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Note from Dr. Kohls: Jane Stillwater is an internet friend of mine from the San Francisco area. (Since she doesn’t live close to Napa, I am assuming that she didn’t get hit by yesterday’s earthquake.) Jane and I communicate often, mostly through the sharing of essays that often have identical points of view. But Jane is a far more experienced, clever, talented, and courageous writer than I am, having often toured the world and then written about those dangerous places. She even wrote an actual book (!) in 2007 as an embedded journalist in Iraq that she titled “Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips for Touring Today’s Middle East.”
Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” and Tom Ashbrook’s “On Point Radio” shows this Monday morning did not inspire me to write about any of their well-discussed but often taboo topics, so I am yielding my “Duty to Warn” column space to Jane’s latest blog. I’m confident that “Duty to Warn” readers will enjoy Jane’s points of view and her wonderful writing style.
(Also, today promises to be both sunny and rainless here in Duluth for the first time in many weeks, so I’m planning on vacating my dingy office well before this week’s column deadline and getting the heck outside!)
I suggest signing up to be placed on Jane’s contact list, perhaps even purchasing her book. You can find out how to do all that at http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com.
See you next week with something original. For now, I’m outta here. - GGK
Wall Street & War Street Need to Keep Their Pants Zipped
by Guest Columnist Jane Stillwater
In almost every country in the world where America’s notorious “Wall Street and War Street” gang of thugs has tampered and interfered with its internal workings, things have always turned out badly for each country involved. Almost every country that this infamous WSx2 gang has tampered with so far has pretty much seen their way of life turn to dookie. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/24710-noam-chomsky-whose-security-how-washington-protects-itself-and-the-corporate-sector
You want some examples? I’ve got them!
Take the Spanish-American War. Wall Street and War Street drummed our country into that war with their torrid yellow journalism, and as a result both Cuba and the Philippines were so devastated and destroyed that they are still trying to recover from it—and from being muscled around afterwards by WSx2’s mob bosses Batista and the shoe lady.
During World War I, Britain, France and the Kaiser were all sick of fighting and pretty much ready to throw in the towel and make nice. But then Woodrow Wilson got a bee in his bonnet over the forged Zimmerman telegram (the Wall Street and War Street gang at work again?) and forced America to join in the fight by suspending freedom of speech, curbing civil liberties, muzzling the press, and sending even mild dissenters to jail for years. http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Influenza-Deadliest-Pandemic/dp/0143036491 And Hitler was the indirect (or direct) result.
In Congo, Wall Street and War Street destabilized that country completely when they overthrew Patrice Lumumba. Over ten million dead since then. Ten million.
Iran used to be a democracy until the CIA, a.k.a. Wall Street and War Street’s dread enforcer, tampered and interfered.
In Haiti, Papa Doc and his dread Tonton Macoute invited the Marines to come join the party, and Wall Street and War Street immediately sent their RSVP to this gala zombie jamboree, giving ordinary Haitians nightmares for decades. Then WS&WS hung around for the after-party, the bloody and illegal ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
I swear, I’m not making this stuff up! Don’t believe me? Go Google it yourself.
Iraq used to be a democracy—until the WSWS gang installed Saddam Hussein. And then they deposed him too, scoring themselves a trillion dollars’ worth of “vig” in the process.
Vietnam? We all know what happened there. “3.1 million violent war deaths.”
Cambodia? Millions dead in what used to be a sweet and lovely country. A whole country suffering from PTSD, thanks to tampering by the U.S. military-industrial complex, who just couldn’t keep their bombers and bombs in their jeans.
The Arab nations of the Middle East used to be friends with America before Wall Street and War Street started using Israel as a wedge. Now nobody over there likes us—not even the Israelis. http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/empire-reaps-jihadist-whirlwind
“Humanitarian intervention” in Libya by WSx2 was yet another disaster, even worse than when Al Capone took over Chicago. Libya today is officially a “failed state.”
And now the WSWS gang that can’t shoot straight is using its buddies in ISIS as an excuse to interfere and overthrow Syria’s legitimate government under Bashar Assad. Despite all the New York Times’ incredible lies that Assad and ISIS are buddies, the real truth is that Assad is the only obstacle standing in the way of Syria becoming just yet another WSx2 failed state. http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-begins-selling-syria-intervention-using-isis-pretext/5396974
Does Turkey really want to have a failed state overrun by crazies right across its border? I think not.
Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan? The label of “failed state” is hovering over their heads too, thanks to WS&WS.
And let’s not forget Latin America. Chile was almost destroyed after the CIA and Kissinger interfered. Honduras today is a killing field, with men, women and children being butchered like cattle by Wall Street and War Street’s government of choice. The terms “death squad” and “the disappeared” came into popular use in Central America under Reagan’s watch.
Ah, Ronald Reagan, the WSx2’s best friend. And the dread John Negroponte was its chief henchman and capo. He still is. Just check out his current efforts to interfere in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. He just loves him some snipers—firing at both peaceful protestors and police until war erupts. It’s a wonder he hasn’t tried that in Ferguson, too. Or maybe he has.
Tiny Grenada was ruthlessly (and illegally) invaded in 1983. Even Margaret Thatcher and the queen were pissed off! Today Grenada’s foreign debts equal 35 percent of its GDP, and Red China is paying for its cricket pitches. Yet another WSx2 interference failure. Yawn.
Mexico, another victim of becoming close compadres with WS/WS, has now become the drug-lord capital of the world. Er, maybe not. Perhaps Colombia holds that title. Or is it Afghanistan? I’m confused. Burma? Wall Street and War Street would know for sure. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Number-of-Mexican-Disappeared-Keeps-Rising-Since-War-on-Drugs-Started-20140822-0035.html
Panama’s democratic leader was assassinated (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvLGJIOLQcE), and that country got Manuel Noriega instead. Thank you, WSx2.
In central Asia, Charlie Wilson viciously fought to support WS-WS’s right to tamper with Afghanistan’s fate, and look how badly that interference turned out, with Afghanistan handed to Al Qaeda and the Taliban on a platter.
Europe wasn’t spared any WSWS gang-related action either. Take Ukraine, for instance. Do Americans even know what horrors are being perpetrated there in our name by WS&WS even at this very moment? Gangland-style murders, extortion, turf wars, goons, thugs, the works. You don’t even want to know.
Wall Street and War Street happily tampered with Yugoslavia. Years of killing resulted. http://original.antiwar.com/malic/2014/08/22/empires-murderous-fruits/
Even Ronald Reagan’s greatest tampering triumph on behalf of the Wall & War Boys, the fall of the USSR, resulted in dookie. With Gorbachev gone, the poor Russians were stuck with heartless oligarchs and drunken Yeltsin, and they died by the thousands from cold and starvation as a result. Fortunately, Putin today is much better than that—so WSx2 hates him.
I started out trying to write all these horrors down in chronological order, but now I’m just writing them all down willy-nilly because there are so many examples floating around in my brain of WSx2 tampering that has turned into dog poop for the countries involved that I am totally overwhelmed.
Let’s look at Egypt next. It’s gone from Nasser, the people’s choice, to military despots like Mubarak and Sisi, thanks to WSx2. Yuck. Please give me a moment here to hold my nose.
The Wall Street and War Street gang also propped up that brutal fascist apartheid regime in South Africa and Angola, just as they are currently propping up that brutal fascist apartheid regime in Israel now. For example, when Americans picketed the Port of Oakland the other day to prevent an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo there, in protest of Netanyahu’s brutal slaughter of women and children in Gaza, over a hundred police showed up to help protect the Israeli ship—not the protesters. http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_26365041/day-4-protests-at-port-oakland-block-israeli
Speaking of fascists, there is always Saudi Arabia to consider. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/eric-margolis/about-that-alleged-beheading/ Wall Street and War Street just love tampering there, encouraging a despot government and looking the other way (and even contributing weapons, training, and financial support) as the Saudis happily bankroll ISIS thugs in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. And see how badly that interference is turning out. http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175884/tomgram%3A_patrick_cockburn%2C_how_to_ensure_a_thriving_caliphate Not to mention how badly Saudi Arabia’s contributions to 9/11 turned out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLXyB5GtfBU
But the most disastrous tampering of all occurred when Wall Street and War Street turned its deadly sights on interfering back home, right here in America. The result for us? Just look around you, at your jobs, your infrastructure, your schools, your healthcare, your militarized police, your disappearing freedom of speech, your rigged elections, your lying media, your hate. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152641509439483
The Wall Street & War Street Gang needs to stop screwing with our world and zip up its pants. And we true patriotic Americans need to make them.
Original essay posted at: http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2014/08/wall-street-war-street-need-to-keep.html