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11 June 2004. Thought for the Week: "We are face to face with a fundamental rule of existence: one which the ancients recognised even though they could not comprehend and apply it, and which our nineteenth century men of science forgot or ignored in their painstaking study of natural phenomena. That everything in the Universe is in some way connected with everything else: that nothing in God's creation can stir without everything else, vast or minute, feeling to a greater or lesser degree its effect. That in such movement there is almost infinite elasticity and room for recompense and adjustment is clear: what we have got to recognise is the fact of movement. It is something which scientists, after a century of denial, are beginning to be aware: that there is interlinked purpose and order in the universe, as in the human body and as in every machine -- man's clumsy imitation of God's larger creation -- that works. Life is a pattern, moving in an ordained rhythm: the stars in their courses and the tides of the sea and those subtler tides in the souls and bodies of men and women, beasts and birds all form part of the pattern. Mar it at any point and you mar it at some other This is the secret which those who regulate society and the body politic have to master as scientists: there will be no peace in Israel until they do So between ugly and unrhythmical surroundings and sour and acrid tempers there may well be a vital connection of which we have still to find the secret. The great poets and artists -- men gifted by God with instinctive apprehension of His universe -- have always felt there is."
Sir Arthur Bryant in "The Lion and the Unicorn", 1969.
THE IDEAL -- AND THE REAL
by Betty Luks
Europe is now a good example of this
The faith has become portable
Scant loyalty and resentment towards
The New Radicalism
Radical Islamism's adherents are
Assimilation is seen as 'cultural
Europe's leaders and their 'false
He thinks Spain in attributing the bombing visited on it "to its association with America's expedition into Iraq," has missed the point. The truth is darker. Jacques Chirac may believe that he has spared France Spain's terror by sitting out the Iraq war. But he is deluded. The Islamists do not make fine distinctions in the bilad al kufr.
Europe is now host to a war
Five centuries ago, the Castilians took
Granada from Boabdil. They were a hardy breed of sheep-herders
driven by a Malthusian logic, outgrowing their grazing lands,
pushing southward -- and into the New World from Seville --
to answer Castile's needs. Today there is great turmoil in
Islamic lands and a Malthusian crisis. Were it only true that
those in harm's way in Europe are solely the friends of the
Americans. The New World is a demon of this Islamism it is
true. But that old border between Europe and Islam has furies
all its own."
BRINGING THE 'DRAFT' BACK IN AMERICA
John Sutherland of The Guardian,
31st May, 2004, announced to the world the U.S. authorities
are going to reintroduce the draft. But it's such a vote loser,
no one wants to mention it. Last Wednesday, the American public
was officially instructed to panic. Attorney general John
Ashcroft and FBI director Robert Mueller - brows furrowed,
faces grim - took over primetime TV to deliver a spine-chilling
message to their fellow citizens: 'Al-qaida attack imminent.'
When, where, and what form the outrage will take, is unknown.
But something very, very awful is going to happen very, very
On the same day that Ashcroft was terrifying
his countrymen, I was emailed by an American student friend.
He too is terrified. 'The US legislature,' he wrote, 'is trying
to bring back the draft asap. Check it out at www.congress.org.
For some reason no major news networks or printed media in
this country are carrying this story. If these bills go through,
the only thing between me and military service is my asthma.'
"There already exists a Selective
Service System (SSS). All young Americans are obliged to 'register
for the draft'. It has been a mere formality since conscription
was abolished three decades ago, after Vietnam, together with
the loathed (and much burned) draft card. SSS will be reactivated
imminently. A US$28m implementation fund has been added to
the SSS budget. The Pentagon is discreetly recruiting for
10,350 draft board officers and 11,070 appeals board members
All this has been pushed ahead with an
amazing lack of publicity. One can guess why. American newspapers
are in a state of meltdown, distracted by war-reporting scandals
at USA Today and the New York Times. There is an awareness
in the press at large that the 'embedding' system was just
that - getting into bed with the military and reporting their
pillow talk as 'news from the frontline'. The fourth estate
has failed the American public and continues not to do its
CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IS
by Anthony Cooney:
The notion had its origins almost entirely in Darwinism and reached its logical conclusion in National Socialism, so-called. Since 1945, an opposite notion has been popularised: namely that there is no such thing as race, only individuals. It is odd that this notion is mandatory among those who denounced Margaret Thatcher's statement, "There is no such thing as a 'Society'". On the contrary, race is a reality, but it is not simply a matter of genetic code; it is a spiritual or (if you think Greek sounds more 'scientific') psychic phenomenon.
Race is a product of history, that
is, of culture
Multiculturalism will either divide
the land or it will be held together by force
This is not a matter of theory, but
The Nation then is a reality
Compared with these spiritual re-ligaments the bond of blood is of negative importance. Whilst its integrity remains it is almost irrelevant; the Nation can absorb, bring into its historic life, other strains, without injury. Only with a large influx of aliens, insistent in maintaining their distinct culture and language, does the bond of blood become a positive factor. We may pause to wonder however, how it is that our eager liberalist, who is always an evolutionist, has not drawn an obvious conclusion from his Time-Chart of inevitable and ever upward evolution.
The Plantagenets, using England as a
base, were the first to make the attempt, Henry II ruling
an Empire from the Roman Wall to the Mediterranean. Spain
followed, then France under Louis XIV, then France again,
spurred on by an aberration of Nationalism under Napoleon,
then Germany with a pagan Nationalism, and finally the anti-National
and anti-Christendom Masons of the European Community.
Mention of "Pagan Nationalism"
and the Republican aberration of Nationalism in France raises
an important matter.
What then is Christian nationalism?
In loving his own nation he does not
The Welsh Nationalist, Saunders Lewis
speaks for him when he writes
PEACE IN IRAQ? THE SUDAN EXAMPLEhttps://www.independent.org/tii/news/040601Eland.html (1/6/04)
If the Bush administration were looking for an example of how U.S. withdrawal from Iraq could work, it would do well to look at Sudan, where a relatively peaceful solution to a violent conflict that has taken two million lives appears to be at hand, according to Ivan Eland, director of the Centre on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute.
"The Islamic Sudanese government and the major Christian rebel group recently reached a peace agreement to decentralise power in the country to individual states, which would give the rebels effective control over the southern part of the country," writes Eland in his latest column.
"Included in the arrangement is a referendum on secession to be held in six years in various parts of the country. The two factions also agreed to share oil revenues. Although the negotiated settlement of Sudan's civil war isn't perfect -- it doesn't include all factions in the country -- the episode does show that decentralised governance among ethnic or religious groups can give armed combatants enough comfort to negotiate peace."
If Sudan can do it, then Iraq can too -- if the U.S. allows the Kurds, Sunnis, and Shia to go their separate ways, if that's what they want.
"If the welfare of Iraqis was the paramount goal of U.S. leaders, U.S. policy in Iraq would be designed to avoid a similarly nasty civil war. Instead, the Bush administration's politically-driven strategy of retaining a unified Iraqi government, while mollifying armed factions that will eventually try to gain control of it, is a recipe for just such a disaster."
'HEADS' START TO ROLL
NewsMax.com Wires 3/6/04 reports "CIA Director George Tenet, who weathered storms over intelligence lapses about suspected WMD in Iraq and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has resigned." Bush announced the news in a hurriedly arranged appearance before television cameras.
Tenet's move came amid new storms over intelligence issues, including an alleged Pentagon leak of highly classified intelligence to Ahmad Chalabi, the disgraced Iraqi former banker/politician. At the same time, a federal grand jury is pressing its investigation of the leak of a CIA operative's name, and Bush acknowledged he might be questioned in the case.
The news caught Washington by surprise. Bush informed his senior staff Thursday morning at an Oval Office meeting that included Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser. Cheney issued a statement expressing regret that Tenet was leaving. Sen. John Kerry, Bush's likely Democrat opponent in the approaching elections, is reported to have commended Tenet who "has worked extremely hard on behalf of our nation." Tenet will serve until mid-July. Bush said the CIA's deputy director, John McLaughlin, would temporarily lead America's spy agency until a successor is found.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
To the Editor: Royalty:
The following letter was sent to the
Editor, The Age, 19/5/04:
BOOKS FOR KEEN READERS
The Rogue State by William Blum. William Blum came by his book title easily. He simply tested America by the same standards we use to judge other countries. The result is a 'bill of wrongs' - an especially well-documented encyclopaedia of malfeasance, mendacity and mayhem carried out in the name of 'democracy'. $32.50 posted.
The Captive State by George Monbiot. He writes: This is not the first time that corporate power has threatened democracy. Gladstone's efforts to regulate the rail industry were obstructed by the 132 MPs who held directorships in railway companies Corporations, the contraptions we invented to serve us, are overthrowing us. They are seizing powers previously invested in government, and using them to distort public life to suit their own ends. Captive State tells the story of the coup d'état. $28.00 posted.
Global Spin by Sharon Beder. Global Spin shows how in a relentless assault on democracy and its institutions, the massive, covert power of large corporations has enabled corporate agendas to dominate the international debate about the state of the environment. In the media, corporate advertising and sponsorship are influencing news content and industry-funded scientists are often treated as independent 'experts'. $35.00 posted.
The Myth of 'New History' by David L. Hoggan. The author, David Hoggan focuses on the techniques and tactics used by the 'new mythologists' of American history covering the last fifty years. Published by the Institute for Historical Review. $15.00 posted.
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