Circuses Without Bread 290


The barefaced lie about Gadaffi being killed in the crossfire bodes ill for the openness, transparency and good government we can expect to see now in Libya. But today I am worrying about the effect on our society of human death as entertainment. I have never been an apologist for Gadaffi, but if his regime tortured and murdered, the remedy is not to torture and murder him – even the Nazis were given due process.

This murder is becoming the norm. It was a NATO air strike which took out Gadaffi’s escaping convoy and first wounded him. Two days ago two teenage sons of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical US/Yemeni cleric executed without trial last week, were executed by a US drone attack as they had dinner. They were aged 16 and 19. They had committed no crime I can find alleged against them. There has been no publicity.

All this killing brings triumphalist politicians smirking on our screens. We seem to have become as dehumanised as ancient Rome. Little human pity is expressed for the way Gadaffi was killed – indeed there is notably less media reflection of pity or revulsion than there was at the (at least judicial) hanging of Saddam Hussein. Is that a measure of the descent into bloodlust barbarism in our society? The complete lack of empathy towards the traveller families being torn from their homes at Dale Farm is part of the same brutalism towards “the other”. Why don’t we go the whole way and have them eaten by lions in the ring?

History shows that bloody appetite once aroused feeds upon itself. We have already had Defence Secretary Hammond on Sky News today positing NATO action now against Syria, while the current US proto-pretext for attacking Iran – the fantasy plot against the Saudi Ambassador – is as believable as Gadaffi’s death in the crossfire.

More death is on the way, to keep the circus going. Then the crowds may not notice there is no bread – no jobs, and their earnings and income eaten up by huge state enforced transfers to the bankers, whether by bailouts or “quantitive easing”.

Quantitive Easing is the best con of all for the ruling classes. In the UK, the £225 billion of printed money to date under quantitive easing has been – every single penny – given to the bankers. Good money for bad, used to buy up the junk bonds which the bankers bought in their terrible investment decision making, and for which fake assets they had awarded themselves many, many billions in personal bonuses. They are rescued from the consequences of their disastrous judgements by the Bank of England printing (in old parlance) new, good money to buy the rubbish they invested in. The result – more rounds of huge personal bonuses for celebrating bankers!! Hooray!!! For you and I, stagflation.

30 months ago, when I explained that Q.E. was another huge transfer to the bankers and predicted it would lead to stagflation, I was widely ridiculed across the web. Now we have the stagflation and everything I predicted has come to pass.

All of which you would normally expect to make people pretty unhappy at the biggest transfer of wealth from poor to rich in history.

Quick! More War! More Militarism! More Blood! More Executions! More Victory for Democracy! Keep the Peasants Happy!
Get a Move On There! Come On!! Come On!! More Blood!! More Blood, Quick, Damn You!!

UPDATE

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  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Angrysober,

    I have signed the OSA.
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    Quite right Mary – I mentioned a continuous SAS fighting presence in Libya and I believe Gaddafi was executed by special forces to keep his mouth shut.
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    With protests increasing in America (and world-wide) I believe the next false-flag fear generator will be a dirty bomb; the scenario has in fact been enacted with a simulated theft of radioactive elements and detonation of a bomb I believe containing caesium, yttrium-90 and samarium, isotopes used in radiation therapy.

  • passerby

    @Mary,
    Bless you Mary, I always keep an eye out for your posts.
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    The push for Kenya to get involved even more in Somalia (kidnapped tourists by Somali “pirates”, etc.). As well as the dispatch of US “advisers” to Uganda to battle the whole of 400~600 force of Lord Resistance Army, after all the years LRA has been left to do as it wishes.
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    These are steps needed for ingress into Congo; the bridgehead set up in Kampala with supply routes established through Kenya, are just the backdrop needed for start of the “operations” in Congo. Recollecting the paucity of rare earth metals, and the Chinese access to the abundant mines of Congo, certainly does not chime well with the US speculators, whom have been left out of the loop, and without much of sponged off residual proceeds. This as well as the abundance of Oil, and other minerals and elements in Congo, effectively make this area very attractive.
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    This move further highlights the shift of emphasis from Mid East to Africa to begin with, and perhaps beyond later. The inordinate US preoccupation with mid east have resulted in Chinese, Russians making hey while the US has been busy killing and destroying to appease the AIPAC representatives (congressmen/senators) in the other occupied territories (Capitol Hill).
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    Therefore the news in Bloomberg, or the rich bastards gossip rag.

  • Quelcrime

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_is_a_Racket

    This was written in 1935 by a retired US Marine General:

    “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

  • Stan Ayers

    Hi Craig,
    I entirely agree with everything you have posted and could not express my thoughts any better.I was absolutely sickened by the barbaric assassination and torture while still alive which contravenes any act of humanity on a human being.Cameron,Sarkozy and Obama have blood dripping from their hands as they are complicit in the murder of a sovereign head of state.An even more degrading act was the sodomizing of Colonel Gadaffi in the thoes of death.
    I have never felt so ashamed of our involvement in this lying hubris,and the evidence of our torture for monetary gain is plain to see from the state controlled media circus, and recognised by everyone on this site.
    The contagion of the fire of war alight fanning the middle is definitely connected to the great depression or austerity QE2 banker bailout.Democracy Dave stated publicly that the money for the Libyan War would come from a separate war chest What|Reports are now filtering of a US drone strike again followed by strikes by a Mig jet on a fleeing convoy with SAS boots on the ground to direct the mutilators to stricken Gadaffi injured badly injured in the air strikes and finished off by the totally useless NTCrebels, or more likely the SAS had to do the dirty deed themselves.I n true Mossad fashion will these same murderers possibly disapear themselves soon as it would be better if nobody was left to squeal about this little incident.

  • john Goss

    Glenn, the Malyshevs were, according to one of Craig’s earlier blogs, supposed to have been helped by “haven’t I done enough” Hywell Francis MP. I left a message on Hywell Francis’ phone for him to please let me have the name of the Malyshev’s legal representative on Thursday last. I needed this informastion before Amnesty could get involved. I am now in Romania but before I left on Saturday morning I had heard nothing from him. Like many others I should like to know if the pressure we tried to exert helped keep them in the country.

  • wendy

    “There’s a major difference between the USA and civilised countries, in that the US answer to just about any problem is “kill them”. This applies to everyone from the Native Americans to their next door neighbours should they feel the least threatened. They like simple narratives of us = good, the other = bad, just as simplistic as their Hollywood propaganda. Dubbya Bush himself said, “Either you’re for us or you’re against us. Either you’re good, or you’re evil”. It’s ok to kill evil people, they don’t need a trial. The good folks watching the screen will understand.”
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    its called Manifest Destiny .

  • havantaclu

    I have to agree with passerby – the Americans had taken their eye off the ball in Africa and are now scrambling to try to make up for lost time – and resources!

    Just hope the people of Kenya and Uganda don’t have to pay too high a price – I lost some good friends – and Kenya some good citizens – in the Nairobi bombing before 7/11. I fear that for every American killed, the African countries will lose 10, and they’ll be ignored as acceptable collateral damage.

  • nuid

    Perhaps Craig or one of the Mods would let me know why — on the “ethnic cleansing” thread — two comments of mine were left ‘awaiting moderation’ for about 24 hours. They were not abusive and had no links in them. Thank you.
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    Two items:
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    “U.S. Senator McCain: After Libya, strike on Syria may now be considered”
    On a visit to Jordan, Republican Senator stops short of referring to a strike by the U.S. or NATO, but says ‘there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered’ against Assad regime.
    {http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-senator-mccain-after-libya-strike-on-syria-may-now-be-considered-1.391573}
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    and
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    Did John Bolton just admit all these wars are for oil?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbpKKOEnAE&feature=feedf

  • wendy

    i still maintain that part of the reason the media/govt have been explicit in gaddafis death images is for the debasing of the african, arab, muslim , perceived as less than equal human being.
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    it is of course supremacist nature of the neo conservative ideology that denies anything but fascism. and one has to recognise that in the uk we do have a zionist govt in power (past and present).
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    as for the alleged murder of dissenting politicians .. that would not be a surprise and the extension to media types would be expected .. well that surely has to be part of the reason why real reporting has disappeared and some semblance of it has to be found on the margins .. such as RT or PressTV et al.
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    Karzai has said that if the US went to war against Pakistan Afghanistan would fight on the side of Pakistan. Smells awfully stinky .. Pakistan should be prepared.

  • ingo

    Thanks for that news on Nick and Nina, Glenn and John Goss. I hope that our last minute scramblin’ done some good and that your journey to Romania turned out as expected.
    America is subsumed by its own hate agenda, it has its axis of evil rudder firmly stuck up its backside and for that reason is easy controlled by the likes of Netanyahu Inc. China and Russia are making hay while the sun shines. China is delivering all round packages of more socially responsible developments, not just take out resources, a slightly more communitarian model.

    Although from its own distgusting treatment of all things Tibetan and Uighur shows that China is still far removed from becoming a multicultural society that is equal. Han Chinese are lording it over others, so their export models of development can only be viewd with tinted glasses.

  • mary

    Ref the link to John Bolton on You Tube – “The critical oil and natural gas producing region that we fought so many wars to try and protect our economy from the adverse impact of losing that supply or having it available only at very high prices.”
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    Who remembers Bliar saying “the oil conspiracy theory is honestly one of the most absurd when you analyse it.” ?

  • Colin Munro

    I listened to a BBC ‘journalist’ interview the rebel commander responsible for capturing Gadaffi. Not a mumur of dissent or a single question was uttered by the BBC man about the veracity of the obvious concoction from the rebel leader. Not a whisper about the obvious conflit with the video footage widely available. It is sad the way the BBc has become little more than a propaganda machine since the Gilligan affair.

  • Karen in SF

    Thank you from across the pond for writing this. I am a north American revulsed by these killings and my culture’s attitude towards them; even one of my “leftie lists” posted – without comment – a story about the Libyan populace rejoicing at Quaddafi’s death. Indeed, I believe many of them did. But a bloodthirsty or even just repressed public’s reaction, wherever it may occur, doesn’t excuse the act: cruelty, revenge, illegal assassination. Nor does it excuse the sidecar crimes: this emerging pattern of ‘killing the sons’ may have some logic in the amoral game of regime change, but it is no less a mafia-like tactic, no less a gross violation of international law, of fundamental human rights. In addition to eliminating possible political successors, you are eliminating witnesses (i.e., family members), and sending a crystal-clear message to anyone else who may have information contradicting the official narrative: speak up, and you (and yours) die.

    Hillary Clinton *laughed,* describing his death. This is sick.

    Thank you, last of all, for pointing out that even the Nazis got due process. This is (in the USA at least) the absolute case (always dredged up when we in the demonizing phase of turning on corrupt former allies, whether Manuel Noriega in Panama, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, etc.): we call them ‘Nazis,’ meaning ‘worst-of-the-worst.’ However, the lesson of how the actual Nazis were dealt with (i.e., through a legal process) is never told; the recitation is purely to create a monster we can blame and hate. Thus the next phase can happen with public consent, or at least assent: the hanging, the bullet, “burial at sea…” (don’t forget the crazy and suspicious Bin Laden assassination). “Rule of law” used to be a right-wing cause in the US. Now it’s what Chris Hedges says we’re fighting for. Wow.

  • Toodledoo

    “The barefaced lie about Gadaffi being killed in the crossfire bodes ill for the openness, transparency and good government we can expect to see now in Libya”

    My ill started boding when the MSM began reporting ‘facts’ from Libya in February that had no supporting evidence other than unspecified ‘reports’.

    We now find that the civilian massacres never even happened and the threats supposedly made by Gaddaffi were gross mis-translations.

  • glenn

    @Quelcrime: Did you by any chance hear that quote of Smedly Butler on the Mike Malloy show last week? Curiously enough, he read out that entire section.
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    @John Goss & Ingo: It’s clear the exasperated Hywell Francis hasn’t “done enough already”, by virtue of the fact that – last we heard – the Malyshevs were due to be sent to the care of a murderous dictator. I was quite surprised at the interest and concern of Martin Canton, I passed the message by text along to CM, perhaps he can still be of assistance should they still be in this country.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    BRITISH SHADOW GOVERNMENT EXISTS
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    Confirmed
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    By The
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    Deputy Editor
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    Of The GUARDIAN And Head Of News
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    IAN KATZ
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    PressTV & George Galloway
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    British Shadow government Hague, Fox, Osborne et al. had main role together with MI6 to invoke a ‘soft’ coup to overthrow Iran’s government.
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    Conservative government is fraudulent, ‘totally corrupt’ and deceptive.
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    Plotting to install a puppet government in Libya from known Western agents and anti-Gaddafi spies.

  • tony_opmoc

    The pure evil, shocked everyone, even Deek Jackson, the guy who stood on the election platform with Gordon Brown.

    He was incredibly subdued this week.

    This evil is hard to take, especially when it is coming from our side.

    I guess its like cancer – consuming and killing you from within

    http://deekjackson.com/

    Tony

  • mary

    The dirty games the British play in Libya for their dirty money.
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    A Heritage of Guns and Oil; Libya becomes the new Iraq
    October 23, 2011 Written by nassermashadi
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    Some familiar names from twilight world of the British mercenary are coming to light in Libya , even as Qaddafi’s regime is finally vanquished. According to Karl Stagno-Navarra [Malta Today, THURSDAY,SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 ] , Heritage Oil run by veteran mercenary Tony Buckingham, are in Libya. As well as oil, Heritage are a “security business”. Mika Minio-Paluello writing on the excellent blog PLATFORM , shows Heritage’s Libyan excursion as part of a wider Global strategy. Minio-Paluello says Heritage pulled off hydro-carbon deals in Central Africa which “transferred billions of dollars of state revenue to private companies”. Heritage specialise in hydro-carbon exploitation in high risk scenarios, and aim for a high rate of return.
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    http://nassermashadi.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/a-heritage-of-guns-and-oil-libya-becomes-the-new-iraq/

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Off Topic but to do with ‘bread’ and jobs:
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    Agent Cameron’s wife Samantha receives £57,000 after the sale of Royal Warrant luxury stationers, Smythson, where she was creative director. The deal was brokered by agent Cameron’s crony, Howard Leigh, the Tory recipient of dodgy funds for the shadowy movers and shakers ‘plotting-tank’ cum charity, Atlantic fudge.
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    Smythson of Bond Street, suppliers of luxury stationery and leatherbound diaries to the Queen of England and other toffs, has been sold for £18 million to Greenwill SA, the holding company for Tivoli Group, an Italian leather goods manufacturer. Smythson had insisted the sale was motivated not by financial hardship but rather the result of several parties having expressed interest in acquiring the business.
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    A consortium led by Goldman Sachs banker Mike Sherwood bought the company in 2005 for £16 million.
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    Smythson has stores on New York’s 57th St. and Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Drive. Smythson was granted a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen in 1964. Other warrants followed: HRH The Prince of Wales in 1980, HM The Queen Mother in 1987, and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 2002.

  • Komodo

    %nuid:

    Chilling Africom link.

    “Our most important military tasks are:

    * Deter or defeat al-Qaida and other violent extremist organizations operating in Africa and deny them safe haven.
    * Strengthen the defense capabilities of key African states and regional partners. Through enduring and tailored engagement, help them build defense institutions and military forces that are capable, sustainable, subordinate to civilian authority, respectful of the rule of law, and committed to the well-being of their fellow citizens. Increase the capacity of key states to contribute to regional and international military activities aimed at preserving peace and combating transnational threats to security.
    * Ensure U.S. access to and through Africa in support of global requirements.
    * Be prepared, as part of a whole of government approach, to help protect Africans from mass atrocities. The most effective way in which we do this is through our sustained engagement with African militaries.
    * When directed, provide military support to humanitarian assistance efforts.”

    Looks like the landlord’s-access clause in a tenancy agreement.

  • tony_opmoc

    Mary,

    Its a massive deception based on anti-science and religious extremism which has been fundamental to control since before Jesus Christ was supposedly “Born”

    There is no historical evidence for anyone 2000 years ago, going around and performing miracles and stuff, and 2000 years actually ain’t that long ago. Even I can trace my family back to around 1601.

    But the story and the myth and the morality and the reality of Jesus Christ pre-dates him for around 10,000 years in numerous totally different religions across the planet.

    You can believe in The Devil, if you like. I personally didn’t believe that such Evil actually existed, because I had had no personal experience of it.

    I used to have these arguments, about how nearly everyone I knew and met was really nice.

    People used to tell me, that I had got it wrong, but maybe they had met Tony Blair.

    There is no shortage of energy or food on this planet.

    Sure we cannot increase our numbers exponentially, but I for example really like sex. So far as I know, I only have 2 children.

    I didn’t need to procreate with every sperm.

    Italy and Germany have a birth rate of around 1.3 per Woman.

    2.1 is needed just to maintain current levels.

    So the Real Problem, seems to be in The Idiots Who are Trying To Control Us.

    Just look at Dick Cheney.

    If Your Daughter brought Dick Cheney home how would you react?

    Go outside and find a nice Juicy Slug?

    Tony

  • wendy

    “I listened to a BBC ‘journalist’ interview the rebel commander responsible for capturing Gadaffi. Not a mumur of dissent or a single question was uttered by the BBC man about the veracity of the obvious concoction from the rebel leader. Not a whisper about the obvious conflit with the video footage widely available. It is sad the way the BBc has become little more than a propaganda machine since the Gilligan affair.”
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    the bbc was/is always a propaganda machine. all that has happened is that your eyes have been opened via greater access to the world. for english speakers the limitation has always been there.
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    “”The barefaced lie about Gadaffi being killed in the crossfire bodes ill for the openness, transparency and good government we can expect to see now in Libya”

    My ill started boding when the MSM began reporting ‘facts’ from Libya in February that had no supporting evidence other than unspecified ‘reports’.

    We now find that the civilian massacres never even happened and the threats supposedly made by Gaddaffi were gross mis-translations.”
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    but this was pretty much reported by non western media outlets from the outset.
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    does anyone really think/believe that our media will front page, headline the destruction of sirt when they as one had pretty much a blanket ban on any reporting whilst the carnage was taking place.

  • NoMad

    Craig,
    I have just come across with these videos where you are featuring. Thanks for your efforts to make the world better place. I have now realised why you named your book “Murder in Samarkand”. In light of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Uzbekistan and undergoing negotiations about reopening american base in Uzbekistan again these videos still have much better voice against torture regime support by America and Britain.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57kakD2p4Ug
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F00-UNp4rE&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M9YEnao4MA

  • anno

    Hundreds of millions of prisoners have been tortured by sodomy with bottles, broken or otherwise, at the hands of dictators supported by our UK governments. This revenge on Gaddafi is an important reminder to them of their crimes.
    Why not hold a bottle party at the House of Commons? Come on Maggie, Gordon, Tony, Dave. have a bottle on the house and bring your parliamentary friends. Sod ’em all, I say.

  • Hajj Dawud

    Suhayl Saadi asks: But why on earth are we talking about Jews, the Bible, etc. on this thread about Gaddafi?
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    We’re not. We’re talking about “Circuses Without Bread” …
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    “I am worrying about the effect on our society of human death as entertainment.” “All this killing brings triumphalist politicians smirking on our screens. We seem to have become as dehumanised as ancient Rome.” “History shows that bloody appetite once aroused feeds upon itself.” “More death is on the way, to keep the circus going. Then the crowds may not notice there is no bread – no jobs, and their earnings and income eaten up by huge state enforced transfers to the bankers, whether by bailouts or “quantitive easing”.” “Quick! More War! More Militarism! More Blood! More Executions! More Victory for Democracy! Keep the Peasants Happy! Get a Move On There! Come On!! Come On!! More Blood!! More Blood, Quick, Damn You!!”
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    But here’s the clincher:
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    “Why don’t we go the whole way and have them eaten by lions in the ring?”
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    You think this isn’t about religion, and who will “rule the nations with a rod of iron?” That’s all it’s been about since the time of Solomon, when for the first time the entirety of The Promised Land had been removed from the Darwinian struggle of competition for hegemony.
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    Libya, as I recall, is a main source of “sweet crude” ~ oil that has a low sulfur content, which is required for virtually all the refineries in the world to “crack” the sulfur-laden “sour crude” from everywhere else.
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    You see, there are all these muslims sitting on top of “our” oil. And they’re getting uppity. And on top of that, when Europe’s colonial period ended and the colonialist marauders went back to where they came from, a flock of muslims had the audacity to follow them home, polluting the lily-white superior-race countryside with people of other shades of skin who had entirely different ideas about “render unto Caesar” and more precisely about “what is Caesar’s.”
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    Islam, you see, demonstrated in recorded history that it’s possible for the rich to get richer without the poor getting poorer. That’s the problem. Poor people offer no competition for resource hegemony ~ the middle classes can.
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    People might have time to spend noticing the shell game of “representative democracy” so adeptly fielded by the oligarchic plutocracies. We in America have the best Congress that money can buy, and as long as the “religious” keep out of “politics,” that old-time “business as usual” will continue to increase the value of banking stocks. Especially America’s nineteen million muslims, some of whom are not asleep at the switch.
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    The Biblical mandate is “Proclaim Liberty throughout the land.” It’s engraved on the (broken) Liberty Bell. And what is “liberty”? It is the opportunity to acquire the material means of exercising freedom. Like Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed, “Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace, that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best, not only in our own lands, but throughout the world.”
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    But that was long ago. Now we have “equal opportunity employers” who search the world for cheaper labor, while in America people have an “equal opportunity” to work for slave wages and get nowhere.
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    Until the infrastructure of the American commonwealth had been spread from coast to coast (“nigra,” “spic,” and “redskin” areas excepted) and privatized, the Anglo-American brotherhood had some liberty.
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    But that was long ago ~ just like the Bible.
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    Suhayl Saadi, it’s about religion. God has established four permanent faiths among humanity that, functioning according to their unique and distinguishable characters, turn the world into a Garden for some and a Fire for others, and individuals choose as they wish. All of the wars of history have been between or among or within those four: every war is a religious war of one dimension or another.
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    Qaddafi murdered Libyan citizens in America. There is no question whatsoever about that. According to the religion he claimed, he should have been executed in the Seventies, if not before. This whole “Qaddafi” thing is a trivial side show in the circuses without bread. Inna lillahi wa inna ‘alaihi raji’oon” ~ Surely we are God’s, and surely to Him we return. Mu’ammar Qaddafi is with his Lord, and God Alone knows his condition. All we know is that what he sent forth from his own hand has returned to him.
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    There is no “black-robed justice” in the world today that even approaches that. And God will establish liberty.

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