Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Arms Trade and Global Political Instability

" example of how a policy, not closely monitored, can metastasize. What began as a program to make the world "secure" by selling U.S. arms abroad is today a major source of U.S. and global insecurity.

"Many of the weapons America has pumped into the world---notably the Stingers sent to Afghanistan in the 1980's---are now a threat to be dealt with. In the 1976 presidential campaign Jimmy Carter declared:

"We can't have it both ways. We can't be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of arms".

"But the arms sales program has generated a political constituency, and has continued to expand under every president since Nixon, including Carter. The United States today is the world's largest exporter, selling $14 billion of arms a year, the bulk of it is Asia and North Africa."---Berkeley Professor emeritus, Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9-11 (2007, University of California Press)

---> Ariz. sheriff Clarence Dupnik sees cause of violence in Arizona 'bigotry,' 'racism,' 'vitriol'...Opposition accuses him of politicizing tragedy... ; meanwhile High School friend says suspect was Leftist politically... (via Drudge Report)

--->Shot US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reportedly 'doing well'...

--->Six people were killed and 14 people were injured. Who are the victims of the Tucson shootings...?

--->Arizona shooting victim, 76, protected wife
amid hail of bullets...

--->How corrupt has Mexico become? As reported last summer, this corrupt... [If this is not massive-scale terrorism, the real thing, on our border, I do not know what is]

--->Icelandic MP fights US demand for her Twitter account details... in Wikileaks case

--->Abortion cases to watch In 2011...

--->The New American Bible, Revised. I always considered this an inelegant, even grotesque translation in places in both the Old and New Testaments... [Wish I could hope for a better effort, but...we'll see]

--->Cui bono? I sometimes wonder if attacks against Christians in Egypt and elsewhere might not be orchestrated by compartmentalized 3rd parties to turn Christians against their Islamic neighbors and prop up wars in the Middle East. Of course how can one know? but False Flag possibilities should at least be explored I think and mysterious claims by an "arm of Al-Qaeda," not taken at face value, as if Islam desired more enemies...and certainly talk such as what follows about new "Crusaders" should be avoided as suspicious and incendiary...

--->Caveat Emptor: Alex Jones today had another of his, a-hem, "experts" on, his longtime friend and truly prolific moon-howler, Jim Marrs. Today it was to discuss the tragic Arizona shootings. Marrs is not only convinced the planet is regularly visited by exo-nots (aliens) but is a man whose rewriting of history in these terms---all the way back to Mesopotamia and beyond, springing from the dark cratered lunar surfaces of his mind---justifies his honored place in that Great Asylum of part-truths called Jonestown. Marrs is also wildly neo-gnostic. Hear what he believes happened when we crashed into time:

"...'we are older than time,' I feel this is the truth. We are at basics beings of energy. It is the energy that jumps between the synapses of our brain cells that makes us sentient, self-aware beings of thought and creativity. As science tells us, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change form. Therefore, our life energy (the soul if you want to call it that) has always been here and will always be here. For some reason, we forget this shortly after we are born... (emphasis mine)

Pure gnosticism there. What are they drinking in Texas? Another (but less coherent) neo-gnostic "expert" in Jones' pantheon alongside a 'Jesus' of Jones' own reconstruction, is the much adored former British soccer star and BBC presenter, David Icke, who not only claimed to be Jesus, but who believes that many or most world leaders in every age are actually reptilian-aliens from other worlds sent here to eventually have us for dinner. And so it goes on and on---and they laugh all the way to the bank. That they get some things right in Jonestown (relying on works and authors, for good or ill, often written long before Jones was toilet trained) is only to be expected; after all, even a broken clock... But professional conspiracy men give conspiracy a bad name, if you catch my drift.

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