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TiM GW Bulletin 2001/9-3

Sep. 28, 2001

Like a Don Quixote of the 21st Century, President Bush Is Leading America into World War III, Swinging at Elusive Windmills of Islamic Terrorism

Clash of Greens

Where Is Sancho Panza When We Need Him? End of Folly on Wall Street, Not End of World



Phoenix                       1. Clash of Greens

Phoenix                       2. End of Folly, Not of World


1. Clash of Greens


PHOENIX, Sep. 28, 2001 - Before starting to write this editorial, this American carefully pondered the advice against speaking the truth as he sees it at a time when 90% of his countrymen seem to think otherwise (if the national media polls are to be trusted - the current approval rating of George W. Bush is 90%).  Such a counsel came in the form of one-liners offered by some of mankind’s formidable thinkers:

"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." (Thomas Gray)

"At a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." (George Orwell)

American folk wisdom offers similar warnings, albeit more crassly.  Doing it at this stage of a warmongering fever in America could be tantamount to “pissing into the wind.”

Yet, as you can see, this writer has decided to chance it.  Why?  Perhaps because being cautious and pragmatic at this day and age in America’s threatened way of life seems less important, and thus less needed, than being honest and truthful. 

Besides, some equally prominent brains from mankind’s history offered words of encouragement:

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident." (Arthur Schopenhauer)

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function if they are open." (Author unknown)

We hope that the TiM readers’ minds will be open as they read this piece… Especially as another American folk wisdom also warns us that, “the truth is the first casualty of war.”  And given that, "the welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." (Albert Camus)


As you know from e-mail editions of the TiM Bulletins, the TiM editor has just returned from a 4,500-mile (7,000+-km) journey through eight western states and two western Canadian provinces.  The road trip, which roughly covered the distance between New York and Belgrade (Serbia), began two days after the Sep. 11 terrorist attack.  The airplanes were still grounded back then, although this tour of the West had been planned long ago. 

Traveling by car, the TiM editor has had a chance to observe the gradual swelling up of both the national pride, and the spreading of war fever across the western U.S.  And not just across America.  Everywhere he went in British Columbia and Alberta, Canadian flags were fluttering at half-staff. 

This writer also watched (and photographed) a group of Canadian cowboys, for example, riding horses in Alberta near the U.S. border.  They were led by two men carrying U.S. and Canadian flags respectively...

...while others collected donations for the U.S. in a roadside van:

He saw (and also photographed) a column of fire trucks parked across an overpass over the Interstate 40 in New Mexico, with firemen waving American flags at the drivers below.  

And then he watched in Montana, George W. Bush ’s Sep. 20 address to the joint session of Congress, during which the President gave an extraordinarily arrogant ultimatum to the entire world: “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”  This comment alone instantly turned dozens of potentially neutral countries into U.S. enemies.  Or into obsequious, and thus unreliable, “allies.”  It also solidified the belief among our enemies that they have nothing to gain by trying to give up the fight and sue for peace. 

But the Bush speech and the ultimatum evidently played well at home.  As the trip wore on, this writer began to notice growing jingoism among his fellow-Americans, and many examples of shallow, if not pseudo-patriotism, which is what the sudden flag-waving seemed to him. 

Here’s an excerpt from a private letter that he sent about his observations from Belgrade, Montana (yes, there is a Belgrade in Montana, too!):

BELGRADE, Montana, Sep. 20 - “I am getting really worried about all this same-mindedness that I am seeing in this country.  I am afraid we are being led into totalitarianism, but of a different and more dangerous kind than that practiced by the fascists and the Communists. Because it is subtler, and thus more perfidious. 

More than once, I caught myself wondering if this kind of a war fever and euphoria also pervaded the public mood in Germany of the mid-1930s.  Yet I saw tonight President Bush invoke the Islamic terrorists-to-Nazi comparison in his address to the joint session of Congress.  And everybody applauded without dissension.  Just as the Soviet delegates did when the Secretary General of the USSR used to deliver his speeches to the Communist Party Congresses.

By the way, that's also what both the Nazis and the Communists used to do - invert the arguments against them, and turn a victim into an aggressor [TiM Ed.: as George Orwell beautifully described in his 1948 book - “1984” - using Big Brother’s slogans, such as, “War Is Peace,” “Freedom Is Slavery,” “Ignorance Is Strength” - see “Two Parallel Wars,” Apr. 3, 1999 - , and the TiM Speeches -].

What worries me is that no one here seems to be asking, or is even being permitted to ask (which is worse) on major networks, "why did these terrorists hate us so much to have sacrificed themselves and thousands of innocent lives?  What have we (meaning our government) done to precipitate that?" 

No, the answer is not that they supposedly envy our freedom and democracy, as President Bush said tonight.  The answer lies in what our arrogant foreign policy has done to them (for more on that, read the “Collateral Damage” editorial in the Sep. 11 TiM Bulletin -

From what I've seen during this trip, goaded by Washington and the national media war frenzy, American people are allowing themselves to be ruled purely by emotions.  They don't want to hear any dissenting opinions.  In fact, I've heard that a Sikh had been shot in Phoenix [TiM Ed.: Actually, it was in Mesa, AZ, a Phoenix suburb] for wearing a turban, having been mistaken for an Arab by the ignorant, yet hateful, "patriotic" American shooter. 

That's all very troubling to me.  America is starting to look and feel like the Middle East; full of hatred and racial intolerance, with compassion reserved only for one’s own kind… 

In other words, we may be suckered into fighting somebody else's war.  Yet just look at how futile violent retaliation has been for Israel and the Mossad.  Israel has been practicing retaliation for decades.  Yet the bottom line is, if peaceful existence has been the goal (which one hopes every government’s goal is), then retaliatory violence has been proven ineffective.  Israel is still at war now, as it was 30, 40, 50 years ago.  Is that the future of America?  Is that why the President and his aides have been preparing us for a "very long war?" 

In fact, it could be worse.  (Now that Saddam Hussein’s direct belligerence has been quarantined by the West), Israel has had “only” the Palestinians and the Hamas/Hezbollah to worry about.  By contrast, Bush et. al. in Washington seem to be taking on more than 1.5 billion Muslims world over.  [TiM Ed.: Yes, yes, yes… we’ve also heard the Bush rhetoric how the coming “war” is supposedly not aimed against the Islamic people.  But have you ever asked a Muslim if he/she believes it?  The claim is just about as preposterous as was the Clinton/Albright assertion that the 1999 bombing of Serbia was not aimed at the Serbian people, but rather at Milosevic.  The fact that NATO missed Milosevic, while killing some 2,000 Serbs and destroying much of the country’s civilian infrastructure, should make only the ignorant and the gullible believe such ludicrous claims].

Even the very term "Infinite Justice," chosen for this "war," is a provocation to the Muslims.  I am told (by someone very familiar with the Middle East) that they believe that only Allah (God) can dispense ultimate justice.  This will inflame their anti-American feelings even more. Some Muslim clerics are already protesting.  [TiM Ed.: We understand that the operation’s name has been dropped since this letter was written, due to just such an outcry of Muslim-Americans against it].

By contrast, a change in our foreign policy, which helped precipitate the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks, could help forge a “very long peace” instead of waging a “very long war.”  But no one seems interested in peace, these days.  For, that would be a victory of brains over brawns, not a popular outlook in a materialistic society where the Almighty Dollar is God, and war is good for business.

So when seeing the "God bless America"-signs all through the western states, I kept muttering to myself, "God save America from her own folly." 

For, I fear that the looming “war” against terrorism may end up as a “Clash of Greens.”  No, not the environmentalist “greens.”  It will be the U.S. (dollar) greenback, and the New World Order forces behind it, versus the favorite color of Islam.

And now, with this preamble, let us turn to the current situation in America and around the world.  Just keep in mind that the “Clash of Greens” is the Special Editorial Comment - III, meaning Part 3 of 3.  So as to make sure nothing is taken out of context, if you have not done it already, we strongly urge you to (re)read the first two parts - 1. "Collateral Damage" Hits Home (Sep. 11), and 2. Grotesque and Pathetic “War” (Sep. 18) - just click on


Like a Don Quixote of the 21st Century, President Bush Is Leading America into World War III, Swinging at Elusive Windmills of Islamic Terrorism

1. Clash of Greens

Where Is Sancho Panza When We Need Him?

PHOENIX, Sep. 28 - Like a Don Quixote of the 21st century, President Bush is leading America into World War III.  He is swinging at elusive windmills of Islamic terrorism, while failing to clean house at home.  Yet, blinded by arrogance and ignorance, fueled by government and media lies and distortions, Americans cheer when they should jeer.  Where is Sancho Panza when we need him?

Miraculous, at that moment, Sancho and his master ride onto the TiM set.  We’ll let you listen in on their conversation…

DON QUIXOTE: So we are at war. 

SANCHO: Says who? 

DON QUIXOTE: The President.  Congress says so, too.  Even Hollywood says so.  So it must be true. 

SANCHO: I see.  And who is our enemy?

DON QUIXOTE: Osama bin Laden. 

SANCHO: One country of 281 million people is going to war against one man?

DON QUIXOTE: Well, not only one man.  Against any government that backs him.  Such as the Taliban in Afghanistan.

SANCHO: But the Taliban is not a government.  Bill Clinton, when he was President, signed an executive order that deliberately characterized the Taliban as a “paramilitary organization,” not a government. 

DON QUIXOTE: That’s semantics.

SANCHO: Yes, Sir, it is.  But it’s presidential semantics.  So it must be important. 

DON QUIXOTE: Why do you think so?

SANCHO: Well, you tell me, Sir.  You’re defending the President’s actions.  All I see is a contradiction.  We are not recognizing the Taliban as a legitimate government of Afghanistan.  Yet we want it respond to our ultimatums as if it were.  To me, that’s not just semantics, that’s a contradiction. 

DON QUIXOTE: Sancho, take it easy.  You can’t talk like that about president when we are at war.  The country must stay united.

SANCHO [undaunted]:  But, Sir, staying united in the face of folly will only lead to greater folly.  For example, the President’s saying that we are not going to war with the Afghan people, while he prepares our troops for a takeover of their country, is just plain doubletalk.  Clinton-style.  Different strokes for different folks; same old double-talking hoax.  Just ask the million Afghan refugees at the Pakistani border trying to flee their country. 

SANCHO [bends down as if in a prayer, whispering]: Oh, Milosevic, where are you when we need you?  Who are we going to blame now for this Kosovo-type exodus?  Gotta conjure up a Milosevic-like “pariah” among the Taliban before some Americans clue in that these folks may be fleeing - US! [pun intended]. 

DON QUIXOTE: What are you doing, Sancho?  What are you muttering about?

SANCHO: Oh, nothing, Sir.  Just seeking some divine guidance.

DON QUIXOTE: Well, all of us can certainly use some of that.

And as the two Miguel de Cervantes’ medieval heroes ride into a 21st century sunrise, chatting about the windmills in their minds, the term New World Order comes up.

DON QUIXOTE: What is that “New World Order,” Sancho? 

SANCHO: In its ideal form, the 21st century New World Order is not all that different from an earlier version - the Communist International.  It’s just that its crest is the Almighty Dollar, not a ”red star.”

DON QUIXOTE: Really?  They worship paper money?

SANCHO: No. They are doing away with that.  It is a world whose object of worship is The Golden Calf.  Virtual image, of course, not real gold.  Their holy shrine is Wall Street.  Their apostles’ creed is, "I believe in nothing!"

DON QUIXOTE: In nothing?

SANCHO: Except, of course, in the Almighty Dollar, the Golden Calf and the street called Wall.

DON QUIXOTE:  Christ Almighty… what a weird place!?

SANCHO: Dollar Almighty, Sir.


SANCHO: They believe in the Almighty Dollar, Sir, not in Jesus Christ.

DON QUIXOTE [raising his eyebrows in disbelief]

SANCHO: Furthermore, it is a world that, like communism, legitimizes state terrorism.  It’s a world plutocracy in which six billion people slave away so that some 4,000 “Princes of the New World Order” could enjoy the spoils of power.

DON QUIXOTE: Sancho, are you sure you’re not talking about medieval Spain?

SANCHO: No, Sir.  That was a much more primitive plutocracy.  This one has the slaves cheer and applaud their rulers. 

DON QUIXOTE: Never hear of such nonsense!  Sancho, are you pulling my leg?

SANCHO: No, Sir.  If God were to (re)create the world by the designs of the NWO Princes, there would be only three kinds of creatures:

         ˇ        All two legged-creatures would be ostriches.

         ˇ        All four legged-creatures would be sheep.

         ˇ        All sea-living creatures would be sardines, anxiously waiting in long lines at the Princes' ports to be stuffed into cans by some New World Order machine.

DON QUIXOTE: Well, Sancho, that’s not all bad.  Such a world may appeal to some sheep farmers. 

SANCHO: Yes, Sir.  But only provided that they are willing to stoop down to the level of their livestock.  For, the modern NWO is a world without borders, without religions, without traditions, without nations, without morals, without cultures… 

It is an allegedly multicultural world, yet one that is represented globally by monocultural symbols, such as the English language, CNN, Hollywood, Coca-Cola, Nike, Levi’s, McDonald’s or Pizza Hut logos.  But above all the “greenback” - the Almighty Dollar.

DON QUIXOTE: So if you’re not one of them, you’re against them, you’re saying? 

SANCHO: Not just me, Sir.  You heard the President say so himself. 

DON QUIXOTE [shaking his head]: My, oh my… I see your point, Sancho.  We could looking for trouble. 

SANCHO:  Indeed.  Sometimes arrogance and such dichotomies can backfire on the NWO architects.  What happened on Sep. 11 is a case in point.  They didn’t listen to one of our contemporaries, Sir.

DON QUIXOTE: Who is that?

SANCHO: Nicolo Machiavelli. 

DON QUIXOTE: What did he say?

SANCHO: Well, writing in 1573 in “The Prince,” Signor Machiavelli warned that, “there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than a creation of a new order of things.”

DON QUIXOTE: Guess our President didn’t read The Prince.

SANCHO: Guess not, Sir.  The Princes usually don’t read, especially not about the Princes.  Which is why their New World Orders always end up in a dustbin of history.

And as the two Miguel de Cervantes’ medieval heroes went on their merry way, we took a virtual stroll down Wall Street in order to gauge the stockmarket’s reaction to the Sep. 11 World Trade Center and the Pentagon attacks.


2. End of Folly, Not of World

What Goes Up Must Come Down; Cashflow-driven Wall Street Shifts Funds to Bonds, Overseas Markets

When the New York stockmarket reopened on Sep. 17, following the deadly Sep. 11 terrorist attack on World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Dow dropped 7% and the airline stocks plummeted about 40%.  To some investors, it seemed as if the end of the world had come.  It did not.  The universe was unfolding as it always has been.  What goes up must come down.  The end of folly, not of the world, was merely taking place.

By the end of the week, the Dow had shed 14% of its pre-Sep. 11 value, prompting some analysts and TV networks to proclaim that the Era of Doom had arrived.  “More than $1.5 trillion of market value had been wiped out,” declared even some prominent financial news media and commentators who should have known better.

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Nothing had been “wiped out,” “vaporized,” or had “vanished,” except unfortunately thousands of lives and two New York landmarks.  A cashflow-driven market, which is what we’ve been saying for years the Wall Street casino has become, simply shifted its assets away from some U.S. equities into other investment opportunities. 

Just like back in 1997-1998, the U.S. equities benefited from investors’ flight from the Asian financial crisis, now some bonds and overseas markets are benefiting from the capital fleeing America. 

As a result, the two-, 10- and 30-year U.S. Treasury securities are all up, propelled by the prospect of a prolonged war, a collapse in energy prices and the Wall Street woes.  Furthermore, professional fund managers and individual investors are putting more money into cash and European stocks, according to today’s (Sep. 26) Wall Street Journal report.

“Globally, we may see some rebalancing of investments away from U.S. assets to other regions, particularly Europe,” Adam Seitchik, chief global strategist at Deutsche Bank Asset Management in London, told the Journal.  “There has been some evidence in recent weeks of significant redemptions from U.S. equity funds by U.S. investors.”

In Europe, retail investors have also been pulling some of their money out of U.S. funds. DIT, Dresdner Bank AG's asset-management unit in Frankfurt, reported net outflows from its equity funds of about 700 million pounds, half of which was from U.S. funds, between Sept. 14 and Sept. 21.

“This was a very irregular amount of net outflow,” said Karl Hammel, an assistant director at DIT. “I think it can be compared to periods during the Gulf War.”

And what does that say about the U.S. economy, which, we are told by major networks, is down in the dumps because of the Wall Street slump?  In a word, nothing!  The stockmarket buys and sells perceptions, not economic realities.  The Wall Street casino has long lost any direct correlation with economic performances of the companies it trades (see “The Great American Hoover,” Nov. 23, 1997,  “Wall Street Boom, Main Street Doom,” Oct. 1998, "From a Nation of Producers, to a Nation of Gamblers " - June 23, 1999,  "Small Caps Sinking First" - Aug. 2, 1998,  “Armonk's Fudge Factory” - Apr. 9, 1999, among some Annex Bulletins and other columns in which this writer warned of the folly of “bull markets”). 

Hard Hit

To be sure, there are segments of the American economy that are hard hit by the Sep. 11 terrorist attack.  Certainly the airlines are among them.  They are shedding jobs like fleas.  Delta was the latest U.S. carrier to announce a layoff of 13,000 employees on Sep. 26.  The move follows similar announcements by several other airlines and aircraft manufacturers last week.

Back on Wall Street, the United Airlines and American Airlines shares plummeted 44% and 40% respectively by the end of the first full week of trading following the Sep. 11 disaster.  But both companies had warned of looming earnings problems BEFORE the terrorist attack.  So not all of their problems can be blamed on Osama bin Laden. 

Furthermore, such high value drop percentages can be misleading.  In dollar figures, the two airlines’ (UAL and AMR) shareholders suffered paper losses last week of $739 million and $1.8 billion respectively.

Now, to put things in perspective, we picked four leading information technology (IT) services companies, and four hardware vendors, to which to compare the airlines stock price changes.  Plus, of course, the Big Blue, which epitomizes a services/hardware computer conglomerate.

During the Sep. 17-21 trading week, the Dell stockholders, for example, suffered a $15.5 billion paper loss.  That’s more than six times (!) greater than the declines in the UAL and AMR shares - combined!

The IBM shareholders didn’t have much to cheer about, either.  They saw $10.4 billion of their market value disappear last week - over four times a greater amount than the drop in the two airlines’ market cap.

Sun Microsystems ($7.5 billion), Hewlett-Packard ($5.7billion), and Compaq ($4 billion) investors also lost several times more money (on paper) than did the two airline owners combined (see the above chart).

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Yet, the U.S. Congress, at the urging of the White House, rushed a $15 billion-emergency bailout package last week for the “ailing airline industry.” 

Call it a sympathy vote.  Or charity.  Just like the aid for the families of the WTC victims.  For, Dell and other hardware vendors’ shareholders certainly lost more money.

Some IT Stocks Went Up

Meanwhile, some IT stocks went up last week.  Electronic Data Systems (EDS), for example, was up 2% on the first day of trading after the Sep. 11 attack.  It stayed up for the rest of the week, even as the Dow dropped by 14% or $1.5 trillion. 

Perot Systems was also up by 2%, while Computer Science Corp. (CSC) finished the first week of trading after Sep. 11 virtually unchanged.  Which means that all three companies were up relative to the market.

Once again, the universe was unfolding as it should.  At least according our universe.  As you’ve already seen from this writer’s Sep. 18 Annex Newsflash, e-mailed to you from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, that’s what we expected before Monday, Sep. 17.

In a Friday (Sep. 14) interview with a reporter from New York, he wanted to know what we thought the stockmarket reaction would on Monday?  This writer replied that if logic and reason prevail, most of the high tech services shares should be UP! 

Why?  Because what happened on Sep. 11 highlighted the vulnerability of INDUSTRIAL era structures.  But it has also underlined the resilience of the INFORMATION era systems.

Well, judging by the way Wall Street traded the IT services stock last week, looks like every once in a while, logic and reason do prevail among investors and traders.  Here’s what the Dallas Morning News, for example, said about it in its Sep. 18 report:

“Those companies proved their worth in the Sept. 11 attack by keeping their computer systems running despite an interruption in phone service after the attacks, said Bob Djurdjevic, president of Annex Research in Phoenix.

"With these systems, there's no such thing as a nerve center you can hit and disable everything," he said. "The companies that provide whatever additional new support or services that are needed for those systems will benefit from this".”

There were some exceptions from that general rule, however.  As you saw, the still hardware-laden IBM was one of them.  But that’s not the only reason.  Ever since IBM sold its Federal Systems Division in 1994, the company has been virtually absent from the Pentagon market.  Which means that the Big Blue shareholders aren’t likely to benefit directly from the war that President George W. Bush has been promising the nation and the world.

Another company that’s practically invisible in the federal IT services market, dominated by the likes of EDS and CSC, is Accenture (ACN), formerly known as Andersen Consulting.  Its shares were also an exception to an otherwise robust stockmarket performance of IT services companies.  They tumbled by 16% or $1.9 billion by the end of last week.

And their slide continued this week, too.  The newly issued ACN stock is now down 19% or $2.4 billion since Sep. 10.  Accenture had a very successful IPO (Initial Public Offering) only two months ago (July 24).  The ACN shares remained quite stable after that, trading in a fairly narrow range ($14 to $16 per share).  Until the terrorists’ strike on Sep. 11 that is, which evidently shook the ACN business, too.

Some Bailed Out Early

The relatively small value of airlines compared to IT vendors’ shares suggest that most of the investors had fled these companies long before the terrorist action on Sep. 11.  But not all.  Some did it just before, according to the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neill. 

In a thinly veiled innuendo that among the sellers may have been the chief suspect, bin Laden, or some his associates, O’Neill said this week that a part of the government investigation involves tracing back some large sell transactions of the UAL and AMR shares that were executed immediately prior to the attack.

O’Neill warned that just like the 19 terrorists’ fake names and passports, it may take a long time to figure out the real identities of the sellers.  It’s like peeling an onion.  Sometimes it takes 10 or more layers to get to the real principal in a transaction. 

But what if someone other than bin Laden or his associates had been also selling airline shares prior to the attack?  What if someone else knew?  And if so, will we have to wait 30+ years to find out, as with Coventry WW II bombing, which Churchill covered up?

No One Is Taking Responsibility

Just like one wonders why the heads of the CIA, the NSA, or the FBI are still in their jobs, after the most monumental intelligence services’ blunder in history? 

If these three government officials were men of honor, they would have submitted their resignations within hours of the disaster.  If they were Japanese men of honor, they would have probably hung themselves, as some JAL executives did, for example, after a 747 crash in Japan in the 1980s.

After all, our “intelligence community” (what an oxymoron!), on which we’ve been spending $30 billion a year, failed at the most basic government responsibility - protection of its citizen lives. 

Yet their ultimate chief, the President, said today that he has full confidence in the CIA and its Clinton-appointed boss, George Tenet.

Excuse me?  Nearly 7,000 Americans are dead; symbols of American capitalism (WTC) and military power (the Pentagon) are in ruins, yet our President is happy with performance our “intelligence” services?

The only thing one can conclude from that is that George W. Bush must be a part of the problem.  As an Eastern European proverb says, “a fish always stinks from the head.”  A good CEO knows that he is responsible for actions of his subordinates, whom he must hold accountable for the results they deliver. 

Harry Truman knew that when he said, “the buck stops here” (meaning at the White House).  Evidently not so at the Bush’s White House. 

It is utterly amazing that no U.S. official has so far taken responsibility for what happened on Sep. 11.  No one is being held accountable.  Is that why Bush and his cohorts in the federal government are now trying to deflect our attention and scrutiny away from themselves, by skipping proof, and rushing straight from grieving to retaliation? 

But if the news reports are true - that Bush is supposedly enjoying a record 90% approval rating - this suggests that we (American people) are also a part of the problem.  We are applauding (!?) the current White House occupant as he leads us into a protracted, yet vague, war against an amorphous enemy.  We are letting him off the hook for his own administration’s culpability in the disaster.  We are allowing him put himself above the law. 

Just check out the Terrorism Bill the Bush Administration sent to Congress this week, and then sit back, relax and let the Big Brother join you in your living room.  Or if you really want to freak out, consider the Bush delegating the authority this week to two lower-level US Air Force generals to shoot down AMERICAN (!) - yes OUR commercial jetliners.  If they feel a U.S. city is being threatened. Yes, with you and I - American citizens - on board!

Soviet Union on the Potomac?  You be the judge... 

Who gave, either the President, or these two generals, the right to play God and decide which American lives are more precious - those on the ground, or those in the air?  What if these "Top Guns" get trigger-happy and blow the plane away just as the crew or the passengers are overpowering the hijackers?  Guess the passengers' epitaph would read - killed by "friendly fire" (what an oxymoron!).  And it wouldn't be the first time, either, Americans died from "friendly fire."

Another time a big nation let a democratically elected leader rise above the law “for the good of the people” was Germany.  The year was 1934.  The leader was Adolf Hitler.  In an emotional speech to the Reichstag on July 13, 1934, he explained why:

“If anyone reproaches me and asks why I did not resort to the regular courts of justice, then all I can say is this: In this hour I was responsible for the fate of the German people, and thereby I became the supreme judge of the German people!”

(For more on the “Night of Long Knives”, check out the

Once again, as Alber Camus reminded us, "the welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants."

Of course, no one is accusing the Bush administration of any crimes or of being tyrants.  Yet.  But negligence and its cover-up can lead to greater problems downstream. This country and its citizens would be a lot safer and better off if our government stuck to our system of checks and balances, instead of using the "rah-rah," "fire, fire, aim," and "trust me"-tactics to bully the nation into another war. Or to shoot us down from our own skies.

What happened on Wall Street last week may have signaled the end of one folly.  What’s happening on America’s Main Street may be the start of another.

Which is why this writer decided to show his patriotism in a way that doesn’t involve flag-waving.  He decided to do it the traditional American way - by putting his money and his life where his mouth is.  He will take a three-hour non-stop commercial flight within the continental U.S. - just for the weekend, a frivolity he had never allowed himself before.  Except that now it’s not an act of luxury, but a gesture of support for our beleaguered airlines, and an act of defiance against terrorism in the air.  It is also a sign of his faith in God and His ultimate wisdom.

Anyone else feels that way? Then if you can afford it, take your wallet, hop on board an American air carrier, and have a fun weekend - in OUR COUNTRY! And once you and I get back home, we should light a candle and thank God for letting us survive a "Russian roulette" with our own Top Guns (the two USAF generals) and our President's folly, and not just the would-be terrorists.


Back Home! (a post script)Oct. 1, 2001

PHOENIX, Oct. 1 - Just letting you all know that I got home okay from my weekend jaunt to Cincinnati, Ohio, in support of the U.S. airlines.

Unlike the Saturday Phoenix-Cincinnati flight, which was surprisingly full (about 2/3 to 3/4 occupancy), this morning's Cincinnati-Phoenix flight had only about 25% to 30% of seats taken. So I guess a lot people are still afraid to fly, as I said in the opening comments of my Chuck Harder Talk America radio interview, which I gave as soon as I landed in Phoenix (to hear a replay of the half hour-interview, click on, and go to the top of the second hour of the Chuck Harder show on your RealPlayer dial - start with 1:00:00).

The security people at the Cincinnati airport were a little more hyper this morning than the ones in Phoenix on Saturday. They made a fuss about my (small!) finger nail scissors and my pen knife/bottle opener set (from my wash kit). So they just took them and kept them. They even tried to keep a pair of tweezers, but I talked them into putting them back in my case.

I also told them they should be posting notices about specific items like that, since probably 90%+ of travelers carry them in their wash kits. Especially considering that the Phoenix security people didn't have any problems with them. I took down the name of the Terminal 3 security supervisor - Rick Andreas - and told him I may do a story about it.

Meanwhile, as you can see, put all sharp objects into your checked baggage (which was a physical impossibility for me this time, since I didn't have any checked luggage). Or just keep your sharp objects at home [especially tongues... -) (ha, ha... just kidding!) - which is another physical impossibility in my case] .

Bob Dj.


3. TiM Readers Forum Oct. 2, 2001

PHOENIX, Oct 2 - Here are some of the letters we have received as TiM reader reactions to our above stories:  

GEORGIA - I Agree with You 100 Percent, Bought New Olds

I agree with you 100 percent. Went out and purchased a new Oldsmobile last Friday. I am also trying to put my money where my mouth is, instead of wrapping myself in the flags. Keep up the good work.

Joe McCullough, Savannah, Georgia


U.S. (state unknown) - You Were Great!

"I sent this out to everyone on my lists. You were great !!!

Thanks so much for telling the whole truth - that took a lot of guts - especially since you're one of the world's top 100 websites!!  Best Regards,"

Bud McCafferty


ARIZONA - Fear of Flying Unfounded

PHOENIX, Oct 2 - Here is a letter we received from Fr. X, a priest who is also a flying instructor for commercial airliners.  His full identity is known to TiM:  

Dear Bob,

I just finished reading your latest e-Bulletin. I thought you should be interested in knowing that as a priest, I have been hearing from people more than in the recent past. One interesting comment which people have made consistently (in one form or other) is the fact that when God determines to take our soul, He will take it. In other words, it does not matter if we are in a car, in a plane or home safe in bed -- "When its my time, its my time." Fear of flying is unfounded. Just look at the following table (based on data from US. DOT)

Transportation Fatalities


Fatalities %

Total Transportation Fatalities 43,920 100.0%

Highway                               41,480  94.4%

Aviation*                                  683   1.6%

Marine                                      908   2.1%

Railroads                                   831   1.9%

Other                                          18   0.0%

* Includes 16 accidents in U.S. involving non-U.S. registered aircraft.

The greatest risk of death is driving to and from the airport!

If it is not "your time" (as Americans like to say) then even if you are caught at ground zero, you will survive by some miracle.

The airlines are offering some incredibly low fares now too, so I don't think your "frivolity" was so great... you can fly to LA from Phoenix and back for less than the price of a day at Universal Studios.  Best regards,

Father X, Arizona


TiM Ed.: The TiM editor replied as follows:

Thanks for your note, Fr. X. Of course, some of these 1998 airline stats are now skewed by the fatalities at the WTC/Pentagon. But airline passengers have another thing working in their favor. These terrorists are obviously anything but stupid. They won't try to pull the same stunt twice. So all this added airport security stuff is closing the barn door after the horse is gone. Which is business as usual when it comes to federal government business.


AUSTRALIA - Who Is Really to Blame?

Hi. Good to hear from you and glad that you were able to fly safely. 

I'm a bit concerned about the nature of Bush's speech where he states its going to be a long drawn out affair and if we are not with him, we are terrorists. Consider your governments past actions in regards to a tragedy: 

  • The assassination of JFK, in that it allowed the concealment, tampering and cover up of evidence in a capital crime; 

  • President Johnson first signed an executive order to release all evidence, and then was the signatory to lock it up for 75 years;

  • Clinton's executive order to release all documents after 25 years has been ignored;

So with this track record one can be cynical about who really is to blame for the tragedy on the 11th. My money is on those who want to impose the NWO (New World Order). Any takers? Regards,

Nikolas, Melbourne, Australia


CANADA - Jeb Bush's Sep. 7 Executive Order

On Friday, September 7, Florida Governor "Jeb" Bush signed Executive Order No. 01-261 which states, in part:

"I hereby delegate to The Adjutant General of the State of Florida all necessary authority, within approved budgetary appropriations or grants, to order members of the Florida National Guard into active service, as defined by Section 250.27, Florida Statutes, for the purpose of training to support law-enforcement personnel and emergency-management personnel in the event of civil disturbances or natural disasters and to provide training support to law-enforcement personnel and community-based organizations relating to counter drug operations. This Executive Order shall remain in full force and effect until the earlier of its revocation or June 30, 2003."

This Florida EO places the Florida National Guard, a unit of the Federal U.S. Army, in control of all Florida law enforcement and the Florida Emergency Management Agency . This took place four days before the World Trade Center disaster.



ITALY/GERMANY - Spread the Truth around the Globe

Dear Sirs, dear Mr. Djurdjevic,

We are readers of your news-bulletins living in the so-called "heart of Europe" (e.g. Bologna, Italy - München, Germany - etc.), and want hereby to encourage you in your most precious work - the most precious work is the work for truth = "what is" (according to Hans-Georg Gadamer, author of "Truth and Method"). Unfortunately,  maybe all the things you write are the truth, exposing the "other side" (which is true madness, not "only" warmongering) as sole method - a method to get more power, more control, more money (as if they could take it down with them into their graves - it's ridiculous).

Unfortunately, what applies mainly to the U.S. (the pathetic pseudo-patriotism etc.) goes also for Europe.  Anybody out there who cried on the streets for the Indians, the victims of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, etc. etc.? Basically the people over here - too much like in the U.S. - are blinded and stupefied. They became the zombies of the mass media and it's created hypes. 

So, yes, we yell, spread the truth around the globe, your work is as precious as is George Orwell's, Aldous Huxley's, and all the other great thinkers and truth-speakers in the history of mankind! We, the ants of the power-mongers of "modern" society, need you so much!

That's also why we fear that you might be in danger, for the forces you fight are dangerous - they killed truth-tellers for less.  Take care, you all!  Yours faithfully,

Dr. A. Menander, Mr. U. Friedberg and many others to which we distribute your truth-letters to make them think (so we hope) - Italy, Germany

Appendix: Some words from Dave Mustaine, an American vocalist, which we read recently. We think that they express very good the feelings of some people all around the globe which did not yet switch their brains off, and (they) show that you are not alone on your quest - there are some people out there who think you like you, who appreciate the real truth, which is not the "truth" we see, read, hear each day all around us.


AUSTRALIA - God Help Us All

Thank you for sending your news report. Much appreciated. And confirms my hope that not the ENTIRE world has gone mad.

One has always to remind oneself that what we see in, and on, the media are only the reports we are meant to see. We listen to world leaders, political commentators and so-called experts and see shots of crowds that are only there because they choose to be there. Our own government is taking a ridiculously bellicose stance behind George Bush. Heaven help the USA if you have to depend on our sadly neglected defense forces! And I think half of our soldiers are girls, affirmative action having decreed that it should be so.

But our government no more represents the views of the people than any other in the so-called democratic world. Every nation with an elected government - except Switzerland- has the totally undemocratic two party system of government. The people only have a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and they were twins! So, when I hear Tony Blair sounding off I know very well that the British people are, like most Australians, being misrepresented most of the time.

Our governments have forced on us social and economic changes that have been devastating to our freedoms and our economy. Britain was steamrollered into the Common Market, the EU, the Global Economy as have other countries. No matter that people want to protect their own jobs, their own social, cultural and economic autonomy. Our governments proclaim the Global Imperative and willy-nilly we are confronted with policy decisions made in some board or conference room in some foreign country by faceless men we never voted for and who care nothing for the people of Australia.

And I believe that is the case, worldwide. My father fought in both world wars and was never in any doubt that, despite the rhetoric that claimed he was fighting for "freedom" he was actually fighting to increase the wealth of the arms manufacturers and their shareholders. And a frequent comment I hear is, "Well of course Bush needs a war. The USA has to keep its weapons industry busy."

And, looking on from the outside, it does seem to we denizens of the lower latitudes that the United States has spent the past 50 years continually finding uses for its weaponry. God help us all. And those we are told are our enemies.

Ann Crosson, Australia


INDIANA - "I Fear No Evil for Thou Art with Me"

"When Political Correctness reigns supreme, telling the truth is a Terrorist Act punishable by death."   (Dave Feustel)

A bit of ancient history that seems relevant today:

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,

He maketh me lie down in Green Pastures.

He leadeth me besides still Waters; he restoreth my Soul.

He leadeth me in Paths of Righteousness for His Name's Sake.

Even though I walk through the Valley of The Shadow of Death,

I fear no Evil; for Thou art with me; Thy Rod and Thy Staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a Table before me in the Presence of Mine Enemies;

Thou anointest my Head with Oil, my Cup overflows.

Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the Days of my Life;

and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord for ever."

                                      -- The 23rd Psalm of David

David Feustel, Indiana


CANADA - Archbishop: NATO Is a Terrorist Organization

I do so deeply resent it when the daughter of my cousin in Nis(h) [TiM Ed.: Serbia] is referred to as "collateral damage" while "Western" people who are killed are "humans." She was seven years old, with bright, flashing black eyes and a gorgeous smile. She was Serb, so she is not human, only "collateral damage."  She died from an American bomb. 

Let us be honest, NATO is the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization, and a prime supporter of the KLA (TiM Ed.: The Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army), also a well documented terrorist organization.


To which the TiM editor replied:

Which (KLA) is also supported by Osama bin Laden, by the way - with Washington's acquiescence, or worse - open support!


And somehow the US government will never guess that now the people of N.Y. have some idea what the people of Belgrade felt. Nor will the ever hear the words of Holy Prophet Hosea: "Ye have sown the wind, ye shall reap the tornado." Rather they will keep sowing the seeds of destruction and despair around the world, and the words of Christ: "Whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap" - will never have meaning to them even when they come true.

Archbishop Lazar, Vancouver, Canada (



TEXAS - How to Raise Bush's Approval Rating

Dear Bob, Good post. I comment, sarcastically, on only one of your points:

At 0113 AM 9/28/01 -0700, you wrote: 

"More than once, I caught myself wondering if this kind of a war fever and euphoria also pervaded the public mood in Germany of the mid-1930s. Yet I saw tonight President Bush invoke the Islamic terrorists-to-Nazi comparison in his address to the joint session of Congress. And everybody applauded without dissension. Just as the Soviet delegates did when the Secretary General of the USSR used to deliver his speeches to the Communist Party Congresses."

Perhaps the U.S. government could raise that 90% approval rating to 95% by requiring that all Muslims wear a sleeve band when they are in public, green with a yellow crescent moon?

Daniel New, Texas (father of Michael New, the famous U.S. Army dissenter who refused to wear the UN blue on his US Army uniform).


CANADA - American Same-mindedness Is Frightening Indeed

The American "same-mindedness" is frightening indeed. It reminds me of the beginning of the Yugoslav civil war, when Milosevic was using the Kosovo crisis to come into power. But, that was done on a much lower scale, of course. Even I took part in one of the rallies where they brought truck loads of poor Serbian souls from Kosovo to tell us about what they are going through. There were thousands of people and a lot of kids who got hyped up and ready to go fight immediately and help those poor people. That is how it started.

It must be that Hitler started his conquest the same way. You see normal, educated people, whom you consider your friends, behave the same. What do you do? You try to bring out different points of view into your exchange, but it appears that "if you are not with them, you are against them". That happened to me in Serbia with a lot of my Serbian friends, in '91, and it is happening to me now with my American friends.

I watched American patriotic commercials (that is the only name I can think of to call them), and they reminded me very much of Tito's time. Bush's "pioneer's" waving their flags, his volunteers cleaning up the ruins (dobrovoljna radna akcija), Bush himself hugging the fireman (the man of the people), ... Those were the pictures from my childhood when I myself was a proud Tito's pioneer. So, I can understand the sentiment. (Then you grow up, of course). The only difference is when we were doing it the same way, we were in a dictatorship, while the American's are in the most democratic country in the whole world displaying their free patriotic feelings. Aren't double standards just wonderful? And people do not perceive them at all.

The funny thing is, I was listening to a program on Isaac Stern last night (TiM Ed.: Sep. 27). He was explaining his personal reasons for never playing in Germany. He said how wonderfully educated people Germans were, and how many great people they gave. Having said that, he underlined how difficult it is for him to understand that, given all that, they could embrace such an awful movement which killed whoever was not just like them, for no real reason. I just wondered what he would have said of Americans today.

Best wishes, and keep your mind open!

Ivona Ilic, Canada


NEW YORK - U.S. Making Old Mistakes

PHOENIX, Oct 2 - Here is a letter we received from John Collins (a pen name), a writer and a practicing lawyer from Long Island, New York, who is also a Vietnam veteran:  

I would agree to you to an extent. If slogans on T-Shirts and waving flags could win wars, the US has already won. Yet beyond the veneer there is little of substance.

In a conversation with a woman pro gulf war in 1991, I warned her that the war would widen and that her children might be forced to fight it. Her response I would sent them to stay with relatives in Sicily.

More recently, a white person of some intelligence when told of the enormous mess the Middle East is and how difficult it is to know who is on what side at any given time told me the government should empty the jails and force black people to fight.

During the Yugo civil war, I asked people for the war did they realize that a nation attacked by the US has the right to respond in kind, if it can, your opinion that we are in a `nice' war notwithstanding. I received looks of disbelief.

And it is only late night talk shows with dreary eyed profs & businessmen where it is whispered that the Arab attack was one which should have been anticipated. 

Frankly, the scene sounds like `1984' first we love this bin Laden give him $$$ to fight for Islam against USSR, Iraq, Yugoslavia (hey that was last year!) and now we loathe him.

The same could be said of Saddam Hussein and any of the other Arabs. (On Sadam we've now gone back and forth he's now a responsible Arab). The lack of understanding is that in these Arab states the government is secondary to the religion and the religion urges violence against the West. And due to that fact none of these little countries needs very much by way of infrastructure... Islam will survive physical destruction of the national state.

A state of mind will survive where a material state will not.

I am one of the very few Americans of non-Orthodox heritage who has studied the Byzantine (Christain) Empire. I can tell you that the US is making the same mistakes in the same sequence that led to the fall of Constantinople and the internecine religious wars in Western Europe that followed.

John Collins, New York


AUSTRALIA - Don't Give Up!

Here's another sentence that may help illustrate the ignorance of so many people. It's just my own translation from a book in the Portuguese language:

"There is an illness that attacks both the ignorant and the erudite: They deny what they don’t understand! It is an old ‘disease’. People measure everything based on their own intellect and knowledge." (by Dr. Paul Gibier, French physician and scientist, a disciple of Louis Pasteur)

Please Bob, don't give up. There are people like me out there who know the truth and read your articles with great interest. My best wishes.

F.F. (name withheld but known to TiM), Perth, Australia


BELGIUM - Excellent Piece!

Dear Bob, 

Excellent this piece of yours. I am 100% in agreement with you. I forwarded your text to many people around here. May God bless you!

I.G. (name withheld but known to TiM), Belgium


FRANCE - Finally Something That Makes Sense

Congratulations, dear Bob! For once we can read something making sense! I'm sorry for the American civilians, so is everybody, but!!! I can't help thinking of Dresden, Hiroshima, and all the other bombings you mentioned!  Bye.

Yvonne Bocage, France


TEXAS - Payback Is a Bitch

Your column today is excellent. I have been telling people who ask me if I am "shocked", etc., that they know damned well that I oppose warfare against ALL non-combatants, since I helped to organize against the Nato War Against Yugoslavia. Then I ask them where their outrage was at that time.

I have been saying for days that "NYC looks like downtown Belgrade and downtown Iraq. Payback is a bitch, eh?"  Peace and Liberty,

Manuel Miles, Texas


GERMANY - Globalists Will Not Win

Hello TiM Publishers! I am a 24 year old student living in Bremen, Germany. At the time of the bombing of Serbia (1999), I was serving in the German Bundeswehr and was applicant for Lieutenant rank. At that time, I opened my eyes and I quit my duty in the Bundeswehr. 

But in these days, the death merchants and the Zionist media have shown their real faces. Hundreds of mourning ceremonies after the others in these days. All of a sudden the undeveloped Afghans have mutated to a powerful devilish might, while the NATO countries are all peaceful harmless Angels who were hurt unjustly. 

I am already sick of all this media s...! When some cowards press buttons and throw bombs from F-16s and kill civilization - that is called "fight for democracy", whereas when some life sacrificing "terrorists" fight back, it is called barbarism and an attack on civilization. 

I can tell you something about the Muslim civilization because I know very many people from Arab nations, and I have been to Malaysia and Indonesia myself!

The people are very guest-friendly and materialism is very unimportant, 'cause they believe in family values and God. That is real Islam. Other Muslims who are supporting the death merchants, like KLA or other peculiar organizations, may call themselves Muslim, but are NOT Muslim, 'cause in Islam corruption and prostitution is forbidden, especially political prostitution. See - now the Zionists and the God-haters have harvested the terror they have sown.

Our business English lecturer Miss Grayman, a black, said that it was merely Israel's fault that this attack happened. If USA would stop playing a servant and security guard for Israel, this would not have happened.

I feel sorry for those who were innocently killed. I pray that God bless them and send them directly to paradise. Whereas these death merchants and godless yuppies, should be fried in hell.

So Mr. Bush wants to bust Afghanistan? Hmmm...Ok! But I warn him, precious lives of many innocent American soldiers will lost. The death merchants will hide in bunkers, smoke cigars and have fun with beautiful women. That is what is going to be.

No, the globalists will not win! September 11, 2001 was the sign of God! The New World Order is going to crumble down. The struggle will brutal and gruesome. All believers in the one and only God, whether Christians or Muslims should stop battling each other and bring down the might of money and materialism!  Sincerely yours,

Ronald Eikenberg, Germany


FRANCE - We Should All Unite to Fight Islam

Hello from France! I heartily agree with your analysis of the terrorist tragedy in the US. But there is something you did not underline (was it in purpose?). How very ironic to think that, while the American government consistently sustains every Islamic regime in the world, provided there is an economic and/or political and/or geo-strategic interest to do so, even at the cost of Christian solidarity (the merciless crushing of Serbia and Iraq are two blatant and horrifying examples of this utter cynicism), it most probably was the Islamic hard-liner Bin Laden who ordered this spectacular massacre!

As a Frenchman and a Roman Catholic, I can but feel compassion for your fellow-citizens who died in the process or who are slowly dying of a most horrible death under hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete, steel, glass and dust. I can imagine the fear, the pain, the sense of powerlessness and abandonment, the despair, the screams and wails, the darkness, the mounting stench... (TiM Ed.: This comment was written on Sep. 13).

In a way, all these poor people are paying for the increasingly arrogant American imperialism. Now, who could rejoice to see America humiliated? I, for one, like her too much for that, despite her well-known defects and misdeeds. Besides, we should all unite, from now on, to fight our common, relentless and savage enemy - Islam, and to fight it everywhere Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo, Macedonia, etc. If only your politicians could have learned this lesson, South Manhattan might not have crumbled down entirely in vain!

(But the same, of course, cannot be said of the lost human lives, for who could put a value on them?)

Francois.Thouvenin, France


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