Monday, June 17, 2002

This is a good article on the relationship between George Bush Texas politics, big oil, and environmental devastation. Read the last sentences: "On 11 September, while Al-Qaeda's planes slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Carlyle Group hosted a conference at a Washington hotel. Among the guests of honour was a valued investor: Shafig bin Laden, brother to Osama." I thought it was suspicious enough that Carlyle was having a board meeting at the same time as the terrorist attacks, and could watch them on television. Carlyle is a company partly owned by the father of the President of the United States, and the President himself may have a direct ownership stake in it (in any event, he stands to inherit some of his father's stake). Carlyle is making out like a bandit on the massive military expenditures caused in fighting Bush's war on terror. The war on terror is based on the rather specious notion that the way to stop terrorism is to start lots of wars, and the excuse for the war on terror was acts of terrorism blamed on Osama bin Laden, a guy whose brother is being feted at the exact time of the terrorist attacks by a corporation that stands to gain immensely from the wars occasioned by the war on terror and in which the President who started the war on terror has a significant personal interest. The mind reels . . .

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