Tuesday, July 4th: North Korea launches seven missiles including its long-range Taepodong-2, to send the United States a signal. The North Koreans are quite familiar with the new US policy of pre-emptive war, and the State-run media stepped up its rhetoric with the United States on Monday, July 3rd reporting that the country would respond to any pre-emptive U.S. military attack with an "annihilating strike and a nuclear war."
Sunday, July 9th: A Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Multan Airport in eastern Pakistan Monday, killing all 45 people aboard. Among the were two judges from Lahore High Court, two army brigadiers, and a vice-chancellor of a government university in Multan. That’s a pretty heavy payload of important people.
Monday, July 10th: In India, the Agni-III surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile was test-fired off the coast of Orissa state but crashed into the Bay of Bengal without reaching its target. The listed range of the Agni III, is 1,865 miles, hundreds of miles longer than that of other missiles India has tested, would put more of China's major cities within striking distance.
Tuesday, July 11th: A series of bombs strike Bombay's packed commuter trains, and India demands that Pakistan dismantle the "infrastructure of terrorism." The bombers, it turned out, systematically chose first-class men’s compartments, targeting the white-collar establishment.
Today, Thursday, July 13th: As I am writing this, CNN is reporting that the entire Middle East is on the brink of war. Israel attacked the Beirut airport, because the Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers. Lebanese Hezbollah counterattacked by firing rockets into Haifa, Israel, killing19 people, so Israel hit the airport again, and it is in flames right now. Lebanese and Syrian civilians are currently moving into air-raid shelters, because they are afraid they might be bombed.
Bush, of course, is taking the role as cheerleader by saying that Israel has a right to defend itself. One of Bush's stated goals in taking out Saddam Hussein was that it would help the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. I can't think of any policy that this administration has enacted - foreign or domestic, that hasn't resulted in exactly the opposite result - disastrous consequences. (see previous post "Upside Down World") Back in February of 2003, George Bush justified his policy in this way, "Old patterns of conflict in the Middle East can be broken if all concerned will let go of bitterness, hatred and violence, and get on with the serious work of economic development, political reform, and reconciliation. America will seize every opportunity in pursuit of peace."
I don't think that has happened. In fact, the war and subsequent occupation has only strengthened the most extreme fundamentalist groups, and the result is that right at this moment, the situation in the Middle East is deteriorating very rapidly. Israel is doing exactly what Hezbollah wanted to achieve with its provocations. Israel is accusing Syria and Iran of orchestrating this, and now, a nightmare scenario such as Israel striking Iran, with Iraq in the middle, would create nothing less than a superhighway of terrorists through that region, is not as remote a possibility as it was last month.
Meanwhile, back here in the good old USA, idiot talking heads in the media are running around like chicken-hawks with their heads cut off today, blindly supporting the Bush culture of death policy, and attacking anyone who has a different idea. On his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck proclaimed that recent violence in the Middle East and India are evidence that "we've got World War III to fight," and also warned of "the impending apocalypse." Beck added that President Bush is facing the threat "by himself," while former Vice President Al Gore is more concerned with the fact that "[t]he ice is starting to melt in Greenland." (see previous post: "Who's the greater threat - Fox News, or North Korea?") Glenn Beck is insane. Unstead of talking seriously about an extremely delicate situation, he is hyping a potential WWIII like it's a cheap going out of business sale. This guy has no regard for human life, or the planet. He is a sensational, bloviating idiot, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". The media is in desperate need of journalists who can look at a world situation with gravity and foresight. CNN should fire this heartless, headless hack.
I hate to say it, but Beck might be right about the possibility of an impending third world war. People a lot smarter than him have been predicting this for years.
The rift between India and Pakistan is worth a closer look. These two countries are natural rivals because of disputed territory in Kashmir. They’ve had three wars in the last few years.
Thirty years ago, the Indian saint, Swami Prabhupada, predicted that WWIII would start between India and Pakistan.
From a morning walk conversation, April 4, 1975, in Mayapur, India:
Prabhupada: Yes. All Western adventure to keep people in darkness. And that is going on. Now it will be smashed by the next war. Next war will come very soon.
Tamala Krsna: (Surprised) Oh!
Tamala Krsna: Next war...?
Prabhupada: Your country, America, is very much eager to kill these Communists. And the Communists are also very eager. So very soon there will be war. And perhaps India will be the greatest sufferer… Because America is aiming to start the war from India.
Prabhupada: Yes. Because India and Russia, they are...
Brahmananda: They are... Friendship.
Prabhupada: No. Side by side. If the war is started from India...
Rupanuga: So India will become...
Prabhupada: And the Russians are ready here already, I have heard, with soldiers and... Not soldiers. I mean to say...
Prabhupada: Yes. They are also vigilant… Pakistan will start the war with India. And then everything will be...
Tamala Krsna: Will this war spread to many different countries and continents?
The swami predicted WWIII would come “soon”. How soon is soon? Well, back in 1956, Prabhupada wrote an article in Back To Godhead called "Blind Materialism” in which he gave a very chilling estimate:
“By the grace of the illusory energy of Godhead we are now engaged more and more in the dangerous type of work in this machine-age. The machine-age is the result of dangerous type of work. When we leave aside the culture of spiritualism, we are entangled in the dangerous type of work. Nobody can live for a moment without work and therefore when finer elements are made to stop working, gross materialism occupies the devil's brain. The result is that we have now come to the age of nuclear weapons for the destruction of material civilization. By the law of nature, the nuclear weapons have been produced for crushing the result of blind-materialism.
The peace move of different powers of the world, by the false gesture of suspending the experiments of dangerous weapons--may be very much pleasing to the comparatively weak nations--but these temporary peace-moves will prove useless by the law of material nature. When the dangerous weapons are produced, they must be utilised for annihilation of blind materialism by the plan of the Daivi Maya or the external energy of Godhead. The problem can be solved when they are taught about their spiritual identity. The soul-killing civilization is progressively taking to the dangerous type of work by invention of huge mechanical means. The illusory energy is creating this atmosphere for blind materialism and on the other hand she is arranging for their destruction also. Such opposite methods are called illusory energy. The human energy is thus misused for breaking the same thing which is produced by the same energy. It is something like blazing the fire and extinguish it by pouring water simultaneously--a sign of insanity or spoiling the valuable human energy meant for spiritual culture. History has been repeated so many times and many many leaders of materialism like Napoleon, Hitler and others now remain in name only without any sign of the material progress planned by them. De-Stalinisation has already begun in Russia. Nobody is enjoying the result of civilization created by atheists like Ravana, Kamsa, Aurangzeb, Napoleon or Hitler. Everything is in oblivion and this teaches us the lesson that the materialistic plans of the present age will also meet with the same fate after a lapse of 50 years. Therefore blind materialism does not bring in any permanent relief in the world.”
Do the math. 1956 + 50 years = 2006
I started to think about India and Pakistan after the train bombing. This happened around the anniversary of the London subway bombings, and it was synchronized, so it reeks of Al-Qaeda. And of course, where is Osama Bin Ladin? He’s probably in Pakistan, although if you ask George Bush, he’ll say, “I don’t know where he is… I don’t spend that much time on him.” The CIA dismantled the Osama task force a year ago. You get the feeling that Pakistan knows where he is, and they also know where Mulah Omar is, and where Iman El Zarwahiri is, and all these madrasa schools are still open for a reason, and every time Musharif makes a move like he’s going to capture or kill Osama Bin Ladin, they attempt to assassinate him. They seem to have settled on not spending any more time on him.
Lets look at the timeline again. India fired its missile the day after the important people in the Pakistani airliner were killed. A top official at Pakistan International Airlines, who owned the plane, said there was no report of any fault in the plane before it took off. A similar thing happened in Rockaway, New York. A plane crashed immediately after it took off. Nobody knows what happened to that plane. People speculate, “shoulder fired rocket?” Who knows? After the plane crashes, India fires a missile test, and the next day someone, who is being protected by the Pakistanis, blows up their trains.
What’s especially weird about India’s missile test is that Bush sold the Indian government technology which was really everything that India dreamed of having, because India is not a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty, so India gets to import nuclear fuel and technology to produce nuclear energy, and also got permission from Bush to continue to build as many nuclear weapons as it desires. They can build bombs, and no one inspects them, because they are not agreeing not to proliferate. The U.S., Russia, and China agree not to proliferate. In fact, we don’t, according to what we think is happening. None the above mentioned countries make new bombs. It’s really a good deal that India gets to make new bombs without inspections. Bush just went over there gave them Carte Blanche, and in so doing completely obliterated the very serious non-proliferation treaty, because other countries who see this deal will think they can do the same thing. It’s a good deal for India. What did we get?
“The United States is looking forward to eating Indian mangoes.” – George W. Bush, March 2nd, 2006
We got mangoes. We didn’t get anything really good. Mangoes are good in sorbet. I like tropical fruit, but mangoes for nukes/nukes for mangoes, you know… not really a great deal. They did that deal in under two hours, because Bush really didn’t feel like negotiating that day, and he didn’t want to change his schedule, so he just said, “whatever you want”, and walked away.
India, (that could reach Pakistan prior to this with a nuclear weapon), was testing something that could reach China for the first time. What’s interesting about that, is that China doesn’t want to help us out with the negotiations with North Korea, who also tested 7 missiles on the 4th of July.
It just looks like, to me the whole world is preparing so that Dick Cheney can have the war he wants. People were really disappointed that we didn’t really get to use nukes on Russia - people like Cheney, who I believe has an “innie”, and he want to use nuclear weapons so he can feel like a man. They never got their war because Russia went broke fighting Afghanistan. If that is what everybody is posturing for, and people are literally choosing up sides right now by launching their missiles and showing where they are right now in WWIII, it’s probably going to be us, Israel, and India, against Pakistan, China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Although the situation in the Middle East is currently spiraling out of control, I don't think even that is going to be enough for Bush and the chicken-hawks in his administration. It looks like they will never settle down until they get WWIII, the war they really wanted – their perpetual war for perpetual profit.