Monday, August 08, 2005

Crime and corruption : the BAE Systems �60M Saudi slush fund

Crime and corruption : the BAE Systems �60M Saudi slush fund

Criminal investments of your own 401K funds by Halliburton et al in known terrorist states, and using these forgien investing practices to avoid paying taxes. Learn the difference in stock market returns and individual investor returns, but you think your on your way to being rich, don't let that stop you from learning, more. Are you blinded by patriotism? Listen, read learn about the truths of war. You can talk to me anytime, just place a comment in reply or email me I will be glad to link you up. Old news turns to history, as history unfolds will you know the real history you lived and 'they' died for?
Will you know where your retirement money's growing up, and how it effects others lives? Will you ever take responsiblity or will you play the blame god game?

Consider these words from Galloway, think and give them consideration and wonder what if....

Straight-shootin' George Galloway

by Mike Whitney 08/06/05

"ICH" -- -- "I am utterly against the punishing of innocent people for the crimes of the guilty, whether it is done on the underground of London or the streets of Falluja by George Bush's air force". George Galloway MP

George Galloway is quite a guy.

His trip to the Middle East is causing a ruckus back in London, where his criticism of Bush and Blair is appearing like a spread-sheet on the front-page of the tabloids.

Congrats, George; those two deserve a good lambasting.

Yesterday he fired-off another barrage, landing a direct hit on Prime Minister Milquetoast and his Texas-twin. He said, "There's far more blood on the hands of George Bush and Tony Blair than there is on the hands of the murderers who killed those people in London."

Ka-boom! Right on target.

Galloway was stellar; praising the Iraqi resistance as "martyrs" and telling them that they "are not just defending Iraq, but defending the whole world against American hegemony."


Galloway's comments drew attention to the young men who are swarming to Iraq to fight what he calls the "foreign invaders". They're normally disparaged by the pro-war crowd in the press like Tom Friedman who calls them a "jihadist death-cult"

What rubbish. Friedman should skip the name-calling and try to figure out who these guys really are. Men don't simply throw away their lives for no reason. It is the injustice of the American occupation that has the swollen the ranks of the Iraqi resistance.

Galloway knows that and so does Friedman when he's not shoveling manure into the "paper of record".

Imagine, for a moment, that the US was invaded by an army from Saudi Arabia for the transparent purpose of securing America's great natural wealth. And, imagine that tens of thousands of American people were killed in that invasion, entire cities were leveled as reprisal for resisting, and scores of Americans were tortured and humiliated in the most despicable manner.

What type of man would risk his own life to travel to the United States to fight for the liberation of the American people from Saudi oppression?

A terrorist or a martyr?

Forget the media hype about suicide bombers targeting innocent Iraqis. Communiqués from the resistance have repeatedly refuted those claims saying they do not attack Iraqi civilians, only the occupiers and their collaborators in the Iraqi security services.

Who're we going to believe; the Pentagon?

Galloway nailed it when he said, "These poor Iraqis, ragged people with their sandals, with their Kalashnikovs, with the lightest most basic weapons-are writing the names of their cities and towns in the stars, with 145 military operations every day which has made the country ungovernable." Game; Set; Match.

Galloway can expect to be roundly throttled for his remarks, but the truth is out and can't be undone. The Iraqi resistance is the frontlines in the war against American global domination. They're doing the fighting in the trenches while Americans continue to stumble around in their perpetual state of amnesia.

Can't Americans see their civil liberties being methodically savaged by Bush's rubber-stamp Congress? Will it take a decree of martial law to wake them up to this "gathering threat" emerging from the Bush White House? We should applaud Galloway's willingness to state the obvious; that the men who have taken up arms in Iraq are engaged in a life-or-death struggle against a neo-liberal cancer that is menacing the entire world. Those who doubt what I say should consider Blair's news conference yesterday, where he rattled-off a whole new list of repressive measures to be directed at Muslims.

Mimicking his Crawford mentor, Blair has decided that he has the right to unilaterally make law from his perch at 10 Downing St. without the consent of Parliament. The fatuous PM now claims the power to close down mosques, deport, clerics and shut down web sites where the views don't meet the dubious standards of the state. Additionally, Israeli trained police-units have been deployed on London's streets with orders to "shoot to kill" terror suspects (or fleeing Brazilians) if there is a perceived risk to public safety.

Who gave this unctuous, lying politician the right to declare martial law on Muslims?

Who gave this foppish phony the license to issue Nazi-type edicts that eviscerate basic civil liberties?

The British people would be foolish to let the wildly-unpopular Blair get away with this monumental power-grab.

85% of the British people already agree that the London bombings were the direct result of Blair's involvement in Iraq. Similarly, every terrorist-expert on the planet; including analysts at M15, the CIA, and the Israeli Mossad, have supported that very same conclusion. So, why should the victims of Blair's bungled aggression be the same one's who are collectively punished?

It's Blair who should be manacled and led away to the stocks, not the Muslims who already are suffering the blowback from his apocryphal war on terror.

No one in their right mind believes that Blair conjured up these new restrictions. His job is to simply recite his lines for the teleprompter and make sure his eye-shadow and silk-shirt are in order.

It's the big-money elites behind Blair that have their sights on personal liberty, just as they do in America and Australia. (Australia's Howard is trying to enact similar legislation right now) These are the 3 stooges of the international corporate-banking cabal; the tawdry courtesans of the global parasite-class.

Just listen to Zbigniew Brzezinski, founder of the Trilateral Commission, former board-member of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Co-Chair of the Bush National Security Task Force, and all-around foot-soldier for American elites. Brzezinski is comfortably lodged at the very center of an elite cadre of nutcases who have been pushing for the New World Order (One world government) for over 20 years. His comments reflect the prevailing views of the main actors in the Bush-Blair-Howard governments.

"It is also a fact that America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad. This limits the use of America's power, especially its capacity for military intimidation. Never before has a populist democracy attained international supremacy. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is, defense spending) and the human sacrifice (casualties, even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization." ("The Grand Chessboard; p.35)

"Too democratic"? "Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization."? Brzezinski hates democracy every bit as much as the men who back Blair. They've concluded that they can pretty well dispose of personal liberty in a few years by taking advantage terrorist attacks, exploiting public hysteria, and crafting a media narrative that supports the crushing of individual freedom. That's why we should take these new anti-Islam laws for what they really are; a forerunner to the repressive measures that will be applied to everyone without discrimination in the very near future.

Can anyone seriously doubt this after seeing the pattern of the last 5 years?

That's why we need guys like Galloway who'll stand up and take a few hardy swings at the scoundrels in power. His words put a little steel in everyone's spine; and we're going to need it, too. There's plenty of bad road ahead.

Listen to a mother, listen to veterens for peace in Crawford right now, this very day this sad day when you really do not know how many american soldiers, american sons and daughters have lost their lives, for what, your retirement?

"I'm angry. I want the troops home," Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., who staged a protest that she vowed on Sunday to continue until she can personally ask Bush: "Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?"

A Day in the Bar Ditch of Democracy USA

By Greg Moses

Submitted to Portside

"I'm back here where I met you, in the tent!" says
53-year-old Vietnam Veteran Michael Young, speaking by
cell phone Saturday evening, with lots of commotion in
the background to back him up. Yes, he went to
Crawford like he said, and here's what he reports:

"Well, I got up around 7:30. Was already running a
little late, because I didn't get home until midnight.
I put on a pot of coffee and then got in such a hurry
that I forgot it. Didn't take any of it with me. And I
got here (at the tent) just as people were organizing
to go to Crawford."

There was a little preliminary controversy before the
caravan left, says Young, as Veterans for Peace
negotiated some turf issues with Cindy Sheehan, the
mother of Iraq war casualty Casey Sheehan and moral
leader of the trip to confront the President about his
war in Iraq. In the end, it was decided that the
Crawford trip would be a mutual action, since VFP had
already planned a trip to the Western White House as
part of its annual convention being held under and
near the big tent.

With preliminary issues settled, 70 people hit the
southbound highway out of Dallas, some riding in the
Veterans for Peace Impeachment Bus, the rest in about
15 cars following behind. Young caught a ride in a
Prius driven by VietNam Veteran Ken Ashe of North

"No, we hadn't met before the trip, this was the first
time, but we're brothers now," Young assures me. Ashe
made two tours to the VietNam war as a medic. "He's
got my information, I've got his information, and we
plan on meeting up again."

When they finally pulled off the highway into
Crawford, the caravan stopped at the Crawford Peace
House to freshen up with water and watermelon. They
did a little protesting near the street there.

"One old hillibilly with two goats in the back of his
truck told us to go home," says Young with a chuckle,
"but that was the only negative thing." So the posse
remounted and took off on the five-to-six-mile journey
to Crawford Ranch, where the President of the USA--in
an eerie replay of 2001-- is on extended summer

"The cops made us stop the vehicles about a half mile
or quarter mile from the gate. It was about 100
degrees out there. But they made us walk the rest of
the way. And they wouldn't let us walk on the road."

"You have to see that road," says Young. "There is no
traffic on that road at all, yet they made us walk in
the bar ditch beside the road, which was full of
weeds. Real hard ground." After a while the cops
stopped them. "They were looking for an excuse to stop
us," says Young. "They said we were walking in the
road against orders."

"We protested loud and proud," recalls Young. "And we
meant everything we said. That went on for about 30-45
minutes. We even told the police to get out their
history books and read about Hitler so they could
understand their role in history, standing here
protecting a war criminal. We were being brutally
honest from our point of view. And there was lots of
press there at the time."

"Cindy got right in their face, too," says Young. "She
said look, this is a public roadway. How can you
prevent me from walking on a public roadway?"

"At that point I got right behind her," says Young.
"If she was going to jail, I was going to jail. If
they wanted confrontation, I was going to back her up.
I had made my mind up about that." But there was no
confrontation, no arrest.

"Far as you could see there were armed Secret Service,
armed Sheriff's deputies, armed cops up and down the
road eyeing us," says Young. "We didn't carry any
backpacks or anything so they could see we were
unarmed. They made us stand there, off the pavement in
that heat. All the time we were there, I think I saw
one car pass." Then the press left the scene.

"Once the press left, there was not much point
standing there," says Young, so the protesters peeled
away. I tell Young about internet information that
Sheehan plans to return until she sees the President,
and caravans are reported to be coming from San Diego
and Louisiana. "A lot of people just showed up out of
nowhere," says Young. "I yelled 'til I was hoarse."

"I gave Cindy a big hug and told her I loved her. Even
if Cindy had found the President, she wouldn't have
found what she wants," says Young. "Cindy wants her
son back. That's just the plain truth. I feel for her.
And I was there to back her up."

"Here we were on this little road that nobody was
using but we couldn't walk on it," says Young. It's
like you can hear him shaking his head. Send a man off
to war to defend his country's freedoms, and 35 years
later this is what he sees.

"But I'll tell you we did ourselves proud out there.
We didn't take no guff and we talked to the cops. They
said they were just acting professionally, just doing
their job. And we told them that's what Hitler's
people said."

"Once you've been to war and you're a vet," says
Young, "and if you're sworn to uphold the Constitution
and protect it from enemies BOTH foreign and
domestic--that never leaves. I fought in an illegal
war. These young guys in Iraq are fighting in an
illegal war. If I can save one life I'll do whatever
it takes." In the bar ditch outside the President's
Crawford Ranch, Young is fighting a better war than he
fought in VietNam.

"This is a war for our country," says Young. "They are
taking our country away from us and turning it into a
fascist state. What has Bush done for the people?
Everything he's done has been for the corporations."
He talks about news reports of record earnings at
Halliburton and jobs going overseas.

"Here's what they need," says Young. "They need a
state of constant war. They need an ignorant
population to fight it. They need people to provide
the services and materials for war. And they need an
ignorant population to do that work. But it will
definitely be a country of rich and poor if this is
not stopped."

"I don't know if I can stop it," says Young. "But I'll
be doing it until the day I die. And the VietNam vets?
I'll tell you for sure, we're not going to back down.
They can't do anymore to us."

Greg Moses is editor of PeaceFile and author of
Revolution of Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr. and
the Philosophy of Nonviolence. He can be reached at



Anonymous Wonder said...

This is what I find very interesting ... Bush has not attended one single military funeral of any soldier who has died in both Afghanistan and Iraq, but chose to send a high level representation of our government to Saudi Arabia to pay their respects to King Fahd! copy and paste link to your address bar to read full text.

Mon Aug 08, 11:01:00 AM EDT  

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