Tuesday, February 28, 2006

'Rogue State' Review

I have just finished reading "Rogue State:A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" by William Blum. I realize that many of you have been unable to get the book due to overwhelming demand, & I'm sure the efforts on the goverment's part to make it difficult to obtain from public libraries , etc. So with that, I will offer my review of the book & open up the comments section to anyone who has read the book & wishes to put in their 2 cents, & if ya got more change your more than welcome to throw that in too!
William Blum left the State Dept. in 1967, he abandoned his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the U.S. was doing in Vietnam. He went on to become a founder of the Washington Free Press.
Blum has been a freelance journalist & has worked in London with a former CIA officer on a project exposing CIA personnel & their misdeeds.
Noam Chomsky has said Blum's book, "Killing Hope: U.S. Military & CIA Interventions Since WWII" was, " Far and away the best book on the topic".
In 1999 he won a Project Censored award for "exemplary journalism".
He currently sends out a monthly newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report. To be put on the mailing list go to his website @ killinghope.org.
So on to the book...
This, by far, has been one of the best books I've read--& I read a buttload of books! It is such a well-documented encyclopedia of United States mayhem & deceit, that is a very easy read, well laid out, & I found it hard to put down.
Blum demonstrated exactly how U.S. policy under the banner of freedom & human rights, has led to barbarous criminal acts.
In the introduction, Blum writes, " Just buy our weapons, said Washington, let our military and our corporations roam freely across your land, and give us veto power over who your leaders will be, and we'll protect you. That was the cleverest protection racket since men convinced women that they needed men to protect them." He went on to add, " ...if they failed to appriciate the underlying nobility of American motives, they were warned that they would burn in Communist Hell, or a CIA facsimille thereof."
In the chapter, "Why Do Terrorists Keep Picking On The U.S.?", Blum points out that a U.S. State Dept. report on worldwide terrorist attacks called, "Patterns of Global Terrorism", showed that the year 2003 had more "significant terrorist incidents" than at any time since the Department began issuing statistics in 1985, even though the figures exclude attacks on US troops by insurgents in Iraq, which the Bush administration labels as "terrorist". When the 2004 report showed an even higher number of incidents, the State Dept. announced it would stop publishing the annual statistics. Proving that Bush is not keeping us safe from terrorist attacks, but rather fueling that fire, endangering the US, it's military, & it's people--The State Dept. & our goverment would rather keep that information to themselves, rather than blow Bush's 'Keeping America Safe' facade right down the toliet where it belongs.
Chapter 2, " America's Gift To The World:The Afghan Terrorist Alumni", gives a great history lesson on how Bin Laden, among other Islamic fundamentalists, were not always on Washington's hate list. It maps out the transformation of the Moujahedeen from "good" terrorists, to "bad" ones in easy to read layman's terms.
Chapter 3, " Assassinations", provides a list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination, or planning of one, the US has been involved in since WWII. Included are Charles de Gaulle, President of France in 1965-6, as well as the sorely missed Che Guevara.
There is a flooring chapter of US Army & CIA training manuals that will truly blow your mind! They literally lay out in detail how to effectively assassinate someone, contrived accident being the most effective & chosen method, suggesting a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. It also shows how the act may be executed by "sudden , vigorous grabbing of the ankles, tipping the subject over the edge".
The CIA manual tells how to assassinate one using drugs, preferably morphine because it , "will cause death without disturbance and is difficult to detect."
The manual gives step by step instructions on how to kill one with weapons, and tells future CIA members exactly what areas of the body to strike for best results.
The US Armys manual was no better. It gives detail instructions on how to deal with informants, including what to do with their families, & on "beating the informant or imprisoning them" in order to give the informant credibility or force him to become an informer. Very disgusting stuff!
The next chapter, "Torture", lists all countrys that the CIA has co-existed with torture in.
To me the most shocking chapters had to be chapter 14," The US Use Of Chemical/Biological Weapons Abroad", and chapter 15, " Domestic Use Of Chemical/Biological Weapons".
Included is a list of countrys that the US has used chemical/biological weapons on, with or without their knowledge.
For example, did you know that in 1953 the US Army used air blowers atop trucks to disseminate potentially dangerous zinc cadmium sulfide through Winnipeg, Canada as part of a chemical/biological weapons test?
In Laos, Sept. 1970, US forces under "Operation Tailwind", used aerosolized sarin nerve gas on a Laotian village base camp, with the object of killing American military defectors reported to be there. This killed over 100 people, military & civilian, plus 2 Americans.
And what the United States was, & is currently doing to Cuba will truly blow your mind & make you have sympathy on the country! In August of 1962 a British freighter under Soviet lease became damaged on a reef. It came to San Juan, Puerto Rico for repairs. It was originally bound for a Soviet port with 80,000 bags of Cuban sugar on board. Sugar is virtually Cuba's only natural resource, bringing in a bulk of its money. 14,135 sacks of sugar were unloaded into a warehouse while the ship was being repaired. US CIA agents contaminated the sugar while in the warehouse with a substance allegedly harmess, but unpalatable.
And as recent as Oct 21, 1996, a Cuban pilot flying observed a plane releasing a mist of some substance about 7 times. It was an American Cropduster operated by the State Dept. which had permission to fly over Cuba in route to Columbia. Cuban air control asked the US pilot if he was having problems, he said "no". On Dec 18th of that same year, Cuba saw the 1st signs of plague of Thrips Palms, a plant eating insect never detected before in Cuba. It severely damaged crops/plants & resisted pesticides. The US says the plane only emitted "smoke" to indicate its position. The FAA stated that was not an FAA practice & that no regulation calls for that practice. It looks as if the US is sabotaging Cuba's agriculture crops.
And here at home, the Army has acknowledged that between 1949-1969, 239 populated areas from coast to coast were blanketed with various organisms during tests designed to measure patterns of dissemination in the air, weather effects, dosages, optimum placement of source, etc.
In Tampa Bay, Florida the CIA conducted one or more open air tests with whopping cough bacteria around the Tampa Bay area. The number of whopping cough cases in Florida rose from 339 & one death, to 1080 & 12 deaths that same year!
There are too many incidents to list here, but trust me, your hometown is included.
The chapter, " The United States Versus The World at the United Nations", is amazing to see listed all the Resolutions & their exact dates, as well as what way a country voted. The majority have the US & Israel against the rest of the world. Including, "The request for report on living conditions of Palestinians in occupied Arab countries"--Votes: 110-2 (US & Israel), or how about, " Prepare and carry out the UN Conference on Women"--Votes: 121-2 (US & Israel).
This was just more proof to me that the United Nations is a joke, where the United States rules by bully force against all other countrys.
Ever wonder what happened to IBM, or why Bill Gates & Microsoft rule the computer world? Because the NSA arranged with Microsoft to insert special "keys" into Windows software which allow the NSA a real close look into your computer actions. Microsoft is largely supported financially by the NSA, & it shows by the presence of NSA personnel in Bill Gates' development teams. The Pentagon, according to a report, is Microsoft's largest client in the world. Makes me want to save up for an Apple!
This is a must read book, & if you happen to run across it, buy it! You will not be let down. It is amazing to read how the United States, the holier-than-thou country, is really as corrupt & evil as the countrys it so vehemently loathes.