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Date:  Thu, 20 May 1999 12:04:38 +0900
From: Hendrik
To: Multiple recipients of NETSOURCE-L <netsource-l@mail.think.service>
Subject:  [NS] The Duping of America

The Duping of America

By John David Powell

The United States of America is a young and incredible country. We are a
land of great people who are passionate in our beliefs. Americans are moved
to tears and action by scenes of suffering and despair. And, we are a
country easily duped by those who prey on the naivete of the young and the

Our country is like a big kid who commands respect because of his size, but
who lacks the maturity that comes with age and experience. As a terrible
consequence, our people put our trust in a government that uses deceit as
its policy of choice, and in media who have become smug and lazy and who
have forgotten their role as watchdogs that question and probe.

Truth, though, is like an animal that crawls under your porch to die; it
may be hidden for a time, but you eventually have to deal with it.

Last week, the stench of truth became too great for the American media to
ignore and still maintain credibility. Until a few days ago, NATO had been
given a free ride regarding its murder of civilians who were too old or too
young or too slow to avoid missiles and shrapnel. Then cluster bombs
destroyed a bus full of children, women and old people of all
nationalities, according to Yugoslavia's state-controlled Tanjug news
agency. Reports said 20 civilians died and at least 43 were wounded in the
May 3 attack near Savine Vode on the Pec-Kula-Rozaje road.

A few days later, NATO cluster bombs devastated a shopping district and a
hospital in Nic. National Public Radio described the bodies of a woman who
was selling eggs and of her two customers, and of a man who lay dead in the
garden he was tending until he was cut to shreds by shrapnel.

Such tales of wanton carnage among civilians may be new to Americans, but
such reporting is daily fare for media from Canada to Australia. I know
because I receive and distribute via e-mail as many as 10 to 20 such
stories a day. Most cover the destruction of Yugoslavia's economy, the
suffering of "collateral" population, the crimes of the Kosovo Liberation
Army, and NATO attacks on Christian churches and monasteries.

When people talk to me about hunger in America, I tell them to look around.
There is hunger, but it is not caused by a food shortage. Public schools
throw away hundreds of tons of untouched food every day; supermarkets set
out snacks for customers to sample as they shop. There is not a food
shortage, only a distribution breakdown. The food doesn't get to the people
who are starving.

The same is true for information. There is not an information shortage in
America, only a distribution breakdown. To borrow from the television
series The X-Files: the truth is out there.

The International Strategic Studies Association is out of Alexandria,
Virginia. The non-governmental organization for senior national security
officials from 165 countries issued a news release May 4 that has been
ignored by the mainstream American media. According to ISSA (
http://www.strategicstudies.org/issa.htm ), NATO and US forces have
"suffered significant loss of life" among ground troops.

ISSA's monthly journal "Strategic Policy" reports that as of April 20, "as
many as 50 NATO ground troops - officially not acknowledged even to be in
the conflict." It also reports NATO may have lost as many as 38 fixed-wing
aircraft and six helicopters.

The recently released POWs may not have been the only prisoners. ISSA
reports an African-American air force major is being held after his F-15
Eagle fighter was shot down. "At least one German pilot (some sources say
two men, implying perhaps a Luftwaffe crew from a Tornado) has been
captured," the report also says.

ISSA adds it has information a female US pilot has been killed.

In addition, ISSA reports 12 American and eight British special forces were
killed in an ambush south of Pristina within days of the start of the
bombing campaign. "At least 30 bodies of US servicemen have been processed
through Athens, after being transported from the combat zone," according to
the report.

"At least two of the helicopters downed by the Yugoslavs were carrying
troops, and in these two a total of 50 men were believed to have been
killed, most of them (but not all) of US origin."

ISSA organized a fact-finding mission to Yugoslavia on April 18 - 21. On
the team was Congressman Jim Saxton (R-NJ), a life member of the
organization and Chairman of the House Task Force on Terrorism and
Unconventional Warfare.

The team determined as many as one-third of the refugees out of Kosovo
"appear, in fact, to be fleeing further into Serbia," to avoid the KLA.
These refugees of various ethnicities are joining the nearly one million
refugees displaced since 1992 from Bosnian and Croatian Serb areas and
Croatians and Muslims from what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

Team members report seeing extensive destruction by NATO of civilian
targets, which has resulted in the loss of income for nearly 20 percent of
the entire Yugoslavian population. NATO says relatives of President
Slobodan Milosevic owned some civilian targets. The ISSA team learned,
however, that "the vast majority of these factories were either
State-owned, privately owned by non-Milosevic family members or, for the
greater part, owned jointly by the State and by the workforces of the
various factories. As a result, this has directly contributed to an attack
on the average Yugoslav family."

"Insight Magazine" ( http://www.insightmag.com ) reports in its upcoming
issue that as many as 15,000 US troops will be killed in a ground war. That
figure came from a CIA report to the House Armed Services Committee on the
eve of last month's NATO summit. The CIA estimate is based on a 10-percent
casualty rate.

The Washington Times, on May 4, reported that KLA troops are training with
terrorists. According to the report, some members of the KLA, which is
financing the war through the sale of heroin, were trained in camps run by
Osama bin Laden who is wanted for the 1998 bombing of two US embassies that
resulted in the deaths of 224 persons, including 12 Americans.

Last year, State Department officials called the KLA a terrorist
organization and charged it was using terrorist tactics against Serbian and
ethnic Albanian citizens, according to the paper. And France's Geopolitical
Observatory of Drugs said the KLA helped transport $2 billion in drugs a
year into Western Europe.

To borrow from a saying: You can lead the American public to information,
but you can't make it think.


The Morrock News Service Correspondent
Web: http://www.morrock.com
May 11, 1999


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