400,000 Terrorists Trying to Attack the United States?
always wondered why the list is secret.
If the intent
is to make us safer, then why not publicize the list so that the bad guys know
that they will be hassled at the airport? They will not show up with their current
identity and thus they will become bankrupt by the constant expense of getting
new ID documents, or they will choose to use alternate forms of transport. Either
way we are safer, and the list serves its alleged purpose.
Also, if I notice
my name on the list, I will not bother showing up at the airport until I have
resolved the issue. This would prevent the unpleasant spectacle of the inspection
dudes hassling an overweight senior citizen trying to get to that special vacation
trip he has been saving for all his life. Much better PR for the Stasi!
~ Doug Jacques
suppose they think they can grab terrorists if they don't know their names are
on the list. But, of course, for a while they didn't have a single list, and
agencies still don't cooperate with each other. There would also be "privacy"
concerns because the government might get sued for labeling people terrorists
(even though many of them on the list aren't) if it were made public. But people
can still sue them, I would think. The courts might side with the government,
though, because they are mesmerized by the "national security" defense.
More Things Change
Malic hits the nail on the head, again. Spot on! Malic's analysis connecting
the dots is providing superb insight into the continuous destabilization of
the Balkans and the "stabilizing" of big-power interests in the region.
Malic also makes
an excellent point of connecting the EU's subtle condition for considering Serbia's
membership in the EU, which is based in no uncertain terms on Serbia's readiness
to recognize Kosovo's "independence," something that is politically explosive
and for that reason kept hushed up in Serbia almost to the point of censorship.
It is noteworthy to mention that the opposition (the Serbian Radical Party and
the Serbian Democratic Party) had accused the Tadich-led pro-EU coalition of
planning to do just that (technically treason), which Tadich and his partners
adamantly deny. But the truth is out.
~ Kosta Vranjican,
right. What's next for the USA – block captains?
I won't fly to,
from, or through the U.S., because I have been subject to these petty thugs
at TSA. I have gotten a much more welcoming reception in Cuba (nasty,
repressive dictatorship, etc.).
The sad thing
is that I was in Maine two weeks ago (drove across the border from Canada) and
found that ordinary Americans remain just as I remember them pre-9/11. Friendly,
welcoming, helpful, etc.
A lot has changed.
The most admirable quality of Americans used to be their absolute confidence
in their rights as citizens and their willingness to defend their rights whenever
Now they meekly
shuffle through the line, shoes and belt in hands, eyes toward the floor, praying
that the petty tyrant won't select them for "random additional screening."
The land of liberty
~ Marcus Johnston
complete transformation of Americans from "don't tread on me" to sheeple
Maybe the government
is a superpower. The American people certainly are not.
Only Little War Criminals Get Punished
Paul Craig Roberts.
There is nothing
more sickening than listening to Western puffery about so-called human rights
abuses in countries – like China, Russia, Zimbabwe, and others – that are conveniently
on the West's hit list.
The West's media
seems incredibly proficient at pointing out the faults of other countries and
leaders, yet somehow is unable to deliver even a tiny kernel of truth to its
own people about what their own leaders are doing.
"We got it wrong"
on WMDs, shrugs the media. Ho hum, no big deal. We only enabled a propaganda
project to brainwash 300 million citizens about a fairytale "threat" to America
from a tinpot country half a world away, enabling our leaders to launch illegal
wars of aggression that have resulted in untold thousands of innocent deaths
and the utter destruction of an entire country or two.
Yet that same
media is able to, with a straight face, pontificate endlessly about how the
Chinese government is supposedly persecuting some obscure cult, the Falun Gong.
They squawk endlessly
about capital punishment in China, yet we never hear anything about the far
worse travesty of extra-judicial killings in the U.S. – most of them people
of color gunned down in the streets by U.S. law enforcement, with no accountability
Russia gets similar
treatment. "Backsliding" on democracy is the endlessly repeated mantra, but
no one wonders about an American Congress elected with a resounding antiwar
mandate that nonetheless continues to fund Bush's wars of conquest – without
so much as a token gesture to the people's unmistakable will, as delivered via
the ballot box. That's a quite a testament to American "democracy" right there.
The simple truth
about the world we live in is that the West is a global empire that sustains
itself by bleeding the rest of the world dry. Any small, poor country that resists
is crushed by direct military might, like Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Those
that are too big to take on with guns and missiles – Russia, China, Iran – are
targeted with powerful demonizing campaigns by the media.
like the International Criminal Court and its Hague predecessors, have been
set up by the West as simply a tool for the demonization of targeted countries
and individuals. They provide an endless stream of grist for the media to regurgitate.
The goal is to fool our own people into believing how "free" we are, and how
well-behaved our own leaders are, and how lucky we are to live in a "civil society"
while the rest of the world is going to hell in a handbasket. (Of course they
never tell us that the reason the rest of the world is going to hell is because
we are pushing them down that hole at gunpoint.)
In the meantime,
the American people – and the rest of the West's citizens – are slowly
being reduced to wage-slaves who have zero say about their own lives or destiny.
The triumph of "democracy" indeed.
~ Gordon Arnaut,
the salt of the earth, can murder at will, but anyone who fights back is evil
beyond redemption. If Americans were not indifferent to the slaughter of other
peoples, Bush would have been impeached for his invasions of Afghanistan and
Iraq. Today about half the U.S. population is ready to nuke Iran, a country
about which Americans are totally ignorant.
am astonished at an antiwar columnist describing Field Marshal Bashir as a "little"
war criminal. Perhaps Paul Craig Roberts wasn't watching Sudan back in 1989
when Col. Bashir seized power in a successful bid to forestall peace talks intended
to end a civil war that subsequently cost millions of lives. If he wants to
forgive 50-year-old crimes by ex-Nazis and indict Bush and Blair for their criminal
adventurism, that is up to him, but please don't write off the blood of millions
of Sudanese shed by this serial genocidaire, and remember that in Darfur, these
crimes are still ongoing.
~ Peter Moszynski
this week reported maximum Darfur deaths at 250,000. Information Clearing House
reports Bush's Iraqi killings at 1.24 million.
I stated clear
as day that little war criminals and big should be held accountable. If a 19-year-old
kid training guard dogs is a war criminal, then everyone in the U.S. military
is a war criminal.
Zunes is wrong on AIPAC. If you look at the U.S. Senate votes on anything to
do with Israel, it is almost always 99 to 0. Maybe the House is as low as 94
percent (!) which figure actually proves my point, not Zunes'.
work hard to promote the invasion of Iraq, as we all saw from their media appearances,
internal publications, and the ceaseless pressure on members of Congress to
vote for Bush's invasion. Why deny the obvious?
The $120 billion
figure is way too low. Since 1967, the average annual U.S. aid to Israel is
between $3-5 billion, more often the latter when everything is factored in.
At $4 billion a year, that would total $164 billion; at $5 billion a year, that
would total $205 billion, which is conservative because there have been many
other extra grants for Soviet Jewish resettlement in Israel, which in one case
was a flat $10 billion grant. See the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,
which has been documenting these figures for decades.
Zunes is really
stretching when he claims the U.S. invasions of the Dominican Republic, Grenada,
and Panama are analogous to Iraq. These countries are in the Western hemisphere
and have been considered subject to U.S. interference since the Monroe Doctrine.
Iraq is on the other side of the world and was in 1948 the fiercest enemy of
Israel in combat. Israel has always wanted to destroy Iraq, and the U.S. was
doing Israel's dirty work in so doing. Israel is by far the largest single foreign
recipient of U.S. aid, so anyone concerned with our tax money should
focus on Israel. Zunes hides behind the "anti-Semitism" smear, so the question
to ask is, would critics of Israel favor Israel if it were run by Gentiles?
The question answers itself, and Zunes is exposed as the leftist apologist for
Israel that he in fact is. I have given the empirical data, have made factually
accurate claims, the "insults" are my factual exposé of Zunes' many lies,
and the "profanities" are one cuss word, more than justified in responding
~ Al Blue
have never been "an apologist for Israel." Please check my
Web site under the
"recent publications" tab and check the
section on Israel and Palestine. You will find no apologetics there.
What Al Blue and
I disagree about is what motivates U.S. policies in the Middle East. I say it
is the same combination of perceived strategic, economic, and ideological factors
that have influenced U.S. policy elsewhere in the world. Al Blue says that it
all comes down to AIPAC and that those of us who would dare disagree with him
are guilty of "many lies."
On my Web site,
I have two major articles and several shorter articles that examine empirical
data (including detailed citations) to make the case that U.S. Middle East policy
is far more complex than this simplistic reductionist formula of blaming everything
on AIPAC. AIPAC is one factor, to be sure, but not nearly as significant as
the Pentagon, the oil companies, U.S. imperialists, the Christian Right, and
I would challenge
Al Blue to cite his supposed evidence that AIPAC was strongly pushing for an
invasion of Iraq prior to early 2002, when the decision was made in the White
House. Or explain where he gets his inflated figure about the total aid to Israel
when I also used WRMEA as my primary source. Or why Vietnam, Angola,
Cambodia, Congo, Laos, Somalia, Yugoslavia, and other U.S. military interventions
and massive foreign aid programs would fall under the Monroe Doctrine, which
is exclusively in regard to this hemisphere. Or why raising such questions somehow
constitutes "hiding behind anti-Semitism."
Rather than waste
his time and energy attacking people like me who are working to change U.S.
policy in the Middle East, including U.S. support for the Israeli occupation
and the massive taxpayer subsidies that make it possible, perhaps he should
instead put his time and energy in joining me and other concerned citizens in