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An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed violently since the US invasion.

American Deaths
4,124

American Wounded

Official

Estimated

28,171

23,000-100,000

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.

From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.   

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"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants."
- Lewis Black

RESIST!



To The Brink ...

Last night I was reading a book about Route 66, the legendary highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. The author reached Tulsa Oklahoma on page 132 and took a picture of a monument.

Inscribed on the monument was: 1921 Black Wall Street Memorial ... and a list of names.

The accompanying paragraph read: “Outside the Greenwood Cultural Center, a somber marker bears witness to the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921. Whites stormed the neighborhood, killing more than 300, burning 36 square blocks, and herding more than 6,000 people into a nearby stadium. Recent investigations have discovered mass graves in the area that may push the number of the dead even higher.”

I couldn’t get my head around the numbers … more than 300 people dead, 6,000 people rounded up, 36 square blocks of homes and businesses burned? I put the book down, went to The Internet, and Googled further.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_Race_Riot

Although official counts put the number of dead at 39 … 26 black, 13 white, it is generally accepted that this number is substantially higher, especially among black victims … Based on the evidence available, the actual number of black citizens believed to be killed during the riot may be around 300.

Of the some 800 people admitted to local hospitals for injuries, a vast majority are believed to have been white, as both black hospitals had been burned in the rioting. … Several among the black dead were known to have died while in the internment centers.

http://www.exodusnews.com/HISTORY/History007.htm

From the evening of May 31st, to the afternoon of June 1, 1921, more Americans killed fellow Americans in the Tulsa riot than probably anytime since the Civil War. … Rumors still persist that hundreds, not dozens, of people were killed and that bodies were crudely buried in mass graves, stuffed into coal mines and tossed into the Arkansas River. If so, the Tulsa race riot would go down as the worst single act of domestic violence on U. S. soil since the Civil War; worse than the 1965 Watts riot, the 1967 Detroit riot, the 1992 Los Angeles riot and the 1995 Oklahoma city bombing.

As I read, I tried to imagine what it must have been like when families fled for their lives as whites went on a killing, burning rampage. What was it like to have thousands of your neighbors spontaneously and collectively … snap … and turn on you in a murderous rage because of the color of your skin? What was it like for the survivors to return after losing everything and try to rebuild a new life while still living next to a people who had gone insane and tried to wipe them out? What was it like to live in America during the 1920’s when the Ku Klux Klan membership was 15% of the nation's eligible population?

Then I thought, Why Don’t I know About This? But then … Why Should I Know About This. I’m a white man who grew up in White America, went to White Schools, and read White History. I went to school for 16 years and still didn’t know about one of the most horrific events in American History.

George Santayana said that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But … don’t we have to learn our history first?

James Loewen established in his book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, that we can read American History books cover to cover and still be historically illiterate.

Loewen writes, “Textbooks keep students in the dark about the nature of history...[They] employ such a godlike tone, it never occurs to most students to question them … As a result of this, most high school seniors are hamstrung in their efforts to analyze controversial issues in our society"

We study our history by reading the stories of American historical figures as heroes.

We all learned in school how Helen Keller was blind and deaf from infancy. When she was 10 years old, aided by her teacher, Anne Sullivan, she bravely overcame her disabilities. By the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe, magna cum laude, becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

And as far as American textbooks are concerned … The End.

What we’re not taught is Helen Keller’s life after she dropped out of our textbooks.

She was a suffragist, a pacifist, a radical socialist, supported birth control, and helped found the ACLU. Keller and her friend Mark Twain were both considered radicals in the socio-political context in the United States and as a consequence, their political views have been forgotten or glossed over.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellen_keller#Political_activities

We live in Historical Times but without a Historical Context. What happened today is going to shape our immediate future. The house passed the Steny Hoyer/FISA bill today. It now goes to the Senate for debate next week. The Vichy Democrats, collaborating with The Bush Regime, have brought this country closer to the brink of totalitarian madness.

We’ve been there before … and we’ve always turned back. But as stock brokers are compelled to tell us … Past performance does not necessarily predict the future.

From Ted Rall’s recent article at CommonDreams.org:

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/18/9721/

Deranged leaders who carry out horrific acts of mass murder and oppression with the consent of the people are hardly new to American history, reminds Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States. “Begin with the Salem witchcraft trials of the 1690s … Move forward to the Alien and Sedition Acts of the early Republic, and from there to the suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War. Turn then to the arbitrary political arrests of the First and Second World Wars, the many abuses of the Cold War McCarthy era, and from there the civil liberties climate in our time.”

… But those are temporary excesses, Weinstein reassures. “Self-corrective forces at work in American society” … lefties, liberals, a single swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court -- always pull us back before we careen off the brink. Disaster is avoided.

We have seen hundreds of My Lai villagers murdered in a ditch … Thousands of Black Americans trying to escape from insane white mobs in Tulsa … Atrocities committed in our name in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in secret detention centers scattered around the globe.

Yes … we have always pulled back before we go "too far" … But oh the damage we do before we stop.

Regards,

Bob



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The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?

Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer

Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me
But Probably Won't

Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen

For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.

Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.

Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.


The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi

"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.

Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."

From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.

Clicking on the book links to the book's website.


Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky

"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."

In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.

Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.


The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf

In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.

Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.

As Basil Fawlty keenly observed:    but ... this is no joke.


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you. --Kim Hughes

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


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Documentaries

"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.

"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.

"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.

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