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  • Battle of Algiers
    –a fascinating update review of the French classic
    movie –lessons for today

SELLING
WAR–HOW TO GET AMERICA TO GO TO WAR

LOSING OUR LIBERTIES
The First Cost of Empire will be
Losing Our Own Freedoms    The Bill of Rights

  • “Of all the
    enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and
    develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies. From these proceed debts
    and taxes. And armies, debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many
    under the dominion of the few. . . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of
    continual warfare.
    ” 
    James Madison, the principal architect of the U.S. Constitution 1795:

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SANCTIONS
and KILLING 

CONSEQUENCES OF  BOMBING

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History of the First Gulf (Iraq) War

“The
Gulf War was one big lie from beginning to inconclusive end”
Col. David Hackworth, LIBERTY,  November, 1998

History of the Kosovo War    T’was a Famous Victory
by Phyllis Schlafly


Our Purpose

This site is about the consequences of Washington’s foreign
wars, culminating in the 9/11 attack upon America and Washington’s response of invading
Iraq.  “Most Americans,” as Joseph Sobran wrote, “have no conception
of the depth of hatred harbored against us, because of the (killing) inflicted by U.S.
bombs and sanctions.” 

“America has squandered its rare
“unipolar moment” by rattling its saber and appearing to go it alone……..
What it should be doing,” says Charles Kupchan, who teaches international relations
at Georgetown University, ‘is just the opposite: Shoring up alliances, working through
international organizations, building a global regime of agreements and laws governing
everything from trade to environmental policies. That alone will guarantee the persistence
of an orderly, open world….”  US NEWS  The
New American Empire

America was once revered in the Muslim world,
after Kennedy supported freedom for Algeria from France and Eisenhower got England, France
and Israel to withdraw from their conquest of Suez in 1956.  America was so admired
that Muslim Malaysia even copied its national flag from the American. 

Instead of the
naive, self serving propaganda of Bush’s fairy tales about “evil ones” who hate
us because we are “good,” Americans should better read back to Greek
mythology.   There is Hercules story about 10 new enemies springing up for each
enemy soldier killed.  That will be the reality until Washington looks at its own
policies which generate so much hatred against America.  Instead we are told that
Muslim fundamentalism is equivalent to Nazism or communism, and that they plan the
re-establishment of the “Caliphate”
which ruled from Spain to Indonesia.  So a few Muslim theocrats,
without weapons nor an industrial base, with half illiterate populations are
a threat to conquer much of the world.  Yet it is us who started the invasions and killing.

America is simply incapable of
“ruling the world.”  (See America
is not Rome)
  Yet many Conservatives, who think that the government can’t run a
nursery school, believe it can run the world, and indeed, that virtually without
allies or abiding by rules of  (international) law.  Equally many Big Government Conservatives
now support new takings of Americans’ freedoms in the name of “security.”
The dispute over the Anti-Terror PATRIOT Act defined the line between those
conservatives who want empire and those who most value freedom.

       Most
Americans never supported a program to blockade chlorine for purifying drinking
water or prohibit even pencils for Iraqi school children.  Most Americans don’t know of the heinous
killing done to Iraqi civilians in their name (by destroying their irrigation, sanitation,
and electricity generating systems,  and then blockading reconstruction supplies for
7 years during which time Iraq did comply with UN resolutions).  Most Americans would
not support and pay for the Israeli settlers kicking Palestinians out of their homes, if
they knew. 


“Perpetual war serves a number of purposes…..It is under wartime conditions that
the U.S. state will, at least initially, face the least resistance as it finishes
the……process of gutting the Bill of Rights and voiding inconvenient parts of the U.S.
Constitution……It is under wartime conditions that all opponents of U.S. policies
anywhere in the world, including within the U.S. itself, can be most easily labeled
‘terrorist.'”  This statement would have come from a conservative in 1940.
Today it is from the Left (Alternative Press Review, Spring 2002).

       Foreign
dictators have long caused untold human misery.   But it is not for America to
cause the further misery of so many innocents, because of  their rulers. (see former President Carter comments).
Nations have always had wars and guerrilla insurrections, but, once America takes
sides, then we bear responsibilities.  Consequently, we now have mortal enemies in
two of the most treacherous and fanatical parts of the world, the Middle East and the
Balkans.  Millions of foreigners, however unjustly, now hate us as the new
“imperialists.”  More bombing overseas will mean more terrorist attacks
upon us.  This because we are not resolving the root causes of their hatred.

To paraphrase former President Bush———-

We are not hated
because we are “good;”  we’re hated because we’ve been killing them; 

We are
not hated because we are “free;”  we’re hated because we support the
dictators who oppress them;

We are not hated
because we are “rich”; we’re hated because of our hypocrisy.
Freedom Home Page of the Week

The BOSTON GLOBE
(5/16/99) reported:
“In planning the 1991 Persian Gulf War, US officers found a total of 12 bridges for
the movement of Iraqi troops in and out of Kuwait. US planes bombed those bridges over and
over, with little effect. So they bombed every bridge in Iraq, 160 in all, about
two-thirds of them far from Kuwait.  After a while, all bridges were seen and treated
equally. Similarly, now in Belgrade, it seems, all military agencies are seen and treated
as if they were of equal importance. The Pentagon announced last week that three-quarters
of the targets hit in this (Kosovo) air war, 270 out of 380, have been ‘strategic targets.’ Only
110 have been directly connected to the soldiers and militias in Kosovo.”
See 
“The Bridge on the River
Drina”

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By 1998, the chemical weapons infrastructure
had been completely dismantled or destroyed by UNSCOM (the UN inspections body) or by Iraq
in compliance with our mandate. The biological weapons programme was gone, all the major
facilities eliminated. The nuclear weapons programme was completely eliminated. The long
range ballistic missile programme was completely eliminated. If I had to quantify Iraq’s
threat, I would say [it is] zero.
” — Scott Ritter, chief
UN weapons inspector in Iraq for five years, from an essay
by John Pilger (The Guardian 03/04/2000)

“During allied bombing campaigns
on Iraq the country’s eight multi-purpose dams had been repeatedly hit, simultaneously
wrecking flood control, municipal and industrial water storage, irrigation and
hydroelectric power. Four of seven major pumping stations were destroyed, as were 31
municipal water and sewerage facilities – 20 in Baghdad, resulting in sewage pouring into
the Tigris. Water purification plants were incapacitated throughout Iraq.

“Article 54 of the Geneva
Convention states: ‘It is prohibited to attack, destroy or render useless objects
indispensable to the survival of the civilian population’ and includes foodstuffs,
livestock and ‘drinking water supplies and irrigation works.'”   LONDON SUNDAY HERALD



President Carter: The
fundamentalists


(ours
and theirs, ed.)


believe they have a unique relationship with God, and that they
and their ideas are God’s ideas and God’s premises on the particular issue. Therefore, by
definition since they are speaking for God anyone who disagrees with them is inherently
wrong. And the next step is: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior, and in
extreme cases — as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world — it makes
your opponents sub-humans, so that their lives are not significant. Another thing is that
a fundamentalist can’t bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with
them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. And so
this administration, for instance, has a policy of just refusing to talk to someone who is
in strong disagreement with them — which is also a radical departure from past history.
So these are the kinds of things that cause me concern. And, of course, fundamentalists
don’t believe they can make mistakes, so when we permit the torture of prisoners in
Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib, it’s just impossible for a fundamentalist to admit that a
mistake was made. 

Interview in Der
Spiegel

 

“The First Cost of World
Empire Will Be Our Own Freedoms”   


“A
government strong enough to rule the world is also strong enough to take away the freedom
of its own citizens,” LUDWIG VON MISES


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