Tuesday, May 31, 2005

STRIP TEASE Deep Throat Coughs Up Hairball

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The Watergate Hotel

Just like today, everyone in DC knew Nixon was a crook. They knew this before he became President. They knew it during his Presidency and when he left, they rehabilitated him because they didn't get rid of him because he was a crook but because he did a naughty no no.

What was it? What did he do that caused so many to turn on him? Kill students? Hahahaha. Yeah, right.

Kiss Mao? Hell, they saluted that as the greatest diplomatic coup de etat since the First Coming of Christ!

Lose the Vietnam war? Man, that will make me laugh to death. It was victory with honor! Or something.

No. He did the unforgivable: he imposed wage/price controls! As inflation began to seriously bite, the big producers couldn't raise prices! No one could do anything. I even lost a pay raise that was due and it didn't make me very happy, but I know the manufacturers were truly ticked off at him for this action.

We all know that a million deep throats and even chasm deep throats can yell in a chorus and even shed their cover and not one media source will give them voice in public today because Bush is handing out lollypops to the media in the form of tax cuts, open season to form monopolies and other rank goodies.

Now for Deep Throat: maybe, long ago, for a year or two, there was some excuse for him to stay hidden. But as people like myself asked legitimate questions about his veracity and motives and other hidden things, it behooved him to step out into the open.

He did not do this. I decided about around 1977 that "Deep Throat" was a conspiritor working to undermine the Presidency because he was in a conspiracy with "those who really rule America". This is why there was zero interest in tracking him down, for example. I knew he was up at the top of the Shadowlands stucture of either the CIA or FBI or State Department or even Kissinger himself. As the years wore on, my irritation with Deep Throat being alive according to the reporters but mum irritated more and more.

Now this man steps out after he is 90 years old and claims the crown.

I am not celebrating this. He didn't rip aside the curtains of obscurity which shroud our leaders more and more as they beccome hopelessly imperial. He didn't change the culture in DC, perhaps he made it much worse! All following Presidents put a sharp and short leash on everyone to the point now that no one speaks up even when obvious crimes occur such as the illegal invasion of Iraq. But then, no one spoke up concerning the Bay of Pigs or Gulf of Tonkin "attacks"!

How about this!
SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY
DAVID MANNING
From: Matthew Rycroft
Date: 23 July 2002
S 195 /02

cc: Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Attorney-General, Sir Richard Wilson, John Scarlett, Francis Richards, CDS, C, Jonathan Powell, Sally Morgan, Alastair Campbell

IRAQ: PRIME MINISTER'S MEETING, 23 JULY

Copy addressees and you met the Prime Minister on 23 July to discuss Iraq.

This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents.

John Scarlett summarised the intelligence and latest JIC assessment. Saddam's regime was tough and based on extreme fear. The only way to overthrow it was likely to be by massive military action. Saddam was worried and expected an attack, probably by air and land, but he was not convinced that it would be immediate or overwhelming. His regime expected their neighbours to line up with the US. Saddam knew that regular army morale was poor. Real support for Saddam among the public was probably narrowly based.

C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

CDS said that military planners would brief CENTCOM on 1-2 August, Rumsfeld on 3 August and Bush on 4 August.

The two broad US options were:

(a) Generated Start. A slow build-up of 250,000 US troops, a short (72 hour) air campaign, then a move up to Baghdad from the south. Lead time of 90 days (30 days preparation plus 60 days deployment to Kuwait).

(b) Running Start. Use forces already in theatre (3 x 6,000), continuous air campaign, initiated by an Iraqi casus belli. Total lead time of 60 days with the air campaign beginning even earlier. A hazardous option.

The US saw the UK (and Kuwait) as essential, with basing in Diego Garcia and Cyprus critical for either option. Turkey and other Gulf states were also important, but less vital. The three main options for UK involvement were:

(i) Basing in Diego Garcia and Cyprus, plus three SF squadrons.

(ii) As above, with maritime and air assets in addition.
(iii) As above, plus a land contribution of up to 40,000, perhaps with a discrete role in Northern Iraq entering from Turkey, tying down two Iraqi divisions.

The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. No decisions had been taken, but he thought the most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US Congressional elections.

The Foreign Secretary said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the UN weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force.

The Attorney-General said that the desire for regime change was not a legal base for military action. There were three possible legal bases: self-defence, humanitarian intervention, or UNSC authorisation. The first and second could not be the base in this case. Relying on UNSCR 1205 of three years ago would be difficult. The situation might of course change.
The Prime Minister said that it would make a big difference politically and legally if Saddam refused to allow in the UN inspectors. Regime change and WMD were linked in the sense that it was the regime that was producing the WMD. There were different strategies for dealing with Libya and Iran. If the political context were right, people would support regime change. The two key issues were whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan the space to work.

On the first, CDS said that we did not know yet if the US battleplan was workable. The military were continuing to ask lots of questions.

For instance, what were the consequences, if Saddam used WMD on day one, or if Baghdad did not collapse and urban warfighting began? You said that Saddam could also use his WMD on Kuwait. Or on Israel, added the Defence Secretary.

The Foreign Secretary thought the US would not go ahead with a military plan unless convinced that it was a winning strategy. On this, US and UK interests converged. But on the political strategy, there could be US/UK differences. Despite US resistance, we should explore discreetly the ultimatum. Saddam would continue to play hard-ball with the UN.

John Scarlett assessed that Saddam would allow the inspectors back in only when he thought the threat of military action was real.

The Defence Secretary said that if the Prime Minister wanted UK military involvement, he would need to decide this early. He cautioned that many in the US did not think it worth going down the ultimatum route. It would be important for the Prime Minister to set out the political context to Bush.

Conclusions:

(a) We should work on the assumption that the UK would take part in any military action. But we needed a fuller picture of US planning before we could take any firm decisions. CDS should tell the US military that we were considering a range of options.

(b) The Prime Minister would revert on the question of whether funds could be spent in preparation for this operation.

(c) CDS would send the Prime Minister full details of the proposed military campaign and possible UK contributions by the end of the week.
(d) The Foreign Secretary would send the Prime Minister the background on the UN inspectors, and discreetly work up the ultimatum to Saddam.

He would also send the Prime Minister advice on the positions of countries in the region especially Turkey, and of the key EU member states.

(e) John Scarlett would send the Prime Minister a full intelligence update.

(f) We must not ignore the legal issues: the Attorney-General would consider legal advice with FCO/MOD legal advisers.

(I have written separately to commission this follow-up work.)

MATTHEW RYCROFT

(Rycroft was a Downing Street foreign policy aide)
This document is a criminal inditement of Bush and Blair. This document floated up to the surface thanks to an anonymous Deep No Shit Sherlock Throat in Britain who is embarrassed, I assume, to be working for a fascistic conspiracy to invade and annex helpless countries.

The old Deep Throat can croak as far as I am concerned. He let history slip by while he crouched under his bed hoping no one would see him, he sould have stayed there for all the good he has done with this unnecessary silence. But this new stuff...I want to know who leaked it. This person has witnessed other crimes such as the "offers" Bush made to Blair such as maybe, like Majors, joining in the conspiracy of the Carlyle money laundering/military hyperfunding/derivative hunting group. It would behoove the British people to know exactly who Blair works for and what is his pay. He isn't working for Britain.

Nor is Bush working for America, for that matter. Follow the money. We have the memos.

Oh, and today, war criminals Bush and Blair announce they will put Saddam on trial in two months...for killing Iraqis.

I suppose they intend to make him laugh to death in court!

Sunday, May 29, 2005

WHY DID THE CHICKEN Get arrested for jaywalking?

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A chicken fined $54 for illegally crossing a road in California has had the charge thrown out by a court.

Hahaha. Seems a cop decided to collar an unreformed hen that insisted on doing what chickens have done for the last 10,000 years: crossed the road to see what was on the other side. Which came first? The chicken or the road?

This brings me to a story about my own chickens. In Tucson during the early seventies, I was part of a project showing how one can farm in space on a very small but intense scale. I had a multi tiered garden with vines growing on trellises with hanging bags for the melons, I had rabbits and chickens and measured their input/output versus what they needed to eat, how much of this could be generated from the garden.

The chickens I chose to use were Yokahamas. These Japanese noble birds have tails as long as a pheasant, at least the roosters do. So I sold rooster feathers on the side.

Roosters crow. And my rooster was a very manly rooster who strutted his stuff and had four inch spurs like daggers and was the wonder of all my neighbors who were lovers of cock fights. Everyone loved my chickens and I sold the excess eggs to the neighbors.

One day, a city official came by. I was working in the garden when he said to me, "You have to get rid of the rooster." I stopped working and asked him why. "The rooster is noisy," he said, whipping out a book for fines.

Just then a flight of fighter jets took off from Davis Monthan near by. The roar was deafening. "What did you say?" I yelled.

"Your rooster is too loud," he bellowed. The rooster joined in the ruckus only we couldn't hear him.

Neighbors came out to watch and began to laugh. Nonetheless, I was hauled into court. I showed up with the rooster in question, he was very tame, and had him perch on the stand and testify. He gave the judge a hearty cock a doodle doo. Everyone laughed. There were newspaper and TV reporters in the room. He became a celebrity. He won his case and went home riding on my shoulder, in triumph.

Later, we auctioned him off for a fundraiser for Democratic Presidential candidate Mo Udall.

By the way, near my farm today is a pond with a "Goose crossing" sign and yes, the geese cross there and they do have the right of way!

But I always wondered why there never was a joke, "Why did the goose cross the road?" or perhaps, we already know: to swim.

WHERE'S AL WALDO?

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As the Muslim world writhes with anti-American demonstrations and riots and as the Iraqi resistance rips apart our mired in the sands military, Bush and the Olin-backed military/industrial rulers debate what to do next.

The official mouthpiece of the rulers, the Washington Post, has this amusing story today:
The Bush administration has launched a high-level internal review of its efforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill al Qaeda leaders since Sept. 11, 2001, and toward what a senior official called a broader "strategy against violent extremism."

The shift is meant to recognize the transformation of al Qaeda over the past three years into a far more amorphous, diffuse and difficult-to-target organization than the group that struck the United States in 2001. But critics say the policy review comes only after months of delay and lost opportunities while the administration left key counterterrorism jobs unfilled and argued internally over how best to confront the rapid spread of the pro-al Qaeda global Islamic jihad.

President Bush's top adviser on terrorism, Frances Fragos Townsend, said in an interview that the review is needed to take into account the "ripple effect" from years of operations targeting al Qaeda leaders such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, arrested for planning the Sept. 11 attacks, and his recently detained deputy. "Naturally, the enemy has adapted," she said. "As you capture a Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an Abu Faraj al-Libbi raises up. Nature abhors a vacuum."
Nature also is unkind to empty heads.

Why are the "key jobs unfilled"? This is truly funny. There are a million right wingloons who need jobs and will happily do any job that requires a vacuumed brain and bad record of success. Why aren't these know-nothings filling these jobs? Are they now worried that the blanket "the buck stops at the lowest level" isn't going to save their necks in five years? Or are they not filling these jobs because they just don't care and like smearing America's collective face in their feces? Who knows? They haven't filled any of these jobs since...the election.

I remember that time. The Olin-financed press and fellow whores all screamed about Kerry not being strong enough for saving us from bin Laden who sent us a video where he dared us to vote in Bush who he called the stupidest leader on earth. And of course, the Olin-right wing media immediately said we should vote for Bush because bin Laden said he was stupid. Isn't that a joke?

I know the Chinese are laughing, too. The NYT said Bush's handling of China was "masterful" too. Make our enemies laugh to death, indeed.

We will note the WP won't tell us why "violent extremism" is increasing and why al Qaeda is no longer what it was but is now a very powerful force in the Muslim world....all of this was laughably easy to predict. We pundits on the left laid out the facts long before the illegal invasion of Iraq. Today we get news which isn't new at all, that Britain, in collusion with the American war criminals, doubled the bombing attacks on Iraq before the war in the hopes that disarmed Saddam would fight back. I noted back then the increase and said it was part of a coordinated effort to provoke war and I compared it to Hitler's attempts at prodding Poland into WWII.
In many ways, this is the culmination of a heated debate that has been taking place inside and outside the government about how to target not only the remnants of al Qaeda but also broader support in the Muslim world for radical Islam. Administration officials refused to describe in detail what new policies are under consideration, and several sources familiar with the discussions said some issues remain sticking points, such as how central the ongoing war in Iraq is to the anti-terrorist effort, and how to accommodate State Department desires to normalize a foreign policy that has stressed terrorism to the exclusion of other priorities in recent years.

"There's been a perception, a sense of drift in overall terrorism policy. People have not figured out what we do next, so we just continue to pick 'em off one at a time," said Roger W. Cressey, who served as a counterterrorism official at the National Security Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "We haven't gone to a new level to figure out how things have changed since 9/11."

"No question this is the next stage, the phase two," another senior counterterrorism official said. "We are coming to the point of decisions."

Much of the discussion has focused on how to deal with the rise of a new generation of terrorists, schooled in Iraq over the past couple years. Top government officials are increasingly turning their attention to anticipate what one called "the bleed out" of hundreds or thousands of Iraq-trained jihadists back to their home countries throughout the Middle East and Western Europe. "It's a new piece of a new equation," a former senior Bush administration official said. "If you don't know who they are in Iraq, how are you going to locate them in Istanbul or London?"
The WP won't talk about how the head of the anti terror efforts has quit one after another in quick succession. This office is now a vacuum. Why do they quit? Why does the mainstream media shrug their shoulders over this odd happenstance?

As for the "bleed out of Iraqi-trained jihadists": this terrible, stupid, boneheaded crusade we launched because our leadership was asleep at the wheel (or actively colluding with) the mysterious terrorists on 9/11--what has "changed" is America is led by open traitors who kiss and hug and hold hands with the Saudi Arabian princes who are our dire enemies. These men hate America, hate our freedom and lust to control us. On top of that, the Zionist lobby wants to use our power for their own aggrandizement and on top of all this, the big boys, the Daddy Warbucks of the military/industrial complex want us to waste our time and money on big bombs and big equipment so they can get even richer. None of this has squat to do with making America safer.

After 9/11, well actually before 9/11, fixing things so terrorists couldn't hijack planes was laughably easy and it still is which is why it isn't happening, namely, putting sky marshals on every flight and checking luggage carefully. Period. That is all it takes. Otherwise, normal FBI actions is all we need.

Which is why the 9/11 commission refused to do anything right. While Congress gaily went off to confront Galloway and then hide his testimony, after foolishly broadcasting it...oops...they did the opposite for our own personal ruler, Mr. Bush. He and Cheney got to hide their testimony, not do it under oath and worse, the Olin-soaked media circus of whores didn't put up a loud yell about this travesty. Instead it was the usual, "don't look, just move along there," and off the cliff fell the memo, "Bin Laden determined to strike in the USA".
Another key aspect is likely to be the addition of public diplomacy efforts aimed at winning over Arab public sentiment, and State Department official Paul Simons said at a congressional hearing earlier this month that the "internal deliberative process" was broadly conceived to encompass everything from further crackdowns on terrorist financing networks to policies aimed at curbing the teaching of holy war against the West and other "tools with respect to the global war on terrorism."
OK. I think I am ready for a job. According to the WP, they can't fill the positions for winning hearts and minds in Muslim nations. They can hire me. This latest fiasco, the "we didn't flush the Koran down the toilet, we only put it in the toilet and talked about flushing it" is ridiculous. I would close Gitmo and tell Bush to haul our troops out of Iraq and out of the Middle East all together and then I would deal with the Christian right wing here in America. They are a huge part of the problems we are having. So we should deal with our own blood thirsty radical religionists and let the Muslims deal with theirs. We can tell everyone that liberalism is the best policy and mixing church and state is wrong and the Founding Fathers were right...oops again.

I forgot. We tore up our Constitution some time ago.
"(The Bush bureaucrats) recognize there's been a vacuum of leadership," said a former top counterterrorism official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. "There has been a dearth of senior leadership directing this day to day. No one knows who's running this on a day-to-day basis."

In general, current and former officials familiar with the discussions said, the challenge is to reorient U.S. efforts when the immediate threat from al Qaeda seems to have receded, though it is still far from disappearing. Osama bin Laden and other top lieutenants remain at large, but many U.S. experts appear to now agree with the assessment of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who told a reporter recently that "we have broken the back of al Qaeda."
I like this anonymous source. A fearful little rabbit of a man who is terrified of his own ruler, talking about vacuums of leadership! He wants to drive his cute car and keep his cute wife happy and in nice dresses and send his kids to cute private schools and live in a cute house in DC. He dare not say anything too radical or open. So this tiny, little, petty, funny, pathetic worm of a man talks about a leadership vacuum! Say, dude! I talk out in the open! Be a man! Shed all this stuff and be a real patriot! "Give me liberty or give me death"...eh? Or is it 'Forget about it, I want to be a worm"?

This level of craven, stupid, cowardice ticks me off more than anything. This worm will snipe at his vacuous leader but not call Bush a bad leader by name, neither his own nor Bush's name! Instead, he plays Mr. Clueless even as he holds a job protecting us from terrorists!

Ever hear of resigning in protest? We know the Olin oily media whores will attack him just like they attacked anyone who told the truth but so what?

This is what "manhood" was supposed to be about! Standing up and being counted! Bravery! Fighting! Where is the spirit?

This and mostly this is why America is doomed. The people at the helm are AWOLs like Bush or runaways like Cheney and a host of equally cowardly fools driving us into one war after another even as they pretend this is all some one else's fault which is why the UN meeting about nuclear proliferation collapsed.

I challenge the Washington Post to reveal the name of the inept idiot working on Homeland Security. He just said, America's protectors are asleep at the wheel and just like on 9/11, unable to protect us. I want this man's name and I want him appearing before a Congressional Investigation committee, maybe the clowns who grilled Galloway?

Ha. This will make bin Laden laugh to death. A great plan, no?

WEAPONS OF MASS DELUSION

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When the workers of the WTC were jumping to their deaths, Bush sat around, smiling, reading a children's book and Donald Rumsfeld didn't even pause in his meeting at the Pentagon. Both men knew women and men were looking up at the clear blue sky, praying to Gods and then closing their eyes and flinging themselves into the void knowing that the only result would be death.

After the dust of the two towers settled upon the powdered remains of thousands of innocent people, Bush and Rumsfeld and Cheney had a meeting. I don't know what they said, if I were at the meeting I would have given them a tongue lashing if not a real beating but according to others who spilled the beans, these men thought this was a capital opportunity to invade...Iraq.

It took a year of conspiracy with Tony Blair of England and of course, the owners of America's media and the owners of all the businesses catering to warfare to drum up enough interest in invading an innocent country. Every trick was used and the war happened but only after the conspirators cynically used the UN to not only disarm Iraq but make a thorough inspection to insure that the place was rendered helpless.

Not satisfied with this, America and Britain continued to conspire to disarm and invade many countries. At one point, Cheney blurted out there was a list of 60 countries and the war against them would last 50 years! This was quickly dropped by the press.

Now we see the attempt at controlling nuclear technology collapse. Why there was a meeting in the first place boggles the mind. Since the world is helpless about constraining the top nuclear power from attacking helpless nations that happen to have resources America wants, how on earth can anyone contemplate disarming? The Muslim world needs nukes and needs them badly. The Amerian crusade against them is personal and total. The pictures of millions of Muslims angrily demonstrating against American abuse of the Koran barely made a ripple in Christian America but it terrified the despots who rule in our name as they struggle to cap this volcano of justified anger.

Ever since America said we would use pre-emptive strikes whenever and wherever we choose we set the table for WWIII and we are the sole and only cause of this war. The Pentagon's neo con inspired plan for "An American Century" is identical to Hitler's thousand year Reich plan.

The aggression is everywhere. The UN struggles to try to keep the USA from turning space into a war zone. Yet America insists on doing this despite strong warnings from Russia and China. The USA talks wildly about rearming Japan, putting them on the Security Council and giving them nukes. Russia and China and all of Asia sat up and realigned rapidly when this was proposed. On every front we are the rogue nation, refusing to stop using landmines or not signing the Kyoto Accords, we stand out in our defiance of all other people living on this earth.

This is why China suddenly settled border disputes going back a 100 years with all neighbors in preparation of war with Japan and America. In today's NYT, Kristof talks about all of this in his a year too late an analysis too shallow style. He accurately says the USA is responsible for the currency problems thanks to wild spending. He understands our real estate bubble is due to us sucking up Chinese money sent back by the Chinese in the form of loans. He knows China is a rising power. He doesn't understand why any of this is happening nor the inevitable, explosive end.

WWIII is already begun. America was told that all we had to do was stop being responsible and paying taxes but instead, spend like fiends and we would all end up millionaires without working. This lie is very similar to the lies Hitler told the German people.

The American people are prostrate. We watch with drool rolling off our mouths as the UN talks on peaceful uses of space and nuclear non proliferation collapse because of our dictator's rash actions and we think nothing bad will happen to us even as today, the USA ramps up verbal attacks on North Korea and Iran concerning exactly these issues. This petulant, childish behavior is deadly. Even as the silly NYT praises Bush for a "masterful" handling of China!---do they really think this childish, ill tempered, silly man is managing the Chinese?--Bush can't even master diplomacy with the Senate.

Readers of this newsblog know better. One can write a book about the Bush Chinese failures. The diplomatic game being played by the Chinese has been breathtaking. I am personally in awe of their skill and strength and cleverness. They have successfully fooled a lot of people in the American empire. An essential diplomatic skill is to walk another country into a corner and disarm or dominate them without them even knowing it is happening. Raw violence it a failure, not a success. Note how we are not winning a single heart or mind in Muslim nations!

The Chinese understand that disarming America will mean bankrupting us, first, so we can't afford to be belligerent in Asia. This bankruptcy program came wrapped in a pretty package. The invitation was, "we will make you millionaires and you won't have to work!" and we fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

This is Memorial Day Weekend, a shopping and vacation time. This is when we celebrate the sacrifices of those who died, fighting for America. They sacrificed themselves so we can sacrifice ourselves on the altar of greed. Like the Roman empire.

Oh, and then tonight comes this news: Experts: Petroleum May Be Nearing a Peak. Ahem. "It" is here. And "it" is breathtakingly bad news. The stock market should collapse on Tuesday but it won't because this news will be buried. It didn't make the NYT headlines tonight. It won't make any headlines anywhere. That might stop America from drooling and stuffing food!

Sigh.

There are times when I don't want to be right. I don't want to be able to see what is coming next. Like the UN and everyone going to Dafur in the Sudan and sighing, oh look at those poor people.

Dafur is our future.

Friday, May 27, 2005

NO GOLD STAR FOR YOU, MOM!

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When a mother loses the dearest thing to her heart, her own child, in war this sacrifice is recognized by awarding her a "gold star". This tradition has been running for at least the last 65 years. So it is disturbing reading this story today:
veryone agrees that Ligaya Lagman is a Gold Star mother, part of the long line of mournful women whose sons or daughters gave their lives for their country. Her 27-year-old son, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman, was killed last year in Afghanistan, but American Gold Star Mothers Inc., has rejected Lagman, a Filipino, for membership because — though a permanent resident and a taxpayer — she is not a U.S. citizen.There's nothing we can do because that's what our organization says: You have to be an American citizen," national President Ann Herd said Thursday. "We can't go changing the rules every time the wind blows."

That explanation isn't satisfying the war veterans who sponsored Lagman's application, some other members of the mothers' group or several members of Congress.

"It is disheartening that any mother of a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who has died in the line of duty would be denied membership in an organization that honors the memory of fallen service men and women," said Rep. Nita Lowey (news, bio, voting record), whose district includes Lagman's home in Yonkers.

Rep. Eliot Engel (news, bio, voting record), who represents an adjoining district, said the group should change its rules immediately.

"Whatever the excuse, American Gold Star Mothers' decision smacks of xenophobia and is in stark contrast to what Mrs. Lagman's son fought and died for," Engel said.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said, "We now have many noncitizens serving honorably in our armed services, and I hope that this can be satisfactorily resolved."
Rules, smules. This is ridiculous. Our military especially the Marines must go all over the planet seeking people willing to die. The offer is the dead soldier and his family will become Americans so many families from across the southern border have jumped at this chance.

In Texas, right after the funeral of his son killed in battle, one father was arrested and deported. After many yells and calls for mercy, he was allowed back home with his family in America. This phobic brutality still exists even as "red" voters refusse the call to duty and pro war supporters, like during Nam, hide at home and refuse to fight, they still have to insult those who make the maximum sacrifice!

I am speechless about this, heh, actually, loud in condemning this behavior, this is ridiculous. This month more Americans died in battle, make that more Americans and foreign soldiers fighting for us than at any time in this misbegotten war. Today, a helicopter was shot down even as we wage a street by street battle within Bagdad now. This dynamo of destruction rages onwards unattended by attention from the media or the vast bulk of Americans.

Memorial day. Whom do we salute?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

PLAYING CHOPSTICKS WITH BONES

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Picture by Yola Monakhov for the NYT
Uzbekistan: when the massacre happened, Culture of Life News compared it to Tiananmin Square. The ruler of Uzbekistan is a neo-Stalinist who is ramming "modernism" down people's throats. Like in America, there is a visible religious backlash. Actually, like much of the Muslim world, the peasants and townspeople, frustrated, cling to old ways, hoping to find some surety in rough seas.

In Afghanistan just last week, American troops fired on unarmed demonstrators. Then blamed Newsweek for everything. For the last two years we have masscred and murdered wontonly in Iraq. Not a peep from our press about all of this. "Bringing freedom and democracy" they crow as the blood flows. The NYT today attacks Uzbekistan and China.
The government of China offered unequivocal support on Tuesday for President Islam A. Karimov of Uzbekistan, who is facing international criticism for the crackdown against a prison break and antigovernment rally in the northeastern city of Andijon earlier this month.The support came amid fresh signs that the scale of violence exceeded what the Uzbek authorities have described, and as residents of Andijon and rights groups warned that roundups had begun inside Uzbekistan in an effort to squelch dissent.

With essential facts about the violence still in dispute, China made clear that it would stand beside the authoritarian government of Mr. Karimov, who was to begin a three-day visit with Chinese leaders on Wednesday.

"We firmly support the crackdown on the three forces of separatism, terrorism and extremism by the Uzbekistan government," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Kong Quan, said at a news conference in Beijing, according to news agency reports.

Mr. Kong's statement cemented a stark split between the West on the one hand, and Russia and China on the other, over the behavior of the Uzbek authorities, who have been accused of firing indiscriminately into antigovernment crowds on May 13, possibly killing hundreds. Several Western governments, NATO and the European Union have called for an independent investigation.
OK. Quik. Tell me about the investigation into the shooting of demonstrators in either Iraq or Afghanistan? Not a peep. Nor is there an investgation into why American troops are in Uzbekistan, supporting this evil dictator who is "killing his own people". Nor are the troops being pulled out in protest.

America's own ruler loves to talk about freedom and liberty which is why Padillo, accused of no crime, tried by no court, languished in a windowless cell in America. Even as Amnesty International condemns American crimes against prisoners, the NYT gets all huffy about Uzbekistan. Not Israel.

China has no need to pretend to be for liberty while granting none at home. They are the ultimate in Real Politik and thus continue to cement their own borders and this means working with whoever rules whatever. They are not there to change governments. Only cooperation is what they seek.

Sort of like...the USA! Geeze. We really aren't changing much of anything. Obviously, we want a new Saddam to subdue Iraq and we are trying to recast Karzai as a good puppet who can make Afghanistan "go away".

Meanwhile, North and South Korea probe ways of dealing with each other directly. Like the rapproachment between the two Chinas, this artifact of the Cold War is finally melting.
South Korea's top officials and lawmakers are set to rush into North Korea with its nuclear standoff facing a critical juncture.

The officials and lawmakers describe their trips to Pyongyang as a rare chance to improve inter-Korean ties and to persuade North Korea to return to the negotiating table on the nuclear dispute. But critics say the visits may be used by North Korea to trigger a sense of Korean nationalism to jointly cope with the U.S. threats.

Some 20 ruling and opposition lawmakers plan to travel to North Korea on June 14-17 to mark the anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit in 2000, which resulted in a series of inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation programs.
In the absence of American influence, the stalemate there is becoming much more dynamic. With the China/Japan dispute heating up, both Koreas are free finally to begin some sort of dialogue.
The North poured out anti-American rhetoric — a tactic it has used in the past before entering negotiations — by claiming that Washington's "hostile policies" led it to develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent and warning against any attack to dislodge its leadership.

"The United States should be aware that the choice of a pre-emptive attack is not only theirs," the North's official news agency quoted the state-run newspaper Minju Joson as saying. "To stand against force with force is our unswerving method of response."
The fact that North Korea can say these things even as they basically lay down their arms for the South Koreans is a serious loss of face for America. We shouldn't have gotten ourselves into this box in the first place with the famous Bush "Munich" speech about the "Axis of Evil" garbage.

The Chinese, meanwhile, follows rather rigidly the rules of diplomatic engagement, what with Japan deciding to really get down and dirty. The Chinese picked the Koizumi visits to the shrine because it is easily fixed but the real object is very serious: opening Japan to free trade. America has tried for thirty years, completely in vain, to open Japan to full free trade. We allow them freedom here while they have a million legal and not legal but simple boycotting of foreign goods running in their homeland. This has kept all competitors at bay.

The Chinese want all barriers down, now. The Japanese need some excuse, no matter how flimsy, to keep them up while trading with China.

Unlike the American Presidents who have all been purchased by the Japanese so they pretend to negotiate while not doing a thing, the Chinese leadership are not going to take bribes so fast, the penalty is death if political currents flow the wrong way. They are intent on winning this battle and it is pretty likely they will succeed, in the end. Or Japan will flounder when the Chinese play knives in the dark economics.

And what about Russia? Russia doesn't condemn Uzbekistan's dictator for crushing rebellion. Heck, look at Chechnya!
Multinational corporations and Russian oligarchs should be making bonfires out of their external-relations strategies in Russia over the holiday season.

So many companies and their advisers had based their strategies on blatant defiance and absolute disrespect for the law, sponsoring corruption and funding political opposition, that the new Russia with enforceable laws under President Vladimir Putin seems an alien place they will have to get used to fast. Russian corporate public-relations agencies and executives who took on the role that the electorate deprived the Yeltsin power elite of by voting it out of parliament in 2003 will have to assume lesser roles of being corporate executives with commercial aims only. Anything more - any political games, meddling with sovereign affairs and fuelling anti-Russia fires - will put their businesses at immeasurable risks.
This is the final result of the American take over of Ukraine and Uzbekistan and other gnarly places of "freedom and American troops". As we fill the Soviet vacuum, we talk just like them, condemning only those massacres we don't care about while behaving beastly in our military dominions. Since we are going Soviet, it shouldn't surprise us that the Soviets are doing likewise!

Just remember the pictures of Bush gabbing happily as Putin had grim Soviet troops and flags stream past.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

KARZAI'S SILENT SCREAM

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The last 48 hours has been a catastrophe for America. More than a dozen soldiers blown up. It is curious that there are as usual, zero pictures and near zero headlines. Even yesterday, the dead soldiers were buried in the body of the stories put out by all the major media. Today, it still is a secondary headline.

This refusal to look is pathetic. Like children hiding under the blankets when lightning is blasting outside.

As Culture of Life News said yesterday, Bush told Karzai of Afghanistan to basically eat dirt and die. This poor man was frantic when he came and resigned when he left. He left in despair. Now comes this news from England:
DEFENCE chiefs are planning to rush thousands of British troops to Afghanistan in a bid to stop the country sliding towards civil war, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

Ministers have been warned they face a "complete strategic failure" of the effort to rebuild Afghanistan and that 5,500 extra troops will be needed within months if the situation continues to deteriorate.

An explosive cocktail of feuding tribal warlords, insurgents, the remnants of the Taliban, and under-performing Afghan institutions has left the fledgling democracy on the verge of disintegration, according to analysts and senior officers.
So "secret troops" from England will fix all that, no? Let's review history here: as America fills all those empty Soviet bases as detailed here on this news blog, now we have to bring in many more hard core troops to fight in Afghanistan. So much for the "elections" getting a mandate to rule.

Elections that end in civil war or worse are not mandates. They are Potemkin politics. The gloss is wearing thin indeed.
An MoD source told Scotland on Sunday: "We are going into an area where there's a civil war going on. It's dangerous and it's somewhere new.

"People within the MoD are now saying we will have to deal with this and go into the south of the country. What they are saying is, don't do it piecemeal. We will have to do it properly."
No kidding it is dangerous. But it most emphatically is not new at all.
But American military experts last night claimed an increase in the British presence in Afghanistan would inevitably threaten the numbers committed to Iraq.
OK, guys. This is now officially insane. This "war on terror" has now run exactly as many days as WWII in Europe. We fought a two front war with two tremendously powerful empires and we won it! Now two rebellions of countries we took over are sinking our ship? This isn't a two front war, it isn't even a one front war, this is more like the Warsaw ghetto rebellion. Of course, we could nuke everyone and declare ourselves victors but then that would make us even worse war criminals, butchering virtually unarmed civilians who just so happen to object to this foreign religious crusade.

TRADING SPACES

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As China and Japan wrangle over the Koizumi visits to the War Shrine and both countries wrangle over creating exclusive trade compacts with all and sundry, America merrily taipsies down the path of the Soviet Union. We seem to think that filling the military vacuum created by the collapse and bankruptcy of the Soviet State is a neat trick. Oh boy! Victory!

While closing bases at home, we reopen Soviet bases.
United Press International reports that the US and Romania are discussing having the US use Romanian bases on a more permanent basis. And the Sofia (Bulgaria) News Agency reported last week that the US military will ask to use four bases in Bulgaria. The Russian news agency Interfax also reported over the weekend that the US and Azerbaijan had "agreed on the deployment of US military bases."The Azerbaijani government in Baku later denied the report and said "nothing of the sort is planned."

The Baku Sun reports that just this past weekend, Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Safar Abiyev was in Tehran, where Iran’s President Mohammad Khatami told him Azerbaijan had "nothing to fear from a strong Iran," and that the increasing number of US military bases in the former Soviet republics is "a threat to the security and peace of regional countries and an affront to them."
Evidently, this latest imperial overreach is causing rising anger in the expected places.

I use the "Game of Go" as my world model for explaining international politics. The USA is playing a game that involves using our military to take over countries but to do this sneakily. We think no one will notice us placing our obvious markers in obvious places. Then we wonder why events don't do what we desire.

The recent announcement of base closings was timed to coincide with a Bush arm twisting event in the Senate. This forced recalcitrant Republicans in the North East to back down on the subject of opposing rank right wing Christian "judges". For the most part, it worked. The bases will stay, sort of, but the continuing hollowing out of our military at home rages onwards. Like ancient Rome, we believe that our military is best served on the furthest frontiers. This means literally clearing out our home base and putting everyone into every country. We occupy bases in all our trading partner's home countries except for Venezuela, which we tried to take over in a coup recently, and of course, China.

The biggest bunch of new bases lie in Afghanistan where we are disasterously taking over from the Soviets and are now working towards a drug war from hell and of course, there is Iraq.
Top US military officials in Iraq confirmed Monday that they are planning to consolidate the more than 100 bases where US personnel are now stationed in Iraq into four huge, more permanent bases.

The Washington Post reported Sunday, however, that these military officials say that, despite the appearance to the contrary, these moves do not signal a "permanent US presence in Iraq."
We still have bases in Germany and Japan who we defeated how many years ago? And neither country needs our bases today. Who are they at war with? Who is menacing them?
Last week, however, US military commanders in briefings in Washington and Baghdad, and in media interviews, said that growth of the insurgency has convinced them that the US will be in Iraq for "many more years to come," and that the pace at which Iraqi police, in particular, are being prepared to take over their own country's defense is not going anywhere near as fast as the US would like.
The insurgency is happening because the USA is in Iraq. So we will stay until it ends. The snake Orobouros eats its own tail. The fiction that we are not in Iraq because of oil and the Zionist lobby has to stand no matter how tortured the excuses. The sad fact is, we are not making life better there and we haven't made it better since day one. And frankly, we don't care. Note how Karzai has to beg for pennies even as we drop billions a month into the Iraqi volcano.

We just don't care. We want that oil.

Monday, May 23, 2005

I HAD A DREAM

Back on 12/12/00, at midnight, after talking to a reporter on the phone who was standing outside the Supreme Court, reading the Bush vs Democracy ruling, I said in a rage, "Well, since the right wing supremacy claim we can't count the votes because several different machines were used and thus there was no uniformity, now I can file a motion demanding uniform national standards for voting and make it a neutral office."

"You can't do that," the reporter said. "It says here on the last page that this ruling is unique and can't be used as a precedent."

Silence.

"WHAT THE HELL?" I yelled, waking up my husband. "That is IMPOSSIBLE."

Well, that astonishing ruling was not only allowed to stand but not only the Republicans but the Democrats refused to move to change anything at all. Today, voting is a ridiculous, badly run hodgepodge. I stopped bothering going to DC to lobby about this. No one was interested in the end.

Now here we are, spiralling down the rabbit hole into the Darkness of Tyranny, screaming about bringing democracy to Iraq...where 5 more soldiers were blown up today and countless others, too. Yay, Democracy. Wave that purple finger.

When the GOP cheated with all those odd 18181 wins in Congress, I warned the Democrats to walk out of Congress and boycott it because of lack of proper voting mechanisms and as usual, they said they can win in the next election with the corporate media snapping like an irritable turtle at them and besides, people will come to their senses and see that we are going bankrupt with the insane tax cuts and rank corruption but guess what?

We lost again thanks to squirrelly voting systems and inept vote counting and a Skull and Bones conspirator throwing in the towel, did you know the Repubs are STILL in court in Washington state demanding a recount of the last election? Huh? They never ever give up. What gives?

So here we are, the Democrats in the Senate "get to keep" the filibuster but only if they never use it. Only Thurmond was allowed this privilege because he was trying to oppress blacks which is evidently OK, no?

Guess what?

Sometimes you have to walk out. And yell. A lot. And show you are really committed to being pissed off. I spent much of my life fighting for things I wanted or needed or thought were just. This involved being beaten up, put in jail, harassed at home, spied upon and yelled at all the time.

SO WHAT! Some of my heroes were murdered. This didn't cause them to hesitate! This isn't a game. This is isn't a strategy.

This is a FREAKING WAR. If the Democrats want to preserve "peace" well, they better learn something fast: other people are killing each other in massive numbers in Iraq because they are fighting over something important and isn't our Constitution important?

If the GOP runs America like a dictatorship, at least force them to do it openly. Stop pretending this is a game that we score points if we can keep our little duckies lined up. This is not a dilettante fun and games. The GOP doesn't dominate so utterly because they WON anything, they have total control on the slenderest of threads and this is thanks to corporate America who are working day and night to enslave us.

Well, when this crashes down, I expect something new to arise. Lord help us all, I pray it isn't the Nazi party.

BUSH PUPPET SAYS TORTURE IS OK

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Bush is happy. Once again, American human rights abuses are glossed over, "not your fault" and "the buck stops with Lyndie, not me" and etc. A lifetime free pass from any responsiblity seems the key here. Today, Karazi, our puppet running Afghanistan every bit as well as the fomer communists puppets ran things for the Soviets, is here to beg for money and "Please let me run the military operations" and other grovelling subjects and Bush cheerfully said, "No".
"It's a partnership that establishes regular high level exchange on political, security and economic issues of mutual interest," Mr. Bush said.Mr. Karzai said several times during a White House news conference that he did not blame the United States for the abuse of Afghan prisoners in a United States military prison in Bagram in 2002, where two Afghan men died.

"We are of course sad about that," he said. "But let me make sure that you all know that does not reflect on the American people."

The Afghan president added: "The prisoner abuse thing is not at all a thing we attribute to anybody else but those individuals The Afghan people are grateful, very, very much to the American people, and recognize that individual acts do not reflect either on governments or on societies. These things happen everywhere."
Once again, as Bush, "Bring me the head of bin Laden in dry ice" slithers away from responsiblity and pins all the blame on the lowest possible level. We wonder why soldiers continue to serve this man. Don't they get tired of trying to please him and then getting kicked in the teeth? Aren't their families worried that people following orders suddenly find out there are no orders, only "suggestions" and that they are 100% responsible? As for "everyone does this," exactly who are we talking about? Russia? North Korea? Uzbekistan? How charming. All vicious dictatorships do this!
Prior to his meeting with Mr. Bush, Mr. Karzai had said he would press the United States to turn over Afghan prisoners and to consult with Afghan authorities before raiding homes and villages to look for insurgents. He made no mention of either issue during the news conference.
Of course, he is a puppet. At home, he told everyone he would do these things but Bush probably offered him some sort of personal bribe. So he will come home with virtually nothing that can be called "sovereign". Indeed, his Pinnocio status is now complete. Bush might think twisting this puppet's arm is a sign that we are strong. He is now strutting around the WH, chest out, proud of his personal "tough negotiator" status confirmed.
"In terms of more say over our military, our relationship is one of cooperate and consult," Mr. Bush said. "Of course, our troops will respond to U.S. commanders, but our U.S. commanders and our diplomatic mission there is in a consultative relationship with the government."
Note how this latest "consultation" happened. Karzai's latest consultation consisted of him saying "Yas, master". Bush might think this is pretty nifty. Everyone mouths soothing words and then the blood continues to flow.

Fighting in Afghanistan isn't dropping off, it is increasing. The influence of both the Taliban and bin Laden is on the rise. The war on drugs that Bush capriciously decided on will reap a whirlwind of reprisals since this is cutting the peasants off from their only source of income. Another lie is the line, "The riots were not over the desecration of the Koran (and American soldiers shooting unarmed demonstrators)". This is totally false. We know the whole media structure is bending over backwards to pretend this isn't happening but we can read and we know they wrote signs about the Koran being desecrated and they were very angry specifically about this. Pretending it was "antidemocracy" demonstrations is a gigantic lie and the puppet, Karzai, should be ashamed to spout such garbage.

Like the Pentagon lies about the famous football player. Everyone knows his family is not utterly estranged from the ruler in DC and unlike Bush and his buddies and puppets, they are not about to grant him a "Get Out of Abu Ghraib Free" card.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

LAWRENCE OF IRAQIA

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I first read "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" many years ago. It is a most interesting book. Rather depressing to read, in the end. It isn't about the triumph of British imperialism, it was written by a very disillusioned man who operated outside the envelope and who, in the end, tore himself apart over the fact that he betrayed the very people he pretended to help: the Muslims.

This stark betrayal he glossed over at first but as he lived and fought over there, the pain of the coming betrayal ate at his soul and he couldn't look upon his hosts without intense self loathing because of what he was doing to them, encouraging them in a war of seeming "liberation" which was totally false.

Finally, he threw in the towel and left. A bitter man. Broken, actually. Broken by his own duplicity.

How can anyone read that book without flinching? Without getting ill? He could barely cover the narrative towards the end, rushing past events, trying to get over the story facts and be done. The early joys, turned to dust in that hot desert. Well, it seems that people are reading his book and learning all the wrong lessons!
HE died 70 years ago, but TE Lawrence, the great British adventurer known as Lawrence of Arabia, is still helping coalition forces in Iraq. American commanders are increasingly turning to his accounts of 20th century warfare in Mesopotamia for guidance.
General John Abizaid, the overall US commander in the region, said last week that one quote of Lawrence’s had “always been in my heart”. He was referring to a remark Lawrence once made about British attempts to organise government in the region: “Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly.”

The quote hangs over a US Marines conference room in Iraq’s Al-Anbar province, where coalition forces recently concluded a week-long sweep against insurgents.

Colonel Steven Salazar, an infantry commander supervising the training of Iraqi security forces, has passed on a different quote from Lawrence to his men: “Rebellions can be made by 2% active in a striking force and 98% sympathetically passive.”

In a recent survey of US officers’ reading material in Iraq, Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom, published in 1926, emerged as the second-most recommended book.

“Most of the US advisers out there have a copy,” said Duncan Anderson, head of war studies at Sandhurst who visited Iraq between January and March.

In the book, Lawrence describes the use of guerrilla tactics to cripple Turkish supply lines during a 1917 Arab revolt against Ottoman rule, which he helped to organise.

Lawrence drew up a list of dos and don’ts for advisers to the Arabs,” said Anderson. “The Americans are using Seven Pillars at virtually every meeting on a daily basis.”
Dos and don'ts? One despairs. They read this book and miss the entire point of the book. It is hard to miss. What on earth are they reading into this book? As the British military poured into the dying Ottoman Empire, they split it up behind the backs of the Arabs the whole region leading to the fractured/radical hotbed it is today. The British then turned around and allowed colonizers from Europe into the Holy Land in huge numbers causing rebellion and wars that threaten world peace today. The reason bin Laden attacked America was because of all of this! This is the root cause of many things which is why we can't deal with Iraq in a sane way.

We are Christian colonizers out to remold the place to suit our own ends. If this means displacing the population and taking over entirely, we will do this.

This is what irked Lawrence in the end. The knowledge that he was a complete fraud, a jerk, a man pretending to be a friend when he was really a dire enemy. An outpost of empire.

*BIG BAD GALLOWAY

The big brave American Senators both Republican and Democratic, decided to go after a foe of Tony Blair, a man kicked out of the Labour Party for being too contentious. America has not real Parlimentary debates, the debates are usually droning speeches or in this week's case, hysterical hyperventilation and accusations without much charge to them. The art of really debating languishes here, note the vapidity and tenuous nature of "presidential" debates here. Truly depressing.

Into this hot house of weak kneed rhetoric strode a man who uses words like swordsmen use blades: as a duelling weapon.

The Senate decided to attack him as if they were lawyers in a trial. They thought they could frame "yes/no" questions and get him to stammer as he would try to refine blunt (and frankly stupid) questions. Of course, far from that, he attacked back, asking them why they voted for war with scant knowledge of the facts, why they weren't investigating Tony and Georgie over the startling memo that showed both conspiring to create war no matter what. He asked them about their financial messes and basically threw the baby, the bath water and the kitchen sink right back at them. When the Democrat, a Zionist who believes his favorite ethnic group has the right to displace natives in Palestine, attacked Galloway over his loud support of the Palestinian cause, he flung back at him the accusation that Levin, not he, is the biased man who supports only one side in that miserable situation.

Because he dared to talk back and discuss the unmentionables, the Senate decided to pull a Stalinesque move: they deliberately deleted all his testimony from the record!

Cute, no?
Iain Thomson, vnunet.com 20 May 2005
The website for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs has removed testimony from UK MP George Galloway from its website. All other witness testimonies for the hearings on the Oil for Food scandal are available on the Committee's website in PDF form. But Galloway's testimony is the only document not on the site.

"I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him," Galloway told the Committee. "The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns."

Press representatives for the Committee had no comment.


Brave, brave Sir Senators!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

*AFGHANI TV HOST MURDERED..LIBERATION BARBIE BUSH IGNORES THIS

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Courtesy of Buzzflash.com:
A ground-breaking Afghan television host whose Western style drew praise from youthful fans and condemnation from Muslim clerics may have been slain with involvement from her own brothers, police have said. Shaima Rezayee, 24, who tossed aside her burqa for Western dress and became a host on an MTV-style music show, knew her life was in danger, according to a radio interview she gave not long before she was shot in the head at her Kabul home Wednesday.
Sigh. This morning, Culture of Life News called Laura Bush a 'Liberation Barbie Doll' because she brainlessly mouths freedom and civil rights platitudes and then retreats to the WH to eat bon bons and dream of stallions whanking. She doesn't realize that real humans really die thanks to her actions and words.

Forget Newsweek riling the Muslims, here is something really nasty. This host's own brothers murdered her. She probably thought she could imitate Laura Bush because everyone was telling her, she was free. The Soviets were able to protect women in Afghanistan but America poured money and weapons into the hands of reactionaries who drove out the Soviets and promptly reenslaved the women.
In the years since, several private television and radio stations have started broadcasting. Many operate under tight security, well aware of criticism from religious leaders who oppose women in Western dress, women working or women singing publicly.

The station that featured Rezayee, Tolo TV, has in particular drawn fire. In March the country's council of Islamic scholars criticized Tolo and other stations for transmitting "programs opposed to Islam and national values." Tolo TV executives dismissed Rezayee that same month under pressure from conservative clerics.

Her hour-long show, "Hop," showed videos of Western singers such as Madonna, as well as Turkish and Iranian pop.
Fighting for women's rights is a long effort. I remember the many attacks on myself, the spitting, name calling, physical attempts at domination, the hysteria, all because I wanted equal rights and the right to work for a living in "male" occupations. I had to use the courts, the police, politics and sheer willpower as well as fighting ability, to succeed in more than one quest. Today, Barbie Bush and her demented husband are trying to undo my hard work, the effort to circumcise and hinder me, control my body and my choices, is an unending battle. Just today, Bush joined with the minions of the German former Nazi Pope to pray that they will overturn laws that protect me and my daughter and leave us to fend for ourselves under their heel.

Meanwhile, they leave brave women in countries we control to fend for themselves, dying in the bitter end, their dreams of true freedom blown away thanks to cynical liars in America.

Freedom is on the march, indeed.

MORE NEWS:Laura Bush greeted by angry protestors at Temple on the Mount
Anti-U.S. protesters heckled Laura Bush at a major Islamic holy shrine on Sunday, during a Mideast tour meant to defuse growing anti-American sentiment in the region.

As she approached the gold-capped Dome of the Rock Mosque, Muslim worshippers shouted, "How dare you come in here, and why are you hassling our Muslims?" As she entered the holy site, located on the fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one man seethed, "None of you belongs in here."

Israeli police formed a human chain around her, pressing together to push away protesters.

THE WAR ON TERRORBECOMES WAR ON DRUGS

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Remember the War on Drugs? This gripped the nation for many years. The number of prisoners of war taken into custody into a huge prison complex that was built nearly entirely for this purpose has barely had any salutory effect on this war.
According to Professor Heicklen, 'The war on drugs, which is mostly on marijuana, has plunged us into the greatest crisis since the Civil War. It has destroyed or tarnished almost all of the Bill of Rights protections. In particular, the police seize property without due process of law, which has led to more theft than from all the criminal elements.

Our prison population is 10 times as large now as in 1972, when the War on Drugs was initiated. We now are the number one prison state in the world. With 4.6% of the world's population, we have 25% of the world's prisoners. Over 7% of adult males enter U. S. prisons and jails each year. Because of the overcrowding in prisons, our prisoners do not get adequate medical attention and also are abused and beaten. We have been chastised by both Amnesty International and the U. N. Committee Against Torture for our treatment of prisoners.

Family values are being destroyed by encouraging both parents and children to inform on each other and by taking new-born babies away from mothers who test positive for drugs. Sick people are tortured because they cannot obtain medical marijuana legally.

The soul of America has been lost because we now live under tyranny rather than freedom. The lighted marijuana weed is the torch of freedom because our liberties only can be restored by the defiant public display of this substance by huge numbers of Americans' (interview by Lisa Guliani).
. Indeed. This war has also been waged in other lands most famously, Columbia and Mexico. Far from being "won" it rages on today, quite violently and with even more ferocity, sometimes on the verge of pulling down the national governance. The USA spends many millions and has storm troopers in many countries, all to fight the never ending War on Drugs.

Then 9/11 happened. Just prior to 9/11, Afghanistan's Taliban won $21million dollars to eradicate poppy growing. They did a bang up job of this, rather brutally. When we decided to invade, all the war lords were overjoyed. Our government deliberately turned a blind eye for two years as poppy growing took off.

Today, Afghanistan provides around 90% of the world's heroin supplies.

Many countries complained bitterly about this. The very same people screaming for a war on drugs is now the world's top drug sponsor. At first, Bush simply pretended Afghanistan didn't exist. Then he repeatedly sent his Liberation Barbie Doll wife there to crow about human rights and women getting a "vote"....for the USA puppet regime, of course. But the yells about drugs is now deafening and the tidal wave of herion is now ravaging American cities though no one is supposed to talk about this in the press...sssshhh...the baby is sleeping!

But the baby sleeps no more. Finally, Bush has to pretend to be doing something about this. So today, the NYT....
United States officials warned this month in an internal memo that an American-financed poppy eradication program aimed at curtailing Afghanistan's huge heroin trade had been ineffective, in part because President Hamid Karzai "has been unwilling to assert strong leadership."

Two Afghan workers scraped opium paste from a field of poppies near Kandahar. The U.S.-backed poppy-eradication program has had little effect.

A cable sent on May 13 from the United States Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, said that provincial officials and village elders had impeded destruction of significant poppy acreage and that top Afghan officials, including Mr. Karzai, had done little to overcome that resistance.

"Although President Karzai has been well aware of the difficulty in trying to implement an effective ground eradication program, he has been unwilling to assert strong leadership, even in his own province of Kandahar," said the cable, which was drafted by embassy personnel involved in the anti-drug efforts, two American officials said.
These unnamed officials should be sent home to shovel manure for a few months. "(he) is well aware of the difficulty"...file that under "No Shit, Sherlock"! This difficulty is called being killed instantly. Every war lord will be out for his scalp if he so much as looks cross eyed at them. But it is even funnier!
The cable also faulted Britain, which has the top responsibility for counternarcotics assistance in Afghanistan, for being "substantially responsible" for the failure to eradicate more acreage. British personnel choose where the eradication teams work, but the cable said that those areas were often not the main growing areas and that the British had been unwilling to revise targets.

The criticism of Mr. Karzai reflected mounting frustration among some American officials that plans to uproot large swaths of Afghanistan's poppy crop have produced little success. These officials said they worried that heroin trafficking could threaten the American-led reconstruction effort in Afghanistan and worsen corruption in the country's fledgling central government.
Culture of Life News assumes the Limeys have a very simple reason for this reticence: they don't want to die. Of course, like in America, the War on Drugs is always really a War on Peasants and Urban Poor. They are the ones who go to prison.

When Bush snorted, he didn't go to jail, he did "community service" in Texas and then daddy cleaned the books. Only a few drunk driving arrests in Maine were overlooked. Everything else was scrubbed.

But Bush wants a War on Drugs in Afghanistan. This is another laugh riot for bin Laden.
Since beginning work last month, the country's Central Poppy Eradication Force, an American-trained group, has destroyed less than 250 acres, according to the two American officials. Its original goal was to eradicate 37,000 acres, but that target has recently been reduced to 17,000 acres. With the poppy harvest already under way, the actual eradication levels will probably be far lower, the American officials said.

The department's annual drug-trafficking report, released in March, warned that Afghanistan was "on the verge of becoming a narcotics state."
If 90% of the trade surplus in Afghanistan is from opiates, one would not be remiss to call this "a narcotic nation". But here is the double kicker:
Congress recently passed a supplemental spending bill that included $260 million for the State Department's anti-drug effort in Afghanistan this year.
This is ten times what we spent having the Taliban do this for us. Why does it cost so much?

Oh, yes, probably the vendor working on this is Halliburton..?

Friday, May 20, 2005

*JAPAN PROVOKES CHINA--possibly could end violently

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Culture of Life News tracks certain odd items. One of them is the ongoing interisland dispute between China and Japan, the number two and number three economies of the world. Just last month, Japan unilaterally declared soveriegnty over disputed islands that are on top of a disputed possible gas/oil field.

The dispute just got hiked up a notch today:
China Thursday expressed anger with several Japanese citizens' registration of permanent addresses on the Diaoyu Islands, saying that China "will never accept" any of Japan's unilateral moves on the islands.

The Japanese government announced Tuesday that 18 Japanese citizens have registered permanent addresses on the islands, a group of islets in the East China Sea.

Asked to comment on the issue, Kong said China's stance on the Diaoyu Islands was "clear and consistent."

"I reiterate that the Diaoyu and surrounding islands have been parts of the Chinese territory since ancient times. China holds indisputable historical and lawful evidence on the issue," he said.

He said any unilateral move taken by Japan on the Diaoyu Islands is a serious infringement on China's territorial sovereignty and is "unlawful and invalid."

"China firmly opposes such moves and will never accept them," Kong told a regular press briefing.
Just like the issue of reunification with Taiwan, China has made it very clear this squabble, unless it is dealt with diplomatically, is capable of triggering a military response. This editor knows that Japan would never make aggressive moves unless they are given the green light in DC. The fact that the USA doesn't condemn these unilateral destabilizing actions speaks louder than words.

Perhaps the USA, trapped by bad choices into going deeply into debt and trade deficits with China is using Japan to deliberately create a crisis which they will then "solve". This is a very dangerous game to play. It takes sophistication and skill to do, like, say, Bismark levels. Or at least Kissingerian levels of duplicity and deceit.

And again, the war shrine visits come up again:
"I don't understand why I should stop visiting Yasukuni Shrine," Koizumi was quoted by Kyodo News as saying at a House of Representatives Budget Committee session. "I will decide when it is appropriate to go."

Kong Quan cited the shrine visits by Japanese leaders as one of the most difficult issues in current China-Japan political relations, saying that the issue reflects what the Japanese government thinks about Japan's history of aggression against other Asian countries.
This aggressive militant in your face attitude after kow towing just last month is astonishing. What happened this last week? Koizumi said:
Quoting Confucius, a defiant Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Monday defended his annual visits to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine, shrugging off the uproar they inevitably cause in Asia.

Referring to wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, one of 14 Class-A war criminals enshrined at Yasukuni, Koizumi told the Lower House Budget Committee: ``They cite Tojo (as a reason to stop the visits). But Confucius says, `Condemn the offense, but pity the offender.'''
This is sadly simple: Bush attacked China concerning the yuan and demanded they change now and let only the Japanese manipulate their currency, not China. This has angered the Chinese a great deal. Americans who think Japan is going to be our best friend better check their wallets. Japan is a very dangerous cat's paw.

Just three days ago, China asked Japan to open their markets and do free trade. They refused. They refuse to do this with America, too. They are a determinedly closed market and want to keep it closed. Why the USA is co-conspiring in this is a riddle this editor can only guess at. Like our relations with Saudi Arabia, perhaps we are suicidal.

*CONTINUING TORTURE News update 5pm

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The web is talking about the latest revelations concerning torture in our secret prisons. This is the details of how we beat to death a taxi cab driver in Afghanistan, for example. Lyndie English was no where near this and all this happened long after the photos of torture broke open this story.

While the mainstream press continues to harrass Newsweek mercilessly, we wonder if water torture or hanging from the ceiling or beatings are being applied to the reporters there, the news goes insane with all sorts of bizarre doings such as this:
The US military says it is investigating "aggressively" after a picture appeared in a British paper showing Saddam Hussein half naked.
The Sun newspaper's front page image showed the former Iraqi president in a pair of white underpants. Other pictures showed Saddam Hussein washing his socks in a bowl, shuffling around and sleeping.

The US said the photos appeared to breach Geneva Convention rules on the humane treatment of prisoners of war. The conventions say countries must protect prisoners of war in their custody from "public curiosity".

The Sun cited US military sources saying they handed over the pictures showing Saddam as "an ageing and humble old man" in the hope of dealing a blow to the resistance in Iraq.

"It's important that the people of Iraq see him like that to destroy the myth," the paper's source was quoted as saying.
We see an emperor with no clothes...Bush. No brains, too. We also like the vigorous investigations the American military conducts. Find someone at the bottom of the totem pole, preferably female, and throw the book. Why are we seeing one scandal concerning our brutal and vicious treatment of prisoners after another? This is embarrassing not to mention horrifying. What ails the Pentagon? Why is Bush a moron? Why does the sun rise in the East? We can explain all of this but the real problem is why Americans puff out their chests about the USA when they look like Nazis?

There is much to laugh at in this affair. Alas, there is nothing funny about torturing prisoners to death, a la Uzbekistanian style.

5 pm NEWS:
Lawyers representing Saddam Hussein plan to sue the British tabloid that published intimate photos of the deposed Iraqi dictator, it was reported, quoting the head of the defence team.

The photos in The Sun, one of which shows Saddam wearing only his underpants, are a "violation of human rights and in contravention of the Geneva Convention" on treatment of prisoners, Ziad Khassawneh was quoted by Al-Jazeera television as saying.

Khassawneh said his team would "pursue all the necessary legal steps to see to it that those who commit such base acts against any prisoner, and especially against president Saddam, are punished."
And guess who is being sued?
Al-Jazeera itself said that it chosen not to publish the photos for "professional and moral reasons."

In contrast, its chief competitor, Al-Arabiya television showed an image of the Sun's front page. US tabloid newspaper, the New York Post, ran the same photo on its front page, under the banner headline "Butcher of Sagdad."

The intimate photo, along with three other pictures, were billed as an "exclusive" borrowed from The Sun. Both newspapers are owned by Australian-born media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
It is rather amusing how America thinks it can do whatever it wants. Remember, we reported earlier that Rumsfeld evidently visited Saddam and begged him to help stop the uprising. When Saddam laughed at him, this is the result. One wonders if this sort of juvenalia is ultimately inspired by super child himself, Bush.

*ALF AND ELF ATTACKS

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This is part of the "make your enemies, namely liberals, laugh to death or beat out their brains on rocks" strategy of the Bush administration.
The FBI has sounded a new and surprising alarm, suggesting environmental and animal-welfare militants are now the biggest terrorist threat in the US, increasingly using incendiary devices on targets ranging from housing developments and research laboratories to car dealerships.

John Lewis, the agency's deputy assistant director for counter-terrorism, told a senate committee in Washington that the militant groups were "way out in front" in economic damage. He also suggested it would not be long before loss of human life was added to their tally of crimes.

"There is nothing else going on in this country over the past several years that is racking up the high number of violent crimes and terrorist actions," he told senators, prompting some Democrats on the panel to warn against tagging all environmental and animal rights organisations with the same label.

The hearing, held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was an unusual detour from the US government's more familiar preoccupation with terrorist threats from foreign groups such as al-Qa'ida. The FBI said it has 150 investigations into 1,200 crimes allegedly committed by eco-terrorists and animal welfare militants between 1990 and 2004.

Of most interest to the authorities are two US-based groups, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front, (ELF). But Mr Lewis also highlighted the British-based Shac, or Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. Founded to cripple animal testing at the Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratory, it describes itself on its website as a worldwide organisation also active in the US.
You know, in a battle against Mother Nature and humans, Culture of Life News bets on the side of Mother Nature winning. In the bitter end. Ask the dinosaurs. In the non news of this week is this story: the first hurricane of the season just happened and already killed people down in Central America. You heard that right. We are already in the hurricane season just like NOAA predicted. And Bush wants to cut funds to NOAA. Imagine that.

Anyway, forget old bin Missing Laden! We have new and insidious terrorists. One a heart throb and the other a sarcastic puppet.

We know who will win this battle of wits and charm.

* STAR WARS

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One of the very first professional articles this editor ever wrote was an interview with the UN ambassador from Austria concerning the Peaceful Uses of Space Treaty the UN was drawing up. William Safire asked to come to the University Club with me to argue his side of the story which was to use our technology in space to dominate the earth by threatening Russia with our nukes while destroying theirs, from space.

In this article, I knocked down this conceit of his by showing how it would create nuclear war by forcing Russia to nuke us before we install such a system. The Russian ambassador to the UN backed up this by denouncing Safire when he read his article in the NYT editorial pages. This was under Jimmy Carter and when Reagan became President he embraced the Star Warriors who wanted a Death Star type domination of earth.

The UN treaty was never signed by the USA. Like the Kyoto Accords, this is yet another reason why the USA is increasingly a rogue nation. Ditto the landmine issue.

Today, the UN office for Outer Space Affairs is in Vienna, no surprise to this editor.

Here is the resolution concerning peaceful uses of space. It seemed pretty clear to me when I wrote supporting this concept. The Japanese playfully do hundreds of stories concerning this breaking down, the Gundam series being the most famous. "Planet Es" is another example of this genre.

The White House said Wednesday that it is not looking at weaponizing space in the face of a newspaper report stating the US Air Force was seeking presidential authority that could lead to such a program.
"Let me make that clear right off the top, because you asked about the weaponization of space, and the policy that we're talking about is not looking at weaponizing space," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters.

However, McClellan said that the administration of US President George W. Bush wants to ensure that its space assets are adequately protected.
The "assets...protected" is the camel's nose under the tent. The WH is eager to squelch the story that leaked out of Congress that the Pentagon wants to put this horrible weapons in space right over the "Holy Land" in particular, the illustration used by them shows Saudi Arabia from the L-1 orbit. To no one's surprise, Russia and China object strenuously.
Russia would consider using force if necessary to respond if the US put a combat weapon into space, according to a senior Russian official.

According to a New York Times report yesterday, the Bush administration was moving towards implementing a new space policy that would move the US closer to placing offensive and defensive weapons in space. Russia, China and many US allies oppose any weaponisation of space, partly out of concerns that it would lead to an extremely expensive post-cold war arms race.
Many Americans think that being militarily aggressive and shoving Putin and others around arrogantly and bellowing is going to make America safe. Under Reagan, we nearly started WWIII repeatedly including the famous time Reagan "playfully" announced that missiles have been launched and were underway towards Russia! Luckily for us, the people running Russia at that time were not senile or insane.

Mutual Assured Destruction happens only when all countries are led by the insane.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Yermakov emphasised that Russia's priority was to solve the problem diplomatically. Russia has voluntarily declared that it will not be the first country to place weapons in space in an effort to encourage the US to move away from space weaponisation.

Force is "not a subject for discussion right now", Mr Yermakov said. "It depends on what happens, and why it happens, upon what agreements we have with the US government, and what understandings we have with the US government."

He added: "Our policy is not to create situations that would lead [to] confrontation. If we don't find such understandings with the US government, and we find ourselves in a situation where we need to react, of course we will do it."
Once again, diplomacy rears its ugly head, doesn't it? The Senate is still debating over the wisdom of sending an irritable, unstable failed "former arms negotiator" who stunningly flubbed the North Korean negotiations when he caused it to collapse into dust thanks to he and his boss calling the North Koreans names, this is the man the Russians will be very aggravated with if they negotiate in the future.
Any new policy would replace a 1996 policy implemented by the Clinton administration calling for a less militaristic approach to space. The 1967 treaty on outer space prevents countries from putting only weapons of mass destruction in space. Other countries are concerned that some of the weapons being considered by the US could be considered new types of WMD.

One weapon the air force would like to develop is the Common Aero Vehicle, which would give the US the ability to launch precision-guided strikes at any point on the globe within a short time frame. The internal US debate over whether the Pentagon needs to put weapons in space gained momentum in 2001 following the conclusions of a commission that warned of the possibility of a "space Pearl Harbor" that could destroy US commercial and military satellites.
The hysterical concern the USA has with WMD while at the same time the lust for WMD in this same country which already has the most WMD in the world is astonishing to watch. The world is yielding less and less to American concerns of disarming everyone while hyperarming itself. This is why we are now in an arms race again. The USA produced this by invading disarmed countries and by extending its own domination. Everyone knows the USA spent more on arms this year than the whole world combined.

Hyper militarism always ends badly. See this article for more of the hyper military lust.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

PALESTINE HAS NEW POWERFUL FRIEND

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The Chinese push to line up a web of interlocking alliances and accords and trade agreements is historic and astonishing and amusing to witness particularily since 90% of this activity is deliberately hidden from the American people by our own media which considers this to be a non-story.

It is the biggest story. Bar none. Bigger than anything else going on right now. Tracing this activity and understanding what it means is very important. The latest conquest without firing a shot: Palestine.
Visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas received the pledge from Chinese leaders to provide economic aid health care and housing by the signing of five bilateral agreements yesterday in Beijing. Abbas, on his first three-day state visit to China since taking over from the late Yasser Araft in January, held talks yesterday with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan.

President Hu said the Chinese Government and its people supports the "just cause" of Palestinians, saying the way to establish an independent Palestinian state is to conduct political negotiations on UN resolutions, and resume the Road Map peace plan.

China is basically going to be the primary sponsors in the Security Council for the Palestinians. This is going to be a formal relationship whereby the Chinese will directly funnel Palestinian political demands into debates in the Security Council. This puts China at total odds with the USA who is the primary sponsor of Israel. This sponsorship also means that Palestine, who lost the sponsorship of Russia when the communists there fell, is no longer friendless and easily pushed around. What is more, the sponsor of Israel owes tremendous sums of money to the sponsor of Palestine. This is a fun thing indeed.
He said to build an independent state, Palestine needs practical financial assistance from the international community. Abbas also visited the Beijing urban planning centre earlier yesterday. Yin said "the tour showed Abbas's desire and preparation to build and design his city rather than fight with Israel."

Premier Wen Jiabao told the Palestinian visitor the two countries should expand human resources development and training, adding China is willing to help Palestine nurture even more professionals.

Abbas said in an interview prior to his arrival that he hoped China could contribute more to settling Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In recent years, China has sent its special envoy Wang Shijie to the Middle East several times in an effort to move forward the peace process.

This means China will integrate Palestine within its growing Co-Prosperity Sphere. America has put all its energy into promoting Jewish colonialism. The Chinese are not trying to colonize Palestine so the potential for conflict is near zero and the benefits of accord are high. Connecting this with China's new bilateral relationship with Iran and one sees clearly how they are exploiting the rising tide of Antiamericanism in the Muslim world. American unpopularity is making diplomacy there nearly impossible for us.

The BBC, for example, carries the usual dreary news from Palestine. As the Jews who forcibly colonized huge tracts of tiny Gaza are being slowly forced out by the Israeli government, tensions rise as the radical rightwing settlers resist and the Palestinians, sick and tired of all this, retaliate as per usual.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - on a visit to East and South Asia - has warned that the situation is so sensitive that "a very tiny spark" could trigger a major new round of violence.

There has been relative calm since a ceasefire was declared but the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in February. "We must act in a more aggressive manner than we have so far," Deputy Defence Minister Zeev Boim told Israeli public radio.

"Until now, we have acted with moderation and restraint because we want to have calm in the run-up to the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, but it is conceivable to proceed with the evacuation under fire," he said.

Nearly always when there is a fracas the Israelis hit back at will. No one can stop them since, until this week, Palestine had been pretty well isolated with no real allies. This is rapidly changing. This editor expects Abbas to return with a series of initiatives and actions that will alter the way Palestine has reacted to events. Previous to this, all they could do was rage. He has to bring down the rage and the repeated comments in China about peaceful resolutions and strengthening Palestine are designed artfully to reassure as well as warn. Namely, this is no longer a war and it is up to the Israelis to pull out swifty. So far, the Israelis have been groping for excuses concerning this pull out which moves with glacial speed. They imagine they have all the time in the world.

This is a delusion.
(Israel) will maintain control of the borders, airspace and coastline of Gaza, which is home to about 1.5m Palestinians.
Culture of Life News is predicting that this "control" will not last very long. If the Chinese move in aggressively to build alongside the Palestinians, one thing they will not allow will be Israeli interference. The first thing that will happen is the establishment of a large port and airfield to accomodate the potential trade. China is willing to take a loss on this trade for the value of this will lie not in money but in setting up and controlling a very valuable stone on the international Game of Go.

By the way, right after 9/11, Bush went to the UN and suddenly announced he supported the creation of the State of Palestine and since that day, nothing but death and misery has been poured up the Palestinian people. It is altogether too sad that the Knight on the White Horse is China, not us. We could have developed a sane state building relationship since we bankroll Israel and therefore hold the strings to power there. A lost historic moment and not the last by far.