History gives us a bit of perspective, context that gives us a cognitive framework to reason with and understand current events... (Give link a moment to load, it stops for a moment then starts up again).
I realise the presentation is controversial. What do you see as Americas future, the legacy we will leave our children?
Asking questions and wanting factual answers is both Patriotic as well as American.
Many American corporations funded and worked with the Nazi war industry during World War Two.
Today in history: In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his Nazi troops into the Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles.
"There can be no peace without law. And there can be no law if we were to invoke one code of conduct for those who oppose us and another for our friends" -President Dwight Eisenhower
Before we get into news having to do with the US agenda of attacking Iraq let us think about the nation building we have done in Afganistan, now that we have freed the Afghani people from the Taliban.
Remember: "We want to be a continuing part of the new era of hope in Afghanistan," said Bush on Oct. 11, at an event highlighting U.S. humanitarian assistance in that country. He added, "We are helping the people to now recover from years of tyranny and oppression. We're helping Afghanistan to claim its democratic future, and we're helping that nation to establish public order and safety."
Read the reality .
Things at the UN? Well there seems to be a bit of US foot stomping going on...
The Pope is not behind the Bush rush to attack Iraq (from the linked article):
" The Pope also questioned the President's statements invoking God's name as justification for the invasion.
"God is a neutral observer in the affairs of man," the Pope said. "Man cannot march into war and assume God will be at his side."
In Rome, the pope called for "common efforts to spare humanity another dramatic conflict." "
I have acted on Helen Caldicot's idea (contact info) and written the Pope asking him to fly to Baghdad to stave off the "Shock and Awe" attack that latest sources say will involve 3000 missiles.
About last nights press conference, to quote Mattew Rothschld: ..."More Fearmongering and Warmongering"
Hearing Mr Bush calling on God has me worried. Not merely because of the basic notion of seperation of church and state that our country is founded on but on using religion and its power of moral suasion to blind our credulous populace to its own actions while sanctioning the what he does regardless of his intentions. Look at India. Fear and nationalism are time honored tools used to manipulate people and consolidate power, especially when important issues at home are not being addressed. Check out Wampum Blog for some interesting insight on our employment situation (as well as links), which looks a bit more grave when one figures in 'the marginally attached, not counted"(1.6 million) as well as the 'discouraged unemployed' (450,000)
You read this article about Easter Baskets:
"At the Astor Place Kmart, the encampment is on display just inside the main entrance. A camouflaged sandy-haired soldier with an American-flag arm patch stands alert in a teal, pink, and yellow basket beneath a pretty green-and-purple bow. Within a doll-arm's reach are a machine gun, rifle, hand grenade, large knife, pistol, and round of ammunition. In the next basket a buzz-cut blond with a snazzy dress uniform hawks over homeland security, an American eagle shield on his arm, and a machine gun, pistol, Bowie knife, two grenades, truncheon, and handcuffs at the ready. "
Easter We are in the midst of a Collective Psychosis. People who preach hate are accepted as mainstream on MSNBC and Fox, the jingoistic Rush Limbaugh maligns the airwaves with his narrow meanspirited spiels. But children, on Easter... Childrens Easter Baskets that have toys glorifying war in them. Who are buying these for the kiddies?
You know the Army has a video game...
Civilians attacked with poison gas?