Terminal: A Disease Called 'War'

The Disease of Permanent War
by Chris Hedges
The embrace by any society of permanent war is a parasite that devours the heart and soul of a nation. Permanent war extinguishes liberal, democratic movements. It turns culture into nationalist cant. It degrades and corrupts education and the media, and wrecks the economy. The liberal, democratic forces, tasked with maintaining an open society, become impotent.
 
 
The collapse of liberalism, whether in imperial Russia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire or Weimar Germany, ushers in an age of moral nihilism. This moral nihilism comes is many colors and hues. It rants and thunders in a variety of slogans, languages and ideologies. It can manifest itself in fascist salutes, communist show trials or Christian crusades. It is, at its core, all the same. It is the crude, terrifying tirade of mediocrities who find their identities and power in the perpetuation of permanent war.

It was a decline into permanent war, not Islam, which killed the liberal, democratic movements in the Arab world, ones that held great promise in the early part of the 20th century in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iran. It is a state of permanent war that is finishing off the liberal traditions in Israel and the United States. The moral and intellectual trolls—the Dick Cheneys, the Avigdor Liebermans, the Mahmoud Ahmadinejads—personify the moral nihilism of perpetual war. They manipulate fear and paranoia. They abolish civil liberties in the name of national security. They crush legitimate dissent. They bilk state treasuries. They stoke racism.

“War,” Randolph Bourne commented acidly, “is the health of the state.”


 
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Of Circus Dogs and Whips: UN Reports on Gaza Atrocity

Beholden to the BIG POWERS: Israel, Gaza and the UN
by Media Lens
On December 27, 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a massive assault on Gaza. 22 days later, around 1,400 Palestinians, including over 300 children, and 13 Israelis were dead; about 5,000 Palestinians were wounded.
 
Five of the estimated 300 children killed by Israel in Gaza - January '09
 
Israeli forces bombed and shelled schools, medical centres, hospitals, ambulances, United Nations buildings (including UN schools), power plants, sewage plants, roads, bridges and civilian homes. This was described in much of the press as hitting "Hamas targets" (e.g. David Gardner, 'U.S. accused of white phosphorus against Taliban', Daily Mail, May 11, 2009).

Earlier this month, the UN announced the results of an inquiry into attacks on its buildings and personnel in Gaza. It concluded that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) were:

"involved in varying degrees of negligence or recklessness with regard to United Nations premises and to the safety of United Nations staff and other civilians within those premises, with consequent deaths, injuries, and extensive physical damage and loss of property." (Donald Macintyre, 'UN retreats after Israel hits out at Gaza report', Independent, May 6, 2009)
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ross Crockford, Annie Machon, Janine Bandcroft May 18, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: Victoria-based author and journalist, Ross Crockford on Victoria: The Unknown City; Annie Machon on spies, lies, and whistleblowers; Victoria Street Newz publisher, Janine Bandcroft on other unknowns on the city's streets.
 
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com.
 
Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
 
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The Pope Pilgrim's Progress in the Holy Land

Pope’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Mired In Politics
by Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents.org
Nazareth: Pope Benedict XVI upset the schedule on his first day in Israel by leaving an interfaith meeting in Jerusalem early on Monday night after a leading Muslim cleric called on him to condemn the “slaughter” of women and children in the recent assault on Gaza.

The pontiff walked out, a spokesman noted, because Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi’s speech was a “direct negation” of dialogue and damaged the Pope’s efforts at “promoting peace”. Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a “pilgrim of peace”, with his staff accentuating that his role would be spiritual rather than political.

In truth, however, Pope Benedict’s visit was mired in politics the moment he agreed, at the invitation of Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, to step into this conflict-torn region.
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American Psycho on the War Path

American Psychos Trying to Pervade the World
by MNN
A psychopath is chronically immoral and anti-social, covered by a mask of sanity and always searching for victims.  U.S. movers and shakers who are trying to gain control of the world come from an elite background.  Many go to the northeastern U.S. schools like Harvard, Princeton and Yale. 
 
They get jobs on Wall Street in Manhattan and Washington DC. 
 
The spirit of mad George Yellowhair Custer persists to this day in U.S. policy
 
By day they work in top jobs.  They make their way up into behind-the-scenes positions where they carry out the will of those who are trying to set up the new world order system.  This eventually includes forays into brutal violence and blood lust against defenseless unarmed people.  Their bizarre initiations include killing innocent people at random.  The end game is total control.

Psychopaths have to look normal to cover up their vile nature and training.  They have no morals or ethics which frees them to carry out genocide, starvation, spreading pandemics and desecrating the environment.  When they are confronted with their crimes, they maintain a studied blandness.  

Psychopaths are possessive, greedy, have no deep feelings, no ties and are manipulators.  They have no conscience.  They start out with small simple crimes.  This is not enough.  They graduate to mass murder.  It's like a mad dog that has eaten human flesh.  He stepped over the line and therefore has to be shot.  

Psychopaths like to talk about their activities, such as depopulating the world, creating one world government and one world religion, with them running it.  There is no one world order without one world religion!
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American War Criminals Past Welcome Obama into the Club

Caught in a Lie: US Uses Phosphorus Weapons in Afghanistan
by Dave Lindorff
When doctors started reporting that some of the victims of the US bombing of several villages in Farah Province last week—an attack that left between 117 and 147 civilians dead, most of them women and children—were turning up with deep, sharp burns on their body that “looked like” they’d been caused by white phosphorus, the US military was quick to deny responsibility.
 
The use of White Phophorus, as pictured being deployed against civilian areas of Gaza by the IDF in January of '09, and as US forces used in Falluja and Afghanistan is a war crime.
 
US officials—who initially denied that the US had even bombed any civilians in Farah despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, including massive craters where houses had once stood—insisted that “no white phosphorus” was used in the attacks on several villages in Farah.

Official military policy on the use of white phosphorus is to only use the high-intensity, self-igniting material as a smoke screen during battles or to illuminate targets, not as a weapon against human beings—even enemy troops.

Now that policy, and the military’s blanket denial that phosphorus was used in Farah, has to be challenged, thanks to a recent report filed from a remote area of Afghanistan by a New York Times reporter.
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US Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land: US Media & The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by TRNN
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land is a film that provides a comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 

 
 
This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.
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The United State of Bilderberg

Welcome to the United States of Bilderberg
by ddjango
This weekend, in an out of the way luxury hotel in Greece, some of the richest and most powerful people in the Western world are convening to decide the fate of that world. Among others, the US Secretary of the Treasury is in attendance, with one other so-far-unknown representative from our country, to receive instructions from these gods of empire and finance.
 
On the outside, Alex Jones and some hangers-on are shouting righteous epithets through bull-horns from across the street.
 
Alex is perspicacious, as always, but these folks are probably just mildly amused. "Sticks and Stones", they think. It's going to be a nasty summer, global warming, global cooling, come what may.

Memorial Day is just around the corner. In the States we can use it to remember the death of the American Dream. By Labor Day, drained and exhausted from the summer, we'll know how bad our asses are on fire.
 
Remember, it's not the heat; it's the stupidity.
 
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust the Government

Engineering "Trust of the Indigenous Population":
How Some Anthropologists Have Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving the Army
by Dahr Jamail  | t r u t h o u t
Anthropologist Audrey Roberts works for Human Terrain System (HTS), a Pentagon program. Referring to the information produced by HTS scholars, she says, "If it's going to inform how targeting is done - whether that targeting is bad guys, development or governance - how our information is used is how it's going to be used. All I'm concerned about is pushing our information to as many soldiers as possible. The reality is there are people out there who are looking for bad guys to kill. I'd rather they did not operate in a vacuum."

In a recent article on this site I have described HTS as comprising American scholars, primarily in the field of anthropology, along with sociologists and social psychologists, embedding themselves with the US military in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Their brief is to enable the military to make better decisions by helping it to understand the social mores and customs of the cultures it is occupying.

As a program that is likely to have a long tenure, it deserves further examining. The US military would like the US public to believe it is a benevolent program, but it does not require a crystal ball to recognize the insidious reality. HTS teams actively engage in targeting the "enemy" in Iraq and Afghanistan. Team members often wear military uniforms and body armor, and even carry weapons. Like Ms. Roberts, they are not overly concerned about the fact that the "intelligence" they produce is instrumental in capturing and killing people. The social scientists who choose to employ themselves within HTS clearly are not having a moral struggle with the fact that they are allowing their knowledge to be used as a weapon of war.
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Legacy of Mohawk Resistance at Akwesasne Border

Forty-One Year Legacy of Mohawk Resistance at Akwesasne Border - Next march: May 29, 2009
by MNN
Over 250 Mohawks marched on May 8, 2009, against guns and violence at the U.S.-Canada border.  [link at end] Canada is militarizing all borders across Canada.  Guards will carry Beretta 8 mm guns for a start on June 1, 2009.  The safety of Mohawks and all border crossings in Canada are being jeopardized.  The Akwesasne checkpoint is on a large island in the St. Lawrence River, in the middle of a highly populated residential area.  It is the border-crossing from NYS to Cornwall, Ontario.  The day-to-day security provided by an unarmed Mohawk security has always been enough.   

We are the most policed people in the world.  Almost 20 U.S. and Canadian enforcement agencies traverse our community.  Canada has two alternatives:  to peacefully operate on our land or to move the customs building and compound off the island.   

After construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the International Bridge in the 1950s the customs station was placed on the island.  We tried but could not stop it.  A commitment was made that armed guards would never be put in the middle of our neighborhood, which we saw as dangerous for both Customs and Mohawks.    

Mohawks have not fallen for this trap.  Daily disagreements have been instigated against Mohawks who must pass through the checkpoint on a daily basis.  There have been serious injuries, hospitalizations, charges and assaults.  So far there have been no fatalities.  There has been a steady increase in racial profiling and slurs direct at us sanctioned by Canada.  Incidents are being provoked to justify armed guards.  

Hundreds of complaints have been filed with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Canada Justice Department and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.  No peaceful resolution has come forward.
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A Tribute to Jason Peacemaker

Remembering Jason Peacemaker
by Ian Dakers
Hello friends: Recently a friend of mine passed away on Commercial Drive. He was a first nations singer/songwriter who had recently become homeless again and was already dealing with AIDS. His songs were brilliant and he made his living on the street singing where everyone knew him and loved him. He was always being funny. He was very generous with whatever he had. And most of what he had was his heart in his songs.

The footage starts with Clarence Dennis, the elder and chief of the Grandview Homeless nation tribe, speaking about homelessness and interactions with the police.  I have spent much time with Clarence and it is a joy to sit by his side. He is a Canadian icon and yet little known in the white world other than his stands for First Nations Defense and numerous breaches of the 'legal system' that enslaved his people. He has victories under his belt as well as many years of imprisonment. He is well loved by many to whom he always brings a bright disposition. Our police forces need some major retraining regarding the use of force and how they handle first nations people, drunk or otherwise.
 

Jason speaks of his condition (this is a few weeks before he dies). He sings 4 songs overall in the documentary, one of which "We are One" has the same quality of "We are the World". A song to bring people together.He also makes up a brilliant song on the spot...you can witness his gift for songwriting and singing.
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Oh, Mr. Rumsfeld...

You're A War Criminal
from Democracy Now!
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At the entrance to the White House Correspondents Dinner,
Donald Rumsfeld remained by Codepink "You're A War Criminal"
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