wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ~ Amsterdam
Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 204: Cold-Blue
Maandag, 6 january 2003 (17.00 to 19.00)
"That is what is heard near the river - not its voice but a sigh, the
sigh of pliant plants, the sad rustle
of the greenery's caress. In a little while, the vegetable world
itself grows quiet,
and, then, when sadness falls on the stones, the whole universe
becomes mute through an inexpressible terror."
o Gaston Bachelard, Water & Dreams
"The current American elite is the Third Reich of our times, although
this distinction ought not to
let us forget that they have merely accelerated more than half a
century of unrelenting American state terrorism"
o John Pilger [see below]
Intro / Chlause / Bloch / Bödele / Riemstalde > Various Swiss
Performers [Ur-Musig / CSR]*
Ten Thousand Shades of Blue > Richard Lainhart [10 Thousand Shades of
Blue / XI Records]
Winter's Edge > Rapoon [Darker By Light / Soleilmoon]
Piers en Oceaan > Kees Tazelaar [His Master's Noise: The Institute of
Sonology / BVHaast]
3 Jüüzli und Alpfahrt > Various Swiss Performers [Ur-Musig / CSR]
Thin Ice > John Schnall [Songs from Midnight Matinee / Schnall]**
First Snow > Andrew Peckler [Station to Station / ~scape]
Yakut Song > Lioudmila Khandi [Songs from the Cold Seas / Sony] ***
Rain to Sleet, Sleet to Snow > Mau [Maju-2 / Extreme]
Öberfahre of d'Meglisalp > Various Swiss Performers [Ur-Musig / CSR]
Infinite Grey / Borderland > Ken Ikeda [Tzuki Moon / Touch]
Praha / Münster / Hamburg > John Bennett [Cityscape / Acid Planet]
A Sudden Chill > Arthur Russell [Another Thought / Point]
Perfect World > Kochu [Kochu / Kochu]
Blank Wite Page > Lynn Book & Tatsu Aoki [Strange Familiar / Bookish]
Midnight Blue > Robert Fripp [A Blessing of Tears / Discipline Global]
Blanc > Sylvain Chauveau [Nocturne Impalpable / Disques du Soleil]
Dr Muggetanz > Martin Nauer & Seebi Schmidig [Ur-Musig / CSR]
* CSR, Schläpfer's label, has put out a diverse array of Swiss music
including a lot of yodeling. UR-Musig is a collection of three CDs
that offers an excellent audio companion to the documentary,
UR-Musig. Its non-narrative minimal-academic-musicological
documentary style manages to capture a scene, a preserved instant
that is rendered with such loving care that one is blown away not
only by the music, but by the mystical quality of the various yodels
of the Appenzellers and Innerschweizer mountain dwellers. CSR also
released a series of esoteric soundscape CDs, which are
intoxicatingly representative sonic portraits of certain aspects of
Swiss pastoral culture. True Tone volumes 1-5 are pure ambiences of,
yes, Swiss pastures. What do the Alps, the pastures, and the rolling
hills sound like? They are alive and filled with the atmospherically
pregnant sounds of cowbells and grazing herds. [Morgeluft] captures
the sound between 6-7:30 a.m., 6 May 1990 of Lake Vierwaldstättersee,
the lake which Schläpfer lives near and which Luzern stretches along.
You can picture Schläpfer tromping around the Alps, sneaking up on
the herds with his microphone. [from the forthcoming YO DE LAY EEE
OOO: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World]
** Schnall = John Oswald + the Tasmanian Devil - Peewee Herman
*** Song From The Cold Seas, various artists, producer: Hector Zazou,
Columbia [477585-2], 1994. A fave by one of my favorite soundmakers.
Cold melancholy songs by far-northern singers like Bjork, Värttina,
Wimme Saari, and Lena Willemark. Includes one of the most magnificent
yodel songs I've ever heard. "Yakut Song" by Lioudmila Khandi is a
traditional Northeast Siberian song transformed by modern technology
into an evocation of one's emotional geography. Khandi's vocals are
so haunting they crawl right inside my most emotional of organs and
manufacture melancholy like only Robert Johnson is capable of doing.
The Score: The interesting tabulations show that most European
nations' citizens are overwhelmingly AGAINST war while their
governments have caved in to Washington's persuasion. There are 3
major countries where the governments are in line with the citizenry.
Schroeder in Germany is against war and so is 87% of the Germans.
Chirac in France is leaning against war and so is 75+ of the French.
Meanwhile, in the US, it's the opposite 80±% support Bush's lunge
toward war. In other Euro-countries the figures against are similar
against war. 72+% in the Netherlands are against war and yet Premier
Balkenende is leaning toward restrained support of Washington.
BLAIR IS A COWARD
DAILY MIRROR (London) Jan 29 2003 [submitted by Eddie Woods / excerpted by WTM]
William Russell, the great correspondent who reported the carnage of
imperial wars, may have first used the expression "blood on his
hands" to describe impeccable politicians who, at a safe distance,
order the mass killing of ordinary people.
In my experience "on his hands" applies especially to those modern
political leaders who have had no personal experience of war, like
George W Bush, who managed not to serve in Vietnam, and the effete
Tony Blair. There is about them the essential cowardice of the man
who causes death and suffering not by his own hand but through a
chain of command that affirms his "authority".
In 1946 the judges at Nuremberg who tried the Nazi leaders for war
crimes left no doubt about what they regarded as the gravest crimes
The most serious was unprovoked invasion of a sovereign state that
offered no threat to one's homeland. Then there was the murder of
civilians, for which responsibility rested with the "highest
authority". Blair is about to commit both these crimes, for which he
is being denied even the flimsiest United Nations cover now that the
weapons inspectors have found, as one put it, "zilch". Like those in
the dock at Nuremberg, he has no democratic cover.
Using the archaic "royal prerogative" he did not consult parliament
or the people when he dispatched 35,000 troops and ships and aircraft
to the Gulf; he consulted a foreign power, the Washington regime.
Unelected in 2000, the Washington regime of George W Bush is now
totalitarian, captured by a clique whose fanaticism and ambitions of
"endless war" and "full spectrum dominance" are a matter of record.
All the world knows their names: Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz,
Cheney and Perle, and Powell, the false liberal. Bush's State of the
Union speech last night was reminiscent of that other great moment in
1938 when Hitler called his generals together and told them: "I must
have war." He then had it.
To call Blair a mere "poodle" is to allow him distance from the
killing of innocent Iraqi men, women and children for which he will
He is the embodiment of the most dangerous appeasement humanity has
known since the 1930s. The current American elite is the Third Reich
of our times, although this distinction ought not to let us forget
that they have merely accelerated more than half a century of
unrelenting American state terrorism: from the atomic bombs dropped
cynically on Japan as a signal of their new power to the dozens of
countries invaded, directly or by proxy, to destroy democracy
wherever it collided with American "interests", such as a voracious
appetite for the world's resources, like oil.
When you next hear Blair or Straw or Bush talk about "bringing
democracy to the people of Iraq", remember that it was the CIA that
installed the Ba'ath Party in Baghdad from which emerged Saddam
"That was my favourite coup," said the CIA man responsible. When you
next hear Blair and Bush talking about a "smoking gun" in Iraq, ask
why the US government last December confiscated the 12,000 pages of
Iraq's weapons declaration, saying they contained "sensitive
information" which needed "a little editing".
Sensitive indeed. The original Iraqi documents listed 150 American,
British and other foreign companies that supplied Iraq with its
nuclear, chemical and missile technology, many of them in illegal
transactions. In 2000 Peter Hain, then a Foreign Office Minister,
blocked a parliamentary request to publish the full list of
lawbreaking British companies. He has never explained why.
As a reporter of many wars I am constantly aware that words on the
page like these can seem almost abstract, part of a great chess game
unconnected to people's lives. The most vivid images I carry make
that connection. They are the end result of orders given far away by
the likes of Bush and Blair, who never see, or would have the courage
to see, the effect of their actions on ordinary lives: the blood on
Let me give a couple of examples. Waves of B52 bombers will be used
in the attack on Iraq. In Vietnam, where more than a million people
were killed in the American invasion of the 1960s, I once watched
three ladders of bombs curve in the sky, falling from B52s flying in
formation, unseen above the clouds.
They dropped about 70 tons of explosives that day in what was known
as the "long box" pattern, the military term for carpet bombing.
Everything inside a "box" was presumed destroyed.
When I reached a village within the "box", the street had been
replaced by a crater.
I slipped on the severed shank of a buffalo and fell hard into a
ditch filled with pieces of limbs and the intact bodies of children
thrown into the air by the blast.
The children's skin had folded back, like parchment, revealing veins
and burnt flesh that seeped blood, while the eyes, intact, stared
straight ahead. A small leg had been so contorted by the blast that
the foot seemed to be growing from a shoulder. I vomited.
I am being purposely graphic. This is what I saw, and often; yet even
in that "media war" I never saw images of these grotesque sights on
television or in the pages of a newspaper.
I saw them only pinned on the wall of news agency offices in Saigon
as a kind of freaks' gallery.
SOME years later I often came upon terribly deformed Vietnamese
children in villages where American aircraft had sprayed a herbicide
called Agent Orange. It was banned in the United States, not
surprisingly for it contained Dioxin, the deadliest known poison.
This terrible chemical weapon, which the cliche-mongers would now
call a weapon of mass destruction, was dumped on almost half of South
More than 300 tons of depleted uranium, another weapon of mass
destruction, were fired by American aircraft and tanks and possibly
by the British.
Many of the rounds were solid uranium which, inhaled or ingested,
causes cancer. In a country where dust carries everything, swirling
through markets and playgrounds, children are especially vulnerable.
For 12 years Iraq has been denied specialist equipment that would
allow its engineers to decontaminate its southern battlefields
Let us be clear about what the Bush-Blair attack will do to our
fellow human beings in a country already stricken by an embargo run
by America and Britain and aimed not at Saddam Hussein but at the
civilian population, who are denied even vaccines for the children.
Last week the Pentagon in Washington announced matter of factly that
it intended to shatter Iraq "physically, emotionally and
psychologically" by raining down on its people 800 cruise missiles in
A military strategist named Harlan Ullman told American television:
"There will not be a safe place in Baghdad" The strategy is known as
Shock and Awe and Ullman is apparently its proud inventor. He said:
"You have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons
at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but minutes." A "confidential"
UN document, based on World Health Organisation estimates, says that
"as many as 500,000 people could require treatment as a result of
direct and indirect injuries".
It is Washington's utter disregard for humanity, I believe, together
with Blair's lies that have turned most people in this country
against them, including people who have not protested before. Last
weekend Blair said there was no need for the UN weapons inspectors to
find a "smoking gun" for Iraq to be attacked. Compare that with his
reassurance in October 2001 that there would be no "wider war"
against Iraq unless there was "absolute evidence" of Iraqi complicity
in September 11. And there has been no evidence
Blair's figleaf of a "coalition" is very important to Bush and only
the moral power of the British people can bring the troops home
without them firing a shot.
The consequences of not speaking out go well beyond an attack on
Iraq. Washington will effectively take over the Middle East, ensuring
an age of terrorism other than their own.
The next American attack is likely to be Iran - the Israelis want
this - and their aircraft are already in place in Turkey. Then it may
be China's turn.
"Endless war" is Vice-President Cheney's contribution to our
understanding. Bush has said he will use nuclear weapons "if
necessary". On March 26 last Geoffrey Hoon said that other countries
"can be absolutely confident that in the right conditions we would be
willing to use our nuclear weapons". Such madness is the true enemy.
What's more, it is right here at home and you, the British people,
can stop it.
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