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29/6/05 When a Lie Becomes Fact … Blind Faith vs. Tom Paine’s `Common Sense’ – Orwellian Prophecy …

TMPress International Newswire

TMPress – United News & Press Features

(TMPress International – New York – June 29, 2005) –

As the top Republicans and GOP Leadership circle the wagons around the White House on Iraq and Mr. Bush’s `War on Terror’ – there is still a tone of complete disconnect from what is happening on the ground not only in Iraq – but also Afghanistan. In particular Afghanistan – no not Iraq, why might you ask – well look at today’s news … the supposed former Taliban Islamic Government (destroyed and dismembered supposedly) and its militia forces are taking credit for nearly all of the recent attacks, including the downing of a US Chinook troop transport carrying forces into battle … it was carrying at least 17 American troops to reinforce a counter-terrorism mission in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials confirmed. In fact, armed clashes have escalated sharply as Afghanistan approaches parliamentary elections in September – twenty-nine U.S. troops and at least 250 suspected insurgents have been killed in the past three months, as well as 43 Afghan troops and police officers and 125 civilians, according to Afghan and U.S. officials, and the new US Ambassador to Iraq (Zalmay Khalizad), as he was the former US Ambassador to Afghanistan was almost assassinated nearly three weeks ago, as he was leaving Afghanistan.

So why is this trend going up in Afghanistan – did they learn something from Iraq – I think they did and who is Zalmay Khalizad (briefly he is the author of one of the most significant foreign policy documents in decades … written in 1991 by the then Pentagon’s Zalmay Khalizad, the paper set forth `a new vision for a world dominated by a lone American superpower, actively working to make sure that no rival group or group of rivals would ever emerge.’ Formal alliances were to be downgraded, and collective security given short thrift. American muscle would be the arbiter of the new world order. Mr. Khalizad was part of a pack of Pentagon hard-liners or `Vulcans,’ as some of them liked to call themselves, that included Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. Though it is generally accepted that 9/11 triggered the changes in the world’s power dynamic, these men had been plotting since the late 1960s, as the even-tempered Mann book reveals, to bring an end to great power diplomacy and the collective security system. The Khalizad document became their bible. In his book, `The Rise of the Vulcans,’ James Mann writes about the Khalizad document as the Republicans took the White House in 2000, they began implementing its tenets.

Today though, even many Washington GOP members and moderate Republicans nationally are now openly questioning Mr. Bush as his `Reconnections of 9/11 and Iraq’ for that matter. It is time for the President, Mr. Cheney, Karl Rove, Sec. Rumsfeld and Condy Rice to stop going to `that well’ on this issue – my own opinion is my own … `but it offends me as a New Yorker’ – no state in the Union suffered as much loss from the inept ability of this White House to defend its own airspace on that infamous day of September 11, 2001. I watched it live (in real time) as others did and as I was frantically talking to one of my best friends, who worked in the AXA Financial Tower, just a few blocks away from the WTC – we were not sure what happened, but as I was talking to him and discussing about the need for them to get out of the building as soon as they could – their lines went dead!

And so – even with this new reality … of `Quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ it seems the country will still divide along political and class-lines so non-distinctly, that we may as a result see the real parameters of power in our society try to impose social and political hegemony over any dissent … the neo-cons, the `true believers’ of religious generational war with Islam. Many civil rights analysts … left and right agree that `The Patriot Act’ and its follow-ups are pure interpretations of that forced will. The other divisions of tyranny … those who use the results of 9/11 to remove the options of free speech and assembly and those who will try and use 9/11 to create what Franklin Roosevelt described accurately as `fear … of fear itself’ seem to be pursuing a course of continual preconceived chaos, in order to further justify extreme measures in International relations, the rule of a new domestic law based on internal security apparatus and the makings of what some would call a `corporate police-state.’

The Bush Administration has obviously alienated old-time allies prior to the U.S.-led war in Iraq … with the notions that they are somehow `not for our cause … so get out of the way’ … this seems to be echoing on the shores of home also. `You do not agree with the Bush White House … then shut up – but become prepared to be labeled a traitor and/or even better a terrorist.’ It is entirely conceivable to have these very same folks … `branding all who dissent’ … who may advocate different thoughts confined at `Gitmo’ or `Camp X-ray’ in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba or whatever the hell its called. I watched some Congressional testimony yesterday from a group who visited `Gitmo’ called the `Evangelical Group of Friends’ testify before House or Senate committees about how `humane those places were now becoming’ … `now becoming’ – did they convert those `Muslim terrorists’ with King James versions of the bible or did they repudiate Allah for Jesus – as a Catholic, should I be offended that such a group was allowed to go there – why weren’t representatives from the Vatican invited, a high-profile Rabbinical group or perhaps an American Association of Muslim Scholars? Why is that?

It could be argued that the action currently underway in Iraq and Afghanistan are not WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, the Persian Gulf War or any other U.S. involved military action of the 20th century, which somehow may have added the legitimacy of unified strength against a common foe. This is naive … drawing strictly from analogy, these actions in Iraq and Afghanistan may seem more on the order of the U.S. invasions and occupations of Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba and the Philippines … during the 19th century and very early part of the 20th century … pure hegemony, according to the U.S. and dictated by the U.S. – to pretend otherwise would do a disservice to that action and violate the regional power shift equation of U.S. military occupation philosophy.

President James Madison, author of our `Bill of Rights’ warned us, that `If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy’ … maybe it is now that the flavor of `blind faith’ and `unquestioned decisions’ be put aside by the right, the left and the center … maybe it is time that one of the main texts of our founding as a nation and the revolution that ensued be brought to light on the New York Times and the Washington Post’s editorial pages … it is called `Common Sense’ … by an Englishman – perhaps you have heard of him – Thomas Paine. Perhaps our political leaders, our young, our returning Iraqi and Afghan vets, well-connected security analysts, the retired generals, those neo-cons in love with the thoughts of `Manifest Destiny’ and the average `Joe in the Street’ can read it for the first time and then maybe again for some … and then meet regularly and digest it for a while, as our American ancestors did. It may just reveal what a fragile American Republic we have today to protect … it is not too late to make sure it remains a republic and send the message of our adherence to it – that the lures of oligarchic rule suggest we forget!

The American Flag is indeed a symbol to follow if you are willing to do so as an American (but that is an individual choice), but to use it for glorification of conflict based on the need to raise slumping poll numbers and recruit numbers is shameful at best, the President’s speech gave us `more of the same’ – to our young and older returning vets, to our vets of other wars … let us examine the validity of the cause … before we rush to agree to send more of our youth and national treasure to their deaths – if Secretary Rumsfeld is right and as the President now fully admits … this war may indeed last a decade or more without end – is it worth it and who are we fighting it for then.

Are we then fighting it for an ex-President and his former cabinet (who manipulated and warped the facts of our initial involvement with the sprinkle of 9/11) or are we fighting because as George Orwell said in 1984, `In accordance with the principles of double-think it does not matter if the war is not real. For when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, but it is meant to be continuous. The essential fact of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labor. The hierarchy of society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects, and its object is not victory over Eurasia, or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact!’

… `Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. ‘ – Thomas Paine

– By John Osborne, Sr. Political Editor – TMPress International Newswire.

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