Thursday, October 4, 2007

Is World War III around the corner?

Is WWIII coming?

Yesterday morning I tried to do my yoga but I couldn't really get to my quiet place. My thoughts were interrupted by yet another conversation on WBAI.

Just so we're all on the same page I'll probably quote them a lot in the next few weeks since I have caved in and decided to slowly allow some news in my life. Since 9/11 I've been very against TV news - - specifically mainstream U.S. reported news/media. After the attacks I just found our TV stations unreliable and uninformative. But I've had a change of heart actually it's more like an exception - - I've decided to make WBAI my morning alarm so I wake up with them every day now. The thoughts that kept repeating in my head were "U.S. will attack Iran soon!" This scared me – but I kept it movin – I pushed the thought out of my head and left for work.

I arrived to Roc center a little after 8:00am and sat at my coffee spot to do a bit of writing before starting the work day – there was only one other guy in the place. He was reading the post and I was doing my thing. At about 8:55am I got up to leave and I noticed the man was gone – but he left his paper behind…I was curious and I also have A.D.D. so I did a quick search, according to Circulation is at: 724,748 Daily and 439,202 on Sunday (not the best source – but let's go with the number).

As I was attempting to leave I kept looking back at the newspaper. Now, I usually don't read newspapers either I basically catch a headline now and again…I usually just get my news from my daily call with my sister Joe, or when I go to the office kitchen where CNN or Fox News is always turned on – that's where I get my fill on the ever so important coverage of the latest OJ Simpson case (that usually plays all day).

I kept moving away from the Post but something made me go back and pick the f'n paper up – I couldn't resist. Here's why:

Front page read: in big bold letters "COURT BOMBSHELL
The tagline: "BRIT LOSES KIDS"

Beneath that: "Pop tart's babies go to K-Fed"

The First two pages are about water and the mayor…

Page 4 starts a 2-page spread called: "Tart's 2-Tots Sent To Pops," and the entire piece focused on the personal life of Brittney Spears – a woman with PERSONAL problems and her losing her kids gets front page news (shout at to Brit – my prayers are with you girl)…this is incredibly disturbing. I didn't even read it…I stuffed it in my bag and decided to look at the paper later.

I never did get to it last night because I went to see Junot Diaz speak at Cervantes Institute…he is f'n brilliant…let me just give him a shout out…I was so impressed by him…I have never read his work…but I am a huge supporter of him now. I decided last night – man I gotta like a guy / and trust a guy who says the "F-word" even more than me! The man is amazing… I will definitely write about him after I read his new book. Stay with me folks – remember its called A.D.D. for a reason. J

So today I was curious I thought I would analyze the paper to see how much important news is really being covered…actually what I was really looking for was if there was any mention of beef with Iran…because up until the United Nations meetings in New York last week it was the first I had heard about some sort of problem with Iran and its President.

So I moved on turning the page and found what I was looking for:

Page 8: in BIG BOLD LETTERS: "WAR ON TERROR" here's the setup – large photo of one of our military next to the piece titled: "Dollar Kid, 15, hanged" allegedly, a young teenager in Afghanistan was hung and American dollars stuffed in his mouth… ARE YOU SCARED YET?

BUT NOT WITHOUT THEM ADDING A SIDE BAR: with a picture of Condoleezza Rice and under her photo in real small font it says "Calls Iraq the key…" (not sure what this means) but it was the intro to the REAL piece called "U.S. seeks 'block' on Iran: Rice" she is quoted in the piece as saying "that despite the Iranian's claim that they don't want to destabilize Iraq, the United States has told them "they're behaving in a very strange fashion—and there are costs to doing what they've been doing"" this piece was 7 sentences long for a very serious accusation with NO examples of what this strange behavior is!!! And even more stranger to me is…and what the U.S. is intending on doing about it? Shit it sounds like a threat to me – those are fighting words…INTERESANTE!

Confession…after finding what I was looking for I did a quick scan of the newspaper and tossed it…there was nothing else that jumped out at me. Nothing worth my attention!

During my lunch yesterday I decided to listen to the piece on Iran again and take some notes and here's what I got:

WBAI program: Wake Up Call w/Deepa Fernandes: 7:00AM Tuesday, October 2nd 2007 – I'm just gonna quote this entire section my opinions and personal thoughts will go in (parenthesis)

(Deepa is interviewing a Professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, Michel Chossudovsky – the discussion is about an article published by Global Research)

Professor says: "U.S. sponsored war plans directed at Iran… use of nuclear weapons…threat from U.S. for non-compliance…War plans are at READINESS stage (meaning we're getting ready to drop more bombs on more people's homes). Britain, NATO, ISRAEL in a U.S. led coalition… (These countries have the U.S.'s back)

Iran will be attacked soon…military planning was initiated in July 2003 – the plan is called "TYRANT" which stands for: Theatre, YRA:Iran, Near, Term. These war plans are well documented. The Bush administration has sounded the war drums, says the professor... we will attack Iran if they don't comply with OUR DEMANDS. (The U.S. believes that Iran has a nuclear program…but they have NO proof… however, I have a question—DOESN'T THIS SOUND AWFULLY FAMILIAR –– didn't we attack Iraq for what were the reasons again? 1. We were looking for Bin Laden, 2. We were looking for weapons of mass destruction, 3. Invading Iraq was our attempt to end the war on terror, 4. and out of the kindness of our hearts…the U.S. was bringing democracy to Iraq…RIGHT – SURE~ I'm sensing a little bit of dejavu coming on… except NOTHING WAS FOUND in Iraq MAYBE they hid it in Iran. And that's right what did Condi say about Iran: "they're behaving in a very strange fashion" – sounds like a weak attempt to justify the actions we're about to take) Vienna reports that Iran does NOT have a nuclear program (U.S. says Iran is a threat - - just because the U.S. says it doesn't make it so – we say a lot of things)

The U.S. responds: WE reserve the RIGHT to REPRIMAND and we also reserve the right to use OUR tactical NUCLEAR WEAPONS against Iran for its non-compliance. The media has barely covered this debate… (which was why I picked up the post to begin with – I was curious to see how this issue was being covered – today I picked up the USA Today, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal – I am dreading opening these papers)

(About the U.S. he says)

The U.S. will use Nuclear weapons in the Middle East… IAEA reports Iran Nuclear operations are civilian. We now have a democratic congress - - there has been NO examination or holding the U.S. accountable…if the President of the United States declares war on Iran – they HAVE the SUPPORT of congress. Congress has said NOTHING!

(At this point in the interview the professor's voice is shaky – he's nervous – you can hear his genuine concern when he says)

We're talking about something EXTREMELY serious – a series of nuclear directives pertaining to the USE of NUCLEAR WEAPONS is very serious…the U.S. makes it clear that it reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force, INCLUDING potential nuclear weapons to the use of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. (meaning if the U.S. bombs Iran – and Iran has the audacity to fight back - we will drop atomic bombs on their asses – this is so f'd up - - nuclear weapons don't seem to be considered weapons of mass destruction there pulling that shit out like its nothing)

(He goes on to say)

U.S. and Pentagon propaganda…that the nuclear weapons are HARMLESS to the civilian population because the explosion is underground. (I just keep thinking if nuclear weapons are harmless…why are we sweating Iran or looking for weapons is Iraq? Why were we sweating Cuba during the missile crisis days? Something doesn't jive folks. If they're harmless to civilians – then what are we worrying about – and why is it our job to enter these countries like where some sort of sheriff in town?)

(Professor says)

Pure fabrications – these are BOMBS and they will lead to a NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST! (Shall I repeat that? BOMBS that will lead to a NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST) U.S. plans to use nuclear weapons on a country who hasn't done anything to us visibly – apart from the stuff we may not like about how the country deals with human rights or women's rights… THIS IS SERIOUS! There IS a deployment in the Middle East - - there ARE warships all over the place they HAVE the place surrounded…THEY ARE GETTING READY!

Why is this issue not at the forefront of public debate (that's the question that's boggling me – why aren't we talking about it – why do we care more about what's happening in Brittney's home or about O:-) – who gives a shit about him?) The anti-war movement is not mobilizing - - its not front page news…NUCLEAR WAR is not front page news???

It's a process of media distortion…(I got that first hand when I opened up the post…they're giving us what we want more of…who wants to talk about nuclear war – innocent people being killed – in horrific ways…why face that reality when we got reality TV?)
(He talks about what this military planning would look like)

It's a military escalation plan…starting with air strikes…then ground troops…and then finally an invasion (much like what we have in Iraq). We're not dealing with a country (about Iran) without weapons…THEY WILL RETALIATE (its really arrogant of us to think that we can attack a country and expect them to just sit back and take it…what are we talking about? Can someone help me understand this?)

(He goes on to say) They (meaning the U.S.) want Iran to retaliate – so they can go to stage 2 in this escalation scenario…they are prompting confrontation with Iran - then it's an ALL OUT WAR! (its like the bully in the school yard picking on the nerd – pushing and shoving him/her – cracking jokes about his/her mother – until that kid comes in with a gun – then its not so funny)

(He ends the talk w/Deepa with) the implications here are serious…we're not talking about separate war threats - - i.e. Iraq…. We're talking about Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Palestine - - we're talking about ONE big war….a WWIII scenario! If this attack takes place…and presenting Iran as the enemy the idea that Iran will attack the U.S. is simply NOT TRUE!" (I am really curious on what's in it for Israel & Britain?)

Of the 724,748 people reading the NY Post – how many people are talking about this?

For information on Global Research:

Peace & light~

1 comment:

Avalon said...

Keep up the good work.