Monday, January 22, 2007
Video: 3+ minutes long - from Ava Lowryhttp://www.peacetakescourage.com/terrorist.html Slide show continues after music stops
Who Are The Terrorists?
Governments have traditionally used fear of an enemy to assure citizen support, compliance and cooperation as the government engaged in political and warring actions for its own ends. "Us" against "them" is a tried and true tactic, even on the field of sports.
How many of you are old enough to remember the Red Menace, when Communism was the bug-a-bear of the day? McCarthy reigned supreme and destroyed countless numbers of American lives by tarring them with the Commie brush. The giant Russian Bear was pictured as hovering over the free world with bared fangs and claws, ready to dominate and force all free and peace loving people to submit to their ideology. Nuclear War was held over our heads as the major catastrophe looming to destroy us.
Fear of Communism was the favored terror tactic employed for many years. The Cuban Crisis whipped the populace into a frenzy of shelter building and stockpiling of food stuffs and supplies. Grocery shelves were emptied and a product called Multi-Purpose Food (MPF) was touted as a space saving, nutritious alternative to mountains of canned goods. It tasted AWFUL and one would have to be literally starving to eat it, if even then. Some people avowed that starvation was preferable to eating that stuff. Evacuation plans for cities were laid out, and those workers in essential services were advised to arrange for the care of their families, as in the event of an attack they would not be allowed to leave their jobs.
The Screaming Eagle forced the Red Bear to back down and remove its missles from Cuba, so that terror was somewhat abated. But the dirty Commies remained an effective bug-a-bear, they just changed colors. Then war was necessary to stop the Yellow Horde from advancing southward into Korea; later it was Vietnam. The Commies could not be allowed to prevail or the whole world would be at risk to fall to Communism!! Now, over 50 years later, we continue to maintain a holding force at the 38th parallel in Korea, and everyone knows what happened in the 'Nam. We didn't get nuked, the bear's fangs and claws were blunted, the Vietnamese Communists didn't threaten the free world (and now we build trade with them) and the Commie terror threat faded into obscurity.
A new terror threat was necessary. Contrary to popular belief, the invasion of Iraq and the Middle east didn't pop up suddenly as a result of 9/11; it was planned for several years prior to that catastrophe. 9/11 merely provided the excuse, and we were threatened with Islamic terrorists as the current bug-a-bear. Deceived into supporting the Neocons plots and enraged at the attack on our people, the citizens obliging fell into line with the government. Now that the truth is out, the government is forced to provide a new terror threat: Iran and Syria, the next targets on the Neocon agenda. Once again, WMDs, nuclear attack, backback/suitcase mini-nukes, obliterate Israel, and so on. The radical Islamists obliging add fuel to the flame by attacks here and there about the globe.
Terror, terror, terror. Keep the citizens fearful, force them to turn to our leaders to protect us. And if some obliging terrorist group hits us again, it will be an answer to neocon prayers, justifying their wars. Bush will be vindicated and the plots to control the world's oil can proceed without citizen objections.Now that the "surge" has been announced, the TV further obliges the government by airing anti-Saddam documentaries, pro-mercenary docs, and heroic war docs and movies. (BlackHawk Down is airing again, too).
Saddam exercised extreme cruelty against his people to keep them terrorized into line. He ruined the nation's economy with the Iran-Iraq 8 year war, instigated and armed to a large extent by the U.S. and European collaborators. He is condemned for torture and death of his people, for lawless arrests and executions, for unsupported accusations of wrong doing and unlawful incarcerations. He was a monster, like many other tyrants supported by the U.S. until they were no longer useful to Neocon plans.
Bush has promoted detention and torture of individuals, including some U.S. citizens, often with unsupported or no accusations. Are his hands clean of the blood that was on Saddam's hands because he has most of his victims rendered to cooperative nations who will do the torture for him, or tortured out of the U.S. national boundries? Bush has violated, even done away with the law of habeas corpus, shredded the Constitution (" a g-d piece of paper") , and has ruined this nation financially; well in the black at the end of the Clinton administration but now trillions of dollars in debt, much of the debt to Communist China. If our nation survives Bush, our great-great grandchildren will still be paying off the debt.
For every accusation Bush levels against other nations, I see the same crimes at his doorstep. Who has the greatest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world? Who provides Israel with her nukes and high tech weaponry, some of which are horrific in the extreme? Who spends more on its military than all other nations in the world combined? Who is the greatest threat to world peace? Who has violated the Geneva Convention and even denies he is bound to it?
On and on, a veritable litany of accusations to be laid at his feet. Every accusation that he has leveled at others bounce back and accuse him of equal or more guilt.
If there is any justice in this life, there will be a new Nuremberg Trials and you know who should be first on the docket .
Cross posted from Sacrificed For Empire and Is America Burning.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
THIS IS WAR!!
THE TITLE OF THIS BLOG IS "THIS IS WAR", AND ITS PURPOSE IS TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC THE CRUEL VICIOUSNESS AND DESTRUCTION OF WAR.THIS BLOG DEALS WITH WAR PRIMARILY FROM THE ARAB EXPERIENCE, ALTHOUGH OTHER NATIONS WILL BE PRESENTED ALSO. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO INDICATE A BIAS AGAINST OR FOR ANY NATION.
This blogger is pro-humanity and anti-war. This blog presents the inhumanity of war.There will be fewer posts re: the Israeli involvement and their position. The Israelis, like the U.S., allows few photos of their wounded or dead to be published. The media, partial to the shock value of atrocities, concentrates more on the Arab death and destruction, so fewer sites are found regarding the Israelis in Lebanon or the US in Iraq.A blog presenting the American and Coalition experience may be found at http://imperial-sacrifices.blogspot.com/
This blog is not a pleasant one. It isn't meant to be. Some sites contain graphic, horrific photos.
THIS IS WAR !!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
US Complicity With Saddam
US complicity with Saddam: [VIDEO]
Posted by Barry Lando at 4:57 AM on January 17, 2007.
The documentary you've never seen
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A documentary I reported, along with French jounralist Michel Despratx, for Canal + in France, has been broadcast in much of the world, but never in the United States. It details Western--and particularly U.S.-- complicity with the crimes of Saddam Hussein--such as his use of chemical weapons first against Iranian troops, then against his own Iraqi Kurds. Back then, of course, the U.S. was backing Saddam, their de facto ally, against Khomeini. Video one, to the right...
Part Two:In the late 1980's Saddam also used chemical weapons as part of his genocidal campaign against the Iraqi Kurds..for which he and his confederates have been put on trial--Saddam, of course, no longer in the dock. His de facto American allies turned their back on those crimes. Watch second video, right....
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My book, Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush, will be available in book stores in the U.S. and Canada this month. Also available at Amazon and other major on-line dealers.
Broadcasters interested in inquiring about the full 54 minute documentary, "The Trial of Saddam Hussein We'll Never See", click here
Tagged as: rumsfeld, u.s. complicity, trial of saddam, saddam hussein
Barry Lando, a former 60 Minutes producer, is the author of "Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush." He also blogs at Barrylando.com.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
AlterNet: 100,000 mercenaries, the forgotten "Surge"
100,000 mercenaries, the forgotten "Surge"
Barry Lando: Nobody's got it right on the number already there...
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Did Saddam Die For Our Sins?
January 09, 2007
Barry Lando is a former CBS "60 Minutes" producer and journalist with Time-Life. He is the author of Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush (2006).
The disappearance of Saddam Hussein means that a lot of current and former top officials in the United States and other Western governments can breathe easier. The story of the West’s complicity in many of the tyrant’s most horrific crimes will remain untold, at least by the one man who could have spelled it out most clearly.
The purpose of the Special Iraqi Tribunal was supposedly, like the Nuremburg Tribunal, to educate Iraqis and the world about Saddam and his barbarous regime. That at least was the fiction. But the crime for which Saddam paid with his life—the torture and execution of 148 men and boys from the town of Dujail—was a trifle compared to the dictator’s far more vicious acts.
On the other hand, no foreigners were implicated in those killings, which is just what the Americans, who set up and rode herd on the tribunal had in mind. In fact, one of the regulations of the tribunal, constantly overlooked, is that only Iraqi citizens and residents can be charged with crimes before that court.
Foreign leaders and businessmen certainly had a hand—by omission and commission—in the second case which is now continuing without Saddam (the charges against him have been dropped ).
It’s based on the charge that he and his lieutenants carried out the genocidal slaughter of tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980’s, which includes the gassing of men, women and children. With the key actor missing, the trial will now lose all interest for the outside world, and even for most Iraqis. But the damning fact is, as Saddam’s forces were carrying out their liquidation of the Kurds, American officials from the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations blocked attempts of the U.S. Congress and the U.N. to condemn the Iraqi tyrant. They had similarly squelched earlier efforts to condemn Saddam for his chemical attacks against Iranian troops.
U.S. officials not only claimed to have no specific knowledge of Saddam’s ruthless attacks, but refused to even meet with Kurdish leaders with first-hand evidence of Saddam’s barbarities. Saddam had been America’s de facto ally in what would become a bloody eight-year war against Khomeini’s Iran. The United States fed the conflagration, providing billion dollar loans, weapons and satellite intelligence that enabled the Iraqis to precisely target Iranian troops with chemical weapons. Ironically, even after the war had ended, the Bush White House—with its eyes fixed on Iraq’s huge petroleum deposits and potential markets—continued to defend and push trade with Saddam’s regime.
In fact, according to a memo written by Alexander Haig, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State, it was the Carter White House in 1980 which encouraged Iraq—via the Saudis—to invade Iran in the first place. Since Jimmy Carter has always denied that charge, it would have been interesting to hear Saddam expound on the issue. Iran had originally requested that Saddam’s invasion of Iran—which led to the deaths of more than a million people on both sides—also be considered one of the crimes by the tribunal. The request was turned down.
On the other hand, tribunal officials had indicated that one of the major atrocities that would be dealt with was Saddam’s slaughter of tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Shiites in Southern Iraq following their uprising in 1991. They were answering the repeated public calls for rebellion by President George H.W. Bush. They didn’t realize Bush and his pragmatic Secretary of State James Baker didn’t really mean it.
When it looked as it the insurgents might actually succeed, the American president turned his back. The White House and its allies wanted Saddam replaced not by a popular revolt which they couldn’t control, but by a military leader, more amenable to U.S. interests. So, as the United States permitted Saddam’s attack helicopters to decimate the rebels, American troops just a few kilometers away from the slaughter were ordered to destroy huge stocks of captured weapons rather than let them fall into rebel hands. How enlightening it would have been to hear Saddam recount his feeling of relief when he realized that President Bush père was actually going to help him stay in power.
Forget the trial. What if, instead of the Special Tribunal—or along with it—Iraq had established a Truth Commission such as South Africa did following the fall of apartheid? Saddam might have explained to what degree feckless U.S. diplomacy was responsible for his concluding there would be no reaction from Washington if he were to invade Kuwait in 1990.
It would have been equally intriguing to hear Saddam expound on his relations with the French, who sold the dictator a nuclear reactor in the 1970’s, though it was clear he was after WMD. Or what about Saddam’s views of the German governments—east and west—who closed their eyes as scores of German industries also helped Saddam build his chemical arsenal. Saddam might have had a few words to say about the British under Margaret Thatcher, who were equally eager to cash in on the Iraqi arms bonanza—Thatcher’s son included.
Or, we could have gone back to the beginning—to the charge that the CIA was involved in organizing the first act that brought Saddam into the limelight: his participation in the botched 1958 assassination attempt against Iraqi President Qassem, who had proved too nationalistic and close to the Soviets for American and British Cold War tastes.
No, not to worry—there’ll be nothing embarrassing out of Saddam—not since his neck snapped as he plunged through the trap door in Baghdad—unless, somehow, he managed to write or transcribe his memoirs. Now that thought might still make for a few sleepless nights.
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