Bush as Fuhrer - The Other Side of Irony - 4th Reich Messages from Homeland Security

Jews Knighted States of Amerika - 4th Reich
Al-Quds * WWIII * Armageddon * Domestic Detention Camps * Brainwashing


Hermann Goering

"Why, of course the people don't want war... but, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." --
Hermann Goering







17JUN2004 Is US like Germany of the '30s?
By Andrew Greeley - Chicago Sun Times

Racism Last Chapter I can understand, my German friend said, why Germans voted for Hitler in 1933 -- though he did not receive a majority of the vote. The Weimar Republic was weak and incompetent. The Great Depression had ruined the nation's war-devastated economy. People were bitter because they thought their leaders had betrayed them in the war. They wanted revenge for the humiliation of Versailles. Hitler promised strong leadership and a new beginning. But why did they continue to support that group of crazy drug addicts, thugs, killers and madmen?

The historical question remains. I leave aside the question of the guilt of the whole German people (a judgment beyond my competence because I am not God) and ask what explanations might account for what happened. Hitler turned the German economy around in short order. He was crazy, of course, a demagogic mystic sensitive to aspirations of the German spirit. He appealed skillfully to the dark side of the German heritage. Anti-Semitism was strong in Germany, as it was in most European countries, but not violent until Hitler manipulated it. He stirred up the memories of historic German military accomplishments and identified himself with Frederick the Great -- thus placating the Prussian ethos of the German army. He promised glory to a nation still smarting from the disaster of 1918. Germany was emerging from the ashes, strong and triumphant once again. He also took control of the police apparatus. The military might have been able to dump him till 1937. After that he was firmly in power. The path lay open to holocaust.

Can this model be useful to understand how contemporary America is engaged in a criminally unjust war that has turned much of the world against it, a war in which torture and murder have become routine? Has the combination of the World Trade Center attack and a president who believes his instructions come from God unleashed the dark side of the American heritage?

What is this dark side? I would suggest that it is the mix of Calvinist religious righteousness and "my-country-right-or-wrong" patriotism that dominated our treatment of blacks and American Indians for most of the country's history. It revealed itself in the American history of imperialism in Mexico and after the Spanish-American War in the Philippines. The "manifest destiny" of America was to do whatever it wanted to do, because it was strong and virtuous and chosen by God.

Today many Americans celebrate a "strong" leader who, like Woodrow Wilson, never wavers, never apologizes, never admits a mistake, never changes his mind, a leader with a firm "Christian" faith in his own righteousness. These Americans are delighted that he ignores the rest of the world and punishes the World Trade Center terrorism in Iraq. Mr. Bush is our kind of guy.

He is not another Hitler. Yet there is a certain parallelism. They have in common a demagogic appeal to the worst side of a country's heritage in a crisis. Bush is doubtless sincere in his vision of what is best for America. So too was Hitler. The crew around the president -- Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, the "neo-cons" like Paul Wolfowitz -- are not as crazy perhaps as Himmler and Goering and Goebbels. Yet like them, they are practitioners of the Big Lie -- weapons of mass destruction, Iraq democracy, only a few "bad apples."

Hitler's war was quantitatively different from the Iraq war, but qualitatively both were foolish, self-destructive and criminally unjust. This is a time of great peril in American history because a phony patriotism and an America-worshipping religion threaten the authentic American genius of tolerance and respect for other people.

The "real" America is still remembered here in Berlin for the enormous contributions of the Marshall Plan and the Berlin airlift -- America at its best. It is time to return to that generosity and grace.

The strongest criticism that the administration levels at Sen. John Kerry is that he changes his mind. In fact, instead of a president who claims an infallibility that exceeds that of the pope, America would be much better off with a president who, like John F. Kennedy, is honest enough to admit mistakes and secure enough to change his mind.

Racism Last Chapter Ed. note: As promised, Tom Engelhardt delivers a Modern Day Nazi Picnic, after up 'til now being very cautious in venturing about in this real obvious area of socio-political reality.

Tom wrote, "The 'Nazi analogy' is making its slow way into the critical mainstream. Of course, since at least 9/11 this analogy has been alive and well at the wilder fringes of the Internet. (There, people have long been asking: Are we already in the Nazi era, or are we at the desperate end of the Weimar Republic? Were the attacks of 9/11 another Reichstag burning?)" and "Now, variations on this Nazi analogy are suddenly thriving -- and not in obscure political websites either. (I've always avoided the analogy myself because it's such a minefield and tends to send everyone flying in strange and unfruitful directions.)" See Water-boarding in the White House.


21NOV2003 Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack

By JOHN O. EDWARDS - NewsMax.com

Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.

Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military operation to liberate Iraq, expressed his worries in an extensive interview he gave to the menšs lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado.

In the magazine's December edition, the former commander of the military's Central Command warned that if terrorists succeeded in using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) against the U.S. or one of our allies, it would likely have catastrophic consequences for our cherished republican form of government.

Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to the U.S. in the wake of Sept. 11, Franks said that "the worst thing that could happen" is if terrorists acquire and then use a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon that inflicts heavy casualties.

If that happens, Franks said, "... the Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy."

Franks then offered "in a practical sense" what he thinks would happen in the aftermath of such an attack.

"It means the potential of a weapon of mass destruction and a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world - it may be in the United States of America - that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution. Two steps, very, very important."

Franks didn't speculate about how soon such an event might take place.

Already, critics of the U.S. Patriot Act, rushed through Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, have argued that the law aims to curtail civil liberties and sets a dangerous precedent.

But Franks' scenario goes much further. He is the first high-ranking official to openly speculate that the Constitution could be scrapped in favor of a military form of government.

The usually camera-shy Franks retired from U.S. Central Command, known in Pentagon lingo as CentCom, in August 2003, after serving nearly four decades in the Army.

Franks earned three Purple Hearts for combat wounds and three Bronze Stars for valor. Known as a "soldieršs general," Franks made his mark as a top commander during the U.S.'s successful Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait in 1991. He was in charge of CentCom when Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda attacked the United States on Sept. 11.

Franks said that within hours of the attacks, he was given orders to prepare to root out the Taliban in Afghanistan and to capture bin Laden.

Franks offered his assessment on a number of topics to Cigar Aficionado, including:

President Bush: "As I look at President Bush, I think he will ultimately be judged as a man of extremely high character. A very thoughtful man, not having been appraised properly by those who would say he's not very smart. I find the contrary. I think he's very, very bright. And I suspect that he'll be judged as a man who led this country through a crease in history effectively. Probably we'll think of him in years to come as an American hero."

On the motivation for the Iraq war: Contrary to claims that top Pentagon brass opposed the invasion of Iraq, Franks said he wholeheartedly agreed with the president's decision to invade Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein.

"I, for one, begin with intent... There is no question that Saddam Hussein had intent to do harm to the Western alliance and to the United States of America. That intent is confirmed in a great many of his speeches, his commentary, the words that have come out of the Iraqi regime over the last dozen or so years. So we have intent.

"If we know for sure... that a regime has intent to do harm to this country, and if we have something beyond a reasonable doubt that this particular regime may have the wherewithal with which to execute the intent, what are our actions and orders as leaders in this country?"

The Pentagon's deck of cards: Asked how the Pentagon decided to put its most-wanted Iraqis on a set of playing cards, Franks explained its genesis. He recalled that when his staff identified the most notorious Iraqis the U.S. wanted to capture, "it just turned out that the number happened to be about the same as a deck of cards. And so somebody said, 'Aha, this will be the ace of spades.'"

Capturing Saddam: Franks said he was not surprised that Saddam has not been captured or killed. But he says he will eventually be found, perhaps sooner than Osama bin laden.

"The capture or killing of Saddam Hussein will be a near term thing. And I won't say that'll be within 19 or 43 days... I believe it is inevitable."

Franks ended his interview with a less-than-optimistic note. "It's not in the history of civilization for peace ever to reign. Never has in the history of man. I doubt that we'll ever have a time when the world will actually be at peace." [MORE]

19NOV2003 Operation "Eisenhammer"
REUTERS

The U.S. military's code name for a crackdown on resistance in Iraq was also used by the Nazis for an aborted operation to damage the Soviet power grid during World War Two.

"Operation Iron Hammer" this week launched the 1st Armored Division's 3rd Brigade into the roughest parts of Baghdad to ferret out the attackers who have killed scores of U.S. troops since Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was ousted in April.

A Pentagon official said the name was chosen because of the "Old Ironsides" nickname of the 1st Armored Division. He was unaware of any connection to any Nazi operation.

"Eisenhammer," the German for "iron hammer," was a Luftwaffe code name for a plan to destroy Soviet generating plants in the Moscow and Gorky areas in 1943, according to Universal Lexikon on the www.infobitte.de Web site.

A researcher at Britain's Imperial War Museum confirmed the existence of Eisenhammer.

The Nazi's long-range bombing operation was repeatedly postponed and was finally scrapped after an allied air assault destroyed many of the German planes on the ground in 1945, shortly before the defeat of Germany.

After it declared war on terrorism, U.S. officials changed the code name for its impending attack on Afghanistan to Operation Enduring Freedom.

The original name, Operation Infinite Justice, was jettisoned amid fears that the Muslim world, already leery of U.S. intentions, would object on the basis of Koranic teachings that only God can provide infinite justice. [MORE]

09MAY2003 The 14 Characteristics of Fascism
by Dr. Lawrence Britt


Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, wrote an article about fascism which appeared in Free Inquiry magazine - a journal of humanist thought. Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The article is titled 'Fascism Anyone?', by Lawrence Britt, and appears in the Free Inquiry Spring 2003 issue on page 20.

The 14 characteristics are:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symb ols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need". The people tend to 'look the other way' or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or through sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in wartime, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses, and even forego civil liberties, in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions, and who use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against (or even the assassination of) opposition candidates, the use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and the manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections. [MORE]


17MAR2003 When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History
by Thom Hartmann


The 70th anniversary of Reichstag wasn't noticed in the United States, and was barely reported in the corporate media. But the Germans remembered well that fateful day seventy years ago. They commemorated the anniversary by joining in demonstrations for peace that mobilized citizens all across the world. [MORE]

Reichstag * Nuremberg Laws * Kristallnacht


Reichstag - February 27, 1933 - A Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe is found at the scene and charged with arson. He is later found guilty and executed.

"Nuremberg Laws" deprived Jews of citizenship - September 15, 1935

Kristallnacht - November 12, 1938 - A crucial turning point in German policy regarding the Jews and may be considered as the actual beginning of what is now called the Holocaust.



06 NOV 2002 Fascism aka the "Military Industrial Complex"

The Nazi Movement in the United States 1924-1941
by Sander A. Diamond This article which may be seen in its entirety and in its unedited form was originally titled TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT FASCISM and discussed the history of fascism, starting with Germany, Italy and Japan having adopted some variations of fascism by the 1930s until up to the end of World War II. After the war there was ongoing fascism in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and elsewhere.

Ed. note: Also see the All of the Above article, and how the U.S., the Brits, and what became "Israel" in 1948 won WWII and The Cold War, through revisionist history on the part of the victors who effectively erased the Soviet Union led by Marxist/Communists as the driving force in stopping the fascist rampage of Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler.

It is obvious that neither the ordinary American or the British can expect anything more from their respective governments than the ordinary German people got from the Nazi regime, or the citizens of the U.S.S.R. got from the Stalinists who assassinated Leon Trotsky and then used the Cold War as an excuse to steal the Bolshevik Revolution away from the people of the Soviet Union and the workers of the world. Also see: Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed.

For the purpose of bolstering governments, their respective military and corporations at the (literal) expense of ordinary citizens, the defined "fascism" has most clearly manifested as the "military industrial complex" globally. [MORE



01NOV2002 Is America Becoming a Fascist State? - Anis Shivani

Since mainstream left-liberal media do not seriously ask this question, the analysis of what has gone wrong and where we are heading has been mostly off-base. Investigation of the kinds of under-handed, criminal tactics fascist regimes undertake to legitimize their agenda and accelerate the rate of change in their favor is dismissed as indulging in "conspiracy theory." Liberals insist that this regime must be treated under the rules of "politics as usual." But this doesn't consider that one election has already been stolen, and that September's repeat of irregularities in Florida was a clear warning that more such thuggery is on the way. If the "f" word is uttered, liberals are quick to note certain obvious dissimilarities with previous variants of fascism and say that what is happening in America is not fascist. It took German justice minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin to make the comparison explicit (under present American rules of political discourse, she has been duly sacked from her cabinet post); but at the liberal New York Times or The Nation, American writers dare not speak the truth.

The blinkered assertion that we are immune to the virus ignores degrees of convergence and distinction based on the individual patient's history. The Times and other liberal voices have been obsessed over the last year with the rise of minority fascist parties in the Netherlands, France, and other European countries. They have questioned the tastefulness of new books and movies about Hitler, and again demonized such icons of Nazism as Leni Riefenstahl. Is this perhaps a displacement of American anxiety onto the safer European scene, liberal intellectuals here not wanting to confront the troubling truth? The pace of events in the last year has been almost as blindingly fast as it was after Hitler's Machtergreifung and the consolidation of fascist power in 1933. Speed stuns and silences.

Max Frankel, former editor of the Times, quotes from biographer Joachim Fest in his review of Speer: The Final Verdict: " . . .how easily, given appropriate conditions, people will allow themselves to be mobilized into violence, abandoning the humanitarian traditions they have built up over centuries to protect themselves from each other," and that a "primal being" such as Hitler "will always crop up again." Is Frankel really redirecting his anxiety about the primal being that has arisen in America? When Frankel says that "Speer far more than Hitler [because the former came from a culturally refined background] makes us realize how fragile these precautions are, and how the ground on which we all stand is always threatened," is this an oblique reference to the ground shifting from under us?

The proposed Iraqi adventure, which is only the first step in a more ambitious militarist agenda, has been opposed by the most conservative warmongers of past administrations. If the test of any theory is its predictive capacity, Bush's extreme risk-taking is better explained by the fascist model. Purely economic motives are a large part of the story, but there is a deeper derivation that exceeds such mundane rationales. Several of the apparent contradictions in Bush's governance make perfect sense if the fascist prism is applied, but not with the normal perspective.

To pose the question doesn't mean that this is a completed project; at any point, anything can happen to shift the course of history in a different direction. Yet after repeated and open corruption of the normal electoral process, several declarations of world war (including in three major addresses, and now the National Security Strategy document), adventurous and unprecedented military doctrines, suspension of much of the Bill of Rights, and clear signals that a declaration of emergency to crush remaining dissent is on the way, surely it is time to analyze the situation differently.

Absent that perspicacity, false diagnoses and prescriptions will continue. It is fine to be concerned about tyrannous Muslim regimes, and surely they need to set their own house in order, but not now, not in this context, and not under the auspices of the American fascist regime. Liberals don't yet realize, or fail to admit, that they may have been condemned to irrelevance for quite some time; the death blow against even mild welfare statism might already have been struck.

The similarities between American fascism and particularly the National Socialist precedent, both historical and theoretical, are remarkable. Fascism is home, it is here to stay, and it better be countered with all the intellectual resources at our disposal. [MORE]



01NOV2002 Talking to Your Kids About Fascism - Gary Leupp

[Note for teachers/parents: Children may ask: "What should we do about all of this?" There are good answers, but given the current circumstances, it's probably best not to discuss them on a website.]

Gary Leupp is an an associate professor, Department of History, Tufts University and coordinator, Asian Studies Program.

He can be reached at: gleupp@tufts.edu


Walker Prescott Bush
Skeletons

1933 - 2002

American Swastika/the Shocking Story of Nazi Collaborators in
Our Midst from 1933 to the Present Day
by Charles Higham


The Immaculate Deception: The Bush Crime Family Exposed
by Russell S. Bowen


The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001
by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed



Jews Knighted States of Amerika - 4th Reich


AMERICA'S MOST UNWANTEDTHE 4TH REICH WAR MONGRELS: Elliott Abrams, Kenneth Adelman, Richard Lee Armitage, John Ashcroft, James Baker, Brad Blakeman, Lincoln Bloomfield, Samuel Bodman, John Bolton, Joshua Bolten, Jeb Bush, George W Bush**, George HW Bush, Stephen Cambone, Frank Carlucci, Big Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, Michael Chertoff, Bonnie Cohen, Eliot Cohen, Ann Coulter, Richard Darman, Ruth Davis, Tom DeLay, Lou Dobbs, Alexander Downer, Andrew Fastow, Douglas Feith, Ari Fleischer, David Frum, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Christopher Gersten, Ranaan Gissin, Joseph Gildenhorn, Dore Gold, Steve Goldsmith, Adam Goldman, Franklin Graham, Marc Grossman, Richard Haass, Shaun Hannity, Katherine Harris, Anthony Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Larry Kudlow, Bill Kristol, Ken Lay, Michael Ledeen, Jay Lefkowitz, Arthur Levitt, I. Lewis Libby, Rush Limbaugh, Edward Luttwak, Ken Melman, Rupert Murdoch, Sandra Day O'Connor, Bill O'Reily, Richard Perle, Dan Pipes, John Poindexter, Karl Otto Pohl, Colin Powell**, William Rehnquist, Condoleezza Rice**, Tom Ridge, Karl Rove, Michael Rubin, David Rubenstein, Robert Satloff, Michael Savage, Antonin Scalia, James Schlesinger, George Schultz, Brent Scowcroft, Mel Sembler, Clarence Thomas, Don Rumsfeld, Mark Weinberger, Paul Wolfowitz, James Woolsey, David Wurmser, Dov Zakheim, and Robert Zoellick, and Devon Cross and the right-wing Likud party in Israel are at the heart of a well-orchestrated campaign to first wage war on Iraq, and follow that up with war on the entire Arab world. AMERICA'S MOST UNWANTED

See the above named positions of influence held in the Bush White House.

Also see "Is it just our imagination or do most neocon women seem to..."

THE INDEPENDENT WOMEN'S FORUM:
AN OVERVIEW


IWF LEADERSHIP:
THE CLARENCE THOMAS FACTOR


The Other "F" Word - Chosen by the Grace of God?
by Ben Tripp

Long-time protectors of Big Oil and particularly those sectors linked to major U.S. oil corporations with huge interests in Saudi Arabia, and who oppose bad-mouthing the Saudis, include Brent Scowcroft, James Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski and George HW.

It should be noted that of the major players in the Iraq war scenario, only Colin Powell doesn't fall into the pro-war, pro-Saudi and/or pro-U.S. oil company quicksand.

Also see: John Major and the cast of the Carlyle Group; The Bush and bin Laden families, David Rubenstein, James Baker, Richard Darman, Karl Otto Pohl, Arthur Levitt, George Schultz, and the firm's chairman Frank Carlucci.


Tony Blair (a kind of Maggie Thatcher in drag), is likely to be found having taken baksheesh from Zionists, British and American petroleum corporations, and the U.S. military establishment as he mouths support for a war in Iraq. Blair sure enough caved into Washington's war on Saddam, leaving the whole wide world to wonder why? Does someone have photographs?? Is Blair being promised by the Carlyle Group a future package similar to that delivered to Major? Entry-level positions at Carlyle for ex-Prime Ministers start at a half million pounds. Also see the Daniel Pipes and Dancing with Dictators entries.

Against the peaceful wishes of the whole wide world (WWW), both Blair and Bush are expected to co-manufacture and coordinate a media presentation of a Tonkin Gulf Resolution-type justification for carrying on with their pseudo-religious and otherwise war-for-profit venture.



Daniel Pipes Salman Rushdie Franklin Graham - 4th Reich anti-Islamic propagandists



Our uniquely American Freedom and Democracy is in more danger from George WWIII and John Ashcroft alone than from Al-Qaida, the Taliban, Usama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein combined. The "apples and oranges" war on terrorism and the investigation into how 911 happened to us and WHY are diminished by diverting attention to Saddam, clearly a despicable rat, but who is NOT a threat to the U.S.A. See: Color coded Terrorist Alert; mostly "I love my country, fear my government" kinda stuff.

29OCT2002 Meet the New Zionists - Guardian UK

The members of the Christian Coalition of America are some of the most passionate defenders of Israel in the United States. There's just one catch: they want to convert all Jews to Christianity. The Guardian's Matthew Engel reports on an unholy alliance. [MORE]

25OCT2002 Statement of Conscience on Iraq - Progressive Religious Partnership

Ed. note: We received a "forward" from some guy who invariably sends real gems; political commentary, great writing, Jazz news, and so on. Today he sent an article from this cat Regas, who was around in the Free Clinic days. He was on our Board. That was the 70s. Vietnam. While everything has changed since then, nothing has changed with peace...



Our Sacred Texts call us to peace and justice:

Those who kill a life, it is as if they killed the whole humanity. And those who save a life, it is as if they saved the whole humanity.

   -- The Qu'ran

The Lord shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

   -- The Jewish Scriptures

Jesus said, "You have heard that they were told, love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But what I tell you is this: Love your enemies and pray for your persecutors... There must be no limit to your goodness, as God's goodness knows no bounds.

   -- The Christian Scriptures

This is the greatest blessing. To live righteously, to give help to kindred, to follow a peaceful calling ? This is the greatest blessing.

   -- The Buddha

If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive. If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred.

   -- The Bhagavad-Gita

People whose lives are rooted in the sacred stories must always act as responsible peace advocates, ready to resist the misuse of military power and ready to help national leaders address the deeper sources of war and aggression. Our primary religious understanding holds that a moral society must never become the evil it deplores as it attempts to bring to justice those it regards as the instruments of evil.

Christian and Muslim, Hindu and Jew, Buddhist and Shinto, Baha'i and Sikh--all our faith traditions celebrate the sacredness of human life. All charge us to build a just, peaceful, and equitable world. In their essence all these traditions celebrate the power of love to vanquish hate and the power of mercy to overcome vengeance.

Therefore, in the name of God, the Ultimate, we say "No" to war against Iraq. [MORE]



26SEP2002 George WWIII's WWIII at home and abroad is illegal

Ed. note:The most compelling argue against subjugating the American people to a state of governed enslavement whims and/or that same government declaring war on the whole wide world in our (American) name comes down to a matter of existent law or not; specifically the Nuremberg Trials and the Geneva Conventions NOT the convenietly contrived and so-called Homeland Security fatwa handed down by Seyeheeb Bush.

What George WWIII and John Ashcroft are imposing on us, and the whole wide world is first of all unlawful; as is absolutely un-Constitutional - across the spectrum of law and American history!

Of the many articles and letters that have passed through here Is Bush's War Illegal? seems to say it all, but using a jillion words to say it. Francis A. Boyle is Professor of Law at University of Illinois, and is the author of Foundations of World Order, The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence and Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law. Maybe it's my job to reduce it down to 25 words or less without losing what he IS saying. DON'T trust me on this one! Please read Boyle's article for yourself.


    

Foundations of World Order * The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence * Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law





04SEP2002 Detention Camps? - Time to Sack Ashcroft

Because of Nat Hentoff's current Village Voice article prompted by an earlier article (no longer available on the L.A. Times site where it was originally published), a heads-up to "Ashcroft's plan for detention camps for 'enemy' U.S. citizens" arrived from Declan's Politech list today. [MORE]



01SEP2002 READ AT YOUR OWN RISK:

Open Letter to America from a Canadian
by W.R. McDougall

"Never mind that earth-friendly technology already exists to once and for all end dependence on oil, coal and nuclear energy from huge, out-of-control utilities and corporations. You would rather pay through the nose for your insecure comforts, wouldn't you America, and make others pay with their blood..."

"...you stand by as the Israelis' secular Zionists -- whom you support through the supply of arms and money -- slaughter untold numbers of innocents in the West Bank, then blame the Palestinians for bringing the terror upon themselves." [MORE]





24AUG2002 Flight of the Phoenix:

From Vietnam to Homeland Security

Re: http://www.counterpunch.org/valentine0824.html not accessible and where the Ashcroft' rubber bullets meet neutralizing the dissidents' road...

An Open Letter to Maj. Gen. Bruce Lawlor by Douglas Valentine

"The implication or latent threat of force alone was sufficient to insure that the people would comply..." -- William Colby

EXCERPT:

Having potential war criminals in positions of power is nothing new, but I'm one of those people who believe that all former CIA officers--especially those involved in "extra-legal" counter-terror programs like Phoenix--should not be allowed to hold public office. I believe this, because the CIA is antithetical to democratic institutions. And that's why I was so surprised to see, that the guy I knew as "Bruce", is now Major General Lawlor, and a top-ranking official in the ominous Office of Homeland Security. By which I mean, he's someone who has access to Ashcroft's political blacklist, and he has control over the covert action teams that can be used to neutralize those dissidents." [MORE]

Ed. note: Between the time we received this article on an e-mail from a friend, and the time I could send the URL out to others, www.counterpunch.org was down. We chased around and located an archived "original" and posted the article as it was originally published on counterpunch [MORE] here.




21MAR2002 The War that Destroyed America

by John Stanton and Wayne Madsen


In a maddening repetition of history, the young warfighters of the United States, along with those of its coalition partners, find themselves in battle with an amorphous opponent in a global counter-insurgency campaign managed by paranoid policy makers who see themselves as the enlightened sons of God. As the illegitimate and extremist government of the United States prepares to expend another generation of its youth for power, money and resources thousands of kilometers from home, they are negligently and criminally allowing the infrastructure, health and welfare of the United States to deteriorate. As America wages World War III against its 21st century barbarians; the Taliban and Al Qaeda (the Visigoths and Huns?)-in a war that may well see the use of nuclear weapons, the American Empire seems doomed to duplicate the concluding events of 476 A.D. And it's not Al Qaeda's 5,000 militants that will destroy the USA, it's the current "selected" government that will sacrifice the future of the world's greatest experiment in freedom on the altar of fascism. [MORE]





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