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Week of Aug 23rd - Aug 29th,  2002

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Pres George W Bush

Pres George W Bush

   "The government's decision to meet violence with violence will unfortunately perpetuate the cycle and continue to drain, rather than spark, the national economy... As Uranus aligns the US Moon next year (in 2002), we will see additional chapters of this theme being played out. Each time, there will be waves of patriotism, national sentiment, excitement and stimulation. What we sometimes don't anticipate is that they may come about as a result of the danger and destruction which trigger them. Excitement is another way of saying things aren't normal."


Condoleezza Rice

   "Specifically, the dates that we are looking at are January 26, March 24th, and August 17th. Watch for the national sentiment being strongly stirred either on, or on the days leading up to, these ill fated days."

   This was written in the WEB on Nov. 9th, 2001. It looked ahead to transiting Uranus conjuncting the US Moon, a time when the 'soul' of our nation would be revealed. How does our national personality play into the weave of history? In a nutshell, it says that we are an international leader in science, technology and democracy. We are willing to stand out as a shinning star, a role model for others to follow and emulate. Unfortunately, when it's time for us to get in line behind others, we bolt, just as the US walked on the League of Nations while espousing its position amongst the people.

   Say hello to August 17th. From the NYTimes:


- U.S. Adviser

   "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon adviser said on Sunday the United States would not need the support of European allies except Britain to launch an attack against Iraq..."

Richard Perle

Richard Perle

   "Pentagon adviser Richard Perle said the Bush administration would rely on help from Britain and dissident groups within Iraq, but would not expect other NATO allies to participate if the United States were to launch an attack."

   "'Our European allies are just not relevant to this. And the one of some importance, the United Kingdom, is, I believe, going to be with us,' Perle said..."

   "'The rest of the Europeans prefer to look the other way or cut deals with Saddam or buy him off in various ways,' said Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, an advisory panel."

   "Bush and other top officials maintain that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should be removed because he is trying to build an arsenal of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons..."


Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein

   "WASHINGTON, Aug. 17- A covert American program during the Reagan administration provided Iraq with critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence agencies knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war, according to senior military officers with direct knowledge of the program."

   "...Iraq's use of gas in that conflict is repeatedly cited by President Bush and, this week, by his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, as justification for 'regime change' in Iraq."

   The Weave of the Web just tightened.