Elaine Meinel Supkis
World War III will mean at least 50 million Americans will be dead and most of our major cities, clones of Ground Zero in Manhattan. Avoiding this is a high priority for me. So today's news disgusts me. Our
Congress Knesset is working hard to bring war to the Middle East. They just voted to raise the price of oil another $50 a barrel so we will be paying $130 a barrel in three months. So anyone speculating in oil futures should be overjoyed which is the gang running the White House. Ahmadinejad visited the US and we went totally insane. Another embarrassing milestone in our Decline and Fall.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Monday that Iranians will be the "best friends" of the United States if the latter gives up its hostility toward the Islamic republic.
China's leader came here and Hu was insulted, abused and literally jerked around by a gang of smirking, insulting, obnoxious monkeys and nut cases in DC. The US is not only losing the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are losing the hearts and minds of most everyone on this planet. Worse, we are losing the trade wars. The international competition for industrial power, we are losing. So are we fixing this?
Of course not! When I was young, I wondered why the Germans kept on losing during the first half of the 20th Century. Every chance they had to do the right thing, they would do the wrong thing. Finally, they decided to invade Russia. Most of Germany was destroyed during WWII. They supposedly learned a lesson from that yet I see them again, barking and snapping at Russia, demanding Russia give them energy, cheap, or else.
Well, Putin is VERY happy tonight! He probably is lifting weights and punching his boxing dummy that is dressed to look like Bush. 'HAHAHA! Ich schlagen dieser dummkopf!' He is partial to German in this regard. He kicks and buffets the Bush dummy. How rich will Mother Dearest Russia be next year if oil shoots to $150 a barrel? Russia's FOREX reserves have shot from bankruptcy in 2000 to over $400 billion. Just four months ago, their FOREX reserves were 'only' $333 billion!
It rose another $83 billion during the summer? And do we imagine this is all dollars? HAHAHA. Nope.
Wonder why the euro is so strong versus the dollar? Putin enjoys his job. 'Which currency should I disturb today? Hmmm. I should ring up my buddy, Hu, and ask him what he is ordering for dinner tonight,' Putin thinks as he pounds the dummy's face in. At this rate, if we double the price of oil and natural gas, this means that by next year, Putin's country willl have over $800 billion in FOREX reserves. This is very close to what Japan has right now. Japan no longer controls world FOREX markets. China controls it and if Russia coordinates currency buys and holds as well as sales, they get to yank world banking and by extention, world markets, around like bored boys pulling off the wings and legs of flies and spiders. What joy.
The LAST THING ON EARTH the US should do right now is stir up MORE WARS where there are OIL WELLS and enraged masses of furious religious fanatics wanting to blow us up. The gross miscalculations of our foreign policies and our behavior on the World Stage makes us look suicidal. Our every encounter with both Putin and Iran Kitty has made things worse and worse for us, for Europe, for the world. Yet we doggedly continue.
When the leader of Iran came to speak, the University President didn't act like an adult, he behaved like a Nazi: talking abusively, snidely, throwing wild accusations and in general, barking at the visitor. I remember the Cold War: when Khruschev banged his shoe on the podium at the UN, the whole world laughed at him. He lost face.
We are losing so much face now! This is beyond sad, it is irritating. When we had Russians visit later during the 1960's, we were gracious to them because Kennedy figured out, this is how you win diplomatic battles. I was allowed to participate in these things, escorting Russians around the country, for example. Later, I not only escorted but took into my home, a series of Chinese officials. The Secret Police guy, I tossed out the door because he annoyed me when I told him I was the boss.
The point is, we are the imperial power and we can't rule this planet if we are obnoxious and stupid. The Germans didn't figure this out, either. The more they interacted with their capitve populations, the more the people in these nations hated them. This was so stupidly obnoxious, they made Stalin look good! Quite an achievement. In the present case, the stupid belligerence of the hectoring President of Columbia University played right into Iran Kitty's claws. Iran Kitty purred and talked about friendship and the idiot running Columbia went ballistic proving Kitty's charge that the US is run by Zionists who hate Muslims! Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Following the speech this afternoon by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Columbia’s campus was abuzz today with discussion about the strident criticism that Mr. Bollinger, the university’s president, leveled at Mr. Ahmadinejad, who was sitting just a few feet away.
Already, some are saying that Mr. Bollinger’s criticism was an unorthodox — or even ungracious — way of treating an invited guest. Others applauded the university president’s remarks as a brave act of principle.
In movies made during WWII, the English or American hero would be calm and cool and speak respectfully while the Nazi would spit insults and yell. Then the American would say, quietly, 'Nuts.' Just for example. Today, in the movies, the hero of the US is the screaming, insulting, irritated man or woman. They shriek and slap, they murder and then gloat. They are, in a nutshell, increasingly like the Nazis in the old WWII movies.
We are degrading ourselves. This will cost us dearly in the end. This is called 'losing face.' For example, when I suddenly decided to toss out the secret police official in my home, I didn't scream at him or yell insults or anything. I just told him, I wished to speak to him outside. The other Chinese stood in a circle around us both, watching very closely. If I lost this fight, I would lose more that face!
So I got closer and closer while dropping my voice until he and I were inches apart, he sitting in my chair and refusing to rise. Suddenly, he was moving rapidly to the door in my secure grip while I said, 'Thank you for visiting us! I hope we see you again!' and out he flew, arms cartwheeling.
Another time, a secret police tried to photograph some Chinese who needed to not be identified. So I approached him in Manhattan in front of the UN. I put my arm over his shoulder and began a friendly chat while firmly moving him in the opposite direction from where he wanted to do. At the intersection, I let him go and said, 'No pictures, no pictures, goodbye.'
Note: being friendly while controlling someone's movements is a skill. A skill we no longer have at the top. There are PLENTY of people in other countries who do this to us! Hint: Japan, for example. The latest LDP apparatchik, for example, has bent to firm Chinese pressure to not visit the war shrine. And I note here that Japan is no longer joining the US and Europe and barking at China!
From the NYT:
David Trilling, 29, a SIPA student, read a statement on behalf of Iranian students at the school who, he said, could not speak publicly because they feared reprisals against their families in Iran. The statement asked Bush to “tone down” his militant rhetoric and said, “The main issue is that the world must not be tricked into believing that war and sanctions are the solution. The more antagonistic the stance of the U.S., the more the current regime is strengthened.” The statement added: “Please do not try and democratize Iran. Let us democratize ourselves.”
Years ago, Iran was coming out of the dark period of the Revolution there. So what did the US do? Why, we applied pressure from the outside which made the liberals there look like traitors! Now we have our 'enemy' and this is because our government is run by Zionists who work for Israel and nothing irritates them more than Saddam or Iran giving Hezbollah or Hamas any money or help. Above all, the ghetto populations must starve so they sign over their birthright to the Jewish colonialists. This activity is brewing WWIII. And high oil prices. Despite the US populace being against the wars raging all over the Middle East, our government shows no interest at all in stopping this. It is costing us now tremendous sums of money, a trillion in cash and a trillion in higher oil prices and another ten trillion in inflation! Our dollar is dying, our trade deficit is soaring, our industrial base is shrinking and these wars are making it infinitely worse!
If we leave Iran alone, they will liberalize over time. I will note here that all over the media and the propaganda organs, there was lots of talk about how gays are persecuted and abused hideously in Iran. This bemused me greatly because I don't see hardly any gay civil rights in this nation! How can we yell at Iran when we are hardly any better? Do gays have the right to live out of the closet? They do this DESPITE the lack of civil rights! I remember when my beloved gay neighbors in NYC couldn't call the cops for anything, anything at all! If they were mugged, if they were raped, the cops would arrest THEM. My first representations for gay men 35 years ago was to work at forcing the police to respond to crimes against gays. This was VERY HARD. Mostly, I would 'witness' how the police behaved and then go to court.
To this day, in many states, gays can't have sex. They also can't marry or serve in the military or join the police force or....a host of things. In many places, they can't sue if they are denied teaching jobs. There is so much discrimination, yelling about Iran is stupid unless we first set a better example. I want 'sexual orientation' added to the Civil Rights Act.
The US House of Representatives aimed a sharp jab at Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday, slapping new energy sanctions on Tehran, and branding its Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group.
A measure targeting the elite military corps and the lucrative Iranian energy sector sailed through the House by 397 votes to 16, hours before Ahmadinejad's speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
The legislation is aimed at depriving Iran of proceeds from energy sales which could be diverted into funding its nuclear program, which the West says is intended to produce atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
Its top sponsor, veteran Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, Tom Lantos, said the bill was needed because Iran's denials of a nuclear weapons program could not be believed.
Congress Knesset speaks with nearly unanimous intent. The nonstop propaganda whipping up war has the Zionist government jumping up and down and screaming 'Seig Heil' and 'Heil, Israel' as they rush to the podium, eyes popping as they shake their fists, demanding war! War! Note that spending for these religious wars has increased ever since the Democrats came into office. And 'slapping on energy sanctions' is pure suicide for us. We want Europe to not buy this oil! HAHAHA.
Back to Putin: 'HAHAHAHA!!!' Putin will laugh himself to death. Where is Europe getting its oil? Venezuela? No wonder England is now claiming that all the islands including the pirate coves are now their undersea kingdom and there are no annoying Irish there to cause problems. Only fishes. And they want a 300 mile radius around these islands including the Falkland Islands to the great irritation of Argentina who will complain to Venezuela...and off we go! The game of exploiting the last of the oil reserves deeep in the seas will commence. And the price of oil is going up, anyway! And if we have war in the Middle East, kiss our civilization goodbye. We can't afford oil at $85 a barrel and it is going up and up!
The US Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a Bosnia-style plan to subdivide Iraq on ethnic lines, touted by backers as the sole hope of forging a federal state out of sectarian strife.*
Though the measure is non-binding, and would not force a change in President George W. Bush's war strategy even if it passes, the vote will provide a key test of an idea drawing rising interest in Washington.
Advocates say the plan, championed by Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Joseph Biden, offers a route to a political solution in Iraq that could allow US troops to eventually go home without leaving chaos behind.
As I keep saying, all we do is bust apart nations and make them smaller and smaller. We fought a HUGE Civil War here for 'unification.' We thought it was worth the huge casualties and damages! And here we are, our
Congress Knesset now deciding unilterally to bust up Iraq. Isn't this amazing? We have one rule for ourselves and a totally different code for everyone we want to crush or destroy.
I suppose, if Russia and China accumulate over $3 trillion in FOREX reserves and take over the world's banking systems totally, they might decide it is time to split up the US. Into sectors. Maybe, even 50 seperate states! Hawaii could become a tax haven like the Cayman Islands! New York could petition to be part of Canada and Manhattan can be our Hong Kong! Yes, an interesting future for us. We have many Canadian readers here. How about it?