imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

The Access of Evil

by Paul Heller Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 at 3:40 PM

There's something to be said for being able to tell the difference between your friends and your enemies.

With Iraq more or less out of the way, the boys from PNAC are very likely plotting their next takeover. Iran, with its vast oil wealth, seems to be a safe bet. After all, Iran is also on the infamous "axis of evil" list, along with North Korea and what is left of Saddam Hussein's former country. All of this ignores the chiefs of nuclear proliferation, which reside in Pakistan.

While Iraq was never proven to have given much, if any, support to terrorist groups like al-Qaida, Pakistan was the birthplace of the Taliban, which butchered its way into power in Afghanistan and then set the wheels of 9/11 in motion by providing a safe haven for Osama bin Laden and his terrorist crew. However, Pakistan has received substantial rewards for being our "ally in the war on terror", simply for allowing U.S. military bases on its soil, and for allegedly cracking down on fanatics and extremists.

Disarming North Korea, of course, is a pipe dream. The U.S. is wasting an awful lot of time trying to coax the DPRK to the negotiating table, even offering the Communists a non-aggression pact, to get them to slow down their nuclear ambitions. Another war on the Korean peninsula would be a wholesale bloodbath, which we are currently unable to undertake due to the massive military obligations we face in Iraq. That would be fine, except that every single reason the Bush administration offered to the American people, who finance these things, turned out to be untrue.

Pakistan, we all know, was the source of North Korea's enriched-uranium program that netted them an unknown quantity of nuclear bombs. Pakistan is also the source of Iran's deadly technology, although the Russians are certainly more involved than anyone wants to let on. And today it was revealed, with little or no surprise attached, that Pakistan has been giving nuclear centrifuge technology to Libya.

Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi, longtime financier of terrorism, has suddenly spun on his heels and opened his country to WMD inspectors. Intelligence estimates (credible ones this time) dictate that Libya has exerted considerable effort toward its chemical, biological and nuclear programs. Given his horrific history, there is little doubt that Ghadafi would be more than willing to use such weapons. Once upon a time, however, Libya was a friend to the United States, because of the oil that is trapped under its share of the Earth's surface. Libya's lust for oil money has shaped its worldview, apparently, just as our lust for oil shapes ours.

The Bush administration has declared it will keep in force Ronald Reagan's 1986 order of sanctions against Libya, the same logic employed by frustrated parents who have a child with a badly influential friend down the street. Pakistan has been that friend to those who desire to kill Americans, time and time again; the technology that put Libya on the main stage today was acquired within the last two years. The problem is that shortly after 9/11, Bush hammered out an agreement with Musharraf, that Pakistan would get out of the business of nuclear proliferation.

So Iraq, which gave no substantive support to terrorists, was invaded and occupied at the U.S. taxpayer's expense, with thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of Americans killed in the process. Pakistan, which had already provided nuclear technology to the other members of Bush's axis, although not the one we took down, is still considered our good friend. And soon Libya could be, too:

"As Libya takes tangible steps to address those concerns," Bush said in a statement to Congress, "the United States will in turn take reciprocal tangible steps to recognize Libya's progress." Nothing about Pakistan, which put Ghadafi (among others) in touch with his atomic inner child. No address of how hypocritical that makes us look, given the horns-down approach we took with that brutal dictator in Iraq. No statement qualifying the Bush Doctrine, which states erroneously that any country giving aid to terrorists will find itself on a red, white and blue chopping block.

What we get is lip service from White House officials saying that Libya's nuclear centrifuges, which absolutely came from Pakistan, probably got snuck through without Musharraf's knowledge or blessing. Such statements of unqualified idiocy are further proof that this administration does not know what it is doing - or worse, refuses to do the right thing - where the war on terror is concerned.

While there are many solid reasons to dump this parody of a president, none carry quite the consequences of this one. Americans cannot afford to wait for material proof of Bush's greed and stupidity to appear in the form of a mushroom cloud.

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 4 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
asses of evil nonskitzo posting as several people Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 at 7:25 PM
So is anyone willing C. Waters Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 at 6:35 AM
Iranians Mariam Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 at 10:35 AM
Never heard of a despot they didn't like Eddie Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 at 10:57 AM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy