in South East and Middle Asia
By Lil Joe
The United States, Britain, Russia, France and Israel are
"alarmed" at the prospects of North Korea and Iran
having the capacity to manufacture nuclear weapons. They hate
the fact that China has nuclear weapons, but can't do a damn
thing about it.
The United States emerged from World War II as a nuclear
power—the sole nuclear power.
The American political and military establishment wanted
the U.S. to remain the only power with nuclear weapons at their
disposal. As such, the U.S. would dominate the world, not
just the Western Hemisphere. They would have had the capacity,
derived from nuclear blackmail, to run over every nation in the
world, the way they treat the countries of Latin America.
They would be thereby not just a regional bully but
a global bully. They
would have been for the past six decades the sole rogue
superpower, and behaved in the Middle East then the way the U.S.
and Israel are behaving today, since the collapse of the Soviet
Union. Today the
Palestinian, Syrian, Iraqi, and other Muslim and Arab states in
Middle Asia are at the mercy of U.S. whims.
This is why the U.S. political and military establishment
today are so upset at the prospect of an Iran, Iraq or Syria
having nuclear deterrents.
But the U.S. did not for long last the world's sole nuclear
power. The Soviet
Union soon followed, with both nuclear capacity and rocket
technology to match those of the United States.
China soon had nuclear capability as well.
The U.S. was held in checkmate, unable to use nuclear
forces against its "communist enemies" in Europe, or
Asia. The Soviet
Red Army was able to enter Hungary in 1956, and the Korean
attack on the U.S. backed South Korean government was
politically and militarily supported by the Soviet Union, and
Chinese troops intervened to check the American military
Because, today, the North Koreans have nuclear weapons, the
United States is dealing differently with North Korea in
comparison to Afghanistan and Iraq.
This shows that U.S. imperialism is not just a rogue
superpower, but a coward ass bully one at that! On the
battlefield in the 1950s, the Koreans were able to give the U.S.
military a bloody nose, ultimately with the support of China and
the Soviet Union providing a nuclear umbrella.
During the Second World War—fought out in Europe, North
Africa and South and East Asia—the United States entered the
European conventional theatre against German Nazi occupations in
north Africa and southern Europe.
This entry came, however, after the Soviet Red Army had
already broken the Nazi arrogance and confidence, forcing the
Nazi army to retreat from Soviet territory, and Eastern Europe.
This enabled the British and American forces to win some
important victories in the northern African and southern
In Asia, in the war against Japanese imperialism, the United
States in military defense of British imperialism in the war
against Japan inadvertently joined with the Chinese resistance.
However, the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean resistance to
Japanese imperialism, which had displaced the British and the
French, were in each case a communist-led national liberation
movement. The Chinese People's Liberation Army was fighting to
rid their country of Japanese military occupation.
On the other hand, the United States was fighting against
Japanese imperialism in the Pacific to displace Japanese
imperialism by U.S. imperialism. The American military
forces took an ass whipping early on in that war—not just its
military-naval forces at Pearl Harbor in U.S. occupation of the
Asian island nation, Hawaii, but also were run out of the Asian
Philippines. This is when General MacArthur cut tail and
ran, abandoned his troops with the famous line: "I will
The United States and British forces were defeated by
Japanese forces in China (Hong Kong), the Philippines, Malaya,
Guam, Wake Island, and so on, proving the "White Man's
Army" was not "invincible," and that the defeat
by Japan of the Russians in 1905 was not a fluke. When the
United States did defeat the Japanese, forcing unconditional
surrender, it was by cowardly exploding nuclear devices on the
Japanese civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The United States wars in Asia were imperialist wars, and had
nothing to do with "liberating" any indigenous people
from foreign domination by military occupation. The French
imperialists, that were chased from Viet Nam, Cambodia and
Laos—so-called French Indo-China—returned to "French
Indo-China," particularly Vietnam, with the support of U.S.
imperialism. The British returned to Hong Kong, and the
U.S. to the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, and established
occupation bases in South Korea, Japan and logistical troops in
the south of Vietnam.
The "American Century" was that the nuclear
scientists, physicists, and rocket science engineers were taken
from Germany to the United States, along with chemists and
biologists from Germany and elsewhere which gave the Americans
an edge in military science and technology. The Soviets
got their share of scientists, also. Thus, with the "Arms
Race" and the "Space Race" between the United
States and Soviet Union, there emerged the doctrine of
"nuclear deterrence," or "Mutually Assured
Destruction," or "MAD."
The United States was therefore unable to use its nuclear
forces against Soviet allies in Asia—China, Vietnam,
Korea—or even Cuba in the Caribbean. The United States as a
result had to engage in conventional ground wars, with heavy
usage of conventional bombs, in the wars in Korea and Vietnam
(once U.S. imperialism replaced the defeated French in
"French Indo-China" as a result of the victorious
Vietminh). The United States fought to a standstill in Korea,
where it continues to occupy the South, as well as to militarily
shore-up Taiwan and occupy Japan. But the American forces were
defeated in Vietnam by the Vietnamese people themselves and
driven from Cambodia as well.
In the U.S. aggressions against Korea and Vietnam, some
3,000,000 Koreans were killed, and 3,000,000
Vietnamese—millions of civilians in each aggression. But the
U.S. was unable to use its nuclear forces, and hundreds of
thousands of U.S. military personal were killed, perhaps
millions maimed, wounded, and psychologically damaged: Rambo
The lie propagated by the American right-wing to
"explain the cause" of the American losses in Korea
and Vietnam is that "Washington politicians wouldn't let
the generals "do their job." Balderdash! The U.S.
"Washington politicians" didn't allow the generals to
use nuclear weapons in Korea and Vietnam, because the Russians
and the Chinese as well also had nuclear weapons. The Soviets
supported the Koreans, the Chinese the Vietnamese with arms—MIGs,
surface to air missiles, anti-aircraft weapons and so on and the
Americans could do nothing about it, short of nuclear war with
the Soviet Union and "mutually assured destruction."
The confirmed nuclear powers in the world today are the
powers that dominate the United Nations Security Council as its
permanent members with veto power: United States, Russia, China,
France, and Great Britain. Other countries in possession of
nuclear weapons include Israel, India, Pakistan, and now Korea.
The United States does not want India, Pakistan, and Korea to
have nuclear capacity, but can't do a damn thing about it
Given the reluctance of U.S. imperialism to fuck with
countries that are nuclear capable, if Iran and Libya had
nuclear parity with Israel
that would certainly make the United States and Israel come to
their senses and cut a peace deal with the Palestinians.
But the reality on the ground today is that the Israelis are
a nuclear power—the only one in the region. Thus, in today's
ArabicNews.Com we read the headlines and story:
Physician Killed by Israel. Killed while
he tries to help wounded Palestinians
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/21/2003
Israeli jetfighters raided Sunday on several parts of
Gaza Strip, killing 10 Palestinians and at least one hundred were wounded several of them critically," the
Palestinian IPC news agency reported.
"Israeli warplanes and helicopters pounded a Palestinian
vehicle killing seven Palestinian civilians and wounded
dozens," it said.
The Physician, Zain Al Abdeen Shaheen, 30, Mohammed Baroud,
12, Mohammed Al-Masri, 23, Atteia
Mwaness, 20, Ahmed Khaleifa, 49, Abed Al Haleem Tubaza,15, and
Mahdi Abo Jarboa??, 20, year old, Dr BaKer Abu Safiya."
"Zain Al Abdein, physician, was killed in the Israeli
raid as he was on duty, trying to rescue the wounded," Dr.
Al Mussader, director of Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital told IPC."
Palestinian official calls for deployment of intervention
forces in occupied territories
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/15/2003
Palestinian foreign affairs minister and head
of the political department of the Palestinian Liberation
Organization (PLO), Farouk al-Qaddoumi, called on Tuesday the
Organization of the Islamic Conference to take the necessary
steps within the United Nations' Security Council and member of
the Quartet (USA, UN, Russia, and the EU) to deploy
international intervention forces in the Palestinian occupied
"The deployment of such a force is the only means to
restore confidence to stop acts of violence and bring certitude
regarding Israel's commitment for peace and its readiness to
leave the Palestinian territories," al-Qaddoumi told a
press conference on the fringes of the meeting of OIC's foreign
Israel's argument of "peace first" is
"impossible" to implement because only the
"withdrawal first" guarantees to Palestinians their
rights and gives trust in the peace process, he underlined.
Al-Qaddoumi said Palestinians expect from the OIC a
"diplomatic and political support within international
organizations," urging them to convince the United States
to pressure Israel to halt assassinations, destruction,
collective arrests and the besiege of Palestinian territories.
On operations carried out by Palestinians
inside Israeli territories, the Palestinian official said it is
impossible for the Palestinian authority to stop these acts
since "real power of internal and external security lies in
the hand of Israelis."
As for the amalgam between terrorism and
resistance, al-Qaddoumi recalled that all international
conventions recognize to peoples in occupied territories the
right of resistance.
Note that the countries of the so-called "Quartet,"
to which the poor and defenseless Palestinian Liberation
Organization is forced to plea to for help, are all White
nuclear powers. These are the same countries that have
done nothing to end Israel's nuclear stockpile, and were the
ones that both passed resolutions against Iraq having
of mass destruction," and are today snooping around Iran to make
sure Iran doesn't even have the capacity to manufacture nuclear
WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILES
Strategic Delivery Systems (ballistic missiles or bombers
with a range greater than 5,500 km.)
United States: 1,236
Russia : 1,016
United Kingdom: 48
Global Total: 27,965
Nuclear Warheads (refers to the total number of actual
deployed nuclear warheads on these delivery systems)
United State: 5,947
Global Total: 12,346
Total Nuclear Weapons (includes deployed strategic warheads,
plus tactical weapons and weapons held in reserve)
United States: 9,000
Global Total: 27,965
Total Warheads on Hair-Trigger Alert: 4,600
Now, it must be remember that the United States is the only
country in the world to use nuclear weapons on innocent civilian
United States and Russia maintain several thousand nuclear
weapons on hair-trigger alert, or "launch-on-warning"
status—for immediate launch. China has dealerted its forces,
and Britain and France maintain far lower levels of alert since
the NATO Warsaw Pact standoff ended with the collapse of the
Russia has vowed not to use nuclear weapons
"first," but the
United States refuses to "tie it's hands" by such a commitment.
In the 1973 war with Egypt, Israel went on nuclear alert,
and only at the last moment was talked out of its plan to make
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The Persistence of the Color Line
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
By Randall Kennedy
Among the best things about
The Persistence of the Color Line
is watching Mr. Kennedy hash through the
positions about Mr. Obama staked out by
black commentators on the left and
right, from Stanley Crouch and Cornel
West to Juan Williams and Tavis Smiley.
He can be pointed. Noting the way Mr.
Smiley consistently “voiced skepticism
regarding whether blacks should back
Obama” . . .
finest chapter in
The Persistence of the Color Line
is so resonant, and so personal, it
could nearly be the basis for a book of
its own. That chapter is titled
“Reverend Wright and My Father:
Reflections on Blacks and Patriotism.”
Recalling some of the criticisms of
America’s past made by Mr. Obama’s
former pastor, Mr. Kennedy writes with
feeling about his own father, who put
each of his three of his children
through Princeton but who “never forgave
American society for its racist
mistreatment of him and those whom he
most loved.” His father distrusted
the police, who had frequently called
him “boy,” and rejected patriotism. Mr.
Kennedy’s father “relished Muhammad
Ali’s quip that the Vietcong had never
called him ‘nigger.’ ” The author places
his father, and Mr. Wright, in
sympathetic historical light.
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The Price of Civilization
Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity
Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Price of Civilization is a book
that is essential reading for every
American. In a forceful, impassioned, and
personal voice, he offers not only a searing
and incisive diagnosis of our country’s
economic ills but also an urgent call for
Americans to restore the virtues of
fairness, honesty, and foresight as the
foundations of national prosperity. Sachs
finds that both political parties—and many
leading economists—have missed the big
picture, offering shortsighted solutions
such as stimulus spending or tax cuts to
address complex economic problems that
require deeper solutions. Sachs argues that
we have profoundly underestimated
globalization’s long-term effects on our
country, which create deep and largely unmet
challenges with regard to jobs, incomes,
poverty, and the environment. America’s
single biggest economic failure, Sachs
argues, is its inability to come to grips
with the new global economic realities.
Sachs describes a political system that has
lost its ethical moorings, in which
ever-rising campaign contributions and
lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the
citizenry. . . . Sachs offers a plan to turn
the crisis around. He argues persuasively
that the problem is not America’s abiding
values, which remain generous and pragmatic,
but the ease with which political spin and
consumerism run circles around those values.
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Sex at the Margins
Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
By Laura María Agustín
This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London
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