Wednesday, September 30, 2009
NEW YORK — New York is seeing red over the decision to turn the city's highest beacon — and one of America's symbols for free enterprise — into a shining monument honoring China's communist revolution Wednesday night.
The Empire State Building shone in red and yellow lights over New York City on Wednesday night to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloody communist takeover.
The tower is lit in white most nights, but nearly every week gets splashed with color to honor holidays and heroes — red, white and blue for Independence Day, green for St. Patrick's Day, true blue for New York's Finest.
The building's managers say they have honored a host of countries, including Canada, India and Australia, but as of Wednesday that list of honorees now includes one of the world's last great authoritarian regimes.
Tourists were squirming as the city's 102-story landmark — which gained a special significance for New Yorker's after 9/11, when it again became Manhattan's tallest building — was being converted into a shining red beacon for Chinese communism
"I think it's a bad idea," said Dick Paasch, 69, from Billings, Montana. "The Chinese Revolution ... in the years 1958-1960, there were something like 26 million people starved to death. Why would we want to celebrate something like that?
"I think the Chinese have come a long way since then, but I certainly wouldn't celebrate the revolution," he said.
Representatives for the building say it won't incur any extra costs to use the colored floodlights, so taxpayers won't have to pay a dime. But tourists thought it would have been better if the building would have stayed white this Wednesday.
"It seems a little out of place in New York City, an American city, having communist colors," said Cathy Crismore of Lancaster, California. "That doesn't seem right."
New York politicians have paid notice as well, and say they are let down by the light-up. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., said it was a mistake to pay tribute to what he called "a nation with a shameful history on human rights."
Historians of the revolution noted the unimaginable — and often forgotten — toll of the revolution and China's communist rule, which has taken tens of millions of lives through years of war, famine, reeducation and wholesale slaughter.
"China gets treatment that other dictatorships can only dream of — a free pass on human rights," said Arthur Waldron, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
The revolution and its aftermath may have been deadlier than any world war: though estimates vary, research from the historian Chang Jung shows that as many as 72 million people died as a result.
During one five-year period alone, the Great Famine of 1958-1962, 36 million Chinese are believed to have starved as a result of Mao's Great Leap Forward, a government policy meant to industrialize the nation.
During those years of ruin, peasants ate bark, maggots, bird droppings, human flesh — anything to survive — as government storehouses stood full with grain and other cereals, neither the first nor last in China's troubled line of violations of human rights.
"China remains strongly oppressive — but we make a lot of money, and we have a tendency to romanticize the country, confusing her brilliant cultural heritage with the current communist regime," said Waldron. "Will we light it in honor of Tibet?"
About 40 protesters massed outside the Empire State Building Wednesday morning as China's New York consul attended a ceremony the building's managers said was to honor "the 1.3 billion Chinese people and the 60th anniversary of their country."
"Because the Empire State Building is such a cultural icon ... this touches a chord close to home for people," said Lhadon Tethong, a leader of the demonstrators from Students for a Free Tibet.
Tethong said that the lights on the building "are a symbol of support for the Chinese state — for a totalitarian state," which ignores the country's "abominable record on human rights, on liberty."
Waldron, of the University of Pennsylvania, said he thought there would be an outcry if another brutal regime were so honored by the tower.
"Would we have lit the Empire State Building for the USSR knowing what we do about the Gulag?
Have we not seen this before in the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? We were told then that Saddam Hussein was a threat and had to be eliminated. The US invaded Iraq, and found absolutely no "weapons of mass destruction" and have spent upwards of a trillion dollars of American taxpayer dollars to maintain an occupation there!
Why is the US invading countries that are no threats to themselves and others? The answers are simple...(1) They have been receiving their orders from their Zionist masters in Tel Aviv to do so, according to their evil document "Securing The Realm" which was released in 1999 and called for elimination of all of Israel's enemies in the Middle East to ensure the Israeli domination of the region for the foreseeable future! and (2) To maintain hegemony of the US dollar in terms of OPEC Oil Trading! Few people even know that Saddam Hussein was in the process of switching his oil trading from US dollars to other monetary units, primarily the Euro starting in 2003. Now the Iranians are calling for the same... Switching from oil trading in US dollars to Euros almost immediately. Is there a coincidence? I think not.... Trading oil in currency other than US dollars would be a disaster to the United States because it is Petro-dollars trading that primarily keeps the US dollar alive!
We are deluged by the lies of the MSM these days... Saying that Iran is evil, a threat, a nation of crazy people run by a madman, etc.... They also continue to say that Iran is building Nuclear bombs, which is a total lie. Little is said about their dreamland called Israel, which possesses hundreds of Nuclear weapons and has been invading and murdering its neighbors for decades. The answer is not hard to figure out here as to which nation exactly is the real threat today!
It seems that some chinks in the MSM policy of blasting Iran as evil are beginning to show. Here now, I present an interesting video from www.msnbc.com that shows that some voices of reasoning are still able to get through in spite of the Zionist controlled media shills:
NTS Notes: It is amazing in watching this video how Arianna Huffington comes across as such a Zionist dual citizen shill... She tries to defend her love of that evil country, Israel, by promoting the "Holocaust",and saying again falsely that the Iranian president has threatened to "wipe Israel from the map" which has been proven to be total BS! These shills got a good pounding from Glenn Greenwald, who had them almost running to the hills, and trying desperately to either cutoff Glenn Greenwald, or cut the interview short.
We know the truth in the blogosphere... The MSM is beyond hope, and should be avoided as true news sources... They are nothing more than Israel's hired whores when it comes to telling the truth!
More to come
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I came across the following article that was originally released a year ago, that proves again that when I am right, I am right! Here is the article presented through www.darkgovernment.com's website that paints a true picture of what exactly is happening in Afghanistan:
GARMSER, Afghanistan — The Marines of Bravo Company’s 1st Platoon sleep beside a grove of poppies. Troops in the 2nd Platoon playfully swat at the heavy opium bulbs while walking through the fields. Afghan laborers scraping the plant’s gooey resin smile and wave.
Last week, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved into southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium poppy-growing region, and now find themselves surrounded by green fields of the illegal plants that produce the main ingredient of heroin.
The Taliban, whose fighters are exchanging daily fire with the Marines in Garmser, derives up to $100 million a year from the poppy harvest by taxing farmers and charging safe passage fees — money that will buy weapons for use against U.S., NATO and Afghan troops.
Yet the Marines are not destroying the plants. In fact, they are reassuring villagers the poppies won’t be touched. American commanders say the Marines would only alienate people and drive them to take up arms if they eliminated the impoverished Afghans’ only source of income.
Many Marines in the field are scratching their heads over the situation.
”It’s kind of weird. We’re coming over here to fight the Taliban. We see this. We know it’s bad. But at the same time we know it’s the only way locals can make money,” said 1st Lt. Adam Lynch, 27, of Barnstable, Mass.
The Marines’ battalion commander, Lt. Col. Anthony Henderson, said in an interview Tuesday that the poppy crop ”will come and go” and that his troops can’t focus on it when Taliban fighters around Garmser are ”terrorizing the people.”
”I think by focusing on the Taliban, the poppies will go away,” said Henderson, a 41-year-old from Washington, D.C. He said once the militant fighters are forced out, the Afghan government can move in and offer alternatives.
An expert on Afghanistan’s drug trade, Barnett Rubin, complained that the Marines are being put in such a situation by a ”one-dimensional” military policy that fails to integrate political and economic considerations into long-range planning.
”All we hear is, not enough troops, send more troops,” said Rubin, a professor at New York University. ”Then you send in troops with no capacity for assistance, no capacity for development, no capacity for aid, no capacity for governance.”
Most of the 33,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan operate in the east, where the poppy problem is not as great. But the 2,400-strong 24th Marines, have taken the field in this southern growing region during harvest season.
In the poppy fields 100 feet from the 2nd Platoon’s headquarters, three Afghan brothers scraped opium resin over the weekend. The youngest, 23-year-old Sardar, said his family would earn little money from the harvest.
”We receive money from the shopkeepers, then they will sell it,” said Sardar, who was afraid to give his last name. ”We don’t have enough money to buy flour for our families. The smugglers make the money,” added Sardar, who worked alongside his 11-year-old son just 20 yards from a Marine guard post, its guns pointed across the field.
Afghanistan supplies some 93 percent of the world’s opium used to make heroin, and the Taliban militants earn up to $100 million from the drug trade, the United Nations estimates. The export value of this harvest was $4 billion — more than a third of the country’s combined gross domestic product.
Though they aren’t eradicating poppies, the Marines presence could still have a positive effect. Henderson said the drug supply lines have been disrupted at a crucial point in the harvest. And Marine commanders are debating staying in Garmser longer than originally planned.
Second Lt. Mark Greenlief, 24, a Monmouth, Ill., native who commands the 2nd Platoon, said he originally wanted to make a helicopter landing zone in Sardar’s field. ”But as you can see that would ruin their poppy field, and we didn’t want to ruin their livelihood.”
Sardar ”basically said, ‘This is my livelihood, I have to do what I can to protect that,”’ said Greenlief. ”I told him we’re not here to eradicate.”
The Taliban told Garmser residents that the Marines were moving in to eradicate, hoping to encourage the villagers to rise up against the Americans, said 2nd Lt. Brandon Barrett, 25, of Marion, Ind., commander of the 1st Platoon.
In the next field over from Sardar’s, Khan Mohammad, an Afghan born in Helmand province who lives in Pakistan and came to work the fields, said he makes only $2 a day. He said the work is dangerous now that Taliban militants are shooting at the U.S. positions.
”We’re stuck in the middle,” he said. ”If we go over there those guys will fire at us. If we come here, we’re in danger, too, but we have to work,” said the 54-year-old Mohammad, who supports a family of 10.
An even older laborer, his back bent by years of work, came over and told the small gathering of Afghans, Marines and journalists that the laborers had to get back to work ”or the boss will get mad at us.”
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Stover, whose platoon is sleeping beside a poppy crop planted in the interior courtyard of a mud-walled compound, said the Marines’ mission is to get rid of the ”bad guys,” and ”the locals aren’t the bad guys.””Poppy fields in Afghanistan are the cornfields of Ohio,” said Stover, 28, of Marion, Ohio. ”When we got here they were asking us if it’s OK to harvest poppy and we said, ‘Yeah, just don’t use an AK-47.”’
NTS Notes: I really love the way that the article tries to bypass the truth by stating that the Opium fields are for local consumption and for the locals' own profit... Comparing the poppy fields to the corn fields of Ohio? What utter audacity indeed! And if the fields were for the Taliban, then why are they not being destroyed? Has anyone actually thought about that?
We are in Afghanistan for all the wrong reasons, and now there are more foreign troops in that country than in any time in that nation's history!
The war in Afghanistan is based on LIES and falsehoods. Lets push hard to get the troops out of that country NOW! The people of Afghanistan deserve their own future based on their own wants and needs, not those of foreign powers!
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