Swans' Release: January 20, 2003

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jan 19 20:58:45 MST 2003

January 20, 2003 -- In this issue:

The U.S. is currently delaying food assistance to a people in the midst
of a famine to achieve political aims... The humanitarian aid to North
Korea is tied, as Bush II has confirmed, to the politics of the latest
fabricated nuclear crisis in East Asia, and is merely presented in the
media as tough diplomacy and dialogue, not a genocidal policy, which
it clearly is. The term genocide has been quite efficiently applied to
US-defined miscreants -- do you recall how in 1999 the moralizing
crowds were pontificating that if the Serb leadership's intent was to
kill even one Muslim, that very intent in and by itself was proof of
genocide? (Milosevic is in the imperial dock accordingly). It's only the
bad people du jour who are genocidists, right? Well, Ed Herman turns
the matter upside down on its head and applies the term to the U.S.
and its client state in the Middle East. Let's brace ourselves for
another volley of flames!

Following the media you would believe that the only real problems
faced by the good guys are the "terrorists" (what little we hear of
them), Iraq and its blood-thirsty leader, the wicked Palestinians, and
the other dictator in the Hermit Kingdom, the Land of Morning Calm,
bound to defy the peace and freedom loving people of the world with
his mini-nukes (quiz: who last called for using nukes?) but if you follow
Gilles d'Aymery you'll see a wider picture of the many predicaments
(choking pretzels?) that are piling up on Bush's plate. But then, as
Milo Clark explains, it may have to do not with ignorance but with the
ignorance of ignorance...

Talking about the media, The New York Times reported that "tens of
thousands" of demonstrators had gathered in Washington D.C., San
Francisco, and various other cities around the world. Of course, if you
keep adding up the tens of thousands you'll get close to 200,000 in
San Francisco and 4 or 500,000 in D.C., and that's just two cities
among over 30! It won't be reported as such, but the antiwar
demonstrations of January 18 were a huge success. How do we
know? Simple, Michael Stowell was there! Not only does he present
his rationale for participating but in a second piece he offers his live
impressions of the moment. Now, go back to the International
A.N.S.W.E.R coalition and find out about the next events. Get ready
for February 15!

While the masses were demonstrating and celebrating the legend of
Martin Luther King Jr., Resident Bush, so as not to be left out of the
inspiration mix, declared January 19 to be National Sanctity of Human
Life Day. Jan Baughman, in a letter to Mr. Bush, shows the hypocrisy
of a government that is chipping away at abortion while diverting funds
from health care, education, and just about every social service, to the
military and the wealthy. With this suffering economy, William Funke
describes the likely disastrous consequences of Bush's faulty tax plan
packaged and marketed as an 'economic stimulus plan,' and offers
some better alternatives. Philip Greenspan explains the cost in human
dividends that a "patriotic" investment in war will impose.

We have two powerful poems to share -- one by Alma Hromic, for
the migratory birds facing a loss of protection along with the US
wetlands, and one by John Bart Gerald, with a superb and haunting
drawing by Julie Maas, for the casualties of a US bombing of a civilian
shelter in Baghdad in 1991. Finally, Milo Clark reviews the prophetic
and pioneering works of Robert A. Heinlein.

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 the list of all the pieces:

Parallel And Linked Genocides: Iraq And Palestine
by Edward S. Herman

A World Full Of Choking Pretzels - by Gilles d'Aymery

Typology Of Ignorance - by Milo Clark

Demonstration - by Michael W. Stowell

The Magical Mystery Tour - by Michael W. Stowell

National Sanctity Of Human Life Day: A Letter to the President
by Jan Baughman

Bush Economic "Plan" (giggle, snort) - by William Funke

Dividends From A Patriotic Investment - by Philip Greenspan

The Birds - A Poem by Alma A. Hromic

to all those lost 2/13/91 4:30 a.m.
A Poem by John Bart Gerald with Drawing by Julie Maas

Future History: The Work of Robert A. Heinlein
by Milo Clark

Letters to the Editor


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