Food For Thought2

Food For Thought2


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Who else besides AmeriKKKan oil drilling, pumping, construction and defense contractors benefit

from war and regime change in Iraq? Why is Bush so willing to raise the ire of an awakening

AmeriKKKan public who are becoming increasingly cynical and skeptical concerning his motives



Food For Thought 

By Junious Ricardo Stanton


On Sunday June 7th, 1981 Inman received word that Israel, using U.S. supplied warplanes had just bombed and destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor about ten miles outside Baghdad. He checked and found that under the intelligence sharing arrangement set up with (CIA Director William) Casey’s approval, Israel has almost unlimited access to U.S. satellite photography and had used it in planning their raid…The (Reagan) administration was walking a tightrope in the Arab-Israeli dispute but Inman didn’t see how the United States could maintain any balanced policy if Israel was permitted to drop bombs all over the Middle East using American intelligence.–Bob Woodward, Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, page 160 


With the Bush administration’s doctrine of preemptive strikes against nations he thinks “may” have weapons or technology that “could” pose a threat to this nation and Bush’s determination to oust Saddam Hussein regardless what the rest of the world thinks, AmeriKKKa is becoming more and more like Israel. 

Israel is a sovereign nation that does anything it pleases in effect saying, “the hell with what the rest of the world thinks”. In 1981 Israel launched a preemptive surprise attack against Iraq’s nuclear reactor in Osirak about ten miles outside the Iraqi capital of Baghdad using AmeriKKKan-made F15 and F16 planes. Most available intelligence indicates the Iraqi reactor was still in the construction stage being built with French and Italian assistance. Israel justified the sneak attack in which U.S. satellite photos were used claiming they did it for national security reasons despite the fact Saddam Hussein had no history of directly attacking Israel (although he did supply forces during the numerous Arab-Israeli conflicts).

Following the attack the U.N. Security Council denounced Israel for its actions. The U.S. nominally at least, also condemned Israel for its aggression. The Bush administration like all of its predecessors is unabashedly pro-Israel. Could it be the Zionists in the Bush inner circle have persuaded Junior to take a page out of their book by preemptively attacking Iraq and thumbing their noses at the rest of the world?

Given Bush’s failure to even remotely link Saddam Hussein to 9-11 and/or international terrorism and few if any weapons of mass destruction have been found during the UN sanctioned inspections in Iraq, why rush to war? Why is Saddam Hussein depicted as Hitler incarnate while Israeli leaders who blatantly invade their neighbors, routinely lob missiles and bombs and brazenly occupy Palestinian territories are given a free pass? Given the widening gulf between traditional NATO allies AmeriKKKa, Britain and France, Germany, and with former ideological adversaries Russia and China siding with France and Germany aggressively opposing AmeriKKKa’s rush to war in Iraq, a logical question might be; what’s the hurry?

Who else besides AmeriKKKan oil drilling, pumping, construction and defense contractors benefit from war and regime change in Iraq? Why is Bush so willing to raise the ire of an awakening AmeriKKKan public who are becoming increasingly cynical and skeptical concerning his motives and why has he hardened his heart against global opinion that is demonstrating increasing disapproval for his war plans and the morally corrupt foreign governments that support him? What in addition to the Iraqi oil fields will be gotten out of reigning “shock and awe” type death and destruction on a weak and essentially defenseless nation? What leader or government will directly benefit from Bush’s war with Iraq?

As opposition to Bush’s war increases, will Africans in AmeriKKKa educate our community about how the AmeriKKKan ruling elites move against people of color globally or share how AmeriKKKa’s policies of deceit, divide and conquer are used to keep our people down while also manipulating white folks who they’ll use as cannon fodder internationally or forces of oppression domestically to execute programs like COINTELPRO, MK ULTRA and Operation CHAOS. 

These are interesting times to be alive and be politically conscious and morally resolute. Bush said, you are either with him (and his fascist agenda) or you are against him. To oppose global imperialism does not make you unpatriotic, it make you a lover of life, freedom, peace, and human possibilities without threat of annihilation. Think about this, slavery was sanctioned by the US Constitution, the Indian Removal policies between 1816 and now resulted in the forced relocation of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans to concentration camps called Indian Reservations as the white settlers stole their lands in the name of progress and “Manifest Destiny.” This is the legacy of the people set to unleash wholesale death and destruction on Iraq in the name of “peace,” “stability,” and “liberation”. Something to seriously think about.

13 March 2003

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