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Fascism should more
properly be called corporatism since it is
the merger of
state and corporate power

-Benito Mussolini

Estimated Prophet
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
-Thomas Jefferson

You know, I try to stay in the background of this project I call Estimated Prophet; a presence you can gain insight about through my choices of topics and links as well as my rants (more politely called 'musings'). I haven't shared much about myself, it doesn't seem all that pertinent to the idea of 'popular education' that I hold; my hope is you see things I post, look into them, talk about them with friends- agree with my perspective or not. E-mail or comment if the spirit moves you. I don't matter. I'm just a regular guy, of working class roots in a small town in New England. Pretty much Joe Average. Joe Sixpack if we're talking a good microbrew.

Something that has slowed down my posting the last few days has been the unexpected death of a friend. I guess what I have been striving to communicate since this rush to war has been going on is that "People are People, Life is Sacred, a Gift". And when is this fact of life most pronounced? At births, at weddings, and yes, at funerals. Do you remember the last funeral or memorial you attended, the pain apparent in the eyes all around you? The loss suffered, the empty spot ones absence revealed as well as the fact that what makes our lives valuable, this 'experience of being' worthwhile are the connections: what we share. At births, at weddings and at funerals we are reminded what being human is about.

Folks in Iraq, people like you and I, who's lives are just as valid as ours, who love their kids and parents, who have the same concerns for the future as we all do are suffering the effects of war because Mr Bush wanted one. A leader and his administration attempting to prosecute a just war would not have to mislead our nation. He would not have to break international law.

"He rules by fear because he knows there is no underlying support. Support for Saddam, including within his military organization, will collapse after the first whiff of gunpowder." Richard Perle, then-Pentagon Defense Policy Board chairman, July 11.

I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." Vice President Richard Cheney, March 16, NBC's "Meet the Press." (quoted from a Reuters article)

I feel badly for our troops in Iraq. Not only is it possible that an inept administration has seen to it that some troops are only eating once a day; this illegal war may very well be dehumanizing them. But people are people, as this piece about Iraqi civilians feeding US Marines reaffirms. Hopes of Iraqi people welcoming US soldiers with open arms seem rather limited though as many innocent Iraqi folks are dying from US cruise missiles and bombs.

I've had dial up trouble all day; thank you for your consideration.

Perle sort of resigned; the jerk is still on the Defense policy Board, which is old news to most of you. In this 1996 document he advocates removing Saddam Hussein from power, and also attacks on Syria. He seems to deserve the moniker " Prince of Darkness". You'll note Douglas Feith's name on this paper to Netanyahu as well. Of the 30 members of the Defense Policy Board, nine have ties to companies with contracts that have gained 76 billion in defense contracts in the last couple years. Death pays bigtime. Or else the combination of human decency, international law and world opinion would see the US using the UN and international courts rather than bombs to punish terrorists and constrain and even depose Hussein.



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