What Is True?
June 18, 2003 - A

Liberty, War & Politics

The Gaza Trap
American troops in Gaza? Never!

by Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, June 18, 2003

The same militant internationalism is central to neocon ideology, with the goal of world communism abandoned for global "democracy."

Mid-Eastern Terms
by Ran HaCohen, Antiwar.com, June 18, 2003

Describing how next month the town of Qalqilia, having lost 50% of its lands, will be fenced all around, Rapoport concludes: "One can call it cantons, or Bantustans, or simply a prison. A 10 metre narrow gate will be the only access to the outside world for 40.000 inhabitants."

Special forces 'prepare for Iran attack'
by Robert Fox, Evening Standard, www.thisislondon.com, June 17, 2003

British and American intelligence and special forces have been put on alert for a conflict with Iran within the next 12 months, as fears grow that Tehran is building a nuclear weapons programme.

Who is threatening whom?

US faces long, hot summer in deadly tinderbox
by Gwynne Dyer, New Zealand Herald, www.nzherald.co.nz, June 17, 2003

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, American military deaths in Vietnam had just passed 50.

At the present loss rate, US military deaths in Iraq since the war "ended" two months ago will pass that total before the end of this month...

Iran Safe For Now
by Charley Reese, reese.king-online.com, June 18, 2003

When power is for sale, then the government power should be severely limited. When power is abused, then the less power the better.

Rise of the Apologists
by Alan Bock, Antiwar.com , June 17, 2003

... The important question was whether the possession of this or that [alleged] weapon ever justified what was a war of choice rather than necessity in which the United States openly and unabashedly assumed the role of aggressor against a country that had not threatened its neighbors for more than 11 years.

Orwell and me
by Margaret Atwood, The Guardian, books.guardian.co.uk, June 16, 2003

About George Orwell.

Democracies have traditionally defined themselves by, among other things - openness and the rule of law. But now it seems that we in the west are tacitly legitimising the methods of the darker human past, upgraded technologically and sanctified to our own uses, of course. For the sake of freedom, freedom must be renounced. To move us towards the improved world - the utopia we're promised - dystopia must first hold sway.

It's a concept worthy of doublethink. It's also, in its ordering of events, strangely Marxist ...

Buckley Revealed
by Murray N. Rothbard, LewRockwell.com
Review of William F. Buckley, Jr., "A Young Republican View," The Commonweal, January 25, 1952

This unhappy incident reveals that individualism is practically non-existent in present-day America [1952], and that the biggest and most important defection stems from the uncritical support given to the wasteful, dictatorial policy of military-socialism that now prevails.