Swans' Release: February 3, 2003

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Sun Feb 2 22:24:35 MST 2003

February 3, 2003 -- In this issue

"How did our oil get under their soil?" a speaker sardonically asked at 
a recent local peace rally. As the global anti-war movement mounts in 
desperate attempts to stop America's anti-Iraq madness, is it at all 
possible that a real shift is occurring, that some major newspapers are 
changing their slant with more frequent commentaries discussing the 
failure of evidence that Saddam is linked to al Qaeda, debunking the 
notion that war is the only option and that our aim is humanitarian and 
just? Or is it just spin? There was certainly no evidence of a shift 
based on President Bush's State of the Union Address, which left 
Gilles d'Aymery shaking in his proverbial boots as Bush sneered 
about destroying "evil" while pontificating about war. Reagan, Bush I, 
Clinton, Bush II....the madness is continuously perpetuated, passed on 
from generation to generation. Isn't it about time we all start acting 
FOR HUMANITY? Read Swans' statement, contributed by a 
Chicago friend, on Richard Barnet's "Roots of War: The Men and 
Institutions Behind U.S. Foreign Policy" to get a sense of the people 
leading our bureaucratic system on a march that is reminiscent of 
Hannah Arendt's banality of evil. Accordingly, our previously 
published and newly updated rationale for Gulf War I is an urgent 
must-read to fully understand the State's constant machinations and 
deception. Finalement, nous offrons à nos lecteurs de langue française 
une traduction par Michel Charbonnier de "Parallel and Linked 
Genocides: Iraq and Palestine," par Edward Herman.  

Beyond the myths and realities of the State of the Union address, Mac 
Lawrence poses the question, "what kind of people are we?" With no 
money for health care yet unlimited reserves for defense and a never-
ending cycle of violence Lawrence looks to Michael Moore's Bowling 
for Columbine for answers. Milo Clark struggles to understand the 
reasons why people who have all the privileges and perquisites this 
society can imagine want it all for themselves. But that's exactly how 
America's founding fathers designed the system, says Philip 
Greenspan; even football is a symbolic competition for resources and 
control according to the wry analysis of Michael Stowell. Is there a 
better system on earth? You may not believe where it just might exist -
- so read Stowell's piece on Fidel Castro and Cuba.  

We are delighted to welcome Louis Proyect to Swans. This is the first 
of a series of in-depth bimonthly reviews that Proyect will contribute, 
beginning with the extraordinary fictional work by Communist leader 
and Marxist theoretician Nikolai Bukharin, How It All Began. In 
accompaniment, we are publishing Letter Two of Rainer Maria Rilke's 
Letters to a Young Poet, and in the poetry corner, a relevant and 
touching poem by Sabina Becker on the symbolism of a scarf, from 
Afghanistan to the Western World.  

Please keep in mind the February 15 anti-war demonstrations. The 
corridors of power must be taking notice of the movement, or why 
would the New York City police department refuse to issue a permit 
for the march, while the main media increase their efforts to discredit 
the organizers? Let our voices be heard!  

Enjoy this edition. As always, form your OWN opinion and let your 
friends (and foes) know about Swans. It's your voice that makes ours 

Here is a list of all the pieces:

Ovation Into A Holocaust - by Gilles d'Aymery

"Bureaucratic Homicide" And American Power - by Swans

The 1991 Gulf War Rationale - by Gilles d'Aymery

Deux génocides parallèles et liés entre eux : l'Irak et la Palestine
par Edward S. Herman (in French - en français)

Looking For Answers At Columbine - by Mac Lawrence

A Failure Of Understanding - by Milo Clark

An Unjust Justice System - by Philip Greenspan

A Pigskin Post-Game Postulation - by Michael W. Stowell

Granma And Granpa - by Michael W. Stowell

Nikolai Bukharin, "How it All Began" - Review by Louis Proyect

Letters to a Young Poet (Letter Two) - by Rainer Maria Rilke

Shorthand, Written In A Scarf - Poem by Sabina C. Becker

Letters to the Editor


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