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TiM GW Bulletin 2000/9-4

Sep. 14, 2000

Saudi Arabia: U.S. “Friend and Ally” in Middle East Has Beheaded at Least 96 People! 

Serbia in Britain: U.K. Gasoline Pumps Run Dry 

In Challenge to U.S., Britain, Iraqi Jet Flies over Saudi Air Space

FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONAGLOBAL AFFAIRS


HEADLINES

London                      1. Serbia in Britain: U.K. Gasoline Pumps Run Dry

Baghdad                    2. In Challenge to U.S., Britain, Iraqi Jet Flies over Saudi Air

                                       Space - First Time in 10 Years

Riyadh                       3. Saudi Arabia: U.S. “Friend and Ally” in Middle East

                                       Has Beheaded at Least 96 People!

Melbourne                4. Anti-Globalism Protest Turns Violent, Bill Gates Jeered

Jakarta                      5. At Least 15 People Die in Jakarta Stock Exchange Bomb Blast

New York                  6. Castro on Globalism: A Scourge on Humankind

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1. Serbia in Britain: U.K. Gasoline Pumps Run Dry

OPEC: Flogging the Wrong Horse; Iraq: U.S. Second Biggest Supplier!

LONDON, Sept. 12 - Spreading protests over high fuel prices all but halted gasoline deliveries across Britain on Sept. 12, forcing most service stations to close for lack of fuel.  And they are threatening the Tony Blair Laborites the same way as similar protests over skyrocketing oil prices in the mid-1970s helped topple the Conservative British government.

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Trucks block a street in Brussels, Belgium
"At the moment, people are queuing for a half-hour to get fuel," said Brian Shapiro, a London cabdriver, who had enough fuel to keeping running through Wednesday, according to a front page Sept. 13 New York Times report. "Tomorrow," Mr. Shapiro said, "when there's no fuel, when people are struggling to get to work, to get their kids to school, you'll see how quickly public opinion shifts."

But as discontent spread around the Old Continent, Britain held the dubious honor of being the country most disrupted by the protests.  People waited for hours today to buy gasoline, and those unable to buy said they might have to stay home from work on Wednesday.

In Belgium, truck drivers kept traffic at a standstill in Brussels for the third day in a row and blockaded three fuel depots in the south. In the Netherlands, protesters blocked two tunnels near Amsterdam and Rotterdam at the height of the rush hour.

In Germany, a convoy of 100 buses, trucks and taxicabs drove from the French border to the State Parliament Building in Saarbrucken to demand that the government lower fuel prices. Farmers and truck drivers in Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain threatened to mount actions within the week if their price-cutting demands were not met.

The shortages struck so quickly because people rushed to the pump in an effort to refuel before it was too late. Around the country (Britain), there were scattered reports of people who were stealing fuel from empty cars in parking lots. 

In a sign of the unhappy mood, the London Mirror published an enormous photograph of the prime minister as he passed a line of cars at a service station on Monday, on his way to a meeting under the headline, "I'm All Right Jag."

"Tony Blair glides past petrol- starved drivers in his Jaguar," the newspaper said, noting that the prime minister "will always have a full tank," no matter who else is waiting for gasoline.

Blair's car was pummeled by protesters later, the paper noted with some glee, and a blockade by trucks, trailers and taxicabs prevented him from attending a dinner on Monday night for his deputy, John Prescott. Such images resonate with people like Colin Palmer, a taxicab driver in London who said that fuel was prohibitively expensive and that it was the government's fault, the New York Times said.

Welcome to Serbia, Mr. Blair!  Not just because Slobodan Milosevic is just as callous about his people’s suffering.  But also because scenes such as those witnessed September 11-13 in Britain have been commonplace in the tiny Balkan country that has been under the UN sanctions for over eight years now.  With the British prime minister cheerleading the NATO bombing and the UN sanctions against Serbia, the Serb cab drivers and ordinary citizens have gotten used to waiting in long lines for many hours for a few liters of fuel.

During this writer’s last visit to Serbia, for example, in July of this year, he saw Belgrade residents lining up for up to two hours to get the gasoline at a gas station near the fashionable Hyatt International hotel in New Belgrade.  But at some other gas stations one could readily buy the fuel at higher prices without having to line up. 

Either way, gasoline was readily available.  And cheap!  Serbia is now a country with the second lowest gasoline prices in all of Europe.  After Russia…

Text Box:  Mark Ostron, a 45-year old Briton, told the New York Times on Sept. 11 that it normally costs him $83 (55) to fill up his Ford Escort.  In Belgrade, that would have cost $27; in Moscow, $23.  But alas, the Shell station on Old Brompton Road in London had run out of gas (petrol as the Brits say) before Mr. Ostron’s turn came at the pump.  So even the $4.37 per gallon, the highest price in Europe, that the U.K. residents pay for super unleaded fuel was for naught.

And why are the prices so high in Britain, an oil-producing country, whose North Sea offshore wells pump 6.2 million barrels of the world’s 76 million barrels daily consumption?  Because it is being run by the tax-and-spend socialist governments (yes, the Tories, too; they weren’t much better than Labor when it came to taxing people). 

As a result, 76% of the gasoline price is the tax that goes straight into the government coffers.  That’s also the highest share of taxes in all of Europe, even though many other EU countries, that are also being run by the leftist-liberal governments, aren’t far behind (see the chart).

In the U.S, by contrast, the taxes account for 23% of the fuel costs, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).  This writer, for example, did fill up his car on Sept, 13 with super unleaded gas at an Exxon station in Phoenix.  The cost - $25.49 (at $1.77 per gallon).  Yet a year ago, that would have cost about $19.  And they tell us there is no inflation in this country? (also see Fortune's Turn About Face (re. IBM), June 16, 2000).

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Farmers and truckers block roads in Britain
The British protesters are a mixture of truck, bus and taxicab drivers, farmers and small-business owners, all of whom say the increasing cost of fuel threatens their livelihoods. Not organized by a union or any one group, they have joined together out of a common desperation, according to the New York Times.

But Mr. Blair made it clear today - as did Germany and the Netherlands - that the government would not capitulate to protesters' demands that it lower gasoline taxes. Last week, after widespread protests in France, the government there agreed to lower its fuel tax 15 percent.

Why Do People Go to War?

“Why do people go to war?” Robert DeNiro, acting as a presidential advisor, asks a CIA boss in the “Wag the Dog” movie.

“To preserve their way of life.”

”You’re damned right about that,” DeNiro agrees.  And goes on to “persuade” the CIA boss that a war against Albania would be good for America.

Well, if wars are fought to “preserve one’s way of life,” how come no one at NATO is revving up the engines of its many planes and missile launchers threatening to bomb the OPEC countries?  After all, NATO bombed Serbia to smithereens in 1999 for reasons far less compelling than the doubling of the crude oil price since the start of the year. 

Text Box:  After all, we - the western world - cannot afford to have our tails wagged for us by a bunch of Middle-eastern sheiks, can we? (paraphrasing the Sept. 12 TV comment by the Senate Republican Majority leader, Dennis Hastert, made the day the price of crude oil reached $35.85 - a level higher than even that in October 1990 on the eve of the Gulf War, and close to the all time high reached in February 1981 - $39 - see the chart).

Yet, we are (letting the sheiks wag our tails).  Why?  Why aren’t Clinton and Blair threatening to bomb the OPEC capitals?  After all, OPEC is an 11-nation oil cartel - a price-fixing organization that would be illegal under the U.S. antitrust laws.  And in most western countries.  .

So what’s the message the Washington and London governments are sending? That we bomb small countries that don’t hurt us (like Serbia or Sudan), but don’t dare attack the ones that do? (like the OPEC ones). 

Exactly.  As we explained during our Australian lectures in the fall of last year (see Djurdjevic's speeches - English - Australia, Oct/99), when we compared the different approaches in dealing with Serbia and Indonesia (an OPEC country, by the way):

The essence of the NWO globalists' neo-colonial strategy is: "Bomb obstinate weak nations, buy off obstinate big ones. Then rule the world."

As this writer said in his Washington Times column "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict," published on Oct. 25, 1998:

"The U.S./NATO never bombed Turkey over its atrocities against the Kurds; or China over Tibet; or Indonesia over East Timor; or Israel over its various even extra-territorial military assaults on neighboring countries; or Russia over Chechnya; or Great Britain over Northern Ireland; or Spain over its treatment of the Basques."

But it did bomb Iraq when Washington lost its leverage in Baghdad, despite having supported Saddam Hussein, both militarily and financially during Iraq's war with Iran.

And it did bomb Libya, when the U.S. lost its leverage with Mouamar Qaddafi, one of the sponsors of Islamic terrorism.

And it did bomb Afghanistan and Sudan, also expendable countries by the Princes' standards.

OPEC: Flogging the Wrong Horse

But wait… Before bombing anyone, shouldn’t we make sure we’d be hitting the real culprit; that we’re not flogging the wrong horse?  Is OPEC really responsible for the soaring oil prices this year.  Hardly.

OPEC “only” accounts for about 40% of the world’s oil supply, yet has been getting 100% of the blame for the recent price hikes.  Is that fair?

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Of course, it is not.  Anymore than it is fair for a country that produces 12% of the world’s oil, yet consumes 26% of it (the U.S., of course), to keep blaming other nations’ role in the recent oil price hikes. 

Such an attitude by the Clinton-Gore administration is particularly hypocritical in view of the fact that OPEC has been boosting production, while the U.S. economy has not been throttling the demand for oil.

During the 1995-2000 period, for example, the U.S. demand for oil went from 17.7 million barrels per day to 19.9 million barrels, a 12% jump, according to the EIA data.  By contrast, OECD Europe’s demand rose by only 4.5% in the same period - from 14.1 million barrels to 14.8 million barrels, while Japan’s actually declined by 1% - from the 5.7 million barrels per day that this industrial country consumed in 1995.  The demand in Canada, also increased in double digits, up 11% from 1995-2000, from 1.76 million barrels a day in 1995, to 1.96 million barrels this year. 

But the biggest increases in crude oil consumption during the last 30 years did not come from developed (OECD) countries.  They occurred in the developing world (which includes countries such as China) that consumes 33.9 million barrels every day - roughly the same as the U.S. and OECD Europe - combined!  In the last five years, that portion of the world oil demand also increased in double digits (up 11%), from 30.6 million barrels a day in 1995.

No wonder some OPEC officials are seething for getting 100% of the blame.  Rilwanu Lukman,7 OPEC’s secretary general, said in Vienna, Austria, on Sept. 11 that he believed there is no shortage of crude oil in the world.  This weekend’s decision by the oil cartel to increase its production by 800,000 barrels a day was a result of the pressure by the U.S. government - “because of the silly American election,” according to Iraq’s oil minister, Amer Mohammed Rasheed, quoted in a Sept. 12 Wall Street Journal report.  Mr. Rasheed blamed “taxation, manipulation and speculation” for the high oil prices.

Iraq - America’s Second Biggest Oil Supplier!

Speaking of Iraq… Did you know that the country that has been demonized by the western establishment media in the last 10 years;Text Box:  the country that the U.S.-led coalition practically destroyed during the Gulf War in 1991; the country that the U.S. and the British continue to bomb now and then (see The Forgotten War II: Kurds, Dozens of Kurds, Iraqis - Aug 21, 2000), "The Forgotten War: Another Anglo-American Genocide" - Aug. 14, 1999, and "Klinton's Amerika: Israel's Tomahawk" - a TiM GW Bulletin, ; the country that’s supposed to be one of the worst bogeys as far as the American public perception is concerned - is still actually America’s SECOND BIGGEST OIL SUPPLIER?

Yes, Sirree.  The EIA data shows that Iraq accounts for 29% of the total American oil imports from the Persian Gulf.  Only Saudi Arabia, with 60% share, is bigger than Iraq.  No wonder Mr. Rasheed also said that, “the world can’t do without Iraqi oil.”

Text Box:  Iraq - No. 4 OPEC oil exporter!Kuwait, by the way, the country over which we ostensibly went to war in 1990 under the first Bush-league president, accounts for only 10% of the U.S. Persian gulf imports.  All Arab sheikdoms combined add up to less than 1% of the total.

In other words, we bomb Iraq and we buy from Iraq.  As for Clinton-Gore-Albright putting their (meaning our) money where their (anti-Iraqi) mouths are, don’t count on that any time soon.  These hypocritical lackeys of the New World Order multinational companies would obviously rather stuff the U.S. taxpayers’ money into the “death merchants” pockets (to pay for bombing of Iraq, etc.), and our gas buyers’ dollars into the Saddam Hussein regime’s pockets (see the UPDATE below). 

Talking out of both side of one’s mouth seems to be the way of life in the world of “perpetual war for perpetual commerce” (for details, see the next story).

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TiM Reader: Saddam Hussein's Regime Doesn't Get the MoneySeptember 15, 2000

VANCOUVER, Canada, Sep. 15 - We received the following letter from David Morgan of Vancouver, Canada, who says Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq does not get the money from its oil sales:

"Dear Truth in Media,

I enjoy your TIM info and usually agree with your take on world events. However here is a necessary correction.  Today's TIM has a story "Iraq - America’s Second Biggest Oil Supplier!" which concludes...

"These hypocritical lackeys of the New World Order multinational companies would obviously rather stuff the U.S. taxpayers’ money into the "death merchants" pockets (to pay for bombing of Iraq, etc.), and our gas buyers’ dollars into the Saddam Hussein regime’s pockets."

The last words ..." dollars into the Saddam Hussein regime’s pockets" are not factual.  

None of the revenue from Iraq's oil exports goes to Saddam; it goes to the UN.   About 30% of the revenue is then diverted to (endless) "reparations" to Kuwait and also to pay for all UN costs regarding Iraq. When I visited the UN headquarters in Baghdad in April 1999, it was very comfortable with a large diesel standby generator to keep the air conditioner going during Baghdad's daily power outages.

All Iraq's imports, food, medicines, clothing, spare parts, have to be approved by the 661 Committee in New York before the funds are released. The list of items requested by Iraq and refused by the 661 committee since 1996, when Oil-For-Food began is incredible. Such items as:

Accumulators; Adhesive paper; aluminum foil; AM-FM receivers; Ambulances; Amplifiers; Answering machines; Armored cable; Ashtrays; Auto polish; Axes; Bags; Baking soda; Balls (for children, for sport); Baskets; Bath brushes Batteries; Battery chargers; Beads; Bearings; Bed lamps; Belts; Benches; Bicycles; Books (all categories included); Bottles; Bowls; Boxes;......(the list goes on)

These items were denied as being of "dual use" (civilian & military).  Food and medicine which get the fastest approval by the (UD dominated) 661 Committee, are usually received by Iraq two months after the request. Other items can take far longer, or be flatly refused with no appeal.

The corruption & distortion of the UN by the Clinton team is one of the black pages of recent history."

David Morgan, Vancouver, Canada

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2. In Challenge to U.S., Britain, Iraqi Jet Flies over Saudi Air Space - First Time in 10 Years

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 - In challenge to the napping U.S. and Britain airmen in the Persian Gulf, an Iraqi fighter jet flew into Saudi Arabian airspace on Sept. 4, the State Department and military officials told the New York Times on Sept. 13.

The jet, passing through a "no flight" zone over southern Iraq, darted over a thinly populated desert in Saudi Arabia on the morning of Sept. 4 and quickly left, the officials said.

Nevertheless, the flight heightened what officials in Washington described as a sense that President Saddam Hussein of Iraq is determined to test the American (and British) resolve. 

Embarrassingly for the would-be goons of the New World Order, American and British jets that patrol the southern "no flight" zone, below the 32nd parallel, were not flying that day, the Times said, and were unable to scramble quickly enough to challenge the Iraqi plane before it left, military officials said.

Iraqi jets have entered the southern zone more than 150 times since the United States and Britain launched four nights of air and missile strikes in December 1998.  Iraqis have also veered into Iranian airspace, but commanders at the Pentagon said it was the first time an Iraqi had flown over Saudi Arabia in at least a decade.

In the days leading up to the incident, the Iraqi Air Force dispersed its aircraft in central Iraq, evidently to protect them from a potential retaliatory attack, the officials said.

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TiM Ed.: Now let’s see… The Iraqi air space challenge occurred on Monday, Sept. 4.  On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Madeleine Albright made no reference to it, when she said the U.S. wasn’t planning to use force against Iraq over Hussein’s refusal to allow some new UN monitors.  But only two days later, on Thursday, Sept. 14, the U.S. Secretary of State unleashes a new barrage of threats against Iraq - over that Sept. 4 incident!?

What does that tell us?  Well, one thing it tells us is that the label Madam Halfbright, pinned by some critics on our Secretary of Hate, is well justified.  Another thing it tells is that the U.S. military are keeping Albright badly informed.  Wonder why? (after the Kosovo war debacle, dubbed “Madeleine’s War,” by her admirers at the Time magazine).

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3. Saudi Arabia: Our “Friend and Ally” in Middle East, Has Just Beheaded at Least 96 People!

RIYADH, Sept. 9 - Remember that Hollywood line about why supposedly people go to war, that we quoted earlier in this Bulletin?  “To preserve their way of life,” we are told.

Well then, if that’s true, how come we are not at war with Saudi Arabia?

Not only are Christians an endangered species in that country (see CHRISTIANITY UNDER SIEGE, TOWARD A ONE WORLD RELIGION and "Christianity Under Siege... Revisited" - TiM GW Bulletin - 12/05/98), but the Sept. 9 Associated Press report has just painted in bright colors the vast differences between our and the Saudi way of life.

Two men were beheaded last Saturday in public squares, the Saudi Interior Ministry disclosed.  One was a Saudi man convicted of rape, and the other a Nigerian who smuggled cocaine. 

The two criminals who were separated from their heads by a Saudi government henchman’s sword were a part of at least 96 public executions in such a “Henry VIII” style, that have been carried out this year to date in this country, which is ostensibly a U.S. “friend and ally.” 

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TiM Ed.: Now, let’s see… What do you suppose would happen if some government official, somewhere in Anytown, USA, tried to behead a person in a public square?  For any crime of any sorts?

Riots?  A few public officials lynched?  A revolution or two?  Possibly (though not necessarily)…

For God’s sake, we almost had such an uprising in California over the Rodney King LA police brutality.  Yet the Rodney-go-lucky still character still has his head between his shoulders, as far as we know.  Unlike “at least” 96 subjects of the Saudi “justice system.” 

Which is the kind of Middle Ages brutality and savagery to which the U.S. government kow-tows for the sake of 60% of its Persian Gulf oil imports (that we referenced above). 

So bring on the Kosovo Liberation Army - a free-wheeling, drug-dealing lot of terrorists created by the West.  Yet even these Clinton-Gore-Albright Albanian drug dealers don’t kill their victims in public squares.  Nor in the “Henry VIII”-style - by beheading. 

So much for “people going to war to preserve their way of life.”  In Hollywood only?

Perhaps.  But not always.  Unless the peoples’ way of life is directly threatened - including by their own governments.  Such as in Britain, the EU…

So stand by.  We “may be in for some interesting times.”  Which is a Chinese CURSE, by the way.

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4. Anti-Globalism Protest Turns Violent, Bill Gates Jeered on Eve of Olympics

MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 12 - It was supposed to be a stimulating group chat about the global economy, held here a few days before the opening of the Olympics, to allow the corporate executives, central bankers and other notables to hop over to Sydney for some world-class sport.

But in an eruption reminiscent of the violent protests at the World Trade Organization summit meeting in Seattle last November, thousands of protesters have tried to sabotage the meeting here of the World Economic Forum, clashing with riot police and blocking the conference site.

The meeting has gone ahead more or less as planned, though on Monday (Sept. 10) about a quarter of the 900 delegates could not get into the hotel where it was being held because demonstrators had formed a human chain across every entrance.

This morning (Sept. 12), riot Australian police, some on horses, swung truncheons at protesters to clear a path for the delegates' buses, the New York Times reported on Sept. 13.

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TiM Ed.: Welcome to the Aussie Kremlin on the Yara (the Melbourne river).

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The organizers of the protests, a polyglot group of environmentalists and anti-free-trade activists, said that 50 people had been injured in the melee and that 11 were hospitalized. After seeming daunted by the crowd on Monday, the police used markedly stronger measures today.  

A helicopter with a search light hovered overhead.  Afterward, ambulances lined up to treat a handful of injured demonstrators.

Australia's prime minister, John Howard, was forced to arrive at the site, the Crown Hotel and Casino, by boat - because the police could not clear a path for his motorcade.

For the Australian government, the Melbourne protests have been an ugly preamble for the Olympics, which start on Friday (Sep. 15), competing for the attention of the international news media with the torch relay and other festive preparations in Sydney.

The Melbourne protesters said they would rally at the Games as well, though it was difficult to imagine how an Olympic athlete could provoke as much outrage as a software billionaire like William H. Gates.  Mr. Gates was the big name among speakers at the World Economic Forum, a private foundation whose last meeting, in Davos, Switzerland, was also disrupted by protests.

Mr. Gates was forced to cancel two outside events, both demonstrations of a new Microsoft product, when the police warned him not to cross the street to a nearby office building.

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5. At Least 15 People Die in Jakarta Stock Exchange Bomb Blast

JAKARTA, Sept. 13 - A car bomb exploded in the parking garage of the Indonesian Stock Exchange building Sept 13, killing 15 people and wounding dozens in this troubled country's newest brush with violence. The unexplained explosion was the latest of a series in recent weeks in Jakarta and other cities, the New York Times reported on Sept. 14.

It came hours before a high-profile corruption trial against Indonesia's former president, Suharto, resumed today. He failed to appear in court, citing ill health, as he did on Aug. 31.  A Jakarta police detective said anecdotal evidence linked the car bomb to the case against Mr. Suharto.

The night before the trial opened on Aug. 31, a car bomb exploded 300 yards from a south Jakarta building where the case was being tried.

The detective, Harry Montolalu, told reporters at the scene, "This is being done to create instability." But the national police chief, Gen. Rusdihardjo, refused to theorize about the involvement of anyone linked to Mr. Suharto or his trial.

"As long as we haven't caught the suspects yet and the motive is still not clear, we shouldn't conclude that way," the general said.

The explosion occurred at 3:17 p.m. on the second basement level of the 36-story building's underground parking garage in Jakarta's central business district.  More than 1,000 people fled the building as the blast reverberated and black smoke billowed from the parking garage entrance.

At least 27 people were treated at a nearby hospital, which soon overflowed with casualties. The police and other officials gave conflicting reports on the number of deaths. Firefighters battled an underground blaze in the garage that was apparently started by a power generator damaged in the explosion.  Smoke inhalation caused at least five of the deaths.

Some people had apparently hidden in their cars in hopes of escaping the fire. Rescue workers pulled at least three burned bodies from car wreckage.

"It is confirmed that the explosion came from a bomb in a car," the police spokesman, Nur Usman, said.

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TiM Ed.: Shades of the World Trade Center blast in New York in 1993?

It seems that many people in many countries around the world are getting increasingly very angry with the globalist New World Order.  The fact that some of them are willing to kill innocent civilians, or sacrifice their own lives in suicide bombings, to make their point, is an indication of how desperate they are. 

"Tempt not a desperate man," Shakespeare warned four centuries ago. For, “desperate men do desperate things.”

The NWO “supermen” can ignore this warning only at its peril.  While being asleep at the switch.  As with that Iraqi jet escapade.

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6. Castro on Globalism: A Scourge on Humankind

NEW YORK, Sep. 6 - One of the “personas non grata” at the United Nations Millennium Forum last week in New York was supposed to be Cuba’s Fidel Castro.  But the Clinton-Gore administration had to put up with appearances.  And perhaps more than just “put up?”

After all, the name of this leftist-liberal (if not outright communist) organization is United Nations, isn’t it?  Which is why it seemed perfectly natural that Bill Clinton reportedly did meet with Castro, and exchanged a few words with the Cuban communist leader at the UN summit.  

But what seems to be of even greater significance were some of Castro’s remarks, delivered on Sept. 6 at the UN General Assembly.  They could have been written by an American patriot.  Read on:

“There is chaos in our world, both within the countries' borders and beyond. Blind laws are offered like divine norms that would bring peace, order, well-being and security our planet so badly needs. That is what they would have us believe.

Three dozen developed and wealthy nations, that monopolize the economic, political and technological power, have joined us in this gathering to offer more of the same recipes that have only served to make us poorer, more exploited and more dependent.

There is not even discussion about a radical reform of this old institution over a half century ago, when there were few independent nations - to turn it into a true representative body of the interests of all the peoples on Earth, an institution where no one would have the irritating and anti-democratic right of veto and where a transparent process could be undertaken to expand membership and representation in the Security Council, an executive body subordinated to the General Assembly, which should be the one making the decisions on such crucial issues as intervention and the use of force.

It should be clearly stated that the principle of sovereignty cannot be sacrificed to an abusive and unfair order that a hegemonic superpower uses, together with its own might and strength, to try to decide everything by itself.

That, Cuba will never accept.”

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TiM Ed.: Shall we say, in perhaps vain hope, that the U.S. should never accept any such thing, either?

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“The poverty and underdevelopment prevailing in most nations as well as the inequality in the distribution of wealth and knowledge in the world are basically at the source of the present conflicts. It cannot be overlooked that current underdevelopment and poverty have resulted from conquest, colonization, slavery and plundering in most countries of the planet by the colonial powers and from the emergence of imperialism and the bloody wars motivated by new distributions of the world.

There is nothing in the existing economic and political order that can serve the interests of Humankind. Thus, it is unsustainable and it must be changed. Suffice it to say that the world population is already six billion, 80% of which live in poverty.

Nature is being devastated. The climate is changing under our own eyes and drinking water is increasingly contaminated or scarce. The sources of man's seafood are being depleted and crucial non-renewable resources are wasted in luxury and triviality.

Anyone understands that the United Nations basic role in the pressing new century is to save the world not only from war but also from underdevelopment, hunger, diseases, poverty and the destruction of the natural resources indispensable to human life. And it should do so promptly before it is too late!

The dream of having truly fair and sensible rules to guide human destiny seems impossible to many. However, we are convinced that the struggle for the impossible should be the motto of this institution that brings us together today!”

Fidel Ruiz Castro, Cuba

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