Bill Sykes' Newsletter
An ex-Brit gives his views-(without fear
or favor)---of the American Scene
Recap of 2003 Newsletters,
(A brief synopsis of events that occurred in
The devastating war in Iraq continued and the killing
of American forces and Iraqi civilians did not subside.
weapons of mass destruction were discovered and practically
every one, (with the exception of President Bush and
Prime Minister Blair), including the chief weapon’s
inspector David Kay, (who recently resigned), have
finally concluded and admitted that it is apparent
that there were no WMDs, or WMD programs in Iraq after
Gulf War One. President Bush continues to state that
he has great confidence in the Intelligence Community.
The question then arises, "Does the American
Intelligence Community have the same confidence in
The proposed installation of a puppet Government
in Iraq by mid-year 2004, in which America had intentions
of including many Iraqi dissidents, has been challenged
by the Shiite Clerics and the installation of such
a Government is certainly doomed to failure.
Comment: If and when a government is installed, (what
ever the make up of such a government), we can expect
civil war to break out between the Kurds, Sunni Muslims
and the Shiite Muslims.
dazed and dishevelled Sadam Hussein, looking as though
he was under heavy sedation, was flushed from a hole
in the ground looking more like a fugitive from a
mental institution than an aggressive and brutal dictator.
Since the initial photographs were taken during his
capture he has not been seen, but the violence against
American troops and the Iraqi people continues as
though he had never existed!!!
Comment: It was reported that President Bush was incensed
when Prime Minister Blair was the first to announce
the capture of Saddam Hussein. There appears to be
a widening rift between the President and the Prime
The American war to free the people of Afghanistan
from Taliban religious persecution, and dislodge the
warlords from their oppressive and brutal regime,
appears to have failed like a damp squib.
The Israeli/Arab internal war continued with no
end in sight, and with a distinct possibility of Lebanon
re-entering the fray.
The Muslim religion expanded rapidly and is now
dominating many parts of the Far East with the possible
result of more violent terrorist militant extremism
in that region of the world.
Bush had a meeting with the Premier of the Republic
of China during the latter part of the year, and in
the days immediately following the meeting he rescinded
his threat to fully support Taiwan by supplying American
military power, if Taiwan declared independence and
was attacked by the armed forces of the Peoples Republic
of China. He urged the Taiwan leadership to refrain
from declaring independence.
Comment: As I’ve said many times previously,
I firmly believe that in the very near future mainland
China will invade Taiwan, as it would be in their
best interests to take over the manufacturing and
marketing capability of Taiwan in order for the Republic
of China to become a fully fledged industrial and
economic world power.
Although the American Presidential elections are
not until November 2004, (nearly a year away), the
American public are being bombarded on an hourly basis
by TV propaganda from both the Democratic contenders
for the Presidency and Republican party members who
are currently in power. (An update will be given in
a future issue.)
President Bush has spent more time since the war
with Iraq, travelling in the United States and abroad
than doing the job of governing the nation. He has
constantly appeared on TV shows trying to convince
the people of America that his reasons for going to
war with Iraq were valid and not a bunch of untrue
statements aimed at trying to raise the American people’s
enthusiasm to support a war.
Many people are now beginning to recognize that
his absence from the nation’s capital is so
frequent that one has got to wonder who is running
this county, as it has become pretty obvious that
he is not in full command. When he is not on the road
promoting the war with Iraq he is soliciting funds
for the Republican Party and his own re-election.
2003 was a year when worldwide corporate corruption
and the fleecing of the people came to light, not
only in the United States but also in many of the
leading industrial nations. The Enron/Tyco/ Parmalat
corruption scandals in higher echelon management circles,
which even included the United States Stock Market
where the Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange,
and certain brokerage houses, came under suspicion
of fraudulent use of funds.
I’m sure that I may have missed out many major
important events, which I apologise for---but I’m
a one-man band and can only cover a limited horizon.
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