An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Covert Disruption in the Smashed Birthplace of Western Civilization
The Iraq occupation has entered a new phase in its methodologies of genocide. The guiding intellectual force behind Gen. David Petraeus' counterinsurgency strategy, David Kilcullen advocates more advanced methods of dehumanization than the crude house to house slaughter so far employed: "What Kilcullen means is a kind of deception-based warfare that is contradictory to democracy itself, with its instruments of critical media, Congressional oversight and public disclosure of the cost in blood, taxes and honor. The key militarily is to secure the civilian population from the insurgents, in South Vietnam by 'strategic hamlets,' in Iraq by the 'gated communities' with checkpoints, blast walls, concertina wire, fingerprinting, retinal scans and house-to-house population listings. The insurgents, meanwhile, are to be hunted, killed if necessary and detained without charges in American-controlled or American-supported prison camps indefinitely, without access to lawyers, journalists, human rights observers, or family members. In most cases, there are no charges against them. Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who headed the Abu Ghraib inquiry, has more than once suggested that 'a systematic regime of torture' occurs in these camps. That's not including the CIA's secret rendition sites or the secret Baghdad prisons under the US-funded Ministry of the Interior, as reported previously in the New York Times." - Tom Hayden, "Meet the New Dr. Strangelove", The Nation
For those who remember Vietnam, the program is to be modeled on the Phoenix program which systematically slaughtered tens of thousands of units of Viet Cong civilian infrastructure. The occupation supervisors have moved from the "Salvador option", based on the torture and murder of El Salvadorans during the 1980s to a new Phoenix program. In effect, the decision has been made and confirmed by Barack Obama's new Iraq strategy, to continue the genocide in the Middle East by "cheap, quiet, low-footprint" means, hunting and destroying resistant Iraqis through Phoenix-style death squads and psychological re-education camps staffed by armed social scientists, anthropologists and psychologists trained to "exploit the physical and mental vulnerabilities of detainees." - Tom Hayden, "Meet the New Dr. Strangelove", The Nation
Today, we have a scientifically-designed Pax Americana modeled on the bloodiest phases of Vietnam and the war against Central America in the 1980s. As part of this program, "Torture was used systematically by U.S. forces." - Joe Allen, "Vietnam" Military intelligence officers described the torture: "The starvation to death (in a cage) of a Vietnamese woman who was suspected of being part of the local political education cadre in one of the local villages...The use of electronic gear such as sealed telephones attached to both the women's vaginas and the men's testicles to shock them into submission." - Joe Allen, "Vietnam"
The recently leaked manual,FOREIGN INTERNAL DEFENSE TACTICS, TECHNIQUES, AND PROCEDURES FOR SPECIAL FORCES, (see Wikileaks for the full version), which has been verified with military sources, is the official US Special Forces doctrine for Foreign Internal Defense or FID. The techniques in this manual have been applied on a large scale in Iraq. In the next administration, they are likely to be refined and according to the Phoenix program model on a wide scale throughout the occupied Middle East. Psyops plays a key role in population/resource control: "For maximum effectiveness, a strong psychological operations effort is directed toward the families of the insurgents and their popular support base. The PSYOP aspect of the PRC program tries to make the imposition of control more palatable to the people by relating the necessity of controls to their safety and well-being. PSYOP efforts also try to create a favorable national or local government image and counter the effects of the insurgent propaganda effort." - FOREIGN INTERNAL DEFENSE TACTICS, TECHNIQUES, AND PROCEDURES FOR SPECIAL FORCES (leaked June 2008).
How many can remember that it was forty five years ago when a president of the United States was capable of speaking the following words, "What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children - not merely a peace for Americans but peace for all men and women - not merely peace in our time but peace for all time." - John F. Kennedy, Commencement Speech at American University, June 10, 1963.