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We lost the day we choose aggression

Posted by justjoe on September 27, 2004

This is a letter I wrote to an old new found friend in response to a letter from a pvc marine who supports George Bush with a mindful of anecdotal nonsense that I will not repeat. I really want to be about educational politics (conclusion based on fact). There is way to much at stake.

Hello John

Well we are I see on opposite sides of this issue. For myself the univestigated “crime” of 911 was just that a crime, not an act of war by some other nation. Unfortunately the rule of law and convention was thrown out to facilitate for some the mob rule of revenge to which the first casuality is ever and always the truth. Just as with Viet Nam it begins with not one but a series of lies leaving this young man distant from a real conversation.

The truth is 58,295 young soldiers lost their lives in Viet Nam, around 3 million Vietnamese were slaughtered with Weapons of Mass Destruction (and we call Saddam Hussein a butcher) which created greate profits for manufacturers and purveyors of those weapons. Countless are the injured and maimed on both sides and the beat goes on.

I could go on with the destruction of fledgling democracies since world war II by the CIA coups and interventions, the first of which was Iran in 1953 followed by Guatamale and Chile in 1954, El Salvador and on and on. For what? The multinational corporation profits such as Dole fruit or GE, or Rand or Westinghouse, and now of course Haliburton, Brown and Root and so on. Of course now it is even more apparent and yet we either through fear or blood lust stay blind to the truth that we are being played for fools for the profits of others.

Teddy Rossevelt a great republican was quoted as saying:

“To announce that there should be no criticism
of the president, or that we are to stand by the president,
right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American people.”

to which I say Amen

We lost the day we choose aggression and I don’t just mean the conflict, but our Nation, It’s purpose, It’s being, It’s soul and It’s survival. No matter how powerful you and others might feel we are, the world in which we live will not suffer our arrogance much longer. George Bush’s father told him not to do this, Gen. Norman Swartzkropf, was on CBS warning of terrible consequences if he did this, Brent Skocroft said no and on the list goes and now if you compare the reports from journalists in Iraq they report the exact opposite of what Bush/Cheney and company will report.

Well this is my country and I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America and my Senate race is my effort as a veteran to try and bring it back from the Abyss of ignorance and blind allegiance that so many are willing to apply themselves. Democracy and secrecy are incompatible and an unquestioning, servile citizenry is the real threat to our country. We have followed the traditional themes of going to war:

1. Theorize

2. Demonize

3. Victimize

4. Rationalize

Which is where we are now. All of the Theorys have proven false and I mean all of them. Through the demonizing process we have victimized 10’s of thousand of women and children with death and maiming to the point where we are no better than the desease that existed before we went into Iraq.

What is even worse we will now probably be there for decades by which time Saddam would have been dead. Had we stayed and we would have lost no lives nor killed anyone and maybe we could have built better schools or health care programs for the 45 million who have no health care, just to name two programs and we would not have our civil liberties being assailed at every turn.

I could go on but I tire. Please do not fall sway to this neo-con agenda of destroying our country.

Sincerely,

Joe

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Iraq conflict, an undeclared war

Posted by justjoe on September 27, 2004

“Congress shall have the power . . . to declare war . . . .” http://snipurl.com/9dbe

The great tragedy that faces us today is our willingness to cast aside the laws and conventions both Locally, Nationally and Internationally that have been so hard fought for. A nation that does not abide by it’s own laws is nothing more that a community of criminals. Sadly this is how the world is viewing we the people of the United States of America and I fear will not suffer us for long if we do not get our house in order.

To do this we must educate ourselves so please read the following:

George Bush and company does have a plan an article from Harpers Magazine by Naomi Kline http://snipurl.com/9des

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women and peace

Posted by justjoe on September 23, 2004

“‘I have often wondered why it is that a family which would make a great protest if the government took away their automobile or even their dog, says nothing when the government takes away their sons.’ — Mildred Scott Olmsted, Four Lights” http://snipurl.com/9trx

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Ethics of War or the lack of

Posted by justjoe on September 22, 2004

War rages our children are dying, being maimed in a foreign land and the children of another nation are being slaughtered because we still embrace war much more readily than we do peace. How sad , we spend so much time in our houses of worship talking about peace , while the reality is we do very little of substance to bring that about.

What is truly offensive with the present conflict in Iraq is that it is one of a long list of conflicts to which we assign the term war, while in reality war has never been declared. Not since World War II has this nation declared war and rightly so, for it has had no legitimate grounds on which to do so. Instead , what we have done is illegally consigned our children and resources to acts of aggression upon other nations completely contrary to those international conventions and treaties to which we are author and party to.

I hope you will read the following excerpts from the book “an encyclopedia of war and affects”for we as a nation are in desperate need of perspective.

“War is an ethical problem because it obligates us to do abroad what would be illegal and immoral at home” http://snipurl.com/9trg

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Utah Nuclear Testing

Posted by justjoe on September 15, 2004

“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

–Dwight D. Eisenhower,
U.S. president and general

The truth is Nuclear Testing or Waste or any other issue that might be discussed, and discussion is generally a hopeful proposition at best, is all about money and nothing to do with merit. What a pitty that so many Utahns continue to buy into the idea that the leadership today really cares about anything but their pocket and prestige.

Point in case is the wobbly conversation from Bob Bennett about the Nuclear Testing in Nevada, which he voted for and in time WILL take place, is just one example of the disengenous dialogue coming out of the Corporate Owned Congress. This is just one more action that moves us farther from a world of peace to a world constantly at war.
Nuclear War was a very real and imminent threat that over the last 3 decades tremendous efforts have been undertaken to remove by the mutual elimination of Nuclear weapons. Escalation of that threat is now back on the table and other countries are responding with the redevelopment and for some countries the new development of Nuclear Weapons. This of course means that small groups and individuals have an ever growing cache of material to choose from.

To address the issue of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Dirty Bomb or small Suitcase Bombs you simply have to remove the material. Now this is not a new or novel idea but can be found discussed at shundahai.org, wslfweb.org, downwinders.org, nti.org, nuclearfiles.org, nirs.net, ananuclear.org, armscontrol.org, ialana.org/home.htm

All of this discussion needs to be placed into an historical framework as in the following: http://snipurl.com/93np

which highlights another example of US pre-emption under the present (and I use the term with little regard to the real meaning of the word) leadership.

Must read news articles : http://snipurl.com/93zs http://snipurl.com/93zw

or this article outlining the military strategy for the 21st century: http://snipurl.com/93zz

Who the hell are we suppose to be at war with? Oh, I forgot this isn’t about National Security this is about corporate profits.

This is not about us and them it is strictly about us!!!! The “US” is Human Beings the “THEM” are corporations and special interest that have bought and paid for OUR representatives in Washington. Until “us” stop electing “them” to office we will never have a meaningful approach to solving the issues that face, yes you guessed it, “us”.

In case you haven’t noticed their are no more superpowers to fight and if there were this is not the way to do it.

Joe

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My Rant

Posted by justjoe on September 10, 2004

Theodore Roosevelt


“To announce that there should be no criticism
of the president, or that we are to stand by the president,
right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American people.”

As a Citizen, Viet Nam Veteran and US Senate Candidate from Utah I am in a state of disbelief that any citizen or veteran has fallen sway to the duplicity of George W. Bush and company.

First we suffered the many fraudulent and manipulative elections of 2000 that brought about the selection of a president by the Supreme Court for the first time in the history of the United States of America
Secondly the manipulation and fabrication of documents that created a pretext for us to “Preemptively Strike a sovereign nation. Such action has been the cause of death and injury to tens of thousands of Human Beings and fomenting such hate and revile for our nation that we might never fully recover a reasonable standing in the world community. I could not fairly conclude on this point without recognizing the great Hemorrhaging of our financial and social resources: Industry, Jobs, Healthcare, Education and Environment through a corporate cronyism that rivals any other scandalous time in our history
Thirdly is incorporated in the following articles in which we find that which was suspected born out. That this man who occupies the Presidency was absent and negligent to his duties as an officer in the US Military and through a position of wealth and power was never held accountable.
That a nation suffers such shallow, unscrupulous individuals goes with out saying, but not in the highest office of the land where his presence is a mockery of all who have served, suffered and died with such courage and resolve to duty. Most baffling to me is that there would be even one veteran who would not hold this man in such utter disdain and revulsion that a demand for a summary court-martial would be the very least response.

WAKE UP AMERICA WHILE THERE IS

STILL AN AMERICA TO WAKE UP TO
Records Say Bush Balked at Order
National Guard Commander Suspended Him From Flying, Papers Show
By Michael Dobbs and Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 9, 2004; Page A01
President Bush failed to carry out a direct order from his superior in the Texas Air National Guard in May 1972 to undertake a medical examination that was necessary for him to remain a qualified pilot, according to documents obtained by the CBS News program “60 Minutes.”
Bush’s squadron commander, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, ordered Bush “to be suspended from flight status for failure to perform” to U.S. Air Force and National Guard standards and failure to take his annual physical “as ordered.”
Bush’s transfer to non-flight duties in Alabama was the subject of arguments among his National Guard superiors. Texans for Truth, unveiled a TV ad to be screened in swing states asserting that Bush failed to show up for Guard duty in Alabama.
“Phone call from Bush,” Killian recorded in a “memo to file” dated May 19, 1972. “Discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from now through November.” According to “60 Minutes,” Killian’s personal files show that he ordered Bush “suspended from flight status” on Aug. 1, 1972.
In another “memo to file,” dated Aug. 18, 1973, Killian complained that he was under pressure from his superior, Col. Walter B. “Buck” Staudt, to “sugar coat” Bush’s officer evaluations. “I’m having trouble running interference and doing my job,” he wrote in a memo titled “CYA.” “I will not rate.”
Former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes (D) interviewed on 60 minutes stated that he intervened with the head of the Texas Air National Guard to secure a position for Bush there at the request of a Bush family friend.
Bob Mintz, who served as a lieutenant in the Alabama Air National Guard at the same time Bush was supposed to be serving, speaking to the camera said:
“I heard George W. Bush get up there and say, ‘I served in the 187th Air National Guard in Montgomery, Alabama.’ I said, ‘Really? That was my unit. And I don’t remember seeing you there.”
Staff writers James Grimaldi and Howard Kurtz and researcher Alice Crites contributed to this report.

For 1,000 Troops, There Is No Going Home

“More than 70 percent of the dead were soldiers in the Army, and more than 20 percent were marines. More than half were in the lowest-paid enlisted ranks. About 12 percent were officers. Three-quarters of the troops died in hostile incidents: most often, homemade-bomb explosions, small-arms fire, rocket attacks. A quarter died in illnesses or accidents: truck and helicopter crashes and gun discharges. On average, the service members who died were about 26. The youngest was 18; the oldest, 59.” Read the New York Times report.



“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

–Dwight D. Eisenhower,
U.S. president and general

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