Friday, January 28, 2005



Anyway dear reader excuse me while I go into a political rant about the present situation in the Middle East & the rest of the world. Sometimes an issue grabs my attention & I need to do some venting & therefore ranting.
I watched a documentary on television called AL JAZEERA ExCLUSIVE which documented how the Bush regime has attempted to block signals from its Telivision feed to the USA & have interrupted AL JAZEERA's Internet Site using computer hacking techniques. In a time of War one can expect such things to a certain extent but in this case it is not just rhetoric but an attempt to interfer on an international scale with the free flow of information & the censoring of all credible& well-informed differing views on the War On Terrorism

On CBC's national news program FIfth Estate it showed how american broadcasters who have allowed voices of dissent that is the views of those against the war have had to take steps to keep media personalities like Phil Donahue & Al Frankin & others off-of the national networks.On a news program I watched the other night on CNN there were five political pundits discussing the situation in Iraq only on member of the group didn't buy into the Bush Doctrine & irritated the hell out of the other members in the group by questioning statements being made which were just their own opinions or views expressed by members of Bush administrationbeing tossed around as if these were incontrovertible established facts
Canada has also been implicated by The Reporters Without Borders organization to also be speaking out against Al Jazeera & also trying to censor its content & to interfer with its Television signal & its ability to access the internet.

At times AlJazeera does show its bias but the media in the USA & Canada & Britain are also influenced by their own bias. Of course to President Bush & his Regime any one who dares question US policy in Iraq or elsewhere by definition are Anti-American & not to be trusted. Bush did say that they , that is other foreign governments are "either For or Against us "(TheAmericans). Therefore there cannot be by definition any Middle Ground & all criticisms of US policies are therefore to be seen as an attack on the USA, its policies, its way of life, & as an attack on Democracy & Christianity & an attack on all of Western Society.

This seems extreme but for statements of senior officials & those who have resigned or have been ousted from the Regime that there has been a Chilling Effect on all those within the the Bush administration to toe the party line no matter how far it might vere from reality.

What upsets Americans is that Al Jazeera has given time & again a human face to the tragedy of the War in Iraq. The war in Iraq like any war is not a bloodless operation & it is not just combatants on either side who are killed but also innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed in their thousands ,the estimates range from 25,000 to 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead . In news conferences Rumsfeld & others speaking for the administration referred to these casualties as "Colateral Damage" & the americans do not seem to be interested in keeping records on how many civilians have been killed.

The Iraqi people in general did not support Sadam Hussein & his policies but that does not mean they welcomed a unilateral decision by the US to invade Iraq .

For instance Weapons of Mass Destruction were not found nor were any ties between Sadam Hussein & Al Qeda & the 9/11 attack been uncovered which according to Bush were the reasons he ordered the invasion of Iraq .
This is all especially disturbing after the revelations in the article this past week in The New Yorker THE COMING WARS by SEYMOUR M. HERSH What the Pentagon can now do in secret (Issue of 2005-01-24 and 31Posted 2005-01-17) from his sources he has discovered evidence that the Bush Regime wants to set up covert operations in Iraq & other countries which would include Death Squads like those that were used in El Salvador & other Central American countries in the 1980s .(Issue of 2005-01-24 and 31Posted 2005-01-17)
( One member of the CIA now admits that Death Squads were set up & financed by the CIA & other agencies in El Salvador & elsewhere as part of a policy by former governments )

The US administration wants to use Death Squads & other terrorist-type activities to kill all trouble -makers & radicals including those who voice their criticism in the Free-Press. So as usual given the conservative American mind-set freedom of speech is not to be extended to those critical of US policies or of the Puppet governments the USA supports.

also see George Parker article in The New Yorker THE POLITICAL WAR (Issue of 2004-09-27Posted 2004-09-20) in which the writer details how reports coming out of Iraq are re-written to suport the positive views of the administration regarding the Iraqi situation.

Anyway I hope to hear from you soon,so bye for now...

Thursday, January 27, 2005


Posted by Hello

First some headlines:

From the right we have Norman Podhoretz of COMMENTARY MAGAZINE with his article The War Against World War IV defending the policies of George W. Bush. He even defends the practice of torture on susspected terrorists.
The article drones on for a number of pages but it is the same old conservative doctrine of the 1950s of Joseph McCarthy & Barry Goldwater & the various public persona of Richard Nixon etc. So here we go again.

Here are the first few lines of the article by Podhoretz:

"Will George W. Bush spend the next few years backing down from the ambitious strategy he outlined in the Bush Doctrine for fighting and winning World War IV?

To be sure, Bush himself still calls it the "war on terrorism," and has shied away from giving the name World War IV to the great conflict into which we were plunged by 9/11. (World War III, in this accounting, was the cold war.) Yet he has never hesitated to compare the fight against radical Islamism, and the forces nurturing and arming it, with those earlier struggles against Nazism and Communism. Nor has he flinched from suggesting that achieving victory as the Bush Doctrine defines it may take as long as it took to win World War III (which lasted more than four decades—from the promulgation of the Truman Doctrine in 1947 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989)."
February 2005

From the left or liberal side:

Human Rights Watch - Defending Human Rights Worldwide
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human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists ...

"Bush under fire over human rights
Watchdog says US setting bad example-"

Richard Norton-Taylor, Julian Borger in Washington and Suzanne Goldenberg in Fort Hood
Friday January 14, 2005
The Guardian

America's human rights abuses have provided a rallying cry for terrorists and set a bad example to regimes seeking to justify their own poor rights records, a leading independent watchdog said yesterday.

The torture and degrading treatment of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay have undermined the credibility of the US as a defender of human rights and opponent of terrorism, the New York-based Human Rights Watch says in its annual report.

"The US government is less and less able to push for justice abroad because it is unwilling to see justice done at home," says Kenneth Roth, the group's executive director.

The report comes as the Bush administration prepares for inauguration next week. The administration has shown little interest in moderating its aggressive approach to its "global war on terror".

So there I am reading the Guardian & the New Yorker on line & watching CBC & BBC & I don't feel as bad about my rant in my last post . It is as if the Paranoid Liberals fears were being realized. It seems a foregone conclusion that the US will take some form of military action against Iran in the near future & about ten other countries will be targeted for future military action.

Those in power argue they need to use covert operations like those done before in countries like El Salvador where the death squads were set up & financed by the US government through the CIA. But we are told this role is to be taken over by the Civilian side of the Pentagon. Maybe the Pentagon will contract these programs out to private security firms & will they then take part in bidding wars or will only those companies which Rumsfeld ,Cheney, Powell Or the Bush family have investments in be the only ones considered.

One suggestion would be that they could enlist some of those well-trained right-wing para-military groups( usually white supremicists who were in the past anti-government ) now that there is a whole New Game in town. If some other country were to take such actions the Americans would be among the first to condemn such a country as they did whenever the Former Soviet Union were suspected of interfering with the internal politics of some other state .

Some people might be concerned about who the targets inside these countries would be. It will depend on how broad a definition of Insurgents, Subversives, Radicals & extremists militants ,Islamic or otherwise that this new group will ascribe to. In the past we know the definition of Subversives was widened in countries as it was in El Salvador to include all those who were critical of the particular regime in power & not just ARMED INSURGENTS & REVOLUTIONARIES . In El Salvadore DEATH SQUADS murdered nuns & priests & teachers & lawyers & social Workers who were outspoken against a vicious & ruthless regime . They were under the delusion that even the poor should be treated fairly by their government.

Individuals were also targeted who either spoke out asking that the poor & workers of the country should get a better deal & that everyone be treated equally & fairly by the justice system .

Nor will they allow a free & open society to be created where there would then be Freedom of the Press, if that Press were to voice criticism of the government in power or criticize American Goals & activities in that particular government. In the present administration's view these countries must accept that their very existence depends on the will & largess of the USA so they are to become Client States or satelite states of America & so increase the influence of the American Empire.

We awaken to find ourselves in a society which wants to encourage intolerance & not tolerance. If instead of maintaining this Seige Mentality the US were to make greater diplomatic efforts & where necessary extend a helping hand through various initiatives of aid & by making more just & fair trade agreements wth these various countries but that will not happen in part because such policies would not be helpful to the Big Multi-national Conglomerates ie. is it good for WalMart, MacDonalds, the Pharmecutical Companies-

Anyway we see the Military Industrial Complex is still pulling the strings but now with the help of Neo-Conservatives & the Religious Right.

I still wonder when will we see massive protests in the US by those millions of voters who do not agree with the present regime. It also depends on how far this Regime will push its Domestic Policy Agenda ie overturning Roe v Wade & outlawing abortion will they begin denying Gays & Lesbians equal rights, will they insist on prayer being allowed back into the schools along with that contradicion in terms Scientific Creationism & therefore oust Charles Darwin from the schools once again.

So that's my rant for the day hope to hear from you soon...