Monday, 19 April 2004

On The Verge Of Extinction

"So, during the coup of 2000, when I watched an almost rabid Katherine Harris salivating to "certify" Bush"s electoral theft in Florida, a state controlled by his brother Jeb, and when I learned that the United States Supreme Court, comprised of some of the most unethical "justices" in United States history, appointed Bush the dictator of the United States, I knew there were forces at work more sinister than simply a cabal of corrupt oligarchs usurping democracy.'

If one believes the "official" versions of modern-day history, it is disquieting to learn of the remarkable number of "coincidences" that have served to lead humanity down the pathways of warfare and destruction.

A few months ago an article in PRAVDA proclaimed that Satan was living in the United States of America, specifically in the State of New Jersey. I remember thinking, tongue only slightly-in-cheek, that while this article may have accurately pinpointed the correct country, it missed the exact locale. Almost everyone in the world (outside of the United States of course) knows that Satan has, for the past few years, lived in opulent luxury in Washington D.C., personified by the avaricious, hypocritical, corrupt, deceitful, bloodthirsty, thieving, warmongering dictatorship of George W. Bush and his minions.

But, after some reflection, I realized that the influence of evil in shaping human destiny, and its capacity to inflict human suffering, is not so humorous after all. If one believes the "official" versions of modern-day history, it is disquieting to learn of the remarkable number of "coincidences" that have served to lead humanity down the pathways of warfare and destruction.

The First World War, for example, and the millions of lives it took, began as the result of a series of extraordinary "coincidences". A failed assassination attempt against Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand mysteriously turned into a successful one after Ferdinand's driver took a wrong turn, placing the Archduke within the sights of one of the assassins, who was brooding in a nearby cafe over the failure of the earlier attempt. This particular assassin also happened to be the best marksman in his group of conspirators, and easily shot both Ferdinand and his wife to death. This, in turn, ignited a series of "entangling alliances" that ultimately erupted into World War One.

A little over a decade later, and just as mysteriously, a struggling, embittered and homeless artist named Adolph Hitler arose to a position of ultimate power in Germany that was still embittered by its defeat in World War One.

In 1947, largely through the non-violent philosophy and efforts of Mohandas Gandhi, two centuries of British rule ended in India. Yet religious conflicts and tensions also saw the partitioning of that nation into India and Pakistan, and ultimately led to the assassination of Gandhi. The tensions between these two nuclear powers still persist today, frequently fueled by events in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Assassinations also played a disturbing role in America during the Vietnam-era of the mid-1960s and early-70s. Many historians believe that former President John F. Kennedy was planning on ending American involvement in Vietnam during his administration. But, before that occurred, a disgruntled, former marine found himself working in the Texas School Book Depository, a building that made an ideal sniper"s nest on November 22, 1963. The assassinated Kennedy was replaced by Lyndon Johnson, who subsequently escalated the war against Vietnam.

In 1968 two other anti-war voices, those of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were also silenced, King's allegedly by a fugitive from a Missouri prison who somehow acquired the resources to travel overseas, where he was eventually caught at Heathrow airport in London, and Kennedy's while he was walking through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

The result was the election of "law-and-order" president Richard Nixon, and the ultimate suppression of the anti-war movement, coupled with the harassment, censoring, imprisonment and murder of activists through the FBI's COINTELPRO operation. Yet Nixon's alleged "respect" for "law-and-order" certainly did not prevent him from engaging in criminal activities, nor compel him to refuse a pardon from his hand-picked successor Gerald Ford after these activities became known.

So, during the coup of 2000, when I watched an almost rabid Katherine Harris salivating to "certify" Bush"s electoral theft in Florida, a state controlled by his brother Jeb, and when I learned that the United States Supreme Court, comprised of some of the most unethical "justices" in United States history, appointed Bush the dictator of the United States, I knew there were forces at work more sinister than simply a cabal of corrupt oligarchs usurping democracy.

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