Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 January - The View

Rome
Rome (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)
English: The Roman Empire under Augustus Caesa...
English: The Roman Empire under Augustus Caesar (31 BC - AD 6) Italiano: Impero romano sotto Ottaviano Augusto (31 a.C. - 6 d.C.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Harold Innis noted that papyrus documents enab...
Harold Innis noted that papyrus documents enabled Rome to administer its huge empire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
[Forum Boario, Rome, Italy] (LOC)
[Forum Boario, Rome, Italy] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
English: historic map of Roman Empire during t...
English: historic map of Roman Empire during the first tetrarchy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of the "barbarian" invasions of ...
Map of the "barbarian" invasions of the Roman Empire showing the major incursions from 100 to 500 CE. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Roman Empire around the year 271 AD, with ...
The Roman Empire around the year 271 AD, with the break away Gallic Empire in the West and the break away Palmyrene Empire in the East. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.
English: Vexilloid of the Roman Empire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leaded gasoline and the 20th-century crime wave


  • nemomen
    Romans did get lead poisoning, but it wasn't so much from the lead pipes.  The water they ran was so hard that the pipes were quickly lined with calcium deposits that kept the lead from leaching as much, and the alkalinity helped prevent leaching of lead.  But they used lead in cookware, and added "lead sugar" to their wine to preserve it (and because it apparently tastes nice).  But the downfall of the Western Empire was tied to a lot of factors, including an endless series of crises (natural disasters, plagues, invasions, then more disasters, more plagues, more invasions) with a leadership that wasn't up to managing them.  But Rome didn't fall.  Western Rome fell, but Rome had moved it's capital to Constantinople and stood until the 1400s.  In the West we call the Roman empire Byzantium, but they referred to themselves as Romans, and carried the imperial linage tracing back to Augustus.
    chgoliz
    In Chicago, solid lead piping was legally required into the mid-1960's to connect the main water lines to each individual house/building.  The only way to take it out now is to dig up the basement floor and everything outside to the street: trees, flowers, grass, concrete, paving stones, whatever.  And of course you don't have water until it's completed.  Needless to say, this is not the option people go for when they buy an existing place.
    Home owners who know about this and can afford it will either put in a whole house filter, a kitchen sink filter, or use some sort of bottled water to avoid drinking city water straight from the tap. Chicago's murder rate is rising while everyone else's is dropping.  Guess I found another potential correlation!

 

IanM_66
Very interesting stuff, but it's a little odd to me how the proponents of these theories discuss the crime boom and subsequent drop (which, actually, was almost exclusive to the big cities) as though it's some big unexplained mystery, when it isn't, at all. Sociologists, demographers, economists, and crime experts are generally in pretty clear agreement that white flight and the movement of middle class families to the suburbs, racial isolation, economic stagnation and lack of opportunity in cities, and the drug explosion all led to big cities becoming poverty-stricken, dangerous places.
In other words, this is not something that social experts are sitting around scratching their heads about, waiting for scientists to come up with a chemical explanation for it all. Sure, it's complex, and issues like lead poisoning and abortion rates could be a part of the mix as well, but it just isn't this unsolved mystery that has been waiting for a 'Eureka' moment to crack the case, which is the way it's described every time someone comes along with a new theory.

The 'war on terror' - by design - can never end

As the Pentagon's former top lawyer urges that the war be viewed as finite, the US moves in the opposite direction
The polices adopted by the Obama administration just over the last couple of years leave no doubt that they are accelerating, not winding down, the war apparatus that has been relentlessly strengthened over the last decade. In the name of the War on Terror, the current president has diluted decades-old Miranda warnings; codified a new scheme of indefinite detention on US soil; plotted to relocate Guantanamo to Illinois; increased secrecy, repression and release-restrictions at the camp;minted a new theory of presidential assassination powers even for US citizens; renewed the Bush/Cheney warrantless eavesdropping framework for another five years, as well as the Patriot Act, without a single reform; and just signed into law all new restrictions on the release of indefinitely held detainees.
Does that sound to you like a government anticipating the end of the War on Terror any time soon? Or does it sound like one working feverishly to make their terrorism-justified powers of detention, surveillance, killing and secrecy permanent? About all of this, the ACLU's Executive Director, Anthony Romero, provided the answer on Thursday: "President Obama has utterly failed the first test of his second term, even before inauguration day. His signature means indefinite detention without charge or trial, as well as the illegal military commissions, will be extended."
 
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The War on Terror at least notes that a psychological ploy is at the root of policy. The duration of the Long War of geopolitics in subjugating the world may well extend past apparent success : such is the nature of colonialism. One cannot fund weapons production past the capacity of the rest of the planet combined without indulging in its use - something that led scientists to reveal atomic secrets to the U.S.S.R and set up the possibility of resistance to nuclear blackmail. Yet the primary goals of policy seem a control of energy markets and deprivation of peoples of essentials of life - the tactics of slavers.

See Could You Survive Being Sent To A FEMA Camp?

Are journalists what’s wrong with Britain?

Ex-reporters are running British politics. Do they have the right skill-set to save the economy?


Will Americans ever get to see Al Jazeera?


Even though Al Jazeera is considered "controversial", competitors "fear its reputation for news excellence".
As the Obama administration moves towards further loosening media rules, will any champions of press freedom emerge to speak out against this dangerous precedent in contemporary pre-emptive censorship, limiting what the American public can and can't see? 
( Can you figure out how one loosens media rules while increasing censorship ? )

Six Years Ago, Chuck Hagel Told the Truth About Iraq

 In 2007, Chuck Hagel went totally crazy and told the truth about our invasion of Iraq. Here's what he said:
"People say we're not fighting for oil. Of course we are. They talk about America's national interest. What the hell do you think they're talking about? We're not there for figs."

.... who knows what he'll bust out with next! He might mention that the sky is blue, or two plus two equals four…or even that we should change the name of the Department of Defense back to what it was before World War II – the Department of War.

DRSTRANGELOVE
Posted January 5th, 2013 10:01 AM
When, did the truth ever matter in America lately?

I remember at least thirty-five years of gradually increasing indoctrination, so those on the top in "poli-ticks" and industry don't have to change and in any ways accommodate its people. Why ever change the perfect robbery and crime, when nobody is noticing?

Get used to it, you clearly have been made a zombie within one big "Umbrella Corporation". 

And Senator Max Cleland told us the truth about 9/11, yet too few listened:

Senator Max Cleland
– Former member of the 9/11 Commission, resigned in December 2003:
"I, as a member of the [9/11] Commission, cannot look any American in the eye... It is a national scandal... this White House wants to cover [9/11] up."

http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/

http://www.allenroland.com/archives/newsletter.php?id=91 

1 hour ago (11:41 AM)
The U.S. military has been used as the private security force by the oil industry for decades. Read The Prize by Daniel Yergin http://www.amazon.com/Prize-Epic-Quest-Money-Power/dp/1439110123


LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS,
NOT MORE NUKES, COAL AND FRACKING...

AND HELP PREVENT "INTERIM" RADWASTE STORAGE


January 4, 2013

Dear Friends,

It's a new year, a new Congress has been sworn in, and the American Clean Energy Agenda is moving into action quickly.

Now 117 groups strong (including NIRS), representing more than 2 million people, the American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA) is holding its first national grassroots lobby week next week to begin educating Congressmembers--especially those newly elected--on the need to support genuinely clean renewables and energy efficiency and reject dirty energy sources like nuclear power, coal and natural gas fracking.

We also need to clearly explain to Congress that "consolidated interim storage" of radioactive waste--and the accompanying mass transport of high-level waste on our roads and rails--is simply unacceptable.

The nuclear and fossil fuel industries are already lobbying hard on their own behalf. It's vital that we counter them and that Congressmembers hear directly from you.

Congress has now adjourned until January 14; until then, most members and their staffs will be back in their home districts and available to meet with concerned citizens--that means you!

Some basic talking points prepared by ACEA are below. Think of this as an introductory session, especially if you've never met with your Member (or, more likely, a staff member) before. There isn't yet any specific legislation to discuss, so this is a chance to begin building a relationship and letting your concerns and expertise be known and clear. Building a relationship, even if you can't reach full (or any) agreement, will be very helpful down the road when specific legislation does arise.

Try to tailor your concerns to your audience. It may be useful to explain to tea partiers for example--since most Members don't realize it--that the Nuclear Production Tax Credit could cost taxpayers about $20 Billion over the next decade and should be repealed. Whether the Member supports nuclear power in theory or not, he/she may well agree that a wealthy industry like nuclear power shouldn't get that kind of tax break.

And Members who haven't thought much about the issue (most of them) probably don't understand that "consolidated interim storage" of high-level radioactive waste, which is a major nuclear industry goal this year, means that  potentially thousands of waste casks would traverse hundreds of Congressional districts to a temporary site, putting millions of Americans at risk in the event of a traffic or rail accident--or even a lengthy traffic jam. When this idea came up in the 1990s, we dubbed it "Mobile Chernobyl" and President Clinton vetoed such legislation.It was a bad idea then, and it's a worse idea now.

"Mobile Chernobyl" still applies, and so does "Fukushima Freeways." The U.S. must not start shipping lethal radioactive waste across the country to a temporary site solely so the nuclear industry can generate more waste with no permanent solution.

You can find your Representative and contact information here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
You can find your Senators and contact information here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Call your Members and ask for a meeting with them, or at least a ranking staff person, to talk about energy issues and the next Congress. This is especially important if you represent a grassroots organization. Your Members must hear from you. Be polite, but persistent.

If you can't get a meeting, then on Thursday, January 10--the main grassroots lobby day--call your Member's office and ask to speak to the staff person in charge of energy issues. And then make your case.

Please feel free to contact NIRS if we can provide any assistance.

And please send us an e-mail (nirsnet@nirs.org) if you do meet with and/or call a Member and especially any response you receive from Members and staff. This will be very helpful as we prepare to address these issues in the coming Congress.


Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
www.nirs.org
nirsnet@nirs.org


Underground News Network shared Let the Revolution Begin. Peacefully of Course.'s video: "Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale" narrated by Ed Asner.


This video keeps getting removed from and moved around YouTube... So, I'm placing it here:

"Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale", is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org.
Length: ‎7:49


Center for Media and Democracy and Underground News Network shared a link.


Real Coastal Warriors shared a link.


I have an article to understand why this happening: http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/12/11/the-natives-are-restless-wondering-why/

I wanted to give you guys the list of bills that are upsetting the First Nations:
Background: 
The Harper Government’s Termination Plan, “Aside from the unilateral legislation being imposed, or the funding cuts and caps to First Nation’s and their political organizations, the September 4, 2012, announcement of a ‘results based’ approach to Modern Treaties and Self-Government negotiations amounts to a ‘take it or leave it’ declaration on the part of the Harper government to the negotiating First Nations.”

These three new policy measures are on top of the following unilateral federal legislation the Harper government is imposing over First Nations:
Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Bill C-45: Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 [Omnibus Bill includes Indian Act amendments regarding voting on-reserve lands surrenders/designations]

Bill S-2: Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

Bill S-6: First Nations Elections Act

Bill S-8: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations

Bill C-428: Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act [Private Conservative MP’s -

Bill, but supported by Harper government]

Then there are the Senate Public Bills:
Bill S-207: An Act to amend the Interpretation Act (non derogation of aboriginal and treaty rights)

Bill S-212: First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill



If you have some extra time, I think Dr. Pamela Palmater is a great resource. You can google her but here’s a great explanation on it all by her:
Part one  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STatNSjcrvo (14 mins)
Part two http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBt8yqth1n0 (14 mins)
Part three http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4ku8vVELYs (14 mins)
Part four http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okLmloA70zk (11 and half mins)
I have an article to understand why this happening: http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/12/11/the-natives-are-restless-wondering-why/

I wanted to give you guys the list of bills that are upsetting the First Nations:
Background:
The Harper Government’s Termination Plan, “Aside from the unilateral legislation being imposed, or the funding cuts and caps to First Nation’s and their political organizations, the September 4, 2012, announcement of a ‘results based’ approach to Modern Treaties and Self-Government negotiations amounts to a ‘take it or leave it’ declaration on the part of the Harper government to the negotiating First Nations.”

These three new policy measures are on top of the following unilateral federal legislation the Harper government is imposing over First Nations:
Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Bill C-45: Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 [Omnibus Bill includes Indian Act amendments regarding voting on-reserve lands surrenders/designations]

Bill S-2: Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

Bill S-6: First Nations Elections Act

Bill S-8: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations

Bill C-428: Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act [Private Conservative MP’s -

Bill, but supported by Harper government]

Then there are the Senate Public Bills:
Bill S-207: An Act to amend the Interpretation Act (non derogation of aboriginal and treaty rights)

Bill S-212: First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill



If you have some extra time, I think Dr. Pamela Palmater is a great resource. You can google her but here’s a great explanation on it all by her:
Part one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STatNSjcrvo (14 mins)
Part two http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBt8yqth1n0 (14 mins)
Part three http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4ku8vVELYs (14 mins)
Part four http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okLmloA70zk (11 and half mins)
(M) There's a problem here. Image from @[367732726624621:274:Miss R•EVOLutionaries].

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‎(M) There's a problem here. Image from Miss R•EVOLutionaries.
You have been programmed with triggers that will have you immediately dismiss some of these assertions, attack people’s character, mock our entire premise, or categorize it as a “conspiracy theory.”

Pyramids found underwater 10,000 years old.
Pyramids Found in 2001 of the Coast of Cuba - about a Mile Underwater

Pyramids under the waters near Cuba were discovered by two scientists Paul Weinzweig and Pauline Zalitzki. They found the ruins of ancient buildings about a mile below the sea 

Paulina found elsewhere in Cuba ancient descriptions and symbols that were identical to those on the waterfront structures below.

the two scientists used submarines to locate and explore these pyramid structures 
They found a written language engraved on the stones.

The U.S. government discovered the site during the Cuban missile crisis in the sixties, Nuclear submarines cruising in the Gulf (in deep sea) met pyramid structures. They immediately took control in order so that it would not come into Soviet hands. Or so the story goes ...

A whistleblower from the army, that used to serve in Montego Bay told they are still working on the site and recovering objects and instruments 

This area in Cuba has not been above water for at least 10,000 years ...

links:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klRbcEnLPbU

Underwater City Off of Cuba Part 1 (The Discovery)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klRbcEnLPbU

About seven years ago the news went around the world and all over the net. National Geographic published an article on their web site and had plans to cover the whole story and follow up with more investigations. In 2005 they walked out of the deal. Some say it had to do with Cuba/USA relationship and other believe it goes "DEEPER" than that. Paulina says she needs $2,000,000.00 to go back and drill through the pyramids and see what is inside. She wants to recover artifacts. She has now moved over to other projects near Mexico because she needs to make a living.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk6SWtumdK0&feature=related

Underwater City Off of Cuba Part 2 (An Update)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk6SWtumdK0

Despite some degree of publicity, these outrageous findings have still not been publicized for the outside world. On this second part you will get to see Zelitskys pyramid, from submersible view, compared with Bent Pyramid of Dashur. You will also see the link to see two short videos of to monoliths or pyramids.

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Underwater City of Cuba or Ancient Atlantean
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72lVi9mesMY

Underwater city close to Cuba found in 2001, but no publicity like the Japanese underwater structures... why?
National Geo Article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/05/0528_020528_sunkencities.html 
Link to BBC Story http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1697038.stm
Pyramids Found in 2001 of the Coast of Cuba - about a Mile Underwater

Pyramids under the waters near Cuba were discovered by two scientists Paul Weinzweig and Pauline Zalitzki. They found the ruins of ancient buildings about a mile below the sea

Paulina found elsewhere in Cuba ancient descriptions and symbols that were identical to those on the waterfront structures below.

the two scientists used submarines to locate and explore these pyramid structures
They found a written language engraved on the stones.

The U.S. government discovered the site during the Cuban missile crisis in the sixties, Nuclear submarines cruising in the Gulf (in deep sea) met pyramid structures. They immediately took control in order so that it would not come into Soviet hands. Or so the story goes ...

A whistleblower from the army, that used to serve in Montego Bay told they are still working on the site and recovering objects and instruments

This area in Cuba has not been above water for at least 10,000 years ...

links:

-------------------------------
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klRbcEnLPbU

Underwater City Off of Cuba Part 1 (The Discovery)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klRbcEnLPbU

About seven years ago the news went around the world and all over the net. National Geographic published an article on their web site and had plans to cover the whole story and follow up with more investigations. In 2005 they walked out of the deal. Some say it had to do with Cuba/USA relationship and other believe it goes "DEEPER" than that. Paulina says she needs $2,000,000.00 to go back and drill through the pyramids and see what is inside. She wants to recover artifacts. She has now moved over to other projects near Mexico because she needs to make a living.
-------------------------

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk6SWtumdK0&feature=related

Underwater City Off of Cuba Part 2 (An Update)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk6SWtumdK0

Despite some degree of publicity, these outrageous findings have still not been publicized for the outside world. On this second part you will get to see Zelitskys pyramid, from submersible view, compared with Bent Pyramid of Dashur. You will also see the link to see two short videos of to monoliths or pyramids.

---------------------
Underwater City of Cuba or Ancient Atlantean
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72lVi9mesMY

Underwater city close to Cuba found in 2001, but no publicity like the Japanese underwater structures... why?
National Geo Article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/05/0528_020528_sunkencities.html
Link to BBC Story http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1697038.stm
Taiwan’s New Eco-Skin Solar Building With PV Glass: The surface of the 'mountains' is a high-tech, eco-friendly pleated skin system. The smocking-like envelope provides air flow to the building while keeping energy consumption at a minimum by utilizing solar energy. The open courtyards that connect the individual 'mountains' are integrated into a natural sequence of outdoor spaces.

The Taiwanese center’s ‘blinds’ will naturally ventilate the structure, generating energy from solar power. The folded solar eco-skin of the building serves two purposes – first, the envelopes provide natural air flow to the interior to minimize air conditioning. Second, the pleatings also utilize a “double photovoltaic glass,” which will help reduce energy consumption. One side of the pleat is a transparent material that lets light into the interior, providing plentiful natural d READ MORE: http://www.solaripedia.com/13/108/977/taichung_convention_center_aerial_(taiwan).html

More images: http://solar.calfinder.com/blog/news/taiwans-new-eco-skin-solar-building-with-pv-glass/
Taiwan’s New Eco-Skin Solar Building With PV Glass: The surface of the 'mountains' is a high-tech, eco-friendly pleated skin system. The smocking-like envelope provides air flow to the building while keeping energy consumption at a minimum by utilizing solar energy. The open courtyards that connect the individual 'mountains' are integrated into a natural sequence of outdoor spaces.

The Taiwanese center’s ‘blinds’ will naturally ventilate the structure, generating energy from solar power. The folded solar eco-skin of the building serves two purposes – first, the envelopes provide natural air flow to the interior to minimize air conditioning. Second, the pleatings also utilize a “double photovoltaic glass,” which will help reduce energy consumption. One side of the pleat is a transparent material that lets light into the interior, providing plentiful natural d READ MORE: http://www.solaripedia.com/13/108/977/taichung_convention_center_aerial_(taiwan).html

More images: http://solar.calfinder.com/blog/news/taiwans-new-eco-skin-solar-building-with-pv-glass/

Real Coastal Warriors shared a link.



NEW ORLEANS -- An oil company admitted Thursday that coffee filters were used to doctor water samples and cover up the fact that it was dumping oil and grease into the Gulf of Mexico on its platform 175 miles south of New Orleans. Read more here: http://www.wwltv.com/news/eyewitness/davidhammer/Coffee-filters-used-to-doctor-water-samples-to-hide-dumping-oil-185609012.html
NEW ORLEANS -- An oil company admitted Thursday that coffee filters were used to doctor water samples and cover up the fact that it was dumping oil and grease into the Gulf of Mexico on its platform 175 miles south of New Orleans.  Read more here:  http://www.wwltv.com/news/eyewitness/davidhammer/Coffee-filters-used-to-doctor-water-samples-to-hide-dumping-oil-185609012.html
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By Lisa Garber theintelhub.com January 5, 2012 Tamiflu, the antiviral drug facing international criticism for its deadly side effects, has been approved by the US Food and Drug 

The 'war on terror' - by design - can never end

Does that sound to you like a government anticipating the end of the War on Terror any time soon? Or does it sound like one working feverishly to make their terrorism-justified powers of detention, surveillance, killing and secrecy permanent?

There's a good reason US officials are assuming the "War on Terror" will persist indefinitely: namely, their actions ensure that this occurs. The New York Times' Matthew Rosenberg this morning examines what the US government seems to regard as the strange phenomenon of Afghan soldiers attacking US troops with increasing frequency, and in doing so, discovers a shocking reality: people end up disliking those who occupy and bomb their country.

In other words, more than a decade of occupying and brutalizing that country has turned large swaths of the population into the "Taliban", to the extent that the "Taliban" means: Afghans willing to use violence to force the US and its allies out of their country. As always, the US - through the very policies of aggression and militarism justified in the name of terrorism - is creating the very "terrorists" those polices are supposedly designed to combat. It's a pure and perfect system of self-perpetuation.

Exactly the same thing is happening in Yemen, where nothing is more effective at driving Yemenis into the arms of al-Qaida than the rapidly escalated drone attacks under Obama. This morning, the Times reported that US air strikes in Yemen are carried out in close cooperation with the air force of Saudi Arabia, which will only exacerbate that problem. Indeed, virtually every person accused of plotting to target the US with terrorist attacks in last several years has expressly cited increasing US violence, aggression and militarism in the Muslim world as the cause.

There's no question that this "war" will continue indefinitely. There is no question that US actions are the cause of that, the gasoline that fuels the fire. The only question - and it's becoming less of a question for me all the time - is whether this endless war is the intended result of US actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/04/war-on-terror-endless-johnson
The 'war on terror' - by design - can never end

Does that sound to you like a government anticipating the end of the War on Terror any time soon? Or does it sound like one working feverishly to make their terrorism-justified powers of detention, surveillance, killing and secrecy permanent?

There's a good reason US officials are assuming the "War on Terror" will persist indefinitely: namely, their actions ensure that this occurs. The New York Times' Matthew Rosenberg this morning examines what the US government seems to regard as the strange phenomenon of Afghan soldiers attacking US troops with increasing frequency, and in doing so, discovers a shocking reality: people end up disliking those who occupy and bomb their country.

In other words, more than a decade of occupying and brutalizing that country has turned large swaths of the population into the "Taliban", to the extent that the "Taliban" means: Afghans willing to use violence to force the US and its allies out of their country. As always, the US - through the very policies of aggression and militarism justified in the name of terrorism - is creating the very "terrorists" those polices are supposedly designed to combat. It's a pure and perfect system of self-perpetuation.

Exactly the same thing is happening in Yemen, where nothing is more effective at driving Yemenis into the arms of al-Qaida than the rapidly escalated drone attacks under Obama. This morning, the Times reported that US air strikes in Yemen are carried out in close cooperation with the air force of Saudi Arabia, which will only exacerbate that problem. Indeed, virtually every person accused of plotting to target the US with terrorist attacks in last several years has expressly cited increasing US violence, aggression and militarism in the Muslim world as the cause.

There's no question that this "war" will continue indefinitely. There is no question that US actions are the cause of that, the gasoline that fuels the fire. The only question - and it's becoming less of a question for me all the time - is whether this endless war is the intended result of US actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/04/war-on-terror-endless-johnson

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