Another Salvo for the New Year:
Then, Emile Zola Wrote His JAccuse; Now, Tina Staik Asks, Is it a coincidence...?[First of 3 Parts, see Part 2 and Part 3.]
If ever there was a time to examine what is happening in our country and world--step back and look at the big picture, think, ask, question, reflect, even consider a conspiracy theory or two--this is it.
Our lives and world may depend on using our critical thinking skills, and inviting leaders and citizens throughout the world to do the same. Our well being, regardless of position or status or race or religion, depends on sound decision making, and this must be based on our understanding of the cycles of world dominance, violence, and greed that have brought us to the present moment.
It is time for Americans to think what has been done to our country, its people and government--in the name of oil, war and drug profiteering. Then we must also think what the same forces have done to other countries, nations, governments, and peoples of the world in the name of the same.
It is also important to know that our government, rule of law and democracy have not failed us. (This is the illusion terrorists hope to create.) Indeed, in democracies, "we the people" are the government. It is the forces seeking wealth and dominance at all costs--justifying every conquer-and-divide means possible--that are responsible. They have prevented our participation and involvement in our government. First, there appears to be a total disregard for the lives of working people and our environment, for human rights and civil rights; and this is only slightly less shocking (immoral?) than the failure of government officials to protect the public from a wide array of harms caused by the natural "inclinations" of corporations to "war" against human and civil rights, education and prosperity for all. Deregulation is a sham. [Ref. The Scrooge Syndrome ]
Second, there appears to be a pervasive level of corruption of our officials--indeed, infiltration--of government agencies by oil and war industry puppets, and this is only slightly less shocking than the observed willingness of major media to hide, minimize, confuse the public, and otherwise protect the wrongdoers (especially striking after eight years of smearing the Clintons over trivial matters, which, in contrast, posed no dangers to the public!). Free trade is a sham. [Ref. Headlines From the Cutting Room Floor (scroll down) ]
Third, in the last two decades, one country after another in the Middle East (and South America; in fact, every country the U.S. has been "involved" in) has been transformed into a military dictatorship,and U.S.-trained terrorists have fought on one or both sides; simultaneously, the leaders of nations have been "persuaded" with incentives to prioritize the purchasing of weapons/arms, disregard increases in poverty, homelessness, unemployment and human despair, and trained to brutally crush movements opposing social injustice. Terrorism is a sham. [Ref. Bush, Kazakh Declare Longterm Strategic Partnership ]
Finally, the "United States," once thought to be the biggest proponent of democracy and human rights worldwide, is now being openly led by radical conservatives who, tired of devising schemes to subvert American citizens' will, intelligence, independent thinking, generosity and democratic idealism, are now unabashedly snubbing international treaties that would effectively end terrorism, human rights abuses--and instead blatantly embracing a military dictatorship, using media/entertainment war drums to fervently invite (via socially conditioning) Americans to bow down to military heroes and the god of war. War is a sham. [Ref. Arthur Miller accuses Bush of abusing and curbing civil rights ]
Can all this have been achieved without strategically designed schemes and goals, supremacist propaganda, and a lot of money? At this point, it may be more foolish to discount conspiracies than to test them for reliability and validity.
Is it a coincidence that the three most essential tools we have in restoring democracy and ending the corruption--a Congress that is REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL PEOPLE, an ELECTED president, and a FREE press--have been stolen from U.S. citizens, one by one, in this last decade?
Is it a coincidence that every conservative administration since Reagan has brought us wars, recession, increases in unemployment, poverty, crimes, Jim and Jane Crow attacks on civil and voting liberties, bigger and fuller prisons, and attempts to dismantle public education and social security? Is it a coincidence that the oil puppet Bush administration has talked war and recession and silencing of liberals from day one? [Ref. Once Again, War Is Good for Business ]
Is it a coincidence that American corporate executives, who have reaped millions from oil and arms deals with Saudis, now serve at the highest level of U.S. government, that oil and war industries, like Enron and Carlyle Group, have offices on Pennsylvania Avenue, and are among the most visible lobbyists? [Ref. USA Means "Under Saudi Arabia"...Thanks to the Bush Family ]
Is it a coincidence that both Enron and the Carlyle Group grew exponentially since the Reagan and Bush I administrations, and have come to be known as "ex-presidents" clubs, with many Bush I people playing key roles in Bush II's administration? Is it a coincidence that the Enron "investigations" and "discussions" have thus far not probed into their motives--that is, the extent to which top decision-makers knew the tragic outcome of what they were doing, that this bubble would eventually "burst," that the lives of many, many individuals and families would be devastated, that our economy would suffer and be harmed, perhaps utterly ruined...YET...they proceeded with their lies, hoaxes and schemes? [Ref. The ex-presidents' club ]
Is it a coincidence that a new ideology of "deregulation" and "free trade" has spread like a cancer nationwide, then worldwide, since the Reagan administration, following a "familiar" pattern in which "watchmen are tamed, bedazzled, or bribed, while a pitchman who claims to have invented something brand new in the history of capitalism takes everyone to the cleaners." Is it a coincidence that Bush I first spoke of a "new world order" and Bush II, appealing to the "sensibilities" of the religious right, reframed it as a "crusade" of the "good" against the "evildoers"? Is it a coincidence that, unlike "multilateral globalization," which describes nations of the world as equals, the term "new world order" is a supremacist, hierarchical vision of human relationships? [Ref. The Enron Economy ]
Is it a coincidence that "deregulation" turns out to be not only a lie, but also one that permits the gap between the rich and poor to grow through vicious means of ruining people's lives and fortunes? Is it a coincidence that it has already been proven that governments cannot serve the public interests, acting to protect and defend citizens and nation, when corporations are not regulated and audited by citizens? [Ref. Who fiddled what? - "Errors of judgment" are piling up at Andersen ]
Is it a coincidence that Americans have been socially conditioned to accept the LIE that "what's good for the super-rich is good for the economy"? It's a "bankrupt philosophy, as witness the Enron debacle. For an even more ominous example, look no further than the current total collapse of the dramatically deregulated economy of Argentina. Food riots in a once prosperous society are not a pretty sight." [Ref. Is Bush Still an Enron Fan? ]
Is it a coincidence that radical conservatives followed a similar path in bringing down the progressive democracy coalition in Montana (and who knows how many other states)? [Ref. 1. Ochenski: Energy karma - For Enron and dereg, what goes around comes around
Is it just a coincidence that U.S. and IMF played a role in the fall of Argentina's economy, using the power of controlling a system of "rewards" for obedience and "punishments" for disobedience? (And who knows how many other South American countries are similarly at risk, for the same reasons?) [Ref. Consequences for the United States in Argentina's Collapse ]
Is it a coincidence that, "during the 1990s, Russian energy companies were notorious for cooking their books, defrauding their shareholders and using political connections to cover shadowy deals," and this "justified" a shift to "dictatorship" rule of Putin? Is it a coincidence that one after another oppressive regime, including the Taliban, has been "sold" to citizens throughout the world as for their "protection"? [Ref. The Russian Roots of the Texas Mafia ]
Is it a coincidence that Americans are being "punished" into submission and humiliation by millionaire's club members who want free reign to control the wealth and a docile, obedient--or else--people? [Ref. The Economy May Be Facing More Hurdles ]
Is it a coincidence, considering the power of oil and war industry on Congress, that no member of House or Senate has yet come out to speak against DEREGULATION and ADMIT that they, along with millions of others, have been DUPED into buying a well-funded, media-perpetuated propaganda LIE? [Ref. Just say 'Enron' to Social Security fix ]
Is it a coincidence that Bush found a like-minded (albeit FAR more intelligent) comrade when he looked into Putin's eyes, with common desires for OIL and WAR profits with which to build military SUPREMACY "glory," dictatorship rule of people, and FREE REIGN to subjugate/subvert/abuse those opposed to dictatorship rule--ABSENT MEDIA AND/OR PUBLIC CRITICISM? [Ref. Russia Wins the War ]
Is it a coincidence that the Whitewater critics, who were passionately committed to investigating the Clintons' so-called "complex web of intermingled funds, fraudulent transactions, political favors and conflicted relationships," are NOW SILENT ABOUT BUSH'S INCOMPARABLY dubious connections to ENRON? [Ref. Media Blame Game Requires a Mirror ]
Is it a coincidence that the oil puppet Bush administration is obsessed with secrecy and prevention of public disclosure of what Reagan, father Bush, and the current oil puppet administration have done, and are doing? [Ref. The Trail Leads Back to Bush I and Iraq ]
Is it a coincidence that "war" is historically known among war lords, Christian, Muslim and Jewish, as the only means to boost the economy THAT ALSO JUSTIFIES flagrant military spending, neglect of citizens' welfare, extreme measures of control of citizenry? Is it a coincidence that war, for oil puppet Bush, also best guarantees the political survival of tyrannical dictators (as his father Bush, who helped Saddam gain 90% approval by crushing "rebels," knows well...)? [Ref. Bush Predicts 'War Year' in 2002 ]
Is it a coincidence that the oil puppet Bush administration's "concern for Saudi sensibilities fatally compromised our national security" and continue to do so, absent FREE PRESS and sufficient number of members of Congress who are not owned by oil and war industries? [Ref. USA Means "Under Saudi Arabia"...Thanks to the Bush Family ]
Is it a coincidence that the amount of money spent in U.S. election campaigns is the biggest predictor of election results, that the exponential increase in number of Republicans elected to federal and state offices has been financially organized by big industries, that Republicans want nothing to do with campaign finance reform, AND that big industries like Enron ALSO give financial incentives, albeit much smaller, to Democrats to "move" them to the right? Is this not a PLAN to create a ONE PARTY NATION (Hitler revival?) where all citizens and officials are in step? Does this not explain why Democrats have been so silent about the stolen election, and so many other issues dear to the hearts of American citizens since Bush' "selection"? [Ref. Enron Moves Money to Democrats ]
Is it a coincidence that oil puppet Bush's policies increasingly put the administration, the government, and its agencies above the law, leaving people defenseless to protect themselves democratically with lawsuits? [Ref. Bush policy could foil suits on FBI dealings ]
Is it a coincidence that the anthrax sent to Senators Daschle and Leahy have been likened to that owned by the U.S. military, and that army laboratories are reported to have "lax" controls? [Ref. Anthrax Army Lab Security Called Lax ]
Is it a coincidence that most highly respected national and international leaders (without connections to Bush and the Carlyle Group) strongly warn against walking "away from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty," yet all U.S. major media simultaneously bombard Americans with so-called polls mesmerizing us into accepting (socially conditioning...) this totally dangerous insensitivity and arrogance as "U.S. leadership"? [Ref. Missile Defense Delusion ]
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This story was published on January 3, 2002.