9/16/7 Democracy: Whose?

whatever brand, neoliberal, neoconservative, all capitalists share goal of U.S. global dominance: the electoral politics scam keeps the masses under control, preventing revolution

Democrats Push a Tactic to Shift Iraq Plan
The proposal, aimed at shifting the president’s strategy is finally close to winning enough Republican support for a real chance at being approved, would require that troops spend as much time at home as on their most recent tour overseas before being redeployed.... a back door approach that underscores the Democrats’ continuing struggle to have any real influence on the conduct of the war. When it was last up for a vote in July, the proposal failed by 56 to 41, falling just four votes short... The Webb measure holds deep appeal for military service members and their families, and allows Democrats to present themselves as supporters of the troops, but not the war. Mr. Webb has a son in the Marine Corps in Iraq whose tour was extended because of the troop increase.

Behind an Antiwar Ad, a Powerful Liberal Group
There is no mistaking the influence of MoveOn.org, with its 3.2 million members and powerful fund-raising apparatus, within the Democratic Party.
This liberal activist group has come to occupy a prominent seat at the table among the party elite...MoveOn, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for Democratic candidates since its inception in 1998, clearly enjoys friendly relations with Democratic Party officials. Its leaders have met several times over the year with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to discuss policy and strategy on ending the Iraq war. MoveOn representatives also take part, as co-founders of a coalition of antiwar groups together under the umbrella Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, in a daily conference call with the Democratic leadership staff on Capitol Hill to coordinate efforts.

George Soros: Imperial Wizard
by Heather Cottin
December 9, 2003
Source. Fall 2002. Covert Action Quarterly

George Soros, "humanitarian" is very worried about the decline in the world capitalist system and he wants to do something about it, now. He recently said: "I can already discern the makings of the final crisis.... Indigenous political movements are likely to arise that will seek to expropriate the multinational corporations and recapture the 'national' wealth."...

...George Soros' activities fall into the construct developed in 1983 and enunciated by Allen Weinstein, founder of the National Endowment for Democracy. Weinstein said, "A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA."32 Soros is operating exactly within the confines of the intelligence complex. He is little different from CIA drug runners in Laos in the 1960s, or the mujahedin who profited from the opium trade while carrying out CIA operations against socialist Afghanistan in the 1980s. He simply funnels (and takes home) a whole lot more money than those pawns, and he does much of his business in the light of day. His candor insofar as he expresses it is a sort of spook damage control that serves to legitimize the strategies of U.S. foreign policy... One of Soros' most influential institutions is the International Crisis Group, founded in 1986. ICG is headed by individuals from the very center of political and corporate power. Its board includes Zbigniew Brzezinski, Morton Abramowitz, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State; Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe; and Richard Allen, former U.S. National Security Adviser, Allen is noteworthy for quitting Nixon's National Security Council out of disgust with the liberal tendencies of Henry Kissinger; recruiting Oliver North to Reagan's National Security Council, and negotiating missiles for hostages in the Iran-Contra scandal. For these individuals, "containing conflict" boils down to U.S. control over the people and resources of the world.... In Underwriting Democracy, Soros boasts about the "Americanization of Eastern Europe."

According to his account, through his education programs he began to establish a young cadre of Sorosian leaders. These Soros Foundation-educated young men and women are prepared to fulfill the functions of so-called "influence agents." Thanks to their fluent knowledge of languages and their insertion into the emerging bureaucracies in target countries, these recruits would philosophically smooth the inroads for Western multinational corporations. Career diplomat Herbert Okun, on the Europe Committee of Human Rights Watch, along with George Soros, is connected to a host of State Department-linked institutions, from USAID to the Rockefeller-funded Trilateral Commission. From 1990 to 1997, Okun was executive director of something called the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, part of USAID, "to help establish free market financial systems in former communist [SIC] countries." (49) George Soros is in complete accord with the capitalists who are in the process of taking control of the global economy.

The majority of people in the U.S. today who consider themselves politically left-of-center are undoubtedly pessimistic about the chances for a socialist transformation of society. Thus the Soros 'Decentralization" model, or the "piecemeal" approach to "negative utilitarianism, the attempt to minimize the amount of misery," ... appeals to them. 33 Soros funded an HRW study that was used to back California and Arizona legislation relaxing drug laws. 34 Soros favors the legalization of drugs - one way of temporarily reducing awareness of one's misery. Soros is an equal-opportunity bribester. At a loftier rung of the socioeconomic ladder, one finds Social Democrats who accept Soros funding and believe in civil liberties within the context of capitalism. 35 For these folks, the evil consequences of Soros' business activities (impoverishing people all over the world) are mitigated by his philanthropic activities. Similarly, liberal/left intellectuals, both in the U.S. and abroad, have been drawn in by the "Open Society" philosophy, not to mention the occasional funding plum. ....

In the 1980s and 1990s, under the aegis of the Reagan Doctrine, U.S. covert and overt operations in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia were in the works. Soros was openly active in most of these places, working to buy off would-be revolutionaries, or subsidize politicians, intellectuals and anyone else who might come to power when the revolutionary moment had passed. ....

His pose as a philanthropist gives Soros the power to shape international public opinion when social conflict raises the question of who are the victims and who are the malefactors. Like other NGOs, Human Rights Watch, Soros' mouthpiece on human rights, avoids or ignores most organized and independent working class struggles. In Colombia, labor leaders are routinely killed by paramilitaries working in concert with the U.S.-sponsored government. Because those unions oppose neoliberal economics, HRW is relatively silent. .... When the U.S. bombed Panama in 1989, HRW prefaced its report by saying that the "ouster of Manuel Noriega.. and installation of the democratically-elected government of President Guillermo Endara brought high hopes in Panama..." The report neglected to mention the number of casualties.....

MoveOn man
George Soros
NEIL CLARK / New Statesman 2jun03
...Soros likes to portray himself as an outsider, an independent-minded Hungarian emigre and philosopher-pundit who stands detached from the US military-industrial complex. But take a look at the board members of the NGOs he organises and finances. At Human Rights Watch, for example, there is Morton Abramowitz, US assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research from 1985-89, and now a fellow at the interventionist Council on Foreign Relations; ex-ambassador Warren Zimmerman (whose spell in Yugoslavia coincided with the break-up of that country); and Paul Goble, director of communications at the CIA-created Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (which Soros also funds). Soros's International Crisis Group boasts such "independent" luminaries as the former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Richard Allen, as well as General Wesley Clark, once Nato supreme allied commander for Europe. The group's vice-chairman is the former congressman Stephen Solarz, once described as "the Israel lobby's chief legislative tactician on Capitol Hill" and a signatory, along with the likes of Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, to a notorious letter to President Clinton in 1998 calling for a "comprehensive political and military strategy for bringing down Saddam and his regime".

Take a look also at Soros's business partners. At the Carlyle Group, where he has invested more than $100m, they include the former secretary of state James Baker and the erstwhile defence secretary Frank Carlucci, George Bush Sr and, until recently, the estranged relatives of Osama Bin Laden. Carlyle, one of the world's largest private equity funds, makes most of its money from its work as a defence contractor.

Soros may not, as some have suggested, be a fully paid-up CIA agent. But that his companies and NGOs are closely wrapped up in US expansionism cannot seriously be doubted. So why is he so upset with Bush? The answer is simple. Soros [digest: like Zbigniew Brzezinski and other neoliberal strategists] is angry not with Bush's aims—of extending Pax Americana and making the world safe for global capitalists like himself—but with the crass and blundering way Bush is going about it. By making US ambitions so clear, the Bush gang has committed the cardinal sin of giving the game away. For years, Soros and his NGOs have gone about their work extending the boundaries of the "free world" so skillfully hardly anyone noticed. Now a Texan redneck and a gang of overzealous neo-cons have blown it...Soros knows too well that empires perish when they overstep the mark and provoke the formation of counter-alliances... Soros knows a better way—armed with a few billion dollars, a handful of NGOs and a nod and a wink from the US State Department, it is perfectly possible to topple foreign governments that are bad for business, seize a country's assets, and even to get thanked for your benevolence afterwards. Soros has done it.

The conventional view, shared by many on the left, is that socialism collapsed in eastern Europe because of its systemic weaknesses and the political elite's failure to build popular support. That may be partly true, but Soros's role was crucial. From 1979, he distributed $3m a year to dissidents including Poland's Solidarity movement, Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia and Andrei Sakharov in the Soviet Union. In 1984, he founded his first Open Society Institute in Hungary and pumped millions of dollars into opposition movements and independent media. Ostensibly aimed at building up a "civil society", these initiatives were designed to weaken the existing political structures and pave the way for eastern Europe's eventual colonisation by global capital. Soros now claims, with characteristic immodesty, that he was responsible for the "Americanisation" of eastern Europe.

The Yugoslavs remained stubbornly resistant and repeatedly returned Slobodan Milosevic's unreformed Socialist Party to government. Soros was equal to the challenge. From 1991, his Open Society Institute channeled more than $100m to the coffers of the anti-Milosevic opposition, funding political parties, publishing houses and "independent" media such as Radio B92, the plucky little student radio station of western mythology which was in reality bankrolled by one of the world's richest men on behalf of the world's most powerful nation. With Slobo finally toppled in 2000 in a coup d'etat financed, planned and executed in Washington, all that was left was to cart the ex- Yugoslav leader to the Hague tribunal, co-financed by Soros along with those other custodians of human rights Time Warner Corporation and Disney. He faced charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, based in the main on the largely anecdotal evidence of...(Soros') Human Rights Watch...

The Soros strategy for extending Pax Americana differs from the Bush model, particularly in its subtlety. But it is just as ambitious and just as deadly. Left- liberals, admiring his support for some of their favourite issues such as gay rights and the legalisation of soft drugs, let him off lightly.

Asked about the havoc his currency speculation caused to Far Eastern economies in the crash of 1997, Soros replied: "As a market participant, I don't need to be concerned with the consequences of my actions." Strange words from a man who likes to be regarded as the saviour of civil society and who rails in print against "market fundamentalism".

MoveOn, Kucinich and other Left election deceptions
By Larry Chin
Associate Editor Online Journal

The objective of the alternative Left, as detailed by a number of media analysts and researchers, and in books on the subject (such as Frances Stonor Saunders’ “The Cultural Cold War”, is keeping potential opposition in a perpetual state of weakness, living in a carefully-managed and neutered “counter/activist” subculture/life style in which followers can spend their lifetimes in intellectual servitude --- told by their icons and media handlers what to believe and what to do, what issues are important, what issues to avoid, how to become wealthy within “socially responsible” capitalism, and which icons and idols to follow.
Elite progressive/liberal groups in this country---from the activist groups (Global Exchange, MoveOn, Working Assets) to the media (ZNet, The Nation, Salon, Common Dreams, Pacifica Radio, etc) to the liberal think tanks (such as Institute for Policy Studies) and its major intellectual gods (Chomsky, etc.) have done their best to limit and control true criticism of the system that (regardless of their denials) feeds them.
Much of the funding of the Left is directly traced to elite foundations with ties to the highest levels of political and corporate power---the Democratic Party leadership, George Soros, Rockefeller, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the CIA-connected Ford Foundation. Yet other portions of the Left (university programs, for example) are financed directly by the U.S. government.
Meanwhile, this alternative Left has attacked whistleblowers, investigators, journalists, academics and concerned citizens who have attempted to expose the criminal roots of the system, and push for genuine reform, while co-opting and steering optimistic followers into “safe” intellectual zero-sum games -- false/limited environmentalism, false/limited race, sex and gender issues, limited civil rights, false/limited “investigations” (that never name the right names, and never bring the true criminals to justice), and red herrings such as the “war on terrorism” and “homeland security”.
MoveOn represents one of the most insidious fronts of this parallel structure. Given its roots (MoveOn was a defender of Bill Clinton during the Clinton scandals), MoveOn is a recipient of major Democratic Party money, Hollywood celebrities and elite foundations, which themselves have with ties to other foundations.

No group or individual that has failed to address the unsolved 9/11 (its central role in everything that has happened since) is truly "anti-war".
The Democrats are the system. They have supported (stridently) the Bush war agenda, the "war on terrorism", and neoliberal corporate globalization. You won't find more muscular proponents of war in the Middle East than some of the 2004 Democratic candidates (many of whom helped plan the Iraq takeover, notably Joe Lieberman), who promise no "end" to US terrorism, but an “improved” operation, and an even more aggressive police state ("Bush didn't keep us safe from crazed Islamic hordes. We will").

The Democrats and Greens were virtually silent in the wake of the stolen 2000 election (they accepted it with barely a whimper), silent on Bush’s criminality throughout his presidency, silent on 9/11, silent on Enron’s ties to the White House and Washington, and hopeless facilitators on just about everything post-9/11, including the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq.[...]

'Strategic nonviolent struggle is all about political power.' And I thought, 'Boy is this guy speaking my language,' that is what armed struggle is about."
Col. Robert Helvey

Washington's New World Order "Democratization" Template:
Soros and U.S. Non-Violent Strategy
by Jonathan Mowat 9 February 2005

The Democratic party's National Democratic Institute, the Republican party's International Republican Institute, the US State Department and USAID are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros's Open Society Institute

Funded and organized by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organizations, the campaign was first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan Milosevic at the ballot box. Richard Miles, the US ambassador in Belgrade, played a key role. And by last year, as US ambassador in Tbilisi, he repeated the trick in Georgia, coaching Mikhail Saakashvili in how to bring down Eduard Shevardnadze. Ten months after the success in Belgrade, the US ambassador in Minsk, Michael Kozak, a veteran of similar operations in central America, notably in Nicaragua, organized a near identical campaign to try to defeat the Belarus hardman, Alexander Lukashenko.

The operation - engineering democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience - is now so slick that the methods have matured into a template for winning other people's elections".

Much of the coup apparatus is the same that was used in the overthrow of President Fernando Marcos of the Philippines in 1986, mass demonstration techniques which they were to subsequently use in Vaclav Havel's "Velvet revolution" in Czechoslovakia, the Tiananmen Square destabilization in June 1989 and now believed to be acting as adviser to the Falun Gong [...]

The new techniques of warfare include the use of both lethal (violent) and non lethal (non violent) tactics. Both ways are conducted using the same philosophy, infrastructure, and modus operandi. It is what is known as Cyberwar. For example, the tactic of swarming is a fundamental element in both violent and non violent forms of warfare. This new philosophy of war, which is supposed to replicate the strategy of Genghis Khan as enhanced by modern technologies, is intended to aid both military and non-military assaults against targeted states through what are, in effect, "high tech" hordes. In that sense there is not difference, from the standpoint of the plotters, between Iraq or Ukraine, if only that many think the Ukraine-like coup is more effective and easier.
Indicative of the common objective are the comments of the theoreticians of the post modern coup, for example, Dr. Peter Ackerman, the author of "Strategic Nonviolent Conflict" (Praeger 1994). Writing in the "National Catholic Reporter" on April 26, 2002, Dr. Ackerman offered the following corrective to Bush's Axis of Evil speech targeting Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, which he otherwise approved: "It is not true that the only way to 'take out' such regimes is through U.S. military action."

Speaking at the "Secretary's Open Forum" at the State Department on June 29, 2004, in a speech entitled, "Between Hard and Soft Power: The Rise of Civilian-Based Struggle and Democratic Change, " Ackerman elaborated on the concept involved. He proposed that youth movements, such as those used to bring down Serbia, could bring down Iran and North Korea, and could have been used to bring down Iraq--thereby accomplishing all of Bush's objectives without relying on military means. And he reported that he has been working with the top US weapons designer, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, on developing new communications technologies that could be used in other youth movement insurgencies. "There is no question that these technologies are democratizing," he stressed, in reference to their potential use in bringing down China, "they enable decentralized activity. They create, if you will, a digital concept of the right of assembly."

Dr. Ackerman is the founding chairman of International Center on Nonviolent Conflicts in Washington D.C, of which former US Air Force officer Jack DuVall is President. Together with former CIA director James Woolsey, DuVall also directs the Arlington Institute of Washington D.C., which was created by former Chief of Naval Operations advisor John L. Peterson in 1989 " to help redefine the concept of national security in much larger, comprehensive terms" it reports, through introducing "social value shifts into the traditional national defense equation." [...]

When NGOs Attack: Implications of the Coup in Georgia
By Jacob Levich
Nongovernmental organizations--the notionally independent, reputedly
humanitarian groups known as NGOs--are now being openly integrated into
Washington's overall strategy for consolidating global supremacy.
Events surrounding last month's coup in post-Soviet Georgia, read in light
of recent State Department documents, suggest that seemingly innocuous NGOs
now play a central role in the policy of US-engineered "regime change" set
forth in the notorious National Security Strategy of the United States.
The November 24 Wall Street Journal explicitly credited the toppling of
Eduard Shevardnadze's regime to the operations of "a raft of
non-governmental organizations . . . supported by American and other
Western foundations." These NGOs, said the Journal, had "spawned a class of
young, English-speaking intellectuals hungry for pro-Western reforms" who
were instrumental laying the groundwork for a bloodless coup.
Astute commentators have correctly noted connections between these
provocateur NGOs and mega-philanthropist George Soros, but the billionaire
speculator did not act independently. Georgia's so-called "Velvet
Revolution" appears to have been a textbook case of regime change by
stealth, carefully planned and centrally coordinated by the US government....

Freedom House is led by... Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Mellon Scaife, James Woolsey, Dan Quayle, Tony Lake and Jeanne Kirkpatrick.
Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are fronts for George Soros. The so-called Human Rights Watch is a pro-intervention group stocked with members of the Council on Foreign Relations and other elites....

Spy agencies analyse role in global drive for democracy
Financial Times
June 16, 2006
In the first meeting of its kind, the cream of the US intelligence community's strategic analysts recently huddled behind closed doors in Washington, with academics and experts from the US and Europe, to talk about building global democracy. The conference follows an initiative led by John Negroponte, the new director of national intelligence, to get the diverse US intelligence community more deeply involved with US efforts at democracy assistance - analytically and in the field.
Non-government participants said there was no sense of cloak and dagger. They also admitted they would probably never know how Mr Negroponte's project would turn out, in terms of covert activities and strategic advice to the president. "This is a laudable effort by the analytical intelligence community to learn from open sources," said Larry Diamond, a leader of democracy projects at Stanford University, who chaired the conference. He had underscored that it would be a big mistake to have covert operations focused on democracy promotion. "That would cast a pall over legitimate democracy activities and strengthen the ability of regimes - like Russia and Iran - opposed to this to demonise and stigmatise democracy efforts."

The conference was hosted by the National Intelligence Council and the State Department's own intelligence wing.

Experts said the discussions took place against a backdrop of two parallel crises that are playing out behind the scenes in Washington's complex world of democracy promotion.

Firstly, neo-conservatives and their critics broadly agree that the administration's freedom agenda - forcefully expressed by President George W. Bush inhis second inaugural address 18 months ago - is indisarray.
In testimony to a Senate committee last week, experts described how a collapse in US credibility worldwide - through prison abuse and torture scandals, secret detentions and the carnage in Iraq - had made it easier for autocrats, both friendly and hostile to the US, to resist and sometimes reverse the democratic tide. Russia, China, Egypt, Venezuela and central Asia were singled out.

At the same time, a split has emerged between and within US non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in democracy promotion. The issues revolve around how closely associated they should be with an official US freedom agenda that, through the invasion of Iraq, has become easily confused with "regime change". Several NGO boards have held fierce internal debates over the "grey area" between democracy promotion and regime change, how to maintain transparency and when "covert" activities are justified. A drive by Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state, to take control of the administration's democracy spending away from quasi-independent intermediaries has added to the discomfort of NGOs that see their own independence jeopardised.

The State Department's Iran-Syria Operations Group was "trying to push money out the door" to back organisations working for democratic change in those countries, said one adviser.

Some NGOs, for example [George Soros'] Freedom House, have quietly accepted the funding. Others have refused, saying they want to remain transparent and keep their distance from the US. "It's dog eats dog in the democracy-building world," said one board member, who asked not to be named.

He said the split was most evident in a rift between the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a grant-making NGO funded by Congress and set up in the cold war, and Freedom House, which is taking a much more aggressive stance in supporting peaceful movements and activities directed at regime change.
Keeping a distance from the US government was "absolutely critical", Carl Gershman, head of NED, told a Senate hearing. "Our credibility is at stake."
But Mark Palmer, vice-chairman of Freedom House said the US government should be a radical democratising agent and close co-operation with US embassies in the field was good.


Democracy is Dead, Its Movement Time (Part 1)
Freedom Rider: by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
"The only hope for America is mass dissent."
"Believing that the Democratic party will act in a different manner than it has been is truly delusional."
The Democrats pretend to offer something else, but cannot articulate it - because they are in thrall of the same corporate powers that smother the very idea of democracy, social justice and peace in its crib. The Democrats will not change a damn thing - not Obama, or Hillary, or Edwards. The people must take to the streets, in multitudinous ways to halt the juggernaut that is plunging the United States into a police regime handcuffed to predatory classes, and a lethal danger to the planet.
The only hope for America is mass dissent. Democrats have shown their hand. They will do nothing but wait out the clock in the hopes of getting Hillary Clinton elected president in November 2008. During that time, the U.S. will continue to kill Iraqis and will have begun the process of killing Iranians. Hillary Clinton will have helped commit those atrocities. It is insanity to use her presidency as a political tactic against the Bushites.
Not only is November 2008 too late to stop atrocities in the making, but it is clear that even if they are successful, the Democrats will do nothing to turn back the Bush tide. Will they undo the Patriot Act, violations of FISA rules that allowed spying on Americans, or the Military Commissions Act? Will they rebuild New Orleans or empty the jails of non-violent offenders? Recent history proves that they will not. Once the second Clinton presidency is it hand, we will be told to shut up and sit down. We will be told to rejoice that a Democrat is appointing federal judges, and ignore the fact that Guantanamo still holds political prisoners known as enemy combatants.
The first step in activating those people who are willing to act is to first tell them the bitter truth. Cooperation with the system, including the Democratic party, is a recipe for continued warfare, loss of civil liberties and increased corporate power.


70% of the Palestinian population are either refugees or displaced persons
Palestinian Information Center
Twenty-five years since the massacre of Palestinian refugees committed by Lebanese Phalange militias with the complicity of Israel's army controlling the area in the camps of Sabra and Shatila, Palestinian refugees remain without protection and the search for rights-based solutions to their plight. Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) are the largest and longest-standing unresolved case of refugees and displaced persons in the world. In 2006-2007, there were approximately 7 million Palestinian refugees and 450,000 internally displaced Palestinians representing 70 percent of the entire Palestinian population worldwide (10.1 million). The legal status of some 400,000 additional Palestinians is unclear, but they too are likely to be refugees. The forced displacement of Palestinians, both refugee and non-refugees is ongoing in the OPT and Israel as well as in some host countries, in particular in Iraq and Lebanon.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36285

Accidents Happen: Israelis Kill 892 Palestinian Kids
. . . on the BBC the Israeli military stated that the killing of Yehya, Mahmoud and Sarah was an accident: 'at the very last second, it was apparent that they were children, but it was impossible to stop the explosion.' There was no mention of holding accountable the soldiers who killed them or at the very least any offer of support to the families and the community (...) Since September 28, 2000, there have been 892 such accidents.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36091

Israel Conducted Air Strike Inside Syria
Agence France-Presse
Israel carried out a rare air strike inside Syria last week targeting a shipment of arms, CNN reported Tuesday quoting US government and military sources. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18361.htm

Israeli jets carried out an air strike in Syria last week, a US defence official has said

Israel tried to attack ground targets in Syria, says Bishara:
Former MK says IAF's infiltration of Syrian airspace was meant to take out anti-aircraft missile facilities, ground targets. 'This was a full blown aerial operation and we are treading on dangerous ground,' he says

Desert Peace
As is the usual practice during Jewish Festivals in Israel, there is a closure of the entire West Bank, meaning that Palestinians cannot enter Israel proper without a special permit, which is very difficult to obtain. The fact that today was the first Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan meant nothing to the 'guardians of Islam's Holy Shrines'..... prayers were restricted to Jews only who were celebrating their New Year. No one else matters in this grand 'Democracy of the Middle East'... despite the 'love in fests' between Olmert and Abbas... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36272

neoliberal or neocon, u.s. imperialism and zionism are inseparable...
Clinton gets boost from rabbi poll, calls for undivided Jerusalem
In her new position paper on Israel, Hillary Rodham Clinton comes not only to praise the Jewish state but to bury doubts that she would be any less vigilant in its protection than the Bush [or any other U.S.] administration.

Ready to return with nothing
Matthew Cassel writing from Baddawi refugee camp, Live from Lebanon
...Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the year when three-quarters of the Palestinian population were forced from their historic lands and ended up in places like the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp. Still unable to return to their homeland, the refugees from Nahr al-Bared are probably the only people in the world demanding the right to return to a refugee camp. The discussion surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is narrowly focused on the issue of the occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. The rights of Palestinian refugees have almost entirely dropped off the radar. It's clear that Israel, unwilling to even give up its illegal settlements built on Palestinian land in the West Bank, will certainly not acknowledge or grant the Palestinians' right to return despite numerous UN resolutions reaffirming this right... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36164

"It is the Iraqis' misfortune that the international coalition has brought clerics to power," Dr. Shakir Hamdan, an expert on Islamic issues told IPS in Baghdad. "They will only lead the country into sectarian wars and take the whole country into the dark ages where one man rules and freedom is lost."... The elections in January 2005 were almost completely controlled by religious groups and their political parties....
"Our country has turned from a secular into a purely religious country," Munthir Sulayman, social reform activist in Baghdad told IPS.
"It was the American theory to cooperate with clerics in order to control the situation in Iraq right from the beginning of occupation," Fadhil Yasseen, a lawyer in Baghdad, told IPS. "That was obvious from the gestures that (former Coalition Provisional Authority head) Paul Bremer made to Sistani, and the full support he gave to the Shia coalition to take full control of Iraq."

Is the U.S. Responsible for a Million Iraqi Deaths?
Patrick McElwee and Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy, via ZNet
In October 2006 researchers from Johns Hopkins University published a peer-reviewed article in The Lancet, one of Europe's most important and respected medical journals, estimating that 650,000 Iraqis had been killed due to the U.S.-led invasion of their country, 601,000 violently. The report was quickly marginalized in public debate in the United States. The researchers' methods were not to blame. They used the method accepted around the world to measure demographics such as birth and death rates in the wake of natural and man-made disasters: a cluster survey. No one found substantive flaws in the way they conducted their research. Instead, their findings were dismissed because they asked the politically charged question of how many Iraqis have died, and the answer they found was unacceptably high. Since the Lancet estimate was based on a survey completed in July 2006 and no new demographic studies have been conducted since, Just Foreign Policy has created an update of the Lancet estimate to account for the violent deaths that have occurred since, in an effort to put the question of the overall death toll back on the table... http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=13745

Iraq: New U.S. Base - Wasit
Sarah Meyer, Index Research
Reuters (10 September 1007) had a headline: US to build military base on Iraq-Iran border. "The base, which the military describes as a "life support area", will be set up near the headquarters of the Department of Border Enforcement in Badrah, in the central province of Wasit." "The province, currently the theatre of a massive US-led military crackdown targeting Shiite militiamen allegedly involved in weapons smuggling, shares a 200 kilometre (125 mile) border with Iran." Hassan Jumaa Awad, Iraqi union leader, was recently travelling to raise awareness of the US attempts to grab Iraq’s oil. Among the interesting points that he raised: "There is a newly discovered field in Wasit province in central Iraq with the potential to fill millions of barrels of oil. Under the law this new field will be given over to multinationals."....

Think-tanks: where bipartisan imperialist analyses, strategies and propaganda are created for politicians to execute
Rumsfeld Redeploys to Major Think-tank
In early September, Stanford University's Hoover Institution announced that former Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld would become a visiting fellow at the Institution. According to a statement issued on Sep. 7 by Hoover's director John Raisan, Rumsfeld will participate in the institution's new task force of scholars and experts studying post-Sep. 11 ideology and terror. "I have asked Don to join the distinguished group of scholars that will pursue new insights on the direction of thinking that the United States might consider going forward," Raisian said.
Earlier this year, retired Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, former commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), began service as the first Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institution. Senator Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican defeated in his bid for re-election, signed on to head up a new programme called "America's Enemies", which will be located at the Ethics and Public Policy Centre, a Washington-based think tank formerly headed by neoconservative hawk Elliott Abrams.
Paul Wolfowitz, another neocon architect of the Iraq war, returned to the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute, one of the premier conservative think-tanks. And former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, defeated in the race of governor of that state, signed on with the Family Research Council, a prominent Washington-based Christian conservative lobbying group.
The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, has a 25-million-dollar annual budget, possesses a 250-million-dollar endowment, and employs some 250 people. Its website describes it as a "public policy research centre devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy -- both domestic and foreign -- as well as international affairs."

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda"
President GeorgeWBush

"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media"
former CIA Director William Colby (died suddenly after freak canoe accident) Bernstein's 1977 Oct. Rolling stone article.

The Iranian Attack That Wasn't
How NYT reporter Michael Gordon trumped up story about Iranians killing Americans in Iraq that is mantra of war-against- Iran crowd

France casts doubt on ex-ABC consultant
PARIS -- The French Defense Ministry on Friday debunked the credentials of a former ABC News consultant who claimed to have worked as an adviser to the ministry, saying the man was just an intern for five months. Alexis Debat, who was fired by the TV network last year, quit a Washington think tank on Wednesday after being accused of faking an interview with Barack Obama... The AP quoted Debat in stories in 2001 and 2004. He was quoted in 2001, identified as a former French Defense Ministry analyst, a former French Defense Ministry official and as a U.S. desk officer for the Defense Ministry until 2000. In one story, he said the United States and France had increased their intelligence-sharing.He was the main source for another story in which he said police had found a notebook with codes that could help decipher messages within Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.
He was identified as a terrorism consultant in a 2004 story about CIA Director George Tenet's resignation. He was quoted as saying Tenet had a reputation as a yes-man for President Bush.

relentless, contemptible criminal complicity..
For Iraqis General's Report Offers Bitter Truth
More than 20 Iraqis of different sects and ethnicities said in interviews across the country that they viewed the [Petraeous-Crocker] report [SIC] favorably because it — or, at least the parts shown on television in Iraq — portrayed the situation accurately.... Iraqis want nothing more than to have U.S. soldiers leave Iraq, but there is nothing they can less afford.
Reporting was contributed by Khalid Ansary, Sahar Nageeb, Ahmad Fadam, Kareem Hilmi and Iraqi employees of The New York Times in Diyala, Mosul, Kurdistan and Anbar. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/world/middleeast/12reax.html?th&emc=th

Spy Master Admits Error [SIC]
Intel czar Mike McConnell told Congress a new law helped bring down a terror plot. The facts say otherwise.

US troops who criticised Iraq war strategy killed in Baghdad
· Article claimed Bush's policy was total failure
· Deaths reported on eve of presidential address
Staff Sergeant Yance Gray, 26, and Sergeant Omar Mora, 28, were among a group of seven soldiers serving in Iraq who wrote excoriating America's conduct of the war.

British academics warn US is preparing "shock and awe" attack on Iran
An 80-page study written by two British security analysts and released on August 28 makes a chilling estimation of the results of overwhelming force that the US would use in attack on Iran

War Against Iran and the Logic of Dominance
By Gareth Porter
If the Bush administration launches an attack on Iran, the reason won't be that Iran was about to obtain a nuclear weapon. The real reason will be that United States, as the world's only superpower, wants to establish clearly that it -- not Iran -- is the dominant power in the Middle East. That would make us all less secure, but the insistence on asserting dominance in the Middle East is the essence of the Bush administration's policy.

Prevent President from Committing a War Crime: Open Letter to the New Generation of Military Officers
Should some civilian order you to initiate a nuclear attack on Iran, you are duty-bound to refuse that order
by Lt. Col. Robert M. Bowman http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6773

Was a Covert Attempt to Bomb Iran with Nuclear Weapons foiled by a Military Leak?
By Michael E. Salla, M.A., Ph.D.
There will be a need for continued public awareness of the true events behind the B-52 incident in order to expose the actual role of Mr. Cheney. Only in that way can Cheney be held accountable for his actions, and other government figures that supported his neo-conservative agenda be exposed. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18374.htm

Chanel 4 News Interviews President Ahmadinejad
Video and Transcript
We accuse the English and the US of occupying and violating Iraq. I think the US and Britain should amend their own views and behaviour; if they want to blame others for their defeat then they can be sure that their defeats will be repeated.

The Barksdale Nukes
B-52s and Bush’s War Plans
SCOTT VEST, former Air Force Captain at Minot AFB
There has been a great deal of speculation in recent days about the Air Force incident on August 30 in which six cruise missiles were transported from Minot AFB in North Dakota to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana with nuclear warheads still attached. There are those who believe that the shipment, revealed to the Military Times by two unnamed Air Force officers, represents part of some nefarious plot by the Bush Administration to stage weapons for a nuclear attack on Iran. Another article goes so far as to extend the scope of the plot to postulate stock market manipulation by rich administration insiders who are predicting huge near term stock market upheavals in the expected wake of such an attack and are poised to cash in. In several articles, the authors state that there is no way that the shipment could have been an accident. However, as much as I can relate to the mind set that the Bush Administration is up to no good, I have to say that it almost certainly had to be an accident, or if not an accident it was not a prelude to nuclear war with Iran or anyone else...
Do I think that the administration is drawing up serious plans to attack Iran? I do. Do I think that neocon whack jobs and particularly Dick Cheney are considering the use of nuclear weapons? I do. But the facts are scarier than the conspiracy theories swirling around this B-52 incident. If a decision is made to launch nuclear strikes from US bases using B-52s, it can be done without any telltale unusual movements of assets. A single B-52H can put over 6 megatons of nuclear power on target anywhere on the planet within 30 hours from the time the order is received.
Scott Vest can be reached at vestsa@comcast.net http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36242

911 Hijack 'suspects' alive and well:
A fourth man the FBI had named as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.
And there are suggestions that another suspect, Khalid Al Midhar, may also be alive. FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged on Thursday that the identity of several of the suicide hijackers is in doubt. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/1559151.stm

Remembering the Atrocities of 9/11 - 34 Years Ago
By NY Transfer
09/11/07 "ICH" --- - Some of us have been marking the atrocities of September 11 for 34 years. On September 11, 1973, Nixon, Kissinger and their pals at ITT went beyond "making the Chilean economy scream" and enjoyed a full-blown military assault against Chile which began the bloody fascist coup there. Here is a very brief history of that September 11 from Wikipedia, which offers extensive links to some other basic readings and chronologies. (See sources at the end). On September 11, 2003, people asked "Why Do they hate US?" The events of September 11, 1973 were just one good, ironic example. - NY Transfer
Salvador Allende (1905-1973) died on September 11, 1973 The Democratically elected Socialist President of Chile (1970-1973) was overthrown and died during the US-backed Pinochet fascist coup when La Moneda Palace in Santiago was bombed by the Chilean military.

Brief Wikipedia Summary
On September 11, 1973, a military coup d'etat removed Allende. The intervention was extremely violent from the very beginning. The military surrounded La Moneda with tanks and infantry troops and bombed it with Hawker Hunter fighter jets. The president and some of his aides were besieged in the palace. Allende refused to surrender, and addressed the nation for a last time in a potent farewell speech
(see below).

The worst violence occurred in the first few months after the coup, with the number of suspected leftists killed or "disappeared" soon reaching into the thousands. In the days immediately following the coup, the National Stadium was used as a concentration camp holding
40,000 prisoners. Some of the most famous cases of "desaparecidos" are Charles Horman, a U.S. citizen who was tortured and killed during the coup itself; Chilean songwriter Víctor Jara, murdered while held prisoner at the Chile Stadium immediately after the coup, and the October 1973 Caravan of Death (Caravana de la Muerte) where at least 70 persons were killed. Approximately 130,000 individuals were arrested in a three-year period, with the number of dead and "disappeared" reaching into the thousands within the first few months. Most of the people targeted had been supporters of Allende.

*** Allende's Last Speech

My friends, Surely this will be the last opportunity for me to address you. The Air Force has bombed the antennas of Radio Magallanes.

My words do not have bitterness but disappointment. May they be a moral punishment for those who have betrayed their oath: soldiers of Chile, titular commanders in chief, Admiral Merino, who has designated himself Commander of the Navy, and Mr. Mendoza, the despicable general who only yesterday pledged his fidelity and loyalty to the Government, and who also has appointed himself Chief of the Carabineros [paramilitary police].

Given these facts, the only thing left for me is to say to workers: I am not going to resign! Placed in a historic transition, I will pay for loyalty to the people with my life. And I say to them that I am certain that the seeds which we have planted in the good conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be shriveled forever.

They have force and will be able to dominate us, but social processes can be arrested by neither crime nor force. History is ours, and people make history.

Workers of my country: I want to thank you for the loyalty that you always had, the confidence that you deposited in a man who was only an interpreter of great yearnings for justice, who gave his word that he would respect the Constitution and the law and did just that. At this definitive moment, the last moment when I can address you, I wish you to take advantage of the lesson: foreign capital, imperialism, together with the reaction, created the climate in which the Armed Forces broke their tradition, the tradition taught by General Schneider and reaffirmed by Commander Araya, victims of the same social sector who today are hoping, with foreign assistance, to re-conquer the power to continue defending their profits and their privileges.

I address you, above all the modest woman of our land, the campesina who believed in us, the mother who knew our concern for children. I address professionals of Chile, patriotic professionals who continued working against the sedition that was supported by professional associations, classist associations that also defended the advantages of capitalist society. I address the youth, those who sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I address the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those who will be persecuted, because in our country fascism has been already present for many hours -- in terrorist attacks, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railroad tracks, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to act. They were committed. History will judge them.

Surely Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal instrument of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to his country.

The people must defend themselves, but they must not sacrifice themselves. The people must not let themselves be destroyed or riddled with bullets, but they cannot be humiliated either.

Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to construct a better society.

Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!

These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason.

Santiago de Chile, 11 September 1973
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_Chilean_coup_d'%C3%A9tat

On Sept. 12, 1977, South African black student leader Steven Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/20070912.html

Indigenous people get U.N. rights over U.S. objections
The U.N. General Assembly adopted a declaration Thursday affirming the rights of native peoples worldwide over objections from the United States and Canada, ending two decades of deliberations.

Leonard Peltier: Silence Screams
Leonard Peltier turned 63 years old on September 12, 2007, an international day demanding the immediate, unconditional freedom of this Native American artist, writer, and activist––one of the most widely recognized political prisoners in the world. Leonard has spent more than 31 years in some of the cruelest prisons in the United States, unjustly condemned to a double life sentence for the shooting death of two FBI agents in 1975. His situation is now aggravated by health problems. From his cell in the federal prison at Lewisberg, Pensilvania, he keeps right on struggling for the rights of indigenous people. He’s contributed to the establishment of libraries, schools, scholarships, and battered women’s shelters among many other projects. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and again in 2007.

white supremacist agenda...
Census Shows More Black Residents Are Leaving New York and Other Cities [New Orleans not mentioned]
After shrinking for decades, the proportion of New Yorkers who are white and non-Hispanic appears to have leveled off since 2000 and may even have risen slightly in 2006, the latest year surveyed by the census, according to results released yesterday...If that trend is sustained, it would make New York one of a handful of major cities — with Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco and Washington — where whites had become a minority, but where black flight has exceeded the departure of whites since the beginning of the decade. In Boston, the figures indicate that whites became a majority again in 2006...“It’s counterintuitive in some ways,” Professor Jackson said. “You’d think after 9/11 fear would have taken hold and people would have moved away.... http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/nyregion/12census.html?th&emc=th

fascist state's religious imprimatur a vain attempt to stop prisoners' politicization...
Prisons Purging Religious Books From Libraries
In federal prisons, chaplains have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries...a 2004 report by the Office of the Inspector General in the Justice Department recommended steps that prisons should take, in light of the Sept. 11 attacks, to avoid becoming recruiting grounds for militant Islamic and other religious groups. The bureau, an agency of the Justice Department, defended its effort, which it calls the Standardized Chapel Library Project, as a way of barring access to materials that could, in its words, “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize.”... The Bureau of Prisons said it relied on experts to produce lists of up to 150 book titles and 150 multimedia resources for each of 20 religions or religious categories — everything from Bahaism to Yoruba... The identities of the bureau’s experts have not been made public ....“It’s swatting a fly with a sledgehammer,” said Mark Earley, president of Prison Fellowship, a Christian group. “There’s no need to get rid of literally hundreds of thousands of books that are fine simply because you have a problem with an isolated book or piece of literature that presents extremism.”...The lists are broad, but reveal eccentricities and omissions. There are nine titles by C. S. Lewis, for example, and none from the theologians Reinhold Niebuhr, Karl Barth and Cardinal Avery Dulles, and the influential pastor Robert H. Schuller. ... The bureau has not provided additional money to prisons to buy the books on the lists, so in some prisons, after the shelves were cleared of books not on the lists, few remained.... chaplains routinely reject any materials that incite violence or disparage, and donated materials already had to be approved by prison officials. A chaplain who has worked more than 15 years in the prison system, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is a bureau employee, said: “At some of the penitentiaries, guys have been studying and reading for 20 years, and now they are told that this material doesn’t meet some kind of criteria....
The lists have not been made public by the bureau, but were made available to The Times by a critic of the bureau’s project. In some cases, the lists belie their authors’ preferences. For example, more than 80 of the 120 titles on the list for Judaism are from the same Orthodox publishing house. A Catholic scholar and an evangelical Christian scholar who looked over some of the lists were baffled at the selections. Timothy Larsen, who holds the Carolyn and Fred McManis Chair of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, an evangelical school, looked over lists for “Other Christian” and “General Spirituality.”... The lists “show a bias toward evangelical popularism and Calvinism,” he said, and lacked materials from early church fathers, liberal theologians and major Protestant denominations. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/10/us/10prison.html?th&emc=th

criminal injustice serving the rule of capital...
24-Year Term for Californian in Terrorism Training Case
Hamid Hayat, convicted last year of aiding terrorists and lying to the F.B.I., has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
The defense team has repeatedly questioned the validity of the prosecution’s case, in part because the F.B.I. relied on a paid informer, Naseem Khan, who received more than $200,000 from the government and testified that there was a connection between Hamid and Umer Hayat and Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s second in command. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/11/us/11lodi.html?th&emc=th

White gangsters a pillar of the systeem, not terrorists
5 Guilty in Chicago Mob Case
A federal jury found five aging men guilty in a racketeering conspiracy that involved decades of extortion,
loan-sharking and murder.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/11/us/11mob.html?th&emc=th

headlining capitalist for-profit values ..
Report of Cancer Hurts Maker of Chip Implants
Shares of Applied Digital Solutions and its publicly traded subsidiary, VeriChip, fell as investors reacted to a report over the weekend linking the tiny radio device to cancer.The radio identification device for which VeriChip is named is a glass-encased chip the size of a grain of rice. The device, which carries an encrypted number, is injected in the upper arm. In medical applications, the chip is linked to medical records stored at hospitals or with a primary-care physician. A low-powered transmitter in the chip emits the identification number when queried at close range by a VeriChip scanner. VeriChip has demonstrated that the same chip could also be linked to other databases. For example, nightclubs have used it to recognize regular visitors and Mexican police have used it to control access to a high-security office.All of the potential applications have stirred strong opposition from privacy advocates, who have called implanting chips in humans an extreme abuse of radio-frequency identification (or RFID) technology. Katherine Albrecht, a longtime critic of RFID and VeriChip who contacted The Associated Press several months ago with some of the studies on which the article released this weekend was based, said in an e-mail message to supporters yesterday, “This kind of negative publicity spells the beginning of the end for VeriChip and their plans to chip us all like bar-coded packages of meat.”

An Opportunity for Wall St. in China’s Surveillance Boom
SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 7 — Li Runsen, the powerful technology director of China’s ministry of public security, is best known for leading Project Golden Shield, China’s intensive effort to strengthen police control over the Internet. But last month Mr. Li took an additional title: director for China Security and Surveillance Technology, a fast-growing company that installs and sometimes operates surveillance systems for Chinese police agencies, jails and banks, among other customers. The company has just been approved for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
The company’s listing and Mr. Li’s membership on its board are just the latest signs of ever-closer ties among Wall Street, surveillance companies and the Chinese government’s security apparatus.
Wall Street analysts now follow the growth of companies that install surveillance systems providing Chinese police stations with 24-hour video feeds from nearby Internet cafes. Hedge fund money from the United States has paid for the development of not just better video cameras, but face-recognition software and even newer behavior-recognition software designed to spot the beginnings of a street protest and notify police...
Over the last year, American hedge funds have put more than $150 million into Chinese surveillance companies.

The Chinese government trade association for surveillance companies, which also regulates the industry, predicts that the surveillance market here will expand to more than $43.1 billion by 2010, compared with less than $500 million in 2003. Under the Safe Cities program adopted by the government last winter, 660 cities are starting work on high-tech surveillance systems...

China Security and Surveillance has been aggressively raising money in the United States, including $110 million in convertible loans so far this year from the Citadel Group, a big hedge fund in Chicago. In the last 18 months, the company has used the money to acquire or make a deal to buy 10 of the 50 largest surveillance companies in China...
After the company announced sharply higher sales and profit on Aug. 13, a succession of American hedge fund managers and investment bank analysts took turns on a conference call questioning and congratulating Mr. Yap.

Traded on the over-the-counter bulletin board market while waiting for the beginning of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the company has raised almost all of its money through the Citadel loans and private placements of stock with 17 institutional investors in the United States, including the Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund in Plano, Tex., and JLF, a hedge fund based in Del Mar, Calif....

China Security and Surveillance has headquarters in Shenzhen, a high-tech manufacturing center in southeastern China, but two years ago it purchased a “shell” Delaware company with no operations but a listing on the American over-the-counter bulletin board market. It turned the Delaware company into its corporate parent.

China Public Security, also with headquarters in Shenzhen, incorporated in Florida in the same way to obtain a listing on the over-the-counter bulletin board. China Security and Surveillance is involved in some of the most controversial areas of public security. Mr. Yap said on the conference call with Wall Street analysts and hedge fund managers in August that one of the company’s growth areas involved surveillance systems for Internet cafes; the government is trying to clamp down on users of the cafes in order to discourage pornography and prostitution...

Mr. Yap said investment firms from Europe, the United States and Asia were so enthused about the surveillance market in China that he typically led a full-day tour each week to some of the company’s factories and installations. At an aging Shenzhen police station, where the scuffed and peeling yellow walls look as though they have not been painted since the Cultural Revolution, a $100,000 bank of new video screens behind the duty officer’s desk shows scenes from nearby streets. In another neighborhood, the company has installed a $1 million system. Many of the surveillance cameras are still assembled at a modest factory. But the company has used $20 million of the cash it raised in the United States to acquire a large industrial park with six just-completed factory buildings and six dormitories.


IRAQ The Logic of Withdrawal – Book Review
By Jim Miles
Special to PalestineChronicle.com

Iraq – The Logic of Withdrawal. Anthony Arnove. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2007.
Anthony Arnove recognizes that Iraq matters to the U.S., that a defeat will be “far more significant” than that in Vietnam, as it would be a reversal of a long applied geostrategy to control the Middle East.

With George Bush having General Petraeus tell him that success is possible in Iraq “although doing so will be neither quick nor easy,” and with his own speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars that rewrote the history book on the Vietnamese war with some strange twists of conjecture, it would appear that the U.S. is settling in for the long haul in Iraq. In a similar vein, Ambassador Ryan Crocker called Iraq “a traumatized society,” adding to the old tired excuse that the U.S. cannot quit the war as the Iraqis themselves are not capable of managing their own affairs. The essential message becomes the same as in Vietnam: the Iraqis are not capable of working things out themselves and in order to give them freedom and democracy, we need to continue fighting the insurgency that mysteriously continues to battle on. Nowhere does the message go out that, yes, “we” are the problem, “we” started it (leaving aside for the moment all the arguments about illegality, lies and deception, and oil), and “we” should get out and go home and let the Iraqis work out their problems on their own or with the assistance of their neighbours and perhaps the sidelined UN.

It is at this point the Anthony Arnove’s book (second edition) Iraq – The Logic of Withdrawal, becomes very timely. It is a clear, well written work, a short read that presents arguments in a concise and well-referenced manner. In order to get to the ‘logic of withdrawal’ Arnove presents strong summary chapters on the overall picture of what has and is happening in Iraq. From that it could be considered a ‘primer’ on what has occurred in Iraq, historically from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, through to the period of U.S. involvement since the Second World War, continuing on into current events with the protracted ‘sanction’ phase against Iraq followed by the deceit of the current war.

In the introduction Arnove recognizes that Iraq matters to the U.S., that a defeat will be “far more significant” than that in Vietnam, as it would be a reversal of a long applied geostrategy to control the Middle East. Further, it signifies that the U.S. has “run up against the limits of empire,” and that “popular forces” within the civilian, military and international world need to “force the U.S. government to this conclusion.” He looks even further and sees a larger challenge, “the need to transform the irrational economic and political system that led to the wars…and that is today directly threatening the survival of the human species.”

In “A War of Choice”, Arnove discusses the issues of legality and international law, of manipulation of information, oil, Kuwait and the 1990s sanctions, and the message given to the world by the invasion. From there he presents the current situation with topics on infrastructure conditions (water, power, hospitals), the economic impacts of foreign workers, corporations, the idealized neoliberal open market restructuring, personal safety reflecting tactics used by Israelis to disenfranchise Palestinians, and then into torture and the creation of the ‘other’, the non-person without rights, protection, and subject to all kinds of atrocities outside the reach of the law.

The ever-recurring theme of “The New White Man’s Burden” highlights the arguments that the U.S. makes about its morality and benevolence towards the world, a world in which the ‘other’ is not capable of governing themselves. He uses Canada’s now resident political pundit Michael Ignatieff who argues for the cause of imperialism, an empire whose “grace notes are free markets, human rights and democracy, enforced by the most awesome military power the world has ever known.” I cannot perceive that there is any moral right, or freedom of any kind, or any but the most narrowly proscribed democracy with all that military power being the instrument of ‘grace.’ Neither can Arnove. He continues with the violent example of the Philippines, the racist ‘logic’ applied there, and how that has transferred over the years to Iraq.

Iraq’s “History of Occupation” reviews the British occupation and control after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the rebellion by the Iraqis, the use of reserve troops and the first use of aerial bombing and the threat of chemical warfare (by our hero Churchill no less) against the civilian population. That history leads into the era of Saddam Hussein and the U.S. turn against him on the invasion of Kuwait.

The idea of occupying forces blaming the resident population of not being capable of governing themselves, of being savage warriors, in the case of Iraq of being ‘terrorists’ lacks any common sense, relying on “a long colonial legacy.” “The Resistance in Iraq” begins with the idea expressed by several Americans that “we would oppose any outside interference in Iraq’s road to democracy,” a completely self-contradictory statement that no rationale person would accept for Iraq’s transformation. Instead, “In challenging their occupation, the people of Iraq have transformed the calculus of empire.” Arnove, without quoting the UN Charter, states, “The people of Iraq have very right to resist U.S. occupation,” a fundamental element of the charter the U.S. has to ignore in order carry out its plans of hegemony.

After that background has been established, Arnove discusses “The Logic of Withdrawal”, providing eight well-defined reasons that should seem obvious to the reader of average intelligence. His reasoning is a rebuttal to some obviously contrived and also plain and simple ignorant arguments made by the administration and its supporters (and some supposed non-supporters if the Democrats are included) as to why the U.S. should stay in Iraq. Only a racist, bigoted, non-rationale and immoral thought pattern would not be able to see that the U.S. is staying in Iraq on a series of lies. In plain and simple language, Arnove states, “We should allow the people of Iraq to determining their own future….that in addition to calling for an end to military occupation,” also calls “…for an end to the economic occupation of Iraq….” Highly logical, with an equally high degree of common sense as well.

Finally, in wanting “Out Now”, Arnove looks at the factors that ended the Vietnam war, looks at the opposition to the war in various arenas: the first is obvious, the Iraqi resistance; the second is the military itself, based on its racist policies of recruitment; third, is growing opposition at home, emphasized by the lack of response to the on-going civil disaster in New Orleans; and ending in a series of arguments on the economic and social welfare erosion within the U.S. Ultimately, Arnove sees the relationship between home and abroad, as “The corporate looting of Iraq is simply an extension of the looting at home.” There is recognition that the factors for getting out now are not yet strong enough, but need to be strengthened across a broad front.

The afterward to the second edition extends the above arguments briefly and then considers the attitude towards Iran. The Iranian nuclear threat is simply a “smokescreen”, obvious again to anyone who understands the articles of the NPT and elBaradei’s reports from the IAEA, as the real motivation “in Iran – as in Iraq – are energy, geography, and geopolitics.” The reality of the current and perhaps subsequent administrations is that any conjecture that relies “on the intelligence, rationality, or humanity of U.S. policymakers would be an unwise one.”

Arnove has presented very basic forthright arguments that support the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. military apparatus (and I use that, as Arnove intends, to include the economic side of it as well) from Iraq. The very fundamental lies that the U.S. administration uses to support its ideology are easily rebutted, yet the ongoing self-contradictory statements continue to run like drivel from the political warriors in government positions. Iraq – The Logic of Withdrawal is a wonderfully concise primer for those looking for the obvious rationale (apart from the moral gut feeling) as to why the U.S. should quit Iraq.

-Jim Miles is a Canadian educator and a regular contributor/columnist of opinion pieces and book reviews to Palestine Chronicles. His interest in this topic stems originally from an environmental perspective, which encompasses the militarization and economic subjugation of the global community and its commodification by corporate governance and the American government.