Michael and Me

by Edgar J. Steele

March 26, 2003

"Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows."
    --William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 2, Scene 2 (1610)

"Politics make strange bedfellows."
    --Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, Ch 15 (1871)

Alliances shift as quickly as the weather changes, it seems.  Particularly, these days.  Now it's France that is in the barrel and the butt of American jokes.  Used to be, not so long ago, we were buddies with all things frog.  No more.  Freedom Fries in the Congressional cafeteria now - that's the extent of Congressional involvement with this war, by the way.

And Russia - Our WWII buddy became our Cold War adversary.  Then, with Glasnost, our buddy again.  Now, with the Middle East imploding, it appears that Russia is lining up opposite us once again.  This concerns me even more than the substantial bulk of China standing behind North Korea.

Reminds me of high school.  Only there's no study hall in which to pass notes and get the scoop on who likes us now.  We have to figure it out for ourselves.  Actually, it's pretty easy since Bush the Second went on a tear - now everybody hates us.  Everybody but Israel, of course.  More on that relationship in a bit, but first let's look at Hollywood, which has become downright schizophrenic lately.

Hollywood denizens now are of two stripes:  pro war and anti war.  And lots of members of both camps are downright confused.  Witness Michael Moore, who accepted his Best Documentary Oscar by denouncing a "fictitious" President Bush, "fictitious election results," and the War on Iraq, which he said is for "fictitious reasons."  But Moore has long been anti war.  At least he is consistent.

Moore was nearly booed off the stage by the new Hollywood chickenhawk contingency (neocons, all).  Witness the following character assassination by an insider:  "His public persona is that of an anti-corporate crusader from working-class Flint, Michigan, who wears a constant uniform of slouchy jeans, a plaid shirt and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap. But the real Michael Moore rides in limos and lives in a swanky $1.2 million Manhattan apartment. Moore's 'blue collar bonhomie' is bunk."  -- "The Moore the Scarier," by Debbie Schlussel (3/25/03):  http://www.techcentralstation.com/1051/defensewrapper.jsp?PID=1051-350&CID=1051-032503B 

Notice the singularly Chosen sound of Moore's critic's name.  That tells you everything, or should, if you have been paying attention.  Jews and neocons go together these days like pizza and beer.  In fact, jews ARE neocons.  They have hijacked the word "conservative," which is why so many traditional conservatives are so uneasy these days.  Non-jewish neocons are either confused or directly serving the purposes of the New World Order group, which looks to impose Pax Americana on the entire world, starting with Afghanistan and Iraq.

Moore is illustrative of the congenital leftist who rails against the war and, looking around, is confused to see people like myself standing alongside, shouting even louder.  Lots of traditional liberals have joined this list lately, and written me somewhat bashfully to say they agree with much of what I have to say.  It's not for nothing that I labeled myself a neoliberal a while ago:  See "Neoliberals and the New World Order" at http://www.conspiracypenpal.com/columns/neolib.htm 

Somebody should do a documentary, showing us hard-line right wingers hugging Michael Moore.  We could call it "Michael and Me."  You may recall that Moore first hit the big time with his documentary several years ago, entitled "Roger and Me," which embarrassed General Motors in its hometown of Flint, Michigan.  Instead of rabbits being knocked on the head and skinned, we can show pictures of maimed Iraqi children.

Let's get really clear about something here:  I love America.  I love the coasts, the mountains, the lakes the broad, flat plains.  I love the people - people that raised me to be just like them.  Just folks.  Lately, I have had a few neocons write and tell me to leave America because of my antiwar stance.  I attended a political dinner the other night and was stunned to hear one of Idaho's congressional representatives call for all those who didn't support Bush one-hundred percent to move to France.  Of course, we all recall Ashcroft's warning to us to "watch what (we) say."

Neocons got PayPal to cancel my account because of these essays I write.  No longer can you contribute via on-line credit card to PCLU so that deserving victims of our tyrannical government receive free legal representation, not that PayPal ever proved to be much of a source, anyway.  Neocons disagree with me, so they get PayPal to do their dirty work.  That's the way they work.  Around the side and in the back when you're not looking.

Don't confuse America with its current government hierarchy.  When I served in the military, it was made clear to me that, regardless of how I felt about another in uniform, I was to show full respect to the uniform.  Same thing today, with judges - lots of judges I wouldn't give the time of day to in real life, but whose robes I respect when in the courtroom.  I love America; it's the current American regime I can't abide.

If you currently support this war in Iraq, then please consider me, and others like myself, not to mention Michael Moore, your loyal adversaries.  We honestly think you wouldn't believe as you do if you had all the facts.

Michael and me.  Strange bedfellows.  I opposed the Viet Nam war.  I suspect Michael did, too.  But, most of those who booed Michael the other night also opposed it, I would wager.  Difference is, today they want America to go kill, kill, kill.  Go figure.  It doesn't make any sense at all until you realize that we are carrying Israel's water this time around.  That's why so many Viet Nam war protestors are now neocon supporters of Bush.  Turns out that so many leaders of the Viet Nam antiwar movement, like Abbie Hoffman, were jewish.  Of course, communism is a singularly jewish invention and North Viet Nam was communist, wasn't it?

And don't confuse being antiwar with failing to "support the troops," the latest phrase being used to shout down dissidents in America.  Of course we support the troops.  We support them so much that it pains us to hear just how many are dying over there in the desert.  Virtually all are just following orders, doing their jobs.  Just as so many, myself included, did during the Viet Nam era.  It's the policymakers with whom I disagree.  A couple of Generals, too, by the way.

Mind you, I draw the line at Lt. William Calley and what he and his men did in My Lai, Viet Nam.  I will draw that line just as quickly for American soldiers who commit atrocities in the Middle East, a number of which appear already to have occurred in Afghanistan.  Following orders is no excuse for murder.

Strange bedfellows.  America, which screams loudly about Geneva Convention violations because Iraq televised pictures of POWs, says nothing about what Israel does on a near-daily basis and which explains why Ariel Sharon and other jewish leaders have been indicted by a war crimes tribunal in Belgium.

Just a few days ago, an American-made bulldozer driven by an Israeli soldier intentionally ran down and killed an American citizen serving as a human shield in Palestine, Rachel Corrie.  Just yesterday, Israel gets $11 billion additional aid pledged from the U.S.  There are about 90 million households in America, therefore Rachel Corrie's father has to pay $122.22 of that to her killers, over and above what he's been paying all along, that is.

Ironically, now it comes out that Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is in Jordan and enroute to Iraq to serve as a human shield, just as Rachel Corrie did in Palestine.  http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=245183&lang=e&dir=news 

America and Israel are strange bedfellows, too.  Only the Americans think Israel is its buddy.  Israelis think very differently, indeed.  Consider the following statement from a prominent Israeli web site today:  "(W)e already knew that this war is for us - i.e., the Jews and Israel. Chazal - our sages - throughout the ages have explained the Torah, telling us that everything that happens in the world is for the benefit of the Jewish People.  Simply put another way, if all the world is a stage, then the Jews - and especially those in the Land of Israel - are the lead actors on the stage of history, and the goyim - the nations, i.e. the gentiles - have supporting roles, while the evil-doers are props and background scenery. As our tradition states, G-D - the great playwright - created the world for the sake of the Jewish People, and it is our responsibility to implement the Torah - absolute morality and the blueprint of creation - in it."  Ariel Natan Pasko, "This War is for Us," Arutz-Sheva (3/26/03) http://www.israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=2125 

"B-b-b-but," you splutter, "I read the news.  I watch CNN and Fox News.  I know what's going on and it's nothing like that."  Sad to say, you are radically misinformed, my friend.

For example, American news sources just reported that we blew up a Basran bridge in a move to "isolate" the city.  In truth, American forces were beating a hasty retreat from the city and blew the bridge to discourage pursuers.

Remember the "Shock and Awe" which was going to make this war an affair of just a few days?  You don't hear about that any more, do you?

Even our pals, the Brits, finally are turning against America:  "(T)his U.S. administration doesn't consider it is bound by other people's laws. It can do what it likes and expects others to do what it likes, too." London Daily Mirror (3/25/03).

Of course, the media has a bit of help from the American military forces.  The following appeared today in the letters section of WhatReallyHappened.com:  (A film crew from al-Minar TV, a television network of Lebanon, stumbled across the bodies of about 40 US soldiers scattered in the desert outside Maseriah.)  "It was obvious the soldiers had been in a major battle as there was empty ammunition casing everywhere...We called on our satellite phone to our base camp and told them what we had found and they told the Americans where we were located.  Soon some American helicopters came to us and the Americans took all our camera and recording equipment and smashed it. They told us to leave the area and say nothing of this finding.  When we arrived back at our base to the south there were American military police everywhere and they destroyed all of our equipment and told us to leave Iraq immediately."

You can bank on the fact that Dan Rather won't be reporting on this massacre tonight.

It is possible to get accurate news about the world, but you have to go hunting for it and the Internet is ideal for that.  Concerning the Iraqi war, here are some sites for much more accurate war reporting:

http://www.overthrow.com/  The best of the lot.  Quite readable and pretty accurate.  Bookmark this one, if nothing else.

http://www.aeronautics.ru/news/news002/news076.htm  A Russian GRU source which seems particularly accurate and reliable.  Uses Russian reconnaisance satellite imaging extensively.  Written and translated daily.  Click on "Next Report" until you reach the most recent.  Usually updated in the evening, US time.

http://www.aljazeerah.info/  English translation of the famous Middle East news organization's internet site.  Accused by American media and administration spokesmen of bias and propagandizing, the reporting here appears more in line with independent (European and Russian) reporting than American.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/index.shtml  English translation of a Muslim site.  Clear pro-Muslim bias, but seems to be closer to independent reporting than American mainstream news sources.

 http://www.israelnationalnews.com  Israel-based site for the Israeli/jewish take on things.  A real eye opener for those who have yet to figure out what zionism (jewish supremacism) is about.

http://globalfire.tv/nj/03en/politics/content.htm  Fairly typical European news site.  Expect surprisingly high anti-American sentiment here.

Finally, for the American take on things:  http://abcnews.go.com/  or  http://www.cnn.com/   The most professional appearing, by far, but heavily propagandized and distorted for a pro-administration viewpoint.  Typical of American mainstream reporting.  Best used for contrast to other sources.  Read between the lines by using the other sources cited above.

American media is almost exclusively in neocon (that's jewish, don't forget) hands.  That's why.

Why do so many Iraqi militia members appear to be civilians?  Because they are.  Consider:  all light weapons, even fully-automatic machine guns, have always been available without restriction or license in shops throughout Iraq.  Just how much did Saddam's government have to fear from its own people if it would allow that?

I was going to insert a stomach-wrenching picture here, of an Iraqi man lifting his mangled, still-living young son's body, badly injured and with a foot blown off, from the rubble.  I decided against it, but invite you to follow this link while it is still posted:  http://www.halturnershow.com/  Make no mistake - this is what war looks like.  This scene will be repeated a thousand times if/when this war finds its way home to America.

Fact is, so far we are losing this war.  Already, we are running low on cruise missiles and we haven't even entered any cities for the inevitable street-to-street combat.  Even so, American body bags are filling up at a pace well beyond anything being reported in mainstream news sources.  Our supply lines have been hopelessly stretched out, with Iraqi soldiers left behind to cut them at will.  It is a poorly-kept secret that the American commander, General Tommy Franks, one of the chosen, is in trouble for his poor planning and deplorable tactics.  Look for him to be replaced soon.

For a preview of coming weeks, rent "Blackhawk Down" and view it.  While you are in the video rental store, pick up a copy of "We Were Soldiers," a little-noticed Mel Gibson movie that I consider the absolute best of the genre.  These two movies will, I predict, completely change your attitude toward this war.

Clearly, more troops and materiel will be thrown into the fray, so as to salvage the look of inevitability.  However, it is going to take a LOT longer than anticipated to subjugate this little country, approximately the size of Montana.  And Iran, then Syria, then, likely, Saudi Arabia are next.  

If I were Iran, I would strike a deal with Saddam and move my troops into Iraq now, and attempt to persuade other Arab countries to do the same, in a bid to defeat American forces decisively.  America has shown itself to be mortal.  America could lose this war.  And then, of course, there is North Korea, with China, who lusts after Taiwan, backing it up.  And our new-found friends, the Russians, are behind the Arabs, make no mistake.  And, out of sight, there is serious fighting going on in both Indonesia and, of all places, the Phillipines.  People from countries all around the world are signing up volunteers to travel to Iraq and fight America, notably Indonesia and India.

If we get our butts kicked in Iraq, count on the Arabs then turning on Israel, which can respond only with nuclear weapons.  If we win in Iraq, count on the same response.  That will draw in Russia, who will turn Israel into a giant, self-illuminated glass parking lot.  That, in turn, forces America to respond in kind, since America now is run by zionists.  "Saddamed if We Do, Saddamed if We Don't," which I wrote back in November, seems even more relevant today - http://www.conspiracypenpal.com/columns/saddamed.htm 

In other words, World War III has begun, to the delight of both the Arabs and Israel, both of whom think they will prevail when the dust settles.  America, as usual, is the giant pawn in play.

By the way, if Saddam had all those "Weapons of Mass Destruction" that the UN teams couldn't find, then you have to ask yourself why, now that he is in the fight of his life, he hasn't used them.

We're spending upwards of $80 billion on this little war, and that is just for openers.  That's $889 per American household.  We could end hunger in America for that.  We could provide needed medicine to all America's elderly.  We could provide housing to all the homeless for that.  The mind reels from the possibilities.  Yet, we use it to kill thousands upon thousands of Iraqis bent upon defending their homeland from the American aggressor.  Hell, we could use it hire all the Iraqis to do our bidding!  Yet, we feel compelled to kill them and subjugate their country to our will.

Because of our buddy, Israel, make no mistake.  Strange bedfellow, indeed.

-ed

"I didn't say it would be easy.  I just said it would be the truth."
            - Morpheus

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