Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Friday, March 13, 2015

Are US Allies Flocking to China’s New Bank? The U.K. decision to join AIIB may encourage other U.S. allies to follow suit — to Washington’s dismay


In a surprise move, London announced Thursday that it will seek to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), sparking an angry response from the U.S.
The (AIIB) was created by China last fall and officially rolled out with a signing ceremony in October 2014. At the original signing ceremony, 21 countries (including China) signed on to the $100 billion bank, designed to provide funding for infrastructure projects throughout the region. However, with the exception of India, most of China’s more influential neighbors abstained, including Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. At the time, reports indicated that the U.S. government had heavily pressured these countries not to sign on.
However, AIIB has grown since its official founding. Indonesia, under new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, moved to join the bank in late November 2014. New Zealand signed up in January 2015, as did Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan. But London’s decision to join is truly groundbreaking, as the U.K. becomes the first European country – and the first major U.S. ally – to sign on the initiative.
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