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His remarks were gathered by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, which tracks the activities of white supremacists.
Pierce had quite a career. After publishing The Turner Diaries, which predicted the rise of a violent underground gang called the Order and an attack on FBI headquarters in Washington, he became firmly established as a far-right chieftain. His reign revitalized the movement, pulling together previously quarreling clans, patriot organizations, and eventually militias into both an underground and aboveground movement aimed at overthrowing ZOG, the Zionist Occupation Government.
He saw the movement as a device to further the interests of his National Alliance, especially because it kept away from his wing "freaks and weaklings" who might otherwise have slipped in. He was a student of political terror and thought of the Alliance as a vanguard party that would lead the revolution.
"All of the homosexuals, racemixers, and hard-case collaborators in the country who are too far gone to be re-educated can be rounded up, packed into 10,000 or so railroad cattle cars, and eventually double-timed into an abandoned coal mine in a few days' time," he wrote in a 1994 newsletter. "All of these people simply don't count, except as a mass of voters. . . . Those who speak against us now should be looked at as dead men, as men marching in lockstep toward their own graves." Like others on the far right, he held Jews, not blacks or gays, to be the main target. He had a special thing for race-mixing women, whom he pictured in The Turner Diaries hanging by the neck from telephone poles with their eyes bugged out.
On Hitler's birthday, Pierce brought on his successor, the Resistance Records manager and former professional boxer Erich Gliebe, who fought under the name of the "Aryan Barbarian." Gliebe is thought to be too abrasive to last long, but the Alliance leadership has pledged to continue in "Our Eternal Chairman's" footsteps.
Although it's seldom mentioned in the press, Wall Street and government policy makers fear an attack on Iraq could spur further withdrawal of foreign investment and contribute to the gradual decline of the U.S. in the world economy. Within the States, a draining of capital from overseas would mean higher interest rates, lower stock prices, and a weak dollar, according to a recent analysis by the Wharton School of Business.
Foreign investment is already off a bit$1.75 trillion in the first quarter, a drop from almost $2 trillion in the same period of 2001, according to Mark Zandi of Economy.com. Direct foreign investment, i.e., the purchase of companies, plants, and equipment, is also down, having fallen from $301 billion in 2000 to $124 billion last year.
Statistics from the Bank of New York indicate foreign investors hold about 13 percent of the stocks sold in America, 24 percent of U.S. corporate bonds, and 40 percent of U.S. treasury bonds. All told, foreign investments in securities amount to $8.4 trillion.
The Saudi response to any strike on Iraq is key. Franklin Allen, co-director of Wharton's Financial Institutions Center, says Saudis maintain $700 billion to $800 billion in investments overseas.
They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people." Eugene Debs, Socialist candidate for president, June 16, 1918. The speech led to Debs's being stripped of his citizenship and sent to jail for 10 years.
Research: Cassandra Lewis and Gabrielle Jackson