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I'm writing this piece from a secret location far underneath a mountain in Colorado. There is everything here to sustain life just about indefinitely, a source of nuclear power, extensive underground farming facilities, of course a tap right to one of the purest aquifers of them all.


Hey, I thought I was Dick Cheney for a second. Actually, my butt is hanging out exposed on the surface too, just like yours.

But in case you hadn't noticed, the marketing of World War III is already in high gear.

You can't turn on a cable news channel now without encountering a product placement ad for World War III. It's not just Gingrich. It's Gibson, and O'Reilly, and Hanity, and Woolsey and Ledeen, and every other prominent right wing operative who has been positioned to spit out synchronized talking points about starting a new world war. Actually, Ledeen was talking about World War IV, but they'll get him on the exact same message as everyone else before he makes another appearance.

And it's not just in our own media, Israeli prime minister Olmert made the accusation yesterday that the kidnapping of the two soldiers by Hezbollah was timed to distract from scrutiny of Iran's nuclear progam by the G8. The charge is ludicrous on its face. It is only Israel's extreme over-reaction to the kidnappings that gave them so much attention. But it represents just one more synaptic connection they are trying to plant in our minds, until like one of Pavlov's dogs they can ring the bell for us to attack Iran.

Former CIA Director James Woolsey just said this about the crisis in Lebanon:

"The last thing we ought to do is start talking about cease-fires and the rest."

And why is he so dead set against a cease-fire? Because they are working overtime to escalate this thing just fast as they can. And the LAST thing they want is to lose their momentum of insanity. And that is why a cease-fire is PRECISELY what we must all demand immediately. Call your members of Congress right now and demand an emergency sense of congress resolution that

1) There be an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon, and that
2) Israel and Hezbollah cease all hostile operations against each other

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Let's take a body count so far shall we? From three kidnapped soldiers we are now up to 25 dead Israelis and about 230 dead Lebanese, mostly civilians. And do you know how many Hezbollah militants are included in those numbers? Not one that they know of. NOT ONE!

Hezbollah is firing wildly unguided rockets into Israel. Israel is attacking civilian infrastructure, and civilian settlements on unfounded suspicions that Hezbollah is nearby. How long can the slaughter of innocents go on before Syria feels threatened enough to act, or Bush feels he can get away with acting directly against it. Gibson was speculating openly on his show with Woolsey about which particular Syrian targets the United States ought to be hitting, to the point of egging him on about striking Iran simultaneously.

Both sides are doing absolutely everything they can to provoke the other into further escalations. And why? Because George Bush lost his shirt (and ours) in his WMD-less Iraq gamble, and is driven to double down and bet the farm with an even bigger war to try to win it all back.

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