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Lawmakers, Peace Groups Team Up to Block 'Disturbing' US-Saudi Arms Deal


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Lawmakers, Peace Groups Team Up to Block 'Disturbing' US-Saudi Arms Deal

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Anti-war advocates are launching an 11th-hour bid to stop U.S. Congress from approving a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia in its fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen, which was announced earlier this month.

Chief among them are the activist group CODEPINK and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who are calling on Congress to block the sale at least long enough to give lawmakers time to "give these issues the full deliberation that they deserve."


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What does Hillary think of this arms deal?
Oh that's right, she's sticking with Obama because people say they like him.

If someone were to test every voter in this country we might find out that 80% of them had no more than a 6th grade education.
Which is why Trump likes "low education voters."


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"Continued U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia could make the U.S. complicit in potential war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition."

Could make? Could make? What?

This kind of thing absolutely drives me nuts. I'm appreciative of CODEPINK's activism, but why is it that so often people on the left, when given the microphone they want, make statements as mealy mouthed as that one.

Let me restate it correctly…

Continued U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia furthers existing U.S. complicity in ongoing war crimes committed by the Saudi-led-coalition


#4

Is it fascism or stupid people?


#5

It's fascism, stupid people & stupid fascist people.


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I'm no fan of Sen Rand Paul but agree with him on his comments about Saudi Arabia. Same for Sen Chris Murphy. The Saudis are devastating Yemen with US made weapons. Yemen is the poorest nation in the ME and the Saudis are making conditions there even worse than they were before.


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WEAPONS EMBARGO Needed for the entire Middle East and that of course includes an embargo on Military Aid to ALL countries of the Middle East.
----Jill Stein -Green Party- 2016.

The Real Issue:.... while humanity fights each other over declining, finite resources, which is of course what all wars are fought over.... we are destroying our Self-Sufficiency and Natural Resources....( a bit ironic isn't it?).
While we fight each other, we are very much Unaware of the Real Threat that we face....although a small number of people in both Government and Religion are aware of this real threat to all of humanity-to not only humanity's physical survival, but to its freedom on this planet and its sovereignty....for if we all knew of this Greater Darkness, all wars would stop and we would redirect our resources to the common defense of humanity against all external threats.... from the newmessage.org.....


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Stupid people don't even know what fascism is.
Most of them think that fascists are liberal Democrats.
--sigh--


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Why do you suppose that what the real threat is isn't taught in schools?


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This is Not Yet Taught to our children because we do not yet realize how grave and serious this threat is to all of humanity. Do not fear the Truth for this will unite all of humanity into a common family and common defense of our world. Do not fear this new reality.


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sounds like something Marie Antionette would say.


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When Pogo said: "We have seen the enemy and he is us," he was so right. We won't stop climate change despite us all seeing and acknowledging our part in it, and that goes for assault weapons in civilians hands, and drone strikes on weddings and MSF run hospitals. We are the enemy and through our unwillingness to vote to stop it at the ballot box... (Trump or Hillary? Please!! Both are not impotent, but willfully ignorant of the causes and so they are both going to end up making the world a worse place. Uh, while increasing their own personal wealth and affluence at the same time. Of course, that's guaranteed! ) ...it's going to take a box of ...bullets


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This arms deal has come up because the USA under Obama and the US military is losing another war they illegally started. The Houthi rebels are moving the war into Saudi Arabia and as everyone knows the Saudi do not work for a living, make anything but trouble and hire others to fight for them. All they have is lots of money which will do little good when the rebels arrive at their door with blood in their eyes as they have seen their children blown to bits.


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To answer your question:
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
What is Fascism, really?

The word Fascism is thrown around very freely these days. We’ve had “Red Fascists,” “Islamofascists,” and Lord knows how many other “fascists.” The word is equated with evil, dictatorships, or just plain different.

What is fascism? Where does it come from? Are there real fascists today? Let’s take a look.

Fascism comes from the Fasces, a bundle of rods around an axe, carried by Roman Lictors and symbolic of power. You have probably heard the old story about the old man who gave his sons each a stick, then told them to break them. They did. Then he gave each of them another stick and told them to tie them all together in a bundle, then directed them to break it. None could, the bundle was too strong. Then the father told his sons that if they would stick together, they would be strong and unbeatable.

In Italy, during the 20's, 30's and early 40's, Mussolini’s supporters were the Fascist party. Their symbol was the tightly bound bundle of rods with an axe inside. Mussolini himself stated that his government would be better described as a “corporate state.” Let’s look at a corporate state from the point of view of that symbol.

If corporations compete with one another, they can be broken, by unions, by alliances of several corporations against them. However, suppose the corporations formed their own group, their own bundle of rods. They would be mutually strengthened. Now, let’s put the axe of government in the bundle and see what we get. The ideal corporate state! That was approached in Italy, but Mussolini was not as well organized in those days as corporations are today.

The ideal corporate state is one in which all major corporations band together for mutual profit and power (the bundle of rods) wrapped around the axe of government, which exists to protect the corporate profits from attack. The corporations then support (or buy) the government and all backs are scratched.

Fascism was supposed to have died, along with National Socialism (Nazis) at the end of WW-II. Like the legendary Hydra, however, when you cut off a head, it grows two more.

When you look at fascism using this definition, there are only a few of them, and it is not Islam, it is no longer "red," it rests much closer to home. It is more powerful than anyone guesses and, it is preparing for a Nazi style of oppression if its aims are in any way thwarted.

Does this sound familiar?

Beware the Corporate State, wherever it raises its ugly head.
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* And that Corporate State's ugly head seems to be looking in every window since this was written over six years ago.
* Let's all remember that the lesser of two evils is still evil and that sick game has been played for far too many election cycles.
* If the millions of voters who are disgusted with the election frauds that have disenfranchised them during just this race, the millions of Bernie supporters who were cheated by the party machine, would vote for Jill Stein, we could take our country back!
* Even if we didn't win, a strong showing would convince the Powers that Be that We the People are Mad as Hell and we aren't going to take it anymore!
* Jill Stein, Green, 2016
;-})


#15

excellent commentary !!!


#16

Thank you!
;-})


#18

True. Who cares if doctors and children are killed and wounded when there's money to be made? Not money for you and me, of course, but money for the people who call the shots.