....LMB: "Those Who Forget the Past Are Condemned to Fuck Up Iraq"....

May 18, 2004

Columnist Eric Margolis reminds the Bush administration the lessons it should already have learned via past colonial wars.

- People will accept misrule, robbery, abuse and torture by their fellow citizens -- but not by foreigners.

- The occupying power will always find locals ready to co-operate and join the colonial police and army for money. Ten percent will serve loyally; 50% will do nothing. The rest will covertly fight the occupiers, provide the resistance with intelligence or quietly sabotage the occupation.

- Most of those who co-operate with the occupation will maintain secret links with the resistance. Massive defections will occur the minute the occupiers show the first signs of thinking about withdrawal.

- Tribal, clan, ethnic and religious loyalties will also prove stronger than political ones imposed by the occupier. You cannot buy loyalty; you can only rent it.

- An inevitable byproduct of colonial adventures is an unwanted, usually massive influx of people from the conquered country.

- Colonial occupations almost always cost far more than planned and produce negative earnings for the invader. Occupying Iraq and Afghanistan now costs at least $6 billion US monthly. The costs of garrisoning and running colonies usually exceeds what can be looted from them.

- It's always cheaper to buy resources than plunder them. The Soviets thought they would pay for their invasion of Afghanistan by stealing its natural gas. The Washington neo-conservatives who engineered the Iraq war ludicrously claimed its stolen oil would fully cover the costs of invasion and occupation.

- Guerrilla wars waged among civilians inevitably produce hatred for occupiers and corrupt the invaders. Torture, brutality, mass reprisals against civilians and black marketeering become epidemic, even among the best-disciplined troops. The longer occupation troops stay on, the more they become corrupted, brutalized and addicted to drugs -- so do the nations that sent them.

Sadly, the Bush administration has neither foresight nor hindsight. They're like those fucking cave fish, with big bulbous sacs where their eyes are supposed to be.

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Well written. I love the headline, in particular.

Our own American Revolution is a classic lesson in itself.

Those cave fish are smarter than the Bush administration: they probably recognize bullshit when they find it.

Posted by: Johnny Bender at May 19, 2004 07:51 AM

Your first point is nothing but an unfounded opinion.

Your second point is funny considering that the 'locals' are not a cohesive group that you can sling together. There's a small minority that are fighting us, not 90% of the country as your fabricated percentiles claim.

You speak of the price of the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan but you don't speak of the value of safety and freedom which is the resultant.

Is it not important to you that we fight terrorism? Tell me what it is that you would do differently. I hear all this bullshit from people talking about how the Bush Administration is fucking up and making all the wrong decisions. If this is so, why is it that you waste your time comparing his likeness to a cave fish and not coming up with your own idea on how to fight terrorism.

You rip the same administration for being pro-active with the Iraq situation that you rip for not being pro-active pre 9/11. Just what exactly are you looking for here?

You liberals are doing an excellent job of bashing without backing it with alternate plans. That may be entertaining for you all, but it sure as fuck isn't very productive.

Have a good day, and keep up your petty name-calling.

Posted by: Nathan at May 21, 2004 12:01 PM

Nathan,
Stereotyping is such a bad idea. If think Jake's site reflects the opinions of 'you liberals' , you are only indicating your overly simplistic worldview: black/white, right/wrong, good/evil, liberal/conservative, democrat/republican. Turn off your damn television and the EIB network and stop being brainwashed and terrified.

Once and for all: IRAQ HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11 AND BOTH BUSH AND WOLFOWITZ ADMITTED AS MUCH.

http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2003/tr20030801-depsecdef0526.html

You appear to have swallowed the lies unquestioningly. You either are confused or have the bigoted notion that Arabs, Iraqis, Afghanis, etc. are all the same. What the fuck is a 'war on terror'? A nation can only declare war on other nation/states - the British found that out 223 years ago. Al Quaeda is not a place. US administrations like to use military terminology describe every public policy initiative, because they think that makes it understandable and somehow palatable to an under-informed, undereducated public. Let us check out how those other 'wars' are going: War on Drugs, War on Poverty, War on Illiteracy, ad nauseum. What do we have today: Less or more drug use? Less or more poverty? Less or more illiteracy (well, at least now I know what 'No Child Left Behind Means' - no child left with the capacity for critical thinking). Israel has been fighting a 'war on terrorism' for almost its entire existence since 1947. How is that working out? Less or more terrorism?
You assert that we 'liberals' can only criticize and don't have any ideas on how to fight terror. Here's a start: stop bombing countries that never attacked you in the first fucking place. Oh, that 'taking the war to the terrorists' bullshit plays well on Fox news, but this is not a fucking football game. This idiocy (on all sides: US, UK Al Quaeda, bin Laden, whoever) is being played out on the lives and bodies of people who have nothing to do with it: nearly 1000 dead and over 3000 wounded US/UK servicepeople, tens of thousands of dead civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan -while chickenhawks Bush and Cheney sit back and collect the cash. These people don't give a shit about you and their behavior pre and post 9/11 proves it.

Here's another idea: stop sucking the corporate teat of the oil junta that controls your government/food supply/defense industry. Under a republican administration 30 years ago, the 1st 'Arab Oil Embargo' allegedly engineered by OPEC against the US took place, creating short supplies and lines of cars at the gas pumps, angry motorists, shootings, etc - ask your parents if you don't know about it. There was much talk in congress then about 'lessening our dependence on foreign oil imports' and switching to alternative, clean and renewable energy sources. 30 fucking years later, the US is standing like a junkie on the corner, waiting for OPEC to cut the price of barrels of crude because it's now over $2 a gallon at the pump. 30 years later, more dependent than ever on oil. Where's that 'entrepreneurial spirit of the American people'?

All the food you eat is harvested and transported from farm to supermarket to home via oil. The entire US defense runs on oil. We have been/are being blackmailed by the private corporations that control that resource, and instead of having a leader mobilize an all-out, NASA-type initiative to get off the stuff once and for all, we as a people and nation have succumbed to this corrupt administration, their lobbyists and bought-and-paid for politicians who have been gutting fuel efficiency standards, slashing public funds for alternative fuels, and pretending that the supply is infinite. So, a 'liberal' idea might look like this: NO OIL IMPORTS BY THE YEAR 2015. We did it for a moon landing (with the technology from 45 years ago, might I add) and if you are so gung-ho America, you know that we can do this as well. Get off the fucking juice, junkies. None. Zippo. Let them have their fucking desert sand and oil. No more US soldiers dead for Halliburton/Unocal/Bechtel's profits.

There are vast areas of the country that are nothing but desert: no water flows and no food is grown there. Much of it was used for nuclear bomb testing. That entire region should be coated with high-tech solar collectors by now. And yes they do exist and they do generate electric power. Internal combustion engines must be converted to increased fuel efficiency and hybrid/hydrogen technology. Think of the jobs that would be created and the spin-off industries, etc. This is at least as possible as fighting an unwinnable, unending war in foreign lands for a resource that, ultimately, will not be there. And if you are any kind of patriot, you will concede these facts.

Unless you are a Bechtel/Haliburton/Unocal shareholder, Cheney and Bush do not represent you and are not interested in what is best for you. These are not the opinions of some 'liberal' - these are facts. Do some research. Read more. Richard A. Clark and Paul O'Neil are not 'liberals', they were Bush's own appointees to his own cabinet. John Dean and Kevin Phillips worked in the Nixon and Reagan administrations. Ashcroft, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Bush - these guys are serious facists with serious plans for global domination and hegemony. WAKE THE FUCK UP!!

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The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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