Colin Powell, the vial guy, is dead


United States Secretary of State Colin Powell holding a model vial of anthrax while giving a presentation to the United Nations Security Council PHOTO/Wikipedia

an explosion on US carrier USS Maine was blamed on Spain

Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!

such a rallying cry in the US led to a US/Spain war in 1898

The US heavily profited, it usurped:

Guam, the Philippines, & Puerto Rico from Spain

Although, Cuba got independence from Spain …

it remained in US shackles till 1959, when Castro and Che freed it

before Fox News, CNN, Washington Post …

there were other rumour mongers and war mongers

William Hearst’s New York World & Joseph Pulitzer’s New York Journal

Hearst quoted an “officer high in authority

“The idea that the catastrophe resulted from an internal accident [on USS Maine] is preposterous. In the first place, such a thing has never occurred before that I have ever heard of either in the British navy or ours.

a blatant lie from Hearst

nowadays, BBC, NYT etc quote “Western sources,” “government sources” …

in 1964, President Johnson wanted to escalate the US war in Vietnam

so he falsely claimed that Viet Minh naval forces had attacked US vessels

the result:

war was intensified with huge devastation and millions of deaths

Colin Powell didn’t need big ships to convince people for a war

on February 5, 2003, Powell spoke at the United Nations:

“My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.”

one of the sources was Rafid al-Janabi who later admitted that he was lying:

“I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the [Saddam] regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.”

common people feel they’ve caused certain devastating events

as if Bush and his team of rogues needed al-Janabi to go to war

al-Janabi was quoted in the Guardian whose headline itself was a lie:

Curveball: How US was duped by Iraqi fantasist looking to topple Saddam

nobody dupes the US; the US always pretends that it’s being duped

was Colin Powell duped? hell no!

Powell wanted to save his ass as much as he could

so to strengthen his case

he and his state department tried to get whatever they could

in 2009, Powell lamely defended the war to CNN’s Larry King:

“You are always his voice. It’s just like in the military — you argue, you debate something, but once the president has made a decision, that becomes a decision for the cabinet.”

Collin was his master’s voice, literally

to King’s query, “And if it’s immoral, you quit, right?” Powell replied:

“If it’s immoral, you quit.”

one wonders what was moral about the horrific war against the Iraqis?

the vial Powell displayed at the UN should be placed in his coffin

he’s dead so it would be inapt to suggest any other place for that vial

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