PROPAGANDA REIGNS SUPREME
WAR WITH IRAQ OR ATTACK ON IRAQ?
WHAT'S YOUR SPIN?
What a great sight it is. One after another TV presenter surrounded
by men in suits dishing out pro-war propaganda. Is there no end
to western arrogance? Is it no wonder terrorism is finding fertile
ground around the world? When the Iraqi ambassador delivered a considered
and passionate speech about the illegality of the war and the obsequiousness
of the UN, Channel Nine's Steve Liebmann didn't even bother to try
to understand what he was saying.
Instead of reading pro-war emails and rolling his eyes about a
couple of critical emails Steve Liebmann should be engaging people
who have something to say that isn't written by a defense department
official. There's no point being ashamed at the pathetic compliance of some
(are there any dissenters?) of our media commentators. We need to
get angry and begin a serious political movement that challenges
the galling devotion to the American line.
When Saddam Hussein's family shares the spoils of government westerners
talk of a corrupt Hussein dynasty. So why aren't the same criticisms
made of the son of George? And how fitting that the spoils of war
are to be shared by Bush and Cheney's mates? Does that rile anyone
in the media? And no one surely believes that nonsense about men such as George
Bush the younger coming to power democratically. In Australia and
in the USA, political and media dynasties and concentrations of
power are a way of life. Sure we can protest. But massive protests
haven't stopped Howard or convinced the Age Newspaper to editorialise
against the war. And now the authorities in NSW are threatening
to ban protest. Given Premier Bob Carr's love of all things American
and his exploitation of the right wing law and order card this is
probably no surprise.
Just as we'd be better off without John Howard and subservient
parliaments, so too would Iraq be better off without Hussein. But
US troops aren't in Iraq to liberate the Iraqi people. They're there
to further the USA's hegemony over the Middle East. And how much
courage does it take to storm through a bedraggled Iraq where there
is nothing like the weapons of mass destruction available to the
I bumped into General Peter Cosgrove and his wife in the Qantas
lounge not so long ago. I found him a sincere, engaging and decent
man. But as I watched him deliver the party line alongside Senator
Robert Hill in the early days of the war I felt so disappointed.
Charming and polite in a way the US warmongers could never be, he
shouldn't have to justify this attack on Iraq.
We could have found another way to 'liberate' the people of Iraq.
We could have started by removing the sanctions so the country became
prosperous and the people had the energy to rid themselves of Hussein.
Instead we've marched in like a western cowboy and turned ourselves
into a little bullyboy tagging behind the head bully.
Playing football I came to hate bullies and cowards who whacked
people when they weren't looking. Watching the US command
gloat about its conquest has me thinking of the bullies and king-hit cowards. Sorry Peter, I think this is all wrong and you're
a better man than that. I think we've joined the ranks of the bullies.
A DIVERGENT VIEW FROM THE STAGE MANAGED US CIRCUS
'Dead bodies are everywhere', Napalm Used In Attack...03/22/03
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
I just have one thing to say...what else are we not being told.
This article is not for the weak at heart. I mean this folks. I
know I have a great deal of spiritual minded subscribers. What
you are about to read may push you to the limit.
"Dead bodies are everywhere," a US officer reported by
pity anybody who's in there," a marine sergeant said. "We
told them to surrender." Full Article:
Producer - Earth Changes TV
Draft Impeachment Resolution Against President George W. Bush
by FRANCIS A. BOYLE
Wherefore George Walker Bush, by such conduct, warrants
impeachment and trial, and removal from office.
Children among 50 killed in bombings:
US-led airstrikes on the southern Iraqi city of Basra
killed 50 people and injured 27 others, according to a
report by the Qatari satellite television Al-Jazeera, which
showed gruesome images of two dead children with
their heads blown up lying on the floor of a hospital.
Another image showed five corpses lying side by side
including that of a child. The correspondent said it was a
The injured were shown lying on the floor and on beds at
the Al-Jumhuriya hospital which, according to Al-Jazeera, was
plunged into darkness after electricity was cut off in the bombardment.
A VIEW FROM CHINA
Living in China with my Chinese wife it used to be good to be
able to reply to the inevitable question "Are you American?"
with "No I'm Australian."
There would be a smile, a nod of appreciation or the words, 'Ah
Australia is a lovely country.'
All very polite of course (Chinese being a polite people) but
underscoring a deep distrust on the part of ordinary Chinese for
the last remaining superpower. All that has changed in the last
week however. My colleagues at my university in Dalian and indeed
my students are embarrassed to discuss the war in my presence
lest I become upset at the now generally held opinion that Australia
has become an American client state .
Out of frustration I raised the question myself at a meeting
of English majors and their teachers the other day.
The questions asked of me were all 'Why?'
"Why has Australia ignored the United Nations and International
"Why does Australia follow blindly the wishes of (Little
"Why has Australian surrendered its independence?"
I reply of course that the vast majority of Australians oppose
"Why do your ALP leaders oppose the war but support their
soldiers who are invading Iraq?"
The student who asked this question, although in my Australian
studies class, obviously didn't understand that in a democracy
politicians often like to have two bob each way.
Now that I had initiated the conversation it soon became clear
that Australia was on the nose. We have always been considered
somewhat different here. Australia was considered a friend of
China and indeed of the third world.
We were seen as not being as straight laced as the Brits or as
arrogant as the Americans. Basically we were seen as giving everyone
a "fair go".
Not any more. Chinese are basically distrustful of America's
intentions, and now (at least among ordinary Chinese) we are equated
with them. With the meeting over I decided to drop in on a Chinese
friend at his shoe shine shop. He had a number of customers, all
discussing the war of course.
"Where are you from?' I was asked.
"Canada", I replied.
"Ah Canada is a lovely country."
Following the Bombs by Doug Johnson
27 March 2003
I'm overwhelmed and tired. For three days now I've concentrated
on visiting injured civilians in hospitals and seeing bombed sites.
This morning I accompanied April to the Al Kindi Hospital where
interviewed an extended family of 25 that had been living in six
houses together on one farm just outside of Baghdad. At 6:00 PM
yesterday, B-52s dropped cluster bombs on their farm, destroying
all six houses, killing four and severely injuring many others.
Even the farm animals were killed.
We were told that yellow cylinders landed in their yard, and when
they and the animals crept closer to investigate, the bombs detonated.
The father of one of these families, Saaed Shalish, age 36 - a
farmer, lost two sons but he has not yet been told. Doctors tell
me that he's in critical condition.
How about joining in the uprising against this injustice being
perpetrated by our rogue administration. Use your publishing
positions to do something to stop this war.