We Lie and Bluster About Our Nukes - And Then Wag Our Fingers At Iran
By George Monbiot
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Was 9/11 an Inside Job?
By Mark H. Gaffney
Mark can be reached for comment at email@example.com
This excellent article is an excerpt from Mark H. Gaffney's forthcoming book,
THE 911 MYSTERY PLANE AND THE VANISHING OF AMERICA,
to be released in September 2008.
Regrettably, there is considerable evidence that elements of the Bush administration were complicit in the 9/11 attack, and may even have helped stage it. Let us now examine some of what I regard as the most compelling evidence.....
Putin's Winning Hand
By Mike Whitney
There are no military installations in the city of Tskhinvali. In fact, there are no military targets at all. It is an industrial center consisting of lumber mills, manufacturing plants and residential areas. It is also the home to 30,000 South Ossetians.
When Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered the city to be bombed by warplanes and shelled by heavy artillery last Thursday, he knew that he would be killing hundreds of civilians in their homes and neighborhoods. But he ordered the bombing anyway. .....
By day's end, over 2,000 people were killed in an operation that was clearly engineered with the assistance of the Bush White House.
Bush regards Saakashvilli as his main client in the region; they are friends. He is America's cat's paw in the Caucasus. Saakashvilli's assignment is to try to get Putin to overreact militarily and demonstrate to European allies that Russia still poses a threat to their national security.
Fortunately, many Europeans see through the ruse and know that the trouble originates in Washington. ........
The coverage of the western media has been abysmal.
Nearly every article and TV news segment begins with accusations of Russian aggression concealing the fact that the Georgian Army bombarded and invaded the capital of South Ossetia one full day before the first Russian tank crossed the border. By the time the Russians arrived, the city was already in a shambles and thousands were dead......
In a 2006 referendum, 99% of South Ossetians said they supported independence from Georgia. The voter turnout was 95% and the balloting was monitored by 34 international observers from the west. No one has challenged the results.
The province has been under the protection of Russian and Georgian peacekeepers since 1992 and has been a de facto independent state ever since. If Putin applied the same standard as Bush did in Kosovo, he would unilaterally declare South Ossetia independent from Georgia and then thumb his nose at the UN. (Sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander)
But Putin and newly-elected Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have taken a conciliatory attitude towards the international community and tried to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels. So far, they have conducted themselves with restraint and avoided any confrontation.
Still, Russia's operation in South Ossetia has ignited a firestorm in the US political establishment and Democrats and Republicans alike are demanding that Russia be "taught a lesson". ....
Saakashvili's hyperbolic rhetoric was followed by a surprise announcement from Poland that they had approved Bush's plans for deploying the Missile Defense Shield in Eastern Europe.......
The new "shield" will be integrated into the larger US nuclear weapons system placing the world's most lethal weapons just a few hundred miles from Russia's capital.
It is a clear threat to Russia's national security and it must be opposed at all cost.......
President Medvedev made this statement after hearing of Poland's decision:
"This decision clearly demonstrates everything we have said recently. The deployment of new anti-missile forces in Europe is aimed at the Russian Federation."......
The Bush administration has been planning for a confrontation with Russia for more than a year.....
So, it appears the Bush administration, working in conjunction with the Pentagon, did have contingency plans for dealing with a flare-up with Georgia.
The real question is whether or not they planned to initiate those hostilities to advance their own regional agenda? .......
Now that Georgia's American-trained army has been humiliated in front of the world, Bush is trying desperately to save face by demanding that Russia allow the US Air force to deliver humanitarian aid via C-17 military aircraft to the tens of thousands of Georgians who were displaced in the fighting.
It is worth noting that, as yet, Bush has never delivered as much as a bag of rice to the 2 million Iraqi refugees living in Jordan and Syria due to his war in Iraq.
Bush's magnanimity is not only suspect, it also creates real problems for Putin who will have to decide whether the offer is sincere or just a ploy to open up the ports and airfields so that more weaponry and ordnance can be delivered......
Friday, August 08, 2008
that a high-placed Iraqi source said that
Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.
The intelligence was passed to the US
but was buried by the White House,
according to a new book.
On the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, John Pilger describes the 'progression of lies' from the dust of that detonated city, to the wars of today - and the threatened attack on Iran. ....
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act on an epic scale. ......
The most enduring lie is that the atomic bomb was dropped to end the war in the Pacific and save lives. .....
Since 1945, the United States is believed to have been on the brink of using nuclear weapons at least three times. In waging their bogus "war on terror", the present governments in Washington and London have declared they are prepared to make "pre-emptive" nuclear strikes against non-nuclear states.
With each stroke toward the midnight of a nuclear Armageddon, the lies of justification grow more outrageous. Iran is the current "threat". But Iran has no nuclear weapons and the disinformation that it is planning a nuclear arsenal comes largely from a discredited CIA-sponsored Iranian opposition group, the MEK - just as the lies about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction originated with the Iraqi National Congress, set up by Washington.
The role of western journalism in erecting this straw man is critical. That America's Defence Intelligence Estimate says "with high confidence" that Iran gave up its nuclear weapons programme in 2003 has been consigned to the memory hole. That Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never threatened to "wipe Israel off the map" is of no interest. But such has been the mantra of this media "fact" that in his recent, obsequious performance before the Israeli parliament, Gordon Brown alluded to it as he threatened Iran, yet again.
This progression of lies has brought us to one of the most dangerous nuclear crises since 1945, because the real threat remains almost unmentionable in western establishment circles and therefore in the media. There is only one rampant nuclear power in the Middle East and that is Israel.
The heroic Mordechai Vanunu tried to warn the world in 1986 when he smuggled out evidence that Israel was building as many as 200 nuclear warheads. In defiance of UN resolutions, Israel is today clearly itching to attack Iran, fearful that a new American administration might, just might, conduct genuine negotiations with a nation the west has defiled since Britain and America overthrew Iranian democracy in 1953. .....
Read more about the real reasons why the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan!:
after careful consideration of alternatives,
have both been proven false.
Where Are the World's Nuclear Weapons?
According to information compiled by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an organization devoted to monitoring the status of the nuclear threat worldwide, nine countries had nukes by April 2004.
The nine countries are listed here.
And much more. . . .
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Obama and the Empire
By William Blum
I'm afraid that if Barack Obama becomes president
he's going to break a lot of young hearts.
And some older ones as well.
Writer Norman Solomon has written:
"These days, an appreciable number of Obama supporters are starting to use words like "disillusionment." But that's a consequence of projecting their political outlooks onto the candidate in the first place.
The best way to avoid becoming disillusioned is to not have illusions in the first place."
Friday, August 01, 2008
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The War and the Price of Fuel
Since the war in
From the outset the war in
The price of fuel is in a major part the legacy of Bush, Blair and Howard's
Whilst the Australian Defence Forces are technically no longer on combat duty in
The (Good and Bad)
1. The former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammed Mahathir "speaking at (the) Imperial College in London... singled out US President George Bush, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australia's former prime minister John Howard as he wants to see them tried in absence for war crimes committed in Iraq". (ICH 27/4) (see also Monbiot & Kampmark below)
2. Australian combat troop involvement in
The Murdoch Boycott & other Media News
In a brief Internet article Richard Neville asks: "can't we have scandals over things that matter more than budding pubic hair, like an $80 million corporate bonus being considered "fair", or that a sole tycoon can manipulate the media on several continents and be lauded." Counterpunch 27/5. See also below
New Anti War Australian Veterans Group Formed
Stand Fast is encouraging serving members of the Australian Defence Force to inform themselves about what is really happening in
The anti-war group currently has members in
For further information
phone 0401 586 923,
or visit http://www.stand-fast.webs.com
(thanks MAPW Newsletter)
Richard Neville and the Bill Henson Controversy
In a short article published on Counterpunch.com (27/5) Richard Neville exposed the hypocrisy in our society with regards child exploitation and art. In particular Neville notes: "Kids are not protected when subjected to U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan, or when they are blown up by old American cluster bombs in Laos and Cambodia, which happens often and is reported rarely, because most of the space in the newspaper is devoted to the the Beckhams or Paris or Britneys' public meltdowns and the latest baby-bump sightings. Why pick on an art photographer when the substance which powers our whole society-oil-is starting to dry up."
How are our lives going to change as we struggle to cope with the $200 barrel?
By Geoffrey Lean
New Element on the Periodic Table
A major research institute has just announced the discovery of the densest element yet known to science. The new element has been named the "Bushcronium". Buchcronium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311.
These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. The symbol for Bushcronium is "W". Buchcronium's mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons in a Bushcronium molecule, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe that Bushcronium is formed whenever morons reach a certain level of concentration. This is hypothetically referred to as "Critical Morass".
When catalysed with money, Buchcronium activates Foxnewsium, an element that radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as incoherent noise, since it has half as many peons, but twice as many morons. (Peace Priorities May/June 08)
War Criminals Must Fear Punishment.
by George Monbiot (excerpt)
3/6/08 "The Guardian"
"... I had no intention of arresting John Bolton, the former under-secretary of state at the
After the session I realised that I couldn't call on other people to do something I wasn't prepared to do myself. I knew that I was more likely to be arrested and charged than Mr Bolton. I had no intention of harming him, or of acting in any way that could be interpreted as aggressive, but had I sought only to steer him gently towards the police I might have faced a range of exotic charges, from false imprisonment to aggravated assault. I was prepared to take this risk. It is not enough to demand that other people act, knowing that they will not.
If the police, the courts and the state fail to prosecute what the
Bolton appears to have "participated in a common plan" to prepare for the war (also defined by the principles as a crime) by inserting the false claim that
The High Cost of a Single War-Like Remark by Dave Lindorff (8/6)
Chaos in Afghanistan by Brian Cloughley
The Yellow Press by William S. Lind
John Howard and War Crimes by Binoy Kampmark