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The Wind Of My Spirit - Donít Cage Dissent - Behind Politics, A Philosophy of Fear - Commonsense and The Russo-Georgian War - The Plague of Lawlessness - Washington's Hypocrisy - All the Propaganda That's Fit to Print

August 19th 2008

The Wind Of My Spirit

Karen Lundquist

I am preserving a people, who have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. They are authentic and genuine, true to character, and walking in My Spirit. They are discerning the times.

This people know what it is to suffer. They know what it is to feel the blows of persecution and anguish. But through the storms they have held tight to the anchor of their souls. They have trusted Me and leaned not to their own understanding. My people are peculiar in the eyes of the world: They have been outcasts and misunderstood. But I say unto you this day, that the wind of My Spirit is blowing, and those who have weathered the storms will be a lifeline to those who are tossed and tormented, struggling to survive in the world's systems, and in the chaos of troubles here and yet to come. I have a people who are ready, who are sealed and who will speak out and testify of hope and change through a living God-a God not made of stone, wood, hay or stubble-but a living God Who is making a way for His people.

The wind of My Spirit is blowing throughout the land right now. I will be exalted! I will be exalted and lifted high. Look out, look out, here comes My Spirit. Yield to Me and I will use you in these days. I will overtake your meetings, I will overtake the hospitals, I will overtake a people, and they will move out with boldness, and with wit. They will be heard and will be called "Ministers of Fire," giving out, healing, raising the dead, casting out demons, and speaking life. I have established strength and power through My Spirit in a yielding people. Oh, you are marked! Your destiny is sealed unto the day of redemption.

No government, no leader, no law will be able to stop this mighty outpouring of My Spirit. Are you ready? Nothing will hold back the "Breath of My Spirit." Kings and presidents will bow their knees. Government officials have all begun to feel My tugs. Many are hooked and are being pulled in;, I have placed a ring in their nose and they are being gently pulled into the ring of My counsel. I have placed many of My people throughout the world as counselors and seers. They are ready.

I will soon return to gather from the North, South, West, and East, a people who are completely surrendered unto Me, a people who are familiar with Me, a people who are anchored in Me and trusting in Me, a people who are alert and ready, a people who are sealed unto the day of redemption, a people who have known Me as Savior and Lord.

Don´t Cage Dissent

By Amy Goodman

The bulwark against tyranny is dissent. Open opposition, the right to challenge those in power, is a mainstay of any healthy democracy. The Democratic and Republican conventions will test the commitment of the two dominant U.S. political parties to the cherished tradition of dissent. Things are not looking good.

Denver´s CBS4 News just reported that the city is planning on jailing arrested Democratic convention protesters at a warehouse with barbed-wire-topped cages and signs warning of the threat of stun gun use. Meanwhile, a federal judge has ruled that a designated protest area is legal, despite claims that protesters will be too far from the Democratic delegates to be heard.

The full spectrum of police and military will also be on hand at the Democratic convention in Denver, many of these units coordinated by a “fusion center.’ These centers are springing up around the country as an outgrowth of the post-9/11 national-security system. Erin Rosa of the online Colorado Independent recently published a report on the Denver fusion center, which will be sharing information with the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI and the U.S. Northern Command. The center is set up to gather and distribute “intelligence’ about “suspicious activities,’ which, Rosa points out, “can include taking pictures or taking notes. The definition is very broad.’

Civil rights advocates fear the fusion center could enable unwarranted spying on protesters exercising their First Amendment rights at the convention. Documents obtained by I-Witness Video, a group that documents police abuses and demonstrations, revealed that the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency were receiving intelligence about the protests at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The growing problem is that legal, peaceful protesters are ending up on federal databases and watch lists with scant legal oversight.

Former FBI agent Mike German is now a national-security-policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. He said, “It´s unclear who is actually in charge and whose rules apply to the information that´s being collected and shared and distributed through these fusion centers.’ Maryland State Police were recently exposed infiltrating groups like the Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty. German explains how police expand “beyond normal law-enforcement functions, and start becoming intelligence collectors against protest groups. The reports that we obtained ... make clear that there was no indication of any sort of criminal activity. And yet, that investigation went on for 14 months, and these reports were uploaded into a federal database. ... When all these agencies are authorized to go out and start collecting this information and putting it in areas where it´s accessible by the intelligence community, it´s a very dangerous proposition for our democracy.’

After Barack Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee, the protest coalition in Denver splintered, as many were motivated originally by the anticipated nomination of the more hawkish Hillary Clinton. An anarchist group, Unconventional Denver, actually offered to call off its protests if Denver would redirect the $50-million federal grant it is receiving for security to “reinvest their police budget toward real community security: new elementary schools; health care for the uninsured; providing clean, renewable energy.’ The plea has not been answered. The city, meanwhile, is stocking up on “less-lethal’ pepper-ball rifles and has set aside a space for permitted protesting that some are referring to as the “Freedom Cage.’

In the Twin Cities on the evening Obama was giving his Democratic acceptance speech in June, the St. Paul Police Department arrested a 50-year-old man peacefully handing out leaflets promoting a Sept. 1 march on the Republican National Convention. After mass arrests at the RNC in Philadelphia in 2000 and roughly 1,800 arrests in New York City in 2004, ACLU Minnesota predicts hundreds will be arrested in St. Paul, and is organizing and training 75 lawyers to defend them.

For now, the eyes of the world are on the Beijing Olympics. Sportswriter Dave Zirin is reporting on the suppression of protests that are occurring there. He has an interesting perspective, as he is a member of the anti-death-penalty group infiltrated in Maryland. He told me, “Our taxpayer dollars went to pay people to infiltrate and take notes on our meetings, and it´s absolutely enraging ... a lot of this Homeland Security funding is an absolute sham ... it´s being used to actually crush dissent, not to keep us safer in any real way.’ The lack of freedom of speech in China is getting a little attention in the news. But what about the crackdown on dissent here at home? Dissent is essential to the functioning of a democratic society. There is no more important time than now.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,’ a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 700 stations in North America.

© 2008 Amy Goodman

Behind Politics, A Philosophy of Fear

by Eliot J. Chandler

George Orwell, in his novel “1984,’ described Oceania, a society in which the prime motivating force for controlling the populace was fear, both fear of its own government and its enemies. He wrote of continual war, of enemies so horrendous that the public was constrained to rigid compliance with its rulers in order to demonstrate its patriotism. Much of Orwell´s description is found again in the teachings of University of Chicago Professor Leo Strauss, who died in 1973.

Strauss´s political philosophy contains many subtle and not-so-subtle effects evident in the Bush administration´s activities since Sept. 11. And remarkably, taken as a whole, they resemble the fictional world of Oceania. For instance, there´s the perpetual political deception between rulers and ruled, a necessity according to Strauss. There´s the obsession with secrecy and the Machiavellian conviction that stability among the populace requires an external threat, that if no such threat exists one must be manufactured. John Foster Dulles fully understood this when he recommended that, “In order to bring a nation to support the burdens of great military establishments, it is necessary to create an emotional state akin to psychology. There must be the portrayal of external menace. This involves the development of a nation-hero, nation-villain ideology and the arousing of the population to a sense of sacrifice.’

Strauss and today´s neocons believe that our nation must maintain the appearance of continuous war. As Vice President Dick Cheney said, “This war may last for the rest of our lives.’ The government can thus sustain a continued state of war hysteria to keep the population motivated. Through this creation and control of mass paranoia they can maintain an intense nationalism with complete loyalty and total subservience to the “national interest.’

Orwell described a “labyrinthine world of doublethink …’ for instance, “to believe that democracy was impossible, and that the party was the guardian of democracy.’

Americans believe very deeply in the ideals that America stands for, will sacrifice their lives and those of their children when necessary to defend them. Yet at the same time, the neocons have convinced the public to believe that these ideals are impractical in dealing with the complexities of today´s world. To burden the federal government with our revered Constitution and its checks and balances would cripple it in its difficult fight against terrorism. We must, they say, sacrifice our ideals in order to preserve them.

The neocons, who have controlled the White House for the past seven years, have utilized Strauss and Orwell´s observations to provide a society much like that described in Orwell´s novel.

Oceania had an archenemy which the population was encouraged to fear and hate. In the novel this demonic figure was of Jewish heritage, but today´s “hated’ figure is an Iranian leader named Ahmadinejad.

Our government and news media must keep painting him as a terrible threat, not only to Israel, but also to world peace. Our administration has distorted many of Ahmadinejad´s talks into violent threats, and the media has repeated them endlessly, making them seem truthful, just as Orwell described in his novel.

For instance, in a talk by our president in March 2006, “the threat from Iran is, of course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel. That´s a threat, a serious threat. It´s a threat to world peace.’

Yet Ahmadinejad was actually calling for a regime change in Israel and the U.S. He was not threatening to physically “wipe Israel off the map.’ His goal was to end the terrible oppression of the Palestinians. Common sense must reveal that, should Iran acquire nuclear weapons, bombing Israel would also destroy the Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank. And it would mean certain suicide for Iran.

This fostering of fear and hate among Americans is necessary in order to prepare our nation to go to war. It was carefully crafted prior to the invasion of Iraq and is now being used to stir up the blood of Americans for invading another country. This is the “continuous war’ predicted by Orwell. When will we ever learn?

Eliot J. Chandler of Bangor is the author of “Ancient Sagadahoc,’ a book on Maine history.

Commonsense and The Russo-Georgian War

By Timothy V. Gatto

Let me start this article with a supposition. How long do you think it would take Russia to conquer Georgia if that were their intent? I believe that if the war started at say midnight, than the next midnight, Georgia would cease to exist. They might last a little longer if it was a spur of the moment decision, but if Russia was earnestly trying to take over little Georgia, it would have already been a done deal.

Now for all of you Americans that get your news from the American media, you don´t have a clue to what´s really going on. I´ve decided to tell you what I know from what people on the ground are writing. Before you get into that though, let me say that the Bushmaster and his little statement that he will not allow the Georgians to be defeated, is a little like the Captain of the Titanic saying he won´t let his ship go down. He doesn´t have a chance in hell of altering the circumstances. Especially when NATO doesn´t want to get involved and we are fighting a two-front war in the Middle-East.

From what I´ve read, from those that know a great deal more than I do about the situation in Georgia, is that the Bush Administration, along with the nation of Israel has been selling weapons and sending thousands of military advisors to Georgia for the last few years. Georgia has spent, or has been given credits of over 3 Billion dollars to bolster its military.

On the other hand, the Russians have been acting as peacekeepers in the two regions that have been virtually autonomous of Georgia to keep the Georgians out. These provinces´ of Abkhazian and South Ossetia are Russian speaking provinces. It´s true that Russia gave them Russian passports, but that was a matter of convenience for people, as their relations with Georgia were practically non-existent.

I happen to side with the Russians so far. They have shown a great deal of restraint in not invading Georgia proper. That´s all subject to change. Meanwhile, America has no business arming Russian Border States. That´s the long and short of it.

The Plague of Lawlessness

Olufunso J. Omidiran

Lawlessness is reckless disobedience to the common rules of life. It is an outright determination in the heart of an ungodly man to reject the way of uprightness. Lawlessness is the web of iniquity and anyone that falls therein shall not be innocent. Interestingly, children of God in all nations must be warned to watch out for and strictly avoid the plague of lawlessness. This message was motivated by a strong prophetic revelation in which the Lord impressed upon my heart the need to warn the children of God of the danger and the humiliation that will result from lawlessness. In the vision I was made to see a Christian man who was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment (seven is a significant figure in the realm of the spirit, as it connotes perfection) after having yielded to some inextricable temptation. He had become a criminal under the common law. It was so obvious to me in the vision that this fellow was truly guilty and worthy of the
 due punishment. It was indeed a sorry sight just as this fellow became helpless and resigned to his painful fate.
The Lord is warning the elect to be more watchful of every snare of lawlessness in our days. The devil is working tooth and nail to smear the garments of unwary children of the kingdom with indelible marks of lawlessness. The truth is that the enemy will promise God's people some easy and quicker means of breakthrough or solution in time of need. It is your choice to refuse all temptations to employ unlawful or dubious means of getting what you want, although you are truly in need. Do you ever think that the need you have should be an excuse for unrighteous deals? Do you ever feel that it could be too late for the Almighty God to meet your need? Why on earth do you ever think that you can get away with any transgression against the truth?
There are certain traits of lawlessness that we must flee from by all means. For instance, a corrupt mindset and the urge to get rich quickly or get your goals by all means; avoidance of the due process and lawful approach to matters by bribing one's way to the top. These we must war against, through the grace and the power of God. The Lord is strictly warning His children well ahead of time because we are children of light and not of darkness (1Thess 5:4-6). We should never live according to any semblance of the way of this wicked world. We trust that the Lord will make His grace available to everyone who will call upon Him.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matt 7:13,14)
The forces of hell are waging war against the children of the kingdom with the aim of bringing them to submission and disrepute. The way of truth and righteousness is indeed the narrow way and the devil will try to make it seem much narrower than we can bear. We must not listen to the whispers and lies of the devil, never being discouraged from the way. Conversely, our strength cannot suffice us for the journey in the narrow way, hence the need to always seek the Lord for His unfailing strength.  The Lord is ready to empower us; the ministry of God's angels is being made available to us more than ever. This is indeed a strategic season of life in which our commitment to the truth and righteousness should be unflinching.
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren (Luke 22: 32-32)
The Lord interceded for Simon Peter ahead of time so that he would not be a victim of an imminent catastrophic fall from grace. The Lord who had prayed for Peter then admonished that he should strengthen his brethren when he got converted. What was the reason for the Lord's prayer for Peter? That his faith might not fail. The truth of the matter is that our life is on course if our faith is in place.
We give all thanks to the Lord Jesus who ever lives to make intercession for the children of the kingdom. You must rejoice in the fact that you are not alone in your trial of faith because of the ever-abiding presence of the King who is interceding and watching over you.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us (Romans 8:34).
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them (Heb 7:25).
The Bible clearly establishes the fact that He will give His angels charge over you so that you do not stumble and get injured on the way (Psalm 91:10-12). We should be sure that the heavens are more conscious of the battle at hand than we ever do! That is why we are to place our confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf... 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator (1Peter 4:16,17,19).
Obviously, it is possible to suffer as a righteous man, but let your integrity be steadfast. Be assured in your heart that you are in the will of God. A good name is better than gold and silver- remember, you bear the name of the Lord and people can quickly link your name to the holy God. You must not disappoint your Maker.  When you have a pure heart and clean hands you have nothing to fear.  We shall look well into this in due course. Shalom.


Washington's Hypocrisy

By Dmitry Rogozin

BRUSSELS: The U.S. administration is trying to stick the label of "bad guy" on Russia for exceeding the peacekeeping mandate and using "disproportionate force" in the peace-enforcement operation in Georgia.

Maybe our American friends have gone blind and deaf at the same time. Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, is known as a tough nationalist who didn't hide his intentions of forcing Ossetians and Abkhazians to live in his country.

We were hoping that the U.S. administration, which had displayed so much kindness and touching care for the Georgian leader, would be able to save him from the maniacal desire to deal with the small and disobedient peoples of the Caucasus.

But a terrible thing happened. The dog bit its master. Saakashvili gave an order to wipe Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, from the face of earth.

The Georgian air force and artillery struck the sleeping town at midnight. More than 1,500 civilians perished in the very first hours of the shelling. At the same time, Georgian special forces shot 10 Russian peacekeepers who didn't expect such a betrayal from their Georgian colleagues.

The Kremlin attempted to reach Saakashvili, who was hiding, by phone. All this time the Russian Joint Staff forbid the surviving peacekeepers to open return fire. Finally our patience was exhausted. The Russian forces came to help Tskhinvali and its civilian population.

In reply to the insulting criticism by President Bush that Russia used "disproportionate force," I'd like to cite some legal grounds for our response. Can shooting peacekeepers and the mass extermination of a civilian population - mainly Russian citizens - be regarded as hostile action against a state? Is it ground enough to use armed force in self-defense and to safeguard the security of these citizens?

Tbilisi concealed the scope of the humanitarian catastrophe in South Ossetia. Saakashvili's constant lies about the true state of affairs in Georgia were attempts to lay the fault at somebody else's door.

The Russian response is entirely justified and is consistent with both international law and the humanitarian goals of the peacekeeping operation conducted in South Ossetia. I will try to explain.

The Georgian aggression against South Ossetia, which came as a straightforward, wide-scale attack on the Russian peacekeeping contingent - Russian armed forces legally based on the territory of Georgia - should be classified as an armed attack on the Russian Federation, giving grounds to fulfill the right to self-defense - the right of every state according to Article 51 of the UN Charter.

As for the defense of our citizens outside the country, the use of force to defend one's compatriots is traditionally regarded as a form of self-defense. Countries such as the United States, Britain, France and Israel have at numerous times resorted to the use of armed force to defend their citizens outside national borders.

Such incidents include the armed operation of Belgian paratroopers in 1965 to defend 2,000 foreigners in Zaire; the U.S. military intervention in Grenada in 1983 under the pretext of protecting thousands of American nationals, who found themselves in danger due to a coup d'êtat in this island state; the sending of American troops to Panama in 1989 to defend, among others, American nationals.

We also have to keep in mind the present-day military interventions by the U.S. and its allies in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. By the way, the last three cases are examples of tough American interventions when its own citizens did not need direct protection. But in spite of those countries' massive civilian losses at the hands of American soldiers, no one blamed Washington for a "disproportionate use of force."

Of course, the history of international relations is full of abuses committed under the pretext of defending citizens.

In order to draw a clear line between lawful and unlawful use of force, one can single out a number of objective criteria: first, the existence of a real threat to life or systematic and violations of human rights; second, the absence of other, peaceful means of resolving the conflict; third, a humanitarian aim for an armed operation; and four, proportionality - i.e., limitation on the time and means of rescue.

Russia's actions were in full compliance with these criteria. In conducting its military action, Russian troops also strictly observed the requirements of international humanitarian law. The Russian military did not subject civil objects and civilians on the territory of Georgia to deliberate attacks.

It is hard to believe that in such a situation any other country would have remained idle. Let me quote two statements:

One: "We are against cruelty. We are against ethnic cleansing. A right to come back home should be guaranteed to the refugees. We all agree that murders, property destruction, annihilation of culture and religion are not to be tolerated. That is what we are fighting against. Bombardments of the aggressor will be mercilessly intensified."

Two: "We appeal to all free countries to join us but our actions are not determined by others. I will defend the freedom and security of my citizens, whatever actions are needed for it. Our special forces have seized airports and bridges... air forces and missiles have struck essential targets."

Who do you think is the author of these words? Medvedev? Putin? No. The first quote belongs to Bill Clinton, talking about NATO operation against Yugoslavia. The author of the second quote is the current resident of the White House, talking about the U.S. intervention in Iraq.

Does that mean that the United States and NATO can use brute force where they want to, and Russia has to abstain from it even if it has to look at thousands of its own citizens being shot? If it's not hypocrisy, then what IS hypocrisy?

Dmitry Rogozin is Russia's ambassador to NATO.

Monday, August 18, 2008

All the Propaganda That's Fit to Print:
The New York Times, Again, Tells It Like It Ain´t

By Sean M. Madden

15/08/08 "iNoodle"  --- The New York Times´ top story Thursday morning -- entitled "Bush, Sending Aid, Demands That Moscow Withdraw" -- leads with the following three propaganda-packed paragraphs:

    President Bush sent American troops to Georgia on Wednesday to oversee a “vigorous and ongoing’ humanitarian mission, in a direct challenge to Russia´s display of military dominance over the region. His action came after Russian soldiers moved into two strategic Georgian cities in what he and Georgian officials called a violation of the cease-fire Russia agreed to earlier in the day.

    Mr. Bush demanded that Russia abide by the cease-fire and withdraw its forces or risk its place in “the diplomatic, political, economic and security structures of the 21st century.’ It was his strongest warning yet of potential retaliation against Russia over the conflict.

    The decision to send the American military, even on a humanitarian mission, deepened the United States´ commitment to Georgia and America´s allies in the former Soviet sphere, just as Russia has been determined to reassert its control in the area.

But the propaganda is already at work, before we even get to these lead paragraphs, within the headline itself, splashed as it is across the front page of America´s oft-called “newspaper of record,’ along with the Gray Lady´s hundred-plus-year-old motto “All the News That´s Fit to Print’. The headline is accompanied, or vice versa, by a photograph of a “humanitarian aid’ shipment being unloaded, we´re told, from a U.S. military cargo plane at an airport in Tbilisi, Georgia.

But to be sure that all concerned -- that is, we historical-fact-deprived Americans, you god-help-you Georgians, and the rest of “the free world’ -- get the point at a glance, the U.S. State Department seal, apparently color-coordinated for the occasion, graces the side of the shipment.

As part of an all-out Western media campaign to bury the simple fact that Georgia invaded South Ossetia a week ago -- an act of aggression which led, subsequently, to Russia´s response -- Thursday´s NYT´s top headline helps to further instill the lie, at home and abroad, that Bush and the U.S government are truly concerned about the welfare of Georgians and human beings generally.

American and international readers are spoon-fed their daily dose of sanctioned thought within the very first sentence of the article. Bush, and by extension, the U.S. government and its military are not in Georgia to further U.S. (or the global elite´s) geopolitical interests.

Don‘t you dare think such a forbidden thought, the NYT goads its readers (of whom, on the whole, it can be said could do with a fair bit of goading to wake them from their psyop slumber).

Bush, the U.S. government and its military -- who, lest we forget, are guilty of murdering more than a million Iraqi civilians by way of their very own and very indisputable act of overt aggression, to say nothing of atrocities in Afghanistan or the ceaseless drumbeat toward a prefabricated war with Iran -- are in Georgia on a “humanitarian mission’.

A “vigorous and ongoing’ one at that, should we have considered that it could be otherwise.

Gee whiz, what swell folk they are, off on a sticky humanitarian venture, risking life and limb for liberty and justice for all, when they could be vacationing during the final throes of summer. Worse yet, some of the American men and women deployed to Georgia may actually believe that they´re doing just that, risking life and limb (as they most certainly are) for liberty and justice for all.

Mike Whitney wrote the following in an article which headlined Wednesday´s Information Clearing House newsletter:

    The attack was unprovoked and took place a full 24 hours before even ONE Russian soldier set foot in South Ossetia. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Americans still believe that the Russian army invaded Georgian territory first. The BBC, AP, NPR, the New York Times and the rest of the establishment media has consistently and deliberately misled its readers into believing that the violence in South Ossetia was initiated by the Kremlin. Let's be clear, it wasn't. In truth, there is NO dispute about the facts except among the people who rely the western press for their information. Despite its steady loss of credibility, the corporate media continues to operate as the propaganda-arm of the Pentagon.

Whitney´s article popped into my inbox at 1:35 BST (British Summer Time) Thursday morning. The New York Times daily headlines email arrived at 9:31, giving me time, first, to read, share and comment on (in correspondence) Whitney´s ICH article before coming upon the NYT´s daily dose.

But let´s return to those first three paragraphs and see if we can´t sift through the propaganda that the New York Times has the never-ending gall to heap upon its readers, despite or in continuation of its deep complicity in smoothing the way within the hearts and minds of the American people for the U.S. to wage its criminal war in Iraq, as it did in the lead up to the invasion of Afghanistan, as it has been doing with feverish abandon concerning Iran, and is doing now within the article at hand in order to provide pseudo-intellectual cover for U.S. aggression-by-proxy in the Caucasus.

    President Bush sent American troops to Georgia on Wednesday to oversee a “vigorous and ongoing’ humanitarian mission, in a direct challenge to Russia´s display of military dominance over the region.

The U.S. already had troops in Georgia, reportedly to train the Georgian military. Considered in this light, the first sentence of this NYT article is, at best, a half-truth, at worst, a lie of omission.

On July 15, Reuters reported (and published, though the page has since “expired“) that “one thousand U.S. troops began a military training exercise in Georgia on Tuesday against a backdrop of growing friction between Georgia and neighbouring Russia.’ The report continues: "The main purpose of these exercises is to increase the cooperation and partnership between U.S. and Georgian forces," Brigadier General William B. Garrett, commander of the U.S. military's Southern European Task Force, told reporters. This was reported on July 15, one month ago.

But this fact must be relegated to the memory hole. We are meant only to remember that U.S. forces are on a humanitarian mission and that Georgia was attacked, unprovoked, by Russia in a “display of military dominance over the region.’ Never mind that U.S. forces did, in fact, invade and presently occupy both Iraq and Afghanistan in a display of military dominance.  Russia, on the other hand, was meant to stand by as their citizens were being attacked and killed by Georgia military forces which General Garrett has told us were working in cooperation and partnership with U.S. forces in July.

Given this fine example of international cooperation and partnership, are even Americans and other gullible New York Times readers meant to swallow the obvious conclusion that Georgia would never have attacked South Ossetia without prior U.S. knowledge and approval?

    His [Bush´s] action came after Russian soldiers moved into two strategic Georgian cities in what he and Georgian officials called a violation of the cease-fire Russia agreed to earlier in the day.

We´re meant to believe that Russian soldiers just decided, devoid of any cause whatsoever, to move into two Georgian cities. Russia, not Georgia, must be seen to be the aggressor. Not a hint of reality must be allowed to seep in and cause good ol´ American patriotic resolve to waver.

All must be black and white, even if what passes for black is, indeed, white or vice versa.

    Mr. Bush demanded that Russia abide by the cease-fire and withdraw its forces or risk its place in “the diplomatic, political, economic and security structures of the 21st century.’ It was his strongest warning yet of potential retaliation against Russia over the conflict.

Can even the New York Times, propaganda-arm-extraordinaire, print this with a straight face? Bush -- the million-plus-mass-murderer from Connecticut, I mean Crawford -- is pointing out to Russia that it is risking its place in the “the diplomatic, political, economic and security structures of the 21st century,’ by which he can only mean the New World Order, the very nature of which the world´s citizens have observed throughout the Bush years (I and II) is nothing if not diabolical.

In closing, and in brief, let us take a look at the third paragraph in this New York Times piece:

    The decision to send the American military, even on a humanitarian mission, deepened the United States´ commitment to Georgia and America´s allies in the former Soviet sphere, just as Russia has been determined to reassert its control in the area.

The New York Times now asserts -- in case we missed it being gently shoved down our throats the first time -- that only in retrospect did the U.S. decide to deepen its “commitment to Georgia and America´s allies in the former Soviet sphere’. A bald-faced lie if ever there was one.

But, note, this isn´t a U.S. official lying to the American public via the New York Times. No, this is the New York Times, itself, lying directly to its readers, worldwide, as it does day in and day out.

And, finally, the spoonful of sugar, to either help it go down or to make you regurgitate the whole:

“Even on a humanitarian mission.’

Sean M. Madden is an American writer presently living in the UK. He edits and writes for his and blogs, and welcomes correspondence from readers. His email address is

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