gold was discovered in the Black Hills the U.S. Army was sent in to
clear the Indians out of their paha sapa even though they had been
promised in a previous treaty that they would "own" this territory as
long as the grass grew green. The inevitable battle led to Custer's last
stand and the resulting major military campaign to bring the "hostiles"
onto reservations in the dusty lands of southwest South Dakota.
Horse and Sitting Bull held out as long as they could. But the cold
winters and diminishing buffalo and other wild game forced them
ultimately to surrender. This process literally broke the hearts of the
people. The conditions of surrender were that they had to give up their
guns and their horses - essentially their very way of life.
government was to provide them with all they needed from then on. Food,
clothes, and even tepees. But they soon found out the promises were not
honored. The blankets they were given were so thin they could not keep
the people warm at night. The flour had bugs in it and the bacon was
rancid. The people could not even go and hunt anymore as their guns and
horses were gone. They continued to starve and die. But they honored
their word to the white man's government and stayed peaceful.
weapons contractors, that had grown rich from the Indian wars in the
1860's, were getting restless. This peace with Crazy Horse and Sitting
Bull was cutting into their previous enormous profits. So they came up
with a plan.
created a national public relations campaign and had artists create
renderings of Crazy Horse on the war path again killing farmers and
raping white women and children. These stories were placed in the big
newspapers across the country and the public became outraged. Soon the
Congress appropriated more funds to return the "hostiles" to the
fact, during this campaign of deception, Crazy Horse was sitting in his
tepee on the reservation without a gun or horse to his name.
you think about it the story is virtually the same today in Iraq. The
government creates a pubic relations campaign about weapons of mass
destruction and then sells the story using the mainstream media to
justify a war and make enormous profits for the weapons corporations.
When I was in the Air Force, during the Vietnam War, I learned how they did the same thing to sell that war as I read The Pentagon Papers- the government's own secret history of how they lied to create that war.
The process is again under way today in Asia-Pacific as we see the U.S. beginning to provoke and demonize China and Russia in a new arms race that would bring huge profits to the war industry.
say that every criminal has an MO - modus operandi - method of
operation. When I was young I wanted to be an FBI agent when I grew up
so I could fight against organized crime.
Then one day I woke
up and realized that the military industrial complex was the essence of
organized crime. So I took myself to the peace movement where I could
fulfill my boyhood promise to work for "truth, justice, and the American
I wonder if the fate of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull and the other
native people will be the fate of the American people of today as well.
In order to pay for endless war the government, clearly under the
control of the military industrial complex as former President Dwight Eisenhower warned us,
is now moving to destroy social progress in our country as they cut
education, health care, and the like. In a way I wonder, are we now
being brought onto the reservation too?
the New World Order job # 1 of corporate globalization is to maximize
profits internationally. Allegiance to country is a thing of the past.
Corporations move overseas to seek the lowest wage workers possible.
Unemployment grows and the local tax base drys up as jobs leave the U.S.
The process of corporate disinvestment in America is underway. The
Pentagon says that "security export" will be our role under corporate globalization. Endless war.
What can we learn from the time of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull?
Horse is remembered for these words: "A very great vision is needed and
the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue
of the sky."
What is our vision for the future of North America and for our Mother Earth?
Our Gov. Paul LePage here in Maine has a long history of raging against critics who challenge his racism, frequent gross exaggerations and outright lies.
Just a couple days ago LePage went after the Democrat in the state legislature who chairs the Health & Human Services Committee in the House of Representatives.
The dispute is over whether Blacks and Hispanics from out-of-state are the primary reason drugs are flowing into Maine. LePage claims he has a three-ring binder full of photos of Black & Hispanic faces who have been arrested for these crimes. Law enforcement officials in LePage's home town of Lewiston were quoted on the radio saying that 90% of those arrested for drugs in their city are white.
After seeing LePage (who is a big supporter of Trump and whose daughter has been hired to work on the Trump campaign) do this repeatedly over the last six years in office one might wonder when the Democrats who control the state House will vote in favor of impeachment articles that have previously been filed against LeRage.
The man is sick and should not be leading our state government. He belongs in a program for alcoholic abusers.
The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.
Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually “condemned ethnic cleansing”, opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590- page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato’s illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.
Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in The Hague, during what amounted to a bogus trial by an American-invented “international tribunal”. Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened and was monitored and kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.
Milosevic was the victim of war propaganda that today runs like a torrent across our screens and newspapers and beckons great danger for us all. He was the prototype demon, vilified by the western media as the “butcher of the Balkans” who was responsible for “genocide”, especially in the secessionist Yugoslav province of Kosovo. Prime Minister Tony Blair said so, invoked the Holocaust and demanded action against “this new Hitler”. David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], declared that as many as “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59” may have been murdered by Milocevic’s forces.
This was the justification for Nato’s bombing, led by Bill Clinton and Blair, that killed hundreds of civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, parks and television studios and destroyed Serbia’s economic infrastructure. It was blatantly ideological; at a notorious “peace conference” in Rambouillet in France, Milosevic was confronted by Madeleine Albright, the US secretary of state, who was to achieve infamy with her remark that the deaths of half a million Iraqi children were “worth it”.
Albright delivered an “offer” to Milosevic that no national leader could accept. Unless he agreed to the foreign military occupation of his country, with the occupying forces “outside the legal process”, and to the imposition of a neo-liberal “free market”, Serbia would be bombed. This was contained in an “Appendix B”, which the media failed to read or suppressed. The aim was to crush Europe’s last independent “socialist” state.
Once Nato began bombing, there was a stampede of Kosovar refugees “fleeing a holocaust”. When it was over, international police teams descended on Kosovo to exhume the victims of the “holocaust”. The FBI failed to find a single mass grave and went home. The Spanish forensic team did the same, its leader angrily denouncing “a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines”. The final count of the dead in Kosovo was 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the pro-Nato Kosovo Liberation Front. There was no genocide. The Nato attack was both a fraud and a war crime.
All but a fraction of America’s vaunted “precision guided” missiles hit not military but civilian targets, including the news studios of Radio Television Serbia in Belgrade. Sixteen people were killed, including cameramen, producers and a make-up artist. Blair described the dead, profanely, as part of Serbia’s “command and control”. In 2008, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte, revealed that she had been pressured not to investigate Nato’s crimes.
This was the model for Washington’s subsequent invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and, by stealth, Syria. All qualify as “paramount crimes” under the Nuremberg standard; all depended on media propaganda. While tabloid journalism played its traditional part, it was serious, credible, often liberal journalism that was the most effective – the evangelical promotion of Blair and his wars by the Guardian, the incessant lies about Saddam Hussein’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction in the Observer and the New York Times, and the unerring drumbeat of government propaganda by the BBC in the silence of its omissions.
At the height of the bombing, the BBC’s Kirsty Wark interviewed General Wesley Clark, the Nato commander. The Serbian city of Nis had just been sprayed with American cluster bombs, killing women, old people and children in an open market and a hospital. Wark asked not a single question about this, or about any other civilian deaths.
Others were more brazen. In February 2003, the day after Blair and Bush had set fire to Iraq, the BBC’s political editor, Andrew Marr, stood in Downing Street and made what amounted to a victory speech. He excitedly told his viewers that Blair had “said they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been proved conclusively right.” Today, with a million dead and a society in ruins, Marr’s BBC interviews are recommended by the US embassy in London.
Marr’s colleagues lined up to pronounce Blair “vindicated”. The BBC’s Washington correspondent, Matt Frei, said, “There’s no doubt that the desire to bring good, to bring American values to the rest of the world, and especially to the Middle East … is now increasingly tied up with military power.”
This obeisance to the United States and its collaborators as a benign force “bringing good” runs deep in western establishment journalism. It ensures that the present-day catastrophe in Syria is blamed exclusively on Bashar al-Assad, whom the West and Israel have long conspired to overthrow, not for any humanitarian concerns, but to consolidate Israel’s aggressive power in the region. The jihadist forces unleashed and armed by the US, Britain, France, Turkey and their “coalition” proxies serve this end. It is they who dispense the propaganda and videos that becomes news in the US and Europe, and provide access to journalists and guarantee a one-sided “coverage” of Syria.
The city of Aleppo is in the news. Most readers and viewers will be unaware that the majority of the population of Aleppo lives in the government-controlled western part of the city. That they suffer daily artillery bombardment from western-sponsored al-Qaida is not news. On 21 July, French and American bombers attacked a government village in Aleppo province, killing up to 125 civilians. This was reported on page 22 of the Guardian; there were no photographs.
Having created and underwritten jihadism in Afghanistan in the 1980s as Operation Cyclone -- a weapon to destroy the Soviet Union -- the US is doing something similar in Syria. Like the Afghan Mujahideen, the Syrian “rebels” are America’s and Britain’s foot soldiers. Many fight for al-Qaida and its variants; some, like the Nusra Front, have rebranded themselves to comply with American sensitivities over 9/11. The CIA runs them, with difficulty, as it runs jihadists all over the world.
The immediate aim is to destroy the government in Damascus, which, according to the most credible poll (YouGov Siraj), the majority of Syrians support, or at least look to for protection, regardless of the barbarism in its shadows. The long-term aim is to deny Russia a key Middle Eastern ally as part of a Nato war of attrition against the Russian Federation that eventually destroys it.
The nuclear risk is obvious, though suppressed by the media across “the free world”. The editorial writers of the Washington Post, having promoted the fiction of WMD in Iraq, demand that Obama attack Syria. Hillary Clinton, who publicly rejoiced at her executioner’s role during the destruction of Libya, has repeatedly indicated that, as president, she will “go further” than Obama.
Gareth Porter, a samidzat journalist reporting from Washington, recently revealed the names of those likely to make up a Clinton cabinet, who plan an attack on Syria. All have belligerent cold war histories; the former CIA director, Leon Panetta, says that “the next president is gonna have to consider adding additional special forces on the ground”.
What is most remarkable about the war propaganda now in flood tide is its patent absurdity and familiarity. I have been looking through archive film from Washington in the 1950s when diplomats, civil servants and journalists were witch-hunted and ruined by Senator Joe McCarthy for challenging the lies and paranoia about the Soviet Union and China. Like a resurgent tumour, the anti-Russia cult has returned.
In Britain, the Guardian’s Luke Harding leads his newspaper’s Russia-haters in a stream of journalistic parodies that assign to Vladimir Putin every earthly iniquity. When the Panama Papers leak was published, the front page said Putin, and there was a picture of Putin; never mind that Putin was not mentioned anywhere in the leaks.
Like Milosevic, Putin is Demon Number One. It was Putin who shot down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. Headline: “As far as I’m concerned, Putin killed my son.” No evidence required. It was Putin who was responsible for Washington’s documented (and paid for) overthrow of the elected government in Kiev in 2014. The subsequent terror campaign by fascist militias against the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine was the result of Putin’s “aggression”. Preventing Crimea from becoming a Nato missile base and protecting the mostly Russian population who had voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia – from which Crimea had been annexed – were more examples of Putin’s “aggression”. Smear by media inevitably becomes war by media. If war with Russia breaks out, by design or by accident, journalists will bear much of the responsibility.
In the US, the anti-Russia campaign has been elevated to virtual reality. The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, an economist with a Nobel Prize, has called Donald Trump the “Siberian Candidate” because Trump is Putin’s man, he says. Trump had dared to suggest, in a rare lucid moment, that war with Russia might be a bad idea. In fact, he has gone further and removed American arms shipments to Ukraine from the Republican platform. “Wouldn’t it be great if we got along with Russia,” he said.
This is why America’s warmongering liberal establishment hates him. Trump’s racism and ranting demagoguery have nothing to do with it. Bill and Hillary Clinton’s record of racism and extremism can out-trump Trump’s any day. (This week is the 20th anniversary of the Clinton welfare “reform” that launched a war on African-Americans). As for Obama: while American police gun down his fellow African-Americans the great hope in the White House has done nothing to protect them, nothing to relieve their impoverishment, while running four rapacious wars and an assassination campaign without precedent.
The CIA has demanded Trump is not elected. Pentagon generals have demanded he is not elected.
The pro-war New York Times -- taking a breather from its relentless low-rent Putin smears -- demands that he is not elected. Something is up. These tribunes of “perpetual war” are terrified that the multi-billion-dollar business of war by which the United States maintains its dominance will be undermined if Trump does a deal with Putin, then with China’s Xi Jinping. Their panic at the possibility of the world’s great power talking peace – however unlikely – would be the blackest farce were the issues not so dire.
“Trump would have loved Stalin!” bellowed Vice-President Joe Biden at a rally for Hillary Clinton. With Clinton nodding, he shouted, “We never bow. We never bend. We never kneel. We never yield. We own the finish line. That’s who we are. We are America!”
In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn has also excited hysteria from the war-makers in the Labour Party and from a media devoted to trashing him. Lord West, a former admiral and Labour minister, put it well. Corbyn was taking an “outrageous” anti-war position “because it gets the unthinking masses to vote for him”.
In a debate with leadership challenger Owen Smith, Corbyn was asked by the moderator: “How would you act on a violation by Vladimir Putin of a fellow Nato state?”
Corbyn replied: “You would want to avoid that happening in the first place. You would build up a good dialogue with Russia … We would try to introduce a de-militarisation of the borders between Russia, the Ukraine and the other countries on the border between Russia and Eastern Europe. What we cannot allow is a series of calamitous build-ups of troops on both sides which can only lead to great danger.”
Pressed to say if he would authorise war against Russia “if you had to”, Corbyn replied: “I don’t wish to go to war – what I want to do is achieve a world that we don’t need to go to war.”
The line of questioning owes much to the rise of Britain’s liberal war-makers. The Labour Party and the media have long offered them career opportunities. For a while the moral tsunami of the great crime of Iraq left them floundering, their inversions of the truth a temporary embarrassment.
Regardless of Chilcot and the mountain of incriminating facts, Blair remains their inspiration, because he was a “winner”.
Dissenting journalism and scholarship have since been systematically banished or appropriated, and democratic ideas emptied and refilled with “identity politics” that confuse gender with feminism and public angst with liberation and willfully ignore the state violence and weapons profiteering that destroys countless lives in faraway places, like Yemen and Syria, and beckon nuclear war in Europe and across the world.
The stirring of people of all ages around the spectacular rise of Jeremy Corbyn counters this to some extent. His life has been spent illuminating the horror of war. The problem for Corbyn and his supporters is the Labour Party. In America, the problem for the thousands of followers of Bernie Sanders was the Democratic Party, not to mention their ultimate betrayal by their great white hope. In the US, home of the great civil rights and anti-war movements, it is Black Lives Matter and the likes of Codepink that lay the roots of a modern version.
For only a movement that swells into every street and across borders and does not give up can stop the warmongers. Next year, it will be a century since Wilfred Owen wrote the following. Every journalist should read it and remember it.
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
~ John Pilger originally hails
from Australia. Arriving in London, Pilger freelanced, then joined
Reuters, moving to the London Daily Mirror, Britain's biggest selling
newspaper, which was then changing to a serious tabloid. He
became chief foreign correspondent and reported from all over the
world, covering numerous wars, notably Vietnam. He became the youngest
journalist to receive Britain's highest award for
journalism, Journalist of the Year and was the first to win it twice.
He also has created many award winning documentaries.
Great cartoon above - full of truth. The Washington-based 'liberators' are now setting up a 'no-fly zone' in northern Syria where US troops have been deployed - uninvited by the legitimate Syrian government. The US has 'warned' Syria and Russia (who was invited by Syrian government) that their planes had better stay away from the area or else. Of course this just happens to be the area where most of Syria's oil is located (surprise, surprise) and the US intends to break this region off and put it in the hands of more compliant forces who will allow US-Israeli agents to make money off the sale of the Syrian oil. A perfect scam - of course the American people are being told the US is there to defend the Syrian people against their brutal President Assad who they keep reelecting by wide margins. But it doesn't really matter, in this case, what the Syrian people actually want.
I taped my new This Issue public access TV show today and the guest was Kyle Bailey talking about the November 8 referendum in Maine on the question of Ranked Choice Voting. If it passes RCV would allow you to rank your choices in order of preference on future ballots. A real good idea. It's worked well in the last two Portland, Maine mayoral elections.
The US has proposed a second option to the South Korean government for deployment of the THAAD 'missile defense' system set to go into the melon farming community of Seongju. Due to massive protests in Seongju, and solidarity protests across their country, the movement against THAAD has become a big deal in South Korea. So with that in mind the Pentagon is now offering to move the deployment site 18-kilometers away to a golf course - maintaining that any worries about the radar system's electro-magnetic radiation would thus be resolved. The people are not buying it but the 'head man' of Seongju county (and a group of South Korean veterans) met with the government on their own accord to listen to the offer. When residents learned about this they were furious and made their continued opposition widely known. Seems like it might be time for a new 'head man'.
This coming weekend Mary Beth and I will drive north along the coast for a couple days of mini-vacation since we've had little time together this summer. On the way back down the coast we'll drive the route for the coming October 11-26 Maine Peace Walk - the theme this year will be Stop the War$ on Mother Earth.