Uninspiring and Shocking Quotes                  An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind - Gandhi bumper sticker
       "This is the bitterest pain among men,
        to have much knowledge but no power."
              - Herodotus, Histories, book IX, ch 16.


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.” --- Montesquieu

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“Bush and Blair both have been criticized at home since their WMD claims about Iraq proved false. … In the March 22 memo from (British) Foreign Office political director Ricketts to (British) Foreign Secretary (Jack) Straw, Ricketts outlined how to win public and parliamentary support for a war in Britain: "We have to be convincing that: the threat is so serious/imminent that it is worth sending our troops to die for; it is qualitatively different from the threat posed by other proliferators who are closer to achieving nuclear capability (including Iran)."  Blair's government has been criticized for releasing an intelligence dossier on Iraq before the war that warned Saddam could launch chemical or biological weapons on 45 minutes' notice.”  Thomas Wagner, The Associated Press, Saturday 18 June 2005  [Editor’s note: the desire for governments and other unscrupulous leaders to manipulate people, will make this particular form of unthinking compliance more and more prevalent in the future. It will be increasingly important for the society, therefore, to understand the how and why of automatic influence.  We recommend Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini.  5 Start Must Reading .  Click here to see an excellent summary of the book online.  http://www.peace.ca/cialdini_Influence_Sci_Practice.htm ]   


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)Those basic dictums of strategy remain true today for the United States: "He who attacks everything everywhere risks gaining nothing anywhere," and "He who defends everything everywhere risks saving nothing anywhere."  THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE by Max Boot http://www.futurecasts.com/Book%20review%207-2.htm


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“The current conflict in Iraq exposes how easily the U.S. can become overstretched in its long term commitments. The power of the U.S. has definite limits. This means that it is still vital to keep priorities in mind, and to carefully husband financial and military reserves."  THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE by Max Boot http://www.futurecasts.com/Book%20review%207-2.htm


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“ The U.S. is a modern welfare state democracy increasingly characterized by single son and single child families. It is for better or worse in no position to exceed the role of 19th century Great Britain . Nation building, as Boot acknowledges, is a difficult task of long duration and dubious prospects. Indeed, it can take decades - until new generations have matured - and may in certain third world states at this time not be a feasible objective.” THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE by Max Boot http://www.futurecasts.com/Book%20review%207-2.htm


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“The will to act atrociously is clearly an essential ingredient in military strategy. It is "the will to win." It can be based on hate - or an overriding need to win - or an ideological belief that justifies callous disregard for the suffering caused by the destruction of economic facilities.”  MILITARY FUTURECAST: TACTICS AND STRATEGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY http://www.futurecasts.com/Military_futurecast.html


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“Considering the power of the dark side, it becomes evident why the evil empires of the world are so attracted to atrocious conduct. They find it useful not only against military adversaries, but against domestic political threats as well. They have both "the will to win" their conflicts, and "the will to rule" their subjects. Despots wage ceaseless warfare not only against their military adversaries, but against their own peoples as well.” MILITARY FUTURECAST: TACTICS AND STRATEGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY http://www.futurecasts.com/Military_futurecast.html


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“The Dark Side enables Evil Emperors to crush political opposition and maintain absolute political power.  Nevertheless, evil is invariably self destructive. As Winston Churchill pointed out, the forces of evil must eventually lose whenever good men are able to make a credible stand somewhere on the field of battle. Moreover, even when evil empires like the Soviet Union succeed in eliminating all opposition within their vast borders, they must eventually succumb.  Those who invoke the Dark Side invariably cause vast suffering and frequently achieve major successes - especially when good men stand aside. However, the Dark Side is subject to profound weaknesses. The stability of evil empires is an illusion.  There can be no stability on the Dark Side.  Evil weakens itself in innumerable ways. Good men and good nations often find innumerable allies; evil men and evil nations usually must fight alone or with unreliable allies.  Good men and good nations gain strength and allies from their victories. The victories of evil always impose increasing burdens. Evil knows no peaceful borders, and must always protect its exposed flanks, and guard its subjugated rear.  The absolute power of evil regimes routinely breeds vast corruption.  The continuous reliance on atrocious conduct and absolutist nonsense invariably repels the best people, limiting the talent available to evil regimes to the intellectually and morally dead - the stupefied and inhuman.” MILITARY FUTURECAST: TACTICS AND STRATEGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY http://www.futurecasts.com/Military_futurecast.html


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“Truth and reason are invariably the first casualties of (war). Intellectuals and media elements that refuse to slavishly follow the party line are quickly targeted for silencing or elimination. Ultimately, the willingness to compromise and accommodate differing interests within and across national boundaries also falls by the wayside.” MILITARY FUTURECAST: TACTICS AND STRATEGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY http://www.futurecasts.com/Military_futurecast.html


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“The world's war fever has declined in vital areas of the world because it has been quenched in blood and, sometimes, in bankruptcy. … Only when every other family has lost a son or father, and the streets of every town exhibit the crippled and disfigured of modern war, does war fever wane and previously aggressive nations become willing to consider diplomatic compromise and accommodation as an alternative to war. This was the only way these lessons could be taught to the European Great Powers -- now that Third World nations are free to manage their own foreign policy, it is not surprising that many of them have proven just as dense.” MILITARY FUTURECAST: TACTICS AND STRATEGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY http://www.futurecasts.com/Military_futurecast.html


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)“Military force is still the bedrock of relations between sovereign nations. Despite all the wishful thinking about the United Nations, international law, and the rights and responsibilities of modern nations, it is the force of Western arms - and only the force of Western arms - that protects Western interests in the international arena - induces the world's would be aggressors both large and small to restrain themselves - and gives a multitude of peaceful states the opportunity and courage to resist various pressures of aggression. It is the force of Western arms - and only the force of Western arms - that maintains an international environment in which commerce can flourish and international law and diplomacy can maintain even the minimum degree of effectiveness currently attained. You can have force without law, and law without justice, but you can't have justice without law, and you can't have law without force.   The basic reality is that you can have force without law, and law without justice, but you can't have justice without law, and you can't have law without force.  "Rights" in the abstract - without the force and the will to maintain them - are illusory. That the necessary "policing" power has been abused on more than one occasion doesn't in any way detract from the need for it or change the adverse consequences whenever and wherever it proves inadequate.”  MILITARY FUTURECAST: TACTICS AND STRATEGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY http://www.futurecasts.com/Military_futurecast.html


“Repression is for a dictatorship what propaganda is for the democracy.”  Noam Chomsky


"It would be an oxymoron to call opinion balanced."  Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? By Daniel Okrent. New York Times. Week in Review, Sunday, July 25, 2004. Backup. http://www.csudh.edu/dearhabermas/okrent01bk.htm


"Chalmers Johnson ... wrote Blowback and recently The Sorrows of Empire.  I highly recommend Sorrows of Empire as it is an out standing historic presentation of the development of U.S. militarism and what it looks like today.  In that book, he provides some interesting statistics from the first Gulf war. At that time, the U.S. had over 600,000 troops serving in the gulf.  There were approximately 500-700 deaths which include battle deaths, friendly fire, and accidents.  The interesting part is that the U.S. Veterans Administration subsequently classified approximately 200,000 of those troops as disabled.  Approximately, one third of all troops serving; probably the highest casualty rate of any war.  Much of which is termed the Gulf War Syndrome and related to spent uranium munitions.  These  munitions are manufactured at Lake City Arsenal in Kansas City .  It is my understanding that all the millers of the bullets wear special masks to filter out any dust particles."  Richard J. Scheerer


On December 3, 1888, President Grover Cleveland delivered his annual address to Congress. Apparently Cleveland had taken notice of the Santa Clara County Supreme Court headnote, its politics, and its consequences, for he said in his speech to the nation, delivered before a joint session of Congress: "As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people's masters."


 "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.


"If you are chained into a bed with an elephant, you have little hope that things will get better but you know that unless you are constantly moving with the beast things could get an awful lot worse." David Parnas, talking about Canada 's dilemma with U.S. relations and Space based Missile System, which can be used for defence and offence, including nuclear weapons.


"The people who mistreat the prisoners will be treated as war criminals."  George W. Bush (Globe & Mail March 26, 2003 Worldbeat) - this was when captured U.S. soldiers were shown on T.V., but before U.S. torture at Abu Graib was shown on T.V.


"Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure...if, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us' but he will say to you, 'Be silent; I can see it, if you don't.'"  Abraham Lincoln


Let us kneel By LARRY SKARIN, Globe & Mail Letter to the Editor, Saturday, August 7, 2004 - Rochester, N.Y. -- I must respond to Gerald R. Hallghall's suggestion that ". . . vitriolic and endless criticism" is heaped on U.S. President George W. Bush because of his professed Christianity.  Mr. Hallghall goes on to say that this is persecution, and claims that Christians around the world are being subjected to it. As a 62-year-old American who follows Canadian politics as closely as American, I will say this:
1. There are versions of Christianity that do not try to subject public policy to religion. Prime Minister Paul Martin and U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry are professed Roman Catholics who make it clear they will keep religious dogma out of politics. Mr. Bush does not. This is called pandering [i.e. To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others or exploit their weaknesses];
2. The most momentous thing a leader can do is send his country to war. Mr. Bush did, and his reasoning has since been found erroneous and wanting;
3. Mr. Martin and former U.S. president Bill Clinton took their countries from fiscal deficit to surplus. Mr. Bush has undone Mr. Clinton's accomplishment;
4. Mr. Bush presides over a redistribution of wealth through tax policy, making the rich richer and the poor poorer. John Kenneth Galbraith said: "[These people believe] that the poor have too much money and the rich don't have enough."
Those are the reasons for my vitriol against Mr. Bush. And it's not his Christianity.  But he has gotten me to pray.


Asked to explain why suicide bombing is gaining new converts, Dr. Jerrold Post (a U.S. psychiatrist who worked for the CIA) responded with a single word: "Despair." He said suicide bombers are people who see no other solution for the forces they see arrayed against them, no other way of avenging their family's losses.  "I think one has to look to the despair that they are experiencing. . . . These are not deviant, psychologically disturbed individuals. Every one of them I've talked to has made perfect sense," he said. ... Dr. Post said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist hijackers fit a different paradigm. They were older, comparatively well-educated men from middle-class backgrounds, who subordinated their personalities to a destructive charismatic organization and its leader.  "To use this metaphor of a war on terrorism is nonsense. It implies a winner and a loser and a surrender ceremony at the end of it. We need to be struggling . . . for hearts and minds," he said. "You can't win this war with smart bombs and missiles.  We have abdicated the arena of ideas and values."  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040807/SUIC07//


U.S. Questions Japan 's Pacifism (BBC 14 August 2004) - "U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says Japan must consider revising its pacifist constitution if it wants a permanent UN Security Council seat.  Article Nine of the constitution, drawn up under US post-war occupation, renounces the use of force in disputes.   Japan plays a role in international peacekeeping, and currently has troops in Iraq , but its constitution limits its military's powers.  However, revising Article Nine would be highly controversial in Japan .  Mr Powell told Japan 's Kyodo news agency that the US supported Tokyo 's quest for a permanent seat at the Security Council.  But he added that: "If Japan is going to play a full role on the world stage and become a full active participating member of the Security Council, and have the kind of obligations that it would pick up as a member of the Security Council, Article Nine would have to be examined in that light." He acknowledged how important Article Nine was to the Japanese people, saying: "Whether or not Article Nine should be modified or changed is absolutely and entirely up to the Japanese people to decide."   Japan says it is eligible for permanent membership as it has been involved in several peacekeeping operations, and is the second-largest contributor to the United Nations.  Mr Powell's comments reiterated remarks made by Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in July.  Mr Armitage told a group of Japanese lawmakers that it would be difficult for Japan to become a permanent member of the Security Council if it could not have a greater military role in international peacekeeping."


"When disappearance became state practice across Latin America in the 70s it aroused revulsion in democratic countries where it is a fundamental tenet of legitimate government that no state actor may detain - or kill - another human being without having to answer to the law. Not only has President Bush discarded that principle, he even brags about it. In his state of the union address in February 2003, he said: "More than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Put it this way, they're no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies." The Guardian U.K. , 28 July 2004  


"The debate about whether it is better to be loved or feared is shaping up as a major issue," said Lee Feinstein, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, which collaborated on the Pew study.  ...  "There are a lot of places in the poll where you can see that the shock of Sept. 11 is just a central concern for the American public," Mr. Mead said.  One of those appeared to be the belief, held by 43 percent, that torture could sometimes be justified by circumstances, a number that is notable considering the prison abuse scandal in Iraq."  August 19, 2004, U.S. Voters Show Concern Over Security and Foreign Affairs, By BRIAN KNOWLTON, International Herald Tribune  [Foreign Policy made simple: "whether it is better to be loved or feared?"  Of course, after 'being feared' usually comes 'being hated', and the resulting repercussions which the U.S. must be mindful of.  The implications for Canada : can Canada ever 'be feared'?  does Canada have to resort to 'be loved'?  What do we want?  Ed.] 


"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." : Thomas Jefferson 


"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." : Abraham Lincoln


"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." : Woodrow Wilson


The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.":  Franklin D. Roosevelt


"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson." : Franklin D. Roosevelt


"With numbing regularity good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe. Men who are in everyday life responsible and decent were seduced by the trappings of authority, by the control of their perceptions, and by the uncritical acceptance of the experimenter's definition of the situation, into performing harsh acts. A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority"  Stanley Milgram, 1965


"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." : John Kenneth Galbraith


"A strange species we are. We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick."  -John Steinbeck (1902-1968), Letter in The Washington Post, 28 Jan 60


"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience.therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." :  Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950


Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another: Joseph Addison


"If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.": Francis Bacon


He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad: Marcus Aurelius


Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future: Bourke Cockran


"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.": Edmund Burke


 To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves: Carrie Chapman Catt


 "Women make up more than half the population, perform 2/3 of the world's work ... However women earn only 10% of the world's income and own 1% of the world's property ... If we are serious about achieving peace then we must be committed to women's empowerment."  from Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century http://www.peace.ca/peacepsychology.htm


"I am a war president."  U.S. President George W. Bush (January 8, 2004 Meet the Press)


 He said he has a (single-minded) vision of leading "this world towards more peace and freedom". ... " America has a responsibility in this world to lead ... a responsibility to promote freedom, to free people from the clutches of barbaric people..." ... "To me, that is history's call to America , I accept that call and will continue to lead in that direction." ... "and I believe it is essential that when we see a threat, we deal with those threats before they become imminent."  U.S. President George W. Bush (January 8, 2004 Meet the Press)


"I am not going to change, see?"  U.S. President George W. Bush (January 8, 2004 Meet the Press)


"In the attempt to defeat terrorism, let us not become the enemies we deplore."  Barbara Lee, American Congresswoman, who alone voted against Bush's war escalation are more prophetic and sobering than ever.


 "First we must study how colonization works to de-civilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word, to degrade him, to awaken him to buried instincts, to covetousness, violence, race hatred, and moral relativsm."  Aime Cesaire, a poet and writer from Martinique , wrote not quite 50 years ago in his 'Discourse on Colonialism'.


 CIA Halts Interrogation Tactics - UPDATED - Sunday June 27, 2004 Washington (AP) - The CIA has suspended use of some White House-approved aggressive interrogation tactics employed to extract information from reluctant al-Qaida prisoners, The Washington Post said. Citing unnamed intelligence officials, the newspaper reported in Sunday's editions that what the CIA calls "enhanced interrogation techniques" were put on hold pending a review by Justice Department and other lawyers.  The techniques include such things as feigned drowning and refusal of pain medication for injuries. The paper quoted current and former CIA officers aware of the recent decision as saying the suspension reflects the agency's concern about being accused of unsanctioned and illegal activities, as it was in the 1970s. The decision applies to CIA facilities around the world, but not to military prisons at Guantanamo Bay , Cuba , and elsewhere, the Post said. A CIA spokesman declined to comment on the issue, it said. It said CIA interrogations will continue, but without the suspended techniques, which also include feigning suffocation, "stress positions," light and noise bombardment, sleep deprivation, and making captives think they are being interrogated by another government. The newspaper said the interrogation methods were approved by Justice Department and National Security Council lawyers in 2002, outlined to congressional leaders and required the authorization of CIA Director George J. Tenet for use.  Click here for Full Washington Post Article and related links.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8534-2004Jun26.html


 Bush Administration Documents on Interrogation   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62516-2004Jun22.html 5 Star "Must Reading", includes Jan. 22, 2002: Justice Department Memo to the White House and Pentagon Counsels (3.3MB) A 37-page memo written by Assistant Attorney General Jay S. Bybee and addressed to White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and the Pentagon's general counsel, William J. Haynes II. Bybee argued that that the War Crimes Act and the Geneva Convention did not apply to al Qaeda prisoners and that President Bush had constitutional authority to "suspend our treaty obligations toward Afghanistan " because it was a "failed state." Bybee, then head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, has since become a federal judge.


 Kubark Counterintelligence Interrogation Manual - http://www.parascope.com/articles/0397/kubark06.htm .  The CIA's Manual on coercive questioning.  "The Kubark manual outlines a Cold War-era program designed to extract information from prisoners by breaking them down psychologically.  Kubark is the bible of interrogation.  Its instructions have allegedly been refined by the CIA and are probably the basis of some of the techniques that have been employed in the gulags of the military-prison complex that America Inc. has erected from Texas to Tikrit."  Ken Wiwa, Globe & Mail May 8, 2004. 


On spanking kids (corporal punishment): "(Globe and Mail columnist) Margaret Wente undercut her own argument that child rearing is like dog training when writing that she would hit the dog with a rolled-up newspaper as a method of discipline.  Humane dog-training methods never involve striking the dog.  A dog that is struck becomes hand-shy and fearful, not obedient, and probably more dangerous than it would otherwise have been.  If a child is to be trained like a dog, then the child should most definitely not be struck, unless the object is to produce a fearful, aggressive child."  Letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail from Noel Boulanger


A child dies of hunger every five seconds. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4078003.stm .  


U.S. Throws Away Half Its Food http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20041024002637data_trunc_sys.shtml


"American values in action", Secretary of State Colin Powell candidly acknowledging (January 2004) the hope that Tsunami aid might improve the United States ' image in the Muslim world.  Lets do a comparison: 

   Pros  

 

 


Cons

- Tsunami relief  - Torture and killing of scores of detainees in Guantanamo , Abu Ghraib, etc.
- U.S. Plans Lifetime Detentions with No Trial
-U.S. Troops Kill Civilians in Botched Strikes ("Collateral Damage")
-illegal wars (eg. Iraq)
-use of depleted uranium (see video at http://www.bushflash.com/pl_lo.htm - warning: scenes are shocking)
-pre-emptive attack against perceived enemies when perceived in the "National Interest"
-War profiteering http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/010205X.shtm
-blackening of U.S. moral authority around the world 
-political attacks of the United Nations
-vote against key international laws, including the International Criminal Court, Nuclear Non-proliferation
-embracing nuclear proliferation and real politiks
-the creation and enforcement of a worldwide "Pax Americana," or American peace (imperialism; global domination)
-U.S. Quietly Tries to Replace U.N. Nuclear Agency Chief and other key U.N. officials
-approve deception as a military tool (eg. psyops, misinformation, lying, etc.) and hence create trust crisis
-meddling, covert and overt influence in other countries, against their wishes
-"stealing" others' resources
-Bush Administration Paid Pundit $240K to support Law/influence content on his nationally syndicated television show
-$1 million deal with Ketchum that produced "video news releases" designed to look like news reports
-doubts over the 2000 and 2004 election returns

"For now the appalling truth is that there has been no remedy for the documented torture and killing of foreign prisoners by this American government." War Crimes, The Washington Post | Editorial, Thursday 23 December 2004 http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/122404B.shtml


“Bush did confront (Canadian Prime Minister) Martin and used the sort of language that sets Canadians on edge. "He leaned across the table and said, 'I'm not taking this position, but some future president is going to say, 'Why are we paying to defend Canada ?' " said the senior Canadian official who was in the room and noted that he had been assured by Rice and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell personally that Bush would avoid the subject.”  By Peter Baker, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday, January 23, 2005; Page A01


“Every time intellectuals have the chance to speak yet do not speak, they join the forces that train people not to be able to think and imagine and feel in morally and politically adequate ways.  When they do not demand that the secrecy that makes elite decisions absolute and unchangeable be removed, they too are part of the passive conspiracy to kill off public scrutiny.  When they do not speak, when they do not demand, when they do not think and feel and act as intellectuals – and so as public individuals – they too contribute to the moral paralysis, the intellectual rigidity, that now grip both leaders and led around the world.”  C. Wright Mills (1958)


“The American  way of life is a weapon of mass destruction … It is impossible for 4.5% of the world’s population to use 40% of the resources without stealing.”  S. Brian Willson http://www.brianwillson.com


“It is time to break down a make believe mythology … If the world carries on the way it is going, there will be a major ‘die-off’ – likely in Africa and Asia, if not beyond.”  S. Brian Willson (see also http://dieoff.org )


Pot calling the kettle black: Another edict from the Washington tribal ethnic group. I guess the same applies to the leaders of any country. Submitted by Darrell Rankin - Excerpt from Melbourne Herald Sun March 21, 2005: On the political front, Mr Rumsfeld warned Iraq 's political leaders they had to be "darned careful" about the make-up of their new government.  "The important thing is that they be competent people. They have to be darned careful about making a lot of changes just to be putting in their friend or to be putting in someone else from their tribe or from their ethnic group."  "This is too serious a business over there and the United States has got too much invested and too much committed and too many lives at stake for people to be careless about that," he said.


"Our strength as a nation state will continue to be challenged by those who employ a strategy of the weak using international fora, judicial processes, and terrorism."   (U.S. Department of Defense 2005 National Defense Strategy, At page 5 under "Our Vulnerabilities",    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2005/d20050318nds2.pdf ).  Analysis by Prof. Barry E. Carter, Georgetown University Law Center: It is a bit surprising to read that the Pentagon, in a document signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, says that international fora (presumably including the United Nations) and legal processes (presumably including the U.S. courts) are apparently on a level with terrorism and part of "a strategy of the weak."  Analysis by Howard N Meyer, author THE WORLD COURT IN ACTION: … members may be shocked but should not be surprised that the World Court for judging among the nations and the International Criminal Court for trial and the punishment of world class criminals, (together being the organs of global justice,) would be so contemptuously characterized in an official United States Document.  The Scalia test for "original intent" would tell us "What you see is what you get:" that is, that is, the words used by Mr Rumsfeld should be understood in light of their plain meaning.  It is a tragic reality that military leaders  and their cohorts in our schools, colleges, and media, have discredited international "judicial processes," that were brought into being by forgotten American heroes, the leaders of the peace movement of a century ago, united in their effort with the founding leaders of our American Society of International Law.  Only those eager to complete the militarization of our beloved country, launched during Reagan's administration, when they were junior officers, suffused now with hubris as they have become generals and admirals, could be so arrogant.  Would that those who wish for a "culture of peace" understand that only by civil administrators with the courage to demolish a culture of war can we remove the militarism that is subverting the land of the free.


“Enter John Bolton, who, as the former US undersecretary of state for arms control and international security for the Bush administration, is responsible for drafting the current US policy towards Iran .  In February 2004, Bolton threw down the gauntlet by stating that Iran had a 'secret nuclear weapons programme' that was unknown to the IAEA. 'There is no doubt that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons production programme', Bolton said, without providing any source to back up his assertions.  This is the same John Bolton who had in the past accused Cuba of having an offensive biological weapons programme, a claim even Bush administration hardliners had to distance themselves from.  John Bolton is the Bush official who declared the European Union's engagement with Iran 'doomed to fail'. He is the Bush administration official who led the charge to remove Muhammad al-Baradai from the IAEA.  And he is the one who, in drafting the US strategy to get the UN Security Council to impose economic sanctions against Iran, asked the Pentagon to be prepared to launch 'robust' military attacks against Iran should the UN fail to agree on sanctions.  …  John Bolton has made a career out of alienating the Russians. Bolton was one of the key figures who helped negotiate a May 2002 arms reduction treaty signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin in Moscow .  This treaty was designed to reduce the nuclear arsenals of both America and Russia by two thirds over a 10 year period.  But that treaty - to Russia 's immense displeasure - now appears to have been made mute thanks to a Bolton-inspired legal loophole that the Bush administration had built into the treaty language.  …  John Bolton's nomination as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations is as curious as it is worrying. This is the man who, before a panel discussion sponsored by the World Federalist Association in 1994, said 'There is no such thing as the United Nations.'  For the United States to submit to the will of the Security Council, Bolton wrote in a 1999 Weekly Standard article, would mean that 'its discretion in using force to advance its national interests is likely to be inhibited in the future.'  But John Bolton doesn't let treaty obligations, such as those incurred by the United States when it signed and ratified the UN Charter, get in the way. 'Treaties are law only for US domestic purposes', he wrote in a 17 November 1997 Wall Street Journal Op Ed. 'In their international operation, treaties are simply political obligations.'”  Scott Ritter former UN Chief Weapons inspector in Iraq , 1991-1998 author of 'Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of America's Intelligence Conspiracy'.


In 1995, in a moment of candor, then Ambassador to the U.N. Madeleine Albright declared, "the U.N. is a tool of American foreign policy."


"Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,' but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt , Saudi Arabia , Jordan , Pakistan , and the Gulf States . Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.  ... Nor can the most carefully crafted messages, themes, and words persuade when the messenger lacks credibility. ...  The United States is also connected to what many Muslims consider "apostate" regimes, but it is difficult to escape what binds us, because the U.S. needs their "tactical support." (Read: oil; military bases; intelligence.)"   Ray McGovern http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/120604X.shtml


Gwynne Dyer captures war's essence when he contends that, by becoming soldiers, "Men agree to die when we tell them to."


"(What) it basically comes down to, is it my right to choose between what I think is right and what I think is wrong?" asks Pfc. Dan Felushko, 24.  "And nobody should make me sign away my ability to choose between right and wrong."  But Felushko had signed a contract to be with the U.S. Marine Corps. "It's a devil's contract if you look at it that way," he says.


"But you can't have an Army of free-thinkers," says CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley. "You wouldn't have an Army."


"I have to say that my image of my country always being the good guy, and always fighting for just causes, has been shattered."  Brandon Hughey


"Canadian law has changed since the Vietnam era. Back then, an estimated 55,000 Americans deserted to Canada or dodged the draft. And in those days, Canada  simply welcomed them.  But today's American deserters... will need to convince a Canadian immigration board that they are refugees."  CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley


    See highlighted Quotes from George Orwell's book "1984" and its analysis. 


"The people who mistreat the prisoners will be treated as war criminals."  George W. Bush (Globe & Mail March 26, 2003 Worldbeat) - this was when captured U.S. soldiers were shown on T.V., but before U.S. torture at Abu Graib was shown on T.V.
 
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." : Thomas Jefferson 

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." : Abraham Lincoln


"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." : Woodrow Wilson


The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.":  Franklin D. Roosevelt


"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson." : Franklin D. Roosevelt


"With numbing regularity good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe. Men who are in everyday life responsible and decent were seduced by the trappings of authority, by the control of their perceptions, and by the uncritical acceptance of the experimenter's definition of the situation, into performing harsh acts. A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority"  Stanley Milgram, 1965


"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." : John Kenneth Galbraith


"A strange species we are. We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick."  -John Steinbeck (1902-1968), Letter in The Washington Post, 28 Jan 60


"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience.  Therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." :  Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950


Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another: Joseph Addison


"If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.": Francis Bacon


He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad: Marcus Aurelius


Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future: Bourke Cockran


"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.": Edmund Burke


 To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves: Carrie Chapman Catt


 
"Women make up more than half the population, perform 2/3 of the world's work ... However women earn only 10% of the world's income and own 1% of the world's property ... If we are serious about achieving peace then we must be committed to women's empowerment."  from Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century http://www.peace.ca/peacepsychology.htm

"In the attempt to defeat terrorism, let us not become the enemies we deplore."  Barbara Lee, American Congresswoman, who alone voted against Bush's war escalation are more prophetic and sobering than ever.


"First we must study how colonization works to de-civilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word, to degrade him, to awaken him to buried instincts, to covetousness, violence, race hatred, and moral relativism."  Aime Cesaire, a poet and writer from Martinique, wrote not quite 50 years ago in his 'Discourse on Colonialism'.


CIA Halts Interrogation Tactics - UPDATED - Sunday June 27, 2004 Washington (AP) - The CIA has suspended use of some White House-approved aggressive interrogation tactics employed to extract information from reluctant al-Qaida prisoners, The Washington Post said. Citing unnamed intelligence officials, the newspaper reported in Sunday's editions that what the CIA calls "enhanced interrogation techniques" were put on hold pending a review by Justice Department and other lawyers.  The techniques include such things as feigned drowning and refusal of pain medication for injuries. The paper quoted current and former CIA officers aware of the recent decision as saying the suspension reflects the agency's concern about being accused of unsanctioned and illegal activities, as it was in the 1970s. The decision applies to CIA facilities around the world, but not to military prisons at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere, the Post said. A CIA spokesman declined to comment on the issue, it said. It said CIA interrogations will continue, but without the suspended techniques, which also include feigning suffocation, "stress positions," light and noise bombardment, sleep deprivation, and making captives think they are being interrogated by another government. The newspaper said the interrogation methods were approved by Justice Department and National Security Council lawyers in 2002, outlined to congressional leaders and required the authorization of CIA Director George J. Tenet for use.  Click here for Full Washington Post Article and related links.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8534-2004Jun26.html


  "America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Abraham Lincoln
 
  "Stupidity is important: the case of the Clinton sex scandal arguably resulted in Al Gore losing the 2000 U.S. election, probably altering the course of history."  Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid.  Edited by Robert J. Sternberg, Yale U Press.
 
  "The society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." Bertrand de Jouvenel
 
  "What luck for the rulers that men do not think."  Adolph Hitler
 
 "Low-intensity conflict is basically a struggle for people's minds . . . . And in such a battle, psychological operations are more important than fire power." Chris Hables Gray in Postmodern War: The New Politics of Conflict (New York: The Guilford Press, 1997), p. 35 - a U.S. Army study

  "We believe no more in Bonaparte's fighting merely for the liberties of the seas than in Great Britain's fighting for the liberties of mankind.  The object is the same, to draw to themselves the power, the wealth and the resources of other nations."  Thomas Jefferson


 The Pentagon even got in on the act, releasing a study last month (February 2004) that suggested that one outcome of global warming could be the rise of mass civil unrest. In one scenario, drought, famine and rioting erupt across the world, spurred on by climate change. As countries face dwindling food supplies and scarce natural resources, conflict becomes the norm. "Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life," says the Pentagon study. "Once again, warfare would define human life."


 "The generals love napalm.  It has a big psychological effect." Col. James Alles in a recent interview. He commanded Marine Air Group 11, based at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, during the 2003 Iraq war.
"The newest poll states that some 70% of the American people believe Saddam Hussein was among those responsible for the attacks; in short, 70% of the American people believe in something that is a flat lie. ... Why do the American people believe in this connection? They believe in this because George W. Bush and virtually every member of his administration made this rhetorical connection over and over and over again as they argued for war in Iraq. It was the most emotive argument, over and above the other lies about Iraq's nuclear program and Niger uranium, and it motivated the American people to get in line behind war. Bush used our unchartable woe and fear against us,..."    William Rivers Pitt is the Managing Editor of www.truthout.org . He is a New York Times and international best-selling author of three books - "War On Iraq," available from Context Books, "The Greatest Sedition is Silence," available from Pluto Press, and "Our Flag, Too: The Paradox of Patriotism,"

"American schools do a poor job of promoting critical thinking."  Keeting 1996; Lin and Songer 1991; Steinberg, 1996 (from the textbook 'Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach' by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett)

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."  John F. Kennedy

 "Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism."  This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam, quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1967 "Beyond Vietnam" speech http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/speeches/Beyond_Vietnam.pdf 

"Men for years now have been talking about war and peace.  But now no longer can they just talk about it.  It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it is nonviolence or nonexistence.  That is where we are today."  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "I've been to the mountaintop" speech (the day before he was assassinated) http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/speeches/I%27ve_been_to_the_mountaintop.pdf


 "Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him." King Baudouin I, Former King of Belgium (1930-1993)
"Truth is always conflictual, because it puts you in conflict with authority (because authority is not always telling the truth).  You can't speak all the truth because you will hurt people."  David Adams

"We owe it to the future of civilization not to allow the world's worst leaders to develop and deploy and therefore blackmail the freedom-loving nations with the world's worst weapons ..." George W. Bush. Saturday, August 3, 2002.


"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it" -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


 "[The USAs] overriding purpose, from the beginning right through to the present day, has been world domination--that is, to build and maintain the capacity to coerce everybody else on the planet: nonviolently, if possible; and violently, if necessary. But the purpose of [US] foreign policy of domination is not just to make the rest of the world jump through hoops; the purpose is to facilitate our exploitation of their resources."  Ramsey Clark, US Attorney General, 1991

"Fighting for peace is like f___ing for virginity." (A sign at the Washington protests on a War Against Iraq)

 Resignation letter of Ambassador Kiesling The following is the text of John Brady Kiesling's letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.  Mr. Kiesling is a career diplomat who has served in United States embassies from Tel Aviv to Casablanca to Yerevan.  "Until this Administration it had been possible to believe that by upholding the policies of my president I was also upholding the interests of the American people and the world. I believe it no longer."


 THE ABSURDITY OF MURDER
Albert Gumbo
T’is absurd isn’t it? Does it make sense then
For a strong man living in a house of stone
To murder a peasant dwelling in a mud hut,
When the inevitability of death is common to both of them?

The peasant in his own simple way
Accepting the inevitability of death as God’s will,
Is free to speak his mind and stay
Than live in constant fear and flee to the hill.

The strong man, on the other hand, lives in distress
And with every murder imagines new enemies
Causing him to ensconce himself in a fortress
Still refusing to accept any peace treaties

Surely t’is much easier to afford the peasant clean water
Schools, clinics and paved roads for his harvest;
For if the peasant’s mind is at peace and at rest
The strong man need not live in fear!

T’is absurd isn’t it?


"The loud little handful--as usual--will shout for the war. The pulpit will--warily and cautiously--object--at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, 'It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it.'  Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers--as earlier--but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation--pulpit and all--will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception." Mark Twain, "The Mysterious Stranger," 1910
"Let's put it this way - they are no longer a problem."  President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union Address, spoke smugly about assassinating al-Qaeda members. 
"Canada's instincts have never been so offended by U.S. foreign policy."  Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail (see http://www.peace.ca/USCanadarelations.htm )  March 21, 2003 during U.S. attack on Iraq. ... "The gap leads to U.S. scorn of those countries such as Canada that it considers preachy but powerless... Canada's instincts, by contrast, are those of a modest-sized international player.  They nudge Canada toward solving world problems through international laws, diplomacy, treaties and multilateralism.  Canada doesn't have any power, military or otherwise, so how else would it see the world?" 
"Of the 535 members of Congress, only ONE (Sen. Johnson of South Dakota) has an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces! If you really want to stand up for America, please send your twin daughters over to Kuwait right now and let them don their chemical warfare suits. And let's see every member of Congress with a child of military age also sacrifice their kids for this war effort. What's that you say? You don't THINK so? Well, hey, guess what -- we don't think so either!" Michael Moore, in a letter to President Bush http://www.michaelmoore.com/ 
"Politics comes out of the barrel of a gun" Chairman Mao 
"There are worse things than war."  University of Calgary professors Cooper and Bercuson conclusion in Calgary Herald Opinion piece, after assassinating the characters of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, the Canadian public and the United Nations 
"Being a U.S. citizen, I happen to think the president (George W. Bush) of the United States is a great leader.  I think he's a wonderful man, and if he thinks what he's doing is right, I back him 100 per cent ... Believe me, when the president decides to go to war, he must know more than we know or hear about.  He must have good reason to go.  And we have to back that.  It's as simple as that."  Wayne Gretzky, hockey star 
"We should stand by our friends"  and "They obviously have some evidence that tells them that world peace is threatened". Alberta Premier Ralph Klein

"All deaths, young or old, expected or not, are similar and at the same time incommensurable ... From this arises both reverence for life and awe at death.  That's why I find it odd that the sense of profound national mourning over the shuttle deaths seemed to find no echo in the deaths that will inevitably result from the coming war on Iraq. ... Yet a death is a death, and war, as British journalist Robert Fisk passionately insists, is not about winning or losing, it is about death... that is why one sees war as a last resort ... how can you fail to make a link to the coming war and death ... "Why should the world put up with Saddam for one minute more?" ... what's really astonishing is the callowness of the question ... "I am running out of patience with Saddam Hussein". Well, everybody runs out of patience, but most of the world is a bit grownup and doesn't assume that whatever irritates it is the sole priority for action ... Oh, and there's another reason the world doesn't react as he wishes. That's because it opposes war ... In other words, because this war is undemocratic in a broad, not an electoral, sense; and democracy is supposed to be what separates "us" from the evil ones. ... what is at stake is not whether Iraq is in breach, material or otherwise, of some resolution, or whether it is hiding weapons ... It is whether these are sufficient reason or threat to the security of the world's people to take the catastrophic step to war. That's what counts, not some legal point-making as if the UN is moot court in law school. For lesser violations, there are other remedies, such as indicting Saddam at the International Criminal Court -- if the United States would stop boycotting the thing." Rick Salutin, Globe and Mail, February 7, 2003 http://www.globeandmail.ca  


 "Violence is not a knife in the hand.  It grows like a poison tree inside other people who have not learned to value other human beings."  Frances Lawrence


 Adam Smith's 'hidden hand' or just sheer blind indifference?  An example of the politics of mothering under globalisation is chilling. The anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, in her book "Death Without Weeping", described the communities of the Alto de Cruzeiro in north-eastern Brazil, where child death through poverty was the norm. (The context here is the sugar plantations, the only source of income.) Initially she was shocked by the way the mothers coped with the death of their 'angel babies'.  "I resisted for a long time accepting at face value what impoverished Northeast Brazilian women told me about their lack of grief, regret, or remorse accompanying the frequent deaths of their young infants - deaths they sometimes aided and abetted by reducing or withdrawing foods and liquids to babies seen as 'doomed' in any case. 'Infants are like birds' the women of Alto do Cruzeiro said. 'Here today, gone tomorrow. It is all the same to them. We feel no remorse, only pity for the little creatures who die so young, before they have let us know what kind of person they are.'" (CIIR News, October 2001) 

"After going through this material (this web site generally, and the Frank Dorrel video http://www.peace.ca/infovideo.htm  particularly), there are a few truths that appear to me: 
1. these stories are too good not to be addressed by the mainstream media in the proper course of the business of investigative journalism.  Since they have not, then one would reasonably conclude that the mainstream media is in collusion with the government-military-industrial complex to hide this information from the public (silence is as good as hiding and complicity).
2. there is no effective opposition, including media, holding the government accountable for these atrocities.  Accordingly, democracy (as intended) is not working properly.
3. the government-military-industrial complex does not have a rational explanation to justify or disprove these claims of atrocities or they would be publicly available -- I could find no such response from the U.S.  or other governments (and it is not satisfactory to simply dismiss these claims of atrocities as preposterous)." - Bob Stewart


"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses."  Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.  Click on link for complete speech


"By the most brutal methods of terrorism, a regime sought to maintain an existence that was condemned by the overhwhelming majority of its people....I have tried to persuade the responsible authorities that it is impossible for a great nation, because it is unworthy of it, to stand by and watch millions belonging to a great, an ancient civilized people be denied rights by their government... I have endeavoured to find some way to alleviate a tragic fate. One agreement was signed only to be broken. I then tried a second time to bring about an understanding. A few weeks later, we were forced to the conclusion that the government of Austria had no intention of carrying out this agreement in the spirit that had inspired it, but in order to create an excuse. I have determined, therefore to place the help of our country at the service of these millions. Since this morning, our soldiers are on the march across all of Austria's frontiers."  Adolf Hitler. March 12th, 1938 - Hitler prepares to march into Austria 

"We have no interest in oppressing other people. We are not moved by hatred against any other nation. We bear no grudge. I know how grave a thing war is. I wanted to spare our people such an evil. It is not so much the country of Czechoslovakia; it is rather its leader, Edward Benes. He has led a reign of terror. He has hurled countless people into the profoundest misery. Through his continuous terrorism, he has succeeded in reducing millions of his people to silence. The Czech maintenance of a tremendous military arsenal can only be regarded as a focus of danger. We have displayed a truly unexampled patience, but I am no longer willing to remain inactive while this madman ill-treats millions of human beings."  Adolph Hitler, April 14th, 1939 - Hitler prepares to march into Czechoslovakia

"The wave of appalling terrorism against the minority inhabitants of Poland, and the atrocities that have been taking place in that country are terrible for the victims, but intolerable for Great Power which has been expected to remain a passive onlooker. We will not continue to tolerate the persecution of a minority, the killing of so many, and their forcible removal under the most cruel conditions. I see no way by which I can induce the government of Poland to adopt a peaceful solution. But I should despair of any honourable future for my own people if we were not, in one way or another, to solve this question."  Adolph Hitler, August 23rd, 1939 - Hitler Prepares to march into Poland

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."


  "I'm an American tired of American lies" by Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson

Hollywood actor Sean Penn's Open Letter to Bush in Washington Post

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter Slams 'Arrogant' US Foreign Policy


"Remember this: In EVERY war, more good people die than bad people." Richard Hayner

"The main reason we have wars, and violence on a major scale, is 'unscrupulous leaders' motivated by greed for money and power who manipulate (using factors such as religion, race, illiteracy, poverty, etc.) the general public to do his bidding. ... The more power a leader (or person) has, the more responsible they are.  Taking this a step further, then, the U.S. Government has the highest responsibility as the world's only superpower.  The only bodies more powerful are the U.S. public and the world's public which both have the power to motivate the U.S. Government."  Robert Stewart

"Statistically, 1% +/- of the population with weapons and intent make the world hell for the rest (there are another approximately 5 to 10% who can be called 'co-homicidal', who participate but would not initiate).  But we, the general public (i.e. 90% +), let them do it.  As the Carnegie Institute indicates, 'It is not that we do not know what to do, it is that we do not do it.' "  Robert Stewart
 
"There is a danger for humanity hidden in modern science.  How can we expect ethical responsibility from science when so many scientists are under oath of secrecy?  It has been estimated that this is the case for as many as half of the scientists of the world, especially many who are working for private industry or the military.  If a scientist under oath of secrecy begins to question the ethics of what he/she is doing, to whom can a question be addressed?"  - David Adams, retired Director in the United Nations System and former scientist.
 
"The price of one jet fighter could provide 20,000 classrooms for 600,000 children." Roberto Lavidez
"Ignorance leads to fear, Fear leads to anger, Anger leads to violence, Violence leads to War."  David Appelbaum, in Parabola Winter 2002
 
"We are mad, not only individually, but nationally.  We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?"  Seneca, Epistles

"The road to the future leads us smack into the wall.  We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers: a demographic explosion that triggers social chaos and spreads death, nuclear delirium and the quasi-annihilation of the species... Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years." -- Jacques Cousteau


"Where there is no vision, the people perish." -- Proverbs 29:18
 
"There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses." James Madison
"In this obsession to never again become victims, we had allowed ourselves to become victimizers."  Former Bosnian Serv President Biljana Plavsic, as told to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
 
"Canada could find itself in a position of seeing its water wealth drained - literally - by the worst water abuser in the world, the United States, warned one of the World Water Council's senior officers." ...   "Canadians have reason to fear the cavalier approach to water conservation in the United States which will result in its trying to draw increasingly from Canada's water resources.  There certainly will be pressure and envy looking at our water."  William Cosgrove, World Water Council. Calgary Herald, December 12, 2002.
 
Police officers leading Canada's largest-ever investigation into child pornography visit psychologists every three months to talk about the abuse they witness, sometimes against babies so young that they're still wearing hospital ID bracelets. ... "We need help ... If you watch a six-month-old baby being raped, you'll never feel the same again.  And that's what we deal with on a daily basis."  said Detective-Sergeant Paul Gillespie, head of Toronto's sex crimes unit, in the Globe & Mail article 'Grim images haunt porn police' by Graeme Smith.  What's needed is a national strategy by the RCMP for tracking down child-porn collectors, they said, like the systems in Britain, the United States, Ireland, Germany and Belgium.  "We're not putting in nearly as much effort as other countries," said Ontario Provincial Police Detective Inspector Bob Matthews.
 

 
"The origin of all wars is the pursuit of wealth, and we are forced to pursue wealth because we live in slavery to the cares of the body."  Plato, Phaedo

"We must understand the seriousness of this situation. The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken. Unqualified support of the Shah of Iran led directly to the Islamic revolution of 1979.  Then the United States chose to arm and finance the [Islamic] mujahedin in Afghanistan instead of supporting and encouraging the moderate wing of the government of Afghanistan. That is what led to the Taliban in Afghanistan.  But the most catastrophic action of the United States was to sabotage the decision that was painstakingly stitched together by the United Nations regarding the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace. Because what [America] is saying is that if you are afraid of a veto in the Security Council, you can go outside and take action and violate the sovereignty of other countries. That is the message they are sending to the world. That must be condemned in the strongest terms." Nelson Mandela in a Newsweek interview (September 16, 2002)


"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are
added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war...and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
--James Madison, April 20, 1795


"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.  I believe in adequate defence at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.  I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defence of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.  There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war  reparations, and a "Big Boss" - Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.  It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.  I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.  I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street.  The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.  During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts.  I operated on three continents."  -- Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.


"Quand les riches se font la guerre, ce sont les pauvres qui meurent." (When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die) - Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980), Le Diable et le bon Dieu (1951)


"We need a revolution in development thinking and practice," says William Easterly.  "Foreign aid, debt relief, family planning, democracy, education, and free markets have not succeeded."  William Easterly, a former senior advisor with the World Bank and author of the book: The Elusive Quest for Growth:  Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics.

"In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy."  Ivan Illich
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.  How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar." -- Julius Caesar
In a speech delivered two years ago (i.e. 2000), General Anthony C. Zinni, a former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command, lamented that "my son is likely to see a weapon of mass destruction event. Another Pearl Harbor will occur somewhere in the world where Americans are gathered, when a nasty bug or gas or nuke is released it will forever change him and his institutions."

Some Quotes from M. K. Gandhi:

Some Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Some Quotes from Nelson Mandela:

Some Quotes by Noam Chomsky (noted linguist and foreign policy critic):


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)Some Quotes from George Bernard Shaw:
NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)"The problem in defense spending is to figure how far you should go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without."  Dwight D. Eisenhower
 

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)"The rights of municipalities to engage in boycotts (like those which helped to end apartheid in South Africa, or which oppose brutal dictatorial practices in Burma) are currently being viewed as restrictions on trade."  Marc Pilisuk, Globalism and Structural Violence (in the new text 'Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century', ISBN 0-13-096821-8, Prentice Hall)
 

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)"Without a global revolution in consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans, and the catastrophe toward which we are headed ... will be unavoidable."  Vaclav Havel
"In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, our historically strong relationship with Venezuela has experienced difficulties. President Chavez's October 29 criticisms of the U.S. and the coalition military response to international terrorism caused serious strains in our bilateral relationship. In response to Chavez's remarks, we asked our Ambassador to Venezuela to return to Washington for consultations. In the wake of those consultations, it was decided to continue with our policy of engagement with Venezuela whereby we measure the state of our relations by deeds, not words. However, should Venezuelan officials mischaracterize U.S. policy or actions, the U.S. will respond." Ambassador Lino Gutierrez, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State (Remarks to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C., December 17, 2001)

"The Catholic Church has an important role to play in Venezuela. In the wake of the December 10 general work stoppage, it will be important for institutions such as the Church to remain engaged. The Church contributes by urging moderation and dialogue, and, as one of the most respected institutions in Venezuela, has considerable influence -- the Church's moral voice resonates clearly in Venezuela. ... Our policy is to encourage a rapid transition to democracy in Cuba, characterized by strong support for human rights and open  markets. The Church will play an important role in any transition." Ambassador Lino Gutierrez, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State (Remarks to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C., December 17, 2001)

 


"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."  Napolean

"The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of    society intact." 1984 / George Orwell

"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." George Orwell, English writer, 1903-1950


"The English-speaking countries, especially the United States and Britain, have a deeply cynical policy of double standards regarding the Islamic world of 1.3 billion people ... In spite of Osama Bin Laden’s violence, his primitive politics and his misogyny he is the most popular figure in this Islamic world, where he has little competition from the corpulent kings, generals, dictators and juntas, who obey orders from the west ... I was with Arabs in Iraq, Jordan and Palestine while they listened to Osama Bin Laden’s first video and saw the reaction: Their faces were wet with tears. He pierced their hearts with his message, which had three arrows: First: That America will never have peace until Palestine has peace and justice. Second: That America will never have peace as long as 6,000 Iraqi children die each month due to U.S. enforced UN sanctions. Third: America will never have peace as long as the west maintains tyrants and puppet rulers in the Islamic world.  The Islamic world sees 6,000 Iraqi children die every month for ten years and sees that the west doesn’t care, but when 3,000 people die in the World Trade Centers the whole world shakes and is now on the brink of many wars ... this is part of a pervasive double-standard by which the blood of Americans is worth so much more than the blood of Iraqis or Afghanis."  George Galloway, MP from Scotland, and Senior Vice Chairman Parliamentary Labour Party Foreign Affairs Committee, Britain.


There's a quote often attributed to Allen Dulles after it was noted that the final 1964 report of the Warren Commission on the assassination of JFK contained dramatic inconsistencies.  Those inconsistencies, in effect, disproved the Commission's own final conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone on November 22, 1963. Dulles, a career spy, Wall Street lawyer, the CIA director whom JFK had fired after the 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco - and the Warren Commission member who took charge of the investigation and final report - is reported to have said, "The American people don't read."
"As you come to know the seriousness of our situation--the war, the racism, the poverty in the world--you come to realize it is not going to be changed just by words or demonstrations. It's a question of risking your life. It's a question of living your life in drastically different ways." --Dorothy Day, Seeds of Peace. (p.155)

"Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore/ We're already over-crowded from your dirty, little war./ Now, Jesus don't like killin', no matter what the reasons for/ So your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore."--from a Vietnam War era song by John Prine.

2001 P.U.-litzer Prizes For Media Performances Announced By Norman Solomon, FAIR.org, 12-16-1 - The P.U.-litzer Prizes were established a decade ago to give recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year.  As each winter arrives, I confer with Jeff Cohen of the media watch group FAIR to sift through the large volume of entries. This year, the competition was especially fierce. We regret that only a few journalists can win a P.U.-litzer. And now, the tenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes, for the foulest media performances of 2001:
 
* "LOVE A MAN IN A UNIFORM" AWARD -- Cokie Roberts of ABC News "This Week" - On David Letterman's show in October, Roberts gushed: "I am, I will just confess to you, a total sucker for the guys who stand up with all the ribbons on and stuff, and they say it's true and I'm ready to believe it. We had General Shelton on the show the last day he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I couldn't lift that jacket with all the ribbons and medals. And so when they say stuff, I tend to believe it."
 
* PROTECTING VIEWERS FROM THE NEWS PRIZE -- CNN Chair Walter Isaacson - "It seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties or hardship in Afghanistan," said Isaacson, in a memo ordering his staff to accompany any images of Afghan civilian suffering with rhetoric that U.S. bombing is retaliation for the Taliban harboring terrorists. As if the American public may be too feeble-minded to remember Sept. 11, the CNN chief explained: "You want to make sure that when they see civilian suffering there, it's in the context of a terrorist attack that caused enormous suffering in the United States."
 
* PROTECTING READERS FROM THE NEWS PRIZE -- Panama City News Herald - An October internal memo from the daily in Panama City, Florida,  warned its editors: "DO NOT USE photos on Page 1A showing civilian casualties from the U.S. war on Afghanistan. Our sister paper ... has done so and received hundreds and hundreds of threatening e-mails... DO NOT USE wire stories which lead with civilian casualties from the U.S. war on Afghanistan. They should be mentioned further down in the story. If the story needs rewriting to play down the civilian casualties, DO IT."
 
* BEST EMBRACE OF TERRORIST MINDSET AWARD -- columnist Ann Coulter - This category had many candidates -- pundits apparently trying to sound as fanatical as the terrorists they were denouncing - but it was won by Coulter, who wrote in September: "We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now. We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." 
  
Runner-up: Thomas Woodrow and The Washington Times, for a column headlined "Time to Use the Nuclear Option," which asserted: "At a bare minimum, tactical nuclear capabilities should be used against the bin Laden camps in the desert of Afghanistan. To do less would be rightly seen by the poisoned minds that   orchestrated these attacks as cowardice."
 
* TORTUOUS PUNDITRY PRIZE -- Jonathan Alter of Newsweek - In the Nov. 5 edition, under the headline "Time to Think About Torture," Newsweek's Alter wrote: "In this autumn of anger, even a liberal can find his thoughts turning to ... torture. OK, not cattle prods or rubber hoses, at least not here in the United   States, but something to jump-start the stalled investigation of the greatest crime in American history.... Some people still argue that we needn't rethink any of our old assumptions about law enforcement, but they're hopelessly 'Sept. 10' -- living in a country that no longer exists."
 
* CHILD WARNOGRAPHY AWARD -- Bob Edwards, NPR News - On a Nov. 26 broadcast, the longtime anchor of "Morning Edition" interviewed a 12-year-old boy about a new line of trading cards marketed "to teach children about the war on terrorism" by "featuring photographs and information about the war effort." The elder male was enthusiastic as he compared cards. "I've got an Air Force F-16," Edwards said. "The picture's taken from the bottom so you can see the whole payload there, all the bombs lined up." After the boy replied with a bland "yeah," Edwards went on: "That's pretty cool."
 
* "WILD ABOUT THAT MADMAN" AWARD -- Thomas Friedman of The New York Times - "I was a critic of Rumsfeld before, but there's one thing ...  that I do like about Rumsfeld," columnist Friedman declared on Oct. 13 during a CNBC appearance. "He's just a little bit crazy, OK? He's just a little bit crazy, and in this kind of war, they always count on being able to out-crazy us, and I'm glad we got some guy on our bench that our quarterback -- who's just a little bit crazy, not totally, but you never know what that guy's going to do, and I say that's my guy."
 
* "HISTORY IS FOR WIMPS" PRIZE -- Newsweek - When Newsweek published a Dec. 3 cover story on George W. and Laura Bush, it was a paean to "the First Team" more akin to worship than journalism. Along the way, the magazine explained that the president doesn't read many books: "He's busy making history, but doesn't look back at his own, or the world's.... Bush would rather look forward than backward. It's the way he's built, and the result is a president who operates without evident remorse or second-guessing."
 
* BLAME CERTAIN AMERICANS FIRST PRIZE -- televangelist/pundits - Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson - On the national "700 Club" TV show, with host Robertson expressing his agreement, Falwell blamed the Sept. 11 attacks on various Americans who had allegedly irritated God: "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"
 
* AMERICA UNITED EXCEPT FOR THOSE DECADENT TRAITORS AWARD -- Andrew Sullivan of The New Republic and Sunday Times of London -  Columnist Sullivan, as if trying to prove that a gay rights advocate can be as hysterically right-wing as a Falwell, wrote in mid-September: "The middle part of the country -- the great red zone that voted for Bush -- is clearly ready for war. The decadent left in its enclaves on the coasts is not dead -- and may well mount a fifth column."
 
* SHEER O'REILLYNESS AWARD -- Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly and Catherine Seipp of MediaWeek - A February profile of O'Reilly in MediaWeek quoted the TV host's claim that the Los Angeles Times had never named the woman who'd accused Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978: "They never mentioned   Juanita Broaddrick's name, ever. The whole area out here has no idea what's going on, unless you watch my show." After it was pointed out that O'Reilly was wrong and that Broaddrick had been repeatedly mentioned in the L.A. Times, the writer of the MediaWeek profile, Catherine Seipp, commented that she would  likely have caught the error "if I hadn't been so mesmerized by O'Reilly's sheer O'Reillyness. There's just something about a man who's always sure he's right even when he's wrong."
   
Norman Solomon's latest book is "The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media." Reprinted from FAIR: http://www.fair.org/media-beat/011213.html


"Why [should] the U.S. treat Canada differently from Guatemala when reason of state requires it and circumstances permit?" Pierre E. Trudeau (and if you want to see how the U.S. treated Guatemala, see the shocking Bill Moyers' "The Secret Government" video segment at http://www.peace.ca/moyersvideo.htm - it is a must see, and downloadable from our web site)

 
Strategic warfare is often played out at the level of psychology.  The side which has the best understanding of its opponents thinking, while managing to mislead regarding its own thinking, has a clear upper hand, other things being equal. The real problem with this, of course, is that to mislead other countries (i.e. opponents) a country must also mislead its own citizens.  Robert Stewart
 
"The tendency to spiritualize our existence has been crucial to our success as a species, but will be lethal in the long run," Reg Morrison argues in his book The Spirit in the Gene: Humanity's Proud Illusion and the Laws of Nature.  "Only our obsessive yearning for significance, spirituality, and the supernatural could have blinded us to the dangers of overpopulation and environmental degradation and prevented us from taking sufficient precautions to avoid it."  Morrison notes that he is in the curious position where, for his thesis to be true, it must be generally disbelieved.  Morrison indicates that we seem to be headed for "an environmental coup de grace" in the second half of the twenty-first century.
 
Richard Eckersley, fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, Canberra on possible responses to environmental and technological 'doomsday scenarios': "The immense scale of these futures tends to excite fantastic visions.  But how might we actually respond to these imminent spikes, each of which has profound implications for human civilization?  At least three distinct scenarios are possible: 1. Surrender and abdication.  The scale and speed of change is so great that people will give up any hope of trying to manage it.  The impotence of government or any other human institution in the face of such change will undermine our already weakened faith in them, leading to further political disengagement and an even greater focus on individual goals, especially hedonistic ones.  The result could be a period of chaotic change.  2. A fundamentalist backlash.  The technological 'fundamentalism' that the singularlity represents will trigger a desperate response by religious or national fundamentalists, to whom it is deeply offensive.  They will use every means at hand to oppose it, including biological or nuclear terrorism.  A population crash could generate a different sort of fundamentalist revival, where fundamentalists interpret the spike as the act of a vengeful God.  3. A new universalism.  In this more benign outcome, one or both of the spikes help to create a new universal culture, a new sense of human solidarity and destiny, and a resurgent spirituality.  Set against such momentous events, our differences become petty, our present priorities trivial.  Only the most fundamental aspects of our situation matter. http://nceph.anu.edu.au/Staff/Staff_pdf_papers/Richard_Eckersley_papers/Richard_E_SMH-Age_spikes.pdf and updated in The Futurist Magazine, November-December 2001 http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/futurist/index.html?ts=1008368809 
 
"Global ethics systems are needed to recognize that massive economic clout is used to derive profits from smaller economies.  Instead of a strong international system to prevent the exploitation of these smaller economies by the monoliths, we are faced with expansionist pressures from some corporations that are now larger than nations and owe their primary duty to shareholders rather than citizens. ... The view that globalization leads to fair trade, fair competition and fair conditions should be weighed against what actually happens in the southern hemisphere.  Like communism, globalization may prove to be better in its philosophy than in practice." Alice Arnott Oppen, consultant to the Australian Institute of Company Directors in December 2001, CA Magazine, pg34-36.
 
"The biggest delusion of our time is that great corporations have an ethical centre." John Le Carre, The Constant Gardener
Some Quotes from David Adams:

If fear wins out, the anger may be turned inward and lead to self-destructive behavior. ... If fear wins out against anger, a person's thinking can come to be dominated by pessimism. Of course, some pessimism comes from practical experience. As Helen Caldicott puts it, "the international balance of terror, economic pressures, and the frustration of dealing with a biased government and unresponsive bureaucracy leave many Americans feeling helpless." But pessimism also takes the form of irrational ideas and myths, such as the myth that human nature is intrinsically evil and war-like."  courtesy of David Adams, Psychology for Peace Activists http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ppa/title-page.html

"One method that the State uses to repress movements for peace and justice is to outlaw organizations and force the membership underground where personal integration is much more difficult to achieve." David Adams, Psychology for Peace Activists http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ppa/title-page.html

The military-industrial complex promotes war preparation in order to profit from government orders which are free from the competition of a capitalist market.... militarism has historically been used not only for war between states, but also for the maintenance of power within the state. David Adams, Psychology for Peace Activists http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ppa/title-page.html


 
The basis of imperialism according to the classic definition of Hobson: the use of government machinery to secure economic gains abroad.

What if we understood that, today, there is no such thing as national security as long as the basic human needs of large portions of humanity are not met?In today’s world made transparent by television and other telecommunications, any country that attains prosperity unshared by its fellow nations can only breed resentment and hatred. John Robbins http://www.foodrevolution.org/terrorandlove.htm


 Some Quotes from Dr. Johan Galtung ('father' of peace research):


"CIA station was lost in attack on Twin Towers" (headline, IHT 6 November 2001). "The station was a base of operations to spy on and recruit foreign diplomats who were stationed at the United Nations"- a statement that should cause an outcry of demands for getting the UN out of the USA as soon as possible.


(One major) problem faced by every economy is distribution --apportioning goods (and the resources they embody) among different people, not among different products.  Nearly everyone agrees that goods should be distributed in a way that is fair (though we may disagree on the precise meaning of "fair").  If you don't believe this statement is true, think of an extreme case.  If one person received 99% of all the benefits provided by the U.S. economy, and all other citizens had to divvy up the remaining 1%, almost everyone would agree that this was an "unfair" or unsatisfactory distribution of benefits. The vast majority of people would say, "There is something wrong with this picture."  This extreme example is intended to show that nearly everyone agrees that there are "fair" and "unfair" distributions of goods.  What is a "fair" distribution --and how we should achieve it --are the main questions that give rise to "politics."  Unfortunately the market cannot solve the problem of fair distribution. Left alone, a market economy tends to create inequalities that grow larger as time passes. ... This problem must be solved by people deciding what is fair, then making public policies intended to achieve a fair distribution. After those decisions have been made, then the market can allocate resources efficiently[3] within the politically-established framework of fairness.  economist Herman Daly courtesy of Richard Moore
 
The total wealth of the world's three richest individuals is greater than the combined gross domestic product (1) of the 48 poorest countries - a quarter of all the world's states.  (they are Bill Gates $58.7B, Warren Buffett $32.3B and Paul Allen $30.4B - total $121.4 Billion; see Forbes World's Richest People http://www.forbes.com/lists/home.jhtml?passListId=10&passYear=2001&passListType=Person )
 
The top 1% (rich) has as much after-tax income as the 100 million Americans with the lowest income, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports.  The top 1% already has nearly as much wealth as the bottom 95% of Americans combined. ... About 39 million Americans, including more than eight million children, have no health insurance of any kind - not private, not Medicaid, not anything.  Lack of health insurance is associated with a 25% higher risk of death.  Inadequate health insurance is one reason the United States ranks number 1 in the world in wealth, but only 32nd in child mortality under age five.  Holly Sklar, co-author of "Raise the Floor: Wages and Policies that Work for All of Us"; http://www.raisethefloor.org

" The dream of capitalism is to co-opt people with higher living standards without redistributing any wealth. Without co-optation, widespread repression is the only guarantor of gross inequality." Holly Sklar, from her book Trilateralism


 
The dominant setting for conflict in each case is a world in which the rich and the poor live in full sight of one another.  If, in addition, the poor are voiceless, they may well be induced to speak through violence. Particularly so if their predicament is aggravated by the environmental carelessness of the rich.  It is a peculiar folly, under these circumstances, for the rich to seek greater riches by selling weapons to the poor. Even without this, the prosperous grow ever more vulnerable. Advanced societies are complex and fragile. They operate efficiently by being open, not guarded. Like any complex mechanism, they are, therefore, vulnerable to the wrecker's ball.... To avoid a tragic outcome, we shall be forced to do what we should have done previously. That is to recognize abroad what we have long recognized domestically: the right of all to food, shelter, education and freedom of expression. This is a revolution in thinking that is already under way. What is lacking, in this country as elsewhere, is a sense of urgency.  John Polanyi, Canadian, Nobel Laureate
 
"No one likes mosquitoes or rodents, but they are a fact of life and outdoors few people go much out of their way to kill them. But if they are in our own house, biting, irritating, hurting our children, few people get much rest until they have all been killed. Yes they hate us for all the reasons mentioned above, but the real problem for many Muslims and particularly the terrorists is that we Americans and those from developed countries like us are just in the wrong place. If we and our influences somehow had, long ago, been removed from their parts of the Middle East, the terrorists would not have gone to all the trouble of preparing for long-planned difficult multiple suicide attacks on such visible national symbols." Alan F. Kay, PhD. Harvard, e-mail i@alanfkay.com, was co-founder of a military research and development firm (1954-1963) and founder and CEO (1966-1979) of AutEx, supplier of "marketplace" systems to industry.  http://www.wfs.org/eskay.htm
Ministers also agreed to implement a global system of peace education and training aimed at social progress, fighting inequalities and promoting tolerance, respect and mutual understanding.  Newsrelease: WORLD CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH CONCLUDES 8 - 12 AUGUST, 1998, LISBON http://srch1.un.org/plweb-cgi/fastweb?state_id=1008026274&view=unsearch&docrank=7&numhitsfound=30&query=peace%20education&&docid=1131&docdb=pr1998&dbname=web&sorting=BYRELEVANCE&operator=adj&TemplateName=predoc.tmpl&setCookie=1 .  "But as of 2002, no such global system of peace education exists - and a Canadian system of peace education does not exist - even though this is at the heart of creating a Culture of Peace.  Shame on our government leaders" Bob Stewart

 "Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here", Woodrow Wilson asked a year after the First World War ended, "that does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?". In 1919, as US citizens watched a shredded Europe scraping up its own remains, the answer may well have been no. But the lessons of war never last for long. courtesy of George Monbiot


 "The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilize savage and senile and paranoidal peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells."  John Flynn, 1944
 "you are either for us or against us" in the war for civilisation against evil. George W. Bush, September 2001 

"Those who make peaceful resolution impossible make violent resolution inevitable."  John F. Kennedy


"Violence is a form of resourcelessness; in other words, we use violence when we lack the creativity to come up with a nonviolent solution."  Ursula Franklin, Canadian.


Some Quotes by U.S. President Bill Clinton: 


"The nuclear bomb is the most anti-democratic, anti-national, anti-human, outright evil thing that man has ever made.  If you are religious, then remember that this bomb is Man's challenge to God.  It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created.  If you're not religious, then look at it this way.  This world of ours is four thousand, six hundred million years old.  It could end in an afternoon.... All I can say to every man, woman and sentient child in India, and over there, just a little way in Pakistan, is take it personally.  On the day of reckoning, you will not be asked to present your credentials.  The devastation will be indiscriminate.  The bomb isn't in your backyard.  It's in your body.  And mine.  Nobody, no nation, no government, no man, no god has the right to put it there.  We're radioactive already, and the war hasn't even begun.  So stand up and say something.  Never mind if it's been said before.  Speak up on your own behalf.  Take it very personally..." "  Arundhati Roy, author

"If we don't change, our species will not survive... Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse." -Maurice Strong quoted in the September 1, 1997 edition of National Review magazine on the impending global environmental catastrophe.


NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)Some Quotes by Ramsey Clark, former United States Attorney General and human rights activist:


"If we see that Germany is winning we should help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany and that way let them kill as many as possible." Harry S. Truman, 1941


The math of death ... For an odious math, take U.S. congressman Charlie Wilson who, in the 1980s, backed huge U.S. aid to help Islamic fundamentalists, including Osama bin Lade, fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan:  "I looked at it this way - We lost 58,000 men in Vietnam.  The Russians have lost maybe 25,000 in Afghanistan.  I figure they owe us 33,000 dead." courtesy of Rick Salutin, Globe & Mail October 12, 2001

In the words of World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn: "We estimate that tens of thousands more children will die worldwide and some 10 million more people are likely to be living below the poverty line of $1 a day because of the terrorist attacks. This is simply from loss of income. Many, many more people will be thrown into poverty if development strategies are disrupted."  (story at http://www.worldbank.org/developmentnews/stories/html/100101a.htm )


"Many of us regard ourselves as mildly liberal or centrist politically, voice fairly pleasant sentiments about our poor children, contribute money to send poor kids to summer camp, feel benevolent. We're not nazis; we're nice people. We read sophisticated books. We go to church. We go to synagogue. Meanwhile, we put other people's children into an economic and environmental death zone. We make it hard for them to get out. We strip the place bare of amenities. And we sit back and say to ourselves, "Well, I hope that they don't kill each other off. But if they do, it's not my fault." Jonathan Kozol, educator and author


"'What makes suicide bombers tick?' asked Foreign Policy magazine in 2000.  Terrorism specialists offer a nuanced appraisal, arguing that suicide terrorism has inherent tactical advantages over conventional terrorism: It is a simple and low-cost operation (requiring no escape routes or complicated rescue operations); it guarantees mass casualties and extensive damage (since the suicide bomber can choose the exact time, location, and circumstances of the attack); there is no fear that interrogated terrorists will surrender important information (because their deaths are certain); and it has an immense impact on the public and the media (due to the overwhelming sense of helplessness).  Dr. Ramadan Shalah, secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, summarized the chilling logic of the new terror tactic: 'Our enemy possesses the most sophisticated weapons in the world and its army is trained to a very high standard ... We have nothing with which to repel killing and thuggery against us except the weapon of martyrdom.  It is easy and costs us only our lives ... Human bombs cannot be defeated, not even by nuclear bombs.'"


"If it bleeds, it leads."  Lyle Stewart, columnist with the Montreal Gazette on the policy of the media to report violence first.


"Red ice sells hockey tickets."  Bob Stewart, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace, on the policy of owners of hockey teams to promote hockey fights.  (In fact, many hockey teams have boxing coaches.)

" If we're going to have a strong economic relationship that includes our ability to sell around the world, Europe has got to be a key... That's what this Kosovo thing is all about."  U.S. president Bill Clinton in a speech delivered the day before his televised address to the American people about the crisis in Kosovo.  Quoted in "The Case Against Intervention In Kosovo" by Benjamin Schwarz and Christopher Layne in The Nation Magazine April 19, 1999.
"A military that concentrates solely on fighting and winning wars or even preparing to do so risks making a massive blunder because it shortchanges the mission of preventing contests, conflict, contention, or active hostility from flaring into armed hostility -- often at much less cost than military preparations for war."  The Center for Defense Information www.cdi.org

"Today, the greatest threats facing any nation's security may not be military threat. Increasingly, they are complex issues related to the environment such as: population growth, water scarcity, pollution, and economic stability." The Center for Defense Information www.cdi.org


In the sociopathic language of our leaders, I suppose that Columbine & Santee would be viewed as "acceptable collateral damage." Marvin Berlowitz


Pastor Martin Niemoller, writing in Germany before his arrest in the 1930s:  "The Nazis came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I was a Protestant, so I didn't speak up....by that time there was nobody left to speak up for anyone."


"Commanders should consider community relations activities  as a fundamental part of building public support for military operations. Public affairs operations bring together Air Force people and the civilian community  through events such as air shows that feature the US Air Force Air Demonstration  Squadron (the Thunderbirds), open houses, anniversary activities, civic leader  tours, support for local community activities, and recruiting efforts.  Effective community relations create mutual acceptance, respect, appreciation  and cooperation between the Air Force and civilian community. ... Public affairs operations support a strong
national  defense, in effect preparing the nation for war, by building public trust and  understanding for the military's contribution to national security and its  budgetary requirements. These operations make taxpayers aware of the value of  spending defense dollars on readiness, advanced weapons, training, personnel,  and the associated costs of maintaining a premier aerospace force. With public  and congressional backing, military leaders are able to effectively recruit,  equip, and train airmen to perform the full spectrum of military  operations."  US  Air Force


In February 1999 the motives underlying U.S. military spending were spelled out with rare clarity by the U.S. Secretary of Defense.  "Marshaling his arguments for ensuring American military pre-eminence in the 21st Century", he said in a speech to employees of Microsoft: "I will point out that the prosperity that companies like Microsoft now enjoy could not occur without having the strong military that we have."  He told reporters that "conflicts in far-away lands such as Bosnia, Korea and Iraq have a direct effect on the U.S. economy.  The billions it costs to keep 100,000 American troops in South Korea and Japan, for example, makes Asia more stable - and thus better markets for U.S. goods.  The military's success in holding Iraq in check ensures a continued flow of oil from the Persian Gulf." (AP, Feb. 18, 1999)  Commentary - the U.S. policy of "holding Iraq in check" through an embargo costs thousands of lives every month, and, according to estimates by U.N. agencies, has taken over one million lives since 1991.  Frederik S. Heffermehl

 "The U.S. itself is taking penal action against states and individuals all over the world, violating the sovereignty of other states.  But at the same time the U.S. will not accept a quite reasonable right for other countries to prosecute, before an international tribunal, in the event U.S. citizens should commit the worst types of crimes (war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, etc.) on their territory."  Frederik S. Heffermehl

"The Cuban crisis in 1962 was not the only case where the world was inches away from devastation; there were many similarly dangerous situations.  One type was the recurrent malfunctioning of electronic detection and communication systems.  It is a wonder that we got through alive.  Nuclear deterrence is a gamble that some time will be lost."  Lee Butler, USA, retired Four Star General, who served until 1994 as Commander in Chief of the long-range air, land and sea based nuclear forces of the United States.  Commentary: "I wish to mention and honour one of the people we should thank for our continuing existence, a Russian colonel, Stanislav Petrov.  For three terrifying minutes on a September night in 1983 he held firm as alarms blared and lights flashed across his nuclear control bunker, falsely indicating a nuclear attack.  Had he followed his orders, Soviet missiles would have erased numerous U.S. cities.  It would have been the end for us all.  After initial promises of the honour he deserved, the incident was hushed up and Petrov was sacked by embarrassed superiors.  Today he lives forgotten and ill outside Moscow." Frederik S. Heffermehl


 "Unless the present law-based international order is respected in the years to come, the international community will face disintegration and international uncertainty that has not been seen since the 1930s."  Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, past Minister of  Foreign Affairs Canada and Knut Vollebaek, past Foreign Minister of Norway.


"Although there are treaties outlawing chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, there is no such specific treaty to ban nuclear weapons - yet only nuclear weapons can destroy all life on Earth.  How then could they be legal?"  Kate Dewes, New Zealand, Vice President of the International Peace Bureau

 "In 1961 President John F. Kennedy asked the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff "If your present nuclear war plans were executed as planned, how many people would die in the Soviet Union and China?" ... The total death-toll ... was estimated by the Joint Chiefs to be in the neighborhood of 600,000,000 dead.  One hundred Holocausts.  ... How ordinary, patriotic, conscientious Americans, men I worked with every day and drank beer with at night, could have brought into being a machinery for destruction on this scale, with the readiness to use it, is a horror and a mystery to me that I have struggled to understand ever since. ... It is a reality whose existence in each one of these states has depended from its beginning on governmental secrecy, on people keeping secrets from their fellow citizens."  Daniel Ellsberg, USA, author, his publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 helped end the Vietnam war and bring an end to the Nixon Presidency.  Commentary: "Hardly anyone discovered the reality that the war planners were calculating explosive power only and not all the other enormous consequences of a nuclear attack." Lee Butler, USA, retired Four Star General, who served until 1994 as Commander in Chief of the long-range air, land and sea based nuclear forces of the United States.


 "... Richard Nixon was deceiving the public about his policy in Vietnam just as his five predecessors had done, and that like them he was on a secret course that would almost surely prolong and escalate a wrongful, hopeless war." Daniel Ellsberg, USA, author, his publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 helped end the Vietnam war and bring an end to the Nixon Presidency. 


"Ronald Reagan once claimed that the western peace movements were, "all sponsored by a thing called the World Peace Council which is bought and paid for by the Soviet Union."  The President was repeating a common right-wing myth, that peace movements were controlled and manipulated from Moscow. ... Ronald Reagan had it backwards.  Perhaps it was the Kremlin that was influenced by the peace movement. ... peace movement efforts helped to shape Soviet thinking."  David Cortright, USA, Director of Fourth Freedom Forum

"The phenomenon of denial, which, when it comes to nuclear weapons (and a Culture of Violence generally?), is something we are confronting right now. ... Dr. Robert Jay Lifton's greatest contribution is his identification of a phenomenon he calls "collective numbing" or a societywide denial, and how that denial is linked to the government's embrace of nuclear weapons (violence?)." Jonathan Schell and Charles B. Strosier, co-director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival (with editorial comments)


"The real world is complex and sometimes none of the choices we have are good ones. If Attila the Hun is coming through, it's not a matter of being moral. It's kill or be killed."  Theodore Postol, professor of science, technology and national security policy at M.I.T.
 
"Sometimes you do evil to prevent greater evil."  Theodore Postol, professor of science, technology and national security policy at M.I.T.
 

"If you look at world history, ever since men began waging war, you will see that there's a permanent race between sword and shield. The sword always wins. The more improvements that are made to the shield, the more improvements are made to the sword. We think that with these [anti-missile ] systems, we are just going to spur swordmakers to intensify their efforts."
("With a Don't Be Vexed Air, Chirac Assesses U.S," New York Times, December 17, 1999)


 
"The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. ... Only reverance can restrain violence - reverance for human  life and the environment ." William Sloan Coffin
 
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone; it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists and the hopes of its children." Dwight David Eisenhower, 6-17-61

" In the councils of government, we must guard against unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address, 1961


 
"Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie.... But rather mourn the apathetic throng-- The cowed and meek-- Who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, And dare not speak!" Ralph Chaplin, 1922
 
"Silence is the voice of complicity." Fr. Bruni
 
"...of course the people don't want war....Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a  Communist dictatorship...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country (pp. 255-256)   ...Education is dangerous...Every educated person is a future enemy" (P. 250)/ Hermann Goering, Reichsmarschall and Lufwaffe-Chief, &    President of the Reichstag during the reign of Hitler. From Gilbert, G.M. (1947). Nurenberg diary. New York: Signet.
 
"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Steven Biko
Some Quotes by Albert Einstein:

 
"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; We've added years to life, not life to years.We've been all the way to the  moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul: We've split the atom, but not our prejudice; We have higher incomes, but lower morals; We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun;  more kinds of food, but less nutrition.These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in  the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or to just hit delete." Author Unknown

"Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead."  General Omar Bradley


"Two thirds of the boys from Harlem won't live past middle age." Geoffrey Canada, author of 'Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun'


"87% of television movies solve interpersonal conflicts with violence."  Betty Reardon, author of 'A Culture of Peace: Core Learnings for the Twenty-First Century'


"The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology. " Michael Parenti, political scientist and author

"With unfailing consistancy, U.S. intervention has been on the side of the rich and powerful of various nations at the expense of the poor and needy. Rather than strengthening democracies, U.S. leaders have overthrown numerous democratically elected governments or other populist regimes in dozens of countries ... whenever these nations give evidence of putting the interests of their people ahead of the interests of multinational corporate interests. " Michael Parenti, political scientist and author


"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all."  -- Economist John Maynard Keynes

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith, economist and author

" It doesn't take a genius to pump up the GNP [of a developing country] by burning down rainforests, using slave labor and social repression to keep things in place. " Hazel Henderson, economist


" [U.S. aid] has tended to flow disproportionately to Latin American governments which torture their citizens..." Lars Schoultz, leading academic specialist on human rights in Latin America


"When I visited Auschwitz I was horrified. And when I visited Iraq,  I thought to myself, 'What will we tell our children in fifty years when they ask what we did when the people in Iraq were dying.'" Mairead McGuire, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Northern Ireland


" Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or 'disappeared', at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame." Amnesty International, in its annual report on U.S. military aid and human rights


"One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous." Aldous Huxley, English author, 1894-1963

" Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. " Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English author, literary scholar and social critic


" Does it sound outrageous to you that military spending for fiscal year 2000 will be almost $290 billion and all other domestic discretionary spending, such as education, job training, housing, Amtrak, medical research, environment, Head Start and many other worthwhile programs will total $246 billion, the biggest disparity in modern times ? " Dale Bumpers, former US Senator and present Director of the Center for Defense Information

"The Department of National Defence (Canada) has the largest budget of any federal (Canadian) government department." Canadian Peace Alliance


" It is no longer a question of controlling a military-industrial complex, but rather, of keeping the United States from becoming a totally military culture." Jerome Weisner, president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Some Quotes by Edward S. Herman, economist, author, and US media and foreign policy critic:


"The recent quantum leap in the ability of transnational corporations to relocate their facilities around the world in effect makes all workers, communities and countries competitors for these corporations' favor. The consequence is a "race to the bottom" in which wages and social conditions tend to fall to the level of the most desperate." Jeremy Brecher, historian and author


"For the last fifty years we've been supporting right-wing governments, and that is a puzzlement to me...I don't understand what there is in the American character... that almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President, we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards them." William Shirer, author


" Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they restore their own." William Greider, journalist and author


"The achievements of past struggles and the aspirations of an entire nation are [being] undone and erased.... No Agent Orange or steel pellet bombs, no napalm, no toxic chemicals: a new phase of economic and social (rather than physical) destruction has unfolded. The seemingly neutral and scientific tools of macro-economic policy constitute a non-violent instrument of recolonization and impoverishment." Michel Chossudovsky, economist


"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them." Harold Pinter, English dramatist


" America's inability to come to terms with revolutionary change in the The Third World...has created our biggest international problems in the postwar era. But the root of the problem is not, as many Americans persist in believing, the relentless spread of communism. Rather, it is our own difficulty in understanding that Third World revolutions are primarily nationalist, not communist. Nationalism, not capitalism or communism, is the dominant political force in the modern world. You might think that revolutionary nationalism and the desire for self-determination would be relatively easy for Americans - the first successful revolutionaries to win their independence - to understand. But instead we have been dumbfounded when other peoples have tried to pursue the goals of our own revolution two centuries ago.... " Former U.S. Senator Frank Church, on the shortsightedness of 'rollback' as our foreign policy doctrine


"People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. "  C. Wright Mills - from the book The Power Elite


"I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these [Third World] nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own.... And if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the "haves" refuse to share with the "have-nots" by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans." General David Sharp, former US Marine Commandant,1966



Some Quotes by Howard Zinn, historian and author:


"When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist." Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist


" Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S. military machine to turn." John Stockwell, former CIA official and author (download a video with Stockwell, talking about the Third World War)


" Today, the United States and Somalia are the only two countries in the world which haven't ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. And since Somalia is a country with no internationally recognized government, the United States essentially stands alone as the last holdout to legally guarantee children the same full range of human rights ... agreed to by 191 other sovereign states. " Catherine Langevin-Falcon, executive director of UNICEF (Humanist magazine Nov/Dec 1998)


"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it ..." US General Douglas MacArthur, 1957


"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court justice from 1916-1939


In 1997, the six governments which executed the greatest number of people per capita were China, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Florida and Texas. 


" We live amidst massive inequality. We don't really care that most people have little power to alter the conditions of their lives. We refuse to acknowledge that the earth is dying and that we are killing it. ... Our unthinking celebration of individual achievement and upward mobility works to damage the life-giving ties of kinship and the bonds of community.  ...We pretend not to understand the linkages between our comfortable standard of living and the dictatorships we impose and protect through an international military presence. " Jerry Fresia, author of Toward an American Revolution

" The government of the United States does not, in its policies, express the decency of its people. " Jerry Fresia, author of Toward an American Revolution


"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. " Edward Bernays, "father" of modern public relations (PR), on government propaganda


" In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of "the Haves" over the human rights of "the Have Nots" is inevitably called into serious question. " David Korten, economist and internationalist


" It is legal to purchase a fully assembled Uzi machine gun in this country [United States] but it's not legal to purchase a fully assembled low-watt radio transmitter." Greg Ruggerio, editor and media activist


"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II


"As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent on advertising revenues for support, it has become an anti-democratic force in society." Robert McChesney, journalist and media critic

"The range of debate between the dominant U.S. [political] parties tends to closely resemble the range of debate within the business class." Robert McChesney, author and media critic


"Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism.... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all others." Emma Goldman, American anarchist and feminist, 1869-1940

" The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought." Emma Goldman, American anarchist and feminist, 1869-1940


" Not a nut or bolt shall reach Chile under Allende. Once Allende comes to power we shall do all within our power to condemn Chile and all Chileans to utmost deprivation and poverty..." U.S. Ambassador to Chile, three years before the coup against Chile's
elected President Allende in 1973


" Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world. "
Eleanor Roosevelt


" What would have happened if millions of American and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New Jersey [part of the Rockefeller empire] managers shipped the enemy's fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel? Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars' worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan [the Rockefeller family among others?] Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France
with authorization from Dearborn, Michigan? Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler's communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London? Or that ITT built the FockeWulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial balI bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goering's cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?"  Charles Higham, researcher, about U.S.-Nazi collaboration during WWII


" The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent. " Gore Vidal, novelist and critic


"[Nearly 70% of the military budget] is to provide men and weapons to fight in foreign countries in support of our allies and friends and for offensive operations in Third World countries .. Another big chunk of the defense budget is the 20% allocated for our offensive nuclear force of bombers, missiles, and submarines whose job it is to carry nuclear weapons to the Soviet Union... Actual defense of the United States costs about 10% of the military budget and is the least expensive function performed by the Pentagon... " Rear Admiral Gene LaRoque, U.S. Navy retired


" Rollback as a foreign policy ... causes untold devastation and misery for millions overseas, and hinders any potential positive U.S. influence in world affairs... To the extent the U.S. public backs rollback, this support is rooted in a misguided sense of patriotism. Patriotism itself - love of one's country and one's people - is a natural and reasonable human feeling. But patriotism which measures one's country by military superiority over all rivals regardless of consequence is irrational... There is surely a more rational form of patriotism that searches for excellence in social, economic and moral spheres rather than in weapon systems. " from the book Rollback by Thomas Bodenheimer and Robert Gould


"I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It's quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S.  Eduardo Galeano, Latin American writer and historian (Progressive magazine, July 1999)


"Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda." Eric Alterman, author


"The problem after a war is with the victor.  He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay.  Who will teach him a lesson?"  - A.J. Muste


The following was proposed shortly after World War II by an advisor to the U.S. government, George F. Kennan. He was also the first to formulate the so called containment strategy, which dominated U.S. foreign policy for almost a half century: "We have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only about 6.3% of its population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without detriment to our national security... We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford ... the luxury of altruism ... We should cease to talk about ... unreal objectives such as human rights, the rising of living standards and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to deal in straight power concepts."

Commentary: Further, and this will be difficult (but not insurmountable) current national foreign policies must change. For example, "Social justice, as a goal urged by the United Nations, refers to striving for equality between entire peoples, that is a global attack on global poverty. Such an attack cannot be launched without radically changing the current trade patterns and financial arrangements between the affluent and impoverished worlds. It cannot be launched without expressly disavowing national policies of the sort proposed by Mr. Kennan.


In a recent article in Foreign Affairs entitled "Saving the UN", U.S. Senator Jesse Helms writes: "As it currently operates, the United Nations does not deserve continued American support... [[it] is being transformed from an institution of sovereign nations into a quasi-sovereign entity in itself. The transformation represents an obvious threat to U.S. national interests.. This situation is untenable. The United Nations was originally created to help nation-states facilitate the peaceful resolution of international disputes. However, the United Nations has moved from facilitating diplomacy among nation-states to supplanting them altogether. Boutros Ghali has said as much. In his Agenda for Peace. he declared... "The time of absolute and exclusive sovereignty ... has passed. Its theory has never matched reality ..." Such thinking is -in step with the nearly global movement toward greater centralization of political power ... This process must be stopped ... U.N. reform is much more than saving money. It is about preventing unelected bureaucrats from acquiring ever greater powers at the expense of elected national leaders. It is about restoring the legitimacy of the nation-state ... the UN bureaucracy mistakenly believes that caring for the needs of all the world's people is . . its job.... There must be a termination of unnecessary committees and conferences ... In addition to wasteful conferences like the Beijing women's summit, ... the United Nations continually sponsors workshops, expert consultations, technical consultations, and panel discussions.... Most of these can be terminated at a savings of millions of dollars . . The time has come for the United States to deliver an ultimatum: Either the United Nations reforms, quickly and dramatically, or the United States will end its participation.... Withholding U.S. contributions has not worked. In 1986 Congress passed the Kassebaum-Solomon bill, which said to the United Nations in clear and unmistakable terms, reform or die. The time has come for it to do one or the other."


As Henry Kissinger puts it succinctly, "Empires have no interest in operating within an international system; they aspire to be the international system ..."


"We have heard that a half million children have died," said "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl, speaking of US sanctions against Iraq.  "I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima.  And -- and you know, is the price worth it?"   Her guest, in May 1996, U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright, responded: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price -- we think the price is worth it."


At a 1993 meeting with Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell--who gave his name to the doctrine that the military should be used only after a clear political goal has been set, and then only with decisive force--Secretary of State Madeleine Albright challenged the general: 'What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it'?"


This an interview with Brzezinski regarding US/CIA programs in Afghanistan "6 months before the Soviet intervention".  Brzezinski, in case anyone doesn't know, is a _very senior US policy official. 

1)  B: "Regret what?  That secret operation was an excellent idea.  It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it?"
Commentary: If the "Afghan trap" was seen by our esteemed policy-makers as an excellent and successful strategy - as indeed it was from their perspective - then isn't it reasonable to assume that same strategy might be deployed elsewhere?

2)  B: "What is most important to the history of the world?  The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire?  Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?"
Commentary: This statement is reminescent of another by Kissinger, when asked why the US had sold out the Kurds.  He replied "You can't make omelettes without breaking eggs".  What both of these gentlemen are telling us is that there are no observable limits to their callous Machiavellian schemes.  Despite all the rhetoric about saving the noble Aghans from the evil Ruskies - rhetoric which mobilized American moral outrage at the time - all the while the Aghans were just pawns in the game, and their eventual fate was of no concern to our leaders.  Use them, abuse them, and then discard them... this is how the NWO "makes omelettes".

3)  B: " According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979.  But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise..."
For nearly 20 years, he tells us, a major conspiracy was successfully kept secret from the American people and the world.  There were changes of administration, and changes of personnel in the various agencies invovled, and yet nothing leaked out of the mainstream media.  People at the highest level of government were in the know, along with who-knows-how-many field agents, support personnel, administrative staff, media insiders, etc. etc. There is an "official version of history" and then there is reality - the discrepency is called "conspiracy" - and by some means or the other, such conspiracies can be kept secret successfully for decades.


Behold the brand new Treasury Secretary-designate, Lawrence "Larry" Summers, as he describes (in an internal memo) central tenets of his global economic vision.


"'Dirty' Industries: Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging MORE migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [Less Developed Countries]?  I can think of three reasons:
"1) The measurements of the costs of health impairing pollution depends on the foregone earnings from increased morbidity and mortality.  From this point of view a given amount of health impairing pollution should be done in the country with the lowest cost, which will be the country with the lowest
wages.  I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.
"2) The costs of pollution are likely to be non-linear as the initial increments of pollution probably have very low cost.  I've always though that under-populated countries in Africa are vastly UNDER-polluted, their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City.  Only the lamentable facts that so much pollution is generated by non-tradable industries (transport, electrical generation) and that the unit transport costs of solid waste are so high prevent world welfare
enhancing trade in air pollution and waste.
"3) The demand for a clean environment for aesthetic and health reasons is likely to have very high income elasticity.  The concern over an agent that causes a one in a million change in the odds of prostrate cancer is obviously going to be much higher in a country where  people survive to get
prostrate cancer than in a country where under 5 mortality is is 200 per thousand.  Also, much of the concern over industrial atmosphere discharge is about visibility impairing particulates.  These discharges may have very little direct health impact.  Clearly trade in goods that embody aesthetic
pollution concerns could be welfare enhancing.  While production is mobile the consumption of pretty air is a non-tradable."


At a March 24, 1999 State Department press briefing, spokesman James Rubin was asked about this development (Yugoslavia's willingness to consider a UN peacekeeping force, but not a NATO led one):

QUESTION: Was there any follow-up to the Serbian Assembly's yesterday? They had a two-pronged decision. One was to not allow NATO troops to come in; but the second part was to say they would consider an international force if all of the Kosovo ethnic groups agreed to some kind of a peace plan. It was an ambiguous collection of resolutions. Did anybody try to pursue that and find out what was the meaning of that?

RUBIN: Ambassador Holbrooke was in Belgrade, discussed these matters extensively with President Milosevic, left with the conclusion that he was not prepared to engage seriously on the two relevant subjects. I think the decision of the Serb Parliament opposing military-led implementation was the message that most people received from the parliamentary debate. I'm not aware that people saw any silver linings.

QUESTION: But there was a second message, as well; there was a second resolution.

RUBIN: I am aware that there was work done, but I'm not aware that anybody in this building regarded it as a silver lining.

In other words, the State Department was aware that the Serbs had once again expressed openness to an "international presence," but this was not seen as a "silver lining," apparently because only a NATO force was acceptable to the U.S.

In an intriguing corollary to the insistence on NATO forces, a leaked version of the Pentagon's 1994-1999 Defense Planning Guidance report advises that the United States "must seek to prevent the emergence of European-only security arrangements which would undermine NATO....Therefore, it is of fundamental importance to preserve NATO as the primary instrument of Western defense and security, as well as the channel for U.S. influence and participation in European security affairs."


NATO reports on the bombing of a village followed a pattern similar to that of a similar incident a few
weeks earlier (paraphrased by a reader):
1. "We don't know what happened or whether anything did.
2. The Serbs were shelling that area and may have caused the damage so they can blame it on us.
3. We did it in the course of an attack on a legitimate target.  We regretthe collateral damage.  Such damage is unavoidable in a just war.
4. The Serbs may have put the civilians there deliberately and even if they didn't they are the bad guys in this war.
5.  So blame Slobodan Milosovich for this as for everything else."


"The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist -- McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."  Thomas L. Friedman, Two-time Pulitzer winning NY Times columnist, from A Manifesto for the Fast World New York Times, March 28 1999 http://www.globalpolicy.org/nations/fried99.htm


Nuclear Deterrence:  "Let us understand clearly what nuclear deterrence is. It is the irrational hope that terrible fear (of the consequences of a nuclear assault) will somehow continuously promote wise decisions by fallible human beings operating under enormous pressure in conditions they can never fully control!" (Achin Vinaik, The Hindu, 1 July 1999)


Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations wrote in his memoirs (A Dangerous Place) that "the Department of State desired that the United Nations prove utterly ineffective in whatever measures it undertook" to reverse the invasion (of East Timor). "


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