Home | Community | Message Board


Everything Mushrooms
Please support our sponsors.

General Interest >> Political Discussion

Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

Jump to first unread post. Pages: 1
InvisibletrendalM
point of inflection
Male User Gallery

Registered: 04/17/01
Posts: 19,439
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Article: The War Has Been Won, But The Empire Is Crumbling
    #1572036 - 05/23/03 02:06 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

From Upfront #57, page 35 (it's a local windsor mag i think)

--------------------------------------------------------------------
The War Has Been Won, But The Empire Is Crumbling
By:Richard Rizok

When Hell, once again, freezes over, and post-future generations are piecing things together, history may ultimately show its ugly face. Before the days of sound bites and DNA, the greatest empires in history-book history were ranked by their contributions to the arts and the conquest of man. Rhetoric itself, in its modern form, will be lost on those with unimaginably shorter attention spans than our own. "WMD", "Regime Change", "You tried to hurt my daddy"...will not shape the minds and ambitions of the great leaders of tomorrow, but the realization of the ramifications of destroying an "opposing" culture just may.

Looting the Baghdad Museum
With the oil wells in the North and South of Iraq secured and heavily guarded early on in the war with Iraw, George W. Bush had seized the only thing of any cultural significance to him and his cronies. After waging the first pre-emptive war in US military history, or act of terrorism, (depending on whose definition you subscribe to the U.S. or the U.N.), troops stood idly by, as what has been described as "the crime of the century" by the head of the National Archaeological Museum in Baghdad, was taking place right in front of their brainwashed minds and blind eyes. Among the items taken was a collection of 80,000 cuneiform tablets with examples of some of the world's earliest writing and a 5,000-year-old Sumerian alabaster vase - known as the Warka vase, which weighs 300 kilograms. The blame for the looting was laid on the Iraqi civilians in the Western Media, but this heist was no random act. The looters were well organized, know exactly what items they were looking for and actually had the keys to the cases that the items were held in. Most of the replica items that would have looked every bit as real to an angry mob as authentic items were left untouched, as was the museum's extensive Egyptian collection, which is valuable, but not unique to the world. "The tragedy was not prevented due to our nation's inaction," Martin Sullivan, the chairman of George W. Bush's cultural advisory commission wrote in his letter of resignation, noting that American scholars had told the US State Department about the location of Iraqi museums and historic sites in Iraq. Dubya, a history major at Yale, has done a masterful job of erasing a few chapters in the history of civilization while simultaneously applying the ruthless business practices he picked up while doing his MBA at Harvard.

Regime Change?
Assuming Saddam was actually alive during this latest war in Iraq, it is implied that he is now in Syria with Osama bin Laden and Darth Vader plotting the death of every freedom loving American. Before the US can finally begin bombing Syria (any country with an army as weak as theirs deserves to be bombed), they are attempting to follow up on the promise of a new free and democratic Iraq by appointing a new leader Ahmad Chalabi.
Chalabi, the leader of the US-backed Iraqi National Congress, is already holding down the fort at the interim Iraqi leadership headquarters. This is the first time he has set foot in Iraq since 1958. In 1992, he was convicted of embezzlement, fraud and breach of trust after a bank he ran collapsed with about $300 million in missing deposits; he was sentenced to 22 years in prison. He left Jordan before the case went to trial, denies the charges, saying Saddam was behind them.
It was awfully nice for Dubya, who is deeply linked with Enron and was the beneficiary of $400,000 worth of Texas tax dollars after selling his share in the local Major League Baseball team, would appoint a leader who follows the same code of ethics. There's that old formula: regime change + appointed leader = democracy & freedom. First, appoint a West-friendly leader to a country with lots of oil. Second, maximize photo ops and paint a picture of this leader as a freedom-loving humanitarian. Third, keep that leader in check and make sure all profits from oil flow through western companies. Fourth, when said leader, and his constituents, finally realize they are being royally fucked over so soccer moms can go off-roading in their SUV's: bomb them back to the year 5000 BC. Start again at step one.

Westernizing Iraq?
Now that the US military has facilitated the destruction of some of the most significant artifacts in human history, it will be interesting to see what Dubya puts in its place. There will no doubt be a great influx of traditional US corporations to subside the troops and oil well workers. Look for a standard McDonald's menu with such culturally sensitive menu items as Freedom Fries and the McAfrika burger that was such a roaring success in Norway last year that had humanitarian groups crying foul (how do you name a burger after a country with an overwhelming famine epidemic?). Coming to every corner near you will be a Starbucks serving Freedom Vanilla Coffee and US Food Aid Packages, or are they cluster bombs? And how can we forget Wal-Mart with its freedom loving policies that have banned everything from contraceptives to Sheryl Crow but caters to all the artillery needs for your new terrorist organization.
Other western cultural cornerstones are sure to follow. Reality TV shows that cater to those who, either have no life of their own or have been so desensitized that they actually believe Joe Millionaire, Mr. Personality or Who Wants to be a Couch Potato? have more tangible credibility than the pain and suffering of Ali Abbas, the Iraqi boy who lost both arms in a US led missile attack on Baghdad.
And lest we forget "America's favorite pastime": Baseball. Could the Iraqi people embrace this nap-to-be that rewards the least athletic men with the loosest drug policies in pro sports with contracts that would make Dick Cheney giggle like a young school girl? You would be hard pressed to find a keystone of culture that further exemplifies American calues.
For starters, Dubya himself had aspirations of becoming the commissioner of Major League Baseball but had to settle for President of the United States when it became apparent that the only way the South could rise again would be by appointing a Texan to the White House. Secondly, the game's best hitter of all time, Pete Rose, has been banned for life for betting against the team he was coaching. Sounds an awful lot like the recent insider trading allegations against Ted Turner, owner of the Atlanta Braves, for selling the shares of his other company, AOL-Time Warner when he knew the ship was about to sink.
Recently, the Hall of Fame called off a 15-year anniversary celebration of the movie Bull Durham because two of the stars of the film, Susan Sarandon and her husband Tim Robbins, have spoken so vehemently against the war. What is even more troubling is the recent trend of "Average Americans" outraged by $60 tickeds, $8 beers and $25 million per year player contracts have taken their aggression to the field. Two games between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals in the past year have seen fans run out on the field and attack coaches, players and even umpires. Formerly known as Comiskey Park, U.S. Cellular Field (a $68 million name change) has been the venue for both attacks and will be hosting this year's annual all-star game. Last year's all-star game outraged any baseball fans that remained after the strike in 1994, when league officials called the game a tie after 11 innings. MLB officials are on code red for this year's game and have beefed up security to protect the multi-million dollar players from the "Average" American baseball fan. Could the revolution be televised?


--------------------
You're here because you know something.
What you know you can't explain,
But you feel it;
You've felt it your entire life.
That there's something wrong with the world.
You don't know what it is, but it's there....
Like a splinter in your mind...
Driving you mad.


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineAzmodeus
Seeker

Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 3,392
Loc: Lotus Land!! B.C.
Last seen: 12 years, 1 month
Re: Article: The War Has Been Won, But The Empire Is Crumbling [Re: trendal]
    #1572072 - 05/23/03 02:19 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

the McAfrika burger that was such a roaring success in Norway last year that had humanitarian groups crying foul (how do you name a burger after a country with an overwhelming famine epidemic?).

HAHAHHEEE!!!!  LOL>>>> :grin: ah thats just funny as hell!

Good article...bias, but an interesting read.


--------------------
"Know your Body - Know your Mind - Know your Substance - Know your Source.

Lest we forget. "


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineMadtowntripper
Sun-Beams out of Cucumbers
 User Gallery

Registered: 03/06/03
Posts: 21,286
Loc: The Ocean of Notions
Last seen: 28 days, 1 hour
Re: Article: The War Has Been Won, But The Empire Is Crumbling [Re: Azmodeus]
    #1572408 - 05/23/03 04:30 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

It is a funny read...Its purely entertainment...Although I'm sure someone will read it as the gospel truth...


--------------------
After one comes, through contact with it's administrators, no longer to cherish greatly the law as a remedy in abuses, then the bottle becomes a sovereign means of direct action.  If you cannot throw it at least you can always drink out of it.  - Ernest Hemingway

If it is life that you feel you are missing I can tell you where to find it.  In the law courts, in business, in government.  There is nothing occurring in the streets. Nothing but a dumbshow composed of the helpless and the impotent.    -Cormac MacCarthy

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.  - Aeschylus


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineAzmodeus
Seeker

Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 3,392
Loc: Lotus Land!! B.C.
Last seen: 12 years, 1 month
Re: Article: The War Has Been Won, But The Empire Is Crumbling [Re: Madtowntripper]
    #1572420 - 05/23/03 04:32 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

*cough*alex123*hack*...


--------------------
"Know your Body - Know your Mind - Know your Substance - Know your Source.

Lest we forget. "


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineRonoS
DSYSB since '01
Male User Gallery

Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 16,243
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
Last seen: 23 days, 4 hours
Re: Article: The War Has Been Won, But The Empire Is Crumbling [Re: Madtowntripper]
    #1572525 - 05/23/03 05:17 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

What part of it did you find untrue?...


--------------------
"Life has never been weird enough for my liking"


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineAzmodeus
Seeker

Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 3,392
Loc: Lotus Land!! B.C.
Last seen: 12 years, 1 month
Re: Article: The War Has Been Won, But The Empire Is Crumbling [Re: Rono]
    #1572528 - 05/23/03 05:18 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

"When Hell, once again, freezes over...,"

:grin:


--------------------
"Know your Body - Know your Mind - Know your Substance - Know your Source.

Lest we forget. "


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Jump to top. Pages: 1

General Interest >> Political Discussion

Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
* United States of America The New Age Empire
( 1 2 all )
Mad_Buhdda_Abuser 1,617 37 08/24/04 09:06 PM
by Ancalagon
* The War Against Us All AlteredAgain 1,009 16 12/02/06 09:41 PM
by Luddite
* Multi-Racial Empires
( 1 2 all )
The14thWarrior 2,373 35 10/16/05 01:43 AM
by Moonshoe
* thinking about the war...
( 1 2 all )
Anonymous 1,741 25 04/11/03 08:09 AM
by Anonymous
* Water not war Learyfan 518 11 03/21/04 06:03 PM
by silversoul7
* Looks like we got a guerilla war
( 1 2 all )
Xlea321 1,275 30 07/21/03 08:20 PM
by Baby_Hitler
* what economic impact would ending the war have for the US?
SneezingPenis
801 14 07/09/07 06:17 PM
by Luddite
* Is Anyone Actually Still In Favor Of the War?
( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 all )
MisterKite 5,381 168 11/09/03 02:28 PM
by infidelGOD

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: Prisoner#1, Enlil
492 topic views. 0 members, 3 guests and 10 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Toggle Favorite | Print Topic | Stats ]
Search this thread:
Out-Grow.com - Mushroom Growing Kits & Supplies
Please support our sponsors.

Copyright 1997-2017 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.071 seconds spending 0.006 seconds on 14 queries.