Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wikileaks' Iraq War Logs: Secret Files Show How US Ignored Torture

Wikileaks' Iraq War Logs: Secret Files Show How US Ignored Torture By Nick Davies and Jonathan Steele and David Leigh

"A grim picture of the US and Britain's legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crime"

The good news is that information wants to be free, and this is clearly another of history's finest examples of this truth. If we survive the current holocaust, we should never again forget this lesson.

The bad news is that our enemies will hold this information as further proof of what they've been saying: that their cause is just, and ours is not. This will add gravitas to their argument that they are just and we are not. This will attract still more people to support and even join their cause.

How long do you think it will be before that embassy in Iraq goes up in flames? Maybe this year, maybe longer to prolong the agony of it all. Let's make no mistake about some things: the Iraqi's have hated the occupier since day 1, the Green Zone is a giant symbol of that occupation, and it's either going down or the trigger happy Neocons still in power will start using our Big Guns. Our troops will not go back into Iraq, so when that embassy does come under siege, we're either going to accept that the utter failure this event will signify, or we're going to watch the trigger-happy Neocons escalate.

Afghanistan, the parking lot for some quarter million soldiers and mercenaries. How long do you think our kids want to continue killing, dying, maiming and destroying once it becomes clear they are fighting for no reason with no goal whatsoever?

Israel and it's enemies are gearing up for the Next Big Action as we speak. Despite the MSM filters we do have enough information to see this writing on the wall. Hatred for us is growing, and seemingly more justifiable. Factories around the world churn out more and more armaments, and while it's anyone's guess how many reach the Middle East, even the most conservative would see it's a net increase. Now combine hatred, terrible weapons, religious fever and righteousness and you've got a formula for disaster.

America has been suckered into an impossible position: an all-out military invasion of the Middle East, an area that we cannot conquer.

The Neocons still control the MSM and Congress (Google "neocon video" for all the evidence you might need, presented in video format. If you prefer writing, there's even more material to read ... we're years down their road by now, and a lot of really smart people have reporting on them, but their work doesn't exist in the MSM, so you'll need to turn to alternative sources - and cross check them).

If people continue to be guided by the MSM, then we can be assured the direction is towards escalation and not a peaceful solution. In fact, we know by now that the words "peaceful solution" aren't even in their lexicon. They are absolutely committed to securing military authority in the Middle East, let us not make the mistake of underestimating the truth and significance of this fact.

I believe we can avoid the calamity that awaits us by doing something dramatically peaceful. If we put the criminals who duped Bush, Congress and America into that invasion on trial for war crimes, and we do everything in our power to make amends for their crimes, we have a shot at stopping what they've set in motion. If we do nothing or let play out, it will be with very bad consequences for America.

By "very bad consequences", consider:

1. Our enemies have amply demonstrated their ability to use suicide bombers, and the fact that they use them so casually clearly indicates there is no shortage of supply.

2. Science has created NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) weapons the likes of which we never want to see used on people again, and there are many, many thousands of them all around the world, and undoubtedly some have reached the black market.

3. The guy who tried to blow up a van in midtown NYC: he was on a mission to deliver a message. While the van didn't blow up as planned, he did demonstrate how easy it is to infiltrate a free society. Now suppose he was a suicide bomber armed with enough vials of some terrible biological weapon to kill huge numbers of people. Perhaps you may wonder, as I do, why this hasn't happened. The volunteers are there, the weapons are there, our society can be infiltrated, and we're at war.

This is more of a fait accompli then a perfect storm.

It's amazed me for a decade now that our enemies haven't used a suicide bomber + a terrible weapon in America. Sometimes I think they are actually enjoying their jihad. As weird as that may sound, our enemies have lived with war, terror and fear for so long that they are as accustomed to that as a way of life as we are to ours. I can imagine no other reason why they haven't use that simple formula to perform a terrible attack here.

The only reason I can see for this not being common knowledge is the power of the MSM propaganda machine. For a current example of how easy it is to spin things, take a look at the NY Times reporting on this Wikileaks dump: they are spinning it into an anti-Iran story, which buries the real significance, which is the psychological effect of the dump on our enemies.


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