Haudenosaunee War and 9/11’s Thirtieth Anniversary
Relatively Unrelated Stories for Your Perusal
By Michael I. Niman,
On Hurricanes and Capitalism
Every now and then, like a speeding moped slamming into a brick wall, we come face to face with the warped perversity of our own society. Nothing here is sacred – not even human life. In our casino-like economy, all tragedies play out on the gaming table. Hence, I shouldn’t have really been shocked last Monday as I tuned into the whorish babble of NPR. My radio came alive just in time to catch “the numbers,” NPR’s labor-be-fucked quantitative account of the nation’s economy as simplistically reflected in the stock market.
The big financial news was that Hurricane Isabel was coming
– and at the time she was expected to strike at the heart of the American East
Coast, packing a walloping knock-out punch of a wind and, perhaps, a tidal wave
to boot. Most such storms
wreak their havoc in the economically less significant
Maybe she was bluffing, but all the players muscled their fetid bodies up to the betting table none-the-less. As the opening bell rang on Wall Street last Monday, the pigs came charging out of the gates and into the mud. With impending doom on the horizon, insurance stocks immediately took a 2% dive as gamers fretted about huge payouts in Isabel’s wake. But they didn’t pull their money out of the market altogether, finding some electronic mattress to stuff it under. No. They played their hand by moving their money into the pockets of Isabel’s perceived suitors. Someone’s loss is usually someone else’s gain, and all those damaged and destroyed homes would need to be rebuilt. Shortly after the opening bell rang in the New York Stock Exchange, Lowe’s, a building supply retailer with a strong Mid-Atlantic presence, was up 2%. Home Depot was up by 4%. Ya gotta love this country. We certainly know how to respond quickly to an emergency.
Isabel has now come and gone.
Her 140 m.p.h. winds diminished to around 105 m.p.h. by the time she made
landfall, no doubt disappointing many of Home Depot’s new owners.
Subdued as she was, she still left at least 17 persons dead in her wake
as substandard buildings flew apart and coastal developments built over depleted
sand dunes were washed into the sea by waves.
Some of the damage was unavoidable. But
the big relatively unreported story was that much of the damage from this rather
mild hurricane was quite avoidable. As
the storm moved inland and lost its steam, a lot of roofs that shouldn’t have
blown off, blew away anyway – victims of shoddy construction and weak
developer-friendly building codes. And
a lot of developments, built on flood plains by profit-crazed developers with
the acquiescence of campaign-contribution dependent politicians, were rather
predictably flooded. Life in
Our Little War Next Door
As a small child my parents told me that the
But the old myth arguing that if we didn’t fight there,
we’d have fought the Vietnam war here, still resonates in my head.
During most of my life I applied this theory to human rights struggles
– thinking that the fight against injustice was always a global one.
And there’s certainly a connection between closed Endicott Johnson
The situation also holds true for war. If we don’t oppose unjust wars wherever they may be, then just maybe, unlikely as it may seem, they may wind up on our own doorsteps. In a way, my parents may have had it right back in the early 1960s, but sort of backwards. In any event, in this age of boundless military aggression, where borders are mere lines to be crossed by speeding Humvees and sovereignty is just a word in the dictionary, war might in fact be landing at our doorstep.
The war I’m talking about seems to be brewing against the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known by the French name “Iroquois” or the English “Six Nations”). Two weeks ago, in a bizarre throwback to the days of buccaneers, New York State announced that starting on October 1st, it would be collecting taxes from businesses located within the sovereign Haudenosaunee national territory.
A very short history lesson seems to be in order here. The
Haudenosaunee were never conquered by the United States, England, France, or the
Netherlands – the European powers who over the years laid claims to the land
adjacent to the contemporary Haudenosaunee land base.
End of lesson. Yes, the
If I seem to be dwelling on the
word sovereignty, it’s intentional. It’s
the key to this ridiculous story. No
matter how dire
The federal government, not the state government, can
charge import duty on items such as cigarettes and gasoline – but to do so
means setting up and staffing a more official border.
The feds, for all of their recent gallant efforts to militarize the
For the Haudenosaunee, sovereignty is a life or death issue
for their nation and their culture. Hence,
they will no more easily allow American forces to enter their nation and seize
money from the tills of their businesses, than would Norway, Japan or any other
nation on earth. By attempting to
tax sales in a foreign nation,
9/11 Thirty Years Later
There’s been a lot of recent noise commemorating the
second anniversary of what’s become known as “The Attack on
Recently declassified US government documents show that the Chilean coup, like much of the terrorism that has plagued independent-thinking third world governments for decades, was in fact manufactured right here in the good ‘ol USA.
According to the documents, President Nixon ordered the CIA
to undermine the Chilean economy, cause chaos in that country, and hence, keep
socialist president-elect Salvatore Allende from being inaugurated in 1970.
When that effort failed, the Nixon administration, with Henry Kissinger
as point person, began a more intense destabilization campaign.
The then secret Nixon administration argument for regime change in
In an effort to doom the popular Chilean government, CIA
Director William Colby, according to a recent report in The Nation, devised and executed a covert operation.
That operation funded and organized Chilean opposition groups, created an
anti-Allende propaganda operation in
In the future, let’s try to remember the past.
Dr. Michael I. Niman’s previous articles are available online at www.mediastudy.com
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