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War – Some observations

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“Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?”
–Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“As Americans mindlessly celebrate another Memorial Day with cookouts, beer and burgers, the U.S. war machine keeps churning. As we brutally enforce our will on foreign countries, we create more people that hate us. They don’t hate us for our freedom. They hate us because we have invaded and occupied their countries. They hate us because we kill innocent people with predator drones. They hate us for our hypocrisy regarding democracy and freedom. Just when we had the opportunity to make a sensible decision by leaving Iraq and exiting the Middle East quagmire, Obama made the abysmal choice to casually sacrifice more troops in the Afghan shithole. We have thrown over $1.3 trillion down Middle East rat holes over the last 11 years with no discernible benefit to the citizens of the United States. George Bush and Barack Obama did this to prove  they were true statesmen. The Soviet Union killed over 1 million Afghans, while driving another 5 million out of the country and retreated as a bankrupted and defeated shell after ten years. Young Americans continue to die, for whom and for what? Our foreign policy during the last eleven years can be summed up in one military term, SNAFU – Situation Normal All Fucked Up. These endless foreign interventions under the guise of a War on Terror are a smoke screen for what is really going on in this country. When a government has unsolvable domestic problems, they try to distract the wilfully ignorant masses by proactively creating foreign conflicts based upon false pretences.”
– Jim Quinn, The Burning Platform, May 27, 2012, excerpt article, “War Pigs – The Fall of a Global Empire”

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
– General Douglas MacArthur

“What kind of a civilized society allocates 44% of the taxes taken from its people to war? Only 2.5% of your taxes go to science, energy, and environment. Only 2.2% of your taxes go to education and jobs. You produce the results that you would expect from your investments. A full 13% of our population doesn’t have a high school diploma (20% of African Americans and 43% of Latinos) and only 30% have a college degree. How do we expect to lead the world in technology and research with these figures? But we do lead the world in government issued student loan debt with $1 trillion and rising.”
– Jim Quinn, The Burning Platform, May 27, 2012, excerpt article, “War Pigs – The Fall of a Global Empire”

“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.”
– General William Westmoreland

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”
– George Washington

“The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.”
– General Omar Bradley

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”
– Albert Einstein

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28/11/2012 at 12:16 am

Osama bin Laden is dead again?

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by Anthony Wile
Posted originally Monday, May 02, 2011

AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE ENEMY IS DEAD. “I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” US President Barack Obama said during a statement from the White House Sunday evening.

This is actually the second time a high-ranking official has made such an announcement. On YouTube, you may find a video available online with over 1.6 million views of Benazir Bhutto explaining to David Frost that Osama bin Laden was murdered in the early 2000s. We carry it in our video archive and you can view it here: Benazir Bhutto: Bin Laden was murdered.

According to the video caption, the BBC censored the clip, then reinstated it and claimed they had not censored it after all. The program aired on 2nd November 2007, before Bhutto was assassinated, and David Frost the presenter “did not challenge her on her assertion (at 2:14 on the clip) that Bin Laden was murdered. It would make sense that the West would cover up such a truth, as Bin Laden was needed as a “bogeyman” to continue the farcical “War on Terror.”

There are other reports that bin Laden died of kidney failure even earlier than Bhutto claimed. But he has probably been dead for years. Apparently the last confirmable sightings of bin Laden came when he was traveling around Los Angeles back in the 1990s under the name “Tim Osman.” He was meeting with his CIA handlers presumably. Later on he would show up in France (just before 9/11) for kidney treatment. He had bad kidneys.

He went to Afghanistan and from a cave full of the latest technology he launched an attack on America. But he denied he had anything to do with the attack. The Taliban offered to turn him over if the Bush Administration could prove his involvement. The Bush administration declined and then invaded. To this day the FBI does not list bin Laden as “most wanted” for the 9/11 attacks. Now presumably they will delist him entirely.

Throughout the 2000s presumably phony videos were released of bin Laden. They were static, videos with only live audio and consisted of badly taped announcements playing over the face of bin Laden. Recently bin Laden’s son looked at the video tapes from around the time of the 9/11 attacks and proclaimed that he was not sure they contained images of his father. So even the initial pre- and post-9/11 images of bin Laden are in question.

Of course the questions go back to the al-Qaeda fighters that the CIA helped train and fund to fight the Russians in the 1980s. Al-Qaeda means “list” and a conspiratorial interpretation of the al-Qaeda menace would include a perspective that a CIA patsy – bin Laden – had been set up to lead a CIA funded “list” of Islamic fundamentalist youth. In other words al-Qaeda comprised an American intel operation.

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EU Gripped by Growing Class War?

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from The Daily Bell
Originally posted Monday, October 18, 2010

Nicholas Sarkozy

Anti-austerity protests rock Europe … People demonstrate to say ”no to austerity” on September 29, 2010 in the Belgian capital, Brussels. Hundreds of thousands of people across Europe have taken to the streets to protest austerity plans, as major EU nations were hit by a wave of strikes. France has witnessed the most massive demonstrations as protesters in Paris and other large cities rallied to decry French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s (left) plans to increase retirement age from 60 to 62. The strikes have closed hundreds of schools, refineries and train stations and grounded flights amid concerns that the situation could get worse. – Press TV

Dominant Social Theme: EU citizens will simply have to swallow their medicine and realize that their greedy ways must be curbed by logical austerity. Their protests are nothing but tantrums.

Free-Market Analysis: We have tried as best we can to offer a counter-narrative when it comes to the EU, austerity and protests. The “alternative Internet news” approach is that the crisis has been cynically fomented to create a greater European Union. This has been our argument as well. But in our view, the elite has been caught by surprise by the truth-telling of the Internet and by the depth of monetary unraveling. This is having all sorts of unintended ramifications and is upsetting elite plans. The EU promotion is beginning to fail.

The mainstream press sees none of this. It has its own narrative of course, described in this article’s initial dominant social theme (above). But we would argue that what is going on now is increasingly a protest against the EU itself and the perspective that the EU elites expect middle class and working-class Europeans simply accept the radical diminishment of their lifestyles and opportunities. We see signs that these protests represent a populist statement that has as much to do with EU policies generally as any specific austerity measures.

Certainly, the protests continue to pick up – and the severity remains unreported in our view. In Greece the Acropolis is now being picketed. In Italy, thousands (or maybe a lot more) rallied against the Italian government and marched in Rome. Union leaders called for a general strike. In France, rolling strikes hit oil refineries and panicked the French government, which is now asking airlines to refuel overseas. In Iceland, as we reported the other day, protestors chased Iceland legislators out the back door of the Parliament building.

Perhaps the most interesting wrinkle was in dowdy old Britain. We have speculated in the past that the British psyche, conditioned from birth to a kind of institutional subservience to the upper classes and the Queen, would take a good deal of beating-up before responding. Certainly that thrashing has taken place. The arrogant upper classes have pounded unmercifully on the plebes. (As an aside, we cannot help but liken the Brits to hobbits with “proud feet” – slow to anger and determinedly attached to modest creature comforts and local society. Is it any coincidence that Tolkien presented the evil Sauren who wants to rule the earth as an all-seeing eye in his great Lord of the Rings fantasy trilogy?)

But for now, cameras watch the Brits wherever they go. If they attempt to defend themselves with guns or knives from burglars, even at home, they are apt to be cast in prison. If they throw away the wrong kind of garbage they may be brought up on charges. The school system barely functions. The health care system leaves women giving birth in taxis – as they have been refused entrance to hospitals. The government pursues a war on terror that is evidently and obviously fraudulent and continues to fight a war to conquer Afghanistan (for the second time!) and with no more success. For the privilege of living in a dysfunctional society, with its academics that still stubbornly celebrate global warming and global governance, British citizens are charged ever-higher amounts of taxes – even though most of Britain’s modern laws are now made in Brussels.

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