Afghanistan: The Dollar Line
This article was first published in Chimes of Freedom in December 2007. With the current controversy of mortalities in the occupation forces I felt it an appropriate time to re-publish it along with some small additions:
The Battle of Musa Kala is supposedly over and the city is once more in the hands of NATO forces. There has been a virtual news blackout about the manner in which the city was taken but, listening to the BBC World Service yesterday, I picked up snippets about a heavy aerial bombardment by the US Air Force, using B1 and Stealth bombers in what appeared to be a Shock & Awe blitzkrieg. Phosphorous bombs may have been used. Thousands of civilians may have been killed. We just don't know.
Nor do we know just what the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is doing in South Central Asia. It is a question that after six years still goes unanswered. If pressed, we are given vague assurances about a continued "War against Terrorism", the catch-all justification the USUK regimes give their public for just about whatever they wish to do, either domestically or abroad.
In fact the much-vaunted "War against Terrorism" is really the ongoing World War of western capitalism that replaced the Cold War, a time during which "hot" wars were exported to places like Korea and Vietnam, with the idea of "Endless War", which is really an unending war based on geostrategic needs to grab as much of the Planet's mineral resources as possible.
And in this scenario, Afghanistan, rich in Gas, Oil and Coal, sits neatly in the middle of the Great Game, currently occupied by the western economic bloc but neighboured by the opposing bloc of the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Indeed, looking at the history of US involvement in the area since the early days of its use of the Taleban as anti-Russian insurgents, it may be seen how Afghanistan has played the part of a significant chess-piece in the Great Game of geostrategic politics and war. And the entire fake operation of 911 as the window of opportunity which provided, amongst much else, the excuse for the US along with its dogged ally the UK, to occupy in perpetuo this strategic cross-roads, hence ensuring that it would never fall into the hegemony of the opposing powers.
The argument for a pipeline through Afghanistan was made before the US Congress in 1998 by John Maresca of the Unocal Oil Company in testimony to the House Sub-Committee on Asia and the Pacific:
Maresca concluded his Congressional testimony with this peroration. "Developing cost-effective, profitable and efficient export routes for Central Asia resources is a formidable, but not impossible, task. It has been accomplished before. A commercial corridor, a "new" Silk Road, can link the Central Asia supply with the demand -- once again making Central Asia the crossroads between Europe and Asia."
Gas, Oil and Afghanistan by Jon Flanders
The area includes a huge field of natural resources, predominantly Gas, Oil and Coal. Since the 'nineties the Texas-based Unocal company was negotiating with the Taleban to build pipelines south to the Arabian Gulf. But these negotiations were brought to a halt by events in a highly destabilized part of the Great Game.
Yet, even were the US oil monopolies temporarily unable to secure the required conditions to pipe the resources, they could still hold a stake in the area's oil-fields for future exploitation, particularly if the area concerned remained under US occupation. After Unocal pulled-out of the Central Asian Gas Pipeline (Centgas) the company's chief shareholder became the Saudi Arabian Delta Oil Company.
Unocal's defection did not end pipeline plans. According to the VOA's Sarah Horner "But the pipeline dreams have surfaced again. In May 2000 there were reports of discussions of the issue involving Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkmenistan. And the Taliban newspaper, the Kabul Times, recently reported that the mine and industries minister, Mullah Mohammed Isa Akhond, met representatives of the Central Asia-based US company, Central Asia Oil and Gas Industry. The newspaper quoted company representative, Rafiq Yadgar as saying: "Central Asia Oil and Gas Industry is ready to invest in Afghanistan in the field of oil and gas extraction and meanwhile is willing to build an gas and oil refinery in Afghanistan." He added that Turkmen authorities are ready to cooperate with his company."
Now it is the US-puppet Karzai regime which runs Afghanistan, not the Taleban. So if anyone is going to exploit Afghanistan's rich resources they would come from the western bloc, not the SCO. Hence the importance of Afghanistan remaining under the permanent occupation of the USUK and a fragmented NATO reborn as a 'Coalition of the Willing.' And why the UK Government has built in Kabul a huge, new fortified Embassy, signifying plans for a long-term occupation.
The present Bush junta represents nothing less than a coup d'état against the US people by oil interests.
As most of us know, the Bush-Cheney team that took control of the US Government in January, 2001, was heavily influenced by the oil industry. Bush himself is a veteran of a number of mostly failed oil enterprises. Condolezza Rice, Bush's assistant to the president for national security affairs, was on the board of Chevron. Vice President Dick Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton, a major player in the downstream oil industry.
The hot spot for where the business is is the Caspian.
In a column dated Thursday, August 10, 2000 in the Chicago Tribune, Marjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego [wrote] ... "Because of the instability in the Persian Gulf, Cheney and his fellow oilmen have zeroed in on the world's other major source of oil --the Caspian Sea. Its rich oil and gas resources are estimated at $4 trillion by US News and World Report. The Washington-based American Petroleum Institute, voice of the major US oil companies, called the Caspian region, "the area of greatest resource potential outside of the Middle East." Cheney told a gaggle of oil industry executives in 1998, "I can't think of a time when we've had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian." Halliburton's Caspian investments include Turkmenistan.
And in this revealing paper, written in 2001, its author goes on to note,
P.V. Vivekanand, chief editor of The Gulf Today in the United Arab Emirates sums up the pipeline picture in the Caspian/Central Asia region in this way..."There are dozens of oil and gas pipeline projects in Central Asia, some estimated to cost billions of dollars and almost all sparking transborder disputes and controversies. Most of the projects have been discussed for decades as the oil giants wait for the right political conditions to move in. Because pipelines are the best method to transport oil and gas over land, the efficiency of such a delivery system is too tempting for energy exporters and importers to let go of plans in a hurry. And for many potential exporters and pipeline hosts, the realization of such projects can mean economic survival."
and finally concludes,
I think the evidence is overwhelming. The Bush administration plans to use the WTC attack as an opportunity to use the US military as pipeline police, with the current goal of splitting the government of Pakistan and the Taliban from the Islamic militants led by Bin Laden. If they can accomplish this, and this is a big if, the way might be cleared for the Afghanistan pipeline project, and the basis for further penetration into the oil rich former Soviet republics established, as part of a general rollback of Russian influence in the Caspian and Central Asia.
Six years on we can see how this analysis has been borne out. It underscores the vital role played by the false-flag events of 911 which are now being increasingly exposed as having been a CIA-Mossad operation. And it reveals the skeleton-in-the-cupboard behind a nonsensical war, not so much against terror but of ongoing terror by the USUK-led capitalist West against the people of our Planet.
Richard Behan, in his Alternet article, The Mega-Lie called the War on Terror: A Masterpiece of Propaganda, provides a useful synopsis of events leading up to the bombing of Afghanistan.
At the final meeting with the Taliban, on Aug. 2, 2001, State Department negotiator Christine Rocca, clarified the options: "Either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs." With the futility of negotiations apparent, "President Bush promptly informed Pakistan and India the U.S. would launch a military mission into Afghanistan before the end of October."
This was five weeks before the events of 9/11.
The Mega-Lie called the War on Terror: A Masterpiece of Propaganda
Afghanistan is an early example of a 21st Century Resource War. For obvious reasons the public must be kept in the dark. We have seen how in these wars the deaths of millions are just written-off as "collateral damage", of no significance in contrast to the profitable purposes to be achieved by the constant playing-out of a hell on earth. Hells which are carefully kept out of the view of consumer target audiences and where war crimes are repeated so often that the concept itself begins to seem meaningless.
All wars are ruthless. But when the very survival of the New World Order lies at stake, as it now does, we can be sure that their horror and intensity will only grow, foreshadowing a great, planetary showdown in the interests of the Dollar Line.
Friday, July 31, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Britain’s propaganda offensive on behalf of Afghan war
The speech by Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the NATO headquarters in Brussels makes clear that Britain intends to deepen its collaboration with the United States in Afghanistan.
There is growing public concern that Afghanistan is fast becoming a worse and more intractable debacle than Iraq, fueling opposition to the war and demands for an exit strategy. Despite Miliband’s statement that he accepted the public “wanted to know whether and how we can succeed” in Afghanistan, he demonstrated the government’s willingness to defy anti-war sentiment and press ahead with the neo-colonial war.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Full Spectrum Dominance
William Engdahl on his book Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order.
Was the recent uprising in Iran a "colored revolution," a genuine movement for democracy - or both?
How many more will die in vain before we withdraw?
By Seumas Milne, Guardian columnist speaking at a packed meeting on 13 July 2009, organised by Stop the War Coalition and Media Workers Against War, and titled The Good War? Afghanistan in the Media.
"The only way to end the war is the withdrawal of foreign troops as part of a wider political settlement negotiated with all significant Afghan forces on the ground, including the Taliban – and guaranteed by regional powers and neighbouring states: Pakistan, Iran, China and India.
Such a process is bound to take place eventually – whether or not the British government has the guts to follow the example of Canada and The Netherlands and announce plans to pull out earlier.
But the assumption must be that a strategic US decision to accept the inevitable, turn its back on the wreckage of the war on terror and withdraw from Afghanistan is going to be a slow and painful process. In the meantime, many more people – mostly Afghans – will shamefully die in vain."
Monday, July 27, 2009
Malalai Joya - Afghan MP Calls for Troops out of Afghanistan
The inspirational anti-war Afghan MP Malalai Joya was joined on the platform by Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, a serving British soldier who was speaking in public for the first time against the horror caused by the war in Afghanistan.
Malalai Joya really is one of the bravest women in Afghanistan. She told the 300-strong audience at Conway Hall in central London that she's survived five assassination attempts and is still not safe with personal security guards or by wearing a burkha to cover her identity. Yet she continues to campaign against foreign occupation and fundamentalist warlords, and for women's rights and education. She believes all NATO troops must leave Afghanistan immediately.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
World Prepares to Dump the Dollar
What do China, India, Brazil, Russia, France and Germany have in common? These countries most often can’t agree on anything. But they are united in one strange—and ominous—way. They blame the United States for wrecking the global economy. And they think the dollar is the wrecking ball.
Michael Hudson's 'Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire'
Early in the war, US officials and economists knew America would prevail and emerge as the world's dominant power. However, transitioning from war to peace needed large export volumes to stimulate economic growth and full employment. "This in turn required that foreign countries be able to earn or borrow dollars to pay" for what they got. So America supplied them through government loans and private investment.
Posted by Rory Winter at 8:17 pm
American soldier: "I killed innocent people"
This American soldier is speaking out against the brutality and horror of the occupation of Iraq. But we know that the war-crimes being committed daily by USUK forces in Afghanistan are of a similar nature. We need more of these courageous individuals to speak out against the atrocities being committed under the guise of a phoney War on Terror. A war, actually, of terror being committed by the USUK.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
British soldier refuses to return to Afghanistan
Serving soldier Joe Glenton spoke at a Stop the War rally last Thursday night about why he thinks the war in Afghanistan is wrong and why he's not going back. Also on the platform was Malalai Joya the courageous Afghan MP who spoke out about the domination of the parliament by warlords, drug traffickers and fundamentalists.
The old warning of international socialists still rings true: workers should not allow themselves to be dragged into capitalist wars where they will slaughter each other over and over again. The only reason that our capitalist rulers succeed in recruiting us is because of a deep tribalism that affects many humans and which they mistake for patriotism.
Only a few will question the sanity of war. Joe Glenton is one of those. And for having the courage to do so he should earn all our support. Please email him your support c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
(Tel +44 (0)207 801 2768, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EH, England).
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Pipelineistan and the end of Empire
As the number of deaths of British service-people mounts and the British MSM focuses on the mounting mortality rates the BBC's Question Time was bound to discuss the topic. Normally, Question Time is so tightly controlled by David Dimbleby's team that there is very little likelihood that either the panel or the audience might express a view challenging the right-wing establishment status quo. The panel speakers themselves are carefully picked in a way where anyone resembling a leftie has little or no chance of getting on.
But it's difficult to control everyone all the time and more so a bolshy audience. And on the subject of Afghanistan, last Thursday night's audience was bordering on the bolshy. The celebrity Trisha Goddard surprised me with saying some sensible things about Afghanistan and even going so far as to conclude that it had become our Vietnam. The Libdems' Lembit Opik cut in saying that maybe we shouldn't have trained Osama Bin Laden in the first place to which Dimbelby could only reply "That's hindsight for you."
As usual, the discussion was initiated by a question from the audience about whether British forces should be given more helicopters in order to reduce road-side casualties. The essential question about what Britain is doing there in the first place was studiously avoided. Along with our rulers the British MSM takes it as a given what it has been told about the threat to British security from ghostly Al Qaeda terrorists who would take over Afghanistan if 'our brave heroes' weren't out there. The real, geostrategic reasons about the need to safeguard Pipelineistan's oil and gas in the interests of the multinationals (ie "western security") is taboo. For that the reader needs to look around carefully on the Internet for articles by William Engdahl and the like. Or read Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives.
The idea of hegemonizing the European Heartlands came first from Halford Mackinder and was adopted as a key strategy in British imperial foreign policy in the early 1900's. US historian Guido Giacomo Preparata, in his eye-opener of a book, Conjuring Hitler, illustrates how the British used the Heartlands geostrategic blueprint as a diplomatic weapon to draw Germany into two wars against the Anglo-Americans. Brzezinski went on to develop the blueprint for the inheritors of the British Empire, the USA, in its misnamed 'Pax Americana' and it is clearly a key aspect of the Neocons' Project for the New American Century, total world domination.
The Project (or PNAC) is what Bush II and his sidekick, Tony Blair, enthused about so much. And through understanding how the Bush II regime was so influenced by the Neocons we can see how 911 was used to justify an entirely fake 'War on Terrorism' and the subsequent occupation of both Afghanistan and Iraq. To be explicit: the fake War on Terror was never more than a cover for Anglo-American ambitions for global domination through military force.
Neither the invasion of Iraq or Afghanistan were wars in the sense of two roughly equal nations fighting each other. Instead they were invasions which led to the massacre of what now amounts to millions of civilians. These were never intended as wars to be won. Their purpose, as we can see now eight years later, is to be long-term military occupations intended to keep both countries tightly under the control of the US. That is why we are constantly told to expect a rise in the death toll of military personnel in an endless war.
You'll never hear this version of events spoken of on the MSM and for obvious reasons. The prospect of an endless list of mortalities in a war that goes on forever is intolerable and would not be accepted by any public. Instead, the MSM dons a fake face of concern that the problem is really about a lack of helicopters!
As a result of the long-term Anglo-American relationship, both British governments and the military find themselves in an unhealthy symbiosis with the Americans. Britain is no longer a global power but its rulers hang on desperately to an imperialist past. A series of incompetent British governments have found it all too easy to hang onto the 'special relationship' because of the supposed advantages that this brings to Britain at the international top table. Only with disasters like Iraq and Afghanistan does it become clear that far from any advantages to be had that both the British people and their rulers are having to pay a high price for what is in effect a one-sided relationship where when the Americans say 'Jump' the British have no choice but to jump.
British governments are terrified of upsetting their American bosses. Recently, on a BBC News 24 interview, Paul Rogers from the Bradford University Department of Peace Studies said as much. The live interview was not repeated in later BBC newscasts!
Significantly, on a recent Radio 4 interview, military chief Sir Richard Dannatt confirmed that fear:
"say what would happen if the United Kingdom was to leave this operation unilaterally or indeed if the coalition, if the alliance was to leave this operation. Then we would face, in the circumstances of the UK leaving, I think any relationship we have with the United States – special, interesting or otherwise, I think we would sever. I think we would severely prejudice the future structure and well-being, even existence of Nato. And if the coalition was to leave, or the alliance was to leave precipitately then I think we'd be handing an um enormous, um, propaganda information victory if you like to... well, how do we want to describe it? Al qaeda, islamist extremists, those who were behind the attacks that were manifested in 9-11 and perhaps even in the UK in.. in 7-7. So when we say we must succeed, we will succeed, actually the possibility of failure here is really unthinkable"http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ljmmn/Today_17_07_2009/
It was a long time coming but now most accept that Britain has become a puppet of the Americans. More than any other leaders' it has been the servility of Blair and Brown that has brought this about. Why is it that when the vast majority of Brits opposed their government's occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan that British service-people continue to fight and die in those countries? Typically, serving the interests of a foreign power vastly eclipse the need to serve those of their people. Is this not treason?
It appears that the public continues to be at a loss to why we are in Afghanistan at all. A few, just a few, seem to have sniffed the rotting carcass of British imperialism beneath it. Instead the focus has been on an incompetent government that has let down its soldiers and we see British generals running to Downing Street with a shopping list of weaponry as if that is going to solve the dilemma.
The dilemma will never be solved outside of the total withdrawal of British forces. But even that would be only the first step, the second being a fundamental re-drawing of British foreign policy which looks to the reality of a multipolar world beyond the mirage of the neocons' desire for global domination.
Just as the Nazi defeat at Stalingrad marked the final folly of Hitler's attempt to dominate Eurasia it looks like Afghanistan will mark the end of the Anglo-American empires of evil.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Europe and Islamophobia
A Danish newspaper publishes a cartoon portraying the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. French President Sarkozy calls for a ban on the burqa. An Egyptian immigrant is murdered in a German court by an Islamophobe. Why are Muslims being targeted in Europe? And is Islamophobia the new anti-semitism?
Posted by Rory Winter at 2:13 pm
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Totalitarianizing of Britain: How Free Speech is being Suppressed
This video well illustrates the totalitarian nature of our rulers. It gives the lie to the myth of 'free speech' and 'living in a democracy'. One of the few freedoms the British people secured from their rulers, the freedom to demonstrate, is being rapidly eroded by an oppressive police force as is illustrated in this video. Their excuse is, "You have to be processed" ...
Posted by Rory Winter at 12:37 am
Monday, July 13, 2009
Biased BBC reporting
The BBC/Guardian poll highlighted today by the Today Programme has 47% against and 46% in support of the [Afghanistan] war. That's roughly a 50-50 divide *according to you*. Whether those figures are true or not is another matter.
But the important point is that BBC representation of the two arguments is TOTALLY BIASED in favour of the war, and any thinking person knows that this is because in non-totalitarian countries which are not governed by naked force but by various other factors, control and influence over what people think is vital - the so-called hearts and minds issue. In this struggle, the BBC, founded as the propaganda arm of the British Empire in 1922 to bind the Empire together and justify its existence, play a key role, which is why the BBC -- and indeed much of the rest of the UK mainstream -- are now pulling out all the stops, including all the sentimentality stories about soldiers' families, the dead returning home, the comrades' paeans of praise and thanks etc in order to keep the public on side.
Over the past EIGHT YEARS the BBC has NOT given its viewers and listeners an EQUAL and BALANCED representation of the arguments for and against the war. In particular the BBC has utterly FAILED to point up the link between the war and 9/11. WE ARE THERE BECAUSE OF 9/11. That was the justification for going in. The deeper and more sinister reasons go back to the late 1990s, to the ideas of Brzezinski ("The Grand Chessboard", 1997) and his backers, to the imperial programme of Cheney-Perle-Wolfowitz-Feith gang and PNAC. BUT THE JUSTIFICATION WAS 9/11. And the Bush regime official conspiracy theory of 9/11 was a complete LIE. The BBC has colluded with this LIE for EIGHT YEARS by its totally unbalanced representation of that event. The British political class, with a few honourable exceptions, has also colluded in this LIE.
Our 18 year old soldiers and all the other soldiers are actually dying along with tens of thousands of Afghans because of: 1) the US determination to anchor itself geostrategically in the region, in accordance with the long-range strategy goals laid out by Brzezinski and others, 2) the US determination to push pipelines from Turkmenistan and the Caspian down to the Indian ocean through Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Taliban had refused the UNOCAL deal for this, so as so often in the past, US megacorporations turned to the US military for help. 3) The desire of the British military high command and of British intelligence services a) to stay sweet with the Americans and maintain 'British credibility' with them (see General Sir Richard Dannett's statements - which stank of reality - in The Independent 1st June 2009) and b) the army high command's desire to give their troops real live combat experience, now that 30 years of fighting in N.Ireland and 6 years in Iraq are over, 4) profits and employment for the arms industry.
THAT is what this war is about, and all your BBC talk about elections, democracy, education for girls, burqas, 'we have to finish the job now we're there', 'honouring the troops' sacrifices', 'we have a duty to leave the place better than we found it' etc is frankly, all flannel designed to deceive the public in classic official propaganda tradition.
On this issue you need to distinguish yourselves from the communist media of the Cold War era and stand up for the truth! If you can't do that, then at least give us a REAL 50-50 balance of the REAL arguments that reflects REAL public opinion and not just the interests outlined in the 4 points above.
Nice one Terry, and don't forget that the BBC gave even less coverage to the "anti-war" crowd before the Iraq invasion than Fox News. The BBC is indeed the propaganda arm of a mendacious govt, passing on its lies as news. This applies to the "wars", the ME, Israel, elections in other countries (in particular Iran and Venezuela but not Egypt or Saudi Arabia which has never had an election), the economy, and a lot more.
Incidentally, the events in Iraq and Afghanistan are not "wars", they are invasions. They are imperialistic, illegal, immoral, racist, and cowardly (bombing people from 10,000 metres instead of on a man-to-man basis, overwhelming them with barbarous new weapons) invasions and occupations.
What makes me really want to puke is the holier than thou attitude of Boaden, Thomson et al. and the obscene salaries they get for toeing the govt line while pretending to be independent and neutral.
Actually, the Beeb AND successive administrations are both obedient executive arms of the self-perpetuating gic-class who have ruled Britain from way back (you can argue about starting points, but long ago, anyway) and still do now, behind the facade of 'democracy' -- so it seems to me, anyway.
Socio-political revolutions to establish real democracies here are still to do. And the Westminster circus, the BBC, and all the major organs of the current corporate media will need to be taken comprehensively in hand, removed from any stigma of commercial business purpose, and rebuilt from the foundations up, I think. We also need written constitutions for all the countries of the island, too.
It's interesting, though, that despite the constant deceit-blast of the Permanent Bullshit Blizzard, people like Terry above are legion; people who understand the realities behind the bollocks pretty well, from their own efforts at intellectual self-defence; to the point where a steady two-thirds of the common Brits are against the war DESPITE the worst efforts of the PBB operators in the media and amongst the pocket-pols.
Lying/self-delusional propaganda can only go so far before people's good sense peels off from the official BS line.
Rhisiart Gwilym, MEDIALENS
Wikileaks cracks NATO's Master Narrative for Afghanistan
Afghanistan: What are We doing There?
Afghanistan: The Dollar Line
Posted by Rory Winter at 4:57 pm
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Could the pre-conditions for revolutionary uprising be getting so worrying that the Beeb bosses feel the need to start propagandising against it?
Brown this morning is given lead-story reportage of his babbling about 'success' in Af-Pak. He's even quoted as talking about 'patriotism' (famously "the last refuge of the scoundrel").
With near 70% of Brits opposed to the USuk aggression there; with presumably some similar large majority still smarting about the pigs-at-the-trough (apologies to actual pigs) MP-expenses racket; with people -- my immediate neighbour for one -- becoming desperate at the lack of paid work, the draining away of their savings and the piling up of debts; and on and on -- you have to imagine that the steam pressure from the commons is building up steadily.
Seems to me that there has been a marked increase lately in ridiculous parades of military simpletons in desert-camo gear through the streets of various towns (no wonder all the little boys, and the over-grown boys who do 'sport' fishing and shooting, are all wearing it these days -- in wet, green Britain, for gods-sake! Together with that arch-symbol of US-worship, the base-ball cap).
There seems also to be an upsurge of media-images of these damnfool parades, with invariable shots of crowds of Union Jack wavers lining the streets -- entirely spontaneously, of course. Bit like that 'spontaneous' demonstration of joy by 'thousands' of Iraqis as US troops pulled down SH's statue in Baghdad.
And then there was that odd counter-demo by a handful of alleged 'Muslims', also in melodramatic fancy dress, at one of the early parades in -- where? -- Luton? Somewhere in Essex? South-East England anyway, where English-empire jingoism is traditionally at its most intense. Quite a stick in the hornets' nest that was. 'Scum' was one of the words being thrown about by the worst of the hacks -- just quoting comments by members of the public, of course; that same public of whom more than two-thirds are opposed to the aggression....
We can take it for granted that if there is indeed a build up of proto-revolutionary pressure in the Brit populace, we shan't be told by the corporate media until it's no longer ignorable. So how would we know about it, apart from anecdotal evidence from our own neighbourhoods, and of course by the increasing appearance of this kind of high-profile 'patriotism' bilge?
The BNP is making a mini bit of comic-opera headway too, and getting completely disproportionate attention from the corporate hacks for it.
But of course I'm just being fanciful. We all have it built in to our deepest levels of whole-life conditioning that such Third-Reich style melodramatic propaganda manipulations just couldn't happen in staid, mild, easy-going Britain, could they?
And as for false-flag operations........ oh really, come on!
Meantime, in the real world behind the indescribably-ridiculous jingo-screen, Britain's collapsing wealth continues it's headlong rush towards collision with relentlessly-rising food, commodity and energy prices; the old-order economists, pocket-pols and captains of industry are clueless about how to deal with the new epoch of permanent global scarcity; and the hopeless, already-lost, unadmitted resource-war in Central Asia begins its squalid endgame, still haemorrhaging blood and treasure all the while as it crashes.
If you were an English-empire gic, or one of their leading pocket-pols or editor-hacks, what would you do to try to damp down the grassroots discontent, if not 'put out more flags'? A certain weary inevitability about it all, isn't there.
Rhisiart Gwilym, Medialens
Posted by Rory Winter at 5:04 pm
Saturday, July 11, 2009
All the churning-out of war propaganda by the BBC and the British MSM surrounding the illegal war by USUK imperialists in Afghanistan provokes a few comments: the BBC never fails to parrot the justification that our military presence is 'to keep terrorism off our streets'. This is the lie that was first thrust down our throats by war-criminal Tony Blair on the express orders of his boss, George W. Bush, in Washington, DC. If Blair was so confident of the veracity of this position why did he deny us an enquiry into the 7/7 bombings?
We are being constantly told that our so-called democracies are a force for the good. But despite all the propaganda, recent opinion polls show that 68% in Britain and 70% in Germany would like our troops to be pulled-out.
The BBC lauds 'our heroes' fighting the terrorists. Yet these 'heroes' fighting a so-called War on Terror turn out to be anything but heroes. On one hand they are responsible for the killings of countless numbers of innocent Afghanis, and on the other they are the sad victims of the traitors who rule over us who are willing to spill the blood of Britons so cheaply in an imperialist venture launched by the USA in the interests of multinational capitalism.
The occupation of Afghanistan is about the securing of oil and gas supplies in the interests of the US and the multinationals. The 'War on Terror' was fabricated to justify the military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan to secure those ends. Far from being a war on terror what we have seen are wars of terror perpetrated on the innocent by the USUK's high-tech military. For every USUK soldier killed hundreds of thousands of innocents have died ... over 8 million in Iraq and Afghanistan since Gulf War I. This is what the BBC will not tell you.
If the welfare of 'our heroes' is such a cause of concern, instead of shedding crocodile tears when they die it would have been better to have saved them from ever having to be sacrificed in the interest of the imperialists. Instead the BBC keeps hyping-up the rulers' jingoism and militarism. More blood sacrifices are called for. More Operation Gladio-type threats of further 911s and 7/7s to come are used to bully us into submission.
If a War on Terror were ever to be truly carried out, it wouldn't be against innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan: it would be against the war criminals and gangsters-in-charge (gics) who rule over us, keep us tranced out with fear demanding ever greater blood sacrifices.
Posted by Rory Winter at 8:02 am
Friday, July 10, 2009
Majority of Eastern Germans Feel Life Better under Communism
Glorification of the German Democratic Republic is on the rise two decades after the Berlin Wall fell. Young people and the better off are among those rebuffing criticism of East Germany as an "illegitimate state." In a new poll, more than half of former eastern Germans defend the GDR.
Posted by Rory Winter at 11:58 pm
Thursday, July 09, 2009
We didn't Know ...
The level of ignorance about the true number of deaths our militaries are causing in Afghanistan and Iraq is simply staggering. I'm just watching BBC Question Time when the deaths of British soldiers is mentioned. No mention, of course, of the MILLIONS of civilian deaths in Afghanistan! It is frightening to see how the secrecy of our pathological, imperialist rulers is keeping the truth from the public.
After WWII many Germans claimed they never knew about the concentration camps. Few believed them. But now it's OUR turn to say the same about Iraq and Afghanistan: "We didn't know" ...
Posted by Rory Winter at 9:06 pm
Major 9/11 Truth Breakthrough: KBDI Denver Airs 9/11 Press for Truth
Posted by Rory Winter at 7:19 pm
Afghan Genocide: An Open Letter by Dr Gideon Polya
In Occupied Afghanistan post-invasion non-violent excess deaths (avoidable deaths from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease) total 3 million; post-invasion violent excess deaths (assuming the same ratio of post-invasion violent/non-violent excess deaths as in Occupied Iraq of 1.3) total 4 million; post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths total 3-7 million; post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 2.3 million; post-invasion avoidable under- 5 infant deaths (90% are avoidable) total 2.1 million; 3-4 million refugees have been generated plus a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees from the NW Province of Pakistan under Obama war policies – an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.
Posted by Rory Winter at 6:41 pm
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Chimes of Freedom: Four Years On
Next week is the fourth anniversary of this blog which I started just after the 7/7 bombings in London. Like others I found it difficult to believe in the inconsistencies which amounted to the official conspiracy story that four home-grown, north country terrorists had built the bombs with chapatti flour and fertilizer and then blown themselves up on a London subway train and double-decker bus. It seemed very much to be London's 911 and no more credible than the events in New York and Madrid. All three had about them the ominous stench of state-sponsored terrorism.
By its nature this is a form of terrorism which governments cannot admit to. Indeed, everything is done by the government propaganda machines to ridicule any who dare to suggest the existence of state-sponsored terrorism. The public isn't meant to know anything about the psychopathic nature of state control. Historical phenomena like NATO's Operation Gladio which used terrorism as a method of destabilisation in friendly countries is simply not discussed by the mainstream media. Ask the MSM about the Bologna bombings and you'll be told anything but the truth. Yet Operation Gladio was real and accounted for the deaths of many innocents.
With events in New York, Bali, Madrid, London and Bombay and the consequent fabrication of a 'War on Terror' --a fabrication created by the gangsters in the Bush regime and supported wholeheartedly by its puppets like Blair and Aznar-- state-sponsored terrorism reached new levels of sophistication with a CIA-sponsored ghost army of international, Islamist terrorists in the ubiquitous Al Qaeda replacing the defunct Soviet Union as the West's new public enemy. In the name of Bush's phoney 'War on Terror' several million innocents --mainly Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan-- have died in what have been wars of terror instigated and fuelled by an Anglo-American imperialism. How clever has been the USUK propaganda machine to invert reality on its head and to persuade its public that the very opposite of the truth is to be believed! Lone voices such as that of the Australian, Dr Gideon Polya, who expose the murderous nature of Anglo-American imperialism are simply ignored. We, after all, are the good guys. And good guys don't commit war crimes.
But according to Dr Polya, the USUK and its allies have been responsible for the deaths of over 8 million Iraqis and Afghanis since Gulf War I. Eight million. That's worse than anything the Nazis accomplished in their concentration camps. The Nazis were tried as war criminals. Not so the Bushes, the Blairs, the Browns and the Aznars. It seems that you have to be on the losing side to be a war criminal. In the real world it turns out that the rule of law is extremely selective: more the rule of the rulers to be used as a legal weapon with which to bludgeon the ruled.
More and more it is the blogosphere that is achieving a reputation for exposing government and for telling the truth like it is. Many of us had hoped that once Bush and Blair had gone that the truth about their criminal nature would catch up with them. That hasn't quite happened yet. They seem to have done a deal with their successors to leave matters lie and "to go forward" as the fake Obama puts it. Their world, it seems, can't deal with too much of the truth. It is now in danger of collapsing. Which only goes to show how fragile are the shifting sands of the falsities upon which it has all been built.
I await this blog's fifth anniversary next year to see how far the sands will have shifted.
Posted by Rory Winter at 5:35 pm
Monday, July 06, 2009
What if the Uighurs were Christian rather than Muslim?
For all the serious analysis about the War on Terror, so much of it has been driven by nothing more complex or noble than sheer hostility towards Muslims. Muslims generally -- not just Al Qaeda -- replaced Communists as our New Enemy and became the new enabling force for our endless state of War and never-ending expansions of executive power. Rather obviously, the Uighurs were swept into the Enemy category solely by virtue of their status as Muslims. What more compelling evidence of that could be imagined than the fact that we imprisoned -- and continue to imprison -- people at Guantanamo whose only political interest is in resisting oppression by the Chinese government?
Posted by Rory Winter at 7:51 pm
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Israel pisses on Britain (again) – and our craven leaders love it
Stuart Littlewood considers Israel’s latest act of piracy on the high seas – the seizure of an aid ship bound for Gaza and the kidnapping of its passengers and crew – and highlights the complicity of the British government, which is forever fighting a rear-guard action on behalf of Israel.
Posted by Rory Winter at 2:43 pm