Individual rights being further eroded

By Alan A. Macdonell

It is time for people to wake up to the fact that the world-wide corporate collective,currently being established, will have no mercy for basic individual rights.

I, for one, have no intention of living the rest of my life like a bug on a pin, taxed and restricted at every turn.

It must be frustrating for veterans of World War II to watch the resurgence of fascism within our own borders. It's even worse to watch the reaction of the average citizen, who simply adjusts his or her thinking to accommodate, even collaborate with, the impending Nazi regime. Similar outlooks existed in Germany in the 1930s and in France under the Vichy government in the early 1940s. It's unfortunate to see these scenes being re-enacted at the start of the 21st century.

Bush cites Iraqi involvement in the production of weapons of mass destruction, aggression against other nations, and the cardinal sin of even poisoning its own people, as reasons for an invasion of that country.

We might note that the production of weapons of mass destruction, if true, is not limited only to Iraq. Neither is aggression against other nations, if the NATO Alliance performance of recent years is taken into account.

As for the poisoning of their own people, it is well known that the Kurdish movement for autonomy within Iraq was squelched by several applications of chemical and biological warfare agents. It is less well known that these poisons were supplied to Iraq by the U.S. for use against the great evil of the 1980s: the Ayatollah Khomeni, during the Iraq-Iran war.

Canada, Britain and the United States are also involved in poisoning their own people and have been since 1942, if not longer. Canadians might be interested in learning about a batch of contaminated mosquitoes, released in the Seaway Valley in 1984, which caused a host of ailments in the area. If you have allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome or other neuro-systemic degenerative diseases, be grateful to your loving government for the gift.

The U.S. Department of Defence has finally admitted to carrying out chemical and biological tests against navy personnel under Project SHAD. (SHAD stands for Shipboard Hazard and Defence.) American warships were sprayed with chemical and biological agents during the '60s. Most of the personnel who were unknowing victims of these tests are now dead or totally disabled.

A factor of some significance in the U.S. belligerence against Iraq is the fact that Iraq is sitting on 10 per cent of the world oil reserves. Of even more significance is the fact that 95 per cent of these oil reserves are state owned and controlled. The multinational oil cartel has little or no role in exploiting these reserves -- an intolerable impasse in the minds of these corporate bandits.

Information on Iraqi oil reserves was found in the August issue of Economic Reform. (Back issues available from Herb Wiseman, 56 Robinson St., Peterborough, Ont. K9H 1E8. Cdn/US$4.00 includes postage.) Original information on Project Shad came from an interview with a victim on the radio talk show, The Power Hour. Information is also available on the website: projectshad.org. Information on mosquito contamination and release was obtained from the Common Cause Medical Research Foundation through the book Skull Valley (Books, P.O. Box 37021, Ottawa, Ont. K1V 0W0).