By Any Means Necessary By William Bowles

30 October 2003

According to the ‘conspiratorialist’ view, the US government has been and is, involved in a number of illegal conspiracies to manipulate events in order to pursue its agenda, both domestic and foreign. For example, the US government’s alleged involvement with or foreknowledge of 9/11 or, and perhaps even more to the point, it has been suggested that some of the more spectacular bombings that have occurred in Iraq over the past weeks including the bombing of the UN’s headquarters were instigated by the US as part of its political agenda. After all, without a major UN presence in Iraq, it becomes all the easier for the US to maintain its control, what better way to see off the ‘competition’ than to blow them away. It won’t be the first time or the last as the assassination of Orlando Letelier demonstrated, or US involvement in the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, or CIA involvement in the bombing of US military barracks in Beirut in 1982.

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Snared on the Web By William Bowles

28 October 2003

“The United States has added Web sites to its list of “foreign terrorist organizations” for the first time, under the category of aliases for conventional groups, a State Department official said Friday.” Reuters October 10, 2003

The latest attack on freedom of speech might not bother non-Americans but the State Department’s move to add Websites to its list of “Blocked Persons, Specially Designated Nationals, Specially Designated Terrorists, Specially Designated Global Terrorists, Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers” should.

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Will he, wont he? Go, that is By William Bowles

28 October 2003

The Ides of March have come a little earlier than usual. The notorious and racist right-wing Tory cabal, otherwise known as the 1922 Committee, fed up with Ian Duncan Smith’s wimpy ‘liberal’ programme have finally managed to whip up enough hysteria to challenge IDS for the leadership of the Tory Party. So barring a miracle, it looks like it might be curtains for IDS by tomorrow (29/10/03).

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Bovines of Mass Destruction By William Bowles

26 December 2003

The irony of 2004 may well be that the imperium will struck down not by WMDs but by Bovines of Mass Destruction or BMDs (if not death by a thousand acronyms).

Of course the drug of choice for the great majority of the American public is beef and it surely was only a matter of time before BMDs finally found their mark, smuggled into every American home in the shape of the innocuous hamburger, in a terrorist campaign that truly dwarfs the efforts of Osama and al-Qu’eda.

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Book Review: The Good War? By William Bowles

25 October 2003

The People as Enemy by John Spritzler, Black Rose Books, 2003

I have to admit this was a difficult book to review because of its sweep and the complexity of events that Spritzler attempts to present. As I thought about how to approach writing this review, I found myself pulled in several directions, for without dealing with each of the multi-faceted and interconnected events of the 20th century, how can one do justice to the book and most importantly, the events he analyses? I have to admit that short of writing something almost as long as the book itself, it proved impossible to deal with all the issues Spritzler raises in the space of a review. What I have tried to do is isolate the essential arguments and demonstrate whether or not I think he’s made his case.

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And here’s another thought… By William Bowles

24 October 2003

Although the Labour government denies that the takeover of the privatised rail maintenance contracts by the government-owned Network Rail is re-nationalisation, it admits that the reason is the vast savings that will be realised as a result, something like 25% of the current cost. It’s also got to do with the complete balls-up the various contractors have made of the job by virtue of the incredible complexity of integrating sub-contractors and sub-sub-contractors. Most of the major contractors are essentially investment corporations with neither the skills nor the infrastructure to do the work themselves (more ‘hollow’ corporations that I referred to in a previous essay).

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An Institutional State of Denial By William Bowles

23 October 2003

“I don’t think it’s useful to talk about institutional racism. It’s individuals who are racist.”
Home Secretary Blunkett, BBC Radio 4, 27/10/03.

What an ignorant man! Blunkett’s ‘off-the-cuff’ statement says it all but I have no intention of letting him or the class he represents off-the-hook in the way he does in shrugging off the state’s central role in perpetuating racist ideology as a method of social control, both at home and abroad.

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Jim Crow UK-style By William Bowles

22 October 2015

A documentary, “The Secret Policeman” on BBC TV last night (21/10/03) sent a journalist undercover into the police force and revealed what any right thinking person knows, that English society is riddled with racism from top to bottom. The doccie included a cop putting on a white sheet aka the Klu Klux Klan, comments about Hitler having “the right idea” and so on and so forth, that shocked the established media and predictably, the powers that be reacted with suitable cries of outrage. But not before the doccie had been branded by our racist Home Secretary Blunkett, who described it as “created news”, before it had even been flighted. Today, he thought it was “horrendous”. Five of the cops in the programme resigned today.

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Information Clearing House Archive October 2003 Part 3

October 2003 — Information Clearing House Archive

[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

For the Month of October 2003 – Part 3

Ex-Aide: Powell Misled Americans:

Greg Thielmann “I think my conclusion [about Powell’s speech] now is that it’s probably one of the low points in his long distinguished service to the nation,” says Thielmann.

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Iran: Two lies and why By William Bowles

21 October 2003

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

An article on Information Clearing House Noble Lies and Perpetual War[1] 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[2] 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

  • 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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Amateurs at Empire By William Bowles

17 October 2003

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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With friends like these… By William Bowles

15 October 2003

‘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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Information Clearing House Archive October 2003 Part 2

October 2003 — Information Clearing House Archive

[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

For the Month of October 2003 – Part 2

Turkey marches boldly into Iraq:

By succumbing to US pressure and authorizing the dispatch of troops into Iraq, Turkey has once again proven that money talks.

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