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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

September, 2006

 

Chicken Little And The Dragon's Teeth
By Edward W. Miller

"Our fathers and ourselves sowed the dragon's teeth. Our children know and suffer the armed men."
Stephen Vincent Benet

Israel's recent massive destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure and her purposeful targeting of its civilian population was a long-planned act of revenge against Hezbullah, a voluntary militia, formed after Israel's 1982 invasion, which continued to harass the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) in southern Lebanon, finally forcing them out in 2000. As Agent France Press reported from Beirut on July 12th: "The two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbullah in Lebanese territory in the area of Aitta al-Chaab near Israel's borderÉ were to be traded for the over 9000 Lebanese prisoners long held by Israel." That coup, for which the IDF had been waiting since 2000, was but a replay of several similar coups. In September 2002, Hezbulla had abducted an Israeli colonel, who, after two years of haggling with Sharon, was exchanged for 436 Lebanese prisoners, the corpses of 59 Lebanese soldiers and three corpses of Israeli soldiers.
Robert Fisk ( THE INDEPENDENT 13 July) reported such prisoner exchanges as far back as 1965, saying: "So Hezbullah knows - and the Israelis know - how this cruel game is played."

It is common knowledge that Washington was not only involved in the planning for Israel's 32-day devastation of Lebanon, but, as the destruction increased, Washington exerted its political control over the UN, to delay both Kofi Annan's and the Security Council's attempts to halt Israel's military assault. Washington even rushed to supply the Israeli Air Force with "precision-guided missiles" and cluster bombs.

Israel's latest savage destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure, climaxed by a cross-border invasion of over 30,000 of its troops, and presently on hold in an uneasy truce, is but a replay of previous Israeli attempts to destroy the Lebanese economy and pauperize its people.

Washington's connivance with Israel's planned devastation of Lebanon, has again evoked worldwide criticism. Israel's targeted killings of civilians stranded on bombed-out highways, and savage murder of refugees in the Qana Camp created an international backlash. China, strongly condemned the Israeli attack (on the Qana base), and summoned Israeli's ambassador in Beijing to demand an apology, while tiny Costa Rica closed its embassy in Israeli-controlled Jerusalem.

Throughout these 33 days of warfare, Bush Jr. inept and arrogant, appeared on TV to sow more dragon's teeth across the Muslim world by blaming "Islamic Fascism" for his troubles both in Iraq and for the British/US aircraft bomb threats. Like Chicken Little, our president screams that "Islamic Terrorism" may bring down terror from the skies.

Americans seem to have forgotten the roots of what Washington calls: "Islamic Terrorism" and why Osama Bin Laden, the political spokesperson for over 1.3 billion Muslims, from the North Africa to the Indonesian islands, took up arms against the west.

Ben Laden, a millionaire, was our CIA employee and ardent cooperative during the Cold War years when the US, along with the Saudis, armed the Afghan mujahadeen to drive the Soviets from their country. Like so many others whom our CIA used and then discarded, Ben Ladin became disenchanted, disgusted and then intensely angry at the US for its callous disregard for the lives and welfare of his fellow mujahadeen, many of whom had suffered and died cooperating with the US to rescue their land from the Soviets. In an almost-forgotten interview on May 28, 1998 in his mountain headquarters in Afghanistan by ABC NEWS correspondent, John Miller, Osama laid it on the line:

"Your situation with the Muslims in Palestine is shameful, if there is any shame left in America... by testimony of relief workers in Iraq, the American-led sanctions has resulted in the death of over a million Iraqi children. All of this was done in the name of American interests. We believe that the biggest thieves in the world and the terrorists are the Americans. The only way for us to fend off these assaults is to use similar means... It is a punishment that fits the crime. Americans accuse our children in Palestine of being terrorists... children who have no weapons and have not even reached maturity. At the same time they (Americans) defend a country with its airplanes and its tanks, and the State of the Jews."

Osama Bin Laden meant it when he warned the US and Israel that Muslim violence would continue to counter their western terrorism. Indonesia's Jakarta Post on August 11th, 2006 reported that the Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah, which has about 30 million members and was lauded by the US for promoting "moderate Islam", " is today seeking cash for both Hezbollah and Hamas"... while "Several hardline Indonesian Islamic groups have been signing up fighters and suicide bombers to travel to the Middle East to wage holy war, or jihad, against Israel with at least two claiming they had already dispatched dozens of men."

For those with a finger on the media's pulse, the timing of the Blair government's sudden announcement of the roundup of twenty-four " suspected Islamic terrorists;" (British citizens of Pakistan lineage), corresponded perfectly with that crescendo of international criticism aimed at the US/British/Israeli massive destruction of Lebanon. To amplify this announcement the Brits added the drumbeat of increased airport surveillance, the cancellation of thousands of transatlantic flights, international passengers by the thousands sprawled in airport waiting rooms worldwide and the shifting rainbow colors of " Terrorist Alerts."

Connivance of the media in this government-induced hysteria is increasingly apparent. Critics said the British Secret Service, (SIS or MI-6) were angry that pressure by Washington to get their " Bomber Story" on the media, had interfered with rounding up the last five suspects.

The concept of "Liquid explosives" on passenger planes is nothing new. As columnist Robert Scheer pointed out (SF Chronicle 16 August) smuggling such ingredients "onto a score of passenger planes-was outlined in Chapter Five of the Bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report as a plot.. exposed a decade ago. "The originator of the planned chemical hijacking of 12 US-bound planes, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was also the mastermind of the Sept. 9/11 attacks." Scheer also points out that Khalid's nephew, Ramizi Yousef, a convicted terrorist, had actually "exploded a liquid-based bomb on a Manila/Tokyo flight, killing one passenger."

However, the British "carry-on liquid explosive" story has begun to frazzle. NBC reported (18 Aug.) that not only had the US pressured Britain to arrest the plotters earlier than they had otherwise wanted; but that the only statement that the accused planned to use liquid explosives on planes came from an accused murderer who was on the run in Pakistan and had been tortured.

Graeme Wilson and Philip Johnston (Telegraph.co.uk Aug 16th) reported that the British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in a briefing to MP's "had only enough evidence to bring charges against some suspects." On August 18th, Craig Murray in his piece in The Guardian ("The Timing is Political") notes:" None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not have passports. What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for more than a year - like thousands of other British Muslims."

Americans are accustomed to this Washington/Israel/Media tango. Whenever the late Prime Minister Sharon attracted international outrage for his savage sorties into Lebanon or his political murders in Gaza, PBS audiences were exposed to documentaries on either the Nazis or Anne Frank's Diary.

The identification by Bush and Cheney of any politically-active Muslim group in the Mideast and elsewhere as "terrorist" is part of Washington's plan to spread fear and divert attention from our failed foreign and domestic policies. Writer William Greider notes in The Nation (August 14th): " Bush desperately needs the terrorists. They are his last frail hope for political survival... The "news" of terror -- whether real or fantasized -- reduces American politics to its most primitive impulses, the realm of fear-and-smear where George Bush is at his best "

To justify this country's horrendous Homeland Security budget, (Operation Hunker Down) which steals money from our schools, our medical services, our senior citizens and other essential social services and cost us $41.1 billion in 2006, Washington, like "Chicken Little" in our children's' fairy tale book, must scream almost daily that "the skyfalling." No matter what the color of the alert: red, yellow, or orange these "Insecurity Messages" carry the same intent: To keep Americans frightened, since a scared people will submit to all sorts of restrictions of their civil and personal rights.

Exhausted by this media brouhaha , some American activists are campaigning not only to bring our troops home, but also take the Israeli parasite off our payroll, and give that $3 billion annual foreign-relations bonus instead to the Lebanese and Palestinians to rebuild their shattered communities. If we stop killing Muslims in the Mideast, Osama's mujahadeen "terrorists" like our "patriot" ancestors when their war against King George III had ended, would be happy to return to their villages, and hang up their aging kalahhikovs.

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