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US sponsored War Crimes:
The Atrocity Exhibition
A Review of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Exhibit
by Michael Carmichael
Global Research, February 19, 2007
(Rachel Corrie, American peace activist crushed by a bulldozer in Gaza.)
In Kuala Lumpur, we moved forward, after a mass briefing about the War Crimes Commission, to find ourselves in a museum surrounded by human effigies depicting war crimes, mass murders, scenes of torture and atrocity after atrocity.
We sensed the terror of the victims, vividly revealed in the frozen wax faces, and the repulsive horrors wrought by the hands of their assailants, so shocking, so merciless, so monstrous.
Rachel Corrie, American martyr for Palestinian rights.
On this occasion, I anaesthetized my emotions in order to survey the microcosm of brutality that passed before my eyes as Matthias [Chang], Michel [Chossudovsky], Chris [Busby] and I staggered from room to room.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Gulf War One, Abu Ghraib and Rachel Corrie formed scenes that reeled from shame to overwhelming dread.
( Rachel Corrie in Gaza.)
The disgusting language of war and its disgusting crimes provided a counterpoint to punctuate the trauma and savagery brought to life before us.
Before my eyes, the effigies of the tortured, maimed, dead and dying came to a form of life. They writhed in agony as they were subjected to brutalities that surpassed the most hellish scenes in Dante’s Inferno.
In the final chambers we witnessed videos of the leading villains of the Bush administration: Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and the rest – uttering their lies of WMDs in Iraq that launched the most disastrously stupid war in American history.
These people had become the gatekeepers of war and peace, life and death as they had lusted after earthly powers. The neocons beamed a haze of smug self-assurance as they focused and preened and premeditated their malignance aforethought.
Bush and his circle of neocon warriors held the rest of the world in the palms of their hands. In his high-heeled boots and his denim cowboy suit, Bush pointed to the map of Iraq and furrowed his brow. His mouth curled into a frown, as he ordered the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his fellow humans compelled by the powerful secret of Saddam’s hidden WMDs.
Bush’s bombs fell on Baghdad. Bush’s campaign of shock and awe rained down on the Iraqi people who were isolated from power. America and her coalition of the willing launched the world on a terrible quest in search of the terrible revelation of nuclear atrocity lurking under the sands of Iraq. But the secret remained elusive, until it vanished into a quagmire of quicksand under a whirlwind in the desert leaving us yearning for a forgotten time of trust in our government, security in our homes and peace in our time.
The time since these events seems to have collapsed like a folded telescope into one long and excruciating struggle against the march of insanity.
Humanity has fallen into a pit, bedevilled by a demonic pendulum with a razor’s edge that lacerates and mutilates and cuts deeply into the innocence of flesh. Women and children, disabled, aged and infirm victims fell into that bottomless pit that was a place beyond all pity. The corpses are surging upward into a mountain, a Himalaya of monstrosity that now lies supine at the feet of the earthly powers.
In the darkest corridors of Abu Ghraib, interrogators tortured and humiliated and defiled the lives of their victims. Many were totally innocent, ordinary and peaceful Iraqis – and none of them deserved the vicious torture that was meted out unto them.
One of the victims of Abu Ghraib, Ali Shalah, would testify to the War Crimes Commission about the unspeakable atrocities that ravaged his body, his mind and his life.
My mission to the War Crimes Conference and War Crimes Commission was leading me more deeply into the spiral of a journey more savage than any I had ever undertaken before.
On this journey, I witnessed the testimony of scientists who confirmed the devastating effects of depleted uranium. The debate over the effects of depleted uranium in the western media is a farce. The birth defects alone are catastrophic.
At the atrocity exhibition, I witnessed the images and the effigies of babies born into a nightmare so hellish that their limbs were deformed by their broken chromosomes in an evil hour long before their painful births.
Many of my colleagues at the atrocity exhibition were reduced to tears crushed by the impact of our collective reality on their children and the children of the world who know nothing of the madness engulfing us all.
The images of the atrocity exhibition will be with me for the rest of my life. They led me onward toward a quotation inscribed on the walls of the atrocity exhibition written by one of my heroes, Benjamin Franklin, “There was never a good war, nor a bad peace.”
Michael Carmichael will be writing a series of reports about the War Crimes Commission that took place in Kuala Lumpur.
Rachel Corrie, April 10, 1979 - March 16, 2003.
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It Can’t Happen Here?
It Has Happened Here
by Michael Nolan
Our fellow citizens have been led hoodwinked from their principles by a most extraordinary combination of circumstances. But the band is removed, and they now see for themselves."
~ Thomas Jefferson
Today’s citizens, lately aware of the crimes of those who rule them from the White House, have removed the band (the blindfold) from their eyes. The huge majority of average Americans are dead set against "the surge" in Iraq, seeing it for what it is: the senseless slaughter of American sons and daughters on a mission which has nothing to do with US security.
The question is, what are the people going to do about it?
It should be noted that the US Congress, charged by the US Constitution with deciding when and if the nation goes to war, has been neutered. In the alternate universe of the Republican noise machine, anyone standing in the way of the mindless dispatch of US troops to the slaughterhouse doesn’t – somehow – "support the troops," and no media-obsessed congressman wants to get hung with that accusation. Given a choice between securing their own careers or truly serving God and country (to put it in Red State terms), today’s US lawmakers overwhelmingly choose the former. To be sure, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley appeared on Meet the Press a few weeks ago to celebrate a neocon alchemy by which justifications for war funding can be conjured up forever whence none exists: "I think once they get in harm's way, congress's tradition is to support those troops," Mr. Hadley said with fatherly pride, fitting at the birth of the Perpetual War Machine.
The next country in the neocon gunsights is, of course, Iran. That Iran is somehow a nuclear threat to the American people surpasses in bunk and risibility the whopper that Saddam Hussein had something to do with bringing down the Twin Towers. The latter lie (with others) was good enough to start the war in Iraq and it’s a virtual certainty that the former lie will serve to start the war in Iran despite the fact that experts, including those at our own CIA, put Iran several years away from the development of a nuclear weapon. And, as former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski reminded Congress recently, "[t]o argue that America is already at war in the region with a wider Islamic threat, of which Iran is the epicenter, is to promote a self-fulfilling prophecy." That America needs to attack Iran is a conceit seen sensible by few – save neocons, the White House and opportunists like former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Pulitzer Prize Winner Seymour Hersh has predicted that retaliatory Iranian disruptions to the oil flow in the Middle East could push prices up over one a hundred dollars a barrel. It’s well known, and well predicted, that in the event of an American attack, Shiite Iran will send its 650,000 strong army into Iraq to wreak vengeance on US troops. With a pre-emptive attack, America will be begging Iran or Iranian sympathizers to launch a terrorist attack on US soil. And, as Pentagon Papers author Daniel Ellsberg pointed out recently, "[i]f there’s another 9/11 or a major war in the Middle-East involving a U.S. attack on Iran there will be, the day after or within days an equivalent of a Reichstag fire decree that will involve massive detentions in this country, detention camps for middle-easterners and their…sympathizers, critics of the President’s policy and essentially the wiping-out of the Bill of Rights."
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has dictated to those voters who put her in power that impeachment is "off the table." Three days after the November elections, John Conyers, the new House Judiciary Chairman and, until then, hero of the pro-impeachment movement, betrayed (as did Pelosi) his constituents and the spirit of the Constitution when he said, "I am in total agreement with her [Pelosi] on this issue: Impeachment is off the table."
Pelosi is given to sweeping, dismissive statements, judged by a speech she made at the 2005 AIPAC convention in Washington, DC. "[T]he history of the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict is not over occupation, and never has been: it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist." A congressional leader who says with a straight face that Israel is wholly without blame for the bloodshed in Palestine (and the resultant anti-American bias in the Middle East) is a sure bet to ignore the sage counsel of the Baker-Hamilton Report, which prescribes, as an imperative for Mideast peace, adherence to UN Security Council Resolution 242, which mandates a return of Palestinian land held illegally by Israel since 1967.
Expect nothing from the United States Congress to make the Bush Administration even mildly uncomfortable in its role as knee-jerk defender, enabler and funder of all things Likud, despite the threat that such support carries for US prestige, sovereignty and security.
Congress could defund the Iraq war but as Senator Russell Feingold points out, it "doesn’t have the will." It could, for that matter, threaten, in the clearest of terms, impeachment, removal from office and – if it comes to it – war crimes trials for those who would lead us into a war in Iran (with consequent conflagration through the whole Middle East), that could bring down the US economy and the US Constitution and lead to violent civil disorder and repression at home. But, unruffled, US Congressional Quislings seem willing to let the whole thing go with a couple of non-binding resolutions.
Rather than listen to Congress, the Administration prefers the bellicose, anti-American counsel of neocon think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute (where, Bush avers, he gets his "finest minds"). In 2005, I wrote a LewRockwell.com piece, "Martial Law," expanding on General Tommy Franks’ worry that, in the event of a terrorist attack on our shores democracy might well not survive. In that piece I wrote:
Michael Ledeen, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, and close and trusted White House adviser, has this to say on p. 173 of his book Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli’s Iron Rules Are As Timely and Important Today As Five Centuries Ago: "Paradoxically, preserving liberty may require the rule of a single leader – a dictator – willing to use those dreaded 'extraordinary measures,' which few know how, or are willing, to employ."
Don’t wonder if "it" (a fascist takeover of the United States government) can happen here. It has happened here. This administration can wage war when, where and how it pleases, for as long as it pleases, for whatever reason it wants and – under current conditions – there is nobody in America, within or without the government, who can stop it. The US Government is effectively a dictatorship in all matters of war and peace.
If, at any point, this dictatorship felt itself in real, impending danger from Congress or the people, it might react like a wounded animal. What if, despite the best efforts of the Republican and Democratic establishment, talk of a real impeachment movement (even a credible whisper thereof) were heard in the halls of congress? Considering the character of those in the White House, and their history of desperate and murderous political solutions (the "surge" comes to mind), the notion that the US Government could attack its own citizens in a false-flag terrorist operation (to force lockstep, "wartime" obedience) is no longer a fringe conspiracy theory.
If waves of Americans eventually show up on the streets in sustained, don’t-take-no-for-an-answer demonstrations, so forceful as to cause civil disruptions and an actual threat to the existence of the Administration, it will draw government troops, whether those troops be police, National Guard, the US Army (posse comitatus be damned) or contractors like those from Blackwater Security, dispatched fresh from their war crimes against the people of Iraq to deal as they see fit with the people of the United States.
There’s an iconic photo from the 1960’s: at an antiwar protest outside the Pentagon, a flower child places her eponymous flower into the barrel of the bayoneted rifle of one of the soldiers lined up to contain the demonstration. Sixties protests had an element of theater to them and the flower child knew that the bayonets were for show. Americans were aware, in those days, of their right to free speech and peaceable assembly and, despite the aberration at Kent State, those who massed together to forcefully and effectively demand an end to the war, were secure in doing so. But if bayonets are drawn this time around, resultant photos will likely lack that whimsical sixties theatricality, and American parents will shudder to think of a daughter standing up to troops acting under the orders of a weakened, wounded Dick Cheney
Cheney personifies the Dictatorship, morally, legally – hell, even physiognomically. His favorability ratings are disastrously low, but it’s unlikely to bother him. Cheney is a coward and a dictator, with no regard for human life, American or foreign. A dictator lives to inspire fear and obeisance and if he thrills with the stranglehold he exerts on the (currently) impotent eighty percent or so of Americans who hate his guts, think how much bigger the thrill might be at ninety or ninety-five percent. Dick Cheney said our troops would be welcomed as liberators in Iraq. Well, it turns out they weren’t and to that vast majority of citizens who recognize the war in Iraq (and the next one in Iran) for the constitutional, military and national security disaster that it is, Mr. Cheney might likely ask, "what are you going to do about it?"
February 8, 2007
Russian Missile Forces Chief Says Ready to Quit INF Treaty
Created: 19.02.2007 16:16 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:30 MSK,
Russia’s strategic missile forces are ready to pull out of the INF Treaty with the United States if a political decision is made, the RIA-Novosti news agency quoted the forces’ commander as saying on Monday.
The former Soviet Union and the U.S. signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) December 8, 1987. The agreement came into force in June 1988 and does not have a specific duration.
“If a political decision is taken to quit the treaty, the Strategic Missile Forces are ready to carry out this task,” Nikolai Solovtsov told a news conference in Moscow.
Army General Yury Baluyevsky, the chief of the Russian General Staff, said last February 15 that Moscow might unilaterally abandon the treaty.
“It is possible for a party to abandon the treaty [unilaterally] if it provides convincing evidence that it is necessary to do so,” said Baluyevsky. “We currently have such evidence.”
The INF treaty eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (300 to 3,400 miles). By the treaty’s deadline of June 1, 1991, a total of 2,692 such weapons had been destroyed, 846 by the U.S. and 1,846 by the Soviet Union.
Baluyevsky’s remarks sounded as a strong warning to the U.S. regarding its plans to deploy elements of its anti-missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Washington plans to install a radar system in the Czech Republic and to deploy missile defense systems in Poland to counter the alleged ballistic missile threat from Iran and North Korea.
Moscow strongly opposes the deployment of a missile shield in its former backyard in Central Europe, describing the plans as a threat to Russian national security.
Solovtsov said Monday that Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces will be able to track down elements of the U.S. missile defense system if deployed in Central Europe.
“If the governments of Poland and the Czech Republic make such a decision, the Strategic Missile Forces will be able to target these systems,” Nikolai Solovtsov said.
He also said Russia possessed the technology and the capability to resume production of intermediate- and short-range missiles in the near future.
“It is not difficult for us to restart the production of the medium- and short-range missiles because we have preserved all technologies,” Solovtsov said. “It could be done quickly if the need arises.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last Friday that the statement by Russia’s chief of the General Staff that Russia could quit the INF treaty does not mean a final decision has been made in this regard.
“"We are not speaking about a decision that has already been made. We are simply stating the facts,” Lavrov said.
Governments of Poland and the Czech Republic reaffirmed Monday their readiness to allow the United States to base elements of its missile shield on their territory.
China plans to produce 260 tons of gold in 2007
Updated: 2007-02-19 10:04
BEIJING - China plans to produce 260 tons of gold in 2007, nearly 20 tons more than last year, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
The NDRC said that China's gold output hit a record 240.08 tons last year, up 7.15 percent year-on-year.
The country's gold industrial output value reached 53 billion yuan (6.625 billion U.S. dollars) last year, up 34 percent. The net profits from the industry totaled 6.5 billion yuan, up 63 percent.
Higher gold prices on the global market is regarded as the major factor behind China's gold industry's higher output and profits.
The global gold price opened at 517 U.S. dollars per ounce and ended at 636.6 U.S. dollars per ounce at the end of last year.
To seize the opportunity brought about by the high gold price, the NDRC said it planned to take further measures to strengthen macro control and management of the gold industry.
Weapons used in Iran attacks came from the U.S
by Emile Tayyip
Global Research, February 19, 2007
Local police have restored security and tranquility to Zahedan after a bomb attack ripped through the city Friday night, a day after another explosion involving an attack on a bus owned by the local Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps killed about 18 people and wounded 31 others in the same city.
"Terrorist agents try to implement their ominous plots without being bothered at all," Zahedan Governor General Hassan-Ali Nouri told IRNA, adding that "the explosion in Zahedan Friday night was just a blind operation," Nouri said.
Was the attacks a new attempt to fuel tension between the Sunnis and the Shias, and expand it to include not just Iraq but Iran as well?
Citing “informed source”, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday that the explosive devices and arsenals used in the recent wave of explosions that hit the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan starting Wednesday came from the United States.
The Fars report said that documents, photographs and film footage, showed that the explosives and arsenals used in the attacks were American.
Although the new revelations hadn’t been made public yet, it prompted many analysts to link the terrorist attacks in the Iranian city to recent allegations raised against Islamic republic by the Bush administration which stepped up recently its anti-Iranian rhetoric, claiming that Tehran provides anti-occupation fighters in Iraq with financial and military aid to kill American troops.
The “informed source” also listed several attempts by Jundallah, an armed group operating in the country and blamed for past killings in the area bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, to assassinate Sunni and tribal leaders to sow tension between the Shia and Sunni citizens in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
"The Shias and Sunnis on Friday massively participated in the funeral of Wednesday's (IRGC) victims. They unanimously expressed their support for the ideals and achievements of the Islamic system,” Nouri said.
"The nation's presence in all sensitive scenes of the system have undoubtedly angered the enemies of the people and the Islamic Revolution," Nouri further stated.
"Last night, terrorists seeking to destroy the people's unity through scenes of horror fought against the hardworking security police forces who did their utmost to maintain security in the region," the governor-general said.
Jundallah has claimed responsibility for Wednesday and Friday attacks in Zahedan, and about 65 suspects in addition to the three people responsible for the bomb attack have been arrested, according to official IRNA news agency, which cited statements by Brigadier General Mohammad Gaffari, a senior police officer in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
Footage of the attack on Iran’s Arabic-language station Al-Alam showed that the bus had been blown away to a twisted frame of wreckage by the explosion, and witnesses said the attackers shot at the bus from their car to force it to stop, before stopping the explosives-laden vehicle in the path of the bus, and then evacuated the scene of the attack before the bomb exploded.
The bomb is believed to have been detonated by remote control.
Shortly after the attacks occurred on Wednesday, Iranian officials accused Britain and the United States of interfering in the country’s affairs and supporting ethnic minority rebels operating at the country’s sensitive border areas, holding the two states, known for their long history of arming and aiding armed groups in the region to implement their political agendas, responsible for the attacks.Despite Bush’s insistence that he doesn’t plan to open another battle front in the Middle East, war drums against the Islamic Republic appear to be beating more loudly these days.
And that’s being done through many ways: Either through attacks, or active efforts to destabilize the government, sometimes through the support of what the U.S. calls Iranian opposition groups, like the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK), which fought on Iraq's side during the Iran-Iraq War and has been labeled by the State Department since 1997 a "terrorist group" for killing U.S. officials during the Shah's reign.
Like Iraq, the U.S. efforts in Iran will prove counterproductive.
Global Research Articles by Emile Tayyip