No comment

Taking it to the streets

ICNA is promoting Islam via NYC subways, yet the message of these ads hasn’t even been seen and already there’s controversy?

I like the fact that one of the people involved in the first WTC bombings is telling Americans, ‘this isn’t worth getting upset about, there are far more important things to worry about than this’.

Unanswered questions

You’ve probably heard by now of the scientist who committed suicide after he learned he would be indicted for the anthrax terror attacks of 2001-2002, following 911.  That suicide (?) rather conveniently ties up some loose ends in an investigation of the terror attacks that until recently had gone nowhere, but which played a major role in the US going to war in Iraq.  You remember the headlines, don’t you? Media spoke of how the appearance of anthrax laced letters in the US postal system was Saddam Hussein’s way of waging biological warfare against America that would continue to even more disastrous levels unless we invaded his country right away.  Those attacks were just one among many Saddam could launch against our country that could conclude with a giant mushroom shaped cloud hovering over one of the major cities of America.

However that scenario over time became diminished, especially after it was learned that the one who initiated those mailings most likely was an American scientist who worked in a biological weapons grade laboratory on a military base.  False clues were strewn all along the landscape, some pointing to an Arab American employee of the lab and more prominently to a Dr. Stephen Hatfill. The Arab American Dr. Ayaad Assaad’s case is an example of the racism Arabs/Muslims face in 21st century America.  A well orchestrated effort was made to implicate Assaad in the anthrax attacks starting with an anonymous letter mailed to the FBI before the first victim became sick of exposure to anthrax, which suggested he might be hatching such a plot. He was quickly cleared of any involvement and the case languished for almost seven  years, despite highs and lows which featured another innocent man being accused and subsequently cleared of involvement. Several letters written magnifying an Islamic connection and spewing the usual anti-Israeli/American diatribes were prominently displayed for all to see the connection with terror and Islam.  Turns out all that was a lie as has been most everything else that has to deal with Islam in the West post 911.  But this is seven years later and with tremendous hindsight it’s brutally apparent these anthrax letters were used to scare an already frightened American public towards a policy it might not have considered otherwise.   Fellow blogger Xymphora writes about this latest development with some background I suggest you link to and read. Even with Ivins’ death, there are still unanswered questions like the ones posed by Xymphora, and my own, such as if there was a financial payoff for Ivins to gain through the development of a vaccine for anthrax why wasn’t that discovered sooner?  Why did he feel the need to make such a blatant connection with terror and Islam and Muslims?  What was his mental state back in 2001 as  well as his financial one?  Most likely the authorities will be quick to close the case now there appears so much supporting evidence to say Ivins was responsible.  Let’s hope they take their time and tie up all the other loose ends before doing so.

Think you’re not expendable?

Think again! The war party desperately wants to fight Iran and they’ll use any excuse to do so, no matter how flimsy, transparent, or false it may be. They were able to convince an unquestioning public to go to war in Iraq and tie that war to the black ops/psyops 911 and they’re cooking up equally sinister things for their war against Iran. Take a listen to some of the things they’ve considered already:

What strikes me about all this is this was a meeting held by some of the top American officials in government and one of them, even for just a moment, wanted to consider sacrificing Americans at the hands of other Americans in order to go to war against Iran. What if we alter the equation just a bit and sacrifice Americans at the hands of non-Americans, in other words, use Americans to provoke a response from a hostile enemy, knowing those Americans will be killed. This type of idea was thought of before during the Kennedy Administration in its war against Cuba and was called, Operation Northwoods and one could draw the conclusion, has extended to today and 911. An Administration intent on going to war will do anything, even sacrifice its own citizens, to realize that goal, even when a war is not necessary, nor in the best interests of the country. People who are so quick to give in to such urges need to be removed from office, never to return again.

America’s Brown Shirts

Paul Craig Roberts was on to something when he wrote in 2004 of America’s rise to fascism through right wing talk radio. The airwaves are filled with abuse against those who oppose the government of G.W.Bush and his policies.

Bush’s conservative supporters want no debate. They want no facts, no analysis. They want to denounce and to demonize the enemies that the Hannitys, Limbaughs, and Savages of talk radio assure them are everywhere at work destroying their great and noble country.

Show hosts, who advertise themselves as truth-tellers in a no-spin zone, quickly figured out that success depends upon constantly confronting listeners with bogymen to be exposed and denounced: war protesters and America-bashers, the French, marrying homosexuals, the liberal media, turncoats, Democrats, and the ACLU.

Talk radio’s “news stories” do not need to be true. Their importance lies in inflaming resentments and confirming that America’s implacable enemies are working resolutely to destroy us.

Using tactics that resemble the Nazi Brown shirt movement’s slogan, “All opposition must be stamped into the ground”, talk radio has made dissent unpatriotic and akin to treason, the punishment of which is death. Hosts have attacked people who oppose the wars on terror, and they have attacked liberals, multiculturalism, immigration, and just about everything else not in lockstep with current right wing philosophy and just about anyone else not a card carrying member of the Republican Party. Those politicians that right wing radio supports lend their voices occasionally to these efforts, calling the shows to be tossed soft ball questions by hosts or make unchallenged policy announcements to an eager fan base which finds its voice in the voice of the Right. Rallying the people to the cause of talk radio’s right wing hosts, talk show hosts are even applauded by those very politicians the brown shirts support. Witness this dialog between the sitting president Bush and Rush Limbaugh on the occasion of LImbaugh’s 20 year anniversary on the air.

THE PRESIDENT: President George W. Bush calling to congratulate you on 20 years of important and excellent broadcasting.

RUSH: Well, thank you, sir. You’ve stunned me! (laughing) I’m shocked. But thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s hard to do.

RUSH: (laughing) I know, it is.

THE PRESIDENT: I’m here with a room full of admirers. There are two others that would like to speak to you and congratulate you, people who consider you …

… friends and really appreciate the contribution you’ve made.

RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.

The divisive nature of talk radio has its own hazards for the American society in general. The latest victims of the polarization right wing radio fascism brings to American society were killed while worshipping on a Sunday morning.

Jim David Adkisson told investigators all liberals should be killed and admitted he shot people Sunday morning at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by CNN affiliate WBIR.

“He felt that the Democrats had tied his country’s hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of major media outlets,” the affidavit said. “Because he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement … he would then target those that had voted them into office.”

Talk radio pundits will not accept responsibility for the actions of their brown shirts; America, unlike Nazi Germany is an extremely litigious society, but the responsibility is theirs. On any given day, a listener can hear between three to nine hours of talk delivered to bolster an Administration intent on waging wars throughout the globe, usurping the rights of citizens in order to fight those wars and withholding for itself the right to interpret, frame and enforce laws. Vigilantism at the top makes it much easier for the Jim Adkissons of the world to carry it out against fellow citizens.