The Iconoclast – October 17, 2005

“Falsehood is an amorphous monster, conceived in the brain of knaves and brought forth by the breath of fools. It’s a mortal pestilence, a miasmic vapor that passes, like a blast from hell, over the face of the world and is gone forever. It may leave death in its wake and disaster dire; it may place on the brow of purity the brand of the courtesan and cover the hero with the stigma of the coward; it may wreck hopes and ruin homes, cause blood to flow and hearts to break; it may pollute the altar and disgrace the throne, corrupt the courts and curse the land, but the lie cannot live forever, and when it’s dead and damned there’s none so poor as to do it reverence.” William Cowper Brann

With Friends Like This, Who Needs Enemies?

This week, I will abandon my analysis of the increasingly dysfunctional Bush Administration to discuss another issue of some importance. It appears from a number of sources; the foreign media, technical websites and personal information, that the state of Israel has negotiated a business deal with the PRC to supply spy satellite service to that country, an action relatively unknown to but certainly against the wishes of both the Administration and the U.S. intelligence community. Israel, who possesses the fourth largest army in the world, has become the 3rd largest exporter of weapons in the world selling everything from Uzis to PHALCON airborne early warning systems. UK Defense Ministry figures show Israeli weapons export contracts were worth $4.1 billion . Only the United States with $13.2 billion and Russia with $4.4 billion sold more weapons this year.

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