Winning the War

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Over
and over, George Bush has told us that we’re winning
the so-called "War on Terrorism,"
and that the
world is now a safer place
.

Unfortunately,
Mr. Bush’s State Department doesn’t quite agree with him. According
to a
State Department study
, significant terrorist attacks worldwide
rose from 175 in 2003 to 655 in 2004 – a more than tripling
of the number of attacks. And despite Mr. Bush’s claims that we’re
wining the peace in Iraq, the number of terrorist attacks there
increased from 22 in 2003 to 198 in 2004 – more than nine times
as many. In addition, terrorist attacks more than doubled in 2004
in Afghanistan – another site of a great U.S. victory.

Of
course, the "War on Terrorism" isn’t really about security,
lives saved, liberation, or victory. It’s about words –
words that can roll off a president’s tongue with no regard to whether
the words conform to reality. After all, who’s going to check? Who’s
going to question the President of United States – the leader
of the "Free" World?

Maybe
that’s why the State Department has decided not to include the figures
on rising terrorist attacks in its annual report on worldwide terrorism.
The figures will be in the version submitted to Congress, but not
in this week’s public version.

Scrutinizing
the Scrutinizer

Vice-President
Dick Cheney
says "I have looked at all of the charges that
have been made" against John Bolton and "I don’t think
any of them stand up to scrutiny."

If only he’d
applied the same scrutiny to the claims of WMDs in Iraq before he
shot his mouth off so loudly and so often.

The Real
Truth About Syria

Below I quoted
Doug
Casey’s remarks
about Syria. He wrote that the Syrian embassy
is relatively unguarded, while the American embassies and consulates
are armed fortresses. This provoked a few responses, the most well-thought-out
of which was:

Remember,
you liberal moron, that Syria is the terrorist nation (attacker)
and we are the target…..they don’t need fortresses….we don’t
attack embassies.

To which I
can only reply:

Remember,
you conservative intellectual, that America has attacked or invaded
Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon, Panama, Iraq (2), Grenada, the Sudan,
and many other countries. You’re right: we don’t attack
embassies, we attack whole countries.

One writer,
who signed him/herself Geneva, wrote from Switzerland to say:

The American
Embassy here is surrounded with 2 or 3, very high, cyclone fences,
topped with razor wire. Marine guards are in front carrying rifles.
This has been the case for several years, long before 9/11.

A few blocks
down the street sits the Russian Embassy – that evil ex-enemy
with which we scared the world and used as an excuse for numerous
wars – with children’s swings visible behind the fence and
not one guard, armed or otherwise. The entrance gate is many times
standing open.

Who won what
with the cold war’s end?

And another
writer says:

But it doesn’t
stop there. All one has to do is look at Government buildings
right here in America. Go to any Court House, Police Station,
Tax Office, and – yes – even most Fire Stations, and
you will find that all who are employed in these places are working
behind bulletproof glass in buildings built like fortresses.

And still
it doesn’t stop there. I have been amazed over the years to see
Government Schools (warehouses for future slaves) being built
without windows, where fresh air for their little brains and other
gray matter has been cut off.

In fact, several
people wrote to point out:

I’m sure
our embassy architects worked here in firms specializing in government
school architecture.

The War
on Corporations

I have long
assumed that the accusations of corporate malfeasance have been
extremely exaggerated. One has only to look at how Martha Stewart
was railroaded to become suspicious of the allegations against other
corporate officials. I haven’t had time to examine the situation
in detail, but I can steer you to a few articles that provide a
different view from what you’re used to hearing:

Dennis
Kozlowski’s achievements
– Business Week, January
14, 2002
What the Tyco Chairman accomplished for his company before he was
trashed for supposedly stealing paper clips.

How
the SEC helped generate the scandals
– Paul Craig Roberts,
July 24, 2002
Not surprisingly, the government played a large – but typically
unreported part – in the messes.

"Is
Kenneth Lay a Criminal?
" by William L. Anderson and Candace
E. Jackson, August 16, 2004

"A
Costly Nightmare for Corporations
" by Robert Novak, April
7, 2005
covers the typical over-reaction by Congress to any popular scandal
or crisis.

April
30, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

Harry
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