11/11 "Blood on Their Hands" Veterans Day Commentary, Bipartisan 'values", Exporting Western 'Enlightenment

"War is the continuation of politics by other means."
Karl von Clausewitz

"If the people are not convinced (that the Free World is in mortal danger) it would be impossible for Congress to vote the vast sums now being spent to avert danger. With the support of public opinion, as marshalled by the press, we are off to a good start. It is our Job - yours and mine -- to keep our people convinced that the only way to keep disaster away from our shores is to build up America's might."
Charles Wilson, Chairman of the Board of General Electric and Truman appointee to head the Office of Defence Mobilization, speech to the Newspaper Publishers Association, 1950

"Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization."
Z. Brzezinski.The Grand Chessboard, 1997

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years . . . It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated now and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries”
David Rockefeller. Bilderberg meeting, Germany, June 1991

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy"
Henry Kissinger

"The United States must cultivate a mental view toward world settlement after this war which will enable us to impose our own terms,
amounting perhaps to a pax-Americana."
U.S. Department of State - Source: Minutes S-3 of the Security Subcommittee,
Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policy, 6 May, 1942, Notter File, Box 77, Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State, National Archives, DC.

Digest: "VETERANS DAY"
U.S. WARS HAVE BEEN AND WILL BE UNJUST, UNPROVOKED CAPITALIST AGGRESSION TO DEFEND & EXPAND ITS EMPIRE'S SUPREMACIST GLOBAL HEGEMONY.
ITS ENEMIES ARE NOT OUR ENEMIES BUT OUR ALLIES, THOSE WHO RESIST ITS DESTRUCTION AND DOMINATION, ITS CALCULATED MILITARY EXPENDABLE PAWNS, ITS 'GUNFODDER' OVER WHOM IT SHEDS HYPOCRITICAL TEARS AS IT PLANS HOW MANY MORE TO USE AND LOSE.

THE RULING CLASS OF THIS 'HOMELAND' IS ENEMY #1 OF THE WORLDS' PEOPLES & NATIONS, THOSE WHO BLEED THEM TO DEATH IN 'PEACETIME' FOR PROFIT & POWER BETWEEN THEIR JUGGERNAUTS OF RACIST CARNAGE. MOST OF THE WORLD KNOWS THEIR ENEMY. WE DON'T AND THUS BECOME ENEMIES OF THOSE STRUGGLING FOR THEIR LANDS, LIVES AND HUMANITY. BUT WE ARE AMONG THE EXPLOITED & OPPRESSED PEOPLES. AS CAPITALS' SOURCE OF PROFIT AND SERVICE, AND ITS POTENTIAL RESISTANCE, WE ARE THE ENEMY.

OUR ENEMY DOES KNOW ITS ENEMIES, WE MUST TOO. KILLING, TORTURING, BEING MAIMED MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY, DYING BY DEGREES, IF NOT ON THE SPOT, TO SERVE AND SAVE OUR REAL ENEMIES, THEIR 'ALLIES', PROXY'S AND PIMPS, THIS SERVITUDE IS NOT IN OUR CLASS OR PERSONAL INTERESTS. OUR INTERESTS & FUTURE LIES IN JUST WARS, ANTI-IMPERIALIST-ZIONIST REVOLUTIONARY WARS FOR LIBERATION FROM CAPITALIST TYRANNY.

OUR FUTURE & THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET DEPENDS ON BURYING THIS SYSTEM THAT DEPENDS ON CRUEL EXPLOITATION, OPPRESSION AND WAR TO FEED ITS INSATIABLE REQUIREMENT FOR POWER & PROFIT.

THE REST OF THE WORLD CANNOT BEAR US TO REMAIN DUMBED, NUMBED HOSTAGES TO THESE WORLD-DESTROYERS, OUR VAST HUMAN POTENTIAL & PROMISE DREDGED IN SOUL-SELLING SHIT, OUR CONSCIOUS CRITICAL THOUGHT, OUR HATRED FOR INJUSTICE & DESIRE TO FIGHT IT SMOTHERED BY CHURCH, SCHOOL & 'CULTURE', OUR PASSIONS DEFORMED & DIVERTED INTO DEHUMANIZING DISTRACTIONS, UNABLE, UNWILLING TO STRUGGLE FOR OUR HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY TO BUILD A WORLD BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES AND VALUES WE YEARN FOR THAT CAPITALISM FEARS AND MUST CRUSH TO SURVIVE .

"the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society...It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery ... What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers...."
Marx and Engels: The Communist Manifesto, 1848

we can break the habit...
Deaths In Other Nations Since WW II Due To Us Interventions
By James A. Lucas
24 April, 2007
Countercurrents.org
This study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars. The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos.
The American public probably is not aware of these numbers and knows even less about the proxy wars for which the United States is also responsible. In the latter wars there were between nine and 14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan.
But the victims are not just from big nations or one part of the world. The remaining deaths were in smaller ones which constitute over half the total number of nations. Virtually all parts of the world have been the target of U.S. intervention.
The overall conclusion reached is that the United States has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world. To the families and friends of these victims it makes little difference whether the causes were U.S. military action, proxy military forces, the provision of U.S. military supplies or advisors, or other ways, such as economic pressures applied by our nation...
An accurate count of the number of deaths is not easy to achieve, and this collection of data was undertaken with full realization of this fact. These estimates will probably be revised later either upward or downward by the reader and the author. But undoubtedly the total will remain in the millions.
37 VICTIM NATIONS (plus good sources)....
The author can be contacted at jlucas511@woh.rr.com
http://www.countercurrents.org/lucas240407.htm

Remembering Veterans and the Dead
Blood on Their Hands
By Eamonn McCann
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23946.htm

In the UK Remembrance Day is also called as Poppy Day, inaugurated to mark the end of the World War 1 in 1918.
November 11, 2009 Counterpunch
November is the month when people remember the "millions of lives lost in the battle of right against wrong." So said the Belfast Newsletter in an editorial last week, concluding that we should all "wear our poppy with pride."The editorial spelt out what it is we should be proud of:

"Our servicemen and women are still doing their duty in far-off lands around the world...Military personnel based in Northern Ireland have just returned from the war in Afghanistan, where the battle is being fought up close and personal. They know the cost of serving their country."

And so, too, in many cases, do distraught families left behind. The question is, should we contemplate this vista with pride? Should we concur in the implicit message of the poppy that it is sweet and fitting for young men or women from Ballymena or Ballymagroarty to bleed their last by the roadside in some dusty corner of a distant land?
Is what's happening in Helmand "a battle of right against wrong"? Was the relentless pressure for displays of the poppy in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday an expression of ethical idealism?

All the dead of the Afghan war should, of course, be remembered. And it should be remembered, too, that the vast majority of the fallen are Afghanis. But pride? Ought they not rather be remembered with anger? Just as we should recall the unnumbered dead of World War One not with reverence but with rage? Then, as now, young people fresh-faced from school were flung to their death like fistfuls of chaff for no cause that any working-class person had an interest in. The millions died so a tiny elite could rule the waves and rob the world.

The purpose of the poppy is to sentimentalize this slaughter, to conceal a crime against humanity under a cloak of soft emotion. It has become fashionable in the last 15 years to project World War One, and in particular the stomach-churning carnage at the Somme, as an event around which Irish Catholics and Protestants, Nationalists and Unionists, might come together in sombre unity. Did not Orange and Green stand and fight and die together? Can we not find a sense of oneness now in consecrating ourselves to that memory? Many leaders of Nationalism North and South seem increasingly to agree, and to prize their allocated places in the valedictory ensembles.

In fact, in World War One, Catholics and Protestants alike were treated like dirt and trampled into the mud. The only good reason regularly to recall these horrors is to stiffen our resolve that they must never happen again. There's a thought we could usefully unite around. But Remembrance Day and the poppy, as the Newsletter contentedly noted, is not about ending the insanity and suffering of useless war but about taking pride in past wars so as to prepare the way for the wars of the future.

The English comedian Jimmy Carr landed himself in bother last week with a joke about amputees returned from Afghanistan ensuring British success in future paralympics. Not in the best of taste, right enough. But nowhere near as insulting to the dead and maimed of Britain's imperial adventures as the splashes of crimson on the lapels of political bosses who have drunk deep on the red wine of the battlefield.

Thinking of the latest British deaths in Afghanistan, my mind turned to Peter Brierley, the Yorkshire man whose son, Shaun, died in southern Iraq in March 2003 and who, at the memorial service in St. Paul's last month, turned away from Tony Blair, telling him, "I'm not shaking your hand, you've got blood on it". And to Lance Corporal Joe Glenton from Norwich, facing court martial for refusing to return to fight in Afghanistan. And to Siegfried Sassoon, poet, captain in the Royal Welch Fusilers and winner of the Military Cross, whose "A Soldier's Declaration" in July 1917 earned him the wrath of the war-mongers and the respect of all who love life:

"I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.

"I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defence and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow-soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.

"I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust."

Eamonn McCann can be reached at Eamonderry@aol.com

ELECTORAL PARTIES ARE GATEKEEPERS KEEPING US IN & LOYAL TO THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM, SERVING THE INTERESTS AND AGENDA OF THE BIPARTISAN RULING STATE NOT, NOT FIGHTING AGIN IT IN OUR OWN INTERESTS. LIBERAL IMPERIALISTS TREES IN THE FOREST, ALWAYS LEAVING THEIR ROOTS IN TACT. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN MORE DANGEROUS THAN NOW AS THEY ALL UNITE UNDER THE BANNER OF FASCISM-WITH-A-FRIENDLIER-FACE.

The Democrats' new "Family" values
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/11/10/stupak_pitts/print.html
By Jeff Sharlet
...Stupak-Pitts isn't just "the biggest restriction on women's right to choose in our generation," as Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado puts it; it's also evidence that on abortion the Democratic Party is now captive, just like the GOP, to Christian conservatism... But if Stupak, a former state trooper from Michigan, provided the muscle, his partner, Joe Pitts -- a Pennsylvania Republican with decades in the trenches of the antiabortion battle -- may have brought the brains, and more, a new Christian right coalition custom tailored for the Democratic Party's growing religious conservatism. Stupak is Roman Catholic; Pitts is evangelical. Both are members of the predominantly evangelical organization called the Family; Stupak lives in its C Street house. Together, they're poster boys for the evangelical/conservative Catholic alliance known as "co-belligerency," a culture war strategy designed to take territory within the Democratic Party as well the GOP....

Much is being made in the media about the role played by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, which lobbied hard for the amendment. "We just have to accept this as a Catholic thing," goes the new conventional wisdom. Leaving aside the fact that a strong majority of American Catholics are pro-choice, that story line obscures the increasingly significant role played by evangelical conservatives within the Democratic Party...In its internal documents, the Family refers to itself as an "invisible organization" and the "prayer cells" into which it organizes politicians as "invisible ‘believing groups.'

Start with Stupak and Pitts themselves. Although Stupak is a Catholic, he's lived since at least 2002 in the C Street house run by the Family, which cultivates political leaders on behalf of a long-term vision of what Joe Pitts, speaking at last year's National Prayer Breakfast (the group's only public event), called "God-led government."..Joe Pitts... a driving force in the antiabortion fight for more than three decades. It was Pitts, a "core" member of the Family, who helped bring antiabortion politics into the organization back in the early 1980s. The Family's focus has always tended toward foreign affairs and economics; Pitts merged the two with the red-hot politics of the abortion wars, quietly exporting free-market fundamentalism and draconian social policy overseas...
Family's C Street House.... home not just to Stupak but also to antiabortion Democrats Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and Heath Shuler of North Carolina, and two of the Senate's fiercest abortion foes, Oklahoma's Tom Coburn -- an obstetrician who once mused on applying the death penalty to abortion providers -- and South Carolina's Jim DeMint, famous for pledging to make healthcare reform Obama's Waterloo. Other Family associates lining up behind Stupak-Pitts include evangelicals Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., John Tanner, D-Tenn., and Lincoln Davis, a Democrat from Tennessee who once proclaimed that no Republican could "outgun, out-pray, or out-family me."
These Family ties don't mean that Stupak-Pitts is a plot hatched at C Street. The Family offers politicians a "worldview," not a vote machine. In the documents stored at the archive of the Fellowship Foundation -- one of the Family's multiple nonprofit entities -- at evangelical Wheaton College, congressional briefings typically lead off with reminders that the Family's prayer groups don't take direct action but rather facilitate the behind-the-scenes relationships that lead to action. "One person grows desirous of pursuing an action," Sen. Sam Brownback, a Family man and former C Street resident, explained the process to me, "and others pull in behind." the Family -- a group founded in the spirit of virulent anti-Catholicism, and which maintains to this day that being Catholic brings you no closer to Christ than being Jewish or a Muslim -- and the growing evangelical movement within the Democratic Party....faith-based Democrats... anti-choice and anti-gay but, by God, about love, not hate, a gentler fundamentalism, a faith based in the conflation of Christianity and the Constitution...

OBAMA'S BACKGOUND IN CHICAGO 'COMMUNITY' ORGANIZING?
Business International Corporation (BI) was a publishing and advisory firm dedicated to assisting American companies in operating abroad. In 1986, Business International was acquired by The Economist Group in London, and eventually merged with The Economist Intelligence Unit. United States President Barack Obama's first job after graduating from Columbia University was with the company [Business International Corporation]. He held a position as a research associate in its financial services division, where he edited Financing Foreign Operations, a global reference service, and wrote for Business International Money Report, a weekly financial newsletter.
The company has been identified as cover organization for the Central Intelligence Agency, e.g. see Lobster Magazine, issue 14 in 1987. According to a lengthy article in the New York Times in 1977, the co-founder of the company told the newspaper that "Eldridge Haynes [the other founder] had provided cover for four CIA employees in various countries between 1955 and 1960".[3]
^ 'CIA Established Many Links To Journalists in US and Abroad', New York Times, 27.12.1977
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_International_Corporation#cite_ref...

EXPORTING DEMOCRACY WEAPONS: Guns, Torture and "western enlightenment"
U.S. Working to Reshape Iraqi Detainees
Moderate Muslims Enlisted to Steer Adults and Children Away From Insurgency
By Walter Pincus, 9-19-07
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/18/AR200709...

The U.S. has introduced "religious enlightenment" and other education programs for Iraqi detainees, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, said yesterday. Stone said such efforts, aimed mainly at Iraqis who have been held for more than a year, are intended to "bend them back to our will" and are part of waging war in what he called "the battlefield of the mind." Most of the younger detainees are held in a facility that the military calls the "House of Wisdom."....
As a result of the increased U.S. troop presence in Iraq this year, the number of Iraqis in U.S. detention has swelled from about 10,000 last year to more than 25,000. The effort to reshape attitudes among the growing detainee population is aimed at addressing a problem that has vexed U.S. troops in Iraq for the past four years: Military detention facilities have served as breeding grounds for extremist views, transforming some prisoners into hard-core insurgents, according to military analysts. Stone wants to identify "irreconcilables" -- those detainees whose views cannot be moderated -- and "put them away" in permanent detention facilities. Psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and interrogators help distinguish the extremists from others, he said....
After reassessments and interrogations, Stone said, some detainees are recommended for release. "If a detainee is an imperative security risk . . . then I'm going to reduce that risk and I'm going to replace that destructive ideology," he said. "And then when he's assessed to no longer be a threat, I'm going to release the detainee being less likely to be a recidivist."...
Other initiatives at the facilities include vocational training and basic education programs for about 7,000 detainees. Stone said he believes his approach is "compelling because it's how you win this war, not only the one in Iraq, but the one on a greater basis." He quoted Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi as saying that "America could win the war if they just applied the exact process that you're putting in detention to the rest of the entire nation," in Stone's words.
The 25,000 detainees now being held in U.S. facilities in Iraq include more than 820 juveniles, Stone said, most of whom are held in the House of Wisdom, which opened last month and is located at the Camp Victory military base near Baghdad's airport. He said that six additional young people had been sent to him just yesterday, and that "the trend is towards the youth," including 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds. He described older juveniles -- the 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds -- as "harder nuts" and said that 50 to 60 of them have been removed from U.S. detention facilities and turned over to Iraqi authorities for trial.
The new religious training, Stone said, helps U.S. forces pinpoint the hard-core extremists. "I want to know who they are," he said. "They're like rotten eggs, you know, hiding in the Easter basket." Stone said his staff conducts polygraph tests for detainees who promise to change after undergoing the religious training program. "We were trying to figure out if they're messing with us. . . . You're not talking about radicals going to choirboys." But he also added that they're succeeding in countering extremists in the facilities. "We're busting them down, we're making whole moderate compounds that didn't exist before."
Stone described a sort of religious insurgency that occurred at one detention facility on Sept. 2. "We had a compound of moderates for the first time overtake . . . extremists. It's never happened before. Found them, identified them, threw them up against the fence and shaved their frickin' beards off of them. . . . I mean, that is historic." Jack Holt, the spokesman for the Pentagon's new media operations, said that 60 people were invited to join the Stone interview yesterday but that only four bloggers did so. Of those four, at least two appear to be active-duty military, but as of yesterday evening none so had discussed Stone's presentation online.
Other elements of Stone's program are being developed. He said he has created a "transition-out barracks" where detainees being released discuss civics and human rights. He has also begun a "huge, expensive" Rand Corp. research study on detainee motivation and morale and has plans for a major communication campaign....

" [I]n such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners." - Albert Camus

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"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -how passionately I hate them!" - Albert Einstein

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"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it." George Bernard Shaw:

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"Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit." Emma Goldman: