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Chris Floyd's Global Eye

Published: December 25, 2001 (Issue # 733)


What kind of sick and twisted men could sit around calmly, in safety and comfort, while planning the murders of thousands of innocent people, all to further their own extremist faith, which holds that no other system but their own should be allowed to exist on earth? Men with no conscience and no soul, coldly calculating the number of deaths it would take to goad their enemy into action and set the world aflame in a holy war between the righteous and the infidels - where could you possibly find such degraded minds?

Why, on the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, of course!

Yes, America's shiniest military brass have at times been given to Osamic convulsions of terrorist fervor, drawing up plans to sink American ships, shoot down American planes and launch terror campaigns in American cities, "even in Washington" - all to create "pretexts to provide justification for U.S. military intervention in Cuba."

This was the gist of "Operation Northwoods," devised by America's top military leaders and presented to President John Kennedy in 1962, ABCNews.com reports. The existence of Communist Cuba 150 kilometers off the coast of God's country was an intolerable affront to the honchos of the military-industrial-mafiosi complex (MIM), which had formerly gorged itself on the rich corruption of the right-wing Batista regime.

Their outrage was compounded by one of the CIA's rare fiascos in nation-gutting: the failed Bay of Pigs invasion a few months before, a "humiliation" that left the hard Right - and its many sympathizers in the military - howling for Kennedy's head on a platter. Hoping JFK would now seek to restore the lost national manhood, the brass drew up a full-scale plan for the invasion and military occupation of Cuba.

That's where the "pretexts" came in. The boys in braid evinced a devilish imagination worthy of al-Qaeda as they plotted terrorist campaigns complete with assassinations and bombs in American cities, blowing up American ships in Cuban harbors - "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation," they wrote - even contemplating the explosion of America's first manned space flight - all to be blamed on Castro, of course.

A few days after the head of the Joint Chiefs, General Lyman Lemnitzer, presented the plan to the White House, Kennedy told him he would never authorize a U.S. military invasion of Cuba. A few months later, in the midst of a Senate investigation into right-wing extremism in the military, Kennedy removed Lemnitzer from the military's top spot.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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