Sunday, August 13, 2006

How to Commit War Crimes and Blame Someone Else

Of course, he is a narcissist, he thinks the world is here to reflect him.

John and George eat cake while Katrina victims swelter in stadiums, bathrooms overflowing, sweltering in the heat - life is good on the RNC bag run.
George and Dick enroute to the next 9/11 commission interview, not under oath of course, and not on camera. I think it is called a free pass.

The Project for the New American Century was founded as the neoconservative think tank whose stated goal was to usher in a “new American century”. Having won the cold war and no military threat to speak of, this group of ideologues created a blueprint for the future whose agenda was to capitalize upon our surplus of military forces and funds and forcing American hegemony and corporate privatization throughout the world. In their statement of principles they outline a fourfold agenda:
1) Increase an already enormous military budget at the expense of domestic social programs

Must see video: best documentary I've seen to date exposing the PNAC
Click here to see an interview with the creator
Click here for free preview (.ram format)
2) Toppling of regimes resistant to our corporate interests
3) Forcing democracy at the barrel of a gun in regions that have no history of the democratic process
4) Replacing the UN’s role of preserving and extending international order
(This all can be read in their own words at

How to Commit War Crimes With A Straight Face

by David Model
Common Courage Press, 2005, paper

p280 The mighty American war machine destroyed the infrastructure, industry, agriculture and war-making capability of Iraq in 1991. Then, for the next 12 years, the United States and Britain were responsible for denying the Iraqi people access to food, clean water, medicine and for a continual bombing campaign on a smaller scale. Finally, the Herculean American war machine unleashed another round of bombs on Iraq just in case it was still breathing.

As Karl von Clausewitz (Prussian General and military strategist) once said,

"The conqueror is always a lover of peace; he would prefer to take over our country unopposed."

Myths abounded during America's obsession with the destruction of Iraq and the capture of Saddam Hussein. Millions of dollars were spent on the largest public relations firms and advertising agencies whose objective was to "manufacture consent" in the United States for the atrocities perpetrated against Iraq. Some of the major myths include:

* Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in 2003 when George W. Bush bombed Iraq. o The aim of U.S. military planners was to bomb military targets. o Sanctions were designed to force Iraq to destroy its WMD.

* Iraq expelled the UNSCOM arms inspectors. o Iraq posed a threat to the security of the United States. o Iraq posed a threat to its neighbours.

* Iraq had ties with al Qaeda.

* Iraq was sponsoring terrorist groups.

* The U.S. had the right to bomb Iraq without the support of the United Nations.

* The "Coalition of the Willing" was a legitimate international coalition.

* The world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein.

* The purpose of the United States bombing Iraq was to either destroy WMD or democratize Iraq.

* The Iraqi government diverted revenues from oil to benefit themselves and not the people of Iraq.

* The government of Iraq did not distribute all the food available from humanitarian groups.


The Sanctions

The first bombing of Iraq ended on February 27, 1991. During the bombing, 88,500 tons of explosives were dropped on Iraq but only 6,500 tons were so-called "smart bombs." The country's infrastructure, including '/ power utilities, water treatment plants, and transportation centres was destroyed along with the agricultural and industrial base. By the end of the bombing, Iraq was incapable of producing sufficient food for its citizens and most people lacked access to clean water. Estimates of the number of casualties range from 100,000 to 200,000 people.
The United States launched the war with its "shock and awe" strategy which meant a massive high-tech, air strike against Baghdad. When originally coined by Harlan K. Uliman, a defence strategist, it meant a strategy "aimed at influencing the will, perception, and understanding of an adversary rather than simply deploying military capability." Ullman told CBS reporter David Martin that:
You take the city down, you get rid of their power, water. In 2, 3, 4, 5, days they are physically, emotionally, and psychologically exhausted.
A Pentagon official remarked that "there will not be a safe place in Baghdad." It is clear that the real purpose of "shock and awe" was to destroy as much of the Iraqi leadership and army as possible as well as defence installations which would interfere with "coalition" ground troops taking over the country. The strategy was to launch 300 to 400 cruise missiles on the first day of the operation then another 300 to 400 on the second day. That is more than all the cruise missiles launched in the 1991 bombing of Iraq. Former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday has accused the U.S. "...of proceeding with plans to annihilate Iraqi society."
The fade out at the end of "Heart of Darkness" (Francis Ford Cappolla) was tough for Cappolla to shoot, he simply could not write the ending so he had Marlon Brando free associate
...he is an officer who has gone quite mad from all the killing, and as the movie fades out he keeps repeating, "It's just the horror of it's just the horror."


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