - none of which will be apparent for at least five years.

Veterans of the first Gulf War believe that DU exposure has played a role in leaving more than 5,000 of them chronically ill and almost 600 dead. The Royal Society, Britain's leading scientific body, described America's failure to confirm how much or where they used DU rounds as an "appalling situation".

Professor Brian Spratt, chairman of the society's working group on DU, said: "The Americans are really giving us no information at all and think it is a pretty appalling situation that they are not taking this seriously at all. "We really need someone like the UN Environment Programme or the World Health Organisation to get into Iraq and start testing civilians and soldiers for uranium exposure."

Evidence of massive uranium radiation has emerged in recent weeks. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle analysed swabs from bullet holes in Iraqi tanks and confirmed elevated radiation levels. Last month Scott Peterson, of the respected Christian Science Monitor, took Geiger counter readings at several sites in Baghdad. Near the Republican Palace, his radiation readings were the "hottest" in Iraq at nearly 1,900 times background radiation levels.

Even the Ministry of Defence, which has consistently refused to accept there are dangers involved in DU exposure or that it has played role in Gulf War illnesses is addressing the problem. Soldiers returning from this year's conflict will be routinely tested for uranium poisoning. Professor Malcolm Hooper, who sits on two committees advising the Government on Gulf health issues, said he is not surprised by the radiation levels. He said: "Really these things are dirty bombs. Exactly the sort of device that President Bush and Prime Minister Blair keep talking about being in the hands of terrorists."

Dozens of US soldiers, backed by armoured vehicles and helicopter gunships, searched farms on the outskirts of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul yesterday in their hunt for followers of Saddam Hussein. Thousands of Iraqis packed into northern Baghdad yesterday for the funeral of Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim, a Shi'ite Muslim cleric slain by a car bomb which also killed scores of his followers.

A senior official in Hakim's Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) said the Americans bore some blame for Friday's attack as they had failed to ensure adequate security measures. Up to five suspects, all of them Iraqi, have been detained over the car bomb attack, the local governor said yesterday.

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Japan Economic Newswire, August 16, 2003

Iraq cancer cases caused by depleted uranium shells

An increasing number of Iraqis are suffering from cancer and leukemia allegedly caused by depleted uranium shells the United States military used in the area, two visiting doctors from Iraq said in presentations in Japan over the past two weeks.

Around 116 out of 100,000 people were diagnosed in 2001 with cancer in the vicinity of Basra in southern Iraq, where the U.S. military used depleted uranium shells in the Persian Gulf War in 1991, according to one of the doctors. The number marks a 10-fold increase from the 11 cases diagnosed in 1988, he said.

Jawad Al Ali, 59, a doctor from Basra, said an increasing number of families have members who are suffering from cancer, and the death toll from cancer has risen 19-fold during the same period. Several Japanese civic groups jointly invited Ali and Janan Ghalib Hassan to Japan as part of their activities to make known the harmful effects of depleted uranium shells. The two delivered presentations in cities including Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were devastated by atomic bombs the U.S. dropped in 1945 in World War II.

Hassan, 47, said that in 2001, 611 babies were born with no limbs, no eyes or other birth defects, compared with 37 such cases in 1990. Ali expressed concern that a high number of cancer patients will emerge in Baghdad and other parts of the country due to the recent U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Depleted uranium, a metal remainder left when natural uranium is refined, is used in artillery shells and bombs designed to penetrate tanks and other armored vehicles. The metal is believed to turn into small particles when a shell hits its target, and can be toxic in humans if breathed or eaten. The U.S. has been denying, including via embassy Web sites, such adverse effects, asserting there is no basis to claims that depleted uranium causes cancer in newborns.

But Yuko Fujita, an assistant professor at Keio University who examined the effects of radioactivity in Iraq from May to June, said that damage from depleted uranium will be more serious in the future due to the recent war. 'I doubt that Iraq is fabricating data because in fact there are many children suffering from leukemia in hospitals,' Fujita said. 'As a result of the Iraq war, the situation will be desperate in some five to 10 years.' Regarding efforts by Japan in helping to rebuild Iraq, he said, 'Japan should build up-to-date hospitals for children with cancer instead of sending Self-Defense Forces personnel.'

Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) http://www.globalresearch.ca

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From: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO307C.html

The Road Map to Empire

In the war’s sinister aftermath, the entire world knows that the pretext for the invasion of Iraq was based on fabricated evidence and doctored intelligence. The facts regarding Iraq’s alleged WMDs had been carefully manipulated. The lies were known and documented prior to the war, discussed behind closed doors not only at the UN Security Council but also on Capitol Hill.

Prior to the war’s onslaught and throughout the military campaign, the US media, in close liaison with the Pentagon, was instrumental in withholding the truth. This tactic is straight out of the Pentagon’s Office of Strategic Influence which Bush promised would be shut down due to the public uproar against the idea that the Pentagon might be allowed to spread false information in the media for their own purposes. (For more see Global Outlook No. 4, p.20.)

Covert ‘dirty tricks’ operations had been launched to produce misleading intelligence, which was then fed into the news chain. WMD-Al Qaeda threats to ‘the Homeland’ had been played up and repeated ad nauseam, pasted on a daily basis across the tabloids. The objective of the disinformation campaign was to "whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor", while fudging the issue of forged intelligence until the war was over. The fact that President Bush was an outright liar was only brought to US public’s attention in the invasion’s aftermath, once a US-UK occupation government (‘The Authority’), duly sanctioned by the UN, had been put in place.

Releasing the ‘Big Lie'

When the unofficial ‘release date' was reached in early June, the ‘Big Lie' was revealed. Time magazine, which had relentlessly applauded the coalition's invasion plan, started accusing the Bush Administration of "cooking the books". How convenient! Now that Iraq is occupied, looted and pillaged by American and British troops, the lie has now belatedly surfaced on the front pages of America's newspapers.

Leading Democrats in the US Congress were fully aware that the Administration's casus belli was a brazen lie. They had agreed, however, with their Republican cronies, to remain silent on the issue of cooked intelligence until after the Blitzkrieg and the conquest of Iraq. The US Senate and British House of Commons inquiries do not purport to "undo a war" waged on a fabricated pretext, nor demand the eventual withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq. Quite the contrary – more troops have been sent into Iraq to quell armed resistance against occupation forces. (See p.3, Global Outlook, Issue 5.)

As a result, the US has vastly increased its military presence in the broader Middle East Central Asian region. In the immediate wake of the war, even France, Germany and Russia, which had earlier opposed the invasion, granted (in the name of multilateralism) their unbending support to the US-UK led ‘Authority' in Iraq. In so doing, they have not only violated the UN charter, they are also complicit in the crimes committed against the Iraqi people, including the killing of over 3,000 civilians and the maiming of countless others in the latest Gulf War.

Visibly, a token deal had been struck, behind closed doors, between the victors and ‘Old Europe' on sharing a portion of Iraq's sizeable oil wealth.

The Project for a New American Century (PNAC)

The ‘public outcry' on cooked intelligence – carefully orchestrated by the corporate media – creates the illusion of an unbiased press and a functioning democracy. Yet this ritual, in which political leaders are said to be held accountable, also contributes to upholding the democratic façade and its evolving police state apparatus. The war has been carried out. The political puppets have performed according to plan: how to let their heads roll, while the real powers behind the invasion – including the Anglo-American oil giants and weapons producers – divide up the spoils of war. (See p. 24.)

Under the New World Order, discredited political leaders, who are the lackeys of powerful business interests are replaced by new political puppets. Republicans or Democrats – it makes no difference; this ‘regular regime rotation' in a ‘two party' system, plagued by corruption and conflict-of-interest, ensures continuity in America's Road-Map to Empire, while providing the illusion that Jeffersonian democracy continues to prevail.

None of the current ‘public outcries' for accountability will reverse the tide of US military expansion as outlined by the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). (See p.13.) The PNAC is a neo-conservative think tank linked to the Defense-Intelligence establishment, the Republican Party and the powerful Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) which plays a behind-the-scenes role in the formulation of US foreign policy.

The PNAC's declared objective is quite simple – to "Fight and decisively win in multiple, simultaneous theater wars" . In fact, barely after the so-called "Liberation of Iraq", the Bush Administration announced that Iran would be next in line. (See p.14.) More recently, the Administration has initiated, with the support of the UN, a similar WMD inspection drill, including the spreading of false information, directed at Iran.

‘Pulling the Plug' on George W.

While the PNAC – acting on behalf of the CFR – played a key role in setting the stage for the pre-emptive war on Iraq, the power brokers behind-the-scenes will not hesitate, after such invasions, in "pulling the plug" on their own political puppets.

Witness Chairman of the PNAC, William Kristol, who coordinated the drafting of the PNAC's blueprint entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century," (which contains the strategy of "multiple simultaneous war theaters"). He has not only acknowledged the issue of ‘distorted intelligence' on national network TV, he is also blaming Bush for making certain ‘misstatements' on Iraq:

"[Statements] by the president and by the secretary of state... turn out to be erroneous." (Fox News, 8 June 2003.)

Kristol, who is also the editor of the influential New York publication, the Weekly Standard, has been part of the disinformation ploy from the very outset. In the months leading up to the war, his Weekly Standard has consistently upheld the Administration's lies on WMDs and Al Qaeda without batting an eyelash. And yet in his June 23 issue he does an about face, when his Weekly Standard points to:

"... serious questions the Bush administration will have to answer: How did a forged document about Iraq's pursuit of uranium make it into the State of the Union address? Why would President Bush tell the world that ‘we have found weapons of mass destruction,' when quite plainly we have not?"

Under a system of bogus democracy, political leaders in high office are often ‘disposable'. To maintain continuity in the US doctrine of ‘pre-emptive war' and ‘homeland defense', the behind-the-scenes architects require a scapegoat or a ‘fall guy' to blame in order to save their own secret agenda. Now that "the cat is out of the bag" regarding Iraq's WMDs, somebody has to pay the price (namely Bush and Blair).

Meanwhile PNAC rides off into the sunset victorious ... Corporate America has struck gold ... black gold.

In other words, those who were most actively involved in spreading phony intelligence in the news chain are now accusing the Bush Administration of misleading public opinion. Moreover, there are indications that the actual timing of the disinformation campaign, from the planting of the lies to the "pulling of the plug", was coordinated in consultation with the architects of a this new ‘Pax Americana'.

Green Light to the Use of Nuclear Weapons

Barely a few weeks following the entry of the US Marines into Baghdad, the Senate Armed Services Committee gave the green light to the Pentagon to develop a new tactical nuclear bomb, to be used in conventional weapons theaters, "with a yield six times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb". Nukes are slated to be used alongside conventional weapons in the next phase of this war, against Iran and North Korea. While there is no evidence so far of the use of tactical nuclear weapons in the Iraqi war theater, there are indications that nukes may have been dropped on Afghanistan in 2001. According to Canada's Uranium Medical Research Center, tests conducted on Afghan civilians suggest that:

"some form of uranium weapon had been used (...) The results were astounding: the donors presented concentrations of toxic and radioactive uranium isotopes between 100 and 400 times greater than in the Gulf War veterans tested in 1999." http://oasistv.com/news/index-library.asp?category=GLOBAL%20CHANGES&indexfile=global-archive-index.asp&menu=index-global.asp

January 20, 2002

Global Crackdown on Civil Liberties

From Human Rights Watch

WASHINGTON, DC--January 20, 2002--The anti-terror campaign led by the United States is inspiring opportunistic attacks on civil liberties around the world, Human Rights Watch warned in its annual global survey released last Monday.

At the same time, the campaign offers a chance to focus attention on the denial of human rights and democracy in the Middle East and Central Asia, where authoritarian governments have left millions of people with a choice between extremist politics and no politics. Many of these authoritarian governments cling to power without challenge from Western governments.

The 670-page Human Rights Watch World Report 2002 includes summaries of human rights events in 2001 in 66 countries, as well as analyses of U.S. and European foreign policy, refugee issues, international justice, corporate social responsibility, and the weapons trade.

Some countries, such as Russia, Uzbekistan, and Egypt, are using the war on terror to justify abusive military campaigns or crackdowns on domestic political opponents. In the United States and Western Europe, measures designed to combat terrorism are threatening long-held human rights principles.

"Terrorists believe that anything goes in the name of their cause," said Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. "The fight against terror must not buy into that logic. Human rights principles must not be compromised in the name of any cause."

The anti-terrorism campaign will not succeed if it is conducted merely as a struggle against a particularly ruthless set of criminals, Roth said. To defeat the fundamental amorality of terrorism requires a firm grounding in international human rights.

"The fight against terror must reaffirm the principle that no civilian should ever be deliberately killed or abused," said Roth. "But for too many countries, the anti-terror mantra has provided a new reason to ignore human rights."

On Afghanistan, Roth said that the demise of the Taliban regime created an opportunity for positive change. But he urged that the international community devote real resources to bringing perpetrators to justice for past crimes. Establishing the rule of law will be essential for ending the cycle of atrocities in Afghanistan.

Roth said that Human Rights Watch had not yet conducted an on-the-ground investigation of civilian deaths in the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan, but that serious questions had been raised by reports of civilian casualties.

Human Rights Watch does not generally take a position on whether particular wars should be fought, but does urge strict respect for international humanitarian law in the conduct of any war. Human Rights Watch urged the U.S. military to be more forthcoming about civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Roth also said that new restrictions on civil liberties in the United States, such as the proposed military commissions, could compromise the U.S. government's ability to criticize human rights violations in other countries.

"Imagine the U.S. condemning military tribunals set up by a tin-pot tyrant to get rid of his political enemies," said Roth. "That kind of criticism can have real sting. But now it will ring with hypocrisy -- if the Pentagon does not narrow President Bush's order on military commissions with appropriate guidelines."

Anti-terror legislation in many Western European countries would have a similar effect on their abilities to provide international leadership on human rights, Roth said.

"The fight against terror isn't just a matter of security," said Roth. "It's a matter of values."

The willingness of most Western governments to tolerate abuses by friendly governments in the Middle East and North Africa has tended to undermine the growth of a human rights culture there, Roth noted. The problems include the West's failure to rein in Israeli abuses against Palestinians, and its apparent disregard for grave civilian suffering caused by sanctions against Iraq.

"In societies where basic freedoms flourish, citizens can press their government to respond to grievances," said Roth. "But in Saudi Arabia and other countries where Osama bin Laden strikes a chord of resentment, governments prohibit political debate. As the option of peaceful political change is closed off, the voices of non-violent dissent are frequently upstaged by advocates of violent opposition."

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Human Rights Watch is an international monitoring organization based in New York City. It accepts no financial support from any government.

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From: http://www.worldpsychology.net/World%20Psychology/VirtualPsyFiles/nova_pagina_31112.htm

Terrorizing the Globe

There are many species of beings on this planet, which if they had a voice, would be warning of a great danger. “Species are vanishing at a rate of a hundred to a thousand times faster than they did before the arrival of humans,” says Edward O Wilson, the greatest living Darwinian thinker. Many of those that are taught in the Judo-Christian tradition believe that humanity can behave as lord of creation, treating the earth's natural wealth and other animals as tools, mere instruments for the achievement of human purposes. But human activity is already causing problems to humans on staggering levels yet the majority of people choose to ignore what is happening and going to happen quite soon.

The freedom to live on planet earth is being threatened. Humankind poses a growing threat to the health of Earth’s biosphere because of its growing population and the tendency for an increasingly large fraction of it to adopt the lavish consumption patterns of the developed countries. While we can't kill the earth itself, the nurturing aspect of the planet, its climate, air, water and biomass is destructible. Destroy that and we destroy ourselves. But before we actually do that we are doing that to the other species of beings that live on this planet with us. Humans themselves are not getting along with each other either, and the very basic conflicts that have festered for decades are rearing up their most ugly heads. Yet with all of this happening politics and media debates proceed on as if nothing serious is happening. Perhaps next quarter we will see some slight increases in profits and some moderate economic growth. 

According to a massive United Nations environmental study released in May 2002, the planet is poised on a precipice, and time is running out for making tough political and economic choices that can pull it back from disaster. In 30 years, the Earth could look like a desert-strewn wasteland of urban slums, lose almost a quarter of its mammal species and leave people inhabiting large regions perishing from thirst and water-borne disease. Dramatic climate changes, water shortages, collapse in fisheries, massive loss of topsoil, killing pollution and dramatically quicker rises in sea levels are all predicted by scientists around the world. Sooner or later we have to addresses the harmful effects of consumption patterns, drawing the connection between consumption, population growth and environmental degradation or those connections will be rammed violently down our collective throats. In reality many subjects come together when we talk about the quantity of humans and how that quantity is being dramatically increased to the detriment of the quality of life.

We have had many examples in life and history where warnings have been ignored to disastrous effect. We recently had another as the Federal hearing on Sept 11th attacks demonstrated, they just did not see it coming, even with volumes of information and intelligence, and humanity itself does not see what is coming though it is being warned with increasing frequency and force.

CLIP

World events are revealing to us our true nature.

The recent lessons coming from New York, Bali, Washington, and now even Moscow are suggesting an end to a way of life. An end to security and the free enjoyment of pleasures divorced from the suffering, frustrations and delusion of the worlds billions. These events are all strands of a single story, as is the entirety of our ecological crisis. All of this is happening to us because of us. It is the same us that is happening all over the globe. The same people who have a hard time caring for the ones they are supposed to love have difficulty caring for the earth or anyone else’s problems and difficulties. It is hard enough for humans to really care even about a friend or mate, much less about strangers. The conflicts of the earth are intensifying along all fronts; it’s not a picnic anymore. Our planet is getting sick because we are sick and there seems like there is no doctor in the house with a power or wisdom to turn the course of events. A breakthrough in consciousness and a quantum leap in evolutionary awareness seem to be required for humanity to turn its course away from its current race to destruction. Many have thought this breakthrough imminent, others have thought it has already arrived, but has it or will it?


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From: http://www.worldpsychology.net/World%20Psychology/VirtualPsyFiles/nova_pag1.htm

The Terrorism of the Military

When it comes to thinking about the militaries potential for terrorism our imaginations are truly staggered. For instance, when World War II ended some 50 million people were left dead and some 10 million people were maimed and left disabled for life. In World War I, in one battle alone, the battle of Verdun, almost a million young men lost their lives. This was all brought about by the military whose purpose, by its very nature, is not to retain peace but to promote war. It is not to preserve our life and our environment but, on the contrary, to destroy. The military may be viewed as an institution that is legally commissioned by a legitimate government to commit atrocious crimes against humanity. They are professional organizations sanctioned to terrorize on command.

The current U.S. military budget is $396 billion, and it's expanding rapidly. That's roughly $5000 for every household in the U.S. But what's more relevant is how it stacks up relative to other countries in the world with militaries. The next largest military budgets: Russia $60 billion; China $42 billion; Japan $40.4 billion; United Kingdom $34 billion; Saudi Arabia $27.2; France $25.3 billion; Germany $21 billion; Brazil $17.9 billion; India $15.6 billion; Italy $15.5 billion; South Korea $11.8 billion; Iran $9 billion; Israel $9 billion; Taiwan $8.2 billion. The United States, with only four percent of the world’s population, is spending more than the other 96 percent. It is a glaring fact that the US is spending significantly more than the combined budgets of every other country in the world and is prepared to spend much more if necessary as the recent increases suggest. 

The terrorism of the military cannot be measured strictly by the number of people it is able to kill. The first terror of the military is seen in the hundreds of billions of dollars, that could go into advancing the quality of life on the planet, goes instead into to the weapons industry that is a very large lucrative business controlled by a very select group of very powerful men. Funding for international family planning, sufficient to insure that everyone in the Third World has access to family planning services would involve, for instance only about $10 billion/year, peanuts relative to the First World's military budget. Such family planning has already been proven to pull the pressure off of world population explosion and thus works powerfully to reduce human suffering, pain and disease. Yet people, especially in Washington, fight against this funding using fanatic religious abortion politics as reason, preferring mass instruments of human destruction to humane help with family planning and the general education of women, which goes very far in improving their lot in life.

"Through manipulation and tactics of fear, the weapons industry controls governments draining them mercilessly from their financial resources."

- Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.

The weapons industry, according to Mercieca, which claims it exists to save and protect the lives of people, is instead “a main source of people's suffering, a financial burden on entire nations, a cause to numerous regional conflicts, and the greatest threat to our environment.” The weapons industry is known to be one of the biggest producers of toxic waste contributing, more than any other single industry, to the destruction of our ecological system.

"If we were to judge a tree by the fruit it gives, then the weapons industry must be viewed as the most satanic and vicious device that ever existed in human history." 

- Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.   

Mercieca, President of the International Association of Educators for World Peace and Professor at Alabama A&M University said, “There has never been one nation in history that had a big military without having people, at the same time, suffering from every kind of deprivation, like lack of food, lack of shelter, lack of adequate nutrition, you name it. This applies to quite a few millions of people in the United States today where more people are being shot and killed every year than in all of the countries of the world combined.” It’s not just about social spending Vs military, or the butter Vs guns paradigm, it’s about attention, mental resources, direction, and unfortunately power concentrated again in the hands of the few.

People of all nations are indoctrinated from early age to view their militaries will pride. Feelings of hope, prosperity, stability and peace are also commonly linked to identification with ones military history or prowess. No differently then the people in Russia and in other communist countries which were once indoctrinated to view communism in a positive light, military nationalism runs deep in the blood of many people from many different imperial or formally imperial countries.

Mercieca concludes that we “need to follow the footsteps not of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, who believed their security lied in a strong military, but in the philosophy of Mother Teresa of Calcutta who proved that we can conquer the world through our love, dedication, and service to the poor. And that it is possible to find strength not in military weapons but in spirituality.” Unfortunately the people in power in America do not feel this way and they have the backing of a great percentage of the American people.

There has never been a war machine like the one that now exists in America and it has outclassed all other war machines who just cannot keep up with the spending that a modern technologically driven army requires today. It has its troops flung afar around the world, in 100 countries it is estimated, and now it is officially at war with terrorists and is about to be engaged in war against Saddam. And at the end of 2002 the Bush administration announced that it is going ahead with a missile defense system even though the missiles have not proven to be effective. Fear and war, insecurity and deprivation of positive alternatives represent the initial level of military terrorism to society.

The School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, which has trained about 60,000 Latin American police and soldiers, represents another more hidden level of military terrorism. It's well known that among the techniques recommended for use against insurgents in its manuals are blackmail, torture, execution and the arrest of the suspect's relatives. The hidden secret wars, that were exposed for instance in the scandal with the Contra rebels in Nicaraguan affair only highlights a vast military and CIA funded type of military action that can only be called and defined as terrorist. From prisoners hung by the arms until their muscles rip, raw voltage applied to genitalia, suspects slowly dipped in vats of acid. When the jailers tire of tormenting the body they go after the soul. They will bring in a wife or daughter and rape her again and again before your eyes. They will bring in your little girl and methodically crush the bones in her feet. They will behead a mother in front of her children. If one does not consider these kinds of activities as terrorist one should visit their local doctor. Just because ‘official’ governmental organizations have often sponsored them changes nothing.

Obviously there are many different ways to wage war, and when the subtler and easily kept secret ways fail overt direct military champagnes become options. With a 300 billion dollar a year (peace time) war machine primed and pumped, and ready to go to 400 billion in war time, and with all of this under the control of a man of doubtful moral and psychological character, it is no joke when Doug Casey says, “I've got a feeling what's brewing is the biggest thing since at least World War II. The historical clock looks to me like it's at about 1936. Straws in the wind are starting to signal a brewing hurricane.” What was Einstein talking about when he said, “Poor America, the Apocalyptic rider is coming.” It sounds like that should read today poor world instead of poor America yet many in America are both worried and scared as to what is already happening there. If this is just the beginning of a great time of darkness, can anyone actually imagine what it will be like in the middle or after the end?

It was a miracle that we got through the cold war without any atomic exchanges, is it possible that humanity could squeeze through a second major miracle during the following decade? The World is at war, it is just beginning but it comes at the end of a long string of wars that have been fought for one reason or another throughout history. And even if beyond all odds atomic weapons of mass destruction are never ever used again we have seen how airplanes, chemical and biological weapons, and even conventional bombs can be used in their place. It is always a sad and scary time, the beginning of world wars, when madmen are set loose to affect their agendas on the world stage. Americans are again ready to make war not love and of course they have their excuses. New York gave that to them but as we will say many times, violence as a response to terrorism is the worst way to go. It is unlikely that our leaders will learn this lesson even though there are plenty of historical and present world events that suggest strongly that this is true.

Doug Casey continued with, “Americans have often wondered where the Germans were able to recruit all the people who staffed the Gestapo and the SS. The fact is, however, that sociopaths, sociopath sympathizers, the weak-kneed, and the easily-led form a standard distribution across all societies, in all times. We have just as many in America now as the Germans did in the 1930s” and this means that there are people who will actually become happy or pleased with the way things are turning out. Dark times are good times for dark people yet we wonder why we have come again to this historic point. History repeats itself endlessly because we do not learn our vital lessons and because we as a race do not change and do not confront what is wrong with us.

Most of us were deeply shocked on September 11th, and most of us agreed that if we had seen it in a movie we would have thought it most fantastic and overdone. It was beyond even the ‘official’ imagination of the intelligence community though there were warnings and even though the World Trade Center had been attacked and damaged before. Never have there been so many people on the planet and never has their been so much military muscle. The potential for destruction is incalculable. When we see what two men did in Washington DC with a single gun, how they were able to kill over a dozen people and terrorize and entire city for three weeks, it might be possible to conceptualize this potential if the worlds war machines were ever set fully or even partially loose.

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From: http://www.sarasota-web.com/warfolly/index.htm#feature

When The Big Lie Prevails, Crime Pays

The 9/11 murderers were Americans, and they likely won't be caught

By John Kaminski
skylax@comcast.net

When reality becomes too shocking for us to confront, we invent fantasies to keep us from freaking out and going catatonic. Like the fear of our own impending deaths: too scary to comprehend directly, we invent gods and angels and sundry fantasy processes to convince ourselves we don't really die, because that stark inevitability would paralyze us with abject depression if we dwelled on it too long.

So it is with those indelibly etched images of silhouetted matchstick figures falling from skyscrapers on a warm September morning in 2001. You see them, you know it happened, yet you still can't believe they're real. In this waking nightmare that life in America has become, you avert your gaze and return to the mundane reality you have constructed for yourself, and utilize all sorts of fantastic rationalizations to convince yourself that all is well and you'll still wake up in the morning as though nothing has changed.

And thus it is that two years after the single most enigmatic day in American history, we still have no firm answers as to what really happened, and are not likely to ever find them for certain. When people tell you that everything always comes out in the wash, it is a lie, you know. There are many things about this life that we never find out. Simply consider the Kennedy assassination. Or Lincoln's, for that matter. We never found out the real story. And we never will, or won't be able to believe it if by luck we actually should hear it.

Two years after 9/11, the lies that almost immediately were put in place are still in place, unsubstantiated fictions of how a Muslim terror group that has never been able to be tracked down concocted a colossal conspiracy to crash airliners into American landmarks because, as our president said, "they hate our freedoms". The leaders of the Western world, who have been revealed as consistent liars on virtually all other matters, have managed to get away with their lies about 9/11, waxing reverential and righteous in the staggering silence that has comatized America.

But the stark fact remains — the claims that Osama bin Laden bombed the World Trade Center have never been proven. And the people who clamor for his hanging stole the 2000 election by preventing tens of thousands from voting, rigged the entire U.S. election system by using secret computer software, stole billions from people in California by manipulating energy markets, used nuclear weapons on Afghanistan and Iraq, continue to go to war over what are later learned to be complete fabrications, continue to cynically kill their own soldiers with various poisons, and have completely changed the character of their country by imprisoning and killing people without trial and passing sham laws that destroyed the U.S. Constitution. These are the criminals the American people continue to believe when they say that Muslim terrorists perpetrated the attacks of 9/11.

Why does everybody refuse to see?

Persecution of those who would ask questions now reigns supreme throughout the United States, while a citizenry that is supposed to own its own country cowers in fear of being labelled unpatriotic for not supporting its government's policies of mass murder and unconcealed grand theft around the globe.

Worse, the most important thing they can't see is that 9/11 is the event that triggered all these other atrocities. They are all constructed on lies, and so was 9/11. Americans have willingly traded their freedom for this false paranoid terror mindset. And for what reason? I don't know. I can't explain it. It's so obvious. Everyone in the world has been somehow drugged. There is no threat from foreign terrorists. The threat is from Washington, which is inventing foreign terrorists and killing people everywhere to prove they exist.

It's happening everyday in Iraq and Palestine and many other countries. It's even happening in the United States. Just ask Bob Stevens, the reporter killed by anthrax. Or Vieira de Mello, the U.N. envoy bombed to smithereens by American and Israeli spooks. Of course you can't ask them. They're already dead.

But if they could, they'd tell you it all spins back to 9/11, America's Reichstag fire, which gave the petronazis their carte blanche excuse to turn the world into an Orwellian police state. And now we're here.

9/11 was the key.

No answer after two years. Little hope of ever finding one.

The recently staged and bogus federal probe into the disasters in New York and Washington began with the statement that we knew who was guilty of the crime, so that was never discussed. That's like having a trial and saying at the outset someone committed the murder and now we must discuss how it happened. And like the future of our world, the verdict is already a foregone conclusion.

The very fact Bush and his cronies tried to obstruct even this rigged and superficial probe should tell you who the guilty parties are.

But the big questions make it even clearer.

Who profited from 9/11? Banking laws have kept this information confidential, but there should be no doubt then when rumors circulate that it was the Carlyle Group, featuring the current president's former president father, that made the big money on the "put" options purchased in the days before the attack, these allegations should be taken seriously, because they could unravel the entire U.S. government, and concomitantly save the world from the continuing destruction this group continues to wreak. Unfortunately, we have a justice system that allows the rich to commit crimes with impunity while it pillories the poor over petty matters.

Who really profited from 9/11 are the weapons makers, who now have exclusive and noncompetitive rights to rebuilding Iraq after Bush's murderous boondoggle, and who reap billions in defense contract largesse while at the same time the powers that be cut benefits to the American soldiers doing their dirty work.

Why didn't America's air defenses respond? There is simply so much information on the nonperformance of the Air Force on 9/11 — query the pilots on alert in Washington, the controllers at NORAD, and the junior officers who carried out the nonorders of their higher ups — that to not investigate it is a crime in itself, obstruction of justice, treason even.

Why did our leaders publicly say they didn't know this could happen when they'd been discussing these very events for ten years and were able to name the so-called hijackers mere hours after the event? How could they name the hijackers, whom they'd been following for months, if they didn't know this could happen. So-called Muslim suicide bombers don't go drinking at a strip club hours before martyring themselves. The whole Arab hijacker thing is a deception, meant to focus your attention in the wrong direction.

It is a lie. A clear, obvious lie. And why do no major presidential candidates nor any major media outlet ever point this out? Why do the American people not point this out to anyone who will listen?

The world is being destroyed because America is living a lie.

And what about the hole in Pentagon? It wasn't made by a jumbo jet. The original hole is tiny. Many windows were never even broken, initially, at the point of impact. And what about the specific people who were killed at the Pentagon, a secret group of Naval intelligence operatives. What was that about?

Why did the Twin Towers fall? Jets couldn't have knocked them down. The fires produced did not burn hot enough to melt steel. Even if they had, the buildings wouldn't have fallen in the way they did, straight down, a perfect demolition. And why did the building NOT struck by a plane fall in exactly the same way? Why do seismographs record an explosion before the buildings collapsed to the ground? Why are there all those puffs of white smoke in the pictures of the collapse, clear evidence of planted explosives.

Why was the evidence carted off and made to disappear before it had been forensically examined? To prevent anyone from determining radioactive explosives had been used at the bases of the towers?

Why did Bush read a book about goats for twenty minutes after he knew America was under attack?

Why did the firefighters, minutes before the first tower fell, say over the radio the fires were out and the people in the building were in no further danger?

Why did the American people believe the attack on Afghanistan was carried out to pursue Osama bin Laden? It wasn't. And why did they not prevent the immolation of Iraq? It was based on total fantasy and deliberate lies, which have all now been found out, and still, virtually no one in the world protests. Even the United Nations has acceded to the lies.

Most Americans and many people in the world are simply not interested in controlling their own destiny and trying to resist the totalitarian fascism that creeps every day closer to their homes and their loved ones. So if you have doubts about these questions being realistic, or you have questions about the assertions contained herein, I strongly suggest you review the following material: the fantastic compendium about 9/11 compiled by Peter Meyer on his Serendipity website: http://www.physics911.org/911/index.php/articles/2

Not only does he conclude that there were no Arab hijackers on the planes, he also theorizes that all the passengers were herded together on one plane and deliberately murdered by the U.S. government. Don't think this is a big deal though. Those 3,000 people in New York City were also murdered by the U.S. government in the most horrible crime ever committed by a group of leaders against their own people. Too few will read this piece, so make sure you do. Keep asking the questions. There's no one else. In this matter, the fate of the world depends on you. Spread the word.

Recently, several readers — in particular one Canadian friend — have taken me to task for misinterpreting the notorious remarks by Adolf Hitler so often quoted by those attempting to expose The Big Lie.

Here is the führer's actual quote from Mein Kampf:

" ... in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.

"From time immemorial. however, the Jews have known better than any others how falsehood and calumny can be exploited. Is not their very existence founded on one great lie, namely, that they are a religious community, whereas in reality they are a race? And what a race! One of the greatest thinkers that mankind has produced has branded the Jews for all time with a statement which is profoundly and exactly true. He (Schopenhauer) called the Jew "The Great Master of Lies". Those who do not realize the truth of that statement, or do not wish to believe it, will never be able to
lend a hand in helping Truth to prevail."

As my Canadian friend surmised, "Obviously Adolf Hitler was not condoning the use of “The Big Lie” and it certainly was not a creation of his own. An astute reader as yourself must realize he was attributing the use of this manipulation to those who currently control today’s Western media in its entirety." (Thanks Kent.)

Make what you will of this, the juxtaposition of Hitler uttering a crucially perceptive statement and America committing bloody crimes against humanity. One of the great losses of 9/11 was the failure of the American people to perceive how America has always driven its own foreign policy, by fomenting wars from behind the scenes and then cloaking itself in the hero's mantle in front of cheering crowd of bought-off media cheerleaders. The average joe has never seen through the subterfuge, and perhaps he never will.

While Americans and Jews have become the principal villains in the new 21st century world, perhaps they have only beaten the rest of the species to a position they also would embrace had they gotten there first. Or perhaps not.

The predator species devours everything in its path until — like capitalism — it eventually turns on its own and then consumes itself. Alien archaeologists may one day write this is what happened on Earth.


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4. POSITIVE INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT

The International Day of Peace - September 21
http://www.InternationalDayofPeace.org
Since 9/11, the world's attention has been focused on terror, fear and war. But behind the scenes, a worldwide movement for a better world has been growing, bring us hope for a more peaceful, just and sustainable future. The United Nations has proposed a tangible goal that will help unite our global community and shift our consciousness. The world is joining together to create a Global Ceasefire and humanity's first day of peace in our homes, our communities and between nations on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2003. If we can create one day of peace, we will realize that we can work together to create a culture of peace, one day at a time. Last year, Peace Day events and activities on the International Day of Peace took place in 98 countries. This year, the United Nations, governments, states, cities, groups, organizations and ordinary citizens aim to inspire more than 1 billion people to be involved in Peace Day activities on September 21. Help build a better world. Join the Countdown to Peace day today.

We The World - Making A Difference - For Life - A VERY POSITIVE, SOLUTION-ORIENTED SITE!
http://www.wetheworld.org/
Internationally coordinated efforts to expand global markets and military operations have resulted in a catastrophic increase in poverty, violence, species destruction, and damage to our environment. This constitutes an ethical and spiritual crisis that transcends national boundaries. To address this, We, The World is committed to a global strategy that can galvanize people around the world to awareness and action while fostering personal growth and transformation - without which societal change cannot take place. The mission of We, The World is to awaken a spirit of caring and involvement in the public so that millions of people begin to see themselves as part of one global interdependent community - and actively take part in creating a world that works for everyone! Working with an extraordinarily accomplished team, we have begun the process of building an unprecedented critical mass of individuals, organizations and coalitions whose efforts to create a caring world will be highly visible and accessible. CLIP

Interdependence Day - Co-Existence or No Existence - A MOST EXCELLENT INITIATIVE!
http://www.interdependenceday2003.org/day.htm
On September 12, 2003 the first annual Interdependence Day, sponsored by the Democracy Collaborative, a University of Maryland NGO, will be launched in Philadelphia at a ceremony to take place at the American Philosophical Society as well as in Budapest, Hungary and campuses around the country. September 12th --"the day after"-- was selected as the date for Interdependence Day as a day of renewal. Interdependence Day is a call to action, asking citizens to celebrate global connectedness highlighted daily in the languages they speak, the news they read, the products they buy, and the cultures that shape everyone's lives, as well as the diseases that affect the world, the war and terrorism that beset peace and democracy, and the ecological threats that challenge human existence. The choice of September 12th for Interdependence Day was made in the hope that the symbolism of "the day after" would encourage citizens around the world to see that terrorism and war are also opportunities for civic renewal and global cooperation. The aim is to address the malevolent forms of interdependence evident in crime, global disease, financial speculation, war, and terrorism by creating benevolent forms of interdependence of the kind found in transnational sovereignty, international law and civic cooperation. CLIP - GET MORE DETAILS FROM Outreach@wetheworld.org>

Declaration of Interdependence
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/About_us/Declaration_of_Interdependence.asp
Five members of the David Suzuki Foundation team wrote the following Declaration of Interdependence in 1992 for the United Nations' Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

This We Know

We are the earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.

We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.

We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea.

We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell.

We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.

We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.

And we share a common future, as yet untold.

We humans are but one of thirty million species weaving the thin layer of life enveloping the world.

The stability of communities of living things depends upon this diversity.

Linked in that web, we are interconnected -- using, cleansing, sharing and replenishing the fundamental elements of life.

Our home, planet Earth, is finite; all life shares its resources and the energy from the sun, and therefore has limits to growth.

For the first time, we have touched those limits.

When we compromise the air, the water, the soil and the variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting present.

This We Believe

Humans have become so numerous and our tools so powerful that we have driven fellow creatures to extinction, dammed the great rivers, torn down ancient forests, poisoned the earth, rain and wind, and ripped holes in the sky.

Our science has brought pain as well as joy; our comfort is paid for by the suffering of millions.

We are learning from our mistakes, we are mourning our vanished kin, and we now build a new politics of hope.

We respect and uphold the absolute need for clean air, water and soil.

We see that economic activities that benefit the few while shrinking the inheritance of many are wrong.

And since environmental degradation erodes biological capital forever, full ecological and social cost must enter all equations of development.

We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is not ours to erase.

So where knowledge is limited, we will remember all those who will walk after us, and err on the side of caution.

This We Resolve

All this that we know and believe must now become the foundation of the way we live.

At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity, to interdependence.




5. OTHER RESOURCES WORTH EXPLORING

http://www.bioneers.org
http://www.worldpeace.org
http://www.wova.org
http://www.gatherthewomen.org
http://www.wetheworld.org
http://www.planetwork.net
http://www.earthchartersummits.org
http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0706-01.htm
http://www.mcdonough.com/principles.pdf
http://www.imagineamerica.net
http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/democrats2004/kucinich.html
http://www.womenrise.org
http://www.gatherthewomen.org
http://www.codepink4peace.org
http://www.worldpeaceflame.com
http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org
http://www.DoPcampaign.com
http://www.tibethouse.org




6. COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

Background on the Crisis in Iraq
http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/iraq/

Terrorism of Money/Debt
http://www.worldpsychology.net/World%20Psychology/VirtualPsyFiles/nova_pagina_3111111.htm
In the end we will have to look at all the ways people are terrorized to come up with a complete understanding of what is happening around the globe. As a lesson in terror lets look at some truly terrorizing numbers. The United States, would you believe, is 32 trillion in the hole (6.2 trillion federal debt, 1.5 local and state, 7.8 household, 7.0 business sector, 9.5 financial sector) and that is not counting un-funded Social Security, Medicare and Federal Pension Funds. With these moneys counted the numbers soar beyond the stratosphere into deep space. International financial markets move some $1.5 trillion round the world on a daily basis – $10 trillion a week, $45 trillion a month, $550 trillion a year; an amount 10 times greater than total world income and 25 times greater than total world trade. (...) Islamic terrorism is a little more understandable once we learn how “plunder by trade” locks the world into violence and war. Once we understand how “plunder by trade” creates the impoverishment of the developing world we can understand more easily the conditions that are created that set the stage for fundamentalists and then terrorists to rise in popularity and power. Many people do see the incredible poverty and unequal wealth distribution as one of the root causes of violence in the world. CLIP - EXCELLENT ARTICLE - MUST READ! EXPLORE ALSO http://www.worldpsychology.net/World%20Psychology/OriginalCorePages/virtuaps5.htm

DAVID EMORY: FOR THE RECORD (16:45)
Now thru Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at http://oasistv.com/screening-room/emory.asp
Unlike many other conspiracy theorists, David Emory assiduously backs up his claims with public and not-so-public documentation. For the first time ever, this radio researcher and commentator steps in front of the cameras to discuss the secret agendas of American domestic and foreign policies run by shadow governments and deadly "black ops."

What on earth has happened to America in the past century? From a nation originally inspired by the highest political and social idealism, its leadership is now vilified by much of the world. Millions of its own citizens believe that an insidious culture of corruption, greed and racism operates at the highest levels of the United States government.

For over 25 years, researcher and radio commentator Dave Emory has been uncovering the hidden agenda of American foreign and domestic policies run by the so-called “shadow government” in the deadly world of ”black operations.” Dave is convinced the United States has been infiltrated by a worldwide cabal of fanatical and religious fascists and fears it is quickly becoming nothing less than a corrupt dictatorship with a one way ticket to Armageddon. He has been tirelessly exposing these findings on radio throughout the United States for over 25 years, but unlike so many others, he assiduously backs up his claims with public and not-so-public documentation.

Oasis TV was there in November 2002 when, for the first time, Dave Emory – whom some dismiss as merely another “conspiracy nut" -- spoke on these issues before a live audience in Santa Monica, California. Also in this provocative program, Oasis TV’s Jordan Adams probes the roots of Emory's passionate mission and explores his vision for the future of the United States and the world.

To hear Dave Emory’s vast radio archive, updated weekly, visit http://www.SpitfireList.com

Winking Out
http://www.sarasota-web.com/warfolly/index.htm#feature
Voices of truth drowning beneath tidal wave of trivial sound bites. (...) And now the bad news. We are headed into the worst winter of any of our lives. The powers that be will stage more terror attacks to consolidate their new tyranny, and very likely, the entire U.S. financial system will collapse (because a severe depression can provide a major windfall for those who control the system). Nobody except the very rich are ready for this collapse, but all the signs are there, especially in the bond and housing markets. Plenty of us will be winking out this winter. Plenty of people you know. CLIP

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"History records that the moneychangers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance."

- James Madison

"We are the targets of terrorists because we stand for dictatorship, bondage, and human exploitation in the world. We are the targets of terrorists because we are hated. And we are hated because our government has done hateful things."

- Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, (retired)




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