http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qraShGCyXg

Based on a “Flashpoints” interview with Dennis Bernstein & Dave Lindorff.
directed & animated by
Chris Fontaine
produced by
Softbox

It is no wonder most people on earth have a hard time living peacefully. The die are war heavy.

List of countries by military expenditures

 

After a decline following the end of the Cold War, recent years have seen military spending increase

You can think this or that, but that nifty little pearl in the harbor really invigorated the military industrial complex. Or you can follow the money.

ah .. you gotta love this one:

US spending has increased the most in dollars, while China’s has increased the most in percentage terms

Get it.. : Someone got edgy when Uncle Sam turned the sandbox into a mine field.

 The Bush administration slated the initial deployment of a missile defense system for summer 2004, a move criticized as “completely political,” employing untested technology at great expense. A more appropriate criticism is that the system might seem workable; in the logic of nuclear war, what counts is perception. Both US planners and potential targets regard missile defense as a first-strike weapon, intended to provide more freedom for aggression, including nuclear attack. And they know how the US responded to Russia’s deployment of a very limited ABM system in 1968: by targeting the system with nuclear weapons to ensure that it would be instantly overwhelmed. Analysts warn that current US plans will also provoke a Chinese reaction. History and the logic of deterrence “remind us that missile defense systems are potent drivers of offensive nuclear planning,” and the Bush initiative will again raise the threat to Americans and to the world.

China’s reaction may set off a ripple effect through India, Pakistan, and beyond. In West Asia, Washington is increasing the threat posed by Israel’s nuclear weapons and other WMD by providing Israel with more than one hundred of its most advanced jet bombers, accompanied by prominent announcements that the bombers can reach Iran and return and are an advanced version of the US planes Israel used to destroy an Iraqi reactor in 1981. The Israeli press adds that the US is providing the Israeli air force with “`special’ weaponry.” There can be little doubt that Iranian and other intelligence services are watching closely and perhaps giving a worst-case analysis: that these may be nuclear weapons. The leaks and dispatch of the aircraft may be intended to rattle the Iranian leadership, perhaps to provoke some action that can be used as a pretext for an attack.

Immediately after the National Security Strategy was announced in September 2002, the US moved to terminate negotiations on an enforceable bioweapons treaty and to block international efforts to ban biowarfare and the militarization of space. A year later, at the UN General Assembly, the US voted alone against implementation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and alone with its new ally India against steps toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. The US voted alone against “observance of environmental norms” in disarmament and arms control agreements and alone with Israel and Micronesia against steps to prevent nuclear proliferation in the Middle East–the pretext for invading Iraq. A resolution to prevent militarization of space passed 174 to 0, with four abstentions: US, Israel, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands. As discussed earlier, a negative US vote or abstention amounts to a double veto: the resolution is blocked and is eliminated from reporting and history. [1]

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The Danger Room

 

Now You See ‘Em, Now You Don’t: Stealth Weapons From Around the World

  • By Adam Rawnsley

    …Not long ago, the U.S. was the only country in the world with aircraft that could stroll the skies without fear of being caught. Not any more. Today, militaries from around the world — including Russia and China — are developing their own stealth arsenals. The American monopoly on near-invisible flight is being eroded….

An ancient perception.. The guilt of any community may be cast off onto the others.. those beyond the horizon. We must prepare ourselves, and unite against the other. This assures unity.

 

French protest leader

tells Israeli activist:    don’t separate social issues from politics

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, one of the leaders of the 1968 student protest in France, says that money for West Bank settlements deprive Israel of money for social welfare.

By Nir Hasson

Published 00:57 23.09.11

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, one of the leaders of the 1968 student protest in France and today a member of the European Parliament representing the Green Party, appeared this week at an event of the students’ union in Jerusalem and analyzed the social protest in Israel from his perspective. “Everyone sees me as a reflection of something that happened in the previous century,” he began in his address to the dozens of students who came to hear him at a city center cafe. “I’m very proud, but I really think that it’s not connected to me, but to a moment in history when people take to the streets. Suddenly they feel that they’re making history, that they can change the pace of history, its direction.”

Cohn-Bendit called on the leaders of the protest not to be deterred from entering politics and exerting influence from inside. The attitude of staying away from politics, he says, led to the major failure of the students vis-a-vis the government of Charles de Gaulle, which was reelected during the protest because the demonstrators were reluctant to enter traditional politics. “The moment you march in the streets you’re part of politics, you’re defying political forces.”

Housing protest - Nir Keidar - August 2011 The rich thought they had beaten the system. They figured they knew how things work. They knew what strings to pull. Some thought they were invincible.
Photo by: Nir Kedar

But above all Cohn-Bendit emphasized that he also visited Birzeit University on the West Bank yesterday and met with Palestinian students, because it won’t be possible to conduct the social discussion separate from the political discussion.

“If 8 percent of the gross domestic product goes to the settlements, then there’s no money for social welfare. You’ll have to choose and if you don’t you’ll lose out. There’s no other choice,” he said. “I really think, from my experience, that a movement loses out when it doesn’t put things on the table. You can argue whether or not the Palestinians are right, but you have to conduct the discussion. At the moment you have a black hole in your awareness. You’ve achieved a lot, but only if you conduct this discussion will you be able to make a real change. You already have a welfare state. But in the settlements. You must deal with this problem.

You’re right that Israel is a democracy, but up to the wall, only up to the wall. Beyond the wall the occupation is like the French occupation in Algeria.”

Another piece of advice that Cohn-Bendit gave the students was to maintain their solidarity. [[like, sleeping with each other usually works..]]

via: Ha’aretz

Well its clear that the disconnect between family earnings and military expenditures is significant. People must be allowed to know what they are paying for. We must not ask for a better supermarket, we must demand better products!!

 

simple stuff.. you need to rebrand the cancer. call it something else. You got to get people to want it, regardless wether or not it may not be good for them. Then you have a consumer who will need future services, such as health care, which you may provide too, and monazite in turn.