Conservatives For Peace, Americans Against Bombing, Iraq War -- Established in 1999--This is a research site with the history of the wars, costs, failed strategies, lies, ignorance and arrogance which are bankrupting America and undermining our Republic.  Resources for those opposed to the unending wars and policies which are costing us our freedoms and prosperity, ruining much of the world's goodwill towards America and creating new enemies.
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America: A Beacon, Not a Policeman

America, a Beacon, not an Empire

America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law.
Katharine Lee Bates, "America the Beautiful"


News of the American Empire (Iraq, Afghan & more) growing pains, problems, costs, errors, links since 2002 

The New Military--Industrial--Congress Complex  manufacturers in every state, links since 2004  

Armageddon Lobby  trying to hurry up God -- from forecasting to promoting

Jewish & Israeli Peace Groups & News --anti-Likud settlers   New pro-Peace "J-Street"  See also Congress Welcomes J-Street

Israel Issues-Settlements  

Bush Administration Lies  
-Video Showing the Liars
----Quotes & Sources
2) Lies about First Iraq War
--- and more  (lies about aerial photos)
Lies about "incubator babies"
3) NATO-US Lies for Kosovo War  
NATO's War Crimes-- Hearings organized by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark 

Who and What they are  
War Party Neocon Biographies

Sun Tzu & America's Way of War

William S. Lind Columns original thinking on war, tactics, and empire  William S. Lind (before 2010)columns 

Defensive Instead of Offense - What American policy should be by William S. Lind

only search Iraq War statistics on Iraq/Afghan war costs

Ron Paul Video on His Movement


Bio-Chem-Nuke News; and (864) 375-1979  Preparations for Civilians

Media Distortions & Lies incl. TV lies

NATO/Washington War Crimes Kosovo & Iraq

The How & Why the War File Michael Scheuer's site on the wars

Bin Laden's Actual Speeches

Losing Our Liberties

Military Budget Archive
Money Cost of War 

American Civil Defense Asso.

The Bankrupt Empire  (NEW)

Agenda For Empire interesting history and many links

Dead & Wounded & other info  & Pictures from Iraq Americans don't see

135 Nations (List) with U.S. Troops

36 Ways U.S. Losing War

$1 Million Per Soldier Per Year 

POW Torture File Guantanamo & Iraq Daily news on Iraq,  Afghan, Palestine, War Party.    Raimondo  Jim Lobe -always incisive & informative from D.C.

Military Religious Freedom Foundation  opposes fundamentalist indoctrination in U.S. Military  In Memoriam Glenn Doherty

What Really Happened/Archives & subsite Unending War  --excellent historical information, starting in 2002 of events leading up to Iraq war

Alternet News Log-- War In Iraq good info updates in depth

Scott Ritter-Seymour Hersh on Iran Invasion Plans


Webb Victory picture w/combat boots

(501) 904-7924 on Foreign Policy  Paul Weyrich Views on War

The Anti-War Room new10.gif (281 bytes) Leftist Sites Against War --many-- Bush re-vitalizes World Wide Left

Cartoons & Videos of Liberty

Worldwide Anti-war Sites @ Robert

Iraq War News daily archive by the month

250,000 Bullets For Each Killed Guerilla    

The "War" Street Journal and Fox News Distortions

"Selling War"-- How to get America to go to war and "Selling War" Article Archiv; Jon Utley on Antiwar Radio

Articles by Jon Basil Utley

8154969745 why it could only happen during wartime

Not in Our Name

60 Minutes Video of Settlers on West Bank

Consequences of 9/11

Pro-Israel PAC Contributions in 2002

Types of  Bombs  cluster, etc & what they do

250,000 Bullets Fired For Each Dead Guerrilla

Talking Points for Talk Radio
--Iraq        --Kosovo

Bush Told Chirac that God wanted him to start Iraq war

"My Name is Rachel Corrie!" 
new10.gif (281 bytes) Video of Rachel before death     NY Times Rachel  updates-family sues in Israeli courts

Common Sense Almanac

Think Tank Watch  updates on Neocon Foundations new10.gif (281 bytes)

No Rogue Nation Missile Threat Against American Mainland--

Yahoo Terrorism News        8253713115          Yahoo Armageddon News Yahoo Jewish Peace Groups  Yahoo Anti-War News  Jim Lobe's Log

Interesting Foreign Newslinks   Tehran Times;   Lebanon Daily Star;   The Jordan Star;  Iraq Daily;   Arab News (Saudi Arabia);   Al-JazeeraUAE Gulf News; Baghdad Burning Blog; (many papers); Mideast Realities; Pravda Ru; Russia Journal; Internet links to many foreign English language networks including Al-Jazeera, BBC, Russian, Arab sites

What's What in Arab Media   TV & Newspapers described

World Newspapers  Death records of all U.S. soldiers killed Iraq/Afghan wars

"Just War" Theory
--Iraq + Kosovo

Should Conservatives Participate in Leftist Demonstrations?

8 Big Lies About Iraq Update--2/17/11 Colin Powell Says CIA & Pentagon Knowingly Lied to Him About "Evidence")

6232001421 technology, tactics, futurology

Rachel Corrie's last E-mail  and Pictures - Links   Rachel's Life Coming to American Stage -- Great hit in London

Kathy Kelly -writings of compassion

Conferences, Marches, Demonstrations   150,000 Protest March in Washington

Media Distortions Iraq Kosovo

Russia Reforms & News

What You Can Do

Protest Net    Dates & Times

War Without End --Not in Our Name  pics of demonstrations

Writers Who Know the Outside  World   Joe Sobran      Martin Sieff    Charley Reese    Doug Bandow      613-653-7831   Georgie Anne Geyer   Robert Fisk  Arnaud de Borchgrave

Dubya Talk  Bush Dislexicon

John Bolton File  history- links

British & International anti-war sites new10.gif (281 bytes) The Guardian

Consequences: Lost Allies

Who Might Be Shooting at Both Side? 

Pat Tillman's Brother Speaks

News of April Glaspie?

 An Empire of Bases  --Little Difference Obama & Bush War Policy  

Answering the Wolfowitz (Bush) Doctrine

"The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any."  (Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism)

Movie Reviews--"Kingdom of Heaven," "Battle of Algiers"new10.gif (281 bytes) "Star Wars 2", "Left Behind," "'Gladiator' & America's change from Republic to Empire,"  "Enemy at the Gates"

Book Reviews    "Winning the Un-War," by Charles Pena; "Neoconned & Neoconned Again," "The New American Militarism," "Empire Has No Clothes," by Ivan Eland; "Imperial Hubris," by top CIA agent; "Rise of the Vulcans," by James Mann, "Global Domination or Global Leadership," by Zbigniew Brzezinski"; The Sorrows of Empire," by Chalmer Roberts; "Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice, and Peace to Rid the World of Evil," by James Bovard;  "Imperial America-the Bush Assault on the World Order;" "Divine Wind" by Israel Shamir; Left Behind;  Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence ;  Buchanan's "Republic not Empire"; "Under Seige" ; "The New Terrorism" by Walter Laqueur; "The Fire This Time,"(on line) by Ramsey Clark, "Blowback,"  Noam Chomsky, Kagan/Kristol on American Empire & more

A Tribute to Trade by Lew Rockwell in memory of World Trade Center

new10.gif (281 bytes) Rabin's Murder American Council for Judaism --Allan Brownfeld columns

A Clean Break-- A New Strategy for Securing the Realm --the Likud Plan to Stop Oslo Agreements & Have U.S. Attack Iraq and Syria

Types of Iraqi IED's |

Power & Interest Reports --good analyses

713-601-7536 -- Hackworth Dies

Common Sense Almanac  lots of info, videos, pictures of war

Links to Middle East Media


(822) 930-4242  

Blogs for Liberty 

War and Law's Peace Groups Listing

Churches for Middle East Peace

Bush and God

843-806-0164 by Randoph Bourne

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  Who We Are & Disclaimer

"Our country, right or wrong.  When right, to be kept right, when wrong, to put right," Senator Carl Schurz, deceased


 "If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight, and if not split and reevaluate. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance

 "In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good." Sun Tzu

Gen. William Odom, former chief of the ultra secret National Security Agency, and a leading military thinker, called Bush’s Iraq adventure "the biggest disaster in the history of the US."   Even more shockingly, Republican elder statesman, Gen Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to Bush’s father, accused Bush Jr. of being "wrapped around the little finger" of Israel’s PM Ariel Sharon. Eric Margolis

The Trillion Dollar War
The Two Trillion Dollar War Breakdown of costs

Military Personnel Costs 2012 
$180 Billion payroll & benefits
$50 Billion vets health insurance  $24 billion retirement benfits

"The American invasion itself was 'an extraordinary achievement,' as Obama had the shameless brass to announce in Baghdad this week. "You have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country." And now it's up to these ungrateful, lazy, shiftless creatures to take advantage of the magnificent gift America has given them -- or else.

"The moral depravity of this stance is breathtaking. Invade a country for no reason, kill a million of its people, drive four million into exile, destroy its infrastructure, plunge it into civil war, abet its "ethnic cleansing," loot its wealth, put it in the hands of religious extremists, unleash disease, poverty and social breakdown: this is an "extraordinary achievement," says the progressive paladin. And now the Iraqis must "take responsibility" for the hell on earth created by their invaders.

I find this wicked arrogance almost beyond description. " 
Chris Floyd


"It's just a God-damned piece of paper," President Bush speaking of the Constitution

"Terrorism is the war of the poor and war is the terrorism of the rich" quoted by Arnaud de Borchgrave

"Wherever American bases crop up, so does a fundamentalist mood and so do enemies of America, and we don't want to be caught between the two," Nuriddin Zayniyev, governor of Kashkadarya region where the base is located, told parliament, according to the Associated Press.  Wash Post 8-27-05

"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."  Michael Ledeen, American Enterprise Institute Johan Goldberg, National Review, 4/23/2002

"The one big government program which conservatives eagerly support is War," Joseph Sobran

Jesus will return on a white horse and cast both villains – and a host of nonbelievers, including Jewish nonbelievers – into a "lake of fire burning with brimstone." John Hagee of Christians United for Israel, a speaker to AIPAC and frequent Bush visitor

"With the end of the Cold War, what we really need is an obvious ideology and threatening enemy, one worthy of our mettle, one that can unite us in opposition>'  Irving Kristol (Wall Street Journal 8/2/96)

Bush Daily Readings-- Oswald Chambers if policies go wrong, it does not mean that they need changing, or that Bush is wrong or that he needs to read, think, reflect, replace advisors; no rather it means that God is just "testing his faith"

and "If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is over for you. ... Be reckless immediately, totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything by casting your all upon him. ... You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessly being willing to risk your all."

$50 Billion for West Bank Settlements

For an update see analysis by Michael Massing in New York Review of Books 6/8/06 detailing how AIPAC works its ways in Washington despite    representing a minority of Jews.  Most Jews opposed the war & settlements and support a just Palestinian state /

Cheney Video on "Why We Should Not Invade Iraq" in 1991




Edmund Burke



"In 2004, airlines and their passengers spent $15 Billion for airport security"--Wash. Post Feb.6'05

"In Northern Ireland 300 terrorists kept half British Army pinned down for quarter century"  Arnaud de Borchgrave

"Facts Are the Enemy of Truth," Don Quixote

"It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law even when it may seem in our short-term interest to do so -- because, over the long term, the goal of those who think that international law really means anything are those who want to constrict the United States." John Bolton (U.S. Ambassador to United Nations)

"According to an August report in Rolling Stone, one U.S. Army colonel, a veteran of Middle East work, fluent in Arabic, was interviewed by Feith (Rumsfeld Deputy) for a possible job. During the session, Feith looked down at his résumé, “I see you speak Arabic,” Feith said. When the colonel nodded, Feith snapped, “too bad” and dismissed him. To make matters worse, the Feithians appointed their unskilled friends and relatives—Michael Fleischer (brother of Ari) and Simone Ledeen (daughter of Michael)—to prominent positions in the Coalition Provisional Authority." The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Imperialists

Bush must spend $94 billion in manpower costs for 1.4 million active duty troops, while Reagan spent $84 billion for 2.1 million active troops. THE MAGAZINE OF FUTURE WARFARE  2002

""Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations--entangling alliances with none" 3/04/1801 Thomas Jefferson

"Hypocrisy is the yeast that leavens hatred and it is hardly surprising that so many people express their disdain for us."  U.S. Lawyer on Guantanamo

‘Oderint dum metuant,’ he said contemptuously of them: ‘Let them hate me, as long as they fear me.’ Caligula (quoted by Neocons as model for America)

"Nevertheless a prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred," Machiavelli in the Middle East

Why Americans Believe The Big Lies   because we need to feel good about ourselves

Congress Racing to Spend $1 Trillion on Iraq   Is that not $50,000 for every man woman and child in Iraq? [Actually, it's more like $37,000. -Ed.] If we had bribed instead of killed we could have every Iraqi dancing in the streets if we wanted to, and/or to do whatever it is that we want them to do – whatever that is (I still have not figured that one out) Anti-War Letters

"We do not agree that if Iraq complies with its obligations concerning weapons of mass destruction, sanctions should be lifted." --Madeleine Albright from an (251) 404-3097 by John Pilger (The Guardian 03/04/2000)  This never countermanded by Bush

America's name is mud around the world (since Bush).  People think we're either a) insane b) imperialists c) morons"   Molly Ivins

Just 65,000 members in AIPAC dominate Congress, out of millions of American Jews, most of whom are not Likudniks  AIPAC Still Rules Congress

"Unfortunately, a large part of the international community believes that the United States is making the world unsafe for everyone else." Internat. Herald Tribune 1/15/04

In his brilliant book, Metapolitics: The Roots of the Nazi Mind, Viereck detailed how so many of the founders of Germany's National Socialist Party were artists, writers and academics. They were "intellectuals who lusted for brute violence ... a Bohemia in arms," wrote Viereck, who warned of "bloody-minded professors" running amok in politics. (as neo-conservatives today) Eric Margolis TORONTO SUN

A phrase President Bush used on Sept. 20, 2001: "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." I suspect that officials who have adopted the "with us or against us" formulation don't know its historical origins. It was used by Lenin to attack the social democrats as anti-Bolshevik and to justify handling them accordingly. Zbigniew Brzezinski

Do not be seduced by the prospect of a
great alliance. Abstinence from all injustice
to other powers is a greater tower of strength
than anything that can be gained by the
sacrifice of permanent tranquility for
an apparent temporary advantage.  
—THUCYDIDES, The Peloponnesian War

Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2002 Congressional Candidates how little it costs to buy Congress

truth-tellers have been punished while liars and fog merchants have remained in office.” Richard Cohen

"CIA Director Tenet argued that attacking Iraq would do more to create a generation of terrorists than eliminate one," Howard Fineman MSNBC 10/2/03


"10,000 to 15,000 school teachers had been fired because of the de-Bathification order (which dismissed all government employees and soldiers)....entire schools were left with just one or two teachers..."Iraq's government-run businesses (state owned factories) employed more that 100,000 people before the U.S. invasion."  All were shut down.  Wash. Post report on early occupation following Douglas Feith's orders.


" in the United States there is general agreement that we are right and everybody else on Earth is wrong.....One reason is that we have great faith in our own good intentions..... Enthusiasm for this war serves likewise to convey toughness and bravery in a manner requiring no effort." Steve Chapman

"56% of Republicans believe no evolution in human race;  2/3rds of Americans who attend church believe human race only 10,000 years old; 67% of Republicans and 57% of Democrats who attend church weekly say God created humans in present form" Gallup Poll '06

"There was no corner of the known world where some interest was not alleged to be in danger or under actual attack. If the interests were not Roman, they were those of Rome's allies; and if Rome had no allies, the allies would be invented. When it was utterly impossible to contrive such an interest -- why, then it was the national honor that had been insulted.              The fight was always invested with an aura of legality. Rome was always being attacked by evil-minded neighbors.  The whole world was pervaded by a host of enemies......"  Joseph Shumpteter quote (1919) courtesy of James Pinkerton

"A (unilateral) attack on Iraq at this time would seriously jeopardize, if not destroy, the global counterterrorist campaign we have undertaken," Brent Scowcroft


"But the idea of Western Christendom going to war with 1.2 billion Muslims, after having just defeated a Marxist belief system that held awful to contemplate"  (Finally even the "WAR" STREET JOURNAL has concern, George Melloan 11/26)

"Chinese strategists see an Iraq war as the beginning of a global war pitting the United States against Islam......and the U.S. preoccupation with war (particularly if it impacts the U.S. economy) will leave China the key regional player."

"Less than 20% of Europeans believe the 9/11 attack was directed at the Western World rather than at the United States."  ECONOMIST 5/25/02


Investigators within the DEA, INS and FBI have all told Fox News that to pursue or even suggest Israeli spying ... is considered career suicide."
-- Carl Cameron, as quoted in The Spies Who Came In From The Art Sale

"During World War I, there was a popular front focused on hanging the kaiser, catalyzed, in part, by American propaganda about how the Germans supposedly cut off the hands of Belgian children." NY TIMES 8/11

"He laments that American
conservatives, so-called, "have become the loudest and most effusive proponents of the military-industrial state."
  Joe Luckas report by Joe Sobran

"The only thing worse than having Allies is not having them," Winston Churchill

Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. Christian Science Monitor 12/9/02

"Americans will also have to accept that their triumphalism and disdain for international law are creating enemies everywhere, not just among Muslims," How Islam Lost its Way, WASH. POST 12/30

The Most Dangerous Man on Earth ---Today the world faces a single man armed with weapons of mass destruction, manifesting an aggressive, bullying attitude, who may well plunge the world into chaos and bloodshed if he miscalculates. This person, belligerent, arrogant and sure of himself, truly is the most dangerous person on Earth


"The Sudanese rebels had...Israeli support."  Wall Street Journal 9/17

"It is the coincidence between the Christian Right and the so-called neo-conservatives in America that fuel the drive towards unilateralism, bullying, and a sense of divine mission,"  Europe vs. America

"The threat is that BOTH ends agree... The Left is in love with the State which is the only entity they think can protect anyone against powerful private interests, and the Right is in love with the Police and Military whom they believe will protect their property, rather than the State they don't trust!!!" Tom Lipscomb

"The only hope for Israel is to get out of the territories -
any orderly way it can - and minimize its friction with the
Arab world as the Arabs go through a wrenching internal
adjustment to modernization," Thomas Friedman, NYT 6/30

"Terrorists can endanger some of us, but the war on terror endangers us all," Paul Craig Roberts

"Missile defense will protect America's ability to project power around the globe" --NATIONAL REVIEW 8/6 on the real reason---American empire

"Average annual cost per military  service member, including training, pay and benefits is now $98,425,"  NY TIMES 4/19/02 and now, 12/06, $120,000 -- testimony by Army Chief of Staff

"We have a bloated, corrupt and unaccountable military industrial congressional system that thrives on a policy of perpetual war for perpetual peace," said David Theroux, president of The Independent Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. "Weapons procurement systems are in reality not linked to need or accountability ... they are primarily pork programs for congressional districts, defense bureaucracy and defense contractors."

"There are still some 800 Defense Dept. facilities outside the U.S.," Chalmers Johnson (NATION 5/14/01)  UPDATE "725 military bases in 138 foreign countries," Johnson 7/3/04

Scott Ritter, the former
UNSCOM inspector who dealt with the Iraqis many times, recently told CNN on 2/18/01 "In terms of large-scale weapons of mass destruction programs, these had been fundamentally destroyed or dismantled by the
weapons inspectors as early as 1996, so by 1998 we had under control the situation on the ground." Saddam, says Ritter, poses no immediate threat.  Again confirmed Yahoo 4/11/02


Some 7,000 Jewish settlers in Gaza (majority American immigrants) take up 40% of the land, with 1.3 million Palestinians crammed into the rest,   WALL STREET JOURNAL 5/29/02

"The West Bank is not a political battle at all.  It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true....Israel has a right to the land," U.S. Senator James Inhofe, Republican leader in Senate, 12/4/01

How Cheap it is to "Buy" Congress --Enron gave donations of about $500,000 per election, Israeli Lobby gives 2 million

"Palestinians recognized Israel's right to exist, in return for a future state in Gaza & the West Bank in the Oslo accords," signed in 1993. Wall Street Journal, 8/13/01

"Here we are, the most powerful nation in the world, the sole surviving superpower, and around the globe our military folks are hunkered down like inmates in maximum- security prisons. In dozens of other overseas hot spots, our soldiers live in virtual barbwire- enclosed fortresses and call themselves POPs -- prisoners of peace," Col. David Hackworth

"There is virtually no situation anywhere in the world that can't be made worse by U.S. intervention," Stromberg's Law (THE COSTS OF WAR, Transaction Publishers, l997)

"The U.S. has perverted the U.N. weapons process by using it as a tool to justify military actions, falsely so. ... The U.S. was using the inspection process as a trigger for war." --Scott Ritter, former head of the U.N. arms inspection team in Iraq, on the NBC TODAY SHOW, December 17, 1998.

"The American Monster is more like an elephant --bumbling rather than bloodthirsty, oblivious rather than fierce," NEW REPUBLIC 1/17

"But tomorrow’s America will look very different from the country of Protestants, Catholics and Jews that
the sociologist Will Herberg described in 1955 – or even of the America of the 2000 elections. Its largest minority will be Hispanic.  It will contain millions of Hindus and Buddhists, and as many Muslims as Jews. How will Jewish interests be protected
in the political system reflecting that demographic reality?   Elliott Abrams 3/8/01 THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"There is nothing in international law barring the U.S. from using lethal force against a threat to the U.S. despite the absence of a declared war provided the country involved (Pakistan)consents or is unable or unwilling to take action against the threat," White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan (WSJ 9/26/12) justifying drone strikes in foreign nations

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  • Battle of Algiers --a fascinating update review of the French classic movie --lessons for today




LOSING OUR LIBERTIES    The First Cost of Empire will be Losing Our Own Freedoms    The Bill of Rights

  • "Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies. From these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the dominion of the few. . . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.James Madison, the principal architect of the U.S. Constitution 1795:








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History of the First Gulf (Iraq) War

"The Gulf War was one big lie from beginning to inconclusive end" Col. David Hackworth, LIBERTY,  November, 1998


History of the Kosovo War    T'was a Famous Victory  by Phyllis Schlafly


Our Purpose

This site is about the consequences of Washington's foreign wars, culminating in the 9/11 attack upon America and Washington's response of invading Iraq.  "Most Americans," as Joseph Sobran wrote, "have no conception of the depth of hatred harbored against us, because of the (killing) inflicted by U.S. bombs and sanctions." 

"America has squandered its rare "unipolar moment" by rattling its saber and appearing to go it alone........ What it should be doing," says Charles Kupchan, who teaches international relations at Georgetown University, 'is just the opposite: Shoring up alliances, working through international organizations, building a global regime of agreements and laws governing everything from trade to environmental policies. That alone will guarantee the persistence of an orderly, open world...."  US NEWS  The New American Empire

America was once revered in the Muslim world, after Kennedy supported freedom for Algeria from France and Eisenhower got England, France and Israel to withdraw from their conquest of Suez in 1956.  America was so admired that Muslim Malaysia even copied its national flag from the American. 

Instead of the naive, self serving propaganda of Bush's fairy tales about "evil ones" who hate us because we are "good," Americans should better read back to Greek mythology.   There is Hercules story about 10 new enemies springing up for each enemy soldier killed.  That will be the reality until Washington looks at its own policies which generate so much hatred against America.  Instead we are told that Muslim fundamentalism is equivalent to Nazism or communism, and that they plan the re-establishment of the "Caliphate" which ruled from Spain to Indonesia.  So a few Muslim theocrats, without weapons nor an industrial base, with half illiterate populations are a threat to conquer much of the world.  Yet it is us who started the invasions and killing.

America is simply incapable of  "ruling the world."  (See America is not Rome)  Yet many Conservatives, who think that the government can't run a nursery school, believe it can run the world, and indeed, that virtually without allies or abiding by rules of  (international) law.  Equally many Big Government Conservatives now support new takings of Americans' freedoms in the name of "security."  The dispute over the Anti-Terror PATRIOT Act defined the line between those conservatives who want empire and those who most value freedom.

       Most Americans never supported a program to blockade chlorine for purifying drinking  water or prohibit even pencils for Iraqi school children.  Most Americans don't know of the heinous killing done to Iraqi civilians in their name (by destroying their irrigation, sanitation, and electricity generating systems,  and then blockading reconstruction supplies for 7 years during which time Iraq did comply with UN resolutions).  Most Americans would not support and pay for the Israeli settlers kicking Palestinians out of their homes, if they knew. 

       "Perpetual war serves a number of purposes.....It is under wartime conditions that the U.S. state will, at least initially, face the least resistance as it finishes the......process of gutting the Bill of Rights and voiding inconvenient parts of the U.S. Constitution......It is under wartime conditions that all opponents of U.S. policies anywhere in the world, including within the U.S. itself, can be most easily labeled 'terrorist.'"  This statement would have come from a conservative in 1940.  Today it is from the Left (Alternative Press Review, Spring 2002).

       Foreign dictators have long caused untold human misery.   But it is not for America to cause the further misery of so many innocents, because of  their rulers. (see former President Carter comments).  Nations have always had wars and guerrilla insurrections, but, once America takes sides, then we bear responsibilities.  Consequently, we now have mortal enemies in two of the most treacherous and fanatical parts of the world, the Middle East and the Balkans.  Millions of foreigners, however unjustly, now hate us as the new "imperialists."  More bombing overseas will mean more terrorist attacks upon us.  This because we are not resolving the root causes of their hatred.

To paraphrase former President Bush----------

We are not hated because we are "good;"  we're hated because we've been killing them; 

We are not hated because we are "free;"  we're hated because we support the dictators who oppress them;

We are not hated because we are "rich"; we're hated because of our hypocrisy.Freedom Home Page of the Week



The BOSTON GLOBE  (5/16/99) reported:
"In planning the 1991 Persian Gulf War, US officers found a total of 12 bridges for the movement of Iraqi troops in and out of Kuwait. US planes bombed those bridges over and over, with little effect. So they bombed every bridge in Iraq, 160 in all, about two-thirds of them far from Kuwait.  After a while, all bridges were seen and treated equally. Similarly, now in Belgrade, it seems, all military agencies are seen and treated as if they were of equal importance. The Pentagon announced last week that three-quarters of the targets hit in this (Kosovo) air war, 270 out of 380, have been 'strategic targets.' Only 110 have been directly connected to the soldiers and militias in Kosovo."  See 
"The Bridge on the River Drina"

    new10.gif (281 bytes) "By 1998, the chemical weapons infrastructure had been completely dismantled or destroyed by UNSCOM (the UN inspections body) or by Iraq in compliance with our mandate. The biological weapons programme was gone, all the major facilities eliminated. The nuclear weapons programme was completely eliminated. The long range ballistic missile programme was completely eliminated. If I had to quantify Iraq's threat, I would say [it is] zero." -- Scott Ritter, chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq for five years, from an essay by John Pilger (The Guardian 03/04/2000)

"During allied bombing campaigns on Iraq the country's eight multi-purpose dams had been repeatedly hit, simultaneously wrecking flood control, municipal and industrial water storage, irrigation and hydroelectric power. Four of seven major pumping stations were destroyed, as were 31 municipal water and sewerage facilities - 20 in Baghdad, resulting in sewage pouring into the Tigris. Water purification plants were incapacitated throughout Iraq.

"Article 54 of the Geneva Convention states: 'It is prohibited to attack, destroy or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population' and includes foodstuffs, livestock and 'drinking water supplies and irrigation works.'"   LONDON SUNDAY HERALD

President Carter: The fundamentalists (ours and theirs, ed.) believe they have a unique relationship with God, and that they and their ideas are God's ideas and God's premises on the particular issue. Therefore, by definition since they are speaking for God anyone who disagrees with them is inherently wrong. And the next step is: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior, and in extreme cases -- as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world -- it makes your opponents sub-humans, so that their lives are not significant. Another thing is that a fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. And so this administration, for instance, has a policy of just refusing to talk to someone who is in strong disagreement with them -- which is also a radical departure from past history. So these are the kinds of things that cause me concern. And, of course, fundamentalists don't believe they can make mistakes, so when we permit the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib, it's just impossible for a fundamentalist to admit that a mistake was made.  Interview in Der Spiegel

“The First Cost of World Empire Will Be Our Own Freedoms”   

"A government strong enough to rule the world is also strong enough to take away the freedom of its own citizens," LUDWIG VON MISES

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