HERE ARE SOME GREAT QUOTES:
“War is at best BARBARISM… It is only those who have NEITHER fired a shot [in battle], NOR heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. WAR IS HELL!” – General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891; Union general in the Civil War [called by some “The War for Southern Independence”]; statement made in 1879)
“The GENERAL PUBLIC shoulders the bill [for war]. The bill renders a horrible accounting: newly placed gravestones; mangled bodies; shattered minds; broken hearts and homes; economic instability; depression and all its attendant miseries; back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.” [Ed. Note: And often, a LOSS OF LIBERTY for citizens on both sides of the conflict occurs!] – Smedley D. Butler, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired); (1881-1940); double Medal of Honor recipient
“A great civilization is not CONQUERED from without until it has DESTROYED itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her CONSUMING WARS.”
Will Durant (1885-1981; historian)
((NOTE #1: You are NOT going to get the truth from the establishment-CONTROLLED mainstream media. The current “gang of talking heads” on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, etc., are, sad to say, nothing more than “media PROSTITUTES” for big bankers, big corporations, and “Big Government”. In other words, they are TOTALLY CONTROLLED by America’s “eastern establishment” and the military-industrial complex. Consider carefully the following words from a media man who was at that time at the top of his profession:
“There is NO such thing, at this date of the world’s history in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to DESTROY the truth; to LIE outright; to PERVERT; to VILLIFY; to FAWN at the feet of mammon, and to SELL his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the TOOLS and VASSALS of rich men BEHIND THE SCENES. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” – John Swinton (former Chief of Staff for the New York Times; statement made before the New York Press Club in 1953)
We Americans absolutely need to break out of the “box” that the CONTROLLED media has placed so many of us in through their carefully scripted “propaganda & conditioning” (some would say, “brainwashing”). To break out of the “box”, we must go to the best of the “alternative media” to get the TRUTH on the key issues of our day, and the TRUTH concerning our past! Please see the “Getting the TRUTH” section at the end of this newsletter for good sources for TRUTH on current events with insightful analysis.))
((NOTE #2: This 20-year military veteran is NOT anti-war by any stretch of the imagination. I believe there are indeed JUST wars where a nation defends it borders, or defends an ally who is being viciously attacked by an outside aggressor nation. But I also subscribe to the great quote:
“The true patriot does NOT love his GOVERNMENT. The true patriot loves his COUNTRY and watches his GOVERNMENT.” We must all be on guard against any government with a CONTROLLED media that tries to beat us down with such “sticks” as “conspiracy theorists” or “it’s unpatriotic to criticize the government in time of national crisis”. Such “sticks” are merely tools used by “those in power” to STIFLE any real discussion of critical issues. What America absolutely does NOT need are a whole bunch of citizens who refuse to question “Big Government”, and who go along with whatever the “government” and its CONTROLLED media tell us! The true patriot will question, criticize, and challenge his government on key issues; the pseudo-(i.e., phony) patriot will not. BLIND trust and obedience to government is NOT patriotism – it is national suicide!))
It is a few minutes past 11:00 A.M(EST) on Saturday, March 22, 2003. Much of the “battle for Iraq”, as far as any significant resistance on the part of large Iraqi military formations, will probably be over within several days. The use of overwhelming air power mixed with powerful ground forces will no doubt enable the United States military to quickly defeat the armed forces of this Third World country. Yes, I know there will no doubt be some pockets of resistance made up of some small isolated Iraqi military units and some civilians, but for all extents and purposes, U.S. military forces appear to be well on the way to an overwhelming military victory which will shatter Iraq’s military forces.
BUT…BUT…what will be the “fallout” from this War in Iraq (Gulf War II)? Will there be any SERIOUS ramifications for the United States as a result of this victory over the Iraqi Armed Forces and the overthrow of the Iraqi regime? That’s a question this 20-year military veteran, who worked 26 years in “the intelligence business”, would like to examine.
II. IMPLICATIONS FOR INCREASED TERRORISM
This Gulf War II will certainly ensure INCREASED TERRORISM against America! Americans throughout the world, including those in the USA, will increasingly become the targets of “terrorists”! By bombing Iraq “back into the Stone Age” (a second time!), the U.S. government has guaranteed the creation of even MORE generations of Moslem and Arab “terrorists” who will be willing to strap explosives to their bodies and walk into crowded areas in order to both make themselves “martyrs”, and to kill as many Americans as they possibly can.
Consider for a moment what “massive bombing” of targets in civilian population areas does. The “collateral damage” from such massive air strikes almost always includes the killing and maiming of women, children, and the elderly. Now consider the fact that these women, children, and elderly folks almost all have sons, brothers, fathers, uncles, etc., who deeply resent the slaughter of their loved ones. Then consider the fact that some sects and groups within Islam encourage “martyrdom” against “infidels” as a “sure ticket to paradise”. Then consider the fact that “suicide bombing” is just about the ONLY effective means open to many of these individuals to strike back hard against the USA and her citizens!
Yes, the U.S. government has guaranteed increased attacks against American citizens, both at home and abroad, by launching Gulf War II. The U.S. government has ensured the alienation of both the Arab World and the Islamic (i.e., Moslem) World through this latest attack on Iraq. Lest we forget, there are between 1.2 and 1.5 BILLION Moslems in the world (depending on what source you check)! And most of them are “mad as all hell” at America right now! Didn’t our State Department warn the current Administration about this guaranteed result of an attack on Iraq? If it did, did the current Administration ignore the warning?
Dear reader, what do you think? Will this attack on Iraq and the perpetual “war on terrorism” ((which may include attacking many other nations currently on the U.S. government’s “hit list”)) make you and your family MORE secure, or LESS secure???
III. THE PERCEPTION OF AMERICA IN THE WORLD’S EYES
Not only has the U.S. government ALIENATED both the Arab World and the Islamic World through this massive attack on Iraq, but it has also ALIENATED the vast majority of the rest of the world. Please consider the fact that the U.S. government ALIENATED much of both the Slavic World and the Orthodox Christian World by its bombing of Serbia “back into the Stone Age” in 1999. Then consider the fact that its air strikes on such countries as Panama, Somalia, Sudan (the children’s pharmaceutical factory), Afghanistan, etc., during the past several decades, have ALIENATED many of the world’s nations and peoples.
Then consider the quick condemnation of this massive air attack on Iraq in Gulf War II by not only many Arab and Moslem nations, but also by some European nations and by Red China! The U.S. government is more and more being considered a BIG BULLY who goes around the world bombing Third World nations “back into the Stone Age”. This HATRED of America and Americans generated by the foreign policy of the U.S. government will take generations to erase, if it ever can be erased in our lifetime!
We all need to “step out of our shoes” for a moment, and put ourselves in the “shoes” of the other nations and peoples of the world. If we do, how would WE view an America that regularly bombs the cities of other nations?
IV. EMPOWERING THE UNITED NATIONS
It has been reported that once the U.S. military has ensured a “regime change” in Iraq, all monies from oil production will be put into an account supervised by the United Nations “for the good of the Iraqi people”.
First, this is further legitimization of the United Nations, and a further push at GLOBAL CONTROL of nations’ resources, etc., by the globalist rich elite!
Secondly, if you really believe that the majority of these “monies” from Iraq’s oil production will go for the “Iraqi people”, I’ve got some swamp land I’d like to sell you on the moon!
Sadly, this placing of Iraqi oil production monies under the United Nations is more “Good Cop, Bad Cop” Shakespearean Theater for the American people. And the United States is NOT the “good cop” in this scenario!
((By the way, the United Nations STINKS! Just about every nation that has seen United Nations (U.N.) “peace-keeping” forces within their borders has seen a whole lot of raping, pillaging, plundering, and murdering of their civilian population by those U.N. troops!))
V. SETTING A PRECEDENT FOR PREEMPTIVE ARMED AGGRESSION
The massive air and ground attack on Iraq (Gulf War II) will be viewed by most of the nations and peoples of the world as setting a dangerous modern-era precedent of invading a nation that you THINK may do you harm in the future! ((At the time of the writing of this newsletter, NO serious link has been made connecting Iraq to the 9-11 attacks!))
And “what goes around, comes around”! How long before some other nation, or group of nations, decides that it (or they) needs/need to do a “preemptive strike” on the United States? Would such nations possibly include Russia, Red China, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Syria, Libya, etc.? Might they (or some of them) decide to “get us” BEFORE we get them? ((It has been reported that a number of these nations are “next on the U.S. government’s hit list”!))
VI. SICK SOLDIERS, SAILORS, MARINES, & AIRMEN?
Gulf War I in 1991 resulted in many of our veterans returning home ill!
One of the biggest LIES we saw from the 1991 Gulf War was that of the so-called “Gulf War Syndrome”. Many sick and dying veterans were told that the “disease” was just “in their heads”, i.e., psychosomatic. Since when do over 10,000 veterans DIE of something “in their heads”? ((Some groups have put the number of dead veterans from the biological and chemical agents they encountered in the Gulf War at over 25,000. This does NOT include spouses and children infected when the veterans returned home!)) A good portion of the “medical problems” no doubt resulted from US troops blowing up Iraqi chemical & biolological arsenals, such as those found at the al-Khamasiyah bunkers. Some of the medical problems may have been related to the use of depleted uranium(DU) munitions. ((Depleted uranium is used to enhance armor-piercing (AP) shells.)) Sadly, many returning veterans DIED because they did NOT receive proper medical treatment!
What about Gulf War II? How many of our returning veterans will return with medical problems due to oil well fires, deleted uranium exposure ((deleted uranium is still there from Gulf War I)), chemical and/or biological exposure, experimental vaccines, etc.? And will they once again get the “run around” from the U.S. government when they try to get medical treatment as occurred following Gulf War I???
VII. LOSS OF LIBERTY
In the wake of the 9-11 attacks we have seen a TON of DRACONIAN and ORWELLIAN anti-terrorism legislation, such as Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, which has been passed by the U.S. Congress at the urging of the current Administration. The following could occur to ANY of us under this recent anti-terrorism legislation:
1) One can be declared a “terrorist” for violating just about any federal or state law.
2) If even suspected of being a “terrorist” and/or of “supporting terrorism” (which is so broad as to probably include criticism of the government’s “war on terrorism”), one can:
a.) Be arrested by the military or a swat team and held indefinitely without formal charges being brought against him;
b.) Be denied a lawyer or even a trial by a jury of his peers, and instead face a military tribunal;
c.) Have any of his personal records, files, computer, etc., seized and held without the authorities even being required to inform him that they have done so;
d.) Have his home visited when he is not there, without the police or “feds” being required to obtain a search warrant, and having them going through everything in his house (and not even being required to leave him a note that they were there!);
e.) Be summarily executed by the military (again, without a jury trial by his peers). Etc., etc., ad nauseam!
And there is EVEN WORSE legislation (which also guts the U.S. Constitution) being worked on right now! ((We do NOT have to, NOR should we, suspend ANY PART of our Constitution just because there is a “national crisis” or a “war on terrorism”, or because we are at war with any nation! The suspension of any of our constitutionally-guaranteed GOD-given RIGHTS is a most slippery slope that we Americans must absolutely AVOID at all costs!))
And now, because Gulf War II has virtually guaranteed us increased “terrorist attacks”, how much more Constitution-gutting anti-terrorism legislation are we, the American people, going to see? How much more gutting of our Constitution are we going to TOLERATE?
Sadly, our “government” keeps telling us that we must give up more and more of our freedom if we want to be “safe”. The U.S. government keeps putting more and more CONTROLS on the average American citizen, yet LEAVES OUR BORDERS WIDE OPEN! We all need to wisely consider the advice given in this quote by one of our founding fathers:
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Ben Franklin (American statesman, inventor, scientist, & writer; 1706-1790; written in the Historical Review of Pennsylvania in1759.)
There are grave dangers facing the American people because of Gulf War II, this “perpetual war on terrorism” (that is supposed to last 100 years or more), and the DRACONIAN and ORWELLIAN anti-terrorism legislation being forced upon the American people in the name of making us “safe”. I would suggest to you, dear reader, that the latter may indeed be the greatest danger of all!
Frisking old grandmothers at the airport WHILE LEAVING OUR BORDERS WIDE OPEN is NOT the answer to winning the “war on terrorism”. And bombing a different country “back into the Stone Age” every year is also NOT the answer! ((That merely CREATES MORE potential terrorists!))
There are no easy answers; however, these problems will never be solved UNLESS a whole bunch of us get INFORMED, and then INFORM OTHERS!