Third World War:   continued
CHECHNYA: RUSSIA’S SECOND AFGHANISTAN
Michael A. Weinstein 9/10/04
Russia’s predicament in its rebellious republic of Chechnya is fast spinning out of control and is threatening to become Russia’s second Afghanistan.
After ten years of trying to control Chechnya primarily by military force, punctuated by a period of withdrawal from 1996 to 1999, Russia still has not been able to realize its aim of ruling the republic through a compliant local political leadership.
At present, the situation in Chechnya is deteriorating so badly that Moscow is increasingly faced with a series of options, all of which are unfavorable to its strategic and security interests.
Located in the strategically significant Caucasus mountains, Chechnya’s predominantly Sunni Muslim population has never been reconciled to its incorporation into the Russian empire in 1859.
Chechens declared an autonomous republic in 1920 in the wake of the Russian Revolution, but were later absorbed into the Soviet Union.
In 1944, the Stalin regime accused the Chechens of cooperating with Nazi forces and sent hundreds of thousands of them into forced exile in Kazakhstan from where they were allowed to return in 1957.
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Chechens again made a bid for independence under the leadership of air force general Dzhokar Dudayev.
The Russian regime of Boris Yeltsin refused to acquiesce in Chechnya’s separation and invaded the republic in 1994, setting off a two-year war that ended in Russian retreat and de facto independence for Chechnya without international recognition.
During its brief period of independence, Chechnya became a failed state.
The elected government of Aslan Maskhadov was unable to contain rampant crime, corruption, warlordism and Islamic revolutionist tendencies, which spilled over into neighboring Russian republics and into the heart of Russia itself.
After a series of apartment house bombings in Russia in 1999 that were blamed on Chechen radicals, the Putin regime chose to invade Chechnya once again, driving Maskhadov underground and triggering a second Chechen war that continues to fester and recently has erupted with suicide bombings of Russian airliners and the seizure and bombing of a school in the republic of North Ossetia, resulting in hundreds of deaths and casualties.
The recent upsurge of violence in the Chechnya conflict stems directly from the assassination of Chechnya’s Russian-backed President Akhmad Kadyrov on May 9, 2004.
Elected in October, 2003, Kadyrov had been Moscow’s hope for achieving legitimacy for its control of Chechnya.
The chief religious leader of Chechnya’s Sunni Muslims, Kadyrov had backed the separatist forces in the first Chechen war, but became disenchanted with the failed experiment in independence and collaborated with the Russian occupiers after 1999, becoming head of a Russian-imposed governing authority.
With the death of Kadv, Moscow lost the on ly local leader with sufficient support and prestige in the Chechen population to possibly secure legitimacy for Russian rule.
Politically, Russia’s situation in Chechnya has reverted to what it was in the first Chechen war, in which it was defeated.
Russia’s Position in Chechnya
In Chechnya, Russia faces a situation that is strikingly similar to the one that it encountered in Afghanistan in the 1980s when it tried unsuccessfully to preserve that country as a client state against nationalist and Islamic opposition aided by the United States.
Both Chechnya and Afghanistan are clan-based societies whose members share strong senses of national identity and independence, but do not have traditions of strong, centralized, political rule.
When such societies function as effective polities, their governance is based on a finele of power among networks of clan alliances, which is easily disturbed and vulnerable to degenerating into fragmentation, localism and warlordism.
Under the stress of war, Chechnya has fallen apart into an array of competing groups, some of which war against Russia and others which cooperate with it to varying degrees out of expediency.
The one constant among Chechens is a fundamental opposition to Russian rule, which is sometimes superseded by calculations of group and individual expediency.
Russia’s only significant advantage in Chechnya is that a large proportion of the Chechen population is war weary and has become disabused of the separatists as well as of the Russians.
After ten years of turmoil, many Chechens are willing to acquiesce reluctantly in Russian rule, so long as it brings them a modicum of security.
The problem for Moscow is that it has not been able to suppress the militant Chechen resistance through force and political manipulation.
The result has been chronic instability, the devastation of Chechnya’s economy and infrastructure, an exodus of refugees to other Caucasian republics, waves of resistance strikes in Russia and a weakening of Moscow’s power in the Caucasus.
During the ten years of struggle, Moscow has pursued a policy of imposing its rule by force and attempting to install compliant leaders, rejecting the option of negotiating with the opposition.
Most public discourse about that policy concerns whether or not Moscow should shift gears and try to enter negotiations.
Critics of the military option tend to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stubbornness for continued failures in Chechnya, but there are plausible reasons why Russia has not turned to negotiation.
Most importantly, Chechen society has become so politically fragmented that it is not clear if any deal that Russia might make, for example, with Maskhadov’s exile government of Ichkeria, would be effective on the ground.
The resistance is split between Chechen nationalists and far more uncompromising Islamists and warlords, particularly Shamil Basayev who is deemed responsible and has claimed responsibility for most of the terrorist acts committed outside Chechnya.
Even if Moscow could bring some of the nationalists on board, that would not guarantee peace and security, at least in the short term, and would probably lead to more autonomy for Chechnya than the Russians are willing to permit on a lasting basis.
In addition, Russia has a vital security interest in maintaining its territorial integrity and discouraging bids for autonomy in republics where ethnic Russians are a minority, particularly in the Caucasus.
Rebel movements have sprung up in neighboring Ingushetia, which has ethnic and religious ties to Chechnya.
Inter-clan conflict has arisen in the republic of Dagestan and there have been recent reported incidents of armed confrontations with security forces in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
A generous grant of autonomy by Moscow to Chechnya might not result in effective separatist movements elsewhere, but it would be highly likely to create instability in the region.
Finally, Russia has a vital strategic interest in maintaining control over the northern Caucasus region and expanding its influence into the southern Caucasus to break American encirclement through Georgia and Azerbaijan, and prevent the United States from monopolizing Caspian Sea oil.
De jure or de facto separation of Chechnya from Russia would be a major setback to core Russian strategic aims.
The Election of Alu Alkhanov
Russia’s severe predicament in Chechnya is illustrated by the election to Chechnya’s presidency on August 29, 2004 of Alu Alkhanov to replace Kadyrov.
Widely seen internationally and within Chechnya as a rigged vote, the election detracted from Russia’s legitimacy in Chechnya.
A former Chechen interior minister and security operative, Alkhanov has no ties to the opposition and has been ordered by Moscow not to negotiate with it.
Unlike Kadyrov, he has no prestige or base of support in the population, although he is linked to the powerful clan led by Ramzan Kadyrov, the son of the late president, who controls a formidable independent militia, and is too young to constitutionally assume the presidency.
Moscow has attempted to increase acceptance of Alkhanov by permitting him to pursue a policy of diverting all of Chechnya’s oil revenues to reconstruction efforts in the republic.
Yet with most of the fields depleted and most of the refining capacity impaired, this plan seems to be an effort by Moscow to avoid having to give direct reconstruction aid, which in the past has been frittered away by corruption.
By putting up as weak a figure as Alkhanov, Russia has shown the weakness of the hand it has to play in Chechnya.
The resistance forces understand this, which is why they have launched their spectacular strikes.
After the airliner and school bombings, Moscow is faced with a choice between trying to apply massive coercive power to crush the rebellion, letting conditions go on as they are or attempting to make some kind of bargain with segments of the opposition.
Each of those options has more downside risk than upside potential, and each of them has benefits for the resistance.
Massive force will further alienate the Chechens from Russia; continuation of chronic instability will do the same; negotiation will spell a diminution of Russian power if a bargain is made, and will be a sign of weakness that will likely embolden the hard-line opposition.
There is also the option of another Russian withdrawal from Chechnya, but that would mean a severe weakening of Russian influence in the Caucasus.
International Complications
Just as was the case in its intervention in Afghanistan, Russia faces the additional problem that the opposition to its policies is aided by the United States.
Chechen businessman Malik Saydullayev, who would have been the only credible candidate contesting Alkhanov in the presidential election had he not been barred from running because of a technical problem with his passport, has said that "Russia has geopolitical and geostrategic interests in the Caucasus, the heart of which is Chechnya, and developed N.A.T.O. countries also have interests in the Caucasus.
This war is over these interests."
The interest of the United States in the Caucasus is control over oil supplies from the Caspian Sea, which involves securing compliant regimes in the southern Caucasus, including Azerbaijan, where the oil is extracted, and Georgia, through which the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline will pass.
As a consequence of this dominant interest, the United States is also committed to thwarting any attempt by Russia to expand its influence in the Caucasus.
From the American viewpoint, Russian failure in Chechnya is welcome, as long as it does not get to the point that Chechnya becomes a base for Islamic revolution worldwide.
In the current strategic environment, the United States is constrained to give public support to Russian efforts to curb terrorism, but that does not mean that it takes Russia’s side in practice.
Not only did the United States criticize the August 29 election as being "neither free nor fair," but it has granted asylum to Ilyas Akhmadov, the foreign minister of Maskhadov’s opposition government, leaving him free to pursue diplomacy aimed at winning international support for Maskhadov’s Republic of Ichkeria.
The Putin regime has complained of an American "double standard" in the "war on terror," but has been powerless to stop the American support of the opposition.
Maskhadov is pursuing a novel strategy of sending his government ministers into exile in different countries so that they can gain maximum diplomatic leverage.
Culture Minister Akhmed Zakayev has been granted asylum in Great Britain; Health Minister Umar Khanbiyev is in France; Social Defense Minister Apti Bisultanov is based in Germany.
Maskhadov’s dispersion strategy has led to publicity for his proposal to internationalize the Chechen conflict through guarantees of the country’s autonomy and to contacts with N.G.O.s.
Whether N.A.T.O. powers are formally involved with the Ichkerian exile government is unclear, but at the very least they are granting it a measure of legitimacy and sending a signal to Moscow that they are not supportive of its success in Chechnya.
The United States and the European Union have called for Russia to negotiate with the separatists.
France and Germany have played both sides of the table, distancing themselves from the United States by endorsing the August 29 election, but also urging negotiation.
Their ambivalence is based on their desire for stronger relations with Russia to counter American influence in Eastern Europe and to build economic relations, particularly in the oil sector.
At the same time, they also want Caspian Sea oil free from Russian control.
Conclusion
With no apparent favorable options, it is likely that the conflict in Chechnya will result in a setback for Russia’s geostrategic interests in the Caucasus.
Faced with a population that remains ill disposed to Russian rule and is not organized coherently enough to make a bargain, and confronted by external powers that have an interest in diminishing Moscow’s influence in the region, Putin’s regime is in a bind from which it will be difficult, if not impossible, to extricate itself.
Over time, Moscow will be tempted either to withdraw or to apply massive force.
In the short term, it will probably continue its failed policies, possibly with additional shows of force that will not change the basic situation.
The most likely scenario of prolonged instability will weaken Putin’s credibility and give him less leeway elsewhere in the Caucasus, providing an advantage to the N.A.T.O. powers.
[For additional information see the Eurasia Insight archive].
[For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].
Posted September 10, 2004 © Eurasianet
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UK Independent       Mary Dejevsky       07 September 2004
Putin vents his anger at the West:
"Don't tell me to talk to child-killers."
Mr Putin was answering questions from an international group of Russian specialists and journalists, including The Independent, at his residence at Novo Ogarevo, outside Moscow.
In a wide-ranging conversation, which lasted for three and a half hours and ended only after midnight, Mr Putin said that Russia was quite prepared to show flexibility towards the rebellious region of Chechnya in future, but "not with those who do not stop at shooting children".
His fists clenched, he said: "No one has the right to advise us to talk to people like that.   I don't advise you to meet Bin Laden, invite him to Brussels and Nato or the White House, hold talks with him, and let him dictate what he wants so that he will then leave you alone.   But you tell us that we should talk to everyone, including child-killers."
Mr Putin had begun talking about Russia's problem with Chechen separatism in a much softer tone, however, charting a history of Russian-Chechen relations in which he paid tribute to the bravery of Chechens during the Second World War.
Then, he said, they had probably had more heroes proportionately than any other ethnic group.
One third of those defending the fortress at Brest on the Western Front were Chechens, and they had stood "until the very last bullet and the last drop of blood'', refusing to surrender, he said.
Mr Putin forcefully condemned what he said were serious mistakes made by Soviet leaders in dealing with the Chechens, starting with Stalin's order that expelled them from their homeland in the Caucasus to Central Asia and the far north of Russia.
Many thousands died on the journey.   "I have been to the camps in the far north and even today it's frightening to see," Mr Putin said.
All these injustices together "could not but lead to separatism".
Seeming to extend an olive branch to a much broader swath of Chechen opinion than hitherto, Mr Putin said: "We will continue our dialogue with civil society.   This will include holding parliamentary elections, trying to get as many people as possible involved, with as many views and policies as possible."
One of the big criticisms of Russia's policy in Chechnya is that it has held presidential elections from which the more popular opposition figures have been excluded.
Mr Putin gave a clear indication that he was open to the holding of parliamentary elections in Chechnya — although he did not give a date — in the hope of drawing many more people into the political process.
He also said that the intention was to "strengthen law enforcement by staffing the police and other bodies in Chechnya with Chechens".
The two moves together would amount to the continuation, even acceleration, of the policy of "Chechenisation'', which some believed would be reversed after the spate of recent attacks in Russia: the downing of two planes, a bomb near a Moscow underground station, and, last week, the siege of School Number One in Beslan that cost more than 300 lives.
In a little-noticed move two weeks before the attacks, the Russian government had decreed that Chechnya should be able to keep revenue from its oil, rather than remit the proceeds to Russia as currently happens.
This was a major change in policy and one that irritated other regions that do not enjoy a similar right.
Mr Putin insisted, however, that Russia would retain troops in Chechnya.   Their withdrawal is one of the separatists' main objectives.
Russia had as much right to keep troops in the region as the US has to station its troops "in California or Texas'', he said.
Asked about human rights violations by Russian troops in Chechnya, Mr Putin again went on the attack, saying: "Compare the torture of Iraqi prisoners.
This hasn't happened on the direction of the top US leaders, but because of how individual people behaved in these circumstances.   Those who are to blame must be punished."
Russian troops had been responsible for "ugly phenomena" in Chechnya, Mr Putin admitted, but this too was a product of the circumstances, he said, and the perpetrators were punished.
The Russian President also appeared to extend an invitation to foreign countries to assist with reconstruction in Chechnya — the first time that Russia has come near to soliciting any outside involvement.
"We need to rehabilitate society in Chechnya to know there is another sort of life, and we would appreciate assistance with that."
UK Guardian       September 7, 2004
Angry Putin rejects public Beslan inquiry
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, last night refused to order a public inquiry into how the Beslan school was captured by gunmen and then ended with such a high death toll, and told the Guardian that people who call for talks with Chechen leaders have no conscience.
"Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace? Why don't you do that?" he said with searing sarcasm.
"You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are childkillers?
"No one has a moral right to tell us to talk to childkillers," he added.
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but Margaret Thatcher, whom I've met more than once said: 'A man who comes out into the street to kill other people must himself be killed'," he told the Guardian.
At times grim-faced, but always calm, Mr Putin's comments came in the midst of an extraordinary three-and-a-half-hour meeting with a group of foreign journalists and academics with long experience of Russia, invited for a special conference.
He said he would hold an internal inquiry into the Beslan tragedy, but not a public one.   "I want to establish the chronicle of events and find out who is responsible and might be punished," he said.
If the Russian parliament wanted to set up its own inquiry, he would not object, but he warned that it could become "a political show".
"If that happened, it would not be very productive," he said.
Russian officials believe Shamil Basayev, the most extreme Chechen commander, was responsible for the hostage-taking, which ended with at least 335 dead, hundreds injured and scores missing.
Witnesses have reported that the hostage-takers had attempted to justify their brutality by claiming it as an act of revenge for the killing by Russian forces of Chechen children.
Mr Putin's words yesterday followed the unending stream of funerals as the people of Beslan buried their children, relatives and friends, while others sought information on those still missing.
The president admitted Russian forces had committed human rights violations in Chechnya but, like the torture by US soldiers in the prison of Abu Ghraib in Iraq, these were not sanctioned from the top, he said.
"In war there are ugly processes which have their own logic," he said.
Striking the table with the side of his right hand, he said there was no connection between Russian policies in Chechnya and the events in Beslan.
"Just imagine that people who shoot children in the back came to power anywhere on our planet.   Just ask yourself that, and you will have no more questions about our policy in Chechnya," he said.
The president made it clear he sees the drive for Chechen independence as the spearhead of a strategy by Chechen Islamists, helped by foreign fundamentalists, to undermine the whole of southern Russia and even stir up trouble among Muslim communities in other parts of the country.
"There are Muslims along the Volga, in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.   Chechnya isn't Iraq.   It's not far away.   It's a vital part of our territory.   This is all about Russia's territorial integrity," he said.
Russia was interested in a political solution in Chechnya, he insisted.   It was going to hold elections to a Chechen parliament there shortly "and we will try to attract as many people as possible with different views to take part".
"We will strengthen law enforcement by staffing the police with Chechens, and gradually withdraw our troops to barracks, and leave as small a contingent as we feel necessary, just like the US does in California and Texas," he said.
He could not agree that a war was still going on there five years after he first sent in troops.   "It is a smouldering conflict.   There have been attacks but not like the big operations of 1999," he said.
CHECHNYA, NORTH OSSETIA, INGUSHETIA, PALESTINE
IRAQ
One of the most effective ways I found was to follow the bulldozers and construction machinery.
Karradah neighborhood
Baghdad, Iraq
I was in Iraq to research the so-called reconstruction.
And what struck me most was the absence of reconstruction machinery, of cranes and bulldozers, in downtown Baghdad.
I expected to see reconstruction all over the place.
I saw bulldozers in military bases.
I saw bulldozers in the Green Zone, where a huge amount of construction was going on, building up Bechtel’s headquarters and getting the new U.S. embassy ready.
There was also a ton of construction going on at all of the U.S. military bases.
But, on the streets of Baghdad, the former ministry buildings are absolutely untouched.
They hadn’t even cleared away the rubble, let alone started the reconstruction process.
The one crane I saw in the streets of Baghdad was hoisting an advertising billboard.
One of the surreal things about Baghdad is that the old city lies in ruins, yet there are these shiny new billboards advertising the glories of the global economy.
CHECHNYA, NORTH OSSETIA, INGUSHETIA, PALESTINE, IRAQ
NEW YORK
Sorry  No Chance!
Monday, 6 September, 2004
Chechnya: Why Putin is implacable
By Paul Reynolds
BBC News Online world affairs correspondent
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin under pressure but not compromising
Putin under pressure but not compromising
President Putin has drawn a line in the mountains of the North Caucasus beyond which Russia will not withdraw.
His insistence that there can be no surrender to demands for independence for Chechnya is based on a number of factors which include:
  • a fear of further chaos on Russia's borders in the region
  • a feeling that Russia must not make any further territorial concessions anywhere
  • a belief that the Chechens were offered and threw away the chance of responsible independence before.
  • Mr Putin has also added into this complex mix the spectre of international (by which he means Islamic) terrorism and an accusation that unnamed foreign countries want to break bits off Russia.
    It must also not be forgotten that he has staked his own reputation on his policy and that therefore he is reluctant to change it.
    Russian policy can be grouped under the following headings:
    Geo-political
    The argument is that if Chechnya, a troublesome republic on Russia's southern border, broke away it could provoke demands for independence elsewhere in the region.
    Map of the North Caucasus
    Chechnya has to its east the Russian republic of Dagestan which is multi-ethnic and where there has been unrest between some of its peoples.
    To its west is Ingushetia, to which Chechnya was once joined and which is largely Islamic. The Ingush in turn have fought with the North Ossetians who are Orthodox Christians and whose children were the victims in Beslan.
    And all this is close to the energy-rich Caspian Sea and on Russia's southern flank.
    Terrorism
    The Russian fear is that terrorists have taken over the Chechen opposition and that if Chechnya becomes independent, they will take over Chechnya as well. They might then begin to spread their influence outwards.
    Mr Putin has alluded to Russian claims that Islamic terrorism is linked to the attack on the school and other incidents.
    He implies that Islamic terrorism not Chechen nationalism is the real enemy.
    Economic
    An oil pipeline from Azerbaijan used to run through Chechnya, but it was by-passed after earlier fighting and now goes through Dagestan.
    There is oil and gas to be developed in the Caspian Sea and Russia wants a stable area through which to pass supplies.
    Territorial integrity
    Mr Putin spoke nostalgically in his address to Russia after the Beslan tragedy about the days when the borders of the Soviet Union were protected.
    He and others regret the loss of so much territory in the break-up of the Soviet Union and want to stop any further territorial erosion.
    Necessity
    The Russian president argues that after 1997, when then President Yeltsin gave Chechnya autonomy, with independence to be discussed later, the Chechens responded by failing to develop a stable republic.
    In August 1999, radicals led by the man believed to be behind the school siege, Shamil Basayev, invaded neighbouring Dagestan.  
    Putin does have a geo-political case.   It is open to question though whether his chosen means have the slightest likelihood of dealing with the problem
    Professor Margot Light, LSE
    Chechens were blamed for blowing up Russian civilian targets, including apartment buildings in Moscow. Mr Putin led the move to re-invade Chechnya.
    Elections were held there recently so he claims that he has done all he can and that his present policy is therefore one of necessity.
    Western Russia watchers, like Western governments, have some sympathy for the Russian dilemma but many doubt if Mr Putin's approach is the right one.
    Professor Margot Light of the London School of Economics said: "Putin does have a geo-political case. It is open to question though whether his chosen means have the slightest likelihood of dealing with the problem.
    "He has to start talking to the people he says he will not talk to, like Aslan Mashkadov who was the Chechen president until the 99 invasion.
    "Mr Putin's reputation is on the line. It is extremely useful to argue that this is international terrorism and that outside countries are involved. Frankly this is rubbish. Any involvement by al-Qaeda to train or fund the Chechens post-dates the conflict."
    Professor Light, however, also suggested that Russian fears of chaos on its border in that region could be exaggerated.
    "Russia could afford the loss of Chechnya. Talk of other republics leaving the federation is far from the truth," she said.
    Nicholas Redman, Russia analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London commented: "Oil is an issue but it is not the main issue. If there was oil Russia would still be determined to hang on.
    "The North Caucasus was a hard-won region and Russia sees itself as a civilising influence there. The loss of other republics in the area, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, makes it even more important that it should lose no more.
    'Where do you stop?'
    "There is a just a fear that if you unravel, where do you stop.
    "The problem is that Putin's tactics have to be questioned. Russian policy has encouraged divisions among the Chechens and there is nobody who can glue the factions together."
    Western governments have not so publicly questioned Mr Putin's policies. Even a hint of criticism by the Dutch government (currently holding the European Union presidency) provoked outrage in Moscow.
    The West has generally left Moscow to its own devices in Chechnya with occasional and ineffective mutterings about human rights.
    This is despite a private view among some Western diplomats that Russia, having lost so much of the old Soviet Union, would not be affected by the loss of Chechnya.
    The reality is that many western governments have their own war against terrorism to fight and do not want to jeopardise Russian cooperation by making adverse comments about Chechnya.
    It all adds up to a Putin policy of, for the moment, no change.
    BBC Monday, 6 September, 2004
    Eyewitness: School siege bloodbath      
    More dramatic details about the Beslan school siege and ensuing bloodbath have emerged in interviews with survivors and other eyewitnesses, published by Russian newspapers.

    Marina Kozyreva, mother of schoolgirl Diana, spent the whole time in the school gym and was later interviewed by Kommersant newspaper
    "Throughout the three days that we were held hostage we were virtually on top of each other.   There were about 1,100 of us crammed in there.
    "Periodically gunmen came in and for a joke ordered all of us to stand up or sit down.   It went on like that all day long.
    They put a huge explosive device in the middle — about 50cm by 50cm — controlled by a trigger mechanism.
    One of the terrorists kept squeezing it with his foot.
    When they got tired they put a pile of books on the button.
    "The children behaved very calmly — much more so than the adults.   The adults were talking to each other and because of that the gunmen shot many of them.
    They were all prepared for death, especially on the second and third days, because the gunmen were saying nobody would be able to enter the school and also that people outside didn't give a damn about them.
    'They don't even want to give you water or food,' they said.
    They said nobody had contacted them and nobody had requested anything from them.
    "Sometimes they took the boys' clothes, soaked them in a bucket used for the floor mop, then threw the clothes at us, saying 'drink that!'"

    Marat Khamayev, 15, also spoke to Kommersant
    "Initially we were escorted to the toilet together, then they stopped doing that, and only took the little kids.   All the time the explosives were hanging above us — they used adhesive tape to fix it there.
    "Before the assault the bandits started arguing with each other about something.   I've spent a long time in Chechnya, I know the Chechen language, and they weren't speaking Chechen — they were just speaking a strange language like Arabic, and also Ingush.
    "One of the gunmen was reading the Koran constantly, and I counted exactly 23 gunmen altogether.   The leader was on the roof the whole time with a sniper's rifle.   We realised that, because the others went to him for advice.
    "The older pupils were forced to carry desks to barricade the windows.   When the assault started one of the bandits shouted 'I'll save you'.
    Everybody ran towards him and then he blew himself up, killing many people.
    "The whole time they never let anybody sleep — if somebody dozed off they would shake him awake again, saying 'no sleeping!'
    The explosion took place under the roof — there was no external explosion... When the assault came I pulled two girls out with me."

    Diana Gadzhinova, 14-year-old girl hostage, speaking to Izvestiya newspaper
    "It took us all by surprise.   We were told there would be talks and we were ordered to lie face down [in the gym]... Then there was an explosion in the yard.   Then there was shooting... [My sister and I] stayed where we were, lying on the floor.
    But suddenly there was another explosion above us and part of the ceiling fell in.   People were screaming, there was panic.
    "I looked up and saw some children lying on the floor covered in blood and not moving.   There was a dead lady lying beside me.
    Torn-off arms and legs were lying everywhere.   There were bombs hanging on the rope they'd strung up between the basketball hoops, across the gym.
    And now these bombs began going off, one after the other, coming closer and closer to us.
    Anyone who could get up ran screaming to the windows and the back entrance corridor.   Alina and I were near a window [both sisters managed to escape unscathed]."

    Irina, girl hostage
    "I woke up under the debris and all was covered in sand — my ears, nose and eyes — and I could not see anything.
    Then we were taken to the dining room.   There we were given water, then explosions started.   And then we jumped out of the window and we were taken to the hospital."

    Survivor Santa Zangiyeva, 15, spoke to Izvestiya
    "There was this thin tall man of about 35, a typical Chechen, his right hand bandaged.   He was the angriest of our captors, he was threatening us all the time and firing into the ceiling.
    It was so stuffy I was unwell, I fainted several times, so my mum asked him to take me to the corridor for a while to take a breath of air.   To my surprise he agreed.
    In the corridor I was nearly sick, my legs gave way, and sat on a rucksack lying by the wall.   But he said: 'Don't sit on this one, there are mines in it, sit on that one instead'...
    "I asked him 'Will you at least let the children go?'
    He said: 'No — why? Your Russian troops in Chechnya catch children just like you and cut their heads off.   I had a daughter, about your age, and they killed her,' he said."

    Moskovskaya Gazeta interviewed Oleg Tideyev, whose son escaped from the besieged school
    "I saw a wounded gunman fall out of the [school] window during the fighting.   Militiamen were evacuating children nearby.
    When they saw the gunman, they tore him to bits within seconds.   I did not even have time to realise what was happening.
    I'll be honest: not even for a second did I think — I am witnessing the killing of a human being.   It felt like a venomous snake was being trampled...
    "They were scum.   Professional, well-trained scum.   Their actions were highly skilful, their shooting was first-class — you could not raise your head... The only thing they did badly was booby-trapping the building.
    It was not a good idea to let the hostages assemble explosive devices."

    Kommersant interviewed Anzor, a rescuer who helped in the smaller of the school's gyms
    "We broke in, and saw piles of men and women, and children too.   The children were naked from the waist up.
    There was nowhere for us to tread, but we had to go in, so we did.
    "I pulled four people out.   Many people were thrown to the corners by the blast, or maybe they crawled there themselves. Few were alive.
    We had to find those who were still alive, but how?
    I made two mistakes myself.
    When I pulled one young girl out, there was another explosion.
    Just before that, two girls shouted and waved to us from a window, one was about seven, the other a bit older.
    I waved back to show I'd come for them right now, and they laughed they were so happy!
    Then there was an explosion, and I never saw these girls again.
    I'll keep looking for them in the school..."

    Dr Leonid Roshal, who negotiated with the hostage-takers, spoke to Nezavisimaya Gazeta
    "They did not give [the hostages] any food or medicines.
    They explained that the hostages themselves did not want to take anything, that they had gone on a dry hunger strike because they supported the terrorists.
    I asked them: 'Did the pre-school kids also go on hunger strike, even one-year-olds?'
    'Yes,' they said, 'so don't bring anything in, they won't take anything from you'.
    That was the level we were talking on."
    "They told the hostages that tap water had been poisoned.
    Sometimes they soaked shirts and rags in water and threw them to the hostages — one for every four people."

    Alan Kargiyev, university student in Vladikavkaz
    "Fathers will bury their children, and after 40 days [the Orthodox Christian mourning period]... they will take up weapons and seek revenge."
    Photo: AP
    Unidentified women cry as they stand near the school in Beslan, North Ossetia.
    www.democracynow.org       Tuesday 7, September, 2004
    Amy Goodman  We've got this report from the Guardian that Russian authorities have detained the Moscow bureau chief of the satellite TV channel Al-Arabiyya on his way to Moscow from Beslan where he was covering the hostage crisis,
    Meanwhile the editor of Russia's leading daily Izvestiya was yesterday forced to resign over the paper's coverage of the hostage crises.
    Also Radio Liberty reporter Andrei Babitsky was held at a Moscow airport as he attempted to go to Beslan.  He was accused of possessing explosives and later charged with hooliganism.
    [UK Guardian Update September 7, 2004
    Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper has called for an official investigation into the alleged poisoning of its journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a high profile critic of the Kremlin's policy on Chechnya, on a flight to Beslan last week.
    The editor of her paper has revealed that Politkovskaya was going to the school not only as a journalist but to see if she could use her network of contacts with the Chechens to secure the release of nearly 1,200 hostages.
    She acted as a negotiator in the Moscow theatre siege two years' ago and was ready to offer help in Beslan, her bosses said today.
    "We will ask for an official investigation and a criminal case," deputy editor Sergei Sokolov said today through a translator. "We need to find out exactly what happened."
    Politkovskaya, one of the most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin's policy on Chechnya, fell ill and collapsed shortly after landing at Rostov on Don airport from where she was due to travel to Beslan.
    Doctors said later she had been poisoned after drinking a cup of tea offered to her by an airhostess on the plane from Moscow.
    Colleagues on Novaya Gazeta said she had returned to work today but had not fully recovered from the illness.
    Asked whether he believed Politkovskaya had been poisoned on the orders of the Kremlin, Sokolov replied: "We think it is quite possible.   We cannot say absolutely that it was an attempt to poison her but medical doctors in Rostov said her health had been undermined by something from outside.
    "Politkovskaya is seen as being for the Chechens — she took part in the negotiations with the Moscow theatre hostage takers and she is very popular in these regions," he added.
    Colleagues said Politkovskaya, who mediated with Chechen rebels during the Moscow theatre siege in October 2002, had spoken to representatives of the moderate Chechen separatist leader, Aslan Maskhadov, before leaving for Beslan.
    Politkovskaya was among a number of journalists prevented from travelling to Beslan.
    Andrei Babitsky, a correspondent for the US government-funded Radio Free Europe, was detained by Russian authorities at Moscow airport and prevented from travelling to the town.   He was due to be released today after almost a week in detention.
    Novaya Gazeta has been highly critical of the Russian government's handling of the Beslan crisis.
    This week it claimed that the government's insistence that only 354 hostages were being held had infuriated the terrorists and exacerbated the situation inside the school.
    One report in Moscow claimed the hostage-takers had a television and were enraged by the way the Kremlin was playing down the enormity of their act.
    But Solokov said today that the newspaper — one of the Kremlin's biggest critics on the hugely sensitive Chechen issue — had not come under any government pressure to change its line over the past few days.
    "The newspapers are not taken very seriously.   It is the television stations that are suppressed," he said.
    But Solokov said many newspapers — notably Izvestiya, whose editor Raf Shakirov was this week fired over his coverage of the crisis — practised self-censorship over Chechnya.
    "There are many newspapers owned by the oligarchs and when these newspapers print criticism it is viewed by the Kremlin as the position of those oligarchs," he said.
    "So there are some papers that cannot afford to be too critical of the Kremlin, particularly on the issue of Chechnya."   Nonetheless, Izvestiya this week continued to criticise the government's handling of the crisis and yesterday printed a point-by-point rebuttal of the official version of events.
    In a front-page article headlined, "What may have happened to those who are missing", the newspaper tried to address the issue of how 200 people appear to have vanished following the siege; claimed the crack troops supposed to be handling the siege were rehearsing storming tactics in another school when the carnage began; and said the explosions were triggered not, as officials claimed, by an explosion detonated by militants but by shots fired by a vigilante who had gone to the school to try to prevent government troops from storming it.]
    Democracy Now — Amy Goodman:  And yesterday it emerged another Journalist Anna Politkovskaya who's been critical of Putin's handling of the Chechen situation had mysteriously become ill on her way to Bresan.  
    The Guardian reports that after drinking tea supplied by the plane's stewardess, she fainted and doctors said she had been poisoned.  What about this crackdown on Reporters? Mary Dejevsky ?
    Mary Dejevsky:  Well I think something very interesting is going on here which is quite difficult to interpret.
    There is what seems to be a trial of strength almost going on between certain sections of the Russian authorities, and certain sections of the media.
    Certainly the resignation of the editor of Izvestiya is sacking apparently at the request of the Russian authorities.
    And the retraction that has got people so much talking about of the false report that was put out early on about the number of hostages taken, it really seems as though there is a battle for controlling this story, controlling the message that gets out to Russia at large.
    And I think the Kremlin has been very concerned first of all to avoid sowing some inter-ethnic conflict in the Caucuses because it feels the region is very much on a knife-edge.
    Ethnic dissension, violet ethnic dissention could break out any moment between North Ossetia, and Chechens, and neighbouring Ingush and just across their regional borders if it was actually known that these were behind the siege of the school.
    What is unclear to me is the singling out of Anna Politkovskaya who is known for being absolutely fearless and utterly accurate reporting of the whole Chechnya war and human rights abuses by Russian troops there.
    And Mr Babitsky from Radio Liberty, both of them have a strong record of reporting from the region and they carry a lot of credibility
    So you can certainly posit the idea that the last thing that the Kremlin wanted was to have two such fearless journalists go down there whey they the Russian Authorities in Moscow wanted to control the story.
    And wanted to put one hundred percent of the blame for what happened on the terrorists, the hostage takers, rather than looking maybe at some of the things that went wrong with the rescue operation.
    But I tend to think it is more complicated than that.  I think the Kremlin's retraction, and the effective apology is an unprecedented event.  For putting out false information on the first day.
    I think this suggests there are different sections of the Russian authorities fighting in fact — almost a battle for the truth of what happened.
    And that obviously people like the Security Services, and the military who were in immediate charge of the operation in North Ossetia which resulted in so many people getting killed that they have an interest in presenting the story in a certain way.
    When we saw Mr Putin yesterday he quite interestingly said — and it's always hard to know whether to take these things at face value or not — but he said that he had every interest in finding out the truth of what happened.
    He didn't want any sort of cover-up.   He said there is nothing to be covered up.  There is no reason to cover it up because it is in my interest and the Russian Administration to found out the truth.  In other words for them to know what went wrong if something went wrong.
    Amy Goodman:  Thank you Mary Dejevsky — Chief editorial writer for the London Independent.
    “Generally in wars, total casualties, which include wounded, crippled, and lost, are many times the number killed, often as high as ten times.
    So while Americans, thirty years later, still weep at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington — a monument representing about sixty thousand deaths over ten years of war — they have inflicted on Iraq, in just three weeks, that same proportionate loss — all of them civilians.
    With Iraq‘s population being less than ten percent that of the United States, such losses must be multiplied by ten to get some feel for their impact on the society.
    Is this how a great power behaves in the early part of the 21st century? Especially a power that enjoys reminding us at every opportunity — I suppose because it is so easy for the rest of the world, just watching its actions, to forget — that America stands for human rights and democratic principles?”
    John Chuckman
    Shot dead by Israel soldier
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    Since the long-forgotten days when the State Department's Middle East policy was run by a group of so-called Arabists, U.S. policy on Israel and the Arab world has increasingly become the purview of officials well known for tilting toward Israel.
    From the 1920s roughly to 1990, Arabists, who had a personal history and an educational background in the Arab world and were accused by supporters of Israel of being totally biased toward Arab interests, held sway at the State Department and, despite having limited power in the policymaking circles of any administration, helped maintain some semblance of U.S. balance by keeping policy from tipping over totally toward Israel.
    But Arabists have been steadily replaced by their exact opposites, what some observers are calling Israelists, and policymaking circles throughout government now no longer even make a pretense of exhibiting balance between Israeli and Arab, particularly Palestinian, interests.
    In the Clinton administration, the three most senior State Department officials dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli peace process were all partisans of Israel to one degree or another.
    All had lived at least for brief periods in Israel and maintained ties with Israel while in office, occasionally vacationing there.
    One of these officials had worked both as a pro-Israel lobbyist and as director of a pro-Israel think tank in Washington before taking a position in the Clinton administration from which he helped make policy on Palestinian-Israeli issues. Another has headed the pro-Israel think tank since leaving government.
    The link between active promoters of Israeli interests and policymaking circles is stronger by several orders of magnitude in the Bush administration, which is peppered with people who have long records of activism on behalf of Israel in the United States, of policy advocacy in Israel, and of promoting an agenda for Israel often at odds with existing U.S. policy.
    These people, who can fairly be called Israeli loyalists, are now at all levels of government, from desk officers at the Defense Department to the deputy secretary level at both State and Defense, as well as on the National Security Council staff and in the vice president's office.
    We still tiptoe around putting a name to this phenomenon.
    We write articles about the neo-conservatives' agenda on U.S.-Israeli relations and imply that in the neo-con universe there is little light between the two countries.
    We talk openly about the Israeli bias in the U.S. media. We make wry jokes about Congress being "Israeli-occupied territory."
    Jason Vest in The Nation magazine reported forthrightly that some of the think tanks that hold sway over Bush administration thinking see no difference between U.S. and Israeli national security interests.
    But we never pronounce the particular words that best describe the real meaning of those observations and wry remarks.
    It's time, however, that we say the words out loud and deal with what they really signify.
    Dual loyalties.
    Dual loyalties
    The issue we are dealing with in the Bush administration is dual loyalties — the double allegiance of those myriad officials at high and middle levels who cannot distinguish U.S. interests from Israeli interests, who baldly promote the supposed identity of interests between the United States and Israel, who spent their early careers giving policy advice to right-wing Israeli governments and now give the identical advice to a right-wing U.S. government, and who, one suspects, are so wrapped up in their concern for the fate of Israel that they honestly do not know whether their own passion about advancing the U.S. imperium is motivated primarily by America-first patriotism or is governed first and foremost by a desire to secure Israel's safety and predominance in the Middle East through the advancement of the U.S. imperium.
    "Dual loyalties" has always been one of those red flags posted around the subject of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict, something that induces horrified gasps and rapid heartbeats because of its implication of Jewish disloyalty to the United States and the common assumption that anyone who would speak such a canard is ipso facto an anti-Semite.
    (We have a Jewish friend who is not bothered by the term in the least, who believes that U.S. and Israeli interests should be identical and sees it as perfectly natural for American Jews to feel as much loyalty to Israel as they do to the United States.
    But this is clearly not the usual reaction when the subject of dual loyalties arises.)
    Although much has been written about the neo-cons who dot the Bush administration, the treatment of the their ties to Israel has generally been very gingerly.
    Although much has come to light recently about the fact that ridding Iraq both of its leader and of its weapons inventory has been on the neo-con agenda since long before there was a Bush administration, little has been said about the link between this goal and the neo-cons' overriding desire to provide greater security for Israel.
    But an examination of the cast of characters in Bush administration policymaking circles reveals a startlingly pervasive network of pro-Israel activists, and an examination of the neo-cons' voluminous written record shows that Israel comes up constantly as a neo-con reference point, always mentioned with the United States as the beneficiary of a recommended policy, always linked with the United States when national interests are at issue.
    The Begats
    First to the cast of characters.
    Beneath cabinet level, the list of pro-Israel neo-cons who are either policy functionaries themselves or advise policymakers from perches just on the edges of government reads like the old biblical "begats."
    Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz leads the pack.
    He was a protégé of Richard Perle, who heads the prominent Pentagon advisory body, the Defense Policy Board.
    Many of today's neo-cons, including Perle, are the intellectual progeny of the late Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, a strong defense hawk and one of Israel's most strident congressional supporters in the 1970s.
    Wolfowitz in turn is the mentor of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, now Vice President Cheney's chief of staff who was first a student of Wolfowitz and later a subordinate during the 1980s in both the State and the Defense Departments.
    Another Perle protégé is Douglas Feith, who is currently undersecretary of defense for policy, the department's number-three man, and has worked closely with Perle both as a lobbyist for Turkey and in co-authoring strategy papers for right-wing Israeli governments.
    Assistant Secretaries Peter Rodman and Dov Zackheim, old hands from the Reagan administration when the neo-cons first flourished, fill out the subcabinet ranks at Defense.
    At lower levels, the Israel and the Syria/Lebanon desk officers at Defense are imports from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank spun off from the pro-Israel lobby organization, AIPAC.
    Neo-cons have not made many inroads at the State Department, except for John Bolton, an American Enterprise Institute hawk and Israeli proponent who is said to have been forced on a reluctant Colin Powell as undersecretary for arms control.
    Bolton's special assistant is David Wurmser, who wrote and/or co-authored with Perle and Feith at least two strategy papers for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in 1996.
    Wurmser's wife, Meyrav Wurmser, is a co-founder of the media-watch website MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), which is run by retired Israeli military and intelligence officers and specializes in translating and widely circulating Arab media and statements by Arab leaders.
    A recent investigation by the Guardian of London found that MEMRI's translations are skewed by being highly selective.
    Although it inevitably translates and circulates the most extreme of Arab statements, it ignores moderate Arab commentary and extremist Hebrew statements.
    Death and Pain
     
     
     
     
    “Probably the most important organization is the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
    Shot dead by Israel soldier
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    In the vice president's office, Cheney has established his own personal national security staff, run by aides known to be very pro-Israel.
    The deputy director of the staff, John Hannah, is a former fellow of the Israeli-oriented Washington Institute.
    On the National Security Council staff, the newly appointed director of Middle East affairs is Elliott Abrams, who came to prominence after pleading guilty to withholding information from Congress during the Iran-contra scandal (and was pardoned by President Bush the elder) and who has long been a vocal proponent of right-wing Israeli positions.
    Putting him in a key policymaking position on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is like entrusting the henhouse to a fox.
    Pro-Israel activists with close links to the administration are also busy in the information arena inside and outside government.
    The head of Radio Liberty, a Cold War propaganda holdover now converted to service in the "war on terror," is Thomas Dine, who was the very active head of AIPAC throughout most of the Reagan and the Bush-41 administrations.
    Elsewhere on the periphery, William Kristol, son of neo-con originals Irving Kristol and Gertrude Himmelfarb, is closely linked to the administration's pro-Israel coterie and serves as its cheerleader through the Rupert Murdoch-owned magazine that he edits, The Weekly Standard.
    Some of Bush's speechwriters — including David Frum, who coined the term "axis of evil" for Bush's state-of-the-union address but was forced to resign when his wife publicly bragged about his linguistic prowess — have come from The Weekly Standard.
    Frank Gaffney, another Jackson and Perle protégé and Reagan administration defense official, puts his pro-Israel oar in from his think tank, the Center for Security Policy, and through frequent media appearances and regular columns in the Washington Times.
    The incestuous nature of the proliferating boards and think tanks, whose membership lists are more or less identical and totally interchangeable, is frighteningly insidious.
    Several scholars at the American Enterprise Institute, including former Reagan UN ambassador and long-time supporter of the Israeli right wing Jeane Kirkpatrick, make their pro-Israel views known vocally from the sidelines and occupy positions on other boards.
    Probably the most important organization, in terms of its influence on Bush administration policy formulation, is the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).
    Formed after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war specifically to bring Israel's security concerns to the attention of U.S. policymakers and concentrating also on broad defense issues, the extremely hawkish, right-wing JINSA has always had a high-powered board able to place its members inside conservative U.S. administrations.
    Cheney, Bolton, and Feith were members until they entered the Bush administration.
    Several lower level JINSA functionaries are now working in the Defense Department.
    Perle is still a member, as are Kirkpatrick, former CIA director and leading Iraq-war hawk James Woolsey, and old-time rabid pro-Israel types like Eugene Rostow and Michael Ledeen.
    Both JINSA and Gaffney's Center for Security Policy are heavily underwritten by Irving Moskowitz, a right-wing American Zionist, California business magnate (his money comes from bingo parlors), and JINSA board member who has lavishly financed the establishment of several religious settlements in Arab East Jerusalem.
    By Their Own Testimony
    Most of the neo-cons now in government have left a long paper trail giving clear evidence of their fervently right-wing pro-Israel, and fervently anti-Palestinian, sentiments.
    Whether being pro-Israel, even pro right-wing Israel, constitutes having dual loyalties — that is, a desire to further Israel's interests that equals or exceeds the desire to further U.S. interests — is obviously not easy to determine, but the record gives some clues.
    Israel settlers holding national flags. 

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approves 1,000 new houses in settlements in the West Bank

Picture: AFP/Nadav Neuhaus
    Israel settlers holding national flags.
    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approves 1,000 new houses in settlements in the West Bank
    New houses in the West Bank settlement of Adam.
    The grand dream of the 600 residents of Adam of becoming a major Jewish town in the West Bank is moving ever closer to reality with an accelerated settlement drive by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
    New houses in the West Bank settlement of Adam. 

The grand dream of the 600 residents of Adam of becoming a major Jewish town in the West Bank is moving ever closer to
reality with an accelerated settlement drive by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

AFP/Eitan Abramovich
     
      Vietnam  
    A street vendor walks past a souvenir shop in downtown Hanoi.
    The question of whether John Kerry was a coward or a leader during the Vietnam War might be raging in the US, but in Hanoi people hope for just one result from the American election — the exit of George W. Bush.
    "I've read a few things in the newspapers about the presidential campaign in the US but I don't care much.   Bush is barbarous," a 78-year-old retiree, who did not want to give his name, told AFP.
    The mere mention of the former Texas oilman visibly rattles a souvenir saleswoman in central Hanoi but Kerry, who possibly killed Vietnamese nationals during his service in the war, seems not to matter.
    "Bush is a crazy man," she said.   "We hate him.   Believe me, no one in Vietnam likes him.
    In Hanoi, any talk of the Vietnam War evokes the pain of current suffering, most notably due to Agent Orange, the herbicide the Americans used to tame the jungle during the conflict.
    "I know Bush, (I) don't know about the presidential campaign in the US.   I don't care.   I only know about the campaign for Agent Orange victims in Vietnam.   I fully support them," said housewife Hoang Cam Tu, 45.
    Tran Thanh Hung, 40, a motor-cycle taxi driver, also invoked the use of the defoliant decades ago while talking about Bush.
    "If Bush is still the US President, many people in many countries still have to suffer," he says.
    "He will kill more innocent people.   I support the present campaign in Vietnam to sign for victims of Agent Orange."
    Agriculture student Le Duc Vuong, 20, said Bush was inextricably linked with Iraq.
    "I don't support Bush because of his war in Iraq," he said.   "He is strong in fighting terrorists but he brings about deaths, devastation, not peace."
    AFP — August 2004
    “Deadly force is authorized
    CHECHNYA, NORTH AND SOUTH OSSETIA, INGUSHETIA, PALESTINE, IRAQ     Georgia
    Mourn under a heavy rain
    www.eurasianet.org         
    Jaba Devdariani 9/08/04
    “Tbilisi braces for Russia’s policy response to Beslan ”
    Officials in Georgia are bracing for a potentially rapid escalation of tension throughout the Caucasus following the Beslan hostage tragedy.
    Many Georgians, civilians and authorities alike, believe the Kremlin is capable of lashing out at Tbilisi as part of an attempt to relieve the Russian public’s rage over the high death toll in Beslan.
    Officials in Tbilisi are also concerned about the possibility of Georgia becoming embroiled in inter-ethnic strife in Russia’s North Caucasus region.
    Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, Georgian-Russian relations have been marked by rancor.
    The latest flare-up of bilateral tension revolved around Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s recent attempts to restore Tbilisi’s authority over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
    The September 3 shoot-out between hostage-takers and Russian security forces left at least 350 people dead, many of them children in the North Ossetian town of Beslan.
    Saakashvili’s immediate reaction to the tragedy was to adopt a sympathetic and conciliatory stance towards Moscow, seeking to reduce the chances of Russia trying to vent pent-up frustration on Georgia.
    Moscow has accused Chechen warlords Aslan Maskhadov and Shamil Basayev of masterminding the Beslan hostage taking.
    Moscow’s efforts to exact revenge against Chechen militants could possibly entangle Georgia, as Russian officials have complained in the past that Georgia provided a safe haven for Chechens.
    In a clear effort to reassure Russian that Georgia is committed to containing Islamic radicalism, Saakashvili has proposed the establishment of a joint anti-terrorism center.
    However, many Georgian experts believe that Tbilisi’s efforts to forge greater cooperation with Moscow stand little chance of achieving the desired result.
    Russia has not responded to the Saakashvili’s offer, and the initial signs suggest that lingering Russian hostility towards Georgia may not soon dissipate.
    One sign of Moscow’s ire was the detention by Russian authorities of two Georgian journalists as they tried to cover Beslan developments.
    The two journalists were released from on September 8 after spending five days in custody for allegedly entering Russian territory improperly.
    In addition, Russian authorities reportedly searched the guest house of the Georgian embassy in Moscow as part of a security sweep, Georgian and Russian media outlets reported.
    There are considerable grounds for concern in Georgia. Russian defense officials announced September 8 that Moscow reserved the right to carry out "preventative strikes" against potential terrorist bases.
    That pronouncement would seem to pave the way for a Russian raid on Georgian territory, in particular in the Pankisi Gorge, a region that has accommodated thousands of Chechen refugees and where Islamic radicals have reportedly operated training facilities.
    Some Georgian analysts say Tbilisi should try to prepare for a worst-case scenario.
    Many believe Georgian officials should appeal to Western governments and international organizations, the OSCE in particular, to increase monitoring of the Georgian-Russian border, including the frontier in South Ossetia.
    Tbilisi should also seek to raise awareness in the West about the escalating security threats in the Caucasus.
    Such efforts may not be sufficient to protect Georgia against a possible Russian backlash over the near term, observers in Georgia admit.
    The limits of Tbilisi’s available resources are such that there is little that Georgian officials can do to deter potential Russian unilateral military action.
    Likewise, Georgian experts aren’t expecting the West to take rapid action on the border monitoring issue.
    An increase in international monitoring would likely not be welcomed by Russia, which has vigorously sought to guard its dominating role over regional peacekeeping initiatives.
    Even if Russia takes no aggressive action against Georgia, experts in Tbilisi say their country is at risk of getting dragged into a potential North Caucasus conflict, such as one pitting Ossetians against Ingush.
    The Russian newspaper Kommersant Daily quoted former Ingush leader Ruslan Aushev as saying that Ossetians were heavily armed, adding that local militia groups in Beslan contributed to the chaos during the September 3 shoot-out.
    These militia groups reportedly operated beyond the control of Russian authorities, and possibly even hampered operations by Russian special forces, Aushev indicated.
    A potential outbreak of inter-ethnic violence in the North Caucasus, especially if it involves Ossetians, could create a scenario in which militia groups use South Ossetia as a safe haven.
    That, in turn, could force Tbilisi to become involved.
           Chechnya, Afghanistan, and U.S. Involvement       
           "Something scary is bound to happen.       
           The last war between the Ingush and the North Ossetians started with the death of a taxi driver."       
    CHECHNYA, NORTH AND SOUTH OSSETIA, INGUSHETIA, PALESTINE, IRAQ,
    Georgia
    AFGHANISTAN
    Third World War.

Flames rise from burning cars following a blast that tore through the office of a US security firm in Kabul August 29, 2004. 

Many people were killed.

Photo: AFP/Farzana Wahidy
    Flames rise from burning cars following a blast that tore through the office of a US security firm in Kabul August 29, 2004.
    Many people were killed.
    Kabul, Afghanistan
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    But his interest in Israel always crops up [Paul Wolfowitz].
    Even profiles that downplay his attachment to Israel nonetheless always mention the influence the Holocaust, in which several of his family perished, has had on his thinking.
    One source inside the administration has described him frankly as "over-the-top crazy when it comes to Israel."
    Although this probably accurately describes most of the rest of the neo-con coterie, and Wolfowitz is guilty at least by association, he is actually more complex and nuanced than this.
    A recent New York Times Magazine profile by the Times' Bill Keller cites critics who say that "Israel exercises a powerful gravitational pull on the man" and notes that as a teenager Wolfowitz lived in Israel during his mathematician father's sabbatical semester there.
    His sister is married to an Israeli.
    Keller even somewhat reluctantly acknowledges the accuracy of one characterization of Wolfowitz as "Israel-centric."
    But Keller goes through considerable contortions to shun what he calls "the offensive suggestion of dual loyalty" and in the process makes one wonder if he is protesting too much.
    Keller concludes that Wolfowitz is less animated by the security of Israel than by the promise of a more moderate Islam.
    He cites as evidence Wolfowitz's admiration for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for making peace with Israel and also draws on a former Wolfowitz subordinate who says that "as a moral man, he might have found Israel the heart of the Middle East story.
    But as a policy maker, Turkey and the gulf and Egypt didn't loom any less large for him."
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    These remarks are revealing.
    Anyone not so fearful of broaching the issue of dual loyalties might at least have raised the suggestion that Wolfowitz's real concern may indeed be to ensure Israel's security.
    Otherwise, why do his overriding interests seem to be reinventing Anwar Sadats throughout the Middle East by transforming the Arab and Muslim worlds and thereby making life safer for Israel, and a passion for fighting a pre-emptive war against Iraq — when there are critical areas totally apart from the Middle East and myriad other broad strategic issues that any deputy secretary of defense should be thinking about just as much?
    His current interest in Turkey, which is shared by the other neo-cons, some of whom have served as lobbyists for Turkey, seems also to be directed at securing Israel's place in the region; there seems little reason for particular interest in this moderate Islamic, non-Arab country, other than that it is a moderate Islamic but non-Arab neighbor of Israel.
    Furthermore, the notion suggested by the Wolfowitz subordinate that any moral man would obviously look to Israel as the "heart of the Middle East story" is itself an Israel-centered idea: the assumption that Israel is a moral state, always pursuing moral policies, and that any moral person would naturally attach himself to Israel automatically presumes that there is an identity of interests between the United States and Israel; only those who assume such a complete coincidence of interests accept the notion that Israel is, across the board, a moral state.
    Palestine
    Killed by US Israel
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    Others among the neo-con policymakers have been more direct and open in expressing their pro-Israel views.
    Douglas Feith has been the most prolific of the group, with a two-decade-long record of policy papers, many co-authored with Perle, propounding a strongly anti-Palestinian, pro-Likud view.
    He views the Palestinians as not constituting a legitimate national group, believes that the West Bank and Gaza belong to Israel by right, and has long advocated that the U.S. abandon any mediating effort altogether and particularly foreswear the land-for-peace formula.
    In 1996, Feith, Perle, and both David and Meyrav Wurmser were among the authors of a policy paper issued by an Israeli think tank and written for newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that urged Israel to make a "clean break" from pursuit of the peace process, particularly its land-for-peace aspects, which the authors regarded as a prescription for Israel's annihilation.
    Arabs must rather accept a "peace-for-peace" formula through unconditional acceptance of Israel's rights, including its territorial rights in the occupied territories.
    The paper advocated that Israel "engage every possible energy on rebuilding Zionism" by disengaging from economic and political dependence on the U.S. while maintaining a more "mature," self-reliant partnership with the U.S. not focused "narrowly on territorial disputes."
    Greater self-reliance would, these freelance policymakers told Netanyahu, give Israel "greater freedom of action and remove a significant lever of pressure [i.e., U.S. pressure] used against it in the past."
    The paper advocated, even as far back as 1996, containment of the threat against Israel by working closely with — guess who? — Turkey, as well as with Jordan, apparently regarded as the only reliably moderate Arab regime.
    Jordan had become attractive for these strategists because it was at the time working with opposition elements in Iraq to reestablish a Hashemite monarchy there that would have been allied by blood lines and political leanings to the Hashemite throne in Jordan.
    The paper's authors saw the principal threat to Israel coming, we should not be surprised to discover now, from Iraq and Syria and advised that focusing on the removal of Saddam Hussein would kill two birds with one stone by also thwarting Syria's regional ambitions.
    In what amounts to a prelude to the neo-cons' principal policy thrust in the Bush administration, the paper spoke frankly of Israel's interest in overturning the Iraqi leadership and replacing it with a malleable monarchy.
    Referring to Saddam Hussein's ouster as "an important Israeli strategic objective," the paper observed that "Iraq's future could affect the strategic balance in the Middle East profoundly" — meaning give Israel unquestioned predominance in the region.
    The authors urged therefore that Israel support the Hashemites in their "efforts to redefine Iraq."
    In a much longer policy document written at about the same time for the same Israeli think tank, David Wurmser repeatedly linked the U.S. and Israel when talking about national interests in the Middle East.
    The "battle to dominate and define Iraq," he wrote "is, by extension, the battle to dominate the balance of power in the Levant over the long run," and "the United States and Israel" can fight this battle together.
    Repeated references to U.S. and Israeli strategic policy, pitted against a "Saudi-Iraqi-Syrian-Iranian-PLO axis," and to strategic moves that establish a balance of power in which the United States and Israel are ascendant, in alliance with Turkey and Jordan, betray a thought process that cannot separate U.S. from Israeli interests.
    Perle gave further impetus to this thrust when six years later, in September 2002, he gave a briefing for Pentagon officials that included a slide depicting a recommended strategic goal for the U.S. in the Middle East: all of Palestine as Israel, Jordan as Palestine, and Iraq as the Hashemite kingdom.
    Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld seems to have taken this aboard, since he spoke at about the same time of the West Bank and Gaza as the "so-called occupied territories" — effectively turning all of Palestine into Israel.
    Kashmir - occupied by India and Pakistan
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    Elliott Abrams is another unabashed supporter of the Israeli right, now bringing his links with Israel into the service of U.S. policymaking on Palestinian-Israeli issues.
    The neo-con community is crowing about Abrams' appointment as Middle East director on the NSC staff (where this Iran-contra criminal has already been working since mid-2001, badly miscast as the director for, of all things, democracy and human rights).
    The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes has hailed his appointment as a decisive move that neatly cocks a snook at the pro-Palestinian wimps at the State Department.
    Accurately characterizing Abrams as "more pro-Israel, less solicitous of Palestinians" than the State Department and strongly opposed to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, Barnes gloats that the Abrams triumph signals that the White House will not cede control of Middle East policy to Colin Powell and the "foreign service bureaucrats."
    Abrams comes to the post after a year in which it had effectively been left vacant.
    His predecessor, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been serving concurrently as Bush's personal representative to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban and has devoted little time to the NSC job, but several attempts to appoint a successor early this year were vetoed by neo-con hawks who felt the appointees were not devoted enough to Israel.
    Although Abrams has no particular Middle East expertise, he has managed to insert himself in the Middle East debate repeatedly over the years.
    He has a family interest in propounding a pro-Israel view; he is the son-in-law of Norman Podhoretz, one of the original neo-cons and a long-time strident supporter of right-wing Israeli causes as editor of Commentary magazine, and Midge Decter, a frequent right-wing commentator.
    Abrams has written a good deal on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, opposing U.S. mediation and any effort to press for Israeli concessions.
    In an article published in advance of the 2000 elections, he propounded a rationale for a U.S. missile defense system, and a foreign policy agenda in general, geared almost entirely toward ensuring Israel's security.
    "It is a simple fact," he wrote, that the possession of missiles and weapons of mass destruction by Iraq and Iran vastly increases Israel's vulnerability, and this threat would be greatly diminished if the U.S. provided a missile shield and brought about the demise of Saddam Hussein.
    He concluded with a wholehearted assertion of the identity of U.S. and Israeli interests: "The next decade will present enormous opportunities to advance American interests in the Middle East [by] boldly asserting our support of our friends" — that is, of course, Israel.
    Many of the fundamental negotiating issues critical to Israel, he said, are also critical to U.S. policy in the region and "require the United States to defend its interests and allies" rather than giving in to Palestinian demands.
    Neo-cons in the Henhouse
    The neo-con strategy papers half a dozen years ago were dotted with concepts like "redefining Iraq," "redrawing the map of the Middle East," "nurturing alternatives to Arafat," all of which have in recent months become familiar parts of the Bush administration's diplomatic lingo.
    Objectives laid out in these papers as important strategic goals for Israel — including the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the strategic transformation of the entire Middle East, the death of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, regime change wherever the U.S. and Israel don't happen to like the existing government, the abandonment of any effort to forge a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace or even a narrower Palestinian-Israeli peace — have now become, under the guidance of this group of pro-Israel neo-cons, important strategic goals for the United States.
    The enthusiasm with which senior administration officials like Bush himself, Cheney, and Rumsfeld have adopted strategic themes originally defined for Israel's guidance — and did so in many cases well before September 11 and the so-called war on terror — testifies to the persuasiveness of a neo-con philosophy focused narrowly on Israel and the pervasiveness of the network throughout policymaking councils.
     
    Does all this add up to dual loyalties to Israel and the United States?
    Many would still contend indignantly that it does not, and that it is anti-Semitic to suggest such a thing.
    In fact, zealous advocacy of Israel's causes may be just that — zealotry, an emotional connection to Israel that still leaves room for primary loyalty to the United States — and affection for Israel is not in any case a sentiment limited to Jews.
    But passion and emotion — and, as George Washington wisely advised, a passionate attachment to any country — have no place in foreign policy formulation, and it is mere hair-splitting to suggest that a passionate attachment to another country is not loyalty to that country.
    Zealotry clouds judgment, and emotion should never be the basis for policymaking.
    Zealotry can lead to extreme actions to sustain policies, as is apparently occurring in the Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz-Feith Defense Department.
    People knowledgeable of the intelligence community have said, according to a recent article in The American Prospect, that the CIA is under tremendous pressure to produce intelligence more supportive of war with Iraq — as one former CIA official put it, "to support policies that have already been adopted."
    Key Defense Department officials, including Feith, are said to be attempting to make the case for pre-emptive war by producing their own unverified intelligence.
    Wolfowitz betrayed his lack of concern for real evidence when, in answer to a recent question about where the evidence is for Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, he replied, "It's like the judge said about pornography. I can't define it, but I will know it when I see it."
    Intifada: انتفاضة Arabic word stands for shaking off or shivering because of fear or illness.
    It also means abrupt and sudden waking up from sleep or unconcerned status.
    Politically; The word came to symbolise the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation.
    The word also stands for the weakness of the Palestinian people and their suffering under the Israeli occupation.
    www.intifada.com
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    Zealotry can also lead to a myopic focus on the wrong issues in a conflict or crisis, as is occurring among all Bush policymakers with regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
    The administration's obsessive focus on deposing Yasir Arafat, a policy suggested by the neo-cons years before Bush came to office, is a dodge and a diversion that merely perpetuates the conflict by failing to address its real roots.
    Advocates of this policy fail or refuse to see that, however unappealing the Palestinian leadership, it is not the cause of the conflict, and "regime change" among the Palestinians will do nothing to end the violence.
    The administration's utter refusal to engage in any mediation process that might produce a stable, equitable peace, also a neo-con strategy based on the paranoid belief that any peace involving territorial compromise will spell the annihilation of Israel, will also merely prolong the violence.
    Zealotry produces blindness: the zealous effort to pursue Israel's right-wing agenda has blinded the dual loyalists in the administration to the true face of Israel as occupier, to any concern for justice or equity and any consideration that interests other than Israel's are involved, and indeed to any pragmatic consideration that continued unquestioning accommodation of Israel, far from bringing an end to violence, will actually lead to its tragic escalation and to increased terrorism against both the United States and Israel.
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    What does it matter, in the end, if these men split their loyalties between the United States and Israel?
    Apart from the evidence of the policy distortions that arise from zealotry, one need only ask whether it can be mere coincidence that those in the Bush administration who most strongly promote "regime change" in Iraq are also those who most strongly support the policies of the Israeli right wing.
    And would it bother most Americans to know that the United States is planning a war against Iraq for the benefit of Israel?
    Can it be mere coincidence, for example, that Vice President Cheney, now the leading senior-level proponent of war with Iraq, repudiated just this option for all the right reasons in the immediate aftermath of the Gulf War in 1991?
    He was defense secretary at the time, and in an interview with the New York Times on April 13, 1991, he said:
    "If you're going to go in and try to topple Saddam Hussein, you have to go to Baghdad.
    Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you will do with it.
    It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that's currently there now.
    Is it going to be a Shia regime, a Sunni regime or a Kurdish regime?
    Or one that tilts toward the Ba'athists, or one that tilts toward the Islamic fundamentalists.
    How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there?
    How long does the United States military have to stay to protect the people that sign on for the government, and what happens to it once we leave?"
    www.counterpunch.org 6 September, 2004
    By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
    The Politics of Anti-Semitism
    Since Cheney clearly changed his mind between 1991 and today, is it not legitimate to ask why, and whether Israel might have a greater influence over U.S. foreign policy now than it had in 1991?
    After all, notwithstanding his wisdom in rejecting an expansion of the war on Iraq a decade ago, Cheney was just as interested in promoting U.S. imperialism and was at that same moment in the early 1990s outlining a plan for world domination by the United States, one that did not include conquering Iraq at any point along the way.
    The only new ingredient in the mix today that is inducing Cheney to begin the march to U.S. world domination by conquering Iraq is the presence in the Bush-Cheney administration of a bevy of aggressive right-wing neo-con hawks who have long backed the Jewish fundamentalists of Israel's own right wing and who have been advocating some move on Iraq for at least the last half dozen years.
     
    ESTIMATED NUCLEAR WARHEADS, STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL
    Map showing declared, suspected and potential nuclear nations.

The US is also said to have some 3,000 warheads in reserve, while Russia has about 11,000 in non-operational stockpiles.

Israel declines to confirm it has nuclear weapons.

North Korea — 1 test underground, October 2006.

Iran is accused by the US of ambitions to build nuclear arms.

The United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.

The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal.

In fact they're working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities.

Jackie Cabasso — Western States Legal Foundation
    The United States has conducted 1,127 nuclear and thermonuclear tests — 217 in the atmosphere.
    The Soviet Union/ Russia conducted 969 tests — 219 in the atmosphere.
    France, 210 tests, 50 in the atmosphere.
    The United Kingdom, 45 tests — 21 in the atmosphere.
    China, 45 tests — 23 in the atmosphere.
    India and Pakistan — 13 tests underground.
    Israel — possible 1 test atmosphere South Africa 1979.
    North Korea — 1 test underground, October 2006.
    “The United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.”
    “The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal.   In fact they're working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities.”
    Jackie Cabasso — Western States Legal Foundation
    Western Elite militarism
    Western Elite Terror States
    Western Elite War Crimes
     
     
      Protests around world every 11th of month
    Danish scientist Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 on nano-thermite in the WTC dust.

911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

2,606 people lost their lives in the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001.

125 people lost their lives at the Pentagon on 9/11.

246 people lost their lives on the four planes on 9/11.

Image: Danish TV2
    Danish scientist Niels Harrit on nano-thermite in the WTC dust.

Niels Harrit, you and eight other researchers conclude in this article that it was nano-thermite that caused these buildings to collapse.

We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.

One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.

The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.

This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.

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    Danish scientist Niels Harrit on nano-thermite in the WTC dust
    Transcript of interview with Niels Harrit on Danish TV2 News 6th April 2009.
    Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
    Danish TV2   International researchers have found traces of explosives among the World Trade Center rubble.
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano-thermite contains more energy than dynamite and can be used as rocket fuel.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

So you found nano-thermite in the World Trade Center buildings, why do you think it caused the collapses?

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
    A new scientific article concludes that impacts from the two hijacked aircraft did not cause the collapses in 2001.
    We turn our attention to 9/11 — the major attack in New York.
    Apparently the two airplane-impacts did not cause the towers to collapse, according to a newly published scientific article.
    Researchers found nano-thermite explosive in the rubble, that cannot have come from the planes.
    They believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.
    Niels Harrit, you and eight other researchers conclude in this article, that it was nano-thermite that caused these buildings to collapse. What is nano-thermite?
    Niels Harrit   We found nano-thermite in the rubble.
    We are not saying only nano-thermite was used.
    Thermite itself dates back to 1893.
    It is a mixture of aluminum and rust-powder, which react to create intense heat.
    The reaction produces iron, heated to 2500 °C.
    This can be used to do welding.   It can also be used to melt other iron.
    Nanotechnology makes things smaller.   So in nano-thermite, this powder from 1893 is reduced to tiny particles, perfectly mixed.
    When these react, the intense heat develops much more quickly.
    Nano-thermite can be mixed with additives to give off intense heat, or serve as a very effective explosive.
    It contains more energy than dynamite, and can be used as rocket fuel.
    Danish TV2   I Googled nano-thermite, and not much has been written about it.   Is it a widely known scientific substance?   Or is it so new that other scientists are hardly aware of it?
    Niels Harrit   It is a collective name for substances with high levels of energy.
    If civilian researchers (like myself) are not familiar with it, it is probably because they do not do much work with explosives.
    As for military scientists, you would have to ask them.
    I do not know how familiar they are with nanotechnology.
    Danish TV2   So you found this substance in the WTC, why do you think it caused the collapses?
    Niels Harrit   Well, it's an explosive.   Why else would it be there?
    Danish TV2   You believe the intense heat melted the building?s steel support structure, and caused the building to collapse like a house of cards?
    Niels Harrit   I cannot say precisely, as this substance can serve both purposes.
    It can explode and break things apart, and it can melt things.
    Both effects were probably used, as I see it.
    Molten metal pours out of the South Tower several minutes before the collapse.
    This indicates the whole structure was being weakened in advance.
    Then the regular explosives come into play.
    The actual collapse sequence had to be perfectly timed, all the way down.
    Danish TV2   What quantities are we talking about?
    Niels Harrit   A lot.   There were only two planes, but three skyscrapers collapsed.
    We know roughly how much dust was created.
    The pictures show huge quantities, everything but the steel was pulverised.
    And we know roughly how much unreacted thermite we have found.
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano Thermite can explode and break things apart and it can melt things.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Both effects were probably used by the use of Nano Thermite as I see it.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

The use of nano thermite indicates the whole structure was being weakened in advance.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
    This is the “loaded gun”, material that did not ignite for some reason.
    We are talking about tonnes.   Over 10 tonnes, possibly 100 tonnes.
    Danish TV2   Ten tonnes, possibly 100 tonnes, in three buildings?   And these substances are not normally found in such buildings?
    Niels Harrit   No.   These materials are extremely advanced.
    Danish TV2   How do you place such material in a skyscraper, on all the floors?
    Niels Harrit   How you would get it in?
    Danish TV2   Yes.
    Niels Harrit   If I had to transport it in those quantities I would use pallets.   Get a truck and move it in on pallets.
    Danish TV2   Why hasn't this been discovered earlier?
    Niels Harrit   By whom?
    Danish TV2   The caretakers, for example.     If you are moving 10 to 100 tonnes of nano-thermite around, and placing it on all the floors.     I am just surprised no-one noticed.
    Niels Harrit   As a journalist, you should address that question to the company responsible for security at the WTC.
    Danish TV2   So you are in no doubt the material was present?
    Niels Harrit   You cannot fudge this kind of science.
    We have found it.   Unreacted thermite.
    Danish TV2   What responses has your article received around the world?
    Niels Harrit   It is completely new knowledge for me.
    It was only published last Friday.   So it is too early to say.
    But the article may not be as groundbreaking as you think.
    Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, have long known that the three buildings were demolished.
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Once the nano thermite was used then the regular explosives come into play.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

The actual collapse sequence had to be perfectly times, all the way down.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

And we know roughly how much unreacted thermite we have found.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

No.  These nano thermite materials are extremely advanced.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano thermite in the buildings - almost ten years have passed.

Nano-thermite contains more energy than dynamite and can be used as rocket fuel.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
    911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

So you found nano-thermite in the World Trade Center buildings, why do you think it caused the collapses?

It was by chance that someone discovered nano thermite two years ago.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
    This has been crystal clear.
    Our research is just the last nail in the coffin.
    This is not the 'smoking gun', it is the 'loaded gun'.
    Each day, thousands of people realise that the WTC was demolished.
    That is something unstoppable.
    Danish TV2   Why has no-one discovered earlier that there was nano-thermite in the buildings?   Almost ten years have passed.
    Niels Harrit   You mean in the dust?
    Danish TV2   Yes.
    Niels Harrit   It was by chance that someone looked at the dust with a microscope.
    They are tiny red chips.
    The biggest are 1 mm in size, and can be seen with the naked eye.
    But you need a microscope to see the vast majority.
    It was by chance that someone discovered them two years ago.
    Danish TV2   It has taken 18 months to prepare the scientific article you refer to.
    Niels Harrit   It is a very comprehensive article based on thorough research.
    Danish TV2   You have been working on this for several years, because it didn't make sense to you.
    Niels Harrit   Yes, over two years actually.
    It all started when I saw the collapse of Building 7, the third skyscraper.
    It collapsed seven hours after the twin towers.
    And there were only two airplanes.
    When you see a 47-storey building, 186m tall, collapse in 6.5 seconds, and you are a scientist, you think “what?”.
    I had to watch it again… and again.
    I hit the button 10 times, and my jaw dropped lower and lower.
    Firstly, I had never heard of that building before.
    And there was no visible reason why it should collapse in that way, straight down, in 6.5 seconds.
    I have had no rest since that day.
    Danish TV2   Ever since 9/11 there has been speculation, and conspiracy theories.   What do you say to viewers who hear about your research and say, “we?ve heard it all before, there are lots of conspiracy theories”.   What would you say to convince them that this is different?
    Niels Harrit   I think there is only one conspiracy theory worth mentioning, the one involving 19 hijackers.
    I think viewers should ask themselves what evidence they have seen to support the official conspiracy theory.
    If anyone has seen evidence, I would like to hear about it
    No-one has been formally charged.   No-one is 'wanted'.
    Our work should lead to demands for a proper criminal investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
    Because it never happened.   We are still waiting for it.
    We hope our results will be used as technical evidence when that day comes.
    Danish TV2   Niels Harrit, fascinating, thanks for coming in.
    Niels Harrit   My pleasure
    ITALIAN SAYS 9-11 SOLVED
    It’s common knowledge, he reveals
    CIA — Mossad behind terror attacks
    By the Staff of American Free Press
    Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga, who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio, has told Italy’s oldest and most widely read newspaper that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad, and that this was common knowledge among global intelligence agencies.
    In what translates awkwardly into English, Cossiga told the newspaper Corriere della Sera:
    “All the [intelligence services] of America and Europe… know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the Mossad, with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part … in Iraq [and] Afghanistan.”
    Cossiga was elected president of the Italian Senate in July 1983 before winning a landslide election to become president of the country in 1985, and he remained until 1992.
    Cossiga’s tendency to be outspoken upset the Italian political establishment, and he was forced to resign after revealing the existence of, and his part in setting up, Operation Gladio.
    This was a rogue intelligence network under NATO auspices that carried out bombings across Europe in the 1960s, 1970s and ’80s.
    Gladio’s specialty was to carry out what they termed 'false flag' operations — terror attacks that were blamed on their domestic and geopolitical opposition.
    In March 2001, Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra stated, in sworn testimony:
    “You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game.
    The reason was quite simple: to force … the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”
    Cossiga first expressed his doubts about 9-11 in 2001, and is quoted by 9-11 researcher Webster Tarpley saying:
    “The mastermind of the attack must have been a sophisticated mind, provided with ample means not only to recruit fanatic kamikazes, but also highly specialized personnel.
    I add one thing: it could not be accomplished without infiltrations in the radar and flight security personnel.”
    Coming from a widely respected former head of state, Cossiga’s assertion that the 9-11 attacks were an inside job and that this is common knowledge among global intelligence agencies is illuminating.
    It is one more eye-opening confirmation that has not been mentioned by America’s propaganda machine in print or on TV.
    Nevertheless, because of his experience and status in the world, Cossiga cannot be discounted as a crackpot.
    Free to redistribute as long as credit given to American Free Press
    We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.

One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.

The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.

This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.

Photo: Bentham-Open.org
    Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
    Photo: Bentham-Open.org
    Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
    We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.
    One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.
    The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).
    The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.
    The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.
    This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.
     
    Your life, your children's lives —
    Will you live or die?
    Decided by small group of elite.
    Pure evil
    It doesn't get any clearer than this
     
    Published on Friday, March 2, 2007 by the Los Angeles Times
    US to Develop New Hydrogen Bomb
    by Ralph Vartabedian
    The Energy Department will announce today a contract to develop the nation's first new hydrogen bomb in two decades, involving a collaboration between three national weapons laboratories, The Times has learned.
    The new bomb will include design features from all three labs, though Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area appears to have taken the lead position in the project. The Los Alamos and Sandia labs in New Mexico will also be part of the project.
    Why are the West's elites trying to start a nuclear war?
    Because you pay for it
    BBC — Thursday, 6 September 2007
    UK jets 'chase Russian bombers'
    UK MoD image of Tupolev-95 Bear bomber

An MoD photo shows RAF Typhoon shadowing a Russian Bear-H
    Norway says Russia has increased military flights in the Arctic
    The UK's Royal Air Force has launched fighter jets to intercept eight Russian military planes flying in airspace patrolled by Nato, UK officials say.
    Four RAF F3 Tornado aircraft were scrambled in response to the Russian action, the UK's defence ministry said.
    The Russian planes - said to be long-range bombers - had earlier been followed by Norwegian F16 jets.
    Russia recently revived a Cold War-era practice of flying bombers on long-range patrols.
    A Norwegian officer, Lt Col John Inge Oegland, told the BBC the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers flew in international airspace from the Barents Sea to the Atlantic, before turning back.
    Two Norwegian F-16s shadowed them on Thursday morning and another two went up later, he said.
    There have been several similar incidents in recent months, Lt-Col Oegland added.
    "Norway is following the increased Russian activity in the far north with interest," he told the BBC News website.
    He said the Russian flights were not causing alarm in Norway.   "Our systems are adequate," he said, when asked whether Norway was bolstering its security in the area.
    Over time I was increasingly shocked by the speed and ease with which many intelligent and seemingly competent members of the CFR [ Council on Foreign Relations ] appeared to eagerly justify policies and actions that supported growing corruption.
    The regularity with which many CFR members would protect insiders from accountability regarding another appalling fraud surprised even me.
    Many of them seemed delighted with the advantages of being an insider while being entirely indifferent to the extraordinary cost to all citizens of having our lives, health and resources drained to increase insider wealth in a manner that violated the most basic principles of fiduciary obligation and respect for the law.
    In short, the CFR was operating in a win-lose economic paradigm that centralized economic and political power.
    I was trying to find a way for us to shift to a win-win economic paradigm that was — by its nature — decentralizing.
    Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
     
    The reader can appreciate why Wall Street would welcome someone as accommodating as Gorelick at Fannie Mae.
    This was a period when the profits rolled in from engineering the most spectacular growth in mortgage debt in U.S. history.
    As one real estate broker said, “They have turned our homes into ATM machines.”
    Fannie Mae has been a leading player in centralizing control of the mortgage markets into Washington D.C. and Wall Street.
    And that means as people were rounded up and shipped to prison as part of Operation Safe Home, Fannie was right behind to finance the gentrification of neighborhoods.
    And that is before we ask questions about the extent to which the estimated annual financial flows of $500 billion–$1 trillion money laundering through the U.S. financial system or money missing from the US government are reinvested into Fannie Mae securities.
    Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
    James Forrestal
    James Forrestal’s oil portrait always hung prominently in one of the private Dillon Read dining rooms for the eleven years that I worked at the firm. Forrestal, a highly regarded Dillon partner and President of the firm, had gone to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to lead the Navy during WWII and then played a critical role in creating the National Security Act of 1947.

He then became Secretary of War (later termed Secretary of Defense) in September 1947 and served until March 28, 1949.

Given the central banking-warfare investment model that rules our planet, it was appropriate that Dillon 
partners at various times lead both the Treasury Department and the Defense Department.

Shortly after resigning from government, Forrestal died falling out of a window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside of Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1949.

There is some controversy around the official explanation of his death — ruled a suicide.

Some insist he had a nervous breakdown. Some say that he was opposed to the creation of the state of Israel.

Others say that he argued for transparency and accountability in government, and against the provisions instituted at this time to create a secrete “black budget.”

He lost and was pretty upset about it — and the loss was a violent one.

Since the professional killers who operate inside the Washington beltway have numerous techniques to get perfectly sane people to kill themselves, I am not sure it makes a big difference.

Approximately a month later, the CIA Act of 1949 was passed.

The Act created the CIA and endowed it with the statutory authority that became one of the chief components of financing the “black” budget — the power to claw monies from other agencies for the benefit of secretly funding the intelligence communities and their corporate contractors.

This was to turn out to be a devastating development for the forces of transparency, without which there can be no rule of law, free markets or democracy.

Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits

Photo: Wikipedia     

    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Forrestal as an administrative assistant on June 22, 1940, then nominated him as Undersecretary of the Navy six weeks later. In the latter post, Forrestal would prove to be very effective at mobilizing industrial production for the war effort.
    He became Secretary of the Navy on May 19, 1944, following the death of his immediate supervisor Frank Knox from a heart attack. Forrestal then led the Navy through the closing year of the war and the demobilization that followed.   What might have been his greatest legacy as Navy Secretary was an attempt that came to nought.   He, along with Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Under Secretary of State Joseph Grew, in the early months of 1945, strongly advocated a softer policy toward Japan that would permit a negotiated face-saving surrender.   His primary concern was "the menace of Russian Communism and its attraction for decimated, destabilized societies in Europe and Asia", and, therefore, keeping the Soviet Union out of the war with Japan.   Had his advice been followed, Japan might well have surrendered before August 1945, precluding the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   So strongly did he feel about this matter that he cultivated negotiation attempts that bordered closely on insubordination toward the President.
    Forrestal opposed the unification of the services, but even so helped develop the National Security Act of 1947 that created the National Military Establishment (the Department of Defense was not created as such until August 1949), and with the former Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson retiring to private life, Forrestal was the next choice.
    His 18 months at Defense came at an exceptionally difficult time for the U.S. military establishment:   Communist governments came to power in Czechoslovakia and China; West Berlin was blockaded, necessitating the Berlin Airlift to keep it going; the war between the Arab states and Israel after the establishment of Israel in Palestine; and negotiations were going on for the formation of NATO.   His reign was also hampered by intense interservice rivalries.
    In addition, President Harry Truman constrained military budgets billions of dollars below what the services were requesting, putting Forrestal in the middle of the tug-of-war.   Forrestal was also becoming more and more worried about the Soviet threat.   Internationally, the takeover by the Communists of Eastern Europe, their threats to the governments of Greece, Italy, and France, their impending takeover of China, and the invasion of South Korea by North Korea would demonstrate the legitimacy of his concerns on the international front as well.
    Photo and description: Wikipedia
    James Forrestal’s oil portrait always hung prominently in one of the private Dillon Read dining rooms for the eleven years that I worked at the firm. Forrestal, a highly regarded Dillon partner and President of the firm, had gone to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to lead the Navy during WWII and then played a critical role in creating the National Security Act of 1947.
    He then became Secretary of War (later termed Secretary of Defense) in September 1947 and served until March 28, 1949.
    Given the central banking-warfare investment model that rules our planet, it was appropriate that Dillon partners at various times lead both the Treasury Department and the Defense Department.
    Shortly after resigning from government, Forrestal died falling out of a window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside of Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1949.
    There is some controversy around the official explanation of his death — ruled a suicide.
    Some insist he had a nervous breakdown. Some say that he was opposed to the creation of the state of Israel.
    Others say that he argued for transparency and accountability in government, and against the provisions instituted at this time to create a secrete “black budget.”
    He lost and was pretty upset about it — and the loss was a violent one.
    Since the professional killers who operate inside the Washington beltway have numerous techniques to get perfectly sane people to kill themselves, I am not sure it makes a big difference.
    Approximately a month later, the CIA Act of 1949 was passed.
    The Act created the CIA and endowed it with the statutory authority that became one of the chief components of financing the “black” budget — the power to claw monies from other agencies for the benefit of secretly funding the intelligence communities and their corporate contractors.
    This was to turn out to be a devastating development for the forces of transparency, without which there can be no rule of law, free markets or democracy.
    Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
    What Briody does not mention is allegations regarding Brown & Root's involvement in narcotics trafficking. Former LAPD narcotics investigator Mike Ruppert once described his break up with fiance Teddy — an agent dealing narcotics and weapons for the CIA while working with Brown & Root, as follows:
    “Arriving in New Orleans in early July, 1977 I found her living in an apartment across the river in Gretna. Equipped with scrambler phones, night vision devices and working from sealed communiqués delivered by naval and air force personnel from nearby Belle Chasse Naval Air Station, Teddy was involved in something truly ugly.
    She was arranging for large quantities of weapons to be loaded onto ships leaving for Iran.
    At the same time she was working with Mafia associates of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello to coordinate the movement of service boats that were bringing large quantities of heroin into the city.
    The boats arrived at Marcello controlled docks, unmolested by even the New Orleans police she introduced me to, along with divers, military men, former Green Berets and CIA personnel.
    “The service boats were retrieving the heroin from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, oil rigs in international waters, oil rigs built and serviced by Brown and Root.
    The guns that Teddy monitored, apparently Vietnam era surplus AK 47s and M16s, were being loaded onto ships also owned or leased by Brown and Root.
    And more than once during the eight days I spent in New Orleans I met and ate at restaurants with Brown and Root employees who were boarding those ships and leaving for Iran within days.
    Once, while leaving a bar and apparently having asked the wrong question, I was shot at in an attempt to scare me off.”
    Source: "Halliburton’s Brown and Root is One of the Major Components of the Bush-Cheney Drug Empire" by Michael Ruppert, From the Wilderness
    Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
    The Clinton Administration took the groundwork laid by Nixon, Reagan and Bush and embraced and blossomed the expansion and promotion of federal support for police, enforcement and the War on Drugs with a passion that was hard to understand unless and until you realized that the American financial system was deeply dependent on attracting an estimated $500 billion-$1 trillion of annual money laundering.
    Globalizing corporations and deepening deficits and housing bubbles required attracting vast amounts of capital.
    Attracting capital also required making the world safe for the reinvestment of the profits of organized crime and the war machine.
    Without growing organized crime and military activities through government budgets and contracts, the economy would stop centralizing.
    The Clinton Administration was to govern a doubling of the federal prison population.
    Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
    Pilots for 911 truth — click here
    'Oh!   You don't believe the 9-11 official version,' they say.
    'You mean where they want you to accept the buildings were not blown up from below.
    'Plane fuel!   Substance never burns higher then a gas stove!   That it caused the inner core steel to melt!
    'Steel melting!
    'Concrete vaporizing!
    ' 'No!   I don't believe that conspiracy theory.
    'Cheney!   Bush!   Rudy Giuliani!   HA!  HA!
    'Tower 7 that never had a plane hit — just came tumbling down!
    'You believe that, eh!
    'Ever think it had to be blown up because the plane scheduled to fly into it was off getting shot down.
    'Thermite in Tower 7's walls, you see — incriminating evidence — impossible to get out without people watching!
    Had to be blown up!
    'Next you'll be saying Obama is not a Wall Street Illuminati banker stooge?
    'Take your pick:   The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedians.
    'Him who allows himself to be used.
    'Oh!   I can't really blame you,   Television it turns minds to pulp.
    'Turn off the television.   It's the only way.'
    'Turn off the television?'
    'Get rid of it really.   I mean what else is there to do!'
    'Get rid of the television?'
    'Don't forget all radio garbage is propaganda, even the songs.
    'Then those five minute propaganda hits they send you every hour!
    'The ones they refer to as News
    'Get rid of all the propaganda from your brain, the only way to do it.'
    'Stop being hooked on those Hollywood movies — even those that make you think they are making you think'
    'All paid performers to make your brain dead.
    'You turn the brainwashing off, you'll begin to become yourself.
    'It really is the only way!'
    'Oh!'
    Kewe — TheWE.cc
    9/11
    By all accounts, the unprecedented events of September 11th, 2001 changed the way our country functions, and in turn, the world.
    It is therefore critical that conscientious Americans, as well as people around the globe, understand these events in detail.
    Unfortunately the official reports, including The 9/11 Commission Report and the NIST WTC Report, written by those working under the direction of the Bush Administration, have been proven to be elaborate cover-ups.
    Film: 9/11 Revisited
    September 11th Revisited is perhaps the most riveting film ever made about the destruction of the World Trade Center.
    This is a powerful documentary which features eyewitness accounts and archived news footage that was shot on September 11, 2001 but never replayed on television.
    Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses & firefighters, along with expert analysis by Professor Steven E. Jones, Professor David Ray Griffin, MIT Engineer Jeffrey King, and Professor James H. Fetzer.
    This film provides stunning evidence that explosives were used in the complete demolition of the WTC Twin Towers and WTC Building 7.
    For Film: 9/11 Revisited
    — Click Here
    Film: 9/11 Press for Truth
    An excellent documentary about the families of the victims of 9/11 and their fight to uncover and expose the truth about what happened that day.
    For Film: 9/11 Press for Truth
    — Click Here
    Film: 9/11 Mysteries
    90 minutes of pure demolition evidence and analysis, laced with staggering witness testimonials.
    Moving from "the myth" through "the analysis" and into "the players," careful deconstruction of the official story set right alongside clean, clear science.
    The 9/11 picture is not one of politics or nationalism or loyalty, but one of strict and simple physics. How do you get a 10-second 110-story pancake collapse?
    Every missile has a home.

Photo: Alaska Image Library
    Every missile has a home
    (No Mortgages to Worry About)
    Image: Natasha Mayers
    Published on Monday, July 4, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
    by Sheldon Drobny
    Justice O'Connor's decision in Bush v. Gore led to the current Bush administration's execution of war crimes and atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places in the Middle East that are as egregious as those committed by the Third Reich and other evil governments in human history.
    US destroyed Fallujah as it tries to destroy the rest of Iraq
    The lesson is clear.
    Those people who may be honorable and distinguished in their chosen profession should always make decisions based upon good rather than evil no matter where their nominal allegiances may rest.
    Justice O'Connor was quoted to have said something to the affect that she abhorred the thought of Bush losing the 2000 election to Gore.
    She was known to have wanted to retire after the 2000 election for same reason she is now retiring.
    She wanted to spend more time with her sick husband.
    Unfortunately, she tarnished her distinguished career with the deciding vote in Bush v. Gore by going along with the partisan majority of the Court to interfere with a democratic election that she and the majority feared would be lost in an honest recount.
    She dishonored herself and the Supreme Court by succumbing to party allegiances and not The Constitution to which she swore to uphold.
    And the constitutional argument she and the majority used to justify their decision was the Equal Protection Clause.
    The Equal Protection Clause was the ultimate basis for the decision, but the majority essentially admitted (what was obvious in any event) that it was not basing its conclusion on any general view of what equal protection requires.
    The decision in Bush v Gore was not dictated by the law in any sense—either the law found through research, or the law as reflected in the kind of intuitive sense that comes from immersion in the legal culture.
    The Equal Protection clause is generally used in matters concerning civil rights.
    The majority ignored their basic conservative views supporting federalism and states' rights in order to justify their decision.
    History will haunt these justices down for their utter lack of justice and the hypocrisy associated with this decision.
    Sheldon Drobny is Co-founder of Air America Radio.
    Unspeakable grief and horror
                            ...and the circus of deception continues...
    Most recent 'Circus'    click here
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    He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
    And of course I am.
    Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
    "It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
    Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
    Let's change it!
     
    Mother her two babies killed by US
    More than Fifteen million
    US dollars given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use
    4 billion US dollars per year
    Nanci Pelosi — U.S. House Democratic leader — Congresswoman California, 8th District
    Speaking at the AIPAC agenda   May 26, 2005
    There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.   This is absolute nonsense.
    In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been:  it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist.
    The greatest threat to Israel's right to exist, with the prospect of devastating violence, now comes from Iran.
    For too long, leaders of both political parties in the United States have not done nearly enough to confront the Russians and the Chinese, who have supplied Iran as it has plowed ahead with its nuclear and missile technology....
    In the words of Isaiah, we will make ourselves to Israel 'as hiding places from the winds and shelters from the tempests; as rivers of water in dry places; as shadows of a great rock in a weary land.'
    Pelosi
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    More atrocities - Ahmed and Asma, story of two children dying
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    World War Two soldiers did not kill Kill ratio Korea, Vietnam. Iraq.
    Afghanistan - Terror?

    Photos over past three months.
    Aid agencies compromised by US actions
    US soldiers committing suicide Afghanistan Iraq — Most Recent
    Psychologist Pete Linnerooth was one of three who were part of a mental health crew in charge of the US 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in the Baghdad area of Iraq.   Pete Linnerooth committed suicide by turning a gun upon himself in January of 2013
    Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes.   More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year — more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.
    Mary Coghill Kirkland said she asked her son, 21-year-old Army Spc. Derrick Kirkland, what was wrong as soon as he came back from his first deployment to Iraq in 2008.   He had a ready answer: "Mom, I'm a murderer."
    A military base on the brink
    As police agents watched he shot himself in the head
    Murders, fights, robberies, domestic violence, drunk driving, drug overdoses
    US soldiers committing suicide Afghanistan Iraq II
    U.S. Soldier Killed Herself After Objecting to Interrogation Techniques
    Private Gary Boswell, 20, from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, was found hanging in a playground in July
    She is Jeanne "Linda" Michel, a Navy medic.   She came home last month to her husband and three kids ages 11, 5, and 4, delighted to be back in her suburban home of Clifton Park in upstate New York.   Two weeks after she got home, she shot and killed herself.
    Peterson refused to participate in the torture after only two nights working in the unit known as the cage
         United States Numb to Iraq Troop Deaths       
         All papers relating to the interrogations have been destroyed     
          We stripped them and were supposed to mock them and degrade their manhood     
    US soldiers committing suicide Iraq Vietnam
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    The House of Saud and Bush
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           US and Israel War Crimes       
    All with U.S. Money:

    Israel agents stole identity of New Zealand cerebral palsy victim.

    (IsraelNN.com July 15, 2004) The Foreign Ministry will take steps towards restoring relations with New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced she was implementing diplomatic sanctions after two Israelis were sentenced on charges of attempting to obtain illegal passports. Despite Israeli refusal to respond to the accusations, the two are labeled in the New Zealand media as Mossad agents acting on behalf of the Israeli intelligence community.

    Foreign Ministry officials stated they will do everything possible to renew diplomatic ties, expressing sorrow over the "unfortunate incident".
    Projected mortality rate of Sudan refugee starvation deaths — Darfur pictures
    Suicide now top killer of Israeli soldiers
    Atrocities files - graphic images
    'Suicide bombings,' the angel said, 'and beheadings.'

    'And the others that have all the power - they fly missiles in the sky.

    They don't even look at the people they kill.'
           The real Ronald Reagan       
           — Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, South Africa        
    Follow the torture trail...
           Cowardly attacks by air killing men women and children in their homes, often never seeing those they kill as the drones or aircraft fly back to the cowardly bases       
           If they kill only the husband, see how they care for the family they have destroyed       
           Afghanistan — Western Terror States: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Italy       
           Photos of Afghanistan people being killed and injured by NATO     
            When you talk with God        
             were you also spending your time, money and energy, killing people?         
           Are they now alive or dead?       
    Photos July 2004
    US Debt
    Photos June 2004
    Lest we forget - Ahmed and Asma, story of two children dying
    Photos May 2004
    American military: Abu Gharib (Ghraib) prison photos, humiliation and torture
    - London Daily Mirror article: non-sexually explicit pictures
    Photos April 2004
    The celebration of Jerusalem day, the US missiles that rained onto children in Gaza,
    and, a gathering of top articles over the past nine months
    Photos March 2004
    The Iraq War - complete listing of articles, includes images
    Photos February 2004
    US missiles - US money - and Palestine
    Photos January 2004
    Ethnic cleansing in the Beduin desert
    Photos December 2003
    Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize winner 2003
    Photos November 2003
    Atrocities - graphic images...
    Photos October 2003
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