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Herewith, definitions to keep on top of current events
By ERIC MARGOLIS -- Contributing Foreign Editor
[By special permission of the author to New Trend.]

It's very difficult keeping up with Mideast news due to the Orwellian newspeak coming from Washington.

So here's a handy list of key terms, translated into simple English.

a.. Liberation - Invasion.

a.. Coalition - The U.S. and British invaders, plus some troops from rent-a-nations like Romania and Poland. In the past, "the coalition" would have been called imperial forces and mercenary auxiliaries.

a.. Dictator - A ruler you don't like, or who does not cooperate.

a.. Statesman - A cooperative dictator.

a.. Stability - when things go the way Uncle Sam likes, ie., the status quo.

a.. Instability - when things don't go the way Unc Sam wants, ie., when trouble-makers try to change the status quo.

a.. Iraq reconstruction - a process whereby big firms that contribute to the president's re-election campaign obtain contracts to rebuild the damage caused by U.S. bombing.

a.. Freeing Iraq's oil assets - Washington's seizure and sale of Iraqi oil, which in no way can be compared to Cuba's seizure and sale of U.S.-owned property, a dastardly crime.

a.. Mideast democracy - regimes that hold rigged elections and obey Washington's orders.

a.. Free trade - pouring goods and services into the newly "liberated" country, and buying up its key industrial assets at fire-sale prices.

a.. Terrorism - violent acts by dangerous fanatics and malcontents who refuse to accept the downtrodden status assigned to them by Washington.

a.. Anti-terrorism - State terrorism.

a.. Uranium - a yellowish mineral from Niger that causes red faces in the White House.

a.. Iraq Administrator - A pro-consul or gaulieter, disguised as a minor suburban bureaucrat.

a.. Drones of death - Iraqi remotely piloted aircraft that the White House claimed were poised to fly off Iraqi ships lurking in the North Atlantic and shower fiendish germs on a sleeping America - which turn out to be two model airplanes, only one of which could fly. See "vans of death."

a.. Vans of death - Claimed by Washington to be Iraqi mobile germ warfare laboratories, but turn out, on inspection, to be British-supplied trucks for inflating weather balloons.

a.. Weapons of Mass Destruction - Nasty weapons, existing or non-existing, that the other side has. When your side has them, they become invisible.

a.. Torture - a foul act committed by your enemies. When your side does it, it's called intensive interrogation in Guantanamo.

a.. Homeland security - bolting the barn door after the horse has escaped by rounding up Muslims and denying them due process of law.

a.. French - Insubordinate ingrates and depraved chain-smokers who had the nerve to try to block the jolly little war in Iraq, and now sneer, "we told you so."

a.. Germans - Untrustworthy. Just when you order them to be warlike again, they go soft. Wait until they see the next dozen WWII epics from Hollywood.

a.. Canadians - A bunch of pot-smoking, pinko, wimp nancy boys who marry their best friends and refuse to obey orders from the Great White Father in Washington.

a.. Islam - An evil faith that promotes violence and hatred, as proven by the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, who learned about the agents of the devil while encountering them in motel rooms.

a.. Fox News - The Ministry of Truth.

a.. Al-Jazeera News - All the bad news we don't want to hear. See Fox News.

a.. Die-hards and Saddam loyalists - Any Iraqis opposing the invasion of their country.

a.. Traitors and friends of Saddam - Journalists who questioned the Bush Administration's lurid claims over Iraq's purported threat.

a.. Moderate - A Mideastern ruler who toes the line and makes nice to Israel.

a.. Peacekeepers - Troops from browbeaten or bribed vassal states sent to perform garrison duty in U.S.-occupied nations that the Pentagon wants to avoid, or lacks the troops to perform.

a.. New Iraqi government - An august body that leaps to its feet when a U.S. soldier enters the room, and has total authority over garbage collection and sewers.

a.. Saddam Hussein - A former close American ally who got too big for his britches. If not assassinated, may soon be needed again to run Iraq for Washington.

a.. Uday and Qusay - Yes, Saddam's boys were big-time delinquents, but Crazy Uday's biggest mistake was probably making fun of George W. Bush in his newspaper, calling the prez a draft-dodging wimp. Perhaps that's why he and Qusay got the multi, anti-tank missile treatment - Texas justice - rather than a nice show trial in Baghdad.

a.. Eye-Raq - A democracy-seeking Arab state that volunteered for mentoring and tutelage from Washington in exchange for helping out American drivers of SUV's.

SADDAM HUSSAIN SPEAKS AGAIN. An audio tape has been broadcast in Dubai which carries a message from President Saddam Hussain. The tape thanks Allah that Uday and Qusay went down fighting to the last and thus attained the stature of martyrs. The President calls for continuing Jihad against the U.S.

MINI MASSACRE: U.S. media reports indicate that during a raid in Baghdad, U.S. troops killed 7 civilians and wounded 11. The raid was connected to attempts to find Saddam Hussain.

In KERBALA, U.S. troops fired on demonstrators killing one. The demonstration was in protest of the killing of another civilian by troops.

ATTACKS CONTINUE: U.S. troops are steadily losing men, killed and wounded, in Iraq as attacks by the mujahideen continue. Observers say that the attacks seem to be unrelated to the Ba'ath Party and are seemingly the work of Islamic guerrilla forces. The U.S. says it is facing an average of 12 attacks a day. Since Bush decided that the war was over, 108 American troops have been killed and 322 wounded [according to U.S. sources].
IN AFGHANISTAN, fighting continues, with new Taliban attacks EVERY DAY. Mullah Omar has now openly appointed a military operations commander, following the establishment of a Council of Jihad. The targets of the Taliban are:
1. Afghan mercenary troops of Hamid Karzai.
2. Afghan police armed and trained by the U.S.
3. U.S. troops.
4. Italian troops.
5. German troops.

PAKISTANI FORCES helping the U.S. are hurting too. On July 26, near the Afghan border with Quetta, a mine was used to blow up a jeep of the Pakistan Frontier Corp. Eight Pakistani troops, including a captain, were killed.[Nawa-e-Waqt.]

In response to a Taliban pin prick near northeastern Afghanistan, the U.S. used the sledgehammer technique by bombing the Islamic fighters from the air. F-16s and a B-52 were used: however the legendary fighters, not unlike the Apaches of U.S. frontier days when Geronimo fought in Arizona, slipped away without loss.
AHMED ĎABDEL SATTAR Bail Hearing Set for August 1

Although the terrorism charges against Lynne Stewart, Ahmed ĎAbdel Sattar and Yousry have been dismissed, Ashcroft's bulldogs won't let go. They are holding Br. Ahmed on some lesser charges. A bail hearing, backed by tremendous community support, will be held on August 1 (Friday).

2003-08-02 Sat 07:03ct