One More Argument for the United Nations by Fidel Castro Ruz

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by Fidel Castro Ruz
Global Research, September 28, 2007
Granma

While I am working with the already famous Greenspan book, I read an article published by El País, a Spanish newspaper with a circulation of more than 500,000, according to reports; I would like to pass this on to the readers. It is signed by Ernesto Ekaizer, and it literally reads:

“Four weeks before the Iraq invasion which happened in the night of March 19 to 20, 2003, George W. Bush publicly sustained his demands of Saddam Hussein in the following terms: disarmament or war. In private, Bush acknowledged that war was inevitable. In a long private conversation with the then Spanish president, José María Aznar, held on Saturday, February 22, 2003 at the Crawford Ranch in Texas, Bush made it clear that the moment had come to get rid of Saddam. ‘We have two weeks. In two weeks our military will be ready. We will be in Baghdad at the end of March’, he told Aznar.

“The moment has come to get rid of Saddam.

“As part of this plan, Bush had accepted, on January 31, 2003 –after an interview with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair– to make a last diplomatic manoeuvre: to introduce a second resolution to the United Nations Security Council. His objective: to clear the way legally for a unilateral war that the United States was getting ready to unleash with more than 200,000 soldiers who were in the region ready to attack.

“Bush was aware of Blair’s internal difficulties and he knew of Aznar’s. Only seven days before that meeting at the Crawford Ranch, three million people were demonstrating in several Spanish cities against the imminent war. ‘We need your help with our public opinion’, Aznar asks. Bush explains to him the scope of the new resolution that he is going to present: ‘The resolution will be tailor made to help you. I don’t care about the content’. To this, Aznar replies: ‘That text would help us to be able to co-sponsor it and be its co-authors, and get many people to sponsor it’. Aznar, then, offers to give Bush European coverage, together with Blair. Aznar’s dream of consolidating a relationship with the United States, following in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, was about to become reality.

“Aznar had travelled with his wife, Ana Botella, on February 20 to the United States making a stopover in Mexico to persuade President Vicente Fox –unsuccessfully– of the need to support Bush. On the 21st, the couple, accompanied by the President’s assistants, arrived in Texas. Aznar and his wife stayed at the ranch guest house.

“In the meeting on the following day, Saturday, President Bush, his then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and Daniel Fried, the chief of European Affairs at the National Security Council, were present. Aznar, on his side, was accompanied by his international policy advisor, Alberto Carnero and the Spanish Ambassador in Washington, Javier Rupérez. As part of the meeting, Bush and Aznar had a four-way telephone conversation with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Italian President Silvio Berlusconi.

“Ambassador Rupérez translated from the English for Aznar and also from the Italian for Condoleezza Rice; another two interpreters did the same for Bush and his collaborators. It was Rupérez who drafted the minutes of the conversation in a memorandum that has been kept secret until today.

“The conversation is impressive because of its direct, friendly and even menacing tone when, for example, they refer to the necessity of some countries like Mexico, Chile, Angola, Cameroon and Russia, members of the UN Security Council, voting for the new resolution as a show of friendship towards the United States or else they would have to suffer the consequences.

“They are cautioned about zero expectations for the work of the inspectors, whose chief, Hans Blix, had dismantled just one week earlier, on February 14, the arguments presented by United States Secretary of State Colin Powell at the Security Council on February 5, 2003, with ‘solid facts’ enthusiastically supported by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Palacio. The same facts that Powell himself later described as a bunch of lies.

“The Blix Report

“According to Blix, Iraq was taking steps towards active cooperation in solving the pending issue of disarmament. His tone had been less critical than that of his report of January 27, 2003. ‘Since we arrived in Iraq three months ago we have made more than 400 inspections, with no advance warning at 300 sites. Until now, the inspectors have found no prohibited weapons…If Iraq decides to cooperate even more closely, the period of disarmament by the inspections can still be short´, the chief inspector pointed out.

“The General Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed El Baradei released information on February 14 that there were still some technical issues left to clear up. But, he added, ‘now there are no more disarmament problems left to solve’. According to him, absolutely no proof had been found that Iraq had been carrying out nuclear activities or activities related to nuclear energy, another clear lie about what Powell had stated about the Iraqi nuclear program.

“Both the first results of the inspections and the end of the United States preparations led Bush to set the beginning of the military operation towards the date of March 10, 2003. Later, nine days were added in order to get the second resolution. The process of moral persuasion in which Aznar and Palacios worked by phone and in bilateral meetings did not succeed in pulling in more than four votes: those of the three promoters and Bulgaria. They needed 9 votes.

“The failure of this legal coverage for the imminent war led Bush, with Blair and Aznar, to agree to a summit meeting in the Azores on March 16, 2003, a place suggested by Aznar as an alternative to Bermuda for a reason he explained to Bush: ‘Just the name of these islands suggests an item of clothing that is not exactly the most appropriate for the seriousness of the moment in which we find ourselves’. There, on that March 16, Blair, Bush and Aznar decided to replace the United Nations Security Council. They usurped its functions to declare war on Iraq at their own risk. On the morning of March 17, the United Kingdom ambassador at the UN announced in New York the withdrawal of the second resolution. A defeat in the voting would have complicated even further the race towards war.”

Fidel Castro Ruz

September 27, 2007. 7:25 p.m.

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Saddam asked Bush for $1bn to go into exile by David Gardner


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09.27.07 Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East (video; over 18 only)

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Warning
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This video contains images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Selected Episode

Sept. 27, 2007

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“Musharraf Facing Major Opposition for Another Term,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Israel Targets Hamas Members in Gaza,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Sunnis Present Sistani with ‘the Iraqis National Compact'” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Killing of Taliban Causes Riots,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“University Presidents Condemn Bollinger,” IRIB2 TV, Iran
“Bush Speech Generates Criticism in New York,” Syria TV, Syria
“Lebanese Celebrate Ramadan Amidst Political Crisis,” NBN TV, Lebanon
“Somalis Face Humanitarian Crisis,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

Kucinich ‘seriously thinking’ about forcing vote on Cheney impeachment by Nick Juliano (audio link)

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Nick Juliano
Raw Story
Published: Friday September 28, 2007

Rep. Dennis Kucinich says he is so concerned about what he sees as the Bush administration’s push for a war with Iran that he is considering using a parliamentary measure to force the House of Representatives to vote on impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney.”We’re preparing for another war, and they’re going to destroy America,” the Ohio Democrat said Thursday on the Ed Schultz show. “We have a government in place right now that has to be challenged. I’m seriously thinking about calling a privileged resolution on impeachment of the vice president and forcing a vote on the floor of the House.”

A privileged resolution would force the full House to debate about whether to proceed with impeachment, but it remains unclear precisely how, when or whether Kucinich would be able to introduce such a resolution. Privileged measures “may be called up on the floor whenever another measure is not already pending” and the House agrees to consider it, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Privileged measures can include questions of House privileges or resolutions of inquiry, according to the CRS report.

A conservative site set up to push for former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment lays out a strategy to bring such a measure to the House floor.

“According to Jerome Zeifman, however, it is possible that such a resolution could be called up for an immediate vote,” the Conservative Caucus site observes. “But that option appears to be within the control of the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who took control after last year’s Democratic takeover of Congress, maintained that impeachment is “off the table” as recently as this week in an interview with CNN.

Kucinich introduced a resolution calling for Cheney’s impeachment this spring. Since then the bill has gained more than a dozen co-sponsors, but it seems to be dying a slow death in the House Judiciary Committee. It’s chairman, John Conyers, has stood with Pelosi in refusing to debate the impeachment resolution or bring it to the House floor for a vote.

A Kucinich spokeswoman declined to comment when contacted by RAW STORY. An official in the House Parliamentarian’s office did not return a call seeking comment.

The following audio clip is from The Ed Schultz Show, broadcast on September 27.

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h/t: After Downing St

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Kucinich to Force Impeachment Vote on the House Floor

ImpeachForPeace.org
Sept. 27, 2007

This bombshell just dropped by Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the Ed Schultz show. Kucinich is considering forcing an impeachment vote on a “privileged resolution” on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“We’re preparing for another war, and they’re going to destroy America,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Thursday. “We have a government in place right now that has to be challenged. I’m seriously thinking about calling a privileged resolution on impeachment of the vice president and forcing a vote on the floor of the House.”

Time to call your representative and let him/her know that you will not support any candidate who doesn’t support accountability and the rule of law.

You can reach the Capitol switchboard toll-free at 1-800-426-8073.

More details to follow on this post as this news develops… As a result of this article, Impeach for Peace has been asked this question: What is a “privileged resolution?”

The following was found on InetResults.com:
1. High Constitutional Privilege.

In order to qualify as a resolution or memorial of high constitutional privilege, the House member must contain a “direct” or “positive” proposal to impeach. A mere proposition to investigate conduct of a civil officer does not qualify as a high constitutional privilege even though impeachment may be contemplated as a possibility or even if the resolution or memorial is presented with “a view to impeachment.” See IMPEACHMENT: Selected Materials pp. 66-71 (Sections 2045-2052) and pp. 767-69 (Sections 468-69).

A direct or positive proposal to impeach retains its high constitutional privilege even though the resolution or memorial proposing impeachment also contains a resolution that the impeachment matter be referred to an appropriate House Committee for inquiry or investigation. See IMPEACHMENT: Selected Materials pp. 67-69 (Sections 2046-48). At the same time the resolution calling for an investigation or inquiry cannot also request an appropriation for funds to support the investigation or inquiry. Id. at pp. 767-68 (Section 468).

A direct or positive proposal to impeach takes precedence over everything,” even over pending business before the House under a unanimous consent agreement. Id. at p. 770 (Section 469). Indeed, impeachment is a question of constitutional privilege which may be presented at any time irrespective of previous action of the House. Id. at 71 (Section 2053).

2. Rights of the House member Presenting a Privileged Impeachment Resolution.

A member submitting a privileged resolution, memorial or motion proposing impeachment is entitled to recognition for one hour in which to debate it. A member recognized to present a privileged resolution may not be taken from the floor by a motion to refer. IMPEACHMENT: Selected Materials p. 769 (Section 468). In order to secure this privilege of debate, however, the proposal must be put in writing and submitted to the Clerk of the House. Id. at pp. 770-71 (Section 470).

Once having submitted an impeachment resolution against a civil officer, then that member’s high privilege has expired. Id. at pp. 769-70 (Section 469). This rule apparently does not apply if the member files an amended impeachment resolution containing new charges or other new matters. Id. at 767-69 (Section 468).

3. Disposition of a Privileged Impeachment Resolution.

Even when an impeachment resolution does not contain within it a referral to a committee for inquiry or investigation, it appears to be the normal procedure for such a resolution to be referred to an appropriate committee — even when the resolution clearly has absolutely no support in the full House. IMPEACHMENT: Selected Materials pp. 769-70 (Section 469).

According to Jerome Zeifman, however, it is possible that such a resolution could be called up for an immediate vote; but that option appears to be within the control of the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader. See Zeifman, Without Honor: The Impeachment of Richard Nixon and the Crimes of Camelot pp. 46-47 (1995). Hence, Congressman Robert Drinan’s Resolution impeaching Richard Nixon — filed on July 31, 1973 when there was absolutely no sentiment for impeachment was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Later, on October 23 and 24, 1973, when 84 such resolutions were introduced, all were referred to the Judiciary Committee.

h/t: After Downing St

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Back in Black – Idiots Ruin Lewis Black’s Happiness by Manila Ryce (video)

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By Manila Ryce
Published Friday, September 28th, 2007, 2:56 am

Back in Black – Idiots Ruin Lewis Black’s Happiness

Short is the list of items which make Lewis Black happy. Puppies and massage parlors are apparently two of them, but it’s unclear whether he enjoys their pleasures together or separately. Thanks to the newly fabulous five dollar bill, “commercial-free” infomercials pretending to be news programs, and fat dudes pretending to be vets, the future of Lewis’ happiness does not look good – especially if the dollar cost of his special massages are a multiple of 5.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.jwharrison.com posted with vodpod

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The Daily Show – Ahmadinejad’s Got Jokes and Hillary’s Got Laughs by Manila Ryce (video link)

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By Manila Ryce
Published Friday, September 28th, 2007, 3:51 am

Hillary Clinton has been showing off her new laugh – and by “laugh” I mean obnoxious device meant to bide time and dismiss valid criticism. Mrs. Clinton has shown voters that while she can act “presidential”, she can also act like she just smoked a bowl as a dog is licking her toes. Let’s hope she doesn’t have Oscar ambitions, like fellow robo-politician Gore, since she still has trouble showing any variation between those wildly different personas.

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Merchant of Death (video)

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In Merchant of Death, Douglas Farah and Stephan Braun tell the true story of Viktor Bout, a young Russian intelligence officer who, since the end o…

In Merchant of Death, Douglas Farah and Stephan Braun tell the true story of Viktor Bout, a young Russian intelligence officer who, since the end of the Cold War, has redefined how wars are fought in much of the developing world. By gaining access to unguarded weapons arsenals and a fleet of several dozen aircraft, Bout became a one-stop shopping service for all sides in many wars, from Afghanistan, where he armed the Norther Alliance and the Taliban, to the jungles of Colombia and the diamond-rich regions of West Africa.

The human cost of the illicit weapons trafficking has been enormous, enabling criminal and terrorist groups to achieve new levels of violence and destruction. The national security cost has also been high, enabling a sometime-ally to enrich his coffers in order to develop new lines of business into Somalia, Lebanon and Nigeria, where he arms those seeking to destabilize entire regions and plot against the United States.

War As Freedom, And Fraud As Fact By Greg Felton

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By Greg Felton
09/28/07 “ICH

The media anesthetizes our minds

“Things like… the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties… Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell, from Politics and the English Language, 1946

In his famous novel 1984, George Orwell introduces us to “Newspeak,” the pseudo-language by which the Ingsoc (English Socialist) government of Oceania, led by Big Brother, sabotages independent thought and imposes a repressive conformity on the public.

“The purpose of Newspeak,” wrote Orwell, “was to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all, and Oldspeak [standard English] forgotten, a heretical thought… would be literally unthinkable.”

For example, in Newspeak, “liberty and equality,” are reduced to “crimethink”; “free” only has the sense of “without” as in “free from” something; “dissent” is “thoughtcrime.” Syme, a senior editor of the 11th edition of the Newspeak Dictionary proudly describes the purpose behind this linguistic destruction: “The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

When Orwell wrote 1984 the year was 1948, and Ingsoc was understood to be a metaphor for the communist régime of Stalinist Russia, but the origins of Newspeak can be found in an essay Orwell wrote two years earlier called Politics and the English Language, in which Orwell calls for wholesale language reform to rid the language of the generica, clichés, pretentious diction and other forms of lexical dross that obfuscate meaning and inhibit honest speech:

“All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer.…But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.”

One would expect people in the media to know better, but the vast majority are in the thought-corruption business and either too lazy or intimidated to use language honestly. It doesn’t take much imagination to see that “lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia” typify the language of “Big Bush.”

Although the debasement of English obviously did not start with Bush and his zionist junta, the last five years of endless war against Arabs and the pending unprovoked attack on Iran have given added import to Orwell’s warnings about the abuse of political language and how it serves as a thought-control mechanism.

Here are some of the more egregious, loaded terms in our modern political argot that, as Orwell would say, anesthetize our minds and inhibit critical thought:

Anti-Semitism

This all-purpose epithet of opprobrium is designed to conflate Israel with World Jewry, thereby implying that to attack one means to attack the other. In truth, the term is meaningless, as I wrote in an earlier essay: “Strictly speaking, ‘semitic’ is a linguistic term denoting a family of Afro-Asiatic languages, of which we have today Arabic, Hebrew, Maltese, and the South Arabic languages of northern Ethiopia. Ancient semitic languages included Akkadian, Canaanite, Amorite, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Punic, Aramaic, as well as ancient Hebrew and Syriac.”

The unique association of Jews with Semites serves to reinforce the cult of Jewish victimhood and shut down condemnation of Israel.

Faith-based

This expression dates to the Reagan era and is a euphemism for “Christian.” Because religion has both positive and negative connotations and is often an instrument of repression, radical Christians cannot openly advocate their religion against the secular law or other religions. Also, the U.S. officially has no religion, and the separation of church and state is integral to U.S. democracy.

But “faith” affords the illusion of inclusiveness and absolute virtue. Even science has a faith component, albeit a rational one. Thus, expressions like “faith-based schools,” and “faith-based entertainment” covertly and innocuously serve the agenda of anti-democratic Christian religious exclusivity.

Holocaust denier

To question is not to deny, yet anyone who doubts any part of the received zionist version of what happened to Europe’s Jews is immediately deemed to have committed crimethink. Nowhere is the brainwashing intent of political language more overt than in this nonsense expression. The Lobby demands unconscious acceptance of its orthodoxy, and its use of this and other biased expressions is clearly designed to make a heretical (independent) thought unthinkable.

Hostile entity

This most recent and addition to our political lexicon refers to the new denotation of the Gaza Strip under the elected Hamas government. “Hostile” merely reflects Israel’s bias, so this expression is intellectually corrupt. One cannot say that Israel is a hostile entity (toward Palestine) because that would imply that Palestine has legitimate grievances against Israel. Once stigmatized as hostile, any large scale violence against the Gaza Strip can be made to appear justifiable.

Incitement

Though this term’s meaning is not contorted, its use is highly selective. It is used selectively to demonize critical speech, as in the expression, “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been charged with incitement.” The point is that Ahmadinejad has pointed out the criminality of Israel’s persecution of Palestinians, and underscored the illegitimacy of the state’s founding, and for this he must be punished. Such comments are deemed to be “incitement” against Jews, even though he said no such thing. (see Anti-Semitism above.)

Right to exist

This expression has no standing in international law and, like anti-Semitism, is a contrivance to skew our minds toward sympathy for Israel. Nevertheless, it plays effectively on our innate sense of fairness and understanding to make Palestinians appear to be implacably hostile. One never speaks of Palestine’s right to exist, or Syria’s, or Iran’s, or Iraq’s. Like “free” in Newspeak, it has only one use.

Terrorist

This term no longer has any objective meaning. It no longer refers to people or groups who use violence to bring about political change. It now is used to label any person, group or government that opposes U.S. and Israeli conduct in the Middle East. The idea that “terrorists” could be resistance fighters or people trying to defend themselves is not admitted. Because one cannot defend a terrorist, the term precludes rational debate. Therefore, the word is invariably preceded by “Muslim,” Islamic” or “Arab” to ensure that the orthodox, zionist connotation comes across.

Moreover, this term has given rise to the nonsensical epithet “Islamofascism,” based on the fatuous assertion that Arab regimes are akin to Nazi Germany. From here, the term war on terrorism is repeatedly invoked to justify repression and mass murder against Isramerica’s enemies.

What Orwell wrote in Politics regarding the state of English is directly applicable to the above-mentioned examples:

“All these expressions consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.

“Things like… the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties… Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

 

For “pure wind” we have the allegations of Saddam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction, or Iran planning a nuclear strike on Israel.

Question begging? How about “war on terrorism?” Who is a terrorist and how can terrorism (a physical non-entity) be the object of military policy? Yet, the term is parroted Pavlov-like by our media with the effect of preventing such a question from being asked.

For cloudy vagueness we have “al-Qa‘ida”—a supposed group of radical Sunni Arab militants that has never been proven to exist.

There is some good news, though. Like the Brotherhood in 1984, there are those who resist “Big Bush’s” totalitarian excesses and linguistic perversions but they are punished for committing a modern thoughtcrime.

• Former president Jimmy Carter has been vilified for his book Palestine—Peace not Apartheid, and after Harvard University invited him to speak, many of the university’s backers withdrew funding.
• Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt have been vilified for writing The Israel Lobby, and have had speaking engagements cancelled.
• Professor Norman Finkelstein is denied tenure at DePaul University after a smear campaign orchestrated by Alan Dershowitz.

Orwell, for all of his criticism, was optimistic that the language was not beyond hope. If each of us refused to give in to worn-out expressions and generica, he says we could reform English: “The fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers.”

True, but already the Big Bush pro-Israel propaganda machine is pushing the nation to “war” with Iran, as if Iran posed a threat, which it doesn’t. How many Americans, I wonder, are preparing to buy the lie and chant “Long Live Big Bush!”

Greg Felton, Author, The Host and The Parasite— How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America is a detailed study of Israel’s use of the U.S. economy, government and military to terrorize the Muslim world and destroy the American republic. For signed orders in North America, send C$35 + $5 S&H to Greg Felton Suite 406 104-1015 Columbia St. New Westminster B.C., Canada V3M 6V3

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YES A Coup has Occurred & The Answer is Blow’in in the Wind By Jim Kirwan

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By Jim Kirwan
09/28/07 “ICH

YES

‘A Coup Has Occurred’ By Daniel Ellsberg

& “The Answer is Blow’in in the Wind”

In his clearly written article, Daniel Ellsberg points out many of the obvious things that others have been trying to unscramble now for at least the last six years. Line by line he wrestles with the reality of the facts as most have come to see them in this situation. What seems to be missing here is the poverty of both attitudes and motives that allowed this to happen in the first instance. With every passing moment these differences become more necessary, to any possible solution, to all that the Ellsberg article so clearly delineates.

For generations now people with real experience, individuals that have actually lived their lives in that crucible that molds experience and courage have been missing-in-action when it counts the most. These traits are necessary, not because they are exceptional: but because only with these capacities can this nation or any person in it– even begin to overturn–not only the nightmare we are living but the one to come as well.

What is needed now are people that understand the determination necessary to exhibit the strength of character that can change the course of history. This nation has become a place of bureaucrats and opportunists that speak in riddles to confuse the actual issues. These carpetbaggers exist to frustrate actual solutions in the predetermined outcomes that created the walls of our nightmares, and so far they’ve remained ‘in-charge.’ The opportunity to shut down the war exists in congress – now. Many have written about it, and yet this seemingly simple proposal is not taken seriously–even though it is the only thing that will work right now. In yesterday’s democratic debates an obscure candidate, Senator Mike Gravel, outlined this option, in the 1st video, right after Kucinich. (1)

The proposal is simple. The congress needs to resubmit their vetoed legislation on the war to the president every working day – until the country begins to understand that nothing is going to go forward until this issue is settled. The argument to-date was explained by Harry Reid not so long ago, on Democracy Now. He said: ‘I have a calculator in one hand and the Constitution in the other – and ‘we’ simply do not have the votes to override a veto – so we are limited by the Constitution as to what we can do.’ This is the problem in a nutshell, because ‘leaders’ know that limitations are only there to stop the weak from doing much of anything. It is the job of congress: Not to explain to the public why they cannot carry out their mandate (because of congressional rules)–but rather–to use those same rules to defeat the calculated plans of those that want to immobilize the powers of congress and continue their plundering War-on-Iraq.

This can only be stopped if the leadership knows something about actually fighting for things of real importance – beyond their own political talking points or future placements within their ‘parties.’ Being stubborn can be an asset and in this case it’s only the beginning of obtaining the outcome that’s needed. What Senator Reid cited was true in that moment – they didn’t have “the votes” – but what he failed to credit is the obvious proposition that once the legislation is resubmitted, doggedly day after day, the momentum on the ground will have to change, because the longer this goes on the more clearly will the resisting members be painted with the potential outcome of their continued refusal to support a shut down of the Iraq war.

Within weeks, the country will begin to recognize the fact that while these paper-warriors bicker, at-risk men and women are dying for nothing, because all the death beyond this point – need not happen!

As time passes, more and more people will begin to understand that the holdouts ‘for’ all this unnecessary death are the same people that brought us the lies & deceptions that got us into the war in the first place. Why should these people still be ‘in-charge’ of keeping the troops there, for nothing but more of the same. This is critical when one remembers that the elections that altered the demographics last year were to have at least begun an end to this war. Instead the new congress has lengthened the war, and has added immeasurably to the waste of treasure, in both blood and money, that continues to be squandered in Cheney’s private-war for ever-greater empire. The war cannot be won militarily, yet the congressional stalemate cannot continue either–because with every hour that passes people are unnecessarily dying for no other reason than the inconvenience to a few self-interested politicians and a thoroughly disgusted public that can see no end in sight to this nightmare.

From every angle the funding for this now ‘Trillion-Dollar-War’ must absolutely be stopped. The congress is paid by us to act on our forcefully expressed desires. In this battle we have always needed those that understand the importance of standing FOR something, and not just being against what others have proposed. Simple as they are Margret Mead’s humble yet powerful words are more true today than ever before: and the time to prove the truth in this axiom is now!

“Never doubt that a few, thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead


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1) Mike Gravel pulverizes the protective bubble of the ‘Democrat’ Elite with Truth
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/3777

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‘A Coup Has Occurred’ By Daniel Ellsberg

Democrats Were Charged To End A War, Not Start One By Mike Gravel

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Democrats Were Charged To End A War, Not Start One By Mike Gravel

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By Mike Gravel
09/28/07 “ICH

Hillary Clinton was either misinformed or economical with the truth in Wednesday night’s debate when she responded to my challenge to her by saying the Senate’s resolution earlier in the day on Iran was designed to permit economic sanctions against individual members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

She and her staff should know the United Nations Security Council on March 24 already slapped economic sanctions on individual Guard Members. Like the Red Army in China, Iran allows Guard commanders to own and run private companies. Security Council Resolution 1747, which the United States voted for, froze financial assets held outside Iran on the seven military commanders, including General Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr and six other admirals and generals.

I know of no law dictating the State Department must first designate individuals or groups as terrorists before sanctions can be imposed on them. Dozens of countries have been under U.S. unilateral sanctions that are not designated as terrorist. The U.S. first imposed sanctions on Iran in 1979 over the hostages, not terrorism. The only possible purpose of the Senate resolution asking the State Department to designate the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization is to set it up for military attack in George Bush’s war on terror.

As Virginia senator Jim Webb valiantly said in the Senate, the United States has never before designated the military services of a sovereign state a terrorist group. Indeed, though there is international dispute over the definition of terrorism, there is little disagreement on the legal point that terrorists are non-state actors who target civilians, i.e., never members of a government. Governments can be guilty of war crimes, but not terrorism. And the resolution talks about attacks on American troops, not civilians.

The hypocrisy of Hillary and the 75 other senators who called for more unilateral sanctions on Iran, was exposed Monday by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier who said, according to Spiegel Magazine, that American companies are violating existing U.S. sanctions by surreptitiously doing business with Iran through front companies in Dubai.

Joe Lieberman wrote the resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq that was passed with Democratic support on October 11, 2002. Lieberman’s new resolution setting up a Bush-Cheney invasion of Iran passed by 76 to 22 with Democratic backing on September 26, 2007. These are two dates that will live in infamy in the 21st century. Led by Senator Clinton, it was another sad day for the Senate and for Senate Democrats, who were elected to the majority in November in order to end a war, not start a new one.

Mike Gravel is a former US Senator from Alaska and is currently running for the Democratic Nomination for President.

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International narcotics agenda behind Myanmar instability by Larry Chin

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by Larry Chin
Global Research, September 28, 2007

For the past month, the military government of Myanmar has been the focus of increasingly strident demonstrations, resulting in violent military crackdowns in recent days.

What must be noted is the Bush administration’s open support for the dissidents, in conjunction with growing international (Western) support behind a coup attempt, and the likely parapolitical goals behind this agenda.

The demise of the Golden Triangle: bad for business

According to a report by Thomas Fuller of the International Herald Tribune, the Golden Triangle has, in recent years, lost its prominence as a narco-region. In fact, the legendary Triangle now accounts for as little as 5% of world opium supply, according to some estimates.

Notorious Golden Triangle loses sway in opium trade

Thomas Fuller, International Herald Tribune, September 11, 2007

Not surprisingly, the Golden Crescent and Afghanistan now under control of the US and its drug-intelligence proxies, is by far and away the world’s number one opium supplier, as well as the top overall drug producing region, dwarfing Colombia and the Golden Triangle.
(See http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6178 )

In fact, the demise of the Golden Triangle in recent years can be traced to geostrategic developments that run counter to the agenda of international interests whose financial and banking system depends on the multi-billion dollar cash flows of the criminal drug trade.

As noted by Fuller:

1. The United Nations credits Myanmar’s central government for leading opium eradication.

2. Militias with long-standing ties to the heroin business have also pushed eradication.

3. China has played a major role pressing opium growers to eradicate.

4. The Laotian government has led its own opium eradication campaign. Officials see the link between poverty and opium, and the fact that “it is mostly organized crime syndicates that profit”.

These narco-developments, parallel with

1) other financial and political reasons why a new Mynamar government would be preferred,

2) a fragile and teetering world economy facing numerous financial bubbles and insolvency, and

3) continued failure to control either the Middle East or contain the rising political and economic power of China, cast a different light on the sudden burst of interest on the part of the Bush administration to back a coup or regime change in Myanmar.

The Bush administration, the epitome of criminal political power, does not support “human rights”. It will utilize every means, including overt military force, to protect geostrategic interests that depend on the world drug trade.

The revitalization of the Golden Triangle drug trade, and the installation or support for an openly pro-US regime in Myanmar, benefits Western financial interests. Any geostrategic foothold in Southeast Asia also benefits efforts to contain China.

Larry Chin is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Larry Chin


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Time for change in Burma – Journalist Murder + Killing caught on video (videos; over 18 only)

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This is a disgrace, yes it happens but what is going to happen? Boycott the Chinese Olympics? it won’t work. The internet is cut to Burma, there will be a brutal crackdown whilst our Governments sit and do NOTHING, we will continue buying Chinese goods and we will attend the Olympics and sadly it will all be forgotten, like is has been in the past.

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Hillary To Bush: Go ahead, Bomb Iran. Please. by Davis Fleetwood (video; Kucinich)

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IRAQ: Robert Byrd Says Troops “Held Hostage” by Iraqi Govt. (video)

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9.26.07 Appropriations hearing on Iraq supplemental.

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PBS Republican Debate Sept 27, 2007 (videos; links) (updated)

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The Greater Depression By Doug Casey

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By Doug Casey
ICH
Chairman, CaseyResearch.com
09/27/07 “
Financial Sense™ “

Let me cover the big picture. I do think we’re approaching the end of the world as we know it…I think there is such thing as the business cycle. It exists. And we’ve had the longest expansion – and the strongest expansion – in the world history. But we’re at the end of a 25-year boom. It’s gone on more than a full generation now. And I’ll tell you how it’s going to end: It’s going to end with a depression, and not just a depression; not just another Great Depression; it’s going to be the Greater Depression.

What’s a depression, incidentally? It’s a period of time when distortions and misallocations of capital are liquidated; that’s called a depression. Over the last 25 years, distortions and misallocations of capital have produced an artificial boom. But when these distortions and misallocations of capital are liquidated, we’ll get a depression.

Another general definition of a depression is this: a period of time when most people’s standard of living goes down significantly. Now, for the long run, there’s no question in my mind the standard of living of everybody on earth is going to go up immensely over the next hundred years. Immensely. But that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to have setbacks, and I think we’re looking at one: A severe standard of living drop. So the economic picture is not going to be good…

So what should you be doing about all this? I suggest you really internationalize yourself. I think what you ought to have is your citizenship in one country, your bank account in another country, your investments in a third, and live in a fourth. You’ve got to internationalize yourself. Most people out there are like medieval serfs, psychologically and physically: they’re born some place, they don’t go very far from it and that’s where they die, and they’re going to get exactly what they deserve. Well, you can’t be that way. I think you ought to treat the world as your oyster.

What am I doing about this? I’ve been all over the world. I guess I’ve lived in 12 countries now. And out of 175, I’ve been to most of them, numerous times actually. What am I doing, where do I want to go, where am I living?

Well, in New Zealand. I went there a few years ago for the polo, actually, and the reason was that playing polo there was about 10% what it cost me in Palm Beach, and I liked it better. So we bought a lot of real estate. But since then, the currency has doubled and the real estate within that currency has doubled at least. So I’m getting out of New Zealand. Where am I going now? I’m going to Argentina.

And let me give you a tip, okay? Forget about Europe, it’s going to become a petting zoo. It’s like Disneyland with real stones instead of paper Mache stones. I mean, Europe is on the slippery slope. I wouldn’t touch Europe with a ten-foot pole. If this war with Islam gets out of control, Europe is going to be an epicenter. It’s going to be a disaster. I’ll tell you where you ought to look. Argentina is the place to be. It’s the cheapest country in the world. It has low population, incredibly beautiful, the climate is great. One hundred years ago, it was in competition with the US for being the best place in the world and the richest place. But it went downhill radically, radically.

But let me tell you something. It’s turning around I think. And what’s going to happen is driven by the fact that everything in Argentina costs between 10% to 30% of what it costs in North America. That’s correct. It’s that cheap. It’s free. It’s free. It’s free for us as North Americans. But the Europeans really think it’s free with that strong Euro. So you’re getting a massive immigration from rich Europeans that can see the handwriting on the wall and like it down there. And I really like it down there. It’s just a great society, great society, great place to hang out, prices are right. I mean this can solve most of your investment problems right there, just by transplanting yourself, if you’ve got some capital.

Furthermore, Argentina is going to be insolated from WWIII to a good extent.

Hope to see you down there!

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