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|War and Terror: Black pearls: Bush's European Gulag confirmed|
Tuesday, June 20 @ 07:25:23 UTC
|By Chris Floyd, chris-floyd.com|
A few months ago, there was a brief bristling of feathers in the American corporate media about the possibility that the Bush Administration had set up secret prisons in Eastern Europe: new black pearls for the sinister gulag necklace that Bush has strung across the earth, where the captives seized, kidnapped, shanghaied, nabbed, snatched, disappeared – but never legally arrested or formally charged – in his Terror War are renditioned into limbo. Or even killed, as Bush himself has clearly implied in public statements, including the nationally televised State of the Uniοn address in 2003: "All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way -- they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies."
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|World Focus: Global Eye: Blood Group|
Friday, June 10 @ 22:04:26 UTC
|By Chris Floyd, context.themoscowtimes.com
The history of politics is the history of factions jostling for power, by methods seldom peaceful and rarely, if ever, honest. War is by far the preferred means of obtaining and augmenting domination of the political landscape and the enrichment of the ruling clique.
Sometimes this means violent civil strife within the state itself. At other times, the political tool of war is directed outwards, at some demonized enemy who poses a "threat" -- which is almost always exaggerated or illusory -- to national survival. Without fail, the warmongering faction's political opponents are identified with the enemy, either as direct agents or, more often, as unpatriotic abettors whose criticism of the rulers gives "aid and comfort" to the foe.
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|War and Terror: It Really is a Crusade|
Friday, May 27 @ 11:52:32 UTC
|"With Us or Against Us"|
By Gary Leupp, counterpunch.org
Days after the 9-11 attacks, George W. Bush informed Americans, "This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take awhile." As a Yale history major, he ought to have known what the medieval Crusades were all about: Christians against Muslims, mostly for control of Palestine, fought with all the viciousness and duplicity reflected in the recent film "The Kingdom of Heaven." The explosive term was guaranteed to incite Muslim ire and alarm, and protests from everywhere (including the State Department, I'd imagine) caused Bush to drop it from his fevered rhetoric. But yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is indeed a Crusade, an anti-Muslim project conducted from a Judeo-Christian command center of a particularly unholy type. No matter how much administration officials profess their respect for Islam, denying any religious character to the war, and however they express wide-eyed amazement that Muslims might misunderstand the "war on terrorism" as an anti-Muslim war, it really is a crusading "holy war"---for the following reasons.
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|War and Terror: Bush unveils plans for US colonial office|
Saturday, May 21 @ 22:44:48 UTC
|By Bill Van Auken, wsws.org
The US government is creating a permanent agency tasked with the rapid consolidation of US control in countries targeted by Washington for military aggression. That was President George W. Bush's essential message in a speech delivered Wednesday to a Republican audience in Washington.
He announced that his administration is proposing $100 million in funding in next year's budget for a new "conflict response" fund and $24 million for a new Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization within the State Department. This office is to include an "Active Response Corps" made up of government foreign affairs specialists, as well as private consultants and contractors.
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|War and Terror: An 'October Surprise'? Neocons have Iran in their Sights|
Thursday, August 26 @ 16:23:58 UTC
|by William Pfaff, International Herald Tribune
An American presidential election campaign is an invitation to adventure. The candidates themselves - especially when they're sitting presidents - are tempted to produce October surprises to scare or stampede the electorate.
There has been much speculation about an October surprise this year. The American public, however, has grown cynical about terrorist scares and would need a pretty convincing one to overcome the skepticism provoked by the Bush administration's past exploitations of the terrorism risk, notably around the Democratic National Convention.
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|Inside U.S.A.: Michael Moore: 'Turkeys on the moon'|
Wednesday, December 10 @ 00:35:19 UTC
|By Michael Moore, MichaelMoore.com|
Dear Mr. Bush,
Well, it's going on two weeks now since your surprise visit to one of the two countries you now run and, I have to say, I'm still warmed by the gesture. Man, take me along next time! I understand only 13 members of the media went with you -- and it turns out only ONE of them was an actual reporter for a newspaper. But you did take along FIVE photographers (hey, I get it, screw the words, it's all about the pictures!), a couple wire service guys, and a crew from the Fox News Channel (fair and balanced!).
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|War and Terror: Kay Report is a War Crimes Indictment|
Friday, November 14 @ 12:30:43 UTC
|By CHRIS FLOYD, www.counterpunch.org|
This column owes a heartfelt apology to a top official of Bush Administration, whom we unjustly maligned some weeks ago. No doubt infected by the corrosive wave of cynical anti-Americanism now raging across an ungrateful world, we predicted that the report of David Kay--who was hired by the CIA to find Iraq's elusive weapons of mass destruction--would be nothing but a sham, a whitewash: "the fix is in," we sneered.
But we were wrong. Far from being a whitewash, Kay's report has turned out to be one of the most devastating and unflinching exposÚs of war crimes in world history. In damning detail, Kay has revealed the torturous machinations and evil practices of a ruthless tyrant seeking to thwart the clear will of the UN Security Council and the international community, using false declarations and crude propaganda to mask his secret plans to abet terrorism, wage aggressive war and threaten the entire world with weapons of mass destruction. Those apologists for tyranny, who for months doubted the veracity of these charges, have now been shown to be nothing more than knaves, fools, lickspittles and dupes.
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|War and Terror: A Grandiose Folly|
Thursday, September 11 @ 22:19:21 UTC
| The Political Capital of 9/11|
By Robert Fisk, www.counterpunch.org
When the attacks were launched against the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon two years ago today, who had ever heard of Fallujah or Hillah? When the Lebanese hijacker flew his plane into the ground in Pennsylvania, who would ever have believed that President George Bush would be announcing a "new front line in the war on terror" as his troops embarked on a hopeless campaign against the guerrillas of Iraq?
Who could ever have conceived of an American president calling the world to arms against "terrorism" in "Afghanistan, Iraq and Gaza"? Gaza? What do the miserable, crushed, cruelly imprisoned Palestinians of Gaza have to do with the international crimes against humanity in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania?
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|War and Terror: The fate of empire builders|
Friday, April 04 @ 12:07:00 UTC
|Dr Muzaffar Iqbal|
First comes a massive aerial attack, destroying cities, killing men, women and children, uprooting trees and ancient sites. Cities shake. Houses are destroyed, leaving behind huge craters where innocent children were playing a few hours ago. Then comes a ground assault launched by an army equipped with high-tech weapons and supported by an air force that has no rival. But even before all of this, there is a media blitz of tyranny that promises shock and awe, threatens annihilation and demands surrender.
In the pre-war period, there is much talk of American might by experts and victory is considered fait accompli; it is just a matter of days. Then comes the actual invasion, bringing death and destruction. The invasion of Iraq fits so well in the overall plan, which has already been in operation for more than a decade that its particular timing and the reasons to justify it are of little relevance. But just as the invasion of Iraq was a sure thing, so is the fact that it is only the first step in the remaking of the world map. No one should think that it is the last country which will be attacked in this process of building a new empire.
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|War and Terror: Emperor George|
Wednesday, April 02 @ 16:14:54 UTC
|By Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian|
What has become of American values and idealism? All swept away in this thoroughly un-American war
This war is un-American. That's an unlikely word to use, I know: it has an unhappy provenance, associated forever with the McCarthyite hunt for reds under the beds, purging anyone suspected of "un-American activities". Besides, for many outside the US, the problem with this war is not that it's un-American - but all too American.
But that does an injustice to the US and its history. It assumes that the Bush administration represents all America, at all times, when in fact the opposite is true. For this administration, and this war, are not typical of the US. On the contrary, on almost every measure, they are exceptions to the American rule.
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|War and Terror: Arraign The Emperor|
Tuesday, April 01 @ 03:18:17 UTC
|I Hassan, www.jang.com.pk|
There is a saying that the first casualty during a war is the truth and the veracity of this adage was established even before commencement of US aggression against Iraq. Despite the fact that the UN Security Council Resolution 1441 did not permit any attack on Iraq, as all it permitted was for the UN inspectors to seek and destroy weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the United States continued to allege that Saddam Hussein's Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction despite the fact that Hans Blix, the Chief of the UN inspection team, stated that no such weapons had been found and added sarcastically that if the United States knew that such weapons existed then why did they not give him the exact coordinates of where they were attacked and he (Blix) would go and find them. Besides Blix the head of the International Atomic Energy Commission also associated with this search had categorically stated that no nuclear weapons or capability existed.
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