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U.S. Falling Into Bin Laden's Trap

Faced by the growing messes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration is trying to emulate its role model, the late, unlamented British Empire, by hiring mercenaries to do the dirty work in Iraq. Washington is offering billions to India and Pakistan to send 15,000 troops each to pacify Iraq's unruly natives. Other nations like Poland, Italy and Bulgaria are being pressured or bribed to send token forces to help pull Bush's chestnuts out of the fire in Iraq. Canada has been browbeaten into sending troops to increasingly dangerous Afghanistan where they have no useful mission other than protecting the widely detested regime of U.S.-installed puppet ruler, Hamid Karzai.
bin Laden . . . he's either DEAD, or ALIVE . . .
bin Laden . . . he's either DEAD, or ALIVE . . .
Published on Sunday, July 6, 2003 by the Toronto Sun

U.S. Falling Into Bin Laden's Trap
Bogged Down In A Guerrilla War, Iraq May Be George Bush's Little Big Horn

by Eric Margolis

Here in Canada's "make love, not war" capital, I am reminded of a French reader who asked me last week, "Why was Bill Clinton impeached for making love, while George Bush goes unpunished for making a war over fake weapons?"

Excellent question, monsieur.

Asked on TV this week about steadily mounting attacks on U.S. occupation forces in Iraq, President Bush narrowed his eyes, and hunched forward aggressively - thrilling his ardent fans from Biloxi to Paducah - and growled, "Bring 'em on!" - a call to battle worthy of the famously dimwitted American general, George Armstrong Custer who, like Bush, knew what he knew and didn't need advice.

Listening to such adolescent boasting from a man who never heard a shot fired in anger outside of downtown Washington, D.C. made me gag. Bush, let's recall, dodged real military service during the Vietnam war by making occasional appearances at the Texas Air National Guard. Watching him play John Wayne at Iwo Jima for the benefit of his adoring core voters, some of whom believe Elvis is still alive, made me realize how much American politics has been debased by the double whammy of catch-me-if-you can Bill Clinton and truth-deprived George Bush.

I know a real Marine when I see one. My father served in the Pacific in the renowned 5th Marine Amphibious Division, and fought at hellish Iwo Jima.

I mention these points because I am appalled watching Bush and his neo-conservative handlers pursue an imperial war in Iraq that will kill or wound growing numbers of American GIs and turn Iraq into the ugly twin of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza. Decent, honest, good-natured American soldiers are now being turned into a colonial occupation army. All colonial wars - Algeria, Chechnya, Kashmir, Aceh, Palestine - are similar. Occupying forces in these dirty wars become brutalized, sadistic and cynical. Look back at Vietnam.

I shudder watching American GIs kicking down doors of civilian homes in the dead of night, threatening screaming children with their weapons, hooding suspects, firing into crowds of demonstrators, and calling air strikes on villages.

As night follows day, this nasty war will lead, as all colonial wars do, to torture, masked informers, reprisals against civilians, secret executions. That's what happened in Indochina. Just last week, Amnesty International sharply rebuked the U.S. for brutalizing and humiliating captives.

White House propaganda

Bush's claims that mounting attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq are the work of Saddam Hussein loyalists and "terrorists" belong in the same trash bin as White House propaganda about weapons of mass destruction. Yes, there are some Baath party loyalists fighting U.S. occupation, but so are many more ordinary Iraqis who are reacting as would any other proud people to an invasion of their country.

George Bush has well and truly stuck the U.S. into twin quagmires in both Afghanistan and Iraq. These ongoing guerrilla wars, and their logistical support, now tie down some 175,000 men, fully one third of total U.S. ground forces. Back in the 1980s, Osama bin Laden preached that the only way to drive the U.S. from the Muslim world was to bleed it in a score of small guerrilla wars. Bush, who now threatens to attack Iran, is falling right into bin Laden's strategic trap. Bravo, Mr. President.

Iraq is not Vietnam, but we see disturbing reminders of America's Indochina debacle. The U.S. pro-consul for Iraq, Paul Bremer, just requested more troops - shades of Gen. William Westmoreland.

Political chaos

Roads in Iraq are increasingly unsafe. Attacks against U.S. military forces are both of the spontaneous amateur kind, and organized assaults by former military men. Corruption, civic collapse and political chaos hang over everything. The Iraqi oil that was supposed to pay for this Bush colonial adventure, and enrich powerful Republican corporate political donors, is barely being pumped due to sabotage.

Faced by the growing messes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration is trying to emulate its role model, the late, unlamented British Empire, by hiring mercenaries to do the dirty work in Iraq. Washington is offering billions to India and Pakistan to send 15,000 troops each to pacify Iraq's unruly natives.

No one in the West will care if Indian or Pak mercenaries kill Iraqis or burn down their homes.

Other nations like Poland, Italy and Bulgaria are being pressured or bribed to send token forces to help pull Bush's chestnuts out of the fire in Iraq. Canada has been browbeaten into sending troops to increasingly dangerous Afghanistan where they have no useful mission other than protecting the widely detested regime of U.S.-installed puppet ruler, Hamid Karzai.

The longer U.S. forces stay in Iraq, the uglier the guerrilla war will get. And the more Americans will realize they were led into this needless conflict by a second George Custer manipulated by a cabal of neo-conservatives whose primary loyalty is not to the United States.

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The Company 07.Jul.2003 21:52

TUSK

1. Bin Laden may yet be a US Agent. He could not have been a better catalyst for
US empire building. Sadam fits nicely too as an agent. These guys are as gone as WMD's.

2. The Trap is greed of empire. Globalism, Structural momentum in multinational corporations claiming market forces require pilage and conquest for the greater good. This senario is as old as the imperial hills.

3. Don't blame Bush. This is a bipartisin agreement.

4. Now that the US has a tiger by its tail, when and how will it let go?

5 Is the multinational corporate state now the essence of US national security? Is the US nation State a fiction?

... 08.Jul.2003 08:27

this thing here

>Is the multinational corporate state now the essence of US national security? Is the US nation State a fiction?<

this is a good question to ask.

i think that we are witnessing a time when economic forces predominate over all others. over state, over flag, over religion, over political, over social, over moral, over identity, over all. this is not a good thing, by the way.

why? look at nature. what is the most powerful force in the universe? energy? mass? velocity? momentum? gravity? friction? obviously, this is a ridiculous question. not one of these is "more powerful" than it's equal and opposite. think about what would happen if one was. imagine of gravity was the most powerful force. everything would collapse. atoms would collapse, solar systems would collapse, light could not move, nothing could move away from a gravity source, everything would simply implode onto itself. in other words, if there's only one major force over all others, it skews existence and reality to the point where nothing works.

this will be the same if economics predominates over morality. with morality gone, this would mean it would be o.k. to sell drugs or porn or really, really evil things simply because these products "make money", and in the world of economics, making money, making net profit, as a value, is considered "good/positive", regardless of HOW it is made. the question of HOW is one of morality/ethics. but with morality and ethics as "forces" now considered irrelevant, there's nothing left except the one god-like, determining question, "does it make money or not. if it makes money, it's value is considered good. if it does not make money, it's value will be considered bad."

so what if economics, and the utterly empty vacuum at it's center, becomes more powerful than politics? than religion? than all the rest? what happens when corporations become more important than citizens? what happens when corporations no longer have allegiance to a flag but only to a "power"? reality becomes fucked up is what happens. and i think that as this "modern capitalist society" evolves, if it evolves to the point where economics becomes the most poweful force, we are going to see more and more ridiculous things, and more and more fucked up actions and justifications. everything will be skewed into oblivion.