Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day's Lesson

The year was 1966. My father was drafted as soon as he graduated college. He was promptly sent to OCS and then language school to learn Vietnamese. Assigned with four other American officers to an ARVN unit, he was forced to take part as a translator during Operation Phoenix, aka The Phoenix Program:

'...The Phoenix Program (Vietnamese: Chiến dịch Phượng Hoàng, a word related to fenghuang, the Chinese phoenix) was a military, intelligence, and internal security program designed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and coordinated and executed by Republic of Vietnam's (South Vietnam) security apparatus and US Special Operations Forces such as the Navy SEALs, United States Army Special Forces and MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War. It was in operation between 1967 and 1972, but similar efforts existed both before and after this. The program was designed to identify and "neutralize" (via infiltration, capture, or assassination) the civilian infrastructure supporting the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF or Viet Cong) insurgency...'

Basically this consisted of translating for the CIA and DIA while they tortured Vietnamese people.

'...Vietnam, 65-70 details re Vietnam. From 65-68 U.S. and Saigon intel services maintained an active list of VC cadre marked for assassination. Phoenix Program for 69 called for "neutralizing" 1800 a month. About one third of VC targeted for arrest had been summarily killed. Security committees established in provincial interrogation centers to determine fate of VC suspects, outside of judicial controls...

...Vietnam, 73 According to Defense Dept official 26,369 South Vietnamese civilians killed under Phoenix while op under direct U.S. control (Jan 68 thru Aug 72 ). By same source, another 33,358 detained without trial. Colby in 73 admitted 20,587 deaths thru end 71 , 28,978 captured, and 17,717 "rallied" to Saigon gvt. Thus approx 30% targeted individuals killed. All Phoenix stats fail to reflect U.S. Activity after "official" U.S. Control of op abandoned. Counterspy spring/summer 75 8...

...Vietnam, 71 William E. Colby on july 19, 1971, before Senate subcommittee testified CIA op Phoenix had killed 21,587 Vietnamese citizens between 1/68 and 5/71. In response to a question from mr. Reid "do you state categorically that Phoenix has never perpetrated the premeditated killing of a civilian in a non-combat situation?" Colby replied: "No, I could not say that...I certainly would not say never." Counterspy 12/78 6...'

The Phoenix Program rounded up Vietnamese 'suspects', killed them, tortured them and made them disappear.

The lesson here is that this is not strange or outrageous behavior. This is how empires control other countries. It's standard practice. Julius Ceasar rounded up troublesome Celts in the lands he conquered and killed them, or terrorized them into submission. Rome burnt Carthage to the ground and sowed salt in their fields.

America stole all of its land from people who already lived there, rounded them up, put them in camps, and/or killed them wholesale. We call them Native Americans, or Indians, in case your official government-controlled 'education' is missing some data.

America also laid waste to the Philippines.

'...In 1908 Manuel Arellano Remondo, in General Geography of the Philippine Islands, wrote: “The population decreased due to the wars, in the five-year period from 1895 to 1900, since, at the start of the first insurrection, the population was estimated at 9,000,000, and at present (1908), the inhabitants of the Archipelago do not exceed 8,000,000 in number.”[...]'

Yes, that's one million dead Filipinos in five years, simply because they didn't bow to the American Empire.

That was the turn of the 20th century, so that's the American Empire dated back 100+ years.

Let's go further, to the middle of the 19th century.

'[...]By 1863 Missouri, under U.S. Army occupation, was a place were "arson, theft, and murder became so common that vast sections of the state were uninhabited." Cisco quotes Union General James H. Lane as saying, "We believe in a war of extermination. I want to see every foot of ground in Jackson, Cass and Bates counties burned over – everything laid waste."

Another practice of the Union Army that is reminiscent of totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century was forced relocation of suspected dissenters. Cisco gives chapter and verse of how this occurred in Missouri, Tennessee, and elsewhere, as thousands of civilians were forced to leave their homes. This even included Ohio Congressman Clement Vallandigham...

...An entire chapter is devoted to the sacking of Athens, Alabama, in 1862. Every store and shop in the town was looted, along with most private homes, where U.S. troops went about "stealing what they wanted and destroying the rest."[...]

...Cisco documents "Abuse of African-Americans" by Sherman’s army in his final, stomach-turning chapter. Slaves were raped, pillaged, and murdered indiscriminately along with the white population of the South, and Sherman did nothing to stop it.

A favorite pastime of Sherman’s "bummers" was to tie a black man up by his thumbs until he told them where any valuables might be hidden. Sometimes they were hung by the neck instead, and quite often killed in that way. "They tied me up by my two thumbs and try to make me tell where I hid the money and gold watch and silver, but I swore I didn’t know," said a former slave, quoted by Cisco from The Slave Narratives...'

More American history they never told you in school. Bloodthirsty laying of waste to the South to get them to submit to the power of the Federal government. Theft, rape, pillage, murder, American on American, not even some far away place or strange foreigner to hate.

See a pattern yet? No? Get some mental floss and open your eyes.

So kids, todays Veteran's Day lesson is two-fold:

The government will use you to strengthen their own power. You will kill and you will steal. People will try to kill you. Why?

Your government has sent you to someone else's country to kill them, steal their stuff and tell you what to do.

They will lie to you to get you to do it, and to get wide-spread support for it from the people.

It's truly amazing that so many Veterans go through the same experience and never dare to question.

What's truly sad is that we never learn.

Instead of pissing all over the memory of our Veterans, and these important lessons they've learned for us, let's spread this knowledge far and wide. Let's lay aside the useless jingoistic phrases and thoughts, and respect these Veterans for what really happened.

After all, as my father will be the first to tell you, there were never any Vietnamese people invading the US. There were never any Vietnamese people walking down main street, shooting, raping and killing Americans. He's still not sure what people thank him for.

Lord knows the Vietnamese didn't. They just wanted us all to go back to our own country and leave them alone.

...much like Iraqis, Afghanis, Sioux, Iroquis, Filipinos, etc.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama, Porn and Communism?

What could be better? Well, better define that communism first. The porn part is easy, we'll get to that.

Listen up children, Uncle Eamon likes:

"...Anarchist communism advocates the abolition of the state, private property and capitalism in favor of common ownership of the means of production,[1][2] Direct democracy and a horizontal network of voluntary associations, workers' councils and/or a Gift economy through which everyone will be free to satisfy their needs.

Anarchist communism is also known as anarcho-communism, communist anarchism, or sometimes, libertarian communism. However, while all anarchist communists are libertarian communists, some libertarian communists, such as council communists, are not anarchists. What distinguishes anarchist communism from other variants of libertarian communism is the former's opposition to all forms of political power, hierarchy and domination..."

So what does Obama have to do with communism, anarchist, totalitarianist, authoritarian, or otherwise?

In his autobiography:

"...Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just 'Frank'

...'a poet named Frank,' who visited them in Hawaii, read poetry, and was full of 'hard-earned knowledge' and advice. Who was Frank? Obama only says that he had 'some modest notoriety once,' was 'a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during his years in Chicago...' but was now 'pushing eighty.' He writes about 'Frank and his old Black Power dashiki self' giving him advice before he left for Occidental College in 1979 at the age of 18..."

The link above is to AIM and does have a decidedly conservative slant, but the analysis of his autobiography and the ID of 'Frank' as Frank Marshall Davis is quite clear and logical.

Davis (above link):

"...was an American journalist, poet and political and labor movement activist. In 1950 he was investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee for his links with the Communist Party USA in the United States.[1]..."

So were a lot of folks. The official line is it was a witch hunt, McCarthyites are convinced, the truth may be somewhere in between. Regardless, any communists in the 50s were likely pro-Soviet, State loving, power worshipping liberals who wanted to dictate to people like the moderate sociopaths and the conservative ones do. All power corrupts. Only solution is to have no to power to corrupt.

The Associated Press notes that:

"...Davis was 'an important influence' on Obama but doesn’t mention Davis’s communist views and how he took the Stalinist line before, during, and after World War II..."

How about after hearing of Stalin's Ukrainian Famine? Communist, Capitalist, doesn't matter. All power corrupts unless kept honest in person with intelligence and critical thinking. Ahem.

Now, whether or not he is using mind control (which is really just established sales techniques, neuro-linguistic programming, basically Erickson's hypnosis therapy and psycho-babble) this version of communism is decidedly liberal and authoritarian. These are the kind of folks who think they know better than others and will happily use the government to tell you what to do, for your own good. The Nanny State. It's the same ruling class just selling you a liberal story instead of a conservative one.

Now porn? Nothing wrong with porn. Frank Marshal Davis wrote the extremely kinky Sex Rebel: Black under a pseudonym. 

Authoritarian communism combined with racism and religious fundamentalism? Lots of things wrong that. Ask the Ukraine.

...and that's just creepy.

Hey kids, do it for yourself, "be the next" whatever for yourself, for your family, for your neighborhood, not for some stupid aristocrat. Race, like elephants and donkeys, is just more nonsense to get us to hate each other and not the ruling class. Please don't become cannon fodder killing machines for where your Obama tells you to go fight and die.

More Anarchic Reconstructionism

In Secessionists to Sarah: "Baby Come Back!" I waxed a bit poetic about what the true nature of democracy is:

"...removal of all but the absolute minimum of governments everywhere, and the submission of all State and Federal governments to the smallest, most local neighborhood democratic committees possible. Limited government will then come from the grassroots up, with the local, involved citizenry everywhere having the loudest possible voice, amplified through the authority of local, controllable by the individual, neighborhood town meetings. Free association is key, so folks may have to be permitted to move. With the power in the people, money should be supplied directly to them in order to allow for moving, establishment of the previously mentioned neighborhood committees, etc. A single week of Wall Street and banking class crime, facilitated by the Federal government, aka, $1.3 trillion, should be more than enough..."

Informed, happy, educated people with their physical needs met make democracy work. Ignorant, miserable, stupid people who fear for their daily bread make tyranny work. (Strangely enough, fear for bread often forces those in group 2 to become those in group 1) True democracy only works on a small scale, with free association to neighborhoods, small communities and unions. People have to be able to control directly the representatives, and they must have all the power, so then final authority for one's own locality and workplace must be in the hands of the representatives they dictate to in person at meetings and so on.

Any separation between the people and any representatives is tyranny and non-representation.

This true democratic, anarchic reconstruct is impossible to police properly with widespread ignorance and poor education among the people. The tyranny of ignorant and uneducated masses dictating to their fellow man on a small, in person scale would not be any better than the current system, which has ignorant and uneducated masses endorsing tyrants to dictate to them and their fellow man, tyrants who answer only to corporate and banking oligarchs. Voting in such a system is truly a disgusting and immoral sociopathic behavior which education and personal responsibility can solve.

Education combined with personal responsibility leads to responsibility to humankind in general.

Schools which dictate to children to regurgitate half-true facts instead of learning how to critically think to find higher truth combine with alpha-wave inducing television to create unthinking zombies.

Personal responsibility should lead moral and thinking humans to stop that cycle and educate themselves.

Encouragement of personal irresponsibility leads to disrespect for one's self as well as humankind in general.

Tyranny starts with the individual.

Stop tyrannizing yourself, me and everyone else with your ignorance and irresponsibility.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Young Ned of the Hill

"Ned of the Hill" aka Eamon an Chnoic.

Well done sir:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Secessionists to Sarah: "Baby Come Back"

'Oh Sarah, won't you come back to us? We dream of you night at day. You're really laying low, then McCain will kick the bucket and you'll allow the States to secede, right?'

'Don't you remember all the wonderful times we had together? When your hubby was a member of our Alaskan Independence Party? You even spoke to us once, we remember it like it was yesterday."

'Remember what our founder said? Why are you ashamed of us? It's not like we're some loony preacher from Chi-Town. We're good, all-American Libertarian types, you know, like the dudes in the wigs that used to have rebellions when governments got too tyrannical.'

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government,"

"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

"And I won't be buried under their damn flag,"

"And then you get mad. And you say, the hell with them. And you renounce allegiance, and you pledge your efforts, your effects, your honor, your life to Alaska."

'Oh Sarah! The pain is too much! Please, please tell us you're really a secessionist in disguise still! You'll save us all, won't you? Bring the whole sordid Federal mess down and leave us States be? Won't you? We'll do anything, anything. We love you Sarah, just give us a sign!'

'Oh, of course, sure, on the 'down low' and all that, we gotcha.'

'Love always,'

'American Secessionists'

(Afterthoughts: Just to clarify, Eamon is no fan of State governments versus Federal and is a true anarchic reconstructionist, mainly espousing the removal of all but the absolute minimum of governments everywhere, and the submission of all State and Federal governments to the smallest, most local neighborhood democratic committees possible. Limited government will then come from the grassroots up, with the local, involved citizenry everywhere having the loudest possible voice, amplified through the authority of local, controllable by the individual, neighborhood town meetings. Free association is key, so folks may have to be permitted to move. With the power in the people, money should be supplied directly to them in order to allow for moving, establishment of the previously mentioned neighborhood committees, etc. A single week of Wall Street and banking class crime, facilitated by the Federal government, aka, $1.3 trillion, should be more than enough.)

(He also finds Sarah Palin vaguely attractive for some bizarre reason, most likely TV-created programming beamed directly into most American males' brains. Either that, or it's the dreams of her dragging a freshly self-hunted caribou home in a bikini, and then cooking up some caribou steaks on the grill in the aforementioned swim-wear. Conservative family values combined with libertarian and egalitarian feminism makes Eamon randy as hell. Well, that and former beauty pageant lasses in librarian glasses. Hubba hubba.)