Saturday, January 22, 2011

evil in a commercial society

Central & South Asia
'US drone strike' claims lives
The attack is the first since Friday's protest rally in Pakistan condemning civilian deaths in US drone strikes.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2011 04:40 GMT

The Pakistani public sees the drone attacks as a breach of national sovereignty [EPA]

the pakistanis kill one another with great ease, and are probably not comfortable neighbors. but they live there. that makes the americans murderers.

A US drone attack has killed at least five armed fighters in the North Waziristan tribal district in Pakistan, officials said.

how would they know? would they tell the truth if they knew it? they never have.

According to intelligence officials, the unmanned aircraft launched the missiles on Sunday, in Datta Khel, located 40km west of North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah.

The town is a frequent target of the strikes, and the country's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, is increasingly seen as battleground in the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

"The US drone hit a car immediately after it parked outside a house," an intelligence official in Miranshah said.

A second intelligence official said that the drone fired two missiles.

As a policy, the United States does not confirm drone attacks, but its military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy them in the region.

A similar strike killed at least three people in North Waziristan on January 12.

On January 1, a string of attacks killed at least 15 people and destroyed a Taliban compound, according to Pakistani officials.

The latest attack is the first since a rally by hundreds of Pakistani tribesmen who gathered to protest against the drone strikes on Friday.


They demanded an end to the operations, which they said were killing civilians including women and children in the tribal areas.

More than 1,000 protesters staged the demonstration in Miranshah, shouting slogans against the United States and the CIA. The strikes are deeply unpopular among the public, who also see military action on Pakistani soil as a breach of their sovereignty.

According to a tally conducted by the AFP news agency, the covert campaign doubled missile attacks in the tribal area last year, where more than 100 drone strikes killed over 670 people in 2010 compared with 45 strikes that killed 420 in 2009.

Pakistan tacitly co-operates with the bombing campaign, which US officials say has badly damaged al-Qaeda's leadership. But it has stalled launching a ground offensive in North Waziristan, saying its troops are overstretched.

war on the cheap. not mad enough to declare war and occupy the country. not honest enough to explain why they are killing afghans, not smart enough to get out of there, and out of war. the insanity of the american elite is only possible due to the supine submission of the american sheep. 'ozymandias' was just a poem, but i think it may turn out to be prophetic of america's destiny. first they make war as a commercial goal, the sink into which munitions are poured so that there is never a glut of produce in the market. when the taxes are no longer sufficient, they pawn the schools, the hospitals, the roads and phone lines. when they can no longer fool anyone into taking american iou's, the nation will be faced with collapse or mass war.

Washington says the strikes have killed a number of high-value targets, including Baitullah Mehsud, the former head of the Pakistani Taliban.

more 'body count.' the americans never understand that the people of the country they are abusing resent it. it is never a matter of killing leaders, for they are in great supply. but the cia doesn't get paid for long view pacifism, they get paid for taking scalps. the fact that each scalp will grow ten more fighters may not penetrate, and doesn't matter, as someone else will pay the price.

Friday, January 14, 2011

change you can believe in- it starts with you

want to change america?

lots of people are unhappy about various parts of america's recent activity. some worry about being unemployed, some already are. some worry about losing their home, some already have. many have lost their life savings, many are losing their health, for lack of affordable health care.

some are concerned about the prospect of war without end for no visible reason, some fear the loss of civil rights spells drifting into some kind of dictatorship, some worry about acts of terror or the response to terror.

all of these things are outside the control of ordinary people, totally in the control of a few hundred politicians. even if these politicians were trying to do their best for america, they are blocked by the need to get elected. many, we suspect aren't even trying. they are too busy enriching themselves and their corporate sponsors.

is there anything we can do?

yes, there certainly is. we can begin a revolution to democracy. i say begin, for  this is not a quick fix. it has taken more than 200 years for america to get this far into the mire, it will take several years to get out. revolution? you bet! not a violent activity, far from it. a little keyboard activity once a month will be your basic duty. but a revolution, nonetheless. it will be a transfer of the ultimate decisions from those few hundred politicians to the electorate, a transfer of power from the few to the many.

can the people run the nation? yes. they hire administrators, to carry out plans created by experts and presented to them for approval.

how will the people know their money is spent on those plans? because the public activities will be a matter of public record, and under constant surveillance by interested parties.

will the people's decisions be good ones? yes, for the collective judgment of millions is certainly better than the rule of a few who will always put their private interest ahead of the national interest.

how to get there? the first step is to get citizen initiative, in every state, and in the federal government. it will need a constitutional amendment, similar to the one extending the vote to women.

how to get citizen initiative? there's only one way: politely threaten politicians with loss of employment if they do not enact the enabling legislation for initiative.

here's how: on the first of every month, send an email to the democrat national committee, and to your state committee if you don't have initiative in your state. send it also to sitting office holders, and candidates in your electoral district. send it to your local newspapers too.

 in this email, say: " i will not again vote for any democrat candidate until establishing citizen initiative is at the head of the democrat platform, in the federal government, and in the state. [ if needed ]

that's all it takes. first time 1000 such emails hit on the first of the month, the democrat party will smile and forget it. when 10,000 hit they will start to think. when 100,000, they will act.

will this result in an onslaught of republican victories? au contraire! the minute some state official loses his job while getting a pile of these emails, the democrat party will discover they are the natural champions of democracy. before the first federal legislator loses his seat, initiative will be prominent in democrat promises. this will actually lead to greater success for democrat candidates, for at last they will have a promise that inspires the youth of the nation, and is affordable to their elders.

will having initiative bring paradise overnight? sorry. but it will put into the hands of ordinary voters the means to direct the broad policies of the nation. america will gradually become as good as the people, instead of as bad as the politicians. that's all human beings can hope for, and it's a goal worth a little effort.

here's your chance to become a " citizen: a member of the ruling class. "