I myself am a
left-wing antiwar activist, but I must say that I love reading your blogs,
which I generally agree with wholeheartedly, and I have now gained a great
appreciation for the conservative antiwar advocates like yourself.
I actually was
enamored with Obama back in the spring, having been taken in by his more peaceful
rhetoric about "changing the mindset which leads us to war." Of course, as
you note in your article, he has since made it clear that he intends no such
thing. Indeed, his hawkish attitude on Pakistan has exceeded that of the Bush
administration and has appeared to goad Bush into his current aggression there.
So, while I still hope Obama wins, because I see McCain/Palin as more nakedly
aggressive and possibly willing to use nuclear weapons, I agree with you that,
regardless of who wins, we will have our work cut out for us.
~ Dan Kovalik
in the Caucasus
glad to see Justin Raimondo point to a connection between al-Qaeda and America's
foremost ally in the Caucasus, Georgia.
In fact, how surprising
would it be if some elements of the U.S. clandestine apparatus were not directly
working with al-Qaeda against Russia?
It is no secret
that the Chechen rebels included a significant al-Qaeda element. Throughout
the 1990s, and until the September 2001 attack on the U.S., the U.S. government
openly supported the Chechen rebel cause – as did the U.S. media. This almost
certainly implies that there was some direct support at some level, whether
operational, monetary, intelligence, or advisory. In other words, U.S. support
of Chechen al-Qaeda is almost a certainty.
Only after 9/11
and the Beslan school massacre in Russia, did the U.S. tone down its support
for the Chechens. Even then, the U.S. media continued to downplay the obvious
link between al-Qaeda and the Chechen rebels.
It is also well
known that Chechen rebels have operated out of Georgian territory – the Pankisi
Gorge – for years. An article in today's (Oct. 7, 2008) Christian Science
Chechens Relive Own Russian War") confirms this well-known fact: "Many
guerrillas also used [the Pankisi Gorge] as a haven from which to launch operations
So we have Chechen
rebels, many of whom are al-Qaeda, operating out of Georgian territory for years.
We have the U.S. supporting the rebel cause for many years, and now staunchly
supporting Georgia in a conflict with Russia. Does two plus two equal four?
The American people
and their press need to ask their government this question: Is the U.S. working
with, or supporting, al-Qaeda, in whatever context or region?
American puppet media is never going to make this a "talking point,"
in the nation's political dialogue. In fact, even the alternative media has
been slow to pick up on this. Kudos to Raimondo for identifying this very important
issue – alone, among all the members of media, it seems.
~ Gordon Arnaut,
Debate an Exchange of Disinformation
is quoting an ayatollah's remark of decades past that the regime that governs
Israel should (or will) vanish from the page of time "an extreme and deplorable
statement"? The passing of a regime, whether hoped-for or by intention, is
not in itself violent, much less genocidal. For many years I wished for the
passing of the Thatcher regime in the UK, of the Reagan regime in the U.S.,
and the Yeltsin regime in Russia from the page of time. I did all that from
my living room in Madison, Wisc., without spilling a drop of blood.
~ Alan Bickley
don't address the connection between money and war in "another venue." The
engineered disconnect between war and profit, and death and disenfranchisement,
relies on silence to keep the war machine up and running.
of the the danger of the "military-industrial complex." Smedley Butler
before him was more to the point and just called it what it is – "war
is a racket."
The kind of article
you wrote today is the kind I want to circulate to draft-age young men.
the problem. Keep talking. This is exactly what politicians won't talk about.
~ Frances Campbell