More Saddam Bollocks
I have been inundated today by declarations
of rapture (or declarations of rupture) at the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Pookian rapture is dimmed by the knowledge that many other guilty parties in
the whole sorry saga of his rise and fall will not be brought to justice.
First there's Bush senior, Margaret Thatcher
and Helmut Kohl who helped bring him to power, provided him with all
his dreaded WMD to fight Iran and then turned a blind eye when he used
the same WMD on the Kurds.
Then there's John Major and Bill Clinton who maintained sanctions against the
country that killed 500,000 (yes, half a million!) people, half of them children.
That's far more people than Saddam ever managed to kill even with the WMD we
Then there's Blair and Bush who initiated a war that was conceived as far back
as 1997 and had nothing to do with freedom for the Iraqis or WMD. These were
mere pretexts. The war was fought to bring the Iraqi economy and its natural
resources back online after its ill-considered quarantine in 1991, and to reconfigure
the mid-east to the US's convenience. The US and UK used their own WMD on both
civilian and military targets in their assault on Iraq and their heroic soldiers
fired indiscriminately on civilians.
Yes, between Saddam Hussein and the Western leaders hundreds of thousands of
people have died for simple reasons of power and money.
Saddam will go on trail for his heinous crimes. I would be happy indeed if
he was joined in the dock by his accomplices and fellow evildoers at the head
of the Western democracies.
I bumped into this quote today, from a letter from a German soldier present
at the Warsaw uprising. 'Can history ever be just? Not here. However strong
the idea of nationhood, the fact of power will always overwhelm.' The same
could be said of the relationship of Saddam Hussein and the West.
December 15, 2003
Michael Moore is
a rare, sane voice in the US. For his reaction to Saddam's capture
and a detailed list of the WMD the US supplied him, click
It is good news that they have Saddam Hussein
at last. However, what they don't have are the WMD he was supposed
to be threatening us with, the same WMD he bought from the US and Europe,
the same WMD he used against Iran and his own citizens with the knowledge
and tacit approval of the US and Europe. What they don't have is any
evidence to connect him to attacks outside his own borders. What they
don't have is any of the other despots on this planet terrorising their
own populations or threatening their neighbours, many of whom are friends
of the US and UK. What they don't have is a legitimate justification
for going to war in the first place.
What they do have, apart from Saddam, is the Iraqi oil and complete control
of the economy, which is what they wanted all along. What they do have is a
big trough for the likes of Halliburton and Bechtel to feed at. What they have
is thousands of dead civilians, thousands of dead innocents, thousands of dead
children. What they have is a launch pad and more fictional excuses for further
excursions into other countries.
In a truly just world, the headlines today would be reading 'Saddam, Bush,
and Blair all arrested for crimes against humanity.'
December 14, 2003
Purported Bush tape raises fears
of new attacks...
the Fuzzy Osaka news service.
A tape today surfaced in U.S. media outlets
of someone purporting to be George W. Bush at a U.S. military base
Intelligence analysts around the world are studying the videotapes. "It
certainly looked and sounded like him, but we get so few glimpses at Bush in
real-life situations that it is hard to tell," said one operative from
a Western intelligence agency.
People who know Bush said it appeared to be him. " That's him, all right," said
one longtime associate.
The tape shows the man claiming to be Bush praising U.S. attacks in Iraq. "We
will stay until the job is done," he threatened.
The videotape was delivered to the Baghdad bureau of FOX News by an intermediary
courier who has brought material before from the U.S. military, according to
the U.S. network.
There were calls for FOX to be banned from some Arabic countries for broadcasting
American militaristic propaganda.
While the quality of the tape was not poor, the alleged Bush did appear tired
in portions of it, prompting speculation that he is on the run.
The man claiming to be Bush said: "We did not charge hundreds of miles
into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost in casualties, defeat a brutal dictator
and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins."
Analysts pointed out that given the ongoing nature of the Iraqi resistance
since "the end of major combat operations," that comment could have
been recorded anytime in the past six months.
" When the man identified as Bush tells U.S. troops, 'You are defeating
the terrorists here in Iraq so we don't have to face them in our own country,'
well, it's a little hard to believe that even the Bush White House would try
to spin that," said the operative from a Western intelligence agency.
" How could anyone believe, after all that has been disclosed about the
lies and distortions used to manipulate the public into accepting this war, that
U.S. troops are defending the American people in Iraq? No major world leader
would be so obtuse or so low as to try to sell that to people at this stage."
Members of the Iraqi Governing Council who met with the man identified as Bush
said they had met with a man identified as Bush and were delaying comment until
Paul Bremer was available to tell them what their comments would be.
Omar Ali, an Iraqi in a poor area of Baghdad said: "I don't understand
why he didn't stay. Just because the U.S. nearly starved us with the sanctions
for 12 years, killed my cousin during the invasion, busted down my door last
week and is trying to find a way to steal our oil -- does he think that Iraqis
would want to hurt him, our great liberator?"
Private Charles Sanders, who has been stationed in Iraq since the invasion
said: "I was supposed to be back home by now. It was really getting depressing,
but this is great. Sure, I don't get to look into the eyes of my little girl,
or hold my wife tenderly in my arms, but the president served me turkey!"
Susan Jones in Pittsburgh, who this morning was driven to tears while watching "Dances
with Wolves" on cable TV, said: "I was planning on talking over the
Thanksgiving Day table with my family about how we slaughtered the Indians
and enslaved the blacks, bullied Latin America and bombed Vietnam, and now
were occupying Iraq. I don't know, is it just me, or do we just have this brutal
aggressive side to us? But now I guess, well, we'll just talk about Bush's
When asked whether she was certain the president had gone to Iraq, Laura Bush
said she hadn't noticed her husband had left theCrawford ranch. "I assumed
he was out clearing brush," the First Lady said.
A reader writes
I'm beginning to wonder whether President Bush is real or not. Is he just some
primitive form of interactive digital image? Has anyone real ever actually
seen him in the past three years? I think we should be told.
A question of questionable deaths
The well-meaning folks at Human Rights Watch
seem to be a little confused. In a recent report (click
here to see) they tell us that among the shootings of Iraqis by
US troops nearly a hundred are "questionable".
They seem to be overlooking the fact that the
US and UK invasion was based on a lot of lies and was undertaken for
purely strategic reasons. Therefore all the tens of thousands of deaths
inflicted by the invasion and occupation are "questionable".
That includes the Iraqi deaths, US deaths and UK deaths.
May I suggest that Human Rights Watch watch
a bit more closely.
(Sit up straight and pay attention! You at
the back there, stop fiddling with your self-righteousness!)
October 24, 2003
Tony Blair in heart scare
Tony Blair was rushed to hospital amid
fears that the politician that invaded Iraq, privatised health and
education and bombed Kosovo actually had a heart.
Mr. Blair was said to be temporarily suffering clear vision, warm feelings
and an irregular desire to do good. The symptoms disappeared quickly.
Doctors later confirmed it was a false alarm, and that Mr. Blair does indeed
have no heart. They blamed a porkie pie that had gone down the wrong way.
October 20, 2003
This just dropped into the Psipook mailbox. I pass it on to you.
Tokyo Anti-War Graffiti
youth(arrested for 44 days) is coming to Kyoto.
He was arrested after spraypainting an anti-war message on a public restroom
in a Tokyo park. He was charged with 'severe damaging on the building'
unlawfully arrested for 44 days!!!
Because the message was antiWar',many
local and international activists and artists have been supporting
his efforts to defend himself in court. His other message on
the restroom was 'spectacle society', an idea developed in the 50's;
in which we are living in the ultimate capitalistic society, where
people can only see things in a passive form.
We are casually going to talk about today's society and how Japanese youth
culture is unable to grow into it's own movement. The talk will be in
Japanese and in English.
Please join us at the Bazaar cafe on 10/18 from 3pm to 4:30pm. Afterwards,
there will be a benefit concert to support the all volunteer-run Bazaar cafe.
For more information-contact-kei - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by shitpop and the Philippines-Japan Forum.
The bollocks that they talk ...
In the bakery/cafe Hokuo near work in Osaka, there is a big sign up: New Drink
Debut — COCOA.
Hokuo's scientists are going to be sorely disappointed
when they discover they have invented something people have already
been drinking for centuries.
October 10, '03
Story Suffer Yet More Little Children updated
I am going to say something bloody obvious
but I need to say it.
There is a report in today's online Guardian/Observer
that a major "terrorist" attack on British forces in southern
Iraq is "inevitable".
When the Nazis overran France and the rest of
Europe in 1940, attacks against the occupying troops were known in
the free world as resistance and were considered heroic. The Nazis
referred to acts of resistance as terrorism.
Now we are the occupiers we too say terrorism
when we mean resistance to occupation.
The same edition of the Guardian/Observer carries
a report about killings of Iraqi civilians by US occupiers . A week
ago a 14-year-old boy was shot dead, a few days a go a 2-year-old child,
and yesterday a man, his wife, and her mother.
Now let's discuss terrorism and resistance.
Bring along a rocket scientist of your choice.
September 28 '03
SENSE, SPEAKS TRUTH
World rocks on
Today we have a new hero: Michael Meacher,
former environment minister, who in the Guardian announced clearly
that Bush let the September 11 attacks happen to provide him with
his pretext to launch the war against terror — which is no
more than a smokescreen to further the neo-conservative project of
And this is exactly what I have been saying
since that September 11. And this is what Gore Vidal has been saying.
So now that's three of us saying it. Only another six billion voices
and we have unanimity.
Read Meacher's article if you haven't already.
And here's something about the furore
that Meacher has caused
Riverbend: Blogging from Baghdad
For an extraodinary insight into life and politics
in occupied Iraq follow this link to the Riverbend Blog http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/ The
blogger is an anonymous 24-year-old Iraqi woman living in Baghdad who
goes by her nom de blog Riverbend. She is articulate, funny and scathing:
a natural born writer — and she has something to say. Most importantly
she blows away that intellect-stunting feature of war: the fog of partisan
Once more: http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks to Jerry for pointing me at this site.
September 5, 2003
Just when you think that the depths of stupidity
have finally been plumbed:
Thanks to Colin Doyle for pointing this out.
A Summer Rant — Matt Kaste
When Republicans (the New Radicals) go on the offensive, thousands of
innocent people die, the environment is further damaged, the poor and
middle-classes get stiffed and the developing world is further exploited.
But those of us who do not agree are obliged to go on the offensive
and take back our country. A tiny, rich elite are screwing us right
now as I sit here typing this, all under the guise of "security." Look
through the thin veil of their propaganda and desperate diversionary
tactics, and it becomes clear that these people do not represent the
principles upon which out country was founded. Lots of well-meaning,
but misinformed Americans have believed the lies because they think
questioning the actions of our leaders somehow makes them unpatriotic,
or sympathetic to the "enemies of America."
If we have been fighting all of these wars for "democracy," why
don't we start behaving like we actually live in one? We feel passive,
apathetic, confused and overwhelmed because of our over-exposure to scandal,
hypocrisy and sensationalized reporting of just about everything. We
have handed our hearts and minds over to distant leaders because we don't
want to deal with the "crooks," and we accept the pre-packaged
lies dispensed to us by the few mega-corporations that now control the
media. If you think that this "democracy" we now live in is
what the "second Americans" had left the repression of Europe
for, you are living in a fantasy world. There is a new King George in
town, and we Americans need to take back our country from him and his
For a little trip into the well-developed Republican brain, take a look
at this link... Sadly, this site is no parody, and I'm sure "NASCAR
fans for W '04" is selling like hotcakes. It may even be outselling "W
Stands for Whupping Democrats in 'o4."
In contrast, please compare these Democratic stickers.
If you've bought the line that Democrats and Republicans are virtually
indistinguishable, think again. Their ideals, concerns and basic worldviews
are fundamentally different. Republicans are having their day in the
sun, and they are doing damage right now which may never be repaired.
In conclusion, if you like the way it has felt to be an American during
the Reign of King George, support your President, let Fox tell you what
to think and have another Hot Pocket.
All of us here at Psipook Towers are a little perplexed by revelations
in today's Guardian that Tory Blair was aware before the war that Iraq
was no threat to anyone. The report comes after the cross examination
of a Blair aide at the Hutton inquiry.
We knew that without the help of an expensive inquiry.
The CIA and British intelligence services told the world through leaked
documents before the war that Iraq was no threat. It was transparently
obvious that this debilitated little country was no threat. Comments
from White House big-pants such as Condoleeza Rice to journalists a
whole year before the war made it clear that the US was gunning for
Iraq come what may, and the link between the US government and the
right wing Project for a New American Century made it clear that this
war was about strategic issues, not threat.
It was was even more puzzling that the populations of the UK and US
chose to ignore the facts and supported the war.
Next time you need to know something, don't ask Tony, ask us.
the story for yourself by clicking here.
Incidentally, The Sun, which has consistently supported the government
over the war and the Kelly affair seems to be ignoring the current
news from the Hutton inquiry and is leading with a story about Cilla
Black having her baubles nicked. The Sun does find time to mention
they have found someone who dislikes the BBC as much as they do. Well
done, The Sun.
August 19, 2003