Facilitate Global – February 2013 Newsletter
Whilst the so called ruling elites debate, refute and seemingly further ponder over the actual prospect of yet another pre-emptive attack, the docking the USS Ponce in Middle Eastern waters and deployment of some 15,000 American boots on Kuwaiti soil are well on their way. The proposed Israel US combined war games stand ready to unleash an Austere Challenge 12 hell,
intent to cause major damage. Among many proposed targets is the Iranian Fordowen enrichment site
which is to be breached by bunker buster bomb master blasters. Once more, spewing out the oft repeated mantra of national security the beating up the drums of war against Iran proceeds apace. But the one thing Israeli, and for that matter American citizens, “Should be Afraid of” is “Their Leaders, not Iran”.
In the interim though unsurprising, true to their paymasters, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unashamedly dismisses
the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit which seeks to hold accountable past and present US government officials for their complicit engagement in the illicit incarceration and torture of
Jose Padilla, who is an American citizen. No doubt refusing to uphold of the rule of law presages one of many dark days to come for none will be safe against the tyranny of their government.
Should one be astonished that the rule of rule is continually breached? Supported by an Operation Mockingbird compliant media
, an unaccountable US government in concert with big business, banks and the CIA to make huge profits and finance black ops by not only aggressively connive to guard, for instance, and control Afghan poppy farms once destroyed and forbidden by the Taliban but to sully the ethical and in-depth work of prize winning journalist and man of conscience Gary Webb. Indeed the CIA’s dirty games are pervasive from Tibet Task Force, “Spying on Maliki Government.”
As a result of America’s, and in consequence of the world’s, plunge into the murky realm of totalitarianism, we should all be very concerned and quite alarmed at the rapidity with which our rights are disappearing. Whether
Manning who “remained true to the Nuremberg principle that every soldier has the right to a “moral choice” or an Assange advocating “the principle of free speech and voices of conscience”, the militaristic state continues to usurp the rule of law with impunity. The stark reality is that of secret trail with no defence counsel, witnesses or jury. We should all fear for our rights and lives for the dissenting voices of reason, truth and courage to expose and resist the political elites’ deceit have been criminalised.
Disregarding the very findings of their own report and in spite of the fact that grave objections have been raised by several BRICS in regard to the
UN resolution flogged by NATOGCC, the current Saudi-Qatari GCC “Arab-led drive to secure a peaceful end to the 10-month crackdown” may amount to a very real prospect of regime in Syria where vested geo-political interest are vied for by different players. In the end “The trouble is that the West has been so deluged with stories and lectures and think-tank nonsense about the ghastly Iran and the unfaithful Iraq and the vicious Syria and the frightened Lebanon that it is almost impossible to snap off these delusional pictures and realise that Assad is not alone. That is not to praise Assad or to support his continuation. But it’s real.”
All enduring, the recurring pattern of the political elite’s insanity prevails now as it did in Nazi Germany for daring to resist its murderous warmongering schemes. Found guilty of “making “statements endangering the country,” sentenced to six more weeks in isolation” Wolfgang Borchert, the acclaimed German playwright and poet and WWII Bradley Manning, waste no time in urging us all to stand up to the evil of war and commends us to ‘Say No’.
And of all the things that should really scare us “For anyone paying attention, there is no shortage of issues that fundamentally challenge the underpinning moral infrastructure of American society and the values it claims to uphold. Under the conceptual illusion of liberty, few things are more sobering than the amount of Americans who will spend the rest of their lives in an isolated correctional facility”. The so-called pursuit of liberty and happiness does not extend to the considered rehabilitation of inmates for retribution is desired above all in the land of the free where profit driven corporate capitalistic enterprise where an industrial prison complex is cherished and the lives of those who languish are forfeited.
Politicians and bankers are not the only nefarious bodies we should be
frightened of, another monster rearing its ugly head. Mosanto is securing seed patents by obtaining the legal protection, whilst advancing their biotechnology to pursue the genetic manipulation of seeds, is tirelessly ensuring that their seeds must be bought every year leaving those farmers who buy them enslaved and bound.
Returning to the very few who profit enormously from the military industrial complex, it is not ever “about “defense.” It’s about the money and political profit to be gained from the building of ever more expensive weapons systems of dubious utility.” A very appropriate example is that of the B-1 bomber by the time the plane is “fully assembled, more than 70 [US] manufacturing sites were accounted for, each represented by a pious member of Congress with a handout.”
Far from being an isolated incident, Geyawa, a village situated in the Nejrab
district of the Kapisa province, Eastern Afghanistan, is where NATO is at it again with its air strikes, shedding the blood by taking the lives of at least 8 innocent children.
The Clive Hambidge – January 2012 Newsletter
“Julian Assange” said Noam Chomsky “should be congratulated for carrying out the responsibilities of a citizen in democratic societies, where the population should be aware of what their selected
representatives are doing and planning.” Assange is perhaps to pay a heavy price for disclosure, as simultaneously, Bradley Manning, a soldier of
conscience, is to pay the ultimate one. These words then from the late Vaclav Havel in light of the above and the effectiveness of these two men’s
actions should be taken to heart, and in to our collective activism. “For those that have the privilege to know have the privilege to act (Einstein) .
“Hope is a state of mind,” Havel meant by this that one must undertake the work even if a promised end is not in sight and reward a distant dream.
and its environment evolve[ing] together. Likewise, in music, the essence of the musical chord lies in relationship. Even subatomic particles are not discrete and separate.” Mikhail Gorbachev “The roots of humanity’s troubles run very deep. There are no simple prescriptions to overcome them … What is needed are changes in consciousness, in relations between people, between nations and their attitudes to nature” (my emphasis).
This further means “Living systems are self organizing, self maintaining, and self renewing,” (McLaughlin & Davidson). All cohering wholes then are confluent and therefore powerful. We are through our cooperating principles, values, actions related to, cleaved to, the actions of Assange, Manning, and others in a growing, evolutionary world wide constituency. We are “changing the world from the inside out” and this means we are a constituent part by evolutionary right, of transformational political action; it, the hope of our mind, the reality of our being and becoming, represents the certainty of humankind’s future.
What we’re up against:
“All nations are imposing some idea on their people, but most [nations] feel force is necessary. This is because they misunderstand the time factor and feel that the immediate good is more important than the long-term education of people so they will voluntarily accept ideas.” (Bailey). This leads to a “convulsive and percolating strife,” these words from former National Security Advisor to President Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, underline the
course on which nation states and in particularly the chest beating, self declared hegemon America, are set, and further underscore their delusion in the belief of the ultimate transforming power of overwhelming force. Brzezinski “America is the world transforming society, even revolutionary in its subversive impact [my emphasis] on sovereignty-based international politics.” Brzezinski also thinks “for better or worse
America is the global pacesetter, and there is no rival in sight.” This is the arrogance of power in search of an American “invulnerability” against “potential antagonists” who closing down the “missile gap”, would bomb mainland America, if this can’t be “managed politically” amongst the political elites then it will be enforced “Unilateral,” by the US and its allies. “The U.S. Congress’s tendency to mandate the certification of other states’ behaviour by the U.S. State Department is symptomatic of the current American attitudes, which is increasingly cavalier toward others’ sovereignty.” (Brzezinski) This “tendency” is today compounded by right-wing lobby groups and think-tanks, in particular the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) , the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), and the Political Action Committees (Super Pacs) that are collectively
“detonators of democracy” as they collectively seek a stranglehold on American Congress, the State Department, American presidents and candidates so as to control American Foreign Policy. According to the authoritative ‘The Israeli Lobby And U.S. Foreign Policy’, by Mearsheimer & Walt,
which so raised the ire of AIPAC, “During the Clinton Administration, for example, Middle East Policy was largely shaped by officials with close ties to Israel or to prominent pro-Israel organizations-including Martin Indyk, the former Deputy Director of research at AIPAC and co-founder of the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Dennis Ross, who joined WINEP after leaving government in 2001; and Aaron Miller, who has lived in Israel and often visits there.”
Now the AIPAC-WINEP propaganda machine is in tandem-purring-overdrive to persuade the Obama Administration to join Israel in “surgical strikes” against thousands of targets across Iran.
It has been rumoured that many of the installations are in urban areas and strikes would almost certainly result in innocent casualties. “Unnatural acts” in Iran as declared by Israel translates into, an egregious violation of International Law, namely extrajudicial assassinations of innocent nuclear scientists because it is “cheaper than war” and in the so-called hope that such killings will slow down the Iranian nuclear programme. For unlike Israel, Iran a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) maintains its nuclear programme is for “peaceful purposes.” One must here voice legitimate protest against the Iranian Administration human rights record but support its lawful sovereignty and control over its destiny.
The interference of AIPAC a foreign agent of the Israeli government in American state affairs is receiving intense media coverage, growing and vociferous public protest (Occupy AIPAC) and opprobrium, and once again
the attention of the courts as on Jan 13th 2012, “A brief filed in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals claims the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a foreign Agent of the Israeli government with no legitimate charitable purpose. The brief was filed in response to AIPACS court claims that it had been “cleared of wrongdoing” after secretly receiving stolen classified U.S. industry information from an Israeli embassy official in 1984. AIPAC used the still-classified confidential business information to obtain trade preferences now worth nearly $10 billion per year.” (IRmep)
I raised a number of legal questions on AIPAC in my recent article ‘Is AIPAC Encouraging Americans to Break the Law’ by challenging AIPAC to support Public, and Constitutional Law. The article published in the US by United Progressives, Dandelion Salad, The Palestinian Chronicle, Salem News, and others, eventually found its way to a number of legal firms and organisations showing the warranted American and international concern that a foreign agent of Israel should have so much pernicious influence.
The above being so, and tragically, that AIPAC-WINEP are winning the
propaganda war is self evident as we find in Ben Schreiner’s article of Feb 1st 2012 an America “with the drums of war beating ever louder against Iran, the U.S military has quickly moved to re-establish a war footing in the Persian Gulf. The preparations for a looming military confrontation thus continue apace.” This confrontation agitated for by AIPAC and the Israeli government might not end with Iran but draw in Russia and China both of which have considerable investments in Iran.
The post on January 31, 2012 ‘U.S deaths in Afghanistan: Obama vs Bush’ shows American disregard not just of sovereignty and international law, but human rights and indeed the oh so sacred human life. The deaths mentioned here are of Americans what of the unnamed Afghans lost to American and allied aggression?
“On July 7, 2011, U.S. troop deaths from the war in Afghanistan since president Obama took office reached 1000. That means that nearly two-thirds of the U.S. fatalities in the war in Afghanistan have occurred during the Obama administration, which has managed the war for a mere quarter of its duration.”
Now as Syria descends into civil war and
the Bashar Al-Assad regime slaughters its own citizens (or is it outside interference?) as the hawks, vultures, and eagles, of the U.S. Russia, and China wait to alight on the carrion, I urge you to return to Archie Kennedy’s ‘The people vs The United States’ posted on FG’s site January 29, 2012. Its all there in the first paragraph, what nations should be working toward yet undermine on every hand and at every opportunity, “the United Nations is empowered, under Article 1 of its Charter to: “maintain international peace and security,” to “develop friendly relations among nations”, “to achieve international co-operation”, and “to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of those common ends.” Kennedy goes on to express the “challenge” and the elephant in the global room, “The United States of America assumes the role of international arbiter and the role of policing the planet. A role rightfully granted to the United Nations. It is widely and implicitly assumed the USA carries this burden and this assumption is rarely challenged.”
So what is this U.S subversive Police force really up to in the case of Syria? In Shamus Cooke’s ‘The truth behind the coming “Regime Change” in Syria’ posted January 29, 2012, we discover the reality behind the posturing. “The United States appears to be using a strategy in Syria that it has perfected over the years, having succeeded most recently in Libya: arming small paramilitary groups loyal to U.S. interests that claim to speak for the local population; these militants then attack the targeted government the U.S. would like see overthrown-including terrorist bombing- and when the attacked government defends itself, the U.S. cries “genocide” or “mass murder” while calling for foreign military intervention.”
This sort of attitude of you’re with or against American “assumptions”, and if your with those powerful assumptions, Americans will still use and abuse you, runs seamlessly through the corporate realm. Re-read Les Leopold’s ‘6 shocking way’s capitalism is failing working people’ Feb 1, 2012, on the FG web site, where Leopold takes us through Apple’s hunt for cheap labour and mega
profits on the back of slave labour as Apple’s late Steve Jobs decides glass screens as apposed to the easily scratched plastic ones must be fitted to the latest iPhone. Weeks before the phone’s marketing Apple approaches Foxconn the Chinese manufacturer, who could “hire 3000 people overnight” to fit the new glass. When the “glass was ready and trucked to the factory”, recounts Leopold “managers woke thousands of workers who crawled into their uniforms-white and black shirts for men red for women- and quickly lined up to assemble, by hand, the phones. Within three months Apple had sold one million iPhones.” He goes on, “Little wonder that Apple just announced that it doubled its already enormous profits over the Christmas holidays. Like pharaohs of old, it’s always paid to build great things on the backs of slave labour.”
This is how the world is perceived by intellectual, military, corporate and government elites (1%). It is in the recognition that those Chinese workers corralled and enslaved in the dead of night to satisfy one man’s megalomania, or Assange under pressure, under threat, or Bradley Manning facing a stark future of incarceration, are, an integral part of evolution and therefore part of our very being and becoming. It is in this profound truth that we find the strength, hope, and certainty that the time of shadows is drawing to its ungodly end; and, if we lift our countenance, just a little, we will see a new dawn, in a glorious light. “For I mean to propose that each of us in turn, going from left to right, shall make a speech in honour of love.” (Plato) Be part of the evolution.