William Blum: Anti-Empire Report, Number 75 How many countries do you have to be at war with to be disqualified from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize?

4 November, 2009 — www.killinghope.org

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” — Voltaire

Question: How many countries do you have to be at war with to be disqualified from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize?

Answer: Five. Barack Obama has waged war against only Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. He’s holding off on Iran until he actually gets the prize.

Somalian civil society and court system are so devastated from decades of war that one wouldn’t expect its citizens to have the means to raise serious legal challenges to Washington’s apparent belief that it can drop bombs on that sad land whenever it appears to serve the empire’s needs. But a group of Pakistanis, calling themselves “Lawyers Front for Defense of the Constitution”, and remembering just enough of their country’s more civilized past, has filed suit before the nation’s High Court to make the federal government stop American drone attacks on countless innocent civilians. The group declared that a Pakistan Army spokesman claimed to have the capability to shoot down the drones, but the government had made a policy decision not to. 1

The Obama administration, like the Bush administration, behaves like the world is one big lawless Somalia and the United States is the chief warlord. On October 20 the president again displayed his deep love of peace by honoring some 80 veterans of Vietnam at the White House, after earlier awarding their regiment a Presidential Unit Citation for its “extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry”. 2 War correspondent Michael Herr has honored Vietnam soldiers in his own way: “We took space back quickly, expensively, with total panic and close to maximum brutality. Our machine was devastating. And versatile. It could do everything but stop.” 3

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The New Great Depression Selected Articles 8-11 August, 2009

11 August, 2009 — Global Research

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Interview with Filmmaker on RBN this Thursday!
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2009-08-15

Ward Churchill, Robert Prechter, Jane Burgermeister, and Bob Chapman on The Global Research News Hour
Program details, Aug 10-14
– 2009-08-14

9/11 Mind Swell
Scientific evidence refutes the official story
– by Joel S. Hirschhorn – 2009-08-11

The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War
– by Prof. Peter Dale Scott – 2009-08-11

GDF Suez unit gets EU approval to take water firms
– 2009-08-11

Fiscal ruin of the Western world beckons
For a glimpse of what awaits Britain, Europe, and America, look at what is happening to Ireland
– by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – 2009-08-11

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