Issue 2 – February 2006

Current Affairs Essay
War on Terror Is Not a War, and It Is Not About Terror by J. F. Miglio
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
The Devil's Halo  By Chris Fox
Early Zimbabwe: Memoir of a Quaker at Home in a Jesuit Mission  By Dyck W. Vermilye
Vietnam, No Regrets: One Soldier's Tour of Duty  By J. Richard Watkins
The Perfect Assassin  By Ward Larsen
Hollywood and Sunset  By Luke Salisbury
Axiom: The Second American Civil War  By T. Edward Allen
Wealth Odyssey  By Larry R. Frank Sr., MBA, CFP
Paloma  By Linda A. Lavid
September and Other Stories  By Julie Ann Dawson
The Little Book of He and She  By Wade Stevenson
Military State: Society on The Verge of Collapse  By Kevin Warren
Extradition Between Canada and the United States  By Gary Botting
Club Fascistland  By Kevin Brink Nielsen

Recommended Reads

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The Devil’s Halo
By Chris Fox
&nbsp Exciting spy thriller about the militarization of space and how even family members can become adversaries in the dangerous game of espionage and world domination.…Read Reviews

Early Zimbabwe: Memoir of a Quaker at Home in a Jesuit Mission
By Dyck W. Vermilye
Engaging memoir about how a middle-aged man opens his eyes and discovers the truth about the human condition while living in Zimbabwe.

Vietnam, No Regrets: One Soldier’s Tour of Duty
By J. Richard Watkins
Gritty, true account of a soldier’s tour of duty and how he survived the killing fields of Vietnam.

The Perfect Assassin
By Ward Larsen
Fast-paced thriller about a woman sailing solo who fishes an Israeli assassin out of the ocean and embarks on a life and death adventure involving intrigue and espionage.

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.

Axiom: The Second
American Civil War

By T. Edward Allen
Dystopian tale about one man and his family who are caught in the middle of chaos as the world economy collapses and America is brought to the brink of World War III.

Wealth Odyssey
By Larry R. Frank Sr., MBA, CFP
A practical, no-nonsense guide for individuals who want to develop a personal definition of wealth and create an effective strategy for long-term financial success.

By Linda A. Lavid
Fast-paced romantic suspense novel about a woman with three identities who is being pursued by an assassin.

September and Other Stories
By Julie Ann Dawson
Unique collection of horror stories, spooky role-playing, and dark fantasy.…Read Reviews

The Little Book of He and She
By Wade Stevenson
Part poetry, part romance, part self-help, this short but passionate book describes the profound sense of being in love.…Read Reviews

Military State: Society on
The Verge of Collapse

By Kevin Warren
Frightening, dystopian tale about American patriots who fight against a ruthless military dictatorship in a post-apocalyptic world.

Extradition Between Canada
and the United States

By Gary Botting
A detailed and valuable examination of the tumultuous relationship between the United States and Canada regarding their extradition systems, histories, issues, conflicts, and controversies.

Club Fascistland
By Kevin Brink Nielsen
Imaginative, modern day version of the Wizard of Oz told from a progressive viewpoint, featuring a young man in search of a true home who gets help from an idiot savant, a humanoid/robotic mercenary, and a truck driver.


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War on Terror Is Not a War, and It Is Not About Terror

By J. F. Miglio

All effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points, and (you) must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand
by your slogan.

— Adolph Hitler

George W. Bush�s butchering of the English language is the stuff of legends, and listening to his long list of mispronunciations, grammatical gaffes, and syntactical slips is always good for a laugh. But there is one term he uses that should not be taken lightly: the �War on Terror.�

Bush first used the term after 9/11, and it worked wonders for him. His popularity sky-rocketed and everyone forgot about the rigged 2000 presidential election. Since then he has used it over and over, especially whenever he gets caught lying about such trifles as the war in Iraq, or torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib, or spying on innocent peace activists without a warrant.

In fact, whenever our fearless leader mentions the term, American citizens react as if they are a bunch of frightened kids, mainstream news reporters prostrate themselves at his feet and declare fealty, and members of Congress give him a green light to trample on the Constitution as if it were Pat Nixon’s old “cloth coat.” Not bad for a guy who can’t pronounce the word “nuclear.”

The problem is, the War on Terror is not a war and it is not about terror. The classic definition of a war is when two sovereign nations use armies to battle it out with one another until one surrenders. World Wars I and II were classic wars.

The War on Terror is like the “War on Drugs” or the “War on Crime.” It is a propaganda slogan, and the “war” that it describes is a figure of speech, a rhetorical device. As a result, this type of war has no end or resolution– which is just the way the Bush regime likes it because it helps keep them in power.

After all, the word “terror” means fear. And is it possible to have a war on fear? No, not a real war. Only a metaphorical war designed to keep the population in a perpetual state of fear so they will be willing to trade off their civil liberties for safety and security.

What about calling it a “War on Al Qaeda”? Again, this term does not meet the classic definition of war, since al Qaeda is a terrorist group, not a sovereign nation. So what are we engaged in then, if not a war against al Qaeda? Is there a precedent? Yes, and we don’t have to look too far back in history for an example.

If you recall, in the 1970s and ’80s, terrorist groups like the Baader-Meinhof Gang of Germany and the Red Brigades of Italy were tearing around Europe, blowing up buildings and assassinating people on the streets. The Red Brigades even went as far as to kidnap and kill Aldo Morro, the prime minister of Italy.

Imagine what would happen if a similar situation occurred in America and one of our top government officials was kidnapped or killed by al Qaeda. It is a good bet the Bush regime would declare martial law in about ten minutes. This would mean the end of our Constitution and our individual liberties, and fascism would be a daily reality of life for all Americans.

But did the Italian government react that way when their prime minister was assassinated? And did they declare an unending war on terror that turned their country into a fascist state? No, they had already played that game with Mussolini, and they were not about to sacrifice their individual liberties to another iron-fisted duce.

Instead, they treated the Red Brigades as a gang of criminals that had to be infiltrated, hunted down, and brought to justice. And this is how the Italian government slowly but surely defeated them. The same method was used to defeat the Baader-Meinhof Gang in Germany and also the white militia groups in the U.S. during Bill Clinton’s term of office.

In other words, there was no need for any scary propaganda or infringement on civil liberties. All that was required to solve the problem was a proportional government response using a combination of force, good detective work, and diplomacy. As a result, the terrorist groups of the twentieth century were defeated and “put out of business,” something Scotty McClellan can only dream about.

Too bad we didn’t follow this approach with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Instead, the Bush regime diverted its attention (and the public’s attention) away from the real terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and started an unnecessary war in Iraq under false pretenses. Ironically, the illegitimate war in Iraq has created more terrorists than we could have ever imagined and the United States is persona non grata around the world.

Call me conspiratorial, but it almost seems as if Bush doesn’t want to catch bin Laden. But that couldn’t be, could it? We’ve been diligently searching for him ever since 9/11. Or have we? “I really don’t think that much about him,” Bush told the press when he was asked about bin Laden way back when.

Today, if you ask ranking members of the CIA about bin Laden, they always say something like: “We know he’s hiding out somewhere in the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but damned if we can find him!” Thirty billion bucks a year we spend on our intelligence community and we can’t find an NBA-sized Saudi prince hiding out in a cave whose family has business connections with the Bush boys and the Carlyle Group!

So whenever you hear Herr Bush and his stiff-arm saluting sycophants in the mainstream media use the term War on Terror as a pretext for eavesdropping on your phone conversations, or spying on your private activities, or curtailing your individual liberties, just remember that the term is a propaganda slogan that has nothing to do with protecting our freedom or democracy and everything to do with keeping average Americans under the boot heel of our fearless leader.

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the 2005
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)

OR Books of the 2005
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
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti
Pulitzer-prize nominated author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the 2004
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.

OR Books of the 2004
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)

OR Books of the 2004
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.

OR Books of the 2004
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.

OR Books of the 2004
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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