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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Im tired of this shit

Yes, you heard me. Im just so ^**** tired of this shit going on. The New World (dis) Order and everything - just screw it guys. So much lying and manipulation and explotation of the world and its people, everything going on just make me really sick.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Truth Exists; Falsehood must be invented

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Papal Insults, A Bavarian Provocation

Was Benedict's most recent provocation accidental or deliberate? The Bavarian is a razor-sharp reactionary cleric. A man who organises his own succession to the Papacy with a ruthless purge of potential dissidents and supervises the selection of Cardinals with great care leaves little to chance.

I think he knew what he was saying and why.

Choosing a quote from Manuel II Paleologos, not the most intelligent of the Byzantine rulers, was somewhat disingenuous, especially on the eve of a visit to Turkey. He could have found more effective quotes and closer to home. Perhaps it was his unique tribute to Oriana Fallaci.

Perhaps.

The Muslim world with two of its countries---Iraq and Afghanistan-- directly occupied by Western troops does not need to be reminded of the language of the Crusades. In a neo-liberal world suffering from environmental degradation, poverty, hunger, repression, a 'planet of slums' (in the graphic phrase of Mike Davis), the Pope chooses to insult the founder of a rival faith.

The reaction in the Muslim world was predictable, but depressingly insufficient. Islamic civilization cannot be reduced to the power of the sword. It was the vital bridge between the Ancient world and the European Renaissance. It was the Catholic Church that declared War on Islam in the Iberian Peninsula and Sicily. Mass expulsions, killings, forced conversions and a vicious Inquisition to police the cleansed Europe and the reformist Protestant enemy.

The fury against 'heretics' led to the burning of Cathar villages in Southern France. Jews and Protestants alike were granted refuge by the Ottoman Empire, a refuge they would have been denied had Istanbul remained Constantinople. 'Slaves, obey your human masters.For Christ is the real master you serve' said Paul (Colossians 3: 22-24) in establishing a collaborationist tradition which fell on its knees before wealth and power and which reached its apogee during the Second World War where the leadership of the Church collaborated with fascism and did not speak up against the judeocide or the butchery on the Eastern Front. Islam does not need pacifist lessons from this Church.

Violence was and is not the prerogative of any single religion as the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine demonstrates. During the Cold War the Vatican, with rare exceptions, supported the imperial wars. Both sides were blessed during the First and Second World wars; the US Cardinal Spellman was a leading warrior in the battles to destroy Communism during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Vatican later punished the liberation theologists and peasant-priests in Latin America. Some were excommunicated.

Not all Christians joined in the crusades old and new. When Pope Urban launched the crusades the Norman king of Sicily refused to send troops in which Sicilian Muslims would be compelled to fight against Muslims in the East. His son, Roger II, refused to back the Second Crusade. In doing so they showed more courage than the leaders of contemporary Italy, who are only too willing to join the imperial crusades against the Muslim world.

'To make sure of being right in all things', said the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius Loyola, 'we ought always to hold to the principle that the white I see I should believe to be black if the hierarchical church were so to rule.'

Today most Catholic prelates in the West (including the Bavarian in the Vatican) and politicians of Centre-Left/Right worship the real Pope who lives in the White House and tells them when black is white.

Amen.

Tariq Ali is author of the recently released Street Fighting Years (new edition) and, with David Barsamian, Speaking of Empires & Resistance. He can be reached at: tariq.ali3@btinternet.com

Woodward's State of Denial

Woodward's State of Denial: My selection. Just finished the State of Denial by Bob Woodward. I have read every book that Woodward has written, including his book on the Supreme Court and the other one on the life of Jim Belushi. If you like information and learning about the inner working of government, you have to read him. But he has no analytical skills, and no research skills whatever (he says for Chapter 10 that "information in this chapter comes primarily from interviews with six knowledgeable sources"(p. 499). Imagine if undergraduates write that in their papers). But he has the ability to indirectly "blackmail" people in high office: in that he puts those who talk to him in favorable light in his narrative, and those who don't talk to him in a very negative light. That is his method. It is the method of yellow journalism of course. You have to know that, to know what you are getting. Bob Woodward is a close social friend with Prince Bandar, so Bandar always comes across as forceful and important and heroic. His first two books on the Bush administration are pathatically fawning and hagiographic. He is somebody who knows people in power, and yet is very easily impressed with them, and is easily swayed. He is not a good journalist: and Watergate was not due to diligence or great journalistic skills on his part. He simply was lucky to receive the information from "deep throat." That was all. When I read the press accounts of the book I knew that there was much more than was reported. Many in the US media will not read the book, but will read the reviews. And the reviews so far simply repeat the same points made in the first account in NYT. Many important things were missed, I felt. In general, Woodward is different in this book. He atypically inserts himself in the narrative, and offers a point of two but only to resurrect himself from the sagging reputation from the last two books. You read the book, and several things come to your mind. How incompetent not only is Bush, but the rest of the team: Rice, Rumsfeld (who uses his knowledge and "competence" to scheme and lie and deceive), Pace, Myers, Hadley, etc. There was a scene that said it all for me: it was a meeting with videoconference, and there was Bush instructing Khalilzad on how to best deal with Sunnis and Shi`ites. Yes, Bush opining on Sunnis and Shi`ites: a classic of the bland leading the bland. There you have Bush (as candidate for president) telling Prince Bandar: "I don't have the foggiest idea about what I think about international, foreign policy." (p. 3). There was a reference about Bandar establishing friendships around the world including with leaders in Israel (p. 4). Bush telling Rice "I don't have any idea about foreign affairs." (p. 6); that same man is now running the world, and wanting to restructure the Middle East. If only the American people, especially those who voted for him, would see the tragic ironies in those admissions. How little American voters ask of their leaders, especially--ironically--when they run for the presidency. There was a scene in which Bandar was informing Bush about the impressions of "the Arab minds." (p. 46). And this advocate of "democracy" and "liberty"--Bush that is--telling Prince Bandar that "Let me make one thing clear up front: nothing should ever break the relationship between us."(p. 76). No matter how many violations of human rights are perpetrated by House of Saud. On p. 80 there was a reference to a casual conversation between Bush and Bandar in which the former initiates casually the notorious rendition policy: "If we get somebody and we can't get them to cooperate, we'll hand them over to you." And then you read about the special secret group that Wolfowitz at the Pentagon formed to advise the US government "well into the Afghanistan bombing campaign." The elite group included such luminaries as Bernard Lewis (he probably regaled them with his numerological predications), Fareed Zakaria, Fouad Ajami, James Q. Wilson, Reuel Marc Gerecht, etc. You get the idea. If those were advising the government on the Middle East and Islam, you know what to expect. They produced a secret document, says Woodward, which had the "insights" that you read in Friedman's columns (I wonder why he was not included), the bunk about the civil war within Islam. They basically urged the government to go to war against Iraq, concluding that such a war is "inevitable." (p. 84). In the Iraq war (as it was being planned, Bush saw a "public relations opportunity" (p. 107) in the Arab world. You learn that Gen. Abizaid was picked for his command position because he knew "the Arab mind so well." (p. 116). And then the US government got busy: a search was under way. Rumsfeld issued orders: "[f]ind Iraq's Hamid Karzai." (p. 131). Bandar then advised Bush and Rice to retain Saddam's intelligence service: "Look, their intel service was the most efficient."(p. 163) On p. 167, you learn that when US officials (in preparation for the war) talked about Iraqis, they meant Iraqi exiles; and when they talked about Iraqi exiles, they meant Ahmad Chalabi. On p. 187, you learn that the White House lied when it claimed that it had nothing to do with the Mission Accomplished sign; in fact, it was in the original speech by Bush, but Rumsfeld removed it on time. Bremer, upon assuming his responsibilities in Baghdad bragged: "I am the Iraqi government for now."(p. 199). If this is not "liberation" what is? The US officials thought that Shaykh Qazwini is "a leading cleric" (p. 222). They never heard of Sistani until the war. And Cheney was so involved in the search for WMDs that he would send location tips: he "seemed to have a conviction that something had gone to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley".(p. 238) In a meeting with Bush, he asked: "Do we have the communications strategy to be able to run with AlJazeera"? Bush asked. We have a network. We're using it," someone said. "We should--Do we have the communications network?" Bush asked. "Yes," someone said again. "We have our network, and we're also trying to use AlJazeera and Al Arabiya to the extent we can." Later, you learn that the top US official in Iraq, Bremer, "did not try to hide his disdain for the Iraqis. "Those people couldn't organize a parade, let alone run the country," he told Wolfowitz.(p. 249) On p. 255, you read George Tenet bragging: "We created the Jordanian intelligence service and now we own it." In 2004, Prince Bandar promised Bush that Saudi Arabia is committed to "reform" but he asked that the US "ease on continuous rhetoric on this issue in order for the Saudi individual not to think that we are doing this because of pressure from the United States."(p. 287) You read this book and it confirms my theory (one of them anyway), that Lakhdar Ibrahimi is a cheap tool of US foreign policy. He does what he is told. No question asked. They order him to go to Iraq, and he goes. He had reservations but when Bush asked him, he was out of the door. How much I disrespect you, Akhdar Ibrahimi: an Arab nationalist in Arabic, and a neo-conservative in English, and pro-Chirac in French. A man for all leaders. He stands for nothing, really. On Allawi, Woodward says: "So the new leader of Iraq was to be a CIA man who was skeptical of democracy and had little influence with Sistani and the clerics, who held most the power."(p. 313) After one battle between US troops and gunmen on the Syrian border, Bush inquired excitedly: "How many did we kill"?(p. 319) In Oct. 2004, Allawi asked Bush for a private jet because he was embarrassed flying in US Air Force planes.(p 333). How patriotic of him. Also in 2004, King `Abdullah of Saudi Arabia "sent Bush a prayer, which the president told Bandar he used. "This is the most precious thing I ever got," the president said." (p. 335) In the last "election" in Iraq, the British took care of "helping" Allawi to avoid any embarrassing involvement by the Americans (p. 371). You read about Henry Kissinger's advise to the White House: he talked about war and Muslims. "We need to humiliate them", he told a White House official (p. 408). The account on p. 447 of Bush's letter to Sistani is false: Sistani refused to accept Bush's letter to him. Rice told the Iraqi "prime minister" Ja`fari: "Time to step aside."(p. 458). Puppets. Mere puppets those Iraqi leaders are. A British advisor to the current "prime minister" Maliki asked him "if he would like help writing his inaugural address."(p. 466). This is not a "state of denial". It is nausea.

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  • Angry Arab News Service

  • Iraqi Liberation


    I don't want you to think that the US has stopped its "liberation" operations in Iraq. Here, an Iraqi family huddles in the corner why a US soldier "liberate" its house east of Baghdad.

    Afghan Liberation

    You know. Sometimes you read something that radically alters your views. Take this for example. I was reading this column by Donald Rumsfeld and this passage really really changed my mind about the American war on Afghanistan. I mean, how unfair I have been. Had I known that there is such great progress in Afghanistan, I myself would have used the term "liberation": "Coca-Cola recently opened a $25 million bottling plant in Kabul, and other large multinational companies are considering opportunities in >Afghanistan." (And this guy is supposedly the smart one in the administration).

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  • Angry Arab News service

  • Review: deat of a president

    More4 in the UK has produced a drama entitled "The Death of a President" that uses the assassination of George W. Bush as a a starting point to examine how the US would react in the wake of such an event.

    In a CROOKS & LIARS EXCLUSIVE, C&L regular Nonny Mouse has previewed the movie and gives us a review and we thank her for her contribution:

    On this coming Monday evening in the UK, More4 is premiering ‘Death of a President', a feature long ‘docudrama' by Borough Films and winner of the International Critics Award at this year's Toronto Film Festival, for very good reason. I was lucky/persuasive enough to be allowed a preview DVD copy for a C&L review. The American rights have been sold, so expect this to be on a television in the States near you soon.

    Then make sure you watch it.

    The premise is remarkably simple: President Bush is assassinated in Chicago after a speech to local business leaders while a particularly large and very angry anti-Bush demonstration rages outside in the cordoned off city streets. For anyone laboring under the illusion that this film is some sort of left-wing wish fulfillment fantasy, Seeing Dick Cheney being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States should be enough to dispel those thoughts. In any case, this is a remarkably apolitical film, with depths of subtlety and twists that are as logical as they are unanticipated; possibly something that only the British have the proper distance and the finesse to pull off. This is definitely no ‘Path to 9/11', which makes it all the more shocking.

    Within hours of the shooting, the police and the FBI round up over three hundred people, 57 considered euphemistically ‘persons of interest', among them a Syrian immigrant, Jamal abu Zikri. When he's interviewed by Special Agent John Rucinski, Zikri's apparent lack of emotion, his refutable denials he has never handled a gun, been in contact with anyone associated with terrorist activity, or been in an Afghanistan training camp is enough for the FBI to be convinced they have their man - a ruthless sociopath and al Qaeda operative. Zikri's name is leaked to the press, a Syrian dissident is interviewed claiming he's seen evidence of the Syrian government's direct involvement in the assassination plot, Syria refuses to release details of Zikri's national military service, the US recalls its ambassador, the USS Nimitz is sent into the Eastern Mediterranean, the Patriot III Act becomes permanent law, and President Cheney (in an echo of Bush's obsession to link al Qaeda to Iraq) puts pressure on the intelligence community to find a link to state-sponsored terrorists and Syria.

    Forensic experts have found gunshot residue on Zikri's jacket as well as a partial fingerprint from the crime scene matching in nine places. But James Pearn, the FBI's forensic examiner, is troubled by the uncertainties of the evidence, as well as how vigorously it's been employed to make it fit the case. When his concerns are dismissed, he quits in protest.

    FBI agent Robert Maguire is also unconvinced of Zikri's conviction, after intensive investigation uncovers no evidence linking the Syrian to any terrorist group. Instead, another suspect picked up in the sweep of suspects that night is leading toward a very different, and far more disturbing scenario. And that's as much of a ‘spoiler' as I'm going to give you.

    This is a brilliantly done film that cuts close to the bone, the special effects and doubles blending factual footage and fiction into a nearly seamless whole. The actors are believable, the ambiguities thought-provoking. If anyone supposes shooting Bush would solve any problems, this profound exploration of the current American psyche should be enough to make you reconsider what you think you know, and of just how corroded the ideals of honour, truth and justice has become in our country.

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  • Crooks & Liars

  • America The Tyranny: The Road to Authoritarianism

    The Road to Authoritarianism
    Behold and bear witness to what has become of America, in this era of uncertainty and bewilderment, in this time of fear and intimidation, that since towers were brought down and demolished has methodically fallen into the viper pit of neocon decadence, becoming, as it stands today, an authoritarian’s heaven and a corporatist’s promised land, its people ignorant, as always, to the barrage of waves systemically eroding centuries of rights, freedoms and liberties. From sea to shining sea, despotism is what today those who pay attention see.
    The road to fascism is being paved at a clandestine yet alarming velocity, across valleys, prairies and forests, surrounding cites, towns and states, from Atlantic to Pacific, immersing 300 million individuals into a fog of engendered tyranny, who without a care or whisper or concern remain trapped by comfortable surroundings born through perpetual indebtedness. Even as their rights and freedoms and liberties are made to disappear, even as their Constitution is burned, even as their nation hangs on the precipice of despotism, even as their collective destiny is being destroyed those residing inside the belly of the beast hear no evil, see no evil and feel no evil, preferring to gossip about pedophile politicians and celebrity failings than informing themselves to the last throes of the American republic.

    The waves of autocracy are upon the shores of America, the demons of the past find themselves resurrected once again, free to unleash fear, intimidation and enslavement onto hundreds of millions of human beings. The high tide of tyranny has returned from the unlearned lessons of history, again engulfing humankind with human wickedness and Machiavellian rule, soon to subjugate the masses in the slavery endemic throughout man’s brief – yet thoroughly destructive – reign over Earth.

    Authoritarianism has woken from its dormant slumber, ready to terrorize yet one more human generation, for while it meticulously rises and stretches out its arms, ready to spread its omnipotent disease, it has lived and thrived since the dawn of man, accompanying humankind wherever we might go, since man alone creates and grants it life. Indeed, it is those who have seen it rise before that today see it birthed again. Its symptoms are apparent, its dangers known; the stages of tyranny are remembered, for they are never forgotten. It is those who have been witness to and victims of its malevolence that see the approaching storm clearest; it is they whose experienced eyes and mature minds that are sounding alarms. Fascism, under the guise of protection, freedom and security, is upon us.

    To those paying attention, the evolution of the coming tyranny has been apparent since 9/11, when the Twin Towers, America’s Reichstag Fire, were pulverized into nothingness by demolition explosives, in a declaration of psychological war upon the American people. On 9/11 the Earth stood still, as if the collective consciousness of the world awoke to a most ominous catastrophic and catalyzing event that would send the world entire down a vicious circle of death, destruction and despotism. On that day, the future course of human civilization was altered, spawning the birth pangs of authoritarianism rising, freedom dying, and of perpetual warfare breathing its devastating repercussions onto the realities of six billion human beings.

    Almost immediately after those in power had imploded and brought down the World Trade Center towers upon their own footprints the initial stages of imposing authoritarianism upon the people were implemented, beginning first with a Patriot Act whose sheer volume and length betray its existence pre-dating 9/11. Brought out of the fascist closet and dusted, it was rushed through the Congress even as the Twin Towers still smoldered and, for good measure, in the terrifying wake of the still unsolved anthrax attacks that served both to threaten legislators into compliance and scaring the populace even further into obedience. The assault on the lives of Americans had begun and, out of the bowels of our collective fear, despotism once more breathed life.

    In Enemies Tyrants Find Life

    What was 9/11 but a direct declaration of war against the freedoms, rights and liberties of America’s most cherished documents and principles? What was it if not the death throes of the Bill of Rights? The New Pearl Harbor was as much an opportunity to wage war in the Middle East as it was to eradicate tyranny’s impediments in America. The complete assault on the U.S. Constitution and on 200 years of laws has been possible by the inside job of 9/11, for it became the catalyst needed to introduce fear into the populace and authoritarianism into government.

    What was the passage of the original Patriot Act if not the first shots fired in the half-decade long war against our rights and liberties and freedoms? Make no mistake, for the last five years we have been shocked and awed into remaining passive and acquiescent automatons as the fascists in power eradicate – slowly but surely – what was once a plethora of enumerated and implied rights, freedoms and liberties. A government concerned with preserving freedoms and liberties would not try to eradicate them under the rubric of fighting terrorism. A government wanting to protect our way of life would not try its hardest to destroy it as well.

    Conveniently, then, in typical fascist behavior, it is the Bush cabal that tells us terrorists hate us for our freedoms and rights, that they want us destroyed for our way of life, even as it is the cabal itself that hates us for our freedoms and rights, wanting to destroy our way of life. By imputing their desires and wishes onto the fictional barbarian horde, an unknown dark-skinned entity of alien religion, and knowing the ignorance and gullibility of the American masses, the fascist cabal can at once generate fear and hatred among the people while acting to devastate the nation’s freedoms and liberties under the guise of fighting the evildoers.

    In reality, terrorism is but the excuse used to curtail our rights; the dismantling of the Constitution is justified by the fictional threat of dark-skinned bogeymen, and explains why the government, as well as its corporate media collaborators, has been relentless in the perpetual dissemination of propaganda trying to convince us of our imminent peril. The tyrants and their collaborators depend on the fear of the masses to grant sustenance to the momentum used to demolish the foundations of the republic. The emotional fortification created by fear thus ensures that the primitive human brain will cease to think logically and analytically, enabling the wisdom of reason to be usurped by the reptilian and mammalian desire for survival. Without some semblance of thinking by the masses, who by fear are relegated to the role of sheep, the authoritarians in power are free to pursue the evisceration of all burdensome rights and freedoms that interfere with their long-held goals.

    Under the guise of fighting terrorism – a terrorism the government itself creates, perpetuates, expands, nurtures and helps grow – the Constitution as we know it is being dismantled, not by terrorist evildoers intent on destroying us, but by our own government intent on destroying our way of life. For a government need not eviscerate a nation’s laws, protections, guarantees, rights, freedoms and liberties to guarantee security. It need not introduce a police state that destroys the way of life for 300 million individuals. This government is pursuing the dismantling of the Constitution and our laws not for fighting terror but to fight the American people. It is doing this in a methodical, some would say obsessive, desire to erode rights and freedoms, grant unlimited powers to the executive and silence dissent because in doing so it is removing the barriers that have for decades impeded authoritarians and corporatists from implementing their vision of the world. As such, the last remaining vestiges of American freedoms and rights are all that stand between fascists and their despotic nirvana. With the relative ease by which they have eviscerated so many laws and rights since 9/11, it is these few liberties left that will be targeted next, becoming easy pickings on the road to full fledged American tyranny.

    Already, the government has been granted the right to enter our homes without a warrant and without our knowledge. It can ask for and get library records when it chooses. It has the right to pick us off the street and take us into custody without probable cause. It can wiretap any phone it wants, as well as listen in to any voice message in the country, monitoring our private conversations. Today we are regularly surveilled upon, our histories deciphered, our lives dissected. Our Internet activities are frequently monitored, our emails read and scrutinized. Technology has allowed the government the capacity to overlook our movements using the ever-expanding public cameras, as well as each and every activity we do using our credit or debit cards. It can track our financial records as well as our purchases, all the while gathering files with our complete, bio-metric information. It can do all this in secrecy, without transparency, without accountability, without needing the color of law as a guiding instrument nor the legality of honest governance for inspiration. Activists and dissidents are spied upon and harassed, their activities monitored. Enemies of the state have their names placed on various lists, prohibiting them from enjoying the daily rights afforded to millions.

    Free speech is oftentimes relegated to small corrals, called free speech zones by the fascists. The right to assemble is oftentimes denied, as the state tries to prevent the people from protesting and massing in numbers. More and more, to question the actions of governance is to be called a traitor, treasonous, an abettor of the enemy, a terrorist appeaser. To dissent and protest is to risk being labeled unpatriotic, un-American, an enemy of freedom. Yet it is those few thousands, out of a total population of 300 million, scattered in small clusters throughout the vast lands that comprise America, that are the true patriots, the true Americans, fighting for their nation, their rights and freedoms, fighting the real evildoers and terrorists. They are the real brave heroes of the republic, escaping the culture of cowardice, sacrificing beautiful minds full of Kool-Aid and comfort in order to confront the distressing truths of emerging tyranny. It is they fighting evil, trying to stop its carnage upon the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, trying to prevent it from triumphing, from destroying everything we hold dear, and take for granted. It is they who are Americans and they who are the new patriots. Yet it is also they who will be first to suffer the ramifications of a despotic America, for authoritarians hate dissent, protest and truth.

    For those paying attention to the reality of America today and not to the distractions of a 500 ring circus saturated with distraction, gossip, celebrity, inconsequential political news of typical Republican debased behavior, and mind-numbing entertainment, the road to tyranny has continued on its seemingly unstoppable momentum, with each new year since 9/11 presenting new attacks on civil liberties, human rights and our cherished freedoms.

    Every year has seen an attempt at expanding the powers of the executive, to the point where the President is today, for all intents and purposes, a dictator. He is free to interpret the law as he sees fit, using the over 700 signing statements to ignore laws passed by the legislature. He has reigned over an era of untold secrecy, where the state is no longer transparent and accountable. He has expanded greatly illegal wiretaps, warrants and domestic spying, increasing the mechanisms needed by a budding police state to thrive and grow. Congress has become but a rubber stamp legislature, as has the Supreme Court, itself now controlled by Bush yes-men. Using the presidential bully pulpit, he has transformed millions of Americans into quasi-authoritarians, followers one and all, ready to follow tyrant’s folly straight into human wickedness.

    Today, the president claims himself the unitary executive, the Dictator in Chief, possessing absolute power, doing what he wants, when he wants and without a care in the world that he will ever be held to account. This is dictatorship. This is the end of America as we knew her and the birth of an America we wish never to know.

    Tyranny Nurtured Through the Bosom of Lady Liberty

    Such is the power of the president that the corporate media – today’s Ministry of Truth – serves his every wish, protecting him from truth being exposed, incompetence being discovered and his authority being questioned. The executive branch has not seen this level of unfettered and untouched power since the establishment of the republic. Indeed, it is the executive branch that has facilitated the rise of fascism since 9/11, from the Department of State to the Attorney General to the Department of War, through the CIA, NSA and FBI, with authoritarians at the helm prevalent in the various departments pursuing the establishment of despotic policies.

    It is inside the executive branch where tyranny is being nurtured and raised, where it is feeding off the bosom of Lady Liberty, making her weaker by the day, growing ever stronger from its parasitic usurpation of governance, protected and guided until that time when its strength and maturity is ready to extend its power into omnipresent perpetuity. In the halls of power fascism rises; throughout Washington the last vestiges of freedom are under direct assault. Despotism is being set in motion, it is being prepared and orchestrated, slowly yet surely being implemented throughout the mechanisms of the state. It is being molded according to American culture, according to American thought, growing at its own pace and under different conditions, evolving like organisms do, differing from other forms of despotism according to blood and environment, according to time and place. Yet approaching it remains, like a gathering storm of unnerving energy ready to strike relentlessly throughout the landscape, transforming an America we knew into a nation of wickedness and malevolence, of the worst in the human condition. Its tentacles are now in place, freedoms and rights have been made weak, it is now only a matter of time before what has arrived makes itself fully known and what is about to be made fully known eradicates an America that has only existed in the delusions and dreams of the brainwashed.

    Unlike Hollywood reality and events move at their own accord and pace, possessing the patience fictional movies cannot afford, developing fully in time and through the magic of fantasy, their creation almost never the perfection portrayed by acting and editing. As we can see, American fascism is both completely different than its Nazi counterpart yet eerily similar in its characteristics. No two forms of tyranny are crafted out of the same mold. No two systems are born under the same stars, and each takes into history’s cauldron its own personality and traits, its own crimes and punishments. Yet under the guise of “freedom and democracy,” under the illusion of the so-called “war on terror,” tyranny is being birthed inside America, born through the hemorrhaging of the World Trade Center and reared by the incessant fear of hundreds of millions of American citizens. In the death of 3,000 humans, fascists found new life; in the demolition of two 110 story monoliths to the nadir of Ground Zero, criminals and murderers reached the zenith of their power. From Reichstag Fire to World Trade Center demolition, the more things change the more things stay the same, and again and again New Pearl Harbors will be orchestrated from which to usurp power from the People and once again granting sustenance to tyranny.

    Despotism arrives in many forms, under many disguises, and in America, along with all previous carriers of the disease, the virus has infiltrated into the consciousness of the ignorant masses under the rubric of waging peace, bringing security, and under the false assumption that scapegoat enemies must be defeated in battle, lest they destroy everything we stand for. That tyranny fails to achieve each measure is never discussed, nor the fact that authoritarians rely on waging war, fostering insecurity, concocting ever-newer enemies and destroying everything the people stand for in order to assure for themselves of greater and absolute power. It is fascism, after all, that enables authoritarians to control entire populations through the oppression and subjugation of the citizenry, usually at the behest of the state and usually using the intimidating presence of the barrel of the gun and the brute force of the omnipresent police state.

    At no point have American freedoms, rights and liberties been under such duress than in the last five years, as the Bush cabal has taken full advantage of 9/11 to wage perpetual, preemptive, illegal and immoral war upon both Afghanistan and Iraq, the former with its geostrategic location and pipeline accessibility, the latter with its vast petroleum fields and geopolitical circumstance, each of vital importance to the Pax Americana in its pursuit of imperial hegemony, their conquest a long held goal of the military-energy-industrial complex. Of course, using 9/11 as the perfect Pearl Harbor-like event from which to launch imperial invasions in lands deemed vital and strategic, the fascists and corporatists in power lay claim to both nations under the rubric of the fictional war on terror.

    The invasion of Afghanistan had nothing to do with fighting terrorism – since 9/11 was an inside job – and everything to do with American controlled oil and gas pipelines running through Afghan territory. In the same way, Iraq’s decimation and occupation by America’s military had nothing to do with WMD or with bringing freedom or democracy – to give just two of the myriad number of lies to justify invasion – and everything to do with control of Iraq’s petroleum, Israel’s hegemony and strategic gamesmanship.

    Just as Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were brought to fruition based on lies, deceptions, manipulations and distortions, so too has the erosion of American rights and freedoms been implemented based on lies, manipulations and cynical deceptions of the American people, with the lies of war and the lies of authoritarianism oftentimes intertwined in an enormous knot of convenience. Thanks to the two invasions and subsequent occupations of Arab and Muslim lands, the executive branch has been able to expand its power in the homeland through the methodical erosion of rights and liberties, both of citizens and foreigners, using as pretext the prosecution and imprisonment of captured or kidnapped “unlawful enemy combatants,” as well as all ambiguous yet unfound evildoer terrorists, to destroy the basic tenets and principles of the American republic.

    Under the rubric of the so-called war on terror, therefore, the executive has laid claim to supreme powers in the detention, treatment and prosecution of those deemed “unlawful enemy combatants,” invariably dismantling the freedoms and rights and liberties of the American people. For in lowering and ultimately altering the rights of so called enemy combatants, the executive branch has in essence also destroyed those same rights afforded American citizens. In pursuing the so called enemy combatant, who in any civilized society invariably must, in his prosecution by the state, be afforded the same rights and privileges as any suspect charged in the nation, the Bush cabal has instead ignored the rule of law as well as the central tenets of the Bill of Rights. This, of course, is not by accident.

    In the last five years, Bush and his cabal of corporatists have triumphed, legislatively and through the sheer powers of the executive, to rewrite the laws of the nation enumerated for two centuries in the founding documents of the republic, as always arguing that the Constitution stands in the way of prosecuting enemy combatants and waging the perpetual war on terror. It has argued that to maintain security, to protect the American people from the Arab evildoers, the laws of the land, the cherished rights and liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights, the precedent of the judiciary, must all be altered according to the vision of the executive. The Bill of Rights, after all, interferes severely in the successful waging of war against the terrorists. It has thus rewritten laws and regulations, ignored statutes and rules, created new standards of law and enforced, without opposition, any and all opinions and laws it has unilaterally decided to enact. The Bush cabal has used the prosecution of enemy combatants to both erode the Bill of Rights as well as to give life to its totalitarian mechanisms for dealing with enemies of the state.

    Once the “unlawful enemy combatant” excuse to destroy the Constitution is complete, all done in the name of national security, what is left of the Bill of Rights and of the freedoms and rights Americans once had will be insignificant, leaving it anemic and impotent, and what was once considered a vital “tool” for fighting the so called terrorist will fall like a gauntlet at the neck of the American people, severing at once the last vestiges of an America we once thought everlasting. For what is being done today to prisoners in the vast American gulag system will tomorrow be done to Americans themselves. The experiment is first perfected upon the guinea pigs, then it is unleashed upon the intended victims.

    For the last five years the Bush cabal has successfully conditioned the population to its “New Normal,” the new America. It has manipulated both society and laws to accept gross violations of human rights, a suppression of liberties, and an authoritarian paradigm of disturbing wickedness. It is preparing us to incorporate into American law and culture the mechanisms used in totalitarian states. Using the incomprehensible ignorance and apathy of the American people against us, it has clandestinely destroyed the foundation of our principles and virtues. Using its vast power, its legions of authoritarians, its army of stenographers and it great arsenal of tools at its disposal, it has inexplicably made the American people tolerant and even acceptant of torture, rape, humiliation, illegal imprisonment, disappearances and criminal malfeasance, something thought unthinkable just years ago. The New Normal has become a reality, the new America now routinely tortures and inflicts horrible pain and suffering on human beings, all to the indifference and acceptance of the American people.

    Without the notice or attention of the vast majority of Americans, most too busy addicted to the television and its 500 ring circus, the Congress, being the bunch of idiots, prostitutes, pedophiles and criminals that they usually are, have granted the executive, and by consequence the state, the unfettered power to make extinct the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. In one giant swoop of criminal culpability, in one hypnotized vote during a fascist’s wet dream, our so-called representatives eviscerated habeas corpus, the centuries old right to challenge the state regarding imprisonment, as always under the fictional guise of protecting national security from enemy combatants, as well as destroying the judicial review needed to fight and appeal detention. In an orgy of despotic glee, our elected leaders gave the Bush cabal the ability to detain suspects or “enemy combatants” into perpetuity, without ability to challenge incarceration, and to keep in ignorance those it chooses to detain, without ever divulging any information. Of course, the executive itself decides who and what is an “enemy combatant”.

    Due process and right to counsel have been thrown into the heap of waste, as has the right to question and analyze the state’s evidence. Evidence based on hearsay, forced confession and torture can now be used against the accused, even, as likely, it has no merit in truth. Trials must be held in military tribunals, using only military attorneys. Regarding the Geneva Convention, that stalwart monument protecting human rights, the executive now has complete discretion in deciding what constitutes torture as well as cruel and unusual punishment. The president, it appears, can now torture when he wants, whoever he wants, whenever he wants, without concern or transparency.

    The Decider in Chief has become the Torturer in Chief. Suspects deemed enemies of the state can, for all practical purposes, be sent to rot in the dungeons of the Commander in Chief, without ever seeing the light of day, without ever challenging their imprisonment and without ever to hear or fight the charges against them. In short, enemies of the executive can be made to disappear.

    American Enemy Combatants

    In an even more ominous development, the definition of “enemy combatant” has been expanded to include those who “have purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.” As has been mentioned in many other recent articles, this devolution into classifying those hostile to the executive branch, or to the policies of the state, as possible enemy combatants, in many cases regardless of citizenship, is the weapon the fascists need to silence dissent, protest and debate throughout the nation. The threat of new ideas and opinions, which tyrants abhor, can now be managed and controlled, for in the broad language of the law virtually anyone can now be imprisoned and disappeared, forever. Since the executive branch determines who is being hostile against the United States, or who materially supports these so-called hostilities, it is easy to see that anyone at odds with the president, his administration or the government of the United States can be persecuted for expressing views no longer protected. Under this provision, any speech or activity deemed hostile to the state can be used to permanently imprison a person indefinitely.

    This new interpretation and expansion of police powers virtually assures that American dissent and opposition to the state’s policies will be seen as hostile to the national security of the nation. What other reason exists to include such broad language into this provision other than to declare a war on dissent and on the opposition. Ostensibly this law is being marketed by the Ministry of Truth as a necessary tool to fight the evildoers, but in reality, can the imprisonment of dissenters and protestors, activists and intellectuals be far behind?

    This gigantic step in the direction of totalitarianism is clear evidence the direction the Bush cabal is heading towards, with the American people being hijacked straight into despotism, our ankles slowly being shackled to the instruments of oppression. Already dissent is equaled to treason and of being unpatriotic in an age when being patriotic is almost compulsory. In certain authoritarian circles dissent and activism is seen as rendering aid and comfort to the enemy, while in others challenging the state is seen as wrongfully aiding the enemy. Activists seeking accountability and the truth are labeled terrorists, while others are seen as appeasers of terror. With such exaggerated language being used, oftentimes under complete levels of seriousness, can the accusations of supporting hostilities against the state be far behind, possibly leading to now legal and permanent imprisonment and torture?

    The road less traveled is being paved with the concrete tablets of tyranny, and slowly, but most certainly surely, the caravan of authoritarians is approaching our towns and cities, eager to unleash their chained beast of oppression onto the most powerful nation on Earth. The momentum is theirs, as is the power and control to determine events and circumstances that can accelerate the approaching storm. Our destiny is in their hands, for they can do as they wish, counting the days when their plans and goals can be fully implemented. America as we once knew her is no more, thanks to the tyrants in power, thanks to our own ignorance and indifference.

    Soon it will matter not that 9/11 was an inside job, for any talk of its truth will be severely punished, even banned, to be whispered in closets or over the sound of loud music. In fact, so much momentum is the movement gaining, so much traction among the People is its truth creating, that sooner rather than later the authoritarians may begin imprisoning truth seekers under the guise of “purposefully and materially supporting hostilities against the United States.” Such is the threat of exponentially growing numbers of Americans taking the red pill of reality, that the state’s handlers may very well deem the entire movement a terrorist organization, the easier to suppress and intimidate the truth from ever being exposed. It is only a matter of time until tyranny unleashes its instruments of repression against both truth seekers and America’s real patriots, dissenters and activists.

    Already the Constitution has been dealt a death knell, meaning it has no more significance or worth. The Constitution has become, for all intents and purposes, just “another god damn piece of paper,” a relic of history, an obstacle overcome by America’s authoritarians. It will soon be said, as it always is, that at first the state came for the scapegoats, the marketed enemy, the chalice used to make drunk the masses, the bread used to destroy the system. Later it will come for its citizens, its threats, its People. Once everything is in place, once all the kinks have been ironed out, once all obstacles have been erased, the totalitarian evisceration of the Constitution will devastate a population conditioned to follow the letter of the law, now left unprotected, bewildered and condemned for the gross negligence it has allowed itself to perpetuate. Ironically, the People’s anger and hatred at the enemy scapegoat are themselves the catalysts for its own decimation, oppression and enslavement. In the end, we are our own worst enemies, both our Judas and our cyanide, not knowing what we do to ourselves, and each other.

    When the masses finally see what has transpired in their country, when they finally wake to the morning fog, unable to see beyond the limits of their existence, they will see a landscape dark and ominous, a police state under the control of tyranny, a nation under the grip of repression. The America of their past and present gone, ignorant as any society has ever been, the masses will evolve to their new reality, their new normal. Most will welcome authoritarianism, for most are followers. The brainwashed will become tools of despotism, adapting to the brave new world of sheep oppressed and subjugated. Many will never really notice that freedom and rights and liberties no longer exist. Millions will teach their children to be good Americans, as fate has decided tyranny should rule. Imprisoned in their own minds, the masses will inevitably be conditioned to follow and obey the dictates of their masters.

    Those who question authority, those who use their mind and those who see the slavery and oppression that has been birthed at the expense of liberty will become enemies of the state, threats to the system of tyranny, dissidents aiding and abetting the enemy, commissioned to never see light again. These dissidents the state will imprison and make disappear, to be erased from memory and time, their quest for truth and accountability buried six feet underground. To the obedient sheeple whose blind faith guides them in myth and state, totalitarianism will come naturally, becoming a nirvana to life-long followers; to free thinkers, independent minds, progressives and those who have escaped the incessant brainwashing from birth, it will be hell on Earth.

    The approaching storm has reached the warm waters of America, rapidly gaining speed, ready to unleash its torrent of tyrannical laws and regulations upon our shores, its police state arriving with the sudden flash of thunder and lightning. The giant tempest has been building for over five years, granted life through death, rising high and mighty thanks to destruction and demolition, our own ignorance and sheer indifference granting it oxygen, our fear giving it power, our hatreds helping seal our own fate. America the Tyranny has risen to be born, the wickedness of humankind once more resurrected from the annals of history, free to repress and subjugate, eager to shackle and control. The destruction of the World Trade Center has made tyranny a reality; our continued impotence will allow it to flourish.

    We Reap What We Sow

    Perhaps it is fitting that a People that has cared not an ounce for systemic torture, preemptive war, illegal invasion, brutal occupation, mass murder, depleted uranium use, incessant rape, constant humiliation of human beings, destruction of Iraqi and Afghani society, renditions, illegal detentions, disappearances and untold levels of suffering should be made to suffer the realities of living in totalitarianism, under a police state, under constant paranoia and fear of both the state and your neighbors. Perhaps it is fitting that a People possessing such levels of ignorance, indifference and comfort be made to experience a reality that afflicts hundreds of millions of human beings. Perhaps in time we will learn humility and suffering, wisdom and the virtues of honor and peace.

    America is a land so arrogant it calls itself and usurps as its own the name belonging to two entire continents; it is the country whose ego has been so aggrandized that it thinks itself the only nation blessed by the Christian god; it was a nation once cherished now thoroughly reviled; the land of the free now a land of tyranny, the home of the brave now nothing but the culture of cowardice, its bowels putrid with the smell of authoritarianism; its people enraptured by ignorance and fear, its moral foundations crumbling under the weight of pervasive corruptions and the evils of capitalism. The gluttony of comfort and the greed of excessiveness have made the American people the laughing stock of the world, our inability to escape the bubble of grandeur condemning us to be the spoiled child of wealth, unwise, unlearned and arrogant, never forced to confront suffering or trouble, condemning us to be the mirror image of our President.

    The shining beacon on a hill has had its bright light extinguished, becoming in the span of half a decade a banana republic rotting from within, governed by incompetent dictatorship, its national elections routinely manipulated through the systemic impulses of blatant fraud, with representatives now nothing more than prostitutes bending over to receive the full gyrating assault of the corporate world, cannibalized by its own people addicted to consumerism and materialism, an army of ignorant sheep unaware of the future destiny they have helped chart, a population betraying their children’s future happiness for their short-term gratification.

    The land of freedom and rights has ceased to exist, replaced by ever-growing authoritarianism. Perhaps, in the cosmic laws of the universe, where karma intertwines with fate, we are entering into the other side of midnight, journeying into exactly what we deserve, a taste of our own medicine, a taste of what we have exported to tens of dozens of other nations. We are reaping what we have sowed, and upon our shores now stands America the Tyranny, perhaps meant to suffer through another Hitler, another Stalin or Mao, or perhaps simply another Pinochet, Shah, Suharto or Saddam. America has entered its darkest hour, and as the clock approaches midnight the nation we once knew vanishes from the grip of the People. Nobody knows where we are headed, yet we do know in which direction we go, for the path has been paved, the pattern has begun to emerge, and through the horizon, no salvation can be found.

    Instead of the world confronting the evil emblem of the swastika we must realize that it is the emblazoned red, white and blue that now represents despotic thinking and tyrannical rule. It was Old Glory that sprung up like a giant field of weeds in the aftermath of 9/11, flowing from every vehicle and every home, every business and every street, giving America the aura of jingoism and nationalism undoubtedly similar to 1930’s Germany, giving it the appearance, to anyone who cared to look and think, of what Germany’s streets in the 1930’s certainly looked like, right before society turned into barbarism. Perhaps this orgy of fanatical and jingoistic revelry was but the first sign of things to come, the birth pangs of America the Tyranny.

    Five years later, the red, white and blue still flows proudly in the minds of followers and quasi-authoritarians, with knuckle dragging proto-patriots brainwashed to stand behind it in fear and terror of concocted enemies, their blind loyalty to anybody in power, even a little man with even smaller understanding. The stars and stripes has become the new symbol of jingoism, nationalism, xenophobia and blind loyalty and faith in tyrants, just as the swastika once did, even as it stands smeared in the blood of thousands, protecting torturers, rapists, war criminals, murderers and human rights violators, even as it has been besmirched by the destruction of innocent life and that of entire societies.

    Old Glory now stands for the worst abuses of human rights, representing Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Bagram, the destruction of the Constitution and of Lady Liberty, the loss of habeas corpus and of the Geneva Convention. The red, white and blue, sadly enough, has become the symbol of what we most hate, of what we swore to never become. It has become a flag hijacked by tyrants, with the American People unconcerned and unwilling, to the point of embarrassment, to free it from its dungeon, with most too lazy or apathetic to care, most too ignorant to know. As a result, it has become, like the wretched symbol of the Nazis, a most reviled and despised emblem, an image of tyranny rising, wickedness growing and criminality evolving. Only Americans know how much more reviled and hated it will become in the coming years.

    Source: Valenzuela's Veritas

    Open Letter to the President of Iran

    Open Letter to the President of Iran
    I really admire the Birdman, so I am posting a recent letter he wrote to the President of Iran.

    Open Letter to the President of Iran (But It's Really to You, Jocko, So Read It While You Still Can!)

    To: Iran President Mahmoud AhmadinejadFrom John 'Birdman' Bryant (http://us.f516.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=john@thebirdman.org&YY=10771&y5beta=yes&y5beta=yes&order=down&sort=date&pos=0; www.thebirdman.org)

    Date: 5 Oct 2006

    Dear Mr President:There is good evidence to believe that my country, the United States, will attack your country within the next month, details of which have been posted in the Daily Reads section of my website, www.thebirdman.org, over the last week or so. There is also good evidence -- in fact, overwhelming evidence -- that the so-called leaders of our country -- the Bush administration and the Congress in particular -- are in the thrall of Organized Jewry (more on this matter shortly) -- by which I mean the small number of wealthy and influential Jews who direct the policies of the major Jewish organizations, including (in the words of the French ambassador to Great Britain) 'that shitty little country Israel' -- and that the intended attack on your country is part of a larger plan to destroy both Western civilization and Islam, in order that the world may be brought under their control in what is often called the New World Order (NWO), or, among more knowledgeable people, the Jew World Order. I am well aware that my saying all this will subject me in many quarters to the tired old smears of 'antisemite', 'hater', 'neo-nazi' and the like, as well as the equally tired smear of 'krazy konspiracy theorist', to which I can only respond that those who make such accusations are either liars, or else are simply ignorant of the facts. Such facts, I should add, are cited in abundance by the many articles from a wide variety of sources posted on my website (see especially the Articles of Others section -- the subsections on Jews and Conspiracy Theory are the ones most relevant here; and also the Jewish Question section). To this I would add that I do not make these accusations lightly; rather I make them as a longtime student of Jewish behavior, and as someone who has known and liked many individual Jews to the point of being very prejudiced -- if that is the correct word -- IN FAVOR of Jews. And in a sense I still retain this feeling -- this prejudice in favor of things Jewish -- but after long study, my eyes have been opened, and I can see quite clearly from the Jewish behavior of the last century (see details below) which continues into the present, that Jews are killing our people and our culture, and right now they are trying to do it by attacking your country, creating a world war, and watching the Great Powers destroy themselves, from the embers of which they expect the International Jewish Nation to arise and dominate the wreckage that remains.

    One observation which significantly bolsters my view of Organized Jewry is the fact that Jews have been behind VIRTUALLY EVERY MAJOR CATACLYSM OF THE LAST CENTURY. I am going to say that again for emphasis: JEWS HAVE BEEN BEHIND VIRTUALLY EVERY MAJOR CATACLYSM OF THE LAST CENTURY. And furthermore, I can PROVE it, or at least prove it in the only sense in which proof can be offered, namely, by citing strong evidence. Let me begin by naming these cataclysms (or at least the ones I can currently think of). Documentation for Jewish participation for most of these events will be found on my website in the sections mentioned earlier:

    * Panic of 1907 and other panics (to prepare the ground for the Federal Reserve)* Defeat of Russia by Japan, 1905 (funded by Jacob Schiff)

    * 1906 attempted Russian Revolution (Lenin was involved)* Engineering of the election of Woodrow Wilson to get rid of Taft, who was blocking the Federal Reserve Act (1912)* Federal Reserve (1913) - Paul Warburg & friends* Bolshevik Revolution and subsequent regimes, especially Stalin, who was Jewish - 60 million killed (Robert Conquest)

    * Getting America into WW1 (Balfour declaration)

    * 1919 depression

    * 1929 stock market crash (via contraction of credit)

    * Great Depression (maintaining contraction of credit)

    * Armenian Holocaust (by Judeo-Turks)* Deliberate fostering of American racial strife - Policy of CPUSA, which was mostly Jewish, and took its orders from Moscow - continued thru the Civil Rights era, where most of the Freedom Riders were Jews

    * Nazism - The rise of Hitler was a reaction to the abuses of the Versailles Treaty (written by Jews according to Benjamin Freedman) and to Jewish revolutionary activity in Germany in the wake of WW1 (Rosa Luxembourg, et al) - The Jews also financed Hitler (Warburgs etc), declared war on him (1933), and Hitler himself was 1/4 Jew

    * American entry into WW2 (Jew Roosevelt was eager to enter, and made Pearl Harbor a sitting duck)

    * Creation of the Soviet atomic bomb (see The Diaries of Major Jordan)

    * Atomic and other spying - practically all were Jews, from the Rosenbergs downward - the problem continues, with Jonathan Pollard, Larry Franklin, the 'Pentagon memo' concerning Jews, etc etc etc

    * The Holocaust Lie and sequelae, including all the laws against Holo denial, the prosecution of 100,000 persons in Germany alone for the 'crime' of historical inquiry, including several of my friends, the funnelling of billions of dollars to the rogue state of Israel by the US and Germany* Founding of Israel - Throwing Arabs out of their ancient homelands, making the US an enemy of Arabs, creating an unending series of wars and conflicts via Jewish terrorism (bombing of King David Hotel, assassination of Folk Bernadotte, Deir Yassin, etc which continues to the present) - And don't forget the role of Jew Hitler and his Jewish regime which negotiated the Ha'avara (Transfer Agreement) (See Kardel's Hitler: Founder of Israel)

    * The creation of a Zionist Occupation Government in the US and most other Western countries ("Congress is Israeli-occupied territory")

    * Attack on the USS Liberty* Assassination of JFK (see Michael Collins Piper's books)* Nonwhite immigration (1965 immigration 'reform')

    * Antiwhite discrimination (1964 'Civil Rights' act et seq)

    * Hate crime laws (ADL)* Anti-militia statutes (ADL)

    * Feminism (Most major feminists are Jewish)* US attack on Libya (Ostrovsky's By Way of Deception)

    * Gulf Wars 1 and 2

    * Hiring of KGB and Stasi chiefs for Homeland Security (Jew Chertoff = 'Devil')

    * Judaization of America and the world (all major media are in Jewish hands)* 911 and subsequent coverup (see my extensive collection of articles)

    * White slavery (Israel)

    The fact that Jews have been major players in all these events does not of course prove that, in the words of JBR Yant, 'all Jews are created evil', but it does show that there is a constant procession of evil coming from the Jewish quarter, and that, even if we reject the 'final solution' of the gas-all-Jews-now crowd, it is essential to consider the possibility of at least isolating this community from which so much trouble comes, and this for the simple reason that our survival may depend on doing so.

    I stated earlier that the Bush regime appears to be in the thrall of Organized Jewry -- a force which apparently seeks the destruction of both the West and Islam as part of a plan for world domination. My reason for saying this is that there is simply no other reasonable explanation for the egregiously destructive behavior of Bush and his henchmen, unless we wish to invoke an even more exotic explanation, such as that Bush is under the control of hostile space aliens. We can, however, strengthen our argument that Bush's behavior stems from an effort in behalf of the NWO/JWO by citing the research of author Texe Marrs, who has uncovered documentary evidence that the Bush family is Jewish -- a conclusion which is supported by numerous other observations including the kosherization of the kitchen at the White House and the large number of Jews who play or have played a major role in the Bush administration -- Wolfowitz, Libby, Feith, Zakim, Fleischer, Bernanke, Chertoff and many many others. But what, you may ask, is the Bush administration's egregiously destructive behavior -- behavior which is wildly contrary to the interests of the American people? Here is a list of some major items:

    * Allowing a virtually open border with Mexico which permits Mexicans and other Third-world residents to stream into the country by the millions, lowering Americans' wages by competing with the native population, raising crime rates in a major way, undermining American culture, and 'reconquering' the American Southwest by demographic means. Not only has the Bush administration been guilty of malignant neglect in keeping an adequate border patrol force in place, but has actually undermined citizen efforts to keep the border closed by alerting the Mexican authorities to the locations of these volunteer observers so that illegal border-crossers could avoid them. On top of this, American authorities have actually arrested and prosecuted these volunteers, along with property owners who have taken efforts to secure their land from the ravages of these parasites.

    * Adopting 'free trade' policies which force American workers to compete with dollar-a-day Third-world workers and Chinese 'laogai' slave laborers, thereby insuring that American industries would go overseas in search of cheap labor. The result is the evaporation of American jobs, the transferring of American industry and technology to foreign countries, and a kind of genteel Third-world poverty imposed on American workers.

    * Arranging to merge America into a 'North American Union' with Canada and Mexico, a little-publicized but formally-acknowledged and rapidly progressing program which will bring an end to the unique American nation, and in the process destroy the tradition of individual freedom which makes America unique among the countries of the world. This is evidently being undertaken because traditional America stands as a significant stumbling block to the efforts of the New World Orderlies to enslave the earth's population in a NWO/JWO dictatorship.

    * Enactment of the so-called Patriot Act and similar pieces of legislation which have ignored and thus severely undermined our Constitution and Americans' traditional liberties, even going so far in the most recent legislation as to rescind the ancient tradition of habeas corpus and legalize the use of torture. Indeed, as things now stand, George Bush is effectively a dictator, and those of us who are speaking out against what he and his cronies have done may not have long before the prison doors close behind us.

    * Prosecution of an illegitimate war in Iraq which was based on admittedly false information, which was backed by a 'coalition of the willing' put together by threats and payoffs, which is largely irrelevant to American interests while enormously relevant to Israeli interests, which continues apace in spite of its irrelevance and the exposure of its baselessness, which is irreversibly polluting the region with depleted uranium, and which is permanently sickening our entire soldiery with irreversible diseases from exposure not only to depleted uranium, but to dangerous chemical cocktails forced upon the troops in the guise of 'vaccinations' and other forms of 'protection'.

    * Responsibility for causing the attacks of September 11, 2001, better known as 911, an operation which clearly had the cooperation and participation of the highest levels of the American and Israeli governments and which, like the hoo-ha over the so-called war on terror, the so-called threat of the probably-nonexistent Al Qaeda, the probably-long-dead CIA operative Osama bin Laden, and similar phenomena, had the purpose of whipping America into a frenzy of hatred for the Islamic/Arabic world so that war could be justified and civil liberties curtailed.

    In short, no matter whether the behavior of the Bush administration and the Congress -- and for that matter, the behavior of the several administrations before the present one -- is the result of subversion by Organized Jewry (or Organized Jewry in collusion with other groups), or whether it is the result of something more exotic such as the destructive influence of space aliens who are using Jews and others as their tools, the fact remains that it is part of a clearly and obviously deliberate program to destroy this nation, and in this sense is wildly contrary to the interests of American citizens, to say nothing of the population of the Islamic world. And yet, in spite of all this, Americans will probably do little or nothing to oppose this madness until it is too late -- too late because they are too psychologically disarmed by the lies of the Jew-controlled mass media, too late because their guns and ammunition will have been taken away 'for their own good', too late because the Cassandras and other troublesome people like me will have been permanently confined in one of the 600 currently-empty-but-staffed-and-ready secret prisons that make up the American gulag, and too late because we will have all been microchipped and can be controlled by punishment and reward signals generated by a computer at Homeland Insecurity, currently headed by Jew-devil Michael Chertoff ('Chertoff' means 'devil' in Russian) and his two 'advisors', one a former officer of the Soviet Union's secret police (KGB), and the other a former officer of the East German secret police (Stasi).

    But why won't Americans do anything? Why isn't there outrage all over America, and why aren't there millions of Americans marching on Washington armed to the teeth and ready to put an end to this administration and stop the gathering clouds of WW3? There is no one single answer, but I think the matter can be traced to the following facts:

    * Control of information: Except for the Internet, Jews control the mass media, and it has become a sort of psychological truism that 'if you didn't see it on TV, then it didn't happen'. (Needless to say, not much of the information which I have cited here has appeared on TV.) More than this, at the behest of the liberal (and ultimately Jew-controlled) education establishment, in just the last half-century government schools have managed to dumb down entire generations to the point that most graduates possess little real information, virtually no critical faculties, and generally cannot even find Iran on a map -- if, indeed, they know what a map is. Certainly Americans have forgotten our history, and particularly that the liberty we have enjoyed for the last 200 years was paid for in blood, toil, tears and sweat by our patriotic forefathers, and is a pact with those heroes which we violate by our failure to take action.

    * Dependence on the government: As little as a hundred years ago, most Americans were farmers or artisans who were not dependent on the government for much of anything. Today, the myriad array of government programs, from Social Insecurity, welfare and unemployment insurance to corporate welfare, student loans and government grants, has created a network of dependence that makes many people unwilling to disturb the status quo lest they suffer financial harm.

    * Loss of religion: Among most of mankind, religion has provided a basis for morality. Only a hundred years ago, Americans were largely Christian, and Christian faith provided a moral self-confidence that would not have tolerated the present Washington outrages. More particularly, Christianity taught its followers to fear guilt and shame rather than death because there was life after death, and guilt or shame for failure to act rightly would result in an eternity of damnation. This not only made Christians willing to fight and die for their principles, but demanded that they be responsible for righting the wrongs of the world. Today, however, Christianity is on the skids, and even those who call themselves Christian do not seem to take their religion seriously, but only regard their church as a sort of social club primarily useful for meeting girls.

    * Assault on America's white population: One of the great Jewish-led assaults against Western civilization is the promotion of what is called 'political correctness', ie, a pathological sensitivity and deference to the 'disadvantaged', among whom are numbered racial minorities (except whites, which are increasingly in the minority), women, homosexuals and the handicapped, and where the underlying assumption is that all people are equal, and that if it were not for the 'oppression' forced upon others by sexually-normal white males, this equality would be realized in fact. Political correctness, whose major instrument of implementation has been the Jewish-controlled media, has undermined America by making whites, and especially normal white men, feel guilty for the failure of blacks, a failure which is wrongly attributed to 'racial discrimination' (all other American minorities have been 'discriminated against' -- eg, Chinese, Irish, Jews -- but have succeeded within a generation or two), but never to the real cause, which is simply that black IQ trails white IQ by a substantial amount, ie, that blacks are in no way, shape or form equal to whites. Likewise, white men have been made to feel guilty about the inability of women to be men, a fact presumably caused not by women being unequal to men, but rather by women being 'discriminated against'. The result of the guilt trip laid on whites is that they have accepted legal discrimination as a remediation for their guilt in the form of affirmative action, quotas, set-asides and similar programs, leading to fewer jobs, lowered income, and psychological trauma for the creative force of Western civilization.

    * Manliness: An important part of the policy of political correctness is feminism, which is basically a special deference to women, and which has been especially deleterious to our culture because it has attempted to blur the lines between men and women, and in particular has attempted to make men into women and women into men. Besides being the acme of absurdity, this has served to take away from both men and women the uniqueness of their gender, with the result that men have failed to learn how to 'be men' -- a difficult enuf thing to learn in normal times, but one which has become difficult in the extreme in the context of hysterical feminist claims that the traditions of manliness are somehow morally wrong. Accordingly, while men under normal circumstances would recognize that it was their duty to act against the tyranny centered in Washington -- at the risk of their lives if necessary -- the result of political correctness is that men have been turned into pantywaists by feminist propaganda which has effectively castrated them and removed them from the political equation. One can perhaps best appreciate the situation by considering the fact that women have for some years been admitted to the service academies: Their presence in the most masculine of masculine environments has resulted in the dumbing down (so to speak) of the rigors which officer trainees need to experience in order to properly prepare for their role as warriors, with the consequence that the very instrument that protects America from foreign wrong has been seriously weakened, thus completing yet another part of the NWO program to destroy America and the West.

    As I suggested above, normal men who have received instruction in manliness in the normal way would know how to deal with the abuses of George Bush and Company: There would be a spontaneous multi-million-man march on Washington, and the president and his henchmen, along with most members of the criminally-complicit congress, would all be in prison or -- more likely -- hanging by their balls from DC lampposts. I say this not on the basis of speculation, but on the basis of how things actually worked in this country before about 1950. In those days, lawbreakers whose deeds were particularly egregious would be visited in the middle of the night by a posse of the leading citizens and summarily lynched. As most people know, this happened to blacks, but it also happened to whites, and in fact, as I have determined from historical statistics, the ratio of whites to blacks who were lynched was proportional to the ratio of per capita white to black crime that we see in the present day, meaning simply that lynching, tho outside the normal channels of justice, was at least racially fair. The problem today, however, is that the men who are willing to take the law into their own hands in cases of necessity have disappeared as a result of men failing to learn how to be men, and the upshot is that the government has ceased to fear the people. In this sense, then, Americans have failed in their responsibility to the rest of the world, and indeed, to themselves: They have not gathered in Washington for a lynching party because they have collectively forgotten how to be men. As author JB Campbell has pointed out, while we are armed to the teeth physically, we are completely disarmed mentally, with the result that we are likely to be disarmed physically in the near future by the drones of the New World Order without a shot being fired. The latter remark calls to mind the observation of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn that the communist (read: JEWISH) terror in the Soviet Union would have been quickly extinguished if the population had been armed and those who received the proverbial midnight knock on the door resisted their would-be captors with firepower -- something which the communist authorities kept from happening by disarming the population 'before the Party began'. Solzhenitsyn's observation, however, rested on the assumption that the Russians would have been man enuf to pull the trigger -- an assumption which may have been just as wrong for the Russians then as it is for Americans today because of a forlorn hope that the government is not as evil as the evidence shows it is. But there is no doubt about it: Our government, exactly like the government of the 'Jewish Bolsheviks', as they were known in less politically-correct times, is just as evil as it can be, and getting more and more evil by the day. Somebody is going to have to start doing some shooting, and they are going to have to start soon if WW3 is to be avoided.

    In writing this letter to you, Mr President, my purpose has been to explain to you why America, and Americans generally, are not your enemy, in spite of the fact that our so-called leaders seem determined to wage war on you. It is important for you to understand this, because of the temptation I know you must have to bring the war home to Americans by staging attacks like 911. This, however, would be a big mistake, because it would probably have the effect of creating significant political support for a war against your country here in America -- a situation which is not in the best interest of either you or us, but which would play directly into the hands of the traitors and fifth-columnists who rule the roost in Washington. Indeed, it appears that government operatives have tried to stage other 911-like events, and it has only been by virtue of tipoffs by insiders that these incidents have been aborted. Would that we could march on Washington, and we may yet do so if we can get our message out to the couch-potato zombies who have been conditioned by the One-Eyed Jew In The Livingroom to hate themselves, their country, their race and their heritage. But till that time, the fate of the world may rest in your hands, and I only hope you can recognize the grave responsibility which that entails.

    But there is another reason that I am writing you, Mr President: By publishing this as an open letter to you on my website, and sending it to my mailing lists with a request that it be sent to all those on the mailing lists of the recipients, etc, I am hoping to help awaken the slumbering American giant which has been hypnotized by absurd government lies and propaganda in service of the NWO/JWO. To this I might add that I am in a very real sense doing this at the risk of my life, for it seems only a matter of time before dissidents like myself are rounded up and dispatched. But it is a risk I feel absolutely obligated to undertake, because I am in a key position to act as a sentinel of the gathering storm, with the hope that others will do their duty to stop the cabal of madmen in Washington and restore the Constitution, by violence if necessary. It is my hope, of course, that violence will not be necessary -- even something as simple as ten thousand pickets surrounding the white house, each with a sign reading "Bush: TRAITOR" or "RESIGN!" or "RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION" or "NO MORE WAR FOR ISRAEL", and all chanting slogans in unison might well bring the administration down after a few days. But whatever it takes, something must be done, and done soon if our nation -- and indeed ourselves -- is to survive.In closing, it gives me little consolation to note that, just seven years ago I predicted in the pages of the national magazine of Mensa, the international high-IQ society of which I am a member, that the Jewish Question would be the most important issue of the 21st century -- a prediction which cited many instances of devastating Jewish misbehavior, and for which I was roundly excoriated in an unprecedented 3-page denunciation published in the magazine's next issue; and yet only seven years later, the prediction has not only come true, but is on the verge of becoming America's and the world's worst nightmare. I only hope that my fellow citizens, with your cooperation, may help lead America out of this lethal swamp before we are all eaten by alligators.

    Respectfully and hopefully,

    John 'Birdman' Bryant"

    Live free or die!"

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  • Political Correct Apostate

  • America’s Collective Delusion Must Endure: Domestic Genocide of an Economic Nature

    By Jason Miller

    “The beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” –Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein

    Accomplishing a logic-defying feat, the wealthiest nation in the world has “attained” the highest rate of homelessness amongst developed countries. 3.5 million human beings experience homelessness each year in the United States. Almost a million are homeless every night (1).

    In the most heavily militarized nation in the history of the human race, 30% of its homeless men are military veterans (2). What happened to “support the troops”? Obviously once military personnel return home, the slogan changes to “good riddance to bad rubbish”.

    Ready for some “shock and awe” on the home front? According to the National Mental Health Association, “on any given night, 1.2 million children are homeless” in the United States.

    And what is one to make of a self-proclaimed Christian nation (overflowing with material resources) that allows such travesties of economic justice to persist?

    How can a Christian nation ignore the compassionate teachings of Jesus?

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

    Yes, it is morally and ethically abhorrent that there are indigent, starving, and homeless human beings in a society of people awash in a sea of wealth.

    Yet it gets even uglier…

    According to Sixty Minutes, the latest extreme means for teens to alleviate adolescent ennui involves savagely beating the most vulnerable human beings in the United States.

    This so-called “bum hunting” has resulted in the murder of at least one homeless person per month for the past 60 consecutive months. Accurate statistics are elusive at best (since few people notice when a homeless person “disappears”). However, the National Coalition for the Homeless determined that 500 of its lost souls have been victims of “bum hunting” since 1999. 180 of them met violent deaths as a result of this appalling blood sport in which the hunters stalk human prey (3).

    What could inspire children to commit such depraved, barbarous acts?

    Sixty Minutes suggested that a wildly popular DVD series called Bum Fights was the principal catalyst for “bum hunting”. Apparently, the producers of Bum Fights paid homeless individuals a pittance (and bribed them with alcohol) to brawl and attempt ridiculous stunts similar to those shown in the Jackass series. Bum Fight movies also involve a character dubbed the “Bum Hunter”. In producing Bum Fights, the “Bum Hunter” attacked randomly selected sleeping homeless people, forcibly restrained them, and sealed their mouths with duct tape.

    23 year old Ryan McPherson was the producer of Bum Fights. He and two partners sold the rights to their creation for $1.5 million (4). Sixty Minutes interviewed two of their victims, including a homeless man named Rufus, who confirmed that McPherson paid them less than $10 and a “couple of beers” to fight and do degrading stunts.

    When Sixty Minutes interviewed McPherson, he had this to say:

    “We’re merely exposing something that I don’t think a lot of people know exists. I think it’s interesting. I can’t imagine what would make somebody do the things that Rufus was doing to himself….”

    Not surprisingly, McPherson claimed to see no connection between his DVD productions, the millions of teens watching them, and the proliferation of “bum hunting”. It is interesting to note that one of the teens who participated in the slaying of a homeless person told Sixty Minutes that he had watched Bum Fights “hundreds of times” before the murder.

    While the reprehensible McPherson and his grotesque digitally captured exploitations of miserable souls almost certainly contributed heavily to the popularity of “bum hunting”, McPherson, his perversities, and “bum hunting” are merely symptoms of an insidious disease afflicting the collective psyche of the United States at a profound level.

    Beware the shadow…

    It is true that since time immemorial, the wealthy and powerful of human society have exploited and preyed upon the poor and vulnerable. The tendency to abuse power is an inherent aspect of the shadow side of each human being.

    A spiritually healthy human being acknowledges their shadow side and integrates it into their being, hence minimizing the shadow’s destructive tendencies.

    However, when repressed and denied, the shadow side of the human psyche often manifests itself in a variety of violent and malevolent ways. And throughout its history, social, economic, and political forces in the United States have served to nurture the growth of the collective national shadow into a loathsome monstrosity.

    What feeds the beast?

    Moral superiority has been a critical piece of the argument the United States has used to justify the genocide of the Native Americans, the enslavement of Black Americans, the support of numerous murderous dictators supporting US interests in developing nations, unwavering support for the Palestinian genocide, and the slaughter of millions of civilians in imperial wars waged under the pretext of fighting for freedom and human rights. People in the United States are psychologically conditioned to believe that their nation is the salvation of humanity and to ignore or destroy evidence to the contrary.

    Nearly endless streams of propaganda extolling the virtues of the United States enable large numbers of US Americans to support a ruthless empire because they believe it to be a benevolent superpower. Aside from people suffering a serious deficit of conscience, those living in a nearly perpetual state of denial are virtually the only ones capable of pledging their loyalty to a nation with a predacious foreign policy and a morally bankrupt economic system.

    How else would one explain the corporate media and the Empire’s loyal adherents celebrating Congress’ passage of the Military Commissions Act as a “victory”? Even after viewing numerous explicit photos of the blatant torture committed by the United States military at Abu Ghraib, a frightening number of US citizens remain unperturbed by the fact that a man who would be fortunate to flirt with a score of 100 on an IQ test now has the power to define and authorize torture, to imprison virtually anyone as a “terrorist”, and to negate Habeas Corpus.

    Remember when the Magna Carta was the basis for our legal tradition? How absurd that people actually believed that this excerpt from that other “goddamn piece of paper” was a cornerstone of a just society:

    No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, . . . or in any other way destroyed . . . except by the lawful judgment of his peers, or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to none will we deny or delay, right or justice.

    Many in the United States have welcomed shredding both the Magna Carta and the Constitution by entrusting a feeble-minded tyrant with nearly absolute power. In their delusion, Bush will protect the United States from the “evil terrorists” by continuing to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings who had nothing to do with 9/11. Denial is indeed a potent force. It enables supporters of the Bush Regime to continue believing that they live in a benevolent meritocracy that actively pursues peace, freedom, and justice for the entire human race. And it prevents them from even considering that they might become The Decider’s next victim.

    And the profound suffering of the past, present, and future innocent victims of the “Torture Bill” is not even on the radar screen of the Empire’s loyalists. Empathy and compassion are scarce commodities indeed in the United States. And why wouldn’t they be?

    Saturated with spiritual perversions…

    Employing a bizarre reverse aversion therapy—let’s call it saturation therapy—corporate news outlets, the government, Madison Avenue, revisionist historians, television, and Hollywood work in concert to proliferate the spiritual cancers of narcissism, avarice, hubris, materialism, self-absorption, pornography, gluttony, pathological nationalism, obsession with external beauty, and xenophobia.

    It is not a leap of logic to conclude that perceived superiority over the rest of humanity, deeply rooted denial, an inculcated devotion to rapacious capitalism, and the spiritual ills resulting from “saturation therapy” combine to form a strong impetus for sociopathic behavior.

    Bludgeoning a defenseless human being to death is one such behavior that immediately leaps to mind….

    Genocide?

    The United States has the financial resources to end homelessness tomorrow through the intelligent use of public money. Instead its decision-makers elect to line the pockets of corporate cronies and war profiteers by pouring $600 billion per year into entities and programs which exist to kill human beings.

    By deliberately lavishing obscene sums of public money on the murderous military industrial complex while seriously neglecting programs to attack the root causes of poverty, the ruling elite of the United States are waging an agonizing form of economic genocide against homeless people.

    Preserving the delusion

    In a society that worships money, material success, youth, and beauty, homeless human beings are anathema on several levels. Ultimately, to preserve the delusion of the American Dream, those caught in the American Nightmare must be eliminated in some fashion.

    The number of US homeless people relative to the number of the homeless in other developed countries exposes the brutality of the United States’ “survival of the fittest” socioeconomic system.

    Don’t think about them. You could become one of them.

    The very existence of these indigent vagabonds reminds US Americans how fleeting and unattainable the American Dream truly is.

    Don’t look at them. You could become one of them.

    3.5 million deeply impoverished human beings forage in garbage dumpsters while heirs like the Waltons and the Mars hoard fortunes large enough to sustain hundreds of thousands of people.

    Don’t touch them. You could become one of them.

    Homeless people are the antithesis of the American ideal. They are often impoverished, unemployed (or under-employed), unattractive, dirty, beaten down, and addicted to drugs or alcohol.

    Kill them so you don’t become one of them.

    If horribly misguided youths don’t eradicate our homeless population, the United States’ woefully inadequate (and rapidly shrinking) publicly-funded safety nets will leave homeless people wallowing in their misery until they are dead.

    All the while the wealthy elites of the United States will smile with the satisfaction of homeowners who are successfully exterminating a roach infestation.

    And as each homeless human being dies, people like Barbara Bush will have one less “blight” on which to focus their beautiful minds.

    (1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States

    (2) http://www.helpusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HELP_ProgServ_VerteranServices

    (3) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/28/60minutes/main2049967.shtml

    (4) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/28/60minutes/main2049967.shtml

    Jason Miller is a wage slave of the American Empire who has freed himself intellectually and spiritually. He writes prolifically, his essays have appeared widely on the Internet, and he does volunteer work for a homeless shelter. He welcomes constructive correspondence at willpowerful@hotmail.com or via his blog, Thomas Paine’s Corner, at http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/

    Monday, October 02, 2006

    'Inter-faith understanding key to dialogue'

    When an alleged terrorist plot to blow up airliners out of London’s Heathrow Airport was thwarted in August, George Bush, the US president, alluded to a war between the West and "Islamic fascism".

    On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Bush again referred to the war on terrorism, specifically citing the foe as Islamic fascists.

    Recently, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a medieval text which criticised Islam and the Prophet Muhammad as forbearers of evil and violence.

    After an uproar from the Muslim world, the pope apologised, saying the quote did not reflect his personal opinion and the Vatican issued a statement that said it supported inter-faith dialogue.

    But such dialogue cannot be possible without an inter-faith understanding of sacred texts and interpretations.

    Jane McAuliffe, dean of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a professor in the departments of History and of Arabic at Georgetown, believes that North America and Europe have increasing Muslim populations, and while this is sometimes a source of conflict, it is also a frequent opportunity for collaboration.

    McAullife is the editor of the recently completed Encyclopaedia of the Quran, which contains nearly 1000 entries presented in five volumes and is the first comprehensive, multi-volume reference work on the Quran to appear in a Western language

    Aljazeera.net: If a researcher with your expertise in Arabic and history were to have reflected on Islamic-Western relations 50 years ago, could she have predicted the world we live in today? Where do you see these relations in 50 years?

    Jane McAullife: I think that it is impossible - and irresponsible - to speak of either "Islam"or "the West" as monolithic, undifferentiated entities. There are countless connections between Muslims and non-Muslims in both Muslim-majority countries and Muslim-minority countries.

    Both North America and Europe have ever-increasing Muslim populations, and while this is sometimes a source of conflict, it is also a frequent opportunity for collaboration.

    Muslims and non-Muslims are getting to know each other as fellow citizens, people who work in the same organisations, whose children attend the same schools and who, together, can join forces to address the issues and problems that they confront in their various communities.

    What factors went into deciding to compile such an extensive body of work on Islam, its history and minutiae?

    The Encyclopaedia of the Quran is a six-volume reference work that is devoted to one aspect of Islam, the foundational scripture which has guided, and continues to guide, the lives of Muslims. My decision to launch this large research project was based on a compelling needs assessment: there is no existing reference work of this sort for the Quran in Western languages.

    If, for example, you look at the analogous field of biblical studies, you'll find dozens of encyclopaedias and dictionaries of the Bible. But until the appearance of the EQ, there has been nothing like this for the Quran.

    A distinguishing feature of the EQ is its combination of alphabetically arranged entries on the major themes, persons, places and concepts of the Quran, combined with major articles that review the state of contemporary scholarship in all areas related to the study of the Quran.

    How did you research the volumes of work you included in the encyclopaedia? Did you consult with Islamic scholars?

    From its beginning the EQ was a collaborative project between Muslim and non-Muslim scholars. Both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars have served as associate editors, as members of the advisory board and as authors of articles for the EQ.

    We began our task more than 10 years ago by compiling a list of entry words and article titles that we wanted to include in the EQ. These lists were researched and refined in several rounds of discussion. When consensus was reached on the content list for the EQ, the associate editors and I began to select the names of authors who could be invited to write the individual entries.

    I then started to send invitations to authors and was gratified by the quick and enthusiastic response that I received to these invitations.


    How has your work been received by academia on the one hand, and the general public on the other? Has there been support or criticism for your work?

    Reviews of the EQ in both scholarly publications and those intended for a more general readership have been strongly positive.

    Scholars in both Islamic studies and other fields of the humanities and social sciences have expressed their gratitude for a reference work that can assist them in their own work and can help to open the field of Quranic studies to them.

    Among the general public, particularly here in North America, there is a tremendous hunger for accurate information about Islam in all of its multiplicity. Many people are trying to read the Quran [in English translation] and they are eager for reference sources that will help them to understand what they are reading.