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18 October 2002. Thought for the Week: "Many of the predictions made by George Orwell in his book 1984 in relation to "Big Brother" surveillance, corruption of language and control of history have already come about to a great extent in Communist countries and to some extent in the West. The powers of security police in Western countries to intercept mail and tap phones have often been extended, police agencies keep numerous files on law-abiding citizens, and more and more public officials have the right to enter private homes without a warrant. Many government departments keep computerized information on citizens and there is a danger that this information will be fed into a centralized data bank.
Attempts by law enforcement agencies to obtain more information through informer schemes, through new law enforcement agencies, and through new techniques such as computerization of information, are understandable, but the cumulative effect of such big brother activities is to make countries such as the United States, Britain and Australia increasingly totalitarian societies."
John Bennett in "Orwell's 1984: Was Orwell Right?", 1986

PALESTINE is ISRAEL – JORDAN is PALESTINE – IRAQ is THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM

from MID-EAST REALITIES – MER – www.MiddleEast Org – Washington, 10/01/02
"At this point the two Jewish experts, eventually to become key Pentagon players, are walking a fine line between their loyalty to American governments (including the Reagan administration, in which Perle played a key role) and Israeli interests." It's not a Zionist Congress meeting a hundred years ago. Nor is this the era of the Paris Peace Conference – that infamous "Peace to End all Peace" in 1919. Rather, these revelations that follow are the previously closed-door hypothesized wished-for concepts of the hardest of the Israeli-Jewish lobby tough-guys as they have planned over the years to remake the Middle East in their joint Israeli-US imagery... if only they could. And now, through a quirk of American history helped out by the Supreme Court, and a time in world history resulting from the aftermath of "9/11", these guys are actually in charge .. dare we draw a partial and muted analogy to how another party of ideological zealots in the 1930s took over a powerful European country and exploded the world in war?
And now, as the 21st century gets rolling, these are the very people in charge of the biggest military machine in history – headquartered at the Pentagon – and the most powerful Empire since Rome – headquartered in Washington.

PERLES OF WINDOM FOR THE FEITHFUL

(after Richard Perle & Douglas Feith – Editor) by Akiva Eldar (Ha'aretz, October 1st, 2001)
Saturday night's TV audience for the weekly foreign affairs show "Ro'im Olam" on Channel One saw Prince Hassan, King Abdullah's uncle, starring at a London assembly of the Iraqi opposition in exile. Ever since the Bush administration ordered the CIA to nurture the exiled Iraqis, nothing happens to them by accident. Prince Hassan didn't just happen to drop in because he was in town. The Hashemite dynasty has never given up its dream to revive the Iraqi throne. It could be a great job for Hassan, whose older brother denied him the Jordanian kingdom at the last minute. It's true that restoring a monarchy in Iraq does not exactly fit the Bush administration's vision of a democratic Middle East. But there are signs that it fits some old dreams of a few of the key strategists around the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld triangle running America's Iraq policy.

A few weeks ago, Richard Perle invited the Pentagon chiefs to a meeting with researchers from a Washington think tank with particularly close relations with the Defense Department. According to information that reached a former top official in the Israeli security services, the researchers showed two slides to the Pentagon officials. The first was a depiction of the three goals in the war on terror and the democratization of the Middle East. Iraq – a tactical goal, Saudi Arabia – a strategic goal, and Egypt – the great prize.

The triangle in the next slide was no less interesting: Palestine is Israel, Jordan is Palestine, and Iraq is the Hashemite Kingdom.
The former Israeli security official met two weeks ago with a very well-connected Republican member of one of Perle's Policy Board. The Israeli asked if the Bush administration intended to pick up where the Carter administration left off, "when it swapped the Shah's democracy for Khomeini's". The Israeli warned the American about an all-out war with the entire Arab world, and added that the Perle plan would create "an impossible strategic environment" for Israel. He mentioned Algeria as an example of democratisation in the wrong place. The Republican promised he'd pass it on to the White House.

Redefining Iraq
In 1996, Richard Perle and Doug Feith joined a small group of researchers who were asked to help Benjamin Netanyahu in his first steps as prime minister. They could not have known that four years later that the working paper they prepared, including plans for Israel to help restore the Hashemite throne in Iraq, would shed light on the current policies of the only superpower in the world. The document prepared by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, with offices in Washington and Jerusalem, appears at the Institute's Web site, www.israeleconomy.org/start1.htm, and has been mentioned in the American press. The current Israeli and Iraqi connection, and the key role Feith and Perle play in the Bush administration, make the document a treasure trove.
Perle heads the Defense Department's Policy Board and is considered one of the most important strategic thinkers in the American establishment. Feith is the deputy defense minister – No.3 in the Pentagon's hierarchy. The document presents an ambitious plan for a "US-Israeli partnership based on self-reliance, maturity and mutuality – not one focused narrowly on territorial disputes".

The new partnership drawn up by Perle, Feith and five other researchers, has interests in all sorts of directions in the region. "Jordan has challenged Syria's regional ambitions recently by suggesting the restoration of the Hashemites in Iraq," the group writes. "Since Iraq's future could affect the strategic balance in the Middle East profoundly, it would be understandable that Israel has an interest in supporting the Hashemites in their efforts to redefine Iraq, including such measures as: visiting Jordan as the first official state visit, even before a visit to the United States, of the new Netanyahu government; supporting King Hussein by providing him with some tangible security measures to protect his regime against Syrian subversion; encouraging – through influence in the US business community – investment in Jordan to shift structurally Jordan's economy away from dependence on Iraq; and diverting Syria's attention by using Lebanese opposition elements to destabilize Syrian control of Lebanon."

The experts advised Netanyahu to pull Turkey into the brew, with diplomatic, military, and operational support for Turkish actions against Syria. They say that "Israel can shape its strategic environment in co-operation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq – an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right – as a means of foiling Syria's regional ambitions".

One way to do it
"...Securing tribal alliances with Arab tribes that cross into Syrian territory and are hostile to the Syrian ruling elite." Since Syria prefers "a weak, but barely surviving Saddam", if only to foil Jordanian efforts to topple him, Perle, Feith and company are recommending diverting Syria attention from the Hashemitization of Iraq. How? "By using Lebanese opposition elements to destabilize Syrian control of Lebanon".

Quote Peace Unquote
At this point the two Jewish experts, eventually to become key Pentagon players, are walking a fine line between their loyalty to American governments (including the Reagan administration, in which Perle played a key role) and Israeli interests. They say, "Given the nature of the regime in Damascus, it is both natural and moral that Israel abandon the slogan 'comprehensive peace' and move to contain Syria, drawing attention to its weapons of mass destruction program, and rejecting 'land for peace' deals on the Golan Heights." Perle and Feith were among the leaders of the campaign to push Congress not to support the idea of sending American peacekeeping troops to the Golan, which came up as an idea in the US-mediated negotiations Yitzhak Rabin conducted with the Syrians. The group decides that "Israel's new strategy – based on a shared philosophy of peace through strength – reflects continuity with Western values by stressing that Israel is self-reliant, does not need US troops in any capacity to defend it, including on the Golan Heights, and can manage its own affairs.

"To remove a significant lever of pressure used against it in the past," Perle and Feith recommend the new prime minister declare on his first visit to Washington that Israel "is now mature enough to cut itself free immediately from US economic aid and loan guarantees at least, which prevent economic reform." Indeed, Netanyahu did use the occasion of his first visit to Washington as prime minister to announce a gradual reduction of civilian aid and turning some of it into defense aid. The experts believe that way Israel will improve its co-operation with the US against genuine threats to the region and Western security. The position paper, which includes sections marked like crib sheets with "TEXT" for Netanyahu to use in his speeches, proposes some tactical methods the Israeli prime minister can use to foresee US reactions and how to manage them. They give Netanyahu tips on how to manoeuvre congressmen, for example. They say Netanyahu should phrase his policies and emphasize those issues important to him in a language familiar to Americans and to use terms that occupied the attention of the American administrations during the Cold War and are relevant to Israel. They even recommend the timing for "winning American support" – before the November 1996 elections.

The document's writers propose Netanyahu press for co-operation on anti-ballistic missile defense, because "it would broaden Israel's base of support among many in the United States Congress who may know little about Israel, but care very much about missile defense". Such broad support could be helpful in the effort to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a subject that interest many in Congress, "including those who know very little about Israel".

And how does all this fit into the concept of the peace process, which was then facing one of its darker periods? The term 'peace process'; appears in quotes in the document. So does the phrase 'new Middle East', which, said Perle, Feith, et al "undermines the legitimacy of the nation and leads Israel into strategic paralysis.
" MID-EAST REALITIES – MER www.MiddleEast.Org Washington, 10/01/02.


ADOPTION OF 'THE THIRD WAY' BY THE FABIAN SOCIALISTS

In the following article (from Neil Baird's e-mail), Graham Strachan refers to "the Third Way marriage of capitalist greed and the socialist control fetish". The article is most timely. Readers need to know the term The Third Way, was used by the early Catholic-Distributist-Social-Credit-Movement to show there was a way other than the Greed of Capitalism and/or the Socialist Tyranny – the Social Credit way.
The Fabian Socialists have now 'adopted' the term in an effort to convince the gullible voters they have 'reinvented themselves' in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Socialist Empire and the fact that socialism just does not work! It works for the parasites who live off of and control the system, but not for the benefit of the people living under the heavy yoke of centralized oppression and barbarism.

Neither Capitalism nor Fabian Socialism will have a bar of Social Credit, because, as Mr. Strachan correctly states, "Both crave control – the one of markets, the other of people." Social Credit seeks to set people free; it seeks to have the systems serve the people, not control them, as at present.

Distributist-Social Crediter Anthony Cooney deals with those early days in the books listed in this week's Bulletin. He retrieves some early 20th century history that had been 'swept down the memory hole'. He reveals the response of such early Fabian Socialists as Sidney and Beatrice Webb and George Bernard Shaw to the Social Credit proposals. The books are 'hot off the press' and were launched – along with Michael Lane's books – at the National Weekend. They are a must read...ed.


FEEDING THE CONTROL FETISH

by Graham Strachan
There is one thing certain about people-control technology: once a particular product has been developed it will be used, whether it be:- a breathalyser, a portable DNA profiler, a stun gun, the surveillance camera or the implantable microchip. The manufacturers will bribe, bully or blackmail governments until they create programmes and pass legislation making use of the products. Considerations of personal freedom, privacy or human dignity don't even enter into it any more.

The Third Way marriage of capitalist greed and the socialist control fetish finds a natural expression in the field of surveillance technology. The globalist Right develops the means, the globalist Left provides the opportunities. Both crave control – the one of markets, the other of people. In Queensland (Australia) satellite technology is used to detect unlicensed dams on farms; surveillance cameras are now commonplace in city malls; there are red light cameras at traffic lights, speed cameras along highways, surveillance cameras in factories, and now spy cameras are to be set up in Brisbane bushland as part of a city council plan to clamp down on the illegal dumping of rubbish [Courier Mail, October 7th, 2002]. A special team of council officers has been established to 'monitor' the cameras, 'investigate' reports of unauthorised dumping and 'issue' fines to dumpers. A 12-month trial of the scheme successfully identified 'key hotspots' of dumping across Brisbane. More than 85 fines totalling $50,000 were issued during the trial. Like the speed camera, there is obviously revenue in rubbish cameras.

Delighted with his success in finding yet another way to spy on, prosecute and fine the general public, Lord Mayor Jim Soorley is already planning to expand the scheme. Imagine the other wrongdoers he can snare with the cameras:- people walking dogs without leads, riding bicycles without helmets, pushing babies in strollers without seat belts, skateboarding or horse-riding in a prohibited area, having a picnic without a permit, and having sex without a condom. The next step will be to attach hi-tech sound detection devices to the cameras to monitor the conversations of joggers, searching for expressions of political incorrectness. The global capitalists already have just the product. There used to be a song that went, "If you go down in the woods today you'd better go in disguise." I'd recommend it. And don't raise your voice above a whisper, at least until whispering becomes an offence too. In the mind of the control fetishist, anybody whispering must be up to something.

The League Book Services carry Graham Strachan's books.


WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

by Matthew Reimer
Whilst the following article is centred on the United States; isn't it true for this nation? From https://www.yellowtimes.org/article.php?sid=759, 7/10/2002.

"At no other time in the brief history of the United States has the Democratic Party posed such a threat to American political ideals. The danger lies not necessarily in the actions of the party but in the beliefs that people hold about them. The idea that the Democrats represent the "opposition party" is both laughable and depressing. Someone recently told me that they joined the Democrats because of their commitment to human rights and social justice. I almost spit my beer in their face. Wake up all you lovers of partisan politics, all you believers in the American political process. The dream is over. The American experiment is winding to a catastrophic end at the dawn of the 21st century. You know whom I'm talking about. All of you who, while holding back a sob or two, proudly utter the phrase, "President Gore". All of you who mope about the "stolen election" while fantasizing about how much better things would be if Bush weren't in office. All of you who rant on about the ills of the world, frequently invoking terms like "right-wing", "conservative", and "fundamentalist", only then to turn around and defend people like Bill Clinton and Al Gore. You've all been had.

To believe in the Democrats while condemning the Republicans is the ultimate folly committable in these times. To defend them is to betray the very values one implicitly claims to uphold when criticizing the Republicans.
The vital issues that plague the world aren't found within the nuances of American domestic policies, but in the universal and timeless themes of human rights and sovereignty – personal, cultural, and national. The Democrats went to war in Afghanistan. The Democrats are also going to war in Iraq, no matter how stirring the pockets of 'dissent' may now seem; and they'll go to war in countless other countries as long as their elitist butts are riding high.
The Democrats didn't come to the rescue of the Palestinians, the East Timorese, the Chechens, or the countless peoples massacred in Africa over the last fifty years. I wonder why? Oh, that's because they're committed to human rights and social justice.

People's persistent belief that there is a genuine difference between the two parties is symptomatic of a greater and fundamental misunderstanding of the word 'debate' itself. Americans wouldn't know a "debate" if one kicked them in the crotch. Shall we go to war in October or November? Shall we begin the war with elite ground forces or an aerial bombardment? Give me a break.
The American political process has always been about debate and choice, but only within incredibly narrow limits. The scope of American politics is like an increment of one-sixteenth of an inch on a ruler – one has to squint to make sure it exists. I'm beginning to wonder if the definition of Democrat is "a cynical euphemism for Republican." Can't you see, America? There is no opposition party at all; the only one I know of is currently being pacified by rubber bullets and storm-troopers."


THE CAPITAL OF GLOBAL ARROGANCE

from www.MiddleEast.Org
With the ever-present National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and Pentagon modern-day Rome tries to bug, manipulate, and control everything and everyone even while constantly proclaiming its own innocence, bravery and freedom. It's President and Secretary of State seem completely oblivious to the genocidal misery they reap on millions who will not bend to their will. And even most of its intellectuals and academics are cowered into submission.

In 1997 www.MiddleEast.Org wrote:
It's not the American self-image, that's for sure. But much of the rest of the world, especially the most oppressed, see contemporary America through far different visions than today's modern-day Romans see themselves. Even in that bastion of American and Israeli influence, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs writer Thomas Friedman recently warned of "Backlash":
"Do you know what Iran calls America today? Not 'the Great Satan'. Iran calls America 'the Capital of Global Arrogance'. Unfortunately that's also what the French, the Malaysians, the Russians, the Chinese, the Japanese and the Germans call Washington behind its back." Actually its far worse than Friedman and the NY Times are willing to even consider publishing... for this is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Hence, the following MER Editorial which you'll never see on the pages of the NY Times or other American newspapers:


AMERICA THE BRUTAL, AMERICA THE UGLY, MER EDITORIAL

Once again the American Empire prepares for 'battle.' It does so against a puny enemy; but one it vilifies and magnifies many times over endlessly 'preparing' public opinion for the Empire's next round of 'enforcement' in the name of 'peace' and 'order'. It does so with technological super weaponry unmatchable by the poor, the weak, the oppressed... other than through what it terms 'terrorism' that is. This is the same country that slaughtered millions of Vietnamese (plus less directly millions of Cambodians and Laotians as well) after its President tricked its Congress into the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. And then a generation later its top warrior of the former day 'apologized' for having made a 'terrible mistake' (noting primarily the 50,000 Americans killed).

This is the same country that used the first nuclear weapons of mass destruction not on military targets, but on civilian cities. And now today, along with ally Israel, this is the same country that threatens to use them again in the Middle East, thus fuelling the very arms race it claims to be halting. This is the same country that sells more arms internationally than all others, yet insists on sanctions against those who sell a few inferior weapons to 'unapproved' locations. This is the same country that single-handedly, against the opposition of all others, dismisses UN Secretary-Generals; issues its 'orders' far and wide; and doesn't even pay its UN dues preferring threats and blackmail to gets its way. Amazing indeed that the rest of the world continues to allow this demeaning situation to continue; but bribery and threats always have gone a long way when Rome thunders.

And, finally for now, this is the same country that stands alone in the world:- championing Israeli militancy, camouflaging Israeli ethnic-cleansing policies, covering-up terrible Israeli attacks on UN safe-havens, constantly excusing Israeli gross violations of human rights against those who simply ask to be accorded the same rights that the Americans themselves constantly proclaim!
There are many menaces loose in today's world. Among them is the American military-industrial complex which:- dominates American society, manipulates its press, controls its political parties, frightens its intellectuals – the very tyranny of power that none other than World War II hero turned President Dwight Eisenhower used his last breaths to warn so eloquently about.

Ah to be a Roman nearing the 21st Century! The Pro-consuls are now in the form of 'client regimes' calling themselves Kings, Guardians, and even Presidents. Centurion legions are now in the form of giant aircraft carriers and stealth bombers roaming the planet at will, dropping their laser-guided smart-bombs on command. With the ever-present ears of the National Security Agency and eyes of the Central Intelligence Agency modern-day Rome tries to bug, manipulate, and control everything and everyone even while constantly proclaiming its own innocence, bravery and freedom.

Even the giant American press institutions fan the flames of warfare and deception in this brave new American order. Even its senior 'journalists' – of late Sam Donaldson and George Stephanopoulos – openly join the generals in advocating the assassination of foreign leaders and destruction of resisting societies. Its President and Secretary of State seem completely oblivious to the genocidal misery they reap on millions who will not bend to their will. Most of its intellectuals are cowered into submission: And even most of its intellectuals and academics are cowered into submission while government-supported institutes and think-tanks, along with minions of masked agents of the empire, spread deception and chicanery far and wide to justify what has already been, and what is now to come.

The American-hyped road signs all proclaim 'Peace Process' and 'Democracy', 'Freedom' and 'Progress'. But this US/Israeli-created road actually leads to more terrorism, more warfare, more armaments; more repression, more duplicity, more hatred; more exploitation, more domination, and more control. The level of hypocrisy and the self-enrichment motivations are so omni-present these days that few within the Empire seem able to see clearly through their own society's thick rhetorical and bureaucratic smoke screens. Yet no wonder there are so many around the rest of the world who now think so much about payback time.


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