The Parliament of Turkey decides not to let US troops deploy there. 94% of the population is against the US attack on Iraq.
"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes."
- President Dwight Eisenhower, January 1961.
The above quote is taken from an article by William Rivers Pitt entitled "Blood Money" . In it you'll see that it pulls together some of this weeks postings; from the neoconservative lot that have been pushing for American hegemony with Central Asia as lynchpin since before Reagan and are shaping White House policy now to just who is going to profit from this attack, unprecedented in our nations history.
It looks as though the press will be effectively controlled in Iraq so as to be sure a sanitized picture of the conflict will be aired here.
Yesterdays last entry was a really frightening piece on what North Korea plans to do if it feels it is under attack. Today we read about the Pentagon's planning for a possible strike against Korea.
A quick quotation from the Times article:
"Recently Mr. Bush seems to have become more hawkish. He is said to have been furious when Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage (one of the few senior Bush aides who know anything about Korea) told Congress that the U.S. would have to talk to North Korea."
Here is some context on Mr Bush and North Korea
Looks to be a pretty full day Wedneday. We've mentioned the International Day of Poetry Against the War. If for many folks it will be Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting that begins the Lenten season. March 5th is also a day of Moratorium Against the War- a day to show where you stand on the Iran issue:
“One day in March the Air Force and Navy will launch between 300 and 400 cruise missiles at targets in Iraq…more than the number that were launched during the entire 40 days of the first Gulf War…‘so that you have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but in minutes.
(CBS News, Jan. 27, 2003)
"If you had known about Hiroshima in advance, what would you have done to stop it? Today’s war-makers are telling us what they plan to do, including the possible use of nuclear weapons. This war will visit unspeakable terror and suffering on the people of Iraq, in the name of “liberating” them. It will put people all over the planet at risk, in the name of protecting them. It will, no doubt, be accompanied by even more severe repression within the U.S. against immigrants and against resisters. "
A day of conscience expressed all around, in voice, in fasting, in... well, I hope you find a way to affirm life and celebrate our common humanity.
Where is the Poets Against the War reading going to be near you?
" Poets Against the War announces an International Day of Poetry Against the War on Wednesday, March 5th. Poets around the world will schedule readings and/or discussions of poetry and protest for that day."
In my neck of the woods the good folks at the Nashua NH Unitarian-Universalist Church are hosting the event at 7:30 in the evening. Click above to find out where you can support/participate in this event.