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So You Think The "War on Terror" Isn't a Crusade Against Islam? U're Very Much Wrong

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By William Rivers Pitt
Truthout.org
2-28-03


"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." -- President Dwight Eisenhower, January 1961.

George W. Bush gave a speech Wednesday night before the Godfather of conservative Washington think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute. In his speech, Bush quantified his coming war with Iraq as part of a larger struggle to bring pro-western governments into power in the Middle East.

Couched in hopeful language describing peace and freedom for all, the speech was in fact the closest articulation of the actual plan for Iraq that has yet been heard from the administration.
In a previous truthout article from February 21, the ideological connections between an extremist right-wing Washington think tank and the foreign policy aspirations of the Bush administration were detailed.

The Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, is a group founded in 1997 that has been agitating since its inception for a war with Iraq. PNAC was the driving force behind the drafting and passage of the Iraqi Liberation Act, a bill that painted a veneer of legality over the ultimate designs behind such a conflict. The names of every prominent PNAC member were on a letter delivered to President Clinton in 1998 which castigated him for not implementing the Act by driving troops into Baghdad.

PNAC has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to a Hussein opposition group called the Iraqi National Congress, and to Iraq's heir-apparent, Ahmed Chalabi, despite the fact that Chalabi was sentenced in absentia by a Jordanian court to 22 years in prison on 31 counts of bank fraud. Chalabi and the INC have, over the years, gathered support for their cause by promising oil contracts to anyone that would help to put them in power in Iraq.

Most recently, PNAC created a new group called The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. Staffed entirely by PNAC members, The Committee has set out to "educate" Americans via cable news connections about the need for war in Iraq. This group met recently with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice regarding the ways and means of this education.
Who is PNAC? Its members include:
  • Vice President **** Cheney, one of the PNAC founders, who served as Secretary of Defense for Bush Sr.;
  • I. Lewis Libby, Cheney's top national security assistant;
  • Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, also a founding member, along with four of his chief aides including;
  • Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, arguably the ideological father of the group;
  • Eliot Abrams, prominent member of Bush's National Security Council, who was pardoned by Bush Sr. in the Iran/Contra scandal;
  • John Bolton, who serves as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security in the Bush administration;
  • Richard Perle, former Reagan administration official and present chairman of the powerful Defense Policy Board;
  • Randy Scheunemann, President of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, who was Trent Lott's national security aide and who served as an advisor to Rumsfeld on Iraq in 2001;
  • Bruce Jackson, Chairman of PNAC, a position he took after serving for years as vice president of weapons manufacturer Lockheed-Martin, and who also headed the Republican Party Platform subcommittee for National Security and Foreign Policy during the 2000 campaign. His section of the 2000 GOP Platform explicitly called for the removal of Saddam Hussein;
  • William Kristol, noted conservative writer for the Weekly Standard, a magazine owned along with the Fox News Network by conservative media mogul Ruppert Murdoch.
The Project for the New American Century seeks to establish what they call 'Pax Americana' across the globe. Essentially, their goal is to transform America, the sole remaining superpower, into a planetary empire by force of arms. A report released by PNAC in September of 2000 entitled 'Rebuilding America's Defenses' codifies this plan, which requires a massive increase in defense spending and the fighting of several major theater wars in order to establish American dominance. The first has been achieved in Bush's new budget plan, which calls for the exact dollar amount to be spent on defense that was requested by PNAC in 2000. Arrangements are underway for the fighting of the wars.

The men from PNAC are in a perfect position to see their foreign policy schemes, hatched in 1997, brought into reality. They control the White House, the Pentagon and Defense Department, by way of this the armed forces and intelligence communities, and have at their feet a Republican-dominated Congress that will rubber-stamp virtually everything on their wish list.

The first step towards the establishment of this Pax Americana is, and has always been, the removal of Saddam Hussein and the establishment of an American protectorate in Iraq. The purpose of this is threefold: 1) To acquire control of the oilheads so as to fund the entire enterprise; 2) To fire a warning shot across the bows of every leader in the Middle East; 3) To establish in Iraq a military staging area for the eventual invasion and overthrow of several Middle Eastern regimes, including some that are allies of the United States.

Another PNAC signatory, author Norman Podhoretz, quantified this aspect of the grand plan in the September 2002 issue of his journal, Commentary. In it, Podhoretz notes that the regimes, "that richly deserve to be overthrown and replaced, are not confined to the three singled-out members of the axis of evil. At a minimum, the axis should extend to Syria and Lebanon and Libya, as well as 'friends' of America like the Saudi royal family and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, along with the Palestinian Authority, whether headed by Arafat or one of his henchmen." At bottom, for Podhoretz, this action is about "the long-overdue internal reform and modernization of Islam."

This casts Bush's speech to AEI on Wednesday in a completely different light.

Weapons of mass destruction are a smokescreen. Paeans to the idea of Iraqi liberation and democratization are cynical in their inception. At the end of the day, this is not even about oil. The drive behind this war is ideological in nature, a crusade to 'reform' the religion of Islam as it exists in both government and society within the Middle East. Once this is accomplished, the road to empire will be open, ten lanes wide and steppin' out over the line.

At the end of the day, however, ideology is only good for bull sessions in the board room and the bar. Something has to grease the skids, to make the whole thing worthwhile to those involved, and entice those outside the loop to get into the game.

Thus, the payout.

It is well known by now that **** Cheney, before becoming Vice President, served as chairman and chief executive of the Dallas-based petroleum corporation Halliburton. During his tenure, according to oil industry executives and United Nations records, Halliburton did a brisk $73 million in business with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. While working face-to-face with Hussein, Cheney and Halliburton were also moving into position to capitalize upon Hussein's removal from power. In October of 1995, the same month Cheney was made CEO of Halliburton, that company announced a deal that would put it first in line should war break out in Iraq. Their job: To take control of burning oil wells, put out the fires, and prepare them for service.

Another corporation that stands to do well by a war in Iraq is Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton. Ostensibly, Brown & Root is in the construction business, and thus has won a share of the $900 million government contract for the rebuilding of post-war Iraqi bridges, roads and other basic infrastructure. This is but the tip of the financial iceberg, as the oil wells will also have to be repaired after parent-company Halliburton puts out the fires.

More ominously is Brown & Root's stock in trade: the building of permanent American military bases. There are twelve permanent U.S. bases in Kosovo today, all built and maintained by Brown & Root for a multi-billion dollar profit. If anyone should wonder why the administration has not offered an exit strategy to the Iraq war plans, the presence of Brown & Root should answer them succinctly. We do not plan on exiting. In all likelihood, Brown & Root is in Iraq to build permanent bases there, from which attacks upon other Middle Eastern nations can be staged and managed.

Again, this casts Bush's speech on Wednesday in a new light.

Being at the center of the action is nothing new for Halliburton and Brown & Root. The two companies have worked closely with governments in Algeria, Angola, Bosnia, Burma, Croatia, Haiti, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Somalia during the worst chapters in those nation's histories. Many environmental and human rights groups claim that Cheney, Halliburton and Brown & Root were, in fact, centrally involved in these fiascos. More recently, Brown & Root was contracted by the Defense Department to build cells for detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The bill for that one project came to $300 million.

Cheney became involved with PNAC officially in 1997, while still profiting from deals between Halliburton and Hussein. One year later, Cheney and PNAC began actively and publicly agitating for war on Iraq. They have not stopped to this very day.

Another company with a vested interest in both war on Iraq and massively increased defense spending is the Carlyle Group. Carlyle, a private global investment firm with more than $12.5 billion in capital under management, was formed in 1987. Its interests are spread across 164 companies, including telecommunications firms and defense contractors. It is staffed at the highest levels by former members of the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations. Former President George H. W. Bush is himself employed by Carlyle as a senior advisor, as is long-time Bush family advisor and former Secretary of State James Baker III.

One company acquired by Carlyle is United Defense, a weapons manufacturer based in Arlington, VA. United Defense provides the Defense Department with combat vehicle systems, fire support, combat support vehicle systems, weapons delivery systems, amphibious assault vehicles, combat support services and naval armaments. Specifically, United Defense manufactures the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M113 armored personnel carrier, the M88A2 Recovery Vehicle, the Grizzly, the M9 ACE, the Composite Armored Vehicle, the M6 Linebacker, the M7 BFIST, the Armored Gun System, the M4 Command and Control Vehicle, the Battle Command Vehicle, the Paladin, the Crusader, and Electric Gun/Pulse Power weapons technology.

In other words, everything a growing Defense Department, a war in Iraq, and a burgeoning American military empire needs.

Ironically, one group that won't profit from Carlyle's involvement in American military buildup is the family of Osama bin Laden. The bin Laden family fortune was amassed by Mohammed bin Laden, father of Osama, who built a multi-billion dollar construction empire through contracts with the Saudi government. The Saudi BinLaden Group, as this company is called, was heavily invested in Carlyle for years. Specifically, they were invested in Carlyle's Partners II Fund, which includes in that portfolio United Defense and other weapons manufacturers.

This relationship was described in a September 27, 2001 article in the Wall Street Journal entitled 'Bin Laden Family Could Profit From Jump in Defense Spending Due to Ties to US Bank.' The 'bank' in question was the Carlyle Group. A follow-up article published by the Journal on September 28 entitled ' Bin Laden Family Has Intricate Ties With Washington - Saudi Clan Has Had Access To Influential Republicans ' further describes the relationship. In October of 2001, Saudi BinLaden and Carlyle severed their relationship by mutual agreement. The timing is auspicious.

There are a number of depths to be plumbed in all of this. The Bush administration has claimed all along that this war with Iraq is about Saddam Hussein's connections to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, though through it all they have roundly failed to establish any basis for either accusation. On Wednesday, Bush went further to claim that the war is about liberating the Iraqi people and bringing democracy to the Middle East. This ignores cultural realities on the ground in Iraq and throughout the region that, salted with decades of deep mistrust for American motives, make such a democracy movement brought at the point of the sword utterly impossible to achieve.

This movement, cloaked in democracy, is in fact a PNAC-inspired push for an American global empire. It behooves Americans to understand that there is a great difference between being the citizen of a constitutional democracy and being a citizen of an empire. The establishment of an empire requires some significant sacrifices.

Essential social, medical, educational and retirement services will have to be gutted so that those funds can be directed towards a necessary military buildup. Actions taken abroad to establish the preeminence of American power, most specifically in the Middle East, will bring a torrent of terrorist attacks to the home front. Such attacks will bring about the final suspension of constitutional rights and the rule of habeas corpus, as we will find ourselves under martial law. In the end, however, this may be inevitable. An empire cannot function with the slow, cumbersome machine of a constitutional democracy on its back. Empires must be ruled with speed and ruthlessness, in a manner utterly antithetical to the way in which America has been governed for 227 years.

And yes, of course, a great many people will die.

It would be one thing if all of this was based purely on the ideology of our leaders. It is another thing altogether to consider the incredible profit motive behind it all. The President, his father, the Vice President, a whole host of powerful government officials, along with stockholders and executives from Halliburton and Carlyle, stand to make a mint off this war. Long-time corporate sponsors from the defense, construction and petroleum industries will likewise profit enormously.

Critics of the Bush administration like to bandy about the word "fascist" when speaking of George. The image that word conjures is of Nazi stormtroopers marching in unison towards Hitler's Final Solution. This does not at all fit. It is better, in this matter, to view the Bush administration through the eyes of Benito Mussolini. Mussolini, dubbed 'the father of Fascism,' defined the word in a far more pertinent fashion. "Fascism," said Mussolini, "should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power."

Boycott the French, the Germans, and the other 114 nations who stand against this Iraq war all you wish. France and Germany do not oppose Bush because they are cowards, or because they enjoy the existence of Saddam Hussein. France and Germany stand against the Bush administration because they intend to stop this Pax Americana in its tracks if they can. They have seen militant fascism up close and personal before, and wish never to see it again.

Would that we Americans could be so wise.
 

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I'd put up some other facts that may diminish your view that it is a crusade against islam. Malaysia and modern Indonesia.

Both strong Muslim countries in which no apparent US influence on the governments is present. Nor is there any conflict with the US policies in the region.

Rather the US is helping the ruling regimes to cement their positions to bring stability.

The US "war" against Islam in the ME is for stability of economies, not purely religion.
 

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But we ARE present in the Phillipines at this moment... And the present administration fully endorses the apparent fact that "part of a larger struggle to bring pro-western governments into power in the Middle East." Can't be any more blunt than that. Yes the "dollar" vs euro is a factor as is Political Zionism and oil reserves. Either way you look at it, the Western "leaders" have it in for the Muslims.



The Land Of The Free?
By Ian Gurney
3-6-03


Where to start? I just don't believe what is going on in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" at the moment. America has gone mad and bad.

A lawyer is arrested for wearing a T-Shirt with the slogan "Give peace a chance" written on the front. Arrested! For what?

Then there's Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, apparently arrested and claimed to be Al Qaeda's number three operative... errrr... except that the CIA announced six months ago that he was dead. What's the truth?

And then we have Alan Dershowitz, a lawyer who goes on TV talk shows and openly advocates the use of torture against "enemies of the USA"... nice man! And speaking of talk shows, Phil Donahue, top rated talk show host is sacked because he is anti-war....and therefore anti-American, anti-semitic, a non-patriot and on the side of the enemies. Really? As Albert Einstein once said: "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Perhaps Dershowitz would like to see Donahue tortured?

Donahue's sacking really does beg the question: "Whatever happened to free speech in America?" Bush said the world hated America because it was a free country. Excuse me... look around... America is no longer a free country... it's a fascist, unelected and undemocratic dictatorship that wants to wage a war against the world, convert Moslems to Christianity or Judaism and take over the world's resources for its own uses. In other words America is embarking on an "endless war" of hegemony that will eventually turn back on the USA and destroy it... "what you sow, so shall you also reap."

And what of America's leaders? It now emerges that Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, **** Cheney and many others in the Bush administration are not only members of the Project for a New American Century, a fascist right wing think tank that advocates American global domination, but are also Jewish Zionists with connections to members of the Bilderberg group of "elite" world policymakers and members of the Illuminati, that shadowy cabal of Zionists related by blood line and including the Duponts, Rothschilds, Astors, Bundys, Rockefellers, Reynolds etc. etc. And yet Americans still believe this coming war is being fought in America's interest... Really?

Meanwhile, in Israel, an army tank fires on and kills over twenty civilians in Gaza, including a nine month pregnant woman, plus many small children and young boys... then Israel wonders why a suicide bomber attacks a bus and kills twelve students in Haifa... "what you sow, so shall you also reap."

Back home, America's major companies are "outsourcing" 4 million IT jobs to third world countries where rates of pay are much lower than in the US... and those 4 million "knowledge" jobs and the US workers who did them?... finished... unemployed. Very patriotic.

Look at the US economy... America is bust... look at the budget deficit and the stock market, look at the dollar against the euro... it's the economy, stupid... and it's all fvcked up... America is financially broke... and all the while North Korea wonders what the Hell it has to do to attract America's attention. Find some oil, perhaps?

So tell me, how has America allowed this to happen. Have Americans been too busy watching Fox News and reading the New York Times to notice the truth about their country. Are the folks of America so brainwashed and frightened by the propaganda and lies coming from the likes of Ashcroft and Cheney that they wont leave their sanitised, plastic sheeted, duct taped living rooms to find out what's really going on? Please, someone let me know. What the hell is going on in America at the moment?

Perhaps even now my words are being disseminated by some CIA flunky or Homeland Security goon, each word on the page damning me from my own mouth and earning me an "enemy of the United States" badge because what I have to say does not please the "powers that be." So be it then.

If the Bush administration is really frightened of me and what I have to say... tough. After all, this is the administration that considered millions of people marching against the war as "nothing much". Maybe the administration and the American people should remember the words of one of America's finest and most thoughtful presidents, Theodore Roosevelt who, in 1906 said: "Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today."
 

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Hence why i used Malaysia and Indonesia as examples, both of which have greater populations of muslims than the philipines.
 

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malaysia and indonesia don't really hold any value other than enormous amounts of people, which in indonesia's case, riot all the time. it's not something that even greedy western global domination freaks would want. i'm sure once abu sayyaff is cleaned out of the phillipines, there will be bombings in indonesia.

same for ME, however, the ME has oil. which is more than enough reason for any war. for the govt. at least.
 

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Gurney's article was not a wholesale endorsement of him, oldster. He merely raises some interesting - and sometimes excellent points - in this one article.

Interestingly enough, the "Anti-War" movement is inflitrated with Marxists, Anarchists and some utter fools. But even they hit the target occasionally. Then there are those who are Philosophically Sound amongst the rabble who are unhealthily grouped with the "unwashed masses" [or worse yet the Commies, Marxists, Socialists and Anarchists hordes]. The same is true for the "anti-NWO" crowd, the so-called Environmentalists, the One Worlders as well as the "Civil Rights" Activists [which includes the feminists, Blacks, Hispanics and ALL other "minority" groupings.

Some of the otherwise excellent articles I post are written by people whose motives are not my own. I usually try to enbolden [is that a word? :)] what I agree with or what I think is profound or insightful enough to share.
 

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I didn't see anything "emboldened" in that article. He has some other interesting thoughts as well.

Some more:

In December 2000 Gurney wrote an article to The London Times claiming that the UK and US stock markets would suffer a severe downturn in 2001. Though most analysts and financial experts scoffed at these claims, he has been proved correct. Gurney now believes that a small volcano called Cumbre Vieja on the island of La Palma in the Atlantic could, for reasons explained in his book, cause a mega tsunami that will obliterate the eastern seaboard of the USA, killing millions. He claims to know exactly where Pope John Paul II will die and who his successor will be, and says he can prove that mankind has less than twenty two years left on this planet before Judgement Day.
 

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a lot of whackos write/do non-whacko things. for example, GWB was in that secret society in his college, Skull & Crossbones i think it was? and he's not...wait. maybe this is a bad analogy ;)

the thing is, as a thinking independent person, you can analyze what he said and judge for yourself if it holds merit standing on it's own. i would only take into account the guy's past history/reputation if the article/thing relies on some kind of faith in the guy (like a non-independently verified fact)
 

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"Watch that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ', and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains" Matt. 24, 4-8

(Sorry, too lazy to type the verse numbers)
 

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Whether he speculates on future events [we ALL do; he's just bold enough to go on the record] I really don't care. THIS article was interesting and one can read and judge for self the veracity of his claims/assertions/beliefs/accusations.
 
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