|By Clyde Lewis
As we are bracing ourselves for the onslaught of horrible videos tied to the 911 tragedy there are some things that I want to point out to anyone who still thinks that this silly war on terrorism is a great idea. I am praying with every fiber of my being that the horrifying memories that will be flashed on the screen will trigger anger. Anger that can be focused to reveal the manipulative procedures that are constantly glazing over the real evil doers and their uncanny ability to sell you on the benefits of slavery.
The other day I was sitting in the newsroom writing a few news stories when Tim comes in and says "Clyde you gotta see this they are gassing a dog on CNN!"
He then grabbed the remote and flipped on the television.
He scanned the channels until he landed on CNN. It was like one of those old movies where a criminal commits a crime and then after he makes his get away he goes into his hideout, cracks open a beer and turns on the television right at the exact moment he is named as a suspect.
There it was a yellow dog in a glass cube. It looked like some experiment was taking place. The dog looks around unaware what is to come. Then you see that he is troubled and then he falls dead.
This was the last straw.
I was angry but not because I saw a dog reach room temperature but because I saw this as a harsh, manipulative report to convince the left wing to join in the fight against the evil doers.
They not only kill women and children but they kill DOGS!
Nothing like getting left wing activists who usually despise war to get all obsessed over a dog that has been gassed. No need to care about the many HUMAN lives on both sides that have been done in by the fanatical lunatics that see no other alternative but to turn men, women, children, cats and even dogs into a fine red mist.
What next a baby in a microwave oven?
I'll set the TIVO.
As I sit here at my keyboard I begrudgingly have to dig up some old bones that I really wish I didn't have to do. However the more I am watching the television news by blood continues to boil about this constant bombardment of horrors that we are forced to relive because someone worries that we are going to forget what happened on September 11th, 2001.
I am tired of hearing the whining of the war mongers who constantly write me letters and telling me that all those towel headed idiots want to do is kill us all.
I have also heard that many people are divided on whether or not I should continue to stir the turds by exposing the lies that I feel are being told with straight faces about the war and it's purpose.
Let me remind you of a statement made by Hermann Goering, president of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and Luftwaffe Commander in Chief:
"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Now after the one day wonder I do not know how many conflicting stories I have been hearing about the war and it is getting to the point where I feel the American people do not know what to get passionate about.
The ones that tow the company line tell us that we are fighting evil. They continue to hit home the idea that the evil doers are in the crosshairs. I am still waiting for the definition of evil doer because as far as I can see there are plenty of evil doers in the world and we don't go after them with armies.
The more I see this war drag on and on the more I see that our leaders just don't know where to pin the evil label. The war is no longer focusing on Bin Laden because our leaders will not admit that he was a manufactured bogeyman in the first place. NBC recently released a story that once again reinforces the idea that Bin laden has been dead for some time and it seems that more and more officials are converting to the idea gradually.
Now I know that sounds like I pulled it out of thin air but when was the last time we were treated to a recent video of Osama Bin Laden denouncing the United States and Condoleezza Rice jumping up and down declaring that we should get behind our president in his endeavor to find evil in a haystack.
Why doesn't someone step forward and tell the truth.
The emperor isn't wearing any clothes.
It would be a better world if everyone could get on one page and realize that our so-called leaders are leading us to our destruction.
If you don't like my tone, if I sound like a broken record, or if you are about to just shut out what I am writing, I say-Tough.
You can on believing that we are winning this "police action" all you want. You can go on believing we are victorious but any jogging of the memory about 911 I hope will back fire because we are no better off than we were the day the planes slammed into our buildings and the shadow of terror loomed on our shores.
The most disgusting thing of all is that fact that the less success America has in Afghanistan, the more it needs to continue to expand the war and convince everyone in the world that it is imperative to strike first.
In his Police State of the union address President Bush claimed that Iraq, Iran and North Korea were a threat to the world. Then Syria, Libya and Cuba were added to the list.
Bush then continued his propaganda assault claiming that terrorism cells are in countries that make up close to one third of the planet.
So he is stating that there are militant groups in every country. There is potential for terror everywhere. There is potential for mass killing, brutality, the trampling of rights, rigged elections, and Coup de tats.
He pounded the pulpit and said that these cells must be actively sought out and destroyed. So this means that not only is the axis of evil in the crosshairs, but anyone who is out to thwart the armies, and administrative war enforcers that he supports.
This is frightening.
Once again we are being told that we are after an enemy that is apparently everywhere and that we must destroy them. This after the US military has been unable to locate and dismantle this enemy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
His ranting and our blind support has not been able to get us the head of Osama Bin Laden nor has it made it any easier for our leaders to agree on who is in charge of the al-Qaeda network.
No wonder the world is taking a very cautious stance on the new pitch for a war with Iraq. Bush hasn't been able to give us results with Afghanistan and now he wants everyone to go after the axis of evil?
Does anyone see the folly in this mess we are calling the war on terror? I always wonder why there isn't more discussion about this. I guess no one will speak until they start feeling the bite from the dogs of war.
The Democrats are now on the offensive with an ironic "first strike" stance within our own government. They are criticizing Bush over the proposed 170,000 employee strong department of Homeland Security. They are concerned over the Bush administration's authority to hire and fire employees.
Bush stood at Mount Rushmore and used the backdrop as an opportunity to once again stomp his feet like an incorrigible child who wants a new toy.
Bush whines that he still needs more flexibility to fight this war on terror. What that means is that Bush is demanding that we make him dictator so that he can do as he pleases without having to go through the channels of due process. This man wants to circumvent Congress!
Can anyone see that George W. Bush is power hungry and that he is out of control?
"I don't want to have my hands tied so we cannot do the number one job you expect, which is to protect the homeland." -George W. Bush
Is this his insurance policy? It is his "No fault" clause when the next attack takes place? I guess now we all know what the next step is going to be. We will be hit with a mass attack that will kill more people than before. When this takes place I promise you that Bush will then blame congress and say that their insolence has brought about a weakness.
This is a tactic of a scoundrel.
Blaming Congress before we are attacked again?
Now the war of words is becoming loud and clear and there are some people who are seeing how transparent Bush is.
"I will not let this president or any president dictatorial powers that compromise the checks and balances that our founding fathers recognized". -Tom Daschle
Perhaps Daschle has spoken too late.
I can give you an itemized list of what makes Bush a megalomaniacal commander in chief.
The first thing that comes to mind is that ever-looming fear that he will turn our military into a mass police force. I have been assured by my friends in the Military that this would never happen.
Well I was always assured that we would never see an attack on our shores. I was also assured that we would never see the curtailing of our civil liberties and yet I watch the news and see both foreigners and American citizens detained without due process.
Gen. Ralph Eberhart, who is the newly dubbed chief of the Northern Command, has been given the blessing by the Bush administration to give the Pentagon a much greater domestic role in the war on terrorism. This is more policy that rapes you of your ability to move about without being bothered. This would give the military power to conduct investigations and surveillance. They are also given the blessing to use troops to "maintain order and security" and arrest American citizens.
This is not some made up conspiracy theory or militia paranoia. This is what is in the wings for all of us.
As I have said many times what is past is prologue and we are being set up for a great big scary surprise. I don't mean to be alarmist here but the next step is either a real or manufactured attack from another un-defineable enemy that will strike while we are having our attention diverted.
History is screaming at us to beware the mistakes of the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar once said:
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
The Romans knew over 2,400 years ago the mistake of bringing soldiers into politics. The Roman Republic died during the 1st century BC civil wars after, Caesar and those before him brought their armies into politics.
Oh but the stuttering Caesar from Texas probably slept through history because he was too drunk to keep his crossed eyes open. He has not learned that the military, when properly restrained is a useful tool. However the more power we give them the more we will realize just who is the master.
Our Congress was patterned after the Roman Senate.
We do have the Posse Comitatus act that outlaws the use of the Military for domestic law enforcement, however Bush is entertaining the idea of overturning it.
Whether you like it or not the administrative government sees you as the enemy and they will do anything to insure that nothing gets in the way of their leviathan government.
Even if it means a few casualties of war turn up on your own doorstep.
I am finding myself remembering all sorts of movies that at the time were outrageous fiction. I have been a movie buff all of my life and sometimes synchronicity jars the memory and I am finding myself craving the solace of being alone in my apartment eating pop corn an reliving the war on terror. Even if it is in an old movie that somehow becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The Movie Seven Days in May depicts a scenario where a leviathan Military decides that it wants to be the master. The movie was written by Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey II who were Washington-based reporters for the Des Moines Register. Rod Serling wrote the screenplay. Serling was a master of the "what if" scenarios with his classic tales from the Twilight Zone.
Serling lived in times where Americans were fearful of the Military Industrial complex. The film has a cold war backdrop but the story seems to echo a few things that we are experiencing now. The movie is about an attempted military plot to take over the United states government from a liberal president who is seeking a disarmament treaty with the Russians, but who is opposed the right-wing Joint Chiefs of staff and a right wing slanted Television commentator.
Anyone paying attention? A right wing conspiracy that removes a president and replaces him. That President then uses the Military to bring about his agenda of war and the trampling of American rights.
"The real story here, for anybody willing to tell it and write about it and explain it, is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president. When all this is put into context... some folks are going to have a lot to answer for." -Hillary Clinton, Today Show 1998
This whole idea has been around since the 1950's.
It was President Eisenhower who warned us that the biggest threat to America was not from "axis of evil" countries but from our own military-industrial complex.
It was President Kennedy who thought that the intelligence agencies were out of control and had a constant fear that these agencies would work in tandem with the military and eventually take over the government and rule with an imposed police state. He declared that he would scatter the CIA.
President John F. Kennedy was a fan of the book "Seven Days in May" and he actually allowed the director, John Frankenheimer to film outside the White House in 1963, but the Department of Defense objected to the negative portrayal of the military and refused cooperation.
President Kennedy was later shot in Dallas in November of 1963.
My question to all of the detractors who tell me that I am wrong is.
When are you going to wake up and realize that this war is terrorism and that the authors of this whole page in history are taking the country on a virtual terror ride where the dogs of war will bite when they are kicked?
Do you want to be a part of any endeavor that is the equivalent of kicking the dog? Do you fall for the propaganda as your government continues to wag the dog? Now CNN wants you to be concerned that Al Qaeda is gassing a dog.
Next thing they will tell you is that a terrorist shot Old Yeller.
Whatever works, right?
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