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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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