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By Les Blough, Editor
Axis of Logic
Friday, Jun 20, 2003

Axis of Logic News & Information
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The best man in his dwelling loves the earth. In his heart, he loves what is profound. In his associations,
he loves humanity. In his words, he loves faithfulness. In government, he loves order. In handling affairs,
he loves competence. In his activities, he loves timeliness. It is because he does not compete that he
is without reproach.

- Lao Tzu

Iraqis Were Set to Vote, but U.S. Wielded a Veto, NYT, by David Rohde, Jun 20, 2003

American marines had built makeshift wooden ballot boxes. An Army reserve unit from Green Bay, Wis., had conducted a voter registration drive. And Iraqi political candidates had blanketed the city with colorful fliers outlining their election platforms - restore electricity, rehabilitate the old quarter, repave roads. But last week, L. Paul Bremer III . . .

Blair on a new mission for Bush, The Scotsman (UK), by Alison Hardie, June 20, 2003

Tony Blair yesterday embarked on another diplomatic mission to persuade France and Germany to set aside their suspicions and back George Bush

Power intoxicates men.
It is never voluntarily surrendered.
It must be taken from them.

- James F. Byrnes

Exposed: Blair, Iraq and the great deception, The Independent (UK), by Ben Russell, June 20, 2003

Tony Blair was charged with deliberately misleading the public over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction yesterday ...

Ministry of "Truth", Intervention Magazine, by Mick Youther, June 17, 2003

In George Orwell's 1984, control the news and revise history was the function of the Ministry of Truth; in George Bush's Administration, literary history has become political reality


One who deceives will always find those
who allow themselves to be deceived.

- Niccolo Machiavelli

Senate Begins Process to Reverse New F.C.C. Rules on Media, NYT, by Stephen Labaton, June 20, 2003

Moving with unusual speed, the Senate today began the process of reversing the recent decision by federal regulators to loosen media ownership rules and enable the nation's largest newspaper and broadcasting conglomerates to grow even larger.

Interior Appropriations Panel Slashes Funding for Conservation Programs; Land and Water Conservation Fund Cut by $213 Million, by Bonnie Galvin, US News Wire, June 18, 2003

A congressional panel today voted for deep cuts in funding for additions to National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges, state parks and recreational facilities, and forest conservation on private land.


All the weary mothers of the earth will finally rest
We will take their babies in our arms and do our best
When the sun is low upon the field
To love and music they will yield
And the weary mothers of the earth shall rest
And the farmer on his tractor and beside his plow
Will stand there in confusion as we wet his brow
With the tears of all the businessmen
Who see what they have done to him
And the weary farmers of the earth shall rest
And the aching workers of the world again shall sing
These words in mighty choruses to all will bring
"We shall no longer be the poor
For no one owns us anymore"
And the workers of the world again shall sing
And when the soldiers burn their uniforms in every land
The foxholes at the borders will be left unmanned
General, when you come for the review
The troops will have forgotten you
And the men and women of the earth shall rest

-Joan Baez


Colin Powell Blaming the Victim - Plus a brief report on the June 15 Rally for Palestine in Bostonby Les Blough, Axis of Logic Editorial, June 20, 2003

Nothing has changed in America’s subservient role to Zionist State of Israel. In today's Associated Press story (below), we learn that Colin Powell has laid the blame on the victim ...

The Destruction is Nearing Its Completion: Suicide's Most Willing Accomplice, by Jennifer Loewenstein, Counterpunch, June 14, 2003

Razor wire, electrical & steel fences, concrete barriers and road blocks, watchtowers and tanks, helicopters, drones and F16s overhead, and the looming gray wall of separation encircling us --these are the borders of Gaza and the West Bank.

Men love their ideas more than their lives.
And the more preposterous the idea,
the more eager they are to die for it.
And to kill for it.

- Edward Abbey

What Price, Life?- It Depends on Who You Are, and What Your Country’s Worth,, by Andrew Chang, June19, 2003

Mohammad Gul, 28, looks over his brother-in-law Wali Khan, 35, who he claimed was the victim of a U.S. air attack in Afghanistan. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

 Sept. 4, 2002 — It was a beautiful spring day in Toronto — sunny, clear and cool. But  to Paul Dyer, and possibly hundreds of his countrymen, April 23, 2002, was also one  of  the most painful days in their lives.  That afternoon, crowds gathered at a downtown Mormon church to pay their respects to Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, 25, before he was buried with full military honors.

I built my hut in a zone of human habitation,
yet near me there sounds no noise of horse or coach,
Would you know how that is possible?
A heart that is distant creates a wilderness around it.
I pluck chrysanthemums under the eastern hedge,
Then gaze long at the distant summer hills.
The mountain air is fresh at the dusk of day;
The flying birds two by two return.
In these things there lies a deep meaning;
Yet when we would express it, words suddenly fail us.

-T'ao Ch'ien (A.D. 372-427)

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