Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Memorandum To Empire

"...esteemed Pirates of America, Britain and Australia -- we appreciate your generous counsel. We agree with you that the shadow of terror and tyranny grows longer by the day and that we must meet this growing threat with sustained ardor.

However, despite all the benefits that are said to come with it, we must respectfully decline your invitation for us to join the new crusade -- what you call the ‘war on terror.’ "

Let's not forget what the West has supported in the past

  • The declaration of Martial Law in the Phillipines in 1972 and continued commercial investment. The American Chamber of Commerce called it "heaven-sent relief."

  • Suharto in Indonesia as he murdered hundreds of thousands in Bali 1965-66 described by the CIA as "One of the worst mass murders in the 20th century". Yet Margaret Thatcher called Suharto "one of our very best and most valuable friends"

  • The invasion of East Timor in 1975 and it's occuptation for two decades. Based on recently declassified secret archival documents, it is now an indisputable fact that Ford and Kissinger advised Suharto in a meeting the day before the invasion that “it is important that whatever you do [with East Timor] succeeds quickly” but that “it would be better if it were done after we [have left].”

  • Starting with secret aid approved by US President Jimmy Carter in 1979 support was given to many groups that would later merge to form resistance against Soviet occupation of Afganistan. These groups would later go on to form the Taliban, and Jema'ah Islamiyah among others. US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzenzinski said to a French newspaper in 1998, “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet Empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or . . . the end of the cold war?”