Issue 08 – September 2007

Current Affairs Essay
What Would Really Happen If The U.S. Withdrew from Iraq? by J. F. Miglio
Featured Book
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Book of the Year 2006 (Nonfiction)
Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present  By Richard A. Singer Jr.
Book of the Year 2006 (Fiction)
Hollywood and Sunset  By Luke Salisbury
Book of the Year 2005 (Nonfiction)
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Book of the Year 2005 (Fiction)
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Books of the Year 2004 (Nonfiction)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year 2004 (Fiction)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
Dream of the Dragon Pool A Daoist Quest  By Albert A. Dalia
The End of Sorrow: The Siege of Leningrad in World War II  By J.V. Love
A Winter's Vigil  By Norval Rindfleisch
Terrorism 101  By Leon Newton, Ph.D.
The Final Human  By David M.Yourtee
Warming the Stone Children  By Christine Sandor
The Bible's Cover Stories Revealed: The Golden Keys That Unlock History  By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D
Remembrances of Times Past  By Marta Hiatt
Apollo 21  By Frank Hogan
Destiny  By Frank Hogan
There Is No Key to Happiness, The Door is Always Open  By Marc Gohres
A Bedroom Occupation: Love Elegies  By Mark Scott
Millennial Harvest: Life and Collected Poems  By Charles Greenleaf Bell
Wearing the Spider  By Susan Schaab

Recommended Reads

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Dream of the Dragon Pool
A Daoist Quest

By Albert A. Dalia


www.pleasureboatstudio.com
(Fiction)
An unforgettable tale about China’s best-loved poet-adventurer that blends magic, myth, and occult powers with fast-paced action.

The End of Sorrow: The Siege of Leningrad in World War II
By J.V. Love


www.EndOfSorrow.com
(Fiction)
Based on true events, a compelling account of Hitler’s 900-day siege of Leningrad and how the city’s inhabitants dealt with massive death and destruction…
Read Review

A Winter’s Vigil
By Norval Rindfleisch


www.iuniverse.com
(Fiction)
Well-written, nostalgic tale about a young man’s apprenticeship at a movie theater in the early 1960s and the mentors who taught him about life.

Terrorism 101
By Leon Newton, Ph.D.


www.terrorism101.info
(Nonfiction)
A library reference and selected annotated bibliography that describes how to fight terrorism not with bombs and bullets but by using experts in diplomacy, intelligence gathering, and crisis management.

The Final Human
By David M.Yourtee


yourteeD@umkc.edu
(Nonfiction)
An engaging search for higher meaning in life that challenges rational thinking about the value and future of humans.

Warming the Stone Children
By Christine Sandor


www.christinesandor.com
(Nonfiction)
A shocking true story of mother-daughter sexual abuse and eventual spiritual healing.

The Bible’s Cover Stories Revealed: The Golden Keys That Unlock History
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D

www.fearorlove.com
(Nonfiction)
An illustrated historical treatise that purports to solve the puzzle of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and resolves the riddle of Judeo-Christian religion by using an apocalyptic revelation of
the akashic records.

Remembrances of Times Past
By Marta Hiatt


www.northstarpress.com
(Nonfiction)
A nostalgic collection of stories and photographs recalling life in the early part of the 20th century.

Apollo 21
By Frank Hogan


www.lulu.com/content/165544
(Fiction)
&nbsp An exciting thriller about a murderer on board a lunar space flight.

Destiny
By Frank Hogan


www.lulu.com/content/467566
(Fiction)
A suspenseful thriller about a space shuttle that has been hijacked.

There Is No Key to Happiness,
The Door is Always Open

By Marc Gohres
www.authorhouse.com/BookStore
(Nonfiction)
A common-sense guide to happiness based on personal experience and wisdom
from the ages.

A Bedroom Occupation:
Love Elegies

By Mark Scott
www.lumenbooks.org
(Poetry)
Lyrical, heartfelt poems about love, passion, and relationships.

Millennial Harvest: Life and
Collected Poems

By Charles Greenleaf Bell
www.lumenbooks.org
(Autobiography)
A towering, intellectual book of essays, poems, and personal narrative in the tradition of Dante’s La Vita Nova.

Wearing the Spider
By Susan Schaab
www.galavantpress.com
(Fiction)
A fast-paced, high-tech thriller about a female attorney who gets caught in a web of sexual harassment, identity theft,
and political intrigue.

 

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What Would Really Happen If
The U.S. Withdrew from Iraq?

The conventional wisdom is that Iraq will descend into chaos, the chaos will lead to regional conflict, and the regional conflict will hurt our interests in the Middle East.
Do you believe it?

By J. F. Miglio

The interesting thing about conventional wisdom is that it is almost always wrong. In fact, it’s an oxymoron. If ideas or opinions are conventional, they represent the status quo or the majority view, which are always a step behind the changing times or latest information. “For chrissake, Columbus, we all know the world is flat!”

So if you’re looking for wisdom, look elsewhere; don’t look to the same so-called authorities (or their prot�g�s) who brought you the Vietnam War, the debacle in Central America, and the disaster in Iraq. That said, let’s examine the fallacy of each premise espoused by today’s leading lunkheads about what will happen if we withdraw our troops from Iraq.

Iraq Will Descend into Chaos

If the deaths of hundreds of thousands of citizens, the creation of over two million Iraqi refugees, and the miserable day-to-day existence of suicide bombings, mass unemployment and a collapsed infrastructure are not evidence of a country in chaos, I’d like to know what is.

But it could get even worse! So say those espousing conventional wisdom. Perhaps. But it could also get a lot better. Bear in mind, most Iraqis want America out of Iraq. So if we withdraw all our troops within a six-month time frame, bring in the United Nations, and organize a summit of all of Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran, to put together a peace strategy, the situation would more than likely get better rather than worse.

As a precedent for this, look at what happened in Central America in the 1980s when El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua were all engaged in civil wars. For years the Reagan administration turned a blind eye to the right-wing death squads in each country, trained and funded the Contras in Nicaragua, and supported armed conflict in the region in general, ostensibly to prevent the “godless communists” from taking over Central America. As a result, hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered, including many priests and nuns.

Finally, after years of bloody conflict, and with no chance of a military solution in sight, Congress passed the Boland Amendment, and the Reagan administration grudgingly withdrew its support of the Contras and other warring factions in Central America. At least they pretended to. (See the Iran-Contra Affair for more details on how the right-wing forerunners of the neocons screwed this one up, and how Daddy Bush pardoned all the culprits, including Elliot Abrams, who still works for Junior.)

In the meantime, Oscar Arias, the president of Costa Rica, promoted a peace plan in the region (Esquipulas Peace Agreement) that eventually ended the conflicts and won Arias the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. The same type of strategy could be used in Iraq.

But let’s say a peace initiative like this didn’t work and the chaos in Iraq got even worse. Let’s say the conventional wisdom is right and–

The Chaos in Iraq Will Lead to Regional Conflict

Following this logic, the conflict spreads. Iran backs up the Shiites with money, arms, and perhaps soldiers. Saudi Arabia follows suit and does the same with the Sunnis. The Turks and the Kurds get nervous and start attacking each other. And Al Qaeda? If the Americans are gone, whom do they attack? Sunnis? Not likely. Shiites? Even less likely. Kurds? No reason to. So what happens to Al Qaeda in an all-out Middle East conflict where one Islamic sect and/or country is attacking another? Do they choose sides or pull up stakes and find a new game?

The truth is, without the U.S. in Iraq, Al Qaeda will lose its raison d’etre in that country. Will they “follow us home”? as the leading lunkhead of conventional wisdom has said. Let’s pretend we have half a brain: If Al Qaeda had the wherewithal to attack us at home, they already would have done so. No, the reason they attack us in Iraq is because we’re there. We’re easy targets. Once we’re gone, they may score a few PR points by saying they chased America out of Iraq, but the truth is, they’re left with nothing but a bleak, war-torn environment occupied by hostile Iraqi soldiers and battle-hardened Sunni and Shiite insurgents, some of whom hate their guts.

But what about the rest of Iraq’s Islamic neighbors, like Syria or Jordan or Lebanon? Won’t they join the fight? Doubtful. Do you really think they want to choose sides with either Iran or Saudi Arabia, broaden the conflict, and destroy their own countries? More than likely, they will do everything they can to promote peace. But even if they are dumb enough to get involved, how does that hurt the United States or Israel? It doesn’t. It only hurts the Islamic countries involved in the war. Which is why they will do everything they can to make peace. After all, do you think all these Islamic countries will continue to slaughter each other while the United States and Israel stand on the sidelines and crack “dumb Muslim jokes!”

But let’s say they don’t care. Let’s say they continue to kill each other and blow up their respective countries. Let’s say the conventional wisdom is right and–

The Regional Conflict Will Hurt Our Interests in the Middle East

Now we come down to the real reason the Bush administration and the espousers of conventional wisdom don’t want the government to withdraw U.S. troops from the Middle East: because it will hurt our interests.

And just who are “our interests”? If you haven’t already figured it out, it’s the same group that buys and sells our politicians, the same group that helped Saddam Hussein seize control of the Iraqi government in a 1963 coup and backed him up with money and weapons until the Persian Gulf War, the same group that helped overthrow the democratically elected president of Iran and replace him with the Shah, the same group that is best friends with the royal Saudi family (and the bin Ladin family), the same group that has been bilking the Middle East (and the American people) out of trillions of dollars for over 100 years, the same group that has polluted our environment and called global warming a hoax, and the same group that has prevented the United States from establishing a sweeping national renewable energy program so that we can become truly independent of foreign oil.

Simply put, “our interests” in the Middle East are the interests of Big Oil– and their allies in Congress and the CIA, who do their dirty work. If the Middle East goes up in flames, so does their business. And if the price of oil gets too high and Americans convert to renewable energy en masse, the oil companies lose their power and control over the U.S. and the world.

Therefore, according to conventional wisdom, the U.S. can’t pull our troops out of Iraq until we make it secure for the oil companies to carry out their business, because their interests are supposed to be the same as the interests of the American people. But they’re not. In fact, they’re antithetical to our interests. But as long as Americans continue to believe this lie, we will continue to keep our troops in the Middle East, U.S. soldiers will continue to die needlessly, and a sweeping national renewable energy program will always be just out reach.

 

Featured Book

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

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By John F. Miglio
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Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

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Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2006)

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Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.


A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.

 

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Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury


Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

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Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.


A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

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Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.

 

Books of the Year
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The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

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The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

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Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

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Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

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My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

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The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

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