Swans' Release: March 17, 2003
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Mon Mar 17 09:35:05 MST 2003
March 17, 2003 -- In this issue:
What a Sunday! First we were treated to Dick Cheney, fresh out of
his bunker, just in time for Meet The Press on NBC. He is in good
health, we are happy to learn, for he does not eat French fries! The
ever-so-reasonable patriarch was quite reassuring. You see, our great
leader, G.W.B., is not a cowboy after all (though, in the West, this is
not a bad thing, right?). He just "cuts to the chase;" He is the "right
man under the circumstances;" not the man from Providence, mind
you, but no doubt the providential man. Too bad the UN -- a good
and necessary institution -- is wrong. Too bad world opinion is
wrong. Even Brent Scowcroft, a good friend, mind you, is wrong too.
They do not understand the new reality. Fortunately for world security
and the safety of the nation, the President, a man of uncharacteristic
moral clarity and vision, is in the right place at the right time, there, at
the helm, thank the lord.
Then we got another treat with the Press Conference in the Azores
where the "International Community" represented by four Western,
white middle-aged males in dark suits declaimed on the Transatlantic
Solidarity, their responsibility "to uphold what the UN has set to go;"
that is, for Iraq to "disarm unconditionally...or face serious
consequences." Iraq has not "fully disarmed," hence... The logic is
implacable. Saddam is an "obstacle to progress in the Middle East."
He is "a cruel oppressor of the Iraqi people" ... "capable of any
crimes" ... "has a long history of murder" ... "thousands of children die"
... "60 percent of the population relies on food aid" (we'll stop the
sanctions, of course). "From our perspective, the perspective of the
security of the world" -- four Western white middle-aged men in dark
suits, that is -- "tomorrow is the moment of truth" ... "we are out of
time." But, "Saddam can leave the country" ... "he can unconditionally
disarm" ... "it's his decision to make" ... "thus far he has taken bad
decisions." Ultimately, "Saddam Hussein is responsible" for this crisis.
"We are going to liberate the Iraqi people." A good people, the Iraqis;
well-educated, and it "is their natural resources" (the word "oil" was
never uttered)... Tomorrow will see a brave new world. We'll even
take care of the Israelis and the Palestinians -- a state for each;
secure, accepted... Yes, tomorrow will indeed be a great day.
Meantime, "the UN has to be able to function well if we're going to
keep the peace." It's time to show your cards," as we say in Texas
when "we play poker." The moment of truth, heralded by, again, four
Western, white middle-aged men in dark suits, Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse who cannot fathom building without destroying...
So, this issue of Swans will depart from its usual format. We'll begin
with poetry -- five poems that cover these momentous times. We'll
start in the Middle East with Eli Beckerman, then move to the nature
of fundamentalist providence as well as faulty logic and deadly
syllogisms with the help of Jim Craven; we'll look empire at usa.com in
the eyes with Kahnupad Haider and, finally, the creativity of the peace
movement thanks to Sabina Becker. Poetry is a powerful, truly
impressive medium to lay out bare the insanities of power. So, it
should be of no surprise if even poets are under constant attack
Then, with the "civilizing" words of our Four Horsemen still fresh in
mind, we'll take a look at the reality behind those lofty words in the
company of Greg Elich who details the Imperial Enterprise. Things,
however, do not always go as planned for our civilizers. To wit, read
the travails of Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, in
Baffour Ankomah's report -- there is a short introduction for readers
who are not familiar with the context. (We'll have more on Zimbabwe
in the next issue.) And, with Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic's
untimely demise, Yugoslavia was back in the news for a day or two.
The shameful anniversary of the Kosovo war, on March 24, is a sad
occasion to provide important clarifications and explanations that
debunk "official" history, a useful exercise thanks to Konstantin
Kilibarda. And if you ever were under the impression that war,
perpetual war, was good for the economy, read Prof. Seymour
Melman's sobering article on US deindustrialization; and if the facts
are not compelling enough, or are problematic, one can always resort
to lies, as Philip Greenspan describes.
To wrap it up, Richard Macintosh reflects on the ongoing rift between
the Great Powers; Scott Orlovsky writes about the political myths that
provide the cement for authoritarianism; and Milo Clark offers a Book
Review in which he wonders why power people insist so vehemently
that cloud is sun and sun is cloud. Last but not least, a word of
acknowledgment and thanks to Greg Elich who truly stepped up to
the task and provided incommensurable help to pull this edition
together. It demonstrates yet again the collective nature of Swans.
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:
Equality In Canaan - A Poem by Eli Beckerman
Tautological Hubris - A Poem by Jim Craven
Deadly/ Contrived Syllogisms - A Poem by Jim Craven
The fractal empire at usa.com - A Poem by Kahnupad Haider
Different Drummers - A Poem by Sabina C. Becker
Imperial Enterprise: War Mongers Run Amuck
by Gregory Elich
Zimbabwe: What Future For Morgan? - by Baffour Ankomah
US Script For Yugoslavia's Privatization - by Konstantin Kilibarda
Distortions about Yugoslavia's Disintegration
by Konstantin Kilibarda
In The Grip Of A Permanent War Economy - by Seymour Melman
Some Thoughts About Lying - by Philip Greenspan
A Geopolitical Tsunami - by Richard Macintosh
Memorylemming - by Scott Orlovsky
The Fourth Turning - by Milo Clark
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