"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Does the Resistance Target Civilians?
According to US Intel, Not Really
by: M. Junaid Alam on: 18th Apr, 05
The ceaseless demonization of Iraqis committed to ending foreign control of their country is a key ideological crutch for maintaining the American occupation. Smearing the armed resistance as a band of murderous thugs is well understood by American war planners to be a crucial part of effective counter-insurgency work. (1) Obviously, brutal and horrific attacks on Iraqi civilians have been carried out by some forces claiming to be a part of the resistance. But there is strong evidence from US government and independent intelligence data suggesting that this phenomenon has been wildly exaggerated and torn out of context, creating a false public perception that serves to prop up domestic support for the occupation.
"Government is the shadow cast by business over society."
"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."
"The country was founded on the principle
that the primary role of government is to
protect property from the majority, and so it remains"
"Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable
signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for
the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for
the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, and
conscience, and a slavish enthralment to those in power.
And as such it is recommended wherever it is preached.
Patriotism is slavery."