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Bush's Other War


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Michael
- 3887 days ago - weeklystandard.com
Protecting our nation from the dangers of a new century requires more than good intelligence and a strong military," Bush said. "It also requires changing the conditions that breed resentment and allow extremists to prey on despair. So America is using it



   

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Michael W (72)
Friday February 1, 2008, 10:01 pm
After Msangi became pregnant, she went to a clinic at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center and learned she was HIV-positive. Five years ago that news typically brought a death sentence in Tanzania, as it does in much of sub-Saharan Africa. But in 2003--over the carping of liberal ideologues and conservative fiscal hawks--Bush launched the most ambitious international health initiative in American history, the $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The Kilimanjaro clinic receives PEPFAR money and anti-retroviral drugs, and Msangi enrolled in their program to prevent HIV transmission between mother and child. In addition to her treatment, her daughter Faith, now two years old, received nevirapine immediately after her birth. Today Faith is free of HIV.

 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 12:55 am

For some reason I am reminded of a book called, "They Will Be Done The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil." Rockefeller and his foundations poured a lot of money into faith-based charities and missions throughout Latin America. They were lauded by everyone and loved by the countries where they provided education, health care, etc. Nobody seemed to notice that wherever they went, the indigenous peoples were soon displaced and the corporations were able to move in.

I'm not saying that it isn't nice of the white man to provide indigenous peoples with medicines for the diseases that the white man brought them. That's certainly the least that genocidal invaders and exploiters could do. But as indigenous people had to seek assistance from faith-based organizations, they lost their culture, their lands, and usually their lives.

Did the missionaries in Latin America do good things? Yes, of course they did. But in almost every case where they "helped" indigenous people, those people were dispossesed if not exterminated as a direct consequent of that "help."

It is quite possible that Bush is doing good things in Africa. But if he is doing it out of the goodness of his heart with no genocidal corporate motivation behind it, I would be very surprised. Rockefeller and the wealthy elite are still making the policy decisions, and I doubt if their policies have changed.

The book "Thy Will Be Done," by Colby and Dennett, is over 800 pages long, but it is carefully researched and documented. There are no conspiracy theories, just names, dates, and facts with solid documentation to back up every sentence in the book. They say that people shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, but sometimes it is a Trojan horse. People who care about other people don't go around making up lies so that they can initiate war crimes and kill a million innocent people just to pad the pockets of their billionaire friends. The left hand does know what the right hand is doing. Never trust a war criminal, no matter what gifts they come bearing.

If Africa doesn't understand what Bush is doing, the more faith-based aid they get from Bush as he faithfully carries out the Rockefeller agenda, the more the genocides will increase and they'll never connect the dots.


 

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 1:12 am
Good to hear good news for a change....
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 1:31 pm
Good news Michael - thank you to keep up the good feeling... I won't do an analysis on PEPFAR and other conditions attached by US Government in their fight against sex - oops AIDS.
 

Michael W (72)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 2:54 pm
Mark I am 100% positive that the recipients of this aid do not understand the grand geopolitical ramifications that acceptance of the aid might bring. All they know is they hurt, their children are dying and chances are they aren't going to live long enough to worry about the overall grand picture. If you're lost in a desert and have been for days without water or food and someone offers you a drink of water and food you'll drink first and if there is a later may be able to examine motives. Motive examination is a leisure event. The majority portion of Africa is just a few decades away from colonial exploitation 10 -40 years. I think their learning curve is pretty fast in comparison to other areas.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 3:39 pm

Michael wrote: "The majority portion of Africa is just a few decades away from colonial exploitation 10 -40 years."

That would be correct in referring to the past. If we were to refer to the neocolonialism of the globalist future, I'd say they're at most perhaps 2 to 5 years away in many places.

The exploitation of neoliberalism is a slightly different animal that previous colonialism. If you read about the 400+ female maquilladora employees raped and killed in Juarez, Mexico, you'll see the pattern of the future. I believe, as do many, that the torture/rapes/murders are the work of the factory owners and local law enforcement, which is why they continue and go unpunished. I believe this same pattern is taking hold in Africa. The benefits to the U.S. of globalization were negative, as jobs were outsourced and wages declined. The benefits to the countries like Mexico and others where jobs were sent, were also negative, as the employees were considered to be totally disposable and had no rights that employers were bound to respect.

It is true that desperate people will trade their ancestral lands for food and medicine. That's why disaster capitalism deliberately causes desperation. It isn't enough for capitalism to steal the ancestral lands that provided food and medicine since time began, they also want the people they exploit, the ones who aren't killed outright, to be grateful. And gratitude for being merely exploited rather than killed is not misplaced. If not for the fact that modern exploitation renders people totally disposable, so that the reprieve is only temporary, their gratitude would even be justified.

Excellent comment, Jude!


 

Sandra M Z (114)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 8:59 pm
I'm thankful for the people this is helping,what a blessing for them. I have to agree with Mark. The American People are very generous, but our Government isn't working for "The People" anymore, and they aren't working for any Other Peoples either. Noted, thanks Michael and great comments Mark.
 
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