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20 August 2004. Thought for the Week: "I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride."
"There is less talk just now of Mr. Bush playing Alexander the Great and pouring molten democracy down the throats of 200 million Arabs. Faced with a shortage of ready cannon fodder, Mr. Bush may have to change his foreign policy and abandon the conquest of the Middle East."
Nicholas Von Hoffman, The New York Observer, 8th August, 2004.
by Jeremy Lee
The most glaring omission from the film
was the story of Depleted Uranium (DU) which is only just
beginning to leak into the public domain. Depleted Uranium,
a residue from the Nuclear Industry, is now used to coat bullets,
shells and rockets. It will instantly penetrate heavy armour,
multiplying the impact of conventional ammunition. But it
coats the environment in proximity to targets with a dust
containing high radiation. The result is a series of diseases
and genetic disorders which emerge over subsequent years.
The same ghastly results are appearing among the Iraqi people, now dealing with the victims of the First Gulf War, let alone the Second. In the first, 375 tons of D.U. were used in Iraq. So far, 2,200 tons have been used in the current conflict. It has also been used in Afghanistan and the Balkans with similar health results. Western authorities know this story will break sooner or later. Attempts are being made to clear the environment in Iraq, and bury the evidence - years too late. Thousands of bombed and burnt-out vehicles are massively contaminated - and for every one carried away to "vehicle graveyards" a new one appears from the continual fighting. Contaminated soil is carried away into the desert and blows back into the cities on the desert winds.
Moore's film catalogued in unmistakable fashion the procession of lies, as the story was changed from month to month. It outlined the "state of denial" among many Americans, who preferred to believe the unbelievable sooner than concede the failings of a country they want to believe can do no wrong. The potency of a film such as this will be among the young people who see it, no longer prepared to countenance misplaced patriotism. If you haven't seen it, you should.
Reflecting on what I'd seen, the ABC
7 o'clock News gave reasons for further reflection. Forty
distinguished former Australian Ambassadors, consular staff
and military leaders, led by former Commander in Chief General
Gration, issued a statement deploring the lack of honesty
in Australia's government, particularly in committing Australia's
troops to war. It was the Australian counterpart to the 50
former British Ambassadors who had chided the Blair government
in similar fashion, and the host of prominent former US leaders
who have written and spoken in protest against the Bush programme.
Moore's film confirmed, to my mind, the accuracy of the reports On Target has provided on a weekly basis in the period leading up to, during, and since the so-called "end" of the Iraqi war. Much of the material now coming out in the media, in government inquiries and reports, was carried in On Target months, if not years ago. One month ago we reported the remarks of Dr Tom Frame, Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force, who originally supported the commitment of Australians to Iraq. He had the integrity to confess that he had been deceived, concluding: " Men and women from a country claiming to be civilised have shown that they are just as capable of the barbarism that characterised Saddam's Baathist regime. I continue to seek God's forgiveness for my complicity in creating a world in which this sort of action was ever considered by anyone to be necessary."
It is not weakness to admit to being
wrong. It is the beginning of civilised manhood. It is the
start of self-respect, which in turn gains the respect of
Like America, Australia is at the cross-roads.
The coming election is important - but our real problem lies
deeper. Whoever wins, can the people regain some input into
their own future? If not, it will be too late. We have yet
to learn that voting for the lesser of two evils is still
voting for evil.
BE ALERT!!! -- BUT NOT ALARMED???
by Francis Elliott
There was widespread irritation in Whitehall at last Sunday's warnings, repeated by Mr Bush, based on information captured by Pakistani intelligence agencies on al-Qa'eda's preparations for attacks on British and US targets. The British response was markedly more low key, insisting that there was no specific information of an imminent threat: an assessment which looked far more credible as fuller details of the seized information emerged. Mr Blunkett comes close to openly criticising Mr Bush in a newspaper article published today in which he defended his refusal to comment on the latest assessments.
"In the United States there is often
high-profile commentary followed, as in the current case by
detailed scrutiny, with the potential risk of ridicule,"
writes Mr Blunkett in The Observer. "Is it really
the job of a senior cabinet minister in charge of counter-terrorism?
To feed the media? To increase concern? Of course not. This
is arrant nonsense."
The Home Secretary has clashed with Tom Ridge, the head of the US Department of Homeland Security, before. Mr Ridge is the man who issued last week's warning. He is known to have been furious when Mr Ridge grounded flights around the world causing travel chaos during the Christmas holidays without first warning him.
GRAND JURY HEARS TESTIMONY FROM POWELL
Readers will remember the ground-breaking
story of the moves against George Bush and his neo-con cronies
by powerful forces in high places by From the Wilderness.
It's not that these powerful forces don't agree with the invasion
of Iraq, they are just not happy the fools botched the job
and in the process 'outed' CIA spy Valerie Plame.
Readers will remember "the grand
jury investigation is to determine who leaked the name of
Valerie Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak last July.
Disclosure of an undercover officer's identity can be a federal
crime. Novak revealed Plame's work for the CIA a week after
her husband, Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador, criticised
Bush's claim in the 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq
had tried to obtain uranium from Niger, a major uranium-exporting
nation in Africa.
ILLUSIONS? NO, JUST THE FOUL SMELL OF THE LIARS
Jon Rappoport -- www.nomorefakenews.com
Hold 'free' elections, go with a legislature,
but don't try to mess with economic (and financial
rules and with outside control of the country.
"Give us your children; we will
send them to Iraq to bring an economic dictatorship to the
The Hand-Over That Wasn't: Illegal Orders
give US a Lock on Iraq's Economy
Although many thought that the "end"
of the occupation would also mean the end of the orders, on
his last day in Iraq Bremer simply transferred authority for
the orders to Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a 30-year exile
with close ties to the CIA and British intelligence.
A sampling of the most important orders
demonstrates the economic imprint left by the Bush administration:
Orders No. 57 and No. 77 ensure the implementation of the orders by placing U.S.-appointed auditors and inspector generals in every government ministry, with five-year terms and with sweeping authority over contracts, programs, employees and regulations.
Order No. 17 grants foreign contractors, including private security firms, full immunity from Iraq's laws. Even if they, say, kill someone or cause an environmental disaster, the injured party cannot turn to the Iraqi legal system. Rather, the charges must be brought to U.S. courts.
Order No. 40 allows foreign banks to purchase up to 50% of Iraqi banks.
Order No. 49 drops the tax rate on corporations from a high of 40% to a flat 15%. The income tax rate is also capped at 15%.
Order No. 12 (renewed on Feb. 24) suspends
"all tariffs, customs duties, import taxes, licensing
fees and similar surcharges for goods entering or leaving
Iraq." This led to an immediate and dramatic inflow of
cheap foreign consumer products, devastating local producers
and sellers who were thoroughly unprepared to meet the challenge
of their mammoth global competitors.
Transformation of an occupied country's
laws violates the Hague regulations of 1907 (ratified by the
United States) and the U.S. Army's Law of Land Warfare. Indeed,
in a leaked memo, the British attorney general, Lord Goldsmith,
warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that "major structural
economic reforms would not be authorized by international
· And you think the people of
Iraq will accept this system?
Every piece of rebellion from here on
out, of course, will be reported as 'terror attacks' by al
Q'aeda and its allies.
Australians are also treated to the same 'rubbish' politics -- just different performers speaking English with different accents. Phoney 'debates'; by phoney 'Australians''; in fact, phoney 'leaders' engaging in phoney 'battles' - all for the consumption and manipulation of the 'sheeple'.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH MR. BUTLERby Philip Benwell
Mr. Phillip Benwell is the National Chairman, Australian Monarchist League.
"The (forced) resignation of Richard Butler has brought to an end an odious experiment with an obvious purpose of demeaning the Tasmanian Vice-Regal Office. However it is not the reputation of the Office which has suffered but that of Butler and the Tasmanian Labor Government. An unfortunate side effect has been that the cost to the people has been roughly a million dollars.
Demonstrated by this exercise is the strength and resilience of our system of Government by Constitutional Monarchy, which has proven time and time again to be far above politics and totally impervious to the petty wrangling of politicians."
POLITICAL POWERThe forced-to-resign Governor of Tasmania, republican Richard Butler, demonstrated to those around him, including the Tasmanian people, he had no understanding of Christ's teaching on the use of power:
"He who would be greatest among you must be the servant of all."
Judging by the reports of his behaviour to others, as governor this man thought he was there to 'lord it over the people'. Mr. Butler would have done well to emulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who, as a very young woman vowed before God to serve her people. Her Majesty has done so these many years.
The Tasmanian people have long had Governors serving them who understood this concept. No wonder Mr. Butler was like a square peg in a round hole. As an ardent republican of the New World Order ideology, his concept of 'governing', i.e., 'of lording it over' them, is alien to the Tasmanian people. As a career bureaucrat, Mr. Butler is used to "swanning around the world", at taxpayers' expense of course, interfering in the affairs of, and giving orders to, the 'hirelings' and the underdogs of the various nations.
BASIC FUNDThe League's annual appeal for funds will close at the end of August. Please consider giving generously. We are quite some way from our goal. Send all contributions to the Melbourne GPO address.
SENATOR LEN HARRIS' CIRCULAR LETTER
"Once again we face a federal election
and there is still no sign of the pro freedom groups uniting
to save what little is left of our once great nation
The mainstream media will give us no voice or denigrate us. One of my constituents has put together ideas to have our say via sticky labels on our vehicles and business. Some of his labels hit home and highlight the problems Australia faces If you take the best of his ideas and add your own labels we can wake Australians to the fact that major parties are not loyal to Australia or to the Australian people."
LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
It is NOT the business of the state:
Editor, Melbourne Age: Dear Sir,
When the Mortgagees demand their pound
of flesh: Editor, Ballarat Courier, 2nd August, 2004:
THE SYDNEY FORUM IS COMING UPWe have been asked by the "Australia First Party" to announce the coming Sydney Forum, 28th-29th August. In the notice we are told the "Independent Sydney Forum Inc. has set out to provide a necessary adjunct to the political struggle: a central structure to improve the 'ideological' side of things." One wonders what the "ideology" is -- it is not stated. Be that as it may, we give mention of the Forum as it will have some good speakers.
Further information: The Sydney Forum, P.O. Box 593 Rockdale, 2216. Phone: 02 8587 0014.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
"Howard's War" by Alison
Broinowski. Why did John Howard lead Australia into a highly
unpopular war with Iraq? The war has cost Australians more
than $700 million, so far, but has predictably made Iraq and
its neighbours more unstable - and hasn't delivered any of
the results our leaders 'promised'. How could it have been
'in Australia's interests' when it has made us a target for
terrorism and put us at odds with our Asian neighbours? John
Howard mightn't have revealed his real reasons for going to
war but this book does.
"Guantanamo: What the World Should Know" by Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray. David Hicks' Australian lawyer Stephen Kenny has written as Introduction to the book. "Make no mistake, Guantanamo is a prison where cruel and inhuman and degrading treatment - even torture as we know - is practised, and it is utterly illegal," writes Michael Ratner. He warns his readers, "Alarm bells should be ringing throughout the West. Liberty, democracy and the right of dissent are at stake. The recently deceased former president Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union -- "The Evil Empire". Is America turning into a fascist state? It is just incredible the way human beings can justify their own barbaric actions! This is a must read. Price: $30.00 posted.
"Not Happy, John" by
Margo Kingston. In the triumphant first-flush of toppling
Saddam Hussein, John Howard invited George Bush the President
of the United States to visit our shores and speak on the
matter which had so bitterly divided the nation. She writes
on that presidential visit: "
what I experienced
on 23 and 24 October last year made me fear for our democracy's
future. I saw a Parliament on its collective knees before
a condescending Imperial Caesar, led by a lame provincial
governor of a Prime Minister so blind to the duties of his
own democratic office, so unmoved by the issues still rending
his own people, that he turned what might have been a healing
thank-you visit into just another vehicle for his own ambitions.
I saw him do so at the expense of Westminster traditions and
norms of civilised behaviour that I'd thought were above partisan
politics. I saw elected politicians - elected by us, the Australian
people - shouted down, physically manhandled and viciously
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