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Volume 2, Number 32 September 15 - 21, 2002 Quezon City, Philippines
The Colder War
week, the US government announced that it was building the biggest-ever war
machine. Military spending will rise to $379billion, of which $50billion will
pay for its "war on terrorism".
will be special funding for new, refined weapons of mass slaughter and for
"military operations" - invasions of other countries.
all the extraordinary news since September 11, this is the most alarming. It is
time to break our silence.
is to say, it is time for other governments to break their silence, especially
the Blair government,! whose complicity in the American rampage in Afghanistan
has not denied its understanding of the Bush
recent statements of British Ministers about the "vindication" of the
"outstanding success" in Afghanistan would be comical if the price of
their "success" had not been paid with the lives of more than 5,000
innocent Afghani civilians and the failure to catch Osama bin Laden and anyone
else of importance in the al-Qaeda network.
Pentagon's release of deliberately provocative pictures of prisoners at Camp
X-Ray on Cuba was meant to conceal this failure from the American public, who
are being conditioned, along with the rest of us, to accept a permanent war
footing similar to the paranoia that sustained and prolonged the Cold War.
threat of "terrorism", some of it real, most of it invented, is the
new Red Scare.
parallels are striking.
AMERICA in the 1950s, the Red Scare was used to justify the growth of war
industries, the suspension of democratic rights and the silencing of dissenters.
is happening now.
all, the American industrial-complex has a new enemy with which to justify its
gargantuan appetite for public resources - the new military budget is enough to
end all primary causes of poverty in the world.
Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, says he has told the Pentagon to "think
President Dick Cheney, the voice of Bush, has said the US is considering
military or other action against "40 to 50 countries" and warns that
the new war may last 50 years or more.
Bush adviser, Richard Perle, explained. "(There will be) no stages,"
is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out
there ... If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it
entirely, and! we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children will sing
great songs about us years from now."
words evoke George Orwell's great prophetic work, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
the novel, three slogans dominate society: war is peace, freedom is slavery and
ignorance is strength.
slogan, war on terrorism, also reverses meaning. The war is terrorism.
next American attack is likely to be against Somalia, a deeply impoverished
country in the Horn of Africa.
claims there are al-Qaeda terrorist cells there.
is almost certainly a fiction spread by Somalia's overbearing neighbour,
Ethiopia, in order to ingratiate itself with Washington. Certainly, there are
vast oil fields off the coast of Somalia.
the Americans, there is the added attraction of "settling a score".
1993, in the last days of George Bush Senior's presidency, 18 American soldiers
were killed in Somalia after the US Marines had invaded to "restore
hope", as they put it.
current Hollywood movie, Black Hawk Down, glamorises and lies about this
leaves out the fact that the invading Americans left behind between 7,000 and
10,000 Somalis killed.
the victims of American bombing in Afghanistan, and Iraq, and Cambodia, and
Vietnam and many other stricken countries, the Somalis are unpeople, whose
deaths have no political and media value in the West.
Bush Junior's heroic marines return in their Black Hawk gunships, loaded with
technology, looking for "terrorists", their victims will once again be
nameless. We can then expect the release of Black Hawk Down II.
our silence means not allowing the history of our lifetimes to be written this
way, with lies and the blood of innocent people. To understand the lie of what
Blair/Straw/Hoon call the "outstanding success" in Afghanistan, read
the work of the original author of "Total War", a man called Zbigniew
Brzezinski, who was President Carter's National Security Adviser and is still a
powerful force in Washington.
not long ago revealed that on July 3, 1979, unknown to the American public and
Congress, President Jimmy Carter secretly authorized $500million to create an
international terrorist movement that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in
Central Asia and "destabilise" the Soviet Union.
CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4billion
into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan (Taliban means
zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in Virginia, where future
members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage skills" - terrorism.
were recruited at an Islamic school in Brooklyn, New York, within sight of the
fated Twin Towers.
Pakistan!, they were directed by British MI6 officers and trained by the SAS.
result, quipped Brzezinski, was "a few stirred up Muslims" – meaning
that time, the late 1970s, the American goal was to overthrow Afghanistan's
first progressive, secular government, which had granted equal rights to women,
established health care and literacy programmes and set out to break feudalism.
the Taliban seized power in 1996, they hanged the former president from a
lamp-post in Kabul.
body was still a public spectacle when Clinton administration officials and oil
company executives were entertaining Taliban leaders in Washington and Houston,
Wall Street Journal declared: "The Taliban are the players most capable of
achieving peace. Moreover, they were crucial to secure the country as a prime
trans-shipment route for the export of Central Asia's vast oil, gas and other
natural resources." NO AMERICAN newspaper dares suggest that the prisoners
in Camp X-Ray are the product of this policy, nor that it was one of the factors
that led to the attacks of September 11.
do they ask: who were the real winners of September 11?
day the Wall Street stockmarket opened after the destruction of the Twin Towers,
the few companies showing increased value were the giant military contractors
Alliant Tech Systems, Northrop Gruman, Raytheon (a contributor to New Labour)
and Lockheed Martin.
the US military's biggest supplier, Lockheed Martin's share value rose by a
staggering 30 per cent.
six weeks of September 11, the company (with its main plant in Texas, George
Bush's home state) had secured the biggest military order in history: a
$200billion contract to develop a new fighter aircraft. The greatest taboo of
all, which Orwell would surely recognise, is the record of the United States as
a terrorist state and haven for terrorists.
truth is virtually unknown by the American public and makes a mockery of Bush's
(and Blair's) statements about "tracking down terrorists wherever they
don't have to look far.
currently governed by the President's brother, Jeb Bush, has given refuge to
terrorists who, like the September 11 gang, have hi-jacked aircraft and boats
with guns and knives.
have never had criminal charges brought against them.
All of them are anti-Castro Cubans. Former Guatemalan Defence Minister Gramajo
Morales, who was accused of "devising and directing an indiscriminate
campaign of terror against civilians", including the torture of an American
nun and the massacre of eight people from one family, studied at Harvard
University on a US government scholarship.
the 1980s, thousands of people were murdered by death squads connected to the
army of El Salvador! , whose former chief now lives comfortably in Florida.
former Haitian dictator, General Prosper Avril, liked to display the bloodied
victims of his torture on television.
he was overthrown, he was flown to Florida by the US government, and granted
leading member of the Chilean military during the reign of General Pinochet,
whose special responsibility was executions and torture, lives in Miami.
Iranian general who ran Iran's notorious prisons, is a wealthy exile in the US.
of Pol Pot's senior henchmen, who enticed Cambodian exiles back to their certain
death, lives in Mount Vernon, New York.
all these people have in common, apart from their history of terrorism, is that
they either worked directly for the US government or carried out the dirty work
of US policies.
al-Qaeda training camps are kindergartens compared with the world's leading
university of! terrorism at Fort Benning in Georgia. Known until recently as the
School of the Americas, its graduates include almost half the cabinet ministers
of the genocidal regimes in Guatemala, two thirds of the El Salvadorean army
officers who committed, according to the United Nations, the worst atrocities of
that country's civil war, and the head of Pinochet's secret police, who ran
Chile's concentration camps.
is terrible irony at work here. The humane response of people all over the world
to the terrorism of September 11 has long been hijacked by those running a
rapacious great power with a history of terrorism second to none. Global
supremacy, not the defeat of terrorism, is the goal; only the politically blind
"widening gap between the world's "haves" and "have nots"',
says a remarkably candid document of the US Space Command, presents "new
challenges" to the world's superpower and which can only be m! et by
"Full Spectrum Dominance" - dominance of land, sea, air and space.
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