August 28, 2006.
P. 10, AMERICAN
FREE PRESS * August 28, 2006 The
Perdana Global Peace Conference
U.S. at Crossroads of Most Serious Crisis in History
By Michael Collins Piper
George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are puppets of
the Anglo-American military-industrial elite, but “this doesn’t
exonerate them from the electric chair,” said author and professor
Michel Chossudovsky at the recent
Perdana Global Peace Conference conducted in Kuala Lumpur by former
Malaysian Prime Minster Mahathir Mohamad.
. . .Their war crimes are known but
are being presented as an “error” by the mass media
in the United States, said Chossudovsky.
. . .America, Britain, Israel and NATO,
as well, are acting as “a threat to the future of humanity”
in the course of the ongoing offensive against Iran, he said. Chossudovsky
referred to the neo-conservative Project for a New American Century’s
grand design as “a chart for global military conquest.”
The media itself has become “criminal” by its role in
promoting the warfare system, particularly since, Chossudovsky said,
“The future of humanity is at stake,” but the media
is ignoring the dangers. “Without the lies and distortions
of the media, the campaign for war could not be sustained.”
. . .The professor said that people
need to rally together: “We can and must confront the consensus
and undo the media lies and bring the war criminals to justice.
We require a massive campaign to change the course of history. We
need to dismantle media disinformation and propaganda.”
. . .There is, he said, “a collective
responsibility” of the institutions — including the
U.S. Congress which, Chossudovsky asserted, “is complicit
in the war system.”
. . .In addition, the targets of the
war on terror — Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawai
— are no less than “creations of the CIA” who
have played a vital role in the staging of the war on terror.
MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY is a professor of economics at the
University of Ottawa and has taught at academic institutions
in Western Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
He has also acted as an economic advisor to governments
of developing countries and his writings on a wide variety
of topics have been translated into more than 20 languages.
. . .Chossudovsky
pointed out that former President Harry Truman recorded in his own
diary that the nuclear bombs intended to be used on Japan were aimed
at “military” targets only. Even after the attack on
Hiroshima, he said, Truman asserted in his diary that Hiroshima
was “a military base” for the Japanese, which it was
not. Chossudovsky added that, today, the levels of media distortion
and sophistication are much greater — so much so that people
have no concept of the fact that we are today at what he called
“the crossroads of the most serious crisis in our history.”
. . .The theme has been promulgated,
Chossudovsky noted, that “nuclear bombs are safe for civilians
and can be used in conventional warfare.” There are no safeguards
anymore against the use of nuclear weapons and there is talk of
war” usage of nuclear weapons, suggesting that nuclear weapons
and their fallout can somehow be “limited.” But the
use of nuclear weapons, he said, makes it nuclear warfare, pure
. . .The use of one nuclear bomb against
Iran will be a catastrophe; the use of one nuclear bomb against
an Iranian nuclear facility will make it an even greater catastrophe
considering the release of additional nuclear materiel under such
. . .Even the so-called “bunker
buster” nuclear weapons that are being considered for use
against Iran are six times more explosive than the Hiroshima bomb.
The war-planners imply that the bunker busters are “safe”
for use near civilians. Preparations — “concrete military
plans” — have been under way for some time for the use
of nuclear bombs and their so-called “integration” into
conventional warfare. Military manuals even now are in line with
the “Nuclear Weapons Deployment Authorization” which
gives military commanders on the ground the authority to determine
whether nuclear weapons should be used, he said.
. . .“If the media is lying,
we must confront the media and the flow of disinformation that permeates
the print and broadcast media,” said Chossudovsky.
. . .“Iran is not the threat
to global security. It is the United States which is a threat. This
is a fundamental conclusion,” he added.
. . .He said that the military and
intelligence community in the United States must confront what he
called “the criminal nature of the U.S. administration”
and those Western nations that remain silent in the face of an impending
threat of a nuclear war.
. . .“We must reverse the course
of history.” Otherwise a nuclear holocaust is in the offing.
(Issue #35, August 28, 2006, AMERICAN