March 17, 2003

The Writing On The Wall Series #19: On the Slippery Edge of a Treacherous Precipice

Hello everyone

There is no time like the present to do something - yes a last ditch effort! - to stop this war insanity in its tracks. Mass nonviolent direct actions to prevent the war from starting are being organized in the U.S. (details at and other such actions will surely spring around the world.

Yet amidst the growing chaos, I know that wise voices of sanity will prevail and that our frail planet will survive this blow to its balance and integrity. But we ALL need to hold tight to our spiritual center right in our soul's heart, to not wobble in our resolve for Peace, to maintain the focus of our thoughts and emotions towards counterbalancing the girations our global noosphere is sure to experience as a result of the bloodshed and terror soon to be visited upon Iraq.

We are in for a rocky week, that is for sure.

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

This compilation is archived at

"There never was a good war, or a bad peace."

- Benjamin Franklin


1. Massive Human Slaughter
2. Dennis Kucinich: Obviously Oil
3. The Oil Monarchs: George W. Bush and his Royal Kin
4. Bombs and Blood
5. White Ribbons and Flags
6. Is this another US developed virus like AIDS was?
7. USA and IRAQ? Look the other way!
8. How Politics Work

See also:

Israeli monitor intercepts order: War starting on March 18 (March 12)
(...) the order was relayed by U.S. Central Command to all American forces in the Persian Gulf.

Top US Military Planner Fears 'Likely' Repeat of Somalia Bloodbath (March 15)
A former military aide to General Norman Schwarzkopf has warned that a US-led war against Iraq could turn into a disaster that echoes the bloody debacle of Somalia rather than the relatively painless 1991 Gulf war.(...) the Bush administration is ignoring potential risks – some that could cost the US dearly.

Britain Warns of Countdown to War (March 15)
(...) The political stakes are high for the beleaguered Blair. At least one minister and possibly two may quit if he goes to war without a second U.N. resolution. More than one in four members of his Labour Party have voted against him over Iraq. Fewer than 20 percent of Britons favor war without UN backing.

Disobey - by John Pilger (March 13) A MUST READ!!
How have we got to this point, where two western governments take us into an illegal and immoral war against a stricken nation with whom we have no quarrel and who offer us no threat: an act of aggression opposed by almost everybody and whose charade is transparent? How can they attack, in our name, a country already crushed by more than 12 years of an embargo aimed mostly at the civilian population, of whom 42 per cent are children - a medieval siege that has taken the lives of at least half a million children and is described as genocidal by the former United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq? How can those claiming to be "liberals" disguise their embarrassment, and shame, while justifying their support for George Bush's proposed launch of 800 missiles in two days as a "liberation"? How can they ignore two United Nations studies which reveal that some 500,000 people will be at risk? Do they not hear their own echo in the words of the American general who said famously of a Vietnamese town he had just levelled: "We had to destroy it in order to save it?" (...) "My guess," wrote Norman Mailer recently, "is that, like it or not, or want it or not, we are going to go to war because that is the only solution Bush and his people can see. The dire prospect that opens, therefore, is that America is going to become a mega-banana republic where the army will have more and more importance in our lives. And, before it is all over, democracy, noble and delicate as it is, may give way... Indeed, democracy is the special condition that we will be called upon to defend in the coming years. That will be enormously difficult because the combination of the corporation, the military and the complete investiture of the flag with mass spectator sports has set up a pre-fascist atmosphere in America already." In the military plutocracy that is the American state, with its unelected president, venal Supreme Court, silent Congress, gutted Bill of Rights and compliant media, Mailer's "pre-fascist atmosphere" makes common sense. CLIP

US preparing to abandon UN and launch war within a week (March 14)

Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'

Pentagon threatens to kill independent reporters in Iraq (March 10)
The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie.

World Creating Food Bubble Economy Based on Unsustainable Use of Water by Lester R. Brown (March 13)
(...) As world water demand has tripled over the last half-century, it has exceeded the sustainable yield of aquifers in scores of countries, leading to falling water tables. In effect, governments are satisfying the growing demand for food by overpumping groundwater, a measure that virtually assures a drop in food production when the aquifer is depleted. Knowingly or not, governments are creating a "food bubble" economy. As water use climbs, the world is incurring a vast water deficit, one that is largely invisible, historically recent, and growing fast. Because the impending water crunch typically takes the form of falling water tables, it is not visible. Falling water tables are often discovered only when wells go dry. Once the growing demand for water rises above the sustainable yield of an aquifer, the gap between the two widens each year. The first year after the line is crossed, the water table falls very little, with the drop often being scarcely perceptible. Each year thereafter, however, the annual drop is larger than the year before. The diesel-driven or electrically powered pumps that make overpumping possible have become available throughout the entire world at essentially the same time. The near-simultaneous depletion of aquifers means that cutbacks in grain harvests will be occurring in many countries at more or less the same time. And they will be occurring at a time when world population is growing by more than 70 million a year. Aquifers are being depleted in scores of countries, including China, India, and the United States, which collectively account for half of the world grain harvest. Under the North China Plain, which produces more than half of China's wheat and a third of its corn, the annual drop in the water table has increased from an average of 1.5 meters a decade ago to up to 3 meters today. Overpumping has largely depleted the shallow aquifer, so the amount of water that can be pumped from it each year is restricted to the annual recharge from precipitation. This is forcing well drillers to go down to the region's deep aquifer, which, unfortunately, is not replenishable. CLIP - FRIGHTENING PROSPECTS! READ THE REST...

HUMAN RIGHTS: Iraq to Overshadow Debates in UN Commission
GENEVA, Mar 14 (IPS) - The prevailing uncertainty over Iraq will cast a heavy shadow over the 59th session of the United Nations (news - web sites) Commission on Human Rights, which convenes next Monday and will run through Apr. 25 in this Swiss city. The possibility of the Commission passing resolutions critical of Russia or China, for example, will depend largely on the position that the two countries -- veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council -- take in that body with respect to resolutions authorizing the use of force against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. Kenneth Roth, executive director of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), said the United States might bargain for the support of Russia and China in the Security Council by offering more lenient treatment of the two countries in the Commission on Human Rights. Rights watchdogs like HRW and Amnesty International (AI) are demanding that the Commission pass a resolution condemning the grave situation of human rights in the autonomous republic of Chechnya and the entire Russian Federation. (...) The rights watchdogs have also expressed concern about the situation of human rights in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, and Nepal. In addition, HRW has cited the cases of Iran, North Korea and Turkmenistan.(...) The situation of refugees and asylum-seekers, torture, impunity, forced disappearances, women's rights, and child soldiers are other questions to be discussed by the delegates of the Commission's 53 member states and the human rights defenders and experts who will attend the deliberations. CLIP



Massive Human Slaughter
By Marc Ash
t r u t h o u t | Opinion

16 March 2003

What George W. Bush and Tony Blair are planning is the greatest act of human slaughter since Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge orchestrated the Cambodian genocide in the mid 1970s. That act killing some 1.5 to 2 million largely defenseless and quite peaceful Cambodians.

Civilian Iraq is utterly defenseless and totally unprepared for the carnage that is about to be visited upon them. It is murder plain and simple, murder on an unimaginable scale.

There is no "war" looming, no "conflict" with Iraq, and no "standoff." What exists is a vast military force poised to inflict death and destruction on a major population center. Those who live there will attempt to defend themselves, but they will fail, and the dead will cover the ground like a fallen forest.

Should this act of insanity proceed, it will stand as one of the greatest crimes against humanity ever recorded.

Know now, it can be stopped.

This deadly drama now playing out on the United Nations stage is not for diplomacy or disarmament or for some vague resolution. They joust for one thing: the hearts of common men. All that stands between Baghdad and unprecedented destruction is our favor, and nothing more.

The world does not oppose America; it opposes unbridled aggression. While their leaders disagree on what course to take, the people of France, England, Spain and the United States do not. It is not the collective will of these nations that Baghdad be destroyed and it's sons and daughters slain. We are tolerant and reasonable; we will allow the process of inspections to proceed. Men like Bush and Blair, small in numbers and spirit, beat the drum for invasion in the hopes that many will follow. If those many stand firm, their call will go unanswered.

The blood of innocents once shed cannot be unshed. Should the US military set about killing these people, the deed remains our doing for all time. We are given now a precious moment for reflection. Let us use it wisely. The voices of true American friends all over the world are clearly calling to us: Be patient... work as a group... you are not alone. Let us not taint the American experience for all time by answering, instead, a drumbeat to madness.

We hear day after day that "Time is running out." Running out on what, on who? On Saddam Hussein? On a five thousand year old city? On 24 million men, women and children? Or is time running out on the spirit of America? On the soul of our people? Why is it that the world no longer cherishes American values? Could it be because we no longer cherish them ourselves?

The right way is the American way. America's great gift to the world is fair play and due process. Democracy is not a sales slogan. It is a commitment to tolerating dissent and yielding to consensus. Genocide, on the other hand, is true anarchy.

You can send comments to t r u t h o u t Editor Marc Ash at:


I've just read your most compelling and heart-opening "Massive Human Slaughter" article. I can hardly express how much I agree with you. Sadly 99% of your fellow Americans will never get a chance to read what you wrote or as clearly stated a viewpoint from their propaganda media. However I intend to lend a helping hand in circulating your article both to the Earth Rainbow Network e-list I manage and through the other 4000+ mainstream media list I also use twice a week.

(...) Now will it all suffice to stop the conquest of Iraq? You and I both know the resilience and obstinacy - and sheer momentum! (albeit temporary) - of the forces of darkness araigned against the Forces of Good in this world. It will take nothing short of a miracle to stop this. But then it will nevertheless be a powerful learning experience that could indeed help turn the tide against darkness and free the pent up will of Good in ALL humans that has laid dormant for so long. We shall see...


Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" <>


Obviously Oil

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

March 11, 2003

Editor's Note: Although Dennis Kucinich was aggressively attacked by Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen for suggesting that the preemptive strike on Iraq was based on oil, the Post refused to print the presidential candidate and Ohio Democrat's response. This was especially frustrating, since the Post editorial stance and balance of editorial page columns have been decidedly pro-war. You can tell the Post how you feel about this ommission at

Is President Bush's war in Iraq about oil? Of course it is. Sometimes, the obvious answer is the right one: Oil is a major factor in the President's march to war, just as oil is a major factor in every aspect of U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf.

Ask yourself:

What commodity accounts for 83 percent of total exports from the Persian Gulf? What is the U.S. protecting with our permanent deployment of about 25,000 military personnel, 6 fighter squadrons, 6 bomber squadrons, 13 air control and reconnaissance squadrons, one aircraft carrier battle group, and one amphibious ready group based at 11 military installations in the countries of the Persian Gulf? (Note, the disproportionate troop deployments in the Middle East aren't there to protect the people, who constitute only 2 percent of the world population.)

What was Iraq's number one export when the U.S. made an alliance with Saddam Hussein, sold him biological and chemical weapons agents, and then did not object when he gassed his own people?

For what major Iraqi resource has Saddam Hussein denied contracts with the largest U.S. and U.K. multinational companies? (Note, those companies are the #2 (ExxonMobil), #4 (BP-Amoco), #8 (Shell) and #14 (ChevronTexaco) largest companies in the world, and the Bush Administration has been known to listen when large energy corporations speak.)

For what Iraqi resource did French and Russian multinational companies receive lucrative contracts from Saddam Hussein? What valuable commodity does one reprehensible, megalomaniacal tyrant (Saddam Hussein) control that another reprehensible, megalomaniacal tyrant (Kim Chong-il) does not?

How do the White House and State Department plan to pay for a post-Saddam occupation and reconstruction?

The answer to all of these questions is oil, of course. Oil obviously drives U.S. policy in the Middle East. So who can doubt that this war in Iraq concerns oil?

Meanwhile, the justifications the Administration has made for this war can be rather easily dismissed. Contrary to Administration assertions, a war against Iraq will not be in self-defense: Iraq does not pose an imminent threat to the United States. It doesn't have the ability, nor has it ever had the ability, to shoot a missile or send a bomber to harm America. Iraq does not possess nuclear weapons. Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that Iraq had anything to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

No credible link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda has been made. Iraq did not have anything to do with the anthrax-containing letters that killed several Americans.

Contrary to the Administration's portrayal of an Iraqi threat, Iraq is hardly uniquely threatening. Sixteen other countries in the world have or might have nuclear weapons, 25 countries have or might have chemical weapons, 19 other countries have or might have biological weapons, and 16 other countries have or might have missile systems. Yet the Bush Administration is not on the verge of invading them.

Contrary to their denials that this war has anything to do with oil, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle wanted to go to war in Iraq long before they became Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Defense Policy Board. In a 1998 letter they sent to then-President Clinton, they stated "it hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass destruction ... a significant portion of the world's supply of oil will all be put at hazard... The only acceptable strategy is ... to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy."

Does President Bush's war in Iraq concern Iraq's oil? Obviously.

Presidential candidate and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations. Visit



The Oil Monarchs: George W. Bush and his Royal Kin

While President George W. Bush is portrayed in the mass media as the chief architect of the plan to conquer Iraq, his family's intimate connection with those oil-rich European royals who also support him is seldom discussed. On a daily basis the mainstream media presents expert opinions as to who is behind the military campaign against Iraq and why. Lately there has been a flurry of editorials seeking to debunk the notion that the major British and American oil companies are behind the planned conquest of Iraq and its rich oil fields. What is never discussed, however, is the kinship between President George W. Bush and the European royals who support the U.S.-led campaign against Iraq. There are basically two schools of thought among those who do not accept the official reasoning for war against Iraq. The first is that the conquest of Iraq's oil resources is an agenda being pushed by the major oil companies and their agents in the British and U.S. governments. The second is that Israel and its supporters, seeking to further the Zionist agenda, are the true architects behind the war of aggression being planned against the most populous Arab state. While these two theories are usually presented as being mutually exclusive, the secret networks that exist between the government leaders in the United States and Britain, "Big Oil" and Israel indicate they are connected and appear to be part of a master plan.


Published on March 13, 2003 in The New York Times

Bombs and Blood

They seemed like very nice people, the men and women, some with children, who dropped by to see the Liberty Bell, which is housed in a one-story shedlike pavilion with large windows in the roof.

My mind wandering, I imagined the visitors as casualties of war. I glanced up at the sunlight streaming through the roof and could visualize an incoming warhead, a missile that perhaps had strayed off course and was heading toward us. It wasn't hard to imagine the damage. The pavilion and everyone in it would be obliterated.

This is the fate soon to be visited upon a certain number of innocent Iraqi civilians (no one knows how many) if the president goes ahead with the war he has pursued so relentlessly. We should outlaw the term collateral damage. Above all else, the damage done by the weapons of war is to the flesh, muscle, bone and psyches of real people, some of them children. If we're willing to inflict such terrible damage, we should acknowledge it and not hide behind euphemisms.

I interviewed a number of people in the vicinity of Independence Mall about their views of a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. No one I spoke with was particularly well informed. But what struck me about those in favor of invading Iraq was the cavalier way in which they talked about it. Their message, essentially, was: "Saddam's a bad guy. It's time for him to go." I got no sense that they thought of war as a horrible experience. No one mentioned the inevitable carnage. No one spoke as if they understood that war is always hideous, even if it's sometimes necessary.

The children in Iraq are already in sorrowful shape. The last thing in the world they need is another war. More than half the population of Iraq is under the age of 18, and those youngsters are living in an environment that has been poisoned by the Iran-Iraq war, the first gulf war and long years of debilitating sanctions.

One out of every eight Iraqi children dies before the age of 5. One-fourth are born underweight. One-fourth of those who should be in school are not. One-fourth do not have access to safe water.

This generational catastrophe is the fault of Saddam Hussein, no question. But those who favor war should at least realize that the terrain to be invaded by the most fearsome military machine in history is populated mostly by children who are already suffering.

The American military has significantly improved the accuracy of its weapons, and the U.S. has gone to great lengths to develop war plans designed to minimize civilian casualties. But war, as anyone who has been in the military knows, is about killing people. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has already made it clear that the U.S. is planning to deliver what he calls a "shock" to the Iraqi system.

That shock reportedly will be delivered by 3,000 precision-guided bombs and missiles in the first 48 hours. The children of Iraq won't be the targets, but that is what their country will face if America attacks.

(On Tuesday the Air Force tested the country's largest nonnuclear bomb, the 21,000-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, gleefully nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs.")

After the war will come the humanitarian crisis. There will be the dead to bury and the sick and wounded to tend to. And hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Two-thirds of Iraq's 24 million people are entirely dependent on government food rations, and the remaining 8 million are dependent to some degree. U.N. officials have said plans by the United States to feed the population after the war are inadequate, and food supplies could run out in a matter of weeks.

Carol Bellamy, executive director of Unicef, told me: "The area we're very concerned about is water and sanitation. There's very little ground water in Iraq. At least half the water has to be treated. So if the major power facilities and water treatment plants were knocked out, there would be very significant consequences, and the children would generally be the most vulnerable."

Most Americans will watch this war from the comfort of their living rooms, well out of harm's way. These are a few of the items they might consider as they make up their minds on whether an invasion is a good idea, or whether a search for a better alternative is still in order.


Date: 12 Mar 2003
Subject: White Ribbons and Flags

Received an email and the following link a few weeks back from a gentleman in France describing an inexpensive and effective way to say no to war. Apparently a lot of people in Europe are using white ribbons, flags, bows, etc. as a way to spread the peace message. Please spread the word.

See also:

This seems such a simple action...

A spontaneous war protest has started in Montreal after a popular radio host here announced that Mrs. George W Bush had cancelled a meeting with a group of women at the White House because several of them planned to attend the meeting with a white scarf round their necks as a silent symbol of their desire for peace. This symbol had power as it disturbed Mrs Bush. This story has triggered a grassroots email campaign asking those commited to peace in the world to wear a white scarf. If everyone who disagreed with the war were to wear a white scarf around their neck, tie a white hankerchief to their back-packs, their attache case, their school bags, white pennants from car antennas, white flags on balconies and hanging in front of houses the world over, would this not be a powerful message to send to our leaders? Sometimes images and symbols are more powerful than words. If you feel that this idea has any validity, please join the email campaign and pass this on to your network.


Date: 15 Mar 2003
From: "John T. Linnell" <>
Subject: Is this another US developed virus like AIDS was?

Is this yet another manifestation from the "Centre of Evil", the disunited United States of Amerika.

Remember that the AIDs virus was developed **by the US**, aimed primarily, according to documentary evidence, to reduce or eliminate the black population. Now, with perfect timing, we have another previously unheard of disease spreading like wildfire in the Asian community, China, Hong Kong, Viet Nam. It seems far too much of a coincidence just when the biggest danger to world peace, the Village Idiot from Texas, isn't getting his way and is fearful of what China may do.

Think about it.

John T. Linnell


Respiratory Illness Afflicts Hundreds Globally (March 15)
(...) Tests of victims' samples have found no evidence of mycoplasma or similar microbes that are the usual causes of atypical pneumonia. (...) As a result, laboratory scientists are focusing on the possibility of a previously unknown infectious agent. CLIP

UN Warns of Worldwide Threat from Killer Pneumonia (March 15)
The World Health Organization warned on Saturday of a worldwide health threat as a mystery killer pneumonia spread from east Asia to other parts of the globe. (...) WHO issued its first global alert for 10 years earlier this week because of the speed at which the disease travels and because patients are not responding to the usual treatments for pneumonia, Thompson said. "As reports of cases are confirmed, you will see that there is a very high attack rate. When they get sick, they get very sick," he said. "We have been doing tests for weeks now in the world's best laboratories and we still do not know whether it is a virus or bacteria," the spokesman added. Most of the latest cases have been among hospital workers. The first outbreak was reported in February in China's southern Guangdong province, where 305 people were infected and five people died. Singapore and Taiwan have issued travel warnings after some cases followed trips to Hong Kong or mainland China. It was after a visit to Hong Kong, where anxious locals have been sweeping surgical masks off pharmacy shelves, that a Canadian woman died of severe pneumonia on March 5. Her son, who did not travel with her, also fell sick and died. In its alert, WHO said travelers and airline crews needed to be aware of the first symptoms, which include high temperature and difficulty in breathing.


Date: 14 Mar 2003

USA and IRAQ? Look the other way!

By Phillip Day

The Campaign for Truth in Medicine/Europe

War with Iraq looms. The pro- and anti-war brigades fight out their issues in the UN as the hourglass empties. Everyone is glued to their TVs or turned with their faces towards the Gulf. And there's me having a sneaking look in a different direction to see what's happening while everybody's back is turned.

In Europe, we're told all the time about 'bad, wicked' America. But how many eyes are turned on what the new superpower of the 21st century is up to the European Union?

Some FACTS now follow which will affect ALL Europeans:

Did you know that the European Union, soon to dwarf the USA with a population of 450 million after May 2004, has a constitution planned for this summer that, once signed, will end its member states' ability ever to leave, short of war?

Did you know that the European Union has criminalised the sale of hundreds of perfectly safe vitamin, mineral, food supplement and herbal products with effect from July 2005?

Were you aware that all members of the EU's governing structure, together with the tens of thousands of bureaucrats and civil servants who run the union, have been granted A LIFETIME IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION and are, by their own admission, above the law?

Did anyone tell you this also goes for the sinister new European police force? Under the new EU Arrest Warrant, Europol has now been granted powers to arrest and detain any citizen speaking out against the EU for up to 9 months without having to provide any evidence.

Have you been told that if your country is talked into adopting the euro, all your nation's gold reserves, all silver stocks and dollar assets will be handed over to the EU's central bank, leaving your nation independently incapacitated and unable to re-launch its independence?

Did you know that the European Union, which now imperiously runs the economies of 15 countries (soon to expand to 25), has been unable even to have its own accounts signed off EIGHT YEARS IN SUCCESSION? This is because of the corruption and criminal fraud carried out by its officers, who are predictably protected by the above blanket immunity from prosecution.

As members of a corrupt and unaccountable European Union, shortly to be coerced into joining the euro, is Britain to get the future she deserves while everyone studiously looks the other way?

If you were unaware of even ONE of the above facts, and you care about your future and the future of Europe, why not come along to one of my UK national tour meetings close to where you live to see what can be done. This has nothing really to do with politics. It's to do with finding the cause of the problems, and then laying the axe to the root of the tree.

Thanks for reading.

Phillip Day

UK 'Let's Fix Britain' tour Dates, details and tickets available at or by calling (01622) 832386

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How Politics Work

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?"

Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

I'm the head of the family, so call me The President. Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government. We're here to take care your needs, so we'll call you the People. The nanny, we'll consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we'll call him the Future. Now think about that and see if it makes sense."

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said. Later that night he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diapers. So the little boy goes to his parent's room and finds his Mother sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the maid. He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now." The father says, "Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about."

The little boy replies, "The President is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit."