December 29, 2007
Elaine Meinel Supkis
Bin Laden is back in the news again. A classic controversial figure, he is rapidly achieving 'god' status. People debate whether he is alive or dead but we do know that he is auditioning to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ron Paul says sensible things while his 'interviewer' snarls and snaps at him. The US is totally off the track here and into the 'To Hell In A Handbasket' mode. I decided it is time to see all this through the Dragon's Eyes. Indeed, they are covering this story very closely along with their happy story about bonding with the Japanese. This story is being ignored by the West, fatally, I might add.
I nominate Ron Paul as the only sane Republican. He sounds a lot like my grandfather. That, alone, is pretty scary. My grandfather also hated Santa Claus and would go to great lengths to explain how dangerous and stupid Santa Claus really was. He gave us no presents on Xmas, of course. But we could, if we were really good, get a book or three from him on that day and I still have these books which I am very fond of. More than one was about either economics, history or operas.
Ron Paul dares to tell us things we don't want to hear. He is quite aware that our entire Middle Eastern and Central Asian international policies are doomed to create chaos. The many internal conflicts within our own nation coupled with the eternal conflicts of these ever-changing, over-run by invading hordes, ancient tribal, religious cradle of great religions, these lands that seem to spawn more phantoms and elevated philosophical discourse, this region which has given us gods and magic numbers, all the stresses of time and space converge in this part of the earth. Time is both frozen and shooting forwards at the same time.
There is too much history and not enough foresight. Systems set up thousands of years ago are lurching into the 21st Century as a great deal of the world's wealth flows into this region and armies of invaders follow in its wake, seeking power, energy and dominion. The general feeling in the US is, we must seize the genie of this region and enslave it. The need for wealth, power and security means we must stuff the genie back into his bottle one way or another. The only way we seem capable of doing is to threaten the genie with annihilation.
Or elections. I see this in the news, how we must bring democracy to lands that are nearly as incapable of this as here at home, note how our own system stumbles along, barely. The Chinese don't want this sort of 'democracy'. They want harmony and order. Of course, this means some people take orders and others issue orders. But the Chinese do have a point here: their system is certainly more functional that Pakistan's system or a lot of their neighbor's systems. So I figure, it is time to view Pakistan through Chinese eyes.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao elaborated on Saturday the "three bases" for healthy China-Japan relations, underscoring the principle that people of the two nations were the real foundation of bilateral ties.
One of the bases was that the two sides should abide by the three key political documents on ties, including the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, the Peace and Friendship Treaty and the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration, said Wen.
As for the second base, "the real foundation lies in people. People of the two nations shall promote mutual respect and understanding and treat each other equally," he said, while hosting a breakfast for visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.
The future of China-Japan relations would rely on young people, which Wen depicted as the third base.
Yes, this is the top story in China: the baseball game between Wen and Fukuda, Japan's LDP henchman. The deep resentment of the Asian people is expressed rather openly here. The US views all other nations and people as either tools or dogs to kick around or co-conspirators who will join us in beating up someone else. The Hu visit last year was a total disaster...for the US. The outrageous demeanor and behavior of our press, our President and nearly everyone involved, was astonishing and still annoys the Chinese. The Japanese get the red carpet treatment but then, they are hammering us in world trade, massively, so they are happy we don't care about market share or market penetration. They despise us. I watch Japanese TV. It is amusing, how they view us.
Not charming, by the way. And if they want a bad guy who gets punished by the gods, it usually is an American. We have fallen very far, from the Angels of Mercy to the Demons of Death. And this isn't one's imagination. We really have fallen far from our own ideals. I watched this happen over my lifetime. When we lost the Vietnam War, we made movies like 'Rambo' where one American beats up all those Vietnamese peasants who successfully defeated us fair and square in a full-scale war. Then, we put up those maniacal black flags which were supposed to be about freeing missing prisoners of war. These flags still fly in my own village, for example. A prime case of mental collapse.
With the War on Terror, we are seeing quite a bit of this sort of madness. Either we react with severe paranoia whenever there are world events or we pretend there isn't anything happening at all. At least, during the Vietnam war, we could debate the facts or wisdom of imperialism and peasant uprisings. Today, with religious unease adding to the classic anti-imperialist, peasant's right's movements, we see a collapse in the ability to talk rationally about this. China went through 50 years of painful internal struggles over what it means to be a nation, a people and a society. Actually, this is still ongoing and subject to future stresses and changes as the forces of history push China to the front ranks of nations of the world, as the Chinese flex their minds and try to sail across the Seven Seas. Their sun is rising. And they know this.
Someone else's sun is also rising: Islam. Despite the terrible death and destruction all over Islamic lands, the birth rate still greatly outstrips the death rate. In this, by itself, means that Islam is a rising political power. On top of this, wealth is pouring into Islamic lands. True, many live in poverty, but if we look at actual wealth and not the side effects of the giant debt balloon the West has created which makes it look as if we are rich even though we are not so rich, after all. This sovereign wealth is money pouring out of the West and into the cauldron of Islam's great mass of people.
Japan is dying. Catholics in the southern half of Europe are dying off. Northern Europe's children will be like the children in the Pied Piper: gone. The quiet surrender in the West and in Japan, the End of our Civilizations, is increasingly obvious. And occasionally is alluded to but then, dropped. Japan's wealth is purchased via a crushing depression laid like a whip on the backs of the people who live there. This regime has suppressed childbirth yet the Palestinian people who have far less than anyone on earth, on a starvation diet, locked in hopeless ghettos, they have one of the highest birthrates on earth. This is their final act of defiance of the West. And it is a source of power, one that is neglected by everyone but the Zionists who can read the data and know these numbers spell their own doom, for many Jews are opting out on having 10 children each.
The US rate of birth is masked by immigration and the habits of the poor who still have multiple children. The point here is, we have decided to go to war with a culture and a people who are reproducing at a very rapid pace. And we can't handle this war because we don't want to die. Few Americans want to think about the troops we send back, over and over again, into the death trap of Iraq. Or Afghanistan, for that matter. We kill far more than they kill us but they are winning because they outnumber us increasingly as each year passes.
spokesman from Pakistan's Interior Ministry said Saturday that the rioting across the country had killed 38 people and injured 52 others.
Speaking at a news briefing here, Brig. Javed Cheema said the riots also caused tens of millions of U.S. dollars in damage across the country, with 174 banks being burnt.
China fears this sort of chaos. Greatly. The leadership there, consumed with their latest little conquest, a major one, by the way, the love-fest with their former foes, Japan, still are very concerned about their Western Frontier which borders on the regions where a lot of stresses and wild actions are endangering Chinese control of local populations. China wants, above all, secure borders. Under Mao and his entourage and the cruel Madame Mao, got entangled in a number of border wars with neighbors such as Korea, Vietnam, they invaded and took over Tibet and then clashed with India and Nepal immediately afterwards. Then there was the clash with Russia.
After years of insane non-diplomacy, Mao and his mad hausfrau mercifully died, the female half of this hellish couple, dying in prison. Slowly, China learned how silly all this was and how much easier, profitable and power-enhancing diplomacy is. This is why they practice it every day, dutifully and carefully. The US should have been playing baseball with the two Asian leaders, not running about, screaming about bin Laden and assassins. China hates assassins and is willing to see these sorts of things terminated. Assassins can strike anyone and they want to stay alive while moving about the planet. The US, on the other hand, has decided to play the game of 'gotch-ya' with a bunch of crazed assassins by acting like we are creeps, too. The kidnappings, tortures and punishments meted out by the US match those of our foes and we are much diminished by this. It is as if Madame Mao has been reborn in Condi Rice. Not good, is it?
A militant leader in Pakistan who is reported to have links with al-Qaeda Saturday denied involvement in former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination.
The News Network International (NNI) news agency quoted Mauli umar, spokesman for militant leader Baitullah Mehsud, as saying that they were not involved in Bhutto's death.
Mauli umar said that they were sad at Bhutto's death and did not have enmity with Pakistani leaders but the United States.
Throughout history, most assassins have been either individuals who get shady assistance from black ops people far in the rear or they are part of a 3-member or 9-member conspiracy that operate pretty much free of all controls. It isn't all that hard, being an assassin. So long as one doesn't expect to survive. Most have been sworn to die with their victims. Usually, nearly always, these people are 'low value' people who take out 'high value' leaders. There is also a strong whiff of madness as motivation. During the late 19th century, for example, more than one leader was wounded or killed by fanatical anarchists seeking chaos.
People seeking chaos is no surprise. For some reason, there is a strong human urge deep in all of us, to destroy things, even things we love. The stresses of the Industrial Revolution coupled with the liberalization of education and religion led to many unhappy political violence events. In the US, even as more than one President was assassinated in the 19th century, we kept our Constitution mainly intact. Even as we let in millions of immigrants, some of whom were assassins! Unlike the 'old world', the US early on, sponsored 'free' schools paid by taxes where all the children of these immigrants were gathered together and taught a new doctrine, the philosophy, history and psychology of 'patriotism'. This was the envy of the world.
Irish children saluted the same generic flag as English children. Black children of the freed slaves were now struggling for full citizenship and they, too, learned about patriotism. German and Italian, Catholic and Jewish children, all sorts of people's children were drawn into this system and taught to defend, protect and LOVE this nation they were now part of and building. This, by the way, was very revolutionary 150 years ago.
The tribal leaders who deny they called for or conspired to assassinate Bhutto are not like the situation here in America. These people aren't mayors or governors or senators. Tribal leaders super cede the state. The US couldn't draw in one major group of people: Indians. The natives who were being brutally displaced by the immigrants. The treaties, negotiations, invasions, massacres, assassinations, raids and riots in this sector were ongoing and very, very violent, vicious and cruel. The US ended all this by annihilating all the food sources, hounding the tribes, persecuting them, machine gunning them down, herding them into desolate enclaves with few resources. They were decimated and destroyed. To this day, the struggle of these people continues! Dennis Banks, a person I have met more than once, recently declared his tribal lands to be a sovereign nation. He is very close to Mauli umar as to Black Elk. The modern world holds many destructive forces that are harsh on these ancient tribes, adapted to a totally different ethos and world view. What took us many centuries to do, they must do in one or two generations. And, as outsiders, they can see clearly what is wrong with our systems. Especially, how we are not reproducing rapidly anymore.
This troubles not only them, but many other people. We wonder, is civilization anti-child? After all, more than one civilization has simply died off and not in some huge violent motion but simply...died. Leaving either an empty land or becoming very rustic and tribal again.
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden accused the United States in a statement posted on the Internet on Saturday of having a plot to take control of Iraq's oil.
In the statement, bin Laden also accused Washington of seeking to build military bases in Iraq and dominate the region.
The United States is making efforts to rebuild a pro-Washington national unity government in Iraq, which is meant "to give the Americans all they wish of Iraq's oil", said the statement, urging Iraqis to reject it.
Iraqis must reject the envisaged plan and those who join tribal councils fighting al-Qaida or take part in any unity government would be turning their backs on Islam, bin Laden warned in the statement.
He, meanwhile, made a sharp threat of attacks against Israel by saying that "I would like to assure our people in Palestine that we will expand our jihad (holy war) there."
"We intend to liberate Palestine, the whole of Palestine from the (Jordan) river to the sea" with "blood for blood, destruction for destruction", he vowed.
A number of readers here want to believe that bin Laden doesn't exist. Unfortunately, his words ring true to many ears. This is a classic. The tribal chief who denies killing Bhutto doe go on to say quite cheerfully, he hates Americans and thinks we should be removed. Bin Laden's appeal to Shi'ites is minimal. The Shi'ites are working with the US for the simple reason, we put them in power and they are very happy about this. They hate us and have contempt for our efforts and hope we all die some horrible death. But they aren't attacking us because we are assisting them.
The US is also arming and assisting the Sunnis. And the sword hanging over our own heads in this region was sharpened by the US and we even gave them the string to hang it. The average American is being told by our leaders and the press that if we mess around there more, this sword won't fall on our heads. Indeed, we are giving them more and more swords, a whole armory of swords to hang over us. For our own protection, of course.
Bush is going to the Holy Land to fix things there. Yet another futile and frankly, evil, peace treaty will be rammed down Palestinian throats. For some bizarre reason, the Jews who kept their tribe together for 2,000 years of diaspora, think a mere 60 years of diaspora on the Palestinian tribes will cause them to give up their faith and hope and they will scatter and never return. Bin Laden's words show us that this is not possible. I can't imagine these people walking away from their lands without a fight. Dennis Banks' tribe was put down in the 1880's. Yet the desire to fight back, to change things, still is in his heart and soul. This is quite common with people. After all, I can recall all sorts of family matters going back a thousand years [we were invaders, by the way, very obnoxious].
Drilling deep into the PDF of the results in one of the most extensive national polls on the presidential election (and related issues) uncovers some opinions to ponder. It’s the new AP-Yahoo survey of more than 1,800 adults conducted in the middle of this month. Asked who they would vote for if the election were held today, more than 41% said a Democrat and less than 30% a Republican. But in a potentially significant finding – hello Ron Paul, Chuck Hagel and Mike Bloomberg! -- a whopping 32% said they might well vote for a third party candidate, 6% calling this “very likely” and another 26% “somewhat likely.” Only 28% called this “not at all likely.”
Perhaps most importantly, given a list of 16 top issues, the respondents said Democrats could handle them better in every case but one-—terrorism.
The GOP solution to 'terrorism' is imperialism. This was true in 1789, 1889 and today. When the Indians gave problems to the invaders, we killed them and pushed them into hostile lands. Then, if we wanted those lands, we did this again and again. Until we killed off the vast majority of the native tribes. The GOP is very aggressive about all this. After 9/11, when our own military didn't defend us at all, we then heard lots of talk about 'glassing' Afghanistan, which is wild talk about nuking innocent civilians. Not one Afghani attacked us on 9/11 but still, this was seen as being 'strong'. The GOP even told us to do two things: go shopping and to not ask why someone attacked us.
Bingo. Today, we are going bankrupt. We charged all our shopping on our credit and now are deep in debt. And we still won't ask, why these attacks are happening to us or how we set ourselves up for these things. We pour money into the Middle East, yet we refuse to understand the economics of this or the social facts we face. We invade the Holy Land while denying it is an invasion, pretending that all this is a 'return' which is pure fiction. The US people, beset by a media which lies about fundamental facts, cannot understand the dilemma we are in. So they imagine Rambo will beat up the Vietnamese for us and we can then strut and fret on the world stage and not be assassinated.
Since August, the Bush administration has been adding 50,000 barrels a day to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — the nation's emergency oil stockpile — with plans to kick up the pace to 70,000 barrels a day by the end of January.
That U.S. oil tank of last resort now contains 695 million barrels of oil — enough to keep the American economy running for just 56 days if imports were suddenly cut off.
The federal government has been aggressively buying up the world's supply of light sweet crude at a time when crude is selling for over $90 per barrel.
And this binge buying has added as much as 10% to the price of crude, an oil consultant told a Senate panel recently. What's more, in the recent energy bill passed by Congress, President Bush asked — and received — authorization to DOUBLE the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
The US is preparing for war. The war with Iran is still on the table. The wars we have launched have caused oil prices to shoot up and now are at nearly $100 a barrel. This is destroying the economic health of many American families. I was out in the woods today, chain sawing apart dead trees because frankly, I can't afford to heat my house any other way. I use firewood and coal. The average American family is now facing massive energy bills and winter has barely begun to flex its cold muscles. January is around the corner.
The hoarding by our government isn't for us, it is for the military. They figure, the US people can do what we always do during wars: rations. Or long lines. I have been through both. Generally speaking, when a powerful country ends up in economic trouble, they start wars. Argentina took the Falkland Islands when the junta put in power with the blessing of the CIA, did badly on the economic front. England, in the same sort of doldrums, happily engaged in this war. Argentina lost and the generals were deposed. Thatcher was in triumph. When Reagan had financial problems, he invaded poorly-armed Caribbean islands. War is a balm if one wins. And the US is desperate to 'win' the wars we are now in and we need to invade ALL the Muslim lands in order to find 'peace' which equals 'total dominance'. Indeed, the icons, pictures and words of the neo cons running our military all point to this as the desired outcome: total dominance.
With the results from Kenya’s closely contested elections still up in the air and evidence growing of election mischief, riots erupted across the country on Saturday.
Columns of black smoke boiled up from the slums ringing Nairobi, the capital, as supporters of Raila Odinga, the leading presidential challenger, poured into the streets to protest what they said was a plot by the government to steal the vote.
This mirrors Pakistan. Only we have little interest in all this. I happen to remember Darfur. The US and Israel wanted us to thing about Darfur, not Palestine. The media in the West hammered on and on about Darfur. No one did much of anything. Africa is wrestling with the business of how to turn tribes into nations. This is often looking more like a doomed process. Frankly, I don't see how this can be done. Belgium can't seem to do this! And they are part of the European Union! Belgium is still struggling to make a government! And so we want to get violent with countries created by British bureaucrats? Time to go off to Iran to see what is going on there. Are they expecting war?
Addressing thousands of people in a ceremony to mark the feast of Eid-ul-Ghadir here on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei warned the Islamic Ummah (nation) against enemies' efforts to "inject the virus of discord and difference among Muslims".
"Campaign against difference and discord is the great lesson of Ghadir and to practice this crucial lesson, followers of Islamic faiths should avoid aggression and insult to each others' sanctities and provocation (of sentiments) over sensitive issues, and as (I) mentioned in the message released on the occasion of Hajj (pilgrimage), they should stage vigilance and unity to defuse the plot of the arrogance which seeks to sow religious discord and conflict between the Shiite and Sunnite (Muslims)," the Supreme Leader reiterated.
He further said that the Islamic Iran could gain victory by showing vigilance and keeping an open eye to enemies' tricks and plots, describing "faith and trust in God, feeling a responsibility for being present in all the scenes and full vigilance against the enemies" as the key to Iran's triumph over arrogant powers in the last 29 years.
Now that the Shi'ites know they will eventually control Iraq, they are doing diplomacy for once. In a rather crude way. But they are gradually making headway. The US and Israel are grinding their fangs over this. The game plan was to isolate Iran and force them into a corner and then make them lash out. Instead, bit by bit, the Iranians are expanding diplomacy and talking to their rivals. This is because the US is losing power very rapidly. Everyone can read the data, see the news, it is easy to track our trajectory...downwards. All the oil pumping nations can see our government is hoarding oil even though this causes the price of oil to shoot upwards. They know we itch to attack. The sophistication of the Iranians will be put to test here. Will they resist the lures and traps being set at their feet? Will they figure out the road to wisdom rather than the descent to hell?
Personally, I believe they have figured us out. And are engaged in a new game. One we can't win if we are violent.
The United States should redeploy troops from Iraq, allowing the military to focus on terrorist threats in Pakistan and Afghanistan, New York Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand said Saturday.
"Congress is challenging the administration's strategy in Iraq in favor of a better one that will effectively combat terrorism and create stability in the Middle East," she said during the weekly Democratic radio address. "Time and time again, we voted for a strategy to redeploy troops out of Iraq to leave policing the streets to Iraqis and to focus our mission on anti-terrorism, and we won't give up."
Gillibrand's comments were taped a week earlier, before the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto was killed Thursday when a suicide attacker shot at her and then blew himself up as she left a campaign rally.
The Democrats have read the polls. Gillibrand is my representative. She knows which lobbies to pay attention to. The talk of war is always there. The idea that we must mess around with Pakistan and Afghanistan is part of the 'feed the fear' game going on. I remember when Saddam used to pay suicide bombers in Palestine. This is one of the hidden reasons why we had to go in and kill him. Never is talked about, of course. The belief back then was, there would be no more suicide bombers. This was a false hope. And far from being done, they are growing in numbers. And the more we fight them in Pakistan, the more there will be...somewhere. Anywhere. The assassins of the 19th century plied their dark art until 1914.