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Volume 6 No. 2  Copyright 2008 Sam Andy, 596 McDaniel Blvd., Canon City, CO 81212

"War Against Terrorism Just Beginning"

In his State of the Union Address, President Bush said, "The war against terrorism is just beginning,... we are a nation at war, and our economy is in recession...." It's costing $1 billion a day, politicians say, and they're proposing to increase the Pentagon budget by $50 billion. Are we looking at some lean years ahead?

"America is still not safe," the President stated in his January 2002 State of the Union Address. "The war against terrorism is just beginning." There are thousands of trained terrorists on the loose in a dozen countries who want to harm America, he said.
The President pledged economic security and further tax cuts for the American people, but with the number of recent failures and bankruptcies of what seemed to be rock-solid corporations, and layoffs by high-tech industries growing daily, the American people are beginning to wonder what's in store for the future.

Taking it all in stride
Americans are taking increased travel security in stride. With all the plots to blow up buildings, bridges, and damage or disrupt our lifestyle that have been revealed by U.S intelligence sources, we've adopted a "better safe than sorry" attitude.

No peace in the immediate future
The United States has promised not to desert Afghanistan, pledging it will help the country stabilize after the Taliban and its al-Qaeda allies have been routed. But nerves are on edge with recent embassy incidents, and mindful of seemingly endless missions and the bloody and humiliating experience of the U.S. in Somalia, America and its allies are hesitant to over-commit.

Other threats to America
Although some kind of truce appears to have been declared between India and Pakistan, both have nuclear weapons and most think it's just a matter of time before trouble erupts again.
Meanwhile, North Korea continues to build up its nuclear stockpile, and U.S. security forces are keeping a close eye on developments there.

U.S.-Saudia Arabia Relations Strained Over Involvement of Saudis in Terrorist Attack
There are more than 100 Saudi Arabian citizens in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay, making Saudis by far the largest group of terrorist suspects detained at the U.S. naval base.
Although Saudi Arabia has been a close ally of the U.S., it has come under criticism by some who say the ruling royal family has done too little to crack down on terrorists and extremists.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks were Saudis, although Saudi officials insist no involvement has been proved. Osama bin Laden was a Saudi national until his citizenship was revoked in the 1990s.
U.S. officials say the detainees at Guantanamo are among the most dangerous al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters captured during the U.S.-led war on terrorism launched after the Sept. 11 attacks. A senior official at the Pentagon said that about one-fifth of the 482 prisoners held in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay are Saudi nationals.

NATO becoming obsolete in the eyes of American military forces
The U.S. has become so much more technologically advanced than any of its NATO allies that America increasingly doesn't need them to fight a distant war, as it demonstrated in Afghanistan, where it basically won alone, except for small but important contributions from Britain, Canada and Australia.
To fight a modern war today four key assets are needed: many large transport aircraft to deploy troops to far-flung battlefields; precision-guided bombs and missiles that can hit enemy targets with a high degree of accuracy; large numbers of Special Operations teams that can operate at night using night-vision equipment; and secure, encrypted communications so ground and air units can be knit together in a high-tech war without the enemy listening in.
No other NATO country has these. Britain comes closest, but Germany, France and Italy are barely in the ball game, and the others are a joke.
In part this is because European defense industries are not as sophisticated as America's. But it is also because the Europeans, deep down, don't feel threatened by America's enemies, and particularly by what President Bush has termed the "axis of evil" (Iran, Iraq and North Korea). Therefore, they don't want to spend much on defense.
If Europeans truly want to be on our side and part of NATO, they should increase defense spending and invest in planes and equipment that can hold its own with ours. Otherwise they have no credibility when they complain about U.S. unilateralism. At the same time, it might be a good idea for the U.S. to restrain ourselves on helping out in the hotspots of the world.

From an editorial by Thomas L. Friedman, NY Times

Terrorists a threat to food imports
U.S. food supplies are vulnerable, Deputy Health & Human Services Secretary Claude Allen warns. Less than 1 percent of food that comes into the country is inspected, he said. Recent funding allowed the addition of 700 new food inspectors, but even with that, Allen says, they will only be able to inspect about 3 percent of food. "There's a tremendous vulnerability." In a speech about bioterrorism at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, Allen said, "We need to develop technology that allows food-safety inspectors to test the product before it enters this country."
John Hamre, president of the CSIS also warned that bioterrorism attacks have far-reaching effects, recalling how only a few anthrax letters immobilized the U.S. mail and commerce.

More people out of work with jobs vanishing
The job outlook will get worse before it gets better, economists warn. All across the U.S., more people are out of work and fewer jobs are available.
Heaviest hit are telecommunications and high-tech industries. Construction and tourism jobs have suffered as well.
Typically a healthy economy will absorb a rise in unemployment as people who lose their jobs find other work. But when the jobs aren't there, it infects the rest of the economy as people become more conservative in spending. This, in turn, starts a dominoe-effect, as banks, stores, and manufacturers need fewer workers to meet declining consumer demand, which feeds the cycle with further unemployment.
Statistics indicate that a recovery may be underway, but Washington economists warn it could be slow and weak..

Bad times are good for some entrepreneurs
During the depression of 1923-24, a young actor named Walt Disney lost his job, so he set up a cartoon business in his garage. And just look where that led.
Bill Gates started up his company, Microsoft during the 1975 recession. Experts predict the present times, when conditions are so bad for so many, with layoffs daily, there will be start-up businesses that will thrive. If you've been thinking about starting up a survival or preparedness business, this might be a good time to get serious about it.

Warm Front in East Worsens Drought
Some East Coast states are already warning citizens about possible drought conditions for the coming summer months. New York City issued a warning at the end of January asking residents to trim water use to protect dwindling reservoirs. Pennsylvania environmental officials have also warned of possible mandatory water restrictions for such cities as Harrisburg, York and Allentown to combat the worst drought in three years. This winters balmy temperatures in the Eastern U.S. have created a dry-weather pattern from Maine to Georgia, meteorologists say.
In Maine, where 2001 was the driest in 107 years, state authorities have warned that as many as 2,000 private wells have dried up, and lakes in the north and eastern parts of the state are only at 29% of capacity.
A drought condition emergency may be declared in New York City as early as April, bringing mandatory water-use restrictions to the city of 8 million.

Do Americans have what it takes to survive?
On September 11, 2001, American lives were changed forever when we became aware we are not invulnerable. How could this have happened here?
We see our nation as a concerned caregiver to the rest of the world. We send food to starving countries, we send aid to disaster areas, we deliver medical supplies to the sick, and we hand out millions of dollars in foreign aid. We are proud of our humanity to others, even when they bite the hand that feeds them.
What then, have we done, to deserve the hate and horrible acts of terrorism that have shaken the country? Are we naive to think of ourselves as charitable when so many countries see us as arrogant oppressors?
It's hard to believe there are people in the world that don't like us -- they envy our freedom, they resent our tolerance of multiple races and freedom of religion. But those are the elements that form the foundation of this country. Without these freedoms we all value so much, America would be nothing. What must we do to survive these threats?
The very core of what we define as freedom started with the need for each person to worship in an individual, self-chosen manner. We strongly believe government should stay out of religion.
The militant religious fundamentalists who have declared holy war against the United States hate us because we are successful and allow people to worship any way they please. In the eyes of these fanatics, the abundance we live with and share are an abomination.

The time has come to address the new world whether we like it or not. The Taliban is just the tip of a large looming iceberg of discontent and envy of nations who can put aside individual differences for the good of the whole. The United States and Western Europe must lead the way before we too have to become dictators just the maintain a civilized way of life.
At the onset of WWII, President Roosevelt told the country, "The greatest thing we have to fear is fear itself." But in the half century following WWII, a lot of generations have gone soft -- maybe we've become too tolerant. Now that we're aware of the dangers facing us, we're rebuilding our Armed Forces and increasing defense spending with the biggest budget in history.
Our country's response to the terrorists was completely the opposite of what they expected. Instead of cowering at those acts of unconscionable violence, the American people banded together more determined to preserve freedom than ever before.


Volume 6 No. 1 Copyright 2008 Sam Andy, 596 McDaniel Blvd., Canon City, CO 81212

Why do they hate Americans?
"You have to be taught to hate," and that's exactly what's happening in some Middle Eastern countries.

Young Afghan and Pakistani students are being taught to distrust and even hate the United States. The madrassas (religious schools) have become incubators for holy warriors who say they will die to defend Islam and their hero, bin Laden. Although President Bush has clearly stated that we are not waging war against the Islamic religion, students are regularly lectured by militant Muslims that the goal of the United States is the worldwide annihilation of Islam.

Poverty and hunger the incentive
The madrassas' sword is in the narrow education they offer, and the devotion they engender from students from the poorest classes who, without them, would have nowhere to go, or go hungry. Young children and teenagers are brainwashed on a large scope. Some madrassas are more militant than others, but in all of them, jihad (holy war) is stressed.

War of ideologies
The present Islamic extremism was born in the slums of Egypt and the desert cities of Saudi Arabia. It quickly spread to the poorer nations of the Middle East, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Although the U.S. gives Egypt more than $2 billion annually, the bulk of it goes to the military. Egypt's President Mubarak, the target of an assassination attempt by Islamic militants in 1995, has not been successful in bringing economic reform to the country. In both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, unemployment is high.
More than 55 percent of Egypt's population is under the age of 25. In Saudi Arabia more than 59% of the population is under the age of 25. The frustrated young people, afraid to express anger with their own governments, turn to their religion and blame the rich and all-powerful United States for their problems.

Osama bin Laden to the rescue
Bin Laden has been disowned by his family. He declared the Saudi royal family unfit to oversee the holy places of Mecca and Medina. But when he portrayed himself as champion of the Palestinians, he struck a responsive chord with Muslim youth throughout the Middle East. Recently 300 Muslim clerics stated they will support bin Laden and the Taliban in the fight against the "infidels (mainly the U.S.) to the death.
America's continued backing of Israel in its long dispute with Palestine only adds to the growing anti-American sentiment.

Are we helping the terrorists?

Although Americans like to be informed, some people think the media, in its quest for bigger viewer ratings, may be overdoing it.
"Reporting details about military movements, talking about our nuclear weaknesses," says Fox TV talk show host Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor), "seems like we're just giving away secrets to the enemy."
Telling the world where the U.S. has stockpiles of weapons, or stores of leftover weapons from WWII, might even give future terrorists ideas they hadn't thought of before.

Germ Warfare a Real Possibility
America may be over-reacting to the threat of bacteriological warfare, but the country's foremost expert on anthrax, William Patrick, says we should be worried. "Maybe not now," he said in a recent interview, "but sometime in the future, somebody will use bacteriological bombs and the result will be devastating."
Patrick stated that while the threat from anthrax is not so great because it is harder for the spores to spread, the entire country is susceptible to the smallpox virus.
Smallpox was entirely wiped out by 1971, and no vaccinations have been given in the past thirty years. Our supply of smallpox vaccine is minimal, and vaccinations given prior to 1971 have long since lost their effectiveness. "This is a highly infectious, contagious disease," Patrick warns, and "without appropriate advance preparation it could quickly spread across the entire United States."

Bin Laden and Taliban Not the Only Problem We Face
If the United States is really in a "war," it is like no war ever seen before. Although Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan are targeted as the culprits, they are only the tip of the iceberg. Hatred of Americans in Muslim countries goes much deeper. The Muslim belief does not condone violence, but that's rapidly changing as radical fundamentalists take over and push peaceful clerics out of the way. Other religious beliefs are not allowed in many countries. In Sudan, Episcopal churches have been destroyed and parishioners forced to leave the country.
"The war on terrorism may get rid of a few terrorists," stated Mohamed Zarea, a human rights activist in Cairo, "But without basic reforms, it will be like killing a few mosquitoes and leaving the swamp."

More Terrorist Attacks Likely, But When and Where is the Question
Since the September terrorist attacks, the U.S. and its close allies are still intercepting communications among Osama bin Laden's associates and are convinced more attacks are coming, intelligence officials in several countries say. Intelligence officials in six countries in the Middle East and Europe say they are unsure where to expect the attacks, or whether they would be with explosives or with chemical or biological weapons. But they say their intercepts and other tools convince them that a second and possibly a third wave of attacks are planned. The U.S. and its allies find themselves in a quandary. They know something is coming, but not when or where. In the past, there had been many months between attacks - two years between the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa and the attack on the destroyer Cole last year in Yemen. But this time the follow-up attacks are likely to come much sooner because bin Laden had probably set them in motion before the Sept. 11 attacks. Officials said they were confident bin Laden had anticipated the U.S. would respond with a war and was ready with counterattacks. One of the biggest problems with attempting to forecast future attacks is because there is no central repository of intelligence information from which all countries can draw. Most countries pass what information they have to Washington, but U.S. intelligence agencies do not reciprocate as fully. Allied governments share intelligence information with each other even less.

Militia Groups Prepared
"Militias have been trying for years to get everybody prepared," says Butch Razey, a member of the Yakima County Militia in a recent interview with the Seattle Times. "Not it's not just us saying it…it's the Red Cross." Razey says since the Sept. 11 attacks he's being asked constantly for advice on such things as emergency food, medical supplies, gas masks, and chemical suits. At least 40 people have signed up for the Constitution Party's "Family Defense" classes which plan to teach everything from medicinal powers of cayenne pepper to finding a safe zone in a nuclear blast or terrorist attack. "We see this as a new type of war, a direct attack on the American people," said Sandra Swanson, a leader of the party. John Trochman, founder of the Militia of Montana, says he has received calls from New York to California seeking biological warfare suits and vials of a potassium substance that claims to protect against radiation poisoning. "We normally sell 500 bottles a year but we've sold that many in a month," Trochman said, "We're having stockbrokers, lawyers, even doctors call us from New York City asking if we have any gas masks." Since the attacks, the preparedness businesses all across the country have been experiencing dramatically increased sales.

Widespread Effects of Sept. 11 Bombings on Both Large and Small Businesses
On Sept. 11, travel came to a standstill. Airlines began massive layoffs. Boeing talked of furloughs ahead. Factory orders were cut. Future purchases put on hold. The impact on small business has been enormous. Hundreds of small firms in lower Manhattan have been damaged or destroyed. Those that survived have been closed for weeks. In Washington, DC, officials estimate losses to area businesses in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The impact on firms, both large and small, is spread across the country. Restaurants, car rental firms, hotels and motels report business off sharply. Technology companies, barbershops, taxi companies, print shops, and many more are hurting. Suppliers to large manufacturers are among the most uncertain about their future.
The catastrophe of Sept. 11 showed us that small business and corporate America are bound in a mutually dependent relationship. In good times, small businesses thrive as suppliers to the large manufacturers of autos, airplanes, appliances, and much more. The service industry, more than a third of all small businesses, counts factories, office buildings and the hospitality industry among its customers. In times of economic downturn, it has been small business that has led our nation out of recession.
Small businesses are a stabilizing factor in times like this, because they are more flexible and produce more efficiently when demand is very high or very low, and the unique relationship of large and small business will come into play as we rebuild our economy. (From an editorial by Jack Faris, President of the National Federation of Independent Business.)

If we lost our liberty, the terrorists have won
The problem for the average American citizen isn't so much how we handle Osama bin Laden, but how Americans ten years from now might be treated under new laws that will restrict out own lives. Government leaders already have broad authority to deprive people of liberty. Now certain legislators are proposing a national identity card. Somehow it sounds a little like Europe in WWII.

While the new powers that government leaders will no doubt help in the way against terror, they must be carefully crafted and overseen.

Congress and the administration must direct it's campaign toward the terrorists and not innocent Americans.

It is important at times like these that the American public stay alert so that the liberties we hold dear are written into the documents that formed our nation are not trampled underfoot. We must assure that this campaign against a legitimate threat does not become a threat to our own liberty.

Surviving in a New Kind of America
No one will deny that all American citizens suddenly find themselves faced with a new and different lifestyle that very few of us had even given thought to before. Here in the United States, we've always seemed to be safe and remote from harm. The first attempt to bomb the World Trade Center garage brought an awareness that there might be some people out there who don't like us, but in the years following that first attack, most of us became complacent and lapsed back into a confident feeling that America is invulnerable and life would go on as usual.
Sept. 11 was an eye-opener that all is not right in the world. There are people who want to hurt America. They envy us our freedom and prosperity.
Here at Survival Times we've been preaching the doctrine of "preparedness" for over 50 years. We've urged people to be prepared for hurricanes and floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and for manmade disasters including strikes and layoffs, riots and terrorism.
But now we are actually facing the dilemma of how to cope with a faceless threat that could strike anywhere, anytime, and without warning.
While our government is endeavoring to uncover plots and unmask those responsible for attacks against us, and hopefully thwart future catastrophic incidents, there are some things you can do to be prepared.

Since Sept. 11 the country has experienced massive layoffs and industry cutbacks. Take a moment to analyze your own situation and think about how this might affect you.

* If you have not considered a "family food bank" think about how secure you will feel with a 2 or 4-month supply of nutritious, long-term storage food on hand so you could survive a layoff.

* Despite politicians' urging to spend and help the economy, don't spend unwisely, and keep a healthy supply of cash available to you.

* Discuss self-sufficiency and survival with your family. Analyze the situation with a broad outlook.

* Assess your own community and become familiar with local preparedness plans for emergencies and disasters.

Be prepared to support yourself and your loved ones if necessary. Above all, remember that you are an American. Survival comes natural to Americans. We have survived wars and economic depressions, and countless natural disasters. The strength of this country is togetherness. E Pluribus Unum ("Out of many, one.") Together, Americans made this country into the most powerful nation in the world. Together we will survive the present threats to our American way of life.

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