Operation Ending Freedom Progress Report


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Dick Eastman

Item #1:

Readers have chosen to ignore the call for third-parties coalition and mass
demonstrations over the 9-11 frameup.

The money power is going to hit the US with economic collapse, weather
devestation of crops, cut off of imports, sabotage of life support systems
(water and power generation) and bio-chemical plague while their monopoly
media stops mouths and ears with cointelpro noise.

Then the Chinese led coalition will invade and be lauded as heroes and
liberators by the world for doing so. they have been preparing for war with
us for decades and never stopped. The pacification and 'policing'
occupation will decimate the middle class and all of the urban population
with a vengence as though each one of us was George Bush himself (who by the
way will be out of the country.)

The names Jefferson, Paine, Madison will be no more and so will we.

What goes around comes around. Get used to it.

Dick Eastman
Yakima, Washington
What men?

(Please, don't test this prediction -- form a coaliton of third parties
against war today and take to the streets with signs and handouts over the
9-11 frameup and the libercidal frame-up wars.
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NM ROTHSCHILD & SONS - April 15, 2004 -- The decision has been taken
following a strategic review of the services offered by Rothschild and will
result in the withdrawal from commodities sales and trading activities in
London. As part of this decision, Rothschild will be withdrawing from the
twice daily London Gold Fixing, which it currently Chairs

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Richard Clarke and Military Technology Transfers to Israel and China
Clarke served in both the Bush 1 and Clinton administrations. From 1989 to
1992 during Bush 1, Clarke served as the assistant secretary of state for
political-military affairs overseeing sensitive US technology transfers. In
a March 1992 report, State Department Inspector General Sherman Funk stated
"alleged Israeli violations of US laws cited and supported by reliable
intelligence information show a systematic and growing pattern of
unauthorized transfers...dating back to about 1982." According to other US
officials at that time, those Israeli violations date back to the early
1970s. Many of those alleged violations during the Reagan era include
Israel's illegal transfers of American technology to China. -- The Funk
Report heavily criticized State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for
ignoring scores of intelligence reports on apparent violations of retransfer
restrictions and other restrictions and for not reporting them to senior
officials and Congress, as required by law. -- The report also recommended
that the then Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
Richard Clarke be disciplined for his lack of oversight on Israel. Clarke
was reprimanded and eventually lost his job. However Clarke, a consummate
bureaucratic survivor, reappeared shortly after that on the National
Security Council staff in the Clinton administration. -- When the Funk
Report was issued and Clarke was removed from his State Department position,
Funk allegedly received threatening phone calls at his home. Funk was
summoned to closed-door hearings in the US House of Representatives and was
allegedly accused by Representative Tom Lantos of California of harming
Israel while others reportedly joined in a verbal assault of Funk's
positions on Israel. -- At that same time the Jerusalem Post reported, "It
appears the bureaucratic target (of the Funk Report) was Assistant Secretary
of State for Political-Military Affairs Richard Clarke. US officials
reportedly say Clarke is being removed from his position for negligence."
The Jerusalem Post goes on to quote a pro-Israeli activist as saying,
"Clarke was a friend of Israel in an administration where they do not
necessarily grow on trees. Somebody was out there to get him." -- Also
defending Clarke at that time in the Jerusalem Post were neoconservative,
pro-Israeli advocates Michael Ledeen and Stephen Bryen claiming that there
was "lack of proof that Israel had violated any agreements." Interestingly,
both Ledeen and Bryen served in the Reagan administration at the same time
as Clarke. Bryen was also reprimanded during that period for alleged
improprieties regarding technology transfer to Israel. Bryen and Ledeen now
serve on the US China Commission which oversees American technology
transfers to China.

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James Madison, 4th US President: "History records that the money changers
have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible
to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its
issuance."

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William Rothschild, associate national director of education at the
Anti-Defamation League, April, 2004: "We are no longer dealing with the
blunt anti-Semitism that we saw in the past. It's no longer a case of
here they tore off a mezuzah, there they wrote graffiti saying `dirty Jew.'
Now we are seeing political anti-Semitism."

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Thomas Jefferson: "I believe that banking institutions are more
dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up
a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing
power (of money) should be taken from the banks, and restored to the people
to whom it belongs. If the American people ever allow private banks to
control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will
deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up
homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

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Justin Raimondo 4/14/04: Everyone is assuming that the Bush administration
meekly complied with the outcry coming from both sides of the aisle in
Congress, declassifying and releasing the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB)
for August 6, 2001, with uncharacteristic speed.... now it turns out they
weren't so forthcoming after all. The text of the PDB released by the
White House is only one and a half pages long, but According to an article
by intelligence expert Oliver Schröm: "... In the PDB, as it's called in
CIA jargon, a senior CIA official presents the President with a summary of
the security situation. On this morning the CIA Director personally briefs
the President. Instead of the usual two or three pages, today's briefing
paper consists of eleven and a half printed pages and carries the title 'Bin
Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.'"
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/

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Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England in 1875: "The issue which has
swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is
the People vs. the Banks."

Abraham Lincoln: "The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace
and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than
monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It
denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light
upon its crimes. ... The Government should create, issue, and circulate all
the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the
Government and the buying power of the consumers. By the adoption of these
principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will
cease to be master and become the servant of humanity."

Editorial in the London Times after "Lincoln Greenbacks" were issued:
"If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in the North
American Republic, shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that
Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its
debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on
its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of
the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North
America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy
on the globe."

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, 1919, who signed the 1913 U.S. Federal
Reserve Act: "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my
country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit.
Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore,
and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one
of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated
governments in the civilized world, no longer a government by free opinion,
no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a
government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."

Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr., 1913: "From now on, depressions will
be scientifically created."


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Patrick Buchanan 4/15/04 : "Israel has a right to defend itself," said
President Bush. And against whom was Israel defending itself at dawn on
Monday? ...Sharon's defenders say the sheik had sanctioned terror attacks
on innocent Israelis. But why did Israel not then seize him, expose his
complicity in murder, and put him in prison, as Israel had before? Why
convert this crippled old sheik into a martyr-saint? Why enhance the
prestige of Hamas? -- Has the killing made Israel more secure? If so, why
were Israeli buses deserted all week? Has it made us more secure? Why then
were the travel advisories issued to Americans in the Middle East? Why are
U.S. embassies shutting down? How does inflaming the Islamic world against
us advance the president's goal of persuading the world that Islam is not
America's enemy? -- President Bush must begin to realize that his blind
solidarity with Sharon, who has shown himself contemptuous of America's
interests in the larger region, is among the greatest crosses we have to
bear ...
http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=2201

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Andrew Hunt (antiwar.com): I repeat my earlier point: evil likes to get
innocent people 'dug in' so they can't get out. The more Americans that
Bush etc get killed, the more committed the US is FORCED to be to their
designs . . . otherwise it would all be a pointless waste of time, wouldn't
it? And there are PLENTY of Americans left to 'go fight the good fight' -
especially with CONSCRIPTION on the horizon . . .



Congressman Louis T. McFadden, 1933: "The Federal Reserve banks are one of
the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man
within the sound of my voice who does not know that this nation is run by
the International Bankers." - "Every effort has been made by the Federal
Reserve Board (FED) to conceal its powers, but the truth is-the FED has
usurped the government. It controls everything here (in Congress) and it
controls all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at
will."

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President George Bush swept aside decades of diplomatic tradition in the
Middle East yesterday, saying it was "unrealistic" to expect a full Israeli
withdrawal from lands occupied during the 1967 war or the right of return
for Palestinian refugees. In a significant policy shift, Mr Bush relaxed
Washington's objections to Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and attempts
by Israel to dictate the terms of a final settlement with the Palestinians.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1192206,00.html

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John Moody, 1913 : "Seven men on Wall Street now control a great share of
the fundamental industry and resources of the United States. Three of the
seven men, J.P. Morgan, James J. Hill, George F. Baker, head of the First
National Bank of New York belong to the so-called Morgan group; four of
them, John D. and William Rockefeller, James Stillman, head of the National
City Bank, and Jacob H. Schiff on the private banking firm of Kuhn, Loeb
Company, to the so-called Standard Oil City Bank group...the central machine
of capital extends its control over the United States...The process is not
only economically logical; it is now practically automatic."


Henry Kissinger: "It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a
matter of what is perceived to be true."

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Ideological Hegemony: Thought Control in American Society -- In June 2003 a
Washington Post-ABC News poll found that about 1 in 4 Americans
(incorrectly) believed Iraq had used weapons of mass destruction during the
recent war with the United States. [1] A separate poll in the same month
found that 34% of Americans believed the United States had already found
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. [2] In September another poll found
that 69% of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in
9-11. [3] Even the Bush administration has been forced to admit that these
claims are not true. These misconceptions are the outcome of a system of
thought control called ideological hegemony. Hegemony operates through many
mechanisms including the media, education system, newspeak and others with
the primary function of maintaining support for the dominant socio-economic
system in the United States.
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/04/03/8936773


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TRUTHOUT has been hacked. Here are todays postings from William Rivers
Pitt"

t r u t h o u t | 04.15

William Rivers Pitt | George and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamtie
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504A.shtml

9/11 Panel Says Bush Saw Repeated Warnings
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504B.shtml

Voyage to the Country of Hate
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504C.shtml

Former FBI Chief: Ashcroft Ignored Terrorism
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504D.shtml

Deaths of Scores of Mercenaries Not Reported
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504E.shtml

Intense Battles Continue in Fallujah
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504F.shtml

U.S. Stalls on Ratifying Sea Pact
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504G.shtml

New York Times | Mr. Bush's Press Conference
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504H.shtml

New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504I.shtml

Among Military Families, Questions About Bush
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/041504J.shtml



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The Banker's Manifest, 1934: "Capital must protect itself in every way,
through combination and through legislation. Debts must be collected and
loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process
of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable
and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law, applied by the
central power of wealth, under control of leading financiers. People without
homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our
principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capital to govern the
world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in
fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the
common herd"

Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1790: "Permit me to issue and control the money
of a nation and I care not who makes its laws."

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"Occupying power needs full-spectrum-dominance Middle East dictator. Must
have excellent connections with neo-conservatives in Washington and
experience in quelling any kind of dissent by whatever means necessary.
Ability to work under pressure essential. Democratic credentials will be
provided by the employer. Send detailed CVs to L Paul Bremer, Coalition
Provisional Authority (CPA), Green Zone, Baghdad. All correspondence will be
kept strictly confidential." This ad has not been posted - not yet. But it
just about sums it all up in terms of American isolation in Iraq, after the
Pentagon and the CPA's neo-con policies have managed to lead to the
unthinkable: Sunni and Shi'ite united against the occupation in a war of
national resistance. -- "Of course they don't like being occupied. I
wouldn't like being occupied
either." President George W Bush, April 13 White House press conference.
From Opinion by Pepe Escobar
http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FD15Ak01.html

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How Israel persuaded leader of the free world to see West Bank entirely
their way -- Ariel Sharon was smiling during much of his joint White House
conference
with President George Bush last night. -- He secured most of what he came
to Washington DC for, perhaps more than even he had dared to expect. -- He
had wanted public endorsement of the principle that the pre-1967 borders on
which so many - and not only Palestinians - have long assumed would form the
basis of any future settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, were not
after all inviolate. And he wanted a clear public statement from the US
President that there would be no right of return to Israel for the families
of those who have been refugees for more than half a century. -- That he
got both, not implicitly but explicitly, was made all the more surprising
given that President Bush, mired in the intractable chaos and bloodshed of
Iraq, might have been expected to be especially sensitive about anything
which would exacerbate tensions between himself and Arab leaders. --
Certainly some of the more worldly officials in the Israeli government had
expected that the President would indeed be so constrained that he would use
opaque words where Mr Sharon would have preferred clear ones. Instead, Mr
Sharon returns from Washington having secured a significant and remarkably
open shift of US policy in his favour.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=511598

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"Bin Laden" Offers 'Truce' To Europe
http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-04/15/article01.shtml


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Tony Blair's article, "Why We Must Never Abandon This Historic Struggle in
Iraq," where he writes, "The insurgents are former Saddam sympathisers ...
terrorist groups linked to al-Qaida and, most recently, followers of ...
Moqtada al-Sadr" is reviewed. Tony Really Must Try Harder.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1191333,00.html

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Senior Labour MPs expressed concern at Mr Blair's close relationship with
George Bush as he prepared to fly to Washington tomorrow for talks that will
be overshadowed by the crisis in Iraq. In a sign of Mr Blair's nervousness,
Downing Street confirmed that he would not receive the Congressional Medal
of Honour he was awarded nearly a year ago, insisting it was not yet ready.
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=511264


Hardline American diplomat handed top job in Baghdad -- John Negroponte, to
head a US embassy in Baghdad that will number about 3,000 people. ...
Diplomatic sources in New York said the new Iraq government was likely to
comprise heads of 10 to 12 new ministries in Baghdad plus a prime minister.
It is not
clear who would select those figures, although it would be likely come down
to Mr Brahimi himself. Sources said he would try to fill the ministerial
posts with Iraqi technocrats rather than religious or political figures.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=511585

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Palestine, Palestinians, and International Law -- book review -- Citing
the fundamental precepts of international human rights law, Francis A. Boyle
writes, "As is true of any other state in the world today, the
newly-proclaimed state of Palestine possesses the inherent right of
individual and collective self-defense recognized by customary international
law and article 51 of the United Nations Charter..the Palestinian people
actually living under this criminal occupation have the perfect right under
international law to resist the Israeli army by the use of force, just as
the French Resistance did against Nazi forces occupying France during the
Second World War."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6032.htm

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U.S., France Block UN Probe of Aristide Ouster
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0413-08.htm

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Rothschild Brothers of London, discussing the British banking system, June
25, 1863: "The few who understand the system, will either be so interested
in its profits, or so dependent on its favors that there will be no
opposition from that class. The great body of people, mentally incapable of
comprehending the tremendous advantages will bear its burden without
complaint."

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Arthur Schlesinger: This is Bush's Vietnam - the wrong war, at the wrong
time, in the wrong place There was no popular clamour for war. If we had
not gone to war, few Americans would even have noticed. -- A respected
professional diplomat Morton Abramowitz, asks "Does Iraq Matter?'' in The
National Interest, a sober conservative journal. "America's pre-eminent
power position in the world,'' Ambassador Abramowitz argues, "can endure an
early withdrawal from Iraq.... For the nearly half century of the Cold War,
US foreign policy was founded on containment plus deterrence. Mr Bush
scrapped that. The new basis of US foreign policy is preventive war. ...
"Failure is not an option'' had been a favourite Pentagon cliché, but Pat
Buchanan, an isolationist of the old school, now declares, "what Fallujah
and the Shia attacks tell us is that failure is now an option.''
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=511530


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Phillip A. Benson, president of the American Bankers' Association, 1939:
"There is no more direct way to capture control of a nation than through its
credit system."

John Maynard Keynes: "By this means government may secretly and unobserved,
confiscate the wealth of the people, and not one man in a million will
detect the theft."

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A plan to spend an average of nearly $3 billion on supercomputers at every
weapons lab by 2009 aimed at meeting China threat and laser weapon facility
is suddenly under attack.
http://tinyurl.com/2p8gm

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Jo Wilding -- April 11th Falluja -- I'm sorry it's so long, but please,
please read and forward widely. The truth of what's happening in Falluja has
to get out.
http://vitw.us/weblog/archives/000663.


''They hit us with everything they had,'' said Tom Conroy, a Marine
corporal. ''This is a whole another world. The hostility is no longer hard
stares or dirty looks. It's gunfire.''
http://iht.com/articles/515085.html

Abraham Flexner , 1930: No nation is rich enough to pay for both war and
civilization.


Desiderius Erasmus, 1515: What is war, indeed, but murder shared by the
many.

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To Bush, credibility means that you keep saying today what you said
yesterday, and that you do today what you promised yesterday. "A free Iraq
will confirm to a watching world that America's word, once given, can be
relied upon," he argued Tuesday night. When the situation is clear and
requires pure courage, this steadfastness is Bush's most useful trait. But
when the situation is unclear, Bush's notion of credibility turns out to be
dangerously unhinged. The only words and deeds that have to match are his.
No correspondence to reality is required. Bush can say today what he said
yesterday, and do today what he promised yesterday, even if nothing he
believes about the rest of the world is true.
http://slate.msn.com/id/2098810/

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Seymour Hersh: Tracking the 19 Hijackers What are they up to now?
At least 9 of them survived 9/11. A former high-level intelligence official
told me, "Whatever trail was left was left deliberately--for the F.B.I. to
chase." -- List and photo's of hijackers and other information -- The
FBI still says these are the terrorists. But when they are found alive,
the FBI says their identity was stolen, and its not the terrorist. Remember
that suspicious bin Laden "confession" video? How could he praise
uninvolved living people for the 9/11 hijackings??? If they stole
identities, how did the FBI identify those passengers as terrorists??? --
Not by flight calls, which contradict the FBI information! -- These aren't
the first mistakes. FBI quickly had amended the original list, as the
original "suicide hijackers" came forward!
http://tinyurl.com/34kjr




John Dewey, 1921: The more horrible or depersonalized scientific mass war
becomes, the more necessary it is to find universal ideal motives to justify
it... The more prosaic the actual causes, the more necessary is it to find
glowing sublime motives.


Marcus Tullius Cicero (d. 43 B.C.) : The most inequitable peace is better
than the most just war.
(Iniquissimam pacem justissimo bello antefero.)


August Bebel to the Reichstag, 1870: In times of war the loudest patriots
are the greatest profite­ers.


Ursula K. Le Guin, 1971: He had grown up in a country run by politicians who
sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safe
for children to grow up in.


Arnold J. Toynbee, 1969: Victors are seldom in a mood for making
concessions; a dazzling series of victories is apt to blind the victors to
the truth that military victory is a wasting asset.


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9-11 was about Opium. Here is one way we know: The Taliban were
singlehandedly about to cut out the $2 trillion dollar opium/heroin market.
Plans for war in Afganistan followed, with Collin Powell in India talking of
war that year. I remembered the story and have often mentioned it, but
couldn't find on my hard drive.. Now Gary North has provided it again. --
DE


June 2001:
India in anti-Taliban military plan
India and Iran will "facilitate" the planned U.S.-Russian hostilities
against the Taliban.

By Our Correspondent:

26 June 2001: India and Iran will "facilitate" U.S. and Russian plans for
"limited military action" against the Taliban if the contemplated tough new
economic sanctions don't bend Afghanistan's fundamentalist regime.

The Taliban controls 90 per cent of Afghanistan and is advancing northward
along the Salang highway and preparing for a rear attack on the opposition
Northern Alliance from Tajikistan-Afghanistan border positions.

Indian foreign secretary Chokila Iyer attended a crucial session of the
second Indo-Russian joint working group on Afghanistan in Moscow amidst
increase of Taliban's military activity near the Tajikistan border. And,
Russia's Federal Security Bureau (the former KGB) chief Nicolai Patroshev is
visiting Teheran this week in connection with Taliban's military build-up.

Indian officials say that India and Iran will only play the role of
"facilitator" while the United States and Russia will combat the Taliban
from the front with the help of two Central Asian countries, Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan, to push Taliban lines back to the 1998 position 50 km away from
Mazar-e-Sharief city in northern Afghanistan.

Military action will be the last option though it now seems scarcely
avoidable with the United Nations banned from Taliban-controlled areas. The
United Nations, which adopted various means in the last four years to
resolve the Afghan problem, is now being suspected by the Taliban and
refused entry into Taliban areas of the war-ravaged nation through a decree
issued by Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar last month.

Diplomats say that the anti-Taliban move followed a meeting between U.S.
Secretary of State Collin Powel and Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and
later between Powell and Indian foreign minister Jaswant Singh in
Washington. Russia, Iran and India have also held a series of discussions
and more diplomatic activity is expected. . . .




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If it's war you want, vote Kerry

John Laughland shows that the Democratic contender is more hawkish than
Bush, and may appeal to the neocons this November As the Bush
administration comes under increasing fire for its decision to attack Iraq,
the Democratic contender, John F. Kerry, is profiting from his perceived
status as a critic of Bush's foreign policy. A patrician grandee with a
pleasing mix of liberal and patriotic views might seem to many Americans a
welcome relief from the bellicose Texan with his faux swagger and his team
of men who seem to have 'military-industrial complex' written across their
menacing foreheads. But if anti-war Americans do elect Kerry for that
reason, they will have duped themselves. Warmongering will be worse under
Kerry than under Bush, and real peaceniks should therefore vote for Dubya.


Bush and Kerry agree on almost everything in foreign policy, but where they
disagree, Kerry is more hawkish. In an indication of the extent of the
militarisation of American political life, John Kerry launched his campaign
for the presidency specifically by profiling himself as a Vietnam war hero,
and by presenting George Bush as a draft-dodger and a coward. Kerry's
subsequent statements on foreign policy and homeland security have continued
to attack Bush as a wet. Kerry said in February, 'I do not fault George Bush
for doing too much in the war on terror. I believe he's done too little.'

Kerry has committed himself to 'a stronger, more comprehensive strategy for
winning the war on terror than the Bush administration has ever envisioned'
(my italics throughout). Those Americans who are uncomfortable with George
Bush's Patriot Act, and the Department of Homeland Security, should blanch
at John Kerry's proposals to enlist the National Guard in Homeland Security
and to 'break down the old barriers between national intelligence and local
law enforcement'. Such barriers are precisely what distinguish free
societies from dictatorships. Kerry seems even more obsessed than Bush with
weapons of mass destruction, as he is constantly harping on about the danger
of WMD being delivered through American ports.

Kerry voted for the war on Iraq and continues to support it wholeheartedly.
He said last December that those who continue to oppose the war 'don't have
the judgment to be president - or the credibility to be elected president'.
Kerry does not even say that Bush has jeopardised US security by attacking
Iraq instead of facing down the al-Qa'eda threat: he is not Richard Clarke.
Instead, Kerry says, 'No one can doubt that we are safer - and Iraq is
better - because Saddam Hussein is now behind bars.' On 17 December last
year, Kerry lent credence to the loony theory that Iraq was the author of
the 9/11 attacks, something George Bush has done at least twice. Yet in
February, Kerry attacked Bush for planning to hand back power to the Iraqis
too quickly - what he called 'a cut and run strategy' - even though Bush
intends the US embassy in Iraq to be the biggest American embassy in the
world, and even though some 110,000 US troops are to remain stationed there
indefinitely.

Above all, John Kerry is, like Bush, committed to the world military
supremacy of the USA. 'We must never retreat from having the strongest
military in the world,' says the possible future president. Kerry claims
that George Bush has actually 'weakened' the military, and so he has
promised 40,000 more active-duty army troops. Indeed, Kerry, who drum-beats
his 'readiness to order direct military action' whenever necessary, has gone
so far as to imply that friendly countries might need to be attacked in the
war on terror. In February he said, 'We can't wipe out terrorist cells in
places like Sweden, Canada, Spain, the Philippines or Italy just by dropping
in Green Berets.'

John Kerry has tried to give off a reassuringly multilateralist aura, and he
says Bush has alienated America's allies. This may be why some people
believe him to be less of a warmonger. But they are wrong. First, Bush is
himself avowedly multilateralist: the Bush White House seldom misses an
opportunity to emphasise his faith in multilateral institutions and
international alliances, to boast of how many countries there are in the
coalition against terror, or to claim that the Iraq war was necessary to
save the credibility of the United Nations. Second, Kerry himself vigorously
rejects the idea that US military action can be subject to a UN veto. In
December, Kerry attacked his then contender, Howard Dean, on this very
issue, and in February he said, 'As president, I will not wait for a green
light from abroad when our safety is at stake.' Even Kerry's commitment to
'a bold, progressive internationalism' is in fact identical to George Bush's
repeated commitments to 'keep open the path of progress' in the 'global
democratic revolution', and to provide 'leadership' in the 'defence of
freedom'. Both Bush and Kerry genuflect to the memory of the same Democratic
presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt.

Kerry is actually more hawkish than Bush about the threat from Islam in
general, and about Saudi Arabia in particular. Both of these are favourite
neoconservative themes. While Bush has often emphasised that America has no
quarrel with Islam, Kerry happily speaks about the specific danger to the
USA from the Islamic world, using language which is not substantially
different from that in the latest neo-con manifesto, An End to Evil by
Richard Perle and David Frum. Kerry explicitly lists certain populations as
representing a special danger to America - Saudi Arabians, Egyptians,
Jordanians, Palestinians, Indonesians and Pakistanis - and he reproaches
George Bush's own grandiose plan to 'democratise' the entire Middle East not
for its overweening ambition, but instead for its timidity. Kerry has
attacked the Bush administration for adopting a 'kid gloves' approach to the
Saudi kingdom, which he has repeatedly accused of complicity in the funding
of Islamic extremism and terror, and he has said the Saudi interior minister
is guilty of 'hate speech' and of promoting 'wild anti-Semitic conspiracy
theories'. This recalls Frum and Perle's surprising classification of Saudi
Arabia as 'an unfriendly power'.

Serious neocons, indeed, might be calculating that the bungling Bush is now
more of a liability than an asset for their desire to remodel the Middle
East, and to consolidate America's unchallenged military power in the world.
Kerry might be just what they need, in order to draw the sting of that
left-wing anti-Americanism around the world, and in the US itself, which
inspires so much antiwar feeling today. The Kosovo war showed that a war for
human rights and against oppression, fought by a slick Democrat, plays far
better with world public opinion than all that red-neck bull about dangers
to national security. It will be far easier for President Kerry to fight new
wars than for the mistrusted and discredited Bush. So to those who think
that the election of a Democratic president will put an end to American
militarism, I say, 'You ain't seen nothin' yet.'
http://www.lewrockwell.com/spectator/spec270.html



William E. Gladstone: "From the time I took office as Chancellor (December,
1852) 1 began to learn that the State held, in the face of the Bank and the
City, an essentially false position as to finance. The hinge of the whole
situation was this: The Government itself was not to be a substantive power
in matters of finance, but was to leave the Money Power supreme and
unquestioned. In the conditions of that situation I was reluctant to
acquiesce, and I began to fight against it by financial self-assertion from
the first. I was tenaciously opposed by the Governor and Deputy Governor of
the Bank (of England), who had seats in Parliament; I had the City for an
antagonist on almost every occasion."

James A. Garfield, 20th US President: "Whoever controls the volume of money
in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce."


General Richard Myers, the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, said
Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr , who has "incited violence and sparked unrest"
in Iraq "must be brought to justice". ... But the top U.S. military official
declined to say if the threat to kill Sadr was still an option for the
U.S.-led forces, saying that a number of Shiite leaders were negotiating
with Sadr to bring a peaceful end to the standoff. General Myers said the
U.S. forces had reinforced their forces around the Shiite holy city of
Najaf, where Sadr is believed to be staying, but refused to say if the
U.S.-led forces would attack the city to capture the Shiite leader. --
Myers said that detaining Sadr might trigger some 'violent reactions', but
only for a temporary period. -- Sadr is willing to stand trial on charges
of killing a rival scholar but only under a future "legitimate and
democratic" government in Iraq, an aide said on Wednesday
http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-04/14/article09.shtml



"Ever since the Civil War, Congress has allowed the bankers to control
financial legislation. The membership of the Finance Committee in the Senate
[now the Banking and Currency Committee] and the Committee on Banking and
Currency in the House have been made up chiefly of bankers, their agents,
and their attorneys...In this way the committees have been able to control
legislation in the interests of the few."
..
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Dear Friends,
I have this from a friend of my friend David Hartsough -- an invitation
to drop everything and go to Iraq right away to try and prevent the next
expansion of the bloodbath already going on.
If this is something you can do,
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH PETER DIRECTLY
--info at the end of the letter--
not with me.
Please forward.

Thanks,
Carolyn Scarr

-----------------forwarded message----------------


Subject: URGENT to Carolyn, EPICALC re: Iraq emergency delegation
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 14:02:56 EDT
From: (e-mail address removed)



Sunday April 11, 2004:

URGENT re: emergency delegation to Iraq for protective accompaniment in
relation to imminent expansion of the U.S. military assault to Karbala
and Najaf


Dear Carolyn,

Thank you very much for your telephone message. We truly appreciate
your offer to contact people who might be interested in the Iraq
emergency delegation, and hope you can do so today, as the situation is
very urgent. I just wrote to Barbara Lubin, as you suggested, at the
MECA e-mail address (if you have Barbara's home telephone number or
personal e-mail that would be very helpful as well). I've known Dave
Hartsough for some 27 years. [I have been involved in justice/peace
organizing since the 1970s, worked on Global Exchange and Resource
Center for Nonviolence staff in the 1990s after finishing two-year
plowshares sentence.] My wife and I were in Iraq in October (stayed
with Christian Peacemaker Team), came back with slideshow and
observations, not only on good work being done there by CPT & others
but also concern about aspects of work that CPT & others are not doing
there, ideas for organizing a group to go back in 2004 to fill some of
that gap.
Now, in the face of intense military escalation during this past week
(which as you know has left hundreds of Iraqi civilians dead in Fallujah
and elsewhere), and consultations with Iraqi friends, we are scrambling
to organize what we believe is an urgently-needed emergency delegation
of U.S. [and international?] civilians to Iraq - specifically as a
witness and 'protective accompaniment' presence that would visibly,
directly, nonviolently challenge the U.S. military offensive in Iraq at
its next, and pivotal, targets - the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.
Medea Bejamin, whom I've known for years, was very enthusiastically
supportive of this idea when I spoke with her, but she can't go herself
at this time. I am urgently contacting individuals and veterans,
justice & peace groups about this and, although there is interest, it is
- quite frankly - difficult to pull this together because of the very
urgent timeline, the significant element of personal risk involved, and
the logistics + finances.
Nevertheless we believe it is possible and necessary. Meg (who, by
the way, is an ordained Lutheran pastor) and I are prepared to go if
such a group can be pulled together rapidly enough. We think that Najaf
and Karbala (where we visited with religious and community leaders in
October, taking their concerns to the U.S. military command post in the
immediate wake of the first deadly gunfight there between Muqtada's
militia and American troops) are pivotal. If these, the central holy
cities of Iraq's Shia majority and of Shias worldwide, are attacked by
U.S. forces in pursuit of Muqtada and his people, Iraq will almost
certainly be plunged into all-out civil war. Bush, Rumsfeld, Bremer,
Sanchez and Kimmet have indicated that they are preparing to attack
these cities within days. We do think that, in the present context, the
presence of U.S. (and international?) civilians nonviolently and visibly
putting themselves in the way of such an assault, as U.S forces mass
outside these cities, could make a small but potentially significant
contribution to lessening the chances of this disastrous attack plan
being carried out.
We need to have anyone who would consider joining such a delegation in
the days ahead to please contact us immediately, as time is of the
essence. Hope to hear from you very very soon.

Best wishes,

Peter Lumsdaine:
(e-mail address removed)
 
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