Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

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- Ben Franklin

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Meet Lt.-Gen. David Petraeus; Saddam Hussein's replacement in Iraq

There is something very hypocritical about the "justice" of U.S. imperialism; Saddam Hussein was hung while the butcher Augusto Pinochet was allowed to die a natural death before he reached the gallows.

To help him "win" the war in Iraq, Bush has brought in an "expert" on why the United States lost the Vietnam War; Lt.-Gen. David Petraeus comes highly recommended by the American Enterprise Institute, the same "think-tank" that marveled in appreciation of the skills employed by Saddam Hussein and Augusto Pinochet to "secure the population" for so many years.

Perhaps the connections between who was behind the fascist coup that brought the murderous fascist junta of Pinochet to power in Chile is still too fresh in the minds of people here in the United States and around the world for Pinochet to have received the gallows as he so justly deserved because people would have wanted to know why Henry Kissinger wasn't being strung up beside him.

Of course we know that Saddam Hussein was brought to power in much the same way Augusto Pinochet rose and held on to power: both carried out the most savage, bloody, murderous, and barbaric campaigns of terror to rid their countries of the most humanitarian, liberal, progressive, and democratic minded people whose only "crimes" were to have struggled for a better and more just world... in Chile copper was the issue; in Iraq it is oil.

We saw imperialist "justice" in action as Che Guevara was tormented and tortured, then murdered by U.S. trained butchers. We saw the same kind of imperialist "justice" all across the African continent as people struggled for their most basic human rights. The imperialist blood-letting in Indonesia is all but forgotten like Hitler's Lidice has been allowed to be forgotten in the United States because those in power fear people would see the similarities between what Hitler did and what our own government is doing.

Among the tens of thousands of Pinochet's victims was one of the finest humanitarians, poet Pablo Neruda; who along with folksinger and human rights activist Victor Jara were tormented and tortured before being killed... tens of thousands of human beings were murdered in the most grisly and grotesque manner by Pinochet's goose stepping fascist bastards who were trained to do their dirty, dirty deeds at the School of the Americas located right here in the United States of America not far from where a campaign of carnage and genocide was once waged against the Cherokee Nation as those who survived were shipped off to reservations which Hitler used as his models for concentration camps and "ghettos."

Why Augusto Pinochet never swung from the hangman's noose is a question to ponder.

The world is full of goose-stepping, two-bit, half-assed, fascist dictators all of whom remain in power by terrorizing their own populations... all are lackeys of U.S. imperialism and have been trained by the CIA and the U.S. military; their role is to keep the profits flowing to the coffers of the multi-national corporations and big-business as the body bags and coffins fill.

George Bush has given his new general in charge in Iraq the order to "secure the Iraqi population." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that we will be witnessing numerous "My Lai Massacres;" no one should be surprised.

"Securing the population" is a code phrase for terrorizing the Iraqi population.

It is ironic that the capitalists cry such tears when workers come to power and decide to hang such tyrants who have terrorized the people for so long... we should all keep in mind what imperialist "justice" amounts to--- Saddam Hussein swung from the hangman's noose on the orders of his longtime friends because they couldn't trust him to keep his mouth shut; Pinochet went free after committing his atrocities and crimes against humanity... I am sure George Bush and Henry Kissinger would have cried like babies had their trusted friend Pinochet been strung up as he deserved.

There is no force on earth more brutal and savage than the dictatorships imposed in the name of capitalism... this grisly war in Iraq bears this truth out... now that "securing the Iraqi population" is about to get underway as ordered by the commander in chief who much of the world views as a thief--- the world will now see how grisly and brutal U.S. imperialism really can be in quest of oil, profits, and regional domination.

We should remember how Saddam Hussein's own friends stretched his neck at the gallows to prevent him from divulging the truth about the years of tormenting, torture, and intimidation of the Iraqi people as they struggled for freedom should Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez have to take special measures to secure the sovereignty of their nations and socialist revolutions... the watch word for the imperialist interventionist is: Beware, there just might be a hangman's noose in your future.

Come to think of it, the Chinese government and Peoples' Army responded to events orchestrated and provoked by the CIA in Tienanmen Square in a very humanitarian manner compared to the way George Bush is "securing the population" of Iraq per the suggestions of Joe Lieberman, John McCain, and the American Enterprise Institute.

I wonder how long it will be before George Bush makes the phone call to his new general charged with the impossible task of occupying Iraq, Lt.-Gen. David Petraeus, and asks: Is Baghdad Burning?

The American people should be asking the question: What does "securing the population" mean? I would venture to guess it is what Saddam Hussein, like Augusto Pinochet, was chosen to do... Lt.-Gen. David Petraeus has been selected to complete Saddam Hussein's original assignment; only the uniform has changed.

Another question: How is the Democratic Party going to explain its acquiescence and support for this new campaign of terror against the Iraqi population to American voters as the death toll of Americans and Iraqis rises? Probably the same way it did in the past election... by mouthing platitudes like: the war must end... while lacking the political and moral courage to end it. I doubt in the next election Americans will bother going to the polls to vote for any Party with blood freshly dripping from its hands.

Bush should be impeached, then shipped off to the Hague for a war crimes trial.

Congress should cut the funds for this dirty war now.

If the American Enterprise Institute wants to continue this war based upon the lies it created in the first place that were mouthed by Bush, let its hired "adjuncts" hold baked-good sales to finance this deadly boondoggle and debacle in Iraq... all this money being pissed away as Halliburton and Blackwater profits could be used to create a world class single-payer, universal health care system right here at home... Bush now wants the United States Congress to appropriate billions to build new homes to replace those destroyed by American bombers in Iraq as Native Americans live in squalor on reservations.

Doesn't anyone understand what is going on?