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December, 2002

Poking The Hornet's Nest
By Edward W. Miller

While our Senate haggled over a 484 page Homeland Security Bill which most of them have not even read, and a special three-judge panel, (meeting for the first time since it was created by an act of Congress in 1978) widely-expanded our government's power to use both wire-taps and searches against American citizens, other branches of our government in Washington were even busier, sowing dragon's teeth to create more enemies for us.

On November 4th our CIA proudly announced that, employing a missile launched from a pilotless plane hovering over the Yemen countryside, they had successfully blasted to death six men in their car. The excuse given was that one of the six was a leading official in the Al Qaeda organization. Just write-off the other five, including one American with dual citizenship. No trial, no formal changes, no evidence presented in a court of law, just a sudden savage obliteration of six human beings, akin to those political murders carried out by either the Mafia or Israel's Mossad. Washington thus finds itself slipping into behavior associated more with either a dictatorship or a fascist state than a democratic state.

Just to further stir the pot of Muslim anger, our Federal Court, on Thursday November 14th, executed by lethal injection, one Amal Kasi, a Pakistan citizen who had been extradited, tried and had admitted to the killing in 1993 of two CIA officials, which he had gunned down with a military K-47 in front of their CIA office in Langley, Virginia. Kasi had admitted in court and his CIA defense attorney had stated to the press that "He wanted to teach the US a lesson not to meddle in other countries, especially Muslim countries." Kasi's family as well as the Pakistani government had asked that the sentence be commuted to life imprisonment, but Washington paid no heed. On the day of his execution our State Department issued a world-wide warning against "terrorist reprisals" while closing down its consulates in Lahore, Kandahar and Peshawar. Our papers reported protests from fellow Pakistanis in Kasi's home town, but the Associated Press stated that thousands of angry Pakistanis had gathered in a local stadium to express their anger against the United States for its lack of sensitivity. US secretary of the treasury, Paul O'Neill was recently in Pakistan, praising Musharett for slowing the flow of cash to "terrorist elements." Pakistan would like the US to cancel its $3 billion debt. Congress is considering only $1 billion relief. The US gave Pakistan a meager $333 million for the use of its military facilities including airports during our bombing of Afghanistan

Meanwhile, in the Mideast, in response to an ambush of 12 Israeli soldiers and security guards in the city of Hebron by Palestinian patriots, Israel's troops swept into the Palestinian sectors of that City. Prime Minister Sharon, meanwhile, was reconsidering his earlier plan to build a corridor between Kiryat Arba, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and the small illegal Jewish settlement in Hebron that has caused such repeated violent clashes between the 450 settlers and Hebron's 150,000 Palestinian population. Such a corridor would be violently opposed by Arafat's people. Moshe Dayan, Israel's Defense Minister and General during the 1967 War had admitted to the press years ago that he erred in allowing these militant rightist Jews into that Arab City. Dayan said he gave them permission only to visit the Tomb of Rachael, sacred to both Jews and Muslims, but the settlers, many of whom had come from the US, had "lied to him" and had then refused to leave the City. This small but virulent enclave of rightist Jews, guarded 24 hours a day by the Israeli army has created an internal hell for the Palestinians in their city of Hebron.

The recent bombing of a nightclub in the tropical island of Bali was another warning to the west that the Muslim World would no longer tolerate either military or economic colonialism by the US and its allies. The blast that killed 210 night-club patrons and injured another two hundred was timed to the second anniversary of the USS Cole bombing in Yemen's waters. Bali's blast also took place a few days after Australia's Prime Minister had stated his country would join Bush in any forthcoming military attack on Iraq. Our Western intelligence agencies blamed the bombing on Al Qaeda agents whose network almost succeeded in blowing up the US, British and Australian embassies in Singapore last December.

Indonesians harbor a host of bad memories related to the US, Britain and Australia, memories that go back some forty years to the days of their populist president, Achmed Sukarno who had lead his people following the end of Dutch colonial rule. Sukarno was, as writer John Pilger * notes, "a man of vision who 'convened the first Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in 1955.' where the Principles 'Bandung Principles' were developed:

These Principles included respect for human rights and the United Nations Charter; Respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations; Recognition of the equality of all peoples and the settlement of disputes by peaceful means. Pilger also notes Sukarno encouraged unions, women's and cultural movements and political parties, including the communist party. Such emphasis on social development ran counter to British colonial interests as expressed in their Malaysian Federation (Malaya and Singapore) so "according to a CIA memorandum, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and President John Kennedy agreed to "liquidate President Sukarno, depending on the situation and available opportunities." (ibid)

Accordingly Sukarno had to go, and the US, Britain and Australian governments collaborated in the 1965-6 massacres which allowed his Minister Suharto to seize the presidency from an aging Sukarno. Our CIA systematically compiled comprehensive lists of communist operatives. As many as 5000 names were furnished to the Indonesian army and Americans later checked-off the names of those who had been killed or captured. "When the killings got underway ...manuals on student organizing ..were distributed by the US embassy to the Indonesian Student Action Command (KAMI) whose leaders were sponsored by our CIA." (ibid) Indonesia's holocaust continued under Suharto with US, British and Australian support. Australia's Prime Minister was quoted as saying: "With 500,000 to a million communist sympathizers knocked off, I think it's safe to assume a reorientation has taken place." (ibid) Later, and while still under Suharto's rule over one third of the population of East Timor would be massacred.

The fact that over 80,000 inhabitants of the Indonesian Island of Bali had also been massacred by Suharto's military might explain why this spot was chosen for the bombing by Al Qaeda operatives. A nightclub swarming with Australian and American revelers would seem a likely target.

Americans, including our government and business representatives and the military in Washington, plus much of the Blair Government still haven't grasped the truth that colonialism in any form, will no longer be a safe parlor game for either the West or Israel.

*THE NEW RULERS OF THE WORLD by John Pilger

 

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