WRECK: Animals 8/4/2-Legged [playlist]
- wreck thiS meSS on Radio 100 o Amsterdam o 99.3 FM
Pyschogeographies & Auditory Derives: #97: Animals [from 8 to 4 to 2 legged]*
+ Live webcast <http://www.desk.nl/~dfm/>
with special guest DJ Black Sifichi from Paris
Friday, September 21, 2000 (00:03 - 4:11)
Crickets > Hildegard Westerkamp 
That's My Honeybee > 101 Strings 
Worm Is Not A Human > John Schnall 
Move 1 Bee Drone Mix > Ned Bouhalassa 
Spindle Spider > Janek Schaefer 
Triomphe des Mouches > Univers Zero
Das Insekt > Der Plan
L'Insect > Tom Novembre
Tsetse Fly > Sofa Surfers 
The Butterfly Collector > Garbage 
Closet Birds > Ellen Band 
Ellen Birds > If, Bwana 
Birds > Ben Schott 
Albatross > Fleetwood Mac 
Albatross > Watermelon 
Swallow Tail > Tipsy 
An Eagle in My Mind > Boards of Canada 
Sweetbird > Joni Mitchell 
Night Tawny Owl [Welkya] 
Yellowbird > Eartha Kitt 
Tequila Mockingbird > John Schnall 
Condor > Zion Train 
Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends > Ray Heatherton
Chicken in a Box > Mr. Scruff 
Reptile Room > Pitch Black 
Snake in a Hole > African Head Charge 
Snakes & Ladders [exc] > Typhoon Tosh 
Sea Otter > Zion Train 
Skunk Funk > LS Diesel meets Digidub 
Dutiful Ducks [exc] > Charles Amirkhanian
Rightwing Pigeon > Dead Milkmen 
Product Crow > Sand 
Sand Rabbit > Bask 
Fire Fishes > Tymon Dogg
Neon Tetra > Tipsy 
Tennessee Toad > Leo Kottke 
My Dog Eats Beats > Console 
Dog Day Chicada > Bovine Life 
Was Dog A Donut > Jellybean Benitez
The Barking Dogs vs The Minimalists > Henry Kaiser
Old Dogs New Tricks Intro > Allen Levi 
Zoodie Doggie Va Zie > Black Sifichi vs Black Dog 
Dog > Bob Dorough 
Rain Dogs > Tom Waits 
Man Is Dog > Chienne 
Aux Chiens Ecrases > Gel 
El Pussycat > Roland Alphonse
Cat Ska > Také Rodriguez & His Exotic Arkestra 
Go Cat > Pig Bag [36a]
Nuclear Cats Get New Home > Blitter vs Hrvatski 
Don't Dress Your Cat in an Apron > Billy de Wolfe 
Leopard > Fan Simmons 
My Dog Is A Plumber > Dick Cavett 
Dogs Dicks & Cats Cunts > Costes vs Toshi Hiraoka 
Lady & the Tiger > Toyah & Fripp
Lady & the Tiger > Playmates
The Lion Sleeps Tonight > John Schnall 
Kitten > Thermos 
Mad Cat > Roni Size 
Dogs in the Mix > Norscq 
Funky Sharks > Maschinenschlosser 
Arabian Horses > Signs of Chaos 
Elephant Songs > Rainforest Pygmies
Donkey Stroke > Bullitnuts 
Elephant > Zion Train 
Rats de Villes, Rats de Champs > Positive Black Soul 
Yodeling Mule > Three Tobacco Tags 
Pinto, Pony & I > Topp Twins 
Couer de Poulet > Xavier Boussiron 
Jongens, Meisjes aan de Kant Want er Komt 'n Olifant > De Band Krijgt
The Whale Zoo > Clive Pig & The Hopeful Chinamen
Delaware Pig Attraction > Gawk 
Stegasaurus > Beachflea 
Le Renard et La Rose > Robert Normandeau 
[*] It was great to have Black Sifichi as my special guest. He is one
of my dearest friends and it's always a fat night doing yet another
collaboration with him. We used to do regular discumbobulations on
Radio Libertaire 1988-91. But now he has really moved to the position
where he has a verifiable effect on the nocturnal zeitgeist of Paris
as DJ, as radiomaker and visual artist and all around spirit in the
air. Like a dervish spinning around his own records. Look for recent
collaborations of his with Burnt Friedman and Black Dog. More info
at: <http://webperso.easynet.fr/blkdix/>. Also look for his excellent
"Tick" on Noise Museum. I have described him as Man Ray in a shot
glass placed in a Moulinex.
 "Transformations" on Empreintes Digitales <info@...>
<www.electrocd.com>. ED is a great label of enterprising experiments
in psycho-electrical-acoustic works. Amazing stuff they put out
including Francis Dhomont, Claude Schreyer, H. Westerkamp and many
others. The odd thing is, is why Canada is so in the forefront of
electro-acoustic work? Soundscape philosophy as well? Most of this
stuff is of extremely marginal value in the USA but in Canada it
seems to be part of the dialectic. In the forefront of confronting
our natural ambience and how technology and humans have impact on
this is HW. She developed her soundwalks in the 80s which entailed a
kind aural equivalent of the Situationists Dérive. "Cricket Voice is
a musical expression of a cricket, whose song I recorded in the
stillness of a Mexican desert region called the zone of Silence."
 "Love is Blue" on Europa vinyl is one of those strange sound
documents - it is basically hippie muzak as performed by the 101
Strings, the Spots, and the Petards. Great cover of a sloe-eyed
bleach blond naked except for the body paint rendered in typical
LSD-inspired swirling patterns that give all these kinds of rip-off
documents a kind of post-modern kitsch feel. Liner Notes are typical
psychotropic youth hype: " With the youth polsion taking place around
the world, the late 1960s finds young people creating exciting new
trends in the arts and music. Fresh new sounds from electric guitars,
swinging organs, indian sitars and all sorts of percussion
instruments and electronic sounds, to create the moods of beat and
psychedelia. These are the refelctions of the restless new generation
of people in their teens and twenties"
 "The Best of Midnight Matinee" on private CDR. I interviewed JS
<schnall@...> by email. He is as quick to the draw as he was in
our days when our radio shows ran back to back. But now his aim is
better and he's much less likely to shoot his foot off into his
mouth. Imagine a collaboration between John Oswald & the Smurfs in
the Plunderphonics studio. Imagine Ren & Stimpy wreaking havoc in the
Negativland studios... He has an unhealthy predilection to naming
songs after animals as well. Is he traumatized by a missing teddy
Bear or something?
 Sound Trafic Control (from San Francisco) presents "Swarm of
Drones" on Asphodel <http://www.asphodel.com> 1995. From the liner
notes: "Based on an idea of representing animal/human movement
through sound. Move I explores the possibilities of generating rich,
evolving textures from single samples. Particularly effective when
heard through headphones"
 Janek Schaefer - from his album "Above Buildings" Fat Cat
Recordings <http://www.fat-cat.co.uk>. Janek Schaefer
<janek@...> is a sound designer, experimentalist and
performer. Noted for his double tone-arm turntable with a pitch
control going from 1 to 100 rpm.
<http://www.fat-cat.co.uk/artists/janek.html>. Great piece.
 "Hi Tek steppas meet the Demon Flowers" on Klein Records
<http://www.kleinrecords.com/>. A remix by this excellent group from
 "Fire & Skill" on Ignition is a disc of Jam cover versions.
 "90% Post Consumer Sound" on XI
<www.ellenband.com>. I have always thought [and played a number of
tiumes] her piece "Railroad Gamelan" was a fantastic piece of
Electro-acoustic composition and anthropological-sonic brilliance.
This piece completes the sub-theme of birds. It seems to be a
companion piece to If, Bwana's birdy piece, mechanical paradise,
ersatz nature confabulations [I like that word - it sounds like
furniture of the imagination]. A great record.
 "33 Birds Went" on Pogus <www.pogus.com>. Pogus is the little
brother of labels like XI and Empreintes Digitales. It used to be a
very active cassette label, Sound of Pig, devoted to unusual and
adventurous musics. I've had the fortune to perform with Al Margolis,
head of Pogus. One time he and premier bassist [Fist of Facts], Dave
Mandl surprised me by instead of showing up with 2 basses to play
atmospheric noir background music for my reading from novel
CONFESSIONS OF A BEER MYSTIC with 2 suitcases full of toy instruments
and noisemakers. And I had to ... adjust. It turned out great in the
old Tin Pan Alley, socialist bar in the middle of Broadway, with a
hole in the ceiling...
 "Preeweet!" on Time Stereo <TIME-STEREO@...> The title
comes from James Joyce's "Chamber Music" and to quote Joyce: "And
hear you not the thrushes calling, calling us away..." This is a
tremendous CD of electronically enhanced sounds of nature, nature by
night is how it feels. I used to live in Michigan and found the lower
peninsula to be a barren kind of land approaching wasteland. But
these are the birds of and around Livonia, MI. given shape to the
point where they sound symphonic." From a press release: "About the
artist: Dutch artist Ben Schot was born on a small, isolated island
in the south of Holland, where his father made a living as a
fisherman. After having finished high school in 1971 Schot took a
degree in English studies, left his native island and attended the
art schools of The Hague and Rotterdam. Since then he has explored
the imaginary in various forms. He has dealt with
subjects as various as psychedelia, insanity, mimicry in nature,
optical illusions, otherworldliness, fiction and fictitious works of
art. Besides his visual works, he has written several books and
organized projects on the films of surrealist Jean Painlevé, the
French literary movement OULIPO, the films of William Burroughs, the
Residents, Sun Ra (in cooperation with René van der Voort and Ronald
Cornelissen), and in 1998 - together with Ronald Cornelissen - the
project I RIP YOU, YOU RIP ME on Detroit's high-energy, psychedelic
culture. Schot has recently started a new project with the publishing
house Sea Urchin Editions (E.A. Poe, Serge Gainsbourg, André
Breton/Philippe Soupault, and others to come) Visit Sea Urchin
Editions at: <http://www.sea-urchin.net/>
 Some greatest Hits reissue on Warwick. I left the record at
Patapoe after playing that same song again a week later! What has
come over me?
 "Fish Smell Like Cat" Compilation on Pussyfoot
<http://www.pussyfoot.co.uk/a> messed up but nice version of the
Fleetwood Mac classic by Peter Green.
 from the album "Uh-Oh" on Asphodel
 "Music Has the Right to Children " 1998 on Warp
 "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" on Asylum Records vinyl. I declare
her a much maligned genius who pissed off her prissy folkie fans by
going far afield in her choice of material. She has recently been
praised by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.
 "Welkya" by theodosii Spassov & friends on Gega New from Sofia,
Bulgaria. Was brought back from Bulgaria by Nina. Who stayed in a
hotel where they changed the rug in the elevator every day with the
day of the week on it. Was that for drunken conference goers? Liner
notes: "Let the Welkya carry you away"
 "Eartha Kitt - Earthquake cd # 4" on Bear Family Records
<http://www.bear-family.de/php/getArtists.php> A collection of 5
CD's of great Earth Kitt songs. Classy, brassy, sexy, and
provocative. The true International woman gliding between NYC,
Istanbul, Paris and Berlin. When Cocktail hours were a 24 hour affair.
 "Secrets of the Animal Kingdom in Dub" on Universal Egg
<http://wobblyweb.com> vinyl. Excellent concept album. ALL animals!
 "Mr Scruff" on Ninja Tune <http://www.mrscruff.com/> amusing
site with nice little drawings and animations.
> "Electronomicon" on Kog <www.kog.co.nz> is one of those
beautifully flawless dub productions that reminds you of how capable
we humans are of transcending the body. There are all sorts of
psychic vents that allow us entry into the slip stream... Their
seamless combination of organic ambiences + electronicized sonic
scapes + the roots skanking beats + acid-derived riffing + bass heavy
ballast and a sense of dub that allows their music to never sound
contrived or edgng into the territory of schlock and glop. They might
sound like cousins of Zion Train Went to see PB at the Melkweg in
Amsterdam on a rare night out as the little bodily dynamo known as my
daughter has changed my entire relationship to time. The evening
begannicely with Jasper from Dubmission bascally Djing for _ hour to
anear empty Oude Zaal. And when the duo known as PB came on stage
they made it clear why dub is appreciated in New Zealand. They are on
top of the game of trance dub -- deep ambient reverberent rhythms
that encourage psychic transportation and enough enthusiastic
gymnastics and gizmo improv on stage to keep you enthralled and
intellect trained. Michael on the knobs a kind of solid impassive
presence that mad-capped kinetic Paddy could bounce off of. This disc
is that perfect dynamic tension, that fervent weld between live
mayhem and machinistic control. The subtle building of tracks based
on various trance hums and rhythm patterns is both subtle and
 "Great Vintage Volume 2" on On-U. AHC is one of the truly
groundbreaking and earth shattering bands of the 80s. One of the
truly revolutionary sounds. Period.
 "Fish Smell Like Cat" Compilation on Pussyfoot.
 "King Size Dub Volume 1" what a killer intro to the Echo Beach
strategy. Old meets new. Deep dark dub meets electrical ecstasy.
Revamped, reconstituted, rereleased repeatrepeat. Shows where Echo
Beach cuts into its deep grooves - roots with On-U which is the label
where respect for the past met the excitement of the future. Echo
Beach continues this tradition. Includes Revolutionary Dub Warriors,
Disciples, Zion Train, Bim Sherman, Small Axe, Dub Syndicate, Iration
Steppas, Rootsman and more.
 They were big in the late 80s. Cynical whiney snotty and post-punk.
 on Satellite
 "The Eccentric Sounds of Vienna II" on Spray
<spray@...> is a nice primer that once again shows that
globalisation has its interestingly stimulating effects when it comes
to the arts - a wild potpourri of styles running hot to cold, pop to
experimental, dub and roots...and all in staid Vienna. Was Vienna the
Seattle of the late 90s? And don't both these towns claim to serve an
indescribable cup of coffee?
 "Leo Kottke: 6 & 12 String guitar" on Takoma vinyl, is one of my
faves. Kottke is great but also someone endowed with self-effacing
humor. His tongue-in-cheek liner notes note: "Kottke is for all
intents and purposes nowhere and nothing. He was the first to admit
this when confronted by interviewers in Ft William, Canada after his
abortive attempt to stowaway on a boat leaving to tour Lake Superior.
It may seem odd, with hindsight, that after being aroused by reality
in Wyoming, K. should retreat from it in Oklahoma. Finally consider
K.'s voice which sounds like geese farts on a muggy day."
 Console (aka Martin Gretschmann) Dog Eats Beats from Rocket in
The Pocket on Payola. <http://www.matadorrecords.com/console/>
 "Social Electrics" on Bip Hop out of Marseille, France
<www.bip-hop.com>. Is the sound strategy moniker of UK filmmaker
Chris Dooks <info@...> which is a hodgepodge tapestry of
[re]sourced sonic bits. He collaborates with other international
electronic bedroom musicians via the internet and mp3 sonic dialogs.
 "Old Dogs New Tricks" on Tyler. New country, old sentiments.
 "Black Sifichi Bitten By the Black Dog - Unsavoury Products"
advance CDR - Hydrogen Dukebox. "3rd September 2001. We are presently
putting the finishing touches to our collaboration withperformance
artist and poet Black Sifichi. The resulting tribute to William
Seward Burroughs is called Unsavoury Products and will be released by
our friends at Hydrogen Dukebox." <http://www.dogsquad.com/>
 "Pictures From The Gone World"
 "Rain Dogs" on Island records.
 "Chienne: We're Pals" on Chienne Productions cassette. This is
one of my fave DIY cassettes which combines the best of the Residents
with Shonen Knife and all from Quebec! Circa 1983.
 "!"on Artefact <http://www.chronowax.com>
 "Pssion De Ritmo" on Sonic Plate
[36a] on Stiff. One of the great punk funk combos arising out of one
of the most legendary bands of all time, the Pop Group, also see Rip
Rig & Panic and Mark Stewart & the Maffia Great stuff.
 "Mind the Gap #24" on Gonzo Circus. Great sound magazine if you
read Dutch :
 "Free To Be You & Me" on Arista with Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda,
Mel Brooks, rosey Grier, Tom Smothers, Diana Ross, and despite all
that a kind of cleverly giggly album with snappy lyrics.
 "The Leopard" from The LP "Last States of Nature". Ian Simmonds
is one of the pople who has made sure that the label Trip-hop is
still an open base. "The Last states of Nature" and "Return to X" are
both excellent releases worth listening to. <http://www.k7.com/>
 "No Sex boy" on Hard Disc International. Recorded in Tokyo &
Paris in 1993.
 No idea - oops
 "From the album "New Forms" on Mercury
 "Palo Alto 'Pogs Box" on land records <http://conapt-sounds.com>
 "Orange Noise" on dbelltime <www.dbelltime.at> is excellent
electronic trance in the old sense of the word. Yes, mind full of
idle thoughts transported. But it has enough glitches and blippy
diversions and layers of sound to constitute as post-jazzy improvs on
hums and mantras. There are also wonderful flitty flighty hints at
abstract humor. Check out his very interesting version of "La
 "Departure" on Medcom/Roadrunner
 "Submerged Part 2" on Incoming
 "Salaam Salaam" on Island
 "American Yodeling: 1911-1946" on Trikont
<kommentar@...>. This is another excellent anthropological
masterpiece. It combines scholarship with rip-roaring yodeling fun.
Inc: Emmett Miller, Patsy Montana, Roy rogers, Carter Family, Wilf
 "Grass Highway" on EMI is a lovely record of lovely vocals.
<www.topptwins.co.nz>. You will hearing more from this lesbian duo
from New Zealand.
 "Rien Qu'un Coeur de Poulet " des airs de Roy Orbison on DRAC Aquitaine
 "Ook Klein, Klein Kleutertje Houdt Van Pop" [the little one also
likes pop] on Junior is a great record by a bunch of old Dutch pop
stars who have become parents. They do great ska, new wave, punky and
thumped up versions of a lot of Dutch childrens songs.
 "Tongue" on Offshore <www.walrus.com/~offshore> is a rehashed
greatest noise bites from the ex-Carbon bassist. He still hasn't sent
me his latest.
 from the compilation "Abstract Workshop" on Shadow Records
faeturing other tracks byThe Herbaliser, Ute, 9 Lazy 9, DJ Krush,
>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<SPEAKING OF ANIMALS #1:
God Gave U.S. 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says
By John F. Harris
Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the
most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil
liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights
supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist
attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.
"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America
to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing
yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted
Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a
lot of blame for this," again winning Robertson's agreement: "Well,
Then Falwell broadened his blast to include the federal courts and
others who he said were "throwing God out of the public square." He
added: "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this
because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little
innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans,
and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the
lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative
lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way - all of them who
have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face
and say, 'You helped this happen.'
SPEAKING OF HUMANS #2:
I excerpt here mainly the list of atrocities from the excellent
impassioned and articulte article by Larry Mosqueda, Ph.D., The
Evergreen State College, September 15, 2001, who offers in the words
of fellow DJ Pieter B. a "thorough, if not exhaustive one fears,
listing of US atrocities since WW II." For complete article:
o "I continue to be horrified by the sanctions on Iraq, which have
resulted in the death of over 1,000,000 Iraqis, including over
500,000 children, about whom former Secretary of State Madeline
Allbright has stated that their deaths "are worth the cost".
o I have been shocked and horrified by a variety of U.S. governmental
actions, such as the U.S. sponsored coup against democracy in
Guatemala in 1954 which resulted in the deaths of over 120,000
Guatemalan peasants by U.S. installed dictatorships over the course
of four decades.
o [PLUS] the U.S.overthrew the government of the Dominican Republic
in 1965 and helped to murder 3,000 people.
o the U.S. sponsored a coup in Chile against the democratic
government of Salvador Allende and helped to murder another 30,000
people, including U.S. citizens.
o the U.S. sponsored a coup in Indonesia that resulted in the murder
of over 800,000 people, and the subsequent slaughter in 1975 of
over250,000 innocent people in East Timor by the Indonesian regime
with the direct complicity of President Ford and Secretary of State
o the U.S.sponsored terrorist contra war (the World Court declared
the U.S. government a war criminal in 1984 for the mining of the
harbors) against Nicaragua in the 1980s which resulted in the deaths
of over 30,000 innocent people (or as the U.S. government used to
call them before the term "collateral damage" was invented - "soft
o the U. S. war against the people of El Salvador in the 1980s, which
resulted in the brutal deaths of over 80,000 people, or "soft
o the U.S.sponsored terror war against the peoples of southern Africa
(especially Angola) that began in the 1970's and continues to this
day and has resulted in the deaths and mutilations of over 1,000,000.
o the U.S. invaded Panama over the Christmas season of 1989 and
killed over 8,000 in an attempt to capture George H.Bush's CIA
partner, now turned enemy, Manual Noriega.
o the Shah of Iran was installed in a U.S. sponsored brutal coup that
resulted in the deaths of over 70,000 Iranians from 1952-1979.
o the Ayatollah Khomani, who overthrew the Shah in 1979,and who was
the U.S. public enemy for decade of the 1980s, was also on the CIA
payroll, while he was in exile in Paris in the 1970s.
o the U.S. has "manufactured consent" since 1948 for its support of
Israel, to the exclusion of virtually any rights for the Palestinians
in their native lands resulting in ever worsening day-to-day
conditions for the people of Palestine
o the largest and most shocking war crime of the second half of the
20th century was the U.S. assault on Indochina from 1954-1975,
especially Vietnam, where over 4,000,000 people were bombed,
napalmed, crushed, shot and individually "hands on" murdered in the
"Phoenix Program" (this is where Oliver North got his start).
o Many U.S. Vietnam veterans were also victimized by this war and had
the best of intentions, but the policy makers themselves knew the
criminality of their actions and policies as revealed in their own
words in "The Pentagon Papers," released by Daniel Ellsberg of the
RAND Corporation. In 1974 Ellsberg noted that our Presidents from
Truman to Nixon continually lied to the U.S. public about the purpose
and conduct of the war. He has stated that, "It is a tribute to the
American peoplethat our leaders perceived that they had to lie to us,
it is not a tribute to us that we were so easily misled."
o the U.S. attacked and bombed with impunity the nation of Libya in
the 1980s, including killing the
infant daughter of Khadafi.
o the U.S. bombed and invaded Grenada in 1983.
o U.S. military and CIA actions in Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan,
Sudan, Brazil, Argentina, and Yugoslavia, The deaths in these actions
ran into the hundreds of thousands.
The above list is by no means complete or comprehensive. It is
merely a list that is easily accessible and not unknown, especially
to the economic and intellectual elites. It has just been
conveniently eliminated from the public discourse and public
consciousness. And for the most part, the analysis that the U.S.
actions have resulted in the deaths of primarily civilians (over 90%)
is not unknown to these elites and policy makers. A conservative
number for those who have been killed by U.S. terror and military
action since World War II is 8,000,000 peopleThis does not include
the wounded, the imprisoned, the displaced, the refugees, etc.
Martin Luther King, Jr. stated in 1967, during the Vietnam War, "My
government is the world's leading purveyor of violence." Shocking
and horrifying. Nothing that I have written is meant to disparage or
disrespect those who were victims and those who suffered death or the
loss of a loved one during this week's events. It is not meant to
"justify" any action by those who bombed the Twin Towers or the
Pentagon. It is meant to put it in a context.
Ed Herman in his book The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and
Propaganda does not justify any terrorism but points out that states
often engage in "wholesale" terror, while those whom governments
define as "terrorist" engage is "retail" terrorism. While
qualitatively the results are the same for the individual victims of
terrorism, there is a clear quantitative difference. And as Herman
and others point out, the seeds, the roots, of much of the "retail"
terror are in fact found in the "wholesale" terror of states. Again
this is not to justify, in any way, the actions of last Tuesday, but
to put them in a context and suggest an
explanation. Perhaps most shocking and horrific, if indeed Bin Laden
is the mastermind of Tuesday's actions; he has clearly had
significant training in logistics, armaments, and military training,
etc. by competent and expert military personnel. And indeed he has.
During the 1980s,he was recruited, trained and funded by the CIA in
Afghanistan to fight against the Russians. As long as he visited his
terror on Russians and his enemies in Afghanistan, he was "our man"
in that country. The same is true of Saddam Hussein of Iraq, who was
a CIA asset in Iraq during the 1980s. Hussein could gas his own
people, repress the population, and invade his neighbor (Iran) as
long as he did it with U.S. approval. The same was true of Manuel
Noriega of Panama, who was a contemporary and CIA partner of George
H. Bush in the 1980s. Noriega's main crime for Bush, the father, was
not that he dealt drugs (he did, but the U.S.and Bush knew this
before 1989), but that Noriega was no longer going to cooperate in
the ongoing U.S. terrorist contra war against Nicaragua. This
information is not unknown or really controversial among elite policy
makers. To repeat, this not to justify any of the actions of last
Tuesday, but to put it in its horrifying context.
As shocking as the events of last Tuesday were, they are likely to
generate even more horrific actions by the U.S. government that will
add significantly to the 8,000,000 figure stated above
Below are a few resources for up to date news and some background
reading, by Noam Chomsky, the noted analyst. The titles of the books
explain their relevance for this topic.
current information: http://www.commondreams.org/.
how the media distorts the news: http://www.fair.org/.
For background reading by Noam Chomsky see:
"Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies"
"Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media"
"Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians
"An eye for an eye only leaves the whole world blind." Mahatma Gandhi
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