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7/4/8 CELEBRATE AND SUPPORT ANTI-IMPERIALIST-ZIONIST RESISTANCE EVERYWHERE!

CELEBRATE AND SUPPORT ANTI-IMPERIALIST-ZIONIST RESISTANCE EVERYWHERE!

The Hypocrisy of America: This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.
Frederick Douglass: July 4, 1852, invited to give a speech in Rochester, Douglass delivered the following indictment of a a nation celebrating freedom and independence, while keeping slaves.

Fellow citizens, pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits, and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions. Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold that a nation's sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation's jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the "lame man leap as an hart."

6/27/08 Oil, War and "...the inherent right of the government to lie...".

A LONG DEADLY HISTORY OF LIES AND UNPRECEDENTED CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
U.S. IMPERIALIST WARS HAVE ALL BEEN STARTED UNDER FALSE PRETEXTS TOWARDS ITS HISTORICAL GOAL OF 'MANIFEST DESTINY'
June 27, 1950, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War following a call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/20080627.html

from a libertarian position: The Long History of Lies for War
Daily Article by David Gordon | Posted on 7/20/2007
[The Ruses for War: American Interventionism Since World War II. By John B. Quigley. Prometheus Books, 2007. 433 pgs.]
The purpose of his book, Quigley tells us, is to explore "U.S. military actions abroad over the past half-century. We look in each instance at what the president and his aides said, and what reasons they gave. Then we examine the situation in light of what is known today to determine whether the administration was truthful" (pp. 14–15).
Quigley, an authority on international law, examines around thirty cases, beginning with the Korean War and ending with Iraq, where the United States has used force. In each instance, he shows, the administration's account has been blatantly false...

Arthur Sylvester, Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy Administration, in 1962 said "that in crisis situations, he believed in 'the inherent right of the Government to lie.' He spoke of lying euphemistically as 'generation' of news, and said that 'news management' was 'part of the arsenal of weaponry' of government" (p. 380).

6/21/08 I Freed Millions From Barbarism, Says President Bush

I Freed Millions From Barbarism, Says President Bush
Bush defends his legacy, issues a stern warning to Iran ... and reveals his plans for a freedom institute devoted to 'universal values'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/15/georgebush.usa

ONE EXAMPLE OF U.S. GENOCIDE
1,225,898 Iraqis Slaughtered In US State Terrorist War And Occupation

ANOTHER: Over half the UN estimated 10,000,000 refugees in the world are children. What the UN does not say is that u.s. imperialist aggression, war and domination is the primary cause of unprecedented genocidal crimes against humanity.
...Iraq was the biggest source of the world's newest refugees for the third year in a row, according to the latest annual report of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) released here Thursday. Last year's exodus was absorbed mostly by Syria, which took in some 500,000 Iraqis during the year -- or nearly half of the more than a million people who sought refuge by crossing an international border during 2007. Tens of thousands more Iraqis also found th eir way to Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, and even Sweden and Germany, which took in, respectively, 10,000 and 6,700 Iraqis during the year. The report, "World Refugee Survey 2008", said more than two million Iraqis are currently living outside their homeland, the vast majority in Syria and Jordan. Somalia -- also caught up in Washington's "global war on terror" -- ranked second as a source of new refugees during the year... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45038

U.S. still #1 war-monger, #1 in military expenses last year: United States ($547 billion), United Kingdom ($59.7 billion), China ($58.3 billion).

"War is nothing but a continuation of politics by other means."
von Clausewitz

5/30 "Bad Israel" BS; Humanitarian Cluster Bombs; Opium, U.S & Afghanistan; Paper "Post Apartheid"; "al-qaeda" Pretext

Dear readers: this is the last digest issue until late June. I will be away from computer so do not send emails until you hear from me again please. Meanwhile, hope you find plenty of ongoing importance in previous digest issues. Thank you and best wishes,
liz burbank
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"The principal beneficiary of America's foreign assistance programs has always been the United States."
US Agency for International Development Source: "Direct Economic Benefits of U.S. Assistance Programs," 1999

5 years ago U.S. renamed the prevailing Iraqi national resistance...
War declared on resistance
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/06/1068013331454.html
The Los Angeles Times has ordered its journalists to stop describing anti-American forces in Iraq as resistance fighters, saying the term romanticises them and evokes World War II-era heroism. An email circulated this week asked staff to instead use the terms insurgents or guerillas.

Now 5 years later, after destroying the country and slaughtering over a million Iraqis, u.s.blames undefeatable anti-imperialist resistance on 'terrorists', usually...
U.S. UNCOVERS THE RIDDLE: ALL RESISTANCE IS 'AL-QAEDA'
The Mosul riddle
Pepe Escobar
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JE24Ak01.html

5/25/08 Natural & Unnatural Disasters; "Humanitarianism", Genocide, Eugenics, Germany and the U.S. Connection

SOME PAST & PRESENT HISTORY OF AMERIKAN EGALITARIAN HUMANITARIANISM

"...depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."
Henry Kissinger, National Security Memo 200, April 24, 1974

Note: U.S. calls fighting off U.S. history of imperialist subversion "xenophobia"
Myanmar appears to nix US Navy help, saying "strings attached"
N http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/22/asia/AS-GEN-Myanmar-US-Militar...
BANGKOK, Thailand: With their history of xenophobia, no one expected Myanmar's generals to welcome with open arms an uninvited flotilla of U.S. warships trying to help bring relief to millions severely affected by Cyclone Nargis...
Instead, Myanmar gave a go-ahead for a far smaller operation of 10 helicopters from the U.N.'s World Food Program — which must be chartered, flown in on cargo planes and reassembled in Bangkok. "The strings attached to the relief supplies carried by warships and military helicopters are not acceptable to the Myanmar people," said the New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a mouthpiece for the ruling junta.
"This is purely a humanitarian mission," said Lt. Col. Douglas Powell, a spokesman for the stalled Operation Caring Response.
The media report hinted that Myanmar's real fear is that the U.S. would use the disaster as a pretext to invade and take control of Myanmar's oil reserves.
So instead of utilizing the U.S. military's assets, Myanmar has agreed to allow a relief operation focused more on the use of the helicopters operated by the World Food Program. It has also been more open to aid from neighboring countries such as Thailand and India.

5/18 Myanmar Should Fear US; Disasters & Agendas; Bringing hell to Somalia; Humanity-Crushing Terror; DOD Info War

" U.S. military presence in the region is indispensable to hedging against a burgeoning Chinese military capability...."
Guidelines for U.S. Policy in Southeast Asia
by Walter Lohman,
Senior Research Fellow for Southeast Asia and Acting Director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation.
March 20, 2007
http://www.heritage.org/Research/AsiaandthePacific/bg2017.cfm

ASEAN can be much greater than the sum of its parts. It can grow strong and remain independent, and it can be a reliable U.S. partner far into the future. It is this long-term vision that should be the basis of U.S. foreign policy aspirations. The purpose of this paper is to lay out the stakes involved, guidelines for securing them, and specific policy recommendations.

Southeast Asia's half-billion people reside in the most dynamic area of the world. China, a rising economic and military power with an economy of more than $2 trillion and a population of over 1 billion, sits on their northern doorstep. India, another billion-per­son nation, is outside their western door. Japan, which has the world's second largest economy, and South Korea, a country with such energy that it maintains an economy the size of India's with only 5 percent of India's population, are each a short flight away.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)—composed of Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam—faces the challenge of safeguarding its interests and prospering in this hyper­competitive neighborhood. The United States has an overarching interest in seeing that it succeeds while also remaining independent and outward-looking.Securing this strategic imperative relies on two mutually reinforcing approaches to the region: bilateral and U.S.–ASEAN.

5/13/8 Re-Igniting Lebanon's Internal Fire: Not a "Civil War"; Red Flag Over Nepal; "Final Offensive" Against Venezuela

"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude."
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

digest comment:
KATRINA KILLERS, WORST MASS MURDERERS IN MODERN HISTORY, KEEP SHOCKING THE WORLD WITH COLD-BLOODED, CRIMINAL DEPRAVITY...
After some perfunctory phony 'humanitarian' questions the u.s. media gets to the point, arrogantly grilling China's ambassador about the political damage to China and its 'coming out' Olympics party from all the recent assaults it has undergone ... relentless anti-China bashing of its most feared capitalist strategic, rival the u.s. engineered 'dalai lama 'free tibet/darfur' massive psywar propaganda campaign ...now this 'natural disaster. With disingenuous 'concern' NPR interrogated him about China's opinion of Myanmar's refusal of u.s. "aid" [i.e. u.s. military intervention on top of the thousands of pro-u.s. missionaries, NGOs, u.n. personnel, etc. already well-entrenched and actively subverting the regime.]. It's beyond comprehension how nations and their dignitaries tolerate u.s. imperialist propaganda trickery on top of crimes to undermine their national sovereignty. As the digest has pointed out before, the irony is that China was u.s. most feared 'enemy' as a revolutionary socialist country, now it is again enemy #1 because it has too successfully restored capitalism and the inevitable political inequality and contradictions inherent in capitalism.

CHINA REELS FROM 7.9 QUAKE DISASTER
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/362855_chinaquake13.html
May 13, 2008
By William Foreman, AP

5/8/8 U.S.Aid to Myanmar: "The political effects of natural disasters are difficult to predict."

digest commentary:

THE INHUMAN DESTRUCTION AND SUFFERING IN MYANMAR, AND MOST OF THE WORLD, IS FUNDAMENTALLY MAN-MADE. MAINLY AT THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY, MADE-IN-U.S. THE SYSTEMIC POVERTY and FAMINE IN OPPRESSED NATIONS IS PRODUCED BY GLOBALIZED CAPITALISM (e.g. imperialism), SINCE THE U.S. 'FIXED' AN EARLIER CRISIS VIA WORLD WAR 2 TO SECURE GLOBAL DOMINATION....ITS 'MANIFEST DESTINY'.

U.S. "AID" DEEPENS THE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS ITS DOMINATION CREATES. YET THIS MONSTROUS SYSTEM, GROWN FAT ON GENOCIDE, SLAVERY AND WAR, CONVINCES CLASS & RACE PRIVILEGED BENEFICIARIES IT IS THE 'CURE' FOR ITS SAVAGE PREDATIONS ... WITH THEIR SUPPORT. DRESS UP THESE MACHIAVELLIAN EXERCISES IN EXQUISITELY CONSTRUCTED PROPAGANDA, THROW IN A FEW PRO-DEMOCRACY 'COLOR REVOLUTIONS' FUNDED BY U.S. & NGO GLOBAL 'INITIATIVES' TO 'NATION-BUILD FAILED STATES' AGAINST 'TERRORISTS' PLOTTING TO SINK GOOD-SHIP-LOLLIPOP'S HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS, CREATE FREQUENT DIRE THREATS TO LOYAL CITIZENS' NATIONAL SECURITY, ESPECIALLY 'INTERCEPTED PLOTS' BY DARK-SKINNED 'EXTREMISTS' JEALOUS OF OUR GOODS, AND BEHIND IT ALL, EVERYWHERE, ARABS, MUSLIMS, TRYING TO UNDEMOCRATICALLY TAKE OVER THE WORLD, UNGRATEFUL FOR OUR AID AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRAQ, PALESTINE, AFRICA, AND ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE IT CONSIDERS ITS PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Historically u.s. capitalism has (temporarily) resolved deep structural crises (as opposed to trade cyclical crises) by restructuring global capital and the world map under its hegemony via imperialist war. This is the intended function of the bogus 'war on terrorism'. The fact that it has boomeranged and exacerbated the capital crisis, means U.S. measures in the 'homeland' and worldwide will become ever more extreme: increasingly it must tighten the fascist infrastructure screws revealing its basic predatory nature.

4/27/8 Killing Hunger

Digest commentary:
Super-exploitation, savage state terrorist oppression, war, starvation, illness and genocidal slaughter is the bedrock of amerika and its bloody empire. Racism is the ideology driving and justifying its war against oppressed nations and peoples worldwide, and here in the ghettos and barrios of the beast.

So-called "developing" countries, oppressed nations, are plundered and pillaged by capitalist development, investment and "humanitarian aid". Imperialist "solutions" to the crises it creates are pretexts for intensifying and expanding capital domination. Last week it discovered a "new food crisis", caused by "high prices" calling for more "free trade" and other killer U.S.. UN, WB, IMF etc. interventions. Maximizing capital accumulation requiring the elimination of rivals and resistance is systemic necessity, not electoral policy, necessary and relentless because capital is insatiable, it must expand ... or die. Dehumanizing and eradicating "collateral", billions of "unproductive" "surplus" human beings is the part of its "business model".

But in its exceptionally racist arrogance what capital's henchmen cannot deal with is the subversive, revolutionary potential of the debasement and impoverishment it creates...the fact that capitalism ultimately produces its own gravediggers as Marx put it.

"GLOBALIZED" CRIMINAL U.S. JUSTICE
Justice dept. Gives C.I.A. Tactics Legal Rationale
“The fact that an act is undertaken to prevent a threatened terrorist attack, rather than for the purpose of humiliation or abuse, would be relevant to a reasonable observer in measuring the outrageousness of the act ...
“to rise to the level of an outrage” and thus be prohibited under the Geneva Conventions, conduct “must be so deplorable that the reasonable observer would recognize it as something that should be universally condemned”

4/23/8 Extinguishing

"a system that is destroying the world... the American way of life must be extinguished….
Jason Miller

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