7/11/7 Terror Threats; Iran & Beyond: Imperatives of a Parasitic Class; Al-Qaeda, Covert Op., History of the Car Bomb, Pales

7/1I/7 Disinformation as "News": Media Propagates Czar Chertoff's "hunch"

Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune that he had a "gut feeling" about a new period of increased risk. "Summertime seems to be appealing to them," Chertoff said in his discussion with the newspaper about terrorists. "We worry that they are rebuilding their activities."..."The threat coming out of there is very real, even if there aren't a lot of specifics attached to it," one of the officials said.... Chertoff said he is convinced that terrorists are regrouping...also urged Americans to be watchful for suspicious activities in the wake of recent terror incidents in England and Scotland http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/7/10/205413.shtml?s=ic

Chertoff also took the opportunity to weigh in on the nation's immigration debate, saying that the failure to pass an immigration bill had made the country vulnerable: "What do you think is going to happen to your business when a guy comes across the border with a phony document and blows up a target in Buffalo or Detroit? Do you think the American public is then going to allow the border to remain open?"

The "Use of the Armed Forces" in America under a National Emergency
Unrestricted & Arbitrary Powers conferred to the President & Vice President
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

"We all know the U.S. military is using the name of al-Qaeda to cover attacks against our national resistance fighters and civilians who wish immediate or scheduled withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq,"
Hilmi Saed, Iraqi journalist to IPS Reporter Ali al-Fadhily,Baghdad-based partner of correspondent Dahr Jamail

Al-Qaeda, the Eternal Covert Operation: British "Terror" Incident latest Product of "War on Terror" Propaganda
by Larry Chin

Top commander expects big Iraq strikes:
Sunni extremists may try a series of high-profile attacks ahead of a September report to Congress on progress in Iraq, the top U.S. commander said Saturday, recalling the Tet offensive that torpedoed support for the Vietnam War. http://tinyurl.com/2ww6nr

US Navy sends carrier to Gulf
July 11, 2007
THE US is replacing one of its aircraft carriers in the Gulf, where the Fifth Fleet is keeping an eye on Iran, but the Pentagon said no decision had been made to increase forces in the region. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the USS Enterprise was expected to arrive within weeks in the Gulf, where the US has been flexing its muscles in a standoff with Iran over Tehran's nuclear program that had stocked regional tensions.

state terrorists legalizing their genocidal crimes against humanity
'New rules for new wars'
Conference brings Israeli, US experts together to 'fine tune' international law
Yaakov Lappin
The Geneva Convention on armed conflict and the 100 year-old Hague Rules on war need to be "fine tuned" to meet the challenges posed by 21st century asymmetrical warfare, Israeli and American experts said..."We're not calling for an abandoning of international law or an extreme change, but for an internationally accepted platform,"The Herzliya conference will be followed by a meeting in Washington DC in October, in which experts in international law and national security are expected to list recommendations for reforming international law on warfare.

"Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it."
Arabic Proverb

Iran and Beyond: Total War is Still on the Horizon
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

An invasion of Iran is imminent, because that is the only solution the Bush gang and the corporate mafia it serves can conjure to rally the American people behind their quest for global dominance. The Democratic Party is one with the Republicans in the mission to subjugate Tehran. Although the Iraq war failed to establish a New American Century, the century ain't over, and the imperial ambition remains. Barack Obama stands in the wings with a proposal to add 100,000 new troops to the military - reinforcements for a depleted and overspent machine that has been ground to a halt by Iraqi nationalists. When the ruling class demands unity of the people, they call for war....
The mindset that launched the invasion of Iraq remains embedded in the mentality of the ruling circles of the United States - and compels them to lash out at Iran. Actually, Iran was supposed to have been vanquished, already, rolled up in the euphoria of America-Love that the delusional architects of the Iraq operation imagined existed among the people of the Middle East and the rest of the world. It didn't turn out that way, because it could not. Americans are not loved, because they are not lovable. They kill, big time.

More than half a million deaths later, the same Americans imagine that they can resurrect the cemetery they have created, and make the corpses march under the Red, White, and Blue banner. But that is not possible. There are millions of grieving family members who know who the murderers are: the Americans. These sins will never be forgiven, and they are wounds to the entire Arab family. That's a lot of folks....

The Bush gang's game plan remains the same: to somehow move beyond Iraq into Iran and Central Asia, to secure the geo-resource space that was the original goal of the Iraqi invasion - to change the world balance of power by military force. The Project for the New American Century was their blueprint for world conquest. It would have carried U.S. forces deep into places in Central Asia that most Americans had never heard of. The Americans planned to plant the flag among happy natives trodding atop vast oil and gas fields, and to effectively partition vast stretches of the planet from the Russians, Chinese, Indians, Europeans and anybody else. That was the plan. It failed, and they have no other plan. So they go forward with the old plan...Attack Iran.

In this demonic endeavor, the Bush men have many allies. Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and everybody else among the Democratic candidates but Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel, act like Dracula when the word Iran comes up. Nuke it! Bomb it! Invade it! Punish it!
By doing so, they give a clear sign to the Bush regime that it's alright to launch another war. Indeed, the Republicans cannot possibly win the 2008 election unless there is another war - something the "American people" can coalesce around. The Iraq war is lost. Let's start another one. Time for a New American Century.

In the corporate media, we hear the same nonsense that we were forced to imbibe in 2003, at the time of the invasion. The same craziness that is rooted in American Manifest Destiny, which maintains that the U.S. is God's gift to the world. God's gift can do no wrong, by definition. America is a good force on the Earth. If half a million people die, that's just collateral damage. On to Tehran.

A larger war is looming. This one will be bigger than the current conflict, and might ultimately consume us. The captains of capital - caught in multiple contradictions of their own making - don't know what to do; they are in a box, with no rational way out. The Great Offensive of 2003, of which the conquest of Baghdad was to have been only phase one, was designed to irrevocably alter the global chess board to establish permanent U.S. hegemony over the earth's most vital resources. China, India and Russia would be reduced to supplicants, begging for entrée to the oil and gas spigots. With the world's actual capital - energy resources - under U.S. control, the artificially inflated dollar would be re-established as the uncontested global currency - monopoly money for the monopoly capitalist class that rules in Washington. No more threat from the euro.

Iraqi nationalists stopped the juggernaut in its tracks, and have broken the back of U.S. ground forces. The Iraq invasion was a wakeup call to the world, a warning that the Americans were determined to enslave...everybody. The warning has been duly noted in every world capital. The elites of Indonesia, Malaysia, Latin America and Europe were shocked and awed into an understanding that the U.S. was out to subjugate them. Since 2003, the Americans have been unwelcome at the table of business, excluded from regional conferences and uninvited from development planning events. Nobody wants the bully in the room. Not even the Europeans.

America has been redlined by the global community. Many American corporations understand that, to their horror. Firms that must cultivate goodwill to do business in foreign lands increasingly view the current regime in Washington as an albatross around their necks, poisoning every prospective deal and soiling the company name. But these companies are not at the heart of the ruling cabal, which is centered on finance and military-industrial capital. These non-productive sectors profit by manipulating markets to create unfair advantage - while creating nothing. They are parasites, retarding global development and standing like George Wallace in the door to prevent solution of the manifold crises that pose imminent threats to humanity.

Ultimately, the parasitic class can only maintain its rule by force. Manufacturing nothing, creating no value except on paper, they must finally call upon the Armed Forces to impose their unearned advantage on the planet. Such was the logic of March, 2003. The Great Offensive failed, but the contradictions that compelled the captains of finance capital to order their political servants to wage war, remain - and are in fact more acute than four years ago. They must wage war, again, to fight their way out of the box. And so it is on to Tehran, by sea and by air. It does not matter that the attack may ignite an apocalypse; the ruling parasites cannot envision a world in which they are not supreme...

African Americans have no stake in this coming war, but our misleadership has failed to warn us of its imminence. Stuck in Jim Crow politics, we applaud Senator Barack Obama, a pure imperialist who wants to add 100,000 more troops to the Armed Forces to bolster U.S. capability to shape the world's economies to the advantage of his campaign contributors. Although Black Americans are reflexively suspicious of U.S. motives in the world and have opposed every military adventure since the media decided we were worth polling, we are blind-sided by narrow interests of racial pride.

The crisis of capital is coming to a head. It will be very bloody, not because the people of the world want it so - indeed, everyone wants to avoid it - but because the imperatives of a parasitic class require it. They have unfinished business, and war is their only answer.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.


Prisoner 345
What happened to Al Jazeera’s Sami al-Haj
By Rachel Morris, Columbia Journalism Review
December 15, 2001, early in the morning on the last day of Ramadan, a reporter and a cameraman from Al Jazeera arrived at the Pakistani town of Charman on the Afghanistan border, on their way to cover the American military operation. The reporter, Abdelhaq Sadah, was replacing a colleague, but the cameraman, a Sudanese national named Sami al-Haj, had been on such an assignment before, and had crossed the border without incident. This time, however, an immigration official stopped him. He seemed angry. The official told Sadah that he could go, but "your friend is a wanted man and will stay here."... the official produced a letter from Pakistani intelligence—written, curiously, in English. It said that al-Haj had 'Al Qaeda' ties and should be apprehended. Al-Haj noticed that the passport number in the letter didn’t correspond to the one in his current passport
For the next six months, al-Haj was held in Afghanistan. In early June 2002, he was put on a military plane. In another letter to his lawyer, he explains that his hands were gloved and cuffed and linked to his leg shackles; his mouth was gagged. Every so often, American soldiers removed the gag to feed him peanut butter crackers. The plane landed many hours later. On June 14, al-Haj was given an orange jumpsuit and the ID number 345. He was in Cuba. For the past five years, al-Haj has been the only journalist known to be held in Guantánamo Bay....
In a diary of his hunger strike that he wrote for his lawyers, al-Haj noted that he now weighed 167 pounds after twenty-one days of fasting. Once the weight of a detainee drops to 80 percent of his normal weight, he is required to be "enterally fed," that is, fed liquids through a tube. In his characteristically precise manner, al-Haj described being strapped to a custom-built chair while a doctor pushed a yellow tube down his left nostril until it reached his stomach, then filled it with 250 milliliters of a liquid called Ensure.
By early June, eighteen detainees were refusing food. Al-Haj had not yet received a reply to his letter to the admiral, but he has no intention of stopping. "I will continue the struggle until we get our rights. The strike is the only way that I can protest," he wrote. "Meanwhile, to my wife and son I say, 'Don’t worry. What will happen will happen. One day the sun will shine again, and we will be free. Facts are facts and at last we will prevail.'" 

Phony Terror and Black America
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley, Freedom Rider
The Bush men's scheme to conquer the world, starting with Iraq, is dead in the water, having been thwarted by the Iraqi resistance. However, the domestic component of the offensive continues to roll up a body count of hapless "terror" suspects who, in fact, have hatched no real "plots" nor have any capability of carrying out actual attacks. Entrapment and sting operations, utilizing criminals as agent provocateurs, are designed to make the U.S.
a "State of Fear." True to historical form, the feds ensnare the "usual suspects" - Blacks and Muslims - while leaving Timothy McVeigh's white conspiratorial brethren free to pursue their murderous missions....well publicized cases consisted only of tape recorded loyalty oaths supposedly made to al-Qaeda. Such was the case of Tarik Shah, an African-American convert to Islam and a renowned jazz musician. He and a friend, Dr. Rafiq Sabir, were recorded taking an oath to fight for Islam. Neither man had guns, explosives or a plan to harm anyone. Yet they were charged with supplying material support to al-Qaeda. Shah pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Sabir took his chances with a not guilty plea, was convicted, and may face a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail.
Shah and Sabir are not alone in being victimized by government plots to create phony terror attacks....While black Americans, Muslims and immigrants are being targeted as terror suspects without terror plots, white Christians bomb abortion clinics, plan cyanide attacks and openly advocate murder. The media bring little attention to these cases....
Muslims should probably not mention hating America or Israel to a new friend. That friend may need to create a 'terrorist' to keep himself out of jail. Also, stay clear of taking oaths in Arabic. The next oath you take may be in a court room...
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.Com. Ms. Kimberley' maintains an edifying and frequently updated blog at freedomrider.blogspot.com. More of her work is also available at her Black Agenda Report archive page.

‘War on Terrorism’ Plotted 10 Years Ago
America’s Current Hegemony in Asia Pacific, 2003

..."war on terror," is part of a coherent world strategy conceived more than 10 years ago....

Roots of the grand strategy
The Bush regime's grand strategy for domination and hegemony of the world extends beyond the "war on terrorism." This ambitious strategy can be traced in: the Defense Policy Guidance (DPG) of 1992 and the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) founded in 1997.
The DPG of 1992 is a top secret blueprint for world domination prepared by the Department of Defense (DoD) under then U.S. President George Bush, Sr. Its vision is world domination by the unilateral use of U.S. military power to ensure Pax Americana; the assertion of the U.S.’ global interests; and thwarting the rise of any possible power competitor in the future. DPG particularly stresses America’s non-accountability to its partners and to international laws and institutions. It also recommends a more unilateral and pre-emptive role in attacking its perceived enemies (terrorist threats and confronting rogue states seeking weapons of mass destruction or WMDs).
In DPG, the “war on terrorism” is unveiled. This war to be launched by the American Empire must be seen as a pretext of a bigger strategy for projecting U.S. military power around the world, especially Eurasia, and doing away with the multilateral and institutional constraints that undermine Washington's will and power.
The PNAC of 1997 ... seeks to consolidate and preserve Pax Americana through the 21st Century primarily by military power/hegemony and secondarily, by economic hegemony. In other words, to create a truly global empire by military force. "At no time in history has the international security order been as conducive to American interests and ideals. The challenge of this coming century is to preserve and enhance this 'American peace,'" its vision partly states.
In 2000, an election year in the United States, the men behind PNAC came up with a report, "Rebuilding America's Defenses - Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century." Its authors acknowledged that the paper was based on the 1992 DPG. ...

All these programs being pursued under Bush ... some were in fact begun by his predecessor, Bill Clinton,...

Translating the blueprints for U.S. global hegemony and domination into military strategies and doctrines: [*see docs. following this article]

America’s economic, geopolitical and military objectives in Asia Pacific
For more than a century, America has considered itself the dominant hegemon in Asia Pacific, having conquered Samoa, Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines and invaded China to repress the Boxer Rebellion; it has also fought three major wars in Asia. U.S. trade with Asia Pacific surpasses that with Europe, with more than $500 billion in trade and investment of more than $150 billion. About 400,000 U.S. non-military citizens live and conduct business in the region.
Meanwhile, Southeast Asia (pop.: 525 million) has a combined GNP of $700 billion and is America's 5th largest trading partner and $35 billion direct investment (1998) in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore; most of Fortune's Top 500 TNCs have significant interests in the region. There are vast oil and gas reserves in Indonesia and Brunei; as well as in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
To the United States, furthermore, Southeast Asia is "a place of great geopolitical consequence" because it sits aside some of the world's most critical sealanes. According to the Council on Foreign Relations which advises Bush Jr., more than $1.3 trillion in merchandise trade passed through the Strait of Malacca and Lombok in 1999 (nearly half of the world trade) including crucial supplies from the Persian Gulf to Japan, South Korea and China. South China Sea particularly Spratlys and Paracels are believed to have significant oil reserves."

Especially today, the United States wants to make sure the control of these sealanes does not fall into the hands of its “enemies.” These sealanes are a strategic part of the network of oil extraction, production and distribution which is being consolidated by the United States linking the Caspian and Gulf Regions, Asian oil and natural gas fields and markets and the American mainland.

Bush’s imperial thinkers and power players show a particular bias on Asia Pacific. Among these are RAND Corporation (funded by Pentagon particularly U.S. Air Force; formerly chaired by Donald Rumsfeld with Zalmay Khalilzad as senior consultant); the Council on Foreign Relations; Center for Security Policy (which is also identified with Rumsfeld) - headed by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. with 8 top CEOs from defense contractors on its board); Carlyle Group (headed by Frank Carlucci, ex-deputy director of CIA and former defense secretary of Reagan; with Bush Sr. and Fidel V. Ramos as Asian advisers). Carlyle is actually the U.S.'s 11th largest defense contractor with significant interest in Asia; Heritage Foundation...

In 2001, RAND came up with a report, "The United States and Asia: Toward a New U.S. Strategy and Force Posture." This report recommends shifting U.S. forces toward the Philippines, Guam, Southeast Asia and other countries close to Taiwan. The report’s lead author was Zalmay Khalilzad.
A year earlier, this think tank in a report, "The Role of Southeast Asia in U.S. Strategy Toward China," also stressed that China's emergence as a major regional power over the next 10-15 years could intensify U.S.-China competition in Southeast Asia and increase the potential for armed conflict. "Economic growth in the region, which is important to the economic security of the U.S., depends on preserving American presence and influence in the region and unrestricted access to sea lanes," RAND said.
The Council on Foreign Relations, on the other hand, in a Memorandum to Bush Jr. in May 2001 ("The U.S. and Southeast Asia: A Policy Agenda for the New Administration") argued for a more assertive U.S. military stance in the region: "The (Bush Jr.) administration should preserve a credible military presence and a viable regional training and support infrastructure" specifying "high-priority efforts" in the areas of "joint and combined military training exercises and individual and small group exchanges and training."
The Heritage Foundation also argued that the "war against terrorism" would ultimately be pursued in Southeast Asia with or without the express approval of local governments. ...

... most public declarations and policy statements made by the U.S. government emphasize that the targets of America's current security objectives are to prevent the rise of a regional hegemon like China, "regime change" in North Korea for "possession of WMDs", to wage war against "transnational terrorism" and "insurgencies" and other security threats.
But the secret reports, security strategies, doctrines and actuations of the U.S. government that give emphasis on the use of military power reveal beyond reasonable doubt that the main objective is to consolidate and preserve U.S. hegemony and domination in Asia Pacific and the whole world. The objective is to prolong [note: and expand] Pax Americana through the 21st Century.

America’s current hegemonic operations in Asia Pacific
Today in Asia Pacific, the United States aggressively pursues its agenda for the region. It maintains the largest military command here (U.S. Pacific Command of USPACOM). PACOM interacts with the armed forces of 14 of Asia Pacific's 45 countries. The number of U.S. troops on land and afloat in the region has surpassed those forward-deployed in Europe: 100,000 troops are based in Japan (60,000) and South Korea (37,000), with the rest in Guam, afloat or on various attachments.
The U.S.-Japan alliance - the linchpin of U.S. security in the region, with Japan playing an increasingly aggressive role. Bilateral military alliances with Australia, Thailand and the Philippines; reinforced by access or basing agreements with Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

The United States also relies on a stronger military partnership with Australia while seeking a new strategic partnership with India and Pakistan. It plans to reinstall its military bases in Southeast Asia (either in the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia or Singapore). It is also laying the ground for a regional military alliance or treaty in the guise of fighting terrorism.

The Sept. 11, 2001 events, which ignited Bush's "war without borders" (or "Operation Enduring Freedom"), were seized upon to reverse the decline of the U.S. military presence in Asia Pacific and to aggressively assert U.S. hegemonic interests. In this regard, the Bush regime opened the "second front" in Bush's "war without borders" using the Philippines as a template (or model) for greater military presence and power projection in the region. The Philippines will serve as the epicenter in the new U.S. military strategy in the circumference of Asia Pacific.

It has also increased military aid to Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines and other countries; increased arms sales. It has also increased military trainings and funds to support these as well as "forward-deployed forces" and enhanced their capability through the deployment of Special Operations Forces, covert operations, war materiel and other equipment.

It is launching renewed offensive moves against North Korea's plan to build a missile defense system in the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. hegemony in Asia Pacific is a reality and showcases a strategic part of the American Empire that is undergoing consolidation with a vision that will last through the 21st Century.... It is an empire imposed upon the world by America's ruling regime on behalf of corporate giants, the military-industrial-media complex, the oil-igarchy and other elite interests. It is an empire that is supported by right-wing power players, militarists, free market ideologues, Jewish neo-conservatives, leaders of the Christian and Catholic right and anti-socialists. Under Bush Jr., the military-industrial complex is no longer invisible - it has become the most visible, most articulate and most aggressive driving force behind America's wars for world hegemony and domination today.

In order to preserve the American Empire that will rule the world for as long as can be sustained, the strategists and politico-military leaders of this grand project are more and more relying on the use of military power precisely because America's economic power is on the decline. America's right-wing leaders and militarists believe that economic impositions through the instruments of the Bretton Woods institutions (the IMF, WB, GATT-WTO) no longer suffice to preserve American hegemony and domination of the world... they believe that the American Empire cannot exist under current international law, ethical concepts, multilateralism and global institutions like the United Nations because of the constraints and impediments that these pose on America's will and action... the concept of Pax Americana should be asserted through unipolar military superiority, warlordism, aggression, moral absolutism and a global ideological offensive using U.S. media oligopolies. Their ideological offensive centers on drumming up an apocalyptic conflict between "Good and Evil."...Using the pretext of "war against terrorism" and other so-called threats to the security of the region, the U.S. government is increasingly and steadily deploying its forces; building and rebuilding its military bases; forming and training more surrogate armies; securing stronger and more reliable military alliances and security partnerships, gaining more access to ports, airfields and air spaces. But soon the combat missions that we now see in the Philippines particularly in Mindanao will be replicated throughout the Philippines, in Southeast Asia and other parts of the Asia Pacific. America's objective in Asia Pacific is to maintain a strong military power never seen before in the entire history of the region.

U.S. military power in the region addresses the American Empire's strategic objectives to contain the rise of power competitors such as - but not limited to - China, and deter the growth of other threats to its hegemony including revolutionary movements and the rise of independent regimes.
Because Asia Pacific is a vast mass of land and sea territory with huge economic and geopolitical potentials, and because it is contiguous to the American mainland and its Pacific territories, this region remains of strategic interest to the United States. Without a strong power projection in Asia Pacific, America's drive for global hegemony and domination will be threatened.

To the peoples of Asia Pacific however the threat to their independence and security is and will always be U.S. imperialism. So much blood has been spilled because of U.S. imperialism which has been asserting itself here for more than a century. The independence, sovereignty, freedom, self-determination and economic growth of many nations - including the possible reunification of countries divided by post-war U.S. intervention in the region - are always threatened because of U.S. imperialism. Tensions and instabilities particularly in the Korean Peninsula, in the China-Taiwan conflict and other hotpots in the region are heightened because of U.S. interventionism.

But, just as the previous world wars led to the rise of independence and liberationist movements throughout the world, the U.S. "war on terrorism" has led to the reawakening of the peoples of Asia Pacific to the real threat to humanity. More and more peoples are standing up against U.S. imperialism. Especially in Muslim countries, the "war against terrorism" is beginning to appear as a war against the world particularly against Muslims who oppose foreign domination. Today, the more U.S. imperialism displays its arrogance and military power, the more resistance it will generate.

George W. Bush, Jr. [note: the bipartisan U.S. ruling class' state] has declared a "war against terrorism" - a "war without borders" and without time limit. This, he said, is America's "war of the century." Let us instead turn America's "war of the century" into the "Century's War Against U.S. [note: state terrorist] Imperialism." Bulatlat.com

*This paper is the guiding text of a power point presentation during a Workshop on Asia-Pacific at the International Conference on War and Globalization, March 1, 2003, School of Economics, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. The workshop was sponsored by Bayan and the International League of Peoples’ Struggle while the entire conference was organized by IBON Foundation.


Excerpts From Pentagon's Plan: 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival'
NYT March 8, 1992
Following are excerpts from the Pentagon's Feb. 18 draft of the Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999: This Defense Planning guidance addresses the fundamentally new situation which has been created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the internal as well as the external empire, and the discrediting of Communism as an ideology with global pretensions and influence. The new international environment has also been shaped by the victory of the United States and its coalition allies over Iraqi aggression -- the first post-cold-war conflict and a defining event in U.S. global leadership. In addition to these two victories, there has been a less visible one, the integration of Germany and Japan into a U.S.-led system of collective security and the creation of a democratic "zone of peace."

1996 A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
Following is the policy blueprint prepared for incoming Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu by The U.S. Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies’ "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000." The main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser participated.

1997: THE GRAND CHESSBOARD: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives
Zbigniew Brzezinski

1997 A geostrategy for Eurasia, by Zbigniew Brzezinski
Foreign Affairs,76:5, September/October 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Inc.


1999 The Brookings Institution: China, Russia, Middle East, OIL & U.S. Geostrategy for Global Domination: China's Changing Oil Strategy and its Foreign Policy Implications
...the Middle East's share of China's oil imports, fluctuating roughly about 50%, could conceivably grow to 80% or more in the year 2010. Henceforth, with such a heavy dependence on the Middle East for oil, U.S. strategic domination over the entire region, including the whole lane of sea communications from the strait of Hormuz, will be perceived as the primary vulnerability of China's energy supply. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the key objective of China's oil strategy will be to avoid this strategic vulnerability.

2000 Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century: A Report of The Project for the New American Century
The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is a neo-conservative think tank with strong ties to the American Enterprise Institute. PNAC's web site says it was "established in the spring of 1997" as "a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership."
PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences" advocates total U.S. global primacy...

2000 “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century”
http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf, basically transformed into the NSS of USA ...

2002 United States Government, National Security Strategy of the United States /NSS of USA


2004 THE PENTAGON’S NEW MAP: War & Peace in the 21st. Century 
by Thomas P.M. Barnett, U.S. Naval War College

"Under this plan Iraq would cease to exist" : to destroy Arab nationalism, a major obstacle to U.S. CONTROL of the "middle east' necessary for U.S. global hegemony:

1] U.S. Considers Dividing Iraq Into Three Separate States After Saddam Is Gone
FORECASTS & TRENDS, Oct 1, 2002 http://www.profutures.comarticle.php/91/%20
Stratfor.com http://www.stratfor.com/ reports that one of the leading long-term strategies being considered by US war planners is to divide Iraq into three separate regions. Under this plan Iraq would cease to exist. [empasis added]
Stratfor says that such a plan reportedly was discussed at an unusual meeting between Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and pro-US Iraqi Sunni opposition members in London in July. Further, they say that in September, the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, stated that the US goal in Iraq was to create a United Hashemite Kingdom that would encompass Jordan and Iraq's Sunni areas. Also, Israeli terrorism expert Ehud Sprinzak recently echoed this sentiment on Russian television on September 24. According to Stratfor, Sprinzak stated that the authors of the "Hashemite" plan are Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, both considered the most hawkish of Bush administration officials.[...]

2] 2004 Rand study “U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11”
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali, exec. editor American Muslim Perspective
Rand study titled “U.S. Strategy in the Muslim WorldAfter 9/11” suggests exploiting Sunni, Shiite and Arab, non-Arab divides to promote the US policy objectives inthe Muslim world. [...]

By Pepe Escobar
The plan [to break up Iraq] allegedly conceived by David Philip, a former White House adviser working for the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)[...]

5] Iraq's Partition
The U.S. will... work to dissolve the Iraqi nation and state into three independent statelets under a powerless sham national government and, of course, total U.S. control (...) As Col. Lang emphasizes, the seeds for partioning were laid when Cheney and the neocon figures around him ordered the Iraqi army to be disbanded and the de-Baathification of the Iraqi government, its total annulment. The idea of partitioning Iraq may even have been the very reason for the war. The New Middle East expression goes back to the [see above] 1996 "Clean Break" document (pdf) prepared by U.S. as a strategy for Israel's Netanyahu government. The first modern partition Iraq argument was made by Zionist strategist Oded Yinon in 1982. In A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties he recommends: In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi'ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north. The now imminent, new policy of partitioning Iraq is indeed only the announcement of the result of a process that has been the plan and the policy all along. This is a real "Mission Accomplished" moment...

6] Civil war likely in Iraq, not necessarily negative
Tony Jones Interview with Daniel Pipes
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 02/03/06

7] Scholars Recommend Dividing Iraq Into 3
AP Diplomatic Writer, 7/5/7
With President Bush's war strategy clouded by limited results and mounting casualties, two scholars are proposing a partition plan that would divide Iraq into three main regions. The authors, Edward P. Joseph of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, are hoping to draw the attention of Bush administration policymakers. The three main spheres proposed in the report would be Shiite, Sunni and Kurdistan. The Kurds already control Kurdistan.

8] Biden supports three-part Iraq split: Plan maintains limited central government
Biden and Gelb, president emeritus of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, introduced their five-point plan for Iraq in a May 2006 op-ed piece in the New York Times. http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070304/NEWS/7...

9] The Case for 'Soft Partition' in Iraq
Saban Center Analysis, Number 12, June 2007
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University


Hamas' stand
An official of the movement describes its goals for all of Palestine.
By Mousa Abu Marzook
MOUSA ABU MARZOOK is the deputy of the political bureau of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement.
July 10, 2007

Damascus, Syria — HAMAS' RESCUE of a BBC journalist from his captors in Gaza last week was surely cause for rejoicing. But I want to be clear about one thing: We did not deliver up Alan Johnston as some obsequious boon to Western powers.

It was done as part of our effort to secure Gaza from the lawlessness of militias and violence, no matter what the source. Gaza will be calm and under the rule of law — a place where all journalists, foreigners and guests of the Palestinian people will be treated with dignity. Hamas has never supported attacks on Westerners, as even our harshest critics will concede; our struggle has always been focused on the occupier and our legal resistance to it — a right of occupied people that is explicitly supported by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Yet our movement is continually linked by President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to ideologies that they know full well we do not follow, such as the agenda of Al Qaeda and its adherents. But we are not part of a broader war. Our resistance struggle is no one's proxy, although we welcome the support of people everywhere for justice in Palestine.

The American efforts to negate the will of the Palestinian electorate by destroying our fledgling government have not succeeded — rather, the U.S.-assisted Fatah coup has only multiplied the problems of Washington's "two-state solution."

Mr. Bush has for the moment found a pliant friend in Abu Mazen, a "moderate" in the American view but one who cannot seriously expect to command confidence in the streets of Gaza or the West Bank after having taken American arms and Israeli support to depose the elected government by force. We deplore the current prognosticating over "Fatah-land" versus "Hamastan." In the end, there can be only one Palestinian state.

But what of the characterization by the West of our movement as beyond the pale of civilized discourse? Our "militant" stance cannot by itself be the disqualifying factor, as many armed struggles have historically resulted in a place at the table of nations. Nor can any deny the reasonableness of our fight against the occupation and the right of Palestinians to have dignity, justice and self-rule.

Yet in my many years of keeping an open mind to all sides of the Palestine question — including those I spent in an American prison, awaiting Israeli "justice" — I am forever asked to concede the recognition of Israel's putative "right to exist" as a necessary precondition to discussing grievances, and to renounce positions found in the Islamic Resistance Movement's charter of 1988, an essentially revolutionary document born of the intolerable conditions under occupation more than 20 years ago.

The sticking point of "recognition" has been used as a litmus test to judge Palestinians. Yet as I have said before, a state may have a right to exist, but not absolutely at the expense of other states, or more important, at the expense of millions of human individuals and their rights to justice. Why should anyone concede Israel's "right" to exist, when it has never even acknowledged the foundational crimes of murder and ethnic cleansing by means of which Israel took our towns and villages, our farms and orchards, and made us a nation of refugees?

Why should any Palestinian "recognize" the monstrous crime carried out by Israel's founders and continued by its deformed modern apartheid state, while he or she lives 10 to a room in a cinderblock, tin-roof United Nations hut? These are not abstract questions, and it is not rejectionist simply because we have refused to abandon the victims of 1948 and their descendants.

As for the 1988 charter, if every state or movement were to be judged solely by its foundational, revolutionary documents or the ideas of its progenitors, there would be a good deal to answer for on all sides. The American Declaration of Independence, with its self-evident truth of equality, simply did not countenance (at least, not in the minds of most of its illustrious signatories) any such status for the 700,000 African slaves at that time; nor did the Constitution avoid codifying slavery as an institution, counting "other persons" as three-fifths of a man. Israel, which has never formally adopted a constitution of its own but rather operates through the slow accretion of Basic Laws, declares itself explicitly to be a state for the Jews, conferring privileged status based on faith in a land where millions of occupants are Arabs, Muslims and Christians.

The writings of Israel's "founders" — from Herzl to Jabotinsky to Ben Gurion — make repeated calls for the destruction of Palestine's non-Jewish inhabitants: "We must expel the Arabs and take their places." A number of political parties today control blocs in the Israeli Knesset, while advocating for the expulsion of Arab citizens from Israel and the rest of Palestine, envisioning a single Jewish state from the Jordan to the sea. Yet I hear no clamor in the international community for Israel to repudiate these words as a necessary precondition for any discourse whatsoever. The double standard, as always, is in effect for Palestinians.

I, for one, do not trouble myself over "recognizing" Israel's right to exist — this is not, after all, an epistemological problem; Israel does exist, as any Rafah boy in a hospital bed, with IDF shrapnel in his torso, can tell you. This dance of mutual rejection is a mere distraction when so many are dying or have lived as prisoners for two generations in refugee camps. As I write these words, Israeli forays into Gaza have killed another 15 people, including a child. Who but a Jacobin dares to discuss the "rights" of nations in the face of such relentless state violence against an occupied population?

I look forward to the day when Israel can say to me, and millions of other Palestinians: "Here, here is your family's house by the sea, here are your lemon trees, the olive grove your father tended: Come home and be whole again." Then we can speak of a future together.

Palestinian Resistance Cuts the Gordian Knot:
On the Expulsion of U.S./Israeli-Backed Gangster Elements from the Gaza Strip
Submitted by Gary Zatzman the following is a synthesis of a two-part collectively composed article:

These moments in Occupied Palestine and on the world scale are bringing out the very best and the very worst which human civilization has given rise to: either solutions to the problems faced by the people based on fundamental principles of international law, or anarchy raised to the level of authority.
On June 14-15, the military arm of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement (the Qassam Brigades) seized the headquarters, training facilities and arms caches of U.S.-financed, Israeli-backed gangs in the Gaza Strip. It dissolved their organization, the so-called Preventive Security Force, and put its head Mohammed Dahlan and his hired staff and allies to flight. Hamas reiterated that the Palestinians are one people but that resisting the Zionist occupation requires stopping the hands of those who act as its tools -- even if some of these are Palestinian. It did this through al Aqsa TV, broadcasting messages to Gaza's 1.5 million people to reassure them, as the fighting turned from clashes to an all out assault on Dahlan held positions.
It was not an attack on Fatah, on Gaza's people or a coup d'etat the broadcasts insisted. Those under attack were the Dahlan gangs that had arrested and tortured thousands of partisans and were "collaborators with Israel and the U.S. and traitors." The London Observer reported from Gaza on June 17: "As Hamas consolidated its grip on the narrow coastal strip last week, it produced a former senior member of Fatah Khaled Abu Helal on its TV station to say that he welcomed Hamas' cleansing of Fatah of its collaborators and traitors. He announced too that he would be forming a new Fatah committee to oversee the organization." The London Observer further reports: "The collaboration of Fatah members with Hamas was also suggested strongly by other witnesses. One told The Observer that some officers in the Presidential Guard had sent their men home as the fighting began. Another Hamas official, the spokesman for its Qassam Brigades, Abu Obaida, insisted there was co-ordination between the two sides as the purge went on: 'Today is a day of mercy and unity,' he said on Friday. 'Hamas has issued a full pardon to all the security leaders and personnel who participated in the fight against Hamas. Our fight is not against Fatah, the one with the long history in the struggle, but against just one group of Fatah agents who were following the Zionist agenda. The decent people of Fatah were co-ordinating with us and are happy we have got rid of the corrupt people of Fatah. Now we have to enforce law and order.'"

The dramatic assertions widely spread by the Western media and different governments that the events in Gaza represented the unleashing of a fratricidal civil war and a coup d'etat by Hamas do not correspond with the facts. Such disinformation is perfidy, the stock in trade of those who accuse the Palestinians of the very crime of inciting a reactionary civil war and the decapitation of the Palestine National Authority that they themselves were planning to commit. It is the U.S.-organized force which is striving to exploit the just resistance in Gaza to their advantage by proclaiming an "emergency government" (which Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh immediately denounced as "unconstitutional"), seizing the funds of the National Unity Government, carrying through a coup d'etat, and implementing the U.S.-Zionist program to dismember Occupied Palestine through subversion and blunt force. There can therefore be no doubt as to what is the real purpose of the disinformation surrounding the events in Palestine.
While untrue reports of the "peaceful and humanitarian" response of Israel and the Fatah faction are stressed, the U.S., Israel and their abettors camouflage the dangerous agenda they are poised to implement: the invasion of Gaza and the annexation of the West Bank.
The aim running as a black thread through all these developments is to conceal the real role of the forces in play, criminalize and demonize on the basis of fabrication those who refuse to submit to the U.S.-Israeli dictate and to prepare a fresh basis for new repression and widening of the conflict in the Middle East.

Behind the Curtain of Disinformation
Various international media have already begun to admit that this decisive act has put an end for the time being to much of the civil disorder that had become endemic throughout the Gaza Strip. This Mediterranean coastal enclave, home to more than 1.5 million people subject to an Israeli military occupation since June 1967, is sandwiched between the State of Israel and the Egyptian border in a landmass whose area would fit several times inside that of Greater Toronto. It has come to be described as "the world's largest open air prison."

The real facts are as follows. These events marked the culmination of a months long struggle that developed out of the January 25, 2006 electoral victory of the Change and Reform slate sponsored by Hamas in the national elections for the Palestine Legislative Council. The candidates of the national slate came from diverse backgrounds, including a Christian Palestinian candidate. Fourteen of the elected lawmakers were political prisoners held in Israeli jails. Far from being a religious vote as portrayed by the media, this was a vote against occupation and for resistance, a vote for the sovereign rights of the Palestinian people and democratic governance. Within hours of the result, George W. Bush, president of the United States, which had carried out direct and indirect interference in the election including the expenditure of several millions of "aid" dollars on behalf of individual Fatah candidates to dictate a favourable outcome to it, arrogantly declared: "I've made it very clear that the United States does not support political parties that want to destroy our ally Israel and that people must renounce that part of their platform." He further stated: "I don't see how you can be a partner in peace if you advocate the destruction of a country as part of your platform. And I know you can't be a partner in peace if you have, if your party has got an armed wing." This treacherous behaviour is in conformity with the attitude toward foreign policy typical of the ruling circles of the Anglo-American countries: instead of a policy based on international law, of respect for the legitimate rights of all peoples based on the UN Charter including non-interference in their internal affairs, a policy is pursued of using every means, down to and including calumny, for the purpose of weakening an entire people, exploiting them for narrow selfish interests and striving to strengthen the position of the foreign occupying power at their expense. According to Bush, only those political platforms and political parties sanctioned by the U.S. are permissible.

Instigating a Coup against the Palestinian National Authority
The leader of the Fatah faction, Mahmoud Abbas, retained the presidency of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) as the president is elected separately. However, the result of the election meant he otherwise lost control of the administration and cabinet of the PNA. The United States and Israel mobilized the European Union and others to inflict a massive financial embargo and other sanctions designed to "put the Palestinians on a diet," i.e., starve them into submission, as the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert infamously boasted. The sanctions, including the arrogation by Israel of Palestinian tax revenues estimated at more than 700 million U.S. dollars, as well as U.S. bullying of Arab and Palestinian banks to refrain from transferring Arab aid money to the cash strapped Palestinian government, further crippled the Palestinian economy, impoverished Palestinians perhaps as never before and pushed tens of thousands of Palestinian families to the brink of starvation.

Ahead of virtually the entire international community, one of the first acts of Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay of the newly installed Harper Conservative government in Ottawa was to withdraw Canada's financial support for the Palestinian Authority, citing Hamas as a "terrorist organization." The previous Liberal government, utilizing the hysteria created after the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City, had through executive decree proscribed Hamas (as it did Hizbullah, the Lebanese resistance organization) in such terms -- falsely portraying them as "jihadists" as if they too were poised to launch attacks within Canada, as a means of isolating popular support and sympathy for the Palestine resistance amongst the Canadian people. However, the Palestinians -- or, more accurately, the majority -- refused to be duped by the conspiratorial Americans and their collaborators and agents into revolting against Hamas and cutting each other's throats.

The Bush Administration promised $42 million, then $50 million, then $80 million, then $60 million and (most recently) finally authorized $40 million to finance the outfitting and maintenance of a U.S.-directed and -trained "Palestinian National Guard" under Abbas' Presidential office. It is known that this is led by his right hand man Muhammad Dahlan, operating entirely independently of the civilian control of the PNA Ministry of the Interior. The Presidential Guard at Anzar in Gaza City also received a significant amount of light weaponry such as assault rifles and ammunition, all in coordination with Israel. Washington's plan was widely reported to have been devised by Elliot Abrams, co-responsible for the Venezuelan coup attempt in 2002. The CIA plan also involved "strategic advice" to politicians and some liberal secular parties as well as mercenary journalists that agreed to work against Hamas.

By the spring of last year, the plans of various elements from this informal imperial coalition to instigate a coup against the Palestinian National Authority were openly discussed over the Internet and in other media to be followed by a blood purge of Hamas for daring to struggle and daring to win. The deafening propaganda from the U.S. and Israel was that the Palestinians were submitting to "Islamic terrorism" by even tolerating, let alone voting for Hamas. The "civilized world" would not be long in fixing this malady, they said. On April 30, 2007 the Jordanian newspaper Al-Majd further published an important, 16-page secret document, an "Action Plan for the Palestinian Presidency," based on a Jordanian government translation of a reputed U.S. intelligence document, that called for undermining and replacing the Palestinian national unity government. The Hashemite Jordanian government, which is suggesting that it could re-annex the West Bank as its own "peace" plan, immediately shut this newspaper down. In May, the undersecretary general of the United Nations and its envoy to the Middle East, Alvaro de Soto submitted to the UN Secretary General a detailed document, frankly accusing "the United States of a plot to depose the Palestinian government from power at any price, even the price of a bloody civil war."

Now it is these same forces of "civilization" that are in quite a fix. In 1947-48, they were puffed up with the greatest arrogance over the success of the first partition of Palestine. They were supremely confident of the permanence of the humiliation and Nakba that their creation of the State of Israel would inflict on Arab peoples in general and the Palestinians in particular. In 1967, the Zionist praetorian guard of this "civilization" instigated the June Israeli Arab war to divide the Arab world. It redivided the Palestinians at the same time by placing under a brutal military occupation those in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who were outside the immediate jurisdiction of Israel.

These last four decades of denial by the Zionists of any of the just claims of the Palestinian resistance and people on these occupied territories served to blind these same "forces of civilization" from recognizing the authority that this resistance has always enjoyed among the Palestinian people. That resistance enjoys such authority as the guarantor of the unquenchable national aspirations of the Palestinian people that the Fatah slate was voted out of office in January 2006 for betraying that trust.

Notwithstanding the self-serving discourse of the "forces of civilization" that the Palestinians are thus "hopelessly divided," progressive forces everywhere defending the right of peoples to self-determination grasp and recognize that Palestine in its own right is "a land, a people, a history, a future." As such, it is not reducible to some obstacle to be demolished by imperialism and its Zionist tools. The Palestinian resistance continues to develop stepwise within definite conditions. Various forms of organization have been developed and followed to the extent that they serve the advancement of the struggle for self-determination within those conditions.

The Resistance Prevails
The broad principle of the entire Palestine people as a liberation organization has remained well entrenched since 1948. Based on the general principle that the liberation of the Palestinian homeland is first and foremost a deed of the Palestinian people themselves, however dispersed, since 1964 many forms of resistance were developed. These forms were under the umbrella of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) led by Yasser Arafat as head of its Fatah faction. Many of these forms and arrangements had to be shed as developments internally and outside Palestine placed new demands on their struggle, such as the first Palestinian Intifadah (uprising) in the West Bank and Gaza in December 1987 which lasted until 1992. Some of these arrangements, like the Oslo Accords of 1993, were desperate gambles that could never be turned to the account of a Palestinian nation-building project. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the U.S. wanted to block re-entry into the region of any other foreign imperial power. Israel would use the Oslo Accords to institute a stranglehold of military checkpoints (and later, the apartheid annexation wall throughout the West Bank) in order to steal more Palestinian land for Zionist colonization. Some Palestinians, desperately seeking accommodation with the occupier, began to feel the second Al Aqsa Intifadah unleashed by Palestinian youth and civil society in September 2001 was burning their feet. Yet throughout, the Palestinians' steadfast resistance to occupation and national humiliation never ceased even for a single moment. To date, this resistance has never given the progressive forces any grounds to doubt where final victory will lie. Furthermore, Palestinians have been impelled by a growing conviction that the opposition of many of the Arab regimes to Israel was not based on principle but on rivalry for favour with the imperial court, in which they aimed to use the Palestinian question as their bargaining chip. However, time and time again the facts show that nothing will stop the Palestinians! Last week's events proved this truth once again.
A year ago, in response to many events -- the intensified military shelling of the Gazan population, the forcible kidnapping by Israel of different Hamas elected members, cabinet members and officials of the PNA (including the Speaker of the Palestinian legislative council, Aziz Duweik, his deputy Mahmoud Ramahi, and the deputy Prime Minister Nasserdin al Shae'er from their homes in the West Bank), and the various internal coups being plotted against its leadership of the Palestine Legislative Council -- the Palestinian resistance unfolded a new level of struggle against the military forces of Israeli occupation when they staged a successful action to push the occupier's armed forces further back behind Gaza's perimeter and captured Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier. Every funeral of a Palestinian martyr slain by Israeli targeted assassination became the occasion for massive popular rallies.

The response from Israeli forces and their media was frantic. The calls in the Knesset and media escalated to "transfer Palestinians!" not only from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, but also from Israel proper (those Palestinian lands occupied since 1948). The open fascists publicly declared Israel's Arab citizens a fifth column (nearly 25 per cent of the population). The Israeli Zionist armed forces, under the pretext of freeing a captured soldier, bombed or destroyed the bulk of Gaza's civilian infrastructure, including schools, colleges, streets, bridges, charities as well as thousands of homes and the only power station, forcing 1.5 million Gazans to live in total or partial darkness. It exposed once again the enormous vulnerability of the Zionist hierarchs. Whenever organized Palestinian resistance emerges right under their nose they are submerged within the reactionary public opinion of their supporting ghetto of people of mostly Jewish origins from Europe, the former Soviet Union and the U.S. The most remarkable feature at that particular moment however, was the evident paralysis of the Olmert government in Tel Aviv.

A few weeks later, Hizbullah forces inside Lebanon responded with a militarily organized resistance action against violation of the border by Israeli forces, capturing two more Israeli soldiers. In this moment, the Zionists retaliated full bore, unleashing a 34-day orgy of bloodletting, bombing Beirut and other major urban population centres throughout Lebanon, dropping more than 1.5 million cluster bombs throughout southern Lebanon, slaughtering more than a thousand innocent civilians and displacing tens of thousands more, while attempting to assassinate the leaders of Hizbullah.

The governments of other U.S. allies could not find foxholes fast enough in which to dive out of the way of inquisitive reporters. However, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper waded in to declare that the Israeli military assault was a "measured response." Michael Ignatieff, running at that time for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, refused to condemn as a war crime the deliberate slaughter by Israelis of more than 50 civilians in Qana near a UN observer post. The Canadian corporate media openly questioned why the government should pay one cent of the cost of evacuating from the war zone Canadian citizens let alone residents mostly of Lebanese origin.

When the internal organization and morale of the Israeli government's own forces, especially those confronting the Lebanese resistance at the border, seemed to reach breaking point and to the consternation of the Western powers mass demonstrations began to develop throughout the world against the Israeli aggression, such as the more than 100,000 people in London, the 75,000 in Montreal, etc., the U.S. rushed to the rescue of their Zionist proxy with the face saving ceasefire Resolution 1701 in the UN Security Council.

The determined stand of the Lebanese national resistance to the ferocious U.S.-backed Zionist assault led by Hizbullah and based amongst the people and villages of southern Lebanon, marked a major watershed and turning point for the oppressed peoples of all the Arab countries in general and for the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance struggle in particular. No longer did the people flee their villages in the face of the customary Israeli terror as in 1948; their presence is vital to the resistance. Hizbullah was seen as having won. The ascendant peoples of Palestine and Lebanon buried the myth of Zionist invincibility. The great terror, the Israeli army, the Shin Beit and Mossad and all the rest, that state within a state, however numerous and well-armed with sophisticated weapons and divide and rule policy had been unable to quell the movement of the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples for their rights, national liberation, and sovereignty. This continuous resistance movement in different forms and intensities for 170 years had now reached a new quality. The Olmert government slouched towards collapse. Thousands of Israelis in northern Israel abandoned their homes. This had never happened before.

The Palestinian resistance in Gaza, meanwhile, girded itself against murderous reprisal actions by Dahlan's gangs co-ordinated with Israeli artillery and air strikes. The international media intentionally misrepresented armed self-defence against these provocations as a "Palestinian mini civil war." Matters came to a head last November in the Gaza Strip village of Beit Hanoun. U.S.-directed forces from the Israeli army encircled Palestinian resistance fighters in the local mosque. Enabling the resistance forces' escape to safety, some 2,000 women of the village, acquitting themselves as simple people who chose principles over fear, courageously offered themselves as human shields between the forces of reaction confronting them and the hopes for their future represented by the fighters trapped in the mosque. In another instance, masses of civilians occupied the rooftop of a building to successfully prevent an Israeli targeted assassination of a Palestinian leader and his family. On November 7, an opinion poll released by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion in Beit Sahur showed that over 75 per cent of Palestinians blamed the U.S., Israel, EU and Fatah for the financial economic crisis in the Occupied Territories. [...continued]

More News and Views on Developments in Palestine
• What Hamas Wants - Ahmed Yousef, New York Times
• Engage with Hamas: We Earned Our Support - Ahmed Yousef, Washington Post
• Dahlan Was Planning Gaza Takeover, Large-Scale Massacres in Gaza - Khalid Amayreh, www.uruknet.info
• Not for Sale: Palestinians Won't Accept a Vichy Government - Khalid Amayreh, www.tlaxcala.es
• Hamas Uncovers PA, CIA Intelligence Trove - www.informationliberation.com
• Alvaro de Soto's Parting Blast - Akiva Eldar, Ha'aretz
• Dreamland - Uzi Benziman, Ha'aretz
• On the Causes of the 1967 Israeli-Arab War - Interview, Dr.Ismail Zayid, President, Canada Palestine Association

Imperialist-zionist fascists-of-a-feather
Pimping Jewish girls out to American men
Khalid Amayreh, thepeoplesvoice.org
In a brazen effort to make Israel’s Nazi-like oppression of Palestinians look romantic, seductive and sexy, the quasi- pornographic American magazine, Maxim, has featured a photo-spread of topless and semi-nude Israeli female soldiers, apparently in order to show Israel’s "human side." On the magazine’s on-line edition, the following introductory phrase " Are the women of the Israeli Defense Forces the world’s sexiest? Yes, " is printed next to a semi-naked IDF female soldier... According to Israeli officials in charge of hasbara (propaganda) efforts, the message behind the pornographic advertisement is to show America’s youngsters that the "Jewish" state is not only about violence, death and conflict. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=34350

'Arrowhead Ripper' Becomes Fountainhead of Anger
Inter Press Service
By Ali al-Fadhily*
BAQUBA, Jul 10 (IPS) - Ongoing U.S. military operations in Diyala province have brought normal life to an end, and fuelled support for the national resistance. Baquba, 50km northeast of Baghdad, and capital city of the volatile Diyala province, has born the brunt of violence during the U.S. military Operation 'Arrowhead Ripper'. Conflicting reports are on offer on the number of houses destroyed and numbers of civilians killed, but everyone agrees that the destruction is vast and the casualties numerous.

The operation was launched Jun. 18 "to destroy the al-Qaeda influences in this province and eliminate their threat against the people," according to Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, deputy commanding officer of the 25th Infantry Division. But most Iraqis IPS interviewed in the area say the operation seeks to break the national Iraqi resistance and those who support it. Adding credibility to this belief is the fact that the U.S. operational commander of troops involved in the operation told reporters Jun. 22 that 80 percent of the top al-Qaeda leaders in Baquba fled before the offensive began...

[Salman Shakir from the Gatoon district in Baquba told IPS] many of his relatives and neighbours were killed by the military while attempting to leave the area. "I cannot tell you how many people were killed, but bodies of civilians were left in the streets.
"We all know now that the U.S. military is using the name of al-Qaeda to cover attacks against our national resistance fighters and civilians who wish immediate or scheduled withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq," Hilmi Saed, an Iraqi journalist from Baghdad told IPS on the outskirts of Baquba...

"Americans are pushing us to the corner of extremity by these massive crimes," Abbas al-Zaydi, a teacher from Baquba told IPS. "They simply want us to sell cheap our religion, history, tradition and faith or else they would call us terrorists."...
"It is clear now that any Iraqi who refuses to serve the American plan is considered an enemy of the United States," a community leader in the city who did not want to give his name told IPS. He said some people are angrier with other leaders supporting the U.S. forces. "The whole world is responsible for these murders, and a day will come that we say to the world, 'you supported Americans who killed us'."

A man wearing a mask, who appeared to be a resistance fighter, spoke with IPS just outside Baquba on condition of anonymity.
"Hundreds were killed and thousands evicted from the city while the so-called al-Qaeda fighters survived," he said. "Americans must be told that we will never stop killing their sons who came to kill us unless they leave our country in peace."
** Dahr Jamail's MidEast Dispatches **
*Ali, our correspondent in Baghdad, works in close collaboration with Dahr Jamail, our U.S.-based specialist writer on Iraq who travels extensively in the region

what imperialist liberation means...
Have the Tigris and Euphrates Run Dry?
Dahr Jamail's MidEast Dispatches **
Inter Press Service
By Ali al-Fadhily*
BAGHDAD, Jul 9 (IPS) - Two of the largest rivers of the region run through Iraq, so why are Iraqis desperate for lack of water?
The vast majority of Iraqis live by the Euphrates river, and the Tigris with its many tributaries. The two rivers join near Basra city in the south to form the Shat al-Arab river basin. Iraq is also gifted with high quality ground water resources; about a fifth of the territory is farmland.
"The water we have in Iraq is more than enough for our living needs," chief engineer Adil Mahmood of the Irrigation Authority in Baghdad told IPS. "In fact we can export water to neighbouring countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan -- who manage shortages in water resources with good planning."
But now Iraqi farmers struggle to get water to their crops. There is severe lack of electricity to run pumps, and fuel to run generators.
"The water is there and the rivers have not dried up, but the problem lies in how to get it to our dying plantations," Jabbar Ahmed, a farmer from Latifiya south of Baghdad told IPS. "It is a shame that we, our animals and our plants are thirsty in a country that has the two great rivers."
Iraq now imports most agricultural products because of lack of irrigation.
Iraqis talk of the times when this region taught the world how to use water. "Sumerians were more advanced than we are now," Mahmood Shakir, a historian from Baghdad University told IPS. "Over seven thousand years ago, the Sumerians dug channels to water their wheat farms and Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia, brought water to his great Suspended Gardens in a way that made them one of the seven wonders. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation, Iraq has a total area of 438,320 square kilometres and 924 km of inland waters. It is topographically shaped like a basin between the Tigris and the Euphrates. Ancient Mesopotamia where Iraq now stands means literally the land between two rivers. The average household in Iraq now gets two hours of electricity a day. About 70 percent of Iraqis have no access to safe drinking water, and only 19 percent have sewage access, according to the World Health Organisation. Unemployment stands at more than 60 percent.
Many Iraqi professionals blame the occupation, and companies it brought in, such as Bechtel.
Ali al-Fadhily, our correspondent in Baghdad, works in close collaboration with Dahr Jamail, our U.S.-based specialist writer on Iraq who travels extensively in the region

So-Called Oil Contracts in Iraq:
So-called "oil contracts" have been on the table of the Iraqi Parliament for months, and the fluff of lies printed about them in U..S. media is nauseating.

VIDEO: Dr. Dahlia Wasfi - Life in Iraq Under U.S. Occupation
Shortages; lack of electricity; potable water; tanks rolling through the streets night and day; gunfire and explosions. Iraqi health care in shambles. 200 bodies turn up daily in the Baghdad morgue. For Iraqis, it's 9/11 every day.

Iran, Iraq to Build Joint Power Plant
Alalam News Network
Iran and Iraq officially signed an agreement to set up their first joint power plant in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the official IRNA news agency reported. The agreement was signed on Sunday by Managing Director of Iranian SANIR Company Reza Ebadzadeh and the Iraqi Deputy Electricity Minister Salam al-Qazaz. Based on the agreement, SANIR Company, affiliated to Iran's Energy Ministry, is obliged to establish the 315-megawatt power plant in Sadr City, a suburban area of Baghdad...: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=34355

'New rules for new wars':
Conference brings Israeli, US experts together to 'fine tune' international law

'US hasn't yet grasped Iran threat':
Ilan Berman, speaking at the Conservative Heritage Foundation said the US hasn't made that choice because it "hasn't yet grasped the fundamental threat to American interests" posed by Iran.http://tinyurl.com/3yzn49

Lieberman: Israel will conclude preparations for Iranian 'threat" soon:
Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Israel would put the final touches on its preparations to counter Iran's nuclear threat in the near future.

Lieberman: US will back Israeli strike on Iran:
Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said he received tacit blessing of Europe and U.S. for Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Car Bomb Suspect Worked at Aviation Company
The engineer identified as one of two main suspects in the
British car bomb plot worked for much of last year for an
Indian outsourcing company that designs aircraft parts for
companies like Boeing and Airbus.

History of the Car Bomb
New-generation car bombers are graduates of CIA terrorism schools
by Mike Davis
In a column on March 23, 2006 (A Vision, Bruised and Dented), David Brooks of the New York Times' wrote about "the rise of what Richard Lowry of the National Review calls the ‘To Hell With Them' Hawks." In part, Brooks characterized these hawks as being conservatives who "look at car bombs and cartoon riots and wonder whether Islam is really a religion of peace." One of the advantages of history is that you have to check such thoughts at the door. If Islam can't be considered a "religion of peace," thanks to what Mike Davis calls "the quotidian workhorse of urban terrorism," then at least its jihadists join a roiling crowd of less-than-peaceful car-bombers that has included Jews, Christians, Hindus, anarchists, French colonials, Mafiosos, members of the Irish Republican Army, and CIA operatives among others.

The car bomb seems such a weapon of the moment that who knew it had an 80 year-long, tortured history. Mike Davis, whose most recent projects include the significant book on the Avian flu, The Monster at Our Door, and Planet of Slums, a startling analysis of the way significant parts of our planet have been rapidly urbanizing and de-industrializing all at once, produces the unexpected. This week, Tomdispatch offers Davis'
two-part history of the car bomb, a series that puts one of the more terrifying phenomena of our moment into a new perspective and shines a dazzling light into any number of dark corners of our recent past. It will, at some future point, be expanded into a small book and so Davis would like to hear from anyone with information on other car bomb campaigns of the last half century. [...]
Global Research, July 8, 2007 tomdispatch.com - 2006-04-12

Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the Politics of Naming
By Stephen Gowans
When Africa scholar Mahmoud Mandani looks at the slaughter and displacement
of civilians in Darfur he notices something odd. The mass death of civilians
in Darfur has been called a genocide, but slaughters of civilians of similar
magnitude in Iraq and on a larger scale in Congo have not.

According to the World Food Program, about 200,000 civilians have died in
Darfur, 80 percent from starvation and disease, and 20 percent from
violence. Close to 700,000 have been displaced(1). This, the US government,
calls a genocide.
But [over a million now] 600,000 Iraqis have died since 2003 as a result of violence related to
the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq (2) and 3.7 million have either fled to
neighboring countries or are internally displaced (3).

“I read about all sorts of violence against civilians,” says Mamdani, “and
there are two places that I read about – one is Iraq, and one is Darfur …
And I’m struck by the fact that the largest political movement against mass
violence on US campuses is on Darfur and not on Iraq.” (4)

If Darfur is modest in comparison to Iraq, both are pipsqueeks compared to
Congo. There, some four million civilians have been slaughtered over several
years, largely as a result of intervention by US proxies, Uganda and Rwanda.

In Somalia, 460,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting sparked by a
US-backed and assisted invasion by Ethiopia (5). That invasion was aimed at
ousting the popularly-backed Islamic Courts Union, which had brought a
measure of stability to Somalia. “In the six months the Islamic courts
(governed Somalia), less than 20 people lost their lives through violence.
Now, that many die in 10 minutes,” observes Hussein Adow, a Mogadishu
businessman (6).
Why is there is a Save Darfur Campaign, but no Save Congo Campaign and no
Save Somalia Campaign?
Mamdani says that people in the West don’t react to the mass slaughter of
civilians but to the labels their governments and media attach to them.

“Genocide is being instrumentalized by … the United States,” he explains.
“It is being instrumentalized in a way that mass slaughters which implicate
its adversaries are being named as genocide and those which implicate its
friends or its proxies are not being named as genocide.”
Mandani calls this “the politics of naming.”

The "politics of naming" isn’t limited to the question of which slaughters are
named genocide and which aren’t. It applies too to the question of which
regimes are called dictatorial, repressive and brutal (and so must be
changed), and which are not... Take the case of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe [con't.]

NYT: vile humor about state terrorist criminal injustice
Mysteries, Legal and Sartorial, at Padilla Trial
Nine weeks into his federal terrorism trial, Jose Padilla remains almost as mysterious as when he was hidden away in a naval brig for three years and eight months. Mr. Padilla, an American convert to Islam, was initially charged with plotting to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States and placed in military custody. But the government changed his status from “enemy combatant” to criminal defendant in the face of a legal challenge, and he now stands accused of attending a terrorist training camp run by Al Qaeda.

He was added to the case of two Arab men charged with supporting terrorist activities abroad, and the proceedings often focus wholly on them. Prosecutors have tried to prove Mr. Padilla’s guilt with a training camp application they say he filled out and wiretapped phone conversations in which he took part or was discussed. But they have no witnesses who saw Mr. Padilla fill out the form, and the phone recordings make him sound more troubled than malign...

What must the jurors be thinking? Not yet halfway through, they are awash in dozens of transcribed calls, lessons on Muslim conflicts in places like Chechnya and Somalia and assorted definitions of jihad. They have heard about a dizzying cast of characters in the radical Islamist world, from Osama bin Laden to a man nicknamed Fish-Fish, and listened to opposing views of whether Mr. Hassoun spoke in code on wiretapped calls. (One can imagine the jurors in deliberations, arguing over whether “eating cheese” means waging jihad or enjoying a chunk of Gruyère.)...

The government has not linked any of the defendants to specific violent acts (emphasis added). So unless a bombshell is pending, the jurors will have to decide whether the government’s interpretation of the intercepted calls is credible or, as the defense maintains, Mr. Padilla was training to become an imam and his co-defendants were trying to help persecuted Muslims in war-torn regions. They do not appear perplexed, nor particularly interested or bored.
Several times now, the five women and seven men have shown up in color-coordinated outfits. One day, the men dressed in blue and the women in pink. On July 3, the first row wore red, the second white and the third blue, leading bloggers to wonder whether they were worrisomely frivolous or unified — or so patriotic as to condemn all accused terrorists...

Reflections on the "Family Jewels" From a Target of the CIA
The Killing Machine
By Fidel Castro
... May 1973, the Director of the CIA was demanding that "all the main operative officials of this agency must immediately inform me on any ongoing or past activity that might be outside of the constituting charter of this agency". Schlessinger, later appointed Head of the Pentagon, had been replaced by William Colby. Colby was referring to the documents as "skeletons hiding in a closet". New press revelations forced Colby to admit the existence of the reports to interim President Gerald Ford in 1975.... Kissinger warned that "blood would flow" if other actions were known, and he immediately added: "For example, that Robert Kennedy personally controlled the operation for the assassination of Fidel Castro". The President's brother was then Attorney General of the United States...
The documents published now disclose information about the CIA-Mafia links for my assassination.... The technique used today by the CIA to avoid giving any details is not the unpleasant crossed out bits but the blank spaces, coming from the use of computers. For The New York Times, large censored sections reveal that the CIA still cannot expose all the skeletons in its closets, and many activities developed in operations abroad, checked over years ago by journalists, congressional investigators and a presidential commission, are not in the documents.
Howard Osborn, then CIA Director of Security, makes a summary of the "jewels" compiled by his office. He lists eight cases ­including the recruiting of the gangster Johnny Roselli for the coup against Fidel Castro but they crossed out the document that is in the number 1 place on Osborn's initial list: two and a half pages.
"The No. 1 Jewel of the CIA Security Offices must be very good, especially since the second one is the list for the program concerning the assassination of Castro by Roselli," said Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive who requested the declassification of "The Family Jewels" 15 years ago under the Freedom of Information Act....
Needless to say that everything described here is still being done, only in a more brutal manner and all around the planet, including a growing number of illegal actions within the very United States.[...]

Finance Capital's Fascist Fortress: coming to a city near you eventually
New York Plans Surveillance Veil for Downtown to include license plate readers and 3,000 security cameras below Canal Street
The license plate readers would check the plates’ numbers and send out alerts if suspect vehicles were detected. The city is already seeking state approval to charge drivers a fee to enter Manhattan below 86th Street, which would require the use of license plate readers. If the plan is approved, the police will most likely collect information from those readers too, Mr. Kelly said....But the downtown security plan involves much more than keeping track of license plates. Three thousand surveillance cameras would be installed below Canal Street by the end of 2008, about two-thirds of them owned by downtown companies. Some of those are already in place. Pivoting gates would be installed at critical intersections; they would swing out to block traffic or a suspect car at the push of a button...
Unlike the 250 or so cameras the police have already placed in high-crime areas throughout the city, which capture moving images that have to be downloaded, the security initiative cameras would transmit live information instantly. “This program marks a whole new level of police monitoring of New Yorkers and is being done without any public input, outside oversight, or privacy protections for the hundreds of thousands of people who will end up in N.Y.P.D. computers," Christopher Dunn, a lawyer with the New York Civil Liberties Union, wrote in an e-mail message... The police and corporate security agents will work together in the center, said Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the police. The plan does not need City Council approval, he said.
The Police Department is still considering whether to use face-recognition technology, an inexact science that matches images against those in an electronic database, or biohazard detectors in its Lower Manhattan network, Mr. Browne said.
[ACLU] worried about what would happen to the images once they were archived, how they would be used by the police and who else would have access to them.
Already, according to a report last year by the civil liberties group, there are nearly 4,200 public and private surveillance cameras below 14th Street, a fivefold increase since 1998, with virtually no oversight over what becomes of the recordings.


Plans for no-confidence vote against Maliki AFP
Senior Iraqi politicians, with possible tacit [SIC] backing from US Vice President Richard Cheney, are planning to ask soon for a no-confidence parliamentary vote against Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki as a step toward bringing him down, CBS News reported Saturday. The report said the no-confidence vote will be requested on July 15 by the largest block of Sunni politicians, who are part of a broad political alliance called the Iraq Project... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=34329

The General Under Siege
The Washington Post EDITORIALS
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF'S misrule of Pakistan during the past eight years is finally catching up with him.The weaker Mr. Musharraf grows, the more wedded the State Department becomes to him. In a visit to Islamabad last month, Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte shrugged off reports that the strongman would once again refuse to step down as army commander this year while remaining president... It's easy to see how fear of instability in a Muslim state with nuclear weapons could prompt this sort of appeasement. But U.S. policy is dangerously shortsighted. Mr. Musharraf is unlikely to survive for long -- and the risk of extremism in Pakistan will grow steadily worse [...]

The General in His Labyrinth
America needs to maintain friendly relations with Pakistan. That is exactly why Washington should hasten to disentangle itself from the sinking fortunes of Gen. Pervez Musharraf — a blundering and increasingly unpopular military dictator and a halfhearted strategic ally of the United States.... General Musharraf may hold on to power a while longer, or he may not. But it is past time for the Bush administration to stop making excuses for the general.
After 9/11 — fearing he could become a target in President Bush’s declared war on terrorism— General Musharraf agreed to drop his open support for the Taliban in Afghanistan and provide limited intelligence and logistical help to U.S. forces there.... he has done far less than he promised — and far less than is needed....
We’ve seen this story too many times before. One version starred the shah of Iran, others some of General Musharraf’s predecessors. None ended happily for the United States or the nations involved. Dealing with dictators is sometimes necessary. Clinging to them when their people want them gone is unbecoming of the world’s greatest democracy and unhealthy for America’s long-term interests... Pakistan is approaching a turning point...Washington should hasten to disentangle itself from the sinking fortunes of Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/09/opinion/09mon2.html?th&emc=th

The unraveling of Pakistan
Tom Plate / Syndicated columnist
May 17. 07
Pakistan - A political crisis threatening President Gen. Pervez Musharraf exploded into violence... the Bush administration pitched camp inside Pakistan more or less whether the average Pakistani wanted us there or not.... the average Pakistani didn't want us on its very largely Muslim land. It was not a good or comfortable fit. Oil and water tend to mix better. But it happened and Pakistan became a sort of overnight ally in the anti-Taliban war. This could not have come about without both the compliance and the will of Pervez Musharraf, the ambitious general who in 1999 became the strong-armed president of the country. For a time, the unholy marriage seemed to be working even as India to the south looked north in horror Over time, the deal wouldn't work, Pakistan would unravel, and the Americans would have learned a costly and perhaps bitter lesson. That time of reckoning would appear to be upon the Bush administration now. Strikes triggered by opposition to the Musharraf government have brought turmoil to the country's cities, closed shops and schools nationwide. The oft-deft Musharraf appears to have overplayed his hand with the recent suspension of the country's top judge, causing lawyers, journalists and other professionals to take to the streets in anger.

Scores Killed as Pakistani Commandos Storm Mosque
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 10 -- Pakistani commandos stormed the Red Mosque at dawn Tuesday after last-minute negotiations broke down and President Pervez Musharraf gave the go-ahead for an operation aimed at ending the eight-day siege. At least 43 people were killed and the death toll was expected...
(By Griff Witte, The Washington Post)

crucial part of comprehensive U.S. geostrategic agenda for global hegemony
Containing China: Imperial and imperious, U.S. containment strategy for China may herald next cold war.
michael klare, april '06
..Bush and his top aides entered the White House in early 2001 with a clear strategic objective: to resurrect the permanent-dominance doctrine spelled out in the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) for fiscal years 1994-1999, the first formal statement of U.S. strategic goals in the post-Soviet era. According to the initial official draft of this document, as leaked to the press in early 1992, the primary aim of U.S. strategy would be to bar the rise of any future competitor that might challenge America's overwhelming military superiority. "Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival ... that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union," the document stated. Accordingly, "we [must] endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power....
When first enunciated in 1992, the permanent-dominancy doctrine was non-specific as to the identity of the future challengers whose rise was to be prevented through coercive action. At that time, U.S. strategists worried about a medley of potential rivals, including Russia, Germany, India, Japan and China; any of these, it was thought, might emerge in the decades to come as would-be superpowers, and so all would have to be deterred from moving in that direction. By the time the second Bush administration came into office, however, the pool of potential rivals had been narrowed in elite thinking to just one: the People's Republic of China. Only China, it was claimed, possessed the economic and military capacity to challenge the United States as an aspiring superpower; and so perpetuating U.S. global predominance meant containing Chinese power.
The imperative of containing China was first spelled out in a systematic way by Condoleezza Rice while she served as a foreign policy advisor to then Gov. George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. In a much-cited article in the journal Foreign Affairs, she suggested that the PRC, as an ambitious rising power, would inevitably challenge vital U.S. interests. "China is a great power with unresolved vital interests, particularly concerning Taiwan," she wrote. "China also resents the role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region." For these reasons, she stated, "China is not a 'status quo' power but one that would like to alter Asia's balance of power in its own favor. That alone makes it a strategic competitor, not the 'strategic partner' the Clinton administration once called it." It was essential, she argued, to adopt a strategy that would prevent China's rise as regional power. In particular, "the United States must deepen its cooperation with Japan and South Korea and maintain its commitment to a robust military presence in the region." Washington should also "pay closer attention to India's role in the regional balance" and bring that country into an anti-Chinese alliance system.
... this article developed the allow-no-competitors doctrine of the 1992 DPG into the strategy now being implemented by the Bush administration in the Pacific and South Asia. Many of the specific policies advocated in her piece, from strengthened ties with Japan to making overtures to India, are being carried out today....
Much influenced by Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose 1997 book, "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Geostrategic Imperatives," first highlighted the critical importance of Central Asia, these strategists sought to counter Chinese inroads...his call for a coordinated U.S. drive to dominate both the eastern and western rimlands of China has been embraced by senior administration strategists. In this way, Washington's concern over growing Chinese influence in Southeast Asia has come to be intertwined with the U.S. drive for hegemony in the Persian Gulf and Central Asia. This has given China policy an even more elevated significance in Washington -- and helps explain its return with a passion despite the seemingly all-consuming preoccupations of the war in Iraq. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12794.htm

''China's Distant Threat to U.S. Dominance in Asia''

From China to Panama, a Trail of Poisoned Medicine
A poisonous solvent sold by counterfeiters and mixed into drugs has figured in mass poisonings around the world that killed thousands.

China 'Frankenstein threat' to US
China has come in for heavy criticism from members of the US House of Representatives with one congressman labeling the country a "Frankenstein"created by the US that now threatens American interests. "If ever there was a time for China to get its house in order, this is it," Tom Lantos, the Democrat chairman of the committee, said. During Tuesday's hearing on US relations with China the committee heard concerns over China's military development, criticism over its recent test of an anti-satellite weapon and alarm over its rising defence budget.
Dana Rohrabacher, Republican... long a critic of China, said the US had played a significant role in giving China the wherewithal to become a military power because of China's robust US-bound exports. "We have built up a Frankenstein that now threatens us," Rohrabacher said... Ileana Ros Lehtinen, pointed to figures that China was planning a 17.8 per cent increase in its military budget for the next financial year. "Who's the target?" she asked....John Negroponte, the US deputy secretary of state, chief adviser to Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, on China and the rest of Asia...said China needed to be "more open about its military budget, doctrine, and intentions". The motives behind China's military build-up are unclear and are of concern to both the US and China's neighbours, he said.

We share the blame for China imports
PATRICIA IREN, Guest columnist
[China] ...gone hybrid capitalist... learned a lot of it from us...In the U.S., in the wake of all the bad news about adulterated products, we are calling for better testing of imported products. In truth, we have regulations...Problem is, the samples submitted for testing and the product we receive may be two different things. It's all too easy to instruct a foreign manufacturer to submit a regulatory test sample that is different from the product that is ultimately shipped... It's the ease with which importers -- and exporters -- can accomplish the bait-and-switch of regulatory test samples that's disturbing...
Could it be that the administration turns a blind eye to the problem of tainted imported goods because of the $420 billion we have borrowed from China to pay for the war on Iraq and the tax cuts for the very wealthy? Is it another nod to big business as usual? What happened to the food czar we heard so much about in May after the pet food debacle?...My answer: Buy organic and buy local. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/322755_firstperson09.html

The Conquest Continues
In order to fund further wars for resources, capitalists need the resources of Land and Labor. Imagine a SUPERSTATE a single economic and military government that stretches from Canada to the ends of South America. This nightmare is the “Free Trade Area of the Americas” or (FTAA.)
This documentary is about the Plan Puebla Panama or (PPP). The PPP is the main infrastructural backbone of the FTAA. The PPP is the ten-lane highway, the energy corridor, and bio piracy corridor that may make it all possible. Behind this threat stands the looming specter of violent western hemispheric military integration. Together we stand at a turning point in the story of humanity. Witness this important documentary and talk with friends. Conspire for justice, end the next 100 years of war, and US expansionism. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17988.htm

in case you missed it...
another face of U.S. imperialist world domination
North American union plan headed to Congress in fall
Powerful think tank prepares report on benefits of integration between U.S., Mexico, Canada
May 24, 2007 http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55830
WASHINGTON – A powerful think tank chaired by former Sen. Sam Nunn and guided by trustees including Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, William Cohen and Henry Kissinger, is in the final stages of preparing a report to the White House and U.S. Congress on the benefits of integrating the U.S., Mexico and Canada into one political, economic and security bloc. The final report, published in English, Spanish and French, is scheduled for submission to all three governments by Sept. 30, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
CSIS boasts of playing a large role in the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 – a treaty that set in motion a political movement many believe resembles the early stages of the European Community on its way to becoming the European Union.
"The results of the study will enable policymakers to make sound, strategic, long-range policy decisions about North America, with an emphasis on regional integration," explains Armand B. Peschard-Sverdrup, director of CSIS' Mexico Project. "Specifically, the project will focus on a detailed examination of future scenarios, which are based on current trends, and involve six areas of critical importance to the trilateral relationship: labor mobility, energy, the environment, security, competitiveness and border infrastructure and logistics." [...]

more stunning surprise...
FDA Gave Glaxo Extra Year to Profit Off Avandia
by Evelyn Pringle
A February 22, 2006 internal FDA memorandum, obtained by staffers of the Senate Finance Committee, proves that safety officials within the agency recommended that GlaxoSmithKline add a black box warning about congestive heart failure to the label of the diabetes drug Avandia well over a year ago. . (Full article …)

Ex-surgeon generals muzzled
NASA scientists have complained, for example, of pressure to tone down warnings about global warming. EPA officials have complained that technical information on power plant emissions and oil drilling have been ignored.In the case of the surgeon general, Carmona told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "the nation's doctor has been marginalized and relegated to a position with no independent budget, and with supervisors who are political appointees with partisan agendas." Carmona testified alongside former surgeons general C. Everett Koop and David Satcher, who served in the Reagan and Clinton administrations respectively. They told the committee they had faced political interference, particularly on morally charged issues such as sexuality or drug use.Carmona said their testimony showed that political interference was "a systemic problem," but he also said several former surgeons general told him they had never seen it rise to the levels he encountered....

Indications that Dr. James Holsinger, christian conservative, nominated to be surgeon general, is prejudiced against homosexuals.

Racism in the Bleachers
by David Zirin
“Throw at his head! Throw at his head!”
The egg-shaped man in Milwaukee’s Miller Park, who looked like he would be sitting behind a desk by morning, continued the arrhythmic chant as those around him chimed in. They were all pleading to see a 95-mph fastball hit a man in the temple, and felt that their demand was righteous. The player they wanted to see put down was, of course, San Francisco baseball star Barry Bonds, and it is hard to say what was more shocking: the call for his beheading or the near-collective rapture at the thought. One guy yelled, “Hit his knee! End his career! Please! I will name my kid after you!” (Full article …)

Fascist State Criminalizes Corporate Whistle-blowers
Charges in Boeing download case
By Steve Miletich
Seattle Times staff reporter
King County prosecutors charged a former Boeing employee Tuesday with criminally obtaining sensitive documents from the company's computer system, including information police say later appeared in The Seattle Times. Gerald L. Eastman, 45, of Kent, was accused of 16 felony counts of first-degree computer trespass stemming from the alleged downloading of thousands of pages of documents between 2003 and 2006.
Eastman, reached Tuesday, said he was disappointed the prosecutor's office had filed charges based on what he called his "whistle-blowing." He said he was trying to call attention to quality-control problems at Boeing. Police also alleged in charging papers that information in the downloaded documents appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Eastman said he did approach a reporter from the Seattle P-I about safety issues at Boeing but that the reporter was not interested. He then contacted Seattle Times reporter Dominic Gates. Eastman would neither confirm nor deny he provided any documents to Gates. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003783810_boei...

FBI To Profile Terrorists: Potential Targets Get Risk Rating
(By Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post)
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is developing a computer-profiling system that would enable investigators to target possible terror suspects, according to a Justice Department report submitted to Congress yesterday. The System to Assess Risk, or STAR, assigns risk scores to possible suspects based on a variety of information, similar to the way a credit bureau assigns a rating based on a consumer's spending behavior and debt. The program focuses on foreign suspects but also includes data about some U.S. residents. A prototype is expected to be tested this year. Justice Department officials said the system offers analysts a powerful new tool for finding possible terrorists. They said it is an effort to automate what analysts have been doing manually.
Law enforcement and national security officials have continued working on other programs to use computers to sift through information for signs of threats. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, flags travelers entering and leaving the United States who may be potential suspects through a risk-assessment program called the Automated Targeting System.... After STAR has received the names of persons of interest, it runs them through an FBI "data mart" that includes classified and unclassified information from the government, airlines and commercial data brokers such as ChoicePoint. Then it runs them through the terrorist screening center database, which contains hundreds of thousands of names, as well as through a database containing information on non-citizens who enter the country. It also runs the names against information provided by data broker Accurint, which tracks addresses, phone numbers and driver's licenses....the nonprofit advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the government's system depends on potentially unreliable data.

U.S. surveillance to undergo a British revolution
The British system was developed in the 1970s and '80s with little public discussion, in response to attacks by the Irish Republican Army. By the 1990s, technology improvements made it a key tool in the security cordon around central London known as the "ring of steel."...
law-enforcement officers will use the images remain paramount for civil libertarians and privacy advocates. Cameras today, they noted, surpass an police officer's ability to see the surroundings: They can rotate 360 degrees, zoom in on license plates hundreds of feet away and see in the dark. They create a video record for police to archive and data-mine for decades. When used aboard helicopters and blimps, they can blanket large swaths of a city with live surveillance. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003783753_briteyes11....

Digital Surveillance: The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act
The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA, P.L. 103-
414, 47 U.S.C. 1001-1010), enacted October 25, 1994, is intended to preserve the
ability of law enforcement officials to conduct electronic surveillance effectively and
efficiently despite the deployment of new digital technologies and wireless services
that have altered the character of electronic surveillance. CALEA requires
telecommunications carriers to modify their equipment, facilities, and services,
wherever reasonably achievable, to ensure that they are able to comply with
authorized electronic surveillance actions.
Since 2004, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been
considering a number of questions as to how to apply CALEA to new technologies,
The Secrecy News Blog is at: