War Party's Credo
The problem on
the left is, of course, Marx. There are far too many who believe that
Marxism failed because of (well, fill in the blank) but notwithstanding the
murder, mayhem, and environmental destruction, Marxist analysis is still valid.
It just needs a purer, more humane application, they say.
Well. No! Marx
was wrong about so many things that a saint could not have made Marxism
work – given
his basic assumptions of historical inevitability, his confusion between what
he calls capitalism and industrialization, or his absurd contempt for agriculture.
Marxism failed because it was based on 9th-rate economic and social analysis.
Unfortunately, that is the fact an old-time Marxist like Leupp cannot
admit. So he tends to get a lot wrong.
So from an old
veteran of the antiwar left, I say congratulations for getting this right. ...
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you for yet another courageous "tell it like it is" article by Mr. Roberts.
Knowing there are writers like this who are Americans gives me hope.
Thanks also to
the other fine writers on Antiwar.com – Justin
Raimondo and Charley Reese to mention two – who give us hope, and the
information we need and want.
~ Joneve McCormick
strongly criticize the tyrannical and unconstitutional policies of the Bush
regime, and that doesn't make me anti-American. I criticized Soviet policies,
but no one said I wanted to kill all the Russians. Every individual, every government,
and every people needs to be held accountable. People in my generation were
taught to hold themselves accountable. We had to "look ourselves in the mirror"
People ask me
if I were still in the Treasury would I speak so freely. I would speak freely,
as I did. I caught a lot of flack, but I never made it impossible for the President
of Treasury Secretary to support me.
itself was not much affected by international intervention. The war took longer
than it would have done and the Serbian position is more uncertain, but the
settlement that followed Dayton is not unlike a plausible compromise that seemed
within reach in Lisbon in April 1992."
But the question
is what happens next:
will become known only when the outside powers lose their present interest in
upholding the constitutional edifice made in Dayton."
In the case of
Kosovo, the Kumanovo Agreement which ended the NATO bombing was more favorable
to the Serb side than what was offered in Rambouillet but nontheless nine years
later it did not make any difference since Kosovo's independence was recognized
by "the outside powers."
Is Bosnia moving
is the direction of unitary Islamic state despite Dayton?
~ Zoran Coric
are certainly elements in the West – whose position is, for example, articulated
by Richard Holbrooke – that wish to see a "united" Bosnia. The Muslims
are not capable of achieving this by themselves, however, and even if they were,
they still fully expect the "international community" to do it for them, much
as it was the case with the war. After years and years of ceding powers that
Dayton explicitly guaranteed them, the Serbs appear to have drawn a line and
said "this far and no further" under the leadership of Milorad Dodik. The question
now is whether Dodik is serious, or if he embraced the defense of Serb rights
as a way to gain and keep power (like, say, Slobodan Milosevic some 20 years
ago). Only time will tell.
the accusations about Yushchenko by David Zhvania, who now claims that Yushchenko
"was first diagnosed as suffering the effects of pancreatitis, herpes and
facial nerve inflammation." This statement was made by Zhvania only after
Ukraine's prosecutor initiated proceedings against him for forging documents
in order to fraudulently obtain Ukrainian citizenship. So – a disgruntled
former associate makes a claim, and this claim is taken at face value as the
Truth. Zhvania also stated "These kinds of poisonings happen a lot, to
every third person in the world. It was a stomach infection." Should this
statement also be believed? Does "every third person in the world"
really end up with a face like Yushchenko's?
Your epic effort
to oppose neocon propaganda and warmongering is commendable. But even the neocons
aren't wrong 100% of the time. A knee-jerk reaction of "since the neocons
support it, we must oppose it" isn't necessarily objective, and this lack
of objectivity is reflected in blindly taking for granted the words of someone
like David Zhvania. This is not the sort of "fact checking" to be
As for the poisoning
controversy, you forgot to mention that Dr. Wicke is a radiologist, not a toxicologist
or bacteriologist. He could have ruled out a Polonium plot but his specialty
doesn't have anything to do with what happened to Yushchenko. Indeed, since
the Viennese clinic did not even have the equipment to test for dioxin,
Wicke's rule-out was baseless. Several toxicologists such as Bram Brouwer of
the Free University of Amsterdam have tested Yushchenko's blood and stated that
he was indeed poisoned with dioxin on a scale previously seen only in an industrial
accident. The British medical journal Lancet even has an article
describing how Yushchenko's dioxin poisoning has led to a breakthrough in treatments
of dioxin cases.
don't have any idea who poisoned Yushchenko and I doubt the truth will ever
come out. Intriguingly, the poisoning must have occurred weeks prior to Yushchenko's
infamous dinner and (according
to Brouwer) it was likely not a murder attempt because the poison was not
a fatal kind. Unless Yushchenko became the third person in the world to be contaminated
in a textile factory, it seems that someone was trying to incapacitate and/or
disfigure him, rather than kill him (unless they were quite incompetent).
Arguing that it
was just a health problem is like arguing that the moon landing was faked. You
discredit an otherwise fine source of information by repeating such accusations.
~ Andrei Vidal
Raimondo "poisoned" for me an otherwise highly believable "Orange
Revolution" debunking by including (complete with scientific-looking reference)
the words "dioxin – a substance that has never been known to kill
a single person..."
I believe that
statement to be dangerously inaccurate and I cite as my authority the late Matthias
Seefelder, a chemist who was then the chairman of BASF, now the world's largest
chemical company. He told me of the tragic deaths of four of the company’s
employees in the plant incident in which the effects of hitherto undocumented
poison, dioxin, was first observed by industry. Hearing that I had a college
engineering background, Professor Dr. Seefelder then proceeded with gusto to
diagram the carbon rings (I've saved the press folder he wrote on) involved
in the freak reaction that yields dioxin when the temperature is not quite right
in an ordinary industrial process used to produce a commercial compound.
I was his dinner
partner at the time at an evening event of VCI, the German chemical industry
association, during the spring Hanover industrial fair in the late 1980s. At
that time Bhopal had not yet happened but Italy's infamous Seveso dioxin poisoning
incident was again in the news because some of the dioxin contaminated chemical
drums had just turned up in an abandoned site in Alsace, although some waste
management company had long before been given the contract to dispose of the
stuff properly. Seefelder's description of dioxin and its dangers came up in
the context of my press question as to whether the lethality of dioxin was being
overblown by the alarming new reports of the day. "No, not at all,"
he said to my surprise. "You know, we discovered dioxin…. Apart from
some natural things like spider poisons, it is the most lethal substance on
As Justin Raimondo
says, media myths never die. And the industry propaganda depicting dioxin as
harmless is one of them. ... Although the U.S. government and several chemical
companies have reluctantly forked over hundreds of millions to U.S. soldiers
who were sickened in Vietnam by documented traces of dioxin in Agent Orange
defoliant, we still hear this stuff. My own infantry company unwittingly operated
in an area that was drenched with this defoliant. But, believing what the leadership
said, I never took it seriously until the time came long afterwards to make
claims affidavits for fellow soldiers who were dying in statistically significant
numbers of dioxin-related cancers. Seefelder's expertise dispelled any doubts
I still had about the benign nature of dioxin. It's deadly.
~ Edward Roby,