10/3/7 The Language of Imperialism: Loaded Language and Loaded Guns Do Christian-Zionists Drive U.S. Agenda?

"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers."
Aldous Huxley Forward to 'Brave New World', 1932

VOICE of The Nation
by Adam Engel
The VOICE said to the Sleepless of The Nation: “Voices that command, command. I overwhelm you with my immanence if I’m not real who is? My words redeem you, you can’t penetrate my words I pump them into you like bullets you don’t hear them high frequency like dog whistles raise primordial spooks to haunt your creepy skulls do what I dream you to do, and THEN you will be loved. You harden in pockets of darkness like old gum, oh shadows, you are doubts articulated you are puppets.”

imperialist-zionist state terrorism sold as "liberation"
8 Million Deaths & Media Holocaust Denial
Gideon Polya, MWC News
...While Mainstream media continue to trumpet the judicially-untested, and reason-chemistry-and physics-defying "official 9/11 version" of the Official Conspiracy Theory, they ignore the horrendous human consequences of the subsequent War on Terror – 6 million post-invasion excess deaths as adjudged from the data of world’s best practice, expert UN and American demographers and medical epidemiologists... the continuing US-backed Israeli Occupations (Occupied Lebanon and Occupied Palestine excess deaths 0.4 million), (the Bush I Gulf War (0.2 million Iraqi violent deaths), the Bush I-Clinton I-Bush II Sanctions War (1.7 million excess deaths), the Bush II Iraq War (2.0 million excess deaths), the Bush II Afghan War (3.2 million excess deaths) and the post-2001 world opiate drug deaths due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed opium industry (0.5 million deaths) now yields a total of 8 million...
Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=36914

"...the language of imperialism..."
White Man’s Wars, Past and Present
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford, for Black Agenda Radio
Racism is the engine that makes the rich man's world go ‘round. Majorities of white people of all classes identify with their moneyed-brethren, and can be counted on to rally to the racist banner. Such is the case with the U.S. offensive in the Middle East, and the villlianization of Muslims in general. "Eternal war" is now American policy, but it is a war that has gone on without end for half a millennium, since the Europeans "discovered" new regions for rape and pillage in 1492. They have since described their march of death as the spread of "civilization." Tell that to the 95 percent of indigenous Americans who died when the Europeans arrived, or the tens of millions of Africans whose societies were totally destroyed by the slave trade. And tell it to the one million Iraqis who have perished in the current war...
Our children are told that the last five centuries of European conquest of the planet are the apex of civilization - when, in fact, they have been the nadir of human relations, resulting in structural racism that destroys everything that does not conform to its piratic imperatives. The United States, the superpower, continues the mission, long after the Europeans have been largely exhausted by the game of slaughter and pillage. The Americans - and by this I mean white Americans, the people who support war - are conditioned by their own aggressions throughout their history to expect retaliation, and to blame the victim. Thus, the Indians, the native owners of the land, were demonized as savages who had no right to life. In the same way, the Africans, who were kidnapped and sent into the eternal hell of chattel slavery, were deemed to be animals with no more rights than cows and chickens. On this basis American "civilization" was born.

The United States has sliced and bayoneted its way through more countries than Hitler ever dreamed of. We hear the echoes of white American Manifest Destiny in every phrase uttered by the ranks of the Democratic Party that are allowed to speak on corporate media. Barack Obama wants 100,000 new troops to protect "American interests" in the world. John Kerry assures folks that America will "be there" to protect "our interests," whatever the cost. Hillary Clinton and the rest affirm the dictum. They all use the same language of imperialism: "our interests," an open-ended phraseology of thievery, that says: I will steal whatever I want, whenever I want.

The Bush regime prescribes eternal war. That's really just an extension of the global war that has gone on for half a millennium, since the European breakout of 1492. However, the world is rolling back on that horrendous offensive, and reclaiming itself. It will take time, and there will be uneven development. The great obstacle in setting the planet right is the United States white public, which thinks it has a mission in a world whose countries they cannot even find on the map. They kill people whose homes have no addresses that they would recognize. This is truly the banality of evil. But the edifice of white racist rule of the planet will crumble - is crumbling - and a new humanity will emerge. In the interest of the human species, we must cease collaborating with the engines of death, as personified by the Republican Party and the "top tier" of the Democratic candidates for president. The genocides must end - and they end, here.
For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford.

'Justice opinion': imprimatur for state terror
A secret 2005 Justice Department opinion provided explici authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics...

Uber Alles
by Guy Zimmerman
The hired killers of Blackwater blowing away Iraqi civilians are to be accorded heroic status for demonstrating the defining American virtues of murderous aggression, nihilistic disregard for others and complete imperviousness to any form of moral restraint. Anything less would be weak, and in the feedback loop created by our endless violence, to be weak is to invite death. This is the reducto ad absurdum of Capitalism played out on a world-wide scale... http://www.bestcyrano.org/voxpop/?p=202 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18499.htm

words of genocidal war
"The Right to Exist"
By Sonja Karkar
It is a curious phrase this "right to exist". Israel wants the world to accept its "right to exist" as a state, but it denies the indigenous Palestinians their right to exist as a people in their own land. International relations only acknowledges the rights of people, not states. [1] States exist because of the formal recognition afforded them by other states, and now that Israel is recognised as a state, it in fact exists. It makes no sense to demand that a political party recognise Israel's "right to exist", much less punish 4 million Palestinians because a majority voted the Hamas Party into government. Yet, these are the very words that are holding the Palestinians, particularly those in Gaza, to an impossible ransom.
Every policy and action undertaken by Israel is focused on creating an exclusively Jewish state in all of Palestine. From the very beginning, Zionist leaders made sure that all land taken would be held in trust on behalf of "the Jewish people in perpetuity". [5] Through a process of confiscation and transfer--known as "redeeming the land"--Jews worldwide have available to them land for lease in Israel. This discriminates outrageously against the 1.5 million Palestinian citizens living inside Israel who are not given equal rights with the immigrant Jews and who are allowed to live on only 3 per cent of the land while the rest is available only to Israel's Jewish citizens. They are finding themselves more and more isolated from the rest of Israeli society with none of the privileges as Israel finds even more fiendish ways to contain its demographic problem. It is a problem because Israel wants a "Jewish" state, not a "state for all its citizens"; a democracy for "Jews only", not a democracy for all its citizens. This should give pause to everyone holding up Israel's "beacon of democracy" as something to admire.
Furthermore, when Israel insists on the Palestinians accepting its "right to exist", it has everything to do with the Palestinians signing off on their own dispossession and nothing to do with Israel's fear of an existential threat. Israel's survival is guaranteed because of its [digest: U.S. backed proxy]overwhelming military might and not by the Palestinians recognising its "right to exist". It is the fourth most powerful army in the world [6] and there is not an Arab nation today that would challenge Israel's war machine. If Israel allowed a Palestinian state to exist, Israel knows very well that it would never have the military capacity to threaten Israel's existence. However, it makes for powerful propaganda as the world is still in thrall with the David and Goliath illusion.
Sonja Karkar is the founder and president of Women for Palestine in Melbourne, Australia. See www.womenforpalestine.com

The U.S. Push to Seize Control of Africa’s Gulf of Guinea Oil
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The U.S. has developed a formula for divesting countries of their national wealth and territorial integrity: declare them incompetent to “protect” vital resources - “failed states” - and then use this pretext to seize control of those resources. This transparent pattern of aggression is well underway in West Africa’s oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, whose waters are the property of several nations, including Nigeria. The Americans demand onshore basing rights for a naval presence that would “protect” the Gulf against - whom? Nigeria, in its tentative effort to organize African resistance to the U.S. intrusion, risks having itself declared a “failed state” by the encroachers.
Read more…http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=381&Itemid=37

Iraq's WMD Myth
Why Clinton is Culpable: just over 10 years ago, the Clinton administration deliberately sabotaged UN weapons inspections in Iraq.

propaganda by lies...
Media Lens
The mainstream media are continuing to use figures provided by the website Iraq Body Count (IBC) to sell the public a number for total post-invasion deaths of Iraqis that is perhaps 5-10% of the true death toll. As we recently reported, only a handful of media outlets covered a new ORB poll revealing that 1.2 million Iraqis had been murdered since the 2003 invasion. BBC Online provided a rare example: "A UK-based polling agency, Opinion Research Business (ORB), said it had extrapolated the figure by asking a random sample of 1,461 Iraqi adults how many people living in their household had died as a result of the violence rather than from natural causes. "The results lend weight to a 2006 survey of Iraqi households published by the Lancet, which suggested that about 655,000 Iraqi deaths were 'a consequence of the war'....

Senior Foreign Policy Adviser speaks U.S. war-mongering truth
"I Hate All Iranians":
Six Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were taken aback by the hardline approach of the Pentagon, in particular to be told by one of President Bush's senior officials, Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defence Secretary Robert Gates, "I hate all Iranians."

Iran Terror Label Bites Deep
By Kaveh L Afrasiabi
In the aftermath of the US House of Representatives' recent resolution branding the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as terrorist, the White House is reportedly poised to formally place it on the terrorist list of the US State Department, with ramifications to follow, such as a freeze on the IRGC's assets wherever the US can get its hands on them.

ever-loyal "opposition" neoliberal imperialists....
Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War
The Senate agreed on Thursday to increase the federal debt limit by $850 billion -- from $8.965 trillion to $9.815 trillion -- and then proceeded to approve a stop-gap spending bill that gives the Bush White House at least $9 billion in new funding for its war in Iraq.

Senate Urges Bush to Attack Iran
Democratic Senators Hillary Clinton (NY), Chuck Schumer (NY), Bob Menendez (NJ), Barbara Mikulski (MD), and Ben Cardin (MD) all voted in favor of the "Kyl-Lieberman Iran Amendment." This piece of legislation actually encourages the practitioner of cowboy diplomacy, George W. Bush, to be even more belligerent in his foreign policy. The Kyl-Lieberman Amendment passed by a vote of 76 to 22. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden voted against it, and Barack Obama missed the vote.

The Hidden Iranian Offer To Bush
"In May 2003, the Iranian authorities sent a proposal through the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, Tim Guldimann, for negotiations on a package deal in which Iran would freeze its nuclear program in exchange for an end to US hostility"

Reality vs. Rhetoric
U.S., not Iran, is the terrorist
Ed Kinane
Iran is in the news. But most of us know little about its people or its millennia-old culture or about its current realities. Nor do our leaders seem to know much. For the past couple years, George W. Bush’s administration has been trying to prepare the U.S. public for a military attack on Iran. The administration does what it can to demonize and provoke that nation. Mr. Bush and Company deny that their interest in Iran, like that in Iraq, is all about its vast oil reserves. They claim Iran is part of the “axis of evil” — that Iran is a “terrorist state,” a “nuclear threat.” This drumbeat of war displays a grotesque double standard. Who is really on any axis of evil? Who is really a terrorist state, a nuclear threat?
During my recent visit to Iran, Iranians put it this way: In the last two centuries has Iran — or Persia as it used to be called — invaded any other nation?
In 1953, on the other hand, President Eisenhower’s government, using CIA operatives based in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, toppled Iran’s populist and democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. Why the coup? Because Mossadegh insisted that Western corporations pay more than nominal fees for extracting Iranian crude oil.
The United States then imposed its puppet, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (backed by the SAVAK, his savage secret police), on that country. In 1979 Iranians rose up and dethroned the shah. When the shah fled to the United States, Iran sought his return to answer criminal charges. The United States refused. Iranian students then took over the U.S. Embassy, holding its personnel hostage for 444 days. If the United States had done the right thing and extradited the shah, it’s likely there would have been no crisis.
In 1980-88, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, then a U.S. ally, invaded Iran. That war led to hundreds of thousands of casualties on each side. The United States helped arm and finance Saddam, even winking at his massive use of chemical weapons.
These days, with no substantiation, President George W. Bush claims that Iran provides Iraqi insurgents with high-tech weaponry, thereby destabilizing Iraq. But it’s the United States — not Iran — that has invaded and occupied Iraq and plunged that nation into chaos.
In Iraq, the U.S. military, violating international law, has abducted several Iranian diplomats. U.S. Special Forces penetrate Iran’s interior, violating its sovereignty.... Iran does support Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon — parties that Mr. Bush also calls “terrorist.” If that overused buzzword were ever defined, it would quickly be seen that “terrorist” — simply given the scale of their violence to civilians — applies far more to the United States and to Israel than to Hamas and Hezbollah.
It isn’t Hamas and Hezbollah who impose apartheid. Nor did they invade Lebanon or occupy Palestine. Nor do they maintain secret nuclear arsenals.
Is Iran a nuclear threat?... Iran might seek nuclear weapons to deter others. After all Iran is flanked by the nuclear powers of Israel, Russia, India, Pakistan — each tolerated or even supported by the United States. And it’s surrounded by U.S. bases in neighboring Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan and among nearby Central Asian and Persian Gulf nations.
But it’s the United States — with no nuclear neighbors — that has more nuclear warheads and more nuclear submarines than all other nuclear nations combined. It’s the United States that occasionally threatens to use the nuke and that keeps alive its first-strike option. Talk about terrorism.
Ed Kinane visited Iran this past March on a Fellowship of Reconciliation civilian-diplomacy delegation ( edkinane@verizon.net).
the digest thanks Andres Kargar at galileo19@hotmail.com for the above article, and many many more,

capitalist culture: celebrating and enforcing racist white male supremacy
“A Letter to Ken Burns about The War: An Intimate History”
It is a hell beyond any possible imagining
by Dr. Suki Falconberg
‘The War,’ Mr. Burns, is the men who lined up to use the prostitutes on Hotel Street in Honolulu: women were raped 100 times a day—a different man entered the girl every three minutes. Why should I mourn these rapists when they were killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor? They slaughtered the bodies of these women in a fashion far more brutal than any bombing could ever be.

‘The War,’ Mr. Burns, is the Yokosuka rape queues in August 1945, with GI’s lined up for blocks, two abreast, to get at the Japanese girls enslaved in ‘comfort stations’ for them—with the full cooperation of the American and Japanese authorities. Destitute, vulnerable girls were raped into unconsciousness as the men joked and laughed and jostled in line, waiting their turn. Some girls bled to death. Some committed suicide—that is, the lucky ones who could escape. Not one ‘comfort girl’ has told her story—due to shame. Why did you not tell this particular ‘intimate history’ of ‘The War,’ Mr. Burns? Especially since ‘usage’ of the girls was almost 100%. Why has the small detail that almost every GI in Japan, 1945, was a rapist escaped you? Why his this big ‘dirty secret’ of war never been covered?

‘The War,’ Mr. Burns, is the widespread rape of French girls by GI’s after they ‘liberated’ Paris. Rape by American soldiers was so common that Eisenhower actually had to acknowledge it was happening, although he did nothing to stop it.

‘The War’ is the public parks in Palermo, where pimps considerately laid out mattresses so the GI’s could fuck starving Italian girls comfortably, for a dollar or two a turn.

‘The War’ is homeless, prostituted girls in Berlin doing it in the rubble for a few cents and agreeing to ‘share’ a GI bed so they would simply have a place to sleep that night. This, after they had already had the insides raped out of them by the invading Russian army and then were labeled ‘whores’ since it was a convenient way for the authorities to deal with these ‘ruined’ women.

The War’ is the village in Okinawa where GI’s raped every woman, girl, and child—the victims were too sick and starving to even try to run from their attackers...

‘The War,’ Mr. Burns, is the starvation prostitution forced upon tens of thousands of European and Japanese girls (some barely into their teens) by the ridiculous conflicts men create to display their phallic brutality. It is also the brothel attached to a military base in Arizona stocked with ‘worn-out whores’ and reserved exclusively for black solders, so that the white GI’s would not have to ‘contaminate’ their penises by raping the same prostitutes. Thousands of black GI’s passed through this brothel daily, and who knows what insane, pathetic creatures they left dead of rape and misery.

‘The War,’ Mr. Burns, is not your blind, masculine-centric vision of it, full of all these lies about valor and sacrifice and courage and nobility. There is little that is noble about the raping, war-making brute we call a soldier. I was raped and prostituted by the U.S. Military. Why don’t you tell my story, Mr. Burns? It is far more ‘colorful’ than that of these soldiers who raped their way through Europe and Asia Don’t you want to know what it’s like to be mounted by a line of soldiers? It is a hell beyond any possible imagining. It has happened to me....

From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degrading Images
by Lisa Fager
There can be no doubt that much Hip Hop product is pathological. But who's product is it? Industry activist Lisa Fager went to Capitol Hill to school lawmakers on the real purveyors of audio and video mayhem: the music and communications corporations that control the destructive content that saturates the market. Pathology is not limited to musical product; it oozes into the public discourse in the form of racist speech and images that defame the powerless - all for the sake of corporate profit margins. Under relentless media consolidation, music playlists have become uniform indicators of massive payola - "an organized corporate crime." Read more...

'u.s. defense'
The *hores of War
By Neil Mackay
...Blackwater... Who owns it? And why would the former soldiers working for it think they could get away with murder in broad daylight?
Despite being implicated in several controversial killings, the company is the Pentagon's most favoured contractor and has effective diplomatic immunity in Iraq. Referred to as "the most powerful mercenary army in the world", both the US ambassador to Iraq and the army's top generals hold it in regard....
The company, based near the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina, was co-founded by Erik Prince, a billionaire right-wing fundamentalist [and ex-special forces]. At its HQ, Blackwater has trained more than 20,000 mercenaries to operate as freelancers in wars around the world. Prince is a big bankroller of the Republican Party - giving a total of around $275,550 - and was a young intern in the White House of George Bush Sr. Under George Bush Jr, Blackwater received lucrative no-bid contracts for work in Iraq, Afghanistan and New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. His firm has pulled down contracts worth at least $320 million in Iraq alone.
Jeremy Scahill, who wrote the book Blackwater: The Rise Of The World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, says when Bush was re-elected in 2004, one company boss sent this email to staff: "Bush Wins, Four More Years!! Hooyah!!"
One Blackwater employment policy is to hire ex-administration big-hitters into key positions. It hired Cofer Black, a former State Department co-ordinator for counter-terrorism and former head of the CIA's counter-terrorism centre, as vice-chairman. Robert Richer, a former CIA divisional head, joined Blackwater as vice-president of intelligence in 2005.

Scahill says the firm is "the front line in what the Bush administration views as the necessary revolution in military affairs" - privatisation of as many roles as possible. Senator John Warner, former head of the Senate armed services committee, once called Blackwater the "silent partner in the global war on terror". Scahill went on to call Prince a "neo-crusader, a Christian supremacist, who has been given hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts, a man who espouses Christian supremacy, has been allowed to create a private army to defend Christendom around the world. He refers to Blackwater as the FedEx of the Pentagon. He says if you really want a package to get somewhere, do you go with the postal service or do you go with FedEx? This is how these people view themselves."...
... Dan Guttman, a fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a consultant on private security firms for the Centre for Public Integrity, says firms like Blackwater are now "part and parcel of Pentagon operations ... performing what citizens consider the stuff of government: planning, policy writing, budgeting, intelligence gathering, nation building".... Blackwater has also hired at least 60 Chilean commandos trained under the Pinochet regime. The irony for the US army is that many of its best soldiers leave to join organisations like Blackwater where the pay is as high as $1000 a day. This then puts more pressure on the government to use private contractors due to military staff shortages....Blackwater - like other military contractors - currently has the same immunity from prosecution in Iraq as America's conventional armed forces and diplomats.... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18477.htm

8 deadly days for Blackwater [SIC] :
Ms. Hussein walked out of the customs building, an embassy convoy of sport utility vehicles drove through the intersection. Blackwater USA security guards, charged with protecting the diplomats, yelled at construction workers at an unfinished building to move back. Instead, the workers threw rocks. The guards, witnesses said, responded with gunfire, spraying the intersection with bullets.

The use of lethal injections in the US has led to at least nine bungled executions, including one in which the prisoner took 69 minutes to die and another in which the condemned man complained five times

LA deputies arrest contests: "Operation Any Booking"
Sheriff's deputies have been competing in organized contests to see who could make the most arrests, who could impound the most cars and who could question the most gang [code for Black or Latino] members in a 24-hour period. "It's just a friendly competition to have a little fun out here," said Lt. James Tatreau, who helped organize the events. "It's a morale booster."

Politics By Other Mean: Religion and Foreign Policy
By Conn Hallinan
"Religion, sometimes, is a continuation of politics by other means," notes Jon Alterman, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Middle East division, and it was hard to avoid that thought about last month's conference of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) in Washington D.C....
Are Christian evangelicals, in what is arguably the most religious administration in U.S. history, driving the Bush Administration's agenda in the Middle East and Africa? Or is the religious content of U.S. foreign policy "politics by other means"? Is the current culture war against Islam by people like historian Bernard Lewis, philosopher Francis Fukuyama and Pope Benedict XVI, a return to the religious mania of the First Crusade, or does it have more in common with TV evangelists whose concerns are the contents of their parishioner's wallets rather than the state of their souls?

Certainly the Bush Administration has appointed religious activists to key policy positions. Long-time religious activist and neo-conservative Elliot Abrams, former chair of U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom, has helped focus U.S. foreign policy on "religious persecution" in Sudan, Russia and China. According to Newsweek, his co-chair, right-wing Catholic activist Nina Shea, made "Christian persecution Washington's hottest topic."
The Bush Administration's Special Envoy to the Sudan, Robert Seiple, is the former CEO of World Vision, a Christian aid and advocacy organization. According to John Eibner, chief executive officer of Christian Solidarity International, "pressure" from Christian groups played an important role in pushing the U.S. to get involved in Sudan.

But is U.S. Africa policy driven by religious activists, or by the fact that by the year 2015 some 25 percent of U.S. oil imports will come from that continent?

Christian evangelicals have also made deep inroads into the American military.

Lt. Gen. William Boykin, currently a deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, argues that the fight in Iraq is between a "Christian nation" and "Satan," and can only be won "if we come against them in the name of Jesus."
The Pentagon is a strong supporter of Operation Straight Up (OSU), which delivers entertainment and sermons to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. OSU describes its mission as a "crusade"-an incendiary word in the Middle East-and distributes a "left behind" video game where players fight the Antichrist represented by the United Nations. Former Air Force Academy graduate Mickey Weinstein, who heads up the Military Freedom Foundation, describes OSU as "the Christian Taliban."

According to a 2006 study for the U.S. War College by Col. William Millonig, Christian evangelical influence in the armed forces began during the Vietnam War. He concludes that "conservative Christian and Republican values have affected the military's decision making and policy recommendations," warning that "America's strategic thinkers, both military and civilian, must be aware of this and its potential implications on policy formulation."

Again, however, are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan driven by a religious agenda, or the fact that 65 percent of the world's remaining oil reserves are in the Middle East? Religion has long played a role in the West's relationship to the rest of the world, more as a way to divide populations than convert them....

Lest one dismiss the above characterizations as typical 19th Century colonial racism, Winston Churchill once commented, "I hate the Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion." Churchill's intolerance, however, had a very practical side to it. As prime minister he once said that he hoped that the tension between Hindus and Muslims would remain "A bulwark of British rule in India."

The British were not alone in using religion as a tactic to divide and conquer. The French employed it quite successfully in Lebanon and Vietnam.... Exploiting religious differences hardly ended with the demise of the great colonial empires...

Historian Bernard Lewis recently told the Jerusalem Post that Muslims "seem about to take over Europe" because Europeans have
"surrendered" to Islam in the name of "political correctness" and "multi-culturalism." Philosopher Francis Fukuyama argues that France's opposition to the Iraq War was "in part to appease Muslim opinion," and Omer Taspinar of the Brookings Institute claims that European Muslims "are becoming a more powerful political force than the fabled Arab street."...

Researchers Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse, who studied France's Muslims, conclude there is "no such thing as a Muslim community," and polls found that French Muslims listed "economic inequality" as their first concern. Foreign policy came in twelfth.

Indeed, as Patrick Weil of the Sorbonne points out, the myth that Muslims somehow influenced France's foreign policy "is the same argument as saying the Bush decision to go to Iraq was because of the Israeli lobby." Muslims did oppose the war, as did most Europeans.
If religion influences foreign policy, it is because it dovetails with the policies of powerful economic interests, which is not to say that religion always defers to secular self-interest. Once conjured up, it can take on a life of its own.
In "Les Blancs," Lorraine Hansberry's edgy play about colonial Kenya, the play's central character, Tshembe, points out that while concepts like race and religion are indeed instruments which men use to rule over one another, those contrivances create their own reality. "Men invoke the device of religion to cloak their conquests," Tshembe tells a clueless American reporter. "You and I may recognize the fraudulence of the device, but the fact remains that a man who has a sword run through him because he refuses to become a Moslem or a Christianis suffering the utter reality of the device. And it is pointless to pretend that it doesn't exist-merely because it is lie."

In the Middle East and Sudan, religion certainly appears to be the "continuation of politics by other means." Whether it is President George Bush invoking the threat of a world-wide Muslim Caliphate, or Pope Benedict XVI warning that Islam promotes violence, religion is increasingly being used to ramp up the fear factor in international politics. But as with Europe's great religious wars, in the end religion in foreign policy is a device that allows the strong to seize the resources of the weak in the name of a higher power.
Conn Hallinan is an analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, a winner of a Project Censored Award, and did his PhD dissertation on the history of insurrectionary organizations in Ireland.

"Amen" for Israel, say Christian Zionists:
"Coming here just does something inside of me," McCaleb said at Shiloh, a holy Jewish site in the occupied West Bank where the Bible says the Ark of the Covenant once rested. "This land belongs to God, and God gave it to the Jews."

“We face an enemy that has an ideology, they believe things. The best way to describe their ideology is to relate to you the fact that they think the opposite of the way we think.”

"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.

Dogs Under Glass
by Adam Engel
...the problem with working within the Mainstream media is that the Mainstream Media has been working WITHIN ME for over 30 years, and man did it do a job on my poor little noggin! I hate the Media, the Corporations that own it and the pushers who peddle it....

Evil De Jour
by Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar / October 1st, 2007
Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
– Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
Every now and then when some poor country is about to receive some American military attention, the American people are prepared by an intense and unceasing propaganda. They are bombarded day in and day out by what a threat the leader of that country is to the peace loving, civilized and democratic people of the United States. Newspapers, TVs, radios, blogs and anything else that can in anyway convey a message to the people are employed to present this person as the worst of the worst.
With the invasion of Panama in 1989, it was just the same then as it is now. Manuel Noriega the president of Panama, who incidentally for many years had worked for the CIA (for Bush Senior), was no longer following the orders from Washington. The US decided to replace him.
Overnight Mr. Noriega became the evilest man on the planet. He was the dictator and a drug lord that had to be dealt with. He was made responsible for the entire drug trafficking in the US. He was made the most dangerous man in the world. He was the cruellest dictator that ever existed. In addition we were told that people of Panama deserved “democracy.”
After a short while the American people started thinking that if Mr. Noriega was removed then the drug problem in the US would vanish as well. So in December 1989, 27,000 American soldiers invaded Panama. However, in order to keep the democratic tradition alive in Panama, a few hours prior to the invasion, the US military appointed Mr. Guillermo Endara as the new President of Panama. The ceremony took place inside a US military base in the Panama Canal Zone.
Well, the drug problem is still there. Mr. Noriega turned-out to be nothing but a CIA agent that wasn’t following the orders. After a few months people forgot all about it. Later it was Saddam Hussein that became the most evil person in the world. Once again the media started the same old song and dance routine. The Gulf War ensued and thousands of people were killed.
Now it is Iran’s turn; and the evil de jour is Mr. Ahmadinejad. He is described as anything from Hitler reincarnate to the most dangerous man on earth. Never mind that he is not the head of an army, or that he has no real power; the main thing is that he is EVIL. Never mind that there are no Iranian troops in Canada or Mexico; never mind that he does not possess thousands of nuclear missiles; he is still the most dangerous man alive and we have to do something about him.
It always amazes me to see that people, time and again, fall for the same old song and dance routine. Don’t you ever get a sense of déjà vu? Can’t people see that they are being, so openly, manipulated? Apparently not.
The very people who are preparing us for another war are the only ones that are going to benefit from it. The majority always loses and most likely you and I will be among the losers. We are the ones who have to pay for it, and we will. We are already doing it by having to work more just to make ends meet. But no amount of money can give one that joy of seeing “our boys” smashing those evil, backward people, right?
We may feel great for a while seeing all those smart bombs killing thousands of people, but the feeling of the superiority along with the entertainment that war footage provides will be fleeting. After a few months of the bloodshed and after a few leaks, one begins to question the wisdom of it all. But by then most people will have forgotten that they were also one of those that supported the war.
As you shake your head and hope for it all to end soon, you are presented with a surge. You hope that if more troops are poured in, things will cool down. But as soon as you begin to realise that this was a bad idea, another EVIL man is identified, and you begin to think that something has to be done about him otherwise the world as we know it will come to an end. And so things will just continue to deteriorate and, before you know it, the country is involved in a war that it no longer can extricate itself from.
Meanwhile, all these wars and threats of war are frightening people around the world. People are asking themselves who is going to be next? There is already a joke going around in the Muslim world about this huge bald eagle and the fox. It goes something like this: once a zebra saw a fox distraught and running wild in the jungle. The zebra stopped the fox and asked him what was wrong. The fox answered: “You know about the huge eagle don’t you?” The zebra answered, “Yes.” The fox said: “Well, she’s gone crazy. The eagle says that she has dreamt that there is an animal with three testicles that is going to destroy the jungle.” The zebra smiled and said: “Well none of us has three testicles, so why are you running?” The fox said: “Because the eagle first pulls out the testicles and then she counts them.” After hearing this, the zebra started running as well.
Well one might find this joke funny, but it depicts the feeling of the people other than the US and its allies. Fear breeds hatred and hatred leads to war. It is always easy to start a war, but extremely difficult to end one. As the journalists go around and pat themselves on the shoulder for coming-up with the best “evil…” title of the day, they should realise that they are unwittingly paving the road to another war.
Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar lives in Norway. He is a management consultant and a contributing writer for many online journals. He's a former associate professor of Nordland University, Norway and can be contacted at: Bakhtiarspace-articles@yahoo.no.

Scholarly words and imperialist hegemony: Applied anthropology
Pledging to Boycott the "War on Terror"
When Anthropologists Become Counter-Insurgents
. When anthropologists work overseas, they typically arrive with an array of equipment including notebooks, trowels, tape recorders, and cameras. But in the new context of the Bush Administration's "war on terror," a growing number of anthropologists are arriving in foreign countries wearing camouflage, body armor, and guns.... The Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and military contractors are aggressively recruiting anthropologists for work related to counter-insurgency operations. These institutions seek to incorporate cultural knowledge and ethnographic intelligence in direct support of US-led interventions in the Middle East and Central Asia.

The Pentagon is increasingly relying on the deployment of "Human Terrain System" (HTS) teams in Afghanistan and Iraq to gather and disseminate information on cultures living in the theatre of war. Some of these teams are assigned to US brigade or regimental combat units, which include "cultural analysts" and "regional studies analysts." According to CACI International (one of three companies currently contracting HTS personnel for the Pentagon), "the HTS project is designed to improve the gathering, understanding, operational application, and sharing of local population knowledge" among combat teams. Required experience includes an MA or Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, sociology, or related social science fields, and applicants must obtain a secret security clearance to be eligible for employment.... the Science Applications International Corporation-one of the top 10 US defense contractors-has begun describing anthropology as a "counter-insurgency related field" in its job advertisements. Prior to joining HTS teams, some social scientists attend military training camps.... David Kipp of the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas describes HTS teams as a "CORDS for the 21st Century"-a reference to the Pentagon's Vietnam-era Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support project. The most infamous product of the CORDS counter-insurgency effort was the Phoenix Program, in which CIA agents collected intelligence information used to "neutralize" (read assassinate) suspected Viet Cong members. ...

In response to these troubling developments, an ad hoc group of eleven scholars (including the authors of this piece) recently formed the Network of Concerned Anthropologists. Together the group drafted a "Pledge of Non-Participation in Counter-Insurgency"-a boycott of anthropological work in counter-insurgency and direct combat support operations. Its opening words unequivocally reject such cooperation: "We, the undersigned, believe that anthropologists should not engage in research and other activities that contribute to counter-insurgency operations in Iraq or related theaters in the 'war on terror.' Furthermore, we believe that anthropologists should refrain from directly assisting the US military in combat, be it through torture, interrogation, or tactical advice." The statement clearly stands against participation in counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and the "war on terror" as well as "work that is covert, work that breaches relations of openness and trust with studied populations, and work that enables the occupation of one country by another."

The inspiration for the boycott comes from the more than 7,000 physicists who pledged to not participate in the ill-fated Strategic Defense Initiative (more commonly known as the "Star Wars" program) proposed by Ronald Reagan. Given the fact that the Pentagon was offering multi-million dollar grants to university-based scientists for SDI research at the time, the boycott (initiated in 1985 by David Wright and Lisbeth Gronlund) was remarkably ambitious-and successful. It demonstrated that when scientists speak with a collective voice, they can dramatically influence the course of history....
Those interested in learning more about the Pledge or signing on can write us at concerned.anthropologists@gmail.com or visit our web site at http://concerned.anthropologists.googlepages.com/home.

the bloody price of global capitalist white supremacy is incalculable
U.S. $10 trillion in the red
Congress raised the limit again as U.S. debt nears $10 trillion (about $30,000 for every U.S. resident)

why the US urgency to militarily secure global imperialist security and dominance
Dollar's double blow from Vietnam and Qatar
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 12:12am BST 04/10/2007

Vietnam is planning to cut its purchases of US Treasuries and other dollar bonds, raising fears that Asian central banks with control over two thirds of the world's foreign reserves may soon join the flight from US assets.
# Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright
# China threatens `nuclear option' of dollar sales
# Jump off the deranged bull now
The Saigon Times said this morning that the State Bank of Vietnam was abandoning the attempt to hold down the Vietnamese currency through heavy purchases of dollars. The policy is causing the economy to overheat, driving up inflation to 8.8pc.
Vietnam, which has mid-sized reserves of $40bn, is seen as weather vane for the bigger Asian powers.

Together they hold $3,575bn of foreign reserves, over 65pc of the world's total. China leads with $1,340bn, but South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and even Thailand all built up massive holdings.
The concern is that once one or two members of the region jump ship, it could set off a broader scramble. None of them want to be the last one left holding a devalued asset. Vietnam's central bank said this week that it would move "gradually" to a floating currency.

Separately, the gas-rich Gulf state of Qatar announced that it had cut the dollar holdings of its $50bn sovereign wealth fund from 99pc to 40pc, switching into investments in China, Japan, and emerging Asia.
The move is intended to increase long-term returns for future generations, but it can easily be seen as a vote of no confidence in US economic management.
The drastic shift by the Qatar Investment Authority is a warning that petro-dollar powers with some $3,500bn under management may pull the plug on the heavily endebted US economy -- which needs to suck in the majority of the world's savings just to stay afloat.

"OPEC and Asia have been the two blocks funding the US current account deficit," said Hans Redeker, currency chief at BNP Paribas.

"Vietnam is a relatively small country but it is symptomatic of Asia. The entire region is seeing inflation move up as a result of mercantilist policies of holding down their currencies with 'dirty floats', which are designed to help their export sectors. They need to change monetary policy, " he said.
There have been reports that China is already pulling out of US bonds to fund its new sovereign wealth fund. Foreign central banks slashed holdings by $32bn in the last two weeks of August. We will not know which country was responsible the Treasury's TIC data is released in November.
Japan also has colossal reserves, now near $914bn, but it is does not face the same inflationary threat as the rest of Asia, and is in any case an intimate military ally of the United States. It is likely to coordinate its dollar policy very closely with Washington for geo-strategic reasons.
Saudi Arabia set off jitters in the currency markets last month when it decided not to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve, raising doubts about its commitment to the Saudi dollar peg. But it too has strong political reasons to stick with America.
Kuwait has already abandoned its peg, fearing that its economy would overheat if it continued to import America's loose monetary policies.
Separately, Iran said it would soon refuse to accept dollars for its oil exports, preferring to be paid in a "more credible currency". It already receives 65pc of payments in euros and 20pc in yen, but insisted that the remaining 15pc in dollars entailed an excessive risk of devaluation. The demarche is largely policitcal, since oil is a fungible commodity and the currency markets are highly liquid....

words from the revolutionary resistance that is 'destabilizing' state terrorism
A Message (In English) From The Iraqi Resistance.

To the American people we say, you have finally awakened and the millions of honorable people amongst you have now realized that the Iraqi people are not your enemies, and they are not responsible for your grief. It is your troops which occupied our country, and not us yours. The arrogant war criminal who rules in your name has humiliated your nation & military honor and we believe, that a democracy that is not willing to fight for its own freedom, is no better that a raw dictatorship. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18483.htm

Wafaa' Al-Natheema
October 3, 2007
We, Iraqis, have invented the wheel, the alphabet and the law, we began lavish construction of hospitals and libraries, and have made endless scientific discoveries and inventions through the millenniums.

In modern history, our country has been filled with scientists who have been so gifted, challenging and accomplished, our enemies has been targeting and killing them. So we are pretty capable of preventing the conspiracy bestowed upon us, which is to control our resources and divide our country.

Collectively, we refuse intimidation and occupation and so we are willing, able and ready to prevent IRAQ from being divided.

Let us read this as a reminder and act upon it. We, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmans and other ethnic groups must work together and not allow the division of IRAQ to take place, ever.

PLEASE read the statement below in Arabic, which is written by a group of educated IRAQIS and sign it by including your full name and position. Type your name and position in the comment section below and eventually all names will be collected and typed below the statement and delivered to the media, politicians and those who have a say.

PLEASE do whatever it takes not to allow the division of IRAQ to take place. Let us teach the world that just because we have been invaded by the most powerful army in the world (that of the USA), which is being supported by a coalition from 30 different countries (worldwide), by the Iran-Israel collaborative and by mercenaries, it does not mean WE, IRAQIS, will let go of our country and allow it to be divided.

WE will not allow it to happen.

IRAQ will not be divided.

In solidarity with the courageous Iraqi Resistance,
Wafaa' Al-Natheema
Note: I have not participated in the writing of the Arabic statement below, but I have signed it.