So Who is the Terrorist?

From the Christian Science Monitor of December 20, 2010:

From an article on this date, “Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday called WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a “high-tech terrorist.” What is Mr. Biden’s reasoning here? After all, that’s pretty tough language to use about someone who doesn’t carry a bomb.”

From the Madison Capitol Times of December 22, 2010:

In an article titled “Joy Gordon: U.S. responsible for human toll of Iraq sanctions,” Joy Gordon wrote, “Last week the U.N. Security Council voted to lift the sanctions that it imposed on Iraq 20 years ago. Vice President Joe Biden hailed the occasion as “an end to the burdensome remnants of the dark era of Saddam Hussein.

“What he did not say was that the sanctions were more than burdensome. They triggered a humanitarian crisis that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children, and the collapse of every system necessary to sustain human life in a modern society. And he certainly did not mention that among all the nations on the Security Council, it was the U.S. — and the U.S. alone — that ensured that this human damage would be massive and indiscriminate.”

From the New York Times of March 22, 1991:

In an article titled “After The War; U.N. Survey Calls Iraq’s War Damage Near-Apocalyptic” the paper described U.S. policy this way: “Ever since the trade embargo was imposed on Aug. 6, after the invasion of Kuwait, the United States has argued against any premature relaxation [of economic sanctions] in the belief that by making life uncomfortable for the Iraqi people it will eventually encourage them to remove President Saddam Hussein from power.

It is clear — especially from the last and oldest entry — that the U.S. government has been engaged in an act of creating and maintaining “near-apocalyptic” conditions in Iraq — including “famine and epidemic” according to that same article — to coerce or intimidate the government of Iraq or the people of Iraq into overthrowing President Saddam Hussein.  That qualifies for our legal definition of the crime of terrorism.

As documented by The New England Journal of Medicine and by UNICEF, this has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of completely innocent children.  But the 1991 NYT article gives us the clue as to how our mass media is to analyze and report on those conditions: “uncomfortable” is the word the NYT would like us to use and understand.  Twenty years later, Joe Biden completes the 2-decade-long verbal coverup: “burdensome” is the word he uses to describe all those deaths.

One wonders what George Orwell would have to add to his book 1984 if he were alive today.  Perhaps only move it from the fiction to the non-fiction section of our libraries.  Please see “Chapter 1: My story of the fine & law suit (Jan. 11)” currently on our Home page for more evidence and many links in support of this belief.  And stay tuned for more postings — on the media and our courts and what we can do — by signing up for our emails.

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5 Responses to So Who is the Terrorist?

  1. K. Parker says:

    I read, for the first time, about this courageous man in today’s Seattle Times (January 5, 2011). For the beginning of this new and very important decade for our world, I ordered cards from the Metropolitan Museum of Art….a dove by Picasso with one word imprinted “Peace.” In searching for an intriguing word to inspire thought that would be printed on my return address label, I got lucky…….satyagraha……World Peace through Satyagraha. Bert Sacks personifies the kind of very committed person that is needed to turn the world around from the very bleak course it is set on.

  2. carol isaac says:

    As Nader has just been quoted in an article by Chris Hedges (01/03/2011-Truthdig), we are down to two options: defiance or submission. Prison time is not the best of outcomes, unless, of cours, fate has some work you can do there. So, I wish the legal system relieves you of that fate or Br’er Rabbit’s briar patch.

    Real Thanks

  3. I just wonder how many people like you are left in the land called the USA? Or on this entire planet? How can such brutality keeps perpetuating and even intensifying?
    Yes, we must rebel to exist as humans or perish as cased animals

  4. Janette Brown says:

    Perhaps we are beginning to see such courage, and the sleeping Lion is waking. I am heartened by the fact that what 100 people started in Wisconsin has now spread to 250 cities and townships in the U.S. and Canada.

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