Court Ruling Saying Sharon Can Be Tried as War Criminal
is the Biggest Blow Ever to the "New World Order" -
Israeli Gov't Reaction Reveals Global Power Play Over
Coalition Shatters, Resistance Mounts
Rage and Fury of Administration Signal Deepening Danger
The Fig Leaf Comes Off
by Michael C.
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13, 2003, 2330 PST, (FTW)
- The clearest signal, among many, of a major fragmentation
of the global economic power bloc that had until recently
supported the Bush Administration came today when a Belgian
court ruled that, after he leaves office, Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon may be prosecuted for war crimes.
The charges stem from his role as Israeli Defense Minister
in facilitating a bloody 1982 massacre of hundreds of
Palestinian refugees by the Lebanese Christian Phalange
militia at the Sabra and Shatilla camps in Israeli-occupied
territory. Other recent signals of a massive global break
up include efforts by three NATO members to block NATO
support for Turkey once the invasion of Iraq begins,
a lawsuit filed today by members of the U.S. Congress
seeking an injunction to prevent military action against
Iraq, a resolution introduced in the House of Representatives
seeking to revoke the war powers given to President Bush
after 9-11, the refusal of some British military reservists
to be called up for deployment to the Middle East, growing
international refusals by first responders and military
personnel to receive controversial vaccinations, and
even open opposition from British and American intelligence
response, the administration has bared it fangs, revealed
its rage and - as described in some press stories - expressed
its "fury" at former allies. All of these signs
taken together are ominous because they reveal an administration
that is out of control, groping, and fundamentally lacking
in the operational skills to behave as a world manager.
Each new sign of resistance produces only more muscle
flexing as the world inches closer to a replay of 1914,
but with a different cast. The bottom line is that Europe
is quietly demonstrating power with increasing success
every time the Bush Empire screws up. In response, the
Empire inches closer to simultaneous overt military aggression
on two or more fronts. This is the only skill which it
flurry of stories released today by the Associated
Press, The New York Times, in Europe and in Israel disclosed that a Belgian
court had ruled that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
previously exempted from prosecution under Belgian law
for war crimes, could be tried as a war criminal after
he left office. The ruling came after a court decision
last year dropped a lawsuit against Sharon by Palestinian
survivors on the grounds that he was a sitting head of
state and not in Belgium at the time.
instant response from Israeli Foreign Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu was explosive. Quoted in stories by the Times Netanyahu
described the Belgian decision as, "an affront to truth,
justice, and the right of the state of Israel to defend
itself against terrorism."
in Israel and the Jewish people as a whole have had enough
of blood libels on the soil of Europe, and we are going
to fight this one with everything we have."
also directly linked the ruling to resistance by several
European nations, including Belgium, to the U.S. plans
for an invasion of Iraq. He called the decision deeply
immoral and deeply distorted.
seems to have forgotten that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
under Sharon's command launched illumination flares from
a distance so that the Phalangist militia could see to
commit the massacres and that - as reported by Reuters
today - two groups of Israelis have used the same Belgian
law to file suits against Yasser Arafat. Sharon was disciplined
and forced to resign after the incident. America is not
the only country that likes to put acknowledged criminals
back in power.
Netanyahu was absolutely correct about the fact that
the ruling, coming when it did, signaled that a major
realignment was forming to counter the Empire's military
strategy and heavy-handed conduct of foreign policy.
members of the 19-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) moved on February 10th to exercise
veto power to prevent NATO resources from being used
to defend NATO member Turkey when the Iraqi invasion
begins. France, Germany and Belgium were joined by Russia,
which is not a member of the alliance, in endorsing the
veto and supporting more time for inspections. NATO headquarters
is located in Brussels.
key impact of the veto would be to prevent the U.S. from
sending key equipment like Patriot anti-missile systems,
AWACS surveillance aircraft and biological and chemical
units into Turkey.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld responded by stating
that France is not an American ally and throughout the
administration a number of undiplomatically harsh criticisms
were leveled at France. An AP story published on February
12th quoted Republican Congressman Peter King
of New York as calling France, "A second rate country" that
should be left out of any future defense coalitions.
King's statements gave breath to the deeper sentiments
that administration officials had been suggesting since
the veto was announced. "We may have to restructure the
alliance, form a new alliance which the French will not
be a part of. We cannot allow a second rate country to
have a veto power or obstructionist power over American
of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was significantly
more muted than that directed at France. Since the end
of World War II Germany has been the rock upon which
every aspect of U.S.-European policy has been based.
Since taking office Schroeder has steadfastly opposed
U.S. invasion plans for Iraq, reflecting the opinion
of an overwhelming majority of the German people. The
German economy is too powerful for the administration
in all this, Russian President Vladimir Putin remains
the consummate chess player and judo master who recognizes
that the U.S. cannot effectively function without Russian
acquiescence or Russian oil. Additional signs of strain
have been suggested by an indictment in Britain and the
U.S. of Russia's Alfa Group for tax evasion just three
days after British Petroleum (BP) and Alfa agreed to
a $6.7 billion merger. BP's future has been as fragile
as exploitable oil reserves are few and dwindling oil
supplies remain the dominant theme music to all of the
seems clear that NATO's future is uncertain and that
a possibly epochal realignment of global alliances is
in the making.
THE GROUND UP
this Monday that one in five British reservists being
called up for service in the Middle East was either
requesting a deferral or actually ignoring their orders
to report for duty.
over the world, many who are being asked to receive highly
controversial and dangerous anthrax and smallpox vaccinations
are refusing. As reported in The Sydney Morning Herald today,
11 Australian navy personnel, already en route to the
Persian Gulf have flatly refused to receive their injections.
They are now facing disciplinary actions and being transported
back to Australia. FTW has
previously reported on widespread vaccination refusals
by Israeli first responders and throughout the U.S. Journalist
Jon Rappoport has also documented vaccination refusals
by members of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
revelations come even as this writer is investigating
widespread illnesses being caused by anthrax and smallpox
vaccines recently given to member of the 1st Air
Cavalry and 4th Infantry Divisions. In an
unconfirmed report received today I was advised of massive
absences of elementary school children from schools servicing
that base who may have been infected by their recently
vaccinated parents. A number of press stories and medical
reports have confirmed that those receiving the vaccinations
might be contagious for as long as three weeks afterward. FTW's investigation
of this incident is continuing and we expect to produce
a report within a week.
will happen if Bush sends sick soldiers into battle who
know that they have left sick children at home who they
themselves have infected?
A CRUMBLING HOME
spreading contagion of domestic opposition on a number
of fronts is also backing the administration into a corner.
February 10th Representatives Pete De Fazio
D-Oregon and Ron Paul R-Texas introduced a bill (HJ Res
20) that would repeal the war powers given to President
Bush immediately after 9-11. This was the measure passed
days after the attacks with only one opposing vote, that
of California Representative Barbara Lee of Oakland.
February 11th, New York City Comptroller William
C. Thompson called for a review of General Electric,
Conoco and Halliburton for their financial dealings with "terrorist-linked" companies
doing business in Iran and Syria. The move was made on
behalf of New York City Police and Fire pension funds
which also lost billions as a result of their investments
February 12th a coalition of members of the
House of Representatives and military personnel headed
by Michigan Democrat John Conyers filed suit in U.S.
District Court in Massachusetts seeking an immediate
injunction preventing the administration from going to
war in Iraq. Quoted by the AP Conyers referred to the
U.S. Constitution which says, "Congress shall have power... to
it? Only Congress," said Conyers at a Washington news
other members of the Congress joining in that suit were Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.; Jim McDermott, D-Wash.;
Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.; and Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.
The military members, on active duty and facing service
in the invasion, were not identified to protect their
THE CIA, THE FBI AND MI6??!!
Recent stories in The New York Times and The New Zealand Herald have revealed that even intelligence professionals in the
U.S. and Great Britain are both privately and publicly
expressing anger and concern at the politicization
and falsification of their findings. Just days after
a hugely embarrassing scandal in which it was disclosed
that the Blair government had plagiarized a graduate
student's research paper to formulate its "intelligence
dossier" on Saddam Hussein, it was disclosed that members
of the British Defense Intelligence Staff had leaked
a classified intelligence document to the BBC showing
that there were no ties between al Qaeda and the Hussein
government in Iraq.
This followed on the heels of a highly suspicious tape recording
of Osama bin Laden in which U.S. Secretary of State
Colin Powell and American major press organizations
conveniently overlooked the fact that bin Laden had
called for Saddam Hussein's removal from power.
Powell's troubles don't end there.
On February 1st,
James Risen and David Johnston of The New York Times disclosed that members of the
CIA and the FBI were complaining that "senior
administration officials have exaggerated the significance
intelligence reports about Iraq, particularly about
its possible links to terrorism, in order to strengthen
their political argument for war."
is becoming increasingly difficult to hide the growing
fragmentation inside the government and Powell should
perhaps take a look at two of his own schizophrenic
statements. When he testified before the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee in October 2001 he said, "We cannot
let Usama bin Laden pretend that he is doing it in
the name of helping the Iraqi people or the Palestinian
people. He doesn't care one whit about them. He has
not given a dollar toward them. He has never spoken
out for them." Yet on February 11, 2003 Powell testified
before the Senate Budget Committee and said, "...Once
again he [bin Laden] speaks to the people of Iraq and
talks about their struggle and how he is in partnership
with Iraq. This nexus between terrorists and states
that are developing weapons of mass destruction can
no longer be looked away from and ignored."
NOW COMES THE REAL DANGER
FTW has been warning
of developments like this since the Bush administration
took office. They are not trivial.
This administration has presented itself to the globalized
world economy as a business manager that was capable
of putting together an acquisition and merger of all
of the world's major assets. While the Bush administration
has acted as CEO it has still reported to a globalized
board of directors which includes the major economic
corporations and financial interests of Europe, Russia,
China, Israel, Japan and possibly Saudi Arabia. These
should be distinguished from the governments or peoples
of these nations. What it has demonstrated is that
it is incapable of transferring the assets of a significant
portion of Europe into the portfolio. It is operationally
incompetent to manage its way out of a wet paper bag.
The corporate histories of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney
and Donald Rumsfeld demonstrate only the ability to
acquire other companies, pump the shares prices, commit
fraud and reap billions in profits.
The administration's management of world affairs since 9-11
has been laughable and unbelievable on the world stage
and increasingly at home. It is losing credibility
by the moment. The two most recent developments which
indicate a global power realignment are the major shot
taken at Israel today by Belgium and North Korea's
increasing belligerence which is making a mockery of
the U.S.'s hypocritical rhetoric. Netanyahu's statement
that there was a link between the Belgian court's ruling
and the pending Iraqi invasion was an incredibly revealing
The Sunday edition of The Los Angeles Times on
February 9th carried
a huge story on how a two-front war in Iraq and Korea
was winnable while trying to hide the fact that U.S.
casualties would be enormous. This after it was disclosed
by Britain's Mirror that the United States had just ordered 100,000 body bags and 6,000 coffins.
who would naively look on these developments should remember
the lessons of history. When Adolf Hitler's
Third Reich began to realize that it would lose the
Second World War - after its defeat at Stalingrad in
1943 - it commenced its "Final Solution," the
extermination of 6 million Jews and two million other
its management skills and economic power were revealed
to be inadequate, Germany's allies fell away and with
each new defeat the Reich became more vicious, more
is the time, especially if dissent further weakens the
U.S. position, when people like me, people like you,
anyone who is known to be an "Enemy of the State" can
be expected to disappear. Now is the time when people
in potential combat theaters should begin to feel like
cannon fodder and pieces of meat. Now is the time when
an administration which stole an election, which encouraged
and helped the attacks of 9-11, and which has turned
the world inside out is revealing itself for what is.
The fig leaf has come off and, naked to the world,
fangs exposed, saliva dripping from its lips, the regime
of George W. Bush will reveal what energy beats it
heart and what its only true ability is.
What happens from here on out is anybody's guess.
thanks to: Theo Marcus and Kurt Kosted