Sunday, March 23, 2008

The American Military

Pablo Picasso’s Massacre in Korea (1951; in the Musée Picasso, Paris) is based on a massacre of Korean civilians by US forces at No Gun Ri from 26-29 July 1950





What is the US military really like?

Are they a bunch of Nazis?

Think of No Gun Ri, Abu Ghraib, My Lai and 9 11.

The My Lai massacre took place on the morning of 16 March 1968. (BBC NEWS Asia-Pacific Murder in the name of war - My Lai)

American soldiers murdered 500 Vietnamese civilians in cold blood.

There was no firefight.

Not a single shot was fired at the American soldiers.





At My Lai, American soldiers murdered unarmed men, women, children and babies.

Women were gang raped.

Vietnamese who had bowed to greet the Americans were beaten, tortured, clubbed and stabbed with bayonets.

Some Vietnamese were mutilated with the signature "C Company" carved into their chests.

Vietnam suffered from 1961 until 1973

North Vietnam did not want a war.

The US military-industrial complex made sure that there was a war.

Through the Phoenix Program, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese were tortured to death in “interrogation centers”.

These torture centers were built by the United States.

Women were always raped as part of the torture before being murdered.

This terrorism, rape and mass-murder was the policy of the USA. The My Lai massacre itself was an operation of the Phoenix Program.

Up to 5 million Vietnamese were killed in the Vietnam war.

What the American military do in Iraq.

The USA has been responsible for the deaths of many people in many countries.

If you add up the totals, the USA is probably responsible for the biggest holocaust of all time.

IRAQ

The CIA put Saddam into power and manipulated Iraq and Iran into a war.

1.5 million Iranians may have died in the Iran-Iraq war.

Then came the Desert Storm campaign, depleted uranium, UN sanctions and the latest Iraq war.

Over 1 million Iraqis have died as a result of American interference in Iraq.

9 11

On 9 11, 1973, Salvador Allende, the President of Chile, was killed in an American-sponsored coup, led by General Augusto Pinochet.

Pinochet's rise to power, organised by the CIA and Henry Kissinger, began nearly twenty years of military dictatorship that led to thousands of deaths.

30,000 people were massacred in the weeks following this September 11th, as Pinochet tried to wipe out those who opposed fascism.

The Congo was given a military dictatorship thanks to the CIA assassination of Patrice Lumumba.

The Congo conflict has led to at least 3 million deaths.

In Cambodia, America (and Britain) backed Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot who killed nearly 2 million Cambodians.

In 1936, the American National Guard helped Anastasio Somoza to set up a dictatorship which ruled Nicaragua for 43 years.

Water torture carried out by the Americans in Vietnam - Photo from the War Remnants Museum, Saigon, Vietnam

Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Greece, Iran... All of these and more suffered from torture and death as a result of American 'intervention.'

"I will never apologise for the United States of America - I don't care what the facts are," said President George Bush Sr. in 1988, when the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial airliner. The plane was on a routine flight in a commercial corridor in Iranian airspace. All 290 civilians on board the aircraft were killed.

Many thousands of Afghan civilians have died as a result of U.S. led air strikes in Afghanistan.

Many Germans died after the end of World War II due to the harsh policies of the USA. A survey conducted by the German government stated that some 1.4 million German prisoners died in captivity; many of them died in American captivity.

Since the Second World War, the US government has bombed 21 countries:

China in 1945-46 and again in 1950-53,

Korea in 1950-53
In Korea, nearly 3 million civilians were murdered by the USA and its allies.

Civilians were murdered at No Gun Ri and many other places. The USA supported the fascist puppet regime in South Korea. The South Korean government carried out genocide against both North and South Korean people.

Guatemala in 1954, 1960, and 1967-69

Indonesia in 1958
Up to one million innocent civilians died in Indonesia after the CIA put Suharto into power in Indonesia. At least one third of the population of East Timor died after the USA gave Suharto permission to invade that country.

Vietnam in 1961-73
North Vietnam did not want a war. The US military-industrial complex made sure that there was a war. Through the Phoenix Program, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese were tortured to death in “interrogation centers”.


These torture centers were built by the United States. Women were always raped as part of the torture before being murdered. This terrorism, rape and mass-murder was the policy of the USA. The My Lai massacre itself was an operation of the Phoenix Program. Up to 5 million Vietnamese were killed in the Vietnam war.

Congo in 1964,

Laos in 1964-73,The United States Air Force dropped the equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years on the people of Laos — from 1965 to 1973. Over 2,000,000 tons.This was some of the heaviest aerial bombardment in world history.Estimated civilian deaths: 500,000 men, women and children.

Peru in 1965,

Cambodia in 1969-70,

El Salvador throughout the 1980s,

Nicaragua throughout the 1980s,

Lebanon in 1983-84,

Grenada in 1983,

Bosnia in 1985,

Libya in 1986,

Panama in 1989,

Iraq in 1991 and later,

Sudan in 1998,

Former Yugoslavia in 1999,

and Afghanistan in 1998 and 2002.

If you add up the totals, the United States of America is probably responsible for the biggest holocaust of all time.

"Since before the end of WWII the United States Corporate Mafia Government has been hell bent for total world domination, by any and all means necessary, no matter how brutal — including the slaughter of as many millions of innocent civilian men, women and children as it takes to accomplish that goal."

Source of quote: http://free.freespeech.org/americanstateterrorism/bibliographies/Main.html

Ex-State Department employee William Blum stated:

"An American holocaust has taken place - So great and deep is the denial of the American holocaust that the deniers are not even aware that the claimers or their claims exist. Yet, a few million people have died in the American holocaust and many more millions have been condemned to lives of misery and torture as a result of US interventions extending from China and Greece in the 1940s to Afghanistan and Iraq in the 1990s."

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

What is Cuba really like?

Happy healthy Cuban - http://www.flickr.com/photos/silvergold/1093149506/

What is Cuba really like?

The Cuban people got sick and tired of the US puppet Batista and replaced him with Castro.

Castro refused to sell Cuban produce to US corporations at the same low prices Batista had sold them at.

This affected companies like PepsiCo and United Fruit.

Castro kicked the CIA out of Cuba.

Castro shut down the casinos operated by American mafioso.

The US has blockaded Cuba to starve it into accepting a US puppet.

(Would Somebody Finally Tell Me Why Cuba Is My Enemy?)

Cuba is very much wealthier than Haiti which the USA tries to keep as a sort of colony.

Cuba is very much safer than Jamaica which has its drugs gangs.

"Compared to neighboring Haiti, the favelas of Brazil or even post-Katrina New Orleans, for that matter, Cuba is Switzerland...

"I don't compare Cuba with Sweden, France, Lichtenstein or Canada. I compare it with Jamaica, Brazil and... Mississippi. It comes off quite well in comparison with other territories in the 'arc of slavery'". - David Seaton's News Links


Cuba supplies doctors to Venezuela, and Venezuela supplies oil to Cuba.


In Cuba life expectancy is 76 years for men and 80 years for women. (UN)

Life expectancy in the Calton district of Glasgow in the UK is 54. ( In Iraq, life expectancy is 67. Minutes from Glasgow city centre ... )

"Mr Castro's supporters point out that he used his power to give Cubans world-class health and education services...

"Many Cubans praise their free health and education services." - (The Economist The comandante's last move )

Many Cubans make extra money from small market gardens, running taxi services and other small businesses. ( The comandante's last move )

There is no malnutrition in Cuba. (The Economist 21 February 2008 The comandante's last move )

"The government announced in December (2007) that it would sign the United Nations covenants on human rights." (The comandante's last move)


Photo from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenmapsystem/649445907/


Why must we all copy Cuba?

Cubans have high life expectancy and literacy. Cubans do not use much oil.

A study of 93 nations has found that only one nation - Cuba - is developing sustainably.

Cuba is the only nation which:

(1) provides a decent standard of living for its people and

(2) does not consume more than its fair share of the world's resources.

New Scientist (World failing on sustainable development - earth - 03 October 2007 ... / Cuba Flies Lone Flag for Sustainability - Indymedia Ireland) provides the details:

"An international team led by Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network looked at how the living conditions and ecological footprints of 93 nations have changed in the last 30 years.

"They used the ecological footprint (EF) index, a tool devised in 1993 by Wackernagel and William Rees, his PhD supervisor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. EF quantifies the area of land required to provide the infrastructure used by a person or a nation, the food and goods they consume, and to reabsorb the waste they produce, using available technology."

Winslow Homer

Blackboard

Noon Time

Contraband

Dad's Coming

The Busy Bee

Homework

Boys in a Dory

Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910) is one of America's most famous artists.

Richard G. Mann, writing about Winslow Homer, explained that Homer was a bachelor who seemed to prefer young males to young females.

Homer was close friends with artist Albert Kelsey.

In 1867, Homer and Kelsey traveled to Paris, where they lived together for the next two years.

While in Paris, Homer and Kelsey posed for a studio photograph, not dissimilar to a marriage portrait.

On the back of the photo, Kelsey wrote the names "Damon and Pythias," who were Greek lovers.

In the 1890s, Homer remembered their friendship in the 'erotically suggestive' drawing "Albert Kelsey riding a giant turtle in the Bahamas." (Winslow Homer)

From 1895 to 1910, Homer's chief buddy was Lewis Wright.

Wright, a black american, worked as Homer's live-in servant.

The red-haired "woman," depicted in some of Homer's paintings was actually a boy, whom Homer hired as a model. (Winslow Homer)



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The US in the Philippines; massacre of civilians


1. Gary Leupp, professor of history, wrote:

"The Philippines was a US colony from 1898 to 1946.

"One-tenth of the Filipino population was wiped out in the first US exercise in counter-insurgency in Asia.

"The US backed a series of vicious regimes after the Philippines' (alleged) independence, most notably that of Ferdinand Marcos." (Gary Leupp: Why This War Is Wrong)

2. The book 'Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines', by University of the Philippines professor Walden Bello, describes how:

"the World Bank, the CIA and other US agencies have systematically plundered the domestic economy of the Philippines for transnational corporate interests, privatization, and deregulation -

"and how the 'Asian market crisis' of the late 1990s was the direct result of such programs.'"

3. Herbert Docena, at Asia Times, 28 February 2008, has written about the growing US military presence in the Philippines:






"The United States has been deploying a growing number of its troops, ships and equipment all over the Philippines ostensibly for training exercises, humanitarian and engineering projects, and other missions. In 2006 alone, up to 37 military exercises were scheduled - up from around 24 in the preceding years. As many as 6,000 US troops are involved, depending on the exercise...

"Along with troops, an increasing number of ships have also been entering the country's territorial waters and docking at various ports with growing frequency...

"The US has also been constructing an increasing number of structures and facilities that could be useful for the US military when the contingency arises - while at the same time allowing it to buy political support from the national and local governments...

"In November 2002, the US and Philippine governments signed the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA), which researchers with the US Congressional Research Service describe as 'allowing the United States to use the Philippines as a supply base for military operations throughout the region'...

"Since 2002, a unit now called the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTFP) has been deployed to the southern Philippines ... for the last six years...

"Most recently, US troops have been accused of joining Filipino soldiers when they perpetrated what was described as a massacre of innocent civilians in Sulu.

"In terms of profile and mission, the JSOTF-P is similar to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-Horn of Africa) - which was established in Djibouti in eastern Africa in 2003, also composed mostly of Special Forces, and which has been described as the 'model for future US military operations'...

"The US military presence in the Philippines appears to be part of the US drive toward global military dominance in general, and, in particular, of the emerging US strategy towards China...

"Indonesia and Malaysia, on the other hand, have not only openly castigated US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have also rejected US demands to station in and operate from their countries.

"Even Thailand, which is a close US ally, has actually rejected US overtures to be allowed to station ships in or to deploy troops to its territory.

"Regardless of their attitudes toward the United States, most countries in the region simply do not see China as a threat and have therefore refused to go along any strategy that could antagonize it."

How America is making you poorer.



The Iraq war hurts everyone.

The Iraq war has cost America trillions of dollars and has cost the rest of the world additional trillions of dollars.

A Guardian article on the cost of the Iraq War (Aida Edemariam talks to author Joseph Stiglitz about the true cost ...) makes the following points:

Why has the rest of the world lost trillions?

1. The rising price of oil has meant that the cost to oil-importing industrial countries in Europe and the Far East is now about $1.1 trillion.

2.
The rising price of oil is devastating Third World countries.

A study by the International Energy Agency that looked at a sample of 13 African countries found that rising oil prices have "had the effect of lowering the average income by 3% - more than offsetting all of the increase in foreign aid that they had received in recent years, and setting the stage for another crisis in these countries".

3. The weak economic position of the USA, resulting from the Iraq war, is hurting the global economy.

4. The Iraqi economy has been smashed.

5. There are tens of thousands of dead. (Probably over a million dead as a result of US policies in Iraq)

6. There is a high cost, to neighbouring countries, of absorbing thousands of refugees.

7. There is the cost of the coalition military. Before the war, Britain's Gordon Brown set aside £1bn; by late 2007, direct operating costs in Iraq and Afghanistan were £7bn and rising.

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Al-Zawahiri working for al-Qaeda and the CIA?


1. Al-Qaida's chief brains and strategist is said to be Ayman al-Zawahri.

Around March 2008, Al-Zawahiri published a book on militant Islamic Web sites 'slamming his former radical colleagues in Egyptian prisons for disavowing armed struggle and turning their backs against violence.' (New book by top al-Qaida strategist rebuts jailed militants ...)

2. Some Islamists are thought to be manipulated by the CIA and its friends. Some are thought to be agents of the CIA and its friends.

According to an article entitled 'Islamic fundamentalist link to British Fascists' by Wayne Madsen and Umberto Pascali( Cached ):

"According to January 2000 U.S. Congressional testimony, al-Zawahiri was granted U.S. residence by the Immigration and Naturalization Service - something almost impossible for many legitimate immigrants to obtain...

"One of the centers of operation for al-Zawahiri was London, where one of his closest relatives resided? President Mubarak is believed to have referred to him when, after the Luxor massacre, he stated: 'There are people who carried out crimes and who were sentenced [in Egypt] and live on British soil.'"

According to nogw.com (Cached ), Ayman al Zawahiri fought for the CIA in Bosnia and his brother Zaiman al-Zawahiri fought for the CIA in Kosovo.

(Members of the Moroccan terror group Salafi Jihadi fought for the CIA in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Dagestan, Bosnia and Kosovo. USS Cole Bomber Jamal al-Badawi fought for the CIA in Bosnia. Zacarias Moussaoui fought for the CIA in Chechnya. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed fought for the CIA in Afghanistan. Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman fought for the CIA in Afghanistan. Abdullah Azzam, "one of the ideological founders of Hamas" fought for the CIA in Afghanistan.)

Al-Zawahiri is suspected of being an agent of the CIA.

3. Ayman al-Zawahiri was born into an aristocratic Egyptian family in 1951.

His father, Mohammed al-Zawahiri, was a pharmacologist and a professor.

The family was "not overly pious," (Wright, The Looming Tower, p. 34.)

4. While Ayman al-Zawahiri was still at school, the president of Egypt was Gamal Nasser.

According to an article at Cooperativeresearch ( Context of 'October 1970-1981: After Nasser’s death, Sadat brings ... ), the USA and UK (and the US and UK oil and bank industries) did not like Nasser’s nationalist policies. MI6 and the CIA began plans to assassinate Nasser.

Egypt's Islamist Muslim Brotherhood also wanted to topple Nasser. Nasser outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, which he denounced as a tool of Britain.

The CIA provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood because of “the Brotherhood’s commendable capability to overthrow Nasser.” [Baer, 2003, pp. 99; Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 101-108] Saudi Arabia, an ally of the United States, gave money and and sanctuary to Muslim Brotherhood militants. [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 90-91, 126-131, 150]

Israel also preferred Islamists to nationalists.

David Shipler, a former New York Times reporter, said that 'he was told by the military governor of the Gaza Strip, Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev, that the Israeli government had financed the Islamic movement to couteract the PLO and the communists.' (Context of 'October 1970-1981: After Nasser’s death, Sadat brings ...)

According to Martha Kessler, a senior analyst for the CIA, 'we saw Israel cultivate Islam as a counterweight to Palestinian nationalism.' (Context of 'October 1970-1981: After Nasser’s death, Sadat brings ...)

5. Reportedly, at the age of 14, al-Zawahiri joined the Muslim Brotherhood (Ayman al-Zawahiri - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), suspected by some of being a tool of the CIA and MI6. (aangirfan: The use of the Muslim Brotherhood by MI6 and the CIA in ...)

6. Nasser died 'of a heart attack' in 1970.

Nasser was succeeded by Anwar Sadat, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sadat had 'a close working relationship' with the CIA and Henry Kissinger. Sadat used the Muslim Brotherhood against the nationalist Nasserites. (Context of 'October 1970-1981: After Nasser’s death, Sadat brings ...)

7. Reportedly, al-Zawahiri became a fan of the Sayyid Qutb, who was a secular (non-religious) reformer in the 1930s, but who apparently became an Islamist in the 1950s and 1960s.

At Cairo University, Al-Zawahiri studied behavior, psychology and pharmacology graduating in 1974. Following that he served three years as a surgeon in the Egyptian Army.

8. In 1981, President Anwar Sadat was assassinated. Possibly the CIA had fallen out with him.

According to an article at 911truth.org ( Cached ):

"Joseph Trento, in his 2005 book, Prelude to Terror, interviewed former high-ranking CIA agents about this period in Egypt...

"Trento ... reports that Sadat's vice president Hosni Mubarak had been on the CIA payroll in the late 70s, and that he had been having his palms greased by a weapons delivery company called EATSCO — a CIA front/side company run by the notorious Edwin P. Wilson.

"According to Trento, Anwar Sadat had, by 1980, started an investigation into Mubarak's corrupt involvement with EATSCO.

"Both the CIA and Mubarak had motives to have Sadat dead.

"The CIA of course, having the contract to protect Sadat, possessed the means, at least to leave a critical security door open."


Al-Zawahiri was part of the Al-Jihad group which allegedly carried out the assassination.

Al-Zawahiri served a three year sentence in Egypt after he was found guilty in 1982 for conspiracy to murder in planning the assassination of Sadat.

9. Adel Darwish has written that, in 1986, according to an agent of one Gulf State Intelligence Service, al-Zawahiri moved to Peshawar in Pakistan 'where he was helped by the CIA to get arms, training and money for his followers to join the Mujahedine. ' According to the agent, the CIA were aware of who he was and his involvement in the assassination of President Sadat, but they gave him and his men new identities and new passports.' Reportedly, the story was confirmed by Egyptian intelligence sources. (Terrorism)

10. Al Zawahiri's terrorist career reportedly includes the massacre of 70 people on a tourist bus in 1997 Luxor, Egypt, and the assassination attempt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 1995. (Islamic fundamentalist link to British Fascists)

11. From The Guardian, 18 February 2002, (Guardian Unlimited Special reports Bin Laden's No 2 'captured ...):

"Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been captured and jailed in Tehran, a leading Iranian newspaper reported yesterday.

"Zawahiri, the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, was arrested several days ago and has been imprisoned in the city's Evin jail, where political prisoners are usually held, the Hayat-e-Nou newspaper said.
"The paper is regarded as reliable and is run by Hadi Khamenei, a leading legislator and the brother of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei."

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