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To the editor:
A new year is upon us. It is a time to reflect on the events of the past year and look forward to the year ahead.
Rumsfeld Confused or Confusing?
Why is Secretary Rumsfeld talking about a “plane shot down over
Pennsylvania” in his address to the troops in Baghdad?
Why is he conflating events in Afghanistan and Iraq?
When people with recognizable mental problems do that it’s called
“confabulation”–making up stories out of similar but unrelated events.
So, can we conclude that Secretary Rumsfeld is either so stressed by his
office that he can’t think clearly or he’s told so many lies, he no longer
knows the truth.
Since General Myers also went to the trouble to link the insurgents in
Mosul to the agents of 9/11, clearly a lie, one might reasonably conclude
it’s the lies that are unraveling.
“Moderation in pursuit of freedom is no virtue and extremism in pursuit of liberty
is no vice.” — Barry Goldwater in a speech written by Karl Hess
Myers, appearing at the news conference with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said the attack was “the responsibility of the insurgents, the same insurgents who attacked on 9/11. The way you prevent this is to win the war on extremism.”
Not only is General Myers a liar, he’s a traitor to the principles he’s supposed to fight for.
Some people are sloppy, lazy and/or careless and sometimes their behavior
turns out to be deadly for the people with whom they connect.
That’s not, however, the pattern we see in the transformation of the
corporate elite into a full-blown culture of death. There’s nothing
accidental about the behavior of the corporations, whose primary focus is
on producing death.
The missiles they are planting in Alaska and the next generation of nuclear
weapons about to be tested in the deserts of the Southwest, have exactly
the same purpose as the pesticides, herbicides and depleted uranium tipped
munitions they are delivering by the ton to Iraq. They’re intended to
leave death and destruction in their wake.
Even the records of the medical industry, not to mention the automotive,
chemical and energy sectors of our economy, demonstrate that the
prolongation of life, as often as not, is merely a an extended near-death
And, while one might argue that the “pro-life” movement is a singular
exception to this fixation on how more people and organisms can be killed,
that moniker is actually a misnomer. Pro-life, in practice, means being
pro-birth–a prerequisite if the cuture of death is to persist. The
culture of death must be able to count on an increasing number of births.
Otherwise, like the ancient Maya, the civilization will cease to exist