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News :: Human Rights : Media : Politics
10 Feb 2005
Opposing the US Empire and the Pentagon's Dogs of War, a fast growing number of Americans vote with their feet.
by Henk Ruyssenaars

FPF-Amsterdam, Feb. 9th, 2005 - An American friend, now living in France after decades as an 'ex-pat' in Sweden where we met, a couple of weeks ago send me another piece out of his reality. ''The ''Friends of France'' web site* he wrote, ''is a new entity I set up on popular demand.

''Actually'', he wrote ''some folks contacted me recently from the States and asked for advice moving, working and living here. Evidently there are a lot of people there, who would like to move in this direction or to Canada, because of Bush. It's getting just like the old days [in Sweden] with all the deserters, resisters and expats. All these people wanting to move is making a strong political statement about Bush's America."[end quote]

As written in the NY-Times: "After Mr. Bush's 'victory' on Nov. 2, the Canadian government's immigration Web site reported an increase in inquiries from the United States to about 115,000 a day from 20,000." [end quote]

Concerning people in the US 'voting with their feet', 'conscious objectors' to the war and other intellectuals leaving the US Empire, the 'UN's High Commissioner for Refugees' earlier in 2003 complained:

"It is absolutely unbelievable that people are fleeing from the United States to Canada, because they do not feel safe anymore in the US". And the UN's Lubbers wasn't even talking about the present 'economical'- or the future military draft in Bush's Empire. An estimated 30,000 to 90,000 young Americans already have fled to Canada.

An article concerning this taboo was published in the (unreliable) 'New York Times' yesterday.* Reporter Rick Lyman wrote about (intelligent) Americans trying to escape Bush's Empire and the Pentagon's ''Dogs of War'' captioned "Some Bush Foes Vote Yet Again, With Their Feet: Canada or Bust". Which belatedly reflected the reality already two years ago described by the United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees , and ex-Prime minister of the Netherlands, Lubbers.*

According to the UN High Commissioner, most Americans are - by the brainwashing mainstream media:"paralyzed since 9/11, and a misled majority seems convinced - as Lubbers observed: ''That they have to defend themselves against foreign threats. President Bush too is fully convinced of this, and does not see what tragedy is unfolding, which is contrary to american tradition. It's all very regrettable; this is not the United States anymore."

Like the very correct point of view by the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who called the war in Iraq 'illegal'*, the UN's Lubbers called the US/UK/zionist invasion of Iraq 'a humanitarian crisis', which he warned for beforehand. "It is my job to point out things like these, and criticize", he explained. The result of criticizing the 'White Haus' with it's 'Strauss Junta' was - and is - the by insiders expected 'silencing' in either this form, or the more violent way via the lawless, totalitarian US ''terror squads'' like Rumsfeld's 'SSB'.


Absolutely none of the mainstream media in the US printed Lubber's justified complaint: the silence was deafening. But as is usual with critics of the faltering US Empire; Lubbers' criticism resulted in him being sleaze-attacked, and accused of 'sexual harassment' by a complying lady at the UN.

The trumped up charges in this dirty PsyOp resulted in smearing Lubber's name, the damage was done, even if there wasn't a court case. The accusation came three months after the collaborating UN-secretary said the harassment should have happened. There were no wittnesses.

Goebbels' adept Karl Rove and his wicked 'spin-meisters' in the same way tried to get rid of the UN's Kofi Annan, who's soft criticism was enough to fabricate and enlarge accusations of fraudulent behavior, concerning the 'Food for Oil' program in Iraq, and possible embezzlement of money from those funds.

The cowards - nót 'journalists' - working for those vile mainstream media, which are owned by the people advocating those actions, those tragic media figures complied of course. Most act like the abominable New York Times 'Judith Miller'.* malevolently ignoring the facts. Those 'presstitutes' have sold their souls and are a shame to the journalists profession, which thanks to them lies in a commercial war-coma. [Iraq fraud - Url.:]


American exiles and other future ex-pats apparently can feel somewhat supported by the average normal European who has become allergic to wars and genocides.

This includes French president Chirac who in an unusually emotional outburst - in Brussels after the European Union meeting about Iraq* - [Febr.18 - 2003] scolded and derided the Eastern and some Central European countries, which like the Dutch 'Quislings'* - support(ed) the coming war or even signed letters expressing their misguided support for the genocidal American policy on Iraq for being: "badly brought up, and having missed an opportunity to keep quiet."

At the end of the 'sixties' in the last century the first US sailors - called 'the Intrepid Four' - after going AWOL and leaving the aircraft carrier 'USS Intrepid' far behind in Japan - came to Sweden in 1967. The same kind of US 'emigration maelstroem' is now getting up in revs again, the same tragedy for many involved all over.

Mostly these are bright young people abhorring the war, some going on to Canada, others looking for a country not so belligerent, nor carrying out hostilities in an armed conflict. They were right in leaving the war in Vietnam and surrounding countries; it turned out to be another genocide and an ignobly lost war by the US.

Now again, it's the war in Iraq which has many clever people ''voting with their feet'', looking for a place of sanctuary elsewhere because of another illegal conflict which is a crime against humanity.

They've understood that taking part in, or advocating an
illegal war, makes everybody involved a war criminal.

The criminals supporting this war have
their common sense gone AWOL.



* Annan/UN - War in Iraq is illegal -

* War Resisters Support Campaign -

* NYT-TinyUrl.:

* How to go AWOL c.q. desert -

* "Friends of France" -

* Chirac scolding 'Quislings' -

* Act like a ''Judith Miller'' - Url.:

* UN High Comm. R. Lubbers biography

* Dutch govt's war criminals heard in Court

* Netherlands: Safety of Failed Asylum Seekers at Risk
Letter to the Dutch Immigration Minister -

* English laguage FPF-item Lubbers interview at Indymedia -
Dutch language: original interview at Amnesty International site:

Editor: Henk Ruyssenaars
The Netherlands
FPF (at)

The Dutch author this far has worked abroad 4 decades for international media as a foreign correspondent, of which 10 years - also during Gulf War I - in the 'Arab World' and the Middle East. At present 'Persona non Grata' in Holland :-)

Seeing worldwide that every bullet and every bomb breeds more terrorism! US Senator Hollings agrees:'We have caused more terrorism than we have gotten rid of' - Url.:

Colin Powell: 'It is not anti-Semitic to criticize the policies of the state of Israel' - as 'US Secretary of State' in a speech at the 'Conference on Anti-Semitism of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe' - German Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Berlin - April 28th - 2004 - Url.:

Former PM Wim Kok and other Dutch Govt's war criminals in Court: Url.: - It can and must be done!

Help the troops come home! Url.: We need them badly to fight our so called 'governments' Url.:


FPF-COPYRIGHT NOTICE - In accordance with Title 17 U. S. C. Section 107 any copyrighted work in this message is distributed by the Foreign Press Foundation under fair use, without profit or payment, to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the information. Url.:
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