Long, long ago, Shahrzad 'ghesse
goo' told stories - for 1001 Nights she spun tales to stay alive. Long, long passed. And so today, in
Tales of skill and audacity; for in spite of at
least four documents in the United States document archives refuting claims that
Saddam Hossein ever bought any 'yellow cake' from Niger, in January 2003,
President Bush citing from a British dossier, repeated claims that Saddam
Hossein had purchased yellow cake from Niger
. Removing all doubt from the
American public's mind that Saddam had intentions to build nuclear weapons; the
yellow cake 'evidence' went a long way in convincing us that the danger from
It is worthwhile quoting Adbusters magazine which summed up neo-conservatism as: "The belief that Democracy, however flawed, was best defended by an ignorant public pumped on nationalism and religion. Only a militantly nationalist state could deter human aggression. Such nationalism requires an external threat and if one cannot be found it must be manufactured."
So it was that with
their tale, Washington marched us to Baghdad, assuring us with Chalabi, peace
and roses - our mission was to find WMDs before we were annihilated, our freedom
and our way of life robbed from us.
But the only WMDs were the tales that to this day bury with them
countless bodies who did not welcome us with rose petals. 1001 nights of planning, deception, war, and carnage in
On the heels of their first successful tale, came the second - the green salt story and the laptop, for their achievement had emboldened the neo-cons. Not surprisingly, among the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) founders were eight people affiliated with the number-one defense contractor Lockheed-Martin, and seven others associated with the number-three defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Of the twenty-five founders of PNAC twelve were later appointed to high level positions in the George W. Bush administration.
The Pentagon's budget for buying new weapons rose from $61 billion in 2001 to over $80 billion in 2004. Lockheed Martin's sales rose by over 30% at the same time, with tens of billions of dollars on the books for future purchases. From 2000 to 2004, Lockheed Martins stock value rose 300%. Northrup-Grumann saw similar growth with Department of Defense (DoD) contracts rising from $3.2 billion in 2001 to $11.1 billion in 2004. Halliburton, with Dick Cheney as former CEO, had defense contracts totaling $427 million in 2001. By 2003, they had $4.3 billion in defense contracts, of which approximately a third were sole source agreements.
How could they fail
not to spin another tale? After
"The media needs to be especially careful not to exaggerate any nuclear threat."
"Based on publicly
available photos o the 2004 test launch, the nuclear warhead would require a
diameter of about 600 millimeters - achieving such a diameter would be a
administration officials have also voiced doubt about the credibility of the
Nevertheless, the temptation of military dominance, enhanced arms sales, and oil
resources of the
The neo-conservative warmongers have their fables, their war, and their profits. It is said that a courageous man will die one time only. A coward will die a thousand deaths. How many times will the neo-cons take this country to war based on fear? How many must die to satisfy them? More pertinently, with their story weaving, will we ever conquer our fear?
Sharzad told tales to live....
Neo-con tales must be ignored if we are to live.....
 Source: Peter Philips, Ph.D. Sociology Department,
 Source: Washington Post, Daphne Lizner, "Strong Leads and Dead Ends in Nuclear Case
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