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1/17 to give up illusions about current state of affairs, give up state of affairs that needs illusions...


Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
...Mr. Bush said his goal "is not the conquest of Iraq, it is the liberation of Kuwait." But he also said, "We are determined to knock out Saddam Hussein's nuclear bomb potential. We will also destroy his chemical weapons facilities." ...

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Gen. Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon Wednesday night that those targets had been among those assigned to the first wave of American F-117 Stealth fighter-bombers, F-15 fighter-bombers, British Tornado attack planes and Saudi and Kuwaiti F-15's that raided Iraqi military targets about 3 A.M. local time Thursday (7 P. M. Wednesday Eastern Standard time.) Administration officials also said United States navy ships in the waters off the Arabian Peninsula had fired ground-hugging cruise missiles at targets that had been programmed into their guidance systems for months. The officials said the ships fired a total of 50 Tomahawk missiles in an assault on Iraqi command and communications centers.

Seeking to Avoid Civilians
Mr. Cheney said the initial targets were spread throughout Iraq Kuwait and were chosen to "do everything possible to avoid injury to civilians."...

[Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,168,058]
U.S. Boosts Use of Airstrikes In Iraq, WP, 1/17/8 The U.S. military conducted more than five times as many airstrikes in Iraq last year as it did in 2006,

Mr. Cheney said that the war was just beginning and that "it is likely to run for a long period of time."...

1/13 The Ravaging of Africa; Kenya & Rwanda; Roots of U.S.-Israel Alliance; Pakistan & the "Global War on Terrorism"; Strait

All resistance to u.s./israeli state terror is declared "terrorism": branded al-qaeda, insurgents, Taliban, Hamas, etc.

"U.S. warplanes hammered suspected Sunni militant hide-outs on the southern outskirts of Baghdad on Thursday as part of a wide-ranging military assault on Al Qaeda in Iraq around the country... American aircraft dropped 49,000 pounds of bombs on the lush farm region of Arab Jabour, said military spokeswoman Maj. Alayne Conway, who called it "one of the largest airstrikes since the onset of the war." (emphasis added)
LA. Times 1/11/08

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 12 January 2008.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

1/10/8 U.S. Recession & Reality

Digest note:
A few 'economic news' report links below admit that the 'recession is here', but they are misleadingly framed by the official line that the u.s. 'housing slump'/real estate bubble bursting' is the cause -- not the result -- of what is actually a systemic structural & conjunctural crisis of capital.

This is the driving force behind the desperate u.s. global agenda [aka GWOT]. Why? Only control of Arab energy/oil resources will give u.s. ruling class the leverage necessary for expanded and secured global domination. As Henry Kissinger is reputed to have said, and as 'everyone' knows, “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

Historically, U.S. capital crises have been temporarily 'fixed' by imperialist world wars to eliminate major rivals and expand the global basis for maximizing the accumulation of capital. From its inception, american "manifest destiny" has been the same killer game.

No exception this time around -- except probably the stakes are higher: without this 'fix,' U.S. world supremacy faces extinction at the hands of two counter-forces: the increasing resistance of millions worldwide [aka "terrorists", "al qaeda"] and rapidly growing capitalist rivals China & Russia, with the anti-hegemonic blocs they are forging against U.S. unilateral power. Following the news links are some revealing documents that put current events into their long-simmering geostrategic political context. [more info and docs at]

Note: glossing some very serious signs since finance capital rules

Citigroup could axe 32,000 workers to stem losses

1/7/8 Special Forces on Every Continent in Terror War with Bipartisan Support

The fake 'war on terror' is not conventional imperialist war, whatever the number, it is an imperialist war of a new type: global state terrorism based on the most extreme, most extensive, intensive juggernaut of disinformation, psywarfare, genocide and destruction of nations in modern history ... a fascist and futile attempt for a final solution, to rule the world...U.S."manifest destiny"

The Fourth World War
For two years, the U.S. has pursued the culprits behind the 9/11 atrocities with a vengeance that has shocked and awed ally and enemy alike. But even the devastating attacks on the Afghan and Iraqi regimes don't illustrate the true scope of the campaign, DOUG SAUNDERS reports. While everyone was preoccupied with the fireworks, Washington has quietly deployed thousands of agents in a secretive struggle that may last a lifetime
by Doug Saunders
Globe & Mail/Canada

..."Counterterrorism is now 90 per cent law enforcement and intelligence," said Jonathan Stevenson, a senior strategist with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. "Since Sept. 11, the only overt military actions have been the Predator [missile] strike in Yemen, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq -- and I don't think there will be many more. I think there's a much higher priority placed on law enforcement and intelligence now. It's not a traditional war."...

General Tommy Franks, head of the U.S. Central Command, was in Addis Ababa this summer to announce that Africa's east coast had become a region of great strategic importance. "We are in the midst of World War Four," he told his audience, before imploring them to arrest local Islamist leaders in exchange for $100-million in aid, "with an insidious web of international terrorists."...

1/1/8 U.S. Supremacy vs. Changing Balance of World Power in 2008

Digest note:
The article below, "balance of world power changing rapidly" reveals the urgency driving the rulers of U.S. capital in crisis to expand and secure u.s. domination before it's too late. This desperate juggernaut, billed as a 'war on terror', is boomeranging, exacerbating the very contradictions underlying u.s. capital's strategic weakness that the imperialist world war was designed to relieve. 2008 will bring this world-destroyer closer to extinction as millions more, subjected to its unspeakable murderous misery, rise up. Will you be part of that solution?

Balance of world power is changing rapidly
The Statesman - Kolkata,India
Many wished and believed a decade after the Cold War ended that the future world would be a multipolar one. But at the same time, they also believed that as the overwhelming superpower, US hegemony would persist for at least another 50 years or even longer.
But recent years have shown that this is not the case.
Affected by economic globalisation and the pursuit of profit maximisation, and pushed particularly by “borderless information” and “hi-tech’s invisible hand”, the progress of world multipolarity has not been slow, but has accelerated in recent years.
Changes in the international balance of power have taken place faster than some American “futurists” had expected. Who would have ever imagined that China and India could develop at such surprising speed? Who would have thought that China’s (official) foreign exchange reserve could jump to be the world’s No. 1? Who would have thought that Russia would regain its great power status so rapidly?
After the quick rise of “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), 2007 has witnessed the emergence of “VISTA” (Viet Nam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, and Argentina).

12/29/07 Bhutto Bump-Off: Cui Bono?


Context: Carter democrat Brzezinski's geostrategic analysis & agenda is still the basic bipartisan strategic blueprint --disagreements are tactical
1997 A Geostrategy For Eurasia, by Zbigniew Brzezinski Foreign Affairs,76:5, September/October 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Inc.
1997 THE GRAND CHESSBOARD: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives by Zbigniew Brzezinski


U.S. Fears Greater Turmoil in the Region
President Bush held an emergency meeting of his top foreign policy aides yesterday to discuss the deepening crisis in Pakistan, as administration officials and others explored whether Thursday's assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto marks the beginning of a new Islamic extremist...could affect war in Afghanistan...

U.S. Special Forces to Head to Pakistan
William M. Arkin

12/25/07 Holydays of Tribulation, Terror ...and Resistance

Al Jazeera obtained video footage that appears to show that Iraq's resistance movements are very much in operation, despite the US administration's claims. part 1

Iraqi fighters
Iraq correspondent Hoda Abdel Hamid,
The fighters are adapting to the changing nature of the battlefield [Al Jazeera]
Video: Iraq's resistance fighters. part 2
Weapons - 24 Dec 07
Foreign forces in Iraq are hoping that a much heralded drop in violence in Iraq will continue into the new year. However, in exclusive images obtained by Al Jazeera, it seems fighters from the Islamic Front for Resistance in Iraq (Jami) are merely biding their time and training hard with an array of new weapons in order to drive foreign forces out as soon as possible.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid reports.
Deep in the groves north of Baghdad, a group of fighters are shown on camera participating in an afternoon workshop on the making and use of weapons.
It includes a step-by-step lesson on how to turn an old tank shell into a roadside bomb. It took only 20 minutes to put together a device powerful enough to blow up an armoured vehicle. Two will destroy a tank, the instructors say.Countless videos of these devices' devastating effects are shown on military websites.Roadside bombs are lethal devices that cause the bulk of US soldier casualties to this day.

12/21Iraqi Woman's Xmas Greetings .Liberation Surge for Iraqi Women Holocaust in Gaza Lakota Independence Bl

Iraq Does Exist
By Ghali Hassan
12/16/07 "ICH" -- -- The history of trying to obfuscate the truth and distort the image of Iraq has always been the aim of the U.S. aggression against the people of Iraq. There is the added factor now of new breed of ‘journalists’ and ‘bloggers’ ever on the lookout for a story that will tell Westerners all they need to know about Iraq, its problems, dangers, and prospects. Despite all of this, Iraq remains a nation of proud people struggling to liberate themselves from a murderous colonial Occupation.
In a recent interview ("Iraq Doesn't Exist Anymore") with the self-described ‘leftists’ blogger Mick Whitney, Nir Rosen made untruthful and unsubstantiated statements regarding the situation on the ground in Iraq and the Occupation of that country by U.S. forces and their collaborators.

12/17 C.I.A.:What's New? Renditions Began Under Clinton; Hillary on Law; Border Resistance to Terror; Miami 7 Win for Now

It is extremely dangerous to exercise the constitutional right of free speech in a country fighting to make democracy safe in the world...
These are the gentry who are today wrapped up in the American flag, who shout their claim from the housetops that they are the only patriots, and who have their magnifying glasses in hand, scanning the country for evidence of disloyalty, eager to apply the brand of treason to the men who dare to even whisper their opposition to Junker rule in the United Sates. No wonder Sam Johnson declared that "patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." He must have had this Wall Street gentry in mind, or at least their prototypes, for in every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the people...
Every solitary one of these aristocratic conspirators and would-be murderers claims to be an arch-patriot; every one of them insists that the war is being waged to make the world safe for democracy. What humbug! What rot! What false pretense! These autocrats, these tyrants, these red-handed robbers and murderers, the patriots, while the men who have the courage to stand face to face with them, speak the truth, and fight for their exploited victims -- they are the disloyalists and traitors. If this be true, I want to take my place side by side with the traitors in this fight:
Eugene V. Debs [The Canton, Ohio, Anti-War Speech. June 16, 1918]

For the USA to stop going to war, it needs... a system that puts people before profits.
Jacques Pauwels, author of The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War


But u.s.-israeli state terrorism is no myth

12/11/07 Oil or Nothing: what's the real story?

Digest commentary:

From different angles we hear the U.S. war described as a "war for oil". Many left 'interpretations' of the slippery 'no war for oil' mantra include blaming 'the war on Iraq' on one or more of these: personal Bush/Cheney connections to 'big oil' profits ...(and insanity); Bush religious fanaticism; domestic consumption; "peak oil" production level's diminishing resources; oil price volatility, etc. Sort of like before --and after --Bush the u.s. wasn't, and won't still be, the #1 scourge of the world, as if Bush isn't a vile rabble-rousing figurehead. All scrupulously miss the point. Why?

Partly because the u.s. left is run in reactionary circles by democrats and neoliberal imperialist financiers like George Soros Move-On, cleverly blaming Bush for apparently birthing u.s. global capital's "manifest destiny" agenda. The delusional, disingenuous and very dangerous message here is that the system's electoral representatives are the problem, not the political-economic system they serve, so just give it up to the complicit democrat imperialist criminals. What's the real story where does oil fit into the big picture, where do we?

The u.s. political-economic system is a dictatorship of finance capital (merchant and corporate capital no longer rule) homebased, internationally operative. Capitalist-imperialism. It is seriously sick. The underlying, driving force behind the desperate u.s. juggernaut is a foundational crisis of capital producing potentially lethal strategic weakness and vulnerability for its global dominance. Oil is central for one reason: the means, the political-economic leverage over allies as well as enemies. The only way out of its crisis for u.s. capitalism. The way to hell for most of the world caught in its juggernaut to save its ass through world war. Again.

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