|By Sue Potvin|
War is not a pleasant prospect for most people, but there are a few reasons for choosing that option. Many wars have been waged in the name of religion. Others have been the result of egos battling in a quest for power. Yet others, perhaps most, have been a reaction to someone having been backed into a corner from which there seems no other option.
Bush's stubborn insistence on war with Iraq appears to have less to do with his war on terrorism and more to do with his quest for power. And there is little doubt that he is also reacting to the need of the Western world to get control of the world's oil. He simply must lay hands on every speck of oil, gas and uranium in the world before the end of the decade.
It's a simple matter of mathematics.
Since 1979, the world's population growth and industrial demand have been outpacing the growth of energy production. There are varying opinions about when the world's oil production will peak. A group of geologists and other professionals say it has already peaked -- others give 2012 as the peak year.
Whether it is today or tomorrow that we see the peak, we face an energy crisis that threatens to panic the world, even before it happens. Historically, those making fortunes in oil production have been guilty of preventing the development of alternate energy sources. Now, short of a major breakthrough in fusion, more efficient solar panels or wind power, or hydrolysis efficiency to power fuel cells on water -- and within 10 years -- the world will be set back, not just 150 years or more, but worse. This generation no longer has the ability to survive without today's technology.
Unfortunately, it is not in the interests of the American government and its corporate friends -- most of whom are immersed in the defense and petroleum industries -- to find alternate energy sources. After all, they want to stay in control.
So do they spend money on research into fusion or alternate forms of energy? Of course not. They are looking after their own best interests. To do that they are spending trillions of taxpayers' dollars and millions of lives every year to gain increasing control of foreign lands and their resources.
Americans asked why anyone would hate them so much that they would commit the atrocities of September 11. And now Bush's single-minded insistence on attacking Iraq seems to be bringing out further anti-American sentiment around the world.
It might be helpful to follow these interesting timelines -- with some surprising September 11 connections -- and come to your own conclusions.
September 11, 1609
Henry Hudson "discovered" (some say "stole") Manhatten Island. Blankets infected with bubonic plague and smallpox were given to the natives so the colonial armies could save their bullets. This resulted in more than 150,000 First Nations people being killed or left homeless in the New York area alone.
September 11, 1839
President Martin van Buren, through the U.S. State Department, tried to have the Executive Branch interfere with the Judiciary in order to have a group of Africans (free men by American law at the time) returned to their "rightful owners" -- the Spanish Crown. They were sent to Cuba for detention, followed by trial and execution. At that time, U.S. law clearly stated that only slaves born into slavery were legally slaves in the USA.
September 11, 1917
Ferdinand Marcos (Philippine president from 1965-86) was born. His U.S.-sponsored military dictatorship and death squads, trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, were responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Philippinos. Hundreds of thousands more were tortured, mutilated, and had their homes burnt to the ground, with the approval of the U.S. State Department.
September 11, 1919
The U.S. invaded Honduras (not for the first time) on behalf of the United Fruit Company to put down a popular revolt against a U.S. puppet dictatorship that had been murdering, starving and torturing the populace at the behest of United Fruit for decades.
September 11, 1922
The British Mandate of Palestine began. British guns murdered tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs, displacing them from their homes and settlements which were then given to Jewish settlers. In collaberation with Jewish militants, the British destroyed more than 1,200 villages. Since then, more than 100,000 Palestinians have been killed by British, American and Israeli soldiers, and three million Palestinians have been made homeless -- to make room for Jewish settlers. This is in contravention of international law and in violation of no less than 30 directives of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
September 11, 1941
The ground was first broken for construction of the Pentagon. The financial subsidy came from many American corporations that were actively trading with the Nazis -- some of them until 1945. Prescott Bush, G.W.'s grandfather and managing director of his own Nazi steel manufacturing plant, Consolidated Silesian Steel, used Auschwitz slave labour there. After backing Japan into a corner with a trade embargo, Roosevelt allowed Pearl Harbour to happen so he could trick Americans into going to war. Since then, the Pentagon has made the USA the only nation in history to use atomic bombs against civilians -- twice. They've murdered 3 million in Korea, 3 million in Vietnam, 3 million in Cambodia, 1 million in Laos, more than a million in Latin America, and 2 million in Iraq (so far). They have also armed dictators in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa who have murdered millions more.
September 11, 1946
American troops landed in Korea to begin the slaughter of Korean civilians at Nogun-Ri and hundreds of other sites. Out of a total Korean (North and South) population of 30 million, more than 3 million were killed.
September 11, 1973
Chile's elected President Salvador Allende was deposed in a CIA-backed military coup, resulting in 3,175 deaths on the first day of Augusto Pinochet's reign. During Pinochet's tenure, more than 100,000 people disappeared and hundreds of thousands were tortured, using tactics taught at Fort Benning, Georgia's, School of the Americas, using the now-declassified CIA Kubark Manual.
September 11, 1990
George H.W. Bush made his "Toward a New World Order" speech, announcing the sanctions regime which, by 1998, had killed more than 1.5 million people.
"They've already intercepted more than 700 ships to enforce the sanctions. Three regional leaders I spoke with just yesterday told me that these sanctions are working. Iraq is feeling the heat. We continue to hope that Iraq's leaders will recalculate just what their aggression has cost them. They are cut off from world trade, unable to sell their oil. And only a tiny fraction of goods gets through."
The communique with President Gorbachev made mention of "what happens when the embargo is so effective that children of Iraq literally need milk or the sick truly need medicine. Then, under strict international supervision that guarantees the proper destination, then food will be permitted. . ."
It is clear that the sanctions regime specifically targetted the children and the suffering sick people of Iraq -- illegal according to the Geneva Convention, to which the U.S. is a chief signatory. Thousands of children still die every month from treatable illness, hunger and dehydration, forced on them by inadequate funds from the Oil-for-Food program.
From this timeline, it is clear that, while September 11 is a date that will be seared into the souls of Americans for generations, it is a date that had already lived in infamy throughout the world for previous generations, remembered by those who have experienced colonial expansion, American style.
In Iraq alone, the tragic events of America's 9/11 might be equated to what happens to the people of Iraq every week for the past 12 years -- ever since the first President Bush announced his sanctions against Baghdad on September 11, 1990.
Half of the nearly two million Iraqi casualties are children under the age of five. How can one even compare?
|The events in this article are all matters of public record. Credit is given to the researcher who went to great lengths to compile this information -- and also the information provided in the next article, Following the money.|