Swans' Release: February 17, 2003

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Mon Feb 17 08:57:22 MST 2003

February 17, 2003 -- In this issue:

For months, due to the success of the anti-war demonstrations, the
main media -- particularly the folks at The Nation, paragon of the
"Institutionalized Left" -- have conducted a smear campaign to
discredit some of the movement's organizers. In their effort to divide
they've directed their slanders against the International ANSWER
coalition, alleging that it was a front for the Workers World Party
(WWP) which is always presented like an extremist, radical, Stalinist,
sectarian outfit -- just the perfect invectives to scare the masses! The
latest smear occurred last week and is known as the "Lerner Affair."
But we anticipate... What better way to expose these machinations,
how they work and are launched relentlessly, than ask one of these
often vilified organizers -- and why not a member of the WWP at
that? So, we contacted Lou Paulsen of Chicago on very short notice
(Friday) and asked him if he could consider writing a piece for Swans,
exposing the techniques used to attempt to split the anti-war
movement. By Friday night, 11.00 pm his time, Lou still had, in his
words, "to a) put some signs on sticks, b) write a leaflet about a
meeting in two weeks, and c) get it printed," but he assured that he
would try... We received with much appreciation his work the next
morning. And what a piece of work it is! Read it and see how smear
campaigns get set up and learn about some truly devious characters.
But you know, in light of this weekend's demonstrations in the U.S.
and all over the world, their efforts keep failing for, as Lou eloquently
shows, the movement is quite diverse, united, and highly respectful of
its many components and causes. As to sectarianism, well here you
have it: a member of the WWP contributes to Swans!

The anti-war movement is strong and growing. Yet Condi Rice
reaffirmed that Bush won't back down, and that the "the coalition of
the willing is preparing." What of the coalition of the 'unwilling' and the
growing rift between the U.S. and the countries that aren't playing our
game, particularly France? Read Gilles d'Aymery's article,
Accessories to Assassination, the title of which encapsulates his view
of the situation. Ed Herman details with accuracy the U.S.
manipulation of the UN and the media propaganda in preparation for
war, or more aptly, massacre, a word that Deck Deckert expands
upon in his powerful column. Senator Robert Byrd, a voice of reason
and one of our favorite orators, gave a compelling speech on the
seriousness of war on the floor of the Senate; we republish it.

What about the sheer hypocrisy of the Bush administration? Eli
Beckerman illustrates it through the failed War on Drugs (illegal drugs
that is -- prescriptions like those which Noelle Bush can't stay away
from are okay...). For his part, Philip Greenspan reports that slavery
is alive and well as corporations and countries barter cheap labor as a
commodity. The masses are being drained and manipulated in the
name of profits and under the guise of patriotism, a counter to which,
posits Milo Clark, "smaller is better," and sustainability depends on
the local, not global, society.

In these stressful times, let's keep in mind the power of creativity and
imagination. Gregory Elich reviews a masterpiece of contemporary
classical music, Pierre Boulez's Pli Selon Pli. (This is our very first
music review on Swans!) Michael Stowell comments on Daniel
Quinn's book oft quoted in these pages, Beyond Civilization. This
rendition also includes Letter Three in the series of Letters to a Young
Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke; and in the poetry corner, Jan Baughman
offers words and thoughts to those struggling for an alternative to war,
as does e.e. cummings in his poem about Olaf, the conscientious

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:

The Real Movement And The Media Movement: "A Touch Of
Lerneritis" - by Lou Paulsen

Accessories To Assassination - by Gilles d'Aymery

Using The "UN Process" To Help Organize A Massacre
by Edward S. Herman

A Massacre By Any Other Name - by Deck Deckert

Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences
by Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)

A Heartbreaking Presidency Of Staggering Hypocrisy
by Eli Beckerman

The Evolution Of Slavery - by Philip Greenspan

Size Matters - by Milo Clark

PLI SELON PLI: "A Modern Masterpiece"
Music Review by Gregory Elich

Look Deep "Beyond Civilization"
Book Review by Michael W. Stowell

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

At The Banquet Of Humanity - Poem by Jan Baughman

i sing of Olaf glad and big - Poem by e. e. cummings

Letters to the Editor


Thank you for reading Swans

Gilles d'Aymery

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