Friday, January 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM
The reason for my id, "NonZionist":
|| I oppose ideology in general. I especially oppose ideologies that are grounded in ethnic supremacy or ethnic isolation. The idea that the human race must be forcibly divided into ethnic groups, with each group given its own little "homeland", seems defeatist, xenophobic, and cynical to me. Take the U.S.: Would it make sense to force Lutherans to live in one state, Baptists in another, Methodists in a third, Catholics in a fourth, etc.? Would it make sense to require all Lutherans to move to Maryland, say? And what of Catholics who are already living in Maryland: Would it make sense to terrorize them and bomb them and keep them under perpetual occupation? Of course not: It would be madness. Well, it is equally mad to impose such a violent division on the once peaceful people of the Middle East -- and that is just what Zionism does. This deadly ideology benefits no one and serves only to keep people divided and conquered. It has fostered one war after another, one holocaust after another, and takes us ever closer to the world war that the neo-cons are "hoping and praying for".
Modern Zionism was pioneered by anti-Semitic Christians looking for a way to "rid Europe of its Jews". Eventually, radical Jews -- notably Theodor Herzl -- joined in the call. The radicals were saying, essentially, "You can't fire me: I quit." Initially, the vast majority of Jews greated this radical capitulation with rejection. Zionism did, however, have a friend in the British empire: Zionism would induce Jews to serve as a spearhead for the empire, and would keep the Middle East divided. Ironically, cosmopolitan Jewish culture became the first victim of Zionism.
Israel, today, is not the only evil in the world. But it is central. When we learn the true history of Zionism, we learn the history of the empire that sponsored it, as well. That war-making empire of death and destruction is my real target here. As a human being, my loyalty is to the human race, not to the system of war and greed that is currently destroying much of the human race.
Zionism's status as sacred cow and golden calf is what prevents us from learning the sordid truth about the last sixty years. My id argues that we Americans should not be required to worship at the Zionist altar. We should have a choice! -- either to support Zionism or to reject it.
I could have called myself "Anti-Zionist", but opposing something so directly creates retrenchment and deadlock: Each force creates an equal and opposite reaction, as Newton said. So instead, I ask simply to be free of Zionism -- free of its wars, free of its domination, free of its victimology, free of its lies, free of its cynicism. I simply do not want to be a part of this hellish evil. That is what the "Non-" prefix signifies.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:33:15 PM
Most of the poems that follow are etheree -- simple, short ten-line poems, with each line containing one more syllable than the previous line. Usually, the last lines of the etheree poem are ironic -- they provide a novel or surprising resolution to the dilemma posed in the earlier lines.
Although there are some free-verse poems at the end, I am not a fan of free verse: I expect poetry to have structure. The etheree form provides that structure, but the structure is minimal, making the poems easy to write.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:05:32 AM
The Madman Dictator Terrorist speaks (Photo: AgenciaBrasil / Victor Soares)
Hugo Chavez, the popular elected Madman Dictator Terrorist who runs Venezuela, is now threatening to nuke the U.S. and wipe the U.S. off the map. The Threat was made during a 08 Jan 2012 visit to Venezuela by another popular elected Madman Dictator Terrorist, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here is what the first MDT said:
They accuse us over and over again of plans to attack the United States. They say we are building a bomb to launch against Washington. See that hill right there ... The grass will open up to reveal a big atomic bomb that President Ahmadinejad and I will launch against the White House.
-- Eva Golinger, "Venezuela: A Threat to the Security of the USA?"
, Global Research
, 12 Jan 2012
What impudence! What arrogance! What hopeless audacity! Don't these peons know their place?!
Sunday, July 15, 2012 6:42:36 AM
Libya Misrata Before and After "Humanitarian War"
The new Executive Director of Amnesty International USA – Suzanne Nossel – is a recent U.S. government insider. So it’s a safe bet that AI’s decision to seize upon a topic that dovetailed with American foreign policy interests, "women’s rights in Afghanistan," at the NATO Conference last month in Chicago came directly from her.
-- Coleen Rowley and Ann Wright, "Amnesty’s Shilling for US Wars"
, 22 Jun 2012
Rowley and Wright confirm claims made in my earlier AI blog entry: The New Pro-War Face of Amnesty International, Inc.
New AI director a protege of Holbrooke, Clinton and Albright
The State Department of a government that supports torture, terrorism and perpetual war is not a place where one would expect to recruit the head of an organization that purporsts to defend human rights. Where is the State Department's concern for human rights in Palestine, in Iraq, in Kosovo, in Saudi Arabia? or in any of the other countries under U.S. domination? Yet the State Department features prominently on Suzanne Nossel's resume:
Nossel was hired by AI in January 2012. In her early career, Nossel worked for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke under the Clinton Administration at the United Nations. Most recently, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations at the U.S. Department of State, where she was responsible for multilateral human rights, humanitarian affairs, women’s issues, public diplomacy, press and congressional relations.
She also played a leading role in U.S. engagement at the U.N. Human Rights Council (where her views about the original Goldstone Report on behalf of Palestinian women did not quite rise to the same level of concerns for the women in countries that U.S.-NATO has attacked militarily).
Nossel would have worked for and with Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power and Susan Rice, and undoubtedly helped them successfully implement their "Right to Protect (R2P)" – otherwise known as "humanitarian intervention" – as well as the newly created "Atrocity Prevention Board."
-- Coleen Rowley and Ann Wright, "Amnesty’s Shilling for US Wars"
, 22 Jun 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012 7:03:20 PM
This is the capital of the country Israel has ordered us to destroy. Why are we so eager to comply? Do we know what we will be destroying?
[Our] assumptions [about Iran] are not supported by reality. Sociologists and scholars say that Islam in Iran is more ritualistic than ideological or doctrine-driven. In the streets of Tehran, one comes across portraits of various prophets and the great Shia imams, including Hossain.
-- Praful Bidwai, "Iran Won't Be Bullied"
, antiwar.com, 06 May 2006
Why do we put our faith in death and destruction?
Why are so many Americans obsessed with destroying Iran? That's the question Pat Buchanan asks:
“Iran is not seeking to have the atomic bomb, possession of which is pointless, dangerous, and is a great sin from an intellectual and a religious point of view.”
Thus did supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declare in February that Iran’s possession of atomic weapons would be a mortal sin against Allah.
It is also the unanimous judgment of the U.S. intelligence community, declared in 2007 and affirmed in 2011, that Iran has abandoned any program to build nuclear weapons.
Is the ayatollah lying? Is the entire U.S. intel community wrong?
Iran’s plants at Natanz, where uranium is enriched to 5%, and at Fordow, where it is enriched to 20% — both below weapons grade — are under constant U.N. monitoring. Iran has offered to surrender its 20% uranium and cease enriching to that level, if the West will provide isotopes for its nuclear medicine and lift some of the more onerous sanctions.
No deal, says the United States. Iran must give up enrichment entirely and indefinitely.
-- Pat Buchanan, "Why This Obsession With Iran?"
, 06 Jul 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012 5:09:26 AM
The Empire is a Whited Sepulchre
Raimondo begins with a famous quote from veteran CIA analyst, Michael Scheuer:
"As I complete this book, U.S., British, and other coalition forces are trying to govern apparently ungovernable postwar states in Afghanistan and Iraq, while simultaneously fighting growing Islamist insurgencies in each – a state of affairs our leaders call victory. In conducting these activities, and the conventional military campaigns preceding them, U.S. forces and policies are completing the radicalization of the Islamic world, something Osama bin Laden has been trying to do with substantial but incomplete success since the early 1990s. As a result, I think it fair to conclude that the United States of America remains bin Laden’s only indispensable ally."
-- Michael Scheuer, Imperial Hubris
, opening paragraph
Is the U.S. inadvertantly helping Al Qaeda?
In a similar vein, we have this quote from Simon Jenkins:
Nothing can be giving bin Laden greater pleasure than the spectacle of the West going to war to topple his hated foe, the "atheist Satan", Saddam Hussein. Even in his wildest dreams, he cannot have imagined what has now come to pass, Saddam about to go and Islam radicalised against the West.
-- Simon Jenkins, "Bin Laden's laughter echoes across the West"
, London Times
, 19 Mar 2003
Other U.S. actions that benefit Al Qaeda or meet Al Qaeda demands are listed in Stop the Empire from devouring Syria
Seeing this evidence, we are at first incredulous. We assume that U.S. compliance with Al Qaeda demands is inadvertant, unwitting, the product of incompetence.
But gradually a darker pattern emerges. Remember the Iran-contra scandal? Reagan, who vociferously opposed "Terrorism", was caught red-handed selling arms to terrorists. If this duplicity happens once, one may attribute it to incompetence or dementia. But it has happened again and again, and now, in Syria, we see the U.S. openly collaborating with Al Qaeda. This is no accident.
The U.S. strategy is called "playing both sides against the middle": using terror to destabilize the targeted country, then using the instability as a pretext for invading. The support for terror is masked behind a fake "War on Terror", and "Humanitarian War" serves as the fig-leaf for naked aggression.
Friday, July 13, 2012 8:17:50 PM
Media lapdogs listen to the Master's voice
The same gang of war-profiteers -- sorry, "Honorable Men" -- who lied us into creating the trillion-dollar holocaust in Iraq and were never held accountable for that war crime are now leading the "Syrian Opposition".
This is a story about the storytellers: the spokespeople, the "experts on Syria", the "democracy activists". The statement makers. The people who "urge" and "warn" and "call for action".
It's a tale about some of the most quoted members of the Syrian opposition and their connection to the Anglo-American opposition creation business. The mainstream news media have, in the main, been remarkably passive when it comes to Syrian sources: billing them simply as "official spokesmen" or "pro-democracy campaigners" without, for the most part, scrutinising their statements, their backgrounds or their political connections.
-- Charlie Skelton, "The Syrian opposition: who's doing the talking?"
(UK), 12 Jul 2012
This article pulls the veil off the "Syrian Opposition" and finds a ZATO puppet show underneath. That this revealing article was published in The Guardian
, a prominent UK newspaper, suggests that our rulers here in the Ziosphere are having second thoughts about their proxy war against Syria.
Friday, July 13, 2012 4:52:46 PM
Turkey's leaders: Bulent Arinc (Vice PM), Tayyip Erdogan (PM), Abdullah Gul (Pres).
Play with fire and get burned
Erdogan has been playing a dangerous game. His war against Syria is not popular in Turkey, and now he has been pushed out of the way by the U.S. and Russia.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan never saw it coming.
He knew he was in trouble when the Pentagon leaked that the Turkish Phantom RF-4E shot down last week by Syrian anti-aircraft artillery happened off the Syrian coastline, directly contradicting Erdogan's account, who claimed it happened in international air space.
And it got worse; Moscow, via Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, offered "objective radar data" as proof.
-- Pepe Escobar, "Why Turkey won't go to war with Syria"
, Al Jazeera
, 06 Jul 2012
Turkey's would-be Napoleon has been stabbed in the back by the U.S. and stabbed in the front by Russia.
Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:26:52 PM
Since transnational corporations and foreign lobbies now dominate our government, we must take back the government before we can use the government to reign in the corporations and lobbies. But take back is impossible under the current election system, because the system is designed to keep the elite in power: No matter what we vote for, we end up with the same anti-American policies.
In short, we need a different form of democracy, one that is not based on the facade of an election circus. I am amazed to find that such a form already exists, and has existed since the time of ancient Greece.
Almost all Greek writers who mention democracy (including Aristotle, Plato and Herodotus) both emphasise the role of selection by lot or state outright that being allotted is more democratic than elections. For example Aristotle says:
"it is thought to be democratic for the offices to be assigned by lot, for them to be elected is oligarchic,"
We see the same idea in the 18th century after the re-emergence of democracy in the writings of Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu:
"The suffrage by lot is natural to democracy, as that by choice is to aristocracy"
-- wikipedia, "Sortition"
This method has also been used successfully in certain modern contexts. In fact, studies show that it produces better results than non-random appointments!
Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:05:37 AM
Trillion-dollar war industry buys out Amnesty International
War-making is a trillion-dollar business. With that kind of money to play with, the war-makers and their friends are able to corrupt almost everything they touch. Look at how they have corrupted the Noble Peace Prize, for example: The recipient of the prize immediately escalated twice and has now started more war than his war-addicted predecessor!
So we have learned that presidents cannot be trusted. They cave under pressure. But what about the human rights organizations (HRO's). We believe that the people who lead these cash-starved organizations are Incorruptible and Pure and free of ties to the War System. We cannot even imagine them ever lying to us.
For that very reason, the propaganda arm of the War System regards the HRO as an enormous asset. Where we may doubt what the head of Halliburton or Dyncorp or Blackwater is telling us, we would never think to doubt the head of an HRO.
Here then is how the revolving door operates:
- The HRO, bowing to the demands of rich donors, issues a dire report on "Human Rights" in the targeted country
- Guilt-ridden liberals call for the War Machine and its government to "DO somethine! Do ANYTHING!" to save the persecuted
- CNN uses pictures of dead children to whip liberals into War Frenzy; who actually killed the children is insinuated without proof
- The War Machine flattens the targeted country, killing tens or hundreds of thousands, including countless children
- Human rights in the targeted country cease to exist, as the survivors scramble over the corpses
- The HRO instantly loses interest in the targeted country and "moves on" to cheering for the next big slaughter
Could this actually happen? It just has!