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( Nov. 7th, 2007 08:13 pm)
This video clip can't be cross-posted enough.

You want to know what has gone so terribly wrong in America? Why the Democrats and Republicans are bowing down to the war machine, even though the people don't want more war?

You need look no farther back than President Dwight Eisenhower, hero general of the Allied forces in WWII, who saw this coming. In his farewell address to the nation, in 1961, he warned us:

BEWARE THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

Big corporations and industry, the ones that make lots of money off of war, have taken over the U.S. government. The Vice President is a Defense Contractor. Your Congress no longer works for you, the American people. Congress now works for the businesses that get rich off of war. The same defense industry that finances the political campaigns, whose ring the Congress must now kiss.

BEWARE.

I'm really starting to get nervous about this drumbeat for war with Iran. The Iraq debacle has shown that Americans are easily manipulated by propaganda and lies into going to war, much to the delight of the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex and the Bush-Cheney war profit machine.

Now there's evidence that the biggest reason given that Iran should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons, Iranian President Ahmadinejad's much-repeated quote that he wished to see Israel "wiped off the map" may actually be a mistranslation. According to UK Guardian Columnist Jonathan Steele, the phrase may actually be closer to "the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time."

Kind of puts a different spin on the quote, doesn't it? While the first translation is abhorrent to me, I kind of agree with that second translation.

Now, I don't pretend to speak Farsi. I don't pretend to know if Jonathan Steele or his sources are reliable. But what I do know is that the Bush Administration cannot be trusted, and that the mainstream U.S. media, which is clearly in the pocket of the Israeli lobby, definitely cannot be trusted to tell a balanced truth about Middle Eastern affairs.

I don't know what the right answer is. But I do know that going to war with Iran over its nuclear programme may very possibly trigger World War III, with the U.S. and Israel on one side, and the Islamic world, Russia, and possibly China on the other side. Because of this danger, we must proceed very, very carefully.

Is it worth going to war over a mistranslation? With the stakes so high, isn't it worth stepping back from the rhetoric and propaganda, taking a deep breath, and studying the issue logically and dispassionately?

Let's not get goaded into an unjust war again. Given our history as a country, we need to let cooler, reasoned heads prevail. Please, please, please, I beg you, question EVERYTHING that the mainstream media and the Bush administration is telling you.

Our lives depend on it.
For quite some time now, I've been saying that one of the REAL reasons we are in Iraq is not about 9-11, or WMDs, or "bringing Democracy," or even the old left-wing standby, a war for oil.

I believe we are in Iraq because WAR IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS.

Just follow the money... ask the question: "Who is making money off this war?"

It's the defense contractors.

This war is being fought for the benefit of Halliburton (Vice President Dick Cheney's company), and Kellogg Brown & Root, Bechtel, The Carlyle Group... the list goes of war profiteers goes on and on.

Eisenhower warned us this would happen in his farewell speech. (Video here 2:26 mins, a clip from the EXCELLENT documentary, "Why We Fight" -- if you haven't seen it, you really should.)

In that speech, my fellow Kansan warned the American people about the rise of the "Military-Industrial Complex" (In his original speech, edited before he gave it, he called it the "Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex"), and how these people who make money off of war were a danger to America.

Ike's warning rings so true, now. So please, America, ask the questions:

What if our soldiers are actually just fighting to make some business executives rich?

What if the people of Iraq are dying to pad the pockets of Dick Cheney & friends?

What if all this is REALLY about is money?

I say I and say it and say it, but I feel like nobody seems to "get it." Certainly nobody in the mainstream media is talking about this, and neither is the public. The DemoPublicans and RepubliCrats certainly aren't talking about it -- they are bought and paid for. You average taxpayer has no clues as to what is really going on, or where their money is going.

Anyway, I just heard another voice echoing mine, when columnist Robert Scheer published a piece yesterday entitled, "Ike Was Right."

Reading it was like a cold drink in a hot, dry summer. Finally -- FINALLY! -- someone in the media is saying it aloud!
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