As part of a Libya International Observer Team, Middle East Analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya headlined his July 5 Global Research Article: "NATO War Crimes - Scientist finds Depleted Uranium". The sites targeted include Civilians and Libya's Civilian Infrastructure! Scientists have confirmed radioactive isotopes at bombed sites from field surveys, and an analysis was conducted at the Libyan Nuclear Energy Institution. The "bottom line result" showed that many sites contained even higher than expected doses of uranium from NATO missiles and ordnance fragments. In interviews, an investigator said cluster bombs and other weapons are used freely in civilian neighborhoods, and are targeting non-military sites with illegal "dirty bombs", just as our US used to contaminate Fallujah in Iraq for centuries. In the case of Fallujah, independent observers discovered an enormous number of birth defects. On April 14, Foreign Policy in Focus columnist Conn Hallinan told Press TV that: The fact that the US is denying the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions is just nonsense." When used against tanks, enormous fireballs are visible, a unique DU signature. As a result, "long-term consequences for Libyans are going to be severe." On April 19, investigative journalist and author Dave Lindorff also told Press TV that strong evidence points to DU, saying: "The way some of these armored vehicles and tanks have been hit look like it's pretty strong evidence that it is depleted uranium. It's the kind of explosive burn that you get from that particular ammunition, and certainly the US has been flying A-10's, which generally use DU shells in their armaments." On June 6, Dr. Randy Short repeated the same charge, telling Press TV viewers that the NATO targeted Tripoli residential areas were hit with DU weapons, cluster bombs, and other "illegal" substances. Depleted uranium weapons cause cancer, birth defects and other diseases. Using them in built-up areas in effect targets civilians. First developed by the Navy in 1968, Israel tested them under US supervision during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Later, they were sold to 29 or more countries, but never used until the 1991 Gulf War, when America broke an international prohibition. Thereafter, thousand of tons contaminated air, water and soil in targets zones and well beyond. Although no international convention or treaty bans them, they are de facto and de jure illegal under the 1907 Hague Convention, prohibiting "poison or poisoned weapons" use. Also, under the 1925 Geneva Protocol, as well as later under Geneva and other conventions, specifically banning chemical, biological, and other poisoned weapons. In all forms, DU is radioactive and chemically toxic, thus conforming to Hague's poisonous weapons definition. Using them is therefore a war crime.
It is no secret that Egypt has put all its faith in the US and Western international institutions since the days of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, contracting a huge foreign debt, a process that was increasingly corrupt, despite the watchful eyes of various agencies. This debt is financed by foreign banks, and must be repaid in dollars, with interest. If much of the money they create, and then "lend" is siphoned off into Swiss bank accounts, that is Egypt's problem. No one is trying to change the people who gave Mubarak or his henchmen their money, and then let them re-deposit it with them, but it takes two to tango! Whether or not a fraction of it actually helps the "Ahmeds" in the meantime, it is the Egyptian people who are held responsible for all of it, and who must comply with IMF "adjustment programs" involving privatization, deregulation, regressive taxation, an end to subsidies of the poor, and a "heaping helping" of unpleasant "tough love". Egypt's revolution momentarily shattered the complacency of this devilish scenario. The explosion under the weight of the grinding poverty the system produced caught the Western bankers and political leaders by surprise and they "hurried" to embrace the revolution and co-opt it when they realized it was inevitable. This culminated in the IMF's offer of the loan to cover the yawning gap in Egypt's first post-revolution budget, which will double the lowest salaries, improve social services and introduce a progressive income tax. This unusual gesture of generosity by the IMF (a low interest rate and supposedly no strings attached) was really intended to keep Egypt from straying from the orthodox monetary fold, as other countries have done in the past in similar situations. It was enthusiastically supported by Egypt's elite, largely trained at US universities in the arcana of monetary theory. "Otherwise, Egypt was about to be considered in default". Hani Genena, senior economist at Pharos Holding for Investments told Al-Ahram Weekly. This is exactly what countries such as Russia, Argentina and Ecuador have done in the past.
Guernica, or Guernica Y Luno is a town of Northern Spain in Vizcaya Province, 12 miles northeast of Northern Spain in Vizcaya Province, and 12 miles northeast of Bilbao. It has traditionally been a center of the Basque culture. As a stronghold of the Loyalist forces from 1936 to 1939 during the Spanish Civil War, the town was devastated by German air bombardment in April 1937. The tragedy was captured by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso in his monumental oil painting called "Guernica", which is enshrined in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Now, it seems that history, as it always does, is repeating itself, since NATO is visiting Libya and her people with faster planes and a much greater cargo of lethal ammunition! Pablo Picasso, if there is a hell, must now be crying in his ant and worm infested coffin, wondering tearfully whether there is a GOD? After my flight from our home in Breslau, Germany, and my family's witnessing of the US and British destruction of the beautiful city of Dresden, I fully believe that there is NOT! So we are stuck here in the Devil's playground, playing war games, and torturing our fellow humans. As Obama is my witness, I will never torture another human AGAIN! This isn't the first time the White House has floated the idea of Social Security cuts as part of a 'grand bargain' with Republicans, nor when there has been a ground- swell of opposition, but that opposition has never crystallized so quickly into something deeper and more threatening to the president's political fortunes: Liberal pundits are turning against him and Democrats on the Hill are taking the fight directly to him. With a new poll confirming that Social Security cuts would alienate the other side's base and independents, this "grand bargain" doesn't look like much of a bargain anymore. Senator Bernie Sanders already laid the responsibility for unpopular cuts squarely at the President's feet on a phone call with reporters today: "We thought Social Security was off the table," said Sanders, "but by reopening this issue the White House is not only going to take on these changes, but will open the door to whatever the Republicans want." In other words: If something "bad" happens to Social Security, you own it, Mr. President!
Mahatma Gandhi said: "Throughout the history of mankind there have been murderers and tyrants, and while it may momentarily seem that they have the upper hand, they have always fallen." The US and its NATO allies are now preparing to launch a nuclear war directed against both Iran and North Korea with devastating consequences. This "military adventure" threatens the future of humanity. While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting resulting from present-day wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using "new technologies" and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality. The international community has endorsed nuclear war, in the name of "world peace". "Making the world safer" is the justification for launching a military operation which could result in a nuclear holocaust, but these "holocausts" are not front page news! In the words of Mordechai:"The Israeli government is preparing to use nuclear weapons in its next war with the Islamic world. Here, where I live, people always talk of the Holocaust, but each and every nuclear bomb is a Holocaust in itself. It can kill, devastate cities, and destroy entire people and their nations!" Realities are turned upside down. In a twisted logic, a "humanitarian war", using tactical nuclear weapons, which according to "expert scientific opinion" are "harmless to the surrounding civilian population" is upheld as a means to protect the Western World from a nuclear attack. The global killing machine is also sustained by an imbedded cult of of killing and destruction, which pervades Hollywood movies, not to mention the prime-time war and crime TV series on network television. This cult of killing is endorsed by the CIA and the Pentagon, which also support Hollywood productions as an instrument of war propaganda: "Ex-CIA agent Bob Baer told us, "There is a symbiosis between the CIA and Hollywood" and revealed that former CIA director George Tenet is currently "out in Hollywood, talking to studios".
The men in our Phoenix field office of our Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms want to know. "Are you prepared to attend the funeral of a federal officer killed with one of our guns, an ATF agent shouted to one of his superiors?" As it turned out, one of our US agents was killed in December 2010. Anonymous testimonies offered to CBS past February provided detailed revelations and a flurry of controversy. The agents were dissenting against the continuance of the previously classified "gun-walking" program, named "Fast and Furious", which permits gun sales to suspected "straw purchasers", meaning buyer conduits to drug cartels, for the sole purpose of tracking the weapons in the hope of prosecuting prominent drug cartel members when they use those guns to commit crimes, or when guns are seized by authorities. The program was first started in October 2009 and accelerated in September 2010. In effect, a US federal law enforce -ment organization charged with regulating guns was deliberately permitting the sales of high -powered weaponry, which included AK-47's and military-grade .50 caliber rifles, to flow directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Barack Obama says the US role in invading Libya is not a "war" because it is limited to air strikes. By the same logic, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec.7, 1941 was not "war" because Japan had no boots on the ground. Patriots know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt baited the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor to get the US into World War II. By going to war, the Great Depression could be ended as 12 million men got jobs carrying guns, and millions more would be employed making tanks, jeeps, planes, bombs, bullets, bayonets, and other war material. This also benefits the Bilderberg and similar groups, which are heavily invested in manufacturing goods to kill people. "Americans buy war like children gobble candy," laughed Henry Kissinger, a longtime Bilderberg luminary. "Of course, President Obama has to be publicly reluctant to go to war, but we can depend on him."The so-called Bilderbergers are frankly worried that their campaign to expand the Libyan invasion into a bloodbath in the Middle East may face difficult obstacles. House Speaker John Boehner threatened to withhold funds for the war, suggesting that Congress could take action at any moment: "We have drone attacks under way, we're spending $10 million a day, and we are part of the effort to drop bombs on Qadaffi's compound. It doesn't pass the straight-face test." Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.), a decorated combat veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee, scoffed at the "not at war" claim. "Spending a billion dollars and dropping bombs on people sounds like hostilities to me," he told the Associated Press!
Rumors are flying around NATO, offering an under-the-table deal to Colonel Gaddafy to step down and receive a "declaration of immunity" in return. The problem is that NATO's word has absolutely no credibility! NATO has lied time and time again, first to Russia, stating it would move not move eastward and encroach into former Warsaw Pact countries, but instead decided to encircle the Baltic States to the north, including Poland and Bulgaria to the west, Turkey to the south, and even Georgia. The same nations sought a "casus belli" to invade Iraq, lying to create a reason for war against the country. Supposedly, Saddam Hussein had tried to get yellow-cake uranium from Niger. The American media demonised the Iraqi president to prepare the US for an undeclared war against him. To top it off, the same media tried to link Saddam with Al-Qaeda, even though he and bin Laden hated each other. Now, NATO is lying about the possible reason for a new war, claiming that innocent civilians are being massacred in Libya. The truth is that Gaddafi is genuinely popular in his country, but that important truth is kept from Americans by a gullible, cowardly press!
With the previously covert US bombing of Yemen out in the open, the Obama administration is now waging illegal wars against at least five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, and Yemen. Given Obama's absurd and Orwellian theory that acts of war from the air in the sea do not constitute hostilities under the terms of the War Powers Act, this list may be incomplete, and stealth US attacks may be going on elsewhere as well. As spring turns into summer along the banks of the Potomac, there are signs that Obama's next move may be a trifecta of aggression - an attack on Syria, which would also embroil our US in war with Iran, and with the Hezbollah forces of Lebanon. Or, in his continuing madness, the Obama rampage may strike Pakistan. If you recall, only a few weeks ago, the Chinese government has promised that any nuclear attack against Pakistan will immediately be met with Chinese nuclear missiles! The "Arab Spring" of color revolutions, military coups, and destabilizations is moving inexorably towards a possible world conflagration, whose outlines are already visible. According to military sources speaking on the Alex Jones radio program on June 15, US Special Forces units based at Fort Hood, Texas, have been told to prepare for deployment to Libya no later than July. Also on alert, reportedly for September or October, are the heavy armored units of the First Cavalry Division, currently located in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with other components of the US III Corps at various US bases. Observers point out that US Special Forces have been in Libya since February at the latest. They also note that, while the Libyan destination is highly plausible, some of these units may also find themselves on the way to Yemen, Syria, Iran, or beyond. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry was denouncing the presence of the US Aegis cruiser Monterrey in the Black Sea. The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and its task force are presently off the coast of Syria. One very plausible explanation for these deployments might be that a US attack on Syria, under the pretext of protecting civilians, is imminent. On June 19, CNN reported a large-scale US Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps military drill, the biggest of its type in history, along much of the American Atlantic coast under the code name of "Exercise Mailed Fist" to be conducted from June 19-24. Supposedly, "The exercise is designed to test the capability of every type of Marine Corps aircraft, including MV-22 Ospreys and F/A 18 Hornets, as well as some Navy ships and Air Force planes," CNN reported. This drill appears designed to train for amphibious landings on the coast of the Mediterranean, as in Libya or Syria!
As part of a cover-up of Bush administration war crimes, the Obama administration announced on June 30, that it would shut down 99 investigations into the deaths of prisoners in US custody during the so-called "War on Terror", leaving only two investigations with the potential to develop into criminal prosecutions. Nevertheless, Obama is keeping methods of the the lid on the crimes of his predecessor." Of course, this is what we had to expect from a so-called President, whose burgled "Nobel Peace Prize" , as the Times reported on October 10, 2009, started a fight inside the Nobel Hall, the first time in history that this had ever happened. Obviously, the members of the Prize committee were ashamed of what they had done, and most of our world's citizens have now agreed. President Obama was "surprised and deeply humbled", yet he soon began many more wars around our world, including Afghanistan, and other locations. The Obama administration has continued and expanded the anti-democratic methods of the Bush Administration, including the use of presidential assassination orders, indefinite detention without trial or charges, blocking court cases that threaten to reveal torture, open violations of US and international law, including the War Powers Act in the case of Libya and the maintenance of illegal torture camps such as the infamous facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Just after midnight on May 16, 2010, a SWAT team threw a "flash-bang" grenade through the window of a 25-year-old man, while his 7-year-old daughter slept on a couch, and her grand -mother watched television. The grenade landed so close to the child that it burned her blanket. The SWAT team leader then burst into the house and fired a single shot which struck the child in the throat, killing her. The shooting death of Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley-Jones sounds as though it happened in a war zone, but the raid took place in Detroit. Paramilitary raids employing the tactics of US soldiers in combat are not at all uncommon in America. Some 40,000 of these raids take place every year, and are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they are sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units not dressed as police officers, but as soldiers. As this story demonstrates, these raids have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries. How did we permit our law enforcement agencies to descend into militaristic chaos? The role of civilian police has been to maintain the peace has been to maintain the peace and safety of the community, while upholding the civil liberty of residents in their respective jurisdictions. Clearly, the mission of the police officer is incompatible with that of the soldier, so why are local police departments looking more and more like paramilitary units in a combat zone?
The earth is full of life, but far right exclusionary religion deals mostly with an earth full of death! The countries in our world with intense fundamentalism are the world's greatest trouble-makers: Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Vatican City, and the state of Israel come to mind. Among one of the most devout followers of Jesus, my friend, a wonderful pastor in our armored division based in Pleiku, was often depressed, because of the destruction around him, sometimes bought a few bottles of alcohol, and I once saw him walking from our Class Six store in Camp Enari. He had just come from one of our sordid missions north of Banmethuot, where he gave communion to the dying young young men who fell in battle. At the time, I remember scolding him, to take a few weapons with him, so that he could survive an enemy counter-attack. He avoided my glance, and told me that there were always a few M-16 rifles laying near the dead, so that he could sustain a counter-attack, and that the men under his care could then return in one of the many wooden caskets. President Woodrow Wilson's religious views were the driving force in his political career, informing his quest for world peace. Like all fanatics, he decided to achieve peace through war! The "devout" president upset the Presbyterians, as he moved our nation toward entering World War I, including William Jennings Bryan, who quit his office as secretary of state in protest. Wilson's "Idealism" led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the Second World War! The twentieth century began with wars rooted in religion and nationalism, and ended as a century of wars rooted in ideological atheism, led by Stalin, Hitler, and Mao. The fanatics in America and abroad included George W. Bush and the Ayatollah Khomeini, and many, many more. The deluded religious belief that any people or nation, or church is "chosen", will once again lead their idiotic followers into more and more deadly conflicts, and will eventually cause the total destruction of every man, woman, and child on this beautiful planet.
Our "American Empire" came into full being after its main rival, the Soviet Union, collapsed. The US then found itself as the world's sole military and economic Superpower. With this new found position in the world, America could have used its power to help those in need and aid in global security. However, the events of 9/11 changed all of this, and the US went from a once proud, powerful, law-abiding nation to what it is today: "A declining empire that is virtually bankrupt and has moved from using diplomacy to a "might makes right" mindset, as well as trying to make certain that new powers-that new powers, such as China, do not threaten its dominance. This series is an examination of how that downfall took place, how the US strayed from its original military, economic, and foreign policy plans to become an empire in decline, from the 1990's to the present day, ending with an analysis of what may lay in the future for the Empire. During the Cold War, the US had troops stationed all over the world from Europe to Asia. Its military doctrine consisted of a policy of containing the Soviets and battling the "Communist Threat", where-ever it was. Battling this threat meant overthrowing leftist governments in Latin America, Asia, and Europe, or supporting right-wing death squads, or what else was seen in Latin America. Despite this, it seemed that after the Soviet Union fell, the US would change its military doctrine. Even though the US was now the world's unrivaled superpower, it still planned to: "devote the necessary resources to military, diplomatic, intelligence and other efforts" to maintain its global leadership position and also wanted to "shape the international environment through a variety of means, including diplomacy, economic cooperation, international assistance, arms control and nonproliferation, and health initiatives" to establish and keep the new status-quo.
When I served as Advisory Team Leader in Vietnam, first near TriDao, north of Kuntum, and later in Trung Lap, in the middle of the so-called "Iron Triangle", I thought that the future wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would be somewhat kinder to our men in our country's uniform. Obviously, I was mistaken, as Gary Vey points out: More Gulf War Veterans have died than those of us who served in Vietnam! There are 58,195 names recorded on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC, and by the grace of God, despite many trips over heavily mined dirt roads, mine is not among them, but this is NOT about me! Some of our Vietnam veterans died in the Jungles of Vietnam, where I often patrolled, as well as in the "Iron Triangle", near Cu Chi and Saigon. In the so-called triangle, near the many rubber plantations, my team and I almost died, fighting hard-core VC, and were saved only with the assistance of American helicopters. Iraq, of course, was different: "Our government under the "Bush Administration", did something dishonest, that resulted in a lie that has persisted since the war began, and continues to this very day: They decided to report the war deaths only if a soldier died with his boots on the ground in a combat situation. The combat in Vietnam was mostly in rural areas, far removed from medical treatment centers. Injured soldiers were treated by a medic. Most died at the scene of the battle before they could be evacuated. Many died en route or were declared dead at the medical treatment facilities. Under the new reporting system, deaths that happen en route or post evacuation, and are therefore not counted as combat deaths. The actual figures have been hidden from the American Public, just like the returning flag draped coffins were censored from the press, but the actual figures are now available, and we can only hope that the American people will be outraged when they learn how they have been misled: Total US Military Gulf War Deaths are 73,846, Deaths among deployed are 17,847, and deaths among non-deployed are 55,999. The statistics for non-lethal injuries include: 14,874 undiagnosed illnesses, disability claims among deployed: 407,911 and disability claims among non-deployed 1,212,995. Further- more, more than 1,820 tons of radioactive nuclear waste were exploded in Iraq alone, in the form of armor piercing rounds and bunker busters. This represents the world's worst man-made ecological disaster ever! 64 kg of uranium were used in the Hiroshima bomb! The US Iraq Nuclear Holocaust represents far more than fourteen thousand Hiroshima's.
Although Sarah Palin was not among the seven Republican hopefuls who participated in the most recent June 13 GOP debates, she would have certainly found herself right at home with other high-profile politicians, who have already pledged their allegiances to the Zionist agenda. Aside from Ron Paul, the current lineup of pseudo-conservative presidential wannabes has demonstrated a biased affection for Israel at the expense of of all other international relationships, and even over the best interests of the United States: These "Christian" politicians even wear Israeli flag pins, yarmulkas and stars of David-whatever they can to convince gullible Jewish voters and Christian Zionists that they are on the side of "Israel" and "the chosen ones." As an example, before declaring his candidacy for a 2012 presidential bid, Mitt Romney made a trip to Israel to stump for an endorsement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, has also vowed that the "former" United States will "stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel" if he is elected president. He also recently criticized the Obama Administration for "an astonishing unwillingness to stand by Israel at the UN." This is so ludicrous that it almost makes me vomit: After all, when I was the Intelligence Operations Officer of our 4th US Armored Division in Goeppingen, Germany, I had the honor of carrying the fax of Israel's killing of the US Liberty and her crew to General Sherrer, whose only comment was: "With friends like Israel, we have no need of enemies!"
Washington is 67 square miles, about as high as the Washington monument, and surrounded on all sides by "reality". Last week Joe Scarborough, former Florida congressman, talking head on MSNBC, and now guest columnist for Politico.com, did a nice job in laying down a couple of rules that would make my list. "Age old truths," he called them. The three that impressed me were: "The first of these truths is that Washington always wins. Always. The federal government always gets bigger." "The second time-tested truth of Washington is that Washington always wins. Always. The federal government always gets bigger." "The second time-tested truth of Washington is that policy makers skew the rules to ensure Wall Street always wins. Wall Street stands stronger than ever, three years after bringing America to the brink of financial collapse. The third ugly truth is that the city's political gears are always greased for war. The most recent Republican administration showed an unnerving propensity for war, and the current Democratic White House has expanded troop levels, increased the Pentagon budget and made larger the percentage of the US economy being spent on weapons systems and hot wars." Scarborough, a Republican, aims some of his arrows at the press: "Against this chaotic backdrop of military adventurism run amok, there is no countervailing force to balance a reckless, shrewd foreign policy, and most troubling is the same press that bowed and scraped to Obama in 2008 is now doing his bidding in support of his wars." Obama, in fairness, inherited two of his wars, and he can say that the Libyan war is not an American war, but a North Atlantic Treaty Organization war. Unfortunately, he is beginning to learn that there really is no such thing as NATO!
At a time when the American people have been asked to tighten their belts, teachers are receiving pink slips, the vital statistics of the American people reveal a health crisis in the making, and the US government is in serious threat of default, our President and Congress have decided that a new war, this time against the people of Libya, is appropriate. This comes at a time when the US, by one estimate, spends approximately $3 billion per week for war against Iraq and Afghanistan. The President and Congress continue to fund the war against Libya despite the fact that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that the US had no strategic interest in Libya, and despite the fact that the Senate Chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence admits that the US really does not know who the "rebels" are, while the rebels themselves, according to a Telegraph report of 25 March 2011, admit that Al Qaeda elements are among their ranks. So while the apparatus of our government has been used for over ten years to inform the American people and the global community that Al Qaeda is an enemy of freedom-loving people all over the world, our President chooses to ally our military with none other than Al Qaeda elements in Libya and other people whom the US intelligence say they do not know. Additionally, US Admiral Locklear admitted to a member of Congress that one of NATO's missions was to assassinate Muammar Qaddafi. Indeed, NATO bombs have killed Qaddafi's son and three grandchildren, just as US bombs in 1986 killed his daughter.