The latest report of movements of the US Fleet indicates they are positioning for war against Iran. As the following map shows, the US now has not just one, but two aircraft carriers in the Arabian Sea near the southern Iranian border. These are the Enterprise (normally assigned to the Atlantic Ocean) and the Abraham Lincoln (normally assigned to the Pacific Ocean). In addition, the US has a large Battleship, the Iwo Jima nearby and other one, the Makin Island, moving quickly from the Pacific Ocean to the 5th Fleet in the Arabian Sea near the southern Iranian border. This is the largest concentration of US big ships in the Arabian Sea since the start of the Iraq War many years ago. Last week, Congress passed a resolution authorizing any President to go to war without their further authorization by a vote of more than 400 to 11. Meanwhile, the Iranian Oil Sanctions are scheduled to go into full force on July 1st. We intend to organize an antiwar protest in Seattle in July to protest the sanctions and the War which may start shortly after that. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, watch the video below to learn more about why the oil sanctions are bad for America and bad for the entire world.
War fever has a way of infecting people’s thinking. War mentality has saturated Washington and arms merchants want to benefit, says Congressman (d) Dennis Kucinich. He opposes sanctions against Tehran that could lead to war, and is sure the US should forget about trying to conquer other countries. May 23, 2012 11 minutes.
You are no doubt aware of our leaders’ threats to go to war with Syria and/or Iran and/or Pakistan and/or whoever else gets in the way of the spread of our brand of corporate Democracy. President Obama recently stated that he would call for military action to prevent Iran from securing a nuclear weapon. At the same time, he warned Israel to refrain from "loose talk of war" and allow “crippling sanctions" to work. Apparently we are the only ones allowed to engage in loose talk of war. Meanwhile SOS Clinton has been talking loosely about war with Syria. After having won the wars against Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the question now is which country should we attack next? There are so many to choose from. In the past 10 years, while looking for those ever illusive weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and elsewhere, we have already killed more than one million people, 80% of them innocent women and children. We have also wasted, I mean invested, more than $4 trillion destroying the infrastructure of other countries. This is money that could have been spent rebuilding the economy here in America. But perhaps these weapons of mass destruction never were in Iraq. Maybe they were in Syria or Iran! Could it be that we have been attacking the wrong counties? At the end of March, Hillary Clinton met with the Saudi King Abdullah Shake Got Lottsa Oil, who is so well liked in his own country that he just bought $60 billion in US bombs, missiles, helicopters and fighter jets… which I am sure are only intended to keep his people happy. We do not know for sure what was discussed at this meeting. But ten minutes after the meeting, Clinton advocated for providing more cash and weapons for the rebels in Syria. United Nations ramble rouser, Kofi Annan, protested that this new US policy of intervention in Syria would be “disastrous.” But what does he know? Besides whether we go to war with Syria is really none of his business. The UN should stop meddling and interfering in the right of nations to make their own decisions. What else can we as a nation do? We have tried diplomacy. We have negotiated with the Syrian government and the Iranian government for weeks. They refuse to agree to all of our demands. Apparently, they stubbornly do not want to yield power to the rebels. We have tried sanctions against Syria and Iran, depriving them of food and medical supplies. This did not work either. As with our sanctions against Iraq, all that has happened is that thousands of children have starved to death due to a lack of food. Clearly starving children by the thousands is not an effective long term foreign policy. So what other options do we have besides bombing them into submission? If the choice is between starving their children or bombing them, isn’t better to just go ahead and bomb them and get it over with? There are some who claim we should mind our own business. These shortsighted peace lovers fail to see that what happens in Syria and Iran is our business. At the very least, it is the business of US corporations like Exxon. Our Supreme Court has stated that corporations are people. Corporations also currently run our government. Therefore harming Exxon is harming a real United States person and harming the US government. Our mission is not merely to have gerrymandering and corporations buying elections in America, but to export our form of corporate powered Democracy all over the world. Look at how well Democracy is floundering, I mean flourishing in Iraq, Libya and Syria. These are all shining examples of what can happen when the American people are duped into spend a few trillion dollars on bombs and missiles. There is a rumor that Syria (or maybe Iran) might have weapons of mass destruction. If they do not yet have them now, it is only a matter of time until they get them or figure out how to make them. We really need to attack them before they attack us. So in attacking them, we are really merely defending ourselves. Kind of like what happened with Travon Martin - only on a global scale. It is up to the Syria government and Iranian government to stop attacking their own people. If they do not stop these attacks, then we will be forced to attack their people for them. Only when everyone in the world has been bombed into submission, will the entire world finally be safe for Goldman Sachs financial exploitation, I mean safe for American style Democracy. The Danger of Not Attacking Other CountriesWe should also look at what happens if we do not intervene. If we do not bring in our style of Democracy, there is a danger the people themselves will vote in a less desirable group of leaders. For example, in the early 1950’s, the Iranian people elected a Prime Minister named Mosaddegh. Besides the fact that his name was impossible to spell, this Prime Minister was not willing to cave into, huh, I mean negotiate fairly with US and British Oil corporations trying to help his people. This rebel actually tried to nationalize the Iranian Oil Industry! For more on this crime against the American people/corporations, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d'%C3%A9tat and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_MosaddeghWe had to spend millions of tax payer dollars getting rid of that guy and replacing him with the Shah of Iran (who then imprisoned or executed thousands). “On 4 April 1953, Allen Dulles approved US $1 million to be used "in any way that would bring about the fall of Mosaddegh… The CIA gave (Shah supporter and former Nazi) Zahedi about $100,000 before the coup and an additional $5 million the day after the coup to help consolidate support for the coup. “ Mohammad Mosaddegh under House Arrest 1965 BlowbackSadly, the Shah did not last and now the Iranians have once again elected someone whose name we cannot spell and who is unwilling to negotiate in good faith with us. Some have even claimed that the 1953 CIA Coup in Iran led to the anti-American bitterness which led to Khomeini taking power and the Iran Hostage Crisis which led to Reagan’s election – and even to the 2001 911 attack. But who could have known in 1953 that we were backing the wrong horse? In a way, we are repeating history. Hopefully, the next time we put in a puppet dictator, we will have a better result. It is time we started learning from our past mistakes by picking more popular puppet dictators. There are also some who say that it would be cheaper just to invest in solar power rather than to continue all of these trillion dollars wars over oil. But would it really be cheaper to build solar panels instead of bombs in our country? Isn’t that kind of like turning swords into plowshares? If we started feeding people all over the world instead of starving them, think of what that would do to our reputation as a world leader. No one would be afraid of us anymore. They might even stop hating us. Besides if we invested in solar panels, people might realize that we do not need to waste, I mean invest trillions of dollars on nuclear power plants - and there goes the entire nuclear industry. It would be like the Domino Effect that was used to justify the Vietnam War. All decisions have consequences and we should think carefully before we go down the path of solar towards sustainable and self-reliant energy. A much safer course would be to allow the Chinese and Germans to develop the technology for us. We could then buy the solar panels from them and that would help balance the trade deficit. War is too important to be left merely to politicians and duplomats. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination, for strategic thought. It is up to those of us who see the benefits of war to step forward and advocate for war as an instrument of corporate/national policy. If you believe we should go to war against Syria, Iran, Pakistan or any other country, then I urge you to start organizing House Parties in your community. Invite your neighbors and encourage them to also speak out for war. Start an email list. Set up a Facebook page or build a website. Write a letter to the Editor of your community newspaper and tell them you think our nation needs to spend more on war and less on books for school children. There is a lot that each of us can do to take our country in a better direction. But we also have to recognize that there are those who do not understand the importance of expanding the wars in the Middle East. For example, in the following video, Congressman Dennis Kucinich says he opposes sanctions against Iran and urges diplomacy, saying that real diplomacy is not an exchange of ultimatums… it is a process.
Fewer than 10% of the American people believe our Congress and our country are going in the right direction. The vast majority of Americans believe we should end all of the wars right now. If those who understand the importance of war do a better job of speaking up, perhaps the ratings for Congress will go back up and perhaps we can continue expanding the wars that have worked so well for us in the past. Regards, David Spring M. Ed. Director, Coalition for Peace Now
The Guardian, which is an actual newspaper in the UK, is making a big deal out of the fact that a few well connected Afghans stole about a billion dollars from their “Kabul” Central bank. There is now a dispute between the Afghan government and the International Monetary Fund over who should pay for the stolen billion dollars. http://www.readersupportednews.org/news-section2/309-13/6305-us-occupied-afghanistan-facing-insolvency-within-a-monthIn case you don’t have time to read the article, here is the nitpicking complaint of the IMF: “The IMF sees two aspects as vitally important. Firstly, an agreement that Afghan taxes, not foreign aid, will repay the $820m taken out of central bank reserves last year. Second, they want serious criminal investigations against managers and shareholders, many of whom enjoy high level political support, who illegally borrowed huge sums of interest-free cash from the bank.” Here is the reply of the Afghan Government: “On these issues, the international community totally disregards the legal processes of Afghanistan." It certainly seems like a double standard for the IMF to prosecute bankers in Kabul for taking out “huge sums of interest-free cash” when bankers have been doing essentially the same thing in the US for years – with the approval of our government. The article also claims that this dispute might cause the Afghan government to collapse within a month. Now, it might be worth a billion dollars and save us money in the long run if the corrupt Afghan government folds now rather than later on. But in this article, I want to focus in on the plight of the bank robbers – I mean bank managers – as the IMF actually wants to send these poor souls to jail for what might be considered normal corporate banking practices in the United States. To begin with, relatively speaking, the theft of one billion dollars is hardly worth discussing. After all, a couple days ago, a half billion dollars disappeared from the Washington State budget and it barely made for a couple lines in the local papers. A few days earlier it was revealed that $7 billion dollars had been stolen from the $12 billion dollars in crates of cash that were shipped to Iraq by our last President to “stabilize the Iraq economy.” I wish they would have shipped a few of those crates of cash to Washington State – because our economy could also use a little stabilization. Even $7 billion would go a long way towards restoring jobs in our State. But apparently if our own citizens are not in active rebellion, we do not qualify for crates of cash. When we hear about a billion here or a billion there being stolen from the American people, we need to keep things in prospective and not over-react. For example, our State legislature just cut more than $2 billion in funding for our public schools – while protecting about $50 billion per year in tax breaks for wealthy corporations. Some of us might think that those billions in corporate tax breaks are robbing our children of billions of dollars. But it is all perfectly legal because our corporate controlled legislature passed a bill making it legal. Also our Governor said that we can not get rid of the billions in corporate tax breaks because “the voters spoke in the last election” that they want to keep all those corporate tax breaks on the books and fire thousands of teachers instead. I don’t recall that particular question being on the ballot last Fall – but perhaps I just missed it. It is strange that our State Constitution talks about funding schools being the “paramount duty” of the legislature while not mentioning a word about funding wealthy corporations. But I guess I must not be interpreting the Constitution correctly. Still, it is hard to get excited about a billion being stolen by Kabul bank robbers when $50 billion is being stolen by wealthy corporations right here in Washington State every year. For more on this theft, see our website: realwashingtonstatebudget.info. Now I am sure some will say that we must give billions in tax breaks to wealthy multinational corporations in order to create jobs and a business friendly environment. But if that is the case, then why is it that the more tax breaks we hand out to wealthy corporations, the fewer the jobs are left in the US? It is also strange that the IMF was upset that the Kabul bankers stole the billion dollars by borrowing it with no-interest loans - especially since our own Federal Reserve has been passing out trillions in no-interest loans to major banks and Wall Street speculators here in America for the past several years. Since when are billions in no-interest loans illegal? The Federal Reserve just calls it Quantitative Easing. Our US bankers even made billions more loaning our government back the billions we just loaned them – by charging us interest on the money we gave them for free. So in a way, our US bankers behaved much worse than the Kabul bankers – and not one of the US bankers have gone to jail. Then there is the Wall Street Bail Out of a couple of years ago. According to Senator Bernie Sanders, the Bush Administration gave his Wall Street “too big to fail” buddies more than one trillion dollars (which is more than one thousand times greater than the amount stolen by the Kabul bankers). So it hardly seems fair to put the Kabul crooks/bankers in jail while the US crooks/bankers were put in charge of our economy. We should also compare the paltry one billion stolen by the Kabul bankers to the two billion dollars per week our war-happy nation is spending on wars all over the globe. The billion stolen by the Kabul bankers is only a couple days worth of loose change compared to the money we are giving away to war profiteers. We have already spent a trillion dollars and counting just on killing Osama Ben Laden. Now that he is dead, we are tracking down everyone who ever sent him an email… especially if that email came from someone in an oil-producing country. If the billion dollars stolen by the Kabul bankers helps end the war even one week sooner, it will be well worth the cost. Instead of putting those poor misguided souls in jail, we should do what we do with corporate bank robbers, I mean corporate executives, here in America – put them in charge of their country. Oh wait, we already did that. Last but not least, there is the cost of the Corporate War on our Middle Class. Most Americans have (or had) their life savings tied up in their homes. That was certainly the case with me. Thanks to Wall Street speculators crashing our economy and causing one in four Americans to lose their jobs, home prices have plunged in the past two years. I personally lost over $300,000 in net worth. In total, American middle class families lost over $10 trillion dollars. At the same time, bankers worked out a sweetheart deal with Congress whereby Congress not only pays the bankers in full for foreclosing on homes – but also let’s the bank keep the home! This gives bankers huge financial incentives to foreclose on homeowners. If this is not highway robbery, I don’t know what is. If more Americans understood the connection between the trillions we are spending on war and the trillions being given to wealthy corporations and the corruption of our government and collapse of our economy, maybe Americans would be more active in creating our own kind of rebellion here in the US. And maybe then we would qualify for some of those billions in crates of cash our government is shipping all over the world. In the meantime, I say “leave those Kabul bankers alone.” The billions of dollars being stolen in Kabul is nothing compared to the corporate theft occurring right here in America every day of the week. Regards, David Spring M. Ed. Director Coalition for Peace Now