Tales from the War on Terror™
The military industrial complex had grown fat from the Cold War, and was caught
short with the collapse of the USSR. Ever since, a right-wing clique has schemed
to get the US back on the road to war. War equals money equals greatness equals
POWER, so the thinking goes.Before, the government fed the military beast.
Now, the complex IS the government! And the complex will use anything, absolutely
anything, to ensure war is perpetual a constant in Johnny Average’s mind,
blaring on every news channel.
War sells, and there’s never been an administration that’s known that better
than the current Oil II mafia. Sod it, they thought The Iranians tried to ruin
Karl Rove’s best election party trick; Dubya’s puppet master had been planning
to serve Osama up
on an early Thanksgiving platter prior to the elections. Now the Pakistanis
might have got a hold of George’s reelection trump card.
A defence budget more than ten times the size of its nearest rival, surely
this is the most dominant military the world’s ever seen – yet those
cretins who stole the White House have decided to play up our remote fallibilities.
By remote, we mean you’re more likely to be killed by an errant budgerigar
than Osama or Saddam. Nevertheless, with the dumb, duplicit media in tow (or
is it "embedded" nowadays?) the Bush regime embarked on its loony
War on Terror: the greatest rip off in history, carried out for the rich by
the richest cabinet ever assembled.
Bush decided that the best way to honour the three thousand dead from 11 September
was to murder five times that amount, with preemptive strikes against Afghanistan
and Iraq, while at home Ashcroft strips away at every shred of the beaten and
battered constitution. All those key proponents of war, Bush, Cheney ,
Wolfowitz et al have never served before of course – Daddy helped out
each time. They’re all just plain chickenhawks.
The sheer stupidity of branding battle cries to increase military spending
never seems to raise enough open cynicism from the Fox-addled public. The current
War on Terror is a recurrent fear trick that Republican cronies like to play
on stupefied electorates. McCarthyism, The War on Drugs, the War on Terror™ – all
agendas of the right to suppress and dominate. But what really gets our goat
are these continued war on this, war on that analogies. You can only go to
war against people and their countries, not abstract things or beliefs. You
just can’t – IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A WAR ON TERROR. Someone explain
that in one syllable words to George, please.
Notes Bob Kerrey, a disheartened member of the official senate 9/11 commision, "It
would be like after the 7th of December, 1941, declaring war on Japanese planes.
We declared war on Japan. We didn’t declare war on their tactic... Terrorism
is a tactic."
In George Bush’s skewered new vision, that some laughably call a doctrine,
the UN counts for nothing, except for some decent training grounds for spy
training, international consensus are two very big unintelligible words, preemptive
force is de rigeur, human rights are wronged and the environment will soon
be listed as an energy stock on Wall St! For how much longer will the US public
put up being force fed a diet of terror and lies. As if you really needed further
proof of all the lies that have spewed forth from the White House, experts
have analysed key Bush speeches on the War of Terror with the aid of a polygraph;
bring on the impeachment, we say. Oh to see him squirming under a lie detector!!
The war on terror allows governments round the world to remove little annoyances,
Putin’s destruction of Chechnya, Bush’s removal of Haiti’s
first elected president. No where has human rights been more clearly shunned
lately than in Guantanomo. Are you a big fan of the Boss? Does Bruce Springsteen
(Source: The Australian) rock your world? One Spanish citizen, recently released
from Guantanomo, while gently inserting his returned fingernails back in place,
relived how the Born in the USA star was played in the tiny, sweaty cells 24
hours a day.
So much for Guantanomo trials being open for to the public. The Pentagon has
denied access to three human rights groups, Amnesty International, Human Rights
First and Human Rights Watch. They have been barred from the military commissions
despite assurances from the government the public could attend. Alex Arriaga,
director of government relations at Amnesty International USA said the government’s
decision was fuelled by a "fear of informed criticism" which would "only fuel
the perception that tribunals will be show trials." Elisa Massimino, Washington
director of Human Rights First lamented the trial is "open only to hand-picked
press and not to anyone who’s been critical."
A recent ruling means inmates at the US’ gulag-in-the-sun could be behind
bars for many, many years to come with their freedom only granted from Judge
Death himself, Donald Rumsfeld. Michael Ratner, president of the New York-based
Center for Constitutional Rights – a key litigator in the battle to rescue
the Constitution from Bush’s warriors – told the New York Times: "The
idea that you could theoretically keep someone locked up forever under these
circumstances is reprehensible... It’s nothing to do with law as any person
should understand it, at least since the Magna Carta. How do you know without
a trial that these people are even dangerous? It all depends on the military’s
Pentagon™ News Network
Having completed an intensive three year apprenticeship with Fox News, the
US Defence Department has decided to provide a TV
news station for ’fair and balanced’ broadcasts from Afghanistan and
Iraq. In an interesting twist, one of the US Army’s current poster children
on the GoArmy website has as her military specialisation "Broadcast Journalist".