- From 911 forward, the world has been consumed with discovering
what really happened on that day, to the three buildings in the World Trade
Center; to the plane that supposedly crashed in Pennsylvania and as to
how that missile managed to hit the Pentagon. This is the latest video
of what has been learned thus far (1).
- The single largest tragedy here is the one thing not
in dispute: That is the "unending war" that Bush promised the
world, supposedly in retaliation for 911. This will indeed be "never-
ending" unless people in the United States demand the immediate withdrawal
of US forces from Iraq. Many of he same people that were in-charge of US
policies when 911 happened, are still in-charge today, and they have yet
to answer for their parts in the crimes committed on that day.
- The head of the FBI then is still in place today, Rumsfeld
still has an office in the Pentagon, and others like Richard Pearl, John
Ashcroft, Richard Armitage, along with Paul Wolfowitz, and General Powell
have not disappeared. There was also John Bolton our stealth ambassador
to the UN. Cheney, Rice, Rove and Bush are all still active and have been
joined by Chertoff at DHS and now Gates at Offense. None of these people
have been seriously questioned about their parts in what happened on 911.
- The only member of government that did
speak openly was Richard Clark who tried to warn Rice. But as CIA has largely
taken the fall for the intelligence failures on 911 the agency has
changed hands several times. However, Richard Clark, the counter-terrorism
chief in the Clinton Administration is still claiming responsibility for
having created Al Qaeda, not as our enemy, but as an operating arm of the
CIA, prior to 911. (2)
- Exactly how Al Qaeda went from being an operating arm
of the CIA to becoming "responsible for 911' needs further on-the-record
elaboration. Just as Rummy needs to finally explain what happened to the
$2.3 trillion that he admits his agency "lost" in Iraq. ($2.3
trillion would buy a lot of help for our bankrupt federal government).
Where are the subpoenas? Where is the outrage? More importantly where is
our sense of ourselves as a coherent people, within a nation that we say
we claim as 'our country'?
- ?The United States has adopted international threats
and global- instability as our weapons of choice, backed up by overwhelming
violence and military force, in dealing with the rest of the planet.
- This has never worked for any length of time-throughout
the long march of world history-and there is no reason to expect that it
will ever work for us in this instance, either. Bush is fond of portraying
himself as a loner, a cowboy who stands against the world, and defies anyone
and everyone that opposes his insanities. Yet the fact is that he is nothing
but a deluded puppet in a theater-of-the-absurd that has never drawn a
crowd: except perhaps for others of his kind-a crowd that has equally oppressed
their own people, for monetary gain and for petty-political-powers that
by definition shall have to end, in infamy!
- Bush believes he is bold and daring, and believes that
he has much in common with Winston Churchill, the man who replaced British
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, with his policy of appeasement in dealing
with the Nazi's. However the facts of history make clear that it is Chamberlain,
not Churchill that most closely represents Bush-the-lesser in the world
- In the Middle-East Bush has been a partner in the continuing
Israeli massacre of the Palestinian people. For fifty years this country
has worn many hats in regard to Palestine and Israel. But with the coming
of the Bush-men in 2000, all of that began to change. Over the previous
five decades we have given Israel trillions of dollars, and we've occasionally
tried to play the part of an "honest broker" for peace in the
Middle-East. But under the Decider, we have aided and abetted so many crimes
against the Palestinians-while we have repeatedly failed to point out to
the world that Israel wants to destroy the Palestinian people.
- We stood by while Israel orchestrated the Syrian withdrawal
from Lebanon, only to serve again as Israel's bully-boy protector while
Israel's pitiful military tried unsuccessfully to invadeLebanon. The world
held its breath for thirty days, back then, while that obscene farce was
played out. And then we actually wondered why there was no movement toward
- Then again we backed Israel when they recently scoffed
at the open and freely democratic election that brought Hamas to power
in Palestine. We not only endorsed Israel's view, but we blocked humanitarian
aide from getting to the Palestinians from anyone else as well. We're still
supporting the extremist Israeli government's decision to make war on Gaza
and Hamas, while blackmailing the Palestinians in the West Bank with promises
of food and water, if they do not come to the aid of Gaza and the rest
- This behavior of the US, in favor of the blatantly criminal
state of Israel, whose president kept sex slaves, and was evicted from
office for that and other crimes: speaks volumes to all parties in the
region, and the world. How then can wee expect anyone in the Middle-East
to take the United States seriously about anything else we might have to
say such as what we are now demanding in Iran, or suggesting for
Lebanon, or Syria or anywhere else where we are manufacturing more lies
as an excuse to do our worst, and steal more of what is still not ours.
The whole world knows that the USA today is nothing more than a blunt instrument
in mercenary service to the global criminal-elites. The new Quartet under
the direction of Tony Blair shall make this ever more clear, as that failed
leader takes charge of yet another group of Bandits; this time Hell- bent
on creating a Middle-East without Arabs or Palestinians.
- At home, things are no better. All the wrong priorities
have arisen to block anything and everything that this country needs to
survive. Health care has become a con-game being run by those who directly
profit from their failure to provide the services that they take money
to provide. The nation reels from the failures of this government to help
its people whether the topic is Katrina, or Education: Retirement or Social
Security: Justice or ordinary daily survival: the United States Government
has become the open and belligerent enemy of the people of this nation.
- Our economy is in ruins, because the same philosophy
that drove the nation prior to the Crash of 1929 is back in business again
(thank Bill Clinton for that one), and they've just met: to consider how
ready the conditions are for a repeat version of 1929. This collapse is
not a question of if but when the bounty can begin to flow to those who
shall have escaped the markets before they fall, again!
- We kid ourselves that we have a diverse business economy
when in fact what we have are the scraps left over from all the mergers
and acquisitions that have left this nation almost totally under the spell
of corporate oligarchies that thrive on conglomerate acquisitions and mergers
and leave most of small business completely unprotected from their iron-fisted
controls over profits, no matter how far removed those small businesses
might appear to be from the global-corporatocracy that actually owns all
their once private business opportunities: not to mention access to real
- Oil Company's brag about the virtues of teaching every
child about the wonders of Math & Science: when what is really needed
are the humanities in mega-doses, if there is to be a world left for anyone
to live in. They brag about burning corn instead of oil, when what should
be happening is that hemp ought to be reintroduced so that the corn can
be eaten, and the hemp can replace the sugar, the corn and everything else
used to make artificial fuels. Hemp was once used in virtually everything-Henry
Ford used it to make parts for the bodies his early automobiles. And, if
we had a ready supply, plastics could be eliminated.
- The same is true of much of what we now use to create
medicines nature's gift to mankind was this plant that we have banned
from commercial use: "hemp." It was banned so that oil and chemical
companies might be able to prosper undisturbed, look it up: it is fascinating
- The world that Bush and his handlers have created for
us all is as false as their insurance company's promises that amount to
the kind of extortion that has resulted in death, in far too many cases.
The cynical and privileged elite have always tried to corner all the profits
and relegated the poor to virtual slavery to achieve their ends. The time
has come to reign in the artificial life-expectancy that most corporations
now enjoy. The joys of multinational Corporate power should have limits
placed upon them: just as the people who work for Corporations need to
have their own separate and inviolate "Bill of Rights" for anyone
that has to deal with corporate-anything. We have the power to demand that
the government we pay for must work for all of us and not for those who
seek to steal our lives and dreams.
- By that token we ought to be able to have Universal Health
Care. After all, as Michael Moore just so clearly pointed out in his film
"Sicko" 'if we can pay out trillions for illegal and unnecessary
wars then we can definitely afford to provide healthcare for every American'
for free! And if we can subsidize big-business to the obscene levels
that we have raised corporate welfare to: then we can definitely begin
to make some real demands of "our" federal government-so that
it is no longer a feral threat to every man, woman and child in this country.
We had rights once upon a time, but we had them only as long as we were
willing and able to fight for those rights.
- What we do now to change this equation for the future
is really up to each and every one of us. Those who choose to act will
be part of the solution: the rest will remain as part of the problem that
will need to be removed. The choices will not be easy, but then freedom
never was or is. If any of us are to ever have dreams worth dreaming once
again-then something very different must begin to shape our thoughts!
- 1) Zeitgeist -The Movie
- 2) 911 Hearings Richard Clark on Democracy NOW
- 3) Why Winston Wouldn't Stand for W
- 4) Who Will Stop the Countdown