Friday, August 29, 2003

Read the following article, and then I have a few comments to make about it -- actually, about just one paragraph, but you'll see there's plenty to be said about it.

Rice Says Hussein Had Terror Ties
By Jeff Gannon

Talon News

August 26, 2003

(Talon News) -- National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice addressed
the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday and
received the organization's Eisenhower Distinguished Service Award. The
enthusiastic crowd that filled the San Antonio, Texas convention center
heard Dr. Rice praise them for their "important work of helping to ensure
that our veterans and our active-duty soldiers receive the respect and the
benefits they deserve."

Rice pointed out that it's been almost two years since the September 11
attacks and said, "It is worth taking a moment to reflect and report on the
strategy that America has pursued in responding to that awful day."

Rice drew a comparison with the attack on Pearl Harbor, saying, "No less
than December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001 forever changed the lives of
every American and the strategic perspective of the United States." Rice
noted that the attacks in Washington and New York produced an acute sense
of vulnerability to attacks "hatched in distant lands, that come without
warning, bringing tragedy to our shores."

The national security advisor declared that real progress has been made
against terrorism in the past two years, but in a reference to last week's
bombings in Baghdad and Jerusalem that killed dozens of children and United
Nations workers including Special Envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, Dr. Rice
admitted, "We get regular reminders that the world continues to be an
unsafe place."

"These bombings confirm that our enemies are engaged in a war on freedom,
and they will target all people living in freedom -- including women,
children, or relief workers," Rice said.

Rice said that the ultimate goal of terrorists is to impose a system based
on "tyranny and oppression."

"They terrorize free people to break our spirit and our resolve. But we
cannot and will not shrink from this fight," Dr. Rice said.

Rice spoke of President Bush's approach to terrorism, saying, "From the
very beginning of this war on terror, President Bush has delivered a clear
and consistent message to the terrorists."

"The President has backed up these words with action. We have taken the
fight to the terrorists themselves -- using all instruments of our national
power to root out terror networks and hold accountable states that harbor
terrorists," Rice said.

Rice recounted that rooting the Taliban out of Afghanistan was the "first
battle because they had provided the home base and primary sanctuary for al
Qaeda." Rice noted that "unparalleled law enforcement and intelligence
cooperation efforts" have successfully broken up and disrupted terrorist

The national security advisor declared, "Confronting Saddam Hussein was
also essential. His regime posed a threat to the security of the United
States and the world."

Rice maintained that the Iraqi regime pursued, used, and possessed weapons
of mass destruction. Rice also said that Hussein had links to terror and
that the threat he posed could not be allowed to remain and to grow.

"Now that Saddam's regime is gone, the people of Iraq are more free and
seeing real progress. Step by step, normal life in Iraq is being reborn as
basic services are restored -- in some cases beyond pre-war levels --
transportation networks are rebuilt and the economy is revived," Rice said.

She commented on the recent rise in terror strikes, saying, "Let me be very
clear, the terrorists know that a free Iraq can change the face of the
Middle East. That is why they, together with the remnants of the old
regime, are fighting as if this is a life and death struggle. It is - and
the terrorists will lose."

Rice emphasized the importance of the transformation in the Middle East,
calling it "the only guarantee that it will no longer produce ideologies of
hatred that lead men to fly airplanes into buildings in New York or

"When Americans begin a noble cause, we finish it. We are 117 days from the
end of major combat operations in Iraq. That is not very long," Rice said.
She reminded those in attendance of the struggles in the post-World War II
period. Rice said, "As some of you here today surely remember, the road we
traveled was very difficult. ... Germany was not immediately stable or
prosperous. SS officers -- called "werewolves" -- engaged in sabotage and
attacked both coalition forces and those locals cooperating with them --
much like today's Ba'athist and Fedayeen remnants."

Rice expressed confidence the U.S. will meet the challenges faced in
Afghanistan and Iraq, "because the central players will include America's
men and women in uniform." She praised those who made "priceless
contributions to the security of Europe following World War II, and then to
the security and prosperity of Asia in the next decade."

The national security advisor's speech came on the same day as Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld also spoke before the VFW. He later conducted a
town-hall meeting at Lackland Air Force Base in which he defended the
administration's decisions regarding troop strength. President Bush will
address the national convention of the American Legion in St. Louis on
Tuesday to deliver what is expected to be a national policy speech on Iraq.

Copyright © 2003 Talon News -- All rights reserved.

Alright; time for a wake-up call. Those of you who are flag-waving Republicans and consider Bush to be the next best thing to the actual Second Coming, you're hereby warned that you aren't going to like what you're about to read -- which is all the more reason you should read it.

> Rice drew a comparison with the attack on Pearl Harbor,
> saying, "No less than December 7, 1941, September 11,
> 2001 forever changed the lives of every American and the
> strategic perspective of the United States." Rice noted that
> the attacks in Washington and New York produced an
> acute sense of vulnerability to attacks "hatched in distant
> lands, that come without warning, bringing tragedy to our
> shores."

This is a fascinating paragraph, for several reasons.

1. The President -- FDR, in this case -- basically engineered the Pearl Harbor attack by forcing Japan into that course of action and preventing our forces at Pearl Harbor from learning about it beforehand. Afterward, the powers-that-be in Washington blamed the victims for negligence while insisting that they themselves were innocent of any malfeasance. Over the shrieks of protest from FDR Kool-Aid drinkers, the truth has gradually emerged. Given the high profile of many solid reasons to be skeptical of the government-media complex's story of 9/11 (for example,, combined with the Northwoods memo ( as well as quotes such as those below, and the fact that Rice, as well-educated as she is, is presumably well aware of these things, I find it noteworthy that Rice would choose to deliberately stress this comparison.

The following quotes make clear that disasters can be useful to those who seek to implement unpopular policies in government.

"At one time conspiracy theorists may have been viewed as eccentrics far out on the fringe, but then Timothy McVeigh drove a truck full of explosives to Oklahoma City and we all discovered just how dangerous it can be when people stop trusting the government."
--Mark Potok, of the "Southern Poverty Law Center" (I could do a dissertation on this quote alone)

"The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. The public supported America's engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor."
--Zbigniew Brzezinski, in "THE GRAND CHESSBOARD - American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives", 1997, pp. 24-5

"Unfortunately, oftentimes it takes tragic events to catalyse work here in Washington. I think the country is focused on this problem now, and we should move quickly to do the best that we can, knowing that we can't solve all problems here in Washington."
--Joe Lockhart, on the Clinton administration plan to push more "gun control" laws after the Columbine massacre, 4/26/99

"Cultures are hard to change."
--Bill Clinton, after the Columbine massacre

"You change the culture, we'll change the laws."
--Bill Clinton, pushing for more restrictive "gun control" laws, 4/27/99

"The White House has expressed hope that shock over the 15 deaths last week . . . will help fuel support for the [anti-gun crime] bill."
--Reuters, 4/29/99

"Every day we get some new converts and terrible massacres like Littleton increase the chance that we can pass legislation."
--Sen. Charles Schumer, New York, 4/30/99

"The level of public focus and outrage is unprecedented."
--Adam Eisgrau, public policy director for Handgun Control Incorporated, after the Columbine massacre

2. Rice said "September 11, 2001 forever changed the lives of every American and the strategic perspective of the United States." How does she know that? Is she a prophet? Perhaps this is psychological warfare. Allow me to fight back:

I don't see any reason for me to "forever change my life" because of 9/11, but apparently she does. I think it is globalist interventionists like Rice whose "lives and strategic perspectives" should change, not mine. They are wrong. I am right. They are the ones meddling in foreign countries, not me. For a long time I've wanted them to stop meddling. Now this happens and _they_ tell _me_ that _my_ life should change? No.

3. "Rice noted that the attacks in Washington and New York produced an acute sense of vulnerability..." Note well the words here: an acute "sense" of vulnerability. Controlling the masses means controlling the perceptions of the masses (which is why control of the mass media is so important).

"Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'emergency'. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And 'emergency' became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains."
--Herbert Hoover

4. Rice said we had a sense of vulnerability to attacks "hatched in distant lands, that come without warning, bringing tragedy to our shores." There are two things I want to point out about this rhetoric. First, if there is no warning (and, as Rice knows, there certainly were many warnings about the 9/11 attacks, although it is debatable whether the warnings were specific enough to actually prevent them), then there is no limit to the amount of power the government may demand to prepare for and/or react to such attacks. No amount of power will suffice to protect us from an attack without warning, therefore no amount of power will ever be "enough". By ignoring the slippery-slope aspect of this concept (and, by extension, the lesson it _should_ teach us), the power-drunk -- of whatever party or faction -- are given license to always seek more power.

Second, by casting this as a battle between nations (requiring, of course, lots of expensive -- read: profitable! -- equipment, training, etc.) rather than a battle for freedom versus powermongers (and their profiteering sponsors) of _every_ government and would-be government, Rice makes inevitable the invocation of such pearls as this:

"That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of nations, is as shocking as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord, and cultivate prejudices between nations, it becomes the more unpardonable."
--Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", circa 1792

Nothing has changed about that since 1792, folks. Don't be fooled by a party label or a civilized demeanor. Don't yield your principles or your judgment to anyone!

I will close with a lesson from history to which I believe all jingoistic partisans and dupes of the Establishment should force themselves to harken.

"...You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don't want to act, or even talk, alone; you don't want to 'go out of your way to make trouble.' Why not? Well, you aren't in the habit of doing that. And it's not just fear of standing alone that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty. Uncertainty is a very important factor, and, instead of decreasing as time goes on, it grows. Outside, in the streets, in the general community, 'everyone is happy.' One hears no protests, and certainly sees none. You know, in France or Italy there would be slogans against the government painted on walls and fences. In Germany, outside the great cities, perhaps, there is not even this. In the university community, in your own community, you speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly think as you do; but what do they say? They say, 'It's not so bad.' or 'You're seeing things!' or 'You're an alarmist!' And you are an alarmist! You're saying this must lead to this, which will lead to this but you can't prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don't know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. Conversely, your colleagues dismiss you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends and maybe family, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have. ...Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven't done, for what was required of most of us was only that we do nothing. You remember those early meetings of your department in the university when, if one had stood, others would have stood, perhaps, but no one stood. A small matter, a matter of hiring this man or that one, and you hired this one rather than that one. You remember everything now, and your heart breaks. It's too late. You're compromised beyond repair."
--Milton Mayer, in "They Thought They Were Free--The Germans, 1933-45", 1955
Jamie W. "visualize honest media" Jackson

"Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go."
--Shakepeare, "Hamlet"


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