28 October 2009

Helicopter Rumours

A quotation from Orwell's 1984,

"In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep people frightened." This was an idea that had literally never occurred to him."

Followed by a quote from an Asia Times article, "Helicopter rumors refuse to die", By Ahmad Kawoosh, 29th October 2009,

"For months or even years, rumors have been circulating in Afghanistan that the Taliban are being financed or even directly supported militarily by the foreign forces [ie, the US and the UK].


Rumors have reached the point where US ambassador, Karl Eikenberry, felt compelled to address them last week at a ceremony honoring the more than 5,500 Afghan police and soldiers who have died during the present war.

The reports were "outrageous and baseless", said Eikenberry, as reported by McClatchey newspapers. "We would never aid the terrorists that attacked us on September 11, that are killing our soldiers, your soldiers and innocent Afghan civilians every day."

Analysis is predicated upon suppositions: if the point of this war is to transfer wealth from the taxpayer to the arms industry then this makes sense, as did the crafting of the dodgy dossier. For some, war pays.

Of course, nothing is ever new. Here is some of what war hero Major General Smedley D. Butler wrote in his essay, War is a Racket.

"WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

If you can stand this treachorous, liberal-pansy, pinko stuff, there is more if you follow the link. (Smedley's essay on medals is also quite interesting).

ps All this reminds me of James Bissett's (the Canadian Ambassador for Bosnia) reporting that Mujahideen were being smuggled into the country to fight against the Serbs. Denied at the time but now they're being kicked out of the country, as reported by the BBC, "Former soldiers fight to stay in Bosnia".

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