Posted by: quiscus | April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

1.  “Britain can never atone for its colonial past

There is a myth, fostered by the historian Niall Ferguson and his Victorian forebears, that Britain acquired its empire in a “fit of absence of mind.” This falsification of history depends on a belief that British conquests accidentally made it master of one quarter of the world’s land and people, thus absolving Britain of responsibility for any chaos it caused. There is only one difficulty with this laconic vision of the old empire: it does not square with the facts.

Whether Britain was suppressing Fenian uprisings in Ireland to the extent of murdering unarmed men and women or bombarding Aden from the sea in 1839 to make its first Arab conquest, it was imposing foreign rule on people who did not want it. This violation of the right of the governed to choose their own governors sparked a revolution in British North America in 1775, and it would lead to independence battles in every territory Britain did not agree to leave voluntarily.


Behind the redcoats, gold braids and peacock feathers of global imperium lurked the sjambok, the Maxim gun and the interrogation cell. There were also economic benefits to the rulers and financial costs to the ruled. In his excellent new book on the eastern Mediterranean, The Levant, the historian Philip Mansel writes of Britain’s greatest acquisition after India, its invasion of Egypt in 1882:

“The prime minister [William Ewart] Gladstone, had a personal incentive for intervening, as he realized when adding up his fortune in December 1881. He had an exceptionally large holding in Egyptian government bonds: £40,567, or 37 per cent of his entire portfolio. Sixty-five other MPs also had investments in Egypt. Thanks in part to the British occupation of Egypt, these investments would prove to be more profitable than many British stocks.”

From Egypt, Britain conquered all of what was then Syria in 1917 and 1918. Together with the French, the British imposed borders on an area that had been unified since Roman times. Neither the Byzantines nor the Ottomans had fabricated separate states within Greater Syria, but Britain and France colonised the region from 1918 until the end of the Second World War without any reference to the aspirations or interests of its people. At the same time, Britain awarded part of the territory that General Edmund Allenby seized from Turkey in 1917, Palestine, to Zionist settlers from Europe as a “homeland” that it knew would become a state whose indigenous population would have to be removed in order for the settlers to be a majority.”

2.  “Bush cousin presides over 9/11 suit against Cheney, Rumsfeld, Myers

No, it’s not a joke.

A 9/11 lawsuit against former high officials in the Bush White House is being presided over by a cousin of former president George W. Bush – a shocking and blatant conflict of interest that should embarrass even believers in the official story.

George W. Bush’s cousin, Judge John M. Walker of the 2nd Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, is part of a three-judge panel hearing the case of April Gallop vs. former vice-president Dick Cheney, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers.

The case has been ignored by the mainstream media in the weeks leading up to it going to court April 5. And most media have ignored the developments concerning the involvement of Judge Walker. One exception is CNBC, which carried an online story with the headline: “Extraordinary Conflict of Interest: Bush Cousin Presides Over Federal Court Case Against Former Bush Administration Officials.” Good for them, but this is an all-too isolated exception. That the story is being kept almost entirely out of the media further reveals that the idea of a free and vigorous press is largely a fantasy.

Gallop’s lawyer, William Veale, made a motion this week to have Judge Walker disqualified from hearing the case, but this was denied. Also denied was the request for a continuance to appeal the decision.

Walker was chief justice of the Court of Appeals from 2000-2006 and has been serving as a senior member of the court since then. Many researchers into 9/11 will also point out that another Bush cousin, Wirt D. Walker III, was CEO of Securacom from 1999-2002 – the company that handled security for the World Trade Center. The company installed a new $8.3-million security system in the towers between 1996 and 2000. ”

3.  ”

Wisconsin is not Broke, “Budget Crisis” a Fraud

Wisconsin was not and is not “broke.” Its pension system gets a “gold star” for soundness, and it has no enduring structural shortfall in revenues. Gov. Scott Walker gave business a $500 million tax break and caused the budget deficit thereby, and then claimed that social spending had to be slashed and public unions destroyed because the state is “broke.”

Artificial “budget crises” used to break unions and impoverish the lives of the middle and working classes are just a form of bank robbery, on top of the world-class heist pulled off in fall 2008 courtesy Bush/Paulsen. They are conspiracies promoted by billionaires like the Koch brothers, and promulgated by front organizations like ALEC and lackeys of the super-rich like Walker, and are the real class warfare.”


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