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[casi] History Repeating Itself


History Repeating Itself

by Gordon Arnaut

It appears the Iraq endgame is now under way. Despite the fact that Iraq
accepted the tough new UN Security Council resolution and welcomed the arms
inspectors, it is becoming clear that the United States will not be denied its
war. Already President Bush is paving the way with threats and ultimatums, the
latest being his pronouncement that "Iraq has six days to avert a war."

Just what is Iraq supposed to do? The answer, of course, is it doesn't
matter. Iraq could bend over backward to cooperate with the arms inspectors, but
it won't make any difference because the US has made up its mind: There must be

We saw exactly the same dynamic at work four years ago in the prelude to the
attack on Yugoslavia. At the time, the most vilified man on earth was Slobodan
Milosevic, whom The White House, The State Department, and every other government
organ grinder accused every day of being the devil incarnate. You could see what
was coming. First, the US demanded a Kosovo Verification Mission, which was
supposed to get in between the two fighting sides: the Kosovo Liberation Army
rebels and the Serbian security forces. Well, just like the US spies on the last
Iraq arms inspection team, the "verification" mission turned out to be mostly a US
spy operation intended to identify targets for the soon-to-come bombing.

Milosevic, the supposedly evil dictator turns out to have been the one acting
in good faith, while the good, humanitarian US was the one pulling the
double-cross. Rather ironic isn't it? And it wasn't long before the Kosovo
verification mission proved its ultimate purpose: coming up with a pretext for
war. None other than William Walker, longtime patron of Central American death
squads, came up with what later turned out to be a completely bogus, staged
"massacre" at the village of Racak. It wasn't long before the bombs started
falling. After the sham "diplomatic" exercise of Rambouillet -- where Yugoslavia
was asked to surrender its sovereignty in full -- predictably failed, it was only
days before US and NATO planes were busily bombing bridges, trains, schools,
hospitals and refugee convoys.

Today, Saddam is the devil. And again we find ourselves waiting for the war
pretext to appear as if by magic.

But just like its war against Milosevic, the US is taking great pains to
assure the people that it is not actually going to war against a country; it is
going to war against one man. It's a war against Saddam, stupid. Can't you
understand that? Never mind that it will be Iraqi men, women and children in the
hundreds, perhaps thousands, who will die from American "precision" bombing, just
like it was mostly innocent Yugoslav men, women and children who did the dying
from NATO's last great "humanitarian bombing" against the last, great evil
dictator, Milosevic.

And, as always, there is the hidden agenda that stays hidden, despite the
best efforts of our "free" and "independent" media. We know this war against Iraq
has nothing to do with "weapons of mass destruction," just like we now know that
Albright's war against the Serbs had nothing to do with protecting the rights of
minority Albanians. No, there are far bigger geopolitical factors at work in both
cases. In the Case of Yugoslavia, it was to set up a US beachhead in the Balkans.
Of course all the government contract pork that goes with such an operation is
just gravy for the vultures that roam the corridors of power; just ask Brown &
Root, a division of Dick Cheney's Halliburton, the lead contractor for the
multibillion dollar Bondsteel base just outside Pristina, if going into Kosovo was
a good idea. There are also the valuable Trepca mines in Kosovo, which have now
been seized by US and Western multinationals.

In the case of Iraq, oil is the big prize, but there are the same
empire-building reasons as Kosovo. The US wants to be in every part of the world
from whence it was excluded during the Cold War. In fact, it doesn't just want to
be there, it wants to dominate there. That's mainly the reason the US is in
Afghanistan now; the "war on terror" is simply a convenient cover story. The fact
is that America has become a rapacious empire, and the maddest megalomaniacs are
now running the show. That's how it is with empires: they do not encourage
moderation; they do not advance earnest men with honest ideas. What they do, as
history teaches us, is become ever more grotesque, and ever more hated: first
abroad, but eventually at home, too. Of course, by then it may well be too late to
do anything about it.

Mr. Gordon Arnaut contributed above article to Media Monitors Network (MMN)
from Canada. He is an independent journalist who is currently making a documentary
film on the breathtaking dishonesty of the Western media.

by courtesy &  2002 Gordon Arnaut

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