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The Mumbai Attacks: 11/26/08

On November 26, 2008, a number of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred across India’s main commercial city of Mumbai, which lasted until November 29. The attacks and three-day siege that ensued left hundreds dead, and roughly 295 others injured. Among the dead were a Briton, five Americans and six Israelis.[1]

Asserting the Blame

The 60-hour siege that engulfed Mumbai was reportedly undertaken by just ten, well-trained “commando killers.” Most blame has fallen on the heels of the group known as Lashkar-e-Taiba.[2]

At first, a previously-unheard of organization, known as the Deccan Mujahideen, took responsibility for the terror attacks when it sent emails to several news outlets a mere six hours after the fighting began. However, much skepticism remained about whether the group actually even exists.[3]

British intelligence then claimed that the attacks had the “hallmarks” of Al-Qaeda as it was undertaken in an effort to target westerners, similar to the 2002 Bali Bombings. British intelligence officials suggested the attacks were in “retaliation” for the recent US air attacks of suspected Al-Qaeda camps in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, and that India was chosen as the target because that is where Al-Qaeda has “sufficient resources to carry out an attack.”[4]

On November 28, India’s foreign minister said the attackers were coordinated “outside the country,” in a veiled reference to Pakistan.[5] India’s Prime Minister also blamed the attacks on militant groups based in Pakistan, which are supported by the Pakistani government.[6]

Then, the focus was put directly on the group, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant Pakistani-based organization responsible for past attacks in India. American intelligence early on pointed the finger at this group, as well as identifying the Pakistani ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) as its supporter.[7]

The Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT)

It is important to identify what the LeT is and how it has operated historically. The group operates out of the disputed territories between India and Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir. It has close ties with the Pakistani ISI, and is largely known for its use of suicide attacks. However, aside from its links to the ISI, it is also closely allied with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The LeT is even referred to as the “most visible manifestation” of Al-Qaeda in India. It has branches across much of India, Pakistan, and in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, South East Asia, and the United Kingdom. It primarily gets its funding from Pakistani businessmen, the ISI and Saudi Arabia. The LeT also took part in the Bosnian campaign against the Serbs in the 1990s.[8]

All the above-mentioned connections make the LeT the most desirable outfit to blame for the Mumbai attacks, as its Al-Qaeda connections, international presence and historical precedents of terror attacks set it up as the perfect target. Much like with Al-Qaeda, the LeT’s international scope could serve as a basis for taking a “war against LeT” to the steps of many countries, thus further serving the interests of the Anglo-American “War on Terror.”

Militant Islam and Western Intelligence – The Case of Yugoslavia

The LeT has not operated independently of Pakistani influence and finances. It’s close relationship with the ISI must be viewed in context: the ISI has a close relationship with Western intelligence agencies, primarily those of Great Britain and the United States. The ISI has effectively acted as a conduit for Anglo-American intelligence operations in the region since the late 1970s, when the Afghan Mujahedeen were created in collusion with the CIA. Out of this collusion, lasting throughout the 1980s until the end of the Soviet-Afghan War in 1989, Al-Qaeda was created, as well as a series of other militant Islamic organizations.

It is often stated that the CIA then discontinued its relationship with the ISI, and in turn, that the militant Islamic organizations broke off from their Western intelligence sponsors to declare war against the West. However, the facts do not support this. The ties remained, but the strategy changed. What changed was that in the early 1990s, the Cold War ended, and Russia no longer was the “Evil Empire,” and thus the excuse for an exacerbated defence budget and imperialist foreign policy receded. As George H.W. Bush declared, it was during this time that we would see the formation of the “New World Order.” And with that, there was a need for a new, elusive enemy, not in the form of a nation, but a seemingly invisible enemy, international in scale, thus taking the war to an international arena.

So in the early 1990s, Western intelligence maintained its ties to these Islamic terrorist groups. Yugoslavia is a very important case to analyze in relation to current events. The break-up of Yugoslavia was a process undertaken by Anglo-American covert interests with the aim of serving their imperial ambitions in the region. In the early 1980s, the IMF set the stage in Yugoslavia with its Structural Adjustment Programs, which had the effect of creating an economic crisis, which in turn created a political crisis. This exacerbated ethnic rivalries, and in 1991, the CIA supported the Croat move for independence.

In 1992, with the start of the Bosnian War, Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists began operating with the ethnic Bosnian Muslim minority in fighting the Serbs. In turn, these Al-Qaeda affiliated groups were supported with training, arming, and finances by German, Turkish, Iranian and US intelligence agencies; with additional financial support from Saudi Arabia. In 1997, the Kosovo War began, in which the militant-terrorist-drug trafficking Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) began fighting against Serbia, with training, arms and financial support from the US and other NATO countries. The CIA, German intelligence, the DIA, MI6 and British Special Forces (SAS) all provided training and support to the KLA.

Yugoslavia - Before and After Balkanization

The aim was in breaking up Yugoslavia, using ethnic rivalries as the trigger for regional conflict and ultimately war, leading to the dissolution of Yugoslavia into several countries, justifying a permanent US and NATO military presence in the region. [See: Breaking Yugoslavia, by Andrew G. Marshall, Geopolitical Monitor, July 21, 2008]

The Lashkar-e Taiba’s participation in the Bosnian War against Serbia would have in turn been financed and supported by these various Western intelligence agencies, thus serving the interests of Western Imperialist states; primarily those of Great Britain and the United States.

The LeT and Western Intelligence

The LeT has a sordid history of involvement with Western intelligence agencies, primarily those of Great Britain.

With the London 7/7 bombings [July 7, 2005] in which three underground stations and a double-decker bus had bombs explode on them; many of the suspected terrorists had interesting connections to Pakistan. For example, one of the suspects, Shehzad Tanweer, had apparently “attended a religious school run by the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)” while in Pakistan. Due to the LeT’s ties with Al-Qaeda, this allowed for the conclusion to be drawn that Al-Qaeda may have played a part in the London bombings, which were initially blamed on the international terrorist organization. The LeT also has close ties with the Jemaah Islamiyyah (JI),[9] an Indonesian terrorist organization, which was blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings, which also targeted tourists in Indonesia.

The Bali Bombings

Interesting to note, however, is that in the early 1990’s, when the Jemaah Islamiyyah (JI) was officially formed into a terrorist organization, it developed close ties with Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. Further, the organizations founders and leaders played a significant role in recruiting Muslims to join the Afghan Mujahideen in the war against the Soviets during the 1980’s, which was covertly directed and supported by US, British and various other Western intelligence agencies. The JI wouldn’t exist “without the CIA’s dirty operations in Afghanistan.” A former Indonesian President stated that one of JI’s key individuals was also a spy for the Indonesian intelligence agency, and that Indonesian intelligence played a more central role in the Bali bombings than the JI itself.

Bali Bombings

The JI itself, had reportedly been infiltrated by the CIA, Israeli Mossad, and that “the CIA and the Mossad, assisted by the Australian Special Action Police (SAP) and the M15 of England, are all working towards undermining Muslim organizations in an attempt to weaken the Muslims globally.” Further, one of JI’s key planners of the Bali bombings, Omar al-Faruq, was reportedly a CIA asset, and even senior Indonesian intelligence officials believed the CIA was behind the Bali bombings. The CIA subsequently “guided” Indonesia’s investigation into the bombings, which found the JI, and the JI alone, responsible for the attacks. [See: Andrew G. Marshall, The Bali Bombings. Geopolitical Monitor, November 15, 2008]

London 7/7

Much of the focus of the London bombings of July 7, 2005 (7/7), was focused on the “Pakistani connection.” The suspected bombers had all visited Pakistan, and apparently developed contacts with groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e Taiba. However, a less known and less publicized connection yields some very interesting information. The suspected mastermind of the London bombings, Haroon Rashid Aswat, had visited all the suspected bombers leading up to the attacks. Phone records revealed that there were “around 20 calls between him and the 7/7 gang, leading right up to those attacks.” Why is this significant? Because Haroon Rashid Aswat, apart from being an Al-Qaeda operative, also happened to be an MI6 agent, working for the British intelligence. Haroon also made his appearance on the scene of Islamic terrorism when he was in Kosovo in the 1990’s, where he “worked for British intelligence.”[10]

The Liquid Bomb Plot

Another event which brought to the forefront a “Pakistani connection” was the August 2006 London liquid bomb plot, in which terrorists supposedly were plotting to blow up nearly a dozen Atlantic airliners bound for major US cities.

The Pakistani ISI apparently helped in “uncovering” the liquid bomb plot, aiding the British in their roundup of suspects, and “tipped-off MI5.” One of the Pakistani groups accused of some involvement in the liquid bomb plot was the Lashkar-e Taiba.[11]

However, again, the suspected terrorists had been “infiltrated” and spied on by British intelligence for over a year. Further, the supposed ringleader of the bomb plot, Rashid Rauf, a dual British-Pakistani citizen, was pinpointed as the ringleader by both British and Pakistani intelligence, and was the link between the plot and Al-Qaeda. Rauf also has close ties with the ISI, and apparently had the plot approved by Al-Qaeda’s number two in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who formerly worked for the CIA during the Soviet-Afghan war. The ISI had arrested Rashid Rauf following the “exposure” of the liquid bomb plot, yet, in 2006, the charges against him were dropped, and in 2007, he amazingly escaped Pakistani custody, having “managed to open his handcuffs and evade two police guards.” [See: Andrew G. Marshall, Liquid Bomb Plot. Geopolitical Monitor: October 27, 2008]

Clearly, if the LeT is discovered to be responsible for the Mumbai attacks, its connections to Western intelligence agencies should be more closely examined and subject to investigation. The ISI, throughout its history, has not been the key player in supporting various terrorist organizations, rather, it can be more accurately described as a conduit for Western intelligence agencies to covertly fund and support terrorist organizations in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Terrorizing India

We must examine the current attacks with a backdrop of reviewing recent terror attacks in India.

1993 Bombay Bombings

March 12, 1993, Bombay (today, Mumbai) experienced a coordinated attack of 13 explosions, which killed over 250 people. A man with close connections to Osama bin laden and Al-Qaeda, Dawood Ibrahim, was believed to have been the mastermind of the attacks. He has also financed several operations of the Lashkar-e Taiba, and was believed to be hiding out in Pakistan, and receiving protection and support from the Pakistani ISI, which in 2007, reportedly arrested him. [See: Andrew G. Marshall, Political Destabilization in South and Central Asia: The Role of the CIA-ISI Terror Network. Global Research: September 17, 2008]

Mumbai Bombings, July 11, 2006: 7/11

Over 200 people were killed in Mumbai when seven bombs exploded within 11 minutes of one another on several trains. Blame for the attacks was placed with the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT), both of which have close ties with the ISI. The ISI was subsequently blamed for organizing the attacks, which were then carried out by the LeT and SIMI. The bombings led to the postponement of India-Pakistan peace talks, which were set to take place the next week. [Ibid]

Indian Embassy Bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan: July 7, 2008

On July 7, 2008, a bomb exploded at the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing over 50 people, and injuring over 100 others. The Afghan government and the Indian intelligence agency immediately blamed the ISI, in collaboration with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, of planning and executing the attack. Reports on the bombing suggested that the aim was to “increase the distrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan and undermine Pakistan's relations with India, despite recent signs that a peace process between Islamabad and New Delhi was making some headway.”

Indian Embassy in Kabul

In early August, American intelligence agencies supported the claim that members of the ISI helped plan the attack, which they based upon “intercepted communications,” and that, “American officials said that the communications were intercepted before the July 7 bombing, and that the C.I.A. emissary, Stephen R. Kappes, the agency’s deputy director, had been ordered to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, even before the attack.” Interestingly, “a top Central Intelligence Agency official traveled to Pakistan [in August] to confront senior Pakistani officials with information about support provided by members of the ISI to militant groups.” However, the CIA knows of these connections, as it has actively supported and financed these covert ISI connections with terrorist organizations. So, what was the real purpose of this top CIA official’s visit to Pakistan?

Days after the CIA released this information to the New York Times, the US accused Pakistan of undermining NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan by supporting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and further, “Mike Mc-Connell, the director of national intelligence, and [CIA director] Hayden asked Musharraf to allow the CIA greater freedom to operate in the tribal areas,” and was threatened with “retaliation” if he did not comply. [See: Andrew G. Marshall, Political Destabilization in South and Central Asia: The Role of the CIA-ISI Terror Network. Global Research: September 17, 2008]

The ISI and the CIA

Again, if the ISI is to be blamed for the recent Mumbai attacks, as it has played a part in several attacks and support of terrorism throughout its history, it is important to identify its relationship with the CIA.

The CIA developed close ties with the ISI in the late 1970s, as the CIA used the ISI as a “go-between” for CIA support of the Afghan Mujahideen. This relationship was also pivotal in supporting the Afghan narcotics trade, which again is rampant. The relationship between the two agencies continued throughout the 1990s, in areas such as Chechnya, Yugoslavia and India. [See: Michel Chossudovsky, Al Qaeda and the "War on Terrorism". Global Research: January 20, 2008]

A week prior to the 9/11 attacks, the head of Pakistan’s ISI was on a visit to Washington, D.C., where he met with several key policy figures, such as Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage; Senator Joseph Biden, who is going to be Obama’s Vice President; and with his counterparts in the CIA and Pentagon, and several other officials. He was in Washington right up to and after the 9/11 attacks, and was engaged in several key consultations with US officials, pledging support for the US War on Terror instantly. However, the very same Chief of the ISI also happened to have previously approved of wiring $100,000 to the lead 9/11 hijacker, Mohammed Atta, which was also confirmed by the FBI. Thus, the ISI suddenly became a financier of the 9/11 attacks. Yet, no action was taken against the ISI or Pakistan, apart from the ISI Chief being fired upon this revelation making it into the media.

ISI Chief Lt.-General Mahmoud Ahmad

Of significance is that this ISI Chief, Lt.-General Mahmoud Ahmad, was approved as head of the ISI by the US in 1999. From then, he was in close contact and liaison with top officials of the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Pentagon. [See: Michel Chossudovsky, Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? Global Research: November 2, 2001]

Collaboration between the ISI and CIA did not end with these disturbing revelations. In 2007, it was reported that the CIA was arming and funding a terrorist organization named Jundullah, based in Pakistan’s tribal areas, with the goal of “sowing chaos” in Iran. Jundullah not only is funded and armed by the CIA, but has extensive ties to Al-Qaeda, and the ISI, as the CIA’s financial support for the group is funneled through the ISI, so as to make it more difficult to establish a link between the CIA and the terrorist outfit. [See: Andrew G. Marshall, Political Destabilization in South and Central Asia, op cit ]

As Michel Chossudovsky pointed out in his article, India’s 9/11, “In September, Washington pressured Islamabad, using the "war on terrorism" as a pretext to fire the ISI chief Lieutenant General Nadeem Taj,” and Pakistani “President Asif Ali Zardari had meetings in New York in late September with CIA Director Michael Hayden.” Following these meetings, “a new US approved ISI chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha was appointed by the Chief of the Army, General Kayani, on behalf of Washington.”

Anglo-American-Israeli Intelligence and India

In mid-October, American intelligence agencies warned Indian intelligence warned India about an attack “from the sea against hotels and business centers in Mumbai.” Even the Taj Hotel, which became the key area of fighting, was listed as a specific target.[12] In late November, “India’s intelligence services had delivered at least three precise warnings that a major terrorist attack on Mumbai was imminent.”[13]

Immediately following the attacks, it was reported that, “Unprecedented intelligence cooperation involving investigating agencies and spy outfits of India, United States, United Kingdom and Israel has got underway to crack the method and motive behind the Mumbai terrorist massacre, now widely blamed on Islamist radicals who appeared to have all four countries on their hit list when they arrived on the shores of India.” Specifically, “Investigators, forensic analysts, counter-terrorism experts and spymasters from agencies the four countries are converging in New Delhi and Mumbai to put their heads, resources, and skills together to understand the evolving nature of the beast.”

Further, “Washington suggested sending US Special Forces for on-the-ground operations in Mumbai but New Delhi declined the offer, saying its own forces could take care of the situation.” This unprecedented intelligence cooperation was based upon the understanding that, “the manner in which the terrorists who attacked Mumbai are reported to have singled out Americans and Britons, besides pointedly occupying a Jewish center, has revealed that their agenda was wider than just domestic discontent or the Kashmir issue.”[14]

Shortly after the attacks began, it was reported that FBI agents were quickly flown to Mumbai to help in investigating the Mumbai attacks.[15] Israel also offered to send in its “crack commandos to Mumbai to rescue Israeli hostages held in a Jewish centre,” which was refused by India, which led to Israeli media criticizing India’s response to the attacks as “slow, confused and inefficient.”[16]

The Terrorists

Hours after the attacks began on November 26, it was reported that two terrorists were killed and two others were arrested.[17] Later on, reports surfaced in which Indian police had killed four of the Mumbai terrorists and arrested nine of them.[18] The international media was full of this reported capture of nine terrorists.

Interestingly, by November 29, the story had changed. All of a sudden, Mumbai cops had only “nabbed” one terrorist. This person has effectively become the nail-in-the-coffin for laying the blame at Pakistan’s door. As soon as this person was caught, he began to sing like a canary, and said that, “all [the] terrorists were trained in marine warfare along with the special course Daura-e-Shifa conducted by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in what at once transforms the nature of the planning from a routine terror strike and into a specialized raid by commandos.” He also stated that the terrorists “were made to believe by their Lashkar bosses that they were not being sent on a suicide mission and that they would be coming back alive.” He also revealed the names of his fellow terrorists, all of them Pakistani citizens.[19]

Along the same lines, another very interesting mystery of the Mumbai massacre is the early reports of British involvement. Shortly following the outbreak of violence, Indian authorities stated that, “Seven of the Mumbai terrorists were British Pakistanis,” and that, “two Brits had been arrested and another five suspects were from the UK.” Further, Blackberry phones found on the suspects contained “a lot of content” connecting them with the UK.[20] The Chief Minister of Mumbai had early on reported that, “two British-born Pakistanis were among eight gunmen seized by Indian commandos who stormed buildings to free hostages.”[21]

On December 1, the Daily Mail reported that, “As many as seven of the terrorists may have British connections and some could be from Leeds and Bradford where London's July 7 bombers lived.” As a result of these revelations, Scotland Yard anti-terrorist detectives were sent to Mumbai “to assist in the investigation.” There was also speculation that one particular British Al-Qaeda suspect may have helped plan the assault, and just happened to be killed a week earlier in Pakistan by the CIA. That person was Rashid Rauf.[22] This is the same Rashid Rauf who was at first declared the mastermind of the London liquid bomb plot, who had close ties with the ISI and Al-Qaeda, who was subsequently arrested by the ISI, and then miraculously “escaped” from Pakistani custody. Barely a week before the Mumbai Massacre, Rauf was reportedly killed by a CIA drone attack on a militant Islamic base in Pakistan’s tribal region.

Early on, there was an incident in which a taxicab was blown up in Mumbai, with the driver and passenger killed. The taxi started moving through a red light when the car bomb exploded, which ended up saving the lives of “hundreds,” as opposed to if the car had moved when the light was green and intersection was full. This ensured that the only ones who died were those in the taxi.[23] This sparked an investigation into whether the driver “was aware that his car was loaded with explosives.”[24]

Why is this significant? Because this closely resembles tactics used in Iraq since the Anglo-American occupation of the country, employed by both US and British intelligence and special forces in an effort to sow chaos and create civil strife and war. [See: Andrew G. Marshall, State-Sponsored Terror: British and American Black Ops in Iraq. Global Research, June 25, 2008]

Means, Modus Operandi and Motive

Means

While the possibility that Pakistan and the ISI (or Lashkar-e Taiba) are responsible for the Mumbai attacks should be taken into consideration, given precedence and means, we must allow ourselves to contemplate other possibilities.

While India and the west are placing the blame for the attacks on Pakistan’s ISI and the Lashkar-e Taiba, the Pakistani press is reporting on another possibility.

On November 29, the Pakistan Daily reported that, with a stiff side of anti-Israel rhetoric, that the Mumbai attack would be used “as justification for a US invasion of Pakistan.” It reported that the Israeli Mossad “has mobilized since 2000 in the Jammu and Kashmir areas of India, where the Indian government has been pursuing a ‘security’ issue with regard to the Kashmiri people.” It quoted a Times of India article that reported, “Israeli counter-terrorism experts are now touring Jammu and Kashmir and several other states in India at the invitation of Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani to make an assessment of New Delhi’s security needs. The Israeli team, headed by Eli Katzir of the Israel Counter-Terrorism Combat Unit, includes Israeli military intelligence officials and a senior police official.” There was also a reported agreement on “closer India-Israeli cooperation on all security matters.”[25]

Modus Operandi

Shortly after the start of the attacks in Mumbai, a Russia counter-terrorism presidential envoy stated that, “The terrorists in the Indian city of Mumbai, who killed more than 150 people and injured over 300, used the same tactics that Chechen field militants employed in the Northern Caucasus.” He elaborated, “These tactics were used during raids by militant Chechen field commanders Shamil Basayev and Salman Raduyev against the towns of Buddyonnovsk and Pervomaiskoye. For the first time in history the entire towns were terrorized, with homes and hospitals seized. The Mumbai terrorists have learned these tactics well.”[26]

Shamil Basayev, one of the Chechen rebel leaders, as well as many of the other Chechen leaders, were trained by the CIA and ISI in Afghanistan, in CIA-run training camps during the Soviet-Afghan war of the 1980s.[27]

Motive

On December 2, former ISI Chief Hameed Gul, said that the “Mumbai incident is an international based conspiracy to deprive Pakistan of its atomic power. Talking to a private TV channel on Friday, he said that to involve Pakistan in the incident reflected that some forces wanted to declare Pakistan a fail[ed] state as somehow it had become necessary to make Pakistan kneel down in order to snatch its atomic power away.” He elaborated that the method of attacks, and how the militants executed them, “seemed impossible without internal support.” He continued in stating that the “US wanted to see [the] Indian army in Afghanistan to disintegrate the country,” and referred to recent US maps showing a divided Pakistan in four parts, and that making Pakistan “kneel down” before the IMF was “part of a pre-planned trick.”[28]

As astonishing and outlandish as these claims may seem, the US has a long history of turning on its allies when they seek to become self-sufficient and developed, such as with Saddam Hussein and Iraq in the early 1990s. Also, it is vital to note the role of the IMF and World Bank in creating economic crises, and thus, political-social-ethnic instability, which invariably has led to all out ethnic war, genocides and “international interventions,” in countries such as Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The International Financial Institutions (IFIs) often create the conditions for political instability, while covert Western intelligence support to disaffected and radical groups creates the means for rebellion; which then becomes the excuse for foreign military intervention; which then secures an imperial military presence in the region, thus gaining control over the particular region’s resources and strategic position. This is the age-old conquest of empire: divide and conquer.

Interesting to note is that in 2008, “Pakistan was again seeking IMF help. On Nov. 25, it won final approval on a $7.6 billion loan package after foreign reserves shrank 74 percent to $3.5 billion in the 12 months ended on Nov. 8.”[29] This loan was approved a day before the Mumbai attacks began. On December 4, it was reported that, “Tough conditions of International Monetary Fund (IMF) have now started surfacing as IMF and the Government of Pakistan (GoP) agreed to discontinue oil import support, eliminate power subsidies and budgetary support of the government, public and private entities. IMF and GoP have agreed to phase out the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBPs) provision of foreign exchange for oil imports.” On top of this, “further steps will be taken during the remainder of the fiscal year to strengthen tax enforcement. Moreover, fuel prices will continue to be adjusted to pass through changes in international prices.” Further, “The programme envisages a significant tightening of monetary policy.”[30]

The results of these conditionalities are predictable: Pakistan will lose all subsidies; fuel prices will drastically rise, as will food and other necessary commodity prices. At the same time, a tightening of monetary policy and World Bank/IMF control over Pakistan’s central bank will prevent Pakistan from taking measures to curb inflation, and the cost of living will skyrocket as the currency value plummets. All this is going on while taxes are increased and expanded greatly, and public jobs such as bureaucratic positions, education, etc., are downsized or altogether disbanded. Money will likely continue to flow to the ISI and Army, which will create discontent among Pakistan’s deprived and disillusioned. A military coup would be likely, followed by rebellion en masse, which would in turn pit the various ethnicities against one another. This could lead to either a war against India, ultimately ending with a consolidated national security state to act as a conduit for Anglo-American imperial ambitions, such as in Rwanda; or, it could result in ethnic conflict and wars, ultimately ending up in the break-up of Pakistan into smaller states divided among ethnic lines, such as in Yugoslavia. Or, it could end with a combination of the two, a divided, warring, region engulfed in crisis.

The break up of Pakistan is not a far-fetched idea in terms of Anglo-American strategy. In fact, the plan for the destabilization and ultimately, balkanization of Pakistan has originated in Anglo-American-Israeli military strategic circles. As I previously documented in Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project [Global Research, July 10, 2008], the destabilization and balkanization of the near-entire Middle East and Central Asia has been a long-held strategy for the Anglo-America-Israeli Axis since the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Divide and Conquer

This concept evolved in strategic planning circles in the late 1970s in response to regional nationalist tendencies in the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as a perceived threat of growing Soviet influence in the region. The central aim of these strategic thinkers was to secure Middle Eastern oil and Central Asian gas reserves and pipeline routes under the control of the Anglo-Americans. Control over these vital energy reserves is a strategic as much as economic concern, as most of the world gets its energy from this area; so those who control the energy, control who gets it, and thus, control much of the world. The economic benefits of Anglo-Americans controlling the regions energy reserves cannot be analyzed separately from strategic interests, as they are one and the same. Anglo-American oil companies gain control of the oil and gas, while the British and American governments install puppet regimes to look after their interests; and to act as proxies in creating conflicts and wars with countries of the region who act in their own national interest, as opposed to acting under the guidance of and submission to the Anglo-Americans.

Arc of Crisis

After the 1973 oil shocks, which were, in fact, promoted and covertly orchestrated by Anglo-American banking and oil interests, the oil producing nations grew very wealthy, such as Iran. As well as this, countries like Afghanistan were becoming increasingly leftist and progressive. Fearing possible alliances developing between Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries with the Soviet Union, as well as the even greater threat of these countries becoming truly independent, taking control of their own resources for the good of their own people; Anglo-American strategists turned to what is called the “Arc of Crisis.”

The “Arc of Crisis” describes the “nations that stretch across the southern flank of the Soviet Union from the Indian subcontinent to Turkey, and southward through the Arabian Peninsula to the Horn of Africa.” Further, the “center of gravity of this arc is Iran.” In 1978, Zbigniew Brzezinski gave a speech in which he stated, “An arc of crisis stretches along the shores of the Indian Ocean, with fragile social and political structures in a region of vital importance to us threatened with fragmentation. The resulting political chaos could well be filled by elements hostile to our values and sympathetic to our adversaries.”[36]

Anglo-American strategy in the region thus developed and changed at this time, as “There was this idea that the Islamic forces could be used against the Soviet Union. The theory was, there was an arc of crisis, and so an arc of Islam could be mobilized to contain the Soviets. It was a Brzezinski concept.”[37] Bilderberg member, Bernard Lewis, presented a British-American strategy to the Bilderberg Group during the 1979 meeting, which, “endorsed the radical Muslim Brotherhood movement behind Khomeini, in order to promote balkanization of the entire Muslim Near East along tribal and religious lines. Lewis argued that the West should encourage autonomous groups such as the Kurds, Armenians, Lebanese Maronites, Ethiopian Copts, Azerbaijani Turks, and so forth. The chaos would spread in what he termed an ‘Arc of Crisis,’ which would spill over into the Muslim regions of the Soviet Union.”[38] Since the Soviet Union was viewed as a secular and atheist regime, having oppressed religion within its sphere of influence, the rise of radical Islamic influence and governments in the Middle East and Central Asia would ensure that Soviet influence would not enter into the region, as radical Muslims would view the Soviets with more distrust than the Americans. The Anglo-Americans positioned themselves as the lesser of two evils.

Bernard Lewis was a former British intelligence officer and historian who is infamous for explaining Arab discontent towards the West as not being rooted in a reaction toward imperialism, but rather that it is rooted in Islam; in that Islam is incompatible with the West, and that they are destined to clash, using the term, "Clash of Civilizations." For decades, "Lewis played a critical role as professor, mentor, and guru to two generations of Orientalists, academics, U.S. and British intelligence specialists, think tank denizens, and assorted neoconservatives." In the 1980s, Lewis "was hobnobbing with top Department of Defense officials."[39] Lewis wrote a 1992 article in Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, titled, "Rethinking the Middle East." In this article, Lewis raised the prospect of another policy towards the Middle East in the wake of the end of the Cold War and beginnings of the New World Order, "which could even be precipitated by fundamentalism, is what has of late become fashionable to call 'Lebanonization.' Most of the states of the Middle East - Egypt is an obvious exception - are of recent and artificial construction and are vulnerable to such a proc ess. If the central power is sufficiently weakened, there is no real civil society to hold the polity together, no real sense of common national identity or overriding allegiance to the nation-state. The state then disintegrates - as happened in Lebanon - into a chaos of squabbling, feuding, fighting sects, tribes, regions and parties."[40]

Bernard Lewis' Redrawn Map of the "Arc of Crisis"

A Foreign Affairs article of 1979, the journal put out by the powerful Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), discussed the Arc of Crisis: “The Middle East constitutes its central core. Its strategic position is unequalled: it is the last major region of the Free World directly adjacent to the Soviet Union, it holds in its subsoil about three-fourths of the proven and estimated world oil reserves, and it is the locus of one of the most intractable conflicts of the twentieth century: that of Zionism versus Arab nationalism.” It explained that US strategy in the region was focused with “containment” of the Soviet Union as well as access to the regions oil. [41]

It was in this context that in 1979, as Zbigniew Brzezinski later admitted, “According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.” He claimed that, “We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.” What a perfect example of what George Orwell would call “double-speak,” saying that the Americans “didn’t push the Russians to intervene” but rather, “increased the probability that they would.” In other words, they “pushed” them to intervene.[42]

This is when the Mujahideen were created, and through this, Al-Qaeda, and a variety of other radical Islamic groups which have come to plague global geopolitics since this era. Terrorism cannot be viewed, as it often is, in such a simple manner as “non-state actors” reacting to geopolitics of nations and corporations. In fact, many terrorist groups, particularly the largest, most well organized, extremist and violent ones, are “proxy state actors,” receiving covert support – through arms and training – by various state intelligence agencies. They are not simply “reacting” to geopolitics, but are important players in the geopolitical chessboard. They represent the perfect excuse for foreign militaristic adventurism and war; domestic tyranny in the form of developing police states to control populations, stifle dissent and create a totalitarian base of control.

As the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in September of 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, “The map of terrorist sanctuaries and targets in the Middle East and Central Asia is also, to an extraordinary degree, a map of the world's principal energy sources in the 21st century. The defense of these energy resources -- rather than a simple confrontation between Islam and the West -- will be the primary flash point of global conflict for decades to come.” Further, it stated: “It is inevitable that the war against terrorism will be seen by many as a war on behalf of America's Chevron, ExxonMobil and Arco; France's TotalFinaElf; British Petroleum; Royal Dutch Shell and other multinational giants, which have hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in the region.”[43] Indeed, where Al-Qaeda is present, the US military follows, and behind the military, the oil companies wait and push; and behind the oil companies, the banks cash in.

Balkanizing the Middle East

In 1982, Oded Yinon, an Israeli journalist wrote a report for a publication of the World Zionist Organization in which he advocated, “The dissolution of Syria and Iraq into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon [which] is Israel's primary target on the Eastern front. Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel's targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run, it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel.”

In 1996, an Israeli think tank with many prominent American neo-conservatives, issued a report in which they advocated for Israel to “Work closely with Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll-back some of its most dangerous threats,” among them, to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

In 2000, the Project for the New American Century, an American neo-conservative think tank, published a report called Rebuilding America’s Defenses, in which they openly advocated for an American empire in the Middle East, focusing on removing the “threats” of Iraq and Iran.

Shortly after the US invasion of Iraq, prominent members of the Council on Foreign Relations had begun advocating the break-up of Iraq into at least three smaller states, using Yugoslavia as an example of how to achieve this.

In 2006, the Armed Force Journal published an article by retired Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters, which called for the redrawing of the borders of the Middle East. He first advocated the breakup of Iraq, and that, “Saudi Arabia would suffer as great a dismantling as Pakistan,” and that, “Iran, a state with madcap boundaries, would lose a great deal of territory to Unified Azerbaijan, Free Kurdistan, the Arab Shia State and Free Baluchistan, but would gain the provinces around Herat in today’s Afghanistan.”

Describing Pakistan as “an unnatural state,” he said, “Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier tribes would be reunited with their Afghan brethren,” and that it “would also lose its Baluch territory to Free Baluchistan. The remaining “natural” Pakistan would lie entirely east of the Indus, except for a westward spur near Karachi.” He even made up a helpful little list of “losers” and “winners” in this new great game: as in, who gains territory, and who loses territory. Among the losers are Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the West Bank and Pakistan. And Peters made the startling statement that redrawing borders is often only achieved through war and violence, and that “one other dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works.”

[See: Andrew G. Marshall, Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project. Global Research, July 10, 2008]

Ralph Peters' Map of a Redrawn Middle East - Note similarity to Bernard Lewis' Map of a Redrawn Middle East

Conclusion

Ultimately, the aims of the Mumbai attacks are to target Pakistan for balkanization. The question of who is responsible – either the ISI, largely rogue of Pakistan’s civilian government and under the authority of Anglo-American intelligence; or separate Indian terrorists, likely supported by the same Anglo-American intelligence community – while important, is ultimately a secondary consideration in comparison to the question of Why?

The Who, What, Where, and When is a show for public consumption; masked in confusion and half-truths, designed to confuse and ultimately frustrate the observer – creating a sense of unease and fear of the unknown. The WHY, on the other hand, is the most important question; once you discover the why, the who, where, what, and when begin to fall into place, and create a full picture.

If the Mumbai attacks were designed to be blamed on Pakistan – as they likely were – and thus, to possibly start a war between Pakistan and India – which is now a growing reality – what is the ultimate significance of knowing if it was the ISI or Indian elements responsible? Albeit, this is important to know, however, when it comes to understanding the motives behind the attacks, it pales in comparison.

Pakistan is a strategic lynch-point in the region. Pakistan borders Iran, Afghanistan, India and China. It lies directly below the Central Asian republics of the Former Soviet Union, which are rich in natural gas resources. With NATO’s war in Afghanistan, and the Anglo-Americans in Iraq, and American forces in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the occupation of Pakistan would position Western imperial militaries around Iran, the central Middle Eastern target. With the balkanization of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, destabilizing forces would cross the borders into Iran, ultimately creating the conditions for political and social collapse within the country.

A conflict between Pakistan and India would not only have the effect of dismantling Pakistan, but would also greatly deter India’s rapid economic and social development as the world’s largest democracy, and would force it to come under the influence or “protection” of Western military might and International Financial Institutions. The same is likely for China, as destabilization would cross Pakistan’s borders into the most populated country on earth, exacerbating ethnic differences and social disparities.

A large Anglo-American military presence in Pakistan, or, alternatively, a NATO or UN force, combined with the already present NATO force in Afghanistan, would be a massive military strategic position against advancement of China, Russia or India into the region. With China’s massively increasing influence in Africa threatening Anglo-American and European domination of the continent, a massive military presence on the border of China could act as a powerful warning.

The Mumbai attacks do not aid India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or any nation within the region. The beneficiaries of the Mumbai Massacre are in London and New York, in the boardrooms and shareholders of the largest international banks; which seek total control of the world. Having dominated North America and Europe for much of recent history, these bankers, primarily Anglo-American, but also European, seek to exert their total control over the world’s resources, currencies, and populations. There are many concurrent strategies they are employing to achieve this end: among them, the global financial crisis, to reign in and control the world economy; and a “total war” in the Middle East, likely escalating into a World War with Russia and China, is the perfect tool to strike enough fear into the world population to accept an over-arching supranational governance structure – to ensure no future wars occur, to ensure stability of the global economy – a utopian vision of a single world order.

The problem with utopias is that they are “ultimate ideals,” and if humanity has learned anything in its history on this planet; it is that perfection is impossible, be it in the form of an “ideal person” or an “ideal government;” humanity is plagued by imperfections and emotion. Accepting our imperfections as a species is what can make us great, and understanding that a utopian ideal is impossible to achieve is what can allow us to create the “best possible” society we can have. All utopias attempted throughout history have always turned into dystopias. We must learn from humanity’s history of sordid flaws; and only when we accept that we are not perfect, and cannot ever become perfect, in person or in politics, are we free to become humanity at it’s most advanced and at its most noble.

Notes

[1]Damien McElroy and Rahul Bedi, Mumbai attacks: 300 feared dead as full horror of the terrorist attacks emerges. The Telegraph: November 30, 2008: [link]

[2]Andrew Buncombe and Jonathan Owen, Just ten trained terrorists caused carnage. The Independent: November 30, 2008: [link]

[3]Maseeh Rahman, Mumbai terror attacks: Who could be behind them? The Guardian: November 27, 2008: [link]

[4]Hasan Suroor, U.K. intelligence suspects Al-Qaeda hand. The Hindu: November 28, 2008: [link]

[5]Press TV, India links Mumbai attackers to Pakistan. Press TV: November 28, 2008: [link]

[6]Agencies, India blames Pakistan for Mumbai attacks. Gulf News: November 28, 2008: [link]

[7]Mark Mazzetti, U.S. Intelligence Focuses on Pakistani Group. The New York Times: November 28, 2008: [link]

[8]SATP, Lashkar-e-Toiba: 'Army of the Pure'. South Asia Terrorism Portal: 2001: [link]

[9]Gethin Chamberlain, Attacker 'was recruited' at terror group's religious school. The Scotsman: July 14, 2005: [link]

[10]Michel Chossudovsky, London 7/7 Terror Suspect Linked to British Intelligence? Global Research: August 1, 2005: [link]

[11]Michel Chossudovsky, The Foiled UK Terror Plot and the "Pakistani Connection". Global Research: August 14, 2006: [link]

[12]Richard Esposito, et. al., US Warned India in October of Potential Terror Attack. ABC News: December 1, 2008: [link]

[13]Praveen Swami, Pointed intelligence warnings preceded attacks. The Hindu: November 30, 2008: [link]

[14]Chidanand Rajghatta, US, UK, Israel ramp up intelligence aid to India. The Times of India: November 28, 2008: [link]

[15]Foster Klug and Lara Jakes Jordan, US sends FBI agents to India to investigate attack. AP: November 30, 2008: [link]

[16]IANS, Israeli daily critical of India’s ’slow’ response to terror strike. Thaindian News: November 28, 2008: [link]

[17]IANS, Two terrorists killed, two arrested in Mumbai. Thaindian News: November 27, 2008: [link]

[18]Agencies, Four terrorists killed, nine arrested. Express India: November 27, 2008: [link]

[19]ToI, Arrested terrorist says gang hoped to get away. The Times of India: November 29, 2008: [link]

[20]Mark Jefferies, Mumbai attacks: Seven terrorists were British, claims Indian government. Daily Record: November 29, 2008: [link]

[21]Jon Swaine, Mumbai attack: 'British men among terrorists'. The Telegraph: November 28, 2008: [link]

[22]Justin Davenport, et. al., Massacre in Mumbai: Up to SEVEN gunmen were British and 'came from same area as 7/7 bombers'. The Daily Mail: December 1, 2008: [link]

[23]Debasish Panigrahi, Taxi with bomb jumped signal, saving many lives. The Hindustan Times: November 28, 2008: [link] with bomb jumped signal, saving many lives

[24]Vijay V Singh, Was taxi driver aware of bomb in car? The Times of India: November 29, 2008: [link]

[25]PD, The Israeli Mossad False Flag Opperation Strikes In Mumbai. Pakistan Daily: November 29, 2008: [link]

[26]RT, Mumbai terrorists used Chechen tactics. Russia Today: November 29, 2008: [link]

[27]Michel Chossudovsky, Who Is Osama Bin Laden? Global Research: September 12, 2001: [link]

[28]PD, Former ISI Chief Mumbai incident international conspiracy to deprive Pakistan of atomic power. Pakistan Daily: December 2, 2008: [link]

[29]Yoolim Lee and Naween A. Mangi, Pakistan’s Richest Man Defies Terrorism to Expand Bank Empire. Bloomberg: December 3, 2008: [link]

[30]Sajid Chaudhry, Inevitable conditionalities of IMF start surfacing. The Daily Times: December 4, 2008: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\04\story_4-12-2008_pg5_1

[31]Patricia Goldstone, Aaronsohn's Maps: The Untold Story of the Man who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East. Harcourt Trade, 2007: pages 21-22

[32]Patricia Goldstone, Aaronsohn's Maps: The Untold Story of the Man who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East. Harcourt Trade, 2007: page 22

[33]Niall Ferguson, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power. Perseus, 2002: pages 193-194

[34]Herbert R. Lottman, Return of the Rothschilds: The Great Banking Dynasty Through Two Turbulent Centuries. I.B. Tauris, 1995: page 81

[35]Patricia Goldstone, Aaronsohn's Maps: The Untold Story of the Man who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East. Harcourt Trade, 2007: pages 22-23

[36]HP-Time, The Crescent of Crisis. Time Magazine: January 15, 1979: [link],9171,919995-1,00.html

[37]Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America. University of California Press: 2007: page 67

[38]F. William Engdahl, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. London: Pluto Press, 2004: page 171

[39]Robert Dreyfuss, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. Owl Books, 2005: page 332-333

[40]Bernard Lewis, Rethinking the Middle East. Foreign Affairs, Fall 1992: pages 116-117

[41]George Lenczowski, The Arc of Crisis: It’s Central Sector. Foreign Affairs: Summer, 1979: page 796

[42]Le Nouvel Observateur, The CIA's Intervention in Afghanistan. Global Research: October 15, 2001: [link]

[43]Frank Viviano, Energy future rides on U.S. war: Conflict centered in world's oil patch. The San Francisco Chronicle: September 26, 2001: [link]

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16 Dec 2008 @ 07:58 by vaxen : Emmanuel?
It turns out the long-time Chicago political operative was the behind-the-scenes catalyst for Citizenship USA, a project run out of then-Vice President Al Gore's office.

"Rahm was doing it under the guise of Al Gore's Reinventing Government program," said the official, who helped direct INS security policy. "He was definitely the point man and was past his neck in the scandal at INS."

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Emanuel, now caught up in the corruption scandal involving Democrat Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, refused to cooperate with an investigation into the citizenship project by the Justice Department Inspector General.

"He got every rule changed in the hiring of adjudicators so they could naturalize more Mexican nationals to vote for Bill Clinton, not to mention getting the rules changed to naturalize anyone," regardless of their criminal background, said the official, who's still employed by the federal government and requested anonymity to avoid reprisals.

"They had immigration ceremonies at stadiums with DNC (Democratic National Committee) staff registering them as voters right there," he added.

At one Chicago ceremony held inside Soldier Field, some 11,000 new citizens were sworn in.

Another former INS official, William Carroll, said Emanuel "took midnight trips to INS headquarters to meet with (Commissioner) Doris Meissner about Citizenship USA."

He said that in March 1996 he and other INS district directors were given "marching orders" by headquarters to push through as many new citizens as possible ahead of the election, even if no criminal and national security background checks were completed. INS deportation officer Tom Conklin said that he and other agents were pressured to rubberstamp immigrants "with two or three arrests for crimes like burglary."

{link:http://www.worldnetdaily.com/?pageId=83765}  



16 Dec 2008 @ 08:09 by vaxen : And...
the following article is one I hope you all will read then let me know how you 'feel.' Yeah... "cut & paste!"

Do Americans really understand how a communist system really works? Most don't and quite frankly, they don't care. Wearing Nike is more important than facing the truth. Those stock dividends in companies that have sold out this great nation and dumped on the workers who made them so prosperous is more important. Who owns all this stock? Americans. Americans funding such barbaric customs and enriching a murdering government. I wouldn't own stock in any company that trades with commie China for all the tea in China. Those dividend checks from Boeing, Dell and all the rest are dripping with the blood of human slaves and such barbaric practices like skinning dogs and cats alive.
http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd144.htm  



16 Dec 2008 @ 08:40 by vaxen : Swiss TIme Traveller?
Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Archeologists in China are baffled after finding a tiny Swiss watch in a 400-year-old tomb.

The tiny Swiss watch found in a 400-year-old tomb /Quirky China News

The watch ring was discovered as archeologists were making a documentary with two journalists from Shangsi town.

"When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a metallic sound,? said Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum.

"We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch."

http://www.ananova.com/images/web/1462087.jpg

The time was stopped at 10:06am, and on the back was engraved the word "Swiss", reports the People's Daily...

{link:http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_3122542.html?menu=news.quirkies|Swiss Time Traveller}  



17 Dec 2008 @ 08:17 by vaxen : Heya JA!
That says a lot and is very encouraging. Thank very much John. Hope all is well with you and yours...

The link is also encouraging inthat we've known it all along. SUch a stranglehold on this Nation and it's people must be broken by whatever means necessary. 545 people in Washington D.C. are responsible for it all! They must go! Every single one of them...  



17 Dec 2008 @ 21:02 by vaxen : After deployment...
then:

'SUPPORT THE troops" is an American lie...

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/06/30/a_blind_eye_on_soldiers_suicides/  



18 Dec 2008 @ 09:46 by vaxen : Archiving this stuff here:
The U.S. Military and the Age of 'Perception Management'
by Tim Leslie


New allegations that the U.S. military has been running a secret campaign to plant articles in Iraqi newspapers should come as no surprise to those paying attention.

For those who missed it, the Los Angeles Times reported in an article Wednesday that the Pentagon had secretly paid Iraqi journalists to publish stories written by U.S. soldiers. The report said the one-sided stories were falsely presented as unbiased accounts produced by independent journalists. The articles were allegedly translated into Arabic by the Lincoln Group, a U.S. defense contractor that also helped to place the articles in Baghdad newspapers.

It's no wonder that U.S. military officials are using these loathsome tactics to manipulate information in Iraq. After all, they watched (in admiration?) as the Bush administration distributed print and video "news" stories in the United States without identifying the federal government as the source. Perhaps our military officials were taking notes as Bush operatives paid American journalists to promote administration policies, a practice since renounced as "covert propaganda" by the Government Accountability Office.

Besides, this isn't the first time the military has moved to blur the boundaries between military public affairs and psychological / information operations in an attempt to promote warfare in Iraq. It isn't well known, but the CIA and Pentagon employed similar tactics - part espionage, part PR campaign - to sell the war to a wary U.S. public as far back as 2001.

Don't believe it? Then please read the excellent article by James Bamford in the recent edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Titled "The Man Who Sold The War," this article pulls back the curtains on the shameful, and largely successful, efforts by the CIA and Pentagon to manipulate the media in order to achieve their pro-war goals.

The article focuses on the work of "a secretive and mysterious creature of the Washington establishment named John Rendon." Read it and you'll learn that Rendon's firm, the Rendon Group, is the leader in the strategic field known as "perception management." You'll also learn that the Pentagon awarded Rendon a $16 million contract "to target Iraq and other adversaries with propaganda."

According to Bamford, the Rendon Group "has made millions off government contracts since 1991, when it was hired by the CIA to help 'create the conditions for the removal of (Saddam) Hussein from power.' "

Bamford writes: "By law, the Bush administration is expressly prohibited from disseminating government propaganda at home. But in an age of global communications, there is nothing to stop it from planting a phony pro-war story overseas - knowing with certainty that it will reach American citizens almost instantly."

The Lincoln Group's covert campaign to plant paid propaganda in the Iraqi news media and to pay friendly Iraqi journalists monthly stipends appears to be part of this same manipulative scheme. Incredibly, some U.S. military officials don't seem to be bothered by this latest attack on journalism in a country where thousands of U.S. soldiers have died in the name of democracy.

Daniel Kuehl, an information operations expert at National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington, told the L.A. Times, "I don't think that there's anything evil or morally wrong with it."

If enough others feel the same way, perhaps Rendon's vision of the future will come to pass. It's a future in which Washington's "security-intelligence" complex will be authorized to present false information to the media in the name of patriotism. It's a future in which Rendon and others trained in information warfare will "control the context" of the news to suit the government.

If that prospect doesn't alarm you, you've simply underestimated the critical importance of a free press in a democracy. Thomas Jefferson was not so deceived. He was not exaggerating when he said "..were it left to me to decide, whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

Tim Leslie is a freelance writer in Corvallis, Ore., and the editor of iCorvallis http://www.icorvallis.com/ , a community journalism Web site.

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1202-31.htm

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Strapped to the polygraph machine was Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri, a forty-three-year-old Iraqi who had fled his homeland in Kurdistan and was now determined to bring down Saddam Hussein. For hours, as thin mechanical styluses traced black lines on rolling graph paper, al-Haideri laid out an explosive tale. Answering yes and no to a series of questions, he insisted repeatedly that he was a civil engineer who had helped Saddam's men to secretly bury tons of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. The illegal arms, according to al-Haideri, were buried in subterranean wells, hidden in private villas, even stashed beneath the Saddam Hussein Hospital, the largest medical facility in Baghdad.

It was damning stuff -- just the kind of evidence the Bush administration was looking for. If the charges were true, they would offer the White House a compelling reason to invade Iraq and depose Saddam. That's why the Pentagon had flown a CIA polygraph expert to Pattaya: to question al-Haideri and confirm, once and for all, that Saddam was secretly stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.

There was only one problem: It was all a lie. After a review of the sharp peaks and deep valleys on the polygraph chart, the intelligence officer concluded that al-Haideri had made up the entire story, apparently in the hopes of securing a visa.

The fabrication might have ended there, the tale of another political refugee trying to scheme his way to a better life. But just because the story wasn't true didn't mean it couldn't be put to good use. Al-Haideri, in fact, was the product of a clandestine operation -- part espionage, part PR campaign -- that had been set up and funded by the CIA and the Pentagon for the express purpose of selling the world a war. And the man who had long been in charge of the marketing was a secretive and mysterious creature of the Washington establishment named John Rendon.

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A recent congressional report suggests that the Pentagon may be relying on "covert psychological operations affecting audiences within friendly nations." In a "secret amendment" to Pentagon policy, the report warns, "psyops funds might be used to publish stories favorable to American policies, or hire outside contractors without obvious ties to the Pentagon to organize rallies in support of administration policies." The report also concludes that military planners are shifting away from the Cold War view that power comes from superior weapons systems. Instead, the Pentagon now believes that "combat power can be enhanced by communications networks and technologies that control access to, and directly manipulate, information. As a result, information itself is now both a tool and a target of warfare."

It is a belief John Rendon encapsulated in a speech to cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1996. "I am not a national-security strategist or a military tactician," he declared. "I am a politician, a person who uses communication to meet public-policy or corporate-policy objectives. In fact, I am an information warrior and a perception manager." To explain his philosophy, Rendon paraphrased a journalist he knew from his days as a staffer on the presidential campaigns of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter: "This is probably best described in the words of Hunter S. Thompson, when he wrote, 'When things turn weird, the weird turn pro.'"

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/8798997/the_man_who_sold_the_war/

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"Perception management" - also known as "public diplomacy" or "military support to public diplomacy" - is a propaganda strategy for controlling how a target population views political events. Refined by intelligence services as they tried to manipulate foreign populations, the practice eventually seeped into domestic U.S. politics as a way to manipulate post Vietnam War era public opinion. "If want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face…FOREVER!" - George Orwell

http://perceptionmanagers.org/2008/12/system-has-itself-been-corrupted.html

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Concealing the truth from public view has become a dishonorable but lucrative profession in many nations as power brokers seek to maintain their grip by distorting perceptions of reality. Good citizens in this brave world will be compliant and accepting rather than challenging and critical.

Power brokers hope to continue doing bad works by making them seem like good works.

Some call this SPIN. Others call it MisInformation. Still others call it propaganda.

Just Say It Isn't So

Some of this phenomenon is caused by wishful thinking. Sometimes folks have a low tolerance for bad news and reality. Sometimes they find reality shows (a true oxymoron) a huge relief from the real world. At a time when action heroes and wrestlers become governors or world leaders, the cartoon replaces serious drama while fiction, melodrama, soap opera and fantasy shove aside that boring thing we used to call LIFE.

Ironically, the BIG LIE is easier to swallow than the BITTER TRUTH.

Next thing we note true believers swallowing the latest party line hook, line and sinker without questioning its veracity.

Do we want our children to grow up embracing such weak standards of veracity?

Must verity and veracity become orphaned twins, casualties of a cynical age willing to sacrifice truth to the winds of expediency and fashion?

Shall we allow presumption and bias to substitute for judgment and reason, displacing longstanding traditions of gathering evidence and looking before leaping?

http://fno.org/oct04/perception.html

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Beyond Cut-and-Paste
New McKenzie book coming
in June 2009

Beyond Cut-and-Paste
Engaging Students
in Making Good New Ideas

By Jamie McKenzie

"We are suffering from a cut-and-paste culture bred by the ease with which any of us can locate and save information. Sadly, Google and its relatives give us all a false sense of security and wisdom as we can search for something as elusive as "the truth" and Google delivers an answer in less than ten seconds.

"Schools and districts committed to 21st Century Skills as well as the standards of AASL and ISTE must confront this cut-and-paste culture head-on, eliminating those classroom practices that encourage and promote such lazy thinking and research, replacing them with activities that are more challenging and more worthwhile."

http://fno.org/nov08/beyondca.html

===

THE FUTURE DOES NOT COMPUTE
Transcending the Machines in Our Midst

THE FUTURE DOES NOT COMPUTE--Transcending the Machines in Our Midst, by Stephen L. Talbott (Sebastopol CA: O'Reilly & Associates, 1995). Hardcover, 502 pages, $22.95. ISBN: 1-56592-085-6.

"There is more than one way to poison the soil in which profound ideals might otherwise flourish. The most obvious blight, perhaps, results from the kind of cynicism or fatalism that prevents germination in the first place. This shows itself, for example, in the frequent assumption that powerful commercial interests -- corporate "big money" -- must unavoidably subvert the Net's liberating potentials in favor of the crass profiteering whose results are so vivid in the television wasteland. On such an assumption, how you and I manage our choices (whether as corporate employees or as consumers) counts for nothing at all."

Online book with gzipped tar available for download...

http://netfuture.org/fdnc/index.html

And so it goes. NCN is no better than the rest of the world but... we knew that, didn't we - Mother Jones?  



21 Dec 2008 @ 19:23 by jobrown : Well,
don't quite understand the relativeness of your last statement but, yeah, the world appears to be quite mad. Thanks for the article. "Arc of Crisis;"Something most aren't aware of.  


21 Dec 2008 @ 19:24 by jobrown : Oh...
we're having a wonderful time of it in Paris. You should cross the pond and visit some day.

Luv ya,

SS1  



22 Dec 2008 @ 16:38 by vaxen @4.252.45.50 : NCN Arc of Crisis
Well, it looks like two members of NCN, Archie, and Mehitabel are generating quite an "Arc of Crisis" for themselves. Spreading around rumors and lies about me mixed in with a little truth. Their pettiness knows no bounds as I'm sure you'll soon see if you would but examine for a moment their viperous invective.

In dealing with the situation I did use language most offensive and I apologize for that but it goes without saying that my intent was not to harm them but to wake them up to the fact that their shit stinks too just like every other human being! In a conversation with John Finn, the other day, at the NCN Loungs, chat room, rusyn, who is Nora Estelle Amrani was seen to say that she has no faults. Could have fooled me. Go read it if you can stomach the overall gist.

Now she is accusing jo brown, an old friend of Scotty Ware's, who left because of the nastiness the one without fault, and her sidekick Munchkin Badoodlewacker, showed unto her and others such as Shakti Ma, and her lovely daughter, who left NCN because of Mrs Agarbhatti's tortuous words flung at them during a time of deep sorrow. OF course with Nasrudin and Munchkin's Black Propaganda campaighn against me the webmaster, Macaw the Magnificent, the 'Mechanic' of NCN has chosen sides.

In a situation that could have been resolved with a little management counsel, a little caring, and some heartfelt mediation the webmaster chose to ignore me entirely and just go ahead, without so much as a warning, to block my account. Purely on the basis of what Munchkin and Nasrudin extracted to fit their prejudice I've been blamed for all the ills of NCN! That is NOT justice. I would have **********, and **, for the way in which I, via *****, handled my end of the bargain but what these two are doing is well known in the annals of the CI community. We call it Black Propaganda. Innuendo, non sequitor, ad hominem attacks, a ceaseless and callous invective and rhetoric towards the "target" and the inculcation of an overall Black PR vibration which lays like a pall on all.

This is NOT what the New Civilization was supposed to be about other than it does point out the need for culling that new growth might flourish.

They have often decried Macaw the magnificent as being a horrible excuse for a webmaster yet it is interesting to me that after having stabbed him in the back on numerous occasions he should immediately, well, after an onslaught of complaints (Abuse of the complaint system by a consorted conspiracy of two), side with these two harbingers of woe!

Harpies in every sense of that old Myth.

Sounds like I'm complaining? Well, only trying to speak out against an abuse that has been long present in those that are now pointing their claws at me. J'accuse! Satan always appears as an angel of light, I've heard it said. Satan means enemy in the Hebrew tongue which I speak, read and write.

Anyow there ya go. I'd like for this account to be ********* and I'd like, also, to be treated a little more fairly. A few people have come to my defense and I thank them from the bottom of my Fnords. And thank Macaw the Magnificent for taking the overall situation into view.

I think this should serve as a warning to others that NCN has become a festering can of worms, big - fat - ones, largely through the abuse of human blarney.

Sorry for my part in it but there are others whose guilt hides deeper crimes which is why they are so wont to deny their part in anything.

The Overt Motivator (DED DEDEX) sequence is a work to behold, for sure, and to deal with and finally understand. Healing means healing for all not just a tortured few!

Thanks for listening...

Vax  



22 Dec 2008 @ 16:43 by Vaxen @4.252.45.50 : Correction
Here is the full URL to the above which didn't take up there: http://tradewinds.lefora.com/forum/stormulf/blog/  


22 Dec 2008 @ 16:47 by Vaxen Var @4.252.45.50 : Correcting the correction!
Damn the above url won't work either so here is one more:
http://tradewinds.lefora.com/stormulf/blog/
That should work and if it doesn't I'll have to wait till after Christmas or until the webmaster gets around to it, he seems bored with his responsibility here, to correct the mistakes, when my account may be reinstated. If not, than not. And I'll move on to bigger and better things. Unlike Lots wide, I shan't look back...  



22 Dec 2008 @ 17:02 by jazzolog : What Might Have Been
I agree with much you have to say up there Vax, and the situation might have been avoided. You may get around it anyway...from a post in the hills. Or the Afghan caves for that matter. (No intent there of implying comradery with the Other One...) I think probably you could have filed a grievance or appeal for the conflict thingie...which never ever has been tried out that I know of. Perhaps that kind of approach is not your style, but sometimes using the machinery that's around can create resolution. I'm sure you know how you spent the time instead.

Lucky Comment 13  



22 Dec 2008 @ 21:30 by jobrown : Shadenfreude
THE FUTURE DOES NOT COMPUTE
Transcending the Machines in Our Midst

Sure jazzolog, sure...

jazzolog:. . . 2008-12-22 17:09:35
But seriously folks...Vax has posted at a couple of Logs now (his and Gerald Vest's) that Ming has blocked his account. So he's coming in these other ways, but suspects Emperator Ming will get after that too. I recommend reading those posts, because he talks about what he could have done and what he would have done if only...if only...and laments no one is on his side. Alas for his perception, it's every one else's fault. And he didn't mean to hurt you with his remarks. Just trying to awaken your higher self.

mehitabel:. . . 2008-12-22 17:40:48
Thanks Jazzy, I appreciate your detective work. Let me go copy those posts because you know who willnot be named has a habit of changing his posts. It is part of the illness to not take responsibility for one's actions. i feel much empathy for him.

mehitabel:. . . 2008-12-22 17:46:47
hahaha you are right Jazzy, full of lies and half truths. And of course i will also lodge another complaint because he uses my name in his log which of course we know ming does not like. i would post his comment on my log but I think everyone here gets the idea. Let me weep for poor JoBrown's situation...set up by scotty ware years ago.

And there's the great moralizer and artisan empathizing with the great unwashed. Right, empathy and sorry but not for jobrown.

And then she says:

mehitabel:. . . 2008-12-22 18:15:34
Out of respect for the other members here at NCN I have now hidden my sexual abuse and harassment at NCN article. If the abuse continues it will reappear and i will post the abusive comment in the article.

(Note: She has no respect for other members of NCN. It's her way or no way. Fascism?)

Happy Holidays to all and may your days be filled with love and peace.

Such love and peace the world has seen from all three of Abrahams religions. Endless war and butchery in the name of love and peace. Like Palestine and Iraq, for example. Right Mehitabel. Please keep your love and peace unto your self. It kills...
Jo Brown's body lies a moulding in it's grave...
;)  



23 Dec 2008 @ 00:27 by finny : Victimology
There is no doubt in my mind there are more things that meet the eye in the above debate, however the levels of dysfuction are apparent. A seemingly peaceful Nation is attached by an aggressive Nation, the victims of the attack defend and counter attack, atrocities occur on both sides. The smoke clears and the 'victim' Nation calls for punative measures to be exercised on the agressor citing that they are victims and anything they did was in self defence. However the truth is that the Victim Nation to some degree provoked and maintained the conflict using it to their own political ends, in time with outside intervention this put them in the more powerful position. In the excercise of that power they become the agressor, perpertrating the cycle of victim.  


23 Dec 2008 @ 02:52 by a-d : Geeezzz.... this is MADHOUSE!!!!.....
The So called "SEXUAL HARASSMENT" Case... When the response from members here don't really turn out the way your fantasy world was dreaming of, M, THAT seems to be the time and your real reason to remove articles very, very fast... always been one of your MO's. So, obviously you removing articles isn't about Sexual Harassment: it is more like "Things not going your way" / Comments & such that can be used as proof of how loving -or not, you are in reality, despite your own claims, when proof cannot be dug up... Ohhh... how handy!... your dealings with people here on NCN...

Let's move on to the next Audasity by you, M. & your Special friend: "we never hide anything; we are always open about Everything we do" ; words to that effect... Yet,we all do remember a few of your "OPEN Identities" -behind which you sneaked in when not officially here, until caught by members, yet always pointing finger at others accusing others for things that actually (almost)ONLY YOU & your Special Friend are the only ones DOING here!
While looking harmless, it isn't quite as harmless as you might want us us to take your word for it to be. It is this PERVASIVE lying & false accusations and distorting of TRUTH, all so very toxic and thus harmful!... and a terrible insult on other members intelligence!... yet it is your MODUS OPERANDI, not ours.

Little SOFT SPOKEN M/IS/S-UNDERSTOOD ... always claiming to be so very full of "compassion" (read:"dis/respect" )for others, yet always looking down at everybody -UNLESS there MIGHT be SUPPORT for your Cause!
This is the kind of situation we, ourselves, can hardly make any judgments about; we just have to trust what our peers say about us -and what We, the People, here on NCN, have to say about you and your in/famous "Compassionate" way of dealing with us; you just have to take our word for it... to not being "all too much" to your favor... indeed, the quite the opposite!
But of course, you never bother asking "what did I say/do wrong" !.... You had your chance for instance when I spoke straight to you (on Jazzo's blog) and how did you handle it: YOU TURNED TO JAZZO and tried to ridicule me ever more and belittle me while totally glossing over your entire PART in the Interaction!.... M.... THAT is NO WAY of dealing INTELLIGENTLY with one's fellow humans!... espcially since it was YOU in THE FIRST PLACE, who INSULTED (both) ME( and Vaxen). DID you even bother to clear things up???? NOOOOOOOOoooooooo, you didn't! But you could afford to do all your best to try to hurt me!...like you always do! you NEVER mis a chance to try to hurt/harm people here. This is not new in you! People here on NCN can witness you doing this from "Day One"!... what is it now?... some ten years? DROVES of especially female members have left this Space because of you, M. (& and many because of your Special friend, but more so because of YOU!... )
OK, so let's go on here: Granted; I did not read the so called Sexual Harassment comments (that you say were fired towards you... I couldn't say... But I can say one thing: there are only two kinds of genuine "Sexual Harassment" methods. Nr One: Where one person makes advances, trying to get into the other persons pants and being turned down and who then can't handle the "rejection", but starts harassing his/her target. But notice: first there HAS to be a clear ADVANCE made! I can for my life not believe that Vaxen was trying to make sexual advancement on you and suggest to you sexual "Invitation" so that he could to get into your pants.....??? Did he ask you go come to his House for some "rajtantantantan"???....or did he ask for him to be invited to your House for such Events and you saying "no" and he not accepting it, but bullying you about "playing hard to get, or such? "Something" tells me "No". So don't flatter yourself!
Sexual Harassment type Two: YOU made YOURSELF GUILTY OF (in your endless) effort trying to ridicule and make Scotty QUESTIONABLE as a HUMAN BEING for having a loving long lasting "gay" relation with her Partner, where both mutually have clearly chosen each other! HOW DARE YOU!?!?!? THAT IS HARASSMENT OF FIRST DEGREE!!!! Mean-spirited, outright evil, but soooo totally YOU, M.!!!! Need I say more????.... THIS IS HOW YOU CHOOSE TO SHOW YOURSELF, so don't blame me/us for HOW & WHAT YOU CHOOSE YOURSELF to be (seen as,) THROUGH your OWN ACTIONS / BEHAVIOUR!

" Out of respect for the other members here at NCN I have now hidden my sexual abuse and harassment at NCN article. If the abuse continues it will reappear and i will post the abusive comment in the article." I already discussed your passion & MO to remove articles... So, this removal has in reality NOTHING to do with Vaxen's supposedly Sex Harassment of you!... (Boyyyy, you really are dreaming BIIIG! ;) ))

Nothing like this went on here while you were gone!.... and how long had you been here this time before the shit hit the fan and been hitting ever since?
WHO and WHAT are the ONLY COMMON DENOMINATORS??? I whole heartedly join Whomever said these words to you: "Please keep your love and peace unto your self. It kills... " It really does. Through out your entire time on NCN it has been doing just that!

Vax, let me know if this is clear enough,eh?  



23 Dec 2008 @ 04:25 by vaxen : A-d...
It would be nice if you would clarify just unto whom you are talking in the your above post. Heh, heh... When I first started reading it it seemed like you were talking about me. It isn't clear and may be misunderstood by someone not familiar with your style. So, if you wouldn't mind, would you make it clear just to whom you are referring?

Hope you are tucked in tight. It is getting very cold here, too. DOwn below in the teens it is for this evening and morning. Good weather for chopping wood and I've about five trees downed to carry in off the mountain.

Thanks for speaking your mind. ;)  



23 Dec 2008 @ 04:27 by vaxen : Dear Finny:
Exactly so, Mate. The same old cycle. Fortunately once you realise it is a 'game' within a game within a game and is, ultimately timeless, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together and the Jewel of Knowledge left to us by the Ancients is seen for exactly what it is ... a trap. To escape the trap, become the trap. Thanks for your wisdom and your smile.

Luv ya, Mate.  



23 Dec 2008 @ 04:38 by vaxen : And jazzolog...
You, as an English teacher, should know better than to spin something like this "...my intent was not to harm them but to wake them up to the fact that their shit stinks too just like every other human being!" out of context into this: "And he didn't mean to hurt you with his remarks. Just trying to awaken your higher self."

I accept,most assuredly, the blame of having attacked back and there are better ways to deal with Black Propagandists than to get enangered by their betrayal of essential trusts. I'm also learning various aspects of the game and do make mis-takes from time to time ... apparently. But most times I know the old Japanese way of dealing with situations such as this which rise unexpectedly on the game board in the field of battle and in dreams it is "Hendoku Iyaku" or "Changing poison into medicine." In the Mahayana system of the Tien Tai Sect of Buddhism "Ichi Nen San Zen" refers to literally three thousand worlds in a momentary state of being. An apparent static state though filled with the dynamic of potential. Being and not being at once at play beyond all MEST mental and physical. The number 3000 is only an icon and is symbolic of a multidimensional Megaverse. But here words begin to fail for words, too, are simply symbols and thus limited in their function and force. Beyond words is that which cannot be named. That I which I am and which is ME.

So thankyou for your wisdom and for coming out of your shell a little bit. It has been a pleasure up to this point playing the game with you. I look forward to the new, and improved, NCN. Good show, for the most part, jazzolog.  



23 Dec 2008 @ 07:38 by Scotty @83.202.109.186 : Hey there Vax
a little bird told me that there was much a huffin and a puffin going on in NCN and that my name was being bandied around - gone but not forgotten eh heh heh

I'm writing here in your log space because I know that my comment won't be deleted !!

My motives for creating the profile Blueboy has been questioned (among other things ).. this is strange because the 'questioners' know perfectly well why this was done !

I'll tell you why .. with my own words and not words that I supposedly said as reported by Mehitabel !

I opened the blueboy account quite a few years ago so that I could use it to post my wee paintings on - bitchy paintings to be honest , mockeries of Shakti and her pals , at that time I was in conflict with Shakti !!! Some of you may remember that period .. I know Jazzolog certainly will heheheh !

Actually at that time I was very much influenced by Mehitabel and she did all she could to turn me against Shakti and I fell for it ..but that's a long story full of half truths downright lies and manipulations ... anyway anyway that was a long time ago!

Eventually shakti and I made up and became friends again, that drove Mehitabel nuts and she's been on my case ever since ! Perseverance is one of her stronger traits LOL

Anyhooo I decided eventually that I didn't want to post my paintings there any more sooooo I deleted them all and then I decided to let the whole NCN community use the log facility coz a couple of members at that time couldn't be bothered making their own log and were happy to pop something onto the blueboy log from time to time.

Nothing sinister about any of it !



One thing I'd like to put straight I didn't leave NCN because of Martha et al
( although several other people did that's true ) I left because my path was taking me elswhere quite simply !

Et voila !

As for the rest of the things being said about me ... well I'll leave you to make up your own minds about me !
I'd simply like to thank the people who brought my attention to this 'character assasination' attempt - naah my character isn't theirs to destroy !


Take care of yourself Vax dear friend
Walk in peace and beauty.
(A wee hug to all my old friends)

Scotty

#(PS: Scotty, changed the name of the perp in order to protect all guilty parties. Such is the way of negotiating a trumped up peace accord. The guilty parties always seem to get awy with it.)  



23 Dec 2008 @ 12:18 by jazzolog : I'm Exhausted
What always has intrigued and kept me at NCN is the diversity of people here from around the world. I'm still a member and never have quit...although I took my Log apart once, partly in anger. I like all the people involved in this strange small war...and have had fights, I think, with them all. Let's see, let me be sure...not Finny I guess. And Archcat is a new guy, so we'll have to initiate him later. I don't know what it is---maybe computer relationships, maybe the tech situation in here: it's uncanny whatever it is that yields such personal upheaval. The shifting alliances at NCN are incomprehensible! People are writing as dear friends, then flames erupt, and they hate each other, and then one leaves, and then comes back---as someone else...and then they love each other again. Ming has been some kind of social counselor out on the West Coast...but I think he gave up on trying to understand us long ago. A-d says we're a MADHOUSE, and maybe that's correct. How else can just a handful of people be so complicated, destructive, and beautiful? Glad yul, y'all.  


23 Dec 2008 @ 15:31 by vaxen : Scotty!
So nice to see you all spruced up for the holidays. I know you are your own woman and couldn't be pressured into leaving NCN because of anything anyone here had said. You're too strong for that.

The forces of division that one sees at work here at NCN are spiritual forces and are assaulting the whole planet. "The attack is coming from the seventh dynamic." As a friend of mine observed long ago.

In order to thwart such an attack whose modus operandi is to divide then conquer one needs must rise higher than that seventh dynamic into realms deemed eternal, infinite, that one might get a big picture view of the overall topography.

Then one can deploy one's troops in asymmetrical fasion to either diffuse the enemies forces into smaller pockets of resistance and take them out unit by unit or...

Well, it is good to see jazzolog and scotty in the same room after seeming aeons of time have gone by. Wonder if the worm will crawl out of the yule log this year and take a poke at the good Friar Tuck?

Rolling stones gather no moss, I've heard it said. Exaustion requires rest but when siege mentality sets in so does PTSD and there is little rest afterwards. Only a never ending state of siege however imagined that siege might be. But, in the world today the siege mentality is very well crafted and some might say requires the poverty of Lent. Lentils anyone?

Ming the Mechanic
An old rigid civilization is reluctantly dying. Something new, open, free and exciting is waking up.

Oh? Where is that, Emperor Ming? In Xanadu?  



23 Dec 2008 @ 21:24 by a-d : "... One must rise higher than....
Seventh Dynamic(????!??!?!!?)..." that One might get a big picture..." Yuppp.... the easiest and most profound 'RISE' (first step is to "see" the Person or situation) and then ) to -within One's own Mind/Soul, in the solitude of One;s own House- say: "I release you with Love. I let you go to your Highest Good. I let you go and let God" That's all!... and boy, is it powerful ever!Let the small twarted Minds go and find their healing --or their own kind to be finished by them... there's is always Someone crueler than... out there, who would be happy to comply to do the finish-up-work of sorts!.... The Choice is always there: to heal --or not!... And which ever the Choice; it will show in One's actions and behavior! Goes for us all on the Planet. NONE is "let off the hook" of the Cosmic Laws!!


Ahhh, Dear Vax, this "Latest Event" here on NCN is just a small Spark of the Bigger "Arc of Crisis" going on on Planetary Scale. Let's make the Crisis here to its Cosmic Version: 'OPPORTUNITY' (to make this Rise!...)and maybe it will inspire Someone Out there, reading it to do the same with their little Sparks of Crisis regardless of WHAT Fundamentalist Wrapping they've chosen to hide in!... Militant Muslims or Israeli Zionist Thugs or Jesus (Little )SOLDIERS (Jesuites) Hindy Crappers,Buddhist Crappers (don't know names of their "Fig Leaves" but in essence) all the same Ol' you-know-what!

Yes. MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL!..and HAPPY NEW YEAR as well!  



24 Dec 2008 @ 03:18 by vaxen : Dear A-d,
Yes, Monkey girl, I see you've eaten your banannas, today, and can think a little clearer. The 'M' makes it a bit clearer so thankyou very much. Hope you are a little warmer today than yesterday. Closer to summer, you know? ;) The longest day is over and the sacred King has been slaughtered another year and soon the fields will be ripe with corn and wheat and memories of how we danced the hours away whil;st the King did live.

Ah, well... his blood becomes the coming years Harvest and in the wines of the sweet, tart, grapes of Lombardia shall we once again dance round that ancient bonding fire drunken with the madness of creation...

Birth, life, death, rebirth. A seeming endless cycle, The years roll round and the cup of fate takes us willy nilly where it wills yet each new year that becomes our past remains still born in our futures which call themselves forth in endless becoming. Be, do, have?  



24 Dec 2008 @ 23:22 by maxtobin : Peace and god's will.
May the peace and harmony of the higher dimensions filter down. However, my experience is that the 'higher' vibrations can not be sensed from a 'lower' perspective (and of course this is all relative).

I see the same old players and the same old games are still the stumbling rock. Shit; watch out brothers and sisters don't stub your toes; the pain becomes all consuming. No need for action or reaction even, when there is no resonant vibration. Beyond the seventh dimension (and that is a paradox too) all is a manifestation of the unified field and is known as such.

Step out of the dodo to get on with the do.

In the 'eternal time' of the 'sacred now' I have discovered that the 'linear flow' of time is completely contained, but not vice versa!!!!!

Blessed be those who remember our divine unity and therefore the integrity that comes with transparency and vulnerability. Good to see many old friends drawn 'as if by magic' to the lamp crafted by our brother Vax. The underlying reality is unavoidable although it is ig'nora'ble; until it isn't.

Go well old friends and new, remember we can choose to focus our awareness/consciousness through the heart chakra; and therein is the new civilization to be discovered as a co-creation. We are all of us of the same divine substance (of intent).

Blessed Be all of thee at this 'time' of solar return and celebration.  



25 Dec 2008 @ 05:01 by vaxen : And...
blessed be ye, too, Max, and all your immediate and extended family. Beyond that 7th dimension we are... multidimensionals! The gloaters may gloat... no problem. No problem at all. Love is. Attraction, Intent, Allowance, Balance and Harmony. ;)

Merry Christmas Max and all...  



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