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Perfidy, Duplicity and Deceit

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By Dr. Paul J. Balles

If the world will be gulled, let it be gulled.
 -Robert Burton
Americans refuse to end the reign of the National Rifle Association's (NRA) gun control lobby. The lobby has insisted for 125 years that the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of every American to own a gun.

Buy the hype in that position and then listen to the same NRA Americans and supporters calling for Hezbollah to give up their weapons. The Lebanese Hezbollah used their guns in the way that Americans never had to--to defend against an invasion.

The American position on gun control hasn't changed. Yet they want Lebanese citizens controlled, meaning no private ownership of guns for defense.

If that's not perfidy, duplicity and deceit, what is?

Either give up guns in America or stop clamoring for Hezbollah to give up theirs.
George W. Bush, spoke of confronting "the great challenge of this century, and it's this: as young democracies flourish, terrorists try to stop their progress. And it's the great challenge of the United States and others who are blessed with living in free countries.”

Included among Bush's "flourishing democracies" and "free countries" is the apartheid regime of Israel which grew out of the afterburner of Irgun and the Strern Gang--two of history's worst terrorist organizations, one of which was led by Menachem Begin, who later became Israel's prime minister.

If that's not perfidy, duplicity and deceit, what is?

Further expanding on his reference to terrorists," Bush added: "They try to spread their jihadist message, a message I call--it's totalitarian in nature--Islamic radicalism, Islamic Fascism; they try to spread it as well by taking the attack to those of us who love freedom."

If the labeling of the "jihadist message" as "Islamic Fascism" was Bush's idea of shifting the Nazi-like superior race image from an apartheid regime's treatment of Palestinians, he compounds the foolishness with his reference to "those of us who love freedom."

On October 17, George W. Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This new law gives Bush power similar to that of Stalin or Hitler, and grants agencies within the executive branch powers similar to those of the KGB or Gestapo. This is supposed to represent "those of us who love freedom."

If that's not perfidy, duplicity and deceit, what is?

Mike Whitney writes of the Russian president: "Putin has been criticized for using oil and natural gas to send a message to rivals in Georgia and Ukraine. Vice President Cheney has called this 'blackmail'. In reality, it is an effective and peaceful way to send a message to provocateurs that there are limits to one’s patience. It is unwise to tweak the nose of the man who is heating your house and powering your vehicle.

"Besides, Cheney is the last one who should be talking about 'energy blackmail'. Can anyone forget the extortion-racket that Enron conducted against the American people; bilking them of tens of billions of dollars while the Federal Energy Commission (FEC) breezily looked the other way? Or the skyrocketing gas prices (which created unprecedented profits for the oil giants) which have mysteriously plummeted at the pump just weeks before the mid-term elections?"

If that's not perfidy, duplicity and deceit, what is?

The only country to ever use nuclear bombs is readying itself to bomb a country that defiantly works on developing nuclear power. The only Middle Eastern country possessing nuclear bombs is Israel, and Israel hasn't signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Nobody ever talks or writes about the dangers of Israel's nuclear capacity.

Don't forget that this one Middle Eastern country with weapons of mass destruction just finished a bloodbath in Lebanon along with the insane destruction of the country's infrastructure--bridges, roads, airports, power plants--with no regard for human life; and their WMDs are simply accepted without question.

If that's not perfidy, duplicity and deceit, what is?

I could go on for pages and pages with examples of perfidy, duplicity and deceit by the world’s worst snake-oil peddlers. The administration, its shills in Congress and the judiciary have all either taken part in the deceptions or they've turned another cheek--and that’s not a reference to the one next to the nose.

As one commentator said, "I don't know how many of these logical inconsistencies you can hold in your mind at one time, but I guess they're counting on you holding a bunch of them.”

I don't know about you? I've had enough! They’re making me ill. 

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