Now here’s a thought… By William Bowles

21 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Now here’s a thought… By William Bowles

The UK is de-industrialising at a rapid rate, yet the bulk of its exports are manufactured goods. As it’s cheaper to export manufacturing to ‘developing’ countries, UK factories are closing down, and newer, more efficient and cheaper plants are being built abroad.

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Iran: Two lies and why By William Bowles

21 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Iran: Two lies and why By William Bowles

Lie #1: That Iran is an ‘Islamist’ state bent on destroying the West with nuclear weapons.
Lie #2: That only the US (and its allies) has the right to possess nuclear weapons.

These two lies are historically connected via the role Iran used to play in the Cold War and of course because of its possession of oil, lots of oil. And like Iraq and its changing role in the making of our current reality, Iran’s relationship to the West has changed to suit whatever policies of the West are, and principally of the US.

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Plato Rules Okay! By William Bowles

21 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Plato Rules Okay! By William Bowles

An article on Information Clearing House Noble Lies and Perpetual War by Danny Postel on Leo Strauss, who is according to Postel, the ‘leo-con’ father of the ‘neo-cons’ connects well to a piece available here by Israel Shamir on Edward Said, who was also a university professor but of an altogether different kind.

“Whoever controls universities, controls the media; who controls media, controls government. Or, in Biblical terms, Leo Strauss begat Wolfowitz, Wolfowitz begat Iraqi War. Milton Friedman begat IMF, IMF begat world poverty. Bernard Lewis begat Samuel Huntington, Samuel Huntington begat the War on Islam. Bernard-Henri Levy begat Andre Sacharov, and the Soviet Union was privatised by Marc Rich and Vladimir Gusinsky.”

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When thieves fall out By William Bowles

20 October 2015 — williambowles.info

When thieves fall out By William Bowles

  • Ted Kennedy: “Bush’s War Mindless, Needless, Senseless, and Reckless”
  • Madeleine Albright: Bush’s Foreign Policy “Not Good For the World”
  • Henry Waxman: Iraq Policy “Grounded in Secrecy, Deceit, and Politics”
  • Senator Robert Byrd: “The Emperor has no clothes”
  • Lack of Pentagon Support Threatens Bush’s Iraq Plans
  • State Dept Study Foresaw Trouble Now Plaguing Iraq

Who would have credited such headlines even a couple of months ago? On the surface it would appear that there’s been a ‘sea change’ in US politics, but do the headlines really tell us the truth about what’s happening within the US power elite?

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Listen to your ancestors By William Bowles

18 October 2015 — williambowles.info

Listen to your ancestors By William Bowles

I’m a big fan of history. Ever since I was a kid, history fascinated me and perhaps in another life I might well have become a historian. And in an age where history gets rewritten by the corporate media hour by hour, day by day, understanding where we come from and how we got here is a critical issue.

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Amateurs at Empire By William Bowles

17 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Amateurs at Empire By William Bowles

It could be argued that the US emperium has bitten off more than it can chew but it’s even worse than that. They are rank amateurs at empire-building who are now faced with the insurmountable problem of effectively administering a country they claim to have liberated but which in reality has been occupied but without any of the ‘tools of the trade’ of a coloniser.

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Book Review: The best democracy money can buy By William Bowles

17 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Book Review: The best democracy money can buy By William Bowles

In the grand tradition of Hunter S Thompson, Palast’s book is witty, irreverent and written from the hip, as if he’s running out of time, or out the door. I got breathless reading it.

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Life’s a Roundup By William Bowles

16 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Life’s a Roundup By William Bowles

I’m not a particular fan of Armageddon for obvious reasons, well obvious to me anyway. I’m pretty much an optimist believing in R Buckminster Fuller’s dictum that as long as we’re around as a species, then we must be considered a success as a species. However…

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With friends like these… By William Bowles

15 October 2003 — williambowles.info

With friends like these… By William Bowles

‘The attack on the US mission in the occupied territories today (15/10/03) or something similar, may well be our 21st century Sarejevo. Indeed, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that today’s attack was a deliberate provocation by Israel designed to drag the US more directly into the conflict.’

This how I ended my last essay and statements by Bush immediately after the bombing are, to say the least, ominous. Could this be a prelude to a more direct military involvement by the US or at least give the green light to Sharon to finish the job he started in 1982 in Lebanon?

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Neo-con or just plain ol’ imperialism unleashed? By William Bowles

15 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Neo-con or just plain ol’ imperialism unleashed? William Bowles

What is a neo-con and what are the objectives of the so-called neo-conservative agenda? Most importantly, do their policies represent a radical departure from previous US strategy and if so, how and why?

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Out of Control By William Bowles

13 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Out of Control By William Bowles

Today’s (13/10/03) editorial in the Independent illustrates just how blind the ‘liberal’ media is to the realities of the situation unfolding before my horrified eyes.

Under the heading “An audit of the war on terror makes depressing reading” it belabours us with the following inane platitudes,

“The deposing of Saddam Hussein has, sadly, had no effect on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, or the absence of one. The North Koreans, and possibly, elements of the Iranian leadership have drawn the lesson from the conflict in Iraq that they must acquire a workable nuclear device as quickly as possible.”

“Meanwhile, the threats of international terrorism that predated the diversion of US foreign policy into the back streets of Baghdad remains little changed.”

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This is how it goes… By William Bowles

11 October 2003 — williambowles.info

This is how it goes… By William Bowles

I’m sitting here, minding my own business listening to From our own correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and a report on the state of affairs in Iraq when I’m subtly assaulted with the following complete lie about the state of Iraq following twelve years of crippling sanctions, two invasions and an occupation,

“[W]e can’t be expected to fix the rundown and neglect of 30 years [of Saddam’s dictatorship].”

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180 days of Empire By William Bowles

10 October 2003 — williambowles.info

180 days of Empire By William Bowles

“There’s one person who should have stayed away today [Blair]. Someone who was only concerned with leaving his mark on history. Instead, a fine young man died, my son, protecting America’s oil interests.”

The father of a dead British soldier at today’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral to those who died in the invasion of Iraq

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Noticeable by its absence By William Bowles

9 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Prolog 26 September 2015: Ok, I got this one wrong, really wrong but my excuse is that I’d just returned to the UK after an absence of many decades and didn’t realise just how backward this country really is! Well that’s my excuse. WB

Noticeable by its absence By William Bowles

Scanning the newspapers or listening to the BBC these days is like being stranded in the desert when it comes to Iraq – aside that is, from the predictable reports of mayhem, suicide bombers, allegedly carried out by ‘supporters of Saddam’.

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